INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE
CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)
LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)
CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)
ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)
FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)
HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)
WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)
ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)
BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)
AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)
LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)
NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)
TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)
CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)
COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)
MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)
VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)
CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)
ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)
MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)
PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)
FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)
SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)
FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)
CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)
LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)
HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)
LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)
NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)
EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)
DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)
MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)
KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)
BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)
CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)
CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)
NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)
SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)
JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)
BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)
WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)
GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)
WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)
JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)
NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)
YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)
BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)
WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)
MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)
WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)
LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)
INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)
CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)
HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)
ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)
BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)
LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)
ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)
EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)
EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)
BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)
SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)
CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)
SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)
LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)
TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)
SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)
NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)
TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)
SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)
TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)
PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)
TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)
TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)
SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)
MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)
MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)
TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)
CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)
MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)
CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)
RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)
NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)
PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)
ALL-CITY FOOTBALL TEAM
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DANNY O’NEIL, CATHEDRAL
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MASON BERIAULT, SCECINA
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: TONY FLATT, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
COACH OF THE YEAR: OTT HURRLE, SCECINA
DANNY O’NEIL, CATHEDRAL
KYLE ANTOINE, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
BRANDON FITTS-RAMSEY, SCECINA
DEVION HAMPTON, TINDLEY
JOHN NABORS, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
DARRELL TAYLOR, CRISPUS ATTUCKS
JARON TIBBS, CATHEDRAL
LUKE VALERIO, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
DAVID AYERS, CATHEDRAL
GAVIN TINDALL, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
JAMIRSON RODGERS, CARDINAL RITTER
DARNELL TAYLOR, CRISPUS ATTUCKS
ADAM YOUNG, SCECINA
ELI CARLSON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
COLE THOMAS, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
BRENNAN WOOTEN, CATHEDRAL
CARTER NOLAN, SCECINA
KENDRICK GILBERT, CATHEDRAL
TAMIR WOODS, SCECINA
ISAAC FISCHER, BISHOP CHATARD
PATRICK KENDALL, CATHEDRAL
GABRIEL STORY, PURDUE POLY
SAM FEENEY, BISHOP CHATARD
COLLIN THOMPSON, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
TONY WOODEN, CRISPUS ATTUCKS
TONY FLATT, COVENANT CHRISTIAN
STERLING SMITH, CATHEDRAL
MICHAEL DYE, CRISPUS ATTUCKS
CJ OPPER, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
MASON BERIAULT, SCECINA
KYUSS GARGETT, CATHEDRAL
DEON RICHMOND, TINDLEY
ATTUCKS: DIEGO PETTIFORD
BISHOP CHATARD: NOAH DUDIK, DREW VANVLEET, JEF WAUGH
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL: JOHN BIBLE, MICHAEL CHURCH
COVENANT CHRISTIAN: WYATT BOWMAN
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN: CHRISTIAN DORA
PURDUE POLY: WILL CUNNINGHAM, JUJU PRIMUS
SCECINA: CALVIN CONNOR, DAVID MENDEZ, KEATON THIBO
WASHINGTON: JORDAN MILLER
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-7-3) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1) | 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT
CLASS 2A GIRLS | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1) VS. LEO (18-4) | 8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT
CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT
CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS
Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN 47803. Course Layout
Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.
Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.
Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.
Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9
THURSDAY, OCT. 27
VIRGINIA TECH AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UTAH AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU
EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.
OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.
WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.
NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.
ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.
KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.
NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE
NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE
CINCINNATI AT UCF
SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON
SMU AT TULSA
NFL WEEK 7
CHICAGO 33 NEW ENGLAND 14
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1, PHI @ HOU, FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2, PHI @ HOU, FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
PHILADELPHIA 120 INDIANA 106
TORONTO 98 MIAMI 90
NEW YORK 115 ORLANDO 102
CHICAGO 120 BOSTON 102
HOUSTON 114 UTAH 108
SAN ANTONIO 115 MINNESOTA 106
MEMPHIS 134 BROOKLYN 124
PORTLAND 135 DENVER 110
OTTAWA 4 DALLAS 2
WASHINGTON 6 NEW JERSEY 3
WINNIPEG 4 ST. LOUIS 0
EDMONTON 6 PITTSBURGH 3
VEGAS 3 TORONTO 1
CAROLINA 3 VANCOUVER 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
KEY STORYLINES FOR ASTROS-PHILLIES WORLD SERIES
The matchup for the 118th World Series is set. With their League Championship Series victories Sunday, the Astros and Phillies will face off in the Fall Classic, which opens Friday at Minute Maid Park. For Philadelphia, this is unfamiliar territory — the Phils haven’t played in the World Series in 13 years. For the Astros, who are looking to become the first team of the Wild Card era to run the table in the Postseason (and the first since the 1976 Reds), the territory is very familiar.
The Phillies won a thriller, 4-3, over the Padres in Game 5 of the NLCS thanks to a dramatic eighth-inning homer by series MVP Bryce Harper at Citizens Bank Park. A few hours later, the Astros polished off a sweep of the Yankees with a 6-5 win in the Bronx to reach the World Series for the fourth time in the last six years.
Here are seven key storylines as we look ahead to World Series Game 1:
Will Harper’s heroics continue?
Harper has been in the spotlight ever since he made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old phenom. In the years since, he’s lived up to the hype in every way except that his teams hadn’t found success in the postseason. That changed this month, and the two-time NL MVP is a huge reason why.
Harper’s iconic go-ahead homer in Sunday’s pennant clincher capped an NLCS in which he hit .400 (8-for-20) with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs. For the postseason overall, he’s hitting .419 (18-for-43) with six doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs.
It’s hard to believe that the man just turned 30 years old last week. On Sunday, Harper hit the biggest homer of his life, half of which has been spent under the collective watchful eye of the baseball world. Will he continue to fuel the Phillies’ Cinderella run all the way to a World Series championship?
Which Kyle Schwarber will we see in the World Series?
Through the first two rounds of the postseason, Schwarber was 1-for-20 with eight strikeouts. But his bat came alive in the NLCS, when he went 6-for-15 (.400) with three homers — including a mammoth 488-foot blast in Game 1, the longest ever hit at Petco Park — and six walks.
Schwarber will be playing in his second World Series after winning it all with the Cubs in 2016. He hit .412 in that Fall Classic against Cleveland, and the Phillies hope they’ll see something more akin to that performance this time around, which would mean a continuation of what he did in the NLCS.
Can Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola get the Phils off to a fast start?
We know that the Astros’ pitching staff is deeper than deep, as Houston has demonstrated throughout these playoffs. The Phillies’ lineup, even with the hot bats of Harper, Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins, will have its work cut out for it.
But on the other side of the ledger, could Wheeler and Nola put Philadelphia in a great spot by the time the World Series returns to Citizens Bank Park for Game 3?
The old adage is that if you start a playoff series with two games on the road, you’ll be content with a split. But the way Wheeler and Nola have pitched this postseason, aside from Nola’s rough outing in NLCS Game 2, it’s not a big stretch to imagine the Phils stealing two games in Houston.
Wheeler has a 1.78 ERA in four starts this postseason, while Nola didn’t surrender an earned run in two starts (12 2/3 innings) between the NL Wild Card Series and the NLDS before getting hit for six runs in NLCS Game 2.
WORLD SERIES TEED UP: HARPER, PHILLIES GO DEEP, FACE ASTROS
Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber breaking the Bank in Philly. Yordan Alvarez launching moonshots in H-Town.
Dusty Baker trying for a most elusive win. Justin Verlander, too. A fired-up Harper and All-Stars J.T. Realmuto and Zack Wheeler, stepping onto baseball’s biggest platform for the first time.
Yo! The Philadelphia Phillies, of all teams, are headed to the World Series. Against those back-for-more Houston Astros, y’all.
A pretty tasty matchup starting Friday night at Minute Maid Park, a Fall Classic full of vibrant sights, scents and sounds.
Think cheesesteaks, hoagies and water ice vs. BBQ brisket, Tex-Mex and Blue Bell ice cream.
The Phanatic and Phils fans need a late rally at Citizens Bank Park? Dial up something from “Rocky.” Want to party in Houston? Sing and clap along with mascot Orbit to Moe Bandy’s bouncy “Deep in the Heart of Texas” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Harper already has hit five home runs this postseason. In the signature swing of his career, his eighth-inning drive against San Diego on Sunday in Game 5 sent the Phillies into the World Series for the first time since 2009 and earned him the NL Championship Series MVP.
The Astros are 7-0 this postseason after finishing off a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. Alex Bregman’s go-ahead single keyed a 6-5 win Sunday night.
After losing the World Series last year, Houston opened as a solid favorite to win the title this year, according to FanDuel.
Odds are, crowd might witness a Schwar-bomb or the Chas Chomp along the way.
But no possibility of seeing a sibling rivalry. Astros reliever Phil Maton broke a finger on his pitching hand when he punched his locker after a shaky performance in the regular-season finale, an outing that included giving up a hit to his younger brother, Phils utilityman Nick Maton.
City of Brotherly Love, not so much. But a nice treat for fans in both cities: The Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL’s only unbeaten team, visit the Houston Texans on the travel day between Games 5 and 6, if those are needed.
Weather won’t be an issue with the retractable roof in Houston. No telling what the elements will be with the open air in Philly.
With the likes of Jose Altuve, ALCS MVP Jeremy Pena, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm, this World Series is a best-of-seven matchup representing some of the game’s best present and future. Plus a good piece of the past – remember, these teams have played each other nearly 600 times.
There was the thrilling 1980 NL Championship Series, when Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, Steve Carlton and the Fightin’ Phils outlasted Nolan Ryan at the Astrodome on the way to their first World Series title.
Years later, closers Brad Lidge, Billy Wagner, Mitch Williams and Ken Giles spent time with both clubs. So did future Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Robin Roberts.
And this neat piece of history – the Phillies were the first team to ever beat Houston, back in 1962 when the expansion Colt .45s lost at Connie Mack Stadium.
Funny, the Phillies are also the most recent team to beat the Astros. Way back on Oct. 3, Philadelphia opened the final series of the regular season with a 3-0 win at Houston, with Schwarber homering twice as Aaron Nola outpitched Lance McCullers Jr.
The Astros then closed out an AL-best 106-56 record by winning the next two behind Verlander and Framber Valdez – Philadelphia still leads 297-283 in their head-to-head matchups, mostly all before Houston moved from the National League to the American League in 2013.
Houston then swept Seattle in the AL Division Series and the Yankees in the ALCS featuring its winning formula of imposing starting pitching, a dominant bullpen and a lineup full of home run hitters such as Alvarez and Kyle Tucker.
This marks the Astros’ fourth trip to the World Series in six years and their only title in 2017 was tainted by an illegal sign-stealing scandal. Last season, they lost to Freddie Freeman and the underdog Atlanta Braves in six games.
At 73 and in his 25th season as a manager, Baker is looking for a crown to cap his ample resume.
“I mean, victories drive me. And I’ll get it,” he said during the ALCS. “You can’t rush it before it gets here because it ain’t here yet. So you just got to put yourself in a position to do it.”
Verlander, the likely AL Cy Young Award winner after bouncing back from Tommy John surgery, is hoping to improve his 0-6 mark in seven career World Series starts.
The Phillies, meanwhile, looked like a big zero this year before getting to this point in October.
Stuck at 21-29 going into June, they fired manager Joe Girardi a few days later and put the interim tag on bench coach Rob Thomson. Then suddenly, the Phillies took off.
They overcame Harper’s broken thumb, sidelining the two-time NL MVP for two months, beat out Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in going 87-75, and quickly topped NL Central champion St. Louis in the wild-card round. Philadelphia eliminated defending World Series champ Atlanta in the NLDS and topped San Diego in the NLCS.
Now, with Thomson having been rewarded with a two-year contract, the Phillies are the first third-place team in baseball history to reach the World Series.
Philadelphia lost to the Yankees in its last trip this far. A year earlier in 2008, Lidge capped off his remarkable year of going 48 for 48 in save chances to close out the Phillies’ second title as a team led by Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard beat Tampa Bay in five games.
Spurred by their rollicking home crowd, Harper and this bunch of Phils hope to add another banner.
Thomson is trying to join Jack McKeon (Marlins, 2003) and Bob Lemon (Yankees, 1978) as the only managers hired in midseason to win the title. To the 59-year-old Thomson, it’s not such a surprise his team is in this position.
“Coming out of spring training … we knew we had a good ballclub. We knew our bullpen was good, rotation was good, we had great offense,” he said earlier in the playoffs. “We just got off to a little bit of a slow start and kind of spiraled.”
“And we had ups and downs during the season, just like any other club does. But they knew that they were going to come out of it at some point and start winning again. And we did,” he said.
FIELDS, BEARS SCORE 23 STRAIGHT POINTS, BEAT PATS 33-14
The clock was running down in the second quarter and the pocket was collapsing around Justin Fields, with one defender coming at him from the right, another circling around on his left, and a third coming straight at him.
A quick pump fake froze one of the rushers. Fields drifted left, barely eluding the outstretched arm of another, and then stutter-stepped to the right to squeeze through a hole that barely existed. And then it was a race to the sideline, picking up 20 yards on a third-and-14 and moving Chicago into field goal range.
Fields threw for 179 yards and a touchdown and ran for 82 yards and another score on Monday night, converting five third downs with his legs and five more with his arm to lead Chicago to a 33-14 victory over the New England Patriots.
“He kept the drives going,” Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon said. “We would get them in third and long, and it seemed like he would just find a running lane and pick it up with his feet, or making a throw. He would just keep the chains moving. We had no answer for him.”
Fields ran for a 3-yard score in the first quarter to give the Bears (3-4) a 10-0 lead. After Bailey Zappe came off the bench to replace Mac Jones and led New England to back-to-back touchdowns and a 14-10 lead, Fields hit Khalil Herbert for a 25-yard touchdown pass to start a string of 23 unanswered points.
“I’m still growing, still getting better,” Fields said. “The sky’s the limit for sure.”
In a matchup of quarterbacks from the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game, Fields outperformed Jones, who led Alabama to victory over Fields’ Ohio State. And Fields also outplayed Zappe, who came on after Jones was managed just two three-and-outs and an interception in his return after missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
With the damp Gillette Stadium crowd chanting “Zappe! Zappe!” the fourth-round draft pick from Western Kentucky led the Patriots to back-to-back touchdowns and a 14-10 lead. But the Bears scored the next 23 points.
“Just a poor showing, across the board, from beginning all the way to the end,” New England safety Devin McCourty said. “If we give up 33 points, I don’t care who plays quarterback. We’re going to have a tough time winning the game.”
Zappe was 5 of 6 for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first half. But in the second, he was 9 of 16 for 76 yards and two interceptions. Jones completed 3 of 6 passes for 13 yards, with one interception. Rhamondre Stevenson caught eight passes for 59 yards and ran 11 times for 39 for the Patriots (3-4).
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the plan all along was to play both quarterbacks, and that Jones was not benched for his performance. He declined to say who would start next week against the Jets.
“He would have gone back in (but) the score got out of hand,” he said. “I didn’t think that was the right thing to do.”
David Montgomery ran for 62 yards and Herbert did the same for Chicago, which had lost three straight games and four out of five. The Bears had also lost five straight to the Patriots and eight out of nine since beating New England in the 1986 Super Bowl 46-10.
Bears kicker Cairo Santos was 4 for 4, including a 50-yarder late in the third quarter that made it 26-14. After Zappe went three-and-out, Dante Pettis returned a punt 27 yards to the Patriots’ 39-yard line; Herbert and Montgomery took it the last 26 yards to give Chicago a 33-14 lead.
Bears rookies Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker had their first career interceptions.
The loss deprived Belichick of a 325th career victory – regular season and playoffs – that would have moved him past Monsters of the Midway Hall of Famer George Halas on the NFL’s all-time list. Belichick and Halas remain tied for second behind Don Shula, who won 347 games for the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots honored former defensive lineman Richard Seymour at halftime as he was presented his Hall of Fame ring by owner Robert Kraft. Seymour was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past summer. He spent eight seasons with New England and was a member of three Super Bowl winning teams.
