INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class A State Championship

Final | North Daviess 48, Lafayette Central Catholic 46 (2OT)

> North Daviess holds off Central Catholic in 2OT for first state title

> Clark Obermiller of LCC receives Ray Craft Mental Attitude Award

> Final Records: North Daviess (27-3), Lafayette Central Catholic (20-10)

Class 2A State Championship

Final | Providence 62, Central Noble 49

> Providence rolls to first state championship

> Cade Carver receives Trester Mental Attitude Award

> Final Records: Providence (21-6), Central Noble (28-3)

Class 3A State Championship
Final | Beech Grove 53, Mishawaka Marian 43
> Beech Grove tops Marian for first state championship
> Marian’s Richard Brooks earns Trester Mental Attitude Award
> Final Records: Beech Grove (22-6), Marian (24-4)

Class 4A State Championship
Final | Indianapolis Cathedral 65, Chesterton 31 
> Cathedral overwhelms Chesterton for first 4A state crown
> Chris Mullen of Chesterton receives Trester Mental Attitude Award
> Final Records: Indianapolis Cathedral (26-6), Chesterton (29-1) 



NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA TOURNAMENT
#5 HOUSTON44FINAL
#2 VILLANOVA50
 
#4 ARKANSAS69FINAL
#2 DUKE78

WOMEN’S NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NCAA TOURNAMENT
21 NOTRE DAME63FINAL
NCST66
 
11 INDIANA58FINAL
UCONN75
 
18 TENNESSEE64FINAL
LOUISVILLE76
 
SOUTH DAKOTA49FINAL
12 MICHIGAN52

NBA SCOREBOARD

SAN ANTONIO107FINAL
NEW ORLEANS103
 
SACRAMENTO114FINAL
OT
ORLANDO110
 
INDIANA91FINAL
TORONTO131
 
CHICAGO98FINAL
CLEVELAND94
 
BROOKLYN110FINAL
MIAMI95
 
MILWAUKEE102FINAL
MEMPHIS127
 
OKLAHOMA CITY107FINAL
DENVER113
 
HOUSTON115FINAL
PORTLAND98

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY ISLANDERS3FINAL
BOSTON6
 
TAMPA BAY2FINAL-OT
DETROIT1
 
CHICAGO4FINAL-OT
VEGAS5
 
TORONTO2FINAL
MONTREAL4
 
FLORIDA4F-SO
OTTAWA3
 
NEW JERSEY3FINAL
WASHINGTON4
 
VANCOUVER4FINAL
DALLAS1
 
CAROLINA7FINAL
ST. LOUIS2
 
COLUMBUS2FINAL-OT
MINNESOTA3
 
EDMONTON5FINAL
CALGARY9
 
SEATTLE2FINAL
LOS ANGELES4
 
ANAHEIM1FINAL
SAN JOSE4

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES

Coach K makes 13th Final Four, Duke beats Arkansas 78-69

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mike Krzyzewski slowly climbed up the ladder, bowed to the adoring Duke fans and then pointed to his players to give them the credit before cutting the final string of the net.

Coach K’s farewell tour will end at his record-setting 13th Final Four.

The Blue Devils delivered their most complete performance of this NCAA Tournament run to extend the career of their Hall of Fame coach for one more weekend after beating Arkansas 78-69 on Saturday night in the West Region final.

“To see the joy, I can’t explain it, because, you know, I’m a grandfather, I’ve lived through my daughters, I’m living through my grandchildren but now I’m living through these guys,” Krzyzewski said on the court before cutting down the net. “Holy mackerel!”

A.J. Griffin scored 18 points, West Region MVP Paolo Banchero added 16 and and second-seeded Duke (32-6) frustrated fourth-seeded Arkansas (28-9) on the offensive end to get back to the Final Four for the first time since Krzyzewski won his fifth championship in 2015.

Villanova to 7th Final Four, beats Houston 50-44 in South

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Villanova coach Jay Wright has won national championships with well-balanced and fundamentally sound teams, yet even he knew staying in contention for another title was going to take a rugged and exhaustive effort.

Ugly at times, the final result was beautiful for the Wildcats, who are going to their third Final Four in the past six NCAA Tournaments.

Jermaine Samuels had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Villanova grinded out a 50-44 victory over gritty and athletic Houston team in the South Region final Saturday.

“You just knew watching this team defensively, like you weren’t going to come out and just outscore them,” Wright said. “We really weren’t talking as much at the end about how we were going to score. We were talking about how we were going to stop them.”

Caleb Daniels added 14 points for the Wildcats (30-7), and fifth-year senior Collin Gillespie’s only made field goal was a clutch shot late, even though Villanova led throughout to clinch the first spot in this year’s Final Four in New Orleans.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Van Lith, Engstler lead Louisville past Lady Vols, 76-64

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Hailey Van Lith and Emily Engstler knew Louisville had allowed far too many leads to slip away in the fourth quarter this season, including the disheartening loss to Miami in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Van Lith and Engstler refused to let it happen again in the NCAA Tournament.

Van Lith poured in 23 points with six assists and was solid at the foul stripe down the stretch, while Emily Engstler had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the top-seeded Cardinals withstand Tennessee’s frantic comeback for a 76-64 victory on Saturday that sent coach Jeff Walz’s bunch back to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight time.

Kianna Smith also had 12 points for the Cardinals (28-4), whose 15-point lead was whittled to two in the fourth quarter before they pulled away to set up a date with third-seeded Michigan on Monday.

“We just kept reminding each other that as long as we get stops and rebounds, we’ll be up no matter what,” Van Lith said afterward, “no matter if we score or not. We were able to execute that. All of our players stepped up and got rebounds and made good plays on defense and we were able to pull away.”

Hillmon’s 17 put Michigan women past S. Dakota in Sweet 16

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Michigan earned its chance to keep making history, and believed in it.

The third-seeded Wolverines reached the Elite Eight for the first time with a 52-49 win over tenth-seeded South Dakota on Saturday night, helped by Naz Hillmon’s 17 points and 10 rebounds and Laila Phelia’s 14 points – including a go-ahead layup in the final minute.

“We have players that came in here with this vision and this belief that they could do something incredibly special,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “They wanted to be a part of that Block M and that excellence, and here we are sitting at the table going to the Elite Eight. It’s just a dream like you could never imagine, but it’s people that came together and created something incredibly special. It’s awesome.”

Michigan (25-6) will play No. 1 seed Louisville on Monday with a trip to the Final Four at stake. The teams met earlier this season on Dec. 2, when Louisville beat Michigan 70-48.

South Dakota (29-6) was trying to become just the fifth double-digit seed to reach the Elite Eight. The Coyotes had won 27 of 28 and were coming off a stunning upset of No. 2 seed Baylor.

NBA

Irving indicates he plans on staying with Brooklyn Nets

MIAMI (AP) Kyrie Irving is finally going to play a home game for Brooklyn again on Sunday. And he apparently intends to play home games with the Nets for years to come.

Irving, speaking to reporters Saturday following Brooklyn’s game-day shootaround practice in Miami, said he feels comfortable being a member of the Nets and that he wants to remain teammates with Kevin Durant.

Irving holds a $36.5 million player option for next season. He could opt out and sign up to a five-year contract worth as much as $246 million this coming summer – assuming the Nets offer such a deal.

“I love it here,” Irving said. “Once summertime hits, I know that we’ll have some conversations but there’s no way I can leave my man 7 anywhere.”

That was a reference to Durant, who wears jersey No. 7 for Brooklyn.

Irving’s comments came one day before he’s scheduled to play his first home game for the Nets this season, now that New York City mayor Eric Adams exempted athletes and performers from the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate. After Saturday’s game at Miami, Irving and the Nets return home to host Charlotte on Sunday.

Irving has said he is unvaccinated, which has meant that he’s been eligible to only play road games for the Nets since re-joining the team in January. Adams’ decision has been criticized by some, since the city’s mandate still applies to many workers such as police officers and teachers.

“If the mandate isn’t necessary for famous people, then it’s not necessary for the cops who are protecting our city in the middle of a crime crisis,” Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, said this week.

Irving indicated that he understands why many may believe Adams’ decision creates a double standard.

“I think there are a lot of people dealing with real consequences from being unvaccinated,” Irving said Saturday. “I don’t think it’s talked about enough in terms of our essential workers and people on the front lines.”

Offering Irving an extension would mean that the Nets may have roughly $560 million promised to three players.

