INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE

CLASS 6A

SECTIONAL 1

CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)

LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)

SECTIONAL 2

CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)

ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)

SECTIONAL 3

FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)

HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)

SECTIONAL 4

WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)

ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)

SECTIONAL 5

BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)

AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)

SECTIONAL 7

TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)

WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)

SECTIONAL 8

CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)

COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)

CLASS 5A

SECTIONAL 9

MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)

HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)

SECTIONAL 10

VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)

CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SECTIONAL 11

CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)

SECTIONAL 12

ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)

SECTIONAL 13

MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)

PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)

SECTIONAL 14

FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)

SECTIONAL 15

SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)

SECTIONAL 16

FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)

CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)

CLASS 4A

SECTIONAL 17

LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)

HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)

SECTIONAL 18

LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)

NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)

SECTIONAL 19

EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)

DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 20

MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)

KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 21

BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)

CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)

SECTIONAL 22

CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)

NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)

SECTIONAL 23

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)

SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)

BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)

CLASS 3A

SECTIONAL 25

WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)

GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)

SECTIONAL 26

WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)

JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 27

NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)

YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)

SECTIONAL 28

BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)

SECTIONAL 29

WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)

MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)

SECTIONAL 30

GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)

WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)

SECTIONAL 31

LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)

INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 32

CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)

HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)

CLASS 2A

SECTIONAL 33

ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)

BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)

SECTIONAL 34

LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)

ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 35

FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)

EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)

SECTIONAL 36

EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)

BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)

SECTIONAL 37

SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)

CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 38

SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)

LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)

SECTIONAL 39

TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)

SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)

SECTIONAL 40

NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)

TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)

CLASS A

SECTIONAL 41

SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)

TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)

SECTIONAL 42

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)

PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)

SECTIONAL 43

TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)

TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)

SECTIONAL 44

SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)

MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)

SECTIONAL 45

MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)

TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)

SECTIONAL 46

CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)

MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)

SECTIONAL 47

CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)

RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)

SECTIONAL 48

NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)

PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE

NORTH

1. PLYMOUTH 
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

2. FRANKFORT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

SOUTH

3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT 
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT

4. JASPER
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT 
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT 

INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-7-3) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1) | 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT

CLASS 2A GIRLS | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1) VS. LEO (18-4) | 8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT

CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT

CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT

CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT

CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803. Course Layout

Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.

Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.

Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.

Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

NOV 1

ALL TIMES EASTERN
ALEXANDRIAATMUNCIE BURRIS7:30 PM
ANDERSONATPIKE7:30 PM
BROWN COUNTYATSHELBYVILLE7:30 PM
CENTER GROVEATFRANKLIN CENTRAL7:30 PM
CHURUBUSCOATFORT WAYNE DWENGER7:30 PM
CORYDON CENTRALATNEW WASHINGTON7:30 PM
CROWN POINTATHAMMOND CENTRAL8:00 PM
DEKALBATHERITAGE7:30 PM
EASTERN GREENEATBLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE7:30 PM
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATFAITH CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
GREENWOOD CHRISTIANATINDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE6:00 PM
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERNATCOLUMBUS NORTH7:30 PM
INDIANA MATH & SCIENCEATCENTRAL CHRISTIAN6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKSATZIONSVILLE7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRALATCOVENANT CHRISTIAN7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARDATTRI-WEST7:30 PM
INDIANAPOLIS HERRONATKIPP INDY LEGACY6:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS TECHATCHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL7:30 PM
JEFFERSONVILLEATLANESVILLE6:00 PM
JIMTOWNATFAIRFIELD7:30 PM
MARIONATPENDLETON HEIGHTS7:30 PM
MARQUETTE CATHOLICATBOONE GROVE8:00 PM
MISHAWAKAATSOUTH BEND RILEY7:30 PM
MISHAWAKA MARIANATBREMEN7:30 PM
MOORESVILLEATNORTHVIEW7:30 PM
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)ATWHITELAND7:30 PM
NEW PRAIRIEATCONCORD7:45 PM
NORTH DECATURATFRANKLIN COUNTY7:30 PM
NORTH PUTNAMATNORTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
PERRY CENTRALATSOUTHRIDGE8:00 PM
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REYATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA6:00 PM
RICHMONDATNEW CASTLE7:30 PM
RIVERTON PARKEATCLOVERDALE7:30 PM
SCOTTSBURGATJENNINGS COUNTY7:30 PM
SHAKAMAKATNORTH KNOX7:30 PM
SOUTH BEND CAREERATGRANGER CHRISTIAN6:45 PM
SOUTH DECATURATMILAN7:30 PM
SOUTH PUTNAMATSOUTH VERMILLION7:30 PM
SOUTHMONTATGREENCASTLE7:30 PM
TELL CITYATCANNELTON7:00 PM
TERRE HAUTE SOUTHATPLAINFIELD7:30 PM
TRINITY GREENLAWNATCULVER ACADEMY7:30 PM
UNIVERSITYATINDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE7:30 PM
WARREN CENTRALATBROWNSBURG7:00 PM
WES-DELATEASTERN HANCOCK7:30 PM
WEST VIGOATEDGEWOOD7:30 PM
WESTERNATNORTH MIAMI7:30 PM
WESTFIELDATNORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)7:30 PM
WHEELERATLOWELL8:00 PM
WHITE RIVER VALLEYATSOUTH KNOX7:30 PM
WOODLANATNEW HAVEN7:30 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9

THURSDAY, OCT. 27

VIRGINIA TECH AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

UTAH AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU

EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2

LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX                                   

ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1

BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3

RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.

OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.

WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.

NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.

ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.

KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN

COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+

STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.

NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA

OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE

NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE

CINCINNATI AT UCF

SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON

SMU AT TULSA

WEEK 8

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

WORLD SERIES

FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1, PHI @ HOU, FOX

SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2, PHI @ HOU, FOX

MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

NBA SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 120 DETROIT 99

NEW ORLEANS 113 DALLAS 111

OKLAHOMA CITY 108 LA CLIPPERS 94

PHOENIX 134 GOLDEN STATE 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 3 DALLAS 1

MINNESOTA 3 MONTRÉAL 1

ARIZONA 6 COLUMBUS 3

NEW JERSEY 6 DETROIT 2

COLORADO 3 NY RANGERS 2

CHICAGO 4 FLORIDA 2

CALGARY 4 PITTSBURGH 1

SEATTLE 5 BUFFALO 1

LOS ANGELES 4 TAMPA BAY 2

VEGAS 4 SAN JOSE 2

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

RUSSIAN COURT REJECTS GRINER APPEAL OF HER 9-YEAR SENTENCE

MOSCOW (AP) A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession, a step that could move her closer to a possible high-stakes prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington.

The eight-time all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Griner, 32, was not at the Moscow Regional Court hearing but appeared via video link from a penal colony outside the capital where she is held.

At her trial, Griner admitted to having the canisters in her luggage but testified she packed them inadvertently in her haste to make her flight and had no criminal intent. Her defense team presented written statements saying she had been prescribed cannabis to treat chronic pain.

The nine-year sentence was close to the maximum of 10 years, and Griner’s lawyers argued after the conviction that the punishment was excessive. They said in similar cases defendants have received an average sentence of about five years, with about a third of them granted parole.

While upholding the sentence, the court said Griner’s prison time will be recalculated to reflect what she has already served in pre-trial detention. One day in pre-trial detention will be counted as 1 1/2 days in prison, so she still will have to serve about eight years in prison.

Griner’s lawyers Maria Blagovolina and Alexander Boykov said in an email that they were “very disappointed” with the decision because they still believe “the punishment is excessive and contradicts to the existing court practice.”

“Britthey’s biggest fear is that she is not exchanged and will have to serve the whole sentence in Russia,” they said. “She had hopes for today, as each month, each day away from her family and friends matters to her.”

They said they had to discuss with Griner what legal steps they should take next.

Griner’s arrest in February came at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington, just days before Russia sent troops into Ukraine. At the time, Griner was returning to play for a Russian team during the WNBA’s offseason.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the decision “another failure of justice, compounding the injustice of her detention,” adding that “securing her release is our priority.”

President Joe Biden told reporters that his administration is in “constant contract” with Russian authorities on Griner and other Americans who are detained there. While there has not been progress on bringing her back to the U.S., Biden said, “We’re not stopping.”

Before her conviction, the U.S. State Department declared Griner to be “wrongfully detained” – a charge that Russia has sharply rejected.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement that Biden “is willing to go to extraordinary lengths and make tough decisions to bring Americans home.”

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said the decision “while unfortunate, was not unexpected. … It is time to bring this case to an end and bring BG home.” The WNBA Players Association said the ruling was “further verification that BG is not just wrongfully detained — she is very clearly a hostage.”

Because of the growing pressure on the Biden administration to do more to bring Griner home, Blinken took the unusual step of revealing in July that Washington had made a “substantial proposal” to get Griner home, along with Paul Whelan, an American serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for espionage.

Blinken didn’t elaborate, but The Associated Press and other news organizations have reported that Washington has offered to exchange Griner and Whelan for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S. and once earned the nickname the “merchant of death.”

The White House said it has not yet received a productive response from Russia to the offer.

Russian diplomats have refused to comment on the U.S. proposal and urged Washington to discuss the matter in confidential talks, avoiding public statements. But some Russian officials have said a deal is more likely once appeals have been exhausted.

In September, Biden met with Cherelle Griner, the player’s wife, as well as her agent, Lindsay Colas. Biden also sat down separately with Elizabeth Whelan, Paul Whelan’s sister.

The White House said after the meetings that the president stressed to the families his “continued commitment to working through all available avenues to bring Brittney and Paul home safely.”

The U.S. and Russia carried out a prisoner swap in April. Moscow released U.S. Marines veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for the U.S. releasing a Russian pilot, Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was convicted in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Moscow also has pushed for the release of other Russians in U.S. custody.

One of them is Alexander Vinnik, who was accused of laundering billions of dollars through an illicit cryptocurrency exchange. Vinnik was arrested in Greece in 2017 and extradited to the U.S. in August.

Vinnik’s French lawyer, Frederic Belot, told Russian newspaper Izvestia last month that his client hoped to be part of a possible swap.

The newspaper speculated that another possible candidate was Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker. He was sentenced in 2017 to 27 years in prison on charges from a hacking and credit card fraud scheme.

QB JONES RETURNS, BUT QUESTIONS GROW FOR PATS AFTER LOSS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Mac Jones is back for the New England Patriots.

But his return hasn’t alleviated their uncertainty at quarterback.

In fact, it may have made it even murkier with the Patriots suddenly in the cellar of the AFC East they used to dominate.

Coach Bill Belichick was noncommittal Tuesday on what direction he’ll go moving forward following Jones’ benching in favor of Bailey Zappe after just three series in Monday’s 33-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Belichick reiterated for the second straight day that he planned to play both quarterbacks and that Jones’ performance – 3 of 6 passing for 13 yards and an interception – wasn’t the reason for him being benched in the second quarter.

Although, he acknowledged the health of Jones’ ankle did at least play some part in the move.

“There’s a lot of things that went into that,” Belichick said. “It’s more complicated than that. But I’ll just leave it as we did what we felt was best for the team and the players involved. Obviously, it didn’t work out. But that was the decision.”

Zappe briefly gave the Patriots some life, leading two touchdown drives that took less than four minutes to give his team a 14-10 lead in the second quarter.

But the offense had no points on five drives in the second half, which included both of Zappe’s interceptions.

“Just got to get better. Can’t fall off like I did,” Zappe said. “I’ve got to make some throws. I’ve got to make better decisions on certain things. That’s the good thing about having another week. Get back at it tomorrow.”

While overall he was more efficient than Jones in the game, Zappe is basically back at square one this week as he waits to see if he gets his third start of the season.

New England (3-4) also finds itself in a position it’s rarely been in under Belichick, at the bottom of the division as it begins a short week of preparation before facing the New York Jets (5-2), who have won four in a row.

“We don’t have time to sulk or feel sorry for ourselves,” safety Devin McCourty said. “The Jets will be ahead on the film. They’ll be watching us, so we need to do the same thing. We need to turn the page and start preparing. We go down to New Jersey, we could easily come back with another loss.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Cornerback Myles Bryant had one of the few highlights for the defense, pulling in his first interception of the season to set up Rhamondre Stevenson’s 4-yard rushing TD in the second quarter. Zappe also seems to work well with receiver DeVante Parker. He pulled in a 43-yard reception from Zappe that was New England’s longest play of the game.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

A week after looking as if it was starting to figure things out, New England’s defense looked lost at times against a Bears offense that used the running ability of quarterback Justin Fields to spread out the Patriots. Fields’ mobility helped Chicago score a season-high 33 points despite entering the game ranked 31st in the NFL, averaging 15.5 points per game.

STOCK UP

Matt Judon. The linebacker stood out on a rough night, tallying 2 1/2 sacks to bring his season total to an NFL-best 8 1/2.

STOCK DOWN

Mac Jones. Following the briefest start of his young career, he suddenly is facing his most important week of practice to date.

INJURED

Center David Andrews was examined for a concussion late in the fourth quarter after being leveled by a blindside block by Mike Pennel during a runback following an interception by Zappe. The loss of the Patriots’ longest-tenured offensive lineman would be significant for a group coming off its worst outing of the season. Safety Kyle Dugger also left in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

KEY NUMBER

2001 – That was the previous year that the Patriots trailed the Jets by two games in the division.

