INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY

Adams Central 59 Eastbrook 41
Brebeuf Jesuit 70 Evansville Memorial 58
Celina (Ohio) 46 Heritage 35
Columbus Christian 53 Medora 37
Floyd Central 55 Eastern (Pekin) 47
Gibson Southern 53 Forest Park 47
Jasper 70 Evansville Central 60
Lawrence North 98 Marion 72
Liberty Christian 58 Shenandoah 47
Loogootee 48 Washington 45
Mayfield (Ky.) 59 Mount Vernon (Posey) 50
Michigan City 77 Lighthouse CPA 44
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 65 Columbus East 44
Shelbyville 70 Martinsville 51
Taylor 71 Indianapolis Riverside 48
Wapahani 66 Blue River 41
West Lafayette 63 Seeger 48
Wood Memorial 54 Dugger Union 43


Belfry (Ky.) Tournament
Avon 63 Floyd Central (Ky.) 49 SF


Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) Tournament
Georgetown-RidgeFarm (Ill.) 49 Indiana Math & Science 47 9th


Clay City Tournament
Owen Valley 58 Riverton Parke 35 5th
North Vermillion 61 North Central (Farmersburg) 60 3rd
Tri-West 47 Clay City 44 1st


Clinton Central Tournament
Noblesville HomeSchool 57 North Putnam 56 SF
Tipton 69 Western 57 SF
Fountain Central 58 Clinton Central 48 7th
Carroll (Flora) 59 Clinton Prairie 46 5th
Western 67 North Putnam 53 3rd
Tipton 74 Noblesville HomeSchool 45 1st


Fishers Tournament
Chesterton 66 South Bend Riley 57 SF
Fishers 62 Portage 45 SF
Jeffersonville 70 Evansville Bosse 56 7th
Bloomington North 63 Lawrence Central 55 5th
South Bend Riley 54 Portage 47 3rd
Fishers 74 Chesterton 42 1st


Huntington North Tournament
Merrillville 65 South Bend Adams 52 5th
Huntington North 68 Fort Wayne Snider 59 3rd
East Chicago Central 67 Indianapolis Tech 65 1st


Lakeland Christian Tournament
Lakeland Christian 55 Clinton Christian 50 Pool A
Demotte Christian 56 Westville 35 Pool B
Illiana Christian 77 Clinton Christian 24 Pool A
Bethany Christian 70 Westville 51 Pool B
Illiana Christian 66 Lakeland Christian 16 Pool A
Bethany Christian 50 Demotte Christian 25 Pool B


LaPorte Tournament
Hammond Morton 65 Marquette Catholic 56 7th
Fort Wayne Luers 83 Lowell 38 5th
Logansport 62 Hanover Central 59 OT | 3rd
Northridge 66 LaPorte 60 1st


Lawrenceburg Tournament
Newport (Ky.) 64 Jennings County 46 Pool B
West Morgan (Ala.) 72 Connersville 65 Pool C
Bethesda Christian 47 Lawrenceburg 39 Pool A
Pike Central 60 Beech Grove 46 Pool D
Whiteland 72 Connersville 43 Pool C
New Palestine 83 Jennings County 59 Pool B
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 69 Beech Grove 56 Pool D
Guerin Catholic 70 Bethesda Christian 58 Pool A
Newport (Ky.) 72 New Palestine 66 Pool B
Whiteland 95 West Morgan (Ala.) 52 Pool C
Guerin Catholic 53 Lawrenceburg 33 Pool A
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 74 Pike Central 67 Pool D


Lebanon Tournament
Indianapolis Metropolitan 57 University 49 Con
Evansville North 73 Mooresville 62 SF
Perry Meridian 56 Faith Christian 43 Con
Gary 21st Century 61 Lebanon 43 SF
University 91 Faith Christian 80 7th
Perry Meridian 45 Indianapolis Metropolitan 35 5th
Mooresville 62 Lebanon 55 3rd
Gary 21st Century 61 Evansville North 55 1st


North Central Classic
Lake Central 64 Park Tudor 57
Louisville Trinity (Ky.) 48 Carmel 34
Evansville Harrison 72 Pike 63
North Central (Indianapolis) 63 Evansville Reitz 55


Northeast Dubois Tournament
Northeast Dubois 50 Tecumseh 28 R1
West Washington 57 Lanesville 40 R1
Lanesville 45 Tecumseh 26 3rd
Northeast Dubois 47 West Washington 43 1st


Owensboro (Ky.) Classic
Rock Creek Academy 39 Hancock County (Ky.) 28


Perry-Spencer Tournament
Boonville 57 Benton Central 42 R1
Heritage Hills 78 South Spencer 53 R1
Corydon Central 54 Crawford County 46 R1
Perry Central 48 Tell City 32 R1
Benton Central 70 South Spencer 47 Con
Heritage Hills 66 Boonville 49 SF
Crawford County 43 Tell City 40 Con
Corydon Central 55 Perry Central 41 SF


Plymouth Tournament
Plymouth 67 Knox 53 R1
Lewis Cass 42 New Prairie 39 R1
New Prairie 55 Knox 45 3rd
Plymouth 42 Lewis Cass 37 1st
Rich Twp. (Ill.) Tournament
Hillcrest (Ill.) 61 Hammond Noll 46 5th


Richmond Tournament
Centerville 46 Indianapolis Shortridge 33 Con
Indianapolis Scecina 60 Phalen Academy 35 Con
Seton Catholic 63 North Decatur 59 SF
Bellmont 61 Indianapolis HomeSchool 44 SF
NorthWood 58 Fort Wayne North 49 Con
Bloomington South 50 East Central 31 Con
Heritage Christian 51 Indianapolis Tindley 47 Con
Richmond 48 Greensburg 45 Con
Phalen Academy 67 Indianapolis Shortridge 66 2OT | 15th
Centerville 42 Indianapolis Scecina 30 13th
North Decatur 66 Indianapolis HomeSchool 61 11th
Bellmont 67 Seton Catholic 54 9th
Fort Wayne North 57 East Central 49 7th
NorthWood 59 Bloomington South 47 5th
Greensburg 51 Indianapolis Tindley 48 3rd
Richmond 61 Heritage Christian 34 1st


Sevierville (Tenn.) Tournament
South Dearborn 54 Pendleton County (Ky.) 43 5th


Silver Creek Tournament
Charlestown 49 Clarksville 40 3rd
Providence 50 Silver Creek 43 1st


Southridge Tournament
Southridge 45 South Ripley 41 R1
Orleans 67 South Central (Elizabeth) 45 R1
South Central (Elizabeth) 72 South Ripley 64 3rd
Orleans 40 Southridge 32 1st


Switzerland County Tournament
Switzerland County 55 Trinity Lutheran 54 R1
Christel House 64 Hamilton Heights 55 R1
Indian Creek 47 Rising Sun 38 R1
Hopkins County Central (Ky.) 72 Tri-Township 52 R1
Hamilton Heights 79 Trinity Lutheran 58 Con
Christel House 64 Switzerland County 59 2OT | SF
Rising Sun 58 Tri-Township 43 Con
Indian Creek 87 Hopkins County Central (Ky.) 49 SF


Tabernacle Christian Tournament
Crothersville 48 Tabernacle Christian 30


Union City Tournament
Southern Wells 79 Randolph Southern 53 5th
Bluffton 49 Elwood 19 3rd
Eastern (Greentown) 63 Union City 43 1st


Wabash County Tournament
Manchester 84 Southwood 34 R1
Wabash 46 Northfield 34 R1


Wabash Valley Tournament
Bloomfield 66 Greencastle 45 Con
Sullivan 70 Marshall (Ill.) 29 5th
Parke Heritage 58 Edgewood 44 3rd
Terre Haute North 49 Terre Haute South 35 1st


Wawasee Tournament
Wawasee 62 Rochester 40 R1
Fort Wayne Wayne 68 Fort Wayne Dwenger 56 R1
Fort Wayne Dwenger 68 Rochester 55 3rd
Fort Wayne Wayne 62 Wawasee 60 OT | 1st

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SATURDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Brebeuf Jesuit at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Central Noble at East Noble 1:30 pm
Dugger Union at Washington Catholic 7:30 pm
Eastside at West Noble 2:30 pm
Evansville Memorial vs. Owensboro (Ky.) 5:30 pm
Floyd Central at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Franklin Central at Southport 1:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Jay County at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
Milan at Eastern (Pekin) 6:30 pm
Norwell at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Franklin County 1:30 pm
Seymour at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Union County at Rushville 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Harrison (West Lafayette) 2:30 pm


Belfry (Ky.) Tournament
Avon vs. Paintsville (Ky.) TBA 1st


Hall of Fame Tournament
Kokomo vs. Indianapolis Attucks 11:00 am R1
Brownstown Central vs. Brownsburg 12:45 pm R1
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 7:45 pm 1st


Lakeland Christian Tournament
Clinton Christian vs. Westville 12:30 pm 5th
Demotte Christian vs. Lakeland Christian 3:30 pm 3rd
Bethany Christian vs. Illiana Christian 6:30 pm 1st

Lawrenceburg Tournament
Pool B 3rd place vs. Pool A 3rd place 8:30 am Con
Pool D 3rd place vs. Pool C 3rd place 10:00 am Con
Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 1st place 11:30 am SF
Pool B 2nd place vs. Pool A 2nd place 11:30 am Con
Pool D 1st place vs. Pool C 1st place 1:00 pm SF
Pool D 2nd place vs. Pool C 2nd place 1:00 pm Con
Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14 2:30 pm 11th
Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 2:30 pm 9th
Loser Game 16 vs. Loser Game 18 5:00 pm 7th
Winner Game 16 vs. Winner Game 18 5:00 pm 5th
Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 17 6:30 pm 3rd
Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 17 8:00 pm 1st


Owensboro (Ky.) Classic
Rock Creek Academy at Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) 7:30 pm


Perry-Spencer Tournament
South Spencer vs. Tell City 3:00 pm 7th
Benton Central vs. Crawford County 4:45 pm 5th
Boonville vs. Perry Central 6:30 pm 3rd
Heritage Hills vs. Corydon Central 8:15 pm 1st


South Central (UM) Tournment
West Central at South Central (Union Mills) 11:00 am R1
North White vs. Boone Grove 1:00 pm R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 8:00 pm 1st


Switzerland County Tournament
Tri-Township vs. Trinity Lutheran 12:00 pm 7th
Rising Sun vs. Hamilton Heights 2:00 pm 5th
Hopkins County Central (Ky.) vs. Switzerland County 4:00 pm 3rd
Indian Creek vs. Christel House 6:00 pm 1st


Wabash County Tournament
Southwood vs. Northfield 4:45 pm 3rd
Manchester vs. Wabash 8:15 pm 1st

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES FRIDAY

Bellmont 48 Eastside 34
Bremen 45 Mishawaka 34
Celina (Ohio) 53 Heritage 27
Central Noble 72 South Adams 44
Elwood 41 Taylor 28
Evansville Christian 52 White River Valley 37
Evansville Reitz 48 Hancock County (Ky.) 27
New Albany 45 Evansville Harrison 25
Pike 84 Anderson 61
Randolph Southern 57 South Dearborn 49


Bismarck-Henning (Ill.) Tournament
Attica 41 BHRA (Ill.) 35
North Vermillion TBA 3:30 pm
Benton Central 59 Unity (Ill.) 27 1st


Bowman Academy Tournament
River Forest 44 Bowman Academy 41 OT
Gary West 65 Lighthouse CPA 14
East Chicago Central 34 South Bend Riley 30
River Forest 56 Gary West 41 1st


Carl Sandburg (Ill.) Tournament
Yorkville (Ill.) 59 Hammond Central 46 7th


Carroll County (Ky.) Tournament
Rowan County (Ky.) 57 Shawe Memorial 42 1st
Switzerland County 62 Harrison County (Ky.) 40 5th


Center Grove Tournament
Center Grove 72 Jeffersonville 24 R1
Brownsburg 61 Warsaw 59 R1
Jeffersonville 61 Warsaw 49 3rd
Center Grove 62 Brownsburg 45 1st


Eastern Greene Tournament
Trinity Lutheran 63 Bloomfield 39 SF
Springs Valley 60 Brownstown Central 54 SF
Tecumseh 60 Owen Valley 17 SF
North Knox 67 Southwestern (Hanover) 36 SF
Jasper 45 Martinsville 26 SF
Eastern Greene 50 Trinity Lutheran 45 9th
Owen Valley Martinsville 4:30 pm
Tecumseh Jasper 4:30 pm
Brownstown Central 61 Southwestern (Hanover) 60 3rd
North Knox 48 Springs Valley 36 1st


Goshen Classic
DeKalb 48 New Prairie 28
Goshen 50 East Noble 45


Hall of Fame Tournament
Columbia City 75 Indian Creek 69 R1
Jennings County 60 Lake Central 22 R1
Lake Central 51 Indian Creek 45 OT | 3rd
Columbia City 56 Jennings County 47 1st


Hammond Morton Tournament
Magnificat (Ohio) 67 Homestead 52
Thornwood (Ill.) Hammond Morton 3:00 pm
Lawrence Central 61 Hammond Noll 8


Lake Station Tournament
Marquette Catholic 68 Whiting 32 R1
New Haven 48 Lake Station 42 R1
Lake Station 72 Whiting 42 3rd
Marquette Catholic 65 New Haven 39 1st


Lakeland Christian Tournament
Bethany Christian 51 Hamilton 27 Pool B
Clinton Christian Lakeland Christian 11:30 am
Granger Christian 41 Hamilton 38 Pool B
Demotte Christian Lakeland Christian 2:30 pm
Bethany Christian 52 Granger Christian 26 Pool B
Demotte Christian Clinton Christian 5:30 pm


North Central Classic
Hamilton Southeastern 69 North Central (Indianapolis) 61
Decatur Central 64 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 50


North Decatur Tournament
Edgewood 49 North Decatur 43 R1
Shelbyville 54 Madison 41 R1
North Decatur 52 Madison 33 3rd
Shelbyville 66 Edgewood 28 1st


North White Tournament
North White 47 Clinton Prairie 39 R1
Rochester 42 Kouts 35 R1
Kouts 57 Clinton Prairie 44 3rd
Rochester 29 North White 18 1st


Northridge Tournament
Northridge 68 Fort Wayne Dwenger 38 Pool A
Knox 49 Andrean 48 Pool A
South Bend St. Joseph 56 Rushville 48 Pool B
Merrillville 54 NorthWood 44 Pool B
Northridge 55 Knox 22 Pool A
Fort Wayne Dwenger 43 Andrean 24 Pool A
Merrillville 73 South Bend St. Joseph 37 Pool B
NorthWood 45 Rushville 33 Pool B


Plainfield Classic
Plainfield 59 Indianapolis Roncalli 45 R1
Zionsville 59 Greensburg 49 R1
Greensburg 60 Indianapolis Roncalli 55 3rd
Zionsville 42 Plainfield 40 1st


Portage Tournament
Munster 46 Portage 43 SF
Kankakee Valley 65 Washington Twp. 33 SF
South Bend Adams 49 Morgan Twp. 46 Con
Hobart 45 Mishawaka Marian 22 Con
Morgan Twp. 65 Mishawaka Marian 28 7th
South Bend Adams 64 Hobart 45 5th
Portage 58 Washington Twp. 57 3rd
Munster 44 Kankakee Valley 21 1st


Robinson (Ill.) Tournament
Oswego (Ill.) 64 Terre Haute South 44 7th
Sullivan 49 North Central (Farmersburg) 44 3rd


Union City Invitational
Clinton Central 58 Adams Central 39 R1
Union City 47 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 37 R1
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 53 Union County 44 R1
Blackford 65 Blue River 35 R1


Vincennes Rivet Tournament
Lanesville 48 Vincennes Rivet 27 Pool B
South Knox 52 Lafayette Central Catholic 31 Pool A
Evansville Memorial 64 Purdue Poly Englewood 19 Pool B
Corydon Central 38 Lafayette Central Catholic 37 Pool A
Vincennes Rivet 55 Purdue Poly Englewood 21 Pool B
Evansville Memorial 56 Lanesville 43 Pool A
South Knox 59 Corydon Central 48 Pool B


Wabash County Tournament
Wabash 48 Southwood 26 R1
Manchester 57 Northfield 44 R1


Whitefield Academy Tournament
South Central (Elizabeth) 75 Presentation (Ky.) 26 Pool

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SATURDAY SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bellmont at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Clay City at Loogootee 1:00 pm
Dugger Union at Washington Catholic 6:00 pm
Eastside at Edon (Ohio) 7:00 pm
Evansville Harrison vs. Hancock County (Ky.) 4:15 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Indianapolis Chatard 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Morristown 2:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Southport 5:30 pm
Paoli at New Washington 7:30 pm
Shakamak at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Shoals at Rock Creek Academy 12:00 pm
Union (Modoc) at Shenandoah 6:00 pm


Goshen Classic
East Noble vs. New Prairie 5:00 pm
DeKalb at Goshen 7:00 pm


Grant 4 Tournament
Madison-Grant vs. Oak Hill 10:00 am R1
Eastbrook at Mississinewa 12:00 pm R1
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 6:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 8:00 pm 1st


Huntington North Classic
Wawasee at Huntington North 10:00 am
Plymouth vs. Hamilton Heights 11:45 am
Wawasee vs. Hamilton Heights 6:00 pm
Plymouth at Huntington North 7:45 pm


Lakeland Christian Tournament
Hamilton vs. Pool A 3rd place 11:00 am 5th
Granger Christian vs. Pool A 2nd place 2:00 pm 3rd
Bethany Christian vs. Pool A 1st place 5:00 pm 1st


Lawrence North Tournament
Westfield at Lawrence North 10:00 am R1
Elkhart vs. Eastern Hancock 11:45 am R1
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 5:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 6:45 pm 1st


Logansport Tournament
Northwestern vs. Argos 10:00 am R1
Wheeler at Logansport 11:30 am R1
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 5:00 pm 3rd
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 6:30 pm 1st


Northridge Tournament
Andrean at Northridge 10:00 am Pool A
Fort Wayne Dwenger vs. Knox 10:00 am Pool A
South Bend St. Joseph vs. NorthWood 11:30 am Pool B
Rushville vs. Merrillville 11:30 am Pool B
Rushville vs. Andrean 2:30 pm 7th
Pool B 3rd place vs. Pool A 3rd place 2:30 pm 5th
Pool B 2nd place vs. Pool A 2nd place 4:00 pm 3rd
Merrillville at Northridge 4:00 pm 1st


Union City Invitational
Adams Central vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 9:00 am Con
Union County vs. Blue River 10:30 am Con
Clinton Central at Union City 12:00 pm SF
Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Blackford 1:30 pm SF
Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 3:30 pm 7th
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 5:00 pm 5th
Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 6:30 pm 3rd
Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 8:00 pm 1st


Vincennes Rivet Tournament
Vincennes Rivet vs. Lafayette Central Catholic 12:00 pm 5th
Lanesville vs. Corydon Central 2:00 pm 3rd
Evansville Memorial vs. South Knox 4:00 pm 1st


Wabash County Tournament
Southwood vs. Northfield 3:00 pm 3rd
Wabash vs. Manchester 6:30 pm 1st


Whitefield Academy Tournament
South Central (Elizabeth) vs. TBA TBA Place

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

https://indianamat.com/index.php?/dualresults.html/

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Friday, Dec. 29

Clemson 38 Kentucky 35

Notre Dame 40 Oregon State 8

Memphis 36 Iowa State 26

Missouri 14 Ohio State 3

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-17 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY DECEMBER 30

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m., ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes

SUNDAY DECEMBER 31

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens, 1PM, CBS

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1PM CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears, 1PM CBS

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1PM FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts, 1 PM CBS

Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1PM CBS

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1PM FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles, 1PM FOX

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1PM FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Commanders, 1PM FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 PM FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 PM CBS

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 PM NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#1 Purdue 80 Eastern Kentucky 53

#8 Kentucky 96 Illinois State 70

#18 Clemson 93 Radford 58

#21 Texas 72 North Carolina Greensboro 37

#9 North Carolina 105 Charleston Southern 60

#15 Colorado State 106 Adam State 61

San Diego State 84 #13 Gonzaga 74

#11 Illinois 104 Fairleigh Dickinson 71

#4 Arizona 100 California 81

ELSEWHERE:

Indiana 100 Kennesaw State 87

Cincinnati 76 Evansville 58

SE Missouri State 93 Southern Indiana 91

Elon 82 Valpo 78

Minnesota 80 Maine 62

Iowa 103 Northern Illinois 74

Northwestern 74 Jackson State 63

Purdue Ft. Wayne 73 Northern Kentucky 60

Nebraska 91 South Carolina State 62

IUPUI 67 Detroit 55

Penn State 90 Rider 63

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#22 Florida State 95 Georgia Tech 80

#9 Stanford 78 California 51

ELSEWHERE:

Southern Indiana 75 SE Missouri State 37

Robert Morris 60 IUPUI 49

NBA SCOREBOARD

Orlando 117 New York 108

Washington 110 Brooklyn 104

Milwaukee 119 Cleveland 111

Sacramento 117 Atlanta 110

Boston 120 Toronto 118

Philadelphia 131 Houston 127

Oklahoma City 119 Denver 93

Phoenix 133 Charlotte 119

Portland 134 San Antonio 128

LA Clippers 117 Memphis 106

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida 4 NY Rangers 3

Detroit 5 Nashville 4 OT

New Jersey 6 Ottawa 2

Columbus 6 Toronto 5 OT

NY Islanders 5 Washington 1

Colorado 2 St. Louis 1

Dallas 5 Chicago 4 OT

Arizona 2 Anaheim 0

Seattle 2 Philadelphia 1 OT

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

BROWNS WR ELIJAH MOORE HOSPITALIZED OVERNIGHT AFTER SUSTAINING ‘SCARY’ CONCUSSION IN WIN OVER JETS

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore was hospitalized overnight after suffering a concussion on Thursday night in a playoff-clinching win over the New York Jets.

Moore, who had a touchdown reception in the second quarter, got hurt when his head got slammed face-mask first into the turf on a tackle after a 22-yard gain.

The 23-year-old Moore appeared to be knocked unconscious, and after he rolled onto his back, his body began to twitch involuntarily as he laid on the ground.

Moore was eventually helped to his feet by team personnel and escorted to the sideline medical tent. He was then taken to the locker room for evaluation and treatment.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that Moore is “doing better.”

“He’s home,” Stefanski said without providing much detail. “Those are always scary.”

Moore is in his first season with the Browns, who acquired him in a trade from the Jets in March. His 8-yard TD reception from quarterback Joe Flacco gave Cleveland a 27-7 lead. Moore and Flacco were also teammates in New York.

Moore’s loss further depleted Cleveland’s depth at wide receiver with Amari Cooper also sitting out with a heel injury following his 265-yard game last week against Houston.

DOLPHINS WR JAYLEN WADDLE RULED OUT VS. RAVENS

The Miami Dolphins ruled out wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for Sunday’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens.

He sustained an ankle injury in last Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday before being ruled out on Friday.

Waddle, who also got poked in the eye, played only 28 snaps and caught just one pass — a 50-yard reception on Miami’s opening drive — against Dallas.

Waddle, 25, has 72 receptions for 1,014 yards and four touchdowns in 14 starts this season.

The 2021 first-round pick is the first player in Dolphins history with 1,000 receiving yards in three straight seasons.

The host Ravens (12-3) can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a victory Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins (11-4).

CARDINALS PLACING WR MARQUISE BROWN (HEEL) ON IR

The Arizona Cardinals are shutting down wide receiver Marquise Brown for the season.

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Head coach Jonathan Gannon said Friday that Brown will be placed on injured reserve with a heel injury.

Brown caught 51 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns in 14 starts this season for the Cardinals (3-12).

The 2019 first-round pick has 313 catches for 3,644 yards and 28 TDs in 72 games (65 starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2019-21) and Cardinals.

Brown, 26, earned $13.4 million this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

WEEK 17 NFL CAPSULES

****SATURDAY****
Detroit Lions (11-4) at Dallas Cowboys (10-5): Cowboys TE Jason Witten’s former backup in Dallas has turned out to be a fine football coach. Dan Campbell and the Lions clinched the NFC North last week by beating the Vikings and draw Minnesota again next week hoping to be in position to capture the lone NFC playoff bye. The Cowboys are alive for the NFC East title and already clinched a playoff spot. But Dallas isn’t feeling great of late with back-to-back losses on the road to the Bills and Dolphins. The Cowboys return home Saturday night where they are 7-0 this season and have scored at least 30 points in all seven. Stops could be hard to come by. Both teams are in the top six in the NFL in total offense and passing.

LIONS NOTES:

DETROIT clinched 1st division title since 1993. • QB JARED GOFF completed 30 of 40 atts. (75 pct.) for 257 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 99.7 rating last week. Has 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5. Ranks 3rd in NFL in pass yards (3,984) & tied-3rd in TD passes (27). Has 3 previous 4,000-yard seasons (2018, 2019 & 2022) & 1 previous 30+ TD pass season (2018). • RB JAHMYR GIBBS (rookie) had 100 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 20 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Is only rookie with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,188) & 10+ scrimmage TDs (10). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 11th rush TD of season last week. Gibbs & Montgomery are only pair of RB teammates each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in 2023. Has 1,027 scrimmage yards this season, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 302 career receptions & became 4th player ever with 300+ catches in 1st 3 seasons. Ranks tied3rd in NFL with 106 catches in 2023 & is 6th player ever with 100+ catches in 2 of his 1st 3 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • TE SAM LAPORTA has 74 receptions in 2023, tied with Jeremy Shockey (2002) for 2nd-most by rookie TE ever (Keith Jackson – 81 in 1988). Has 9 rec. TDs in 2023 & can become 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON aims for his 4th in row with PD. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • S IFEATU MELIFONWU had career-high 2 sacks & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ PD. • S KERBY JOSEPH had 2nd-career 2 INT game last week. • DB BRIAN BRANCH (rookie) had 3rd-career INT & 1st-career FF of season last week. Has PD in 5 of his past 6.

