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Bolton’s fumble return sparks Chiefs’ 28-24 win over Broncos

DENVER (AP) Nearly stumbling heading into the playoffs, Nick Bolton and the Kansas City Chiefs gathered themselves just in time to thunder into the postseason with an AFC-best 12 wins.

They’ll learn Sunday if that’s enough to get them a first-round bye.

“We’re ready to go wherever and against whomever,” Patrick Mahomes said after the Chiefs rallied for a 28-24 win Saturday over the Denver Broncos, a victory powered by Bolton’s 86-yard fumble return midway through the fourth quarter.

To secure the pole position in the AFC playoffs, the Chiefs (12-5) need Houston to upset the Tennessee on Sunday. If not, Kansas City hosts a wild-card game next weekend in its quest to reach a third consecutive Super Bowl.

The Broncos were ahead 21-20 and driving for another score when Melvin Ingram III blitzed, speeding past tight end Noah Fant untouched and blowing up the play just as Drew Lock handed the ball to Melvin Gordon on second-and-2 from the 9.

Bolton, a rookie linebacker who checks in at 237 pounds, scooped up the loose ball and rumbled down the Chiefs’ euphoric sideline, nearly falling down at midfield before regaining his balance and outracing Lock, whom he played with at Missouri, to the end zone.

“I was hoping that he wouldn’t stumble,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after his 250th NFL coaching victory, including playoffs. “Those guys don’t get much of a chance to run that far that fast very often and he ran like a stallion. He took off and looked like a running back there.”

Like many of the other victories in the Chiefs’ 13-game winning streak against Denver, this one was no cakewalk. The Broncos (7-10) led for much of the afternoon despite having nothing to play for but pride.

“My main emotion is really proud of our payers,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “That’s a team that may win it all. They’ve obviously won a lot of games the last four or five yeas since Mahomes has taken over. We had a chance to win that game. But not winning it is the bottom line and we didn’t get it done.”

The Broncos’ last win over Kansas City came on Sept. 17, 2015.

“I love the way our defense buckled down,” Reid said. “All in all, a good win and an important win for the Kansas City Chiefs and we’ll see what we have by tomorrow night, who we’re playing. We sure look forward to bringing back a playoff game back to Arrowhead in front of our fans.”

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill could surely use the week off that goes to the top seed in each conference. He injured a heel in pregame warmups and was held to one catch for 2 yards. With Hill hurting, Mecole Hardman stepped up with eight catches for 103 yards.

“No one is Tyreek. He’s a special player that has never been seen in this league,” Mahomes said. “But Mecole is pretty close. … He was prepared for this moment.”

After Mahomes scored a 2-point conversion following Bolton’s touchdown to give the Chiefs a seven-point lead, the Broncos quickly drove downfield again but settled for Brandon McManus’ chip shot field goal rather than going for it on fourth-and-9 from the 13.

The crowd booed the decision, but Fangio explained that even though the field goal left them needing a touchdown, at least it kept their hopes alive.

All they had to do was stop Mahomes, something they’d managed to do twice in Kansas City’s six drives excluding the final possession of the first half when the Chiefs got the ball at their 15 with 23 seconds remaining.

The Chiefs, however, chewed up the final 4:37 and lined up in victory formation after the 2-minute warning as the crowd of 61,441 – there were nearly 15,000 empty seats – streamed for the exits, a fifth straight losing season in the books and the Broncos’ playoff drought now stretched to six years.


Lock completed just 4 of 10 passes for 27 yards in the first half but the Broncos took a 14-10 halftime lead thanks to Lock’s touchdown scrambles of 5 and 23 yards, which made him the first Broncos quarterback with two touchdown runs in a game since Tim Tebow in 2011.

“Definitely not designed runs,” said Lock, who lost all three of his starts after Teddy Bridgewater sustained a concussion against Cincinnati on Dec. 19.


The Chiefs were 11-point favorites according to FanDuel SportsBook marking just the third time in the last 42 years that the Broncos were double-digit home underdogs.


Fangio got emotional in his postgame news conference but said he hadn’t heard if he’d be back for the fourth year on his contract.

“You saw it out there tonight, a bunch of fighters and competitors” Fangio said after the Broncos’ fourth straight loss dropped his record to 19-30. “And I think you saw it all year. And that’s what these guys are. I’m proud to be associated with them. I’m not proud of our record. I know it’s not good enough. I get it. But I’m proud to be associated with our players.”


Chiefs RB Darrel Williams (toe) left early in the fourth quarter. Broncos RT Bobby Massie was added to the injury report Saturday with a concussion and was ruled out.


After this close call, the Chiefs get to cheer on the Texans.

The Broncos head into an offseason sure to include big changes.

Prescott throws 5 TD passes in Cowboys’ romp over Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dak Prescot ran into Dallas’ locker room with a message for any NFC team he’ll play next week in the playoffs.

“The real (stuff) starts,” he said.

It starts with finding out the Cowboys’ wild-card opponent, and Prescott will be like millions of football fans every Sunday and watch the scoreboard with their playoff fate at stake.

Prescott threw a career-high five touchdown passes against Philadelphia Eagles backups, Cedrick Wilson and Dalton Schultz each had two scoring catches and the Cowboys kept their slim hopes for a No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs alive with a 51-26 victory Saturday night.

The Cowboys still had seeding to play for against an Eagles team that rested Jalen Hurts and other key starters ahead of an NFC wild-card game next week.

The NFC East champion Cowboys (12-5) need losses Sunday by reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay against last-place Carolina and also for the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals to lose to earn the No. 2 seed. There also is a path to the No. 3 seed for Dallas.

The Cowboys can’t finish worse than the fourth seed. The Eagles (9-8) could still be the sixth seed.

Prescott stayed in the game until the fourth quarter, the lead increasing seemingly with each throw and so, perhaps, the risk of injury for a QB nearly 15 months removed from the gruesome compound fracture of his right ankle that ended his 2020 season.

Prescott did his best to get an offense that routinely produced at least 400 yards during a 6-1 start back on track headed into the playoffs following a two-year absence. He was 21 of 27 for 295 yards and no interceptions.

“It’s a hell of a year for a guy that was in as slump,” coach Mike McCarthy deadpanned.

He came out unscathed – and with the Cowboys’ record for touchdown passes in a season with 37. Tony Romo threw 36 in 2007. Prescott threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Corey Clement early in the fourth quarter to make it 37-20 and set the mark and, mercifully for the Eagles, get him out of the game.

His teammates knew Prescott set the TD mark. Prescott needed a reminder of his record.

“Just coming off the field, they’re saying congrats and I thought they were saying congrats for five touchdowns,” Prescott said.

Of course, Prescott got his record in the 17th game this season.

Staying sharp, piling up points, and, yes, finishing 6-0 in the NFC East were all needed high points for the Cowboys.

But, like the team records on both sides that kept falling, the win comes with a bit of a shrug. With nothing to play for, the Eagles treated the game like a preseason finale. Hurts, with 3,144 yards passing and a team-high 784 yards rushing, got the night off. So did tackle Lane Johnson, cornerback Darius Slay and 11 more players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Gardner Minshew started for Hurts and – for a drive, at least – it was Minshew Mania again when he threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Jackson on the opening drive. It was the first catch of Jackson’s career.

The score sparked an “E-A-G-L-E-S!” chant from fans across the street at the Flyers game after a replay was shown on the big screen.

Philadelphia didn’t give anyone in green much reason to chant and cheer the rest of the game. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni defended his decision to rest Hurts, who missed a game this year with a sprained left ankle, ahead of the playoffs.

“We thought it was an opportunity to get him back to 100%. We need to be able to have our full arsenal of offense going into the playoffs,” Sirianni said.

Prescott sucked the energy out of the stadium early. He hit Wilson for TD receptions of 14 and 24 yards in the first half and then connected with Schultz twice over the final 1:45 of the half for a 30-17 lead. Schultz became only the fifth player since 2000 to catch two touchdown passes inside the final 2 minutes of the first half.

Already a sparse crowd because of the low stakes and lower temperatures, Eagles fans fled for the exits at the half.


Eagles center Jason Kelce played one snap to extend his streak to 122 games played, the longest active streak among centers.


The Eagles also started wide receiver DeVonta Smith as he chased DeSean Jackson for most yards receiving by a rookie in team history. He entered 38 yards shy and the Eagles tried to get him the record in a hurry. His first two receptions were for 25 and 12 yards — that’s just 37. He had a 4-yard reception late in the first quarter to set the record with 916 yards and he then hit the bench.

“I wasn’t even worried about it, but once it happened, everybody being around me, congratulating me, just kind of felt good,” Smith said.

The Eagles set a franchise record for rushing yards in a single season. The Cowboys set a franchise record for most points in a season. Ezekiel Elliott reached 1,000 yards rushing for the Cowboys for the fourth time.

Ito Smith and JaQuan Hardy scored in the fourth quarter to help the Cowboys set an NFL record for the most players to score a touchdown in a single season at 22.

The milestones were reached with the benefit of the extra game.


The Cowboys will host an NFC wild-card game next weekend at AT&T Stadium.

The Eagles head into the postseason ready for a wild-card game.



LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 28-23

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/5/21: Ravens 19 at Steelers 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/20: Steelers 28, Ravens 24

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INts for 111.8 rating in Week 13 meeting. Has 2 TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. Has 11 TDs vs. 5 INTs in 7 road starts in 2021. Needs 4 pass yards for 11th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards, tied with HOFer DAN MARINO for 8th-most all-time. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had career-high 206 scrimmage yards (188 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD last week, 1st 200-yard game by rookie RB this season. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 107 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 36 rec.) in Week 13 meeting. Has 612 scrimmage yards (122.4 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 5 games vs. division. Leads rookies with 1,612 scrimmage yards, most-ever by Pit. rookie. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 10 TDs. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with catches last week. Aims for his 12th in row with 5+ catches. Had 8 catches for 105 yards & season-high 2 TDs in Week 13 meeting. Has 90+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Is 4th Pit. player ever with 100+ catches in single season. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with 50+ rec. yards. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH aims for 5th in row on road with TD catch. • LB T.J. WATT had career-high 4 sacks & 2 PD last week, his 3rd game with 3+ sacks this season, most in NFL. Had 3.5 sacks & FF in Week 13 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Bal. with sack. Needs sack to tie HOFer MICHAEL STRAHAN (22.5 in 2001) for most sacks in single season since 1982. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 253 yards & rushed for 55 yards in Week 13 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit. with 50+ rush yards. Has 50+ rush yards in each of his 6 home games this season. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (NICK CHUBB & DERRICK HENRY) with 750+ rush yards in each of past 3 seasons. QB TYLER HUNTLEY has 70+ comp. pct. in 2 of 3 starts this season. Has 50+ rush yards in each of his past 2 starts. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 76 yards last week, his 2nd game this season with 75+ rush yards. Had season-high 97 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in Week 13 meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Needs 11 scrimmage yards for 5th-career season with 750+ scrimmage yards. • TE MARK ANDREWS aims for 5th in row with 6+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has 115+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 50 rec. yards in Week 13 meeting. Leads TEs with career highs in catches (99) & rec. yards (1,276). WR MARQUISE BROWN has 5+ catches in 8 of past 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Pit. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN had 7 catches for 58 yards last week. • S CHUCK CLARK had 3 PD & career-high 2 INTs, incl. 17-yard INT-TD (1st-career TD) last week. Had PD in last meeting. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit. Has 5 PD in his past 2 at home. CB TAVON YOUNG had career-high 9 tackles last week. LB TYUS BOWSER had sack & 2nd FF of season in Week 17. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit. Aims for 4th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks.



LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 51-45

STREAKS: Browns have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/7/21: Browns 41 at Bengals 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/17/20: Browns 35, Bengals 30

BENGALS clinched AFC North for 1st time since 2015. • QB JOE BURROW completed 30 of 39 atts. (76.9 pct.) for 446 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 148 rating last week. Became 2nd QB ever (JAMEIS WINSTON) with 450+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes in consecutive games. Aims for 5th in row with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Has 315+ pass yards & 3 TD passes in 2 of 3 career games vs. Cle. Has 109.5 rating in his past 6 on road. Has franchise-records in pass yards (4,611) & TD passes (34). • RB JOE MIXON aims for 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cle. Aims for 5th in row vs. division with rush TD. Is 1 of 2 RBs (JONATHAN TAYLOR) with 1,500+ scrimmage yards (1,519) & 15+ TDs (16) this season. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 11 catches for 266 yards & 3 TDs last week, most rec. yards ever by rookie in single game. Is 1st rookie & 5th player in SB era with 200+ rec. yards in 2+ games in single season. Aims for 3rd in row with 125+ rec. yards. Has rookie-record 1,429 rec. yards. WR TEE HIGGINS has 60+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. WR TYLER BOYD aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Has 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Cle. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has 0.5+ sacks in 11 of past 12. Had sack in Week 9 meeting & has sack in each of 5 games vs. division this season. LB LOGAN WILSON had 8 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in 12 of 13 games in 2021. Had FF in Week 9 meeting.

QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in only start of season (Week 7 vs. Den.). Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.1 rating in 2 career starts vs. Cin. • RB NICK CHUBB aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 163 scrimmage yards (137 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 125+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Has 698 scrimmage yards (116.3 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. Cin. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,201 rush yards & is only player with 950+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. RB KAREEM HUNT aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Needs 4 catches & 5 rec. yards for 8th straight season with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES led team with 76 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE HARRISON BRYANT aims for 4th in row with TD catch. TE DAVID NJOKU had 4th rec. of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks in Week 9 meeting & has 6.5 sacks in 6 career games vs. Cin. Has sack in 4 of 5 games vs. division this season. Has franchise-record 15 sacks. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB A.J. GREEN had 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 17. Had FR & PD in Week 9 meeting.



LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 103-72-7

STREAKS: Packers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 9/20/21: Packers 35 at Lions 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20: Packers 31, Lions 24

GREEN BAY clinched No. 1 seed in NFC playoffs. • QB AARON RODGERS has 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 6 straight games, tied-2nd longest such streak all-time. Can become 6th player with 10 4,000+ pass yard seasons. Has 6 seasons with 35+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL history. Had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 145.6 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 54 TDs (50 pass, 4 rush) vs. 8 INTs & 108.1 rating in 23 career starts vs. Det. • RB AARON JONES has 1,190 scrimmage yards (799 rush, 391 rec.) & 10 TDs (6 rec., 4 rush) in 2021 & is only player with 1,100+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Tied his career-high with 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in Week 2 meeting. RB AJ DILLON had 3rd-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 1st-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,049) & career-high 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS ranks 2nd in catches (career-high 117), 3rd in rec. yards (career-high 1,498) & 5th in rec. TDs (11) in 2021. Became 4th player ever with 110+ catches in 3 different seasons. Is 1 of 7 all-time with 600+ receptions (663), 8,000+ rec. yards (8,066) & 70+ rec. TDs (73) in 1st 8 seasons. Has 100+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 5th in row with rec. TD. • LB PRESTON SMITH aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Needs 1 sack for 2nd-career 10-sack season. LB RASHAN GARY has career-high 9.5 sacks in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2 TFL. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has career-high 145 tackles in 2021. Had 13 tackles & INT in Week 2 meeting.

QB JARED GOFF has 3,007 pass yards, 5th-straight 3,000-yard season. Has 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 97.5 rating in 7 home starts in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 5th in row at home with 90+ rating. Had 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.7 rating in Week 2 meeting. QB TIM BOYLE set career-highs in pass yards (262) & TD passes (2) last week. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has 1st-career 1,000-yard season (587 rush, 436 rec.) & career-high 58 receptions in 2021. Had rush TD in last home meeting. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Is 1 of 6 RBs with 600+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. Had 2,946 scrimmage yards & 18 TDs in 60 games with GB (2017-20). • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN became the 5th rookie WR since 1970 with 100+ rec. yards (career-high 111), rec. TD & rush TD in single game last week. Is 1st rookie ever with 8+ catches in 5 straight games. Can become 3rd rookie WR since 1970 (ODELL BECKHAM JR. & HOFer RANDY MOSS) with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch in 4 straight games. • S TRACY WALKER led team with 12 tackles last week & has 8 games with 10+ tackles since 2019, 4th-most among DBs. Is 1 of 2 NFC DBs (BUDDA BAKER) with 270+ tackles (273) & 10+ TFL (14) since 2019. LB AUSTIN BRYANT aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. LB CHARLES HARRIS has career-highs in sacks (7.5) & TFL (10) in 2021.



LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 21-18

STREAKS: Titans have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/21/21: Texans 22 at Titans 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Titans 41, Texans 38

TITANS clinched AFC South for 2nd-consecutive season. • QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 4th in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. Hou. Ranks 2nd among QBs with 7 rush TDs & is only QB with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Needs 53 pass yards to join HOFer WARREN MOON (1989-91) as only players in franchise history with 3,500+ pass yards in consecutive seasons. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN rushed for career-high 132 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 100+ rush yards. RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had 78 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD in Week 17. Had 82 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 35 rush) in Week 11 meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN had 10 catches for 151 yards & TD in last road meeting. Has rec. TD in 4 of 5 career games vs. Hou. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER had 1st TD catch of season last week. Had 5 catches in Week 11 meeting & has 5 catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. TE GEOFF SWAIM had rec. TD in Week 17. • DT DENICO AUTRY has sack in 4 straight games, longest streak of career. Had PD in last meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Hou. LB HAROLD LANDRY had career-high 12th sack of season in Week 17. Had 2 TFL in Week 11 meeting. Had sack in last road meeting. LB DAVID LONG aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with PD. Had 8 tackles in last road meeting.

QB DAVIS MILLS completed 21 of 32 atts. (65.6 pct.) for 163 yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 106.2 rating in 6 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 66.5 comp. pct, 13 TD passes & 85.2 rating. Can become 1st Hou. rookie QB with 65+ comp. pct. (min. 100 atts.). • RB REX BURKHEAD had 79 scrimmage yards (47 rush, season high 32 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB DAVID JOHNSON has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 7 catches for 66 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 65+ rec. yards & 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 65+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ten. Is 1 of 2 WRs (MIKE EVANS) with 1,000+ rec. yards in 6 of past 7 seasons. WR CHRIS CONLEY has 4 catches in 3 of past 4 vs. Ten. Rookie TE BREVIN JORDAN has rec. TD in 3 of 5 home games. • CB DESMOND KING had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 3rd INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & PD. Tied career high with 2 INTs in Week 11 meeting. Has PD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had sack & INT in his last game vs. Ten. (12/27/20 w/ GB). Aims for his 6th in row vs. Ten. with TFL. DE JORDAN JENKINS had sack in Week 17.



LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 26-15

STREAKS: Colts have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/14/21: Jaguars 17 at Colts 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Jaguars 27, Colts 20

QB CARSON WENTZ is 1 of 2 QBs (AARON RODGERS) with 25+ TD passes (26) & 6 or fewer INTs (6) this season. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Has 0 INTs in 4 of 5 starts vs. division this season. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 103.4 rating in 7 road starts this season. Has 105+ rating in 5 of his past 6 road starts. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 108 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 12 of past 13. Has 380 scrimmage yards (190 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. Jax. Leads NFL with 2,076 scrimmage yards (1,734 rush, 342 rec.) & 20 TDs (18 rush, 2 rec.). Is 1st player in franchise history & youngest player ever (22) with 2,000+ scrimmage yards & 20+ TDs in single season. RB NYHEIM HINES ha 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Jax. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Had 5 catches for 71 yards in Week 10 meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Leads team with 1,018 rec. yards, his 1stcareer 1,000-yard season. WR T.Y. HILTON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Aims for 5th in row at Jax. with 50+ rec. yards. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had INT & FF last week, his 3rd game this season with INT & FF, joining HOFer CHARLES WOODSON (2009) as only players since 1999 with INT & FF in 3 games in single season. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & FF. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had season-high 8 tackles & TFL in Week 17. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 2.5 sacks in his past 2 vs. Jax.

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE has 0 INTs in 2 of his past 3 starts. Passed for 162 yards with 0 INTs in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division & at home with 200+ pass yards. Leads rookies with 336 completions & ranks 2nd with 3,418 pass yards, most-ever pass yards by Jax. rookie QB. • RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) & 1st-career TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. RB RYQUELL ARMSTEAD had career high 85 scrimmage yards (52 rec., 33 rush) & TD catch in his last game vs. Ind. (12/29/19). • WR MARVIN JONES has 45+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Leads team with 744 rec. yards & aims for 6th season overall & 3rd-consecutive season with 750+ rec. yards. WR LAQUON TREADWELL had 6 catches for career-high 87 yards last week. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has career-high 410 rec. yards in 2021. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3 at home. Needs 43 rec. yards for 2nd-straight 600+ rec. yard. season. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Leads team with 10 TFL this season, his 2nd season with 10+ TFL (11 in 2019). LB DAMIEN WILSON had career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. LB MYLES JACK aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & TFL in last home meeting. CB CHRIS CLAYBROOKS led team with 9 tackles & had 2 PD in Week 17. CB TYSON CAMPBELL ranks 3rd among rookie DBs with 65 tackles.



LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 62-56-2

STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/21: Vikings 17 at Bears 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/20: Bears 33, Vikings 27

QB ANDY DALTON had TD vs. INT last week. Completed 22 of 32 atts. (68.8 pct). for 3 TDs vs. INT & 104 rating in his last start at Min. (11/22/20 w/ Dal.). Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS passed for 285 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 96.6 rating in Week 15 meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 81 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 17 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Has 37 games with 50+ scrimmage yards since 2019, tied-2nd most in NFL. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & AARON JONES) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 7+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Has 275 scrimmage yards (137.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games at Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 7 receptions for 69 yards & rec. TD last week. Has career-high 69 receptions in 2021 & needs 71 rec. yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. • LB ROBERT QUINN ranks 2nd in NFL with franchise-record 18 sacks in 2021 & is 1 of 2 active players (J.J. WATT) with 2 18+ sack seasons. Had 2 sacks & FF in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 9th in row with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles & had 2 TFL last week. Ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 157 tackles & is only player with 130+ tackles & 10+ TFL in each of past 2 seasons. LB TREVIS GIPSON had 1st-career 2 sack game & 1st-career game with 2 FFs last week.

QB KIRK COUSINS has 3rd-career season with 30+ TD passes (2018, 2020) & needs 29 pass yards for th-career 4,000-yard season. Is 1 of 5 QBs all-time with 25+ TD passes in 7-straight seasons. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 2+ TD passes. QB SEAN MANNION passed for 189 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs & 84.1 rating last week. • RB DALVIN COOK is only player with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 159 scrimmage yards (132 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 90+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON became 4th player under age 23 with 100+ receptions (103) in single season. Has 2,909 career rec. yards, most by player in 1st 2 seasons ever & most by player under age 23 all-time. Had TD catch in Week 15 meeting & 104 rec. yards in last home meeting. WR K.J. OSBORN has rec TD in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS has career-highs in tackles (143) & sacks (5), his 6th-straight 100-tackle season. LB ANTHONY BARR had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. S HARRISON SMITH has career-high 108 tackles in 2021. Is only active player with 25+ INTs (29) & 15+ sacks (16.5). DE D.J. WONNUM had career-high 3 sacks & FF in Week 15 meeting. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON has 4 TFL in his past 4. Had FF & FR in Week 15 meeting.



LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 104-69-4

STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 9/16/21: Giants 29 at Washington 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: Giants 20, Washington 19

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 247 yards last week. Set career-highs in completions (34) & pass yards (336) & had 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.5 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has career-high 1,180 scrimmage yards (891 rush, 289 rec.) in 2021. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (AARON JONES & ALVIN KAMARA) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 9+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rookie RB JARET PATTERSON had career-high 5 receptions for career-high 98 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 41 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD last week. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 7 catches & 61 rec. yards in Week 17. Needs 40 rec. yards for 2nd-straight 1,000-yard season. Had 11 receptions for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch & aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with 7+ receptions. WR CAM SIMS had season-high 4 catches last week. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 11 tackles & had PD last week. Has career-high 131 tackles & aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. DT JONATHAN ALLEN has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has career-high 8.5 sacks in 2021. Had 3 TFL & 2 sacks in Week 2 meeting. S KAMREN CURL had season-high 10 tackles last week & has career-high 95 tackles in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles.

QB MIKE GLENNON has 790 pass yards & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) in 6 games this season. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had season-high atts. (21) & rush yards (102) in Week 17, his 12th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 656 scrimmage yards (164 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Was. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 18 of his 19 career home games. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER rushed for 46 yards last week. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Has 835 scrimmage yards & needs 43 for new career-high (877 in 2016). • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 5 catches for 48 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. Was. (11/8/20). Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & GEORGE KITTLE) with 40+ receptions in each of past 5 seasons. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 54 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 2 meeting. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. • LB LORENZO CARTER aims for his 4th in row with sack. LB AZEEZ OJULARI ranks 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks & 4th with 8 TFL. Had sack in Week 2 meeting. CB JAMES BRADBERY had career-high 4th INT of season last week. Had INT in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with PD. Since 2016, is 1 of 2 (DARIUS SLAY) with 80+ PD (82) & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. LB TAE CROWDER had 2nd-career INT last week. Has career-high 118 tackles in 2021. DB LOGAN RYAN aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Is only DB with 8+ PD in each of past 7 seasons.



LEADER: All-time series tied, 22-22-1

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/21/21: Cardinals 23 at Seahawks 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20: Cardinals 37, Seahawks 34

QB RUSSELL WILSON has 112 wins, incl. postseason, tied with HOFer PEYTON MANNING for most wins by QB, incl. postseason, in his 1st 10 seasons all-time. Had 17th-career game with 4+ TD passes in Week 17, tied with HOFers Manning & DAN MARINO for most by QB in his 1st 10-seasons ever. Needs 125 pass yards to join Manning as only QBs ever with 3,000+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 10 seasons. • RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 185 scrimmage yards (career-high 170 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Since Week 14, leads NFL with 502 scrimmage yards & ranks tied-1st in rush TDs (5). Aims for his 3rd in row with 135+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR DK METCALF had career-high 3 rec. TDs last week, his 6thcareer game with 2+ rec. TDs. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 29 rec. TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 6th rec. TD of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (STEFON DIGGS & DJ MOORE) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had career-high 15 catches for career-best 200 yards & 3 rec. TDs in last road meeting. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 164 tackles & had 10 games with 10+ tackles, tied-2nd most in NFL in 2021. Had career-high 15 tackles in last meeting. LB CARLOS DUNLAP aims for his 4th in row with TFL. CB D.J. REED had 1stcareer game with 2 INTs in Week 17 & has career-high 10 PD in 2021.

QB KYLER MURRAY has 3,547 pass yards & became 4th QB ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 seasons. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JOSH ALLEN & CAM NEWTON) with 20+ rush TDs (20) in 1st 3 seasons since 1970. Had 427 yards (360 pass, 67 rush) & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 104.5 rating in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with rush TD. Has career-high 16 TDs (career-high 14 rush, 2 rec.) & 2ndcareer season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,034) in 2021. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 145 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 58 rush) in last home meeting. Needs 97 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 7 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 8 catches for 88 yards & 2 TDs in Week 11 meeting. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK led team with 79 rec. yards last week. Has career-highs in receptions (75) & rec. yards (939) in 2021. WR A.J. GREEN has 8th-career season with 50+ catches (50) & 800+ rec. yards (825). • LB CHANDLER JONES had 2 TFL & FF last week. Since 2012, leads NFL with 106.5 sacks & 32 FFs. Has 15.5 sacks in 10 career games vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ sacks. S BUDDA BAKER aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Needs 5 tackles for 4th-straight 100-tackle season. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 5thcareer FF last week. Had sack in Week 11 meeting.



LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 53-51

STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/7/21: Falcons 27 at Saints 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20: Saints 21, Falcons 16

• QB TAYSOM HILL passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.6 rating & had 45 rush yards last week. Is 6-2 in 8 career QB starts. Aims for his 9th QB start in row with 30+ rush yards. Passed for 232 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107 rating & had 83 rush yards in his only career QB start at Atl. (12/6/20). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 5 catches & 100 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 32 rush) with 20th-career rec. TD last week. Has 35 games with 100+ scrimmage yards since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL & is 1 of 2 (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT) with 1,100+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 (ROGER CRAIG) with 4,000+ rush yards (4,092) & 3,000+ rec. yards (3,247) in his 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY led team with 6 receptions & 97 rec. yards last week. Had rec. TD in Week 9 meeting. Has career highs in catches (46), rec. yards (698) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had season-high 3.5 sacks in Week 17 & can become 1st player since 2002 (SIMEON RICE) with 2+ sacks in 4 straight games. Is only player with 7+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons. Ranks 3rd among active players with 106 sacks. Has 14 sacks in his past 8 vs. Atl. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 8 TFL in his past 6 vs. Atl. Has 100 tackles in 2021, his 7thcareer 100-tackle season. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE is 1 of 3 with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. Has career-highs in tackles (66) & PD (19) in 2021. • QB MATT RYAN ranks 8th all-time in pass yards (59,519) & surpassed HOFer PEYTON MANNING (59,487) for most pass yards by QB in his 1st 14 seasons all-time. Ranks tied-9th all time (ELI MANNING) with 366 career TD passes. Needs 248 pass yards for 11th-career 4,000-yard season, 5th-most all-time. Passed for 343 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating in Week 9 meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has career-high 1,154 scrimmage yards & is 1 of 2 (AUSTIN EKELER) with 600+ rush yards (607) & 500+ rec. yards (547) in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Ekeler & DEEBO SAMUEL) with 5+ rush TDs (6) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) in 2021. Had 6 catches & 136 scrimmage yards (126 rec., 10 rush) in Week 9 meeting. RB MIKE DAVIS had 3rd rush TD of season last week. • TE KYLE PITTS has 1,018 rec yards & joined HOFer MIKE DITKA (1,076 in 1961) as only rookie TEs with 1,000+ rec. yards. Has 66 receptions & became 3rd rookie TE (KEITH JACKSON & JEREMY SHOCKEY) with 65+ receptions. WR RUSSELL GAGE has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Had 7 catches in Week 9 meeting. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Leads NFL with career-high 179 tackles, most by player in single season since 2000. LB DEION JONES has 131 tackles, his 5thcareer 100-tackle season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 10+ tackles. CB A.J. TERRELL had 1st-career sack & 4th-career INT last week. Had 3 PD in last meeting. Has FF in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NO. Has career-high 15 PD in 2021.



LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 65-56

STREAKS: Bills have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/14/21: Bills 45 at Jets 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Bills 27, Jets 17

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) passed for 234 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Aims for his 5th start in row with 0 INTs. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Leads rookie QBs with 4 rush TDs, 2nd-most ever by NYJ rookie QB. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) led team with 54 rush yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8. Had 82 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 39 rush) & rush TD in Week 10 meeting. Is only rookie with 600+ rush yards (620) & 300+ rec. yards (325). Needs 55 scrimmage yards to become 4th NYJ rookie RB ever with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 1st since CLARK GAINES (1,124 in 1976). RB TY JOHNSON had 82 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 35 rush) & rush TD in Week 17. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB TEVIN COLEMAN aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rush yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Buf. with rec. TD. Leads team with 50 catches, his 3rd straight season with 50+ catches. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had season-high 8 catches for 65 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) last week. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 13 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row with 10+ tackles. Ranks 5th in NFL with career-high 155 tackles. Rookie S MICHAEL CARTER II had 8 tackles & 1st-career sack in Week 17. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had FR & PD in Week 10 meeting. Rookie CB BRANDIN ECHOLS had INT last week & has INT in 2 of past 3. Has 4 PD in his past 3.

QB JOSH ALLEN rushed for 81 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5thcareer game with 2+ rush TDs, tied for most by QB in 1st 4 seasons in SB era. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 6 rush TDs & became 2nd QB ever (CAM NEWTON) with 5+ rush TDs in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has 3 TD passes & 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for season-high 366 yards in Week 10 meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. NYJ with 300+ pass yards & 90+ rating. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for career-high 110 yards & 2 TDs last week. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with rush TD. Had rush TD in Week 10 meeting. Has career-high 986 scrimmage yards (782 rush, 204 rush) & can become 1st Buf. RB with 1,000+ scrimmage yards since 2017. RB ZACK MOSS rushed for TD in Week 10 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for season high 162 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. Has 6+ catches in each of 4 career games vs. NYJ. Has rec. TD in 4 of 5 games vs. division this season. Needs 6 catches for 3rd-career 100-catch season. WR GABRIEL DAVIS has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 105 rec. yards in Week 10 meeting. TE DAWSON KNOX has career high 9 rec. TDs, tied-most among TEs & most-ever by Buf. TE. • CB TARON JOHNSON had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had INT in Week 10 meeting & aims for his 6th in row vs. NYJ with PD. Rookie DE GREG ROUSSEAU had 4th sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 17. Has PD in 2 of past 3.



LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 73-67-3

STREAKS: 49ers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/15/21: Rams 10 at 49ers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: 49ers 23, Rams 20

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 15 of 19 atts. (78.9 pct.) for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 141.7 rating in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JOE BURROW & AARON RODGERS) with 100+ rating (104.8) since Week 8. Rookie QB TREY LANCE had 280 yards (249 pass, 31 rush) & 2 TDs vs. INT for 116 rating in Week 17. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL had 130 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 11 rec.) & 1st-career TD catch last week & became 4th rookie since 1990 (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, HOFer EDGERRIN JAMES & ADRIAN PETERSON) with 100+ rush yards in 5 of his 1st 10 career games. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has career-high 1,630 scrimmage yards (1,310 rec., 320 rush) & career-best 13 TDs (7 rush, 6 rec.) in 2021 & is only player in NFL history with 1,300+ rec. yards & 300+ rush yards in single season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 125+ scrimmage yards. TE GEORGE KITTLE has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches & 8th in row vs. LAR with 50+ rec. yards. Has 4,479 rec. yards & can surpass HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (4,513) for 2nd-most rec. yards by TE in 1st 5 seasons. • DL NICK BOSA ranks tied-3rd in sacks (15) & TFL (19) in 2021. Had sack in Week 10 meeting. LB FRED WARNER had career-high 15 tackles & 6th-career FF last week. Has career-high 129 tackles in 2021, his 4th-straight 100-tackle season. DL ARDEN KEY had career-high 6th sack last week.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 309 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 96 rating last week. Is 1 of 3 QBs (TOM BRADY & JUSTIN HERBERT) with 7+ games (7) with 300+ pass yards in 2021. Ranks 2nd in NFL in pass yards (4,648) & TD passes (38) & 3rd in passer rating (103.5). Can join DREW BREES as only QBs with 5,000+ pass yards & 40+ TD passes in 2 different seasons. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 home starts. • RB SONY MICHEL had 99 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 25 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Since Week 13, ranks 3rd in NFL with 557 scrimmage yards. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL in catches (138), rec. yards (1,829) & rec. TDs (15). Can set season records for catches (MICHAEL THOMAS – 149 in 2019) & rec. yards (HOFer CALVIN JOHNSON – 1,964 in 2012). Can become 4th player since 1970 to lead league in catches, rec. yards & rec. TDs in single season. Has 5+ catches in 20 straight games, tied-3rd longest streak ever. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6. • DL AARON DONALD has 98 career sacks, tied 4th-most by player in 1st 8 seasons since 1982. Aims for his 4th in row at home overall & 5th in row at home vs. SF with sack. LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks last week & is 1 of 5 players with 20+ games (20) with 2+ sacks since 2011. Leads active players with 113.5 sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2 TFL & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.



LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 57-52

STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/12/21: Dolphins 17 at Patriots 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/20: Dolphins 22, Patriots 12

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 22 of 30 atts. (73.3 pct.) for 227 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.1 rating last week, his 9th game with 70+ comp. pct., tied with DAK PRESCOTT (2016) for most-ever by rookie QB. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of past 3. Passed for 281 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.6 rating in Week 1 meeting. Has 0 INTs in 4 of 5 starts vs. division. Leads rookies in comp. pct. (67.6), pass yards (3,540) & TD passes (21). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS aims for 5th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Had 117 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 100+ rush yards. Has 9 rush TDs in his past 5 at home. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with career high 14 rush TDs. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON rushed for career-high 107 yards & had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 75+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 8 catches for 73 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 111 yards in last road meeting. WR KENDRICK BOURNE led team with 76 rec. yards last week. WR KRISTIAN WILKERSON had 1st 2 rec. TDs of career in Week 17. • DB J.C. JACKSON had 25th-career INT last week, becoming 4th player in SB era with 25+ INTs in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for 9th in row with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. Leads NFL with career-high 22 PD this season. DB KYLE DUGGER had career high 4th INT of season in Week 17. • QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 202 yards in Week 1 meeting. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 home starts. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 101.8 rating in 6 home games this season. Has 9 games with 70+ comp. pct. (min. 20 atts.), tied most-ever by QB in 1st 20 career starts. • RB DUKE JOHNSON had 65 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 16 rec.) last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Ranks 6th among active RBs with 310 catches & 2,865 rec. yards. RB MYLES GASKIN had 76 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 65+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 50+ scrimmage yards. Needs 64 scrimmage yards for 2ndconsecutive season with 900+ scrimmage yards. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE (rookie) has 9+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had TD catch in Week 1 meeting. Leads rookies with 99 catches & needs 3 catches to surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (101 in 2003) for most-ever by rookie. WR DEVANTE PARKER had 81 rec. yards in Week 1 meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NE. TE MIKE GESICKI led team with 51 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 5+ catches. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD last week. Had 5 tackles, FF & FR in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with FF. Has PD in 3 of past 4 vs. division. Has INT in 2 of past 3 at home. LB JEROME BAKER aims for 4th in row with sack. Had 12 tackles in Week 1 meeting. Has TFL & FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. NE.



LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 24-18

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/26/21: Buccaneers 32 at Panthers 6

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20: Buccaneers 31, Panthers 17

QB SAM DARNOLD completed 17 of 26 atts. (65.4 pct.) for 132 yards last week. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 4 of his 5 road starts this season. QB CAM NEWTON rushed for 42 yards in Week 16 meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his 4 road games this season. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 68 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 13 rec.) & rush TD in Week 17. Is 1 of 4 rookie RBs (NAJEE HARRIS, ELIJAH MITCHELL & RHAMONDRE STEVENSON) with 500+ rush yards (564) & 5+ rush TDs (5) in 2021. • WR DJ MOORE is 1 of 3 WRs (STEFON DIGGS & TYLER LOCKETT) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5 catches for 55 yards in Week 16 meeting. Had 8 receptions for 120 yards in last road meeting. Needs 2 catches for new career high (87 in 2019). WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches for 58 yards in Week 16 meeting. Needs 4 catches for 5th-straight 50-catch season & 31 rec. yards for 6th-straight 500+ rec. yard season. • LB HAASON REDDICK is 1 of 2 LBs (T.J. WATT) with 11+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Has 3 sacks in his past 4 on road. DE BRIAN BURNS has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row at TB with TFL. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ tackles & TFL. Needs 2 tackles for 3rdstraight 100-tackle season. S JEREMY CHINN had 2nd-career sack last week. Is only DB with 100+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons. LB FRANKIE LUVU had career-high 3 TFL last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TFL.

TAMPA BAY clinched NFC South for 1st time since 2007. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 410 yards & 3 TDs last week & has 13 games with 400+ pass yards, tied-3rd most all-time. Leads NFL with 4,990 pass yards & 40 TD passes. Became 2nd QB ever (AARON RODGERS) with 3 seasons with 40+ TD passes & 2nd QB all-time (DREW BREES, 2011-12) with 40+ TD passes in 2 straight seasons. Can join Brees as only QBs with 2+ seasons with 5,000+ pass yards. • RB RONALD JONES has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. • WR MIKE EVANS became 5th WR ever with 12+ rec. TDs in 4 of his 1st 8 seasons. Needs 44 rec. yards for 8th-straight 1,000- yard season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with rec. TD. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 31st career game with 100+ rec. yards last week, tied with HOFer TONY GONZALEZ for most by TE all-time. WR CYRIL GRAYSON had career-high 6 catches for 81 yards & 2nd-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards. • LB DEVIN WHITE is 1 of 2 (ROQUAN SMITH) with 120+ tackles & 7+ TFL in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 9+ tackles & TFL. S JORDAN WHITEHEAD had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Had INT in last home meeting. Is 1 of 4 DBs with 65+ tackles & 4+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. S ANTOINE WINFIELD aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 11 tackles, sack & FF in last home meeting. LB ANTHONY NELSON had 1st-career FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack.



LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 65-56-2

STREAKS: Chargers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/4/21: Raiders 14 at Chargers 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/20: Chargers 30, Raiders 27 (OT)

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 22 of 31 atts. (71 pct.) for 237 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 90+ rating. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in 3 career starts vs. LV. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 300+ pass yards. Has most pass yards (8,967) & 2nd-most TD passes (66) ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 112 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 8th in row with TD & 7th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had season-high 145 scrimmage yards (117 rush, 28 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 4 meeting. Is only player in NFL with 10+ rush TDs (11) & 5+ rec. TDs (7) this season. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 18 TDs. RB JUSTIN JACKSON has 95+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Had 7 catches in Week 4 meeting. Has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 vs. Raiders. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. Is only player in NFL with 100+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had rec. TD in Week 17. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has 2nd-career 1,000-yard season. • DE JOEY BOSA had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Has sack & FF in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in Week 4 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Raiders. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games on SNF. DT JERRY TILLERY aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in Week 4 meeting & has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. LV.

QB DEREK CARR completed 24 of 31 atts. (77.4 pct.) for 255 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ comp. pct. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. LAC. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 70+ comp. pct. & 90+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 4,618 pass yards & can become 1st Raiders QB ever with 5,000+ pass yards in single season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had 114 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD in last home meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. LAC. Is 1 of 3 (NICK CHUBB & DERRICK HENRY) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 7+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • TE DARREN WALLER had TD catch in Week 4 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with rec. TD. Is 1 of 4 TEs with 50+ catches & 600+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. WR ZAY JONES had 8 catches for career-high 120 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 7 catches for 76 yards & TD in Week 17. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had TD catch in Week 4 meeting. Has 1,025 rec. yards, 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 7 tackles & FF last week. Had 12 tackles & TFL in Week 4 meeting. Leads team with career-high 145 tackles. Rookie LB DIVINE DEABLO led team with 9 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 10th sack of season in Week 17, his 2nd-career 10-sack season.



CFP History For The Bulldogs This is the second time Georgia has made the CFP and the Bulldogs have advanced to the National Championship Game both times. Georgia will again face Alabama in the National Championship Game. The Bulldogs advanced this year as the No. 3 seed after topping No. 2 Michigan 34-11 in the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. In 2017, third-seeded Georgia beat second-seeded Oklahoma 54-48 in 2OT in the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Game and then fell to 4th-seeded Alabama in overtime at the National Championship Game 26-23. Georgia-Alabama Series History Alabama leads the all-time series with Georgia 42-25-4. Georgia won the first meeting, coming in 1895, with a 30-6 triumph in Columbus. The Crimson Tide have won the past seven meetings, including this year’s SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. The last time Georgia faced a top-ranked Alabama squad was the 2018 SEC Championship Game when the No. 4 Bulldogs fell 35-28 in Atlanta. Salute To The Seniors The 2021 Bulldog seniors will be playing their 15th game of this season in the CFP National Championship. They enter the matchup with a 44-8 record, which ties for the most wins for a Georgia class. Forty-four victories has been done now four times, including 2005 (44-9), 2019 (44-12) and 2020 (44-9). This current group of Bulldogs has won three SEC Eastern Division crowns, and won the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl, the 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the 2021 CFP Semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl. Georgia’s most decorated senior class came in 1983 as it went 43-4-1, winning the 1980 national championship and three SEC titles (1980-82). Aiming For 14 This season marked the first time since 1980 that the Bulldogs went 12-0 during the regular season. Georgia became only the fourth team in school history to finish a regular season undefeated and untied with double-digit victories (1946, 1980, 1982). Prior to this season, Vince Dooley’s 1980 consensus national champions was the last Georgia squad to go 12-0 after defeating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. The school record for wins in a season is 13, and that’s been done three times (2002 under Mark Richt, 2017 & 2021 under Kirby Smart). Mark Richt’s 2002 squad went 13-1, including wins in the SEC Championship Game and Sugar Bowl, and finished ranked No. 3. Smart’s 2017 team beat Auburn for the league title, Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game/CFP Semifinal, and then lost in overtime to Alabama in the CFP National Championship to finish 13-2. The Bulldogs had a final ranking of No. 2. Dominating Defense & Offense Delivering Points Georgia leads the nation in Scoring Defense giving up just 9.6 points per game. The Bulldogs are averaging 39.0 points per game, which is ranked ninth nationally. The defense has allowed an FBS low 12 touchdowns while the unit has scored three TDs. The defense did not allow a touchdown until the third game of the season. Georgia opponents have scored only 135 points in 2021. Texas A&M’s opponents have the next fewest points in the FBS at 191.