NEXT STEPS

An already short week will be even more hectic for the Patriots as they try to clean things up before hitting the road to face a Jets team they have beaten 12 straight times. New York’s previous win in the series was in 2015.

AP SOURCE: COWBOYS TRADE FOR RAIDERS’ HANKINS TO BOOST RUN D

(AP) — The Dallas Cowboys acquired veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins from Las Vegas in a move to bolster the run defense for one of the NFL’s best units, a person with knowledge of the trade said Tuesday.

Dallas is giving the Raiders a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft and getting a seventh-rounder in 2024, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.

Hankins was a healthy scratch two weeks ago in his third season with the Raiders, with one start in the five games he has played.

The 30-year-old Hankins was drafted in the second round by the New York Giants in 2013. He didn’t get a second contract there, spending 2017 with Indianapolis before joining the Raiders.

The Cowboys lead the NFL with 29 sacks and had a season-high five takeaways in last week’s 24-6 victory over Detroit, pushing that total to 12.

The closest thing to a weakness for the Dallas defense has been against the run. The Cowboys are ranked sixth overall, but 20th in run defense.

Hankins has 366 total tackles with 36 tackles for loss over 10 seasons.

CHIEFS’ CLARK SUSPENDED 2 GAMES FOR 2021 WEAPONS ARRESTS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was suspended two games by the NFL on Tuesday after pleading no contest last month to two counts of misdemeanor possession of an assault weapon in Los Angeles.

The league announced the suspension as the Chiefs (5-2) head into their bye week. He will miss games against the Titans and Jaguars and will be allowed back with the team on Nov. 14 in time for that week’s game against the Chargers.

The three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher was sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service after he was arrested in March 2021, when he was pulled over while riding with another man in a vehicle that did not have a license plate. An officer noticed a weapon in the car and recovered two loaded firearms.

Three months later, Clark was pulled over for a code violation and officers discovered another gun in his vehicle.

The 29-year-old Clark has struggled with illnesses throughout the fall, and that’s limited him to just 15 tackles and three sacks. That comes after a disappointing season in which Clark had 4 1/2 sacks, his lowest total since his rookie season.

The Chiefs, desperate to improve their pass rush after ranking among the league’s worst last season, managed to rework Clark’s massive contract in the offseason to keep him in Kansas City. He got a signing bonus of $4,550,000, a base salary of $3,725,000 this season and a roster bonus of $900,000, along with $75,000 for each game he is active.

Without Clark, the Chiefs will have to lean on first-round draft pick George Karlaftis and veteran Carlos Dunlap along with Mike Danna, who has struggled for several weeks with a calf injury but should be healthy after the bye. They also will need to get continued production from defensive tackle Chris Jones, who leads the team with five sacks.

NFL SAYS OFFICIALS DIDN’T GET MIKE EVANS’ AUTOGRAPH

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL says the two game officials seen interacting with Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans in the tunnel of Bank of America Stadium after the Buccaneers’ 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday didn’t ask for an autograph.

“After speaking with the individuals involved, we have confirmed that the postgame interaction between Jeff Lamberth, Tripp Sutter and Mike Evans did not involve a request by the game officials for an autograph,” the league said in a statement Tuesday. “Both Lamberth and Sutter have been reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety when interacting with players, coaches, and club staff on gameday – including during the pregame and postgame time periods.”

A reporter captured a video of Lamberth and Sutter approaching Evans as he made his way toward the locker room at the stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. There was a short, inaudible exchange between the game officials and Evans, before the four-time Pro Bowl wideout turns around and is handed a slip of paper. A second video appears to show Evans writing something as Lamberth stood next to him while Tampa Bay players walked past them to the locker room.

According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, game officials are not allowed to “ask players, coaches or any other team personnel for autographs or memorabilia.”

In addition, game officials are not allowed “to sell or trade NFL tickets for anything of greater value than the face value of the tickets” or “sell or trade for anything of value NFL merchandise, autographs or memorabilia.”

The CBA goes on to stipulate that game officials may need to obtain player autographs or team merchandise or memorabilia for personal or charitable purposes, but said that such requests should be made through the officiating department and never to a player or team employee directly.

TITANS RELEASE RENDERINGS OF PROPOSED NEW DOMED STADIUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans’ proposed domed stadium would seat approximately 60,000 people and cover 1.7 million square feet under renderings released Tuesday.

The renderings follow last week’s announcement that the Titans had reached an agreement with the Nashville mayor for local funding. That final piece of $760 million in bonds still must be approved by the Metro Nashville Council and Metro Sports Authority.

The new stadium would cost $1.2 billion in public funding, including $500 million in state bonds, and is considered to be the largest public commitment for an NFL stadium to date.

The Titans had MANICA, an architecture firm based in Kansas City, design the renderings to help with site planning and cost estimates with help from Hastings, an architecture firm in Nashville. The team wants the new stadium to be a multi-purpose building to host events throughout the year.

Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, said they envision a stadium that makes Nashville proud and enhances the reputation of both Music City and Tennessee.

“We’re focused on designing a stadium capable of hosting a prestigious international event on a Sunday and a steady flow of impactful community programming later that same week,” Nihill said in a statement. “This is a building that would serve Nashville and Tennessee for generations.”

The renderings show the stadium with porches and outdoor terraces providing views of Nashville, a circular translucent roof and a variety of areas for fans. An architect has not been hired yet for the new stadium.

BOSTON, CLARK HEADLINE AP WOMEN’S HOOPS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

(AP) — Aliyah Boston of South Carolina and Caitlin Clark of Iowa were unanimous picks for The Associated Press preseason women’s basketball All-America team released Tuesday.

Boston led South Carolina to its second national championship and swept nearly ever major award last season. Expectations are high once again for the top-ranked Gamecocks and Boston, who was on all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the AP Top 25 each week.

“I don’t think all the awards define who she is but also puts her in a position of she’s in a more relaxed mode because she accomplished those things. She’s still in a place of hunger,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “She still wants to be the best. When you’ve proven that at such an early stage of your career, you want more and more. She’s entered a phase of wanting more yet is confident in who she is, since she was able to accomplish it.”

Seniors Haley Jones of Stanford, Ashley Joens of Iowa State and Elizabeth Kitley of Virginia Tech were also selected for the team as was sophomore Aneesah Morrow of DePaul.

Boston, who averaged 16.8 points and 12.4 rebounds, and Clark were both on the preseason team last year. Clark followed up a fantastic first season with an even better one as a sophomore, averaging 27 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Hawkeyes, who are ranked fourth in the preseason poll for their best mark since 1994.

“She worked on a little bit more emotional control in her leadership. I think that’s really important,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “You want those officials to be your best friends let’s treat them like that.”

Bluder also said Clark has added some post moves to her game: “That may sound silly with Monika (Czinano) on the block. She’s almost 5-foot-10 and no reason she can’t post up. She’s looking for that a lot more.”

Joens opted to stay at Iowa State for another year, passing up a chance to enter the WNBA draft. She averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds last season and is the first preseason All-American in school history.

“This is a great honor for Ashley and the entire Iowa State program,” coach Bill Fennelly said. “To be recognized with such a great group of players is an outstanding accomplishment. I know she will continue to work hard to play at an All-American level this season.”

Jones helped Stanford go 32-4 before falling to UConn in the Final Four. She averaged 13.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Cardinal. Last season, coach Tara VanDerveer called her star the “Magic Johnson of women’s basketball.”

Kitley had a stellar year, averaging 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Hokies. Her return is a big reason why the team is ranked No. 13 in the preseason, its best mark since the final poll of 1999 when the school was also 13th.

She is the first player from the school to be honored as a preseason All-American.

“She’s the hardest working kid I’ve been around,” Virginia Tech coach Kenny Brooks said. ‘If she doesn’t do something, she has FOMO (fear of missing out). She’s added so much to her game to make us the best we can be. My responsibility is to prepare her for the next level.”

Morrow had an incredible first season, averaging 21.9 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Blue Demons. She is the first DePaul player to earn preseason honors since Latasha Byears did it in 1995.

“She earns it through her daily work ethic and competitiveness,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said of Morrow.

All six players were honored last spring on the AP All-America teams. Boston, Clark and Jones were on the first team while Joens and Morrow were on the second. Kitley made the third team.

The AP started choosing a preseason All-America team before the 1994-95 season.

The Associated Press’ 2022-23 preseason All-America women’s basketball team, with school, height, year and votes from a 30-member national media panel (key 2021-22 statistics in parentheses):

Aliyah Boston, South Carolina, 6-5, senior, 30 of 30 votes (16.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg.)

Caitlin Clark, Iowa, 6-0, junior, 30 of 30 votes (27.0 ppg, 8.0 apg, 8.0 rpg)

Haley Jones, Stanford, 6-1, senior 28 of 30 votes (13.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.7 apg)

Ashley Joens, Iowa State, 6-1, senior, 24 of 30 votes (20.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)

Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, 6-6, senior, 9 of 30 votes (18.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg)

Aneesah Morrow, DePaul, 6-1, sophomore, 9 of 30 votes (21.9 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 3.0 spg)

Others receiving votes: Cameron Brink, Stanford; Rori Harmon, Texas; Hailey Van Lith, Louisville; Olivia Miles, Notre Dame; Angel Reese, LSU; Maddy Siegrist, Villanova; Azzi Fudd, UConn; Jade Loville, Arizona; Jordan Horston, Tennessee; Deja Kelly, North Carolina; Tamari Key, Tennessee.

BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. Creighton

2. Villanova

3. UConn

4. Xavier

5. Providence

6. Seton Hall

7. Butler

8. St. John’s

9. Marquette

10. Georgetown

11. DePaul

PRE-SEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Jared Bynum, Providence

Caleb Daniels, Villanova

Cam Whitmore, Villanova

Adama Sanogo, UConn

Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton

PRE-SEASON SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Ryan Nembhard, Creighton

Chuck Harris, Butler

Posh Alexander, St. John’s

Colby Jones, Xavier

Jordan Hawkins, UConn

BUTLER

THE SCOOP

Thad Matta is back! Five years after parting ways with Ohio State and 21 years since he coached his final game at his alma mater, Butler’s own has returned to Indianapolis to take over the Bulldogs’ program. But instead of coaching a team at the top of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, Matta will take the reins as Butler looks to claw its way back into the mix in the Big East. Matta replaces LaVall Jordan, who reached one NCAA Tournament in five seasons and saw his best team’s chances of making a run wiped out by COVID. It won’t be an easy build; Matta has had opportunities to take jobs that likely would have been easier while he was sitting out. So why Butler? Why now? “I went to school here. I met my wife here. My daughters went here. This place means so much to me,” Matta said. “I look at it as a challenge. It’s a different job than I had in 2001, but I wanted to make a run at building Butler into a big time program.”

UCONN

THE SCOOP

Entering his fifth season as head coach of the UConn Huskies, Dan Hurley finds himself in a weird place. On one hand, he has taken the program from the AAC’s bottom back to the top of the Big East. The Huskies were 14-18 before he got the job. They finished top 25 in every major metric last season. They will enter 2022-23 as a likely top 25 team, one with a potential All-American surrounded by a handful of other possible NBA Draft picks. It’s been a slow build, but the program trajectory is clearly pointed one way: Up. On the other hand, UConn has now lost to a lower seed in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. It happens; it’s the nature of the beast. The problem? UConn fans believe they are the favorite to win the national title every time they see their name in the bracket, even if they are a No. 7 seed. Thank Shabazz Napier for that. Hurley knows there’s pressure and expectations, but he’s not worried.

CREIGHTON

THE SCOOP

No team in the country is riding the high of late-season success the way that Creighton has been this offseason. Remember, Creighton was losing to Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 12 at halftime at home just ten months ago. They struggled to beat Kennesaw State in front of 18,000 Bluejay fans. North Carolina’s late-season charge is similarly propelling preseason expectations, but it had already entered last year as a preseason top 15 squad. On the other hand, Creighton had no preseason expectations and never cracked KenPom’s top 40. The Bluejays saw their leading scorer and a critical 3-and-D player graduate this offseason, as well. And yet, Greg McDermott’s squad will enter the year with as much hype as any Creighton team since Doug McDermott. It’s no secret why: Creighton returns a young, talented core that improved dramatically throughout the season after being thrown into the fire upon arrival in Omaha. Pundits around the country will now ask: are they ready to handle being the favorite to win the Big East?

DEPAUL

THE SCOOP

The DePaul Blue Demons haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004, one of only two appearances in the last 30 years. Rick Pitino was still coaching at Providence the last time the Demons won an NCAA Tournament game. Dave Leitao has had two tenures as head coach since the last time they won a conference title. It has been 15 years since they last finished with a record above .500 in conference play. All that from what should be the best basketball program in the city of Chicago. Yet, there are reasons to be bullish on DePaul heading into this season. The roster has some impressive pieces; if there’s one thing that head coach Tony Stubblefield can do, it’s acquire talent. The Blue Demons are also fresh off a season that included wins over Rutgers, Seton Hall, Louisville, Marquette and Xavier and finished with wins in three of their last four regular-season games. Losing their two best players hurts, but they return six rotation mainstays to propel that momentum into a new campaign.

