WORLD SERIES

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6 — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NFL SCOREBOARD

Kansas City 20 NY Giants 17

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 9

Thursday, November 04, 2021

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 08, 2021

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 131 San Antonio 118

Philadelphia 113 Portland 103

Cleveland 113 Charlotte 110

Atlanta 118 Washington 111

Chicago 128 Boston 114

Toronto 113 New York 104

Orlando 115 Minnesota 97

Memphis 106 Denver 97… Desmond Bane 11pts, 6reb

LA Clippers 99 Oklahoma City 94

NHL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 3 Washington 2

Chicago 5 Ottawa 1

Edmonton 5 Seattle 2

INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE

Tue Nov 26:20pLiberty Christian @ Central ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 56pIHSVCA Annual BanquetVolleyball
Fri Nov 56:50pCovenant Christian @ Indpls LutheranSectional Championship Football
Fri Nov 56:50pConnersville @ Mt VernonSectional Championship Football
Sat Nov 61:15pRose-Hulman @ FranklinCollege Football
Sat Nov 61:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 1College Volleyball
Sat Nov 64:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 2College Volleyball
Sat Nov 67:20pTriton Central @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball
Sun Nov 712:50pHCAC Conference ChampionshipCollege Volleyball
Thur Nov 117:20pLapel @ Heritage ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 126:50pTBARegional Football
Fri Nov 126:50pTBARegional Football
Sat Nov 1311:20aTraders Pt @ Indpls LutheranBasketball
Sat Nov 131:15pFranklin @ HanoverCollege Football
Fri Nov 196:20pAnderson Prep @ Central ChristianBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pMartinsville @ ChatardBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pBloomington North @ Covenant ChristianBasketball
Sun Nov 211pIHSVCA All-StarsVolleyball

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS-IBCA

1. Crown Point (16), 25-1, 393

2. South Bend Washington (2), 22-6, 290

3. North Central (Indianapolis) (2), 24-3, 283

4. Noblesville, 21-5, 274

5. Carmel, 15-7, 252

6. Bedford North Lawrence, 22-3, 243

7. Penn, 21-4, 216

8. Homestead, 20-6, 209

t-9. Westfield, 16-5, 184

t-9. Zionsville, 15-6, 184

11. Franklin Community, 22-3, 178

12. Fishers, 17-5, 164

13. Carroll (Fort Wayne), 25-3, 156

14. Silver Creek, 25-3, 151

15. East Central, 19-5, 145

16. Mishawaka Marian, 19-5, 105

17. Lawrence North, 17-9, 101

18. Hamilton Southeastern, 11-7, 71

19. Salem, 20-3, 68

20. Washington, 19-2, 56

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL MONDAY

Indianapolis Tech 55 Christel House Manuel 28

Northeast Dubois 66 Evansville Harrison 30

TUESDAY’S GIRLS SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Bloomington Lighthouse               at            Eastern Greene                                6:00 pm              

Boone Grove                                     at            Marquette Catholic                         8:00 pm              

Bremen                                                 at            Mishawaka Marian                          7:30 pm              

Brownsburg                                       at            Warren Central                                 7:30 pm              

Cannelton                                           at            Tell City                                                7:00 pm              

Cloverdale                                          at            Riverton Parke                                  7:30 pm              

Columbus North                               at            Hamilton Southeastern                 7:30 pm              

Concord                                               at            New Prairie                                         7:30 pm              

Covenant Christian                          at            Indianapolis Cathedral                   7:30 pm              

Culver Academy                               at            Morgan Twp.                                     7:30 pm              

Dugger Union                                    at            North Knox                                         7:30 pm              

Eastern Hancock                               at            Wes-Del                                               6:00 pm              

Edgewood                                          at            West Vigo                                            7:30 pm              

Evansville Reitz                                 at            Mount Vernon (Posey)                  8:30 pm              

Fairfield                                                at            Jimtown                                               7:30 pm              

Faith Christian                                   at            Fountain Central                               7:30 pm              

Franklin Central                                 at            Center Grove                                     7:30 pm              

Franklin County                                at            North Decatur                                   7:30 pm              

Granger Christian                             at            South Bend Career                          6:45 pm              

Heritage                                               at            DeKalb                                                  7:30 pm              

Indianapolis HomeSchool             at            Monrovia                                            7:30 pm              

Indianapolis Scecina                        at            Providence Cristo Rey                    6:00 pm              

Indianapolis Shortridge                 at            University                                           7:30 pm              

Jennings County                               at            Scottsburg                                          7:30 pm              

Kokomo KASH                                   at            Trinity Greenlawn                           6:00 pm              

Liberty Christian                               at            Central Christian                               6:30 pm              

Lowell                                                   at            Wheeler                                              8:00 pm              

Milan                                                     at            South Decatur                                   7:30 pm              

Muncie Burris                                    at            Alexandria                                          7:30 pm              

New Castle                                         at            Richmond                                            7:30 pm              

New Haven                                         at            Woodlan                                              7:30 pm              

New Washington                             at            Corydon Central                               7:30 pm              

North Central (Indianapolis)        at            Westfield                                            7:30 pm              

North Miami                                       at            Western                                              7:30 pm              

North Vermillion                               at            North Putnam                                   7:30 pm              

Northeast Dubois                             at            Shoals                                                   6:00 pm              

Northview                                          at            Mooresville                                        7:30 pm              

Pendleton Heights                           at            Marion                                                 7:30 pm              

Pike                                                       at            Anderson                                            7:30 pm              

Plainfield                                             at            Terre Haute South                           7:30 pm              

Rossville                                               at            Seeger                                                  7:30 pm              

Shelbyville                                          at            Brown County                                   7:30 pm              

South Knox                                         at            White River Valley                           7:30 pm              

Southridge                                          at            Perry Central                                      8:00 pm              

Southwestern (Shelbyville)          at            Tri                                                           7:30 pm              

Whiteland                                           at            Mount Vernon (Fortville)              7:30 pm              

Zionsville                                             at            Indianapolis Attucks                       7:30 pm              

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL FINAL-MUNCIE

Class A State Championship | 11 am ET

Lafayette Central Catholic (26-9) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-4)

Class 2A State Championship, 1:30 pm ET

Andrean (31-5) vs. Western Boone (27-8)

Class 3A State Championship, 4 pm ET

Bellmont (30-5) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (31-3)

Class 4A State Championship, 6:30 pm ET

McCutcheon (29-6) vs. Castle (32-2) 

INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

SECTIONAL 1

Merrillville (10-0) at Lafayette Jeff (7-3)

SECTIONAL 2

Chesterton (7-3) at Penn (5-5)

SECTIONAL 3

Warsaw (7-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (9-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Hamilton Southeastern (8-2) at Westfield (9-1)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (9-1) at Brownsburg (8-2)

SECTIONAL 6

Ben Davis (5-5) at Indianapolis Tech (6-4)

SECTIONAL 7

Lawrence North (6-3) at Lawrence Central (4-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Columbus North (6-3) at Center Grove (10-0)

SECTIONAL 9

Valparaiso (9-1) at Munster (3-7)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (7-3) at Mishawaka (8-2)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Snider (8-1) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Zionsville (6-5) at Kokomo (8-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Indianapolis Cathedral (10-1) at Decatur Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 14

Whiteland (6-3) at New Palestine (7-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington North (7-3) at Bloomington South (7-2)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (7-3) at Seymour (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Hobart (8-3) at Lowell (8-3)

SECTIONAL 18

South Bend St. Joseph (4-7) at New Prairie (9-2)

SECTIONAL 19

Leo (11-0) at Northridge (7-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (4-7) at Mississinewa (8-2)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (3-8) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (10-1)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Chatard (7-4) at Indianapolis Roncalli (11-0)

SECTIONAL 23

Martinsville (7-4) at East Central (9-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Memorial (9-2) at Northview (9-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Hanover Central (10-1) at Knox (5-6)

SECTIONAL 26

Jimtown (9-2) at Mishawaka Marian (8-3)

SECTIONAL 27

Norwell (10-1) at Peru (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Western Boone (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (9-2)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (9-2) at Danville (10-1)

SECTIONAL 30

Owen Valley (9-1) at Vincennes Lincoln (3-8)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (11-0) at Lawrenceburg (10-1)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (9-2) at Gibson Southern (10-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Andrean (8-3) at Whiting (5-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Pioneer (9-2) at LaVille (8-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (11-0) at Fort Wayne Luers (10-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.

SECTIONAL 36

Eastbrook (10-0) at Tipton (10-1)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (7-4) at Speedway (9-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Indianapolis Scecina (8-3) at Centerville (10-0)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (7-2) at Triton Central (7-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Posey (9-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (9-2)

SECTIONAL 41

Culver (4-5) at North Judson (7-3)

SECTIONAL 42

Clinton Prairie (6-4) at Carroll (Flora) (8-3)

SECTIONAL 43

South Adams (9-2) at Union City (6-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (4-6) at Adams Central (10-1)

SECTIONAL 45

Parke Heritage (9-2) at Riverton Parke (4-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Covenant Christian (7-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (11-0)

SECTIONAL 47

North Decatur (6-4) at Tri (9-2)

SECTIONAL 48

North Central (Farmersburg) (5-5) at Springs Valley (9-1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Ball State at Akron | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Toledo | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Central Michigan at Western Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Northern Illinois at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Thursday, Nov. 4

Georgia State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Nov. 6

Army at Air Force | 11:30 a.m. | CBS

Liberty at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FOX

Kansas State at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1

Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC

Pitt at Duke | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at Memphis | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at UAB | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Illinois at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Missouri at Georgia | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Miami | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Appalachian State at Arkansas State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at BYU | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at East Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Arizona | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Tulsa at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Navy at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. | NBC

Rice at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Rhode Island at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports

Penn State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan State at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Baylor at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Auburn at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Wisconsin at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Colorado State at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Utah State at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports

NC State at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Tulane at UCF | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Marshall at FAU | 6 p.m. | CBSSN Facebook

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Oregon State at Colorado | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN or CBS

Iowa at Northwestern | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UNLV at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Oregon at Washington | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Iowa State | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Indiana at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | FOX

Clemson at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Houston at South Florida | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

USC at Arizona State | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Nevada | 10 p.m. | FS2

UTSA at UTEP | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | FS1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Butker hits go-ahead FG with 1:07 left as KC beats Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes lamented two more turnovers and Chiefs coach Andy Reid a multitude of penalties, and just about everyone that stepped out of the Kansas City locker room vowed to turn around what’s been a disappointing season.

It almost sounded as if they’d lost to the Giants on Monday night.

Instead, the scuffling Chiefs rallied behind two fourth-quarter field goals from Harrison Butker, including the go-ahead 34-yarder with 1:07 left, and beat downtrodden New York 20-17 to even their record after eight games.

“Listen, everything is not beautiful right now but we’re fighting through it,” Reid said. “Our guys battled. They didn’t give up on each other. They kept working at a time you could have just thrown your hands up and say, `Man, things are just not working the way they’re supposed to work.’ So we’ll build on that. Let’s keep going.”

Mahomes threw for 275 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Chiefs, who along with two turnovers committed 12 penalties for 103 yards. Tyreek Hill had 12 catches for 94 yards and a score, and Mecole Hardman added five catches for 63 yards, including a 24-yard catch-and-run on the final drive that set Butker up for the go-ahead kick.

“The guys are battling and trying to find ways to win,” Mahomes said, “and tonight we did.”

Daniel Jones had 222 yards passing with two touchdowns and a pick for the Giants (2-6), but he also was sacked three times, including twice after the Chiefs kicked off with just over a minute left in the game.

It was just the fourth win in 15 meetings for the Chiefs and their first since the 2013 season.

“We have to eliminate the mistakes we made down the stretch,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “We cant allow a team like this to have extra opportunities. We can’t rob ourselves a chance to have opportunities of our own.”

The Chiefs actually diced up the Giants on their opening drive, but for the fourth time this season Mahomes had a pass bounce off his intended target for an interception – this time, backup running back Jerick McKinnon. It was the seventh consecutive game Mahomes had thrown a pick and his league-leading 10th of the season.

It also was an ominous sign for an offense that has done little to resemble its high-flying reputation.

The Chiefs did score moments later, after Jones threw the ball right back to them, but they struggled to get into their familiar offensive rhythm. Mahomes seemed to be in a different playbook than his wide receivers, tight end Travis Kelce was rendered a non-factor by the New York defense and penalties began to pile up.

In fact, the Chiefs turned almost entirely to the ground when they marched for their second touchdown. It was seldom-used Derrick Gore that carried seven times for 43 yards before breaking the goal line for his first career score.

The Giants – hardly dynamic in their own right – were the ones that often moved the ball at will.

Without running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay, both still sidelined with injuries, Jones was able to lean on Booker and his backup receivers to march 85 yards for an early touchdown – most of it coming when John Ross III beat safety Daniel Sorensen for a 50-yard catch that rendered his pass interference penalty moot.

The Giants added an 86-yard drive later in the first half that produced a field goal. And early in the fourth quarter, Evan Engram beat Sorensen to the pylon for a touchdown catch that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead.

Somehow, the scuffling Chiefs found a way to claw back into the game.

They ground their way to a field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Then, their much-maligned defense held on third down and Giants punter Riley Dixon sent a wobbler out of bounds to give them prime field position.

Mahomes and Co. finished the comeback by putting Butker in position for the go-ahead field goal.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge. No win is given to you,” Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said. “You have to take that approach. It’s a battle every drive, every play. You have to execute at a high level to get past your opponent.”

Von Miller leaves snowy Denver behind for Rams, sunshine

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The trade began to hit Von Miller as he toddled past the photo gallery of great moments that decorate the Denver Broncos headquarters.

The featured shot is the one of him knocking the ball and, in effect, the Lombardi Trophy, from Cam Newton’s grasp five years and nine months ago.

“Always have Super Bowl 50,” a choked-up Miller said on a gray Monday morning as snowflakes danced into the black Cadillac Escalade’s open back window and melted on his tie-dye hoodie.

“Seeing the pictures as I was walking out made me tear up.”

Miller is no longer the face of the franchise in Denver.

The loquacious linebacker is headed West to join Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey with the Los Angeles Rams in a trade that surprised him.

“It’s all kind of new,” said Miller, who insisted he didn’t ask out. “I’m on my way to L.A.”

Where a Super Bowl contender awaits.

“Great team. Been a huge fan of Aaron Donald for a long time,” Miller said. “They’ve got a great defense. Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Floyd, all these guys. I’m excited.”

Two people familiar with the deal that wasn’t immediately announced by either team told The Associated Press that the Rams are sending the Broncos second- and third-round picks in the 2022 draft for the perennial Pro Bowler.

The Broncos also are picking up $9 million of the $9.722 million left on his contract.

Miller’s trophy case includes his Super Bowl 50 MVP award for leading Denver to a 24-10 win over heavily favored Carolina following the 2015 season and 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor.

He’s an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time AP All-Pro and a member of the league’s 2010s All-Decade team. And he’s the Broncos’ franchise leader with 110+ sacks in the regular season and has another 6+ in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to put the emotions into words,” Miller said. “It’s always tough whenever you leave. I love all my fans. I love Broncos country. When I said Broncos for life, I meant that. It was an honor and a privilege to play here.

“John Elway picked me. It’s life changing. Ever since then, been able to play with Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Tim Tebow. It’s still kind of hard to put into words.”

The Rams summed it up quite succinctly.

” We’re all in,” the Rams (7-1) tweeted along with a meme of actor John Malkovich splashing the pot at the poker table.

And it looks as though the Broncos (4-4) are folding their hand.

With Miller watching from the sideline because of a sprained ankle he said should be fine by next weekend, the Broncos edged Washington 17-10 Sunday, narrowly avoiding their first winless October since 1967.

But it took two defensive stops in the final minute because the Broncos bungled their last possession following safety Justin Simmons’ seemingly game-sealing end zone interception with 49 seconds left.

In between Teddy Bridgewater inexplicably throwing an incompletion to stop the clock with 32 seconds left and saving Washington a timeout, the Broncos fumbled twice, losing the second one at their 24 with 21 seconds remaining.

That served as a fitting farewell to Miller, who never got back to the playoffs with Denver after leading their Super Bowl parade.

Plagued by instability at quarterback, unimaginative offensive play-calling, draft busts and free-agent flops, the once-proud franchise is mired in one of its longest runs of mediocrity since the 1960s.

“This team, they’re going to start winning soon,” Miller said. “I wanted to be a part of it to fix it.”

Miller joins a Rams team that’s tied with the Packers and Cardinals for the NFL’s best record at 7-1. But the path to the Super Bowl – at the Rams’ home, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California – appears much rockier in the NFC with Dallas at 6-1 and defending champion Tampa Bay sitting at 6-2.

Only one team in the AFC has more than five wins: Tennessee is 6-2 but just lost cornerstone Derrick Henry to a foot injury. The Rams host the Titans on Sunday night.

Miller expects to step right into the Rams lineup after missing his final Broncos game with a sprained left ankle.

“I was close last week,” he said.

Miller, who’s in the final year of his contract, was sidelined all of last year with a dislocated ankle tendon. He had a splashy comeback, winning the AFC Defensive Player of the Month honor in September.

Despite a quiet October – save for guaranteeing he was going to destroy Cleveland’s offensive line – Miller was still considered a gem for contenders as Tuesday’s trade deadline approached.

Miller’s departure means kicker Brandon McManus is the only remaining member of the 2015 team that won the franchise’s third Super Bowl thanks to Miller’s memorable performance that cemented his legacy as one of his generation’s top pass rushers.

Miller was rewarded with a record six-year, $114.1 million contract that pays him $17.5 million this season.

Had the Broncos held on to Miller and let him leave in free agency after the season, they best they could have netted was a fifth-round compensatory pick in 2022.

In LA, Miller joins fellow stars Donald and Ramsey, the type of talent he hasn’t had around him since the Broncos were regular Super Bowl threats during Manning’s four seasons in Denver from 2012-15.

Moreover, former Broncos and Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Miller is a better fit in L.A.’s version of the 3-4 defensive scheme and should shine in sunny California.

Miller, 32, has mused all year about wanting to play several more seasons whether in Denver or elsewhere. He recently became a father and said he wants his boy to see him play in a few years.

He repeatedly refused to fret over his football future, saying he was “at peace” with whatever happens.

“Somebody told me once if you want to make God laugh, then make plans,” Miller said before rolling up his window. “Had a lot of beautiful years here. Have a lot of great memories here.”

Titans’ Henry will have surgery, no timetable for return

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry will have surgery Tuesday morning on his right foot, and coach Mike Vrabel says the Tennessee Titans are not putting a timeline on when he will return.

Henry had tests Monday to check the severity of the injury after he finished a 34-31 overtime win in Indianapolis. The Titans placed Henry on injured reserve Monday afternoon.

Vrabel said he knows Henry will do everything possible to work himself back to help the Titans (6-2). Vrabel said doctors will put a timeline on Henry’s recovery and possible return but he won’t necessarily listen to that.

The Titans have nine games remaining this season including their bye Dec. 2. The defending AFC South champs hold a three-game lead and the tiebreaker inside their division.

“Whenever that is that’s when it’ll be,” Vrabel said. “I know that he’ll be around our team as soon as he can. I know that’s important to him. I know that’ll be important to our team. We will have to move on. We’ll have to move on unfortunately without him here in the short term and not look back.”

The two-time NFL rushing champ went to the bench early in Sunday’s game. He was shown on TV with his shoe off talking with trainers with 6:03 left in the first quarter before he returned. Henry finished with 28 carries for 68 yards and a 2.4-yard average that was his lowest this season. He played 54 of the 73 offensive snaps.

The 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year did not talk to reporters after the game.

Vrabel said he thought about shutting Henry down Sunday. But he checked with the medical staff and Henry. The coach says he gives Henry a little leeway, believing the two-time Pro Bowl running back has earned the right to help make that decision.

“There was no indication that he would make anything worse,” Vrabel said.

Henry leads the NFL with 937 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He also has a league-high 219 rushes, well ahead of the next leading rusher Joe Mixon of Cincinnati (137). Henry was one off his career high with 18 receptions for 154 yards, and he threw his first TD pass in the regular season last week against the Chiefs.

He is the biggest reason why the Titans currently sit atop the AFC as the No. 1 seed having won four in a row.

“If anybody can I guess come back, it would be Derrick,” Vrabel said, “but not going to put any expectations on any sort of timeline.”

The Titans have relied heavily on Henry since he took over as the starting running back, and he had been carrying Tennessee this season. He reached 10 TD runs through six games, and it took Ryan Tannehill throwing three TD passes Sunday against the Colts to reach 10 TDs this season.