Bulldogs Reap Rewards from Historic Season On Dec. 9, senior tackle Jordan Davis won the Outland Trophy, which goes annually to the nation’s top interior lineman, and the Bednarik Award, which goes each year to the country’s top defensive player. Also this year, junior Nakobe Dean won the Butkus Award, which is given to college football’s top linebacker each season. Both Davis and Dean were two of the three SEC players named unanimous All-Americans. Alabama’s Will Anderson was the third. Junior safety Lewis Cine and freshman tight end Brock Bowers were also included as First Team All-Americans this season. Bulldogs Extend Nation’s Longest Active Bowl Streak The Bulldogs rank second nationally with 58 bowl appearances. Georgia’s latest bowl win over No. 2 Michigan in the CFP Semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl was its 25th consecutive appearance, which is the nation’s longest active bowl streak. In school history, Georgia owns a 34-21-3 record in bowl games.

Looking For More Explosive Plays * The Bulldogs are averaging 39.0 points/game and outscoring their opponents 546-135. The Bulldog defense and special teams have combined to score five TDs this year, two safeties and blocked five more potential points (one FG, two PATs). * Georgia has had nine touchdown passes that have covered at least 38 yards: JT Daniels, 38 yds. vs. USC, WR AD Mitchell; 43 yds. vs USC, WR Jermaine Burton; Stetson Bennett, 73 yds. vs. UAB, Burton; 61 yds. vs UAB, WR Arian Smith; 89 yds. vs. UAB, TE Brock Bowers; 60 yds. vs. #18 AU, WR Ladd McConkey; 77 yds. @ GT, Bowers; 57 yds. vs. #2 UM, Burton; 39 yds. vs. #2 UM, James Cook..

Bennett 13-3 As A Starter at Georgia * Senior Stetson Bennett, a native of Blackshear, Ga., who was a Burlsworth Trophy finalist, began his career with the Bulldogs as a walk-on in 2017 when he was redshirted. Bennett transferred to Jones College (Miss.) where he started in 2018 and then returned to the Bulldogs on scholarship in 2019. He saw action that season in five games including throwing passes in four of them. In 2020, he started five games. * In his Bulldog career, Bennett is 13-3 as a starter and has completed 61.9 percent of his passes (274-for-443, 4077 yards, 37 TDs, 14 INTs). Also, he has 70 rushing attempts for 314 yards and four scores. * In 2021, Bennett has played in 13 games (10-1 as a starter) and is 168-for261 (64.4%) for 2,638 yards with 27 TDs and seven INTs. He has 48 carries for 283 yards. * He ranks fourth nationally in Passing Efficiency (176.8). The single-season school record in that category belongs to Aaron Murray at 174.8 in 2012. * JT Daniels started the season behind center but was sidelined versus UAB due to a lat injury. Bennett stepped in and started that game. Daniels returned against South Carolina and then left the Vanderbilt game after the first quarter with an aggravation of his injury. Bennett played most of the Vanderbilt game and then has served as the starter since the Oct. 2 win over No. 8 Arkansas. * Bennett helped Georgia complete a historic 8-0 SEC regular season and its first undefeated regular season since 1982. * Bennett was named the Offensive MVP of the Orange Bowl/CFP Semifinal win over No. 2 Michigan. He completed 20 of his 30 attempts for 313 yards and three touchdowns against the highly-touted Wolverine defense, including Heisman Trophy runner-up Aiden Hutchinson. * Bennett posted career highs in completions (29), yards (340) and attempts (48) and threw for three touchdowns against No. 4 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. * Bennett opened up the CFP Semifinal Orange Bowl going 9-for-9 for 92 yards and a touchdown, completing passes to five separate receivers. On a related note, in the games against Georgia Tech and Alabama, his first nine completions went to nine different receivers.


ATLANTA – Top-ranked Georgia suffered its first loss of the season, falling 41-24 to the Alabama Crimson Tide at the 2021 SEC Championship Game before 78,030 spectators at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and a CBS national television audience. Following a pair of defensive stops, Georgia drove to the Alabama 11- yard line with strong runs before settling for a 38-yard field goal from Jack Podlesny. On their next possession, the Bulldogs steadily moved down the field before a 37-yard strike from Stetson Bennett to George Pickens, setting up a 5-yard touchdown throw to Darnell Washington for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Alabama then woke up on offense, beginning with a 67-yard touchdown from Bryce Young to Jameson Williams less than a minute after the Georgia score. The Crimson Tide followed it up with a 13-yard touchdown catch by John Metchie and a 33-yard Will Reichard field goal. On a penalty-filled drive, the Bulldogs tied the score at 17 with a 32-yard catch-and-run by Ladd McConkey. However, Young scored from 11 yards out just before halftime to retake the lead. The Crimson Tide again struck from the air to start the second half as Young found Williams for a 55-yard touchdown, marking five consecutive Alabama possessions with a score. Georgia reached the Alabama 19 midway through the third quarter, but Bennett was intercepted by DeMarcco Hellams. Georgia again reached the 19-yard line late in the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs, followed by a 42-yard pick six by Jordan Battle to make the score 38-17 with 12 minutes remaining. In the fourth quarter, Brock Bowers completed a record-setting performance with an 18-yard touchdown, eventually setting new records for catches and yards receiving by a tight end in the SEC title game. With less than two minutes remaining, Reichard closed the scoring with a 41-yard field goal as Alabama sealed the championship victory.


Overall: 72nd meeting (Alabama leads, 42-25-4) In Championship Games (SEC/CFP): Alabama leads, 4-0 Current Streak: Alabama, Won 7 Last Meeting: Dec. 4, 2021 (W, 41-24) Series Notes: Alabama and Georgia will meet for the 72nd time in series history and the second time this season when the two teams square off on Monday night in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide holds a 42-25-4 series advantage and is currently riding a seven-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, a stretch that includes three SEC Championship wins and one CFP victory. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 9-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 7-1 mark at UA. Kirby Smart is 0-4 in his career against Alabama.

THE ALABAMA-GEORGIA SERIES: Alabama and Georgia will meet for the 72nd time in series history, the second time this season and a second time in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game when the two teams square off on Monday night. The Crimson Tide holds a 42-25-4 all-time advantage and is riding a seven-game winning streak over the Bulldogs. That seven-game streak includes one College Football Playoff National Championship victory and three SEC Championship wins, including this season’s Dec. 4 contest that finished in favor of the Crimson Tide, 41-24. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 9-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 7-1 mark at UA. Former Alabama assistant Kirby Smart is 0-4 against the Crimson Tide.

SABAN VS. GEORGIA: Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns a career 9-2 record against Georgia, including a 7-1 mark during his time in Tuscaloosa. His first meeting with the Bulldogs came while he was at LSU, a 17-10 victory for the Tigers in Baton Rouge. While at Alabama, he fell in his initial matchup with the Bulldogs in 2007 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, before claiming a 41-30 win in Athens the very next year. Saban’s Crimson Tide earned a 26-23 overtime win against the Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game to capture UA’s 17th national title. That win was followed by a 35-28, come-from-behind victory over UGA in the 2018 SEC Championship Game to give Alabama it’s 27th SEC crown. The two teams then met for a top-three matchup in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 17, 2020, with the second ranked Tide coming out on top in convincing fashion, 41-24. The most recent meeting came on Dec. 4 of this season in the SEC title game with the Tide matching it’s 2021 score for a 41-24 victory in Atlanta.

2021 PERMANENT CAPTAINS: The Crimson Tide roster selected the 2021 permanent team captains at Alabama’s annual postseason banquet on Dec. 5. The group of four includes linebacker Will Anderson Jr., defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis, offensive lineman Evan Neal and quarterback Bryce Young. COTTON BOWL CHAMPIONS: No. 1/1/1 Alabama defeated No. 4/4/4 Cincinnati, 27-6, in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The win advanced the Crimson Tide to the CFP National Championship for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and moved UA’s CFP Semifinal record to 6-1 overall. It was also Alabama’s 41st bowl victory, the most by any program in college football history, ALABAMA WINS 29th SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: With its 41-24 win over then-No. 1/1/1 Georgia in the 2021 Southeastern Conference Championship Game on Dec. 4, Alabama captured its 29th SEC title. The Crimson Tide has now won seven of the last 10 league crowns (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021) and is unbeaten in its last eight SEC Championship Game appearances (2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021). SEC WESTERN DIVISION TITLE: Alabama’s 42-35 win against then-No. 25/21/22 Arkansas on Nov. 20 clinched the program’s 16th SEC Western Division title (14th outright). The Crimson Tide represented the Western Division against SEC Eastern Division champion Georgia in the 2021 SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, defeating the Bulldogs, 41-24. The appearance in Atlanta marked Alabama’s 14th in the SEC Championship Game with the Crimson Tide holding a record of 10-4 across that stretch, including an 8-1 record in the SEC Championship Game under head coach Nick Saban. MAKING IT TO 13: Alabama’s 27-6 victory over No. 4/4/4 Cincinnati in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Clasisc on Dec. 31 was UA’s 13th win on the season. With the win over the Bearcats, the Crimson Tide reached the 13-win milestone for the ninth time in school history. The nine seasons of at least 13 wins are the most by any school in Football Bowl Subdivision records. Alabama finished 14-0 in 2009; 13-1 in 2012 and 2017; 14-1 in 2015, 2016 and 2018; and wrapped up the 2020 campaign at 13-0 to match the 1992 squad. The Crimson Tide enters the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship with a 13-1 overall mark. THE 12-WIN CLUB: With its 41-24 win over then-No. 1/1/1 Georgia in the 2021 Southeastern Conference Championship Game on Dec. 4, Alabama reached the 12-win mark for the 11th time in the last 14 seasons under head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide also reached the 12-win plateau in 2008 (12), 2009 (14), 2011 (12), 2012 (13), 2014 (12), 2015 (14), 2016 (14), 2017 (13), 2018 (14), 2020 (13) and 2021. Across those 11 seasons with 12-or-more wins, Alabama has won eight Southeastern Conference titles and six national championships, including three College Football Playoff national titles in 2015, 2017 and 2020. TIDE REACHES 11 WINS FOR THE 25TH TIME: With the win at Auburn on Nov. 27 to close out the 2021 regular season, Alabama secured its 11th victory of the year, marking the 25th time in program history that the Tide has achieved the feat. Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has had 13 11-win seasons (2008-09, 2011- 21). It is the 11th straight season with at least 11 wins, which is the longest streak of its kind in SEC history. The SEC has had three streaks of three seasons with at least 11 victories, including Alabama from 1973-75, LSU from 2005-07 and South Carolina from 2011-13.

SEC RECORD FOR 10-WIN SEASONS: Alabama extended its record for most consecutive 10-win seasons in SEC history to 14 when it defeated then-No. 25/21/22 Arkansas on Nov. 20 in Tuscaloosa. It ties Florida State and head coach Bobby Bowden for the longest such record in college football history. In the Tide’s previous 10-plus win seasons, UA finished with a 12-2 record in 2008 and 2014; 14-0 in 2009; 10-3 in 2010; 12-1 in 2011; 13-1 in 2012 and 2017; 11-2 in 2013 and 2019; 14-1 in 2015, 2016 and 2018; and a perfect 13-0 in 2020. EASTERN STREAK: Alabama’s 41-24 win over then-No. 1/1/1 Georgia in the 2021 SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4 was the Crimson Tide’s 34th consecutive victory over an SEC Eastern Division opponent, dating back to a 35-21 loss at then-No. 19 South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010. The 34 wins include a 7-0 record in SEC Championship Games. During the current run, the Tide is 12-0 vs. Tennessee; 6-0 vs. Florida (3-0 in SEC CG) and vs. Georgia (3-0 in SEC CG, 1-0 in CFP NCG); 4-0 vs. Missouri (1-0 in SEC CG); 3-0 vs. Kentucky; 2-0 vs. Vanderbilt; and 1-0 vs. South Carolina. Overall under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide is 44-3 (.936) against the SEC East, including a 8-1 (.889) record in the SEC Championship Game. SABAN VS. FORMER ASSISTANTS: Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 25-1 all-time against his former staffers during his tenure at the Capstone. The Crimson Tide head coach’s most wins against a former assistant is four, which have come against Kirby Smart (4-0) and Jimbo Fisher (4-1).

NEUTRAL SITES: Alabama is 97-50-4 (.656) all-time in 151 neutral site contests. The list includes all AlabamaAuburn games not played on campus, including Legion Field from 1948-88. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide is 29-6 (.829) in neutral site games. Alabama is 3-0 in neutral site games this season, most recently taking down No. 4/4/4 Cincinnati, 27-6, in Arlington, Texas, for the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Prior to the win over the Bearcats, the Tide defeated then-No. 1/1/1 Georgia, 41-24, on Dec. 4 after previously beating then-No-14/16 Miami, 44-13, on Sept. 4, both at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama’s last loss at a neutral site came at the hands of Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Santa Clara, Calif. DOME SWEET DOME: The Crimson Tide is 33-7-1 (.817) all-time in domed stadiums, including a 24-2 (.923) mark since 2009, and is 25-4 (.862) during Nick Saban’s tenure. Alabama is 2-0 inside a dome this season, most recently claiming a 27-6 win over No. 4/4/4 Cincinnati inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 31. Prior to the win over UC, the Crimson Tide took down then-No. 1/1/1 Georgia in the 2021 SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4 inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Crimson Tide’s win over then-No. 14/16 Miami in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 4 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is not included because the roof was open. BEATING THE BEST: The Crimson Tide is 72-17 (.809) against the Associated Press Top 25 since the start of 2008. Alabama is 6-0 against AP Top 25 teams this season, including a 44-13 win against then-No. 14 Miami on Sept. 4; a 31-29 triumph at then-No. 11 Florida on Sept. 18; a 42-21 win over then-No. 12 Ole Miss on Oct. 2; a 42-35 win against then-No. 21 Arkansas on Nov. 20; and a 41-24 victory over then-No. 1 Georgia at the 2021 SEC Championship Game. The Tide’s most recent win over an AP Top 25 opponent came on Dec. 31 against No. 4 Cincinnati in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic with UA claiming a 27-6 victory over the Bearcats. SABAN vs. AP TOP 25: The Crimson Tide’s 27-6 win over then-No. 4 Cincinnati on Dec. 31 was Nick Saban’s 96th career win, and 73rd at Alabama, against the Associated Press Top 25. Saban moved past Joe Paterno (86) for the most career wins against the AP Top 25 when he defeated then-No. 22 Auburn on Nov. 28, 2020. The late Florida State legend Bobby Bowden ranks third all-time (82), while Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant is fourth (66). Former Duke, Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is fifth (64). Saban’s winning percentage against AP ranked teams (96-42, .696) tops Bryant (.592), Bowden (.557), Spurrier (.529) and Paterno (.512).

DOMINATING THE AP TOP 25: Alabama’s season-opening win over then-No. 14 Miami in the 2021 Chickfil-A Kickoff Game was head coach Nick Saban’s 22nd career win by 25-plus points against a ranked opponent. Saban is the all-time leader for the most wins by 25-plus points in the Associated Press Poll era (since 1936), passing Bobby Bowden’s previous record of 20. Saban is also the NCAA record holder with 24 career wins of 20- plus points against AP top-15 opponents, including Alabama’s 27-6 win against No. 4 Cincinnati in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 31. An astounding 21 of Saban’s 24 career 20-plus point wins against AP top-15 opponents have come at the Capstone. AGAINST THE TOP 10: Alabama owns an 84-77-1 all-time record against teams ranked in the top-10 of the Associated Press Poll. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Crimson Tide has posted a 35-11 (.761) overall record against top-10 teams, including a 20-5 (.800) mark versus the top 10 since the inception of the College Football Playoff. In Saban’s six national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams have gone 18-2 (.900) against top-10 opponents. SABAN LEADS IN WINS VS. TOP-FIVE TEAMS: Alabama’s 27-6 win over No. 4 Cincinnati in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 31 was Nick Saban’s 29th career victory against a team ranked in the top five of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the most in college football history. Saban’s 29-14 career record in top-five contests gives him a .674 winning percentage, which is also college football’s best. Following Saban on the all-time victory list are Bobby Bowden (18/.378 winning percentage), Barry Switzer (15/.516), Woody Hayes (15/.516), Steve Spurrier (15/.429) and Lou Holtz (15/.419). Saban’s record includes nine wins in the College Football Playoff: No. 3 Michigan State (38-0) and No. 1 Clemson (45-40) in 2015; No. 4 Washington (24-7) in 2016; No. 1 Clemson (24-6) and No. 3 Georgia (26-23) in 2017; No. 4 Oklahoma (45-34) in 2018; No. 4 Notre Dame (31-14) and No. 3 Ohio State (52-24) in 2020; and No. 4 Cincinnati (27-6) in 2021. Alabama also went 3-0 in BCS National Championship Games (vs. Texas, 37-21, 2009; vs. LSU, 21-0, 2011; vs. Notre Dame, 42-14, 2012).


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina’s revamp of its defensive coaching staff now includes the return of Gene Chizik, who led Auburn to a national championship as a head coach.

The school announced Saturday the hiring of Chizik as assistant head coach for defense as well as the return of Charlton Warren to serve as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. They worked together on the UNC staff under Larry Fedora for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The additions come after the school announced defensive coordinator Jay Bateman and assistant Jovan Dewitt won’t return to the staff next season, and the team would make “structural adjustments” to its coaching staff after last year’s defensive struggles.

Chizik worked under UNC coach Mack Brown as Texas’ defensive coordinator when the Longhorns won the national championship. He then led a one-year turnaround for Fedora on a UNC defense that ranked among the nation’s worst by surrendering 39 points and 497.8 yards per game in 2014, making the unit good enough for the Tar Heels to win an Atlantic Coast Conference division title and reach the league championship game.

Chizik stepped down after two seasons to spend time with his family in Alabama. In a statement Saturday, Chizik said he had numerous opportunities to return to coaching “but this one is the total package.”

Assistant coach and former UNC program great Dre’ Bly remains the cornerbacks coach for the Tar Heels.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson will make his long-awaited return Sunday against Cleveland as planned.

The Golden State star made it official with his own creative announcement on Instagram as he so loves to do.

Thompson has been cleared to play and will play in his first game in more than 2 1/2 years after being sidelined by two devastating injuries.

Coach Steve Kerr wouldn’t confirm Thompson’s status following practice Saturday, saying “it’s not my announcement or decision to make.” He also instructing the media to watch their phones with thanks for putting up with his “charade.”

Thompson will start but with fewer minutes for now.

The 31-year-old Thompson hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals as Toronto clinched the championship. While rehabbing from surgery for that injury, he tore his right Achilles tendon scrimmaging the day before training camp began.

“When he comes back, if it’s tomorrow night, it will be one of the most emotional nights of my basketball life,” Kerr said.

Thompson, now sporting an old-school headband he plans to stick with as his curly hair is longer, knows it will take time to build back up to his pre-injury minutes and performance on both ends of the floor.

“The game needs Klay, he’s one of the best shooters to ever play this game,” teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson said. “… The magnitude of this moment is so big.”

Tickets are at a premium for Sunday’s home matchup with the Cavaliers following months of speculation on when Thompson would finally take the court again. He will do so at home in Chase Center as planned.

In November with the Warriors off to a sizzling 15-2 start, he declared “it’s championship or bust” while noting they’d be that much better once he returned.

Kerr spoke to the team this past week about the adjustments of working Thompson back into the rotation, given there will be fewer minutes and opportunities for players who have contributed significantly already to this impressive start by Golden State.


LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 26 points, Desmond Bane added 23 and the Memphis Grizzlies tied a franchise record with their eighth straight win, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 123-108 on Saturday.

It is the fifth time in Memphis’ history and first since 2015 it has won eight straight. The Grizzlies prevailed despite missing All-Star point guard Ja Morant, who sat out due to left thigh soreness. They were also without coach Taylor Jenkins after he entered health and safety protocols.

Memphis has also won 11 of its last 12 road games ,with the only loss during that stretch coming on Dec. 23 vs. Golden State.

Marcus Morris Sr. had 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped three straight and four of their last five to fall two games under .500 at 19-21. Reggie Jackson added 18.

The Grizzlies trailed by 12 late in the first quarter and were down 44-35 with 9:11 remaining in the second on Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer. The Grizzlies outscored the Clippers 31-12 the remainder of the first half.

Jackson had 10 points in the quarter for Memphis, which had runs of 16-4 during a three-minute span midway through the quarter and 8-0 at the end of the half.

The Clippers jumped out to a 32-20 lead on Morris’ 3-pointer with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter. Morris scored 13 and Jackson added 10 in the first as LA led 36-28 at the end of the period.

LA trailed by 14 late in the third quarter, but scored eight straight points to get back into the game. Memphis’ Killian Tillie thwarted any hopes of a comeback though with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. That started a 13-2 Grizzlies spurt to put it out of reach.


Grizzlies: Memphis has an NBA-best 10 double-digit comebacks this season. … Dillon Brooks started but sustained an ankle injury during the first quarter and did not return. He scored two points in seven minutes. … Brandon Clarke had 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds off the bench, including a dunk off Jackson’s alley-oop pass to make it 62-56. … De’Anthony Melton had a career-best 11 rebounds off the bench.

Clippers: Ivica Zubac, who missed the last four games while in health and safety protocols, returned to the lineup with eight points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes. He also collected his 2,000th career rebound during the second half.


Grizzlies: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Lakers Sunday night. Memphis is 4-3 in the second game of a back-to-back set.

Clippers: Host the Atlanta Hawks Sunday afternoon. LA is 1-5 on the back half of two-game sets.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Kameron McGusty watched No. 2 Duke’s last shot bounce off the rim as the horn sounded, then turned toward the Miami bench – now an oncoming rush of celebrating orange-clad players – with a huge fist pump.

Moments later, he was emphatically talking and trading high-fives with Hurricanes fans on his way off the court.

“We’re the real deal,” McGusty said. “And I think everybody saw that tonight.”

McGusty hit a hanging layup in traffic with 22.8 seconds left and the Hurricanes survived that final-play shot for the win to stun the Blue Devils 76-74, earning their first win against a top-5 opponent in nearly six years while remaining unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Charlie Moore had 18 points and a career-high seven steals for the Hurricanes (13-3, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their ninth straight game. This time, days after rallying from 18 down to beat Syracuse, Miami won at Duke’s famously rowdy Cameron Indoor Stadium with a fearless performance that had them repeatedly beating defenders off the dribble or on backcuts while answering every push by the homestanding Blue Devils (12-2, 2-1).

“We came out here and just played together and played hard,” Moore said, adding: “Our energy out there, our effort and us trusting each other helped us come out with the win.”

After a free throw from Isaiah Wong pushed Miami to the 76-74 lead with 8.0 seconds left, Duke had two chances to win. On the first, Wendell Moore Jr. pushed the ballcourt and launched a 3-pointer from near the Duke bench, but the ball bounced out of bounds on a loose rebound and went back to the Blue Devils with 0.7 on the clock.

On the final play, Moore inbounded to freshman Trevor Keels, whose desperation 3 hit the rim but wasn’t particularly close to end it.

That sent Miami players running to midcourt to celebrate and in a chest-bump heavy mob. Moore simply walked around near that crowd with both arms raised triumphantly, while McGusty held court with Miami’s fans before team headed off to continue the celebration in Cameron’s cramped visiting locker room.