Raptors rout Pacers after fire causes delay, fan evacuation

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam scored 23 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the depleted Indiana Pacers 131-91 on Saturday night in a game delayed 70 minutes in the first half because of a speaker fire that forced the evacuation of fans.

Scottie Barnes added 19 points, Precious Achiuwa 18, OG Anunoby 16, Chris Boucher 15 and Thad Young 11 as the Raptors posted their biggest margin of victory this season.

Oshae Brissett led Indiana with 21 points. Justin Anderson had 18, Jalen Smith 15 and Buddy Hield 14. The Pacers have lost three straight and five of seven.

No one from the sellout crowd of 19,800 was around at end to see Toronto move past Cleveland into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference after the Cavaliers lost 98-94 in Chicago. The Raptors are one game behind the fifth-place Bulls with eight games remaining.

Sixth place is the last guaranteed postseason spot, with teams finishing in the Nos. 7-10 spots headed for the play-in tournament.

Melton, Bane lead Morant-less Grizzlies past Bucks, 127-102

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) De’Anthony Melton had 24 points, Desmond Bane added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies continued to win in the absence of scoring leader Ja Morant, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 127-102 on Saturday night.

Dillon Brooks scored 19 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 and two blocks to help Memphis win its fourth straight and eighth in the last nine games. Melton was 8 of 11 from the field, going 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

“I’m just trying to go out there and hoop,” Melton said. “Have fun with it. Play with confidence and do what the team needs me to do.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, scoring 18 points in the third quarter when Milwaukee tried to make a run. Khris Middleton added 16 points. The defending champion Bucks lost for only the third time in the last 13 games.

Milwaukee dropped into a tie for third with Boston in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind Philadelphia and Miami.

NFL

AP source: Chiefs add RB Ronald Jones amid busy offseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Ronald Jones to a one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, adding some depth behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the running back room.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

Jones was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in the 2018 draft who started 25 of the 55 games he appeared in over his first four seasons in the league. Jones’ best came in 2020, when he carried 192 times for 978 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season, then helped Tampa Bay defeat the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Jones ran 12 times for 61 yards in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 romp at Raymond James Stadium.

Jones effectively replaces Jerick McKinnon and Darrel Williams, both of whom are free agents, as the primary backups to the injury-prone Edwards-Helaire in the Kansas City backfield. The team also has tendered a qualifying offer to Derrick Gore but has little else in the running back room at this point in free agency.

The Chiefs have been actively retooling their roster during the offseason, especially after dealing three-time All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins last week in a blockbuster trade for a package of draft picks.

They signed former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster shortly after the free-agency period opened, then signed former Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling this past week. On defense, they added safety Justin Reid to help replace Tyrann Mathieu and signed role players such as former Carolina linebacker Jermaine Carter.

The Chiefs are still in the market for help on defense, particular at cornerback, where they lost breakout star Charvarius Ward to the 49ers in free agency. But they also could plug some of their remaining holes in the draft, where they have two selections in each of the first four rounds and 12 overall thanks to the Hill trade and compensatory picks.

Free-agent cornerback Keisean Nixon signs with Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon.

Nixon appeared in 40 games and made two starts during his three seasons with the Raiders. He made 20 tackles on defense and 18 on special teams. He had a team-high nine tackles on special teams as a rookie in 2019.

This move reunites Nixon with new Packers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who went 7-6 as the Raiders’ interim head coach last season after the resignation of Jon Gruden. Bisaccia had been the Raiders’ special teams coordinator before taking over for Gruden.

The 24-year-old Nixon joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He played two years at South Carolina after transferring from Arizona Western College.

MLB

Yankees GM Cashman: Extension offer coming for slugger Judge

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge will soon get an offer for a long-term contract extension, general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday.

“Between now and opening day we’ll make an offer and he’ll obviously receive an offer and all the conversions will have taken place and will either resolve into a multiyear deal or it won’t,” Cashman said.

“We’re committed. We’ll make an offer and hear what he has to say in response and then it will be pencils down before opening day,” he said.

The Yankees open on April 7 at home against the Boston Red Sox.

Judge has said he doesn’t want to negotiate an extension during the regular season. The outfielder, who turns 30 next month, is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.

The Yankees and Judge so far have failed to reach a deal for 2022, which could result in the two sides heading into arbitration during the season. He asked for a raise from $10,175,000 to $21 million, and the Yankees offered $17 million.

“Our position has always been, we wind up only in a hearing if we’re dragged there,” Cashman said. “We only go when forced to go. We’re not afraid of going. Our history shows that we stay out of that arena unless we’re compelled to get there. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

Judge hit .287 with 39 homers and 98 RBIs in 148 games last season.

GARDNER POSSIBILITY?

Cashman has been in contact a few times since spring training started with the agent for outfielder Brett Gardner, who is a free agent after playing for the Yankees from 2008-21.

“Right now we’re focused on what we have, to be honest,” Cashman said.

Gardner, 38, hit .222 with a .327 on-base percentage in 140 games last season.

MLB asks umps for more random checks on sticky substances

(AP) — Major League Baseball is asking umpires to make more random checks of pitchers for sticky substances after watching its crackdown become less effective late last season.

MLB instituted regular checks last June 21 for grip aids. Seattle’s Hector Santiago was ejected on June 27 and Arizona’s Caleb Smith was tossed on Aug. 18, and both received 10-game suspensions.

“After an initial dip in spin rates as a result of the periodic checks, unfortunately the data showed that spin rates started to rise toward the end of the season as players grew accustomed to the circumstances of routine umpire checks,” MLB Senior Vice President of On-Field Operations Mike Hill wrote in a memorandum Friday to team owners, executives and managers, and all major and minor league players.

“As a result, umpires have been instructed to be more vigilant and unpredictable in the timing and scope of their checks during the 2022 season,” he said.

The memorandum, first reported by Sports Illustrated, was obtained by The Associated Press.

Last season, umpires checked all starting pitchers multiple times and all relievers either at the end of his first inning or when removed, whichever occurred first. Caps, gloves and fingertips were checked.

“We are working with the umpires in an effort to make inspections less invasive,” Hill wrote. “Rather than focusing on uniforms and belts, umpires have been given additional guidance to help them determine whether a pitcher’s hand or fingers contain a foreign substance in violation of the rules.”

“An umpire checking a pitcher for foreign substances will use his thumb to check for stickiness on the pitcher’s thumb, index finger, middle finger, and palm,” Hill wrote.

While the timing of checks with be more random, it appears the frequency will not change.

“Starting pitchers should continue to expect more than one mandatory check per game,” Hill wrote. “Each relief pitcher will be subject to at least one check when he enters the game, at the conclusion of the inning in which he entered the game, or when he is removed from the game. In general, inspections will be conducted between innings or after pitching changes to avoid a delay of the game and to allow the umpire to perform a thorough check of the pitcher.”

Fastball spin rates declined from an average of 2,323 revolutions per minute in May to 2,258 in June, according to Statcast data. Plans for the crackdown first emerged June 3 following an owners’ meeting.

While the average was 2,239 in July, it rose to 2,263 in September.

The major league batting average for the season dropped to .244, its lowest since the year of the pitcher in 1968.

“We now have extensive data, including testing by third-party researchers, which shows how the use of foreign substances on baseballs has a material impact on performance,” Hill wrote. “Specifically, foreign substances significantly increase the spin rate and movement of the baseball, providing pitchers with an unfair advantage over hitters that our playing rules were expressly designed to prohibit. We also learned about a dangerous side to foreign substances – that foreign substance use appears to be contributing to an overall decline in control because it enables a style of pitching in which pitchers sacrifice control in favor of spin and velocity.”

Velocity was virtually unchanged, increasing from 93.6 mph before June 3 to 93.7 mph after.

Teams must submit documentation in advance of each series for a pitcher to use a substance for a medical reason, such as to treat blisters, cuts or broken nails, although treatment is allowed for in-game medical issues.

“Catchers and position players may be subject to inspections based on the circumstances,” Hill wrote.

In addition, “an opposing manager may request that the umpire inspect the pitcher or a position player only if the manager (or a member of his team) observes behavior on the field consistent with the use of a foreign substance.”

Those checks would take place between at-bats, not during.

“A manager will be subject to discipline if he makes the request in bad faith (e.g., a request intended to disrupt the pitcher in a critical game situation, a routine request that is not based on observable evidence, etc.),” Hill wrote.

NHL

Spurgeon scores in OT as Wild beat Blue Jackets 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jared Spurgeon scored on a give-and-go 1:24 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild recovered to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 and provide Marc-Andre Fleury with a victory in his Minnesota debut Saturday night.