The Titans visit the Los Angeles Rams (7-1) on Sunday night, and now they have to look for more help at running back.

The depth chart behind Henry already was thin with the Titans putting Darrynton Evans, their third-round pick in 2020, back on injured reserve last Friday. That leaves just Jeremy McNichols and fullback Khari Blasingame with Mekhi Sargent and Dontrell Hillard on the practice squad.

The Titans were finalizing a deal on Monday to sign 2012 MVP and four-time All-Pro Adrian Peterson to the practice squad with plans to promote the 36-year-old running back to the active roster, according to a person with direct knowledge of discussions. The person spoke to The Associated Press on terms of anonymity because the Titans have not announced any deal with Peterson.

NFL.com first reported the Titans were signing Peterson.

“We’ve played against Adrian, and you know obviously he’s got a pretty strong and solid resume,” Vrabel said when asked if the Titans would work out Peterson.

Saints QB Winston’s season over because of major knee injury

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints quarterback Jameis Winston was diagnosed on Monday with torn knee ligaments that will end his season, coach Sean Payton said.

Payton confirmed the extent of the injury, first reported by the NFL Network, following an MRI that showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damage to the medial collateral ligament in Winston’s left knee.

Winston was injured early in the second quarter of New Orleans’ 36-27 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. On the play, Winston was scrambling when he was pulled down from behind by linebacker Devin White, who was penalized for a horse-collar tackle.

Winston’s knee buckled as he went down. He was unable to walk off the field without help and was replaced by Trevor Siemian for the rest of the game.

Payton also stated that he’s content to stick with the three remaining healthy QBs on the Saints’ roster: Siemian, Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book.

“We’re satisfied with the quarterback room,” Payton said.

Winston had been 4-2 in six complete games as a starter and his 16-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith on Sunday had tied the game against Tampa Bay at 7. That was also the score when he left the game.

Siemian was the primary backup against the Bucs because Hill was still recovering from a concussion against Washington in Week 5. Payton said Hill’s condition was progressing well, but declined to say whether Hill had been cleared to return to practice this week.

Even if Hill is back against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Payton declined to say how he’d approach deciding whether to give Siemian a chance to pick up where he left off, or install Hill, who went 3-1 as a starter last season while Drew Brees was sidelined with rib and lung injuries.

“This is going to be the $6 million question and honestly we going to look closely at what’s best for our team in this game” against Atlanta, Payton said. “As the week progresses we’ll see how we want it to play it out.”

Winston came to the Saints as a reserve to learn from Payton and Brees in 2020, after the Buccaneers allowed him to go into free agency so they could replace him with Tom Brady.

While the Bucs drafted Winston first overall in 2015, he was a mercurial performer early in his career, often canceling out highly productive stints with costly mistakes.

In 2019, he led the NFL with 5,109 yards and 33 TDs passing, but also led the league in interceptions with 30 – and the Bucs missed the playoffs.

In New Orleans, Winston had focused on improving his coverage reads and decision-making, and his 14 touchdown passes against just three interceptions this season – not to mention his winning record as a starter – indicated he was making progress on that front.

“We definitely were encouraged. We felt like, man, we’d seen the arm strength, the leadership, all of those things,” Payton said. “He was someone that had become a vital part to what we were doing.”

Now his NFL future is less certain again. He was under just a one-year contract with New Orleans, turns 28 on Jan. 6, and is slated to end the league year as a free agent in the midst of rehabilitating from reconstructive knee surgery.

Ravens LB Malik Harrison struck by stray bullet in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) Baltimore Ravens starting linebacker Malik Harrison was recovering Monday after being struck in the leg by a stray bullet while police said he was outside a Cleveland nightclub.

The Ravens released a statement saying Harrison suffered a non-life-threatening injury when he was shot in the left calf while attending a gathering Sunday night. The 23-year-old was treated at a hospital and has been in touch with team doctors.

It’s not yet known if his injury will affect his playing status. Harrison is expected to return to Maryland later Monday.

The Ravens, who lead the AFC North, had their bye last week. They host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

According to a Cleveland police report obtained by The Associated Press, Harrison told officers, who were arresting four men involved in a shooting, that he was at a downtown club Sunday night when a fight broke out.

Harrison told police that security kicked people out of the club and he was outside with a group when they spotted someone with a firearm. Harrison said everyone began running and he heard shots fired.

Some details of the incident, as well as Harrison’s medical information, is redacted in the report.

Harrison, who played at Ohio State, was drafted by the Ravens in the third round last year. He started six games as a rookie, recording 44 tackles. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder has started five games this season.

Rivera: Washington sticking with Heinicke as starting QB

(AP) — Ron Rivera said Monday he’s sticking with Taylor Heinicke as Washington’s starting quarterback after the team’s upcoming bye week.

Heinicke threw two interceptions in a loss at the Denver Broncos that dropped Washington to 2-6. Rivera instead pointed to some of the progress Heinicke has made in recent weeks.

“I think that he’s being productive for the most part,” Rivera said. “The one area we’ve got to get better on, obviously, and it’s kind of stood out in the last few weeks is we’ve got to be better in red zone. We’ve got to come down and when we get chances to make plays down there, we’ve got to make those plays.”

Heinicke has completed 63.8% of his passes for 2,065 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions since taking over for injured starter Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through the season opener. Asked if he deserves the starting QB job, Heinicke said it was not his decision.

“It’s out of my hands,” Heinicke said after the 17-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. “The biggest thing I do is I go into that facility every single day and I give it my all and that’s all I can do. I control what I can control, and I feel like I’ve gotten better throughout the weeks and I feel like it’s just not been enough lately.”

Rivera did not have an update on Fitzpatrick other than to reiterate that the 38-year-old was set for an MRI on his injured right hip next week. Fitzpatrick is signed only for this season, and Washington’s shift into evaluation mode for next season could play into what his status is down the stretch.

That also explains why Heinicke is getting every chance to show Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner what he can do. The 28-year-old only has nine career NFL starts on his resume.

“The one thing right now that really is probably the hardest thing for us to figure out is, do we have a franchise quarterback right now?” Rivera said. “Is that guy on our roster, or is that guy going to be in free agency? Is that guy going to be in the draft next year? So, we’ve got to continue to work with what we have.”

Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers are up next Nov. 14. Heinicke earned his contract by playing well in a surprise start against Tampa Bay in the playoffs, and he’ll now get a chance to show how much improvement he has made since.

Vikes star DE Hunter done for year with torn pectoral muscle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, a devastating loss of the team’s best pass rusher for the second straight year.

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday afternoon, after the two-time Pro Bowl pick had an MRI in the morning.

Hunter was hurt in the second quarter of the game against Dallas on Sunday night. He tackled Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott using only his left arm after a 2-yard gain early in the second quarter and appeared to get up slowly from the pile. Hunter played most of the rest of that drive for Dallas, but was ruled out of the rest of the game by halftime. The Cowboys went on to win 20-16.

“I don’t think you replace him. He’s one of a kind,” Zimmer said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re going to miss the next half of the season with him, and all of last year. He’s a great kid, and he’ll do a good job in his rehab, and he’ll be ready to go.”

Hunter agreed in June to restructure his contract for immediate salary cap relief for the Vikings, who in turn added an $18 million bonus due to kick in on March 20 – the fifth day of the next league year – if he’s on the roster then. He’s unlikely to be back for 2022 at that rate without a new long-term deal, so this latest injury increased the possibility he’ll become a free agent in the spring.

Hunter didn’t play at all in 2020 because of a herniated disk in his neck that eventually required surgery, after he suffered the fluke injury at the beginning of training camp. The third-round 2015 draft pick out of LSU, who has long been one of the fastest, fittest and strongest defensive linemen in the NFL, played in every game from 2016-19.

“I really can’t imagine what he’s going through. He rehabbed his neck to get back strong, and then he comes back and something like this happens to him,” defensive end Everson Griffen said. “It can be very frustrating, and I know that he’s frustrated right now. But he’s got to just pick his head up and fight back just like he did last year.”

Hunter was the youngest player to reach 50 sacks in league history, reaching that mark in 2019 shortly after his 25th birthday. He has six of the team’s 24 sacks this season.

“We’ve got to get the young guys going and get them ready to play,” Griffen said. “But losing Danielle is a big blow.”

The Vikings (3-4) are still plenty vulnerable on defense, as Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush revealed on Sunday, but the return of Hunter and Griffen – who re-signed with his original team after one year elsewhere – has keyed a resurgence of the strong pass rush they’ve long leaned on. The Vikings lead the NFL in sacks per pass attempt.

The problem is there’s little depth left at defensive end, after a trade that sent Stephen Weatherly to Denver last week. Griffen and D.J. Wonnum will be the starters in heavy rotation, but Kenny Willekes and Patrick Jones II are the only others on the roster at that position for now.

Willekes, a seventh-round draft pick in 2020, was promoted from the practice squad before the game on Sunday and made his NFL debut. Jones, a third-rounder out of Pittsburgh this year, was inactive against the Cowboys because of a knee injury. Fourth-round pick Janarius Robinson was hurt during training camp and is on injured reserve.

“Willekes played a little bit last night. He’s been coming on. Pat’s got some ability, and he’s been working real hard,” Zimmer said. “So they’ll get some opportunities now.”

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL
• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Michigan State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 22 Penn State. 

• The Big Ten (three teams) is the only conference with more than two teams ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll. The only other conference with multiple teams ranked in the top-10 is the SEC (two teams). 

• No. 5 Michigan State (8-0) defeated then-No. 6 Michigan, 37-33, and is now one of just six undefeated teams remaining in the FBS. The Spartans are 8-0 for the first time since 2015 and for just the seventh time ever in program history. The win over Michigan marked Michigan State’s first win over an AP Top 10 team since they defeated No. 8 Penn State on Oct. 13, 2018, and the Spartans’ highest-ranked win since they defeated No. 4 Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game. 

• Michigan State junior RB Kenneth Walker III was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (8.57 avg.) in the win vs. Michigan. Walker scored all five of Michigan State’s touchdowns, becoming just the second FBS player to record five rushing touchdowns in a game this season. Walker leads the FBS is rushing yards per game (149.2), is tied for third in the FBS in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (15), and ranks fifth in all-purpose yards per game (153.75).

• No. 6 Ohio State improved to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 33-24 win over then-No. 20 Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (47.2 ppg), rank second in total offense (548.1) and third in team passing efficiency (183.34). The Buckeyes are one of just two teams in the nation to average more than 45 points per game this season along with the No. 2 scoring offense, Alabama (45.9). 

• Defensively, Ohio State held Penn State to 33 yards rushing. Dating back to Week 3, the Buckeyes are surrendering just 66.2 rushing yards per game and in their last three wins they are allowing just 45.7 yards per game on the ground. 

• Minnesota defeated Northwestern on the road, 41-14, to win its fourth game in a row and move into first place in the Big Ten West. With the victory, the Gophers became bowl-eligible for the third time under head coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers are now 3-0 on the road this season and have an unblemished road record through three games for just the fourth time since 1961.

• The Gophers finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing yards. The ground game was powered by freshmen RBs Mar’Keise Irving (110 yards) and Ky Thomas (106 yards), who each compiled more than 100 yards rushing for the second straight week. Irving and Thomas are the first pair of Minnesota running backs to record back-to-back 100-yard games since Laurence Maroney and Gary Russell in 2005.

• Wisconsin earned its fourth straight win, and its third straight conference win, with a 27-7 victory over then-No. 9 Iowa. The victory marked Wisconsin’s second consecutive victory over an AP Top 25 team and their first against a top-10 team since they defeated No. 9 Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2019. The last time that Wisconsin defeated ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks was in 2017. 

• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (214.6 ypg) and rushing defense (49.6 ypg). The Wisconsin run defense leads the No. 2-ranked run defense (Georgia, 75.6 ypg) by 26 yards per game. Wisconsin is surrendering just 7.5 points and 180.3 yards per game during their four-game win streak. After holding Purdue to -13 rushing yards in their Week 8 win over the Boilermakers, the Badgers limited the Hawkeyes to a season-low 24 yards rushing. 

• Purdue defeated Nebraska 28-23 to improve to 3-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers defense notched four interceptions, marking the second time in three games that Purdue has registered four interceptions. Junior LB/S Jalen Graham was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after snagging two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick-six. Graham became the second Purdue defender to record two interceptions in a game this season, joining junior safety Cam Allen. Graham is just the 12th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000.

• Maryland topped Indiana, 38-35, and is now 5-3 on the season. Sophomore QB Taulia Tagovailoa threw for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking the first 400-yard passing performance by a Maryland quarterback since Danny O’Brien threw for 417 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. Tagovailoa’s 419 yards are the third-most in a single game in Maryland history, trailing only Scott Milanovich’s 498 vs. Virginia Tech and 451 vs. West Virginia in 1993.

• Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano earned his 75th win as head coach of the Scarlet Knights with a 20-14 victory at Illinois. Schiano needs just four wins to pass Frank Burns (78) for the most wins by a head coach in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights defense allowed just 10 total first downs, tying Rutgers’ program record in Big Ten play (also allowed 10 first downs vs. Illinois in 2016).

• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• The Big Ten boasts five teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Iowa (t-4th, 16.1 ppg), Penn State (t-8th, 17.0), Wisconsin (t-8th, 17.0). Michigan (t-10th, 17.1) and Purdue (t-10th, 17.1). The conference has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 49.6 ypg, and No. 8 Minnesota at 92.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.97), Penn State (6th, 103.56), Purdue (8th, 106.42) and Wisconsin (10th, 110.30).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (4th, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (5th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.

• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (5th, 266.174 passing efficiency), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week
Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
RB – Jr. – Arlington, Tenn. – Arlington (Tenn.)

  • Rushed for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (8.57 avg.) to propel the Spartans to a comeback victory over then-No. 6 Michigan. Added three receptions for 11 yards to compile 208 all-purpose yards
  • Scored all five of Michigan State’s touchdowns in the Spartans’ 37-33 win. The five touchdowns are tied for the second-most ever scored by a Spartan in a single game, trailing only Blake Ezor’s six touchdowns against Northwestern in 1989. Prior to Saturday, Michigan had never surrendered five touchdowns to one player in a single game
  • Became the fastest Spartan in program history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in terms of rushing attempts (153 carries)
  • Ranks first in the FBS in rushing yards per game (149.2) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (153.75). Is tied for third in the FBS in rushing touchdowns (14) and total touchdowns (15)
  • Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his second of the season
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Jalen Nailor (Oct. 11, 2021)

 
Defensive Player of the Week
Jalen Graham, Purdue
LB/S – Jr. – Detroit, Mich. – Cass Technical (Mich.)

  • Registered the first two interceptions of his career in Purdue’s 28-23 win at Nebraska. Added six tackles and a pass breakup
  • Returned his first interception of the game 45 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. The interception return for a touchdown marked Purdue’s first pick-six since Oct. 12, 2019, vs. Maryland
  • Became the second Purdue defender to record two interceptions in a game this season, joining junior safety Cam Allen. Is just the 12th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Cam Allen (Oct. 18, 2021)

Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
Noah Ruggles, Ohio State
K – Gr. – Odessa, Fla. – Steinbrenner (Fla.)

  • Connected on all four of his field goal attempts and both of his extra point attempts to register 14 points and help Ohio State defeat then-No. 20 Penn State 33-24
  • His four field goals marked a career high and tied for the fifth-most in a single game in Ohio State history. The four field goals are the most by an Ohio State kicker since Drew Basil made four against Michigan in 2012
  • Hit a 26-yard field goal with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the win and give the Buckeyes a two-score lead
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Drue Chrisman (Dec. 7, 2020)

 
Adam Korsak, Rutgers
P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Maribyrnong College (Melbourne, Australia)

  • Punted six times for 282 net yards (47.0 avg.) and did not allow a punt return in Rutgers’ 20-14 win at Illinois
  • Registered three 50-plus-yard punts and landed three punts inside the 20. Downed punts at the 20, 15, 4 and 1. Has now dropped four punts at the 1-yard line this season and has not registered a touchback in 94 consecutive punts dating back to 2019
  • Has led Rutgers’ punt unit to the No. 1-ranked net punting average in the nation (46.6)
  • Earns the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his second of the season
  • Last Rutgers Special Teams Player of the Week: Aron Cruickshank (Sept. 20, 2021)

 
Co-Freshman of the Week
Andrel Anthony, Michigan
WR – East Lansing, Mich. – Lansing (Mich.)

  • Made the first receptions of his collegiate career, hauling in six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns in Michigan’s 37-33 loss at No. 5 Michigan State
  • On Michigan’s opening drive of the game, made the first catch of his career and took it 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolverines an early 7-0 lead. The 93-yard touchdown marked the second-longest play from scrimmage in Michigan history and was the longest play by a Wolverine in the history of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry
  • After the Wolverines fell behind 14-13 in the second quarter, caught his second touchdown of the game on a 17-yard strike shortly before halftime to give Michigan a 20-14 lead
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Zach Charbonnet (Sept. 9, 2019)

 
Mar’Keise Irving, Minnesota
RB – Chicago, Ill. – Hillcrest (Ill.)

  • Registered a career-high 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (5.79 avg.) in Minnesota’s 41-14 win at Northwestern. Also caught two passes for 5 yards
  • After registered 105 rushing yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 23, becomes the first true freshman in Minnesota history to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games in Big Ten play since Laurence Maroney in 2003
  • Recorded a career-long 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Rashod Bateman (Nov. 5, 2018)

BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Player of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
Grad. – OPP – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge – Major: Psychology
• Registered 4.75 kills and 3.88 digs per set with two double-doubles and a .315 hitting percentage to pace the No. 11 Golden Gophers to conference wins over sixth-ranked Nebraska and Indiana
• Posted 20 kills and a career high-tying 26 digs in Oct. 30 five-set victory over Nebraska, recording her second 20/20 match of the season (both in the past three matches)
• Added 18 kills, 15 digs and a .441 hitting percentage in Minnesota’s Oct. 27 win over Indiana
• Chosen as Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year in addition to receiving the Senior CLASS Award
• Earns her 11th career Player of the Week honor (tying Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke for third-most in Big Ten history) and third this season, along with one Defensive Player of the Week citation
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy (Sept. 27, 2021)
 
Defensive Player AND Freshman of the Week
Raven Colvin, Purdue
Fr. – MB – Indianapolis, Ind. – Heritage Christian – Major: Accounting
• Averaged 2.57 blocks and 2.14 kills per set with a .393 hitting percentage last week to help No. 12 Purdue defeat No. 3 Wisconsin and Northwestern
• Piled up 11 blocks (tied for second-most in conference play this year) in Sunday’s win over Wisconsin, including a career-high 10 block assists while adding seven kills
• Contributed seven blocks, eight kills and a .583 hitting percentage in Oct. 27 victory over Northwestern
• Receives the first Defensive Player of the Week award of her career
• Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Jena Otec (Oct. 18, 2021)
• Garners her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Taylor Trammell (March 29, 2021)
 
Co-Setter of the Week
Mac Podraza, Ohio State
Jr. – Sunbury, Ohio – Big Walnut – Major: Communication
• Delivered 11.86 assists and 3.14 digs per set for No. 9 Ohio State in victories over Michigan and Michigan State last weekend
• Tallied her seventh double-double of the season Sunday with 42 assists and 15 digs against MSU
• Selected for Academic All-Big Ten Team honors last year
• Secures her sixth career Setter of the Week selection, and second this season
• Last Ohio State Setter of the Week: Mac Podraza (Oct. 18, 2021)
 
Co-Setter of the Week
Hayley Bush, Purdue
Grad. – S – Union, Ky. – Ryle – Graduate Major: Finance
• Compiled 11.43 assists, 3.57 digs and two double-doubles last week in leading No. 12 Purdue to wins over third-ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern
• Turned in 49 assists, 14 digs and five kills in Sunday’s victory over Wisconsin
• Recognized as an Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete in 2020
• Collects her fifth career Setter of the Week plaudit, and second this season
• Last Purdue Setter of the Week: Hayley Bush (Sept. 6, 2021)

MAC VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Caroline Clippard, Ohio, Outside Hitter       
Clippard led Ohio offensively through both matches this past weekend. In the first match against Western Michigan, the freshman recorded 16 kills while only committing one error, giving her a hitting percentage of .536. In the second match against Northern Illinois, Clippard led the Bobcats once again with 13 kills and hit .346.
 
MAC Volleyball East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Julia Walz, Bowling Green, Libero    
Walz helped the Bowling Green Falcons to a weekend split, including a road win in the Battle of I-75. On Friday, Walz led the Orange and Brown with 17 digs and was one of four Falcons to register an ace. The following night, Walz recorded 32 digs in BGSU’s defeat of Toledo. This is the third match of the season where Walz has totaled 30 or more digs, and the second time she has done it in the last three matches. The senior also tallied two assists and two aces as the Falcons won in four sets.
 
MAC Volleyball East Division Setter of the Week
Tria McLean, Ohio, Setter     
McLean achieved her third double-double of the season while also helping Ohio put away two more victories. In the match against Western Michigan, McLean recorded 46 assists and 14 digs to give her another double-double. McLean had an equally impressive match against Northern Illinois, where she tallied 42 assists for a weekend average of 12.57 assists per set.
 
MAC Volleyball West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Natalie Mitchem, Ball State, Opposite        
Mitchem was unstoppable for the Ball State women’s volleyball offense last week, hitting an unthinkable .605 (23-0-38) to guide the Cardinals to the top of the MAC standings. She led the Ball State offense with 23 total kills on the week, including eight in the three-set sweep of then-MAC leader Bowling Green. She hit .471 (8-0-17) against the Falcons, while adding three blocks and a pair of digs. In Saturday’s sweep of Miami, Mitchem was even more impressive with a match-high 15 kills and an even more astonishing .714 (15-0-21) attack percentage. She also collected three digs in the win. Based on the strength of her weekend, Mitchem has climbed to fifth in the MAC with a .335 attack percentage on the year.”
 
MAC Volleyball West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Rhyen Neal, Toledo, DS/L     
As Toledo’s libero in both matches this past weekend, senior Rhyen Neal averaged 6.25 digs/set against Miami and Bowling Green. She posted 20 digs on Friday against the RedHawks, then set a new career high with 30 digs in Saturday’s match against BGSU. Neal is averaging 5.27 digs/set over the last two weekends for the Rockets.
 
MAC Volleyball West Division Setter of the Week
Megan Wielonski, Ball State, Setter
In another crucial weekend of league play, freshman setter Megan Wielonski had the Ball State offense firing on all cylinders, as the Cardinals hit .365 as a team to take over the top spot in the Mid-American Conference standings. It started with a dominating performance against then-MAC leading Bowling Green on Friday, as the Cardinals hit .328 as a team against the league’s best defense entering the match. Wielonski handed out 39 total assists in the win, while adding 10 digs, four kills, two blocks and a service ace to give the Falcons their first league loss of the season and snap BGSU’s 12-match winning streak. Saturday’s performance against Miami was even better, as the Cardinals snapped a three-match RedHawks winning streak by hitting .412 as a team. Wielonski dished out 37 assists in the win, while adding seven digs, three kills, three blocks and a pair of aces.  In addition to ranking fourth in the MAC with a 10.52 assists-per-set average after the weekend, Wielonski is first in the MAC with a 0.46 aces-per-set average. Her 42 total aces rank her in the top 15 nationally.

Pacers snap 4-game losing streak, rout Spurs 131-118

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle spent the first two weeks plugging holes.

On Monday night, he finally found some answers.

Domantas Sabonis finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Myles Turner added 19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers past struggling San Antonio 131-118 on Monday night.

It was a welcome change for the Pacers, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games under Carlisle.

“I thought this was the kind of game we needed, the type of game we need to play,” Carlisle said. “I would like not to give up 118 points, but we need to embrace this and keep working to get better.”

Dejounte Murray finished with 16 points and Devin Vassell had 15 to lead San Antonio. The Spurs have lost four of their last five with the only win coming Saturday at defending NBA champion Milwaukee.

But after the opening minutes in Indianapolis, the Spurs never had a chance and coach Greg Popovich was upset his team didn’t put forth a better effort.

“Our worst game of the year,” he said.

Indiana opened the game by going 8 of 10 from 3-point range and taking a 43-31 lead after one quarter. Then, unlike their previous games, the Pacers continued accelerating. By halftime, the Pacers extended the margin to 78-56 and had five players in double figures.

San Antonio couldn’t get closer than 18 until the final few minutes in its most lopsided loss this season.

“We won the third quarter and we hadn’t done that all year,” Carlisle said. “I feel good about this one but we certainly can’t exhale with New York coming in here.”

Seth Curry’s 23 helps short-handed 76ers over Trail Blazers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Seth Curry stepped up in Joel Embiid’s absence, scoring 23 points – including several key buckets late – to lead the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers to a 113-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Embiid, the team’s leading scorer and four-time All-Star, was out due to rest – his first missed game of the season. The 76ers also were without Tobias Harris (health and safety protocols), who was a late scratch, and lost starter Danny Green in the third quarter due to hamstring tightness, but not before he scored 11 points.

“It was great,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “I was joking with (Philadelphia co-owner) Michael Rubin. I said, `You only had 105 million (dollars) not in the game tonight.’ It was just a good team effort.”

It was the first of three games in four nights for Philadelphia, which has won three straight. Georges Niang added 21 points for the 76ers.

“It was one of the games that I thought every single guy did something to help us win the game,” Rivers said.

Norman Powell led the Trail Blazers with 22 points. Damian Lillard had 20 points and 10 assists and C.J. McCollum also had 20 points.

“It’s a perfect trap game,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said. “You let your guard down a little naturally, and you’ve got guys dying to play 25, 30 minutes. They jump in there and show they want to get more minutes. That’s exactly what happened.”

Niang’s three-point play broke an 86-all tie early in the fourth and started a 14-4 76ers run that ended when Niang converted another three-point play after being fouled by Lillard to make it 100-90 with 6:44 left.

“Obviously, sometimes shots are not going to go in,” Niang said. “But you still got to go out and be aggressive. So I definitely wanted to do that going into the second half. A couple of them fell. Sometimes you get lucky when some shots fall.”

Niang even received a few “M-V-P! M-V-P!” chants that normally are reserved for Embiid in Philadelphia.

“Joel told me to never let that happen, again,” Niang joked. “The fans here have been great and have welcomed me with open arms. I’m super thankful.”

Portland pulled within 104-101 with four minutes left on Lillard’s layup, Philadelphia netted the next seven and were ahead 111-101 on Curry’s 3-pointer with about two minutes to play, and then Curry put the game away with a driving layup that put Philadelphia up 10 with 1:06 left.

Embiid, Philadelphia’s oft-injured big man, has vowed to be a more consistent presence in the lineup after playing in just 51 games last season – a contributing factor to him finishing runner-up to Nikola Jokic of the Nuggets last season.

Embiid is averaging 21 points and 8.7 rebounds thus far, and was replaced in the starting lineup by Andre Drummond, who had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Furkan Kokmaz had 15 points in filling in for Harris, who is averaging 19.8 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Ben Simmons (personal reasons) still isn’t with the 76ers, although he did take part in the shootaround once again.

Lillard, who has gotten off to a relatively slow start, ended his streak of three straight games with at least 30 points against Philadelphia. He struggled in the first half, missing 9 of 11 shots and 6 of 7 from 3-point range, as Philadelphia entered halftime up 54-53. Lillard finished 7 of 20 from the field and 2 of 9 from 3-point range.

DeRozan scores 37 as Bulls beat Celtics 128-114 to reach 6-1

BOSTON (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit on Monday night to beat the Boston Celtics 128-114 and improve to 6-1 for the season.

Zach LaVine scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bulls, who outscored Boston 39-11 in the fourth quarter to turn a 14-point lead into a 14-point victory.

“It was very gratifying to see we kept the fight,” DeRozan said. “We were down big on the road, tough place to play, we didn’t get rattled.”

Jaylen Brown scored 28 for the Celtics, who have lost three in a row and left their home court to boos. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 20 for Boston.

“We got up, got comfortable, got a little bit too cute thinking the game was over in the third quarter,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka, who fell to 2-5 in his first season at the helm. “We started celebrating early. It’s a good lesson learned: You mess with the game, it will come back to bite you.”

The Celtics led 94-75 with about three minutes left in the third quarter and still had a 103-89 lead entering the fourth. But Chicago scored the first 12 points in the fourth to cut the deficit to two points, 103-101, with just over 8 minutes left.

Ayo Dosunmu, a second-round draft pick who had his first double-digit NBA game with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer with 6:53 left to put the Bulls up 106-105. The Celtics briefly retook the lead before Chicago scored 18 of the next 20 points.

Tatum scored two points on 1-for-8 shooting in the fourth quarter, and Brown was scoreless on just two shots.

“We’re running plays for our best players. Every team knows that. They do a good job of shutting that down,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “We can’t allow that.”

The Celtics led 35-31 near the end of the first quarter before DeRozan ran off nine straight points, scoring 11 during a 15-0 run that gave Chicago a 46-35 lead. But Brown scored the next 10 on his own – hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a one-point game.

After Dosunmu’s layup, Brown hit another 3, then Smart made one of his own and the Celtics made it an eight-point lead at halftime.

Young, Capela help Hawks end Wizards’ 3-game winning streak

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young scored 26 points, Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 118-111 on Monday night.

Bradley Beal scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half for Washington, which had its three-game win streak halted and lost its fifth in a row at State Farm Arena. A victory would’ve given Washington (5-2) its best beginning to a season the 1974-75 Bullets got off to a 7-0 start.

Young went 11 for 11 from the free-throw line as Atlanta finished 29 for 29 on foul shots.

The Hawks, who lost 122-111 at Washington last week, snapped a two-game skid. Bogdan Bogdanovich finished with 16 points for Atlanta (4-3), and Cam Reddish added 15 off the bench.

Washington struggled to pull within double digits after De’Andre Hunter’s turnaround jumper made it 105-94 with 5:12 remaining. Bogdanovich followed with a 3 from the left wing, and the Wizards missed a third straight jumper before Reddish, falling near the baseline, fed John Collins with a behind-the-back pass and an easy lay-in to put Atlanta up 110-94 with 3:32 to go.

“The first thing, it always starts with moving the ball,” Collins said after tying a career high with six assists. “Moving the ball from side to side is always hard to guard in this league. We have guys that can contribute at a high level and we just wanted to make sure we were executing and putting guys in position where they can play their game. We continued to do that tonight. When we’re playing that way, it’s always easy to win.”

The Wizards closed the lead to eight after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole the ball from Young and fed Kyle Kuzma for a layup that made it 110-102 with 1:27 remaining. Hawks coach Nate McMillan quickly called timeout.

Young followed by hitting a pair of free throws, but Spencer Dinwiddie answered with a three-point play that trimmed the lead to 112-105 with 1:14 to go.

After Reddish hit a pair of foul shots, the Wizards called timeout with 57.5 seconds to go before Caldwell-Pope missed a 3, and Collins knocked down two free throws to give the Hawks a 114-105 advantage.

That essentially ended it.

The Wizards, who seemed out of sorts while Atlanta kept switching between man and zone defenses, didn’t score in the third quarter until Caldwell-Pope’s three-point play at the 7:20 mark. Young and Bogdanovich each hit a 3 that made it 75-60, and Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. called timeout.

It didn’t make much of a difference initially as the Hawks padded the lead to 80-64 on Young’s three-point play, but the Wizards closed the quarter on a 17-9 run to make it 84-77 entering the fourth.

“There were at least three stretches where we’d go two and half to three minutes where we wouldn’t score,” Unseld said. “We made plays late and saw an uptick in the numbers, but those stretches were hurtful. Obviously in the third quarter we struggled and were only able to muster 17 points.

“You know, it’s one of those things when those moments happen, we were getting good looks, and it kind of gets frustrating when those don’t go down. We can’t allow that to affect the other end of the floor.”

Atlanta led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Wizards closed to within three on Beal’s 14-footer in the closing seconds before the break. Washington scored 37 in the second quarter.

The Hawks closed the first on an 18-5 run.

“I think we’re starting to understand where we need to be on offense,” Young said. “Guys are getting to their spots quicker and guys are ready to make plays. I think it’s going to take time. We’re starting to get in more of a flow.”

Anunoby has career-best 36, Raptors beat Knicks 113-104

NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Raptors were midway through a dominant third quarter when Svi Mykhailiuk’s basket gave them the lead for good.

It was 68-66 – the final score of the first NBA game, exactly 75 years earlier.

With a shot clock and 3-pointer in today’s game, the Raptors just kept right on scoring.

Anunoby had a career-high 36 points and the Raptors won their fourth straight by beating the New York Knicks 113-104 on Monday night in the 75th anniversary of the NBA’s first game.

Gary Trent Jr. added 26 points for the Raptors, who surged into the lead by outscoring the Knicks 38-22 in the third quarter. Fred VanVleet finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Raptors were so good in the third that coach Nick Nurse didn’t make a substitution, something he couldn’t recall happening in his time as their coach.

“Those guys were just on an incredible tied-together roll,” Nurse said.

The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens. They were in good shape to win this one and continue their strong start to the season, before the Raptors ran right by them.

The Raptors had a 21-3 advantage in fast-break points, turning 17 Knicks turnovers into 20 points. Anunoby pointed to that as a key to the third quarter.

“Just being aggressive, shooting with confidence. Getting stops and running out,” he said.

But Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau thought the pivotal point of the game was actually earlier, when the Knicks lost most of a 15-point lead they had with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It was really the middle of the second quarter. That’s where the game turned,” Thibodeau said.

It never turned back after Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer made it 68-66 with 7:22 left in the third. Toronto was up 91-79 by the time the quarter ended and by as much as 15 in the fourth quarter.

Mykhailiuk finished with 15 points in place of Scottie Barnes, who was leading all rookies with 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He has a sprained right thumb.

RJ Barrett scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were trying for their first 6-1 start since 2012-13. Julius Randle had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

“When we get outplayed, outworked, it’s not a good feeling. It’s definitely not a good feeling,” Barrett said. “That’s something we hang our hat on, is coming out there and outworking everybody.”

The Raptors made seven 3-pointers in the third quarter after hitting just five in the first half. Anunoby and VanVleet each scored 10 in the period, and Toronto kept a double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter.

NEW YORK (AP) The Toronto Raptors were midway through a dominant third quarter when Svi Mykhailiuk’s basket gave them the lead for good.

It was 68-66 – the final score of the first NBA game, exactly 75 years earlier.

With a shot clock and 3-pointer in today’s game, the Raptors just kept right on scoring.

Anunoby had a career-high 36 points and the Raptors won their fourth straight by beating the New York Knicks 113-104 on Monday night in the 75th anniversary of the NBA’s first game.

Gary Trent Jr. added 26 points for the Raptors, who surged into the lead by outscoring the Knicks 38-22 in the third quarter. Fred VanVleet finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Raptors were so good in the third that coach Nick Nurse didn’t make a substitution, something he couldn’t recall happening in his time as their coach.

“Those guys were just on an incredible tied-together roll,” Nurse said.

The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens. They were in good shape to win this one and continue their strong start to the season, before the Raptors ran right by them.

The Raptors had a 21-3 advantage in fast-break points, turning 17 Knicks turnovers into 20 points. Anunoby pointed to that as a key to the third quarter.

“Just being aggressive, shooting with confidence. Getting stops and running out,” he said.

But Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau thought the pivotal point of the game was actually earlier, when the Knicks lost most of a 15-point lead they had with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It was really the middle of the second quarter. That’s where the game turned,” Thibodeau said.

It never turned back after Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer made it 68-66 with 7:22 left in the third. Toronto was up 91-79 by the time the quarter ended and by as much as 15 in the fourth quarter.

Mykhailiuk finished with 15 points in place of Scottie Barnes, who was leading all rookies with 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He has a sprained right thumb.

RJ Barrett scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were trying for their first 6-1 start since 2012-13. Julius Randle had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

“When we get outplayed, outworked, it’s not a good feeling. It’s definitely not a good feeling,” Barrett said. “That’s something we hang our hat on, is coming out there and outworking everybody.”

The Raptors made seven 3-pointers in the third quarter after hitting just five in the first half. Anunoby and VanVleet each scored 10 in the period, and Toronto kept a double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter.

George scores 32, Clippers rally late in 4th to beat Thunder

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George scored 32 points, Reggie Jackson added 15 and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-94 on Monday night.

The Clippers trailed 91-82 after Josh Giddey’s jumper with 2:44 remaining before closing on a 16-3 run to improve to 2-4. George, who also had nine rebounds and seven assists, scored eight points during the surge, including a 10-footer with 1:08 left to give Los Angeles a 93-92 lead, its first since early in the first quarter.

Luke Kennard, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half, had five points during the decisive spurt. Los Angeles was 3 of 21 from 3-point range in the first half but went 12 for 21 in the final 24 minutes.

Nicolas Batum also scored 14 for the Clippers, including four 3-pointers. Los Angeles was outrebounded by at least 20 in losses to Cleveland and Portland, but broke even against the Thunder as both teams had 51 boards.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 28 points, including 15 in the third quarter for Oklahoma City (1-6), which led by 16 in the second. Darius Bazley and Giddey had 15 apiece.

AP source: Mets fire acting GM Scott after DUI leave

NEW YORK (AP) Acting general manager Zack Scott will not return to the New York Mets after being placed on administrative leave following an arrest on drunken driving charges in August, according to a person familiar with the firing.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the team had not announced the decision.

Scott’s dismissal is hardly a surprise after New York fell apart in the second half and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season. President Sandy Alderson assumed GM duties with Scott on paid leave and already oversaw the firing of manager Luis Rojas. The Mets are trying to hire a president of baseball operations for the second straight offseason under owner Steve Cohen.

Scott was hired as the Mets’ assistant general manager last offseason to work under close friend and former colleague Jared Porter. Scott was promoted to acting GM in January after Porter was fired following revelations he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.

The Mets got off to a promising start and led the NL East for nearly three months until an August swoon dropped them under .500. They were in third place when Scott was arrested on a DWI charge at 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 31, hours after attending a fundraiser at Cohen’s house.

Scott pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge and three traffic violations. He’s set to stand trial in White Plains City Court in December.

Scott had spent the previous 17 seasons with Boston, where he worked alongside Porter under former Red Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball boss Theo Epstein.

Scott’s firing was first reported by SNY.

Florida coach Mullen shutters media access for the week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dan Mullen’s strange and subpar season took another twist Monday when the Florida coach canceled media access to players and coordinators for the remainder of the week.

It came two days after a 34-7 drubbing to rival Georgia in nearby Jacksonville, the program’s seventh loss in its last nine games against Power Five opponents.

Mullen seemed frustrated earlier Monday as he shot down a question about recruiting during a 12 1/2-minute media session that was described by school officials as being fit into a “tight window.”

“We’re in the season right now,” said Mullen, who can’t be on the road recruiting because of NCAA sanctions that included a one-year, show-cause penalty. “We’ll do recruiting after the season. When it gets to recruiting time, we can talk about recruiting.”

It’s become a sore subject for Mullen and a hot topic for Florida fans. Georgia has signed a higher-ranked class every year since 2014, waves of talent that include 26 more five-star recruits than the Gators have landed.

Florida’s 2022 class now ranks 22nd in the nation following two recent decommitments; linebacker Shemar James of Mobile, Alabama, and cornerback Julian Humphrey of Houston withdrew verbal commitments following LSU’s stunning upset of Florida last month.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart, either intentionally or inadvertently, took a shot at Mullen and the Gators following Saturday’s game.

“There’s no coach out there that can outcoach recruiting,” Smart said. “I don’t care who you are. The best coach to ever play the game better be a good recruiter because no coaching is going to out-coach players.”

Smart was just getting started, too.

“It’s 25% evaluation, that’s 50% recruiting and another 25% is going to be coaching,” he added. “But if you don’t recruit guys, you got no chance. Just go look at the best teams out there. They got good football players. And that’s the reason I believe in recruiting and I believe you better always be recruiting because, if you’re not, somebody else is.”

Florida has other issues, none more concerning than 16 turnovers in eight games, but a lack of talent and depth would be close to the top of the list.

Still, the Gators (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) were a couple plays away from winning close games against then-No. 1 Alabama, Kentucky and LSU.

“We have to live in the reality world, not in the perception world,” Mullen said. “The noise is kind of the perception on the outside, a lot of it. We live with our guys, which is focused in on how we got to get better, what we did well, what we did poorly.

“You forget these guys are 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids, a lot of them, so they’re on social media all the time. . I pay enough (attention) that I know what our guys will have to deal with, but then we get back to the reality. `Hey, here’s things we did well. Here’s things we did poorly. Here’s areas we need to improve in.’ We kind of live in that world to address things.”

The Gators play at South Carolina (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday, the first of four consecutive games in which Mullen’s team should be double-digit favorites. Florida already is an 18+-point favorite against the Gamecocks, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The closing stretch to the regular season also includes games against Samford (3-5), Missouri (4-4) and Florida State (3-5). Winning all four could help Mullen change the narrative.

