Adams Central 78 Fort Wayne Canterbury 54
Barr-Reeve 67 North Knox 33
Bowman Academy 84 Lake Station 38
Bremen 55 Lakeland Christian 32
Calumet 67 Whiting 55
Center Grove 79 Martinsville 54
Charlestown 63 Henryville 54
Christel House 88 Eminence 26
Culver Academy 60 Noble/Whitley HomeSchool 56 OT
Culver 71 Winamac 55
Decatur Central 53 Indianapolis Lutheran 48
Dugger Union 54 Seven Oaks 31
East Central 69 Indianapolis HomeSchool 53
East Chicago Central 83 Chesterton 70
Eastside 56 Lakewood Park 38
Evansville Bosse 62 Evansville Memorial 60
Evansville Reitz 63 Evansville North 57
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 77 Heritage 42
Fort Wayne Dwenger 62 DeKalb 45
Fort Wayne Snider 72 East Noble 59
Fort Wayne South 74 Peru 72 OT
Gary West 64 Marquette Catholic 47
Goshen 63 South Bend Clay 52
Hanover Central 47 Rensselaer Central 33
Horizon Christian 59 Traders Point Christian 45
Indiana Deaf 75 Fortune Academy 20
Indianapolis Attucks 62 Lawrence Central 49
Indianapolis Roncalli 52 Perry Meridian 32
Indianapolis Scecina 55 Indianapolis Riverside 47
Jennings County 55 Greensburg 43
KIPP Indy Legacy 73 Thrival Indy Academy 71
Leo 61 Fort Wayne Northrop 55
Loogootee 42 South Knox 29
Merrillville 67 Griffith 43
Mishawaka 54 Michigan City 44
Monroe Central 51 Muncie Burris 35
Morgan Twp. 56 North Judson 54
New Prairie 53 Oregon-Davis 45
North Central (Farmersburg) 79 Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville (Ill.) 42
North Posey 69 Evansville Central 65
NorthWood 33 Jimtown 32
Northfield 53 Southern Wells 37
Northridge 42 South Bend Riley 41
Northwestern 51 Wabash 45
Park Tudor 83 Indianapolis Shortridge 45
Pendleton Heights 49 Guerin Catholic 48
Pike Central 56 Boonville 55 OT
Portage 79 Lowell 30
Purdue Poly Englewood 46 Indianapolis Tindley 44
Seton Catholic 50 Knightstown 34
Shelbyville 53 Greenwood 44
South Newton 46 Cissna Park (Ill.) 38
South Putnam 55 Cloverdale 51
Terre Haute North 49 West Vigo 37
Triton 51 Bethany Christian 41
Valparaiso 68 Gary 21st Century 54 OT
Westview 52 Elkhart Christian 43


Fort Wayne Canterbury at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Garrett at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Indianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Prairie Heights at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Eastbrook 7:30 pm


Class 4A
1. Fishers (8)6-01961
2. Westfield (1)5-01762
3. Lawrence North (1)4-01563
4. Indpls Cathedral5-01274
5. Indpls Ben Davis3-11256
6. Noblesville4-177NR
7. Ft. Wayne North4-052NR
8. Kokomo4-2495
9. Anderson4-048NR
10. Greenfield5-037NR

Others receiving votes:

Brownsburg 34. Chesterton 27. Ev. Harrison 27. Lake Central 22. Indpls Pike 19. S. Bend Riley 13. Plainfield 8. Concord 7.

Class 3A
1. Guerin Catholic (5)5-11801
2. Danville (2)5-01528
3. Silver Creek (2)6-014110
4. Indpls Brebeuf (1)4-11147
5. Heritage Hills4-11005
6. Delta4-1954
7. NorthWood1-1703
(tie) Scottsburg4-2702
9. S. Bend Washington5-169NR
10. Evansville Memorial2-061NR

Others receiving votes:

Heritage Christian 36. N. Daviess 34. Greensburg 23. Purdue Poly 16. Peru 12. S. Bend St. Joseph’s 9. Indian Creek 6. Hammond Noll 6. Tri-West 6.

Class 2A
1. Wapahani (7)5-01881
2. Brownstown (2)4-11483
3. Tipton5-01424
4. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (1)4-11382
5. Southwestern (Jefferson)5-01086
6. Manchester5-0997
7. Providence4-1808
8. Linton-Stockton2-1665
9. N. Judson4-0579
10. Paoli3-053NR

Others receiving votes:

Ft. Wayne Luers 40. Triton Central 24. Sullivan 23. Indpls Park Tudor 22. Gary 21st Century 6. Westview 6.

Class 1A
1. Greenwood Christian (4)5-11595
2. Loogootee (5)5-11461
3. Ev. Christian (1)4-11376
4. Clay City5-11139
5. Michigan City Marquette3-01078
6. Indpls Lutheran1-11032
7. Orleans3-1967
8. Barr-Reeve4-193NR
9. Shakamak4-18110
10. Triton4-055NR

Others receiving votes:

Christian Academy 53. Fountain Central 14. Morgan Twp. 13. Tindley 12. Bloomfield 12. Elkhart Christian 6.


Anderson Prep 51 Shenandoah 43
Angola 61 Lakeland 27
Austin 53 Providence 38
Beech Grove 54 Indianapolis Scecina 22
Benton Central 52 Twin Lakes 45
Bethesda Christian 49 Southmont 42
Blue River 58 Daleville 51
Bluffton 61 Southwood 16
Boone Grove 39 North Newton 35
Brownstown Central 40 Corydon Central 37
Carmi (Ill.) 65 Mount Vernon (Posey) 41
Carroll (Flora) 56 Maconaquah 37
Cascade 65 Monrovia 52
Castle 67 Evansville Harrison 34
Caston 55 Pioneer 25
Center Grove 58 Martinsville 25
Columbia City 61 Warsaw 48
Columbus North 60 Seymour 57
DeKalb 44 Prairie Heights 22
Dugger Union 62 Seven Oaks 33
Eastbrook 62 Delta 30
Eastern Hancock 62 Lapel 55
Eastside 72 Lakewood Park 54
Edinburgh 52 Hauser 44
Elkhart Christian 45 Westview 37
Eminence 65 Christel House 23
Evansville Christian 53 Northeast Dubois 49 2OT
Evansville Memorial 69 Vincennes Lincoln 39
Fairfield 48 Fremont 35
Forest Park 62 Boonville 50
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 76 Heritage 22
Fort Wayne Luers 72 Adams Central 34
Fountain Central 42 Indiana Deaf 6
Franklin County 43 Batesville 41
Franklin 59 Franklin Central 41
Frankton 56 Wapahani 48
Garrett 61 Churubusco 35
Gibson Southern 65 South Spencer 39
Greenfield-Central 61 Shelbyville 47
Hamilton Heights 52 Kokomo 23
Hammond Central 65 Michigan City 29
Heritage Christian 45 Brebeuf Jesuit 40 OT
Heritage Hills 36 Southridge 32
Indian Creek 74 Whiteland 34
Indianapolis Shortridge 51 Indianapolis Tindley 15
Jac-Cen-Del 53 North Decatur 43
Jay County 47 Blackford 32
Jeffersonville 55 Charlestown 39
Jimtown 56 Triton 39
Lafayette Central Catholic 55 Faith Christian 48
Lawrenceburg 56 Milan 19
Lewis Cass 36 Delphi 27
Linton-Stockton 63 Owen Valley 29
Lowell 52 Kouts 32
Madison-Grant 47 Eastern (Greentown) 41
McCutcheon 58 Lafayette Jeff 27
Mishawaka 42 South Bend Clay 41
Mooresville 68 Greenwood 36
Morristown 37 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 24
New Haven 47 Marion 30
New Palestine 41 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 33
North Judson 46 North White 32
Northview 63 Terre Haute North 34
Norwell 84 Woodlan 33
Orleans 49 West Washington 34
Parke Heritage 67 Seeger 27
Penn 52 Concord 28
Plymouth 35 John Glenn 22
Rensselaer Central 46 Andrean 24
Robinson (Ill.) 78 Terre Haute South 45
Rock Creek Academy 57 Christian Academy 26
Scottsburg 49 Silver Creek 46
Shoals 40 Mitchell 29
South Bend Washington 56 Elkhart 24
South Ripley 62 Switzerland County 42
Southern Wells 35 Elwood 23
Sullivan 34 Shakamak 28
Tri-Central 45 Frankfort 25
Triton Central 68 Indianapolis Ritter 20
Washington 56 Jasper 49
Wawasee 48 Bethany Christian 32
West Lafayette 54 North Montgomery 19
Westfield 65 Avon 56
White River Valley 47 Bloomfield 34
Whitko 67 West Noble 33
Winchester 45 Union City 40


Andrean at Hanover Central 8:00 pm
Calumet at Whiting 8:00 pm
Cambridge City Lincoln at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Western 7:30 pm
Crown Point at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
East Chicago Central at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Evansville Central 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Dwenger at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Leo 7:30 pm
Guerin Catholic at Perry Meridian 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Northeastern 7:30 pm
Illiana Christian at Munster 8:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Indianapolis Tech 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Warren Central 7:30 pm
Mishawaka Marian at Portage 8:00 pm
Mississinewa at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Mooresville Christian at University 6:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
North Daviess at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Wabash 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Sheridan at Tipton 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at LaVille 7:30 pm
Tri at Union County 7:30 pm
Wheeler at South Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm


Martinsville 37 Southport 36

Evansville Reitz 48 Gibson Southern 30

Hamilton Southeastern 38 Noblesville 23

New Haven 41 Adams Central 28

Terre Haute South 82 W. Vigo 0

Goshen 42 Northwood 36

Owen Valley 50 Indian Creek 19

Benton Central 41 Seeger 39

McCutcheon 59 N. Montgomery 19

Jay County 51 Norwell 23

Cass 36 Manchester 35

Franklin County 46 Batesville 21

Alexandria Monroe 66 Mississinewa 15

Oak Hill 63 Wabash 15

Central Noble 66 Westview 18


Saturday, Dec. 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

Conway, South Carolina

11 a.m. | ESPN

Celebration Bowl

Florida A&M vs. Howard

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ABC

New Orleans Bowl

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Cure Bowl

Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State

Orlando, Florida

3:30 p.m. | ABC

New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State vs. New Mexico State

Albuquerque, New Mexico

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

LA Bowl

UCLA vs. Boise State

Inglewood, California

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Independence Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Cal

Shreveport, Louisiana

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Dec. 18

Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl)

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Nassau, Bahamas (Temporarily relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina)

2:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Marshall vs. UTSA

Frisco, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

USF vs. Syracuse

Boca Raton, Florida

8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCF

Tampa, Florida

6:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

Troy vs. Duke

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. | ABC

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Montgomery, Alabama

12 p.m. | ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. James Madison

Fort Worth, Texas

3:30 p.m. | ABC

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Boise, Idaho

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

7 p.m. | ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah

Las Vegas, Nevada

7:30 p.m. | ABC

Hawai’i Bowl

San Jose State vs. Coastal Carolina

Honolulu, Hawai’i

10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Detroit, Michigan

2 p.m. | ESPN

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Dallas, Texas

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Phoenix, Arizona

9 p.m. | ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Tulane vs. Virginia Tech

Annapolis, Maryland

2 p.m. | ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Charlotte, North Carolina

