INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCORES

CLASS 4A

SECTIONAL 17

LOWELL 27, CULVER ACADEMY 14

NEW PRAIRIE 47, KANKAKEE VALLEY 6

HOBART 37, GARY WEST 6

HIGHLAND 55, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 0

SECTIONAL 18

LOGANSPORT 35, WAWASEE 14

NORTHRIDGE 33, SOUTH BEND RILEY 12

NORTHWOOD 48, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 14

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 47, PLYMOUTH 14

SECTIONAL 19

EAST NOBLE 46, ANGOLA 22

LEO 26, FORT WAYNE SOUTH 12

DEKALB 17, NEW HAVEN 14

COLUMBIA CITY 41, FORT WAYNE WAYNE 36

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA 41, MARION 17

HUNTINGTON NORTH 47, MUNCIE CENTRAL 21

KOKOMO 70, FRANKFORT 6

WESTERN 44, JAY COUNTY 0

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT 35, NORTHVIEW 7

MOORESVILLE 34, LEBANON 24

RONCALLI 57, SHORTRIDGE 0

CRISPUS ATTUCKS 58, WASHINGTON 6

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE 56, RICHMOND 18

NEW CASTLE 21, BEECH GROVE 13

NEW PALESTINE 35, MT. VERNON 24

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 34, PENDLETON HEIGHTS 28

SECTIONAL 23

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 42, SHELBYVILLE 21

MARTINSVILLE 49, GREENWOOD 0

SILVER CREEK 53, JENNINGS COUNTY 42

EAST CENTRAL 53, EDGEWOOD 0

SECTIONAL 24

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 52, EVANSVILLE BOSSE 20

BOONVILLE 41, EVANSVILLE HARRISON 21

EVANSVILLE REITZ 49, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

CLASS 3A

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE 50, TWIN LAKES 7

CALUMET 46, BOONE GROVE 42

GRIFFITH 28, RIVER FOREST 20

HANOVER CENTRAL 38, RENSSELAER CENTRAL 10

SECTIONAL 26

WEST NOBLE 26, MISHAWAKA MARIAN 14

KNOX 65, LAKELAND 28

JIMTOWN 55, SOUTH BEND CLAY 0

JOHN GLENN 24, FAIRFIELD 7

SECTIONAL 27

NORWELL 44, HERITAGE 0

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 27, WOODLAN 22

YORKTOWN 10, DELTA 7

GARRETT 38, BELLMONT 14

SECTIONAL 28

BISHOP CHATARD 47, NORTHWESTERN 19

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 51, MACONAQUAH 18

GUERIN CATHOLIC 24, OAK HILL 21

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 50, PERU 0

SECTIONAL 29

WESTERN BOONE 42, CRAWFORDSVILLE 7

DANVILLE 40, TRI-WEST 21

MONROVIA 54, PURDUE POLY 14

SPEEDWAY 40, NORTH MONTGOMERY 36

SECTIONAL 30

GIBSON SOUTHERN 63, VINCENNES LINCOLN 42

OWEN VALLEY 35, MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) 14

WEST VIGO 33, PRINCETON 20

PIKE CENTRAL 28, WASHINGTON 7

SECTIONAL 31

LAWRENCEBURG 35, SOUTH DEARBORN 6

GREENSBURG 33, RUSHVILLE 14

INDIAN CREEK 37, FRANKLIN COUNTY 36

BATESVILLE 27, CENTERVILLE 7

SECTIONAL 32

CORYDON CENTRAL 57, SCOTTSBURG 15

SOUTHRIDGE 47, NORTH HARRISON 20

HERITAGE HILLS 32, MADISON 0

CHARLESTOWN 35, SALEM 12

CLASS 2A

SECTIONAL 33

LAVILLE 51, WHITING 6

BREMEN 35, WHEELER 21

LAKE STATION 46, HAMMOND NOLL 7

SECTIONAL 34

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 52, WINAMAC 8

ROCHESTER 40, SEEGER 12

BENTON CENTRAL 34, DELPHI 7

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS 48, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0

CHURUBUSCO 41, CENTRAL NOBLE 0

EASTSIDE 49, WABASH 6

MANCHESTER 36, WHITKO 6

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK 49, FRANKTON 28

ALEXANDRIA 48, ELWOOD 8

BLUFFTON 42, BLACKFORD 14

TIPTON 21, EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 20

SECTIONAL 37

LINTON-STOCKTON 47, SOUTH VERMILLION 21

SOUTHMONT 31, NORTH KNOX 0

SULLIVAN 35, NORTH PUTNAM 14

CASCADE 50, GREENCASTLE 24

SECTIONAL 38

SHENANDOAH 41, CARDINAL RITTER 0

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 49, NORTHEASTERN 45

LAPEL 49, WINCHESTER 19

EASTERN HANCOCK 27, UNION COUNTY 13

SECTIONAL 39

TRITON CENTRAL 58, CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 6

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 61, BROWN COUNTY 7

SCECINA 49, SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0

CLARKSVILLE 70, EASTERN (PEKIN) 42

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY 41, FOREST PARK 27

PAOLI 47, MITCHELL 26

TELL CITY 56, CRAWFORD COUNTY 14

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 35, PERRY CENTRAL 6

CLASS A

SECTIONAL 41

SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 20, BOWMAN ACADEMY 13

CULVER 50, NORTH NEWTON 8

TRITON 42, PIONEER 6

NORTH JUDSON 74, SOUTH NEWTON 6

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 50, CLINTON CENTRAL 6

NORTH VERMILLION 56, COVINGTON 20

PARK TUDOR 36, CLINTON PRAIRIE 30

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 47, ATTICA 6

SECTIONAL 43

TAYLOR 26, FRONTIER 20

WEST CENTRAL 28, CASTON 6

TRI-CENTRAL 51, TRI-COUNTY 7

CARROLL (FLORA) 49, NORTH WHITE 16

SECTIONAL 44

SOUTH ADAMS 64, FREMONT 0

ADAMS CENTRAL 56, SOUTHWOOD 14

MADISON-GRANT 41, NORTH MIAMI 23

NORTHFIELD 44, SOUTHERN WELLS 0

SECTIONAL 45

SHERIDAN 62, UNION CITY 0

TINDLEY 33, INDIANA DEAF 20

HAGERSTOWN 39, WES-DEL 7

SECTIONAL 46

KNIGHTSTOWN 26, EDINBURGH 9

MILAN 68, SOUTH DECATUR 6

NORTH DECATUR 22, TRI 8

SECTIONAL 47

LUTHERAN 42, SOUTH PUTNAM 0

RIVERTON PARKE 56, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 22

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 66, PARKE HERITAGE 0

SECTIONAL 48

TECUMSEH 35, SOUTH SPENCER 27

PROVIDENCE 29, SPRINGS VALLEY 0

WEST WASHINGTON 22, EASTERN GREENE 14

INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE

CLASS 6A

SECTIONAL 1

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

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

SECTIONAL 2

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

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

SECTIONAL 3

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

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

SECTIONAL 4

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

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

SECTIONAL 5

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

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

SECTIONAL 6

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

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

SECTIONAL 7

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

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

SECTIONAL 8

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

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

CLASS 5A

SECTIONAL 9

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

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

SECTIONAL 10

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

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

SECTIONAL 11

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

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

SECTIONAL 12

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

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

SECTIONAL 13

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

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

SECTIONAL 14

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

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

SECTIONAL 15

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

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

SECTIONAL 16

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

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

CLASS 4A

SECTIONAL 17

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

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

SECTIONAL 18

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

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

SECTIONAL 19

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

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

SECTIONAL 20

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

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

SECTIONAL 21

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

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

SECTIONAL 22

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

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

SECTIONAL 23

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

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

SECTIONAL 24

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

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

CLASS 3A

SECTIONAL 25

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

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

SECTIONAL 26

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

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

SECTIONAL 27

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

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

SECTIONAL 28

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

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

SECTIONAL 29

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

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

SECTIONAL 30

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

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

SECTIONAL 31

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

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

SECTIONAL 32

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

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

CLASS 2A

SECTIONAL 33

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

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

SECTIONAL 34

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

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

SECTIONAL 35

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

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

SECTIONAL 36

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

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

SECTIONAL 37

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

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

SECTIONAL 38

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

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

SECTIONAL 39

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

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

SECTIONAL 40

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

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

CLASS A

SECTIONAL 41

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

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

SECTIONAL 42

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

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

SECTIONAL 43

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

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

SECTIONAL 44

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

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

SECTIONAL 45

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

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

SECTIONAL 46

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

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

SECTIONAL 47

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

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

SECTIONAL 48

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

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

INDIANA BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS

NORTH

1. KOKOMO
1 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | WESTVIEW (19-1-1) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1)
3:30 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | PENN (13-4-4) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3)
6 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CROWN POINT (17-4-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (18-1) 

2. CHESTERTON
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (16-1-3)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-1-1) VS. LEO (17-4) 
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | ANDREAN (14-2-4) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (10-8-3) 

SOUTH

3. EVANSVILLE NORTH 
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (18-2-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (15-4-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3-2) 
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (19-1-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (14-7)

4. SEYMOUR
1 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (17-2-2) VS. CENTER GROVE (17-2-2)
3 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-7-5) VS. COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1)
5 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (10-7-3) VS. FOREST PARK (14-6-1)

INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE

1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON

2. NEW HAVEN @ INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE

3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY

4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

4A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/5v-tgzOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/8vnb7jOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-4a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-4a-state-championship.htm

3A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/-QAiQTOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/Cvlv7jOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-3a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/CvlwBjOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/HP6pSzOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-2a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/HP6o-zOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/KO8TeTOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-1a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

ANDERSON AT DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

BALL STATE VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)

BUTLER VS. MARIST, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: FLOSPORTS)

DEPAUW VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

FRANKLIN AT ROSE-HULMAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

HANOVER VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT RUTGERS, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)

INDIANA STATE VS. ILLINOIS STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)

MANCHESTER VS. BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

MARIAN AT CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

NOTRE DAME VS. UNLV, OCTOBER 22 AT 2:30 P.M. (TV: PEACOCK)

PURDUE AT WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN)

ST. FRANCIS AT INDIANA WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)

TAYLOR VS. MADONNA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

TRINE VS. ALBION, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

UINDY VS. QUINCY, OCTOBER 22 AT 6 P.M.

VALPARAISO AT MOREHEAD STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)

WABASH AT OBERLIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

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

SYRACUSE AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC

UT MARTIN AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M.

CINCINNATI AT SMU | 12 P.M.

UL MONROE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

INDIANA AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M.

HOUSTON AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

AKRON AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

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

TOLEDO AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BOWLING GREEN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UNLV AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | PEACOCK

WEST VIRGINIA AT TEXAS TECH | 3 P.M.

RICE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

OLE MISS AT LSU | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

UCLA AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M.

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

MARSHALL AT JAMES MADISON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BYU AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M.

PURDUE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

NORTHWESTERN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M.

MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M.

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FIU AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

NORTH TEXAS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

HAWAI’I AT COLORADO STATE | 4 P.M.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARKANSAS STATE AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN MISS AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

SAN JOSE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M.

FRESNO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 6:30 P.M. | FS2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

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

MINNESOTA AT PENN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UCF AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

KANSAS STATE AT TCU | 8 P.M.

COLORADO AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

PITT AT LOUISVILLE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTAH STATE AT WYOMING | 9:45 P.M.

WASHINGTON AT CAL | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

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

NFL WEEK 7

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK GIANTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022

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

MLB PLAYOFFS

PHILADELPHIA 4 SAN DIEGO 2

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

ALCS GAME 3, HOU @ NYY 5 P.M., TBS

NLCS GAME 4, SD @ PHI 7:45 P.M., FOX

SUNDAY, OCT. 23

NLCS GAME 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

ALCS GAME 4, HOU @ NYY 7 P.M., TBS

MONDAY, OCT. 24

ALCS GAME 5, HOU @ NYY 4 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLCS GAME 6, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

TUESDAY, OCT. 25

ALCS GAME 6, NYY @ HOU 6 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLCS GAME 7, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FOX OR FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

ALCS GAME 7, NYY @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

WORLD SERIES

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

MONDAY, OCT. 31

GAME 3, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

GAME 4, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

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

NBA SCOREBOARD

SAN ANTONIO 137 INDIANA 134

WASHINGTON 102 CHICAGO 100

NEW ORLEANS 124 CHARLOTTE 112

ATLANTA 108 ORLANDO 98

BOSTON 111 MIAMI 104

BROOKLYN 109 TORONTO 105

NEW YORK 130 DETROIT 106

MEMPHIS 129 HOUSTON 122

UTAH 132 MINNESOTA 126 OT

DENVER 128 GOLDEN STATE 123

PORTLAND 113 PHOENIX 111 OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 3 FLORIDA 2

CHICAGO 4 DETROIT 3

SEATTLE 3 COLORADO 2

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SCHWARBER HR, SEGURA, PHILLIES TOP PADRES 4-2, LEAD NLCS 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jean Segura muffed a soft relay toss at second base on a play he made “3,000 times” over his baseball career. The Phillies second baseman even got picked off first, yes, in the same inning as his fielding miscue.

He heard a few boos, but it’s Philly. Segura shook it off during Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Friday night because he’s played in scarier environments.

“It’s just the way we handle the pressure in Dominican Republic. Even when we play winter ball, we’ve got guys in the stands, hey, when you get out, we’re going to kill you,” he said. “We’re going to do something bad to you. It’s just the way we play the game out there.”

Segura simply had to survive an error and mental miscue – and no threats of violence – and also thrived in the chaos with a Gold Glove-worthy dive to save one hit and added a clutch knock of his own – one that moved Philadelphia a win closer to the World Series.

Kyle Schwarber led off with his latest scintillating home run, Segura atoned for a run-scoring error with a go-ahead single and the Phillies edged the San Diego Padres 4-2, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

Game 4 is Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies returned home to another packed house for the first NLCS game in the city since 2010 and are now only two wins away from playing for their first World Series championship since 2008.

The Phillies can take solace they survived the Padres without playing their best baseball. Outside of Schwarber’s homer — Schwarbombs as they’re affectionately known in Philly — the big bats were pretty quiet. Segura and Rhys Hoskins also made costly errors that made the game closer than it ever needed to be.

“I made a lot of mistakes, but it’s part of baseball,” said Segura, in his first postseason after 11 years in the majors. “You keep going forward. I came through.”

“It happens,” he said.

Phillies starter Ranger Suarez survived shoddy fielding to earn the win. He walked none and allowed only two hits and one earned run over 68 pitches in five sharp innings. Zach Eflin and Jose Alvarado each tossed scoreless innings and Seranthony Dominguez earned a six-out save as the Phillies head into a Game 4 expected to be largely a bullpen game.

After Josh Bell led off the ninth with a single, Jurickson Profar struck out on a full-count check swing that sent the outfielder into a rage. Profar, who had already slung his bat aside and headed toward first, cursed out third-base umpire Todd Tichenor for ringing him up.

Profar threw his helmet and kicked it as he stormed off the field, and was ejected by plate umpire Ted Barrett.

“Originally it looked like it might have gone,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “Go back and look at it, maybe the bat didn’t get out there. It’s a close call, tough one. But maybe not.”

“It’s a big moment, obviously,” he said.

In MLB best-of-seven postseason series that were tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner has gone on to win 67 of 97 times, or 69%.

Padres postseason ace Joe Musgrove couldn’t get out of the sixth inning and left the mound to Alec Bohm exhorting the crowd to get louder after his RBI double to right in the sixth past a diving Juan Soto made it 4-2.

“We take pride in being able to hit the best,” Bohm said. “We see one of those guys toeing the rubber against us, we’re going to bring it.”

The Phillies brought it against Musgrove from the first batter.

Schwarber worked a full count and then smashed his second solo homer of the series into the right field seats. Schwarber, who led the National League with 46 homers, also hit a jaw-dropping, 488-foot solo drive in Game 1. Alas, this blast only sailed 405 feet.

The Phillies seemed poised to jump on Musgrove in the inning after Hoskins and J.T Realmuto walked.

Musgrove acknowledged this week that he had been “beaten down by the crowds” early in his postseason career. The Phillies fans — another sellout crowd of 45,279 went wild on every pitch — were frothing when Bryce Harper came to hit.

Harper, though, hit into a double play and Musgrove retired Nick Castellanos on a grounder to escape further damage. Musgrove threw 22 pitches without an out, then needed only pitches two pitches to get three outs.

Musgrove pitched out of another jam in the second when Bryson Stott, who hit a one-out double, was stranded on third.

The 29-year-old Musgrove has been the postseason ace for the Padres, the team he grew up rooting for as a California kid. He tossed one-hit ball over seven shutout innings in an NL Wild Card Series win over the Mets and followed up with six solid innings to help beat the Dodgers in the NLCS.

“I don’t feel like I was at my best tonight,” he said. “Worst I felt in a little while.”

Suarez, meanwhile, had struggled of late and walked five in 3 1/3 innings in his Game 2 NLDS start at Atlanta. But hey, this is what makes baseball so great — it was Suarez who mowed down the Padres in rapid succession.

The lefty threw only six pitches in the third inning. Suarez, who went 10-7 this season, could have pitched deeper in the game but manager Rob Thomson wants him fresh for another outing if the series goes long.

Suarez should have escaped the fourth unscathed but Segura took his eye off the ball at second base and dropped the toss for an error and a run scored in what should have been a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play. Suarez left two runners stranded to keep it 1-1.

Segura threw his bat and redeemed himself when he lofted a two-run single to right in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. He was promptly picked off first. He later robbed Ha-Seong Kim of a base hit.

Hoskins muffed Trent Grisham’s routine grounder to lead off the fifth for a two-base error. Grisham scored an unearned run on Kim’s RBI groundout that made it 3-2.

The Phillies bullpen took over from there and won a game in front of former World Series favorites of the past such as Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard, who will throw the first pitch before Game 4, and Matt Stairs. Maybe this year’s team could be next.

TWO-OUT WONDERS

The Phillies scored three runs with two outs and went 6 for 13 with two outs after they went 0 for 19 in the same situation over the first two games.

SUPER SAVE

Dominguez joined Tug McGraw as the only Phillies to record postseason save of at least six outs. McGraw did it three times in the World Series championship run in 1980.

UP NEXT

RHP Mike Clevinger, hit hard by the Dodgers in an NLDS start in his only postseason action this year, will start for San Diego. LHP Bailey Falter (6-4, 3.86 ERA) starts Game 4 for the Phils in his first postseason appearance.

RANGERS HIRE 3-TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BOCHY AS MANAGER

(AP) — The Texas Rangers have hired Bruce Bochy as their manager, bringing the three-time World Series champion with 2,003 career victories out of a short retirement to take over a team that has had six consecutive losing seasons.

Texas made the surprising announcement Friday, just more than two weeks after its season ended. Bochy agreed to a three-year contract.

The 67-year-old Bochy hasn’t managed since 2019, when he stepped away after 13 seasons and those World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants. The first championship came in five games over Texas in 2010, and the Giants won again in 2012 and 2014.

Rangers general manager Chris Young was a pitcher for San Diego in 2006, which was Bochy’s final season with the Padres before going to San Francisco.

“As we went through the interview process, Bruce’s passion and excitement about returning to the dugout was very evident,” Young said. “It became clear he was the ideal individual to lead our club as we continue to build a championship culture here in Arlington.”

Bochy was 951-975 in 12 seasons with the Padres (1995-2006) and took them to the last World Series in 1998. The former big league catcher had a 1,052-1,054 record in San Francisco from 2007-19.

The Rangers said they’d hold an introductory news conference on Monday. Bochy said in a statement he was excited to be joining the team after several days of extensive conversations with Young and a meeting with owner Ray Davis.

“Their vision and commitment to putting together a club that can contend and win year in and year out is impressive, and I became convinced I wanted to be a part of that,” Bochy said. “If I was going to return to managing, it had to be the right situation. I strongly believe that to be the case with the Rangers, and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins have the three remaining manager openings among the 30 teams.

Fourth-year Rangers manager Chris Woodward was fired Aug. 15, two days before president of baseball operations Jon Daniels was also let go. Texas went on to finish 68-94, eight wins more than 2021 but what Young said after the season “was about half of our internal expectations.” They lost 35 one-run games, a franchise record.

Texas was 17-31 under interim manager Tony Beasley, the longtime Rangers third base coach who was once Young’s manager in the minor leagues. Several young players got extended looks during that span, and the GM said in August that Beasley wouldn’t be judged solely on win-loss record. Beasley was interviewed for the job two days after the season ended.

When speaking after the season, Young had declined to comment when asked specifically if the managerial search could proceed without knowing whether Bochy had interest in the job. But he acknowledged then how much he loved playing for Bochy and expressed his respect for the man he considers one of the most successful and respected managers in the major leagues.

“With a calm and steady presence, he has a remarkable ability to connect and communicate with players, coaches, and staff, and his teams have always played with maximum effort,” Young said Friday. “His knowledge of the game, as well as his integrity is unmatched.”

Texas last offseason committed a half-billion dollars to free-agent shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years), and also signed right-hander Jon Gray ($56 million, four years) to be their No. 1 starter. Left-hander Martin Perez was an All-Star after returning on a one-year deal before spring training.

While there were never any expectations that the Rangers would go from 102 losses in 2021 immediately to a title contender after that big spending spree, they never had a winning record at any point this season and peaked at 24-24 at the end of May. The six consecutive losing seasons are the most in the half-century since the franchise moved to Texas in 1972.

Davis has indicated the team is ready to add to its starting rotation, and potentially sign a middle-of-the-lineup bat.

“I don’t plan on spending as much money as we did last offseason,” he has said. “But we plan on spending some money.”

GUARDIANS MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA PLANS TO RETURN IN 2023

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has agreed to return for an 11th season after leading the majors’ youngest team to a division title and the AL Division Series in 2022.

The 63-year-old Francona has not signed a contract, but said Friday he intends to be back next season. He’s dealt with health problems the past two years and will have another operation next week.

Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said Francona is welcome to manage the Guardians “for as long as it makes sense on his end.”

Francona said his young squad energized him this season. The Guardians went 92-70 and won the AL Central. They swept Tampa Bay in the wild-card round before losing the division series to the New York Yankees in five games.

A two-time World Series winner with Boston, Francona has led Cleveland to four division titles and six playoff appearances.

BLUE JAYS AGREE TO 3-YEAR DEAL WITH MANAGER JOHN SCHNEIDER

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays rewarded John Schneider for his strong performance as their interim manager, agreeing to terms with him Friday on a three-year contract to manage the team.

Toronto’s former bench coach, the 42-year-old Schneider went 46-28 as interim manager after replacing Charlie Montoyo in July. Toronto earned the top AL wild card at 92-70 but was swept out of the playoffs in two games by visiting Seattle, blowing an 8-1 lead in the second game and losing 10-9.

“Through his exceptional preparation, communication, positive energy, and relationships within the clubhouse, John demonstrated to us that he was the right leader for this team,” general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement.

Atkins hinted after Toronto’s season ended that Schneider would be back.

“I think it will be very difficult for us to find better than John Schneider,” Atkins said.

Drafted by Toronto in 2002, Schneider was a minor league catcher for six seasons before becoming a minor league manager in 2009. He managed in the minors for 10 seasons, winning championships at three levels, before joining the Blue Jays’ staff in 2019. He became bench coach before the 2022 season.

Schneider was named Eastern League Manager of the Year after his Double-A New Hampshire team won the league title in 2018. That team included current Blue Jays players Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio.

Schneider’s contract includes a team option for 2026. He is the 14th manager in Blue Jays history.

“I am honored, excited, and deeply humbled to continue leading this extraordinary group of players, coaches, and staff,” Schneider said in a statement.

WEEK 7 NFL PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-4) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 34-12

STREAKS Ravens have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 12/12/21: Ravens 22 at Browns 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/21: Ravens 16, Browns 10

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green,

Melanie Collins (field reporter)

Cleveland SiriusXM 133 or 383 and the SXM App

Baltimore SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App

BROWNS NOTES

LAST WEEK L 38-15 vs. New England

COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 1-3

PTS. FOR 24.7

OFFENSE 385.0

PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 124-206-1,326-6-5-78.7

RUSHING Nick Chubb: 110-649-5.9-7

RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 31-348-11.2-4

PTS. AGAINST 27.2

DEFENSE 361.3

SACKS Myles Garrett: 5

INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1

TAKE/GIVE -3 (5/8)

PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.1 (40.5)

KICKING Cade York (R): 46 (13/15 PAT; 11/13 FG)

QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for season-high 266 yards last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Bal. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs with 94.4 rating in 7 career starts vs. AFC North. • RB NICK CHUBB leads NFL with 649 rush yards & 7 rush TDs this season. Can become 5th player ever with 8+ rush TDs in each of 1st 5 seasons. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games this season & has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 270 scrimmage yards (135 per game) in 2 road games this season. • RB KAREEM HUNT has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games this season. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & has rec. TD in 4 of past 5. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Bal. (12/8/20 w/ Dal.). Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career games vs. Bal. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC North. Needs TD catch to become 6th player in SB era with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 8 seasons. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES led team with season-high 74 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. • TE DAVID NJOKU aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last road meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Bal & 4 of his past 5 vs. division. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks & FF last week & became Cle. all-time sack leader (63.5). Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. • LB JACOB PHLILLIPS aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with PD & 3rd in row vs. division with sack. • S JOHN JOHNSON had 6 tackles, TFL & 1st-career FR in Week 6.

RAVENS NOTES

LAST WEEK L 24-20 at N.Y. Giants

COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 23-5

PTS. FOR 26.3

OFFENSE 361.3

PASSING Lamar Jackson: 112-181-1,277-13-6-93.2

RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 56-451-8.1-2

RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 39-455-11.7-5

PTS. AGAINST 23.5

DEFENSE 371.5

SACKS Justin Madubuike, Patrick Queen: 2.5

INTs Marlon Humphrey: 2

TAKE/GIVE +4 (12/8)

PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.2 (39.2)

KICKING Justin Tucker: 50 (17/18 PAT; 11/12 FG)

QB LAMAR JACKSON had 287 yards (210 pass, 77 rush) last week. Aims for his 11th in row at home & 6th in row overall with 50+ rush yards. Has 0 INTs in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Cle. Leads QBs with 451 rush yards in 2022 & can join Cam Newton as only QBs in NFL history with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 5 seasons. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for season-high 119 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Had 137 rush yards & career-high 4 rush TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (12/15/19 w/ Az.). • RB J.K. DOBBINS has rush TD in each of his 2 career games vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6 at home. • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 7 catches for season-high 106 yards & TD in Week 6, his 9th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, 4th-most among TEs since 2018. Has 7+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 4 of his past. Had 11 catches for 115 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 7 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. Cle. Ties for lead among TEs with 455 rec. yards this season & ranks 2nd in catches (39) & rec. TDs (5). • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY aims for 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 7 tackles & had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 2 TFL & FR in last home meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Ranks 2nd among all active players with 163 career TFLs. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE had 5 tackles & sack in Week 6. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • CB MARCUS PETERS has PD in each of his 5 games this season. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Cle. with PD.

NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-3) @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-5)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 24-19

STREAKS Buccaneers have won past 4

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Panthers 17 at Buccaneers 41

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/21: Buccaneers 32, Panthers 6

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter)

Tampa Bay SiriusXM 134 or 384 and the SXM App

Carolina SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App

BUCCANEERS NOTES

LAST WEEK L 20-18 at Pittsburgh

COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1

PTS. FOR 20.2

OFFENSE 332.0

PASSING Tom Brady: 166-247-1,652-8-1-95.1

RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 95-343-3.6-1

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 24-358-14.9-3

PTS. AGAINST 17.2

DEFENSE 302.5

SACKS Devin White, Antoine Winfield (S): 3

INTs Jamel Dean: 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 45.6 (41.1)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 53 (8/8 PAT; 15/16 FG)

QB TOM BRADY completed 29 of 37 atts. (78.4 pct.) for 326 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.4 rating in last meeting. Has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.6 rating in his past 2 starts at Car. & aims for his 3rd in row at Car. with 95+ rating. Is 10-4 with 4,127 pass yards (294.8 per game) & 31 TD passes vs. NFC South since 2020. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 6 catches, 101 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 38 rec.) & career-high 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Can become 1st RB since 2016 (David Johnson) with 5+ catches & rec. TD in 4 straight games. Ranks 2nd among RBs in 2022 in catches (32) & rec. yards (232). Has 283 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Car. • WR MIKE EVANS has 60+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Had 89 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with TD catch & 5th in row vs. Car. with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 6 catches for 95 yards last week. Has 6+ catches in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 465 rec. yards (116.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Car. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 13 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 6+ tackles in 16 of his 18 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 16th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • LB DEVIN WHITE had 8 tackles & PD in Week 6 & aims for his 4th in row on road in 2022 with 8+ tackles & PD. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. Car. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with sack & 2 TFL. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2 TFL. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles.

PANTHERS NOTES

LAST WEEK L 24-10 at L.A. Rams

COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-0

PTS. FOR 17.2

OFFENSE 260.0

PASSING PJ Walker: 15-22-120-0-0-81.6

RUSHING Christian McCaffrey: 85-393-4.6-2

RECEIVING Christian McCaffrey (RB): 33-277-8.4-1

PTS. AGAINST 24.3

DEFENSE 356.8

SACKS Brian Burns: 4

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (6/8)

PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 48.9 (44.9)

KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 43 (7/7 PAT; 12/13 FG)

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has TD pass in 3 of his 4 home starts in 2022. Passed for 215 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.4 rating in his only career start vs. TB (10/21/18 w/ Cle.). • QB P.J. WALKER completed 10 of 16 atts. in 1st start of season last week. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 receptions & 158 scrimmage yards (89 rec., 69 rush) in Week 6. Has 24 career games with both 50+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards, 2nd-most in NFL history (HOFer Marshall Faulk – 51). Has 390 career receptions, tied-3rd most by RB in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Leads all RBs in catches (33) & rec. yards (277) in 2022. Is 1 of 2 (Nick Chubb) with 5 games of 100+ scrimmage yards this season & aims for his 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 vs. TB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TDs. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD had TD catch in last meeting. • WR DJ MOORE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had 7 catches & 100 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 13 rush) in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 vs. TB. • DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • DT DERRICK BROWN had career-high 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has 6 PD in his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • LB CORY LITTLETON led team with 10 tackles & had 0.5 sacks in Week 6. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. TB with 7+ tackles & TFL. • CB DONTE JACKSON had INT-TD last week, his 13th-career INT & 1st-career TD. • DB MYLES HARTSFIELD had 12 tackles & sack in last meeting.

NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3) @ CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS Bengals have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/30/18: Bengals 37 at Falcons 36

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Bengals 24, Falcons 10

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV FOX: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith,

Jennifer Hale (field reporter)

Atlanta SiriusXM 158 or 386 and the SXM App

Cincinnati SiriusXM 113 or 228 and the SXM App

FALCONS NOTES

LAST WEEK W 28-14 vs. San Francisco

COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-0

PTS. FOR 24.3

OFFENSE 324.3

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 84-137-1,055-6-4-87.7

RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 54-235-4.4-0

RECEIVING Drake London (R): 25-306-12.2-2

PTS. AGAINST 22.7

DEFENSE 385.2

SACKS Grady Jarrett: 3.5

INTs Six tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 47.8 (42.1)

KICKING Younghoe Koo: 44 (14/14 PAT; 10/13 FG)

QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 13 of 14 atts. (92.2 pct.) & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in Week 6 & became 3rd player in NFL history (Ryan Fitzpatrick & Frank Ryan) with 90+ comp. pct (min. 10 atts.), 2+ TD passes & rush TD in single game. Had 315 yards (264 pass, 51 rush) & TD vs. INT in his only career start vs. Cin. (11/12/17 w/ Ten.). • RB CALEB HUNTLEY rushed for career-high 59 yards last week. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER rushed for 51 yards last week & is 1 of 4 rookie RBs (Breece Hall, Dameon Pierce & Kenneth Walker) with 250+ scrimmage yards (260) in 2022. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 40 rec. yards in Week 6. London (51) & Allgeier (52) are only pair of rookie teammates each with 50+ scrimmage yards per game in 2022. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS led team with 4 catches & 58 rec. yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • TE KYLE PITTS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 6, his 2nd-career TD catch. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 12 tackles & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB TROY ANDERSEN (rookie) had career-high 12 tackles last week. • LB MYKAL WALKER aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. • CB A.J. TERRELL had PD & 1st-career FR in Week 6. Has 11 PD in his past 7 on road. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had 3rd-career INT & 1st-career FR-TD in Week 6. • S RICHIE GRANT had 6 tackles & 4th PD of season last week. Is 1 of 4 NFC DBs (Budda Baker, Donovan Wilson & Antoine Winfield Jr.) with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 6 weeks.

BENGALS NOTES

LAST WEEK W 30-26 at New Orleans

COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 337.7

PASSING Joe Burrow: 152-228-1,616-12-5-95.6

RUSHING Joe Mixon: 104-347-3.3-1

RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase: 39-475-12.2-4

PTS. AGAINST 19.2

DEFENSE 339.0

SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 2.5

INTs Vonn Bell: 3

TAKE/GIVE 0 (8/8)

PUNTING (NET) Kevin Huber: 44.5 (40.0)

KICKING Evan McPherson: 44 (11/12 PAT; 11/12 FG)

QB JOE BURROW completed 28 of 37 atts. (season-high 75.7 pct.) for 300 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 126 rating last week, his 6th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 0 INTs in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 2,244 pass yards (374 per game) in his past 6 home starts. • RB JOE MIXON had 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. Has TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. • WR JA’MARR CHASE led team with 7 catches for season-high 132 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied 4th-most in NFL since 2021. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 678 rec. yards (135.6 per game) & 6 TD catches in his past 5 at home. • WR TYLER BOYD had season-high 6 catches for 66 yards in Week 6. Had 11 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC South with 65+ rec. yards. • WR TEE HIGGINS has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. • TE HAYDEN HURST has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 82 catches for 792 yards & 9 TDs in 2 seasons with Atl. (2020-21). • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with sack. • LB GERMAINE PRATT led team with season-high 14 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ tackles & 4th in row with 8+ tackles. • S VONN BELL has FR in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. Aims for his 6th in row at home with PD. • CB CHIBODE AWUZIE led team with 2 PD last week.

NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT LIONS (1-4) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (4-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 15-11

STREAKS Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME 11/17/19: Cowboys 35 at Lions 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/30/18: Cowboys 26, Lions 24

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)

Detroit SiriusXM 135 or 385 and the SXM App

Dallas SiriusXM 82 or 227 and the SXM App

LIONS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (L 29-0 at New England in Week 5)

COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-1

PTS. FOR 28.0

OFFENSE 411.8

PASSING Jared Goff: 111-186-1,355-11-4-92.9

RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 77-332-4.3-6

RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 27-271-10.0-3

PTS. AGAINST 34.0

DEFENSE 428.6

SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 3

INTs DeShon Elliott, Will Harris: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (4/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.8 (43.5)

KICKING –

QB JARED GOFF is only NFC QB with 2 games of 4 TD passes in 2022. Passed for 284 yards & 2 TDs in his last start at Dal. (12/15/19 w/ LAR) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 250+ pass yards. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFL with 27 300-yard games. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 games this season & has TD in 3 of his past 4 overall. Has 604 scrimmage yards (100.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has career-high 6 rush TDs in 2022 & is only player with 3 games of 2+ rush TDs this season. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 9 of his past 10. Is 1 of 4 WRs (Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs & Cooper Kupp) with active streak of 10+ games (13) with 4+ receptions. • WR JOSH REYNOLDS led team with 6 catches for 92 yards in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3. • LB MALCOLM RODRIGUEZ leads all rookies with 4 games with TFL & is 1 of 2 NFC rookie LBs (Quay Walker) with 5+ games (5) with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB ALEX ANZALONE has PD in 3 of his past 4. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 6th in row overall with 6+ tackles. • DL ALIM MCNEIL aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • S DESHON ELLIOTT set career highs in tackles (12) & TFL (3) & had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles

COWBOYS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 26-17 at Philadelphia

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 18-7

PTS. FOR 18.3

OFFENSE 300.8

PASSING Cooper Rush: 90-156-1,020-5-3-80.1

RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 94-386-4.1-2

RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 33-409-12.4-2

PTS. AGAINST 16.3

DEFENSE 304.2

SACKS Micah Parsons: 6

INTs Trevon Diggs: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (7/5)

PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 46.9 (41.5)

KICKING Brett Maher: 50 (8/9 PAT; 14/16 FG)

QB DAK PRESCOTT has 24 TDs (23 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 109.6 rating in his past 9 home starts, incl. 2+ TD passes in 8 of 9. Has 911 pass yards (303.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in 3 career starts vs. Det. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115+ rating. • QB COOPER RUSH aims for his 3rd home start in row with 95+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 81 yards & 2nd TD of season last week. Had career high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with TD. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (10,048) & ranks 3rd in scrimmage TDs (70). • RB TONY POLLARD had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB led team with 5 catches & 68 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 6th in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 PD last week. Has 11 sacks in 11 career home games. Has TFL in 10 of his 11 career home games & aims for his 9th in row at home with TFL. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 3 sacks in last home meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 5+ tackles & TFL. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG tied his career high with his 5th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • CB TREVON DIGGS has 22 PD in 18 career home games & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (5-1) @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Jaguars lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/9/18: Jaguars 20 at Giants 15

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Jaguars 25, Giants 24

LEADER Jaguars lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/9/18: Jaguars 20 at Giants 15

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Jaguars 25, Giants 24

GIANTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 24-20 vs. Baltimore

COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.2

OFFENSE 317.3

PASSING Daniel Jones: 107-159-1,021-5-2-90.2

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 119-616-5.2-4

RECEIVING Richie James: 19-189-9.9-0

PTS. AGAINST 18.8

DEFENSE 339.3

SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4

INTs Julian Love: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (8/6)

PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 50.2 (41.8)

KICKING Graham Gano: 47 (11/11 PAT; 12/14 FG)

QB DANIEL JONES completed 19 of 27 atts. (70.4 pct.) for 173 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 112.1 rating in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (Geno Smith & Matthew Stafford) with 3+ games (3) of 70+ comp. pct. in 2022. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 95 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 12 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week & is only player with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 6 weeks. Leads NFL with 771 scrimmage yards in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Made NFL debut vs. Jax. in last meeting & had 128 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD. • TE DANIEL BELLINGER (rookie) led team with career-high 5 receptions & 38 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch in Week 6. • S JULIAN LOVE had 2 PD & 4th-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 6. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE tied career high with 4th sack of season & PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 3rd-career FR in Week 6. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX (rookie) had 1st-career sack & 1st-career FF in Week 6. • LB OSHANE XIMINES had TFL last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB JIHAD WARD had 2 TFL in Week 6. Has career-high 6 TFL in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had PD last week. Has 5 PD in his past 5 vs. Jax.

JAGS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 34-27 at Indianapolis

COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 8-2

PTS. FOR 23.0

OFFENSE 357.8

PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 133-203-1,397-9-4-91.9

RUSHING James Robinson: 81-340-4.2-3

RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 25-362-14.5-4

PTS. AGAINST 19.0

DEFENSE 333.8

SACKS Josh Allen: 3

INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)

PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.2 (44.6)

KICKING Riley Patterson: 40 (13/13 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 20 of 22 atts. (career-high 90.9 pct.) for 165 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 113.1 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 home starts. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE led team with 108 scrimmage yards (career-high 86 rush, 22 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • RB JAMYCAL HASTY had 57 rush yards & 1st rush TD of season in Week 6. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 4th TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 60+ rec. yards. • WR MARVIN JONES has 7 catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR ZAY JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. • TE EVAN ENGRAM aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Selected in 1st round (No. 23 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft by NYG & had 262 catches for 2,828 yards & 16 TDs in 5 seasons with club (2017-21). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 14 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. NYG (9/26/21 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with 10+ tackles. • LB JOSH ALLEN has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 2 sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB TYSON CAMPBELL set season highs in tackles (7) & PD (3) in Week 6. • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN set season highs in tackles (9), TFL (2) & PD (2) last week.

NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-2-1) @ TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 35-20

STREAKS Titans have won past 4

LAST GAME 10/2/22: Titans 24 at Colts 17

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/21: Titans 25, Colts 16

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV CBS: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton,

Don Bell (field reporter)

Indianapolis SiriusXM 109 or 388 and the SXM App

Tennessee SiriusXM 132 or 230 and the SXM App

COLTS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 34-27 vs. Jacksonville

COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 4-5

PTS. FOR 17.2

OFFENSE 349.8

PASSING Matt Ryan: 170-253-1,765-8-7-86.2

RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 81-328-4.0-1

RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 38-417-11.0-1

PTS. AGAINST 20.2

DEFENSE 323.7

SACKS DeForest Buckner, Kwity Paye: 3

INTs Stephon Gilmore, Rodney McLeod, Rodney Thomas (R): 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (6/11)

PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.6 (41.4)

KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB MATT RYAN completed career-high 42 of 58 atts. (72.4 pct.) for season-high 389 yards & 3 TDs with 107.6 rating last week, his 30th-career game with 350+ pass yards, surpassing Philip Rivers (29 games) for 5th-most all-time. Is only player in NFL with 350+ pass yards in 3 games this season. Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 350+ pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR has 809 scrimmage yards (101.1 per game) in 8 career road division games. Has 95+ scrimmage in 8 of his past 9 overall on road. • RB DEON JACKSON had career-high 121 scrimmage yards (79 rec., 42 rush) & 10 catches last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN set career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (134) in Week 6. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at Ten. with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) had GW 32-yard TD catch with 17 seconds remaining last week, his 1st-career TD. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL had career-high 7 catches & 1st TD of season last week. • TE JELANI WOODS (rookie) had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 6. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has sack & FF in 3 of his past 4 vs. Ten. • DE TYQUAN LEWIS had sack & 1st-career FF last week. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with season-high 13 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL.

TITANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK Bye (W 21-17 at Washington in Week 5)

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 5-4

PTS. FOR 19.2

OFFENSE 278.2

PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 82-126-965-6-3-94.2

RUSHING Derrick Henry: 104-408-3.9-5

RECEIVING Robert Woods: 17-204-12.0-1

PTS. AGAINST 23.6

DEFENSE 390.8

SACKS Denico Autry, Rashad Weaver: 4

INTs Four tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)

PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 54.9 (47.3)

KICKING Randy Bullock: 24 (12/12 PAT; 4/5 FG)

QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 4th in row with 95+ rating & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 125.6 rating in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes. Has 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 115.9 rating in his past 3 starts vs. division. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 95+ rating. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 132 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 30 rec.) & season-high 2 rush TDs in Week 5, his 18th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, most in NFL since 2016. Aims for 5th in row with rush TD & 4th in row with 125+ scrimmage yards. Had season-high 147 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 819 scrimmage yards (136.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. Ind. • RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 5. • WR ROBERT WOODS had rec. TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had season-high 72 rec. yards in Week 5. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS led team with 1.5 sacks & had PD in Week 5. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • DT TEAIR TART aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Had 1st-career INT in Week 4 meeting. • DL DENICO AUTRY aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had season-high 2 sacks & FF in Week 4 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • LB DAVID LONG led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with PD.

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-3) @ WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (2-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 20-15-1

STREAKS Packers have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/24/21: Washington 10 at Green Bay 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/23/18: Washington 31, Green Bay 17

TIME 1:00 PM ET

TV FOX: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter)

Green Bay SiriusXM 98 or 389 and the SXM App

Washington SiriusXM 121 or 232 and the SXM App

PACKERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 27-10 vs. N.Y. Jets

COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 2-0

PTS. FOR 17.8

OFFENSE 348.2

PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 140-209-1,403-9-3-94.2

RUSHING Aaron Jones: 70-409-5.8-1

RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 20-285-14.3-4

PTS. AGAINST 20.5

DEFENSE 299.2

SACKS Rashan Gary: 6

INTs Jaire Alexander: 1

TAKE/GIVE -4 (4/8)

PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 46.8 (40.1)

KICKING Mason Crosby: 33 (12/12 PAT; 7/8 FG)

QB AARON RODGERS has 1,858 pass yards (309.7 per game) & 14 TDs vs. INT for 109 rating in 6 career starts vs. Was. Passed for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 on road & 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 road games. • RB AARON JONES has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 278 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. Was. • RB A.J. DILLON had 52 scrimmage yards (41 rush, 11 rec.) in Week 6. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 76 rec. yards & 4th rec. TD of season last week. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 8. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with TD catch. Had 60 rec. yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • TE ROBERT TONYAN had career-high 10 receptions for 90 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack & 2 TFL last week. Ranks tied-1st in NFC with 6 sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. • LB PRESTON SMITH had sack in his only career game vs. Was. (12/8/19). Had 29 TFL, 24.5 sacks & 13 PD in 64 games (2015-18) with Was. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles & TFL. Had 14 tackles & 2 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 10+ tackles. • LB QUAY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 6 & is 1 of 2 rookies (Devin Lloyd) with 5+ tackles in 6 games in 2022. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had season-high 3 PD last week, his 5th-career game with 3+ PD.

COMMANDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 12-7 at Chicago (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 2-4

PTS. FOR 17.0

OFFENSE 320.3

PASSING Taylor Heinicke (2021): 321-494-3,419-20-15-85.9

RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 61-214-3.5-2

RECEIVING Curtis Samuel: 34-287-8.4-2

PTS. AGAINST 22.5

DEFENSE 353.3

SACKS Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne: 3.5

INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (3/8)

PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.9 (44.8)

KICKING Joey Slye: 18 (6/7 PAT; 4/5 FG)

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 3,419 yards & 20 TDs vs. 15 INTs for 85.9 rating & had 313 rush yards & rush TD in 16 games (15 starts) last season. Had 75+ comp. pct. in 3 of his final 4 home starts last season. Had 363 yards (268 pass, career-high 95 rush) in last meeting. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) had 60 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 6. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 53 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 18 rec.) last week. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 122 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL aims for his 4th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack, 1st-career FF & 1st-career INT in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 2 sacks & 2 TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DT DARON PAYNE had 18th-career sack last week. Has TFL in 5 of his 6 games this season. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • DE EFE OBADA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. GB (12/19/20 w/ Car.). • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 12 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in 11 straight games. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. • S KAMREN CURL had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS (4-2) @ DENVER BRONCOS (2-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 21-16-1

STREAKS Broncos have won past 2

LAST GAME 9/26/21: Jets 0 at Broncos 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/21

TIME 4:05 PM ET

TV CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter)

N.Y. Jets SiriusXM 99 or 390 and the SXM App

Denver SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App

JETS NOTES:

LAST WEEK W 27-10 at Green Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-1

PTS. FOR 23.8

OFFENSE 343.0

PASSING Zach Wilson: 42-75-572-1-2-73.9

RUSHING Breece Hall (R): 76-391-5.1-3

RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 24-290-12.1-2

PTS. AGAINST 21.3

DEFENSE 313.2

SACKS Quinnen Williams: 5

INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 2

TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)

PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 45.6 (42.4)

KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/12 FG)

QB ZACH WILSON has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 starts this season. Passed for 160 yards in last meeting. • RB BREECE HALL (rookie) rushed for season-high 116 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies with 609 scrimmage yards (391 rush, 218 rec.) & ties for lead with 4 TDs (3 rush, rec.). Hall & MICHAEL CARTER (2 rush TDs) are 1 of 3 pairs of AFC RB teammates each with 2+ rush TDs in 2022. • WR COREY DAVIS led team with 52 rec. yards in Week 6. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 3rd among rookies with 290 rec. yards. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had 5 tackles, season-high 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week, his 3rd-career 2-sack game. Aims for 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 3rd in row on road with full sack. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • DT SHELDON RANKINS had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. • DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had sack last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with season-high 14 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 13th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 TFL & FF in last meeting. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) had 2 PD last week & is 1 of 2 in NFL (James Bradberry) with PD in each of 1st 6 weeks. Joined Desmond Trufant as only players since 2000 with PD in each of 1st 6 career games. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 8 PD.

BRONCOS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 19-16 at L.A. Chargers (OT) (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.2

OFFENSE 329.3

PASSING Russell Wilson: 116-198-1,442-5-3-83.4

RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 55-201-3.7-1

RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 31-431-13.9-1

PTS. AGAINST 16.5

DEFENSE 290.3

SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5

INTs Caden Sterns: 2

TAKE/GIVE 0 (7/7)

PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.0 (40.7)

KICKING Brandon McManus: 47 (5/6 PAT; 14/17 FG)

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 103.2 rating in 3 road starts this season. Has 9 TDs vs. INT with 132.6 rating in 3 career starts vs. NYJ. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 3+ TD passes. Aims for his 8th in row vs. AFC East with 2+ TD passes. Has 35 TDs (30 pass, 5 rush) & 118.7 rating in 12 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 66 rush yards last week in Den. debut. Had 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. NYJ (10/21/18 w/ Min.). • RB MELVIN GORDON has 327 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & 4 rush TDs with in 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 10th in row vs. AFC East & 4th in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has 14 TDs (12 rush, 2 rec.) in 11 career games vs. AFC East. • WR JERRY JEUDY aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 61 rec. yards & TD catch in only career game vs. NYJ (10/1/20). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in each of 3 home games this season. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • TE GREG DULCICH (rookie) had 44 rec. yards & TD catch in 1st-career game last week. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 2.5 sacks in his last game vs. NYJ (10/1/20). Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • LB BARON BROWNING had 2 TFL, sack, career-high 2 PD & 1st-career INT & FR in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 2 TFL, PD & career-high 21 tackles in Week 6, most tackles by player in single game since 2016 (Kwon Alexander – 21). • DE MATT HENNINGSEN (rookie) had 1st-career sack last week. • S KAREEM JACKSON had season-high 8 tackles, TFL & PD last week.

NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (1-3-1) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-4)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS Texans have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 10/27/19: Raiders 24 at Texans 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/16: Raiders 27, Texans 20 (Oakland)

TIME 4:05 PM ET

TV CBS: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter)

Houston SiriusXM 134 or 384 and the SXM App

Las Vegas SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App

TEXANS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: Bye (W 13-6 at Jacksonville in Week 5)

COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 1-1

PTS. FOR 17.2

OFFENSE 291.2

PASSING Davis Mills: 104-166-1,048-5-4-80.6

RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 86-412-4.8-3

RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 24-235-9.8-1

PTS. AGAINST 19.8

DEFENSE 414.2

SACKS Jerry Hughes: 4

INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2

TAKE/GIVE +3 (8/5)

PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.1 (43.0)

KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 38 (8/8 PAT; 10/11 FG)

QB DAVIS MILLS completed 16 of 24 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 140 yards with 0 INTs in Week 5. Has 0 INTs in 3 of 5 starts this season. Has 240+ pass yards & 2 TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts vs. AFC West. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) led team with 113 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Leads all rookies with 412 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 469 scrimmage yards. • RB REX BURKHEAD had 98 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 49 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LV (9/27/20 w/ NE). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 17 catches for 379 yards (126.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 3 career games vs. Raiders. Has 50+ rec. yards in 8 of his past 9 vs. AFC West. • WR NICO COLLINS had team-high 65 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards. • CB DESMOND KING tied career high with 3 PD & had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 6+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. (rookie) had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 5. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of 5 games this season. • S JALEN PITRE (rookie) tied for team lead with 8 tackles in Week 8. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had PD in Week 5. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles.

RAIDERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: Bye (L 30-29 at Kansas City on Mon. in Week 5)

COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-0

PTS. FOR 25.0

OFFENSE 360.6

PASSING Derek Carr: 113-184-1,279-8-4-87.7

RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 91-490-5.4-3

RECEIVING Davante Adams: 29-414-14.3-5

PTS. AGAINST 26.0

DEFENSE 359.2

SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6

INTs Duron Harmon, Amik Robertson: 1

TAKE/GIVE -2 (3/5)

PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 52.1 (43.9)

KICKING Daniel Carlson: 53 (8/9 PAT; 15/15 FG)

QB DEREK CARR passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 110.6 rating in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 285 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 2 TD passes in each of 1st 3 road starts in 2022. • RB JOSH JACOBS had career-high 193 scrimmage yards (career-high 154 rush, 39 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 175+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 81 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. Has 524 scrimmage yards (131 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC South with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 124 rec. yards & season-high 2 rec. TDs in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 13 catches for 196 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Hou. (10/25/20 w/ GB). Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. • WR HUNTER RENFROW had 4 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. • TE DARREN WALLER had TD catch in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for 5th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 9 TFL (3 per game) in his past 3. Had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & FF in last meeting. Aims for 7th in row at home with TFL & 5th in row at home with sack. Leads NFL with 11 TFL in 2022. • DE CHANDLER JONES has 14 TFL in his past 6 vs. AFC South. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has 16 tackles (8 per game) in 2 career games vs. Hou.

NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 26-25

STREAKS Chargers have won past 2

LAST GAME 11/4/18: Chargers 25 at Seahawks 17

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Chargers 30, Seahawks 21 (San Diego)

TIME 4:25 PM ET

TV FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter)

Seattle SiriusXM 158 or 386 and the SXM App

L.A. Chargers SiriusXM 113 or 228 and the SXM App

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 19-9 vs. Arizona

COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-3

PTS. FOR 24.3

OFFENSE 356.0

PASSING Geno Smith: 138-188-1,502-9-2-108.0

RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 44-243-5.5-2

RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 34-423-12.4-2

PTS. AGAINST 27.2

DEFENSE 410.8

SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 3

INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4

TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)

PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.9 (44.3)

KICKING Jason Myers: 50 (14/15 PAT; 12/13 FG)

QB GENO SMITH completed 20 of 31 atts. (64.5 pct.) & had 245 yards (197 pass, 48 rush) in Week 6. Leads NFL with 73.4 comp. pct. (138 of 188), 5th-highest comp. pct. ever by QB through 1st 6 games of season (min. 175 atts.). • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) had career-high 110 scrimmage yards (career-high 97 rush, 13 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 85+ rush yards & rush TD. Leads NFC rookies in rush yards (243). • WR DK METCALF has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 85+ rec. yards. Since 2019, is 1 of 6 WRs with 3,500+ rec. yards (3,576) & 30+ rec. TDs (31). • WR TYLER LOCKETT aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ catches & 7th in row on road with 90+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 11 tackles in Week 6. Is only NFC player with 5 games with 10+ tackles in 2022 & aims for his 10th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Has 9+ tackles in 15 straight games, longest such streak by any player since 2000. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU had 3rd sack of season last week. Had 15 sacks & 21 TFL in 4 seasons (2018-21) with Chargers. • LB DARRELL TAYLOR had 2nd sack & 2 FF of season last week. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN had INT & FR in Week 6 & became 1st rookie since 1970 with both INT & FR in consecutive games. Is 3rd rookie since 2000 (Jairus Byrd & Joe Haden) with INT in 4 straight games. • CB COBY BRYANT leads NFL with 4 FFs & can join Will Smith (2004) as only rookies since 2000 with FF in 4 straight games.

CHARGERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 19-16 vs. Denver (OT) (Mon.)

COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0-0

PTS. FOR 23.5

OFFENSE 374.8

PASSING Justin Herbert: 170-257-1,716-10-3-93.1

RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 75-349-4.7-4

RECEIVING Mike Williams: 30-409-13.6-2

PTS. AGAINST 25.3

DEFENSE 349.8

SACKS Khalil Mack: 6

INTs Bryce Callahan: 2

TAKE/GIVE +2 (6/4)

PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.4)

KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 39 (12/12 PAT; 9/10 FG)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT has 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 79 career TD passes & can surpass Derek Carr (81) & Andy Dalton (80) for 4th-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 2 of past 3 starts vs. NFC. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 83 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 36 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. Joined HOFer Lenny Moore as only players ever with 25+ rush TD (25) & 25+ rec. TD (26) in 1st 6 seasons. • RB SONY MICHEL had 115 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 23 rec.) in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/21 w/ LAR). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 6 catches for 124 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 7+ catches & 120+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. • WR JOSHUA PALMER led team with career-high 9 catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 55+ rec. yards. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with 10 tackles & had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. Has 5 PD in 4 career games vs. NFC West. Leads all DBs with 55 tackles in 2022. • CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for his 7th in row at home with PD. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Sea. (9/17/18 w/ Chi.). Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 sacks. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 8 tackles & career-high 2 sacks in Week 6.

NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-2) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS Chiefs have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 9/23/18: 49ers 27 at Chiefs 38

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/14: 49ers 22, Chiefs 17

TIME 4:25 PM ET

TV FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters)

Kansas City SiriusXM 135 or 385 and the SXM App

San Francisco SiriusXM 82 or 227 and the SXM App

CHIEFS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 24-20 vs. Buffalo

COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 8-4

PTS. FOR 29.8

OFFENSE 382.3

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 151-229-1,736-17-4-106.1

RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 59-256-4.3-2

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 41-455-11.1-7

PTS. AGAINST 24.8

DEFENSE 356.5

SACKS Chris Jones, L’Jarius Sneed (CB): 3

INTs Jaylen Watson (R): 1

TAKE/GIVE -1 (5/6)

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 54.0 (49.8)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 15 (6/6 PAT; 3/4 FG)

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week, his 33rdcareer game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing HOFer Dan Marino (32 games) for most-ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for 314 yards 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in last reg. season meeting. Has 19 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 122.4 rating in 5 career reg. season starts vs. NFC West. Has 90+ rating in 6 of his past 7 road starts. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC with 70+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row vs. NFC with TD. • RB JERICK MCKINNON appeared in 16 games for SF (2020) & had 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for 108 yards last week, his 31st-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied with HOFer Tony Gonzalez for the 2nd-most such games ever by TE. Aims for his 7th in row on road with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. SF, incl. postseason. Had 8 catches for 114 yards in last reg. season meeting. Leads NFL with 7 rec. TDs this season. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 5 catches for season-high 113 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. Has 5 catches in 3 of past 4. Had 81 rec. yards & TD catch in only career game vs. SF (9/22/19 w/ Pit.). • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • DT CHRIS JONES had sack & PD in Week 6. Had 3 PD in SB LIV vs. SF. Has 1.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 in reg. season vs. NFC West. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with season-high 13 tackles & had 2 TFL last week. Is 1 of 2 (Jordyn Brooks) with 9+ tackles in each of 1st 6 weeks this season.

49ERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 28-14 at Atlanta

COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-2

PTS. FOR 20.3

OFFENSE 340.2

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 94-148-1,153-7-3-94.8

RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 81-400-4.9-2

RECEIVING Deebo Samuel: 27-345-12.8-2

PTS. AGAINST 14.8

DEFENSE 255.8

SACKS Nick Bosa: 6

INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 2

TAKE/GIVE -2 (7/9)

PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 45.5 (40.4)

KICKING Robbie Gould: 31 (13/13 PAT; 6/9 FG)

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 games at home. Passed for 251 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.7 rating in only career reg. season start vs. KC (9/23/18). • RB JEFF WILSON has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 7 catches for 79 yards last week. Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 at home. Aims for 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 5 catches & 92 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 39 rec.) in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 8 catches for 83 yards & 1st career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (83) last week. Had 5 catches for 79 yards in last reg. season meeting. • DL NICK BOSA has 2 sacks & 2 TFL in each of 1st 2 home games in 2022 & has 7 sacks in his past 6 at home. Had sack & FF in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). Ranks tied-1st in NFC with 6 sacks in 2022. • DL DRAKE JACKSON ranks tied-1st among rookies with 3 sacks in 2022 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • DL CHARLES OMENIHU aims for his 4th in row with sack. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 10 tackles last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles, 2 TFL & PD in last reg. season meeting. Had TFL & INT in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had 38 PD & 4 INTs in 67 games, incl. playoffs, with KC (2018-21). • S TALANOA HUFANGA aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has 5 PD in 6 games in 2022.

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-4) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 13-11

STREAKS Dolphins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME 10/28/19: Dolphins 14 at Steelers 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/16: Dolphins 30, Steelers 15

TIME 8:20 PM ET

TV NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth,

Melissa Stark (field reporter)

NATIONAL RADIO Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Mayock

PIttsburgh SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App

Miami SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App

National SiriusXM 88 and the SXM App

STEELERS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 20-18 vs. Tampa Bay

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 5-2

PTS. FOR 16.2

OFFENSE 291.5

PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 55-83-514-1-4-67.0

RUSHING Najee Harris: 83-264-3.2-1

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 33-295-8.9-0

PTS. AGAINST 24.3

DEFENSE 398.0

SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5

INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3

TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.9 (41.0)

KICKING Chris Boswell: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/15 FG)

DOLPHINS NOTES:

LAST WEEK L 24-16 vs. Minnesota

COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0

PTS. FOR 21.8

OFFENSE 366.2

PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 80-115-1,035-8-3-109.9

RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 71-309-4.4-1

RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 50-701=14.0-2

PTS. AGAINST 25.8

DEFENSE 361.3

SACKS Melvin Ingram, Brandon Jones: 2

INTs Jevon Holland: 1

TAKE/GIVE -5 (4/9)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 46.6 (41.0)

KICKING Jason Sanders: 35 (14/15 PAT; 7/10 FG)

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 104.6 rating in 4 career games vs. AFC North. • QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER set season highs in pass yards (329), TD passes (2) & rating (93.9) last week. Passed for 288 yards & 2 TDs with 92.9 rating in only career start vs. Pit. (10/10/21 w/ Den.). • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 79 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (9/22/19 w/ SF). Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB CHASE EDMONDS aims for his 5th in row in primetime with TD. Had 145 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 58 rush) in only career game on SNF (10/25/20 vs. Sea. w/ Az.). • WR TYREEK HILL led team with season-high 12 catches for 177 yards last week, his 8th-career game with 10+ catches & 150+ rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 seasons. Is 5th player since 2000 with 150+ rec. yards in 3 of his team’s 1st 6 games of season. Leads NFL with 701 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 50 catches in 2022. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 6 catches for 129 yards in Week 6, his 3rd 100-yard game this season. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. • TE MIKE GESICKI had season-high 2 TD catches last week, his 3rd-career 2-TD game. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. • S BRANDON JONES aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles & PD. • LB ELANDON ROBERTS led team with 7 tackles & had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & TFL.

NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS (2-4) @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-3)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 10-3

STREAKS Patriots have won past 5

LAST GAME 10/21/18: Patriots 38 at Bears 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/14: Patriots 51, Bears 23

TIME 8:15 PM ET

TV ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters (field reporter)

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner

Chicago SiriusXM 81 or 226 and the SXM App

New England SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App

National SiriusXM 88 and the SXM App

BEARS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: L 12-7 vs. Washington (Thu.)

COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0

PTS. FOR 15.5

OFFENSE 293.7

PASSING Justin Fields: 63-115-869-4-5-72.7

RUSHING Khalil Herbert: 63-403-6.4-3

RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 17-241-14.2-0

PTS. AGAINST 19.7

DEFENSE 341.7

SACKS Jaquan Brisker (R), Trevis Gipson, Jaylon Jones (R): 2

INTs Eddie Jackson: 3

TAKE/GIVE -2 (8/10)

PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 48.7 (42.6)

KICKING Cairo Santos: 27 (6/8 PAT; 7/7 FG)

QB JUSTIN FIELDS passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 88 yards in Week 6. Ranks 4th among QBs with 702 rush yards since 2021 & aims for his 5th start in row with 40+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd start in row on MNF with 300+ yards (pass + rush) & TD pass. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 80 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 13 rec.) in Week 6. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 12 straight road games & aims for his 6th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games on MNF. • RB KHALIL HERBERT rushed for 75 yards last week. Has 75+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with season-high 7 receptions & had 68 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. • WR DANTE PETTIS led team with 84 rec. yards & had 11th-career TD catch last week. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season in Week 6. Leads NFL with 66 tackles in 2022 & aims for his 7th in row with 8+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. • LB ROBERT QUINN aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack. Had sack & FF in his last game at NE (11/24/19 w/ Dal.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with sack. • DL AL-QUADIN MUHAMMAD had 1st sack of season last week. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his past 11. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Has 2 FFs & 2 FRs, incl. FR-TD, in his past 4 on MNF. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 2nd-career sack last week.

PATS NOTES:

LAST WEEK: W 38-15 at Cleveland

COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 6-1

PTS. FOR 23.5

OFFENSE 354.7

PASSING Bailey Zappe (R): 51-70-596-4-1-111.4

RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 87-448-5.1-3

RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 24-321-13.4-1

PTS. AGAINST 18.8

DEFENSE 337.8

SACKS Matthew Judon: 6

INTs Jack Jones (R), Jalen Mills: 2

TAKE/GIVE +1 (12/11)

PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 43.8 (36.1)

KICKING Nick Folk: 45 (15/15 PAT; 10/12 FG)

HC BILL BELICHICK has 324 career wins, incl. postseason, & can surpass HOFer George Halas (324) for 2nd-most wins ever by HC. Only HOFer Don Shula (347) has more. • QB MAC JONES has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. NFC. Passed for 275 yards & 2 TDs in only career home start in primetime (10/3/21 SNF vs. TB). • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) completed 24 of 34 atts. (70.6 pct.) for 309 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 118.4 rating last week. Joined HOFer Dan Marino (1983) & Andy Dalton (2011) as only rookies in SB era with 100+ rating in each of 1st 2 career starts. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 91 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 15 rec.) & had 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row overall with 85+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 6 of his past 7 at home. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 55+ rec. yards in each of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 4+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR TYQUAN THORNTON (rookie) had 1st 2 career TDs last week (1 rush, 1 rec.). • TE HUNTER HENRY had season-high 61 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • LB MATTHEW JUDON has sack in 5 of 6 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had 12 tackles, 4 TFL & 2 sacks in only career game vs. Chi. (10/15/17 w/ Bal.). • DE DEATRICH WISE JR. had sack, FF & PD in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. • DB KYLE DUGGER had season-high 8 tackles & 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. • CB JALEN MILLS had INT in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with PD.

COACH SALEH: JETS’ MOORE TO SIT VS. BRONCOS, WON’T BE TRADED

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Disgruntled wide receiver Elijah Moore will sit out the New York Jets’ game Sunday against the Denver Broncos after requesting to be traded amid frustration over his lack of playmaking opportunities.

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday “trading him is not an option,” but Moore will not be with the team in Denver as the Jets – at 4-2 and off to their best start since 2015 – look for a fourth straight victory.

Moore, a second-round pick out of Mississippi who had 43 catches as a rookie last year, will go through workouts with trainers over the next few days and rejoin the team Monday.

“In my view, whether we agree or not, it doesn’t matter, but to ask him to play a football game with where he is from a mental standpoint wouldn’t be fair to him,” said Saleh, who insisted Moore wasn’t being punished by the team. “That’s strictly my decision.”

On Thursday, Saleh said Moore was excused from practice by the team to be with his family to attend to a personal matter. The wide receiver spent the day away from the facility and then asked to be dealt.

Moore is coming off a promising rookie season during which he caught 43 passes for 538 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games, including six starts. But he has just 16 catches for 203 yards and no scores in six games – all starts – while working in an offense that has focused more on running the ball in recent weeks.

“For me, knowing the individual and know what he wants, he wants to contribute,” Saleh said. “He’s a competitive kid. He’s a competitive man. He feels like he can do more within the offense to help us across the board. And to me, that’s admirable. You want your guys to have that confidence in themselves where they know that they can do more for the offense.”

But for a team that is having success for the first time in several years and has preached a “Positive Vibes Only” mantra, there are questions as to whether Moore’s actions could potentially serve as a distraction.

“Our locker room’s fine, it’s rock solid,” Saleh said. “We all love Elijah. We all understand the business aspect of it. We all know where his heart is, we all know the character we drafted. Elijah’s a great kid. He is. He works his tail off, does everything that’s asked of him. And whether or not people can get out of whack, that’s probably more of a conversation for him.

“But he is a very high-character individual and I get that this can look bad, but it is part of it and part of what we go through in this business.”

Moore became the second Jets wide receiver to request a trade after Denzel Mims, a 2020 second-rounder, did so during training camp. But as is the case with Moore, the team has no plans to deal him.

And in a twist, with Moore not playing Sunday, Mims will be active for the first time this season.

“He has prepared himself to play and he’s going to get his opportunity,” Saleh said.

Moore created some buzz Sunday on social media after New York’s 27-10 victory at Green Bay when he quote-tweeted a reporter’s post that pointed out he had no official receiving targets in the game. He actually had one on a deep incompletion in the second quarter, but it was negated by a penalty.

“If I say what I really wanna say…I’ll be the selfish guy…we winning,” Moore said in the since-deleted post. “Grateful! Huge blessing! All I ever wanted. Butter sweet for me em but I’ll be solid. So I’ll just stay quiet.

“Just know I don’t understand either.”

On Monday, Saleh said he spoke to Moore, and it appeared the issue was mostly settled. But in the first of three posts on Twitter on Thursday, Moore said: “Love my teammates!” That was followed by: “When someone tell u how they feel the first time BELIEVE THEM!” The final tweet read: “God I need direction.”

All the tweets have since been deleted. Earlier Thursday, Moore also tweeted: “God makes no mistakes..I trust u through it Allllllll.”

Saleh on Friday reiterated Moore “is not a bad kid,” and the Jets have high hopes for him.

“He’s going to be a great football player in this league for a long time,” the coach said. “And it’s just a matter of just being able to stack together a couple of good days.”

BEAL’S LATE BANK SHOT GIVES WIZARDS 102-100 WIN OVER CHICAGO

WASHINGTON (AP) In his first home game since signing a massive contract to stay in Washington, Bradley Beal was patient most of the night.

At the end, however, it was pretty obvious who would have the ball.

“I told myself, I’m going to get a shot, I’m going to make the shot,” Beal said.

Beal’s leaning bank shot with 7.4 seconds remaining gave Washington a 102-100 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night in its first home game since a five-year deal worth up to $251 million kept the star guard with the Wizards.

Washington blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in its home opener, but with the game tied at 100 and the shot clock running down, Beal’s shot off the glass dropped through to give the Wizards the lead. Following a timeout, DeMar DeRozan’s 3-pointer rimmed out for Chicago.

“We stuck with it,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “That game could have easily gotten away from us.”

DeRozan had 32 points to lead all scorers, and the Bulls nearly won their second straight game to start the season without Zach LaVine. DeRozan scored 37 in the opener against Miami.

Instead, it was Washington that improved to 2-0. Kyle Kuzma scored 26 points and Beal added 19.

“Don’t get it twisted, I’ll still go off for 30, 40 and 50 if I need to,” Beal said. “I have teammates who can score the ball and make plays too.”

The Wizards won 10 of their first 13 games last season, but they ended up missing the playoffs after Beal’s season ended early because of wrist issues.

The Bulls are still trying to manage LaVine’s left knee, which needed surgery in May. This was the first game of a back-to-back for Chicago, and the All-Star guard is expected to make his season debut in the back half against Cleveland.

Washington led 56-50 at halftime, and then Kuzma started the third quarter with a couple quick 3s. Beal hustled back to block a layup attempt by Ayo Dosunmu, and that defensive play led to a 3-pointer by Deni Avdija that made it 65-50.

“The thing that was disappointing coming out of the half was we gave up those two 3s, and one of the things that we had talked about is that we’ve got to contest,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points for Chicago. Coby White and Andre Drummond had 10 apiece.

Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points for the Wizards and Rui Hachimura scored 12.

MOVING THE BALL

Beal had eight assists, increasing his career total to 2,715. He passed Rod Strickland (2,712) for third in franchise history.

“Just finding guys,” Beal said. “It’s not all on me to just score, score, score.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: In addition to LaVine, Chicago was without Lonzo Ball (left knee). … Chicago went 27 of 33 on free throws while limiting the Wizards to only 11 attempts.

Wizards: Washington was without Corey Kispert (sprained left ankle) and Vernon Carey (concussion). … The Wizards shot 51.3% from the field but had 17 turnovers.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.

Wizards: At Cleveland on Sunday night.

VALANCIUNAS HAS BIG NIGHT, HELPS PELICANS BEAT HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 30 points and 17 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans spoiled the Charlotte Hornets’ home opener with a wire-to-wire 124-112 victory Friday night.

Brandon Ingram was solid all around with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans and C.J. McCollum had 21 points. Zion Williamson had a quiet night in his first game at the Spectrum Center since leading Duke to the 2019 ACC Championship, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting.

The Pelicans opened Wednesday night with a 130-108 victory at Brooklyn.

Terry Rozier flirted with a triple-double for the Hornets with 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Gordon Hayward had 26 points on 12-of-19 shooting and added seven assists.

The Hornets simply had no answer inside for Valanciunas, who dominated in the paint against Mason Plumlee and Nick Richards. Valanciunas was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line and 8 of 11 from the field.

“He was excellent,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “Defensively he is always where he needs to be, contesting shots, scrappy, getting steals and rebound the ball. All of the things that he does to complement our team does not go unnoticed in that locker room.”

Added Ingram: “He came up big for us tonight.”

New Orleans outrebounded Charlotte 53-37.

After trailing by 16, the Hornets cut the lead to two with seven minutes left on Jalen McDaniels tied a career-best with his fourth 3-pointer of the night. But Valanciunas re-entered the game and sparked a 10-1 run.

“We had to stay mentally sharp all the way until the end,” Williamson said.

Ingram came up with a key play, stealing a lazy Rozier pass at midcourt leading to a breakaway dunk to give the Pelicans more breathing room.

“We were careless with the ball,” Haywood said. “We should have attacked a little more and we were hesitant.”

Rozier went down with an ankle injury with 2:55 left, but remained in the game and finished.

Rozier showed up to the post-game press conference wearing a ski mask over his face and walking boot on his right foot, but said “it’s just to help me get ready for Sunday.”

WILLIAMSON’S FRUSTRATION

Williamson appeared frustrated at times when he wasn’t getting some calls on drives to the basket.

But after the game he said that’s on him, not the officials.

“The frustration comes from myself,” Williamson said. “Those are shots that I’ve got to finish. I am getting the shots I want. I just have to finish them.”

BOUKNIGHT’S ISSUES

Hornets guard James Bouknight is not having a great start to the NBA season – on or off the court.

The second-year guard was arrested on DWI charges on Sunday when he was found unconscious in his car while it was in drive and later crashed into two police cars after he awoke. In two games on the court, Bouknight is 0 for 10 from the field while missing all seven 3-point attempts. He has yet to score.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Converted 32 of 37 free throws. “We had some silly fouls and we couldn’t keep them off the line,” Haywood said. … Shot 8 of 22 from 3-point range.

Hornets: LaMelo Ball (sprained ankle) missed his second straight game and Cody Martin sat out with soreness in his quad.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host Utah on Sunday night.

Hornets: At Atlanta on Sunday.

TATUM AND BROWN COMBINE FOR 57, CELTICS TOP HEAT 111-104

MIAMI (AP) Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics keep on enjoying their trips to Miami.

Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 28 and the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 111-104 on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics – whose most recent trip to Miami was a Game 7 win in that playoff series – outscored Miami 42-24 from 3-point range, and improved to 2-0 under interim coach Joe Mazzulla.

“We’ve got a great team and we’re still trying to figure each other out,” Tatum said. “And I love playing against the Heat. We’ve got some history here the last couple years, and they push you. They make you a better team. They’ve got a lot of fire, a lot of great players, a great coach.”

Tyler Herro scored 25 points for Miami, which got 19 from Bam Adebayo, 18 from Jimmy Butler and 17 from Kyle Lowry.

Miami cut a 14-point deficit to five late, before back-to-back baskets by Tatum helped seal matters.

“Our guys love playing defense,” Mazzulla said. “And any time you have a group of guys who love defense, you have a chance to be special.”

It’s Miami’s first 0-2 start since 2007-08 – so it’s the first in Erik Spoelstra’s 15 years as Heat coach. Miami had been one of only two teams without an 0-2 start in that span; now, only Portland is on that list.

“We weren’t able to get over the hump and get the job done, but we just have to stay the course,” Spoelstra said. “There was definite improvement from Game 1 to Game 2.”

Boston led by as many as 11 in the first half, took a 59-51 lead into the break and stretched the lead to 12 when Brown made consecutive baskets to open the third.

That’s around the time Miami put together perhaps its best stretch of the night. A 20-6 run by the Heat, with Herro and Lowry each scoring six points, gave Miami a 71-69 edge – its first lead since midway through the first quarter.

But just when Miami got the lead, Adebayo got his fourth foul, then a technical, the game changed. Miami was plus-20 with Adebayo on the floor, and minus-27 in the 13 minutes when he wasn’t on the court.

The Celtics matched Miami’s 20-6 run with a 20-6 burst of their own, Tatum scoring eight of those points, Grant Williams ending it with a pair of 3’s and it was 89-77 going into the fourth.

“It’s not our offense,” Adebayo said. “I feel like 104 points can win a game. It’s the other end we’ve got to lock in on.”

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston has won four straight in Miami, going back to last season’s East finals. The Celtics’ longest winning streak in Miami is five, done twice (1988-90, 2015-17). … The Celtics had a 27-18 edge in bench scoring. … Williams and Derrick White each scored 10 for Boston.

Heat: Spoelstra has now faced 104 different coaches in his NBA career, after matching wits with Mazzulla for the first time. … Victor Oladipo (left knee) missed his second consecutive game. He has not made an October appearance in the NBA since 2018.

IN MEMORIAM

The Heat paid tribute to Celtics great Bill Russell throughout the evening, even with staff wearing T-shirts with a large “6” on them — Russell’s jersey number, which now is on a banner swaying in Miami’s arena. Miami also had a pregame moment of silence for referee Tony Brown, who died Thursday from pancreatic cancer.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Orlando on Saturday night.

Heat: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

KNICKS ROUT PISTONS 130-106 IN BRUNSON’S HOME DEBUT AT MSG

NEW YORK (AP) Maybe someday Jalen Brunson can look back and savor the roars from a sold-out crowd that officially welcomed him to Madison Square Garden.

Not now. He came to New York for wins, not cheers.

“It was great, it was a great feeling. But I mean, all that goes out the window if you don’t try to win games,” Brunson said. “So, just do my part to help this team win.”

The Knicks won – big.

Brunson scored 17 points in his first home game with his new team, Immanuel Quickley bounced back from a rough opener with 20 and the Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons 130-106 on Friday night for their first victory of the season.

RJ Barrett, who also struggled in an overtime loss in Memphis in the season opener, rebounded with 18 points. Obi Toppin scored 16, Julius Randle had 15 and there was no chance of another tense finish after the Knicks seized control late in the first quarter.

Barrett was 3 for 18 on Wednesday, missing all six 3-point attempts. Quickley came off the bench and was scoreless, missing all six of his shots.

But with Brunson, the New Jersey native who left Dallas to become New York’s point guard, finishing with six assists and no turnovers, the Knicks had 29 assists and shot nearly 53% from the field.

“The playmaking was great,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “When you play the game that way, the game is easy for everyone.”

Saddiq Bey scored 26 points for the Pistons, who beat Orlando in their opener. Detroit fell behind by 15 in the first quarter before working its way back in that victory, but there was no comeback from the type of deficit the Pistons faced Friday.

“Opening night for the other team, they were a hot team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought for stretches we played good basketball and other stretches they ambushed us.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points and rookie Jaden Ivey had 17.

The Knicks began to pull away with their reserves on the floor late in the first quarter, with Derrick Rose’s 3-pointer capping an 11-2 run and making it 30-20 after one. Rose made another 3 for New York’s first basket of the second, this time starting a 12-2 burst that extended it to 42-24.

The lead reached 69-44 on Evan Fournier’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining in the half and it was 72-52 at the break.

Detroit was 4 for 15 (27%) from both 3-point range and the free throw line in the first half. Hamidou Diallo missed all five attempts from the line.

The Pistons did cut a 29-point deficit to 91-79 late in the third, but the Knicks answered with an 18-2 run into the fourth quarter, with Toppin slamming down two dunks early in the period, to put it away at 109-81.

The Knicks missed the playoffs last season, when Kemba Walker started the season as the point guard but didn’t last. He was eventually traded to Detroit as the Knicks were lining up their books to make a run at Brunson.

So far, it looks like a good move.

“This is a very good team,” Casey said. “This is definitely a playoff team, a high-level playoff team, and so this is a very, very good match for us.”

