“THE SCOREBOARD”

BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY SCORES

INDY METRO 62 PERRY MERIDIAN 58

INDY RIVERSIDE 82 INDY INTERNATIONAL 46

TINDLEY 79 CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 23

KIPP INDY LEGACY 53 BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY 30

YORKTOWN 66 MUNCIE BURRIS 21

BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SCHEDULE

BOONVILLE (0-1) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (2-0)

BOWMAN ACADEMY (2-4) AT LIGHTHOUSE CPA (0-2)

CALUMET (0-2) AT HOBART (1-3)

CALUMET CHRISTIAN AT WASHINGTON TWP. (2-0)

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (3-0) AT CLARKSVILLE (1-2)

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY MADISON AT SHAWE MEMORIAL (2-2)

CHURUBUSCO (0-1) AT COLUMBIA CITY (1-2)

CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN AT INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE (1-1)

CROWN POINT (1-1) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-1)

DUGGER UNION (0-4) AT RED HILL (ILL.)

EASTBROOK (0-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-1)

ELKHART CHRISTIAN (1-1) AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (0-3)

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-1) AT DAVIESS COUNTY (KY.)

FAITH CHRISTIAN (1-1) AT SHERIDAN (1-1)

FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (0-2) AT EASTSIDE (1-1)

FORT WAYNE DWENGER (0-0) AT NORWELL (2-1)

GARRETT (3-1) AT FREMONT (2-1)

GARY WEST (4-0) AT LAKE CENTRAL (2-0)

GOSHEN (1-2) AT ELKHART (0-4)

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (2-0) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (0-0)

HAMMOND MORTON (0-3) AT MERRILLVILLE (0-1)

HERITAGE (0-3) AT LAKEWOOD PARK (1-3)

INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-1)

INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (0-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-2)

INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-3) AT UNIVERSITY (1-2)

JIMTOWN (0-2) AT PLYMOUTH (2-1)

LAKELAND (1-1) AT FAIRFIELD (1-2)

LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (0-3) AT TRITON (2-0)

LALUMIERE REGIONAL AT MICHIGAN CITY (1-1)

LAVILLE (0-1) AT ARGOS (1-1)

LEO (1-1) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (1-0)

LOWELL (1-1) AT HEBRON (3-0)

MANCHESTER (3-0) AT WINAMAC (2-1)

MISHAWAKA (1-0) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1-2)

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY (OHIO) AT UNION CITY (3-0)

NORTH NEWTON (1-2) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (1-0)

NORTH POSEY (0-0) AT EVANSVILLE DAY (1-1)

PENN (3-0) AT NEW PRAIRIE (0-2)

PURDUE POLY NORTH (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (0-2)

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (2-0) AT ROBINSON (ILL.)

THRIVAL INDY ACADEMY AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN (0-3)

TRINITY GREENLAWN (0-2) AT SOUTH BEND CAREER (0-2)

WASHINGTON CATHOLIC (0-4) AT SEVEN OAKS (0-4)

WEST CENTRAL (0-2) AT MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (1-0)

WESTERN BOONE (1-2) AT COVINGTON (4-2)

WHEELER (2-1) AT TRI-TOWNSHIP (0-2)

WOODLAN (2-2) AT ANGOLA (0-3)

GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY SCORES

CLINTON CHRISTIAN 40 SOUTH BEND CAREER 25

CROWN POINT 71 LAKE STATION 57

HAMMOND CENTRAL 55 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 53

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 54 RIVER FOREST 29

INDY WASHINGTON 38 INDY RIVERSIDE 6

SOUTH SPENCER 40 PIKE CENTRAL 33

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 59 CARROLL COUNTY KY. 42

TRI 54 BLUE RIVER 26

WEST WASHINGTON 43 PERRY CENTRAL 32

GIRLS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

BARR-REEVE (3-4) AT WOOD MEMORIAL (5-3)

BATESVILLE (5-4) AT LAWRENCEBURG (3-4)

BENTON CENTRAL (5-1) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (10-0)

BLOOMINGTON NORTH (6-2) AT OWEN VALLEY (4-6)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-3) AT MARTINSVILLE (2-6)

BROWN COUNTY (4-2) AT EASTERN GREENE (4-3)

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-1) AT SALEM (1-7)

CASCADE (2-6) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (4-6)

CASTLE (4-4) AT BOONVILLE (1-7)

CENTER GROVE (8-1) AT PLAINFIELD (8-1)

CLAY CITY (4-5) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (7-3)

CLINTON PRAIRIE (2-6) AT TRI-CENTRAL (2-4)

CONNERSVILLE (5-4) AT NEW CASTLE (1-8)

COVENANT CHRISTIAN (1-6) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (4-4)

COVINGTON (6-4) AT BISMARCK-HENNING (ILL.)

CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN AT INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE (3-3)

CULVER (3-7) AT OREGON-DAVIS (3-6)

DELTA (6-4) AT MUNCIE BURRIS (0-7)

DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN (5-3) AT SOUTH NEWTON (0-6)

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (5-3) AT MUNSTER (6-2)

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (3-4) AT ALEXANDRIA (8-1)

EDINBURGH (1-8) AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (2-5)

EMINENCE (6-3) AT CLOVERDALE (0-8)

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (8-2) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (4-2)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (3-5) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (1-6)

FLOYD CENTRAL (4-3) AT COLUMBUS EAST (2-8)

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (1-5) AT DEKALB (5-3)

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (9-2) AT SEEGER (7-1)

FRANKFORT (0-7) AT FAITH CHRISTIAN (4-3)

GALLATIN COUNTY (KY.) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-4)

GIBSON SOUTHERN (6-2) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (5-1)

GREENCASTLE (3-6) AT DANVILLE (7-1)

HAMILTON HEIGHTS (7-1) AT NORTHWESTERN (2-6)

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (8-1) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (7-1)

HANOVER CENTRAL (8-2) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (6-3)

HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (5-4) AT LOGANSPORT (0-7)

HIGHLAND (4-3) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2)

INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (3-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (2-5)

INDIANAPOLIS HERRON (5-0) AT BELIEVE CIRCLE CITY

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (6-4) AT PHALEN ACADEMY

JAC-CEN-DEL (6-2) AT WALDRON (4-5)

JIMTOWN (5-5) AT ELKHART CHRISTIAN (3-5)

JOHN GLENN (6-4) AT MISHAWAKA (7-2)

KOUTS (2-6) AT WESTVILLE (3-3)

LAKEWOOD PARK (7-1) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (4-6)

LEWIS CASS (6-1) AT ROSSVILLE (5-3)

LOOGOOTEE (2-4) AT WHITE RIVER VALLEY (2-6)

MACONAQUAH (3-4) AT OAK HILL (6-3)

MANCHESTER (5-4) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-4)

MARION (1-7) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (3-5)

MCCUTCHEON (6-2) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-6)

MEDORA (1-7) AT HENRYVILLE (6-1)

MICHIGAN CITY (1-8) AT KNOX (2-6)

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1-9) AT CULVER ACADEMY (5-4)

MITCHELL (1-10) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (0-8)

MONROE CENTRAL (6-2) AT SHENANDOAH (4-4)

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (3-6) AT ANDERSON (2-6)

MUNCIE CENTRAL (1-7) AT JAY COUNTY (6-2)

NEW WASHINGTON (3-5) AT MADISON (6-2)

NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (4-4) AT NORTH DAVIESS (4-4)

NORTH DECATUR (5-3) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (8-0)

NORTH VERMILLION (3-3) AT PARKE HERITAGE (6-3)

NORTHRIDGE (9-1) AT WAWASEE (8-1)

NORTHVIEW (6-2) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (0-7)

OLDENBURG ACADEMY (6-2) AT RISING SUN (4-5)

PAOLI (3-4) AT LANESVILLE (9-0)

PERU (0-9) AT NORTH MIAMI (3-3)

PORTAGE (5-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (5-4)

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (3-5) AT LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (5-3)

PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD (2-3) AT INDIANA DEAF (3-1)

SCOTTSBURG (8-1) AT CHARLESTOWN (5-2)

SEYMOUR (5-3) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (7-1)

SHELBYVILLE (6-3) AT NEW PALESTINE (4-5)

SHOALS (1-5) AT SHAKAMAK (9-1)

SOUTH ADAMS (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (1-6)

SOUTH BEND CLAY (1-10) AT CONCORD (2-6)

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (3-5) AT NORTHWOOD (5-2)

SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) (1-7) AT PROVIDENCE (3-3)

SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (6-3) AT MORGAN TWP. (7-1)

SOUTHERN WELLS (2-6) AT FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (6-4)

SOUTHRIDGE (6-3) AT NORTH POSEY (3-2)

SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (4-4) AT MILAN (1-6)

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE) (0-8) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (4-3)

SPRINGS VALLEY (7-1) AT ORLEANS (7-0)

TAYLOR (1-7) AT NORTHFIELD (1-8)

TECUMSEH (5-2) AT FOREST PARK (1-6)

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (2-7) AT AVON (3-4)

TRI-COUNTY (5-3) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (6-2)

TRINITY LUTHERAN (3-3) AT SOUTH RIPLEY (5-4)

TRITON CENTRAL (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (1-2)

TRI-WEST (6-3) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (5-5)

TWIN LAKES (6-2) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (7-4)

WABASH (5-3) AT BLUFFTON (7-1)

WAPAHANI (6-2) AT YORKTOWN (5-2)

WASHINGTON CATHOLIC (0-6) AT SEVEN OAKS (3-3)

WASHINGTON TWP. (6-2) AT CHESTERTON (5-3)

WEST CENTRAL (3-6) AT NORTH WHITE (0-7)

WEST NOBLE (1-7) AT GOSHEN (4-4)

WEST VIGO (1-7) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (1-9)

WESTERN (8-0) AT KOKOMO (5-2)

WESTFIELD (6-1) AT CARMEL (5-4)

WESTVIEW (0-9) AT GARRETT (2-6)

WESTVILLE (ILL.) AT ATTICA (3-4)

ZIONSVILLE (6-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (2-5)

INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (7-2) AT BEN DAVIS (2-7)

SPEEDWAY (4-3) AT PIKE (4-4)

LAWRENCE NORTH (7-1) AT WARREN CENTRAL (7-3)

FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-3) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (6-1)

DECATUR CENTRAL (5-5) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-7)

BEECH GROVE (7-2) AT PARK TUDOR (4-2)

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (4-2) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (1-9)

SOUTHPORT (1-8) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (5-2)

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

1. COLUMBIA CITY (9-0)

2. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (6-1)

3. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (8-1)

4. LAWRENCE NORTH (7-1)

5. FORT WAYNE SNIDER (9-1)

6. CENTER GROVE (8-1)

7. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (8-1)

8. JENNINGS COUNTY (7-1)

9. FRANKLIN (9-2)

10. HOMESTEAD (5-1)

3A

1. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (7-1)

2. RENSSELAER CENTRAL (10-0)

3. NORWELL (7-2)

4. INDIAN CREEK (7-2)

5. WESTERN (8-0)

6. GREENSBURG (7-2)

7. GIBSON SOUTHERN (6-2)

7. BENTON CENTRAL (5-1)

9. TWIN LAKES (6-2)

10. SCOTTSBURG (8-1)

2A

1. NORTH KNOX (9-1)

2. EASTERN HANCOCK (8-0)

3. SOUTH KNOX (7-1)

4. EASTBROOK (6-0)

5. LAPEL (8-1)

6. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-1)

7. ALEXANDRIA (8-1)

8. CARROLL (FLORA) (6-2)

8. FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-2)

10. CRAWFORD COUNTY (10-1)

1A

1. BORDEN (8-0)

2. LANESVILLE (9-0)

3. BETHANY CHRISTIAN (7-0)

4. CASTON (8-0)

5. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (8-1)

6. MORGAN TWP. (7-1)

6. SPRINGS VALLEY (7-1)

8. ORLEANS (7-0)

9. TRI-TOWNSHIP (8-0)

10. JAC-CEN-DEL (6-2)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING POLLS

4A

1 CROWN POINT

2 BROWNSBURG

3 CENTER GROVE

4 PERRY MERIDIAN

5 AVON

6 PENN

7 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI

8 WARREN CENTRAL

9 CATHEDRAL

10 CARMEL

3A

1 RONCALLI

2 FLOYD CENTRAL

3 MISHAWAKA

4 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH

5 GREENFIELD CENTRAL

6 FRANKLIN

7 HOBART

8 NEW PALESTINE

9 COLUMBUS EAST

10 MCCUTCHEON

2A

1 JAY COUNTY

2 BELLMONT

3 DELTA

4 WESTERN

5 GARRETT

6 HAMILTON HEIGHTS

7 NEW PRAIRIE

8 OAK HILL

9 HERITAGE HILLS

10 MONROVIA

1A

1 ROCHESTER

2 ADAMS CENTRAL

3 PRIAIRIE HEIGHTS

4 TELL CITY

5 SOUTH ADAMS

6 NORTH MIAMI

7 SOUTHMONT

8 COWAN

9 WEST CENTRAL

10 CASCADE

MEN’S COLLEGE AP BASKETBALL TOP 25 POLL

RANKSCHOOLVOTESPREV
1ARIZONA 7-01571 (59)2
2KANSAS 7-11460 (1)5
3HOUSTON 8-01432 (3)6
4PURDUE 7-114071
5UCONN 7-113404
6BAYLOR 8-012349
7GONZAGA 6-1114611
8MARQUETTE 6-211343
9NORTH CAROLINA 7-1100417
10CREIGHTON 7-192115
11FLORIDA ATLANTIC 7-190113
12TEXAS 6-176316
13COLORADO STATE 8-075520
14BYU 7-073219
15MIAMI (FL) 6-16388
16KENTUCKY 6-254412
17TENNESSEE 4-350910
18JAMES MADISON 8-038122
19OKLAHOMA 7-035525
20ILLINOIS 6-132224
21TEXAS A&M 6-230614
22DUKE 5-32967
23WISCONSIN 6-2245NR
24CLEMSON 7-0227NR
25SAN DIEGO STATE 7-1168NR