5:30 p.m. | ESPN

Holiday Bowl

No. 15 Louisville vs. Southern Cal

San Diego, California

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Texas Bowl

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Houston, Texas

9 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts

11 a.m. | ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

The Bronx, New York

2:15 p.m. | ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State

Orlando, Florida

5:45 p.m. | ESPN

Alamo Bowl

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

9:15 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky

Jacksonville, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Oregon State

El Paso, Texas

2 p.m. | CBS

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Memphis, Tennessee

3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Cotton Bowl

No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri

Dallas, Texas

8 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Ole Miss

Atlanta, Georgia

12 p.m. | ESPN

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

2 p.m. | ABC

Orange Bowl

No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 6 Georgia

Miami Gardens, Florida

4 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl

Wyoming vs. Toledo

Tucson, Arizona

4:30 p.m. | CW Network/Barstool

Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

ReliaQuest Bowl

No. 13 LSU vs. Wisconsin

Tampa, Florida

12 p.m. | ESPN2

Citrus Bowl

No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Orlando, Florida

1 p.m. | ABC

Fiesta Bowl

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 23 Liberty

Glendale, Arizona

1 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama

Pasadena, California

5 p.m. | ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

8:45 p.m. | ESPN

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Houston, Texas

7:30 p.m. | ESPN


Thursday Night Football schedule, Dec. 14

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

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

Saturday football games schedule, Dec. 16

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

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

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

Sunday early football games schedule, Dec. 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday late football games schedule, Dec. 17

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

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

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

Sunday Night Football schedule, Dec. 17

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

Monday Night Football schedule, Dec. 18



#12 Tennessee 74 Georgia Southern 56

#21 Duke 89 Hofstra 68


Maryland 105 Alcorn State 65

Minnesota 101 IUPUI 65


#7 LSU 133 McNeese State 44


Maryland 99 Towson 51


Boston 120 Cleveland 113

Dallas 127 LA Lakers 125

Denver 114 Chicago 106

Phoenix 119 Golden State 116

LA Clippers 119 Sacramento 99


Carolina 4 Ottawa 1

Toronto 7 NY Rangers 3

Pittsburgh 4 Arizona 2

Detroit 6 St. Louis 4

Nashville 3 Philadelphia 2 OT

Edmonton 4 Chicago 1

Seattle 4 Florida 0

Vancouver 4 Tampa Bay 1

Vegas 5 Calgary 4 OT

San Jose 2 Winnipeg 1




Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday he regrets his fiery outburst following the controversial end to Kansas City’s loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

After an offsides penalty on Chiefs receiver Kadarius Toney negated a go-ahead trick-play touchdown, an angry Mahomes yelled at officials and had to be restrained by teammates.

“Obviously, you don’t want to react that way,” Mahomes said on “The Drive” on 610 Sports Radio. “I care, man. I love it. I love this game, I love my teammates, I want to go out there and put everything on the line to win. But, obviously, can’t do that. Can’t be that way toward officials or, really, anybody in life.”

Mahomes said he was most remorseful about lamenting the offside penalty during his postgame interaction with Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

“More than anything, I regret the way I acted toward Josh after the game because he had nothing to do with it,” Mahomes said. “I was still hot and emotional, but you can’t do that, man. It’s not a great example for kids watching the game. I was more upset about that than I was about me on the sideline.”

The two-time MVP quarterback and head coach Andy Reid both criticized the officials for the offside call. The NFL is reportedly reviewing their comments.

But Mahomes acknowledged the flag was correct after watching the game.

“Obviously, I’ve seen

“Obviously, I’ve seen it now, and if he didn’t check and they weren’t good, it is a foul,” Mahomes said. “It is something you rarely see called in the NFL. But it was a foul, it’s part of playing the game, man. You learn from it, it’s part of being a person, you learn from your mistakes and try to be better next time.”

Reid confirmed Monday that Toney – who had the wiped-out score after catching a lateral pass from tight end Travis Kelce – failed to check with the referee whether he was aligned properly before the play.


COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert will undergo surgery on Tuesday on his broken index finger on his right hand and will miss the Los Angeles Chargers’ remaining four games this season.

Herbert visited two hand specialists on Monday after he suffered the injury during the second quarter of Los Angeles’ 24-7 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“He is tough as they come, but we’re going to make sure that, whatever it is, we’re going to do what is best for Justin, long term,” coach Brandon Staley said on Monday.

Herbert is the seventh starting quarterback in the league to be lost for the season because of an injury if the Jets’ Aaron Rodgers does not return from his torn Achilles tendon. That includes the top two QBs who signed extensions during the preseason.

Herbert signed a $252.5 million extension on the first day of training camp and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow inked a five-year extension worth $275 million three days before the start of the regular season.

Easton Stick will get his first NFL start on Thursday night at Las Vegas against the Raiders. The Chargers are 5-8 and have dropped four of their past five.

Stick will be only the fourth Chargers starting quarterback since 2006, which is tied with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia for second fewest in that span.

Green Bay and Seattle have had only three starting QBs in the past 18 seasons.

Herbert, the sixth overall pick in the 2020 draft, had been durable in his career, with 62 consecutive regular-season starts. He has played through a broken finger on his non-throwing hand earlier this season and fractured rib cartilage last season.

Max Duggan, who was selected in the seventh round of April’s draft, will be called up from the practice squad to be Stick’s backup.


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns lost their second starting offensive tackle in two days as Jedrick Wills Jr. underwent season-ending knee surgery Tuesday.

Wills had been on injured reserve since Nov. 7, and the Browns (8-5) had hoped the left tackle would be able to return at some point this season. However, the 2020 first-round pick from Alabama elected to have an operation.

Wills’ surgery was performed by head team physician Dr. James Voos. The team said “a full recovery is expected for the start of the 2024 season.”

In May, the Browns picked up the fifth-year option on Wills’ rookie contract with a base salary of $14 million next season.

Wills injured his knee in Cleveland’s 27-0 win over Arizona on Nov. 5.

On Monday, the Browns said rookie right tackle Dawand Jones is done for the season. The 6-foot-8, 375-pound Jones is scheduled to have surgery on his right knee after he got hurt during practice last week. He sat out Sunday’s win over Jacksonville.

A fourth-round pick from Ohio State, Jones had a strong season after replacing starter Jack Conklin, who tore knee ligaments in the season opener against Cincinnati.

The Browns have managed to stay in the playoff hunt despite being decimated by key injuries on offense. They’re without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder), running back Nick Chubb (knee) and now their top three tackles.

Geron Christian has been filling in for Wills and James Hudson III started on Sunday in Jones’ spot.

Cleveland, which is currently in the No. 5 spot in the AFC, hosts Chicago on Sunday.


The Baltimore Ravens put return man Devin Duvernay on injured reserve Tuesday and signed quarterback Malik Cunningham off the New England Patriots’ practice squad, per reports.

Duvernay sustained a back injury during Sunday’s 37-31 overtime win against the Los Angeles Rams. He will miss the last four games of the regular season for Baltimore (10-3) but does not need surgery and could return for the playoffs, NFL Network reported.

Duvernay, 26, was an All-Pro in 2021 and made the Pro Bowl in 2021 and 2022 as a return specialist. In 13 games this season he has averaged 12.6 yards per punt return and 19.3 per kickoff return.

Replacing Duvernay on the roster with Cunningham will reunite the signal-caller with former Louisville teammate Lamar Jackson.

Cunningham, 25, overlapped with the Ravens’ starting quarterback at Louisville when he redshirted for Jackson’s final season in 2017. Cunningham passed for 9,664 yards and 70 touchdowns with the Cardinals.

Cunningham signed with New England this offseason as an undrafted free agent. Baltimore already has QBs Tyler Huntley and Josh Johnson on the 53-man roster.


As he drifted back to field a rainy overtime punt, TYLAN WALLACE had only one thought.

Secure the football.

“The main thing for me,” said Wallace, who last returned punts as a sophomore in college, “especially with the weather, I was just like, ‘I need to catch it first before anything.’”

Catch it he did. And 76 yards, three broken tackles and a sideways summersault later, Wallace was in the end zone and the BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-3) were in the stratosphere.

Like Wallace, the rest of the NFL understands priorities. Walk-off touchdowns – in this case the fourth overtime punt-return score in league history and second this season – can’t happen without first securing the football. And playoff berths, division titles and homefield advantage can’t come until securing success in the final four weeks of the NFL season.

Well, welcome to the final four weeks of the NFL season. Each team has four weeks to carve its own path and settle the playoff tiebreakers that will determine the NFL’s future. And the only bye weeks remaining are the coveted breaks reserved for the No. 1 seeds in each conference.

Those races for the top seeds in each conference are equally as exciting as the races for the final seeds, especially when first-place teams go 2-6 as they did in Week 14. Or when TENNESSEE (5-8), led by rookie quarterback WILL LEVIS, becomes the first NFL team in 47 years to win a game in regulation after trailing by 14-or-more points with less than three minutes remaining. Or when the NEW YORK GIANTS (5-8) resurrect playoff hopes behind rookie TOMMY DEVITO, just the third non-drafted quarterback in the common-draft era to win three of his first four NFL starts.

Here’s the league landscape after the Week 14 dust has settled:

  • In the AFC, 11 teams have winning records entering Week 15. Since the 1970 merger, that’s happened only three times previously: 12 AFC clubs had winning records through 14 weeks in 2014, 11 AFC teams in 2002, and 11 NFC clubs in 2008. What’s more, six AFC teams this year are 7-6, the most 7-6 teams in a conference at this point in any season.
  • In the NFC, six teams are 6-7. That’s more 6-7 teams in either conference through 14 weeks than any other year since the merger. Two NFC teams sit tied atop the East while three teams sit tied atop the NFC South.
  • Overall in Week 14, six teams won in either the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, and an incredible 12 of 15 games were within one score in the fourth quarter. This season, 71.6 percent of all games (149 of 208) have been within one score in the fourth quarter. And 50 times in 208 games (24.0 percent), a team has erased a deficit in either the fourth quarter or overtime to win.
  • Only four teams in the Super Bowl era (1966-present) have made the playoffs after beginning a season 1-5. This year, there could be three. In addition to the Giants, CHICAGO (5-8) and DENVER (7-6) see roads to the postseason after 1-5 starts. In fact, 30 teams are still in Super Bowl contention, the most with four weeks to play since 2018. And 24 of those clubs are either sitting in a playoff spot or within one game of that group. ​​

Are you prepared for the final four weeks? The NFL’s players and coaches are ready. No team can afford to look ahead in Week 15. Every club’s goal is as simple as it gets: Finish 1-0.

Let the turmoil begin.

The Starting 11 entering Week 15

1.   WIRE-TO-WIRE POTENTIAL PUTS MCCAFFREY’S SEASON IN PERSPECTIVE: After each week of the 2023 season, 49ers running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has led the NFL in rushing yards. He enters this week with 1,177, 253 more than the next-closest player, Miami’s RAHEEM MOSTERT (924). McCaffrey has an opportunity to become the first in 28 years and only the fourth since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL in rushing yards after every week of a full season. And in three of those instances, the player either won a Super Bowl or garnered Associated Press Most Valuable Player honors. Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH in 1995 led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl XXX victory, Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON in 1977 earned MVP and Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. SIMPSON in 1973 earned MVP. Simpson also led wire-to-wire in 1975.

