Adams Central 65 Eastside 44
Anderson 64 Muncie Central 30
Argos 54 Clinton Christian 34
Attica 52 Indiana Deaf 42
Batesville 64 East Central 62
Bloomfield 49 Bloomington South 42
Bloomington North 70 Evansville Reitz 39
Cambridge City Lincoln 75 MTI Knowledge 41
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 54 New Haven 51
Cascade 61 Northview 56
Centerville 57 Franklin County 39
Chesterton 61 Hammond Central 49
Clinton Prairie 46 Covington 36
Columbia City 47 West Noble 42
Columbus Christian 59 Crothersville 52
Daleville 78 Eastern (Greentown) 66
Demotte Christian 64 Whiting 39
Evansville Christian 60 Mount Carmel (Ill.) 49
Evansville Harrison 84 Owensboro (Ky.) 45
Evansville Memorial 63 Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) 61
Fairfield 66 Elkhart Christian 39
Faith Christian 60 Tri-Central 57
Forest Park 60 Jasper 51
Fort Wayne Canterbury 54 Smith Academy 20
Gary 21st Century 72 Indianapolis Tindley 45
Greenfield-Central 54 Avon 50
Hamilton Southeastern 76 Southport 69
Hanover Central 64 Boone Grove 46
Hauser 60 Oldenburg Academy 58
Hebron 74 West Central 37
Henryville 59 New Washington 57
Heritage Christian 63 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 53
Indianapolis Cathedral 70 Franklin Central 61
Indianapolis Tech 58 Indianapolis Metropolitan 54
Iroquois West (Ill.) 45 South Newton 36
Jeffersonville 77 Jennings County 61
Knightstown 59 North Decatur 53
Knox 52 Oregon-Davis 33
Kokomo 72 Lebanon 39
LaPorte 60 Goshen 46
Lawrence North 84 Fort Wayne Snider 46
Lawrenceburg 63 Rising Sun 41
Linton-Stockton 69 Purdue Poly Englewood 55
McCutcheon 52 Frankfort 43
Merrillville 36 Culver Academy 35
Monrovia 71 Indianapolis Scecina 41
Morgan Twp. 52 Washington Twp. 45
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 70 Pike 66 OT
New Palestine 86 Connersville 39
North Central (Indianapolis) 77 Floyd Central 70
North Posey 71 Perry Central 45
NorthWood 76 Lakeland 49
Northwestern 66 Rossville 47
Orleans 46 Edgewood 36
Paoli 48 Eastern Greene 47
Pendleton Heights 59 Mississinewa 48
Peru 72 Western 59
Rensselaer Central 66 Frontier 62
Richmond 74 Logansport 45
Seton Catholic 65 South Decatur 59
Seymour 47 South Ripley 24
Shakamak 58 Riverton Parke 56
Shenandoah 69 Randolph Southern 52
South Vermillion 57 Martinsville 47
Southridge 58 Tell City 37
Southwood 55 Madison-Grant 50
Switzerland County 78 Austin 71 OT
Terre Haute North 54 Clay City 41
Tipton 74 Taylor 35
Twin Lakes 45 Crawfordsville 32
Union (Modoc) 52 GEO Next Generation 47
Union City 66 Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 44
Vincennes Rivet 56 Lighthouse Christian 54
Warren Central 57 Fort Wayne Northrop 39
Warsaw 54 Westville 39
West Lafayette 65 Tri-County 44
White River Valley 79 Washington Catholic 29
Whitko 50 LaVille 48
Winchester 64 Hagerstown 48
Yorktown 69 Jay County 31
Pioneer Conference playoffs
Muncie Burris 53 Indianapolis International 52 7th


Lake Central 54 South Bend Washington 38
Valparaiso 47 Northridge 46
Homestead 51 McCutcheon 34
Noblesville 43 Fort Wayne Snider 40
Decatur Central
Plainfield 48 Pike 43
Lawrence Central 58 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 30
Bedford NL
Center Grove 48 Bedford North Lawrence 27
Franklin 69 Evansville North 30

Bremen 41 Hanover Central 37
NorthWood 54 New Prairie 41
Hamilton Heights 55 Woodlan 31
Norwell 58 Benton Central 44
Danville 57 Speedway 23
Indianapolis Chatard 64 Indian Creek 60
Crawford County
Gibson Southern 57 Washington 40
Scottsburg 62 Greensburg 51

Andrean 31 LaVille 26
Lewis Cass 37 Fremont 25
Fort Wayne Luers 57 Lafayette Central Catholic 46
Lapel 59 Eastbrook 45
Eastern Hancock 55 Parke Heritage 40
Sheridan 46 Northeastern 31
Brownstown Central 55 South Spencer 50 2OT
West Washington
Linton-Stockton 37 North Decatur 30

Marquette Catholic 54 Morgan Twp. 43
Caston 44 Bethany Christian 29
Union City 51 Daleville 32
Clinton Central 58 Northfield 16
Jac-Cen-Del 34 Eminence 25
North Central (Farmersburg) 55 Bethesda Christian 50
Crawford County
Lanesville 48 Barr-Reeve 31
West Washington
Wood Memorial 62 Trinity Lutheran 49



TOP 10

1             CROWN POINT                                253.0

2             PENN HIGH SCHOOL                      98.0

3             ROCHESTER                                      83.5

4             LAKE CENTRAL                                67.0

4             MISHAWAKA HIGH SCHOOL        67.0

6             HOBART                                            65.5

7             MERRILLVILLE                                  63.5

8             PLYMOUTH                                      44.0

9             LAFAYETTE HARRISON                  37.5

10           LOWELL                                             33.0


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Mason Jones of Lake Central
  • 2nd Place – Teigan Newell of Crown Point
  • 3rd Place – Alonzo Chantea of Plymouth
  • 4th Place – Grant Holloway of Rochester


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gavin Lewis of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Brady Harper of Penn High School
  • 3rd Place – Mario Orueta of Lake Central
  • 4th Place – Beck Doughty of Rensselaer Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gavin Jendreas of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Cameron Woods of Portage
  • 3rd Place – Seth Aubin of Hobart
  • 4th Place – Adrian Origel of North Newton


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – LT Hawkins of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Matthew Maldonado of Merrillville
  • 3rd Place – Layne Horn of Rochester
  • 4th Place – Dylan Bennett of Penn High School


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Hayden DeMarco of Chesterton
  • 2nd Place – Sontonio Sessa of Crown Point
  • 3rd Place – Hayden Fritz of West Central
  • 4th Place – Dylan Fernandez of Lafayette Harrison


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Clinton Shepherd of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Luke Reid of Valparaiso
  • 3rd Place – Wesley Smith of Plymouth
  • 4th Place – Josh England of LaPorte


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Zar Walker of Mishawaka High School
  • 2nd Place – Jeffrey Huyvaert of New Prairie
  • 3rd Place – Marlone Kirksy of Merrillville
  • 4th Place – Avery Stanley of Rensselaer Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Wesley Harper of Penn High School
  • 2nd Place – Christopher Bohn of Munster
  • 3rd Place – Kaptur Nowaczyk of Crown Point
  • 4th Place – Chase Kasprzak of Lake Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Adrian Pellot of Merrillville
  • 2nd Place – Beau Brabender of Mishawaka High School
  • 3rd Place – Griffin VanTichelt of Crown Point
  • 4th Place – Javon Frost of Delphi


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Anthony Rinehart of Crown Point
  • 2nd Place – Brant Beck of Rochester
  • 3rd Place – Isaac Sinks of Lafayette Harrison
  • 4th Place – Emilio Tirado of Lake Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Aidan Costello of Hobart
  • 2nd Place – Zymarion Hollyfield of Penn High School
  • 3rd Place – Ethan Popp of Lafayette Harrison
  • 4th Place – Aidan White of Crown Point


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Aleksandar Tatum of Hobart
  • 2nd Place – Kenneth Bisping of Lowell
  • 4th Place – Vincent Freeman of Penn High School
  • 4th Place – Trey Dunning of Mishawaka High School


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Jayden Bartoszek of Hanover Central
  • 2nd Place – Will Clark of Crown Point
  • 4th Place – Cole Chicione of McCutcheon
  • 4th Place – Alex Deming of Rochester


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Brady Beck of Rochester
  • 2nd Place – Paul Clark of Crown Point
  • 4th Place – Aramis McNutt of Highland
  • 4th Place – Anthony Popi of Plymouth


TOP 10

1             BROWNSBURG                                196.0

2             CENTER GROVE                               180.5

3             AVON                                                 82.0

4             FLOYD CENTRAL                              81.0

5             EVANSVILLE MATER DEI               68.5

6             MONROVIA                                      49.0

7             TELL CITY                                          48.0

8             COLUMBUS NORTH                       39.5

9             HERITAGE HILLS                              39.0

10           TERRE HAUTE SOUTH                    38.0


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Royce Malone of Monrovia
  • 2nd Place – Talon Jessup of Columbus East
  • 3rd Place – Mason Goelz of Avon
  • 4th Place – Joseph Hamilton of Center Grove


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Revin Dickman of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Nathan Rioux of Avon
  • 3rd Place – Caleb Schaefer of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 4th Place – Gavin Ash of Monrovia


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Charlie LaRocca of Center Grove
  • 2nd Place – Isaac Ash of Monrovia
  • 3rd Place – Ty Henderson of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 4th Place – Tony Kessinger of Floyd Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Isaiah Schaefer of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 2nd Place – Braylon Reynolds of Brownsburg
  • 3rd Place – Luke Rioux of Avon
  • 4th Place – Fynn Douglas of Floyd Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Jake Hockaday of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Eddie Goss of Center Grove
  • 4th Place – Quinten Schoeff of Avon
  • 4th Place – Keith Parker of Ben Davis


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Brady Ison of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Justice Thornton of Columbus North
  • 4th Place – Chase Stephens of Tell City
  • 4th Place – William Vander Luitgaren of Center Grove


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Parker Reynolds of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Reese Courtney of Center Grove
  • 4th Place – Branson Weaver of Owen Valley
  • 4th Place – Gabe Rose of Switzerland Co


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Wyatt Krejsa of Center Grove
  • 2nd Place – Hunter May of Floyd Central
  • 4th Place – Tyler Vanover of Evansville Mater Dei
  • 4th Place – Alex Smith of Heritage Hills


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Asher Ratliff of Columbus North
  • 2nd Place – Silas Stits of Center Grove
  • 4th Place – Cael Hickok of Bloomington North
  • 4th Place – Mason Day of Brownsburg


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Evan Roudebush of Bloomington South
  • 2nd Place – Jesse Derringer of Brownsburg
  • 4th Place – Oliver Hallett of Indian Creek
  • 4th Place – Coy Bender of Terre Haute South


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Bray Emerine of Floyd Central
  • 2nd Place – Noah Clouser of Center Grove
  • 4th Place – Noah Sumner of Martinsville
  • 4th Place – Cooper McCloy of Terre Haute South


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Gunner Henry of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Kaden McConnell of Center Grove
  • 4th Place – Noah Terry of Tell City
  • 4th Place – Collin Casad of Terre Haute South


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Caden Brewer of Brownsburg
  • 2nd Place – Landon Terry of Tell City
  • 4th Place – Parker Hart of Heritage Hills
  • 4th Place – Aiden Beadles of South Putnam


Guaranteed Places

  • 2nd Place – Nate Johnson of Center Grove
  • 2nd Place – Oluwagbenga Orisadare of Avon
  • 4th Place – Hayden Smith of Heritage Hills
  • 4th Place – Justin Brown of Floyd Central


TOP 10

1             DELTA                                  115.0

2             BELLMONT (IN)                82.5

3             NEW HAVEN                     76.0

4             WESTERN                           71.5

5             COWAN                              52.0

6             JAY COUNTY                      50.0

7             FORT WAYNE SNIDER     40.0

7             GARRETT HIGH SCHOOL 40.0

9             LEO                                      37.0

10           PRAIRIE HEIGHTS            30.0


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jensen Boyd of Delta
  • 2nd Place – Julianna Ocampo of New Haven
  • 3rd Place – Rex Moore of Manchester
  • 4th Place – Charlie Fleshman of Central Noble


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Ayden Bollinger of Delta
  • 2nd Place – Jalen Sawyer-May of Kokomo
  • 3rd Place – Kaleb Salazar of Wawasee
  • 4th Place – Karrington Cooper of New Haven


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Tanner Tishner of Western
  • 2nd Place – Henry Faurote of Bellmont (IN)
  • 3rd Place – Kaid Jackson of Delta
  • 4th Place – Hunter Douglas of Norwell


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Bradin Daniels of Union City
  • 2nd Place – Cody Rowles of Jay County
  • 3rd Place – Drew Waldon of Dekalb
  • 4th Place – Neal Mosier of Delta


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jackson Bradley of Cowan
  • 2nd Place – Tye Linser of Western
  • 3rd Place – Carter Fielden of Garrett High School
  • 4th Place – Cole Stuffel of Yorktown


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Tony Wood of Jay County
  • 2nd Place – Linkin Carter of Eastside
  • 3rd Place – Cameron Dews of Elkhart
  • 4th Place – Taiden Chambers of West Noble


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Easton Doster of New Haven
  • 2nd Place – Brody Hagewood of Prairie Heights
  • 3rd Place – Colt Bollenbacher of South Adams
  • 4th Place – Emilio Liscano of Oak Hill


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Aidan Elkins of New Haven
  • 2nd Place – Jayden Jett of Cowan
  • 3rd Place – Luke Teusch of Huntington North
  • 4th Place – Brock Hagewood of Prairie Heights


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Mitchell Betz of Western
  • 2nd Place – Teegan Clouse of West Noble
  • 3rd Place – Gavin Davis of Bellmont (IN)
  • 4th Place – Kévon Russell of Fort Wayne Snider


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Duke Myers of Bellmont (IN)
  • 2nd Place – Kaeb Stebbins of Delta
  • 3rd Place – Levi Abbott of Cowan
  • 4th Place – Ethan Smith of Fort Wayne Snider


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Chase Leech of Garrett High School
  • 2nd Place – Braxton Russell of Delta
  • 3rd Place – Laish Detwiler of Goshen
  • 4th Place – Ethan Farnell of Maconaquah


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Elias Cressell of Wabash
  • 2nd Place – Eli Coolman of Leo
  • 3rd Place – Donovan Blair of Wawasee
  • 4th Place – Keith Miller of Northwood


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Travis Henke of Northridge
  • 2nd Place – Keagan Martin of Bellmont (IN)
  • 3rd Place – Julante Hinton of Fort Wayne Northrop
  • 4th Place – Preston Duffy of Manchester


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Juan Cruz of Bluffton
  • 2nd Place – Ethan Dodson of Fort Wayne Snider
  • 3rd Place – Isaiah Coolman of Leo
  • 4th Place – James Hartleroad of Dekalb


TOP 10

1             WARREN CENTRAL                         143.5

2             INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL         124.5

3             RONCALLI                                         96.0

4             NEW PALESTINE                              82.0

5             NEW CASTLE                                    52.0

6             ZIONSVILLE                                      49.0

7             NOBLESVILLE H.S.                           48.0

8             FISHERS                                             42.0

8             HAMILTON HEIGHTS H.S.             42.0

10           LAWRENCE NORTH                        41.0


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Peyton Schoettle of Roncalli
  • 2nd Place – Heather Crull of Northeastern
  • 3rd Place – John Bissmeyer of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 4th Place – Caleb Morrow of Indianapolis Lutheran


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Blake Getz of Roncalli
  • 2nd Place – Bradyn Volz of Eastern Hancock
  • 3rd Place – Nathan Reyes of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 4th Place – Sully Frazier of Zionsville


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Chayce Yant of Fishers
  • 2nd Place – Jett McGuire of Greenfield Central
  • 3rd Place – Tommy Frazier of Zionsville
  • 4th Place – Richard Rogers of Franklin Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Gunner Butt of New Palestine
  • 2nd Place – Eli Broady of Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
  • 3rd Place – Gavin Bragg of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 4th Place – Peter Nguyen of Guerin Catholic H.S.


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Tylin Thrine of New Castle
  • 2nd Place – Cole Vandygriff of New Palestine
  • 3rd Place – Jack Davis of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard
  • 4th Place – Isaac Kuhn of Hamilton Heights H.S.


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Kyrel Leavell of Warren Central
  • 2nd Place – Gavyn Whitehead of New Castle
  • 3rd Place – Jaylen Covington of Pendleton Heights H.S.
  • 4th Place – Blake Jones of Lawrence North


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Christian Arberry of Warren Central
  • 2nd Place – Dillon Graham of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 3rd Place – Bryce Doss of New Palestine
  • 4th Place – Marlin Williams of Southmont


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Braden Getz of Roncalli
  • 2nd Place – Carson Fettig of Hamilton Heights H.S.
  • 3rd Place – Moses Stevenson of Franklin Central
  • 4th Place – Mason Adams of Western Boone


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Anthony Cashman of Warren Central
  • 2nd Place – Aidan Kincaide of Noblesville H.S.
  • 3rd Place – Silas Foster of Purdue Polytechnic
  • 4th Place – Michael Cain of Hamilton Heights H.S.


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Waylon Cressell of Warren Central
  • 2nd Place – Zach Huckaby of Perry Meridian
  • 3rd Place – Xavier Smith of Fishers
  • 4th Place – James Dozier of Roncalli


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Brenton Russell of Warren Central
  • 2nd Place – Michael White of Lawrence North
  • 3rd Place – Kyle Harden of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 4th Place – Silas Frye of Greenfield Central


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Noah Weaver of Rossville
  • 2nd Place – Luke Penola of Zionsville
  • 3rd Place – Colin Whetsel of New Palestine
  • 4th Place – Nathan Shafer of New Castle


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Jackson Weingart of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 2nd Place – Wyatt Woodall of Southmont
  • 3rd Place – Brandon Johnson of Lawrence North
  • 4th Place – Devin Kendrex of Mt. Vernon (Fortville)


Guaranteed Places

  • 1st Place – Austin Hastings of Noblesville H.S.
  • 2nd Place – Hosia Smith of Indianapolis Cathedral
  • 3rd Place – Max Amberger of Batesville
  • 4th Place – Perris Green of Warren Central


 1 CARMEL  433

 2 PENN 212

 3 FISHERS  202





 8 CONCORD  94


 10 WAWASEE 78







 17 CASTLE  29


 19 KOKOMO 27













 32 WESTFIELD 9.50

 33 JASPER 6

 33 MUNSTER  6

 33 DELTA 6




 39 ANGOLA 3
















#16 ALABAMA 109 LSU 92




#14 IOWA STATE 71 TCU 59








#4 KANSAS 64 #13 BAYLOR 61




















#7 TEXAS 65 TCU 43




































PATRICK MAHOMES BY AIR YARDS — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was at his best on shorter passes this season, recording the most completions (320) and touchdowns (19) on passes traveling less than 10 air yards during the regular season. This prowess was evident against the Ravens in the AFC Championship, where he completed 26 of 28 passes for 159 yards on such attempts. However, there’s been a notable shift in Mahomes’ once-signature deep ball (i.e., passes over 20 air yards). From 2018-2021, Mahomes led all quarterbacks with 44 deep touchdown passes. Since 2022, he has added just two more. In the Divisional Round against the Bills, Mahomes’ performance marked only his second game in the last two seasons with three or more deep completions, finishing 3 for 3 for 84 yards and a touchdown on passes over 20 air yards. His 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce late in the second quarter was his first deep touchdown pass since Week 7. 

ISIAH PACHECO AFTER CONTACT — Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco has had a successful sophomore season, leading the league with an average of 4.7 yards per carry against stacked boxes (i.e., 8+ defenders in the box) through the playoffs among rushers with at least 30 carries. Pacheco also ranked fifth in yards after contact per carry (3.5) during the regular season among rushers with at least 100 carries, with 77.1% of his total rushing yards coming after contact. 

L’JARIUS SNEED AS A SHUTDOWN CORNER — Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed shadowed opponent’s no. 1 receiver in 7 games this season, most in the NFL. Sneed excelled when targeted downfield, allowing the lowest completion percentage among all defenders on targets of 10+ air yards (24.4%, min. 25 targets). After not allowing a touchdown in coverage during the regular season (on 90 targets), Sneed allowed his only touchdown of the season as the nearest defender against Bills receiver Khalil Shakir in the Divisional Round. 

CREED HUMPHREY AS A PASS PROTECTOR — Chiefs center Creed Humphrey has been one of the best centers in pass protection since entering the league in 2021, allowing a bottom five pressure rate in all three seasons of his career. This season, he has allowed just a 3.5% pressure rate, the lowest among 33 centers with at least 300 pass blocking snaps (including playoffs). 