TIP-INS

Pistons: Rookie C Jalen Duren, whose rights the Pistons acquired from the Knicks in a trade that was agreed to on draft night, had eight points and 10 rebounds. … Casey said G Alec Burks, who played the last two seasons for the Knicks, wasn’t close to returning from a fractured bone in his left foot.

Knicks: New York has won the last nine meetings. … Rose scored 13 points.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At Indiana on Saturday.

Knicks: Host Orlando on Monday.

JA MORANT SCORES 49 POINTS, GRIZZLIES BEAT ROCKETS 129-122

HOUSTON (AP) Ja Morant scored 49 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 129-122 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Morant carried the team on a night Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones struggled. Bane made just 3 of 16 shots for 14 points and Jones was 4 for 13 with 11 points.

The Rockets led by 16 in the first half before the Grizzlies used a big run to start the third quarter and take the lead.

Morant has eight 3-pointers in just two games this season after averaging 1.5 3s a game last season. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was asked if anyone can stop the young star now that he’s incorporated more 3-point shooting into his game.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “What a phenomenal game by Ja. Just in attack mode throughout the game.”

Houston coach Stephen Silas agreed.

“It’s changes everything because he’s downhill,” Silas said. “You have to honor the 3. When he’s making his 3-point shot he’s very, very hard to guard.”

A basket by Brandon Clarke put Memphis up by two points before Garrison Mathews and Jabari Smith Jr. made back-to-back 3-pointers to put Houston up 108-104 with about nine minutes to play.

Morant scored five points in a 10-0 spurt that gave Memphis a 118-110 lead with six minutes left.

Houston made five points with a 3-pointer from Eric Gordon to get within five points with about two minutes to go. But Morant made a jump shot a few seconds later to extend the lead to 125-118.

Jalen Green, the second pick in the 2021 draft, led the Rockets with 33 points. But he struggled after halftime and scored just 13 points in the second half. Alperen Sengun added 23 points for the Rockets, who fell to 0-2 this season.

Morant had another great game after scoring 34 points in the opener to lead Memphis to a 115-112 overtime victory over the Knicks.

He made his first five 3-point attempts and didn’t miss until he threw up a shot late in the fourth quarter to avoid a shot- clock violation.

He talked about why he’s off to such a strong start on long-range shooting this season.

“Work,” he said. “Locking myself in the gym. Just getting as many shots up as I can. I’ve got to keep it going, continue to work even though my shots are falling now.”

Houston led by eight at halftime before the Grizzlies opened the second half with an 18-9 run to take an 80-79 lead with about eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Morant had nine points in that span and Bane capped it with a 3-pointer.

The Grizzlies remained up by one a couple of minutes later after a dunk by Morant before Green made a 3-pointer to put Houston on top 87-85.

Houston trailed by 3 later in the third before scoring the last eight points of the quarter, with a 3-point play by Tari Eason, to take a 100-95 lead into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis made 19 of 42 3-pointers. . Bane had seven assists and six rebounds. . John Konchar had 17 points and made three 3-pointers.

Rockets: Smith, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, had 10 points after scoring 17 in his NBA debut Wednesday. . Kevin Porter Jr. scored 18. . Bruno Fernando left the game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness.

ODDS AND ENDS

Memphis has won four of its last five in Houston after losing the previous four. … This is the second consecutive season the Grizzlies have started 2-0 after opening a season with two wins just twice from the 2001-02 season to the 2019-20 season. … Memphis has so 35 straight games when scoring 120 points or more.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Dallas on Saturday night.

Rockets: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.

JAZZ RALLY TO BEAT WOLVES 132-126 IN OT REUNION WITH GOBERT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rudy Gobert grabbed the pass from Karl-Anthony Towns in the paint and soared to a wide-open basket for what would’ve given Minnesota the tying dunk with 34 seconds left in overtime.

Mike Conley stopped his close friend and former teammate short of the rim, producing another promising sequence for the upstart Utah Jazz.

Jordan Clarkson scored 29 points on 7-for-12 shooting from 3-point range to lead the rally, and the Jazz outlasted Gobert and the Timberwolves 132-126 on Friday night.

Lauri Markkanen had 24 points and 13 rebounds and got a leaner in the lane to fall with 12 seconds left in the extra period to put the Jazz up by four.

Conley gave the Jazz the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:01 left. Then he foiled Gobert’s dunk, and Gobert – who finished with nine points and 23 rebounds – missed both free throws to leave the Jazz lead at 128-126.

“That’s Mike. He wants to win. He’s willing to put his body on the line when he has to,” Hardy said.

Anthony Edwards scored 30 points for Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and D’Angelo Russell added 23 points including the tying jumper with 4.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Nowell had 18 points for the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half.

“We’ve got to do a better job of just making it more difficult on them,” Towns said.

Clarkson and Kelly Olynyk – who had 21 points – made a pair of 3-pointers apiece during a 12-2 spurt that gave the Jazz a 120-113 lead with 1:54 left in regulation.

Gobert’s three-point play with 44 seconds to go brought the Timberwolves within two, when he grabbed his own miss, drew the foul on Olynyk and let out a primal scream from the flex pose.

When Markkanen missed a jumper on the other end, Olynyk was called for a foul in the rebound tangle with Towns. Russell faked Conley to the floor with a killer crossover to set up his pull-up bank shot that tied the game.

But the Jazz followed their 21-point victory over Denver with another steely performance against a 2022 playoff team.

“They understand that based on what certain people say about them that we are sort of an underdog, and I like that our team has a chip on their shoulder,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said.

The Timberwolves turned a 16-point lead into a six-point deficit during the third quarter in their season-opening win over Oklahoma City, and they came out of halftime with another janky performance against the Jazz with unforced errors and awkward shots that killed their fast break.

RUDY REUNION

The trade that sent Gobert to Minnesota for four players and five first-round draft picks was only part of the offseason makeover for the Jazz.

Gobert’s good friends, Clarkson, Conley and Rudy Gay, remained – he met them for dinner the night before – but the rest of the roster was unrecognizable to the 7-foot-1 native of France whose first nine seasons in the NBA were with Utah.

“On the scoreboard it was a little weird, but it was better than I thought. At no time, I thought I was on the other team,” Gobert said.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Jarred Vanderbilt (14 rebounds) and Malik Beasley (15 points) played valuable roles against their former team. Both players got a welcome from the public address announcer during pregame introductions along with rookie Walker Kessler, who spent barely a week on Minnesota’s roster between the draft and the trade.

Timberwolves: Towns is 11 for 27 from the floor in two games. … Sixth man Kyle Anderson left with back spasms in the first quarter after playing just 38 seconds. He did not return to the bench.

UP NEXT

Jazz: At New Orleans on Sunday night.

Timberwolves: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

NIKOLA JOKIC NOTCHES TRIPLE-DOUBLE AS NUGGETS TOP WARRIORS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Nuggets coach Michael Malone so appreciates Nikola Jokic taking over a game and leading the way on both ends.

Jokic had his 77th career triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists playing with a sore right wrist he had taped, and Denver edged Golden State 128-123 on Friday night in a rematch of the teams’ first-round playoff series won by the Warriors in five games on their way to the title.

“My biggest challenge for Nikola is always finding a way to use his voice and be a leader,” Malone said. “This is his team. He’s a great player, and what makes him great is he makes every one of those guys better. And that chemistry is only going to continue to get better and better as the season goes along. But tonight was a great example of what it has potential to be.”

Jordan Poole made a backcourt steal from Bones Hyland and scored with 14.7 seconds left to get Golden State to 124-123 then Bruce Brown dunked immediately off a long pass by Jokic. The Warriors had another chance and Klay Thompson missed a potential tying 3 from the top with 9.3 seconds to go.

Jokic secured the rebound then converted two free throws.

“He’s everybody’s kryptonite,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s a two-time MVP for a reason.”

Stephen Curry scored 34 points with five 3-pointers after a second straight slow start shooting and has 30-point performances in his first two games. But the Warriors committed 19 turnovers that led to 30 Denver points.

Brown scored 20 points and Michael Porter Jr. and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 17 apiece for the Nuggets.

“We didn’t start off with a strong defensive presence,” Draymond Green said. “Five minutes into the game they had 20 points. That’s on me.”

Golden State debuted revamped “Run TMC” blue jerseys to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hall of Famer Chris Mullin’s gold medal with The Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics.

Thompson and Draymond Green had 16 and 13 points, respectively, playing increased minutes – 23 for Thompson and 27 for Green, who also had nine assists.

Thompson played nearly 20 minutes and Green almost 25 in a season-opening 123-109 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Denver has three straight regular-season victories on the Warriors’ home floor, getting in the win column after the Nuggets lost their opener to the Jazz 123-102 at Utah on Wednesday.

KERR HONORS BROWN

Kerr offered his thoughts to the family of longtime referee Tony Brown, who died Thursday at age 55 from pancreatic cancer.

“He’s a great ref and he made an impact on this league and everybody liked him,” Kerr said. “We’ve missed him the last couple years and the news yesterday it really hit home and hit hard for all of us, the players, coaches, entire organization.”

TIP-INS

Nuggets: G Jamal Murray sat out and won’t play both games of back-to-backs early on as he nurses a left knee injury. “We want to be smart,” Malone said. “Hopefully by Christmas, New Year, All-Star break what we’re doing now is not what we’re doing then.”

Warriors: Curry begins his 14th season with the Warriors, surpassing Mullin’s 13 for most in franchise history. … F Andre Iguodala sat out a second straight game to start the season as the Warriors manage his left hip injury.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: The Nuggets return to Denver during this grueling early stretch of three games in four nights with their home opener Saturday against the Thunder.

Warriors: Host the Kings and former top assistant Mike Brown, Sacramento’s first-year coach, on Sunday night.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: BIG 12 CONFERENCE

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. Kansas

2. Baylor

3. TCU

4. Texas

5. Texas Tech

6. Oklahoma State

7. Iowa State

8. West Virginia

9. Oklahoma

10. Kansas State

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Adam Flagler, Baylor

Keyonte George, Baylor

Mike Miles, TCU

Timmy Allen, Texas

Jalen Wilson, Kansas

SECOND TEAM

Dajuan Harris, Kansas

LJ Cryer, Baylor

Avery Anderson, Oklahoma State

Kevin Obanor, Texas Tech

Moussa Cisse, Oklahoma State

BAYLOR

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Culture. It’s a buzzword in college basketball in 2022, synonymous with the kind of cliched coach speak that gets thrown around in every introductory news conference. But when it comes to Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears, the Culture of JOY – Jesus, Others and Yourself – has as much to do with their ascent to the top of the sport as the coaching, the talent, or anything else. In 2021-22, Baylor shook off the loss of four starters to start the season 15-0, a mark which included blowout wins over Villanova and Michigan State. In early January, they were No. 1 in the polls, No. 1 on KenPom and No. 1 in our hearts — but a series of season-ending injuries turned them from a contender to repeat for a national championship into, well, Big 12 co-champs and a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears lost in the second round of the tournament as a depleted rotation that went six deep — with about two-and-a-half healthy bodies in total — caught up with them. Then, the cycle started all over again. For the second straight year, Baylor is replacing four of its top five players. “I’m not worried about the culture,” Drew said. “We have great upperclass leadership returning, and a player-led team is better than a coach-led team. Our success will be dependent on new players picking up where they need to be offensively and defensively.”

KEY DEPARTURES

JAMES AKINJO (13.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 spg)

JEREMY SOCHAN (9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg)

KENDALL BROWN (9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)

MATTHEW MAYER (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

KEYONTE GEORGE (freshman, IMG Academy)

LANGSTON LOVE (freshman, Montverde Academy)

JALEN BRIDGES (transfer, West Virginia)

CALEB LOHNER (transfer, BYU)

DANTWAN GRIMES (transfer, Kilgore JC)

JOSH OJIANWUNA (freshman, NBA Global Academy)

IOWA STATE
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TJ Otzelberger took over Iowa State and walked into one of the best-supported programs in college basketball with next to no expectations. That’s what happens when you get a job at a school coming off of a 2-22 season, and truth be told, that wasn’t the worst thing for a guy running a program in the Big 12 for the first time. The Cyclones were overlooked by everyone through the first six weeks of the season. They started the year 12-0, and while the secret was out by the time Big 12 play started, a 7-11 league season — combined with non-conference wins over Creighton, Iowa, Memphis and Xavier — was enough to get Iowa State into the Big Dance. From there, they beat LSU and Wisconsin to find their way into the Sweet 16. They won’t be sneaking up on anyone anymore. “We were able to cultivate some good habits within our program,” Otzelberger said of his first season back in Ames, “and we were able to attract some players because they know what the picture looks like. But we’re not getting overlooked this season — we need to be ready.”

KEY DEPARTURES

IZAIAH BROCKINGTON (16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

TYRESE HUNTER (11.0 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.5 rpg)

GEORGE CONDITT IV (4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

TRISTAN ENARUNA (4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

TRE JACKSON (3.7 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JAREN HOLMES (transfer, St. Bonaventure)

OSUN OSUNNIYI (transfer, St. Bonaventure)

JEREMIAH WILLIAMS (transfer, Temple)

HASON WARD (transfer VCU)

ELI KING (freshman, Caledonia HS)

DEMARION WATSON (freshman, Totino-Grace HS)

TAMIN LIPSEY (freshman, Ames HS)

KANSAS

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Perhaps it wasn’t a storybook ending, but there may not have been a more satisfying way for the 2022 NCAA Tournament to end than with Kansas — with its five Level I violations hanging over its head — to go out and win the national title. It didn’t look like something that could happen early in the season; not when David McCormack was struggling and questions about Dajuan Harris had yet to be answered. But come March and April, it was clear: Bill Self is a genius, Kansas was a juggernaut and the Jayhawks were going to be cutting down the nets in New Orleans. The task now: find a way to repeat. While Kansas has a solid incoming recruiting class, this isn’t a team that is built on fleeting trysts with one-and-done prospects. And that’s just the way Bill Self likes it. “We’ve had nine one-and-dones,” Self said, “and three of them weren’t one-and-dones; they just left after a year. Where we make our living is with the Marcus Morrises — guys ranked around the 70s that, after three years, are as good as those one-and-dones. They’re grown men, and they’re pros.”

KEY DEPARTURES

OCHAI AGBAJI (18.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg)

CHRISTIAN BRAUN (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg)

DAVID MCCORMACK (10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

REMY MARTIN (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg)

MITCH LIGHTFOOT (4.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

KEVIN MCCULLAR JR. (transfer, Texas Tech)

GRADEY DICK (freshman, Sunrise Christian)

MJ RICE (freshman, Prolific Prep)

ERNEST UDEH JR. (freshman, Dr. Phillips HS)

ZUBY EJIOFOR (freshman, Garland HS)

KANSAS STATE

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Kansas State made a coaching change this offseason, and it’s hard to come up with a hire that is a better fit with his new program. Jerome Tang has spent the last 19 seasons as Scott Drew’s right-hand man, an integral part of a program that went from being at the bottom of the Big 12 — and truly, the bottom of the high-major ranks — all the way to winning a national title. Kansas State finds itself in a similar position. It’s not nearly as bad now for the Wildcats as it was for Baylor when Drew arrived, but K-State is fighting an uphill battle in a league that has 10 teams capable of making the NCAA Tournament every year. The last three national title games have featured a Big 12 team. The last two champs were from the Big 12, and Kansas was a heavy favorite going into the canceled 2020 tournament. “I know this program, and I know this league,” Tang said. “But this team only has two guys returning; I had to bring in ten dudes. It’s a new roster, but there’s definitely an advantage in knowing the opponents and what it takes to win in this league.”

KEY DEPARTURES

NIJEL PACK (17.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg)

MARK SMITH (12.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg)

MIKE MCGUIRL (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)

SELTON MIGUEL (7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

KAOSI EZEAGU (4.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

DAVION BRADFORD (3.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

LUKE KASUBKE (1.9 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

KEYONTAE JOHNSON (transfer, Florida)

DESI SILLS (transfer, Arkansas State)

NAE’QWAN TOMLIN (transfer, Chipola College)

CAM CARTER (transfer, Mississippi State)

TYKEI GREENE (transfer, Stony Brook)

ABAYOMI IYIOLA (transfer, Hofstra)

DAVID N’GUESSAN (transfer, Virginia Tech)

JERRELL COLBERT (transfer, LSU)

TAJ MANNING (freshman, Granview, MO/La Lumiere)

DORIAN FINISTER (freshman, New Orleans, LA/Carver)

OKLAHOMA

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Oklahoma is the perfect example of just how difficult the Big 12 is, from top to bottom. The Sooners finished last season ranked 30th in the KenPom standings, and they were top 40 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They beat Arkansas by 22. They beat Texas Tech by 15. They beat Baylor. They finished the year with 10 wins in Quads 1 and 2, and they still found themselves 7-11 in Big 12 play, tied for seventh in a 10-team league with Iowa State … … who made the Sweet 16. They did all that despite Porter Moser bringing in nine new faces. Building in the Big 12 is a nightmare. “Baylor’s got it rolling. Kansas is Kansas. Chris Beard at Texas, Mark [Adams] at Texas Tech. Mike [Boynton]’s been at Oklahoma State for six years. Jamie Dixon’s been at TCU for seven,” Moser said. “Bob Huggins finished last! Those programs are rolling with their culture, and I’m excited to get us there.”

KEY DEPARTURES

UMOJA GIBSON (13.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

JORDAN GOLDWIRE (10.4 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 rpg)

ELIJAH HARKLESS (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg)

MARVIN JOHNSON (4.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

ETHAN CHARGOIS (4.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

GRANT SHERFIELD (transfer, Nevada)

JOE BAMISILE (transfer, George Washington)

OTEGA OWEH (freshman, Somerset, NJ/Blair)

MILOS UZAN (freshman, Las Vegas, NV/Desert Pines)

YAYA KEITA (transfer, Missouri)

BENNY SCHROEDER (freshman, Munich)

SAM GODWIN (transfer, Wofford)

OKLAHOMA STATE

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The 2021-22 season was the most trying season in Mike Boynton’s career as a head coach. The fallout from the FBI’s investigation into college basketball finally came home, and Oklahoma State found themselves banned from the NCAA Tournament for violations committed at a time when no one on the current Oklahoma State roster was a part of the program. Lessons were learned. “When you take winning out of the equation,” Boynton said, “it is really hard. The natural pull is already to the individual. Our whole deal is getting guys with individual goals to buy in to sacrificing for the betterment of team success, and then someone says, ‘No matter what you do this year, winning doesn’t matter?’ It’s hard to manage that. It’s hard to get up and practice every day.” “We have good kids in our program,” he added. “They fought that beast all year, it doesn’t make them bad people. We had a team capable of being 20-10. Given the circumstances, we could have been 8-22. What actually happened” — a 15- 15 record and a fifth-place tie in the Big 12 — “is something to build off of.”

KEY DEPARTURES

BRYCE WILLIAMS (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.2 apg)

ISAAC LIKEKELE (7.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg)

KEYLAN BOONE (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 31.6% 3PT)

RONDEL WALKER (4.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 spg)

MATTHEW-ALEXANDER MONCRIEFFE (4.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

DONOVAN WILLIAMS (3.1 ppg, 44.4% 3PT)

KEY NEWCOMERS

JOHN-MICHAEL WRIGHT (transfer, High Point)

CALEB ASBERRY (transfer, Texas State)

RUSSELL HARRISON (transfer, UL-Monroe)

QUION WILLIAMS (freshman, Jonesboro HS, Ark.)

TCU

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It’s been a slow build for Jamie Dixon at TCU, but that’s par for the course in the Big 12. There’s a reason that this league is consistently ranked as the best in the country. Think about it: Bob Huggins was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, the same year that he finished in last place in the league. Iowa State made the Sweet 16 — after finishing tied for seventh in a 10-team conference. Building is tough in a league that constantly tears you down, but in Year 7, Dixon now has a roster with enough talent to be considered a legitimate threat for a league title. In an era when roster turnover is the norm, the Horned Frogs bring back their top six scorers from a team that was a phantom foul away from upsetting No. 1-seeded Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “They know where they’re picked, they read the stuff,” Dixon said of his team, “but do they stay at home and worry about what people say? I don’t think so.” “They’re a really confident bunch,” he continued. “You don’t bring in nine new guys that haven’t been to the tournament and do what they did. They won’t shy away from [the expectations].”

KEY DEPARTURES

FRANCISCO FARABELLO (4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

PJ HAGGERTY (freshman, Crosby, TX/Crosby)

RONDEL WALKER (transfer, Oklahoma State)

TEXAS

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Chris Beard had been the posterboy for the JUCO-ization of college basketball. Whether he was in the Big 12, at Little Rock or coaching in the ABA, he had proven himself capable of flipping an entire roster in one offseason and finding a way to make it all work. Things are a little different heading into his second season at Texas, though. Coming off a year where he got the Longhorns to 22 wins, a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a top-15 mark in KenPom, he didn’t have to revamp his roster this offseason. Hell, he’s going to head into his sophomore season in Austin with as many returning Big 12 minutes as anyone this side of TCU. Not only does he bring back three starters, but two other key rotation pieces that could step into starting roles are back as well. “Coach [Bobby] Knight used to say ‘comfortable gets your ass beat,’” Beard said. “Growth comes when you’re uncomfortable. I told [our returners], first day of postseason meetings, we gotta have better players and coaches. It’s the same people, so we have to improve, whether you’re all-conference or trying to get into the rotation. Make improvements.”

KEY DEPARTURES

ANDREW JONES (11.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

COURTNEY RAMEY (9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

TRE MITCHELL (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

JASE FEBRES (3.9 ppg)

DEVIN ASKEW (2.1 ppg)

JAYLON TYSON (1.8 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

TYRESE HUNTER (transfer, Iowa State)

DILLON MITCHELL (freshman, Tampa, FL/Montverde)

ARTERIO MORRIS (freshman, Dallas, TX/Kimball)

SIR’JABARI RICE (transfer, New Mexico State)

ALEX ANAMEKWE (freshman, McKinney, TX/McKinney)

TEXAS TECH

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Mark Adams is a basketball lifer. He’s been all over the West Texas coaching ranks for the better part of four decades. After taking over for Chris Beard, who left Lubbock for Austin and the Texas Longhorns, Adams became a first-time high-major head coach at the ripe age of 65. Some doubted the decision. Some questioned how a guy that spent almost his entire coaching career in the JUCO and small-school ranks would be able to adjust to the high-major level in an era where everything is changing. Did Texas Tech make the right decision hiring from within? Well, let’s take a look at it. Despite remaking the entire roster, Adams led Tech to a 27-10 record, a 12-6 finish in the toughest conference in basketball, wins over Tennessee and Kansas and a sweep of Baylor. Most importantly, the man behind Texas Tech’s vaunted no-middle defense kept the Red Raiders right where they belong — at No. 1 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric. The reward? Starting all over again. Nine of Texas Tech’s top ten scorers are gone.

KEY DEPARTURES

BRYSON WILLIAMS (14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 41.7% 3PT)

TERRENCE SHANNON JR. (10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg)

KEVIN MCCULLAR (10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg)

DAVION WARREN (9.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 spg)

ADONIS ARMS (8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg)

MARCUS SANTOS-SILVA (4.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

CLARENCE NADOLNY (3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg)

MYLIK WILSON (2.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

SARDAAR CALHOUN (3.5 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

DE’VION HARMON (transfer, Oregon)

FARDAWS AIMAQ (transfer, Utah Valley)

KERWIN WALTON (transfer, North Carolina)

JAYLON TYSON (transfer, Texas)

ELIJAH FISHER (freshman, Crestwood Prep/Toronto)

D’MAURION WILLIAMS (transfer, Gardner-Webb)

ROBERT JENNINGS (freshman, Texas Alliance/Dallas, TX)

RICHARD ISAACS (freshman, Coronado HS/Henderson, NV)

LAMAR WASHINGTON (freshman, Compass Prep/Chandler, AZ)

WEST VIRGINIA

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The way that Bob Huggins wants to play is malleable. We’ve seen Press Virginia. We’ve seen him play two lane-locked bigs in Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. We’ve seen him go full pace-and-space with Miles McBride. He can adapt to his roster’s strengths, but there is one thing that he demands — something non-negotiable: You have to be a competitor. For lack of a better term, if you ain’t got that dawg in you, then you can’t suit up for Huggy Bear. There’s a story he loves to tell. When he was recruiting Jevon Carter, he strolled into an AAU gym at 8 a.m., a cup of coffee weaning away last night’s festivities, only to watch him ball-hawk ball-handlers for 94 feet. He’d never seen Jevon play before. Carter left the gym that day with his only Division I offer, from West Virginia. It was a similar story for Daxter Miles, and Tarik Phillip, and so many of the diamonds Huggins has found in the rough. “From a talent standpoint, last year, we weren’t that bad,” Huggins said. “We were non-competitive. That team started 13-2, and they just stopped competing. It was like they didn’t enjoy coming to practice.” That’s different this year, he says. “We’ve got guys that are highly competitive. These guys love being in the gym. These guys are more like our teams from the past.”

KEY DEPARTURES

TAZ SHERMAN (17.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg)

SEAN MCNEIL (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg)

MALIK CURRY (9.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg)

JALEN BRIDGES (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

GABE OSABUOHIEN (4.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 spg)

ISAIAH COTTRELL (4.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

PAULY PAULICAP (3.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

DIMON CARRIGAN (1.9 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

ERIK STEVENSON (transfer, South Carolina)

EMMITT MATTHEWS (transfer, Washington)

TRE MITCHELL (transfer, Texas)

JOE TOUSSAINT (transfer, Iowa)

MOHAMED WAGUE (transfer, Harcum College)

JIMMY BELL JR. (transfer, Moberly Area CC)

PAT SUEMNICK (transfer, Triton College)

JOSIAH HARRIS (freshman, Richmond Heights HS/Canton, OH)

POINT SCORES IN OT, LIGHTNING TOP PANTHERS 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Brayden Point scored twice, including the game-winner on the power play 2:08 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Friday night.

The Lightning won it with Florida’s Matthew Tkachuk in the box for slashing and boarding 39 seconds into overtime. Victor Hedman was called for roughing which made it a 4-on-3 for the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos also scored for Tampa Bay. Tkachuk and Rudolfs Balcers scored for Florida.

“Look, they are a heck of a team,” Point said. “They are fast, are skilled, it’s always a tough night. And they are always fun games. They are high-flying, but always tight checking. It was a cool game and you always have to be ready. It was nice to win, but there’s still plenty to work on.”

Florida, which was swept out of the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Lightning in May, came into the third holding a 2-1 lead. With 9:29 remaining, Point deflected Nikita Kucherov’s shot past Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the score.

“We weren’t looking at the score, it was just go out there and play the third with passion and heart. I thought the guys did that,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “It was a typical Tampa-Florida game; it had everything. But our special teams were big and that was the difference. But I really liked our fight in the third.”

After Florida went 0 for 2 on the power play in the opening period, Tampa Bay cashed in on its first chance with the extra skater when Stamkos made it 1-0 at 13:04 of the period.