Fleury, the three-time Stanley Cup winner who has the fourth-most playoff wins in NHL history, stopped 23 shots for Minnesota, which won its fifth straight game.

After Spurgeon’s goal, half of the Wild players went to celebrate with him, while half met Fleury at center ice.

“He’s always smiling,” Spurgeon said of Fleury. “He has a great attitude. And, obviously, he’s been through it all. Just a new team and to come in and play a big game like that is awesome.”

Kirill Kaprizov scored twice, including a tying goal with 1:03 left in the third period to put the game into overtime. The Wild are three points ahead of St. Louis for second in the Central Division after the Blues lost at home to Carolina.

Jake Bean and Jakub Voracek scored for Columbus, and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves.

MEN’S GOLF

Kisner rallies big, Ancer wins big to advance in Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Kevin Kisner added to his match play legacy Saturday morning when he twice rallied from 3 down and won the final four holes to beat Adam Scott and advance to the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play.

It capped a wild day of comebacks and blowouts at Austin Country Club. Two fourth-round matches had to go extra holes while Abraham Ancer needed only 12 holes to beat two-time major champion Collin Morikawa.

The quarterfinals were Saturday afternoon.

Scottie Scheffler, the ex-Texas Longhorn, got a small measure of revenge in a rematch of the final from a year ago when he beat defending champion Billy Horschel 1 up. Scheffler can go to No. 1 in the world if he wins the tournament because Jon Rahm was eliminated in 19 holes by Brooks Koepka in another dynamic match.

Richard Bland, the oldest player in the field at 49, needed to win his fourth-round match against Dustin Johnson to crack the top 50 in the world and qualify for the Masters. Johnson pulled ahead around the turn and closed him out, 3 and 2.

The Englishman has one last chance. His top-10 finish in Austin gets him in the Texas Open next week in San Antonio. The winner goes to the Masters.

Kisner, however, stole the show.

He was a runner-up in Match Play in 2018 and won a year later. No one has won more matches in Austin since the tournament moved here in 2016. For the longest time, it didn’t look as though he would add to that total Saturday morning.

Scott won three straight holes on the front nine and was 3 up through five holes. Even after Kisner cut the deficit to one hole at the turn, Scott birdied the 14th to go 3 up with four to play.

Kisner took it from there. He hit wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the 15th. He holed a 50-foot bunker shot that had to carry another bunker to a pin tucked behind a ridge for eagle on the par-5 16th.

“I told my caddie right before I hit it, I said, `We can use that wind to fly it right in the hole I think,’ and it came out just perfectly and slowed down with the wind,” Kisner said. “I couldn’t see it go in, but he said it trickled in like a putt. Those are things you dream about.”

Scott missed a 10-foot putt for par on the 17th to square the match. Kisner completed his unlikely comeback with a 7-foot birdie on the 18th.

Rahm nearly pulled out a comeback equally stout, if not quirky. He was 2 down with three to play when he clipped a pitch perfectly to 4 feet for birdie.

On the par-3 17th, Rahm hit what he thought was a perfect shot, only for it to spin off the green and headed toward the hazard, stopping inches from the rocks framing a canyon below. Koepka felt a big gust and took an extra club. His shot powered through the wind and over the green, not a problem except that it caromed off the wooden steps on a hill into mulch, leaving him little chance at making par.

Both had birdie putts in the 10-foot range on the 18th. Koepka’s putt was short, Rahm’s putt for the win just slid by. On the first extra hole at No. 10, Koepka holed a 15-footer.

In other matches, Corey Conners of Canada went up early and never gave Takumi Kanaya of Japan much of a chance in a 5-and-3 victory; Seamus Power built a 5-up lead on the front nine and sent Tyrrell Hatton packing with a 4-and-3 win; and Will Zalatoris birdied the 18th to square the match and beat Kevin Na in 22 holes.

The quarterfinal matches were Koepka against Johnson; Scheffler against Power; Ancer against Conners: and Kisner against Zalatoris.

Ben Martin maintains 2-shot lead in Dominican Republic

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Ben Martin shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to hold onto a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Championship.

Martin had five birdies and three bogeys as the wind dropped a bit at Corales Golf Course to take a 14-under 202 total into the final round. He opened with consecutive 66s.

“Not a 66, but 2 under, I felt like it was solid.,” Martin said “Not sort of being in a final pairing in I don’t remember when, so a little bit of nerves like to start the round, but made a couple pars and then birdied the third hole to kind of settle in.

“The golf course is starting to firm up a little bit. The wind wasn’t blowing quite as much, so maybe those things kind of balanced out. All in all, pretty pleased with 2-under par.”

The 34-year-old former Clemson player has made only one other PGA Tour start this year, missing the cut in Puerto Rico with rounds of 78 and 70. He won the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for his lone PGA Tour title.

“At the end of the day, really, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been trying to do all week, which is just enjoy being out there, not try too hard and sort of see what happens at the end,” Martin said. “But this is really the reason I think I enjoy playing professional golf, like being around the lead on the weekend with a chance to win. You have a little nerves, but I think that’s why we all like to test ourselves and see where we are, so it will be a fun day tomorrow.

Chad Ramey was second after a 69. He eagled the par-5 14th.

“We just had a great number,” Ramey said. “I believe the number we had was 146 (yards to the) hole with a little help and it was just a perfect wedge. Couldn’t have asked for a better shot. Landed 2 short I believe and hopped on in.”

The 29-year-old from Mississippi is seeking his first tour victory.

“Don’t change a thing,” Ramey said. “Obviously, I’m doing something right, so I’m just going to stick to my game plan and just see what happens.”

Three-time tour winner Jhonattan Vegas had a 65 – the best round of the week – to get to 11 under, and Cameron Percy (67) was 10 under with Martin Trainer (67), Thomas Detry (68), David Lipsky (68) and Nate Lashley (69).

“Less wind, that’s for sure,” Vegas said. “It was blowing, but it wasn’t blowing anywhere close to what it’s been blowing the whole week. Once the wind’s going to be that way, easy to get the mind on being a little more aggressive. Some pretty good shots, made a few good putts, but mainly just keeping a pretty aggressive mentality throughout the round.”

Vegas eagled the par-5 seventh, hitting a 5-iron to 9 feet.

“Being Venezuelan, having a lot of Venezuelans that have migrated to here to the Dominican Republic, it’s actually a great feel kind of having that home feel to it,” Vegas said. “It’s been fun, it’s been a fun week. It’s always a great place for me here.”

With the tournament being played opposite the Match Play event in Austin, Texas, the winner will be exempt into the PGA Championship but not the Masters.

MEN’S TENNIS

Medevdev, eyeing No. 1 ranking, tops Murray at Miami Open

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Daniil Medvedev never gave Andy Murray a chance.

The top-seeded Medvedev opened his quest at trying to reclaim the world’s No. 1 ranking Saturday by topping Murray 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Miami Open. Medvedev never faced a break point in any of his nine service games.

He can reclaim the No. 1 spot by making the Miami semifinals.

“I’m happy that I managed, you know, to have zero break points against me,” said Medvedev, who had a first-round bye as a seeded player. “I feel like I have some room for improvement. But it was a great match against an amazing player. And I’m happy that I managed to go through.”

Only five men in the past 18 years have held the No. 1 ranking that is currently held by Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are also past No. 1’s – while Medvedev and Murray are the others. Murray was No. 1 from November 2016 through August 2017, and that distinction was handed off between Djokovic, Federer and Nadal since before Medvedev got there for the first time on Feb. 28.

Medvedev’s stay was brief; his three-week reign ended officially on Monday when Djokovic returned to the top of the rankings. But with three more wins in Miami, Medvedev would be back on top.

“I still felt like in the rallies and stuff I could hang with him, and I didn’t feel like from the back of the court I was getting like really outplayed,” said Murray, who got into Miami on a wild card and is continuing his comeback after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery. “I’m sure some people will think otherwise.”

Murray is a two-time Miami Open winner, those victories coming at the tournament’s former home in nearby Key Biscayne. His loss meant only one past Miami men’s winner remains in the field – that being defending champion Hubert Hurkacz, the No. 8 seed who defeated Arthur Rinderknech 7-6 (5), 6-2 and moved into the third round.

Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka moved into the fourth round without ever taking the court. Osaka – the former women’s No. 1-ranked player who got straight-set wins on Wednesday and Thursday to get into Round 3 – got a walkover victory Saturday when Karolina Muchova withdrew citing a need for recovery.