“It’s six inches from a pat on the back and a kick in the rear,” Mullen said. “In the SEC, you’re either getting one or the other. There’s no in-between. There’s no, `I guess everything’s OK.’ That’s why I say the perception and the reality. The perception is everything’s perfect or everything’s horrendous. Reality, we’re probably more in the middle somewhere and you’re just trying to figure out how to improve and get better.

“When it seems to be going good, it’s probably not as good as everyone perceives it to be. There’s probably some issues we need to go fix,” he said. “When it’s going bad, it’s probably not as bad as it’s going and we just have a couple things, we have areas we got to improve in.”

Rangers agree with Norris winner Fox on 7-year extension

NEW YORK (AP) Adam Fox agreed to terms on a seven-year extension Tuesday with the New York Rangers, a deal that keeps the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman under contract through 2029.

Fox became one of the youngest players to win the award last season after putting up 47 points in 55 games. He joined Hall of Famer Bobby Orr as the only players to win the Norris in one of his first two NHL seasons.

The 23-year-old already has nine points in New York’s first nine games this season. Fox has 98 points in 134 regular-season games since making his debut with the Rangers in 2019.

“We are thrilled that we have agreed to terms with Adam on a contract extension and that he will continue to play for the team he grew up cheering for,” general manager Chris Drury said in a statement. “In just over two seasons, Adam has consistently shown why he is a cornerstone for our organization and one of the best players in the NHL. It has been a privilege for us, and our fans, to watch Adam showcase his ability on a nightly basis, and we are glad to have that opportunity for seven more years.”

The contract is reportedly worth $66.5 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.5 million. That’s the same cap hit as Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who signed for $76 million over eight years.

Illini’s Cockburn to sit 3 games for selling items too early

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The NCAA has suspended Illinois center Kofi Cockburn for the first three games of the season because he sold apparel and memorabilia before new regulations that allow athletes to participate in money-making ventures went into effect.

The Associated Press preseason All-American is set to play his first game Nov. 22 against Cincinnati in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the school’s announcement Monday.

The 7-foot center will miss the 11th-ranked Illini’s first two home games, Nov. 9 against Jackson State and Nov. 12 against Arkansas State, as well as a Nov. 15 game against Marquette in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. He is permitted to practice with the team during the suspension.

The suspension is required as part of the reinstatement process that was triggered because Cockburn sold institutionally issued apparel and memorabilia in June, the university said. The state of Illinois and the NCAA enacted new name, image and likeness legislation on July 1 that would have made these sales permissible.

In addition to the missed games, Cockburn will repay the amount generated from selling apparel by making a donation to a charity of his choice. It wasn’t immediately clear how much that would be.

“We are disappointed with the three-game suspension, because there were unprecedented factors and altered timelines related to his decision to ultimately withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said in a statement Monday. “Once Kofi had a full understanding of where he stood regarding the draft, he made an educated decision to return to school, work toward his degree, and continue improving his game.

“That said, we understand and respect the NCAA’s decision in this matter, and we will move forward accordingly. As always, Kofi’s attitude and outlook remain upbeat and positive. He is focused on helping his teammates prepare for the season, and we can’t wait to have him rejoin us on the court.”

Cockburn averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season to earn a second-team spot on the AP All-America team. He was projected to be taken in the late first round or early second round of the NBA draft, but decided to return to school.

Bob Melvin gets 3-year contract to manage Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres announced the hiring of Bob Melvin as manager on Monday, bringing a veteran presence to an exciting team that imploded down the stretch.

Melvin takes his 18 years of big league managerial experience to a team where his two predecessors had no experience as a major league skipper before they were hired. Melvin, 60, signed a three-year contract.

He inherits a team that had five All-Stars – including Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth – but underperformed after the trade deadline and finished with a losing record for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Melvin replaces Jayce Tingler, who was fired after the worst collapse in team history dropped the Padres from a one-game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot on Sept. 9 to elimination with more than a week left in the season.

Melvin was hired away from the Oakland Athletics, where he was 853-764 in 11 seasons. He also managed the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks and is 1,346-1,272 overall.

He won the AL Manager of the Year twice with the A’s and once with the Diamondbacks.

Melvin has led his teams to seven postseason appearances and four division titles. By comparison, the Padres have been to the postseason only six times since their inaugural season of 1969.

The Padres were set to introduce Melvin at a late morning news conference.

“Bob is one of the top managers in the game and brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and a proven track record to win at the major league level,” general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.

“Throughout the process, Bob showed our group a true love of baseball and a natural presence to lead,” Preller added. “It was immediately evident how he’s been able to bring out the best in his players throughout his managerial career. We believe that Bob is the right man to take our talented group and help them deliver a championship to the city of San Diego.”

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: RE-CAP

The Pacers (2-6) ended their four-game losing skid in spectacular fashion Monday night. The squad used a season-high 78 first-half points to earn a 22-point halftime lead en route to toppling the San Antonio Spurs (2-5), 131-118.

Coming into tonight, the Spurs (2-5) were surrendering an average of 99 points to opponents – the fourth-lowest in the league. Indiana reached the 100-point mark with 4:51 left in the third quarter. The Blue & Gold finished 52-91 (57.1 percent) from the floor and 18-of-38 (47.4 percent) from deep.

“It was a much-needed win against a team that had just beaten the world champions,” Rick Carlisle said. “It’s one to feel good about.”

In all, six Pacers finished in double figures, including all five starters. Domantas Sabonis led the way with a 24-point, 13-rebound double-double. Myles Turner followed with 19, while Chris Duarte added 18. Justin Holiday tallied a season-high 17 off the bench, including five made triples.

After an inauspicious start, Indiana jumped out to a 17-13 lead over San Antonio with 6:39 to play in the first. LeVert led the charge, drilling a pair of threes and finishing a Spurs’ turnover with a thunderous two-handed slam that forced a timeout from head coach Gregg Popovich. He finished his second game with 16 points and seven assists and played 11:18 in the second half.

“We’ve been missing him,” Turner said of LeVert. “He’s someone to go out there and break down the defense, create for himself, and create for others. It’s a luxury to have that on your team.”

Out of the timeout, the Pacers kept on charging. Indiana mounted a 10-3 run, including eight unanswered, over 1:49 to extend its lead to double digits for the first time. Myles Turner tallied seven points of the spree, including a tough and-one finish in the paint.

With 2:54 to play, former Butler star Kelan Martin checked into a game for the first time this season. Immediately, he made an impact, rolling in a layup through a foul to push the squad’s lead to 35-24. Martin was sidelined for the first seven games due to a hamstring injury.

Indiana finished with a season-high 43 points in the first quarter to take a 10-point lead into the second. The squad finished 8-of-10 from deep.

The Pacers stretched their lead to 12 before San Antonio used an 8-2 run to cut it to 47-41 with 8:58 to play. The Spurs did their damage in the paint, finding lanes between Sabonis and Goga Bitadze.

However, the Blue & Gold quickly extended the lead back to double digits after LeVert hit 1-of-2 free throws and Holiday buried a corner three with a hand in his face.

As the frame approached the halfway mark, the squads traded buckets for eight consecutive possessions. However, the Blue & Gold finally broke the trend, forcing three straight Spurs turnovers en route to extending their lead to 67-51 with 4:19 remaining.

From there, Indiana finished the half strong. The squad limited the Spurs to just five more points over the final four minutes, and LeVert drilled a cold-blooded, 27-foot step-back triple with 0.3 seconds left to take a 22-point edge into the break.

There were not any third-quarter woes tonight. Indiana kept a comfortable lead throughout the first half of the third by matching the Spurs’ buckets equally. T.J. McConnell and Sabonis did most of the offensive damage, combining for eight of the Pacers’ first 12 points of the frame.

After a timeout at the 6:23 mark, the Blue & Gold found more success beyond the arc. Leading 90-71, Holiday nailed his fifth trey to extend the lead back to 22. A few possessions later, Duarte buried his third of the night. Sabonis then followed with a flush to hit the century mark and force a Spurs timeout with 4:51 left.

San Antonio did not do much to threaten the Pacers’ lead late in the third. Indiana stopped a run of five unanswered with a pair of Turner free throws to lead 102-80 with 1:50 to go. The Blue & Gold led 109-83 entering the final frame after LeVert added yet another last-second shot.

The Spurs did not threaten early in the fourth either. A trey from Lonnie Walker brought the visitors to within 20 of the lead. But, Martin and Duarte countered with threes of their own to push Indiana’s lead to 119-95 with 6:10 to go.

Six straight from former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop helped the Spurs cut Indiana’s lead under 20 points. However, Torrey Craig and Martin swiftly denied any chance for a magical comeback. Martin’s triple from the left wing with 3:56 to play all but sealed the deal for the squad as it pushed the lead up to 124-103.

Monday was a breath of fresh air for the Blue & Gold, who have lost a few close matchups in the early part of the season. Indiana hopes to use this victory as momentum for their next matchup — a bout against a tough New York Knicks squad on Wednesday.

Inside the Numbers

T.J. McConnell started for the third time this season in replace of Malcolm Brogdon. McConnell finished with a double-double — tallying 10 points and 10 assists in 26:27 of playing time

The Pacers finished with a season-high 37 assists.

Kelan Martin finished with eight points, including two 3-pointers, and three assists in his first game back from injury.

Indiana won the rebounding battle, 39-36.

You Can Quote Me On That

“When everybody is scoring in double figures like that, when everybody is touching the ball, that’s the best way to play the game. Everybody feels involved and everybody contributes. It pays its dividends.” –Turner on the balanced scoring effort and assists tonight

“I think we had a lot of energy on the offensive end — guys moving, the ball moving, getting downhill. I think also, at the end of the day, Domas (Sabonis) brings so much attention to him. Sometimes people are worried about him.” –Holiday on hitting five of the team’s 18 3-point shots tonight

“We knew we had a lead at halftime. That was all we talked about in the locker room as a team. Like, ‘third quarter – we’ve got to come out strong. We can’t let this one slide.'” – Sabonis on avoiding the third-quarter pitfall

Stat of the Night

Indiana finished with season-highs in 3-point shots made (18) and 3-point percentage (47.4). They made 12 of their 21 first-half attempts.

Noteworthy

  • Indiana has won six of their last eight contests against the Spurs.
  • Chris Duarte has scored in double figures in all eight of his NBA games.
  • The Pacers led by as many as 26 in the game.

Up Next

The Pacers conclude a three-game homestand by hosting Julius Randle and the New York Knicks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 PM ET. 

Colts keep focus on same goals despite AFC South deficit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts should be adjusting their expectations.

They trail division-leading Tennessee by three games and the gap essentially expands to four when factoring in the Titans season sweep. It’s a wide margin after eight weeks, even in a 17-game season – and even if two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry doesn’t take another snap with Tennessee this season.

Coach Frank Reich refuses to cede anything.

“I understand it’s a really big hole to come back from and win the division, the odds are really stacked against us,” he said after Sunday’s 34-31 overtime loss put Indy in this predicament. “I’m just not wired to think like that. The way I’m wired, the way our team is wired is we’ve got a game on Thursday night. We have to come back.”

A short week should help Indy move on quickly after seeing another winnable game slip away, this one with potentially long-term consequences.

With five losses, three at home, the Colts now face a daunting task to get back into division title contention.

While wins over the New York Jets (2-5) this week and Jacksonville (1-6) next week would get the Colts to .500 for the first time this season, the ensuing six-game stretch poses a major challenge. It includes trips to Buffalo and Arizona with home games sprinkled in against Tampa Bay, New England and Las Vegas.

So even navigating the more manageable journey to one of the AFC’s seven playoff spots would require Indy to beat some playoff contenders. And, regardless of Henry’s injury status, the Colts can’t afford many more stumbles.

Yes, it’s a difficult task, one they’ve accepted with the same unrelenting approach of Reich.

“Football’s funny. You practice hard, you put in the work and sometimes it’s just not working out,” tight end Jack Doyle said Monday. “You know the process works, you know how we do things here. So you dig deeper into that and you keep working and you know that the ball will start bouncing our way in those games.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Deep throws. Carson Wentz has taken more downfield shots the last two weeks and Michael Pittman Jr. is making plays. Even when receivers don’t catch passes, they’re getting behind defenders and drawing penalties.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Finishing games. Indy led 14-0 midway through the first quarter, but instead of extending the margin and closing it out, they let the Titans charge back. It’s the second time in four weeks Indy has squandered a late lead.

STOCK UP

Pittman. He caught 10 passes for 86 yards against Tennessee and had two TD catches in the first 7 1/2 minutes. Pittman clearly is Wentz’s favorite target.

STOCK DOWN

Wentz. Despite playing well through the first 58 minutes Sunday, his performance will be remembered for two things: the costly late interceptions that gave away 10 points. Wentz still believes Indy will turn it around and the Colts are on board, too. They released veteran backup Brett Hundley on Monday, leaving rookie Sam Ehlinger as the only other quarterback on the roster.

“I’m confident in this locker room,” Wentz said. “That’s one thing that continues to show up and shine in there. We’re so close in these games and we’re so confident in each other and our ability to move forward.”

INJURIES

Defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis was put on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a patellar tendon injury in his right knee. … Reich said four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss another game after being diagnosed with a concussion. … It’s unclear whether starting safety Khari Willis can recover from a calf injury quickly enough to play Thursday night.

KEY NUMBER

2.4 – The defensive goals are clear: No 100-yard rushers and holding teams to 3.7 yards or fewer per carry. They achieved both against the Titans, limiting Henry to 68 yards on 28 carries, a 2.4 yard average.

NEXT STEPS

The Colts have played well enough to win – when they’re relatively mistake-free. While nobody expects them to play a perfect game, three turnovers and nine penalties are simply too much to overcome against good teams. Indy has less time than usual to make the corrections before the Jets arrive.

COLTS NEWS

The Colts released backup quarterback Brett Hundley on Monday and signed RB Deon Jackson. Sam Ehlinger has been elevated to the back-up role. Hundley was immediately signed back to the Indianapolis practice squad.

Jackson is a 5-11, 218-pounder out of Duke.

DE  Tyquan Lewis suffered a patellar tendon injury and will miss the rest of the season.

The Colts lost veteran WR T.Y. Hilton for Thursday’s game against the Jets when his head hit the turf after taking a hit while trying to make a catch against Tennessee.

PURDUE WRESTLING

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Heading into the first week of the 2021-22 season the Purdue wrestling team earned another top-25 preseason ranking, earning the No. 21 spot in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaches Poll. The Boilermakers received 53 votes and were one of 11 Big Ten Conference teams tagged in the rankings.

The Boilermakers have been ranked in the preseason top-25 in three straight seasons under head coach Tony Ersland, and have now been ranked in 22 consecutive polls since opening the 2019-20 season outside the top-25. Purdue has earned votes in 57 straight weeks, dating to the final poll of the 2016-17 season.

Purdue opens its season Saturday, heading to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. ET dual at Drexel, followed by an 8 p.m. contest at Rider.

PURDUE FOOTBALL:

West Lafayette DL Mariere Omonode ended his recruitment Monday night by announcing he’s going to Purdue.

Omonode made his announcement on Twitter.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pound defensive tackle had 65 tackles, including 19 for loss for West Lafayette this season. West Lafayette lost to Brebeuf in the first round of the sectional.

BUTLER CROSS COUNTRY

Simon Bedard’s BIG EAST title performance Friday has also earned him National Athlete of the Week honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The USTFCCCA made the announcement Monday, Nov. 1.

Bedard and Haftu Strintzos of Villanova broke away from the pack late at the BIG EAST Championships and Bedard ultimately outkicked Strintzos to the finish line by less than one second for the 23:58.6 victory. That low stick propelled Butler to the team title, taking down three teams who were included in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll in some fashion: No. 24 Villanova, No. 27 Georgetown, RV Providence.

The graduate student from Malestroit, France posted his third consecutive Top 10 finish at the BIG EAST Championships (seventh in 2019 and third this past February).

This is the second time in program history that an athlete from Butler has been named National Athlete of the Week during the cross country season. Erik Peterson previously earned the honor back on Sept. 28, 2015.

Bedard and the Bulldogs continue to prepare for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, which will be held in Evansville, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 12.

BUTLER WSOCCER:

Five Bulldogs earned All-BIG EAST honors for the 2021 women’s soccer season, as chosen by the BIG EAST coaches and announced by the conference office Monday, November 1. Katie Soderstrom was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Aliya Diagne and Amanda Kowalski were chosen to the Second Team. Emma Martin and Lauren Doerr both earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.

Butler finished its conference slate with a 7-2-1 record, landing in third in the final league standings. After a quarterfinal win against No. 6 UConn, the Bulldogs are currently preparing for a BIG EAST Tournament semifinal match against No. 2 Georgetown.

Soderstrom, a redshirt-junior from Carmel, Ind., was also a 2020-21 and 2019 All-BIG EAST First Team selection and returns to the list for a third time after a season that has already included eleven goals and seven assists. She finished the conference season second in points (29), goals (11), and shots on goal per game (1.84), as well as fifth in assists (7). The midfielder/forward was a two-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week selection this season and currently sits fourth in career assists (23) and sixth in career goals (27), on Butler’s all-time lists.

Diagne, a junior from Neunkirchen, Germany, has started 17 matches for the Bulldogs as an outside defensive back. In addition to her role in the back line, she has tallied nine shots on the season and scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against Marquette from a set piece 20 yards out. Her performance earned her a BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Kowalski, a redshirt-senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., has started all 19 matches for the Bulldogs and currently sits fifth on the team in points. She has scored two goals and dished out five assists, and both of her goals were game-winning goals against conference opponents. The outside midfielder earned recognition as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in September.

Martin, a freshman goalkeeper from Ortonville, Mich., has 18 starts for the Bulldogs and has compiled a record of 15-2-1. The netminder produced nine shutouts in her first season — six against conference foes — and has quickly risen into a tie for sixth on Butler’s all-time list. She finished second in the conference in shutouts and third in both Goals Against Average (.589) and Save Percentage (.833). Her performances earned her BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors four times this season, and she has twice been selected the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week.

Doerr, a freshman from Morton, Ill., has played in 16 matches for the Bulldogs this season, starting two. The defender/midfielder has played in integral role on a defense that has allowed only 15.63 shots per game (3.89 on goal) and 2.05 goals per game.

2021 BIG EAST Annual Women’s Soccer Awards

Offensive Player of the Year

Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, Grad., F*

Midfielder of the Year

Julia Leas, Georgetown, Jr., M

Defensive Player of the Year

Sydney Cummings, Georgetown, Grad., D

Goalkeeper of the Year

Olivia Jenkins, Xavier, Sr., GK

Freshman of the Year

Ella Rogers, Xavier, Fr., M

Coaching Staff of the Year

Xavier

All-BIG EAST First Team^

Katie Soderstrom, Butler, R-Jr., F

Jaydah Bedoya, UConn, So., F

Aida Kardovich, Creighton, Jr., M

Sydney Cummings, Georgetown, Grad., D

Gia Vicari, Georgetown, Jr., F

Julia Leas, Georgetown, Jr., M

Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, D

Meg Hughes, Providence, So., F

Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, Grad., F*

Hayley Jakovich, Xavier, Sr., D

Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, Sr., M

Olivia Jenkins, Xavier, Sr., GK

All-BIG EAST Second Team^

Aliya Diagne, Butler, Jr., D

Amanda Kowalski, Butler, R-Sr., M

Jessica Mazo, UConn, Jr., M

Jada Konte, UConn, So., F

Morgan Turner, DePaul, Grad., F

Allie Augur, Georgetown, Jr., GK

Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M

Katrina Wetherell, Marquette, R-Jr., M

Alexis Rothmann, Providence, Jr., M

Avery Snead, Providence, So., D

Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, Jr., M

Ella Rogers, Xavier, Fr., M

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team^

Emma Martin, Butler, Fr., GK

Lauren Doerr, Butler, Fr., D/M

Evelyn Arsenault, UConn, Fr., D

Joyce Rider, UConn, Fr., M

Eliza Turner, Georgetown, Fr., D*

Cyanne Doyle, Georgetown, Fr., F*

Maggie Starker, Marquette, Fr., M/F

Maria Paveglio, Providence, Fr., D

Gillian Kenney, Providence, Fr., F*

Athina Sofroniou, St. John’s, Fr., M

Lauren Belcuore, Villanova, Fr., F

Ella Rogers, Xavier, Fr., M*

Shelby Sallee, Xavier, Fr., F

Chloe Netzel, Xavier, Fr., F

*unanimous selection

^extra players added due to a tie in voting

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Fresh off bye week, Ball State heads to Akron for midweek matchup

MUNCIE, Ind. – Coming off a bye week, Ball State is set to kick off the first of four consecutive midweek conference games to close out the regular season, beginning with Akron Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.

