BOYS REGIONAL PAIRINGS-SATURDAY
Valparaiso [20-5] vs. South Bend Riley [18-6]
Gary West [20-4] vs. Elkhart [14-11]
Homestead [25-0] vs. Carmel [22-2]
Carroll (Fort Wayne) [18-6] vs. Lafayette Jeff [24-2]
Lawrence North [25-2] vs. Ben Davis [14-11]
Mount Vernon (Fortville) [17-6] vs. Plainfield [23-2]
Bloomington South [23-4] vs. Jeffersonville [15-6]
Center Grove [14-6] vs. Evansville Reitz [16-4]
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
South Bend St. Joseph [19-4] vs. Twin Lakes [21-4]
Hammond [17-1] vs. New Prairie [19-7]
NorthWood [15-8] vs. New Castle [9-15]
Mississinewa [17-8] vs. Leo [21-4]
Northview [17-7] vs. Beech Grove [18-5]
Guerin Catholic [19-3] vs. Greencastle [21-6]
Heritage Hills [19-3] vs. Silver Creek [21-4]
Connersville [17-7] vs. Sullivan [21-3]
Boone Grove [18-6] vs. Bowman Academy [11-12]
Churubusco [21-4] vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk [24-3]
Blackford [23-4] vs. Wapahani [18-7]
Rossville [17-7] vs. Rochester [18-1]
Parke Heritage [24-3] vs. Triton Central [13-8]
Shenandoah [24-3] vs. Covenant Christian [22-4]
Paoli [16-5] vs. Southridge [15-10]
Southwestern (Hanover) [21-5] vs. Linton-Stockton [23-4]
Triton [19-5] vs. Caston [10-15]
Fremont [12-11] vs. Kouts [26-2]
Cowan [15-8] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [8-10]
Seton Catholic [9-9] vs. Southwood [15-10]
Southwestern (Shelbyville) [13-10] vs. Bethesda Christian [18-7]
Indianapolis Tindley [16-9] vs. Shakamak [10-12]
Barr-Reeve [25-2] vs. Trinity Lutheran [12-13]
Lanesville [17-7] vs. Evansville Day [13-5]
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#25 Oklahoma 79 Iowa State 73
Syracuse 89 North Carolina State 68
Wyoming 111 San Jose State 80
Northern Arizona 77 Portland State 66
Georgetown 68 Marquette 49
Miami, Florida 67, Clemson 64
Arizona State 64 Washington State 59
UNLV 80 Air Force 52
Montana 69 Idaho 64
Butler 70 Xavier 69 OT
Minnesota, 51, Northwestern 46
Duke 70 Louisville 56
Kansas State 71 TCU 50
Texas San Antonio 72 Charlotte 62
Utah 98 Washington 95
Fresno State 85 New Mexico 77
Vanderbilt 79 Texas A&M 68
Rice 72 Marshall 68
North Carolina 101 Notre Dame 59
DePaul 70 Providence 62
Penn State 72 Nebraska 66
Florida Atlantic 76 UTEP 70
California 76 Stanford 58
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – THURSDAY
Ball State – Toledo 11:00
Michigan State – Maryland 11:30
Oklahoma State – West Virginia 11:30
Mississippi State – Kentucky 12:00
Temple – South Florida 12:00
Georgetown – Villanova 12:00
Syracuse – Virginia 12:00
Northern Colorado – Southern Utah 1:00
Ohio – Kent State 1:30
Minnesota – Ohio State 2:00
Long Beach State – Cal Santa Barbara 2:00
Kansas State – Baylor 2:30
Vanderbilt – Florida 2:30
Miami, Florida – Georgia Tech 2:30
Arizona State – Oregon 2:30
Wyoming – San Diego State 3:00
Seton Hall – St. John’s 3:00
Alcorn State – Texas Southern 3:00
Tulane – Tulsa 3:00
Miami Ohio – Buffalo 4:00
Montana State – Idaho State 4:00
Bakersfield – UC Davis 5:00
Rider – St. Peter’s 5:00
Nevada – Boise State 5:30
Oregon State – UCLA 5:30
Butler – Creighton 6:00
Morgan State – Florida A&M 6:00
New Orleans – Northwestern State 6:00
Bowling Green – Akron 6:30
Duke – Florida State 6:30
Oklahoma – Kansas 6:30
Indiana – Rutgers 6:30
Texas San Antonio – Western Kentucky 6:30
Rice – Alabama Birmingham 7:00
East Carolina – Central Florida 7:00
Northern Arizona – Eastern Washington 7:00
Georgia – Missouri 7:00
Niagara – Marist 7:30
Seattle – California Baptist 7:30
Cal Poly – UC Irvine 8:00
North Carolina Central – Norfolk State 8:00
Utah – USC 8:30
DePaul – Connecticut 9:00
Utah state – UNLV 9:00
Lamar – Sam Houston 9:00
North Carolina – Virginia Tech 9:00
Penn State – Wisconsin 9:00
Southern – Grambling 9:30
South Carolina – Ole Miss 9:30
Florida Atlantic – Louisiana Tech 9:30
Texas Tech – Texas 9:30
North Texas – Old Dominion 10:00
Montana – Weber State 10:00
Texas Rio Grande – New Mexico State 11:00
Hawaii – UC Riverside 11:00
California – Colorado 11:30
Fresno State – Colorado State 11:30
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#20 S. Florida 51 Tulane 47
Bowling Green 63 Eastern Michigan 47
Nebraska 72 Minnesota 61
Florida International 85 Southern Miss 75
Alabama State 85 Texas Southern 69
Houston Baptist 74 McNeese State 60
Marist 63 Siena 55
Old Dominion 71 N. Texas 66
Davidson 69 St. Bonaventure 61
Buffalo 73 Kent State 66
Northwestern 67 Illinois 42
Jacksonville 55 Kennesaw State 52
UC Davis 61 Cal State Fullerton 54
Rider 62 Quinnipiac 50
North Carolina Wilmington 60 Charleston 47