  • SAN FRANCISCO (10-3), the first team to clinch a playoff berth, continues its bid for the NFC’s lone first-round bye with a division game at ARIZONA (3-10) on Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS). It won’t be easy. Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY has won two of his last three starts against the 49ers. Murray and the Cardinals are 2-2 since the quarterback returned to Arizona’s lineup in Week 10.
    • Over the last five weeks, San Francisco has vaulted to the NFC’s pole position in dominant fashion. In that span, the 49ers are 5-0 and have outscored opponents by 18.2 points per game.
    • Quarterback BROCK PURDY, who leads the NFL with a 116.9 passer rating, graduated from Perry High School, 46 miles from State Farm Stadium. In 2017, Purdy led Perry to the state championship game and set Class 6A state records with 4,405 passing yards and 57 touchdown passes.
    • In last week’s win, Purdy recorded a career-high 368 passing yards, connecting with wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL for 149 yards and a touchdown. Samuel, who also ran for a touchdown, became the second player in NFL history with 100 receiving yards, one touchdown reception and one rushing touchdown in consecutive games, joining Philadelphia’s TIMMY BROWN (Dec. 11-18, 1960).
    • Cornerback CHARVARIUS WARD leads the NFL with 20 passes defensed.

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 7: The number of Wild Card teams that have won the Super Bowl. The last two teams to do so, the Buccaneers in 2020 and the Packers in 2010, meet this week when TAMPA BAY (6-7) visits GREEN BAY (6-7) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Battling for both a division crown and a playoff berth, the Buccaneers make their first trip to Wisconsin since winning the 2020 NFC Championship Game.

  • In last week’s win, Tampa Bay quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD threw a game-winning touchdown to tight end CADE OTTON with 31 seconds remaining, moving the Buccaneers into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay needs a win this week to keep pace in the common-games tiebreaker; ATLANTA (6-7) defeated the Packers earlier this season.
    • Also last week, Tampa Bay safety ANTOINE WINFIELD had a sack and forced fumble. Winfield has 13 career sacks and surpassed BILL BATES (12.5) for the second-most sacks by a defensive back in his first four seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only JAMAL ADAMS (21.5) has more.
    • Since Week 7, Buccaneers running back RACHAAD WHITE has 834 scrimmage yards (third in the NFL in that span) and six scrimmage touchdowns.

3.   MARGINS ARE TOUCHDOWN-THIN: Players have scored more than 79,000 touchdowns in NFL history. But touchdowns mean more in the present era than they ever have. That’s because games are closer than they’ve ever been. Over the full 2022 campaign, 122 games were decided by six points or fewer, more than any season in league annals. This year, no more than six points have separated 91 games, the second-most ever over a season’s first 14 weeks, trailing only 2022 (92).

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS has 12.5 sacks and can become the second player to reach 13 in each of his first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE. Opposite Parsons this week will be two-time Pro Bowler DION DAWKINS, anchor of a Bills offensive line that has surrendered just 18 sacks this season, tied with Kansas City for fewest in the NFL.

  • DALLAS (10-3) and BUFFALO (7-6), who meet at Highmark Stadium on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX), each rank among the NFL’s top six teams in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
    • Dallas leads the NFL in both first downs per game (23.4) and third-down efficiency (49.2 percent). Buffalo ranks second in both categories (22.5 first downs per game, 48.8 percent third-down efficiency).
    • At Highmark Stadium, Buffalo is 9-2 over its last 12 games, including the postseason.
    • In Week 15 and later since the beginning of 2020, Buffalo is 10-0 in regular-season games. No other team has been better in that time. Quarterback JOSH ALLEN has won 15 of his last 17 regular-season starts in December and January (including six straight victories).
    • Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has an opportunity to become the first Dallas player in 50 years to lead the NFL in touchdown passes, since Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH in 1973. Prescott’s streak of eight games with a passer rating of 95-or-higher is the longest by an NFL player within a season since AARON RODGERS in 2020.
    • While Prescott enters with an NFL-leading 28 touchdown passes, his counterpart Sunday, Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (25), is tied for second.
    • Allen this season also has nine games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, tied with KYLER MURRAY (nine games in 2020) for the most in a season in NFL history. Allen is the third quarterback in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in a season, joining Murray (2020) and CAM NEWTON (2015).
    • Cowboys kicker BRANDON AUBREY, who hails from Plano, Texas, signed his first NFL contract this past July 10, at age 28. Following a suggestion from his wife and setting aside a software development career, Aubrey earned the Cowboys’ job in training camp and hasn’t looked back. Last week, the former soccer player who never played football prior to a two-year stint in the USFL, became the first in NFL history to convert multiple field goals of 59-or-more yards in the same game. Aubrey (30 straight field goals without a miss) has shattered the prior record of 18 consecutive made field goals to begin an NFL career. Aubrey has eight field goals of 50-plus this season and needs three to tie the single-season NFL record held by DANIEL CARLSON (11 in 2022). The NFL hasn’t seen a first-year player lead the league in scoring since MASON CROSBY in 2007. Aubrey leads all players with 129 points.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: When MIAMI (9-4) has the ball at Hard Rock Stadium against the NEW YORK JETS (5-8) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), the NFL’s top passing offense – Miami (279.2 passing yards per game) – squares off with the league’s No. 2-ranked passing defense, the Jets (167.2 passing yards allowed per game). New York surrendered only 54 net passing yards in last week’s win.

  • And if the Dolphins aren’t already dangerous on offense, they’ve also scored defensive touchdowns in each of the last three games.
    • Miami rookie running back DE’VON ACHANE (203 rushing yards in Week 3) and second-year Jets running back BREECE HALL (177 in Week 5) own the NFL’s top two single-game rushing performances this season. Including last week’s win, since Hall entered the league in 2022, the Jets are 5-0 when he reaches 100 scrimmage yards and 9-1 when he scores a touchdown.
    • In last week’s win, Jets quarterback ZACH WILSON completed 27 of 36 attempts (70.3 percent) for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a career-high 117.9 passer rating.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: The Lions have won four straight primetime games. Their 4-0 record (1.000) in primetime since the beginning of 2022 is the best in the league, ahead of Baltimore (5-1, .833), Philadelphia (8-2, .800) and San Francisco (7-2, .778).

  • DENVER (7-6) heads to DETROIT (9-4) this week, wrapping up the NFL’s Saturday tripleheader with a showdown at Ford Field (8:15 p.m. ET, NFLN). Denver has closed the gap in the AFC West and sits just one game behind KANSAS CITY (8-5), which visits NEW ENGLAND (3-10) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).
    • Denver wide receiver COURTLAND SUTTON, the first Broncos player since 2014 to reach double-digits in touchdown catches, is one of three players with 10-or-more touchdown receptions in 2023, joining TYREEK HILL (12) and MIKE EVANS (10).
    • According to Next Gen Stats, Sutton’s 46-yard touchdown reception from RUSSELL WILSON last week traveled 60.8 yards in the air, the NFL’s longest touchdown by air distance this season.
    • Since Week 6, Denver’s defense has allowed just 16.0 points per game, the second fewest in the league during that period behind MINNESOTA (15.0). Overall this season, Denver leads the NFL with 13 opponent fumble recoveries and is tied for first with 24 takeaways, most by a Broncos defense since the team had 28 in 2018.
    • Not only are the Broncos chasing the Chiefs, Denver also is bidding to unseat Kansas City’s historic dominance. The Chiefs have played 13 straight playoff games at home since their last postseason road trip, in 2015. That’s the longest streak of home postseason games without a road contest in league history. And the Chiefs’ current string of seven straight division titles is tied with the 1973-79 Rams for second-longest in NFL history. Only New England (11 from 2009-19) has a longer streak.
    • Speaking of New England, the Patriots this season have allowed 247.3 yards and 11.0 points per game since Week 10, each the lowest figures in the league during that stretch.
    • In last week’s win, Patriots quarterback BAILEY ZAPPE passed for a career-best three touchdowns.

7.     DID YOU KNOW?: Several things get better as they age, including fine wines, leather and, of course, JOE FLACCO, who for the first time in his career threw three touchdown passes of 30-plus yards in last week’s win. The veteran’s presence combined with a fierce Browns defense has CLEVELAND (8-5) in prime position to make a run for the AFC playoffs, beginning at home against CHICAGO (5-8) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Cleveland is 4-0 in games decided by three points or fewer, the best record in league with a minimum of three games. Plus, the Browns are 5-2 (.714) in games decided by one possession (eight points or less).

  • The Bears’ defense, meanwhile, ranks second in the league with 15 interceptions, trailing San Francisco (17). Chicago has produced three-or-more takeaways in each of its last three games and leads the league with 11 takeaways since Week 11.
    • Chicago’s quarterback, JUSTIN FIELDS, has gone three straight games and 93 attempts without an interception. Fields, who also has 221 rushing yards since returning to the lineup in Week 11, has 2,021 career rushing yards and became the third quarterback in NFL history with 2,000 in his first three career seasons, joining LAMAR JACKSON (2,906) and CAM NEWTON (2,032).
    • Bears wide receiver DJ MOORE recorded his first career rushing touchdown and also caught a touchdown in last week’s win. Moore has tied his single-season career best with seven receiving touchdowns this year.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Bengals quarterback JAKE BROWNING launched his NFL career with the Vikings as a non-drafted free agent in 2019. After two seasons (2019-20) on the Minnesota practice squad, Browning spent the next two seasons (2021-22) on the Bengals’ practice squad. Browning and CINCINNATI (7-6) host his former teammates when MINNESOTA (7-6) arrives to kick off the NFL’s Saturday tripleheader at Paycor Stadium (1 p.m. ET, NFLN).

  • Browning is the second player since 1950 with a completion percentage of 70-or-higher and a passer rating of 95-or-higher in each of his first three career starts, joining CHAD PENNINGTON (first four starts, Weeks 5 and 7-9 in 2002 with the Jets). Browning has completed 79.3 percent of his attempts (69 of 87), the highest completion percentage by a quarterback in his first three career starts since 1950, surpassing Pennington (77.4 percent).

9.   TREND TIMEBALTIMORE (10-3) owns the top seed in the AFC entering this week’s clash of first-place teams at JACKSONVILLE (8-5) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). The Ravens also own the league’s top rushing offense (157.1 yards per game). The Jaguars, meanwhile, are allowing just 92.2 rushing yards per contest, the fourth-best mark in the NFL.

  • Baltimore’s average offensive possession starts at its own 31.8 yard line this season. That’s the best figure in the league, just ahead of Jacksonville (31.1). The Jaguars have 24 takeaways, tied with Denver for most in the NFL.
    • This week, both quarterback LAMAR JACKSON and rookie wide receiver ZAY FLOWERS return to their native state, Florida. Including Flowers, Jackson’s targets this season have combined for 1,372 yards after the catch, the most in a season in the quarterback’s career, surpassing the previous high, 1,360 in 2019. In last week’s win, Jackson accounted for 386 yards (316 passing, team-leading 70 rushing), including respective touchdown passes of 54 and 46 yards to ISAIAH LIKELY and ODELL BECKHAM JR. Jackson marked his 18th career game with three-or-more touchdown passes, snapping a tie with Joe Flacco (17) for most games in Ravens history.
    • Ravens defensive tackle JUSTIN MADUBUIKE has at least shared a sack in 10 consecutive games. The last NFL player with a streak of 11 games with at least half a sack was TREY HENDRICKSON in 2021.
    • Jacksonville’s TREVOR LAWRENCE (47 straight starts) enters this week tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (47) for the third-longest active streak of consecutive starts by a quarterback. Entering this week, only JOSH ALLEN (83) and JUSTIN HERBERT (62) have longer active streaks.

10.  NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: Last week, DREW LOCK and DK METCALF connected on a 31-yard touchdown pass that had a 15.4-percent completion probability, the fourth-most improbable touchdown pass this season. This week, Metcalf and SEATTLE (6-7) host PHILADELPHIA (10-3) on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC). Since the beginning of 2017, when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia is 5-1 on the West Coast. Its only road loss in that span against a West Coast team was at Seattle, Dec. 3, 2017.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: From 1990-2022, a streak of 33 consecutive seasons, at least four new teams qualified for the playoffs each year. Five teams that missed the postseason in 2022 are currently in playoff position: CLEVELAND (8-5), DETROIT (9-4), GREEN BAY (6-7), INDIANAPOLIS (7-6) and PITTSBURGH (7-6). Three of those clubs are in action during the NFL’s Saturday tripleheader, including the Steelers and Colts, who face off at Lucas Oil Stadium (4:30 p.m. ET, NFLN).



Running back DeaMonte “Chip” Trayanum announced Tuesday he is transferring from Ohio State to Kentucky.

He has one season of eligibility left after two seasons at Arizona State (2020-21) and two with the Buckeyes.

Trayanum was second on Ohio State (11-1) with 373 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 12 games in 2023.

He scored the game-winning 1-yard touchdown in the final seconds to beat Notre Dame, 17-14, on Sept. 23.

Trayanum heads to Kentucky with 1,157 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, plus 15 catches for 91 yards.


Fourth-year Michigan State quarterback Noah Kim landed at Coastal Carolina via the transfer portal.

Kim, a junior, was one of three Spartans’ scholarship quarterbacks to enter the portal. He has two years of eligibility remaining after starting five games in 2023 prior to being injured.

Kim confirmed the move in a short video of himself wearing a No. 1 Chanticleers’ jersey.

Coastal Carolina was in need of a replacement for starter Grayson McCall, who entered the transfer portal at the end of the season. McCall put up huge numbers for the Chanticleers, including 10,005 passing yards, 88 touchdowns and 14 interceptions along with 18 career rushing touchdowns.

Kim was ranked the No. 2 quarterback in Virginia after posting a 41-2 record in high school. He didn’t play his first two seasons in East Lansing before seeing limited time in four games in 2022 as a redshirt sophomore.

He won the 2023 preseason quarterback competition out of fall camp but was benched in October in favor of Katin Houser, who also transferred at the end of the season.


South Dakota State quarterback Mark Gronowski and Monmouth running back Jaden Shirden, both finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the most outstanding player in the Championship Subdivision, were selected to the Associated Press FCS All-America team announced Tuesday.

Gronowski is trying to lead the Jackrabbits to their second straight national championship. He leads the nation in passing efficiency rating at 178.06, with 25 touchdown passes. Shirden is the nation’s leading rusher with 1,478 yards.

Gronowski is one of three South Dakota State players selected to the first-team, along with offensive linemen Garret Greenfield and Mason McCormick.

The Jackrabbits host Albany on Friday night in the FCS semifinals. The Great Danes have two first-team All-Americans on their defense in defensive lineman Anton Juncaj and linebacker Dylan Kelly.

Second-team quarterback Max Brosmer of New Hampshire is the third finalists for the Payton Award, which will be presented Jan. 6, the day before the FCS national championship game.

North Dakota State plays at Montana on Saturday in the other FCS semifinals.

The All-America team is selected for AP by a panel of sports writers and sports information directors who cover FCS.

FIRST TEAM (offense)

Quarterback — Mark Gronowski, fourth-year, South Dakota State.

Running backs — Jaden Shirden, fourth-year, Monmouth; Isaiah Davis, fourth-year, South Dakota State.

Offensive linemen — Garret Greenfield, sixth-year, South Dakota State; Noah Atagi, sixth-year, Weber State; Mason McCormick, sixth-year, South Dakota State; Jacob Johanning, fifh-year, Furman; Marcus Wehr, fourth-year, Montana State.

Tight end — Cam Grandy, fifth-year, Illinois State.

Wide receivers — Ty James, fifth-year, Mercer; Dymere Miller, fourth-year, Monmouth; Jalen Coker, fifth-year, Holy Cross.

All-purpose player —Dylan Laube, fifth-year, New Hampshire.

Kicker — Matthew Cook, fifth-year, Northern Iowa.

FIRST TEAM (defense)

Linemen — Terrell Allen, fourth-year, Tennessee State; Jay Person, sixth-year, Chattanooga; Anton Juncaj, fourth-year, Albany (N.Y.); Alex Gubner, sixth-year, Montana.

Linebackers — Dylan Kelly, fifth-year, Albany (N.Y.); Brock Mogensen, sixth-year, South Dakota; Jacob Dobbs, fifth-year, Holy Cross.

Defensive backs — PJ Jules, fifth-year, Southern Illinois; Cole Wisniewski, fourth-year, North Dakota State; Lance Wise Jr., fifth-year, Mercer; Marcus Harris, fourth-year, Idaho; Sheldon Arnold II, fourth-year, East Tennessee State.

Punter — Aidan Laros, third-year, Tennessee Martin.

SECOND TEAM (offense)

Quarterback — Max Brosmer, fifth-year, New Hampshire.

Running backs — Sam Franklin, third-year, Tennessee Martin; Jamar Curtis, second-year, Lafayette.

Offensive linemen — Luke Newman, fourth-year, Holy Cross; Charles Grant, fourth-year, William & Mary; Rush Reimer, fourth-year, Montana State; Mark Barthelemy, sixth-year, Nicholls State; Gavin Olson, fifth-year, Tennessee Martin.

Tight end — Carter Runyon, third-year, Towson.

Wide receivers — Brandon Porter, sixth-year, Incarnate Word; Hayden Hatten, fifth-year, Idaho; Chedon James, second-year, Idaho State.

All-purpose player — Junior Bergen, third-year, Montana.

Kicker — Ricardo Chavez, fourth-year, Idaho.

SECOND TEAM (defense)

Linemen — Ty French, fourth-year, Gardner-Webb; David Walker, fourth-year, Central Arkansas; Finn Claypool, third-year, Drake; Daylan Dotson, fourth-year, Tennessee Martin.

Linebackers — Billy Shaeffer, sixth-year, Lafayette; Winston Reid, seventh-year, Weber State; Micah Davey, third-year, McNeese State.

Defensive backs — Aamir Hall, fourth-year, Albany (N.Y.); Caleb Curtain, third-year, Elon; Blake Ruffin, third-year, Eastern Illinois; Tyler Morton, third-year, Nicholls State; Kenny Gallop, Jr., third-year, Howard.

Punter — Grant Burkett, fifth-year, Missouri State.

THIRD TEAM (offense)

Quarterback — Matthew Sluka, fourth-year, Holy Cross.

Running backs — Lan Larison, fourth-year, UC Davis; Jordan Fuller, third-year, Holy Cross.

Offensive linemen — John Allen, fourth-year, SE Louisiana; Josiah Ezirim, fifth-year, Eastern Kentucky; Jake Kubas, sixth-year, North Dakota State; Ryan Coll, fifth-year, Richmond; Seth Osborne, sixth-year, St. Francis, Pa.

Tight end — Cole Rusk, third-year, Murray State.

Wide receivers — Raylen Sharpe, third-year, Missouri State; Efton Chism III, fourth-year, Eastern Washington; Kasey Hawthorne, third-year, Howard.

All-purpose player — Sean Chambers, sixth-year, Montana State.

Kicker — Kyle Ramsey, fifth-year, Abilene Christian.

THIRD TEAM (defense)

Linemen — Eric O’Neill, third-year, Long Island; Brendan Webb, sixth-year, South Dakota; Khristian Boyd, sixth-year, Northern Iowa; Brody Grebe, third-year, Montana State.

Linebackers — Amir Abdullah, fourth-year, Illinois State; Braxton Hill, fifth-year, Montana; Noah Martin, fourth-year, Samford.

Defensive backs — Myles Harden, fourth-year, South Dakota; Saiku White, third-year, Lafayette; Max Epps, third-year, Texas A&M-Commerce; Travis Blackshear, sixth-year, Furman; Kaleb Lyons, second-year, Morehead State.

Punter — Aaron Trusler, third-year, Richmond. ____



Former Kansas State forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin is transferring to Memphis, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Wildcats suspended Tomlin indefinitely in late October after an arrest for allegedly fighting at a sports bar.

Kansas State announced last Wednesday that Tomlin had been dismissed from the team.

The 6-foot-10 forward from New York entered the transfer portal on Friday and visited Memphis on Monday.

Tomlin did not appear in any games this season. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 36 starts for the 2022-23 squad that reached the Elite Eight.

Per ESPN, Tomlin is graduating this week and will be eligible to play for coach Anfernee Hardaway’s Tigers shortly after being admitted to the school.

Memphis is 7-2 this season heading into Saturday’s game with No. 13 Clemson. Kansas State is 8-2 going into Sunday’s home game against Nebraska.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jonas Aidoo had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 12 Tennessee beat Southern 74-56 on Tuesday night.

The winless Eagles (0-10) had no answer for the 6-foot-11 Aidoo, who also had two steals and two blocks. Aidoo was the only double-digit scorer for the Volunteers (7-3).

“(Aidoo) was really good tonight,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “Now, it’s about consistency. Can he do it the next time out?”

First-year Eagles coach Charlie Henry spent the four previous seasons as an assistant at Alabama. He saw plenty of Aidoo, a junior.

“That’s a development success story for (Tennessee),” Henry said. “He has a great touch offensively. That game has expanded. He can shut off the rim on defense.”

“You can go anywhere with confidence,” said Aidoo. “It will take you anywhere.”

After trailing by as many as 28 points shortly after halftime, Georgia Southern cut the difference to 13 with a 10-point spurt midway through the second half. Derrick Harris came off the bench to score all but two of his 13 points in the second half for the Eagles.

Barnes was upset that Aidoo shot 10 of 16 from the field and his other four starters combined to go 6 of 23 and committed 11 turnovers.

“We always talk about consistency, mental toughness and discipline,” Barnes said. “They have to know it’s a 40-minute game, not 20 minutes.”

Aidoo scored the first 10 points of the game and had 21 by halftime as the Vols led 49-21. It was the most first-half points scored by a Tennessee player in 10 years.

“When you give up 49 points in the first half, you don’t give yourself much of a chance,” Henry said. “Tennessee took its foot off the gas in the second half, being honest.”


Barnes’ win was his 786th over 37 seasons, tying him for 15th all-time with Lefty Driesell. Driesell posted his numbers over 41 seasons.

“Is that true?” Barnes asked at the start of his meeting with the media. “I talked with (Driesell) last week. He’s doing great. I guess I’ll call him tomorrow.”


Georgia Southern: A brutal pre-Sun Belt Conference schedule should have the Eagles ready to compete. Georgia Southern had an exhibition against Georgia Tech and a regular-season meeting with Michigan State before it ventured to Knoxville. The Eagles shouldn’t see any teams of that caliber the rest of the way.

Tennessee: This mismatch allowed Barnes to get several young players into the game. The Vols used 12 players after only eight saw playing time in their previous game, a win over then-No. 20 Illinois. Barnes would like to have confidence in more players to contribute, and finding offense from others besides Dalton Knecht – who finished with seven points on 2-of-7 shooting – is an objective as the season goes on.


Georgia Southern: The Eagles will go after win No. 1 at home Saturday against UNC Wilmington.

Tennessee: The Vols will be part of 2023 Hall of Fame Series. They face North Carolina State at the Frost Bank Center in San Antonio on Saturday night.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Kyle Filipowski knocked down shots, attacked the glass and set up teammates on kickouts. By the end of the night, he had flirted with a triple-double while No. 21 Duke pulled away after halftime for a comfortable win.