The Panthers tied the score when Tkachuk knocked in a shot from defenseman Brandon Montour just over two minutes later. Balcers scored his second in two games to give Florida the lead with 4:23 remaining in the second.

Tkachuk, in his first season with Florida following a blockbuster trade in July, now has three goals with five assists in five games with his new team.

Florida ended the night 0 for 5 on the power play as Tampa Bay scored on its first and final of seven chances.

“There are a lot of good things we can build off in our game,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said.

NOTES: Tampa Bay avoided one of its worst starts in recent memory as it now has two wins in five games for four points. The worst five-game start to a season for the Lightning came in 1998 when it was 0-4 with a tie against current Florida coach Paul Maurice’s Carolina team. In 2008 and 2011, Tampa Bay started with just three points in the standings through its opening five games. . With the loss, the Panthers suffered its first October home loss since 2019 against the Colorado Avalanche. Florida was 5-0 at home in October last season and the NHL did not hold October games during the 2020-21 season. . Florida was the highest-scoring team in the NHL last season and had scored at least three goals in each of its first four games.

STAAL SIGNS ON

Veteran forward Eric Staal officially joined the Panthers on Friday as he agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract. Staal came to Florida training camp on a professional tryout (PTO), but the Panthers did not have the salary cap space to sign him to a contract. With defenseman Aaron Ekblad on long-term injured reserve, the Panthers were able to move around money to add the 37-year-old center.

UP NEXT

Lightning: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Panthers: Host the New York Islanders on Sunday.

DOMI SCORES IN OVERTIME AS BLACKHAWKS BEAT RED WINGS 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) The rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks want to establish a hard-working identity, especially at home.

They took a step in that direction Friday night.

Max Domi stole the puck from Lucas Raymond and scored 2:16 into overtime, lifting Chicago to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the Blackhawks’ home opener.

“I think back-to-back wins, I think we’ve showed some good resilience,” Andreas Athanasiou said. “Just not giving up on it. It just kind of shows the group we have in here.”

Athanasiou, Philipp Kurashev and Connor Murphy also scored for Chicago in its first game in six days. Petr Mrazek made 15 stops before departing with an unspecified injury, and Alex Stalock had 10 saves in the third period and overtime.

The Blackhawks trailed 3-1 after two periods. They also trailed by two in their previous game before rallying for a 5-2 victory at San Jose.

“They really showed a lot of character in that room,” first-year coach Luke Richardson said.

Richardson said Mrazek felt he had a “small injury” at the end of the second.

“Probably tomorrow he won’t be on the ice,” Richardson said. “We’ll just keep him off and just see how it settles, and then take steps from there.”

Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which dropped its second straight game in overtime. Dylan Larkin and Pius Suter also scored, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 25 saves.

“We just let our foot off the gas,” Larkin said. “They came out to play in the third. We didn’t.”

It was Kubalik’s first game against Chicago since he signed a $5 million, two-year contract with Detroit in July. Kubalik spent his first three NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, getting 62 goals and 54 assists in 202 games.

The 27-year-old forward got his second goal with his new team when he tipped Olli Maatta’s shot past Mrazek on the goaltender’s glove side, making it 3-1 with 8:42 left in the second.

Athanasiou converted a penalty shot 5:41 into the second for his first goal with his new team. It was the first penalty-shot goal for the Blackhawks since Jonathan Toews got one on March 11, 2019, against Arizona.

Chicago then tied it at 3 with two goals in the third. Kurashev beat Nedeljkovic with a backhand on a rebound at 3:46, and Murphy scored a short-handed goal off a faceoff at 10:06.

“A lot of mistakes ended up in the back of our net,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “The reality is, they’ve got to go through things like this to learn.”

Toews and Patrick Kane each got a loud ovation when they were introduced before possibly their last home opener with Chicago. Each of the star forwards is in the last year of his contract and could be moved by the Blackhawks at some point this season.

Kane got a good look with about four minutes left in the second, but he shot it off the post.

Detroit jumped in front with two goals 67 seconds apart in the first. Suter scored his first of the season when Robert Hagg’s rebound went off his left skate and in, and Larkin added a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the high slot at 10:33.

Larkin departed with an upper-body injury with about seven minutes left in the first, but he returned for the start of the second.

“I’m OK,” Larkin said. “It was an awkward play, an awkward fall. I’m all right.”

HE’S BACK

Veteran defenseman Jake McCabe made his season debut for the Blackhawks, replacing Filip Roos in the lineup. The 29-year-old McCabe is coming back from cervical spine surgery.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Blackhawks: Host the Seattle Kraken on Sunday.

KUHLMAN SCORES TIEBREAKING GOAL, KRAKEN BEAT AVALANCHE 3-2

DENVER (AP) Karson Kuhlman scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Seattle Kraken beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night.

Jaden Schwartz and Jared McCann scored 22 seconds apart in the second period and added an assist each for Seattle. Philipp Grubauer had 17 saves before being replaced by Martin Jones midway through the third period. Jones got the win with just one save.

Kraken coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Grubauer’s status after the game.

“That was an all-around good team effort,” Schwartz said. “Thought we checked them hard, took away their time and space, had some pretty good (offensive) zone time. We looked quicker and a little bit cleaner coming out of our end.”

Bowen Byram had a goal and an assist and Evan Rodrigues also scored for Colorado, which has dropped two straight.

“They’re solid team but I don’t think it was as much them as it was us,” Byram said. “We’ve just got to find our stride. We have a really big test (Saturday) night so we got to refocus and look at our mistakes, learn from them and turn the page.”

Kuhlman put the Kraken ahead when he maneuvered around Kurtis McDermid and beat Pavel Francouz with 7:54 left in the third.

“Schwartzy makes a good play, putting puck into space. Let me skate into it,” Kuhlman said. “He was kind of draped on me there. I usually like to get that puck to the far post, kind of beat the goalie over there, but saw a little opening and was able to put it in the net.”

Francouz finished with 35 saves.

The game was scoreless after the first period but the teams combined for three goals in the first six minutes of the second. Schwartz scored a power-play goal at 1:38 with a one-timer from the slot, and McCann’s second goal of the season made it 2-0 just 22 seconds later.

The Avalanche cut the lead in half when Rodrigues scored off a feed from Valeri Nichushkin at 5:55 for his first goal in a Colorado sweater. Nichushkin had two assists.

“It felt good, however it’s not the result we wanted,” Rodrigues said. “But good to get that one out of the way.'”‘

Byram scored a short-handed goal at 6:58 of the third to tie it.

RETURNING CHAMPION

Kraken left wing Andre Burakovsky was honored on the scoreboard in his first game back in Denver since signing with Seattle in the summer.

Burakovsky played three season with the Avalanche and was a key part of their run to the Stanley Cup title. He scored the overtime goal in Game 1 of the final against Tampa Bay and finished with three goals and five assists in 12 postseason games.

Colorado played a short video of his highlights with the team, and he raised his stick to the crowd as it cheered him on.

NOTES: Avalanche D Devon Toews was scratched with an undisclosed injury. Toews left Wednesday’s overtime loss to Winnipeg and didn’t return. Coach Jared Bednar said Toews will likely miss Saturday night at Vegas but said his injury was “short-term.” … D Michal Kempny cleared unconditional waivers from Seattle.

UP NEXT

Kraken: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Avalanche: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

SIMONA HALEP, 2-TIME MAJOR CHAMP, GETS PROVISIONAL DRUG BAN

(AP) — The ITIA announced the punishment Friday for Halep, a former No. 1 player who is currently No. 9 in the WTA rankings. She won Wimbledon in 2019, beating 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the final, and the French Open in 2018.

In a social media post, Halep called the news of her positive test “the biggest shock of my life,” adding: “Facing such an unfair situation, I feel completely confused and betrayed.”

“I will fight until the end to prove that I never knowingly took any prohibited substance,” Halep wrote, “and I have faith that sooner or later, the truth will come out.”

Halep, a 31-year-old from Romania, announced in September she was taking the rest of this season off after having nose surgery to improve her breathing. She considered retiring early this year after a series of injuries, but then said she felt rejuvenated after teaming up in April with coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who used to work with Williams.

Seeded No. 7 at the U.S. Open, Halep lost in the first round to Daria Snigur of Ukraine 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 on Aug. 30. It was the first tour-level win of Snigur’s career.

Spokesmen for the U.S. Tennis Association and Mouratoglou declined comment.

The ITIA said Halep tested positive in New York for the banned substance Roxadustat, a drug approved for medical use in the European Union to treat the symptoms of anemia caused by chronic kidney failure.

Halep said she was told her test showed “an extremely low quantity.”

According to the EU’s medicines agency, which approved Roxadustat last year, it stimulates the body to produce more of the natural hormone erythropoietin, or EPO, which has long been a doping product favored by cyclists and distance runners.

During a provisional suspension, a tennis player is ineligible to compete in, or attend, any sanctioned events.

Under the World Anti-Doing Code, Halep faces a ban of up to four years for a positive test for a substance like Roxadustat. Athletes can earn a reduction in their ban, likely to three years, if they quickly admit an offense and accept their sanction.

Tennis authorities will handle Halep’s case and any ruling can be challenged by the World Anti-Doping Agency in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Today begins the hardest match of my life: a fight for the truth,” Halep wrote Friday.

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COLTS-TITANS PREVIEW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans know too well how much the Indianapolis Colts, especially owner Jim Irsay, want to flip the script in this AFC South rivalry.

The Titans have won four straight and five of six against a team that dominated this series when the Colts had Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck at quarterback.

Win again Sunday, and the Titans would have their second straight season sweep and only the fourth since these teams became division rivals in 2002.

“We understand that their owner and their entire team, their entire city wants to beat us,” two-time All-Pro Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “So we have to go in there with that type of mindset. Obviously having a home game, expecting a nice crowd out there at Nissan (Stadium). So should be a pretty good game.”

The Titans (3-2) are not only the two-time defending division champs, they sit atop the AFC South despite an 0-2 start. They’re coming off their bye on a three-game win streak that includes a 24-17 victory at Indianapolis on Oct. 2 and a 21-17 triumph at Washington on Oct. 9.

Worse for Indy, 2021 NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor and three-time All Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard were hurt in the loss to the Titans. Taylor has missed the last two games with an injured ankle. Leonard broke his nose and suffered a concussion.

Running back Nyheim Hines is working through the concussion protocol and missed the Colts’ 34-27 comeback win over Jacksonville last week. This is the fifth of the Colts’ six divisional games. Despite being 1-2-1 in the division, the Colts have won three of four to sit right behind the Titans.

Indianapolis coach Frank Reich noted the Titans also were the AFC’s No. 1 seed last season.

“All roads go through Nashville,” Reich said.

HENRY’S FRANCHISE RUN

Derrick Henry not only has put together consecutive 100-yard rushing games, he has tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell for second in franchise history with 73 career touchdowns. Henry is one shy of tying Eddie George’s team mark of 74.

Henry has watched film of how Campbell ran through the league and gotten to meet the 1979 MVP. George lives in Nashville and coaches Tennessee State. Now Henry has a chance to further cement his status with those men and this team.

“They are the epitome of this franchise and the running back position as far as how they played it, the physicality, the success they had,” Henry said.

BACKUP PLAN

Last week, Reich moved second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger ahead of former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on the depth chart.

Reich explained Ehlinger earned the promotion but noted it was done, in part, because Ehlinger’s versatility gives Indy more options. It’s unclear whether Ehlinger and Foles, who attended the same Texas high school as Drew Brees, will remain in the same order this week.

“We haven’t discussed a package this week, so I don’t know what the plan for that is for that,” Ehlinger said Wednesday. “Last week, there were a few situations we talked about. Obviously didn’t end up running any of them, so I think this week we’ll see what happens.”

SCORING ISSUES

The second half remains an issue for the Titans, who’ve been outscored 71-14 combined in the third and fourth quarters. They have yet to score a single point in the final 15 minutes of any game, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel blames too many three-and-outs.

“You are going to have to have some X plays. You are going to have to have some third-down conversions and you are going to have to avoid the critical mistakes and the critical penalties,” Vrabel said. “That is how you move the ball into the red zone.”

Once there, the Titans are the NFL’s best, scoring touchdowns on 92.3% of their trips inside an opponent’s 20, including their last 11. Ryan Tannehill has the NFL’s best passer rating at 132.3 in the red zone, completing 13 of 16 passes for 100 yards with five TDs and no interceptions.

FINDING FIVE

Indy’s offensive line was supposed a strength. Instead, it’s been a glaring problem.

The Colts have allowed 21 sacks, fifth-most in the NFL, and are gaining a paltry 3.5 yards per carry, tied for third worst. Reich has used three different lineups in the past three weeks. Indy allowed no sacks for the first time this season while scoring a season-high 34 points in the win over Jacksonville.

“I thought all six of those guys played well,” Reich said, referring to rookie Bernhard Raimann, who started at left tackle, and veteran Dennis Kelly, who finished the game in that spot. “Dennis played well, but we’re going to anticipate staying with how we were. We’ll evaluate that as we go.”

  1. Tennessee has beaten Indianapolis in four straight games since week 12 of the 2020 season, including a 24-17 win earlier this month. Prior to this streak, the Titans had just four wins in 24 games against the Colts going back to week 17 of the 2008 season.
  2. Indianapolis has a winning record in its first six games despite having scored just 103 points thus far. That is the Colts’ fewest points scored with a winning record through six games of season in franchise history.
  3. In the Colts last game, Matt Ryan completed 42 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception or being sacked once. The only other player since the AFL/NFL merger (1970) to have as many completions in a game without an interception or a sack was Drew Bledsoe against the Vikings in 1994 (45 completions).
  4. The Titans lead the NFL with a red-zone touchdown efficiency of 92.3 percent and have scored a touchdown the last 11 times they have entered the red zone. That matches the longest such streak in the league this season (Lions), and the next closest active such streak is five straight by the Falcons.
  5. Derrick Henry has rushed for 1159 yards against the Colts in his career, his most against a single opponent. In franchise history, it’s the fourth-highest yardage by any player against a single opponent (Highest: Eddie George versus Jacksonville, 1266).
  6. The Titans have run the ball on 49.6 percent of plays this season, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Colts’ defense has stopped opposing running plays for a negative gain 13 percent of the time this season, the best mark in the NFL.

PACERS BASKETBALL

Game Recap

A historic Indiana Pacers fourth quarter wasn’t enough to secure the team’s first win of the 2022-23 season.

The Pacers (0-2) scored 49 points in the final frame against the San Antonio Spurs (1-1) – a franchise record for points in the fourth quarter – but fell 137-134 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday. Previously, the Blue & Gold had scored 46 points in a quarter three times, most recently against the Philadelphia 76ers in 2020.

The Pacers nearly erased a 16-point deficit in the final five minutes, pulling within a point of the lead with 3.8 seconds remaining.

Indiana scored 12 points in the final 1:52 of play, but following a pair of free throws by the Spurs’ Tre Jones, Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin’s 3-point attempt to force overtime came up short.

In the fourth quarter, the Pacers went 19-of-34 (55.9 percent) from the field while making all seven of their free throw attempts. Tyrese Haliburton had seven points in the last 64 seconds, including the basket to make it a one-possession game before Jones was fouled.

In the battle between two of the NBA’s youngest teams, the Spurs scored at least 32 points in each quarter.

Haliburton said the Pacers, particularly the starting unit, need to come out with more intensity on the defensive end.

“I think, in basketball, you’ve got to control what you can, and that’s effort and energy and attitude – how you react to things – and we’re not doing that,” Haliburton said.

The Spurs drilled 17 3-pointers, shooting 54 percent from both 3-point range and overall from the field in their win. Haliburton topped the Pacers with 27 points and Mathurin had a career-high 26 while Josh Richardson scored 27 to lead the Spurs.

After not playing in the season opener, Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard logged a team-high 30 minutes, 20 seconds on the floor. The Gonzaga product scored 14 points on 47 percent shooting.

“I just try to let it come to me,” Nembhard said. “I just want to be a connector on the court and bring energy on the defensive side of the ball.”

In the early minutes, the Spurs showed off their range.

The Spurs shot 60 percent from 3-point range, nailing 12 from beyond the arc, to lead the Blue & Gold 70-55 at halftime in Indianapolis.

In the opening quarter, the Pacers gave up 36 points for a second straight game like in Wednesday’s 114-107 loss against the Washington Wizards.

“We’ve been getting down early and having to fight back. We’ve gotta figure out the best course to correct it,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have a quick turnaround with Detroit coming in less than 24 hours, but there are some things to build on here like Nembhard’s performance. He was terrific and played like a veteran. Defensively, we gave up too many threes.”

Nembhard made his NBA debut with 3:54 left in the first quarter and provided instant energy off the bench before intermission.

The Spurs hit eight 3-pointers in the second quarter, including three from Richardson off the bench.

A pair of free throws by Mathurin and a 3-pointer by Nembhard pulled the Pacers within a possession at 45-43 with 7:17 left in the half, but an 8-0 Spurs run put the Spurs back up by double digits.

At intermission, Mathurin led all scorers with 16 points and Richardson had 14 for the Spurs.

Draining a pair of 3-pointers and adding a dunk, the Spurs went up by 20 points two minutes into the third quarter.

The Blue & Gold trailed 102-85 going into the fourth before closing the gap.

The Pacers shot 49 percent overall, including 31.4 percent from 3-point while going 21-of-22 from the free throw line. The Spurs shot 32-for-44 from the charity stripe, including 23-of-29 in the fourth quarter.

Indiana will conclude a three-game homestand on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons.

Inside the Numbers

In the fourth quarter, the Pacers’ full-court press caused havoc, as the Spurs turned the ball over 10 times.

The Pacers continually fouled Spurs center Jakob Poeltl down the stretch, and the tactic largely paid off as he shot 10-of-16 from the free throw line.

Haliburton also had a strong finish, scoring 18 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He made five of his six shot attempts and made all seven of his tries at the charity stripe.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We have to make the adjustments. After two games these kinds of starts, I’m going to look at the  film closely and it may be time to tweak some things. We’ll see. I’m not a big lineup changing person in general, but our situation this year might be an exception.” – Carlisle on making adjustments with Myle Turner out due to injury

“We had a lot of guys that didn’t shoot the ball the way they wanted to and we still scored 134 points. If you score 134 points, you should win an NBA game. So our problem is defensively.” – Haliburton on the need for stronger defense

“When you step on the court, you’ve got to be ready. You have to be ready to compete from the jump.   – Mathurin on the recent slow starts

“I think the second unit all starts with T.J. He brings so much energy and got the crowd into it. Just the way he moves the ball on offense, people don’t realize how much he’s doing for the team.” – Nembhard on fellow guard T.J. McConnell

Stat of the Night

The  Pacers set a franchise record for most points in the fourth quarter by scoring 49 on Friday. Previously, the Pacers scored 46 on three different occasions, including against the Spurs on Jan. 23, 1980; Golden State Warriors on Jan. 16, 2008; and Philadelphia 76ers on Aug. 1, 2020.

Noteworthy

Indiana high school basketball legend Romeo Langford did not take the court for the Spurs.

Turner missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Pacers big man Jalen Smith exited in the third quarter and did not return after taking a blow to the face.

The Spurs are the youngest team in the league, with six players under the age of 21.

Up Next

The Pacers wrap up a three-game homestand by hosting Jaden Ivey and the Detroit Pistons at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indy Fuel opened their 2022-23 season in front of 6,060 fans with a bang, defeating their in-state rivals the Fort Wayne Komets 7-5. 

Fort Wayne opened the scoring early with a power play goal by Matt Alvaro after Koletrane Wilson took a two minute penalty for boarding. Alex Wideman evened the score twelve minutes later with his first goal as a member of the Fuel since 2018. Fort Wayne gained back their one-goal lead just thirty seconds later. Less than 30 seconds after that, Bryan Lemos tied the game up again for the Indy Fuel. Shortly after, five penalties were handed out for roughing and fighting across both teams resulting in a Fuel power play. The period ended with the Fuel up 3-2 after a shot from Chad Yetman was tipped in by Chase Lang.

Early in the second period, Drake Rymsha put the Komets on the penalty kill after a hooking penalty. Jan Mandat capitalized on the power play, and put the Fuel up 4-2. Fort Wayne scored one more goal and the second ended 4-3, Indy. 

Yetman opened up scoring for the Fuel in the third period, making it 5-3. Mandat doubled the Fuel’s lead with his second goal of the game halfway through the final frame. Just a few minutes later, Fort Wayne got one back courtesy of Tyler Busch. Lemos then scored his second goal of the night on an empty net. The Komets chipped away at their deficit with a goal with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, but it wasn’t enough and the Fuel skated away with the 7-5 victory.

INDIANA FOOTBALL VS. RUTGERS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Back on the road, the Indiana football program will venture east for an afternoon contest at SHI Stadium against homestanding Rutgers. The Hoosier and Scarlet Knights will face off at Noon on the Big Ten Network on Saturday (Oct. 22).

INDIANA (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) at RUTGERS (3-3, 0-3 B1G)

SHI Stadium

Saturday, Oct. 22 | Noon ET

TV: Big Ten Network  | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting the Scene

• Indiana (3-4, 1-3 B1G) will hit the road for the third time this season as the Big Ten schedule hits the midway point at Rutgers (3-3, 0-3 B1G) on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for Noon ET inside SHI Stadium (52,454; Field Turf) on Big Ten Network.

• The Hoosiers are 5-3 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, including a 3-1 record in Piscataway. Each meeting in the series has been as Big Ten foes.

• The longest winning streak in the series is a five-game stretch for Indiana from 2016-20, before RU won last season in Bloomington.

By The Numbers

6 -Josh Henderson has found the end zone six times over his last six games, with scores in five of the six contests.

25 – Of Tom Allen’s 65 career games as a head coach, 25 of those have been decided by seven of fewer points, including three of seven games in 2022.

10 – Aaron Casey posted his second career double-digit tackle game against Maryland with 10 stops. With 55 tackles, Casey has eclipsed his career total entering the season (45).

4.0 – With 4.0 sacks on the season, true freshman Dasan McCullough is No. 2 nationally among rookies.

News & Notes

• Running back Josh Henderson has scored at least one touchdown in five of the last six games for Indiana. He has rushed for three and caught three passing touchdowns, including one of each versus Maryland for his first career multi-touchdown game.

• Head coach Tom Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.

• Wide receiver Cam Camper is the eighth IU wideout (10 occurrences) with a pair of 10-catch games in a season and is just one shy of joining Whop Philyor (3; 2019) and Damarlo Belcher (3; 2010) atop that list.

• Place kicker Charles Campbell continues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU, sitting among the top 10 in field goals made (36) and top 20 in career scoring (170).

• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain and is No. 2 in sacks per Pro Football Focus.

• Running backs Shaun Shivers and Henderson became the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the same game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.

• Camper and

D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.

• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.

RUTGERS NOTES

Rutgers returns to action hosting Indiana Saturday at SHI Stadium. In the last nine seasons under head coach Greg Schiano, the Scarlet Knights are 10-5 in games directly off an open week. That includes a victory at Illinois last year. • Defensively, Rutgers is eighth nationally in rushing defense (91.7) and 10th in total defense (285.8). The unit ranks as the eighth-most improved nationally by total defense (-110.7), allowing 1.26 yards per play less than in 2021. • Rutgers leads the Big Ten and is third in the country with four blocked kicks, having blocked 66 under Schiano. The punt team has allowed just -3 return yards on the season, second-best nationally. • Schiano announced Oct. 9 that Nunzio Campanile will take over as interim offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. • Rutgers holds a +8 turnover margin since 2020 (46 forced). That includes an 8-0 record when not committing a turnover in a game.

VERSUS INDIANA • Saturday will mark the ninth meeting on the gridiron between Rutgers and Indiana since first playing in 2014. • Last year in Bloomington, Rutgers rushed for five touchdowns and recorded six takeaways to top Indiana on the road, 38-3. The 35-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten game. It was also the largest margin of victory in program history in a conference road contest. • Rutgers allowed a team-low three points in a Big Ten game, making it the first time not permitting a touchdown in such game. It was the 20th time overall under head coach Greg Schiano not allowing an offensive touchdown. Rutgers allowed just 262 yards of total offense, the least amount permitted in a Big Ten game since joining the league. The defense held Indiana to 1-for-14 on third down and 85 rushing yards, including nine attempts for no gain or a loss. • DL Mohamed Toure recovered a fumble on the first snap of the game, with DL Ifeanyi Maijeh, Billy Taylor and Rashawn Battle (on a force by DB Robert Longerbeam) also jumping on loose balls. Both LB Tyreem Powell and DB Max Melton hauled in interceptions.

LAST TIME OUT • Hosting Nebraska on a Friday night, Rutgers jumped out to a 13-0 lead at halftime. However, the Cornhuskers took advantage of three turnovers, posted two touchdowns and took a 14- 13 win in the sixth all-time meeting between the programs. • QB Noah Vedral scored a 21-yard rushing touchdown, with PK Jude McAtamney connecting for field goals from 25 and 40. RB Samuel Brown V rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries. WR Aron Cruickshank had a team-high five receptions, while WR Shameen Jones registered 76 receiving yards. • LB Deion Jennings totaled a career-high 11 tackles. Both DB Max Melton and DB Christian Braswell hauled in interceptions, with DL Aaron Lewis notching a sack. • Melton blocked his second punt of the season, which was returned 11 yards by RB Parker Day to setup a field goal. P Adam Korsak pinned 5-of-7 attempts inside the 20. • The attendance of 53,752 marked the second-straight sellout and second-largest in stadium history. It was the first time with consecutive sellouts since the first three conference games of the Big Ten era in 2014.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  –  The Indiana Volleyball team (11-10, 4-5) finally got its marquee win of the 2022 season on Friday evening.

After pushing No. 9 Purdue to five sets and taking No. 21 Western Kentucky and No. 6 Ohio State to four sets, the Hoosiers turned the tide in Ann Arbor, taking down No. 25 Michigan 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23) at Cliff Keen Arena.

This marked the third time under head coach Steve Aird that IU has taken down a top-25 opponent and the second time it has been over Michigan.

It was IU’s first win over a top-25 opponent since 2019 (at No. 14 Kentucky) and first on the road over a ranked conference opponent since 2013 (at No. 10 Michigan State).

Kaley Rammelsberg returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month. IU got cluch performances from everyone in the lineup in the victory.

The Hoosiers will look for a sweep of Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (2:00 PM EST) and a complete sweep of the state of Michigan.

SET 1 (Michigan 25, Indiana 21)

•  With Kenzie Daffinee on the service line, IU jumped out to a 5-1 lead with back-to-back kills from Savannah Kjolhede and Mady Saris.

• Following a service ace from Camryn Haworth and a Michigan attacking error, the Wolverines were forced into a timeout down 14-8.

• Morgan Geddes hammered home a kill to break an 8-0 Michigan run and level the score at 16-all.

• IU would get back within one point at 20-21, but Michigan took the opening set 25-21.