WOMEN’S COLLEGE AP BASKETBALL POLL

1SOUTH CAROLINA 7-0875 (35)1
2UCLA 7-08362
3NORTH CAROLINA STATE 9-07695
4IOWA 8-17404
5TEXAS 9-068910
6USC 7-06826
7LSU 8-16707
8COLORADO 8-16397
9STANFORD 8-15843
10BAYLOR 7-054613
11UTAH 7-151312
12OHIO STATE 6-146316
13KANSAS STATE 7-145314
14NOTRE DAME 6-143918
15VIRGINIA TECH 5-24099
16INDIANA 7-138017
17UCONN 4-332611
18LOUISVILLE 8-128822
19MARQUETTE 8-023223
20FLORIDA STATE 6-220315
21WASHINGTON STATE 9-1119NR
22CREIGHTON 6-1112NR
23GONZAGA 8-2104NR
24NORTH CAROLINA 5-37924
25PENN STATE 7-144NR

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES (WILL UPDATE WHEN ALL BOWL ARE COMPLETED)

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. OHIO
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA
11 A.M. | ESPN

CELEBRATION BOWL
FLORIDA A&M VS. HOWARD UNIVERSITY
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. APP 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. TBD
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
8 P.M. | ESPN

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

GASPARILLA BOWL
TAMPA, FLORIDA
6:30 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
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
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
7:30 P.M. | ABC

HAWAI’I BOWL
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I
10:30 P.M. | ESPN

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
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. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
9 P.M. | ESPN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

MILITARY BOWL
TULANE VS. TBD
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
2 P.M. | ESPN

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
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
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
11 A.M. | ESPN

PINSTRIPE BOWL
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. 19 OREGON STATE VS. TBD
EL PASO, TEXAS

2 P.M. | CBS

LIBERTY BOWL
MEMPHIS VS. TBD
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
3:30 P.M. | ESPN

COTTON BOWL
NO. 7 OHIO ST. VS. NO. 9 MISSOURI
DALLAS, TEXAS
8 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PEACH BOWL
NO. 10 PENN ST. VS. NO. 11 OLE MISS 
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
12 P.M. | ESPN

MUSIC CITY BOWL
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. | 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

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

WEEK 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

ARMY VS. NAVY (FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS) | 3 P.M. | CBS

NFL

WEEK 13

CINCINNATI 34 JACKSONVILLE 31 OT

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC*

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JAKE BROWNING STEALS SPOTLIGHT AS BENGALS STUN JAGUARS 34-31 IN OT. TREVOR LAWRENCE INJURES ANKLE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jake Browning insists his first career start was the real surprise. Everyone else would disagree.

Browning threw for 354 yards and a touchdown in his second start – much better than the four-sack, two-turnover performance a week earlier – and the Cincinnati Bengals stunned the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-31 in overtime Monday night.

“He just lit the world on fire,” coach Zac Taylor said.

Browning also ran for a score as the Bengals (6-6) won a road game on “Monday Night Football” for the first time since 1990. Evan McPherson’s 48-yard field goal in overtime was the difference and ended a three-game losing streak on the season and a nine-game road skid on MNF.

“After you put up 10 points in your first start, you’re excited to get another crack at it,” Browning said.

This one was shocking and potentially costly for the Jaguars (8-4), who lost quarterback Trevor Lawrence to a sprained right ankle late in the fourth quarter.

Left tackle Walker Little stepped on Lawrence’s ankle just before he was sacked. Lawrence tried to get up, but dropped to the ground, ripped off his helmet and threw it in disgust. He was helped off the field and into the tunnel for X-rays, which were negative.

Lawrence left the locker room in a walking boot and on crutches. He will have more tests Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. It ended an otherwise stellar night for Lawrence, who completed 22 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

Browning was equally stout in place of star Joe Burrow, who watched and coached from the sideline while wearing a cast and a sling.

Browning completed 32 of 37 passes and directed the overtime drive that set up McPherson’s field goal. McPherson, who played collegiately at nearby Florida, banged a 57-yarder off the crossbar in the same direction early in the game.

Jacksonville backup C.J. Beathard completed 9 of 10 passes for 63 yards in relief of Lawrence. Beathard put the Jaguars in position for Brandon McManus’ 40-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in regulation.

“It should have been a game-winning field goal,” said Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, pointing to the 48-yarder McManus missed early in the fourth.

Ja’Marr Chase caught 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, a 76-yarder in the third quarter that got the Bengals going.

“He’s so hard to bring down,” Taylor said. “Anytime you get the ball in his hands, it’s stressful for the defense.”

Joe Mixon ran for 68 yards and two scores, and rookie Chase Brown added 61 yards on the ground for the league’s worst rushing attack. Mixon also had six receptions for 49 yards.

The Bengals made it harder that it should have been when Taylor called a trick play that turned into a debacle in third.

Browning lateraled to receiver Tyler Boyd, who inexplicably threw directly to pass rusher Josh Allen. Allen caught the ball for his second career interception. The Jaguars scored four plays later when Lawrence jumped and stretched the ball across the goal line.

“That could have broken our back there,” Taylor said. “But our team rallied around it.”

The Bengals did the same all week for Browning, whose first start ended in a 16-10 home loss to Pittsburgh.

“When he goes out there and leads the team like he did, it raises the entire confidence level of the team,” Taylor said.

INTERESTING CELEBRATION

The Bengals celebrated Mixon’s first TD run with a choreographed dance in the end zone. It all seemed to be going as planned until left tackle Orlando Brown leaned into a TV camera and yelled an expletive. That could earn Brown a fine from the league.

HIGGINS RETURNS

Bengals receiver Tee Higgins finished with three catches for 36 yards in his first game in a month. Higgins missed the last three games – all losses – with a hamstring injury. Higgins has 30 receptions for 364 yards and two touchdowns in a contract year. He called this injury his worst since his rookie season.

TAYLOR BRO BOWL

Zac Taylor pulled even with little brother Press in the “Taylor Bro Bowl” standings.

Their father, former Kansas State assistant coach Sherwood Taylor, keeps a trophy at their family home in Norman, Oklahoma, with the results of every head-to-head coaching matchup between his sons. Press, Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator, had won two of the last three meetings.

The all-time series is now 2-2-1.

INJURY REPORT

Jacksonville lost receiver Christian Kirk (groin) on its first offensive play. He caught a 26-yard pass and stayed down for a few minutes before gingerly walking to the locker room. He did not return. Cornerback Tre Herndon (concussion) also was ruled out at halftime.

Defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi (ankle), safety Andre Cisco (shoulder) and left tackle Walker Little (hamstring) also missed time.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Host Indianapolis (7-5) on Sunday.

Jaguars: At Cleveland (7-5) on Sunday.

STEELERS QB KENNY PICKETT OUT INDEFINITELY AFTER UNDERGOING SURGERY FOR A HIGH RIGHT ANKLE SPRAIN

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a high right ankle sprain.

Pickett had the procedure done on Monday, one day after he left a 24-10 loss to Arizona in the second quarter when Cardinals defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter fell on Pickett’s legs at the end of a 2-yard scramble.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Mitch Trubisky will start for Pittsburgh when the Steelers (7-5) host New England (2-10) on Thursday night.

Trubisky will make his first start since a 24-16 victory over Carolina last December when Pickett was in the concussion protocol.

Sunday marked the sixth time Trubisky has had to fill in for an injured Pickett since Pickett was moved to the starting job a month into the 2022 season.

ANALYSIS: PATRIOTS’ PROBLEMS ARE BIGGER THAN QUARTERBACK, BLAME STARTS WITH BILL BELICHICK

The Patriot Way has lost its direction.

Robert Kraft’s once-proud

Robert Kraft’s once-proud franchise is a disaster and Bill Belichick can’t fix it because he contributed to the mess.

The New England Patriots fell to 2-10 following a 6-0 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers that saw their offensive futility sink to historic levels.

They couldn’t score with Bailey Zappe at quarterback just like they couldn’t do much with Mac Jones.

The Patriots have now lost three straight games in which the opponent scored 10, 10 and 6 points. It’s been 85 years since a team lost three straight games in which it allowed fewer than 26 points combined. The Chicago Cardinals gave up 20 points during a three-game losing streak in 1938.

Football is the ultimate team sport but quarterbacks can make all the difference. Teams that find the right guy can become instant playoff contenders. See what C.J. Stroud is doing for the Houston Texans.

The Patriots know all about the impact one guy can make. They were a dynasty with Tom Brady. They’ve become the NFL’s laughingstock without him.

They’re not alone. Plenty of teams are struggling because of poor quarterback play. Some of the Week 13 lowlights including the New York Jets, of course.

They have been dismal on offense whether Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle or Trevor Siemian is under center. Boyle was benched for Siemian, who wasn’t any better in a 13-8 loss to Atlanta.

Desmond Ridder didn’t do anything special for the Falcons (6-6) but they had the luxury of facing the Jets. Ridder, who was already benched earlier in the season, completed just 12 of 27 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown.

That was enough against New York.

The Jets (4-8) have lost four one-possession games in which they’ve allowed 16 points or fewer this season. They had the ball with a chance to take the lead with under two minutes in three of those games and failed.

New York didn’t add a capable QB after losing Aaron Rodgers in Week 1 so the front office deserves blame for that decision.

New England’s problems go deeper than the QB.

The blame starts with Belichick. He’s a six-time Super Bowl champion and a cinch for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But Belichick hasn’t put together a talented roster since Brady left. He’s had poor drafts and made several wrong moves in free agency.

Jones seemed like a promising pick when he led the Patriots to a 10-7 record as a rookie in 2021 after being selected with the 15th overall pick. He threw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating. His success came under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who left after that season to become head coach in Las Vegas.

Jones regressed after Belichick handed the offensive reins to Joe Judge and former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. He has played even worse this year after Bill O’Brien took over as offensive coordinator.

The Patriots are last in scoring and entered the week 25th in total yards. They were 17th in scoring and 26th in yards in 2022.

Belichick’s decision to give Patricia offensive responsibilities last year was questionable. Only Jones knows how much going from McDaniels to Judge/Patricia affected his confidence and set him back.

Since Brady left, the Patriots are 20-27, including a playoff loss. All the losing has smeared Belichick’s legacy and likely will end his long tenure in New England after two-plus decades of unprecedented success that was followed by two seasons of failure. The 71-year-old coach will likely have to chase Don Shula’s all-time wins total on a different sideline in 2024, if another team wants him.

At least the Patriots should have a crack at drafting a franchise quarterback. They currently would own the No. 2 pick. That could assure them Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.

Perhaps one of those QBs would quickly change the trajectory of the organization.

The Texans were 4-13 with Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor in 2021 and 3-13-1 last season with Mills. They’re 7-5 with Stroud, who was the No. 2 pick this year behind Bryce Young.

Of course, the Patriots will have to surround their QB with a competent offensive line and some playmakers. Young hasn’t made a difference in Carolina because the Panthers (1-11) lack talent throughout their roster.

The Patriots need a ton of help. A franchise QB would be a good start.

HARDLY IRRELEVANT: BROCK PURDY NEW MVP FAVORITE

Could Brock Purdy go from Mr. Irrelevant to NFL Most Valuable Player in less than two years?

San Francisco’s quarterback is the +300 MVP favorite at DraftKings after leading the 49ers to a 42-19 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday. Not only did it serve notice that San Francisco might be the NFC’s most dominant team, but Purdy outplayed previous MVP favorite Jalen Hurts in his own building.

Hurts, who was the +250 favorite at the book just two weeks ago, dropped to +350. That’s equal to Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who is on his own rapid rise after opening the Week 13 slate with his sixth consecutive multiple-touchdown game in a comeback win over Seattle on Thursday night.

The trio are the +350 co-favorites at BetMGM. There is then a significant gap to two previous MVPs — Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson at +600 and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes at +750, followed by Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa at +800.

Jackson and Mahomes are being offered at +900 at DraftKings after being +350 and +400, respectively, just two weeks ago. Tagovailoa has shorter odds than both at the book, where he is +700.

Jackson’s Ravens are coming off their bye week and are tied with Tagovailoa’s Dolphins atop the AFC at 9-3. He will have plenty of opportunity to state his case down the stretch with a Week 15 game at Jacksonville followed by a cross-country trip to battle Purdy in San Francisco ahead of a Week 17 home game against Tagovailoa and Miami that could decide home-field advantage in the AFC.

Mahomes and the Chiefs have fallen a game off the pace following their loss at Green Bay on Sunday night — Kansas City’s third loss in its past five games. Mahomes, the reigning MVP, does not have any remaining games against other MVP candidates, although the Chiefs also play only one more team that currently has a winning record.

Meanwhile, Purdy has plenty of opportunity to continue to shine on the national stage.

San Francisco plays host to Seattle on Sunday, followed by a game at Arizona before the Week 16 tilt against Baltimore on “Monday Night Football.” The 49ers close out the regular season with a trip to reeling Washington and a home game against the Los Angeles Rams.

After a slow first quarter, Purdy led San Francisco to touchdown drives on six consecutive possessions at Philadelphia. He finished the game with 314 passing yards and four touchdowns. Critics will point out that his receivers racked up 212 yards after the catch and that 48.5 percent of Purdy’s passing yards this season have been the result of YAC.

However, Purdy has already outplayed Hurst and Prescott in head-to-head blowouts by San Francisco, and he’ll have an opportunity for a third signature win against Jackson and the Ravens.

Purdy leads the NFL in completion percentage and quarterback rating.

The 49ers (9-3) are now second in the NFC behind the Eagles (10-2), whose next two games are at the Cowboys (9-3) and Seahawks (6-6). How the NFC playoff picture looks after the next several weeks could have a major factor in how the MVP race shakes out.

REPORT: TITANS RB DERRICK HENRY IN CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is in concussion protocol, ESPN reported Monday.