Bears OL Lucas Patrick left in the first half with a toe injury.
Patriots: S Kyle Dugger left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. C David Andrews was evaluated for a head injury after taking a blindside block from Bears defensive lineman Mike Pennel following a fourth-quarter interception. Pennel was ejected on the play.
Bears: At the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Patriots: At the New York Jets on Sunday.
JETS RB HALL, OL VERA-TUCKER OUT FOR SEASON WITH INJURIES
(AP) — New York Jets rookie running back Breece Hall and versatile offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker will both miss the rest of the season with injuries.
Coach Robert Saleh confirmed Monday that Hall has a torn ACL in his left knee, which is what the team initially feared. An MRI revealed the severity of the injury, which happened in the second quarter of the Jets’ 16-9 victory at Denver on Sunday.
Vera-Tucker, who has started at left guard, left tackle, right guard and right tackle during his two seasons, has a torn triceps that will require surgery. He was also hurt in the second quarter with what was announced as an elbow injury.
Losing the two is a tough blow for the Jets, who have won four in a row – while mostly relying on the running game to power the offense during that streak. And Hall and Vera-Tucker were major parts of that.
Hall, a second-round pick out of Iowa State, was one of the NFL’s top rookies before the injury as a key playmaker in the offense of the surprising 5-2 Jets. He has a team-leading 463 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 80 attempts, including a 62-yard TD run against the Broncos during which he hit a top speed of 21.87 mph according to Next Gen Stats, the fastest by a ball carrier this season.
He was the first Jets player since 2009 to run for a touchdown in four straight games. Hall also had 19 catches for 218 yards and a TD, providing a dual threat out of the backfield.
Michael Carter, a fourth-round pick last year out of North Carolina, will likely handle the bulk of the carries moving forward. He was the starter for much of his rookie season and has 228 yards and two TDs on 66 carries this year. Carter also has 20 catches for 151 yards.
Veteran Ty Johnson is also on the roster, and undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight is expected to be signed from the Jets’ practice squad to the active roster.
Vera-Tucker, a first-round pick last year out of USC, earned the respect of coaches and teammates for being able to play multiple positions on the O-line and filling in seamlessly for other injured players. According to Sportradar, Vera-Tucker was one of just three players since 2006 to start at four offensive line positions in his first 21 games.
He started the last three games at right tackle, and will be replaced by former Bengals first-rounder Cedric Ogbuehi.
SEAHAWKS DON’T BELIEVE DK METCALF WILL NEED KNEE SURGERY
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf suffered an injury to his patellar tendon but does not need surgery at this time, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Speaking on his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday morning, Carroll said the team got a “great report” about Metcalf after he left Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the first half. Metcalf appeared to be hurt leaping for a catch in the end zone late in the first quarter and was immediately ruled out by the team.
X-rays in Los Angeles on Sunday were negative and Metcalf underwent additional scans back in Seattle on Monday morning. Carroll said there is no timeline for Metcalf’s potential return.
Metcalf had one catch for 12 yards against the Chargers before getting injured. For the season, Metcalf has 31 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns through seven games.
CHARGERS’ JC JACKSON OUT FOR SEASON WITH RIGHT KNEE INJURY
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers cornerback JC Jackson will miss the rest of the season after he ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Coach Brandon Staley said surgery has not yet been scheduled.
Jackson’s knee appeared to give out as he was attempting to elevate while contesting a touchdown catch by Seattle’s Marquise Goodwin in the end zone. The Seahawks went on to win 37-23 and snap the Chargers’ three-game winning streak.
Jackson was left clutching his knee on the turf and was down for several minutes while being tended to by trainers.
Medical personnel put an air cast on Jackson’s right leg before he was carted to the locker room.
Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Chargers after New England did not place the franchise tag on him. He had struggled in his first season with the Bolts after having ankle surgery late in the preseason.
The Chargers (4-3) are already missing outside linebacker Joey Bosa after he underwent groin surgery four weeks ago. Staley said Bosa is back in California to continue his rehab with the possibility he could return late in the season.
Los Angeles – which will be on its bye this week – will also be missing wide receiver Mike Williams for multiple games after he suffered a high ankle sprain during the fourth quarter.
PANTHERS’ WALKER EARNS ANOTHER START AT QB VS. FALCONS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) P.J. Walker has earned another start for the Carolina Panthers following a 21-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“I feel like P.J. would be our starter this week,” against the Atlanta Falcons, Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks said Monday.
Wilks said he’s still unsure of where Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold are in their rehabs from ankle injuries at this point in the week, but said regardless that Walker played well and deserves another start.
“I don’t see no reason not to start him,” Wilks said.
Walker has earned the respect of the players in the locker room, and he provided a much-needed boost for the Panthers passing game, completing 16 of 22 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns to help the 13 1/2-point underdog Panthers earn a surprising win.
Walker earned a game ball for his efforts.
Walker entered the game 2-1 as an NFL starter, but with a reputation for forcing throws downfield and into tight spots. He had eight career interceptions and only two TD passes coming into the game.
But Walker said he’s grown as a player and has learned from his mistakes.
“I can make every throw. But every throw doesn’t have to be made,” Walker said. “That is something I have learned and that is something I take into game-planning every week. When I am out there knowing what I like. Every ball ain’t got to be pushed down the field. It can be thrown away. You ain’t got to force nothing. Live to fight another down that is how I approach the game now.”
Walker’s big game came one week after he was limited to 60 yards passing on 10 of 16 completions in a 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, when the team relied on screen passes instead of throws downfield because they weren’t quite ready to trust Walker.
On Sunday, the Panthers shifted gears. They threw downfield to Terrace Marshall on their first offensive play.
And while Walker didn’t complete the pass, Wilks believes it set the tone for the game.
“It showed that we weren’t going to sit back,” Wilks said. “That we were going to be aggressive and it showed that we wanted to push the ball down the field and try to really see what we can get. Again, a divisional game at home, we felt like we wanted to be able to be aggressive today.”
Running game. The Panthers may have finally found their identity on Sunday and that’s running the football. Despite trading 2019 All-Pro Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers last Thursday, the Panthers ran for 173 yards behind D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard started the game and ran for 63 yards and a score before leaving with an ankle injury. Foreman was a big part of the game plan with 118 yards on 15 carries, including a 60-yard burst that set up a touchdown to give Carolina a 14-0 lead.
The strength of the Panthers offensive line is run-blocking, so that will be something they need to focus on for the remainder of the season.
“We knew what (McCaffrey) meant to this team,” Walker said. “We knew what he brought to the table, but we still had to go out there and execute and go out there and play at a high level. The O-line knew that, the running backs knew that, and I knew that.”
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Third down offense. Despite the win, the Panthers continued to struggle on third downs, converting just 4 of 12 opportunities. For the season, the Panthers have converted a league-low 25% of their third down chances. That is not a long-term recipe for success in the NFL.
D.J. Moore. This season has been a struggle for Moore, largely because of the team’s poor quarterback play. But Moore finally seemed on the same page with a QB as he caught six passes for 69 yards and a 20-yard touchdown.
Prior to Sunday, Moore had just 20 catches for 204 yards and one score in six games, leaving him well off the pace to earn his fourth straight season with at least 1,150 yards receiving.
PR Shi Smith. The returner continues to make punt returning an adventure. First, he called for a fair catch in the end zone on Sunday after back peddling 10 yards to field the punt. Later, he allowed a punt to hit the ground and roll around a bit before pointlessly attempting to jump on the ball with three Buccaneers players approaching, risking a potential fumble. Smith will remain as the punt returner this week, but Wilks said he needs to be coached up.
Hubbard and CB Donte Jackson suffered ankle injuries and cornerback C.J. Henderson injured his arm on Sunday, but Wilks offered no updates on Monday. Carolina is hoping to get CB Jaycee Horn back this week after he missed two games with a shoulder injury. Wilks said he wanted to give Horn an extra week to heal.
46 – Number of yards rushing for the Bucs on Sunday against Carolina’s improving defense.
“We wanted to make them one-dimensional,” Wilks said.
Despite enduring a miserable start to the season that resulted in the firing of coach Matt Rhule, the Panthers (2-5) find themselves just one game back of the struggling Bucs and Falcons in the division. And, they’re the only team in the NFC South with an undefeated record in the division entering Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
TITANS COACH: TANNEHILL’S INJURED ANKLE ‘GOOD’ DAY AFTER WIN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel says that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is doing “good” and progressing a day after leaving the stadium with a fourth straight victory and his right foot in a walking boot.
The first test will come Wednesday for Tannehill, and several other banged-up Titans. All eyes are on Tannehill, who has yet to miss a start since becoming Tennessee’s starter in mid-October 2019, posting a 36-18 record in the regular season.
“We need everybody, and the quarterback is vital to the execution,” Vrabel said Monday when asked how much tougher practice could be without the starting quarterback. “And we’ll continue to see where Ryan is, and we’ll get everybody ready that we feel like needs to get ready.”
Tannehill is a big reason the Titans (4-2) have rebounded from an 0-2 start to the top of the AFC South they’re trying to win for a third straight season. Their 19-10 victory over Indianapolis capped a second straight sweep of their divisional rival.
Tannehill hurt his ankle on the opening play of the fourth quarter and missed only one snap.
The other option for Sunday’s visit to Houston (1-4-1) is rookie Malik Willis with Logan Woodside on the practice squad. Willis had three snaps against the Colts, two coming with the Titans trying to rev up the offense and tap the rookie’s legs. Neither has started an NFL game.
The Titans are healing up on defense, and it’s showing. Linebacker Bud Dupree and safety Amani Hooker both returned from injuries against the Colts. Tennessee held Jonathan Taylor to 58 yards with the Colts managing only 65 yards rushing overall. The Titans now rank fourth in the NFL against the run.
Tennessee also has forced 10 turnovers overall, including three apiece in sweeping the Colts this season. The Titans have failed to force at least one turnover only once, and that was in their Week 2 loss in Buffalo.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The offense. Two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry is doing his best to literally carry Tennessee’s offense, but this offense has been outscored 81-20 after halftime this season. But Willis couldn’t get the ball from Tannehill on an end-around, leading to a fumble.
The Titans finally got their first points in the fourth quarter in their sixth game. They had to settle for two of Randy Bullock’s four field goals, and thanks to Henry held the ball for 9:40 of the final 15 minutes to seal the win.
Austin Hooper. The tight end seemed set for a big season considering how quickly Hooper clicked with Tannehill during the offseason and training camp. Then the tight end went missing after catching only one of five passes thrown to him in a Week 2 loss in Buffalo.
Hooper caught all three passes thrown to him in the second half against the Colts for 56 yards for his best game this season. Two converted third downs and helped set up Tennessee’s first points in the fourth quarter this season on a pair of field goals by Bullock.
Cornerback Caleb Farley. The first-round pick of 2021 played only two snaps against Indianapolis, none on defense.
Enough Titans played through issues that Vrabel might ease up the practice schedule. But Tannehill is the most crucial. Entering Monday, he currently is tied for ninth in the NFL – with Tom Brady – with a 92.8 passer rating. Tannehill has started 54 straight games, including the playoffs, since becoming the Titans’ starting quarterback.
3 – The Titans currently are plus-3 in the takeaway-giveaway category. The defense scored 10 points off two turnovers in the second quarter for a 13-0 halftime lead.
Hit the road again for the first of back-to-back games away from Tennessee, this time to Houston for a second straight divisional game.
This will be the first time since Vrabel’s first season in 2018 that the Titans haven’t concluded the season in Houston where they clinched the AFC South each of the past two seasons, including the AFC’s No. 1 seed there in January, along with a wild-card berth with a win there in the 2019 regular-season finale.
It’s a must-win with a trip to Kansas City in prime time looming on Nov. 6.
NFL LOOKING INTO INTERACTION BETWEEN REFS, BUCS WR EVANS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL said it is looking into what transpired between two game officials and Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans in the tunnel of Bank of America Stadium after the Buccaneers’ 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
A reporter captured a video of side judge Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter approaching Evans as he is making his way toward the locker room.
There is a short inaudible exchange between the game officials and Evans, before the player turns around and is handed a slip of paper. A second video posted by a reporter from 1340 AM Fox Sports appears to show Evans writing something as Lamberth stood next to him while Tampa Bay players walked past them to the locker room.
According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association game officials are not allowed to “ask players, coaches or any other team personnel for autographs or memorabilia.”
In addition, game officials are not allowed “to sell or trade NFL tickets for anything of greater value than the face value of the tickets” or “sell or trade for anything of value NFL merchandise, autographs or memorabilia.”
The CBA goes on to stipulate that they recognize game officials may need to obtain player autographs or team merchandise or memorabilia for personal or charitable purposes, but said that such requests should be made through the officiating department and never to a player or team employee directly.
Lamberth is in his 20th season as an NFL official, while Sutter in his fourth.
It’s unclear what, if any, potential punishments the game officials could face if they received an autograph from Evans.
BROWNS’ PHILLIPS ‘LIKELY’ DONE FOR YEAR WITH PECTORAL INJURY
CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns starting linebacker Jacob Phillips will likely miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a pectoral injury during Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Also, tight end David Njoku could miss significant time with an ankle injury for the Browns (2-5), who have lost four straight.
The loss of Phillips is another blow to Cleveland’s defense, which had one of its better performances against dynamic Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Phillips had taken over signal-calling duties after captain Anthony Walker Jr. suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Week 3.
This is the second serious injury in two seasons for Phillips, a third-round pick from LSU in 2020. He played in just four games last year after suffering a biceps injury in training camp.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Phillips got hurt while making a tackle near the sideline. He’s still undergoing medical tests.
As for Njoku, Stefanski said he’s “week to week” with ankle injury. The Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals next Monday, giving him an extra day’s rest.
However, Njoku, who had seven catches for 71 yards before getting hurt in the third quarter, left M&T Bank Stadium in a walking boot and on crutches and will likely need more than a week to recover.
Njoku posted “Be back soon” on Twitter following the game. The Browns have a bye after facing the Bengals.
The 26-year-old Njoku has become a dependable option in Stefanski’s offense. He has 34 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown this season and five straight games with at least 58 yards.
Cleveland’s tight end depth is thin at the moment with Pharaoh Brown in concussion protocol after getting hurt Sunday.
Stefanski said top cornerback Denzel Ward remains in concussion protocol. He’s missed Cleveland’s past two games after getting hurt in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 9.
DOLPHINS SAFETY BRANDON JONES TO GO ON INJURED RESERVE
Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones will be placed on injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Mike McDaniel said Monday.
“I’m not too excited about it,” McDaniel said about the latest setback for the Dolphins’ secondary.
McDaniel didn’t say if Jones’ injury will keep him out for the rest of the season. He will miss at least four games.
The team is seeking more medical opinions, and McDaniel expects to know more by Wednesday.
Jones had to be helped off the field while barely putting any weight on his left leg Sunday.
Miami’s defense is already missing several key contributors. Cornerback Nik Needham tore an Achilles tendon a week earlier against Minnesota and will miss the rest of the season.
Kader Kohou, an undrafted rookie cornerback who’d made a mark through the first quarter of the season, has missed the past two games with an oblique injury. Cornerback Keion Crossen missed Sunday’s game after suffering a knee injury last week.
Star cornerback Xavien Howard has been nursing groin injuries.
And cornerback Byron Jones, who has been on the physically unable to perform list all season, is not expected to return this week. He had surgery on his lower left leg in March.
“The whole process is frustrating for all parties,” McDaniel said. “But these things are individualistic in how people recover from things.”
SMART HAS RECRUITING CONCERNS IN GEORGIA-FLORIDA SITE DEBATE
(AP) — As the home team in Saturday’s neutral site game against Florida, No. 1 Georgia can leave tickets at the gate for recruits.
For Georgia coach Kirby Smart, that’s not nearly enough to make up for his defending national championship team’s inability to host recruits as he would in a true home game.
The annual rivalry game in Jacksonville, Florida, is under contract only through 2023. Smart’s recruiting concerns are a big factor in discussions about the future of the series.