McGusty finished with 14 points for Miami, which shot 58% in the second half to secure its first win against a top-5 opponent since beating Virginia in February 2016.

Miami also finished with 15 steals while forcing Duke into a season-high 17 turnovers.

Not bad for a team picked to finish 12th in the ACC before the season and facing the preseason favorite on the road.

“Woooo, I’m not going to lie,” McGusty said when asked where this win ranked for him in his career. “This is No. 1 without a doubt.”

Star freshman Paolo Banchero had 20 points to lead Duke, including two late baskets and critical steal to set up his own transition dunk that pushed the Blue Devils to a 74-71 lead. But Moore answered with a whistle-drawing basket to cut the deficit to one with 33.3 seconds left.

Then, after Moore missed the tying and-1 free throw, McGusty put Miami ahead for good with his driving basket.

“I know the main story will be about the last minute. But to me the story of the game was our turnovers,” retiring Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski said.


Miami: Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes have revised those low preseason expectations with their play since the start of December. The 4-0 ACC start was only the second in program history and first since starting 13-0 in 2013, while the eight-game run was the program’s best since going 10-0 to start the 2017-18 season. Now the Hurricanes have everyone’s attention, and could land in Monday’s next AP Top 25 poll as a result.

“These guys are really playing the game,” Larranaga said. “They’re doing a lot of things at both ends of the floor to help each other.”

Duke: The Blue Devils were playing their second home game this week since returning from a stoppage due to a COVID-19 outbreak. They grinded through a win in Tuesday’s return against Georgia Tech while shooting a season-low 37%, though the Blue Devils looked got their offense rolling by shooting 57% after halftime, but the problem was more their inability to drivers or cutters along with all those turnovers.

“They definitely played a good game, but at the same time, I think we helped them out a lot,” Moore said.


Miami: The Hurricanes stay in their home state to play a road game, visiting Florida State on Tuesday.

Duke: The Blue Devils play their own instate road game by visiting Wake Forest on Wednesday.


(AP) — Novak Djokovic’s lawyers filed court papers Saturday in his challenge against deportation from Australia that show the tennis star tested positive for COVID-19 last month and recovered, grounds he used in applying for a medical exemption to the country’s strict vaccination rules.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic was denied entry at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after border officials canceled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Djokovic was given a medical exemption backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers on Jan. 1, based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels, and he was approved for a visa electronically.

But it has since emerged that the Victoria state medical exemption, allowed for people who tested positive for the coronavirus within the last six months, was deemed invalid by the federal border authorities.

Djokovic has been confined to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne, where he’s been preparing for the legal challenge against his visa cancellation in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday.

The Australian Open starts Jan. 17. Djokovic is the defending champion and has won the Australian Open men’s singles title nine times. He has 20 Grand Slam singles title, a men’s record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. and the Australian Associated Press reported details of the documents late Saturday. It showed Djokovic received a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer on Dec. 30 last year “recording that he had been provided with a `medical exemption from COVID vaccination’ on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID.”

The exemption certification said the date of the 34-year-old Serb’s first positive test was Dec. 16, 2021, “and that he had not had a fever or respiratory symptoms in the past 72 hours.”

Djokovic attended a Dec. 17 event in Belgrade honoring young tennis players. The event was covered by local media, and parents posted photos on social media showing Djokovic and the children not wearing masks. It’s not clear if Djokovic knew the results of his test at the time.

On Dec. 14, Djokovic had attended a Euroleague basketball game between Red Star and Barcelona in a packed sports hall in Belgrade. He was photographed hugging several players of both teams, including some who soon later tested positive.

The court submission Saturday said Djokovic received confirmation from Australia’s Department of Home Affairs saying that his travel declaration had been assessed and that his responses indicated he met the requirements for quarantine-free arrival in Australia.

So, who is at fault? Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “rules are rules” and that incoming passengers were responsible for meeting border regulations.

Tennis Australia and the government of Victoria state, where the Australian Open is played, are blaming confusion over the precise definitions regarding grounds for medical exemptions.

Tennis Australia, which runs the tournament and organizes the logistics for more than 2,000 incoming players, staff and officials, reportedly gave incorrect interpretations to players about the acceptable grounds for an exemption. That included the interpretation that having had a coronavirus infection within the previous six months would qualify.

The federal government disagreed.

The Victoria state government mandated that all players, staff, fans and officials must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the tournament.

The state, which approved the medical exemptions for Djokovic, said those exemptions for were for access to Melbourne Park, not the border.

Australian Open organizers have not commented publicly since Wednesday, except to tell Australian newspapers that no players have been misled over the vaccination requirements.

Tournament director Craig Tiley has continued working in the background with Djokovic.

Tiley’s video message to Australian Open staff about the tournament’s “difficult time in the public arena” was published in News Corp. newspapers Saturday.

“There’s been a circumstance that relates to a couple of players, Novak particularly . . . in a situation that is very difficult,” Tiley said in the video. “We’re a player-first event. We’re working closely with Novak and his team, and others and their team, that are in this situation.”

The 34-year-old Djokovic was one of two players put into detention in a hotel in Melbourne that also houses refugees and asylum seekers. A third person, reported to be an official, left the country voluntarily after border force investigations.

The other player was 38-year-old doubles player Renata Voracova, who had already been in Australia for a week before an investigation by the border officials. She told media from the Czech Republic she’d been confined to a room and there was a guard in the corridor.

Djokovic reached out to the world for the first time in three days on Friday night, posting on social media to mark the Orthodox Christmas and thank his supporters. There’s been large-scale rallies in Belgrade and small groups of supporters have gathered daily outside his detention hotel.

“Thank you to the people around the world for your continuous support,” Djokovic posted on Instagram. “I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.”

Djokovic, after months of speculation he’d miss the tournament because of his stance on vaccination, announced on Tuesday via social media that he’d received a medical exemption to play in the tournament.

Prime Minister Morrison said that may have raised the attention of border officials.

Tiley said in his video to Australian Open staff that he couldn’t speak publicly because of the ongoing legal matter but defended his organization.

“There’s a lot of finger pointing going on and a lot of blaming going on,” he said in the video, “but I can assure you our team has done an unbelievable job and have done everything they possibly could according to all the instructions that they have been provided.”

If he fails to have his visa cancellation overturned and gets deported, Djokovic could be barred from the country for up to three years.

In an emailed response to The Associated Press about what could transpire if Djokovic loses his legal fight, the Australian Border Force said: “A person whose visa has been canceled may be subject to a three-year exclusion period that prevents the grant of a further temporary visa.”

“The exclusion period will be considered as part of any new visa application and can be waived in certain circumstances, noting each case is assessed on its own merits.”


KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jon Rahm sees only one possibility if he wants to start the new year with a win and that’s to try to birdie as many holes as he can at Kapalua in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

And this from a guy who was tied for the lead Saturday.

Then again, Rahm had just walked off the course after exchanging great shots and big putts with Cameron Smith over the final three hours, a dizzying display on a defenseless Plantation course that was soft and without wind.

“We had a fun battle today and I’m guessing tomorrow’s going to be more of the same,” Rahm said. “We’re going to need a lot of birdies to get ahead and get the win.”

Rahm played his final 12 holes in 11-under par and tied the course record and his personal best on the PGA Tour with a 12-under 61, and he needed every bit to have a chance against Smith.

The Aussie was equally brilliant with wedges and his putter, matching birdies on the back nine with Rahm until he failed to convert a 15-foot birdie putt at the end.

Smith, who played his final 12 holes in 8 under, had to settle for a 64.

“Watching Jon was pretty intense there on that back nine, some of the best golf I think I’ve ever seen – definitely some of the best putting,” Smith said. “So yeah, one more day. Hopefully we can do much of the same tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”

Rahm capped off his birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie finish with putts from just inside 30 feet and 15 feet for his 12-under 61. That tied the course record set a few hours earlier by Justin Thomas, who was one shot behind when he finished, nine shots back when the day was done.

The average score of 67.7 was the lowest at Kapalua since the Tournament of Champions moved to the west end of Maui in 1999. The previous record was 67.8 set the day before.

There’s nothing to stop these guys except themselves, and that wasn’t happening.

Rahm and Smith were at 26-under 193, five shots clear of Daniel Berger, who had a third consecutive round of 66. That wasn’t nearly good enough for this perfect week of warm weather, very little wind and extraordinarily low scoring.

Ernie Els set the PGA Tour record for lowest score to par at 31 under in 2003 at Kapalua. That’s very much in jeopardy.

“Some really good golf from both us,” Smith said, never one to be accused of overstating.

Smith had a three-shot lead at the start of the third round, was still three shots ahead through six holes and then was 8-under par over his last 12 holes.

He still couldn’t keep the lead to himself.

Rahm, the No. 1 player in the world and looking likely to keep the ranking, was at his best in his first competition since the middle of October.

He closed out the front nine with three straight birdies and started the back nine with two straight birdies. The only holes were he had to settle for par were No. 12 (where he missed a birdie putt from just inside 12 feet) and No. 13 (he left a 10-foot putt short).

His best was a second shot into the par-5 15th to rolled to 4 feet for an eagle. That pulled him within one shot, for Smith had to settle for a two-putt birdie. They matched birdies the rest of the way, both making from just inside 30 feet on No. 17, until the closing par 5.

Both came up short, not unusual with a front pin and the grain running severely away from them. Smith narrowly missed from 15 feet, while Rahm holed his 8-foot birdie putt.

“It was pretty remarkable,” Rahm said. “We were going back and forth. It was a lot of fun, hard to describe. Keep the foot down and try to make as many birdies as possible.”

As for the other 36 winners in the field? Not all of them are out of it.

Patrick Cantlay was trying to stay with the leaders until his wedge to a back pin on the 16th came out hot and found the rough behind the green, leading to a bogey that felt much worse. He wound up with a 66 and fell six shots back, along with Matt Jones (62) and Sungjae Im (65).

Thomas had a 74 in the opening round and had little reason to like his chances until he pulled away by playing his last seven holes in 7 under. That gave him a 61 and at least some hope, just not for very long.

All 38 players were under par, with Jason Kokrak bringing up the rear at 5-under 214.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have placed forward Evander Kane on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate the remainder of his $49 million, seven-year contract.

The Sharks said Saturday that they made the move because Kane violated COVID-19 protocols in the AHL where he is currently playing for the Barracuda. The team said it would have no further comment.

The termination of the contract will cost Kane about $22.9 million remaining from the contract he signed in May 2018.

“We are aware of the Sharks’ decision to put Evander on waivers for contract termination,” said Kane’s agent, Dan Milstein. “If he clears, we will file a grievance. The Sharks do not have sufficient grounds for taking this action.”

The NHLPA issued a statement on Twitter saying the union also “intends to challenge any such action by filing a grievance.”

The move ends a monthslong saga regarding Kane’s status with the Sharks. He faced accusations of gambling on games, purposely losing games he bet on, as well as sexual and physical abuse from estranged wife Anna over the summer.

The NHL investigated and found no evidence to support those allegations but did suspend Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

When the suspension was lifted at the end of November, the Sharks placed Kane on waivers and sent him to the AHL when he was unclaimed.

Kane had eight points in five games with San Jose Barracuda in the AHL before being placed in the AHL’s COVID-19 protocols on Dec. 22.

The 30-year-old Kane had 22 goals and 22 assists in 56 games last season for the Sharks. Kane also has played for the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise and Buffalo since being drafted by the Thrashers fourth overall in 2009.

Kane has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 42 points on 18-of-22 shooting to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 125-113 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Lance Stephenson contributed 16 points, 14 assists and four steals off the bench for the Pacers. Duane Washington Jr. added 16 points and Justin Holiday 15 for Indiana.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 36 points and nine assists. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson 18 for the Jazz.

The Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak and completed a season sweep of the Jazz. Indiana shot 56% in the first half to take a 61-52 advantage at halftime. Utah used a 12-0 run to cut the lead to 70-69 midway through the third quarter. Indiana held on for a 90-86 lead after three quarters.

Holding a 101-97 edge, Holiday began an 8-0 run with consecutive 3-pointers. Indiana was able to maintain its lead.

The Pacers shot 55% while the Jazz made just under 48% from the field.

This was the second night of a back-to-back for Utah, which lost at Toronto Friday night.


Jazz: Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 in March 2020, was sidelined by COVID-19 protocols after testing positive on Wednesday. Hassan Whiteside started in his Gobert’s spot. . Elijah Hughes was sidelined by a non-COVID-19 illness.

Pacers: Indiana was without Caris LeVert, Goga Bitadze, Justin Anderson, Isaiah Jackson and Torrey Craig for health and safety protocols. Malcolm Brogdon has cleared protocols but it still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.


Jazz: At Detroit on Monday, ending a string of five consecutive road games.

Pacers: At Boston on Monday, the first of back-to-back games with Celtics. Indiana hosts Boston on Wednesday.



Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Big Ten Minnesota on Sunday in the second of a two-game homestand. The Hoosiers are coming off a 67-51 win over #13/12 Ohio State on Thursday night. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 76-53 loss at home to Illinois. IU has won the last six meetings in Bloomington.


Indiana (11-3, 2-2 B1G) vs Minnesota (10-2, 1-2 B1G)

Sunday, January 9 • Noon ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN (Chris Vosters and Nick Bahe)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: Indiana leads 104-69

Last Meeting: IU 82, MINN 72 (Feb. 17, 2021 in Bloomington)

IU Rankings: KenPom (24th), NET (33rd)


IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

Minnesota Coach Ben Johnson also is in his first year with the Golden Gophers.


IU is first in the Big Ten and second nationally in field goal percentage defense overall (35.1%/36.3% B1G only). IU also leads the league in scoring defense (60.8/57.8 B1G) and is second in Big Ten in blocked shots (5.7/4.5 B1G), third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (47.8%) and fourth in rebound margin (+8.43), and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.6%).


Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades averaging 19.9 points (4th in B1G), 8.5 rebounds (5th), shooting 60.3% from the floor (3rd) and contributing 3.2 blocked shots per game (1st).

He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State. The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award (Midseason Top 25) and Naismith Award.

He has had five double-doubles this season and 27 in his career with IU posting a 21-6 record in those games. Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,227 points as a Hoosier, rating 36th all-time in IU lore. He had 27 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and five blocked shots against OSU. He is averaging 21.7 points and 12.0 boards in three career games against Minnesota. He is the fifth active leading scorer in the country and is first in free throw attempts (487) and second in free throws made (325) since the start of the 2019-20 season.


IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (73), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (95), Miller Kopp (88), Parker Stewart (87) and Race Thompson (41) have combined for 379 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games.

Thompson is sixth in the league in rebounding at 7.9 and has six games of 10 rebounds or more this season. He is the son of Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher in football, Darrell Thompson.

Stewart is shooting 45.3% from long range.

Johnson is eighth in the league in assists at 4.1 per game.

So./Fr. Trey Galloway missed 10 games with a broken wrist before returning against OSU. He had eight points, three boards, four assists and two steals.

In the last six games, So./Fr. Jordan Geronimo has made 12-of-21 field goal attempts and is averaging 5.5 rebounds in just 11.5 minutes of action per game.

The Hoosiers held the Buckeyes to one 2-point basket in the second half on nine attempts and a season-low 21 points.

IU was a season-best 15-of-18 from the free throw line (83.3%) and in two Big Ten games at home, they are shooting 29-of-35 from the line (82.9%).

IU is 10-0 at home and 11-0 when the staff wears suits.


Indiana defensive coordinator Charlton Warren is leaving Bloomington for North Carolina.

He will be the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Warren was IU’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this past season,

IU’s defense, which was hampered by injuries in the secondary, was last in the Big Ten in points allowed (33.3) and allowed 384.1 yards per game, 10th in the Big Ten.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Trevion Williams, coming off the bench for the first time in five games, scored 21 points including the final go-ahead basket, and No. 3 Purdue held off Penn State 74-67 on Saturday. The 6-foot-11 Williams was 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds despite sitting out over eight minutes of the second half after picking up his third foul.

“When you come in and out it’s really tough but, you know from a leadership standpoint, you have to understand that … whoever comes in is going to get the job done. And I think that’s how we practice, so any game is not a surprise,” Williams said.

When he did return with eight minutes remaining he scored 10 points including a bucket that restored the Boilermakers’ lead after Greg Lee’s 3-pointer had given Penn State its first edge since late in the first half.

Williams added a three-point play with a minute left for a five-point lead and the Nittany Lions missed a pair of 3-pointers.

“Anytime you can win close games that helps you as a coach,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “You don’t want to be in them but anytime you can win those games I think it helps with your confidence. But we just have to keep getting better in practice every day. … We just got to do a better job of playing on edge every day.”

Penn State, which was only 1 of 5 from the arc in the first half and missed its first four 3-point attempts in the second, finally found its range hitting seven 3s in the final 12 minutes with the last being Lee’s go-ahead shot.

“When you prepare the right way, when you play and you leave everything out there on the court, you can feel okay with the results,” Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry said. “And I feel OK with the results. … We were a good version of ourselves and we left everything on the court.”

Mason Gillis added 14 points, Sasha Stefanovic 13 and Jaden Ivey 12 for Purdue (13-2, 2-2 Big Ten).

Jalen Pickett scored 21 points with 10 assists for Penn State (7-6, 2-3). Lee added 11 points and Seth Lundy and John Harrar 10 each.

Leading by five at halftime, Purdue built a 13-point lead after Stefanovic’s 3-pointer with 12 minutes to go.

Penn State’s largest lead was seven points, coming after a 9-0 run midway through the first half. Purdue responded with its own 9-0 run and the rest of the half remained tight with the Boilermakers leading 35-30 at halftime.

The teams’ statistical performances were evenly matched though Purdue’s had an advantage in points off turnovers (16-9) and points in the paint (36-28). It has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with Penn State.


Purdue: The victory got the Boilermakers back on track after a 75-69 loss to No. 23 Wisconsin on Monday.

Penn State: After beating Indiana and Northwestern in their two previous games by a total of seven points, the Lions took a close loss of their own.


The 7-foot-4 Edey, who came in averaging 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, started the first 10 games of the season before giving way to Williams (13.0/8.8) for the next four. Edey was back in the starting lineup on Saturday but played only 10 minutes with six points and six rebounds while dealing with fouls.


Penn State’s Micah Shrewsberry, in his first year as an NCAA Division I head coach, was on the Purdue staff for four seasons, including the last two as associate head coach under Matt Painter, who is in his 17th season as the Boilermakers head coach. Shrewsberry had two stints at Purdue (2011-2013 and 2019-2020) and in between was an assistant with the Boston Celtics.


Purdue: At Michigan on Tuesday. The Wolverines’ game with Michigan State on Saturday was postponed because of COVID issues in the Michigan program.

Penn State: Home against Rutgers on Tuesday.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 13-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten with its first road victory of the season, a 74-67 win over Penn State on Saturday.

Purdue is 13-2 for the third time in the last seven seasons (2015-16, 2017-18, 2021-22).

The game was Matt Painter’s first game against a former assistant coach as Micah Shrewsberry is Penn State’s head coach.

The victory was Matt Painter’s 182nd in Big Ten play, moving into a tie for seventh with Jud Heathcote on the Big Ten’s wins list in league games only. He has 368 wins at Purdue, needing just three more wins to tie Ward “Piggy” Lambert for second on Purdue’s career victories list.

Purdue is now 42-13 all-time against Penn State and has won five straight games in the Bryce Jordan Center. The victory margins in those games are 7 (OT), 4 (OT), 9 (OT), 21 and 7 (this year).

After Penn State took a 65-64 lead with 3:42 to play, the Boilermakers outscored the Nittany Lions 10-2 the rest of the game. Purdue went 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line in that span. Penn State went 1-of-6 down the stretch with two turnovers.

Purdue shot 48.3 percent to Penn State’s 47.3 percent. The Boilermakers have won 29 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their opponent.

Purdue’s center tandem of Trevion Williams and Zach Edey had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists, going 12-of-16 from the field in only 31 minutes. The duo was saddled with foul problems all day.

Mason Gillis tallied a career-high 14 points, shooting 4-of-5 from the field, 3-of-4 from long distance and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Gillis’ splits are now 60.0 percent (24-of-40) from the field, 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from 3-point range and 100.0 percent (20-of-20) from the free throw line.

Jaden Ivey has scored in double-figures in 12 straight games after tallying 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

Sasha Stefanovic scored 13 points with 6 assists and 3 rebounds. He moved into 11th place on the school’s career 3-pointers made list with 178 (3 today).

Ethan Morton now has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 36-to-6 (6.00) after today’s win over Penn State.


UNIVERSITY PARKPa. — Cam Burke tied the game late in the third period on an extra attacker goal and Jake Pivonka, Spencer Stastney and Max Ellis combined for a dramatic game-winning goal with 0.2 seconds left on the clock as the Irish skated to a 5-4 overtime win at the at Pegula Ice Arena to sweep the weekend series against the Nittany Lions.

Nick Leivermann finished with a goal and two assists, while Burke and Jack Adams each had a goal and an assist to pace the offense. Solag Bakich also scoffed for the Irish.

In net, Matthew Galajda had 35 saves to earn the win.

On special teams, Notre Dame did not have a power play, while Penn State was 1-for-3 on the man advantage.

How It Happened 

The Irish got off to a quick start when Solag Bakich put a rebound home for his fourth goal of the year at 1:35 of the first. Cam Burke worked the puck from low to high, finding Adam Karashik at the point. Karashik shot one through a screen that Oskar Autio saved, but Bakich was there for the rebound. 

Just 23 seconds after the Irish killed off the game’s first power play, Penn State’s Kevin Wall was able to tip in a feed from Christian Berger to make it a 1-1 game at 8:16 of the first.

At 13:41 Penn State’s Jimmy Dowd Jr. gave the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead, scoring on a wraparound attempt with traffic in front. 

Max Ellis had two good looks with 2:30 left in the first, but Autio saved one while the second flashed just wide.

Notre Dame closed the first on the penalty kill after Jesse Lansdell was assessed a major with 2:17 left in the first. The Irish closed that 2:17 without allowing a shot on goal.

The Irish opened the second looking to kill off the final 2:43 remaining on the Nittany Lion power play. After it looked as if Penn State would be whistled for a penalty in the defensive zone, Dowd extended the lead at the other end on his second of the game. The play we reviewed but the goal stood. 

Notre Dame killed off another minor midway through the second and then Jack Adams scored to cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:54. Nick Leivermann found Justin Janicke in the high slot and the freshman winger put a shot on net that Autio saved but Adams put back the rebound from a tight angle for his second goal of the year. 

Leivermann then tied it up at 3-3 at 16:05 of the second when he whipped a wrist shot high to the far corner from below the goal line. Adams broke up the play along the boards and Grant Silianoff chipped it out to Leivermann to earn the assists.

