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Hammond Central62Chicago Dyett (Ill.)41 
Indianapolis Cathedral65Pickerington Central (Ohio)61 
Carmi (Ill.) Classic
Fairfield (Ill.)61Evansville Day57 


Adams Central (6-4) at Southern Wells (3-6)

Bloomington Lighthouse (9-2) at Seven Oaks Classical

Boonville (7-7) at Evansville Central (6-6)

Bowman Academy (6-8) at Marquette Catholic (5-7)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-3) at Fishers (7-8)

Cascade (6-7) at South Putnam (5-5)

Castle (7-5) at Henderson County (Ky.)

Churubusco (2-8) at Manchester (10-2)

Cissna Park (Ill.) at South Newton (0-11)

Columbus East (1-10) at Mooresville (7-7)

Concord (7-5) at Elkhart (3-9)

Culver Academy (6-3) at Mishawaka Marian (13-1)

Decatur Central (6-4) at Ben Davis (18-0)

DeKalb (1-10) at Angola (3-9)

Fort Wayne Canterbury (2-8) at Huntington North (4-9)

Franklin Central (1-10) at Shelbyville (6-8)

Gary West (3-7) at Hammond Morton (3-9)

Greenfield-Central (10-1) at Indianapolis Shortridge (6-6)

Hammond Science & Tech (2-6) at Heritage Christian (Dyer)

Hobart (5-6) at Chesterton (8-4)

Homestead (12-3) at Columbia City (9-5)

Indianapolis International (1-8) at Believe Circle City

Indianapolis Metropolitan (3-6) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-5)

Indianapolis Roncalli (5-6) at Columbus North (9-5)

Jac-Cen-Del (8-6) at North Decatur (9-4)

Jimtown (2-10) at Goshen (6-5)

Knox (6-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-9)

Lawrenceburg (10-3) at Franklin County (8-5)

Lowell (2-10) at Lake Central (10-3)

Marion (8-4) at Anderson (9-3)

Medora (4-6) at West Washington (6-6)

Mishawaka (11-2) at South Bend Clay (6-5)

Mississinewa (2-9) at Wabash (9-4)

North Oldham (Ky.) at Jeffersonville (7-5)

Northridge (7-6) at Penn (10-1)

NorthWood (11-2) at South Bend St. Joseph (7-6)

Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (Ill.) at Dugger Union (6-6)

Phalen Academy at Indianapolis Riverside (1-6)

Prairie Heights (10-2) at Bethany Christian (8-4)

Providence (8-3) at Crawford County (4-10)

Rising Sun (6-6) at Trinity Lutheran (2-9)

River Forest (4-9) at Whiting (6-6)

Rochester (6-4) at Caston (4-7)

Rushville (3-10) at Union County (2-11)

South Adams (1-10) at Lakewood Park (4-7)

Speedway (1-9) at Park Tudor (6-5)

Terre Haute North (10-4) at Northview (4-8)

Trinity Greenlawn (1-13) at Elkhart Christian (2-6)

Victory College Prep (2-10) at Traders Point Christian (8-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (2-10) at Evansville Mater Dei (4-6)

White River Valley (4-10) at Owen Valley (5-7)

Zionsville (7-5) at Warren Central (9-6)


Bremen (0-10) at Triton (6-4)

New Prairie (3-7) at John Glenn (7-5)

Argos (8-3) at Culver (5-6)

Oregon-Davis (2-10) at LaVille (5-7)


Evansville Day (5-7) vs. Mount Vernon (Posey) (4-8)


Indianapolis Ritter (7-5) at Purdue Poly Englewood (12-5)

Providence Cristo Rey (1-11) at Indianapolis Chatard (8-2)

Indianapolis Washington (4-9) at Heritage Christian (6-5)

Indianapolis Scecina (9-4) at Indianapolis Tech (5-8)

Indianapolis Hebron at Covenant Christian (9-4)

Christel House Manual (7-4) at Indianapolis Tindley (8-7)


Bloomington Lighthouse55Irvington Prep Academy37 
Chicago Johnson (Ill.)37Gary West36 
Fremont44Fort Wayne Canterbury43 
George Rogers Clark (Ky.)48Homestead42 
Hanover Central57Illiana Christian29 
Indian Creek69Thornwood (Ill.)42 
LaLumiere Blue56Hammond Noll47 
Lewis Cass57Taylor13 
Monrovia58Indianapolis Lutheran34 
Naperville North (Ill.)34Lake Central33 
Noblesville64Benet (Ill.)61 
North Central (Farmersburg)66Cloverdale39 
Perry Central37Tell City30 
Toledo Start (Ohio)38Lawrence Central37 
Wapahani60Indianapolis Chatard56OT
White River Valley65Dugger Union29 
Porter County Conference Tournament
South Central (Union Mills)62Hebron22R1
Washington Twp.58Boone Grove44R1


Angola (9-10) at Westview (7-11)

Austin (11-8) at Hauser (9-7)

Barr-Reeve (12-7) at Shoals (3-16)

Beech Grove (8-9) at Indianapolis Washington (6-10)

Bellmont (14-4) at Garrett (8-10)

Bethany Christian (17-2) at Concord (4-15)

Bloomfield (8-12) at West Vigo (7-12)

Bloomington Lighthouse (3-10) at Seven Oaks Classical

Brebeuf Jesuit (10-6) at Greenwood (7-11)

Brown County (9-9) at Martinsville (0-19)

Brownstown Central (14-6) at Bloomington North (13-5)

Cambridge City Lincoln (4-12) at Knightstown (3-15)

Centerville (4-10) at Muncie Burris (0-11)

Central Christian (4-10) at Horizon Christian

Charlestown (13-6) at New Albany (3-17)

Christian Academy (7-11) at Henryville (4-13)

Clinton Central (15-4) at Tri-County (9-10)

Corydon Central (18-2) at North Harrison (4-12)

Covenant Christian (5-13) at Triton Central (14-4)

Covington (8-11) at Crawfordsville (4-14)

Cowan (6-11) at Shenandoah (7-11)

DeMotte Christian (15-4) at North White (4-16)

East Central (13-9) at Lawrenceburg (10-8)

East Noble (3-15) at Prairie Heights (1-17)

Eastbrook (12-4) at Adams Central (5-13)

Eastern Greene (14-5) at Edgewood (3-14)

Eastside (13-6) at West Noble (3-15)

Evansville Harrison (1-17) at Evansville Christian (12-7)

Evansville Memorial (18-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (1-16)

Fairfield (18-2) at Central Noble (19-1)

Fishers (16-2) at Carmel (3-15)

Fort Wayne Blackhawk (10-9) at Fort Wayne Concordia (7-12)

Fort Wayne Luers (7-11) at Leo (10-8)

Fort Wayne South (1-13) at Marion (1-18)

Frankfort (2-17) at Clinton Prairie (13-7)

Franklin Central (4-14) at Plainfield (6-12)

Frankton (14-5) at Yorktown (7-9)

Gibson Southern (15-4) at Heritage Hills (12-6)

Greenwood Christian (2-14) at Morristown (8-10)

Griffith (3-12) at Highland (13-3)

Hammond Central (6-13) at Thornwood (Ill.)

Hammond Science & Tech (2-9) at Heritage Christian (Dyer)

Heritage Christian (Dyer) at Illiana Christian (8-8)

Indiana Deaf (9-7) at Anderson Prep Academy (8-10)

Indianapolis Cathedral (9-10) at Avon (8-10)

Indianapolis Herron (7-8) at Southwestern (Shelbyville) (3-15)

Indianapolis Shortridge (9-9) at Decatur Central (11-6)

Jac-Cen-Del (9-10) at Switzerland County (12-6)

Jasper (7-13) at Boonville (7-10)

Jeffersonville (13-8) at Seymour (12-6)

Jimtown (7-11) at Goshen (11-8)

Kokomo (9-11) at Tipton (12-7)

Lafayette Central Catholic (13-6) at Lebanon (8-11)

Lake Station (14-3) at Andrean (16-3)

Lakeland (10-9) at Churubusco (4-13)

Lakeland Christian (11-5) at Fort Wayne Canterbury (1-13)

Lakewood Park (8-9) at Heritage (2-14)

Lanesville (20-2) at Orleans (10-9)

Lawrence North (12-7) at Hamilton Southeastern (17-2)

McCutcheon (8-10) at Indianapolis Tech (7-14)

Medora (2-9) at Eminence (13-5)

Merrillville (4-16) at Hobart (10-9)

Michigan City (5-11) at Culver Academy (12-6)

Mishawaka Marian (16-5) at NorthWood (11-9)

Mitchell (4-14) at Paoli (11-10)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (13-6) at Richmond (5-12)

Muncie Central (5-12) at Greenfield-Central (11-8)

New Castle (0-18) at Hamilton Heights (15-3)

New Washington (9-10) at Shawe Memorial (13-5)

Newport Catholic (Ky.) at Jennings County (12-5)

North Central (Indianapolis) (7-12) at Lawrence Central (15-4)

North Daviess (5-12) at Clay City (5-14)

North Judson (11-7) at Pioneer (16-2)

North Montgomery (3-17) at Seeger (16-3)

North Vermillion (7-11) at South Vermillion (0-18)

Northview (13-6) at Bloomington South (9-7)

Oak Hill (7-12) at North Miami (13-4)

Owensboro Apollo (Ky.) at Evansville Bosse (0-16)

Parke Heritage (14-5) at Cloverdale (1-17)

Pendleton Heights (11-8) at Lapel (14-5)

Peru (8-10) at Tippecanoe Valley (15-3)

Pike (5-13) at Brownsburg (11-8)

Princeton (11-7) at North Posey (7-7)

Randolph Southern (11-5) at Blue River (14-5)

Rensselaer Central (9-8) at North Newton (3-17)

Rossville (12-8) at Frontier (5-13)

Scottsburg (16-3) at Madison (8-8)

Sheridan (9-8) at Bethesda Christian (8-11)

South Adams (10-9) at Fort Recovery (Ohio)

South Bend Adams (9-10) at Mishawaka (10-8)

South Bend Clay (4-14) at South Bend Career (6-12)

South Central (Elizabeth) (2-16) at Borden (13-5)

South Decatur (6-11) at Edinburgh (6-13)

South Spencer (13-5) at Forest Park (16-3)

Southern Wells (6-10) at Wes-Del (2-14)

Southridge (15-5) at Wood Memorial (11-7)

Southwood (13-4) at Maconaquah (3-15)

Speedway (8-8) at Southport (8-9)

Tecumseh (6-12) at Vincennes Rivet (9-9)

Terre Haute South (6-13) at Charleston (Ill.)

Traders Point Christian (3-7) at Indiana Math & Science (11-10)

Tri (18-0) at Oldenburg Academy (9-7)

West Central (4-13) at Faith Christian (16-3)

West Lafayette (14-5) at Lafayette Jeff (1-17)

Western (14-5) at Northwestern (13-3)

Whiting (6-12) at Lowell (8-12)

Whitko (7-9) at Wawasee (9-10)

Winamac (4-15) at Plymouth (7-11)


Bremen (5-12) at Triton (12-6)

New Prairie (11-7) at John Glenn (8-11)

Argos (9-9) at Culver (7-10)

Oregon-Davis (5-13) at LaVille (12-6)


Westville (8-8) vs. Tri-Twp. (14-4)

Kouts (12-6) at Morgan Twp. (11-6)

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1Houston 17-11460 (34)1
2Kansas 16-11446 (23)2
3Purdue 16-11382 (3)3
4Alabama 15-213474
5UCLA 16-212377
6Gonzaga 16-311788
7Texas 15-2112210
8Xavier 15-3104712
9Tennessee 14-310195
10Virginia 13-392613
11Arizona 15-38389
12Iowa State 13-379514
13Kansas State 15-277111
14TCU 14-375317
15UConn 15-46686
16Auburn 14-355321
17Miami (FL) 14-348716
18Charleston 18-135122
19Clemson 15-3339NR
20Marquette 14-530625
21Baylor 12-5267NR
22Providence 14-426219
23Rutgers 13-5131NR
24Florida Atlantic 16-1126NR
25Arkansas 12-511515


1Houston 17-1777 (17)1
2Kansas 16-1768 (9)2
3Purdue 16-1743 (5)3
4Alabama 15-2699 (1)4
5UCLA 16-26456
6Gonzaga 16-36168
7Texas 15-257410
8Xavier 15-355511
9Tennessee 14-35375
10Virginia 13-349912
11Arizona 15-34109
12Iowa State 13-337914
13TCU 14-337217
14UConn 15-43677
15Kansas State 15-236413
16Miami (FL) 14-326615
17Auburn 14-323522
18Marquette 14-519723
19Clemson 15-3177NR
20Providence 14-417219
21Charleston 18-115324
22Baylor 12-5133NR
23Illinois 12-597NR
24Saint Mary’s 16-488NR
25Arkansas 12-58216


1Kansas 16-10.68651
2Alabama 15-20.68192
3Gonzaga 16-30.66473
4Florida Atlantic 16-10.64854
5Purdue 16-10.64555
6Auburn 14-30.64396
7Kansas State 15-20.64067
8Nevada 15-40.63968
9Houston 17-10.636310
10UCLA 16-20.63449
11Xavier 15-30.631114
12Tennessee 14-30.630411
13Duke 13-50.624113
14Arizona 15-30.621415
15Arkansas 12-50.619817
16San Diego State 13-40.619716
17Iowa State 13-30.618518
18Texas 15-20.618219
19Miami (FL) 14-30.617419
20Charleston 18-10.615321
21Virginia 13-30.614622
22Saint Mary’s 16-40.611625
23North Carolina 12-60.611123
24UConn 15-40.611012
25North Texas 14-40.610824



1South Carolina 18-0700 (28)1
2Ohio State 18-06703
3LSU 18-06045
4Stanford 17-26012
5UConn 15-26004
6Indiana 16-15866
7Notre Dame 14-25467
8Utah 15-147710
9UCLA 15-34288
10Iowa 14-441412
11Maryland 14-44139
12Virginia Tech 14-339113
13Duke 16-136116
14Michigan 15-334117
15Oklahoma 14-230419
16Gonzaga 17-224920
17North Carolina 12-523722
18Iowa State 11-420515
19Arizona 14-418514
20North Carolina State 13-513911
21Illinois 15-312024
22Villanova 16-39425
23Oregon 13-57521
24Colorado 14-365NR
25Texas 13-562NR


1UConn 15-20.73171
2Duke 16-10.69152
3South Carolina 18-00.69134
4Stanford 17-20.67923
5Iowa State 11-40.67715
6Indiana 16-10.67446
7Notre Dame 14-20.668510
8Utah 15-10.665514
9Ohio State 18-00.66377
10UCLA 15-30.658813
11Creighton 12-50.658412
12Oklahoma 14-20.65839
13North Carolina State 13-50.65677
14Villanova 16-30.656511
15Maryland 14-40.651915
16Gonzaga 17-20.645516
17Alabama 14-40.6450NR
18Tennessee 14-60.644418
19Colorado 14-30.643819
20North Carolina 12-50.642123
21Michigan 15-30.640820
22South Florida 16-40.637421
23Iowa 14-40.637317
24Arkansas 16-30.634724
25Kansas 12-40.634522

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) So much for notion that Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys might not be up to the challenge of beating Tom Brady.

Prescott played his best game in weeks, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another to answer critics of “America’s Team” with a 31-14 rout of Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC wild-card playoff game on Monday night.

“It just shows he’s resilient,” Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons said. “The light’s different on Dak. I think the criticism is unfair and unjust sometimes. But the way he handles it, the way he comes back every time and shows who he truly is, it’s a credit to the work he puts in. It makes us keep believing every time.”

Prescott completed 25 of 33 passes for 305 yards and played turnover-free ball for the first time in eight games as the Cowboys (13-5) dominated the listless Bucs (8-10) in what may turn out to be Brady’s last game in a Tampa Bay uniform.

“Not the way we wanted to end it,” Brady said. “Kind of typical of the way we played all season.”

Dallas beat Brady for the first time in the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s career and won in the postseason on the road for the first time in 30 years to earn a trip to San Francisco to face the 49ers in the NFC divisional round next Sunday.

“You watched this team that had all the reasons in the world to have criticism – you can call it doubt, you can call it whatever you want – and they came back and they’re not the same team that came to town,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “They’re a better team having beaten Tampa and beaten a great player at quarterback.”

The Cowboys had dropped eight straight playoff games away from home since winning the NFC championship game in San Francisco on Jan. 17, 1993.

They were also coming off a poor performance in a lopsided regular season-ending loss to Washington.

“Didn’t listen,” Prescott said about all the talk about the Cowboys not being ready for the playoffs.

“Simply just didn’t listen to anybody else’s opinions, anybody else’s thoughts. Made sure I was conscious of what I put in my own head,” Prescott added. “Got a great supporting cast in my team, people that believe in me. That’s all that really matters to me, and just stay focused on what I can do.”

About the only thing that went wrong for the Cowboys was kicker Brett Maher missing his first four extra points, becoming the first player in NFL history to miss that many in a game. Maher finally converted on his fifth attempt after coach Mike McCarthy decided against sending him out to try a field goal from roughly the same distance as a PAT.

Tampa Bay receiver Russell Gage was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field late in the fourth quarter. Gage slipped and fell to the turf while running a route and took a blow to the neck as he went down. He was unable to get to his feet and silence fell over the stadium as players took a knee and medical personnel tended to him.

Coach Todd Bowles said Gage was taken to a hospital with a concussion and was being evaluated for a neck injury. Gage’s injury occurred two weeks after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field in a Monday night game at Cincinnati.

Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in 2020 and led the Bucs to a Super Bowl title two years ago, will be a free agent this winter. He retired briefly last February before changing his mind and returning for a 23rd season at age 45.

Brady threw a career-high 66 passes, completing 35 of them for for 351 yards, including second-half touchdowns of 30 yards to Julio Jones and 8 yards to Cameron Brate. He was sacked twice and also threw a costly interception – a second-quarter, end-zone pick from the Dallas 5 that prevented the Bucs from potentially taking the lead when they were only trailing 6-0.

Prescott tossed the first of his two TD passes to Dalton Schultz to get the Cowboys going, then turned Brady’s first red-zone interception since 2019 into points by finishing a 15-play, 80-yard drive by circling left end for a 1-yard TD run on fourth down.

The Dallas quarterback expanded the lead to 18-0 with an 11-yard TD throw to Schultz, then threw 2 yards to Michael Gallup for a 24-point lead early in the third quarter. It could have been 28-0 if not for Maher missing all four extra points.

Prescott’s last TD pass, an 18-yarder to CeeDee Lamb on fourth-and-4, put the Cowboys up 31-6 with 10:13 remaining.

Little came easy this season for the Bucs, just the fourth team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike year.

While Brady broke his own league record for completions in a season and ranked third in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, Tampa Bay finished 25th in scoring at 18.4 points per game and never won more than two in a row while holding off Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta to repeat as NFC South champions.

“It’s always tough,” Brady said of the disappointing finish to the season. “But we didn’t earn it. They did.”


Cowboys: TE Peyton Hendershot (thigh) left the game in the first quarter. … T Jason Peters (hip) limped off in the second quarter and did not return.

Buccaneers: C Ryan Jensen was activated from injured reserve to the active roster after missing the entire regular season with a knee injury suffered on the second day of training camp. He was immediately inserted into the starting lineup.


Cowboys: At San Francisco next Sunday in the divisional round.

Buccaneers: The wait begins to learn if Brady will retire, return for a fourth season with Tampa Bay or sign with another club in free agency.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud will give up a final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he is expected to be a top-five pick.

The two-year starter for the Buckeyes announced his decision, which had been expected, on social media on Monday, the last day eligible players can declare for the draft.

“This process has been difficult, and the decision, one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” Stroud said in the statement. “As a kid, I dreamed of playing football at the highest level, and after much prayer, I’ve made the decision that it’s time to turn those dreams into a reality.”

Stroud led the Buckeyes to back-to-back 11-2 seasons but lost to Michigan twice. Ohio State made it to the College Football Playoff last season but lost to eventual national champion Georgia 42-41 in a semifinal, a game in which Stroud threw four TD passes.

The 21-year-old was a Heisman Trophy finalist in both seasons. He amassed more than 8,000 passing yards and threw 85 touchdowns. He is the holder of 16 school offensive records.

Kyle McCord and Devin Brown are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2023.


Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will return for his ninth season with the program, university president Santa Ono announced Monday.

Harbaugh reportedly attracted interest from the NFL’s Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers to fill their head coaching vacancies and interviewed with the Broncos last week, sources told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

“I just got off the phone with Coach Harbaugh and Jim shared with me great news that he is going to remain as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines,” Ono wrote Monday. “That is fantastic news that I have communicated to our athletic director Warde Manuel.”

Harbaugh was named Michigan head coach in December 2014. He has a 74-25 record there, including two Big Ten championships.

The Wolverines lost to TCU in the College Football Playoff semifinal this season, finishing with a 13-1 record. Harbaugh was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

“I love the relationships that I have at Michigan – coaches, staff, families, administration, President Ono, and especially the players and their families,” Harbaugh said via the Wolverines’ Twitter account. “My heart is at the University of Michigan.”