Abilene 81 Incarnate Word 70
Louisiana Tech 50 Marshall 48
George Washington 62 George Mason 56
Florida Atlantic 72 Alabama Birmingham 66
New Mexico State 56 Seattle 46
Central Michigan 83 Northern Illinois 69
Hawaii 81 Bakersfield 67
Jackson State 70 Mississippi Valley 47
Michigan State 75 Penn State 66
Ohio 61 Ball State 59
Mount St. Mary 77 Fairleigh Dickinson 62
Ohio 61 Ball State 59
Utah Valley 61 Chicago State 43
Wagner’s 70 St. Francis PA 57
UC Irvine 92 UC Santa Barbara 90
Idaho state 65 Northern Colorado 55
Iowa 83 Purdue 72
Central Florida 61 Houston 39
Wyoming 59 Fresno State 56
Grand Canyon 67 Texas Pan-American 54
Cal Poly 61 Long Beach 60
Idaho 80 Montana State 64
Wyoming 59 Fresno State 56
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – THURSDAY
Duquesne – LaSalle 11:00
Nebraska – Maryland 11:00
Hofstra – Towson 11:00
Alcorn State – Southern 12:00
Florida International – Rice 12:00
Iona – St. Peter’s 12:00
Coppin State – Norfolk State 12:00
Houston Baptist – Central Arkansas 12:00
Old Dominion – Charlotte 12:30
Northwestern – Michigan 1:30
North Carolina Central – Morgan State 2:00
Davidson – VCU 2:00
Stetson – Lipscomb 2:00
Jacksonville – Florida Gulf Coast 2:00
North Carolina Wilmington – Delaware 2:30
Manhattan – Fairfield 2:30
Louisiana Tech – Middle Tennessee 3:00
Abilene – Nicholls 3:00
Florida Atlantic – UTEP 3:30
St. Joseph’s – Massachusetts 5:00
Indiana State – Southern Illinois 5:30
American – Boston 6:00
Northeastern – James Madison 6:00
Kansas – TCU 6:00
Gardner Webb – High Point 6:00
Alabama A&M – Grambling 6:30
Michigan State – Indiana 6:30
Lehigh – Bucknell 7:00
Longwood – Campbell 7:00
Bellermine – Liberty 7:00
North Alabama – North Florida 7:00
George Washington – Richmond 8:00
Evansville – Valparaiso 8:30
Iowa – Rutgers 9:00
Kansas State – Texas Tech 9:00
Drexel – Elon 9:30
Central Florida – South Florida 10:00
2021 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket
Thursday, March 11th, 2021 – Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 1 Toledo vs. No. 8 Ball State, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Game 2: No. 4 Kent State vs. No. 5 Ohio, Time TBA* (ESPN+)
Game 3: No. 2 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Miami, Time TBA* (ESPN+)
Game 4: No. 3 Akron vs. No. 6 Bowling Green, Time TBA* (ESPN+)
Friday, March 12th, 2021 – Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA* (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – MAC Championship
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
*Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session
2021 MAC Women’s Tournament Bracket
Friday, March 12th, 2021 – Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 10:00 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA* (ESPN+)
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – MAC Championship
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner
11:00 AM ET (CBS Sports Network)
*Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session
Memphis 127 Washington 112…DESMOND BANE 20PTS, 4REB
Dallas 115 San Antonio 104
Minnesota 4 Vegas 3
Edmonton 7 Ottawa 1
Colorado 2 Arizona 1
Los Angeles 5 Anaheim 1
Montréal 5 Vancouver 1
LA Angels 4 Cleveland 2
Kansas City 9 Cincinnati 3
Oakland 9 Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 7 Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 17 Seattle 5
Colorado 7 San Diego 5
LA Dodgers 3 Arizona 2
Baltimore 4 Toronto 3
Boston 5 Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 6 Detroit 4
Minnesota 6 Tampa Bay 2
Houston 4 Miami 4
NY Yankees 6 Pittsburgh 5
IU MBB: NOTES: Indiana Faces Rutgers Thursday in Big Ten Tournament Opener
Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and will be the No. 10 seed in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament and will face #7 Rutgers in the second round. The winner will play #2 Illinois on Friday night. IU has lost 5 in a row and fell to Rutgers 74-70 in Bloomington on January 24 and 74-63 in New Jersey on February 24.
Indiana (12-14, 7-12 B1G) vs Rutgers (14-10, 10-10 B1G)
Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament
Thursday, March 11 • 6:30 p.m. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium (8,000) • Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 7-5
Last Meeting: RU 74, at IU 63; 2/24/21
COACH ARCHIE MILLER
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 67-57 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 206-120 in 9+ years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.