The 7-foot preseason Associated Press All-American had 28 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best eight assists as the Blue Devils beat Hofstra 89-68 on Tuesday night, turning in a productive all-around performance that included four 3-pointers and three blocked shots.

Coach Jon Scheyer said Filipowski was “just a force,” coming after he had just 17 points in his previous two games combined and shot 2 for 10 in his last outing.

“I think for me it was just a little mental,” Filipowski said. “But I’ve got a great supporting cast, great teammates, great coaches. They keep their confidence high in me and when I don’t overthink it, things tend to go really well. Getting out of that funk, just playing, having fun – it’s a great feeling.”

Duke (7-3) shot 55%, made 11 of 22 3-pointers and had four players in double figures while playing again without injured point guard Tyrese Proctor (ankle).

Jeremy Roach added 19 points and eight assists for Duke, which trailed 37-32 late in the first half before closing on a 12-2 burst before the break. That included a run of five straight made shots, a flurry that continued into the second half as Filipowski hit one right-corner 3 and then another to eventually push Duke to a 55-43 lead.

Darlinstone Dubar scored 24 points and hit seven 3s to lead the Pride (6-4), who shot 50% but committed 14 turnovers that led to 31 points for the Blue Devils.

“I think it was their size and athleticism that gave us some trouble,” Hofstra coach Speedy Claxton said. “We’re not used to playing that size and athleticism on a daily basis.”


Hofstra: Picked fourth in the Coastal Athletic Association, the Pride had regrouped from a 1-2 start by winning five straight games before Saturday’s loss at St. Louis. Hofstra was trying for just its fourth win against an AP Top 25 opponent after claiming one in each of the previous two seasons.

Duke: The Blue Devils had lost two straight road games against nonconference opponents before beating Charlotte at home over the weekend. Filipowski had a big output despite seven turnovers, but Duke didn’t get rolling until the second half when it scored 20 points off turnovers.

“I thought we had great discipline, starting with controlling the ball,” Scheyer said. “I thought our pressure throughout – we didn’t pressure to get steals, but I just thought our pressure wore on them some.”


Dubar, who came in averaging 17.7 points, hit five 3s by halftime. And he was eager to let Duke’s famously rowdy fans know about it.

After the third, he stared into the courtside section of “Cameron Crazies” as he backpedaled downcourt and raised a finger to his lips to demand quiet. Moments later, he hit another one, then ran down the court while counting off each 3 with his left hand for all to see.


Hofstra: The Pride host Norfolk State on Saturday.

Duke: The Blue Devils are entering their exam break and won’t play again until Dec. 20, when they face No. 6 Baylor at Madison Square Garden.



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Aalyah Del Rosario has 27 points and 10 rebounds and Angel Reese added 21 points and 10 boards as No. 7 LSU set school records for points in a game and margin of victory in a 133-44 rout of McNeese State on Tuesday night.

LSU easily surpassed its previous point total of 125, set in a win over Bellarmine (125-41) in November 2022. The Tigers’ 89-point margin of victory eclipsed their 76-point win over Prairie View (104-28) in 1995.

The game was tied at 10 when LSU scored a school-record 47 straight points as part of a 56-2 run that stretched from 3:24 left in the first quarter until McNeese scored on an Emilia Tenbrock layup with 8:19 left in the third.

LSU blanked McNeese 30-0 in the second quarter. The Cowgirls went 0 of 7 from the field and committed 16 turnovers, leading to 22 points for LSU.

“I told them (LSU’s team) at half I don’t know if I’ve even been part of that (holding an opponent scoreless for an entire quarter,” LSU head coach Kim Mulkey. “And a run like that you don’t think about it in the moment. I don’t care who you’re playing. That’s crazy.”

Anneesah Morrow added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who had six players score in double figures. Mikaylah Williams scored 26 points, Flau’jae Johnson had 16 and Angelica Velez 10.

Alva Mofalk and Tenbrock led McNeese with 12 points each.

Against a McNeese defense ranked 334th among 348 Division I teams in points per game allowed, LSU missed 10 of its first 13 shots and was tied at 10 in the first six minutes of the game.

A three-point play by Morrow started LSU’s run. The Tigers led 32-12 at the end of the first quarter and 62-12 at halftime.

“Their defensive pressure got to us,” McNeese head coach Lynn Kennedy said of LSU scoring 52 points off 36 McNeese turnovers. “We just didn’t handle it well. LSU caught fire. The fast break really opened it up for them, they some transition shots and that got them going.”

The emergence of 6-6 freshman center Del Rosario off the bench is a huge key for the Tigers going forward. She’s getting the minutes that belonged to sophomore Sa’Myah Smith, who was averaging 11.7 points and 7.6 rebounds when she sustained a season-ending injury on Nov. 24 in the seventh game of the season.

Against McNeese in her 11th college game, Del Rosario established career highs in almost every stat category.

“It changed my perspective of the game,” said Del Rosario, a Dominican Republic native who led The Webb School to two consecutive Tennessee state titles in 2022 and 2023. “I knew I was going to have to step up, play big-time minutes on the court and take advantage of the minutes. When I came here, I was not in the best of shape. Now, I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been.”


LSU: Louisville transfer Hailey Van Lith, who started the Tigers’ first nine games at point guard, sat out a second straight game because of plantar fasciitis and a left wrist injury. Returning junior Last-Tear Poa started in Van Lith’s place.

McNeese: In their last five games, the Cowgirls have won twice, scoring 100 or more points, and lost three times, allowing 100 or more points.


LSU: Hosts Northwestern State on Sunday.

McNeese: Hosts Centenary on Thursday.



Reggie Jackson scored 25 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 17 to lift the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 114-106 victory against the host Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Denver won for the second time in as many nights despite losing star Nikola Jokic to a second-quarter ejection and playing without Jamal Murray (ankle).

Officials ejected Jokic with 1:08 remaining in the second quarter for briefly arguing a no-call as he ran down the floor. He finished with four points, nine rebounds and six assists. The Nuggets also lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the second quarter due to a head contusion.

Coby White put up 27 points and Nikola Vucevic logged 26 points and 16 rebounds, but the Bulls still lost their second straight game on the heels of a four-game winning streak.

Celtics 120, Cavaliers 113

Boston went 26-for-26 from the free-throw line and improved its home record to 11-0 this season by beating visiting Cleveland.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored a team-high 25 points for the Celtics, and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 21. Tatum and Porzingis each had a game-high 10 rebounds. Derrick White made 5 of 8 3-point attempts and added 17 points.

The game was tied 106-106 with 6:05 to play, but Boston scored the next nine points and the Cavaliers were never closer than seven the rest of the way. The Celtics have won 18 consecutive regular-season home games dating back to March. Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 29 points for Cleveland.

Suns 119, Warriors 116

Devin Booker recorded 32 points and seven assists, and Phoenix overcame the absence of Kevin Durant to defeat visiting Golden State.

Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as Phoenix improved to 3-0 against the Warriors this season. Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Bradley Beal returned from a 12-game absence due to a back injury and had 16 points in 27 minutes.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Brandin Podziemski added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State, which lost for the 11th time in the past 15 games. Draymond Green was ejected with 8:23 left in the third quarter for delivering a wild open-hand punch to the face of Nurkic.

Mavericks 127, Lakers 125

Luka Doncic gave Dallas the lead for good with 6:24 to go, Dante Exum buried three subsequent 3-pointers on a career-best night from long range and the Mavericks held off visiting Los Angeles.

Doncic finished with a team-high 33 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 and Exum tallied 26 for the Mavericks. Exum drained seven 3-pointers, the most he has had in a game in his seven-year NBA career.

Anthony Davis poured in a game-high 37 points and LeBron James added 33 for the Lakers, who trailed by 15 before Davis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the visitors a 95-93 advantage.

Clippers 119, Kings 99

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and Los Angeles overcame the loss of Paul George while extending its winning streak to a season-best five games with a victory over visiting Sacramento.

James Harden and Norman Powell each scored 15 points as the Clippers played without George after halftime because of a sore left groin. Leonard was 11 of 14 from the field while eclipsing 30 points for the third consecutive game.

Keegan Murray scored 17 points and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points with 10 rebounds for the Kings, who lost to the Clippers for the second time in two weeks.



Lucas Raymond and Michael Rasmussen each had a goal and an assist as the visiting Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 6-4 win in St. Louis on Tuesday, a result that prompted the Blues to fire coach Craig Berube postgame.

Jake Walman, Jonatan Berggren, Moritz Seider and Robby Fabbri also scored for the Red Wings, who erased a 4-3 third-period deficit to snap their three-game winless streak.

Kevin Hayes scored twice for the Blues, who have lost four straight games. Brandon Saad and Marco Scandella also scored for St. Louis and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves.

Berube led St. Louis to the 2019 Stanley Cup championship as the interim head coach, and he compiled a 206-132-44 regular-season record in parts of five seasons on the job. The Blues tabbed Drew Bannister, the head coach of their Springfield (Mass.) AHL affiliate, to replace Berube on an interim basis.

Oilers 4, Blackhawks 1

Edmonton extended its winning streak to eight games with a victory over visiting Chicago.

After Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season, the Oilers responded with four unanswered goals as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Leon Draisaitl, and Zach Hyman all found the back of the net.

Edmonton defenseman Evan Bouchard extended his point streak to 12 games with two assists, and captain Connor McDavid stretched his streak to 10 games with a pair of helpers. Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made 22 saves for his seventh straight win.

Maple Leafs 7, Rangers 3

Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner scored two goals apiece as Toronto scored four times in the first period and skated past host New York.

Matthews reached 20 goals for the eighth time in as many seasons since entering the league in 2016-17 and got his sixth goal in five games by starting the outburst 3:52 into the first.

Conor Timmons, Calle Jarnkrok and Marner also scored in the period as Toronto improved to 5-0-2 in its past seven games. The Rangers lost for the third time in four games. Martin Jones made 28 saves in his first start as a Maple Leaf.

Predators 3, Flyers 2 (OT)

Filip Forsberg scored 18 seconds into overtime and Nashville overcame blowing a two-goal lead to beat visiting Philadelphia.

Forsberg had a goal and an assist, Michael McCarron and Gustav Nyquist also scored and Juuse Saros made 37 saves for the Predators, who logged their 11th win in 14 games.

Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist and Travis Sanheim added a goal for the Flyers, whose four-game winning streak ended. Samuel Ersson stopped 19 shots.

Hurricanes 4, Senators 1

Sebastian Aho collected two goals and an assist during the second period to lift visiting Carolina to a victory over Ottawa.

Martin Necas and Seth Jarvis each scored a goal and defenseman Brady Skjei notched two assists to help the Hurricanes snap a four-game losing streak and defeat the Senators for the second time this season.

Josh Norris scored a goal and Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 24 shots for the Senators, who surrendered two power-play goals on two chances and went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. The loss was Ottawa’s fifth in the past eight games.

Penguins 4, Coyotes 2

Jeff Carter’s second goal broke a tie early in the third period and proved to be the game-winner as Pittsburgh beat visiting Arizona to snap a four-game losing streak.

Jake Guentzel also scored twice for the Penguins, 0-2-2 in their previous four. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 19 saves.

Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist, Matias Maccelli also scored and Connor Ingram made 40 saves for the Coyotes, who lost their fourth in a row.

Canucks 4, Lightning 1

Brock Boeser scored a pair of second-period goals to break open a tie game en route to a hat trick as host Vancouver defeated Tampa Bay.