MATCHUP TO WATCH: TRAVIS KELCE vs 49ERS LINEBACKERS — The 49ers’ linebackers will face a significant challenge covering Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who led all tight ends with 393 receiving yards against linebackers as the nearest defender this season. Kelce also led all tight ends with 562 receiving yards in the middle third of the field. On the other side of the ball, the 49ers defense has locked down the middle third since drafting linebacker Fred Warner in 2018, allowing the lowest yards per attempt (7.0) to that area of the field as a unit over that span. Warner’s play has been complemented by that of fellow linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who allowed the 19th-most yards among linebackers in zone coverage this season (341) despite facing the second-most targets (66). Visit or follow @NextGenStats on X for more on Super Bowl LVIII. 

BROCK PURDY ELEVATES THE 49ERS OFFENSE — 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has brought a new element to Kyle Shanahan’s offense. More so than any of his predecessors, Purdy can fluidly move in and out of the tackle box, throwing more touchdowns from outside the tackle box (11) than any other quarterback during the regular season. He has already passed for nearly twice as many yards off of scrambles (485) in his year-and-a-half as the starter than Jimmy Garoppolo did during his 49ers tenure (250). Purdy has also picked up five more first downs on the ground as a scrambler (14) than Garoppolo did in his five seasons (9). This has resulted in Shanahan trusting the passing game more than ever, as the 49ers had their highest pass rate over expected on early downs in 2023 over their last seven seasons. 

CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY MAKES CASE FOR OPOY — 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey made a strong case for the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award. He led the league with +349 rushing yards over expected during the regular season and was the top running back with 239 receiving yards from non-backfield alignments. McCaffrey also became the first player since 2017 to lead the NFL in rushing yards both before contact (510) and after contact (949). 

AIYUK, SAMUEL & KITTLE LEAD TALENTED 49ERS RECEIVING CORP — 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk led the NFL this season in receptions (36) and receiving yards (696) on intermediate targets (i.e., 10 to 19 air yards). Aiyuk (53) trailed only Tyreek Hill in receptions past the sticks this season. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is the only receiver to align in the backfield, wide, tight, and in the slot on over 5% of snaps (minimum 250 snaps), while the 49ers have averaged 7.6 yards per play when Samuel aligns in the backfield. Samuel (+235) and tight end George Kittle (+192) led their respective position groups in yards after catch over expected. Both the 49ers and Chiefs offenses have excelled in yards after the catch this season, ranking first (6.7) and second (6.5) respectively in yards after catch per reception (including the postseason). While the 49ers comfortably led the NFL with +710 yards after the catch over expected, the Chiefs produced almost 500 more expected yards after catch (2,529) than any other offense this season. 

TRENT WILLIAMS SETS THE BLINDSIDE — 49ers left tackle Trent Williams continued to be a stalwart protecting the blindside of his quarterback. He has allowed the 5th-lowest pressure rate (7.3%) among the 36 left tackles with over 300 pass blocking snaps this season (including playoffs). Williams is also still a mauler in the run game. The 49ers have run to the left side of the formation on 59.5% of carries with Williams on the field, averaging 5.5 yards per carry on those runs. 

MATCHUP TO WATCH: NICK BOSA vs JAWAAN TAYLOR — A key matchup to watch is 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa against Chiefs right tackle Jawaan Taylor. Taylor allowed the longest average time to pressure among all offensive tackles with at least 300 pass blocking snaps this season (3.97 seconds, including playoffs). Bosa, who primarily lines up at the left edge position, needs 11 pressures in the Super Bowl to set the single-season NGS pressures record since 2018. His 104 pressures entering Sunday ranks fourth-most in that span. Bosa pressured Mahomes nine times in Super Bowl LIV.

Tremendous QB stories

The indomitable Patrick Mahomes has reached his fourth Super Bowl in five years, equaling what Tom Brady achieved last decade. Mahomes became an all-time great at warp speed. If the Chiefs repeat as champs – no NFL team’s done that since the mid-2000s Patriots – he will join Brady and Troy Aikman as quarterbacks who won three Lombardi trophies in their 20s.

Mahomes persistently coughed up the ball in 2023, tossing a career-worst 14 picks, but hasn’t made a single turnover-worthy play in the playoffs, per PFF. None of his last 203 passes in the postseason have been intercepted, meaning Brady’s record streak (237) could be broken Sunday. Mahomes avoided errors and was only sacked twice as Kansas City routed the Dolphins at home and edged the Bills and Ravens in demanding road duels.

Brock Purdy’s miniscule cap hit – 93 NFL QBs earn more money annually, per Over The Cap – enabled the 49ers to construct a stacked roster. His command of the offense, escapability when forced to scramble, and unflappability at 24 years old helped him guide that group to Vegas.

The last pick in the 2022 draft usually gets the job done. Purdy ranked in the top five in completion rate (69.4%), passing yards (267.5 per game), touchdowns (31), and explosive 20-plus-yard completions (72, the NFL high). The Lions intercepted a poor throw in the NFC title game, and another floater struck a cornerback’s hand and facemask before Brandon Aiyuk dove to snatch it. The improbable 51-yard gain sparked a major Niners comeback.

Chiefs’ defensive excellence

In an NFL first, no opponent scored 30 points against Kansas City over 20 regular-season or playoff games, per Stathead. A superb defense that ranked second in yards and scoring kept the Chiefs in every matchup and quieted talented offenses.

En route to the Super Bowl, K.C. surrendered 41 points (13.7 per game) against quality Miami, Buffalo, and Baltimore teams. Only 10 of those points were scored after halftime. Clutch takeaways in the AFC title game – the Chiefs stripped Lamar Jackson, forced a touchback fumble at the goal line, and intercepted Jackson when he passed into triple coverage – offset the K.C. offense’s second-half slowdown.

The Chiefs pester passers. Ranking second in sacks (57) and quarterback hits (125) this season helped them force the fifth-most punts, face the third-fewest field-goal attempts, and allow fewer scrimmage touchdowns than every team except Baltimore, per Pro Football Reference. Their four takedowns of Jackson in the conference championship included a sack on a safety blitz that pushed the Ravens out of kicking range.

The 49ers are a great foil. Boasting enviable depth, they were the sixth offense in the Super Bowl era to field four 1,000-yard playmakers, per Stathead.

The San Francisco defense is gifted, too. Edge rusher Nick Bosa’s seven QB hits (to go along with two sacks) top the playoff leaderboard, per PFF. The ballhawks around him forced multiple turnovers in seven of 11 Niners games from November through January.

49ers’ rushing edge

Pounding the ball upfield is a literal strength for the 49ers. Fronted by powerful linemen, their run blockers earned the highest collective PFF grade this season. Christian McCaffrey led the NFL in rushing yards gained before contact (853) and was second in yards after contact (606), showing he’s hard to catch and bring down.

McCaffrey leads all playoff rushers in touchdowns (four) and missed tackles forced (12). During the regular season, the Niners ran for more yards than the NFL team average (112.7) in 15 matchups. Their run defenders held 14 opponents below the average total, partly because they dissuaded clubs from testing them and faced the fewest rushing attempts.

Slumping lately, San Francisco surrendered big gains in the NFC playoff rounds. Tacklers whiffed as Packers running back Aaron Jones scampered for 53 yards, Lions wideout Jameson Williams scored on a 42-yard end around, and Detroit back Jahmyr Gibbs tiptoed into the end zone from 15 yards out.

Like McCaffrey, Chiefs lead back Isiah Pacheco housed a rushing TD in each of his last four playoff outings. Their streaks are tied for the 11th-longest in postseason history, per Stathead. Shouldering a heavy load, Pacheco’s 24 carries apiece against the Dolphins and Ravens helped K.C. set the tempo and dominate possession in those wins.

Telltale team stats

The 49ers outperformed the Chiefs this season in three notable ways:

Turnover margin: San Francisco’s 28 takeaways and 18 giveaways produced a plus-10 differential. Compiling the inverse stat line, Kansas City committed 28 giveaways with 17 takeaways to finish minus-11. The Chiefs didn’t win the turnover battle in any game between Week 6 and the conference championship.

Red-zone scoring: The Niners’ 67.2% touchdown rate led the league. The Chiefs crossed the plane on 54.1% of trips, which ranked 17th. San Francisco bagged a dozen more TDs in the situation (45-33) despite only visiting the red zone six more times (67-61), per Pro Football Reference.

Second-half scoring: The 49ers tallied an extra touchdown per week in second halves. They averaged 14.1 points to the Chiefs’ piddling 7.6, per Team Rankings. Many offenses cool after halftime – teams in the lead run the ball more, and trailing clubs force throws that get picked – but Mahomes’ unit only managed to outscore the lowly Jets, Titans, and Patriots.

The Chiefs gained 6.3 yards per play in first halves – the equivalent of ranking third in offense. Their average second-half play gained 4.8 yards, which was akin to ranking 28th. Mahomes’ completion rate (62.7%) and passer rating (85.7) after halftime resembled Gardner Minshew’s modest output over full games.

Counting the postseason, the Chiefs are 12-2 when they lead or are tied at the break. Halftime deficits led to four defeats, though they came back to beat the Bengals on New Year’s Eve and the Bills in the divisional round. Because of the defense’s impenetrability, they fended off the Ravens despite punting on five straight second-half drives.

Secondary MVP candidates

Quarterbacks tend to be the Super Bowl MVP. Their 32 triumphs in 57 tries include 14 wins this century. Mahomes has been honored twice already.

Five wideouts, three linebackers, and a safety have swiped the award since 2000. Gaudy stats draw attention to unconventional candidates. Star defenders sometimes prevail when the opposing offense is silenced.

The following pass-catchers and defensive weapons could conceivably swing the game and garner votes:

Travis Kelce: The Chiefs tight end leads the NFL in playoff receiving touchdowns (three) and catches (23 for 262 yards, or 87.3 per matchup). His 11 grabs on that many targets in the AFC title game included some acrobatic snares in close coverage. Heating up, Kelce just scored in consecutive games for the first time since September.

Aiyuk: Explosive when Purdy eyed him this season, the 49ers’ top wideout ranked seventh in receiving yardage (1,342) while placing second in yards per catch (17.9) and yards per target (12.8). Aiyuk’s huge gain against the Lions accounts for half his playoff production (100 yards) to date. He has one more shot to break open a massive game.

George Karlaftis: The Chiefs edge rusher grabbed a fumble against the Ravens and has 2.5 playoff sacks despite failing to generate consistent pressure. Karlaftis’ pass-rush win rate in January was 7.3%, down from 12.7% this season, per PFF. That said, paths to Purdy will open if nose tackle Chris Jones destabilizes the 49ers’ offensive line from the interior.

Fred Warner: The All-Pro linebacker has anchored strong Niners defenses since 2018, back when Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard, and Nick Mullens quarterbacked the squad to four wins. Warner earned his position’s top PFF grade in 2023 by making the kind of splash play (four interceptions, four forced fumbles) that, if timed well, can complete a championship quest.


PATRICK MAHOMES and BROCK PURDY were both in elementary school the last time an NFL team won consecutive Super Bowls.

When New England defeated Philadelphia on Feb. 6, 2005, to secure a second straight title in Super Bowl XXXIX, ANDY REID was on the Eagles’ sideline in a 24-21 loss. This time, Reid, Mahomes and the Chiefs have an opportunity to break the longest stretch of seasons without a repeat champion in NFL history. There were eight repeat winners over the first 39 Super Bowls, but none over the last 18.

Nineteen years ago, KYLE SHANAHAN had just ended his first season as an NFL assistant coach with Tampa Bay. And after watching his father, Mike, win consecutive Super Bowls (1997-98) as head coach of the Denver Broncos, the younger Shanahan with a victory this week would make that father-son tandem the first such duo in NFL annals to win Super Bowls as head coaches.

CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY’s dad, Ed, was a wide receiver on each of those Broncos teams and he also earned a ring in San Francisco’s last Super Bowl-winning season, 1994, when Mike Shanahan was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator. Could the Shanahans and McCaffreys create a remarkable generational milestone this week?

Not if CHRIS JONES and the vaunted Chiefs defense has their way. And not if Mahomes can capture his third Super Bowl victory, something only four previous quarterbacks have accomplished: TOM BRADY (seven) and Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRY BRADSHAW (four), JOE MONTANA (four) and TROY AIKMAN (three).

So stock up that pantry, don’t forget ice for the coolers, dust off your favorite Super Bowl recipes and join more than 100 million of your closest friends watching on CBS.

Super Bowl LVIII is here.

The Starting 11 entering Super Bowl LVIII

1.   SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE: Since Allegiant Stadium opened in 2020, the Chiefs and 49ers are a combined 5-0 at the facility. Kansas City is 4-0 all-time in Las Vegas, including a Week 12 victory over the Raiders earlier this season. The 49ers, meanwhile, won their only regular-season game at the stadium, a 37-34 overtime triumph over Las Vegas in Week 17 of the 2022 season.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 11: The number of Pro Bowl selections, including 2023, earned by 49ers tackle TRENT WILLIAMS prior to playing in his first Super Bowl this week. Only three other players – Pro Football Hall of Famers CHAMP BAILEY (12), BRUCE MATTHEWS (12) and REGGIE WHITE (11) – earned as many Pro Bowl selections prior to playing in their first Super Bowls.

3.   LEGENDARY PACE: Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES at age 28 will become the youngest quarterback in history to start a fourth Super Bowl, two years faster than the previous youngest, 30-year-old TOM BRADY in 2007. With a victory, Mahomes would join Brady and Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN as the only quarterbacks ever to win three Super Bowls prior to their 30th birthdays.

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: The key to victory in Super Bowl LVIII could be in the middle of the field. When the nearest defender was a linebacker, Kansas City’s TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends during the regular season with 393 receiving yards, according to Next Gen Stats. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s FRED WARNER allowed only a 61.9 passer rating as the nearest defender in coverage this season, lowest among NFL linebackers per NGS.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Sunday features one of the best defensive matchups in Super Bowl history. During the regular season, Kansas City allowed just 17.3 points per game, second in the league behind Baltimore. San Francisco’s defense (17.5) ranked third.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: Kansas City moved quickly to hire ANDY REID as head coach on Jan. 7, 2013. Since that day, over 11 seasons, the Chiefs have not experienced a losing campaign. No other NFL team has an active streak of winning seasons longer than five years. Reid has led his team to Super Bowls in four of the past five seasons after the franchise went 49 straight years (1970-2018) without a Super Bowl berth.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: Niners running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY and Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS are the only players in league annals to average at least 110 scrimmage yards per game in both the regular season and postseason (minimum 75 and five games, respectively).

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has produced three players expected to see action in Super Bowl LVIII: Chiefs linebacker DARIUS HARRIS and wide receiver RICHIE JAMES, and 49ers cornerback CHARVARIUS WARD. In fact, this week marks the fifth consecutive season in which an MTSU product will don a Super Bowl uniform. James and Ward actually played for the opposite teams in Super Bowl LIV, James for the 49ers and Ward for the Chiefs. Ward made his way to Murfreesboro in serendipitous fashion. The MTSU defensive backs coach, Steve Ellis, was on a recruiting trip at Hinds (Miss.) Community College when he discovered Ward, who caught the attention of Ellis when the 155-pound athlete delivered a monster dunk in a pickup basketball game. Ward used MTSU as a springboard to the NFL, where he led the league with 23 passes defensed and earned his first Pro Bowl selection this season.​

9.  TREND TIME: San Francisco quarterback BROCK PURDY entered the league as the final choice in the 2022 NFL Draft, held in Las Vegas. Since that day, Purdy has an .808 winning percentage as a starter, has passed for 9.2 yards per attempt, has compiled a 47-14 touchdown-to-interception ratio and owns a 111.2 passer rating – all the best marks in the NFL among quarterbacks with a minimum of 20 starts (including the postseason).

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: San Francisco wide receiver BRANDON AIYUK entered the NFL and joined the 49ers in the first round of a virtual 2020 NFL Draft less than three months after they lost to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV. Fast forward three years to the 2023 NFC Championship Game. With 6:29 remaining in the third quarter and the 49ers trailing, 24-10, Aiyuk kept his focus in tracking a deflected deep ball and hauled in a 51-yard reception at the Lions’ 6-yard line. According to Next Gen Stats, Aiyuk traveled 10.3 yards while securing that completion. Three plays later, he caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from BROCK PURDY to cut the Detroit lead to one score. Inspired by Aiyuk’s miraculous catch, San Francisco went on to win, 34-31.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Kansas City’s ISIAH PACHECO is expected to become the first running back since Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT in 1977-78 to start Super Bowls in each of his first two NFL seasons. The Chiefs selected Pacheco 251st overall, 11 picks before BROCK PURDY (262nd), in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Like Purdy, Pacheco’s name was announced at a podium in Las Vegas.

It’s not just Purdy. Several late picks and undrafted players make an impact for Chiefs and 49ers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — If you’re the last player picked in the NFL draft, at least you get a nickname — Mr. Irrelevant — and a certain amount of fanfare.

When you’re taken a little bit earlier, you’re just a normal seventh-round selection.

“I had no idea where I was going. If you had told me I went undrafted, I would be like: ‘Makes sense, sure. I got it,’” said Kansas City guard Nick Allegretti, who was taken in the seventh round in 2019. “We didn’t win a whole lot of games when I was in college, but I had confidence in myself.”

Brock Purdy’s journey from Mr. Irrelevant to Super Bowl starting quarterback is one of the main subplots of this year’s game, but a handful of other late draft picks — and players who weren’t drafted at all — have made contributions to the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. All of them are reminders that you can build a memorable NFL career no matter how long it takes someone to choose you.

Allegretti was drafted with the 216th pick overall. The Illinois product is now in his fifth season with the Chiefs, having already won two Super Bowls. He’s played an important role this postseason, replacing injured All-Pro Joe Thuney for the AFC championship game.

Kansas City took running back Isiah Pacheco in 2022 with the 251st pick — 11 spots ahead of where the 49ers picked Purdy. Over two seasons, Pacheco has rushed for 1,765 yards and 12 touchdowns.

There’s a school of thought that once you reach the latest stages of the draft, it’s better not to be picked. Then you’re a free agent and can shop around for the best situation.

But joining Kansas City and playing alongside Patrick Mahomes has worked out nicely for Pacheco.

“Being a seventh-round draft pick shaped me as a player knowing I was wanted,” he said. “It didn’t matter where you came from, just having an opportunity and making the best out of it.”

Even for an undrafted player, there’s always hope. Kurt Warner, for example, was the MVP of Super Bowl 34.

Jake Brendel came into the league undrafted out of UCLA. Now in his eighth NFL season, he’s San Francisco’s starting center.

“My first goal when I was a kid was just to get to college, and once I got to college, I was like, ‘I’m pretty good at this. I could probably make it in the NFL,’” Brendel said. “Once I got in the NFL, it was, ‘Let’s get a multiyear deal.’ That happened last year, and I was like, ‘Let’s rearrange my goals a little bit and see if we can get a Super Bowl.’”

San Francisco safety Tashaun Gipson has waited even longer. After 174 starts — regular season and playoffs — with five teams over 12 seasons, he’s finally in a Super Bowl. Being undrafted has stuck with him.

“I think it meant the world. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade my path to the National Football League. I think it made me who I am today. It made me have a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “I don’t think I ever got relaxed one moment, and it just kept me grounded as crazy as that may sound. I think that’s probably paid the biggest dividends to be the man I am right now.”

Gipson is a big reason the 49ers are in the Super Bowl. He forced a fumble in the NFC championship game that was crucial to San Francisco’s comeback against Detroit.

But in truth, he’s been good enough to reach a stage like this for a while. He just needed the right team.

That’s true for a lot of players, particularly those who are undrafted or taken late. It’s all about finding a good situation.

“I knew all I wanted was an opportunity, an opportunity to get somewhere,” Allegretti said. “The fact I got an opportunity in Kansas City’s been incredible — the organization, coach (Andy) Reid, (offensive line) coach (Andy) Heck. Awesome men to play for.”



DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2024 GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin, Mike Golic

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) SF: 81 or 225 KC: 82 or 226 National: 88


Allegiant Stadium


Bill Vinovich


LEADER: Series tied, 7-7

LAST GAME: 10/23/22: KC 44 at SF 23


LEADER: KC leads series, 1-0



Playoff Record: 38-23 Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII),

1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

2023 postseason: NFC-D 1/20/24: GB 21 at SF 24

NFC-C 1/28/24: DET 31 at SF 34

COACH: Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-3 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 8-3

49ERS advanced to 8th SB, tied-2nd most among NFL teams. Can tie NE & PIT for most SB wins (6). Have 38 postseason wins, most among NFL clubs. Overcame 17-point deficit to win NFC-C, largest halftime deficit overcame to win in a Championship game in NFL history Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • QB BROCK PURDY had 315 yards (267 pass, 48 rush) & TD pass in NFC-C & became 4th QB ever with 4 playoff wins in his 1st 2 seasons. Led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 132 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 42 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Can become 1st player with 6 rush TDs in single postseason since 2018 (Sony Michel) Can become 3rd player ever (HOFers Marcus Allen & Terrell Davis) with 50+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of his 1st 7 career playoff games. Led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season. Made SF debut in last meeting vs. KC (Week 7, 2022). • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 68 rec. yards & 1st-career playoff TD catch in NFC-C. Had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs in reg. season. Had 7 catches for 82 yards in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had career playoff-best 8 catches for 89 yards in NFC-C. Had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Had 5 catches & 92 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 39 rec.) in SB LIV vs. KC. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 98 yards & rec. TD in last reg. season meeting. Had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks in NFC-C & has 10 sacks in 11 career playoff games. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack, incl. playoffs. Can become 6th player since 1982 with 12 playoff sacks & 4 career playoff games with 2+ sacks. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1st career playoff FR in NFC-C. • LB FRED WARNER had playoff career-high 13 tackles in NFC-C. Led team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Had INT in SB LIV vs. KC. • LB DRE GREENLAW has 5+ tackles in 8 of 11 career playoff games. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career-high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 13 PD in 16 career playoff games. Had 38 PD in 67 games, incl. playoffs, with KC (2018-21).


Playoff Record: 23-21 Championships: 4 [1960, 1969 (SB IV), 2019 (SB LIV), 2022 (SB LVII)]

2023 postseason:

AFC-WC 1/13/24: MIA 7 at KC 26

AFC-D 1/21/24: KC 27 at BUF 24

AFC-C 1/28/24: KC 17 at BAL 10

COACH: Andy Reid vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 9-4 Reg. Season: 258-144-1 (.641) Postseason: 25-16

CHIEFS seeking 4th SB win in franchise history. Can become 9th team all-time to win consecutive SBs & 1st since NE in 2003-04. • ANDY REID has 25 career playoff wins, 2nd-most by ever by HC. Can become 5th HC ever with 3+ SB wins. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES is 6-0 with 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107.6 rating in his past 6 playoff starts. Can become 6th starting QB all-time with 3+ SB wins. Is 14-3 in 17 career playoff starts & can become 3rd QB all-time with 15+ career playoff wins, joining Tom Brady (35) & HOFer Joe Montana (16). Is 3-0 with 1,023 pass yards (341 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) & 106.7 rating in 3 career starts vs. SF, incl. SB LIV victory. • RB ISIAH PACHECO has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 6 career playoff games & rush TD in each of his past 4 playoff games. Has TD in 7 straight games overall. Rushed for 76 yards & TD in SB LVII vs. Phi. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 11 catches for 116 yards & TD in AFC-C vs. Bal., 8th-career playoff game with 100+ rec. yards, tied with HOFer Jerry Rice for most ever. Has 156 postseason catches, most ever, & 1,810 playoff rec. yards & 19 playoff rec. TDs, both 2nd-most ever. Has rec. TD in 8 of past 9 playoff games & has TD catch in 2 of 3 career SBs, incl. SB LIV vs. SF. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) had 8 catches for 46 yards in AFC-C vs. Bal. & has 5+ catches in 8 of past 9 overall. Needs 6 catches to surpass Ja’Marr Chase (25 in 2021) for most playoff catches ever by rookie. • DT CHRIS JONES aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had 3 PD in SB LIV vs. SF. Had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. SF (10/23/22). • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS had sack & FR in AFC-C vs. Bal. & has sack in 3 of his past 4 overall. • LB NICK BOLTON has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 9 tackles & FR-TD in SB LVII vs. Phi. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL led team with 8 tackles in AFC-C vs. Bal. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 5 tackles & FF in AFC-C vs. Bal. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in SB LVII vs. Phi. • S JUSTIN REID had sack in AFC-C vs. Bal, 1st-career playoff sack. Has 6+ tackles in each of 2 career games vs. SF.


The Chicago Bears would need a “crazy” trade package to move down from the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Chicago will likely stay put and select its future franchise quarterback with the selection, Rapoport adds. The top signal-callers in the upcoming draft include USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels.

The Bears will almost certainly trade Justin Fields to a team offering the best trade compensation if they decide to draft a quarterback, Rapoport reports. However, the club was impressed with Fields’ play in 2023, and it considers his skill set as rare, per Rapaport.

The Bears drafted Fields 11th overall in 2021. He has a 10-28 record in 38 starts with Chicago, totaling 8,894 yards with 54 touchdowns and 41 turnovers. The 24-year-old finished the 2023 season strong, racking up 2,584 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last 10 games.

“We are going to turn every stone to make sure that we are going to make a sound decision for our organization,” Poles told reporters in January. “I did think Justin got better. I think he can lead this team. But at the same time, there is a unique situation.”

Bears star wide receiver D.J. Moore recently advocated for his team to build around Fields. Chicago also holds the No. 9 selection in the draft and has $46.8 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap.


While Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons says he’s ready to commit to the team “for life,” he also understands that the club may have a higher priority in negotiating with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

“I know they gotta get CeeDee Lamb done. I think that’s the priority right now,” Parsons told NFL Network on Friday.

Lamb, 24, heads into the 2024 season on the last season of his contract thanks to a fifth-year option.

However, after a season in which he set a Cowboys’ franchise record for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,749), Lamb is expected to seek a significant increase from his $17.9 million fifth-year salary. That would bring him more in line with the annual salaries of other wide receivers in the league like Miami’s Tyreek Hill ($30 million) and Las Vegas’ Davante Adams ($28 million).

In early January, when asked if he would like to be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver, Lamb said, “Ideally, yeah, for sure.”

Parsons, 24, also has the numbers to earn a raise, having earned Pro Bowl team and All-Pro nods in each of his first three seasons. Selected by the Cowboys with the 12th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Parsons has one year left on his rookie deal, with this offseason being the first opportunity to extend his deal.

“If they’re ready to talk about a deal and get a deal done, I’ll be super excited,” he said. “You know I’m ready to be (with the) Cowboys for life, this is the team I wanted to be with, this is the team I want to win a championship with.

“What’s meant for me is meant for me. I’m not gonna rush the process, I’m gonna just enjoy the process and keep working until it’s time.”

Parsons had 14.0 sacks to lead the Cowboys in 2023. He has a career total of 40.5 sacks in 50 games, all starts.


Emmitt Smith played a significant role in helping the Dallas Cowboys win their last three Super Bowl titles but that doesn’t mean the Hall of Fame running back won’t criticize his former team — and notably owner Jerry Jones.

Smith, in fact, didn’t hold back on Friday during his interview with Pro Football Talk Live.

Smith, 54, was asked if he was surprised Jones didn’t fire head coach Mike McCarthy after the Cowboys’ 48-32 loss to the visiting Green Bay Packers on Jan. 14 in the NFC wild-card round.

“I was completely surprised,” Emmitt said. “I know how disappointed I was as a player to see that product put on the football field. It is not becoming of the Dallas Cowboys’ mystique, respect, the brand. It is not the appropriate representation of the brand itself.

“Now, Jerry understands these kind of words. The brand, right? The star. Everything has to be pristine, but this was not that. That right there was so disappointing not only to me, but to many of our fans and including people that was like, ‘What is that?’ It wasn’t a good look.”

Smith kept his foot on the gas when asked what he felt was missing from the team.

“Nobody wants to fight no more,” Smith said. “No one wants to fight hard anymore. They wanna (say), ‘Oh, we are the Cowboys. Tell me how good I am. Check out my Instagram posts. See me on my podcast? I’m doing all this stuff. I’m everything.’ Without doing anything.

“And everybody’s patting them on the back without doing anything. People wanna give them so much without doing nothing. And what they’re living off of is what happened in the past, not what’s going down right now. They’re not establishing their own legacy, let alone building off of the legacy that was established.”

McCarthy, 60, owns a 167-102-2 coaching record with the Green Bay Packers (2006-2018) and Cowboys, including a 42-25 mark during his four seasons in Dallas. He helped the former win the Super Bowl during the 2010 season but has yet to do the same for the Cowboys.



Tyrece Radford recorded 27 points, five rebounds and five assists to help Texas A&M thrash No. 6 Tennessee 85-69 on Saturday night in Southeastern Conference play at College Station, Texas.

Wade Taylor IV made five 3-pointers and had 25 points and seven assists for the Aggies (15-8, 6-4 SEC), who have won five of their past six games. Andersson Garcia collected 17 rebounds to help Texas A&M hold a 43-35 edge on the boards.

Dalton Knecht had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Volunteers (17-6, 7-3), who lost for just the second time in the past eight games. Zakai Zeigler added 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for Tennessee.

The Aggies shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 28 from 3-point range. Tennessee made just 37.1 percent of its attempts and was only 8 of 29 from behind the arc.

No. 1 UConn 89, Georgetown 64

Alex Karaban scored 25 points as the Huskies throttled the Hoyas in Washington, D.C.

Karaban finished 10-for-14 from the field and 4-for-7 from 3-point range for UConn (22-2, 12-1 Big East), which matched its season high with 52 points in the first half and never trailed en route to its 12th straight win. Stephon Castle added 17 points for the Huskies.

Dontrez Styles led a mostly one-dimensional Georgetown (8-15, 1-11) offense with 23 points. Supreme Cook added 12 points for the Hoyas, while Jayden Epps, who entered Saturday fourth in the Big East with 18.3 points per game, managed four on 2-of-8 shooting.

No. 2 Purdue 79, Indiana 59

Zach Edey dominated the Hoosiers inside for the second time this season, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds as the Boilermakers rolled to a Big Ten Conference win in West Lafayette, Ind.

Edey added four assists and sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy when he banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 6:34 left for a 69-41 lead. He made 7 of 15 shots from the field and 11 of 16 at the line, drawing 10 fouls.

Braden Smith added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (22-2, 11-2), who dominated the boards 46-31 and led for more than 33 minutes. Four players finished in double figures for Indiana (14-10, 6-7), led by reserve CJ Gunn with 13 points.

No. 3 North Carolina 75, Miami 72

RJ Davis led the way with a game-high 25 points and the Tar Heels kept their grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with a victory over the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.

Freshman Elliot Cadeau scored a season-high 19 points with eight assists and Harrison Ingram added 13 points for the Tar Heels (19-5, 11-2 ACC). Armando Bacot overcame a sluggish first half to post his 79th career double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Bacot moved into the No. 3 spot in school career scoring with 2,150 points and also is now third in career rebounds in the ACC with 1,581.

Nijel Pack and Norchad Omier led the Hurricanes (15-9, 6-7) with 20 points each, while Omier added 11 rebounds.

No. 4 Kansas 64, No. 13 Baylor 61

Hunter Dickinson scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Dajuan Harris Jr. added 14 points as the Jayhawks remained unbeaten at home with a victory over the Bears at Lawrence, Kan.

KJ Adams Jr. supplied 13 points and Johnny Furphy added 11 points and six steals as Kansas (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) improved to 13-0 in its building while rebounding from a loss Monday at Kansas State.

Yves Missi scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ja’Kobe Walter added 17 and eight rebounds as Baylor (17-6, 6-4) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. The Bears were playing without its third-leading scorer Langston Love (ankle).

No. 5 Houston 67, Cincinnati 62

J’Wan Roberts finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and Jamal Shead added 16 points to rally the No. 5 Cougars past the host Bearcats in a Big 12 contest.

Houston (21-3, 8-3 Big 12) dominated in the paint, outscoring Cincinnati, 38-22. The Cougars had a 17-9 advantage on offensive rebounds and 41-34 in total boards..

Dan Skillings Jr. had 13 points and John Newman III chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Cincinnati (15-8, 4-6), which couldn’t find a way to hold onto a seven-point lead early in the second half. Jizzle James added 10 points for the Bearcats.

No. 7 Marquette 86, St. John’s 75

Tyler Kolek scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half as the Golden Eagles rallied for a victory over the Red Storm in a Big East matchup in Milwaukee.

St. John’s, which led by 15 in the first half, pulled within 75-73 on Chris Ledlum’s lay-in with 4:11 remaining. Kolek scored on a drive and then fed Oso Ighodaro underneath to push the lead to 79-73. Daniss Jenkins’ jumper made it 79-75 with just over two minutes left, but the Red Storm did not score the rest of the way.

Kolek hit 11 of 17 shots, including 5 of 8 beyond the arc, and dished out 13 assists as Marquette (18-5, 9-3 Big East) extended its winning streak to seven. Jenkins had 22 points, RJ Luis Jr. added 13 points and Nahiem Alleyne 12 for St. John’s (14-10, 6-7).

No. 9 Duke 80, Boston College 65

Mark Mitchell scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as the Blue Devils took control in the second half to defeat the Eagles at Durham, N.C.

Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 16 points, Jared McCain collected 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tyrese Proctor posted 10 points for Duke (18-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won two in a row at home since last Saturday’s loss at North Carolina.

Mason Madsen scored 15 points and Claudell Harris Jr. added 13 for the Eagles (13-10, 4-8), who shot 40.7 percent from the field and made 5 of 26 3-pointers.

Michigan State 88, No. 10 Illinois 80

A.J. Hoggard scored 23 points and Malik Hall added 22, including a pair of crucial 3-point plays down the stretch, as the host Spartans erased a late eight-point deficit to stop the No. 10 Illini at East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans (15-9, 7-6 Big Ten) trailed 72-64 with 7:39 remaining in regulation and went on a 24-8 scoring run to end the game. Hoggard went 12 of 13 at the foul line, while Tyson Walker added 19 points. Michigan State sank 52.7 percent of its field goals and made more foul shots (25) than the Illini attempted (20).

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored a game-high 28 points for Illinois (17-6, 8-4) but made only 7 of 19 attempts from the field and 2 of 9 from 3-point range. Coleman Hawkins added 14 points and seven assists.

Rutgers 78, No. 11 Wisconsin 56

Noah Fernandes had 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting, including a season-high five 3-pointers, to guide the Scarlet Knights’ upset of the Badgers in Piscataway, N.J.

Fernandes came off the bench to have his best game of the season, while Jeremiah Williams racked up a game-high 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Rutgers (13-10, 5-7 Big Ten) in its third straight victory.

Connor Essegian scored 15 points and AJ Storr had 14 as Wisconsin (16-8, 8-5) lost its fourth in a row.

Florida 81, No. 12 Auburn 65

Riley Kugel scored 22 points, Walter Clayton Jr. had 20 and Zyon Pullin added 19 as the Gators rolled past the Tigers in their Southeastern Conference matchup in Gainesville, Fla.

Florida (16-7, 6-4 SEC) won for the fifth time in six games behind a torrid shooting start and a defensive effort that kept Auburn’s frontcourt tandem of Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams in check. The duo, which entered the game averaging over 29 points combined, was held to 20 points.

Broome scored 14 points, K.D. Johnson had 12 and Chaney Johnson had nine points and 10 rebounds for Auburn. The Tigers (19-5, 8-3) trailed by as many as 29. Auburn’s four losses before Saturday came by a combined 21 points.

No. 14 Iowa State 71, TCU 59

Tre King scored 15 points and the Cyclones held off the Horned Frogs in their Big 12 Conference game in Ames, Iowa.

The Cyclones shot 50 percent (24 of 48) in winning their second straight game and improving to 14-0 at home. Keshon Gilbert and Curtis Jones each had 13 points for Iowa State (18-5, 7-3 Big 12). Gilbert added seven assists.

TCU (16-7, 5-5) dropped its second consecutive contest and is 2-3 on the road in Big 12 play. Emanuel Miller led the Horned Frogs with 18 points.

No. 16 Alabama 109, LSU 92

Mark Sears scored 23 points and Latrell Wrightsell Jr. scored 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the Crimson Tide went on the road to defeat the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.

Nick Pringle scored 17 points, Rylan Griffen added 16 and Aaron Estrada had 15 for Alabama (17-7, 9-2 Southeastern Conference), which scored 60 points after the break.

Will Baker scored 24 points, Jalen Cook had 20 and Tyrell Ward added 15 for LSU (12-11, 4-6). The Tigers also lost to the Crimson Tide, 109-88, on Jan. 27 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Gonzaga 89, No. 17 Kentucky 85

Graham Ike scored 23 points as the Bulldogs boosted their NCAA Tournament resume by beating the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky.

Nolan Hickman and Anton Watson each scored 17 points, Ben Gregg had 14 and Braden Huff scored 12 as the Bulldogs (18-6 overall) rallied from a six-point deficit with 12:30 remaining to post their first Quad 1 victory in six tries this season.

Reed Sheppard scored all 21 of his points in the second half for Kentucky (16-7), which lost its third in a row at home for the first time since 1966 — 10 years before Rupp Arena opened. Antonio Reeves added 17 points and Adou Thiero scored 15 points for the Wildcats.

No. 15 South Carolina 75, Vanderbilt 60

Collin Murray-Boyles scored a career-high 31 points and headlined a key second-half run that helped the Gamecocks pick up a home victory over the Commodores.

Murray-Boyles netted 12 points and B.J. Mack added six as the Gamecocks (21-3, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with a 21-6 outburst, grabbing a 49-38 lead with 14:57 remaining. Murray-Boyles went 14-for-17 from the field for the game, also hauling in seven rebounds. Mack drained five 3-pointers en route to 18 points for South Carolina, which is riding a seven-game winning streak.

Lawrence finished with a team-high 15 points as the Commodores (6-17, 1-9) lost for the ninth time in its past 10 games. Ven-Allen Lubin was the Commodores’ only other scorer in double figures with 13 points.

No. 19 Creighton 78, Xavier 71

The Bluejays used a 13-0 run bridging the first and second half and then held off a frantic Musketeers rally to post a Big East win in Cincinnati.

Ryan Kalkbrenner led Creighton (17-7, 8-5 Big East) with 28 points. Baylor Scheierman fell just shy of a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Bluejays ended a two-game skid. Desmond Claude had 22 points and Dayvion McKnight added 21 to lead Xavier (13-11, 7-6).

Creighton led 74-60 following a Steven Ashworth 3 with 3:45 remaining. Xavier scored the next nine points to close within 74-69 on a McKnight floater in the lane with 1:16 remaining, but the Bluejays managed to hold on.

No. 23 Texas Tech 66, UCF 59

Climbing out a funk took a different approach for the Red Raiders, which snapped a season-long three-game losing streak with a victory over the visiting Knights in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders (17-6, 6-4 Big 12 Conference) never trailed and leaned heavily on defense to prevail against one of the stingiest teams in the league. Joe Toussaint’s two free throws with 41 seconds to go gave the Red Raiders some breathing room with a five-point advantage after the Knights (13-9, 4-6) edged within 58-57 with 2:07 to go.

Darrion Williams (13 points, 13 rebounds) extended the Texas Tech lead to 60-57 when he stepped into a mid-range jump shot from the free-throw line at the 1:52 juncture. UCF had two possessions to get closer, but the Red Raiders’ defense stood strong.



No. 18 Baylor weathered No. 22 West Virginia’s suffocating defense long enough to prevail 65-58 on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Four players scored double-figures for the host Bears (18-5, 7-5 Big 12), who improved to 5-1 this season against ranked opponents. Darianna Littlepage-Buggs led the quartet with 14 points, Bella Fontleroy and Aijha Blackwell added 12 apiece and Dre’una Edwards tacked on 10.

Baylor held on despite committing three late turnovers and limited itself with 19 giveaways against a West Virginia defense that entered Saturday ranked second in Division I with 24.7 takeaways per game.

Kyah Watson paired 12 points with her game-high 15 rebounds for the Mountaineers (20-3, 9-3), whose seven-game winning streak was snapped.

No. 25 Princeton 67, Penn 54

The Tigers secured five of their 27 takeaways in the fourth quarter and shut down the Quakers late to pull away in an Ivy League matchup at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

Kaitlyn Chen scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and Chet Nweke chipped in 17 on her 6-of-8 clip as Princeton (18-3, 8-0 Ivy League) won its 13th straight game. Chen and Nweke each scored seven points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers held Penn without a bucket for more than five minutes until Marianna Papazoglou’s layup with 33 seconds to play made it 65-54.

Ese Ogbevire tallied a career-high 16 points for the Quakers (11-10, 3-5), who trailed 48-46 early in the fourth quarter before being outscored 19-8 over the game’s final 9:13. Jordan Obi led Penn with 17 points and nine boards. The Quakers tallied seven takeaways and were outscored 28-2 in points off turnovers.



Stephen Curry buried a 33-foot 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors survived a chaotic finish to defeat the Phoenix Suns 113-112 on Saturday night in San Francisco.