The 59-year-old Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14. He was previously head coach of Stanford from 2007-10.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have received permission from the New Orleans Saints to interview Sean Payton for their vacant head coaching position, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Panthers have also requested permission to speak to Philadelphia Eagles defensive consultant Vic Fangio, New York Jets safeties coach Marquand Manuel and New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Kris Richard for their defensive coordinator position.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team does not release details of its coaching searches.

Steve Wilks was the Panthers interim head coach this season and Al Holcomb the interim defensive coordinator.

The 59-year-old Payton is expected to be a hot commodity among NFL teams searching for stability at the coaching position.

He could be particularly pricey for Panthers owner David Tepper to land given the Panthers are in the same division as the Saints and face them twice a season. New Orleans would likely receive significant draft pick compensation before agreeing to allow Payton to join the Panthers.

Payton won the NFC South seven times with the Saints and the Super Bowl in the 2009 season, amassing a 152-89 record.

Fangio previously worked as the Panthers defensive coordinator more than two decades ago from 1995 to 1998.


The Arizona Cardinals hired Monti Ossenfort as their new general manager on Monday, the team announced.

A former director of college scouting, Ossenfort was part of four Super Bowl-winning seasons with the New England Patriots. He spent the last three years as the Tennessee Titans’ director of player personnel.

Ossenfort brings 21 seasons of experience to Arizona. He gained recognition among NFL executives after spending 15 years with the Patriots (2003, 2006-19) in multiple roles. The Minnesota native has also worked for the Houston Texans (2002-05) and started his career as an intern with the Minnesota Vikings in 2001.

“It was critically important for us to find the right person to lead us as general manager and there is no doubt in my mind that we have that in Monti Ossenfort,” team owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “He possesses every attribute of a successful GM – passion, leadership, intelligence, work ethic – and his extensive experience has clearly prepared him for this role. We could not be more thrilled to have Monti and his family joining the Cardinals.”

He replaces Steve Keim, who stepped down from the position on Jan. 9 after taking a leave of absence for health-related reasons in December. With Ossenfort’s hiring, the Cardinals will now focus on bringing in a new head coach. The club recently received permission from the New Orleans Saints to interview Sean Payton for the role.

The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing 4-13 season and fired coach Kliff Kingsbury last week. Arizona – which hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2015 season – also saw quarterback Kyler Murray go down with a torn ACL on Dec. 13. Murray signed a five-year, $230.5-million extension in July.

Meanwhile, Ossenfort’s exit adds to a list of recent departures from Tennessee. The Titans, who finished 2022 with a 7-10 record and missed the playoffs, fired general manager Jon Robinson in December with the club leading the AFC South. Tennessee interviewed Ossenfort for its GM vacancy last month.

The Titans also parted ways with offensive coordinator Todd Downing at the end of the season.


The Los Angeles Chargers are strongly considering keeping head coach Brandon Staley, a source told Jordan Schultz, theScore’s NFL insider.

Staley, 40, is expected to meet with ownership in the near future, according to Schultz. He’s currently earning close to $4 million per season.

The Chargers continue to have ongoing internal discussions about the matter.

If Staley does return for the 2023 season, there’s a possibility that he’ll need to make significant changes to his staff, per Schultz.

L.A. concluded its season by squandering a 27-0 lead in a devastating wild-card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars capped the epic comeback with a game-winning field goal to defeat the Chargers 31-30.

It marked the second consecutive season in which L.A.’s campaign has ended in disappointment. The franchise dropped three of its final four contests in 2021, including a must-win game against the Las Vegas Raiders in the regular-season finale.

Staley also came under fire for leaving his starters in a meaningless game against the Denver Broncos in Week 18. As a result, wideout Mike Williams suffered a season-ending back injury.

Staley has posted a 19-16 record, including Saturday’s playoff loss, in his two seasons at the helm. He led the Chargers to their first postseason berth since 2018 despite dealing with several injuries to key players throughout the campaign.

Several players have come to Staley’s defense, including quarterback Justin Herbert.

“Everyone would be lucky to have a coach like Staley,” Herbert said, per The Associated Press’ Joe Reedy. “He’s been an incredible leader and has the respect of everyone on our team. He’s genuine, he’s himself, and (he’s) been the same person for the past two years.”

Star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, who appeared frustrated late in Saturday’s loss, noted that expecting a young coaching staff to know everything immediately is “kind of silly.”

Staley previously served as the defensive coordinator at James Madison University. He also spent time as an outside linebackers coach for both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears before joining the Los Angeles Rams as their DC in 2020.

*******************MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS*********************


(AP) — Houston and Kansas remained firmly atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll Monday after a record weekend of Top 25 losses, while Florida Atlantic took advantage of the chaos to crack the ranking for the first time in school history.

Eleven teams in the Top 25 went down on Saturday, tying a record that has stood for nearly 12 years, while Connecticut and Marquette also lost on Sunday to give the AP poll one of its biggest shakeups in recent history.

The banged-up Cougars, who had to fight off South Florida to avoid their own upset loss, watched their advantage over the Jayhawks shrink ever so slightly, pulling in 34 of 60 first-place votes from a national media panel. Kansas received 23 votes to remain second while Purdue picked up the remaining three to stay third.

Alabama remained at No. 4 while UCLA, riding a 13-game winning streak, climbed two spots to round out the top five.

“We’ve dodged a lot of bullets this year in terms of injuries and stuff. Sometimes you just got to get lucky,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “I thought we got lucky (against South Florida). We could’ve lost that game.”

Plenty of other teams weren’t so fortunate.

Tennessee fell four spots to No. 9 after losing to unranked Kentucky; UConn dropped from sixth to No. 15 after falling to Marquette and St. John’s, giving the Huskies four losses in their last five games; Arizona fell two to No. 11 after losing to Oregon and Kansas State fell two to No. 13 after losing to TCU; Arkansas plummeted 10 spots to No. 25 after losses to Alabama and Vanderbilt; and Missouri and Wisconsin dropped out altogether after each lost twice last week.

Kansas may have had the most impressive week, beating Oklahoma on Tuesday before squeaking by Iowa State 62-60 on Saturday – though the Cyclones were notable enough in defeat that they actually climbed two spots to No. 12 in the poll.

“We can play better, but it was a great week,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “I don’t mean to say this in a way that comes off wrong, but people would get fired up to play against Kansas because of time, and then you add a national championship onto it, I mean, it’s a big game for folks. Big games for us, too. So sometimes I think we look at it like, `Well, we should be doing this better,’ which is true in some cases, but sometimes we’re getting some pretty good efforts from other opponents.

“So being able to win those games,” Self said, “I think, is a mark of a pretty decent team.”

Gonzaga climbed to sixth in the poll Monday and was followed by Texas, Xavier, Tennessee and Virginia. Arizona was 11th, with the Cyclones ahead of Big 12 rivals Kansas State and TCU. UConn, Auburn, Miami, Charleston, Clemson and Marquette made the top 20. The final five were Baylor, Providence, Rutgers, FAU and Arkansas.

FAU, which has just one NCAA Tournament appearance in three decades of Division I hoops, continued its rise under Dusty May, a onetime student manager for Bob Knight who also worked for Mike White at Florida.

“This group is very poised,” May said of his Owls, who have won 15 straight after an early loss to Ole Miss. “Even when there’s friction, they stay together and love each other and support each other. That’s a sign of a really good team.”


Xavier climbed four spots to No. 8 after pushing its winning streak to 11 games, Charleston also moved up four to No. 18 on the heels of its 17-game winning streak, while Marquette moved up five spots despite its close loss to the Musketeers.

Arkansas took the biggest tumble, falling 10 spots to No. 25, while UConn dropped nine to No. 15.


Clemson debuted at No. 19 after coach Brad Brownell picked up his 400th victory and the Tigers improved on the best start in ACC play in school history (7-0) with a 72-64 win over Duke on Saturday. Baylor, Rutgers and FAU also entered the poll at the expense of San Diego State, Wisconsin, Missouri and the Blue Devils.

“If you’re going to be good, you need to have a superpower,” Brownell said. “Maybe it’s defense, shooting, rebounding – you know, hopefully it’s multiple things to be really good. I think our superpower is our camaraderie. The unity, the genuine care and love for one another, is clearly evident. I think that’s why we’re winning.”


North Carolina State and Saint Mary’s are the first teams to land outside the Top 25, while North Carolina State went from receiving no votes a week ago to nearly making the poll after wins over Virginia Tech and Miami.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Norchad Omier had 16 points and 16 rebounds and No. 17 Miami overcame a double-figure deficit to beat Syracuse 82-78.

Harlond Beverly also scored 16 points for the Hurricanes (15-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), Nijel Pack finished with 15 points and Jordan Miller had 13.

Down 11 early in the second half, Miami rallied for a 71-70 advantage on Beverly’s fast-break dunk with 3:48 remaining. The reserve guard then hit two free throws with 1:39 left that increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 78-73.

“We knew we had to come out in the second half and get stops,” Pack said. “The game is going to come down to whoever does that down the stretch.”

Joseph Girard III’s 3-pointer with 1:25 left cut it to 78-76.

The Orange (12-7, 5-3) had possession with 25 second remaining but Omier forced a turnover on freshman guard Judah Mintz with 10 seconds left. Omier was fouled and converted two free throws.

Beverly’s two free throws with three seconds left secured the win as Miami improved to 12-0 at home.

“It’s nice to stay undefeated at home,” Beverly said. “That always feels good to get a win here. You can’t keep losing.”

Beverly made all eight of his free throws and shot 4-for-7 from the field. His minutes proved valuable after Miami’s leading scorer Isaiah Wong was limited because of foul trouble.

“In the month of January, he’s been far more productive and the players on the team really enjoy it when he comes into the game,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said of Beverly. “He’s going to give us a great effort on both ends.”

The Hurricanes shot 25 of 28 free throws.

Pack also played a key role in Miami’s comeback with three 3-pointers in the second half, including a conversion from 35 feet that cut Syracuse’s lead to 64-63 with 5:56 left.

“This is something we worked on the last couple of games, knowing they were going to play zone, especially high up,” Pack said. “So I just practiced taking deeper shots. When I had the opportunity in the game, I was ready for it.”

Jesse Edwards scored a career high 25 points and had 11 rebounds while Girard finished with 21 for the Orange.

“Joe and Jesse really were good and did everything they could to try to win the game,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.

The Orange scored nine unanswered points and took their first lead late in the first half. Girard’s three-point play with 4:40 remaining capped the surge and put Syracuse ahead 29-24.

Edwards’ layup with three seconds left gave the Orange a 38-34 lead at halftime.

Miami opened with an 11-2 spurt before Wong committed two fouls five seconds apart. Wong sat after his second foul 4:08 into the game and played five additional minutes the remainder of the half. He finished with nine points.


The Hurricanes were among the 11 Top 25 teams that lost Saturday. Five teams ranked behind the Hurricanes also lost, resulting in only a drop of one spot from the previous poll. Miami entered the rankings at 25 on Dec. 12, peaked at 12 before falling to its current spot.


Syracuse: Edwards had his ninth double-double of the season. Girard shook off a seven-point outing against Notre Dame on Saturday. Girard had scored in double figures in his previous 10 games.

Miami: The home game against Syracuse interrupted a road-tilted sequence for the Hurricanes. They began their road stretch Saturday at North Carolina State and also will play their next three games away from home.

“These three road games in a row are really going to test us to see how much toughness and how much we can fight through adversity,” Pack said.


Syracuse visits Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Miami visits Duke on Saturday.


(AP) — Alabama men’s basketball coach Nate Oats said Monday the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide is going through “kind of a grieving process” after player Darius Miles and another man were charged with capital murder following a fatal shooting near campus.

Speaking at a news conference, Oats said he couldn’t discuss any specifics related to the case. He said he spoke with Miles’ mother multiple times Sunday, and met with the team that night.

“I thought it was important that we were all here and around to support one another through this situation,” Oats said.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting occurred early Sunday morning on the Strip, a student-oriented business district near the Tuscaloosa campus. He said Jamea Harris, 23, of the Birmingham area was shot and killed.

Miles, 21, a junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. The capital murder charge arose because the death involved shots fired into a vehicle, Kennedy said.

Oats said the team met again Monday and would practice later in the day before Tuesday’s game at Vanderbilt.

“They didn’t have too many questions,” Oats said of the players. “It’s really just more of kind of a grieving process. I mean, they understand the severity of the situation with Jamea. They also understand the severity of the situation with Darius. There’s both sides of it, dealing with it.

“So yeah, it’s not something you go through often as a coach but I think we’ve got the services around the program to help us handle the situation.”

The university said in a statement Miles “has been removed from campus” and is no longer on the team.

Attorneys William White, Clayton Tartt and Suzanne Norman, from the the Birmingham-based Boles Holmes White law firm, issued a statement on behalf of Miles, saying he and his family “are heartbroken” over Harris’ death.

“While Darius has been accused of being involved with this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court,” they said. “Our firm’s own investigation is ongoing, and no further statement will be made at this time.”

Kennedy said bail would not initially be set in the case. He said defense lawyers could request a probable cause hearing in Tuscaloosa County District Court and that a judge could consider bail later.

Miles had appeared in just six games this year, averaging 1.5 points. The team had announced Saturday he would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

He had also missed time earlier this year with what had been described as a personal matter. Oats said Monday that Miles went back to Washington to deal with that issue but that it was “completely unrelated” to the weekend charges.


The Big Ten Conference is proud to unveil energized brand identities and logos for the 2022-2023 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments. The new identities continue the commitment of the conference to be bold and innovative while honoring its historic basketball traditions. This is the first basketball logo change for the conference in eight years. 
The Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments (March 1-5 and March 8-12) will debut the globe basketball icon, transforming the lines on a basketball to the color palette of the conference and symbolizing the reach and global nature of the sport, atop the iconic logo of the Big Ten Conference. The vivid primary colors — purple for Minneapolis and red for Chicago — pair with treated metropolitan and landscape photography to purposefully celebrate the two host cities.
The brand identities and logos for the tournaments combine a contemporary sans-serif font with a bold handwritten font in colors inspired by the host cities. The new brand identities also reveal a fresh and powerful evolution from the past pennant wheel tournament logo. These identities connect the world-class tradition of the conference with the unique culture of each host, with the Minneapolis look featuring dynamic lines that evoke the energy and vibrancy of the city, while the Chicago look features bold shape compositions that tie into the unique architecture of the city.
The 2023 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA will be at the Target Center in Minneapolis March 1-5, marking the first time in the tournament’s 30-year history that it will be played in the Twin Cities. The Target Center is home to the four-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets will be available at the Target Center box office or online at AXS.com. Follow Big Ten Women’s Basketball on Twitter (@B1GWBBall) throughout the 2022-23 season for information on ancillary events and special ticket promotions for the 2023 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The 2023 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA will be at the United Center in Chicago March 8-12, marking the 11th time in the tournament’s 26-year history that it will be played in Chicago. The United Center is home to the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls. Tickets will be available at the United Center box office or online at UnitedCenter.com/2023BigTenTickets. Follow Big Ten Men’s Basketball on Twitter (@B1GMBBall) throughout the 2022-23 season for information on ancillary events and special ticket promotions for the 2023 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.


All-session tickets for the 2023 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by TIAA will go on sale to the general public at noon (ET) next Tuesday, Jan. 17. The United Center in Chicago will play host to the tournament March 8-12, marking the 11th time in the tournament’s 26-year history that it will be played in Chicago. The United Center is home to the six-time NBA Champion Chicago Bulls.
Lower-level tickets for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament may be purchased through the 14 Big Ten university ticket offices and schools should be contacted directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets will be available at the United Center box office or online at UnitedCenter.com/2023BigTenTickets.
General public tickets for the tournament will be available for all sessions. All-session tickets for the 100 and 200 level are available only through the Big Ten university ticket offices for $480. All-session tickets in the 300 level range from $400 for seats on the sideline to $350 for seats in the corners and on the baseline.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament continues to feature a discounted student ticket program. For the 2023 event, students of Big Ten universities may purchase tickets for $25, good for only the session or sessions featuring their school. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating is available in balcony sections and orders are limited to one ticket per student. Details on the discounted student ticket program have been sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

Tickets will also be available through TicketSmarter: The Official Secondary Ticket Resale Marketplace of the Big Ten Conference.

Suites and premium seating are available for purchase at the United Center. For information on all-inclusive premium offerings, please call 312-455-4545 or go online to UnitedCenter.com/RentalSuites. Fans looking to elevate their experience with VIP Ticket Packages or large group hospitality should contact REVELxp by calling 317-207-5360 or emailing BigTen@revelxp.com.

In addition, fans are encouraged to visit the official Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament web site (bigten.org/MBBT) and follow Big Ten Men’s Basketball on Twitter (@B1GMBBall) throughout the 2022-23 season for more information.

********************BIG 10 HOCKEY*********************

The Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) has announced a “Watch List” of 41 goalies who will compete for the Mike Richter Award, given annually to the top goalie in men’s NCAA Division I hockey since 2014. The 41 goalies come from the United States (18), Canada (13), and Sweden (6), along with one each from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Russia. Of the U.S. goalies, Michigan and Pennsylvania lead the way with four each. Of the goalies from Canada, the leading provinces were Alberta and Quebec with three each. There are five freshmen, 10 sophomores, 8 juniors, 14 seniors and four graduate students among those recognized.

A committee of voters — made up of a cross section of coaches, administrators, scouts and media — will pare this list down to approximately 15 names within the next three weeks and then ultimately choose the winner who will be announced in April during the NCAA Frozen Four. A similar award to recognize the top female goalie in the NCAA is also presented by the HCA.

Past Richter Award Recipients: 2014 – Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell; 2015 – Zane McIntyre, North Dakota; 2016 – Thatcher Demko, Boston College; 2017 – Tanner Jaillet, Denver; 2018 – Cale Morris, Notre Dame; 2019 – Cayden Primeau, Northeastern; 2020 – Jeremy Swayman, Maine; 2021 – Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota; 2022 – Devon Levi, Northeastern

2022-23 Richter Award “Watch List”

Atlantic Hockey

Jarrett Fiske, AIC (SR – Erie, PA)

Tyler Harmon, Mercyhurst (GR – Ramsey, NJ)

Luke Lush, Sacred Heart (SR – Sherwood Park, AB)

Owen Say, Mercyhurst (FR – London, ON)

Tommy Scarfone, RIT (SO – Montreal, PQ)

Chad Veltri, Niagara (SR – Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Ten

Ryan Bischel, Notre Dame (SR — Medina, MN)

Justen Close, Minnesota (SR – Kindewrsley, SK)

Jakub Dobeš, Ohio State (SO- Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Jared Moe, Wisconsin (SR – New Prague, MN)

Erik Portillo, Michigan (SR — Gothenburg, Sweden)

Dylan St. Cyr, Michigan State (GR – Northville, MI)

Liam Souliere, Penn State (JR – Brampton, ON)


Noah Giesbrecht, Ferrris State (SO – White Rock, BC)

Beni Halasz, Northern Michigan (FR – Budapest, Hungary)

Blake Pietila, Michigan Tech (SR – Howell, MI)

Mattias Sholl, Bemidji State (SO – Hermosa Beach, CA)

Christian Stoever, Bowling Green (SO – Northville, MI)

ECAC Hockey

Mitchell Gibson, Harvard (SR – Phoenixville, PA)

Carter Gylander, Colgate (JR – Beaumont, AB)

Yaniv Perets, Quinnipiac (SO – Dollard Des Ormeaux, PQ)

Ian Shane, Cornell (SO — Manhattan Beach, CA)

Hockey East

Zach Borgiel, Merrimack (JR — Fort Gratiot, MI)

Drew Commesso, Boston University (JR – Norwell, MA)

Gustavs Davis Gringals, UMass Lowell (GR – Riga, Latvia)

Devon Levi, Northeastern (JR — Dollard Des Ormeaux, PQ)

Hugo Ollas, Merrimack (SO – Linkoping, Sweden)

Victor Ostman, Maine (JR – Danderyd, Sweden)

Arsenii Sergeev, UConn (FR (Yaroslavl, Russia)

Philip Svedeback, Providence (FR – Stockholm, Sweden)

Logan Terness, UConn (SO – Burnaby, BC)


Dominic Basse, St. Cloud State (JR — Alexandria, VA)

Jaxon Castor, St. Cloud State (SR – Phoenix, AZ)

Magnus Chrona, Denver (SR — Stockholm, Sweden)

Jake Kucharski, Omaha (SR – Erie, PA)

Kaidan Mbereko, Colorado College (FR – Aspen, CO)

Ludvig Persson, Miami (JR – Hindas, Sweden)

Matthew Thiessen, Minnesota Duluth (SR – Steinbach, MB)


Nolan Kent, Alaska Anchorage (GR – Chestermere, AB)

Matt Radomsky, Alaska (SR – Winnipeg, MB)

T.J. Semptimphelter, Arizona State (SO – Marleton, NJ)

********************BIG 10 TRACK AND FIELD*********************

Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Nick Foster, Michigan
Sr. – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Ann Arbor Pioneer – Major: Economics

  • Placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run at the Wolverine Invitational (2:22.35)
  • Posted his career-best in the event
  • Currently ranked second nationally for the 1,000 meters
  • Earns his first Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
  • Last Michigan Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Nate Chapman (Dec. 9, 2015)

Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Sam Tran, Michigan
Sr. – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern – Major: Movement Science

  • Placed second in the 3,000-meter at the Wolverine Invitational (9:22.70)
  • Clocked a career-best time, beating her previous time by three seconds
  • Placed in the top 20 nationally in the 3,000 meters this season, while having the best time of the week
  • Earns her first career Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
  • Last Michigan Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Meg Darmofal (Jan. 15, 2020)

Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Zane Forist, Michigan
Fr. – Carson City, Mich. – Carson City-Crystal – Major: Applied Exercise Science

  • Placed first in the shot put at the Wolverine Invitational (17.86 meters)
  • Placed fourth in the weight throw (18.11 meters)
  • Ranked 19th in the nation and third in the Big Ten for shot put this year
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
  • Last Michigan Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Andrew Liskowitz (Jan. 22, 2020)

Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Riley Ammenhauser, Michigan
So. – Naperville, Ill. – Neuqua Valley – Major: Sports Management

  • Placed first in the triple jump at the Wolverine Invitational (12.79 meters)
  • Posted a career-best jump
  • Ranked second in the nation in the triple jump this year
  • Earns her first career Big Ten Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
  • Last Michigan Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Claire Kieffer-Wright (Feb. 14, 2018)

*********************MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL*********************

MAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Quinesha Lockett, Guard, Toledo
Quinesha Lockett was outstanding last week and helped Toledo capture two big wins vs. Ball State and Kent State. Lockett averaged a robust 29.5 points per game and shot 67.6 percent from the floor for the week, making 23-of-34 shots. In Wednesday’s win vs. Ball State, she scored 23 points while tallying five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks. Lockett did most of her damage close to the basket, knocking down 9-of-11 two-point field goals. She then turned in her best performance of the season at Kent State on Saturday, scoring a season-high 36 points on 13-of-17 shooting while going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. The Rockets and Golden Flashes were tied at 32-32 at halftime before Lockett exploded for 23 second-half points, making 8-of-10 field goals and 3-of-5 three-point shots. Her 15-point third quarter helped the Rockets outscore Kent State 26-12 and take a commanding lead. Lockett’s 36 points are the most by a MAC player in a game this season and one point off her career-high of 37.