Officials from Georgia and Florida released a joint statement Monday in which they said a number of factors would be considered as the schools consider keeping the game at the neutral site or moving to home sites.
The statement said the rivalry game “is an important tradition.”
“Typically both schools begin conversations regarding future games in the series as the last contracted game nears,” the statement said. “We anticipate following that timeline. When those discussions take place, we will consider a multitude of factors including tradition, finances, future SEC scheduling models with the addition of Texas and Oklahoma, and what is best for both schools’ football programs overall.”
Aside from home-and-home games in 1994 and 1995, the game called “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” has been played in Jacksonville since 1933. Georgia (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) will look to protect its top ranking on Saturday against Florida (4-3, 1-3).
NCAA rules forbid schools from hosting recruits at neutral sites. Clearly, Smart does not believe leaving tickets at the gate makes up for the inability to have contact with recruits.
“We’re allowed to use tickets, but we can’t host them,” Smart said Monday. “We can’t do anything. So I never understood – I never understand – what would we do with them? We can’t legally see them. We can’t talk to them, we can’t host them. Visit with them.
“We can say, `There’s a ticket at the gate. Enjoy the game.’ So that’s really all we can do. We’ll do that. We’ll have some kids go to the game.”
Smart also addressed the future of the rivalry last week when he said money and the tradition of the neutral-site game also must be considered.
“I enjoy the pageantry of going down there and playing,” Smart said. “I enjoyed playing there as a player. I enjoy tradition. I enjoy all those things.
“When it comes down to it, there’s a very, very basic element of everything comes back to, number one money and number two, recruiting and getting good players. I firmly believe that we’ll be able to sign better players by having it as a home-and-home because we’ll have more opportunities to get them to campus.”
Smart acknowledged the fact that playing the game in Jacksonville brings in more money for the university.
“You have to weigh both those and make really good decisions,” he said.
Georgia and Florida will consider a two-year option to keep the game in Jacksonville through 2025.
The payout for each team from Jacksonville is approximately $2.9 million for each school in 2022 and 2023, which includes a guaranteed $1.25 million and a split of gate revenue. Georgia also receives $350,000 each year for its charter flight, buses and lodging while Florida receives $60,000, with no flights required.
The guaranteed money for each school would be increased to $1.5 million in 2024 and 2025. With gate revenue included, each school’s payout under the option would increase to more than $3 million.
Each school generates about $3 million for selling out a game on its campus, minus about $500,000 in expenses.
Florida first-year coach Billy Napier says he’d like to personally experience the game in Jacksonville before offering an opinion about the future of the series.
“So this environment, this experience for a player, can have a significant impact on a player’s decision,” Napier said. “So I mean, I completely understand what Kirby is saying. Every other year he’s missing out on what he knows will be a fantastic venue and game day experience.”
Napier said there are “some advantages and disadvantages here” for each team in Jacksonville.
Georgia senior safety Christopher Smith said his favorite part of the annual game is “when you step into the stadium you see the crowd split 50-50.”
Even so, Smith said “I personally would like the game to be home-and-home” with occasional games played in Jacksonville.
Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson said the neutral site adds to the the rivalry.
“It’s pretty cool being in Jacksonville seeing the stadium split half and half,” Richardson said. “But I feel like if it was to be put at the universities, at the schools, I feel like you might give one team an advantage over the other. That’s just food for thought.”
MICHIGAN’S HARBAUGH: PSU’S FRANKLIN ‘RINGLEADER’ IN SCUFFLE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Penn State coach James Franklin acted as a “ringleader” when the No. 4 Wolverines and No. 13 Nittany Lions clashed nearly two weeks ago, dismissing Franklin’s claim that a policy change was needed to keep things orderly beneath Michigan Stadium.
Harbaugh said Monday it wasn’t the lack of a policy that caused a problem between the teams.
A lot of heated words were exchanged and Michigan players reportedly said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime of a close game that the Wolverines won in a 41-17 rout on Oct. 15.
“Like you saw, pretty clearly, that (Penn State players) completely stopped. They weren’t letting us get up the tunnel,” Harbaugh said. “And it just seemed like such a sophomoric ploy to try to keep us out of our locker rooms. And (Franklin) looked like he was the ringleader of the whole thing.”
Franklin said there should be a policy in place to prevent teams heading to the locker rooms at the same time and suggested the need for some sort of buffer to separate the teams.
“All there has to be is a two-minute or minute buffer in between the two teams,” Franklin said. “We’re not the first team that’s had issues like that. To me, under the current structure, we won’t be the last.”
There were no reports of any physical confrontations.
SARKISIAN SORRY FOR NOT SINGING “EYES OF TEXAS” AFTER LOSS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas coach Steve Sarkisian apologized Monday for not staying on the field to sing “The Eyes of Texas” after the Longhorns’ loss to Oklahoma State and promised it would “never happen again.”
Controversy surrounding the postgame tradition erupted in 2020 when some players objected to singing it because of racist elements in its past. The Texas chapter of the NAACP even filed a civil rights complaint over its continued use.
Sarkisian had promised on the day he was hired in 2021 that his team would sing the song and the issue seemed to die down. But after Texas lost 41-34 last weekend, the coach and many of his players went straight to the locker room without staying on the field to sing as is team tradition.
The move drew attention on social media and Sarkisian opened his Monday press conference with an apology.
“I own an apology to Longhorn Nation. I made a mistake at the end of the game in not singing `The Eyes of Texas’ when the game was done,” he said. “That was not anything that was intentional. That was not anything that had to do with our players. I think our players just followed me up the ramp into the locker room.”
Sarkisian said he was upset with the way the game ended.
“That will never happen again,” Sarkisian said of the song omission. “Again, it was not intentional.”
“The Eyes of Texas” was written in 1903 and has a history of performances in minstrel shows with musicians often in blackface. For decades, it has been sung after games and graduation ceremonies, and is a popular singalong at weddings and even funerals.
In 2020, a group of athletes and students called for the school to drop the song amid racial injustice protests after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The school said athletes would not be required to sing it, although the main Longhorn bands would keep playing it.
School President Jay Hartzell, with the full backing of the university’s Board of Regents, said the song would stay and a school research panel determined there was “no racist intent” behind it.
MARYLAND, OHIO STATE, PENN STATE AND WISCONSIN EARN WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS
Offensive Player of the Week
Sean Clifford, Penn State
QB – Sr. – Cincinnati, Ohio – St. Xavier
- Completed 23-of-31 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns to become the career completions leader at Penn State, passing Trace McSorley (720; 2015-18) in the Nittany Lions’ 45-17 victory against Minnesota
- On a 4-yard pass in the first quarter, Clifford became the second Nittany Lion to record 9,000 career passing yards
- Collected his 10th career game with 250+ passing yards and three or more passing touchdowns
- The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
- Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Sean Clifford (Sept. 5, 2022)
Defensive Player of the Week
John Torchio, Wisconsin
S – Sr. – Lafayette, Calif. – Campolindo
- Picked off a pair of passes in Wisconsin’s win over Purdue, including a first-quarter interception that he returned for a touchdown
- The first Badger to record two interceptions and return one for a score in the same game since Natrell Jamerson did so against Northwestern in 2016
- Totaled a career-high 10 tackles, a team high in the win
- The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Kamo’I Latu (Oct. 10, 2022)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Noah Ruggles, Ohio State
K – Gr. – Odessa, Fla. – Steinbrenner
- Kicked four field goals early against Iowa’s top-five defense to help Ohio State build a 26-10 lead on the way to a 54-10 victory
- Converted on four field goals (46, 41, 35, 26) and six PATs for a career-high 18-point day
- His four first-half field goals tie for the second most in a game in pro-gram history, matching eight other Buckeye placekickers
- Garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Noah Ruggles (Nov. 1, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Roman Hemby, Maryland
RB – Edgewood, Md. – The John Carroll School
- Rushed for a career-high 179 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Maryland’s win over Northwestern
- Scored the game-winning touchdown on a career-long 75-yard run with 3:33 remaining in the game to put the Terps ahead for good
- Forced 10 missed tackles on runs, the most by an Autonomy Five running back in the country this week
- Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career
- Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Jaishawn Barham (Oct. 10, 2022)
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK 8 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Ron Cook, Buffalo, Running Back
Senior, Washington, DC (St. John’s College)
Cook rushed for a career-high 118 yards and the game-winning touchdown in a 34-27 win over Toledo. The senior running back averaged 6.6 yards per carry. He scored on a 30-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Bulls the lead for good after trailing by 17 heading into the fourth quarter. Cook added three receptions for 40 yards in the game.
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo, Safety
Junior, Southfield, MI (Southfield A&T)
Marcus Fuqua tied an FBS-era program record with three interceptions against Toledo on Saturday. He played a key role in sparking a comeback win over the Rockets. After making his first interception at the end of the second quarter, the junior safety made two interceptions in the fourth quarter that led to points and helped the Bulls rally from a 17-point deficit. His second interception led to the Bulls’ go-ahead touchdown. His third interception led to a UB field goal with 47 seconds left that extended the lead to seven points and help ice the game for the Bulls. Fuqua added four tackles in the game.
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Sami Sir, Bowling Green, Punter
Freshman, Melbourne, Australia (Essendon Keilor College)
Helped flip the field for the Falcons all game. Had three of his six punts (42.2 avg.) pinned CMU inside its own 10-yard line. A fourth punt was looked to be downed inside the five-yard line before the coverage team knocked into the end zone for a TB. Perfectly hung a punt that the coverage team forced a fumble that BGSU recovered and scored a field goal.
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sean Tyler, Western Michigan, RB
Junior, Richton Park, Ill. (Rich Central)
Tyler carried the offensive load for the Broncos in their 16-10 win at Miami. He had a season-high 22 carries and a season-high 110 yards on the ground. His 20-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter proved to be the deciding score of the game in the Broncos’ victory.
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Corvin Moment, Western Michigan, Linebacker
Senior, Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach)
Moment led a dominant performance by the WMU defense in its win at Miami. Moment had seven tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks. His 3.5 sacks resulted in 20 yards lost by Miami. Moment was a big factor in holding Miami to just 2-for-13 on third downs and holding the RedHawks to just 305 yards of offense.
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Palmer Domschke, Western Michigan, Kicker
Freshman, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Nequa Valley)
Domschke hit three crucial field goals in WMU’s 16-10 win at Miami. He got the Broncos on the board with 3:50 left in the second quarter, connecting on a career-long 52-yard field goal to tie it up at 3-3. He then gave WMU the lead as time expired in the first half on a 46-yard field goal. With a 13-3 lead late in the third quarter, he extended it to 16-3 on a 37-yarder.
OSCAR TSHIEBWE, DREW TIMME TOP AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
(AP) — Oscar Tschiebwe was the consensus men’s college basketball player of the year last season, an accomplishment usually followed by a jump to the NBA.
Kentucky’s big man decided to take a different route. He’s coming back – and he may be even better this season.
“He’s a better passer. He’s a better dribbler. He has a better feel. He talks,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Offensively he knows the plays better. And he’s authentic.”
Tshiebwe was a unanimous selection along with Gonzaga big man Drew Timme in The Associated Press preseason All-America team released Monday. They were joined by North Carolina forward Armando Bacot, Houston guard Marcus Sasser and Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis on the team selected by a 59-person media panel that votes on the weekly AP Top 25.
Tshiebwe is the ninth AP national player of the year – Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson did it twice – to return for another season, according to Sportradar, and the first since Tyler Hansbrough came back to lead North Carolina to a national title in 2009.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats are hoping Tshiebwe can do the same for them.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward from the Congo led the nation in rebounding at 15.1 per game while averaging 17.4 points. He shot 60% from the field, had 60 steals and 55 blocks, and finished the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles on the way to a school-record 28.
Instead of taking his game to the NBA, Tshiebwe opted to return when projections had him going in the second round of the 2022 draft.
“They (NBA scouts) want my game to expand a little bit,” said Tshiebwe, who started his career at West Virginia. “They want me to be able to make one or two 3-pointers, They want me to catch the ball, drive and finish, and get better in dribbling.”
Timme made a similar decision – two years in a row. The 6-10 senior was one of the nation’s best big men each of the past two seasons, leading the Zags on deep NCAA runs, including a trip to the national title game in 2021. He was a second-team All-American for the second straight season a year ago after averaging 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Timme still had areas of his game he wanted to work on before heading to the NBA and hoped for one more shot at winning a national title with the second-ranked Zags. The NCAA’s name, image and likeness deals made it an easier decision and, besides, college life is a lot of fun.
“We have a chance to do something special, I wanted to get my degree, there’s things I want to work on, I want to build on,” Timme said. “It was a culmination of a lot of things, but I really enjoy being a college kid.”
Bacot also has a chance to do something special with the Tar Heels.
The 6-11 forward tied the NCAA record with 31 double-doubles last season and became the first to have six in the same NCAA Tournament while leading North Carolina to the national title game. The Tar Heels lost to Kansas, but are No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 and among the favorites to win it all with Bacot back.
“I don’t go a day where we’re not like saying, man, we can’t wait to get to that,” Bacot said of winning a national title. “Maybe that’s not the best approach, but I mean, we’re human.”
Sasser was a key cog two years ago during the Cougars’ first Final Four run since the Phi Slama Jama days, averaging 13.7 points while playing menacing defense.
The dynamic 6-2 guard got off to a strong start last season, but was limited to 12 games after breaking a bone in his left foot. He was named the American Athletic Conference preseason player of the year and a big reason the Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the AP preseason poll.
“It puts a target on your back every night, but it also gives me motivation every day in practice to go out there and work harder,” Sasser said.
Jackson-Davis was a preseason All-American last season and led the Hoosiers in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (8.1). The 6-9 forward also helped Indiana reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years, but the run ended with a first round loss to Saint Mary’s.
With Jackson-Davis back, the No. 13 Hoosiers are the favorites to win the Big Ten and, they hope, make a deep March run.
“I think I have kind of set the stone of my individual legacy, being an All-American and doing all of those things, but those don’t really matter if you don’t win something here,” he said. “Winning is a big thing here, so winning a national championship and also winning a Big Ten title, those are my two main goals this year.”
NANTZ TO CALL LAST FINAL FOUR IN ’23, EAGLE TO TAKE OVER
NEW YORK (AP) Jim Nantz will step away from calling the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament after next year and will be succeeded by Ian Eagle.
CBS Sports confirmed the move on Monday night. It was first reported by the New York Post.
Nantz has been a part of the CBS coverage of the tournament since 1986. He was the studio host for five years before calling his first Final Four in 1991.
Next year’s Final Four will take place in Houston, 40 years after the University of Houston’s run to the national championship game before it was upset by North Carolina State. Nantz attended the University of Houston and hosted coach Guy Lewis’ television show.
The 63-year old Nantz will remain the lead voice of the network’s NFL coverage, along with leading its golf team. CBS has The Masters and PGA Championship.
Eagle has been with CBS since 1998. Besides calling the tournament, he is part of the network’s No. 2 NFL team. The 53-year-old Eagle is also part of Turner’s NBA coverage and has called Brooklyn Nets games since 1995.
RAPTORS CLAMP DOWN ON MIAMI, TOP HEAT 98-90 FOR SPLIT
MIAMI (AP) Another game, another close one for the Toronto Raptors. They’re noticing a trend.
Fred VanVleet scored 24 points, Pascal Siakam added 23 and the Raptors rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 98-90 on Monday night and split their two-game trip to South Florida.
“I think until we smooth the ship out a little bit, we’re going to be in a lot of close games,” VanVleet said. “Coming down the stretch, you’ve got to be able to execute.”
Toronto’s first four games: a three-point win, a four-point loss, a three-point loss and a now an eight-point victory, all facing teams expecting to be Eastern Conference contenders – Cleveland, Brooklyn, Miami.
Total score: Toronto 420, Opponents 416.
“The East is not for the faint-hearted,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer that put Toronto up by six with 22.6 seconds left. Precious Achiuwa grabbed 22 rebounds for the Raptors, the most ever by a Toronto reserve.
