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Arians retires as Bucs’ coach, Bowles promoted to top spot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Bruce Arians unexpectedly retired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a stunning move Wednesday night that the 69-year-old who guided the team to its second Super Bowl title says is not related to health.

It’s the second major retirement announcement for the Bucs this offseason, following Tom Brady’s announcement in February that he was ending his career. Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, returned 40 days later, saying he would return for a 23rd season and noting he had “unfinished business.”

But instead of Arians, Brady will be playing for Todd Bowles after the defensive coordinator was promoted as the coach’s successor.

Arians, a two-time cancer survivor, stepped down as coach of the Arizona Cardinals due to medical concerns in 2017, only to be lured back to the sideline by the then-struggling Bucs two years later. This time, he said, he exits feeling the best he has in “many years” and is looking forward to transitioning into a front-office position working with general manager Jason Licht.

“This team is in a much better place than it was three years ago due to Jason’s great work and the Glazer family’s commitment to winning,” Arians said in a lengthy statement issued by the team.

“I want to focus on what I can give back to this incredible game that has provided so much for me and my family,” Arians added. “I really began thinking about my personal transition plan earlier this offseason. I wanted to ensure when I walked away that Todd Bowles would have the best opportunity to succeed.”

Arians, who will turn 70 this coming season, coached the Bucs to the Super Bowl title in the 2020 season – Brady’s first with Tampa Bay. The Bucs were 31-18 in Arians’ three seasons there and he was 80-48-1 in eight years as a head coach overall when adding in five seasons with the Cardinals from 2013 to 2017.

Shaheen Holloway leaves Saint Peter’s for Seton Hall

(AP) — Shaheen Holloway is leaving Saint Peter’s for Seton Hall just days after helping the little Jesuit school make history by becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

Seton Hall athletic director Bryan Felt announced the hiring of the 45-year-old early Wednesday evening. It really wasn’t a surprise.

Holloway played for the Pirates of the Big East Conference and his move to replace Kevin Willard has been a hot topic since the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Willard left last week for the head job at Maryland.

Holloway, whose Peacocks knocked off No. 2 seed Kentucky. No. 7 Murray State and No. 3 seed Purdue before falling to North Carolina, will get a substantial raise. Willard earned $2.4 million last season, about tenfold what Holloway got at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Confernece school in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Holloway, whose teams play a hard-nosed game trademarked by defense, will be introduced at a campus press conference on Thursday.

“Life has a way of coming full circle,” Holloway said in a statement. “This is certainly a full circle moment for my family and I. Seton Hall is near and dear to my heart; it’s where I became a man, where I met the love of my life, where I spent countless hours honing my crafts as a basketball player and a basketball coach. To say that I’m excited to get started as the head men’s basketball coach at Seton Hall University would be an understatement.”

Jimmy Butler scores 24 to help Heat fend off Celtics 106-98

BOSTON (AP) An untimely losing streak has left the Miami Heat with some late-season competition for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

They took a step toward regaining some of the ground they lost recently against one of their chief challengers.

Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 23 and the Miami Heat rallied in the fourth quarter to hold off the Boston Celtics 106-98 on Wednesday night to stay atop the tight race for the conference’s top seed.

Bam Adebayo finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Miami posted its second straight win since a season-worst four-game losing streak.

“I think we did a good job of just communicating and being there for each other,” Lowry said.

After briefly taking over the East’s top spot, Boston has lost two in a row for the first time since late January.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Jayson Tatum added 23 points and six assists.

Despite the loss, Tatum said in the long run it will help strengthen the mettle of this team.

“It’s a good thing for us to learn from,” Tatum said. “The season is not decided today. We’ve still got games to play, playoffs. So, we’ll be good.”

The back-and-forth game had very much the intensity of a playoff matchup, featuring nine ties and 16 lead changes.

Trailing by four points entering the fourth, Miami outscored Boston 27-15 over the final 12 minutes with a level of execution that has been missing over the past few weeks.

Booker, Paul deliver at end, Suns hold off Warriors 107-103

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Chin-ups, lunges, blaring music and some good-natured banter at 10 p.m.

The Phoenix Suns held off the Golden State Warriors in a hard-fought, playoff-type furious finish, then went right back to work after the final buzzer like they do every game – home and away.

“That’s who we are. We are a work team. Even though the studies show that lifting after a game helps with recovery, I think they really enjoy being around each other and they enjoy the work,” coach Monty Williams said. “… As I’ve said before, our guys are chasing something. When you’re chasing something, you don’t want to get to whatever you’re chasing and not be ready.”

Devin Booker’s two free throws with 34.2 seconds left put Phoenix ahead, Draymond Green traveled to turn it over before Chris Paul made a short jumper, and the NBA-best Suns beat the Warriors 107-103 on Wednesday night in a back-and-forth battle between Western Conference rivals.

Jordan Poole scored a season-best 38 points to match his career high and also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. He had five free throws over the final 1:20.

Poole drew a loose ball foul on Booker with 39.8 seconds to go and converted two free throws before Booker came through for the Suns (62-14) in their ninth straight victory.

Grizzlies edge Spurs 112-111, clinch No. 2 seed in West

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tyus Jones scored 25 points and the Memphis Grizzlies edged the San Antonio Spurs 112-111 on Wednesday night to capture the Southwest Division title and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Grizzlies claimed their first division title in franchise history and accomplished the feat with All-Star point guard Ja Morant watching from the sidelines.

“Definitely a big milestone,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “I told the group, a special accomplishment for a special group, but we’ve got more work to do.”

Memphis never trailed, even as Morant missed his sixth straight game with a sore right knee. The Grizzlies improved to 19-2 without Morant this season.

“A gutsy win,” Jones said. “Those are the wins that show you it’s not always going to be a pretty game. It’s not always going to be every shot falling and we win by 20. Sometimes you’re going to have to grind it out and go win a game down the stretch on the offensive end or maybe the defensive end. We need those games down the stretch here.”

The loss halted San Antonio’s four-game winning streak, the Spurs’ longest of the season. They dropped a half-game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for 10th in the West and the final berth in the play-in tournament.

San Antonio closed within a point, at 112-111, on a tip-in by Keldon Johnson with 27.8 seconds remaining. Following a miss by the Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane, Johnson missed a layup contested by Bane with 2.7 seconds remaining.

“What a brilliant (play call),” Jenkins said. “They probably knew that we were going to switch before. They got exactly what they wanted, a shot right at the rim. It just didn’t go in.”

Celtics’ Williams out 4-6 weeks after following knee surgery

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics say center Robert Williams III is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

The team said that Williams underwent a partial knee meniscectomy on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Boston. He was hurt against Minnesota on Sunday.

Williams, a staunch defender, was averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds and just over two blocks this season.

The loss of Williams comes as Boston (47-29) is making a push for the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have won 24 of 29 games and are a game behind the first-place Miami Heat, who visit on Wednesday night.

Embiid: ‘I don’t have any hard feelings’ towards ex-teammate Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid has no ill will towards his former teammate Ben Simmons.

“I don’t have any hard feelings,” he told SI’s Chris Mannix. “I don’t have any hate toward him. I wouldn’t mind being friends.”

The 76ers sent Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade that helped James Harden land in Philadelphia. The former All-Star has yet to appear in a game for the Nets due to a back injury.

There has been no shortage of comments from Embiid on Simmons’ situation. Before the trade deadline, Embiid said he would welcome him back to the team if the Australian guard wanted “to be there.”

After the team announced the trade, Embiid trolled the 25-year-old on Twitter before also telling reporters that winning wasn’t Simmons’ “biggest factor.”

A few weeks later, Embiid told ESPN he did a lot to convince Simmons to stay with the team.

The 28-year-old said that he has not spoken to Simmons since the trade.

“I respect the decision he made. I think it’s unfortunate what happened, but to me, it’s whatever.”

3-time Pro Bowl safety, activist Malcolm Jenkins retires

(AP) — Malcolm Jenkins is retiring after a 13-year NFL career in which he established himself as one of the league’s best all-around safeties, most durable players and leading voices for social justice.

Jenkins helped both the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles win their only Super Bowl and made a major impact off the field as an activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old, and I’ve accomplished so much in that time,” Jenkins told The Associated Press. “When I set out to have my career, I wanted to change the game or at least have an impact on the game, not only on the field but off the field. … Made the Pro Bowls and had all the accolades and really I felt I left a mark on the game that was my own unique way, and I think, at this point, I’m really excited to pour all that energy and effort that I put into excelling in football into doing some of the other things in life, some of the projects that I have a passion for and it’s just that time for me.”

The 34-year-old Jenkins was selected by the Saints as a cornerback in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Ohio State. He switched to safety the following season and thrived. He left New Orleans for Philadelphia in 2014 and started every game during six seasons with the Eagles. He made three Pro Bowls and was an instrumental leader on the 2017 Eagles team that won the Super Bowl despite losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz and several key starters.

Lamar Jackson amid contract uncertainty: ‘I love my Ravens’

BALTIMORE (AP) Lamar Jackson said on Twitter on Wednesday that he loves the Baltimore Ravens amid uncertainty about his contract status beyond this year.

“I love my Ravens I don’t know who the hell putting that false narrative out that I’m having thoughts about leaving,” Jackson said. “Stop tryna read my mind.”

Jackson’s contract is an issue in Baltimore for a second straight offseason. The team still hasn’t signed him to an extension as he enters next season on his fifth-year option. General manager Eric DeCosta said last month the Ravens were working at Jackson’s pace.

Baltimore was decimated by injuries – including to Jackson himself – and finished 8-9 last season.

Vikings agree on deal to bring back CB Patrick Peterson

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms Wednesday on a new contract with cornerback Patrick Peterson, taking another step toward stabilizing a problematic position.

The 31-year-old Peterson had a solid first season with the Vikings in 2021, by far their most reliable cornerback in pass coverage. He missed three games with a hamstring injury and one game due to COVID-19. The eight-time Pro Bowl pick played his first 10 years in the NFL with Arizona.

Peterson will join newcomers Chandon Sullivan and Nate Hairston and returners Cameron Dantzler and Kris Boyd at the top of the depth chart for the Vikings for now.

Draisaitl, McDavid lead Oilers over Kings 4-3 in shootout

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid both scored in regulation and then again in the shootout, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

McDavid added an assist to get to 100 points for the fifth time in his career. Cody Ceci also scored and Mikko Koskinen had 38 saves for the Oilers, who have won eight straight at home.

The victory was Edmonton’s second in a row and moved the Oilers within a point of Los Angeles for second place in the Pacific Division.

“I think both teams knew what was at stake. It was a tight game, back and forth,” Draisaitl said. “That was a playoff-type of game.”

Alexander Edler, Quinton Byfield and Carl Grundstrom scored in regulation for the Kings, who have lost three of their last four games.

“I think every point is important and we definitely wanted two,” Byfield said. “It’s good that we came away with one, but our minds were on two. They’re right behind us in the standings and we want to make the gap bigger.”

Los Angeles started the scoring three minutes into the game with a goal on its first shot. Edler floated a shot from the point that ticked a defender and got past Koskinen.

Edmonton tied it less than four minutes later when Ceci skated in and sent a wrist shot glove side past Jonathan Quick.

The Oilers went up 2-1 with two minutes to play in the opening frame. Zach Hyman muscled a backhanded pass through the crease to Draisaitl, who scored his 49th goal of the season, tying Toronto’s Auston Matthews for the league lead.

Five minutes into the second, McDavid notched his league-leading 100th point, sending a pass from behind the net that bounced in off of Alex Iafallo.

Wild give defenseman Alex Goligoski a 2-year, $4M extension

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a two-year, $4 million contract extension on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Goligoski is in his first season with the Wild, his home-state club. He has two goals, 26 assists and a team-leading plus-34 rating in 58 games. His new deal runs through the 2023-24 season. The Wild also have defensemen Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon signed for six and five more years, respectively.

Goligoski played at Grand Rapids High School and the University of Minnesota before making his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2007. He played for Dallas and Arizona before landing with the Wild, and has seven goals and 14 assists in 43 career playoff games.

McIlroy: It would be ‘phenomenal’ if Tiger played this year’s Masters

Count Rory McIlroy among those who want to see Tiger Woods competing at Augusta next week.

“I think for golf, and for the Masters tournament, and for everyone, to have Tiger there would be phenomenal,” McIlroy told reporters Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “I think it just adds to the event. … Anything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is heightened whenever he’s there.”

Woods reportedly played a practice round at the fabled course Tuesday with his son, Charlie, and world No. 7 Justin Thomas. McIlroy was in attendance as well, per Schlabach.

“(Tiger) was there, obviously, and he’s trying to see what he can do,” McIlroy said. “Obviously, no one knows but him if he can make it around and if he believes he can compete.”

Woods last played an official PGA TOUR event in November 2020 when he tied for 38th at that year’s Masters, which was delayed until the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He played an unofficial TOUR event – the PNC Championship – with Charlie in December 2021.

The 46-year-old sustained serious injuries to his right leg in a car accident in February 2021.

Woods is no stranger to playing after a lengthy injury absence. He won the 2019 Masters – claiming his first major victory in over a decade – after undergoing a series of knee and back surgeries.

The 15-time major champion used a cart at the PNC Championship.

McIlroy is currently in San Antonio, the site of this week’s Valero Texas Open.

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INDIANA PACERS

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The Pacers nearly made history on Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, coming close to pulling off the largest comeback ever by the franchise.

Indiana looked listless in a disastrous first quarter, falling behind 43-15, the largest deficit any team faced after one quarter in the NBA this season. Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter gave Denver a 31-point lead, 50-19.

But despite the deficit, and despite having eight players out due to injury, the Pacers were a completely different team over the final three quarters. The Blue & Gold mounted a furious charge, taking the lead for the first time with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter and leading with under eight minutes to play in the contest.

In the end, however, Indiana (25-52) simply ran out of gas. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets (46-31) righted the ship just enough to avoid an embarrassing collapse, pulling away late for a 125-118 win.

It was a bitter end to an inspiring effort by the undermanned Pacers. Seven of Indiana’s nine available players scored in double figures on the night, and all nine of them had a hand in the memorable comeback attempt.

Buddy Hield scored a team-high 20 points for Indiana, while Terry Taylor tallied 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds in the loss. Goga Bitadze (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Tyrese Haliburton (15 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, and four steals) both recorded double-doubles.

Even the players not playing on Wednesday were all-in. Oshae Brissett, Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Duarte, Isaiah Jackson, T.J. McConnell, and Myles Turner were standing in front of the Pacers’ bench for virtually the entire second half, living and dying with each possession.

“Our crowd was great,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the game. “When we got way down, they kept encouraging us…They hung with us and we started making some good things happen with heart and unselfish play and carried it through to the latter stages of the fourth. There’s things we can build on.”

Jokic got the Nuggets’ offense rolling early. The reigning MVP scored three baskets and assisted on the other two as Denver opened the night with a 10-2 run.

The Pacers fought back, with Taylor’s layup cutting the deficit to 14-10 with 5:39 remaining in the opening quarter. But those would be Indiana’s last points for over four minutes. The Blue & Gold missed their next nine shots, a cold stretch made all the more worse by the fact that Denver scored on eight straight possessions.

All in all, it added up to a 20-0 Denver run to give the visitors a commanding lead. Hield’s layup at 1:21 ended Indiana’s drought, but the Nuggets knocked down 3-pointers on their final three possessions of the frame. The buzzer finally granted the Pacers a merciful reprieve, but the Blue & Gold found themselves in a massive 43-15 hole.

The Pacers’ offense finally got going again in the ensuing frame. Reserves Jalen Smith, Keifer Sykes, and Duane Washington Jr. scored five points apiece as Indiana amassed 19 points over the first 4:52 of the second quarter.

Indiana continued to chip away at the Nuggets’ lead for the rest of the half. The Pacers managed to trim what was at one point a 31-point Denver lead down to 16 by the intermission thanks to a 38-point quarter. The Blue & Gold entered the locker room at halftime facing a 69-53 deficit.

Their rally continued after the break. Hield’s trey 2:08 into the second half made it just a 10-point game at 74-64. Denver pushed the lead back to 81-65 following Monte Morris’ 3-pointer with 7:38 remaining in the frame, but the Pacers reeled off 10 straight points over an 80-second span, capped by another Hield three to make it a six-point game.

That forced a Nuggets timeout, but the Pacers kept coming. Bitadze’s 3-pointer at 5:02 cut the deficit to three and Taylor’s backdoor layup the next time down the floor cut the deficit to one. Remarkably, Haliburton’s layup with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter gave Indiana an 86-85 lead.

Jokic scored on the other end to put the Nuggets back in front, but the Blue & Gold surged back ahead shortly thereafter on a highlight-reel play. On a fast break, Haliburton delivered a spinning, no-look dish to Smith from the right wing, which the second-year big man finished with a ferocious dunk to give the Pacers a 91-89 lead with 1:06 remaining in the quarter.

Yeagley Announces Staff Additions

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Two former Indiana men’s soccer players are returning to Bloomington to join the program’s coaching staff ahead of the 2022 season, head coach Todd Yeagley announced on Wednesday (March 30).

Tanner Thompson will join the IU staff as an assistant coach, while Jeremiah Gutjahr will serve as the program’s director of operations.

“We are excited to have Jeremiah and Tanner return to IU in their new roles with the program,” Yeagley said. “They both bring new ideas and valuable skill sets while also embracing the winning culture and mentality embedded within our program. Both Tanner and Jeremiah were outstanding players and great teammates and will serve as great role models for our young players.”

Thompson and Gutjahr come in to fill the roles vacated by Danny O’Rourke and Phalo Pietersen, who leave the program to pursue new professional opportunities.

“We thank Danny O’Rourke and Phalo Pietersen for their time serving our program, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors,” Yeagley said. “Danny and Phalo have given a lot to the IU men’s soccer program and helped us to continue to build upon our proud Tradition of Excellence.”

Thompson will work with the coaching staff to prepare and execute daily training sessions, scouting, video preparation and team analytics.

Thompson was a three-time All-American at IU from 2013-16, scoring 18 goals and contributing 19 assists. In 2017, he was Minnesota United’s fourth-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft and went on to play for USL side Indy Eleven for one season. His brother, Tommy Thompson, played alongside him in 2013 and now plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. Tanner’s father, Gregg Thompson, led the Hoosiers to their first NCAA Title in 1982, scoring both goals in the final, and is a member of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

As the director of operations, Gutjahr will assist with the soccer program with team travel, daily team and staff operations, alumni relations, compliance, academics, equipment, community and fan engagement and special projects.

Gutjahr, born and raised in Bloomington, was a four-year midfielder at IU from 2015-18 while also competing for the U-20 US National Team. In 2019, Gutjahr signed a Homegrown contract with Chicago Fire FC in Major League Soccer (MLS). Gutjahr competed two seasons with the Fire and most recently played for Indy Eleven in 2021.

Ivey Tabbed as Wooden Award All-American

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue sophomore standout Jaden Ivey has been named a John R. Wooden Award All-American, announced this evening by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPNU.

The Wooden Award All American Team is comprised of ten student-athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The ten-player team, alphabetically, consists of: Ochai Agbaji (Kansas), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Johnny Davis (Wisconsin), Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Jaden Ivey (Purdue), Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona), Keegan Murray (Iowa), Jabari Smith (Auburn), Drew Timme (Gonzaga), and Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky).

Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch guard from South Bend, Indiana, and likely top-5 pick in the NBA Draft in June, earned consensus second-team All-American honors after being voted to either the first or second team All-American squads by the four organizations that make up the All-America awards.

He was named a first-team honoree by NABC and second-team mentions by the Sporting News, USBWA and Associated Press. A player is considered a consensus All-American if named to all four lists.

Ivey becomes the fourth consensus All-American under head coach Matt Painter (JaJuan Johnson, Caleb Swaningan, Carsen Edwards) and is just the second underclassmen (freshman or sophomore; Swanigan) to be named a first-team All-American in any of the four major services in the last 92 years (John Wooden was consensus All-American as a sophomore in 1930).

Purdue shooting guards (Edwards, Ivey) have been named consensus All-Americans in two of the last four seasons. Purdue is the only school in America with two shooting guards to be named consensus All-Americans in the last four seasons.

Ivey led the Boilermakers to a 29-8 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five tournaments, averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while also adding 33 steals and 20 blocked shots. He is one of just two players nationally (Duke’s Paolo Banchero) with 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocked shots.

He ended the year as one of just four Big Ten players in the last 30 years to have 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocked shots, joining the ranks of Draymond Green, Frank Kaminsky and Evan Turner. He was the only underclassmen to reach those marks in the last 30 years.

He was named a finalist for the Jerry West Award and named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in Indianapolis in three games.

Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in nine games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.

He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.

Ivey tied a school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss with a 6-of-6 performance against Butler in the final edition of the Crossroads Classic.

Ivey scored in double-figures in 33 of his 36 games played (missed one game with an injury) and had a team-best 14 games of 20 or more points, including double-doubles against North Carolina (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Minnesota (21 points, 10 rebounds).

No. 7 Ball State Men’s Volleyball Hosts No. 15 McKendree & No. 13 Lewis This Weekend

Last meeting: Ball State 3, McKendree 1 (2/12/22) | Series History: Ball State leads the all-time series 11-6

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Lewis 0 (2/10/22) | Series History: Lewis leads the all-time series 34-33

NEW ERA: First-year head coach Donan Cruz has started his first year off strong so far this season leading the Cardinals to five-straight wins which included back-to-back victories over No. 1 Hawai’i … Prior to taking over the helm of the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University … Just the fourth head coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 mark in 2012 season, on his way to compiling a 211-55 overall record with the Vikings … He concluded his Grand View career with the best winning percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

ALSO NEW ON THE STAFF:  Joining Cruz on the Ball State staff are Midwestern Volleyball Association (MIVA) standout and former Lewis University star Mike Iandolo and BYU men’s volleyball alumnus Christian Rupert … Iandolo was a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection and spent the last three season as the head coach at the University of Charleston … Rupert helped lead the Cougars to a pair of appearances NCAA Division I/II Men’s Volleyball Championship Match, and following a brief professional career, spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Princeton.

SCOUTING NO. 15 MCKENDREE: McKendree comes to Ball State with a 12-8 overall record and a 7-3 league mark. After the Cardinals defeated the Bearcats on Feb. 16 in Lebanon, Ill. by a score of 3-1 McKendree has only lost two MIVA matches. The Bearcats have won three-straight heading into this weekend’s action and are sitting in third place in the conference standings. Ethan Carroll leads the squad offensively with 270 kills on the season. Against Ball State, Kaleb Jenness led the Cardinals with 19 kills while Carroll turned in an 18-kill performance for the Bearcats.

SCOUTING NO. 13 LEWIS: Lewis comes to Muncie with an overall record of 12-10 and 4-6 in MIVA action. The last time the Flyers and the Cardinals met was on Feb. 10, 2022 in Romeoville, Ill. Ball State won that meeting 3-0 after putting on a convincing display on offense and defense making it the first win for Ball State at Lewis since 2010. The Cardinal’s charge was led by Angelos Mandilaris with 18 kills and Kaleb Jenness who turned in a 17-kill performance. Mandilaris turned in a .593 hitting percentage after limiting himself to only two attack errors. Lewis is coming off of a loss to No. 11 Loyola Chicago and will take on Ohio State on Thursday before playing at Ball State on Saturday. Lewis is led offensively by Tyler Mitchem who is the brother current of Ball State women’s volleyball outside hitter Natalie Mitchem.

IN THE NATION: The Cardinals moved up one spot in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll and are now ranked No. 7. The highest Ball State has ever been ranked was No. 5 and that was in the final poll in 1995. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson still ranks first in the nation among his setting peers with 11.55 assists per set while Ball State as a team also holds the top spot for that same category (12.86). Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba is third in the nation in blocks per set (1.387) and Kaleb Jenness is sixth in attacks per set (8.94) and second in kills per set (4.63).

LAST WEEK’S RECAP: The Cardinals won two tough road matches in MIVA play earning 3-0 sweeps over Quincy and Lindenwood. Ball State sits in first place in the current MIVA standings with a 9-1 ledger. The Cardinals have not clinched the MIVA title outright since the 1997 season. Ball State has only four MIVA regular season matches remaining.

SENIOR NIGHT: After that match against Lewis Saturday the Cardinals will pay tribute to their seven seniors; Quinn Isaacson, Colin Ensalaco, Angelos Mandilaris, Felix Egharevba, Will Hippe, Brandon Shepherd and Nick Martinski.

Mastodons Play at Quincy and Lindenwood This Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team plays a pair of key road Midwestern intercollegiate Volleyball Association matches this week.

The Mastodons (13-10, 4-6 MIVA) travel to Quincy, Ill. for a match against Quincy on Thursday, March 31 (8 p.m.). Following Thursday’s match, the ‘Dons travel to St. Charles, Mo. For a match against Lindenwood on Saturday, April 2 (3 p.m.).

Thursday vs Quincy

WHEN: Thursday, March 31 | 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Quincy, Ill. | Pepsi Arena

LIVE STATS: Link

GLVCSN: Link

SERIES HISTORY: Mastodons lead series 51-8

Saturday vs Lindenwood

WHEN: Saturday, April 2 | 3 p.m. ET

WHERE: St. Charles, Mo. | Robert F. Hyland Arena

LIVE STATS: Link

GLVCSN: Link

SERIES HISTORY: Mastodons lead series 12-8

Know Your Foe

Thursday’s match will be the 60th all-time meeting between the Mastodons and Quincy. Under head coach Ryan Perrotte, the ‘Dons are 8-4 against the Hawks. Quincy enters Thursday’s match with a 4-14 overall record and a 0-10 record in conference

Nathan Lawton leads the Hawks in total kills (205), kills per set (3.31) and hits .263. Bryce Jones and Jonas Holzinger have split time at setter. Jones leads in total assists (363) and assists per set (8.25). Holzinger has 159 total assists and averages 6.91 assists per set. Noam Hannoun leads in digs per set (2.54).

Saturday’s match will be the 21st all-time meeting between the Mastodons and Lindenwood. Over the last nine matches, the ‘Dons are 7-2 against Lindenwood. The Lions enter the weekend with an 8-9 overall record and a 4-6 record in conference. The Lions host Loyola Chicago on March 31 before hosting the ‘Dons.

Offensively, the Lions are led by Diego Negron and A.J. Lewis. Negron leads in total kills (202), is second in kills per set (3.21) and hits .261. Lewis leads in kills per set (3.30), is second in total kills (151), and hits .245. Connor Sheehan leads in total assists (522) and assists per set (9.67). Kyle Deutschmann leads in digs per set (1.94).

MIVA Standings

The MIVA standings are heating up with only four regular season matches left. The Mastodons are tied in fourth place with Lewis, Lindenwood and Ohio State at 4-6. The team who finishes in fourth hosts a conference quarterfinals match Saturday, April 16. The MIVA semifinals and finals will be held on April 20 and 23. The highest remaining seed from each round hosts the semifinals and finals.

Up Next

The Mastodons return to the Gates Sports Center for the final two matches of the regular season. They host Ohio State on Thursday, April 7 (7 p.m.) and Ball State on Saturday, April 9 (7 p.m.). The ‘Dons celebrate senior night next Saturday.

Earley Named To D3baseball.com Team of the Week

Wabash sophomore outfielder Kamden Earley added D3baseball.com Team of the Week honors to his resume after being recognized as the North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week on Monday.

Earley hit .733 over three games with an .867 slugging percentage and drove in eight runs to help Wabash to three victories and an overall 12-2 record from March 21-27. He collected a total of 11 hits in 15 at-bats for the week. Earley drove in six runs with a five-hit effort at Earlham last Wednesday to tie for the fifth-most RBI in a single game in Wabash history. His five hits tied for the most in a single game by a Little Giant player, making him the 11th player in school history to accomplish the feat. Earley added three hits in each game of last Sunday’s doubleheader versus Illinois Wesleyan. He drove in two runs in the Little Giants’ comeback 12-4 win in the series finale.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Men’s Track Ranked No. 8 in USTFCCCA Index

NEW ORLEANS – In the first US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings of the outdoor season, the Taylor men’s track and field team has come in at No. 8, as announced Wednesday afternoon.  

The national team computer rankings are determined by the USTFCCCA computers using event rankings for the top marks of the 2022 outdoor campaign.

The Trojans tallied a total of 198.78 points in the index, which is determined by individual performances so far this season. Taylor opened up its outdoor campaign last weekend at the Emory Thrills in the Hills Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. The squad finished third-of-22 teams and had four athletes qualify for NAIA Nationals in five events.

The Purple and Gold earned 15 different top-30 ratings over nine events. Boasting TU’s top ranking is senior Connor White with the No. 2 time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Teammate Zach Hoekstra holds the No. 4 seed in the steeplechase. Two Trojans earned top rankings in the 10,000-meters as Alex Helmuth sits fourth and Derek Van Prooyen is ranked sixth. Liam Hesting owns the No. 6 ranking in the discus throw, the No. 7 ranking in the hammer throw and the No. 13 ranking in the shot put.

The Trojans will be back in action on their home track Saturday, April 2 for the George Glass Invitational in Upland, Indiana.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Women Ranked 10th in First USTFCCCA Poll

NEW ORLEANS – In the first US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings of the outdoor season, the Taylor women’s track and field team has landed at No. 10. 

The national team computer rankings are determined by the USTFCCCA computers using event rankings for the top marks of the 2022 outdoor campaign.

The Purple and Gold picked up a total of 186.29 points in the index. The Trojans opened up their outdoor campaign last weekend at the Emory Thrills in the Hills Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. The squad finished third-of-23 teams and hit six NAIA National standards.  

Taylor earned 10 different top-30 ratings over six events. Highlighting the Trojans is the TU 4×800-meter relay team with the No. 1 seed in the nation. Three Trojans hold top-10 seeds in the steeplechase, including Ahna VanderWall at No. 3, Giovanna Domene at No. 4 and Mollie Gamble at No. 8. The Purple and Gold hurdle crew boasts two top-10 seeds, as Patience Sakeuh is ranked fifth and Audrey Altum is ranked ninth. Brooke Studnicki owns the No. 8 seed in the 800-meters and Abbey Brennan holds the No. 11 seed in the 1,500-meters.

The Trojans will be back in action on their home track Saturday, April 2 for the George Glass Invitational in Upland, Indiana.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Goshen Series Shuffled to Start on Friday

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor’s upcoming series with Goshen (4-20, 1-13 CL) has undergone a bit of shuffling, now set to begin one day later on Friday, April 1st, at 2:00 pm.

Friday’s doubleheader will be hosted at Winterholter Field in Upland, where Goshen will act as the “home” team as the games were originally scheduled as home games for the Maple Leafs.

Day two of the doubleheader will then follow on Saturday, April 2nd, when Taylor (21-9, 11-3 CL) will host a traditional home doubleheader slated to begin at 12:00 pm.

For those unable to gather in-person to watch the action, stayed tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for access to live coverage links to follow the games from home.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1948       At Ebbets Field No. 2, the Dodgers play their first exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, which will remain the team’s home for 61 years. Amidst much fanfare, including Governor Millard Caldwell throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Jackie Robinson homers in the first inning when Brooklyn beats its top farm club, the Montreal Royals, 5-4.

1958       Larry Doby returns to the Indians when the Orioles trade him to Cleveland, along with Don Ferrarese, in exchange for Gene Woodling, Dick Williams, and Bud Daley. The 34 year-old veteran outfielder, who broke in with the Tribe in 1947 as the American League’s first black player, will have a solid season, hitting .284 in a part-time role with the fourth-place team.

1961       The Professional Baseball Rules Committee rejects the Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher by a vote of 8-1. The first use of the DH will occur in the American League in 1973.

1968       The American League’s new franchise in Seattle chooses Pilots as the team’s nickname. The name originated from the coastal seaport city’s association with the airplane industry and co-owner Dewey Soriano’s part-time job as a harbor pilot.

Amazon The 1969 Seattle Pilots: Major League Baseball’s One-Year Team

1982       The Rangers trade outfielder/first baseman Al Oliver to the Expos for outfielder/third baseman Larry Parrish and minor league first baseman Dave Hostetler. Oliver will capture the National League batting crown, hitting .335, in the first of his two seasons with Montreal.

1984       On a televised episode of ABC’s Sports Beat, Howard Cosell informs interviewee Roger Maris of the Yankees’ plan to retire the slugger’s number 9 in July at the Old Timers’ Game ceremonies. At first, the former Bronx Bombers’ reaction is disbelief, followed by a genuine pleasure for the recognition of his achievements during his seven years with the team.

1993       Bill White, the first black to serve as a league president, resigns from his National League post. The former Cardinal first baseman will remain at the job until next March, being replaced by Leonard S. Coleman, MLB’s director of market development.

1994       The Mets trade hard-luck right-hander Anthony Young to the Cubs for shortstop Jose Vizcaino. While with New York, A-Yo dropped 27 consecutive decisions, 14 as a starter and 13 as a reliever, establishing the major league record for the most consecutive losses by a pitcher.

1994       The White Sox assign NBA superstar Michael Jordan to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League. Before returning to the NBA, the 31 year-old outfielder, will play just one season of professional baseball, hitting .202 in 134 games for the minor league team.

1995       A crowd of 47,536 attend the first game ever played at Coors Field. The exhibition contest, played with replacement players due to the strike, ends with the Rockies beating the Yankees, 4-1.

1996       At the Kingdome, the Mariners beat the White Sox in 12 innings, 3-2, marking the first time a season begins with a game played in March. In 2018, except for international openers, Opening Day for all 30 teams will be March 29, becoming the earliest start in major league history.

1998       On Opening Day at Cinergy Field, Pokey Reese, filling in for shortstop Barry Larkin, who is on the DL, makes four errors on his first three chances in the Reds’ 10-2 loss to San Diego. The 25-year-old infielder will win the Gold Glove as a second baseman in 1999 and 2000.

1998       In the longest scoreless opener in National League history, pinch-hitter Alberto Castillo’s 14th-inning single with two outs and the bases loaded gives the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Phillies. The most extended Opening Day game in major league history occurred in 1926 when the Senators blanked the Philadelphia A’s in 15 innings, 1-0.

1998       In front of a sellout crowd of 47,484 at Bank One Ballpark, the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the Rockies, 9-2. The seven-run difference matches the ’62 Mets and the ’77 Mariners for the most-lopsided loss by an expansion team in its first game.

1998       The Tigers spoil the Devil Rays’ major league debut, beating the American League’s newest team, 6-2 at Tampa’s Tropicana Field. After Hall-of-Famers Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Al Lopez, and Monte Irvin throw out ceremonial first pitches, Wilson Alvarez, the losing pitcher, hurls the first pitch in franchise history – a ball to Detroit’s center fielder Brian Hunter.

1998       With a rare on-the-field appearance, Hank Aaron helps to mark Milwaukee’s historic return to the Senior Circuit as the Brewers play their inaugural game as a National League team, losing to the Braves at Turner Field, 2-1. Milwaukee is the first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch leagues.

1998       Mark McGwire hits the first of his historic seventy home runs when he goes deep off Ramon Martinez in the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 6-0 victory over L.A. at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds’ first baseman becomes the first player in franchise history to hit a grand slam on Opening Day.

2003       On Opening Day for most of the clubs, MLB.com, the website of major league baseball, has more than 10 million hits, setting a new record. The previous mark was set last season on the final day of online voting for All-Star Game starters when 3.6 million visitors were attracted to the site.

2003       Substituting for his son, a former Yale left-handed first baseman named George Bush throws the ceremonial first pitch when the Reds play the first game their new home, Great American Ball Park’s. The former president and the sellout crowd of 42,263 flag-waving fans enjoy the patriotic pregame ceremonies and then watch the Pirates rout Cincinnati, 10-1.

2003       At Shea Stadium, the Mets Opening Day lineup includes the first regular starting double-play combination in major league history featuring natives from Puerto Rico. Second baseman Roberto Alomar and shortstop Rey Sanchez combine to make two twin killings as the Cubs drub New York, 15-2.

2004       With a 12-1 defeat of the Devil Rays in Tokyo, Kevin Brown becomes the second pitcher in history to have defeated all of the thirty major league teams. The 39 year-old right-hander joins Al Leiter, who accomplished the feat last season pitching for the Mets.

2005       The Orioles and MLB agree on a deal which will allow the televising Nationals games. A joint venture backed by MLB will let fans in the Baltimore-Washington area enjoy both franchises’ telecasts, ensuring the Orioles fans in the nation’s capital will still have an opportunity to watch their ‘Birds.’

2007       In the MLB’s inaugural Civil Rights Game, the Cardinals beat the Indians at AutoZone Park in Memphis, 5-1. The exhibition game, planned to be an annual event, is designed to celebrate and honor baseball’s historical role in the nation’s civil rights movement.

2008       On Opening Day, the Reds pay tribute to Joe Nuxhall by wearing the number 41 on their uniforms. The team’s beloved broadcaster, who spent over 60 years with the organization, including his major debut as a 15-year-old hurler, died during the off-season at the age of 79.

2008       Outside of Wrigley Field, the Cubs unveil the seven-foot bronze sculpture of Ernie Banks by 46-year-old Lou Cella, a passionate fan who idolized ‘Mr. Cub’ as a kid. The typographical error on the statue’s granite base, “Lets play two,” is quickly corrected when the sculptor comes down to the ballpark two days later and carves the needed apostrophe.

2009       The Tigers unexpectedly release Gary Sheffield despite having $14 million left on the $28 million, two-year contract extension given to the DH/outfielder after being acquired from the Yankees in a trade for prospects. The 40-year-old nine-time All-Star needing one more dinger to become the 25th major league player to hit 500 career home runs reaches the milestone as a pinch-hitter in a Mets uniform on April 17 at Citi Field.

2010       In the first inning of an exhibition game in Tampa, Denard Span hits a hard foul line drive that strikes his mother while watching him play. The Twins’ stunned leadoff batter runs into the crowded stands, staying with his mom while paramedics treat her until she returns to her seat, slightly shaken but intact.

2011       Down to their final out on Opening Day, Cameron Maybin, acquired by the Padres in the offseason from the Marlins for Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb, hits a game-tying homer off Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin. San Diego wins the game two innings later on three successive two-out hits, including their new centerfielder’s knock for the go-ahead run in the team’s eventual 5-3 victory at Busch Stadium.

2013       Shintaro Fujinami, a first-round draft selection, sets a record for players drafted out of high school when he makes his first professional start, a game sooner than Daisuke Matsuzaka (1999) and Hideaki Wakui (2005), pitching for the Hanshin Tigers just three games into the season. The 18-year-old Japanese rookie right-hander will allow two runs in six innings, taking the loss in the team’s 2-0 loss against Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium.

2013       In their American League debut, the Astros beat the Rangers, 8-3, victory in a nationally televised game at Minute Maid Park. After 51 years of playing in the National League, Houston agreed to move from the NL Central to the AL West to give each league 15 teams with an equal number of teams in each division, as a condition for the approval of the sale of the team to Jim Crane.

2014       Pittsburgh native Neil Walker sends the largest regular-season crowd in the 14-year history of PNC Park home happy when he hits a Carlos Villanueva change up over the fence, giving the Pirates a 1-0 walk-off victory over the Cubs. The tenth-inning homer marks the first time since 1965 when Bob Bailey went deep off Giants’ right-hander Juan Marichal that a Buc player ended a scoreless Opening Day contest with a solo round-trip.

2014       A video review overturns an umpire’s decision for the first time using MLB’s expanded replay system. Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun, initially called safe by first base by ump Greg Gibson, on a sixth-inning leadoff infield single, is ruled out after the Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez challenges the play.

2014       On Opening Day, Anaheim’s hitting coach Don Baylor suffers a freak accident, fracturing his right femur while backhanding the low and away ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero, the team’s former outfielder who had just signed a one-day contract on the field much to crowd’s delight. Guerrero spent six seasons of his 16 major league tenure with the Halos and was named the AL MVP in 2004, his first year with the team, joining Baylor (1979) as the only other player to win the award franchise history.

2018       Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who goes 3-for-4 in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, becomes the first American Leaguer to have multiple extra-base hits in the first three games of the season. In 2015, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also accomplished the feat, collecting at least two safeties in each of LA’s first three contests when he compiled ten hits his first 14 at-bats of the season.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
FLORIDA AT GEORGIA8:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA: CHEVRON CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-AM12:00PMGOLF
PGA: TEXAS OPEN4:00PMGOLF
MLB SPRING TRAININGTIME ETTV
NY YANKEES AT PHILADELPHIA1:05PMMLBN
LA DODGERS AT TEXAS4:05PMMLBN
NBATIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT DETROIT7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT BROOKLYN7:30PMTNT
CLEVELAND AT ATLANTA7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
LA CLIPPERS AT CHICAGO8:00PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT UTAH10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
CHICAGO AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
COLUMBUS AT NY ISLANDERS7:00PMESPN+
HULU
NEW JERSEY AT BOSTON7:00PMMSG+
NESN
WINNIPEG AT TORONTO7:00PMSPORTSNET
MONTREAL AT CAROLINA7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
SAN JOSE AT COLORADO9:00PMNBCS-CA
ALT
LOS ANGELES AT CALGARY9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
DALLAS AT ANAHEIM10:00PMBALLY SPORTS

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI4928.63627-1222-1611-231-165-52 W
MILWAUKEE4728.6271.026-1221-1610-329-187-31 W
PHILADELPHIA4629.6132.021-1725-126-927-186-42 L
BOSTON4730.6102.026-1321-179-730-187-32 L
CHICAGO4432.5794.526-1018-2210-529-194-61 W
TORONTO4432.5794.521-1623-169-527-208-24 W
CLEVELAND4234.5536.524-1518-199-625-214-61 L
BROOKLYN4036.5268.517-2023-169-628-197-31 W
CHARLOTTE4037.5199.020-1920-186-724-238-21 W
10 ATLANTA3937.5139.524-1415-238-623-247-33 W
11 NEW YORK3443.44215.016-2218-214-1019-286-41 L
12 WASHINGTON3343.43415.520-1913-247-724-244-61 W
13 INDIANA2552.32524.016-239-292-1311-363-75 L
14 DETROIT2056.26328.512-268-305-916-322-83 L
15 ORLANDO2057.26029.010-2710-302-1210-373-74 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6214.81631-831-69-437-99-19 W
2 XY-MEMPHIS5423.7018.528-1026-1310-534-149-16 W
3 X-DALLAS4829.62314.527-1221-1713-234-167-33 W
GOLDEN STATE4829.62314.529-1019-1910-428-193-74 L
DENVER4631.59716.522-1524-166-927-206-43 W
UTAH4531.59217.026-1119-2013-129-174-65 L
MINNESOTA4334.55819.525-1318-2111-429-205-52 L
LA CLIPPERS3739.48725.021-1616-237-722-263-71 W
NEW ORLEANS3343.43429.018-2115-226-922-246-42 W
10 LA LAKERS3144.41330.520-1811-263-1116-293-73 L
11 SAN ANTONIO3145.40831.014-2417-216-921-256-41 L
12 SACRAMENTO2849.36434.516-2312-265-818-294-61 W
13 PORTLAND2749.35535.017-2310-261-1311-351-95 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2254.28940.010-2812-265-915-322-81 L
15 HOUSTON2057.26042.511-279-303-1311-393-72 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

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

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6645156964227119527-6-018-9-67-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6744158964322516124-5-420-10-44-3-3
NEW YORK RANGERS6844195934021117822-6-322-13-28-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6642186904021918520-6-422-12-25-5-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS68401810903722718219-10-521-8-56-3-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6642195894024520124-7-218-12-36-3-1
BOSTON BRUINS6641205873920418020-11-221-9-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS68372110843222519716-14-521-7-56-3-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6732305692821925018-14-314-16-24-4-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS6529279672817818117-13-412-14-56-3-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6726329612319325817-12-69-20-32-5-3
12 BUFFALO SABRES68243311592118624012-16-612-17-56-1-3
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6624375532120323916-14-38-23-24-6-0
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS67213511532117223713-15-68-20-53-6-1
15 OTTAWA SENATORS6623376522217121712-19-311-18-33-6-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS67183811471617325410-19-48-19-73-3-4
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE67471461004425518526-4-321-10-36-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6640188883823216221-7-619-11-26-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD6541204863624120324-7-117-13-38-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES6637209833523419121-9-416-11-55-3-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS69362310823319919818-14-418-9-64-4-2
EDMONTON OILERS6838255813423721922-12-016-13-57-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6739244823722119521-11-018-13-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6937284783321920620-13-317-15-15-5-0
DALLAS STARS6537253773319219421-9-116-16-25-5-0
10 WINNIPEG JETS68332510763121220919-13-214-12-87-3-0
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6932289732919619914-14-518-14-43-5-2
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS6629298662717520916-14-413-15-45-4-1
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS68273011652319122116-15-411-15-70-8-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS67243310582018423511-17-513-16-54-4-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN6721406481917623611-19-310-21-34-5-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES6721415472017324210-22-111-19-43-6-1
 

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

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