But Penn State regained the lead at 18:20 on a Clayton Phillips goal that made it a 4-3 game after 40 minutes of play.

After the back-and-forth second things tightened up to start the third, with Notre Dame’s best looks in the first 10 minutes coming from Bakich, Burke and Max Ellis.

Leivermann then forced Autio into a big pad save with five minutes remaining in the third as the Irish searched for a game-tying goal.

Then with 2:37 left Graham and Landon Slaggert had chances from in close but Autio was equal to the task.

Galajda was pulled in favor of the extra attacker for the ensuing faceoff and Cam Burke was able to tie things up at && with his seventh goal of the year. Burke scored from in close, with the assists going to Landon Slaggert and Leivermann.

Then in overtime, Jake Pivonka won a defensive zone faceoff with just over five seconds on the clock to Spencer Stastney, who flew down the ice and got an off pad shot off that Max Ellis put back for the game-winning goal with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock.


  • With a goal and two assists, Nick Leivermann posted his fifth multipoint game of the season and the 10th of his career.
  • Also with a goal and an assist, Jack Adams notched his first multipoint game in an Irish uniform. 
  • Cam Burke added a goal and an assist for his third multipoint game of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • Notre Dame is now 11-1-0 on the year when scoring first.

Next Up

  • Next weekend, the Irish are back on the road with a two-game series at Ohio State (Jan. 14-15). 
  • Game one is slated for 7 p.m. (BTN Plus), while game two will begin at 8 p.m. (BTN).


Game 13 | Ball State vs. Kent State

Jan. 9 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena  | 1 p.m. ET

Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Kent State (PDF)

Opening Tip:

– Sunday’s game against Kent State will mark the 63rd time in program history the two schools have met with the Golden Flashes leading the all-time series, 40-22.

– The Cardinals have won eight of their last 12 meetings against Kent State.

– In their lone meeting last year, the Golden Flashes defeated the Cardinals at the M.A.C Center by a score of 61-70 ironically on this same date Jan. 9, 2020.

– Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is familiar with the Golden Flashes, he was an assistant women’s basketball coach from 1996-2002 under former legendary head coach Bob Lindsay.

– With three seconds left in overtime, redshirt junior Anna Clephane corralled a rebound of a missed free throw and deposited the ball into the net to lift the Ball State women’s basketball team to an 83-82 overtime victory over Northern Illinois Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. With the win, Brady Sallee now owns a 9-1 mark when playing at Northern Illinois.

– Kent State recently fell to Akron on Wednesday 61-62 and is looking for its first Mid-American Conference victory of the season. The Golden Flashes are 0-3 in league action suffering losses against Toledo and Western Michigan as well as Akron.

-It may be cold outside but the Cardinals tend to get hot in the month of January under ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee. Sallee owns an overall record of 48-25 (.657) in the month of January dating back to his first season in 2012-13.

Scouting Kent State:

– Kent State is just 11-18 all-time in Muncie, which includes a streak of 13 consecutive losses.

– Since Ball State 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee’s arrival in 2012-13 the  Golden Flashes are 7-0 when playing in Worthen Arena.

– The Flashes’ last road victory in the series came on Feb. 19, 1997 (78-66).

– Kent State is 2-4 vs. Ball State under head coach Todd Starkey.

– The Golden Flashes were projected to finish fourth overall in the preseason Mid-American Conference poll.

– The first-ever meeting between Ball State and Kent State was the 1979-80 season. The Golden Flashes won that meeting by a score of 84-59 in Ohio. Ball State has currently taking the last four meetings from Kent State.

– The Golden Flashes are led by guard Katie Shumate who is averaging  12.9 points per contest and 3.4 rebounds.

Next Game:

After today’s contest, the Cardinals return to the road next week for two Mid-American Conference contests. First up Ball State travels to Eastern Michigan Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff in the Convocation Center. BSU closes its week at Akron Saturday in James A. Rhodes Arena. That game will start at 2 p.m ET.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its three-game Missouri Valley Conference homestand in the Hulman Center Sunday afternoon when it faces Bradley at 1 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

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Last Time Out

Anna McKendree scored a career-high 18 points Friday evening, including 10 in the fourth quarter, but visiting Illinois State withstood a late Indiana State comeback attempt in a 66-58 Sycamore setback inside the Hulman Center.

McKendree was 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Del’Janae Williams added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Marie Hunter and Mya Glanton had eight and seven points, respectively.  Tonysha Curry and Caitlin Anderson led Indiana State with six rebounds apiece.

Illinois State used an 11-0 run after the Sycamores scored the first two points and never looked back. The Redbirds scored 37 of their 66 points in the first half to open up a double-digit lead and led by as many as 20 midway through the third quarter, with four starters scoring in double-figures.

A Closer Look at Bradley

Bradley enters Sunday’s game at 3-8 overall and 0-2 in MVC play. The Braves have lost each of their last eight games and will be without preseason all-conference selection Gabi Haack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Illinois State.

Haack was leading the team in scoring and rebounding at the time of her injury at 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Caroline Waite tops the active players at 13.3 points per game, while Sierra Morrow averages 4.8 rebounds per contest.

Waite led the Braves with 18 points in their 74-73 loss to Evansville Friday night, while Tatum Koenig had 17. All of Waite’s points came from beyond the arc, while Koenig also added six assists. Tete Danso led Bradley with eight rebounds in the setback, with two others grabbing seven.

Series History Against Bradley

Indiana State has a 49-31 lead in the all-time series, though Bradley has won each of the last six meetings. The Sycamores are 29-9 all-time against the Braves in Terre Haute.

Lasha Petree scored a game-high 28 points for Bradley in the last meeting between the teams, an 80-58 Sycamore loss in Peoria. Jasmine Elder led Indiana State with 23 points in the loss.

Balanced Attack

Indiana State’s offense doesn’t necessarily have a marquee scorer, but that plays to the benefit of the Sycamores. Eight different players have led the Sycamores in scoring in a game this season, with Adrian Folks and Del’Janae Williams leading the team in scoring in three games apiece.


Indiana State’s defense continues to remain among the nation’s best as the Sycamores enter Friday’s contest sitting in the top 20 in three team defensive categories. The Sycamores are 11th in total steals (160), 13th in turnovers forced (22.77) and 18th in steals per game (12.3). Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley in all three statistical categories.

Indiana State made its mark early in the season with a 21-steal contest against Stephens (Mo.) to open the year. ISU has recorded at least 10 steals in nine of the 11 contests this season, including 13 in back-to-back games against Georgia Southern and Chicago State and 15 against Purdue Fort Wayne. The Sycamores opened conference play with 17 steals against Drake. Overall, it’s been a team effort by Indiana State with eight players posting double-digit steals on the year. ISU has three of the top five steals leaders in the Missouri Valley Conference in Del’Janae Williams (2nd, 30/2.5 per game), Caitlin Anderson (4th, 24/2.0) and Marie Hunter (5th, 23/1.9).

In addition to getting their hands on the ball, ISU has been constantly harassing the opposition and has posted six games with at least 20 forced turnovers on defense. The Sycamores forced a season-high 36 turnovers against Stephens (Mo.) and carried on with 26 forced turnovers against Saint Louis, 21 against Georgia Southern, 21 against Chicago State and 24 in back-to-back games against Western Michigan and (RV/RV Nebraska). In their last non-conference game of the season, the Sycamores forced 26 turnovers against Purdue Fort Wayne. ISU opened Missouri Valley Conference play by forcing 30 Drake turnovers. The Sycamores have forced at least 15 turnovers in every game this season.

Defense to Offense

Indiana State has forced at least 15 turnovers in each of the first 13 games this season. Included in that number is eight games with 20 or more turnovers forced. The Sycamores have often converted those turnovers into points on the other end, as ISU has at least 20 points off turnovers in six of the last eight games.

The Sycamore defense gave Drake fits throughout in their 78-70 win in Des Moines, as Indiana State forced 30 Bulldog turnovers. The 30 turnovers were the most by a Missouri Valley school this season and marked the second time this year that the Sycamores have forced 30 turnovers in a game. ISU converted those turnovers into 32 points on the offensive end, scoring at least six points off turnovers in all four quarters.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s win over Georgia Southern marked the second time in the 2021-22 season that Indiana State held an opponent scoreless from behind the arc. The Sycamores limited the Eagles to a 0-for-14 performance behind the three-point line to shut down Georgia Southern in the 71-67 win.

ISU previously limited Stephens (Mo.) to a 0-for-12 mark behind the arc to open the year and have held opponents under .300 from the three-point line on six separate occasions this year. ISU has limited opponents to just a .284 three-point percentage on the year, a mark that ranks fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Indiana State limited UIC to a 1-for-14 mark (.077) from behind the arc in its last game, a 76-50 Sycamore win. ISU limited opponents to a .096 clip from deep in its first four wins this season.

Banner Year

The 2021-22 season has already seen multiple Indiana State players set career highs in the scoring column. Overall, five different returning Sycamores have set new career bests in scoring this season, with a pair of newcomers also posting double-digit efforts this season.

Del’Janae Williams had a career-high 26 in Indiana State’s road win over Georgia Southern in one of her two 20-point games this season, while Adrian Folks had a career-best 24 in a double-double at Saint Louis. Mya Glanton set career-high marks of 22 points and 16 rebounds in ISU’s last home game against Western Michigan.

Marie Hunter (19 vs. Jacksonville State) and Natalia Lalic (13 at Georgia Southern, 20 at Drake) have also set their career highs in scoring this season. In addition, newcomers Tonysha Curry (15 vs. UIC), Anna McKendree (13 vs. Stephens (Mo.), 14 at Purdue Fort Wayne, 10 at Drake, 18 vs. Illinois State) and Arianna Smith (11 at Western Kentucky) have hit double-figures in scoring during their first seasons in the Blue and White.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Thanks to stellar play down the stretch from freshman guard Audra Emmerson, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team picked up their fourth Horizon League win on Saturday (Jan. 8) with a 62-57 victory over Detroit Mercy.

Emmerson, who was averaging 3.4 points per game prior to Saturday’s contest, finished with a career-high of 17 points. She spurred the Mastodons to a 16-4 run over the final 3:33. The freshman buried two triples in this run: the first to start the run, the second to give the Mastodons their first lead since the 8:39 mark of the third quarter. After the Titans answered with a basket, Amellia Bromenschenkel knocked in the 3-pointer that gave the Mastodons the lead back for good. The sophomore played just 13 minutes, but was +16 in +/-.

Purdue Fort Wayne made five of their last six field goals and four of their last five 3-pointers.

The Mastodons led by as many as seven and Detroit Mercy by as many as 10. There were seven lead changes and six ties, with both teams leading for at least 15 minutes.

Riley Ott led the ‘Dons to a fast start, jumping out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. She scored five of her seven points in the first quarter. Detroit Mercy closed this gap in the second quarter, taking a 30-30 stymie into the locker room. The Titans outscored the Mastodons 15-9 in the third quarter, but the ‘Dons came roaring back with a 23-12 final frame.

Emmerson’s 17 led the Mastodons’ attack, with Sylare Starks also reaching double-digits. Starks is now 1-0 against her former squad at Detroit Mercy. The ‘Dons were 9-of-11 from the charity stripe for 81.8 percent and 35.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Purdue Fort Wayne held Detroit Mercy without a 3-point make, which is the first time in over a decade that the Titans have gone with a 3-pointer in a game. It’s the second time in as many season that the ‘Dons have forced an opponent to be scoreless from beyond the arc.

With the win, the Mastodons earned their fourth Horizon League win, moving to 4-4 in the league, 5-10 overall. The ‘Dons’ four league wins is the most since the 2013-14 season.

Detroit Mercy falls to 0-14, 0-7, and will continue to look for its first win of the season. The Mastodons will travel to Milwaukee next week to play the Panthers on Friday (Jan. 14).


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Following a win at Youngstown State on Friday, the Mastodon men’s basketball team will look to take that momentum into Moon Township, Pa. on Sunday to play Robert Morris.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (6-7, 2-3 Horizon) at Robert Morris (2-12, 0-5)

When: Sunday, January 9 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: Moon Township, Pa. | UPMC Event Center

Listen: 1380 The Fan

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Robert Morris


// Leading scorer: Kahliel Spear (12.5 ppg)

// Head coach: Andrew Toole (12th season)

// Robert Morris has wins over Lancaster Bible and Saint Francis (Pa.)

// The Colonials don’t have a win in league yet but are coming off a 78-77 loss to Cleveland State on Friday.

// Robert Morris is giving up 77.6 points per game while scoring 69.8 per contest.

// The Colonials own a -4.0 rebounding margin on the season.

// The ‘Dons are 1-1 vs. Robert Morris all-time with the only two meetings coming last season in Fort Wayne.


// The Mastodons are the only team in the Horizon League to use the same starting five for every game.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for at least five minutes in every game this season except for the loss at SIUE.

// The ‘Dons have shot 38-of-98 (38.8 percent) from three over the four games.

// The win at Youngstown State on Friday was the Mastodons’ first in Youngstown after losses in their first four tries.

// Sunday’s game will be the Mastodons’ first game in the state of Pennsylvania since a 74-59 loss at Penn State on Dec. 28, 2005. The Mastodons’ only other game in Pennsylvania was a 66-64 win in Erie, Pa. over Gannon on Dec. 12, 1991 when the ‘Dons were a member of NCAA Division II.


// The ‘Dons are sixth in the nation and first in the Horizon League in free throw shooting (80.1 percent).

// Over the last eight games the Mastodons are 122-of-139 (87.8 percent) from the free throw line.

    at Florida Gulf Coast (17-of-21)

    vs. Wright State (16-of-16)

    vs. Northern Kentucky (14-of-16)

    at SIUE (19-of-20)

    vs. SEMO (15-of-19)

    at Cleveland State (14-of-16)

    at Cleveland State (13-of-15)

    at Youngstown State (14-of-16)

// In league play the ‘Dons are shooting 89.9 percent (71-of-79) from the free throw line.

// Jarred Godfrey has made all 28 free throw attempts in Horizon League play this season. 

// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It stands as the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts.


// The Mastodons have three single-digit turnover games this season.

// The Mastodons are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game, 70th best in the nation and third in the league


// … recorded a career-high 24 points and 10 field goals in the victory over SEMO.

// … has four games of 19 or more points this season.

// … owns 677 career points with NCAA Division I stops at CSUN and Loyola-Chicago prior to his two seasons in Fort Wayne.


// … has made a 3-pointer in 10 straight games.

// … in 11-for-11 from the free throw line this season.

// … is averaging 9.6 points in Horizon League play compared to his 7.1 in non-league games.


// … is shooting a team-best 42.6 percent (29-of-68) from three on the season. He is second in the Horizon League in total made 3-pointers.

// … has improved his 3-point shooting each season. As a freshman he shot 32.4 and last season he shot 38.5 percent.

// … is looking like the leader for Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year, Deonte Billups leads the league in scoring among players without a start this season thanks to his 9.5 points per game.


// … has started every game since the start of his sophomore year.

// … owns 1,334 career points, 9th most in program history. Up next is eighth place Kason Harrell (1,349 points, 2015-19).

// … is fourth in the league in steals per game (1.8) and fourth in assists per game (4.1).

// … is averaging 17.2 points per game, fifth-best in the league, but it also would be his best average for a season. He averaged 15.6 as a sophomore and 16.2 last season.

// … scored 35 points against Western Michigan (Nov. 27) on 13-of-18 shooting. His 13 field goals tied a career high

// … has scored in double-digits in every game this season.


// … is having the best season of his career, averaging 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

// … is 33rd in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.23).

// … picked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Florida Gulf Coast.


// … joined the Mastodons this season. He helped Mount St. Mary’s to an NCAA Tournament berth last season. He averaged 15.1 points per game for The Mount last year on his way to All-NEC First Team honors.

// …. is the second Mastodon to join the ‘Dons after playing at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Bobby Planutis spent his freshman season of 2017-18 at The Mount.

// … scored a season-high 18 points at Cleveland State (Dec. 30). They all came in the second half after he had two quick fouls in the first half.

// … scored 14 points against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 28) and went over 1,000 career points. He scored 950 points at Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to Purdue Fort Wayne this season.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team earned their third straight #HLWBB game after defeating Milwaukee in a thrilling game on Saturday afternoon, 63-60. The Jags trailed most of the game until the fourth quarter when IUPUI outscored the Panthers 16 to 11. Redshirt senior Rachel McLimore led the charge with 22 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Anna Mortag followed with 12 points and career-tying five rebounds.

“Second straight game where our kids just got better as the game went on,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “Finding ways to get stops there late against a really good team was impressive.”

McLimore, Rachel Kent (9 points), Madison Wise (7), Natalie Andersen (5) and Morgan Allen started for IUPUI. McLimore led the team in assists with two while Natalie Andersen added five rebounds. Logan Lewis, along with Mortag, came off the bench and scored a career-high eight points and added three rebounds.

“I thought Logan Lewis gave us great energy off the bench and played with maturity,” said Parkinson.

The Jags were without their lead scorer, Macee Williams, and their starting point guard, Destiny Perkins, but IUPUI fought hard and did not let that slow them down. “Not having Macee and Destiny today was a real challenge, but our kids rose to the occasion and played with tremendous heart.

 IUPUI finished the game at 38.6 percent (22-for-57) from the floor and 100 percent (13-for-13) from the free throw line. The Jags totaled 29 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and forced 13 turnovers.

The Jaguars go on the road for back-to-back conference games. They travel to Pennsylvania to take on Robert Morris on Jan. 14 at 7:00 PM ET, then head to Ohio to face Youngstown State on Jan. 16 with tip off at 1:00 PM ET. Game coverage will be on ESPN+.


DAYTON, Ohio – Senior Azariah Seay pumped in a team-high 16 points and sophomore Bakari LaStrap matched his career-high with 11 points and five assists, but an undermanned IUPUI squad was overmatched by red hot Wright State inside the Nutter Center, 72-58. Tanner Holden led four Raiders in double-digits with 18 points and Trey Calvin contributed 16 points. Grant Basile just missed a double-double for the victors with 13 points and nine boards in the win.

The Jaguars (1-11, 0-3 HL) rolled into Dayton with just eight healthy bodies and were a prohibitive underdog against the league’s hottest team of late. That said, head coach Matt Crenshaw’s Jags showed some fight and mettle, coming off an extended COVID related pause.

“I was really proud of the team,” Crenshaw said. “A lot of times, you can go into a game and people seem defeated going into the game. (Today), guys were upbeat and understood that we were short coming into the game, but they fought.

“Wright State’s a great team – one of the best teams in this league and they’ve been that way consistently. I thought the game was a little closer than what the final score was and how we played and what we did, but I was really proud of them. At the same time, I’m a little disappointed with some of the things we did within the game.”

Even after a 1-of-9 start from the floor, IUPUI was able to build an 11-6 lead on back-to-back threes from Nathan McClure and Seay. The Jags held Wright State scoreless for nearly six minutes before Holden got loose on the baseline for a dunk to stop the Jags’ 11-0 run.

Wright State (8-7, 5-1 HL) outscored IUPUI 22-7 over the final seven-plus minutes of the first half, including closing the stanza with nine straight points to take a 33-23 lead at intermission.

IUPUI showed some frisk, getting within 42-37 with 13:19 left when B.J. Maxwell drilled a wing three. The Jags looked to edge closer when they collected a steal on the ensuing WSU possession and had LaStrap out in front in transition. However, LaStrap was unable to convert and Calvin scored on a tough bank shot in transition the other way to recapture momentum. The sequence ultimately ignited a 12-0 run that saw the hosts run away with the outcome.

Wright State shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half and finished the game at 47.3 percent overall. IUPUI’s season long offensive struggles continued as the Jaguars shot 35.7 percent overall in the defeat. The Jags shot a solid 41 percent from three-point range with Seay and Boston Stanton III each hitting a pair.

Stanton had a season-high 10 points and was the lone Jaguar to finish with a positive plus/minus on Saturday. McClure had five points, six boards and a career-high six steals in the loss and Maxwell closed with seven points and a team-high seven boards.

In his first trip to Wright State as head coach, Crenshaw was able to take some notes and teach his team as he continues to mold and teach.

“How a team plays at home doesn’t matter the opponent. They play Wright State basketball and they do what they do,” Crenshaw said. “They didn’t get antsy whether the game was 10 or four or we go up or they go up, they didn’t get antsy.

“When they got up 15, they were still playing like they were up two (points). That was one of the things I shared with our team is that we’re going to play our style of play and play our IUPUI basketball.”

The Jaguars will now return home to host UIC on Monday night (Jan. 10) inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) are on the call.


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit with 8:08 remaining to get to within two with 1:22 to go, but the Beacons could not get over the final hump in a 63-60 setback to visiting Southern Illinois on Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) scored 13 second-half points including eight in the final four minutes, but Valpo went 0-for-5 from the field in the final 40 seconds, misfiring on a string of shots that would have tied the game or given the hosts the lead.   

How It Happened

  • Making his first collegiate start, Preston Ruedinger (Oshkosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy) wasted no time in securing his second basket in a Beacon uniform by nailing a go-ahead 3 at the 14:20 mark of the first half to put Valpo up 9-8.
  • The two teams went back and forth for much of the first half, before a crucial surge took place over the final six minutes of the stanza. After Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) laid one in to tie the game at 18, the Salukis scored seven straight and 12 of the game’s next 14 points to build up a double-figure advantage.
  • A trey by Marcus Domask with 2:35 on the first-half clock provided SIU with its first 10-point edge at 30-20. The two teams exchanged buckets before the Beacons went into the locker room down 32-22. Valpo allowed just one offensive rebound and held an 8-3 edge in the turnover battle over the opening 20 minutes, but the shooting numbers told the tale with Valpo at 34.5 percent and SIU at 60.9 percent.
  • A dunk by Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) with 14:37 remaining in the second half helped Valpo trim what had been a 14-point deficit three minutes earlier down to five at 39-34. However, SIU rattled off 10 straight points to up the lead to 15 at 51-36 with 9:53 remaining.
  • With 8:08 left of second-half time, Valpo found itself chasing by 16, its largest deficit of the game. That’s when Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whintall [Winona State]) nailed back-to-back jacks by burying consecutive made 3s for his first two triples of the evening.
  • Starting at the six-minute mark, Valpo got points on seven straight possessions. King accounted for eight points in the final four minutes including a big-time triple with 1:22 on the clock that sliced the Saluki lead to two at 62-60.
  • Neither team made a field goal over the final 1:22, a stretch that featured the aforementioned five missed shots by the Beacons.