“I’m sad that I cannot put up a battle against Naomi today,” Muchova wrote on Twitter. “After a long break from tennis, 2 tough matches in row have been a lot for my body and I need longer to recover.”

Muchova missed about seven months because of an abdominal injury and hadn’t played since the U.S. Open before returning in Miami. She recorded straight-set wins over Tereza Martincova and Leylah Fernandez in Miami, but neither was easy – three of the four sets went to tiebreaks and she spent nearly five hours on the court.

Osaka topped No. 13 Angelique Kerber in the second round and won’t have to face another seed until at least the quarterfinals. The earliest No. 22 seed Belinda Bencic could see one is in the semifinals; Bencic, one of only three seeds – out of a possible 16 – to make the third round on the top half of the draw, rolled past Heather Watson 6-4, 6-1.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS HEADLINES

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

(PACERS RELEASE)

There was nothing normal about Saturday’s Pacers game in Toronto.

Indiana began the night with just eight healthy players and without head coach Rick Carlisle, who did not travel on the team’s two-game road trip due to personal reasons. Things got even stranger late in the first half, when Scotiabank Arena was evacuated and the game was suspended for over an hour due to a small electrical fire before resuming action without fans.

That delayed the outcome of the game, but the contest was effectively decided by that point. The Pacers (25-50) already trailed by 28 at the time of the delay and never seriously threatened afterwards, falling to the Raptors (42-32), 131-91.

Toronto native and former Raptor Oshae Brissett kept the Pacers close early, scoring 11 of Indiana’s first 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Pacers trailed just 18-16 following Brissett’s layup with 5:10 left in the first quarter.

But five different Raptors hit 3-pointers over the final five minutes of the frame as Toronto closed the period with a 23-5 run to take a 41-21 lead into the second quarter.

Precious Achiuwa made one of those 3-pointers, then knocked down three more triples in the first five minutes of the second quarter, helping Toronto maintain a commanding lead. The hosts had extended their lead to 66-38 when the Pacers took a timeout with 4:05 remaining.

At that point, the game was then suspended. The fire chief made the call at 8:25 PM ET to send both teams back to their respective locker rooms and ask all fans to evacuate the building to allow firefighters to tend to an electrical fire on a speaker in the rafters.

After over an hour-long delay, the game resumed at 9:30. Fans were not allowed back into the building. Justin Anderson scored five points for the Pacers during the restart, but Indiana still trailed by 28 at halftime, 74-46.

“15 years for me, probably the most bizarre situation that we’ve been in for a game,” Pacers coach Lloyd Pierce said. “I really give both teams and all of the players credit for going into the locker room, being deactivated, and then having to come back out on the floor and add 10 minutes to the clock and get going again.”

After an abbreviated intermission, the teams resumed action once more. Anderson, Jalen Smith, and then Tyrese Haliburton knocked down 3-pointers on Indiana’s first three possessions of the third quarter.

Still, the Blue & Gold were unable to make any headway in the frame. They endured a three-and-a-half-minute scoreless drought later in the period and trailed after three quarters, 96-70.

The Raptors extended their lead in the fourth quarter, pushing the margin as high as 42 points.

“We definitely came out really flat,” Brissett said after the loss. “They were hitting a lot of shots, obviously, a lot of threes, everyone was on fire for them today. But there’s obviously more that we could have done. Coming out with more fire, more energy is something that we’ve got to pick up.”

Brissett led four Pacers in double figures with 21 points while also collecting eight rebounds and four steals.

Anderson added 18 points, six boards, and four assists while going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Smith tallied 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks, while Buddy Hield scored 14 and went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Pascal Siakam led all scorers with 23 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Scottie Barnes added 19 points, six boards, and seven assists for Toronto, while Achiuwa finished with 18 points off the bench, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range.

With the win and Cleveland’s loss in Chicago on Saturday, Toronto moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with eight games remaining in the regular season. The top six teams at the conclusion of the regular season automatically advance to the playoffs and avoid having to take part in the Play-In Tournament.

The Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for a two-game homestand next week, hosting Atlanta on Monday and Denver on Wednesday.

INDIANA WBB

Indiana Falls In Sweet Sixteen To UConn

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – 3-seeded Indiana couldn’t withstand a third-quarter push by 2-seeded UConn as it fell, 75-58, in the regional semifinal on Saturday afternoon at Total Mortgage Arena.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana held a lead for much of the first quarter and led by as many as five in the first quarter, on a reverse underneath the rim by junior forward Mackenzie Holmes.

UConn dictated the rest of the quarter as it went on an 8-0 run to end the first with a 21-18 advantage.

Patberg started off the second with a 3-pointer, but UConn went up 6, 27-21. Patberg answered to cut it to three again, but the Huskies used another run to force Indiana into a timeout, going up by nine, 35-26. Four-straight points from Holmes led Indiana back within five but UConn’s Aalyiah Edwards capitalized off a second-chance opportunity.

With just 1.6 to go before the break and the ball, Indiana’s inbound pass found Gulbe who took one dribble on the right baseline and drained the triple heading into the break.

But Huskies (26-5) came out blazing in the third quarter, going on a 16-0 run before graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary finally got IU on the board with 5:55 to go. Indiana would get no closer than 11 in the second half as it couldn’t overcome the third quarter deficit in the end.

NOTABLE

Indiana completes the 2021-22 season 24-9 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten. This is the seventh consecutive season that the Hoosiers have complied a 20-plus win season.

The Hoosiers reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in back-to-back seasons.

Saturday’s game marked the final game in the careers for Patberg, Cardaño-Hillary, Gulbe and Grace Waggoner. As a duo, Patberg and Gulbe completed their IU career with 90 wins and a 72 percent winning percentage.

Patberg led the way in scoring with 16 points as junior forward Mackenzie Holmes tallied a team high six rebounds, two assists and was in double-figure scoring with 12 points.

Senior guard Grace Berger also scored in double figures as she had 13 points. Berger grabbed five boards along with a steal.

Cardaño-Hillary collected a team-leading four steals while scoring nine points and snatching four rebounds.

The Hoosiers shot 49.7 percent from the field while the Huskies shot 46.3 percent.

Connecticut wins the first meeting in the all-time series between the two schools.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

‘Well, first of all, congratulations to a very good UConn team. We felt like we got off to a fast start and a really good start. Had a little bit of momentum going into halftime after Lex hits that big three and pulls within four, and we probably needed to stay out there because we went back into the locker room and made some adjustments. But we came back out in the third quarter, and it was just really a bugaboo for us. They got off to a 16-0 run, made a 16-0 run, and you just can’t allow that to happen against a team like UConn. It’s very difficult to overcome a start like that. We just did some uncharacteristic things of our team. We knew it. We were disappointed with that, and then we just didn’t do a good enough job on the boards today. They got second and third-shot opportunities. 14 second-chance points and so forth. Needed to do a better job of protecting the paint. We were unable to do that today and give the credit to UConn. But nonetheless, I’m really proud of our group. We’ve had a tremendous season, have had some adversity that we’ve had to overcome. And as I said to these guys, they just continue to show up every day and do the work for us. Although we’re disappointed, we did not want this thing to end anytime soon because we really enjoy being around each other and working with each other. I’m super proud of my staff and our team in terms of what we were able to overcome and the success that we had this season.”

INDIANA BASEBALL

Baseball to Play Sunday Doubleheader with Evansville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With real-feel temperatures in the 20s on Saturday, the Indiana baseball program will now play a doubleheader at Bart Kaufman Stadium on Sunday (March 27) starting at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s (March 26) game will not be played as scheduled and the two teams will now throw the first pitch for game one of the doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 27) . The two teams will play two nine inning games, with game two starting approximately 30 after the conclusion of game one.

Anyone with tickets for Saturday’s regularly schedule game can use that ticket for entry into Sunday’s doubleheader. Sunday’s game ticket will also be valid for both games at Bart Kaufman Field.

PURDUE BASEBALL

Middle Game with OSU Pushed to Sunday Twinbill

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Alexander Field will host another Sunday doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET after Purdue and Ohio State were unable to play Saturday due to forecasted RealFeel temperatures not reaching the league’s threshold.

Big Ten Conference rules dictate that the RealFeel temperature must be at least 28 degrees to be able to start a game.

Fans with tickets for Saturday’s game can exchange them for Sunday. One ticket is good for both/either game of a doubleheader. However, reentry is not permitted between games of a doubleheader. Another ticket would need to be purchased if fans exit the ballpark and would like to return for the nightcap.