SET 2 (Indiana 25, Michigan 22)

•  Savannah Kjolhede threw down a kill early as IU jumped out to a 4-2 lead.

• Down 5-7, IU responded with a 4-0 run with a kill from Savannah Kjolhede and a handy ace from Mady Saris to take a 9-7 lead.

• After an ace from Morgan Geddes and attack error from Michigan, the Wolverines took a timeout down 12-15.

• Back-to-back kills from Candela Alonso-Corcelles and Mady Saris handed the Hoosiers a 23-20 lead late. IU would hang on to win the set 25-22.

SET 3 (Indiana 25, Michigan 19)

• After going down 7-9, IU went on a 5-1 run with a Morgan Geddes ace handing IU a three-point advantage.

• Michigan needed two timeouts within five points with an ace from Kenzie Daffinee and kill from Mady Saris pinning back the Wolverines.

• Mady Saris provided the nail-in-the-coffin in the third set with a kill to take the game 25-19.

SET 4 (Indiana 25, Michigan 23)

• Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but IU responded with four points of its own including kills from Kaley Rammelsberg and Candela Alonso-Corcelles during the run.

• Morgan Geddes slammed down a kill to level the score back to 10-all.

• Down 19-21, IU went on a gutsy 4-0 run with kills from Camryn Haworth and Morgan Geddes giving it the late advantage.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles closed the door on Michigan with a kill to win the fourth set 25-23.

NOTABLES

• IU’s win over No. 25 Michigan was the first ranked win for the Hoosiers since 2019 (at Kentucky).

• It was the third ranked win of the Steve Aird era and second against Michigan (2018).

• The win on the road marked the first ranked win over a conference opponent away from home since 2013 (Michigan State).

• Mady Saris had a game-high 16 kills. Morgan Geddes also was in double digits with 12 kills to pair with her four service aces.

• Paula Cerame dug 20 balls, the third-straight match she’s had 20+ digs.

• Camryn Haworth provided 35 assists to pair with four digs and two assists.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had nine kills while hitting .240 on 25 attempts.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eighteenth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (7-2-4, 3-1-3 B1G) is set to host the No. 2-ranked and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats (8-0-5, 3-0-3 Sun Belt) Saturday (Oct. 22) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, where the Hoosiers have not lost all year.

The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.

The first 250 students at Saturday’s match will receive a free Hoosier Army, 50th season T-shirt. Additionally, Saturday is “Bark at The Bill” night as fans can bring their canine friends to the game.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana has won back-to-back matches, both coming in Big Ten Conference play, during a seven-match undefeated streak. IU has lost once since the start of September (7-1-3).

• While Kentucky is undefeated in 13 matches this season, IU has not lost at Armstrong Stadium in 16 matches going back to the 2021 season.

• The Hoosiers have scored 27 goals from 12 unique goal scorers this season. Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, leads the Hoosiers in goals (6) and points (17).

• Senior defender Nyk Sessock leads the Big Ten with seven assists, four of which have come from throw-ins. Sessock has provided an assist in three straight matches.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS

• Kentucky comes into the match with an 8-0-5 record and a 3-0-3 mark in Sun Belt play. Its last result was a scoreless draw with Coastal Carolina.

• The Wildcats are led by 11th-year head coach Johan Cedergren, who has compiled a 125-55-53 record at Kentucky.

• Four Wildcats have scored at least four goals this season, led by senior forward Eythor Bjorgolfsson. Senior midfielder Nik Gutmann, who has tallied four goals, leads Kentucky in assists (9) and points (17).

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Kentucky, leading 26-2-4.

• IU has won five of the last seven matches in the series, going 5-1-1 in that span.

• The two teams last met in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Victor Bezerra became the third Hoosier to score a hat trick in an NCAA Tournament match while leading IU to a 3-0 win over the Wildcats.

• Indiana is 3-0 against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament all-time.

PURDUE FOOTBALL VS. WISCONSIN

Purdue Football looks to continue its winning streak and remain atop the Big Ten West, traveling to Wisconsin for a divisional battle (Oct. 22). The Boilermakers play their third road contest over the past four games, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. • Purdue enters the matchup with a 5-2 record, winning five of seven games to start a season for the first time since 2007. • The Boilermakers are coming off a 43-37 victory over Nebraska in front of a sellout crowd of 61,320, their fourth straight win. The last time Purdue won four games in-arow came during the 2018 season, a winning streak that included a 49-20 thumping over No. 2 Ohio State. • Purdue is 3-1 in B1G play for the second time under head coach Jeff Brohm (2018); prior to Brohm’s arrival, the last time the Boilermakers won three of their first four conference games occurred during the 2003 season. • The Boilermakers are 2-0 in B1G road games this season. • In last year’s matchup against Wisconsin, tight end Payne Durham caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. • The Boilermakers tallied 608 yards of total offense in last week’s win over Nebraska, the eighth-most in school history. Purdue recorded 38 first downs, tying a school record when the Boilermakers produced that output at Wisconsin (Nov. 2, 1996). It marked just the second time in the last 25 seasons that Purdue threw for more than 350 yards and rushed for more than 200 yards. • The Purdue offense has averaged 328.8 yards per game through the air in B1G play to lead the conference. • Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 325 yards to also rank eighth nationally. • Purdue has gotten off to fast starts this season, outscoring the opposition 60-10 in the first quarter. • Devin Mockobee averages 5.9 yards per rush in conference games, ranking second in the Big Ten.

A WIN WOULD • Be Purdue’s first five-game winning streak since 2007. • Make Purdue bowl eligible, its earliest since 2007. • Send Purdue to its fourth bowl game under Jeff Brohm. • Mark the Boilermakers’ first win against Wisconsin since 2003. • Be the eighth win away from Ross-Ade Stadium since the start of 2021 (11 games). • Send the Boilermakers to a 4-1 mark in Big Ten play for the first time since 2003.

WISCONSIN NOTES:

The Badgers return to Madison to take on Purdue at Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. kick on ESPN. Interim head coach Jim Leonhard has led the Badgers to a 1-1 record since taking the reins on Oct. 2. After a dominant win at Northwestern in his debut, Wisconsin fell just short in a 20T thriller in East Lansing. Michigan State claimed a 34-28 win on a game-winning 27-yard TD pass. „ The Badgers have won 15-straight matchups with Purdue and have claimed the last 7 meetings in Madison. „ Wisconsin owns a 38-10 (.792) record vs. the Big Ten West since the league moved to its current divisions in 2014. That includes a 20-4 (.739) mark in home games.

By leading the Badgers to a 42-7 win in Evanston on Oct. 8, Leonhard posted the largest victory for a UW head coach in their Big Ten debut since Jack Ryan led the Badgers to a 52-0 win at Indiana on Oct. 20, 1923.  UW has recorded 11 interceptions this season, picking off at least 1 pass in 6 of 7 games. That total is tied for 3rd-best in the country, just 1 behind national leaders USC and Illinois. „ Sophomore RB Braelon Allen turned in another substantial performance at Michigan State, running for 123 yards while matching a career high with 29 carries. Allen surpassed the career 2,000-yard mark in the 3rd quarter.  Dating back to last season, Allen has rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 of his last 16 games. Over that stretch, Allen has rushed for 1,976 yards and 19 TDs (123.5 ypg.) and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.  Allen currently leads the nation with 5 runs of 30+ yards in 2022 and with 14 since the start of 2021.  Junior OLB Nick Herbig, an Associated Press second-team preseason All-American, sits alone atop the Big Ten rankings with 6.0 sacks. Herbig ranks T-7th in the nation is QB takedowns and his 53 sack yards leads the Big Ten and ranks 3rd in the nation. He ranked 4th in the Big Ten last season with 9.0 sacks.  Herbig finished with a season-high 2.5 TFLs in the loss at Michigan State and has now recorded a TFL in 11 of his last 13 games, dating back to last season.  Junior QB Graham Mertz is completing 63.5% of his passes and averaging 13.5 yards per completion, good for 4th-best in the Big Ten. That adds up to a career-best pass efficiency rating of 163.6. Mertz has thrown at least one TD pass in each of the last 8 games (and 12 of the last 13), dating back to last season.  Mertz tossed a pair of late TD scores at Michigan State, giving him 15 TDs through 7 games this season, 2nd-most in the Big Ten and matching Russell Wilson (2011) as the fastest Badger QB to reach the 15-TD mark in a single season.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL VS. UNLV

SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and UNLV will be meeting for the first time on Saturday afternoon. • Notre Dame is 19-7 (.730) since 1990 versus teams making their first visit to Notre Dame Stadium (full list page 10). • The Irish are 31-6 against Mountain West teams, with the series against Air Force representing 30 of those meetings (Notre Dame leads the Air Force series 24-6). All six losses to the Mountain West Conference have come against Air Force – the Irish are 7-0 against all other MWC teams. • Notre Dame has also faced MWC teams Hawaii (3-0), Nevada (2-0), New Mexico (1-0) and San Diego State (1-0). STORYLINES • Notre Dame is looking to bounce back from its second home-field loss of the 2022 season in the first-ever football matchup with UNLV. • This weekend’s game will be streamed live exclusively on Peacock. The UNLV game marks the second-consecutive season that an Irish home contest has been broadcast on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform. Notre Dame opened the 2021 home season with a victory over Toledo on Peacock. • In an unusual twist, Notre Dame welcomes UNLV to Notre Dame Stadium after having played in UNLV’s home stadium – Allegiant Stadium for the 2022 Shamrock Series game – just two weeks ago and also utilizing the Rebel’s home game locker room for the victory over No. 16/16 BYU. • Keep an eye on Notre Dame’s youth movement across the entire roster. Due to some injuries, some younger players have stepped to the forefront, especially against Stanford. Freshman defensive lineman Gabriel Rubio recorded a career-high seven tackles, sophomore safety Xavier Watts had a career-best seven stops of his own, while freshman Benjamin Morrison has started at cornerback the last four games. Among Notre Dame’s statistical leaders are sophomore Audric Estimé (rushing, 418 yards), sophomore Drew Pyne (passing, 872 yards) and sophomore Lorenzo Styles (second receiving, 275 yards). Sophomore linebacker Prince Kollie has made two key plays the last two weeks (sack vs. BYU, blocked punt vs. Stanford) and freshman Tobias Merriweather caught his first career pass – a 41-yard touchdown – against Stanford. • On the offensive side of the ball, Notre Dame started five players that were either freshmen or sophomores against Stanford and across Notre Dame’s 22-player starting lineup against the Cardinal only Braden Lenzy (wide receiver), Jarrett Patterson (offensive line), Josh Lugg (offensive line), Houston Griffith (safety), Jayson Ademilola (defensive line) and Chris Smith (defensive line) are in their last year of collegiate eligibility. • With the game shifting to Peacock this week, it will mark the end of Notre Dame’s streak of top-10 television ratings this season. The Stanford game ratings are not final yet, but up to the BYU game, each Notre Dame game this season was among the top-10 most watched of the weekend. • Notre Dame will be wearing special footwear against UNLV. The ‘Cleats For A Cause’ initiative begins on Saturday as Notre Dame dons specially designed cleats to represent four local charities: the South Bend Center for the Homeless, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County, the YMCA of Greater Michiana and Cultivate Food Rescue. Each cleat was hand painted by artists and will be auctioned off after the game with UNLV and all proceeds will be directed to the four charities involved.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS 5.5 Since missing the California game with an illness, sophomore Logan Diggs has seen his workload increase. In the past three games, Diggs has rushed 36 times for 200 yards (5.5 yards per carry). 7.4 As Diggs has seen an increase in rushing efficiency in the last three games, so has sophomore Audric Estimé. He has rushed for 288 yards on 39 carries over the past three games (7.4 yards per carry). 13 Career-high tackles for junior linebacker JD Bertrand against Stanford. Despite missing three full quarters of action this season due to two different targeting penalties, Bertrand leads the Irish with 36 tackles. 15 The UNLV game marks the 15th time Notre Dame has played on October 22 in its football history. The Irish are 12-2 on the date. The legendary ‘Green Jersey Game,’ a 49-19 Notre Dame victory over No. 5 Southern Cal, occurred on the date in 1977. 22.0 The Irish are 36th in the country in scoring defense, surrendering just 22.0 points per game. Only one opponent, North Carolina, has broken the 30-point barrier this season. 26 Notre Dame continue to be one of the least-penalized teams in the nation, having drawn a yellow flag just 26 times this season (fourth-best in the country). The Irish also rank seventh in fewest penalty yards (233) and ninth in fewest penalties per game (4.33). 38 Junior tight end Michael Mayer is tied with Utah’s Dalton Kincaid (who has played one additional game) for the lead in FBS TE receptions this season with 38. Mayer is second behind Kincaid in TE ypg at 68.5. 41 Freshman Tobias Merriweather will remember his first career catch at Notre Dame, as his 41-yard scoring grab against Stanford provided the Irish with their first lead of the game. 45.4 Senior punter Jon Sot is averaging 45.4 yards per punt this season. That average ranks him 11th in the country and helps the Irish rank 11th as a team in net punt average. Sot was named to the Ray Guy Award Weekly Watch List after the Stanford game, when he punted five times with a 40.2 average and pinned the Cardinal inside the 20-yard line two times. 151 Michael Mayer, adding five more receptions last weekend against Stanford, now has 151 in his career. It is the most for any active FBS tight end, the most for any Notre Dame tight end and is the seventh-most for any Notre Dame player ever – regardless of position. Since 1996, the 151 receptions as a TE for Mayer rank t-21st among all FBS TEs.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 13th-ranked Fighting Irish topped No. 17 Western Michigan, 2-0, to open their home-and-home series with the Broncos Friday night and pick up their first shutout of the season. The Irish defense buckled down in the victory, blocking 13 shots in the contest while Ryan Bischel made 30 saves between the pipes for his third career shutout.

The two teams came out firing in the opening period, with the Irish outshooting the Broncos, 14-4, through 20 minutes of play, despite the 0-0 score.

Although outshot in the second stanza, 15-10, the Irish broke the scoring open with a pair of goals from Nick Leivermann and Justin Janicke to skate to the third period up 2-0.

A handful of penalties highlighted the final period of regulation but neither team was able to capitalize on the man-advantage as the Irish claimed the 2-0 final and improved to 3-1-1 on the season.

GOALS

In his first game of the season, captain Nick Leivermann opened the scoring for ND, firing a shot top shelf from the point for the go-ahead goal. Chayse Primeau fired the initial shot before Trevor Janicke collected the rebound deep along the boards. The alternate captain found Leivermann at the point who ripped a shot into the back of the net.

The Irish extended their lead late in the second period when Zach Plucinski fired a shot on net from the blueline. Chayse Primeau knocked the rebound out of the air where Justin Janicke beat a scrambling netminder in the crease.

KEY STATS

The Irish are now undefeated in their last six meetings with the Broncos, 4-0-2, and own a 6-2-2 record in their last 10.

The Irish outshot the Broncos by a narrow 32-30 margin in the contest, with both netminders registering 30 saves in the contest.

Bischel’s performance in net was his third career shutout and first of the season as he improved to 3-1-0 on the year.

Chayse Primeau’s two assists on the night led the team and was his second multi-point night at Notre Dame. The graduate student now boasts five points on the season (1-4-5) and four assists in his last two games.

Ryder Rolston fired six shots on net for a team-best, followed by Zach Plucinski with four.

At the blueline, four individuals blocked two shots including Ben Brinkman, Jake Boltmann, Hunter Strand and Ryan Helliwell.

UP NEXT

The Irish and Broncos conclude their season series Saturday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Puck drop inside Lawson Ice Arena is set for 6 p.m. and will be streamed on NCHC.tv.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Fighting Irish men’s soccer team recorded a 1-0 clean sheet victory over Virginia Tech in an ACC matchup on Friday evening at Alumni Stadium in front of a packed crowd.

The Notre Dame goal was scored by junior left back Paddy Burns, as he converted a second half penalty to deliver the Irish the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish created multiple chances in the opening stages of Friday’s fixture, putting early pressure on the Hokies’ backline. Daniel Russo fired a shot just wide of the far post in the fourth minute. Borso had two good looks at goal over the next 10 minutes but both were saved by the Virginia Tech keeper.

KK Baffour was inches away from giving the Irish the lead in the 33rd minute, as the freshman collected a pass at the edge of the box before rifling a shot off the post that went out for a throw-in.

The Irish had a golden opportunity in the 39th minute, as Nick Legendre was taken down in the box to earn a penalty. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the attempt was saved and the match remained scoreless.

Notre Dame kept pushing forward and nearly scored before the halftime break. Eno Nto fired a shot that the Hokies’ goalie tipped off the bar to keep the Irish off the board.

In the 59th minute the Irish earned their second penalty of the evening when Russo was brought down in the area. Burns stepped up to the spot and sent the keeper the wrong way to give the Irish the 1-0 lead.

The Irish continued to control large portions of play and the defense refused to allow the visitors many quality chances over the final minutes of play, as Notre Dame comfortably saw out the 1-0 victory.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Obviously I’m proud to get the result. We knew coming into the game that Virginia Tech is a far better team than their record right now so we have a lot of respect for them and it took everything for us to get the goal and I’m really happy we saw out the victory.”

On the clean sheet performance…

“This time of the year you want to be picking up clean sheets. I think it’s huge and gives a lot of confidence to our backline and our goalkeeper but also overall as a team to keep a strong attacking team off the board.”

On the message to the team after creating many chances…

“You just have to keep pushing. With soccer the hardest thing to do in the game is score and so after missing a penalty I was really proud of how the guys handled it and continued to push and we finally got the breakthrough.”

On the crowd…

“It was an excellent crowd. It was so nice to play in front of a big crowd with so many soccer fans and it was great to have our alumni in town and give them a victory.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish defense didn’t allow a single shot on target in the match.

ND NOTES

The Irish improved to 7-6-1 against Virginia Tech in the all-time series.

Burns now has a team-leading five goals on the season and eight in his career.

The clean sheet was Bryan Dowd’s second of the season and 13th of his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish wrap up their home portion of the regular season schedule at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in a midweek matchup against Michigan for Senior Night. The Senior Night ceremony will occur before the contest. The game will be televised on ACCN.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL

Pittsburgh, Penn. –  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to No. 8 Pitt on the road in three sets (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) on Friday, Oct. 21. The Irish were led by Lucy Trump and Paris Thompson who each tallied six kills apiece.

Set One

The Irish and Panthers played a close set to start the first, but after being tied at 4-4, Pitt was able to pull away. The Panthers took the lead 12-5, but a 4-0 run from the Irish brought it within three at 12-9. The Panthers responded with an 8-0 run and went on to take set one 25-10.

Set Two

The Panthers posted an early 8-2 lead, but a run sparked by a Lucy Trump kill allowed the Irish to close the gap at 11-7. The Panthers extended their lead to 16-7, but kills from Lauren Tarnoff and Paris Thompson helped close the gap to six at 17-11. Notre Dame continued to battle in set two, but the Panther offense allowed Pitt to take home set two 25-15.

Set Three

Notre Dame was in the fight to start set three as the Irish trailed by just one at 7-6. While Pitt extended their lead to 12-6, the Irish closed the gap to make it a three point set. A kill from Winkler and an ace from Maisie Alexander kept the Irish within three at 14-11, but the Panthers began to pull away and take the lead 21-15 and went on to take the final set 25-18.

Up Next

The Irish travel to Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 23 to face the Cavaliers at 1:00 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

A third Notre Dame women’s basketball player has earned preseason recognition from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). On Friday, the organizations announced Texas transfer Lauren Ebo has made the 20-player watchlist for the 2023 Lisa Leslie Award, which is presented to the nation’s top center. Both Olivia Miles and Maddy Westbeld earned spots on the Nancy Lieberman and Katrina McClain Watch Lists, respectively.

“Lisa Leslie is one of the greatest basketball players of all time and her achievements at the collegiate, international and professional levels go largely unmatched by anyone in the game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The centers that have been named to the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List this year are among the best in the game regardless of position, and we are excited to watch them excel on the court. We thank Lisa for her involvement in this selection process.”

Ebo, a native of Washington, D.C., who began her collegiate career at Penn State before making the move to Texas, had her best year last season as a senior. The 6-4 center averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game over 30 starts. Ebo’s four double-doubles led the team. She was ultimately named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and was a member of the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.

The Irish transfer is one of four ACC players to make the list, joining Kennedy Brown (Duke), Josie Williams (Louisville) and Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech).

2023 Lisa Leslie Award Candidates*

Quay Miller   Colorado                         Aliyah Boston  South Carolina

Kennedy Brown   Duke                       Francesca Belibi  Stanford

Mackenzie Holmes   Indiana             Lauren Betts   Stanford

Monika Czinano  Iowa                        Tamari Key   Tennessee

Josie Williams  Louisville                   Taylor Jones  Texas

Jessika Carter   Mississippi State      Ila Lane   UC Santa Barbara

Alexis Markowski   Nebraska            Dorka Juhasz  UConn

Lauren Ebo  Notre Dame                     Elizabeth Kitley   Virginia Tech

Sedona Prince  Oregon                        Emma Grothaus Washington

Lucy Cochrane   Portland                    Bella Murekatete Washington State

BALL STATE FOOTBALL VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN

Following three consecutive double-digit comeback victories, Ball State welcomes Eastern Michigan to Muncie for Homecoming. The Cardinals are scheduled to host their annual Homecoming game for the 96th time in program history Saturday. Ball State is 54- 38-2 on Homecoming all-time, including 4-4 against Eastern Michigan on its Homecoming all-time, earning wins on Oct. 19, 2002 (42-17), Oct. 14, 2000 (33-14), Oct. 10, 1992 (31-7) and Oct. 23 1948 (23-48).  Expect fireworks in this matchup. The winner in eight of the last 10 matchups has scored at least 35 points. Since 2009, seven of the matchups between the two programs have been decided by one score. Ball State is 5-2 in those instances, including each of the last three duels overall. 8 After winning their first three games of the month, the Cardinals are aiming to complete a perfect October that features at least four wins for the 11th time in program history: 1948, 1949, 1958, 1965, 1975, 1977, 1986, 1989, 1996 and 2013. In the 10 years that the Cardinals have gone 4-0 or better in October, Ball State has combined for a year-end record of 78-23-3 (.795), two MAC titles and four bowl appearances. Ball State is currently riding a three-game winning streak for the fourth straight season under head coach Mike Neu. The last Ball State coach to achieve a three-game winning streak in four consecutive seasons was Dave McClain, who did it from 1973-77. The only other Cardinal coach to tout a three-game winning streak in four or more seasons along the sidelines is Ray Louthen, who did it in five seasons from 1963-67. 8 Out of the 112 players on Ball State’s roster, 82 are classified as underclassmen. The 82 underclassmen total ranks as the 18th-highest in college football. In addition, Ball State’s roster makeup of 73.2 percent underclassmen ranks as the seventh-highest in the FBS. Fresh off its second consecutive season with a bowl appearance, Ball State is aiming to accomplish something that has never been done in program history: make it to a bowl game in three straight seasons. The Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons three times: 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2020-21, and have won 17 games over the past two-plus campaigns, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference midway through the 2022 season.

BUTLER BULLDOGS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Thad Matta is back! Five years after parting ways with Ohio State and 21 years since he coached his final game at his alma mater, Butler’s own has returned to Indianapolis to take over the Bulldogs’ program. But instead of coaching a team at the top of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, Matta will take the reins as Butler looks to claw its way back into the mix in the Big East. Matta replaces LaVall Jordan, who reached one NCAA Tournament in five seasons and saw his best team’s chances of making a run wiped out by COVID. It won’t be an easy build; Matta has had opportunities to take jobs that likely would have been easier while he was sitting out. So why Butler? Why now? “I went to school here. I met my wife here. My daughters went here. This place means so much to me,” Matta said. “I look at it as a challenge. It’s a different job than I had in 2001, but I wanted to make a run at building Butler into a big time program.”

It’s not particularly hard to squint at Butler and see a team with a real chance to make some noise in the Big East. To make it happen, Butler will look to thrive defensively. Matta hit the portal hard this spring, bringing in defensive anchors we do not typically associate with Butler: Manny Bates (NC State) and Jalen Thomas (Georgia State). Bates is one of the nation’s best shot-blockers and is back to full health after playing only 56 seconds last year. NC State ranked 79th and 87th in adjusted defensive efficiency during Bates’ two healthy seasons; that rating dipped to 246th when a shoulder injury ruled him out last season (KenPom). Over his first two seasons at NC State, though, Bates ranked first and 18th nationally in block rate. His shot-altering is why people were bullish on the Wolfpack last fall. For his part, Thomas averaged 1.7 blocks per game at Georgia State last year. Bates and Thomas will change the way Butler can defend on the perimeter, something Matta called “very advantageous.” Returners Myles Wilmoth, DJ Hughes and John-Michael Mulloy provide depth. Wilmoth is a versatile floor-spacer; Hughes is a physical, undersized big; Mulloy is entering his fourth season with the program. Freshman Connor Turnbull arrives as a stretch-big who blocked a ton of shots in high school. Purdue transfer Eric Hunter Jr. headlines the backcourt additions. He spent four seasons in West Lafayette and earned all-defense honors in the Big Ten last year. “He’s a winner,” Matta said, “and he knows he’s gotta learn to run a team to continue his basketball career.” Hunter Jr.’s defense makes him extremely valuable — as does his 43.6 percent 3-point shooting. Matta also added Akron transfer Ali Ali, a 6-8 two-way wing who shot 40.7 percent from three last season while being named second-team All-MAC. He averaged 17.8 points in eight games against the KenPom top 150. Ali brings desperately-needed length and scoring pop. Butler has plenty of bodies on the perimeter, headlined by Chuck Harris. Harris has led the Bulldogs in scoring for two straight seasons. While he didn’t quite have the breakout sophomore campaign many expected — his 3-point shooting plummeted over 10 percentage points – he played his best basketball down the stretch. The dynamic 6-2 creator averaged 20.1 points per game over Butler’s last three contests. Harris is a known commodity already and will likely end up on a preseason All-Big East team. After showing flashes last season, sophomores Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius are potential breakout players to watch. Taylor went for 18 or more points four times and provides two-way contributions as an off-guard. Butler went 6-1 when Lukosius scored double-figures. “Both of them had great moments through their freshmen year,” Matta said. “I’m looking for consistency in their level of play. They are key components.” Myles Tate and Pierce Thomas will also push for perimeter minutes. Tate is a junior, but his sophomore season was mostly washed out by an ACL tear late in the 2021 season. “He probably should have redshirted,” Matta acknowledged. Tate impressed over the summer, particularly on Butler’s foreign trip, and could be the second unit’s primary playmaker. Thomas redshirted last year but is extremely athletic; the 6-5 wing is a former Indiana state long jump champion.