GEORGETOWN

THE SCOOP

The Patrick Ewing coaching era at Georgetown has been frustrating. Every time it looks like the Hoya program is getting ready to turn a corner, disaster strikes. Take, for example, the 2019-20 season. Georgetown was coming off a 19-14 year that saw them finish 9-9 in the Big East. Talent was returning, and the Hoyas were beating the likes of Texas and Syracuse. Then players started transferring, suspensions started dropping and Georgetown ended the season with a below .500 record and only six scholarship players. Fast forward to last season. Coming off of a thrilling run to the Big East tournament title in 2021, the Hoyas ended the season losing their final 21 games. They have yet to win a game in 2022, and four of their top five players bounced this offseason. This is rock bottom. If Patrick Ewing wasn’t Patrick Ewing, he likely would not longer be the coach. There’s nowhere to go but up. “I feel very good about our team. We have nine new faces. Our talent level improved. We’re not happy with the way our season went last year, and we had to make changes on the playing side and on the staff side.”

MARQUETTE

THE SCOOP

Shaka Smart’s debut in Milwaukee was a resounding success. Despite little preseason fanfare, his Marquette Golden Eagles finished above .500 in league play and made the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps more importantly, though, Smart’s squad evoked memories of his dominant days at VCU. When VCU was at its best, it was the pinnacle of culture in college hoops. Havoc thrived, and the Rams were a consistent top 25 team despite not being in a power conference. Chemistry was terrific, and the connection between the team and the city of Richmond was immeasurable. More than anything else, this is where Smart thrives as a coach. While he struggled to make basketball The Main Thing™ at Texas, it already is The Main Thing™ at Marquette. Smart simply makes more sense as the coach of a school where hoops is king. The foundations of his culture were obvious last year. Marquette instantly exceeded expectations behind NBA-bound Justin Lewis and Darryl Morsell. Without that duo’s leadership, the Golden Eagles will be much younger and less proven as a result. Every single scholarship player has at least three years of eligibility remaining. With Smart at the helm, getting excited about the future is easy.

PROVIDENCE

THE SCOOP

The 2021-22 season was a movie for Providence. In a year where Ed Cooley’s team was picked to finish seventh in the Big East in the preseason, the Friars instead brought home their first ever Big East regular season title. An epic home court environment backed a group of up-transfers and cast-offs that knew what they needed to do to win. Of course, a little help from Taylor Swift never hurt, either. It was an unforgettable ride that invigorated the fanbase and changed how Providence basketball is viewed nationally. While the Friars underwent drastic changes to their roster this offseason, Cooley knows how much his program benefited from last year. “It was the perfect time, coming out of COVID and galvanizing an entire community, an entire state,” Cooley said. “The atmosphere, as you saw, was unbelievable. I’ve never seen it like that, it had a different bite. Hopefully, we can continue it.”

SETON HALL

THE SCOOP

He’s coming home. Shaheen Holloway played for Seton Hall for four seasons, and he was an assistant coach under Kevin Willard for eight years before taking over at St. Peter’s. Mere days after leading those Peacocks all the way to the Elite Eight as a No. 15 seed, Holloway was named the new head coach at his alma mater. “Whirlwind is an understatement,” Holloway admitted. “It’s been crazy. It reminded me of college. I came in as a high school All-American, that feeling all over again. Like you said, everybody wants a piece of you, but I understand it. It comes with the territory.” Holloway is right: calling his spring a whirlwind ride would be a disservice. On Feb. 20, he was the head coach of a 12-11 MAAC team that ranked 279th in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric. On Mar. 17, JJ Redick was tweeting about the sets he ran. On Mar. 27, he was coaching against North Carolina for the right to go to the Final Four. On Mar. 30, he was named Seton Hall’s head coach. Every single thing changed. In 38 days.

ST. JOHN’S

THE SCOOP

In a vacuum, the St. John’s team that took the floor last season is more or less the team that Mike Anderson wants to have at his disposal. The Red Storm led the nation in tempo. They led the Big East in defensive turnover rate. They finished top two in the league in steal and block rates (KenPom). Anderson’s “40 Minutes Of Hell” roots were evident in everything the Johnnies did last season. And while they finished 17-15 overall and just 8-11 in the Big East, they weren’t all that far away from being an NCAA Tournament team. The Red Storm went 3-9 in games decided by six points or fewer. Put another way, they were good enough to play with anyone in the league. Closing out games was a different story. Anderson believes that will change this season. “This is the first time we’re returning this many core guys,” Anderson said. “We brought back eight guys that played significant minutes for us, and we believe they understand what we’re trying to accomplish. We just have to continue to push in a positive direction.”

VILLANOVA

THE SCOOP

It came as a shock to just about everyone. Two weeks removed from reaching the Final Four for the third time in six NCAA Tournaments, Jay Wright announced his retirement, effective immediately. The Villanova Wildcats’ administration selected Kyle Neptune, just one year into his head coaching career at Fordham, to take over in Philadelphia. And Neptune will be doing so with as much roster turnover as we have seen in years at Villanova. Collin Gillespie is gone. Jermaine Samuels is gone. Justin Moore will start the year injured. Villanova is Villanova, but that’s a brutal situa tion to walk into after being a head coach for less than 13 months. Neptune, a longtime Villanova assistant under Wright, has found a comfort zone this summer. “Coach Wright was gone with USA Basketball in the summers, so assistants have been running the summer workouts,” explained Neptune. “We aren’t doing anything we haven’t done the last eight or nine years. When the games start, that will be the real test.”

XAVIER

THE SCOOP

Few teams in the country had more of a roller coaster 2021-22 season than Xavier. On Dec. 18, the Musketeers were 11-1, and Zach Freemantle had just returned to the starting lineup. They looked like Villanova’s biggest threat in the Big East. The wheels fell off in February and March, though, as Xavier lost eight of its last ten games and found itself in the NIT. The Musketeers fired head coach Travis Steele after a first-round victory, but, even while losing Paul Scruggs, Xavier won four more games to take home the NIT championship. To cap it all off, Xavier hired arguably the best available coach on the market in Sean Miller, who consistently won at Xavier before leaving for Arizona in 2009. Concerns exist about Miller in the short-term, given the potential NCAA suspension hanging over his head, but pairing a coach with something to prove and a determined roster is a recipe for success.

BEAL LIMITED BY BACK, BUT WIZARDS ROLL PAST PISTONS 120-99

WASHINGTON (AP) Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points, and the Washington Wizards overcame Bradley Beal’s back issues to beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Tuesday night.

Beal was limited to 21:49 because of back tightness, although he was able to return late in the third quarter after missing the entire second. The Wizards actually broke the game open without him and cruised to a lopsided victory.

“It’s always tough to go a stretch without Brad,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “He was able to come back into the game and kind of gave us some life. The changing defenses throughout – last season gave us a lot of problems. I thought we handled it a little better tonight.”

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points for the Wizards, Will Barton contributed 16 and Beal was able to finish with 13.

Beal scored 11 in the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Detroit with 25 points and Cade Cunningham added 19.

The Wizards led 56-49 at halftime and went on a 16-5 run in the third that pushed the lead to 17 points. A 3-pointer by Monte Morris made it 76-59.

Playing against an opponent with nobody taller than 6-foot-9 in the starting lineup, the 7-foot-3 Porzingis had a productive game. He threw down a one-handed alley-oop dunk from Beal in the first quarter and finished 8 of 13 from the field.

After falling behind big in the third, the Pistons were never able to get closer than eight. They had the lead down to nine in the fourth when Beal made a fadeaway jumper while being fouled. The three-point play put Washington up 93-81 with 9:21 remaining.

The Wizards won 10 of their first 13 games last season and have won three of their first four in 2022-23.

DEBUT

Johnny Davis, the Wizards’ first-round draft pick this season, played 2:54 and missed both of his shot attempts. Davis was the No. 10 pick out of Wisconsin. He did not play in any of Washington’s first three games.

Although the Wizards led comfortably for much of the second half, Porzingis would have liked to see his team put the game out of reach earlier.

“Decent win for us – a game that we’re supposed to win and we took care of business,” he said. “Would have been better if we got the lead earlier and not let them stay around in the game. … That way we could give more minutes to the guys that maybe don’t play as many minutes.”

TIP-INS

Pistons: Marvin Bagley III (right knee sprain) did not play. … Isaiah Stewart scored 13 points and Jaden Ivey had 11.

Wizards: Corey Kispert (left ankle sprain) was out. … Beal finished with six assists, extending his career-best streak of games with at least five to 21. … Rui Hachimura scored 10 points. … The Wizards shot 52% from the field. … Unseld said after the game that Delon Wright was dealing with hamstring issues. He played 16:04 and scored five points.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Wizards: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

MURPHY LEADS UNDER-MANNED PELICANS PAST MAVERICKS, 113-111

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Trey Murphy III couldn’t miss, Jose Alvarado set a fiery tone from the opening tip and eight Pelicans players scored more than 10 points apiece.

With Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson out of the lineup, that was the type of all-hands-on-deck effort that short-handed New Orleans sought.

Murphy hit all eight of his shots for 22 points and New Orleans overcame Luka Doncic’s latest prolific performance to beat the Dallas Mavericks 113-111 on Tuesday night.

“It was fun game, man. Everybody was involved – a lot of great energy on the court, a lot of great energy on the bench,” Murphy said. “I love being part of this team because everybody understands it’s a we-score mentality. . We’re just super proud.”

The Pelicans entered the game missing two of their top three scorers in Ingram (concussion protocol) and Williamson (hip bruise), as well as a third starter, Herb Jones (hyperextended knee), who is their top defensive player.

But a laundry list of players looked ready to contribute.

They included Australian rookie and first-round pick Dyson Daniels, who scored his first career points on a jump hook in the second quarter and finished with 11 points in 22 minutes on 4-of-5 shooting.

“They believed in me and I got my opportunity tonight,” Daniels said. “I went out there and took it.

“Obviously we don’t want guys going down, but we’ve got a deep roster,” Daniels continued. “It was good to get out there with the boys and everyone played together, played the right way, played hard.”

Murphy’s production included four 3s and some baskets on the drive, including a soaring dunk in the third quarter and a tip-in with six minutes to go.

Naji Marshall scored 15 points in a spot start. CJ McCollum and Devonte Graham each scored 14 points, with McCollum also assisting on 11 baskets. Jonas Valanciunas and Jose Alvarado each scored 13 and Larry Nance Jr. also scored 11 points.

Doncic scored 37 to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists, but his 3-point attempt at the final horn bounce off the front rim.

“I probably should have gotten a better look, but it’s fine,” Doncic said. “It’s hard with 2 seconds (left) to take a layup … so that’s why I took the (perimeter) shot.”

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points for Dallas and former Pelican Christian Wood scored 23.

“We got comfortable and played down to our competition,” Wood said.

Dallas led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter when Wood’s 3 made it 97-91. New Orleans responded with a 7-0 run capped by McCollum’s step-back jumper from 16 feet to take the lead and the game remained tight from there.

OPENING SALVO

Alvarado had nine of his points in the first 5:43 of the game, helping the Pelicans off to a 40-point first quarter during which they led by as many as 14 points.

“We wanted to be the first one to throw a punch,” said the 6-foot-tall Alvarado, whose scrappy play and aggressive drives to the basket also got the crowd riled up. “Stuff went my way and I got my team going.

Alvarado’s transition layup early in the second quarter gave him 13 points in his first 11 minutes on the court – and put the Pelicans in front 47-31.

“This is what builds a championship team, knowing that you don’t have your main guys out there and winning against a really good team,” Alvarado said. “It builds confidence in the whole team and gets guys rolling.”

The Pelicans led by as many as 16 in the second quarter and were up 64-54 after Valanciunas’ 7-foot floater with about three minutes remaining in the half. But Dallas went on a 10-0 run to tie it on Doncic’s driving floater off the glass.

Nance’s dunk made it 66-64 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. sat out because of a sore right foot. “We will re-evaluate him tomorrow to see how he feels,” coach Jason Kidd said. … Doncic made 16 of 30 shots, but missed 11 of his 13 attempts from 3-point range. … Dallas lost to New Orleans for just the third time in 12 meetings.

Pelicans: Shot 57.9% (44 of 76), including 12 of 27 (44.4%) from 3-point range. … Combined for 25 assists as a team.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Pelicans: At Phoenix on Friday night

GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER’S 33 HELP OKC TOP SHORT-HANDED CLIPPERS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) There was no celebration for the Oklahoma City Thunder after earning their first win of the season in four tries.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points and the Thunder defeated the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 108-94 on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said the players are more concerned with process than results as the young roster evolves. He said his team is “robotic” about feedback.

“We just try to create like, an extremely ruthless consistency with our approach and just trust that if we do that, the guys will improve, the players will grow as they gain experience, things will slow down, their bodies will get stronger,” he said. “And we just trust in that deal.”

The Clippers were without their two biggest stars. Kawhi Leonard sat out to rest his right knee and Paul George missed the game with an illness. Another starter, Marcus Morris, was out for personal reasons. Oklahoma City took advantage by holding the Clippers to 42% shooting.

“I didn’t fault our effort,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought we did some good things, but we’ve just got to continue to keep getting better. When you’re short-handed like that, the small things mean a lot. When you’re missing Kawhi, PG & Marcus, all the small things add up.”

Luke Kennard scored 15 points and Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.

Gilgeous-Alexander played after sitting out Sunday against Minnesota with a bruised left hip. He said he felt pretty good Monday, but felt “extremely good” on Tuesday after treatment. He showed just how good by making 11 of 22 field goals and 9 of 9 free throws with eight assists.

Daigneault said Gilgeous-Alexander has developed a great sense of how to attack defenses.

“I don’t tell him anything, to be honest with you, other than process-oriented stuff. … With guys that have great instincts, you can overcoach them and really mess them up,” Daigneault said. “So I let him make those decisions.”

Tre Mann scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half and Gilgeous-Alexander added 14 to help Oklahoma City take a 49-43 lead at halftime.

The Thunder pulled away for good with a 21-0 run in the third quarter.

“We had that?” Mann said. “That’s crazy.”

Gilgeous-Alexander had eight points and two assists during the surge.

The Clippers didn’t have a player reach double-figure points until Robert Covington made a 3-pointer with 3:20 left in the third quarter to get to 10.

Gilgeous-Alexander attempted 19 shots before taking a 3-pointer. He finally took one, and his bucket from straight away as the third quarter expired gave Oklahoma City an 84-68 lead.

BIG NUMBERS

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31 points through his first three games, but how he’s doing it is as impressive as the total numbers.

He’s shooting 49% from the field and 39% from 3-point range. He’s averaging 6.7 assists. He’s made all 20 of his free throws and has seven steals and five blocks.

He has scored at least 30 points in 12 of his past 16 games going back to last season.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Shot 37.8% from the field in the first half. … Former Thunder player Reggie Jackson scored nine points on 4-for-17 shooting. … Kennard was called for a technical with 3:39 remaining. … Zubac was the only Clippers starter to score in double figures.

Thunder: G Josh Giddey sat out with a sprained right ankle. … Missed their first 10 3-pointers and made just 4 of 30 overall. … G Lu Dort scored four points on 1-for-11 shooting. … Took 110 shots to 83 for Los Angeles and outrebounded the Clippers 60-47. … F Aaron Wiggins had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

The Thunder host the Clippers again on Thursday.

SUNS PUSH PAST WARRIORS FOR 134-105 WIN, THOMPSON EJECTED

PHOENIX (AP) The technical fouls were piling high in the third quarter. So was Devin Booker’s point total and the Phoenix Suns’ lead.

By the time the whistles finally stopped, the Suns were well on their way to 134-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in a game that featured Klay Thompson’s first career ejection and seven technical fouls.

Booker scored 34 points and Deandre Ayton added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

“I thought emotionally, we kept it together when it was starting to get a little squirrelly,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We were able to make enough plays during that time where we could get back to solid.”

Both teams lost their cool at various times during the third quarter, with all of the technical fouls called in less than six minutes. Thompson received two quick technicals and was ejected after having words with Booker, who also received a technical because of the exchange.

At one point during the argument, Thompson held up four fingers to signify the four championships the Warriors have won over the past decade. Those rings didn’t help on Tuesday. The veteran guard finished with two points on 1-for-8 shooting, including 0 of 5 from 3-point range.

It was the five-time All-Star’s first career ejection in 651 regular season games.

“I love Klay Thompson, I have for a really long time,” Booker said. “But that doesn’t excuse us from being competitive and talking to each other. I’ve always admired his game, how he plays on both sides of the ball, and obviously the rings speak for themselves.

“But I’m going to bring it every time.”

Golden State’s Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr, along with Phoenix players Chris Paul and Ayton also were whistled for technicals for various outbursts in the third, with most of that ire directed at the officials.

Said Green: “I’m not one to get into what guys are taking about on the floor. There was chirping on both ends.”

Thompson didn’t speak with the media following the game.

In the midst of the third-quarter chaos, the Suns were playing well and their lead which grew to 19 points by the end of the quarter. Without Thompson, the defending NBA champs were never able to mount a rally and the Suns kept a comfortable lead throughout the fourth.

Booker shot 10 of 19 from the field and 11 of 14 on free throws. The two-time All-Star added seven assists.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 21 points. Jordan Poole scored 17 off the bench. Green added 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kerr said Thompson simply got frustrated, which led to the ejection.

“His shot wasn’t going,” Kerr said. “Some decent looks early didn’t go and I thought he got a little frustrated. I love the competitiveness. Obviously, he took it too far with the ejection, but I love the fire. Klay is an incredible competitor. We need his energy.”

Phoenix used a 13-0 run midway through the first to take a 37-29 lead by the end of the quarter. Paul made a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Suns a 72-66 lead at the break.

Booker scored 16 points in the first half while Ayton had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Poole led the Warriors with 14 first-half points.

The Suns improved to 3-1 for the season while the Warriors fell to 2-2.

“Once we got down, I thought we started jacking shots,” Kerr said. “We stopped moving the ball in the second half. Same thing happened against Sacramento the other night. We kind of lost our way.”

REUNION TIME

Suns backup guard Damion Lee played the Warriors for the first time since he signed with Phoenix during the offseason.

Lee played the previous four seasons with the Warriors, helping them win the title last season. He’s already made a mark with his new team, sinking the game-winning jumper in the season opener against the Mavericks.

Lee finished with five points in 15 minutes on Tuesday.

TIP-INS

Warriors: G Donte DiVincenzo (left hamstring) was not available. He’s averaging five points per game.

Suns: Forwards Ish Wainright (low back pain) and Jae Crowder (not with team) weren’t available. … Shot 60% (9 of 15) from 3-point range during the first half. … Backup center Jock Landale added 17 points on his 27th birthday.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Return home to host the Heat on Thursday.

Suns: Host the Pelicans on Friday.

SKIP SCHUMAKER HIRED AS MANAGER OF MIAMI MARLINS

MIAMI (AP) Skip Schumaker was a candidate to take over as manager of the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets in recent years, only to see those clubs pick someone else.

The Miami Marlins didn’t let him get away.

Schumaker was hired Tuesday by the Marlins to become the 16th manager in franchise history after what the team described as “an extensive process.”

“As we continue to grow as an organization, we felt it was important to find an individual who had been a part of a winning culture,” Marlins general manager Kim Ng said. “Having been a member of two championship teams, along with his reputation for tenacity and getting every ounce out of his ability, Skip will be a tremendous example to our players. His leadership style, teaching skills and attention to detail made him the clear choice as the club’s new manager.”

Schumaker – who played for World Series-winning clubs in St. Louis in 2006 and 2011 – comes to Miami from the Cardinals, with whom he spent this season as the bench coach. Schumaker had been a first-base coach and associate manager for San Diego from 2018 through 2021, then joined the Cardinals’ staff.

“Skip has a long list of distinguished accomplishments as both a player and a coach that showcase the remarkable individual he is as well as the high level of credibility and leadership he will bring to the dugout and the Marlins organization,” Marlins owner Bruce Sherman said. “He has an incredible passion and winning spirit that will set the course for the Marlins franchise.”

The 42-year-old Schumaker takes over for Don Mattingly, who managed the Marlins for seven seasons. Mattingly went 443-587 with Miami, winning the NL Manager of the Year award after leading the Marlins to the playoffs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Mattingly’s contract expired when this season ended, and he and the Marlins’ front office agreed it would be best for both sides not to enter into a new deal.

The Marlins went 69-93 this season, the 12th time they finished with a losing record in the last 13 years. The exception was 2020, when they went 31-29.

The 2022 season for the Marlins started with a bit of a shocker: In February, Hall of Famer Derek Jeter – who had been Miami’s CEO, the first Black person in baseball history to hold that role with a franchise – announced a surprise departure after 4 1/2 mostly unsuccessful years that didn’t come remotely close to matching his success as a player for the New York Yankees.

Now Mattingly, like Jeter a former Yankees captain, departs and Schumaker takes over to lead the next rebuilding effort in Miami. Schumaker inherits a club that has a Cy Young Award hopeful in All-Star ace Sandy Alcantara (14-9, 2.28 this season in an MLB-best 228 2/3 innings). But the Marlins struggled mightily at the plate – their .230 team average ranked 27th out of 30 MLB clubs, and the team was 28th in runs scored.

“I’m very excited and grateful that Bruce, Kim, and the Marlins organization have given me an opportunity to manage a very talented team,” Schumaker said. “Delivering a winning, sustainable culture with the expectation of getting into the postseason is the next step for this organization and South Florida – and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Marlins are the second team to change managers since the regular season ended. Texas hired veteran Bruce Bochy as its skipper last week, and now there are two openings left – Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox.

The NL champion Philadelphia Phillies made a managerial move of sorts, taking the interim tag off Rob Thomson. That move came two days after the Phillies swept St. Louis 2-0 in a wild-card series, which wound up as Schumaker’s farewell with the Cardinals. Also, Toronto reached a three-year deal with John Schneider, who had been the Blue Jays’ interim manager.

Schumaker played in the majors for 11 seasons, mostly with the Cardinals, and now gets his first managerial opportunity with Miami – which shares a spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida, with St. Louis.

Schumaker was a starter for the Cardinals team that won the 2011 World Series. The California native batted .278 in 1,149 games while primarily playing second base and the outfield. He retired in March 2016 while in camp with the Padres on a minor league deal.

KESSEL SETS IRONMAN MARK, SCORES 400TH GOAL IN 4-2 VEGAS WIN

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Phil Kessel celebrated his NHL Ironman record by scoring his 400th career goal and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Kessel broke the record set by Keith Yandle last season when he got the start in his 990th consecutive game since taking the ice for Toronto on Nov. 3, 2009.

He wasn’t done there, getting the first goal of the game to add to his milestone night. He took a pass in transition from Brett Howden and beat James Reimer up high to become the 12th American-born player to score 400 goals.

Kessel nearly reached that mark on Monday before an offsides challenge wiped off his goal against Toronto. There was no question this time.

The Golden Knights made sure it was a celebratory night with goals from Shea Theodore, William Karlsson and Mark Stone in the third period to get the win.

Adin Hill made 29 saves in his first game against San Jose since being traded to Vegas this summer.

The Sharks got goals from Nico Sturm and Matt Nieto in the second period but still lost their eighth straight home game to the Golden Knights. San Jose last won at the Shark Tank against Vegas in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs in 2019, when they rallied from three goals down before winning in overtime.

Reimer made 27 saves for San Jose.

The Golden Knights tied it in the opening minute of the third period when Theodore’s wrist shot from the point went through traffic and beat Reimer.

William Karlsson then deked Erik Karlsson to go in alone on Reimer for the go-ahead goal with 6:47 to play.

Stone added the insurance goal 1:02 later.

IRONMAN TENTURES

Yandle had a short run as the NHL’s Ironman, holding a share of the mark for 272 days since tying Doug Jarvis’ record of 964 consecutive games on Jan. 24.

Jarvis had sole possession of the record for 12,813 days since setting the mark on Dec. 26, 1984.

The Sharks played a video from Yandle congratulating Kessel during a break in the first period, drawing a warm ovation from the crowd of 12,003.

INJURY UPDATES

Sharks F Nick Bonino (upper body) missed his second straight game and is day to day. … There is no timeline for the return of San Jose D Markus Nutivaara, who has been out since training camp with a lower-body injury.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Host Anaheim on Friday night.

Sharks: Host Toronto on Thursday night.

GOSTISBEHERE SCORES 2, COYOTES BEAT BLUE JACKETS 6-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 Tuesday night.

Zack Kassian, Jack McBain, Lawson Crouse and Dylan Guenther also scored for the Coyotes and Clayton Keller had two assists. Connor Ingram stopped 31 shots in his first win this season for Arizona, which won for the second time in its opening six-game road trip.

“One of our big focuses was winning the first 10 minutes,” Ingram said. “Not having to play from behind was huge for my confidence.”

Johnny Gaudreau, Kent Johnson and Andrew Peeke scored for Columbus, which lost for the fifth time in eight games. Daniil Tarasov gave up four goals on 12 shots before being pulled in the second period for Elvis Merzlikins, who finished with five saves.

The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 on the power play to fall to 0 for 20 on the season.

“We didn’t have juice all night for whatever reason in the game,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “It really was from the goalie out. … It just had a bad vibe to it kind of the whole game.”

Gostisbehere put the Coyotes on the board 24 seconds into a Columbus penalty at 9:24 of the first with a wrister from the right circle, his second power-play goal of the season.

Kassian made it 2-0 with 4:08 remaining with a double-tapped wraparound pushed under Tarasov’s left skate.

“We capitalized on our chances, and then we played well defensively,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “Even if they had a shot, we kept them to the outside pretty good in the first two periods and if you looked at the quality scoring chances, we were ahead there too. It was not the volume of shots for us. It was the quality.”

Columbus killed off a 5-on-3 situation in the second period to fire up the crowd, but Gostisbehere settled them down with his second goal of the night at 7:42 to make it 3-0.

Guenther’s power-play goal extended the lead with 4:38 left in the middle period for his seventh point in six games. That was the last shot Tarasov faced as Merzlikins came in and gave up a goal to McBain at 2:10 of the third to make it 5-0.

Gaudreau put Columbus on the board at 6:45 of the third period, scoring off his own rebound in front of the net for his sixth point in seven games.

Johnson got his third goal in three games with 2:36 left, extending his point streak to four games.

Crouse had an empty-netter with 20 seconds left, and Columbus responded 11 seconds later when Peeke scored his second of the season.

LAINE RETURNS

The Blue Jackets welcomed back forward Patrik Laine, who missed six games with an elbow injury suffered in the team’s Oct. 12 opener against Carolina, soon after he scored the club’s first goal. Laine was expected to miss 4-6 weeks but came back after 13 days.

POWERFUL

Gostisbehere’s goal was his fifth power-play point of the season, which ties him for the league lead among defensemen and puts him third among all skaters. Arizona has eight power-play goals in six games.

POWERLESS

The Blue Jackets remain the only team in the NHL without a power-play goal.

INJURY UPDATE

Justin Danforth suffered a torn labrum in the Blue Jackets’ Oct. 22 loss to Pittsburgh. He is expected to undergo surgery Monday and be out for six months. Nick Blankenburg, who suffered an upper-body injury against the New York Rangers Sunday is day-to-day. The Blue Jackets recalled D Gavin Bayreuther, but he was a healthy scratch.

MARKING MILESTONES

Travis Boyd’s assist on Gostisbehere’s goal was the 50th of his NHL career and extended his streak of helpers to three games. Keller’s assist on the same goal extended his point streak to five games, the longest by a Coyotes player this season.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Host Winnipeg in their home opener on Friday night.

Blue Jackets: Host Boston on Friday night.

BRATT SCORES 2, DEVILS HAND WINGS FIRST REGULATION LOSS, 6-2

DETROIT (AP) Jesper Bratt had two goals and an assist as the New Jersey Devils beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Jack Hughes, Dawson Mercer, Yegor Sharangovich and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, and Ryan Graves had two assists. Vitek Vanecek stopped 20 shots to help the Devils rebound from a 6-3 loss at home to Washington on Monday.

“I thought we really bounced back well from last night,” said Bratt, who extended his point streak to seven games, tying a career high. “We weren’t happy at all with the way we played and I felt like we really picked up the intensity as a team. I thought we got a good overall game from everyone out there.”

Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit and Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves. The Red Wings (3-1-2) were the last remaining team without a regulation loss.

“We’ve had a good start (to the season) but this is a huge lesson,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “We are not good enough to have lapses in our game and get away from what makes us successful. You saw that most of the first period and most of the second.”

Larkin scored his fourth goal less than three minutes in to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Mercer tied it with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening period with a shot from the right circle after a Detroit turnover in its zone. Hughes’ goal off a rebound put the Devils ahead less than four minutes later.

Detroit gave up its first power play goal this season when Bratt scored 43 seconds into the second with a shot that deflected off Nedeljkovic’s glove.

Sharangovich’s scored a short-handed goal a little more than four minutes later to push New Jersey’s lead to 4-1.

“We got in really late last night, and it took a couple shifts for us to get going, but I thought our pace was incredible for the second night of back to back games,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “Those guys have been playing some good hockey, so to answer the bell the way we did tonight was fantastic.”

The Wings had 16 giveaways and some proved costly.

“We had a good start and then we kind of let the game turn into a turnover fest,” Larkin said. “That’s the way they want to play. They’re good off the transition. They turn over the puck, too, but they made us pay on our turnovers. We were just sloppy with the puck all night.”

Kubalik scored his fourth goal at 8:17 of the third to pull the Red Wings within two.

Hischier and Bratt scored 49 seconds apart to push to close the scoring with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

New Jersey hadn’t scored more than four goals.

“Obviously, it’s good for the whole group and our confidence,” Bratt said. “Every game, it seems like we’re getting around 40 shots, and obviously it feels good to see guys getting on the scoresheet. That’s going to be huge for us going forward, but we still have to be really good defensively.”

NOTES: Larkin has 22 points in 18 career games against the Devils. … Detroit F Adam Erne, who had an assist, played his 300th career game. … The Devils completed their first back-to-back set this season. They were 3-12-2 last season in the second game of back-to-backs.

UP NEXT

Devils: Host defending champion Colorado on Friday night.

Red Wings: At Boston on Thursday night.

RODRIGUES, GEORGIEV LEAD AVALANCHE PAST RANGERS, 3-2 IN SO

NEW YORK (AP) Evan Rodrigues scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves against his former team as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Rodrigues beat Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin in the fourth round of the tiebreaker before Georgiev denied Alexis Lafreniere’s attempt to seal the victory. Mikko Rantanen also scored in the shootout for Colorado and Artemi Panarin tallied for the Rangers.

“I’m really happy for him,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said of Georgiev. “Every game is a big game. But when you’re coming in against your former team and playing against your former teammates, I think it’s a little added incentive and motivation.”

Georgiev, who played five seasons for the Rangers as a backup, first to Henrik Lundqvist and then to Shesterkin, pumped his fist in exultation and was mobbed by teammates near the blueline after improving to 4-0-1 on the season.

“I was just enjoying the moment,? the soft-spoken Georgiev said.

The 26-year-old Bulgarian-born goalie had 58 wins and eight shutouts for the Rangers before he was traded to the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche in the offseason.

“It doesn’t get much better than that type of shootout win and the building,? Georgiev added. “A lot of great memories. I tried to think about the positives and there were a lot of those.”

Valeri Nichushkin and Logan O’Connor scored in regulation for the Avalanche.

Barclay Goodrow had a goal and an assist and Adam Fox also scored for the Rangers, who have lost three in a row – all at home. Shesterkin finished with 42 saves as Colorado came at the Rangers in waves.

“They played really fast,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said of the Avalanche. “No surprise, the Stanley Cup champions are a quick and fast team.”

O’Connor scored a short-handed goal 59 seconds into the third to put Colorado ahead 2-1 after Shesterkin mishandled the puck to the right of his net. Andrew Cogliano corralled it and passed the puck out to O’Connor, who rifled it in from between the faceoff circles for his first of the season.

Fox tied it for the Rangers with just under 6 minutes left, finishing off a pretty passing sequence with Jimmy Vesey and Goodrow with his first goal of the season.

“It was a good hockey game, exciting for the fans – back and forth with great goaltending,” Gallant added.

Colorado, playing the first of three New York-area games before heading to Finland for two games against Columbus, came out flying against the Rangers.

The Avalanche opened the scoring on the power-play with 8:20 left in the first on Nichushkin’s team-leading seventh goal – fifth on the power-play. Nichushkin tipped a whistling shot by defenseman Cale Makar past Shesterkin for his team-leading 12th point.

The Avalanche dominated the first, outshooting the Rangers 20-11. New York reversed the script in the middle period with a 15-7 shots advantage.

The Rangers finally solved Georgiev with 1:54 left in the second on Goodrow’s second goal – off a cross-ice pass from Jacob Trouba.

Georgiev made his best save 6 minutes into the second, denying a backhand by Lafreniere in the crease with a pad stop. He also stymied Mika Zibanejad on a one-timer during a late second-period power-play and made another glove save on his former teammate at 11:20 of the third.

“I feel like I knew `Georgie’ was going to have a game tonight,? Makar said. “He’s a good goalie but I feel like he was on a completely different planet tonight.”

ANOTHER FAMILIAR FACE

The game also marked the return of former Rangers forward Dryden Hunt, who was claimed on waivers by the Avalanche last week.

STATS

Colorado is now 10 for 20 on the power play this season. … Makar has seven assists in seven games. Avalanche defensemen have 21 points (four goals and 17 assists) in seven games this season.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At New Jersey on Friday night.

Rangers: At the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

GAGA SLONINA INCLUDED IN US PRE-WORLD CUP TRAINING CAMP

CHICAGO (AP) Chelsea-bound goalkeeper Gaga Slonina is among nine players from eliminated teams in Major League Soccer invited to fitness training by the U.S. Soccer Federation ahead of the national team’s World Cup roster announcement on Nov. 9.

Defenders Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman also were invited to the training camp that started Tuesday in Frisco, Texas, along with midfielder Cristian Roldan and forwards Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira and Jordan Morris

The players’ inclusion does not indicate they have earned spots on coach Gregg Berhalter’s 26-man roster. The majority of the roster is expected to be from European clubs, which have matches through Nov. 13.

Slonina has never played for the national team. Matt Turner of Arsenal, Zack Steffen of Middlesbrough, Ethan Horvath of Luton and Sean Johnson of New York City have been the top four goalkeepers in the U.S. player pool. Johnson and Los Angeles midfielder Kellyn Acosta are on teams that have reached this Sunday’s MLS conference finals and hope to be in the championship game on Nov. 5.

Cincinnati forward Brandon Vazquez was not included.

Slonina, 18, debuted for the Chicago Fire in August 2021 and agreed this past August to a contract with Chelsea under which he was loaned to the Fire for the rest of the 2022 MLS season. Slonina missed Chicago’s last two MLS games because of a head injury and has not played a competitive match since Sept. 17.

Morris and Roldan last played on Oct. 9, Long, Moore and Zimmerman on Oct. 15, Yedlin on Oct. 17 and Arriola and Ferreira on Sunday.

Back in the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament, the U.S. opens against Wales on Nov. 21, plays England in a Black Friday matchup four days later and closes group play on Nov. 29 against Iran.

The training camp roster:

Goalkeepers: Gaga Slonina (Chicago)

Defenders: Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (Nashville), DeAndre Yedlin (Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)

Midfielder: Cristian Roldan (Seattle)

Forwards: Paul Arriola (Dallas), Jesus Ferreira (Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle)

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 8 GAME VS. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

OFFENSE

» WR: Alec Pierce, Mike Strachan

» LT: Dennis Kelly, Bernhard Raimann

» LG: Quenton Nelson

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French

» RG: Matt Pryor, Danny Pinter, Will Fries

» RT: Braden Smith

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox

» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods

» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.

» QB: Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles, Matt Ryan

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson

  • The Colts plan to start quarterback Sam Ehlinger for the remainder of the 2022 season, head coach Frank Reich announced on Monday.
  • Quarterback Nick Foles will back up Ehlinger, Reich said. Ryan, who’s dealing with a Grade 2 shoulder separation, will not practice this week and will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Commanders.
  • Wide receiver Parris Campbell set a new career high with 10 receptions on Sunday against the Titans; his 70 yards were one short of tying his career high, too.
  • In his first game since sustaining an ankle injury in Week 4, running back Jonathan Taylor had 17 touches for 85 yards (10 carries, 58 yards; seven catches, 27 yards).
  • Wide receiver Alec Pierce played a career high 62 snaps in Week 7.

DEFENSE

» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Dayo Odeyingbo

» DT: DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Chris Williams

» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II

» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Ben Banogu

» WLB: Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Grant Stuard

» MLB: Shaquille Leonard

» SAM: Zaire Franklin, JoJo Domann

» CB: Brandon Facyson, Dallis Flowers

» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II

» SS: Rodney McLeod Jr., Nick Cross

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Isaiah Rodgers Sr.

  • For the second time in seven games this season, the Colts’ defense did not allow a touchdown in Week 7 against the Titans. The Colts’ defense also accomplished that feat in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos.
  • Defensive tackle Grover Stewart’s 12 tackles against the Titans were a new career high, and were the most by a Colts defensive tackle in a single game since at least 1994.
  • Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue recorded a sack, bringing his season total to 3 1/2 through seven games.
  • Cornerback Kenny Moore II added a sack, too, his first of the season and eighth since 2018, which is second among cornerbacks in that span.
  • With seven tackles, linebacker Zaire Franklin now has 72 on the season, third-most in the NFL behind the Bears’ Roquan Smith (78) and the Seahawks’ Jordyn Brooks (73).

SPECIALISTS

» P: Matt Haack

» PK: Chase McLaughlin

» H: Matt Haack

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers Sr.

» PR: Nyheim Hines

  • Nyheim Hines had punt returns of 11, 12 and 24 yards; those 47 punt return yards were the third-most he’s had in a game in his career.
  • Kicker Chase McLaughlin connected on a 50-yard field goal. It was his fourth from at least 50 yards this season and tied a career high for 50+ yard field goals made through just six games with the Colts in 2022.
  • Special teams snap leaders: E.J. Speed (22), Ben Banogu (17), Tony Brown (17), Nick Cross (17), Grant Stuard (16).

COLTS SIGN P NOLAN COONEY TO PRACTICE SQUAD, RELEASE CB RYAN SMITH FROM PRACTICE SQUAD

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed punter Nolan Cooney to the practice squad and released cornerback Ryan Smith from the practice squad.

Cooney, 6-3, 202 pounds, has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (2022) and New Orleans Saints (2021) but has not seen game action. He was originally signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2021. Collegiately, Cooney played in 36 career games at Syracuse (2016-20) and compiled 74 punts for 3,314 yards (44.8 avg.) with 24 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line. He registered 25 punts of 50-plus yards. Cooney also tallied 22 touchbacks on kickoffs. He earned All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior in 2020.

Smith, 5-11, 189 pounds, was signed to the team’s practice squad on September 27, 2022. He has played in 77 career games (17 starts) in his time with the Colts (2022), Los Angeles Chargers (2021) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016-20) and has totaled 100 tackles (80 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, 12 passes defensed, one interception, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 22 special teams stops. Smith has also appeared in four postseason contests and has tallied one special teams tackle.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS BULLS

The Indiana Pacers (1-3) aim to get back on the winning track Wednesday when they take on the Chicago Bulls (2-2) at the United Center.

Both teams played on Monday, but only the Bulls registered a win.

In the team’s first road game of the season, the Pacers lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 120-106, to start the week.

The 76ers jumped to an 18-point lead by halftime before holding off a late rally by the Pacers to secure its first win of the season.

Guard Tyrese Haliburton led four Pacers in double-figure scoring with 19 points against the 76ers. Haliburton also dished 10 assists to log his third double-double of the season.

Pacers big man Jalen Smith also registered his second double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Rookie standout Bennedict Mathurin struggled early but finished strong in the game, scoring 15 of his season-low 17 total points in the second half for the Blue & Gold.

James Harden, the 2018 NBA MVP, led all scorers with 29 points and Joel Embiid scored 26 for the 76ers, who outscored the Pacers 50-26 in the paint.

Chicago enters the game coming off a big win against the reigning Eastern Conference-champion Boston Celtics (3-1).

In an up-and-down game Monday, the Bulls trailed by 19 in the first quarter but led by 16 at the half. Boston was able to cut the deficit to three points in the third quarter before the Bulls buckled in to hand the Celtics their first loss of the season.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 25 points, center Nikola Vucecic had 18 points and 23 rebounds and Ayo Dosunmu scored 22. In his second game back from injury, Zach LaVine, who was an NBA All-Star along with DeRozan and Vucecic last season, scored 19 points.

Through four games, the Pacers are averaging 117.8 per game but are giving up 121.5. The Bulls are on a scoring clip of 108 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 110 points.

Last season, the Bulls beat the Pacers in three of four games.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Isaiah Jackson

Bulls: G – Zach LaVine, G – Ayo Dosunmu, F – Patrick Williams, F -DeMar Derozan, C -Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report

Pacers: Myles Turner – questionable (sprained left ankle), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee)

Bulls: Lonzo Ball – out (left knee surgery)

Last Meeting

Feb. 4, 2022: Missing seven players, the short-handed Pacers came up short against the Bulls 122-115 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Chicago scored 40 points in the first quarter of the game, but the Pacers closed it to 65-62 by halftime and led 86-85 with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

A 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter put the Bulls up 110-98, and the Pacers weren’t able to mount a comeback from there.

Vucecic scored a season-high 36 points and pulled down 17 rebounds while DeRozan added 31 points for Chicago. LaVine was injured and didn’t play for the Bulls.

Caris LaVert, who was traded three days later to the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored a season-high 42 points for Indiana and Terry Taylor finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Most of the Pacers roster wasn’t available to play in the game.

Goga Bitadze, Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. McConnell, T.J. Warren, Jackson and Turner all missed the game due to injuries while Domantas Sabonis was in health and safety protocols for the Pacers.

Brogdon, Warren and Sabonis are not on this year’s Pacers roster.

In the game, the Bulls shot 54.4 percent but made just six 3-pointers. Indiana shot 49.5 percent and made 12 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Noteworthy

• Chicago and Indiana have split their last 10 meetings, but the Bulls have won four of the last five.

• Chicago finished with a 46-36 record for the 2021-22 regular season, good enough for the No. 6 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls then lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks, who had edged them for the Central Division title, 4-1.

• Pacers forward James Johnson was drafted in the first round (16th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Bulls and spent two seasons with Chicago.

•Chicago leads the all-time series, 102-97.

Tickets

After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>

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)

WIDEMAN NAMED ECHL’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SHREWSBURY, N.J. – Alex Wideman of the Indy Fuel is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for Oct. 21-23. It is the second time in his career that he has received the weekly honor.

Wideman scored two goals and added five assists for seven points in two games during the opening weekend of the season.

The 30-year-old had three points (1g-2a) in a 7-5 win against Fort Wayne on Friday and had four points (1g-3a) in a 5-3 victory at Kalamazoo on Saturday.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Wideman has tallied 211 points (78g-133a) in 246 career ECHL games with Indy, Cincinnati and Evansville while also skating in 24 career American Hockey League games with Binghamton and Rockford. He spent the previous three seasons in Europe, totaling 125 points (38g-87a) in 130 games with teams in Germany, France and Denmark.

Prior to turning pro, Wideman recorded 56 points (24g-32a) in 140 career games at Miami University.

On behalf of Alex Wideman, a case of pucks will be donated to an Indy youth hockey organization by Inglasco, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Inglasco has donated more than 47,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

INDIANA, EVANSVILLE PLAY TO 1-1 DRAW

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer (7-3-5, 3-1-3 B1G) and Evansville (6-3-5, 3-1-2 MVC) played to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday (Oct. 25) at Adar McCutchan Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• 3′ – Sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic carried to the top of the box, passed to redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink on the left wing and found space inside the 18 for the return pass. Mihalic received, turned and finished with his right foot around the keeper towards the back post.

• 14′ – Wittenbrink was inches away when his attempt from just outside the box crashed off the post.

• 43′ – Junior goalkeeper JT Harms made a fingertip save that was just enough to push an attempt wide of goal.

• 54′ – A quick Evansville counter attack from an IU corner found Harms off his line, and senior winger Nkosi Graham got around Indiana’s last man and put it home to equalize.

• 62′ – The ball fell to senior defender Ethan Garvey just outside the 18, and he fired a shot that clanged off the crossbar and behind.

NOTABLES

• Indiana remains undefeated against Evansville in 23 matches going back to 1992. IU moved to 32-4-4 in the all-time series.

• Mihalic scored his sixth goal of the year to tie for the team lead. The sophomore has four goals in his last seven matches and six total goal contributions (goals plus assists) in his last eight.

• Wittenbrink added his sixth assist of the season, bringing his team-best point total to 18.

UP NEXT

Indiana continues its busy week when it welcomes Division III opponent Trine to Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

NAJARIAN, JAGUARS BLANK BELLARMINE IN MIDWEEK SCORELESS DRAW

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team earned a waterlogged, scoreless draw at Bellarmine on a rain soaked Tuesday night (Oct. 25) at BU’s Frazier Stadium. Junior goalkeeper Bryson Najarian collected his first collegiate clean sheet and the IUPUI coaching staff took the non-conference game as an opportunity to divide playing time deeper down the depth chart. Two IUPUI starters, Edgar Correia and Medard Mikobi, missed the contest due to yellow card accumulation and others were held out to nurse lingering injuries.

The end result was a strong defensive performance against a feisty Bellarmine (6-3-5) squad that came in unbeaten in its past seven contests, dating back to mid-September.

“A clean sheet always feels good, especially in these tough conditions,” Najarian said. “We put in a huge effort today against a good team and are looking really good moving into Saturday.”

The game began in a driving rainstorm, making possession and connection tough in the early stages. IUPUI (4-5-6) adjusted more quickly and had the better run of play in the opening half, outshooting Bellarmine 4-1 before the break. All four of IUPUI’s first half shots were nearly identical in result, all missed wide of the right post from distance.

Junior Lukas Hackaa blazed a free kick wide of frame in the fourth minute and Ethan Vermillion bent a shot just outside the post in the 11th minute. In the 17th minute, Hackaa tried the same far post and missed wide and did so again in the 29th minute. Bellarmine’s lone first half shot was a Rikard Cederberg header that skipped off the wet turf and over the bar in the 30th minute.

IUPUI was far less potent offensive after halftime, but no less stingy defensively.

Najarian made a brilliant stop of a Brock Pope attempt in the 50th minute after Pope was left unmarked on a free kick. Bellarmine’s restart went to the far post where Pope volleyed a shot on target, but right into the mitts of Najarian. In the 54th minute, Najarian took away an angled attempt from Jack Fischer, but his third and final save was his best work of the evening. In the 87th minute, BU’s Nolan McGrath had a well placed shot aimed just inside the far post, forcing Najarian to make a sprawling save before then covering the ball to deter any rebound.

Najarian faced eight shots altogether and closed with three saves while BU’s Matthew Brozovich went without a stop in his clean sheet. Hackaa, coming off a three assist game at Oakland over the weekend, led the Jaguars with three shot attempts.

IUPUI will return home to host Purdue Fort Wayne at Grand Park in Westfield at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 29). Admission to that contest will be free of charge.

RUSSO’S HAT TRICK GIVES IRISH 3-2 WIN OVER MICHIGAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Daniel Russo hat trick propelled the Fighting Irish to a thrilling 3-2 win over Michigan at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday evening to close out the home portion of the regular season schedule.

The Irish had to come back twice on the evening to secure the victory, as they scored all three of their goals in the second half.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish created early scoring chances in the opening stages of the match but were unable to find the back of the net.

In the 35th minute Michigan’s Nicholas Kaloukian scored the opener to give the guests a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime intermission.

Notre Dame came out of the break firing and scored the equalizer off a sublime strike from outside the box off the foot of Russo to level the contest at 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Just one minute later the Wolverines managed to reclaim the lead, as Christian Pulselli put the visitors back in front at 2-1.

The Irish continued to push forward, dictating the run of play with possession in Michigan’s final third.

The pressure paid off in the 84th minute. Paddy Burns had a shot blocked and Matthew Roou headed a follow-up effort towards the far post, forcing the Michigan goalie to make a diving stop. The parried effort fell to Russo, whose lunged effort found the back of the net to level the match at 2-2.

Less than two minutes later the Irish found the winner, again coming from Russo. Eno Nto started the buildup with a ball in from the right flank that connected with Roou, who had a sliding shot saved. Russo ran in and poked the ball into the net to complete the comeback and deliver the Irish the 3-2 win.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“I’m really proud of the guys. We knew Michigan was a quality opponent who has probably been unfortunate with their results this season so we knew it was going to be a great match. We were disappointed with ourselves in the first half going into halftime down a goal.

“Credit to the team, they came out and started the half really aggressively. They created a lot of chances and got the goal back. Then, kind of against the run of play, they got a goal off their one shot in the second half. Credit to the team they didn’t stop. Going down 2-1 we had plenty of time to keep going. We talked about being relentless and they turned the word in the action in the second half and did an amazing job to get the result.”

On the team’s resilience…

“Resilience is the word for the second half performance. You want to get stronger every day and they pushed themselves to the limit while still playing with urgency but not desperation. It proved a lot of resilience and took a lot of guts to keep going.”

On Daniel Russo’s hat trick…

“We know he has the quality and he is starting to put it all together. Being around the goal, being aggressive, being active without the ball, he did an amazing job and what a special night for him.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The hat trick is the first of Russo’s career and the first time an Irish player has accomplished the feat since Nto scored three goals against Trine last season.

ND NOTES

The Irish improved to 15-3-4 against Michigan in the all-time series.

Notre Dame outshot the Wolverines 19-6 in the match.

Russo’s three goals give him five on the season, moving him into a tie with Burns for the most goals on the team during the 2022 campaign.

Russo now has 12 goals in his Notre Dame career.

Roou finished with a season-high two assists, matching his career high for most assists in a match.

Wyatt Borso picked up the first assist of his career in the win.

UP NEXT

The Irish travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers in the regular season finale at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 28. The match will be streamed on ACCNX.

IRISH TRAVEL TO NO. 4 LOUISVILLE

The Fighting Irish are back on the road this week as Notre Dame travels to Kentucky to face No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Notre Dame @ Louisville – 8:00 p.m. (ACCN | Live Stats)

SETTING THE STAGE

• Notre Dame heads to Kentucky to face their travel partner, No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday, Oct. 26 for the first time this season.

• The game this week will be broadcasted on ACC Network.

• The Irish’s four game winning streak came to end as they fell to No. 8 Pitt on Friday, Oct. 21 in three sets (10-25, 15-25, 18-25) and Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 23 in three sets (25-27, 19-25, 19-25).

• Junior Hattie Monson has reached the 1,000 career digs mark and will be honored at the home game on Sunday against Duke in Purcell Pavilion prior to the match.

HISTORY VS. Louisville

• This will be the 43rd meeting between the Fighting Irish and Louisville Cardinals with Notre Dame leading overall series 23-19.

• The Irish have lost the last two matchups with the most recent being last year (11.26.21), where the Irish fell in four sets on the road (26-24, 13-25, 23-25, 13-25).

• The last Notre Dame win was on Sept. 25, 2020, as the Irish defeated the Cardinals on the road in three sets (27-25, 25-22, 26-24).

• The longest ND winning streak was from 1986-1992 where the Irish won six straight matches against the Cardinals.

GOODWIN NAMED TO JERRY WEST AWARD WATCH LIST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday the 20 watch-list members for the 2023 Jerry West Award. Named after Class of 1980 Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its ninth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Notre Dame graduate student Dane Goodwin made the Jerry West Award watch list for the first time of his career. He is coming off his best year in an Irish uniform in which he averaged 13.6 ppg. The 2022 Third Team All-ACC honoree was dynamic from three, ranking 13th in the country with a .458 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

In fact, Goodwin was one of just seven players in the nation to average 13.0 ppg, shoot .500 from the field and .450 from three-point range – and one of just two from a power conference. Furthermore, Goodwin averaged 2.0 made three-pointers per game.

“Each of the student-athletes nominated for this honor has emulated Jerry West’s skillset on the court and should be extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our committee, alongside Mr. West, are honored to watch this exceptional group this season.”

Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds, starting Friday, October 28. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2023 Jerry West Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected.

The winner of the 2023 Jerry West Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Bob Cousy Award (Point Guard), Julius Erving Award (Small Forward), Karl Malone Award (Power Forward) and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center), in addition to the Women’s Starting Five.