The $1 general admission tickets for service personnel promotion has been rescheduled for Sunday, which also features the traditional Family 4-Pack ticket special.

Throughout the season, tickets for any canceled/postponed games can be exchanged for general admission seats for any future home game at Alexander (excluding the April 8-10 series vs. Indiana). So if fans are unable to attend Sunday vs. Ohio State, they have options for additional home dates to use their tickets.

Sunday will be No. 17 Purdue’s fifth doubleheader over the first six weekends of the season. The Boilermakers have been unable to play on a Saturday since March 5 in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BB

IRISH COULDN’T HOLD OFF WOLFPACK COMEBACK IN 66-63 DEFEAT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – It was heartbreak and disbelief for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 round vs one-seed NC State. The Fighting Irish (24-9) led the whole second half until the final 14 seconds of the game, when Wolfpack player Raina Perez recorded a timely steal and go-ahead layup. The Irish boasted an eight-point lead with 6:41 remaining and had a four-point lead with 1:42 left.

Olivia Miles put on a show with 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting to go with six rebounds and six assists. Maddy Westbeld also impressed with her 13 points and eight rebounds, but more so on her defense against Elissa Cunane.

Notre Dame outshot NC State, 50 to their 40 percent, but a huge difference maker was the fact that a third of the Wolfpack’s points came off Irish turnovers.

How It Happened

Notre Dame got off to a 7-3 start before NC State fired off a 7-0 run in 71 seconds. Miles ended the Wolfpack spree with a three to tie the game at 10-all. NC State’s Brown-Turner shot 4-of-5 in the period to total eight points to give her squad a 16-12 lead after one. Miles led the Irish with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.

The Irish turned it on in the second quarter, where they started 8-for-8 from the field. Peoples scored six points in the opening five minutes while Miles, Mabrey and Westbeld each hit consecutive three-pointers.

Miles wooed the crowd with a dynamic driving layup at the 4:24 mark then followed that up with her third three of the half, which gave the Irish a 36-26 lead. NC State’s Elissa Cunane scored back-to-back buckets for the Wolfpack, but Westbeld had the last score of the half, giving the Irish a 38-30 halftime lead.

Notre Dame finished 10-of-13 in the second quarter to build the eight-point halftime advantage. Miles led all players with 15 points (eight in the second) on 6-of-10 shooting with three assists. On the flipside, NC State scored 20 of its 30 points in the paint and eight second-chance points off six offensive boards.

Notre Dame and NC State traded blows in the third quarter. Citron scored the last five points for the Irish to maintain a lead up 53-46.

NC State started the fourth with five straight points thanks to an and-one, making it a one-possession game. Miles answered with a driving lay-up out of the timeout. Westbeld then got a steal and delivered on a breakaway layup, followed later by a put-back from Dodson, pushing the lead to 59-51 with 6:41 left in the game.

However, a Crutchfield layup coupled with three costly ND turnovers led to four straight free-throws from Cunane, which once again made it a one-possession game.

Fast forward to 1:42 remaining and Miles connected on another driving layup, keeping the Wolfpack momentarily at bay up 63-59.

Out of a timeout with 36 seconds left, Notre Dame inbounded the ball up one, but NC State’s Raina Perez picked the ball off a player’s hands then drove down for the go-ahead layup. The Irish took another timeout and got a good look at an open three-point shot, but it didn’t fall as NC State escaped with the win.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

Irish Edged By Minnesota State 1-0 In NCAA Regional Final

ALBANYNew York  – The No. 3 seed Notre Dame Hockey team fell to top-seeded Minnesota State in a hard-fought battle at the NCAA Albany Regional Final on Saturday night at MVP Arena (3,449).

The 1-0 defeat was marked only the second time this season the Irish had been held scoreless, the only other instance coming on a December 11 loss against Michigan State.

Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 28 saves on the night.

Notre Dame would put 23 shots on goal, but was unable to convert as Dryden McKay posted the shutout. 

The Fighting Irish were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Mavericks were 0-for-1.

How It Happened

Notre Dame went on the game’s first power play three and a half minutes into the first period but couldn’t capitalize despite chances by Ryder Rolston and Max Ellis. 

Just after the power-play chance expired, Nick Leivermann had a great look after a feed from Jack Adams, but his one timer was blocked and deflected out of play.

Trevor Janicke sent a wrister from the slot just over the crossbar with 5:40 remaining in the first. 

Silianoff then tested Dryden McKay with four minutes left in the first but he didn’t quite get all of the one-timer as the Maverick goaltender turned it aside. 

With 54 seconds left in the opening frame Landon Slaggert found Graham Slaggert across the top of the offensive zone and the senior forced McKay into a save. After the ensuing faceoff Jake Pivonka had a chance down low but McKay gloved it aside.

With 16 seconds left in the first, the Mavericks opened the scoring when Nathan Smith converted off an offensive zone faceoff play that saw Matthew Galajda make the original save but the rebound fell to Smith, who scored his 19th goal of the year for a 1-0 scoreline after the first 20 minutes of play.

Just 1:47 into the second period the Irish went back on the power play after Solag Bakich was hooked down. Jesse Lansdell nearly forced one in down low but the Mavericks again killed off the power play.

Galajda made 13 saves in the middle frame to keep it a 1-0 game after two periods of play.

The Irish opened the third with 22 seconds of power-play time left and Spencer Stastney was able to get the puck to the netfront but Notre Dame couldn’t find the tying goal. 

Midway through the third, the Irish were able to put some good pressure on Minnesota State as Landon Slaggert fired off a shot, but it sailed just right of the goal.

At the 6:19 mark of the third period, the Irish created their best chance of the night, a Graham Slaggert shot that was caught in traffic and hit the left post.

The Irish pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes left in regulation, but even with a sixth skater, the Irish were unable to convert to tie the game.

Notes

  • Notre Dame was shutout for just the second time this season (lost 1-0 in overtime to Michigan State on Dec. 11).
  • Grant Silianoff returned to the lineup after missing seven games with an injury. 
  • The Fighting Irish are now 14-12-0 in NCAA Tournament play (14-11-0 under head coach Jeff Jackson).
  • With 28 wins (28-12-0), Notre Dame has its highest win total since going 28-10-2 in 2017-18 en route to the NCAA title game.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

#12/10 IRISH DROP ACC OPENER TO #2/3 UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12/10 Fighting Irish suffered a 12-8 defeat against No. 2/3 Virginia in their ACC opener at Klöckner Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Eric Dobson and Pat Kavanagh each scored two goals to lead the Irish attack. Liam Entenmann finished with 10 saves.

Freshman Will Lynch had his best performance of the season at the dot, winning 15-of-20 faceoffs while scooping three ground balls.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Virginia struck first to open up an early 1-0 lead but the Irish leveled the score at 1-1 at the 12:40 mark off an EMO goal from Eric Dobson.

The Irish offense then went cold for the majority of the half, as Virginia scored five straight to open up a 6-1 lead. Notre Dame managed to get one back right before the half, as Reilly Gray curled around the crease and scored a bouncer to make it 6-2 at the break.

Notre Dame opened the third quarter with a goal on its first possession to cut the Cavalier lead to 6-3. Pat Kavanagh found space and rifled a shot in for the goal. However, Virginia responded with three straight over the next 10 minutes of action to push their lead to 9-3.

The Irish were able to pull one back with just under three minutes left in the frame, as Entenmann made a save and sparked a transition goal, which was scored by Quinn McCahon to make the score 9-4 heading into the fourth.

Virginia scored the first two goals of the fourth to make the score 11-4 before Dobson found the back of the net for the second time of the afternoon to move the score to 11-5. The Cavaliers added an empty-net goal to take a seven-goal advantage at 12-5.

In the final 80 seconds of play the Irish scored three goals, as Dobson, Morrison Mirer and Pat Kavanagh each scored to make the final score 12-8.

UP NEXT

The Irish return to Arlotta Stadium to take on Syracuse at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 2 for the first of two matchups against the Orange this season. The game will air on ESPNU.

The game will be a Mental Health Awareness Game, raising awareness for mental health and honoring the former Notre Dame lacrosse player Tommy O’Brien. Fans will be able to purchase “Mental Matters” t-shirts, with proceeds going to both the Tommy O’Brien Fund and the 15 for Life Foundation. You can purchase a shirt here (blue shirts are ND and white shirts are Syracuse).

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

#14 IRISH RALLY LATE, FALL TO DUKE, 15-12

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 14th-ranked Fighting Irish scored four goals in the final 7:28 of regulation, but the Duke Blue Devils held on to win, 15-12, at the Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday (242).