Curry finished with 30 points to lead the Warriors, who won their fourth in a row. He went 9-for-16 from beyond the arc, helping the hosts outscore the Suns 51-33 from deep. Gary Payton II, returning from a 16-game absence due to a hamstring injury, made all five of his shots and contributed 11 points, one block and a steal to the win.

Devin Booker finished with a game-high 32 points for the Suns, who had won three straight. Kevin Durant had a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double for Phoenix, while Bradley Beal added 15 points and two steals.

Nets 123, Spurs 103

Dennis Schroder collected 15 points and 12 assists in an effective debut for his new team as Brooklyn pulled away late in the second half for a victory over San Antonio in New York.

Cam Thomas led six players in double figures, scoring 12 of his 25 in the third quarter, as the Nets stopped a three-game losing streak and won for the eighth time in 29 games.

Nic Claxton added 20 points and 11 rebounds while also sharing the duty of defending San Antonio rookie Victor Wembanyama, who scored 21 points but was held to four rebounds and shot 7 of 16 in 29 minutes. Keldon Johnson added 19 points and Devin Vassell contributed 17 for the Spurs, who shot 39.6 percent and suffered their fourth straight double-digit loss in their seven-game skid.

Clippers 112, Pistons 106

Paul George scored 33 points and Kawhi Leonard added 24 as host Los Angeles rebounded from a rare defeat by rallying to beat new-look Detroit.

James Harden scored 14 points and Russell Westbrook added 13 as the Clippers turned a 13-point third-quarter deficit into their fifth victory over their last six games while improving to 20-5 at home. The win came two days after a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, just the fourth time Los Angeles fell in 22 games.

Jaden Ivey scored 23 points for the Pistons, Cade Cunningham added 22 and Simone Fontecchio added 20 in his Detroit debut after he was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Utah Jazz. Troy Brown Jr. (eight points) and Shake Milton (four points) also made their Pistons debuts after a roster shake-up this week.

Mavericks 146, Thunder 111

Luka Doncic had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as new-look Dallas beat visiting Oklahoma City.

Dallas newcomers Daniel Gafford and P.J. Washington, acquired in separate trade-deadline deals on Thursday, combined for 33 points as the Mavericks tied their season high with four consecutive wins.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 25 points, Cason Wallace added 15 off the bench and Chet Holmgren had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Hawks 122, Rockets 113

Dejounte Murray scored a game-high 34 points, leading Atlanta to a win over visiting Houston.

Saddiq Bey added 24 points for Atlanta, which won its second straight game and is 6-2 in its past eight. Jalen Johnson scored 21 points, Trae Young had 18 points and eight assists and Onyeka Okongwu collected 11 points and seven rebounds.

Jalen Green’s triple-double (26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists) led Houston, which dropped its fourth straight. Jeff Green scored 19 points, followed by Aaron Holiday’s 18 off the bench.

Pelicans 93, Trail Blazers 84

Trey Murphy III scored 24 points to help New Orleans post a victory over host Portland.

Brandon Ingram added 17 points and nine assists and Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who won for the fifth time in six games. New Orleans played without forward Zion Williamson (foot) on the second end of a road back-to-back set.

Jerami Grant scored 24 points and Deandre Ayton recorded 18 points and 17 rebounds for Portland. Dalano Banton added 12 points off the bench in his team debut for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fourth straight game.

Cavaliers 119, Raptors 95

Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 15 rebounds as visiting Cleveland defeated Toronto.

Donovan Mitchell added 15 points for the Cavaliers, who have won nine games in a row and 17 of their past 18. Evan Mobley supplied 17 points and 11 rebounds, Max Strus scored 14 points and Caris LeVert and Georges Niang each contributed 13 points.

Scottie Barnes recorded his third triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors, who had won their previous two games. RJ Barrett and Gradey Dick added 14 points apiece, and Immanuel Quickley scored 10.

Pacers 125, Knicks 111

Tyrese Haliburton posted another double-double with 22 points and 12 assists for visiting Indiana, which pulled away in the second half to beat undermanned New York.

The double-double was the 29th of the season for Haliburton, who bounced back from scoring just five points in Thursday’s 131-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Myles Turner scored a team-high 23 points for the Pacers, who have won three of four. Pascal Siakam had 19 points while T.J. McConnell added 16 points off the bench.

Jalen Brunson returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained right ankle and scored 39 points for the Knicks, who have lost three of four after a nine-game winning streak.

Hornets 115, Grizzlies 106

Miles Bridges scored 25 points and largely new-look Charlotte snapped a 10-game losing streak by defeating visiting Memphis.

Brandon Miller and newcomer Vasilije Micic both scored 18 points, while Grant Williams had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds in his first game with the Hornets. Nick Richards added 13 points.

Jaren Jackson Jr. pumped in 29 points for Memphis, but the Grizzlies suffered their eighth loss in a row. GG Jackson added 16 points and Vince Williams Jr. had 14 points.

76ers 119, Wizards 113

Tyrese Maxey scored 28 points and Buddy Hield added 23 as short-handed Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak, beating host Washington.

Ricky Council IV recorded career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Philadelphia, which led by as many as 15 in the third quarter and completed a four-game sweep of the season series with the Wizards. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 16 points, Paul Reed scored 12 and Tobias Harris added 11.

Tyus Jones had a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 25 points for Washington, which lost its sixth straight. Deni Avdija had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma also scored 21 points, Bilal Coulibaly added 13 and Jordan Poole finished with 11.

Magic 114, Bulls 108 (OT)

Franz Wagner gave his team the lead for good on the first possession of overtime as part of a 36-point performance and host Orlando used superior depth to outlast Chicago in a duel of Eastern Conference playoff contenders.

Cole Anthony’s double-double consisted of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Paolo Banchero finished with 19 points and a game-high eight assists. Jalen Suggs had 13 points and Jonathan Isaac a team-high 12 rebounds to complement seven points and three blocks.

DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 28 points and Nikola Vucevic a 26-point, 17-rebound double-double for Chicago, which entered the contest on a two-game winning streak.



T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist while Charlie Lindgren stopped all 18 shots he faced as the visiting Washington Capitals blanked the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Ovechkin scored his 57th career empty-net goal with 27 seconds left, breaking a tie with Wayne Gretzky for the most in NHL history. It was also Ovechkin’s 834th goal, pulling him within 60 of Gretzky on the NHL career goals list.

Oshie’s power-play goal at 1:05 of the second period held up as the game-winner before Dylan Strome and Ovechkin added insurance markers in the third to help the Capitals snap a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) that started on Jan. 20.

Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves in his second straight loss for the Bruins.

Kings 4, Oilers 0

David Rittich made 26 saves and Quinton Byfield had two goals and an assist as Los Angeles made Jim Hiller a winner in his NHL head-coaching debut with a victory over visiting Edmonton.

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings, who won their second straight game. The 54-year-old Hiller, an assistant for Los Angeles since July 2022, was named interim head coach after the dismissal of Todd McLellan on Feb. 2 after a 3-8-6 stretch.

Stuart Skinner finished with 22 saves for Edmonton, which lost for the second time in the past three games after a 16-game winning streak, tied for the second longest in NHL history.

Blues 3, Sabres 1

Jake Neighbours scored twice to lead visiting St. Louis past Buffalo.

Jordan Kyrou also scored and Joel Hofer made 34 saves for the Blues, who won for the sixth time in their last seven games to remain in the race for a Western Conference playoff berth.

Kyle Okposo scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 23 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the fourth time in their last six games to fall further off the Eastern Conference playoff pace.

Red Wings 4, Canucks 3 (OT)

Jake Walman scored on a penalty shot 23 seconds into overtime to lead Detroit over visiting Vancouver.

Walman added an assist and Lucas Raymond, Daniel Sprong and Michael Rasmussen each scored for the Red Wings.

Filip Hronek and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and two assists for the Canucks.

Stars 3, Canadiens 2

Tyler Seguin scored two of Dallas’ three second-period goals as it continued its run of strong play with a win over host Montreal.

Matt Duchene and Mason Marchment assisted on both goals by Seguin, who increased his season total to 19 as the Stars capped a 2-1-0 post-All-Star break trip with their 10th win in 14 games.

Nick Suzuki had a goal with an assist, Juraj Slafkovsky scored in his third straight contest and Cole Caufield extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist for the Canadiens.

Flames 5, Islanders 2

MacKenzie Weegar collected his first career hat trick and visiting Calgary beat New York in Elmont, N.Y., to run its winning streak to four games.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Blake Coleman each collected one goal and one assist, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom sparkled with 35 saves, 16 of them in the third period. Markstrom added an assist, giving him four this season — most among NHL goaltenders.

Brock Nelson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots.

Panthers 4, Avalanche 0

Aleksander Barkov had one goal and two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky earned his third shutout of the season as Florida defeated Colorado in Sunrise, Fla.

Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon, who entered Saturday ranked fifth in the NHL with 32 goals, got checked midway through the third period by Anton Lundell and tripped over the net, falling chin-first to the ice. MacKinnon went to the locker room and did not return.

The Panthers went 2-for-2 on the power play and killed off Colorado’s only man-advantage opportunity in a game that featured two All-Star goaltenders.

Hurricanes 1, Devils 0 (OT)

Sebastian Aho scored 3:40 into overtime and Pyotr Kochetkov made 34 saves to lift Carolina over New Jersey in Raleigh, N.C.

The Devils’ Vitek Vanecek denied Martin Necas on a shot from the high slot, but Aho brilliantly batted the puck out of the air and into the net. Aho has a team-leading 19 goals, including one scored in Carolina’s 3-2 victory over New Jersey on Jan. 25.

Vanecek made 31 saves for the Devils, who failed to cash in on any of their four power-play opportunities en route to losing for the ninth time in their last 13 games (4-7-2).

Lightning 4, Blue Jackets 2

Steven Stamkos scored the eventual game-winner, as visiting Tampa Bay doubled up Columbus.

Nicholas Paul had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Hagel had a goal and two helpers for Tampa Bay, which avoided a third straight loss. Anthony Cirelli had the other goal, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves as the Lightning improved to 9-3-0 over their last 12 games.

Boone Jenner scored twice for Columbus, and netminder Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots in the loss.

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 3

Playing his first game back from the NHL All-Star break, Ottawa forward Josh Norris scored the eventual winning goal in the second period, powering his team to a victory over Toronto on home ice in Kanata, Ont.

Norris, Claude Giroux, Vladimir Tarasenko, Shane Pinto and Ridly Greig all scored for the Senators. Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 31 shots as his team won three straight games for the first time since November.

Auston Matthews, Matthew Knies and Max Domi scored for the Maple Leafs, with Matthews’ goal marking his 42nd of the season, extending his lead atop the NHL goal-scoring charts.

Flyers 3, Kraken 2

Goaltender Cal Petersen, making his first start since Nov. 11, made 17 saves as Philadelphia defeated visiting Seattle.

Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Scott Laughton and Ryan Poehling added special-teams tallies for the Flyers, who won their third in a row since the All-Star break.

Tomas Tatar and Jared McCann scored and Joey Daccord stopped 35 of 38 shots for the Kraken, who were playing for the first time since Jan. 30.

Predators 5, Coyotes 4 (OT)

Ryan McDonagh scored at 1:36 of overtime to lift Nashville to a comeback win against visiting Arizona.

McDonagh, Ryan O’Reilly, Tommy Novak, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist, and Juuse Saros made 27 saves for the Predators, who had not played since a 4-2 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 31.

Dylan Guenther had a goal and an assist, Travis Dermott, Juuso Valimaki and Nick Schmaltz also scored, Jason Zucker had three assists and Connor Ingram made 32 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost five in a row for the first time this season.

Jets 2, Penguins 1

Nino Niederreiter scored the deciding goal in the first period and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves as Winnipeg snapped a five-game losing streak, topping visiting Pittsburgh.

Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who were 0-4-1 during their skid.

Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins, who lost their second straight on back-to-back nights.



Dustin Johnson fired a 1-under 69 on Saturday to win LIV Golf Las Vegas.

Johnson finished at 12-under 198 for the tournament, edging Talor Gooch and Peter Uihlein, who both finished at 11-under 199 to tie for second. Gooch shot a third-round 67, while Uihlein posted a 68.

It marked Johnson’s third victory on the LIV circuit. He last prevailed at LIV Golf Tulsa in May of 2023.

With such a tightly packed field at this week’s event, Johnson realized there was little room for error on Saturday.

“From the start, from the first tee,” Johnson said of when he felt pressure. “I know obviously conditions is going to be very difficult. A lot of really good players right around the lead. Playing with Bryson (DeChambeau) and Jon (Rahm), it was going to be a tough day. It was going to be a fight all day, especially with the conditions.

“The golf course played — I thought it played really difficult, and I had a really tough time early just figuring out the wind and how much it was going to move the ball. But yeah, kind of hung around there, and then obviously played really good my last seven, eight holes.”

Those last seven holes for Johnson ended up being bogey-free, consisting of three birdies. He also birdied the par-5 first hole, helping to offset his three bogeys.

Uihlein racked up four birdies against two bogeys, but it wasn’t enough to catch Johnson for the lead.

“I figured whatever DJ did on 17 was going to — if he made birdie — that was the easy hole coming in. Obviously he birdied 15,” Uihlein said. “But 16 and 18 are tough, so I figured if he birdied 17, it was pretty much his, but if he didn’t, I felt like I had a chance for a playoff.

“He’s a stud for a reason.”

Matthew Wolff notched a 1-under 69 on Saturday to finish in fourth — two strokes behind Johnson.

England’s Graeme McDowell earned low-round honors with a 5-under 65, turning in a bogey-free card that featured five birdies, including three straight at Nos. 16-18. He finished tied for fifth alongside countryman Paul Casey (68 on Saturday) and Jason Kokrak (69).

Spain’s Rahm landed in eighth at 8-under 202, and DeChambeau was one of three golfers tied for ninth at 7-under 203.

In team competition, Smash GC prevailed with a 33 under. Gooch, Kokrak and McDowell are all on the squad, which is captained by Brooks Koepka.

“I think the guys played really well,” Koepka said. “G-Mac I think had 5 under. Impressive (Saturday) with the way the wind is. He’s a good competitive player, and happy to have him here. Gooch obviously played really well, and J did what he was supposed to do. Happy to get the team win, and just excited that it’s the start of many things.”

4Aces GC came in second at 26 under, and RangeGoats GC round out the top three at 24 under.


The rain-plagued Phoenix Open finished its second round on Saturday but couldn’t get through the third, as play was halted due to darkness, with resumption scheduled for Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. MT (9:30 ET).

Canadian Nick Taylor leads the field at 13-under 130 through six holes of his third round. He went 1 under for his abbreviated start. His birdie at the par-4 fifth hole gave him the lead and a boost on a long day.

“Yeah, it felt like we waited every shot, so it was pretty long, but it was nice to make a long putt there and make birdie when I feel like I kind of let one go on 3. But it was a good start,” said Taylor, who opened the tournament by tying the course record at TPC Scottsdale with an 11-under 60.

Sahith Theegala, who held a one-shot lead when the second round was completed earlier in the day, played the first six holes of the third round at 1 over. He made his tee shot at No. 7 and trailed Taylor by one stroke when play was paused.

Theegala acknowledged the difficulties the early holes posed.

“I’m glad they’re over with. It was pretty smooth sailing the first two rounds, and golf is hard, and there’s going to be tough patches, and I think I hit one of them just to start the round,” Theegala said.

Doug Ghim, who completed seven holes of the third round, started with birdies at No. 1 and No. 3 and moved into a tie for third with Andrew Novak. They are two shots back of the lead.

Novak, who was tied for second with Taylor upon completion of the second round, had an up-and-down start to his third. He posted bogeys on Nos. 2 and 5 and a birdie at No. 4 to go 1 over through six holes.

Alone in fifth when play stopped Saturday was Jordan Spieth, who made it through the front nine with three birdies, including two at Nos. 8 and 9, with one bogey. He was at 10-under 134 for the tournament.

Four players were knotted in a tie for sixth at 9-under par. Among them, Harris English was 5 under for the day and completed 15 holes. He started the third round on the back nine. Davis Thompson (3 under for the round) was through 10 holes, and Charley Hoffman (2 under) and Cameron Young (1 under) were each through nine holes.




INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced on Friday the team waived guard Furkan Korkmaz.


NEW YORK (AP) — Myles Turner scored 23 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 22 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Pascal Siakam added 19 points and T.J. McConnell finished with 16 for Indiana, which shot 61% (50 for 82) in the game, including 48.3% (14 for 29) from 3-point distance.

Aaron Nesmith finished with 13 points and Isaiah Jackson had 12.

“I contribute, I do what I can, but we have a lot of different guys who can contribute and tonight was a total team effort,” Haliburton said. “We just want to keep building on that.”

Jalen Brunson returned to the Knicks’ lineup after missing Thursday’s loss to Dallas due to a sprained right ankle and scored 39 points.

“It was a game-time decision,” Brunson said. “When I feel that I can do the things I do, making sure I can go out there and be who I am for as long as I am out there, when I feel that type of confidence, that is when I know I’m ready to play.”

Alec Burks returned to New York as part of a deal with Bojan Bogdanovic from the Detroit Pistons before Thursday’s trade deadline. Burks, who was with the Knicks from 2020-22, scored 22 points and Bogdanovic scored all 11 of his points in the first half of his New York debut.

Precious Achiuwa scored 15 points and Donte DiVincenzo 14 for the Knicks, who have lost three of four following a season-high nine-game winning streak.

New York is playing without starters Julius Randle and OG Anunoby, and the center tandem of Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein.

“We’re short-handed and we’re going to have to play a lot harder and a lot tougher,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I’m disappointed in the result, but I’m not disappointed in our team.”

Neither team was able to extend a lead beyond five points in a tight first half. The Knicks led by a point at 51-50 when the Pacers went on a six-point run to take a lead they never relinquished.

Indiana led 61-58 at the break and extended its lead to nine points at 79-70 on a 3-pointer by Obi Toppin with 4:36 left in the third quarter.

The Knicks closed within six before Haliburton hit a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer that gave the Pacers a 91-82 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Toppin opened the final quarter with a 3-pointer and the Knicks were never able to get within single digits the rest of the way.

“We played with a little more of an edge. Tyrese was being special and I had my imprints on the game,” Turner said. “It was an all-around team win and we asserted ourselves more when it needed to be done.”

Jackson’s three-point play extended Indiana’s lead to a game-high 22 points, 114-92, with 5:40 remaining.


Pacers: At Charlotte on Monday.

Knicks: At Houston on Monday.



INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel hosted the Atlanta Gladiators for the third and final time on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,380 fans for Wizard & Sock Toss Night. After a tie game led to overtime, the Fuel won 4-3 after a six round shootout.


Brendan Hoffmann got on the game sheet first with a slashing penalty at 16:18, however the Gladiators killed off the penalty before Matus Spodniak took a slashing penalty of his own at 18:49. 

Neither team scored in the first frame but the Fuel outshot Atlanta, 15-7. 


Just 19 seconds into the second period, Chris Cameron took a delay of game penalty that the Gladiators capitalized on with the first goal of the game by Jack Matier.

At 3:32, Cam Hillis scored to even the score 1-1. Because it was Sock Toss Night, the Fuel fans in attendance let the socks fly after the goal and ultimately collected 6,343, the most ever recorded at a hockey game sock toss event. Kyle Maksimovich and Colin Bilek both claimed assists on the goal.

After the socks were cleaned up, Jon Martin scored to give the Fuel a 2-1 lead at 7:29. Seamus Malone and Chris Cameron both claimed assists on that goal. 

At 11:39, Hillis took a holding call but at 12:29, Atlanta’s Indiana native Jackson Pierson took a slashing call to force some 4-on-4. 

At 17:59, the Fuel ended up with a power play after Navrin Mutter was called for tripping, unsportsmanlike conduct and fighting while Indy’s Andrew Bellant was just given five minutes for fighting.

This resulted in a late power play goal by Maksimovich to give the Fuel a 3-1 lead. Spodniak and Ross MacDougall both had assists on the goal. The period ended a second later. 


Hoffman got one back for the Gladiators at 6:32 to make it 3-2 in favor of the Fuel.

At 7:11, Spencer Kennedy and Cam Bakker both sat for two minutes for embellishment and holding respectively. 

Less than a minute later, Santino Centorame joined Bakker in the box for holding, however all penalties were killed off. 

Victor Hadfield took a slashing penalty at 13:11 giving Atlanta a power play opportunity which they capitalized on with a power play goal by Micah Miller to tie the game 3-3. 

Despite some good chances on both sides, time expired on regulation with Atlanta outshooting Indy 34-33 as they headed to overtime.


Both teams had good opportunities to score in the overtime period but none better than the penalty shot awarded to Miller when Malone hooked him on a breakaway. Mitchell Weeks made the save though and play continued. 

After seven minutes, neither team scored and they headed to a shootout.

