INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Bowman Academy 48 Illiana Christian 44
Danville 62 Western Boone 37
DeKalb 69 Prairie Heights 28
Fort Wayne North 65 Leo 61 OT
Franklin Central 61 Perry Meridian 30
Griffith 65 River Forest 54
Indianapolis Attucks 81 Indianapolis Washington 48
Indianapolis Riverside 76 Eminence 43
Kankakee Valley 80 Knox 60
Lawrence North 57 New Palestine 48
Oregon-Davis 66 Culver 49
Parke Heritage 81 North Vermillion 44
Rossville 65 Clinton Central 45
South Ripley 78 Shawe Memorial 62
Speedway 43 Indianapolis Shortridge 41
Terre Haute North 49 Northview 38
Vincennes Lincoln 51 South Knox 40
Wapahani 88 Randolph Southern 26


Porter County Conference Tournament
Hebron 46 Morgan Twp. 37 1st

BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean at Griffith 8:00 pm
Believe Circle City at Indiana Deaf 7:15 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Centerville at Union County 7:30 pm
Cloverport (Ky.) at Cannelton 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Gary West 8:00 pm
Elkhart Christian at Triton 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Tech 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at Woodlan 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
MTI Knowledge at Central Christian 7:30 pm
Muncie Burris at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
North Judson at Winamac 8:00 pm
Park Tudor at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Traders Point Christian 7:30 pm
Pleasant View Christian at Seven Oaks 7:00 pm
South Vermillion at Greencastle 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

Angola 48 Bellmont 45 OT
Bremen 66 South Bend Adams 51
Carroll (Flora) 45 Caston 31
Columbus North 57 Rushville 49
Covenant Christian 53 North Putnam 42
Danville 60 Western Boone 29
Edwardsburg (Mich.) 45 Concord 36
Fort Wayne Concordia 47 Fort Wayne South 44
Hammond Central 57 Calumet 15
Illiana Christian 44 Kouts 41
Indian Creek 69 South Putnam 35
Indiana Math & Science 48 KIPP Indy Legacy 21
Indianapolis Shortridge 36 Christel House 20
John Glenn 50 Mishawaka Marian 28
Lake Central 77 Hammond Morton 44
Logansport 38 Frankfort 17
Michigan City 56 LaPorte 40
Muncie Central 59 Muncie Burris 36
North Central (Farmersburg) 66 Dugger Union 29
North Vermillion 50 Crawfordsville 27
Northeastern 54 Winchester 19
Northwestern 74 North Miami 63
Pioneer 45 North Judson 40
Rochester 31 Lewis Cass 23
Sheridan 52 Southmont 37
Southern Wells 34 Cowan 31
West Vigo 47 Riverton Parke 24
Whiting 52 Gary West 49 OT
Whitko 55 Southwood 47


Porter County Tournament
Tri-Township 43 South Central (Union Mills) 29 1st

GIRLS SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandria at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Anderson at New Castle 7:30 pm
Angola at Warsaw 7:30 pm
Attica at Seeger 7:00 pm
Austin at Salem 7:30 pm
Avon at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at North Knox 7:30 pm
Believe Circle City at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Bethany Christian at Fairfield 6:30 pm
Bloomfield at North Daviess 6:00 pm
Bloomington North at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Blue River at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Bowman Academy at Michigan City 7:00 pm
Brownstown Central at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Cascade at Speedway 7:30 pm
Caston at Bremen 7:30 pm
Christel House at Mooresville Christian 6:00 pm
Cloverdale at Northview 7:30 pm
Cloverport (Ky.) at Cannelton 6:30 pm
Columbus East at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Concord at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Crawford County 7:30 pm
Culver at West Central 7:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
East Central at Connersville 7:30 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at Henryville 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Clay City 7:30 pm
Eastside at Westview 7:00 pm
Elwood at Wes-Del 6:00 pm
Elwood at Wes-Del 6:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at Tri-County 7:30 pm
Floyd Central at Providence 7:30 pm
Forest Park at North Posey 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Frontier at North White 7:30 pm
Gary West at Lighthouse CPA 7:00 pm
Goshen at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
Greencastle at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Griffith at Hammond Noll 8:00 pm
Hanover Central at Crown Point 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Hamilton Heights 7:30 pm
Heritage Hills at Princeton 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran at Morristown 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Christian Academy 6:00 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
Jasper at Evansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Jennings County at Franklin 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Portage 8:00 pm
Knox at LaVille 6:30 pm
Kouts at Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Lakeland at Fremont 7:30 pm
Lakewood Park at Fort Wayne Wayne 6:00 pm
Lawrenceburg at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Hammond Science & Tech 8:00 pm
Linton-Stockton at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Southwood 7:45 pm
Marquette Catholic at Culver Academy 8:00 pm
Martinsville at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Milan at Waldron 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at South Adams 7:00 pm
Monrovia at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Muncie Burris at Cowan 7:30 pm
Munster at Highland 8:00 pm
New Palestine at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
North Newton at South Newton 7:00 pm
North Putnam at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
NorthWood at Penn 7:30 pm
OPH (Ill.) at Shakamak 8:00 pm
Orleans at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Paoli at West Washington 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Tell City 8:00 pm
Peru at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Indianapolis Tindley 6:30 pm
Pioneer at Southwood ccd.
Pleasant View Christian at Seven Oaks 7:00 pm
Plymouth at Northridge 7:45 pm
Randolph Southern at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Riverton Parke at Fountain Central 6:30 pm
Rochester at Northfield 7:45 pm
Seymour at New Albany 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Rising Sun 6:00 pm
Shenandoah at Wapahani 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at South Bend Clay 6:00 pm
South Central (Elizabeth) at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Westville 8:00 pm
South Knox at Loogootee 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Washington 8:00 pm
Southport at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Greenwood Christian 7:30 pm
Springs Valley at Borden 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
Taylor at Wabash 7:00 pm
Tecumseh at Southridge 8:00 pm
Tippecanoe Valley at Manchester 7:45 pm
Tipton at Kokomo 6:00 pm
Tri at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Delphi 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Madison 7:30 pm
Triton Central at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
University at Tri-West 7:00 pm
Victory Christian at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Lake Central 8:00 pm
West Vigo at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Western at McCutcheon 1:30 pm
Wheeler at Whiting 8:00 pm
Whitko at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Winamac at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RESULTS

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NFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 3 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, 6:30 P.M. ET (FOX)

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

AFC VS. NFC IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

ALABAMA 79 #8 AUBURN 75

#22 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 69 RICE 56

NORTHWESTERN 96 #10 ILLINOIS 91 OT

#14 MARQUETTE 86 DEPAUL 73

#23 IOWA STATE 78 KANSAS STATE 67

NEVADA 77 #24 COLORADO STATE 64

#25 NEW MEXICO 95 SAN JOSE STATE 75

ELSEWHERE:

MIAMI FLORIDA 73 NOTRE DAME 61

MARYLAND 69 IOWA 67

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 75 VALPARAISO 69

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#21 CREIGHTON 77 GEORGETOWN 72

OKLAHOMA 91 #10 TEXAS 87

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 91 MIAMI OHIO 57

MICHIGAN STATE 97 PURDUE 70

MICHIGAN 79 MARYLAND 77 OT

GREEN BAY 87 IUPUI 59

BUTLER 90 XAVIER 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 118 WASHINGTON 107

DETROIT 113 CHARLOTTE 106

MEMPHIS 105 MIAMI 96

PORTLAND 137 HOUSTON 131 OT

MILWAUKEE 126 CLEVELAND 116

PHOENIX 132 DALLAS 109

OKLAHOMA CITY 140 SAN ANTONIO 114

GOLDEN STATE 134 ATLANTA 112

NHL SCOREBOARD

TORONTO 1 WINNIPEG 0 OT

FLORIDA 6 ARIZONA 2

CAROLINA 3 BOSTON 2

COLORADO 6 WASHINGTON 2

SEATTLE 6 CHICAGO 2

ST. LOUIS 4 VANCOUVER 3 OT

BUFFALO 5 LOS ANGELES 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ALABAMA PULLS OFF UPSET OF NO. 8 AUBURN

Mark Sears scored 22 points and distributed eight assists, and host Alabama held on for a 79-75 win over No. 8 Auburn on Wednesday night in a Southeastern Conference matchup in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Rylan Griffen finished with 17 points for Alabama (13-6, 5-1), which bounced back from a 20-point loss against then-No. 6 Tennessee on Saturday. Latrell Wrightsell Jr. had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Grant Nelson registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Johni Broome scored a game-high 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting for Auburn (16-3, 5-1). Chad Baker-Mazara contributed 11 points for the Tigers, whose 11-game winning streak ended.

The Crimson Tide recorded a 46-41 edge in rebounds and posted a 21-12 advantage in second-chance points. They made 11 shots from beyond the arc, compared with five 3-pointers for Auburn.

Northwestern 96, No. 10 Illinois 91 (OT)

Boo Buie finished with 29 points and the host Wildcats scored the first nine points of overtime to claim an upset of the Fighting Illini in Evanston, Ill.

Brooks Barnhizer contributed 23 points for Northwestern (14-5, 5-3), which orchestrated a dramatically different result from the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 2, when the Wildcats never led during a 30-point loss on Illinois’ home floor.

Coleman Hawkins paced Illinois (14-5, 5-3) with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Marcus Domask added 22 points and six assists. Terrence Shannon Jr. finished with 12 points as he returned to Illinois’ starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 22. He came off the bench Sunday in his first game since returning from his Dec. 27 suspension that cost him six games.

No. 14 Marquette 86, DePaul 73

The Golden Eagles put four scorers in double figures and kept the Demon Deacons at arm’s length to win a Big East matchup in Chicago.

Tyler Kolek, the reigning Big East Player of the Year, registered 22 points and seven assists, while David Joplin scored 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from long range as the Golden Eagles (14-5, 5-3 Big East) won their third straight game. Oso Ighodaro piled up 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, and Stevie Mitchell tacked on 12 points.

DePaul (3-16, 0-8), which fired coach Tony Stubblefield on Monday and installed Matt Brady on an interim basis, lost its seventh game in a row. Jalen Terry led the Blue Demons with 22 points and six rebounds. He also made 6 of 8 shots from deep. Jeremiah Oden added 19 points and Jaden Henley supplied 10.

No. 22 FAU 69, Rice 56

Nick Boyd scored 18 points and had three steals as Florida Atlantic moved into a first-place tie in the American Athletic Conference with a win over Rice in Houston.

Johnell Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds and Alijah Martin managed 14 points and eight boards as Florida Atlantic (16-4, 6-1) swept its two-game road trip in Texas.

Alem Huseinovic led Rice (7-12, 1-5) with 16 points and Mekhi Mason had 13 points and three steals, but the squad lost for the sixth time in its past seven outings.

No. 23 Iowa State 78, Kansas State 67

Milan Momcilovic scored a game-high 19 points and the host Cyclones pulled away late to defeat the Wildcats in Ames, Iowa, and improve to 12-0 at home this season.

The Cyclones (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) got 18 points from Curtis Jones plus 15 points and 13 rebounds from Keshon Gilbert.

The Wildcats (14-5, 4-2) tied the score on five occasions in the second half but never led in the contest. Kansas State was led by Arthur Kaluma with 16 points. Cam Carter added 12.

Nevada 77, No. 24 Colorado State 64

Jarod Lucas scored 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting to help the Wolf Pack defeat the Rams in Reno, Nev.

Kenan Blackshear added 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting as Nevada (16-4, 3-3 Mountain West) halted a three-game losing streak. Nick Davidson had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Wolf Pack.

Jalen Lake scored 13 points, Josiah Strong added 12 and Joel Scott chipped in 10 points for Colorado State (15-4, 3-3). Rams star Isaiah Stevens had 10 assists but scored just eight points on 4-of-16 shooting.

No. 25 New Mexico 95, San Jose State 75

Jaelen House scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, hitting two 3-pointers in a key run, to lead the Lobos to a victory over the host Spartans.

The Lobos (17-3, 5-2 Mountain West) are on a four-game winning streak, all double-digit triumphs in conference games. Donovan Dent and Jamal Mashburn Jr. each had 17 points, JT Toppin finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Nelly Junior Joseph had 10 points for New Mexico.

San Jose State (8-11, 1-5) lost for the fifth time in the past six games. The Spartans were led by Myron Amey Jr.’s 24 points and nine rebounds. Tibet Gorener added 12 points, and Diogo Seixas had 10.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: OKLAHOMA EDGES NO. 10 TEXAS

Lexy Keys’ 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining helped Oklahoma hold on for a 91-87 victory over No. 10 Texas on Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

The Sooners (12-6, 6-1 Big 12) led by 10 points with 3:47 to play before the Longhorns (18-3, 5-3) went on an 11-2 run. Texas climbed within 85-84 on Madison Booker’s layup with 59 seconds remaining.

Key then connected off an assist from Nevaeh Tot. Booker missed a jump shot, Oklahoma got the rebound and Tot sank 1 of 2 free throws for a five-point lead. Another miss by Texas followed by another 1-of-2 effort at the free-throw line by Tot made it 90-84 with 13 seconds to play.

Booker hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds to play but Tot made another 1 of 2 at the line to seal the outcome.

All five Oklahoma starters finished with double-figure point totals. Skylar Vann had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Payton Verhulst scored 18 points, Keys had 15 points, Tot logged 14 points and 10 boards, and Sahara Williams put up 13 points.

Booker, a freshman, scored a season-high 29 points to lead Texas. Shay Holle added 22 points, Aaliyah Moore had 11, and Taylor Jones wound up with 10.

No. 21 Creighton 77, Georgetown 72

Lauren Jensen poured in 21 points and Morgan Maly added 20 as the Bluejays pulled away in the fourth quarter to down the Hoyas in Washington.

Graceann Bennett’s layup with 6:45 remaining gave Georgetown a 62-61 lead, but Jensen responded by scoring the next six points. She hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and completed the four-point play, then sank a layup for a 67-62 edge with 5:19 to go.