Madison Mote led the way for the Irish offense, scoring a career-high five goals to go with two assists. Kasey Choma notched her fourth-straight hat trick and sixth of the season, finishing with four points for the Irish offense. 

Goalie Bridget Deehan collected nine saves in net for the sixth time this season. The graduate student picked up four of her stops in the second quarter.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Blue Devils struck first with a Catriona Barry goal at 11:30 in the first period. The Irish answered three minutes later thanks to a point-blank tally from Kelly Denes off a feed from Madison Ahern at 8:11. Notre Dame successfully managed a Duke two-minute advantage after Grace Weigand picked up a yellow card.

The Blue Devils notched two more scores in the first, but Irish goalie Bridget Deehan kept the margin close thanks to three saves in the opening frame. Notre Dame finished the opening 15 minutes with three shots on goal and were a perfect three-for-three on clears.

The second period opened with a yellow card called on Jane McAvoy for slashing at 14:45. The Blue Devils capitalized with a Maddie Jenner goal to extend their lead to three. Duke added another just over four minutes into the period, but Ahern responded for the Irish with a tally of her own off a free position for her first score of the afternoon.

Kasey Choma followed up Ahern on Notre Dame’s next possession, slipping her unassisted goal inside the left post, cutting the Blue Devil lead to just two. Duke added the next two goals of the contest, but the Irish closed the half on a 2-0 run thanks to scores from Madison Mote and Kasey Choma.

Katie DeSimone gave Duke the first tally of the third period at 11:10, But the Irish cashed in the next two – Mary Kelly Doherty assisted Jackie Wolak who netted her 18th goal of the season followed up by Mote’s second of the afternoon off a feed from Wolak to slash the Duke advantage to 9-8.

Duke scored the next four, but Mote’s hot streak continued as she scored the next two for the Irish and assisted on a Kasey Choma goal with 5:51 to play in regulation. Mote scored or assisted on all but one Irish goal in the second half.

Down three with five minutes to play, Mote quickly secured the draw following a Choma goal and connected with Ahern who curled from around the net and sent home a shot to bring Notre Dame within two with just over four minutes to play.

The Irish regained control with a chance to make it a one-score game, but Duke’s Sophia LeRose made a near-net stop and cleared, leading to the game’s final score with just 16 seconds remaining in the fourth.

UP NEXT

The Irish will travel to Chapel Hill, for an 11 a.m. matinee against the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The matchup will be streamed live on ACCNX, and live stats will be available at UND.com.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

Panthers sweep softball in Saturday doubleheader

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On a crisp and windy day at Cooper Stadium, the University of Evansville softball team dropped a pair of games to Northern Iowa.  The Panthers began the day with an 8-2 win before finishing with a 10-0 victory to complete the day.

Game 1 – Northern Iowa 8, UE 2

Three runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth inning lifted UNI to an 8-2 victory in the opener.  Evansville took the early lead in the first inning when Jessica Fehr scored on a Marah Wood single.  Wood’s hit caromed off second base to help the run score.  Izzy Vetter kept the Panthers off the board until the top half of the fourth when three runs scored.  Kylee Sanders tripled to right field to knot the game at 1-1 before two runs crossed the plate later in the frame.

In the ensuing half inning, UE got one of those runs right back when a Zoe Frossard single scored Hannah Hood, who reached on an error.  The Panthers plated four in the sixth inning to break the game open and would pull away to take the 8-2 decision.  Sanders led the Panthers offense with three hits and three RBI.  Mya Dodge added three RBI of her own.  UE had four hits in the contest.  Samantha Heyer pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief on the way to her third win of 2022.  She allowed just one hit.  Izzy Vetter suffered her fourth loss of the season, giving up six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Game 2 – Northern Iowa 10, UE 0 (5)

UNI pitcher Kailyn Packard allowed just one hit in five innings while the Panther offense erupted for 10 runs on eight hits to earn the doubleheader sweep.  Using the long ball, the Panthers grabbed a 5-0 lead in the second.  Mya Dodge belted a leadoff home run in the first before Brooke Snider hit a 2-run shot in the second.  Sammy Moss capped off the inning with a 2-run double with all four runs in the frame coming with two outs.

UNI put the finishing touch on the game with a 5-run fifth inning that saw Daryn Lamprecht hit a 3-run homer.  Hannah Hood recorded a single in the bottom of the fifth to break up the no-hitter, but UNI finished with the 10-0 win.

Evansville will look to salvage a victory on Sunday with the series finale set for a 12 p.m. first pitch.

Mastodon Baseball Falls 10-9 in Extras at Oakland

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The Mastodon baseball team put together a spirited comeback, scoring three runs in the ninth inning, but the late-game rally came up short and they fell 10-9 in 10 innings on Saturday (March 26) at Oakland.

The Mastodons were trailing 5-0 in the third inning when they first put runs on the board. Purdue Fort Wayne scored twice, with one run coming across on Cade Fitzpatrick’s single.

Freshman Karter Hann’s two-out RBI double in the sixth brought the score to 5-3.

The seventh saw the ‘Dons take their first lead of the game. Fitzpatrick blasted a two-out home run that scored Jarrett Bickel and Jack Lang. It put the ‘Dons up 6-5.

Oakland responded with three of their own in the seventh to go up 8-6. The ‘Dons weren’t done yet. The Mastodons scored three in the ninth, punctuated by a two-run single off the bat of freshman Luke Miles bringing the Purdue Fort Wayne advantage to 9-8.

However, Oakland tied it in the ninth and then won it in the 10th. Brandon Nigh hit a walk-off home run in the 10th for the Golden Grizzlies.

Fitzpatrick went 3-for-4 on the day with a home run, a walk and four RBIs. Ben Higgins was 2-for-5 with a home run in the ninth inning. Bickel also helped out the Purdue Fort Wayne offense, putting together three hits in six trips to the plate.

The ‘Dons used only two pitchers in the game. Mitchell Spencer settled down after a five-run first to go six innings. He fanned eight. Justin Miller threw in relief and took the loss. He is 0-6.

GAME NOTES

» Four Purdue Fort Wayne hitters had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» Purdue Fort Wayne had a season-high 15 hits in the game.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position.

» Oakland was led offensively by Nigh, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

» Ben Paugh earned the win for Oakland. He is 1-1.

» The Golden Grizzlies improve to 9-12 (4-2 Horizon League). The ‘Dons fall to 3-19 (2-4 Horizon).

UP NEXT

» The ‘Dons head to Valparaiso on Tuesday for a non-league game at the Missouri Valley Conference member Beacons.

INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL

Hounds Capitalize on Lewis Mistake to Defeat Flyers

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis baseball team went on a seven inning scoreless drought and still won thanks to a costly error in the ninth on Saturday afternoon against Lewis in Romeoville. The win boosts the Greyhounds up to 7-10 overall on the season with a 2-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds gained the early advantage on the cold day by crossing three runs in the opening inning thanks to a pair of errors by the Flyers. Lewis would quickly answer in the bottom half of the third with three of its own to tie the game back up.

Neither team was able to tally any runs until the ninth inning, which saw the Hounds grab the lead on the costly Flyers mistake. With the bases loaded and two out, Zack Williams sent a high flying infield pop-up towards the pitcher’s mound. Some confusion ensued on defense and three different Lewis infielders went for it which eventually led to it being dropped. All the baserunners were already running as the ball floated in the air and because of it two runs were able to score and the Hounds held strong defense in the bottom half to secure the win.

On offense, the Greyhounds managed six hits in the contest led by the duo of Brandon DeWitt and Zach Fell who each corralled two apiece. DeWitt also earned the start from the bump where he tossed five complete innings allowing six hits and four walks while striking out two. Brady Mundell and Cameron Ginter each threw two complete to help close out the game.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will finish the series with the Flyers tomorrow afternoon with a single game beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team scored early and often and relied on strong pitching to pick up a 13-1 win over Illinois Tech on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman scored four runs in the first inning and added five more in the fourth inning to pull away and secure the win.

Ian Kline tossed five innings, giving up one run on five hits, allowing four walks and striking out five to pick up the victory.  Paul Durell added two shutout innings and one strikeout.

In the batter’s box, the Engineers were led by Drew Roberts, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kade Kline finished 1-for-3 with a base-clearing triple.

Nathan Burke and Brett Tuttle also contributed at the plate. Burke finished 2-for-2 with a walk, one RBI, and one run scored. Tuttle added a RBI triple and a run scored.