Henry left Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter and did not return.

The Titans (4-8) return to action next Monday night against the host Miami Dolphins (9-3).

Henry, 29, rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns before exiting Sunday’s setback against the Colts.

The two-time NFL rushing king has rushed for 841 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games this season.

TITANS FIRE SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR

The Tennessee Titans fired special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman on Monday and replaced him with Tom Quinn.

The move comes less than 24 hours after the Titans allowed two blocked punts — one that was returned for a touchdown and another that resulted in a season-ending injury to punter Ryan Stonehouse. The Titans later missed an extra point in the fourth quarter before absorbing an overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“There’s no real precedent to anything,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said in announcing the move Monday. “I try to get a feel for what’s best and what’s needed.”

Aukerman joined the Titans in 2017 as an assistant special teams coach.

The Titans (4-8) play at Miami (9-3) next week on “Monday Night Football.”

HEISMAN WINNER CALEB WILLIAMS TO SKIP USC’S HOLIDAY BOWL TRIP, FUELING NFL EXPECTATIONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Caleb Williams will not play for Southern California in the Holiday Bowl, fueling the expectation he will enter the upcoming NFL draft.

Williams won’t be in the lineup when the Trojans (7-5) face Louisville in their bowl game in San Diego on Dec. 27, USC coach Lincoln Riley said Monday.

Williams has been widely expected to enter the draft all year, and he is a strong candidate to be selected No. 1 overall after two impressive seasons at USC.

He won the Heisman in 2022 with a spectacular debut season in Los Angeles after transferring from Oklahoma. He then passed for 3,633 yards with 30 touchdown passes and five interceptions this season, his third in college football.

Backup Miller Moss and touted freshman Malachi Nelson will be the top candidates to lead USC against the Cardinals, but Riley said he hadn’t decided who will be his quarterback. The Trojans struggled mightily down the stretch this season despite Williams’ solid play, losing five of their final six games.

Williams has passed for 10,082 yards with 93 TD passes and just 14 interceptions in his three years at Oklahoma and USC. He also rushed for 960 yards with 27 touchdowns.

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BUCKEYES’ KYLE MCCORD, OU’S DILLON GABRIEL BIGGEST NAMES IN TRANSFER PORTAL AS 30-DAY WINDOW OPENS

Ohio State’s Kyle McCord and Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel led a parade of quarterbacks into the transfer portal Monday, the first day of a 30-day window football players can put their names out in search of another opportunity.

Arizona State’s Drew Pyne, Baylor’s Blake Shapen, Utah’s Bryson Barnes and James Madison’s Jordan McCloud also entered the portal.

McCord beat out Devin Brown for the starter’s job in the preseason and threw for 3,170 yards and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions. Two of the interceptions came in the 30-24 loss to Michigan on Nov. 25.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day was non-committal Sunday when asked if the junior quarterback would play in the Buckeyes’ game against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma from UCF and helped the Sooners regain their footing after coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams left for USC two years ago.

Gabriel led the Sooners on a last-minute drive this season against Texas and threw the game-winning touchdown with 15 seconds remaining. It was the only loss for a Texas team that reached the College Football Playoff.

Gabriel ranks in the top 10 in Division I history in yards passing and passing touchdowns. In two seasons with the Sooners, he passed for 6,828 yards and 55 touchdowns and ran for 688 yards and 18 scores.

Gabriel’s departure comes shortly after offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby left to become head coach at Mississippi State. Lebby was also Gabriel’s offensive coordinator for a year at UCF.

Pyne plans to join his third school. He began his career at Notre Dame and threw 22 touchdowns in 10 starts. He was in line for the starter’s job at Arizona State this season, but he was injured and didn’t play after late September.

Shapen’s decision came less than a week after Baylor hired Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator. Shapen became the Bears’ starter late in the 2021 season. He battled knee and head injuries this year and averaged 273 yards passing per game with 13 TDs in eight games.

Among other players entering the portal: Illinois running back Reggie Love, Wisconsin receiver Chimere Dike and Michigan State quarterback Katin Houser.

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ZACH EDEY POWERS NO. 4 PURDUE PAST IOWA, 87-68

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Zach Edey was dominant, but Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said the rest of Purdue’s team deserves credit too.

Edey scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as No. 4 Purdue bounced back from its first loss of the season and blew past Iowa 87-68 on Monday night.

“He’s difficult, but I think you have to give credit to the rest of the guys that are out there for them,” McCaffery said. “They really executed tonight in terms of screening and cutting and ball movement which makes it really hard if you’re trying to focus on him. Obviously, they’re not a one man show at all. They have shooters, they have drivers, they have size. They stretch your defense in ways that makes it very difficult.”

Edey hit 9 of 10 shots and 7 of 9 free throws while sitting out much of the second half. Lance Jones added 17 points for Purdue (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten), playing its first game since a 92-88 overtime loss to Northwestern on Friday.

Mason Gillis and Fletcher Loyer each scored 12 and Trey Kaufman-Renn scored 10.

Ben Krikke led the Hawkeyes (5-3, 0-1) with 16 points and Tony Perkins added 12.

The Boilermakers, who never trailed, kept building on their 21-point halftime lead most of the second half before going to their reserves. Purdue’s largest lead was 35 points at 72-37.

Purdue, which held a 41-35 rebounding edge, shot 52% while holding Iowa to 38% shooting.

Gillis sank a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in first half to give Purdue a 45-24 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes shot 32% in the first half, making only 1 of 9 3-point shots. The Boilermakers shot 48% before intermission, making 6 of 17 3-pointers.

“I just thought we were aggressive against their press,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “When we got the ball out of our hands and had space, our guys really advanced it with the pass and dribbles. Our guys did a good job of being receivers and flashing.”

Jones and Braden Smith, who had eight assists, both did a strong job with diagonal passes, Painter said.

“Braden played great and he only made one shot,” he said.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes struggled shooting and were outrebounded. Iowa had no answer for Edey. Purdue outscored Iowa 50-34 in the paint. The lone positive is that Iowa held a 44-42 second-half scoring edge.

Purdue: The Boilermakers had a nice bounce back after being upset by host Northwestern. That was the second consecutive time No. 1 Purdue was upset by the Wildcats. Purdue committed just eight turnovers against Iowa compared to 17 in the loss at Northwestern.

BIG IMPACT

Southern Illinois transfer Lance Jones has been a key factor in Purdue’s first nine games. Jones sank 7 of 11 shots against Iowa.

“He’s an athlete,” McCaffery said. “He can push it. He can play fast. He can play half court. He can make 3s and works hard defensively. So you add a veteran guy like that and now you’re bringing guys like Mason Gillis, Ethan Morton, Caleb Furst off the bench. They would be starting for most teams.”

UP NEXT

Iowa: At Iowa State on Thursday before returning to Big Ten action against visiting Michigan on Sunday.

Purdue: Plays Alabama on Saturday in Canada at the Hall of Fame Toronto Series.

ARIZONA RISES TO NO. 1 IN THE AP TOP 25 POLL; GONZAGA AND NORTH CAROLINA CRACK TOP 10, DUKE TUMBLES

It is Arizona’s turn to sit atop The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

The Wildcats rose to No. 1 in Monday’s poll for the first time in nearly nine years, making Tommy Lloyd’s squad the third team to hold the top spot this season. Last week’s No. 1 team, Purdue, slid after an overtime loss at Northwestern.

Arizona claimed 59 of 63 first-place votes to move up one spot, putting the Wildcats comfortably ahead of preseason No. 1 Kansas. The Jayhawks rose three spots to No. 2 with a win against last season’s NCAA champion, Connecticut.

Arizona hasn’t been No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since an eight-week stint that ended in January 2014 under former coach Sean Miller. Lloyd is in his third season after a long run as an assistant at Gonzaga, and his first two teams each spent multiple weeks inside the top five.

“I know when I came to this program, my dream is to make it one of the best in the country,” Lloyd said of the possible rise to No. 1 after a weekend win against Colgate. “If you’re one of the best in the country, you’re going to stumble into being No. 1 once in a while. So you know what? Handle it. And that’ll be the message.”

It was a busy day for the poll: No team in the Top 25 was in the same spot it was a week ago.

THE TOP TIER

Houston rose three spots to No. 3, while the Boilermakers fell to fourth after the Northwestern loss. UConn slid only one spot to No. 5 after the loss at Kansas, followed by Baylor.

Gonzaga and North Carolina cracked the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Bulldogs jumped four spots to No. 7 after a neutral-court win against USC. The Tar Heels jumped eight spots to No. 9 after beating Tennessee in the ACC/SEC Challenge, followed by a home comeback win against Florida State.

RISING

The Tar Heels’ leap marked the week’s biggest jump, though No. 13 Colorado State was right behind them after rising seven spots on the strength of its 8-0 start. There was also a six-spot rise for No. 19 Oklahoma, which made its poll debut last week.

In all, 14 teams climbed from last week’s poll, including No. 10 Creighton rising five spots to rejoin the top 10 after spending the first three polls at No. 8.

SLIDING

Duke took the biggest tumble of the week of 15 spots to land at No. 22 after a pair of road losses against unranked opponents. First came a loss at Arkansas then a loss at Georgia Tech after starting point guard Tyrese Proctor went down with an early ankle injury.

No. 15 Miami, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 21 Texas A&M each fell seven spots.

WELCOME ABOARD

Three teams joined this week’s rankings.

Wisconsin jumped in at No. 23 after beating then-No. 3 Marquette at home, pushing the Badgers to five straight wins. Clemson followed at No. 24 amid a 7-0 start, while San Diego State is back in the poll at No. 25 for the first time since sitting at No. 17 in the preseason.

FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

Villanova (No. 18), Mississippi State (No. 21) Alabama (No. 23) fell out of the poll.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 led all conferences with six ranked teams, including No. 12 Texas and No. 14 BYU.

The ACC was next with four teams, followed by the Big Ten, Big East and Southeastern conferences with three each. The Mountain West Conference had two ranked teams, while the Pac-12, American Athletic, Sun Belt and West Coast each had one.

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QUINERLY AND HARRISON HELP WEST VIRGINIA WOMEN GET RARE VICTORY IN SERIES WITH NO. 25 PENN STATE

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) JJ Quinerly scored 22 points, Jordan Harrison had 14 points, nine assists and six steals, and West Virginia beat No. 25 Penn State 83-65 on Monday night for its first victory in the series since 1989.

West Virginia has won just seven of the 33 games in the series with Penn State – with the last win, 76-64, coming on March 8, 1989 in State College.

Kyah Watson added 15 points, Lauren Fields had 12 and Tavy Diggs 10 for West Virginia (8-0).

West Virginia took its first double-digit lead of the game during a 12-2 run to close the first half. Quinerly had 13 points in the first half as the Mountaineers shot 46%, including 5 of 8 from distance.

Penn State never got closer than seven points in the second half.

Tay Valladay led Penn State (7-2) with 18 points. Ali Brigham and Chanaya Pinto each scored 10. Penn State’s top two leading scorers, Makenna Marisa (17 points per game) and Shay Ciezki (15.5) combined for eight points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Penn State entered averaging 86.3 points per game, while shooting 50% from the field and 41% from beyond the arc this season. The Lady Lions shot 47% against West Virginia but turned it over 26 times, leading to 31 West Virginia points.

Penn State, which has Big 12 wins against Kansas and Oklahoma State this season, begins Big Ten play at No. 12 Ohio State on Sunday. West Virginia hosts Delaware State on Sunday.

UCONN FALLS TO WORST RANKING IN 30 YEARS IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25; SOUTH CAROLINA, UCLA STAY ATOP POLL

UConn dropped to 17th in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll Monday, its worst ranking in 30 years.

The last time the Huskies were ranked this low was the second poll of the 1993-94 season when they were 18th. The drop also ended a 357-week stretch of being ranked in the top 15, which was the second longest in the history of the poll that dates to 1977 (Tennessee, 428 consecutive appearances).

While Geno Auriemma’s team has struggled so far this season because of injuries,

South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in voting by 35 members of a national media panel. The Gamecocks swept a pair of games over North Carolina and Duke last week. UCLA, N.C. State, Iowa and Texas rounded out the first five in the poll. The Longhorns jumped up five spots in the poll after beating then-No. 11 UConn.

The one plus for the Huskies, who last weren’t in the top 15 on Jan. 10, 2005, is that their three losses have come to UCLA, North Carolina State and Texas — all now in the top five.

USC, LSU and Colorado followed the Longhorns in the poll. The Tigers saw the return of All-America forward Angel Reese in a win over Virginia Tech in the ACC/SEC Challenge. Reese had missed four games for LSU.

Stanford fell from third to ninth after losing at Gonzaga on Sunday. Tennessee lost to Ohio State and UConn lost on the same day — the first time that the traditional powers Stanford, Tennessee and UConn all lost on the same day since Dec. 29, 2004. The Cardinal now own the longest active streak in the top 15 according to the website “Across the Timeline” with 102 straight weeks.

Baylor moved up to No. 10.

IN AND OUT

The victory over Stanford propelled Gonzaga into the poll at No. 23. Washington State and Creighton also re-entered the Top 25 this week at Nos. 21 and 22, respectively.

The Lady Vols fell out after a rough week that saw them also lose to then-No. 18 Notre Dame. Ole Miss, Princeton and Mississippi State also fell out of the Top 25.

The Rebels lost at Southern Mississippi on Saturday. The Lady Eagles at 7-0 are off to their best start in 20 years and earned their first win over a ranked team since the 1999-00 season. They earned two votes in the poll this week.

RISING LIONS

Penn State earned its first ranking since 2014, coming into the poll at No. 25. The Nittany Lions are 7-1 with the lone loss a one-point defeat to USC over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the first time the team has won seven of its first eight games since the 2003-04 season.

STAR POWER

There is a tripleheader in Connecticut on Sunday with South Carolina, UCLA, Utah, Florida State, UConn and North Carolina all playing at the Mohegan Sun resort. The Gamecocks face Utah; UCLA plays Florida State; and UConn takes on North Carolina.