RESULTS

Sep. 7 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:20 PM W, 21-20 1-0

2 Sep. 17 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 PM L, 37-31 (OT) 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 20-6 2-1

4 Sep. 28 at Green Bay Packers (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 34-20 3-1

5 Oct. 8 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 42-24 4-1

6 Oct. 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25 PM W, 20-6 5-1

7 Oct. 22 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM L, 38-6 5-2

8 Oct. 30 Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 26-14 6-2

9 BYE

10 Nov. 12 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM W, 41-38 7-2

11 Nov. 19 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM W, 31-26 8-2

12 Nov. 23 Green Bay Packers 12:30 PM L, 29-22 8-3

13 Dec. 3 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 33-28 9-3

14 Dec. 10 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM L, 28-13 9-4

15 Dec. 16 Denver Broncos (Sat) 8:15 PM W, 42-17 10-4

16 Dec. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM W, 34-20 11-4

COWBOYS NOTES:

DALLAS is 1st team ever with 30+ points in each of 1st 7 home games of season. Have won 15 straight home games. • QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.9 rating last week. Leads NFL with 30 TD passes, ranks 3rd in rating (104.2) & 5th in pass yards (3,892) in 2023. Has 34 TDs (32 pass, 2 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 113.4 rating in his past 13 home starts. Has 8 TD passes vs. INT for 142.6 rating in 2 career starts on Saturday. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.5 rating in 4 career starts vs. Det. & aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 110+ rating. • RB TONY POLLARD has career-high 52 receptions in 2023. Has 1,181 scrimmage yards this season, his 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. Had 109 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 26 rec.) in last meeting. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD last week. Leads NFL with career-high 109 receptions, ranks 2nd with career-high 1,424 rec. yards & ranks tied-4th with 9 rec. TDs in 2023. Can become 3rd WR in past 10 seasons (Davante Adams – 2020 & Antonio Brown – 2018) with scrimmage TD in 8 straight games within single season. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 6th rec. TD of season last week. • LB MICAH PARSONS joined HOFer Reggie White as only players since 1982 with 13+ sacks in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons. Has 39.5 career sacks & can become 5th player since 1982 with 40+ sacks in 1st 3 career seasons. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 3 sacks, 4 TFL, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Det. • CB DARON BLAND leads NFL with 8 INTs & NFL-record 5 INTTDs in 2023. Has INT in 5 of his past 6 at home. • CB STEPHON GILMORE has 5 PD in his past 5 at home. Has 12 PD in 2023, his 8th-career season with 10+ PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at New York Giants 8:20 PM W, 40-0 1-0

2 Sep. 17 New York Jets 4:25 PM W, 30-10 2-0

3 Sep. 24 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM L, 28-16 2-1

4 Oct. 1 New England Patriots 4:25 PM W, 38-3 3-1

5 Oct. 8 at San Francisco 49ers 8:20 PM L, 42-10 3-2

6 Oct. 16 at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 20-17 4-2

7 BYE

8 Oct. 29 Los Angeles Rams 1:00 PM W, 43-20 5-2

9 Nov. 5 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM L, 28-23 5-3

10 Nov. 12 New York Giants 4:25 PM W, 49-17 6-3

11 Nov. 19 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 33-10 7-3

12 Nov. 23 Washington Commanders (Thanksgiving) 4:30 PM W, 45-10 8-3

13 Nov. 30 Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 41-35 9-3

14 Dec. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 8:20 PM W, 33-13 10-3

15 Dec. 17 at Buffalo Bills 4:25 PM L, 31-10 10-4

16 Dec. 24 at Miami Dolphins 4:25 PM L, 22-20 10-5

****SUNDAY****
Miami Dolphins (11-4) at Baltimore Ravens (12-3): Baltimore would claim the conference’s top seed with a victory in a clash of a Miami offense that leads the NFL in scoring at 30.9 points per game and total offense at 411.5 yards per game against a Ravens defense that allows a league-low 16.3 points per outing. Baltimore’s arrow is pointing up after a Christmas night win over a team many view as the team to beat the NFC, the 49ers. Miami coach Mike McDaniel is a former San Francisco assistant in his second season of running a similar system with the Dolphins. The rout of the 49ers was the Ravens’ seventh victory by 14 or more points this season. Miami beat the Ravens in the past two meetings. Lamar Jackson is back in MVP form. The 2019 MVP has passed for 3,357 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions while also rushing for 786 yards and five scores this season.

MIAMI NOTES:

DOLPHINS clinched postseason for 2nd-straight season. Lead NFL in total offense (411.5 yards/game) & scoring offense (30.9 points/game). • QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 24 of 37 atts. (64.9 pct.) for 293 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 98.1 rating last week, 12th game with 90+ rating this season, most in NFL. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Set career highs in completions (36), pass yards (469) & TD passes (6) in last meeting. Has career-high 4,214 pass yards & 26 TD passes in 2023 & can join HOFer Dan Marino as only QBs in franchise history with 4,500+ pass yards in a season. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had TD catch last week, 5th-straight game with TD. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7. Has 233 scrimmage yards (116.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Bal. Ties for NFL lead with franchise-record 21 TDs (18 rush, 3 rec.) in 2023, 3rd-most by undrafted player in a season since 1967. • RB DE’VON ACHANE ranks tied-2nd among rookies with 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) Has 100+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs in 2 of 3 road games. • WR TYREEK HILL had 9 catches for 99 yards last week. Has 5+ catches & 95+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 11 catches for 190 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 1,641 yards & needs 70 rec. yards for new career high & single-season franchise record. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 11 catches for 171 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 1,014 rec. yards, 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB aims for 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had sack in only career game vs. Bal. (9/23/18 w/ Den.). • LB ANDREW VAN GINKEL had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks & PD. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 7th in row with PD. • CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 4th in row vs. Bal. with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM W, 36-34 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at New England Patriots 8:20 PM W, 24-17 2-0

3 Sep. 24 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM W, 70-20 3-0

4 Oct. 1 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM L, 48-20 3-1

5 Oct. 8 New York Giants 1:00 PM W, 31-16 4-1

6 Oct. 15 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 42-21 5-1

7 Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20 PM L, 31-17 5-2

8 Oct. 29 New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 31-17 6-2

9 Nov. 5 vs Kansas City Chiefs (Frankfurt) 9:30 AM L, 21-14 6-3

10 BYE

11 Nov. 19 Las Vegas Raiders 1:00 PM W, 20-13 7-3

12 Nov. 24 at New York Jets (Fri) 3:00 PM W, 34-13 8-3

13 Dec. 3 at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 45-15 9-3

14 Dec. 11 Tennessee Titans (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 28-27 9-4

15 Dec. 17 New York Jets 1:00 PM W, 30-0 10-4

16 Dec. 24 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM W, 22-20 11-4

RAVENS NOTES:

RAVENS clinched playoff berth for 2nd-consecutive season & for 5th time in past 6 seasons. • QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 297 yards (252 pass, 45 rush) & had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 105.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Has 1,044 total yards (348 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT with 128 rating in 3 career starts vs. Mia. Has career-high 3,357 pass yards in 2023 & can become 3rd Ravens QB ever with 3,500+ pass yards in a season, joining Joe Flacco & Vinny Testaverde. • RB GUS EDWARDS had 70 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 31 rush) & career-high 12th rush TD of season last week, tied 2nd-most rush TDs in a season in franchise history. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5 at home. • WR ZAY FLOWERS (rookie) led team with 9 catches for 72 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches & rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Ranks tied-2nd among rookies with 74 catches, most-ever by Bal. rookie. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has TD catch in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 250 rec. yards (125 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Mia. • TE ISAIAH LIKELY (rookie) aims for 4th in row with 55+ rec. yards. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE has 0.5+ sacks in 11 of past 12 overall & has full sack in 6 of 7 home games this season. Has 12 sacks in 2023 & can become 6th Raven ever with 13+ sacks in a season. • DE BRENT URBAN led team with career-high 2 sacks last week. • LB ROQUAN SMITH aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles. Ranks tied4th in NFL with 151 tackles, 3rd-straight season with 150+ tackles. • S KYLE HAMILTON set career highs in PD (3) & INTs (2) last week. Has 10 PD in his past 7. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS had 7 tackles, TFL & INT in Week 16. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles & has PD in 4 of past 5.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Houston Texans 1:00 PM W, 25-9 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM W, 27-24 2-0

3 Sep. 24 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM L, 22-19 (OT) 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM W, 28-3 3-1

5 Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM L, 17-10 3-2

6 Oct. 15 vs Tennessee Titans (Tottenham) 9:30 AM W, 24-16 4-2

7 Oct. 22 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM W, 38-6 5-2

8 Oct. 29 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM W, 31-24 6-2

9 Nov. 5 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 PM W, 37-3 7-2

10 Nov. 12 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 33-31 7-3

11 Nov. 16 Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 34-20 8-3

12 Nov. 26 at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 PM W, 20-10 9-3

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 Los Angeles Rams 1:00 PM W, 37-31 (OT) 10-3

15 Dec. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:20 PM W, 23-7 11-3

16 Dec. 25 at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 33-19 12-3

New England Patriots (4-11) at Buffalo Bills (9-6): Speculation about the future of Bill Belichick is ramping up as these AFC East rivals square off in New York. Bills head coach Sean McDermott tries to avoid that narrative by steering Buffalo back to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. It’s not yet a cinch. Winners in four of their past five games, the Bills are still very much in the thick of the playoff race but can secure a postseason berth as early as Sunday. The Bills have 14 clinching scenarios, all requiring a win or tie. Buffalo would then need help from at least two other teams in each scenario. But one of New England’s four wins this season was Oct. 22 against the Bills. The Patriots have won two of their past three games following a five-game losing streak.

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB BAILEY ZAPPE completed 25 of 33 atts. (season-high 75.8 pct.) for season-high 256 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with seasonhigh 117.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. Has 115+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 7 TDs vs. INT with 117.2 rating in 3 career road starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 60 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 27 rush) & rec. TD last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had rush TD in Week 7 meeting. Is only RB with 800+ scrimmage yards in each of past 8 seasons. • WR DEMARIO DOUGLAS (rookie) had 5 catches & led team with 74 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of past 6. Had 54 rec. yards in Week 7 meeting. Needs 6 catches to become 1st NE rookie with 50+ catches since Terry Glenn in 1996 (90). • WR DEVANTE PARKER had season-best 65 rec. yards in Week 16. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 79 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting (1/8/23). • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 5 catches for 113 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (10/16/22 w/ KC) & has 50+ rec. yards in each of 3 career games vs. Buf. • TE HUNTER HENRY aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 2nd TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in Week 7 meeting. • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE had career-high 8 tackles, careerhigh 3 sacks & 1st-career FF in Week 16. Aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 3rd in row with 6+ tackles & full sack. Had sack in Week 7 meeting. Needs 1.5 sacks for 1st-career 10-sack season. • LB JOSH UCHE had 3rd sack of season last week. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. • S KYLE DUGGER had 5 tackles, TFL & PD last week.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM L, 25-20 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Miami Dolphins 8:20 PM L, 24-17 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at New York Jets 1:00 PM W, 15-10 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM L, 38-3 1-3

5 Oct. 8 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 34-0 1-4

6 Oct. 15 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM L, 21-17 1-5

7 Oct. 22 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM W, 29-25 2-5

8 Oct. 29 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 31-17 2-6

9 Nov. 5 Washington Commanders 1:00 PM L, 20-17 2-7

10 Nov. 12 Indianapolis Colts (Frankfurt) 9:30 AM L, 10-6 2-8

11 BYE

12 Nov. 26 at New York Giants 1:00 PM L, 10-7 2-9

13 Dec. 3 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM L, 6-0 2-10

14 Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 21-18 3-10

15 Dec. 17 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM L, 27-17 3-11

16 Dec. 24 at Denver Broncos 8:15 PM W, 26-23 4-11

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 15 of 21 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 237 yards with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) & 104.7 rating last week, 11th game this season with both pass & rush TD, most in a season all-time. Has rush TD in 8 of past 9, incl. each of past 4. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in Week 7 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. NE with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 13 rush TDs in 2023, tied 3rd-most ever by QB in a season. Needs 222 pass yards & 3 TD passes to join Drew Brees as only QBs ever with 4,000+ pass yards & 30+ TD passes in 4 straight seasons. • RB JAMES COOK rushed for 70 yards last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6 & each of past 3 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TD. Had 102 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 46 rec.) & rec. TD in Week 7 meeting & has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NE. Ranks 4th in NFL with 1,471 scrimmage yards & can become 1st Buf. RB with 1,500-yard season since 2017 (LeSean McCoy). • WR STEFON DIGGS had 5 catches in Week 16. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NE with 6+ catches, 55+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Needs 4 catches to become 3rd player ever with 100+ catches in 4 straight seasons. • WR GABE DAVIS led team with season-high 130 rec. yards last week, 3rd game this season with 100+ rec. yards. • TE DALTON KINCAID (rookie) had 8 catches for 75 yards in Week 7 meeting. Ranks 2nd among rookie TEs with 62 catches. • S JORDAN POYER has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, sack & FF in Week 7 meeting. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. NE. • CB TARON JOHNSON had season-best 2 PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles & PD. Had PD in Week 7 meeting. • LB TERREL BERNARD had 7 tackles & sack in Week 16. • DT ED OLIVER had season-high 2 sacks last week, 2nd-career 2-sack game. Has PD in 2 of past 3.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 11 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 22-16 (OT) 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Las Vegas Raiders 1:00 PM W, 38-10 1-1

3 Sep. 24 at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 37-3 2-1

4 Oct. 1 Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM W, 48-20 3-1

5 Oct. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars (Tottenham) 9:30 AM L, 25-20 3-2

6 Oct. 15 New York Giants 8:20 PM W, 14-9 4-2

7 Oct. 22 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM L, 29-25 4-3

8 Oct. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 24-18 5-3

9 Nov. 5 at Cincinnati Bengals 8:20 PM L, 24-18 5-4

10 Nov. 13 Denver Broncos (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 24-22 5-5

11 Nov. 19 New York Jets 4:25 PM W, 32-6 6-5

12 Nov. 26 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM L, 37-34 6-6

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM W, 20-17 7-6

15 Dec. 17 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM W, 31-10 8-6

16 Dec. 23 at Los Angeles Chargers (Sat) 8:00 PM W, 24-22 9-6

Atlanta Falcons (7-8) at Chicago Bears (6-9): Falcons owner Arthur Blank offered no guarantees on the job status of coach Arthur Smith this month, stating he wants to see how it plays out, referring to the final games of the regular season. Atlanta needs two wins and a lot of help to sneak into the playoffs and stands No. 9 in playoff seeding — with the top seven teams getting in — entering Week 17. Playoff probability measures the Falcons’ chances to reach the postseason at 10 percent. Smith said you’d have to live in “Perth, Australia” not to be aware of all the postseason chatter. A win over the Colts last week kept the postseason conversation alive. The Bears have won three of the past four games and had the fourth in their grasp at Cleveland, a sign Chicago could be rounding into form at this late juncture. Will it be enough for head coach Matt Eberflus and QB Justin Fields to stay in 2024? Both say they’re focused on beating the Falcons and nothing else.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 23 of 33 atts. (69.7 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 99.2 rating in Week 16. Aims for his 9th in row with TD pass. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 road games. Aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2023 with 0 INTs. • RB BIJAN ROBINSON (rookie) had career-high 7 catches & 122 scrimage yards (72 rush, 50 rec.) in Week 16, his 5th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies in rush yards (872) & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,246). • RB TYLER ALLGEIER had 88 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 19 rec.) & career-high 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Robinson (1,246) & Allgeier (754) are 1 of 4 RB duos in 2023 each with 750+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 55 yards in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON leads team with 61 receptions & 808 rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • TE KYLE PITTS had career-high 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 50 catches for 635 yards in 2023. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had season-high 1.5 sacks last week & has 5.5 sacks in 2023, his 13th-career season with 5+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with PD. • DL ZACH HARRISON (rookie) had 1st-career 2-sack game last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • LB KADEN ELLISS had 10 tackles, career-high 3 TFL, sack & PD last week. Is 1 of 7 in NFL with 100+ tackles (110) & 10+ TFL (10) in 2023. • S JESSIE BATES ranks tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 6 INTs & ranks 2nd among DBs in 2023 with career-high 117 tackles. Has 6 PD & 3 INTs in his past 5. • S RICHIE GRANT had 2nd FF of season in Week 16.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 24-10 1-0

2 Sep. 17 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM W, 25-24 2-0

3 Sep. 24 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM L, 20-6 2-1

4 Oct. 1 vs Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley) 9:30 AM L, 23-7 2-2

5 Oct. 8 Houston Texans 1:00 PM W, 21-19 3-2

6 Oct. 15 Washington Commanders 1:00 PM L, 24-16 3-3

7 Oct. 22 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM W, 16-13 4-3

8 Oct. 29 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM L, 28-23 4-4

9 Nov. 5 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM L, 31-28 4-5

10 Nov. 12 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM L, 25-23 4-6

11 BYE

12 Nov. 26 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 24-15 5-6

13 Dec. 3 at New York Jets 1:00 PM W, 13-8 6-6

14 Dec. 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 29-25 6-7

15 Dec. 17 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM L, 9-7 6-8

16 Dec. 24 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 29-10 7-8

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 267 yards (170 pass, 97 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 16, his 9th-career game with both pass TD & rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD pass & rush TD. Has 7 career games with 95+ rush yards, 3rd-most by QB in NFL history. Had 238 yards (153 pass, 85 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB KHALIL HERBERT had 121 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 9 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week, his 6th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE leads team with 83 receptions for 1,141 yards & 7 TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 4 WRs (Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs & Tyreek Hill) with 1,100+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 seasons. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Has 50+ rec. yards in 8 of his 10 career games vs. Atl. • TE COLE KMET had career-high 107 rec yards last week, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Has career highs in receptions (70) & rec. yards (678) in 2023. • LB T.J. EDWARDS ranks 2nd in NFC with 141 tackles in 2023 & needs 9 tackles for 2nd-straight 150+ tackle season. Has 5 PD in his past 5. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS needs 2 tackles for 6th-straight 100+ tackle season. Aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. Has 6 sacks in his past 5. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON has PD in 4 of his past 5. Had FR in last meeting. • DB KYLER GORDON had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER has PD in 6 of his past 7. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 5th in row overall with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM L, 38-20 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 27-17 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 41-10 0-3

4 Oct. 1 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM L, 31-28 0-4

5 Oct. 5 at Washington Commanders (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 40-20 1-4

6 Oct. 15 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM L, 19-13 1-5

7 Oct. 22 Las Vegas Raiders 1:00 PM W, 30-12 2-5

8 Oct. 29 at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 PM L, 30-13 2-6

9 Nov. 5 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 24-17 2-7

10 Nov. 9 Carolina Panthers (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 16-13 3-7

11 Nov. 19 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM L, 31-26 3-8

12 Nov. 27 at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 12-10 4-8

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM W, 28-13 5-8

15 Dec. 17 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 20-17 5-9

16 Dec. 24 Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM W, 27-16 6-9

Tennessee Titans (5-10) at Houston Texans (8-7): Rookie quarterbacks returning to health is the top storyline in the AFC South showdown with Houston holding onto hope for a playoff bid in C.J. Stroud’s debut season. The Texans are in a three-way tie with Jacksonville and Indianapolis in the division but are currently eighth in conference seeding, on the outside looking in at the postseason picture. However, should Houston defeat the Titans and Colts over its final two games, it will secure its first playoff berth since the 2019 campaign. The Titans have been eliminated from postseason contention, but they are anxious to get additional looks at Will Levis, who is 3-5 as a starter and was lost to an ankle injury in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Texans two weeks ago. Levis, who did not play last week in a setback against the Seahawks, has passed for 1,792 yards and eight touchdowns against four interceptions in his eight starts.

TITANS NOTES:

QB WILL LEVIS (rookie) completed 17 of 26 atts. (65.4 pct.) for 199 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 15 meeting. Has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 games vs. division. • QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 26 atts. (69.2 pct.) last week in 1st start since Week 6. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 138.9 rating in his last start vs. Hou. (1/9/22). • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 88 yards & 11th TD of season in Week 16. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5 & ties for NFL lead with 7 rush TDs since Week 12. Has 1,027 rush yards (171.2 per game) & 10 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. Hou., with 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 5 of 6 games. Needs 28 rush yards for 5th-career season with 1,000+ rush yards. Is 3rd player ever with 10+ rush TDs in 6 straight seasons. • RB TYJAE SPEARS (rookie) had 67 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 27 rec.) & 5 catches last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks 3rd among rookies RBs with 45 catches & 4th with 743 scrimmage yards (428 rush, 315 rec.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. Needs 61 rec. yards for 7th-career 1,000-yard season. Spent 1st 7 seasons of career with Hou. (2013-19) & ranks 2nd in Hou. franchise history in catches (632), rec. yards (8,602) & rec. TDs (54). • TE CHIGOZIEM OKONKWO set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (63) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. • DE DENICO AUTRY has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of past 5. Had 2 sacks in Week 15 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with sack. • LB HAROLD LANDRY had 2 TFL & sack last week & has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of past 4. • LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR aims for 6th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Had 13 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 15 meeting.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 16-15 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM W, 27-24 (OT) 1-1

3 Sep. 24 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 27-3 1-2

4 Oct. 1 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM W, 27-3 2-2

5 Oct. 8 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM L, 23-16 2-3

6 Oct. 15 Baltimore Ravens (Tottenham) 9:30 AM L, 24-16 2-4

7 BYE

8 Oct. 29 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 28-23 3-4

9 Nov. 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 20-16 3-5

10 Nov. 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 20-6 3-6

11 Nov. 19 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 34-14 3-7

12 Nov. 26 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 17-10 4-7

13 Dec. 3 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM L, 31-28 (OT) 4-8

14 Dec. 11 at Miami Dolphins (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 28-27 5-8

15 Dec. 17 Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 19-16 (OT) 5-9

16 Dec. 24 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 PM L, 20-17 5-10

TEXANS NOTES:

QB C.J. STROUD (rookie) has 0 INTs in each of his past 3 & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3. Has 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs with 109 rating in 7 home starts. Has 968 pass yards (322.7 per game) & 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 111.5 rating in 3 starts vs. division. Needs 171 pass yards to surpass Mac Jones (3,801 in 2021) for 5th-most pass yards by rookie in NFL history. • QB CASE KEENUM completed 11 of 17 atts. (64.7 pct.) last week. Passed for 229 yards in Week 15 meeting. • QB DAVIS MILLS passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs last week. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY aims for 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had career-high 170 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 49 rec.) in Week 15 meeting. Needs 60 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. • RB DAMEON PIERCE had 98-yard KR-TD last week, 1st-career return-TD. Hou is only team this season with 2 KR-TDs. • FB ANDREW BECK had 1st TD catch of season last week. • WR NICO COLLINS had career-high 7th rec. TD of season last week & has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Has 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of 3 games vs. division this season. • WR NOAH BROWN had 8 catches for 82 yards & TD in Week 15 meeting. Has career-high 559 rec. yards this season. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • CB DESMOND KING led team with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles & 2+ TFL. • CB DEREK STINGLEY had 2 PD & 5th INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Has INT in each of past 4 at home. • S DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON had 6 tackles, TFL & 2nd INT of season last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. • DE JERRY HUGHES had 2nd sack of season in Week 16.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM L, 25-9 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM L, 31-20 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM W, 37-17 1-2

4 Oct. 1 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM W, 30-6 2-2

5 Oct. 8 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 21-19 2-3

6 Oct. 15 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 20-13 3-3

7 BYE

8 Oct. 29 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM L, 15-13 3-4

9 Nov. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM W, 39-37 4-4

10 Nov. 12 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM W, 30-27 5-4

11 Nov. 19 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM W, 21-16 6-4

12 Nov. 26 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 24-21 6-5

13 Dec. 3 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM W, 22-17 7-5

14 Dec. 10 at New York Jets 1:00 PM L, 30-6 7-6

15 Dec. 17 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 19-16 (OT) 8-6

16 Dec. 24 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 36-22 8-7

Las Vegas Raiders (7-8) at Indianapolis Colts (8-7): Interim head coach Antonio Pierce is assembling an impressive resume tape for the full-time position with the Raiders as they head to Indianapolis with a plan to slow down RB Jonathan Taylor. Taylor has three consecutive 100-plus-yard outings against the Raiders and neither team can afford another loss in a tightly packed field of teams chasing the final playoff spots in the AFC. The Raiders are 4-3 under Pierce and upset the Chiefs on Christmas Day. Colts QB Gardner Minshew is on high alert after Las Vegas scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in each of the past two weeks. The Colts entered the week in the final wild-card spot in the AFC despite tumbling 29-10 last week in Atlanta. WR Michael Pittman (concussion, shoulder) is expected back from a one-game absence.