JACKSON-DAVIS NAMED ALL-AMERICAN, ALL-BIG TEN
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has been named third team All-American by The Sporting News and first team All-Big Ten in a vote by the media and AP and second team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches. He is the first Hoosier to be named All-American and first team All-Big Ten since Yogi Ferrell was honored in 2016. He is the 46th player in IU history to be named an All-American. The Greenwood, Indiana native and former Mr. Indiana Basketball (2019) at Center Grove High School is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.5) and blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6) and minutes played blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2). He also is third in the nation in free throws made (147) and first in attempts (222). He also has had 10 double-doubles this season and 22 in his career. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to post three 25-point, 15 rebound games in his career (Nebraska, at Minnesota, at Florida State. He is a finalist for the Karl Malone Award given to the nation’s top power forward, and the Wooden Award.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers are 5-0 in Indianapolis under Archie Miller and 81-25 overall in the state capitol, including a 68-60 win over Butler in the 2020 Crossroads Classic. In the last game played in the 2020 season, the Hoosiers topped Nebraska, 89-64, in the Big Ten Tournament. IU has played in 5 overtime games this season (2-3), the most since they played 6 in 1998-99. The Hoosiers made 18 of 34 three-pointers (52.9) against Rutgers this year, but still shot 39.3% against them this season. IU held a 23-8 lead in the second meeting this season with 8:42 left in the first half. In the Big Ten Tournament in 2018, the Hoosiers built a 16-point first half lead against the Scarlet Knights before falling. In that game, then-freshman Aljami Durham was 10-for-10 from the free throw line which took place in Madison Square Garden. IU played Gonzaga on December 6, 2008, the first basketball game ever in Lucas Oil Stadium. Gonzaga won, 70-54. IU Coach Archie Miller coached in the second game that day in Lucas Oil Stadium as an assistant at Ohio State when they took on Notre Dame. This is the first game in a domed stadium since playing Kentucky on March 23, 2012 in the Georgia Dome in the 2012 NCAA South Regionals. IU leads the Big Ten in free throw attempts per game at 23.2 and is third in free throws made per game at 15.8 per game. In 3 career games in his hometown of Indianapolis, sophomore Armaan Franklin is averaging 16.7 points and has made 12 of 17 3-pointers.
BUTLER MBB: Butler MBB Open BIG EAST Tournament by Knocking Off Xavier, 70-69, in Overtime
Butler defeated Xavier, 70-69, in overtime Wednesday night in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Bulldogs, seeded tenth, advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals when they will face second-seeded Creighton.
Freshman Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 21 points, all of which came after halftime. His two free throws with three seconds remaining provided to be the final margin.
This is the sixth 20-point game of the season for Harris.
Bryce Golden had a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He added a game-high nine rebounds.
Bryce Nze, whose availability was a game time decision due to a sprained ankle suffered Saturday at Creighton, scored 19 points, including a career-best 4-of-4 from three-point range, in 41 minutes before fouling out. Nze scored 13 of Butler’s 26 first-half points.
Harris, Golden, and Nze combined to score 60 of Butler’s 70 points.
Butler overcame a 19-point deficit to take the win. After Butler took an early 9-7 lead, Xavier went on an extended 25-4 run to take a 32-13 lead with 5:57 remaining in the first half.
That comeback is the largest for the Bulldogs since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double overtime win.
Five of Butler’s 10 wins this season have included overcoming double-figure deficits.
Xavier shot 59 percent (17-29) in the first half in building a 40-26 halftime advantage.
After shooting only 33 percent (10-30) in the first half, Butler shot 54 percent in the second half and went 3-of-6 from the field in overtime. All three of Butler’s overtime baskets were three-pointers.
Butler committed only seven turnovers over the 45 minutes, the team’s ninth game this season with single-digit turnovers.
Xavier won both regular season meetings over Butler.
Thursday’s quarterfinal with Creighton will be a rematch of a Saturday contest in Omaha. The two teams split the regular season series, each winning at home.
Butler is now 10-14 on the season; Xavier falls to 13-8.
NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH SEASON ENDS IN SECOND ROUND OF ACC TOURNAMENT
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Notre Dame’s season came to a close on Wednesday evening in the second round of the ACC Tournament, falling to North Carolina by a final score of 101-59.
Prentiss Hubb and Nate Laszweski each scored 13 points to lead the Irish in scoring and Juwan Durham added 10 on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish trailed by three at 17-14 after the opening eight minutes of action before the Tar Heels reeled off nine straight points to push its advantage to 12 with nine minutes left in the half. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the half with UNC leading 50-36 at the halftime break.
The Irish trailed by 12 at 59-47 with 15 minutes left in regulation and had a possession to cut the deficit to 10 or less but were unable to capitalize. After that it was all North Carolina, who went on to win by a final score of 101-59.
BALL STATE MBB: Tourney Time: Cardinals In Cleveland
The Starting 5 – The Top 5 Storylines For The MAC Tournament
1. TOURNEY TIME
The season’s biggest stage is here. The Cardinals are the No. 8 seed in the MAC Men’s Basketball Championship, where they own an all-time record of 39-32. The Cardinals have won seven tournament titles, the highest number in the league. The last time Ball State was the 8 seed it lost 69-63 in a play-in at Western Michigan. Ball State is 1-8 all-time against the 1 seed, with that win coming over Miami in 1995.
2. STORIED TOURNAMENT TRADITION
Ball State owns a league-best seven MAC tourney titles and nine trips to the final game. BSU is fourth in the conference in all-time tournament wins with 39 (Ohio 41, Kent/Miami 40). Eight times a Cardinal has won the tournament MVP award, by six different players. Bill Gillis won the award in 1992 despite Miami beating Ball State 58-57 in the final.
MAC Basketball Titles By School
1. Ball State 7
T-2. Ohio 6
T-2. Kent State 6
T-4. Miami 4
T-4. Buffalo 4
T-4. Eastern Michigan 4
3. All-MAC CARDINALS
Ishmael El-Amin and K.J. Walton earned All-MAC honors, as announced this week by the conference office. El-Amin, BSU’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, was voted second team All-MAC. He was a third-team honoree last season and second-team in the preseason. K.J. Walton, BSU’s leading rebounder, earned honorable mention honors. Toledo, Ball State’s opponent on Thursday, had the league’s coach (Tod Kowalczyk) and player of the year (Marreon Jackson).
4. THE MATCHUP WITH TOLEDO
The 1 vs. 8 matchup with Toledo is especially intriguing when you consider the two regular season meetings. On Feb. 6 in Muncie, Toledo led 19-3 early before Ball State stormed back and won 81-67 behind 19 points from Jarron Coleman. Last Friday in the regular season finale, it was 38-34 at halftime before Toledo pulled away late to win 89-70. Ball State has won eight of the last 12 against Toledo and the two teams have been the best programs in the west over the last five years when the league had divisions.