The Hoyas pulled within three points on five occasions after that but never got closer.

Emma Ronsiek scored 15 points and Molly Mogensen had 11 as Creighton (15-3, 6-2 Big East) posted its fifth consecutive win.

Brianna Scott led Georgetown (15-4, 4-4) with 17 points off the bench, while Jada Claude — another reserve — and Kelsey Ransom each had 14. Ransom added a game-high six assists.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: WARRIORS ROLL IN EMOTIONAL RETURN TO COURT

Jonathan Kuminga tied a franchise record by making all 11 of his shots in a 25-point performance and the Golden State Warriors honored the memory of Dejan Milojevic with a 134-112 romp over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in San Francisco.

The evening began with an on-court tribute to Milojevic, the former Hawks summer-league coach and three-year Warriors assistant who died on Jan. 17 after having a heart attack at a Golden State team dinner the previous night in Salt Lake City.

Stephen Curry chipped in with 25 points for Golden State, and Klay Thompson added 24 for the Warriors, who were playing their first game in nine days after two postponements. Kuminga’s 11-for-11 shooting night matched that of Chris Mullin at Miami on Dec. 1, 1990.

Dejounte Murray had 23 points and Jalen Johnson 21 for the Hawks, who dropped both games on a three-day Northern California swing without Trae Young, sidelined due to a concussion.

Bucks 126, Cavaliers 116

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lead Milwaukee Bucks over visiting Cleveland in the Bucks’ first game after dismissing head coach Adrian Griffin.

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Antetokounmpo finished with his seventh triple-double of the season, racking up 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Damian Lillard added 28 points while Khris Middleton scored 24.

Cleveland, which had won eight in a row, was led by Donovan Mitchell, who scored 23 points but shot 10 of 24. Jarrett Allen added 21 and 12 rebounds.

Grizzlies 105, Heat 96

Vince Williams Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Scotty Pippen Jr. played the best game of his career in just his second appearance of the season and Memphis handed host Miami its fourth straight loss.

Pippen, who Memphis signed to a two-way contract last week, came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, grab six rebounds and dish out six assists. All were career highs for the second-year guard, who had only played a total of 37 minutes in the NBA prior to Wednesday.

Terry Rozier, playing in his first game with Miami since being traded from Charlotte, scored nine points off the bench on just 3-of-11 shooting and committed three of the Heat’s 17 total turnovers.

Suns 132, Mavericks 109

Devin Booker scored 30 of his 46 points in the second half as visiting Phoenix rallied for its seventh straight win, beating Dallas.

Bradley Beal had 20 points, Grayson Allen scored 15 and Kevin Durant had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Phoenix, which trailed by as many as 16 in the second quarter before outscoring the Mavericks 43-20 in the third. Booker scored 22 points in the decisive third quarter and finished shooting 17 of 23 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range for the game. Booker also had seven rebounds.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and Jaden Hardy added 11. Grant Williams scored eight points before being ejected midway through the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul.

Thunder 140, Spurs 114

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 32 points and 10 assists in three quarters of play as visiting Oklahoma City poured it on in the second half to post a win over San Antonio.

The Thunder, playing the second game of a home-road back-to-back, pulled away in a dominating third quarter to win their fourth straight game and forge a tie for the best record in the Western Conference. Aaron Wiggins poured in 22 points off the bench for the Thunder, with Chet Holmgren adding 17.

Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Devin Vassell added 21, Blake Wesley scored 12, Malaki Branham had 11 and Zach Collins hit for 10 points in the loss, the second straight setback for San Antonio.

Timberwolves 118, Wizards 107

Anthony Edwards scored 38 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 15 of his 27 points in the third quarter to fuel visiting Minnesota to a victory over Washington.

Edwards offset an 11-for-28 performance from the floor by making 13 of 14 attempts from the foul line. Towns went 11-for-24 from the floor — albeit 2-for-10 from 3-point range — in his first game since posting a franchise-record 62-point performance in a 128-125 setback against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Rudy Gobert collected 19 points and 16 rebounds and Jaden McDaniels added 13 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game losing streak despite playing without Mike Conley (illness).

Washington’s Deni Avdija drained four 3-pointers to highlight his 24-point effort. Marvin Bagley III recorded 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Kyle Kuzma had 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards, who have lost five in a row and 11 of their past 12 games.

Blazers 137, Rockets 131 (OT)

Anfernee Simons scored 33 points, Jerami Grant ended regulation with a game-tying 3-pointer and visiting Portland outlasted Houston in overtime.

Grant had 21 points and nine assists, and it was his bank shot at the buzzer that forced the extra period. The Trail Blazers methodically pulled away in overtime, with Deandre Ayton (18 points, 17 rebounds) converting a critical second-chance basket with 10.2 seconds left.

Alperen Sengun posted 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Rockets, while Jalen Green scored 29 points. However, Houston went cold from the perimeter late, shooting 1-for-10 on 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.

Pistons 113, Hornets 106

Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 34 points and host Detroit downed Charlotte.

Alec Burks had 15 points and Jalen Duren supplied 14 with eight rebounds in Detroit’s fifth win this season. Isaiah Stewart added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Brandon Miller led Charlotte with 23 points and seven rebounds, Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Miles Bridges contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds. LaMelo Ball added 17 points and seven assists before fouling out.

DOC RIVERS IS FINALIZING A DEAL TO TAKE OVER AS THE BUCKS COACH, AP SOURCE SAYS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Doc Rivers is finalizing a deal to take over as the Milwaukee Bucks coach a day after the firing of Adrian Griffin, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Rivers and the Bucks were still negotiating on Wednesday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no contract had been completed.

ESPN, where Rivers has worked this season an analyst, reported that Rivers has agreed to a deal in principle. ESPN’s public relations department released a statement on social media from head of event and studio production David Roberts saying, “We wish Doc well and we look forward to documenting the next chapter of his coaching career.”

Interim coach Joe Prunty will coach the Bucks on Wednesday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bucks fired Griffin on Tuesday despite owning a 30-13 record that matches the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves for the second-best mark in the league. Milwaukee is 3 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings.

Griffin had never been a head coach until the Bucks hired him last summer, though he had spent 16 years as an assist. The Bucks would be replacing him with someone who has nearly a quarter-century of head coaching experience.

Rivers has plenty of Milwaukee ties, as he played for Marquette from 1980-83 and his No. 31 jersey hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters. He also has a championship background after leading the Boston Celtics to a title in 2008 and a Game 7 Finals appearance two years later.

He didn’t have as much postseason success in later stints with the Los Angeles Clippers (2013-20) and Philadelphia 76ers (2020-23). The 76ers fired him last year after they exited in the second round of the playoffs each of his three seasons in Philadelphia.

Rivers owns a 1,097-763 regular-season record and 111-104 playoff mark in 24 seasons with the Orlando Magic (1999-2004), Celtics (2004-13), Clippers and 76ers.

His 1,097 regular-season wins put him one shy of Larry Brown for eighth most in NBA history.

Rivers’ task at Milwaukee would be to upgrade a defense that performed poorly enough under Griffin to cast doubt on the Bucks’ chances of seriously contending for a title. The Bucks rank 21st in defensive rating, down from fourth last season.

GRANT HILL EXPLAINS THE DECISION SURROUNDING DRAYMOND GREEN’S OMISSION FROM THE OLYMPIC POOL

USA Basketball says it wants the best for Draymond Green, which is why the federation does not have him in its plans for the Paris Olympics.

Green’s omission from the pool of 41 players who are now candidates to play for the United States at the Paris Games was explained Wednesday by men’s national team managing director Grant Hill, who spoke highly of the Golden State forward’s history with the national team and how he helped the Americans win Olympic gold in 2016 and 2021.

But it was Green’s recent history — two suspensions for on-court conduct this season — that Hill and USA Basketball couldn’t ignore.

“We all understand and certainly have great respect and sensitivity to this particular period in his career and he’s working through some things both on and off the court,” Hill said. “We at USA Basketball, we want to support him on his journey. We just didn’t feel that playing over the summer gives him the best opportunity to do what he needs to do.”

Green appeared in 16 of Golden State’s first 40 games this season, his absences primarily because of the two suspensions — five games for grabbing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert around the neck during an on-court incident in November, then an indefinite banning after he struck Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic in the face in December. Green wound up missing 12 games before being reinstated and four more games while ramping up to return to play.

Green is one of four current NBA players with more than one Olympic gold medal. The others — three-time gold medalist Kevin Durant and two-time gold medalists LeBron James and Chris Paul — are among the 41-player list that was released Tuesday. But Green was hardly the only previous gold medalist that didn’t make the initial list for this summer; of the 26 active NBA players with gold medals, 13 are in the pool, 13 aren’t.

“His contributions have been significant, and he is a real part of the legacy of this organization for his excellence,” Hill said. “But in lieu of what’s transpired this year, we made a decision to not have him on this list.”

It was the first of many tough decisions awaiting Hill, men’s national team director Sean Ford, national team coach Steve Kerr and others in the coming months as a list of 41 players has to get pared down to a 12-person Olympic team. There are a slew of players in line to potentially make their first Olympic team, including reigning MVP Joel Embiid and four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry.

There won’t be tryouts and Hill’s hope is to have the roster picked at some point during the NBA playoffs, which makes sometime in May a logical target for a team unveiling. All 41 players on the current list have expressed interest in playing; 24 have been All-Stars, with a combined 131 selections.

That means, at minimum, 12 past All-Stars won’t graduate from the pool to the actual Olympic team this summer. The team will convene in Las Vegas for camp in early July and play its first exhibition game to start tuning up for Paris on July 10 when Canada visits.

“I’ll be honest: I didn’t think we’d be at 41. I thought we would have fewer names, I thought maybe 30,” Hill said. “And so, it was really hard to get to 41. And I imagine it’ll be very difficult to get to 12. If history is a guide here, a lot can and will happen between now and July.”

NFL NEWS

CHARGERS HIRE HARBAUGH AS NEW COACH

The Los Angeles Chargers hired Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach, the team announced Wednesday.

Harbaugh agreed to terms on a five-year contract, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Jim Harbaugh is football personified, and I can think of no one better to lead the Chargers forward,” team owner Dean Spanos said in a statement.

The 60-year-old led Michigan, his alma mater, to a CFP National Championship earlier in January. Harbaugh spent nine seasons at the helm of the Wolverines.

“Being back here feels like home, and it’s great to see that those things haven’t changed,” Harbaugh said about rejoining the Chargers after playing for the franchise in 1999 and 2000.

Harbaugh previously served as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014. He led the NFC West franchise to a 44-19-1 record as well as three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances (2011-13). The Niners made it to Super Bowl XLVII but fell short to the Baltimore Ravens and Harbaugh’s brother, John.

Harbaugh was among 15 candidates who spoke with the Chargers about their coaching vacancy.

The longtime coach posted an 89-25 record during his tenure with Michigan. Over the past three seasons, the Wolverines established a 40-3 mark while qualifying for the CFP in each campaign.

“We have been discussing a new contract that would make Jim the highest-paid coach in college football,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “We can’t thank Jim enough for all that he has done for our student-athletes, staff and Michigan Football.

Harbaugh’s return to the NFL has been in the works over the past few years. He previously interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos, respectively, in each of the past two offseasons.

Harbaugh will make his return to the West Coast after initially beginning his coaching career in 2004 at the University of San Diego. He also served as Stanford’s coach from 2007 to 2010.

Harbaugh was suspended twice during Michigan’s 2023 campaign because of alleged recruiting violations and a sign-stealing scandal. He could be subject to further punishment as the NCAA continues to conduct its investigations into both allegations.

The Chargers are trusting Harbaugh to help reverse the franchise’s fortunes after the team parted ways with coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco on Dec. 15. L.A. concluded its 2023 campaign with a 5-12 record.

Harbaugh will be tasked with helping Justin Herbert elevate the club to prominence in a contentious AFC West.

L.A. has continued to interview prospective executives to fill its vacant general manager position. New York Giants executive Brandon Brown met with Chargers officials for a second interview earlier Wednesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.

Meanwhile, Wolverines offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore is the favorite to replace Harbaugh at Michigan, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

PRO PICKS: CHIEFS AND 49ERS WILL WIN TO SET UP A SUPER BOWL REMATCH

The underdog role has worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes. The San Francisco 49ers have odds in their favor.

Two of the four teams facing off Sunday are quite familiar with these stakes.

The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are in the AFC championship game for the sixth straight season, but going on the road for the first time in that span.

They’ll take on the No. 1 seed Ravens, who are here for the first time in 11 years. The city of Baltimore is hosting an AFC title game for the first time since the Colts beat the Oakland Raiders in 1971.

The Ravens are 3 1/2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

However, the Chiefs are 8-3 as an underdog in Mahomes’ career.

The No. 1 seed 49ers are making their third consecutive appearance in the NFC championship game and fourth in five years. They host the Detroit Lions, who haven’t reached this point in 32 years and have never played in a Super Bowl. The 49ers are 7-point favorites.

The Ravens and 49ers have history on their side. No. 1 seeds are 34-14 in conference championship games, including 2-0 last season when the Chiefs went on to beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Home teams are 35-18 in the NFC title game, 36-17 in the AFC.

If the 49ers and Chiefs advance, it’ll set up a Super Bowl rematch. Kansas City won that one four years ago.

KANSAS CITY (13-6) at BALTIMORE (14-4)

Line: Ravens minus 3 1/2

Mahomes led the Chiefs to a comeback win over Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round in his first career playoff game on the road aside from Super Bowls.

The two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP has embraced the challenge and now faces the league’s stingiest defense. The Ravens gave up an NFL-low 16.5 points per game and the sixth-fewest yards at 301.4 per game. They have standouts at every level of defense, including defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, linebackers Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen and safety Kyle Hamilton.