Adjusting to playing on the weekdays instead of Saturdays can be an adjustment to some, but for head coach Mike Neu and the Cardinals, it’s all about sticking to the routine.

“Obviously, we transition to midweek football. The game is played on a different night and a different time, but for us, we just focus on our normal process that we have and prepare all week long. The attitude and the mindset of the guys have been great.”

And after eight straight weeks of games, the bye could not have come at a better time as Ball State begins its final couple of months on the gridiron in the 2021 campaign.

“As we think about the final stretch of the season, I think to be able to take a step back is big,” Neu added. “A lot of guys have been playing banged up and delivered some really gritty performances. I’m proud of a lot of our guys for that because they’ve been taping it up or sucking it up trying to get themselves to the end of the week and make sure they’re as healthy as they can be for the game.

“It does come at a good time. Any time you can get one is a good time, but certainly after you’ve played eight games and transition into what would be the final stretch of the season and all the midweek games now. We definitely took advantage of that.”

The Cardinals have won three of their last four midweek games played, all of which came during their run to the 2020 Mid-American Conference title in addition to the first bowl win in program history.

The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Vinny Palazetti and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz and Ross Tucker on the call.

Inside the Series: Akron

Ball State and Akron are set to square off for the 25th time in series history Tuesday night inside InfoCision Stadium. It is the first #MACtion game for both teams this season. The Zips have won the last two duels, once in Muncie in 2016 and once in Akron in 2017. However, the Cardinals had won five consecutive matchups prior to that from 2005-14. Ball State holds a 6-5 advantage in the series history as the road team. Tuesday night’s affair is set to be the first midweek #MACtion between the cross-divisional squads.

Coach Neu on Akron and its time of possession…

“We’ve played some similar types of opponents in Army and Western Michigan when you talk about time of possession. It still comes down to us making sure that we sustain drives and we do our part that way when we have the ball. We’ve got to make sure that we’re taking it down the field, we’re putting the ball in the end zone and putting points on the board. On the flipside of that defensively, it doesn’t really change what our process or formula is. You always want to stop the run. We saw a different deal with Army utilizing the whole play clock. Then we saw a team in Western Michigan that lines up in no-huddle, gets to the line of scrimmage quickly, but then they scan and look to the sideline to get the call, and that ends up eating up the whole play clock. Time of possession is a little bit different in terms of what style of offense they play.”

Fast Starts … Like, Really Fast

Over two of the last four games, Ball State has been up 7-0 before some fans have reached their seats. Against Army, WR Justin Hall returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in just 12 seconds. At Western Michigan, QB Drew Plitt connected with WR Jalen McGaughy for a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage that took only 11 seconds.

Ball State is one of just three teams to score on its first offensive play multiple times this season, joining Hawai’i and Michigan State. In addition, the Cardinals have scored on their opening drive in each of the last five games, which includes four touchdowns and a field goal.

First to 30

Since 2015, midweek #MACtion has had a good indicator in determining a winner. Over the last six years, the first team to score 30 points is 74-4 in league games played between Tuesday-Thursday, good for a 94.9 win percentage. In that span, there have only been 23 games (out of 101) that a game has not had a team that has not scored at least 30 points.

Hall Purpose

Eight weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 137.0 all-purpose yards per game, good for 18th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference. Hall is third in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Trestan Ebner (Baylor) and Jayden Reed (Michigan State).

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – After helping guide the Ball State women’s volleyball team to a pair of sweeps and the top spot in the Mid-American Conference standings, junior opposite Natalie Mitchem and freshman setter Megan Wielonski were honored by the league Monday.

Mitchem was named the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, while Wielonski was named the MAC West Division Setter of the Week for the third consecutive week.

Combined the pair helped lead Ball State to a crucial Friday sweep of then-MAC leader Bowling Green, as well as a Saturday sweep of Miami. With the wins, the Cardinals hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Falcons for the MAC Regular Season title and hosting rights for the upcoming MAC Women’s Volleyball Championship.

The wins also helped Ball State improve its current winning streak to 12 matches, as well as become one of just three NCAA Division I programs to reach 22 wins this season at 22-3.

Mitchem was unstoppable from the right side, hitting an impressive .605 (23-0-38) over the two matches. She led the Ball State offense with 23 total kills on the week, including eight in the three-set sweep of BGSU. She hit .471 (8-0-17) against the Falcons, while adding three blocks and a pair of digs.

In Saturday’s sweep of the RedHawks, Mitchem was even more impressive with a match-high 15 kills and an even more astonishing .714 (15-0-21) attack percentage. She also collected three digs in the win. Based on the strength of her weekend, Mitchem has climbed to fifth in the MAC with a .335 attack percentage on the year.

Wielonski had the Ball State offense firing on all cylinders, as the Cardinals hit .365 as a team on its way to taking over the top spot in the MAC standings. It started with a dominating performance against Bowling Green, as the Cardinals hit .328 as a team against the league’s best defense entering the match. Wielonski handed out 39 total assists in the win, while adding 10 digs, four kills, two blocks and a service ace to give the Falcons their first league loss of the season and snap BGSU’s 12-match winning streak.

Saturday’s performance against Miami was even better, as the Cardinals snapped a three-match RedHawks winning streak by hitting .412 as a team. Wielonski dished out 37 assists in the win, while adding seven digs, three kills, three blocks and a pair of aces. In addition to ranking fifth in the nation with 968 total assists, Wielonski is 10th nationally with 42 service aces.

Up next for Mitchem, Wielonski, and the rest of the Ball State women’s volleyball team is a two-match set versus Central Michigan which begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena. BSU closes the home portion of the 2021 regular season versus the Chippewas Friday with senior night and another 6:30 p.m. first serve.

BALL STATE WBASKETBALL:

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team will make it first appearance of the 2021-22 season Wednesday night at 4 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena when the Cardinals host Oakland City University in exhibition play.

The Cardinals’ roster includes seven newcomers and eight returnees this season. Ball State returns All-Mid-American Conference selection Sydney Freeman from last year’s squad (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) along with teammates Anna Clephane (12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Thelma Dis Agustsdottir (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Annie Rauch (6.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Blake Smith (3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Ivet Subirats (3.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg), Estel Puiggros (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg) and Cameron Grant.

Ball State welcomes three true freshmen to the team in Ally Becki, Madelyn Bischoff and Marie Kiefer. The Cardinals also welcome four transfers to the roster this season in Makenna Burch, Skyla Knight, Chyna Latimer and Jazmyn Turner. 

The last time the Cardinals played Oakland City in an exhibition game was on the same date eight years ago (Nov. 3, 2013). That contest resulted in a 109-58 victory for Ball State. 

After a nontraditional season last year, the Ball State women’s basketball program is excited to return to the court with a full 30-game schedule for the 2021-22 season. The Cardinals will play 16 of those games at home in Worthen Arena. 

Ball State head coach Brady Sallee enters his 10th season at the helm of the Cardinals, already the winningest coach in program history. He touts a record of 163-119 (.578) in just nine seasons and has guided Ball State to six straight postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournaments, a WNIT Final 16 appearance, a Mid-American Conference West Division title (2014), eight MAC Tournament appearances and four 20-plus win seasons, a feat no head coach at Ball State had done before him. 

Sallee has also coached the program’s all-time leading scorer Nathalie Fontaine (2,166), all-time rebounder Oshlynn Brown (1,106) and the all-time assists leader Carmen Grande (697).

Ball State officially opens the 2021-22 season at home for its annual Field Trip Day on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. ET against Milwaukee. After that, the Cardinals remain home for the first of three contests versus schools from the state of Indiana, when they welcome Purdue Fort Wayne to Worthen Arena on Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET.  

NOTRE DAME WBASKETBALL: IRISH ROLL IN FINAL TUNE-UP, DEFEATING EMPORIA ST, 104-46

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  — After a year and a half without a live crowd in Purcell Pavilion, the Notre Dame women’s basketball squad got to enjoy an exhibition bout in front of the Irish faithful on Monday night. The Fighting Irish made the most of its final tune-up, rolling to a 104-46 victory over the visiting Emporia State Lady Hornets.

Grad transfer Maya Dodson certainly impressed in her Irish debut, shooting 11-of-14 from the field to lead the team with 24 points. Dara Mabrey notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. All-in-all, five Irish finished in double figures, including both of Notre Dame’s freshmen, Olivia Miles (13 points) and Sonia Citron (15 points). In addition, 10 of the 12 rostered players scored in tonight’s contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame took a 29-17 lead in the first quarter with Dodson leading the way with 11 of those first-quarter points. The Irish tallied five blocks and three steals on the defensive end of the court. Notre Dame had an impressive 10 assists on 13 made field goals to close out the first quarter.

The second quarter was much of the same as the Irish went on a 7-0 run over the course of two minutes early in the quarter. Dodson continued to dominate and run the floor, adding in eight more points, followed by teammate Maddy Westbeld who tacked on six points. The Irish closed out the half with an 11-0 run, with senior Dara Mabrey and freshman Olivia Miles combining for eight of said points.

The Irish went into the break with the  53-27 advantage, shooting 24-of-36 (.667) in the half. Dodson was 9-for-11 with 19 points. Mabrey was a perfect 3-for-3 for nine points, while Miles boasted nine points as well.

Coming out of the half, the Irish put up 22 more points to finish out the quarter 75-38. Sonia Citron led the Irish through the quarter with 10 points, shooting five-of-six from the free-throw line and two-of-two from the field. Dodson continued to impress as she not only added five more points to the score but also added five rebounds and three blocks.

The Fighting Irish finished out the game with a 10-0 run giving Notre Dame the 104-46 win. Sophomore Natalija Marshall came into the game and immediately tallied eight points and six rebounds in the quarter. Three more points from Mabrey landed her with a double-double in 12 points and 10 assists. The last time a double-double occurred with points and assists was Marina Mabrey in the national semifinal versus the University of Connecticut in 2019 with 12 points and 12 assists.

Notre Dame finished shooting 41-65 (.631) from the field and 7-14 (.500) from behind the arc. Eventually, all twelve players for the Fighting Irish saw action on the court.

UP NEXT

The Irish begin regular season play on November 9 at 7:00 pm against Ohio in Purcell Pavilion.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL:

IRISH VS. MIDSHIPMEN – BY THE NUMBERS
3Running back Kyren Williams ranked third among all players in FBS with 261 all-purpose yards during Week 9.
5Kyren Williams’ 91-yard rush tied for the fifth-longest rush in Notre Dame history.
9.0Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for third in the NCAA with 9.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 sacks during the 2012 season.
12Notre Dame is currently tied for sixth nationally with 12 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.
17The Irish have totaled 17 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for ninth nationally.
2424 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 41 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
25Notre Dame has won 25-straight games when it has scored 40 or more points after the 44-34 win over North Carolina. The Irish are 39-2 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 40 or more points.
38The Irish have won 38-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.
50With the win over North Carolina, Notre Dame won its 50th game over the past five seasons (2017-21). It is the third time in program history they have won at least 50 games over a five-year span (53-8-1 from 1988-92 and 52-9-1 from 1989-93).
56Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 56 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.

CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN

  • Running back Kyren Williams had one of the best games of his career in the 44-34 win over North Carolina.
  • He finished the game with career-highs in rushing yards (199) and all-purpose yards (261).
  • Williams also tallied a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. It tied for the fifth longest rush in Notre Dame history and was the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree went 94-yards to the house against Syracuse in 2020.
  • It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018.
  • Williams’ 261 all-purpose yards were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.
  • It marked the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since Golden Tate totaled 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington in 2009.
  • Williams had a career-long 47 yard punt return in the first quarter against the Tar Heels.
  • Williams rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time this season and the third time in his career.
  • In the win over Southern Cal, Williams had his first 100-yard game of the season, as he finished with 138 yards rushing on the night.
  • Williams finished the game against the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns for the first time in 2021 and the sixth time in his career.
  • He tallied 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the win over , the second highest total this season and fourth highest of his career.
  • The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week eight and he was just one of three players in the top-10 that week who faced a power 5 opponent.
  • Williams leads the team with 1,066 all-purpose yards and 707 rushing yards, and he is second on the team in receptions with 27.
  • He ranks 22nd in the country with 133.25 all-purpose yards per game and 30th in rushing yards for the season. He is also 23rd in the nation in total touchdowns with 10.

IRISH STOMP TAR HEELS

  • The Irish continued their regular season success against the ACC with the 44-34 win over North Carolina.
  • It was Notre Dame’s 22nd-consecutive win against the ACC during the regular season, a streak that dates back to the 2017 season.
  • The Irish improved to 26-1 in the regular season against the ACC since the start of the 2017 season.
  • The Irish ground game was at its best all season, as they racked up a season-high 293 rushing yards as a team.
  • It was the most rushing yards in a game for the Irish since they busted loose for 353 yards on the ground against Florida State in 2020.
  • The Irish eclipsed the 40-point plateau for the second time this season and won their 25th-consecutive game when scoring 40 points or more. Notre Dame is 39-2 all-time under Brian Kelly when they score 40 or more points.
  • Quarterback Jack Coan broke free for a 21-yard rushing touchdown, his longest rush and first rushing touchdown with the Irish.
  • Freshman wide receiver Lorenzo Styles led the team with a career-high 74 yards and tied a career high with three receptions. He also had a career-long 40-yard reception in the third quarter.
  • Fellow freshman running back Logan Diggs scored his first-career-rushing touchdown. He finished the game with career highs in rushes (11) and rushing yards (42).
  • Defensive lineman Jordan Botelho notched his first-career sack in the fourth quarter. He is the 10th different Irish player with a sack this season.

FREAKY FOSKEY

  • Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks (9.0) and tackles-for-loss (9.5).
  • He has 9.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks third in the country.
  • He has recorded at least one sack in seven of the eight games this season.
  • His 9.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 during the 2012 season.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer was named one of the semifinalists for the John Mackey Award on Monday. The award honors the best tight end in all of college football.

Mayer has been the most consistent option for the Irish on offense this season as he leads the team in receptions (41) and receiving yards (465). He ranks fourth amongst tight ends in receptions and is fifth in receiving yards per game (66.9). He has had five receptions or more in five of the seven games he has played this season, and 24 of his 41 receptions this season have resulted in a first down.

He opened the season with a career-best nine receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Irish’s overtime win at Florida State, tying the Notre Dame record for most receptions in a single game by a tight end. The very next week, he hauled in a career-high two receiving touchdowns in the win over Toledo and was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

Three finalists for the Mackey Award will be named on November 23. The winner will be announced at the Mackey Award Presentation Banquet on February 2, 2022. Mayer looks to be the second Irish player to win the award after Tyler Eifert won it after the 2012 season.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame football safety Kyle Hamilton was named a semifinalist for the 2021 Bednarik Award on Monday. The Bednarik Award recognizes the top defensive player in college football.

Hamilton leads the Irish with three interceptions, which ranks tied for 10th nationally, and four pass breakups on the season, while ranking second on the team with 35 tackles. He was recently named a Midseason All-America First Team selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBS Sports, ESPN.com, The Athletic and Athlon Sports.

Hamilton opened the season with two interceptions in Notre Dame’s road-overtime win over Florida State. He was the first Irish player to have two interceptions in a game since Alohi Gilman in 2018 against Syracuse. For his efforts against the Seminoles, he earned LOTT Impact Player of the Week honors.

In the Irish’s home win over Purdue, Hamilton tied a career high with 10 tackles, including one to halt a Purdue fourth down conversion attempt in the first half. Later in the fourth quarter, Hamilton recorded his third interception of the season in the red zone to thwart a Purdue comeback attempt. Following his performance against the Boilermakers, he garnered player of the week awards from Walter Camp, Athlon, Pro Football Focus and was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week.

Three finalists for the award will be named on November 23. The winner will be announced at the presentation gala on March 22, 2022 in Atlantic City. The Irish look to have a Bednarik Award finalist for the second-straight season as linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was one of three finalists during the 2020 season.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance in Notre Dame’s, 44-34, home win over North Carolina Saturday night. It marks the second-straight week Williams has been named to the Honor Roll and fourth time this season.

Williams continued his strong play with a career-best 199 yards on 22 carries with one rushing touchdown over the Tar Heels. He ripped off a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and it tied for the fifth-longest rush in Notre Dame history. The 199 rushing yards were the most by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018. It was the first time this season and third time in his career that Williams rushed for 100 yards or more in back-to-back games.

Williams finished the night with a career-high 261 all-purpose yards (199 rushing, 47 returning, 15 receiving). It was the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since 2009 when Golden Tate had 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington. The 261 all-purpose yards were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.

On the year, Williams leads the team with 1,066 all-purpose yards, 707 rushing yards and is second on the team in receptions with 27.

INDIANA STATE WVOLLEYBALL:

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State volleyball’s Kylie Newby has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the League office announced Monday afternoon.

Newby, a Louisville, Kentucky product, is coming off a career weekend in which she accounted for 13 of the Sycamores’ 19 blocks during a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso Saturday. The junior middle blocker set career highs in block assists (9) and solo blocks (3) in the outing while also recording nine kills in the win.

Over seven sets during the weekend homestand Newby went for 13 blocks, averaging 1.86 blocks per set and 14 kills as Indiana State tallied a 1-1 record.

The 19-block performance by the Sycamores ranks as the best of the season for the team. The previous high came against Eastern Illinois when the Sycamores blocked 12 Panther attacks.

The Sycamores return to action Monday, November 1 when the team plays host to Missouri State at 6 p.m. inside the ISU Arena.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL:

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball wrapped up its three-match homestand with a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-14) sweep of Missouri State Monday night at the ISU Arena. The victory marked just the fourth time all-time that the Sycamores have defeated MSU and the second ever sweep over the Bears.

Indiana State (14-11, 5-8 MVC) used a balanced attack as three Sycamores recorded double-digit kills in what was a crucial match down the stretch as the Bears sat a half-game ahead in the MVC standings entering the match. Mallory Keller led the Sycamores with 12 kills while Kylie Newby and Madeline Williams tallied 11 kills apiece.

Terre Haute native Chloe Mason paced ISU with 20 assists and seven digs while Emma Kaelin added 14 assists and four digs. Melina Tedrow was tops on the squad with 18 digs while also assisting on six Sycamore kills from the libero position. Karinna Gall also put up a balanced stat sheet with six kills and eight digs.

Overall, the Sycamores outhit the Bears .242 to .147 while Kaelin picked up three of the four ISU aces. The Bears held a 13 to four advantage in blocks. Lindsay Lahr led the Bears with seven kills on 22 attacks.

Set One – Indiana State 25, Missouri State 20

Indiana State jumped out to a 9-1 lead early before the Bears closed the gap to two points at 16-14 before an Indiana State timeout

Kaitlyn Hamilton led the charge for ISU offensively with five kills while Chloe Mason assisted on eight of ISU’s 16 kills

The Sycamores outhit the Bears .295 to .214 in the set

Missouri State secured six of its points in the set on blocks

Set Two – Indiana State 27, Missouri State 25

Both squads were hot offensively with ISU edging the Bears .325 to .312 in hitting percentage

The set featured 11 ties and five lead changes

ISU trailed 23-21 before reeling off a 6-1 run to jump back in front

Kylie Newby was 5-for-5 on attacks while Mallory Keller and Madeline Williams also tallied five kills

ISU converted 61 percent (16-of-26) sideout opportunities

Set Three – Indiana State 25, Missouri State 14

After trading points early, Indiana State jumped out to a 12-6 lead before the Bears used their first timeout

ISU held the Bears to just .061 hitting while hitting .231 led by Williams who went 4-for-5 on the attack

No MSU player recorded more than two kills in the set

MSU was just 36 percent (9-of-25) on sideout chances

Three Sycamores tallied three or more assists led by Mason who had five

Indiana State will be back in action this weekend with a pair of road matches. The Sycamores will play Bradley Friday before traveling to Illinois State Saturday. 

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

CHARLESTON, S.C. – On Monday (Nov. 1), Hunter Mefford turned in the best round of the week for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team with a 73 in the final round of the Daniel Island Intercollegiate.

Mefford’s 73 put him at 231 for the week, tying for 69th. On Monday he recorded a bogey-free front nine, which included back-to-back birdies on six and seven. He birdied 10 and 18 on the back nine as well.

Tyler Green had the best week-long performance for the Mastodons, as he finished in a tie for 56th, with 77-81-73-227. Green had eight pars on the front nine and  four on the back in round three. He also birdied the par-4 17th. Kasey Lilly improved as the week went on, shooting 81-78-76-235. He recorded 14 pars in his final round.