Through six rounds, Hillis, Malone and Martin scored while Weeks stopped four shots to secure the 4-3 Fuel victory. 

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on February 23, 2024 against the Wichita Thunder for Hockey is for Everyone Night. 



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — What do you say after a second loss to Purdue, after a strong start faded, mistakes mounted, and chance at a huge upset victory disappeared?

If you’re Indiana center Kel’el Ware in the aftermath of Saturday night’s 79-59 loss to No. 2 Purdue at Mackey Arena, you keep it simple.

“Get back to practice, work our hardest and try to win these last games,” he said from a Mackey Arena hallway.

Indiana (14-10 overall, 6-7 in the Big Ten) couldn’t sustain its early intensity, falling behind by as much as 16 points in the first half and 28 in the second.

It has eight days to regroup before hosting Northwestern.

“We know our season isn’t over,” guard Trey Galloway said. “It’s far from over. This hurts, but it’s one game at a time. We’ll try to win all of them.

“We have to come together. It’s not the end of the season. It’s a big game and they’re a great team, but we have to lock in to Northwestern. Don’t lose at home.”

Galloway’s late first-half six-point surge left the Hoosiers facing a 12-point halftime deficit. Given the Ohio State rally from earlier in the week (it trailed by 18 early in the second half before turning it around), there seemed hope for another comeback.

Those hopes didn’t survive the first five minutes of the second half.

“We lost our intensity and our focus,” Galloway said. “We have to take care of the ball. There’s very little room for error.

“Purdue is a different team (than Ohio State). They’re very experienced. They know what they’re doing. You can’t dig a hole like that because you’re not going to come back against those guys.”

Purdue coach Matt Painter, seeing what Galloway and Malik Reneau had done against Ohio State (combining for 51 points) made them a defensive focus.

“Let’s make it really hard for Malik. Let’s make it really hard for Trey,” Painter said.

Purdue’s 12-0 home record included some drama — an overtime win against Northwestern, a six-point win over Wisconsin, by five points over Illinois.

There was no drama Saturday night.

“We’ve got to continue to work and build with our team,” IU coach Mike Woodson said. “We have to continue to grow as a team. The season isn’t over. Anything can happen. Four of our last seven games are at home.”

IU had won at Mackey Arena last season thanks to the 35-point effort from Jalen Hood-Schifino, one of the best-ever performances by a visiting player.

The Hoosiers couldn’t repeat that effort on Saturday night, especially in the second half.

“We were awful coming out in the second half,” Woodson said. “We couldn’t make shots.”

Guard CJ Gunn came off the bench to lead IU with 13 points. Mackenzie Mgbako had 12. Ware had 11 points and eight rebounds. Galloway finished with 10 points and seven assists.

Center Zach Edey led Purdue (22-2, 11-2) with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Braden Smith had 19 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

“The difference was Smith and the big fella,” Woodson said.

IU hit its first four shots via assists from four different players and led 8-7 at the first media timeout, and 12-9 a minute later.

A 7-0 run helped Purdue build a 35-19 lead with three minutes left in the half. During that stretch, the Hoosiers were just 1-for-10 from the field.

“We got off to a good start,” Galloway said. “It didn’t last very long. That’s on us. We have to remind each other to keep moving it with pace.”

Six straight Galloway points to end the half (giving him 10 overall) got the Hoosiers within 12 points at 37-25 at halftime.

IU picked up five fouls less than three minutes into the second half, including Reneau’s fourth. The result was a 10-0 Purdue run for a 47-25 lead. Ware ended that run with a 3-pointer — the Hoosiers’ first of the game.

Down 55-35 with 11 minutes left, IU briefly tried pressing. Purdue countered with a pair of 3-pointers for a 26-point lead with 9:48 left.

It was too much for the Hoosiers to overcome.

“I have to continue to teach and work and put the guys in the best position to win,” Woodson said. “And give Purdue credit. They’re a good team.”



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The record is coming, and Mackenzie Holmes pushes perspective.

The entire Cream and Crimson world knows that Holmes is positioned to surpass Tyra Buss as the greatest scorer in Indiana women’s basketball history, and the senior All-American center doesn’t care — for now, at least.

There’s rival Purdue to beat on Sunday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, a second straight Big Ten title to win, and a first-ever national championship to achieve.

That’s the focus. Anything else doesn’t matter.

“It’s a blessing to be in this position,” Holmes says about her individual opportunity from the media spotlight stage at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, “but our main focus is beating Purdue. I want to beat Purdue. I want to sweep Purdue for my career. I don’t want to lose to them at home.”

She pauses. Smiles. Considers Sunday’s promotions designed to help deliver a sellout, an incredible college basketball atmosphere and, ultimately, a Hoosier victory — they are the Big Ten’s only unbeaten-at-home team, at 12-0.

“Come and get a Teri Moren bobble head,” Holmes says.

That would be coach Teri Moren, who has elevated the Hoosier program to consistent national relevance few would have expected, although she did, her coaches did, her players did.

We saw the result in a huge way during Thursday night’s comeback 94-91 shootout victory over a strong Michigan State team, and if defense wasn’t relevant on that night, who cared?

“Kudos to our players, the toughness they showed in the third and especially the fourth quarters, the big shots they made,” Moren says.

Holmes had her share of big shots while scoring 28 points. That gives her 2,348 for her career, 17 away from taking over Buss’s program record. Given Holmes’ 20.5-point scoring average, and the fact she’s scored at least 16 points 18 times this season, it likely will happen Sunday.

Buss, for one, can’t wait. She tweeted, “Excited to watch Mackenzie Holmes make history.”

Holmes would rather talk about teammates such as senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil, who had the fourth triple double in program history by totaling 10 points, 10 rebounds and eleven assists against Michigan State. The other three were by former standout Grace Berger, now with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

“She is so solid,” Holmes says of Moore-McNeil. “She’s our point guard; she’s our anchor on defense. She was playing with four fouls for most of that fourth quarter, and did a great job of staying in the game. She knew we needed her down the stretch.

“She deserved (a triple double). I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t her last one.”

IU’s success under Moren (219 wins in 10 seasons, one Big Ten title, one WNIT championship) is predicated on strong defense, but Michigan State blasted that away with dominant offense, especially with its 32-point first quarter in which it shot 70 percent, including 4-for-5 from three-point range.

The Hoosiers’ only chance was to score at a near-program-record rate, even without injured starter Sydney Parrish. They responded with 67.3 percent shooting for the game, highlighted by 10-for12 shootings (2-for-3 on three-pointers) in the decisive fourth quarter to rally from deficits as large as 11 points midway through the third quarter.

Offensive balance was everywhere you looked after Holmes and Moore-McNeil, from Sara Scalia (21 points, five three-pointers) to Yarden Garzon (20 points, four three-pointers) to Lexi Bargesser (10 points) to even reserve Henna Sandvik (a banked-in three-pointer).

Garzon hit a monster crunch-time three-pointer when it mattered most.

Was she nervous?

“No nerves,” she says. “Coach was behind me yelling, ‘Shoot it!’ I’m comfortable with my shot. I was confident.”

Holmes has seen it before from the sophomore guard.

“The difficulty of the shots Yarden hits is incredible. We have confidence in her. She knows that.”

IU finished with 25 assists and just 10 turnovers, a big turnaround from the turnover-fueled disappointment at Ohio State four days earlier.

“It’s their maturity,” Moren says. “It speaks to how connected they are, how much they rely on one another — offensively and defensively.

“They’re a smart team. They understand where the ball needs to go. It speaks to the confidence they have in themselves. You have to have kids who are super confident that they can knock down those big shots. In a gut-check moment, you have to have some (guts) to know, I’m going to hit this shot. In big moments, they had (a lot of guts).”

More of that will be needed. The Big Ten is big-three dominated with top-10 teams Iowa and Ohio State tied for first with 11-1 records, and No. 14 IU right behind at 10-2, 19-3 overall.

Every other conference team is three games back or more (Purdue is 3-8 and 10-12), which doesn’t mean the competition won’t be fierce.

“We’ll have more of these types of games,” Moren says. “We’ll continue to get everybody’s best. A lot of games will come down to gut-check moments. We have to keep showing the maturity, keep sharing the ball, keep understanding where the ball needs to go, keep shooting it and taking those big shots with a ton of confidence.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Indiana used a seven-run fourth inning to take the game’s momentum and defeat Army, 11-3, in five innings in the team’s third game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Saturday afternoon.

INDIANA 11, ARMY 5 (F/5)


• Army opened the game with two runs scored in the top of the first inning.

• Indiana provided an immediate response with three runs scored in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a single from Sarah Stone that scored one and a double to right center from Avery Parker, scoring two to take the lead, 3-2.

• Army tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the third on an RBI single to left center.

• The fourth inning provided ample opportunity for the Hoosiers … Tristian Thompson, Taylor Minnick, Sarah Stone and Ella Carter all hit RBIs along with an VanBrandt run to push the lead to 10-3.

•  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Chloe Geijer secured the win on an RBI sacrifice fly to center field with Alex Cooper scoring.


• Junior Heather Johnson picked up her second win of the season. Her first came in a 7-5 victory on opening night against No. 15 Oregon.

• Freshmen Ella Carter and Tristian Thompson each made their first appearance of their collegiate career and also recorded their first RBI. Carter had an RBI on a sacrifice fly when pinch hitting. Thompson started at DP and had two RBI on a double to right center.

• Junior Taylor Minnick is now up to four RBI on the season.

• Minnick, redshirt senior Cora Bassett, junior Bri Copeland and sophomore Avery Parker have notched at least one hit in each of the three games of the season. 

• Freshman Alex Cooper had her first career hit, laying down a perfect bunt on the third base line.


Indiana will play the second of a doubleheader against Kansas at 4 p.m. ET at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.



No. 2 Purdue 79, Indiana 59 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue improved to 22-2 overall and 11-2 in the Big Ten Conference with a 79-59 win over rival Indiana on Saturday night in Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers swept the season series with Indiana, winning both games by 20 or more points, the first time since the 1933-34 season that Purdue won both games against Indiana by 20 or more points.

Purdue has won 15 of the last 19 games against Indiana.

Purdue has now won a season-best eight straight games and its 22-2 record matches the best 24-game start in school history (2022-23, 2017-18, 1987-88).

Purdue’s eight-game win streak is now the seventh-longest active streak in the country.

Purdue has won 13 straight home games.

Purdue has won 15 of its last 16 contests.

Purdue improved to 30-4 against in-state teams in Mackey Arena under Matt Painter.

Zach Edey became the first Purdue player to record five double-doubles against Indiana. In his last four games against Indiana, Edey is averaging 29.5 points, 15.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.

Purdue started the game 0-of-7 from 3-point range, but made eight of its last 14 long-distance attempts.

Purdue outrebounded Indiana by 15 rebounds and had three fewer turnovers than the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers have won 19 straight games when outrebounding and having fewer turnovers than its opponent.

Since Matt Painter’s second year at Purdue (2006-07), Purdue has now won 217 conference games, which is now tied with Wisconsin for the most in the Big Ten during that span.

Purdue has won 43 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.

Purdue is 80-16 since the start of the 2021-22 season, tied for the fifth-most wins in a three-year span in school history. The school record is 83 (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18).

Seventeen of Purdue’s 22 victories have come against the KenPom top-100.

Zach Edey tallied 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal, for his eighth straight double-double and 17th double-double of the season. Edey is the fourth player nationally this season to reach that stat line in a game.

During his double-double streak, Edey is averaging 26.1 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.0 assists per game.

Edey moved into fourth place on the school’s career scoring list with 2,091 points, passing Dave Schellhase (2,074 points) tonight. He is now 45 points behind E’Twaun Moore for third.

Edey tallied his 75th straight double-figure scoring game.

Edey’s 32 career 20-10 games are the most by a Big Ten player since the 2010-11 season (by seven games over Iowa’s Luka Garza).

Edey’s 281 rebounds already this year are the 15th most in a season by a Purdue player.

Braden Smith narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Smith’s 171 assists this season are tied for the ninth most in a season in Purdue history.

Smith is the only player in the country to have at least 300 points, 170 assists and 130 rebounds.

Mason Gillis tallied nine points with five rebounds, going 3-of-6 from long range. Purdue is now 35-4 in his career when he makes two or more 3-pointers in a game.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue center Zach Edey wanted to leave Indiana with a lingering impression Saturday.

Naturally, he delivered.

The reigning national player of the year had 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and the first 3-pointer of his career while leading No. 2 Purdue to a 79-59 victory over archrival Indiana.

“I’m the best shooter in the country,” he joked when asked about the 3. “It was big. We owed them after last year. Me and the seniors all really felt that this was our last time to come out with that fire and that’s what we did.”

Edey had previously been 0-1 on 3-point attempts in his career. His 2,065 career points entering Saturday were the most of any active Division I player without a 3-point field goal, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The 7-foot-4 Edey dominated the middle again and he had plenty of help as the Boilermakers (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) won their eighth straight. Braden Smith had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Mason Gillis made three 3s to finish with nine points.

It marked the first time since 1933-34 that Purdue beat Indiana twice in the same season by 20 or more points.

CJ Gunn had a career-best 13 points for the Hoosiers (14-10, 6-7). Kel’El Ware added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Trey Galloway finished with 10 points and seven assists.

It was a familiar script for Purdue — and Indiana coach Mike Woodson.

Indiana led for the first 6 1/2 minutes and still was within 20-18 a little more than midway through the first half. But the Hoosiers missed 10 of their next 11 shots and Purdue again closed the first half with a strong finishing kick. That 15-1 spurt helped the Boilermakers take a 37-25 halftime lead.

“This was a tough game because you’re on the road, playing the No. 2 team in the country in a hostile environment,” Woodson said. “I thought we played well early but from the 10-minute mark going into halftime, we couldn’t score and just threw the ball away a couple times.”

Unlike last month’s game, though, Indiana never charged back. Instead, the Boilermakers opened the second half with 10 straight points. Indiana never challenged again. And Edey sealed it with his 3-point bank shot.

“Do I have the ball, like the game ball?” Edey said when asked again about the long-range shot. “I’m going to go look for it.”



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will venture to Bloomington for the away leg of its season series with No. 14/13 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on B1G+.

The game can be heard on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM with Tim Newton and Jane Schott on the call.


Purdue (10-12, 3-8) vs. No. 14/13 Indiana (19-3, 10-2)

Sunday, Feb. 11

Time: 2 PM

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

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The Boilermakers needed an extra period and two standout performances to down Illinois 77-72 on Monday night in Mackey Arena. Jeanae Terry nearly pulled off a triple-double with nine points, nine rebounds and 14 assists, the second most helpers in a game in Purdue history. Mary Ashley Stevenson powered the offensive with 25 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 at the line. It was the most points by a Purdue freshman since 2010-11.


• Purdue leads the all-time series with Indiana 55-41. The Boilermakers are going for their first win at Assembly Hall since 2012.

• Purdue’s freshman class continues to lead the Big Ten in points per game at 22.3 and per league contest with 22.1 per night.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson moved up to third in Big Ten freshman scoring at 9.8 points per game with her 25-point game against Illinois. Stevenson tallied her eighth game this year with seven points and seven rebounds, most among league rookies.

• Stevenson leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring at 10.4 points and rebounding at 5.4 boards per league contest.

• Jeanae Terry became the seventh player in Purdue history to record 500 assists with her 14-dime outing against Illinois. Terry joined Stephanie White and Katie Douglas as the only Boilermakers to post 500 assists and 600 rebounds in a career.

• Terry has posted the most games in the nation with at least eight assists and eight rebounds in five games this year. Since her arrival in West Lafayette in 2021-22, Terry has accomplished the feat 16 times, second in the country to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark.

• The Boilermakers are one of three teams nationally with two 1,800-point career scorers (Caitlyn Harper – 1,839, Abbey Ellis – 1,807), joining Indiana and LSU.

• A trio of Boilermakers are closing in on 1,000-point. Abbey Ellis needs 11 points to become Purdue’s 36th 1,000-point scorer. Madison Layden is 57 points away from joining the club. Jeanae Terry is 20 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career.

• Terry is four assists and five rebounds away from becoming the second player in Big Ten history to reach the 900-rebound, 700-assist and 200-steal club. She will be the 10th player in league history to total 700 assists in a career.

• Led by Abbey Ellis’ 85.2% free throw mark, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten, Purdue has the 14th-best free throw percentage in the nation and second in the conference at 77.9%

• Purdue is one of five teams in the nation to have two different freshmen score 20 or more points in a game, joining Iowa State, Quinnipiac, St. Mary’s and LSU.

• Sunday will mark the eighth time in the last  nine games Purdue will face a team in the top 30 of the NCAA NET.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson’s 25 points against Illinois were the most by a Purdue rookie since Courtney Moses in 2010-11.

• Purdue’s freshmen have scored 10 or more points 21 times this season, matching Nebraska for the most in the Big Ten.

• Madison Layden is second in the Big Ten with a 44.2% 3-point percentage.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue senior Herman Sekne was one of 40 collegiate golfers named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top golfer.

Sekne is one of four Big Ten golfers on the list, joining Illinois’ Max Herendeen and Ohio State’s Maxwell Moldovan and Neal Shipley.

Sekne, who became Purdue’s first All-American since 2002 a year ago when he was named to the third team, is one of the most-decorated golfers in school history. He has won eight Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors, one off the league record and has his name written all over the Purdue record book.

Sekne enters this weekend’s Puerto Rico Classic with a 69.21 stroke average, three top-5 finishes in five events and a win at the Windon Memorial Classic. In his 252 holes played in the fall, he recorded just one double-bogey.

Ten of his 14 rounds so far this year have been even- or under-par, including eight rounds in the 60s. Three of his rounds this year have been 65 or better (seven for career) and his 54-hole score of 197 at the Windon Memorial Classic is a school record.

His career average of 71.30 is a stroke-and-a-half better than second on the career list (Austin Eoff – 72.82). He owns 33 career rounds in the 60s, the most for a Purdue golfer in school history and eight more than second place (Austin Eoff – 25).

Sekne ranks 12th in the latest PGA Tour U. rankings and is 14th in the most-recent World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).

The Boilermakers open their spring season Sunday at the Puerto Rico Classic.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team claimed a dominant win at home against the Butler Bulldogs, finishing 4-1.

In doubles play, Kennedy Gibbs/Ashlie Wilson commanded their battle at No. 2 against Delaney Schurhamer/Schildcrout, defeating the Bulldogs 6-2. After trailing 5-3 behind Butler’s Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf, Carmen Gallardo Guevara/Tara Katarina Milic came back and clinched the doubles point for the Boilermakers. The match ended in a tiebreak of 7-6(4).

At No. 4, Tara Katarina Milic wasted no time claiming Purdue’s first singles point. The junior defeated the Bulldogs’ Norah Balthazor in two straight sets, going 6-2, 6-1. With her first win at No. 1 this campaign, No. 117 Carmen Gallardo Guevara earned the next point. She went 6-3, 6-2 in the battle against Natalie Boesing. In yet another two-set victory, Juana Larranaga took the win against Chase Metcalf at No. 3. Larranaga went 6-4, 6-2. Her win clinched the victory for the Boilermakers.

Both Kennedy Gibbs and Ashlie Wilson were unable to earn a win as the match was clinched before they could finish. At No. 2, Gibbs was leading Delaney Schurhamer 6-4, 3-2. Wilson was entering her third set with Butler’s Elle Martin when the match was called. Whether it was a doubles or singles win, every Boilermaker that played in the match took home a win.

Up Next

Purdue women’s tennis will continue its season on the road in Memphis, Tenn. to face the University of Memphis Tigers on Sunday, February 18 at 1 p.m.

Purdue (6-2)- 4, Butler (5-3)- 1


1. No. 117 Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Natalie Boesing (BUT)- 6-3, 6-2

2. Kennedy Gibbs (PUR) vs. Delaney Schurhamer (BUT)- 6-4, 3-2 (Unfinished)

3. Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Chase Metcalf (BUT)- 6-4, 6-2

4. Tara Katarina Milic (PUR) def. Norah Balthazor (BUT)- 6-2, 6-1

5. Ashlie Wilson (PUR) vs. Elle Martin (BUT)- 4-6, 6-3 (Unfinished)

6. Emma Beavin (BUT) wins by default.


1. Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT)- 7-6(4)

2. Kennedy Gibbs/Ashlie Wilson (PUR) def. Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT)- 6-2

3. Lauren Cook/Norah Balthazor (BUT) win by default.


Singles- 4, 1, 3, 2 (Unfinished), 5 (Unfinished)

Doubles- 2, 1



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Needed it, wanted it, got it. The Notre Dame men’s basketball team returned to Purcell Pavilion in front of a large and noisy crowd and treated them to a 74-66 victory over Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish (8-16, 3-10) rallied down four at the half to outscore the Hokies (13-10, 5-7) 39-27 in the second half.