Inside the Game

  • Kithier enjoyed his second career double-double by racking up 12 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the court after missing the previous two games due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. He went 5-for-5 from 2-point distance and 5-of-7 overall.
  • Over his last two games, Kithier is now 10-of-13 shooting and has posted consecutive 12-point efforts. The 10 rebounds marked his top performance on the glass since a career-high 12 on Nov. 23 vs. Coastal Carolina. This was his first double-double since a 28-point, 11-rebound effort on Nov. 13 vs. UIC. The Michigan State transfer has squeezed six or more rebounds in seven straight contests.
  • King tied a career high in rebounds that was established in his previous game (Jan. 5 at UNI) by pulling down nine boards for the second straight outing. He was one carom shy of a double-double on a day that saw the Wisconsin native finish with 18 points including his second straight game with six made free throws.
  • King has finished with 17 points or more in four of his seven games this season and has reached double figures six times including four straight.
  • Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) totaled 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, his third straight game in double figures and ninth such performance in 13 contests this season. Of his nine double-figure outputs, seven have featured more than 15 points. In Saturday’s game, Krikke scored 10 of his 16 prior to halftime.
  • Starting in place of Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]),who was sidelined by an injury, Ruedingerpaced the team with four assists, tying a season high. He made his first start in five appearances this year.
  • With Anderson’s first absence of the season, Valpo has no players who have started all 16 games this year. Taylor, Edwardsand Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) are the only three who have played in all 16 contests.
  • Taylor surpassed 1,800 points for his collegiate career (split between Division-I and Division-II) on Saturday, becoming just the 30th active player in all of NCAA college basketball (D-I, D-II and D-III) to reach the 1,800-point threshold. He is just the 16th active NCAA player with 1,800 points and 600 rebounds.
  • Taylor made a pair of 3s, his 12th time in 16 games this season with multiple made triples. In fact, he’s had multiple made 3s in seven straight outings. In addition, he is the first Valpo player since at least the start of the 1989-90 campaign to open a season by making a 3 in each of the first 16 contests. Including his time at Winona State, Taylor has made a 3 in 79 straight games dating back to Dec. 15, 2018.
  • Had Valpo completed the 16-point comeback, that would have been no surprise, as the team has rallied from double-figures down 18 times during the Matt Lottich head coaching era (sixth season) including twice this year.
  • King had three steals, establishing a career high.
  • This marked Valpo’s fourth defeat this season by four points or fewer, accounting for half of the team’s losses.
  • SIU’s Marcus Domask finished with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead all scorers.
  • This was the third straight Valpo-SIU matchup decided by three points or fewer. Both of last year’s showdowns were also one-score games with the two teams splitting a back-to-back in Carbondale.
  • After a rare aberration with 18 turnovers on Jan. 5 at UNI, Valpo returned to form in terms of valuing the basketball. The Beacons gave it away just six times on Saturday, matching a season low (Nov. 22 vs. Jacksonville State). That marked the team’s seventh single-figure turnover game in 16 contests this season.
  • Valpo surrendered just three SIU offensive rebounds, tying for the fewest offensive rebounds by a Valpo opponent this season (East-West on Dec. 7).
  • The Beacons struggled to knock down 3-point shots, going just 5-of-22 for 22.7 percent. That marked the team’s lowest 3-point shooting clip since the Nov. 9 season opener vs. Toledo and the second-lowest of the season. The 60 points matched a season low (Nov. 17 at Stanford).

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (8-8, 1-3) will visit Loyola for an 8 p.m. tip at Gentile Arena on Chicago’s north side on Tuesday night. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The hometown radio call will be available on the Valpo Sports Network with links to live coverage found on 


Valparaiso (3-11, 1-2 MVC)

Game #15 – January 9, 2022 – 1 p.m.

Drake (9-5, 1-2 MVC)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Coming off an exhilarating come-from-behind victory at the ARC on Friday evening, the Valpo women’s basketball team takes aim at a weekend sweep of the MVC’s Iowa schools when Drake comes to town Sunday afternoon. Please note that masks are required at all home Valpo athletic events until further notice.

Previously: Valpo picked up its first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the 2021-22 season in thrilling fashion Friday evening at the ARC over visiting UNI, overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to stout defense and rebounding and getting the game-winning 3-point play from Shay Frederick with 51 seconds to play to edge the Panthers, 60-58. Caitlin Morrison broke Valpo career records for both games played and games started when she stepped into the center circle for the tip-off on Friday.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 40-60. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

– Please note that while Evans did not attend last weekend’s games due to being in the University’s COVID-19 protocol, per NCAA statistics policy, the results go on her record.

Series Notes: Drake has won all 13 meetings in the all-time series, but the gap has shrunk significantly the last couple years. The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory was 31.9 points in the first seven matchups since Valpo joined the MVC, but in the last four meetings, Drake’s average margin of victory has been just 7.5 points.


…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.

– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.

– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.

– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.

– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.

– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.

– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…versus UNI

– UNI converted a four-point play on its first possession of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 53-40, but Valpo held the Panthers to just two points over a stretch of nearly eight minutes to allow the comeback to ensue.

– It was contributions across the board which gave the Beacons an opportunity to nose their way back into contention. The first spurt featured three points from Leah Earnest, a bucket from Maya Dunson and a pair of free throws by Shay Frederick to cut the UNI lead to 53-47 with 7:07 to play.

– The Panthers got a second-chance basket on their next trip to push the lead back to eight points, where it would stay until the clock ticked inside four minutes.

– Grace White broke the two-way scoring drought with a drive and finish, and after the Valpo defense forced a UNI shot clock violation, Ilysse Pitts came up with a big 3-point play with three minutes remaining to bring the Beacons within 55-52.

– After the teams traded turnovers, Valpo forced another Panther miss and came down to tie the game for the first time since 0-0, as Pitts hit White for a triple — the team’s lone 3-pointer of the fourth quarter — to even things up, 55-55, with 2:10 to go.

– UNI split a pair of free throws on its next trip before the Beacons came back and took their first lead of the game, courtesy of an Earnest feed to Olivia Brown for a layup with 1:15 to go.

– The Panthers inched back in front as Karli Rucker connected on a floater on their offensive end at the 1:02 mark, but that just set the stage for the game-clinching basket by Frederick while taking contact to make it a two-point lead with 51 seconds to go.

– UNI missed a 16-foot baseline jumper out of a timeout, and Valpo ran the shot clock all the way down before missing a 3-point attempt. The Panthers had one last shot, but their try from deep was off the mark and the buzzer sounded as the rebound hit the floor, setting off the Valpo celebration.

…at Missouri State

– The Lady Bears led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, and after Valpo rallied to tie the game in the second quarter, closed the first half on a 12-3 run — including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer — to take a 30-21 lead into halftime.

– Shay Frederick drove for a layup on Valpo’s first possession of the third quarter, but that was immediately followed by a 14-2 MSU run over the next five minutes as the Lady Bears extended their lead to its apex at 19 points.

– Olivia Brown helped curb the Lady Bears’ momentum with three 3-pointers over a stretch of three minutes, and when Caitlin Morrison connected on a triple inside the final minute of the period, Valpo was within 52-39 with 10 minutes remaining.

– Missouri State scored on its first possession of the fourth quarter. Valpo came right back with a bucket from Brown, and in the midst of getting four consecutive defensive stops, converted offensively with an Earnest basket and a Frederick 3-pointer to close to within 54-46 with 6:36 to play.

– The Lady Bears scored on their next trip, however, to push their lead back to double digits. The Beacons cut the deficit to single digits once more on a pair of White free throws with 4:41 remaining, but MSU scored on each of its next three possessions and Valpo would get no closer.

– Brown posted by far her best game in the Valpo uniform to date on Sunday afternoon. The junior went 8-of-10 from the field and was 5-for-6 from behind the arc for a game-high 21 points. It was the fourth 20+ point effort of her career, but her first in the Brown and Gold.

– Frederick added 14 points and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range, setting a season high for made triples.

…looking ahead

– The central Illinois road trip awaits Valpo next weekend, with games at Illinois State (Thursday, Jan. 13) and at Bradley (Saturday, Jan. 15).


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team used a commanding 21-5 run second half run to secure their fourth Crossroads League win of the season Saturday afternoon on John Grimes Court, as the Knights downed Huntington 87-69. The wire-to-wire victory for Marian improves them to 12-2 overall this season, while moving to 4-2 in league play.

After a scoreless two mintues to open the game, a Tyrie Johnson layup opened the scoring on the afternoon, helping Marian grow a 9-7 lead by the media timeout. Coming out of the first stoppage of the afternoon, Peyton West tied the contest for Huntington after driving to the rim, however a deep three from Jacob Wiley allowed Marian to sure back in front. The trifecta helped the Knights grow their lead to seven, but the game of runs began as the Foresters rallied back with a 7-0 spurt of their own.

Facing a 16-16 tie, Brody Whitaker started the next run of the game on a putback layin as the Knights scored eight unanswered. A three from Johnson helped Marian take a 27-18 lead by the second media timeout, answering the Forester spurt with an extended 11-2 run. Huntington would inch within two possessions three times before the half’s end, but a Luke Gohmann three and pair of Christian Harvey buckets in the paint kept the home lead in check. Harvey ended the half with a coast-to-coast buzzer-beating layup, giving Marian a 43-33 halftime lead.

Marian’s offense was as effecient as it could be in the first half, shooting 61 percent from the field while holding Huntington to 40 percent.

After the break, Huntington came out determined to get back into the game, doing so through Cable Middlesworth as the forward knocked down a pair of three pointers to cut the lead to six. Consecutive possessions with points helped Marian pull back ahead 50-39, but a Zach Goodline layup before the media timeout shifted the game in favor of the Foresters. Goodline’s basket sparked an 11-0 Huntington run, finding seven of those points in 45 seconds to force a tie at 50-50. Marian never folded, and after an elongated possession got right back into the game as Malek Edmonds ended the drought by splitting a pair of foul shots.

The free throw and three one trip later from Edmonds sparked the final run of the game, as Marian quickly expanded their 54-50 lead into 11 points before the 10-minute mark. Huntington slowed the run with a Mitch Wilson three, but only for a single offensive strip as Wiley and Hayden Langkabel were too much to handle. The two Knights combined for 15 points in Marian’s 21-3 run, as the senior Wiley capped the run with an emphatic fast break slam. Langkabel’s fourth make from downtown in the half with 6:12 to play put the game on ice, putting his team ahead 74-55. The Knights finished strong over the final six minutes, out-scoring their opponent 16-14 in order to cruise to their 87-69 win.

Marian finished the game shooting 58.7 percent from the field as a team, and were led on offense by Jacob Wiley’s 17 points. Langkabel finished with 16 points off the bench, scoring 13 alone in the second half. Harvey and Edmonds both finished with 14 points, and Johnson scored 11 while holding Huntington’s top weapon Goodline to 13 points. Gohmann led the Knights with seven rebounds to match his seven points, and Christian Stewart dished out five of Marian’s 21 assists.

Marian will play their next two games on the road, first traveling to No. 25 St. Francis on Tuesday January 11. The meeting will be the first of the season between the two, with their last matchup seeing the Knights as the victors in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship in 2021.


INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 7 Marian women’s basketball team kept their winning streak alive after a tough battle with Huntington. The Knights led by just four points at halftime, but pulled ahead to a 70-57 victory over the Foresters on Saturday afternoon. Marian advances to 14-2 on the season and stay a perfect 6-0 in the Crossroads League.

Scoring started fairly balanced between both squads, with the game being tied 4-4 after the opening three minutes. A couple of Jayla Wehner layups put the Knights ahead 11-8 with just over three minutes left in the quarter, but Huntington would continue to score and keep things tight. Abby Downard finished off a fast break with a layup that gave the Knights a five-point lead. Ella Collier followed that up with a basket in the closing seconds to give Marian a 17-12 lead after the first quarter.

Imani Guy continued to tally points for the Knights in the second quarter, reaching double-digits in scoring after back-to-back baskets early in the second quarter. Despite this, the Foresters continued to answer each and every basket by Marian. The Knights pulled ahead by six points after a Majestic Sales jumper midway through the quarter, but Huntington would hit on two-straight possessions to get back within a point. Downard cashed in a long two-pointer in the final two minutes, and Collier hit Marian’s first three-pointer of the afternoon in the final minute before halftime. Marian held a 37-33 lead at halftime and shot 55.2 percent from the field while holding the Foresters to 27.3 percent from three-point range in the first half.

Marian’s defense stepped up in the third quarter to create some breating room on the scoreboard. Huntington got back within a point a few minutes into the second half, but the Knights answered with an 11-2 run to close the quarter. Collier got the Knights going with a layup, while Guy, Wehner, and Allison Bosse added baskets throughtout the quarter. Collier hit a three-pointer to put the Knights ahead by double-digits, and Wehner made another jumper to put Marian up 54-40 after three quarters. Defensively, the Knights forced nine turnovers and held the Foresters to just one basket in the final eight minutes of the third chapter.

The Knights continued to pull away to open the final quarter, with Collier adding another two baskets and Kinnidy Garrard converting a layup. Guy made a pair of free throws to give the Knights their largest lead at 19 points with 5:06 left. The Foresters tried to close the deficit in the final few minutes, but a three-pointer by Bosse kept Marian up 19 with under two minutes remaining. Huntington scored the final six points, but Marian kept control with a 70-57 victory over the Foresters.

Leading the Knights in scoring was Collier who tallied 21 points. Guy scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double. Wehner joined Collier and Guy in double-digit scoring, adding 10 points while hitting five of her six shots from the floor. Marian finished with a 54.5 shooting percentag and made seven-of-10 free throws. They also won the rebounding battle 32-29 and forced 20 Huntington turnovers for their sixth Crossroads League win.

Marian will have a few days off before another Crossraods League contest. The Knights will head to Fort Wayne, Ind., to face St. Francis on Tuesday night at 7 PM.


MARION, Ind. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball defeated conference-foe Bethel University 100-72 behind four new individual career best stats and two new season team stats.

First quarter saw both teams exchanging baskets while Jordan Reid was connecting full court with Jade Nutley leading to Nutley posting 10 points and Reid with four assists.

Wildcats couldn’t shake off Pilots defense nearly outscoring them 23-20 in the second. IWU was perfect from the free throw line 13-13 at the break leading 51-41.

Coming out of the locker room, Wildcats started to pull away from the Pilot stretching the lead to as much as 21 points late in the quarter.

Pilots made a few pushes getting within 12 on multiple occasions. Wildcat’s Ashleigh Mader knocked down the first three-point basket of the career for Wildcats to hit the century mark.

100 – first time since Dec. 22, 2018 at Madonna and first time in Luckey Arena since Dec. 3, 2016 vs Huntington

24 – new season-best assists in a game

30 – turnovers Wildcats forced

Kelli Damman – 21 points, 5-10 from the arc

Jade Nutley – 20 points*, 10 of which were in the first quarter

Lilli Frasure – 15 points, 6 rebounds

Haley Rose – 10 points*, 7 rebounds*

Jordan Reid – 9 points, 10 assists*

*Career best

Wildcats head back out on the road for a matchup at Huntington on Wednesday, January 12 for a 7pm tip off.


PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team could not recover from a late run in the first half by Alice Lloyd College as the Eagles posted a 98-82 win over the Red Wolves on Jan. 8.

IU East is now 13-5 overall and 4-2 in the River States Conference East Division. Alice Lloyd won its sixth straight contest, raising its season mark to 11-4 and 4-2 in the RSC West.

Addie Brown topped the Red Wolves by matching her career-high with 27 points. The senior had the same total against the University of Michigan-Dearborn during her sophomore season.

Kennedy Griffin added 17 points. Tia Tolbert tossed in eight points with a team-high seven rebounds.

After the first quarter, IU East led 25-20. The Red Wolves eventually led 40-34 when Brown hit a pair of free throws at the 4:06 mark of the second period.

However from the point, the Eagles finished the half with 16-2 run capped by a banked 3-pointer from Maddie Ward at the buzzer, and Alice Lloyd led 50-42 at the intermission. The Eagles added to their advantage after three quarters leading by a 71-57 margin.

The Red Wolves return to action at home against IU Kokomo on Jan. 13. The RSC affair on Lingle Court gets underway at 5:30 p.m.


PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team’s bid to knock off one of the NAIA’s four remaining unbeaten teams came up short by a 78-57 score at Alice Lloyd College on Jan. 8.

IU East (7-10, 3-3 River States Conference) had a four-game winning streak against Alice Lloyd snapped. The Red Wolves were playing their first game since Dec. 21.

Alice Lloyd is 15-0 overall and leads the RSC West Division with a 7-0 league record.

IU East was within 30-28 after a back-and-forth first half at Alice Lloyd’s Perry Campus Center, but the Red Wolves fell behind by double digits when the Eagles started the second half with a 10-0 run.

The Red Wolves stayed within striking distance until Alice Lloyd scored on 10 consecutive possessions late in the second half to expand its advantage to 78-50. The Eagles scored 54 of their points in the paint.

Dionte Raines (10 points) scored in double digits for the eighth time this season for IU East.

IU East returns home to face Indiana University Kokomo on Jan. 13. Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. in the second game of a women’s-men’s River States Conference doubleheader on Lingle Court.


RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s basketball team returned to Druley Performance Gym with a 58-47 loss to Hanover College on Saturday.

The Quakers fell to 3-8 (0-5 HCAC) while the Panthers improved to 9-2 (5-1 HCAC).

Anthony Phillips returned to action with a team-high 12 points. The senior also recorded seven rebounds and one steal.

Chase Younts led the Quakers with nine boards, five of which were on the offensive side.

Earlham struggled to gain footing offensively with a 35.7 shooting percentage for the game.

Hanover jumped out to a 12-2 lead after five minutes of play. Earlham worked the score to 14-9 over the next three minutes. The Panthers had a strong offense in the first half, and shot at a 50% clip in the period. The lead stretched out to as many as 11 points in favor of the Panthers, who went into the break with a 33-22 lead.

The Quakers began the second half with a 14-2 run spanning 10 minutes of game time and brought the score to 40-38 with Hanover leading.

Hanover recovered and put up a 9-4 run to lead 49-42 with 3:42 remaining in the game. The Quakers stretched the final minutes of the contest to try to make up the difference, but the Hanover defense held the line down the stretch.

The Quakers are scheduled to continue action on Wednesday at Bluffton University with a 7:30 contest. will have up-to-date information on any schedule changes as the season progresses.


ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team opened a two-game road swing on Saturday (Jan. 8) afternoon, taking on the Anderson Ravens in a big Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup.

A lengthy scoring slump in the second half ended up being the difference, as Franklin (7-6, 3-3 HCAC) fell to the Ravens (9-4, 4-2 HCAC) by a 73-60 count.

How it Happened

An early 12-0 run from Anderson spotted the hosts a 14-6 lead with 12 minutes to go in the opening half. Franklin would battle back from their largest deficit of the opening half and close the gap to one with a stretch that saw them outscore Anderson 14-7 over a seven-minute stretch. When the halftime horn sounded, the Ravens held a 30-27 advantage.

The Grizzlies took their first lead of the day with a couple free throws from Ty Wright that made it 34-32 with 16:14 to play. Anderson battled back and led 48-44 with 11:18 to play before ripping off an 18-2 run that put the game out of reach.

Inside the Box Score

-The Grizzlies struggled shooting the ball all game, connecting on 32.4% (23-for-71) of their attempts.

-Wright led the way with 15 points, giving him double digit point totals in each of his last 10 outings.

-Reggie McDonald set a new season-high with 13 points and had a season-best four steals.

-Sophomore Jalen Love chipped in with 12 points off the bench, setting a new career-high scoring total.

-Matt Krause led the Grizzlies with 11 rebounds and Carter Crowe chipped in with eight boards. Both teams had 39 rebounds in the game.

Up Next

Franklin hits the road on Wednesday (Jan. 12) night to take on league-leading Hanover. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.


ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team completed a stretch of seven straight games away from home on Saturday (Jan. 8) afternoon, taking on the Anderson Ravens in conference action.

The Grizzlies (4-8, 2-3 HCAC) got a career-high 17 points from freshman Georgia Hanauer in a matchup that came down to the final minute. But Franklin came up just short of grabbing the win, falling to the Ravens (6-7, 3-3 HCAC) 68-64.

How it Happened

The first four minutes of play featured just one basket per team, but the Ravens would find a run midway through the opening quarter to take an 18-11 lead through 10 minutes of play. Franklin would find their offensive rhythm early in the second quarter, rallying back to tie the game at 27 with 2:33 to go in the half after Kayla Bruner sank a three-pointer. Anderson closed out the half with seven straight points to take a 34-27 edge into the break.

A 10-0 Franklin run out of the halftime break put the Griz in front for the first time, but Anderson countered with an 8-0 run that helped send the Ravens into the fourth quarter with a 49-44 lead. A three-point play from Jessica Nix with 6:51 to play got the Grizzlies within a point with 6:51 to play and another Nix basket with 42 seconds to play brought Franklin within one at 63-62. However, Franklin couldn’t get a game-tying bucket down the stretch and Anderson was perfect at the line in the final minute.

Inside the Box Score

-Hanauer went 5-for-11 from the floor with a couple threes and five three throws in a season-high 24:28 of action.

-Franklin shot 31.8% (21-for-66) from the field, going 6-for-18 from three and 16-for-23 from the line.

-Nix earned her first double-double of the year and second of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Martinsville, Ind.-native knocked down a team-high six field goals.

-Rebounds were 47-35 in Franklin’s favor, with the Grizzlies grabbing 20 offensive boards.

-Franklin’s bench finished with a 30-11 scoring advantage. Bruner joined Hanauer with double figures off the pine, finishing with 10 points.

Up Next

The Grizzlies return to action on their home floor on Wednesday (Dec. 12) night, hosting the Hanover Panthers. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:00 p.m.


ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team routed Albion College on Saturday afternoon 80-37 in their first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) game of the 2021-22 season.

The Thunder (8-4, 1-0 MIAA) held a 46-point lead at one point in the second half and held the Britons (5-8, 1-1 MIAA) to 26.7% (12-for-45) from the field and 10.0% (1-for-10) from beyond the arc. Trine tied a season-high by forcing 26 Albion turnovers and that led to 31 points on the other end.

Head Coach Brooks Miller had this to say after the win, “I’m really proud, Albion had a good win on Wednesday and for us to be able to stone face the situation we had [with the postponement of the scheduled Hope game] to be able to bounce back and play the way we did today is great.”

Scores on the opening two possessions for the Thunder included a three-point field goal by Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford] and lay-up from Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold]. Albion showed a bit of fight to keep the Thunder off the board for almost three minutes, but Trine remained in front 10-8 with 13 minutes to go in the first half.

The Thunder were able to get to the free throw line to spark the scoring once again, with Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] and Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] combining to go 6-for-6 at the line.

A steal from Emmanuel Megnanglo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] led to a shovel pass and dunk by Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] for a dunk at the 6:25 mark to make it 25-10 Thunder.

Geller scored two more baskets in a perfect first half from the field and continued to balloon the lead. A Warzecha three capped a 12-0 run with 1:43 to play in the first. An and-one in the final moments in the first half by the Britons made it 37-15 at the break.