5. CARDS AND TOLEDO – THE 100th MEETING
The tournament opener is the 100th meeting between Ball State and Toledo, with UT holding a slight 51-48 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1938. Ball State has won eight of the last 12 and seven of the last 10 over Toledo. UT won 13 of the first 14 meetings but the series has been nearly even since 2000.
Homecoming For Miryne: Miryne Thomas played his high school ball at Cleveland Central Catholic, and was a close friend of Toledo star and MAC Player of the Year Marreon Jackson. Thomas’s high school team defeated Jackson’s Garfield High School on a buzzer beater in Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2017. Thomas says he expects close to 40 friends and family in attendance for the tournament.
Luke As A Playmaker Luke Bumbalough has emerged as a playmaker this season, leading the team in assist-turnover ratio. The sophomore has 64 assists against 23 turnovers this season. In conference play, his ratio is 60 assists vs. 20 turnovers (3 to 1). Bumbalough has 20 assists over the last five games.
BSU & Toledo At A Glance BSU and Toledo have been the top two western schools in the MAC in recent years. Ball State owns a piece of three division crowns recently (2016, 2017, 2020) and Toledo has won the division twice (2018, 2019). Since the 2015-16 year, Ball State is 56-51 in MAC play and UT is 66-43. Top Cards vs. Toledo Here’s a look at how Ishmael El-Amin, K.J. Walton and Jarron Coleman have performed in their careers against Toledo. Ball State and Toledo have split a pair of games each year for the last three seasons:
El-Amin (7 games): 12.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 34-73 FG (.466), 14-33 3FG (.424)
Walton (3 games): 11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 13-34 FG (.382)
Coleman (4 games): 14.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 19-47 FG (.404), 8-27 3FG (.296)
BALL STATE MBB: BSU Guards El-Amin, Walton Nab All-MAC Honors
MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State guards and leading scorers Ishmael El-Amin and K.J. Walton earned All-MAC recognition Wednesday on the eve of the men’s basketball conference tournament in Cleveland.
El-Amin, a senior from Minneapolis, was named to the league’s second team, while sixth-year Indianapolis product K.J. Walton garnered honorable mention accolades. Both players rank in the top 10 in the MAC in scoring, and both surpassed 1,000 career points this season.
El-Amin, who was a third-team selection last year, is scoring a career-best 16.3 points per game to go along with averages of 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals. He went for a career-high 33 points late in the regular season against Central Michigan. El-Amin has started all 22 games this season and all 53 over the past two years in the BSU backcourt.
Walton made a successful return after missing the bulk of the 2019-20 season to injury. He is averaging a career-best 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game after scoring a career-high 32 in the home finale against Eastern Michigan. It was his fifth game with at least 20 points this season. The athletic guard ranks fifth in the MAC in field goal percentage (.539).
The backcourt tandem helped Ball State play its best basketball down the stretch. The Cardinals have won three of their last four, enter the MAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Toledo at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on ESPN+.
Ball State and Toledo split two regular season meetings, with each winning by double digits on its home floor. The winner will advance to face either Kent State or Ohio in Friday’s semifinals.
BALL STATE WBB: WBB’s Brown & Freeman Earn All-MAC Honors
CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the second-straight year, Ball State women’s basketball senior forward Oshlynn Brown and sophomore guard Sydney Freeman have received post-season All-Mid-American Conference accolades as announced Tuesday (March 9) by the league office. Brown was named First Team All-MAC for the second time in her career, while Freeman earned All-MAC Honorable Mention.
Brown has been honored by the league in each of her four years with the Cardinals, starting with being named the MAC’s Sixth Player of the Year following her freshman campaign. As a sophomore, she earned All-MAC Honorable Mention accolades, before being named to the All-MAC First Team the last two seasons.
Brown has made quite an impact over her career with the Cardinals. She recently became the program’s all-time leading rebounder at Northern Illinois(Feb. 24) and enters the 2021 MAC Tournament with 1,084 career rebounds. She hit the 1,000 rebound plateau at Miami (Feb. 13), making her only the second player in program history to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Brown also enters the tournament ranked eighth on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list with 1,473 points, including 385 in the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 campaign. She has tallied 48 double-doubles over her career which ranks third among all active NCAA Division I players, while her 1,084 rebounds are fourth and her 1,473 points are 40th.
This season, Brown collected a career-high 19 rebounds in an overtime win at Ohio (Jan. 13) and a personal best 33 points at home against Miami (Jan. 27).
Freeman earns All-MAC Honorable Mention honors after finishing the regular season ranked third in the league with 111 assists and a 4.8 assists-per-game average. She also ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 point per game. Just the sixth player under Brady Sallee to receive All-Freshman Team honors in 2019-20, Freeman scored a career-high 28 points at Toledo (Feb. 27)which included knocking down six 3-pointers.
Ball State opens play in the 2021 MAC Tournament Wednesday as the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 Ohio in the day’s fourth quarterfinal game at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Tipoff is set to begin 30 minutes following game three.
MIAMI MEN’S BB: RedHawks Face Bulls in MAC Tourney Quarterfinal Thursday
THURSDAY’S GAME: Miami opens its stint in the 2021 Mid-American Conference Tournament facing No. 2 seed Buffalo in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 11. The RedHawks play the third game of the day with the first game tipping off at 11 a.m. and each game following 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game. Miami’s game will be at approximately 4 p.m.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls enter Thursday’s game with a 14-7 overall record and 12-5 Mid-American Conference mark. UB rides a five-game win streak into the tournament and is coming off an 81-67 win against Kent State on Friday. Jeenathan Williams averages a team-leading 17.3 ppg and adds 7.0 rpg. Josh Mballa follows at 15.1 ppg and a team-best 9.9 rpg. Jayvon Graves and Ronaldo Segu follow at 14.6 ppg and 12.7 ppg, respectively. As a team, the Bulls are averaging 82.71 ppg and a +10.0 scoring margin.