Brett Seward had his score taken on Monday, as he fired an 87-78-79-242. He got birdies to fall on holes three, six and 18. Luke Miller rounded out the Mastodon lineup with 87-78-81-246. He got a birdie to drop on the 14th hole, a 424-yard par-4.

As a team, the Mastodons finished 19th with a score of 320-309-303-932. Seton Hall won the tournament with a score of 858. Charleston’s Nevill Ruiter won the individual medalist honor with a 4-under 212.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s fall season is over. The spring schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MVOLLEYBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team announced the release of its 2022 schedule on Monday, Nov. 1.

The Mastodons will start the season on the road with a pair of matches. First up is a contest at King in Bristol, Tenn. on Jan. 7 followed by a road game at Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn. the next day.

The ‘Dons will play their first home match of the season on Friday, Jan. 14 against Maryville before hosting George Mason on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Notable non-conference road matches for the ‘Dons includes two trips to the East Coast. The ‘Dons will take on St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and NJIT in Newark, N.J. on Sunday, Jan. 23. The ‘Dons return to the East Coast on Saturday, Feb. 4 against Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. and on Sunday, Feb. 5 against Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

The ‘Dons will open Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play with home matches against Lindenwood (Friday, Feb. 11) and Quincy (Saturday, Feb. 12).

The regular season concludes with home matches with Ohio State (Thursday, April 7) and Ball State (Saturday, April 9).

The MIVA Tournament will kick off on Saturday, April 16 with the quarterfinals . The semifinals will be on Thursday, April 20 and conclude on Saturday, April 22 with the MIVA Finals.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Freshman Giulia Cardona recorded 18 kills, 13 digs and 5 service aces to lift the University of Evansville volleyball team to a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois on Monday evening inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Cardona had five of Evansville’s (17-6, 7-5 MVC) seven aces with Taya Haffner recording the other two.  Haffner recorded 37 assists along a career-best four kills in the win.  Alondra Vazquez picked up her 13th double-double of the fall, leading the team with 15 digs while totaling 10 kills.  Melanie Feliciano continued her recent dominance on the offensive end, finishing with 15 kills.  It marked her 8th match in a row with 14 or more kills.

Madisyn Steele continued her success in the middle, posting her fourth solo block of the season while tying her career mark with five block assists.  Steele also contributed five kills.  Southern Illinois (5-21, 0-13 MVC) was led by Nataly Garcia, who had 12 kills.

Set 1 – UE 25, SIU 18

Taya Haffner helped Evansville take an early 7-5 lead with her first kill of the evening.  Madisyn Steel and Alondra Vazquez added kills to push the advantage to 12-8.  The Salukis battled back, getting within two points on multiple occasions before the Aces extended their lead to earn the win.  Up 18-16, Evansville wrapped up the frame on a 7-2 run to take a 25-18 win.  Haffner recorded consecutive service aces before Melanie Feliciano posted two late kills to finish off the set.

Set 2 – UE 25, SIU 19

Southern Illinois stormed out to a 5-0 lead to begin the second frame.  Facing its largest deficit of the night, UE put together a rally of its own, scoring 14 of the next 17 points to turn the tides in their favor at 14-8.  With the Salukis still up by five points at 8-3, Evansville would score 11 in a row to go in front.  Anchoring the run was Giulia Cardona, who picked up three service aces.  Despite the Aces rally, SIU continued to fight as they would tie the set at 16-16 on a UE error.  Evansville retook a 21-19 edge and would go on to score the final four points to take a 2-0 match lead with a 25-19 win.

Set 3 – SIU 25, UE 19

Another strong start by the Salukis saw them take an 8-4 lead to begin the third game.  The Aces closed to within two points at 9-7 on a Cardona kill, but SIU countered with five in a row to take their largest lead at seven points.  Evansville got as close as four points when a Feliciano kill made it an 18-14 game, but SIU answered every time and picked up their first set win of the evening by a 25-19 final.

Set 4 – Loyola 25, UE 18

For the third set in a row, it was Southern Illinois jumping out in front.  A 5-0 start was capped off by an ace from Anna Jaworski.  On the other end, it was a service ace that propelled Evansville into the lead when the fourth of the night by Giulia Cardona was part of a 9-2 run to give the Aces a 9-7 advantage.  From that point on, the Aces would slowly add to the advantage before wrapping up the set with a 25-16 decision and a 3-1 match victory.  Madisyn Steele added her fifth kill of the contest to help her team pull away at the finish.

Next up for UE is a road swing through central Illinois.  The road trip begins with a 6 p.m. match at Illinois State on Friday before the Aces face Bradley in a 5 p.m. match-up on Saturday in Peoria.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL:
The Valpo volleyball team improved to a perfect 6-0 at the Athletics-Recreation Center this season and solidified its spot in the top half of the MVC standings with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) victory over visiting UNI on Monday evening.

How It Happened

Valpo took control of the opening set with an 11-5 stretch — a stretch which featured three distinct three-point spurts — to pull out to a 16-9 lead.

From there, the Beacons let UNI get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Valpo secured the opening frame on its second set point chance thanks to a kill by junior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte).

Valpo never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a big lead early as it scored the first five points and eventually led 12-4.

UNI tightened things up with a 6-1 spurt to close to within three points at 13-10. Incredibly, the two squads then combined to side out 18 straight times as the lead vacillated between three and four points deep into the set.

Finally, with Valpo leading 22-19, the Panthers broke the string of sideouts as back-to-back Beacon errors cut the advantage to just one point at 22-21.

A kill from senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) kept UNI at bay and was followed by a service ace by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) to give Valpo set point at 24-21. The Panthers extended the frame once, but another kill by Hart closed out the set as the match lead extended to 2-0.

The third set was tight throughout, as neither squad had more than a two-point lead for the first two-thirds of the set. It was UNI which broke through, as a 4-1 spurt gave the Panthers a 20-16 edge.

Valpo scored three straight before UNI responded with three of the next four to maintain its advantage at 23-20.

The Beacons had another rally in them, reeling off three more points in a row on a kill from Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and back-to-back service aces by Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) to tie things up at 23-23. But two points from potentially completing a sweep, Valpo instead found itself facing a fourth set as the Panthers got a kill and a service ace to finish the third frame in their favor.

UNI controlled the early portion of the fourth set, but the Beacons never let it get ahead by more than three points and rallied to take a lead at 11-10.

Mini-spurts each way resulted in the two squads being even at 15, but the biggest run of the night was still in store.

It started innocuously enough with a kill from freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie), but three straight UNI attack errors were followed by Hart and junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) combining on a block to push the lead to 20-15.

A UNI kill briefly quelled the momentum, but Hart quickly gained it back with back-to-back kills. Boyer tossed in a kill of her own, and a Panther error made it match point Valpo at 24-16. Fittingly, it was Hart to close out the 10-1 run and the victory with another termination.

Inside the Match

Valpo now sits at 6-0 at home this season at the ARC and has dropped just four sets in those six matches.

This is the fourth time under head coach Carin Avery that Valpo has won at least its first six home matches of the year. The 2005 squad went a perfect 13-0 for the season at the ARC, while the 2003 team won its first seven home matches and the 2014 team won its first six at home.

The victory pushes Valpo’s MVC record to 8-5, three games clear of seventh place with five matches remaining. Only the top six in the final conference standings qualify for the MVC Tournament.

The win was Valpo’s third straight in the last two seasons over the Panthers. Prior to the spring 2021 campaign, UNI had won all 14 meetings between the programs.

Valpo’s pair of middles both had standout efforts on Monday. McCarthy finished with a match-best 16 kills on .448 hitting and led all players with four blocks as well.

With her four blocks, McCarthy now owns 418 career rejections, passing former Valpo great Jessie Fox for fourth in program history.

McCarthy also moved past 1,100 kills for her career on Monday and is just 60 kills shy of the program’s all-time top-10 in that category as well.

Meanwhile, Hart recorded 14 kills on .444 hitting while chipping in three blocks.

Sophomore Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) registered 23 assists to lead the Beacons Monday and Anderson added 21 assists. With 4,365 career assists, Anderson now ranks 15th in MVC history in the category.

Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) notched a match-best 20 digs, pushing her career total to 2,965 digs. Swistek reached double figures in the category as well with 14 digs.

Next Up

Valpo (17-7, 8-5) continues a stretch of four straight home matches — its final matches at the ARC this season — on Friday when it hosts MVC-leading Loyola. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL:

COLUMBUS, OH – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team opened their 2021-22 exhibition slate on Monday in Columbus, OH, taking on the Ohio State University.  In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Buckeyes prevailed 82-46 at Value City Arena.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds held tough in the first half, trailing by 16 at half.  Dee Montgomery and Jakobie Robinson nailed back-to-back three’s to pull within five at the 10:35 mark.  Three minutes later, Cory Miller Jr. notched a pair of quick layups to cut UIndy’s deficit to seven with five minutes remaining.

Ohio State pulled away with a 16-1 run early in the second half.  The Buckeyes outscored the Hounds 41-21 in the second frame behind 42.9% shooting.  Ohio State outrebounded UIndy by a tally of 50-34.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Cory Miller Jr. dropped 11 points on 5-7 shooting.

– Julian Steinfeld paced the team with six rebounds, four of which were defensive.

– Steinfeld and Jesse Bingham each recorded a pair of blocks.

UP NEXT

The Hounds have two more exhibition games on slate this week, facing Purdue on Thursday and Butler on Friday.  Thursday’s contest at Purdue will be streamed on B1G+, available with a paid subscription.  Friday’s contest will not have a livestream.

INDIANAPOLIS SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – After wrapping up successful regular seasons over the weekend, both UIndy soccer teams have officially earned to right to host their respective opening-round match of the upcoming 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament.

The UIndy men earned the GLVC regular season title for the second straight season, compiling a 10-1-2 mark in conference play for a point total of 2.46 per game. The top-seeded Greyhounds will host No. 8-seed Lindenwood (6-5-3, 1.50) in the GLVC quarterfinal on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the UIndy women also secured hosting duties as the No. 4 seed, going 8-2-3 during their conference slate – good for a 2.08 point average. They will host fifth-seeded Southern Indiana (8-5-1, 1.79) prior to the men’s game that same Sunday, with kickoff from Keyt Stadium scheduled for noon ET.

HCAC WEEKLY SPORTS NOTEBOOKS

FOOTBALL

Athletes of the Week: 
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) Hanover College | Quarterback | Senior – Weimer had an impressive day as he led the Panthers past Manchester. The senior tallied 369 yards of offense including two passing touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown, charting his longest run of the season at 72 yards.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Chaikou Sow (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Junior – Sow returned an interception 68-yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up a second score in Rose-Hulman’s 48-12 win over Bluffton. Sow took his interception for a pick-six touchdown to put Rose-Hulman ahead 24-6 at the half. His fumble recovery at the Bluffton 10-yard line set up the first points of the second half to increase the lead to 31-6. He also had three solo tackles and one TFL.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Jonathan Oliger (Mount Zion, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Kicker | First-Year – Oliger finished 2-3 on field goals and a perfect 6-6 on extra points as Rose-Hulman defeated Bluffton 48-12. His career-long 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter were the final points of the day. He also hit a 21-yard field goal in the opening quarter.
 
Notable Performances: 

  • Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla.) Anderson University | Wide Receiver | Senior – Tallent recorded 129 receiving yards, one reception touchdown and eight receptions during Anderson’s 35-18 loss to Mount St. Joseph.
  • Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Feola recorded 14 tackles during Anderson’s 18-35 loss to Mount St. Joseph
  • Davon Wooden (Columbus, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Wooden finished with a team-best 14 tackles, including nine solos, and a fumble recovery in Bluffton’s 48-12 loss at Rose-Hulman on Saturday.
  • Jarrett Gibson (Angola, Ind.) Franklin College | Wide Receiver | Junior – Gibson was Franklin’s go-to target in the passing game on Saturday in a win over Defiance, catching nine passes for 148 yards, the latter number setting a new season-high total.
  • Ojata Jireh (Carmel, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive End | Sophomore – Jireh continued his dominance as a pass rusher on Saturday, finishing with five tackles and a career-high three sacks in a win over Defiance. He has a league-leading 12.5 sacks for the season and leads Division III with 1.44 sacks per game.
  • Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Line | Junior – Hardiman led the Panthers past Manchester as he helped the defense pitch a shutout. Hardiman charted eight total tackles including two sacks for a combined 11 yards.
  • Jake Ayler (Milford, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Wide Receiver/Quarterback | Junior – Ayler, a wide receiver during his entire career at The Mount, was forced into action at quarterback this week for the Lions due to injuries. He had not played a snap of QB since a JV game during his sophomore year in high school. All the junior did was go 9-for-12 passing for 166 yards and FOUR touchdowns. He also ran the ball 10 times for 53 yards in the Lions 35-18 win.
  • Decklan Brophy (Knoxville, Tenn.) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive End | Sophomore – Brophy had a monster game for the Lions in the 35-18 win over Anderson. Brophy had six total tackles, five solo, a pair of sacks, a pair of TFL’s and forced a fumble.
  • Shane Welshans (Robards, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Running Back | Senior – Welshans rushed for 89-yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in a 48-12 win over Bluffton. Welshans scored on touchdown runs of two and three yards in the win. 

VOLLEYBALL

Athletes of the Week: 
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham helped lead the Panthers to 2-0 week with 61 assists and 12 kills. The senior propelled HC to straight set victories over Franklin and Rose-Hulman.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Ava Beltsos (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – The backliner led the Pioneers in digs in all three matches this week as she led the Pioneers to a 2-1 week, including a classic five-set comeback win over Denison on Saturday in the Pioneers’ regular season finale. In the five-set win over Denison, Beltsos had a match-high 25 digs to help Transy out-dig Denison 82-66 on the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Beltsos had a match-high 16 digs to lead the Pioneers to a conference-closing win over Anderson and also added six assists in the victory. For the week, Beltsos totaled 59 digs in 12 sets with 11 assists and five aces.
 
Notable Performances: 

  • Sydney McClain (Urbana, Ohio) Anderson University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – McClain smashed 20 kills (2.5 kills per set) and provided a .306 attack percentage as the Ravens went 1-1 on the week. She contributed 12 kills and a .269 hitting percentage in a four-set win against Manchester. McClain then turned in eight kills, zero attack errors and a .348 hitting percentage against Transylvania.
  • Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager recorded seven blocks in eight sets as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. She provided two blocks in a four-set win against Manchester. Bontrager then posted five blocks in four sets against Transylvania.
  • Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Kleman led the Beavers to a 1-1 mark in conference action during the week. She picked up 50 digs (6.25 DPS), including a season-high 35 in Bluffton’s five-set win over rival Defiance on Wednesday night. She also served up six aces against the Yellow Jackets.
  • Olivia Kyrk (Cardington, Ohio) Earlham College | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Kyrk was one of the offensive leaders for the Quakers as they finished the regular season. She scored a game-high 11 kills against Rose-Hulman with a .500 hit percentage in a 3-0 win on Wednesday. She scored eight kills on Saturday against Bluffton with a .333 percentage in the 3-0 win. She had just six assists in her six sets of action with a .419 percentage.
  • Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn led the Panthers with 38 digs and four service aces as the Panthers posted a 2-0 week. Hanover defeated Franklin and Rose-Hulman in straight sets.
  • Karrington Jackson (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Middle Blocker | Junior – Jackson had a hyper efficient .550 attacking percentage this past week, leading the Pioneers to a 2-1 overall week. Jackson had a perfect display on Saturday in a four-set win over Anderson in the regular season finale of nine kills to 0 errors for a .529 attacking percentage. Jackson was even more instrumental in Transy’s second match on Saturday, notching a .647 attacking percentage to lead the Pioneers to a five-set win over Denison, snapping a 10-match win streak for the Big Red. In the Pioneers’ big win over Denison, Jackson had a season-high 12 kills to just one error and also tallied six total blocks. For the week, Jackson totaled 24 kills to just two errors for a .550 attacking percentage along with eight blocks and an assist.

MEN’S SOCCER

Athletes of the Week: 
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Chase Stiner (St. Joseph, Ill.) Defiance College | Midfield | Senior – Stiner helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 2-0 week including big wins against Earlham and in the HCAC Quarterfinals against Franklin. He tallied two goals and three assists with seven total points on the week. He scored a goal and had an assist in each game.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Angel Velasco-Urbina (Lexington, Ky.) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Velasco-Urbina chalked up his fourth shutout of the season thanks to six saves against the Spartans on Wednesday night. The win sent Bluffton to its first ever Heartland Conference tournament where the visitors dispatched No. 3 seed Anderson 1-0 on Saturday.
 
Notable Performances: 

  • Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Moro-Medina saved eight of the nine shots he faced in a 1-0 loss to Rose-Hulman.
  • Elijah Zimmerman (Archbold, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Zimmerman hit paydirt in minute 15 of Bluffton’s 1-0 shutout at Manchester on Wednesday night. It was his ninth tally of the year and he led the Beavers with four of their six shots. The win sent Bluffton to its first ever Heartland Conference tournament where the visitors dispatched No. 3 seed Anderson on Saturday.
  • Lian Van Duh (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Midfield | First-Year – Van Duh scored both goals for Franklin in the second half on Wednesday night, helping the Grizzlies claim a 2-0 win over Transylvania to secure the No. 4 seed in the HCAC Tournament and earn the program’s second ever win over the Pioneers. He added a second half goal in Saturday’s night’s conference tournament match with Defiance.
  • Elliott Clark (Brownstown, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Senior – Clark turned aside five shots for Franklin on Wednesday night in their 2-0 win over Transylvania, earning his fourth shutout of the year.
  • Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hughes helped lead the Panthers past MSJ 5-0, The senior netted a hat tick, scoring the first three goals.
  • AJ Yilmaz (San Diego, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Midfield | Junior – Yilmaz scored the lone goal as Rose-Hulman defeated Anderson 1-0 to complete a perfect 9-0-0 regular season in HCAC play. Yilmaz scored in the 21st minute, as the Fightin’ Engineers finished a regular season that included outscoring the opposition 19-3.
  • Evan Hofer (St. Louis, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer recorded his sixth shutout of the HCAC season as Rose-Hulman defeated Anderson 1-0 to complete a perfect 9-0-0 regular season. Hofer allowed just three goals in the nine games.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Athletes of the Week: 
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Abby Baker (Corbin, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – The senior completed her regular season run with a goal and an assist in Transylvania’s 3-0 win over Franklin at home. Baker continued her primetime play with the game-winning goal in the 75th minute of a 2-1 HCAC Quarterfinal win over Anderson on Saturday. For the week, Baker tallied two goals and one assist as the Pioneers went 2-0 against HCAC foes and propelled into next week’s HCAC Semifinal.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Brielle Collier (Anna, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Collier notched her third shutout of the season thanks to a whopping 12 saves as Bluffton capped off its 2021 fall campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Notable Performances: 

  • Lauren Brown (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | First-Year – Brown delivered a goal for the Ravens during Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Rose-Hulman.
  • Nina McGinn (Marion, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Junior – A handball in the box just 15:18 into the match was all Bluffton would need for a 1-0 win over Manchester as McGinn drilled her penalty kick into the upper left corner for the only score on Wednesday afternoon. McGinn rifled eight shots for the Beavers, including five on frame. 
  • McKenzie Schneeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | First-Year – Schneeman scored her tenth goal of the season on Wednesday at Hanover. In the game that ultimately decided the HCAC regular season championship, Schneeman scored the only goal of the match.
  • Madison Hart (Liberty Township, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hart continued her outstanding play this season. In the Lions match vs. Hanover on Wednesday for the regular season championship game, Hart finished her perfect HCAC season. She registered another clean sheet, saving seven shots, finishing the season not allowing a single HCAC goal.
  • Christina Rogers (Laurel, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Rogers scored one goal and assisted on two others as Rose-Hulman advanced to the HCAC Semifinal Round. Her goal against Anderson helped RHIT earn the No. 3 seed in the HCAC Tournament, then she assisted on the opening goal in Saturday’s 3-1 opening round win over Franklin.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon recorded two wins as goalkeeper as Rose-Hulman defeated Anderson 3-2 and Franklin 3-1 to advance to the HCAC Tournament Semifinal Round.
  • Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton finished off her regular season with a clean sheet in a 3-0 win against Franklin on Wednesday, tallying two saves in her final home appearance at Pat Deacon Stadium. Patton rose to the occasion again in a 2-1 HCAC Quarterfinal win at Anderson on Saturday. Patton made one save and was instrumental in holding Anderson scoreless for the first 85 minutes of the contest. Patton totaled three saves on the week in leading the Pioneers to a 2-0 record against the HCAC field.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Athletes of the Week: 
Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Evan Sellers (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Sellers swept the distance double to help Rose-Hulman defeat Wabash 179.5-108.5 on Friday. Sellers won both the 500-freestyle (4:51.53) and the 1000-freestyle (10:08.45) to help propel the Fightin’ Engineers to the team win.
Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Sophie Ritzenthaler (Berwyn, Pa.) Transylvania University | Junior – Ritzenthaler had three overall event wins to lead Transylvania to combined and head-to-head wins over Wilmington (Transy 191-79) and Wittenberg (171-90) on Saturday. Ritzenthaler won the women’s 100 backstroke (1:05.97) and the women’s 200 backstroke (2:22.40). She added another win as part of the Transylvania women’s 200 medley relay team as the quartet came in first in 1:57.63.
 