All-Pro QB Lamar Jackson also has a tough task going against a Chiefs defense that gave up 17.3 points per game in the regular season and held the high-octane Dolphins to only seven points in the wild-card round. Led by All-Pro edge Chris Jones and All-Pro slot cornerback Trent McDuffie, Kansas City was No. 2 in yards, holding opponents to 289.8 per game. But the Chiefs were 18th against the run and the Ravens have the league’s top rushing offense led by Jackson, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.

Jackson is 1-3 against Mahomes. But he has led the Ravens to 11 wins over winning teams with nine of those by at least 14 points, including last week’s 34-10 victory over Houston. The past five home teams in a conference championship coming off a victory of at least 20 points all won.

But the Chiefs are 9-1-1 against the spread as an underdog with Mahomes, including eight outright wins.

Something has to give.

Maybe Taylor Swift and Jason Kelce will be the good luck charms for the Chiefs. Travis Kelce caught two touchdown passes last week with his pop star girlfriend and All-Pro brother watching in a suite.

Pro Picks likes an upset.

CHIEFS, 23-22

DETROIT (14-5) at SAN FRANCISCO (13-5)

Line: 49ers minus 7

Jared Goff and the Lions are one win away from the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. If the 49ers play the way they did last week against Green Bay, Dan Campbell’s team will be going to Las Vegas.

Brock Purdy and the 49ers weren’t sharp on a rainy night against the Packers, but their QB delivered in the clutch to lead a comeback win and bring them back to being a win away from the Super Bowl. Purdy should get his chance to throw against the Lions, who had the NFL’s second-best run defense but were 27th against the pass. He’ll need Deebo Samuel, who is uncertain to play because of a shoulder injury.

All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey had a big game last week and is also dangerous as a pass-catcher so the Lions can’t simply focus on stopping the run.

Goff led the league’s No. 2 passing offense, throwing to All-Pro wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and standout rookie tight end Sam LaPorta. He’s got David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs in the backfield, too.

But the Lions averaged five fewer points per game on the road and the field in San Francisco is a slower track. Plus, they’re facing one of the league’s best defenses led by All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner and star rusher Nick Bosa.

Pro Picks expects the 49ers to bring their best after getting routed in Philadelphia in last year’s NFC title game when Purdy suffered a significant elbow injury.

NFL CAPSULES

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-6 – AFC WEST – NO. 3 SEED) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (14-4 – AFC NORTH – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2024 GAME TIME: 3:00 PM ET

CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely

Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) KC: 82 or 225 BAL: 83 or 226 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: KC leads series, 7-4

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: KC 35 at BAL 36

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/19/21

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: AFC-WC 1/9/11: BAL 30 at KC 7

FIRST GAME AT SITE

CHIEFS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 22-21 Championships: 4 [1960, 1969 (SB IV), 2019 (SB LIV), 2022 (SB LVII)]

Last Postseason Game: AFC-DIV 1/21/24: KC 27 at BUF 24

Andy Reid vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 6-2 Reg. Season: 258-144-1 (.641) Postseason: 24-16

CHIEFS advanced to 6th-straight AFC Champ. Game, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Seeking 4th SB appearance in past 5 years. • ANDY REID has 24 career playoff wins, 2nd-most ever by HC. Appearing in 11th Champ. Game as HC, surpassing HOFer Tom Landry (10) for 2nd-most ever by HC. With win, can become 4th HC ever to appear in 5 SBs. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 17 of 23 atts. (73.9 pct.) for 215 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 131.6 rating in AFC-Div., 5thstraight playoff game with TD pass & 0 INTs. Is 13-3 in 16 career playoff starts & can become 6th QB all-time with 14+ career playoff wins. Is 3-1 with 1,479 pass yards (369.8 per game) & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs & 119.1 rating in 4 career starts vs. Bal., with 325+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in each game. • RB ISIAH PACHECO led team with 111 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 14 rec.) & had rush TD in AFC-Div., 6th-straight game overall with TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 5 career playoff games, with rush TD in each of past 3. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 5 catches for 75 yards & 2 TDs in AFC-Div., 12th-straight playoff game with 5+ catches & 11th-straight playoff game with 50+ rec. yards, both 2nd-longest streaks in NFL history. Needs 7 catches to surpass HOFer Jerry Rice (151) for most postseason receptions ever. Has 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in each of 5 career games vs. Bal, incl. 109 rec. yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR RASHEE RICE (rookie) has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 7 of past 8. Has 304 rec. yards (101.3 per game) in his past 3 overall. • WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 62 rec. yards in AFC-Div. Had 5 catches for 98 yards & TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/19/21 w/ GB). • DT CHRIS JONES had 1st-career playoff FF & PD in AFC-Div. Has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of past 5 overall. Has 2 sacks & 2 FFs in 2 career games at Bal. Had 10.5 sacks in 2023 reg. season. • DE GEORGE KARLAFTIS aims for 4th in row with TFL. Has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had career-best 10.5 sacks in 2023. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with 13 sacks in AFC-Div., 3rd-straight game with 10+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 5 tackles in AFC-Div. Has 8 PD in his past 6 overall. Had career-high 14 PD in 2023. • CB CHAMARRI CONNER had career-high 10 tackles & FF in AFC-Div.

RAVENS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 17-12 Championships: 2 [2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)] Last Postseason Game: AFC-DIV 1/20/24: HOU 10 at BAL 34

John Harbaugh vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 4-4 Reg. Season: 160-99 (.618) Postseason: 12-9

RAVENS are hosting AFC Champ. Game for 1st time ever. Can advance to 3rd SB in franchise history (XXXV & XLVII). Led NFL in rushing offense in 2023 (156.5 yards per game). • JOHN HARBAUGH led Baltimore to SB XLVII title in 2012. • QB LAMAR JACKSON totaled 252 yards (152 pass, 100 rush) & 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 121.8 rating in AFC-Div., becoming 2nd player ever with 100+ rush yards, 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs in a playoff game (Colin Kaepernick on 1/12/13). Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of 5 career playoff starts, most by QB in NFL history. Had career-high 3,678 pass yards in 2023 & led QBs with 821 rush yards, becoming 2nd player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 800+ rush yards in a season, joining Kyler Murray (2020). Totaled 346 yards (239 pass, 107 rush) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) in last meeting vs. KC. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (810) & rush TDs (13) in 2023, 2nd-most rush TDs in a season in franchise history. • RB JUSTICE HILL had 77 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 11 rec.) in AFC-Div. • TE MARK ANDREWS can make 1st appearance since Week 11. Had 6 rec. TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 2 TEs (Travis Kelce) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons. • TE ISAIAH LIKELY had TD catch in AFC-Div. & has rec. TD in 5 of past 6 overall, incl. each of past 4 at home. • WR ZAY FLOWERS ranked 4th among rookies with 77 catches & 5th with 858 rec. yards, both most-ever by Ravens rookie. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had TD catch in AFC-Div. Has TD catch in each of 3 career games vs. KC. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE had TFL in AFC-Div. Was selected to 1st-career Pro Bowl after leading team with 13 sacks in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2014. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 7 tackles & 2 TFL in AFC Div., 8th-straight game overall with 7+ tackles. Ranked 6th in NFL with 158 tackles in 2023, 3rd-straight season with 150+ tackles • LB PATRICK QUEEN aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Totaled career-best 133 tackles this season. • LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY tied career high with 9.5 sacks in 2023. Has TFL in each of 4 career games vs. KC. • S KYLE HAMILTON led team with career-high 13 PD in 2023. • S GENO STONE ranked 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs in 2023.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

DETROIT LIONS (14-5 – NFC NORTH – NO. 3 SEED) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-5 – NFC WEST – NO. 1 SEED)

DATE: Sunday, January 28, 2024 GAME TIME: 6:30 PM ET

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) DET: 82 or 225 SF: 158 or 227 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: SF leads series, 38-27-1

LAST GAME: 9/12/21: SF 41 at DET 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/16/18: DET 27 at SF 30

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Series tied, 1-1

LAST GAME: NFC-DIV 12/31/83: DET 23 at SF 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: NFC-DIV 12/31/83

LIONS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 9-13 Championships: 4 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957)

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/21/23: TB 23 at DET 31

Dan Campbell vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 29-33-1 (.468) Postseason: 2-0

DETROIT makes 2nd NFC-C appearance in franchise history (1991). Tied franchise record with 12 reg. season wins & clinched 1st division title since 1993. Became 2nd team ever (2013 Broncos) with 4+ players (4) each with 10+ scrimmage TDs in same season. • QB JARED GOFF aims for his 3rd in row in 2023 playoffs with 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with TD pass & 0 INTs. Ranked 2nd in pass yards (4,575) & 4th in TD passes (30) in 2023 reg. season. Passed for 338 yards & 3 TDs in last reg. season meeting (9/12/21). Has 2+ TD passes in each of his 4 career starts at SF. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 115 scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2023 playoffs. Had 1,132 scrimmage yards (1,015 rush, 117 rec.) & career-high 13 rush TDs in 2023, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS had 114 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in NFC-Div. vs. TB. Can become 1st rookie with rush TD in each of 1st 3 playoff games since 2019 (Sony Michel). Ranked 1st among rookies in rush TDs (10), tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (11) & 3rd in scrimmage yards (1,261). Montgomery & Gibbs became 1st pair of teammates in NFL history each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ rush TDs in same season. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 8 catches for 77 yards & 1st-career postseason TD last week. Can become 1st player with 7+ catches in each of 1st 3 career playoff games since 2018 (Michael Thomas). Ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 119 catches, 3rd with career high 1,515 rec. yards & had career-high 10 rec. TDs in 2023. • TE SAM LAPORTA had 9 catches last week, most by rookie TE in playoff game all-time. Set NFL rookie TE record in receptions (86), had 4th-most rec. yards (889) by rookie TE all-time & became 3rd rookie TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs (10). Gibbs & LaPorta became 1st pair of rookie teammates each with 10+ TDs. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON aims for his 3rd in row in playoffs & 5th in row overall with sack. Had career highs in sacks (11.5) & TFL (14), FFs (3) & PD (7) in 2023. • LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 17 of 18 games this season, incl. playoffs. Had career-high 129 tackles in 2023. • DB BRIAN BRANCH had 1st-career playoff sack last week. • DB C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 1st-career playoff INT in NFC-Div. • S IFEATU MELIFONWU had 1.5 sacks last week.

49ERS NOTES:

Playoff Record: 37-23 Championships: 5 [1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII),

1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)]

Last Postseason Game: NFC-DIV 1/20/24: GB 21 at SF 24

Kyle Shanahan vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 2-0 Reg. Season: 64-51 (.557) Postseason: 7-3

49ERS have made NFC-C for 3rd-straight year & 4th time in past 5 seasons. Have 19 Champ. game appearances, most in NFL since 1970. Ranked 3rd in scoring offense (28.9 ppg) & scoring defense (17.5). Became 4th team ever with 4,000-yard passer & 4 players each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • QB BROCK PURDY became 5th QB ever to win a playoff game in each of his 1st 2 seasons. Led NFL in rating (113.0), ranked 3rd in TD passes (31) & 5th in pass yards (4,280) in reg. season. Became 5th player ever with 8 games of 120+ rating in a season. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 128 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 30 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Can become 3rd player ever (HOFers Marcus Allen & Terrell Davis) with 50+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of his 1st 6 career playoff games. Led NFL in scrimmage yards (2,023) & rush yards (1,459) & tied-1st in scrimmage TDs (21) in reg. season. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 75 receptions for career-high 1,342 rec. yards (7th-most in NFL this season) & 7 rec. TDs in reg. season. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 60 catches, 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 rec., 225 rush) & 12 TDs (7 rec., 5 rush) in reg. season. Had 9 catches for 189 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR JAUAN JENNINGS had 5 catches for 61 yards last week. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 81 rec. yards & 2nd-career playoff rec. TD last week. Had 65 catches for 1,020 rec. yards (most among TEs in 2023) & 6 rec. TDs in reg. season. 49ers became 1st team ever with RB, 2 WRs & TE each with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in same season. • DL NICK BOSA had 10.5 sacks & 16 TFL in reg. season. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 10 career playoff games. Had 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DL JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 sacks & 8 TFL in reg. season. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD has 7 sacks in 10 career playoff games. LB FRED WARNER led team with 132 tackles & had career highs in PD (11) & INTs (4) in reg. season. Aims for his 4th in row in playoffs with TFL & 11th in row in playoffs with 5+ tackles. • LB DRE GREENLAW had 8 tackles & 2 INTs in NFC-Div. vs. GB. Had INT-TD in last meeting. Had 120 tackles in reg. season. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD led NFL with career-high 23 PD & had career high 5 INTs in reg. season. Has 13 PD in 15 career playoff games.

TITANS HIRE BRIAN CALLAHAN AS COACH, PROMOTE RAN CARTHON

The Tennessee Titans hired Brian Callahan as head coach and promoted Ran Carthon to executive vice president and general manager on Wednesday.

The Titans also promoted Chad Brinker to president of football operations to complete sweeping changes in the organizational structure following a 6-11 season.

Callahan, the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2019, had his second interview with the team on Monday. He replaces Mike Vrabel, who was fired after six seasons with a 54-45 record.

“This is an exciting time for our franchise, and we’re thrilled to have Brian as our head coach,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “We went through a thorough candidate search and Brian stood out as the best person to lead our football team. I want to thank the other candidates who were part of this process and wish them well moving forward.”

The Titans also interviewed Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and Las Vegas Raiders then-interim coach Antonio Pierce.

The Raiders since hired Pierce as their permanent head coach.

“Brian has a track record of success and a range of experience that has prepared him for this opportunity,” Adams Strunk continued. “His football knowledge and his enthusiasm for the game really stand out, and beyond that, we think his ability to lead will make him the ideal fit for our franchise.”