THE SERIES WITH THE BULLS: Thursday marks the 51st meeting between Miami and Buffalo with the RedHawks holding a 26-24 lead in the series. When facing the Bulls in the MAC Tournament, Miami is 4-1. UB won both meetings this season, a 90-62 win in Oxford (Dec. 15) and an 88-64 win in Buffalo (Feb. 6). The RedHawks’ last win against the Bulls was in the opening round of last year’s MAC Tournament in Buffalo, 85-79. The last time the teams met in Cleveland for the MAC Tournament was on March 10, 2016 with the Bulls posting a 94-81 quarterfinal win. Miami’s last MAC Tournament win in Cleveland against Buffalo was on March 11, 2010, 73-59, in the quarterfinals.
MAC TOURNAMENT: MIAMI VS. BUFFALO (4-1)
2002 W 71-60 Oxford, Ohio 1st
2008 W 69-68 Cleveland, Ohio 1st
2010 W 73-59 Cleveland, Ohio Q
2016 L 81-94 Cleveland, Ohio Q
2020 W 85-79 Buffalo, N.Y. 1st
UP NEXT: With a win, the RedHawks would advance to meet the winner of the Akron/Bowling Green matchup in the second MAC Tournament semifinal game on Friday, March 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
TELEVISION: Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPN+. Michael Reghi and Dave Bacon 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. The radio broadcast also will be carried via the TuneIn App. Steve Baker and Terry Bridge will call the action. Tune-in to one of Miami’s gameday affiliates:
WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, Ind.)
WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio)
WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, Ohio)
GRANT EARNS ALL-MAC HONORS: Miami sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant was named to the All-MAC Third Team. In MAC play, Grant ranks among conference leaders in scoring (14.53, 14th), free throw percentage (.902, 2nd), three-point field goal percentage (.434, 6th) and made three-pointers per game (2.71, 7th). On the season, Grant ranks among league leaders in scoring (13.73, 18th), three-point field goal percentage (.414, 7th), and made three-pointers per game (2.50, 8th).
REDHAWKS CLINCH SPOT IN MAC TOURNAMENT: Miami secured a spot in the eight-team Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland March 11-13. The RedHawks clinched a berth following a 74-66 win at Western Michigan on Feb. 25.
MIAMI IN THE QUARTERFINALS: This is the 31st time Miami has advanced to the quarterfinal round with the RedHawks posting a 16-13 record in MAC Tourney quarterfinal games. Miami advanced to last year’s quarterfinals before the tournament was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami has advanced to the quarterfinals in four of the last six years, including three of the last four MAC Tournaments.
ROARING 20s: In seven of Miami’s last eight games, four different RedHawks scored 20 or more points.
Junior forward James Beck – career-high 24 points at Buffalo (Feb. 6).
Junior guard Mekhi Lairy – career-high 24 points against Akron (Feb. 12).
Senior forward Dalonte Brown – 21 points at Toledo (Feb. 16).
Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant – 26 points at Northern Illinois (Feb. 20).
Dae Dae Grant – 25 points at Central Michigan on Feb. 23.
Dalonte Brown – 20 points; Mekhi Lairy 20 points at Western Michigan (Feb. 25).
Dalonte Brown – career-high 29 points Bowling Green (Mar. 2).
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 1,212 career points and has moved into a tie for 24th 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 117 career games and made 110 career starts, which ranks seventh among MU career leaders. He is three games away from cracking the career games played list.
ROAD STREAKS: Miami finished the regular season winning four-straight road games. MU captured a 69-64 win at Northern Illinois (Feb. 20), a 96-54 win at Central Michigan (Feb. 23), a 74-66 win at Western Michigan (Feb. 25) and an 84-79 overtime win at Bowling Green on Mar. 2. It is the first time since 2008-09 Miami has won four-straight road games.
WORKING OVERTIME: Miami’s overtime win at Bowling Green on March 2 was its first overtime game since an 84-79 overtime loss at Western Michigan on Feb. 16, 2019. Miami moves to 76-52 in overtime games. Senior forward Dalonte Brown poured in a career high 29 points. Brown was 10-of-18 (.556) from the field, including 5-of-9 (.556) from 3-point range and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. The 29 points are the most scored by a RedHawk this season and Brown’s third 20-point scoring effort. He hauled in 14 rebounds, posting his sixth double-double of the season. Brown scored the go-ahead bucket in overtime and hit two key free throws with four seconds remaining to help ice the overtime game for Miami.
ODDS ‘N ENDS
Senior guard Milos Jovic joined the Century Club on Jan. 30 against Western Michigan, playing in his 100th career game. Entering the RedHawks’ next game, Jovic has played in 108 career games.
With 25 points at Central Michigan on Feb. 23, sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant notched his fifth 20-point scoring effort of the season and now has four of the top five scoring efforts for Miami this season. Grant also scored 28 points at Eastern Michigan (Jan. 23) and 27 points against Bowling Green (Jan. 21) and 26 points at Northern Illinois (Feb. 20).
Redshirt junior guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands has been stingy with turnovers and currently boasts a 2.70 assist/turnover ratio with 64 assists to 25 turnovers through 21 games. He ranks second in the MAC and 30th nationally in assist/turnover ratio.
Averaging 11.0 turnovers per game, Miami ranks second the MAC in fewest turnovers and ranks 24th nationally. Miami has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 13 of its 22 games and the same number in four games this season. The RedHawks have had 10 or fewer turnovers in 12 of their 22 games, including a season-low four against Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11.
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).
The 96 points by Miami against BGSU on Jan. 21 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. The RedHawks also scored 96 points at Central Michigan on Feb. 23.
Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant averaged 21.3 ppg, while shooting a sizzling 57.9 percent from the field and a scorching 63.2 percent from 3-point range and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line as Miami rattled off three wins in five days to earn MAC Player of the Week honors on Jan. 25. Grant set career highs for points (28), field goals (10) and triples (6) against Eastern Michigan that he set in the previous game (27 pts, 9 fg, 5 3-pt fg) against Bowling Green. Grant, who knocked down 12 treys on the week, also was named MAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and the Lou Henson National Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com.
FEBRUARY 23 HIGHLIGHTS
Miami set a program record for three-pointers in a game with 18 at CMU, eclipsing the previous record of 17 against Midway on Nov. 29, 2017. Six different RedHawks contributed to the record.
Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant led all players with 25 points, including a 7-for-12 effort from three-point range. His seven treys tie for eighth among all-time Miami leaders in a single game.
The 96 points against the Chippewas match the season-best scoring effort the RedHawks had earlier this season against Bowling Green on Jan. 21.
The 58 first-half points for the RedHawks were their most in a half this season, besting a 55-point second-half effort against Bowling Green on Jan. 21.
Miami shot 52.1 percent from the floor and 51.4 percent from three-point range for the game. The RedHawks shot 61.1 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from three-point range in the opening half.
The 42-point win for the RedHawks in their 96-54 triumph at Central Michigan on Feb. 23 ties for the 19th-largest margin in a win and is third-largest margin of victory against a MAC opponent. It is Miami’s biggest win against CMU.
MIAMI MEN’S BB: Grant Tabbed Third-Team All-MAC
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Miami University men’s basketball sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) was named to the All-MAC Third Team, the Mid-American Conference office announced on Wednesday morning.
In MAC play, Grant ranks among conference leaders in scoring (14.53, 14th), free throw percentage (.902, 2nd), three-point field goal percentage (.434, 6th) and made three-pointers per game (2.71, 7th). On the season, Grant ranks among league leaders in scoring (13.73, 18th), three-point field goal percentage (.414, 7th), and made three-pointers per game (2.50, 8th).
After an impressive stretch of games in late January where he averaged 21.3 ppg to lead Miami to a trio of wins over a five-day stretch, Grant was tabbed MAC Player of the Week on Jan. 25. He has four of Miami’s top five scoring performances and has eclipsed 20 points in five games.
He has spearheaded Miami to some impressive performances this season, including a program record 18 three-pointers on Feb. 23 where he drained seven treys, which ties for eighth among all-time Miami leaders for a single game.
Grant and the RedHawks were among the top eight teams in the conference and qualify for the MAC Tournament March 11-13 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Miami faces Buffalo in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, March 11 in the third game of the day that will take place at approximately 4 p.m.
A complete look at the MAC postseason awards is below:
2020-21 MAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards
Coach of the Year: Tod Kowalczyk, Toledo
Player of the Year: Marreon Jackson, Sr., G, Toledo
Freshman of the Year: Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo
Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Mballa, Jr., F, Buffalo
Sixth Man of the Year: Trey Diggs, Sr., G/F, Bowling Green
All-MAC First Team
Loren Cristian Jackson, Sr., G, Akron
Justin Turner, Gr., G, Bowling Green
Danny Pippen, Sr., F, Kent State
Jason Preston, Jr., G, Ohio
Marreon Jackson, Sr., G, Toledo
All-MAC Second Team
Ishmael El-Amin, Sr., G, Ball State
Josh Mballa, Jr., F, Buffalo
Jeenathan Williams, Jr., F, Buffalo
Jayvon Graves, Sr., G, Buffalo
Spencer Littleson, Sr., G, Toledo
All-MAC Third Team
Daeqwon Plowden, Sr., G/F, Bowling Green
Michael Nuga, Sr., G, Kent State
Dae Dae Grant, So., G, Miami
Ben Vander Plas, R-Jr., F, Ohio
Dwight Wilson III, Sr., F, Ohio
Bryan Trimble Jr., Jr., G, Akron
K.J. Walton, Gr., G, Ball State
Ryan Rollins, Fr., G, Toledo
B. Artis White, So., G, Western Michigan
Greg Lee, Sr., F, Western Michigan
Josiah Fulcher, G, Bowling Green
Kaden Matheny, G, Bowling Green
Aundre Polk, F, Central Michigan
Mark Sears, G, Ohio
Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo
Enrique Freeman, So., F, Akron
Josh Mballa, Jr., F, Buffalo
Malique Jacobs, Jr., G, Kent State
Lunden McDay, So., G, Ohio
Spencer Littleson, Sr., G, Toledo
DAYTON MEN’S BBALL: Four Flyers Earn Atlantic 10 Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Four University of Dayton men’s basketball players earned Atlantic 10 post-season honors in three categories in a vote of the league’s coaches, it was announced today.
• Senior guard Jalen Crutcher was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 for the second time
• Senior guard Ibi Watson was named Third Team All-Atlantic 10
• Center Jordy Tshimanga, a graduate student, was named Academic All-Atlantic 10
• Freshman forward Mustapha Amzil named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team
“Congratulations to Jalen, Ibi, Jordy and Mustapha for being recognized by our league’s coaches for their performances on-and-off the court this season,” Flyer coach Anthony Grant said. “We are proud of the way our three seniors represented our program throughout their careers and we are excited about Mustapha’s successes, and his potential moving forward.
“All of these young men, along with their teammates, coaches and staff members across the Atlantic 10 adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and made tremendous sacrifices to help achieve this recognition and make this season possible. Congratulations to all!”
This is Crutcher’s fourth A-10 honor in four seasons. He was on the All-Rookie Team in 2017-18, Third Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2018-19 and also on the first team in 2019-20.