RAIDERS NOTES:

RAIDERS are 1st team with 2+ defensive TDs in consecutive games since Chicago in 2012. • QB AIDAN O’CONNELL (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 163 completions, tied-3rd with 8 TD passes & 4th with 1,675 pass yards this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for his 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 106 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Needs rush TD to become 7th player all-time with 7+ rush TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. • RB ZAMIR WHITE had career-high 145 rush yards last week, most in NFL in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Has TD catch in each of 3 career games vs. Ind., with 100+ rec. yards in each of his past 2. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 8 seasons. Needs 28 rec. yards for 4thstraight 1,000-yard season. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 42 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in each of 2 career games vs. Ind. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for 6th in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of 7 road games this season. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 20 TFL in 2023 & is 6th player sine 2000 with 20+ TFL in consecutive seasons. • DE MALCOLM KOONCE had career-high 4 TFL & 3 sacks last week, 2nd-straight game with 2+ sacks. • DT BILAL NICHOLS had 8-yard FR-TD in Week 16. • DT ADAM BUTLER had sack & 1st FF of season last week. • CB JACK JONES is 2nd player this season (DaRon Bland) with INT-TD in consecutive games.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM W, 17-16 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM L, 38-10 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 PM L, 23-18 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM L, 24-17 1-3

5 Oct. 9 Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 17-13 2-3

6 Oct. 15 New England Patriots 4:05 PM W, 21-17 3-3

7 Oct. 22 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM L, 30-12 3-4

8 Oct. 30 at Detroit Lions (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 26-14 3-5

9 Nov. 5 New York Giants 4:25 PM W, 30-6 4-5

10 Nov. 12 New York Jets 8:20 PM W, 16-12 5-5

11 Nov. 19 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 20-13 5-6

12 Nov. 26 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 31-17 5-7

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 Minnesota Vikings 4:05 PM L, 3-0 5-8

15 Dec. 14 Los Angeles Chargers (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 63-21 6-8

16 Dec. 25 at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 1:00 PM W, 20-14 7-8

COLTS NOTES:

QB GARDNER MINSHEW totaled 232 yards (201 pass, season high 31 rush) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at home. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 102.8 rating in only career start vs. Raiders (12/15/19 w/ Jax.). Needs 60 pass yards for 2nd-career 3,000-yard season (3,271 in 2019 w/ Jax.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for his 5th in row with TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 442 scrimmage yards (147.3 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. LV, with 100+ rush yards & rush TD in each game. • RB ZACK MOSS needs 44 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 75+ rec. yards in each of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LV with 6+ catches. Ranks 6th in NFL with 99 catches & can become 1st Ind. player with 100 catches in a season since 2012 (Reggie Wayne). • WR JOSH DOWNS (rookie) led team with 6 catches last week. • TE KYLEN GRANSON had season-high 5 catches for team-high 62 rec. yards in Week 16. Had 57 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN had 12 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in all 14 games this season. Leads NFL with 161 tackles in 2023. • LB E.J. SPEED led team with career-high 13 tackles & had 2 PD & TFL in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER has PD in 4 of past 5. Has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of 4 career games vs. Raiders. • DE KWITY PAYE had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. Had sack in last home meeting (1/2/22). • CB KENNY MOORE had 7 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 31-20 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM W, 31-20 1-1

3 Sep. 24 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM W, 22-19 (OT) 2-1

4 Oct. 1 Los Angeles Rams 1:00 PM L, 29-23 (OT) 2-2

5 Oct. 8 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 23-16 3-2

6 Oct. 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 37-20 3-3

7 Oct. 22 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 39-38 3-4

8 Oct. 29 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 38-27 3-5

9 Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers 4:05 PM W, 27-13 4-5

10 Nov. 12 vs New England Patriots (Frankfurt) 9:30 AM W, 10-6 5-5

11 BYE

12 Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM W, 27-20 6-5

13 Dec. 3 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 31-28 (OT) 7-5

14 Dec. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM L, 34-14 7-6

15 Dec. 16 Pittsburgh Steelers (Sat) 4:30 PM W, 30-13 8-6

16 Dec. 24 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 29-10 8-7

Carolina Panthers (2-13) at Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7): It wasn’t all that long ago that the Jaguars were coming off of a 3-14 season in 2021 and looking for a new head coach. Enter Doug Pederson, with Jacksonville going 9-8 in 2022 to crash the playoffs last January. Jacksonville can inch closer to a repeat appearance, but QB questions have dominated December due to a string of injuries to starter Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars try to snap a four-game losing streak Sunday and might be breaking in C.J. Beathard in place of Lawrence, who has overcome knee and head injuries to return ahead of schedule and is now fighting a shoulder issue. A Carolina loss would guarantee the Panthers the NFL’s worst record and temporarily the rights to the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft. But that prized selection is headed to Chicago to complete the trade that brought the franchise rookie quarterback Bryce Young in April. Carolina is in full rebuilding mode and with no head coach in place to oversee the U-turn. Carolina knocked off Atlanta two weeks ago and nearly pulled an upset of Green Bay last week before losing 33-30 on a last-minute field goal.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB BRYCE YOUNG (rookie) passed for career-high 312 yards & had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for career-high 110 rating in Week 16, his 2nd-career game with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 4th in row with 0 INTs. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD tied his career high with his 5th rush TD of season last week. Has career highs in scrimmage yards (972), rush yards (774) & rec. yards (198) in 2023. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 6 catches for 94 yards last week. Leads team with 95 catches & needs 5 catches for 2nd-career 100-catch season (113 in 2018). Has team-high 964 rec. yards & needs 36 rec. yards for 3rd-career 1,000-yard season (2017 & 2018). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 75+ rec. yards. • WR DJ CHARK had season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (98) & had 4th-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 16. Had 5 catches for 98 yards in his only career game vs. Jax. (12/4/22 w/ Det.). Had 147 catches for 2,042 yards & 15 TDs in 4 seasons (2018-21) with Jax. • LB BRIAN BURNS is 1 of 5 with 13+ TFL in each of past 3 seasons. Had sack, FF & FR-TD in last meeting. • LB FRANKIE LUVU led team with 10 tackles & had 6th sack of season & 3rd-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. Is only player with 100+ tackles, 10+ TFL & 5+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 9 tackles last week. Leads all DL in tackles (career-high 88) & games with 5+ tackles (11) this season. • CB DONTE JACKSON had 5th PD of season last week & has 5+ PD in 5 of his 6 career seasons.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 24-10 0-1

2 Sep. 18 New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15 PM L, 20-17 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM L, 37-27 0-3

4 Oct. 1 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM L, 21-13 0-4

5 Oct. 8 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM L, 42-24 0-5

6 Oct. 15 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 42-21 0-6

7 BYE

8 Oct. 29 Houston Texans 1:00 PM W, 15-13 1-6

9 Nov. 5 Indianapolis Colts 4:05 PM L, 27-13 1-7

10 Nov. 9 at Chicago Bears (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 16-13 1-8

11 Nov. 19 Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PM L, 33-10 1-9

12 Nov. 26 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM L, 17-10 1-10

13 Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 PM L, 21-18 1-11

14 Dec. 10 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 28-6 1-12

15 Dec. 17 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 9-7 2-12

16 Dec. 24 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM L, 33-30 2-13

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE totaled 240 yards (211 pass, 29 rush) last week. Has 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 106.4 rating in his past 3 at home. Needs 264 pass yards to become 1st Jax. QB ever with 4,000+ pass yards in consecutive seasons. • QB C.J. BEATHARD completed 11 of 15 atts. (73.3 pct.) & had TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Can make 1st start of season. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE has 55+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 6. Needs rush TD to become 4th Jax. player ever with 10+ rush TDs in a season. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 6 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs last week, 6th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs & 2nd this season. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has 551 rec. yards (91.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Car., 2nd-most rec. yards vs. any opponent. Needs 106 rec. yards for 2nd-career 1,000-yard season (1,374 in 2020 with At.). • TE EVAN ENGRAM led team with 10 catches for 95 yards last week, 3rd game this season with 10+ catches, most among TEs. Has 9+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Leads TEs with 98 catches in 2023 & can become 8th TE all-time with 100-catch season. • LB JOSH ALLEN has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3 at home. Had sack in last meeting. Leads team with career-high 13.5 sacks. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of past 5. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 160 tackles, 3rd-straight season with 150+ tackles. • LB TRAVON WALKER aims for 3rd in row with sack. • DE ADAM GOTSIS had career-high 3 PD in Week 16. • DE ROY ROBERTSON-HARRIS had sack last week. • S RAYSHAWN JENKINS aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. Had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. Car. (9/27/20 w/ LAC).

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 31-21 1-0

2 Sep. 17 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM L, 17-9 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 37-17 1-2

4 Oct. 1 Atlanta Falcons (Wembley) 9:30 AM W, 23-7 2-2

5 Oct. 8 vs Buffalo Bills (Tottenham) 9:30 AM W, 25-20 3-2

6 Oct. 15 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 37-20 4-2

7 Oct. 19 at New Orleans Saints (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 31-24 5-2

8 Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM W, 20-10 6-2

9 BYE

10 Nov. 12 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM L, 34-3 6-3

11 Nov. 19 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 34-14 7-3

12 Nov. 26 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM W, 24-21 8-3

13 Dec. 4 Cincinnati Bengals (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 34-31 (OT) 8-4

14 Dec. 10 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 31-27 8-5

15 Dec. 17 Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM L, 23-7 8-6

16 Dec. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 PM L, 30-12 8-7

Los Angeles Rams (8-7) at New York Giants (5-10): Don’t look now but few teams can boast a better second half than the Rams, who nearly upset the Baltimore Ravens and have otherwise won five of the past six to shove their way into the playoff picture. That’s not the case for the Giants, who are undergoing another QB change with Tyrod Taylor set to take the starting role from rookie Tommy DeVito. The Rams climbed out of a 3-6 hole and could clinch a playoff spot in Week 17 with a win and a Seattle loss to Pittsburgh. A more indirect route is a Rams win and a tie in the game between the Vikings and Packers. Those scenarios looked unthinkable when the Rams fell 20-3 to the Green Bay Packers in Week 9 when QB Matthew Stafford was out with a thumb injury. A well-placed bye week came next, followed by Stafford’s high-level play starting in a Week 11 victory over the Seahawks. Over the past six games, he has completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.7 rating last week, his 5th-straight start with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Completed 22 of 28 atts. (78.6 pct.) for 251 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 128.7 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 4 of his past 5 vs. NYG. • RB KYREN WILLIAMS rushed for 104 yards & had 9th rush TD of season in Week 16. Has career highs in scrimmage yards (1,249) & scrimmage TDs (12) in 2023 & is 1 of 3 (Tyreek Hill & Christian McCaffrey) to average 110+ scrimmage yards per game (113.5) in 2023. Aims for his 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 2+ TDs in 3 of his 5 road games this season. • WR COOPER KUPP has 55 catches in 2023, his 5th-straight 50-catch season. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ catches. Had 9 catches for 130 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD catch. • WR PUKA NACUA leads all rookies with 96 receptions (3rd-most by rookie all-time) & 1,327 rec. yards (5th-most by rookie all-time). Is 1 of 5 rookies ever with 3+ games (3) of 150+ rec. yards & 1 of 3 rookies in SB era with 6+ games (6) of 100+ rec. yards. • WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON aims for his 5th in row with rec. TD. • DT AARON DONALD had 14th TFL of season last week. Has 5.5 sacks & 8 TFL in 7 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 0.5+ sacks. • LB ERNEST JONES had 2 PD, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & 4th in row with sack & PD. Has career highs in tackles (132), TFL (13), PD (6) & sacks (4.5) in 2023. • DB JORDAN FULLER had 2nd INT of season last week. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. • DB JOHN JOHNSON has 6 PD in his past 6.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM W, 30-13 1-0

2 Sep. 17 San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM L, 30-23 1-1

3 Sep. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 19-16 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 29-23 (OT) 2-2

5 Oct. 8 Philadelphia Eagles 4:05 PM L, 23-14 2-3

6 Oct. 15 Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM W, 26-9 3-3

7 Oct. 22 Pittsburgh Steelers 4:05 PM L, 24-17 3-4

8 Oct. 29 at Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PM L, 43-20 3-5

9 Nov. 5 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM L, 20-3 3-6

10 BYE

11 Nov. 19 Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM W, 17-16 4-6

12 Nov. 26 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM W, 37-14 5-6

13 Dec. 3 Cleveland Browns 4:25 PM W, 36-19 6-6

14 Dec. 10 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM L, 37-31 (OT) 6-7

15 Dec. 17 Washington Commanders 4:05 PM W, 28-20 7-7

16 Dec. 21 New Orleans Saints (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 30-22 8-7

GIANTS NOTES:

QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 133 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating in his only career start vs. Rams (10/9/16 w/ Buf.). Has 487 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 92.8 rating in 1st 3 starts in 2023, incl. 200+ pass yards in 2 of 3 starts. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY rushed for 80 yards & had 4th rush TD of season last week. Has 1,087 scrimmage yards in 2023, his 4th-career 1,000-yard season. Has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • TE DARREN WALLER has 42 catches for 456 yards in 2023 & needs 44 rec. yards to reach 500 for 4th time in past 5 seasons. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 90 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week, his 17th-career TD catch. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON has career-high 49 catches in 2023. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX has 7.5 sacks & 8 TFL in 6 home games in 2023 & aims for his 6th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 10 tackles & PD last week. Is only player with 130+ tackles (132), 9+ TFL (9) & 9+ PD (9) in 2023. Has 5+ tackles in 14 of 15 games this season. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN has 7 TFL in his past 7 & has careerhigh 12 TFL in 2023. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had season-high 2 TFL last week & has 6 TFL in 2023, his 4th-straight season with 5+ TFL. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 10 tackles & half sack last week, his 5th 10+ tackle game in 2023, tied-most among DBs. Ranks 6th among DBs with career-high 104 tackles in 2023. Had 3 PD & 2 INTs in last meeting. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 1st-career INT-TD last week. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 PM L, 40-0 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM W, 31-28 1-1

3 Sep. 21 at San Francisco 49ers (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 30-12 1-2

4 Oct. 2 Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 24-3 1-3

5 Oct. 8 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 31-16 1-4

6 Oct. 15 at Buffalo Bills 8:20 PM L, 14-9 1-5

7 Oct. 22 Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 14-7 2-5

8 Oct. 29 New York Jets 1:00 PM L, 13-10 (OT) 2-6

9 Nov. 5 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:25 PM L, 30-6 2-7

10 Nov. 12 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM L, 49-17 2-8

11 Nov. 19 at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 31-19 3-8

12 Nov. 26 New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 10-7 4-8

13 BYE

14 Dec. 11 Green Bay Packers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 24-22 5-8

15 Dec. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM L, 24-6 5-9

16 Dec. 25 at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 4:30 PM L, 33-25 5-10

Arizona Cardinals (3-12) at Philadelphia Eagles (11-4): The health of Kyler Murray could be a factor after he missed consecutive practices midweek with an illness, but the Cardinals are optimistic he’ll take the field at Philly. It’s a reunion for the team’s head coaches. At this time last season, Jonathan Gannon was the defensive coordinator for a Philadelphia team that was stumbling ahead of a run to the Super Bowl. Gannon returns as Arizona’s head coach to face a team whose current Super Bowl dreams have diminished this month. The Eagles returned to the win column with an up-and-down, 33-25 victory over the Giants on Monday, but didn’t exactly return to Super Bowl form — two turnovers, nine penalties and a shaky finish after grabbing a 20-3 halftime lead. The Eagles did snap a three-game losing streak and moved a game ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC East. They still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round playoff bye with two more wins and some help.

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 230 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.5 rating in Week 16. Aims for his 6th in row with TD pass. Has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 102.3 rating in 2 career starts vs. Phi. • RB JAMES CONNER had 5 catches, 112 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 45 rush) & 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 9th-career TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & TD. Is 1 of 2 RBs (Derrick Henry) with 6+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 6 seasons. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 18 road games with Ari. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 60+ scrimmage yards. • RB EMARI DEMERCADO (rookie) had career-high 7 catches & 50 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 10 rush) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • TE TREY MCBRIDE had 6 catches last week & aims for his 7th in row with 5+ catches. Ranks 6th among TEs in catches (72) & 7th in rec. yards (743) this season. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 8 catches for 78 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 50+ rec. yards. • WR GREG DORTCH had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 16. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 10 tackles last week, his 25thcareer game with 10+ tackles, most among DBs since 2017. Leads all DBs with 705 tackles over past 7 seasons. • S JALEN THOMPSON had career-high 3 PD & career-high 4th INT of season in Week 16. Has 5 PD & 3 INTs in his past 5. • CB ANTONIO HAMILTON had 2 PD last week & aims for his 4th in row with 2+ PD. Has career-high 10 PD in 2023. • LB DENNIS GARDECK had 6th sack of season last week. • LB KRYS BARNES had season-high 9 tackles last week.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM L, 20-16 0-1

2 Sep. 17 New York Giants 4:05 PM L, 31-28 0-2

3 Sep. 24 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM W, 28-16 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM L, 35-16 1-3

5 Oct. 8 Cincinnati Bengals 4:05 PM L, 34-20 1-4

6 Oct. 15 at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM L, 26-9 1-5

7 Oct. 22 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM L, 20-10 1-6

8 Oct. 29 Baltimore Ravens 4:25 PM L, 31-24 1-7

9 Nov. 5 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 27-0 1-8

10 Nov. 12 Atlanta Falcons 4:05 PM W, 25-23 2-8

11 Nov. 19 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 21-16 2-9

12 Nov. 26 Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM L, 37-14 2-10

13 Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM W, 24-10 3-10

14 BYE

15 Dec. 17 San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM L, 45-29 3-11

16 Dec. 24 at Chicago Bears 4:25 PM L, 27-16 3-12

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 301 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 16 & has 15 rush TDs in 2023, most by QB in season in NFL history. Has 11 games with pass TD & rush TD, tied-most by QB in single season all-time (Josh Allen – 2023). Has 41 career rush TDs, 4th-most by QB in NFL history. Has 6 TDs (3 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Ari. Has 20 TDs (12 pass, 8 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 100.3 rating in 7 home starts in 2023. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT rushed for 92 yards & 5th TD of season last week, his 4th-straight season with 5+ rush TDs. Ranks 5th in NFL with career-high 988 rush yards in 2023. • WR A.J. BROWN ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,394 rec. yards & 5th with career-high 101 receptions in 2023. Leads NFL with 13 games of 5+ receptions this season. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 7th rec. TD of season last week. Has 1,036 rec. yards in 2023, his 2nd-straight 1,000-yard season. Brown & Smith are 1 of 2 WR duos (Tyreek Hill & Jaylen Waddle) each with 1,000+ rec. yards this season. Had 10 catches in last meeting. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 7 catches last week. Had 8 catches for 95 yards in last meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 12th TFL of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with sack. Had 20 sacks, 33 TFL & 9 FFs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Ari. • DT FLETCHER COX has sack in 3 of his past 4. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week, his 16th-career sack. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ari. with PD. • S KEVIN BYARD has 102 tackles in 2023, his 3rd-career 100+ tackle season. Had INT in his last game vs. Ari. (9/12/21/ w/ Ten.).

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at New England Patriots 4:25 PM W, 25-20 1-0

2 Sep. 14 Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 34-28 2-0

3 Sep. 25 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 7:15 PM W, 25-11 3-0

4 Oct. 1 Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 34-31 (OT) 4-0

5 Oct. 8 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM W, 23-14 5-0

6 Oct. 15 at New York Jets 4:25 PM L, 20-14 5-1

7 Oct. 22 Miami Dolphins 8:20 PM W, 31-17 6-1

8 Oct. 29 at Washington Commanders 1:00 PM W, 38-31 7-1

9 Nov. 5 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM W, 28-23 8-1

10 BYE

11 Nov. 20 at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 21-17 9-1

12 Nov. 26 Buffalo Bills 4:25 PM W, 37-34 10-1

13 Dec. 3 San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM L, 42-19 10-2

14 Dec. 10 at Dallas Cowboys 8:20 PM L, 33-13 10-3

15 Dec. 18 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 20-17 10-4

16 Dec. 25 New York Giants (Mon) 4:30 PM W, 33-25 11-4

New Orleans Saints (7-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7): Is there a true contender in the NFC South? The Bucs believe it’s them. Tampa Bay has gotten hot at the right time and has won four games in a row, and it can lock down the top spot in the NFC South with a win. Tampa Bay won its first two games but slid to 4-7 after losing seven of nine before the current winning streak began. The Buccaneers have averaged 28.5 points per game during the winning streak after scoring at least 28 points just once in their first 11 contests. They gained a season-high 452 yards in a Dec. 17 victory at Green Bay and had their fifth-highest total (335 yards) last week against Jacksonville. Tampa Bay holds the tiebreaker against New Orleans and Atlanta, who are tied for second in the division at 7-8. The Buccaneers handed the Saints their most lopsided loss of the season — 26-9 — back in Week 4 in New Orleans.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR passed for 319 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 106.1 rating in Week 16. Is 1 of 2 QBs (C.J. Stroud) with 6 games with 300+ pass yards in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 3,417 pass yards in 2023 & is 3rd QB ever (HOFer Peyton Manning & Russell Wilson) with 3,000+ pass yards in each of his 1st 10 career seasons. • RB ALVIN KAMARA aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & leads all RBs with 73 catches in 2023. Has 1,111 scrimmage yards this season, his 7th-straight 1,100-yard season. Had 13 catches in Week 4 meeting. Has 1,078 scrimmage yards (89.8 per game) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 12 career games vs. TB. • WR CHRIS OLAVE had season-high 9 receptions for 123 yards last week, his 8th-career 100-yard game. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Has 90+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has career-high 81 catches & 1,041 rec. yards in 2023, his 2ndstraight 1,000-yard season. • WR RASHID SHAHEED had 4th rec. TD of season last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 10.5 sacks in 12 career games at TB. Aims for his 3rd in row at TB with FF. • DE CARL GRANDERSON has career highs in sacks (8.5) & TFL (13) in 2023. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had FR in last road meeting. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 108 tackles in 2023, his 7th-straight 100+ tackle season. Needs TFL for 7th-straight 10+ TFL season. Has 8 TFL & 14 PD in 13 career games vs. TB. • CB PAULSON ADEBO led team with career-high 10 tackles last week. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with career-high 16 PD in 2023 & aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 16-15 1-0

2 Sep. 18 at Carolina Panthers (Mon) 7:15 PM W, 20-17 2-0

3 Sep. 24 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM L, 18-17 2-1

4 Oct. 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 26-9 2-2

5 Oct. 8 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 34-0 3-2

6 Oct. 15 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 20-13 3-3

7 Oct. 19 Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 31-24 3-4

8 Oct. 29 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 38-27 4-4

9 Nov. 5 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM W, 24-17 5-4

10 Nov. 12 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM L, 27-19 5-5

11 BYE

12 Nov. 26 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 24-15 5-6

13 Dec. 3 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM L, 33-28 5-7

14 Dec. 10 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 28-6 6-7

15 Dec. 17 New York Giants 1:00 PM W, 24-6 7-7

16 Dec. 21 at Los Angeles Rams (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 30-22 7-8

BUCS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 26 of 35 atts. (74.3 pct.) for 283 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) for 246 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.9 rating in Week 4 meeting. Has 3,598 pass yards in 2023 & can set new career high (3,827 in 2019 w/ Cle.). Has 26 TD passes this season & can set a new career high (27 in 2018 w/ Cle.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE had 6 catches, 77 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 38 rec.) & 6th rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 5th in row with TD. Ranks 3rd among RBs in scrimmage yards (career-high 1,380) & 4th in receptions (career-high 56). Had rec. TD in last home meeting. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2 rec. TDs in Week 16 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. Leads NFL with 13 rec. TDs in 2023 & became 5th player ever with 5+ career seasons (5) with 12+ rec. TDs. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home vs. NO. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches for 78 yards last week. Had 8 catches for 114 yards in Week 4 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. NO with 6+ catches. Has 892 rec. yards in 2023 & can reach 1,000 rec. yards for 4th time in past 5 seasons. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 8 tackles & had sack last week. Has TFL in 8 of his past 9 & ranks 4th in NFL with 17 TFL this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NO with 11+ tackles, 2+ TFL & sack. • LB YAYA DIABY (rookie) had 1.5 sacks, his 2nd-career FR & 1stcareer FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. is only player since 2000 with 100+ tackles (110), 10+ PD (12), 5+ sacks (5) & 5+ FFs (5). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 4th in row at home with INT.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM W, 20-17 1-0

2 Sep. 17 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM W, 27-17 2-0

3 Sep. 25 Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 7:15 PM L, 25-11 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 26-9 3-1

5 BYE

6 Oct. 15 Detroit Lions 4:25 PM L, 20-6 3-2

7 Oct. 22 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 16-13 3-3

8 Oct. 26 at Buffalo Bills (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 24-18 3-4

9 Nov. 5 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 39-27 3-5

10 Nov. 12 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 20-6 4-5

11 Nov. 19 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM L, 27-14 4-6

12 Nov. 26 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM L, 27-20 4-7

13 Dec. 3 Carolina Panthers 4:05 PM W, 21-18 5-7

14 Dec. 10 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 29-25 6-7

15 Dec. 17 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM W, 34-20 7-7

16 Dec. 24 Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05 PM W, 30-12 8-7

San Francisco 49ers (11-4) at Washington Commanders (4-11): It might take the entire offseason for the Commanders to figure out what’s next in Washington, which limps into Sunday’s home game with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback amid a six-game losing streak. The playoff-bound 49ers have two games to figure out their direction, including their regular-season finale against the Rams. Wins in both matchups will give San Francisco the top seed in the NFC and a bye into the divisional round of the playoffs. The Niners can also clinch the top seed with a win Sunday, along with a Cowboys win over the Lions on Saturday and a Cardinals win over the Eagles on Sunday. But the 49ers are coming off the kind of jolting, humbling loss at home (33-19 to the Ravens on Monday night), that can leave even a confident team questioning its fitness for the postseason. Brissett has been sharp in relief the last two weeks, completing 18 of 23 passes for 224 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

49ERS NOTES:

QB BROCK PURDY leads NFL in rating (112.2) & ranks 2nd in both TD passes (29) & pass yards (4,050) in 2023. Can become 1st player ever with 7 games with 130+ rating in single season. Has 3+ TD passes & 135+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 2 TD passes vs. INT for 114.6 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 6 catches, 131 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 28 rec.) & 14th rush TD of season last week. Has 505 catches in 90 career games & became fastest RB to 500 catches in NFL history. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,932), & rush yards (1,395) & ranks tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (career-high 21). Needs 68 scrimmage yards for 2nd-career 2,000-yard season (2,392 in 2019 w/ Car.). Leads NFL with 12 games with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2023 & aims for his 9th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TD. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 6 catches for 113 yards last week, his 6th game with 100+ rec. yards in 2023. Has career-high 1,203 rec. yards this season. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 1,103 scrimmage yards (834 rec., 179 rush) in 2023, his 2nd-career 1,000-yard season. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 7 catches for 126 yards last week, his 17th-career 100-yard game. Leads all TEs with 991 rec. yards in 2023 & aims for his 3rd-career 1,000-yard season. Had 6 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had season-high 3 TFL last week. Has 3 sacks, 6 TFL & FF in 2 career games vs. Was. • DL CHASE YOUNG was selected No. 2 overall in 2020 by Was. & had 14 sacks & 19 TFL in 34 games (2020-23) with team. • LB FRED WARNER has 4th-straight season with 125+ tackles (126). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD leads NFL with 22 PD in 2023.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM W, 30-7 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM W, 30-23 2-0

3 Sep. 21 New York Giants (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 30-12 3-0

4 Oct. 1 Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM W, 35-16 4-0

5 Oct. 8 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 PM W, 42-10 5-0

6 Oct. 15 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 19-17 5-1

7 Oct. 23 at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 22-17 5-2

8 Oct. 29 Cincinnati Bengals 4:25 PM L, 31-17 5-3

9 BYE

10 Nov. 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM W, 34-3 6-3

11 Nov. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 PM W, 27-14 7-3

12 Nov. 23 at Seattle Seahawks (Thanksgiving) 8:20 PM W, 31-13 8-3

13 Dec. 3 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM W, 42-19 9-3

14 Dec. 10 Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM W, 28-16 10-3

15 Dec. 17 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM W, 45-29 11-3

16 Dec. 25 Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 33-19 11-4

COMMANDERS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT expected to make 1st start of season. Completed 10 of 13 atts. (76.9 pct.) for 100 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 123.9 rating in Week 16. Passed for 124 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 157.9 rating in Week 15. In 48 career starts, has 60 TDs (48 pass, 12 rush) vs. 22 INTs for 85.2 rating. Passed for 314 yards & had rush TD in his only career start vs. SF (10/8/17 w/ Ind.). • RB BRIAN ROBINSON has career highs in scrimmage yards (990) & scrimmage TDs (8) in 2023. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 1st rush TD of season last week, his 22nd-career rush TD. • RB CHRIS RODRIGUEZ (rookie) had 58 rush yards & 1st 2 career rush TDs in Week 16. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 50 rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Needs 115 rec. yards for his 4th-straight 1,000-yard season. Had 77 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 6 catches & rec. TD in last meeting. • TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches & 4th rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 6+ catches. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN has 4 TFL in his past 5 & has 10 TFL in 2023, his 4th-career 10+ TFL season. • DT DARON PAYNE has 5 TFL in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL. • LB CODY BARTON had 1st INT of season last week. Has 101 tackles in 2023, his 2nd-straight 100+ tackle season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF & 4th in row overall with 10+ tackles. • LB KHALEKE HUDSON had career-high 15 tackles & 1st 2 career PD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 13+ tackles. • S KAMREN CURL had 5th PD of season last week. Ranks tied4th among DBs with career-high 106 tackles in 2023.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM W, 20-16 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM W, 35-33 2-0

3 Sep. 24 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM L, 37-3 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM L, 34-31 (OT) 2-2

5 Oct. 5 Chicago Bears (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 40-20 2-3

6 Oct. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 24-16 3-3

7 Oct. 22 at New York Giants 1:00 PM L, 14-7 3-4

8 Oct. 29 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM L, 38-31 3-5

9 Nov. 5 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 20-17 4-5

10 Nov. 12 at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM L, 29-26 4-6

11 Nov. 19 New York Giants 1:00 PM L, 31-19 4-7

12 Nov. 23 at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 4:30 PM L, 45-10 4-8

13 Dec. 3 Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 45-15 4-9

14 BYE

15 Dec. 17 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM L, 28-20 4-10

16 Dec. 24 at New York Jets 1:00 PM L, 30-28 4-11

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) at Seattle Seahawks (8-7): The Seahawks are clinging to the final NFC playoff spot as they host a Steelers squad that cannot afford a loss as one of five 8-7 AFC teams fighting to get in. Mason Rudolph will start under center for Pittsburgh after throwing for 290 yards and two scores against Cincinnati last week, his first win as a starter since 2019. Kenny Pickett (ankle) has been out since Dec. 3 but was back on the practice field this week for the Steelers, who follow the trip to the Pacific Northwest with a Week 18 showdown against top-seeded Baltimore. Seattle is coming off consecutive 20-17 wins against the Eagles and Titans, which followed a four-game losing streak. Geno Smith returned after missing two games with a groin injury to throw for 227 yards and two TDs against Tennessee, including the game-winner to Colby Parkinson with 57 seconds remaining.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 17 of 27 atts. (63 pct.) for 290 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 124 rating last week in 1st start of season. Passed for 2 TDs in only career game vs. Sea. (9/15/19). • RB NAJEE HARRIS rushed for 78 yards & 5th TD of season last week. Had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 46 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Needs 50 scrimmage yards to become 1st RB in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. • RB JAYLEN WARREN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of past 8. Warren (1,006) & Harris (950) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 950+ scrimmage yards this season. • WR GEORGE PICKENS had career-high 195 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, 5th-career 100-yard game. Has 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Leads team with 1,009 rec. yards in 2023, 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 road games this season. Had 9 catches for 71 yards in last meeting. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches last week. Had 10 catches for 83 yards in only career game vs. Sea. (9/17/18 w/ Chi.). • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 7 catches for 58 yards in last meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had sack, FF & PD in Week 16. Has 0.5+ sacks in 8 of past 9. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. Had 3 PD, 2 sacks & FF in last meeting & has sack & FF in each of 2 career games vs. Sea. Leads NFL with 17 sacks in 2023. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had 7th sack of season & INT last week. Had 7 tackles & 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had sack in last meeting. • CB PATRICK PETERSON had 2nd INT of season in Week 16. • S ERIC ROWE had INT in season & Pit. debut last week.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM L, 30-7 0-1

2 Sep. 18 Cleveland Browns (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 26-22 1-1

3 Sep. 24 at Las Vegas Raiders 8:20 PM W, 23-18 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 30-6 2-2

5 Oct. 8 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM W, 17-10 3-2

6 BYE

7 Oct. 22 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM W, 24-17 4-2

8 Oct. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM L, 20-10 4-3

9 Nov. 2 Tennessee Titans (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 20-16 5-3

10 Nov. 12 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM W, 23-19 6-3

11 Nov. 19 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 13-10 6-4

12 Nov. 26 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM W, 16-10 7-4

13 Dec. 3 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM L, 24-10 7-5

14 Dec. 7 New England Patriots (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 21-18 7-6

15 Dec. 16 at Indianapolis Colts (Sat) 4:30 PM L, 30-13 7-7

16 Dec. 23 Cincinnati Bengals (Sat) 4:30 PM W, 34-11 8-7

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

SEAHAWKS became 3rd team since 1970 (Jax. in 2004 & Sea. in 2012) with 4 GW-TDs in final 2 mins. of 4th qtr. or in OT in single season. • QB GENO SMITH completed 25 of 36 atts. (69.4 pct.) for 227 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.7 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 99.6 rating in last meeting. • RB KENNETH WALKER rushed for 54 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,006 scrimmage yards in 2023, his 2nd-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. • WR DK METCALF had 8th rec. TD of season last week & has 43 rec. TDs since 2019, tied 4th-most in NFL. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4. Has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 6 catches in last meeting. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 8 catches & 81 rec. yards last week. Has 76 receptions in 2023, his 4th-career season with 75+ catches. • WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA (rookie) had 6 catches for 61 yards in Week 16. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL & sack last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 154 tackles in 2023, his 4th-career 150+ tackle season. Has 10 TFL in 2023, his 4thcareer 10+ TFL season. Had 14 tackles in last meeting. • LB BOYE MAFE had career-high 2 sacks last week. • NT JARRAN REED has sack in 3 of his past 4. • DE LEONARD WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with sack. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. • S JULIAN LOVE has career-high 10 PD in 2023 & aims for his 4th in row with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM L, 30-13 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM W, 37-31 (OT) 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Carolina Panthers 4:05 PM W, 37-27 2-1

4 Oct. 2 at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 24-3 3-1

5 BYE

6 Oct. 15 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM L, 17-13 3-2

7 Oct. 22 Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM W, 20-10 4-2

8 Oct. 29 Cleveland Browns 4:05 PM W, 24-20 5-2

9 Nov. 5 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM L, 37-3 5-3

10 Nov. 12 Washington Commanders 4:25 PM W, 29-26 6-3

11 Nov. 19 at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM L, 17-16 6-4

12 Nov. 23 San Francisco 49ers (Thanksgiving) 8:20 PM L, 31-13 6-5

13 Nov. 30 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 41-35 6-6

14 Dec. 10 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM L, 28-16 6-7

15 Dec. 18 Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 20-17 7-7

16 Dec. 24 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM W, 20-17 8-7

Los Angeles Chargers (5-10) at Denver Broncos (7-8): No team still alive in the AFC playoff picture has odds as dim as Denver’s entering Week 17. Sean Payton turned to Jarrett Stidham and away from Russell Wilson in a must-win scenario against the Chargers. “We’re desperately trying to win,” Payton said on Wednesday. There’s a lot more to it, most of it tied to guaranteed money on Wilson’s contract, based on multiple insider reports. Wilson hasn’t played poorly this season, but the Broncos have lost three of four after a five-game winning streak shoved Denver into the playoff picture. They enter the week No. 12 in the AFC playoff field that will ultimately include just seven teams. The Chargers already have been eliminated and are in the market for a new braintrust for 2024. Stidham started the final two games for the Raiders last season, replacing Derek Carr, who was released and went on to sign with the Saints in the offseason. In his first start as Carr’s replacement late last season, Stidham had 365 passing yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in a narrow defeat to the 49ers.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB EASTON STICK completed 23 of 33 atts. (69.7 pct.) for 215 yards & 0 INTs & rushed for 25 yards & 1st-career TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 215+ pass yards. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 86 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 21 rec.) last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had 100 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 49 rec.) & rush TD in Week 14 meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Den. with 70+ scrimmage yards & has TD in 6 of his past 7 vs. Den. Needs 35 scrimmage yards for 4th-career 1,000-yard season. Has 69 career TDs (39 rush, 30 rec.), tied with Rod Smith for 3rd-most by undrafted player in common-draft era. • WR KEENAN ALLEN aims for his 10th in row with 55+ rec. yards & 8th in row with 5+ catches. Has 632 rec. yards (105.3 per game) in 6 road games this season. Had 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 14 meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Den. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 108 catches, single-season franchise record. • WR JOSHUA PALMER had 5 catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards. • TE GERALD EVERETT aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Has 2 sacks & FF in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 8 sacks in 6 career games at Den. Ranks 4th in NFL with 15 sacks. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had sack in Week 14 meeting & has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Den. • LB TULI TUIPULOTU (rookie) had 5 tackles, half sack & FF last week. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with 8 tackles last week, his 10thstraight game with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 11 tackles & PD in Week 14 meeting. • CB ALOHI GILMAN had 1st INT & 3rd FF of season in Week 16

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Miami Dolphins 4:25 PM L, 36-34 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM L, 27-24 (OT) 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM W, 28-24 1-2

4 Oct. 1 Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM W, 24-17 2-2

5 BYE

6 Oct. 16 Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 20-17 2-3

7 Oct. 22 at Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 31-17 2-4

8 Oct. 29 Chicago Bears 8:20 PM W, 30-13 3-4

9 Nov. 6 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 27-6 4-4

10 Nov. 12 Detroit Lions 4:05 PM L, 41-38 4-5

11 Nov. 19 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM L, 23-20 4-6

12 Nov. 26 Baltimore Ravens 8:20 PM L, 20-10 4-7

13 Dec. 3 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 6-0 5-7

14 Dec. 10 Denver Broncos 4:25 PM L, 24-7 5-8

15 Dec. 14 at Las Vegas Raiders (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 63-21 5-9

16 Dec. 23 Buffalo Bills (Sat) 8:00 PM L, 24-22 5-10

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON joined HOFer Peyton Manning as only QBs ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 12 seasons. • QB JARRETT STIDHAM expected to make 1st start of season. Has 584 pass yards (292 per game) in 2 career starts (both with LV in 2022). • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had rush TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 91 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 14 meeting & has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. LAC. • RB JALEEL MCLAUGHLIN (rookie) led team with 67 scrimmage yards (37 rush, 30 rec.) last week. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of past 7. Has TD catch in each of his past 2 vs. LAC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 10 rec. TDs in 2023, most by Den. player since 2014. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 5 catches for 154 yards in last home meeting (1/8/23). Needs 2 catches for 3rd-career 50-catch season. • WR MARVIN MIMS (rookie) led team with 63 rec. yards in Week 16. • WR BRANDON JOHNSON had 4th rec. TD of season last week. • LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 12 tackles & had PD in Week 16, 11th game this season with 10+ tackles, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Has 46 tackles (15.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. LAC. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with 151 tackles. • LB JOSEY JEWELL had TFL last week. Had 9 tackles, sack, FR & PD in Week 14 meeting. • LB JONATHON COOPER aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had only career INT in Week 14 meeting. • CB PAT SURTAIN has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Is 1st Den. player since 2000 with 10+ PD in each of 1st 3 seasons. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had sack & FF in Week 14 meeting, 2ndstraight game vs. LAC with FF.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Las Vegas Raiders 4:25 PM L, 17-16 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Washington Commanders 4:25 PM L, 35-33 0-2

3 Sep. 24 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM L, 70-20 0-3

4 Oct. 1 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM W, 31-28 1-3

5 Oct. 8 New York Jets 4:25 PM L, 31-21 1-4

6 Oct. 12 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 19-8 1-5

7 Oct. 22 Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM W, 19-17 2-5

8 Oct. 29 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM W, 24-9 3-5

9 BYE

10 Nov. 13 at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 24-22 4-5

11 Nov. 19 Minnesota Vikings 8:20 PM W, 21-20 5-5

12 Nov. 26 Cleveland Browns 4:05 PM W, 29-12 6-5

13 Dec. 3 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 22-17 6-6

14 Dec. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM W, 24-7 7-6

15 Dec. 16 at Detroit Lions (Sat) 8:15 PM L, 42-17 7-7

16 Dec. 24 New England Patriots 8:15 PM L, 26-23 7-8

Cincinnati Bengals (8-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-6): With losses in three of their last four games, the Chiefs aim to regain their composure. Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth and its eighth straight AFC West title with either a win or tie Sunday. The Chiefs also can punch both tickets with a Las Vegas loss or tie against Indianapolis and a Denver loss or tie against the Chargers. Kansas City didn’t do itself any favors with Monday’s 20-14 setback to the Raiders. Patrick Mahomes threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. However, his interception was returned 33 yards for a touchdown by Jack Jones to stake Las Vegas to a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Frustration was evident as star tight end Travis Kelce threw his helmet on the sideline. Mahomes insists the emotion shows commitment, not controversy. Mahomes has matched his five touchdowns with five interceptions in his last four games. The status of WR Ja’Marr Chase looms large for Cincinnati. Chase sat out last week’s 34-11 setback to the Steelers. That snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bengals, who reside in 10th place in the AFC as one of five 8-7 teams in the conference.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JAKE BROWNING completed 28 of 42 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 335 yards last week. Has 1,288 pass yards (322 per game) in his past 4. Has 73.7 comp. pct. in 5 career starts, 2nd-highest by QB in 1st 5 starts since 1950. Can become 3rd QB all-time with 300+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 6 career starts, joining Joe Burrow & Patrick Mahomes. • RB JOE MIXON aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 overall. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of past 4 on road. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Tyreek Hill) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. • RB CHASE BROWN (rookie) has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • WR JA’MARR CHASE has TD catch in each of his past 4 on road, with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 492 rec. yards (123 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. KC, incl. playoffs. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (Stefon Diggs & Tyreek Hill) with 80+ catches, 1,000+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • WR TEE HIGGINS had season-high 140 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row vs. KC, incl. playoffs, with rec. TD. Has 5+ rec. TDs for 4th-straight season. • WR TYLER BOYD aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 8th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 7th in row with full sack. Has 0.5+ sacks in each of 7 road games this season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with single-season franchise record 16 sacks. • DT B.J. HILL had career-high 8 tackles in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of past 4. • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 11 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Has FF in 2 of past 3 on road. Has career-high 125 tackles in 2023. • LB GERMAINE PRATT has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4. • CB MIKE HILTON aims for 3rd in row with PD.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM L, 24-3 0-1

2 Sep. 17 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM L, 30-23 0-2

3 Sep. 25 Los Angeles Rams (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 19-16 1-2

4 Oct. 1 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM L, 27-3 1-3

5 Oct. 8 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM W 34-20 2-3

6 Oct. 15 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 PM W, 17-13 3-3

7 BYE

8 Oct. 29 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM W, 31-17 4-3

9 Nov. 5 Buffalo Bills 8:20 PM W, 24-18 5-3

10 Nov. 12 Houston Texans 1:00 PM L, 30-27 5-4

11 Nov. 16 at Baltimore Ravens (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 34-20 5-5

12 Nov. 26 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM L, 16-10 5-6

13 Dec. 4 at Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 34-31 (OT) 6-6

14 Dec. 10 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM W, 34-14 7-6

15 Dec. 16 Minnesota Vikings (Sat) 1:00 PM W, 27-24 (OT) 8-6

16 Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sat) 4:30 PM L, 34-11 8-7

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES totaled 288 yards (235 pass, season high 53 rush) last week, 9th-career game with 50+ rush yards & 2nd this season. Has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs with 106.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Cin., incl. playoffs. Has 218 TD passes in 95 career games, surpassing HOFer Dan Marino for most-ever by player in 1st 100 games. Needs 62 pass yards for 6th-straight 4,000-yard season. • RB ISIAH PACHECO aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in each of 2 career games vs. Cin., incl. playoffs. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE aims for 4th in row with 45+ scrimmage yards. • TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 4th in row overall with 5+ catches & has 5+ catches in each of his 6 games in KC this season. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cin., incl. playoffs. Ranks 3rd among TEs with 90 catches in 2023 & is 3rd player ever with 90+ catches in 6 straight seasons. Needs 32 rec. yards for 8th-straight 1,000-yard season. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) aims for 6th in row with 6+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Ranks tied-2nd among rookies with 74 catches & 3rd with 811 rec. yards. • WR JUSTIN WATSON had 3rd TD catch of season last week. • DT CHRIS JONES had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 3 TFL & 2 sacks in 2022 AFC-C meeting. Needs 1.5 sacks for 3rd-career season with 10+ sacks. • LB NICK BOLTON aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 16 tackles in last reg. season meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED has 7+ tackles & 2+ PD in 2 of past 3. Has career-best 13 PD this season. • S JUSTIN REID aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 7 Detroit Lions (Thu) 8:20 PM L, 21-20 0-1

2 Sep. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM W, 17-9 1-1

3 Sep. 24 Chicago Bears 4:25 PM W, 41-10 2-1

4 Oct. 1 at New York Jets 8:20 PM W, 23-20 3-1

5 Oct. 8 at Minnesota Vikings 4:25 PM W, 27-20 4-1

6 Oct. 12 Denver Broncos (Thu) 8:15 PM W, 19-8 5-1

7 Oct. 22 Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM W, 31-17 6-1

8 Oct. 29 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM L, 24-9 6-2

9 Nov. 5 Miami Dolphins (Frankfurt) 9:30 AM W, 21-14 7-2

10 BYE

11 Nov. 20 Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 21-17 7-3

12 Nov. 26 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:25 PM W, 31-17 8-3

13 Dec. 3 at Green Bay Packers 8:20 PM L, 27-19 8-4

14 Dec. 10 Buffalo Bills 4:25 PM L, 20-17 8-5

15 Dec. 17 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM W, 27-17 9-5

16 Dec. 25 Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 1:00 PM L, 20-14 9-6

Green Bay Packers (7-8) at Minnesota Vikings (7-8): Longtime division rivals look to remain in the playoff chase Sunday night in a wildcard elimination game of sorts. The Vikings would boost their playoff chances to 49 percent with a win this weekend, according to playoff probability metrics. A loss? The playoff chances for the Vikings plummet to 4 percent. They’ll enter with another QB change (rookie Jaren Hall will start) as the Packers try to resolve a wobbly defense on the fly. Green Bay’s playoff chances are 55 percent with a win — but only 1 percent with a loss. Packers quarterback Jordan Love said players are embracing the stakes of the primetime clash. “We all know what’s in front of us, and we know what we’re capable of,” Love said. “We’re just going to go finish this thing off.” The Packers are coming off a 33-30 road win against the Carolina Panthers in Week 16 courtesy of a last-second field goal. Love threw for two touchdowns and ran for another one in the victory, and Aaron Jones rushed for 127 yards.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB JORDAN LOVE had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 109.1 rating in Week 16, his 3rd-career game with both pass TD & rush TD. Has 7 games with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating, tied2nd-most in NFL this season, incl. 5 of his past 6 starts. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 27 TD passes in 2023. • RB AARON JONES had season-high 135 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 8 rec.) in Week 16, his 12th-career game with 125+ rush yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 447 scrimmage yards (89.4 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career games at Min. • RB AJ DILLON had 2nd rush TD of season last week. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. Min. Needs 91 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight season with 900+ scrimmage yards. • WR ROMEO DOUBS led team with 79 rec. yards & had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 16. Had TD catch in Week 8 meeting. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • WR JAYDEN REED (rookie) has TD in 5 of his past 6. • DL KENNY CLARK has 5 TFL in his past 4. Had sack in Week 8 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with sack. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with TFL. • LB PRESTON SMITH had 1.5 sacks last week. Had 2 sacks & FF in Week 8 meeting & has 5 sacks in his past 5 vs. Min. • LB QUAY WALKER had 5 tackles & half sack last week. Has 103 tackles in 2023, his 2nd-straight 100+ tackle season. • LB ISAIAH MCDUFFIE aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL & 7th in row on road with 7+ tackles. • CB KEISEAN NIXON had 2 PD in last meeting. • S JONATHAN OWENS has 5+ tackles in 7 of his past 8.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 at Chicago Bears 4:25 PM W, 38-20 1-0

2 Sep. 17 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM L, 25-24 1-1

3 Sep. 24 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 18-17 2-1

4 Sep. 28 Detroit Lions (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 34-20 2-2

5 Oct. 9 at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 17-13 2-3

6 BYE

7 Oct. 22 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM L, 19-17 2-4

8 Oct. 29 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM L, 24-10 2-5

9 Nov. 5 Los Angeles Rams 1:00 PM W, 20-3 3-5

10 Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM L, 23-19 3-6

11 Nov. 19 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM W, 23-20 4-6

12 Nov. 23 at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30 PM W, 29-22 5-6

13 Dec. 3 Kansas City Chiefs 8:20 PM W, 27-19 6-6

14 Dec. 11 at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 24-22 6-7

15 Dec. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 34-20 6-8

16 Dec. 24 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 33-30 7-8

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB NICK MULLENS passed for 411 yards & 2 TDs in Week 16, his 2nd-career 400-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB ALEXANDER MATTISON has career highs in scrimmage yards (833) & rush yards (659) in 2023. • RB TY CHANDLER had 3rd rush TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 141 yards & 4th rec. TD of season last week. Has 375 receptions & 5,648 rec. yards in his career, both most by player in 1st 4 career seasons. Has 28 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-2nd most by player in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Had 9 catches for 184 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. GB with 8+ catches, 165+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. • WR JORDAN ADDISON ranks tied-1st among rookies in rec. TDs (9), 2nd in rec. yards (826) & tied-5th in catches (63). • WR K.J. OSBORN had 5 catches for 95 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week, his 15th-career TD catch. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER leads NFL with 21 TFL & ranks 3rd with career-high 15.5 sacks in 2023. Has 10 sacks in his past 8 at home. Had 2 FFs & sack in Week 8 meeting & has sack in 4 of his past 5 vs. GB. • LB PAT JONES had career-high 3 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. • S CAMRYN BYNUM had career-high 2 FFs last week. Leads all DBs with career-high 120 tackles in 2023. Had 2 PD & half sack in Week 8 meeting. • S JOSH METELLUS had season-high 10 tackles last week & has career-high 99 tackles in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Had 8 tackles & INT in Week 8 meeting.

RESULTS

1 Sep. 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM L, 20-17 0-1

2 Sep. 14 at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:15 PM L, 34-28 0-2

3 Sep. 24 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM L, 28-24 0-3

4 Oct. 1 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM W, 21-13 1-3

5 Oct. 8 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM L, 27-20 1-4

6 Oct. 15 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM W, 19-13 2-4

7 Oct. 23 San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 8:15 PM W, 22-17 3-4

8 Oct. 29 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM W, 24-10 4-4

9 Nov. 5 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM W, 31-28 5-4

10 Nov. 12 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM W, 27-19 6-4

11 Nov. 19 at Denver Broncos 8:20 PM L, 21-20 6-5

12 Nov. 27 Chicago Bears (Mon) 8:15 PM L, 12-10 6-6

13 BYE

14 Dec. 10 at Las Vegas Raiders 4:05 PM W, 3-0 7-6

15 Dec. 16 at Cincinnati Bengals (Sat) 1:00 PM L, 27-24 (OT) 7-7

16 Dec. 24 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM L, 30-24 7-8

SEAN PAYTON: ‘NOT PRIVY’ TO BRONCOS’ CONTRACT TALKS WITH RUSSELL WILSON

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who was sent to the bench this week, believes the move was brewing for two months due to his refusal to restructure his contract.

Broncos coach Sean Payton, meanwhile, insists that his change of signal-caller was strictly a football decision.

Wilson said Friday that team officials approached him with an ultimatum shortly the Broncos’ 24-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 29.

“We beat the Chiefs,” Wilson said. “They came up to me during the bye week and beginning of the bye week, Monday or Tuesday, they told me if I didn’t change my contract, my injury guarantee, that I’d be benched the rest of the year.

“I was definitely disappointed about it. It was a process for the whole bye week. We had just come off beating the Chiefs, I was excited for us fighting for the playoffs and getting on a hot streak. The NFLPA and NFL got involved or whatever at some point.”

Wilson is assured of receiving $39 million next season regardless of whether he is still with the Broncos. Should he be unable to pass a physical next March, his 2025 pay of $37 million would be guaranteed, too.

“I wasn’t going to remove or push or take away my injury guarantee,” Wilson said. “This game is such a physical game. I’ve played 12 years. That matters to me.”

General manager George Paton and owner/CEO Greg Penner did not speak to the media on Friday, and Payton directed questions about Wilson’s contract to them.

“I’m not privy to any of those (discussions),” the coach said. “I’m handling the football. I know this. The No. 1 reason for taking this job for me was ownership and winning. Certainly, the tradition here mattered, relative to being at a place where it’s important, but that’s something George and the front office — I’m not involved in any of that. …

“My focus has been on winning, and I am going to go back to what I said at the beginning of the week. I know how this has been written, but this decision strictly is what I believe gives us a chance to win.”

Jarrett Stidham will take over under center on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers as the Broncos (7-8) try to snap a slump that has seen them lose three of the past four games.

“He’s had a good week,” Payton said of Stidham. “I think he was sharp this week.”

Wilson is still shooting to regain his job.

“I want to be able to play, I want to be able to help this team win,” he said. “I know every time I step on the field it’s a physical game. I never play timid. I never play scared.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CODY SCHRADER RUNS FOR 128 YARDS AND A TD AS NO. 9 MISSOURI BEATS NO. 7 OHIO STATE 14-3 IN COTTON BOWL

All-America running back Cody Schrader rushed for 128 yards and bulled into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter with Missouri’s first score, and the ninth-ranked Tigers capped an 11-win season with a 14-3 win over No. 7 Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

In a game with almost as many total punts (16) as points, the Tigers (11-2) suddenly scored touchdowns on consecutive drives after punting eight times before that. Brady Cook threw a 7-yard TD to Luther Burden III with 5:12 left in the game.

Ohio State (11-2), which was undefeated before losing its regular-season finale to Michigan, played without two-time All-America receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. The standout junior was on the sideline, but opted out of playing. He hasn’t announced yet if he will enter the NFL draft.

The Buckeyes were already without starting quarterback Kyle McCord, who left the program earlier this month to transfer to Syracuse. Devin Brown, who took over as the starter, left the game in the middle of the second quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. They finished with only 203 total yards.

After finishing 6-7 with bowl losses each of the past two years, Missouri wrapped up coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s fourth season by winning 11 games for the first time since 2014.

Missouri had only 120 total yards before the eight-play, 95-yard drive that ended with Schrader, the former NCAA Division II standout and walk-on, running through two defenders for his 14th TD — and 10th consecutive game with a score. Cook had a 15-yard run before a 50-yard pass to a wide-open Marquis Johnson.

The Tigers then went 91 yards in 13 plays, including Cook converting fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard plunge, for Burden’s score.

Brown appeared to get hurt when he was sacked on a third-down play late in the first quarter. He returned when the Buckeyes got the ball back, but true freshman Lincoln Kienholz took over midway through the second quarter and finished the game.

With McCord gone, Brown took over as the starter after not playing since Oct. 21, and was 4-of-6 passing for 20 yards while getting sacked three times. Kienholz was finished 6 of 17 for 86 yards and lost a fumble while being sacked with 3:13 left.

Ohio State’s only points came on Jayden Fielding’s 44-yard field goal with 3:12 left in the first quarter, and the Buckeyes punted their other six possessions before halftime. Fielding’s 48-yard attempt on the opening drive of the second half ricocheted high off the upright and back into the end zone. The Buckeyes never even reached the red zone on their 11 possessions (eight punts).

UP NEXT

Missouri expects to have Cook back for his third season as its starting quarterback, along with top receiving target Luther Burden III. The Tigers open the 2024 season Aug. 31 at home against Murray State.

Ohio State will have another Brown, Lincoln Keinholz and five-star prospect Air Noland competing for the quarterback job in the spring. There is no certainty of who will be the starter when the Buckeyes play their 2024 opener at home against Akron.

MAFAH’S 4 TDS HELP CLEMSON EDGE KENTUCKY IN GATOR BOWL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Phil Mafah ran for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 17 seconds to play, and Clemson beat Kentucky 38-35 in a wild Gator Bowl on Friday to finish the year on a five-game winning streak.

Mafah scored three times in a back-and-forth final quarter that saw five turnovers, four touchdowns and five lead changes. Clemson (9-4) outscored Kentucky (7-6) 28-14 over the last 15 minutes.

Cade Klubnik made the play of the game when he connected with Troy Stellato for 16 yards on third-and-18 to set up Mafah’s fourth-down run that moved the chains. Mafah scored three plays later to put the Tigers up for good.

Kentucky had a final chance, but Devin Leary’s first-down pass was intercepted by Justin Mascoll.

Mafah finished with 71 yards on 11 carries. Klubnik completed 30 of 41 passes for 264 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Clemson trailed 21-10 after Kentucky’s Barion Brown returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards. Brown scored three touchdowns three different ways.

Kentucky looked like it would roll from there. But the Wildcats turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions in the fourth.

Clemson took a 27-21 lead on Mafah’s third TD.

Brown responded with a 60-yard TD catch that put UK back out front 28-27. It was short-lived because Will Shipley returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to set up a field goal. Shipley injured his leg on the play.

But the Wildcats wouldn’t go away. Leary connected with Jordan Dingle for 72 yards on the next play, setting up Ray Davis’ 1-yard scoring run.

Clemson rallied again, though, and ended up celebrating on the field afterward.

SHIPLEY INJURED

Shipley flipped head over heels out of bounds on his long return. He grabbed his knee as trainers rushed to his side. They helped him to the bench, where he sat until the cart arrived. He put a towel over his head as he was driven to the locker room for tests.

Shipley has been mum about his pending decision to enter the NFL draft, leading some to believe he was merely waiting until after the season to make his announcement.

Shipley finished what might have been his final game at Clemson with 132 all-purpose yards, including 94 on returns.

“I think finishing this game, being able to go home with family, just discuss with them, talk through everything, look at all the components and all the factors and be able to make a smart, thorough decision,” Shipley said Thursday.

GRAND ENTRANCE

Clemson fans didn’t have much to cheer about in the third quarter until former Tigers stars and current Jacksonville Jaguars standouts Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne walked onto the sideline.

Lawrence and Etienne got two of the loudest ovations from the Clemson side when they were shown on the video boards shaking hands with players and coaches during a timeout with 6:31 to play in the third.

The duo led the Tigers to the 2018 national championship and two more appearances in the College Football Playoff. Lawrence and Etienne watched the rest of the game from the sideline with Jaguars security nearby. Lawrence took a minute to sign a paw-printed towel for Clemson’s mascot.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The Tigers played without star linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (88 tackles) and standout cornerback Nate Wiggins (nine pass breakups). Both opted out of the bowl to start preparing for the NFL draft and were clearly missed as Kentucky delivered three plays longer than 40 yards.

Kentucky: Davis made the decision to play in the bowl despite turning pro and played well. He had a 43-yard scamper in the first half that set up a touchdown and finished with 63 yards on the ground.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers have plenty of youth to build around, beginning with Klubnik and receivers Tyler Brown and Antonio Williams.

Kentucky: The Wildcats have to replace Davis, who totaled 1,383 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

MEMPHIS OUTCLASSES IOWA STATE TO WIN LIBERTY BOWL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Seth Henigan threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns and the Memphis defense shut down Iowa State’s rushing game on the way to a 36-26 victory in the Liberty Bowl on Friday night.

Blake Watson rushed for 107 yards as Memphis (10-3) of the American Athletic Conference amassed 530 yards of total offense and finished with at least 10 wins for the fifth time in program history.

Henigan completed 24 of 34 passes and also rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Redshirt freshman Rocco Becht led the Cyclone offense, going 22 for 38 for 446 yards and three touchdown passes. But Becht supplied nearly all the offence for Iowa State (7-6), which averages 130 yard rushing per game. This time, the Cyclones were held to zero net yards on the ground.

Both teams had their moments offensively in the first half. Memphis scored 19 points in the first quarter before Iowa State answered with 13 in the second. A 49-yard field goal by Tanner Gilliss as time expire in the first half gave Memphis a 22-13 lead at the break.

The Tigers extended the lead to 36-13 midway through the third quarter on two touchdown passes by Henigan, providing enough of a buffer for Memphis to claim the victory.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: Henigan and wide receiver Roc Taylor have said they plan to return for the 2024 season, which gives Memphis a good start to its offensive attack. The bowl victory should give the Tigers momentum going into next season.

Iowa State: The Cyclones were not predicted to have a good season and matters became worse when five projected starters, including quarterback Hunter Dekkers, were caught up in a gambling probe. Becht, a redshirt freshman, stepped into the role and with a heavy reliance on younger players, Matt Campbell’s team played above .500 and closed the regular season with a win over then-No. 19 Kansas State. Even with the loss, the season was better than many expected.

RUSHING STYMIED

Cyclone running back Abu Sama III, who rushed for 276 yards in his first start against Kansas State in Iowa State’s season finale, was kept in check through the game. Sama had four yards on 12 carries.

UP NEXT

Memphis: The Tigers open the 2024 season at home against North Alabama.

Iowa State: The Cyclones host North Dakota to open the 2024 season.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: SAN DIEGO STATE STUNS NO. 13 GONZAGA

Reese Waters scored 22 points and Jaedon LeDee added 20 points and seven rebounds as San Diego State handed No. 13 Gonzaga a rare home loss with an 84-74 victory over the Bulldogs in a nonconference showdown on Friday night at Spokane, Wash.

Darrion Trammell tallied 17 points for the Aztecs (11-2), who led by as many as 15 points while winning their fourth straight game.

Graham Ike recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds and Anton Watson had 16 points and three steals for the Bulldogs (9-4), who lost for the third time in five games. Ryan Nembhard added 15 points and nine assists for Gonzaga.

The loss was just the 17th for Gonzaga in 20 seasons at the McCarthey Athletic Center. San Diego State has delivered two of the setbacks, also winning early in the 2010-11 season with a team featuring future NBA star Kawhi Leonard.

No. 1 Purdue 80, Eastern Kentucky 53

Fletcher Loyer scored 14 points in 26 minutes to lead the Boilermakers past the Colonels in West Lafayette, Ind.

Zach Edey had 13 points and seven rebounds to flank Loyer for Purdue (12-1), which played its final game of the nonconference season before getting fully into Big Ten play next week.

Devontae Blanton scored

Devontae Blanton scored 14 points and Leland Walker added 12 points for Eastern Kentucky, which will enter ASUN play next week at 4-9.

No. 4 Arizona 100, Cal 81

Caleb Love scored 22 points and Oumar Ballo posted his third consecutive double-double as the Wildcats cruised past the Golden Bears to open Pac-12 play in Berkeley, Calif.

Ballo had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona (10-2, 1-0 Pac-12). The Wildcats never trailed and delivered an early knockout punch, leading by as many as 31 points in the first half.

Jaylon Tyson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (4-8, 0-1), which has lost 14 consecutive games to Arizona.

No. 8 Kentucky 96, Illinois State 70

Antonio Reeves scored a game-high 27 points in his first game against his former team as the Wildcats cruised past the Redbirds in Lexington, Ky.

Reeves, who led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring two years ago while playing for the Redbirds, shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 8 on 3-point attempts. Rob Dillingham added 16 points and seven assists for the Wildcats (10-2).

Myles Foster scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Illinois State (8-5), while Darius Burford and Malachi Poindexter each added 13 points.

No. 9 North Carolina 105, Charleston Southern 60

RJ Davis led the Tar Heels in scoring for the eighth game in a row, pouring in 20 points to rout the visiting Buccaneers in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jalen Washington came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, Elliot Cadeau supplied 13, and Armando Bacot provided 12 points and nine rebounds. Seth Trimble added 12 points and Harrison Ingram 10 as North Carolina (9-3) never trailed.

A’lahn Sumler pumped in 21 points and DJ Patrick had all 11 of his points in the first half for Charleston Southern (4-9), which met the Tar Heels for the first time.

No. 11 Illinois 104, Fairleigh Dickinson 71

In the Illini’s first game without All-American-caliber guard Terrence Shannon Jr., backup center Dain Dainja delivered 19 points to lead six players in double figures in a rout of the Knights in Champaign, Ill.

Shannon was suspended from the team Thursday after being charged with rape in Kansas.

While Ansley Almonor paced Fairleigh Dickinson (6-8) with a game-high 20 points, Dainja led Illinois (10-2) with 9-of-10 shooting in just 16 minutes.

No 15 Colorado State 106, Adams State 61

Patrick Cartier and Isaiah Stevens each scored 13 points to lead seven double-digit scorers the Rams rolled past the Division II Grizzlies in Fort Collins, Colo.

Jalen Lake scored 12 points while Nique Clifford and Joe Palmer each added 11 for Colorado State (12-1), which had 10 players see at least 15 minutes of playing time in the final tune-up before Mountain West Conference play begins Tuesday at home against New Mexico.

John Harge scored 12 points while Jude Tapia and Alex Hurr each had nine for Adams State (3-8), for which the game was an exhibition that doesn’t count toward the season record. It was the Grizzlies’ second consecutive loss to a Division I program after they fell 89-83 at Denver on Dec. 18.

No. 18 Clemson 93, Radford 58

Joseph Girard III scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field to help lead the Tigers to a victory over the Highlanders in Clemson, S.C.

PJ Hall added 17 points for Clemson (11-1), which trailed for just 26 seconds in its second straight victory. Chase Hunter scored 16 points for the Tigers.

Kenyon Giles registered 17 points and Chandler Turner poured in 11 for the Highlanders (10-5), who trailed 49-23 at halftime.

No. 21 Texas 72, UNC Greensboro 37

Tyrese Hunter scored 23 points, 16 in the first half, and the Longhorns defense did the rest as Texas rolled past the Spartans in Austin, Texas, to remain undefeated at home.

The Longhorns (10-2) won their fourth straight game largely by allowing the Spartans just three points over a 15-minute stretch bridging the halves. Kadin Shedrick added 11 points and Max Abmas had 10 for the Longhorns, who held the visitors to 29.8 shooting from the field and 3 of 19 (15.8 percent) on 3-point shots.

Keyshaun Langley led UNC Greensboro (9-4) with 15 points but was the only player in double figures.

FORMER DEPAUL PLAYER, COACH JOEY MEYER DIES AT 74

Joey Meyer, who coached DePaul to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, died Friday at age 74.

The school announced that Meyer was surrounded by family on Friday but did not reveal a cause of death.

After playing for the Blue Demons when they were coached by his father, Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Meyer, Joey Meyer became an assistant coach at the school and ultimately succeeded his father in the top job.

Joey Meyer led the Blue Demons from 1984-85 through 1996-97, guiding the program to the NCAA Tournament in seven of his first eight seasons. His best postseason results were Sweet 16 appearances in 1986 and 1987.

In 13 seasons as head coach, Joey Meyer compiled a 231-158 record. His win total stands second behind Ray Meyer’s 724 on the school’s all-time list.

Joey Meyer was born in Chicago and was a high school star at DePaul Academy. He still sits on DePaul’s all-time leaderboards for scoring average and field goals made.

Following his coaching career, he served as a broadcaster and was a regional scout for the Los Angeles Clippers.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TEXAS STAR RORI HARMON (ACL) OUT FOR THE SEASON

The Texas Longhorns suffered a big blow with the school announcing Friday the loss of standout guard Rori Harmon for the season with a torn ACL in her right knee.

A junior for the unbeaten and fifth-ranked Longhorns (13-0), Harmon said via X, formerly Twitter, that she suffered a non-contact injury at practice Wednesday.

“I’m grateful for the support of my teammates and coaching staff during this difficult time,” Harmon said via the school’s athletic website. “I also want to thank our medical staff at Texas for taking care of me.

“I’m heartbroken that I won’t be able to play with my teammates this season, but I’m going to support them and be the best teammate I can be. We have big goals for this season and those are not going to change.”

Through 12 games, Harmon carried averages of 14.1 points, 7.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 5.6 rebounds per game.

“We are heartbroken for Rori and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time,” coach Vic Schaefer said in a statement. “She has worked so hard to become in my opinion the best guard in the country, an All-American.

“It is difficult to see a young person go through this. It is truly devastating. My heart is crushed for her. But this I know about Rori, she will attack this like she does every practice, every game and she will be back to her old self in no time.”

Texas opens Big 12 play Saturday against No. 10 Baylor.

TA’NIYA LATSON GOES OFF, NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE BEATS GEORGIA TECH

Ta’Niya Latson dropped 30 points and Makayla Tipson added 20 points and 14 rebounds to push No. 22 Florida State past Georgia Tech 95-80 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Latson made 12 of her 24 shots to power the Seminoles’ 50.6 percent shooting performance, and O’Mariah Gordon chipped in with 17 points and seven assists. Florida State (10-3, 1-0 ACC) broke away from a 50-50 tie in the third quarter with a 9-0 run and never looked back.

Kara Dunn hit 10 of 16 shots to lead Georgia Tech (9-4, 0-1) with 24 points, and Kayla Blackshear added 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

NO. 5 TEXAS CAPS NONLEAGUE PLAY WITH ROUT OF JACKSON ST.

Shaylee Gonzales scored a season-high 21 points as No. 5 Texas warmed up for the start of Big 12 play with a 97-52 rout of Jackson State on Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

Gonzales, a senior guard, matched her career high with six 3-pointers and added five assists. Madison Booker (16 points), Khadija Faye (14), DeYona Gaston (13) and Shay Holle (10) also scored in double figures for the Longhorns (13-0). Texas improved to 8-0 at home.

Andriana Avent logged 11 points for the Lady Tigers (5-6). Jackson State’s Miya Crump, Zakiya Mahoney and Tilan Boler each put up 10 points.

Texas trailed 6-5 before reeling off the next 13 points, capped by a Booker layup. Crump scored to end Jackson State’s drought, but the Longhorns then added the last five points of the first quarter to lead 23-8. The margin grew in each succeeding period.

The Longhorns open their final Big 12 season with a home game against No. 10 Baylor on Saturday. The Lady Tigers have a nine-day layoff before they tip off Southwestern Athletic Conference action on Jan. 6 vs. Alcorn State.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER, THUNDER DOWN NUGGETS

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 40 points, including 17 in the third quarter, Chet Holmgren finished with 24 points and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 119-93 on Friday night.

Josh Giddy scored 12 points and Jalen Williams had 11 points and nine assists for Oklahoma City, which has won three straight overall and beat Denver for the second time in two weeks.

Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven turnovers, Peyton Watson scored 14 points, Michael Porter Jr. had 12 points and Jamal Murray dished 11 assists for the Nuggets, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Denver was without forward Aaron Gordon for the second straight game while he recovers from lacerations on his hands and face as a result of dog bites on Monday.

Celtics 120, Raptors 118

Jaylen Brown had 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help Boston beat Toronto and improve its home record to 16-0 this season.

Derrick White had 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who won their fifth game in a row. Luke Kornet scored 20 points and Jrue Holiday added 15 points for Boston.

With his team trailing by three, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. He made the first free throw and missed the second intentionally, but the Raptors were unable to control the rebound.
Scottie Barnes led the Raptors with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Siakam finished with 27 points, and Jakob Poeltl added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Wizards 110, Nets 104

Kyle Kuzma saved nine of his game-high 26 points for the final 5:23, Deni Avdija recorded his second double-double in nine days and Washington pulled away from visiting Brooklyn late for a victory.

Avdija finished with 21 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds and a game-high-tying six assists for the Wizards, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Mikal Bridges had a team-high 19 points for the Nets, who dropped their second straight.

Suns 133, Hornets 119

Devin Booker scored 35 points and four Phoenix scorers posted at least 21 points as the Suns earned back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month with their victory over visiting Charlotte.

Phoenix shot 46 of 74 from the floor, including 18 of 30 from 3-point range, on a balanced offensive night. Kevin Durant had 21 points and 11 assists and Jusuf Nurkic added 24 points and 15 rebounds. Eric Gordon chipped in another 21 points off the bench for his second consecutive game scoring at least 21.

Terry Rozier tried to rally the Hornets, shooting 8 of 12 from the floor in the second half as part of his 14 of 22 night. Rozier scored 42 points, one shy of matching his career high, and added a team-leading eight assists. Brandon Miller added 20 points while Miles Bridges finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Trail Blazers 134, Spurs 128

Jerami Grant and Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 points each to help short-handed Portland earn a win over visiting San Antonio in the second game of a back-to-back set between the teams.

The Trail Blazers bounced back from a 118-105 home loss to San Antonio on Thursday in the first game of the mini-series despite again playing without Deandre Ayton (knee), Anfernee Simons (illness), Shaedon Sharpe (thigh) and Duop Reath (back). Jabari Walker added 25 points off the Portland bench, with Scoot Henderson racking up 22 points and 11 assists, Toumani Camara producing 13 points and 11 rebounds and Skylar Mays scoring 11 points.

San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson led all scorers with 29 points off the bench. Devin Vassell hit for 22, Doug McDermott added 18 points, Zach Collins had 17, Tre Jones tallied 14 and Malaki Branham had 11 for the Spurs.

Clippers 117, Grizzlies 106

Paul George scored 23 points and Ivica Zubac added 15 points with a season-high 20 rebounds as Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting Memphis in its fourth consecutive game without Kawhi Leonard.

James Harden had 16 points and 13 assists, while Russell Westbrook scored 14 points as the Clippers won for the 11th time in their last 13 games. Los Angeles has split the four games without Leonard, who has been out with a left hip contusion. Amir Coffey and Norman Powell each scored 13 points for the Clippers. Coffey has started the past four games in Leonard’s place.

Ja Morant had 19 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies after missing Thursday’s blowout loss at Denver with an illness. Marcus Smart and Jaren Jackson Jr. each scored 22 points and Desmond Bane added 18 for the Grizzlies, who went 2-2 on a four-game road trip.

Magic 117, Knicks 108

Franz Wagner scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Orlando used a dominating second quarter to beat the visiting New York.

Paolo Banchero added 29 points and 10 rebounds while Jalen Suggs scored 21 points as the Magic won for the third time in four games after a four-game losing streak. Goga Bitadze added 13 points in his return to the starting lineup, and Moritz Wagner had a team-high 11 rebounds.

Julius Randle recorded 38 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, the 16th consecutive game in which he reached the 20-point mark. Jalen Brunson scored 20 points and RJ Barrett added 19 as New York lost for the third time in four games and fell to 0-2 to start a three-game road trip.

Kings 117, Hawks 110

De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points, hitting seven 3-pointers in the second half, and Domantas Sabonis added 25 points to help Sacramento overcome a 23-point deficit in beating host Atlanta.

The Kings took their first lead, 106-105, with 5:48 remaining on a 3-pointer by Fox. After the game was tied 110-110, Chris Duarte sank a 3-pointer, Sabonis made 1 of 2 free throws and Keegan Murray hit a jumper to give Sacramento a six-point lead with 49 seconds left. Atlanta did not score in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

Fox finished 10-for-20 from the field, 8-for-16 on 3-point attempts, and added six rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Sabonis was 12-for-17 from the field and had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Atlanta got 24 points and nine assists from Trae Young and 18 points from Dejounte Murray.

Bucks 119, Cavaliers 111

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and Damian Lillard added 31 to lead Milwaukee over host Cleveland.

Antetokounmpo also grabbed 16 boards while Malik Beasley added 15 points thanks to five 3-pointers. Khris Middleton contributed 13 points and 11 assists as the Bucks won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Cleveland was led by Donovan Mitchell, who returned after missing four games with an illness and contributed 34 points and nine assists. Jarrett Allen added 30 points and 12 boards. Craig Porter Jr. came off the bench to score all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, and Max Strus wound up with 12 points.

76ers 131, Rockets 127

Tyrese Maxey scored a game-high 42 points and Philadelphia, playing without Joel Embiid, outlasted host Houston.

Maxey blitzed the Rockets throughout and Tobias Harris added 22 points, seven assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Reserves gave a lift late. Patrick Beverley drilled a corner 3-pointer for a 121-120 lead, and Marcus Morris Sr. delivered the knockout blow with a four-point play with 31.6 seconds left, pushing the lead to 127-122.

Fred VanVleet paced the Rockets with 33 points — making a season-high eight 3-pointers — and 10 assists. Jalen Green added 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: ROOPE HINTZ CAPS HAT TRICK WITH OT WINNER FOR STARS

Roope Hintz scored the overtime winner to complete a hat trick as the host Dallas Stars edged the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Friday.

Hintz tipped a Jason Robertson pass past Petr Mrazek with 7.9 seconds left in the extra frame for his 14th goal of the season. Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn each scored and added an assist while Scott Wedgewood made 25 saves for Dallas, which has won eight of its last nine games (8-1-0) against the Blackhawks.

Tyler Johnson scored twice, and Cole Guttman and Jason Dickinson each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks. Mrazek stopped 30 shots.

Johnson’s second of the game on a power play with 2:36 remaining tied the score 4-4 and forced overtime.

Kraken 2, Flyers 1 (OT)

Justin Schultz scored at 2:35 of overtime as Seattle rallied to defeat visiting Philadelphia.

Fellow defenseman Vince Dunn scored in regulation and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two assists for Seattle, which won its fourth in a row and extended its point streak to eight games (6-0-2). Goaltender Joey Daccord, making his eighth start in nine games with Philipp Grubauer out with a lower-body injury, made 27 saves.

Travis Konecny scored a short-handed goal for the Flyers, who, despite the defeat, have earned points in 12 of their past 13 games (8-1-4). Goalie Carter Hart, who played junior hockey in nearby Everett, Wash., stopped 27 of 29 shots.

Blue Jackets 6, Maple Leafs 5 (OT)

Johnny Gaudreau’s backhand goal 2:56 into overtime lifted Columbus over visiting Toronto.

The Blue Jackets ended a three-game (0-1-2) winless streak with the comeback victory. Columbus never led during regulation but equalized three times against Toronto’s leads.

William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist for Toronto. Nicholas Robertson and John Tavares scored the Leafs’ other goals, and Morgan Rielly tallied three assists.

Red Wings 5, Predators 4 (OT)

Lucas Raymond scored the game-winning goal with 2:13 expired in overtime to give Detroit a home win over Nashville.

Jake Walman recorded two goals and one assist, and Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for Detroit.

Gustav Nyquist and Filip Forsberg each had two goals and an assist for Nashville.

Devils 6, Senators 2

Brothers Jack and Luke Hughes collected a goal and two assists apiece, Jesper Bratt had a goal and three assists, and visiting New Jersey erased an early deficit to beat Ottawa.

Jack Hughes scored on a power play to tie the score at 1-1 and notched his ninth game this season with at least three points. Luke Hughes scored New Jersey’s final goal after setting up his older brother’s and Bratt’s power-play tallies.

Drake Batherson and Jacob Bernard-Docker scored for the Senators, who were unable to get a third straight win.

Islanders 5, Capitals 1

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Julien Gauthier each scored twice for host New York, which bounced back from its most lopsided regular-season shutout loss in more than six years by beating Washington in Elmont, N.Y.

Pageau and Noah Dobson scored twice in a 70-second span early in the second period before Gauthier and Pageau combined for three goals in fewer than five minutes in the third for the Islanders, who had fallen to the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-0 on Wednesday.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored with 17.9 seconds left in a potentially costly loss for the Capitals, who lost starting goalie Charlie Lindgren and defenseman Martin Fehervary to upper body injuries 6:46 into the first period.

Panthers 4, Rangers 3

Sam Reinhart had his second straight two-goal game, and Aleksander Barkov posted his second consecutive three-assist contest as Florida knocked off New York in Sunrise, Fla.

Carter Verhaeghe scored the go-ahead goal to make it 4-3 with 6:23 left in regulation, and the Panthers held on from there. Florida, which scored the game’s first two goals, improved to 14-0-2 when scoring first. Florida also got a goal from Evan Rodrigues and 31 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky, who leads the Eastern Conference with 17 victories.

The Rangers, who are tied with the Vancouver Canucks for the most points in the NHL (49), got goals from Artemi Panarin, Will Cuylle and Mika Zibanejad (short-handed). Rangers backup goalie Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in a rare loss for him this season as his record dropped to 9-2-1.

Avalanche 2, Blues 1

Devon Toews scored the game-winning goal late in the third period as visiting Colorado edged St. Louis.

Ryan Johansen also scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who snapped their six-game road winless streak (0-3-3).

Robert Thomas scored and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who lost for just the second time in seven games under interim coach Drew Bannister.

Coyotes 2, Ducks 0

Goaltender Connor Ingram posted his fourth shutout of the season to lead Arizona past free-falling host Anaheim.

Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse scored for the Coyotes, who have won two straight games and six of their last seven. Ingram made 28 saves — 11 in the third period — to record his fifth career shutout in the game that became heated at times.

Goaltender John Gibson stopped 30 shots for the Ducks, who have only four victories in their last 20 games and sit 30th overall in the league.

AUTO RACING NEWS

2003 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER DE FERRAN DIES AT 56

Gil de Ferran, who won the 2003 Indianapolis 500 and two INDYCAR SERIES championships, died suddenly after a brief illness Dec. 29 near his home in Florida. He was 56.

De Ferran edged Team Penske teammate and fellow Brazilian Helio Castroneves in a scintillating finish in the 2003 edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” earning his victory by .2990 of a second after passing Castroneves for good on Lap 170. De Ferran earned his sole “500” victory in the last of his four career starts in the race, as he retired as a driver after the 2003 INDYCAR SERIES season.

While de Ferran denied close friend Castroneves a record-setting third consecutive “500” win in 2003, de Ferran’s drive to victory circle was the third straight Indy win for Team Penske. He also finished runner-up behind Castroneves in 2001.

The Indianapolis 500 victory was the zenith of a remarkable career that also included INDYCAR SERIES championships under CART sanction in 2000 and 2001 while driving for Team Penske. In both seasons, de Ferran used a combination of speed, consistency and racecraft to win the championship despite not being the driver with the most victories. That encapsulated the meticulous, analytical approach to his craft that de Ferran showed during his entire career.

De Ferran ended his INDYCAR SERIES driving career with 12 victories and 21 poles, with his final win coming in his last career start, on Oct. 12, 2003, at Texas Motor Speedway. His first victory came as a rookie in 1995 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca while driving for Hall/VDS Racing. He earned CART Rookie of the Year honors in 1995.

The Brazilian moved from Hall/VDS to Walker Racing in 1997 after Hall/VDS owner Jim Hall retired from the sport. De Ferran finished second in the CART standings in 1997 despite going winless that season. But he still gained notoriety that year by finishing second to Mark Blundell at Portland International Raceway by .027 of a second, the closest result ever in a CART-sanctioned event.

De Ferran’s career blossomed when he joined Team Penske for the 2000 season, pairing with Castroneves for the next four seasons. He won the first of his two-straight championships and made racing history during qualifying at California Speedway when he set the closed-course land speed record with a lap of 241.428 mph, a mark that stands today. De Ferran also earned Team Penske its 100th INDYCAR SERIES career victory in 2000 at Nazareth Speedway.

After his INDYCAR SERIES career, de Ferran mixed driving in sports cars and his budding career in team management with his usual blend of courtesy and class.

He joined the BAR-Honda Formula One team as sporting director in 2005, remaining in that role until 2007. Then de Ferran returned to the cockpit in 2008 in a factory-backed Acura LMP2 prototype in the American Le Mans Series as the owner-driver of his team, de Ferran Motorsports, sharing the wheel with future INDYCAR SERIES champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.

The team climbed to the premier LMP1 prototype class as an Acura factory team in 2009, with five victories and seven poles en route to a runner-up finish in the standings.

De Ferran retired as a driver after the 2009 season and co-owned de Ferran Dragon Racing in the INDYCAR SERIES through 2011. During this time, de Ferran also served as a team owners’ representative on the ICONIC committee that evaluated designs for the next generation of INDYCAR SERIES chassis, with his immense technical and managerial acumen adding greatly to the process.

In July 2018, de Ferran was named sporting director for McLaren Racing in Formula One, a role he held until early 2021. In May 2023, he also was rehired by McLaren as a consultant and advisor.

De Ferran started racing in karting in Brazil, where he moved as a toddler with his family after being born in Paris. He advanced through junior open-wheel formulas in Brazil before moving to Great Britain to race.

He finished third in the 1991 British Formula 3 championship, behind only future F1 race winners Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard. In 1992, de Ferran won the British F3 title for Paul Stewart Racing with seven victories. He raced in Formula 3000 (now Formula 2, one step below F1) in 1993 and 1994 for Paul Stewart Racing, finishing tied for fourth in 1993 and third in 1994 before moving to America to race in 1995.

De Ferran is survived by his wife, Angela, whom he met when she worked for Paul Stewart Racing; daughter, Anna; and son, Luke.

INDIANA TEAM NEWS RELEASES/SPORTS NEWS

COLTS NEWS

COLTS RULE OUT RB ZACK MOSS FOR WEEK 17 GAME VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS; WR MICHAEL PITTMAN JR. CLEARS CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

The Colts on Friday ruled out running back Zack Moss (forearm) for Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, head coach Shane Steichen said.

Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. cleared concussion protocol and “should be ready to roll,” Steichen said.

Pittman was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday and was full on Thursday. He cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol last Friday but had symptoms relapse on Saturday, and re-entered the concussion protocol and was ruled out for Week 16.

Right tackle Braden Smith was not ruled out Friday. He sustained a knee injury in the Colts’ Week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans and hadn’t played since, while Moss exited the Colts’ Week 15 win over the Steelers and missed Week 16.

Check back later Friday for the Colts’ final practice report of Week 17, which will include game status designations.

COLTS-RAIDERS PREVIEW

The Colts re-convened at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Wednesday still holding a playoff spot, and (mostly) controlling their postseason destiny – even after losing by 19 points on Christmas Eve to the Atlanta Falcons.

And as players began preparing for Week 17’s home date with the Las Vegas Raiders, they took a hard look in the mirror to figure out what went wrong last week and how to avoid another defeat down the stretch with little margin for error.

“People really just looked within themselves — how did I approach the week, how did I approach every single rep and knowing, did I do everything possible in my power because you only have a limited amount of opportunities,” running back Jonathan Taylor said. “And then once they start to dwindle — especially when you have an opportunity to do something special that hasn’t been done in a little bit, it’s, we need to figure out a way in order to make that happen. Whatever it takes.”

The Colts know they need to find consistency after oscillating between big wins (over the Titans and Steelers) and three-score losses (to the Bengals and Falcons) in December. And a Week 16 postgame message from quarterback Gardner Minshew II hit at that point: Don’t take this opportunity to make the playoffs for granted, and don’t worry about scoreboard watching or doing schedule math.

“Let’s just take advantage of these games,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “We can’t control what happened before, it already happened. Highs and lows, we don’t let our successes or our failures affect us too much. We just take everything in stride and I think we’ve done a good job of doing that. We just gotta keep building, keep trying to get this win.”

Ahead of the Colts in Week 17 are the resurgent Las Vegas Raiders, who are 4-3 since firing Josh McDaniels and tapping Antonio Pierce as interim head coach. The Raiders are 7-8 and are still alive in the AFC playoff race – a strikingly similar situation to the last time Las Vegas played in Indianapolis, when under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia they needed to win out and get some help to make the postseason (they did).

And the Colts, in prepping for the Raiders, have seen Las Vegas take on the intense, physical personality of their ex-NFL-linebacker-turned-head-coach.

“They’re feeding off his energy, they’re playing at a high level,” head coach Shane Steichen said. “You can see it by the way they are playing and they are executing well.”

The Raiders’ offense has had some wild swings, but is still managing to win games. Las Vegas went from being shut out in a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings to scoring seven touchdowns on offense against the Los Angeles Chargers four days later – then in Week 16 became only the fifth team in the last 10 years to win a game while having under 50 net passing yards.

And the Raiders’ ability to win in different ways again is a reflection of Pierce, who’s fostered a certain belief in his team that’s served them well in December.

“He’s doing a great job,” Franklin said. “You can tell they’re all playing for each other, pulling for each other. It’s a good test for us this upcoming Sunday.”

The implications for the Colts on Sunday are both simple and complicated. A win puts the Colts in good position to make the playoffs, but would only set up a win-and-in Week 18 if the Jaguars (vs. Carolina), Bills (vs. New England) or Bengals (at Kansas City) lose.

But the Colts aren’t interested in scoreboard watching this weekend. The focus is solely on what happens on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts will worry about the rest later.

“We need to finish,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “We put too much work in this season, endured a lot throughout this season with injuries, suspensions. … We have everything in front of us. We gotta take advantage of it and we gotta finish.”

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS KNICKS

After sweeping a two-game road trip, the Pacers will try to close out 2023 on a three-game win streak when they host the New York Knicks (17-13) on Saturday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Blue & Gold have enjoyed a nice bounce-back week after scuffling into Christmas dropping six of their last seven contests to fall to .500 on the season. After two strong showings in Houston and Chicago, Indiana (16-14) returns home with some positive momentum.

The biggest catalyst in the Pacers’ success this week has been All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton. After bursting onto the national scene with his performance in the In-Season Tournament, Haliburton has seen increased defensive attention in recent weeks and saw his numbers dip as a result, as he averaged just 18.3 points and committed 4.1 turnovers per game over his previous seven contests entering this week’s road trip.

But Haliburton rediscovered his All-Star form with two stellar performances. First, he dropped 33 points and 10 assists while going 7-for-13 from 3-point range to lead Indiana to a 123-117 win over the Rockets. He followed that up with a historical outing in Chicago, tallying 21 points, 20 assists, and zero turnovers in a 120-104 victory over the Bulls. Haliburton became just the second player in franchise history to have 20 points and 20 assists in a single game (Jalen Rose did it first on April 18, 2001) and the second NBA player since 1985 to have 20 points, 20 assists, and no turnovers in a game (Chris Paul accomplished the feat on Dec. 10, 2016).

Thursday’s game was a rollercoaster for Pacers fans. The Blue & Gold led by 25 points with under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, then didn’t make a field goal for over nine minutes of game action. The Bulls capitalized with a 35-7 run to take the lead, only for Indiana to respond by outscoring Chicago 30-11 the rest of the way.

The Knicks pose a stiff test for Indiana on Saturday night. New York has strong case to have two All-Stars this season in point guard Jalen Brunson and power forward Julius Randle. Brunson ranks 13th in the NBA in scoring at 26 points per game, dishes out 5.9 assists per contest, and is ninth in the league in 3-point percentage (.453). Randle anchors New York’s offense on the interior, where he averages 22.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.

New York excels in two areas which are weaknesses for the the Blue & Gold. The Knicks are sixth in the NBA in both free throw attempts (24.6 per game) and rebounding (45.3 boards per contest). The Pacers rank 29th in free throws allowed (27.4) and rebounding (40.2).

The Knicks will be on the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday, as they play in Orlando on Friday night.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Knicks: G – Jalen Brunson, G – Donte DiVincenzo, F – RJ Barrett, F – Julius Randle, C – Isaiah Hartenstein

Injury Report

Pacers: Bruce Brown – questionable (right knee bone bruise)

Knicks: Mitchell Robinson – out (left ankle surgery), Jericho Sims – out (sprained right ankle)

Last Meeting

April 9, 2023: The Pacers closed out the 2022-23 season with a 141-136 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, snapping a four-game losing streak against New York.

Bennedict Mathurin led Indiana with 26 points in the victory, going 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Six other players reached double figures for the Blue & Gold, including Andrew Nembhard (19 points and nine assists), Jordan Nwora (19 points on 7-of-10 shooting), and George Hill (17 points off the bench while going 5-for-6 from 3-point range).

Then-Knicks forward Obi Toppin led all scorers with 34 points, going 13-for-23 from the field and 5-for-10 from 3-point range against his future team. Immanuel Quickley added 30 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, Quentin Grimes scored 20, and Mitchell Robinson tallied nine points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks.

Noteworthy

Saturday will be the Knicks’ lone visit to Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the regular season. The Pacers will make two trips to Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1 and 10.

Pacers forward Obi Toppin was drafted by the Knicks with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and spent his first three NBA seasons in New York. Indiana acquired Toppin over the summer in exchange for two future second-round picks.

Pacers guard Buddy Hield needs five 3-pointers to become the 25th player in NBA history to make 1,800 career threes.

After going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc on Thursday, Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith now leads the NBA in 3-point percentage, making 47.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Pacers limited Chicago to 104 points on Thursday, the first time a Pacers opponent scored under 110 points in 49 games dating back to last season, the longest streak in NBA history.

This is the rare season in which the Pacers will not host a game on New Year’s Eve. The Blue & Gold have played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Dec. 31 in each of the previous six seasons and 10 of the past 11 years. The only other year over that span that they did not play on New Year’s Eve was 2016, when they also played a home game on Dec. 30 instead.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL SELL OUT THIRD STRAIGHT, FALL IN OT

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Jacksonville Icemen for the first and only time this season on Friday in front of 6,453 fans, their third sold out crowd in a row. Despite coming back and forcing overtime in the third period, the Fuel fell to the Icemen 3-2.

1ST PERIOD

At 3:11, Brandon Schultz took the first penalty of the game with a holding call giving Jacksonville a power play opportunity, however the Fuel were able to kill it off.

Craig Martin scored at 9:53 of the first period giving the Icemen a 1-0 lead and breaking goaltender Mitchell Weeks’ two game shutout streak. That goal was assisted by Olivier Nadeau and Brendan Harris.

Cam Hillis took the Fuel’s second penalty of the game, a high sticking call at 11:14. As that was killed off, Indy’s Ross MacDougall sat for tripping.

That is how the period ended, with Jacksonville up by one and Indy outshooting them 14-13.

2ND PERIOD

The Fuel got the first power play of the frame at 2:06 with an interference call on Connor Russell that the Icemen killed off.

At 4:25, Matt Cairns scored his first of the season with the help of Sam Ruffin and Andrew Bellant to even the score.

Six minutes later though, Olivier Nadeau netted his first of the season to give the Icemen a 2-1 lead.

Garrett Van Wyhe took a tripping penalty at 15:37 giving the Fuel another power play opportunity, however Jacksonville killed it off. As soon as that penalty was killed off, MacDougall took another tripping penalty sending the Fuel to the penalty kill.

At 19:33, Bryan Lemos and Matheson Iacopelli took offsetting penalties for delay of game and cross checking respectively. Those would carry over into the third frame.

3RD PERIOD

At 2:48, Ryan Gagnier scored his third of the season to tie the game again. DJ King and Kale Howarth both claimed assists on the goal.

Two minutes later, Riley Fiddler-Schultz took a penalty for interference, giving Indy another power play; however they killed off the penalty.

Van Wyhe took his second penalty of the game at 10:42, this time a holding call but the Icemen killed it off.

After a ton of chances on both sides, the game remained tied 2-2 at the end of regulation with Jacksonville outshooting Indy 38-31.

OVERTIME

For the first minute of overtime, play went back and forth before Jacksonville’s Christopher Brown had a breakaway chance that earned him a penalty shot when slashing was called. Goaltender Mitchell Weeks stood strong though and made the save.

At 4:43 in the overtime period, Olivier Nadeau scored his second of the game to close it out for Jacksonville and claim the 3-2 win. Weeks made a season high 38 saves on 41 shots.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, December 30, 2023 for Video Game Night.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA POWERS PAST KENNESAW STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Fast and furious?

You bet.

Missing two starters?

No problem.

Indiana (10-3) found its full-throttle form Friday night against up-tempo Kennesaw State (9-5) en route to a 100-87 victory at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

It was the first time the Hoosiers had reached 100 points this season, but it was the points allowed (including 17 3-pointers) that bothered coach Mike Woodson.

“It was too much offense, and I’m talking from a defensive standpoint,” he told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “I don’t mind us scoring 100 points, but giving up 87, you have to tip your hat to Kennesaw State. They shot the hell out of the 3-ball. We have to get that fixed.”

Cream ‘n Crimson standouts were everywhere you looked given six Hoosiers scored in double figures and all nine who played scored.

Forward Malik Reneau had a career-high 34 points to go with 11 rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes. That followed his career-best 25 points last week against North Alabama.

“He played big minutes,” Woodson told Fischer. “He had a hell of a game.”

Added forward Kaleb Banks: “His work is showing. He’s finally reaping the benefits of his work. He can do a lot of things — rebound, pass, score. Tonight he really showed his scoring ability.”

Reneau, a sophomore, is thriving after an up-and-down freshman season. He said he learned a lot from last year’s senior forwards, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson.

“I got motivation from Trayce and Race, and seeing how the played the whole Big Ten season and how they dominated. I just needed time to understand the game.

“Now, I’m playing nice and with my pace and being able to score either on the block and finish, or step out and create my shot with the 3-ball. My game is slowing down. Now, I’m able to create for myself and others.”

Forward Mackenzie Mgbako had 14 points on 4-for-5 3-point shooting along with six rebounds. Guard Trey Galloway had 14 points and seven assists.

Forward Payton Sparks, once a double-double mainstay for Ball State, had 10 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in just 14 minutes. His first Hoosier start came in replacing center Kel’el Ware, out due to illness.

“That’s special for a guy who hasn’t played a whole lot,” Woodson told Fischer. “That next-man-up mentality helped us. He was ready to play.”

Added Banks: “He was great. I’m very proud of him. He had a lot of game-changing plays, a nice put-back dunk. Some nice blocks. That was crazy for us. He really gave us some momentum.”

Banks (12) and Anthony Walker (10) also scored in double figures.

IU blasted away a four-point, second-half deficit with a 17-3 run that restored a double-digit lead and, ultimately, secured the victory. It began when reserve guard Anthony Leal entered the game.

“He definitely had a spark off the bench,” Reneau said. “He came in with so much energy, it rejuvenated us. He got us back to what we needed to do, which was get stops.”

The run came after foul trouble forced the Owls out of their pressure man defense. The Hoosiers torched the zone. They shot 61% from the field and 47% from 3-point range. They also were 21-for-33 from the line to the Owls’ 6-for-8.

“They were able to take the lead,” Woodson told Fischer, “and then we woke up and played good defense coming down the stretch. That got us the cushion we needed to win.”

Woodson wasn’t happy about the 64% free-throw shooting.

“We’ve got to get better at making them,” he told Fischer.

IU’s 18 turnovers also were a concern. Kennesaw State scored 20 points off of them.

“We had unnecessary turnovers,” Woodson told Fischer, “but those are fixable. I’m not alarmed about that.”

Guard-oriented Kennesaw State played fast with a three-point-shooting mentality.

“They lead the country in three-point attempts,” Reneau said. “We were trying to alter their shots and limit them to not a lot of attempts. They made 17, which kept them in the game.

“They’re a fast-paced team. We had to stop their initial force.”

IU was without center Ware (illness) and Xavier Johnson (injury).

Did that slow the offense?

Are you kidding?

The Hoosiers hit their first eight shots, including four 3-pointers, to set a blistering pace.

Mgbako opened with three three-pointers. Reneau had one. Sparks scored inside and blocked a couple of shots. The result — IU bolted to an 18-8 lead in less than five minutes.

Mgbako’s fourth 3-pointer pushed the Hoosiers ahead 27-16. They hit their first five 3-pointers.

With Mgbako and Reneau scoring at will, and offensive balance everywhere you looked (eight Hoosiers had played, eight had scored), IU led 37-23 with 7:44 left.

Then Kennesaw State ramped up its already fierce 3-point shooting. It had nine to cut the lead to two before a pair of Banks free throws gave the Hoosiers a 50-46 halftime lead.

Mgbako had 14 points. Reneau had 13.

Sparks kept IU ahead in the opening minutes of the second half with inside power. Still, three more Kennesaw State three-pointers, plus a pair of free throws from a technical foul on the Hoosier bench, pushed the Owls ahead 68-64.

The Hoosiers responded with a three-point play from Banks and a Reneau basket and free throw to spark a 10-0 run for a 74-68 lead with 10 minutes left.

Indiana never looked back.

Now comes a return to Big Ten play. The Hoosiers, with a conference-best 2-0 record, play at Nebraska on Wednesday.

The hope is to have Ware and Johnson. Johnson has missed seven straight games.

“Those are two big pieces to our team,” Woodson told Fischer. “We’re still gauging where X is, We’re hoping the big fella will be back.”

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#1 PURDUE WRAPS UP UNBEATEN NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE WITH 80-53 WIN OVER EKU

No. 1 Purdue 80, Eastern Kentucky 53 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 12-1 overall with an 80-53 win over Eastern Kentucky in the final non-conference game of the season for the Boilermakers. The win was Purdue’s fifth in a row.

Purdue won its 35th straight non-conference, regular-season game, good for the ninth-longest streak in NCAA history and the second-longest streak in Big Ten history. Purdue became the third team in the last 50 years (Syracuse 2010 to 2012; Duke 1992-94) to record three straight unbeaten, non-conference regular seasons.

During Purdue’s streak, it has beaten 15 top-100 KenPom teams and 12 top-50 KenPom teams. Eleven of the teams were top-20 KenPom teams, and seven were ranked in the top 11 of the AP Top 25 poll.

The win was also Purdue’s 26th straight non-conference home win dating to Nov. 9, 2019, vs. Texas. The 26 straight wins is one shy of the school record for non-conference home victories.

Purdue has scored at least 80 points in seven straight games, matching the longest streak for the Boilermakers since the 1987-88 season (10 games).

Matt Painter won his 450th career game and his 425th game at Purdue.

Purdue is now 13-5 when ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team.

The Boilermakers are 70-15 since the start of the 2021-22 season (third-most wins in the country) and 41-7 since the start of last year.

The Boilermakers are 79-3 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring 80 or more points.

Purdue has won 15 straight games when forcing 10 or more turnovers.

Purdue was whistled for just seven fouls, tied for the second fewest in game in school history (6 vs. Omaha; Nov. 26, 2021).