Callahan, 39, is the son of former Oakland Raiders and Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan, currently the offensive line coach of the Cleveland Browns. Before joining Cincinnati, Brian Callahan coached quarterbacks with the Raiders (2018) and Detroit Lions (2016-17) and was an assistant with the Denver Broncos (2010-15).

“If you look at his history, Brian has been a part of a Super Bowl winning team (Denver, 2015) and another team that advanced to the Super Bowl (Cincinnati, 2021),” Adams Strunk said. “He’s worked in a variety of dynamic offenses with top-flight quarterbacks. At each step of his career, he’s shown the flexibility and intelligence to make an impact.”

In 2022, Cincinnati ranked eighth in total offense (360.5 yards per game) and seventh in scoring offense (26.1 points per game). The Bengals took a step back in 2023 as Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury in November.

Carthon was hired as Tennessee’s GM in January 2023 and now adds the executive VP title, while Brinker had been the assistant GM since February after 13 seasons with the Green Bay Packers organization.

The team said Carthon’s duties will include roster control, team activities, personnel decisions (including draft and free agency acquisitions), oversight of Callahan and his coaching staff, scouting, sports medicine and player engagement.

Brinker’s new role is a new one for the organization, too. His day-to-day responsibilities will include direct oversight of the football departments that address salary cap management; analytics and strategy; communications and information systems; and team operations including security, video, equipment and grounds.

REPORTS: PACKERS PART WITH DC JOE BARRY

Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry was fired after a rollercoaster season in Green Bay, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Barry’s defense was 17th in the NFL in the regular season in total defense and 10th in points allowed, but ranked No. 28 against the run and 25th on third downs.

The Packers allowed 128.3 rushing yards per game and 335.1 total yards per game. Opponents converted 41.1 percent of third downs to first downs.

The Packers hired Barry in 2021 to replace Mike Pettine. The 53-year-old was previously defensive coordinator in Washington and Detroit, and his second stop in the NFL came with the Tony Dungy-led Buccaneers. That Tampa Bay staff included defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, Barry’s father-in-law.

Green Bay’s season ended last week in a divisional round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Pettine was fired by head coach Matt LaFleur following the 2021 NFC Championship game loss. LaFleur and Barry were assistants with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.

LaFleur said prior to the playoff trip to San Francisco that he was pleased with Barry and the defensive turnaround he helped lead after the team fell to 6-8 following a disconcerting defensive showing against the Buccaneers on Dec. 17.

“I couldn’t be happier,” LaFleur said before the loss to the 49ers. “I know what Joe Barry is all about in terms of resiliency. There’s (been) tough moments, and there’s tough moments in every season. I felt like I know what we have in him, and (the staff) was confident that if anybody could right the ship, so to speak, it was him.”

FALCONS INTERVIEW MIKE VRABEL FOR HC VACANCY

The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they conducted an in-person interview with Mike Vrabel as they continue to search for a new head coach.

Vrabel, 48, was head coach of the Titans from 2018 to 2023 and was fired earlier this month after Tennessee completed a 6-11 campaign.

He went 54-45 in his six seasons with the Titans, leading them to the playoffs three times. Tennessee made it to one AFC Championship Game during Vrabel’s tenure.

Before joining the Titans’ staff, Vrabel was the Houston Texans’ linebackers coach from 2014-16 before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2017 season. He also spent three seasons at Ohio State (2011-13).

Vrabel had a 14-year NFL career as a linebacker, playing four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-2000), eight with the New England Patriots (2001-08) and two with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-10).

Atlanta has now interviewed 14 candidates for its head-coaching vacancy, a list that includes former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan also spoke with the Falcons, but Harbaugh accepted the Los Angeles Chargers’ head-coaching job Wednesday, while Callahan will be on his way to Tennessee as Vrabel’s successor.

The Falcons fired Arthur Smith on Jan. 8. He went 21-30 in three seasons at the helm, and Atlanta never reached the playoffs during his tenure.

REPORTS: BENGALS TO PROMOTE DAN PITCHER TO OC

The Cincinnati Bengals are poised to promote quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher to offensive coordinator, NFL Network and The Athletic reported Wednesday.

Pitcher would replace Brian Callahan, who was named head coach by the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.

Pitcher, 37, has been with the Bengals for eight seasons. He started as an offensive assistant under former head coach Marvin Lewis and was promoted to quarterbacks coach by Zac Taylor in 2020.

At least four other teams requested to interview Pitcher for their offensive coordinator position, including the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders. Lewis is expected to join the new staff of Antonio Pierce in Las Vegas.

‘HUNGRY’ NICK SIRIANNI STAYS, EAGLES BOOT COORDINATORS FOR ‘NEW IDEAS’

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni sticks around for a fourth year as head coach in Philadelphia but is spending the playoffs interviewing for the newly vacant coordinator roles on his staff.

“I’m just hungry to prove myself again to (owner Jeffrey) Lurie and the faith he’s had in me,” Sirianni said Wednesday.

Sirianni and team president Howie Roseman, who helped hire Sirianni from the Colts in 2021, confirmed offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and defensive coordinator Sean Desai were fired at a season-ending press conference. The reigning NFC champions ended the season on a 1-6 skid, capped by a 32-9 playoff defeat at Tampa Bay.

“I just think right now we just need to bring some new ideas from the outside,” Sirianni said. “We need to bring a guy in with new ideas that’s not part of this family of coaches. I think that an important thing or even if it is from one of the coaches that have been somewhere else — it can be any of that. So, that’s important and because that’s important you are making sure you always evolve.”

The Eagles started the season 10-1 and were in position to fight the San Francisco 49ers for the top seed in the NFC. Until the wheels fell off.

Johnson came under fire as Hurts’ performance dipped in the second half of the season, but Sirianni said there was plenty of blame to go around.

“We did what we thought was best at the time,” Sirianni said. “I can’t say enough good things about Brian, though. He’s a great football coach. He’s going to have another opportunity to lead an offense, and I will miss him. Some of the things that we want to do as a team is grow in a lot of different areas.

“It’s about coming up with fresh ideas and doing some things different, and that’s exactly where we are right now. Brian being at that position, unfortunately, he’s the one that’s leaving at this particular time. But I can’t say how much I appreciate him as a coach. We’ve had a lot of success here in the past three years and Brian’s contributed a lot to that. … Just wanted to bring in some fresh ideas, and that’s where we are with that.”

Sirianni believes cleaning the slate by refreshing his coaching staff also eliminates the notion of a “stale offense” or scheme.

“It’s just about putting the players in the best positions to succeed but doing things differently at times, too,” Sirianni said as the Eagles search for a third coordinator in three seasons.

“There’s going to be things for whoever the new coordinator is that there’s going to be things that they bring that are going to be fresh ideas for us to help out players grow and help our players play at the top level. There’s been some things that we’ve done well that our offense has done in the past that you’ll mesh in some of that together as well. I think with some of the success that we’ve had these last three years and our guys do well. I’m excited about that.”

REPORT: RAVENS TE MARK ANDREWS TO PLAY IN AFC TITLE GAME

Mark Andrews was on the practice field for the second consecutive week when the Baltimore Ravens kicked off preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.

Andrews expects to

Andrews expects to play in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since landing on injured reserve in November, NFL Network reported Wednesday. But head coach John Harbaugh cautioned no decision on his tight end’s gameday status would be made until late in the week, in a timetable that also applies to cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle).

Count quarterback Lamar Jackson among the most eager to find out if Andrews gets the green light.

“That’s my bread and butter, big bro. And it would definitely mean a lot,” Jackson said of potentially getting Andrews back in the lineup. “We’ve already got guys who’ve stepped up, like (Isaiah) Likely, Bate (Rashod Bateman), OB (Odell Beckham Jr.), Nelly (Nelson Agholor). We’ve got Charlie (Kolar). We’ve got all these guys that stepped up.

“But with Mark and the type of guy he is, the type of caliber player he is, and what he brings to the table for us, it would definitely mean a lot for us.”

Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, hasn’t played since Week 11 and targeted a return for the conference championship when he was placed on injured reserve.

Andrews led the team in receptions and yards in 2021 and 2022 and was tops on the team with 45 receptions for 544 yards and six touchdowns at the time of his injury.

LIONS SIGN TE ZACH ERTZ, DL TYSON ALUALU FROM PRACTICE SQUAD

The Detroit Lions signed tight end Zach Ertz and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu from the practice squad on Wednesday, placing tight end Brock Wright on injured reserve with a broken forearm.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Wednesday that Ertz was in the building and passed a physical before a team confirmation landed later in the afternoon.

Ertz took part in his first practice since he was released by the Arizona Cardinals to give him an opportunity to join a Super Bowl contender. The Lions will meet the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC title game.

Alualu has appeared in the past four games for the Lions due to injuries.

Getting Ertz up to speed in the offense is more of a concern than conditioning, Campbell said.

“I know he’s in shape. We’re have to gauge this and see where he’s at. He’s played at a high level — it’s just a matter of, is this the week to use him,” Campbell said.

Ertz won Super Bowl LII as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wright was the No. 2 tight end for the Lions this season, behind rookie Sam LaPorta. He broke his forearm in the second quarter of Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, played in seven games for the struggling Cardinals in 2023, catching 27 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown. He caught six passes for 63 yards for the Cardinals at San Francisco on Oct. 1.

In 151 career games (113 starts) with the Eagles (2013-21) and Cardinals (2021-23), Ertz has 709 receptions for 7,434 yards with 46 touchdowns.

Lions tight ends coach Steve Heiden is familiar with Ertz, having coached the same position for the Cardinals from 2019-22.

REPORTS: DUCE STALEY JOINS BROWNS AS RBS COACH

Duce Staley is joining the Cleveland Browns as running backs coach, CBS Sports and Cleveland.com reported Wednesday.

Staley was fired by the Carolina Panthers in November in the aftermath of head coach Frank Reich’s termination.

Staley chose the Browns over the New York Jets, who also interviewed the longtime former running back after parting ways with Taylor Embree.

Staley, 48, rushed for 5,785 yards and 24 touchdowns in his 10-year career with the Eagles (1997-2003) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-06). He also finished with 287 receptions for 2,587 yards and 10 TDs.

DOLPHINS, DC VIC FANGIO PART WAYS; PHILLY CALLING?

The Miami Dolphins and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, the team announced.

The Dolphins are allowing Fangio to leave to be closer to his family in Pennsylvania, and Fangio is expected to be named the DC of the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported Wednesday.

“I want to thank Vic for his contributions in 2023. When we assessed the season, it became apparent that this was the best path forward for all parties involved,” Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said in a statement. “Now, we turn our focus to 2024 and beyond with urgency as we identify the best candidate to lead our defense moving forward.”

Fangio, 65, nearly landed with the Eagles last season. Embattled head coach Nick Sirianni remains in Philadelphia, but parted with defensive coordinator Sean Desai. He was asked Wednesday about Fangio during his season-ending press conference.

“We got a lot of good targets we’re working through. A lot of guys who’ve done well in their interview process,” Sirianni said.

The Dolphins’ defense, banged-up all season, finished the 2023 campaign 10th in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring under Fangio.

Fangio’s next tenure as defensive coordinator will be his eighth in the NFL. He also has a 19-30 record in three seasons as head coach in Denver.

Miami’s next defensive coordinator will be the third in three seasons under McDaniel. The Dolphins fired Josh Boyer at the end of the 2022 season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

QB WILL ROGERS CHANGES COURSE, WILL STAY AT WASHINGTON

Former Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers is honoring his commitment to Washington after all.

The graduate transfer initially re-entered the transfer portal after coach Kalen DeBoer left for Alabama.

On Tuesday, Rogers informed new Huskies coach Jedd Fisch that he is staying and has resumed taking classes.

Rogers left Mississippi State as the Southeastern Conference’s No. 2 all-time leading passer with 12,315 yards.

He completed 69.3 percent of his passes with 94 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in 43 games from 2020-23.

Rogers explained his reasons for remaining with Washington in a phone interview with ESPN.

“Some of the guys at Washington,” he said. “The team went 14-1 last year. If we can pick up where we left off, obviously it’s going to be a tough task. But I think it’s why you come to Washington.

“It’s obviously a new conference and things like that. But I have a lot of faith in Coach Fisch and feel like he’ll be ready to have us compete at a high level.”

Rogers will be the favorite to replace Michael Penix Jr. as the starter in 2024. While Penix is headed to the NFL, the Huskies also lost transfers Dylan Morris (James Madison), Austin Mack (Alabama) and Will Haskell. Haskell entered the portal earlier this month.

NHL NEWS

BLACKHAWKS AGREE TO NEW 2-YEAR CONTRACT WITH VETERAN GOALTENDER PETR MRAZEK

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks announced another two-year contract on Wednesday, agreeing to an extension with goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek’s new deal runs through the 2025-26 season and carries a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million. He is 12-17-1 with a .907 save percentage and 3.01 goals-against average ahead of Wednesday night’s game at Seattle.

“Petr is a strong goaltender who continues to display the athleticism and calming style of play that has made him so successful in this League,” Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said in a release. “He’s had an immense impact within our group, and we’re excited to have Petr back.”

The rebuilding Blackhawks have been one of the NHL’s worst teams this season, but they have handed out three similar contracts to veteran players since Jan. 12. Nick Foligno agreed to a two-year deal with a $4.5 million salary-cap hit, and fellow forward Jason Dickinson received a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.25 million.

The contracts for Mrazek, Foligno and Dickinson could make for a quiet NHL trade deadline for Chicago, which is already flush with draft capital and prospects. The Blackhawks have plenty of cap space, so they could take on a bad contract in a trade with a contending team.

Mrazek, who turns 32 on Feb. 14, was acquired by Chicago in a July 2022 trade with Toronto. He went 10-22-3 with a 3.66 GAA and .894 save percentage in his first season with the Blackhawks.

Mrazek was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft and made his NHL debut with Detroit in 2013. He is 162-141-35 with 25 shutouts, a 2.78 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 366 career regular-season games.