He was fourth in scoring (18.1 points per game), sixth in assists (4.8 per game) and second in minutes (38.1 per game) in 2020-21. He was the only A-10 player in the top 10 in scoring and assists this year. He joins Obi Toppin as the only UD’s men’s basketball players to be two-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 selections.
The Memphis native was on the Cousy, Naismith, NABC and Wooden Award Watch Lists. A four-year starter, he is second in career assists at Dayton (581), 16th in scoring (1,587) and fourth in minutes (4,059).
Watson was named Third Team All-Atlantic 10 after finishing 10th in A-10 in scoring (15.8), fourth in minutes (37.1) and third in both 3-pt. FG% (.427, 61-143) and three-pointers per game (2.7). He was the only A-10 player listed in the top five in both three-point categories, and had the most three-pointers made of anyone in the top 10 in percentage. His .412 (107-260) career 3-Pt. FG% is fourth at Dayton.
Tshimanga is a graduate student with a 3.83 GPA in School Counseling. He earned his undergraduate degree in August. This season, he was fourth in the A-10 in rebounding (8.0). He was eight field goals made short of qualifying for A-10 rankings, and his .592 FG% (58-98) would have led the league. He started all 22 games he played in, averaging 6.8 points a game.
Amzil is an interesting story. He signed with the Flyers in the fall of 2020 to be part of UD’s nationally-ranked recruiting Class of 2021. Circumstances changed, he joined the program at semester, and exactly 50 days after he signed, he earned the first of his three Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week awards. In 18 games (14 starts), he was third on the team in scoring (9.8 points a game), rebounds (5.5) and FG% (.496, 63-127). He also shot .788 (26-33) from the line.
INDIANA WBB: 2-Seed Indiana Opens Up Play At Big Ten Tournament On Thursday Night
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ninth-ranked Indiana will appear as the 2 seed for the first time in program history when it opens Big Ten Tournament play in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS2.
#9/9 INDIANA (18-4, 16-2 B1G) AT BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Thursday, March 11, 2021 • 6:30 p.m. ET • Quarterfinals
Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.
- Indiana placed four Hoosiers on All-Big Ten teams in the conference’s annual postseason awards announced on Monday. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes and junior guard Grace Berger each earned spots on the first team by the coaches and media while senior guard Ali Patberg is an All-Big Ten second team honoree. Junior forward Aleksa Gulbe also earned honorable mention honors from the league’s media.
- The Hoosiers are appearing in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time as the No. 2 seed, its highest ever ranking in the tournament. Indiana previously received the double-bye as the No. 4 seed in 2017 and 2020. They are 19-27 all-time in the tournament which began in 1995.
- A nine-game win streak is on the line for Indiana on Thursday. The season long win streak is the longest for the program since it won 10-straight games to open up the 2018-19 season.
- Holmes leads the way for Indiana with 18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and shoots 60 percent from the floor. She’s joined in double figures by Berger’s 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while Patberg adds 14.0 points per contest.
- IU’s opponent for Thursday night’s game will be determined on Wednesday between No. 7 Michigan State and No. 10 Penn State. That game will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. Indiana is 3-0 against its projected tournament opponent this season.
PURDUE WBB: Purdue Falls in Second Round of Big Ten Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A fourth-quarter surge proved too much for the No. 6 seed Purdue women’s basketball team to overcome against sixth-seeded Iowa on Wednesday evening in the second round of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, falling 83-72. The Boilermakers put a trio of players in double figures, led by All-Big Ten guard Kayana Traylor with 19 points.
Traylor capped an impressive and improved junior campaign topping 10 points for the 18th time. The Martinsville native was 7-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-5 from distance and 3-for-4 at the line. She also dished out seven assists.
Madison Layden finished one point shy of her career high, also set against Iowa (16-8), going for 18 points and knocking down five triples. The Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree’s five triples was one shy of her program record of makes by a rookie set against the Hawkeyes on Jan. 18.
Brooke Moore added 14 points, including a pair of triples, as Purdue (7-16) went 10-of-30, the third most attempts in a game in program history.
While the 3-point shooting kept the Boilermakers within reach of the Hawkeyes, Iowa was propelled by a combined 65 points from All-Big Ten selections Caitlin Clark, the league’s Freshman of the Year, and Monika Czinano. Despite the sizable scoring tallies from the two Hawkeyes, Purdue stayed within singles digits until the 4:14 mark of the fourth quarter.
Purdue set the tone in the opening 20 minutes from outside shooting 37.5% with six makes. Traylor and Layden both knocked down a pair, while Moore and Cassidy Hardin each added a triple.
Neither club created much separation over the opening 10 minutes, before trading triples in the final 10 seconds of the frame. In the second, the Hawkeyes sprinted out to a nine-point lead after four minutes. Traylor started the Boilermakers’ rally with eight straight points. Brooke Moore then poured in five points on back-to-back trips down the floor, before a Traylor layup gave Purdue a two-point lead with a minute to play in the half. Iowa sank three free throws in the final minute to take a 37-36 lead at the break.
The freshman duo of Layden and Ra Shaya Kyle evenly split 10 of Purdue’s 16 points in the third. The tandem had an answer to every Iowa spurt to keep the gap within two possessions. Back-to-back triples from Layden and Moore twice gave the Boilermakers the lead.
The Hawkeyes pulled away in the fourth quarter, going on a 21-6 sprint that opened a 14-point gap. Purdue shot 41.2% in the frame and hit three triples, but Iowa took advantage of a sizeable discrepancy in free throws. Purdue went 3-of-5 at the line to Iowa’s 13-of-14.
Purdue ended the 2020-21 campaign with a record of 7-15 and 4-14 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers endured the ever-changing realities that the COVID-19 pandemic brought over the last 12 months and battled through a string of injuries. Kayana Traylor earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, while Fatou Daigne was named honorable mention and Madison Layden was tabbed to the All-Freshman team.