A Williams steal and assist to Brent Cox for a lay-up was the first score in the second half and the big men combination of Cox and Geller collectively scored every point in the first five minutes for the home team. Williams answered a score on the other end with an and-one to make it 49-22 with 13:45 remaining.

Rilye Cox [Plymouth, Ind. / La Ville] tied for the team-high in rebounding with six, including one on the defensive end and the ball found him again offensively for a make at the 11-minute mark in the period. A 9-0 run was polished off by Bowman with an and-one in the paint to put the score at 58-24 halfway through the final stanza.

Grant Pahl [Sylvania, Ohio / Southview], Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville], Griffin Lorimer [Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake], Nate Carbaugh [Fort Wayne, Ind. / North Side] and Aidan Smylie [Franklin, Tenn. / Franklin] all made their impact in the scoring column over the final seven minutes to claim an 80-37 victory in the team’s first conference affair.

“It’s everybody collectively,” junior Brent Cox mentioned postgame. “We all came to win this game and it was a group effort.” Cox led a group of five Thunder student-athletes in double figures at 15 points, with Bowman (12), Warzecha (11), Williams (11) and Geller (11) joining him.

It is a quick turnaround for Trine as they travel to Hope College on Monday, January 10 for a make-up contest against the Flying Dutch. Tip-off at Devos Fieldhouse is set for 7 pm.


RICHMOND, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team picked up a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Quakers 58-47. With the victory Hanover moves to 9-2 overall and 5-1 HCAC.

Hanover was led in the contest by Junior Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) with a game-high 19 points and four steals. Teammate’s sophomore Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) added 14 points, while sophomore Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in 11 points.

The opening frame saw the Panthers apply significant defensive pressure as they used a full court press to capture the 18-9 lead at the 11-minute mark.

However, Earlham remained poise navigating the press to cut the deficit to 26-22 with 4:00 minutes remaining before Hanover shut it down using a 7-0 run, led by sophomore Ryan Morris (McCordsville, Ind.), to claim the 33-22 halftime lead.

The Quakers made a push in the second half slowly cutting the deficit to as little as 40-38 before Greenamoyer delivered at the 10-minute mark with a shot from deep.

The Blue and Red offense continued to surge as Greenamoyer connected for another three-pointer before a Houston layup gave HC the 49-42 advantage at the 3:42 minute mark. Hanover never looked back securing the 58-47 HCAC victory.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, January 12 when they welcome area rival Franklin. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The short-handed Manchester University men’s basketball team displayed an immense amount of grit and toughness in an 83-82 victory over Mt. St. Joseph University inside of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday January 8.

Playing only six players, Manchester rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half against the Lions – earning a third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win in the process.

A basket by the Lions put MSJ ahead by 11, 60-49, at the 14:38 mark of the 2nd half. The Spartans would answer with a 9-2 spurt over the next two minutes to draw to within a possession. MSJ was able to maintain its slim lead over the Spartans for the next 10 minutes of play.

A three-pointer by Ty Lynas (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) brought Manchester even with the Mount at the 2:11 mark of the 2nd half, 80-80. MSJ responded on its next possession with a basket in the paint by Dayne Gardner.

After stops by both sides, Manchester senior CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind./Griffith) was able to convert a pair of free throws after getting fouled on a drive to the basket with just 38 seconds left in the game.

The Black & Gold’s defense stood tall in the game’s final moments as a sophomore Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind./Prairie Heights) secured a critical rebound and was then fouled by MSJ’s Dayne Gardner with just four seconds remaining in the game. After missing his first foul shot attempt, Christlieb swished home the second to put Manchester in front 83-82.

The Lions’ game-winning attempt from the near baseline was long and fell off the back of the rim as time expired.

For the game, Manchester finished shooting 29-60 from the field – good for 48.3 percent. The Spartans also knocked down nine three-pointers in the win. Brandon Christlieb led the collective effort with a game-high 26 points. Christlieb shot 11-17 from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds. CJ Hampton scored 15 points and grabbed four boards against the Lions. Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) added 11 points and three steals.

The collective play from the trio of Hunter Perlich (Fort Wayne, Ind./Churubusco), Ty Lynas, and Kolby Bullard (Noblesville, Ind./Lapel) helped propel the Spartans to their third straight win. Perlich matched his season-high with 12 points. Perlich set career-highs in assists (5) and minutes played (38) against MSJ. Lynas finished with nine points and a season-high nine assists – while only turning over the ball twice. Bullard chipped in 10 big points off the bench. He aslo dished out five assists while knocking in 3-of-his-6 three-point attempts.

Manchester had 22 assists to just 10 turnovers in Saturday’s win. The Spartans also finished 16-22 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line.

Mt. St. Joseph shot 33-67 (49.3 percent) from the field. The Lions finished 11-34 shooting (32.4 percent) from three-point territory. David Luers led MSJ with 26 points. Evan Wiehe added 15 points on the strength of five made three-pointers. Dayne Gardner finished with 12 points.

The Spartans (5-8, 4-2 HCAC) have now won three straight games. Manchester is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday January 12 at home against Rose-Hulman. Tip-off from Stauffer-Wolfe Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Mt. St. Joseph (6-7, 2-4 HCAC) is scheduled to host Transylvania University on Wednesday January 12 at 7:30 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the No. 25 University of Saint Francis Cougars (14-4; 4-2 Crossroads) traveled to Spring Arbor, Michigan to face the Spring Arbor University Cougars (6-11; 0-5 Crossroads) and prevailed 95-58 for the team’s fourth straight victory.

After a slow start, the Cougars got their offense going. They were sparked by a couple made jump shots by junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry and sophomore forward David Ejah and then battled Spring Arbor back-and-forth through the next several minutes before a three-point make by junior guard Dan McKeeman put Saint Francis ahead by five points.

Midway through the first half the Cougars had built an 11-point lead with their defense playing strong. Saint Francis carried their momentum into halftime leading Spring Arbor 46-32.

Heading into the second half, the offense didn’t skip a beat.

A couple three-pointers by Antwaan Cushingberry built the lead to 20 points, and as the defense continued to hold steady, the Cougars now lead 69-42 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Saint Francis reached a 30-point lead with 7:50 remaining in the game, and it eventually reached 41 points with under four minutes left.

As the buzzer sounded, the Cougars had a 30-plus point victory with the team firing on all cylinders.

“I thought we did a great job of attacking for one another and got the ball to spots that wanted to on the floor,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “Excellent road win heading into Tuesday!”

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 55 percent from the floor, 50 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 56 percent from the free throw line. Ejah and Cushingberry each had 23 points to lead the team while Ejah recorded a season-high 15 rebounds.

The Cougars resume play on Tuesday evening when they return home to Hutzell Athletic Center to face the No. 22 Marian University Knights (11-2; 3-2 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.


RIO GRANDE, OH – The IU Southeast women’s basketball team fell to No. 18 Rio Grande 100-96 in a game that saw five different players score at least 24 points.

Leah Miller had a career-high 31 points on 10-19 shooting, including 7-9 from the three-point line. Emmy Ralph scored 24 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Lauren Lambdin also added 24 points in the contest.

IU Southeast (6-11, 2-6 RSC) jumped out to an early 13-8 lead in the first quarter. After a Rio Grande layup cut the lead to three, the Grenadiers answered with a 9-0 run to take a 22-10 advantage. A Lauren Lambdin jumper gave IU Southeast a 26-14 lead later in the first, but Rio Grande closed the quarter on an 11-2 run to cut the IU Southeast lead to three at 28-25.

Rio Grande (17-1, 6-0 RSC) opened the second quarter with nine straight points to take a 34-28 lead. The teams traded baskets for much of the quarter as the score stayed within two possessions for the entirety of the second period. The Grenadiers battled back to tie the game twice late in the second, but a Rio Grande layup gave the RedStorm a 51-49 edge at the half.

IU Southeast managed to tie the game at 55-55 early in the third quarter on two Leah Miller free throws. After several back-and-forth possessions, IU Southeast took a 65-60 lead on back-to-back three pointers by Leah Miller and Brynna Blackburn.

Not to be outdone, Rio Grande responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead back at 67-65. The string of runs continued as IU Southeast rattled off nine straight points to take the lead back at 74-67. The Grenadiers led 78-72 after three quarters.

A 9-2 run to open the fourth gave Rio Grande the lead. The Grenadiers, as they had all game, responded with four straight points to take the lead right back at 84-81. This would be the last lead the Grenadiers held in the contest as Rio Grande scored seven straight points to take an 88-84 lead.

The Grenadiers fought to keep the game within one possession, but Rio Grande had an answer for every IU Southeast basket down the stretch. Leah Miller hit a late three to give the Grenadier a glimmer of hope, but ultimately it was not enough as Rio Grande pulled out the 100-96 victory.

Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field in the high-scoring affair. The Grenadiers shot 50.7 percent from the field and hit 10 of their 22 three-point attempts. IU Southeast also went 16-20 from the free-throw line. The difference in the game was points off turnovers, as Rio Grande managed to turn 19 IU Southeast turnovers into 27 points.

IU Southeast returns to action on Thursday at Ohio Christian University.


ELGIN, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s basketball team defeated Judson, 45-34, at the Lindner Fitness Center Saturday.


IU Northwest (12-5, 7-3 CCAC) | Judson (2-12, 2-6 CCAC)


1st Quarter:  IU Northwest 11, Judson 10

2nd Quarter: IU Northwest 17, Judson 4

Halftime Score: IU Northwest 28, Judson 14

3rd Quarter: IU Northwest 8, Judson 6

4th Quarter: Judson 14, IU Northwest 9

Final Score: IU Northwest 45, Judson 34


Points: Michaela Schmidt (18), Lauren Smolen (13)

Rebounds: Michaela Schmidt (9)

Assists: Meghan Long (2), Karli Miller (2)

Blocks: Samantha Martin (1)

Steals: Meghan Long (2), Karli Miller (2), Alyna Santiago (2)


Lauren Smolen scored the first six points of the game for IU Northwest to give them a 6-2 lead. Judson got back in the game after making back-to-back baskets to make it 8-6 in favor of the RedHawks.

Madison Wirey hit a three-pointer to stop the short Judson run to extend the lead to 11-6. The Eagles closed out the first quarter after scoring four straight points to make it 11-10.

Michaela Schmidt started the scoring in the second quarter with a three-pointer which made it 14-10. Judson made a basket to cut it to 18-12 IUN.

IU Northwest scored 10 points in a row capped off by a layup by Karli Miller to make it 28-12. The Eagles hit a pair of free throws towards the end of the half as the RedHawks led 28-14 at the break.

Judson started the second half with a basket. Samantha Martin and Schmidt recorded baskets in the third quarter to extend the IU Northwest lead out to 18 (35-17).

The RedHawks had back-to-back baskets by Schmidt early in the fourth quarter for a 41-23 lead. Moments later, Meghan Long made it 43-25 with 3:46 left in the game.

Judson looked to make a comeback the rest of the way as the Eagles went on a 9-2 run but IU Northwest was able to hang on to win 45-34.


IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, January 12 as the RedHawks travel to Chicago, Illinois to take on the Roosevelt Lakers starting at 5:30 p.m. CT for a rematch from their previous matchup back on November 10, 2021.


HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball team fell 83-55 at Michigan Tech Saturday afternoon inside MTU’s Student Development Complex Gymnasium.

PNW dropped to 3-11 (0-6 GLIAC) overall while the homestanding Huskies improved to 9-3 (5-1 GLIAC) on the season.

How it happened: PNW never led in the contest but stayed within striking distance in the first half as a Caleb Zurliene (Breese, Ill./Mater Dei) layup made it 15-11 MTU near the 13-minute mark.

However, that basket from Zurliene would become PNW’s last made field goal in the opening period until Mikell Cooper’s (Milwaukee, Wis./Bradley Tech) layup in the final minute. The Huskies outscored the Pride 33-9 over that 12-minute stretch. The Pride were limited to six made field goals and would convert more free throws (7) than shot attempts in the first half.

MTU led 43-20 at the break, drained eight 3-pointers in the opening stanza alone, and finished shooting 52% from beyond the arc with 15 threes on the day.

Anthony Barnard (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) led the Pride with 12 points while Jyrus Freels (Evansville, Ind./Francis Joseph Reitz) logged double figures with 10 points. Caleb Zurliene (Breese, Ill./Mater Dei) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

PNW was limited to its season-low point total, shooting percentage (30.6%), and three-point shooting percentage (12.5%) in the defeat. The Pride went 15 for 22 at the line and kept even with the Huskies on the glass with 41 rebounds for both squads.

Eric Carl led all scorers with 22 points for the Huskies. Carl went 6 for 7 from three-point range and finished 8 of 11 overall. Owen White had 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.


PNW returns home to host Parkside on Thursday, Jan. 13, for a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Hammond Campus Fitness & Recreation Center. Next Saturday’s home contest against Northwood has been postponed.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team had little trouble with Taylor on Saturday, beating the Trojans 79-64 on Saturday.

The No. 7 Lancers (16-2, 5-1 Crossroads League) shot 55 percent as a team from the floor while holding Taylor to 43 percent.

Grace had a well-balanced scoring day with eight players scoring at least six points. Elijah Malone led Grace with 14 points, and Jake Wadding scored 13.

The Lancers began the game with a 9-2 lead, begun with an and-1 by Malone. But Grace struggled to score after the fast start, going nearly five minutes before scoring again.

Taylor managed to tie the score at 11-11 as a result. The Lancers scored on two straight fast break layups to regain the lead and never look back.

Grace found a long-range connection to close out the first half. Brycen Graber and Carter Stoltzfus each hit a pair of 3-pointers to extend Grace’s lead to double digits.

Malone also scored four straight points, including a steal and fastbreak slam.

The Lancers pushed their lead to as many as 18 and charged into halftime with a 39-24 lead.

Seven players scored for Grace in the first half led by nine points from Malone. The Lancers shot 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent on 3-pointers (4 of 8).

The Trojans committed 12 turnovers before halftime.

Four minutes into the second half, Grace’s lead swelled to 20 on a dunk by Jake Wadding.

Taylor was unable to mount a serious comeback. The Trojans cut Grace’s lead down to 11 with 2:30 minutes remaining, but that was the closest that Taylor could get.

Grace hit nine free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Grace shot a sizzling 62 percent after halftime. Taylor lost the ball 23 times, resulting in 34 points for the Lancers.

Stoltzfus had 12 points, 3 assists and 2 steals, and Ian Scott had 10 points, 4 boards and 2 blocked shots.

Eddie Gill IV shot 4 of 4 for nine points and three steals, and Frankie Davidson added eight points and six boards.

Jakob Gibbs had seven points, and Graber had six points and three assists.

The 1969-70 team was also honored at halftime of the men’s game. The team was the first in Grace history to win 25 games and the first to reach a national tournament. They finished the season 26-6 and were the NCCAA national runners-up. Members of the team in attendance on Saturday were Chet Kammerer, Max Anders, Larry Christner, Mike McCoy, Jerry Ryman, Ray “Butch” Shook, Joe Shepherd, Darrell Johnson and Jim Kessler.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A valiant comeback in regulation for Grace’s women’s basketball team went for naught as the Lady Lancers lost 90-81 in overtime to Taylor.

The Lady Lancers erased a seven-point deficit in the final minutes of regulation on Saturday, but Taylor’s offense would not be slowed in overtime.

Grace began the game with five unanswered points thanks to a 3-pointer from Kaylee Patton and a jumper by Kiersten Poor.

The Lady Lancers maintained a slight lead for the duration of the period, claiming a 23-19 lead by the quarter’s end.

Karlee Feldman scored seven points in the quarter, while Poor and Patton added five.

Grace did not score for the first 3:20 of the second quarter, allowing Taylor to take its first lead of the game. The Trojans began the period with 11 straight points to grab a 30-23 lead.

Taylor’s offense performed at an efficient level, scoring on eight of its first nine possessions.

Grace managed to keep pace after the slow start and trailed by just three at halftime, 40-37.

Grace shot better than Taylor in the first half — 42 percent to 36 percent. Taylor was also just 4 of 19 on 3-pointers (21 percent).

But Taylor’s big advantage was at the foul line. The Trojans were 14 of 14 on free throws before halftime compared to Grace’s 4 of 7 effort.

Maddie Ryman led all players with 10 points, and Poor scored eight.

Taylor did not score for the first three minutes, but Grace could not take advantage with two points of its own. The Trojans soon after hit two triples to grab a seven-point advantage.

But Grace refused to fade. The Lady Lancers battled back and eventually tied the score at 50-50 on a 3-pointer by Kensie Ryman.

Taylor scored in the waning seconds of the period to grab a slight 52-50 lead as the game headed to the final quarter.

The game remained tight as the fourth quarter progressed. Taylor tried to pull away with a trio of timely 3-pointers, seizing a six-point lead with 5:50 on the clock.

Grace had no trouble scoring in the quarter, but Taylor could not be stopped from long range. The Trojans’ fourth made 3-pointer of the quarter was a banked shot which put Grace in a seven-point hole.

Grace pulled to within three with 3:30 remaining, but Taylor sank its fifth triple of the period on the next possession. The Lady Lancers had more fight left in them, however.

Feldman and Patton were dynamic late, scoring a number of shots in the paint to keep Grace within striking distance.

With 49 seconds left, Patton stole a pass and scored a layup to slice Taylor’s lead down to 75-74.

On the next possession, Taylor hit 1 of 2 from the foul line. Maddie Ryman calmly responded with a jump shot to tie the score 76-76 with 20 seconds remaining.

Taylor was unable to score on the final possession, sending the game to overtime.

The Trojans scored on their first two trips in overtime to open up a five-point edge. Grace was unable to find enough defensive stops down the stretch and had to settle for the nine-point defeat.

“It was a great game to watch and see two teams trade punches back and forth all game. I’m really proud of the girls, showing fight to come back late in the game,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis. “The reality is we have to do the little things better. We need to make free throws and start getting better at the little things. This team will continue to get better. They show a lot of resilience, and it’s a great group to coach every day.”

Ryman led Grace with 21 points in defeat. She added six rebounds and four assists without committing a turnover.

Patton scored 17 points with a pair of 3-pointers, and Feldman had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by shooting 8 of 11 from the floor.

Poor had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, and Kenzie McMahon notched 8 points, 7 boards and 3 steals.

Both teams shot 42 percent from the floor, but Taylor drilled 13 shots from the 3-point line compared to six for Grace.

Taylor also sank 23 of 26 (89 percent) on free throws compared to Grace’s 65 percent (11 of 17).

The Lady Lancers hit the road twice next week, playing at Goshen on Wednesday and Huntington on Saturday.


MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – “This was a big girl game today.”

The Goshen women’s basketball team went on the road and knocked off #24 Mount Vernon Nazarene 69-61 – a team that was one of just two remaining teams undefeated in Crossroads League play. Taniece Chapman had a monster performance with 27 points and 20 rebounds.

“I am so proud of my squad for handling the ups and downs of the game, as well as the adversity we have had to face the last two weeks, with true toughness,” head coach Stephanie Miller continued.

Goshen came into the match with a 2-3 league record, and MVNU was 4-0. The Cougars scored the first ten points of the game, and Goshen had to use a timeout early on. Down seven after quarter one, the Leafs kept chipping away at the early deficit and tied it with two minutes to go in the second quarter, and had their first lead of the game at halftime, 33-32.

After the break, Goshen continued the momentum and led by seven thanks to layups from seniors Chapman and Graysen Cockerham. Yet, Mount Vernon responded with a 13-2 run in the quarter and had a four-point lead going into the final frame.

“We had an important timeout at the beginning of the fourth,” said Miller, “and when we calmed down and found the proper openings, we started to climb right back.” The Cougars had advanced their lead to 11, but then it was all Goshen. For the last 5:31 of the game, the Maple Leafs had a 22-3 run and didn’t allow MVNU’s three-pointer until there were just ten seconds left in the game.

Zoe Zellers had a big rebound and putback to bring Goshen within four. Sa’drea Rougeau had a major three-pointer in transition that brought Goshen within one. And Kyla Foster had a bucket that provided some padding for the Leafs once they took the lead – extending it to five.

The two senior captains made the biggest difference on the court though. Cockerham scored 20 and had eight rebounds. She hit a couple of free throws with five seconds to go to seal the deal and had several clutch buckets. Chapman was something else. “A warrior and a beast in the paint tonight,” Miller boasted. “She was just unstoppable!” Along with her 27 points and 20 rebounds, Chapman shot 69% and added a block and a steal. Five of her boards were on the offensive end. Her points and rebounds are both career-highs for her, and to have them both on the same night, on the road, against a ranked opponent, is quite the performance.

Goshen (9-9, 3-3 CL) has now won three of their last four games and picked up their first win in Mount Vernon since 2015. Mount Vernon (10-7, 4-1 CL) beat #2 Thomas More earlier in the season, 82-76, and they were 4-1 at home this year. GC won the rebound margin 50-37 and held MVNU to shooting just 35% from the field.

“I’m proud of the team for a gutsy Crossroads League road win tonight and very proud of the experience and leadership we showed to help seal the win,” Miller added. “We are growing a little at a time and it’s fun to be a part of.”

The next home game for GC is Wednesday, January 12, at 6:00 pm against Grace. This doubleheader with the men’s team will be the Destiny Rescue Blackout Game – where fans can assist in the rescue of children who are victims of human trafficking by pledging to donate per assist in the two games. Goshen is pleased to partner with Destiny Rescue and the Grace Lancers for this game. For more information, send a direct message to either the men’s or women’s basketball Twitter accounts – @GCMapleLeafs_MB and @GCMapleLeafs_WB.


MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Despite four players scoring in double figures, the Goshen men’s basketball team couldn’t pull off a road win in Mount Vernon on Saturday afternoon, losing the contest 87-72.

Ryan Mansbarger led the Leafs with 18 points and four assists. Greg Johnson had 16 and shot 7-9 from the line. Clayton MacLagan came off the bench to score 12 in the second half and Elias Ramirez added ten.

The Cougars started the first two and a half minutes of the game with a 10-0 run. Goshen brought it back within four during a couple of occasions in the half, but MVNU led 35-28 at the break.

Baskets in the first minute of the second half by Mansbarger and Greg Johnson narrowed the lead to three, but that was as close as the Leafs would get. Mount Vernon had a 14-1 run which gave them a 16-point cushion and later led by 23 points. Goshen outscored the home team 27-19 in the final seven minutes and 41 seconds, but it was too little too late, and the Cougars won 87-72.

71% of Mount Vernon’s points came in the paint – in part because Goshen held them to shooting 2-16 behind the arc. Kyle Kegley scored 30 for MVNU and had 11 rebounds to go with it. MVNU (12-5, 3-3 CL) have now won three straight games and move to 7-2 at home.