Previous winners of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award are Johnny Davis, Wisconsin (2022), Chris Duarte, Oregon (2021), Myles Powell, Seton Hall (2020), RJ Barrett, Duke (2019), Carsen Edwards, Purdue (2018), Malik Monk, Kentucky (2017), Buddy Hield, Oklahoma (2016) and D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State (2015).

For more information on the 2023 Jerry West Award and the latest updates, visit hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #WestAward on Twitter and Instagram.

2023 Jerry West Award Candidates*

Nick Smith Jr. Arkansas

Cason Wallace Kentucky

Adam Flagler Baylor

Taevion Kinsey Marshall

Charles Pride Bryant

Isaiah Wong Miami (Fl.)

Tyrese Proctor Duke

Isiaih Mosley Missouri

Malachi Smith Gonzaga

Terquavion Smith NC State

Rasir Bolton Gonzaga

Dane Goodwin Notre Dame

Marcus Sasser Houston

Matt Bradley San Diego State

Terrence Shannon Jr. Illinois

Joseph Girard III Syracuse

Kevin McCullar Jr. Kansas

Santiago Vescovi Tennessee

Antonio Reeves Kentucky

Amari Bailey UCLA

*Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2022-23 season.

MASTODONS TO PLAY FOR #HLWSOC REGULAR SEASON TITLE ON WEDNESDAY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team has a chance to win its first Horizon League regular season championship on Wednesday (Oct. 26) with a game at Cleveland State. The Mastodons need a win on Wednesday and need Milwaukee to either tie or lose at Green Bay.

Game Day Information

Who: Cleveland State Vikings

When: Wednesday, October 26 | 7 PM

Where: Cleveland, Ohio | Krenzler Field

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

Cleveland State is 7-6-3 and 4-4-1 in Horizon League action. The Vikings are riding a two-game win streak coming into this game with wins over Youngstown State and Robert Morris. Kathryn Ramicone is leading the Vikings with six goals this season, which ranks third in the league. Liv Fain and Mollie McGuire have been splitting time at keeper, combining for six shutouts this year.

Series History

Cleveland State leads the all-time series 4-3 with a 2-1 record in Cleveland. The Mastodons’ only win on the Vikings’ home field came in 2005. The ‘Dons’ last win came in the spring of 2021 in Fort Wayne.

Playoff Picture

The Mastodons have clinched a berth to the Horizon League Championship and are now playing for seeding.

The Mastodons will be the No. 1 seed if:

• Mastodons beat Cleveland State AND Milwaukee loses to Green Bay

• Mastodons beat Cleveland State AND Milwaukee draws with Green Bay AND Wright State finishes ahead of IUPUI and Youngstown State

The Mastodons will be the No. 3 seed if:

• Mastodons lose to Cleveland State AND Wright State beats Northern Kentucky AND Oakland loses to or draws with Detroit Mercy

The Mastodons will be the No. 2 seed if:

• Anything occurs other than the above scenarios

Save Your Tears

The Mastodons have the best save percentage in the country at 0.891. Samantha Castaneda is eighth in the country with a save percentage of 0.887.

Smart Attack

Mackenzie Evans and Kelsey Gallagher were named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team on October 25. Gallagher is the first player in program history to be named to two All-Academic teams. Evans has a 4.00 GPA in communication sciences and disorders and Gallagher has a 3.98 in elementary education.

Home Sweet Hefner!

Purdue Fort Wayne finished the regular season with an unbeaten record at the Hefner Soccer Complex, going 6-0-3 in front of its home crowd. The ‘Dons beat Chicago State, Ball State, Southern Indiana, Robert Morris, Northern Kentucky and Green Bay, and tied Bellarmine, IUPUI and Milwaukee. It is the first time in program history that the Mastodons have had an unbeaten record at home in a season.

Shut Down and Shut Out

Purdue Fort Wayne has seven shutouts this season, which is a program-best.

Familiar Faces

Eight Mastodons have started all 17 matches this season: Kelsey Gallagher, Zoe Greenhalge, Bella Reitano, Marisa Metzger, Lizzie Haub, Isabelle Wissel, Samantha Castaneda and Gabrielle Fanning.

These Are Good Things

The Mastodons are in the midst of their best season in program history. The team’s winning percentage of .676 is the best of any season. The Mastodons have clinched at least a tie of their best league finish in program history (2nd), and have guaranteed their fewest losses overall (3, 4 or 5) and in league play (1 or 2).

Record Holder

Gabrielle Fanning became the program’s all-time starts leader at Wright State on October 9 and the all-time games played leader on October 22 at Detroit Mercy. She has 78 starts and 81 games played.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.05 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. This beats out the second-best of 1.68 from Sam Pavlika (2012-14). Her mark of 0.71 GAA this season is the best for a year-long average, topping Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012. Castaneda’s 11 shutouts in her career is also a program-best.

Bench Production

Purdue Fort Wayne’s two leading goal-scorers, Mackenzie Evans and Gigi Ricciardi, have primarily been coming off the bench this season. Evans started in a three-game stretch in early September and Ricciardi made her only career start against Green Bay on October 16. Both Evans and Ricciardi have four goals this season.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne defeated Detroit Mercy 1-0 on the road to clinch a berth to the Horizon League Championship.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will play in its second-straight Horizon League Championship. The ‘Dons’ opponent is still to be determined.

GRAHAM’S SECOND-HALF GOAL LEADS ACES TO RESULT AGAINST INDIANA

EVANSVILLE – For the first time since 1995, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team earned a result against in-state foe Indiana, battling to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Senior winger Nkosi Graham opened his account for the 2022 campaign, scoring in the second half to go along with his team-best four assists on the season. Named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the day, freshman forward Nacho Diaz contributed again to the Aces attack, recording his second assist in as many matches to aid Evansville. In goal, graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni marked his 10th match of the season allowing one goal or less, making a pair of saves in the draw.

Indiana got the scoring started early in the match, finding the back of the net in the third minute on a goal from Tommy Mihalic off an assist from Ryan Wittenbrink. After settling in following the early IU tally, Evansville held possession for much of the following 42 minutes, generating a chance in the 43rd minute off the foot of freshman Tancredi Fadda that was barely tipped off targert by the Hoosiers as the visitors maintained their goal advantage at the break.

The early portions of the second half saw Evansville as the aggressor, but it was IU who recorded the first chance of the second period. Indiana’s Herbert Endeley put a shot on target in the 53rd minute, but Vidizzoni made the save to keep it a one-goal deficit and that would payoff quickly. In the next minute, Evansville quickly moved the ball up the pitch, getting Graham loose and pushing the ball forward. Nacho Diaz played a through bal in the path of Graham and with IU’s keeper well out of goal, Graham dribbled past the keeper and finished into the back of the net to tie the match at one. Not long after the initial goal, Evansville nearly grabbed the lead as senior Ethan Garvey found the ball at his feet with space and attempted a rocket from 40-yards out that dipped and ricocheted off the crossbar and out. The Aces worked a 6-4 advantage in shots in the second half, including four Evansville shots on-goal to just one for the Hoosiers as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Evansville returns to MVC action on Saturday night at 7 PM against UIC in Chicago, Ill.

ETIENNE NAMED OVC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Goalkeeper of the Week. The OVC’s weekly accolades are voted upon by the league’s communications directors.

In two matches last week, Etienne closed out the regular season with two brilliant performances in goal for the Screaming Eagles. Etienne snagged a season-high 12 saves on 13 shots faced in USI’s road match last Thursday at Southeast Missouri State University. The 12 saves were only three off her career-high and moved her into third all-time in USI history for career saves, surpassing 300 stops.

The senior followed that outing by leading USI to a 2-0 home shutout on Sunday against Eastern Illinois University and clinching the Screaming Eagles’ berth into the Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Championship Tournament in their first season in the OVC and as an NCAA Division I program. For Etienne, Sunday’s clean sheet was the 36th of her career, extending her record in program history.

For the regular season, Etienne ranked first in the OVC in goals against average (0.69) and shutouts (7), while second in save percentage (0.864).

The accolade is Etienne’s second goalkeeper of the week honor this season, earning her first in early September after two strong outings at Chicago State University and Purdue Fort Wayne University. Overall, it is Southern Indiana’s third OVC weekly award winner in 2022.

Etienne and the Screaming Eagles will get ready for their first-round matchup in the OVC Championship Tournament against Lindenwood University. Kickoff is Friday at 4 p.m. with the winner of the No. 5/8 seed match taking on No. 4 Southeast Missouri Sunday afternoon. Friday’s match can be seen live with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

FOX TO VISIT OLD STOMPING GROUNDS AS FOOTBALL FACES FLYERS

Valparaiso (4-3, 3-1 PFL)

at Dayton (5-2, 3-1 PFL)

Game #8 Saturday, Oct. 29, Noon CT

Welcome Stadium (11,000) – Dayton, Ohio

This Week in Valpo Football: Landon Fox will be in familiar territory on Saturday as he makes his first return trip to Dayton, where he previously spent over a decade on staff, during his tenure as the head football coach at Valparaiso University. While Fox’s homecoming is part of the storyline, the game itself is the main event, as his team looks to remain among the upper echelon of the Pioneer Football League in a battle of one-loss squads. These two teams are among the five with one loss in league play, and all of them are chasing undefeated St. Thomas, a team that Valpo will host in its next game.

Previously: For the first time since 2006, the Valpo football program went to Morehead, Ky. and experienced a joyous return trip. The Beacons snapped a seven-game road losing skid to Morehead State by pulling out a 40-35 victory over the Eagles. Fifth-year senior captain Kohlton Sherman made two big plays in the closing seconds as Morehead State reached the red zone with a chance to win the game. He had a pass breakup in the end zone with three seconds remaining, and then came up with the game-ending interception in the end zone with all zeros on the clock. Aaron Dawson finished 12 yards shy of a program record with 241 rushing yards on 31 carries including a pair of touchdowns. The team overcame significant adversity to garner the win as each of Valpo’s top two quarterbacks exited the game with injuries.

Series Notes: Valpo ended a long road losing streak to Morehead State last week, and the program will look to do the same this week. Valpo has not won at Dayton since 2003, a season where the Brown & Gold went on to garner a Pioneer Football League championship. The Flyers have won eight straight home matchups with Valpo. The team has not traveled to Dayton since a 53-20 loss in 2018 when Fox was still on the opposite sideline as Dayton’s defensive coordinator. Fox has welcomed his former team to Brown Field twice, a 41-28 loss in 2019 before a 45-28 victory last season. Dayton leads the all-time series 26-4 including a 14-1 record in matchups that have taken place in Ohio.

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will broadcast on Facebook Live with Paul Fritschner and Jared Phillips on the call. In addition, veteran Valpo voice Todd Ickow will provide his hometown radio call alongside Brandon Vickrey on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter.

With a Win at Dayton, Valpo Would…

Snap an eight-game road losing streak to Dayton and garner the program’s first victory at Dayton since 2003.

Win four PFL games in the same season for the third straight year and just the fourth time ever. Prior to the Spring 2021 season, Valpo had won four league games in the same season just once since 1968, with the one instance being 2017.

Improve to 3-0 in PFL road games for the first time ever and own a 3-0 record in league road games for the first time since 1962.

Win three PFL road games in the same season for the first time ever and win three league road games in the same season for the first time since 1962.

Improve to 5-3 and own the program’s best record through eight games since 2003 (also 5-3 through eight games).

Improve to 4-1 in PFL play, the program’s best record through five league games since the league was founded in 1993. Furthermore, this would mark the program’s best record through five league games since 1961, when the team was 4-1 through the first five Indiana Collegiate Conference contests.

Clinch at least a .500 record in PFL play for the third consecutive season. This would be the program’s first such stretch since 1998-2000. Prior to that, Valpo had not had a league record of .500 or better in three straight years since doing so four straight seasons from 1961-1964.

Continue to control its own destiny to win at least a share of the PFL title.