NHL ROUNDUP: AVS’ NATHAN MACKINNON NETS 4 GOALS VS. CAPS

Nathan MacKinnon scored four goals, three in a span of 6:37 of the second period, and added an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Wednesday in Denver.

MacKinnon had a natural in the second period and matched his career-best, single-game goal total. He has recorded at least one point in all 24 Colorado home games, breaking a tie with Joe Sakic (2000-01) for the longest home point streak in franchise history. MacKinnon’s second straight four-plus-point game gave him the NHL scoring lead with 82 points.

Mikko Rantanen finished with a goal and four assists, Cale Makar had a goal and two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 23 shots for Colorado, which won for the sixth time in eight games.

Dylan Strome scored twice and Charlie Lindgren made 26 saves for Washington, which lost for the second consecutive night. The Capitals have dropped three in a row overall.

Maple Leafs 1, Jets 0 (OT)

Auston Matthews scored with 47 seconds left in overtime as Toronto defeated visiting Winnipeg.

The Jets opened overtime with an unsuccessful power play on Calle Jarnkrok’s tripping penalty that carried over from the third period. Matthews won it with his 39th goal of the season, tipping in Morgan Rielly’s pass.

Ilya Samsonov, making his second consecutive start, made 32 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and the 12th of his career. Laurent Brossoit, making his 12th start of the season and first since Jan. 11, stopped 29 shots for Winnipeg.

Blues 4, Canucks 3 (OT)

Brayden Schenn scored 1:54 into overtime, lifting St. Louis past host Vancouver — though the Canucks extended their point streak to 10 games (8-0-2).

Jake Neighbours had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who won their third straight game, matching their best run of the season. Pavel Buchnevich and Alexey Toropchenko also scored for St. Louis, and Robert Thomas had two assists. Joel Hofer made 29 saves.

The Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit thanks to Pius Suter’s third-period hat trick. Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes had two assists each for Vancouver, and Casey DeSmith stopped 14 shots.

Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2

Jordan Martinook scored a breakaway goal with 2:27 left in regulation as visiting Carolina snapped Boston’s nine-game point streak with a win.

Martin Necas and Teuvo Teravainen each scored and Sebastian Aho had two assists for Carolina, which led 2-0 at the second intermission and improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 games. Spencer Martin, who was claimed off waivers from Columbus on Friday, made 26 saves in his Hurricanes debut.

Boston’s Brad Marchand scored back-to-back goals in the third period to tie the score. He and Ray Bourque are now tied for fifth on the franchise’s all-time goals list with 395 apiece. Linus Ullmark made 30 saves in the loss, the Bruins’ first in regulation since Jan. 4.

Kraken 6, Blackhawks 2

Tomas Tatar scored twice and Jared McCann added his team-leading 19th goal of the season as Seattle defeated visiting Chicago.

Jaden Schwartz, Alex Wennberg and Brandon Tanev also tallied for the Kraken, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Joey Daccord made 32 saves for the win.

Joey Anderson and Nick Foligno scored for the Blackhawks, whose road skid reached 18 games (0-17-1) dating to a 5-3 victory on Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay. Arvid Soderblom stopped 22 of 28 shots.

Panthers 6, Coyotes 2

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice and Carter Verhaeghe dished three assists as Florida defeated Arizona in Sunrise, Fla.

Panthers winger Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to 11 games, and Anton Lundell also logged a goal and an assist. Jonah Gadjovich and Sam Bennett each scored, and Gustav Forsling notched two assists.

Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves to snap his personal three-game losing streak. Karel Vejmelka (37 saves) allowed the six goals on a rough night for Arizona, which had its two-game win streak snapped. The Coyotes’ Dylan Guenther scored and assisted on Logan Cooley’s goal.

Sabres 5, Kings 3

JJ Peterka had two goals and an assist for Buffalo, which scored four unanswered goals in a win at Los Angeles.

Jack Quinn had a goal and two assists, Dylan Cozens had a goal and an assist and Alex Tuch added a goal for the Sabres, who are 6-4-0 in their past 10 games. Devon Levi made 37 saves.

Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist and Cam Talbot made 32 saves for the Kings, who are 2-7-5 in their past 14 games. Anze Kopitar and Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored for Los Angeles.

MEN’S GOLF

KEVIN YU GETS OFF TO HOT START, LEADS AT FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN

Kevin Yu of Chinese Taipei fired an 8-under 64 on Wednesday to grab a first-round lead at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Playing at Torrey Pines’ North Course, Yu racked up eight birdies, five of which came on the back nine, where he began his round. His birdie at the par-5 ninth lifted him above Patrick Cantlay and Japan’s Ryo Hisatsune, who are tied for second after both shot 65s.

Cantlay went for birdie on four of his final five holes, while Hisatsune also peaked late, turning in a bogey-free back nine that featured four birdies.

Five golfers are two strokes back in a tie for fourth at 6-under 66. That group includes Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Irishman Shane Lowry, Belgian Thomas Detry, England’s Aaron Rai and Alejandro Tosti of Argentina.

There is currently a 10-way tie for ninth.

Max Homa, the event’s defending champion, carded a 2-under 70 and finds himself in a tie for 48th. Homa played at the South Course.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS 76ERS

After falling to the third-best team in the West on Tuesday, the Pacers hope to see a different outcome when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers, the East’s third-best team, Thursday night.

The Pacers held their own against the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday but were ultimately defeated, 114-109, in their return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. After 10 lead changes in the first three quarters, Indiana rallied for the final time to claw itself back from a 13-point deficit with a 21-7 scoring run late in the fourth quarter and take a one-point lead with 3:18 to play. However, Indiana finished off the game 2-of-9 from the floor, which allowed Denver to overtake them and run away to a five-point lead.

Indiana struggled from 3-point range, shooting just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc. The fifth-best 3-point field goal shooting team in the league had entered the matchup after shooting 42.3 percent (47-of-111) over their previous three games.

Additionally, the Pacers were again without All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton, who will miss his third straight game Thursday night as he manages a left hamstring strain. Both T.J. McConnell and Andrew Nembhard, who tallied 17 and 15 points respectively and dished out seven assists apiece on Tuesday, have alternated taking Haliburton’s spot in the starting lineup. McConnell played a pivotal role in the fourth quarter comeback on Tuesday after scoring 11 points in the final frame on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting clip from the floor.

Myles Turner, who scored a team-high 22 points against the Nuggets, has averaged 20.3 points over Indiana’s most recent three games. Turner recorded a season-high 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds in Portland on Jan. 19.

On Thursday, two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam will take to the Gainbridge Fieldhouse floor for the second time since being acquired by Indiana on Jan. 17. The newest Pacer has put up double-figures in his three outings in an Indiana uniform, averaging 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. In Tuesday’s matchup with Denver, Siakam recorded his first double-double with the Pacers as he notched 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Philadelphia (29-13) enters the matchup in the midst of a six-game win streak.

The Sixers are led by the reigning NBA MVP, Joel Embiid, whose franchise-record 70 points on 24-of-41 shooting Monday night propelled Philadelphia to a 133-123 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The dominant center has averaged 36.1 points per game this season as he currently owns a franchise-best streak of 21 consecutive 30-point outings dating back to Nov. 17.

Embiid is accompanied by Tyrese Maxey’s 25.8 points per game this season and Tobias Harris’ 17.7 points per game on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor.

While Indiana leads the league in assists, averaging 30.9 assists per game, Philadelphia ranks 22nd with 25.4 assists per contest.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

76ers: G – Tyrese Maxey, G – Kelly Oubre Jr., F – Nicolas Batum, F – Tobias Harris, C – Joel Embiid

Injury Report

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – out (left hamstring strain injury management)

76ers: TBA

Last Meeting

Nov. 14, 2023: The Pacers avenged their loss from two-days prior with a 132-126 win over the Sixers on Nov. 14 to improve their In-Season Tournament record to 2-0 and move to first place in East Group A. The Pacers victory also snapped the eight-game win streak of the then Eastern Conference leading Sixers.

Along with knocking down the game-sealing 3-pointer, Tyrese Haliburton recorded 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor to go along with 15 assists. He netted seven 3-pointers on 12 attempts, with six 3-pointers being scored in the first half.

Myles Turner struggled with foul trouble through the first three quarters of play, tallying only two points in his 7:45 of playing time, but bounced back in the fourth quarter to contribute 15 points in the final frame. Obi Toppin also recorded a season-high 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting.

Joel Embiid, De’Anthony Melton, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris contributed all but eight of Philadelphia’s 126 points. Embiid notched 39 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Melton added 30 points. Maxey added 27 points and five assists and Harris contributed 22 points.

Noteworthy

Thursday’s matchup will conclude the two-game regular season series with the Sixers. Though Philadelphia took the first game on Nov. 12, 137-126, but Indiana rallied back two days later to defeat the Sixers, 132-126, in the group play phase of the NBA In-Season Tournament.

Indiana is 48-50 all-time when playing Philadelphia at home and has not defeated the Sixers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse since Nov. 13, 2021.

Buddy Hield (1,829) needs two 3-pointers to surpass Chauncey Billups (1,830) and take 22nd place for most 3-point field goals in NBA history.

All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton will sit out for the third game in a row as he manages a left hamstring strain. He will also miss Friday’s game against Phoenix and will be reevaluated on Saturday.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL HOST HEARTLANDERS ON DO317 NIGHT

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M.: Puck drop

DO317 NIGHT:

It’s Do317 Night! Enjoy $3 beverages, $1 popcorn, and $7 specialty t-shirts and craft beer! 

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GARZON ON CHERYL MILLER AWARD TOP 10

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2024 Cheryl Miller Award by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

The Ra’anana, Israel native averages 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and shoots 46.7 percent from the floor for the Hoosiers in her sophomore campaign. She has scored in double figures nine times and is shooting 44.9 percent from the 3-point line (31-for-69).

Garzon set a career-high 30 points when she went 12-for-14 from the floor against Evansville and put up 23 points in a victory over No. 19/21 Tennessee. She has dished out multiple assists in 15 games and multiple rebounds in 16 games this season. This is the fourth-straight year a Hoosier has appeared on the Cheryl Miller Award Top 10, as Grace Berger was a finalist in three-straight seasons from 2020-23.

Fans can support their favorite players in the remaining rounds by participating in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, starting Friday, January 26, on hoophallawards.com. The Fan Vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process.

In March, five finalists will be presented to Miller and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The Selection Committee for the Cheryl Miller Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors, and Hall of Famers.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOILERS FALL AT MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Purdue women’s basketball team dropped its Wednesday night game at Michigan State, 97-70.

Abbey Ellis paced Purdue (9-10, 2-6) with 16 points on the night. It was her 16th game in double figures this season. Jeanae Terry narrowly missed extending her own program record with her third career triple-double, finishing the night with a season-high 14 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Sophie Swanson set a career-high with 12 points on four 3-pointers, half of Purdue’s eight triples on the night. The Boilermakers shot 43.9% on the night.

Led by Terry’s eight assists, Purdue dished out 17 assists. McKenna Layden posted a career-best four helpers.

Purdue fell behind 43-31 at the break after shooting 42.3% from the field. Ellis tallied 14 points over the opening 20 minutes with a pair of triples and a 4-of-4 mark at the line.

Harper scored all six of her first half points in the first quarter, before Ellis nailed back-to-back triples to cut the gap to five going to the second period.

The Spartans opened the second on a 15-3 run with Layden connected on a corner triple during the sprint. The Boilermakers punched back with a 9-2 run that cut a 17-point gap down to 10 just before the break. Ellis and Layden evenly split Purdue’s 12 points in the second.

Terry and Swanson each tallied 12 points in the second half. Terry was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field with four rebounds and three assists in the final 20 minutes. Swanson went 4-of-7 from behind the arc. The Boilermakers scored 39 points in the second half, but Michigan State (14-5, 4-4) pulled away with 54 during that stretch.

The Spartans shot 55.2% from the field and went 9-of-21 from distance. Theryn Hallock recorded a game-high 24 points and Tory Ozment scored 23 to power the hosts. Michigan State converted 20 Purdue turnovers into 28 points.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State 55-41.

• Madison Layden’s 3-pointer in the second quarter marked the 184th of her career, breaking a tie with Stephanie White for eighth in program history. 

• Caitlyn Harper’s opening bucket of the game moved her past 1,800 points for her career.

• Jeanae Terry’s eight assists moved her up to seventh on Purdue’s all-time list with 483 helpers in West Lafayette.

• Terry’s 14 points brought her to 39 points from 1,000 in her career.

• Abbey Ellis is now 47 points away from 1,000 in her career at Purdue.

• Terry posted her 36th game with five points, rebounds and assists during her time at Purdue, second nationally to Caitlin Clark at Purdue.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena on Sunday to take on No. 12 Ohio State for a 2 p.m. tip on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH EMPTY TANK IN SECOND HALF BUT FALL 73-61 TO MIAMI

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s basketball rode a fired-up six-man rotation in the second half against Miami on Wednesday night, erasing an eight-point halftime deficit with an 11-2 start. However, the Fighting Irish (7-12, 2-6) ran out of steam down the final stretch, falling to the Hurricanes (13-6, 4-4) by the final of 73-61.

Three Irish finished in double figures led by Markus Burton’s 15 points. It marked Burton’s 12th straight game with double digit points.

Braeden Shrewsberry kept his hot hand with 10 points. It marked his fourth game in double figures over the last five games and his fifth consecutive game with multiple treys.

J.R. Konieczny rounded out the trio with 13 points and a team high six rebounds. In addition, Logan Imes produced a season best four assists – a team high. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

There were six lead changes in the first five minutes until Miami produced a 7-0 run to go up 16-10.

Burton, who picked up two early fouls and sat for a few minutes, re-entered the game to give the Irish an offensive spark. He scored eight straight points to pull the Irish within one possession, down 26-24 with 7:01 remaining until halftime.

Enter Miami’s Norchad Omier who took flight, recording three straight trips down the court with thunderous dunks. Burton would keep the Irish close with his third three of the half, reaching double figures at the 4:31 mark with the Irish down 32-29.