********************MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL*************************

MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Miryne Thomas, Kent State, Forward          
Redshirt Senior, Cleveland, Ohio     

Redshirt Senior Miryne Thomas helped the Flashes remain undefeated in the Mid-American Conference with two victories against Toledo and Ohio University. Thomas was unstoppable on both sides of the court recording a double-double against Toledo with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds, which were season highs. Thomas did not slow down, recording another team-high 17 points, nine boards, and four steals against Ohio University. Thomas has scored double-digits 12 times this season including two times where he scored 20+. Thomas leads the Flashes with 6.0 rebounds per game and has a total of 1,045 career points.

**********************HCAC NOTEBOOK**************************


Athlete of the Week:
Max Chaplin (Carmel, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – Chaplin recorded career-high scoring efforts in both games last week to help Rose-Hulman defeat Manchester and Defiance in a perfect 2-0 week. Chaplin averaged 24.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He scored a career-high 23 points to help the Fightin’ Engineers defeat Manchester 82-79, then again registered a career-high with 26 points on 10-17 from the field and 6-10 from 3-point range in a 77-57 win at Defiance.
Notable Performances:

  • Tate Ivanyo (Valparaiso, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Sophomore – Ivanyo knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Anderson to a 91-88 double overtime victory against Defiance. Ivanyo also came up with the steal and found Camden Smith for a fast-break layup, which ended up being the final points of regulation. Ivanyo notched 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the game. He then produced 24 points, seven rebounds and went 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from the perimeter against Transylvania. On the week, Ivanyo averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals, while draining 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) shots from 3-point range.
  • Kegan Owen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior – Owen dropped in 15.0 PPG with 4.0 RPG as the Beavers dropped a pair of games this week. He was the bright spot on Wednesday night, hitting 9-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 outside the arc en route to a career-best 25 markers.
  • Jaden Terry (Indianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Senior – Terry led the Quakers this week with 32 points and 13 rebounds. He led EC in a win over Bluffton with 23 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
  • Lynn King (South Bend, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Sophomore – King averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as Franklin recorded big HCAC wins over Hanover and Bluffton. He went for 13 points and seven board as Franklin bested Hanover 79-74 on Wednesday. Then King notched his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 board Saturday at Bluffton.
  • Zach Sawyer (Columbus, Ohio) Manchester University | Guard | Sophomore – Sawyer netted a career-high 25 points, shooting 11-14 from the field, during Wednesday night’s contest against Rose-Hulman. Sawyer again the led Spartans with 21 points, including 12 in the second half, to help lead Manchester to a comeback victory over Hanover. Sawyer also tallied five steals during Saturday’s game against the Panthers.
  • Colby Napier (Hindman, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior – In two games Napier racked up 45 points and went 10-for-15 from three-point range. He hit three consecutive threes to give Transylvania the lead and eventual win against conference leaders Anderson.


Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Smith (Arlington, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Smith powered the Beavers to HCAC victories over Earlham and Franklin, averaging 20.5 PPG and 11.5 RPG on 18-of-27 shooting from the field for 66.7 percent. She also doled out 3.0 APG for the week. Smith hit 10-of-13 from the field for 23 points and nine rebounds in Bluffton’s 72-56 home victory over Franklin on Saturday.
Notable Performances:

  • Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Graduate Student – In Wednesday’s win against Defiance, Dellinger scored 37 points, tying for the sixth highest single-game total in school history. She went 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) from the 3-point line and went a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Dellinger also collected 11 rebounds. She turned in 11 points against Transylvania. On the week, Dellinger averaged 24 points and 7.5 rebounds while hitting 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) shots from 3-point range and sinking a perfect 16-for-16 from the charity stripe. Dellinger also broke the Anderson school record for career points, breaking the previous record of 1,832. She currently has 1,853 in her career.
  • Alexis Gibson (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Earlham College | Forward | Senior – Gibson led the Quakers with a career high 21 points against MSJ on Saturday. The sophomore also added nine rebounds, two blocks, and six steals. Gibson reached double digit points with 11 against Bluffton on Wednesday while collecting five boards.
  • Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) Hanover College | Guard | Sophomore – The sophomore helped guide the Panthers to a 2-0 mark as they defeated Manchester and Franklin. Bezold finished the week with a combined 31 points, averaging 15.5 ppg. She added 13 rebounds, including a team-high eight against Franklin.
  • Abi Rosenkrans (Pendleton, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard / Forward | First Year – Rosenkrans netted a career high 12 points during Manchester’s game against Hanover on Saturday. Rosenkrans also tallied two steals during Saturday’s game, and she shot 5-7 from the field and went a perfect 2-2 from the free throw line.
  • Kennedi Stacy (Salyersville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior – In two wins this past week, Stacy had 39 points, nine rebounds, five steals and five assists.


Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Hobbs won the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events at Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet. Hobbs won the 100 in 6.89 seconds and his preliminary time of 6.88 ranks No. 11 in NCAA Division III this season. He won the 200 meters in 22.54 seconds.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Gabe Hendricks (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior- Hendricks set a new Manchester University record in the weight throw. He took first place in the event with a distance of 16.32 meters, breaking the previous school record by 0.64 meters. Hendricks also placed second in the shot put event with a distance of 15.22, a new personal best and top-10 mark.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Narindwa Semakula (New Brighton, Minn.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Year – Semakula won the 60-meter hurdles at Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet with a time of 9.08 seconds that ranks No. 14 in NCAA Division III and No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region so far this season.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Evelyn Utley (Danville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Utley set a school record to win the shot put with a mark of 41′ 4 1/2″ at Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet. Utley recorded a standard that ranks No. 20 in NCAA Division III and No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region so far this season.
Notable Performances:

  • Caleb Carrao (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Carrao captured first in the 400 with a time of 50.97 seconds during Saturday’s Robert H. Johnson Invitational. He also claimed second in the 200 with a time of 23.58 seconds.
  • Michael Sweigart (Alexandria, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Sweigart locked up first in the weight throw with a person-record distance of 16.06 meters (52 feet, 8.25 inches) during Saturday’s Robert H. Johnson Invitational. He also took second in the shot put with a distance of 14.11 meters (46 feet, 3.5 inches).
  • Nick Patton (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Patton earned a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the Robert H. Johnson Open, hitting the finish line in 9.01 seconds.
  • Noah Sigler (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Sigler recorded top-10 finishes in both throwing events at the Robert H. Johnson Open, placing third in the weight throw (14.50m) and seventh in the shot put (12.36m).
  • Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Salazar took first place in the 3,000 meter run in a time of 8:28.75 during the Friday Night Spikes Opener even hosted by Rose-Hulman. As of Saturday, Salazar was ranked third in the Nation in the 3k.
  • Kyle Brownell (Encinitas, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Brownell won the high jump with a mark of 6’ 7” that ranks No. 7 in NCAA Division III this season and No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region at Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Meet.


  • Paige McKain (Brownstown, Ind.) Anderson University | First Year – McKain secured third in the 3,000 with a time of 11:58.71 during Saturday’s Robert H. Johnson Invitational.
  • Haley Makowski (Osceola, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Makowski grabbed first place in the mile at Saturday’s Robert H. Johnson Open at DePauw, hitting the finish line in 5:59.42.
  • Alison Muck (Edinburgh, Ind.) Franklin College | First Year – Taking part in her first career meet on Saturday, Muck won the high jump after clearing the 1.49m bar. She also earned first place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.84 seconds and fourth in the 200m dash in 29.25 seconds.
  • Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Brubaker finished the Friday Night Spikes Opener with a conference leading mark in the mile. Brubaker finished the mile in a time of 5:32.56.
  • Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Camp finished weight throw in first place with a distance of 14.02 meters, a new Manchester top-10 and conference leading mark. Camp also took third place in shot put with a distance of 11.82 meters, second best mark in the conference.


Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Vineet Ranade (Mountain View, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Ranade earned four individual and three relay first place finishes in two meets this weekend, helping Rose-Hulman defeat both NCAA Division I Valparaiso on Friday and Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday. At Valparaiso, Ranade won the 200-freestyle (1:47.11) and 200-breaststroke (2:13.69) and was also part of winning 200-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams. Against Illinois Wesleyan, Ranade won the 100-butterfly (52.96), the 200 IM (1:59.55) and was part of the winning 200-medley relay team.
Men’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Gauge Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Creech won both of Saturday’s diving events in the dual meet with DePauw. He took the winning score on the 3-meter board with a total of 338.93, good for 56.48 per dive and won the 1-meter competition with a score of 316.87 and an average of 48.66 per dive.
Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Samantha Phillips (Owensboro, Ky.) Franklin College | Junior – Phillips won five individual events and was part of one winning relay as part of the weekend slate against Wittenberg and DePauw. She won the 50 free (26.25) and the 100 free (56.95) and was part of the winning 200 free relay in the dual win over Wittenberg. Phillips continued her dominant weekend with wins in the 200 free (1:59.58), 200 butterfly (2:15.84) and 500 free (5:21.95) on Saturday against DePauw.
Women’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Faith Jackson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Jackson won both diving events on Saturday against DePauw and made school history in the process. She recorded a score of 300.97 on the three-meter board with a new program record of 45.24 points per dive. Jackson also claimed victory on the one-meter board with 283.63, averaging 44.25 points per dive.
Notable Performances:

  • Noah Singleton (Knox, Ind.) Anderson University | First Year – During Friday’s dual against Bluffton, Singleton won two events and claimed second in another. He took first in the 100 backstroke (59.41), 1st in the 100 individual medley (57.10) and 2nd in the 50 breaststroke (30.13). He also recorded a 50 backstroke split of 27.26 seconds. During Saturday’s dual against Transylvania, Singleton won both the 200 freestyle (1:51.21) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.54).
  • Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Hayward punched his ticket to the NCAA Diving Regionals after posting an 11-dive 1-meter diving score of 466.75 points and an average of 42.43 points per dive to win on Friday against Bluffton. Hayward then recorded an 11-dive 1-meter diving score of 451.10 points and an average of 41.01 points per dive to capture first against Transylvania. He finished with a weekly average of 41.72 points per dive from 22 total dives.
  • Coyle Campbell (Danville, Ky.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Campbell won all five individual events and swam on one winning relay team for the Grizzlies in dual wins over Wittenberg and DePauw. Against Wittenberg on Friday night, he won the 50 free in 22.07 and the 100 free in 48.67 and was part of the winning 200 free relay squad. And against DePauw, he claimed the 100 free in 48.34, the 200 free in 1:47.06 and the 500 free in 4:56.15.
  • Michael DeBartolo (Elkhart, Ind.) Manchester University | First Year – DeBartolo set a new Manchester top-10 mark in the 500 yard freestyle event during a tri-meet between Manchester, Illinois Tech, and North Central College. DeBartolo took second in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:19.19. DeBartolo was also a member of the 200 yard medley relay team that took third place with a time of 1:44.85, a new MU top-10 mark.
  • Takoda Stone (Lakeville, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Stone took second place in the men’s 1 meter diving event during the Illinois Tech Tri-Meet on Saturday. Stone finished the event with a score of 201.90
  • John Dinkel (Alexandria, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Dinkel took home top honors twice in 1-meter diving and twice in 3-meter diving this weekend, helping Rose-Hulman defeat Illinois Wesleyan and NCAA Division I Valparaiso. Against Valparaiso, Dinkel took first in 1-meter (211.55) and 3-meter (190.50) events, then duplicated the feat against Illinois Wesleyan (236.62 1-meter and 228.52 3-meter).
  • Adam Tichy (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | First Year – Tichy posted a 10:48.27 in the 500 free to win the event and post a personal best.


  • Heather Karm (Lowell, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – During Friday’s dual against Bluffton, Karm won three events and set new school records in two events. Karm broke the school records in the 50 breaststroke (32.37) and the 100 individual medley (1:06.71). She also won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.78). She put together an addition 50 breaststroke split of 33.13 seconds. During Saturday’s dual against Transylvania, Karm secured second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:45.12.
  • Halle Strege (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Strege took first in the 6-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 237.65 points and an average of 39.61 points per dive on Friday against Bluffton. She then captured first in the 11-dive 1-meter diving event with a score of 437.50 points and an average of 39.77 points per dive on Saturday against Transylvania. Strege finished with a weekly average of 39.71 points per dive for 17 dives.
  • Eamin Lynch (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Lynch took first place in the 100 yard backstroke during the Illinois Tech Tri-Meet with a time of 1:07.21. Lynch also took second in the 200 yard freestyle, touching the wall in a time of 2:15.63.
  • Rayann Nowacki (Lake Station, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Nowacki finished the women’s 1 meter diving with a score of 95.20 during the Illinois Tech Tri-Meet on Saturday.
  • Lauren Meyer (South Bend, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Meyer won one individual event and had two individual runner-up finishes in performances against Illinois Wesleyan and Valparaiso. Against Illinois Wesleyan, Meyer won the 100-breaststroke (1:13.29) was second in the 100-butterfly (1:03.11) and helped the 200-freestyle and 200-medley relay teams each place second. Against Valparaiso, Meyer came home second in the 200-breaststroke (2:42.16), third in the 100-breaststroke and 200 IM along with third in the 200-medley relay.
  • Audrey Hankins (Lynn Haven, Fla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Hankins scored maximum points for the weekend, taking home two first-place finishes in 1-meter and two first-place finishes in 3-meter diving. Hankins scored 181.75 (Valparaiso) and 183.53 (Illinois Wesleyan) in 1-meter diving and tallied 205.85 (Valparaiso) and 195.68 (Illinois Wesleyan) in 3-meter diving this weekend.
  • Grayson Bray (Alpharetta, Ga.) Transylvania University | Senior – In the 1000 yard freestyle, Bray won this individual race giving Bray her first individual win of the season.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum knew he was sitting on 48 points entering the final minute of the Boston Celtics’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday and briefly thought about backing the ball out and letting the clock run down with the outcome well in hand.

Then he remembered a text from Jamal Crawford earlier this season after Tatum refused to take a late shot against the Miami Heat and finished the game with 49 points.

“Jamal texted me after the game and he’s like, `If you’re ever that close to 50, nobody is going to remember the time and score, they’re just going to report if you got 50 or not,'” Tatum said. “That’s what was going through my mind: Jamal telling me if you get that close to 50, go get it.”

So Tatum let loose on a 3-pointer from the left wing with 38 seconds left and swished it, giving him a season-high 51 points – causing the crowd to erupt with chants of “MVP! MVP! – as the Celtics beat the Hornets for the second time in three days, 130-118.

It was the seventh 50-point game of Tatum’s career.

Derrick White added 19 points and eight assists and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 for the Celtics, who have won seven straight games. Boston is 33-12 on the season, the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Tatum was 15 of 23 from the field and 14 of 14 from the foul line.

“He makes me look like a better coach,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said.

Mazzulla said he liked the way Tatum excelled at executing against different coverages the Hornets threw at him.

“He didn’t settle for shots,” Mazzulla said. “He got catch-and-shoots, he got off the dribbles, he got layups. The other piece of that is the humility of our team to really work with him to get those 51 points.”

Added White: “He wants to be great and he takes that challenge each and every night. He’s seen a lot of defense during his time in the league and he is making the right read off of that.”

Jalen McDaniels led the Hornets with a career-high 26 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. LaMelo Ball finished with 25 points on 8-of-23 shooting. Mason Plumlee had perhaps his best all-around game of the season, with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Hornets (11-34), who’ve lost eight of their last nine games.

The Celtics set the tone early, jumping out to a 35-22 lead in the first quarter after holding the Hornets to 28.6% shooting from the floor.

Charlotte would fight back to cut the lead to 100-98 early in the fourth quarter, but White was fouled by Dennis Smith Jr. on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws.

Moments later, the Celtics got three long offensive rebounds on one possession before White drove to the rim and scored to increase the lead with 6:34 left, causing Hornets coach Steve Clifford to punch the air in frustration.

“When a shot goes up, all five guys should be coming back for the rebound,” Clifford said. “That is the way we want it. Defensive rebounding is a challenge for our team and we’re not overly physical. We have a habit of leaking out and it has cost us two games.”

Tatum took over down the stretch, finishing with 17 points in the fourth quarter.

He drilled a step-back 3 from the top of the key over Smith to push the lead to 10 and then buried the Hornets with a long 3 with 1:02 left. Tatum smiled when asked about the MVP chants.

“I hear them and just being in North Carolina, it all feels a little more special, having gone to school two hours away,” said Tatum, who spent one season at Duke before entering the NBA draft. “Coming here feels like I’m back home a little bit.”


During pregame warmups, the Celtics and Hornets wore gray and white T-shirts for Martin Luther King Jr. Day that read “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all” on the front and “Honor King” on the back.


Celtics: Finished 24 of 25 from the free-throw line.

Hornets: P.J. Washington had 17 points. … Clifford said he hopes to get Gordon Hayward (hamstring) and Cody Martin (knee soreness) back for the team’s upcoming four-game road trip.


Celtics: Host Washington on Thursday night.

Hornets: Open a four-game road trip at Houston on Wednesday night.


CLEVELAND (AP) Darius Garland scored 30 points, Jarrett Allen added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter with star Donovan Mitchell injured on the bench to beat the road-weary New Orleans Pelicans 113-103 on Monday.

Mitchell scored 11 points in 22 minutes before sitting out the fourth with a strained left groin.

The Cavs were down 81-78 entering the final 12 minutes before Garland made a 3-pointer and fed Allen for a dunk as Cleveland blitzed New Orleans 16-2 to start the period and open an 11-point lead.

The Pelicans were still within striking distance when Garland dropped a pair of 3s in the final two minutes to put them away. Garland scored 25 and added eight of his 11 assists in the second half.

Evan Mobley added 19 points as Cleveland improved to 19-4 at home.

The Pelicans were once again without stars Zion Williamson (strained hamstring) and Brandon Ingram (bruised toe) due to injuries. New Orleans has managed to stay competitive despite missing 46 points per game from those two.

C,J. McCollum scored 25 and and Jonas Valanciunas had 22 and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, who went 2-3 on a five-game, 10-day trip.

McCollum has had to carry the scoring load with Williamson and Ingram out. He only had four points at half before scoring 14 in the third quarter to help the Pelicans carry a lead into the fourth.

That’s when the Cavs buckled down on defense and Garland went to work.

Mitchell started slowly before asserting himself late in the first half, scoring nine points and making a 3-pointer in the final second to pull the Cavs within 50-47 at the break.


While guard Ricky Rubio’s return from knee surgery is a major positive for the Cavs, it also presents some challenges for coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who must balance getting him playing time at the expense of other reserves.

He’s tinkering with rotation combinations, and that may mean someone’s going to lose minutes.