Rose-Hulman improved to 7-4 on the season.  The Fightin’ Engineers play their final game in the Rose-Hulman Invitational against Illinois Tech on Sunday at 3 pm.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 11-3 on the softball season with a 13-1 and 9-1 doubleheader sweep victory over Eureka College on Saturday.

In the opener, Angela Boulboulle finished 2-3 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Fightin’ Engineer offense.  Nicole Lang added a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Reagan Knabe and Hailey Hofmann added two hits and one run each for the balanced attack.

Ariel Thomasson picked up the pitching win by tossing the full five-inning complete game.  Thomasson allowed four hits with five strikeouts in the win.

In the nightcap, Phoebe Worstell tossed a complete game five-hitter with four strikeouts in the Rose-Hulman victory.

Kennedy Michnewicz had a team-high three hits with two RBIs in the game two win.  Katie Palmer added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.  Knabe contributed a double and three RBIs.

Ashley Pinkham, Nicole Lang, Thomasson and Boulboulle had multi-hit performances wth two hits each.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at home on Wednesday March 30 with a 5 pm doubleheader against Greenville.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

USL Championship Recap: Louisville City FC  1 : 1  Indy Eleven

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, March 26, 2022) – The Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest rivalry again brought some of the best out of Indy Eleven, which picked up its first point of the 2022 USL Championship season courtesy of a draw 1-1 at Eastern Conference leading Louisville City FC. Forward Stefano Pinho opened his Indy Eleven account to give the Eleven a lead midway through the first half, but LouCity defender Sean Totsch’s 53rd minute finish brought the scoring to its eventual close, forcing a share of the spoils.

The road point allowed Indy to take a positive result away from its three-game road stint to start the season and gives Indiana’s Team some momentum leading into its home opener at IUPUI Carroll Stadium next Saturday, April 2, against LA Galaxy II. Fans can secure tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET “Blue Out Blowout” kickoff via a plethora of options by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

While the rivalry game started off chippy, each team generated a chance within the first ten minutes, resulting in Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco getting a mundane save opportunity and midfielder Justin Ingram pushing a header wide. LouCity forward Wilson Harris and Eleven midfielder Nicky Law each influenced the following minutes by generating chances, with Wilson’s shot just wide right of frame the most threatening but not enough to force Panicco into action.

Louisville came into the contest without conceding a goal while Indy entered the game without a tally on the year, but things changed for both sides in the 22nd minute when Pinho made Law’s continued creative work pay off. After Law shook his defender in the left side of the area to gain space, his short, driven cross to the back post was nodded home by the Brazilian striker Pinho, allowing him to celebrate his account opener in front a sizeable contingent of Brickyard Battalion supporters who traveled down I-65 for the rivalry showdown.

Louisville responded with a chance of their own in the 28th minute through Jorge Gonzalez, whose free kick was sent right to Panicco at the netminder’s right post. Indy nearly found its second through midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg’s shot in the 34th minute that forced a miraculous save out of Louisville goalkeeper Kyle Morton, his leaping tip at full stretch sending the ball off the crossbar and away from danger. Louisville’s Amadou Dia nearly duplicated Fjeldberg’s curling effort in the 41st minute, but his dipping shot couldn’t find frame, allowing the score to remain 1-0 in favor of Indy Eleven heading into the half.

The field tilted the home side’s way in the second half, and initially it looked like Eleven midfielder Sam Brown’s sliding tackle in the 52nd minute deep inside the area would help keep Louisville off the board. However, the ensuing corner saw Totsch get on the end of the recycled set piece 10 yards from goal, and his first-time shot through traffic evened the score. Panicco made two consecutive stops in the 57th minute to keep things square, thwarting Louisville’s unrelenting attack.

The pace of play slowed down on both sides as legs got heavier after the hour mark, but LCFC’s Enoch Mushagalusa did look to sneak one in from distance in the 66th minute only to see Panicco collect the driven chance easily. A skirmish between the two rival clubs just inside the final 10 minutes set up a tense finish, which only got more heated after a pivotal goalline clearance by Eleven forward Rodney Michael in the 83rd minute. Longtime LouCity nemesis Paolo DelPiccolo looked primed to put the home side ahead after redirecting another corner, but the debutant Michael snapped into action to clear the chance off the underside of the crossbar, keeping the score deadlocked despite vehement pleas from the home side to count the would-be goal. Nothing came from six minutes of stoppage time, allowing Indiana’s Team to go three straight games undefeated at Lynn Family Stadium dating back to last May.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL WHEEL PAST NAILERS FOR 5-4 WIN SATURDAY NIGHT

WHEELING – After beating the Wheeling Nailers at home 4-1 on Wednesday, the Indy Fuel traveled to West Virginia for a Saturday night matchup. After each team scored within the last 30 seconds of the third period, Seamus Malone scored in overtime to give the Fuel the 5-4 win.

The Nailers had the only one-man advantage of the first period after a tripping call on Indy’s Cam Bakker, but Indy killed it off. The Fuel’s Darien Craighead and Nailers’ Matt Alfaro both received penalties at 16:26, giving the game two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey. The period ended tied 0-0.

Pace picked up in the second period. Christopher Cameron fired a shot past Wheeling goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon to give Indy the lead two and a half minutes in. Just over two minutes later, Alfaro tied it up for Wheeling. Wheeling’s Tim Doherty was called for hooking with 4:10 remaining, giving Indy their first power play of the game. Spencer Watson then scored giving Indy the 2-1 lead.

Indy’s CJ Eick was called for high-sticking two minutes into the third period, allowing Patrick Watling to tie the game. Wheeling had a 5-on-3 power play after penalties against Jared Thomas and Brycen Martin but couldn’t get the puck past Fuel goaltender Tom Aubrun. With less than five minutes left in the period, Thomas came out of the box to score on a shorthanded breakaway giving Indy back their lead. Wheeling’s Adam Smith tied it up at 17:29 and Jared Cockrell gave them the lead with 30 seconds remaining in the game. With just 12 seconds left, Indy’s Malone sent the puck past Guindon, sending the game into overtime.

1:13 into overtime, Wheeling was given a penalty for too many men on the ice. Malone proceeded to score his second goal in a row, giving the Fuel the 5-4 overtime win.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1902       A Chicago Daily News headline reads, ‘Manager of the Cubs is in Doubt Only on Two Positions,’ marking the first time the team’s nickname has appeared in print. Although the moniker has been around since 1890, the Orphans, also known as the Colts and White Stockings, will not officially adopt the Cubs as its new name until 1907.

1935       In the bottom of the ninth inning, Russell Hinaga singles off future Hall of Fame Russian-born pitcher Victor Starffin, giving the San Jose Asahi, a hometown Japanese American semi-pro team, a 3-2 victory over the powerful Tokyo Giants. The visitors, who will avenge their loss to the ‘Morning Suns,’ next year, are touring the United States to promote the formation of a Japanese professional league, which they plan to established in the Land of the Rising Sun next season.

1967       Giants’ right-hander Juan Marichal ends his 29-day holdout when he becomes the third $100,000 major league pitcher in history, joining Dodger hurlers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. The ‘Dominican Dandy’ also reported to spring training late last season but proceeded to win his first ten games en route to a 25-6 record.

1973       Twins’ right-hander Jim Perry becomes the first player to use the ’10 and 5 rule’ when he okays his trade to the Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. During his one season in Detroit, Gaylord’s brother will post a 14-13 (.519) record along with an ERA of 4.03 in 35 appearances with the team.

1973       Hoping to make the team in spring training, right-hander Denny McLain is released by the Braves, in effect ending his career two days before his 29th birthday. During his ten-year major league tenure, the former 30-game winner compiled a 131-92 career record with an ERA of 3.39.

1981       Boston’s Gold Glove catcher Carlton Fisk is declared a free agent by major league baseball, much to the chagrin of the Fenway Faithful. The 33 year-old backstop can now negotiate with other teams for his services because he received his contract from the Red Sox two days after the deadline.

1987       The Mets trade backup catcher Ed Hearn, right-hander Rick A. Anderson, and pitching prospect Mauro Gozzo to the Royals for David Cone and minor leaguer Chris Jelic. The 24-year-old right-hander, who will compile an 80-48 (.625) record during his first six seasons in New York, posts a 5-6 mark this season, with Hearn appearing in only 15 games for Kansas City.

1989       The April 3 issue of Sports Illustrated, available on newsstands today, features a six-page article by Craig Neff and Lieber that exposes Pete Rose’s gambling activities. The piece entitled Rose’s Grim Vigil alleges ‘Charlie Hustle’ bet from the Riverfront Stadium dugout using hand gestures with an associate.