Purdue had seven players score between seven and 14 points. The Boilermaker bench combined for 27 points.

Mason Gillis narrowly missed his first career double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Purdue is 28-3 during his career when he makes two or more 3-pointers in a game.

Zach Edey tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal to record his 64th straight game in double-figures.

Edey reached 300 points, 30 blocks and 12 wins in the first 13 games of the season, becoming the first player (college or NBA) since the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal in 2001-02 to do this.

Trey Kaufman-Renn scored in double-figures for the second straight game for the first time in his career with 10 points and six rebounds. In 36 minutes over the last two games, he has 25 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while going 10-of-16 from the field.

Purdue’s main power forwards (Kaufman-Renn and Gillis) combined for 20 points, 15 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fletcher Loyer scored 14 points and Zach Edey had 13 points to help No. 1 Purdue rout Eastern Kentucky 80-53 on Friday night.

Mason Gillis and Trey Kaufman-Renn each added 10 points for the Boilermakers (12-1). Gillis also had nine rebounds. Braden Smith finished with eight assists.

“I try to prepare every game the same, some nights it’s a better game than other nights,” Gillis said. “I try to keep my mentality the same. I know what my role is. I know what my job is. I preach to our guys that if we do our job we’re easily the best team in the country. If I’m preaching that. I have to embody it. My job every game is chase rebounds and be ready to shoot.”

Purdue coach Matt Painter praised Gillis’ contributions.

“Mason was great and got some rebounds, just made some second-effort plays,” Painter said. “That’s what we need from everybody, to keep going after the ball. Mason really gave us some positive play.”

Devontae Blanton led the Colonels (4-9) with 14 points. Leland Walker had 12.

Edey had just three points in the first half but extended his streak of scoring in double figures to 64 games. He was 5 of 7 from the field.

Purdue led by 35 points at 77-42 before going deep into its bench. The Boilermakers held a 46-25 rebounding edge.

Loyer had 12 of his points in the first half.

“I think what’s it’s been is doing whatever it takes to help the team win,” Loyer said. “For this team to make a power run in March and Big Ten, they need me to be aggressive some nights. I think we everyone to be aggressive.”

Purdue started off sluggish offensively before picking it up. The Boilermakers outscored the Colonels 23-13 in the final 10 minutes of the opening half to take a 43-24 lead.

The Boilermakers shot 57% in the first half, while Eastern Kentucky shot 37%. Purdue held a 21-12 rebounding edge in the opening half. For the game, the Boilermakers shot 52%, and the Colonels 37%

Purdue (1-1 in the Big Ten) plays at Maryland on Tuesday night.

“We still haven’t won a road game and we’re going into a beehive where they didn’t lose in the Big Ten last season,” Painter said. “I feel like we’ve made strides. We have experience. We have some guys who went through some things. We have different guys off the bench that play off the bench, depending how the night unfolds.”

Although Purdue was 6 of 21 from 3-point range against the Colonels, Painter said the team has shown a balance playing off the interior game and then able to knock down shots. Purdue was shooting 39% from 3-point range entering the game.

Keeping turnovers low has also been a key in the first 13 games.

“We had 11 turnovers tonight,” Painter said. “We’re averaging around 12 1/2 per game. If we can keep our turnovers around 10, we put ourselves in really good position.”

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels’ biggest problem was Purdue’s advantage in the paint. The Boilermakers outscored the Colonels 46-18 in the paint.

Purdue: The Boilermakers should retain its No. 1 spot. They won their 35th consecutive regular-season, non-conference game.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS RETURN FROM THE BREAK TO FACE WISCONSIN ON BTN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team returns from the holiday break to square off with Wisconsin at Mackey Arena on Saturday night for a 6 p.m. tip. Jack Kizer and Shimmy Gray-Miller will have the call on the Big Ten Network.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will hit the air for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

PROMOTIONS

Boilermaker Kids Club Game – Boilermaker Kids Club members will get an opportunity to enter in a lottery for two free tickets.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (7-5, 0-1) vs. Wisconsin (7-4, 0-1)

Saturday, Dec. 30

Time: 6 PM

TV/Stream: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers closed the non-conference slate with a 79-63 win over Indiana State on Dec. 20. Abbey Ellis came one point shy of her Purdue career high with 28 points, while Mary Ashley Stevenson narrowly missed another double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Purdue connected on a season-high 11 3-pointers at a 50% clip and shot 47.4% overall for the game. Led by Jeanae Terry’s five helpers, Purdue dished out 20 assists on 27 made field goals.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with a 56-22 edge over Wisconsin. Five of the last six matchups have been decided on the final possession.

• The Boilermakers enter Saturday’s game tied for the second longest active winning streak at home at eight games dating back to last season. The eight-game streak is Purdue’s longest by the Boilermakers since the 2012-13 season. Maryland holds the longest active mark in the league at 19 straight wins.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson sits atop the Big Ten freshman charts in rebounding with 5.8 per night. The New York City native also leads all Big Ten rookies with nine games of at least eight points and eight rebounds.

• Stevenson is one of 12 rookies in the nation from a major conference averaging nine points and five rebounds this season.

• Purdue has made 10 or more 3-pointers in 14 games under head coach Katie Gearlds. Purdue managed just 22 such outings in the previous 12 seasons.

• The Boilermakers’ freshman class is second in the Big Ten in scoring at 21.3 points per game. Rashunda Jones is second among the conference’s freshmen in scoring at 10.9 points per game.

• After finishing one point shy of her Purdue career high, Abbey Ellis is nearing the 1,000-point club for the second time in her career. The Australian needs 128 points to reach the 1,000-point mark as a Boilermaker, which would make her the 36th 1,000-point scorer in Purdue history and the first since 2021.

• Madison Layden’s 46.8% clip from behind the arc ranks 21st in the nation and second in the Big Ten. She is shooting an even 50% from distance (18-36) at Mackey Arena this season.

• Less than a year after a knee injury ended her high school career, Sophie Swanson has seen her impact grow for the Boilermakers. Against Indiana State, Swanson dropped a career-high 10 points. She has made a triple in each of her last four games.

• Swanson was the third different Purdue freshman to score in double figures this year, making the first time Purdue has had three rookies hit double digits since the 2016-17 season.

• Jeanae Terry has six games with at least five assists and five rebounds this year, tied for seventh in the nation. Terry and Caitlin Clark are the only players in the nation with more than 50 5-5 games since the start of the 2019-20 season (Terry – 52, Clark – 75).

• Purdue closed the non-conference stretch of its season with a 7-4 mark. The Boilermakers’ 6-0 mark at home pushed their non-conference home winning streak to a Purdue record 18 games.

• In a conference that features seven teams in the top 25 in attendance, Purdue enters Saturday’s game ranked 20th at 4,967 fans per game.

The 2023-24 Purdue women’s basketball season is presented by Purdue Global, Purdue University’s online educational solution for working adults.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

IRISH SHINE IN ALL FACETS FOR 40-8 SUN BOWL VICTORY OVER OREGON STATE

The University of Notre Dame football team (10-3) earned its 10th victory of the season with a dominating 40-8 victory over Oregon State (8-5) in the 90th Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Friday afternoon.

The Irish piled up 448 yards of offense compared to just 197 for the Beavers, who would manage just two rushing yards in the game. First-time starting quarterback Steve Angeli was hyper efficient, completing 14 of 18 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns.

One of those touchdown passes went to game MVP Jordan Faison, who led the Irish with five catches for 115 yards. Jayden Thomas also caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

The Irish defensive effort, highlighted by four sacks, was led by Most Outstanding Lineman of the Game Jordan Botelho, who finished the contest with a career-high five tackles, a sack and a quarterback hurry.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish started out the game solid and focused on both defense and offense. The defense started it off with a four-and-out, but a low angle Oregon State punt eventually dribbled down to the Irish four-yard line.

Notre Dame started its drive with three rushes for a first down, then Angeli found Faison wide open down the right sideline for 55 yards. The Irish returned to the ground game with four straight runs, including a nine-yard jaunt from Gi’Bran Payne, to earn a first down at the OSU five-yard line.

Oregon State forced its first defensive play for a loss, putting the Irish back at the eight-yard line on third down. Angeli found Jayden Thomas at the three and the Irish wideout turned up the field and powered into the end zone for the first score of the game and his first touchdown since the season opener against Navy.

The Irish put together another drive on their next possession into Oregon State territory, led by Thomas with receptions of 26 and 14 yards. The Beaver defense made a key play on third down, however, sacking Angeli for a loss of 13 yards. Spencer Shrader’s 50-yard field goal effort was long enough but ended up wide left.

Oregon State moved into Notre Dame territory on their next possession, but Notre Dame’s Javontae Jean-Baptiste sacked the quarterback on first down, JD Bertrand broke up a pass on second-and-long and DJ Brown made the tackle after a short reception to force a punt to the Notre Dame 10-yard line.

Late in the first half, Oregon State had the ball at midfield on third and long. The Beavers called a run play to get to fourth and six, then attempted a fake punt which Notre Dame was well prepared for. Joshua Burnham burst through the line and tackled the Beaver upback for a loss of five yards and Notre Dame took over at the Oregon State 44-yard line with 3:29 remaining in the second quarter.

Jadarian Price started the drive with a 13-yard run, then Angeli found Thomas on a roll out for 11 yards and a first down. OSU eventually pushed the Irish to third down and three when Angeli connected with Faison for a first down to the three-yard line. Two plays later, Price walked into the end zone for the second Irish touchdown of the game.

Notre Dame received the ball to start the second half and moved their lead to 17 points on a 44-yard field goal from Shrader. The drive was keyed by a third down reception by Eli Raridon for nine yards and a 33-yard reception by Faison.

Howard Cross III ended Oregon State’s next drive with a 10-yard sack on third down to force a punt to the Notre Dame 40.

The next Irish drive started with a 16-yard pass to Jaden Greathouse, an eight-yard run from Price then a 17-yard scramble from Angeli to give the Irish a first down at the OSU 16-yard line. On third down Angeli found Faison at the goal line for a 13-yard scoring strike and the Irish moved the lead to 24-0.

The Irish defense would not relent on the next drive. A third down sack from Xavier Watts was followed by a fourth-down sack from Jordan Botelho to provide the Irish offense the ball at the OSU 42.

Angeli began the drive with a rush for 14 yards then found Matt Salerno on third down for a conversion down to the Oregon State seven-yard line. The Beaver defense stepped up, however, and ended the drive when Payne was stopped at the one-yard line on fourth and two.

Notre Dame’s defense took advantage of the field possession and stuffed the Oregon State running back on the first play for a safety. Burnham and Drayk Bowen combined for the stop.

The Irish took advantage of the short safety kickoff. Price broke a 54-yard run through the right side of the line to put the Irish in scoring range, then Love finished it off with a catch and run of 13 yards for a touchdown.

Oregon State followed with its only scoring drive of the game. A 33-yard touchdown pass spoiled the Irish shut out, but Notre Dame still had one more drive in it. Devyn Ford rushed for 31 yards on the drive after the Irish recovered an onside kick. Chase Ketterer then earned his place in history with the first touchdown of his career. A do-it-all player for the Irish, Ketterer would have been the third emergency quarterback for the Irish in the game today.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACC PLAY OPENS WITH ORANGE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — After a 9-1 start to the 2023-24 college basketball season, No. 13 Notre Dame will end the calendar year with an ACC opener at Syracuse. The Irish enter conference play with the ACC’s top offense (89.7 ppg) and top scoring margin (+32.9). The latter mark ranks fifth nationally. Notre Dame also leads the ACC in assists (19.3), field goal percentage (50.2), rebounding margin (+16.3) and steals (13.3).

But the competition is about to be taken up a notch, as the ACC has six teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 along with plenty of depth from top to bottom.

Despite injuries to multiple starters, the Irish continue to roll due in large part to the play of Hannah Hidalgo and Maddy Westbeld. In the absence of Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron, Hidalgo has taken over the point and, frankly, the college basketball world. The guard from South Jersey leads the ACC with 23.8 points per game and is pacing the nation in steals at 6 per contest. She is the only player in the country averaging at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals every time she steps on the floor.

The awards are piling up, too. Hidalgo was named ACC Player and Rookie of the Week on Dec. 26, her fifth time earning the Rookie honors and second earning Player honors. Hidalgo was also named USBWA Tamika Catchings Freshman of the Week and AP National Player of the Week after notching her first career triple-double in a Dec. 21 win over Western Michigan.

For her part, Westbeld is leading a front court upon which Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has heavily relied with so many guard injuries. The senior forward has been asked to play multiple positions on the court and continues to excel. Westbeld is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game this year, the highest mark of her accomplished career. It ranks third in the ACC. She is also posting 14.3 points per game (13th in ACC) and shooting 50.4 percent from the floor (eighth in the ACC). She has five double-doubles this season. She entered this season with nine total over three years.

On Sunday, Hidalgo, Westbeld and Co., will face several other sharpshooters. ‘Cuse point guard Dyaisha Fair is notching 19 points per game, while Georgia Woolley sits at 16.1. Alyssa Latham — the ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 4 — is one to watch as well. The 6-2 forward from outside of Chicago is averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, demonstrating she is one of the better defensive freshmen in the conference.

Notre Dame is 39-4 all-time against Syracuse and has won the last four meetings. The last time the Irish visited the Dome, they won 72-56 on Jan. 15.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

AGUARS POUNCE ON TITANS IN 67-55 HOME VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team put up an impressive effort in racing past Detroit Mercy inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday (Dec. 29), defeating the Titans, 67-55. The Jaguars built a double-digit lead in the game’s opening five minutes and led by as many as 25 in running its winning streak to two straight.

Sophomore Vincent Brady II scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half and both Bryce Monroe and DJ Jackson added 13 apiece.

IUPUI (5-9, 1-2 HL) was without top scorer Jlynn Counter, who missed the game due to illness while UDM was without top scorer Jayden Stone. The Jaguars acclimated to life without their star more quickly, blitzing the Titans from the opening tip.

“It feels good. I’m just happy we got the win,” Brady said. “We played together today. I feel like that’s the biggest reason why the scoreboard was the way it was. I feel like when we play together, no one can really stop us and we’ve got to keep doing that.”

Brady connected on three threes and added six rebounds in 30 minutes of work while sophomore Abdou Samb finished with eight points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in his second start of the season. Kidtrell Blocker scored eight points off the bench, including hitting both of his three-point attempts.

Detroit Mercy (0-14, 0-3 HL) freshman Ryan Hurst led all players with 22 points and Marcus Tankersley added 13.

“We got off to a great start and I thought that was really important, playing without Jlynn,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We shared the ball well, looked to make the extra pass and it was important for Vince to make those early threes. That kind of set the tone offensively and we were able to get out in transition some and get some easy looks.

“I thought we defended well and made it tough on them to drive us, which is what they look to do offensively.”

IUPUI surged out to a 19-5 lead in the early stages, fueled by a pair of Brady threes and punctuated by a Samb dunk off a brilliant Monroe feed. Defensively, the Jaguars were strong from the opening tip, limiting the Titans to just 3-of-18 shooting to start the game as they built a 30-10 lead when Blocker sank an open three.

Brady capped the first half with a two-handed putback of a Monroe miss at the final horn, making it 43-25 at intermission. IUPUI shot 57 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and held the Titans to just 32.1 percent.

IUPUI never allowed Detroit Mercy any momentum after halftime and stretched its lead out to 25 with 9:33 left when Blocker drilled a corner trey. The Titans closed the game’s final 4:49 with an 11-2 run to bring the final margin to 12.

IUPUI closed the game with just eight turnovers, yielding just 10 Detroit Mercy points, while forcing 15 UDM miscues, which the Jags converted into 21 points. The Jaguars finished the game at 43 percent from the field and held the Titans under 38 percent. 

The win snapped a six-game skid against Detroit Mercy, dating back to 2019.

The Jaguars will close out the 2023 calendar year on Sunday (Dec. 31) when they host Cleveland State at 2:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Scott Agness (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) will call the action from courtside. Students in grades K-8 can receive a FREE ticket to Sunday’s game with the purchase of an adult ticket.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IUPUI FALLS ON THE ROAD TO THE COLONIALS, 60-49

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team opened up a two-game road trip on Friday night when they fell to the Robert Morris Colonials. Ten Jaguars recorded minutes against RMU and each one recorded at least one basket with Jaela Johnson and Abby Wolterman leading the offense with eight points each.

Robert Morris took the lead early in the first quarter 17-13 and the Jags couldn’t come back. The Colonials spread the lead in the second quarter shooting 41.2 percent from the floor with IUPUI shot just 21.4%.

IUPUI had their best quarter in the third shooting 44.4 percent but turnovers hurt the Jags as they had eight in just the third. Robert Morris capitalized off those turnovers during the game with 26 points off those mistakes.

Turnovers were costly for the Jags as they had 29 total turnovers while IUPUI forced 19 from the Colonials.

IUPUI had ten Jags touch the floor with each one recording points. Wolterman and Johnson led the offense with eight points while Jazmyn Turner totaled seven points and five rebounds. Faith Stinson led in rebounds with six while Johnson had three assists.

The Jaguars are now 2-10 overall with a 0-3 mark in Horizon League play. They continue their road trip when they face Youngstown State on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBB RETURNS HOME FOR 2023 NON-CONFERENCE FINALE; HOSTS OAKLAND CITY SATURDAY

Ball State (9-2) at Oakland City (7-5)

December 30, 2023 >>Worthen Arena>Muncie, Ind.>> 3 pm ET

OPENING TIP:

– Ball State earned back-to-back victories over Power 5 schools Pitt (73-62) and  Georgia (52-51) and were crowned the Sun Coast Challenge Tournament champions in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 21. Junior Ally Becki’s last second shot rattled in to seal the victory over the Bulldog. Becki was also crowned the tournament’s MVP.

– Ball State head coach Brady Sallee has now defeated six Power 5 conference teams seven times during his tenure with the Cardinals — Minnesota (54-51, 2012-13), Iowa (77-72, 2015-16), Vanderbilt (88-79, 2017-18), Purdue (66-60, 2017-18), Pitt (68-66, 2022-23), Pitt (73-62, 2023-24) and Georgia (52-51, 2023-24).

– The last time the Cardinals played Oakland City was in an exhibition game on Nov. 3, 2021 in Muncie which resulted in a 122-26 victory for Ball State. The Cardinals last faced the Mighty Oaks in regular season action on Dec. 10, 2017 in Worthen Arena. Ball State won that match-up 126-55.

– Oakland City comes to Ball State with an overall record of 7-5. The Mighty Oaks are coming off an 89-84 road victory against the University of Pikeville. Oakland City was led in scoring by Emilee Hope and Jalaya Dowell as they each scored 23 points apiece.

– The Cardinals open their 2024 18-game Mid-American Conference campaign which will include eight games at home and eight on the road over a 10-week span with a break in February for the newly implemented MAC and Sun Belt Conference Challenge on Feb. 10. Ball State starts

conference action at Western Michigan (Jan. 3). The Cardinals home league opener is slated for Jan. 10 versus Buffalo and then BSU will close out MAC play on the road against the Bulls (Mar. 9).

– The conference tournament runs March 13-16 with the league’s top eight teams advancing to Cleveland for the quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game on Saturday, March 16.

GAME DAY TIDBITS:

– In her first 11 contests as a Cardinal, Nyla Hampton has stolen the ball 40 times and has dished out 45 assists. Hampton stole the ball eight times against Tennessee Tech (11/6/23) which marks a season best for her. Hampton is fourth in the nation in total steals (40) and ranks fifth in steals per game (3.91).

– The Cardinals as a team rank in the top 100 in these categorie: 33rd in turnovers forced per game (20.91), 29th in steals per game (11.2), 36th in 3-pointers per game (8.5), 52nd turnover margin (4.18), 37th in 3-point attempts (25.0), 78th in field goal percentage (43.8), 93rd in 3-point percentage (33.8), 46th in winning percentage (81.0), 86th in bench points (23.7), 90th in assists per game (15.1) and 98th in scoring offense (72.3).

– Madelyn Bischoff ranks 11th in 3-pointers per contest in the country (3.40), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (48.6) and 26th in 3-pointers (34).

CAREER MILESTONES:

– Ally Becki needs 114 points for 1,000, 103 assists and 60 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.

– Nyla Hampton needs 53 points for 1,000.

– Marie Kiefer has 106 blocks for her career — needs 46 to move into first place.

IN THE MAC:

The Cardinals sit atop of the Mid-American Conference with a 9-2 non-conference mark. Ball State is the only school in league play that has only two losses. As a team, the Cardinals rank first in the MAC in assists per game (15.1), scoring margin (5.5), scoring offense (72.3), turnover margin (4.18) and winning percentage (81.8).

COLLEGE INSIDER:

The Ball State Cardinals were ranked third for the fourth week in a row in the College Insider Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll. Only the Cardinals are ranked in the top five out of any Mid-American Conference program.

1. Gonzaga

2. Princeton

3. Ball State

3. Ball State

4. FGCU

5. Cleveland State

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IN-STATE SHOWDOWN AWAITS FOR SYCAMORES IN MVC OPENER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opens Missouri Valley Conference play with an in-state foe Saturday night, as the Sycamores travel to Evansville for a 7 p.m. tip.

Saturday’s game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Six Indiana State players tallied six or more points, but a strong second half from Purdue sent the Boilermakers past the Sycamores, 79-63, inside Mackey Arena.

Bella Finnegan and Keslyn Secrist led the Sycamores in scoring with 12 points apiece, while Mya Glanton corralled a team-leading six rebounds. Ella Sawyer and Lily Niebuhr dished out three assists each, while Sawyer also recorded three steals for the Blue and White.

Purdue opened the game on a 10-0 run, but Indiana State battled back with strong shooting in the first half. The Sycamores knocked down 50 percent of their attempts from the field in the opening 20 minutes and kept the game within two possessions at the half, but Purdue outscored the Trees 26-12 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Despite a strong fourth quarter for the Blue and White, Indiana State dropped its second straight game.

Youth Movement

Indiana State’s roster features a lot of underclassmen, and that was fully on display in the Sycamores’ non-conference finale at Purdue. Two-thirds of Indiana State’s points against the Boilermakers were scored by freshmen or sophomores, and both of the Sycamores’ double-digit scorers at Mackey Arena were underclassmen.

All five of Indiana State’s made 3-pointers came from underclassmen, with three freshmen and three sophomores seeing the floor for the Sycamores. Five of the six underclassmen who played in the game against Purdue logged double-digit minutes.

Road Trippin’

Indiana State starts conference play on the road for the fifth time in the last six years, and the Sycamores open MVC play with five of their first seven away from home. The Trees open their conference slate with road games at Evansville, Drake and Northern Iowa before finally playing home games Jan. 11 against Murray State and Jan. 14 against Belmont.

Indiana State will also visit Southern Illinois and Missouri State in late January to close their stretch of five road games in its first seven MVC contests. Four of Indiana State’s six conference wins last season came on the road, including a weekend sweep at UIC and Valparaiso in their opening conference road stretch of the 2022-23 campaign.

On The Road Again

Indiana State is in the midst of a five-game road trip, which started Sunday at Ohio. During the stretch away from home, the Sycamores also face Purdue and open conference play with road games at Evansville, Drake and Northern Iowa.

Three of Indiana State’s four wins this season have come away from home (two road, one neutral site), while the Sycamores have averaged nearly 70 points per game in their first four road games this season.

Crashing The Glass

Indiana State has been one of the best rebounding teams in the MVC this season, as the Sycamores are the only team in the conference to rank in the top three in offensive rebounds (first, 14.4), total rebounds (third, 40.4) and rebound margin (second, plus-4.9).

The Sycamores’ rebounding has been a balanced effort, as seven different players average three or more rebounds per game for the Trees. Mya Glanton leads the way with 8.0 rebounds per game and is one of five players in the nation to appear in nine or more games and have multiple offensive rebounds in every game.

Magic Numbers

Indiana State has been tough to beat when scoring 70 or more points under Chad Killinger. The Sycamores have scored 70-plus points 18 times under Killinger and are 15-3 in those games. Included in that mark is an 8-0 record when scoring 80 or more points. Indiana State has won those eight games by an average of 19 points.

The Sycamores have also been hard to beat when their opponents fail to put up high point totals. Indiana State is 14-4 over the last two seasons when allowing fewer than 60 points, including a 4-0 mark in games where the Trees allowed less than 50 points and a 2-0 mark this season. All of Indiana State’s wins when allowing less than 50 points have come by double-digits.

Two of Indiana State’s four wins this season have come when scoring 70-plus points (82 at Northern Kentucky, 73 at Central Michigan), while the Sycamores’ other two wins have come when opponents have scored less than 60 points (Radford – 52, Southeast Missouri State – 57).

Evansville at a Glance

Evansville enters Saturday’s game with a 2-9 record. The Purple Aces’ wins have come over Chicago State and Lindenwood. Indiana State and Evansville had one common non-conference opponent in Southeast Missouri State (Indiana State won on Dec. 10 65-57, Evansville lost on Dec. 21 74-44).

Kynidi Mason Striverson leads the Purple Aces in scoring at 15.8 points per game and also dishes out 4.1 assists per game. Maggie Hartwig nearly averages a double-double with 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Five different Evansville players average at least eight points per game.

Robyn Scherr-Wells is in her third season at the helm of the Purple Aces and has a record of 21-50 at Evansville. Scherr-Wells has previous head coaching experience at Roosevelt and Davenport.

Series History Against Evansville

Indiana State owns a commanding 42-22 lead in the all-time series and is 17-13 in Evansville. Evansville won both meetings last season, while Indiana State’s last win in the series came in the 2022 MVC Tournament.