“Sometimes it’s frustrating, all the guys want to play and they proven they’re capable,” he said. “But sometimes they all can’t.”


Pelicans: Williamson has missed the past seven games, and the team hasn’t given a firm timetable on his return due to the unpredictable nature of his injury. … Ingram has only played in 15 games after missing 27 last season. … G/F Herb Jones (lower back bruise) missed his third game in a row.

Cavaliers: Rubio played 17 minutes in his first home game in 386 days. … F Kevin Love, whose name will undoubtedly surface in upcoming trade speculation because of his expiring contract, has been in a prolonged shooting slump. He went 0 of 4 on 3-pointers and is 3 of 21 from long range in his past six games. … F Dean Wade (sprained shoulder) was close to returning after missing more than a month, but recently rolled his ankle when he stepped on someone’s foot during a 1-on-1 drill in rehab.


Pelicans: Host Miami on Wednesday,

Cavaliers: At Memphis on Wednesday.


NEW YORK (AP) RJ Barrett’s end-to-end driving dunk with 0.6 seconds left in regulation had the basket shaking.

The Toronto Raptors remained perfectly steady.

“It didn’t matter. We’ve just got to keep fighting,” forward Scottie Barnes said. “When he made the dunk, we were going to overtime. We were focused on winning the game.”

That’s what the Raptors did.

Fred VanVleet scored 33 points, Barnes had 26 and the Raptors recovered to beat the New York Knicks 123-121 on Monday.

Pascal Siakam had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Raptors, but he was on the bench after fouling out when Toronto had to wait out Jalen Brunson’s missed 3-pointer in the final second before emerging with the victory.

“We’ve come out on the wrong side a few times so you’ve just got to learn from it,” VanVleet said after Toronto’s fourth win in five games. “I thought today we just kept pushing, we made some big plays, and I thought we just played well as a team.”

O.G. Anunoby hit two 3-pointers in overtime as Toronto built a six-point lead, but New York nearly erased that in the final minute.

Barrett, who is from Toronto, scored 32 points and Brunson had 26 for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Julius Randle finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, after scoring 42 points in a win Sunday at Detroit.

The Knicks led 101-92 with 5 1/2 minutes to play in regulation before Toronto surged back with a 12-3 run, capped by five straight points from VanVleet to tie it at 104 with 1:30 remaining.

VanVleet then nearly had a costly mistake, fouling Brunson purposely in the backcourt with 18 seconds left as if the Raptors were behind, when in fact it was tied. He called it a boneheaded play, but it didn’t cost Toronto and he was able to joke about it afterward.

Barnes hit two free throws for a 109-108 lead with 12 seconds left, but when he hit only one with 6.6 seconds to go, Barrett went all the way up the middle of the floor and no Raptors stepped in to stop him before his dunk made it 110-all.

“I thought it was a hell of a play, and that’s how the game went – back and forth,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It was a quick turnaround for us, and we kept fighting the whole game.”

Quite a highlight, but not what Barrett most wanted.

“The win would have been the most special thing,” he said.

Anunoby hit a couple 3s early in the extra period before Siakam, who scored a career-high 52 points in Toronto’s victory here last month, converted a three-point play that made it 121-115 with 1:23 remaining.

Toronto’s victory last month sent the Knicks on a five-game losing streak, but they’ve otherwise been playing some of the league’s best basketball since the beginning of December. They had won eight in a row right before that skid and are 7-2 since it ended.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points for Toronto and Anunoby finished with 10.


Raptors: VanVleet scored just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in a loss to Atlanta on Saturday and was listed as questionable for this game with low back soreness, an injury that caused him to miss two games at the end of December. … The game began a stretch where the Raptors play 10 of their 12 games on the road. One of the home games is a rematch with the Knicks on Sunday.

Knicks: Brunson was chosen Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 34.8 points while the Knicks went 3-1. … Immanuel Quickley scored 14 points.


Raptors: At Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Knicks: Host Washington on Wednesday.


WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 41 points and Jordan Poole added 32 points to help the wobbling Golden State Warriors to a 127-118 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Golden State had lost four of five coming into the game.

Draymond Green had 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

“This was a big win,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “When you’re .500, every win is a big win.”

Kristaps Porzingis led Washington with 32 points. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, but struggled from the field, where he was only 5 for 20.

The Warriors trailed 106-105 when Curry made a fall-away 3-pointer against a double team. He made another basket, assisted on the next, and hit a 3-pointer to put the Warriors in front 115-111 with 3:58 to play. Curry made another step-back 3 with 2:01 to play and Poole hit one with 1:29 to play to vault Golden State in front 123-114.

“I thought that late surge was great,” Green said. “At times, I thought we were doing a pretty good job and it wasn’t falling our way. They were hitting crazy shots. But we stuck with it.”

The Wizards reached their biggest lead of the night, 89-80, following a Deni Avdija layup with 4:33 to play in the third quarter. But the Warriors quickly closed back within two points at 93-91 on a Curry 3-pointer, then tied the game on an Anthony Lamb layup. Neither team maintained a lead for more than a spurt through the first three quarters, which had 12 ties and 12 lead changes and finished tied, 93-93.

“(It) was kind of a gritty, dig deep type of night,” Curry said. “A big win for us.”

Three players dominated the first half. Poole scored 26 points on 10 for 13 shooting, Curry added 21, and Porzingis scored 25 points, his most for a game in January, in the first two quarters. Only Porzingis reached double figures for the Wizards in the first half. He was held to seven points in the second half.

“They started to wear on him,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “Draymond is one of the best defenders in the league for a reason.”

Washington led by six at one point, Golden State by seven, before the first half ended with the Warriors ahead 69-64.


Both coaches were reverent when asked pregame about playing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Think about a guy, 35 years old, it really puts things in perspective from where I sit,” said the 47-year-old Unseld. “His ability to command a movement, to change things socially, around the world, not just in this country. Those things take time. Still a work in progress.

“But dramatically different than it was one generation ago. Things that I take for granted, my parents couldn’t do. Not only because it wasn’t safe to do, it wasn’t legal. To put that in perspective is really mind-blowing.”

Kerr said he is always excited to see “American history” right in front of him during visits to the nation’s capital. This trip included playing on the holiday and visiting the White House in succession.

“We try to preach perspective a lot with our players, but we all get wrapped up in the season and the results of every game, sometimes they seem so important,” Kerr said. “It’s good to have a couple days like this where you’re reminded of what’s really important and how lucky we all are to be doing what we’re doing.”


Warriors: G Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon injury management) sat out the second game of a back-to-back Monday. … The defending champions will visit the White House on Tuesday.

Wizards: G Bradley Beal (left hamstring) missed his fifth consecutive game. Unseld said Beal still needs more “exposure” to contact before returning. … Martin Luther King III; his wife, Arndrea Waters King; and Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter, were honored at midcourt after the first quarter. They received Wizards and Warriors jerseys in addition to a standing ovation.


Warriors: Visit Boston on Thursday night.

Wizards: At New York on Wednesday night.


ATLANTA (AP) Dejounte Murray scored 12 of his 28 points in the final period as the Atlanta Hawks held off Miami’s comeback attempt and beat the Heat 121-113 on Monday for their third straight win.

The Hawks (22-22), coming off back-to-back road wins against Indiana and Toronto, matched their season-best winning streak.

“We’ve won three games against three good teams,” Murray said. “We just have to be consistent. That’s the main thing for the rest of the year.”

Trae Young added 24 points as the Hawks, who never trailed, moved back to .500.

In the matchup of teams trying to move up from their current spot as Eastern Conference play-in teams, Miami (24-21) had its three-game winning streak end despite Jimmy Butler’s 34 points. Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hawks made 8 of 12 3s and shot 67% overall from the field (26 of 39) to lead 70-50 at halftime. Miami outscored Atlanta 63-51 in the second half.

“Tale of two halves,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who said the “stark difference” in his team’s defensive effort “was born out of them blowing the doors off us in the first half.”

Added Spoelstra: “There were too many mistakes to overcome in the second half.”

The hot-shooting Hawks led by 26 points in the first half, but Miami pulled to within 111-106 on a jam by Butler. Murray, shooting over Victor Oladipo’s tight defense, answered with a 3-pointer to push the lead to eight points with 1:36 remaining.

Tyler Herro kept Miami close with two last-minute baskets, including a 3-pointer.

A jam by Butler pulled the Heat to within 102-94 before the Hawks’ seven consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Young, stretched the lead back to 15 points.

Herro had 15 points in his return after missing three games due to left Achilles soreness. Miami’s other usual backcourt starter, Kyle Lowry, missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left knee.

AJ Griffin scored 12 points off the bench in the second quarter to help Atlanta keep its momentum following a 38-point opening period.

Butler’s jam sparked an 11-0 Miami run in the third period. Butler’s two free throws ended the run which trimmed Atlanta’s lead to 80-72.

Atlanta played up-tempo on offense, pushing the pace, in contrast to its 106-98 loss at Miami on Nov. 27, when the Heat ended the Hawks’ streak of 40 games scoring 100 or more points.

After missing the last 10 games with a strained right calf, center Clint Capela had 12 points off the bench.


For the game, Atlanta shot 59.2% from the field (45 of 76) and made 13 of 27 3s.

“I like the pace we are playing with on the offensive end of the floor,” said Hawks coach Nate McMillan, who said before the game it was important his team was aggressive, but did not settle for quick 3s.

“That was my mentality, be aggressive and get into the paint,” Young said. “… We’re just making more shots and getting more stops. That’s the difference.”


A sellout crowd of 18,007, including former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, attended the game. The 90-year-old Young worked with Martin Luther King in Atlanta as a leader in the civil rights movement. The dReam Center Church of Atlanta choir performed and there was a halftime tribute to King.

“We need to make sure we continue to honor the day and continue to fight for his dream,” McMillan said.


Heat: PG Gabe Vincent made his fourth start for Lowry. F Caleb Martin returned from a strained left quad and had seven points. … Also missing the game were F Nikola Jovic (lower back stress reaction), F Duncan Robinson (right finger surgery) and C Omer Yurtseven (left ankle surgery).

Hawks: Atlanta ended a streak of three straight home losses. … Young set a season high with four steals but matched his high with 10 turnovers. … G Bogdan Bogdanovic (left quad soreness) had eight points in his return after missing one game. … The Hawks played only their second home game after six road games in January.


Heat: Continue three-game trip at New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Hawks: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Walker Kessler had career-highs of 20 points and 21 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and the Utah Jazz rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-125 on Monday.

Collin Sexton added 19 points off the bench for Utah, which had seven players score in double-digits in its third win in four games.

“I was only here for like two days, but those guys were nothing but polite to me,” Kessler said of being traded from the Timberwolves to the Jazz in July. “My grandad and my dad are from Minnesota. I’ve got some extended family here I’m going to go say hey to, but it was fun. It was a lot of fun to play here.”

Anthony Edwards scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and D’Angelo Russell added 21 points for Minnesota, which struggled inside against Kessler, the 7-foot-1, 245-pound rookie center.

Kyle Anderson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who lost Rudy Gobert to lingering groin soreness early in the game.

“The story of the game was on offense and ability to finish around the paint,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “I think we were, let’s see here, 28 for 52 in the paint. That’s a lot of misses in the paint. And not all of them were because of great defense. We missed a lot of easy ones.”

Russell tied the game at 125 with 13.5 seconds left. Clarkson made one of two free throws for the winning margin, and Jaden McDaniels’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark after a pass from Edwards.

“I beat him going right and I saw Jaden wide open in the corner,” Edwards said. “He shoots those, he makes those shots. I see him work on them all day in practice. If I had another chance to throw it to him, I’d throw it to him again.”

Minnesota acquired Kessler, the Naismith defensive player of the year in 2022 for Auburn, in a draft night trade. Two weeks later, he was sent to Utah as the Timberwolves sought a difference-maker down low in Gobert.

Monday, it was Kessler demonstrating his ability to affect opponents inside. He started his fourth game in a row in place of Kelly Olynyk and is averaging 13.5 points, 13.25 rebounds and three blocks in the four games.

“He’s shown so much growth on both ends of the floor, but I think defense probably comes natural to Walker in a lot of ways,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said of Kessler. “His ability to learn on the fly on the offensive end has just been tremendous.”

Gobert’s transition to Minnesota hasn’t been smooth, but he has begun to become more effective defensively as the Wolves have put together their recent run of success.

Edwards has been the offensive equivalent to Gobert on the defensive end.

After Utah took a lead midway through the third quarter, Edwards answered. Minnesota went on an 18-8 run to end the third, with Edwards scoring nine.

On three straight possessions, Edwards went right at Kessler at the hoop, getting a pair of free throws and two lay-ins.


Gobert was listed as questionable before the game with right groin soreness. He started against his former team, but only played five minutes before being leaving again. Finch didn’t have an update after the game.


Jazz: Lauri Markkanen missed his second straight game with a left hip contusion. Olynyk missed his fourth straight game due to a left ankle sprain. . Rudy Gay returned after missing one game with a left low back spasm. Sexton was back after missing six of the previous seven games for maintenance of a hamstring injury.

Timberwolves: Edwards became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 500 3-pointers made. . Minnesota only had six turnovers to Utah’s 18.


Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: At Denver on Wednesday.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are making lengthy winning streaks an annual occurrence.

Ja Morant scored 29 points, Desmond Bane added 28 and the Grizzlies extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games with a 136-106 win over the injury-depleted Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Memphis set a franchise record last season by winning 11 in a row.

Despite another double-digit win streak, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins sees room for improvement.

“There’s no finished product whatsoever, we’re just trying to find different ways to win ball games, especially at this juncture of the season,” Jenkins said.

The Suns played without starters Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Paul missed his fifth straight game with a right hip injury. Booker has not played since Christmas Day because of a groin injury.

Mikal Bridges scored 21 points and Deandre Ayton added 18 for the Suns. Phoenix (21-24) lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed 18 points and six blocks for the Grizzlies (30-13), who did not play starters Morant or Dillon Brooks in the fourth quarter when Memphis stretched its lead to as many as 36 points.

Memphis also scored 130 or more points for the third straight game, matching the franchise-record run of last February.

Bane said the win streak has been aided, in large part, by the team’s defense. The Grizzlies had eight steals and six blocks against the Suns.

The win streak followed a stretch in which the Grizzles lost four of five. The last loss was to Phoenix on Dec. 27 in Memphis.

“Every team is going to have ups and downs,” Bane said. “They either make you stronger or you give in to them.”

The Grizzlies started slow, trailing by as many as 11 in the opening quarter before using a dominating third quarter to pull away. Memphis outscored the Suns 39-23 in the third quarter and built a 22-point advantage (103-81) following a three-point play by Morant.

The Suns started strong, hitting 11 of their first 15 shots, including their first six, to lead by as many as 11 in the opening quarter.

The Grizzlies regained the lead late in the second quarter after Morant drained three consecutive 3-pointers for a 60-58 Memphis lead and never trailed again.

Memphis outscored the Suns 68-41 in the second half.

“We’ve just got to regroup and go back home,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “This has been a tough, tough stretch for us on a number of fronts. The wins and losses. The injuries. And we lose (Josh Okogie) tonight and he was playing his tail off. So you just pack it up, go home and get ready for the next one.”


Suns: Landry Shamet returned and scored nine points after missing the last three games with a hip injury. … Josh Okogie left the game with 4:03 to go in the second quarter after being fouled by Steven Adams and suffering a nose injury. Okogie walked to the locker room under his own power, but did not return.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies honored NBA greats Gary Payton and Luol Deng, women’s basketball pioneer Nancy Lieberman and former NFL running back Eddie George before the game with the 18th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. … Memphis improved its home record to 19-3 at FedExForum, an .863 home winning percentage that leads the NBA. … Morant is averaging 29 points during the team’s 10-game win streak.


Phoenix coach Monty Williams said it was an honor to be selected to play on Martin Luther King Day. And although he wasn’t able to make it to the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis on this trip, he said visiting the museum is educational and emotional.

“I think it’s really cool for us and I hope it’s cool for the younger plays who may have only heard about Dr. King or read something about him in school,” Williams said.


Suns: Return home after four-game trip to play Brooklyn on Thursday.

Grizzlies: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James had a season-high 48 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his third 40-point performance since turning 38 less than three weeks ago, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game skid with a 140-132 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 24 for the Lakers, who never pulled away in another poor defensive game. James’ brilliance in the 100th 40-point outing of his career – including the postseason – was just enough to hold off NBA-worst Houston.

James scored his 38,000th career point Sunday night, and he showed no ill effects while playing in back-to-back games despite the sore left ankle that has dogged him for weeks. After carrying the depleted Lakers for long stretches punctuated by fierce dunks and five 3-pointers, James hit a 17-foot jumper and four free throws in the final minute to preserve the Lakers’ win.

James scored 40 points for the 72nd time in the regular season during his 20-year career. Only Michael Jordan has more 40-point games in NBA history after turning 35 – Jordan had 12, and James has eight.

Kendrick Nunn had 15 points for the Lakers, who have won six of nine overall despite a thin roster.

Alperen Sengun scored a career-high 33 points and Jalen Green added 23 in the Rockets’ 11th consecutive loss. Sengun, the 20-year-old Turkish center, went 14 of 17 from the field and added 15 rebounds and six assists.

Houston has lost 16 of 17 over the past five weeks, dropping into last in the overall NBA standings at 10-34. At least the Rockets are only just past halfway to the franchise record of 20 straight losses just two seasons ago.

James scored 11 of his 18 first-half points in the second quarter, and Los Angeles led 73-61 at halftime. James sparked the home crowd with two ferocious dunks in the final minute, both punctuated by a profane scream to his fans.

Sengun kept it close, scoring a career-best 20 points in the first half. James kept up the onslaught right after halftime with back-to-back 3-pointers.


Rockets: USC product Kevin Porter Jr. missed his third straight game with a bruised left foot, but coach Stephen Silas is optimistic Porter will play this week. … Houston rookie Jabari Smith Jr. scored 14 points. His father was a member of the Kings when James played his first NBA game in Sacramento nearly 20 years ago.

Lakers: Wenyen Gabriel had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 2:41 to play. … Anthony Davis (right foot) missed his 16th consecutive game. … Lonnie Walker (left knee tendinitis) missed his ninth straight game. … Austin Reaves (hamstring) missed his sixth consecutive game.


Rockets: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.

Lakers: Host Sacramento on Wednesday.


PARIS (AP) Chicago guard Lonzo Ball has not abandoned hopes of playing this season, even though he’s still experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee.

Ball has been able to do some on-court work, a major step forward in the process. But it’s now been more than a full year since his last NBA game, and he said Monday that there’s no return date in sight at this point.

“I have really no timetable,” Ball said. “It’s going day by day. I’m trying to just do more every week, pretty much, loading up the workload. I’m finally moving around again so that’s nice, but I don’t really have a timetable.”

Ball posted a video on his Instagram page this weekend of him dunking. It’s progress for a guard who last played on Jan. 14, 2022; the Bulls’ game against Detroit in Paris on Thursday will be the 92nd consecutive contest he has missed.

Ball said he’s trying to remain positive.

“This is the longest I’ve ever been out,” Ball said. “I’ve been playing basketball my whole life. So for me, it’s a lot, especially watching the guys every night. I’ve got to stay positive and do what I can to get back on the court.”

Ball averaged 11.9 points and 6.2 assists in his first five NBA seasons.

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NEW YORK (AP) Maya Moore knew it was time to officially end her basketball career – four years after stepping away.

The Minnesota Lynx star left the WNBA in 2019 to help her now-husband Jonathan Irons win his release from prison by getting his 50-year sentence overturned in 2020. Irons married Moore soon after his release and the couple had their first child, Jonathan Jr., in February.

She announced her decision to retire Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Before that, Moore had been noncommittal about playing basketball again, but she said in an interview with The Associated Press that it was time to retire.

“Over the last year, it finally felt right to just close the chapter,” Moore said. “Talk about it in a celebratory way. … I’m excited to able to give the clarity to the basketball world.”

Moore said it did cross her mind that her son and husband wouldn’t get to see her play in the WNBA, but that didn’t sway her to keep playing.

Irons said he supported Moore’s decision.

“It was totally her decision and you know it brewed from her heart,” he said. “I was gonna root for her whatever she chose to do. I’d been right there at the stadium yelling: ‘Go girl! Take that jump shot, win that championship!”

The 33-year-old Moore won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, two Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball and two NCAA titles with UConn.

“On behalf of the Minnesota Lynx organization, I want to congratulate Maya on an incredible basketball career,” Lynx coach and President of Basketball Operations Cheryl Reeve said. “We will always cherish her time in a Lynx uniform and we wish her the best as she continues to pursue this next chapter of her life.”

Moore will be eligible for the Naismith Hall of Fame next year since she stopped playing four years ago, one of the rare athletes to leave their sport in the prime of their career.

She was drafted No. 1 by the Lynx in 2011, winning the Rookie of the Year award and going on to average 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals over eight seasons for Minnesota. She was the league’s MVP in 2014 and the only player in WNBA history with four 40-plus point games.

“Her four WNBA championships, six All-Star selections, an MVP award and a Finals MVP trophy are indicative of the type of rare, generational talent Maya brought to this league, but perhaps her greatest legacy will be what she accomplished beyond the game,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said.

When Moore stepped away from basketball, she started a social action campaign ” Win With Justice.” Moore and her husband also have a book coming out this week titled “Love & Justice.”

During her career, she was at the forefront of the Lynx becoming one of the first pro sports teams to fully embrace social activism, starting before a game on July 9, 2016, when players wore black T-shirts that read, “Change Starts With Us.” Their message was prompted by fatal police shootings earlier that week of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

“I hope people saw me as someone who gave all she had,” Moore said Monday, “but also somebody who looked beyond the craft that I pursued.”

The Lynx went 200-71 in the regular season and 40-16 in the playoffs during Moore’s career as the star among stars in a core that featured Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and eventually Sylvia Fowles.

She finished her career as the Lynx franchise leader in scoring average, 3-point field goals made (530) and steals (449) and finished second in total points scored (4,984), field goals made (1,782), assists (896) and blocks (176).

“Maya Moore has forever left a mark on the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Lynx franchise and the hearts of Lynx fans everywhere,” Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor said. “Maya’s accolades are numerous; her leadership and talent both fearless and inspirational set the foundation for the most exciting and historic championship run in the league from 2011-2017. While today culminates Maya’s basketball career, there is no doubt she will continue to impact the game we all love.”

Moore went 150-4 in her career at UConn. The two-time AP Player of the Year was a key part of the Huskies’ 90-game winning streak that was the longest ever until the school had an 111-game run a few years later.

“Maya obviously has thought this out and I’m sure it wasn’t a decision that came easily. The love that Maya had for the game, the way she played the game, the passion that she played the game with – you don’t walk away from that nonchalantly. I’m sure this was a very difficult decision for her and her family,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “At the same time, to be able to make this decision says to me that she is so committed to the life and family that she’s built and the causes she’s fighting for now.”

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BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha scored two goals apiece, Jeremy Swayman earned his first shutout of the season and David Krejci had three assists in his 1,000th NHL game to help the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0 on Monday.

Pastrnak scored the first goal in the first period and added another during a 4-on-3 power play to start the third to help Boston win for the sixth time in seven games. The Bruins are 21-1-3 at home this season and have the best overall record in the NHL.

Krejci, who interrupted his 16-year Bruins career by playing in his homeland last season, returned to Boston and joined fellow Czechs Pastrnak and Zacha to snap the Flyers three-game winning streak.

Carter Hart stopped 14 shots before he was replaced midway through the second period by Samuel Ersson, who made nine saves the rest of the way. The Flyers lost for just the second time in nine games.


Pastrnak opened the scoring five minutes in when he forced a turnover in the Philadelphia zone and headed for the crease, where he deflected a pass from Zacha into the net. With five minutes left in the period, Zacha put his entire body into a slapshot that made it 2-0 and knocked him from his skates.

Brad Marchand backhanded in a rebound four minutes into the second to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Zacha’s crossing pass was deflected into the net. Pastrnak made it 5-0 with a one-kneed, one-timer early in the third and then Matt Grzelcyk gave Boston a 6-0 lead with 12 minutes left.

KREJCI 1,000

Krejci received a standing ovation – and the traditional stick-taps from both teams – when the public address system announced after his first shift that he had played in his 1,000th NHL game.

Drafted by Boston in 2004, Krejci spent his first 15 years of his pro career with the Bruins before leaving last season to play in his native Czechia. He returned to Boston this season, and on Monday he became the seventh player ever to play 1,000 games for the Bruins.

He is the third player on the roster to reach the 1,000-game milestone, joining Patrice Bergeron and Nick Foligno.

The team said it would honor Krejci before the game against Ottawa on Feb. 20.


Flyers: Host Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Bruins: At Islanders on Wednesday.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Monday for their third win in four games.

Matthew Tkachuk finished with three assists for Florida and extended his point streak to seven games. Brandon Montour, Sam Bennett and Anton Lundell also scored for the Panthers.

Florida (46 points) moved two points ahead of Buffalo (44) and into fourth place in the Atlantic Division with the win in the opener of a three-game road trip against Atlantic Division opponents.

“I thought we played a pretty solid road game,” Tkachuk said.

After splitting a four-game road trip out West earlier in the month, the Panthers improved to 10-14-1 on the road. They have won five of seven overall for the first time this season.

“We haven’t had the best road record this year,” Tkachuk said. “You can come up with every excuse in the book, but we let a few go earlier this year, and this is a big-time game for us.”

Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves for his fourth win in five starts.

“We need that kind of goaltending,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “He’s battling in the net. He’s a little bit acrobatic, but he’s intense. And the guys like it. It looks good from the bench. He’s making big saves. Everybody is kind of rallying around him.”

Alex Tuch scored for the Sabres, who have lost four of their last five games. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 30 shots.

“We got to be better in front of him,” Tuch said. “He deserved a win today and we weren’t able to help him out.”

Tkachuk fed Verhaeghe for his 20th goal of the season with 1:38 remaining in the third period.

Former Sabre Sam Reinhart set up Lundell on a 2-on-1 to give the Panthers a three-goal lead 34 seconds into the third period.

Bennett scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 2-0 at 8:04 into the second period. Verhaeghe’s backhand pass to Tkachuk bounced back to a wide-open Bennett in the right circle.

Montour put the Panthers ahead four minutes in the first period when he crashed the net and knocked in a rebound. The former Sabres defenseman has eight goals this season.

“It was solid from the start,” Tkachuk said. “I think the first 10 minutes were awesome.”

Tuch’s 21st goal of the season with 8:33 remaining in the third period spoiled Bobrovsky’s bid for a second shutout this season.

“We just didn’t quite start on time today,” Sabres captain Kyle Okposo said. “They obviously had some jump. It’s a big game, they knew it right away, and they jumped on us. When we realized we were in a fight, it was a little too late.”


Panthers: Called up forward Grigori Denisenko after placing Zac Dalpe on waivers Saturday.

Sabres: Loaned forward Peyton Krebs to the minors in a paper transaction to create roster spot for Luukonen’s recall.


Panthers: At Toronto on Tuesday night.

Sabres: At Chicago on Tuesday night.


DENVER (AP) Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon each scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche notched their ninth straight win over Detroit by beating the Red Wings 6-3 on Monday.

Artturi Lehkonen and J.T. Compher also scored for the Avalanche, who followed up a 7-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday with another scoring spree. There were eight different Colorado players with at least a point, including two assists from Evan Rodrigues and Devon Toews. MacKinnon also had two assists for a four-point day.

Trailing 5-0 late in the second period, Andrew Copp scored for Detroit to spoil Pavel Francouz’s bid for a second straight shutout. Ben Chiarot and Moritz Seider added goals in the third.

Francouz followed up his 29-save shutout against the Senators with another solid performance by stopping 26 shots.

There was a little bit of luck along the way. Jonatan Berggren clanged a wrist shot off the bar that hit Francouz in the mask and veered wide of the net.

Ville Husso allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Magnus Hellberg for the third period.

Lehkonen started the scoring early in the first period on a goal set up by Makar, who reached the 30-assist mark for the season.

Makar made it 2-0 with a power-play goal late in the first. Valeri Nichushkin had an assist as he returned to the ice after missing nine games. Nichushkin has struggled to get his foot to feel comfortable inside his skate due to scar tissue following ankle surgery.

12-0 RUN

Colorado’s string of 12 consecutive goals was snapped by Copp. It’s the third time in team history they’ve notched 12 or more straight goals. Colorado accomplished the feat from Oct. 19-22, 1983, (16) and March 18-22, 2021, (12), according to NHL Stats.


Makar’s three-point day marked his 57th career multipoint game. He’s tied with Tyson Barrie for second on the franchise’s all-time list among defensemen (Sandis Ozolinsh leads with 63).


Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson played in his 899th career NHL game. … Forward Darren Helm reaggravated a lower-body injured that’s limited him to five games this season. There’s a concern his season could be in jeopardy. “We have to get more information still,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. … Red Wings forward David Perron had an assist for his first point since Dec. 28.


Red Wings: At Arizona on Tuesday.

Avalanche: Start a three-game trip Wednesday in Calgary.

**********TOP INDIANA RELEASES************


T.J. McConnell put on a show in the first half on Monday afternoon in Milwaukee, scoring a career-best 25 points before halftime, going 9-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point range to propel Indiana to a 76-65 lead at the intermission.

Unfortunately, McConnell and the Pacers (23-22) ran out of gas in the second half, as the Bucks (28-16) made 23 3-pointers and picked up a 132-119 win. It was Milwaukee’s ninth straight victory over Indiana overall and also their ninth straight win at Fiserv Forum over the Pacers, who have yet to win at the arena since it opened for the 2018-19 season.

Myles Turner had 30 points for Indiana on 11-of-17 shooting (5-of-9 from 3-point range), eight rebounds, and four blocks in his first game back after missing the last three contests with back spasms.

McConnell added 29 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and three steals off the bench, setting career highs for points and 3-pointers made.

But with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton sidelined due to knee soreness, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday stepped up to lead Milwaukee to victory. The veteran point guard had a game-high 35 points, going 13-for-19 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and also dished out 11 assists.

The Pacers were in control for the majority of the night, leading by as many as 13. But Holiday and the Bucks fought back with a barrage of 3-pointers. The hosts trailed by five entering the fourth quarter and surged ahead less than two minutes into the final frame.

Back-to-back threes by Jordan Nwora and Grayson Allen gave Milwaukee a 101-100 lead with 10:04 to play, the Bucks’ first lead since the opening quarter.

The Pacers answered with four straight points on baskets by Andrew Nembhard and Jalen Smith, but Milwaukee moved back in front following another three by Allen with 8:18 remaining. Buddy Hield and Nwora then traded triples and the lead before two straight buckets by Holiday gave the Bucks a five-point cushion.

The Pacers cut the deficit to three on three occasions over the next minute and a half, but each time the Bucks answered.

Pat Connaughton eventually drained Milwaukee’s 23rd 3-pointer of the night with 4:28 remaining and Bobby Portis added two free throws at 3:34 to push the Bucks’ lead to 122-114.

Aaron Nesmith made a much-needed three at 3:22 to pull the Pacers back within five, but after a timeout, Brook Lopez scored on the other end. The Bucks won a jump ball on the other end, and Holiday then sealed the victory with a jumper on the other end.

Hield finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the loss, going 5-for-10 from 3-point range. Bennedict Mathurin joined him in double figures, tallying 12 points and eight rebounds, but the Pacers faded down the stretch.

It was a disappointing finish after a promising start. Turner made an immediate impact from the opening tip, scoring nine points on 3-of-3 shooting and blocking a shot in his first seven-minute stint.

The first quarter was a tightly contested affair featuring six ties and three lead changes. The Pacers eventually surged ahead thanks to a 12-3 run that featured seven points — including a rare 3-pointer — from backup point guard T.J. McConnell. That gave the visitors a 32-25 lead with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter.

Milwaukee climbed back within one behind a 7-1 spurt that featured a four-point play by Nwora and a deep three by rookie A.J. Green, but the Blue & Gold closed the quarter strong.

McConnell set up Isaiah Jackson for an alley-oop dunk with 4.4 seconds left, then came up with a steal off the ensuing inbound, somehow kept his balance tip-toeing along the sideline, and calmly drained another three from right in front of the Indiana bench as the buzzer sounded to give the visitors a 38-32 lead after one.

McConnell and the Pacers stayed hot in the second quarter. The eight-year veteran converted a jumper at the 9:37 mark, a three-point play at 9:13, and drained his third three of the game at 7:02.

After a dunk from Hield — another rare sight — at 5:46, McConnell drilled his fourth 3-pointer at 5:23 — the first time in his career that he has made four threes in a single game. Turner’s breakaway dunk at 4:12 pushed Indiana’s lead to 63-50 and forced a Bucks timeout.

Brook Lopez knocked down a three and Jrue Holiday drained two more over the final few minutes, but McConnell and the Pacers continued to answer on the other end. McConnell scored twice more to reach 25 points — already surpassing his career high — then found the rookie Nembhard in the right corner for a three just before the buzzer sounded to give the visitors a 76-65 lead entering the break.

The Bucks trimmed the deficit to 81-75 following Portis’ jumper less than four minutes into the third quarter. The Pacers then brought McConnell back in and he immediately provided a spark, setting up Turner for a three-point play, then connecting with Hield for the second of his back-to-back threes as Indiana reeled off a quick 9-3 run to push the margin back to double digits.

Milwaukee kept coming, however. The hosts slowly clawed their way back, culminating with Holiday’s 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left in the third quarter that cut Indiana’s lead to 95-93.

Once again, McConnell and the Pacers closed a quarter with a flair. McConnell raced down the floor and kicked out to Oshae Brissett in the left corner for yet another buzzer-beating trey to give the visitors a five-point advantage entering the fourth quarter.

But the final frame belonged to the Bucks, who outscored Indiana 39-21 over the final 12 minutes.

Portis tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists for Milwaukee. Lopez added 19 points and six boards, Allen registered 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Nwora scored 14 off the bench while going 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo missed his third straight game for the Bucks with a sore left knee. Middleton has not played since Dec. 15 due to right knee soreness.

The Pacers, who have now dropped four straight games, will continue their four-game road trip on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. They will also visit Denver and Phoenix over the weekend before returning to Indianapolis.

Inside the Numbers

Turner reached 30 points for the fourth time this season. He also blocked four shots for the ninth time and has accomplished that feat four times in his last seven games.

After failing to make a three in Saturday’s loss to Memphis, Hield bounced back with five treys against Milwaukee. He now has 175 3-pointers on the season, most in the NBA. Prior to Saturday, he had made at least one three in 43 straight games to start the season and 55 consecutive contests dating back to last year.

The Pacers matched their season high with 76 points in the first half, shooting a blistering 60.9 percent from the field and going 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) from 3-point range.

The Bucks went 23-for-46 from 3-point range on the night. Those 23 threes were the most by a Pacers opponent this season and one shy of the most ever by an Indiana opponent. That record was set by Milwaukee, which made 24 3-pointers against the Blue & Gold on March 21, 2022 and matched by Charlotte on Jan. 26, 2022. Seven different Bucks made at least two 3-pointers and five made three or more on Monday.

The Pacers were 19-for-40 (47.5 percent) from beyond the arc themselves. The 42 combined 3-pointers on Monday were the most ever in game involving the Pacers and two shy of the NBA record, which was set in Milwaukee in a game between the Bucks and Rockets on May 7, 2021.

Stat of the Night

McConnell was sensational in the first half, surpassing career highs for points and 3-pointers made before halftime. His 25 points in the first half were two more than his previous career best, which he set against Milwaukee on May 13, 2021, and he made four 3-pointers in a single game for the first time ever (he had made three 3-pointers on seven occasions, including Nov. 21 against Orlando).

McConnell’s 25 points on Monday were the most by a Pacer in the first half this season.


The Pacers’ last win against the Bucks came at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Feb. 12, 2020. Milwaukee swept the season series with Indiana in 2020-21 and 2021-22 and now has taken the first of four games in the 2022-23 season.

Indiana is still yet to win at Fiserv Forum, going 0-for-9 in the building. The Pacers’ last victory in Milwaukee came in their final visit to the now-demolished Bradley Center on March 2, 2018.

The Pacers are now 20-5 on the season in games in which they led by double digits.


After a four-game road trip, the Pacers will be back at Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 PM ET.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis beats Bellarmine, 4-0, in their second match of the season at the IU Tennis Center on Monday evening.

Indiana’s No. 1 doubles Lara Schneider and Saby Nihalani d the doubles point with a 6-0 victory. Alexandra Staiculescu and Rose Hu (IU) would clinch the point in the No. 3 doubles defeating Bellarmine, 6-1.

IU would earn a 2-0 advantage after Mila Mejic defeated Bellarmine’s Cydney Rogers in No. 5 singles. Rose Hu and Saby Nihalani would earn the victory for the Hoosiers after winning No. 6 and No. 3 singles matches.

Indiana is now 2-0 to start the season for the first time since the 2017-18 season.



1. Lara Schneider (IU) vs. Ekaterina Tikhonko (BU), 6-3, 2-1, unfinished

2. Saby Nihalani (IU) vs. Vendula Kryslova, 6-0, 2-2, unfinished

3. Alexandra Staiculescu (IU) vs. Lailaa Bashir (BU), 3-6, 0-3, unfinished

4. Mila Mejic (IU) def. Cydney Rogers (BU), 6-1, 6-1

5. Lauren Lemonds (IU) def. Hanley Riner (BU), 6-1, 6-0

6. Rose Hu (IU) def. Shu Grosso (BU), 6-0, 6-2


1. Schneider/Nihalani (IU) def. Tikhonko/ Kryslova (BU), 6-0

2. Mejic/Lemonds (IU) vs. Bashir/Rogers (BU), unfinished

3. Staiculescu/Hu (IU) def. Riner/Varnum (BU), 6-1


Singles: 5, 6, 4, unfinished

Doubles: 1, 3, unfinished


Indiana will host Cincinnati on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center. 



Zach Edey made a go-ahead shot at the front of the rim with 2.2 seconds left and finished with a career-high 32 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 3 Purdue hold off Michigan State for a 64-63 win on Monday.

A 51-second sequence earlier in the second half, though, showed just how dominant the 7-foot-4 Edey can be at both ends of the floor.

Edey blocked a shot, had an alley-oop dunk, a defensive rebound and a layup to turn a one-point deficit into a three-point lead.

“He opens up a lot for us,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said.

The Boilermakers (17-1, 6-1 Big Ten) have won 17 of their first 18 games, matching a school mark set during the 1987-88 season.

The Spartans (12-6, 4-3) dropped a second straight game after winning seven in a row.

Tyson Walker put Michigan State ahead with 11 seconds remaining with a mid-range jumper, giving him a season-high 30 points, and Edey scored the winner on the ensuing possession.

After Edey’s last basket, A.J. Hoggard’s long inbound pass was knocked out of bounds by Purdue’s Brandon Newman with 1.8 seconds left. That left Tom Izzo with a chance to draw up a play to potentially win the game on Purdue’s end of the court.

Walker was set up with what seemed to be an open jumper on the left wing only to have Boilermakers guard Ethan Morton get a hand up to deflect the shot, leaving it short of the rim.

Purdue freshman guard Fletcher Loyer had 17 points, including a go-ahead free throw with 25.7 seconds left in a game that had the intensity of a matchup in March.

“I’ve known him since he was very young,” Izzo said. “The last give minutes of the game, he just took it over.”

Loyer’s older brother, Foster, played for the Spartans before transferring to Davidson.

Fletcher Loyer, a 6-4 freshman, scored a season-high 27 points Friday night in a win over Nebraska.

“He’s very aggressive, very sure of himself,” Painter said. “He’s not scared of the moment.”

Hoggard had 14 points and eight assists, playing well in the backcourt with Walker.

“I didn’t think we did a very good job of guarding their guards,” Painter said.

Joey Hauser added 10 points for the Spartans, who looked like they were going to be overmatched early in the game.

Purdue led by 13 points with 5:47 to go in the first half, but was ahead by just two at halftime after Michigan State started to make shots and cut down on turnovers.

“We lost the game in the first minutes with the ridiculous turnovers,” Izzo said.

The Spartans surged ahead by five points early in the second half before both teams took turns with the lead in a closely contested game with 13 lead changes and eight ties.

“In my heart I believe we competed well enough to win the game, but give them credit,” Izzo said.


Purdue: Edey’s improved play and conditioning makes his tough to stop and sets up everything for coach Painter’s offense that runs through the junior from Toronto.

“I love playing inside out,” Painter said. “If you don’t have the horses, those plays don’t work.”

Painter said Edey has learned how to stay on the floor.

“When he first got here, he couldn’t pass and couldn’t play without elbowing people in the head,” he said.

Michigan State: Izzo said senior forward Malik Hall will be out “a while,” with a foot injury that is potentially a major setback for a team that lacks front court depth.

“Whether it’s the full year or not, we don’t know,” Izzo said.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 17-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten with a 64-63 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing. The win was Purdue’s fourth in a row, three of which have come on the road (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State).

Purdue will play its last road game in a “four-in-five” game stretch on the road on Thursday at Minnesota. The Boilermakers are 4-0 during this stretch – it’s most-difficult stretch of the season.

Purdue has won eight of its last 11 games against Michigan State, its best stretch against the Spartans since going 8-3 against Michigan State from 1992 to 1998.

Purdue’s 17-1 start is the program’s best 18-game start since the 1987-88 season (17-1). Purdue has never started 18-1 through 19 games.

Purdue is now 5-0 on the road, the most road wins this season for any power-conference program. The five-game road-winning streak is the third-longest road winning streak under Matt Painter.

The victory was Purdue’s seventh quad-1 victory, the most in the country. Six of them have come away from Mackey Arena. Purdue is unbeaten in quad-1 games away from Mackey Arena.

Head coach Matt Painter became the seventh Big Ten coach with 200 conference victories. He is now 200-116 in his 18th season in the Big Ten.

Purdue has held every opponent this season to 70 points or fewer. Purdue has won 40 straight games when holding foes to 70 points or less.

Purdue went 16-of-18 from the free throw line in the victory.

Zach Edey scored the go-ahead basket with 2.2 seconds left to give Purdue the 64-63 win. It marks the second time this season that Purdue has scored the go-ahead basket in the last 12 seconds to win (Fletcher Loyer vs. Ohio State).

Zach Edey continued his National Player of the Year campaign with 32 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. He now has four 30-10 games, one of four players in school history with at least four 30-10 games (Terry Dischinger, Dave Schellhase, Glenn Robinson).

Edey recorded his 10th straight double-double, now the third-longest streak in Purdue history (Terry Dischinger – 12; Dave Schellhase – 11).

Edey is now the only Big Ten player in the last 25 years with multiple 30-15 games in a season. His two 30-15 games are the second most in the last 25 years behind Duke’s Marvin Bagley (4).

Edey became just the third-high major player in the last decade (North Carolina’s Luke Maye and Brice Johnson) to have at least 32 points and 17 rebounds in a road victory.

Fletcher Loyer scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, including 11 points in the final 5:35 of the contest.

Loyer is now averaging 17.7 points and shooting 21-of-47 (.447) from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He also has 20 assists against just 10 turnovers.


Butler (11-8, 3-5 BIG EAST) vs. rv/- Creighton (10-8, 4-3 BIG EAST)
Tuesday, Jan. 17;  7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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Bulldogs vs. Creighton
• The teams first met in the 1932-33 season with each team winning on its home court as they split a home-and-home series.
• Butler has won seven of the last eight meetings against Creighton that have been played at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
• Prior to both teams joining the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 season, the teams had not met since the 1975 Pillsbury Classic in Minnesota.
• In Creighton’s 78-56 win over Butler Dec. 22 in Omaha, the Bluejays went 8-for-16 from three-point range and shot 14-for-20 at the free throw line. Butler made only two three-pointers and attempted only seven free throws.
THE SERIES: Creighton Leads, 16-11
Streak: Creighton, W2
At Hinkle: Butler Leads, 9-3
First Meeting: CU, 27-22; 1/30/33
Last Meeting: CU, 78-56; 12/22/22
• Tuesday night will be the program’s annual Project 44 Game, honoring the legacy of the late Andrew Smith and driving awareness of the national bone marrow registry.
• Creighton is the first BIG EAST opponent that the Bulldogs will play for a second time this season; the Bluejays won, 78-56, Dec. 22 in Omaha. Butler has still not played Marquette or Xavier this season.
• Simas Lukosius led Butler with a career-high 28 points and five three-pointers in Friday’s win over Villanova.
• It marked the third time this season and sixth time in his career that Lukosius has led Butler in scoring; the Bulldogs are 6-0 in those games.
• Manny Bates missed the Villanova game (knee), forcing Butler to utilize a different starting line-up for the third consecutive game.
• According to KenPom, Butler has played the nation’s 18th-toughest schedule so far this season.
• Butler is committing only 12.7 fouls per game, which leads the nation.
• Butler is 8-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season, averaging 75.5 points per game while hitting 50 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
• Lukosius is 23-for-49 (47 percent) from three-point range in Butler’s 10 home games.
• Lukosius and Eric Hunter Jr. have combined to average 28.5 points per game in the team’s 11 wins against only a combined 11.2 points per game in the team’s eight losses.
• Thad Matta is 21-3 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and the current 2021-22 seasons).
• Butler’s top five scorers each are averaging double figures.
• Butler went 18-for-21 at the free throw line against Villanova, the second-most makes in a game this season and matching the second-best percentage.
• Butler shot 56.6 percent from the field against Villanova, which is the second-best output of the season. It’s the tenth game this season for the Bulldogs shooting 50 percent or better.
• Butler’s nine made three-pointers vs. Villanova are tied for the third-most this season. The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from behind the arc in the game, the ninth game shooting 40 percent or better from three-point distance.
• Ali Ali became the seventh different Bulldog to register double figures in a game this season with his 10 points Tuesday at St. John’s.
• Chuck HarrisManny Bates and Jayden Taylor have each led the Bulldogs in scoring in at least five games this season (includes ties).
• Friday’s win over Villanova was only the fourth of Butler’s 19 games this season to be decided by single digits.
• Jalen Thomas has led the Bulldogs in rebounding in four of his eight games played this season since returning from a pulmonary embolism. 
• Butler is 11-0 this season when leading at halftime; Villanova opened the second half with a 16-1 run Friday to erase a 10-point Butler halftime lead before the Bulldogs responded for the win.
• Butler is 11-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.
• The Bulldogs are 7-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
• Among active coaches with at least 10 seasons of NCAA Division I experience, Matta’s .735 winning percentage ranks fourth (Few, Self, Calipari). Friday’s win over Villanova was Win No. 450 for Matta.
• Butler has placed all five starters in double figures three times this season, with the most recent coming at Cal Dec. 10.
• Harris is now 21st in Butler history in career three-pointers (124).
• Bates has 35 blocks already this season, moving him just two away from tenth on Butler’s single-season list.
• Bates is 16th nationally with a 62.8 field goal percentage and is 34th nationally in blocks per game at 1.9 per game.
• Hunter Jr. led the Bulldogs with a season-high seven assists Friday vs. Villanova, which was one shy of his career-best.


The Butler men’s tennis team swept IUPUI, 7-0, on Monday at the West Indy Racquet Club. The win moves Butler to 2-1 to begin the season.

The Bulldogs got off to a strong start as Thomas Brennan and Alvaro Huete Vadillo teamed up to win their set 6-3. The No. 3 duo of Rahulniket Konakanchi and Zach Trimpe closed out the doubles point with a 7-6 set win.

Butler continued to play well in the singles, sweeping all six points. Brennan and Huete Vadillo won at the No. 1 and No. 2 in straight sets. Nicolas Arts and Konakanchi matched their teammates performances by taking the No. 4 and No. 5 in straight sets as well. Borja Miralles and Trimpe completed Butler’s impressive showing by edging out their opponents in three sets at the No. 3 and No. 6.

Butler’s next scheduled match is their home-opener on Friday, Jan. 20 when they host Youngstown State.


The Bulldogs lost 4-0 on the road at Indiana on Monday. The result moves Butler to 0-2 to start the season. 

Indiana took the doubles point, winning two sets in a 6-2 and 6-4 fashion and earned three singles points, all in straight sets.

Butler will travel to South Bend to take on another in-state opponent in Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Match Results


1. Lara Schneider (IU) vs. Natalie Boesing (BU) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished

2. Alexandra Staiculescu (IU) vs. Chase Metcalf (BU) 2-6, 6-3, 1-2, unfinished

3. Saby Nihalani (IU) def. Delaney Schurhamer (BU) 6-1, 6-1

4. Lauren Lemonds (IU) vs. Norah Balthazor (BU) 6-1, 1-6, 3-3, unfinished

5. Mila Mejic (IU) def. Katie Beavin (BU) 6-0, 6-1

6. Rose Hu (IU) def. Emma Beavin (BU) 6-3, 6-1


1. Lara Schneider/Saby Nihalani (IU) def. Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BU) 6-2

2. Mila Mejic/Lauren Lemonds (IU) vs. Delaney Schurhamer/Veronika Bruetting (BU) 5-3, unfinished

3. Alexandra Staiculescu/Rose Hu (IU) def. Norah Balthazor/Jordan Schildcrout (BU) 6-4


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Destiny Perkins and Rachel Kent each posted double figures to lead the Jaguars to a big road win over Youngstown State, 64-61. Perkins finished with 18 points while Kent ended with 10.

IUPUI entered the game ranked fourth in the Horizon League but took down the number three team, Youngstown State handing them their second #HLWBB loss of the season. The Jags and Penguins were all tied up after the first two quarters, 32-32 but IUPUI came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring YSU 20-14 to take the 52-46 lead.

With a one-point lead and only 1:39 left to play, Natalie Andersen sunk a three to extend the Jags lead to 64-60. That went on to be the deciding basket as Youngstown State only scored one free throw to bring it within three, 64-61.

Perkins led the Jaguar offense with 18 points and six assists while Kent added 10 points and five rebounds. Jazmyn Turner totaled nine points, six rebounds and four assists while Nakaih Hunter chipped in nine points and Natalie Andersen added a team-high seven rebounds.

The Jaguars shot 46.2 percent (24-for-52) from the floor and 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from behind the arc. IUPUI outrebounded the Penguins 34 to 31.

IUPUI is now 9-8 and 5-3 in the Horizon League and will return home for two games this weekend. The Jaguars host Detroit Mercy on Friday, January 20 for a 7:00 PM tipoff and Oakland on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM.


MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team will be back on the court for a Tuesday, Mid-American Conference matchup with Western Michigan. The Cardinals enter the game with a 12-5 overall record and are 3-1 in league play, while the Broncos a 6-11 mark and are 2-2 in conference action.

BSU students, be among the first 400 in The Nest and receive a free hot dog, a slice of pizza, a fountain drink, or a beer. Arrive early, cheer loud, and enjoy responsibly.

Last Time Out

The Cardinals are coming off a 75-61 victory over Miami. Jaylin Sellers finished with 15 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Demarius Jacobs dropped 15 points with four assists, two rebounds, one block, and one steal. Payton Sparks recorded his fifth double-double of the season behind 14 rebounds and 12 points. Sparks added three assists and a game-high two blocks. Basheer Jihad collected a career-high three steals to go along with his 12 points and six rebounds. Jarron Coleman collected a game-high five assists with nine points and eight rebounds.

Boogie on Down

Coleman has a team-best 14.1 points per game. He leads the team with 37 made 3-pointers and is shooting 35.6 percent from behind the arc. He leads the team with 57 assists and is second in steals with 22. Coleman has added nine blocks, which is tied for third on the squad.

Sensational Sellers

Sellers is second on the team with 13.9 points per game. He is shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range, which leads the team. He is fourth on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game. He has produced a field-goal percentage of 49.3 on the season. Sellers has collected 14 assists, 13 steals and seven blocks. He has notched four games with 20 or more points for the season.

Spark Plug

Sparks paces the team with 8.3 rebounds per game, which is tied for 66th in the country and fourth in the conference. His 3.29 offensive rebounds per contest have him ranked 27th in the nation and third in the MAC. He is third on the team averaging 13.1 points per game. He is shooting 60.5 percent from the field, which leads the team. He has five double-doubles on the season, which is tied for 60th in the country and third in the MAC. He is third on the team with 36 assists, second on the team with 15 blocks, and has added eight steals.

Spreading the Love

The Cardinals have four players averaging double-digit points. Demarius Jacobs rounds out the double-digit scorers with 12.7 points a contest. He has a team-high 28 blocks, which is tied for 63rd in the NCAA and most in the MAC lead. His 1.59 blocks per contest is 65th in the nation and first in the conference. He second on the team in assists with 53 and paces the team in steals with 24. He is averaging 3.7 boards per contest. Mickey Pearson Jr. is second on the squad with 5.2 rebounds per contest and is averaging 6.9 points a game. Pearson is shooting 52.6 from the field.

Taking Advantage at the Free-Throw Line

As a team, the Cardinals are averaging 25.5 free throws per game, which is fifth in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Ball State is averaging 17.5 free-throws made per contest, which is tied for 13th in the nation and leads the conference. Sparks is fifth in the nation with 133 free-throw attempts, which leads in the MAC. The Cardinals are one of 23 teams in the NCAA that have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted.

Effective Shooting

The Cardinals are currently shooting 48.1 percent from the field, which is tied for 37th in the NCAA and is second in the MAC. Ball State has been effective from behind the arc with a combined 37.7 percent from 3-point range, which is tied for 41st in the country and best in the MAC.

Series History with Western Michigan

The Cardinals and Broncos will battle for the 138th time on Tuesday night. Ball State holds the series lead 70-67. BSU has won six of the last seven meetings against WMU, including a 64-63 victory at WMU last season. The Cardinals are 42-23 all-time in Muncie and are 21-9 inside Worthen Arena.

Scouting the Broncos

Western Michigan is tied for 13th in the NCAA with a rebound margin of 8.0, which leads the MAC. Markeese Hastings leads the team with 10.1 rebounds per game, which is tied for 13th in the country and second in the MAC. His 7.0 defensive rebounds per contest is second in the conference and tied for 19th in the nation. Hastings is averaging 7.4 points per game, has 32 steals, a team-best 16 steals, and a team-high nine blocks. Lamar Norman Jr. leads WMU with 17.8 points per contest. He has a team high in assists with 45 along with 14 steals and one block. Tray Maddox Jr. is the only other player averaging double figures with 11.9 points a game. He is second on the team with 16 steals and second in blocks with four.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team (9-9, 1-6) has a pair of revenge games to host inside Purcell Pavilion – games in which they were leading in both but couldn’t hang on during the final stretch. The first of those is Tuesday night with Florida State (5-13, 3-4). That matchup will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

It’ll also be an Irish Wear Green game. Students will receive a special green Protect Purcell t-shirt while the players will don the classic green Irish jerseys. Notre Dame last wore green on Dec. 7, 2019.


Notre Dame trails the overall series 8-5 but owns a strong 4-1 record at home against the Seminoles. In those five games at Purcell, the Irish have netted a combined margin of +55 – with all four victories being decided by 10 points or more.

The two sides have already met this season, back on Dec. 21. The Irish rallied late, ending the game on a 6-0 run with two big defensive stands in the final minute to have a chance at the win with six seconds left. The in-bounds play was drawn up perfectly as Cormac Ryan was wide open running down the middle of the court, but the pass to him was overthrown. It would have been a wide-open breakaway layup for the win. However, FSU took it 73-72.

JJ Starling was solely responsible for the 6-0 run at the end of the game and finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Cormac Ryan also had a solid game, contributing 17 points.


The Irish have now had three ACC games in which they’ve garnered double-digit leads, only to succumb to the opponent’s rally and suffer defeat. Coach Brey has emphasized that this group has to learn, and quickly, how to close out games, especially on the road.

Largest Lead Given Out in Loss

12 at Syracuse (12:54 in 2H), 1/14/23

11 at Florida State (10:41 in 1H), 12/21/22

10 at Boston College (17:53 in 2H), 1/3/23

And what’s tough specifically about the Syracuse and Boston College losses was that Notre Dame led for almost the entire game in both. Take this stat – in those two games, Notre Dame led for a combined 63:38 out of the 80 minutes. More on that below


A difference in a few possessions – one in each of the following games – Syracuse x2, Florida State, Boston College – and the Irish could easily be sitting at 4-3 in ACC play.

1st game vs. Syracuse – Down five, with under 1:20 to play, Cormac Ryan and Marcus Hammond recorded back-to-back three-point plays to go up 61-60, but the Orange answered with 14 seconds on the clock. Notre Dame couldn’t connect on the buzzer-beater, falling 62-61.

Florida State – With six seconds remaining on the clock down one, Notre Dame ran a great in-bounds play to Wertz but his next pass to an open and sprinting Cormac Ryan was thrown just a tad too high/long as the Seminoles tracked it down and escaped with a 73-72 win. The Irish were on a 6-0 run with two big defensive stands in the final minute before the final play of the game.

Boston College – The Irish led for the first 37:19 of the game but Boston College closed on a 17-4 run to take it 70-63. Notre Dame led 59-53 with 4 minutes remaining. When BC took its first lead at 1:43, 62-61, Notre Dame went 0-3 on its next three possessions.

2nd game at Syracuse – Irish led for a majority, 26:19 in fact, leading as much as 12 points with 12:54 to play. However, the Orange ultimately closed the game on a 24-10 scoring run, stealing the victory from the Irish in the closing minutes. The Irish, who made a season-high 15 three-pointers in the contest, suddenly went cold, missing 8 of their last 9 three-pointer attempts.


Offensively, that was one of ND’s best games of the season. They converted a season-best 15 three-pointers. In fact, they recorded a stretch in which they made 11 of 16 three attempts. But as much as the three-ball giveth, the three-ball taketh, as one has to wonder if they could have gotten a few more – for the Irish missed on 8 of their last 9 three attempts of the game.

Next, the Irish dished out a season-high 21 assists on 27 made baskets. Plus, they didn’t turn the ball over much, only committing five in the game.

Four different Irish had at least three treys – Laszewski, Wertz, Hammond and Goodwin.

Hammond shone bright with a season-best 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 4-for-7 clip from three.

23 IN ‘23

Goodwin has found his offensive rhythm and is Notre Dame’s best player right now with 6 straight games in double figures. He’s amassed 86 points in the last 6 games, averaging 14.3 ppg. He is 35-of-69 from the field and 9-of-24 from three.

In 2023 (4 games), Goodwin is averaging 15.0 ppg. He’s also been more active on the glass grabbing 27 boards over the last 4 games.

He had a season high 6 assists to go with his 15 points at Syracuse on Jan. 14. A game prior vs Georgia Tech, he produced a team high 19 points and a career best 12 rebounds. Goodwin connected on a big three in the overtime period to help seal the win. 


Marcus Hammond is starting to get in a groove as of late and be that guy that Coach Brey thought he could be for the Irish.

He has 64 points over the last 6 games, averaging 10.7 points in that span. Specifically, he’s been stellar from three, connecting on multiple treys in 5 of the last 6 games (14-of-30).

Hammond is coming off a season best 18 points behind a season high four three-pointers at Syracuse on Jan. 14. He led the team in scoring and even flashed his fast-break prowess with a couple great drives in the 2nd half.

Now the Hammond breakout game was Dec. 27 vs Jacksonville when he poured in a team best 15 points in the win. He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from deep, taking control of the Irish offense and pushing the tempo. 

A few days later, Hammond scored 10 of his 12 points in the 2nd half vs. Miami, which included a four-point play which made it a one-possession game with 12 min remaining.


Cormac Ryan sits at 984 career points, which spans his four-year career (including his freshman year at Stanford). However, he still needs 225 points to reach 1,000 at Notre Dame.


Over the last 12 games, Notre Dame has knocked down 118 three-pointers (9.8 per game) which leads all Power-Five schools since Nov. 30.

Overall on the season, they are averaging 9.1 threes per game, which would crack the program’s all-time top-10. The program record is 9.7 set by the 19-20 squad.

Furthermore, let’s dive into the recent three-point shooting trends of the team:

– Wertz – 12-of-23 from deep in the last 5 games aka 52.2 percent. Trey’s last 6 made buckets have all been three-pointers. Going further back, 9 of Trey’s last 10 made buckets have been threes. Trey tied his season high of four at Syracuse on Jan. 14 and the game prior he made two clutch late threes in the OT win versus Georgia Tech.

– Hammond – connected on multiple threes in 5 of the last 6 games. He’s 14-for-30 during that stretch. And here’s a stat for you – Hammond is shooting better from three (.450) than overall from the field (.437). Lastly, his .450 three-point percentage leads the team.

– Ryan – has made a three in 13 straight games and has made one in all but two games this season.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The visiting Cleveland State Vikings pulled away late from Purdue Fort Wayne in a 72-60 decision on Monday (Jan. 16) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Trailing by as much as 10 in the opening stanza, Purdue Fort Wayne battled back with a 13-9 run over the period’s final five and a half minutes. Jarred Godfrey spurred the ‘Dons push into the locker room, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points during the surge. Deonte Billups tallied the other five Mastodon points during the run, including a 3-pointer in transition following a block by Bobby Planutis. Cleveland State led 32-26 at halftime.

The Mastodons began the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 35-32 advantage. Ra Kpedi began the surge with a layup in the paint. Godfrey added a layup and assisted on another Billups corner three. Planutis capped the run with a two-handed slam in transition.

Cleveland State would regain control of Monday’s contest following a 10-0 run over the next three minutes of action.

Purdue Fort Wayne gave one final push, clawing to within four with 5:19 left in regulation behind an 8-0 run, however, Cleveland State would respond with six straight points to push its lead back into double-digits.

Kpedi led Purdue Fort Wayne with a 13-point and 13-rebound double-double performance. Godfrey added 12 points to go over the 1,900-point plateau for his career. Quinton Morton-Robertson and Billups each scored 11 points. The Mastodons finished 16-of-20 from the charity stripe in the contest.

Tristan Enaruna led four Vikings in double figures with a game-high 24 points.

Cleveland State improved to 11-8 (6-2 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne slid to 12-7 (4-4 Horizon League). The Mastodons hit the road this week for a pair of Horizon League matchups. First up, Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Wright State on Thursday (Jan. 19) for a 7 p.m. contest against the Raiders. The Mastodons will then continue on to Northern Kentucky on Saturday (Jan. 21) for a 6 p.m. matchup against the Norse.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On Tuesday evening, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team makes the short trek to Carbondale, Ill. for a road game at Southern Illinois.  Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT with the Purple Aces Radio Network and ESPN+ having the coverage.

Last Time Out

– Trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Purple Aces rallied to get within five points before Valparaiso won by a 76-69 final on Saturday at the Ford Center

– Yacine Toumi tied his career mark with 18 points while adding 7 rebounds

– Antoine Smith Jr. posted a season-best 16 points while Marvin Coleman II and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. added 15 and 12 points, respectively

– Freshman Gabe Spinelli made the first start of his career and scored 3 points

Continuing the Turnaround

– Over his last nine games, Marvin Coleman II is averaging 14.7 points per game while raising his season average from 5.4 points to 9.8

– He scored a career-best 22 points at Missouri State on Jan. 4 and followed that with 16 points against Illinois State

– Coleman reached double figures just once in the first 10 games before doing so in eight of the last nine outings

– His effort at Missouri State bested his old record of 18 points, which came earlier this season against Campbell

– Along with his scoring, Coleman has been depended on for extra minutes and has played at least 35 minutes in 8 of the last 9 contests

Season High

– Antoine Smith Jr. scored a season-high 16 points against Valparaiso and has recorded an average of 10.7 points in his last three outings

– It is a nice rebound from the prior four games that saw him post 4.8 PPG

– Smith has regained his edge from outside, knocking down 7 of his last 18 attempts and is shooting 39.2% from outside on the year

Top Marks

– Chris Moncrief has played at least 23 minutes in each of the last two games including his top season total of 24:51 against Valparaiso

– He recorded two blocks and two rebounds against the Beacons

– In the road game at Bradley, Moncrief played 23:13 and picked up two blocked shots

Scouting the Opponent

– Southern Illinois has won 9 of its last 10 games to enter Tuesday’s game with a 14-5 overall mark

– The Salukis are one of three teams tied for the MVC lead at 6-2 in a logjam atop the conference with no clear cut favorite with the top eight teams separated by just one game

– Marcus Domask continues to pace the SIU in scoring and rebounding

– Domask is recording an average of 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest while pacing the squad with 67 assists and 10 blocks on the season

– Lance Jones is the other double-digit scorer for the Salukis with 14.4 points and a team-best 34 steals


UIC (9-10, 1-7 MVC)

at Valparaiso (7-12, 1-7 MVC)

Game No. 20 – Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: For the first time as Missouri Valley Conference adversaries, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program and UIC will renew an old rivalry on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the Flames in their first season in The Valley, this marks the third time these two teams have shared conference affiliation. Valpo will look to make it back-to-back wins after prevailing at Evansville on Saturday. Prior to tipoff, Valpo’s Kobe King will be recognized for reaching the 1,000-career point milestone last week vs. Belmont.

Last Time Out: Valpo went on the road and garnered a Missouri Valley Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, fending off Evansville 76-69. Kobe King made big plays in the second half, finishing a rebound shy of a double-double while registering 15 of his game-high 20 points after halftime. He drilled clutch free throws late and went 8-of-9 at the foul line to lead four Beacons in double figures. The Valpo advantage peaked at 18 in a game where the Purple Aces rallied to make it interesting, thanks in part to 36 free-throw attempts (although they misfired on half of those tries).

Following the Beacons: Streaming – The Valley on ESPN+ Exclusive – Andy Masur (play-by-play) and David Kaplan (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (104-108) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: These two teams will face off for the 58th time with UIC owning a 31-26 lead in the series. UIC has won the last two games – both nonconference showdowns while the Flames were still part of the Horizon League – winning 74-70 in overtime last season at the ARC after defending their home court with a 66-50 victory on Dec. 1, 2020. Prior to these two wins by the Flames, Valpo owned a 17-game head-to-head winning streak that dated back to Feb. 15, 2009. This is the first league game between these two teams since Jan. 22, 2017, a Horizon League battle that saw Valpo win 96-65 with Alec Peters surpassing Bryce Drew as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Valpo and UIC shared Horizon League affiliation from 2008-2017 and shared AMCU/Mid-Continent Conference affiliation from 1982-1994.

Double Figure Streak

The only player in the Missouri Valley Conference who has scored in double figures in each of his team’s games this season is Kobe King, who has scored 10+ in 19 straight.

King has scored in double figures in 38 of his 42 games in a Valpo uniform.

The former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has scored 15 points or more in 13 of his 19 games this season. He has six 20-point outputs this year and has scored 15 or more points in 23 of his 42 games with the Beacons.

King is up to 43 career double-figure scoring efforts including his tenure at Wisconsin.

At the end of last season, King became Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.

He appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a three-quarter court buzzer-beater on Dec. 11 vs. Charlotte, a play that ranked No. 9 on the popular countdown that evening.

Krikke in Select Company

Ben Krikke is one of eight players in the country who is averaging at least 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting better than 75 percent from the free-throw line and better than 50 percent from the field.

Krikke is on pace to become just the third different Missouri Valley Conference player since 2005 to average at least 17 points and five boards while shooting better than 75 percent from the free-throw line and 50 percent from the field. He would join Missouri State’s Isiaih Mosley and Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who did so twice each.

Krikke is one of four players in the MVC shooting better than 50 percent from the field and better than 75 percent from the foul line, joining Drake’s Garrett Sturtz, Indiana State’s Cooper Neese and Bradley’s Rienk Mast.

Krikke is one of two players in the MVC averaging at least 17.0 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game this year. He joins Drake’s Tucker DeVries.

Krikke on the All-Time Scoring List  

Ben Krikke moved up another spot on Valpo’s all-time scoring list in the Jan. 10 game vs. Belmont. He made his way past Chuck Kriston (1960-63; 1,287) for 18th.

Entering Jan. 17 vs. UIC, Krikke has scored 1,313 career points. His next target is Milo Stovall (1998-2002), who is 17th in program history with 1,345 points.

Krikke cracked the top 20 on Valpo’s all-time scoring list when he scored the first basket of the game on Dec. 18 vs. Elon, and moved up to 19th on Jan. 4 vs. UNI.

Kobe Reaches 1,000

Kobe King reached a significant career milestone on Jan. 10 vs. Belmont at the Athletics-Recreation Center. At the 13:41 mark of the second half, he made his milestone basket to reach the 1,000-point threshold. He was recognized with a nice ovation at the next timeout.

King will be recognized prior to the Jan. 17 game against UIC as Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small and head coach Matt Lottich present him with a commemorative game ball.

King registered 386 points over his three seasons at Wisconsin and has done the rest of the damage during his two-year run with the Beacons.

King became the second Valpo player to score his 1,000th collegiate point this season. Ben Krikke achieved the feat in the Nov. 13 home-opening victory over Western Michigan.

Three members of Valpo’s starting lineup are 1,000-point scorers as Quinton Green reached the milestone while playing at Division-II Cedarville

Prior to this year, the last Valpo player to join that esteemed group was current graduate assistant Tevonn Walker exactly five years prior to Krikke’s milestone – Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Trinity Christian.

Edwards Anecdotes

Valpo point guard Nick Edwards is one of 20 players in the nation with 90 or more assists and 50 or fewer turnovers and the only player in the Missouri Valley Conference with that combination.

Edwards is averaging over 7.5 points per game and over 4.5 assists per game. Just two Valpo players have finished a season with 7.5 ppg and 4.5 apg – Ali Berdiel (three times; 2002-2005) and Bryce Drew (four times, 1994-1998).

If Edwards stays on his current pace (4.7 assists per game), he would post Valpo’s highest apg number since Berdiel’s 6.0 in 2003-2004.

Q’s Recent Thievery

Sixth-year senior Quinton Green has transformed into a steals machine over the last four games. He matched a career high set while playing at Cedarville with four steals on Jan. 4 vs. UNI and again hit that total on Jan. 10 vs. Belmont.

Green has recorded multiple steals in four straight outings, totaling 13 in that span.

He has over doubled his season steal total in that time as he had 10 total steals over the first 15 games.

Among Conference & National Leaders

Valpo has two of the top three players in the MVC in terms of field goals made and two of the top 45 nationally. Ben Krikke leads the conference and ranks eighth in the nation with 140 made field goals, while Kobe King ranks third in the conference and 42nd nationally with 119.

Valpo is one of two teams in the country with two players in the top 45 nationally in terms of field goals made, joining Marshall.

Krikke and King also represent two of the league’s top five players in terms of scoring average. Krikke’s 17.8 points per game rank fourth in The Valley with King not far behind at 16.8 ppg, fifth.

In league-only games, Krikke is averaging 18.8 points per outing, second only to UNI’s Bowen Born (20.8 ppg).

Valpo is the only team in the conference with two players who rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring average.

Starter Shuffle

Ben Krikke, Kobe King and Quinton Green have been fixtures in the starting lineup this season as all three have started each of the first 19 games.

The other two spots have rotated with Maximus Nelson (10 starts) and Jerome Palm (nine starts) splitting time as Krikke’s frontcourt mate. Nelson has started each of the last four contests.

Darius DeAveiro (two), Preston Ruedinger (six) and Nick Edwards (11) have all started at point guard. Edwards has started each of the last eight. 

Sharing is Caring

Ben Krikke’s scoring ability has been a constant throughout his Valpo career, but he has developed a knack for distributing the basketball in recent games.

The 6-foot-9 senior had nine total assists in 15 games this season (0.6 apg) prior to Jan. 4 vs. UNI. He now has three or more assists in each of his last four contests and 18 total assists in that span (4.5 apg), double his previous season total.

In the Jan. 4 game vs. UNI, he gave out a team-high six assists, shattering his previous career high of five set on Jan. 26, 2021 vs. Bradley. He again tallied five helpers on Jan. 14 at Evansville.


INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy junior forward Kendrick Tchoua has been named the GLVC Player of the Week in men’s basketball, it was announced by the league office Monday.


Kendrick Tchoua

Jr. | F | Silver Spring, Md.

Major: Sport Management

Team Results: 86-67 W vs. Missouri S&T (1/12) | 77-70 W vs. #11 Missouri-St. Louis (1/14)

Averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two wins, including upset win over No. 11 UMSL

Shot 93% (14-of-15) from the field and 81% (17-of-21) from the foul line

Scored career-high 26 points versus Missouri S&T

Played just 24 minutes in both contests

Recorded six offensive rebounds and four steals

Earns second career Player of the Week Award (1/16/23, 11/29/21)

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Kendrick Tchoua (11/29/21)


Kansas City, MO – Small College Basketball and the National Awards Committee is proud to announce the Bevo Francis Top 100 Watch List for the 2022-23 season. The Top 100 Watch List consists of some of the top players from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA.

For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the Marian men’s basketball team has a player featured on the Top 100 Watch List, with Taeshon Cherry being named to the list. The last Knights to be named to the Top 100 list were Wes Stowers and TJ Henderson, with Stowers making the top-50 list in the 2018-19 season.

John McCarthy had this to say about this year’s Top 100 Watch List:

“Congratulations to the 100 players on the Bevo Francis Award Watch List, as this is a prestigious honor to be included on the list of only 100 players out of approximately 13,000-16,000 players at the small college levels,” stated McCarthy. “This is an extremely challenging process for our committee, and I appreciate a great deal of information provided by our committee, and from coaches and supporters from throughout the country. Again, congratulations to the players on the Bevo Francis Watch List, and thank you to our committee.”

The Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball. Considerations will be season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character and team achievements. This is an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season.

2023 marks the seventh year of the Bevo Francis Award. Past winners include Dominez Burnett of Davenport University in 2016, Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State University in 2017, Emanuel Terry of Lincoln Memorial University in 2018, Aston Francis of Wheaton College in 2019, Kyle Mangas of Indiana Wesleyan University in 2020 and Trevor Hudgins of Northwest Missouri State University in 2022. The award was not presented during the 2021 season.

In his lone season with Marian, Taeshon Cherry is leading the Knights in nearly all categories, leading the Knights in scoring, rebounding, steals, and free throws. Cherry is averaging 17.9 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, creating over 1.5 steals per game. The California native and Grand Canyon University transfer is shooting 49 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three, making 83.9 percent at the foul line.

On February 15th, the list will be reduced to the Top 50 players. One month later on March 15th, the Top 25 players will be announced. On April 1st, the finalists of this year’s award will be announced, followed by the Bevo Francis Award winner being crowned on April 3rd.


INDIANAPOLIS – For the fifth time this season, a Marian wrestler has earned the honor of WHAC Wreslter of the Week, with freshman Jeff Dunasky Jr. earning his first career honor coming off his win at the Spartan Mat Classic. Dunasky joins veteran Knights Logan Wagner, Blake Mulkey, and Sam Osho as 2022-23 WHAC Wreslter of the Week winners.

Freshman Jeff Dunasky Jr. won his first collegiate tournament on Saturday, as the rookie took the title in the 174 weight class at the Manchester Spartan Mat Classic. Competing against a pair of wrestlers from NCAA DIII No. 10 Baldwin Wallace, Dunasky earned three wins by decision and earned a win by fall as part of his first tournament championship as a Knight.

Marian will compete this weekend at the annual Missouri Valley Duals, hosted by Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. The action will begin on Friday and conclude on Saturday.


Jackson, Mich. – After earning first and second place finishes this past weekend at the Trine University Sean Brady Alumni Invitational, the Marian track and field teams were recognized on Monday by claiming each of the four Crossroads League Athlete of the Week awards. Erin Oleksak and Otto De St Jeor were each named the CL Track Athletes of the Week, while Arriana Benjamin and Christian Rios each earned CL Field Athletes of the Week.

Women’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week

Erin Oleksak, Marian

Oleksak won the 200 and high jump in her first meet of the indoor campaign and also finished second in the 60-hurdles. Oleksak posted B-standard marks in the 60-hurdles and high jump. Oleksak’s Crossroads League Athlete of the Week honor is the 14th in her illustrious track and field career.

Women’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week

Arriana Benjamin, Marian

Benjamin’s mark of 16.6 meters in the weight throw at the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational was the top mark and good for the A-standard. Benjamin also hit a B-standard and finished second in the shot put. The honor is Benjamin’s fourth career indoor Field Athlete of the Week, and her seventh overall weekly award from the CL.

Men’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week

Otto De St. Jeor, Marian

De St. Jeor highlighted his showing at the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational with a first-place showing and A-standard time of 21.74 seconds in the 200-meters. The sophomore’s time was ninth-best in the NAIA this season, as he takes home his first career CL Athlete of the Week honor.

Men’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week

Christian Rios, Marian

Rios hit a pair of NAIA national standards while competing in the weight throw and shot put for Marian at the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational. Rios finished first in the shot put with a mark of 16.34 meters and took fourth in the weight throw. The honor is the first for Rios during indoor track season and the second of his career.

The Knights will return to action this weekend as they compete in the Indiana State John Gartland Invite.


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*************BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS*************

 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
23 Rutgers5-2.7143-12-113-5.72211-22-20-12-1
Michigan State4-3.5712-22-112-6.6677-23-22-22-3
Penn State3-3.5002-21-112-5.7069-21-22-11-1
Ohio State2-4.3331-21-210-7.5887-21-32-21-3

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion

*************BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS**********

 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Ohio State7-01.0003-04-018-01.0009-07-02-04-0
10 Iowa6-1.8574-02-114-4.77810-13-21-12-2
21 Illinois5-2.7143-02-215-3.8339-05-21-11-2
14 Michigan5-2.7143-12-115-3.8337-24-14-02-2
11 Maryland5-2.7143-12-114-4.7786-26-12-13-2
Penn State2-5.2862-10-411-7.6119-20-52-00-3
Michigan State2-5.2861-21-310-8.5568-32-30-21-5

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
22 Providence6-1.8573-03-114-4.77810-04-20-22-0
20 Marquette6-2.7504-02-214-5.73710-13-31-12-1
15 UConn4-4.5003-11-315-4.78910-12-33-01-2
Seton Hall4-4.5002-12-311-8.5797-23-41-20-1
St. John’s3-5.3752-21-313-6.6849-21-43-01-2

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
22 Villanova7-1.8753-14-016-3.8426-18-02-21-3
Seton Hall6-2.7504-02-213-5.7226-25-22-12-1
St. John’s5-3.6253-12-214-3.82410-12-22-01-2

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Youngstown State6-2.7503-13-114-5.7377-26-31-00-0
Cleveland State6-2.7503-13-111-8.5796-35-50-00-0
Northern Kentucky6-2.7504-12-111-8.5799-22-30-30-0
Purdue Fort Wayne4-4.5002-32-112-7.6327-34-31-10-1
Wright State4-4.5001-33-111-8.5794-45-32-10-0
Robert Morris3-5.3752-11-48-11.4215-23-60-30-1
Green Bay1-7.1251-30-42-17.1052-40-110-20-0

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Cleveland State7-1.8755-12-016-2.8899-15-12-00-1
Green Bay7-1.8752-05-114-3.8246-07-21-10-0
Youngstown State6-2.7502-24-012-5.7068-24-30-00-0
Northern Kentucky4-4.5003-21-210-7.5888-32-40-00-0
Purdue Fort Wayne3-5.3752-31-26-12.3335-41-50-30-1
Robert Morris2-6.2501-21-48-9.4717-21-70-00-1
Wright State1-7.1250-41-32-16.1111-51-100-10-1

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion

*************MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS*********

 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Kent State4-01.0002-02-014-3.8248-05-31-00-2
Ball State3-1.7502-01-112-5.7067-03-32-20-0
Bowling Green2-2.5001-11-18-9.4715-43-50-00-0
Central Michigan2-2.5002-00-27-10.4125-21-71-10-0
Western Michigan2-2.5002-00-26-11.3535-21-80-10-1
Miami (OH)1-3.2501-10-27-10.4126-51-40-10-1
Northern Illinois1-3.2501-10-25-12.2942-32-81-10-1
Eastern Michigan1-3.2501-10-24-13.2353-31-70-30-1

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Bowling Green3-1.7502-01-114-2.8756-07-21-00-1
Ball State3-1.7502-01-113-4.7658-04-31-10-1
Northern Illinois2-2.5002-00-210-5.6675-14-41-00-1
Kent State2-2.5001-11-110-5.6676-22-32-00-0
Western Michigan2-2.5001-11-17-8.4674-23-60-00-2
Eastern Michigan1-3.2501-10-29-6.6006-32-21-10-0
Miami (OH)1-3.2501-10-26-11.3536-30-60-20-0
Central Michigan1-3.2501-10-23-12.2003-40-60-20-0

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Southern Illinois6-2.7503-13-114-5.7378-15-31-10-0
Indiana State6-2.7503-13-113-6.6847-24-32-10-0
Murray State5-3.6253-12-210-8.5566-12-62-11-0
Missouri State5-3.6253-12-29-9.5006-22-51-20-0
Illinois State3-5.3752-21-38-11.4215-43-30-40-0

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion


 W-LPctHmRdW-LPctHmRdNt Top 25
Illinois State5-1.8331-14-011-5.6884-25-32-00-0
Murray State4-2.6674-00-211-4.7337-14-30-00-0
Missouri State4-2.6672-12-19-6.6005-33-21-10-0
Southern Illinois3-3.5001-12-26-9.4003-43-40-10-0
Indiana State2-4.3330-32-17-8.4675-52-30-00-0

Conference W-L – conference win-loss record
Conference Pct – conference winning percentage
Conference Hm – conference home record
Conference Rd – conference away record
Conference Nt – conference neutral site record

Overall W-L – overall win-loss record
Overall Pct – overall winning percentage
Overall Hm – overall home record
Overall Rd – overall road record
Overall Nt – overall neutral site record
vs Top 25 – record vs. Top 25 teams

x – conference champion — regular season
y – conference champion — tournament
z – divisional champion

*************NBA STANDINGS***********

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston3312.73317-516-75-019-88-27 W
Brooklyn2715.6434.513-714-85-320-87-32 L
Milwaukee2816.6364.517-511-115-316-126-41 W
Philadelphia2716.6285.017-710-94-317-107-32 W
Cleveland2817.6225.019-49-137-317-86-41 W
New York2520.5568.011-1214-82-516-117-31 L
Miami2421.5339.014-99-125-210-136-41 L
Indiana2322.51110.015-98-132-316-125-54 L
Atlanta2222.50010.512-910-135-316-155-53 W
10 Chicago2024.45512.512-108-144-316-135-51 W
11 Toronto2024.45512.514-116-133-814-175-51 W
12 Washington1826.40914.511-107-164-311-155-52 L
13 Orlando1628.36416.510-126-162-57-183-72 L
14 Detroit1235.25522.06-166-190-64-213-72 L
15 Charlotte1134.24422.05-166-183-65-232-85 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Denver3013.69819-311-107-322-98-26 W
Memphis3013.69819-311-106-215-1010-010 W
New Orleans2618.5914.517-59-137-316-104-61 L
Sacramento2418.5715.514-910-94-512-97-34 W
Dallas2421.5337.016-68-156-218-105-52 L
LA Clippers2322.5118.013-1010-123-413-143-71 W
Golden State2222.5008.517-55-174-413-96-41 W
Utah2324.4899.014-89-164-417-144-61 W
Minnesota2223.4899.014-108-136-514-146-41 L
10 Portland2122.4889.011-810-144-615-134-62 W
11 Oklahoma City2123.4779.513-98-143-610-126-43 W
12 Phoenix2124.46710.014-77-178-018-131-93 L
13 LA Lakers2024.45510.511-109-141-79-156-41 W
14 San Antonio1331.29517.58-155-152-75-242-85 L
15 Houston1034.22720.56-144-201-85-260-1011 L

*************NHL STANDINGS***********

Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins43345472321669421-1-313-4-17-1-2
Carolina Hurricanes442798622414112013-5-214-4-65-3-2
New Jersey Devils4429123612815611611-10-218-2-17-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs4426117592614711715-3-411-8-35-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4228131572715212217-4-111-9-08-2-0
New York Rangers4525137572314412011-8-414-5-36-2-2
Washington Capitals4624166542414812913-7-311-9-35-3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins4322156502113913012-5-410-10-23-6-1
New York Islanders4523184502313612413-7-210-11-24-4-2
10 Florida Panthers4521204462014815311-6-310-14-16-4-0
11 Buffalo Sabres422119244201601469-12-212-7-05-5-0
12 Detroit Red Wings4218177431713114511-9-37-8-44-6-0
13 Philadelphia Flyers441819743181221439-10-19-9-67-3-0
14 Ottawa Senators4319213411812613911-10-18-11-25-5-0
15 Montreal Canadiens441823339141161629-11-09-12-33-7-0
16 Columbus Blue Jackets4313282281211017010-14-13-14-13-7-0
Western Conference
Winnipeg Jets4429141592914711417-6-012-8-18-2-0
Vegas Golden Knights4528152582514713013-12-015-3-25-4-1
Dallas Stars4526127592515611912-5-314-7-46-3-1
Seattle Kraken4326134562615913410-9-216-4-28-2-0
Los Angeles Kings4625156562115415714-8-211-7-46-3-1
Minnesota Wild4224144522113411813-8-111-6-35-3-2
Edmonton Oilers4524183512416414910-11-214-7-16-3-1
Calgary Flames4521159512014013512-7-29-8-75-3-2
Colorado Avalanche4222173471913112111-8-311-9-03-6-1
10 St. Louis Blues452220347191411609-10-213-10-16-4-0
11 Nashville Predators4320176461812012710-7-310-10-36-3-1
12 Vancouver Canucks431822339151491708-10-110-12-23-7-0
13 San Jose Sharks451323935121371724-12-79-11-22-5-3
14 Arizona Coyotes431325531121151587-6-26-19-31-9-0
15 Anaheim Ducks44122752991031858-13-14-14-43-5-2
16 Chicago Blackhawks41112642611941548-15-23-11-24-6-0

*******FOOTBALL HISTORY*******

January 17, 1952 – The 1952 NFL Draft took place and the top pick was Bill Wade from the University of Vanderbilt. The Pro-Football-Reference.com site says that after the Los Angeles Rams drafted Wade with the first pick there were two future Hall of Famers taken as the next selections. At number two the Dallas Texans took Linebacker Les Richter followed up by the Chicago Cardinals selecting receiver Ollie Matson with the third overall pick. Other players destined for the HOF in this draft were Hugh McElhenny going to the 49ers at number 9 and Frank Gifford hooking up with the Giants at 11. Gino Marchetti, Bobby Dillon and Yale Lary also were draft picks from this famous ‘52 draft that have bronze busts in Canton.