1992       The Brewers trade Gary Sheffield to the Padres for pitcher Ricky Bones and minor leaguers Jose Valentin and Matt Mieske. Sheffield, Milwaukee’s first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 1986 draft, will hit .330 for his new team this season, winning the National League batting crown.

2002       After being told he would not be an everyday player, the Expos give 37 year-old Jose Canseco his unconditional release. The 1986 Rookie of the Year and 1988 MVP of the American League ends his 17-year career with 462 home runs while batting .266, playing with five different clubs in the Junior Circuit.

2002       The Cubs, in need of a closer due to Tom Gordon’s muscle tear, trade righties Julian Tavarez (10-9, 4.52) and Jose Cueto, southpaw Dontrelle Willis, and catcher Ryan Jorgensen to the Marlins for Antonio Alfonseca (4-4, 28 saves) and right-hander Matt Clement (9-10, 5.05). Willis, next season’s National League Rookie of the Year, will become a 20-game winner for the Fish in 2005.

2008       At the start of spring training, Hideki Matsui, who already planned to be wed in a few weeks, a fact not known to the Bronx Bombers, makes a wager with some of his teammates about who would be the first to get married. A surprised Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu agree to pay off the bet after learning the Yankee slugger pulled a fast one on them by getting ‘hitched’ in New York on the club’s off-day yesterday.

2009       In a Kansai Independent League game played at the Osaka Dome, knuckleballer Eri Yoshida makes her debut, becoming Japan’s first female professional baseball player. The 17-year-old faces two batters on Opening Day, walking one and striking out the other, in the ninth inning of the Kobe 9 Cruise’s 5-0 victory over the hometown Gold Villicanes.

2011       Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka will make a $1 million contribution to the Red Sox Foundation for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan. The team’s official charity has raised more than $1.3 million in response to the March 11 disaster, including personal donations from other Japanese players Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa, and Itsuki Shoda.

2011       The Nationals trade Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers in exchange for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash. Washington sends the light-hitting fleet-footed outfielder to Milwaukee to obtain the Class A minor league third baseman, the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra.

2012       Embattled owner Frank McCourt agrees to sell the Dodgers to a group that includes former LA Lakers star Magic Johnson and former baseball executive Stan Kasten for $2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for a team in the history of professional sports. The sale price far exceeds the $1.47 billion Malcolm Glazer paid for the English soccer team Manchester United in 2005.

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
(1)KANSAS VS (10)MIAMI2:20PMCBS
(8)NORTH CAROLINA VS (15)SAINT PETER’S5:05PMCBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
CREIGHTON VS. SOUTH CAROLINA7:00PMESPN
TEXAS VS. STANFORD9:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
MICHIGAN AT NEBRASKA12:00PMBTN
GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY12:00PMSECN
ARMY AT NAVY2:00PMCBSSN
ALABAMA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE3:00PMSECN
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
NCAA TOURNAMENT4:00PMESPN2
NCAA TOURNAMENT6:30PMESPN2
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
DUKE AT NOTRE DAME12:00PMACCN
LSU AT ARKANSAS1:00PMESPN2
SYRACUSE AT GEORGIA TECH2:00PMACCN
TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA2:00PMESPNU
NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN3:00PMBTN
NC STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA3:00PMACCN
UCLA AT WASHINGTON7:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: QATAR MASTERS7:00AMGOLF
PGA: CORALES PUNTACANA RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP10:30AMGOLF
PGA: WGC DELL TECHNOLOGIES, MATCH PLAY3:00PMNBC
LPGA: JTBC CLASSIC9:00PMGOLF
MLB SPRING TRAININGTIME ETTV
ST. LOUIS AT NY METS1:00PMMLBN
CHI. WHITE SOX AT LA DODGERS4:00PMMLBN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX1:00PMESPN
NASCAR CUP: ECHOPARK AUTOMOTIVE TEXAS GRAND PRIX3:30PMFOX
NBATIME ETTV
NEW YORK KNICKS AT DETROIT3:30PMMSG
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT BOSTON6:00PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
GOLDEN STATE AT WASHINGTON6:00PMNBCS-BAY
NBCS-WSH
PHILADELPHIA AT PHOENIX6:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT NEW ORLEANS7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT DALLAS7:30PMNBATV
ATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
TAMPA BAY AT NY ISLANDERS2:00PMTNT
BUFFALO AT NY RANGERS5:00PMMSG+
MSG-BUF
DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
COLORADO AT MINNESOTA6:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT NASHVILLE6:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT WINNIPEG7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
FLORIDA AT TORONTO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MONTREAL AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMMSG
SPORTSNET

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHILADELPHIA4627.63021-1625-116-927-177-33 W
2 XY-MIAMI4728.62726-1221-1611-230-164-64 L
BOSTON4628.6220.525-1221-169-630-169-15 W
MILWAUKEE4628.6220.526-1220-1610-328-187-31 L
CHICAGO4331.5813.526-1017-2110-528-184-61 W
TORONTO4232.5684.519-1623-168-526-208-22 W
CLEVELAND4133.5545.523-1418-199-624-214-63 L
BROOKLYN3935.5277.516-1923-169-627-187-31 W
CHARLOTTE3836.5148.520-1818-186-722-237-31 W
10 ATLANTA3737.5009.524-1413-238-622-246-41 W
11 NEW YORK3242.43214.515-2117-214-1017-276-42 W
12 WASHINGTON3142.42515.018-1813-246-723-232-81 W
13 INDIANA2550.33322.016-219-292-1311-353-73 L
14 DETROIT2054.27026.512-258-295-916-303-71 L
15 ORLANDO2055.26727.010-2710-282-1110-354-62 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6014.81130-830-68-436-99-17 W
2 X-MEMPHIS5223.6938.527-1025-139-532-148-24 W
GOLDEN STATE4826.64912.029-919-1710-328-175-51 L
UTAH4529.60815.026-1119-1813-129-155-53 L
DALLAS4529.60815.025-1220-1713-232-166-41 L
DENVER4431.58716.522-1522-166-927-205-51 W
MINNESOTA4332.57317.525-1318-1911-429-207-31 W
LA CLIPPERS3639.48024.520-1616-237-721-262-85 L
LA LAKERS3142.42528.520-1811-243-1116-273-71 L
10 NEW ORLEANS3143.41929.017-2114-226-920-244-61 L
11 SAN ANTONIO3044.40530.014-2316-215-820-246-43 W
12 PORTLAND2747.36533.017-2110-261-1211-332-83 L
13 SACRAMENTO2748.36033.516-2311-255-817-293-72 W
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2153.28439.010-2711-264-914-321-91 L
15 HOUSTON2055.26740.511-259-303-1211-374-62 W
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6444146944126218626-6-018-8-68-1-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6543157934221615624-5-419-10-35-3-2
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS66391710883621417718-9-521-8-55-3-2
NEW YORK RANGERS6541195873719816821-6-320-13-26-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS6541195873920017420-10-221-9-38-1-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6440186863821118119-6-421-12-24-6-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6440195853823419523-7-217-12-35-4-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS67372010843222419116-13-521-7-57-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6632295692821624618-13-314-16-24-4-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS6328269652717317417-12-411-14-57-2-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6526318602318724217-12-59-19-32-6-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES6523339552017422712-16-511-17-46-3-1
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS65213311532116722813-15-68-18-54-5-1
14 OTTAWA SENATORS6523366522217021312-19-311-17-34-5-1
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6523375512120023715-14-38-23-24-6-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS65183710461616724410-19-48-18-64-3-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6546145974325118126-4-320-10-26-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6540178883823116021-6-619-11-26-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD6339204823423420022-7-117-13-37-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS6736229813319518818-13-418-9-55-3-2
ST. LOUIS BLUES6435209793322618720-9-415-11-53-4-3
EDMONTON OILERS6636255773322721520-12-016-13-56-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6537244783521219019-11-018-13-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6836284763221620620-13-316-15-14-6-0
DALLAS STARS6436253753218919221-9-115-16-25-5-0
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6732269732919219114-13-518-13-44-3-3
11 WINNIPEG JETS66312510723020720618-13-213-12-87-3-0
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS6529288662717320416-14-413-14-45-3-2
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS67272911652318921816-14-411-15-71-7-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS66243210582017922911-16-513-16-54-4-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN6520396461817023211-18-39-21-34-5-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES642040444191662329-22-111-18-35-5-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE