INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY

GEO Next Generation 51 MTI Knowledge 37
Hilltop (Ohio) 62 Hamilton 44
Illiana Christian 65 Highland 41
Smith Academy 49 Oak Farm 37


Wayne City (Ill.) Tournament
Linton-Stockton 62 Edwards County (Ill.) 48 Pool

BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Barr-Reeve at North Knox 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Triton 7:30 pm
Boonville at Pike Central 8:00 pm
Bremen at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Center Grove at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Henryville 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Seven Oaks 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Chesterton 8:00 pm
East Noble at Fort Wayne Snider 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Westview 7:30 pm
Eminence at Christel House 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at North Posey 8:00 pm
Evansville Memorial at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Adams Central 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
Gary West at Marquette Catholic 7:30 pm
Goshen at South Bend Clay 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Guerin Catholic at Pendleton Heights 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Lighthouse CPA 8:00 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at Portage Christian 7:30 pm
Hanover Central at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Heritage at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Fortune Academy 5:30 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Irvington Prep 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis HomeSchool at East Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Indianapolis Scecina 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Greensburg 7:30 pm
Jimtown at NorthWood 7:30 pm
Lake Station at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Eastside 7:30 pm
Leo at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Lowell at Portage 8:00 pm
Merrillville at Griffith 8:00 pm
Mishawaka at Michigan City 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Muncie Burris 7:30 pm
New Washington at Salem 7:30 pm
Noble/Whitley HomeSchool at Culver Academy 7:00 pm
North Judson at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Northfield at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (Ill.) at North Central (Farmersburg) 8:00 pm
Oregon-Davis at New Prairie 8:00 pm
Park Tudor at Indianapolis Shortridge 7:30 pm
Peru at Fort Wayne South 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Legacy Christian 6:00 pm
Seton Catholic at Knightstown 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Northridge 7:45 pm
South Knox at Loogootee 7:30 pm
South Newton at Cissna Park (Ill.) 7:30 pm
South Putnam at Cloverdale 7:30 pm
Southmont at Indianapolis International 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at West Vigo 7:30 pm
Thrival Indy Academy at KIPP Indy Legacy 7:30 pm
Traders Point Christian at Horizon Christian 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Indianapolis Rooted 6:00 pm
Wabash at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Whiting at Calumet 8:00 pm
Winamac at Culver 7:30 pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL ICGSA POLLS

4A

1. Lawrence Central (10-1)

2. Hamilton Southeastern (10-1)

3. Fort Wayne Snider (11-1)

4. Columbia City (9-1)

5. Center Grove (10-1)

6. Lawrence North (8-2)

7. Bedford North Lawrence (10-1)

8. Lake Central (10-1)

9. Jennings County (9-1)

10. Homestead (7-1)

3A

1. Hamilton Heights (9-1)

2. Rensselaer Central (12-0)

3. Norwell (9-2)

4. Indian Creek (8-2)

5. Western (10-0)

5. Greensburg (9-2)

7. Scottsburg (10-1)

8. Benton Central (7-2)

9. Gibson Southern (6-3)

10. Evansville Memorial (7-1)

2A

1. North Knox (10-1)

2. Eastern Hancock (10-0)

3. South Knox (8-1)

4. Lapel (10-1)

5. Eastbrook (7-1)

6. Carroll (Flora) (8-2)

7. Crawford County (11-1)

8. Alexandria (9-2)

9. Blackford (8-1)

10. Fort Wayne Luers (6-3)

1A

1. Lanesville (11-0)

2. Caston (10-0)

3. Borden (9-1)

3. Bethany Christian (9-0)

5. Marquette Catholic (10-1)

6. Morgan Twp. (9-1)

7. Springs Valley (8-1)

8. Tri-Township (10-0)

9. Orleans (9-1)

10. Jac-Cen-Del (8-2)

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES MONDAY

Attica 28 South Newton 26
Clinton Central 60 Lebanon 34
Evansville North 48 Vincennes Rivet 46
Evansville Reitz 63 North Posey 42
Fishers 70 Pendleton Heights 49
GEO Next Generation 47 MTI Knowledge 8
Henderson County (Ky.) 48 Evansville Mater Dei 38
Illiana Christian 50 Calumet Christian 37
Indianapolis Chatard 68 Northwestern 24
Indianapolis Washington 53 Indiana Math & Science 43
Marquette Catholic 54 Victory Christian 14
Michiana Christian 24 South Bend Career 23
Monroe Central 47 South Adams 36
North Central (Farmersburg) 65 Clay City 39
NorthWood 63 Bremen 55
South Decatur 32 Knightstown 29
Southmont 52 Fountain Central 45
Springs Valley 41 Perry Central 16
Tri-County 45 Demotte Christian 37
Wood Memorial 51 Evansville Bosse 16

GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Anderson Prep at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
Angola at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Batesville at Franklin County 7:30 pm
Benton Central at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Blackford at Jay County 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Corydon Central 7:30 pm
Carmi (Ill.) at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Maconaquah 6:00 pm
Cascade at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Caston at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Center Grove at Martinsville 6:00 pm
Centerville at New Castle 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Jeffersonville 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Garrett 7:30 pm
Clarksville at Paoli 7:30 pm
Columbia City at Warsaw 7:45 pm
Concord at Penn 7:45 pm
Covington at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Daleville at Blue River 7:30 pm
Delta at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
Dugger Union at Seven Oaks 6:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Lapel 7:30 pm
Eminence at Christel House 6:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Castle 8:00 pm
Faith Christian at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Boonville 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Heritage 7:30 pm
Franklin at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Fremont at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Thornton Fractional North (Ill.) 7:30 pm
Hauser at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Highland at Hammond Noll ppd.
Indian Creek at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Fountain Central 6:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Speedway 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Ritter at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge at Indianapolis Tindley 6:00 pm
John Glenn at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Kouts at Lowell 8:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Eastside 6:00 pm
Lawrenceburg at Milan 6:00 pm
Lewis Cass at Delphi 7:30 pm
Linton-Stockton at Owen Valley 7:00 pm
McCutcheon at Lafayette Jeff 6:30 pm
Michigan City at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Mitchell at Shoals 7:30 pm
Mooresville at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Morristown at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at New Palestine 7:30 pm
New Haven at Marion 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
North Newton at Boone Grove 8:00 pm
North White at North Judson 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Evansville Christian 8:00 pm
Northview at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Prairie Heights at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Providence at Austin 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Andrean 8:00 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Christian Academy 6:30 pm
Scottsburg at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Seeger at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Seymour at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at Elkhart 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Switzerland County 6:00 pm
South Spencer at Gibson Southern 8:00 pm
Southern Wells at Elwood 7:30 pm
Southmont at Bethesda Christian 6:30 pm
Southridge at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Southwood at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Sullivan at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Terre Haute South at Robinson (Ill.) 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Frankfort 7:30 pm
Triton at Jimtown 7:30 pm
Union City at Winchester 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Wapahani at Frankton 7:30 pm
Washington at Jasper 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at Medora 6:30 pm
Wawasee at Bethany Christian 7:30 pm
West Central at Frontier 6:30 pm
West Lafayette at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
West Noble at Whitko 7:30 pm
West Washington at Orleans 7:30 pm
Westfield at Avon 7:30 pm
Westview at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Norwell 7:45 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING RANKINGS
4A
1 Crown Point
2 Brownsburg
3 Center Grove
4 Avon
5 Evansville Mater Dei
6 Perry Meridian
7 Penn
8 Warren Central
9 Cathedral
10 Lake Central

3A
1 Columbus East
2 Floyd Central
3 New Palestine
4 Roncalli
5 Franklin
6 Terre Haute South
7 Greenfield Central
8 Hobart
9 Mishawaka
10 McCutcheon

2A
1 Bellmont
2 Delta
3 Jay County
4 Western
5 Garrett
6 New Prairie
7 Oak Hill
8 Hamilton Heights
9 Heritage Hills
10 Rensselaer Central

1A
1 Adams Central
2 Rochester
3 Tell City
4 South Adams
5 Prairie Heights
6 North Miami
7 Cowan
8 West Central
9 Faith Christian
10 Southmont

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 16
Myrtle Beach Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Ohio
Conway, South Carolina
11 a.m. | ESPN

Celebration Bowl
Florida A&M vs. Howard
Atlanta, Georgia
12 p.m. | ABC

New Orleans Bowl
Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Cure Bowl
Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State
Orlando, Florida
3:30 p.m. | ABC

New Mexico Bowl
Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5:45 p.m. | ESPN

LA Bowl
UCLA vs. Boise State
Inglewood, California
7:30 p.m. | ABC

Independence Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Cal
Shreveport, Louisiana
9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Dec. 18
Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)
Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion
Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)
2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Frisco Bowl
Marshall vs. UTSA
Frisco, Texas
9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21
Boca Raton Bowl
USF vs. Syracuse
Boca Raton, Florida
8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22
Gasparilla Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. UCF
Tampa, Florida
6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23
Birmingham Bowl
Troy vs. Duke
Birmingham, Alabama
12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
Montgomery, Alabama
12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl
Air Force vs. James Madison
Fort Worth, Texas
3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Georgia State vs. Utah State
Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl
Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl
Northwestern vs. Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada
7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl
San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina
Honolulu, Hawai’i
10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26
Quick Lane Bowl
Bowling Green vs. Minnesota
Detroit, Michigan
2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl
Texas State vs. Rice
Dallas, Texas
5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Kansas vs. UNLV
Phoenix, Arizona
9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27
Military Bowl
Tulane vs. Virginia Tech
Annapolis, Maryland
2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Charlotte, North Carolina
5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl
No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal
San Diego, California
8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl
No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Houston, Texas
9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28
Fenway Bowl
No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts
11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)
The Bronx, New York
2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl
No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State
Orlando, Florida
5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl
No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona
San Antonio, Texas
9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29
Gator Bowl
No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky
Jacksonville, Florida
12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State
El Paso, Texas
2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl
Memphis vs. Iowa State
Memphis, Tennessee
3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl
No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri
Dallas, Texas
8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30
Peach Bowl
No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss
Atlanta, Georgia
12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl
Auburn vs. Maryland
Nashville, Tennessee
2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl
No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia
Miami Gardens, Florida
4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl
Wyoming vs. Toledo
Tucson, Arizona
4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024
ReliaQuest Bowl
No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin
Tampa, Florida
12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl
No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee
Orlando, Florida
1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl
No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty
Glendale, Arizona
1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama
Pasadena, California
5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl
No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8
College Football Playoff National Championship Game
Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. | ESPN

NFL SCORES

Tennessee 28 Miami 27

NY Giants 24 Green Bay 22

NFL WEEK 15 SCHEDULE AND TV TIMES

Thursday Night Football schedule, Dec. 14

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 6:15 p.m., Amazon Prime Video (stream with Amazon Prime Video)

The 5-8 Chargers have underperformed all season and Justin Herbert now has a fractured index finger on his throwing hand.

Saturday football games schedule, Dec. 16

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 11 A.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Vikings beat the Raiders in Week 14, 3-0. Hey, a win is a win.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 2:30 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Steelers did not pick a good time to have a two-game losing streak.

DENVER BRONCOS AT DETROIT LIONS, 6:15 P.M., NFL Network (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Denver has won six of its last seven games to put itself in the NFL playoff picture.

Sunday early football games schedule, Dec. 17

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

It’s going to be a very long season in Carolina. Will the Panthers win another game?

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Will the Bears stick with Justin Fields at QB or draft a QB?

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Buccaneers picked a great time to win two straight games. Can they make it three in a row?

NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Jets opened up the playbook for Zach Wilson in their NFL Week 14 win and it paid off.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Saints are 6-7, and tied with two other teams for first in the NFC South.

HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 11 A.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

Houston picked a bad time for a dud in its 30-6 loss to the Jets.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 11 A.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Chiefs have done a lot of complaining about the officiating. How many times have they been on the other end of bad calls?

More: What channel is Monday Night Football on? Here’s who’s playing and how to watch, stream

Sunday late football games schedule, Dec. 17

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The 49ers have won five straight games since their bye week and Brock Purdy once again looks like an MVP candidate.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 2:05 P.M., CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Rams saw a 3-game win streak snapped with their 37-31 loss at the Ravens.

DALLAS COWBOYS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 2:25 P.M., FOX (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Cowboys have won five straight games, tied with the 49ers for the longest win streak in the NFL.

Sunday Night Football schedule, Dec. 17

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 6:20 P.M., NBC, Universo (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The Ravens are 5-1 on the road this season. The Jaguars are just 3-4 at home.

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN DEPORTES (stream with free trial from FUBO)

The 6-7 Seahawks have lost four games in a row. The 10-3 Eagles have lost two straight.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP POLL

1 Arizona

2 Kansas

3 Purdue

4 Houston

5 UConn

6 Baylor

7 Marquette

8 Creighton

9 North Carolina

10 Gonzaga

11 Oklahoma

12 Tennessee

13 Clemson

14 Kentucky

15 Florida Atlantic

16 Illinois

17 Colorado State

18 BYU

19 Texas

20 James Madison

21 Duke

22 Virginia

23 Wisconsin

24 Miami Florida

25 Northwestern

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#10 Gonzaga 78 Mississippi Valley 40

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLLS

1 South Carolina

2 UCLA

3 North Carolina State

4 Iowa

5 Texas

6 USC

7 LSU

8 Colorado

9 Stanford

10 Baylor

11 Utah

12 Kansas State/Ohio State

14 Notre Dame

15 Indiana

16 Virginia Tech

17 UConn

18 Louisville

19 Marquette

20 Creighton

21 Gonzaga

22 Florida State

23 UNLV

24 Miami Florida

25 North Carolina

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

No Games Scheduled

NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 131 Detroit 123

Orlando 104 Cleveland 94

Philadelphia 146 Washington 101

Miami 116 Charlotte 114

Denver 129 Atlanta 122

New York 136 Toronto 130

New Orleans 121 Minnesota 107

Houston 93 San Antonio 82

Milwaukee 133 Chicago 129 OT

Oklahoma City 134 Utah 120

Dallas 120 Memphis 113

Sacramento 131 Brooklyn 118

LA Clippers 132 Portland 127

NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 5 Arizona 2

NY Islanders 4 Toronto 3 OT

Dallas 6 Detroit 3

Colorado 6 Calgary 5

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

WILL LEVIS RALLIES TITANS FOR 2 LATE TDS, 28-27 WIN OVER DOLPHINS

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Will Levis knew he couldn’t get too caught up on his mistake. The Tennessee Titans’ rookie made a bad pitch to running back Derrick Henry in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins, resulting in a fumble that eventually allowed Miami to take a 14-point lead.

But Levis put the play behind him and directed two touchdown drives in the final 4 1/2 minutes, and Tennessee rallied to stun Miami 28-27 on Monday night, knocking the Dolphins out of the top spot in the AFC.

“That was a nightmare,” Levis said of the turnover. “No one wanted to look at me. No one wanted to talk to me. I didn’t want to talk to anybody after that. I just wanted to move on – be ready to attack that next two-minute drive that I knew we’d be able to get.”

The Titans (5-8) held Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s explosive offense in check for most of the game but still fell behind by two touchdowns in the fourth thanks to critical mistakes that gave short fields to the Dolphins (9-4). Raheem Mostert ran for TDs of 3 yards and 5 yards to put Miami ahead 27-13.

Levis, a second-round draft pick making his sixth career start, led a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took 1:54, capping it with a 3-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and a 2-point conversion throw to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

The Titans got a stop and Levis hit Hopkins for 28 yards and Chigoziem Okonkwo for 16 yards to get into scoring position. Derrick Henry scored on a 3-yard rush and the extra point gave the Titans a one-point lead.

Levis ripped off his helmet, screamed for joy and embraced coach Mike Vrabel on the sideline.

The Dolphins took over with no timeouts left and got to their own 45, but Harold Landry III sacked Tagovailoa to put the game away. Miami lost at home for the first time this season, and its three-game winning streak was snapped. Baltimore now has a one-game lead for the best record in the conference.

It was the first win by a team down 14 with under three minutes left since 2016.

“Everybody thought this was going to be another Miami-Broncos 70 points put on us,” said Titans linebcker Arden Key. “But we don’t care about the outside noise.”

Miami played much the game without star receiver Tyreek Hill, who sat out the second quarter and majority of the third after injuring his ankle in the first quarter. He returned and caught passes of 23 and 25 yards to set up Jason Sanders’ 31-yard field goal that tied it at 13 at the beginning of the fourth. Hill, who leads the NFL in receiving yards, was in and out of the game from there and finished with 61 yards.

Tagovailoa was 23 of 33 for 240 yards and had his streak of 21 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped.

Levis went 23 of 38 with a touchdown pass and an interception. Hopkins had seven catches for 124 yards, and Henry ran for two scores.

A grind-it-out game took a wild turn in the fourth quarter, beginning when Tennessee’s Eric Garror tried to field a bouncing punt with the game tied at 13-all with 6:16 remaining. The ball caromed off his hands and Elijah Campbell recovered for the Dolphins at the 7.

Mostert punched it in, then scored again after the Titans fumbled on their next possession on a botched pitch by Levis to Henry. Mostert leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns rushing.

Henry, who finished with 34 yards, moved to 15th in NFL history in rushing yards when he scored his 87th career rushing TD in the first quarter that tied the game at 7 going into the half.

Miami’s top-ranked offense was held scoreless in the first half against a Titans defense that has given up the fewest red zone touchdowns in the NFL. The Dolphins were 2 of 5 in the red zone and lost a fumble at the Titans 2 on a bad quarterback-center exchange on their first possession.

“I think there’s a lot of people that are going to be – it’s going to be tough to go to sleep tonight, including myself,” Miami coach Mike McDaniel said. “That’s not something that you can do and expect to win football games. It’s a hard, hard lesson, but no lead is safe. I think that’s one of the tougher parts about it.”

Miami went ahead 7-0 when defensive tackle Zach Sieler intercepted Levis at the 5 and took it to the end zone. The Dolphins have had a pick-6 in three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

Tagovailoa faced more pressure than usual with the Dolphins missing three starters on their offensive line. Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/ankle) and right guard Rob Hunt (hamstring) did not play, and center Connor Williams injured his knee in the first quarter.

Sanders converted a 20-yard field goal that tied the score at 10-all in the third quarter. He also had a 44-yard field goal blocked by Denico Autry.

INJURIES

Titans: DL Kyle Peko injured his calf in the third quarter and did not return. … CB Sean Murphy-Bunting left briefly with a knee injury early in the fourth.

Dolphins: Williams did not return after he hurt his knee. … CB Xavien Howard briefly left the game after he collided with teammate Brandon Jones. … WR Jaylen Waddle left briefly after he took a hard hit on Miami’s first drive. … S DeShon Elliott left with a rib injury and to be evaluated for a concussion. He did not return.

UP NEXT

Titans: Host Houston on Dec. 17.

Dolphins: Host New York Jets on Dec. 17.

DEVITO LEADS CLUTCH DRIVE TO BULLOCK’S WINNING KICK AS NEW YORK GIANTS TOP GREEN BAY PACKERS 24-22

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants had the ball late in the game, with a chance to rally for an improbable win.

That’s when Tommy DeVito delivered – again.

DeVito threw a 32-yard pass to Wan’Dale Robinson to set up Randy Bullock’s 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Giants beat Green Bay 24-22 on Monday night to hand the Packers their first December loss since Matt LaFleur took over as coach in 2019.

The 25-year-old DeVito added another moment to his unlikely rookie season as an undrafted free agent. Making his fourth straight start because of injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor, the New Jersey native directed New York to its third consecutive win.

The Giants (5-8) went 57 yards in eight plays after Jordan Love threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Malik Heath with 1:33 to play. Green Bay then tried a 2-point conversion but Jayden Reed was stopped by linebacker Bobby Okereke. The go-ahead TD was set up by a Saquon Barkley fumble.

DeVito rushed for 71 yards and threw an 8-yard TD pass to Isaiah Hodgins while leading four scoring drives, two of them capped by Barkley runs of 5 and 1 yards. The Giants defense forced three turnovers.

It was DeVito’s first fourth-quarter comeback.

“I know it’s probably not easy for him being that he’s from around here,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said. “I kind of know how that goes. So there’s a lot on your plate and you got to keep the main thing, the main thing which is football. He had four games. I’m proud of him. He’s put a lot of work in since really since he got here.”

Reed scored on a 16-yard run and Anders Carlson kicked field goals of 36, 32 and 48 yards for the Packers (6-7), who had won three in a row. Green Bay dropped to 16-1 in December under LaFleur.

“It’s definitely disappointing,” said Love, who finished 25 of 39 for 218 yards. ”Just look at what we got in front of us but we have to take it one week at a time. We had plenty of opportunities to win that game. We didn’t execute good enough. It’s disappointing for sure.”

The Packers led 10-7 at halftime on Carlson’s 36-yarder with 13 seconds left. The drive was kept alive by a 27-yard pass interference against Cor’Dale Flott.

The Giants went in front on Barkley’s 1-yard TD early in the third quarter after New York recovered a Keisean Nixon fumble on a punt return. DeVito had a 26-yard run before Barkley scored.

After Carlson responded with a 32-yard FG, DeVito capped a 75-yard drive with his pass to Hodgins for a 21-13 lead. Robinson also caught a flea-flicker on the drive.

Green Bay and New York scored touchdowns on consecutive series early in the game.

Wide receiver Reed scored on a 16-yard sweep late in the first quarter. It came one play after Love hit running back AJ Dillon on a 35-yard pass play.

Barkley’s 5-yard scoring run came one play after the running back took a direct snap and handed off to Robinson for a 32-yard run.

INJURIES

Packers: Reed was being evaluated for a concussion. WR Dontayvion Wicks had an ankle injury.

Giants: No injuries announced.

UP NEXT

Packers: Return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Giants: At New Orleans on Sunday.

FOOTBALL: ALL THE NEWS FROM THE SIDELINES

1. LAC: Justin Herbert likely out next week

Source: ESPN – Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert (finger) is likely out for Week 15 Thursday, Dec. 14.

Our view: Herbert’s injury may be season-ending, but that has not been determined yet. He’s got a fractured finger on his throwing hand, and the Chargers aren’t going anywhere this season. Perhaps it would be best to shut him down, but further examinations will be done. For now, Easton Stick gets to start for the Chargers while Herbert is banged up.

2. ARI: Marquise Brown update

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (heel) was not seen at practice but ‘feels a lot better’ coming out of the bye week, according to head coach Jonathan Gannon on Monday, Dec. 11.

Our view: That’s good news as Brown played the last time out, but didn’t look quite right. Brown was held without a catch on three targets in the Cardinals’ Week 13 win over the Steelers. Now after the bye, Brown should be feeling better and hopefully looking more like his old self.

3. PIT: Kenny Pickett out again

Source: ESPN – Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Our view: No surprise here. Pickett underwent ankle surgery after Week 13, and he was expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. He missed Week 14, and Pickett will be out for Week 15 against the Colts. That means Mitchell Trubisky will be starting once again. That means Fantasy GMs should downgrade the expectations for players in the passing game like WRs Diontae Johnson and George Pickens.

4. LVR: Josh Jacobs listed as DNP

Source: Raiders.com

Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Monday, Dec. 11. The Raiders did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.

Our view: It’s a short week for the Raiders as they play this Thursday. Let’s see if he’s able to work on Tuesday. There are also reports that it’s a knee injury and not a quadriceps. Stay tuned Tuesday as we get clarity.

5. LAC: No practice for Keenan Allen

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (heel) did not participate in practice Monday, Dec. 11. The Chargers did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.

Our view: Let’s see if Allen can work Tuesday. The Chargers are on a short week with the Thursday night game coming up. With Herbert likely out this week, the team may be extra cautious as it seems to be a lost season.

6. MIN: Justin Jefferson considered day-to-day

Source: NFL Network – Ian Rapoport

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (chest) is considered day-to-day and has a chance to play in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to sources Monday, Dec. 11.

Our view: Jefferson returned to the field on Sunday after missing two months with a hamstring injury, but he was quickly bounced from action with a chest injury. The injury is considered minor, but the Vikings have a short week as they play on Saturday in Week 15 against the Bengals. We could see Jefferson limited (at best) in practice this week.

7. NYJ: Zach Wilson should be fine for Week 15

Source: ESPN.com – Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Zach Wilson (knee) is dealing with a minor knee injury but should be available for the Week 15 game, according to head coach Robert Saleh.

Our view: We’ll see if this is good news or not but it looks like the Jets will have Zach Wilson for Week 15.

8. ARI: Michael Wilson could practice this week

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) could return to practice this week, according to head coach Jonathan Gannon on Monday, Dec. 11.

Our view: Wilson has been down since Week 10. Coming out of the bye, there is a chance the rookie gets out there. Let’s see what he can do during the week of practice.

CHIEFS COACH ANDY REID BACKPEDALS ON OFFSIDES: ‘YOU CAN ARGUE BOTH SIDES’

Upon further review, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Kadarius Toney failed to check with the side judge to confirm he was lined up correctly and the corresponding flag cost Kansas City the go-ahead score on Sunday.

The aftermath of taking points off the board brought flames of criticism from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Reid following the loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Reid said Monday the call was not the reason the Chiefs lost, adding the team has to get lined up right.

“Normally he looks over to the sideline (official) and just gets an OK,” Reid said Monday. “On that one, he just happened not to. That would be the coaching point. Just to make sure you are aligned. Listen, he was two inches or an inch from being legal.

“You can argue both sides. It happens like that. I guess the league is trying to clean that up from what I heard from one of the broadcasters last night.”

Reid termed the call “a bit embarrassing” on Sunday because he was not given what he said was the usual warning from the lead official to the head coach about alignment issues, including offensive offsides.

Mahomes ripped officials to anyone who would listen, including Bills quarterback Josh Allen during their postgame handshake on the field.

“Another game, we’re talking about the refs. It’s not what we want for the NFL. It’s not what we want for football,” said Mahomes.

He had celebrated what the Chiefs thought was a go-ahead, 49-yard score with 1:12 left in the game. Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a big gain and Kelce threw a legal overhand lateral to Toney. Toney, who caught the ball at the Bills’ 25, sprinted into the end zone before the Chiefs noticed the flag dropped at the line of scrimmage for offensive offsides.

The TD would’ve given the Chiefs a 23-20 lead pending the extra point.

Reid said postgame Sunday, “I’ve been in the league for a long time. Haven’t had one like that.”

ANALYSIS: OFFICIATING AGAIN STOLE THE SPOTLIGHT EVEN THOUGH THE CALL AGAINST THE CHIEFS WAS CORRECT

Travis Kelce and Kadarius Toney had combined to make the play of the season to give the Kansas City Chiefs a late lead when the celebration quickly turned to silence.

An offside penalty on Toney negated the score.

Anytime there’s a big play in an NFL game, announcers are quick to point out whether a yellow flag has been thrown. Fans can’t get too excited until they hear on television or see in person that there’s no penalty on the play. Players often hesitate to celebrate.

The quality of officiating in the NFL is inconsistent. But that’s nothing new. It’s been that way for decades. Even with instant replay, plenty of calls are missed.

It seems every week there’s at least one blown call or non-call in an important spot that helps change the outcome of a game.

Fans whine. Players and coaches complain. The league sometimes admits mistakes and admonishes referees. Then, it happens again the following week and the week after that.

Overall, penalties are up this year but not by much. Entering Sunday night’s Eagles-Cowboys game, an average of 14.4 penalty flags were thrown per game. It was 13.1 last season.

The NFC East prime-time showdown started out like a flagfest with a national television audience watching. Officials threw eight flags in the first quarter and 17 total penalties were accepted in Dallas’ 33-13 victory over Philadelphia.

In Kansas City, the game-changing call wasn’t popular but it was accurate. Regardless, officiating is dominating headlines instead of the players’ performance on the field.

With the Chiefs trailing the Buffalo Bills 20-17 and under two minutes left, Kelce caught a pass over the middle from Patrick Mahomes and then threw the ball backward across the field to Toney, who ran the final 25 yards to finish off the 49-yard backyard touchdown.

However, Toney had clearly lined up offside. It’s a call officials rarely made before this season. There have been 13 offensive offside penalties in 2023, including a few against Philadelphia on the “tush push” play. There were only seven total in the previous three seasons combined.

The Chiefs hadn’t noticed that referees are calling offensive offside more frequently.

Mahomes was fuming on the sideline, screaming at officials and had to be held back. Even coach Andy Reid uncharacteristically pointed out his displeasure with the call unprovoked after the game.

“I never use any of this as excuses, but normally I get a warning before something like that happens in a big game,” Reid said. ”(It’s) a bit embarrassing in the National Football League for that to take place. … Normally, yeah, if it’s even close you get a warning. The head coach gets a warning, I mean that normally — I don’t know, I didn’t have a protractor out there. But it’s a bit embarrassing.”

Referee Carl Cheffers said officials will give coaches alignment advice if they’re asked.

“But ultimately, they are responsible for wherever they line up,” Cheffers told a pool reporter. “And, certainly, no warning is required, especially if they are lined up so far offsides where they’re actually blocking our view of the ball. So, we would give them some sort of a warning if it was anywhere close, but this particular one is beyond a warning.”

Cheffers wasn’t sure if any warnings for offside were issued during the game but it didn’t matter in this case.

“If it’s egregious enough, it would be beyond a warning,” he said. “So really regardless of whether or not he was warned at other times during the day, if it was an egregious alignment to where he was over the ball — whether he had warnings or not — it would still be a foul.”

Last week, referees missed an obvious pass interference by the Packers against Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling near the 5-yard line in the final minute of Green Bay’s 27-19 win.

“I know as fans you want to see the guys on the field decide the game and that’s why last week I didn’t say anything about the flag that didn’t get called on Marquez,” Mahomes said. “I mean, they’re human, they make mistakes but it’s every week we’re talking about something and all I can do is go out there and give everything I have. … It’s just tough to swallow.”

It’s always tougher on the team that loses.

In this case, the call was right. Still, it’s too bad the penalty stole the spotlight from Josh Allen, who saved Buffalo’s season with a spectacular effort.

NO. 1 PICK BRYCE YOUNG KEEPS PLAYING, PANTHERS KEEP REGRESSING ON OFFENSE IN A LOST SEASON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have repeatedly said they believe Bryce Young has the mental toughness and fortitude to bounce back from tough times.

They better be right.

Things can’t get much worse for the No. 1 overall pick in his rookie season, and Sunday’s 28-6 loss to the New Orleans Saints was yet another example that Young isn’t progressing — a concerning problem for an organization that banked its future on him being their quarterback for a long time.

Young turned in yet another dud on Sunday, completing just 13 of 36 passes for 137 yards as the Panthers offense failed to reach the end zone for the third time this season.

In 12 starts, Young has yet to surpass 250 yards passing and he has just as many interceptions (nine) as touchdown passes. In his past six starts, he’s failed to throw for 200 yards, and the breakout game the team has been waiting for simply hasn’t come.

But what are the Panthers to do?

Until they get more help around him on the offensive line and at the wide receiver and tight end positions, Young really has no chance.

So the Panthers (1-12) continue to trudge through a lost season, each week as disappointing as the last, their fans growing more disgruntled — or even worse, apathetic.

Benching Young doesn’t make much sense.

He needs as much experience as possible moving forward, so why not play him?

But whether or not the losing and the lack of success will leave scars on Young’s psyche has to be of concern.

The impact of being sacked 48 times in 12 starts showed up multiple times on Sunday, including when he failed to plant his feet on a deep ball to Jonathan Mingo that should have been an easy touchdown.

“I missed a lot of things,” Young said. “I thought we played well on the perimeter, we played well up front. I’ve got to continue to get better.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The Panthers did run the ball effectively on Sunday, finishing with a season-best 204 yards on the ground on 39 carries. And yet they still couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone.

The Panthers entered the game 29-3 in franchise history when they’ve run the ball for 200 or more yards in a game. They’ve never lost by such a large margin.

The previous team to rush for 200-plus yards and not score a TD on offense was the Rams in a 14-9 loss to Seahawks on Oct. 28. 2013.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The Panthers have tried a number of different things to help Young over the past few weeks, including having him take snaps from under center instead of the shotgun. But that’s hasn’t worked either.

“It’s been a great learning experience for me, great for me to grow,” Young said. “Obviously it adds a lot of dynamics to us offensively. Continuing to grow in it. I’m grateful for that.”

STOCK UP

Running back Chuba Hubbard has run for 191 yards and two touchdowns over the past two games as he continues to hold off Miles Sanders for the starting job.

Sanders, however, was the more effective back on Sunday in terms of average yards per carry with 74 yards on 10 carries after a 48-yard jaunt.

STOCK DOWN

At a key point in the second half on Sunday, offensive coordinator Thomas Brown called for a pass play on fourth-and-1 — on a day when the Panthers were having great success on the ground and no success through the air.

Young’s pass fell incomplete after running back Raheem Blackshear fell down on his route. It was the second straight week Brown made the mistake of overthinking a play call on fourth and short. Last week it was an interception; this week a turnover on downs.

INJURIES

The Panthers guard position has been simply decimated by injuries and the team lost another on Sunday when Justin McCray left with a calf injury. Tight end Ian Thomas also injured his ankle and did not return.

KEY NUMBERS

37 — Number of intentional throwaways for QB Bryce Young, which is most in the NFL this season ahead of Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts (29). The previous player with more throwaways was Tom Brady with 40 in 2019 and the most recorded on record (since the 2013 season) is Aaron Rodgers with 47 in 2018.

NEXT STEPS

The Panthers return home after three straight games on the road to host the Atlanta Falcons.

BROWNS ROOKIE OT DAWAND JONES (KNEE) OUT FOR SEASON

Cleveland Browns rookie right tackle Dawand Jones will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury that requires surgery.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski made the announcement Monday.

Jones made nine starts in place of the injured Jack Conklin, who is also out for the season. He appeared in 11 games overall after the Browns selected him in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

Jones sustained the injury in the Browns’ Week 12 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and missed Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: MICHIGAN RB CJ STOKES ENTERS PORTAL

Michigan running back CJ Stokes became the first Wolverines player this season to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Stokes, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, announced his decision on X on Monday morning. He had only four carries for eight yards in two games this season.

“I’d like to not only thank Coach Harbaugh and Coach (Mike) Hart, but the whole athletic and academic staff for making by 2 years in Ann Arbor enjoyable,” Stokes wrote. “I was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the great university and I am forever grateful.

“With that being said, I’d like to announce I’ll be entering the transfer portal.”

Stokes rushed for 273 yards on 55 carries with one touchdown as a true freshman in 2022. However, he saw a very limited workload in a crowded backfield led by Blake Corum along with Donovan Edwards and Kalel Mullings.

Corum and Edwards are expected to depart for the NFL, but Michigan also has freshmen Benjamin Hall and Cole Cabana along with Leon Franklin and Tavierre Dunlap. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh could also seek additional backfield help through the transfer portal.

–Michigan State linebacker Jacoby Windmon has entered his name into the transfer portal and will have one year of eligibility remaining as a fifth-year senior.

Windmon joined the Spartans from UNLV following the 2021 season and recorded 49 tackles, including 10.5 tackles loss, along with 5.5 sacks last year. That was despite missing the final four games due to a suspension for his role in a post-game altercation with Michigan players.

Windmon had 15 tackles and a sack before missing the final nine games of this season due to a reported pectoral injury, allowing him to take a redshirt year. Windmon has 233 career tackles in 41 games between his time at UNLV and Michigan State.

–Former Georgia state running back Marcus Carroll announced he will transfer to Missouri after rushing for 1,350 yards and 13 touchdowns on 274 carries this season. A former three-star recruit, Carroll will help fill the void created by departing seniors Cody Schrader and Nathaniel Peat.

–Tennessee cornerback Doneiko Slaughter announced Sunday night that he will leave the program after playing in 43 games over the past four years. He has 87 career tackles, including 32 this season despite missing two games.

“Expressing my gratitude for the tremendous support, development and love I’ve experienced during my time at the University of Tennessee,” Slaughter posted on X. “The relationships I’ve built with my brothers and staff have been invaluable, contributing significantly to my growth as both an athlete and individual. The support from Volnation has made this university feel like a home.

“However, after careful consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. This decision is about my personal growth and aspirations and in no way diminishes the gratitude and love I feel for the University of Tennessee. I am sincerely thankful for the opportunities and memories here.”

NORTH CAROLINA QB DRAKE MAYE ENTERS DRAFT, WILL SKIP BOWL GAME

Drake Maye is entering the 2024 NFL Draft after three years at North Carolina.

Maye is considered one of the top quarterbacks and overall prospects in the college game and could be in the mix for the No. 1 pick.

Maye made 26 starts across 2022 and 2023 and compiled a 17-9 record as a starter. He has thrown for 8,018 yards, 63 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his college career. He ranks fourth all-time in North Carolina history in passing touchdowns and fifth in passing yards.

“This is the best decision for me and my future,” Maye told ESPN. “It was my lifelong dream to play quarterback at North Carolina, and I get a chance to check off another dream and play quarterback in the NFL.”

Maye told ESPN he will skip the Tar Heels’ bowl game, the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against West Virginia, in order to begin preparing for the draft.

Maye received Heisman

Maye received Heisman Trophy votes last season, placing 10th as he finished the season with 4,321 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven picks.

North Carolina fell from the rankings this season after a 6-0 start gave way to an 8-4 record at the close of the regular season. Maye threw for 3,608 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions over 12 games.

5-STAR ALABAMA WR COMMIT RYAN WILLIAMS RECLASSIFIES TO ’24

Five-star wide receiver Ryan Williams announced Monday he is reclassifying to 2024 and will sign with Alabama in February.

The Saraland (Ala.) High School star committed to the Crimson Tide on Oct. 8, 2022. He caught 72 passes for 1,324 yards and 19 touchdowns for his 14-1 team in 2023.

He is ranked No. 3 in the 2025 ESPN 300 and No. 12 nationally in the 2025 class by the 247Sports composite.

Williams is the third five-star recruit in Alabama’s 2024 class, joining cornerback Jaylen Mbakwe and quarterback Julian Sayin.

RUTGERS RB KYLE MONANGAI RETURNING FOR 2024 SEASON

Big Ten rushing leader Kyle Monangai will return to Rutgers for his fifth season in 2024, he told ESPN on Monday.

Monangai posted six 100-yard games en route to 1,099 yards on 217 carries (5.1 average) in 12 games in 2023.

He rushed for seven touchdowns and added six catches for 61 yards for the Scarlet Knights (6-6), who will face Miami in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl.

Monangai has rushed for 1,779 yards and 13 touchdowns and has 22 receptions for 160 yards during his career in Piscataway, N.J.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 10 GONZAGA WARMS UP FOR UCONN WITH ROUT OF MVSU

No. 10 Gonzaga opened the game with a 14-2 run and never looked back in an easy 78-40 nonconference victory over winless Mississippi Valley State on Monday in Spokane, Wash.

Braden Huff came off the bench to score 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-2), who shot 47.4 percent from the field. Gonzaga used this game as a tune-up for a big one Friday night in Seattle against the defending national champions, No. 5 UConn.

Gonzaga’s Graham Ike added 13 and a team-high eight rebounds and Ben Gregg scored 11 points.

Rayquan Brown, who missed the Delta Devils’ 74-39 loss at Liberty on Dec. 5, returned to the lineup and scored a game-high 19 points. None of his teammates finished in double figures as Mississippi Valley State fell to 0-10, with all of the games having been on the road.

The scenario was a familiar one for the Delta Devils. They struggled mightily to score, canning only 16 of 55 shots (29.1 percent) from the field while coughing up 18 turnovers that led to 24 points for Gonzaga. They were also controlled on the glass 42-33 and outscored in the paint 36-20.

The Zags were up 38-18 at halftime and steadily expanded the margin in the second half, leading by at least 30 points for the game’s last 9:35.

Mississippi Valley State’s only chance was for Gonzaga to look ahead to Friday night. That didn’t happen as the Bulldogs held the Delta Devils scoreless for 4:18 while scoring 11 consecutive points for an early 12-point advantage after Dusty Stromer drilled a 3-pointer.

Mississippi Valley State had one decent run in it, an 8-3 burst that sliced the gap to 17-10 after a free throw by Brown with 11:43 left in the half. But Gonzaga quickly rattled off another 11-0 run, capped by Anton Watson’s putback dunk for a 28-10 cushion at the 7:28 mark.

Gonzaga’s offensive execution dropped somewhat for the half’s remainder, but the Zags still enjoyed a 20-point margin at the break after Ryan Nembhard made two free throws with 49 seconds remaining.

ARIZONA, KANSAS, PURDUE LEAD AP TOP 25 POLL; OKLAHOMA, CLEMSON MAKE BIG JUMPS; NORTHWESTERN DEBUTS

Arizona strengthened its place atop The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll Monday, setting up a showdown this weekend against Purdue, the former No. 1 team in the nation.

The Wildcats earned all but one first-place vote from a panel of 63 voters, no doubt impressing them with their 98-73 win over the No. 23 Badgers. They picked up three first-place votes to remain atop the poll for the second straight week, while Kansas remained at No. 2 and Purdue — which Arizona had supplanted at No. 1 — moved up one spot to third after wins over Iowa and Alabama.

The Wildcats (8-0) play the Boilermakers (9-1) on Saturday in Indianapolis.

“We spend a lot of time talking about Arizona basketball legacy,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said over the weekend, “and this group right now, we’re in the sun. The sun is shining on us right now.”

Houston received the only No. 1 vote that didn’t go to the Wildcats but still dropped one spot to fourth. UConn remained at No. 5 after beating ninth-ranked North Carolina and Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week.

Baylor again gave the Big 12 half of the top six teams in the country. The Bears were followed at No. 6 by Marquette, Creighton, the Tar Heels and Gonzaga, which fell three spots to No. 10 after its 78-73 loss to Washington.

“We’ve got a long season. Big games coming up,” said Bulldogs forward Anton Watson, whose team will play fifth-ranked UConn on Friday night in Seattle. “I don’t think one loss, two losses, is going to determine a season. We all have that mindset.”

While there was little movement within the top 10 this week, there were some wild swings within the rest of the Top 25.

Oklahoma made one of the biggest jumps, climbing eight spots to No. 11 after wins over Providence and Arkansas. The unbeaten Sooners were followed by Tennessee, which climbed five spots, and undefeated Clemson, which moved up No. 11 after beating South Carolina and TCU to remain one of the seven teams with perfect records left in Division I basketball.

Kentucky moved up two spots to No. 14 while Florida Atlantic fell four spots to No. 15 after its loss to Illinois.

The Illini slotted in right behind the Owls, while Colorado State, BYU, Texas and James Madison round out the top 20. Duke was at No. 21, followed by Virginia, Wisconsin, Miami and Northwestern at No. 25. The Wildcats (7-1) are ranked for the second straight season but only the seventh time since the 1968-69 season.

“I hear about it at home. My daughter is probably the biggest one that was mad that we didn’t get ranked last week. She’s the one that has been yelling and screaming that we need to be in the Top 25,” said Northwestern coach Chris Collins, whose team is off to its best eight-game start since the 2015-16 season. “Those are all nice rewards for a team that is playing hard and working hard, but we’re not worried about that. Our whole focus right now is winning basketball games.”

RISING AND FALLING

The No. 11 Sooners play Green Bay this week before a high-profile matchup with the ninth-ranked Tar Heels next week. No. 13 Clemson also will have a chance to keep climbing when it visits Memphis — which is receiving votes — on Saturday.

Miami fell nine spots to No. 24 after its 90-63 loss to Colorado, which was almost enough to get the Buffalos ranked; they were the first team outside the Top 25. Texas fell seven spots after losing to Marquette and beating Houston Christian.

IN AND OUT

Virginia returned to the poll at No. 22 after being ranked for a week last month. Northwestern made its Top 25 season debut.

Texas A&M dropped out of the poll after losing to Memphis on Sunday. San Diego State also fell out after losing to Grand Canyon, which has never been ranked but received one vote for No. 25 this week.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 not only has three of the top six teams but six in the Top 25, including league newcomers Houston (No. 4) and BYU (No. 18) and soon-to-depart Oklahoma (No. 11) and Texas (No. 19). The Big East, Big Ten and ACC have four apiece in the Top 25, though the Big East has three of the top eight in UConn (No. 5), Marquette (No. 7) and Creighton (No. 8).

PURDUE AND WISCONSIN NET MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week presented by Air National Guard for the week of Dec. 4-10.

Player of the Week

Zach Edey, Purdue

C – Sr. – 7-4 – Toronto, Canada – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision

•    Averaged 30.0 points on .700 (21-30) shooting from the floor and .900 (18-20) from the free throw line with 9.5 rebounds per game as Purdue went 2-0

•    Tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks in just 24 minutes of a win over Iowa

•    Posted 35 points, including 11-11 from the free throw line, and seven boards as the Boilermakers rallied for a win over Alabama 

•    Garners his eighth career Player of the Week award and second of the season

•    Last Purdue Player of the Week: Zach Edey (Nov. 27, 2023)

Freshman of the Week

John Blackwell, Wisconsin

G – 6-4 – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Brother Rice – Major: Undeclared

•    Averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting .500 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range, as the Badgers split a pair of games

•    Went 6-6 from the free throw line en route to 10 points in a win at Michigan State

•    Led the Badgers with 17 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench at No. 1 Arizona

•    Earns his second Freshman of the Week award

•    Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: John Blackwell (Nov. 27, 2023)

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MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week

Enrique Freeman, Senior, Akron, Forward

Cleveland, Ohio (St. Martin De Porres)

Enrique Freeman had another superb week as he helped lift the Akron Zips to two wins. The senior forward finished shooting over 75% from the field (19-of-25) as he recorded a pair of 20+ point, 10+ rebound performances. Freeman now has seven double-doubles on the season while scoring 20+ points in five games this season. He entered Saturday as just 1-of-9 players in Div. I to average a double-double and was the only player in the MAC to currently record this feat.

He started the week with a 21-point, 18 rebound performance against Bradley where he finished shooting 9-of-13 from the field. Freeman kept Akron in the game in the first half as he scored 11 of the Zips’ 26 first-half points. His 21 points and 18 rebounds led all players in each category. Freeman also had four blocks, four steals, and two assists against the Braves. Freeman then added a 21-point, 10-rebound effort on the road against Northern Kentucky. Putting together a 10-of-12 (.833) performance from the field, Freeman notched the two biggest points of the game late in the second half. Down by a point, Freeman collected a pass from Ali Ali with three seconds left and unleased a seismic two-handed dunk to push the Zips in front for the 77-76 win. He had one steal and one block against the Norse as well.

MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week

Basheer Jihad, Junior, Ball State, Forward 

Detroit, Mich. (North Farmington)

Jihad set his career-high twice, scoring 26 points in a 68-65 win at Detroit Mercy on Wednesday night before upping it to 27 points in Sunday’s 83-71 victory over SIUE. The junior hit the go-ahead shot in his hometown Wednesday with 1:07 to play to lead the Cardinals to their first road win of the season. Jihad leads Ball State in scoring (19.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.4) averages and total blocks (10) on the season.

HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:

Miles McGowen

Miles McGowen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Miles McGowen had a standout performance in the Engineers game against the Mount St. Joseph Lions. He recorded a career-high 33 points and finished the game with a double-double leading the team with 11 rebounds. McGowen is the first player since 2018 to score over 30 points in a game for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Notable Performances:

  • Tate Ivanyo (Valparaiso, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Junior – Tate Ivanyo posted averages of 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. In Wednesday’s 73-54 win against Earlham, Ivanyo provided 18 points, 5 steals, 6 rebounds and went 6-10 from the field. Ivanyo then recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals in Saturday’s 81-61 win against Bluffton.
  • Matt Ray (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Ray scored a career-high 17 points at Manchester on Wednesday and followed that up with another 17 at Anderson on Saturday. He hit 3-of-8 triples in each game for 6 three-pointers on the week. Ray added 5 steals for the week.
  • Ken Walker (Snellville, Ga.) Earlham College | Guard | First Year – Ken Walker paced the Quakers this week with 45 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals. The freshman notched a career-high 33 points at Franklin on Saturday.
  • Lynn King (South Bend, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Junior – Averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for Franklin over two HCAC games last week…closed out the weekly campaign by leading the Grizzlies with 18 points and 9 rebounds in a win over Earlham on Saturday.
  • Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Senior – Max Greenamoyer led the Panthers to a convincing win over Defiance in HCAC action on Saturday. The senior netted a game-high 21 points with two rebounds and three steals. He also posted a perfect mark from the free throw line.
  • Ty Lynas (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Junior – During Manchester’s 1-1 week against HCAC opponents, Lynas finished the week with 47 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals. During Wednesday’s win against Bluffton, Lynas finished with 20 points and five assists. During Saturday’s overtime loss to Transylvania, Lynas led the Black and Gold with 27 points, shooting 5-9 from beyond the three-point arc, and five assists in 32 minutes of action.
  • Jack Kolar (Morrow, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Graduate – Lions guard Jack Kolar led the Lions to a big road win at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. The Lions took down the Fightin’ Engineers 65-62 on Saturday. Kolar was a big reason scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field while hitting a season-high 6 three pointers. He added 5 rebounds and a pair of assists.
  • Jaylan Green (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior – In two games, Green scored 48 points (25 and 23) leading all Pioneer scorers last week to keep the Pioneers undefeated in conference play. Green had a season high 6 rebounds vs Manchester and a season high 2 steals vs Franklin as well as shooting a combined 40% from 3 these two games currently sitting at his best 3 point shooting percentage his career sitting at 47%. Green would total 48 points, 3 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block this past week. This is 7 consecutive games with double digit scoring and now has 3 20+ games this season.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SOUTH CAROLINA, UCLA, NC STATE LEAD THE WAY AGAIN AS TOP 10 TEAMS IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25 UNCHANGED

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has found a way for her team to avoid early season upsets despite losing all five starters from last year’s Final Four squad.

The Gamecocks remained the unanimous choice at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll on Monday, receiving all 36 first-place votes from a national media panel. Staley’s team has already beaten four ranked opponents and she thinks the Gamecocks are only starting to figure themselves out.

“We are only going to get better,” Staley said after her team beat No. 11 Utah. “That’s the thing. I think this is the worst we’re going to be. And we’re just in December.”

UCLA, North Carolina State, Iowa and Texas followed the Gamecocks in the Top 25. USC, LSU, Colorado, Stanford and Baylor rounded out the top 10. It was the first time this season that the top 10 teams were unchanged in the poll after a series of upsets.

While many teams have started their break for exams, the Gamecocks and Bruins were part of the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase tripleheader on Sunday that featured six ranked teams. UCLA topped then-No. 20 Florida State, which fell to 22nd in the poll. No. 17 UConn beat now-No. 25 North Carolina in the nightcap following the Gamecocks’ win.

UNLV and Miami entered the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Rebels came in at No. 23 and the Hurricanes at 24. Penn State and Washington State dropped out.

CLIMBING CATS

Kansas State continues to climb the poll, moving up to No. 12. It’s the Wildcats’ best ranking since the team was eighth in the final poll of the 2004 season. Kansas State’s only loss came against Iowa in a Thanksgiving tournament, 10 days after the Wildcats beat the Hawkeyes. Jeff Mittie’s team doesn’t face another ranked opponent until a home game against Texas on Jan. 13.

HE SAID IT

“When you’re missing really significant, impactful starters, it really has an effect on your team. We talked about how every coach in America is dealing with this. You just hear it more about it at Connecticut because of our profile. At Carolina, you don’t hear about it much, but every coach is going through this all over the country. I wish coaches had an answer for why, but we don’t. And, unfortunately, the teams that you think you’re going to be watching next week, next month, two months from now, may not look at all like they look today. It’s a big part of the game right now.” — UConn coach Geno Auriemma, whose team has lost three players for the season to injuries, including star guard Azzi Fudd (torn ACL).

REPORTS: MICHIGAN’S JUWAN HOWARD INVOLVED IN INCIDENT WITH STRENGTH COACH

Michigan coach Juwan Howard reportedly was involved in a confrontation with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson during a recent practice, multiple outlets reported Monday.

According to The Athletic, the incident is undergoing a university review.

It isn’t clear what led to the confrontation, which was at least verbal in nature. Reports indicated Sanderson did not travel with the team for Sunday’s 90-80 victory at Iowa.

The incident comes during a time in which Howard is working his way back to serving as head coach after undergoing a heart procedure in mid-September. Howard recently rejoined the game-day staff as an assistant coach while interim coach Phil Martelli has continued to run the team.

Howard has had altercations in the past, the worst being the postgame confrontation after a game with Wisconsin in February 2022. Howard struck Badgers assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the head and was suspended for the final five games of the regular season.

Howard also got into a heated verbal exchange with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon in the second half of a Big Ten quarterfinal game in March 2021. He was restrained by other coaches and was ejected from the game.

Howard, a former Michigan star as part of the famed “Fab Five,” is in his fifth season as Wolverines’ coach. He entered the season with a 79-48 record.

Sanderson has been with the Michigan basketball program since 2009.

IOWA AND NEBRASKA SCORE BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Paced Iowa with 31.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in a pair of wins over Iowa State and Wisconsin
• Put up 35 points, nine rebounds and five assists against the Cyclones
• Added 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten opener versus the Badgers
• Scored her 3,000th point against Iowa State to become the first player in Division I men’s or women’s basketball history with 3,000+ points, 750+ rebounds and 750+ assists
• Earns her 21st career Big Ten Player of the Week award (second-most in conference history)
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Nov. 27, 2023)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Mara Braun, So., G, MINN: Averaged 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks during Minnesota’s victories over Kentucky and Purdue…Had made 37 consecutive free throws to tie for the fifth-longest streak in Big Ten history
Jaz Shelley, Gr., G, NEB: Posted 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists in a pair of wins, including a triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) against UNC Wilmington…She is the first Husker in program history to record two career triple-doubles
Cotie McMahon, So., F, OSU: Chipped in 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during a 2-0 week, featuring 27 points in Ohio State’s overtime win against Penn State
 
Freshman of the Week
Natalie Potts, Nebraska
F – O’Fallon, Mo. – Incarnate Word Academy – Major: Business Administration
• Helped Nebraska to wins over UNC Wilmington and Michigan State behind 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assists per game
• Tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, an assist and steal against UNCW
• Opened Big Ten play with 10 points, two blocks and five rebounds versus the Spartans
• Earns her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Natalie Potts (Nov. 27, 2023)

HCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Grace Bezold led the Panthers past Defiance 96-43. The junior was a key part of the offensive success netting a game-high 32 points with seven rebounds. Her 32 point performance marks her third 30 plus game this season. She currently ranks fifth among the NCAA in scoring, averaging 24.8 ppg and leads the HCAC in total points.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Sarah Sewak (West Chester, Ohio) Anderson University | Guard | Sophomore – Sarah Sewak averaged 22 points and shot .593 from the field as Anderson went 2-0 last week. She contributed 20 points in Wednesday’s 79-64 win against Earlham. Sewak then notched 24 points and went 8-11 (72.7%) from the field in Saturday’s 83-67 win against Bluffton.
  • Zadria King (Middle Point, Ohio) Defiance College | Forward | Sophomore – Zadria King continued a solid campaign despite a lopsided DC loss at Hanover. The sophomore forward notched her second straight 20-plus point performance in addition to her first career double-double by recording a team-best 20 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday.
  • Lauryn Bates (Anderson, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Sophomore – Set a new career high with 19 points in Saturday’s win over Earlham, going 7-for-10 from the floor and knocking down both of her three-point attempts…averaged 12.0 points per game for the week.
  • Hailee Kline (Huntington, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Sophomore – Hailee Kline finished the week with 19 points and two steals as Manchester went 0-2 against Bluffton and Transylvania. Against Bluffton, Kline finished with 13 points and against Transylvania, she finished with six points. She currently leads Manchester with 84 points and has drained 11 three-point shots so far this season.
  • Karlee Mills (Fairfield, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Junior – Lions junior point guard Karlee Mills led the Lions to an overtime road win at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. She did so with a season-high 23 points, 4 rebounds and an assist.  Her three-point basket with just over a minute left in overtime put the Lions ahead 64-62 and the did not trail again.
  • Manuella Shomba (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Shomba recorded the second double-double of her season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the overtime loss to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.
  • Dasia Thornton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Forward | Fifth Year – Dasia Thornton led in scoring for the Pioneers past week scoring 17 points in both games on the road. The Pioneers remain unbeaten earning their 40th consecutive win. In a total of 42 minutes between both games, Thornton would total 34 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals. Thornton shot 64% from the floor against Franklin, while shooting 83% from the floor against Manchester. Thornton would have a season high 12 free throws made and a season high 4 blocks this past week, shooting a combined 81% from the line.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: BUCKS KNOCK OFF RIVAL BULLS IN OT

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks outlast the visiting Chicago Bulls 133-129 in overtime on Monday.

Brook Lopez and Malik Beasley scored 19 points apiece and Khris Middleton had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter before Chicago forced overtime on DeMar DeRozan’s floating jumper with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Bucks scored eight of the first nine points in overtime before Chicago cut the deficit to 131-129 on DeRozan’s dunk with 12.8 seconds left. Damian Lillard converted two free throws for the final margin.

DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points and Coby White added a season-high 33 for Chicago, which had its winning streak stopped at four games.

Pacers 131, Pistons 123

Bennedict Mathurin piled up 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and visiting Indiana handed Detroit its single-season franchise-record-tying 20th consecutive loss.

Indiana was coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA in-season tournament championship game on Saturday.

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Ausar Thompson had 20 points and six rebounds, while Jaden Ivey tossed in 18 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and Alec Burks chipped in 14.

Rockets 93, Spurs 82

Tari Eason recorded a double-double off the bench while Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. flirted with double-doubles as Houston extended its home winning streak to 10 games with a victory over visiting San Antonio.

Eason paired season highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Rockets steer through an ugly shooting performance. Houston shot 34.4 percent but sent the Spurs to their 17th consecutive defeat thanks in part to a plus-9 rebounding advantage and 17 turnovers by San Antonio.

Victor Wembanyama tallied 15 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks to lead five scorers in double figures for the Spurs. Keldon Johnson added 12 points and Devin Vassell scored 14 but missed 11 of 16 shots.

Heat 116, Hornets 114

Duncan Robinson scored 24 points and Miami overcame some shoddy final-minute sequences to hold on for a victory against host Charlotte.

Jimmy Butler (23 points) and Caleb Martin (20 points and nine rebounds) combined with reserves Kevin Love (19 points) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (18 points) to give Miami enough offense.

Terry Rozier shot 8-for-13 from 3-point range on his way to 34 points for the Hornets. Rozier also had 13 assists. With Butler committing two turnovers in the final minute, Charlotte had a chance despite trailing 114-108 at the 50-second mark, but it failed to complete the comeback.

Magic 104, Cavaliers 94

Paolo Banchero led a balanced scoring effort with 20 points, and Orlando used a stout defensive effort to record its 11th win in the past 13 games with a defeat of visiting Cleveland.

Orlando limited Cleveland — which had won three games in a row — to 30-of-85 shooting from the floor, including a 2-of-17 showing in a pivotal third quarter. The Magic outscored the Cavaliers 30-15 in the period, shooting 12-for-19 on their end of the floor.

Banchero and Franz Wagner — who registered 19 points — shot a combined 16-for-39 from the field. Both led the way on the glass for the Magic with 10 and eight rebounds, respectively. Cavaliers star Darius Garland led all scorers with 36 points, while Donovan Mitchell scored 22.

76ers 146, Wizards 101

Joel Embiid had 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in three quarters and host Philadelphia blitzed Washington.

It was the eighth straight game with at least 30 points for Embiid. Tyrese Maxey added 24 points for the Sixers, who have won three in a row. Philadelphia went 20-for-46 on 3-pointers.

Kyle Kuzma led the reeling Wizards with 21 points. Bilal Coulibaly added 13 points while Jared Butler scored 12 and Jordan Poole had 11. Washington, which has only three wins this season, has lost 14 of its past 15 games.

Nuggets 129, Hawks 122

Jamal Murray came back from a first-quarter ankle sprain to score 29 points and lead Denver to a win over host Atlanta.

Murray had to leave the game midway through the first quarter after stepping on teammate Nikola Jokic’s foot and twisting his left ankle. Murray returned in the second quarter and finished the game 12-for-15 from the floor, including 4-for-5 on threes, with nine rebounds.

Jokic regained his shooting touch and scored 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and nine assists. The Hawks have lost a season-high four straight games and have dropped six of their past seven. Bogdan Bogdanovic led Atlanta with a career-high 40 points.

Knicks 136, Raptors 130

Julius Randle put the finishing touches on a 34-point performance by hitting a clutch jumper with 1:17 remaining and host New York outlasted Toronto.

Randle produced his second-highest scoring showing of the season and scored his only basket of the fourth quarter by sinking a contested 13-footer in the lane that put New York up 131-123.

OG Anunoby scored a season-best 29 points, but the Raptors dropped their fourth straight game and lost for the sixth time in seven games. Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam and Dennis Schroder added 20 apiece as Toronto shot 49 percent from the floor.

Pelicans 121, Timberwolves 107

Zion Williamson scored a season-high 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double and host New Orleans ended Minnesota’s six-game winning streak.

Williamson made 13 of 17 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 free throws after totaling just 23 points in his past two games while Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out for the Timberwolves, who had won nine of 10 games to claim the NBA’s best record but played without leading scorer Anthony Edwards (hip) on Monday.

Thunder 134, Jazz 120

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City over visiting Utah.

The Thunder have won back-to-back games and 10 of their past 13, while the Jazz lost for the third consecutive game and for the ninth time in 12 games.

The Jazz were led by a career-high 30 points from rookie Keyonte George on 10-of-17 shooting, while Collin Sexton added 20 points off the bench.

Mavericks 120, Grizzlies 113

Luka Doncic poured in 35 points to help lead visiting Dallas to a win over Memphis.

Jaden Hardy added a season-high 19 points for the Mavericks, who won their third consecutive game. The Grizzlies led 11-10 at the 7:15 mark of the first quarter, but Doncic hit a floater on the next possession to give the lead back to Dallas, one that would stand for the remainder of the contest.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with a season-high 41 points, as the struggling Grizzlies have lost three of their past four games. Desmond Bane tallied 28 points and Vince Williams Jr. had 10.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: AVS STUN FLAMES WITH THIRD-PERIOD RALLY

Mikko Rantanen registered a goal and two assists for the Colorado Avalanche, who scored three times in 4:10 during the third period to rally past the Calgary Flames 6-5 on Monday in Denver.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar and Ross Colton each had a goal and an assist. Tomas Tatar and Ben Meyers also scored, and backup goalie Ivan Prosvetov turned away all 11 shots he faced in relief of Alexandar Georgiev, who stopped 17 of 22 shots.

Nazem Kadri and Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist apiece, Andrew Mangiapane, Connor Zary and Yegor Sharangovich also scored and Dan Vladar made 31 saves for Calgary.

Colorado trailed 5-3 entering the third period but stormed back. Colton made it 5-4 at 11:20, his eighth goal of the season, and Rantanen’s 13th of the campaign tied it at 13:31.

MacKinnon capped the rally with a breakaway goal at 15:30, his 12th goal of the season.

Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Bo Horvat scored 46 seconds into overtime for New York, which beat Toronto in Elmont, N.Y.

Horvat’s game-winner came just after John Tavares, who played his first nine seasons with the Islanders, collected his 1,000th career point by assisting on Morgan Rielly’s goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation.

Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas scored in the first and Kyle Palmieri scored in the second for the Islanders, who got 37 saves from Ilya Sorokin. Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs. Toronto goalie Ilya Samsonov recorded 25 saves.

Sabres 5, Coyotes 2

Eric Robinson and Kyle Okposo each had a goal and two assists as Buffalo beat visiting Arizona to improve to 2-0-1 over its past three games.

Sabres goalie Devon Levi stopped 21 of 23 shots. Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist, and Connor Clifton had two assists. Peyton Krebs and JJ Peterka scored Buffalo’s other goals.

Michael Kesselring and Michael Carcone scored for the Coyotes, who are on a three-game losing streak. Arizona goalie Karel Vejmelka made 33 saves.

Stars 6, Red Wings 3

Miro Heiskanen had two goals and an assist for Dallas in a win against visiting Detroit.

Jason Robertson and Esa Lindell each had a goal and an assist, Roope Hintz and Sam Steel each had two assists and Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for the Stars, who had lost three of four games.

Daniel Sprong, Jonatan Berggren and Joe Veleno scored, Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists and James Reimer made 29 saves for the Red Wings, who were without four forwards because of injuries and a suspension to David Perron.

BASEBALL

REPORTS: SHOHEI OHTANI’S DODGERS DEAL INCLUDES $680M DEFERRED

Shohei Ohtani agreed to defer $680 million of his 10-year, $700 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers until after the contract is completed, The Athletic and ESPN reported Monday.

Per the report, Ohtani suggested the deferrals and will be paid $2 million per season for the duration of the contract, then will receive the deferred money without interest from 2034 to 2043.

The contract — which is expected to be finalized soon — will allow the Dodgers to continue spending around Ohtani and fellow stars Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, providing the club with payroll flexibility and cash flow.

The two-way superstar from Japan isn’t hurting for money, as he rakes in $50 million per year away from baseball via endorsements and other ventures, per the reports.

Regarding the competitive balance tax, or luxury tax, the expected average annual value of the contract is close to $46 million per year, the reports said. That allows the Dodgers more room to navigate the CBT and remain in the hunt for top free agents like Japanese right-handed pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

“(Ohtani) is excited to begin this partnership, and he structured his contract to reflect a true commitment from both sides to long-term success,” Ohtani’s agent, Nez Balelo, said in a statement at the time the deal was announced.

VIC DAVALILLO, A 2-TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPION IN 16 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS, DIES

Vic Davalillo, a two-time World Series champion who spent 16 seasons in the major leagues and became the first Venezuelan-born player to win a Gold Glove, died Dec. 6. He was 84 or 87, depending on conflicting sources.

Davalillo died in Caracas after an emergency surgery due to an intestinal obstruction and renal insufficiency, daughter Helga Davalillo said.

Baseball Reference lists his date of birth as July 30, 1939, but Davalillo considered July 31 his birthday and Asdrúbal Fuenmayor wrote in a 2006 biography that Davalillo was born in 1936. The 1969 Sporting News Baseball Register also used 1936.

Leones de Caracas in Venezuela’s winter league said it will wear a patch with Davalillo’s name and No. 2 on its jersey sleeves for the rest of the season. The ballpark in Cabimas was named after Davalillo in 1987 and the Venezuelan Winter League MVP award was named after him. While Cabimas is listed as Davalillo’s place of birth, Fuenmayor wrote in his book that Davalillo told him he was born in Churuguara.

Davalillo signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1958 at age 18, starting as a left-handed pitcher, and went 16-7 with a 2.45 ERA in 1959 in three starts and 50 relief appearances for Palakta in the Class D Florida State League.

While Davalillo remained primarily a pitcher, his time in the outfield increased gradually in 1960 and ’61, and he was sold to Cleveland after the 1961 season.

Davalillo won the batting title of the Triple-A International League in 1962 with a .346 average and made his major league debut on opening day in 1963 at Minnesota as the Indians’ leadoff hitter against Camilio Pascual. Davalillo got his first hit the next day off eventual Hall of Famer Jim Kaat and hit .292 with seven homers and 36 RBIs. His season was interrupted when he broke a forearm when hit by a pitch from Detroit’s Hank Aguirre on June 12, an injury that sidelined Davalillo until Aug. 10.

Davalillo was an All-Star in 1965, when he hit .301 with five homers, 40 RBIs and 26 stolen bases, finishing third in the AL batting race behind Tony Oliva and Carl Yastrzemski. He was traded to the California Angels in June 1968, part of a big league career that took him to St. Louis (1969-70), Pittsburgh (1971-73), Oakland (1973-74) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1977-80).

He hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat for the Cardinals on June 1, 1969. He made his only two major league pitching appearances that June 30 and July 3, failing to retire any of the four batters he faced.

Davalillo finished with a .279 average, 36 homers, 329 RBIs and 125 steals, winning World Series titles with the 1971 Pirates and 1973 Athletics. He had a .323 average in 22 postseason games, including 4 for 20 in the World Series.

He was called Vitico by fans in Venezuela, where he won seven titles over 30 seasons from 1957-58 through 1986-87. He became the league’s first .400 hitter over a full season in 1961-62, the Society for American Baseball Research said, and won four Venezuela batting championships.

Oscar Prieto Párraga, a former owner of Leones, said Davalillo’s number should be retired throughout the league, which played the 2019-20 season in his honor. He had a .325 career average in the Venezuelan league with a record 1,505 hits.

Davalillo also played in Mexico with the Cafeteros de Córdoba and the Rieleros de Aguascalientes.

Davalillo married Luisa Ramona Barrera on Feb. 25, 1961, according to SABR, which said they divorced in 1969 and he married Zoraida Caraballo later that year.

DODGERS OPEN ROSTER SPOTS FOR OHTANI AND KELLY, TRADE GONZÁLEZ AND VIVAS TO YANKEES FOR SWEENEY

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired shortstop prospect Trey Sweeney from the New York Yankees on Monday for left-hander Victor González and infielder Jorbit Vivas, opening roster spots for Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly.

Los Angeles’ 40-man roster was full before the trade and the Dodgers needed to open two spots. Ohtani has a pending agreement on a record $700 million, 10-year contract and pitcher Joe Kelly on an $8 million, one-year deal.

The 23-year-old Sweeney was selected by the Yankees with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 amateur draft. He hit .252 with 13 homers, 49 RBIs and 20 stolen bases last season at Double-A Somerset.

Anthony Volpe took over the Yankees’ shortstop job as a rookie last season.

González, 28, was 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 33 relief appearances and one start for the Dodgers this year, striking out 33 and walking 10 in 33 2/3 innings. He averaged 94.6 mph with his sinker and also throws sliders and changeups.

González missed the 2022 season after starting on the injured list. The Dodgers said May 8 that he needed arthroscopic elbow surgery.

He is 9-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 80 starts and 13 relief appearances with the Dodgers from 2020-23.

Vivas, a 22-year-old second baseman and third baseman, hit .280 with 12 homers, 54 RBIs and 21 steals in 109 games at Double-A Tulsa this year and batted .226 with one homer, nine RBIs and four steals in 26 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 22ND WOMEN’S INDUCTION CLASS

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors announces the 2024 Women’s Induction Class to be honored on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

(NEW CASTLE) – Women’s basketball in Indiana has always seen the top players in the nation, historically.  The 2024 Induction class of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is no different.  The board of directors of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 2024 women’s induction class, to be honored at the 22nd Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Marilyn Coddens, a 1968 graduate of South Bend LaSalle, then graduated from IU South Bend in 1976 with a Bachelors in Education and then a Masters in Education in 1978.  Coddens was the Head Coach at South Bend Washington from 1994-2008 where she amassed 5 conference, 6 sectional, 3 regional, 2 State Runner-Ups, and the 2006-07 State Championship.  She had a winning percentage at South Bend Washington of 77%, and was an Assistant Coach on the 2005 McDonald’s All-American Games.  Coddens was the IBCA District Coach of the Year four times during her tenure and was a math teacher for South Bend Schools from 1976-2013.

Kristina (Divjak) Eschmeyer, graduated from Lake Central in 1995, where she led her teams, her sophomore, junior and senior seasons to a combined record of 70-7, being crowned IHSAA State Champions her junior season.  Her senior season accolades include Hall of Fame Classic MVP, Nike All American, Parade All American 3rd Team, USA Today’s Top 25 Players In the nation, and an Indiana All-Star.  Following Lake Central, Eschmeyer went to Northwestern where her career was highlighted by Consensus All-Big Ten her junior season while leading the Big Ten in scoring.  Her career was unfortunately cut short with career ending surgery going into her senior season.  Kristina is currently a writer, earning acceptance to several prestigious writing programs and workshops. 

Lisa (Winter) Finn, was a 1996 Huntington North graduate, where her junior season, the Vikings were State Champions and she was named Final Four MVP and AP All-State.  Her senior season was capped off with a 25-1 record, while earning Miss Basketball, AP All-State, and named to the Indiana All-Star Team.  She was a member of the 2021 Silver Anniversary Team; she scored 1,235 points and grabbed 419 rebounds during her career at Huntington North.  Finn went to Ball State, later transferring to Valparaiso where she received a masters in education in 2001.  While playing at Valparaiso, she dished out 143 assists, which is 6th in a single season in Valparaiso history.  Finn is currently the Head Coach at Cathedral High School, and has been since 2020.

Terrilyn Johnson, was a 1988 Gary Lew Wallace graduate, and was a member of the 2013 Silver Anniversary Team.  Johnson’s Lew Wallace career was highlighted by being named Post Tribue 1st Team and Parade All-American 3rd Team while earning team MVP.  Following high school, Johnson went to Kansas where she scored a career 734 points in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons combined.  Johnson is 6th all time for single game steals at Kansas, was the team MVP her junior year, and team Captain her senior season.  Johnson played in the WBA in 1993 and 1994.  Johnson is currently a Supply Chain Analyst and President of the Gary Youth Basketball League.

Joe Lentz, graduated from Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter in 1969, later IUPUI with a bachelors in Health and Physical Education, and a masters from Butler in 1975.  Lentz spent time as an assistant coach at multiple schools for 21 years including Ritter, Plainfield and Center Grove before earning the Head Coaching Position for 15 years at Center Grove and 9 at Ben Davis.  Lentz’s career coaching record of 394-169 earned him awards such as, IndyStar Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, and 2007, All-Metro South Coach of the Year, and coached the 1997 North/South All-Star Game and was the 1998 Indiana All-Star Head Coach.  Topping off Lentz’s coaching career was winning the 1996 State Championship at Center Grove.

Rick Marshall, graduated from Winchester in 1974, and University of Indianapolis in 1979 and Indiana State in 1985.  Marshall coached for 20 years at North Knox, where he compiled a 366-100 record including 16 conference titles, IBCA District Coach of the Year, Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Coach of the Year (multiple times), and was the 1999 Indiana Junior All-Stars Head Coach.  Marshall coached at Vincennes Rivet from 2017-2022 where he had a record of 105-26 earning 2 State Runner-Ups and the 2018 and 2019 Evansville Courier Girls Coach of the Year.  Marshall has a career winning percentage of 79%, earning 471 wins during his career.

Jill (Morton) McFarling, a 1996 North Decatur graduate, was a member of the 2021 Silver Anniversary team.  She was a 1996 Indiana All-Star, Gatorade Player of the Year, Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee and North South All-Star.  She was a Street and Smith All American both her junior and senior seasons where she averaged 27.3 points her senior season.  She scored a career 1,656 points at North Decatur and had 324 rebounds, 381 assists and 316 steals.  McFarling went to Louisville where in 112 games scored 1,402 points.  She was the first Cardinal to be drafted in the WNBA and 1st to be an All-American.  She holds the Louisville season 3-pt FG percentage record at 53.5%.  McFarling is currently a technical specialist, and has been since 2013.

Melinda Miles¸ a 1977 graduate of Bloomfield, along with sister Melissa, helped lead Bloomfield to earn a State Finalist spot, losing to East Chicago Roosevelt.  Miles scored a career 1,045 points, and Bloomfield went undefeated for all four regular seasons of her career.  Miles was named to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Girls’ All-State Team.  Melinda went to the United States Military Academy where her and her sister graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering and were the first set of female twins to graduate, and the second class of women in West Point history.  After graduation, Melinda earned the rank of Captain in the 32nd Air Defense Artillery.  Melinda worked for Coca-Cola before retiring in 2020.

Melissa Miles, a 1977 graduate of Bloomfield, along with sister Melinda, helped lead Bloomfield to earn a State Finalist spot, losing to East Chicago Roosevelt.  Miles scored a career 733 points, and Bloomfield went undefeated for all four regular seasons of her career.  Miles was named to the Indiana All-Star team along with Hoosier Basketball Magazine Girls’ All-State. Melinda went to the United States Military Academy where her and her sister graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering and were the first set of female twins to graduate, and the second class of women in West Point history.  After graduation, Melissa earned the rank of Captain as a Company Commander.  Melissa retired in 2021 but since 2017 has created and led a nonprofit organization “Friends of Army Women’s Basketball”.

Lisa Williams Burgess, graduated from Carmel in 1995, where her senior season she led the Greyhounds to a State Runner-Up finish.  Burgess was named Hamilton County Player of the Year, Indiana All-Star, Indianapolis Metro Player of the Year, and Indianapolis News Player of the Year.  In addition to basketball, she was 2nd team All-State volleyball in 1994 and a 4 year state track finalist in the 4×400 and 3 year state track finalist in the 800.  Burgess went to South Carolina where she scored almost 1,100 points while earning her numerous accolades as a member of their program including Academic Honor Roll and multiple all tourney teams.  Burgess is currently a Relationship Manager for Comerica. 

Jeannette Yeoman Mosher, a 1986 graduate of West Lafayette Harrison.  Mosher led the Raiders as team MVP her junior year and senior years along with scoring 646 points her senior season and being named an Indiana All-Star.  Jeannette was a member of the 2011 Silver Anniversary Team.  Mosher then went to St. Joseph’s where her senior season was capped off by being named 1st Team All-American and GLVC Player of the Year.  She scored 2,280 points at St. Joseph’s and held 27 school records upon graduation.  Jeanette also has a career coaching record of 440-211 with stints at Alfred University, State University of New York at Cortland, and University of Texas at Tyler. 

Nan Tomshack Tulchinsky is the recipient of the 2024 Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award for contributions to Indiana basketball other than as an Indiana high school player or Indiana high school coach. Nan is a 1960 graduate of St. John’s Michigan.  Nan worked for 43 years at South Bend Community School Corporation, and is inducted into the South Bend Hall of Fame.  Nan became a HS basketball official, joining St. Joseph Valley Referee Association as the first female official.  She refereed public school leagues, the ICCL, Special Olympics and the International Special Olympics when it was held at Notre Dame.  Tulchinksy was the official scorer for both Notre Dame Women’s and Men’s basketball for 30 years, and was the Athletic Director at LaSalle High School for four years.  Nan was the first woman to serve at Director of Athletics for South Bend Schools – serving for 5 years (2002-2007).

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 22nd Women’s Awards Banquet is planned for Saturday, April 27, 2024.  The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

COLTS FOOTBALL

REPORT: COLTS SIGN OL JARED VELDHEER TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer came out of retirement to sign with the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad on Monday, NFL Network reported.

Veldheer, 36, worked out with the Colts on Friday. The signing is insurance against the injury sustained by right tackle Braden Smith, who missed Sunday’s game.

Veldheer played one game with Indianapolis — the season finale — during his final season in 2020 and also started in their postseason game.

He played in 121 games (114 starts) from 2012-20 with five teams, including the then-Oakland Raiders (2010-13), who selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME REWIND: PACERS 131, PISTONS 123

Less than 48 hours after competing in the inaugural In-Season Tournament Championship in Las Vegas, the Pacers were back to the regular season grind on Monday night in Detroit.

Monday’s matchup posed a mental challenge for the Blue & Gold, who went from a week in the national spotlight playing some of the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars to having to get up for a contest against a struggling Pistons team that had dropped nine straight games entering Monday.

The Pacers (13-8) passed that test with another strong performance, taking care of business in a 131-123 victory over Detroit (2-21).

Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin led the way, putting together arguably the best all-around game of his young career. He tallied a season-high 30 points, a career-best eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals, going 10-for-17 from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

“Benn Mathurin played one of his best games as a Pacer,” head coach Rick Carlisle said after Monday’s win. “We know he can score, we know he can generate points. The visual awareness and the ability to deliver the ball tonight was huge. It shows the work that he’s put in and real growth.”

Myles Turner added 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks, while Tyrese Haliburton recorded yet another double-double with 14 points and 16 assists.

The Pacers had the NBA’s number-one offense operating at a high rate from the opening tip on Monday. Turner scored eight of Indiana’s first 13 points to get them going, Haliburton dished out eight assists in the first 8:06 of the game, and the Pacers went 15-for-21 from the field (71.4 percent) in the opening quarter.

But when the Pacers weren’t scoring, they were turning the ball over, committing an uncharacteristic eight giveaways in the opening frame. The Pistons scored nine points off those mistakes and star point guard Cade Cunningham tallied 13 points in the first quarter. As a result, Detroit actually led 36-33 entering the second quarter.

But the Blue & Gold quickly moved back in front, opening the ensuing frame with seven straight points. Mathurin and Buddy Hield combined for 12 straight Indiana points as the Pacers pushed the lead to 50-43.

The Pistons surged back ahead with an 18-7 run, but Indiana closed the half with nine unanswered points (five from Mathurin and four from Bruce Brown) over the final 1:42 to take a 66-61 lead into halftime.

Mathurin led all scorers with 16 points off the bench in the first half, going 7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-4 from 3-point range.

Indiana opened the half with a 9-4 run to push the lead to double digits for the first time, but Detroit immediately answered with a 12-4 spurt of its own to get back within two.

That forced a timeout from Carlisle, who used the stoppage to sub Mathurin back in. The 21-year-old picked up where he left off in the first half, immediately hitting a three and then converting a layup off a dish from Haliburton a minute later.

Shortly thereafter, Mathurin provided one of the highlights of the night. Dribbling out on the right wing, he spotted Isaiah Jackson open near the basket and quickly whipped a bullet pass with his left hand around Isaiah Livers for the bucket. Detroit called a timeout after the basket, so Mathurin’s teammates mobbed him as he headed back to the bench. Haliburton was the first to greet him, jokingly covering up the second zero on Mathurin’s double-zero jersey to suggest the dime was as good as any from Haliburton himself.

“I just felt it,” Mathurin said, before joking about Haliburton’s celebration. “It just came to my mind. It was the right play to make. Tyrese said I looked like him. I would not agree with that.”

Indiana led 98-93 entering the fourth quarter. The Pistons hung around for the first half of the final frame, but the Blue & Gold eventually created separation thanks to a 10-2 run, which Haliburton capped with a stepback three and an old fashioned three-point play that stretched the lead to 129-114 with 3:31 remaining.

“This is one of the most difficult games you can have, coming off the emotions of last week, the game Saturday, the travel, everything else,” Carlisle said. “I just thought our guys did a great job of staying together, keeping their composure and their aggression.”

Seven Pacers finished in double figures in the victory. Hield tallied 16 points while going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Aaron Nesmith added 13 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 from beyond the arc), Brown narrowly missed out on a double-double with 11 points and nine boards, and Jackson contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

Cunningham had a team-high 23 points on 11-of-21 shooting, six rebounds, and six assists for the Pistons, who become just the eighth team in NBA history to lose 20 consecutive games during a single season.

Rookie forward Ausar Thompson added 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, former Purdue All-American Jaden Ivey scored 18, and former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic tallied 17 for Detroit.

The Pacers’ road trip continues on Wednesday night in Milwaukee, where they will face the Bucks for the second time in a week. Indiana prevailed 128-119 on Thursday night in Las Vegas in the In-Season Tournament Semifinals.

Inside the Numbers

Mathurin recorded the third 30-point game of his career and his first this season. His previous high this year was 26 points in a win over Milwaukee on Nov. 9.

Turner topped 20 points for the ninth time this season.

Haliburton, who leads the NBA in assists, has recorded a double-double in 16 of his first 19 regular season games.

The Pacers outrebounded Detroit 43-30 overall and 11-6 on the offensive glass. They outscored the Pistons 21-10 in second chance points.

Indiana’s bench outscored the Pistons’ reserves 61-44, with Mathurin, Nesmith, and Jackson all finishing in double figures.

The Pacers had a strong offensive night all around, topping 130 points for the 10th time this season. The Blue & Gold shot 56.5 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range.

You Can Quote Me On That

“It had all the makings for a trap game. I think we started off a little slow. We picked it up in the second half, just rallied around each other. We knew we were going to have to make our mark defensively more than anything and I think we finally started to catch a little bit of a rhythm.” -Turner on getting up for Monday’s game and finding a way to win

“Things are so bunched up right now in the East. We’ve got to scrap and claw for every win that we can possibly get.” -Carlisle

“You get a guy like Benn that gets going, we’ve got to keep finding him. It was a good game for him also because it was a lot small ball and there were a lot of loose balls. He comes up with a lot of loose balls around the basket, finished a couple plays there.” -Carlisle on Mathurin

“Aggressive. I feel like he was like what LeBron did to us the last game. He was just approaching downhill, super aggressive. Not worrying about nothing, just putting his mind to the rim and making plays.” -Hield on Mathurin

“I think everybody’s going to talk about Benn’s scoring, but he made some great passes tonight, some good reads. I think it was a nice balance of things. He knew when to be aggressive, he knew when to come off it. He’s definitely maturing. You can see it throughout the season. He’s learning when to pick and choose his spots.” -Turner on Mathurin’s all-around performance

“He keeps improving. As long as he keeps playing within himself and doing what he does, he’s going to play well. I thought he did a great job getting downhill, putting pressure on the refs to call fouls at the rim. And I thought he was great defensively. I think that playing Detroit is a little fuel for him after (they passed on him in) the (2022) draft.” -Haliburton on Mathurin’s growth

“I think my defense has been better. That’s one of the areas I’m trying to focus on right now, just trying to be a two-way player.” -Mathurin on where he feels he’s improved the most

“This is going to be the new normal probably for a little bit. Everybody’s going to start doubling and see how it works.” -Haliburton on facing more double teams after his In-Season Tournament success

Stat of the Night

Mathurin’s eight assists were two more than his previous career best. He had six assists at New York in the final game of his rookie season on April 9 and had dished out five assists in four previous contests, including three this season.

Noteworthy

The Pacers are now 2-0 on the season against Detroit, having previously beat the Pistons 136-113 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Nov. 24. The two Central Division rivals will meet again on Feb. 22 in Indianapolis and March 20 in Detroit.

Because Saturday’s Championship game loss to the Lakers does not count as a regular season game, the Pacers are technically now riding a season-high four-game win streak.

Indiana is 11-2 on the season when six or more players score in double figures.

The Pacers were without second-year guard Andrew Nembhard for the second straight game. Nembhard sustained a bone bruise to his right knee in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the Bucks.

The Pistons are the 14th team in league history to lose 20 straight games and the eighth to lose 20 in a row in a single season. The longest losing streak in league history is 28 games by Philadelphia across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2013-14 Sixers share the record for most consecutive losses in a single season with 26.

Up Next

The Pacers will travel to Milwaukee for a rematch of last week’s In-Season Tournament Semifinal against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 PM ET.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 8

  • INDY FUEL WEEK EIGHT RESULTS 1-0-1
  • INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 9-8-3 (Tied for 3rd in Central Division)

GAME 19 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 VS. WHEELING – 4-3 OTL

The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers again this Friday night for Wintertainment and Do317 Night. After going to overtime for the third game in a row, the Fuel ultimately fell to the Nailers 4-3 in OT.

GAME 20 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 VS. FORT WAYNE – 3-1 W

The Fuel hosted their in-state rivals, the Fort Wayne Komets to finish their weekend on Saturday night. This was the third time this month these teams have met and ultimately the Fuel took the 3-1 win in regulation.

OIL DROPS

  • Santino Centorame broke the Fuel franchise record for most consecutive games with a point by a defenseman with five.
  • Anthony Petruzzelli scored his first goal with the Fuel on Saturday against his former team, Fort Wayne. 
  • On Saturday, Chris Cameron and Fort Wayne’s Morgan Adams-Moisan dropped the gloves and each earned five minute penalties for fighting. This officially made Cameron the Fuel franchise leader in penalty minutes with 262. 
  • Jon Martin scored twice this weekend, he is currently the leading Fuel in scoring with 10 goals. 
  • Goalie Zach Driscoll is now fourth in the league, with a save percentage of .917. He saved 29 shots against the Komets on Sunday. 
  • Colin Bilek has a road goal streak of three. 

TEAM NOTES

  • Indy is the hottest team in the league, with a point streak of eight games.
  • The Fuel worked on their penalty killing record over the weekend. They are now 6th in the league for home penalty killing. 
  • Speaking of penalties, the Fuel have racked up 278 PIM. They average 13.9 minutes per game.

INDY FUEL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE:

GAME 21 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT WHEELING

GAME 22 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 VS. KALAMAZOO

INDIANA FOOTBALL

MENDOZA HEADED TO INDIANA

Indiana will be getting a champion QB next season in Alberto Mendoza. Mendoza committed to James Madison and then de-committed Monday to follow Curt Cignetti to Bloomington.  Mendoza is a two time state champion with Florida powerhouse Miami Columbus.

DL MARIO LANDINO COMMITS TO INDIANA

Pennsylvania DL Mario Landino has flipped his commitment from James Madison to follow Coach Cignetti to Bloomington. Landino made his announcement Monday on social media. The 6’4” 255 pounder is from Emmaus, PA and brings the total of players up to 14 for the class of 2024.

ELLISON TRANSFERS TO IU

Wake Forest RB Justice Ellison has transferred to Indiana out of the portal. Ellison rushed for 548 yards (4.6 per carry) with one touchdown and had 10 catches for 61 yards for the Demon Deacons.

NDUKEW WILL PLAY FOR INDIANA

DE Daniel Ndukwe from Arabia Mountain HS near Atlanta announced his commitment to Indiana Monday becoming the third former James Madison recruit to flip. Ndukwe is a three-star prospect per 247Sports. He’s listed at 6-3, 225 pounds.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

DILLON THIENEMAN BECOMES 50TH BOILERMAKER TO EARN ALL-AMERICA STATUS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As one of the best players in the country, Purdue freshman defensive back Dillon Thieneman earned Third Team All-America accolades from The Associated Press (Dec. 11). The nation’s leading freshman in interceptions, tackles, solo tackles and forced fumbles, Thieneman became the 50th All-American in Purdue Football history.

Thieneman is Purdue’s first All-America defensive back since Steve Jackson in 1990 (Gannett News Service) as well as the first AP All-America Boilermaker since College Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (1986). He joined Rondale Moore (2018), David Bell (2021), George Karlaftis (2021) and Charlie Jones (2022) as Boilermakers to collect AP All-America honors over the past six seasons.

The 2023 Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Thieneman led the Purdue defense all season long and emerged as one of the best defensive players in the country. The Westfield, Indiana, native ranks second nationally in interceptions (6) and third in solo tackles (74), both new Purdue freshman records and more than any other freshman in the country. Thieneman also paces the nation’s freshmen in total tackles (106) and forced fumbles (2). His six interceptions are double the nearest competition, as four freshmen around the country have three INTs apiece.

Thieneman’s team-high 106 tackles rank fifth in the Big Ten to go along with his conference-best 74 solo tackles. He was Purdue’s leading tackler in eight different games, cracking double figures four times. Thieneman became the first Purdue freshman to record multiple double-digit tackle games since Ja’Whaun Bentley (New England Patriots) in 2014.

Following a historic debut season, Thieneman became the seventh Boilermaker to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Brian Fox – 1988, Eric Hunter – 1989, Corey Rogers – 1991, Stuart Schweigert – 2000, Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), including the third Purdue player in the last six seasons. The Purdue freshman was the conference’s 11th defensive player to win the award as well as the fifth defensive back alongside the fellow Boilermaker Schweigert (2000), Charles Woodson (Michigan – 1995), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan – 2015) and Brandon Joseph (Northwestern – 2000).

Thieneman was the only Big Ten freshman defender to make one of the three all-league teams, earning Second Team All-B1G honors from the coaches and third team accolades from the media. He was a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree throughout the 2023 season, becoming the first defender in conference history to win any weekly award five times in a single season. The Purdue defensive back joined a list of only seven other Big Ten players (six quarterbacks, one running back) to win at least five weekly accolades in a single season and the first Boilermaker to win a weekly conference award five times. Drew Brees (Offense – 2000), Travis Dorsch (Special Teams – 2001), Kyle Orton (Offense – 2004), Rondale Moore (Freshman – 2018) and David Bell (Freshman – 2019) collected Big Ten weekly honors four times in a season, tying for Purdue’s previous best.

Ending his first season as a Boilermaker, Thieneman went out with a bang by breaking a pair of school records. The defensive back made a pair of interceptions in the first half against Indiana, bringing his season total to six to surpass Schweigert’s freshman record of five for a single season. Thieneman became just the eighth Boilermaker to record six interceptions in a season, the first since Ricardo Allen in 2013.

Along with his pair of picks, Thieneman recorded a team-high eight tackles to lead the Purdue defense in stopping the Hoosiers. All of his tackles were solo, as he broke Woodson’s Purdue freshman record of solo tackles in a single season. Woodson ended his 1983 freshman campaign with 67 solo tackles, while Thieneman registered 74 this season.

Thieneman Accolades

Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year finalist

Third Team All-America (AP)

Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches), Third Team All-Big Ten (Media)

First Team Freshman All-America (The Athletic)

USA TODAY Big Ten Newcomer of the Year

Consensus Midseason Freshman All-America

5-time B1G Freshman of the Week (Only B1G defender in league history, Purdue record)

Thieneman by the Numbers

6 Interceptions (National Rank: 2nd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

74 Solo Tackles (National Rank: 3rd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

106 Tackles (National Rank: 29th, Freshman Rank: 1st)

Forced Fumbles (Freshman Rank: 1st)

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

NOTRE DAME QB SAM HARTMAN PICKS DRAFT PREP OVER BOWL GAME

Notre Dame is going to the Sun Bowl without quarterback Sam Hartman.

Hartman won’t play for the Fighting Irish with his focus shifted to preparing for the 2024 NFL Draft.

No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3) faces No. 19 Oregon State (8-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29 in El Paso, Texas, and expects sophomore Steve Angeli to line up in Hartman’s spot. Angeli had 272 yards and four touchdowns this season with 19 completions in 25 pass attempts and one interception.

Hartman, 24, played one season at Notre Dame after a prolific career at Wake Forest.

He completed 191 of 301 pass attempts for 2,689 yards with 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 2023.

Oregon State has its own questions at QB. Senior starter DJ Uiagalelei and freshman backup Aidan Chiles already are in the transfer portal.

Ben Gulbranson was 7-1 as the starter for the Beavers in 2022, including being named MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl.

ALT, WATTS, CROSS III AND ESTIMÉ EARN ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Four University of Notre Dame student-athletes have earned All-America accolades from the Associated Press. Junior offensive tackle Joe Alt and junior safety Xavier Watts were named to the first team, while senior defensive tackle Howard Cross III and junior running back Audric Estimé earned second-team honors.

Alt joins Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. as the only players to repeat as Associated Press First-Team All-Americans in 2022 and 2023.

The Associated Press is one of the five All-America teams that are utilized to determine both consensus and unanimous All-America honors. Alt and Watts have already earned first-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Walter Camp Foundation, while Cross III earned second team honors from those outlets. The Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association teams are the two remaining teams that have yet to announce their selections.

Joe Alt

FWAA All-American – First Team

Walter Camp All-American – First Team

Associated Press All-American – First Team

Alt, who was a finalist for the 2023 Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, served as the bedrock of Notre Dame’s offensive line from the left tackle position. The North Oaks, Minnesota, native helped the Irish offense finish the regular season ranked ninth in the FBS for scoring offense (39.1 points per game), 12th in team passing efficiency (161.49) and 16th in passing yards per completion (14.02).

Notre Dame’s 39.1 points per game this season is the best average for the program since 1912, and would rank second all-time in the school record book. The Irish were in goal-line situations of five yards or less 18 times this season and converted each time, including 12 rushing touchdowns, four passing touchdowns and two field goals (one of which was forced by the end of a half).

Notre Dame held seven of 12 opponents to their lowest sack totals of the year, including sixth-ranked Ohio State and 10th-ranked Southern Cal. The Irish offensive line helped their side of the ball rank eighth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (3.75/game) and 13th in sacks allowed (1.17).

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Alt allowed just five pressures and a single sack in 368 pass block sets this season. PFF ranks Alt as the second overall offensive tackle in the nation and is the only offensive tackle rated by the service in the top-eight in run blocking and pass blocking. He started all 13 games for the Irish in 2023 and since assuming the starting left tackle position during the 2021 season has made 33 consecutive starts.

Xavier Watts

FWAA All-American – First Team

Walter Camp All-American – First Team

Associated Press All-American – First Team

The 2023 Bronko Nagurski Awardwinner as the nation’s best defensive player, Watts led the nation in interceptions this year with seven and established himself as one of the best playmaking safeties in the country. He is the first Notre Dame player to post back-to-back games with multiple interceptions and just the fifth FBS player to do so in the last five seasons. Watts also became the first Notre Dame player to intercept a pass in three consecutive games this year.

A two-time national defensive player of the week in 2023, Watts earned his first award after dominating the game against No. 6 Southern Cal on October 14. He piled up seven tackles, intercepted reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Caleb Williams two times, forced a fumble and also recovered a different fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

He followed up the Southern Cal performance with two more interceptions in the victory over Pittsburgh. All seven of Watts’ interceptions this season have led directly to Notre Dame points including five touchdowns.

Watts finished the season fifth on the Notre Dame team with 47 tackles, which included 2.5 TFL, four passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. His 137 interception return yards are the second-most at Notre Dame since 1996 (Julian Love, 2017, 153).

Howard Cross III

FWAA All-American – Second Team

Walter Camp All-American – Second Team

Associated Press All-American – Second Team

A Bednarik Award semifinalist, Cross III announced his status as a premiere defensive player in the country during the come-from-behind battle at No. 17 Duke on September 30. Leading the Irish with 13 tackles, Cross III also forced two fumbles (including the game-clinching fumble with 0:27 remaining) and claimed national defensive player of the week honors from Walter Camp, the Bednarik Award and the Senior Bowl.

The Duke game was not the only standout performance by Cross III this season. He piled up seven tackles at No. 25 Louisville, seven more at Clemson and added nine more stops in the home finale against Wake Forest. His 64 tackles this season tie him for the lead among all Power 5 defensive lineman and he is one of just eight FBS front-four defensive players to post 60 or more tackles this season.

Finally, Cross III’s 64 stops this season are the most for an Irish defensive lineman since Trevor Laws stacked up a remarkable 112 tackles in 2007. The 64 tackles are the 13th-best for a front-four Irish defensive lineman since 1986.

Audric Estimé

Associated Press All-American – Second Team

Estimé logged one of the most prolific seasons by a running back in Notre Dame football history in 2023, rushing for 1,341 yards (fifth on the Notre Dame single-season chart) and a single-season record 18 touchdowns. His final game in an Irish uniform was a memorable one as Estimé rumbled for 238 yards and four touchdowns in the victory at Stanford. It was the fourth-most rushing yards in a game for a Notre Dame player and pushed his career total to 2,321, which is 11th on the all-time Notre Dame list and just 20 yards behind George Gipp (2,341 from 1917-20).

Among all FBS players, Estimé’s 1,341 yards ranked eighth at the end of the regular season and his yards-per-game average of 111.8 was 10th. His six 100-yard rushing games in 2023 will finish tied for 7th in the Notre Dame record book for a single season. Also, Estimé’s 6.22 career yards-per-rush average is ranked 8th all-time at Notre Dame. His 29 career rushing touchdowns rank him tied for seventh on the Irish charts.

Estimé’s two-year production is noteworthy as well. From 2022-23, his 2,261 yards are the 8th-most among FBS players and his 6.2 yards-per-carry average ranks 15th.

Alt and Watts also have earned first-team All-America honors from CBS Sports, The Athletic and USA Today. Estimé was a second-team selection by all three outlets as well.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

IRISH QUEST FOR A TITLE FALLS SHORT IN 2-1 LOSS TO CLEMSON IN FINAL

LOUISVILLE — The Notre Dame men’s soccer team’s run for a second national title fell one win short in what was a magical season, suffering a 2-1 loss to the Clemson Tigers on Monday night at Lynn Family Stadium. The Irish close the year with a 13-3-6 record, qualifying for their third College Cup and second appearance in the championship match.

The Tigers recorded goals in the 27th and 70th minute to take a 2-0 advantage while the Irish dominated most of the possession and opportunities in the second half. Notre Dame got one back in the 90th minute when Paddy Burns converted a penalty kick opportunity. Yet, the Irish ran out of time and fell a goal short despite outshooting the Tigers 15-9, including a 5-3 shots-on-goal advantage.

The Irish finished the season with a record of 13-3-6. Notre Dame made its second College Cup Final in program history along with advancing to its third College Cup ever, including second in three years. The Irish claimed the ACC Atlantic division crown after recording their first undefeated conference season (6-0-2) in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish had the first good look at goal in the contest, as KK Baffour hit a perfect diagonal ball to Daniel Russo in the box. The senior fired a shot on goal but the Clemson goalkeeper made the save to set up the first corner of the night.

Clemson scored the opener in the 27th minute, as a ball that was cleared from a corner fell to Brandon Parrish, who scored from a deflected shot from outside the box to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Notre Dame nearly responded instantly, as Matthew Roou chested down a ball in the box and turned and fired on frame but the keeper made a diving save in the 29th minute.

Just two minutes later the Irish had another golden opportunity, as a perfect free kick was floated in and Russo got behind the Clemson backline, unfortunately for Notre Dame, his header went just over the bar.

The Irish kept pressing forward for the final 15 minutes of the half, controlling possession in the final third but the Irish couldn’t find the back of the net and trailed 1-0 heading into the halftime intermission.

Notre Dame continued on the front foot out of the break and Roou earned a free kick right outside the right corner of the box. Russo caught the Clemson defense switched off and took it quickly but it was right at the Tigers’ goalie who made a comfortable save.

Then in the 56th minute the Irish created another great opportunity, working the ball to the left side of the box where Paddy Burns strike rattled the woodwork but stayed out.

Just three minutes later Roou had a shot from close range saved off the line in the 59th minute as the Irish attack continued to come in waves.

Clemson managed to double its lead in the 70th minute, as the Tigers caught the Irish on a counter and capitalized to push their lead to 2-0.

The Irish nearly pulled one back in the 78th minute, as Eno Nto fired a cross that was almost put into the back of the net by a Clemson defender but the Tigers’ goalie made the stop.

Notre Dame continued to push and kept fighting and ultimately got one back in the 90th minute when Boneau won a pen off a handball and Burns buried it to cut the Clemson lead to 2-1. With the seconds dwindling, the Irish had one more attempt with a free kick into the box with seven seconds left, but couldn’t convert.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO FACE MINNESOTA ON BTN+ ON TUESDAY

MINNEAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team will hit the road to take on Minnesota (7-3) on Tuesday night (Dec. 12) at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on BTN+. It marks the final road non-conference game of the season for the Jaguars, who will then host four straight home games, beginning this weekend.

The Jaguars have been riding Jlynn Counter’s hot hand all season long as the junior guard leads the team in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (4.9 rpg) and assists (2.4 apg), while shooting a robust 54.1 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three. He ranks No. 2 in the Horizon League in field goal shooting and No. 6 in the league in scoring. His past four games, the Oklahoma City-native is scoring 18.5 points per game and shooting 55 percent overall.

Bryce Monroe checks in at 10.5 points per game and a team-high 12 steals while sophomore DJ Jackson is scoring 8.7 points per game off the Jaguars’ bench.

IUPUI is coming off a 75-58 loss at Eastern Illinois last week as Counter finished with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Tuesday’s game is IUPUI’s first meeting with a Big Ten foe since a 2022 road loss at Ohio State.

SCOUTING MINNESOTA

Minnesota enters play at 7-3 overall and 7-1 in eight home games inside Williams Arena. For the season, the Golden Gophers are outscoring opponents by 11.3 points per game and shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while limiting the opposition to 41 percent. In addition, Minnesota is outrebounding foes by 7.0 rebounds per game. Dawson Garcia (18.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Cam Christie (10.8 ppg) lead Minnesota in scoring while Joshua Ola-Joseph also averages in double-digits at 10.2 points per game.

INSIDE THE SERIES

Tuesday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between IUPUI and Minnesota on the hardwood.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will kickoff a four-game homestand when the Jaguars host Lindenwood inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    MR. DO-IT-ALL

    In his second season with the program, junior guard Jlynn Counter has become the Jaguars’ Mr. Do It All, leading the team in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (4.9 rpg), assists (2.4 apg) and field goal percentage (54.1%). He ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage and sixth in the league in scoring. 

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 613 points in his two-year career.

    ROC STEADY

    Counter has upped his output over the past four games, averaging 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over the past four contests while shooting 55.1 percent from the field, 60 percent (6-of-10) from three and 82.4 percent from the foul line.

    STEAL WORKERS

    IUPUI had a season-high 14 steals at Eastern Illinois last week, including a career-high four picks from senior Cooper Dewitt.

    FOR STARTERS

    Cooper Dewitt became the seventh different player to start a game this season against Northern Kentucky, replacing Qwanzi Samuels in the starting five and then Vincent Brady II replaced Kidtrell Blocker at EIU last week to become the eighth different starter.

    Jlynn Counter and Bryce Monroe have started all 10 games this season while Blocker and Yves Nkomba have started nine each.

    All total, IUPUI has used four different starting units this season with Counter-Monroe-Blocker-Samuels-Nkomba being the most frequent five, having started together seven times (2-5 overall). 

    FREE MONEY

    IUPUI is currently tied for 74th in the country (second in the Horizon League) in free throw percentage, hitting 74.1 percent as a team. Senior Bryce Monroe is tops on the team and third in the Horizon League at 87.5 percent (28-of-32) and has made 17 straight dating back to Nov. 25.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 12 minutes per game, led by Jlynn Counter (28.8 mpg) down to Yves Nkomba (12.4 mpg).

    Seven of the nine have scored in double-digits at least once this year.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only six of the Jaguars’ 15 players have appeared in all 10 games so far this season as nine different players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Most recently Abdou Samb, who had played the nine games prior, sat out the game at Eastern Illinois (Dec. 7) due to injury.

    SEEING RED

    It’s likely that both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 26 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in all 10 games (including three games of 30+). DJ Jackson (8.7 ppg) and Vincent Brady II (6.5) have led the reserves with each having scored in double-digits at least once off the IUPUI bench.

    FIRST MAN OFF

    Sophomore Abdou Samb (5.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) has been IUPUI’s first man off the bench in seven of his nine appearances this season, including seven straight before Jackson was the first reserve against NKU on Saturday.

    ARC ISSUES

    IUPUI has struggled with the three-point line this season, both offensively and defensively.

    Offensively, IUPUI ranks 357th (of 361) in the country in three-point percentage at 23.6 percent. The Jaguars’ 3.5 made/game rank 358th nationally.

    Defensively, IUPUI is No. 320 nationally in allowing opponents to shoot 36.3 percent from beyond the arc.

    DEEPER DIVE

    In IUPUI’s three wins, opponents are shooting just 19.0 percent from three and making just 2.7 triples per game.

    In IUPUI’s seven losses, foes are shooting 40.7 percent from deep and making 8.1 triples per game.

    RETURNING CREW

    The IUPUI roster enjoyed considerable continuity from a season ago, bringing back 10 letterwinners from a season ago, including three primary starters in Jlynn Counter, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson.

    Counter was a 3rd Team All-Horizon League selection while Brady and Jackson were voted to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team.

    Other key returners include John Egbuta, Armon Jarrard and Amhad Jarrard. 

    NO FRESHIES

    IUPUI was responsible for nine Horizon League Freshman of the Week Awards a season ago as Vincent Brady II (4x), DJ Jackson (3x) and Armon Jarrard (2x) had a stranglehold on the award. However, this season, it was be a complete stunner if an IUPUI player received the award as redshirt walk-on Braden Allen is the lone rookie on the roster. Head Coach Matt Crenshaw has no true freshmen on this year’s roster and no players younger than 20 years old.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

BACK-TO-BACK MAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR JIHAD

Basheer Jihad has been named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for the second straight time, the MAC office announced Monday.

The junior forward set career-highs in scoring in back-to-back wins against Detroit Mercy and SIUE. Jihad went for 26 point, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 68-65 victory over the Titans in his hometown on Wednesday night before posting 27 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday afternoon’s 83-71 decision over the Cougars.

With the pair of big games, Jihad ranks third in the MAC in scoring average (19.3 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (7.4 per game) and leads the Cardinals in total blocks (10) and field goal percentage (.524) among those who’ve attempted at least four per game. The scoring average ranks No. 47 in NCAA Division I through Sunday’s games.

This is Ball State’s and Jihad’s second weekly conference honor after he also took home the recognition on Dec. 4. Akron’s senior forward Enrique Freeman is the other Co-Player of the Week.

Ball State (8-2) concluded its home nonconference slate undefeated and will play Indiana State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday in the Indy Classic powered by Gainbridge.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BESS EARNS SECOND 2023-24 MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOR

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State senior guard Kiley Bess was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week Monday afternoon by the conference office after helping lead the Sycamores to a win over Southeast Missouri State.

Bess had yet another efficient game for the Sycamores, going 4-for-7 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line on her way to a 16-point performance in Indiana State’s win over SEMO. She also pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists in the win over the Redhawks, and did not have a turnover in her 33 minutes of playing time.

Bess ranks in the top three on the team in scoring (first, 12.6), rebounding (third, 4.8), assists (second, 2.6) and steals (second, 1.4) while leading the Sycamores in minutes played at nearly 33 per game. She ranks in the top 25 in the MVC in points (16th, 12.6), field goal percentage (19th, 45.2), 3-pointers per game (tied-16th, 1.3), assists (tied-17th, 2.6), steals (20th, 1.4) and minutes played (fifth, 32.6)

The weekly honor is the second MVC honor of Bess’ career and marks the first time since the 2021-22 season that Indiana State has earned multiple MVC weekly honors in a season.

Bess and the Sycamores begin a stretch of five straight road games Sunday at 6 p.m. against Ohio.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TOMANCOVA EARNS FIRST MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR

ST LOUIS – Graduate center Barbora Tomancova earned her first weekly honor as a member of the University of Evansville women’s basketball team.

After a career-high performance against IUPUI, Tomancova was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week by conference staff on Monday afternoon. In just under 32 minutes against the Jaguars, the graduate center scored a career-high 27 points while also grabbing another career-high in 19 rebounds.

Wednesday night’s performance was Tomancova’s first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career as a Purple Ace. The center’s stat line was the best individual game by a Valley player in over eight years. The last MVC player to put up at least 27 points and over 19 rebounds was Southern Illinois forward Dyana Pierre against Tennessee State in 2015. Tomancova is also the only MVC player to have a double-double with at least 27 points and 19 rebounds in a loss.

Along with having a performance the conference hasn’t seen in almost a decade, Tomancova had the second-best performance in the country on Wednesday, behind only 2022-23 National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark. Along with 27 points and 19 rebounds, Tomancova had a block and an assist on her stat line as well.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

BINGHAM COLLECTS GLVC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONOR

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy senior guard Jesse Bingham has been named the GLVC Player of the Week in men’s basketball, it was announced by the league office Monday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jesse Bingham, Indianapolis

Sr. | G/F | Indianapolis, Ind.

Major: Accounting

Team Results: 67-63 W at Grand Valley State (12/5) | 90-76 W vs. Lewis (12/9)

Averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in two in-region wins

Shot 52% (12-of-23) from the field, 56% (5-of-9) from 3-point range, and 90% (9-of-10) from the free-throw line

Added five blocks and three steals

Highlighted by performance in win over Lewis, contributing season-highs in points (22), rebounds (7), and assists (6) while shooting 64% from the field and 50% from 3

Sunk a pair of free throws to seal win at GVSU

Earns first career Player of the Week Award

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Kendrick Tchoua (2/20/23)

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL

EMMA LYONS NAMED TO AVCA NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION TEAM

Lexington, Ky. – On Monday December 11, the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) announced their 2023 NAIA All-American teams. The Marian volleyball team earned one All-American award in the 2023 season, as the Knights’ sophomore libero Emma Lyons earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Emma Lyons had a dominant season for the Knights as a first-year starter, as the team’s libero earned her first career AVCA regional honor. Lyons was the Crossroads League Libero of the Year, and also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the first time in her career as a sophomore. Lyons led the Knights in digs on the year with 517, averaging 5.12 digs per set on the season. The libero held a serve-receive percentage of .978 on 499 attempts, while offensively she scored three kills and had 112 assists. Lyons led the Knights and the Crossroads League with 5.02 digs per set in CL matches, while additionally leading all liberos in the Crossroads League in total assists.

Lyons All-American mention gives Marian an All-American team member in six consecutive seasons.

ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL

JAILEN HOBBS NAMED FIRST TEAM AFCA ALL-AMERICAN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.– Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athlete Jailen Hobbs has received AFCA First Team All-America honors for his efforts during this year’s football season.

Hobbs becomes just the second football player to earn First Team All-American honors in Rose-Hulman history since 1992. This is his third All-American recognition after receiving D3football.com Fourth Team All-American in 2022, and All-American honors in track & field with a fourth place finish in the 100-Meter Dash in 2023.

Hobbs had an incredible senior season for the Fightin’ Engineers. He was named the HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. He totaled 290 punt return yards for an average of 22.3 yards per return. He also recorded 305 kick return yards for 21.8 yards per return.

He returned two punts for touchdowns this season bringing his career total to four to break the career school record for punt returns for touchdowns. Hobbs also holds the career record for punt return yards with 844.

Hobbs made an impact as a wide receiver for the Fightin’ Engineers as well. He led the team with 982 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns to earn First Team All-HCAC this season. Hobbs finished the year ranked 17th in receiving yards and 24th in receiving touchdowns in all of NCAA DIII.

His 982 yards and 12 touchdowns ranks third most in a single season for both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in school history.

Hobbs was an explosive weapon for the Fightin’ Engineers who finished the season with a record of 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the HCAC. He led the conference in total receiving yards, receiving yards per game, punt return yards, and punt returns for touchdowns.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston165.76210-06-59-115-47-31 W
Philadelphia157.6821.59-36-44-211-56-43 W
New York139.5913.57-36-62-311-66-41 W
Brooklyn1210.5454.58-54-51-311-86-41 L
Toronto914.3918.06-63-80-75-133-74 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee167.69611-25-53-314-77-31 W
Indiana138.6192.07-56-36-111-76-44 W
Cleveland1310.5653.06-67-42-29-56-41 L
Chicago915.3757.57-62-93-36-104-61 L
Detroit221.08714.01-111-101-62-130-1020 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando167.69611-25-53-111-48-22 W
Miami1310.5653.05-48-64-010-95-51 W
Atlanta913.4096.53-76-63-26-113-74 L
Charlotte714.3338.04-83-63-47-114-61 L
Washington319.13612.51-72-121-72-181-95 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota175.77310-17-44-012-38-21 L
Oklahoma City157.6822.08-47-32-29-67-32 W
Denver159.6253.09-16-82-112-75-51 W
Utah716.30410.56-51-112-57-133-73 L
Portland616.27311.02-64-101-32-123-74 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Sacramento138.6197-36-54-311-86-42 W
LA Lakers149.60910-24-74-211-67-33 W
LA Clippers1210.5451.58-34-72-211-87-34 W
Phoenix1210.5451.55-67-42-49-86-42 L
Golden State1012.4553.55-65-63-49-104-61 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas148.6366-48-45-29-65-53 W
Houston119.5502.010-11-83-210-85-53 W
New Orleans1311.5422.09-44-73-210-96-41 W
Memphis616.2738.01-105-62-45-133-72 L
San Antonio319.13611.01-102-91-43-130-1017 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins940.6920.04112945-1-04-3-06-3-03-1-01 L
Buffalo Bills760.5382.03482445-2-02-4-04-5-02-2-01 W
New York Jets580.3854.02012573-5-02-3-03-6-01-3-01 W
New England Patriots3100.2316.01692721-6-02-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs850.6150.02922284-3-04-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
Denver Broncos760.5381.02873094-3-03-3-04-5-02-2-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers580.3853.02822822-5-03-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders580.3853.02022594-3-01-5-03-5-01-2-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens1030.7690.03612185-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-03 W
Cleveland Browns850.6152.02892726-1-02-4-06-3-03-2-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers760.5383.02102504-4-03-2-05-4-03-1-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals760.5383.02802874-3-03-3-03-6-00-4-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars850.6150.03122903-4-05-1-06-4-04-1-02 L
Indianapolis Colts760.5381.03143302-4-05-2-05-4-03-2-01 L
Houston Texans760.5381.02872795-2-02-4-04-4-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans580.3853.02412824-2-01-6-03-6-00-3-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys1030.7690.04212337-0-03-3-07-3-04-1-05 W
Philadelphia Eagles1030.7690.03423215-1-05-2-06-2-03-1-02 L
New York Giants580.3855.01833143-3-02-5-04-4-02-2-03 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.02613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
x-San Francisco 49ers1030.7690.03802055-1-05-2-08-1-04-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams670.4624.02992903-3-03-4-04-4-04-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks670.4624.02803184-2-02-5-05-5-01-4-04 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2317.02303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions940.6920.03403144-2-05-2-06-3-02-2-01 L
Minnesota Vikings760.5382.02662422-4-05-2-06-3-02-1-01 W
Green Bay Packers670.4623.02802674-2-02-5-04-4-02-2-01 L
Chicago Bears580.3854.02703093-3-02-5-04-5-02-3-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers670.4620.02622703-3-03-4-05-4-03-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons670.4620.02512694-3-02-4-04-5-03-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints670.4620.02852613-3-03-4-03-5-02-2-01 W
Carolina Panthers1120.0775.01973411-4-00-8-00-9-00-4-06 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers261961391886719-2-010-4-17-3-0
Boston Bruins2618533917876510-2-18-3-25-4-1
Florida Panthers271782361785699-4-08-4-26-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs251465331087818-4-16-2-46-1-3
New York Islanders271377331283877-3-56-4-27-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers2715102321383736-6-19-4-16-3-1
Detroit Red Wings2714943214100888-4-36-5-16-3-1
Washington Capitals251483311264728-4-26-4-15-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning29131153113951028-3-35-8-24-5-1
10 New Jersey Devils2614111291492955-6-19-5-06-4-0
11 Carolina Hurricanes2714121291388908-2-16-10-04-5-1
12 Montreal Canadiens281213327976976-9-16-4-25-4-1
13 Buffalo Sabres2912143271284966-7-16-7-24-5-1
14 Pittsburgh Penguins2611123251175695-6-16-6-23-4-3
15 Columbus Blue Jackets309165239871067-8-22-8-34-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators2211110221078708-8-03-3-06-4-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights29195543151006910-2-29-3-36-1-3
Colorado Avalanche28179236161008710-4-07-5-25-3-2
Vancouver Canucks28189137181077310-3-18-6-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings251654361692605-4-311-1-17-2-1
Dallas Stars271683351495847-5-19-3-24-4-2
Winnipeg Jets261682341685708-5-18-3-17-3-0
Nashville Predators2815130301487869-6-06-7-07-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2713122281188828-5-05-7-25-5-0
St. Louis Blues2713131271276887-4-06-9-14-6-0
10 Edmonton Oilers2512121251188848-4-14-8-07-3-0
11 Calgary Flames2811143251183996-6-15-8-24-6-0
12 Minnesota Wild261012424981885-4-25-8-25-4-1
13 Seattle Kraken298147237741014-8-24-6-51-6-3
14 Anaheim Ducks271017020971925-10-05-7-01-9-0
15 Chicago Blackhawks27917119965945-7-14-10-04-5-1
16 San Jose Sharks288173198621165-6-23-11-15-3-2

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Formation of the SEC’s predecessor

December 12, 1920 – Gainesville, Florida- At a meeting of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association  the larger schools reorganized into the Southern Conference. According to the post on secsports.com the member schools at that time were Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Washington and Lee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

December 12, 1926 – Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas City Cowboys played the franchises final game as travel to and from KC was too much for the young NFL teams. The final game was a 12-7 win over the Duluth Eskimos at Muehlebach Field per the Sportsecylopedia.com.

December 12, 1936 – 1937 NFL Draft had Sam Francis from University of Nebraska going as the number one first pick by Philadelphia Eagles. Pro Football Hall of Fame players that came out of this Draft class according to the Pro Football Reference were quarterback Sammy Baugh from TCU as the sixth overall pick by Washington and fellow QB Ace Parker of Duke chosen by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the second round.

December 12, 1937 -Wrigley Field, Chicago – National Football League Championship was played on a sloppy muddy field surface with temperatures at kick near 24 degrees F. Quarterback Sammy Baugh was quoted as saying that it was the worst field conditions that he had ever seen per a story on the Grueling Truth.com website. The field had frozen chards of mud sticking up across its surface and many players were reported to be cut up by them when they landed on the turf. The game got heated in the final stanza though by fine play. Trailing 21-14 in the fourth quarter, Baugh went to work. In the near arctic conditions  Slingin Sammy Baugh hit Wayne Milner on a 78-yard bomb and completed the comeback on a 35-yard strike to Ed Justice late in the game for the go-ahead touchdown. The Washington Redskins became the Champs as they beat the Chicago Bears, 28-21.

December 12, 1937 – In the 1938 NFL Draft the Cleveland Rams chose Corbett Davis from University of Indiana with the first pick .

December 12, 1950 – Vic Janowicz the fine halfback from the Ohio State Buckeyes won the 16th Heisman Trophy.

December 12, 1964 – Cleveland Browns’ Frank Ryan set a franchise record of 5 TD passes as he went 12 of 13 for 202 yards per the Browns Nation website. Ryan even ran in for another score as Cleveland upended the Giants that day 52-20.

December 12, 1965 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – Chicago Bears Rookie halfback Gale Sayers ties the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with a half dozen in Chicago’s 61–20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at a muddy Wrigley Field per a Chicago Tribune.com story.  Sayers had 4 rushing touchdowns on only 9 carries. He took another one across the goal line stripe via a reception and then added a coast to coast punt return for good measure. He could have probably had a seventh score on the day but Coach George Halas pulled him from the game in the fourth quarter right before the Bears scored again!

December 12, 1976 – Quarterback Joe Namath played his last game as a  New York Jets player. Yes Broadway Joe played his last season in the NFL with the LA Rams

December 12, 1992 – The season’s Heisman Trophy Award was earned by Gino Torretta, University of Miami quarterback. The Hurricanes went undefeated in ‘92 and Gino T. was a big part of it. His 3070 yards passing and 19 touchdowns helped pave the way to keep the Miami team on a 29 game winning streak, with 23 of them having Torretta at the helm. The Davey O’Brien, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and the Maxwell Awards all were on the Torretta mantle after that season. Gino’s great year helped him to edge out running back Marshall Faulk for the Trophy. 

December 12, 2011 – Robert Griffin III the quarterback from Baylor took home the Heisman Trophy for the 2011 season per Heisman.com. The Junior signal caller was the first Baylor Bear to have the Heisman in his trophy case. Robert’s pass efficiency mark of 192.31 was the highest ever in Heisman history and his passing of just shy of 4000 yards with 36 TDs was nothing to sneeze at. Griffin also added 9 more scores and 644 yards with his ground game. RGIII also took home the Manning Award and the O’Brien Award for his top notch throwing.

December 12, 2021 – The 108th Grey Cup Game was played in the CFL and after waiting 750 days the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defended their title. Missing the entire 2020 season due to the pandemic the Bombers played a very good Hamilton Tiger-Cats team and won in Overtime 33-25 after Winnipeg’s Zach Collaros, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2021, hit a wide-open Darvin Adams in the end zone.  The Winnipeg team then made good on the 2-point conversion to give the Blue Bombers the lead. Winnipeg  then intercepted Jeremiah Masoli on Hamilton’s overtime possession to seal the victory and keep the Cup.

December 12, 2021 – Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached yet another brilliant milestone as he threw his 700th career touchdown pass in a game that the Bucs won in Overtime over the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for December 12

December 12, 1881 – Muncie, Indiana – Zora G. Clevenger the halfback from the University of Indiana was born. According to IUHoosiers.com, Z.G. Clevenger played football for the Hoosiers program from 1900 through the 1903 season, and he captained the team in that final year. After graduation Clevenger stayed on at Indiana for a few more years coaching both the football and basketball teams that he once starred on. He left the Hosiers for a period of time and served as a coach and an Athletic Director at Tennessee, Kansas State, and Missouri.  Zora later became Indiana’s Athletic Director 1923-46. Zora Clevenger joined the ranks of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

December 12, 1904 – The guard of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, John “Clipper” Smith arrived into the world. Clipper was coached by Knute Rockne on the teams just after the famed “Four Horsemen” backfield had graduated. The National Football Foundation voted John Smith into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

December 12, 1914 – The center from the University of California Bob Herwig celebrated his day of birth. Footballfoundation.org relays that the North American Newspaper Alliance’s Board said this of Herwig; “An expert snapper and a first-rate tackler…he gets the edge over others of his caliber because of the 60-minute ball games he has played from start to finish.” That sounds like a pretty solid guy in the middle. The NFF voters selected Bob Herwig to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

December 12, 1930 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – The University of Kentucky’s multi position playmaker Steve Meilinger was born. In fact Steve was so versatile that he was aptly called ‘Mr. Anywhere.”  The NFF’s bio on Meilinger states that he was a two-time First-Team All-America selection in 1952 and 1953 and under Hall of Fame head coach Bear Bryant, Meilinger led Kentucky to victory in the 1952 Cotton Bowl over TCU. In 2013 the College Football Hall of Fame inducted Steve Meilinger into their fold. Steve entered the NFL and played for the Washington Redskins after being picked by them in the 1954 NFL Draft. He also played with the Packers and Steelers in his 6 year NFL career.

December 12, 1962 –  – Brad Calip the quarterback from East Central University came into this life. The National Football Foundation says that Calip and his Orange Rush offense led the nation in rushing and finished among the leaders in scoring and total offense. Brad himself rushed for 1002 yards and 14 TDs on the ground. In his senior season of 1984 he made his offense almost unstoppable as he refined his passing skills. In that campaign Calip used his legs for 19 touchdowns and 1135 yards while the aerial assault he launched garnered another 1185 yards and 13 additional scores. The NFF found a palace for the name and stats of one Brad Calip in their College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

December 12, 1967 –  – The defensive tackle from Texas A&M Kingsville, John Randle was delivered. John was voted as a first team All-American player in 1988 according to the footballfoundation.org’s bio on him. John’s  105 tackles and 34 career sacks helped him and his Javelina teammates to enjoy two trips into the NCAA Division II playoffs. The NFF voters selected John Randall to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Randle played 14 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. Named an All-Pro seven times, there were 8 seasons where John recorded double-digit sacks, including when he led the NFL with a career-high 15.5 sacks in 1997. At the time he retired Randle’s 137.5 sacks were the top career total by a defensive tackle in NFL history. John Randle was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well in 2010.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

38 – 32 – 31 – 10 – 13 – 40 – 12 – 13 – 9 – 6 – 1 – 7

December 12, 1936 – 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis, Number 38 from the University of Nebraska was the first pick by Philadelphia Eagles. The Huskers retired Sam’s Number 38 jersey in his honor.

December 12, 1937 – 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis, Number 32 from the University of Indiana first pick by the Cleveland Rams organization.

December 12, 1950 – 16th Heisman Trophy Award won by Ohio State halfback, Number 31, Vic Janowicz

December 12, 1961 – Ballon d’Or: Juventus’ Argentine forward Omar Sívori (Number unknown) won the award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez (Number 10) and English forward Johnny Haynes (Number 10)

December 12, 1964 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 13, Frank Ryan set a franchise record of 5 TD passes in a 52-20 playoff clinching win over the New York Giants

December 12, 1965 – Chicago halfback Number 40, Gale Sayers tied an NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

December 12, 1976 – NFL QB, Number 12, Joe Namath played his last game as a New York Jet

December 12, 1987 – Oklahoma Sooners, Mookie Blaylock, Number 10 of sets NCAA record of 12 steals in a game against Centenary

December 12, 1992 – 58th Heisman Trophy Award won by Miami Hurricanes Quarterback, Number 13, Gino Torretta

December 12, 2002 – Ballon d’Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, Number 9 was named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Number 6, Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Number 1, Oliver Kahn

December 12, 2011 – 77th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Baylor Quarterback, Number 10, Robert Griffin III

December 12, 2016 – Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid forward Number 7, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 from Lionel Messi (Number 10)

TV TUESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
LA Lakers at Dallas7:30pmTNT
Cleveland at Boston7:30pmNBCS-BOS
Bally Sports
Denver at Chicago7:00pmALT
NBCS-CHI
Golden State at Phoenix10:00pmTNT
Sacramento at LA Clippers10:30pmNBCS-CA
AFSN
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
Carolina at Ottawa7:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Toronto at NY Rangers7:00pmMSG
Sportsnet
Arizona at Pittsburgh7:00pmATTSN-PIT
Scripps
Detroit at St. Louis7:30pmESPN
Philadelphia at Nashville8:00pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
Chicago at Edmonton10:00pmESPN
Tampa Bay at Vancouver10:00pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Calgary at Vegas10:00pmScripps
Sportsnet
Florida at Seattle10:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
Winnipeg at San Jose10:30pmNBCS-CA
Sportsnet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
LIU at UMass Lowell6:00pmESPN+
Monmouth at Seton Hall6:30pmFS1
Hofstra at Duke7:00pmESPN2
Alcorn State at Maryland7:00pmBTN
Georgia Southern at Tennessee7:00pmSECN
UT Martin at NC State7:00pmACCN
Bryant at Cincinnati7:00pmESPN+
Bethel at Tennessee Tech7:00pmESPN+
Southern-New Orleans at Troy7:00pmESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana Tech7:00pmESPN+
VMI at Radford7:00pmESPN+
WKU at Wright State7:00pmESPN+
UAPB at South Florida7:00pmESPN+
Bowie State at George Washington7:00pmESPN+
UMBC at Saint Peter’s7:00pmESPN+
North Carolina Central at North Carolina A&T7:00pmFloSports
Pfeiffer at Campbell7:00pmFloSports
ULM at Sam Houston7:30pmESPN+
Prairie View A&M at UNI8:00pmESPN+
Green Bay at UIC8:00pmESPN+
Austin Peay at Southern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Avila at Lindenwood8:00pmESPN+
Sterling at Tarleton8:00pmESPN+
IUPUI at Minnesota8:00pmBTN+
Tabor at Kansas City8:00pmSummit
Waldorf at North Dakota8:00pmSummit
Coppin State at Georgetown8:30pmFS1
Northwestern State at Boise State9:00pmMWN
Oral Roberts at Texas Tech9:00pmESPN+
Northern New Mexico at NM State9:00pmESPN+
California Baptist at Oregon10:00pmPAC12N
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Champions League: PSV vs Arsenal12:45pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Lens vs Sevilla12:45pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs Bayern München3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Union Berlin vs Real Madrid3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Internazionale vs Real Sociedad3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Salzburg vs Benfica3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Napoli vs Sporting Braga3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: København vs Galatasaray3:00pmParamount+
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
Stonehill vs Boston College11:00amACCNX
Bowling Green vs Wright State11:00amESPN+
Towson vs Maryland11:00amB1G+
South Carolina State vs UAB1:00pmESPN+
Texas Southern vs Houston1:00pmESPN+
Emmanuel vs Boston University6:00pmESPN+
Saint Peter’s vs NJIT7:00pmESPN+
Dartmouth vs Albany7:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State vs UL Monroe7:30pmESPN+
Mississippi Valley State vs Mississippi7:30pmSECN+
Dordt vs South Dakota State8:00pmMidco Sports+
McNeese vs LSU8:00pmSECN+
Western New Mexico vs NM State8:00pmESPN+
Western New Mexico vs New Mexico State8:00pmESPN+
Bushnell vs Portland State9:00pmESPN+
Westminster vs Weber State9:30pmESPN+

What to Watch: Tuesday, 12/12/23

NBATIME ETTV
LA Lakers at Dallas7:30pmTNT

The Los Angeles Lakers leads all time series 128-66 versus Dallas Mavericks. Last season the Mavericks lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Lakers. Dallas is 32-54 all time at home versus Los Angeles. The Mavericks lead 2023-24 regular season series 1-0 versus the Lakers.

Golden State at Phoenix10:00pmTNT

The Phoenix Suns leads all time series 160-116 versus Golden State Warriors. Last season the Suns lead regular season series 3-1 versus the Warriors. Phoenix is 95-38 all time at home versus Golden State. The Suns lead 2023-24 regular season series 2-0 versus the Warriors.

NHLTIME ETTV
Florida at Seattle10:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports

The Seattle Kraken leads all time series 3-2 versus Florida Panthers. Last season the Kraken and Panthers regular season series was tied 1-1. Seattle is 1-1 all time at home during the regular season versus Florida. The Panthers are 1-0 versus the Kraken in the 2023-24 regular season.