Andrei Kuzmenko also scored for the Canucks, who have won three consecutive games. Goaltender Thatcher Demko made 28 saves, 13 of them in the third period. Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes tallied three helpers and J.T. Miller had two.

Brayden Point scored for the Lightning, who have lost two of three games to start a five-game road trip. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots.

Kraken 4, Panthers 0

Joey Daccord made 24 saves for his first career shutout as Seattle defeated visiting Florida to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Fourth-liners Kailer Yamamoto and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare each had a goal and an assist for Seattle, which had gone 0-6-2 during its skid. The Kraken avoided tying the franchise record of nine consecutive losses set during their expansion season of 2021-22.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 19 of 22 shots he faced for the Panthers, who had a three-game winning streak end. The Panthers still have games at Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary remaining on their five-game trip.

Golden Knights 5, Flames 4 (OT)

Mark Stone scored on a breakaway with 3:49 remaining in overtime to cap a four-point night and Vegas became the first NHL team to hit the 20-win mark this season, beating Calgary in Las Vegas.

Stone took a stretch pass from Jack Eichel and then fired a wrist shot from the left circle past the glove of Calgary goalie Dustin Wolf and inside the far post for his second goal of the game and 10th of the season. It was the sixth career overtime goal for Stone.

Vegas won its fourth straight game while extending its point streak to nine games (6-0-3). Logan Thompson made 27 saves for the victory.

Sharks 2, Jets 1

William Eklund fired in a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the third period as San Jose beat visiting Winnipeg.

Eklund gave San Jose its second lead when he one-timed a pass from Mikael Granlund with 4:51 remaining, improving San Jose to 4-1-1 in December. The Sharks saw Justin Bailey end a goal-scoring drought of nearly six years. San Jose goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 36 saves.

Goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 30 shots as Winnipeg fell to 2-6-0 against the Pacific Division.




The Colts on Tuesday announced defensive end Tyquan Lewis was selected by his teammates as the team’s 2023 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.

The award annually recognizes players from all 32 teams for courageous play. Lewis persevered after consecutive season-ending injuries in 2021 and 2022 to return in 2023 as a key member of the Colts’ defensive line both on and off the field. Through 13 games, Lewis has three sacks, six tackles for a loss, three pass break-ups and a career high 10 quarterback hits. The Colts consider Lewis, who’s been with the team since being selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, an important leader on their defense.

“I’m very appreciative of and highly thankful for this great honor,” Lewis said. “Thank you to my Colts family for helping me become a better player as well as a better person. I don’t take anything for granted and cherish every single moment that I get to do what I love. I’m grateful for everything and entitled to nothing.”

Off the field, Lewis has spent time supporting causes including the Alzheimer’s Association and Kicking The Stigma, and is a consistent participant in Colts community events including Horseshoe Helpings, a Marion County Juvenile Detention Center visit, a Gleaners Food Bank distribution and a defensive line initiative to distribute Christmas gifts to local youth.

The award is named for Ed Block, the Baltimore Colts’ head athletic trainer from 1954-1977 and the Colts’ trainer emeritus until his passing in 1983.

Recent Colts recipients of the Ed Block Courage Award include:

LB Shaquille Leonard (2022)

WR T.Y. Hilton (2021)

P Rigoberto Sanchez (2020)

DE Jabaal Sheard (2019)

TE Jack Doyle (2018)

S Clayton Geathers (2017)

QB Andrew Luck (2016)

G/T Joe Reitz (2015)

TE Dwayne Allen (2014)

DE Cory Redding (2013)

S Antoine Bethea (2012)

DE Robert Mathis (2011)

DE Dwight Freeney (2010)

DB Marlin Jackson (2009)

C Jeff Saturday (2008)

G Ryan Lilja (2007)

WR Reggie Wayne (2006)

LB Cato June (2005)

LB Gary Brackett (2004)

DE Chad Bratzke (2003)

LB Rob Morris (2002)

QB Peyton Manning (2001)

DT Bernhard Whittington (2000)



» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.

» LT: Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Arlington Hambright

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Jack Anderson

» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills

» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree

» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory

» WR: Josh Downs, Isaiah McKenzie

» WR: Alec Pierce

» QB: Gardner Minshew II, Sam Ehlinger

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Zack Moss, Trey Sermon

  • Smith missed last Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
  • Week 14, Pittman caught eight passes for 95 yards. That was his sixth straight game with at least eight catches.


» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Adetomiwa Adebawore

» NT: Grover Stewart, Taven Bryan, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land

» WLB: E.J. Speed, Ronnie Harrison Jr.

» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi

» SAM: Cameron McGrone, Grant Stuard

» CB: JuJu Brents, Ameer Speed

» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow

» SS: Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

  • Brents (quadricep) and Speed (knee) missed the Bengals game with injuries.
  • Harrison’s pick-six against the Bengals was the second of his career. His first was in 2020.


» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Matt Gay

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs

» PR: Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs



Game two of the Indiana Pacers’ current four-game road trip matches them up against a second straight Central Division opponent.

On Wednesday night, the Pacers (13-8) will face the Milwaukee Bucks (16-7) at Fiserv Forum.

Indiana, winners of four straight games, have two victories against the Bucks this season: 126-124 in Indianapolis on Nov. 9 and 128-119 on Dec. 9 in the Semifinals of the In-Season Tournament in Las Vegas. Both games came down to the play in the final minutes, with the Pacers coming up clutch down the final stretch in both wins.

The third matchup against the Bucks presents a new challenge for the Blue & Gold, as Milwaukee has won 10 straight at home and is 11-1 at Fiserv Forum this season.

Alternatively, the Pacers have found success on the road this year. Indiana has a 5-3 record away record.

Indiana and Milwaukee can put up points in a hurry, as the Pacers rank first in the NBA in points per game (128.4), and the Bucks are third (122.1).

Pacers All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton has balled out against the Bucks this season, posting stat lines of 29 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds on Nov. 9 and 27 points, 15 assists and seven boards on Dec. 9. Haliburton was named to the All-Tournament Team on Monday for his spectacular play during the inaugural tournament.

Veteran center Myles Turner has also put up strong numbers against the Bucks this season, registering 21 points and six rebounds in the first game and 26 points and 10 boards this past weekend.

For the Bucks, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has put together a pair of solid performances against the Pacers this season, finishing with 54 points and 12 rebounds in game one and 37 points and 10 rebounds in the IST matchup.

Damian Lillard didn’t play in the first matchup, but the seven-time All-Star guard played 42 minutes and had 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the game last week.

In both games this season, the Pacers outscored the Bucks by double digits in the paint and won the turnover margins.

The Pacers enter the game coming off a 131-123 win at the Detroit Pistons on Monday while the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 133-129 in overtime that evening.

Against the Pistons, a team that has now lost 20 games in a row, Bennedict Mathurin scored a season-high 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting while also dishing out eight assists and pulling down seven rebounds. Seven players total scored in double digits for Indiana, and Haliburton had 13 points and 16 assists and Turner logged 23 points and eight boards.

The Bucks had seven players score in double digits, led by 32 from Antetokounmpo and 19 each by Brook Lopez and Malik Beasley, in their overtime win on Monday over Chicago. Bulls forward DeMar Derozan got a basket to go with three seconds left to force extra minutes, but the Bucks didn’t let go of the lead in the additional period.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Buddy Hield, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Bucks: G – Damian Lillard, G – Malik Beasley, F – Khris Middleton, F – Giannis Antetokounmpo, C – Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Andrew Nembhard – out (right knee bone bruise), Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Bucks: TBA

Last Meeting

Dec. 7, 2023: Beating the Bucks 128-119, the Pacers punched their ticket to the In-Season Tournament Championship game.

Up three with 1:54 left, Tyrese Haliburton took over by scoring five straight points – including a step-back 3-pointer with 50 seconds left – to give the Pacers a 122-114 lead.

In the final 35 seconds, Bruce Brown made a trio of free throws, and Buddy Hield drained two from the charity stripe to seal it.

From the floor, despite shooting a poor 21.2 percent from 3-point, the Pacers shot 49 percent overall while holding the Bucks to 44.8 from the field.

Indiana outrebounded the Bucks 51-46, outscored their opponent 74-60 in the paint and had 23 second-chance points.

Haliburton continued his streak of solid play by finishing with 27 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds, while Myles Turner also recorded a double-double by logging 26 points and 10 boards

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the high man for the Bucks, scoring 37 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, Damian Lillard totaled 24 points, and Khris Middleton scored 20.


With a victory Wednesday, the Pacers would win their season series against the Bucks for the first time since the 2017-18 season. The teams will play twice more: on New Year’s Day in Milwaukee and two nights later in Indianapolis.

Pacers backup center Jalen Smith (knee bone bruise, heel contusion) hasn’t played since Nov. 21, and reserve point guard Andrew Nembhard (knee bone bruise) has missed the last two games.

Myles Turner will move into the top 15 for most career games with the Pacers on Wednesday when he takes the floor. It will be his 515th game played with the Blue & Gold.

The Pacers loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in the In-Season Tournament Championship did not count toward the teams’ regular season records, so the four-game winning streak stands for Indiana.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)


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



Standout Purdue wide receiver Deion Burks announced Tuesday he is transferring to Oklahoma.

He led the Boilermakers with 47 catches for 629 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games in 2023.

“Took me a SEC but it was gone happen SOONER or later,” Burks posted on social media, referencing the Sooners’ move from the Big 12 to the SEC in 2024.

The second-team All-Big Ten selection opened the season with 152 yards and two TDs in a loss to Fresno State.



Former Duke quarterback Riley Leonard announced Tuesday that he has transferred to Notre Dame.

“A dream come true,” Leonard wrote on Twitter.

Leonard threw for 2,967 yards with 20 touchdowns and rushed for 699 yards and 13 scores in 13 games with the Blue Devils in 2022. He was limited by injury to just seven games this season, finishing with 1,102 yards passing and three touchdowns and rushing for 352 yards and four scores before entering the transfer portal last month.

The addition of Leonard is a welcome one for the Fighting Irish, who learned quarterback Sam Hartman will not play in the team’s upcoming Sun Bowl. Instead, Hartman will focus on preparing for the 2024 NFL Draft.

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

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

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



INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will open the 2024 season at Florida State on February 16. The home opener is set for March 5 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne and the start of BIG EAST play will take the Bulldogs to Creighton on April 5. Altogether, Butler will host 24 games at Bulldog Park including a single contest against Indiana on March 28 and a game against Notre Dame on May 14. BU will fight for a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament which begins on May 22 this year in Mason, Ohio.

Butler’s trip to Tallahassee will be for a three-game series against the Seminoles and will serve as the first of three road trips to begin 2024. Week 2 of the regular season sends BU to Alabama A&M and after a single game at Southern Illinois, Butler will continue with a three-game series at Morehead State. The Eagles went 36-20 last year and were 19-4 at home.

The ‘Dawgs will hope for warm weather on March 5 when they host the Mastodons in the home opener. The team will then head south to play three different teams in Memphis. The Tigers will host the Bulldogs on March 8 and BU will play Jackson State and Presbyterian while visiting Bluff City.

Bradley and Butler will play a three-game series in Winter Haven Florida from March 14-16 and the Bulldogs will face Miami Ohio on March 19. Six home games will follow that stretch with Butler hosting Ball State, Dayton, and Indiana. After hosting the Hoosiers on March 28, Butler will play in Bloomington on March 29 and 30.

