Benton Central63Rensselaer Central56 
Bethesda Christian82Purdue Poly North54 
Bloomington South70Indianapolis HomeSchool31 
Christel House Academy54Victory College Prep53 
Connersville37East Central28 
Guerin Catholic71Indianapolis Washington51 
Indianapolis Attucks85Indianapolis Tindley44 
Indianapolis International86Providence Cristo Rey41 
Kouts58Morgan Twp.44 
Lowell64East Chicago Central56 
Marquette Catholic80Hammond Noll66 
North Daviess50Clay City36 
North White64Winamac51 
Pioneer54North Judson49OT
South Bend Career55Lakeland Christian49 
Trinity Lutheran69Christian Academy51 


Merrillville [14-5] vs. Penn [20-3]
Crown Point [21-1] vs. LaPorte [13-10]
McCutcheon [13-5] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [23-2]
Noblesville [21-4] vs. Homestead [19-5]
North Central (Indianapolis) [24-2] vs. Brownsburg [14-10]
Indianapolis Roncalli [20-4] vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) [18-5]
Bedford North Lawrence [21-2] vs. East Central [19-4]
Franklin [20-2] vs. Castle [14-4]
Lakeland [20-7] vs. Griffith [13-3]
Kankakee Valley [13-10] vs. South Bend Washington [19-5]
Angola [19-5] vs. Norwell [21-5]
Benton Central [14-3] vs. Hamilton Heights [18-1]
Indian Creek [17-6] vs. Tri-West [15-6]
Indianapolis Chatard [16-7] vs. Brownstown Central [19-6]
Rushville [17-8] vs. Washington [19-1]
Silver Creek [21-3] vs. Evansville Memorial [18-4]
North Judson [18-5] vs. Andrean [18-1]
Bluffton [14-10] vs. Fairfield [14-8]
Rochester [12-8] vs. Clinton Prairie [20-2]
Tipton [17-7] vs. Frankton [23-3]
Triton Central [20-3] vs. University [10-3]
Shenandoah [21-3] vs. South Putnam [14-1]
Linton-Stockton [23-1] vs. Forest Park [17-3]
South Ripley [17-5] vs. Eastern (Pekin) [13-9]
Fort Wayne Blackhawk [19-6] vs. Triton [11-11]
Pioneer [21-4] vs. Kouts [17-6]
Tri-Central [15-8] vs. Blue River [21-3]
Clinton Central [12-12] vs. Northfield [19-5]
Southwestern (Shelbyville) [17-7] vs. Bethesda Christian [16-6]
Greenwood Christian [14-6] vs. Bloomfield [12-8]
Lanesville [21-3] vs. Tecumseh [14-6]
Trinity Lutheran [20-4] vs. Loogootee [17-4]


#20 USC 69 Washington 54

Minnesota 71 #24 Purdue 68

Utah 76 California 75

Kansas 97 Iowa State 64

Colorado 69 Stanford 51

Arizona 70 Oregon State 61

Fresno State 69 Air Force 63

Oregon 75 Arizona State 64

Washington State 81 UCLA 73


#1 South Carolina 77 Missouri 62

#3 Louisville 85 Georgia Tech 70

#4 North Carolina State 86 Clemson 65

#12 Michigan 62, Purdue 49

#20 Kentucky 71 #16 Tennessee 56

#17 Gonzaga 79 San Francisco 66

#18 Arkansas 86 Mississippi State 80

Rutgers 70 #21 Northwestern 54

#24 Georgia 74 Auburn 54

UNLV 74 Boise State 62

Virginia Tech 75 Miami, Florida 55

Ole Miss 67 Alabama 62

Wake Forest 64 Pittsburgh 61 OT

Florida 73 LSU 66 OT

Florida State 67 Syracuse 52

Iowa 88 Nebraska 81

Wyoming 68 Utah State 56

Fresno State 62 Air Force 54

BYU 65 Pacific 52


Miami 101 Houston 94

Indiana 111 Detroit 95

Golden State 111 Orlando 105

Portland 118 Philadelphia 114


Pittsburgh 4 NY Islanders 3

Florida 5 Tampa Bay 2

Columbus 6 Chicago 5

Nashville 3 Detroit 2

Edmonton 3 Montréal 0

Winnipeg 5 Ottawa 1

Carolina 5 Dallas 3

Anaheim 1 Vegas 0

Calgary 3 Vancouver 1

Los Angeles 6 San Jose 2


PURDUE MBB: Boilermakers Fall Late at Minnesota 71-68


MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Carr scored 19 points, Gabe Kalscheur added 16 and Minnesota rallied late for a 71-68 victory over No. 24 Purdue on Thursday.

Brandon Johnson scored 15 points and Liam Robbins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota (12-7, 5-7 Big Ten), which trailed by five with 2 minutes to play.

Trevion Williams led Purdue with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Hunter Jr. had 14 points and Zach Edey added 13 for the Boilermakers (13-8, 8-6).

In a sluggish game in which both teams struggled from 3-point range, Minnesota finally got hot in a wild finish.

After Kalscheur buried a pair of 3-pointers, Robbins missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have tied the game with 2 1/2 minutes to play.

At the other end, Purdue’s Mason Gillis spotted up in the corner and buried a 3 for a 64-59 lead. Gillis’ basket snapped a string of 12 straight misses from beyond the arc for the Boilermakers.

However, Robbins responded with a jumper, and after a Purdue turnover, Carr came up with a loose ball and drained a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 64.

After a timeout, Purdue worked the ball inside to Williams, who missed twice but came up with the rebound both times. He was successful on his third attempt, a dunk that gave Purdue a two-point lead with 51 seconds to play.

Carr tied the game again with a pair of free throws. Williams answered with an up-and-under move to beat Robbins for a layup, but Carr rattled in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put Minnesota ahead 69-68 with 14 seconds to play.

On the ensuing possession, Purdue went back to Williams, but he was called for traveling on the baseline. Kalscheur hit two free throws, giving Minnesota a 71-68 lead. Sasha Stefanovich’s last-second 3-pointer came up short.

Williams, who was held to eight points in Purdue’s victory over Northwestern on Saturday, came up huge against Minnesota, especially in the first half, when he scored 13 straight Purdue points in one crucial stretch.

Minnesota surged to an early seven-point lead on the strength of three straight baskets by freshman Jamal Mashburn Jr. But the Gophers missed 10 of their next 12 shots, and the Boilermakers took advantage.

Williams helped launch a 15-2 run with a three-point play and a jumper. Hunter fed Aaron Wheeler for an alley-oop dunk, then knocked down a jumper of his own to give Purdue a 30-24 lead.

MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Host Akron Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU


FRIDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks return home to host Akron at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.

ABOUT AKRON: The Zips enter Friday’s game with an 11-4 overall record and 9-3 Mid-American Conference mark. Akron has won seven of its last eight, including a 72-61 win at Kent State in its last outing last Friday. Earlier last week, the Zips dropped a 91-76 decision at Toledo. Loren Cristian Jackson averages 21.3 ppg to lead the MAC, while Bryan Trimble, Jr. is the other Zip averaging double figures in scoring at 12.3 ppg. Enrique Freeman leads all MAC players on the boards, averaging 9.7 per game. On the season, the Zips lead the MAC in scoring margin (+9.87).

THE SERIES WITH THE ZIPS: Friday marks the 66th meeting between Miami and Akron with the Zips holding a slight 33-32 edge in the series. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 22-12 against Akron. The Zips have won the last four against the RedHawks, including a 75-65 win in Akron on Feb. 22 last year in the last meeting between the teams and an 81-60 win on Jan. 21, 2020 in the last meeting in Oxford. Miami’s last win in the series also was its last win against the Zips in Millett Hall, a 68-61 triumph on Jan. 19, 2019.

TELEVISION: Friday’s game will be televised on ESPNU. Jason Benetti and Dan Dakich will call the action.

RADIO: In its second year of its partnership with Van Wagner, the Miami Sports Network, powered by Pepsi, continues its coverage of Miami Basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana.

SPECIAL UNIFORMS FEATURED AS PART OF CELEBRATING MIAMI: TRIBE & UNIVERSITY GAME: Miami men’s basketball will wear special uniforms as part of its Celebrating Miami: Tribe & University game, which showcases the relationship between Miami and the Myaamia Center. Over the past several years at Miami University, the athletic department has developed a strong partnership with the Myaamia Center, another outcome of the almost 50-year relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. The partnership began with education within Miami athletics and grew as they began to use the Myaamia Heritage Logo (MHL), a design released in 2017 that visually represents the relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University. The Myaamia Heritage Logo is part of the unique uniform design. More information on can be found at

REDHAWKS TO HONOR SENIORS: Prior to its game against Akron on Friday, Miami men’s basketball will honor four seniors: Precious Ayah, Milos Jovic, Benjamin Litteken and Michael Ritchie.

GRANT IS MR. EFFICIENT: Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant is making a strong case to be considered one of the MAC’s most-efficient shooters. He leads the MAC in conference-only games in both three-point field goal percentage (.537) and free-throw percentage (.920). Additionally, he ranks 16th among conference leaders in MAC games in field goal percentage (.467).

COLEMAN-LANDS RANKS 12TH NATIONALLY IN ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO: Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 3.46 assist/turnover ratio with 45 assists to 13 turnovers through 14 games. He leads the MAC and ranks 12th nationally in assist/turnover ratio.

REDHAWKS RANK SECOND IN MAC IN FEWEST TURNOVERS: Averaging 10.47 turnovers per game, Miami ranks second the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 11th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 10 of its 14 games and the same number in one game this season. The RedHawks have had 10 or fewer turnovers in nine of their 15 games, including a season-low four against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11.

BROWN REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Dalonte Brown became the 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club on Jan. 12, 2021. Brown enters Miami’s next game with 1,098 career points and has moved up to 33rd on the list.

MORE ON BROWN: Dalonte Brown played in his 100th career game on Tuesday, Dec. 15 against Buffalo. He made his 100th career start against Toledo on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Entering Miami’s next game, Brown has played in 110 career games and made 103 career starts.

BECK SHINES IN LAST OUTING: Senior forward James Beck came off the bench at Buffalo on Feb. 6 and poured in a career-high 24 points off 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, connecting on a sizzling 71.4 percent of his shots. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot to his line in 25:41 of action.

NOTABLE NUMBERS: Miami put together several notable numbers recently.

Miami shot a season-best 58.7 percent from the floor for the game and was 64.5 percent from the field in the second half vs. BGSU on Jan. 21.

The 96 points by Miami against BGSU were its most since a 119-52 win against Wilberforce on Dec. 30, 2019, and the most against a Division I opponent since a 100-94 double-overtime win at Central Michigan on Jan. 5, 2002.

Miami’s 42 first-half points at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 23 were its most in an opening half this season, while its 55 points in the second half against BGSU were its most in a half in 2020-21.


The RedHawks have had balanced contributions from their starters and their bench. In its 10 MAC game, Miami is getting 32.6 percent of its scoring off the bench while averaging 73.3 ppg.

After averaging 85.75 ppg in the previous four games, Miami found itself in a defensive battle against Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 30, capturing a 65-56 win against the Broncos. The RedHawks have averaged 65.7 points per game in their last three outings.

Miami exceeded 80 points in four straight games from Jan. 19-26, scoring 81 against Ball State, 96 against Bowling Green, 85 at Western Michigan and 81 against Toledo. It was the first time since January 1990 that MU has strung together four-straight games scoring 80 or more points when Miami scored 87 at Ohio (Jan. 3, 1990), 83 against Central Michigan (Jan. 6, 1990), 96 at Bowling Green (Jan. 10, 1990) and 94 against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 13, 1990).

UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for a pair of games next week, beginning with at 7 p.m. game at Toledo on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Miami continues its road stretch at Northern Illinois for a 6 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Feb. 20.

CINCINNATI MBB: Men’s Basketball Returns Home to Face Temple


TEMPLE (4-7, 3-7 AAC)

at  CINCINNATI (5-7, 3-4 AAC)

Friday, Feb. 13 // 7 p.m. ET

Fifth Third Arena // Cincinnati, Ohio

SERIES INFO: 35th Meeting; Cincinnati leads 25-9 overall; Cincinnati leads 10-2 at home;

Cincinnati leads 9-4 in Philadelphia and 6-3 at neutral sites.

LAST MEETING: Cincinnati won 63-60 on Feb. 4, 2021 in Philadelphia

STREAK: Cincinnati – 7

COACHES: John Brannen – second season at Cincinnati (25-17); sixth season overall (107-69)

Aaron McKie – second season at Temple (18-24); second season overall (18-24)

AP/USA TODAY RANKINGS (FEB. 8): Cincinnati (–/–); Temple (–/–)

RADIO: 700 WLW; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Terry Nelson

TV: ESPN+; Matt Noonan provides play-by-play with color analyst Kevin Johnson



Cincinnati plays its first home game in 41 days Friday when it welcomes Temple to Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were schedule to play at Memphis on Thursday and Temple was to play at East Carolina on Thursday and Saturday but COVID-19 protocols prevented those three games from happening.

UC returned from a 25-day layoff due to COVID-19 protocols last Thursday, Feb. 4 when it defeated Temple 63-60 in Philadelphia.

David DeJulius was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins last week. He scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers and three steals at Temple (2/4).

Keith Williams became the 54th member of UC’s 1,000-point club on Sunday at Tulane with a game-high 20 points against the Green Wave.  He ranks among AAC leaders in scoring average (6th at 15.4), steals (T9th at 1.3) and blocked shots (T11th at 0.8).

John Brannen is one of six active coaches in the nation to have won a conference regular-season championship in each of the past three seasons (Northern Kentucky [2018, 2019], Cincinnati [2020]).

In November, CBS Sports named Cincinnati the 10th greatest college basketball program since the advent of the NCAA Tournament in 1939.


Cincinnati (5-7, 3-4 American) plays its first home game since Jan. 2 on Friday when it welcomes Temple to Fifth Third Arena. Tipoff is 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

With a limited roster, the Bearcats posted a pair of wins last week in their first action following a 25-day layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. UC registered wins at Temple (63-60) and at Tulane (64-61). David DeJulius scored a career-high 26 points with four threes against the Owls while Keith Williams tallied 20 points at Tulane.

The Bearcats were supposed to play at Memphis on Thursday but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols with the Tigers.

Temple dropped a 70-67 decision at Wichita State on Sunday. Damian Dunn scored a game-high 22 points, including 12-of-12 shooting from the foul line.

UC owns a 25-9 lead overall in the series with Temple.

UP NEXT: UC plays host to UCF on Sunday. Tipoff is 1 p.m. ET on ESPN+. 


COVID-19 SCHEDULE CHANGES: UC played its first game in 25 days when it visited Temple (2/4) last week. The Bearcats had six games postponed and one other contest rescheduled following their 82-76 loss at Wichita State (1/10).

The Bearcats started a make-shift lineup against the Owls that featured the first career starts for freshman guard Mike Saunders Jr. and sophomore walk-on Rob Banks. UC didn’t have its full roster of players available for either game last week.

UC entered the month of February having played only 10 games for the first time since 1944-45.

The Bearcats haven’t played a home game since a 70-66 loss to Tulsa (1/2) – a span of 41 days.

DEJULIUS NAMED TO AAC WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Junior transfer David DeJulius was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of wins last week.

He poured in a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers and three steals at Temple (2/4) and contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Tulane (2/7).

He also was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 14 after posting 11 points and seven assists at then-No. 12 Tennessee.

DeJulius enters the week ranked among AAC leaders in assists (2nd at 5.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th at 2.4-to-1) for the season.

He nearly recorded a double-double at SMU (1/7), grabbing a career-high nine rebounds and handing out a career-high 12 assists with three turnovers.

The 12 assists were the most by a Bearcat since Steve Logan dished out a school-record 16 assists vs. Coppin State during the 2001-02 campaign. DeJulius becomes only the sixth Bearcat in school history to record 12 or more assists in a game.

WILLIAMS JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Preseason AAC First Team honoree Keith Williams became the 54th member of UC’s 1,000-point club on Sunday at Tulane with a game-high 20 points against the Green Wave. 

He enters Wednesday sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 15.4 points this season. He also ranks among league leaders in steals (T9th at 1.3) and blocked shots (T11th at 0.8).

Williams has scored in double figures in 10 of 12 games this season, including each of the last eight.

Williams was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll following his performance against UCF (12/22). He posted his first career double-double with a team-high 19 points and game-best 10 rebounds against the Knights.

Williams has led the Bearcats in scoring in six of 12 games this season. He scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting with five rebounds against Furman (12/9) and accounted for a team-high 18 points with six rebounds against city-rival Xavier (12/6).

DAVENPORT TRENDING: Sophomore guard Jeremiah Davenport ranks second on the team in scoring over UC’s past nine games, averaging 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent (37 of 83) from the field with a team-best 15 3-pointers. He has scored in double figures in five of the nine contests.

In his first career start against SMU (1/7), he posted his first career double-double, matching a career-high with 18 points and grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds while hitting a trio of 3-pointers.


Temple had won three of its last four league games before suffering a pair of losses last week.

Damian Dunn (14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds), Khalif Battle (11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds) and Jake Forrester (10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds) all average double figures in scoring for the Owls.

Jackson-Davis Earns Spot on Naismith Trophy Midseason Team


ATLANTA – Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team on Thursday. He leads the team with 19.4 points per game and 9.4 rebounds. He has eight doubles on the year, including in three straight games.

Jose AlvaradoSr.GGeorgia TechACC
Charles Bassey Jr.CWestern KentuckyC-USA
Jared ButlerJr.GBaylorBig 12
Marcus CarrJr.GMinnesotaBig Ten
Justin ChampagnieSo.FPittACC
Kofi CockburnSo.CIllinoisBig Ten
Derek CulverJr.FWest Virginia Big 12
Cade CunninghamFr.GOklahoma StateBig 12
Oscar da SilvaSr.FStanfordPac-12
Hunter DickinsonFr.CMichiganBig Ten
Ayo DosunmuJr.GIllinoisBig Ten
Luka Garza Sr.CIowaBig Ten
Collin Gillespie Sr.GVillanovaBIG EAST 
Quentin GrimesJr.GHoustonAAC
Trayce Jackson-DavisSo.FIndianaBig Ten
Herbert JonesSr.F/GAlabamaSEC
Carlik JonesSr.GLouisvilleACC
Corey Kispert Sr.FGonzagaWCC
Cameron KrutwigSr.CLoyola-ChicagoMVC
E.J. LiddellSo.FOhio StateBig Ten
Sandro MamukelashviliSr.FSeton HallBIG EAST 
Mac McClungJr.GTexas TechBig 12
Davion MitchellJr.GBaylorBig 12
Evan MobleyFr.FUSCPac-12
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlSo.FVillanovaBIG EAST 
Jalen SuggsFr.GGonzagaWCC
Cameron ThomasFr.GLSU SEC
Drew TimmeSo.FGonzagaWCC
Trevion WilliamsJr.FPurdueBig Ten
Marcus Zegarowski Jr.GCreighton BIG EAST 



COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore E.J. Liddell has been named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team for Men’s Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday.

“E.J. has earned this prestigious recognition and I am really happy for him,” Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “He is a gifted player and his growth has been impressive. E.J. has been a joy to coach. He understands there is much work ahead of us this season and I know he is committed to working toward daily improvement.”

Liddell, a forward from Belleville, Illinois, leads the Buckeyes in scoring (14.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.8 rpg.) and blocks (24). He is second in steals (14).

The No. 4 Buckeyes (16-4, 10-4) are back in action at noon (ESPN) Saturday against Indiana at Value City Arena in Columbus.

IU VB: Hoosiers Host Weekend Series with No. 1 Badgers


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana volleyball team will welcome No. 1 Wisconsin for two matches at Wilkinson Hall this week.

Indiana at No. 1 Wisconsin

Friday February 12, 2021 • 4:00 p.m. ET

Saturday February 13, 2021 • 4:00 p.m. ET

Wilkinson Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Video: BTN Plus

Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Attendance at 2020-21 volleyball matches will be limited to the immediate family of student-athletes, coaching staff, volleyball personnel and members of the team traveling parties.


• Wisconsin is 6-0 on the season with series sweeps against Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. The Badgers have dropped one set this season, against Illinois.

• Wisconsin ranks second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage at .350 and fourth in the conference in blocking.

• The Badgers are led by three-time AVCA All-American and 2019-20 Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Dana Rettke.

• Rettke, a 6-8 senior middle blocker leads the Big Ten with a .487 hitting percentage and ranks first in the league in blocking at 1.68 blocks per set.

• Wisconsin is coached by Kelly Sheffield, in his eighth season with the Badgers.


• Wisconsin leads the all-time series 53-24 and have won each of the last 10 matches. The last IU win in the series was   Oct. 19, 2012 in Madison.


• IU head coach Steve Aird is in his third season with Indiana volleyball.

• The Hoosiers 2020 class of current freshmen were ranked 15th in the country by PrepVolleyball.Com. It is the highest ranked class in program history and includes eight freshmen.

• In addition to the eight freshmen the Hoosiers add transfer Brooke Westbeld. Westbeld comes from Dayton and will be a senior. In 2018 Westbeld earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors.

• The Hoosiers return just four players that played 17 or more sets in the 2019 season.

• The Indiana 2021 class, announced in November includes three top kids from Indiana and a player current on the Canadian Junior National Team.

• In March, then sophomore Breana Edwards was selected to the US Collegiate National Team – Gold Roster. She would have trained over the summer with the senior national team in their preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but that was canceled.

• Although no fans will be allowed this season, last year the Hoosiers ranked 15th in the country in attendance and set a program record for average attendance.

• The Hoosiers captains for the 2021 season are Brooke Westbeld, Emily Fitzner and Breana Edwards.

• Freshman Tommi Stockham leads the Hoosiers with 83 kills on the season and ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kills at 3.61 per set. Stockham had 26 kills in the Hoosiers five-set win at Iowa on Feb. 6. Stockham earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this week.

• Freshman Leyla Blackwell recorded 13 blocked in the Hoosiers five set win at Iowa, which tied the Indiana program record for blocks in a Big Ten five-set match for a player. Blackwell has 32 blocks on the season and ranks sixth in the Big Ten in blocking at 1.39 blocks per set. Blackwell earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors this week.

• Haley Armstrong has recorded double-digit digs in five straight matches. Armstrong ranks ninth in the Big Ten in digs at 3.74 per set.

• Indiana ranks third in the Big Ten in blocking at 2.57 per set.

• Sophie Oliphant ranks eighth in the Big Ten in aces at 0.47 per set.


Indiana goes back on the round for two matches against Penn State, Feb. 19 and 20. 

PURDUE WBB: Purdue Topped by No. 12 Michigan


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Facing a top-15 opponent, the Purdue women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought contest to No. 12 Michigan on Thursday night at Mackey Arena 62-49.

The Boilermakers (6-10, 3-9) placed a trio of players in double figures, led by Kayana Traylor’s 15 points in her second consecutive complete game. The junior went 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the arc with a pair of assists and a season-high three steals.

Rokia Doumbia made the most of a season-high 29 minutes on the floor with her first game as a Boilermaker in double figures on 10 points from 3-of-4 shooting and a 4-of-6 night at the line to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a career-high three steals. Madison Layden also went for double figures with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Purdue shot 46.2% from the field and went 6-of-14 from behind the arc, with the long ball keeping the Boilermakers within striking distance throughout the second half. The Boilermakers pushed the pace scoring over a quarter of their points on the fast break.

Defensively, Purdue held the Wolverines (11-1, 6-1) to a 38.9% clip from the field, their third-lowest mark this season. Michigan committed a season-high 20 turnovers that led to 12 Purdue points, as the visitors were held 19 points below their season average of 81.4 points per game.

Both teams relied on defense early with a total of four points scored in the opening five minutes, as the two clubs evenly split 16 turnovers in the first quarter. The Wolverines used a four-point swing to take a 12-6 lead after 10 minutes.

In the second, Michigan built the lead up to 11, before Purdue responded from beyond the arc. Layden drained a pair of triples to take her consecutive game streak to 14 games, while Jenelle Grant and Traylor each connected on a trifecta to help Purdue go 4-8 from distance in the second.

Michigan shot 60% from the field over the opening 20 minutes to Purdue’s 39.1% clip to take a 31-24 into the locker room. 

Following a 11-point run out of the break by Michigan, Purdue strung together an 11-0 run of their own. Doumbia tallied seven during the streak, as the Boilermakers dwindled the gap down to seven with 1:35 to play in the third.

The Boilermakers attempts to claw back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth, going 5-of-10 from the field with eight points from Traylor, but the visitors turned four offensive rebounds into six points to fend off any comeback attempt.

The Wolverines were led offensively by Naz Hillmon’s 21 points and 20 points from Leigha Brown in their first game back after a mandatory two-week pause.


• Purdue leads the all-time series against Michigan 53-22 with a 25-9 mark at Mackey Arena.

• Traylor topped double figures for the 12th time this season.

• Purdue was outrebounded by 21, falling on the wrong side of the rebounding battle by at least 20 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

• The Boilermakers totaled 12 steals, two shy of their season high.

• Michigan converted 15 offensive boards into 17 second chance points.

• Purdue managed just one offensive rebound, the fewest since the stat was kept starting in 1985-86.

• After only going to the line once against Illinois, Purdue had 16 free throw attempts.


Purdue will welcome Rutgers to Mackey Arena on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip on Big ten Network+.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: WVB Falls To BGSU in Thursday’s Battle of MAC Leaders


MUNCIE, Ind. – – Sometimes, things do not go your way. Thursday was one of those nights for the Ball State women’s volleyball team which suffered a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) setback to Mid-American Conference leading Bowling Green at Worthen Arena.

Playing without its top defender due to injury, the Cardinals (5-2, 5-2 MAC) had a tough time stopping a talented Falcons (7-0, 7-0 MAC) attack which connected for a .279 (45-14-111) rate of success, the best for a Ball State opponent so far this season.

“Tonight’s performance did not go great,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the match. “I know we are way more capable than that. Nevertheless, I am excited to be back with the group and to get to start battling again. Tonight left a lot of room on the table for us.”

Conversely, the Ball State offense had a tough time scoring against the Falcons who entered the night second in the league behind the Cardinals in opponent attack percentage. BGSU held the Cardinals to a season-low .068 (30-22-117) hitting mark.

Despite the rough night, there were some bright spots for the Cardinals, who were led by eight kills from sophomore opposite Allison Hamaker (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East).

Sophomore middle Marie Plitt (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) added six kills and led the Ball State block with five block assists, while freshman setter Kate Vinson (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown) fell just shy of her third consecutive double-double with 19 assists and nine digs.

Sophomore defensive specialist Chloe Rickenbach (Avon, Ind./Avon) led the Cardinals with 10 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Natalie Risi (Clarkston, Mich./Notre Dame Preparatory) connected for five kills and secured eight digs.

“I am really anxious to see how our team responds tomorrow,” Phillips said. “There’s not one person that can feel good about what we looked like tonight. The fact we get to turn around and have another opportunity to battle Bowling Green again is a bit of a blessing. It was a gut check; and we have the ability to see how we’re going to respond and how we’re going to come back and prove that’s not who we are.”

The Ball State women’s volleyball team will look to rebound tomorrow, with a 5 p.m. first serve against the same Falcons squad at Worthen Arena.

Once again, due to Delaware County Health Department regulations, general attendance is not permitted at Ball State home athletics events. However, fans can still watch tomorrow’s match on ESPN+ courtesy of Ball State Sports Link. Fans can also listen to the match on courtesy of SL Digital Radio.



COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a week off from competition, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is back in action this weekend with a pair of matches against Iowa. The teams will meet in the Covelli Center on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.


Ohio State vs. Iowa | Feb. 12 | 6 p.m. | Covelli Center | Live Stats | BTN+

Ohio State vs. Iowa | Feb. 13 | 5 p.m. | Covelli Center | Live Stats | BTN+


Friday’s contest will serve as Ohio State’s senior night. The Buckeyes will honor Jordan Fry, Becca Mauer, Hannah Gruensfelder and Lauren Witte after the match.


The Buckeyes improved to 4-0 on the year after getting two wins at Michigan State (Jan. 31-Feb. 1). Ohio State swept the first meeting and rallied from a 2-1 deficit to clinch a five-set victory the following night. Emily Londot had a career-high 24 kills, 11 digs and five blocks to open the month of February and averaged 4.50 kills per set during the series. Ohio State is off to its best start in conference play since the 2004 season.


Iowa (1-5) split its series with Indiana last weekend after winning the first contest, 3-1, and dropping the second matchup, 3-2. Courtney Buzzerio is averaging 2.43 kills per set while Bailey Ortega is handing out 5.22 assists per set.


Ohio State has a 64-12 advantage in its all-time series with Iowa, dating back to 1976. The Buckeyes are 32-6 when hosting the Hawkeyes and swept the 2019 home-and-home series.


The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 3 in the Big Ten behind 14.61 digs per set and fourth with 12.17 assists per set. Ohio State has held its opponents to a .153 hitting clip, which ranks fourth, and its 13.39 kills comes in fifth. Individually, Mac Podraza’s 10.06 assists (3rd), Kylie Murr’s 4.00 digs (5th) and Emily Londot’s 3.83 kills (5th) ranks among the conference’s leaders.


Ohio State hosts Penn State on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.


WHO: Notre Dame (10-9-1, 8-7-1-1-2-1 B1G) vs. #5/5 Minnesota (15-5-0,  11-5-0-0-0-0 B1G)

WHEN: Friday, February 12 – 7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, February 13 – 5:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena

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The Fighting Irish carry a season-long, three-game winning streak into this weekend’s series against fifth-ranked Minnesota.

Last weekend, Notre Dame swept Ohio State by scores of 6-1 (Feb. 5) and 8-1 (Feb. 6) marking Notre Dame’s first game with at least eight goals since an 8-2 win at Omaha on Oct. 20, 2018.

Junior forward Alex Steeves had a goal and six assists for a seven-point weekend against the Buckeyes en route to being name the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week (Feb. 9).

Steeves had a goal and three assists in game one of that series and added three assists in game two and he has now recorded at least one point in 15 of Notre Dame’s 20 games and has a five-game point streak (4-6-10).

Dating back to Notre Dame’s game two, 2-1 win at Minnesota on Jan. 16, senior goaltender Dylan St. Cyr has started all seven games and posted a .930 save percentage to go along with a 2.13 goals against average and a 4-3-0 record.

Graham Slaggert has a career-long, five-game point streak (1-7-8).

Landon Slaggert (1-4-5) and Spencer Stastney (3-1-4) have three-game point streaks.

Nick Leivermann has a two-game goal scoring streak (3-1-4).

With 526 career wins, Head Coach Jeff Jackson (Lake Superior State and Notre Dame) enters the weekend tied with George Gwozdecky (Miami and Denver 1989-2013) for 11th all-time in wins, while John MacInnes of Michigan Tech (1956-81) ranks 10th with 555.

Notre Dame is 7-1-0 on the road this season, including series sweeps at then third- ranked Michigan (Nov. 27-28) and at then first-ranked Minnesota (Jan. 15-16) and the Irish penalty kill is 17-for-17 away from home.


Minnesota leads the all-time series 33-24-5 dating back to 1924-25 when the Irish lost 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting.

Notre Dame recognizes its first win over Minnesota in 1926-27 when the Irish shutout their opponent, 2-0, in Minneapolis.

Twenty-nine contests between the two teams have been decided by a single goal, with the Irish narrowly leading that category 16-13.

The teams are playing for a ninth consecutive season.

Before the Irish joined the Big Ten, those meetings largely overlapped with Mario Lucia’s time at Notre Dame from 2012-16 (Mario is the son of former Minnesota head coach Don Lucia – a 1981 Notre Dame graduate/former defenseman).

Earlier this season, the Irish swept then top-ranked Minnesota at 3M Arena by scores of 3-2 and 2-1 on Jan. 15-16.

Graham Slaggert had a goal and assist in the game one win, while Dylan St. Cyr stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the game two victory.

MIAMI HOCKEY: Hockey Set to Host St. Cloud State for Weekend Series


Miami RedHawks (4-14-2) vs.

#6/7 Saint Cloud State Huskies (12-7-0)

Friday, Feb. 12 | 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13 | 5:05 p.m.

Steve “Coach” Cady Arena (Oxford, Ohio)

All-Time Series vs. SCSU: 17-26-4 (Lost last meeting, 2-8, on Jan. 23, 2021)

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OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University ice hockey team continues the 2020-21 season this week as the RedHawks take on Saint Cloud State at home.

ABOUT LAST WEEKEND: Miami continued the regular travel portion of the schedule with a road trip last weekend to take on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The RedHawks were swept on the weekend, with the visitors finding the correct times to capitalize on both nights. Matthew Barbolini scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season on Friday in the third period. The RedHawks offense only saw one goal on Saturday as well, with Casey Gilling getting his second on the season. But, Ludvig Persson kept the game close in net, saving 55 saves in the game, breaking the NCHC record for most saves in a single game. Persson’s 27 saves in the first period alone breaks the Miami record for most saves in a single period, as the old record was held in the Miami record books since 1989.

ABOUT SAINT CLOUD: The Huskies come to Oxford after splitting a home series with the Broncos of Western Michigan by scores of 5-1 and 4-5, respectively. Freshman, and reigning NCHC and NCAA Rookie of the Month Veeti Miettinen, still leads the team in scoring with 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists on the season. Junior defenseman Nick Perbix is second on the team scoring with 17 points on five goals and a team-high 12 assists. The Huskies have seven players with at least five goals on the season, led by Miettinen’s nine. Nolan Walker, Jami Krannila, Easton Brodzinski, and Sam Hentges have seven, while Perbix and Kevin Fitzgerald both have five. SCSU has been averaging 3.32 goals per game, 16th-best in the NCAA. Defensively, St. Cloud State ranks 22nd in the nation and allows 2.68 goals per game. Senior David Hrenak has been the starter in net for SCSU, starting in 13 of the 17 games this season, including one game against the RedHawks this season. He holds a 2.63 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Sophomores Jaxon Castor saw action in the other game against Miami and has a 3-0-0 record, with a .903 save percentage and 2.00 GAA. The power-play unit for the Huskies is one of the best statistically, as SCSU is at 6th nationally on the power play at 24.6 percent (15-for-61). Their penalty kill is also a highlight, as St. Cloud State’s penalty kill also ranks 10th in the nation at 86.1 percent (62-for-72).

QUITE A DEBUT: With sixteen games on the docket so far this season, all seven of the RedHawk rookies saw action in at least one game. Holland, Drazner, Barbolini, Rydqvist, and Cassetti have all scored their first career goals so far this season, and Drazner and Barbolini both have assists to go with their goals. With his .936 save percentage and 2.06 GAA, Persson one of the top-ranked rookie goaltenders in NCAA Division 1 hockey, ranking second among freshmen goaltenders in both statistical categories. Persson was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week for 12/14, 12/21, and 1/4, along with being named December’s Goaltender of the Month for the NCHC.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: After a significant senior class graduation and a bunch of other departures, there are many holes in the Miami lineup, and that’s where the big freshman class comes in. With three forwards, three defenders, and one goaltender, the freshman class for 2020-21 is one of the most geographically diverse classes in Miami history. The rookie class includes:

Hampus Rydqvist: Defender/Gothenburg, Sweden (Maryland Black Bears, NAHL)

Robby Drazner: Defender/Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL)

Michael Holland: Forward/Charlotte, N.C. (Boston Jr. Bruins, NCDC)

Brian Silver: Forward/Lake Bluff, Ill. (Omaha Lancers, USHL)

Dylan Moulton: Defender/Nolensville, Tenn. (Green Bay Gamblers, USHL)

Matthew Barbolini: Forward/Williamsville, N.Y. (Lincoln Stars, USHL)

Ludvig Persson: Goalie/Hindas, Sweden (Lone Star Brahmas, NAHL)

TOUGH COOKIES TO CRACK: With the NCHC sporting four teams ranked in the poll and one more receiving votes, the RedHawks figure to once again play one of the most challenging schedules in the country this season. The league is also already home to the past four national champions, which means its success will come down to how it performs against the nation’s top teams. Last year, the Red & White played 11 games against teams that finished in the top 15 (2-8-1) and 16 against teams that finished in the top 20 (3-11-2). Miami met the #1 and #3 ranked teams in the country in the first week of action. The RedHawks have already seen two victories over ranked teams this season, getting a 1-0 win over #17/RV Omaha on December 12 and a 3-0 shutout victory over #8/7 Denver on December 17.

REWRITING RECORDS: Freshman goaltender Ludvig Persson had a record-breaking day at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, racking up 55 saves in the 3-1 road loss. With 27 saves in the first period alone from the freshman, Persson breaks the Miami single-game record for most saves in a period, which is a record that has been held since 1989 (previously held by Lee Cannon, 11-18-89 vs. Western Michigan). Persson’s 55 total saves in the road game is also a new NCHC record.

HARD WORK, REWARDED: Miami freshman goaltender Ludvig Persson was named to the Mike Richter Award watch list, being one of seven freshmen named to the list. The Mike Richter Award is the award for the nation’s top goaltender and is in the eighth year of existence. Persson, along with forward Matt Barry and defenseman Derek Daschke, was named to the Hobey Baker Fan Vote, where fans can vote for them at among other players from across the NCAA.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE: Of Miami’s 37 goals this season, 14 have come from defensemen (37.8%), with seven different Miami blue liners finding the back of the net already. The 14 goals from RedHawk defensemen are second in the NCHC and are third in the NCAA.

SPECIAL PUCKS FEATURED AS PART OF CELEBRATING MIAMI: TRIBE & UNIVERSITY: Miami hockey will use special pucks as part of its Celebrating Miami: Tribe & University game, which showcases the relationship between Miami and the Myaamia Center. Over the past several years at Miami University, the athletic department has developed a strong partnership with the Myaamia Center, another outcome of the almost 50-year relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. The partnership began with education within Miami athletics and grew as they began to use the Myaamia Heritage Logo (MHL), a design released in 2017 that visually represents the relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University. The Myaamia Heritage Logo is part of the unique uniform design. More information can be found at

BACK BEHIND THE BENCH: Chris Bergeron (Miami ’93) continues his tenure and is on the second season as a head coach. After starting fresh in Oxford, Bergeron and his staff finished the 2019-20 season (his first) with an 8-21-5 overall record. Before returning to Oxford, Bergeron went 171-154-44 in nine seasons as Bowling Green’s head coach, leading the Falcons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990 in his final season in 2018-19. BGSU posted 20 or more victories in Bergeron’s last five seasons at the helm. Before going to Bowling Green, Bergeron spent ten seasons as an assistant coach at Miami and helped the Red & White go an astounding 226-139-37 during his tenure. The RedHawks qualified for six NCAA Tournaments and reached the Frozen Four in Bergeron’s last two seasons as an assistant, including a national runner-up finish in 2009. As a player, Bergeron spent two years as team captain and helped Miami capture its first CCHA title in 1992-93, posting 61 of his 120 career points that season.



he Pacers finally got back in the win column on Thursday night in Detroit, dominating the second half to come away with a 111-95 win over the Pistons (6-19) on the second night of a back-to-back.

The victory was the first for Indiana (13-13) since Feb. 2, snapping a four-game losing streak.

The Pacers ended their skid thanks in large part to a bounce-back performance from Domantas Sabonis. The 6-11 forward looked more like his All-Star self on Thursday, flirting with a triple-double while tallying 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and three steals.

“We just came out with a lot of energy. We knew we had to win this game,” Sabonis said. “A four-game losing streak is not a lot of fun, especially on a team with a bunch of good guys. We just want to play for each other and I feel like today we did that.”

The Pacers got off to another slow start on Thursday, falling into an early 9-2 hole. But they quickly righted the ship by placing a heavy focus on getting to the rim.

Indiana scored 16 of its first 18 points in the paint before T.J. McConnell hit the Blue & Gold’s first 3-pointer of the night to cap a 19-6 Pacers run. Sabonis scored 11 points in the opening frame and his buzzer-beating three gave the visitors a 28-19 lead entering the second quarter.

The Pacers led 40-32 following Jeremy Lamb’s 3-pointer with 7:16 remaining in the first half before the Pistons reeled off nine unanswered points, retaking the lead on Jerami Grant’s triple at 4:39.

That was the first of five lead changes in the closing minutes of the second quarter, but another three from Sabonis in the closing seconds knotted the score at 52 heading into the intermission.

The Pacers surged ahead in the third quarter thanks to a 16-3 run, holding the Pistons without a field goal for six full minutes of game time. Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner led the offensive attack in the frame, with Brogdon scoring 10 points and Turner adding nine points and five rebounds as Indiana took an 82-70 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Blue & Gold quelled any thoughts of a Pistons rally in the final frame. Instead, the Pacers extended their lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, taking a 95-78 advantage thanks to Justin Holiday’s four-point play with 7:44 remaining.

That proved to be more than enough, as the Pacers cruised down the stretch for a much-needed win.

“When they made their runs, the couple runs that they had in that game, we didn’t let them last that long,” Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “I thought we bounced back from some of the lows over the course of the game.”

Brogdon finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Lamb scored 17 points off the bench, going 6-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range, while Turner added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

Josh Jackson led Detroit with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Rookie Isaiah Stewart added 17 points and seven rebounds, while Blake Griffin finished with 16 points and six assists.

The Pacers will now try to secure a winning record on their three-game road trip on Saturday night in Atlanta before returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.



THE 47th ANNUAL IHSAA GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING STATE FINALS February 12-13, 2021 Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, Indianapolis Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 | Preliminaries 12 pm ET | Qualifiers from odd-numbered sectionals 5:30 pm ET | Qualifiers from even-numbered sectionals Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 9 am ET | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals and Finals 3:30 pm ET | Championship and Consolation Finals Advancement The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday morning with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.

Top Seeds 200 Medley Relay: Carmel 1:42.40 200 Freestyle: Kristina Paegle (11) Bloomington South 1:47.74 200 Individual Medley: Devon Kitchel (11) Zionsville 2:00.42 50 Freestyle: Meghan Christman (10) Carmel 22.81 One Meter Diving: Mia Prusiecki (9) Center Grove 504.25 100 Butterfly: Devon Kitchel (11) Zionsville 54.06 100 Freestyle: Kristina Paegle (11) Bloomington South 49.93 500 Freestyle: Mary Catherine Pruitt (12) South Bend St. Joseph 4:50.84 200 Freestyle Relay: Hamilton Southeastern 1:34.34 100 Backstroke: Mya DeWitt (11) Carroll (Fort Wayne) 53.87 100 Breaststroke: Margaret Love (12) Carmel 1:01.60 400 Freestyle Relay: Carmel 3:26.52 Defending State Champions in Field (Individual Events) 200 Freestyle: Gretchen Lueking (11) Carmel 200 IM: Devon Kitchel (11) Zionsville Diving: Morgan Casey (12) Fishers 100 Butterfly: Devon Kitchel (11) Zionsville 100 Freestyle: Kristina Paegle (11) Bloomington South 500 Freestyle: Mary Catherine Pruitt (12) South Bend St. Joseph (two-time defending state champ) 100 Backstroke: Berit Berglund (10) Carmel 100 Breaststroke: Sammy Huff (12) Noblesville



1. East Chicago Central | 9 am CT 
Feeder Regionals: Crown Point, Hobart, Logansport, Penn.

2. New Haven (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 9 am ET  
Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Maconaquah.

3. New Castle | 9 am ET  
Feeder Regionals: Frankfort, Pendleton Heights, Richmond, Southport.

4. Jasper | 10 am ET  
Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Evansville North, Jeffersonville, Mooresville.


No crowds, but Australian Open will continue during lockdown

The Australian Open will be allowed to continue but without crowds for at least five days after the Victoria state government imposed a snap lockdown starting Saturday in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at a quarantine hotel.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday announced a five-day, state-wide lockdown starting a minute before midnight local time, imposing new restrictions that prevent residents from leaving their homes except for work, to shop for essential supplies, care or caregiving, and limited exercise.

Schools will be closed Monday through Wednesday, and there will be no gatherings permitted at homes or for sports events, weddings or religious services. Masks will be required everywhere.

Andrews said the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open could continue “because these people are at their workplace.”

“It will be happening, but there’ll be no one there watching it,” he said.

“I don’t have advice to cancel the event on the basis that it’s unsafe,” he added, saying the latest COVID-19 cases had nothing to do with the tennis quarantine program.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said the only people who will be permitted on site will be the players and their direct support teams, as well as essential staff members not able to work from home.

“The feedback we’ve had from all the players is they just want to get on and play,” he said. “They’ve been playing in a bubble with no crowds for pretty much a year now, so the last five days (with crowds) have been a unique experience for them.”

Serena Williams was in the middle of her third-round win over Anastasia Potapova when the lockdown was announced. She didn’t hear the news until after the match.

“I think it’s good that I didn’t know. . . . It’s going to be a rough few days for I think everyone,” she said. “It’s been really fun to have the crowd back, especially here.”

Grigor Dimitrov, who also advanced to the fourth round on Friday, said he feels fortunate the tournament is going ahead at all.

“I think throughout the past months and everything that has been happening, in a sense I feel like nothing can surprise me,” he said.

Curry goes off again with 10 3s as Warriors hold off Magic

Magic coach Steve Clifford made sure he got a pregame moment with Stephen Curry, who is from Charlotte where Clifford used to work and is friends with the superstar’s father, Dell.

Curry proceeded to go off on Orlando shortly thereafter.

Curry knocked down 10 3-pointers on the way to 40 points and also contributed eight rebounds and five assists, leading the Golden State Warriors past the undermanned Magic 111-105 on Thursday night.

“I just told him he looks great, he looks quick, he looks healthy, he looks like he’s loving it,” Clifford said. “He’s playing as well or better than he was before.”

Curry finished 10 for 19 from deep – even having one taken away by a replay review after the third quarter. The two-time MVP has made at least four 3-pointers in a career-best 13 straight games.

“It is routine, which is the crazy part of it. You just come to expect it,” coach Steve Kerr said. “These 3s that he hits when there’s nothing there offensively and he just uses his dribble to free himself up, not exactly with a ton of space just a few inches of space, then he rises up and you expect every one of them to go in, it’s just crazy.”

Orlando was already missing four key players, then lost guard Frank Mason III to a strained right groin early in the game.

Draymond Green dished out 11 assists as Golden State returned home with a 2-2 record on their road trip through Texas, splitting two-game sets with both the Mavericks and Spurs – with the two losses by a combined seven points.

And how about Curry in the chatter for another MVP?

“How could he not be? He’s other-worldly,” Kerr said.

Curry’s not worried.

“The game speaks for itself,” he said. “I really try not to get distracted by that because it kind of taints the moment. If I do my job, I’ll be there at the end of the season.”

Raptors to keep calling Tampa home for rest of season

The Toronto Raptors aren’t going back to Toronto this season.

Ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada will keep the Raptors in their adopted Tampa, Florida, home for the remainder of the regular season, the team said Thursday.

“It took us a while to get settled in,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Thursday before Toronto played at Boston. “I think to pick up shop and go back and try to re-settle in, kind of like you would at the start of the fall … we’re just kind of getting settled in, we might as well finish it out now.”

The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they’re sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season.

“Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie – we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotiabank Arena family, and all those we are missing back home, and we can’t wait until we can all be together again.”

The decision is hardly unexpected given the state of the pandemic in the U.S. and Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that starting next week any nonessential travelers arriving in Canada by land will need to show a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test or face a fine if they don’t have one.

That wouldn’t be an issue for NBA teams; traveling parties are tested daily, players multiple times a day.

The bigger issue is logistics. The land border already remains closed to nonessential travelers who are not Canadian citizens; Canada requires those entering the country to isolate for 14 days, which wouldn’t be feasible for NBA teams, and the Canadian government has also strongly discouraged nonessential travel for any reason.

Toronto made the move south last fall, knowing Thursday’s decision was a real possibility. The Raptors haven’t played in Toronto since Feb. 28, 2020; they had just finished a five-game trip when last season was suspended for the pandemic on March 11, then went to the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the end of the regular season and the playoffs.

Australian Open: No-look shot in Serena’s win; COVID fan ban

If Serena Williams somehow manages to conjure up another on-the-run, back-to-the-net, no-look, over-the-shoulder shot in her next Australian Open match, a local coronavirus flareup means there won’t be any spectators to react with the appreciative applause and yells that greeted this one.

That’s because while Williams was using that bit of magic Friday to help pull off a comeback victory over an opponent who’s 20 years younger, the head of the Victoria state government was announcing a five-day lockdown in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at a hotel.

Competition at the year’s first Grand Slam tournament will be allowed to continue, but no one can attend as of Saturday.

After the pandemic led to the cancellation of Wimbledon, zero fans at the U.S. Open and only 1,000 a day at the French Open in 2020, the government let Tennis Australia admit up to 30,000 daily, 50% of normal capacity.

But not anymore.

“It’s going to be a rough few days for, I think, everyone. But we’ll hopefully get through it,” Williams said after beating 19-year-old Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (5), 6-2 despite 25 unforced errors in the first set alone. “It’s not ideal. It’s been really fun to have the crowd back, especially here. It’s been really cool. But you know what? At the end of the day, we have to do what’s best. Hopefully it will be all right.”

A year ago, Williams dropped just three games against Potapova in the first round. But then the American was surprised in the third round, her earliest exit in Australia in 14 years.

This time at that stage, Williams – who has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in Australia – fell behind in the opening set, which Potapova served for at 5-3. But the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion double-faulted five times in that game, including twice on set point.

Williams then trailed 5-3 in the tiebreaker. But she took the next four points, the last on a 21-stroke exchange that ended with Potapova putting a forehand into the net.

“I don’t have much experience on those stages. For me, it was an absolutely mental thing. I was over-thinking. I was over-playing. Over-hitting,” said Potapova, who was visited by a trainer in the second set for what she described as pain between her ribs that made it hard to breathe.

Tokyo Olympics: Mori to leave but gender issue remains

 Yoshiro Mori resigned Friday as the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee following sexist comments implying women talk too much.

“As of today I will resign from the president’s position,” he said to open an executive board and council meeting. The board was expected to pick his successor later on Friday.

Mori’s departure comes after more than a week of non-stop criticism about his remarks earlier this month. He initially apologized but refused to step away, which was followed by relentless pressure from television pundits, sponsors, and an on-line petition that drew 150,000 signatures.

But it’s not clear that his resignation will clear the air and return the focus to exactly how Tokyo can hold the Olympics in just over five months in the midst of a pandemic.

The Olympics are to open on July 23, with 11,000 athletes and 4,400 more in the Paralympic a month later. About 80% in recent polls in Japan say they want the Olympics canceled or postponed with clear support about 15%.

Early reports said the 83-year-old Mori had picked 84-year-old Saburo Kawabuchi, the former president of the governing body of Japanese soccer and a former player himself. He played for Japan in the 1964 Olympics.

Kawabuchi is even older than Mori and will raise the issue of why a woman was not appointed. This is the center of the entire debate that Mori triggered over gender inequality in Japan and the absence of women in boardrooms, politics, and sports governance. Women are also largely absence in leadership roles at the organizing committee.

Kawabuchi indicated on Thursday he had been contacted by Mori. But he said later he indicated he might not be the appropriate choice.

Japanese media immediately pointed out there were three qualified women – all athletes and former Olympians and at least a generation younger – who could fill the job.

Kaori Yamaguchi won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in judo. Mikako Kotani won two bronze medals in the 1988 Olympics in synchronized swimming. And Naoko Takahashi was a gold medalist in the marathon in the 2000 Olympics.

Seiko Hashimoto, the current Olympic minister and a former Olympian, has also been mentioned as a candidate.

Buehler, Dodgers avoid arbitration with $8M, 2-year deal

Walker Buehler and the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday, agreeing to an $8 million, two-year contract that would escalate to more than $12.12 million if he starts regularly this year and wins a Cy Young Award.

Buehler gets a $2 million signing bonus, half payable on March 1 and half next Jan. 15, and salaries of $2.75 million this year and $3.25 million in 2022.

His 2022 salary can increase by $3 million to $6.25 million based on starts: by $500,000 each for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28.

Buehler’s 2022 salary would increase by $1,125,000 if he wins the 2021 Cy Young Award or by $625,000 if he is second or third in the 2021 Cy Young voting.

A 26-year-old right-hander, Buehler was the Dodgers’ ace in helping them win their first World Series title since 1988. After going 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 2019, he was 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA over eight starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, then went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four postseason starts.

With the Dodgers trailing Atlanta 3 games to 2 in the NL Championship Series, he pitched six shutout innings as Los Angeles won 3-1 in Game 6.

Buehler allowed one run over six innings to beat Tampa Bay 6-2 in World Series Game 3, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the Series they won in six games.

He was eligible for arbitration for the first time after earning $223,519 in prorated pay last year from a $603,500 salary. Buehler has 2 years, 168 days of major league service and is eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.

MLB season slated to start with Yankees-Jays, Tigers-Indians

The major league season is scheduled to start April 1 with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto and Detroit hosting Cleveland, part of an opening-day schedule of 15 games.

Major League Baseball announced its initial 2021 schedule last July 9 and updated it Thursday with game times. The schedule envisions every team playing its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

Four openers are scheduled to be televised on ESPN, starting with the Tigers-Yankees at 1:05 p.m. (all times EDT). The Los Angeles Dodgers are at Colorado at 4:10 p.m., followed by the New York Mets at Washington at 7:09 p.m. and the Chicago White Sox at the Los Angeles Angels at 10:05 p.m.

Other openers are Cleveland at Detroit at 1:10 p.m.; Baltimore at Boston and Minnesota at Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m.; Pittsburgh at the Chicago Cubs at 2:20 p.m.; Atlanta at Philadelphia at 3:05 p.m.; St. Louis at Cincinnati, Texas at Kansas City, Tampa Bay at Miami and Arizona at San Diego at 4:10 p.m.; and Houston at Oakland and San Francisco at Seattle at 10:10 p.m.

The regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3, with all games scheduled to start close to simultaneously shortly after 3 p.m. EDT.

Among regular season games are Colorado at the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 15 on Jackie Robinson Day; the New York Yankees vs. the Chicago White Sox at Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 12 in the Field of Dreams game, and the Angels vs. Cleveland on Aug. 22 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the Little League Classic.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 13 at Atlanta. The Yankees host Boston in the only game scheduled for July 15, the final day of the All-Star break for most teams.

The Yankees and Mets play each other for the first time on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, at Citi Field.

Players rejected a proposal by teams to delay opening day to April 28 and cut each team’s schedule from 162 games to 154. Spring training workouts are scheduled to start next Wednesday.

Last season was cut to a scheduled 60 games per team because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which caused a delay in opening day from March 26 to July 23. Last year’s revised schedule had teams play only division foes and regional interleague opponent to limit travel: AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West.

MLB tried to have every team play on opening day in 2018, when two games were postponed due to poor weather, and last year, when the pandemic caused the entire schedule to be called off.