Jimmy Butler scored 26 points for Miami, which got 22 points and 15 rebounds from Tyler Herro. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 for the Heat.
Toronto outscored Miami 27-14 in the fourth quarter, getting five 3’s in the final 12 minutes. The Raptors outscored the Heat 42-24 from 3-point range, and 27-13 on fast breaks.
“They made shots,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They made some big shots down the stretch, even the ones that we were defending pretty well.”
The Raptors were without reigning NBA rookie of the year Scottie Barnes, who sat out with a sprained right ankle and will be listed as day-to-day. Miami was without Caleb Martin and Nikola Jovic, both suspended one game by the league for their roles in a scuffle during Saturday night’s game. Martin, the league said, instigated the event with Toronto’s Christian Koloko, and Jovic was suspended for leaving the Heat bench area.
Siakam started alongside Koloko for Toronto, the first time in NBA history that two players born in Cameroon started for the same team in the same game.
Raptors: Koloko got his first career start and became the 175th player to get at least one of those for Toronto. … VanVleet’s first 3-pointer of the night was the 802nd of his career, breaking a tie with Morris Peterson for second-most in Raptors history. Kyle Lowry made 1,518. … Chris Boucher, making his season debut after recovering from a hamstring issue, had 10 points in 12 minutes.
Heat: The Heat were trying to get Butler back into the game in the fourth, but there was no stoppage and Miami didn’t have a time-out to burn. Butler played only 3:38 in the final quarter. … Miami went 1-3 on its season-opening four-game homestand, allowing an average of 108.5 points. … Victor Oladipo (left knee) and Omer Yurtseven (left ankle) remained sidelined and have yet to make their season debuts. … The Heat held Toronto to 40% shooting, but shot only 35%.
Martin spoke out about his suspension, revealing that he called Koloko to apologize and promised him a future dinner. He accepted his sanction, and said his only issue with the penalties handed out during the game and from the league on Sunday was that Koloko paid too high a price. “I don’t think that Christian should have gotten thrown out or ejected anyways. He did what he had to do,” Martin said.
Raptors: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday, then will again on Friday.
Heat: Visit Portland on Wednesday, the start of a three-game trip. “This is an opportunity for us to really start to connect and face some adversity on the road,” Spoelstra said.
KNICKS KEEP BANCHERO, MAGIC WINLESS WITH 115-102 VICTORY
NEW YORK (AP) Jalen Brunson fired the ball ahead to Obi Toppin, who dropped it behind him to a trailing RJ Barrett for a dunk that capped what may have been the highlight play of the New York Knicks’ early season.
Tom Thibodeau’s team is off and running, and No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero and the young Orlando Magic couldn’t keep up.
Julius Randle had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Brunson scored 21 points and the Knicks kept Banchero and the Magic winless with a 115-102 victory Monday night.
Thibodeau and the Knicks say they want to play faster after being near the bottom of the league in pace last season, and so far the results look promising.
“I think the fun part is, our defense is getting better – still a lot better we can get to – but once we get stops, it’s fun getting in the open court, running the floor, playing fast and everybody touches the ball,” Randle said.
Barrett added 20 points for the Knicks, who have won two straight since a season-opening overtime loss in Memphis. Mitchell Robinson scored 14.
Banchero scored 21 points to become just the third No. 1 pick to open a career with four consecutive games of 20 or more points, but the wait continues for his first win as a pro.
“It’s a process. We’ve got 78 more, so we’ve just to got come with a higher level of focus, higher level of urgency,” Banchero said. “We play again Wednesday, so look to get that first win and move on with it, but it’s not going to be easy. No team is going to hand us a win, so got to go get it.”
Bol Bol added a career-high 19 points off the bench and Wendell Carter Jr. had 17 points and 11 rebounds, but the big guys didn’t get enough help from the perimeter. Orlando was 7 for 35 (20%) on 3-pointers.
The Knicks led by three midway through the third quarter before Randle’s three-point play started a 15-4 burst. It ended when Brunson picked up a loose ball and threw a long pass ahead to Toppin, the high-flying crowd favorite who won the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend. Instead of trying to dunk it himself, Toppin dropped a bounce pass behind him to a trailing Barrett, who slammed it down to make it 94-80.
“We’re trying to follow things we know we can do well,” Brunson said. “Thibs is going to put us in position to be successful and he thinks playing in the open court is a good thing for us. So if we’re able to get easy baskets and trust each other and share the ball in the open court, it’s going to make the game easier for us when it gets to crunch time.”
Orlando cut it to six with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining, but Brunson was fouled while knocking down a jumper for a three-point play, and Robinson’s follow shot restored a double-digit lead at 109-98.
Magic: The other No. 1 picks with a longer streak of 20-plus point games than Banchero were Elvin Hayes (10 games in 1968-69) and Oscar Robertson (6 in 1960-61). … Jamahl Mosley earned his first coaching victory exactly one year earlier in the same arena when the Magic beat the Knicks 110-104.
Knicks: Thibodeau said the Knicks have increased the number of 3-point attempts they want to take in a game. He wouldn’t reveal the number, but it seemed to be somewhere near 50. They averaged 37.5 attempts in their first two games and took 37 Monday. … G Quentin Grimes remained out with left foot soreness.
Magic: At Cleveland on Wednesday.
Knicks: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.
DEROZAN, VUCEVIC LEAD WAY AS BULLS BEAT CELTICS 120-102
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls looked as if they were on their way to a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. The game turned out to be a romp, just not the kind that it looked like it would be.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and 23 rebounds, and Chicago wiped out a big early deficit to beat Boston 120-102 on Monday night.
The Bulls went from trailing by 19 in the first quarter with Jayson Tatum providing an early spark for Boston to leading by 16 near the end of the half. They then went on another big run after the lead dwindled to three early in the third and handed the Celtics their first loss after a 3-0 start.
“It’s a step toward what we’ve been trying to build,” said Vucevic, who turned 32 on Monday. “Obviously, I don’t think our identity’s been established yet. I think there’s still a ways to go. We have to work on it. We’re gonna handle adversity many times more in the future. We have to try to find a way to respond each time.”
Ayo Dosunmu scored 22. Zach LaVine, playing his second game after missing the first two, added 19 points, helping the Bulls stop a two-game skid and pick up their first win since the opener at Miami.
Tatum, averaging an NBA-leading 34.7 points coming in, scored 26. The three-time All-Star had 15 in the first quarter. Jaylen Brown added 21 points on his 26th birthday. But interim coach Joe Mazzulla and Grant Williams got ejected.
Mazzulla picked up two technicals with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Vucevic fouled Brown attempting to block a shot. But there was no technical against Vucevic when he swung the ball as he held it with both hands above his head.
Mazzulla went onto the court and made “unsportsmanlike comments” that led to the first technical, crew chief Marc Davis told a pool reporter. Davis said he got a second technical because he “continued to point and complain.”
Mazzulla said he was trying to get the referee’s attention and needs to do a better job keeping his composure. He also said he did not use any obscenities.
Williams got tossed early in the fourth after he was called for an offensive blocking foul. He jumped in protest, and Davis said he made “intentional physical contact” with referee Cheryl Flores.
Marcus Smart cut it to 69-66 with a 3-pointer to finish a 17-4 run that started just before halftime. But the Bulls responded with a 15-2 run. DeRozan hit both technical free throws to make it 84-68 after Mazzulla got ejected.
The Celtics looked like they were on their way to an easy win, leading 35-16 with about 3:30 to go in the opening quarter after Marcus Smart pulled up for a 3. But Chicago turned it around in a huge way.
The Bulls led 65-49 in the final minute of the half before Smart drove for a layup and banked in a 3 at the buzzer.
“It’s just all about the mentality, staying resilient, continuing to go, continue to trust in our defensive capabilities and just keep playing,” Dosunmu said. “They made a run. But we knew we were gonna make a run, too.”
Celtics: C Al Horford was not listed on the injury report after missing a game because of low back stiffness.
Bulls: The Bulls’ ability to develop cohesion in the early going could be hamstrung by LaVine’s left knee issue. Besides missing games during busy stretches, the two-time All-Star might be limited in shootarounds and practices at least for now, after he had surgery in May. “We’ve got to manage his health,” coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s the most important thing. I think for us, it’s getting into that routine of what is best to keep him at a place where he’s feeling good. Certainly, the more load that he has away from games, that’s the part that’s got to be managed.”
Celtics: Host Cleveland on Friday.
Bulls: Host Indiana on Wednesday.
PREVIOUSLY WINLESS ROCKETS HAND JAZZ FIRST LOSS, 114-108
HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Porter Jr. scored 26 points and Jalen Green added 25 to lead the previously winless Houston Rockets to a 114-108 victory over Utah on Monday night, handing the Jazz their first loss of the season.
Utah and Portland began the day as the only undefeated teams in the Western Conference, both at 3-0. Houston entered 0-3.
“We needed one, obviously,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “And the way we did it where we were fighting, and we had some adversity and we fought back. They tied the game a couple of times, but we didn’t break.”
The Rockets led much of the way, building a 10-point lead in the first half, but Utah tied it before Eric Gordon’s layup gave Houston a 110-108 advantage with 1:23 remaining.
Rockets rookie Jabari Smith Jr., the third overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, made all four of his free throws in the last 24.5 seconds to seal it. Smith finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Porter went 9 for 9 from the free throw line and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“We knew they were coming off a back-to-back, so our whole game plan was to make them run,” Porter said. “We needed high energy, we needed momentum, and that’s what we did.”
Green had his third straight 20-point game, shooting 9 of 16 from the field – including 4 for 8 from 3-point range.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Jazz, led by Jordan Clarkson’s 17 points. Lauri Markannen had 14, and Kelly Olynyk, Jarred Vanderbilt and Simone Fontecchio each added 13.
“Credit to Houston – they played great, their spacing was great. We did not do a good job of defending without fouling,” first-year Utah coach Will Hardy said. “When you play an entire first half a little bit flat, you leave yourself in a situation where things don’t go your way and you end up losing the game.”
The Rockets led 51-45 following a sloppy first half that featured a combined 23 turnovers and 54 missed shots. Both teams were shooting under 24% from beyond the arc at halftime.
Houston led 21-18 after the first quarter, paced by Porter’s 10 points.
“(Porter) got going early in the first quarter, and once he did that, that got me open a lot more,” Green said. “Once we both started getting going, that just opens up a lot more.”
The Rockets snapped a four-game home losing streak to Utah in the first leg of a home-and-home set.
Eight of Houston’s next nine games are on the road.
Houston nearly blew a double-digit lead for a second time in three games, following a 129-122 loss to Memphis on Friday, when the Rockets led by 16.
Jazz: Utah’s bench outscored Houston’s reserves 44-26. . Seven different Jazz players had at least one block. . Markannen went 0 for 6 from 3.
Rockets: Bruno Fernando (left knee soreness), Alperen Sengun (illness) and Jae’Sean Tate (left ankle soreness) sat out. . Houston rookie Tari Eason had 11 points and nine rebounds.
During a late timeout, Smith and Green appeared to be in a heated discussion. But after the game, both players downplayed the exchange. Smith said they were discussing defensive coverages.
“It was nothing,” Green said. “Nothing at all, just the heat of the moment. All that matters is that we went out and won the game.”
HE SAID IT
“I just screamed and yelled and went bananas. It was crazy. I was throwing stuff.” – Hardy joking about what he told his players in the postgame locker room after losing his first game.
FILIPINO HERITAGE NIGHT
Houston hosted Filipino Heritage Night and gave away Filipino-themed Rockets jerseys to fans. Green and Clarkson last season became the first players with Filipino heritage to play in the same game.
The teams play again Wednesday night in Utah.
VASSELL AND SPURS TOP TIMBERWOLVES 115-106
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Devin Vassell scored 23 points and Jakob Poeltl added 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-106 on Monday night.
The Spurs jumped out to a 20-point lead in the second quarter and expanded the lead to 35 points early in the fourth quarter before the Timberwolves rallied.
“You got to be happy for (the Spurs players),” San Antonio coach, Gregg Popovich said. “They play hard. They are learning how to play the game.”
Karl Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Minnesota.
While Minnesota was playing the second game of a back-to-back, Towns will unwilling to let that be an excuse.
“Challenging or not, that’s what we get paid to do is play,” he said. “We don’t make the schedule, we play the schedule. If they say it’s a back-to-back, it is what it is.”
Minnesota’s starting five was outplayed by San Antonio’s starters. Rudy Gobert struggled with just 11 points and seven rebounds.
Anthony Edwards also had an off night.
“I think it’s all on me tonight,” Edwards said. “I came out with no energy at all. I tried to find some in the second quarter, couldn’t get any and it just carried over to the next half.”
Minnesota coach Chris Finch was unhappy with how Minnesota started both halves.
“We start with a great first possession of the game and then the next three possessions are all zero or one pass shots that led to run-outs,” he said. “Then we start the third quarter with much the same thing.”
The Spurs scored 39 points in the first quarter hitting 17 of their 27 shots (63%). Minnesota closed to within 10 at the half before San Antonio blew the game open in the second half. The Spurs outscored Minnesota 36-14 in the third quarter alone.
Spurs forward, Jeremy Sochan helped set the tone early, leading his team with 12 first half points.
“I think the things I can control is my energy, just the way I go out there,” he said. “(Doing) the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.”
Even though Minnesota was down by more than thirty points in the fourth quarter, Chris Finch left the starters in the game.
“I was just trying to get them to play together a little bit too, try to figure some stuff out.”
Despite the fact that Minnesota closed the final score to single-digits, Finch was very unhappy with his team’s effort and execution.
“Right now, this team’s personality right now is kind of timid. For whatever reason, we finding our way and it’s not working, and we’re not fighting through that right now.”
Timberwolves: Minnesota shot 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) from beyond the arc … Edwards had a plus minus of -14 and no Minnesota starter had a plus minus in positive territory … The Spurs tallied 37 assists on 48 made field goals … In addition to leading the Spurs in scoring, Vassell added nine rebounds and seven assists.
Spurs: At Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Timberwolves: Host the Spurs on Wednesday night.
BANE AND MORANT SCORE 38 EACH AS GRIZZLIES BEAT NETS 134-124
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant and Desmond Bane scored 38 points each to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 134-124 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Morant and Bane also each had seven assists. Bane, who struggled shooting to start the season, was 14 of 21 overall and 8 of 11 from 3-point range, the eight 3-pointers a career-high. Santi Aldama scored 17 points for Memphis. The 76 points by the Grizzlies guards was the most by a two-player tandem in franchise history.
“I felt good about everything,” Bane said of his early season shooting. “A lot of the misses were in-and-out, back rim. I feel like that’s just kind of getting my legs back under me. .I knew it was just a matter of time before I caught my rhythm.”
Morant added that Bane being able to score at various levels from 3-point range to getting to the rim, plus handing out assists “is a big key to our success this year, having another guy out there on the floor who can create for everybody. Tonight, I thought was his best game at doing both at a high level.”
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving each scored 37 points for the Nets, Nic Claxton finished with 16 points.
Durant pointed to Memphis making 16 3-pointers in the game, 12 of them from Bane and Morant. The Nets were 9 of 29 from outside the arc.
“The 3-point line killed us,” Durant said, adding: “It was that 3-point line that separated us. The fact that they knocked down more 3s than us, that’s the name of the game now. Even if you’re not playing well or up to par with your opponent, if you’re making 3s, you give yourself a chance.”
Memphis broke open a close game with a 17-2 run early in the third quarter. Bane scored 19 in the period. Durant was able to keep the Nets close but had little help as the Grizzlies extended their lead to as many as 15. Despite Durant’s 17 in the quarter, Memphis outscored the Nets 45-28 in the third.
“I thought we lost our focus a little bit, especially starting the third,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “I called an early timeout, but we gave up 45 (points) in the third, and that was it.”
Bane and Morant both emphasized the offensive outburst and the 3-point shooting makes defending the Grizzlies that much tougher.