Butler’s final game before the start of BIG EAST play is a home contest on April 2 against Eastern Illinois. The ‘Dawgs will play at Creighton, St. John’s, and Villanova this year and host Georgetown, Seton Hall, Xavier, and UConn.

Xavier and UConn played for the conference championship a year ago with the Musketeers coming out on top. Butler will host them from May 3-5 and wrap up the regular season with three games vs. the Huskies from May 16-18. The final non-conference game of the 2024 campaign is also one to circle on the calendar as the Fighting Irish visit Bulldog Park on May 14.

Butler added 22 student-athletes to their roster over the off-season and will look to improve on their 2023 record. The Bulldogs won the weekend series at Seton Hall and at Georgetown a year ago. Head Coach Blake Beemer also posted a signature win at #9 UConn.



MINNEAPOLIS – In the final non-conference game on the road, the IUPUI men’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with the high-flying and efficient offense of Minnesota , who shot over 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc on the way to 101-65 victory Tuesday night (Dec. 16).

Minnesota (8-3, 1-1 Big Ten) got off to a quick start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead after two and a half minutes, forcing head coach Matt Crenshaw to call an early timeout. The Golden Gophers efficient offense in the opening minutes was led by Joshua Ola-Joseph who began the game a perfect 6-for-6 with 14 points. The No. 1 team in assists in the Big Ten spread the ball around from the get-go, registering assists on 11 of 14 made field goals in the opening 10 minutes, leading to a 32-16 advantage at the under 12 timeout. Elijah Hawkins was the catalyst for the Gopher offense, tallying 10 assists in just 11 minutes of play.

Despite cooling off over the next five minutes, Minnesota closed out the final five minutes of play on a 16-7 run, including scoring the final seven points of the half. The hosts had seven of nine players that saw action in the first half score at least 5 points, led by Ola-Joseph with 14 and Mike Mitchell Jr. with 10.

On the other end, IUPUI (3-8, 0-2 HL) struggled offensively to begin the game but found a groove in the middle ten minutes. John Egbuta and Jlynn Counter each tallied seven points to lead the team in scoring. The Jaguars missed their final five shots of the half, allowing the Gophers to extend the lead to 57-27 at the break.

IUPUI had a much better start in the second half, keeping up with Minnesota in the first five minutes. Qwanzi Samuels was the focus of the Jaguar offense in the opening minutes, recording six of the opening 14 points. Bryce Monroe also heated up in the second half, scoring 12 points in 10 minutes. Despite making 11 of 16 shot attempts, the Jaguars were unable to slow down the potent Golden Gopher offense who shot over 60 percent to continue to increase the advantage.

Minnesota closed the game out on a 18- 15 run to secure a 101-65 victory. Hawkins continued to distribute in the second half, finishing the game with 17 assists to set a new Minnesota record. Cam Christie led four double-digit scorers with 19 points, knocking down a game-high four three-pointers. Parker Fox was a perfect 8-for-8 for 16 points while Mitchell and Ola-Joseph ended with 14 apiece.

For the Jags, Monroe finished with a game-high 20 points, shooting just below 60 percent. Samuels registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 boards while also adding four assists. Egbuta rounded out the double-digit scorers, tallying 11 points, including two three-pointers. Counter was kept in check by the Minnesota defense, held to just seven points—his lowest output of the year—on 3-of-10 shooting. He still was a factor in the offense, leading the team with five assists.

“We just have to stay together and persevere through adversity,” said Samuels after the game. “We look at every game as a lesson and we try to take what we learned from the last game and apply it to the next game.”

The Jaguars will now play four straight at home, beginning on Saturday (Dec. 16) against Lindenwood. Tipoff is set for noon and will be streamed on ESPN+.



MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team is coming off back-to-back Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season titles and has been picked to finish third in the preseason MIVA poll. In addition, sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva was named to the 12-member preseason all-conference team.

The Cardinals are looking to continue an already historically successful program. As Ball State comes off another MIVA regular season title and its second-straight MIVA Tournament championship appearance along with a 20-win season. The Cardinals have a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers on the roster in 2024.

Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and

AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Ball State will open the season with three-straight home matches as they host Wabash College (Jan. 2 & Jan. 3) and Thomas More (Jan. 3).

The Cardinals open MIVA action at home on Feb. 1 against Loyola Chicago and will also close out regular season league action in Muncie versus McKendree on April 6.

This year the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals will be played at the higher seed home sites on April 13 while the semifinals and finals will be played at the same home site of whichever higher seed advances.

2024 MIVA Preseason Poll

1. Ohio State – 81 (9)

2. Loyola Chicago – 70

3. Ball State – 64

4. Lewis – 46

5. Purdue Fort Wayne – 45

6. Lindenwood – 41

7. McKendree – 33

8. Quincy – 17

9. Queens – 11

2024 MIVA Preseason Player of the Year

Jacob Pasteur – Ohio State

2024 Preseason All-MIVA Team (alphabetical by team)

Tinaishe Ndavazocheva – Ball State – Outside Hitter

Max Roquet – Lewis – Outside Hitter

A.J. Lewis – Lindenwood – Outside Hitter

Nicodemus Meyer – Loyola Chicago – Middle Blocker

Parker Van Buren – Loyola Chicago – Outside Hitter

Jacob Pasteur – Ohio State – Outside Hitter

Tommy Poole – Ohio State – Libero

Shane Wetzel – Ohio State – Opposite

Michael Wright – Ohio State – Setter

Jon Diedrich – Purdue Fort Wayne – Outside Hitter

Bryce Walker – Purdue Fort Wayne – Middle Blocker

Raje Alleyne – Quincy – Opposite



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jon Diedrich and Bryce Walker of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team were selected to the Preseason All-MIVA Team, the MIVA announced on Tuesday (Dec. 12). The Preseason Poll was also announced for the 2024 season, and the Mastodons were picked to finish fifth.

Diedrich and Walker were both All-MIVA First Team selections in 2023.

Diedrich led the team with 3.70 kills per set last season, which was fifth-best in the conference. He was 13th in the MIVA with a .263 hitting percentage, top-25 in blocks per set with 0.57, 10th in aces per set at 0.33 and fourth in total points with 434. Diedrich had a season-high 28 kills against Ball State on February 18. He recorded double-figure kills in 22 matches and 20 or more in four.

Walker had a team-high 42 aces from the service line last year season and was one of the biggest threats from the line in the MIVA. He was fourth among all MIVA players and the best among middle blockers in that category. The junior had the third-most efficient season in the MIVA, hitting .333 in MIVA play. He had nine matches with double-figure kills this season and a season-high nine blocks against Loyola Chicago on March 18.

Diedrich and Walker will lead the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team that was picked fifth in the MIVA Preseason Poll. The Mastodons tied for fourth last season after finishing 7-7.

2024 MIVA Preseason Poll

1. Ohio State – 81 (9)

2. Loyola Chicago – 70

3. Ball State – 64

4. Lewis – 46

5. Purdue Fort Wayne – 45

6. Lindenwood – 41

7. McKendree – 33

8. Quincy – 17

9. Queens – 11



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball has unveiled its 2024 schedule that includes 56 games, seven home series, and the Ohio Valley Conference Championship May 22-26 in Marion, Illinois.

The Screaming Eagles compete in the Jaguar Classic in Mobile, Alabama to kick off the 2024 campaign and will battle a trio of teams including the University of South Alabama (February 16 & 19), the University of North Alabama (February 17), and Lamar University (February 18).

After the season-opening tournament, USI heads back to USI Baseball Field for a seven-game homestand that features Eastern Michigan University (February 23-25), Ball State University (February 27), and St. Thomas University (March 1-3). Other non-conference home games will include Murray State University (April 3), Saint Louis University (April 9), Western Kentucky University (April 16), Belmont University (April 23), and Middle Tennessee State University (May 14).

The Eagles will take flight against big non-conference opponents on the road including a bout against the University of Tennessee on March 6 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Volunteers made a run in the College World Series after winning the Clemson Regional and Hattiesburg Super Regional last season. Another Power Five opponent will be a three-game series at the University of Illinois March 15-17 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The Eagles and Fighting Illini will meet for the first time in program history.

Other non-conference road games include Bellarmine University (March 8-10), Middle Tennessee State (March 12), Western Kentucky (March 19), Ball State (March 26), Murray State (April 2), Southern Illinois University (April 30), and the University of Evansville (May 7).

USI’s conference schedule begins with a home series against Tennessee Tech University March 22-24. The Eagles will also host Lindenwood University (April 5-7), the University of Tennessee at Martin (April 19-21), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (May 3-5), and Western Illinois University (May 16-18). The road portion of OVC play will start with Morehead State University March 29-31 and continue with Southeast Missouri State University (April 12-14), the defending OVC champion Eastern Illinois University (April 26-28), and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (May 10-12).

Last season, the Eagles posted a 17-38 overall record and went 8-15 against OVC opponents. USI clinched a conference tournament berth but dropped out in the opening round to fifth-seeded and eventual champion EIU. This year’s OVC Championship will return to Marion Stadium in Marion, Illinois where the top eight teams make the postseason.
























HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS:                                                                                                                                                                            




Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston175.77311-06-59-116-47-32 W
Philadelphia157.6822.09-36-44-211-56-43 W
New York139.5914.07-36-62-311-66-41 W
Brooklyn1210.5455.08-54-51-311-86-41 L
Toronto914.3918.56-63-80-75-133-74 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee167.69611-25-53-314-77-31 W
Indiana138.6192.07-56-36-111-76-44 W
Cleveland1311.5423.56-67-52-29-65-52 L
Chicago916.3608.07-72-93-36-104-62 L
Detroit221.08714.01-111-101-62-130-1020 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando167.69611-25-53-111-48-22 W
Miami1310.5653.05-48-64-010-95-51 W
Atlanta913.4096.53-76-63-26-113-74 L
Charlotte714.3338.04-83-63-47-114-61 L
Washington319.13612.51-72-121-72-181-95 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota175.77310-17-44-012-38-21 L
Oklahoma City157.6822.08-47-32-29-67-32 W
Denver169.6402.59-17-82-112-76-42 W
Utah716.30410.56-51-112-57-133-73 L
Portland616.27311.02-64-101-32-123-74 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Sacramento139.5917-36-64-411-95-51 L
LA Lakers1410.58310-24-84-211-76-41 L
LA Clippers1310.5650.59-34-73-212-87-35 W
Phoenix1310.5650.56-67-43-410-86-41 W
Golden State1013.4353.55-65-73-59-114-62 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas158.6527-48-45-210-66-44 W
Houston119.5502.510-11-83-210-85-53 W
New Orleans1311.5422.59-44-73-210-96-41 W
Memphis616.2738.51-105-62-45-133-72 L
San Antonio319.13611.51-102-91-43-130-1017 L