NBA NEWS

HALIBURTON’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE AND LATE 4-POINT PLAY HELP PACERS OUST CELTICS FROM NBA TOURNEY

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) All that Tyrese Haliburton wanted before the season was to get his first taste of playoff basketball.

Monday night’s NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinal seemed like the perfect dry run.

So the 23-year-old All-Star guard registered the first triple-double of his career, completed a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:33 left and heard the large, raucous crowd chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” near the end of Indiana’s 122-112 victory, which ousted league-leading Boston from the tourney.

“It means the world to me to represent Indiana and this organization,” Haliburton said after acknowledging he struggled to breathe during the first half. “I don’t even know if it was as much about what was at stake, as what they did to us the last time. I think that (51-point loss) left a bad taste in our mouths.”

This was one felt far sweeter even if he needed a halftime assist from an inhaler.

Haliburton scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and finished with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Myles Turner added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and seven Pacers reached double figures as Indiana remained unbeaten in the tourney. The Pacers were 4-0 in group play.

Indiana is the first team to reach the inaugural tourney’s semifinal round Thursday in Las Vegas and will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between New York and Milwaukee.

Boston, meanwhile, heads home despite getting another strong performance from its dynamic duo.

Jayson Tatum had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and Jaylen Brown finished with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. But it wasn’t enough to extend a three-game winning streak, with All-Star Kristaps Porzingis missing his fourth straight game because of a strained left calf.

Still, the Celtics fought back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit and managed to force seven fourth-quarter ties – before Haliburton’s 27-footer drew a foul on Brown and ignited Indiana’s decisive 9-0 run.

“He played well. The whole team played well,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said, referring to Haliburton and the Pacers. “(Brown) did the best he could (defensively).”

For the young Pacers, many of whom including Haliburton have never been to the playoffs, this was a different experience. From the towel-waving crowd’s chants of “De-fense!” to the heavy media presence, single-elimination fate and festive atmosphere, this felt like a postseason game.

“I haven’t heard it like this here in like three or four years, probably since (Victor) Oladipo was here,” Turner said. “The energy was just incredible. I think this city really started rallying around this team.”

There was a difference between the lines, too.

In this season’s first matchup on Nov. 1, Boston blew out Indiana 155-104 – posting the second-highest points total in franchise history.

This time, Indiana turned the game in the third quarter, charging back from a 55-48 halftime deficit to tie the score at 71 before pulling out to an 85-74 lead.

Boston finally tied the score at 94 on Brown’s 3-pointer with 6:07 left. But after the teams traded baskets for 4 1/2 minutes, Haliburton made the crowd roar again with his big basket.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host the loser of the New York-Milwaukee quarterfinal Friday.

Pacers: Play in Thursday’s tournament semifinals at Las Vegas against the New York-Milwaukee winner Tuesday.

BRANDON INGRAM LEADS THE PELICANS PAST THE KINGS 127-117 TO ADVANCE TO IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT SEMIS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 127-117 on Monday night in the quarterfinals of the NBA’s In-Season Tournament.

Ingram helped New Orleans erase an early deficit and the Pelicans never trailed in the second half as they advanced to play the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals Thursday in Las Vegas.

“It’s a growth moment for us to have an opportunity to be one of the first,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said. “This is the first time we’ve had the In-Season Tournament. You put a game in front of us that’s meaningful, I don’t care who it is, where it is, we want to win. That’s the type of heart that we have in that locker room.”

Herb Jones added 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 to give the Pelicans their third win over Sacramento in the past two weeks.

De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points and Domantas Sabonis added 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Kings. Sacramento lost for the first time in the tournament after sweeping all four games in group play.

There was good energy from the sellout crowd, with many fans wearing blue T-shirts handed out to give the In-Season Tournament a playoff feel.

The intensity carried over to the court, with Sacramento’s Trey Lyles getting into a dustup with Valanciunas in the first half that earned him a technical foul.

“High-intensity game. Fun to be a part of,” Green said. “I think the guys just relish these type of moments. It’s experience for us, more than anything. We can lean on these experiences when we start to get down the stretch, when we face adversity, things like that. We love these moments.”

The Kings made 12 of their first 14 shots to take a 32-17 lead before going cold during a 28-5 run spanning the first two quarters for the Pelicans. Sacramento missed 16 of 18 shots from the field during the spurt and had 10 turnovers in the first half.

“We have to be able to answer their run a lot better,” Fox said. “When you turn the ball over, just losing possessions, it starts to add up. Once they got the lead, we were never able to get it back.”

New Orleans built its cushion to 15 in the third quarter behind big shots from Ingram before Sacramento started to chip away.

“(Ingram) was incredible,” Green said. “He put us on his shoulders and he carried us. He had big shot after big shot. Whenever we needed a big bucket, we put it in his hands. He’s a big-time player.”

The Kings got within six midway through the fourth before the Pelicans scored nine straight points to put the game away.

Valanciunas made a hook shot and Trey Murphy hit a 3-pointer before Ingram and Jones each made a pair of free throws for New Orleans.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Play the winner of Tuesday’s Suns-Lakers game in the In-Season Tournament semifinals Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Kings: Visit the loser of Tuesday’s Suns-Lakers game on Friday night.

NHL NEWS

JETS SIGN F NINO NIEDERREITER TO 3-YEAR DEAL WORTH $12M

The Winnipeg Jets signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a three-year extension worth $12 million on Monday.

The club announced that the extension will begin for the 2024-25 season. He’s playing on a $4 million salary this season, too.

Niederreiter, 31, has played all 23 games for the Jets this season and has 14 points (six goals, eight assists).

The Switzerland native is in his second season in Winnipeg after the Jets acquired him from Nashville in February.

Niederreiter has 423 points (211 goals, 212 assists) in 833 career games with five teams, including the Minnesota Wild (2013-19). He was selected No. 5 overall by the New York Islanders in the 2010 draft.

NHL ROUNDUP: NIKITA KUCHEROV CONTINUES TEAR IN LIGHTNING’S WIN

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist in a record-tying outing, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots and the host Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Dallas Stars 4-0 on Monday night.

The NHL’s leader in points with 42 in 25 games, Kucherov scored the contest’s first goal to stretch his point streak to 10 games.

His assist on the second marker of the night gave him 10 consecutive games with a helper, matching the franchise record. Martin St. Louis had 10-game streaks in 2006-07 and 2009-10, and Brad Richards had a 10-game run in 2005-06.

Vasilevskiy recorded his 33rd career shutout and his first of the season. Anthony Cirelli scored twice and Luke Glendening also potted a goal for Tampa Bay, which snapped a season-high, four-game losing streak. Jake Oettinger made 19 saves for Dallas, which fell to 2-2-2 in its past six games.

Flyers 2, Penguins 1 (OT)

Sean Couturier scored at the 3:55 mark of overtime to lift host Philadelphia past Pittsburgh. It was Couturier’s second overtime goal this season and the sixth of his career.

Tyson Foerster also scored for the Flyers, who swept the home-and-home matchup with their in-state rival. The Flyers won 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Travis Konecny added two assists Monday, including the primary pass on the game-winner. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 31 saves.

Coyotes 6, Capitals 0

Arizona erupted for five goals in the first period and cruised to a win over Washington in Tempe, Ariz.

Nick Schmaltz scored twice to extend his goal streak to three games for the Coyotes, who have won five straight. Alex Kerfoot and Clayton Keller each had three assists, and Connor Ingram made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season.

Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, and Michael Carcone, Logan Cooley and Nick Bjugstad added a goal apiece. Capitals goalie Darcy Kuemper allowed three goals on five shots before being lifted in the first period for Charlie Lindgren, who stopped 19 of 22 shots.

Canadiens 4, Kraken 2

Sean Monahan scored twice to lead Montreal to a win over visiting Seattle.

Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist, Tanner Pearson also scored and Sam Montembeault made 31 saves for the Canadiens, who had lost three of their past four games (1-2-1).

Vince Dunn had a goal and an assist, Jared McCann also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves for the Kraken, who have lost five in a row (0-4-1).

Jets 2, Hurricanes 1

Laurent Brossoit made 42 saves in a rare start as Winnipeg held off visiting Carolina.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, and Mark Scheifele had two assists. The Jets have won their past two games and are 10-4-0 in their last 14.

Martin Necas scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, even though Carolina outshot Winnipeg by a 43-22 margin. Brossoit was playing in just his sixth game of the season, on a rare night off for regular starter Connor Hellebuyck.

Blues 2, Golden Knights 1 (OT)

Pavel Buchnevich scored 38 seconds into overtime to give St. Louis a victory over host Vegas.

Buchnevich, left alone at the bottom of the right circle during a defensive mixup by the Golden Knights, took a pass from Robert Thomas and then fired a wrist shot inside the near post for the game-winner. It was his ninth goal of the season.

Alexey Toropchenko also scored a goal and Colton Parayko added two assists for St. Louis, which has alternated wins and losses for seven games. Jordan Binnington finished with 33 saves to improve to 8-2-4 in his career against Vegas.

BASEBALL NEWS

BREWERS REACH HISTORIC $82M DEAL WITH JACKSON CHOURIO

The Milwaukee Brewers announced a record-breaking eight-year, $82 million contract on Monday with Jackson Chourio, a 19-year-old outfielder who has yet to make his major league debut.

The numbers could reach more than $140 million when club options for 2032 and 2033 are factored in.

No player has signed a bigger deal before playing in the majors. Prior to Chourio’s extension, Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert held the record with a six-year, $50 million deal signed in 2020.

“We are extremely excited to make this unprecedented commitment to a player we believe will be a generational talent who has all the tools to be the face of our franchise,” Milwaukee general manager Matt Arnold said Monday.

Chourio, from Venezuela, has been in the Brewers organization since 2021. The center fielder is the No. 2 prospect in baseball, per MLB.com.

Through an interpreter at a press conference Monday, Chourio expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play in the majors.

“He will treat this with respect, and he’s definitely going to meet the expectations and enjoy the game and taking it with respect,” his interpreter said.

“Yeah, there’s definitely a little bit of pressure on this but he’s just going to work really hard, take the best of him on the field. He understands that this money’s not going to change him, and if something changes, it definitely will be for better.”

Arnold said Monday it was a long road to get to the end of this historic deal.

“It’s taken a lot of time, honestly and a lot of people involved,” Arnold said. “… It took months, and it took a lot of work and it took a lot of give and take from everybody involved. So that’s why we’re here today. It’s an exciting partnership. When you’re able to everybody come to a spot where everyone’s in agreement — it’s a really exciting day for us.”

When asked about what he’s doing to prepare to debut in the majors, Chourio said through his interpreter, “Right now in the offseason we are working really hard to be there and be opening day. … Work harder. Work double. Work on my body. On all the details that can make me a better player.”

His agent, Cesar Suarez, echoed sentiments from others in the organization who noted that despite his young age, Chourio has consistently succeeded at whatever is put in front of him.

“Every challenge that we presented to him, he always excelled and that’s something that I think he’s going to continue to do obviously at the hardest level of baseball,” Suarez said Monday. “I feel that he’s going to be able to manage it because every time that we put a challenge to him, he always excelled. It’s something that I’ve seen since he was, you know, 12 years old, so I don’t think that’s going to change. I’m pretty fortunate to see him doing this and I think he’s going to continue to do it.”

Chourio spent the bulk of the 2023 season at Double-A Biloxi, where he hit .280 with 22 home runs, 89 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 122 games.

If the Brewers exercise both options, Chourio would not be eligible for free agency until age 29.

REPORTS: SHOHEI OHTANI DECISION EXPECTED ‘WITHIN THE WEEK’

Shohei Ohtani plans to decide where to sign “within the week,” MLB Network reported on Monday as the Winter Meetings began in Nashville, Tenn.

The free agent two-way star is projected to receive a record-setting contract worth more than $500 million with only a handful of teams still considered serious options, per multiple reports.

MLB Network said Monday that the Atlanta Braves are still in the running for Ohtani, contrary to reports that listed the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers as finalists.

Signing with the Braves would put the left-handed slugger in the middle of a lineup that features 2023 NL MVP Ronald Acuna and MLB home run leader Matt Olson (54 homers in 2023). Acuna turns 26 this month. Olson is 29 and signed an eight-year contract — through the 2029 season — when he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in 2022.

Ohtani was a two-time MVP (2021, 2023) with the Angels and an American League MVP runner-up in 2022. He has 124 home runs since the start of the 2021 season and struck out 11.4 batters per nine innings as a starter for the Angels last season.

Ohtani had surgery on his elbow and will not pitch in 2024.

But the three-time All-Star does have “consistent winner” as one of the traits he’s looking for in his next team.

Ohtani did not play in a postseason game in six seasons with the Angels, who signed the Japanese star Dec. 8, 2017.

Ohtani, 23 at the time, narrowed his list of suitors to seven before signing with the Angels. The Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers, Padres, Cubs and Giants were Ohtani’s other finalists before his initial contract was signed.

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

HALIBURTON’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE AND LATE 4-POINT PLAY HELP PACERS OUST CELTICS FROM NBA TOURNEY

Tyrese Haliburton has never played in a playoff game in his young career, but you wouldn’t know it from the performance Indiana’s All-Star guard put on in Monday’s In-Season Tournament Quarterfinal at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Haliburton recorded his first career triple-double, scored 19 points in the second half, and hit a shot that will go down in Pacers lore to give Indiana the lead for good, as the Blue & Gold (11-8) stunned the heavily favored Boston Celtics (15-5) — owners of the NBA’s best record — to advance to the In-Season Tournament Semifinals on Thursday night in Las Vegas with a 122-112 win.

With the game tied at 105 and less than two minutes remaining, Haliburton drew Celtics center Al Horford onto him on the right wing. After getting a pick from Hield, Jaylen Brown switched on to the Pacers All-Star. Sensing the shot clock running down, Haliburton hoisted a one-hand shot high into the air, drawing contract from Brown.