“I think it opens things up for us, of course, but I mean the whole team,” Bane said. “I mean, 76 between the both of us, it’s something we take pride in, sharing the ball and getting everyone involved.”
Nets: Durant passed Alex English (25,613) for 20th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. . Have a seven-game losing streak to Memphis. .Markieff Morris was out for personal reasons. Nash said Morris would not be available for Wednesday’s game at Milwaukee. “We’ll see him when we get back home.”
Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks, listed as questionable before the game with a sore left thigh, made his first appearance of the season. .Bane’s previous career-high for 3-pointers was in February against Portland. .Entering the game, Bane was 8 of 28 from 3-point range. .C Steven Adams had 13 rebounds. .Morant had eight rebounds.
Nets: Play the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Start a four-game road trip on Thursday in Sacramento against the Kings.
SIMONS, LILLARD LEAD UNBEATEN BLAZERS PAST NUGGETS 135-110
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Anfernee Simons had 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight game to start the season with a 135-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
Simons had 22 points and six 3s in the third quarter alone as Portland became the only 4-0 team in the NBA. Damian Lillard finished with 31 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who took over in the second half after a sluggish start.
“Explosive, and fun,” Lillard said about Simons’ third-quarter outburst. “Just being able to see it – I was looking into the crowd. It was crazy, like he’s blowing the roof off this place.”
The last time Portland opened 4-0 was 1999. The Blazers are the lone undefeated team in the Western Conference.
Aaron Gordon scored 26 for the Nuggets (2-2). Nikola Jokic, who had consecutive triple-doubles in Denver’s previous two games, got into foul trouble and finished with nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
“We were embarrassing tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “It was a poor effort after that first quarter. We did not defend at all. We cannot guard one-on-one right now at all.”
The Nuggets, with their bigger lineup, led by 11 early. Gordon’s dunk gave Denver a 53-40 advantage.
Portland rallied with Lillard’s 3-pointer and Jusuf Nurkic’s layup and free throw to close the gap to 57-51 late in the first half, but Denver led 61-55 at the break.
Simons tied it at 64 early in the second half and his 3-pointer put the Blazers up 79-70. On a timeout, Simons was mobbed by teammates in celebration. Portland outscored the Nuggets 44-25 in the third quarter.
“You can’t let a guy get to that space in the first place, but some of those shots he was making you’ve just got to – the old adage, you know – shake his hand, pat him on the back and say good shot,” Gordon said.
Simons said it occurred to him that he was on a roll on his fourth 3. He missed just one shot from the perimeter in the quarter.
“I shot one from on top of the key when I fell down, that was when I was like, I guess it’s one of those nights,” Simons said. “I shot that one blind.”
Portland had a 99-86 lead heading into the final period. Josh Hart’s tip extended it to 107-88.
Nurkic finished with 13 points and 12 assists.
“Our understanding for what we’re trying to do is just getting better,” Lillard said. “I think the best thing about it is that it feels sustainable.”
Lillard was selected the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday. He averaged 34 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the Blazers’ first three games of the season. He made 12 3-pointers during that span.
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said Hart is such a high-level competitor that sometimes he even has to sit him in practice because “he’s got no switch.” Hart finished with six points and 11 rebounds against the Nuggets.
Nuggets: Denver won last season’s series against the Blazers 3-1. … Jokic was called for his fourth foul with 6:55 left in the third quarter. … Jokic has matched Wilt Chamberlin for sixth on the career list with 78 triple-doubles. … Michael Porter Jr. finished with 18 points.
Trail Blazers: Played without Justice Winslow because of a right ankle sprain. Billups indicated before the game it did not appear to be a long-term injury. “I don’t think so. I hope not,” he said.
Nuggets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Trail Blazers: Host the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
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COLTS BENCH INJURED QB MATT RYAN IN FAVOR OF SAM EHLINGER
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts thought Matt Ryan would help them make a playoff run, maybe even win a championship.
Instead, the bruised and battered 15-year veteran is getting benched.
Coach Frank Reich announced Monday that second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger will make his starting debut Sunday against the Washington Commanders.
“Right now, the move is for Sam to be the starter the rest of the season,” Reich said. “It’s a big step, but we think he’s ready. This guy’s special. You all know it, everybody knows it. Just talk to anybody in that locker room.”
The move comes one day after a 19-10 loss at Tennessee left Indy 1 1/2 games behind the Titans in the AFC South. Ryan threw two interceptions and was sacked three times, the first apparently resulting in a separated throwing shoulder late in the first half.
He was 18 of 21 with 123 yards and one touchdown in the second half, but couldn’t complete his fourth fourth-quarter comeback this season. Even if Ryan wasn’t hurt, Reich said, the decision would have been the same.
“The shoulder injury is real, but this move was going to be made either way,” he said.
Ryan did not speak with reporters Monday. He is usually available on Wednesdays.
Indy (3-3-1) sent a third-round draft pick to Atlanta for the 37-year-old Ryan in March.
General manager Chris Ballard thought Ryan was playing well as recently as last season and in April, team owner Jim Irsay said he thought Ryan could make the Colts a contender for up to four more years.
But this season has not gone the way many anticipated.
Ryan has thrown nine interceptions and has 11 fumbles, both league highs.
The Colts’ usually strong offensive line has struggled, allowing 59 hits and 24 sacks – tied with Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow for the most in the NFL entering Monday.
And with Indy’s traditionally strong ground game becoming ineffective, Ryan has thrown more passes (297) than anyone other than Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (308).
The combination has made Indy the NFL’s fourth-lowest scoring team, 16.1 points, and in need of a change.
“Excited for Sam and the opportunity this presents him,” Reich said. “We’ve always thought Sam had some special sauce. We feel this is the best decision for our team.”
Ehlinger’s surprising ascent on the depth chart has come rapidly.
The former Texas star was a sixth-round pick in 2021, but opened his rookie season on injured reserve because of an injured knee. In October that season, he beat out Jacob Eason for the No. 3 job and wound up appearing in three games though Ehlinger did not throw a pass.
An impressive second preseason had some openly wondering whether the 6-foot-1, 222-pound Ehlinger may supplant Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, a longtime friend of Reich’s, at No. 2.
Reich made that move before the Week 6 victory over Jacksonville and kept Ehlinger in the backup spot Sunday.
Ehlinger thought the move was made primarily for using him for a few plays.
“We haven’t discussed a package this week, so I don’t know what the plan for that is,” Ehlinger said last Wednesday. “Last week, there were a few situations we talked about. Obviously, didn’t end up running any of them.”
Another good week of practice continued to turn heads inside the organization and when Ryan struggled again Sunday, Reich, Irsay and Ballard huddled again to debate the move.
Reich said he told the quarterbacks and their teammates Monday and that Ryan responded like a pro, promising to help the Colts. The hope is Ehlinger’s mobility can help him evade pass rushers, make plays down the field and make plays with his legs.
“I think it’s a great decision for us to have Sam back there, the way he’s come along and made plays,” defensive tackle Grover Stewart said. “I think it’s a good decision for us.”
Ehlinger will be the seventh different starting quarterback Reich has used in his five-year tenure with the Colts.
Ryan ranks among the NFL’s top 10 all time in yards passing, career completions and fourth-quarter comebacks, a late-game mastery that earned praise from Reich just last week.
And with another year left on Ryan’s contract, potentially costing the Colts $21.7 million in 2023, Ryan may no longer be part of Indy’s long-term plan, either.
“I told this to Matt, `We did not hold up our end of the bargain here. I mean, you came here and we promised you one of the top NFL rushing games and we promised you great protection, and we haven’t really, as an offense, delivered on that, and that starts with me,'” Reich said. “We thought the marriage of Matt Ryan and his history with our running game, we just thought there was going to be a natural marriage.”
GAME REWIND: PACERS 106, 76ERS 120
Playing on the road for the first time this season, the Pacers ran into a talented and hungry team. Philadelphia has championship aspirations, but the Sixers got off to a disappointing start to the season, dropping their first three contests.
Unfortunately for Indiana, the Sixers (1-3) righted the ship on Monday night at home, jumping out to an 18-point halftime lead and thwarting an attempted rally by the Pacers (1-3) in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia ultimately pulled away for a 120-106 victory.
Tyrese Haliburton led four Pacers in double figures in the loss, registering his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 assists. He went 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range while also pulling down six rebounds.
“We’re getting valuable experience for our younger players,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the game. “This environment was the complete opposite of having our first three games at home…This was as tough of an environment as it gets. We did some good things considering (that) with our young guys.”
For the first time this season, the Pacers led in the first quarter, jumping out to an early 9-5 advantage. The two teams traded the lead nine times over the first seven-plus minutes on Monday.
But Indiana went cold midway through the frame, going without a field goal for over four minutes as the Sixers reeled off a 15-2 run. Chris Duarte’s putback basket with 1:24 remaining in the quarter ended the Pacers’ drought, but the damage was done, as Philadelphia took a 33-23 lead into second quarter.
The hosts continued to build on their lead in the ensuing frame, opening it with a 15-6 run. The Pacers, meanwhile, couldn’t buy a shot from the outside, missing 12 consecutive 3-pointers between Buddy Hield’s trey with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter and Hield’s second three at 5:12 in the second quarter.
That triggered a mini-run for the Blue & Gold, as Jalen Smith scored on the next three Pacers possessions, converting a layup, an old-fashioned three-point play, and then a corner three to cap an 11-3 spurt.
But Philadelphia responded with six straight and kept the margin well above double digits entering the intermission, taking a 64-46 lead into the break.
The Sixers led 71-51 early in the third quarter before the Pacers finally strung together some threes. Haliburton knocked down two treys and Hield added another during an 11-2 run that cut the deficit to 11.
Hield’s layup at 5:29 made it 76-66, but that would be the closest Indiana would get in the frame. Haliburton did his best to keep the Pacers in the game, tallying 13 points in the quarter, but Philadelphia still took a 90-76 lead into the fourth.
Tyrese Maxey knocked down a 3-pointer for the Sixers on the opening possession of the final frame, but the Pacers quickly answered. T.J. McConnell drove and found Andrew Nembhard for an open three, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and dished to a cutting Bennedict Mathurin for a three-point play.
The Blue & Gold continued to whittle away at the lead from there, with Mathurin’s trey at 8:12 finally getting them back within single digits at 99-90 and forcing a timeout from Sixers head coach Doc Rivers.
The Pacers twice cut it to eight — first on an and-one reverse layup by Mathurin at 7:33 and again on a lob from Mathurin to Isaiah Jackson at 6:27.
But back-to-back triples from James Harden — the latter after he stepped on Mathurin’s foot — pushed Philadelphia’s lead back to 109-95 with 5:21 to play. The hosts pushed the margin as high as 20 over the closing minutes.
Hield tallied 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the loss. Mathurin scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, while Smith tallied all 17 of his points before halftime.
“My shots weren’t falling and the second half, I felt like I came out with a different energy, a different attitude,” Mathurin said after the game. “And my shots were going in.”
Harden narrowly missed out on a triple-double for Philadelphia, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting (5-of-10 from 3-point range), nine rebounds, and 11 assists. Joel Embiid added 26 points and Tobias Harris chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Pacers continue a five-game road trip in Chicago on Wednesday. They will then visit Washington on Friday before closing the trip with a pair of games in Brooklyn.
Inside the Numbers
Mathurin went 0-for-7 from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the first half, but was 6-for-9 from the field over the final two quarters. He scored 11 in the fourth quarter.
Smith recorded his second double-double in a row, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Haliburton has now registered three consecutive double-doubles. He had just four points on 1-of-3 shooting at halftime before scoring 15 on 6-of-8 shooting the rest of the way.
The Pacers outscored Indiana 50-26 in points in the paint and 24-7 in fastbreak points.
Aaron Nesmith and Duarte finished with nine points apiece, each matching their season highs.
You Can Quote Me On That
“In the second half, (Mathurin) settled in offensively, and he’s doing some nice things defensively, but he’s showing some positive signs.” -Carlisle on Mathurin
“With McConnell and Nembhard, we have two guys who can pressure the ball. Benn was aggressive during that period…We made some good things happen. We were able to get the leverage in our favor. It resulted in a run, and we would have really been able to put pressure on them had we (hit) that three in (the fourth quarter).” -Carlisle on the Pacers’ fourth-quarter rally
“We’ve got a lot of fight. Even though we were missing a lot of shots — shots weren’t falling for us tonight, their shots were falling — we know how to come together as a team.” -Jackson on Indiana continuing to mount fourth-quarter rallies
“One of the best scorers ever to play the game…He causes a lot of different (issues) and when you pair him with a guy like Joel and it’s a lot to game plan for. BuI thought we did an okay job, but he just made some shots. That’s what he does.” -Haliburton on slowing down Harden
“He was able to draw fouls. I feel like that was one of the main things he was doing the whole game. It was putting me in a bad position where I couldn’t play as aggressive…kudos to him.” -Jackson on the challenge of guarding Embiid
Stat of the Night
Philadelphia had considerably more success than Indiana from 3-point range on Monday. The Sixers outscored the Pacers by 21 from beyond the arc, going 19-for-43 (44.2 percent) while Indiana was just 12-for-44 (27.3 percent) overall and 4-for-20 in the first half.
The Pacers have dropped six straight road games at Philadelphia. Their last win at the Wells Fargo Center came on Dec. 14, 2018.
Indiana will visit Philadelphia again on Jan. 4 before hosting the Sixers on March 6 and March 18.
Pacers big men Myles Turner (sprained left ankle) and Daniel Theis (sore right knee) were inactive for the fourth straight game to start the season.
The Pacers travel to Chicago to take on DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and the Bulls on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 PM ET.
After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET.
INDY SIGNS GOALTENDER ZACH DRISCOLL
INDIANAPOLIS- The Indy Fuel announced Monday they have signed goaltender Zach Driscoll.
Driscoll is coming off four games in the EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) for the Glasgow Clan in Scotland. Prior to that he played three games for the Toledo Walleye and went 1-2, with a save percentage of .913. His first professional start and win was with Toledo and coincidentally against Indy on April 2, 2022. He made 38 saves in the Walleye’s 4-3 victory against the Fuel.
The 5’11” goalie started 34 games for the University of North Dakota in the 2021-22 season, going 22-11-1 with a .908 save percentage while majoring in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
During the 2021-22 season, he had a nine game win streak from February 11 to March 12. His 757 saves that season were third among National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) goaltenders while his 22 wins were third in the league and fifth in the country. As a result, he helped UND to a Penrose Cup as NCHC regular-season champions.
Before that, Driscoll played three seasons (2018-19 through 2020-21) for the Bemidji State University Beavers, where he won 46 of 86 games played and won the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 2020-21.
In 2017-18, he played one season in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers, where he posted a save percentage of .934 and helped his team to the playoffs. That year, Driscoll won the USA Hockey Junior Goalie of the Year Award.
The Apple Valley, Minnesota native also played one season for St. Cloud State University where he went 6-6-1. Because of his transfers during his time in the NCAA, he has the unique record of being the only men’s collegiate goaltender in NCAA history to record a win against two teams that he played for.
JACKSON-DAVIS NAMED PRESEASON AP ALL-AMERICAN
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named a 2022-23 Associated Press Preseason All-American, the publication announced on Monday afternoon.
He was previously honored as a Preseason All-American by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, College Hoops Today, The Almanac and CBS Sports. Jackson-Davis was also named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
Jackson-Davis enters the year ranked 15th all-time at IU in scoring (1,565), 19th in scoring average (16.9), ninth in rebounds (797), seventh in blocked shots (178), and seventh in field goal percentage (55.8%).
He was named a third-team All-American as a sophomore, has earned all-district honors each of the last two seasons, and has been a third-team, first-team and second-team All-Big Ten choice in his first three campaigns with the Hoosiers.
The former Mr. Basketball winner ranked among the Big Ten leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made (147; 5th), free throws attempted (218; 2nd), and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.
Jackson-Davis anchored a Hoosier defense that was ranked as the most efficient in the league by KenPom (24th in the nation) and held opponents to a league-low 39.6% shooting from the floor. Jackson-Davis has recorded 32 double-doubles and two 30-point/10-rebound performances in his career.