January 17, 1954 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The NFL Eastern Conference doubled up the Western Conference, 20-9 in the 4th NFL Pro Bowl. The game’s MVP was Chuck Bednarik, a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.

January 17, 1960 – The 10th NFL Pro Bowl was once again played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In this edition the Western Conference pulled away from the Eastern Conference for a 38-21 final score. A pair of Baltimore Colts took home the MVP honors with Defensive lineman Eugene Lipscomb and QB Johnny Unitas being selected for their fine play.

January 17, 1970 – Astrodome, Houston – The 9th and final AFL All Star Game was played. The Western Division dominated the Eastern Division, 26-3. The game’s MVP was Los Angeles Charger quarterback John Hadl.

January 17, 1971 – Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida – Super Bowl V was a big one. It was also one of those big games that kept viewers on the edges of their seats right until the end per the NFL.com. The Baltimore Colts and the Dallas Cowboys rose above the rest of the League to have the honor of battling for the Lombardi. The game was knotted at 13 late in the fourth quarter. The Colts had the ball but starting signal caller Johnny Unitas had been knocked out of the game. A late push with backup quarterback Earl Morall at the helm took the Colts deep into Dallas territory. Blue Horseshoe kicker Jim O’Brien entered on to the field and with five ticks of the clock remaining booted the ball through the uprights! The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13. FOr the only time in Super Bowl History a member of the losing team won the MVP award. Chuck Howley, the linebacker of Dallas, had little consolation in the trophy he took home compared to the large one that the Colts received.

January 17, 1977 – Seattle Kingdome – The NFL Pro Bowl saw Steelers legendary corner Mel Blount take home the MVP award as the AFC defeated the NFC, 24-14.

January 17, 1988 – Mile High Stadium, Denver – At the AFC Championship game that has gone down in history as the “The Fumble.”

The Following scoreboard posts are from Onthisday.com

January 17, 1988 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – The Nation’s Capitol hosted the NFC Championship game. Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10

January 17, 1993 – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami – At the AFC Championship the Buffalo Bills got past the Miami Dolphins, 29-10.

January 17, 1993 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco – The NFC Championship game resulted in the Dallas Cowboys knocking off the San Francisco 49ers, 30-20.

January 17, 1995 – The Los Angeles Rams announced that they were moving to St Louis.

January 17, 1999 – Mile High Stadium, Denver – AFC Championship game Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10;

January 17, 1999 – Metrodome, Minneapolis – The Dirty Birds of the Atlanta Falcons traveled to play the high flying offense of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game according to Twincities.com. The Vikings went 15-1 in the 1998 season, the best year in team history, and were 11-point favorites in the championship game against the Atlanta Falcons at home. But this is not a game that Vikings fans want to remember. With 2:18 left in the game Minnesota kicker Gary Anderson, who had not missed a field goal attempt or an extra point all season strolled onto the field with his team up 27-20 to possibly put the game out of reach for the Falcons. To really put it into perspective that is a remarkable streak of 35 field goals and 59 extra points without a miss on the season! It was a sure thing right? G.A. was going to put the Vikes up by 10 at the two minute warning. At the most inopportune time, probably in the history of football, the terrific season of Gary Anderson fell apart as he missed the kick. The Falcons had new life and drove the field to tie the game and send it into over time! The Vikings were demoralized as they had let a 27-17 lead in the fourth quarter slip away. The Falcons with momentum eventually kicked the game winner in the extra session that sent them to the Super Bowl. The game has now been remembered as “The Miss.” The Final score was the Atlanta Falcons 30 and the Minnesota Vikings 27.

January 17, 2001 – The NFL owners met in Dallas and voted to increase the shared revenue across the League. The 32 teams agreed to pool the visiting team’s share of gate receipts for all games ( regular and pre-season) and divide the pool equally starting in the 2002 season. According to a 2004 paper titled “ Revenue and Wealth Maximization in the National Football League: The Impact of Stadia” found on repository.usfca.org by Matthew Brown, Mark Nagel, Chad McEvoy, and Daniel Rascher the revenue plan greatly aided in the construction of new stadiums and remodeling of old ones in the NFL. Some local governments had teamed up with franchises and used subsidies to aid in the construction costs shortly after the shared revenue plan was accepted and NFL cities like the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Pittsburgh Steelers benefitted by this measure. Others like Dallas, New York, LA and Los Vegas have built super stadiums that really have revolutionized the game venue. Chicago’s Soldier Field and Green Bay’s Lambeau Field are examples of the funding to help with major facelift renovations of older stadiums to bring them up to speed with the NFL’s criteria of the 21st century.


January 17, 1933 – Warrenton, Georgia – Former University of Illinois halfback J.C. Caroline was born. The National Football Foundation selected J.C. Caroline entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

January 17, 1937 – Ponca City, Oklahoma – Buddy Dial the legendary Rice University end celebrated his day of birth. Buddy Dial was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.


1888       Kansas City is admitted to the American Association to replace the Mets, who folded operations after the season. The Brooklyn Dodgers, interested in obtaining the services of several unemployed Metropolitans players, purchase the former New York AA team.

1915       According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the American League franchise will now be known as the Indians, replacing the nickname Naps – a change necessitated due to player-manager Napolean Lajoie’s departure to the Philadelphia A’s. After team owner Charles W. Somers asked the city’s baseball writers for feedback from their readers, the scribes selected the new moniker to honor former Cleveland Spider player Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play in the major leagues.

1916       The Giants buy Benny Kauff, the Federal League’s best player, from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops for $35,000. The 26-year-old center fielder’s first three seasons with New York are solid, but the trash-talking fly chaser will never live up to his reputation as the ‘Ty Cobb of the Feds.’

1922       An appellate court denies Benny Kauff’s appeal for reinstatement as a major league player. Due to the acquittal of the auto theft charges brought against him, the former Giant outfielder believed Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should have reversed the decision to banish him from the game.

1970       Willie Mays is named the Player of the Decade for the sixties by the Sporting News. During the ten years, the ‘Say Hey Kid’ averaged 100 RBIs and 35 home runs per season while batting .300 for the Giants.

1970       The Yankees draft Fred Lynn in the third round of the January phase free-agent draft, but the El Monte High School senior chooses to attend USC on a football scholarship. The 17-year-old Californian, who will join the Trojan’s baseball squad in his freshman year, becomes the first player in MLB history to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season for the 1975 Red Sox.

1979       After resigning as the Rangers’ general manager nine days ago, Danny O’Brien Sr. signs a contract to become the Mariners’ president and CEO, a position he will hold for five years. Dan O’Brien Jr., his son, will also become a major league general manager, replacing the Reds’ Jim Bowden in 2003.

1983       Bob Horner and the Braves come to terms on a $6 million, four-year deal, with an additional $400,000 in bonuses if he keeps his playing weight under control during the season. The agreement calls for the Atlanta third baseman to be weighed every Friday during home stands, and if the scale doesn’t exceed 215 pounds, he will receive a $7,692.31 incentive per weigh-in.

1986       The Mets obtain second baseman Tim Teufel along with minor league prospect Pat Crosby from the Twins for outfielder Billy Beane and southpaw hurlers Bill Latham and Joe Klink. The 27-year-old infielder, who will spend six seasons with New York, plays a pivotal role, platooning with Wally Backman in the team’s world championship this season.

1986       The Braves and Chief Noc-A-Homa, the team mascot who has become a huge fan favorite in Atlanta with spirited dances when the home team hits a homer, agree to end their 17-year association. Levi Walker, the third person to play the role for the franchise, is reportedly dissatisfied with his pay of $60 a game, and club officials were unhappy with the Georgia native’s failure to attend seven scheduled appearances last year.

1994       Anaheim Stadium, farther from the Northridge Earthquake’s epicenter than most of LA’s area’s sporting venues, becomes the only one to incur significant damage when the landmark “Big A” sign collapses into the stadium, severely damaging the scoreboard and giant replay screen. The home of Angels and NFL’s Rams sustains $3.4 million in damages, an amount not covered because of the city’s $6.25 million insurance deductible on the structure.

2002       Commissioner Bud Selig indicates the Washington, D.C. area is a ‘prime candidate’ to get a team if a franchise relocates in the near future. The District had lost two major league teams when the original franchise shifted to Minnesota in 1961, becoming the Twins, and its replacement, the expansion Senators, moved to Texas a decade later as the Rangers.

2002       Avoiding arbitration, Darin Erstad (.258, 9, 63) and the Angels agree to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The first baseman/outfielder, who can be a free agent after the season, turned down a long-term deal from Anaheim last spring, estimated to be worth $50 million.

2002       Jermaine Dye agrees to a three-year extension worth $32 million to stay with the A’s. Oakland is counting on the injured outfielder, who shattered his left tibia, fouling a ball off his leg just below the knee in Game 4 of the ALDS, to fill the void created by Jason Giambi’s departure to New York.

2003       Avoiding arbitration, the Reds give Danny Graves (7-3, 3.19, 32 saves) a three-year deal. The team plans to add their former closer to the starting rotation this year after the 29-year-old right-hander posted a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in his four appearances as a starter at the end of last season.

2003       Tony Riviera, the newly formed Canadian Baseball League chairman, nominates Pete Rose, the former first baseman/outfielder who collected his 4,000th career hit with the 1984 Montreal Expos for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. ‘Charlie Hustle’ will fail to get elected, falling short of garnering the necessary 75 percent vote from the selection committee.

2003       Torii Hunter (.289, 29, 94) agrees to a surprising four-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Twins. Although the 27-year-old Gold Glove outfielder played a pivotal role for the AL West division winners, he didn’t believe the small-market team would offer him a multi-year contract.

2005       With the Astros offering $13.5 million, Roger Clemens asks for $22 million in salary arbitration. The amount, which would make the ‘Rocket’ the richest paid hurler in big league history, surpasses the previous record amount submitted for arbitration of $18.5 million by Yankee Derek Jeter in 2001.

2005       Former major leaguer Raymond Lee Cunningham celebrates his 100th birthday. The oldest living player, who made his debut with the Cardinals in 1931, played 14 games over two seasons, hitting .154 in 26 plate appearances.

2006       At the 41st annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, Gaylord Perry receives the 2006 “Nice Guy” Award. The 67-year-old Hall of Famer, infamous for throwing a spitball, joins Kirby Puckett, Lou Brock, and Brooks Robinson as a recipient of this award.

2006       After delaying his decision to play in the World Baseball Classic, Alex Rodriguez announces he will be a member of the United States team. The Yankee All-Star third baseman had considered playing for the Dominican Republic, his parent’s homeland.

2008       The Blue Jays ink Scott Downs (4-2, 2.17) to a $10 million, three-year deal. The southpaw tied for the American League lead in relief appearances last season with 81, half of his team’s games.

2012       The Tigers announce that Victor Martinez (.330, 12, 103) will most likely miss next season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while working out last week. The anticipated absence of the 33-year-old DH, a four-time All-Star, will lead Detroit to sign free-agent Prince Fielder to a nine-year mega-deal worth $214 million.

2012       Left-handed starter Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79) and the Phillies come to terms on a $15 million, one-year contract. The southpaw’s deal surpasses the highest previous amount offered to an arbitration-eligible player of $12.4 million that the Cubs paid Carlos Zambrano in 2007.

2012       Calling them the “greatest comeback team in the history of baseball,” President Barack Obama welcomes the World Champion Cardinals to the White House. Albert Pujols, now an Angel after signing an extremely lucrative free-agent deal last month, and manager Tony La Russa, who retired at the end of the season, are noticeably absent from the East Room ceremony.

2012       Avoiding arbitration, the Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury come to terms on a one-year, $8.05 million non-guaranteed deal. The 28-year-old outfielder, the American League Comeback Player of the Year, finished second in AL Most Valuable Player balloting behind Tiger right-hander Justin Verlander, hit .321, belting 32 home runs, and driving in 105 runs for the last-place team.

2014       The Tigers come to terms with Max Scherzer on a one-year contract for $15,525,000, avoiding arbitration with the 29-year-old right-hander, who will be eligible for free agency after next season. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner posted a 21-3 record last season, along with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts, before earning two victories in the ALDS against Oakland for the AL Central Division champs.

2020       The Rockies announce the team plans to retire the jersey #33, honoring former outfielder Larry Walker, who spent parts of ten seasons with Colorado, hitting .334 along with 258 round-trippers for the club. The BBWAA will elect the 1997 National League MVP, a season he compiled a .366 batting average and slugged 49 home runs, to the Hall of Fame in a few days after the Canadian ballplayer appears on the ballot for the tenth and final time.

******SPORTS IN NUMBERS*******

11 – -9 – 60 – 19 – 76 – 14 – 24 – 21 – 54 – 47 – 44 – 33 – 23 – 8

January 17, 1934 – Number 11, Carl Hubbell the New York Giants pitcher was awarded with an $18,000 contract, enormous at the time, shortly after winning the National League Most Valauble Player award for the 1933 season.

January 17, 1952 – At the 1952 NFL Draft: QB University of Vanderbilt, Number 9, Bill Wade was the number one overall pick by Los Angeles Rams

January 17, 1954 – 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP selected was Philadelphia Eagles, LB, Number 60, Chuck Bednarik.

January 17, 1960 – 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs were on offense Number 19, Johnny Unitas, the QB of the Baltimore Coltswhile on defense was his Colts teammate DL, Number 76, Eugene Lipscomb

January 17, 1961 – Oscar Robertson scored 23 points and registered 14 assists in the NBA All-Star game to become the youngest talent ever to win the game’s MVP award. Oscar wore Number 14 as a member of the Cincinnati Royals

January 17, 1970 – Willie Mays was named by the Sporting News as the Player of the 1960s decade. The legendary baseball star wore Number 24 during the extent of the decade with the San Francisco Giants.

January 17, 1970 – 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: selected was LA Chargers, QB , Number 21, John Hadl.

January 17, 1971 – Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP was Dallas, LB, Number 54, Chuck Howley

January 17, 1977 – NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP selected was none other than Pittsburgh Steelers, CB, Number 47, Mel Blount,

January 17, 1988 – AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous “The Fumble”, Browns’ Number 44, Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining

January 17, 1994 – Patrick Ewing, Number 33, became the first New York Knicks player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks’ 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota

January 17, 1996 – Detroit center Number 19, Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Number 9, Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

January 17, 2012 – Miami’s Number 23, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat’s 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Number 8, Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days

**********TV TUESDAY*********

Ole Miss at South Carolina6:30pmSECN
Kansas at Kansas State7:00pmESPN
Tennessee at Mississippi State7:00pmESPN2
Creighton at Butler7:00pmFS1
Florida State at Notre Dame7:00pmESPNU
NC State at Georgia Tech7:00pmACCN
Davidson at Dayton7:00pmCBSSN
Boston College at North Carolina7:00pmACCN
Rhode Island at Richmond7:00pmMASN2
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UIC at Valparaiso7:00pmESPN+
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Bowling Green at Buffalo7:00pmESPN+
Kent State at Eastern Michigan7:00pmESPN+
Northern Illinois at Miami (OH)7:00pmESPN+
Ohio at Toledo7:00pmESPN+
Western Michigan at Ball State7:00pmESPN+
UMass at VCU7:00pm
Texas at Iowa State8:00pmESPN+
Evansville at Southern Illinois8:00pmESPN+
Alabama at Vanderbilt8:30pmSECN
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Clemson at Wake Forest9:00pmACCN
UNLV at Utah State9:00pmStadium
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Toronto at Milwaukee7:30pmTNT
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Anaheim at Philadelphia7:00pmNBCS-PHI
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Winnipeg at Montréal7:00pmSportsnet
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Copa del Rey: Real Sociedad vs Mallorca1:00pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Swansea City vs Bristol City2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: West Bromwich Albion vs Chesterfield2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Accrington Stanley vs Boreham Wood2:45pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Wigan Athletic vs Luton Town2:45pmESPN+
First Division A: Standard Liège vs Mechelen2:45pmESPN+
Coppa Italia: Napoli vs Cremonese3:00pmParamount+
Copa del Rey: Deportivo Alavés vs Sevilla3:00pmESPN+

*********************TV WEDNESDAY*************************

Bucknell at Army West Point6:00pmESPN+
Hartford at Morgan State6:00pm
UConn at Seton Hall6:30pmFS1
Virginia Tech at Virginia7:00pmESPN2/U
Auburn at LSU7:00pmESPN2/U
Florida at Texas A&M7:00pmSECN
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Pitt at Louisville7:00pmACCN
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Cincinnati at South Florida7:00pmESPN+
East Carolina at Temple7:00pmESPN+
Winthrop at High Point7:00pmESPN+
TCU at West Virginia7:00pmESPN+
Gardner-Webb at Longwood7:00pmESPN+
Presbyterian at USC Upstate7:00pmESPN+
Radford at Campbell7:00pmESPN+
UNC Asheville at Charleston Southern7:00pmESPN+
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Colgate at Holy Cross7:00pmESPN+
Boston University at Navy7:00pmESPN+
Bradley at Indiana State7:00pmESPN+
Furman at Chattanooga7:00pmESPN+
Samford at ETSU7:00pmESPN+
Wofford at Western Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Missouri State at Drake8:00pm
Illinois State at UNI8:00pmESPN+
SMU at Tulsa8:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Central Arkansas8:00pmESPN+
Abilene Christian at Utah Valley8:00pmESPN+
Xavier at DePaul8:30pmFS1
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State9:00pmESPNU
Arkansas at Missouri9:00pmSECN
Northwestern at Iowa9:00pmBTN
Providence at Marquette9:00pmCBSSN
Utah Tech at Grand Canyon9:00pm
Oregon at California10:00pmPAC12N
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Boston at NY Islanders7:30pmTNT
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Dallas at San Jose10:00pmTNT
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Copa del Rey: Sporting Gijón vs Valencia1:00pmESPN+
Supercoppa Italiana: Milan vs Internazionale2:00pmParamount+
Copa del Rey: Athletic Club vs Espanyol2:00pmESPN+
England FA Cup: Leeds United vs Cardiff City2:45pmESPN+
English Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United3:00pmPeacock
Copa del Rey: Real Betis vs Osasuna3:00pmESPN+
Copa del Rey: Levante vs Atlético Madrid3:00pmESPN+