The ball sailed high into the air before falling through the net, sending the capacity crowd at The Fieldhouse into an eruption. “M-V-P” chants broke out as Haliburton sealed the four-point play at the free throw line.

“I just saw some daylight, saw some space,” Haliburton said of the pivotal shot. “Put it up and it went in.”

After Jayson Tatum missed a three at the other end, Haliburton connected with Buddy Hield for a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to seven with 55.3 seconds to play. Myles Turner then came up with a steal on a Derrick White pass, springing a fastbreak where Haliburton set up Aaron Nesmith for a thunderous right-hand dunk to seal the victory and sent the entire arena into a frenzy.

Haliburton finished with a team-high 26 points, going 10-for-18 from the field and 5-for-11 from 3-point range, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. Though he had been battling an illness that kept him out of Saturday’s game in Miami, the 23-year-old guard had no intentions of missing Monday’s showdown with the Celtics and played a team-high 40 minutes to lead the Blue & Gold to victory.

He told TNT’s Stephanie Ready after the game that he struggled to breathe in the first half and used an inhaler at halftime, but felt much more comfortable over the final two quarters.

Hield added 21 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting and five other Pacers finished in double figures. The balanced attack carried Indiana to a fifth straight win to open In-Season Tournament Play.

They will face the winner of Tuesday’s East Semifinal between Milwaukee and New York on Thursday in Las Vegas.

“When the boat starts rocking, when you’re in a home game in the playoffs, that’s when special things can happen,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the victory. “Down the stretch, Tyrese hits the four-point play. I certainly feel like the crowd and the energy had something to do with that. And our crowd was amazing. They were amazing all night long. Hats off to them.”

The Pacers and Celtics were tied at 94 midway through the fourth quarter on Monday, after Brown’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run by Boston.

The two teams traded buckets on the next four possessions. Tatum hit one of two free throws with 4:19 remaining to put the Celtics in front, but Haliburton answered with his fourth three of the night on the other end. Out of a timeout, Brown got a cutting dunk to tie the game with 3:10 remaining.

Hield’s layup with 2:52 to play gave the Blue & Gold the lead once again, but Tatum drew a foul and hit both free throws on the other end. Nesmith converted a layup at 2:21 before Tatum responded by hitting a contested jumper over his former teammate Nesmith with 1:57 remaining, setting the stage for a wild finish.

Turner (eight points) and Bruce Brown (seven) carried the Indiana offense early, combining for 15 of the Blue & Gold’s first 17 points. The Pacers led 15-9 following Turner’s three-point play with 6:49 remaining in the opening frame, but the Celtics limited Indiana to just seven points for the rest of the period.

Brown scored 10 points and Sam Hauser hit two threes to propel the Celtics to a narrow 24-22 lead after the first 12 minutes.

The second quarter was tightly contested, with five ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team led by more than three points for the first 10 minutes of the quarter.

But Boston broke things open somewhat before halftime, with White and Tatum combining for a 10-0 run.

White’s cutting layup off a dish from Tatum put the Celtics in front 47-46 with 2:30 remaining in the half. Out of a timeout, White then hit a three to push the margin to four. The next trip down, Tatum spun around Haliburton on the baseline and rose up for a two-hand slam. The All-NBA forward then capped the run with a deep pull-up three on the next possession.

Two free throws by Bruce Brown in the final minute shaved two points off the margin, but the Pacers headed to halftime trailing by seven, 55-48.

Like he’s done so often this season, Haliburton got the offense going in the third quarter. On Indiana’s opening possession of the second half, he threw a no-look dish to a cutting Turner for a layup. The All-Star guard then hit a 30-foot step-back three two possessions later, then drove and converted a layup where he switched hands mid air the next trip down the court.

While the Blue & Gold’s offense was rolling, the shotmaking of Tatum and Brown kept the Celtics in front for the first several minutes of the third quarter, but the dam eventually broke for Indiana.

Bruce Brown’s three-point play tied the game at the 5:30 mark. Haliburton’s runner on Indiana’s next possession gave the Pacers their first lead of the second half. He added another layup off a dish from Hield to cap a 7-0 run.

Hoping to get them some rest ahead of the fourth quarter, Carlisle subbed out Haliburton and Turner during a timeout with 3:39 remaining in the third.

With their two leading scorers on the bench, Indiana gave up a three to Hauser, but then reeled off 10 straight unanswered points. T.J. McConnell started the scoring with a layup, then Bennedict Mathurin and Hield knocked down back-to-back threes. McConnell capped the run by jumping a passing lane to come up with a steal and then dishing to Hield for a fastbreak jam.

The Celtics scored the final four points of the third quarter, but the Pacers still took an 85-78 lead into the fourth after a 37-point third quarter.

“We just changed some things schematically on the defensive end,” Haliburton said of the adjustments at halftime. “…We did a good job of changing it up a little bit and figuring it out defensively. And if we just get a couple stops, we’re going to run. And nobody wants to run with us when we get stops.”

Boston managed to whittle the lead down to two on two occasions early in the final frame, but Indiana quickly pushed the margin back to seven thanks to a Mathurin three and a Turner hook shot.

That’s where the margin stood with under eight minutes to play, but the Celtics came charging back. A Tatum jumper and White layup brought Boston within one possession. Then, Tatum missed a contested three, but the rebound went right to Horford, who kicked out to Brown for the tying three with 6:07 remaining.

That set the stage for a wild finish.

Turner had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Mathurin added 16 points while going 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Nesmith (14 points), Bruce Brown (13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals), and Obi Toppin (12 points) all finished in double figures.

Tatum led all scorers with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Brown added 30 points and nine rebounds for Boston, White tallied 18 points and eight assists, while Hauser scored 15 on 5-of-7 3-point shooting.

The Pacers will await the result of Tuesday’s other East Quarterfinal between the Bucks and Knicks in Milwaukee to find out their Semifinal opponent in Vegas. The winner of Thursday’s Semifinal game will advance to the Championship on Saturday to play for the inaugural NBA Cup.

“Good to win, especially in games where nobody expected us to,” Haliburton said. “You don’t play on national TV if you don’t win games. The more we come out here and prove on a night-to-night basis that we can win games, it’s going to change. That’s what we’re about right now, changing how this organization is viewed and how we as players (are) viewed, and just coming out here and competing every night.”

Inside the Numbers

Haliburton recorded his

Haliburton recorded his 14th double-double in 17 games this season and recorded the first triple-double in his four-year NBA career. He came within one rebound of his career high and recorded a new Pacers career high with 10 boards. He also had zero turnovers.

Turner registered his sixth double-double of the season.

The Pacers went 19-for-40 (47.5 percent) from 3-point range on Monday, compared to the Celtics, who were just 12-for-41 (29.3 percent) from beyond the arc. It was the sixth time in 19 games this season that Indiana has made 19 or more threes.

Mathurin matched his season high with four 3-pointers off the bench. He went just 1-for-7 from inside the arc, but 4-for-7 from long distance.

Seven players reached double figures for the fifth time this season. The Pacers are 4-1 when seven players score 10 or more.

Indiana committed a season-low six turnovers on Monday and also forced the Celtics into 18 giveaways.

The Celtics outscored the Pacers 32-14 in points in the paint in the first half, but Indiana won that battle 30-24 over the final two quarters.

You Can Quote Me On That

“When you’ve got a crowd like we do, they will you to win games. Certainly in an atmosphere like this, you string a few stops together and get a few buckets…It got pretty damn loud in here. We obviously were feeding off that. Just credit to our fans. They’re amazing.” -McConnell

“Bro, I hadn’t seen this place like this in like three or four years, man. That was incredible. Just the energy in the building, they never really died down. It was very consistent. Obviously when it got to the fourth quarter, (Haliburton) made some huge plays. I think the city is really starting to rally around this team.” -Turner

“I don’t even know if it was as much about what was at stake as much as what they did to us last time we played. They beat us pretty bad…I think that just left a little bit of a bad taste in our mouth. Wanted to come out here and respond the right way.” -Haliburton on wanting to avenge a 51-point loss to the Celtics in Boston on Nov. 1

“I feel like we always responded when they made their runs. They have two hell of a good players over there, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum making tough shot after tough shot. Sometimes you have to tip your hat to them because that’s what good players do. But Tyrese was able to weather the storm, help us out and get us in our spots and we were able to close the game.” -Hield

“There was never a doubt for me when I got sick…This was no question. Didn’t matter. I was going to play tonight.” -Haliburton on playing through illness

“He was terrific. As the game went on, he became more and more determined on the defensive end. They were trying to attack him to wear him down…He got deflections, he scooped up loose balls. And some of the shotmaking and the assists were breathtaking. Really happy for him. There will be many, many more triple-doubles to come I’m sure.” -Carlisle on Haliburton

“I know when his confidence is up, we feed off of that. So when he’s starting to make shots, when he’s jumping around, he’s getting the crowd involved, the energy is just infectious. Everybody starts to feel it. Now we’re a little bit more amped up and what not…I’ve seen this guy do this countless times since he’s been here.” -Turner on Haliburton

“From the minute I got here, I felt the love from this organization and fan base. It really means the world to me to have the opportunity to represent Indiana and represent this storied organization…I’m in an amazing part of my life right now. I’m 23 years old and thrust into one of the best positions you can possibly be in. It’s really exciting for me. But at the end of the day, I just want to win.” -Haliburton on feeling the love in Indiana

“This is something that’s great for us. We need high-level competition. It really is another thing that is a simulator of playoff basketball.” -Carlisle on the IST

“That’s just who Aaron Nesmith is. I think he’s shown that time and time again…Indy loves a guy that gets out there and dives on the floor and gets guys going. I think he’s truly embraced that role. We know when the other team has a star player, we stick him on them and expect the best.” -Turner on Nesmith’s contributions on both ends

“He’s just a relentless competitor. In both Miami games, he got the ball downhill at the right times. He did it again tonight in the fourth quarter when we needed it when they were really paying a lot of attention to Ty (and) when Buddy was having trouble shaking loose. He’s just a terrific young player…He’s a big part of our future. His versatility is just so valuable.” -Carlisle on Nesmith

“It’s fun. You know there’s shots as a kid that you dream of just taking and making and hearing the whole crowd just going crazy. The workers, they can tell you I’m always in this gym every day. Good game, bad game, I’m always in the gym working. Every day I’m shooting I’m always thinking about making them shots like that. It was fun especially to feel that atmosphere and have them get so loud. And Aaron following up with a dunk was even (as) special, too.” -Hield on his big three right after Haliburton’s four-point play to seal the victory

Stat of the Night

The Pacers outscored Boston 37-23 in the third quarter to surge back ahead after entering halftime facing a seven-point deficit. They went 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) from the field and 6-for-12 from 3-point range while not committing a single turnover in the frame.

Haliburton scored or assisted on 24 of the first 27 points for Indiana in the frame.

Noteworthy

The Pacers are now 1-1 against the Celtics this season. Because of the added In-Season Tournament game, the two teams will meet five times in the regular season. Their next two games will come at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Jan. 6 and 8 before closing out the season series in Boston on Jan. 30.

With four 3-pointers on Tuesday, Hield moved past Peja Stojakovic for 26th place in NBA history. Hield now has 1,762 threes in his career. Stojakovic finished his career with 1,760.

Boston was without starting center Kristaps Porzingis on Monday due to a left calf strain. The 7-2 big man has missed four straight games with the injury, but is expected to return soon.

Up Next

The Pacers will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or New York Knicks in Las Vegas in the In-Season Tournament Semifinal on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 7

INDY FUEL WEEK SEVEN RESULTS 4-0-0

INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 8-8-2 (5th in Central Division)

GAME 15 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 VS. WHEELING – 3-2 W

The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night, looking for their first set of consecutive wins this season. With a 3-2 win, in regulation, the Fuel collected two points and will head into the weekend on a roll.

GAME 16 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT FORT WAYNE – 3-1 W

The Fuel began their weekend on the road in Fort Wayne to take on the Komets. It was a story of special teams as the Fuel came out on top 3-1 thanks to timely goals by their penalty kill and power play units.

GAME 17 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 VS. WHEELING – 4-3 OTW

The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers for Yellowstone Night on Saturday and in their third game in four days, Indy brought Wheeling to overtime and ultimately claimed both points in a 4-3 win.

GAME 18 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 VS. FORT WAYNE – 3-2 SOW

The Fuel hosted the Fort Wayne Komets on Sunday afternoon to finish off their weekend. Looking for their fifth straight win, Indy fought through another overtime period and a shootout but came out victorious with a 3-2 win.

ROSTER MOVES

Cam Bakker signed to Indy (11/28)

OIL DROPS

Santino Centorame is on a four-game point streak, claiming numerous assists over the weekend. Which ties the Fuel franchise record for most consecutive games with a point by a defenseman.

Andrew Bellant scored two power-play goals in the Komets/Indy Sunday matchup. He was the lone scorer in regulation on Sunday. 

Cam Hillis is tied for second for leading power-play assist for the league with nine.

Goalie Zach Driscoll is ranked 6th in the league for goaltenders. The weekend increased his save percentage to .910.

Two Fuel players had short-handed goals over the weekend. Bryan Lemos scored on Wednesday against Wheeling while killing off two penalties. Jordan Martin sniped one past Tyler Parks in Fort Wayne.

Anthony Petruzzelli claimed his first point while with the Fuel against his former team from last season (FW) on Friday. In total, he claimed two assists on Sunday off of Bellant’s PPGs.

TEAM NOTES

Indy is on a five-game win streak. The longest streak in the league at the moment.

The team claimed their first shootout win of the season, with Bryan Lemos, Colin Belik and Cam Hillis successfully making their shots against Fort Wayne’s Tyler Parks. Zach Driscoll defended one out of the two shootout shots against him.

When scoring first, the Fuel’s record is 6-1. Which was evident over the weekend.