Women’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Mackie Redford (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Redford had a pair of runner-up finishes to help lead Transylvania to head-to-head and combined wins over Wilmington and Wittenberg in a Saturday tri-meet that also served as the Pioneers’ home opener. Redford placed second in the 1-meter dive (223.65 points) and the women’s 3-meter dive (210.10 points).
 
Notable Performances: 
Men’s 

  • Connor Hood (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Hood won two individual races for the Pioneers in their home opener to lead Transylvania to combined wins over Wilmington (Transy 311-217) and Wittenberg (Transy 327-171) on Saturday. Hood won the men’s 1000 freestyle in 10:58.36 and the 200 backstroke in 2:06.70. He also grabbed two more runner-up finishes in the men’s 100 backstroke (58.35 s) and the men’s 200 freestyle relay (1:33.87).

Women’s

  • Audrey Hankins (Lynn Haven, Fla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Hankins won the 1-meter diving competition at the Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational with a 6-dive total score of 190.15 points.

INDIANA WESLEYAN WSOCCER

Sydney Brown (Hilliard, OH) helped the Wildcats win over #6 Marian University scoring the game-tying goal and the game-winner in overtime. Brown now has eight goals on the season. This is Brown’s second Crossroads League Player of the Week honors this season.

Follow along as Brown leads the Wildcats into post season play starting with Crossroads League Quarterfinals this Saturday, November 6 when IWU hosts Taylor in a 5pm start.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MBASKETBALL:

MARION, Ind. – After starting the season on the road, No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball returns home Tuesday for a five-game homestand. IWU will host Olivet Nazarene before turning their attention to the Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic, where they will play Briar Cliff on Friday and Lincoln College on Saturday.

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THE SLATE

IWU vs. #RV Olivet Nazarene Tigers / 7 p.m. / Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

IWU vs. Briar Cliff Chargers / 6 p.m. / Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

IWU vs. Lincoln College Lynx / 1 p.m. / Saturday , Nov. 6, 2021

TIGER NOTES (1-0, 0-0 CCCA)

Alex Gross returns as the top threat for the Tigers, averaging 21 points per game and 11 rebounds per game last season, good enough for NAIA Second Team All-American honors. Gross tallied 23 points and 16 points in Tigers season opener against William Woods last week.

ONU has played just one game thus far, with sophomore Tyler Schmidt emerging as the Tigers second option behind Gross, dropping 25 points while dishing out four assists and grabbing four rebounds.

Head Coach Nick Birkey enters his fourth season calling the shots for Olivet Nazarene. In four seasons, Birkey and the Tigers have won 80% of their games and won three Chicagoland Collegiate Conference Championships. He served as a member of the ONU program since 2003 when he started as a student assistant.

ONU will face League foe No. 2 Saint Francis on December 4, 2021, the only other League school on the Tigers schedule.

The purple and gold will also spend Christmas in Flordia like the red and grey, playing Southeastern and Flordia College.

CHARGER NOTES (1-1, 0-0 GPAC)

Briar Cliff makes the 11-hour trip from Sioux City, Iowa, home of the NAIA Volleyball and Women’s Basketball National Championships.

Jaden Kleinhesselink returns as the top-scorer from a year ago on a squad that boasted five players who averaged double figures.

Kyle Boerhave a 6’6 senior who didn’t play last season, poured in 24 points in their first contest of the year, followed by Kleinhesselink with 14 points. Boerhave would pace the Chargers again in game two with 21 and Kleinhesselink with 15. Conner Groves would also enter the scoring picture in their second game against #18 Benedictine (Kan.) dropping 20.

Head Coach Mark Svagera took of the Charger club in 2017-18. He joined Briar Cliff in the 2011-12 season after assistant coaching at Dickinson State University for two seasons.

This will be the first contest between IWU and BCU.

LYNK NOTES (0-2, 0-0 CCCA)

Peewee Brown returns from a year ago as the top scorer, averaging 12 points per-game and 5.3 rebounds per-game. In addition, sharp shooter Connor Fuller returns leading the Lynks in three-point percentage, making 28 last season.

Dejon Barney led all scorers in their first game of the season with 18, while Darnell Latham Jr. and Quillin Dixon each added 12.

Latham Jr. led all scores in their last game against IU Kokomo with 22.

Head Coach Edwind McGhee enters his third season as the leader of the program that started in 2018-19. Last season was the first that wasn’t a winning won for the Lynks, posting a 9-10 record.

LC will face League foe Bethel University on November 15, 2021, the only other League school on the Lynks schedule.

DIMMICH LEGACY

Caleb Dimmich wore a Wildcat uniform from 1996-1999 and still holds three school records, the most notable being the 11 three-point field goals he scored in one game. Caleb scored 1,158 points at IWU before his basketball career was shortened by a fatal farm accident in July of 1999. As impressive as his statistics are, they do not reflect the true legacy that Caleb left at Indiana Wesleyan University. “I Am Third” has become the philosophy of the IWU basketball program. It means putting God first, others second and oneself third in actions and attitude. Caleb exemplified that lifestyle, and it is no coincidence that he also wore #3 on his IWU basketball jersey.

IU EAST MBASKETBALL

Same day, same time, same place, but a change of opponent for the Indiana University East men’s basketball team on Nov. 2.

IU East now will face Miami University Hamilton on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. on Lingle Court. The Red Wolves’ original Nov. 2 was unable to make the trip to Richmond.

IU East (0-1) is playing its second home game in a row to tip off the season. The Harriers are 1-0.

FOLLOW THE GAME

General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East looks to bounce back from a home loss against No. 25 Indiana University South Bend on Oct. 27.

* Justin Williams scored an IU East-career best 13 points in the opener. Freshman Will Downton added 11 in his college debut.

* IU East most recently faced Miami Hamilton in 2017, when the Red Wolves won an October matchup by an 89-53 score.

* After this game, IU East does not play at home again until Dec. 2.

* Miami Hamilton beat River States Conference newcomer Saint Mary-of-the-Woods by a 93-77 score on Oct. 30. King Goss led the Harries with 21 points. The entire Miami Hamilton starting five scored in double figures.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL

The Indiana University East volleyball team starts the final week of the regular season with a big trip – literally and figuratively – to WVU Tech on Nov. 2.

Match time is 4 p.m. at WVU Tech’s Van Meter Gym.

IU East (11-4, 16-11) leads the River States Conference East Division by a half-game with three games remaining. WVU Tech is 13-16 overall and 9-6 in the league.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

WVU Tech’s volleyball home is the Van Meter Gym on the WVU Tech campus, GPS address 400 South Kanawha Street in Beckley, W.Va.

Live video is scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the match recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has won two in a row with weekend wins against Ohio Christian University and Ohio Valley University.

* IU East is 13-1 when it posts a hitting average of .145 or better.

* IU East is 8-4 all-time against WVU Tech, with wins in the last two meetings. The Red Wolves topped the Golden Bears in four sets in September as Jessica Swimm put away 12 kills and Jenna Mitchell served up five of IU East’s 12 aces.

* Jenna Mitchell is one ace away from matching the school record for aces in a season (57), set by Taylor McKinney in 2019.

WABASH ATHLETICS

Wabash College sophomores Brayden Weiss and Liam Thompson have been honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference as the league’s Athletes of the Week for golf and football. Weiss earned Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week honors. Thompson was recognized as the NCAC Offensive Football Athlete of the Week.

Weiss finished in a five-way tie for eighth place in the individual standings at last week’s O’Brien-Jensen Memorial Tournament in Greensboro, NC. Weiss shot a round of 77 on Tuesday after carding a 73 Monday for a total of 150 strokes. The tournament featured ten of the top-30 Division III programs in the nation. Weiss finished eight strokes back of the individual medalist for the tournament, seventh-ranked Cooper Hrabak from Methodist.

Thompson accounted for 36 of the Little Giants’ 59 points in their victory Saturday at Kenyon. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more in a 59-34 win. Thompson ran the football 11 times for 40 yards and scored on runs of three, seven, and eight yards. He completed 18-of-27 passes for a career-high 431 yards with three touchdowns. His longest pass of the day, a 75-yard touchdown strike to Derek Allen in the second quarter, tied the longest completion of his career.

TRINE ATHLETICS

FREELAND, Mich. – Trine University men’s soccer players Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] and Colin Nicoski [Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield East] swept the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week awards, with Murphy taking the offensive honors and Nicoski defensive.

Murphy found the back of the net twice in the 3-1 regular season finale win at Alma College to give him a team-high 15 goals this season. In the 4-0 MIAA Tournament First Round match against Albion College, Murphy chipped in offensively with an assist to Alhasan Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] on the second goal of the evening.

Nicoski helped defensively with the fifth shutout of the season for the Thunder in 2021 in the MIAA Tournament First Round match against Albion. The Trine defense held the Britons to just four shots on goal in the playoff game and the Scots were contained to the same number in the regular season finale.

The Thunder will look to make it back-to-back appearances in the MIAA Championship game with a win in the semifinal match at Calvin University on Wednesday, November 3.

FREELAND, Mich. – Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] of the Trine University women’s cross country team was named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Athlete of the Week for the third time this season following her outstanding performance at the MIAA Cross Country Championships.

Bultemeyer was named Most Valuable Runner for the second time in her career (2019) with an individual victory at Saint Mary’s College on Saturday. Bultemeyer topped the field by nearly 29 seconds and trimmed 1:24 off her race-winning time from two years ago at 21:10.1. Bultemeyer became a four-time All-MIAA recipient in her cross country career.

As a team, the Thunder women were third at the league championship event as they head into the Great Lake Regional. As it stands, Trine is ranked fifth in the region and 27th in the nation. With Bultemeyer at the helm, the Thunder have a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships as a team with a quality performance on November 13 at Blue River XC Course in Shelbyville, Indiana.

ANGOLA, Ind. – Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] of the Trine University women’s basketball team has been named a Preseason Third Team All-American by D3hoops.com.

Bieniewicz enters her senior season coming off a year where she was named Second Team All-Region, her second time nominated to an All-Region team in her career. In 2020-21, Bieniewicz led the Thunder in scoring with 10.8 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent (55-of-136) overall from the floor.  The majority of her shot attempts came from behind the three-point line where she made a team-high 35 triples in a team-leading 85 attempts for a 41.2 shot percentage.  Her three-pointers made and attempt totals also led the conference.

She helped lead Trine to a 14-3 record and an appearance in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship game. It was in the MIAA finals where Bieniewicz scored a season-high 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and sank five three-point attempts.

Bieniewicz and the Thunder take the floor for the first time in the 2021-22 regular season on Saturday, November 13 in the Cameron Hospital Classic versus Kenyon College. That game tips off at 7 pm.

BETHEL ATHLETICS

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced the League Athlete of the Week Award winners for the week of October 25-31 on Monday and Joao de Oliveira was named the Crossroads League Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

De Oliveira played all 190 minutes on the back line for (RV) Bethel, helping the Pilots hold MVNU and Spring Arbor to two goals on eight shots over two matches.

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced the League Athlete of the Week Award winners for the week of October 25-31 on Monday and Isabelle North was named the Crossroads League Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.

North posted 17 total blocks for Bethel in its wins over Huntington and No. 6 Marian. The sophomore averaged 2.13 blocks and 2.0 kills per set in the two matches and went for nine blocks and 11 kills in BU’s upset of the Knights.

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced the League Athlete of the Week Award winners for the week of October 25-31 on Monday and Luan Bressy was named the Crossroads League Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

Bressy scored twice on the week for (RV) Bethel. The sophomore scored the game-tying strike in a 1-1 draw with MVNU, before hitting the game-winner in a 2-1 overtime victory against SAU that clinched the Crossroads League Championship for the Pilots.

BETHEL MEN’S BASKETBALL:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Bethel Men’s Basketball lost their first game of the season on Monday night, getting outhustled and outworked by Cornerstone 91-83 on the road.

GAME VITALS

Score: Cornerstone def. Bethel 91-83

Records: Bethel (2-1) | Cornerstone (3-0)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Cornerstone – NR

Location: Mol Arena | Cornerstone University | Grand Rapids, Mich.

STAT TRACKER

Jani Griffith: 13 pts, 6 reb, 6-9 fg

Drew Greene: 18 pts, 4 reb, 3 stl

Brandon Hunt: 9 pts, 7 reb, 3 blk

Nathan Aerts: 14 pts, 8 reb, 4-9 fg

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Cornerstone shot 13-38 from the three-point line compared to just 4-23 for the Pilots.

The Golden Eagles got 22 assists off 35 made field goals as they picked the Pilot defense apart.

The Pilots trailed the entire game and by as many as 16 points multiple times. They trimmed the margin to seven with just under eight minutes to go but came up empty on back-to-back possessions with a chance to change momentum and the hosts pushed the lead right back up to 13 over the next minute and a half.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host No. 25 IU South Bend on Wednesday night in the Wiekamp Athletic Center at 7:00 pm.

DEPAUW ATHLETICS

Greencastle, Ind. – Following his second multiple-interception game of the season and third of his career, Dylan Hyatt (Sr., Brazil, Ind./Northview) has been selected as the North Coast Athletic Conference Football Defensive Athlete of the Week.

In the Tigers’ 27-10 NCAC win over Denison, Hyatt intercepted a pair of passes that led to 10 points and also recorded four tackles.

Denison’s passing attack had been intercepted just once coming into Saturday’s contest and the Tigers’ defensive unit held the Big Red to 10 points and 118 rushing yards which both matched season lows for Denison.

Hyatt also intercepted two passes earlier this year against Kenyon and in the 2018 Monon Bell game at Wabash. He leads the Tigers with five interceptions and is tied for 12th in Division III with 0.6 per game.

DePauw hosts Oberlin on Saturday, November 6, and can capture the outright NCAC title with a win.

HANOVER ATHLETICS

CARMEL, Ind. – Senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball offensive athlete of the week announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

The senior helped lead the Panthers to a 2-0 week with 61 assists and 12 kills. Ketcham propelled HC to straight set victories over Franklin and Rose-Hulman.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 3 when they take on Anderson as part of the HCAC Tournament.

CARMEL, Ind. – Senior quarterback Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Athlete of the Week announced Monday afternoon.

Weimer led the Panthers to a 33-0 win over Manchester on Saturday charting 369 yards through the air with two touchdowns.

The senior also added a game-high 146 yards rushing, including a season best 72-yard run for a touchdown.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when they take on Mount St. Joseph. Kick-off is set for 1:30 PM.

RHIT Men’s Swimming & Diving – Sellers Named HCAC Swimmer of the Week

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Evan Sellers has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week for his efforts in Friday night’s duel meet win at Wabash College.

Sellers swept both distance freestyle races as part of the 179.5-108.5 team victory.

The Fishers, Indiana native won the 500-freestyle in a time of 4:51.73 and also won the 1000-freestyle with a mark of 10:08.45.

Rose-Hulman picked up a duel meet victory over Wabash for the second consecutive year with Friday night’s result.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to action with their first on-campus home meet of the year against Anderson University and Bluffton University on Saturday at 1:30 pm.

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS

CANTON, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s bowling team returned to action this past weekend with the first two American Heartland Bowling Association (AHBA) events at Super Bowl, finishing in second place at the first event Saturday with a score of 7,748 while winning the second event Sunday with score of 7,562. AHBA #1 consisted of five team games and 12 baker games while AHBA #2 was comprised of four team games and 16 baker games.

Alex Horton finished sixth in the first event by rolling a 1,091 (238-211-194-252-196) while Marcus McClain bowled a 988 (200-194-183-189-232) to finish in 15th. Michael Harmon, Jr. finished in 23rd with a 965 (201-200-169-201-194).

Harmon, Jr. and McClain earned All-Tournament Team honors following the second event by finishing second and third with scores of 925 (218-226-243-238) and 912 (214-183-268-247), respectively. Alex Horton took eighth with an 862 (254-214-199-204) while Parker Laubach was tied for 15th with an 840 (202-223-234-181).

Tech returns to action November 6 as they travel to Jackson, Michigan for the second WHAC Jamboree hosted by Concordia University at Jax 60.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech senior Marcus McClain was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Men’s Bowler of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

McClain led the Warriors to a runner-up finish Saturday at the first American Heartland Bowling Association (AHBA) event with a 988 (200-194-173-189-232) and finishing in 15th before rolling a 912 (214-183-268-247) and taking third on Sunday to lead Tech to the team title. The Lincoln Park, Michigan native garnered All-Tournament honors for Sunday’s event and averaged a 211.1 over the weekend.

It’s the second time this season, and fifth time in his career, that he has won the weekly award.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech graduate student Maryssa Carey was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Women’s Bowler of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Carey led the Warriors to the team Saturday at the first American Heartland Bowling Association (AHBA) event with tournament-best 1,104 (180-258-201-222-243) to win her second tournament of the season. She followed that up by taking fifth on Sunday at AHBA #2 with an

874 (258-259-167-190) and leading Tech to a runner-up finish as a team. She averaged a 219.8 for the weekend.

It’s the second time this season, and 14th time in her career, that she has won the weekly award.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bragg Takes Fifth CL Setter-of-the-Week Honor

JACKSON, Mich. – For the fifth time this season, Kacy Bragg was selected as the Crossroads League Volleyball Setter of the Week, as announced by the CL offices on Monday morning.

Bragg helped No. 25 Taylor to three-set wins over RV Mount Vernon Nazarene and Saint Francis, securing a tie for second place in the Crossroads League standings for the Trojans.

In those two victories, Bragg averaged 13.0 assists, 2.2 digs and 0.7 blocks per set. Those numbers translated to 39.0 assists, 6.5 digs and 2.0 total blocks per match.

On the season, Bragg leads the NAIA with 1,195 assists and rates second in the nation with 10.8 assists per set.

Bragg has now claimed five of the 10 CL Volleyball Player-of-the-Week awards garnered by Taylor volleyball this fall, with Stephaney Fifield and Amanda Adams accounting for the other five awards.

The award also gives Taylor Athletics a total of 18 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week nods this fall.

Bragg and No. 25 Taylor (26-6, 14-4 CL) will turn their focus toward the 2021 Crossroads League Tournament, which is set to begin on Saturday, November 6 with a 5:00 pm quarterfinal clash with Spring Arbor (14-17, 7-11 CL) inside Odle Arena.

VINCENNES ATHLETICS

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University men’s basketball team opened their 2021-22 season with a come-from-behind win over Rend Lake College Monday night.

VU fell behind by 10 points early in the second half, before climbing all the way back to pick up the 55-46 victory over the Warriors.

The game stayed close throughout a tough, defensive battle of a first half, with holding the largest lead of the game at 12-7 after a three-point basket by freshman Ketaan Wyatt (Toledo, Ohio).

Rend Lake would answer back to take the lead heading into the break as the Blazers headed back to the locker room down 22-21 at halftime.

The Warriors opened the second half on a 9-0 scoring run to give Rend Lake a 10 point lead at 31-21.

Vincennes responded by getting the ball in the post to freshman forward Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) who scored the next eight VU points to bring the Blazers within five points.

Freshman guard Trenton Johnson (South Bend, Ind.) took over the game from there, brining Vincennes all the way back to take a 41-38 lead with just under seven minutes to play.

The Trailblazers expanded on this lead after a tough layup by freshman Grant Brown (Fairmount, Ind.) gave VU a seven point cushion.

Vincennes closed out the game at the free throw line, hitting five of their last six shots from the stripe to give the Blazers their first win of the season 55-46.

“I thought we were grinding all night,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “I thought defensively we were good all night and (Rend Lake) plays a different type of style than you’re going to see. They’ve got a lot of guys who played last year and are back. When we’re not making shots and you have to play where you’re grinding against them, it’s tough.”

“I thought defensively, we held up very well for game one,” Franklin added. “The second half they came out and hit a couple shots but we had to respond at that time and start putting the ball in the bucket and maintain our defensive intensity.”