During the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, he averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest on 34-of-51 shooting (66.7%) from the floor. Jackson-Davis broke five program records during the tournament run, including single-game points (31), single-game made field goals (15), total points (76), total made shots (34), and total rebounds (25). He was named all-tournament for his efforts.
Indiana opens the season with an exhibition matchup against Marian at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Marcus Sasser, Houston
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
INDIANA SET TO VISIT EVANSVILLE TUESDAY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer (7-3-4, 3-1-3 B1G) will kick off the final week of the regular season with a road matchup against in-state, non-conference opponent Evansville (6-3-4, 3-0-3 MVC).
The match will be streamed live on the ESPN+ digital platform with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana is 2-0-0 against in-state opponents, defeating Butler, 2-1, and Notre Dame, 1-0, earlier this season.
• The Hoosiers have scored 27 goals from 12 unique goal scorers this season. Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink leads the Hoosiers in goals (6) and points (17).
• Senior defender Nyk Sessock leads the Big Ten with seven assists, four of which have come from throw-ins.
ABOUT THE PURPLE ACES
• Evansville comes into the match with a 6-3-4 record and a 3-0-3 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. Its last result was a 3-0 win over Drake.
• The Purple Aces are led by eighth-year head coach Marshall Ray, who has compiled a 40-79-20 record at Evansville.
• Sophomore forward Nacho Diaz leads Evansville with nine goals this season. Senior winger Nkosi Graham has provided a team-high four assists.
• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Evansville, leading 32-4-3.
• IU has won 18 consecutive matches going back to 1996.
• The two teams met last season in a 2-0 win for the Hoosiers. Victor Bezerra scored in the 24th minute before Ryan Wittenbrink added another in the 72nd.
LOSCHIAVO, DUNCAN MEDAL AT FINA DIVING WORLD CUP
BERLIN – Purdue alumni and Big Ten champions Brandon Loschiavo and Greg Duncan are bringing home medals from the FINA Diving World Cup, finishing on the podium for USA Diving at the international showcase.
Loschiavo (2017-21) earned bronze on 10-meter after finishing third in both Thursday’s preliminary and Sunday’s final. The Olympian and 2021 NCAA champion on the tower posted list scores of 408.65 and 429.95, improving on his prelim mark by 21.3 points in the final. He had five dives earn scores of 70-plus in the final, with his top two scores (79.55, 79.20) coming in the final two rounds.
Duncan (2019-22) won silver in synchronized 3-meter with Tyler Downs, posting a list score of 354 in the finals-only event Saturday. Duncan & Downs had strong scores of 68.34 and 69.30 in rounds 4 and 5 to cement themselves in a position to medal, besting the third-place duo from Australia by 4.59 points.
Loschiavo won his fourth career FINA medal and second in an individual event. Most recently, he medaled in both 10-meter events at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in his native Southern California in April 2019. Duncan’s accomplishment was his third career FINA medal, previously winning bronze in synchro events at FINA Diving Grand Prix events in Italy and Spain in July 2018.
Both Purdue graduates continue to train under the guidance of coach Adam Soldati at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
Team USA won six medals at the FINA Diving World Cup, ranking second behind only China, the preeminent international power in the sport.
ISGER AND SOMMER EARN BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR @BUTLERUWSOCCER
Isger and Sommer Earn BIG EAST Player of the Week Awards for @ButlerUWSoccer
Two student-athletes on the Butler women’s soccer team have received recognition from the BIG EAST for their performances the past week in a pair of 2-2 draws with Seton Hall and No. 16 Georgetown. Redshirt-junior Abigail Isger was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, and Freshman Talia Sommer was once again selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Isger tallied two goals and added an assist for the Butler last week. She scored one goal against the Pirates off a penalty kick in the 80th minute to give the Bulldogs a one goal advantage. Her second goal came against the Hoyas in the 29th minute to give Butler a 2-0 lead early in the first half. Isger’s assist came earlier against Georgetown when she sent a pass into the middle of the box to set up a Talia Sommer score in the 17th minute. Isger is second in the BIG EAST with four goals in nine conference matches. She also led the league in points last week with five.
Sommer had another strong weekly showing to earn Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week. The midfielder scored one goal and tallied six total shots (four on goal) in Butler’s two draws last week. Her goal came against the Hoyas in the 17th minute off assists from Isger and Katie Soderstrom. Sommer is the first player to score a goal against the Hoyas since Alina Stahl of Maryland did on Sept. 1. The freshman also has 24 shots so far in conference play.
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, traveling to Creighton for the final match of the regular season.
FINNEGAN NAMED #HLMSOC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI junior forward Logan Finnegan has earned #HLMSOC Offensive Player of the Week Award after helping lead the Jaguars to the program’s first road win at Oakland since 1999, 4-2.
Finnegan helped fuel IUPUI’s 4-2 road win on Saturday (Oct. 22), tallying a pair of goals and adding an assist in the victory. He tallied goals in the 5th and 35th minutes, including the game-winner for his first career multi-goal game. He later assisted on an insurance goal in the 83rd minute to cap a five-point performance. Oakland had allowed just three goals in League play coming into the contest. With his performance, Finnegan climbed to fifth in the League in points per game (1.08) and is tied for fifth in goals (5) and assists (4).
This week’s award marks Finnegan’s second career title as he was named #HLMSOC Offensive Player of the Week in his sophomore season. Finnegan and the Jags travel to Louisville to face Bellarmine on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 PM.
WIELONSKI EARNS ANOTHER MAC SETTER OF THE WEEK HONOR
CLEVELAND, Ohio – – For the second straight week, and third time this season, Ball State sophomore setter Megan Wielonski has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Setter of the Week.
A seven-time career honoree, Wielonski had another brilliant week for the Cardinals, helping guide the squad to a 3-0 record and into a tie for the top spot in the MAC standings.
She led all league players with 151 assists and a 12.58 assists-per-set average, while adding 31 total digs for a 2.58 digs-per-set average. Wielonski ran the Ball State offense at a .300 clip over the three wins, including a .327 rate of success in Friday’s victory over Western Michigan in which she dished out a season-high 59 assists over four sets.
Wielonski also tallied 14 digs in Friday’s win over WMU for her 14th assist/dig double-double of the season. In addition, she served up three aces on the week, with one in each match.
Entering this Friday’s 6 p.m. showdown at Bowling Green for the top spot in the league, Wielonski ranks first in the MAC and third nationally with 987 total assists. She is 16th nationally with her 10.85 assists-per-set average, while her 37 total aces rank 25th among all NCAA Division I players.
MATCH 15 PREVIEW: MICHIGAN
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish wrap up their home portion of the regular season schedule at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in a midweek matchup against Michigan for Senior Night. The Senior Night ceremony will occur before the contest. The game will be televised on ACCN.
THE MICHIGAN SERIES
• The Irish and Wolverines will meet on the pitch for the 22nd time on Tuesday evening.
• Notre Dame holds a commanding lead in the all-time series with a record of 14-3-4 against Michigan.
• The Irish won the most recent matchup, posting a 3-1 win in Ann Arbor during the 2021 campaign.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• The Irish defeated Virginia Tech at Alumni Stadium by a score of 1-0 in an ACC matchup on Friday, Oct. 21.
• Paddy Burns converted from the spot for the match’s only goal to deliver Notre Dame the win.
• Notre Dame put seven shots on target while holding the Hokies to zero shots on frame over the 90 minutes of play.
FIRST HALF DOMINANCE
• The Irish are outscoring the opposition 15-5 over the opening 45 minutes of play this season.
• Notre Dame has given up just three goals from open play in the first half of matches this season, the other two goals coming from penalties.
• The Irish are currently 5-0-0 when holding a lead at the half.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
• Of the 16 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts this season, nine have been either freshmen or sophomores.
• The Irish are a perfect 7-0-0 when scoring first in matches this season.
• Twelve different Notre Dame players have scored a goal this season.
• Fifteen of Notre Dame’s 26 goals scored this season have come from freshman or sophomores.
• Eight players have recorded multiple assists through 13 games, with Daniel Russo leading the Irish with four assists on the season.
• With a win over UIC, McFarland Family Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley recorded the 100th victory of his head coaching career.
• Riley is the fifth head coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark for their career.
• Fifty of Riley’s wins have come at Notre Dame while 51 came in his five-year stint at Dartmouth.
#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.
• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.
• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).
• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.
• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.
MEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES INDIANA FOR IN-STATE CLASH ON TUESDAY NIGHT
EVANSVILLE – A pair of teams with a long history together meet on Tuesday night at 6 PM when the University of Evansville men’s soccer team hosts the Indiana Hoosiers for a non-conference showdown at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
The 40th all-time meeting between the two storied programs sees Evansville in search of its first win over the Hoosiers since Nov. 25, 1990 in the NCAA Tournament that sent the Aces to their second Final Four in program history. The Bloomington-based side enters Tuesday midweek matchup with a 7-3-4 overall record, but has only lost to teams who were ranked first, second, and 22nd nationally at the time of competition. Evansville’s three losses came to similar opponents with the Aces falling to current No. 9 Xavier, No. 11 Louisville, and No. 19 Missouri State.
Tuesday night is Boy Scout Night at Arad McCutchan Stadium with local Boy Scout troops attending the match and presenting the colors for the National Anthem. Fans will also be treated to a $5.50 meal deal at the concession stand, featuring a hot dog, drink, and chips.
Evansville jumped a spot to eighth in the United Soccer Coaches’ West Region rankings following a 3-0 dismantling of regionally-ranked Drake on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Nacho Diaz found the net twice more in the win, pushing his season total to nine goals, the most in the Missouri Valley Conference and 12th-most in the nation. By himself, Diaz has outscored three NCAA Division I teams, with Columbia having scored just seven times in 12 games this season and Hartford and North Florida only finding the back of the net six times in 12 matches in 2022.
In goal, graduate Alex Vidizzoni has been the unsung hero of the Aces season, racking-up five shutouts. Vidizzoni’s five clean sheets place him second in The Valley in the category and 30th in the nation all the while earning him a spot in the top 25 in the nation with a .733 goals-against average. If the season ended today, Vidizzoni’s goals-against average would rank as the seventh-best in UE history.
Despite Tuesday’s contest being a non-conference clash, the Aces eyes are still squarely focused on conference play. With two MVC contests remaining, Evansville sits in third with 11 points, just four behind conference-leader Missouri State and one back of second-place Drake, while maintaining a two-point advantage over Belmont with a game in hand. The Valley’s regular season champion and top seed in the MVC Championship gets a first round bye, while seeds 2, 3 and 4 will host a first round matchup.
EAGLES FLY HOME FOR FINAL HOMESTAND
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer returns home to Strassweg Field this week as they welcome in Western Illinois University on Wednesay, October 26, with a 7pm kickoff. This is the first of the Screaming Eagles final two home matches of the season. USI will host St. Thomas University in the home finale on November 2 at 2pm.
The Eagles defense played well against Lindenwood University through the first 45 minutes of the match on Sunday. But after losing a key piece in their midfield in freshman Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana), after he was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the day, just a few minutes into the second half the Eagles couldn’t hold off the Lions any longer. Lindenwood would go on to score back-to-back goals just a minute and 15 seconds a part to take down the Eagles 2-0. USI was outshot 18-9 in the match and had nine different players finish with a shot attempt. This was the seventh straight game allowing double-digit shot attempts and fourth straight allowing 18 or more.
The USI offense has struggled this season to put the ball into the back of the net. The team has scored just 10 goals this season and has gone back-to-back games without scoring a goal for the second time this season. The Eagles have only put-up multiple goals twice this season, once when they were ahead on Norther Kentucky University before allowing three goals and once against Eastern Illinois University when they came from behind to earn their first win of the year. The USI offense has also struggled to get shots off as well. It wasn’t until their last match against Lindenwood that the team got over 100 shots on the season, and they have only managed double-digit shots three times this season. There are only two players with double-digit shots on the season junior Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) with 19 and freshman Ednilson Voiles (Jeremie, Haiti) with 10, but they have a combined two goals. The Eagles have three players leading the team in goals as graduate Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri), senior Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri), and sophomore Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri) all have two goals apiece.
It was looking like the USI defense was starting to come together and find its place. Going a streak of seven games allowing two goals or less. The Eagles have been involved in every one of these games, two of them resulting in draws and one resulting in a win. One of the two draws even came in a shutout against crosstown rival University of Evansville. Since that streak ended the Eagles have been outscored 12-1 in their last three matches. In those matches, junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has faced 66 shots and made 19 saves.
Head Coach Mat Santoro has been very consistent with his starting lineups this season. In the teams 14 matches this season eight outfield players have started double-digit matches for the team. Only four of those outfield players have started in every match they have played. Senior Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri), Faddis, and Kirchhofer have all started every math for the Eagles this season while Voiles has played and started in 13 matches, missing the Chicago State match.
Summit League play continued this week with four games across the two days. The University of Missouri-Kansas City took down Eastern Illinois 1-0 in Charleston, Illinois. Western Illinois vaulted their way up the Summit League standings with a win over St. Thomas, 1-0. In a battle between teams at the top of the conference, Oral Roberts University took down the University of Nebraska Omaha, 1-0. Lindenwood was victorious on Sunday over USI, 2-0. Conference play continues on Wednesday as USI hosts Western Illinois and Omaha hosts Lindenwood. The week finishes off on Saturday with four conference matches throughout the day. With the early kickoff the University of Denver heads to Eastern Illinois while Lindenwood travels to St. Thomas. Western Illinois hosts Oral Roberts for an afternoon kickoff. Omaha and UMKC finish of the day with a nightcap in Kansas City, Missouri.
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Western Illinois comes into the match with USI with a 2-6-6, 2-1-2 Summit League, record after beating St. Thomas on Saturday 1-0. The Leathernecks are on a four-match unbeaten streak. Muazu Sagir and Kyle Owen both lead the team with three goals each while Sagir leads the team in assists as well with four. Arian Mehrang leads with 23 shots on the year while Sofian Maghouz has nine shots on goal. Alex Flowers has started every match in net for Western Illinois and has allowed 18 goals and mad 56 saves while facing 182 shots. The Leathernecks are being outscored 18-13 this year while also being outshot 182-154. Western Illinois currently sits fifth in the Summit League with three matches left. They will host Oral Roberts and travel to Denver to finish their season.
FOOTBALL APPEARS IN INITIAL NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS
INDIANAPOLIS—The season’s first set of NCAA Division II Regional Rankings dropped on Monday, with the UIndy football team listed among those receiving postseason consideration. The Greyhounds were one of 10 Super Region 3 team’s on the initial list.
This year, the first regional rankings included teams in alphabetical order only, with actual rankings set to be included in next week’s release. Selection Sunday comes on Nov. 13 when the 28-team NCAA DII Championship field – seven from each region – will be announced on NCAA.com.
The Greyhounds are looking to make their seventh playoff appear since 2012.
SUPER REGION 3 CONTENDERS
|Grand Valley State||7-0||4-0|
FOOTBALL MOVES UP COACHES POLL
WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team extended its stay in the AFCA DII Coaches Poll, coming in a No. 17 this week. The Greyhounds climbed up three spots after their 52-38 win versus Quincy, securing a top-25 spot for the eighth consecutive week.
Each of the nation’s top 10 teams were victorious last week, including No. 1 Grand Valley State. Truman is knocking on the door of the top 25 as the only other GLVC team receiving votes.
AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (28)||8-0||748||1|
|2.||Angelo St. (Tex.) (2)||8-0||718||2|
|4.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||8-0||654||4|
|5.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||8-0||627||5|
|7.||Ferris St. (Mich.)||6-1||565||7|
|8.||Delta St. (Miss.)||8-0||555||8|
|T-13.||Northwest Missouri St.||6-2||350||14|
|T-13.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||7-1||350||17|
|16.||Colorado School of Mines||6-2||272||18t|
|19.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)||7-1||191||11|
|23.||Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.)||6-2||128||24|
|25.||New Haven (Conn.)||6-1||45||NR|
Others Receiving Votes: Truman (Mo.), 22; Wingate (N.C.), 22; Emporia St. (Kan.), 20; Henderson St. (Ark.), 13; Albany St. (Ga.), 10; Nebraska-Kearney, 9; Winona St. (Minn.), 5; Augustana (S.D.), 4; Minnesota St., 3; Kutztown (Pa.), 2; Wayne St. (Neb.), 2; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 1.