The Fuel has capitalized on power plays over the weekend. They are 8th in the league for home power plays.

INDY FUEL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

GAME 19 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 VS. WHEELING

GAME 20 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 VS. FORT WAYNE

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UPCOMING FAN EXPERIENCES AND EVENTS

Get ready for lots of fun at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in 2023! Check out some of our upcoming promotions and special fan experiences!

Friday, December 8 – Wintertainment and Do317 Night! Enjoy a $3 domestic beer or soda, a $1 popcorn or a $7 craft beer or specialty t-shirt! Plus see Santa and a reindeer pregame in the lobby for all Wintertainment nights! Join a couple players post-game for autographs as well!

Saturday, December 9 – We are celebrating Peanuts – A Christmas Celebration and continuing Wintertainment with Santa and his reindeer. After the game, bid on the Fuel’s specialty Peanuts jerseys LIVE! Before the game, join us for a special ‘Cold Case Crackers’ event in the Taproom!

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 8 AT MICHIGAN

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues Big Ten play during its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball with a Tuesday night showdown at Michigan. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 5 at the Crisler Center on Peacock.

• After beginning the season 3-0, the Wolverines have dropped four of the last five games on the schedule to fall to 4-4. U of M finished 1-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis, an event the Hoosiers will participate in to open the 2024-25 season.

• Sophomore guard Dug McDaniel leads Michigan in scoring at 20.3 points per game, tied for the third-highest figure in the Big Ten. Fifth-year senior forward Olivier Nkamhoua provides 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing.

• Michigan makes 9.5 3-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from behind the arc.

Game Information

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 • 9 PM ET

Crisler Center (12,707) • Ann Arbor, Mich.

TV: Peacock (Jac Collinsworth, Stephen Bardo)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 110-65

Last Meeting: IU 75, MICH 73 (OT) on March 5, 2023, in Bloomington

Series History

• The Hoosiers have earned three-straight victories over the Wolverines, including a two-game sweep a season ago. The three wins have come by a combined eight points.

• Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson combined for 43 points, 19 rebounds, and six steals in a 75-73 (OT) win on Indiana’s Senior Day on March 5, 2023.

• IU escaped with a 62-61 victory in its last trip to the Crisler Center on Feb. 11, 2023. The win marked the first for the Hoosiers in Ann Arbor since Feb. 2, 2016. Jackson-Davis tallied 28 points, 11 rebounds, while Jalen Hood-Schifino had 21 points, five assists, and four rebounds.

Last Time Out

• Indiana used a big first half to defeat Maryland, 65-53, to open the Big Ten slate at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Dec. 1.

• Four Hoosiers, led by sophomore center Kel’el Ware, posted double figures in the scoring column. Ware produced a team-best 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor to go along with a career-high 14 rebounds.

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, three assist, and one steal. Over the last two games, the highly touted recruit is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway (12 points) and sophomore forward Malik Reneau (11) rounded out the scoring output. Galloway added career marks in rebounds (6) and assists (6).

B1G on Peacock

• You can watch Big Ten basketball games by first subscribing to Peacock. Then, either go to PeacockTV.com/Sports in your web browser or download the Peacock app on your phone, tablet, or streaming device and navigate to the Sports section. Find the LIVE game you want to watch and start streaming.

• Indiana will appear on Peacock for games against Michigan (Dec. 5), Rutgers (Jan. 9), Purdue (Jan. 16), Ohio State (Feb. 6), and Wisconsin (Feb. 27).

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 17.7), rebounds (4.1 to 9.6), assists (0.5 to 1.9), blocks (1.3 to 1.6), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 64.4%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in points per game, rebounds, and blocks in 32 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in all seven games this season after producing just eight such games as a rookie. In his last two outings, the 7-footer has averaged 23.0 points and 11.0 rebounds on 80.0% (20-of-25) shooting from the floor.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in all seven games this season, including five efforts of at least 14 points. He notched a career-high 18 points against No. 5/4 UConn (Nov. 19).

• The Miami, Fla., native scored in double figures in seven games during his freshman campaign, while hitting 14 points or more just twice.

• Reneau is averaging 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 27 minutes per game.

Paint Production

• Indiana averages 39.4 points per game in the paint and shoots 58.1% (162-of-279) from inside the arc. The Hoosiers hold opponents to 25.1 points per night in the key.

• IU scored a season-best 56 points in the paint against Wright State (Nov. 16). The Hoosiers also tallied 50 paint points against Harvard (Nov. 26).

IU Never Trailed in Win over Maryland

• The Hoosiers scored 20 seconds into the game and never looked back in a 65-53 victory over the Maryland Terrapins (Dec. 1) in the Big Ten opener at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Indiana, led by a career-high 14 rebounds from sophomore center Kel’el Ware, outrebounded Maryland by a count of 46-30. IU pulled down 15 offensive rebounds. Four of Indiana’s five starters posted at least 10 points and five rebounds.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#4 PURDUE BOUNCES BACK WITH 87-68 WIN OVER IOWA

[4] Purdue 87, Iowa 68 (Postgame Notes)

No. 4-ranked Purdue bounced back from its first loss of the year and improved to 8-1 overall with an 87-68 win over Iowa at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers have now won eight of their last 10 games against Iowa.

 Purdue has won six straight games against Iowa in Mackey Arena, winning the six games by a combined 114 points (19.0 PPG).

The win was Matt Painter’s 210th win in Big Ten play, now tied for sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list in conference games only (Branch McCracken – 210).

Purdue is now 74-12 at home against Big Ten teams since the start of the 2014-15 season. Against unranked Big Ten teams at Mackey Arena, Purdue is 62-6 in that span.

Purdue has scored at least 85 points in back-to-back conference games for the first time since Jan. 20 to Jan. 25, 2018 (87 vs. Iowa; 92 vs. Michigan).

Purdue improved to 15-4 in home Big Ten openers under Matt Painter, having won eight straight league home openers.

Iowa is ranked No. 40 in KenPom. Purdue is now 5-1 this season in games against the KenPom top-50. No other team in America has more than three top-50 wins.

Purdue is now 15-1 (.938) all-time on December 4, the best winning percentage for a date on the calendar (min. 10 games).

After having 17 turnovers against Northwestern, Purdue had just eight turnovers against the Hawks, recording 24 assists on 34 made field goals.

Purdue shot 26-of-40 (.650) from inside the 3-point line.

Purdue scored on its first 13 possessions of the second half, starting the 2nd half 12-of-15 from the field.

Purdue held Iowa to its second-lowest point total of the season and to only 24 points in the first half.

Zach Edey scored 25 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 24 minutes of action, going 9-of-10 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.

Edey is now averaging 23.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.1 assists per game in 28.4 minutes, while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. However, in six games against high-major opponents, Edey is averaging 27.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

Edey recorded his 25th career 20-10 game, now tied for the most for a Big Ten player since the 2010-11 season. He notched his 46th career double-double (34 in 43 games since start of last year) and his 60th straight game in double-figures.

Edey is now averaging 33.3 points, 15.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per 40 minutes this season.

In Big Ten play, Edey is averaging 30.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per game, shooting 70.4 percent from the field.

Lance Jones scored a season-high 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, including nine in the first two minutes of the second half. 

Braden Smith had just two points, but added eight assists and six rebounds against just one turnover in 25 minutes of action. He was +33 in his 25 minutes of action.

Smith is averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Zach Edey was dominant, but Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said the rest of Purdue’s team deserves credit too.

Edey scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as No. 4 Purdue bounced back from its first loss of the season and blew past Iowa 87-68 on Monday night.

“He’s difficult, but I think you have to give credit to the rest of the guys that are out there for them,” McCaffery said. “They really executed tonight in terms of screening and cutting and ball movement which makes it really hard if you’re trying to focus on him. Obviously, they’re not a one man show at all. They have shooters, they have drivers, they have size. They stretch your defense in ways that makes it very difficult.”

Edey hit 9 of 10 shots and 7 of 9 free throws while sitting out much of the second half. Lance Jones added 17 points for Purdue (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten), playing its first game since a 92-88 overtime loss to Northwestern on Friday.

Mason Gillis and Fletcher Loyer each scored 12 and Trey Kaufman-Renn scored 10.

Ben Krikke led the Hawkeyes (5-3, 0-1) with 16 points and Tony Perkins added 12.

The Boilermakers, who never trailed, kept building on their 21-point halftime lead most of the second half before going to their reserves. Purdue’s largest lead was 35 points at 72-37.

Purdue, which held a 41-35 rebounding edge, shot 52% while holding Iowa to 38% shooting.

Gillis sank a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in first half to give Purdue a 45-24 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes shot 32% in the first half, making only 1 of 9 3-point shots. The Boilermakers shot 48% before intermission, making 6 of 17 3-pointers.

“I just thought we were aggressive against their press,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “When we got the ball out of our hands and had space, our guys really advanced it with the pass and dribbles. Our guys did a good job of being receivers and flashing.”

Jones and Braden Smith, who had eight assists, both did a strong job with diagonal passes, Painter said.

“Braden played great and he only made one shot,” he said.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes struggled shooting and were outrebounded. Iowa had no answer for Edey. Purdue outscored Iowa 50-34 in the paint. The lone positive is that Iowa held a 44-42 second-half scoring edge.

Purdue: The Boilermakers had a nice bounce back after being upset by host Northwestern. That was the second consecutive time No. 1 Purdue was upset by the Wildcats. Purdue committed just eight turnovers against Iowa compared to 17 in the loss at Northwestern.

BIG IMPACT

Southern Illinois transfer Lance Jones has been a key factor in Purdue’s first nine games. Jones sank 7 of 11 shots against Iowa.

“He’s an athlete,” McCaffery said. “He can push it. He can play fast. He can play half court. He can make 3s and works hard defensively. So you add a veteran guy like that and now you’re bringing guys like Mason Gillis, Ethan Morton, Caleb Furst off the bench. They would be starting for most teams.”

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

NELSON NAMED TO 2024 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM PRELIMINARY ROSTER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – USA Hockey has announced the 2024 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster which features Notre Dame rookie forward Danny Nelson following his standout first semester with the Irish.

The Maple Grove, Minnesota, native currently ranks second on the team in points thus far in 2023-24, boasting three goals and 11 assists for 14 points.

His 14 points also ranks among the nation’s best rookies and is fifth in the Big Ten Conference among all first-year skaters.

Most recently, Nelson helped lift the Irish to a 6-1 victory over arch rival Michigan with the third multi-point game of his young collegiate career. After assisting on a goal late in the second period to give Notre Dame the 4-1 lead, Nelson closed out the scoring in game one against the Wolverines with an unassisted tally in the final minute of regulation.

Following the team’s upcoming series at Michigan State, Nelson will depart for Plymouth, Michigan for Team USA’s training camp December 14-16. The final roster will be announced at the conclusion of camp with the 25 selected participants departing for Sweden ahead of the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championships set for December 26-January 5 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

XAVIER WATTS WINS BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY

Charlotte, North Carolina — University of Notre Dame junior safety Xavier Watts (Omaha, Nebraska) has been named the winner of the 2023 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s best defensive player.

Watts is the second Notre Dame player to earn the prestigious award after linebacker Manti Te’o in 2012. He was one of five finalists for the award which included Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean, Illinois defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton, Georgia safety Malaki Starks and NC State linebacker Payton Wilson.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football, then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA includes college football’s most prestigious awards and its 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients dating back to 1935.

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 tackles for loss, 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).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

BALLIN AGAINST THE BRONCOS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s basketball (3-4) finally gets to return to Purcell Pavilion for a mid-week matchup against Western Michigan (2-5). The Fighting Irish will host the Broncos on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. ET on ACCNX. Tickets are still available for purchase via the link in the table above.

Swifties unite and be a part of Irish Hoops (Taylor’s Version) on Tuesday. We’ll have light-up bracelets, a special poster giveaway and Taylor music throughout the night.

NOTRE DAME vs WMU

A series that began over a century ago, 1916 as a matter of fact. The Irish are 21-8 all-time against Western Michigan and have won 10 straight in the series. The last time these two clashed on the hardwood – Dec. 20, 2021, when ND won 78-61. The Irish have not lost to the Broncos since 1966.

HOME SWEET HOME

Seven games into the season and the Irish have spent four of them away from the friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion. At home, the Irish are averaging 68.7 points on 46.4% shooting from the floor, with a .343 mark from three-point range. Away from Purcell, the Irish are averaging just 56.8 points on 34.2% shooting, with a .212 mark from three.

NOTABLE FROM MIAMI

Notre Dame’s defensive efforts limited the Hurricanes to a season-low in points – 24 points fewer than their season average of 86 points per game. Miami also entered the contest ranked 2nd in the country in three-point shooting percentage (.431) and 15th in FG% (.510). Notre Dame then limited them to .389 and .463, respectively.

“We can guard, even for a group of freshmen and sophomores,” Coach Shrewsberry said. “They’re believing in what we’re talking about. We’re sitting in a stance and guarding. It’s all positive. There ain’t no moral victories. I’ll tell you that much.”

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 66.1 now ranks 3rd in the ACC and 77th in the country.

“Coming here and playing this way against this team, all you’re looking for is belief. We’re getting more and more of it as we keep playing well in difficult environments.”

TRENDING

J.R. Konieczny is emerging as an early-season standout for the Irish. He has recorded double-digit points in four of the last five games. He leads the team in scoring in that five-game span, averaging 12.2 points on 46.5% shooting, including a 9-for-23 mark from three. He’s also averaging 6.6 rebounds in that span. Konieczny is coming off a career high four made three-pointers in a 14-point showing at #8 Miami (12/2).

Also trending right now for Notre Dame is Tae Davis. In the last two games Davis has flashed his ability to attack the rim: 27 points (13.5 ppg) and 18 rebounds (9.0 rpg) – seven of which have been offensive boards. Davis is coming off his first career double-double and against #8 Miami (12/2) no less – recording 12 points and 10 rebounds.