Next, the Irish defense forced three straight turnovers but came up empty on the offensive end each time. In fact, Burton’s three at 4:31 was Notre Dame’s last set of points in the first half. The one positive after the cold shooting stretch was the fact that the Irish were only down 37-29 at the half.

Burton was the only Irish player in double figures at the break with 11 points while Miami was powered by Omier and his 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

Now, second half starts have plagued the Irish in the past but not tonight. Notre Dame came out with a fire, outscoring Miami 11-2, as a Davis putback gave the Irish their first lead (40-39) since the 15:52 mark in the first half.

Omier continued to be a problem, scoring his season high 28th point of the match at 12:19 on yet another dunk to put the Hurricanes up 46-42. Julian Roper II then responded with a big three and immediately took a charge on the defensive end to send the crowd to their feet.

In fact, Notre Dame recorded a 5-for-5 field goal stretch which was capped by a Konieczny three, pushing the Irish ahead 52-49 with 9:24 left.

Next, Miami fired off seven straight to regain the lead at 56-52. Freshman Logan Imes had a basket at 6:45 but the Hurricanes ultimately rattled off a 12-2 run to go up 61-54, prompting a Coach Shrewsberry timeout with 4:01 remaining.

Miami extended the run to 17-2, earning the first double-digit lead of the evening. The Hurricanes then rode that momentum to the 73-61 final behind a 33-point, 10-rebound, double-double from Omier. 

UP NEXT

The Irish remain home for a Saturday matinee and another return game – this time welcoming Boston College to Purcell Pavilion. That contest will tip off at Noon ET on Jan. 27, airing live on ESPNU.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER EARNS BIG EAST ROAD WIN AT XAVIER 90-57

CINCINNATI – The Butler Bulldogs found the win column at Xavier on Wednesday night by defeating the Musketeers 90-57 at the Cintas Center. Four players scored in double figures for BU with Caroline Strande leading the way with a career-high 26 points. With the win, Butler improves to 9-10 on the year.

Butler shot 83 percent from the field over the opening five minutes of the contest to grab a 13-10 lead over Xavier. Caroline Strande and Riley Makalusky combined for 11 of BU’s 13. That duo hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the game to give BU an 8-2 lead but Aizhanique Mayo would even the score with a pair of triples.

Rachel Kent hit her first 3-pointer of the night with two minutes to play in the first to break a 13-13 tie and a put-back from Sydney Jaynes mixed with a Karsyn Norman 3-pointer would allow BU to enjoy a 21-15 lead after one.

The Bulldogs scored the first four points of the second quarter to push their lead to 10 at 25-15. After a Xavier timeout, Makalusky would hit three 3-pointers to help extend the BU advantage to 37-19.

Makalusky had a game-high 16 points at the break. She shot 5-for-6 from the field including 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Strande, Kent, and Norman also hit multiple shots from distance to put BU up big at the half 49-23.

Each team added 11 points to the scoreboard over the first four minutes of the second half. BU freshmen accounted for nine of the 11 to jumpstart the offense over the final 20 minutes. Butler also had a nice finish to the third quarter using a 6-0 run over the final three minutes to take a 71-40 lead into the fourth.

The Bulldogs never trailed in the contest and would close the final 10-minute stretch by outscoring the opponent 19-17. BU shot 53 percent in the first, 81 percent in the second, 53 percent in the third and 66 percent in the fourth to end the game with a 62.3 field goal percentage.

Inside the Box Score

– BU collected their first conference win of the season and their second road win

– The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings against Xavier

– Caroline Strande had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists

– Riley Makalusky scored 19 points for the ‘Dawgs

– Sydney Jaynes posted 14 points, two steals and a block

– Rachel Kent had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds

– Karsyn Norman had eight points and six rebounds

– Cristen Carter came up with six points, five rebounds and two assists

– Butler outscored Xavier 28-8 in the second quarter

– Butler shot 65 percent from the field and 67 percent from 3-point range in the first half

– 10 of Butler 17 made field goals in the first half were 3-pointers

– BU was credited with 26 assists on 33 made field goals

– Butler crushed Xavier in rebounds 40-21

– Butler scored 20+ points in a quarter (1Q, 2Q, 3Q) for the first time since Dec. 21

– Riley Makalusky made the first start of her collegiate career tonight

– All three BU freshmen have started a game this season

– Jordan Meulemans was inactive at Xavier (Foot)

– Mackayla Scarlett scored a team-high 18 points for Xavier

Up Next

Butler will return to action on Saturday with road game at Marquette. The BEDN contest on FloHoops.com will tip at 5 PM ET / 4 PM CT.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WALTON TALLIES SEASON-HIGH 22 POINTS IN JAGUARS’ LOSS TO GREEN BAY

INDIANAPOLIS – Graduate transfer Tahlia Walton tallied a season-high 22 points in the Jaguars’ loss to Green Bay on Wednesday night, 87-59. Abby Wolterman added 10 points to notch her fourth straight double-digit game. The Phoenix took control of the board bringing down 40 rebounds compared to the Jaguars’ 27.

Green Bay (16-4, 9-1) was paced by Jasmine Kondrakiewicz who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Maddy Schreiber also added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Cassie Schiltz totaled 15 points. Former Jaguar Natalie Andersen was the fourth Phoenix player to tally double-digits with 14.

Despite IUPUI (4-14, 2-7) scoring the first five points, the Phoenix set the tone early outscoring the Jags 32-10 in the first quarter. IUPUI and Green Bay got up nearly the same number of shots but the Phoenix’s accuracy was on target, shooting 13-of-17 from the field. The Jags shot just 25 percent (4-of-16).

IUPUI stayed in the game, winning the second quarter with 23 points.

The Jags came out hot to start the third quarter with Tahlia Walton sinking a three. Both teams went on a scoring drought until the 6:30 minute mark when Abby Wolterman drew the foul and sunk both free throws. IUPUI cut the lead to 14 with a layup by Walton but the Phoenix finished the third quarter on a 7-2 run to reclaim momentum.

 Green Bay outscored the Jags 23-14 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at 87-59.

Graduate Walton closed with 22 points, one point off her career-high with two rebounds and two assists. Wolterman totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists while Katie Davidson added eight points. Faith Stinson led the Jags in rebounds with five.

IUPUI finished at 41.5 percent overall and 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from three.

The Jaguars will next host Oakland on Sunday, January 28. The Golden Grizzlies will be in the Jungle for a 4:00 PM tip.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SWOPE’S CAREER HIGH, AVILA AND KENT DOUBLE-DOUBLES BLOW SYCAMORES PAST FLAMES

CHICAGO, Ill. – Indiana State men’s basketball improved to 17-3, 8-1 MVC in 2023-24 with a win against UIC, 89-83, backed by Isaiah Swope recording a career-high in points and Robbie Avila and Jayson Kent each recording a double-double.

Swope recorded a career-high 30 points off 10-for-21 shooting from the floor, including knocking down six threes. Avila recorded a double-double with 26 points (9-for-14, 3-for-6 3FG) and 11 rebounds, adding six assists. Kent’s double-double came from 10 points and 11 rebounds, almost a near perfect game with 4-for-4 from the field, 1-for-1 from behind the arc, and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. Julian Larry added 12 points with seven assists, tied for the game high.

Seven minutes into the first half, Indiana State controlled the lead 13-7 with Ryan Conwell knocking down a three-pointer. UIC used a small 6-0 run to tie the game at 15-15. After a pair of free throws by Swope to go up 17-15, and from then on the battle went bucket-for-bucket. Swope tied the game at 23 apiece, then he knocked down a three-pointer which was followed by a pair of Larry free throws to take a five-point, 28-23 lead with 5:55 left in the first half. UIC held the lead, 39-38, with 17 seconds in the half before Swope drained a right-wing triple to give the Sycamores a 41-39 lead at the break.

The second half picked up right where the first half left off. Both teams combined to open the half 11-for-14 through the first five minutes. UIC’s offense shot 71.4% from the floor through the first media timeout, including 83.3% (5-for-6) from deep, having an answer for each basket made by Indiana State. From the Sycamores’ side through the first 10 minutes of the second half, Swope and Avila scored 22 of ISU’s 24 points, combining to shoot 8-for-10 from the field, with their only misses coming from three-point range.

With 8:51 on the clock, ISU went ahead 70-66 off five-straight points from Kent. The Flames didn’t waste time to take back the lead, scoring five straight of their own to take a 71-70 advantage into the third media timeout. Back-to-back layups by Larry, followed by a triple from Swope gave the Sycamores a 77-73 lead with 5:51 to play.

After UIC tied the game at 77-77, Kent made a turnaround jumper, ensued by an Avila layup at the 2:49 mark to take the lead for good. ISU held a five-point, 85-80 lead with 37 seconds on the clock, but Filip Skobalj drained a three to bring the game back to a one-possession ballgame. Avila and Xavier Bledson knocked down four straight free throws to ice the victory over the Flames, 89-83.

News & Notes

Indiana State continues with one of the best records in Division I men’s college basketball at 17-3. The Sycamores’ win percentage of .850 ranks in the Top 15 in the nation.

Isaiah Swope scored a career-best 30 points, breaking his previous record of 28 points. He knocked down 6+ threes for the second time in four games.

Robbie Avila notched his third double-double in four games for the Sycamores with 26 points and 11 rebounds with 0 turnovers. He has averaged 20 PPG and 9.75 RPG in the four-game stretch. He’s also scored 20+ points in three-straight games.

Jayson Kent recorded his second double-double in four games, shooting 60.6% (20-for-33) in those four games and averaged 9.0 RPG.

With 89 points tonight, ISU has scored at least 88 points in three out of the previous four contests.

Up Next

Indiana State hosts Bradley on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 or ESPNU (decision TBA). Saturday is Be Like Robbie Day, where 3,000 goggles will be handed out for fans. Also, the promotion includes 1,000 baby blue replica jerseys available on a first come, first serve basis. Saturday’s game is also the Sycamores’ Suits & Sneakers Game.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORES HEAD TO TIM WELSH CLASSIC FOR KEY WEEKEND TWO-DAY MEET

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State suits up for the second time in the 2023-24 season as the Sycamores head to the Tim Welsh Classic this weekend for a two-day meet held at the Rolfs Aquatic Center hosted by Notre Dame.

The Sycamores are heading into one of their final tune-ups prior to the 2024 MVC Championships held on February 21-24 in Evansville, Ind. as ISU continues its preparations for the conference’s premiere meet.

“This weekend is a great opportunity to rehearse all the races we’ll be swimming at the MVC Championships, in a condensed format,” head coach Josh Christensen said. “It’s also a chance to compete against some of the best programs in the Midwest. We’re definitely looking forward to making the most of the weekend and using it as a steppingstone toward the MVC meet.”

It marks the second consecutive season Indiana State has traveled to the Tim Welsh Classic. ISU finished fourth last year in South Bend over January 27-28 as the Sycamores took on Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Akron at the two-day event.

Esther Rydbeck Norden posted the second-best time on the ISU Performance list in the 1000 Freestyle (10:10.54) at the event last season, while Dorotea Bukvic’s personal-best in the 400 IM (4:20.64) also put her second all-time on the Performance List. The Sycamore 400 Freestyle Relay team of Chloe Farro, Peyton Heagy, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Alexa Szadorski put together the third-best time on the performance list in 3:23.94.

The Sycamores are coming off their first competition of the 2024 calendar year as ISU traveled to the SIU Tri-Meet on January 13 taking on host Southern Illinois and Quincy. The Sycamores topped Quincy in the scoring column, 254-39, but narrowly fell to SIU 151-149 at the Shea Natatorium.

The Sycamores took eight event wins on the afternoon highlighted by Chloe Farro sweeping the 50- and 100-yard Freestyle events, while Bailey Betzer picked up her first win of the season in the 3M Diving event. Claire Parsons, Kaleigh Kelley, and Alexandria Cotter also added individual wins on the day. Highlighting the team’s depth, ISU swept both relay events at the meet.

Four school records fell the last time ISU put on the performance suits this season with Chloe Farro (100 Free), Claire Parsons (500 Free & 1650 Free), and Kaleigh Kelley (100 IM) all setting new Sycamore marks. Overall, ISU put 33 new marks on the Performance List at the meet with athletes setting personal bests in every single event.

Sycamores in the MVC Performance Top 10s

Chloe Farro – 50 Free (23.17, t-2nd), 100 Free (50.02, 3rd)

Erin Cummins – 200 Free (1:49.71, 3rd), 500 Free (4:56.33, 5th)

Claire Parsons – 200 Free (1:50.49, 7th), 500 Free (4:51.86, 1st), 1000 Free (10:14.67, 4th), 1650 Free (16:52.20, 1st), 200 Back (2:02.18, 8th)

Peyton Heagy – 200 Free (1:51.07, 8th)

Haley Halsall – 500 Free (4:56.47, 6th), 1000 Free (10:22.94, 9th), 1650 Free (17:12.14, 6th), 200 Fly (2:01.89, 3rd)

Alexandria Cotter –200 Fly (2:05.55, 10th), 200 IM (2:03.46, 10th), 400 IM (4:21.89, 3rd)

Olivia DiRuzza – 200 Back (2:01.61, 6th)

Ali Pearson – 50 Breast (29.31, 4th), 100 Breast (1:02.76, 4th), 200 Breast (2:16.38, 5th)

Kaimi Matsumoto – 50 Breast (30.00, 10th), 100 Breast (1:03.87, 10th), 200 Breast (2:17.87, 6th), 50 Fly (25.62, 5th), 100 Fly (55.31, 6th)

Dorotea Bukvic – 200 Breast (2:18.76, 8th), 200 IM (2:02.93, 5th), 400 IM (4:28.14, 10th)

Kaleigh Kelley – 200 Breast (2:18.85, 9th), 100 Fly (55.38, 8th), 100 IM (57.36, 3rd)

Raine Boles – 100 Fly (55.67, 10th)

Raz Harel – 200 Fly (2:05.36, 9th)

Zoe Smith – 1M Diving (278.93, 3rd), 3M Diving (298.95, 3rd)

Bailey Betzer – 1M Diving (266.40, 4th), 3M Diving (275.25, 7th)

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI HOSTS WESTERN ILLINOIS THURSDAY TO CONCLUDE HOMESTAND

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball welcomes Western Illinois University to Screaming Eagles Arena Thursday at 5 p.m. to conclude a three-game homestand, as the Screaming Eagles look to add to their winning streak and unbeaten record in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Thursday’s matchup can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Thursday is a White Out at Screaming Eagles Arena. Fans should wear their white apparel or purchase a white USI t-shirt through the USI Campus Store or at the ScreagleZone Fan Shop inside the arena lobby. Plus, fans and students will want to arrive early for a free t-shirt and rally towel giveaway.

Southern Indiana (12-5, 7-0) sits in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. With 12 overall wins this season, the Screaming Eagles have matched its wins total from 2022-23, and with seven OVC wins, USI has already surpassed its 2022-23 OVC wins total. Entering Thursday, USI has won nine of its last 10 games and is the only OVC team with seven conference wins.

USI enters Thursday’s matchup with eight consecutive wins, which is tied for 10th best among active winning streaks in the nation. Plus, USI has won seven straight to begin the OVC season, which is tied for 12th best among active conference winning streaks in the nation.

 The eight overall wins in a row are a program best since the 2018-19 campaign, and the seven straight conference wins are a team best since the 2017-18 season. With seven consecutive wins to start the OVC slate, USI is enjoying its best start to a conference schedule since 1996-97, when the Screaming Eagles went 30-2 and was an NCAA II National Finalist.

On Saturday, Southern Indiana extended its winning streak with a come-from-behind 70-55 victory. Trailing by as many as 11 in the middle of the first half, USI charged back with a 24-5 run in the second quarter and then never trailed in the second half. USI had four players score in double figures and outscored Morehead State 44-24 in the paint.

In Saturday’s win, senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) scored a game-high 18 points en route to becoming the 21st Screaming Eagle to reach 1,000 career points in USI Women’s Basketball history. In addition to Raley’s 18-point performance, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) and senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) tallied 14 points, while sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) recorded 11 points.

Over the last four games, Webb is averaging 16.5 points and eight rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. Webb played a career-best 33 minutes last Thursday against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Webb has shot over 64 percent in the last four games, and she leads the OVC with a 56.9 percent field goal percentage in conference-only games.

Shafford has scored 10-plus in the Eagles’ last 15 games. In the 15-game stretch, Shafford is averaging 15.7 points per contest, shooting above 46 percent overall, and connecting at nearly 37 percent from long range.

Raley has also been solid as of late, scoring 10 or more in seven of the last eight games, including a pair of 20-point outings. During the eight-game span, Raley is averaging 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Raley has also shot above 50 percent from the floor and 82 percent at the charity stripe.

Additionally, Saunders has had a strong stretch on the floor for the Screaming Eagles. Saunders has started four consecutive games. The guard has scored 10-plus in three of the four starts, and she has dished out 19 assists in those games. In OVC play, Saunders is fourth in the league with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio and sixth with 4.3 helpers per contest.

This season, Shafford leads USI in scoring at 14.7 points, which is sixth in the OVC. Shafford is also third in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 45.9 percent, and fifth in rebounding with 7.4 boards per contest. Raley and Webb are next on the team in scoring with 11.8 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.

As a team, Southern Indiana is third in the conference with 69.8 points per game. USI ranks second in field goal percentage (42.3) and third in rebounding (40.1). The Screaming Eagles are first in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.1 percent shooting. In league play, USI is second in the OVC in scoring (72.6) and field goal percentage (44.7), but the defense has been just as good. Through seven conference games, USI is holding OVC opponents to a conference-low 56.4 points and 33.2 percent shooting.

Western Illinois is also 12-5 overall with a 3-3 record in OVC action. The Leathernecks are in a four-team deadlock for fifth place in the OVC standings. Western Illinois is coming off a 79-71 overtime victory on Saturday against Tennessee State University. After being tied at 66 through the end of regulation, WIU outscored the Tigers, 13-5, in the extra frame. Freshman combo guard Raegan McCowan, the reigning OVC Player and Freshman of the Week, posted 28 points and 17 rebounds against Tennessee State.

McCowan paces the Leathernecks with 18.2 points and 7.6 boards per contest. Western Illinois is the top scoring and shooting team in the Ohio Valley Conference overall this season, averaging 77.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor.

Thursday will be the second all-time meeting between Southern Indiana and Western Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Leathernecks, 88-75, in a non-conference matchup inside Screaming Eagles Arena last season. In fact, it was the second game of the 2022-23 campaign and was Southern Indiana’s first win against a D-I opponent since USI started the transition to Division I last year. In that matchup, Raley scored 18 points, Shafford had 16 points, and graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) chipped in 13 points.

Tickets for the Western Illinois game are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

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NBA STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History for January 25

January 25, 1981 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – The Philadelphia Eagles and the Oakland Raiders squared off against each other in Super Bowl XV. Both teams had great stories coming into the contest. The American Football Fandom site has an insightful article on the game. In the week leading up to the game, President Ronal Reagan was sworn in and the Iran Hostage crisis had just ended. In light of those recent events there was a definite patriotic vibe to the events at the venue itself as the pregame ceremonies honored the end of the crisis. The Raiders were playing in the franchise’s third Super Bowl and had beaten the Oilers, Browns and Chargers in the playoffs to win the AFC from the Wild card position. The Eagles were playing in their first Super Bowl under a young Coach with a style new to the NFL in Dick Vermeil. The Raiders, guided by Quarterback Jim Plunkett jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and the Eagles were ill equipped to recover from it. And when they did try Raiders linebacker Rod Martin picked off Philadelphia quarterback Ron Jaworski three times for a Super Bowl record.  The Oakland Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10. Jim Plunkett was voted as the MVP of the game after completing 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Plunkett was the second Heisman winner after Roger Staubach to be named a Super Bowl MVP and the Raiders were the first franchise to win it all from the wildcard spot.

January 25, 1987 – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – Super Bowl XXI was played between the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants per a Newsday article from the day after. Broncos QB John Elway was under siege all day from a Giant defense that featured the likes of Harry Carson, Leonard Marshall and Lawrence Taylor. In fact he was sacked four times in the game and one was for a safety in the second quarter. Phil Simms completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game’s MVP as the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20. One of the greatest scenes from the postgame was New York franchise owner Wellington Mara handing the Lombardi Trophy to Coach Bill Parcells in jubilation of the Giants first Super Bowl victory.

January 25, 1998 – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Super Bowl XXXII was a matchup of two legendary gunslinger QBs as Green Bay’s Brett Favre took the field for the Packers and The Broncos had their signal caller John Elway per a Washington Post article. Elway and company put on a late drive in the fourth. Running back Terrell Davis found paydirt with a one-yard touchdown run with 1 minute 45 seconds remaining and broke the 24-24 tie. The Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24 with Bronco running back Terrell Davis voted as the game’s MVP after rushing for 157 yards  and three TDs against one of the NFL’s best defenses.

January 25, 2015 – University of Phoenix, Glendale, Arizona – The NFL was trying some different things to make the stale Pro Bowl a bit more interesting to viewers. The NFL.com described it as the second season that used an unconferenced format with players selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. The 2014 season’s NFL Pro Bowl pitted a Team coached by Michael Irvin to play a Team of Pro Bowlers of Chris Carter. The Irvin squad won the game 32-28. The Pro Bowl  MVPs were Houston’s J. J. Watt  and Matthew Stafford the Detroit Lions quarterback.

Hall of Fame Birthday for January 25

January 25, 1924 – Martins Ferry, Ohio – Ohio State lineman and place kicker Lou “the Toe” Groza was born.

January 25, 1935 – Crosbytown, Texas – Don Maynard the durable wide receiver from Texas Western celebrated his birth. The Pro Football Hall of Fame quotes Maynard as stating that his record that he is most proud of is the fact that he was the first to achieve 10,000 yards receiving in an NFL career. The legendary wideout attributed the accomplishment of this feat by his playing longevity which lasted for 15 seasons. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the gridiron feats of Don Maynard in 1987.

January 25, 1942 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Carl Eller the stud University of Minnesota tackle arrived into this life. After a great 1963 season Carl was a first team choice on eight of the  nine major All-America teams just missing out on being unanimous. The NFF tells us that Eller played both sides of the ball for the Gophers at tackle. The National Football Foundation selected Carl Eller’s collegiate career to be honored in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. As a professional he was moved exclusively to defense after being selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Eller became a fixture in one of the greatest defensive lines in history the Vikings infamous Purple People Eaters as he was teamed up with the great Jim Marshall. He played 16 seasons as a D End for Minnesota amassing 44 sacks per the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2004 Carl Eller received the great honor of being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

January 25, 1944 – La Porte, Texas – Michigan State’s talented wide out Gene Washington celebrated his birth. The FootballFoundation.org bio for Gene lists that Washington started as a sophomore Washington would go on to set Michigan State season records for wide receivers in receptions and yards. Gene is in rare company as he was a two-time First-Team All-American. The Spartans teams that Gene was a part of earned two shared national titles.  The National Football Foundation selected Gene Washington for the College Football Hall of Fame entry in 2011. Gene was a first round pick in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings who selected him eighth overall. He played seven seasons in the NFL both with Minnesota and the Denver Broncos. His stat line shows that he caught 182 passes and 26 touchdowns as a pro. Washington was a two-time Pro Bowler and was named a First Team All-Pro in 1969. 

January 25, 1985 – The great Linebacker from Mississippi, Patrick Willis was born. The NFF tells us that Patrick won both the Butkus Award and the Jack Lambert Awards after the 2006 season at Ole Miss recognizing him as the Nation’s top college linebacker as well as being selected as a consensus First Team All-American. The National Football Foundation voters chose Patrick Willis to gain entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019. Willis was the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers where he played for 8 seasons.  Patrick won the 2007 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.  There were two different seasons where he led the NFL in tackles and won the professional Butkus Award in 2009.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

13 – 27 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 36 – 16 – 7 – 11 – 66 – 23 – 30 – 19 – 99 – 9 – 88 –

January 25, 1960 – Once again Ole’ Number 13 put up some major points. Hall of Fame Center Wilt Chamberlain poured in 58 points, the most ever recorded by a rookie in the League, as the Philadelphia Warriors downed the  Detroit Pistons, 127-117 in a game played in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

January 25, 1961 – Frank Mahovlich, of the Toronto Maple Leafs lit the lamp twice in a contest on the ice against the Montreal Canadiens in which Toronto triumphed 5-3. The significance was that it was Number 27 Mahovlich’s 39th tally of the season which set a Leafs record for goals scored.

January 25, 1972 – 25th NHL All-Star Game, East beats West, 3-2 at Metropolitan Sports Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota.The game’s MVP selected was Boston, D, Number 4, Bobby Orr.

January 25, 1975 – 10th hat trick in New York Islander history, Number 5, Denis Potvin’s 1st

January 25, 1977 – 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: Wales beats Campbell, 4-3; MVP was Number 7,  Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW

January 25, 1978 – The San Diego Padres acquired Pitcher Gaylord Perry from the Texas Rangers in a trade for Dave Tomlin & $125,000. Perry who wore Number 36 for the Padres ended up having a tremendous season in San Diego, good enough to take home the Cy Young Award!

January 25, 1981 – Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Number 16, Oakland, QB

January 25, 1986 – Edmonton Oilers Number 7, Paul Coffey set an NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

January 25, 1987 – Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP chosen was NY Giants, QB, Number 11,  Phil Simms.

January 25, 1989 – Pittsburgh legend, Number 66, Mario Lemieux scored a goal and 3 assists in Penguins’ 5-4 win over Winnipeg in Pittsburgh; sets NHL record by picking up a point in 14 consecutive games; record stands for 10 years

January 25, 1989 – Chicago Bulls superstar, Number 23, Michael Jordan scored his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

January 25, 1991 – St. Louis right wing, Number 16, Brett Hull scores twice in Blues’ 9-4 win at Detroit, to give him 50 goals in 49 games; becomes 3rd player in NHL history with 50 goals in less than 50 games

January 25, 1998 – Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP selected was Denver’s future Hall of Fame running back, Number 30, Terrell Davis

January 25, 2009 – 57th NHL All-Star Game, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec: East beats West, 12-11, SO; MVP selected was Montreal Canadiens, RW, Number 27, Alexei Kovalev

January 25, 2015 – 60th NHL All-Star Game, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH: Team Toews beats Team Foligno, 17-12; MVP: of the contest of Columbus Blue Jackets Center, Number 19,  Ryan Johansen

January 25, 2015 – NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter, 32-28; MVPs were Houston Texans, DE, Number 99, J. J. Watt, and Detroit Lions, QB, Number 9, Matthew Stafford.