The Fighting Irish not only snapped its seven game losing streak, but also a six-game skid in the all-time series against the Hokies. Tonight’s victory marked the first victory against Virginia Tech since March 7, 2020.

Markus Burton balled out with an impressive stat line of 16 points, a season high tying eight assists and a season best six steals – the latter tied for the third most steals in a single game in program history.

Burton joined very rare company with his stat line tonight. Since 1996, only two other Irish have finished with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game – Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013.

Kebba Njie tallied a season high 11 points to go along with his six rebounds. Then there was Braeden Shrewsberry who poured in 12 points behind a 4-for-6 night from three-point range. Furthermore, all nine Irish who checked into the game scored points tonight. 

Notre Dame shot 54.2 percent in the second half and finished with their second highest assist total on the year with 14. They also tallied their second lowest turnover total at eight and out-rebounded Virginia Tech 34=28.


Virginia Tech started unbelievably hot from three-point range, draining five of its first six attempts to jump out to a 13-17 lead. On the flip side, Notre Dame threw some offensive punches back, recording a stretch in which they connected on 8-of-10 from the field. That resulted in a 15-5 Irish scoring run in which six different players recorded points, all leading to a 22-19 lead.

Just when the Irish offense was humming a slight cold spell swept through Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame recorded a 1-for-12 shooting stretch as Virginia Tech capitalized with an 11-0 run spanning 2:18 to go up 30-39.

The duo of Shrewsberry and Burton rallied the Irish right before the half to cut the deficit to 35-39. Virginia Tech shot 57.7 percent in the opening half compared to Notre Dame’s 45.2 percent. Burton already tied his career high of four steals by the midway point.

The first possession for the Irish in the second half was a Shrewsberry three. Then Kebba Njie and Burton (twice) added to it on the next possessions and just like that it was a 14-0 run (9-0 to start the second) extending from the end of the half. Soon after, Roper II tallied five straight points to keep the Irish out front at 49-44 with 14:37 on the clock.

A four-minute Notre Dame drought allowed Virginia Tech to tie the game at 49-all until Imes registered his first basket of the evening with 9:55 left.

Out of the under-eight media timeout, Imes converted a huge three-pointer to get the home crowd fired up. Then Burton and Njie delivered in the paint and it was a 9-0 Irish run in two minutes to put Notre Dame up 60-51 with 6:09 remaining.

The home crowd erupted again when Burton found Shrewsberry in the corner for a three, his fourth of the contest, which pushed the score to 63-54.

Notre Dame found a groove and connected on 5-of-7 across a 5:07 stretch, as a Njie and-one extended the Irish lead 67-56.

The Hokies responded with a trey to bring it within eight, and after each squad knocked down a pair of free throws, it remained an 8-point game with 1:40 remaining.

Virginia Tech closed the gap to seven at 73-66 with 52 seconds left, but the Hokies missed their final four shots of the night and the Irish took home the win over Virginia Tech 74-66.

The Irish knocked down eight free throws to close out the game, shooting 13-15 from the charity stripe on the night. 


The Irish now look to build upon the win when they stay at home and host Georgia Tech on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you’re planning to watch Sunday’s game between No. 12 Notre Dame (17-5, 7-4) and Florida State (17-7, 8-4), prepare for a track meet.

The Seminoles, who are receiving votes in the AP Poll, are set to host the Irish for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee. Notre Dame’s scoring offense leads the league (82.3), and Florida State ranks second (81.0).

Irish freshman Hannah Hidalgo is coming off of a fifth 30-point game this year. The single-season Notre Dame record in that category is seven. When Hidalgo dropped 30 in a loss at Louisville on Thursday, she broke the single-season freshman scoring record which stood since 1979-80. The 5-6 guard continues to lead the ACC with 25 points per game.

Hidalgo has arguably been the nation’s top defensive player this year, too, as the rookie leads the country with 113 steals. But she won’t be able to single-handedly stop this Seminoles offense; Maddy Westbeld, Sonia Citron and Kylee Watson will be critical to that operation as well. Westbeld and Watson each had 2 blocks at Louisville, and Watson ranks fourth in the ACC with 1.8 blocks per game in league play. She has 30 blocks this season after finishing last season with 28. Watson has also been holding opposing 5s well below their season averages. Louisville forward Olivia Cochran went just 3-9 from the floor on Thursday and ended with 7 points.

Additionally, transition defense will be crucial for Notre Dame on Sunday. The Seminoles score often and quickly. They have three-level scorers all over the court, and any number of them are capable of dropping 20 points on any given night. Five players have led Florida State in single-game scoring this year.

Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Ta’Niya Latson is one of the nation’s best scorers and ranks fourth in the ACC with 20.2 points per game. She is frequently dishing to forward Mikayla Timpson, who is one of just four ACC players averaging at least 13 points and 9 rebounds per game. The scoring doesn’t stop with those two; O’Mariah Gordan is posting 13.5 points per contest, and Sara Bejedi sits at 12.1. Both Latson and Bejedi have been named ACC Player of the Week this year.

Of note, Sunday is Florida State’s “Paint It Pink” game, and the contest is of particular importance given Seminoles head coach Brooke Wyckoff is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Notre Dame is 12-1 all-time against Florida State and 4-1 on the road. Sunday’s game will tip off at noon on the ACC Network.



MADISON, Wis. — The University of Notre Dame hockey team fell to No. 4/4 Wisconsin Saturday, 3-2, despite two third period goals.

A turnover by the Irish along their defensive halfwall resulted in a Wisconsin goal as the Badger attacker skated in alone on goal and shot the puck past Bischel with 14:00 to play in the opening frame.

The Irish were charged with a tripping penalty shortly after the goal and despite a handful of shorthanded chances, they were unable to even the score as play returned to even strength.

Wisconsin was whistled for a hooking penalty late in the frame but the Irish could not capitalize on the man-advantage and faced the one-goal deficit at the first intermission.

The Irish narrowed the shots on goal margin early in the second period but could not convert and Wisconsin regained possession halfway through the period.

Bischel made a series of sprawling saves near the midway point to keep it a one-goal game before a slashing call against the Irish sent them back on the kill.

The team successfully killed their second penalty of the night and forced Kyle McClellan to make a few key saves in the Badger net late in the frame.

Notre Dame was whistled for a slashing penalty late in the middle stanza and, after killing the two minute disadvantage off, Mastrodomenico and Henry Nelson nearly combined on an all-defenseman goal but the pass hit just off the tape of the rookie and the Irish continued to trail by one through 40 minutes of play.

An early collision in the Irish zone left a defender down briefly and a representative from each side in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Both teams killed the 4v4 play and both men returned to the ice partway through the final frame.

Wisconsin was called for a hook shortly after and the Irish powerplay unit went to work at 3:52 of the third period. On the powerplay, Landon Slaggert cleaned up the loose puck and buried a rebound to knot things up 1-1 just under five minutes into the frame.

A slashing penalty on the Irish resulted in a Wisconsin goal to make it 2-1 at 9:39 of the third frame.

The Badgers extended their lead with a goal at 13:52 of the third while a Wisconsin player was in the crease. The Irish challenged the play for goaltender interference as Bischel was unable to get back in position before the puck crossed the line but the officials deemed the goal good and it was 3-1 for the Badgers.

Cole Knuble scored his first of the weekend with the Irish opting for an extra attacker late in the period but it was not enough as the controversial goal proved to be the game-winner Saturday night.

The Irish finished the contest with 25 shots on goal while Bischel had 27 saves between the pipes.


The team’s leading scorer Landon Slaggert snapped his scoring drought with a tally partway through the third period. The  goal, scored on the powerplay, came off a shot from Patrick Moynihan originally set up by Cole Knuble. The graduate forward ripped a shot on net where Slaggert and Trevor Janicke stood atop the crease trying to break the Badger netminding.

Cole Knuble scored the final goal of the evening with a shot as the extra attacker late in the contest. With both teams serving penalties in the box, the Irish opted for a fifth skater in place on the netminder and it paid off as the team drew within one at 16:13 of the contest. His linemates Slaggert and Moynihan were each credited with the assists.


The Irish first line accounted for both goals Saturday night with Landon Slaggert and Cole Knuble each finding the back of the net.

Both goals were scored with the man-advantage as Slaggert’s powerplay tally was just the second allowed by the home Badgers inside the Kohl Center this season. Knuble’s goal came with the extra attacker late in the contest to pull within one.

Slaggert and Patrick Moynihan each finished the night with two points as Moynihan had an assist on both Irish goals while Landon scored the first of the night before recording an assist on Knuble’s.

The Irish were one-for-two on the powerplay while holding the Badgers to just one powerplay goal on five opportunities, including a five-minute major late in the contest.


The Irish close out their regular season home slate next weekend when they host Minnesota in a Friday/Saturday series. Game one is set for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop as part of Fan Appreciation night at Compton Family Ice Arena before the team celebrates its senior and graduate classes Saturday evening beginning with a 6:05 p.m. puck drop.



CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped its first contest of the day against nationally ranked Utah, but battled back for a come-from-behind win over the Iowa Hawkeyes to end the day and improve to 2-2 on the season. The Fighting Irish fell 9-3 to the No. 16/13 Utah Utes on the first-ever live softball game on the MLB Network to begin the day, but rebounded to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Iowa 5-4 in the nightcap.

Alexis Laudenslager started the first game of the day in the circle. The graduate transfer threw 3.0 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned and struck out two. Kami Kamzik came on and threw 1.1 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs. Shannon Becker settled the game down, throwing the final 2.2 innings, scattering four hits, striking out three without allowing a run.

The offense was paced by multi-hit efforts from Carlli Kloss, Jane Kronenberger and freshman Addison Amaral. Mickey Winchell, Mac Vasquez, Cassidy Grimm and Emily Tran each added hits. The hits from Amaral and Tran were the first of their collegiate careers.

Micaela Kastor started in the circle in the second half of the twinbill. The sophomore threw 6.0 innings, scattering seven hits, four earned runs and striking out two. Becker took over in the circle, throwing an inning and earning her seventh save of her career.

Kloss led the Irish at the plate against the Hawkeyes. The leadoff hitter finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored, including the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Gaskins, Kronenberger, Winchell, Anna Holloway and Tran each added a hit in the contest. Amaral drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

How It Happened

Game 1

Utah got on the board first, scoring a pair in the first inning. A leadoff triple came around to score on a sharply hit ground ball on the Irish infield that was misplayed. A single moved the runner into scoring position for Karlie Davison who tripled to right center, scoring one, but the relay from Christina Willemssen to Amaral to Kloss who applied the tag for the out limiting the damage.

Notre Dame held Utah scoreless in the second, before the Utes scored a pair of runs in the third and fourth, and adding three in the fifth.

The Irish kept the game alive in the fifth, scoring two runs. With two outs, Winchell singled to left and got caught in a rundown to advance to second. Gaskins drew her second walk of the day and scored when Kronenberger doubled to right center to cut the lead to 9-2.

Notre Dame scratched another run home in the sixth as Kloss connected on a sacrifice fly to left to cut the lead to 9-3.

Game 2

The Hawkeyes scored first in the top of the first frame in game two of the day. A single the other way started the inning before a walk and a single brought in the first run. Another walk followed by a single to center scored two and Iowa led 3-0 after the top of the first.

Notre Dame got a pair back in the bottom of the first. Kloss was hit by a pitch and moved up when Gaskins singled back to the pitcher. A groundout moved the pair into scoring position as Amaral put the ball in play, reaching on an error and the overthrow allowing Kloss and Gaskins to score to cut the lead to 3-2.

Iowa extended its lead to two in the top of the fourth. Back-to-back singles started the inning and a sacrifice fly scored the run before the Irish could get out of the jam.

Notre Dame cut the lead back to one in the bottom of the frame. A lead-off infield hit from Kronenberger got the inning started. A sacrifice bunt and a deep fly ball moved her to third, where she scored on a Winchell single to left.

The Irish forged ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning. A walk put the first runner on, followed by a fielder’s choice from Tran and a Kloss single. Gaskins drew her second walk of the day to load the bases for Kronenberger. The 1-1 pitch to Kronenberger skipped by the catcher, allowing Tran to score and the throw to the plate was wild, allowing Kloss to score from second to put the Irish up 5-4.

Becker closed the door in the seventh, picking up her first save of the season. She retired all three hitters she faced, striking out the final batter of the game to record the win.

Up Next

Notre Dame closes the weekend with a matchup with the Liberty Flames at 10 a.m. Sunday.



Butler overcame a late four-point deficit by not allowing Providence a point over the final two minutes of play, taking a 75-72 win over the Friars Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Bulldogs utilized a Pierre Brooks II driving finish with 19 seconds remaining to take the lead and Augusto Cassia sealed the win with a block in the closing seconds.

With the win, Butler improves to 16-8 (7-6 BIG EAST). Providence falls to 15-9 (6-7).


Providence’s only lead of the first half came at 5-4 less than five minutes into the contest.

Butler’s 7-0 run provided the Bulldogs with a 17-8 lead at the 11:41 mark of the first half, forcing a Providence timeout. The Bulldogs had forced misses on 10 of Providence’s first 12 shots at that point in the contest.

After Providence cut Butler’s lead to just two at 27-25 with 3:02 remaining in the half, the Bulldogs closed the stanza on a 7-0 run to take a 34-25 halftime advantage.

With 14:16 remaining, Butler led by 10 at 50-40. Providence countered with a 13-3 run to knot the game at 53-53 less than four minutes later.

The Friars were able to build a seven-point lead (71-64) with 4:01 to play and led 72-68 before Jahmyl Telfort made a free throw with 1:14 to play and tracked down an offensive rebound after missing the second.

Telfort and Brooks each scored on tough moves in the lane sandwiched around a Providence miss to take a 73-72 lead with 19 seconds to play.

Cassia turned away a dunk attempt by Corey Floyd, Jr., with three seconds to play in the key moment of the contest.


Butler has won five of their last six games.

Butler shot 52 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the second half.

DJ Davis led Butler with 20 points, making six of his nine attempts from the field. It marked his fourth consecutive 20-point game.

Davis pulled down a career-high eight rebounds, which led Butler to a 40-28 rebounding advantage.

Posh Alexander made a run at his second triple-double of the season with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Telfort had 11 points and matched his career-high with eight assists.

The Bulldogs were able to overcome and uncharacteristic 16 turnovers, the team’s second-highest total of the season. However, only four of those turnovers came over the final 19 minutes.

Floyd led Providence with 20 points, while Devin Carter added 18.

Providence went 10-for-26 from three-point range, but hit eight of their first 10 attempts from behind the arc in the second half to overcome Butler’s lead and take one of their own.

Josh Oduro missed the game for Providence due to family reasons.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs continue a three-game homestand at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a Tuesday tip against Top 10 Marquette. A limited number of tickets still remain for the 6:30 p.m. tip, which will also air on FS1. A Saturday (Feb. 17) game at home against Creighton follows.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team fell victim to a hot shooting Purdue Fort Wayne team on Senior Day inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, falling to the Mastodons, 92-65. Purdue Fort Wayne (16-9, 7-7 HL) shot better than 60 percent from the floor and connected on 12-of-25 (48 percent) from three while IUPUI was held to just 45 percent from the floor.

Senior Bryce Monroe led the Jaguars with 16 points and four assists and sophomore Vincent Brady II finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five steals. Jalen Jackson led three Mastodons in double-digits with 24 points and Eric Mulder had 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting to accompany three blocked shots.

Purdue Fort Wayne broke a 9-9 tie with a 10-1 run to build an eight-point lead and largely controlled from there. IUPUI got back within two at 18-16, but the Mastodons scored the game’s next five points and never relinquished the lead. The advantage grew to 19 by halftime as the guests scored the final eight points of the half, including a long Quinton Morton-Robertson three as time expired.

Despite shooting 54 percent in the second half, IUPUI was unable to make a dent in the Mastodons advantage as the guests shot 70 percent overall after halftime.

Morton-Robertson finished with 14 points, including four treys, and eight assists for the victors. Anthony Roberts added 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

IUPUI’s top scorer, Jlynn Counter, returned after missing the past two games and was limited to eight points in 24 minutes. Counter was assessed an early technical foul and sat the final 13 minutes of the first half with two personals.

Qwanzi Samuels had nine points off the IUPUI bench and Abdou Samb tallied eight points.

The Jaguars will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when they take on Detroit Mercy at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.



BOSTON – Senior Andrew Whitinger continued his onslaught on the IUPUI record book on Saturday (Feb. 10), taking down the program’s 5K record again at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Whitinger won the 5K event in a time of 14:04.12 to take 10 more seconds off his old school record, outrunning a strong contingent of competition in the process.

“Was really happy with the race today,” Whitinger said. “I got out towards the back of the race to try and settle in and stay out of traffic. I moved up through the race and took the lead with 500 meters left. I’m really happy with the close to get a PR and a win.

“Three PR’s this morning from the Jags makes me really excited about where our fitness is looking.”

While Whitinger stole the headlines, all three Jaguars that competed in the 5K had strong efforts on Saturday.

Eric Petersen placed second in his heat in a time 14:27.11, taking three seconds off his previous best. Mitchell Gits turned in a time of 14:34.71 to take a second off his previous best mark.

Saturday’s meet will mark the final tune-up before the upcoming Horizon League Indoor Championships in Youngstown, Ohio, in two weeks.



STARKVILLE, Miss. – The IUPUI softball team began the 2024 season with a split on day one at The Snowman. The Jaguars defeated UAB with a late home run from Kinsey Pfeiffer, 2-1 then fell to host Mississippi State in five innings, 8-0.

In the opening game against UAB, the Jags took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Kendal Calvert walked in her first plate appearance of the season. Morgan Gilbert then moved her to second on a ground out to put Calvert in scoring position. Senior Rachael Gregory singled to right field, scoring Calvert and giving the Jags the lead.

UAB threatened in the top of the second inning with a single from Makenzie Droddy, followed by a double from Olivia Valbak but a good relay from the Jaguars’ left fielder, Maicey Bedrick swiped Droddy from scoring.

Both teams traded scoreless innings in the third, fourth and fifth. UAB tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning with a sac fly from Droddy but IUPUI answered in a big way in the bottom half of the sixth. Pfeiffer knocked her first home run of the season to retake the lead for the Jags, 2-1.

Carly Metcalf completed the complete game in the seventh and earned the win on the mound with six hits, one run, three walks and two strikeouts. Kelli Riordan went 2-for-3 while Calvert, Gilbert, Gregory, Pfeiffer and Paige McPhearson all recorded a hit in the win.

In game two, the Jags offense went cold with Mississippi State earning the no-hitter against the IUPUI in five innings.

The Bulldogs took the early lead in the first with three runs off a triple, double and home run. Mississippi State added to their lead in the third inning with a three-run homer from Ella Wesolowski to make it 6-0.

IUPUI couldn’t get their bats going and the Bulldogs scored two more runs in the fourth inning to earn the run rule win, 8-0.

Alexa Holman took the loss for the Jags, giving up seven runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.

IUPUI is now 1-1 on the season with two more games tomorrow. The Jags will face UAB tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM followed by Mississippi State at 1:00 PM.



MUNCIE, Ind. – After falling behind in a tightly contested doubles point, the Ball State men’s tennis team earned five singles points en route to a 5-2 victory at home over Cleveland State Saturday afternoon at the Northwest YMCA Tennis Center.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 4-3 on the season while the Vikings drop to 6-2 on the year.

The match started off very competitive in doubles play. Ball State had the early lead on the top court, but Cleveland State won the next four games to take the 6-2 win. Courts two and three were close, so close in fact that the score was 6-5 for Vince Orlando and Parrish Simmons against the Vikings’ duo of Kade Mindry and Nicholas Jamison. Unfortunately, Mindry and Jamison would end up clinching the doubles point for Cleveland State with a 7-5 victory. On court three, Cleveland State was leading 5-4 before play was abandoned.

The Cardinals completed their come-from-behind victory after taking five of the six singles matches from the Vikings.

Broc Fletcher exited the court first with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Cleveland State’s No. 6 player Alan Matyjas.

After that, it was a domino effect for BSU as Orlando won in straight sets on court No. 3, increasing the Cardinals lead to 2-1. Shortly after, Webster registered a two-set victory on the top court pushing BSU’s lead even further, 3-1. Eli Herran then claimed match point for the Cardinals after beating Jamison at the No. 4 spot in a three-set thriller, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Sajin Smith rounded out the wins today for BSU’s fifth point of the match.

The Ball State men’s tennis team continues non-conference action on Friday, Jan. 16 at IUPUI. First serve is at noon.