Last Meeting Against Evansville (Feb. 1, 2023)

Indiana State was unable to sustain its strong start, as the Sycamores fell to visiting Evansville 68-66 inside Hulman Center.

Bella Finnegan led the Trees with a career-high 17 points, all of which came in the second half. Del’Janae Williams and Anna McKendree finished with 14 points apiece, while Chelsea Cain added eight points and eight rebounds.

Indiana State quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led 24-10 after the opening 10 minutes. Evansville rallied back to take the lead in the third quarter, though, as Indiana State’s strong start fizzled. The Sycamores retook the lead midway through the fourth but a late run for the visitors was enough for them to prevail.

Up Next

Indiana State begins 2024 on the road with a January 4 contest at Drake.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS STAY UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY WITH 73-60 VICTORY OVER NKU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne made 14 3-pointers on their way to a 73-60 Horizon League victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday (Dec. 29) at the Gates Sports Center.

The ‘Dons made 9-of-14 from three in the second half to pull away from the Norse. NKU held a lead as large as 11 in the first half, but Purdue Fort Wayne eliminated it by the break to hold a 27-26 advantage over the Norse at half.

The Norse scored the first four points of the second half before the ‘Dons went on a 12-3 run to take the lead for good. 

Jalen Jackson scored 12 of his 17 points in the final 20 minutes. Quinton Morton-Robertson also had 12 points in the second half. Morton-Robertson finished with 15 points in the game, all on 3-pointers.

Rasheed Bello flirted with a triple-double of 13 points, eight assists and a career-high seven steals. His seven steals ties a single-game Division I era program record. John Konchar had seven twice (at Denver on Jan. 6, 2018 and vs. North Dakota State on March 7, 2016) and Beau Bauer did it against Maine on Dec. 23, 2004.

Bello now has 995 career NCAA points between his time at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne.

Anthony Roberts added 13 points and nine rebounds.

The ‘Dons limited NKU to 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the floor and turned 17 NKU turnovers into 22 points. Marques Warrick led the Norse with 17 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 12-2 (3-0 Horizon League). Northern Kentucky falls to 7-7 (2-1 Horizon League).

The ‘Dons host Detroit Mercy on Sunday (Dec. 31). Kids 18 and under are free.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODONS VISIT MILWAUKEE FOR RESTART OF HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The bulk of Horizon League play kicks off on Saturday (Dec. 30) when Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball visits Milwaukee for a 3 p.m. ET start.

Game Day Information

Who: Milwaukee Panthers

When: Saturday, December 30 | 3 PM ET

Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Milwaukee | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Milwaukee is 7-6 and finished the opening segment of Horizon League play 1-1, falling to Green Bay and topping IUPUI. The Panthers and Mastodons have just one common opponent so far this season: St. Thomas. Milwaukee lost by two and the ‘Dons lost by five. Kendall Nead, who was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week on December 18, is leading the team with 18.6 points per game.

The Series

Milwaukee leads the series 10-3 and has won eight of the last nine meetings. The two teams split the series last season, with the Mastodons taking the first game 72-62. The ‘Dons are still seeking their first win in Milwaukee (0-7).

In The Polls

Purdue Fort Wayne is receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. They are receiving seven points in the poll for a de facto position of 38th. When they received seven points in the poll on December 6, it was the first time the ‘Dons received votes since the 2011-12 season.

All-Arounda-Schenkel

Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the top-10 in the Horizon League in points (13.9 – sixth), rebounds (6.7 – sixth), field goal percentage (48.4 – second), blocks (0.8 – eighth) and minutes (31.8 – eighth) per game.

What a Start!

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 8-4 start is the best through 12 games in the Division I era of the program. With a win, 9-4 would also be the best start through 13 games in the DI era. In the all-time history, the Mastodons’ most wins with four losses came in 1995-96 when they started 23-4. They finished 23-5 in that best season in program history.

Turn, Turn, Turn It Over

Purdue Fort Wayne has forced four teams into 23 or more turnovers this season, including a season-high 31 against Great Lakes Christian. The 31 turnovers forced against the Crusaders is the most since the ‘Dons forced Manchester into 34.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 77-43 win over Aquinas on December 21. Shayla Sellers had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Horizon League Freshman of the Week Erin Woodson chipped in 15 points.

Coming Up

The ‘Dons will ring in the New Year with a game at Green Bay, which is receiving votes in the AP Top 25. They will return home for a game on January 4 against Robert Morris.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SHORTHANDED ACES PUT UP STRONG FIGHT ON THE ROAD

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Without the services Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Ben Humrichous and Freshman of the Week Chuck Bailey III, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team puts up a fight before falling short against the University of Cincinnati on Friday evening.  Evansville held a 10-point lead in the early moments of the second half before the Bearcats stormed back to take a 76-58 win inside Fifth Third Arena.

Yacine Toumi led all players with 17 points and 9 rebounds while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. finished with 14 points.  Tanner Cuff registered 13 points in the contest.  Five Bearcats recorded double figures with John Newman III leading the way with 15.

Knocking down their first two shots, the Bearcats took a 5-0 lead.  Josh Hughes found Cam Haffner for a basket to get UE on the board.  Following another field goal by UC, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored five in a row to tie the score at 7-7.  Five in a row by Cincinnati saw them retake a 12-7 edge, but a tenacious Aces group responded with six in a row.  Yacine Toumi hit two shots before Strawbridge gave Evansville its first lead at 13-12 with 13:53 on the clock.

Cincinnati wrestled away a 21-18 advantage as the period reached the midway point and that is when both offenses kicked it into high gear.  Over the next six minutes, seven lead changes ensued.  Hughes got the Aces back on track with back-to-back makes to put the lead back in Evansville’s hands.  After UC took a 29-28 edge, Evansville kept rolling.  Six in a row from Tanner Cuff capped a 10-0 stretch that put UE up 38-29 with 1:29 left in the period.

In total, Evansville converted nine out of 11 attempts on during the run.  After Cincinnati hit a late 3-pointer, Toumi converted on the final possession to send his squad into the break with an 8-point lead.  He posted a game-high 13 points in the half as the Aces shot 58.1%

Picking up right where he left off in the first half, Toumi opened the second half with his 15th point to give Evansville its largest lead at 42-32.  Eight in a row, including two triples, saw the Bearcats storm right back.  The run made it a 2-point game in the opening two minutes of the second half.  Their run continued as they would tie it at 45-45 with 15:41 remaining before jumping back in front less than a minute later.  Their rally turned into a 26-4 stretch that saw them turn a 42-32 deficit into a 58-46 lead at the 11:09 mark.

Evansville stayed within 10-12 points over the next sequence, but as the game entered the final minutes, Cincinnati added to its lead and would cruise to the 78-56 victory.  For the game, the Aces shot 41.4% while UC finished at 39.1%.  The Bearcats owned the battle on the glass by a 49-29 margin.

UE opens the new calendar year at Indiana State on January 3.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES LOSE A HEARTBREAKER IN OT, 93-91

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Southeast Missouri State University, 93-91, to open the 2023-24 Ohio Valley Conference schedule Friday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Screaming Eagles fall to 3-11 overall and start OVC play 0-1, while the Redhawks are 5-8 overall, 1-0 OVC.

USI flew out to a quick lead to open the game, scoring the first four points of the contest. SEMO would respond and tied the game as the Eagles and the Redhawks would trade buckets for the next seven minutes.

After falling behind by three, 17-14, junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) tied the game with an old fashion three-point play, 17-17, while sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) gave USI the lead, 20-19, with 7:22 until halftime. The buckets were a part of an 11-4 runs by USI that put the Eagles up four, 25-21, with 5:42 in the opening 20 minutes.

USI posted its largest lead of the first half, 31-26, at 2:06 when senior forward Nolan Causwell (Duluth, Georgia) converted on a pair of free throws. SEMO, however, would battle back to take to get out in front by halftime, 34-32, after an 8-2 run.

In the second half, the Redhawks burst out of the locker room with a 17-7 run and led, 51-39, before seven minutes were gone in the final half. USI rallied to cut the deficit to 51-47 with an 8-0 burst that ended with a junior forward Javius Moore (McComb, Mississippi) free throw with 9:59 on the clock.

USI and SEMO would trade buckets until the Eagles used an 8-3 run to close the gap to 64-62 with 3:51 to play. The Redhawks responded with an 8-0 surge for a 71-62 in an attempt to put the game out of reach with less than two minutes to play.

The Eagles rallied once again with a 9-1 run, led by junior guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) (six points) and sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) (three points), and pull USI to within one, 72-71. 

Smith had a chance to put the Eagles in front with a drive down the lane, but had his shot blocked with six seconds left and set the stage for sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin).

After SEMO extended its lead to 74-71 on a pair of free throws, USI got down the floor quick and Campion launched the last second three-pointer to send the game to overtime.

In the overtime, the Eagles and Redhawks exchanged runs but USI was never able to get back into the lead. Hernandez would give the Eagles one last chance, tying the game with a layup, 91-91, with nine ticks left on the clock, but the Redhawks got the final bucket with one second for the 93-91 win.

In the scoring column, Hernandez led the Eagles with a career-high 35 points. He was nine-of-17, including a three-pointer, and 16-of-17 from the stripe.

Smith followed with his sixth double-double of the season, dropping in 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The sophomore was eight-of-16 from the field and three-of-three from the stripe.

The difference in the game came outside the arc and underneath the bucket. USI hit just five-of-20 from beyond the arc, compared to eight-of-18 by SEMO, and was outrebounded, 39-36. 

Next Up For USI:

USI concludes the three-game road swing and the first weekend of OVC action with a visit to Lindenwood University Sunday in St. Charles, Missouri. The Lions are 6-7 overall and begin their 2023-24 OVC schedule with USI on Sunday.

After last season sweep, USI leads the all-time series with Lindenwood, 6-0. The Eagles took the opening meeting in St. Charles, 81-65, and completed the sweep at Screaming Eagles Arena, 74-64, for one of two OVC series sweeps last season.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SECURES ROAD VICTORY TO OPEN OVC PLAY

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball secured a 75-37 victory on the road against Southeast Missouri State University Friday night to open the Ohio Valley Conference season.

Friday’s impressive win improved USI’s overall record to 6-5, while Southeast Missouri dropped to 3-9 on the campaign. Southern Indiana also starts 1-0 in conference play after a win against the Redhawks for the second consecutive season.

Southern Indiana had a strong start to the game, taking a quick 7-0 advantage. Redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) scored USI’s first five points on a three and a runner in the lane. Defensively, the Eagles forced Southeast Missouri into difficult shots and cleaned the glass. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) also established an early presence with seven points in the first period. USI closed out the first quarter with a defensive stop and a layup to lead 23-10 after one. Southern Indiana opened the game by shooting over 50 percent and holding the Redhawks below 20 percent in the first quarter.

The Screaming Eagles’ solid defensive work led to more offensive opportunities to begin the second period. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) tallied seven straight points at the beginning of the second stanza to hit 10 points for the ninth consecutive game. A three-point jumper by Shafford put USI ahead by 18, 30-12, two minutes into the second. As Southern Indiana continued to share the ball and the scoring, USI’s first-half lead climbed to as high as 23 with three minutes left until the intermission. The defense held SEMO scoreless for the last two and a half minutes, as USI took a 41-19 halftime lead.

The second half began much like the first with Southern Indiana’s defense making things difficult for Southeast Missouri. On the other end, the Screaming Eagles received makes from beyond the arc by Blackwell and senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) to help spark a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, pushing USI’s lead to 53-21. Raley and freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) got some inside looks to help USI outscore SEMO 20-5 in the third frame and carry a 61-24 lead to the fourth.

The Eagles closed out the 75-37 win with all 14 fourth-quarter points coming off the bench. USI totaled 32 bench points on Friday night.

Southern Indiana shot 40 percent (27-67) for the game with eight makes from three and 13 made free throws. USI also outrebounded SEMO 49-34. Raley recorded her third career double-double and first of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds while also dishing out five assists. Shafford led all scorers with 15 points, and Gannon poured in 13 points for the third consecutive contest. The Eagles’ defense held the Redhawks to 20 percent shooting (12-60) in the game.

The Screaming Eagles will wrap up 2023 and the opening weekend of OVC action Sunday at Noon against Lindenwood University.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

FRESHMAN TANDEM SHINES AS SECOND-HALF RALLY FALLS SHY AT ELON

Playing without the team’s leading scorer due to an injury, a young Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was even younger when it took the floor on Friday afternoon for the nonconference finale in Elon, N.C. Young talent was on display as Valpo – the seventh least experienced team in the country according to KenPom – was led by the freshmen duo of Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) and Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]), who combined for 45 points in an 82-78 setback to Elon. Valpo trailed by as many as 17 early in the second half before using a valiant rally to create a tight finish.

How It Happened

Elon used an early 9-0 run to turn a 6-6 tie into a nine-point lead at the 13:21 mark of the first half.

After a pair of baskets by Isaac Harrell, Elon had built up a 12-point cushion and forced a Valpo timeout with 11:09 left in the half. The Phoenix used another triple to make it 23-8 with 10:24 on the clock.

A 7-0 Beacon burst sliced a 14-point deficit in half by the 6:37 mark. Williamson had a triple and two free throws during that stretch.

The lead fluctuated between six and eight but eventually got back up to 12 with 2:42 left in the half. Williamson hit a 3 to cut it back to single figures, but Elon answered with a traditional 3-point play and added one more point to go into the break up 42-29.

Elon led by 17 with 16:36 left in the second half, but a 10-0 Valpo run ensued to cut the gap to seven. Schwieger made a big 3 during the run.

Valpo got to within five for the first time in the second half when Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) drained one from distance with 11:04 to go, then he added a driving layup to make it 57-54 with 10:26 on the clock.

Valpo again fought it down to three when Schwieger made a 3 with 6:42 on the clock, then a Schwieger basket following an Ola Ajiobye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) steal made it 68-66 with 5:52 to go.

Elon had an 8-0 run by scoring eight points in 11 seconds to up the lead to double figures.

Valpo responded again with six straight points including Williamson making a layup with 3:46 to go. Valpo could never quite get over the hump, and Elon hit free throws in the final minute to seal it before Williamson beat the buzzer with a 3 to account for the final score.

Inside the Game

This marked the first time Valpo had two 20-point scorers in the same game this season. The previous occurrence of that was Feb. 14 of last season when Ben Krikke and Kobe King did it against Southern Illinois. This marked the first time in recent memory that a pair of Valpo freshmen each scored 20+.

Making his first collegiate start due to the absence of Isaiah Stafford, Williamson finished with a career-high 24 points. He knocked down five 3s and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds and two assists.

Schwieger went 7-of-11 from the field for 21 points with the bulk of his damage coming after halftime. Over the final 20 minutes, he scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Schwieger has scored 15 points or more four times this season including each of the last two games.

Sophomore Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) also made positive contributions on a day where underclassmen thrived. He posted 15 points, slammed home a pair of dunks and squeezed a team-high eight rebounds. He was in double figures by halftime.

Edwards had his highest scoring output in the last 10 games and his fifth double-figure scoring output this season.

Elon shot 52.7 percent for the game while Valpo’s shooting numbers represented a tale of two halves – 26.7 percent before the break and 61.3 percent after.

Elon owned a 32-2 edge in bench points.

Valpo grabbed 13 offensive rebounds including five from Edwards and four from Ajiboye.

DeAveiro dished out six assists, his eighth straight game with five or more. He also scored 10 points, his first double-figure scoring output in the last six games and third of the season.

Valpo made nine 3s, tied for the team’s highest total against a Division-I opponent this season.

Valpo won or tied the turnover battle for the sixth straight game, committing 11 to Elon’s 13.

Of the team’s 78 points on Friday, 51 were scored by true freshmen (65.3 percent). Of the 78 points, 68 were scored by freshmen and sophomores (87.2 percent). The Beacons started a lineup that featured three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.

Up Next

The Beacons (4-9, 0-2 MVC) will start the calendar year of 2024 and the continuous portion of Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday as Bradley comes to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7 p.m. tip.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

vs Ohio Dominican (3-37, 0-3 G-MAC)

Saturday | December 30 | 1 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team will host Ohio Dominican in a non-conference bout. This will be the fourth time the two teams will face each other. The Panthers currently lead the Greyhounds, 2-1, in the all-time series. In the last matchup, Ohio Dominican defeated the Hounds 80-73 in Columbus on Dec. 19, 2022.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy entered the semester break with a loss to GLVC-rival Lewis, 77-62. Liv Becker was the point leader for the Hounds. Becker had 16 points at the end of the game. The junior was 6-of-13 from the field and 2-for-5 beyond the arc. Lewis quickly took over the court at the start of the contest.

ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN Ohio Dominican is led by head coach Melanie Balcomb in her third season with the Panthers, second as head coach. Ohio Dominican is currently ranked 49th nationally in field goal percentage, with a percentage of 43.54 (256-of-588). The player leading the charge is senior Gabby Stare. Stare is currently nationally ranked in three different categories. Her highest ranking is in field goal percentage with 55.93 percent (66-for-118). Stare is also ranked in another shooting category, free throw percentage. The senior is 88.24 percent (15-of-51) from the charity strip. Stare is a powerhouse on the court contributing an average of 17.8 points per game, T-40th nationally. The Newark, Ohio native has a total of 178 points so far this season, she has achieved this with 66 field goals, 45 free throws, and one 3-pointer. On defense freshman Jenna Shackleford is the team leader in boards and blocks. Shackleford has 38 rebounds and six blocks in nine games.

HOUNDS IMPACT IN THE NCAA

The Greyhounds are ranked nationally in four team statistics and three individual player

statistics. The highest team ranking is in free throw attempts per game. In the team’s first 10

games, the Hounds have averaged

UIndy is 36th in the nation in rebounds per game. With 419 total boards, the Greyhounds

average 41.9 per game. The Hounds high scoring offence has also earned them a place in

national rankings at T-48. The team currently averages 73.4 points per game with a total

of 734 points in their first 10 games.

Elana Wells and Liv Becker have also made a name for themselves in the national rankings. Wells is featured in total assists (T-40) and assists per game (T-41). The junior currently has 45 assists and averages 4.5 per game. Becker is ranked 50th nationally in 3-point

percentage with 40.82 percent (20-for-49).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND Three Greyhounds have notched double-doubles so far. Patricia Chikamba currently has two to her name, they happened in back-to-back games. The first came against Upper Iowa on Nov. 25 were she had 13 points and 11 rounds. On Nov. 27 Chikamba earned her second while playing Missouri S&T, she finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds. The first double-double of the season belongs to Idalis Ortiz. Ortiz has 10 points and rebounds when the Greyhounds defeated Purdue Northwest on Nov. 11. The most recent double-double was completed by Jada Patton. On Dec. 5, Patton contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds.

UINDY FOOTBALL

THOMAS NAMED TO D2FOOTBALL.COM ELITE 100

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—UIndy defensive lineman Justin Thomas was one of the select few named to the 2023 D2Football.com Elite 100, as released by the website this week. The annual list was compiled with input from coaches, scouts, media and sports information directors from around the country. Thomas was voted to the “squad” team and was the lone GLVC representative to earn inclusion.

A native of Floosmoor, Ill., Thomas spearheaded a relentless pass rush for the GLVC champs this past fall. He racked up seven sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss, topping the conference in the latter category. He was voted to the All-GLVC First Team and helped the Hounds to a 9-2 record and NCAA playoff appearance.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

December 30, 1956 – Yankee Stadium, New York – The NFL’s 1956 Championship game, New York Giants won the franchises fourth League title after they crushed the Chicago Bears, 47-7. The Pro-Football Reference.com site informs us that the Giants scoring was paced by two TD passes by QB Charlie Conerly while Alex Webster rushed for two others to aid in the New York victory.

December 30, 1962 – Yankee Stadium, New York – The Giants also participated in the 1962 NFL Championship game per a Bleacher Report story. Their opponents were the Green Bay Packers who were playing in their third straight League finale. Kicker Jerry Kramer booted 3 successful field goals to fuel the scoring as Green Bay defeated the NY Giants, 16-7.Ray Nitschke of Packers was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player.

December 30, 1973 – Miami Orange Bowl – The AFC Championship had the Dolphins hosting the Oakland Raiders. The Miami squad became the first team to play in 3 consecutive Super Bowls as they knocked off the Raiders, 27-10 powered by 3 touchdown runs by Larry Csonka according to a barstoolsports.com article.

December 30, 1973 – Texas Stadium, Irving – The NFC Championship game also had a final score of 27-10.  The Pro-Football-Reference.com site shows that Bobby Brown had a 63 yard scoop and score to help seal the Super Bowl invitation for the Minnesota Vikings as they beat the Dallas Cowboys to earn the right to play in the big game.

December 30, 2002 – A CBSSports.com story tells us that the 2002 Season concluded with an All Time NFL season record of 25 overtime games.

Now for some Onthisday.com Quick hitter headlines:

December 30, 2008 – NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

December 30, 2013 – NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins

December 30, 2016 – 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan, 33-32

December 30, 2017 – 84th Orange Bowl: #6 Wisconsin beats #11 Miami (Florida), 34-24

December 30, 2018 – Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes during KC Chiefs’ 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders became only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Both milestones were reached on a 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson per the Onthisday.com website.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for December 30

December 30, 1938 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on Ron Wolf tells how he was born in New Freedom, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Oklahoma. Wolf has one of the top front office resumes in NFL history per a ProFootballHOF.com article. Ron helped to build the Oakland Raiders teams that went on to win nine divisional titles, played in 8 conference championships and 3 Super Bowls. He also took over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in  their inaugural season and was also responsible for the rebuilding of the Green Bay Packers of the 1990s and 200’s that went to back to back Super Bowls and won Super Bowl XXXI. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Ron Wolf as a contributor in 2015’s class.

December 30, 1941 – Houston, Texas –  The super athletic running back of the Oregon Ducks Mel Renfro was born. Yes Mel was an offensive weapon in college and not roaming the secondary like he did on the other side of the ball as a pro in Dallas. We will get to that in a moment, but for now let’s learn about his collegiate days. Renfro according to the footballfoundation.org website led Oregon in rushing and scoring throughout his three seasons of 1961  through 1963. After the 1962 season he was voted as a Consensus First Team All- America player. The College Football hall of Fame held the doors open wide to welcome Mel Renfro to their fold of legends in 1986. Renfro became the second pick of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys who selected him to play defensive back. For the next 14 seasons Mel played either corner of safety on the Cowboys defense and also acted as a return man for much of his career as he accumulated over 2200 kick return yards over his tenure. Renfro made the Pro Bowl in each of his first ten seasons in the League.  Mel Renfro was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

December 30, 1953 – Oakridge, Tennessee – Chet Moeller the Safety from the US Naval Academy celebrated his birth. Chet was one of the most awarded Navy players of all time per the NFF. The Midshipman DB was a unanimous All-America in 1975 , was named an AP Player of the Week and received the Ernie Davis Award at the Coaches All-America Game. Moeller was a finalist for the NCAA Today’s Top Five, earned a second team NCAA Academic All-America and he was given the Naval Academy’s Athletic Association Sword. He registered 275 tackles during his career at Navy. The National Football Foundation selected Chet Moeller into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

December 30, 1966 – Sharon, Pennsylvania – Westminster College’s famed Quarterback Joe Micchia was born. Footballfoundation.org says that Joe received second Team All-American honors in 1988 and then followed that up in 1989 as a First Team All America selection. Micchia led Westminster to back-to-back undefeated seasons en route to consecutive NAIA Division II national championships. His record as a starter with the Westminster Titans was an amazing 31-0 as he was the school’s first-ever 4,000-yard passer and had 68 career TD passes with 32 of them occurring in one season. The NFF voters sent Joe Micchia into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

December 30, 1972 – Lebanon, Pennsylvania – The Great Nittany Lions QB Kerry Collins celebrates his birth. After the 1994 season Kerry received consensus First Team All-America honors and he broke nine single-season school records the year. The NFF states that Collins led the nation in passing efficiency in 1994 with a 172.9 rating which is the fourth best all-time. Kerry Collins had no trouble finding his way into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Collins became the Carolina Panthers, first-ever draft pick when they selected him as the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. The two-time Pro Bowl selection played 17 years in the NFL with the Panthers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

66 – 11 – 5 – 9 – 10 – 99 – 8 – 7 – 34 – 15

December 30, 1907 – Abraham Mills and a committee he chaired declared baseball was invented in 1839 by future American Civil War general Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York; widely disproven, now known as ‘the Doubleday myth’

December 30, 1962 – National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7. The game’s MVP was Green Bay, LB, Number 66, Ray Nitschke.

December 30, 1971 – Long Island NHL franchise purchased  to later become the New York Islanders.

December 30, 1975 – Ballon d’Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Number 11, Oleg Blokhin claimed the award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Number 5, Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Number 9, Johan Cruyff

December 30, 1980 – Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich forward Number 11, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was selected as the best European football player; beats German international teammate Number 5, Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Number 10, Michel Platini

December 30, 1981 – Edmonton Oilers Number 99, Wayne Gretzky scored 5 goals and an assist in Edmonton’s 7-5 win over Philadelphia; gives Gretzky 50 goals in 39 games, the fastest 50 in 50 in NHL history; also sets NHL record with 15-game assist streak

December 30, 1986 – Ballon d’Or: Dynamo Kyiv’s Ukrainian forward Number 10, Igor Belanov was named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Number 8, Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Number 7, Emilio Butragueño

December 30, 1992 – Washington defenseman Number 34, Al Iafrate became the first player in NHL history to have his shot officially break 100 miles per hour; records 101.4 mph during the Capitals Superskills competition

December 30, 2018 – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Number 15, Patrick Mahomes became only the second QB in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs’ 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Number 11, Demarcus Robinson

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