January 25, 2020 – 65th NHL All Star Games, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MI: Pacific All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP chosen was the LW Boston Bruins, Number 88, David Pastrnak

January 25, 2022 – Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, Number 3,  Keith Yandle becomes NHL’s new “Iron Man” with his 965th consecutive regular-season game, breaking Number 21 (also 27 & 27), Doug Jarvis’s all-time record, in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders

TV SPORTS THURSDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Indiana7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Utah at Washington7:00pmMNMT
KJZZ
Boston at Miami7:30pmTNT
NBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Brooklyn7:30pmYES
Bally Sports
Denver at New York7:30pmMSG
ALT
Sacramento at Golden State10:00pmTNT
NBCS-BAY
NBCS-CA
Chicago at LA Lakers10:30pmSpectrum
NBCS-CHI
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NY Islanders at Montreal7:00pmMSGSN
Sportsnet
Boston at Ottawa7:00pmNESN
Sportsnet
Philadelphia at Detroit7:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
Arizona at Tampa Bay7:00pmBally Sports
New Jersey at Carolina7:30pmBally Sports
MSGSN
Anaheim at Dallas8:00pmBally Sports
Nashville at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Columbus at Calgary9:00pmSportsnet
Chicago at Edmonton9:00pmNBCS-CHI
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Central Connecticut at Fairleigh Dickinson5:00pmESPNU
Elon at Campbell5:00pmCBSSN
UAlbany at Maine6:00pmESPN+
Monmouth at Stony Brook6:30pmSNY
Vermont at UMass Lowell6:30pmESPN+
North Florida at Bellarmine6:30pmESPN+
Georgia Southern at App State6:30pmESPN+
SMU at North Texas7:00pmESPN2
Purdue Fort Wayne at Northern Kentucky7:00pmESPNU
Kansas City at South Dakota State7:00pmCBSSN
UNCW at Northeastern7:00pmNESN+
Drexel at Towson7:00pmESPN+
North Carolina A&T at Delaware7:00pmESPN+
Merrimack at Wagner7:00pmNEC Front Row
Sacred Heart at Saint Francis U7:00pmNEC Front Row
Stonehill at LIU7:00pmNEC Front Row
Oakland at Green Bay7:00pmESPN+
Detroit Mercy at Milwaukee7:00pmESPN+
Wright State at Cleveland State7:00pmESPN+
Rider at Saint Peter’s7:00pmESPN+
Youngstown State at IUPUI7:00pmESPN+
UTEP at Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPN+
Bryant at NJIT7:00pmESPN+
Binghamton at New Hampshire7:00pmESPN+
Austin Peay at Stetson7:00pmESPN+
Lipscomb at FGCU7:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville at Eastern Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Charleston at Hampton7:00pmFloSports
William & Mary at Hofstra7:00pmFloSports
Mount St. Mary’s at Quinnipiac7:30pmESPN+
Lindenwood at Little Rock7:30pmESPN+
California Baptist at UTRGV7:30pmESPN+
Grand Canyon at Stephen F. Austin7:30pmESPN+
Southern Utah at Tarleton8:00pmESPN+
Utah Tech at Abilene Christian8:00pmESPN+
FIU at WKU8:00pmESPN+
North Dakota State at St. Thomas8:00pmSummit
Omaha at Oral Roberts8:00pmSummit
Arkansas State at Louisiana8:30pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at UT Martin8:30pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois8:30pmESPN+
South Alabama at ULM8:30pmESPN+
San Francisco at Gonzaga9:00pmESPN2
Western Illinois at Southern Indiana9:00pmESPNU
NM State at Sam Houston9:00pmCBSSN
Arizona State at Oregon9:00pmPAC12N
South Dakota at Denver9:00pmALT 2
Montana State at Sacramento State9:00pmESPN+
Northern Arizona at Idaho9:00pmESPN+
Northern Colorado at Eastern Washington9:00pmESPN+
Montana at Portland State10:00pmESPN+
CSU Bakersfield at CSUN10:00pmESPN+
Cal State Fullerton at Cal Poly10:00pmESPN+
UC Irvine at Long Beach State10:00pmESPN+
UC Riverside at UC San Diego10:00pmESPN+
Pepperdine at Santa Clara10:00pmESPN+
Portland at Loyola Marymount10:00pmESPN+
Pacific at Saint Mary’s11:00pmCBSSN
Arizona at Oregon State11:00pmPAC12N
UC Santa Barbara at Hawai’i11:59pmSpectrum
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
AFC Asian Cup: Korea Republic vs Malaysia6:30amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Jordan vs Bahrain6:30amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Saudi Arabia vs Thailand10:00amParamount+
AFC Asian Cup: Kyrgyzstan vs Oman10:00amParamount+
FA Cup: AFC Bournemouth vs Swansea City2:45pmESPN+
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA: Drive On Championship12:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open3:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open3:30amESPN2
FIGURE SKATINGTIME ETTV
US Championships: Pairs2:00pmUSA
US Championships: Dance5:00pmUSA
US Championships: Women8:00pmUSA
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Denver vs South Dakota12:00amMidco Sports
Mount St. Mary’s vs Saint Peter’s11:00amESPN+
UMass Lowell vs Vermont11:00amESPN+
Long Beach State vs UC Irvine2:00pmESPN+
UT Rio Grande Valley vs California Baptist2:00pmESPN+
Gonzaga vs Santa Clara4:00pmESPN+
Fairfield vs Quinnipiac5:00pmESPN+
Western Illinois vs Southern Indiana6:00pmESPN+
Coastal Carolina vs Louisiana6:00pmESPN+
Mercer vs Wofford6:00pmESPN+
Lindenwood vs Little Rock6:00pmESPN+
Arkansas State vs UL Monroe6:00pmESPN+
Tennessee Tech vs Eastern Illinois6:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire vs Binghamton6:00pmESPN+
Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech6:00pmACCNX
NJIT vs Bryant6:00pmESPN+
Florida State vs Duke6:00pmACCN
Southeast Missouri vs UT Martin6:30pmESPN+
Eastern Kentucky vs Jacksonville6:30pmESPN+
Appalachian State vs Old Dominion6:30pmESPN+
Saint Mary’s vs Pacific6:30pmESPN+
Bellarmine vs North Florida7:00pmESPN+
Samford vs Furman7:00pmESPN+
East Tennessee State vs Western Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast vs Lipscomb7:00pmESPN+
Chattanooga vs UNC Greensboro7:00pmESPN+
Drake vs Bradley7:00pmESPN+
SE Louisiana vs Houston Christian7:00pmESPN+
Southern Miss vs Troy7:00pmESPN+
Florida vs Mississippi7:00pmSECN+
Niagara vs Rider7:00pmESPN+
Western Kentucky vs Florida International7:00pmESPN+
Stetson vs Austin Peay7:00pmESPN+
Marist vs Manhattan7:00pmESPN+
Ohio State vs Illinois7:00pmPeacock
Boston College vs Louisville7:00pmACCNX
Florida vs Mississippi7:00pmSECN
Merrimack vs Le Moyne7:00pmNEC Front Row
NC State vs Clemson7:00pmACCNX
East Carolina vs Florida Atlantic7:00pmESPN+
Pittsburgh vs Virginia7:00pmACCNX
UAB vs Wichita State7:00pmESPN+
WKU vs FIU7:00pmESPN+
Maine vs Albany7:00pmESPN+
Cleveland State vs Oakland7:00pmESPN+
Canisius vs Iona7:00pmESPN+
Sam Houston vs New Mexico State7:30pmESPN+
Northern Iowa vs Illinois State7:30pmESPN+
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs Texas A&M-Commerce7:30pmESPN+
Eastern Washington vs Northern Colorado8:00pmESPN+
Kentucky vs Arkansas8:00pmSECN+
Texas State vs South Alabama8:00pmESPN+
Stephen F. Austin vs Grand Canyon8:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State vs McNeese8:00pmESPN+
New Orleans vs Lamar8:00pmESPN+
Idaho vs Northern Arizona8:00pmESPN+
St. John’s vs DePaul8:00pmFloSports
Syracuse vs Notre Dame8:00pmACCNX
Sam Houston vs NM State8:00pmESPN+
Penn State vs Northwestern8:00pmBTN
Miami vs North Carolina8:00pmACCN
St. Thomas vs North Dakota State8:00pmESPN+
South Dakota State vs Kansas City8:00pmSummit
South Carolina vs LSU8:00pmESPN
Tarleton vs Southern Utah8:30pmESPN+
Abilene Christian vs Utah Tech9:00pmESPN+
Texas A&M vs Missouri9:00pmSECN+
Portland vs Pepperdine9:00pmESPN+
Loyola Marymount vs San Francisco9:00pmESPN+
Portland State vs Montana9:00pmESPN+
UC San Diego vs UC Riverside9:00pmESPN+
Sacramento State vs Montana State9:00pmESPN+
Texas A&M vs Missouri9:00pmSECN
Louisiana Tech vs UTEP9:00pmESPN+
Cal State Northridge vs Cal State Bakersfield10:00pmESPN+
Cal Poly vs Cal State Fullerton10:00pmESPN+
Hawai’i vs UC Santa Barbara10:00pmESPN+

What to Watch: Thursday, 1/25/23

NBATIME ETTV
Boston at Miami8:00pmTNT

The Boston Celtics leads all time series 98-73 versus Miami Heat. Last season the Celtics and Heat regular season series was tied 2-2. Miami is 30-38 all time at home versus Celtics. The Celtics are 1-0 versus the Heat in the 2023-24 regular season.

Sacramento at Golden State9:30pmTNT

The Golden State Warriors leads all time series 221-197 versus Sacramento Kings. Last season the Warriors lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Kings. Golden State is 126-72 all time at home versus Sacramento. The Warriors are 3-1 versus the Kings in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Detroit7:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers leads all time series 75-60-21 versus Detroit Red Wings. Last season the Flyers lead regular season series 3-0 versus the Red Wings. Philadelphia is 49-15-11 all time at home versus Detroit. The Flyers and Red Wings 2023-24 regular season series is tied 1-1.

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Dallas at Atlanta7:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports
Houston at Charlotte7:00pmSCHN
Bally Sports
Phoenix at Indiana7:00pmAFSN
Bally Sports
LA Clippers at Toronto7:30pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Orlando at Memphis8:00pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Milwaukee8:00pmBally Sports
Oklahoma City at New Orleans8:00pmBally Sports
Portland at San Antonio9:30pmNBATV
ROOT
Bally Sports
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Vegas at NY Rangers7:00pmESPN
MSG
Scripps
Florida at Pittsburgh7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Los Angeles at Colorado9:00pmBally Sports
ALT
St. Louis at Seattle10:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Ohio at Kent State5:00pmCBSSN
Marist at Niagara6:30pmESPNU
Iona at Siena7:00pmESPN+
Manhattan at Canisius7:00pmESPN+
Michigan State at Wisconsin8:00pmFS1
Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure8:30pmESPN2
Utah Valley at Seattle U9:00pmESPNU
Stanford at California10:00pmFS1
SOCCER MATCHESTIME ETTV
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz 052:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Cagliari vs Torino2:45pmParamount+
FA Cup: Chelsea vs Aston Villa2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry City2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest2:45pmESPN+
FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City3:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Almería vs Deportivo Alavés3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Rennes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Bolivia vs Ecuador3:00pmFOX Soccer Plus
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying: Brazil vs Colombia6:00pmFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA:LPGA: Drive On Championship12:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Farmers Insurance Open5:00pmGOLF
TENNISTIME ETTV
Australian Open3:30amESPN
FIGURE SKATINGTIME ETTV
Men US Championships4:00pmUSA
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
Alaska-Fairbanks vs Long Island University2:00pmESPN+
Minnesota vs Michigan State6:00pmB1G+
Wisconsin vs Michigan7:00pmB1G+
Cornell vs Harvard7:00pmESPN+
Colgate vs Dartmouth7:00pmESPN+
Quinnipiac vs Yale7:00pmESPN+
St. Lawrence vs Clarkson7:00pmESPN+
New Hampshire vs Vermont7:00pmESPN+
Merrimack vs Northeastern7:00pmESPN+
Providence vs UMass Lowell7:00pmESPN+
Boston College vs Boston University7:00pmESPN+
Colorado College vs Western Michigan7:00pmNCHC.tv
Ohio State vs Penn State7:00pmB1G+
St. Lawrence vs Clarkson7:00pmESPN+
Denver vs North Dakota8:07pmMidco Sports
Miami vs Minnesota Duluth8:07pmNCHC.tv
Omaha vs St. Cloud State8:30pmNCHC.tv
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Valparaiso vs Indiana State6:00pmESPN+
Hofstra vs William & Mary7:00pmFloSports
Monmouth vs Hampton7:00pmFloSports
North Carolina A&T vs Campbell7:00pmFloSports
Northeastern vs Delaware7:00pmFloSports
UIC vs Evansville7:00pmESPN+
Southern Illinois vs Murray State7:00pmESPN+
Missouri State vs Belmont7:30pmESPN+
Stanford vs Arizona State8:00pmPAC12N
Wright State vs Milwaukee8:00pmESPN+
California vs Arizona9:00pmPAC12N
Colorado vs Oregon State10:00pmPAC12N
Utah vs Oregon10:00pmPAC12N
Washington vs UCLA10:00pmPAC12N
Washington State vs USC10:00pmPAC12N

What to Watch: Friday, 1/26/23

COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Michigan State at Wisconsin8:00pmFS1

The Michigan State Spartans leads all time series 80-61 versus Wisconsin Badgers. Last time both teams met was in 2023 which Wisconsin won 70-57 on the road versus Michigan State. Since 2019 the Spartans are 6-4 overall and 1-3 at home versus the Badgers.

NBATIME ETTV
Dallas at Atlanta7:00pmNBATV
Bally Sports

The Atlanta Hawks leads all time series 47-37 versus Dallas Mavericks. Last season the Hawks lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Mavericks. Atlanta is 27-15 all time at home versus Dallas. This is the first matchup between both teams of the 2023-24 regular season.

NBATIME ETTV
Oklahoma City at New Orleans8:00pmBally Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder leads all time series 41-32 versus New Orleans Pelicans. Last season the Pelicans lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Thunder. New Orleans is 17-17 all time at home versus Oklahoma City. The Pelicans are 1-0 versus the Thunder in the 2023-24 regular season.

NHLTIME ETTV
Vegas at NY Rangers7:00pmESPN
MSG
Scripps

The Vegas Golden Knights leads all time series 6-4-1 versus New York Rangers. Last season the Rangers lead regular season series 2-0 versus the Golden Knights. New York is 2-2-1 all time at home versus Vegas. The Golden Knights are 1-0 versus the Rangers in the 2023-24 regular season.