CRASHING THE GLASS

The Irish dominated the offensive boards at #8 Miami as they outrebounded the Hurricanes 15-6. It marked the first time Notre Dame achieved at least 15 O-boards since they grabbed 19 against High Point on Nov. 16, 201.

Tae Davis was a big part of that, reeling in four offensive rebounds to ultimately collect a career high 10 boards. Davis now leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 per game. He also averages a team best 2.3 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks 9th in the ACC.

HITTING THE MARK(US)

Everyone is starting to take notice of freshman point guard Markus Burton. To help you get more acquainted, read up on the following stats:

His 14.9 ppg leads all ACC freshmen and ranks 10th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

Burton has started his career with five straight games in double figures before the streak ended with 8 points at South Carolina.

Burton picked up his second game of 20 or more points against Oklahoma St on Nov. 17. The following is a list of the most 20-point games by an Irish freshman: Adrian Dantley (13 in ‘73-74), Troy Murphy (10 in ‘98-99) and David Rivers (10 in ‘84-85).

Twice this season, Burton has notched double-digit points in the second half alone – Oklahoma St and Niagara.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER MBB CONTINUES HOMESTAND, HOSTS BUFFALO TUESDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE

Butler (6-2) vs. Buffalo (1-7)

Tuesday, Dec. 5;  8:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Jason Ross, Jr. & Dickey Simpkins

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 390, SXM App 980 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

SERIES WITH BUFFALO: First Meeting

• Butler is in the midst of a five-game homestand, which includes the final four non-conference games of the season and the BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19.

• Jahmyl Telfort (26) and DJ Davis (25) combined for 51 points in Butler’s 103-95 overtime win over Texas Tech Thursday as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.

• Telfort and Davis were the first pair of Butler teammates to each score 25 or more in the same game since Chuck Harris (29) and Simas Lukosius (27) in a March 9, 2022 win over Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament.

• Posh Alexander posted his first career triple-double in the win over Texas Tech, finishing with 10 points, 11 assists, and matching his career-high with 10 rebounds. It’s the first triple-double by a Butler player since Roosevelt Jones at St. John’s Feb. 6, 2016, and just the third Butler triple-double since 1984.

• Prior to Thursday’s win over Texas Tech, the Bulldogs last scored 100 points in a game Dec. 30, 2017 when Butler defeated No. 1 Villanova, 101-93, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from the field vs. Texas Tech. It’s the fourth consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better. Butler has made at least half of its attempts in five of the first eight games of the season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in five of the team’s eight games to start the season, including Thursday’s win over Texas Tech.

• The Bulldogs hit a season-best 12 three-pointers in the win over Texas Tech.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in six of its eight games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points in the Nov. 24 win over Penn State; he followed that with 25 points in the Nov. 26 win over Boise State. Brooks is the first Bulldog with back-to-back 25-point games since Kelan Martin, who accomplished the feat in his final two games at Butler as part of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (27 vs. Arkansas and 29 vs. Purdue).

• Twenty of Brooks’s 25 points against Boise State Nov. 26 came in the second half; he is the first Bulldog to score 20 points in a half since Chuck Harris on March 6, 2021.

• Brooks has made 14 of his 26 three-point attempts (54 percent) over the team’s last four games; in the team’s first four games of the season, he went 7-for-24 (29 percent).

• Butler’s 78-percent free throw percentage is 24th nationally.

• DJ Davis ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (96.9). He has two separate games going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and has hit 31 of his 32 attempts on the season.

• Andre Screen has made 27 of his first 35 attempts (77 percent) to begin his Butler career. Screen had a season-high 14 points in the win over Texas Tech.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five of the team’s eight games this season.

• Butler out-rebounded Texas Tech, 40-24, Thursday night. The +16 differential was the best of the season so far for the Bulldogs.

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Brooks is the only Bulldog who has scored at least 10 points in each game so far this season.

• Connor Turnbull’s six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU were one shy of the Butler single-game record.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 74-2 over its last 76 non-conference home games.

• Butler has won 12 straight non-conference home games.

• Matta is 27-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in all four of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark three times).

Top Team Performances

• The 86 points scored by the Bulldogs in Thursday’s loss to No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic were the most by Butler in a loss since a 90-87 loss to No. 21 Seton Hall Jan. 6, 2018.

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER

SLIMAK, ANTOINE EARN UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer tandem of Sam Slimak and Emma Antoine were recently named All-North Region by the United Soccer Coaches, recognizing the nation’s top players. Slimak, a midfielder, was voted to the Second Team while Antoine, a forward, was named to the Third Team. Both were previously named First Team All-Horizon League at season’s end and helped IUPUI to an 11-3-5 mark with a 5-1-4 record in Horizon League play.

Slimak, who was a third team honoree last season, had six goals and two assists this fall, including four game-winning goals. She tallied the game-winning goals in victories over Southern Illinois, Youngstown State, Green Bay and Purdue Fort Wayne this past season, finishing atop the league in shot attempts (57) and game-winners (4). Her 14 total points tied for ninth in the Horizon League this past season while her six goals tied for eighth. For her career, she totaled 10 goals and seven assists in 48 games, making 43 starts.

Antoine was the team’s top offensive producer this past season, finishing with five goals and a Horizon League-best 10 assists. Her 10 assists were one shy of a single-season school record while her 20 points tied for the ninth-best single-season in IUPUI history. She had at least one point in 14 of 19 games this past season and tallied game-winners against Lindenwood and Detroit Mercy. For her career, Antoine has 11 goals and 11 assists in 60 games and recently announced that she intends on playing a fifth season for the Jaguars next fall.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

JIHAD NAMED MAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

The junior forward scored a career-high 25 points, including 21 in the first half, on Tuesday night at Little Rock while tallying four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jihad followed that up with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday to lead the Cardinals to a 67-58 win over Bellarmine. The double-double was his second of the season.

The Detroit, Mich., native leads Ball State in scoring (17.5 points per game), rebounding (6.8 per game) and field goal percentage (51.5) among Cardinals taking an average of at least four shots per game. Jihad shares the honor with Ohio’s sophomore guard Elmore James.

This is Ball State’s first weekly recognition of the season and Jihad’s initial MAC Player of the Week honor.

Jihad and the Cardinals sport a 6-2 record going into Wednesday’s game at Detroit Mercy.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RENNA SCHWIETERMAN SELECTED AS HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – Renna Schwieterman of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team was selected as the Horizon League’s Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Monday (Dec. 4).

The Jay County High School grad led Purdue Fort Wayne to a 2-0 record with a pair of Horizon League wins. She averaged 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She shot 52.9 percent from the floor (9-of-17) and 44.4 percent from 3-point land (4-of-9). Schwieterman had 10 points in an 84-66 win at Oakland with a 4-for-7 effort (57.1 percent). She followed it up with a 14-point performance at home in a 71-60 win over Wright State. She was 5-for-10 from the floor in that game and added six rebounds.

The 6-foot forward is fourth in the Horizon League and top-200 nationally in 3-pointers per game.

Schwieterman and the Mastodons will take the floor again on Wednesday (Dec. 6) at Bellarmine at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI ENDS HOMESTAND BY HOSTING FORT WAYNE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concludes a three-game homestand Wednesday when it hosts Purdue University Fort Wayne for “Hawaiian Night” at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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

Fan can follow all of the action on the ESPN+. The USI-Fort Wayne contest also can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com) and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

USI, which is 2-7, looks to end the homestand on a high note after a heartbreaking loss to Bowling Green State University, 54-52, Saturday. The Screaming Eagles led at halftime (28-21), but lost the lead in the final 20 minutes and missed a chance to tie the game at the buzzer.

The Eagles had three players in double-digits, led by the 15-point performance of junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois). Junior forwards Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) and Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) followed with 11 points each.

Hernandez and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) lead USI in scoring for the season with 12.8 points and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Smith also is grabbing a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game.

Fort Wayne has been on a roll to start the year, going 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League. The Mastodons won both of its games last week, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 75-71, at home and Oakland University, 98-77, on the road.

The USI-Fort Wayne game will be the first match-up between the two programs at USI since November 30, 2000, when both were members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

USI leads the all-time series with Fort Wayne, 25-14, after falling to the Mastodons last year on the road, 83-59. The Eagles have won 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Mastodons since the 1992-93 season.

Following Wednesday’s homestand finale, the Eagles go north to play Indiana State University Saturday for a 1 p.m. (CST) tipoff in Terre Haute, Indiana. The game will be carried on ESPN+ and ESPN 97.7FM.  

The Sycamores are red hot to start the season, posting a 7-1 overall mark and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois University, 77-48, and Bradley University, 85-77, to start Valley play.

USI won the first meeting between the two programs last season at Screaming Eagles Arena, defeating the Sycamores in overtime, 88-85.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VISITS GOVERNORS STATE ON TUESDAY

at Governors State (6-1)

Tuesday | December 5 | 6 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball team will travel to University Park, Ill. to face NAIA affiliate Governors State on Tuesday. This will be the first time the two institutions will meet. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. ET in the Governors State ARC.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy fell, 78-70, in a tough loss to No. 6 Drury. UIndy led Dury for the first 11:03 of the game. This was due to the speed the Greyhounds came out with. Liv Becker gave UIndy six out of the Hounds’ 18 points during the quarter. The Panthers came back in the second quarter, quickly taking over the lead for the rest of the game. The Greyhounds did not give up. The team kept pushing and attempted to cut the lead.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS VISIT LAKERS IN NON-CONFERENCE BOUT

vs. Grand Valley State Lakers

Tuesday | December 5 | 6 p.m.

The UIndy men’s basketball team visits in-region Grand Valley State on Tuesday, marking the second straight season the Greyhounds will compete in Allendale, Mich. The Crimson and Grey were victorious a year ago with a thrilling 72-66 win in GVSU Fieldhouse.

LAST TIME OUT

The Greyhounds opened GLVC play with a pair of dominating wins over the weekend, defeating Southwest Baptist and Drury from Nicoson Hall. UIndy surrendered just 50 and 51 points, respectively, and currently rank 22nd in scoring defense among all NCAA Division II programs.

Paul Zilinskas averaged 18.5 points per game against the league foes, scoring a season-high 19 against Southwest Baptist in Thursday’s opener.

UINDY WRESTLING

WRESTLING TIES PROGRAM RECORD WITH #3 RANKING IN NWCA POLL

MANHEIM, Pa. – A new National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll is here and the University of Indianapolis wrestling team has matched their best-ever ranking, coming in at No. 3 behind seven wrestlers appearing in the individual rankings.

The top two ranked Greyhounds have not changed, with Cale Gray staying at No. 1 at heavyweight and Derek Blubaugh at No. 2 for 197. Entering the top three of the individual rankings is Dawson Combest, who after battling injury all of last season, will make his return as the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 157.

Also making a new appearance in the NWCA rankings is Owen Zablocki, who after an electric start to the season at 165, will land at No. 11. Aidan Petersen also makes his debut at No. 12 in the 184 class.

Ray Rioux, after a dominant performance at the Findlay Open just a few weeks ago, will climb the 141 leaderboards to No. 8 from his previous 11th-place spot. Owen Butler is the only Greyhound to see a drop, but not too far, going from sixth to seventh this time around.

The Hounds will return to the mat next at the 44th Midwest Classic in just two weeks. The yearly super tournament will bring in over 50 DII schools to Indianapolis, with seven of the top 10 making the trip. Action is set to begin on Saturday, Dec. 16 and will conclude the day after. Stay on the lookout for more information on this year’s classic on UIndyAthletics.com and on all our social medias.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston155.7509-06-58-114-47-31 L
Philadelphia127.6322.57-35-44-28-54-62 L
New York127.6322.56-36-41-210-47-33 W
Brooklyn109.5264.57-53-41-39-86-41 W
Toronto911.4506.06-53-60-65-104-61 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee146.7009-15-52-212-68-21 W
Indiana118.5792.57-54-34-19-75-52 W
Cleveland119.5503.05-66-32-27-47-31 W
Chicago714.3337.56-61-83-25-93-72 W
Detroit218.10012.01-91-91-52-110-1017 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando146.7009-25-43-19-39-11 L
Miami119.5503.05-36-63-08-85-51 L
Atlanta910.4744.53-56-53-26-94-61 L
Charlotte612.3337.03-73-53-36-93-71 L
Washington316.15810.51-62-101-72-151-92 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota154.7899-16-34-010-28-24 W
Oklahoma City136.6842.06-47-21-27-58-22 W
Denver147.6672.09-05-72-112-55-51 L
Utah713.3508.56-41-92-47-104-61 W
Portland613.3169.02-54-81-32-93-71 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix128.6005-57-32-29-68-21 W
Sacramento118.5790.56-35-53-310-86-41 L
LA Lakers129.5710.58-24-73-29-66-41 W
LA Clippers910.4742.56-33-72-28-86-41 W
Golden State911.4503.04-65-53-48-93-71 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas118.5795-46-44-26-64-62 L
New Orleans1210.5450.58-44-63-29-86-41 W
Houston89.4712.08-10-82-27-84-63 L
Memphis514.2636.01-84-62-35-114-61 L
San Antonio316.1588.01-92-71-33-110-1014 L