Ball State (20-3, 10-1) vs James Madison (17-7, 9-3 SBC)

February 11, 2024 >> Worthen Arena >>Muncie, Ind.>>  2 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– Ball State has the 12th highest win percentage 20-3 (.870) in the country in NCAA DI women’s basketball. It is also the best win percentage in the Mid-American Conference

–  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in eight of their 11 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 9-1 in those contests.

–  Sunday’s contest against James Madison will be the first-ever between the schools.

–  For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals reached the 20-win plateau after Ball State’s 97-66 defeat over Ohio University

Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and

20-3 (2023-24).

– Annie Rauch is nearing the 1,000 point plateau with 947 points. She needs 53 to reach the 1,000 point club. The last time three Ball State players scored a 1,000 points in the same season was Renee Bennett, Jill Morrison and Moriah Monaco in 2016-17. Both Nyla Hampton and Ally Becki reached 1,000 points at home against Toledo on Jan. 21.

– Ball State is 1-0 in the MAC-SBC Challenge so far this season. The Cardinals traveled to Troy on Nov. 11 winning that contest, 86-71.

– James Madison lost its first contest in the MAC-SBC Challenge game when it hosted Toledo on Nov. 8. The Dukes fell to the Rockets, 60-49.

–  With only seven Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits atop of the league standings with a 10-1 mark. The Cardinals and the Rockets are knotted with the same league record but right now Ball State wins the tiebreaker since the Cardinals defeated Toledo, 65-51, on Jan. 21 in Worthen Arena. The two teams will face each other again on Feb. 24 at 2 pm ET in John F. Savage Arena.

Amongst the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State has received 14 votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State also moved up to the 71st  spot in the latest NCAA DI RPI rankings. Ball State was one of four teams in NCAA DI women’s basketball that had won 14 or more games in a row. Ball State is also only one of eight NCAA DI teams that have a 10-1 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 15 NCAA DI teams that have only three losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 20-3 (.870). This is the third week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

Scouting James Madison:

– The Dukes are 7-3 all-time versus the Mid-American Conference and own perfect records against Eastern Michigan (2-0), Ohio (2-0), Western Michigan (2-0) and Kent State (1-0). Buffalo boasts a 2-0 record versus JMU, while Toledo topped the Dukes in the first edition of the MAC-SBC Challenge this season, 60-49, on Nov. 8.

– With a 9-3 start in Sun Belt Conference play, the Dukes are tied for second in the league with Troy (12-10, 9-3 SBC) behind first-place Marshall (17-6, 11-1 SBC).

– JMU has scored 70+ in 10 straight games, the most by the program in succession under the direction of Head Coach Sean O’Regan. Moreover, the Dukes’ 72.7 points per game is the highest scoring output by the team in Coach O’s eight years at the helm of the program.



HOUSTON, Texas – Sycamores drop pair on Saturday at Houston Invite 

Game One: Colgate 9, Indiana State 1

The Sycamores fell behind early after a four-run inning from the Raiders in the second day of the Houston Invite and were unable to rally back in Saturday’s opening game against Colgate.

Colgate scored four runs in the first inning highlighted by Kiley Shelton’s two-run home run to take the early lead over the Sycamores.

Indiana State put their lone run on the board in the second inning. Abby Robakowski started the inning off with a single and Kenzie Cornwell drove Morgan Goodrich in with an RBI sacrifice fly to cut the lead down to 4-1.

Colgate would go on to score five more runs over the rest of the game with Quinn Livesay homering twice, while Adrienne Nardone added a solo shot in the Raiders’ win.

Cassi Newbanks (0-2) took the loss in the circle for the Sycamores. The junior pitched the first inning allowing four runs and two hits. Hailey Griffin took over in the second inning, going 5.1 innings in relief while allowing three runs and three hits. Griffin recorded seven strikeouts to set a new career high for strikeouts in a game. Annie Waggoner closed out the final 0.2 innings for the Sycamore pitching staff. 

Isabella Henning, Sophie Esposito, Kenzie Cornwell, and Ana Macha all recorded singles for the Sycamores as ISU connected on five hits against Colgate starter Bailey Misken (1-1). The Raiders’ pitcher went the distance with the complete game win.

News & Notes

Hailey Griffin recorded seven strikeouts to set a new single game career high.

Game Two: Houston 6, Indiana State 1

Houston jumped out to an early lead over the Sycamores to secure the 6-1 win in Indiana State’s final game of day two at the Houston Invite.

The Cougars scored four runs in the first inning over the Sycamores highlighted by Bri Cantu and Turiya Coleman’s pair of two-run home runs to take the early lead. Cantu added an RBI double and Mikalah Nitta an RBI single in the fourth to give Houston the 6-0 lead.

Indiana State mounted a rally late in the top of the seventh as Morgan Goodrich and Kenzie Cornwell both reached on infield singles. Danielle Henning connected on an RBI groundout scoring Goodrich to put the Sycamores in the scoring column, but that was it for the Sycamores late in the loss.

Lauren Sackett (0-2) took the loss in the circle for the Sycamores pitching 4.0 innings allowing ten hits and six runs. Sackett bounced back from the early pair of home runs to retire six batters in a row at one point before turning the ball over to Megan Asher in the fifth.

Megan Asher took over for Indiana State and made a strong finish going 2.0 innings in relief allowing two hits and zero runs. Freshman catcher Haley Webb recorded her first start of the season behind the plate.

Abi Chipps, Goodrich, and Cornwell all connected on singles for the Sycamores in the loss. Cornwell reached base in all three plate appearances drawing two walks in addition to her base hit.

Houston reliever Paris Lehman (1-0) took the win going 4.0 innings allowing two hits and a run scored. Starter Tamya Waiters went the first 3.0 innings allowing one hit while striking out two.

Up Next

The Sycamores will wrap up the weekend with one final game tomorrow at 10:30 a.m ET against Colgate.



VALPARAISO, Ind. – Mya Glanton led all players with 17 points Friday night and Kiley Bess added 15 off the bench, as Indiana State withstood a late Valparaiso rally to defeat the Beacons 70-65 inside the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Chelsea Cain was also in double-figures for the Trees with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists, while Ella Sawyer had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Indiana State took an early five-point lead following 3-pointers from Cain and Keslyn Secrist, and 3-pointers from Bess and Asia Donald kept the Sycamores in front. A back-and-forth second quarter saw the Trees take a one-possession lead into the intermission. Indiana State exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and led by as many as 15 following a three-ball from Donald midway through the fourth quarter, but Valpo put together a comeback attempt late. The Beacons got within two inside the last three minutes, but Indiana State went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in crunch time and Cain iced the game with a layup in the final minute.

First Half

Glanton got things started for the Sycamores with a pair of free throws and a layup, and treys from Cain and Secrist quickly gave the Blue and White a 10-5 lead. Valpo countered with a 10-0 run to take its largest lead of the game midway through the first quarter at 15-10, but the Sycamores responded back. Threes from Donald and Bess capped an 8-0 Indiana State run, and Cain hit a floater as time expired to give the Trees a 20-18 lead after one.

Indiana State’s first five points of the second quarter came from the free throw line. The Sycamores went without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the period, as Valpo clawed its way back in front by a 26-25 margin. Bess snapped the field goal drought with a layup, and consecutive layups from Glanton inside the last two minutes gave the Sycamores the lead for good. Indiana State maintained a slim 33-31 advantage at the half.

Second Half

Layups Bess and Sawyer early in the third saw the Trees remain in front, though the opening four minutes went back-and-forth. Indiana State finally broke through with a 10-0 run midway through the quarter kickstarted by a three-point play from Bess. Back-to-back baskets from Glanton and a 3-pointer from Bella Finnegan saw the Sycamores’ lead swell to 50-38 following the run. Layups from Sawyer and Finnegan late in the period saw Indiana State take a 54-43 lead into the fourth.

The Sycamores continued to find ways to add to their lead early in the final frame, with Bess hitting a pair of free throws and treys from Cain and Donald making it 62-47. Valpo used a 13-0 run across the middle of the quarter to pull within two, but that was as close as the Beacons got. Glanton, Sawyer and Bess combined to go 6-for-6 from the charity stripe inside the final 2:30 of action, and a second-chance basket from Cain inside the final minute was a dagger. Valpo went 0-for-6 from the field inside the final minute, as Indiana State completed its season sweep of the Beacons.

News and Notes

Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer were both on triple-double watch, as Cain had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Sawyer had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Asia Donald had eight points in 11 minutes playing in front of her home crowd. Donald was a star at nearby Hobart (Ind.) HS, where she led the IHSAA in scoring last year.

Indiana State’s 23 bench points Friday night was the Sycamores’ most in a win this season.

The Sycamores have continued to find success from behind the arc in conference play, knocking down 43.8 percent (7-for-16) of their 3-point attempts Friday. Conversely, Indiana State’s 3-point defense limited Valpo, who led the MVC in 3-pointers entering Friday’s game, to a 29.0 percent clip from deep.

Kiley Bess registered a career-best six steals in Friday’s win, the most in a game by a Sycamore this season.

Keslyn Secrist earned her first career start in Friday’s game, finishing with five points, three rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.

Indiana State swept the season series with Valpo this season, and has won each of the last three games at Valpo in the all-time series. The Sycamores are 6-1 all-time at Valparaiso.

Indiana State wore its alternate gray uniforms for just the second time this season, and the Sycamores picked up their first win this season when wearing gray.

Up Next

Indiana State closes its two-game road trip Sunday afternoon at UIC, with tipoff set for 1 p.m.



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball secured its ninth-straight win with a road victory at Missouri State. ISU secured the regular-season sweep of the Bears, moving to 22-3 and 13-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Ryan Conwell paced the offense with 24 points, shooting 9-for-15 and knocking down a career-high six three-pointers. Conwell played all 40 minutes in the win, also recording four rebounds and two assists while committing only one turnover. Isaiah Swope scored 19 points with five triples and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

Jayson Kent tallied 11 points on 5-for-8 from the floor with a team-high eight rebounds. Robbie Avila rounded out the four Sycamores in double figures with 10 points, also grabbing six rebounds. Julian Larry contributed an all-around effort with seven points, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Xavier Bledson was the lone non-starter to score for Indiana State, recording two points, three rebounds, and four assists.

Indiana State started the game 0-6 from the floor, allowing the Bears to build a 9-1 early lead just four minutes into the game. ISU’s lone point came from an Avila free throw. Ryan converted the first field goal for the Sycamores at the 15:43 mark. MSU shot their way to an eight-point, 13-5 lead at with 14:45 to play, which ended up being their largest lead of the game.

Indiana State found a groove and erased the deficit with an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game. ISU completed the conventional score-stop-score in the run, with Conwell knocking down a three, Kent swatting a shot at the other end of the court, and it ended with Swope draining a three of his own. Larry assisted on both made triples. After a made basket from MSU, Kent scored inside the paint and Conwell drained another three in the ensuing possession to take the lead at 16-15 with 12:42 to play in the half.

Both teams continued to battle the rest of the half. The Bears took a four-point lead with 7:40 left in the half at 23-19 only for the Sycamores to recover and take a one-point advantage. That four-point lead was the highest lead by either team once Indiana State battled back from the early deficit. The first half alone saw 10 lead changes and four ties, but it was Missouri State that held the lead at break, 36-35. Indiana State had only trailed at the half four other times this season.

Coming out of half, the Bears worked to a five-point lead just under four minutes into the half at 16:08, 44-39. MSU was able to hold that lead for the next couple minutes, but the Indiana State needed two minutes for an 11-3 run to take the lead back at 54-52 at the 12:12 mark. Avila, Swope, Conwell, and Bledson all contributed, and the Sycamores made 6-of-7 field goal attempts in the spurt.

Coming down the stretch in the final six minutes, the MSU offense made 3-of-9 field-goal attempts, allowing the Sycamores to capture and hold the lead for the rest of the game.

The Bears hung in with one score and three free throws, but back-to-back buckets by Larry and Kent gave the Sycamores a 69-66 lead with 3:42 to play. Indiana State took a five-point lead with 20 seconds to play off a Swope jumper. MSU with the ball and 12 seconds left made costly turnover, allowing Swope to swipe the ball. The Bears made a layup as time expired, but it was too short as the Sycamores still held a two-point lead to earn the 73-71 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State moved to 22-3 and 13-1, the best record under Coach Josh Schertz.

ISU committed seven turnovers, the second-lowest number of the season. ISU has committed six turnovers twice and seven turnovers now three times. The five Sycamore starters accounted for only three of the turnovers.

The Sycamores were victorious despite finishing with the third-lowest field goal percentage (43.8%), the second-lowest three-point percentage (30.0%), and the lowest total made free throws (5).

Indiana State attempted the highest amount of three-pointers for the season (finished 12-for-40).

With Saturday’s win, ISU is still only 7-33 when playing in MSU’s home gym.

There was a total of 17 lead changes and 10 ties.

Ryan Conwell made a career-high six three-pointers.

Isaiah Swope made five threes for the seventh time this season.

Up Next

Indiana State returns to Hulman Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13 for a matchup against Illinois State at 7 p.m. ET. The game’s theme is a royal blue out, and there will be a rally towel giveaway.



INDIANAPOLIS – Led by Jalen Jackson’s career-high 24 points, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team defeated IUPUI 92-65 on Saturday (Feb. 10) afternoon in Horizon League action.

The Mastodons led 18-16 with 8:20 left in the first half.  This was final time the Jaguars were within a possession. The ‘Dons closed the half on a 25-8 run, going 8-for-12 in the stretch. Anthony Roberts and Quinton Morton-Robertson each had six points in the push. Morton-Robertson closed the half with a deep 3-pointer from the Indianapolis skyline on the IUPUI court to give the Mastodons a 43-24 halftime lead.

The ‘Dons took their first 20-point lead of the game on an Eric Mulder putback dunk with 17:29 left at 51-30.

Jackson finished with a career-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. His 10 field goals also mark a career best. Jackson also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Mulder totaled 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting, marking a career high for field goals in a game. Morton-Robertson recorded 14 points thanks to four 3-pointers. He also had eight assists, his most against a DI opponent in his career. Roberts added 13 points.

The ‘Dons finished at 35-of-58 (60.3 percent) while limiting IUPUI to 24-of-53 (45.3 percent). Bryce Monroe led the Jaguars with 16 points.

The Mastodons improve to 16-9 (7-7 Horizon League). IUPUI falls to 6-20 (2-13 Horizon League). The ‘Dons host Oakland on Wednesday (Feb. 14).



ELON, N.C. – Day two of the Elon Softball Classic saw the University of Evansville softball team put up a fight in a pair of games against Kent State and Elon.
Game 1 – Kent State 5, UE 4 – Box Score
Evansville had the upper hand in the early innings posting single runs in the second through fourth innings.  Brooke Voss and Alexa Davis singled to lead off the frame with both advancing on a sacrifice from Hannah Hood.  Taylor Howe followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Voss for the first run of the game. 
Marah Wood led off the third with a solo homer to double the lead before Alexa Davis made it a 3-0 game in the top half of the fourth.  She hit a 1-out triple before scoring on a wild pitch.  After building the advantage, UE saw the tides turn in an instance.  In the bottom of the fourth, KSU plated three runs with Megan Claerhout notching a 2-run single to tie the game.  The Golden Flashes added another run to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth.
It was Davis picking up the tying hit in the sixth.  Her 2-out single plated Jenna Nink, who doubled earlier in the inning.  Things remained tied until the bottom of the 7th.  An RBI single with two outs sealed the win for Kent State.
KSU had 10 hits in the game with Emily Lippe posting three.  Davis was a perfect 3-for-3 for the Aces as they tallied eight hits in the contest.  Elle Jarrett made the start, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings.  Megan Brenton suffered the loss, giving up two runs in 3 1/3 frames.  Megan Nuechterlein earned the win, allowing one run on three hits in the final three innings.
Game 2 – Elon 5, UE 4 – Box Score
Just as they had done in Saturday’s opener, Evansville grabbed the early lead.  A single from Wood and walks from Zoe Frossard and Brooke Voss loaded the bases for Jess Willsey, who singled to right to open the scoring.
Frossard doubled the lead in the second, singling down the left field line to bring in Keghan Pye, who walked with one out.  Elon posted single runs in the bottom of the second and third and the game remained tied until the top of the 6th.  Voss came through with a 2-out RBI single to put UE back in front.
That lead was short-lived as the Phoenix countered with a run in the bottom of the frame.  The game went into extra innings with UE breaking through first.  In the top half of the 8th, Frossard hit a sacrifice fly to score Hannah Hood.  Unfortunately, Elon came back once again as a Allee Seering 2-run home run clinched a 5-4 win for the Phoenix.  Seering had three of Elon’s seven hits while Wood, Frossard and Jess Willsey registered two hits apiece for Evansville.
Mikayla Jolly made the start, tossing six innings with three runs, two earned, crossing the plate.  Gracie Hollingsworth threw the final frame and suffered the loss.  McKenna McCard picked up the win, throwing a scoreless 2/3 of an inning.
The Aces wrap up the opening weekend on Sunday with an 11 a.m. CT game versus Miami Ohio.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With the score tied at 70-70 in the final seconds, Murray State hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch a 73-70 victory over the University of Evansville men’s basketball team inside the CFSB Center.

“I’m proud of the way our guys fought today in a hostile environment.  We kept clawing away at the deficit and gave ourselves a chance to win,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “Unfortunately, Murray State made one more play at the end than we did.  We will learn from today and be ready for Drake on Tuesday.”

Four Purple Aces finished in double figures with Tanner Cuff leading the way with 15.  He was 4-for-5 from the field.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. and Ben Humrichous recorded 14 apiece.  Strawbridge added 10 boards on the way to a double-double.  Chuck Bailey III scored 10.

Ben Humrichous gave UE the perfect start, hitting a triple on the first possession.  Murray State countered with nine in a row to take their first lead before Evansville stormed back with a rally of its own.  Josh Hughes hit a jumper before Gage Bobe converted a 3-pointer.  Kenny Strawbridge capped the run with a field goal to make it a 10-9 game at the 14:55 mark.

MSU quickly retook the lead on a triple and the squads would swap the lead numerous times in the ensuing minutes.  With the game knotted at 16-16, the Racers went on an 11-2 run to take their largest advantage at 27-18 approaching the final six minutes.  The lead for Murray remained between five and eight points over the remainder of the half.

With the seconds winding down, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. connected on a triple at the buzzer to make it a 32-27 game at the break.

Humrichous got things going right out of the gate.  Following a Racers basket, he drained consecutive triples to cut the deficit to just one at 34-33.  Murray State retook control over the next four minutes, retaking a 9-point lead at 46-37.  Evansville continued to chip away as a Tanner Cuff 3-pointer got UE within a possession at 48-45 with 11:25 remaining.

Evansville got back within four on a few occasions but was finally able to get closer entering the final three minutes.  Another three by Humrichous made it a 68-65 game and a Cuff free throw made it a 2-point game.  With 2:05 left, Yacine Toumi drained a pair of free throws to cut the Racer lead to one at 69-68.

It was Toumi coming through once again less than a minute later as his second-chance basket tied the game at 70-70.  Unfortunately, MSU came through with a triple at the buzzer to take the win.  The Racers shot 49.2% on the day with UE finishing at 45.8%.

On Tuesday, the Aces return to the Ford Center to face Drake at 7 p.m.



BOSTON, Mass. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Track & Field split the weekend slate between the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Michigan, and the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts where five Screaming Eagles earned personal-best times.

In Michigan, junior Katie Winkler (Santa Claus, Indiana) picked up a personal-best time of 18 minutes and 11.75 seconds in the 5,000 meters to place 12th within her heat. Also putting up a personal best in the 5,000 meters was freshman Sara Livingston (Jasper, Indiana) with a time of 18:40.55 to earn 13th place in heat five.

In the New England area, freshman Zoe Seward (Rochester, Indiana) produced a top-25 finish in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best time of 17:27.30. Junior Kati Hoerig (Prospect, Kentucky) also nabbed a personal best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:00.00. Closing out the personal records for the Eagles was sophomore Emily Rempe (Owensboro, Kentucky) who finished the mile with a time of 5:02.51.


The Eagles close out the regular season with a trip to Terre Haute, Indiana for the ISU Open on Saturday, February 17. After the meet, USI will suit up for the Ohio Valley Conference Championships on February 21-22.



INDIANAPOLIS – Kendrick Tchoua became the first seventh Greyhound in program history to reach 800 career rebounds on Saturday, as the UIndy men’s basketball team dropped an 85-76 decision to Truman State University.

Tchoua matched a career-high with 27 points, while securing 13 boards in the process.


Truman did its best to secure the win in the first half, knocking down 61.3 percent of its field goal attempts and drilling 12 triples to build a 52-32 advantage at the break.