“Our defense was good enough all night, it’s just offensively we were not,” Franklin said. “Second half we started to move the ball and find that rhythm, it’s still not where it needs to be, but because of it we were able to get the ball inside more and get to the foul line 16 times. We shot well in the second half it was close to 58-percent.”

“The first half was horrible in terms of the shooting percentage (28-percent) but the second half, especially after we got down by 10, we were pretty good,” Franklin added. “If we hadn’t had some young, freshman, first game turnovers, that’s what really would stop us.”

“I think this was a quality win. Against that team that’s been together and that style of play, it can be really tough, especially if you don’t get out ahead of them. I was proud of our effort tonight.”

VU was led offensively by Trenton Johnson, who ended with a game-high 22 points, with four assists and four rebounds as well.

Shilo Jackson picked up a double-double in his first collegiate game, ending his night with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman Thaw James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) nearly came away with a double-double, falling just short with eight points and seven rebounds in his college debut.

Vincennes won the rebounding battle over the Warriors by 14, ending with 41 rebounds for VU and 27 for Rend Lake.

“You can see the potential, we’re trying to create this for the long-term with this team,” Franklin said. “Shilo Jackson showed a lot tonight. We didn’t get Thow the ball as much as we would have wanted, but defensively the playing ability is there.”

“Trenton stepped up and scored the basketball. He made some big plays and he’s capable of that, he scored a bunch of points in high school. I thought Ketaan did a good job defensively. That’s why he played so much, he chased Creel better than anybody else. But I thought he did the best job on him and gave us some fight.”

“Grant played hard. It’s the first time we’ve thrown him out there playing as a point guard. It was a roller coaster at times, but you can see where he has the potential. We’re just going to have to get better every day. Their thinking about what they have to do, it’s not going to be pretty or perfect, but all I want to see is did they compete and compete with great energy and fight. I thought they did that tonight, even when we fell behind. I was proud of those guys who played in the second half, I was proud of their competitive fire.”

The youthful Trailblazers will look to learn from this game as they head into a very difficult weekend as Vincennes will host the annual Kiwanis Classic Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at the P.E. Complex.

Action starts Friday at 5 p.m. when Shawnee takes on No. 20 Harcum, before the Trailblazers face-off against No. 25 Columbia State at 7 p.m.

The Classic will conclude Saturday, Nov. 6 when Shawnee faces No. 25 Columbia State at 5 p.m. and Vincennes will play host to No. 20 Harcum College at 7 p.m. eastern.

“You hope that we make a big jump from game one to game two. I don’t know how much we’re going to take from this, the styles are going to be different from what we’re going to see,” Franklin said. “But we’ll see who comes back tomorrow and goes to work. We just have to make a jump and often times you can make that jump from game one to game two.”

“This was a tough game one, for a group of freshmen, that style of play and Rend Lake does it well, and the fact that we were able to turn them over by fighting over screens late was really impressive,” Franklin added. “It’s going to be a different style of game completely this weekend. It’s just about us taking this, exhaling, getting a little more relaxed and more comfortable on offense and focusing on the things we’ve talked about this weekend, because we’re going to need to.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1926       The Tigers release Ty Cobb, ending his 22-year association with the team. The Georgia Peach, as Detroit’s player-manager for the past six seasons, compiled a 479-444 (.509) winning record, but the club never finished closer than 16 games from first place.

1938       Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx (.349, 50, 175), receiving 19 of 22 first-place votes, becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player award three times. The 31 year-old slugger was also the recipient of the honor in 1932 and ’33 playing for the Philadelphia A’s.

1950       Jim Konstanty (16-7, 2.66, 22 saves) is selected as the National League’s Most Valuable Player by the BBWAA. The 33 year-old Philadelphia reliever joins Chuck Klein as the only Phillies to have won the MVP award.

1964       The Columbia Broadcasting System becomes the first corporate owner of a major league team by buying eighty percent of the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million. During the first year under CBS, the Bronx Bombers will come in sixth place with a 77-85 record, finishing in the second division for the first time in 40 years.

1972       Freddy Parent, who hit the first grand slam in Red Sox history, dies at the age of 96. The former shortstop had been the last surviving participant from the first-ever World Series, played in 1903 between Boston and Pittsburgh.

1972       Leading the league in victories (27), ERA (1.97), starts (41), complete games (30), and strikeouts (310), Steve Carlton wins the NL’s Cy Young Award. ‘Lefty’s’ 27 victories account for nearly half (45.8%) of the last-place Phillies’ wins.

1972       The Braves trade southpaw George Stone and second baseman Felix Milan to the Mets for hurlers Danny Frisella and Gary Gentry, who will combine to win just nine games for Atlanta over the next three seasons. New York’s acquisitions will play key roles in the team’s success next season when their recently acquired infielder hits .290, and their new left-hander posts a 12-3 record along with an ERA of 2.80 for the National League champions.

1974       The Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander. The move allows the all-time career home run champ to finish his career in Milwaukee, the city in which he started in the majors.

1976       San Diego left-hander Randy Jones (22-14, 2.74) captures the National League’s Cy Young Award, capturing 15 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers. Two seasons ago, the 26 year-old southpaw had lost 22 games for the last-place Padres.

1983       John Denny garners 20 of 24 of the writers’ first-place votes to win the National League’s Cy Young Award, easily outdistancing runners-up Mario Soto and Jessie Orosco. The Prescott (AZ) native posted a 19-6 record with a 2.37 ERA for the National League Champion Phillies.

1995       The expansion Devil Rays unveil their official game uniforms during a special fashion show staged at the Florida Aquarium. The black, green, and blue jersey, which the team will start wearing in 1998, features a manta ray as its logo.

1999       Ken Griffey Jr., who wants to be nearer his family in Orlando, asks the Mariners to move him to a team that is closer to Florida. The superstar outfielder will get his wish in February when Seattle trades him to the Reds for Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez, Brett Tomko, and minor leaguer Jake Meyer.

2000       After a 15-year big league career, first baseman Will Clark announces his retirement. ‘The Thrill’ ends his playing days with the McGwire-less Cardinals, supplying the Redbirds with a much-needed offense (.345, 12, 42) in a two-month span after being traded from Baltimore.

2000       Former Blue Jay catcher (1981-86) and the team’s present TV color analyst, Buck Martinez, is hired as the Toronto manager, replacing recently-fired Jim Fregosi. The 51 year-old ESPN commentator joins Astros’ Larry Dierker and Diamondbacks’ Bob Brenly as first-time major league skippers hired from the broadcast booth.

2000       The Commission grants Wrigley Field preliminary landmark status on Chicago Landmarks. Any plans to refurbish or tear down the Cubs’ home since 1916 will have to be reviewed by this panel.

2004       “It’s a dud, just like the Cubs were,” -PAT CAMDEN, Chicago police spokesman comparing the team’s season and the discovery of a potentially explosive device. After a groundskeeper finds a grenade in the Wrigley Field turf, bomb and arson investigators evaluate the right field discovery. The rusty, hollowed-out shell turns out to be harmless, and its origins remain a mystery.

2005       Pat Gillick signs a three-year deal, becoming the Phillies’ general manager. The 68 year-old, who has held the same position with the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Mariners, has led his teams to two World Series titles and nine playoff appearances.

2009       At Citizens Bank Park, Chase Utley ties Reggie Jackson’s 1977 record with his fifth home run of the World Series, going deep twice in the Phillies’ 8-6 victory over the Yankees in Game 5. The Philadelphia second baseman becomes the second player to have two multi-homer games in the Fall Classic, joining Royals’ outfielder Willie Aikens, who accomplished the feat against the Phillies in 1980.

2011       Matt Wieters becomes the first Baltimore backstop to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The 25 year-old All-Star catcher, who appeared in 132 games behind the plate last season for the Orioles, was voted by the American League managers and coaches as the best defensive player in his position.

2012       The Astros reveal a new look to coincide with the franchise’s shift to the American League next season, having their brick red jerseys replaced by orange and navy blue, the club’s color scheme from 1962-93. A redesigned Orbit, the green space creature that was Houston’s mascot from 1990-99, is also coming out of retirement after 12 years to replace a rabbit character named Junction Jack, the team’s current good luck charm.

2016       After a 108-year drought, the Cubs capture the World Series, needing ten innings in Game 7 to defeat the Indians at Progressive Field, 8-7. Cleveland, who had 3-1 game advantage in the Fall Classic, now owns the longest span between World Championships, with their last title having come in 1948.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1975

Sparky Anderson’s “Big Red Machine” had once again dominated the National League, leaving no doubt that their 35-year drought was nearing an end. After steamrolling over the National League West with a 20-game lead, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Championship Series and won a ticket to their seventh Fall Classic. The Boston Red Sox had shocked the American League after ending the defending champion Oakland A’s three-year reign with a sweep of their own.

Game 1 featured a brilliant debut by pitcher Luis Tiant, who had led the Sox rotation during the regular season. The right-handed ace opened the tournament with a 6-0 victory and Boston looked to repeat the effort early on in Game 2. As Cincinnati entered the ninth, they were down 2-1 and running out of chances. However, as the old saying goes, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and Dave Concepcion proved it with a two-out, game-tying single in the ninth. After stealing second, Concepcion scored on a 3-2 game-winning double by Ken Griffey which squared the Series at a game apiece.

The Reds mounted a 5-1 lead in the third Game thanks to home runs from Concepcion, Johnny Bench and Cesar Geronimo, but the Sox were able to tie it up with Fred Lynn’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, Bernie Carbo’s pinch homer in the seventh and Dwight Evans’ two- run bomb in the ninth. Geronimo continued the rally with a single in the bottom of the 10th and then it happened: Once again, controversy erupted at the plate involving umpire Ken Burkhart, who was responsible for the 1970 debacle involving a “bad tag” call on the Reds’ Bernie Carbo. This time however, the ruling would go in Cincinnati’s favor, after pinch-hitter Ed Armbrister attempted to sacrifice in the 10th. The bouncing ball landed a few feet from home and as Boston catcher Carlton Fisk sprinted forward to retrieve it, he nearly collided with the batter who was blocking his way. Fisk managed to get to the ball, but made a wild throw past second moving Geronimo to third and allowing Armbrister to reach second. Despite Sox manager Darrell Johnson ‘s heated argument for an interference call from umpire Larry Barnett, the play stood and the Reds went on to win 6-5 on a Joe Morgan drive into deep center field. Tiant returned for his second start in Game 4 and evened it up with a 5-4 performance, but Cincinnati regained the advantage after Tony Perez (then hitless through 15 at-bats) nailed Reggie Cleveland for both a bases-empty homer and a three-run shot. Don Gullett and Rawly Eastwick finished the job for a combined 6-2 outing on the mound.

As the Series shifted back to Boston, it ran into a drenching New England rain that postponed the contest for an excruciating 72 hours. Despite the setback, Game 6 proved worth waiting for, and has been heralded as one of the greatest games ever. Boston charged to an early 3-0 lead in the first when Lynn sent one into the right field seats at Fenway scoring Carl Yastrzemski and Fisk. The blast came as no surprise to Red Sox fans as the rookie had knocked 21 during the regular season while batting .331 with 105 runs batted in. Tiant held the Reds for a tense four innings, but Griffey’s two-run triple and Bench’s run-scoring single evened it up in the fifth. George Foster followed suit adding a two-run double of his own in the seventh and Geronimo finished the rally with a lead-off blast over the wall in the eighth. Now up 6-3, “The Big Red Machine” shifted into high-gear and was six outs away from a World Series title. Pedro Borbon, Cincinnati’s fifth pitcher, started his third inning by surrendering a single to Lynn and a walk to Rico Petrocelli in the bottom of the eighth. Anticipating a disaster, Anderson– who’d been appropriately dubbed “Captain Hook” for his pitching changes–called for Eastwick as Dwight Evans stepped up to the plate for the potential tying-run. The Reds’ reliever came up big, striking out Evans and getting Rick Burleson on a liner to shallow left, but Bernie Carbo stepped in for reliever Roger Moret and became only the second man in World Series history to hit two pinch-homers. After Dick Drago sat down Cincy’s line-up 1-2-3 to start the ninth, Boston went to work extending the Series.

First, Denny Doyle forced an opening walk. Then Yastrzemski singled him to third as Will McEnaney came in to replace Eastwick. After intentionally walking Fisk to load the bases, Lynn fouled out and Doyle was caught at the plate trying to score. Finally, Rico Petrocelli grounded out and the opportunity was gone. With one out in the 11th, Griffey was on with Joe Morgan at the plate. The All-Star infielder nailed a long drive toward the right-field seats, but Evans made a spectacular, one-handed catch and caught the Reds’ base runner off of first. As the Sox took their turn, Pat Darcy (a record-tying eighth pitcher) retired the side for the second consecutive inning. Rick Wise (a 19-game winner) entered the 12th as both bullpens continued to empty. Boston’s top winner found himself in a two-on situation with one out, but managed to get Concepcion on a fly ball and Geronimo on a strikeout. Both teams were starting to show fatigue as Fisk and Darcy squared off in the bottom of the inning for what would become one of baseball’s most iconic moments. After launching a rocket toward left field, Fisk started to run toward first, but stutter-stepped as the ball appeared to be heading foul. The Boston catcher jumped up and down waving his arms as if to “will” the ball fair. As it came down, it glanced fair off of the foul pole for the historic 7-6 game-winning walk-off.

Game 7 appeared to have picked up right where Game 6 had begun, as Boston seized a 3-0 lead in the third inning. However, the Reds remained determined, and Perez nabbed a two-run homer in the sixth off left-hander Bill Lee. Pete Rose tied the game 3-3, scoring on a Tony Perez single. The deadlock would last until the ninth. Griffey led off with a walk and managed to reach third on a sacrifice and a groundout. Jim Burton intentionally walked Rose, but Morgan knocked a clutch single up the middle for the 4-3 lead. Will McEnaney made the lead stand up with a 1-2-3 ninth and the Reds emerged as World Champions…with or without a little help from the curse of “The Babe.”

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills520.7140.02291093-1-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
New England Patriots440.5001.52061641-4-03-0-04-1-02-1-02 W
New York Jets250.2863.01142062-1-00-4-02-3-00-2-01 W
Miami Dolphins170.1254.51382330-3-01-4-01-5-01-2-07 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers430.5711.01721772-2-02-1-03-2-02-0-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs440.5001.52082202-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos440.5001.51571372-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals530.6250.52201622-1-03-2-03-1-02-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers430.5711.01321422-2-02-1-03-2-01-1-03 W
Cleveland Browns440.5001.51831803-2-01-2-02-3-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans620.7500.02271953-1-03-1-05-1-03-0-04 W
Indianapolis Colts350.3753.02001831-3-02-2-02-3-01-2-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars160.1434.51232031-3-00-3-01-4-00-2-01 L
Houston Texans170.1255.01192411-3-00-4-01-4-01-1-07 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys610.8570.02251623-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Philadelphia Eagles350.3753.52031910-3-03-2-03-3-00-1-01 W
Washington Football Team260.2504.51562271-3-01-3-02-2-01-0-04 L
New York Giants260.2504.51562001-3-01-3-02-4-00-2-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams710.8750.02451683-1-04-0-05-1-01-1-04 W
San Francisco 49ers340.4293.51681710-3-03-1-03-3-00-2-01 W
Seattle Seahawks350.3754.01811691-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings340.4293.51631572-2-01-2-03-2-01-0-01 L
Chicago Bears350.3754.01231952-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-03 L
Detroit Lions080.0007.01342440-4-00-4-00-6-00-3-08 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers620.7500.02601834-0-02-2-04-2-01-1-01 L
New Orleans Saints520.7140.51761282-1-03-1-04-2-01-1-03 W
Carolina Panthers440.5002.01651592-2-02-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons340.4292.51481951-3-02-1-01-4-00-2-01 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York52.7142-23-02-14-25-21 L
Philadelphia52.7143-12-10-22-25-23 W
Toronto53.6250.52-33-02-05-25-34 W
Brooklyn43.5711.03-21-11-04-34-32 W
Boston25.2863.00-32-20-21-52-53 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago61.8573-13-02-04-16-12 W
Cleveland44.5002.51-13-32-14-41 W
Milwaukee34.4293.01-32-11-02-13-43 L
Indiana26.2504.52-20-40-11-62-61 W
Detroit15.1674.51-10-40-21-51-51 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami51.8333-02-12-04-15-14 W
Washington52.7140.53-02-21-15-25-21 L
Charlotte53.6251.02-23-11-14-35-31 L
Atlanta43.5711.53-01-31-12-34-31 W
Orlando26.2504.00-22-40-21-52-61 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah51.8332-03-12-04-05-11 W
Denver43.5711.52-12-21-14-24-31 L
Minnesota33.5002.02-31-00-12-23-32 L
Portland34.4292.53-10-33-23-42 L
Oklahoma City16.1434.51-20-40-11-51-62 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State51.8332-13-03-05-15-11 W
LA Lakers43.5711.53-21-10-23-34-32 W
Sacramento33.5002.00-23-11-13-33-31 L
Phoenix23.4002.51-21-11-11-32-31 W
LA Clippers24.3333.02-20-20-12-32-41 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas42.6673-01-22-03-14-21 W
Memphis43.5710.52-12-23-24-31 W
San Antonio25.2862.51-21-30-10-32-51 L
Houston15.1673.01-20-30-11-41-54 L
New Orleans16.1433.50-41-21-21-63 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers980117836185-0-03-0-18-0-1
Carolina Hurricanes880016833125-0-03-0-08-0-0
New York Rangers962113622191-1-15-1-06-2-1
Washington Capitals951313532223-0-32-1-05-1-3
Tampa Bay Lightning953111529302-2-13-1-05-3-1
Buffalo Sabres852111425174-1-01-1-15-2-1
Detroit Red Wings943210429312-1-22-2-04-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets853010423224-1-01-2-05-3-0
Philadelphia Flyers74219425212-1-12-1-04-2-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs94419421293-1-11-3-04-4-1
11 New Jersey Devils74219421213-2-11-0-04-2-1
12 New York Islanders73228317183-2-23-2-2
13 Boston Bruins74308318203-0-01-3-04-3-0
14 Pittsburgh Penguins83328326252-3-11-0-13-3-2
15 Ottawa Senators83506320252-3-01-2-03-5-0
16 Montreal Canadiens102804219341-3-01-5-02-8-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Edmonton Oilers871014634214-1-03-0-07-1-0
St. Louis Blues761012629153-1-03-0-06-1-0
Calgary Flames861113629151-0-15-1-06-1-1
San Jose Sharks853010522192-1-03-2-05-3-0
Winnipeg Jets842210428262-0-02-2-24-2-2
Minnesota Wild853010522262-1-03-2-05-3-0
Anaheim Ducks103439331352-2-11-2-23-4-3
Nashville Predators84408323223-3-01-1-04-4-0
Colorado Avalanche84408324272-2-02-2-04-4-0
10 Vegas Golden Knights84408321262-3-02-1-04-4-0
11 Los Angeles Kings93517324273-2-00-3-13-5-1
12 Seattle Kraken103617325332-2-01-4-13-6-1
13 Vancouver Canucks93517222250-3-03-2-13-5-1
14 Dallas Stars83417215221-1-12-3-03-4-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks101724122381-3-10-4-11-7-2
16 Arizona Coyotes90811013390-3-00-5-10-8-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
Philadelphia331411847341311-3-33-8-553
x – Nashville SC33121745432228-8-04-9-453
New York City FC331481155352010-3-34-5-850
Orlando City SC3312129484808-7-24-5-748
Atlanta3212119433679-5-33-6-647
New York3213712383268-5-35-2-946
D.C.33135155353011-1-52-4-1044
Columbus33128134445-19-3-43-5-944
CF Montreal32111011444228-4-33-6-843
Inter Miami CF33115173553-187-2-84-3-938
Chicago3397173652-167-5-52-2-1234
Toronto FC33610173863-254-7-52-3-1228
FC Cincinnati3348213672-361-5-103-3-1120
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
x – Seattle3317885232208-5-49-3-459
x – Sporting KC3217785736219-5-28-2-658
x – Colorado33161074633138-7-18-3-658
Portland32154135051-110-2-45-2-949
Minnesota33139113941-210-3-43-6-748
Los Angeles33138124751-48-4-45-4-847
Vancouver32121194343010-2-42-9-547
Real Salt Lake3213613535129-4-34-2-1045
Los Angeles FC3212812504558-5-34-3-944
San Jose331010134553-85-4-75-6-640
FC Dallas33711154655-95-7-52-4-1032
Houston33612153652-166-6-50-6-1030
Austin3284203252-206-2-82-2-1228