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


Eastern Conference
Boston Bruins2618533917876510-2-18-3-25-4-1
New York Rangers271971391889789-3-010-4-16-4-0
Florida Panthers281792361785739-4-08-5-25-4-1
Toronto Maple Leafs261565351194848-4-17-2-46-1-3
New York Islanders271377331283877-3-56-4-27-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers2815103331385766-6-19-4-25-3-2
Detroit Red Wings2815943415106928-4-37-5-16-3-1
Washington Capitals251483311264728-4-26-4-15-4-1
Carolina Hurricanes2815121311492918-2-17-10-04-5-1
10 Tampa Bay Lightning30131253113961068-3-35-9-24-6-0
11 New Jersey Devils2614111291492955-6-19-5-06-4-0
12 Pittsburgh Penguins2712123271279716-6-16-6-23-4-3
13 Montreal Canadiens281213327976976-9-16-4-25-4-1
14 Buffalo Sabres2912143271284966-7-16-7-24-5-1
15 Columbus Blue Jackets309165239871067-8-22-8-34-5-1
16 Ottawa Senators2311120221079748-9-03-3-05-5-0
Western Conference
Vegas Golden Knights30205545161057311-2-29-3-36-1-3
Colorado Avalanche28179236161008710-4-07-5-25-3-2
Vancouver Canucks29199139191117411-3-18-6-06-4-0
Los Angeles Kings251654361692605-4-311-1-17-2-1
Dallas Stars271683351495847-5-19-3-24-4-2
Winnipeg Jets271692341686728-5-18-4-16-4-0
Nashville Predators29161303215908810-6-06-7-07-3-0
Arizona Coyotes2813132281190868-5-05-8-25-5-0
Edmonton Oilers2613121271292859-4-14-8-08-2-0
10 St. Louis Blues2813141271280947-5-06-9-13-7-0
11 Calgary Flames29111442611871046-6-15-8-34-5-1
12 Seattle Kraken309147258781015-8-24-6-52-6-2
13 Minnesota Wild261012424981885-4-25-8-25-4-1
14 San Jose Sharks299173219641176-6-23-11-16-2-2
15 Anaheim Ducks271017020971925-10-05-7-01-9-0
16 Chicago Blackhawks28918119966985-7-14-11-03-6-1


December 13, 1931 – This was the final game played in the NFL season of 1931 and it also marked the final year that the League Champion would be the team with the best record. has a great write up in the season of 1931 where the National Football League Champions were the Green Bay Packers who posted a 12-2-0 record which was good enough for them to earn their 3rd straight NFL title. In second that year were the Portsmouth Spartans who would later become the Detroit Lions, as they sported an 11-3 record on the season. There was some controversy over this though as the Packers refused to play a game against Portsmouth that was on the schedule. Had this game been played and Portsmouth won it, the Packers title would have either been shared or relinquished to the team that defeated them head to head, the Spartans in that scenario. Needless to say that Green Bay Packers are the 1931 NFL Champions.

December 13, 1936 – Polo Grounds, New York City – The Green Bay Packers win the franchise’s first NFL Championship Game against the Boston Redskins. It was the final game in Boston before the franchise moved to Washington D.C. The Packers big 21-6 victory was sparked by Arnie Herber’s aerial attack on the Redskins according to a story published the day after the game found on Don Hutson hauled in one of Herber’s passes for a TD while another receiver, Milt Gantenbein scored on another. The third touchdown drive engineered by the Pack was set up by a couple more key pass plays. Each player on the Packers took home a nifty sum of $250 for their win as the Boston players placed an extra $180 in their wallets after the 1936 NFL Championship.

December 13, 1942 – Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. – The Redskins franchise appeared in another NFL Title tilt on the day of December 13.  The 1942 NFL Championship game saw the Washington Redskins upset the Bears of Chicago by one score in a 14-6 final. Bob Carroll in a great write up in the Professional Football Researchers Association periodical “The Coffin Corner” Volume 18 in 1996 sets the scene. The Bears if you remember from an earlier edition of the Football History Headlines destroyed the Redskins in an embarrassing 73-0 drubbing in the 1940 NFL Title Game. Carroll goes on to remind us that the ‘42 Bears at 11-0 were probably even a stronger adversary for the 10-1 Washington squad to face than two years earlier. With memories of the 73 point humiliation on their minds the Redskins came into this contest literally loaded for “Bear.”  After a scoreless first stanza the Bears changed the scoreboard with a 52 scoop and score of a Washington fumble. The Redskins responded with Sammy Baugh  threw a 39 yard touchdown pass to Wilt Moore and Washington took the lead into the half with the successful PAT. The Redskins continued to frustrate the Bears offense and used their own offensive weapon running back Andy Farkas pounded the heart of the Bears defense on ten carries of an 80 yard scoring drive. This was all the Redskins needed to go with their stifling defense to win the NFL Title!

December 13, 1969 – The Continental Football League plays its final game as it disbanded in 1970. The Continental according to the Fun While it Lasted website was started in 1965 and in its 5 seasons heralded 44 teams in its brief history as it combined teams from multiple second tier leagues such as the Texas Football League and others to make a very widespread diverse group.

December 13, 1973 – According to the website Penn State Running Back John Cappelletti gave his moving Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.  As we discussed earlier this week on the Football History Headlines Cappelletti dedicated the trophy to his ailing younger brother Joey who had leukemia.

December 13, 1997 – The 63rd Heisman Trophy was quite historic as it was the first time according to that since college football shifted to a two platoon of an offensive team and a defensive team that a two way player won the coveted Trophy. That player was Michigan’s cornerback, Charles Woodson. The Junior compiled some great stats in the 1997 season as he picked off 7 passes and registered 43 tackles on defense. On the offensive side of the ball he put up one touchdown on 11 receptions for 231 yards and his kick return yardage set up many more successful Wolverine drives. It was all around great play like this that Woodson earned the Heisman over a Tennessee quarterback named Peyton Manning who had some phenomenal numbers of his own.

December 13, 1999 – The Manhattan Downtown Athletic Club handed the 65th Heisman Trophy Award to Running Back Ron Dayne of Wisconsin. Dayne put up some gaudy numbers on the ground according to Dayne capped off his Senior season with 1834 yards to enter the realm that only four other players have ever accomplished in having four seasons rushing over the single season 1000 yard mark. The “Dayne Train” also set an NCAA record that still stands today when you total in his bowl games to reach a career rushing total of an amazing 7125 yards on the ground in college.

December 13, 2003 – Jason White, Oklahoma’s Senior quarterback won the 69th Heisman Trophy. White had to overcome two different ACL injuries during his collegiate career to settle into a true pocket passer style of quarterbacking according to the Heisman Trophy’s official website. From the shotgun formation White threw for 3744 yards and 40 touchdowns on only 8 interceptions to lead the Sooners to an undefeated season. Jason White also was an unanimous All-American, won the AP’s Player of the Year, the consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award winner and the Jim Thorpe Courage Awards.

December 13, 2010 – Auburn Tigers Quarterback Cam Newton took home the 76th Heisman Trophy Award. The Junior signal caller per the website took the SEC and all of NCAA football by storm as he used his legs and arm to slice through defenses. Newton registered 20 touchdowns and 1409 yards on the ground and added another 28 scores and 2589 yards through the air to take home the coveted hardware by a landslide. Cam was the 2010 AP Player of the Year and was a big reason the Tigers took home the BCS Title when they defeated Oregon in the Championship game to cap off an awesome season.

December 13, 2014 – The 80th Heisman Trophy Award went to Marcus Mariota, the nifty quarterback from the University of Oregon. Mariota set a bunch of ground breaking items according to as he became the first player of Polynesian descent, the first from the State of Hawaii and the very first Oregon Duck to take home the Trophy named for legendary Coach John Heisman. The Junior signal caller registered 3783 yards in passing with 38 TD and only having two tosses picked off. Mariota also used his legs as he put up another 669 yards on the ground with 14 additional TDs for the Ducks, oh and don’t forget he also hauled in a pass for a score on top of that!

December 13, 2015 – When you set an SEC record of 1986 yards rushing in a season in the age where the SEC was arguably the strongest conference in the nation you are going to take home the 81st Heisman Trophy Award. That is exactly what Derrick Henry, Alabama’s powerful running back did. Henry also tied the Conference’s touchdown mark with 23 scores according to Derrick’s 339 rushing attempts along with his record yardage mentioned earlier both led the nation in collegiate football. He capped off the brilliant season by adding another bruising 158 yards against Clemson to help the Crimson Tide win the National Title.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for December 13

December 13, 1911 – Louisville, Kentucky – Fred “Buzz” Borries the great Navy halfback was born. Borries according to the website scored the only TD in the 1933 Navy 7-0 victory over Notre Dame. During the 1934 Army-Navy game Buzz had 36 carries for the Midshipmen and helped set up a Slade Cutter field goal to knock off the Cadets 3-0. The National Football Foundation Selected Buzz Borries to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1960. Commander Fred Borries was a decorated war hero who helped the vessels in his command win some stunning victories at sea just like he did on the gridiron earlier in life.

December 13, 1955 – Logansport, Indiana – The pride of Franklin College football program, Brad Crawford who played cornerback was born. Crawford’s uncanny speed and quickness helped him make bad days for quarterbacks who opposed the Franklin Grizzlies secondary per the NFF’s website bio on him. In 1975 he registered 9 pass interceptions and had 25 in his college career to go with an outstanding kick return average of 25.9 yards. Brad Crawford was invited to have a place in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 to go along with his 1986 induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

December 13, 1960 – Richard Dent the tenured 15 year NFL defensive end of the Chicago Bears came into this life. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio the Tennessee State product was picked by the Bears in the 1983 NFL Draft in the eight round. What a bargain find Chicago had with that pick as Dent dominated with 137.5 career sacks. Richard was part of one of the NFL’s greatest defenses, the 1985 Bears under legendary coordinator Buddy Ryan.  Dent was an All-Pro and went to the Pro Bowl 4 times each as well as being named the Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player as he and the Bears capped off the monster season by winning it all. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Richard Dent in 2011.

December 13, 1961- Fullerton, California – Gary Zimmerman the great tackle from the University of Oregon came into this life. Gary Z enjoyed a productive 12 year NFL career after being picked third in the 1984 Supplemental Draft by the New York Giants. Zimmerman was best known for anchoring the lines of the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos. He was so dominant that according to the he earned spots on two All- Decade teams for both the 1980’s and the 1990’s. Gary also was durable for most of his career tallying 169 straight starts at one point. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Gary Zimmerman in 2008’s class.


10 – 9 – 6 – 21 – 2 – 33 – 18 – 7 – 8 – 41

December 13, 1936 – National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6. For the Packers franchise it was their 4th NFL title. For the Redskins it signalled a move to Washington, D.C. for 1937 season

December 13, 1960 – Ballon d’Or: Barcelona midfielder Number 10, Luis Suárez was named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid’s Hungarian forward Number 10, Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Number 9, Uwe Seeler

December 13, 1989 – Denver Nuggets player, Number 6, Walter Davis  had his NBA free throw streak of 53 games come to an end.

December 13, 1991 – Seattle Supersonics player, Number 21, Ricky Pierce had his NBA free throw streak of 75 games come to an end.

December 13, 1997 – 63rd Heisman Trophy Award was won by Michigan cornerback/ returner, Number 2, Charles Woodson.

December 13, 1999 – 65th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Wisconsin running back, Number 33, Ron Dayne,

December 13, 2003 – 69th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oklahoma Quarterback, Number 18, Jason White

December 13, 2004 – Ballon d’Or: Milan’s Ukrainian striker Number 7, Andriy Shevchenko was named best football player in Europe ahead of Deco (Porto/FC Barcelona) and Barcelona midfielder Number 10, Ronaldinho

December 13, 2010 – 76th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Auburn Quarterback, Number 2, Cam Newton

December 13, 2014 – 80th Heisman Trophy Award was won by Oregon Quarterback, Number 8, Marcus Mariota

December 13, 2015 – 81st Heisman Trophy Award was won by Alabama running back, Number 2, Derrick Henry

December 13, 2018 – German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season wearing the Number 41, with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant’s 20 seasons with the LA Lakers.  Nowitzki had his number 41 jersey retired by Dallas Mavericks early in 2022.


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