The Greyhounds were forced to make several runs after halftime, with David Ejah hitting a free throw to cut the deficit to 10 less than eight minutes into the period. The Bulldogs kept making plays, however, answering each Greyhound response with a bucket of their own. A jumper from Xavier Hall with under five minutes left stretched the Truman lead back to 16, all but ending any hope remaining.

Tchoua followed a jumper from Jarvis Walker with a putback at the buzzer to end the game with a single-digit loss.


– A whopping 11 of Tchoua’s 13 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

– Ejah finished with 12 points, including a posterized-dunk early in the first half.

– UIndy outrebounded Truman, 42-21; Sean Craig recorded six in the loss, second on the team behind Tchoua.

– The Greyhounds attempted their second-most free throws of the season with 26.

– Jesse Bingham dished out a team-high four assists, while tallying two blocks and one steal on the defensive end.


UIndy now leads the all-time series, 13-6 … Truman upped its season 3-point percentage to 39.8, which ranks second in the GLVC.


Assistant coach Dionte Ferguson on the loss…

“We couldn’t string together enough stops to put together a comeback in the second half. We didn’t pay enough attention to the details; we weren’t as sharp as we were on Thursday.”


The Greyhounds pay a visit to Quincy next Thursday evening, with Paul Zilinskas making his return to Pepsi Arena for the first time since transferring to UIndy. Tip is scheduled for 8:30 ET.



INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball dropped a tight GLVC dog fight on Saturday, falling to Truman State University by a score of 79-72 from inside Nicoson Hall.

The Bulldogs avenged their early January loss to the Greyhounds with the victory, leading for more than 36 minutes of action.

Elana Wells, who nearly posted the first double-double of her career, finished with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds.


Truman looked like it may pull away late on Saturday before UIndy clawed back to tie it at 67 apiece with a Jada Patton dive to the bucket.

Despite the Greyhounds owning the paint most of the afternoon, the Bulldogs scored six straight points in the paint to build a four-point advantage with 46 seconds left. A single free throw from Wells was the only point UIndy could muster in the final minute, as Truman’s hot-hand shooting in the second half proved too much.

The Bulldogs started the game on an impressive 11-0 run; however, the Greyhounds refused to quit early and forced a one-possession game after the first quarter with a pair of free throws from Jada Haines.

Patton was next in line in the score column with 19 points, while Liv Becker tallied 18 on an 8-for-13 effort from the field.


– The Greyhounds committed just 14 fouls, matching a season-low effort.

– UIndy turned the ball over on nine possessions, its fourth time this season staying in single digits in the category.

– Caroline Jakaitis recorded the lone block for the Greyhounds, adding one assist and one steal.

– Patton joined Idalis Ortiz with three offensive rebounds each, with the team totaling 14 second-chance points.


UIndy now leads the all-time series, 12-10 … Greenwood, Ind., native and Truman senior Claire Rake drilled four triples, finishing with 12 points.


UIndy hits the road once more with a battle at Quincy on Thursday, Feb. 15., for a 6 ET tip. It will be the first meeting between the programs this winter.



INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s track and field team hosted their first-ever indoor meet on Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as the Knights hosted the Marian Invitational. Marian hit two new NAIA standards on the day, and were highlighted by Katie Woods’ school record in the 1000m.

Katie Woods stole the show with her Marian school record in the 1000m, as her winning time of 2:58.41 broke the previous record by two seconds. Woods hit an NAIA A standard with her win, and ended Friday in the top-10 in the NAIA in the event.

Gina Butz returned to a peak form nearing the Crossroads League championships as she hit an NAIA A standard in the high jump. Claire Lange hit the NAIA B standard with her win in the 800m, and Keeley Hughes hit her first career NAIA standard, as she finished second in the weight throw with a B standard mark of 16.04m.

Marian will host the Crossroads League Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend, with day one taking place on Friday at the Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

60m: Catalla Jones (4), Kathy Soriano (15)

200m: Soriano (14), Holli Reuter (25)

400m: Maya Mundy (15)

600m: Kylee Lewellen (2)

800m: Claire Lange (1, NAIA B), Taylor Thomas (3), Liz Loichinger (8), Rosie Barrett (11), Brooke Trinkle (15)

1000m: Katie Woods (1, NAIA A, School Record), Nora Steele (7)

Mile: Trinkle (7), Gracynn Hinkley (10), Emma Beimfohr (11), Luci Woodrum (12)

3000m: Lainey Roth (4), Emily Baker (11), Lindsay Huston (13), Sabrina Siems (15), Josie Feldman (DNF)

60m Hurdles: Nina Marinkovic (4), Brooke Coffman (6), Bella Dean (12)

High Jump: Gina Butz (2, NAIA A), Marinkovic (7), Coffman (8), Dean (17)

Pole Vault: Mia Curran (10), Alli Taylor (11)

Long Jump: Butz (13), Shirmara Anderson (17), Hanna Reuter (19)

Triple Jump: Anderson (3), Coffman (no mark), Hanna Reuter (no mark)

Shot Put: Gabi Bilbrey (8), Courtney Butler (14), Tracey Gooch (no mark), Nahydia Watson (no mark)

Weight Throw: Keeley Hughes (2, NAIA B), Watson (3), Gooch (7), Butler (11), Allie Miller (13), Karen Willaredt (15)


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian track and field team completed their regular season on Friday afternoon, competing in their first track meet serving as the hosts, as they hosted the Marian Invitational. The Knights had several top marks and new NAIA standards, and were highlighted by the school record for Tristan Trevino in the mile.

Tristan Trevino dominated the mile race and set a new school record, recording Marian’s lone NAIA A standard on the day with his record time of 4:11.47. Trevino broke the previous school record set in 2016 by over five seconds, and entering February 10 holds the No. 4 time in the NAIA.

Also highlighting Friday’s meet were wins by Armani Glass and Matthew Riehle, while Raif Miller won the 600m and hit his first career standard with a B mark. Marian’s 4x400m relay team also earned an NAIA B standard mark with their win, and senior Isaiah Tipping hit the NAIA B standard in the shot put, doing so in the event for the first time this season.

Marian will host the Crossroads League Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend, with day one taking place on Friday at the Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

60m: Armani Glass (1), Connor Maple (2), Manny Manneh (3), Caleb Carter (16)

200m: Maple (7), Eli Givens (12), Michael Hunter (15), Brendan Oleksak (19), Amarion Sanders (21), Michael Runions (31)

400m: Matthew Riehle (1), Richard Dube (3), Eric Materna (8), Emory McClellan (12), Runions (14)

600m: Raif Miller (1, NAIA B), Mason Piatt (2)

800m: Howard Hendricks (8), Benjamin Moster (11), Andrew McDade (12), Owen Pittman (18), Kenneth Hammell (21), Daniel Camacho (22)

Mile: Tristan Trevino (1, NAIA A, School Record), Blake Hipkiss (5), Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez (7), Pittman (13)

3000m: Aguilar-Gonzalez (10), Adam Heitz (18), Alex Cuevas (24)

60m Hurdles: Gus Martinez (4), Carter (7), McClellan (9), Jaiden Dresselhaus (12), AJ Wrenn (15)

4x400m Relay: A squad – Olivier Lifrange, Dube, Riehle, Givens (1, NAIA B), B squad – Materna, Piatt, Hendricks, McDade (4)

High Jump: Van Lian (7), Wrenn (8), Gunner Kovach/Jordan Pohl (No height)

Pole Vault: Brenden Endres (4), Evan Haag (7), Keagan La Belle (No height)

Long Jump: Glass (7), Sanders (18)

Triple Jump: Pohl (4), Glass (6), Lian (7), Oleksak (9)

Shot Put: Kevaughn Dawn (3, NAIA B), Isaiah Tipping (6, NAIA B)

Weight Throw: Marco Keys (3, NAIA B), Ayden Brown (no mark)
























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Football History Headlines

February 11, 1892 – (exact day in February unknown) George Wright decides to sell the Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods interests including the all-important Wright and Ditson Publications to A. G. Spalding after the death of partner Henry A. Ditson on November 15, 1891. This included giving Spalding the exclusive rights to sponsor and supply the Football Rules books to players and coaches including the entire Spalding Sporting Goods catalog inside it. Spalding continued the Wright and Distson name on some of its products all the way into the 1970’s.

February 11, 1997 – Bill Parcells becomes head coach of New York Jets. Parcells coached the Jets for three seasons and then retired in 1999.The Big Tuna brought success to the franchise too as his team was 9-7 in the first season 12-4 in 1998 and then finished with an 8-8 record in

February 11, 2023 – Former Miami Dolphin Linebacker Zach Thomas was selected to become inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. According to an article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami selected Thomas in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Zach found out about the honor when his mother, Bobby, took him out to lunch, and his former coach Jimmy Johnson, wearing his own Gold Hall of Fame Jacket, snuck into the dining area and welcomed the former linebacker to the exclusive club on bronze busts in Canton.

Nine player in all were selected to the 2023 class including offensive tackle Joe Thomas, defensive backs Ronde Barber, Darrelle Revis and Ken Riley; linebacker Chuck Howley; pass rusher DeMarcus Ware; defensive lineman Joe Klecko and longtime coach Don Coryell.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 11

February 11, 1882 – Nashville, Tennessee – Vanderbilt’s once great halfback John Tigert was born. Tigert was so much more to college football than this though. Click his highlighted name above to learn all the details of this legend.

February 11, 1949 – Mt Vernon, Ohio – Jim Stillwagon the awesome defensive tackle from Ohio State University stakes the claim in his date of birth. The website tells how Stillwagon played for Hall of Fame Coach Woody Hayes’ Buckeye teams from 1968 through 1970. In that span Ohio State football went 27-2 overall and won two national championships including the consensus national title in 1968. The anchor of the OSU D-line took home hardware for his great work too. Stillwagon was the first player to win the Lombardi Award in 1970, and he also won the Outland Trophy that same season. He was named a consensus All-American in 1969 and a unanimous All-American in 1970, along with being honored as the UPI’s defensive lineman of the year. The National Football Foundation selected Jim Stillwagon to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.


1915      New York Giants president Harry Hempstead rejects the International League’s request to put a team in the Bronx. The proposed shift of the Jersey City team to the nearby borough, the future home of the Yankees starting in 1923, was conceived to prop up the failing minor league franchise and perhaps as an opportunity to thwart the invasion of the Federal League into the Big Apple.

1962      Before spring training, Don Zimmer and right-hander Bob Miller, residents in the St. Pete area, become the first players to don a Mets jersey when they model the club’s away uniform tops for a photo shoot at Huggins Field. The expansion team’s inaugural third baseman, traded to the Reds in May for southpaw Bob Miller, poses with his nine-year-old son Tommy on his shoulders.

1974      In the first arbitration ruling in baseball history, Detroit lawyer Harry H. Platt, a labor arbitrator for thirty years, decides in favor of Dick Woodson, who posted a 10-8 record and a 3.95 ERA for the Twins last season. The 27-year-old right-hander, the first player to invoke the new free agency clause, is awarded the $29,000 he asked for rather than having to take Minnesota’s offer, which was six thousand dollars less.

1977      The Cubs trade two-time NL batting champ Bill Madlock along with Rod Sperring to the Giants for Bobby Murcer, Steve Ontiveros, and a minor leaguer. During the 1979 season, San Francisco will trade the fiercely competitive ‘Mad Dog’ to the Pirates, where he will play a major role in the team’s world championship that season and will win two more batting crowns during his seven-year tenure in Pittsburgh.

1982      Ozzie Smith agrees to go to the Cardinals to complete the December deal, which finally sends Gary Templeton to the Padres. An outside arbitrator, Tom Roberts, will determine the Wizard of Oz’s Cardinal salary before the season starts, awarding the light-hitting Gold Glove shortstop $450,000 rather than the $750,000 he requested.

1985      Kent Hrbek signs a five-year, $6 million contract with the Twins, making him the team’s first million-dollar player. The 24-year-old Minnesota first baseman, paid $375,000 last season, was the runner-up for the American League Most Valuable Player, finishing second to Tiger closer Willie Hernandez, batted .311 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs for the second-place club.

1987      After turning down the Mets’ $800,000 one-year offer and being granted free agency by the team, World Series MVP Ray Knight signs a two-year deal with the Orioles for $600,000. The 34-year-old third baseman, who won the 1986 NL Comeback Player of the Year Award, will play one season in Baltimore before being traded to the Tigers for Mark Thurmond.

1997      General Mills, the makers of Wheaties, unveils three new Jackie Robinson cereal boxes to be sold in stores nationwide. The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame infielder will be the first athlete to be honored on all three varieties of Wheaties: Original Wheaties, Honey Frosted Wheaties, and Crispy Wheaties ‘n’ Raisins.

2001      As thousands cheer, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh’s 30-year-old sports venue, is imploded when electricity surges through a detonating cord connected to more than 4,800 pounds of dynamite in 2,500 spots in the former home of the Pirates and NFL’s Steelers. Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit and Mike Schmidt’s 500th career home run are part of the historic park’s legacy.

2005      Jose Canseco’s controversial book, Juiced, is made available in selected markets in anticipation of his appearance on CBS’s Sixty Minutes. The self-proclaimed godfather of steroids in baseball alleges Mark McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, and Ivan Rodriguez used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

2005      The Mets announce their former slugging All-Star Darryl Strawberry will rejoin the team as an outfield instructor during spring training. The often-troubled Rookie of the Year will join former 1986 World Champion teammates Gary Carter, Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson, and Tim Teufel at Shea Stadium on February 27, when single-game tickets go on sale.

2006      Avoiding an arbitration hearing, starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano (14-6, 3.26) and the Cubs agree to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. After earning $3.76 million last season, the emotional right-hander had asked for $7.2 million, with Chicago offering $6 million.

2007      Avoiding salary arbitration, AL’s reigning batting champ Joe Mauer (.347, 13, 84) and the Twins come to terms on a $33 million, four-year contract. The hometown 23-year-old All-Star backstop is the first catcher to lead the majors in batting average, becoming the first to win the American League batting crown.

2008      Craig Biggio, following in the footsteps of fan favorites Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, and Jeff Bagwell, agrees to a three-year personal services contract with the Astros. The 42-year-old retired ballplayer spent his 20-year career with Houston, leading the franchise in games, at-bats, hits, doubles, and total bases.

2009      The Nationals sign slugger Adam Dunn to a two-year, $20 million deal. The 29-year-old southpaw swing free-agent, who played for Arizona last season, will bat cleanup for Washington, replacing Nick Johnson at first base.

2010      During WFUV Radio’s Spring Gala at Fordham University, Ernie Harwell, the Tigers’ long-time voice, will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The 92-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster is the third recipient of the VSLA, named for the former alum and Dodger broadcast icon, joining inaugural honoree Vin Scully (2008) and Dick Enberg (2009).

2012      Logan Morrison becomes the first player in the Marlins’ 19-year history to don the No. 5 after the team received permission from the National League to ‘unretire’ the digit once reserved to honor the late Carl Barger, the club’s first president and chief operating officer. The Miami first baseman/outfielder had asked owner Jeffrey Loria to allow him to switch from No. 20 to No. 5 in memory of his father, who encouraged his son to model his game after Hall of Famer George Brett, who wore the number.


Off the field…

The United States military intervened to aid in the removal of President Jose Santos Zelaya from Nicaragua. Since 1893, Zelaya had been trying to create a union of Central American countries by intervening actively in their affairs. After he began executing those who opposed him (including two Americans) the U.S. took over the rebel faction and ousted him promptly.

In the American League…

On April 27th, the Chicago White Sox won their third 1-0 game over the St. Louis Browns in three days, setting an early American League record for consecutive 1-0 wins. Hits in all three games (by both teams combined) totaled a meager eighteen.

The Chicago White Sox also set a modern Major League record on July 2nd after stealing twelve bases (three of home) during a 15-3 massacre over the St. Louis Browns at South Side Park III.

Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb clinched the American League home run title after hitting nine, inside-the-park round-trippers. In doing so, he became the only player of the century to lead a league in home runs without ever actually hitting one “out of the park”.

In the National League…

The National League deprived umpires of the ability to levy fines and declared that all relief pitchers must retire at least one batter before being relieved themselves.

Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner stole his way around the bases in the first inning of a May 2nd nightcap against the Chicago Cubs. In doing so, Wagner set a National League record as the first player ever to pull off the feat three times. Amazingly, he would duplicate the effort again the following day.

On July 3rd, the St. Louis Cardinals tied an unwanted Major League mark after committing seventeen individual errors during a doubleheader loss to the Cincinnati Reds, (10-2 and 13-7).

Around the League…

Play-By-Play, broadcasting came one step closer as the first use of wireless technology to transmit baseball results was conducted at the Columbia University Wireless Club. The proceedings of the game between the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia were relayed from the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia to New York’s Waldorf Astoria, where Columbia students received the messages.

National League President John Heydler called an emergency meeting with the league’s officials to propose a new two-umpire system for preventing fights with the players.

In June, Benjamin Shibe, of Bala, Pennsylvania, obtained a patent for a new cork-centered baseball. Spalding Sporting Goods later licensed the idea and began manufacturing it for distribution in both the major and minor leagues.


24 – 4 – 13 – 1 – 99 – 14

February 11, 1966 – The San Francisco Giants inked the centerfielder who wore Number 24, Willie Mays the a record MLB  contract at $130,000 per season. Mays led the League in 6 categories in the previous season including; 52 Home runs, a .398 On Base Percentage, a slugging percentage of .645 and more to earn the “giant” pay raise

February 11, 1971 – The Montreal Canadien’s lefthanded Center, Jean Beliveau, who wore the Number 4 proudly on his sweater for much of his career scored his 500th NHL goal as the Canadiens downed the Minnesota North Stars 6-2.

February 11, 1974 – First Major League Baseball arbitration case; Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson, who sported the Number 13 uniform, sought $29,000 per win while the Twins offered $23,000. It was a new rule at the time where if the two sides could not reach an agreement the Players Association could send it to one of 14 arbitrators.

February 11, 1978 – 25th hat trick in New York  Islander history, as Number 5Denis Potvin‘s posted the second of his brilliant career at that point.

February 11, 1982 – The San Diego Padres traded Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton of the St Louis Cardinals. This blockbuster was finalized after days of agonizing negotiations between the two sides. Smith wore the Number 1 on his jersey for both clubs, while Templeton also wore the Number 1 for both.

February 11, 1984 – The legendary Number 99, Wayne Gretzky set an NHL short-handed season scoring record at 11 while playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

February 11, 1985 – Kent Hrbek, who wore Number 14 signed a 5-year, $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins to continue to play First base for the club.



1 a.m. (Monday)

CNBC — AMA Supercross Series: Round 6, Glendale, Ariz. (Taped)


12 p.m.

CBSSN — Seton Hall at Villanova

ESPN2 — FAU at Wichita St.

1 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Northwestern

3 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Iowa

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — North Texas at SMU

ESPNU — Tulane at Memphis

USA — Rhode Island at UMass


12 p.m.

ACCN — Notre Dame at Florida St.

CW — Louisville at Syracuse

ESPNU — Saint Louis at Rhode Island

SECN — Vanderbilt at Georgia

1 p.m.

FOX — Iowa at Nebraska

2 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Duke

CBSSN — James Madison at Ball St.

ESPN — UConn at South Carolina

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Colorado

Auburn at Missouri

3 p.m.

FS1 — Maryland at Illinois

4 p.m.

ESPN2 — Alabama at LSU

PAC-12N — Stanford at Washington St.

PEACOCK — Ohio St. at Michigan St.

SECN — Texas A&M at Kentucky


4 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at NC State


4 p.m.

ESPN — Oklahoma State at UCLA


3:30 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Final Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Final Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Final Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.


12:30 p.m.

FS1 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races


2 p.m.

NHLN — Rivalry Series: U.S. vs. Canada, St. Paul, Minn.


2 p.m.

ABC — Boston at Miami


3 p.m.

NBATV — Raptors 905 at Windy City


6:30 p.m.

CBS — Super Bowl LVIII: San Francisco vs. Kansas City, Las Vegas


4 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 2 & Championship Round, Salt Lake City


12 p.m.

CNBC — Six Nations: Ireland vs. Italy, Dublin


2 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y. (Taped)


10 a.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)

11 a.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)


12 p.m.

NBC — FIS: World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)


9 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Arsenal at West Ham United

11:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Manchester United at Aston Villa

5:55 p.m.

FS1 — CONMEBOL U-23 Olympic Qualifier 2024: Brazil vs. Argentina, Final, Caracas, Venezuela


12:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: TBD, Third-Place Match, Toluca, Mexico

4 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: TBD, Final, Toluca, Mexico


6 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Finals; Doha-WTA Early Rounds

5 p.m.

TENNIS — Cordoba-ATP Singles Final


1 p.m.

NBC — The Millrose Games: From New York