For Goshen (5-13, 1-5 CL), MacLagan scored more points in his ten minutes of action today than his previous four games combined. All his points came from behind the three-point line, and he doubled the number of threes MVNU had as a team.

The next home game for GC is Wednesday, January 12, at 6:00 pm against Grace. This doubleheader with the men’s team will be the Destiny Rescue Blackout Game – where fans can assist in the rescue of children who are victims of human trafficking by pledging to donate per assist in the two games. Goshen is pleased to partner with Destiny Rescue and the Grace Lancers for this game. For more information, send a direct message to either the men’s or women’s basketball Twitter accounts – @GCMapleLeafs_MB and @GCMapleLeafs_WB.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Taylor men’s basketball team headed north on Saturday in search of an upset win at No. 7 Grace, but the hosts controlled the game throughout and took a 79-64 victory over the Trojans.

Taylor never led in the contest and saw the game slip out of reach by shooting just 43.1 percent and committing 23 turnovers. The Lancers (16-2, 5-1 CL) shot 54.7 percent and scored 34 points off TU’s miscues during the game, while posting a 23-2 advantage in points off turnovers in the opening half.

TU cleaned things up over the final 20 minutes, but Grace protected its 39-24 halftime lead by sinking 11-of-15 shots from inside the arc over the second half to prevent any serious threat from the Purple and Gold.

Jason Hubbard reached the 20-point mark for a fourth-straight outing, ending at 20 points and 11 rebounds to secure his seventh double-double of the season. Hubbard was joined in double figures in the scoring column by Gavin Yoon with 14, Aaron Hahn with 13 and Grant Niehaus with 12 on five-of-six shooting.

Taylor (6-11, 2-4 CL) is slated to play inside Odle Arena for the first time since December 16 when it hosts Spring Arbor (6-12, 0-6 CL) on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Take Down Grace in Overtime

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the Taylor University women’s basketball team defeated the Grace College Lancers (10-7, 1-5 CL) in overtime by a score of 90-81. Free throws proved pivotal yet again for Taylor, as the Trojans secured a nine-point victory in their first overtime game of the 2021-2022 season.

Taylor shot 23-26 from the line, posting an 88.5-percent mark for the day and now averaging 20.0 made free-throws per game in its last three games. Meanwhile, the Trojans have averaged 91.0 points per game in that stretch, a delightful boost from their season average of 75.6.

The Trojans also outpaced the Lancers from deep, more than doubling their opponent in made three-point baskets while holding a 38.2 percent as a team.

Lauren James had the best scoring night of her senior season, leading all scorers with 24 points while capitalizing on all eight of her trips to the free-throw line. James continues to lead the Trojans in points-per-game, now averaging 14.5 on the season.

Merideth Deckard, Taylor Westgate, and Kayla Kirtley also contributed significantly to the Trojan offensive attack, each scoring 18, 17, and 15 points respectively. Deckard knocked down four three’s, while Westgate gathered her ninth double-double of the season by snagging 11 boards. Meanwhile, Kirtley matched James for the team-lead with eight made free-throws.

The first quarter was somewhat slow-going for the Trojans, as Grace finished the frame with a 23-19 lead. James led the way on offense for Taylor with six points, although as a team Taylor shot just 3-12 from three as the Trojans struggled to find their groove.

The groove began to develop in the second quarter, however, as Taylor found itself up 40-37 at half. Points were scattered across the board for the Trojans, as the team went 12-12 from the free-throw line. Kirtley and freshman, Jillian Osswald, were most active in shaping the groove, though, as they contributed eight of the 12 made free-throws.

Grace trimmed the Trojan lead to one-point by the end of the third, as both teams struggled to fill the hoop. The teams combined for just 25 points on nine made field-goals, before an explosive fourth quarter unfolded.

Each team doubled their third-quarter point total in the fourth, as regulation ended in a 76-76 tie. James pocketed 14 of her 24 points in the fourth frame, but the Grace offensive attack proved relentless in its effort to force overtime. The Lancers shot nearly 70.0 percent from the field throughout their 26-point fourth quarter, a mark that could not sustain itself in overtime though.

The final five minutes of the game were all Taylor, as the Trojans outscored Grace 14-5. Taylor’s senior trio contributed for 12 of the team’s 14 points, while the Trojan defense limited the Lancers to just 2-11 shooting from the field.

Taylor has now won eight of the last nine matchups with Grace, including the most recent three-in-a-row.

Up next for the Trojans (9-9, 3-3 CL) is Spring Arbor (3-11, 1-3 CL) on the road on Wednesday, January 12th, at 7:00 pm.


The Anderson University women’s basketball team faced off against the Franklin College Grizzlies (4-8, 2-3) on Saturday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) showdown. Anderson (6-7, 3-3) was able to seal a 68-64 victory in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium behind a Lexi Dellinger 34-point game.


Brynn Beard recorded the first points of the contest with a 3-pointer at 7 minutes 28 seconds on the clock in the first quarter.

Lexi Dellinger then made the Ravens next eight points. Anderson led Franklin 11-4 with 4:33 left in the quarter.

To end the first quarter, the Grizzlies’ Chelbie Anderson made a 3-pointer before Ravens freshman Allison Shaffer beat the buzzer to give Anderson a 18-11 lead.

Franklin spent the second quarter cutting down the Ravens’ lead. At 2:33 left in the quarter before halftime, Kayla Bruner hit a three to tie the game up 27-27 for the Grizzlies.

After Bruner’s shot, the Ravens didn’t allow the Grizzlies another point for the remainder of the quarter. Anderson went on a 7-0 run to head into halftime with a 34-27 lead over Franklin.

Coming out of the half, the Grizzlies would tie up the game and take the lead after going on a 10-0 run. With 6:40 on the clock in the third quarter, the Ravens trailed the Grizzlies 37-34.

Neither team would get another basket over the next two minutes until Lexi Dellinger made a jump shot to bring the Ravens within one. Franklin quickly took back a three-point lead after Jessica Nix went down the court to make a layup. With 4:22 left in the third quarter, the Grizzlies led the Ravens 39-36.

Anderson closed out the quarter with a 13-5 run over Franklin. Heading into the fourth and final quarter, the Ravens led the Grizzlies 49-44.

During the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies would attempt to steal the Ravens’ lead, but Anderson was able to hold strong during the final 10 minutes.

Although the Grizzlies were applying the pressure, the Ravens were able to hold on to their composure and not let up the lead.

Anderson’s final 10 points came off of free throws, eight of which came from Lexi Dellinger. Dellinger recorded the final two points of the game off of two free throws to give the Ravens a 68-64 victory.


Anderson went 23-of-59 (39.0 percent) from the field and 16-of-18 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line during their victory.

Franklin outrebounded Anderson by a 55-37 margin. The Grizzlies held a 24-7 advantage on offensive rebounds and outscored the Ravens 18-7 on second-chance points.

Senior Lexi Dellinger secured 34 of the Ravens’ points. Dellinger made all nine of her free throw attempts. She also contributed two rebounds, three assists, and a team-high five steals.

Payton Moore once again earned herself a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Ravens. The senior from Spiceland also notched three steals, three assists and a team-high four blocks.

Off the bench, Allison Shaffer rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points, a career high for the freshman. Shaffer also tallied six rebounds for the Ravens.

Senior Cassie Pallett finished with five points and a team-high four assists.


I’m super proud of our team’s win! It was a very gritty performance. They showed a lot of heart and determination and we were able to overcome adversity together! We played for our seniors [on Saturday] and they led us really well. They all played great and we couldn’t have pulled out this win without their leadership and competitive fire.


Anderson hits the road on Wednesday to take on the Defiance College Yellow Jackets (7-4, 2-3) in an HCAC contest. Tip-off between the Ravens and Yellow Jackets is set for 7:30 PM in Defiance, Ohio.


The Anderson University men’s basketball team secured a 73-60 over the Franklin College Grizzlies on Saturday inside O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson (9-4, 4-2) was able to pull away from the Grizzlies (7-6, 3-3) during the second half to pick up the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) victory. Off the bench, senior Austin Lyons led the Ravens to victory with 16 points.


Neither team was able to get on the board until 17 minutes, 54 seconds was on the clock. Maurice Knight secured the first points with two made free throws. The Grizzlies Jalen Love tied it up 12 seconds later with a jump shot.

With 12:32 left in the first half, the Ravens held an eight-point lead over the Grizzlies after Austin Lyons made a jumper to put Anderson up 14-6.

Franklin was able to push back offensively to come back within one several times against Anderson, but the Ravens were able to hold onto their lead for the rest of the half.

The teams went into the locker rooms for halftime with Anderson leading Franklin 30-27.

Out of halftime, the Grizzlies would tie up the game at 17:19 after Carter Crowe made a jump shot to make it a 32-all game. It then became a competitive back-and-forth game for the next few minutes.

The Ravens began to break away from the Grizzlies at 10:44 when Camden Smith made a layup to put the Ravens up 50-44. Maurice Knight then added three after a layup and one free throw.

Anderson went on a 14-0 run between 9:21 when Austin Lyons nailed a 3-pointer, and 5:15 when Fred Shropshire made a layup and one free throw. The Ravens led the Grizzlies 67-46, a 21-point lead and the Ravens largest lead of the game.

The Grizzlies answered with a 6-0 run to cut the Ravens lead.

In the end, the Ravens secured a 13-point lead over the Grizzlies as they defeated Franklin 73-60.


Four Ravens recorded double-digit points. Jordan Gadis, Camden Smith and Austin Lyons each came off the bench to score in double digits while Maurice Knight also broke into double-digit scoring.

Anderson ended the game shooting 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field. The Ravens finished 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from behind the arc, and 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) in free throws.

Off the bench the Ravens were on fire as they accounted for 45 of the 73 points recorded throughout the contest.

Austin Lyons led the Ravens against the Grizzlies. The senior tallied 16 points in the victory as well as six rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Maurice Knight ended the game with a stat line of 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one block.


I’m extremely proud of how the guys responded to the challenge [on Saturday]. At halftime we pointed out a few key things that we needed to be better at and then went out in the second half and were clearly improved in those areas for the most part.

In my five years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with some outstanding men in the AU Men’s Basketball program, and the group that we have this year is no different. When I found out that I’d be leading the coaching staff for [Saturday’s] game, I knew immediately that the guys on the team were going to make things easy on me, and they proved me correct. All of the credit goes to them – winning a conference game against a quality opponent without your normal coach is not easy, and they went out and did it.


The Ravens return to the court in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on Wednesday when they welcome the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College (5-5, 3-1) for some HCAC action. Tip-off is set for 7:30PM.


EFFINGHAM, Ill. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University volleyball team kicked off their 2022 recruiting class in a big way with the signing of Kennedy Sowell Friday afternoon.

Sowell is a six-foot tall middle blocker/opposite hitter who helped guide Effingham High School to a 14-22 record and the 2021 Charleston Tournament Championship last season.

Sowell finished her senior season with the Flaming Hearts with 157 kills, 34 digs, 33 blocks, 12 set assists and seven aces, earning her the 2021 Varsity Blocking Award as well as Edward Co. Invitational-All Tournament team and Third Team Effingham Daily News All-Area honors.

“Kennedy is a great player who is very versatile,” Effingham head coach Theresa Vogt said. “This past year, she learned to play a new position that she had never played before. She was a valuable asset because she could move to where the opponent’s best hitter was and shut them down. That also meant that she could hit from anywhere on the court and keep the other team on their toes.”

Sowell is the daughter of Wes and Michelle Sowell and is a four-year honor student at Effingham High School, who plans to major in nursing while at Vincennes University.

“We see Kennedy as someone who will be competing for playing time in the middle blocker position, as it will be wide open in the Fall,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “She is consistent and fluid in hitting behind the setter off of one leg and she could see time on the right side as well.”

“We feel Kennedy possesses the physical components to be a consistent blocker and hitter for us,” Sien added. “We are always looking to sign athletic players like Kennedy and she comes from a strong area for volleyball that we have had quite a bit of success in recruiting there. We look forward to getting her in the gym to work on her hitting and blocking techniques and for her to learn our blocking and offensive systems.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department welcome Kennedy Sowell to the 2022 recruiting class and wishes her well as she finishes her senior year this spring.


VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers began the 2022 part of their schedule Saturday night against Bosco Institute from Crown Point, Ind.

Vincennes recorded double-doubles from freshmen Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) but it was not enough as the Dons came away with the 64-59 overtime win.

VU got out to a quick start, using an 18-2 early scoring run to open up a 13-point lead midway through the first half.

Bosco Institute would respond back and narrow the margin but were only able to cut the deficit to seven points before halftime as Vincennes headed into the locker room leading 28-21.

The Dons began the second half as the more aggressive team, outscoring Vincennes 11-4 in the early part of the second half to even the game a 32-all.

Vincennes would grow their lead back to nine points midway through the second half before a 10-0 scoring run put Bosco Institute ahead for first time since the opening basket of the game.

The lead would change hands several times down the stretch, eight times in all throughout the game, before Bosco Institute held a two-point lead with under 30 seconds to play.

Vincennes attacked the basket hard on the following possession as Darrius Davis finished off a left-hand layup with under 10 seconds to play to even the score again at 57-57 and send the game into overtime.

In the overtime period neither team could find the bottom of the net, with the Dons holding a one-point lead midway through the first overtime.

Vincennes would take the lead back at 59-58 before Bosco Institute would close out the game on a 6-0 scoring run to finish off the 64-59 overtime win over the Trailblazers.

“We still haven’t gotten over that edge of physicality,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “There is a time where you have to just grit your teeth and play through some things. Whether it’s holding the post better and not letting the guy get around me, or if it’s getting by the guy in the middle of the floor who is pushing up on me by setting up a ball screen and coming off that screen hard.”

“That’s just not what we naturally do yet,” Franklin added. “And we have to get to that point if we are going to be successful. That is what is really separating us from winning a game like tonight. Bosco Institute is a good team. They are well-coached. They played hard. They are organized and their talent level is every bit as good as ours. But we held them to 31.6 percent shooting, we’ve got to win that game.”

VU was led offensively by freshman Trenton Johnson (South Bend, Ind.) who finished with a game-high 16 points, including three makes from behind the three-point arc.

Darrius Davis played all 45 minutes of the game and came away with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Trailblazers, his second double-double of the season.

Shilo Jackson recorded a double-double for the eighth time this season, finishing with 10 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. Jackson would also add four blocks on the defensive end.

Freshman Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) played all 45 minutes of the game, along with Davis, and finished with eight points and a team-high five assists.

Freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) nearly completed a double-double of his own, ending with eight points and 11 rebounds on the night.

“There are some other things, like we don’t have any depth,” Franklin said. “We lost Ketaan Wyatt (Toledo, Ohio) at halftime, so we ended up with no depth at guard because Grant Brown (Fairmount, Ind.) is not here with sickness. We know we don’t have any depth and that just is what it is, but I know our guys get tired but that’s just where we are at.”

“We went to a man-to-man defense late and got stops,” Franklin added. “We had enough stops to win this game. We’re finding ways to get stops and the game is there, we just struggled to finish. We struggled to set things up hard enough to get there. We had opportunities that we knew were there. Then there were things that we knew we needed to do that we just didn’t. I’ve got to find way to get them through that wall, coming out of Christmas break that’s always hard to do.”

“Some of it is that we don’t have enough depth to duplicate what we are trying to do in practice. I think we will see if we keep getting better as we get back into the game rotation here. We’ve tried to practice well and I think we are getting better. We are a much better basketball team than we were, but it’s just about gritting your teeth. Those are things where we have to get mentally and physically tougher.”

“I thought we lost some lose ball fights tonight that really bothered me. We are struggling with continuation of plays, which a young team will. I thought there were plays where we stopped playing a little bit. But I’ve got to find a way to pull it out of them. We were close enough to pulling it out of them to get a win and this would have been a good win. Bosco Institute is a good team. I believe they would be a top half of our district team and that’s where this game was. It was played at that level.”

“We missed some free throws from some guys early and we have been shooting a ton of free throws over the break and we’ve been shooting them great. Things like that just happen in the first game back. I thought we had a chance to go up on the enough to get them down a little in the first half but we never got over that threshold.”

The Trailblazers will hit the road next week as they face-off against Region 24 rival Olney Central Wednesday Jan. 12 in Olney, Ill. Tip-off time Wednesday is set for 8 p.m. eastern.

“It’s just about getting a harder edge with us,” Franklin said. “I wish it were an x’s and o’s type of thing so I could just fix it, but it’s not. We just have to have a little tougher edge to us to beat these quality teams and with our schedule we don’t play anything but quality teams.”

“Our last four games we’ve played really quality teams and every game has been that way,” Franklin added. “Against Logan, it was a battle all the way to the end. The game was even with three minutes to go. Then we win in double-overtime at Lake Land and win a three-point game that comes down to the end against Wabash Valley and this game tonight goes into overtime. I think all four of those teams are quality squads and if we want to get to the point where we know we’re going to beat them, we have to push it up another notch or two. If not, then I think we’ve gotten to the level where we’re right there.”

“The last four games have been that way and they have been four games that could have gone either direction against four good opponents. We’ve won two and lost two, we’ve got to get where we win all four of them. To do that, it’s another edge that we have to push through. I’m going to keep trying to do it and I think the guys want to do it. But I’ve got to get them over that edge, it’s my job to do it and it was there all night.”


1903       Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase Baltimore’s defunct American League franchise for $18,000, planning to relocate the club to New York. The Manhattan team, who will play at Hilltop Park located in the northern part of the island borough, will first be known as the Highlanders before officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.

1952       The Marines announce their plan to recall Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, who missed three years in the majors due to serving in WW II, back to active duty. The fighter pilot, who will fly 39 missions over Korea and survive a crash-landing after being shot down by the enemy, will play briefly at the start of the season but will not return to the Boston lineup full-time until late in the 1953 season.

1960       In the first episode of Home Run Derby ever aired, Mickey Mantle overcomes an 8-2 deficit to beat Giants superstar Willie Mays, 9-8, when he goes deep in the bottom of the ninth at LA’s Wrigley Field. The ‘Say Hey Kid,’ who had hit four homers before the Yankee slugger stepped up to the plate, agrees to double their $500 side bet when he is ahead by five runs in the seventh, enabling his opponent to walk away with both the winning and losing share of the contest.

1961       Ending two months of negotiations, the Twins of the American League agree on a $500,000 indemnity payment to the American Association for entering the minor league’s territory in Minnesota. The settlement paves the way for the team, formerly known as the Senators, to move from Washington, D.C., and play their home games in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

1982       While being driven to the airport by his brother Billy, Tony Conigliaro suffers a massive heart attack, resulting in irreversible brain damage that will leave the 36-year-old unresponsive until he dies in 1990. The former Red Sox outfielder, whose career was shortened in 1967 when a Jack Hamilton’s pitch smashed into his left cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and damaging the left eye’s retina, had been in Boston to interview for a broadcasting job with the team.

1984       Pascual Perez is arrested in his native Dominican Republic for the possession of cocaine and will remain in jail, missing the start of the season. The Braves’ 26 year-old All-Star right-hander maintains his innocence, claiming an unknown woman gave him the package.

1989       Reds catcher Johnny Bench and Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, foes in the classic 1975 World Series, are elected to the Hall of Fame. The perennial All-Star backstop is named on 96.4% of the BBWAA ballots, making Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron the only players to receive a higher percentage of the writers’ votes.

1990       The BBWAA elects Jim Palmer (three-time AL Cy Young Winner) and Joe Morgan (two-time NL MVP) to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The Orioles’ right-hander compiled a 268-152 (.638) record, spending his 19-year career in Baltimore, and the diminutive second baseman finished his 22-year tenure in the big leagues batting .271, playing with five different teams, including the Big Red Machine.

1990       “No one on either side of the table is pleased by the prospect, but the issue of deadlines is part and parcel of labor negotiations.” – CHARLES O’CONNOR, the owners’ chief labor negotiator, addressing the possibility of spring training lockout.

The owners announce a spring training lockout of major league players, beginning on February 15th unless there is a new collective bargaining agreement. The 32-day work stoppage will occur as scheduled, lasting, settled when the owners agree to:

Raise their annual pension fund contribution to $55 million.

Reach an agreement for salary arbitration for 17 percent of the players with two or three years of experience.

Approves an increase of the minimum salary to $100,000.

2001       The Expos agree to a one-year, approximately $2 million contract with French-language Reseau des Sports and TSN to telecast 55 games (46 on RDS, 12 on TSN, and three on both). The pact ends the year-long local television blackout, which resulted in the departure of respected play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne and the loss of Labatt Brewery’s sponsorship, which cited the lack of local TV rights as a factor in ending its 15-year relationship with the club.

2001       The Indians, to fill the void created by Manny Ramirez’s departure to Boston, sign Juan Gonzalez to a one-year, $10-million deal. After hitting .289 with only 67 RBIs in a disappointing injury-plagued season, the two-time American League MVP leaves the Tigers after turning down a $143 million, eight-year contract extension to stay in Detroit last year.

2002       When he signs a $27 million deal to remain with the Astros, Billy Wagner, who has saved 146 games since breaking in with the team in 1995, becomes one of baseball’s highest-paid relievers. The 30-year-old will get $8 million in each of the next three seasons with a $9 million club option for 2005 with a $3 million buyout.

2002       Postseason spark plug Craig Counsell (.275, 4, 38) signs a three-year, $7.25 million deal with the Diamondbacks. The NLCS MVP, who the Dodgers cut in 2000, played the infield in 141 games for the World Series champion Diamondbacks last season.

2005       Carlos Beltran (.267, 38, 104) becomes the tenth $100-million player in major league history when the 27-year-old native of Puerto Rico agrees to a seven-year deal for $119 million with the Mets. The five-tool outfielder, who had his market value increase with his postseason performance with the Astros, goes to New York after Houston refuses to include a no-trade clause in their very generous offer to keep him on the club.

2006       The Red Sox sign 37 year-old Giants’ free-agent J.T. Snow to a one-year, $2 million contract. The six-time Gold Glove winner acquired to share playing time at first base with Kevin Youkilis will be released by Boston in June, after appearing in only 38 games for his new team.

2008       The Mayo Smith Society names Magglio Ordonez as the winner of its annual King Tiger Award for his contributions on and off the field. The international organization for Detroit fans revived the honor in 2004, a tradition started and maintained by various fan clubs from 1961 to 1980.

2012       The Baseball Writers’ Association of America elects former Reds infielder Barry Larkin as its only player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in July. The Cincinnati shortstop, who received 86.4 percent of the scribes’ votes, will be joined by Ron Santo, selected posthumously last month by the Golden Era committee.

2020       Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Royals for 19 years before selling the franchise last season to Cleveland Indians vice-chairman John Sherman, dies of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84. Although Kansas City won two AL pennants and a World Series during his ownership, the fans disliked him due to his bottom-line management style, similar to his role as the CEO of the largest retailer in the United States.




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