Scouting the Opponent: Dayton was picked to finish fourth in the Pioneer Football League preseason poll. The Flyers lone PFL loss was 31-0 at the hands of Butler, but they own wins over Drake, Marist and Stetson. Veteran head coach Rick Chamberlin is in his 14th season at the helm and his 47th year overall at Dayton including time as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

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

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

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

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

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

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

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

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

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

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

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

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

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

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

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

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

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

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

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BUFFALO BILLS510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
NEW YORK JETS520.7140.51591371-2-04-0-04-2-01-0-04 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS430.5711.51471653-1-01-2-04-2-02-1-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS340.4292.51551461-2-02-2-02-2-00-1-01 L
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS520.7140.02231722-1-03-1-02-2-02-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS430.5711.01641892-2-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS240.3332.51631502-1-00-3-02-3-01-2-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS250.2863.01001152-2-00-3-01-4-00-2-04 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
BALTIMORE RAVENS430.5710.01811612-2-02-1-04-2-02-0-01 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS430.5710.01731322-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-02 W
CLEVELAND BROWNS250.2862.01681861-3-01-2-01-4-01-1-04 L
PITTSBURGH STEELERS250.2862.01071621-2-01-3-01-5-01-1-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TENNESSEE TITANS420.6670.01151282-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS331.5001.01131402-1-01-2-13-3-11-3-11 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS250.2862.51551371-2-01-3-02-2-01-2-04 L
HOUSTON TEXANS141.2502.51061370-1-11-3-01-3-11-0-11 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
NEW YORK GIANTS610.8570.51501303-1-03-0-03-1-00-1-04 W
DALLAS COWBOYS520.7141.51341043-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-01 W
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS340.4293.51251562-2-01-2-02-3-00-2-02 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS430.5710.01831862-1-02-2-02-3-01-1-02 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS330.5000.51041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS340.4291.01451332-1-01-3-03-2-02-0-02 L
ARIZONA CARDINALS340.4291.01561761-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
MINNESOTA VIKINGS510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
GREEN BAY PACKERS340.4292.51281462-2-01-2-02-3-01-1-03 L
CHICAGO BEARS340.4292.51261322-1-01-3-01-4-00-2-01 W
DETROIT LIONS150.1674.01461941-2-00-3-01-4-00-1-04 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS340.4290.01241241-2-02-2-03-2-02-1-02 L
ATLANTA FALCONS340.4290.01631712-1-01-3-02-3-00-2-01 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS250.2861.01241492-3-00-2-02-4-02-0-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS250.2861.01752001-3-01-2-02-4-01-2-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BOSTON31.7501-02-11-03-13-11 L
NEW YORK21.6670.52-00-12-02-12 W
TORONTO22.5001.01-01-20-12-22-21 W
BROOKLYN12.3331.51-10-11-01-01-21 L
PHILADELPHIA13.2502.01-20-10-11-21-31 W
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE201.0001-01-01-02-02 W
CLEVELAND21.6670.51-01-11-02-12-12 W
CHICAGO22.5001.01-11-10-12-22-21 W
INDIANA13.2502.01-20-11-01-21-31 L
DETROIT13.2502.01-00-30-11-31-33 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
WASHINGTON31.7502-01-13-13-11 W
CHARLOTTE21.6670.50-12-01-01-02-11 W
ATLANTA21.6670.52-11-11-12-11 L
MIAMI13.2502.01-31-31-31 L
ORLANDO04.0003.00-10-30-10-40-44 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PORTLAND401.0002-02-01-04-04-04 W
UTAH31.7501.01-02-12-03-13-11 L
DENVER22.5002.01-01-21-22-22-21 L
MINNESOTA22.5002.01-21-02-12-22-21 L
OKLAHOMA CITY13.2503.01-10-20-31-31-31 W
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX31.7502-01-12-03-13-12 W
LA CLIPPERS22.5001.00-12-12-12-22-22 L
GOLDEN STATE22.5001.02-10-12-12-22-21 L
SACRAMENTO03.0002.50-20-10-20-30-33 L
LA LAKERS03.0002.50-20-10-20-30-33 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
SAN ANTONIO31.7500-13-01-03-13 W
MEMPHIS31.7502-01-11-11-13-11 W
NEW ORLEANS31.7501-12-01-01-13-11 W
DALLAS12.3331.51-00-21-11-21-21 L
HOUSTON13.2502.01-10-20-11-11-31 W
 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
BOSTON BRUINS761012530205-0-01-1-06-1-0
FLORIDA PANTHERS74219421212-0-12-2-04-2-1
OTTAWA SENATORS64208425184-0-00-2-04-2-0
BUFFALO SABRES64208423161-1-03-1-04-2-0
DETROIT RED WINGS63128322182-1-11-0-13-1-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS74308419183-1-01-2-04-3-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING73406320231-1-02-3-03-4-0
MONTREAL CANADIENS73406317213-2-00-2-03-4-0
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES64119420141-0-03-1-14-1-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS74219430213-0-01-2-14-2-1
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS64208417142-1-02-1-04-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS74308425243-1-01-2-04-3-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS74308423222-2-02-1-04-3-0
NEW YORK RANGERS73228322232-1-21-1-03-2-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS83506325332-3-01-2-03-5-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS62404219182-2-00-2-02-4-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
DALLAS STARS74219423152-0-02-2-14-2-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE74219325211-1-13-1-04-2-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS64208420173-0-01-2-04-2-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES4310631191-0-02-1-03-1-0
WINNIPEG JETS63306316172-1-01-2-03-3-0
MINNESOTA WILD62315222281-3-01-0-12-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS72415216241-2-11-2-02-4-1
ARIZONA COYOTES62404219292-4-02-4-0
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS862012626163-1-03-1-06-2-0
CALGARY FLAMES651010522174-1-01-0-05-1-0
SEATTLE KRAKEN83328326281-2-12-1-13-3-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS84408328331-2-03-2-04-4-0
EDMONTON OILERS63306322203-3-03-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS92704217270-4-02-3-02-7-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS61413114281-0-00-4-11-4-1
VANCOUVER CANUCKS70522018300-2-00-3-20-5-2

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

Early Pro Rivalry Almost Ends Professional Football

October 26, 1906 – from profootballhof.com The two best teams in professional football were arch rivals the Canton Bulldogs and the Massillon Tigers. That season they played twice splitting the head to head meetings. The second meeting however was for the Ohio League Championship in which the Tigers secured victory. The fierce rivalry caused the two teams to overpay for talent to better themselves against the other and almost caused each club to go broke. That coupled with a betting scandal made pro football in all of Ohio have declining interest from the communities. Learn more about this in our interview with Gregg Ficery and the Massillon Tigers as well as our episode on Joe Carr with Chris Willis.

Deacons largest Upset

October 26, 1946 – Knoxville, Tennessee – They Wake Forest Demon Deacons knocked off the highest-ranked opponent in the football program’s history when they defeated the No. 4 in the nation Tennessee Volunteers 19-6. The website godeacs.com has a great recount of the game. The Wake Forest line was a block of granite against the Tennessee running attack. Bob Leonetti and Ed Royston, guards; Boyd Allen, center; and Sidney Martin, tackle, refused to let the Vol backs loose for any damaging gains. The Deacon forwards also were terrific in rushing Vol passers.

The Deacons scored first in the opening period, and then came back in the third period to register two quick touchdowns to ice the ball game after the Vols had scored their lone marker in the second period to tie the score at 6-6.

12 Sacks !!!

October 26, 1980 -Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland – The visiting St. Louis Cardinals defense got after the Baltimore Colts QB Bert Jones and sacked him an NFL record tying 12 times! According to an f64sports blog post, Card’s defensive end Curtis Greer dropped Jones an unofficial 4-½ times in the contest. It was not the first time had recorded 12 sacks in an NFL game but it was however the first time an NFL defense had sacked the same player 12 times in one game!

Gamecock Comeback

October 26, 2013 – In an unbelievable comeback, the University of South Carolina upset of the 5th ranked University of Missouri 27-24. The Gamecocks found themselves trailing the heavily favored Mizzou squad 17-0 in the fourth quarter. USC quarterback Connor Shaw was banged up and had flu-like symptoms according to an article in the postandcourier.com website, but he spearheaded a fierce comeback surge for South Carolina. Earlier in the week Shaw admitted to having a partial tear in his LCL and a few days prior to kick off he had the flu so head coach Steve Spurrier did not let him start the game and the team took the field with Dylan Thompson under center. After watching Dylan struggle through the first 3 quarters, Spurrier turned Shaw and asked him if he could go and the youngster responded by getting the Gamecocks to tie the Tigers and take the game into overtime. The Carolina victory came in the second OT session when Mizzou tried to tie the score once more, but their kick banged off of the upright to fall away from its mark, allowing the underdog USC team to claim victory.

HOF Birthdays

Joe Guyon

October 26, 1892 – White Earth, Minnesota – Joe Guyon was Jim Thorpe’s teammate at Carlisle and from there he moved on to be an All-American tackle at Georgia Tech in 1918 and also saw a National Championship with the Jackets in 1917. In professional football though according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on the great player, he was a triple threat halfback that played in the NFL for the Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Cowboys, Oorang Indians, the Rock Island Independents and the New York Football Giants. He helped the Giants claim the NFL Championship in 1927. The amazing thing is that he played on all of these teams and accomplished so much in just 8 seasons in the League. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Joe Guyon in the entry class of 1966.

The Passing Innovator, Sid Gillman

October 26, 1911 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Sid Gillman who played college ball at Ohio State was born. In the very first Chicago College All-Star game in 1934 legendary player Bronko Nagurski leveled Gillman and it set Sid’s mind that coaching may be the safer and wiser career option in pro football. Gillman according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is quoted as saying: “The Big plays come from the pass. God bless those runners, because they give you the first down, give you the ball control and keep your defense off of the field, but if you want to ring the cash register, you have to pass.” This summed up the Gillman coaching legacy that lasted for 18 seasons in the AFL and NFL. Sid’s LA and San Diego Chargers offense set the AFL’s offensive centric style of play apart from the 3 yards and cloud of dust mentality of the NFL in the 1960’s. The Chargers even won the 1963 AFL Championship. After the merger Gillman still had success, as he as the AFC’s 1974 Coach of the Year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Sid Gillman in the entry class of 1983

Sam Francis

October 26, 1913 – Dunbar, Nebraska – Sam Francis a fullback from the University of Nebraska came into this world. Francis was a great player, he ended up being the runner up to winning the Heisman Trophy after the 1936 season for his fine play. Earlier in 1936 Sam finished 4th in the Shot put at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Sam Francis was ushered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Francis was the first overall pick in the 1937 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Eagles traded his rights to the Chicago Bears soon after where he played for four seasons. Later he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Brooklyn Dodgers before attending the University of Iowa to go for his masters and also serving in the US Army during World War II.

Jim Weatherall

October 26, 1929 – Graham, Texas – Marked the birth of Oklahoma tackle, Jim Weatherall. Per the biography post on Jim on footballfoundation.org, Weatherall was a consensus All- America in 1950 and a unanimous All-America in 1951. Jim had a nine- year pro career that spanned from 1954 all the way to the 1962 season playing in the CFL with Edmonton, and then the NFL with the likes of Philadelphia, Washington, and Detroit. Jim Weatherall was summoned to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Les Richter

October 26, 1930 – Fresno, California – Les Richter, a former guard, kicker and linebacker from the University of California from 1949 until 1951 was born. The National Football Foundation tells us that Richter was a 6-2, 230-pound bulldozer on offense and an aggressive, single-minded scrimmage line protector on defense. His greatness was recognized with a deluge of awards that began with the team captain and included the Andy Smith Award for most time played, membership in the All-Time All-Pacific Coast Team, East-West Shrine and College All-Star games, a Most Valuable Player citation, Helms Hall of Fame and, best of all, All-America honors by United Press, Associated Press, International News Service and other recognized selectors.  The NFF voted Les Richter into their College Football Hall of Fame in the year 1982.

Tony Casillas

October 26, 1963 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Defensive tackle Tony Casillas that played for the Oklahoma Sooners came into this world. Tony was a big part of the Sooners 1985 National Championship team. The NFF’s website tells us that Tony was a two-time consensus First Team All-America selection and that Casillas became only the second Sooner ever to win the Lombardi Award after the 1985 season, which is given to the nation’s top lineman. In 2004 the National Football Foundation selected Tony Casillas to enter the exclusive club of the College Football Hall of Fame. Tony was picked in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Twice named an All-Pro, he played 13 seasons in the NFL with three different teams and won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

70 – 31 – 18 – 4 – 44 – 23 – 36 – 6 – 16

October 25, 1964 – What many consider the biggest mistake in NFL history, “The Wrong Way Run”, of Minnesota Viking legend Jim Marshall occurred. The defensive star wearing Number 70 ran 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety errantly when he got turned around on what he thought was a scoop and score

October 25, 1973 – The Chicago Cubs traded Number 31, Ferguson Jenkins to the Texas Rangers for third baseman Number 18, Bill Madlock and Number 4, Vic Harris

October 25, 1973 – San Francisco Giants traded Willie McCovey, Number 44 to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell, Number 23

October 25, 1978 – San Diego Padres pitcher Number 36, Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

October 25, 1986 – Did the “Curse of the Bambino” stike again? Trailing 5-3 with 2 out and no one on in bottom of 10th, New York rallied to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, after Number 6, Bill Buckner misplayed a ball

October 25, 1987 – In World Series action the Minnesota Twins beat St Louis Cardinals, 4-2 at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome for 4-3 series win and franchise first in Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Number 16, Frank Viola

TV WEDNESDAY

NBATIME ETTV
ATLANTA AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ORLANDO AT CLEVELAND7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
BROOKLYN AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMESPN
CHARLOTTE AT NEW YORK7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG
PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO7:30PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
SAN ANTONIO AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
INDIANA AT CHICAGO8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
HOUSTON AT UTAH9:00PMATTSN-SW
ATTSN-RM
LA LAKERS AT DENVER10:00PMESPN
SPORTSNET
ALTITUDE
MIAMI AT PORTLAND10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
NY RANGERS AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMTNT
EDMONTON AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
TAMPA BAY AT ANAHEIM10:00PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: INTERNAZIONALE VS VIKTORIA PLZEŇ12:45PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CLUB BRUGGE VS PORTO12:45PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS SPORTING CP3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: BARCELONA VS BAYERN MÜNCHEN3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: AJAX VS LIVERPOOL3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: NAPOLI VS RANGERS3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: BOTAFOGO VS RB BRAGANTINO6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: CORINTHIANS VS FLUMINENSE8:45PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: INTERNACIONAL VS CEARÁ8:45PMPARAMOUNT+