Butler shot a paltry 29.2 percent from beyond the arc last year, good for 333rd nationally. There wasn’t a single NCAA tournament team that shot worse than Butler did from three. Not one. You think there was a reason that Matta targeted several perimeter snipers in the portal this spring? “You bet your ass there was,” he said. Shooting matters. Spacing matters. Butler’s transfer class should also bolster the defense. Having shot-blockers in Bates and Thomas will allow the Bulldogs’ guards to apply more pressure on the perimeter. They can take risks knowing a human eraser is waiting at the basket to swat shots away. This will likely make Butler more efficient offensively as well; those perimeter gambles can quickly turn into transition layups. Matta has intimated hopes of the Dawgs playing faster. Seven of Matta’s last eight teams at Ohio State ranked in the top half of the country in offensive possession length (KenPom). But some games will be played in the halfcourt. Even Alabama can get dragged into bare-knuckle brawls, and the Tide don’t play in the bruising Big East. Butler needs the spacing that comes from having legitimate perimeter threats. They must have room for Manny Bates rim-runs and for penetration from their guards. Butler ranked only 252nd in close 2-percentage last season, per Bart Torvik. Improved floor-spacing will permeate into the entire offensive attack. In theory, the Bulldogs should have shooters. Harris shot 40 percent from deep as a freshman. Lukosius and Taylor should gain confidence as sophomores after being streaky as rookies. And with the additions of Hunter Jr. and Ali, the Dawgs have more perimeter threats to take pressure off the returners.

KEY DEPARTURES

BO HODGES (10.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 spg)

BRYCE GOLDEN (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

BRYCE NZE (8.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg)

AARON THOMPSON (8.1 ppg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg)

JAIR BOLDEN (6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

TY GROCE (3.7 ppg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

ERIC HUNTER (transfer, Purdue)

MANNY BATES (transfer, NC State)

ALI ALI (transfer, Akron)

JALEN THOMAS (transfer, Georgia State)

CONNOR TURNBULL (freshman, Fort Zumwalt No.)

THE X-FACTOR

There’s a reason that coaches love to say, “the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.” For Lukosius and Taylor, their biggest leaps could come from the perimeter. Most pieces on this roster are known entities. Hunter Jr. will lock up opposing guards and make open shots. Bates will be a monster around the rim. Harris should chip in 15 points a night. Ali and Thomas will fill their complementary roles. But the Bulldogs desperately need to be better offensively if they want to ascend up the Big East standings. They must become more potent from the perimeter. They need to have more than one guy that an opposing coach is going to worry about on the scouting report. Lukosius and Taylor can be those difference-makers. You don’t have to go back far to see their potential. Lukosius dropped 27 points — including 12 in overtime — in Butler’s Big East Tournament win over Xavier. And Taylor was second on the team in scoring over Butler’s four-game summer trip to Italy and Greece, trailing only Harris (Lukosius and Ali did not play).

THE OUTLOOK

The Bulldogs have serious sleeper appeal. Adding Bates and Thomas changes their defensive identity inside. Harris is a leader who can set ‘The Butler Way’ example. Matta added more shooting and perimeter defense via Hunter Jr. and Ali. And remember: across three different schools, Matta finished inside the KenPom top 35 for 15 straight seasons. Butler has a young core who can make a nightly impact this winter while also providing a foundation on which Matta can build his program. Of course, the Big East is going to be quite strong this year. Creighton is loaded. Villanova has more than enough to win in Kyle Neptune’s debut. UConn is a top 25 team. Xavier will scare some people with Sean Miller back in the mix. Several others are threats as well. Butler appears good enough to play with any of those teams, but consistency is key. Jumping into the top four of the league would be an incredible improvement, but it is possible.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL

STORRS, Conn. – Butler dropped a three-set decision Friday night at UConn, as the host Huskies took a 25-15, 25-23, 25-22 win.

The match pitted two teams in the heart of the BIG EAST standings. With the result, Butler is now 10-11 and 4-5 in the BIG EAST; UConn improves to 5-5 in conference play and 11-10 overall.

STAT OF THE MATCH: UConn hit .281 in the match, putting down 51 kills in the three sets. 

SET 1: UConn 25-15

The host Huskies never trailed in the opening set, taking a 25-15 decision. Caylee Parker had six kills in the frame as UConn hit .368 as a team. 

SET 2: UConn 25-23

The second set was much more closely contested as the Bulldogs found themselves down 21-20 late in the set. Butler was unable to climb back on top over the closing stretch as the Huskies went up two sets to none. Butler frustrated the UConn offense with four blocks in the set, but three Huskies each had four kills. 

SET 3: UConn 25-22

Once again, the Bulldogs were in the mix late in the set with a tied 16-16 score. A mini-run by UConn was able to keep the visitors at arms’ length over the final stretch. Parker had eight kills in the set, while Jasmine Davis had six. UConn hit .349, while Butler’s .290 hitting percentage was the best of the match. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

The two teams will meet again in the regular season finale Nov. 20 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Two Bulldogs registered double-doubles as Mariah Grunze had a team-best 10 kills to go along with 10 digs. Setter Cora Taylor had 26 assists and 10 digs.

Libero Jaymeson Kinley had a match-high 18 digs on the evening.

Butler had a 7-5 advantage in blocks.

Parker led UConn with 16 kills.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround as their weekend road trip continues Saturday afternoon at Providence. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

BUTLER FOOTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs are back at the Sellick Bowl this weekend for a 1 PM kick-off against Marist on Homecoming Weekend. Winners of two-straight, the Bulldogs will aim to stay undefeated at home this season (3-0).

Gameday

Date: Saturday, October 22

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com

Watch: FloSports.com

2022 PFL Standings

St. Thomas 3-0, 5-1

Davidson 3-1, 5-2

Butler 2-1, 4-2

Dayton 2-1, 4-2

San Diego 2-1, 3-3

Valparaiso 2-1, 3-3

Marist 2-2, 2-4

Stetson 1-1, 3-2

Morehead State 1-2, 2-4

Drake 0-4, 0-7

Presbyterian 0-4, 1-6

2022 PFL Schedule – Week 8

Stetson at Dayton – 1 PM

Marist at Butler – 1 PM

St. Thomas at Presbyterian – 1 PM

Davidson at Drake – 2 PM

Valparaiso at Morehead State – 3 PM

Bulldog Bits

– It’s Homecoming Weekend at Butler!!!

– Bret Bushka has joined the watch list of the 2022 Walter Payton Award

– Butler outscored Valpo 20-6 in the fourth quarter to secure their first win at Brown Field since 2016.

– Butler scored on every drive of the second half at Valparaiso (FG, FG, TD, TD, TD).

– Butler’s first lead of the game at Valpo came with 1:45 to play in the fourth quarter.

– Luka Zurak hit two field goals at Valpo (35, 22) and was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

– Zurak is one of just four FCS players that have not missed a field goal this season.

– Bret Bushka leads the PFL and ranks 13th in the FCS in completion percentage (67.4).

– Butler leads the PFL and ranks 3rd in the FCS in red zone offense (95%, 19-for-20).

– Butler ranks second in the PFL and 9th in the FCS in 3rd down conversion percentage (50%).

– BU leads the PFL in 4th down conversion percentage, defensive touchdowns, net punting, punt return defense, completion percentage, sacks allowed, and tackles for loss allowed.

– Jacob Cain recorded his team-best third sack of the season against the Beacons.

– Lucas Kozlowski came up with the first interception of his collegiate career against Valpo.

SCOUTING MARIST: The Red Foxes own a 2-4 overall record with each win coming on the road. The season started with back-to-back home losses to Georgetown and Columbia. Marist found the win column on the road at Drake to open up PFL play, but would follow that game with a 38-24 loss in New York to St. Thomas. Over the last two weeks, Marist has defeated Stetson (45-31) and lost to Dayton (24-7). Brock Bagozzi will break the huddle for the Red Foxes. He split time under center last weekend with Diego Arroyo, but still leads the team with six passing touchdowns. Amin Woods is the lead back and Brett Landis is the top option on the outside for Marist.

Teddy Wright, Mike Arrington, and Clayborne Fields highlight a talented defensive unit for the Red Foxes. Wright ranks fourth in the PFL in tackles. He averages nine stops per game and reached that total his last time out vs. Dayton.

LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns against the Red Foxes to find the win column in the 2021 season finale. The two teams were tied 14-14 at the half and Butler would go on to outscore Marist 14-7 in the fourth quarter. Joey Suchy led the BU rushing attack with 75 yards and two touchdowns. Deinhart rushed the ball 14 times for 50 yards and Bushka would add a rushing TD to help BU win in Poughkeepsie.

Trey Mason helped seal the win with an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. BU also forced a Marist fumble at the goal line to keep the Red Foxes out of the end zone early in the third quarter.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Marist leads the all-time series over Butler 4-2. The first meeting was played in 2011 with Marist winning 28-10 in Indy. Butler returned the favor with a 17-14 win the following season in New York. From there, Marist won three-straight and Butler stopped that streak with their 28-21 win in 2021.

Butler has not yet defeated Marist in Indianapolis. Each win (’12, ’21) came in Poughkeepsie.

HOMECOMING: The Bulldogs have not lost over Homecoming Weekend since 2016! During that stretch, they have recorded wins over DePauw, Jacksonville, Morehead State, and Campbell.

Butler’s last setback on Homecoming came in 2016 to Marist. The Red Foxes claimed a 30-21 win on Oct. 8.

ZURAK NAMED PFL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zurak was responsible for eight points in Butler’s 26-25 PFL victory at Valparaiso, Saturday. He was responsible for Butler’s first points with his 35 and 22 -yard field goals in the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 13-6. Zurak connected of 2-of-3 PATs, including what proved to be the game-winning PAT with 1:45 remaining in the game. As a punter, Zurak had kicks of 49 and 51 yards, for an average of 50 yards per punt with both going for touchbacks. He also was responsible for kickoff duties, with six kicks averaging 58.7 yards and one touchback and Valparaiso averaging 13.2 yards per kick return.

Zurak is 6-for-6 on field goal attempts this year (Long 35). The only blemish on his perfect kicking season came last weekend when Valpo blocked an extra point try.

STRETCH THE FIELD: Luke Wooten caught a 50-yard touchdown pass at Valparaiso. He has hauled in a catch for 20+ yards in five of Butler’s six games this season.

Wooten’s longest TD reception came at South Dakota State (56 yards).

HAVE A DAY HEALD: Cameron Heald caught six passes for 75 yards last weekend to set career-high totals in each category.

Heald had four catches for seven yards over his first three games of the season. Over the last two weeks, he has 10 receptions for 109 yards and two TDs.

IT’S HOW YOU FINISH: Bret Bushka completed three of his four pass attempts in the first quarter at Valpo for just three yards. He ended the game hitting on six of his seven attempts for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Bushka leads the PFL with 11 passing touchdowns this season. He has also rushed for four scores.

BAFIA LEADS BULLDOGS: Nick Bafia led Butler with six tackles at Valpo. He matched his season-high tackle total and now has 27 tackles this season.

Bafia also made six stops earlier this season at South Dakota State.

UP NEXT: Butler will end the month of October with a home game against Morehead State on Saturday the 29th. Kick-off is set for 12 PM.

The Eagles have won the last four games against the Bulldogs to increase their lead in the all-time series 18-8.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

The Butler men’s soccer team will look to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts St. John’s for Senior Night on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs (8-5-1, 3-3-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a 4-2 loss at Creighton, their second-consecutive loss. The Red Storm (4-6-4, 2-2-3 BIG EAST) most recently tied Providence, 1-1.

With two consecutive road losses, Butler is now tied with Providence for the fourth spot in the tightly contested BIG EAST rankings. The two teams are three points behind second-place Xavier and Seton Hall, and one point in front of St. John’s and Creighton. Each conference team has either two or three matches remaining.

Bulldog Bits

            (through games 10/19/2022)

Palmer Ault ranks sixth nationally and leads the BIG EAST with 4 game-winning goals. He is second in the conference with 8 goals (17th) and 20 points (15th). His shot accuracy of .500 (65th) is third in the conference.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. leads the BIG EAST and is 11th nationally with 3.54 shots per game, and he is fourth in the conference (57th) with 1.31 shots on goal per game. His 13 total points are ninth in the BIG EAST (91st), and his five goals are seventh (93rd).

DJ Hooks’ 2 game-winning goals rank second in the BIG EAST. His 13 total points are ninth in the BIG EAST (91st), and his five goals are seventh (93rd).

Gabriel Gjergji ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 44 saves.

Butler is second among BIG EAST teams with 34 goals. (Creighton leads with 35.)

Gabriel Gjergji was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (10/17) for his performances against Villanova and Providence. Gjergji made 10 saves on the week, including 6 in the 2-0 shutout of Villanova.

Against Creighton:

Joost de Schutter’s goal was the second of his career.

Jack Streberger’s goal was his fourth of the season and the sixth of his career.

Palmer Ault’s assist was the fourth of his career.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: St. John’s leads, 8-3-2

LAST MEETING: 2021 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal – Nov. 6, 2021 – Queens, N.Y. – Butler 0, St. John’s 0 (2OT) (Butler advanced on PKs, 4-2)

Butler defeated St. John’s (1-0, OT) three days earlier (Nov. 3, 2021).

St. John’s most recent win (1-0) was in 2019 in Indianapolis.

The home team has not won since 2018. (St. Johns, 2-0, Queens, N.Y.)

Scouting St. John’s:

Previous match:  Providence T, 1-1

St. John’s has wins over Georgetown (3-1) and DePaul (2-1), losses to Seton Hall (1-2), Villanova (0-4), No. 18 Florida International (0-1) and Indiana (0-1), and has tied No. 12 Xavier (0-0) and Creighton (1-1).

Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for St. John’s include:

#8 Antek Sienkiel (6g, 2a)

#9 Wesley Leggett (3g, 4a)

#7 Einar Lye (3g)

#25 Nigel Griffith (1g, 3a)

#10 Brandon Knapp (2g)

The Red Storm has utilized three goalkeepers, Zenden Hart (3-3-1), Emmanuel Smalios (1-2-1), and Ryan Foley (0-1-2), throughout the season. Hart has the most starts (8) and the most minutes. He has given up 6 goals (.800 GAA) and has made 29 saves (.829), producing one shutout.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State women’s volleyball hit .327 as a team and had four players smash double-digit kills in a 3-1 (25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17) come-from-behind victory over Western Michigan in a pivotal Mid-American Conference matchup Friday night in Worthen Arena.

It was pivotal because coupled with a Bowling Green five-set loss to Eastern Michigan, the Cardinals (16-6; 8-2 MAC) moved into a tie with the Falcons (13-8; 8-2 MAC) for the top spot in the conference standings.

In addition to BSU’s solid offensive play, it was a late rally by the defense which helped the Cardinals earn their eighth consecutive win. BSU limited the Broncos (13-9, 5-5 MAC) to a .019 hitting mark in the final set, including posting three of its four total blocks in the frame.

“In the final set, we changed a couple things we were doing matchup wise, and I thought our service pressure forced WMU to become more one dimensional,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We finally slowed them down just enough that it allowed us to have better reads on what they were doing.”

In the first three sets, it was all offense. WMU took the opening frame hitting .312, while BSU won the second with an even more impressive .600 mark. After three sets, with Ball State leading 2-1, the Cardinals were hitting .354 while the Broncos were at .363.

“Tomorrow, we’re going to have to continue to find ways to slow WMU’s offense down,” Phillips added. “Western Michigan was hitting a crazy high percentage those first three sets and we did not stay patient. They play defense, they make long extended rallies. I felt like we were not disciplined enough and made silly errors early. We must be disciplined tomorrow, know WMU is going to make plays, and continue to stay the course.”

However, the Ball State defense rallied in the fourth set, while the offense added 14 more kills and a .244 rate of success to close the match.

Junior outside Cait Snyder led the quartet of Cardinals attackers in double figures with 18 kills, while hitting at a .349 (18-3-43) clip.

Senior outside Natalie Mitchem was right behind with her 10th double-double of the season, scoring 15 kills and adding a season-best 19 digs. She also served up a pair of aces and tallied a pair of solo blocks.

Rounding out Ball State’s attackers in double figures were senior middle Marie Plitt with 13 and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem with 11. Plitt also .414 (13-1-29) and chipped in eight digs, while Mitchem connected at a .323 clip.

Junior middle Lauren Gilliland led the Ball State offense with a .421 hitting mark, finishing the match with nine kills on 19 swings with just one error.

On the defensive end, five Cardinals finished the night with double-digit digs, led by 21 from senior libero Maggie Huber. Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski added 14, to go along with a season-high 59 assists for her 13th double-double of the season.

Rounding out Ball State’s defenders in double figures were senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates and freshman defensive specialists Paige Busick with 11 each. Busick’s 11 digs were a career-high, while she was the only primary passer on either squad with a perfect reception percentage at 15-for-15.

Maggie King would lead the WMU attack with 23 kills, while Abi Wilcoxson scored 14. Broncos’ libero Andelyn Simkins collected a match-best 22 digs.

Overall, the Cardinals limited WMU to a .263 hitting mark for the night, aided by the strong fourth set. BSU held a 90-to-77 edge in total digs, and out-aced WMU by an 8-to-6 margin.

The teams will battle again tomorrow night with another 6 p.m. first serve in Worthen Arena.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Kaitlyn Hamilton had a match-high 12 kills Friday evening and Karinna Gall had nine, but Indiana State was edged by Northern Iowa in three sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-22) inside ISU Arena.

Melina Tedrow had a match-high 18 digs from the back row, while Emma Kaelin recorded 29 assists for the Sycamores. Mallory Keller added seven kills on 14 attempts, with Hamilton and Storm Suhre each having notching five block assists.

Indiana State jumped out to an 8-2 lead early in the first set, as Gall and Hamilton had two kills apiece within the first six points. The Sycamores extended their lead to seven at 12-5 following a UNI service error, but the Panthers clawed their way back in the set. Seven straight points for the Panthers evened the score, and the remainder of the set became a back-and-forth affair. UNI led by as many as four late in the set, but a pair of blocks along with a kill by Hamilton tied the set at 22-all. Three straight points for the visitors closed it out though, as UNI took the opener 25-22.

Similar to the first set, the Sycamores got off to a strong start and led 6-1 early in the second following two block assists by Suhre and Hamilton. The lead was one that Indiana State maintained for most of the set, with Gall notching four kills in a seven-point span to keep the Trees in front. UNI rallied, though, and used a late three-point run to tak e a 21-19 lead. Gall and Keller notched kills to fend off a pair of set points, but the visiting Panthers held on to take the second set 25-23, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Neither team had much separation early in the third set until a 4-1 run saw Northern Iowa go in front 10-7. Three kills by Keller, along with a service ace by Cadence Gilley, put Indiana State ahead 18-14 as part of a 7-2 run for the Syacmores. Just like the first two sets, though, Northern Iowa stormed back. The Panthers went on a seven-point run to take the lead for good. Despite late kills by Jamie Brown and Hamilton, the visitors took the third set 25-22 to clinch the match.

Inside the Numbers

Karinna Gall finished a kill shy of a double-double, as she had 14 digs to go along with nine kills.

Storm Suhre recorded her team-leading eighth match of the season with five or more blocks. It was also the 10th time in her career with five or more blocks in a match.

Kaitlyn Hamilton’s 14-kill performance was her 10th match of the season with double-digit kills, the most on the team.

News and Notes

Friday’s match was the second straight for the Sycamores where every set was decided by three points or less. Prior to the last two matches, the Sycamores had not had that occur this season.

Friday’s match was the first of five straight against top-five teams in the MVC, as the Sycamores will also face Drake, UIC, Valparaiso and Southern Illinois during this stretch.

Melina Tedrow sits three digs shy of reaching 2,000 for her career.

Up Next

Indiana State remains at home to face Drake Saturday at 6 p.m.

PURDUE FT.WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER

FORT WAYNE Ind. – The Mastodon men’s soccer team hosts a game on Saturday (Oct. 22) for the first time since October 1 when Green Bay comes to the Summit City.

Game Day Information

Who: Green Bay Phoenix (5-3-5, 2-1-4 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (1-8-3, 0-4-2 Horizon)

When: Saturday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m.

Where: Hefner Soccer Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: None

Series History

The Mastodons lead the series 5-3-3. All three losses came from 2002-06. The ‘Dons are 4-0-2 in the last six meetings going back to 2014. This includes a 2-0 win in Fort Wayne during the 2021 spring campaign. Luke Benford scored a goal in the contest.

Know Your Foe

Green Bay had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped last week in a 1-0 loss at IUPUI. The Phoenix finished the contest at IUPUI with five shots on goal to match the Jaguars’ five shots on goal. Andrew Paolucci leads the team with three goals and two assists.

Familiar Faces

Cesar Cosio, Nathaniel Edwards, and Logan Lee have started all 12 games for the Mastodons this season. Lee recorded 90 minutes for the Mastodons in the his previous game against the Detroit Mercy Titans. Lee owns a team-high 1,009 minutes played this year.

Six in the Mix

Six different Mastodons have scored a goal this season.

Looking Back

Seth Mahlmeister put the Mastodons on the board in their most recent match against the Detroit Mercy Titans with a goal at the 49 minute mark off a penalty kick. The ‘Dons put together 12 shots in the contest, their second straight game with double-digit shots.

Looking Forward

The Mastodons will hit the road and take on the IUPUI Jaguars in Westfield, Indiana on Saturday, October 29 (3:00 p.m.).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne and IUPUI women’s volleyball teams will clash on Saturday (Oct. 22) on the Arnie Ball Court.

Game Day Information

Who: IUPUI Jaguars

When: Saturday, October 22 | 6 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

IUPUI is 9-13 and 3-7 in the Horizon League. The Jaguars have lost five in a row to Northern Kentucky, Wright State, Oakland, Cleveland State and Milwaukee. The Jaguars won two road league matches so far this year at Youngstown State and Robert Morris. IUPUI is led by Briana Brown, who is averaging 3.77 kills per set. She was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on October 5.

Series History

The Mastodons and Jaguars have played 55 times with the ‘Dons winning 31 of them. Purdue Fort Wayne is 17-7 at home and 10-16 on the road. The ‘Dons have won the last two, including a five-set comeback earlier this season in Indianapolis. Sidney Schiller had 19 kills in that contest.

Welcome Back!

During Saturday’s match against IUPUI, there will be a recognition ceremony between sets two and three, honoring the 10th anniversary of the 2012 Mastodon squad that won the Summit League Championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. That team went 25-7, 12-4 in the Summit League, and beat IUPUI in the championship match on November 17, 2012.  The Mastodons went on to fall to No. 18 and regional semifinalist Iowa State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coincidence? I Think Not!

Four Mastodons have exactly 11 aces this season: Sidney Schiller, Molly Mirabelli, Taya Haffner and Rachael Crucis. What does this mean? I have no idea but it’s definitely something.

That’s a Lot of Digs!

The Mastodons had a season-high 91 digs in their match at Cleveland State (Oct. 14), recording 23 more than the Vikings in that contest.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne lost a Horizon League match 3-0 at Green Bay. Madelyn Wurster made her return to the court after an injury earlier in the year.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will continue its homestand with Youngstown State and Robert Morris visiting the Gates Sports Center. The ‘Dons will travel to Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky and Wright State after that.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER

EVANSVILLE – Prepped for an important weekend, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team welcomes Drake in to Arad McCutchan Stadium in an important MVC matchup at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon in Evansville.

Meeting for the first time in 2022, Evansville and Drake renew their series for the 41st time with the Bulldogs owning a 21-17-2 advantage in the all-time series. Facing-off three times last season, Drake captured the first meeting, 1-0, in Des Moines, before the Aces won their home meeting, 2-0, and then captured a 4-2 victory in the opening round of the MVC Championship at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

Sunday is Senior Day for five Aces who have helped shape the program into the success it has had the last two seasons. Prior to Sunday’s contest, Evansville will honor Raphaello Perez Colasito, Evan Dekker, Ethan Garvey, Nkosi Graham, and Brian Zambrano. These five men have played over 15,000 minutes combined on the pitch, appearing in 147 matches. All five have also excelled in the classroom with each member of this year’s senior class holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Sunday’s matchup features two of the top three teams in The Valley standings with Drake in second on 12 points and Evansville sitting in a tie for third with eight points. Missouri State sits atop the conference table at 5-0 with 15 points. Seeds 2-4 will host an opening round matchup, while the top seed receives a first round bye. Evansville is back home after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over SIUE last Saturday as Jose Vivas scored on a penalty and then assisted the game-winning goal that came from Kai Phillip.

Sitting ahead for the Aces down the final stretch of the regular season are three of their final four matches at home, beginning with Sunday’s match against Drake and following with a midweek contest with Indiana on Tuesday and wrapping-up on November 2 against Belmont in the regular season finale.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team picked up the 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) win over Grace Friday night in the PE Center to complete the season sweep of the Lancers. The Knights improve to 19-3 overall and 11-3 in Crossroads League play.

Marian used the home court advantage to fuel an early 12-4 lead in the first set, forcing a timeout to be taken by Grace. The Lancers answered after the timeout with two straight points, but Grace Hunter got the Knights rolling again after her kill. Two attack errors by Marian gave Grace a couple points before the hosts went on a 5-0 run to take the 18-8 lead behind three Skyler Van Note kills. The Lancers only managed five more points in the set as the momentum was all on the Knights side of the net as Madison Brooks and Jaymison Summers would close out set one with two kills to take it 25-13.

The two teams rallied for the first five points of set two before Grace took the 5-3 lead behind a kill and a Marian error. The Knights responded with a Hunter kill before Averi Lanman added a kill to tie things up at 6-6. A majority of the rest of the set went point for point until a kill by Summers propelled the Knights to their largest lead of the set at 18-15. The energy stayed with Marian the remainder of the set, as Brooks, Hunter, and Jai-Lyn Norwood all added a kill to take the second set 25-20.

Set three was a battle at the start with both teams trading points and making the score even at 9-9. However, the Knights saw a 7-2 spurt that came from a Grace error and a kill by Summers that would help Marian take control the remainder of the set. The Lancers had no answer for Marian’s balanced offensive attack that saw four different Knights get kills in the final points of the set, leading them to the 25-15 win in set three to take the match.

Marian put together a balanced effort with Van Note leading the way with 10 kills and five digs, while Summers added eight kills. Norwood and Brooks posted seven and six kills apiece, while Hunter added five. Gianna Feld had a team-best 16 digs and Logan Smith led in assists with 13, while Ainsley Neighbors dished out 12.

The Knights will be back tomorrow at 4 PM, traveling to St. Francis.

MARIAN FOOTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team picked up the 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) win over Grace Friday night in the PE Center to complete the season sweep of the Lancers. The Knights improve to 19-3 overall and 11-3 in Crossroads League play.

Marian used the home court advantage to fuel an early 12-4 lead in the first set, forcing a timeout to be taken by Grace. The Lancers answered after the timeout with two straight points, but Grace Hunter got the Knights rolling again after her kill. Two attack errors by Marian gave Grace a couple points before the hosts went on a 5-0 run to take the 18-8 lead behind three Skyler Van Note kills. The Lancers only managed five more points in the set as the momentum was all on the Knights side of the net as Madison Brooks and Jaymison Summers would close out set one with two kills to take it 25-13.