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins930.7500.03842665-0-04-3-06-2-03-1-03 W
Buffalo Bills660.5003.03282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets480.3335.01712512-5-02-3-02-6-01-3-05 L
New England Patriots2100.1677.01482541-6-01-4-02-5-02-2-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs840.6670.02752084-2-04-2-06-1-03-1-01 L
Denver Broncos660.5002.02633024-3-02-3-03-5-01-2-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers570.4173.02752582-4-03-3-03-4-01-1-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.02022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers750.5832.01922294-3-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns750.5832.02582455-1-02-4-05-3-03-2-02 L
Cincinnati Bengals660.5003.02462733-3-03-3-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars840.6670.02852593-4-05-0-06-3-04-1-01 L
Indianapolis Colts750.5831.03002962-4-05-1-05-3-03-2-04 W
Houston Texans750.5831.02812495-2-02-3-04-3-01-2-01 W
Tennessee Titans480.3334.02132554-2-00-6-02-6-00-3-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1020.8330.03292885-1-05-1-06-1-03-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys930.7501.03882206-0-03-3-06-3-03-1-04 W
New York Giants480.3336.01592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders490.3086.52613951-5-03-4-02-7-00-5-04 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers930.7500.03521894-1-05-2-07-1-03-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams660.5003.02682533-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-03 W
Seattle Seahawks660.5003.02642904-2-02-4-05-4-01-3-03 L
Arizona Cardinals3100.2316.52303312-4-01-6-02-6-00-4-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions930.7500.03272864-2-05-1-06-2-02-1-01 W
Minnesota Vikings660.5003.02632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers660.5003.02582434-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-03 W
Chicago Bears480.3335.02422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons660.5000.02262404-2-02-4-04-4-03-0-02 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers570.4171.02332453-3-02-4-04-4-02-1-01 W
New Orleans Saints570.4171.02572552-3-03-4-02-5-01-2-03 L
Carolina Panthers1110.0835.01913131-4-00-7-00-8-00-3-05 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Boston Bruins241743371681599-1-18-3-26-3-1
Florida Panthers241482301472627-4-07-4-25-4-1
Detroit Red Wings231373291386688-3-25-4-16-2-2
Toronto Maple Leafs22126428876747-4-15-2-36-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning2611105271187937-3-34-7-25-4-1
Montreal Canadiens251111325972896-7-15-4-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2510132221071855-6-05-7-23-6-1
Ottawa Senators19910018864637-7-02-3-05-5-0
 
Metropolitan Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Rangers231841371780608-2-010-2-18-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes241491291382778-2-16-7-06-3-1
Philadelphia Flyers2513102281174706-6-17-4-16-3-1
Washington Capitals221282261052657-4-15-4-16-4-0
New York Islanders23107626965744-3-46-4-25-2-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2411103251173635-6-16-4-23-4-3
New Jersey Devils2211101231179835-6-16-4-04-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets26814420874886-7-12-7-34-6-0
 
Western Conference
Central Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche241572321487718-2-07-5-26-2-2
Dallas Stars231463311379666-4-18-2-25-3-2
Winnipeg Jets241482301477668-5-16-3-17-3-0
Arizona Coyotes241392281182688-4-05-5-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues2413101271270747-3-06-7-15-5-0
Nashville Predators2412120241276778-6-04-6-07-3-0
Minnesota Wild22810420770805-4-23-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks23716014756853-6-04-10-02-8-0
 
Pacific Division
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights261655371383619-2-27-3-34-2-4
Vancouver Canucks251681331696648-2-18-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings211443311481505-4-39-0-07-2-1
Calgary Flames2410113231071825-4-15-7-26-3-1
Seattle Kraken26812622770924-6-14-6-53-4-3
Anaheim Ducks241014020967845-9-05-5-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers22912119874795-4-14-8-07-3-0
San Jose Sharks256172146471025-6-21-11-04-5-1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

2009 Big 12 Title Game – Texas versus Nebraska

It was called the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game on December 5, 2009, at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas. The combatants were the Texas University Longhorns against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Bo Pelini coached the Huskers while Mack Brown oversaw the Longhorn’s sideline. There was a controversy at the end of this game. On what many deem as the last play of the contest, Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy rolled far to the right as Huskers D-lineman Ndamukong Suh had him in his sights. To avoid the sack, McCoy launched a pass well out of bounds far beyond the line of scrimmage. The clock appeared to go to zeroes, ending the game. Nebraska and its fans started celebrating a 12–10 victory. But hold on a minute; the video replay official determined that there was reviewable evidence of an error concerning the game clock and placed one second back onto the clock. The review and repair looked correct, as the ESPN/ABC video feed showed that McCoy’s pass hit a stadium railing out of bounds with 1 second left. Texas took full advantage of the restored time and trotted out kicker Hunter Lawrence, who nailed a 46-yard field goal to expire the time on the clock and give the Longhorns a 13-12 victory. They captured the Big 12 and advanced to the BCS title game. ESPN called it the 66th Greatest College game of all time.

2009 Cincinnati versus Pitt

Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was the place for college football fans to attend between the 15th-ranked Pitt Panthers and the Number 5 Cincinnati Bearcats. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt prepared the home team against Coach Brian Kelley’s offensive schemes. The Bearcats’ title aspirations were doubtful as the Panthers held a 21-point lead late in the first half. Pitts Dion Lewis led the way on two rushing TDs, while his teammate QB Bill Stull’s TD toss to Jonathan Baldwin helped the Pittsburgh surge. Bearcat speedster Mardy Gilyard erupted for 374 yards and two scores as the Bearcats rallied from down 21. Lewis’s third time crossing the goal line via a five-yard run put Pitt ahead 44-38 with 1:36 remaining. Holder Andrew Janocko muffed a perfect snap from center, and Pitt never got off the extra point, a mistake that would hurt later. Cincinnati posted its first lead on Tony Pike’s 29-yard TD pass to Armon Binns with 33 seconds left. ESPN called this the 127th Greatest College Game in history in a 2019 poll.

1998 Miami versus UCLA

The regular-season finale game played in the Orange Bowl on December 5, 1998, between the UCLA Bruins and the Miami Hurricanes was important. Initially scheduled for September 26, however, the threat of Hurricane Georges prompted a date move. The season was on the line for the 10-0 Bruins because they guaranteed an invite to the BCS Championship game at the Fiesta Bowl with a win. The program had not had a shot at the national title since 1954. Head Coach Bob Toledo led the UCLA program, and he would match wits against the clever strategist of Coach Butch Davis for the 7-3 Hurricanes. On paper, it looked like a cakewalk for UCLA. After all, they were on a 20-game winning streak while the Canes were blown out by Syracuse 66-13 a week earlier. Miami, though, came to play and held a four-point lead at the half. The Bruins responded after some halftime adjustments to rattle off 21 unanswered points, taking a 38-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Miami rallied to get within 3 with under 4-minutes to play. UCLA began a methodical drive intended to burn the remaining time on the clock. However, this strategy got interrupted on a crucial play at the 3:34 mark. Bruins signal-caller Cade McNown, on 3rd and eighth near midfield, threw a completion to receiver Brad Melsby. The UCLA stalwart hauled in the pass and ran it to the Miami 26, where he was tackled and stripped of the ball. The Canes recovered it, or at least that was the ruling on the field. Instant replay review by officials was not in place then, and broadcast replays showed Melsby’s knee was down before losing possession. The Canes took advantage of the situation and drove the field, scoring a TD with just under a minute remaining. The Miami defense diffused any attempt at UCLA to get into a scoring position to provide the victory. Miami’s Edgerrin James was a workhorse, rushing for a school-record 299 yards, while QB Scott Covington went 19 of 29 for 318 yards passing in the contest. UCLA put up 670 yards of offense in the loss, with McNown setting a school record with 513 yards through the air. ESPN ranked this as the 84th Greatest College football game ever played.

1992 SEC Title Game – Bama versus Florida

The SEC Championship game played on December 5, 1992, between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide, found its way into one of the greatest games ever played. Florida rolled into Birmingham for the game with an 8-3 record, while Bama entered the contest ranked Number 2 in the Nation with a sparkling 11-0 ledger. The Gators changed the scoreboard first, with a five-yard TD catch by Errict Rhett in the first quarter. The Tide responded by reeling off the following 21 points. The first of these points came to a tad later on a Derrick Lassic 3-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7–7. In the second quarter, Curtis Brown would haul in a 30-yard touchdown strike from Jay Barker to take a 14–7 lead at the half. Bama would roll further in the second half on a third Lassic fun to paydirt. The Gators started to mount a comeback as they were down by two scores. Willie Jackson would catch a pass from 4 yards out of Shane Matthews, followed by another Rhett score to knock the game at 21. The momentum was all Florida now as they looked to start marching for the go-ahead drive with just over 3 minutes left. That is when it all changed, as Matthews sailed an errant pass that landed into Antonio Langham’s arms, and his pick-six of 27 yards provided the final score of 28-21 Alabama. The contest was ranked as the 94th Greatest College Football Game played in the first 150 years by ESPN.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

42 – 7 – 33 – 20 – 32 – 85 – 17 – 81

December 5, 1943 – The temporary merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers was dissolved

December 5, 1948 – New York Football Giants, Number 42, Charley Conerly set an NFL record of 36 pass completions

December 5, 1968 – Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito, Number 7 of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony’s (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

December 5, 1970 – LA Rams Number 33, Willie Ellison set an NFL record of 247 yards rushing

December 5, 1972 – 38th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Nebraska running back Number 20, Johnny Rodgers.

December 5, 1974 – NFL’s Seattle Seahawks formed

December 5, 1981 – 47th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Southern Cal running back Number 32, Marcus Allen.

December 5, 1982 – Mel Gray, wearing Number 85 of the St Louis Cardinals  had his NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions end

December 5, 1982 – Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Number 17, Brian Sipe set a franchise record with 33 pass completions

December 5, 1987 – 53rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Wide Receiver, Tim Brown, Number 81 of Notre Dame

TV TUESDAY

NBA REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: NEW YORK AT MILWUAKEE7:30PMTNT
IN-SEASON TORUNAMENT: PHOENIX AT LA LAKERS10:00PMTNT
NHL REGULAR SEASONTIME ETTV
NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA7:00PMMSG
SPORTSNET
LOS ANGELES AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT BUFFALO7:30PMESPN+
HULU
SAN JOSE AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMNBCS-CA
MSGSN
NASHVILLE AT CHICAGO8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
ANAHEIM AT COLORADO9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
MINNESOTA AT CALGARY9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NEW JERSEY AT VANCOUVER10:00PMMSGSN
SPORTSNET
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLTIME ETTV
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AT BOSTON COLLEGE6:00PMACCN
FISHER AT UMASS LOWELL6:00PMESPN+
LE MOYNE AT ARMY WEST POINT6:00PMESPN+
ILLINOIS VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC6:30PMESPN
DELAWARE AT XAVIER6:30PMFS1
GEORGE MASON AT TENNESSEE6:30PMESPN+
QUEENS AT WINTHROP6:30PMESPN+
VILLANOVA AT KANSAS STATE7:00PMESPN2
PROVIDENCE AT OKLAHOMA7:00PMESPNU
DREXEL AT PRINCETON7:00PMESPN+
NAVY AT GEORGE WASHINGTON7:00PMMNMT
MERRIMACK AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT VIRGINIA7:00PMACCNX
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NOTRE DAME7:00PMACCNX
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE7:00PMPEACOCK
BRADLEY AT AKRON7:00PMESPN+
WESTERN CAROLINA AT HIGH POINT7:00PMESPN+
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT LIBERTY7:00PMESPN+
EDWARD WATERS AT NORTH FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
LAFAYETTE AT COLUMBIA7:00PMESPN+
STETSON AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMESPN+
SUNY POTSDAM AT UALBANY7:00PMESPN+
PFEIFFER AT THE CITADEL7:00PMESPN+
UNC ASHEVILLE AT KENNESAW STATE7:00PMESPN+
NEW COLLEGE AT FGCU7:00PMESPN+
MIAMI (OH) AT OHIO STATE7:00PMBTN+
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA7:30PMSECN
CHAMPION CHRISTIAN AT ULM7:30PMESPN+
MISSOURI STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE7:30PMESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN7:30PMESPN+
CORNELL AT SYRACUSE8:00PMACCN
SOUTHERN UTAH AT UTAH8:00PMPAC12N
MOUNT ST. MARY’S AT OLE MISS8:00PMESPN+
WEBER STATE AT UTAH VALLEY8:00PMESPN+
MIDWAY AT AUSTIN PEAY8:00PMESPN+
CENTRAL PENN AT APP STATE8:00PMESPN+
KANSAS CITY AT KANSAS8:00PMESPN+
INDIANA STATE AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS8:00PMESPN+
HARDIN-SIMMONS AT TARLETON8:00PMESPN+
BUFFALO AT BUTLER8:30PMFS1
SOUTH DAKOTA MINES AT WYOMING8:30PMMWN
LOYOLA CHICAGO AT TULSA8:30PMESPN+
UCONN VS. NORTH CAROLINA9:00PMESPN
SETON HALL AT BAYLOR9:00PMESPN2
SAN DIEGO STATE AT GRAND CANYON9:00PMESPNU
OKLAHOMA STATE AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS9:00PMCBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT BOISE STATE9:00PMMWN
UAPB AT GONZAGA9:00PMESPN+
INDIANA AT MICHIGAN9:00PMPEACOCK
PACIFIC AT IDAHO9:00PMESPN+
EVANSVILLE AT BYU9:00PMESPN+
OCCIDENTAL AT UC SAN DIEGO9:00PMESPN+
MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN AT MONTANA9:00PMESPN+
KENT STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE9:15PMMIDCO SPORTS
MONTANA STATE AT WASHINGTON10:00PMPAC12N
IDAHO STATE AT FRESNO STATE10:00PMMWN
WHITTIER AT CSU BAKERSFIELD10:00PMESPN+
CLEVELAND STATE AT SAINT MARY’S10:00PMESPN+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
DFB POKAL: KAISERSLAUTERN VS NÜRNBERG12:00PMESPN+
DFB POKAL: MAGDEBURG VS FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF12:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: ATZENETA VS GETAFE1:00PMESPN+
EPL: LAZIO VS CELTIC2:30PMPEACOCK
DFB POKAL: BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH VS WOLFSBURG2:45PMESPN+
DFB POKAL: HOMBURG VS ST. PAULI2:45PMESPN+
COPPA ITALIA: LAZIO VS GENOA3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA DEL REY: AROSA VS VALENCIA3:00PMESPN+
COPA DEL REY: CD CASTELLON VS REAL OVIEDO3:00PMESPN+
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