KNIGHTS SWEEP CROSSROADS LEAGUE WEEKLY WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORS
Jackson, Mich. – The Marian women’s soccer team cruised past Goshen this past week with a 6-0 win over the Maple Leafs earning them both Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the week honors, as announced by the conference earlier today.
Allie Schlom earned Defensive Player of the Week after highlighting the win for Marian as she filled an offensive role from her wingback position, striking three goals past the Goshen keeper on three attempts.
Erin Oleksak was named the Offensive Player of the Week after her efforts in the win. The senior forward scored twice and assisted another goal in the Knights win. Oleksak ended with five total shots and three on frame.
Marian will play their final two regular season games this week by traveling to Taylor on Wednesday at 7 PM before finishing the week off at No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday at 3 PM.
AVERI LANMAN NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – After a dominant week in the net, Marian junior blocker Averi Lanman has been named the Crossroads League Volleyball Defender of the Week, as released Monday afternoon. Lanman’s honor is her second of the season.
Lanman dominated the net for No. 15 Marian over a trio of sweeps, posting 2.1 blocks and 1.8 kills per set for the Knights. Lanman had eight blocks in two sets against Goshen, and added five more blocks in a 3-0 victory against RV Saint Francis. Lanman’s blocking totals helped her increase her season averages, as she leads the NAIA in blocks per set with 1.40.
The Knights and Lanman will be in action three times this week, hosting all three matches against ranked NAIA foes. The first opponent for Marian this week is (RV) Bethel, who comes to Indianapolis on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
STEVENS AND SOPER NAMED MSFA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off of their 24-7 win at Concordia on Saturday, the Marian football team claimed two weekly honors from the MSFA, as Ben Stevens and Taylor Soper were named Players of the Week. Stevens took home the offensive honor, while Soper earned the special teams award.
Ben Stevens was named the MSFA Mideast Offensive Player of the Week, earning his third career offensive honor and second of the season. Stevens hauled in 10 passes on Saturday, racking up 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over Concordia. Stevens’ touchdown receptions came on 46 and 21 yard plays, and was the difference in the score against the Cardinals.
Taylor Soper was named the MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career following Saturday’s performance, marking the first of the season. Soper kicked seven times and averaged 48.0 yards per punt against the Cardinals, bombing two over 50 yards. Soper’s long on the day was a 76-yarder, and he placed five of his seven punts inside the 20 yardline, helping Marian win the field position battle against Concordia.
Marian will enjoy a bye week, and will return to play next Saturday at 1:05 p.m. against Siena Heights.
HCAC 2022 FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Josh Taylor (Mt. Orab, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | Junior – Taylor kept the Lions undefeated with a 44-29 win over Hanover on Saturday. The junior was 20-for-31 passing for 199 yards and a touchdown but did the majority of his damage with his legs. He carried the ball 23 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the touchdowns came late in the second as a part of a 21-0 run to finish the game after the Lions trailed 29-23 in the fourth quarter.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Brady Welker (Delphos, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defensive Line | Senior – Welker finished with 10 stops and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned over 50 yards and was capped by a Bluffton touchdown as the Beavers defeated Manchester 46-44 in five overtimes on Saturday.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Wide Receiver | Senior – Hobbs hauled in seven receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rose-Hulman’s offense in a 49-0 win over Franklin. Hobbs hauled in touchdown catches of 40, 33 and 5 yards on the day. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and set a Rose-Hulman single-game school record with 148 punt return yards. Hobbs scored a touchdown on a 51-yard punt return, returned another punt 70 yards to the 2-yard line and snapped the Fightin’ Engineer single-game punt return record in the effort.
Julian Holguin (Richmond, Ind.) Anderson University | Wide Receiver | Junior – Holguin caught for 164 receiving yards and one reception touchdown against Defiance.
Collin McCaffrey (Manchester, Mich.) Anderson University | Linebacker | Junior – McCaffrey, recorded eight tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup against Defiance.
Mateo Jesch (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Kicker / Punter | First-Year – Jesch converted a 20-yard field goal and made 1-of-2 extra-point attempts. He also pinned a punt inside the 20.
Kainan Stoner (Belle Center, Ohio) Bluffton University | Running Back | Sophomore – Stoner powered the Beavers to their first victory of the season with 118 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Bluffton downed Manchester in a school-record five overtimes on Saturday.
Jordan Ambrose (Tomball, Texas) Defiance College | Quarterback | Senior – Ambrose led Defiance to their first win of the season. He threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns and added one rushing touchdown and totaled 72 yards rushing in the game, giving him three total touchdowns in the game. He did not turn the ball over. Defiance held a four point lead in the fourth quarter and Ambrose used his legs to pick up a big third and 13 to set up the game sealing touchdown a few minutes later.
Thomas Coltrain (Leslie, Mich.) Defiance College | Linebacker | Senior – Thomas led the Yellow Jackets defense yet again in the win over Anderson. He had nine total tackles, 0.5 sack, and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) Hanover College | Running Back | Sophomore – Oppel led the Panthers against No. 24 ranked MSJ on Saturday as he picked up his 80 yards rushing and two key touchdowns late in the second half that gave Hanover the 29-23 lead. He also added two receptions for 15 yards.
Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Senior – Hardiman led a strong defensive effort by the Panthers as they held the No. 24 ranked MSJ offense in check. The senior picked up six total tackles, a forced fumble, one pass breakup and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Jamon Fanning (Thomson, Ga.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Junior – Fanning led the Panthers against No. 24 ranked MSJ on Saturday as his special team’s play made a huge impact on the game. The junior picked up a blocked field goal early in the first quarter that help HC claim the 7-0 advantage.
Anthony Wright (Nashville, Tenn.) Mount St. Joseph University | Linebackers | Junior – Wright led the Lions defensive effort that held Hanover to 93 rushing yards, 147 passing yards, and forced a trio of Panther turnovers. Wright led the way with a game and season-high 12 tackles (10 solo) and a tackle for loss.
Kyle Farfsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Senior – Farfsing was vital in the Lions 44-29 win on the road at Hanover Saturday. He was 3-of-4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 19, 21 and 36 yards respectively. His lone miss came after a bad snap resulted in the kick being blocked. Farfsing was also 5-for-5 on PAT attempts. He also hit nine kickoffs for 512 yards and a pair of touchbacks. The most important kick though came late in the fourth quarter, he hit a directional kick which the Lions were able to recover to turn into a Hanover turnover.
Riley Roberts (Greenwood, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Linebacker | Senior – Roberts recorded six tackles, a pick-six interception for a touchdown, one sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss to lead a Rose-Hulman defense that allowed just 193 yards of total offense in a 49-0 win over Franklin.
HCAC 2022 MEN’S SOCCER NOTEBOOK, WEEK 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Takezo Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Kelly scored five goals in two matches to lead Rose-Hulman to a perfect 2-0 record last week. Kelly scored a hat trick with three goals in Wednesday’s win over Franklin, then scored the first and second goals as Rose-Hulman rallied from 2-0 down to defeat Transylvania 3-2.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Angel Velasco-Urbina (Louisville, Ky.) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Velasco-Urbina allowed just one goal in 180 minutes as the Beavers split a pair of 1-0 decisions with Defiance and Hanover. He kept Bluffton in the Saturday match at Hanover with seven saves against the Panthers.
Brendan Hall (West Lafayette, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | First-Year – Hall found the back of the net twice as Anderson fought to a 3-2 victory against Mount St. Joseph.
Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Moro-Medina saved nine of the 12 shots he faced as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. He came up with four saves on five shots against Manchester. Moro-Medina then saved five of the seven shots he faced against Mount St. Joseph.
Dalton Taynor (Troy, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Bluffton downed rival Defiance Wednesday afternoon when Taynor delivered the only goal of the match with 4:51 to play. It helped snap an 11-match losing skid at the hands of the Yellow Jackets. It looked like the long-time rivals were headed for a 0-0 tie until the third-leading goal scorer in Bluffton history did what he has done 44 times and that is deposit the ball into the back of the net.
Chase Stiner (St. Joseph, Ill.) Defiance College | Midfielder | Senior – Stiner led Defiance to a 1-1 week. He recorded two shot attempts in a 1-0 loss to Bluffton. In the 2-1 win over Franklin on Senior Day, the senior scored both second half goals to lead his team to victory. He had four shot attempts in the game, and three on goal. Both goals came off penalty kicks. The first goal was deflected and saved by the Franklin goalie and Stiner was there for the put back. Stiner ripped the second chance high and away from the goalie.
Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) Hanover College | Midfielder | Sophomore – Domenici led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they remain perfect in HCAC play defeating MSJ and Bluffton. In the contest with Bluffton, the sophomore picked up two shots, one of which landed on frame. He also picked up an assist in the team’s win over Mt. St. Joseph.
Ruben Gonzalez (Sylvania, Ohio) Manchester University | Midfielder | Senior – Gonzalez had one assist and two shots during 90 minutes of play on Wednesday, leading Manchester to a win against Anderson University. During Saturday’s Senior Day and Homecoming festivities, Ruben put up two goals and three shots to lead the Spartans to a 3-1 win against Earlham College.
Luke Dawdy (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Senior – Dawdy led the Rose-Hulman defensive effort in wins of 9-1 over Franklin and 3-2 over Transylvania. The team allowed just 12 total shots over the two matches.
Jak Birdsong (Liberty Township, Ohio) Transylvania University | Midfielder | Senior – Birdsong had two goals this week on penalty shots making him 2-for-2 on attempts. The first was a game securing goal against Earlham in a 3-1 win. His second goal put Transy up by two at Rose-Hulman, though the final was a 2-3 in favor of Rose-Hulman.
Trent Fry (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – In two games, Fry had 10 total saves. He currently has an 80 percent save percentage on the year. He had three saves against Earlham in their 3-1 win. He also recorded seven saves against league-leading Rose-Hulman in their close 2-3 game.
HCAC 2022 VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Junior – Perry rolled to a .516 attack percentage and 2.92 kills per set as Anderson went 2-1 on the week. She powered to 17 kills and a .516 attack percentage in a four-set win against Rose-Hulman. Perry then contributed 13 kills and a .545 attack percentage in a five-set win against Hanover. She closed out the week against Transylvania and she finished with five kills and a .444 hitting percentage in three sets.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Erin Androne (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Libero | Junior – Androne was fantastic again this week for the Lions. She had 78 digs on the week (6.5 per set) while only committing a single serve receive error. Also this week, Androne passed the 1,000 career dig milestone for her career.
Erin Roach (Selma, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Roach scattered 5.5 digs per set as Anderson went 2-1 on the week. She collected 35 digs in a four-set win against Rose-Hulman. Roach then scattered 21 digs in a five-set win against Hanover. She collected 10 digs in three sets against Transylvania.
Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) Earlham College | Right Side Hitter | Junior – Young put in a marathon effort to lead the Quaker offense this week with 54 kills in 18 sets, while keeping to 24 errors. The junior also scored nine service aces and seven assisted blocks. She posted a high of 17 kills with a .262 attack percentage in a five-set loss to Wisconsin-Platteville on Saturday.
Jennifer Shamel (Columbiaville, Mich.) Earlham College | Libero | Senior – Shamel led the Quaker back line with 5.05 digs per set on the week. She also worked to contribute offensively with seven service aces. Her best game of the week came in HCAC competition against Defiance with 20 digs in a three-set win over the Yellow Jackets.
Aubrey Walton (Linton, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Junior – Walton led the Panthers with 38 assists, including a week and team best 20 against Transylvania.
Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dunn led the Panthers this past week as she picked up a combined 36 digs, including a team best 22 against Anderson. She added an ace and was serving when Hanover scored eight straight points to force a set five at Anderson.
Joy Maze (Greenwood, Ind.) Manchester University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Maze had a total of 25 kills during last week. During Manchester’s 3-2 win against Franklin on Wednesday, Maze had 14 kills, four errors on 31 attempts for a .323 hitting percentage. Against Transylvania on Saturday, she had 11 kills with five errors on 36 attempts for a .139 hitting percentage.
Rachael Ressler (Tipton, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Ressler finished the week with 39 digs. She had an impressive 26 digs on Wednesday, helping lead Manchester to a 3-2 victory over Franklin. Ressler also had 13 against Transylvania on Saturday.
Morgan Whitaker (Milford, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Whitaker helped lead the Lions to a 3-1 week, including 2-0 in HCAC play to stay unbeaten. She was huge in the win over Bluffton on Wednesday playing all six rotations for the first time in her career. She followed that up with by hitting .529 in Friday’s win over Defiance. All told she had 42 kills (3.5 per set) on the week, hitting .146.
Allie Fults (Centralia, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Middle Hitter | Junior – Fults led the team with 25 kills and hit .208 with 10 total blocks for the week. Rose-Hulman finished 1-1 behind Allie’s 13 kills against Bluffton and 12 against Anderson.
Lily Ebright (Wichita, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Ebright recorded a team-high 47 digs (5.22 digs per set) as the Fightin’ Engineers split two matches last week. Ebright had a team-high 25 digs in Saturday’s five-set win at Bluffton.
Grace Ward (Edgewood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Setter | Junior – Ward passed her 1000th assist on the season. In wins over Hanover (3-0), Manchester (3-1), and Anderson (3-0), Grace had a total of 129 assists, nine aces, four kills, and eight digs. She is second in assists-per-set nationally at 10.91, just .09 from the person ahead of her. She is also seventh in total assists with 79 sets played, others ahead of her have 85+ sets.
Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – In three HCAC wins, Miller had 48 digs, four assists, and zero errors as the Pioneers won 3-0, 3-1, 3-0 over Hanover, Manchester, and Anderson this week. She now has 530 digs on the season in 126 sets.
HCAC 2022 WOMEN’S SOCCER NOTEBOOK, WEEK 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Meron Roach (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Senior – Roach scored two goals and had one assist in 69 minutes played for their 5-0 win over Earlham. She now totals for the season at eight goals and five assists leading the Pioneers in both categories.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Senior – Dillon made seven saves and allowed just one goal in Rose-Hulman results of a 2-0 win over Franklin and a 1-1 draw with Transylvania. Dillon had a week-high four saves against Transylvania.
Taylor Baker (Springfield, Ohio) Anderson University | Midfielder | Senior – Baker notched a goal and an assist during Anderson’s 5-0 win against Defiance. The Ravens went 2-0 on the week.
Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Paarlberg contributed to two Raven shutout wins this week. In Saturday’s 1-0 win against Mount St. Joseph, she saved each of the four shots she faced.
Makenna Mundy (Noblesville, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Mundy played all 180 minutes for the Grizzlies in two games last week, making eight saves and earning her second clean sheet of the year in matches against Rose-Hulman and Defiance.
Beth Cook (Goshen, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Cook led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they remain among the top of the HCAC. The sophomore picked up the lone goal in a win over MSJ before adding six shots, four of which landed on frame. The sophomore is one goal shy of tying the Hanover single season record.
Kyra Hicks (Lynnwood, Wash.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Hicks scored one goal with one assist as Rose-Hulman finished 1-0-1 last week. Hicks scored against in the 2-0 win over Franklin and had an assist in the 1-1 draw against Transylvania.
Laura Martin (Winchester, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Martin had one save against Earlham and three saves against Rose-Hulman in the 5-0 win and draw 1-1 on the week.
IUPUC APPROVED FOR RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEMBERSHIP BEGINNING IN FALL 2023
COLUMBUS, Ind. – Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus will be participating as a member of the River States Conference beginning in the fall of 2023. IUPUC was approved for membership by the RSC Council of Presidents pending full membership in the NAIA being granted to the school next spring.