The two teams rallied for the first five points of set two before Grace took the 5-3 lead behind a kill and a Marian error. The Knights responded with a Hunter kill before Averi Lanman added a kill to tie things up at 6-6. A majority of the rest of the set went point for point until a kill by Summers propelled the Knights to their largest lead of the set at 18-15. The energy stayed with Marian the remainder of the set, as Brooks, Hunter, and Jai-Lyn Norwood all added a kill to take the second set 25-20.

Set three was a battle at the start with both teams trading points and making the score even at 9-9. However, the Knights saw a 7-2 spurt that came from a Grace error and a kill by Summers that would help Marian take control the remainder of the set. The Lancers had no answer for Marian’s balanced offensive attack that saw four different Knights get kills in the final points of the set, leading them to the 25-15 win in set three to take the match.

Marian put together a balanced effort with Van Note leading the way with 10 kills and five digs, while Summers added eight kills. Norwood and Brooks posted seven and six kills apiece, while Hunter added five. Gianna Feld had a team-best 16 digs and Logan Smith led in assists with 13, while Ainsley Neighbors dished out 12.

The Knights will be back tomorrow at 4 PM, traveling to St. Francis.

U OF I MEN’S SOCCER

ST. LOUIS – A second half scoring outburst of five goals guided the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team into a 5-1 victory over Missouri-St. Louis on Friday night at Don Dallas Soccer Field. With the win, the Greyhounds have now won seven straight matches dating back to Sept. 30 of this season. The Hounds sit at 9-2-3 overall on the season with a 6-2-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).

Out of the five goals scored by UIndy, the duo of Bryan Moreira and Cole Rainwater each corralled two goals while Ibo Yilmaz scored the other. Moreira, Rainwater, Yilmaz, and Caleb Mundell each added one assist in the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A trio of high quality saves by goalkeeper Joey Schrand kept UMSL off the board in the first 45 minutes of play and sent the game scoreless into the halftime locker room. Both teams were nearly identical on total shots in the opening half, with UIndy having six and the Tritons five. The big difference was seen in corner kicks, which saw UIndy collect seven and UMSL just two.

The second half was a different story, which saw a combined total of six goals land in the back of the net beginning in the 55th minute when Mundell floated a cross into the box that met the head of Moreira and found its way into the side wall of the net.

A short time later in the 67th minute, Rainwater scored on a ball he corralled that deflected off the keepers gloves. Despite this, UMSL found the scoreboard in the 75th minute to cut its deficit in half.

UIndy put the match away near the end of the half on a trio of goals in a short span of time. In the 77th minute, Moreira netted his second goal of the night off a rebound he collected on his own deflected shot. Moments later in the 79th minute, Rainwater put his second of the night in goal after he beat the defense in a foot race on a ball he received from Yilmaz. Finally in the 83rd minute, Yilmaz landed a header past the keeper to finish off an eventful night of scoring for UIndy.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Moreira and Rainwater each recorded five total points with their two goal and one assist effort.

-The five goals scored ties a season-high for the Hounds.

-UIndy finished with 18 total shots while the Tritons had just eight.

-Schrand collected four saves in net in the winning effort

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will cap off the 2022 regular season with a match at Missouri S&T on Sunday afternoon. Action is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

U OF I VOLLEYBALL

BOLIVAR, Mo – Seven hours away from the University of Indianapolis, the UIndy volleyball team got back in the win column with a 3-1 win over the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist. The win moves the team to 12-10 on the season, and more importantly, 5-3 in GLVC action.

INS AND OUTS

The Greyhounds jumped out on the offensive early in the contest, nabbing the first four points. That set the culture for the first set. The closest the score was in the first set besides the beginning was 17-15 in the Hounds favor. That score came off a 11-3 run by the Bearcats but UIndy persevered and made a final 8-2 run to close out the first set.

The Greyhounds stayed hot, going on a 10-2 run in the start of the second set with multiple kills by Grace Hegwood getting the Hounds on the right foot. Just like set one, the Bearcats battled back eventually taking the lead 13-12. From that point it was a tight race to the finish, with Hegwood and Sophia Parlanti combining for seven kills on route to a 24-26 second set dub.

Set three was yet another battle as the largest the lead ever got was four points, which the Hounds held three separate times. Quality runs by the Bearcats allowed them to squeak by the Greyhounds and force a fourth set. However, that set is when the Hounds cemented the win. An 8-0 run early in the match and a final 6-0 run proved the be the difference makers as Elizabeth Eads took off in the final set, recoding six kills in the fourth.

MOVING UP THE BOOKS

The match against SBU not only broke a losing streak for the Greyhounds but it affected the record books. Gillian Santana, who with 12 digs on the day, officially moves to No. 14 all time in program history, passing Mandy Hill’s mark of 1,116. Santana now sits at 1,127 career digs.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Hegwood had herself another quality offensive night, recording 20 kills for only the second time this season.

– Alex Equihua was an assisting machine, setting a new season best with 49 assists on the night.

– The Hounds had nine blocks to SBU’s five.

HOUND BYTES

Head Coach Jason Reed on the win over SBU…

“Good fight and resilience tonight by our group. Nod to SBU on the defensive side of the ball. It was hard to put the ball down at times and that can be mentally challenging. We kept great composure throughout the match and finished really strong.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds stay on the road for Saturday’s 4 p.m. match as they take on the Panthers of Drury in Springfield, Mo.

U OF I WOMEN’S SOCCER

ST. LOUIS – The University of Indianapolis saw their trip to St. Louis to face the Tritions of Missouri St.-Louis end in a 1-1 tie. The Greyhounds stalemate is the fifth of the Greyhounds season, moving the Hounds to an even 5-5-5 on the season, with only one match remaining before conference play.

INS AND OUTS

Offensive pressure and ball control was the name of the game for the Greyhounds throughout the entire contest. Early on the Hounds developed offensive opportunity after offensive opportunity, taking four shots in the first 13 minutes of play. Kiki Sauceda and her physical style of play was able to help elevate the Hounds to their biggest opportunity thus far, a penalty at the 12:37 mark in the contest. Sauceda, who entered the contest 2-3 on penalties, made it 3-4 with a perfect shot to the top left of the net, giving UIndy at 1-0 lead.

It was as if the one goal deficit invigorated the Tritons, as they went on an offensive tear, testing freshman goalkeeper MaKenna Nickens and the young back line of the Hounds with seven shots to end the half, none on goal. The defense of UMSL also limited the Hounds time on the ball, with the Hounds only getting two more shots in the first half.

UIndy opened the second half aggressively as the did the first half, controlling the tempo of the contest. However, a ball placed well inside the Greyhounds box resulted in a booming shot by UMSL’s Ayanna Weissenfluh. After that point the Greyhounds stayed active on the Tritons side of the pitch, with Maria Herrero recording three more shots, two of which on goal. A solid defensive effort by the Tritons keeper Paige Schwartz kept the Hounds off the scoreboard and kept the score tied at 1-1 at the clock hit zero.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Despite the pressure, the Greyhounds only had two corner kicks in the contest, UMSL also had two.

– Each team recorded three shots on goal

– Sauceda’s goal ties her for second on the team in goals with four on the season, tied with teammate Sarah Wegener.

UP NEXT

It is regular season finale time as the Greyhounds travel west to Rolla, Mo. to take on the Miners of Missouri S&T on Sunday at 1 p.m.

U OF I WRESTLING

MANHEIM, Penn. – The University of Indianapolis wrestling team has already made history this season before hitting the mat as they open the year ranked No. 3 in the preseason of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Coaches Rankings, released Friday afternoon. This ranking is the highest the Greyhounds have ever held, besting the previous high of No. 4 set in just ahead of the 2014 NCAA DII Championships.

This comes after a historic season which saw the Greyhounds finish sixth at the NCAA DII Championships last winter, led runner-up finishes by returner Derek Blubaugh (197) and the now-graduated Andrew Sams (174). Blubaugh returns this season with the highest ranking of the team, as the 2022 All-American and national finalist in the 197-pound weight class enters the season at No. 2.

Redshirt-junior Dawson Combest comes in at the second-highest individual ranking on the team, arriving at No. 3 in the country at the 157. He earned his third All-American honor last season with a seventh-place finish at Nationals, becoming one of only five UIndy wrestlers in program history to be a three-time All-American.

At 149, Logan Bailey earned the No. 4 ranking in the preseason poll. The sophomore out of Fishers, Ind., went 36-4 last season, with 18 of his wins coming by the pin.

Both Breyden Bailey (133) and Jack Eiteljorge (165) enter the season at No. 6 in their respective classes. Bailey qualified for the NCAA Championships last year after a quality third-place finish at the NCAA Super Region 4 tournament. For Eiteljorge, he made yet another trip to the nationals after his second career Super Region championship with 20-8 record in his redshirt-junior season. 

Rounding out the individual rankings is heavyweight Cale Gray. He comes off his first trip to the NCAA Championships after a 20-10 season.

The Hounds open their season on the road at the Kauffman Brand Open on Nov. 5 in St. Louis.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
NEW YORK JETS420.6671.01431281-2-03-0-03-2-01-0-03 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS330.5002.01311552-1-01-2-03-2-02-1-03 L
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS330.5002.01411131-1-02-2-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS420.6670.01791492-1-02-1-02-2-02-0-01 L
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS420.6670.01411522-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-03 W
DENVER BRONCOS240.3332.091992-1-00-3-01-3-00-2-03 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS140.2002.51251301-1-00-3-01-3-01-2-01 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS330.5000.01581411-2-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
CINCINNATI BENGALS330.5000.01381151-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-01 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS240.3331.01481631-3-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS240.3331.0971461-2-01-2-01-4-01-1-01 W
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS320.6000.0961181-1-02-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS321.5830.01031212-1-01-1-13-2-11-2-12 W
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS240.3331.51381141-1-01-3-02-2-01-2-03 L
HOUSTON TEXANS131.3001.586990-1-11-2-01-2-11-0-11 W
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
NEW YORK GIANTS510.8331.01271133-1-02-0-03-1-00-1-03 W
DALLAS COWBOYS420.6672.0110982-1-02-1-03-2-02-1-01 L
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS240.3334.01021351-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS330.5000.0122892-0-01-3-03-2-02-0-01 L
LOS ANGELES RAMS330.5000.01041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS330.5000.01461632-1-01-2-02-3-01-1-01 W
ARIZONA CARDINALS340.4290.51561761-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
MINNESOTA VIKINGS510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
GREEN BAY PACKERS330.5002.01071232-2-01-1-02-2-01-1-02 L
CHICAGO BEARS240.3333.0931182-1-00-3-01-4-00-2-03 L
DETROIT LIONS140.2003.51401701-2-00-2-01-3-00-1-03 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS330.5000.01211031-2-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
ATLANTA FALCONS330.5000.01461362-1-01-2-02-3-00-2-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS250.2861.51752001-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-02 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS150.1672.01031461-3-00-2-01-4-01-0-03 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BOSTON201.0001-01-01-02-02-02 W
BROOKLYN11.5001.01-11-01-01-11 W
NEW YORK11.5001.01-00-11-01-11 W
TORONTO11.5001.01-00-10-11-11-11 L
PHILADELPHIA02.0002.00-10-10-10-20-22 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE101.0001-01-01-01 W
CHICAGO11.5000.51-11-11-11 L
DETROIT11.5000.51-00-11-11-11 L
CLEVELAND01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
INDIANA02.0001.50-20-10-22 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
ATLANTA201.0002-01-01-02-02 W
WASHINGTON201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
CHARLOTTE11.5001.00-11-01-11 L
MIAMI02.0002.00-20-20-22 L
ORLANDO02.0002.00-20-10-20-22 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH201.0001-01-02-02-02-02 W
PORTLAND201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
DENVER11.5001.01-10-11-11-11 W
MINNESOTA11.5001.01-11-11-11-11 L
OKLAHOMA CITY01.0001.50-10-10-10-11 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
LA CLIPPERS101.0001-01-01-01-01 W
PHOENIX11.5000.51-00-11-11-11 L
GOLDEN STATE11.5000.51-11-01-11-11 L
SACRAMENTO01.0001.00-10-10-11 L
LA LAKERS02.0001.50-10-10-20-20-22 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MEMPHIS201.0001-01-01-01-02-02 W
NEW ORLEANS201.0002-02-02 W
SAN ANTONIO11.5001.00-11-01-11 W
DALLAS01.0001.50-10-10-11 L
HOUSTON02.0002.00-10-10-10-10-22 L
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1845       The first known box score appears in the New York Morning News. Alexander Cartwright’s notation detailing the game comes a month after some of his fellow Knickerbockers write the first set of rules.

1910       After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia by a run in the ninth, the Cubs tie the score, winning 4-3 in ten innings for their only World Series victory. The A’s will easily take the Fall Classic in five games.

1927       Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs dies of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases. ‘Pep’ was a .322 hitter during his ten-year Giant career and was one of John McGraw’s favorite players.

1929       In Baltimore, Phillies’ starting catcher Walt Lerian dies from injuries sustained when a runaway truck pins him against a brick wall for hours before his extraction. Minutes before the collision, the 24-year-old backstop, known as Peck to his teammates, had attended mass at St. Martin’s Catholic church.

1933       Phil Ball, the millionaire owner of the Browns, dies of septicemia. Manager Rogers Hornsby will take over the franchise’s reins, staying on as skipper until he is fired in 1937 by Donald Barnes, who purchased the team from the Ball estate last year.

1960       “But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he never had and did not now. Gods do not answer letters.” – JOHN UPDIKE, author of Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu. published in the New Yorker magazine. The New Yorker magazine publishes Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, an article by 28-year-old John Updike which chronicles Ted Williams’ last game in the major leagues. The future Pulitzer Prize-winning author, among the 10,000 fans at the fabled game, ends the much-celebrated baseball essay with, “Gods do not answer letters,” as an explanation of the superstar not acknowledging the Fenway faithful after homering in his final major league at-bat.

1967       The A’s name Bay Area native Joe DiMaggio to be their executive vice president and consultant. Oakland owner Charlie Finley uses the ‘Yankee Clipper’ to be a part-time hitting coach and public relations advocate for the club, a job the former superstar will quickly become unhappy with, leaving the organization after just two years in the position.

1972       The transplanted A’s, capturing their first championship in 42 years, become the first Bay Area team to win a world title when they defeat the Reds, 3-2, in the seventh game. World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who hit only five home runs in the regular season, connects for four round-trippers during the Fall Classic, including an unprecedented two homers in his first two at-bats in Game 1.

1974       Two very well-known outfielders change teams when the Giants send Bobby Bonds to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer. The swap, considered among the biggest one-for-one trades in baseball history, of the next ‘Willie Mays’ (Bonds) for the next ‘Mickey Mantle’ (Murcer) marks the first time two $600,000 players have traded for one another.

1975       In a fitting finish to one of the most classic World Series ever played, the Reds beat the Red Sox in a thrilling Game 7 victory, 4-3. Future Hall of Fame infielder Joe Morgan’s ninth-inning bloop single into center field, scoring Ken Griffey, proves to be the decisive hit in the Fenway Park contest.

1979       Ed Kranepool declares his free agency, ending his 18-year major league career, played entirely with the Mets. The first baseman and pinch-hitter, who signed with the expansion team in 1962 at the age of 17 as an amateur free agent, set franchise records in eight categories, including the most hits (1,418), most games played (1,853), at-bats (5,436), and pinch-hits (90).

1986       After losing the first two games at home, the Mets pull even with the Red Sox in the World Series. Gary Carter’s two Fenway Park home runs power New York to a 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.

1997       With the temperature hovering at 35 degrees, the coldest start of any postseason game on record, the Indians’ bats come out smoking in Game 4 of the World Series, scoring three runs in the first and another trio of tallies in the third inning in their 10-3 rout of the Marlins at Jacobs Field. The two rookie starters, Cleveland’s 21-year-old right-hander Jaret Wright and Florida’s 23-year-old southpaw Tony Saunders mark the sixth time two freshman hurlers have opposed one another in the Fall Classic.

2000       The Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games, defeating the Mets, 6-5, in a Game 2 contest overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. Due to the Rocket’s beaning of the Mets’ superstar in July, the eagerly awaited at-bat results in the confrontation of the two players and the emptying of both benches.

2002       In Game 3 of the World Series, Giants’ P.A. announcer Renel Brooks-Moon becomes the first woman to announce a championship game in any professional sport. The Bay Area native sends the scorecard from the Fall Classic contest to the Hall of Fame.

2003       In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Alex Gonzalez’s solo home run off Jeff Weaver in the bottom of the 12th gives the Marlins a 4-3 victory over New York and ties the series at two games apiece. The loss ends the Yankees’ extra-inning World Series game-winning streak at seven.

2006       The Spiezios become the first father-and-son combination in baseball history to have appeared in a World Series game as a player for the same franchise. Scott, the Cardinals’ current second baseman, and his father, Ed, a third baseman for the 1967 club, both played for in the Fall Classic for winning Redbird teams.

2007       Tony La Russa agrees to a two-year contract to continue as the Cardinals manager. During his 12-year tenure in St. Louis, the 63-year-old skipper has compiled a 1,055-887 (.543) record, including six Central Division championships, two NL pennants, and one World Series Championship.

2007       Washington State native Mel Stottlemyre returns to the big leagues as the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners, accepting a one-year contract to join skipper John McLaren’s staff. The former pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets, who is receiving treatment for multiple myeloma, left the Bronx after the 2005 season, tiring of the criticism from owner George Steinbrenner.

2007       Orioles’ interim manager Dave Trembley has his contract extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009. Since his horrific first game as skipper in June, losing to the Rangers 30-3, the team has a winning record and has not lost more than three in a row.

2008       Jack Zduriencik, the first non-GM to be selected as Baseball America Executive of the Year, is named the Mariners general manager, the eighth in franchise history. Due to his scouting savvy, the former Brewers vice president and special assistant for player personnel receives credit for Milwaukee’s marked improvement.

2008       For only the third time in World Series history, and the first since 1997, when Jim Palmer faced Gary Nolan, both starting pitchers in Game 1 are under the age of 25. Cole Hamels, the 24-year-old left-hander, gets the victory when the Phillies beat the Rays and their 24-year-old southpaw Scott Kazmir at Tropicana Field, 3-2.

2011       In the Cardinals’ 16-7 rout of the Rangers in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, Albert Pujols hits three homers, drives in six runs, and collects five hits, equaling three World Series records. ‘Prince Albert’, who also set a Series mark with 14 total bases, connects on fastballs from three different Texas pitchers, joining Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson for the most round-trippers in a World Series game.

2013       Tim Lincecum agrees to a two-year $35 million deal to stay with the Giants. The 29-year-old fan favorite, a two-time Cy Young winner who pitched a no-hitter this year, has a 4.76 ERA over his last two seasons with San Francisco.

2016       The Cubs win their first pennant since 1945, blanking the Dodgers 5-0 at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the NLCS. Kyle Hendrick, who goes 7.1 innings, and Aroldis Chapman combine to face the minimum 27 batters, allowing only two hits and one walk, making it the first time this has occurred in the postseason play since Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

Scrimmage Downs Established

October 21, 1882 – Major Rules revision occurred per historian Parke H. Davis in his book ‘Football: The American Intercollegiate Game”. The game was changed from the “Block Game” which since there was not a set number of downs and distance, teams like Princeton developed the style of play where they could snap the ball and gain no ground and keep the ball for an entire half of a game to keep an undefeated record. Walter Camp proposed that the offensive team be required to advance the ball at least five yards in three scrimmage downs and these down-and-distance rules, combined with the establishment of the line of scrimmage, transformed the game from a variation of rugby football into the very different and unique game of American football.

Dryer gets a deuce … twice

October 21, 1973 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams became the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game. In an article on barstoolsports.com it is found that going into the 1973 Week 6 matchup with the Pack the LA Rams were 5-0, while the Packers were 2-1-2. By the fourth quarter, the Rams were in a comfortable position, taking a 20-7 lead. As the game was winding down, Fred Dryer took down quarterback Scott Hunter in the end zone. On the next possession, Dryer sacked backup Jim Del Gaizo for another safety for a final score of 24-7. A few days later, Fred Dryer was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Newsome Starts Streak

October 21, 1979 – Ozzie Newsome begins his NFL streak of 150 consecutive games with a reception. In a UPI article by Thomas M. Burnettrich dated October 29, 1989 about the game when the streak ended on October 29, 1989. The story goes that Newsome was injured after the first Cleveland offensive play in the second half and had not had a reception in the first half against the Oilers. Newsome, by his own choice, decided not to go back into the game to try and preserve the streak with a short reception. The Browns prevailed without their star receiver contributing on the stat line as they cruised to a 28-17 victory over the Houston Oilers.

Cox Boots a Franchise Record

October 21, 1984 – Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio – Cleveland Browns’ Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal. The amazing thing was that Cox was the punter and kick off guy on the Brown’s roster that season, Matt Bahr was the field goal and extra point kicker. Bahr had booted a 50 yarder earlier in the first quarter, but with time waning in the 2nd stanza, the Brown’s faced a fourth down and were just out of the range of Bahr’s accuracy. Since Cox had a powerful kick off leg Cleveland decided to trot him out there for the attempt. The NFL rule for placing the ball at the spot it was kicked from after a missed field goal was not present in that era, so with 28 seconds left on the clock, the worst that would probably occur on a miss would be a touchback. Cox’s kick went through and knotted the game at the half 6-6. The Bengals however managed to come on in the second half and won the game 12-9.

Biggest NCAA Comeback Ever!

October 21, 2006 – Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois – The Michigan State Spartans set an NCAA record when they staged a comeback victory after being down by 35 points. According to Enacademic.com the Spartans scored 38 unanswered points after trailing the Wildcats of Northwestern by the score of 38-3 at the 9:54 left in the 3rd quarter. Michigan State back up quarterback Bryan Hoyer came off the bench to help his team escape with a 41-38 ‘W”.

Bironas Nails 8

October 21, 2007 – Reliant Stadium, Houston Texas – Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas sets NFL record for most points scored in a game without a TD by a player, with 26. Everyone of Bironas’s 8 field goals were needed as the Titans defeated the Houston Texans by the close score of 38-36 win.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

4 – 38 – 1 – 25 – 14 – 24 – 12 – 51 – 31

October 22, 1885 – John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, which in essence was the first baseball players union

October 22, 1966 – Ice hockey legend, Number 4 for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr scored his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

October 22, 1972 – World Series: Oakland A’s beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; A’s first C’ship since 1930, first in Oakland: MVP: A’s catcher Number 38, Gene Tenace

October 22, 1974 – The New York Yankees traded outfielder Bobby Murcer, Number 1 to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Bobby Bonds, Number 25

October 22, 1975 – World Series: Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4-3 at Fenway Park for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Reds switch hitter Number 14, Pete Rose

October 22, 1976 – Rick Barry, Number 24 of the San Francisco Warriors franchise, began the then longest NBA free throw streak of 60 made shots from the charity stripe

October 22, 1984 – Future Pro Football HOF quarterback Ken Stabler, Number 12 retires after 17 seasons in the NFL with Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints

October 22, 1996 – New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Number 51 hit a record tying 7th post season HR, as Yanks tie record of 6th straight post season road win (en route to 8)

October 22, 1999 – NHL goaltender Number 31, Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Syracuse at Clemson12:00pmABC
Cincinnati at SMU12:00pmESPN
Akron at Kent State12:00pmESPN+
Indiana at Rutgers12:00pmBTN
Kansas at Baylor12:00pmESPN2
ULM at Army12:00pmCBSSN
UT Martin at Tennessee12:00pmSECN
Houston at Navy12:00pmESPNU
Iowa at Ohio State12:00pmFOX
Duke at Miami (FL)12:30pmESPN3
Toledo at Buffalo1:00pmESPN+
Bowling Green at Central Michigan1:00pmESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Ball State2:00pmESPN+
NIU at Ohio2:00pmESPN+
UNLV at Notre Dame2:30pmPeacock
West Virginia at Texas Tech3:00pmFS1
Rice at Louisiana Tech3:00pmESPN+
UCLA at Oregon3:30pmFOX
Texas at Oklahoma State3:30pmABC
BYU at Liberty3:30pmESPNU
Purdue at Wisconsin3:30pmESPN
Marshall at James Madison3:30pmESPN+
Northwestern at Maryland3:30pmBTN
North Texas at UTSA3:30pmStadium
Boston College at 14 Wake Forest3:30pmACCN
FIU at Charlotte3:30pm
Memphis at Tulane3:30pmESPN2
Western Michigan at Miami (Ohio)3:30pmCBSSN
Georgia Southern at Old Dominion3:30pmESPN+
9 Ole Miss at LSU3:30pmCBS
Vanderbilt at Missouri4:00pmSECN
Hawaii at Colorado State4:00pm
Florida Atlantic at UTEP4:00pmESPN+
Arizona State at Stanford4:00pmPAC12N
Southern Miss at Texas State5:00pmESPN+
Arkansas State at Louisiana5:00pmESPN+
San Jose State at New Mexico State6:00pmFloSports
Fresno State at New Mexico6:30pmFS2
Boise State at Air Force7:00pmCBSSN
16 Mississippi State at Alabama7:00pmESPN
UCF at East Carolina7:30pmESPNU
Texas A&M at South Carolina7:30pmSECN
Minnesota at Penn State7:30pmABC
Kansas State at TCU8:00pmFS1
Pitt at Louisville8:00pmACCN
Colorado at Oregon State8:00pmPAC12N
Utah State at Wyoming9:45pmFS2
San Diego State at Nevada10:30pmCBSSN
Washington at California10:30pmESPN
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Mallorca Golf Open8:00amGOLF
PGA: CJ Cup3:00pmGOLF
LPGA: BMW Ladies Championship11:00pmGOLF
MLB PLAYOFFSTime ETTV
ALCS Game 3: Houston at NY Yankees5:00pmTBS
NLCS Game 4: San Diego at Philadelphia7:45pmFOX
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Truck: Baptist Health 2001:00pmFS1
Xfinity: Contender Boats 2504:30pmUSA
NBATIME ETTV
San Antonio at Philadelphia6:00pmNBATV
NBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Detroit at Indiana7:00pmBally Sports
Boston at Orlando7:00pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
Cleveland at Chicago8:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Houston at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Toronto at Miami8:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Memphis at Dallas8:30pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Oklahoma City at Denver9:00pmBally Sports
Altitude
LA Clippers at Sacramento10:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
NHLTIME ETTV
Minnesota at Boston1:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
NESN
San Jose at New Jersey1:00pmMSGSN
NBCS-CA
Arizona at Ottawa4:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
St .Louis at Edmonton4:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Dallas at Montreal7:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
NY Islanders at Tampa Bay7:00pmMSGSN
Bally Sports
Pittsburgh at Columbus7:00pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Toronto at Winnipeg7:00pmSportsnet
Los Angeles at Washington7:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-WSH
Philadelphia at Nashville8:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Buffalo at Vancouver10:00pmMSG-BUF
Sportsnet
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