In its first year of intercollegiate athletics, IUPUC is participating as an Associate Member of the NAIA in men’s and women’s cross country, softball and baseball. Beginning next fall, IUPUC will add men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, bringing the number of teams competing under the Crimson Pride banner to seven.
“The River States Conference is pleased to add IUPUC as a member school next year. IUPUC is a newer program and looks to be a strong member as they grow their athletic programs,” said River States Commissioner Michael Schell.
The RSC currently has 13 member institutions representing five states–Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Member schools include: Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, Brescia (Ky.) University, Carlow (Pa.) University, Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University Southeast, Midway (Ky.) University, Oakland City (Ind.) University, Ohio Christian University, Point Park (Pa.) University, the University of Rio Grande (Ohio), St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College and WVU Tech.
“We are honored to become a member of the River States Conference as we build our athletic program here at IUPUC,” said IUPUC Vice Chancellor and Dean, Reinhold Hill. “The RSC is a perfect fit for our campus both geographically and competitively, and we look forward to building friendships and rivalries with our new conference foes.”
The River States Conference’s 17 championship sports are: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Volleyball.
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|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||5||1||0||.833||0.0||176||81||2-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|New York Jets||5||2||0||.714||0.5||159||137||1-2-0||4-0-0||4-2-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Miami Dolphins||4||3||0||.571||1.5||147||165||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||3||4||0||.429||2.5||155||146||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||2||0||.714||0.0||223||172||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||164||189||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||4||0||.333||2.5||163||150||2-1-0||0-3-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||5||0||.286||3.0||100||115||2-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||4||3||0||.571||0.0||181||161||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||3||0||.571||0.0||173||132||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||5||0||.286||2.0||168||186||1-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||5||0||.286||2.0||107||162||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||4||2||0||.667||0.0||115||128||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||3||1||.500||1.0||113||140||2-1-0||1-2-1||3-3-1||1-3-1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||5||0||.286||2.5||155||137||1-2-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||4 L|
|Houston Texans||1||4||1||.250||2.5||106||137||0-1-1||1-3-0||1-3-1||1-0-1||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|New York Giants||6||1||0||.857||0.5||150||130||3-1-0||3-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||4 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||2||0||.714||1.5||134||104||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||3||4||0||.429||3.5||125||156||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||4||3||0||.571||0.0||183||186||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||.500||0.5||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||4||0||.429||1.0||145||133||2-1-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||4||0||.429||1.0||156||176||1-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||4||0||.429||2.5||128||146||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||4||0||.429||2.5||126||132||2-1-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||1||5||0||.167||4.0||146||194||1-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||4||0||.429||0.0||124||124||1-2-0||2-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||4||0||.429||0.0||163||171||2-1-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||2||5||0||.286||1.0||124||149||2-3-0||0-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||2||5||0||.286||1.0||175||200||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|New York||2||1||.667||0.5||2-0||0-1||–||2-0||2-1||2 W|
|Oklahoma City||0||3||.000||3.5||0-1||0-2||0-3||0-3||0-3||3 L|
|Golden State||2||1||.667||—||2-1||–||2-0||2-1||2-1||1 W|
|LA Clippers||2||1||.667||—||0-1||2-0||2-1||2-1||2-1||1 L|
|LA Lakers||0||3||.000||2.0||0-2||0-1||0-2||0-3||0-3||3 L|
|San Antonio||3||1||.750||—||0-1||3-0||–||1-0||3-1||3 W|
|New Orleans||2||1||.667||0.5||0-1||2-0||–||0-1||2-1||1 L|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|1 Boston Bruins||6||5||1||0||10||4||27||19||4-0-0||1-1-0||5-1-0|
|2 Pittsburgh Penguins||6||4||1||1||9||4||29||17||3-0-0||1-1-1||4-1-1|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||6||4||1||1||9||4||20||14||1-0-0||3-1-1||4-1-1|
|4 Florida Panthers||6||4||1||1||9||4||19||17||2-0-1||2-1-0||4-1-1|
|5 Buffalo Sabres||5||4||1||0||8||4||22||11||1-1-0||3-0-0||4-1-0|
|6 Philadelphia Flyers||6||4||2||0||8||4||17||14||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0|
|7 Detroit Red Wings||5||3||0||2||8||3||20||12||2-0-1||1-0-1||3-0-2|
|8 Ottawa Senators||6||4||2||0||8||4||25||18||4-0-0||0-2-0||4-2-0|
|9 Washington Capitals||7||4||3||0||8||4||25||24||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-3-0|
|10 Toronto Maple Leafs||7||4||3||0||8||4||19||18||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-3-0|
|11 New York Rangers||6||3||2||1||7||3||20||20||2-1-1||1-1-0||3-2-1|
|12 New Jersey Devils||6||3||3||0||6||3||17||20||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-3-0|
|13 Tampa Bay Lightning||6||3||3||0||6||3||18||19||1-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0|
|14 Montreal Canadiens||6||3||3||0||6||3||16||18||3-1-0||0-2-0||3-3-0|
|15 Columbus Blue Jackets||7||3||4||0||6||3||22||27||2-2-0||1-2-0||3-4-0|
|16 New York Islanders||6||2||4||0||4||2||19||18||2-2-0||0-2-0||2-4-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||7||5||2||0||10||5||22||14||3-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||6||4||1||1||9||4||22||12||2-0-0||2-1-1||4-1-1|
|3 Calgary Flames||5||4||1||0||8||4||18||16||3-1-0||1-0-0||4-1-0|
|4 Colorado Avalanche||6||3||2||1||7||3||22||19||1-1-1||2-1-0||3-2-1|
|5 St. Louis Blues||4||3||1||0||6||3||11||9||1-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0|
|6 Edmonton Oilers||6||3||3||0||6||3||22||20||3-3-0||—||3-3-0|
|7 Chicago Blackhawks||5||3||2||0||6||3||16||15||2-0-0||1-2-0||3-2-0|
|8 Winnipeg Jets||6||3||3||0||6||3||16||17||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-3-0|
|9 Seattle Kraken||7||2||3||2||6||2||21||27||0-2-1||2-1-1||2-3-2|
|10 Los Angeles Kings||7||3||4||0||6||2||24||31||0-2-0||3-2-0||3-4-0|
|11 Nashville Predators||7||2||4||1||5||2||16||24||1-2-1||1-2-0||2-4-1|
|12 San Jose Sharks||8||2||6||0||4||2||15||23||0-3-0||2-3-0||2-6-0|
|13 Minnesota Wild||5||1||3||1||3||1||19||27||1-3-0||0-0-1||1-3-1|
|14 Anaheim Ducks||6||1||4||1||3||1||14||28||1-0-0||0-4-1||1-4-1|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||5||1||4||0||2||1||13||26||—||1-4-0||1-4-0|
|16 Vancouver Canucks||7||0||5||2||2||0||18||30||0-2-0||0-3-2||0-5-2|
October 25, 1884 – Yale University entered into the 1884 season riding a 17 game winning streak and had won multiple National Championships in the past few years. The powerhouse Bulldog squad really flexed their muscles against the Dartmouth team that season. It marked the first game where over 100 points were scored as Yale toppled Dartmouth 113-0.
Crab Bowl Classic
October 25, 1905 – Annapolis , Maryland – The very first College Football Crab Bowl Classic is played. The U.S. Naval Academy and the University are less than 30 miles away from each other, so it is no surprise that these two would clash regularly on the gridiron. The series ended temporarily in 1934 after Maryland protested a controversial play. Apparently according to a wikipedia account, Navy’s go ahead touchdown play in the 1934 edition of the series was deemed illegal by the Maryland brass after a film review. A very interesting development in football history for 1934. The series resurfaced in the 1950’s a couple of times and then after a 1964 contest where a Terrapin player flashed his middle finger towards Navy fans. It occurred after a punt return by Navy, where an angry Terp Jerry Fishman was penalized for an unnecessary hard hit that injured receiver Skip Orr directly in front of the Navy faithful. The jeers from the Navy stands increased above normal and were directed at Fishman. In response, Fishman approached the Brigade of Midshipmen section and flipped them off.. Later Fishman was penalized again for a late hit on Heisman Trophy winning Navy quarterback Roger Staubach and again the heckling from the Navy crowd prompted Fishman to give the obscene gesture for a second time. High-ranking Navy officers noticed Fishman’s middle finger and were outraged by the disrespectful nature. The always taking the high road Staubach later told the press that Fishman “told the fans he thought Maryland was number one and got his fingers wrong.” Navy brass suspended the series for a period of time which lasted until the 2005 season. The result of this first matchup of the schools came with Navy defeating Maryland 17-0.
The Browns were Mudders
October 25, 1953 – The Polo Grounds, New York City, New York – It was a sloppy track to say the least at the famed Polo Grounds on this day in late October 1953. The Cleveland Browns were well into their 4th season in the NFL after dominating the now defunct All American Football Conference. The Giants were a mid-level team at best in ‘53 but being at home in the mud could be a great equalizer in the game and it was! Cleveland Browns’ QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles as the Giants defense did everything they could claw the ball away from the Browns. A story on Cleveland.com’s website recounts how the only scoring sequence occurred. The long count paid off for the Cleveland Browns on that day. The long count was a strategic maneuver designed to draw Giants rookie defensive lineman, Joe Ramona, offside as the Browns lined up for a field goal attempt in the second period. Center Frank Gatski of the Browns had noticed that the youngster was a little jumpy, so as the Browns line up to try a field goal from the 18-yard line, Gatski suggested to Otto Graham that he delay snapping the ball a few counts.
It worked, Ramona jumped the count and the Giants were penalized five yards and a first and goal on the six-yard line. Two plays later Graham carried the ball through the left side of the line for the only score of the game. It is a rare occasion where one player could turn the ball over four times in a game and escape the hero, the Browns won 7-to-0 against the New York Giants in the mudfest.
October 25, 1964 – Possibly the most well known sports blooper in american Sports History could be “The Wrong Way Run” by Viking Jim Marshall. On the play the defensive standout for Minnesota , Jim Marshall who was having his way with the San Francisco 49ers on that day. Even on the play in question, Marshall got his paws on Niners QB George Mira and caused Mira to loose control of the ball. Marshall promptly picked the ball up and proceeded to run 66 yards to what he presumed was an extremely easy scoop and score. Unfortunately for Jim and the Vikes, Marshall had run in the wrong direction for a safety. Marshall was a fantastic player in fact he was a dominant player in his era of football. Unfortunately all of his fantastic plays are somewhat put aside in place of this embarrassing moment of confusion.
Holy War Recaps
October 25, 1997 – South Bend -The 9th College Football Holy War had the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beating the Boston College Eagles 52-20.
October 25, 2003 – Chestnut Hill – In the 15th College Football Holy War it was the Boston College squad knocking off Notre Dame 27-25 in a thriller.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 25
Harvard Player/Coach Reid
October 25, 1878 – Bill Reid a fullback from Harvard University was born. Bill played during the very brutal period of american football just at the end of the 19th century. He was a good player for Harvard though as he became the first Harvard player to score two TDs in a game against Yale. After his playing days he became the Head Coach of the Crimson. It was in the early 1900’s as a coach where Reid truly made his biggest contributions to football. The NFF’s website states that Reid and fellow coaches from Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth were called to Washington, D.C. President Theodore Roosevelt was incensed over the violence in the game and was threatening to ban the sport. Reid convinced Roosevelt not to end the game he loved and he coerced all present to sign a contract stating that they would adhere to the rules of football and promote change to make the game safer for players. Teddy R. was satisfied with this and let football stay in American sports. As a coach Reid’s record was 30-3-1. The National Football Foundation selected Bill Reid to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
Goldberg the running sensation
October 25, 1917 – Elkins, West Virginia – Former University of Pittsburgh fullback Marshall Goldberg arrived on the scene. Goldberg played for the Panthers from 1936 through 1938 and the school sported a record of 25-3-2 when he was on the team. In his first game with the Panthers he rushed for 208 yards against Ohio Wesleyan and led the nation in yards on the ground with 886. The National Football Foundation goes on to tell us that his 1936 team won the Rose Bowl, the 1937 team was national champion, the 1938 team lost two games when Goldberg was out with injuries. Goldberg was All-America in 1937 and 1938. In the Heisman Trophy voting he was third behind Clint Frank of Yale and Whizzer White of Colorado in 1937, second behind Davey O’Brien of Texas Christian in 1938. The National Football Foundation selected Marshall Goldberg to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1958.
Bob Steuber, a Missouri Legend
October 25, 1921 – Wenonah, New Jersey – Bob Steuber arrived via stork delivery. Bob was a former halfback from Missouri. He set records a plenty at the school including most points in a season and a career as well as the most touchdowns in a game and career TDs. During the war years he played for Depauw. The NFF says Steuber was third in the nation in rushing yardage in 1941, second in 1942. He was at DePauw in 1943 as a Navy V-6 trainee. DePauw had a 5-0-1 season and Steuber led the nation in scoring with 129 points. The National Football Foundation selected Bob Steuber to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Nielsen Slings BYU to Victories
October 25, 1954 – Provo, Utah – Gifford Nielsen a quarterback from BYU was born. He made his mark in his sophomore season when Brigham Young started out 0-2 and were down late in the third game. Nielsen led BYU on an offensive surge and the team scored twice and pulled out a 16-15 victory over New Mexico. They went 6-2 the rest of the season and the next year improved to a 7-3 overall record. The National Football Foundation selected Gifford Nielsen to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Nielsen played professionally with the Houston Oilers 1978- 83
Pat Swilling an LB on a Mission
October 25, 1964 – Toccoa, Georgia – Pat Swilling a linebacker from Georgia Tech celebrated his arrival into the world. An article on si.com on the football great tells how Swilling was a pass rushing standout at Georgia Tech setting an NCAA record 7 sacks against NC State as he went on his way to become a first team All- American. The National Football Foundation selected Pat Swilling to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. The New Orleans Saints picked Pat Swilling in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft and he ended up having a brilliant 12 year career in the League. In 1992 Swilling along with fellow Saint backers Vaughn Johnson, Sam Mills and Ricky Jackson all made the same Pro Bowl roster, the first and only time that has occurred in NFL history!
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
70 – 31 – 18 – 4 – 44 – 23 – 36 – 6 – 16
October 25, 1964 – What many consider the biggest mistake in NFL history, “The Wrong Way Run”, of Minnesota Viking legend Jim Marshall occurrred. The defensive star wearing Number 70 ran 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety errantly when he got turned around on what he thought was a scoop and score
October 25, 1973 – The Chicago Cubs traded Number 31, Ferguson Jenkins to the Texas Rangers for third baseman Number 18, Bill Madlock and Number 4, Vic Harris
October 25, 1973 – San Francisco Giants traded Willie McCovey, Number 44 to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell, Number 23
October 25, 1978 – San Digo Padres pitcher Number 36, Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)
October 25, 1986 – Did the “Curse of the Bambino” stike again? Trailing 5-3 with 2 out and no one on in bottom of 10th, New York rallied to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, after Number 6, Bill Buckner misplayed a ball
October 25, 1987 – In World Series action the Minnesota Twins beat St Louis Cardinals, 4-2 at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome for 4-3 series win and franchise first in Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Number 16, Frank Viola
|Detroit at Washington||7:00pm||NBCS-WSH|
|Dallas at New Orleans||7:30pm||TNT|
|LA Clippers at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Golden State at Phoenix||10:00pm||TNT|
|Arizona at Columbus||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Dallas at Boston||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Minnesota at Montreal||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|New Jersey at Detroit||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Colorado at NY Rangers||8:00pm||ESPN|
|Florida at Chicago||8:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Pittsburgh at Calgary||9:00pm||ATTSN-PIT|
|Buffalo at Seattle||10:00pm||MSG-BUF|
|Vegas at San Jose||10:30pm||ESPN|
|Tampa Bay at Los Angeles||10:30pm||Bally Sports|
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|UEFA Champions League: Celtic vs Shakhtar Donetsk||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Athletico-PR vs Palmeiras||8:45pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Flamengo vs Santos||8:45pm||Paramount+|