• Purdue is now 40-35 against Iowa and 4-3 in the Big Ten Tournament.
• The Boilermakers suffered just their seventh one-game appearance at the league tournament in program history.
• Purdue record against the No. 6 seed is 6-2 and 4-3 in second round games.
• Tamara Farquhar capped her consistent career with seven points and six rebounds.
• In two career games against Iowa, Madison Layden totaled 37 points, six assists, eight rebounds and 11 3-pointers
• Iowa edged Purdue in points in the paint 44-22.
• Layden’s streak of a steal in every game came to an end, finishing at 22, while her 3-point streak is up to 21 games in a row.
• The game featured 11 lead changes and five ties.
• Czinano’s 38 points were three shy of the most scored against the Boilermakers in program history.
• Purdue hit 10 3-pointers for the fifth time this season. The Boilermakers topped that mark just six times in the previous five seasons.
INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING: Indiana to Have 21 Swimmers and Divers at NCAA Championships
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A total of 21 swimmers and divers from Indiana University earned individual qualifying berths to the 2021 NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The women’s championships meet will take place from March 17-20, while the men will compete from March 24-27.
Below is a list of the 10 Hoosiers from the women’s teams who qualified for individual events at the 2021 NCAA Championships, along with their seeding in each event:
Anne Fowler – 1-Meter, 3-Meter
Tarrin Gilliland – 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
Josie Grote – 500 Freestyle (29th), 1,650 Freestyle (31st), 400 IM (14th)
Bailey Kovac – 100 Backstroke (55th), 200 Backstroke (29th)
Mackenzie Looze – 200 Breaststroke (26th), 200 IM (32nd), 400 IM (31st)
Noelle Peplowski – 100 Breaststroke (25th), 200 Breaststroke (17th), 200 IM (18th)
Ella Ristic – 200 Freestyle (18th), 500 Freestyle (22nd)
Ashley Turak – 50 Freestyle (13th), 100 Freestyle (27th)
Maggie Wallace – 500 Freestyle (56th), 1,650 Freestyle (28th)
Emily Weiss – 100 Breaststroke (24th), 200 Breaststroke (13th), 200 IM (54th)
200 Freestyle – 1:29.12 (18th)
400 Freestyle – 3:15.87 (19th)
800 Freestyle – 7:02.62 (12th)
200 Medley – 1:36.80 (16th)
Below is a list of the 11 Hoosiers from the men’s teams who qualified for individual events at the 2021 NCAA Championships, along with their seeding in each event:
Zane Backes – 100 Breaststroke (4th), 200 Breaststroke (17th)
Michael Brinegar – 500 Freestyle (50th), 1,650 Freestyle (6th), 400 IM (36th)
Brendan Burns – 100 Backstroke (44th), 100 Butterfly (11th), 200 Butterfly (4th)
Andrew Capobianco – 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
Gabriel Fantoni – 100 Backstroke (12th), 200 Backstroke (25th)
Tomer Frankel – 100 Butterfly (5th), 200 Butterfly (34th)
Jack Franzman – 50 Freestyle (11th), 100 Freestyle (23rd)
Corey Gambardella – 100 Butterfly (40th), 200 Butterfly (18th)
Van Mathias – 100 Butterfly (31st), 200 Butterfly (26th), 200 IM (20th)
Jacob Steele – 100 Backstroke (16th), 200 Backstroke (28th), 200 IM (26th)
Cole VanDevender – 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
200 Freestyle – 1:16.24 (6th)
400 Freestyle – 2:49.20 (7th)
800 Freestyle – 6:16.12 (11th)
200 Medley – 1:23.35 (9th)
400 Medley – 3:02.57 (2nd)
Live championship coverage will air on ESPN3 for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday.
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Indiana Volleyball Travels to Michigan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Indiana volleyball will continue the season at Michigan for a pair of matches this week.
Indiana at Michigan
Friday March 12 6:00 PM ET
Saturday March 13 4:00 PM ET
Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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.
• Michigan is 2-3 on the season.
• The Wolverines have had 10 matches postponed this season.
• Michigan has wins against Maryland and Michigan State this season.
• The Wolverines are led in attacking by Paige Jones, who is averaging 3.82 kills per set, fourth in the Big Ten.
• Michigan leads the Big Ten and ranks No. 21 nationally in assists per set (13.27).
• Michigan leads the all-time series 42-39-1. Last season Michigan won the only match. Indiana won at home against the Wolverines the season before on Oct. 31, 2018.
• 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.
• Indiana has played eight of their 12 matches against top-11 opponents (No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 5 Nebraska No. 8 Penn State and No. 11 Purdue).
• Haley Armstrong has recorded double-digit digs in 10 of her last 13 matches. Armstrong leads Indiana in digs with 134.
• Freshman Leyla Blackwell lead the Hoosiers in blocking with 46 on the season. Blackwell earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Hoosiers five set win at Iowa, where she recorded 13 blocks in the match.
• Freshman Tommi Stockham leads the Hoosiers with 152 kills on the season. Stockham posted double-digit kills in each match at Penn State. Stockham was the Big Ten Freshman of the Week following the Hoosiers series with Iowa when she tallied 26 kills in the Hoosiers five set win over Iowa.
• In the Hoosiers series with Penn State, Indiana won the second set of the first match, 27-25. It was the first time since 2012 that Indiana had won a set against the Nittany Lions.
• Sophomore Ashley Zulauf recorded a career-high 11 digs last time out in the match at Purdue.
• Tommi Stockham and Breana Edwards each recorded 10 kills in the Hoosiers win against Maryland on March 5.
• Freshman Morgan Geddes registered a season-high three aces in the Hoosiers win against Maryland and tallied a season-high 12 digs the next night against Maryland.
Indiana hosts Northwestern for a pair of matches March 20-21 at Wilkinson Hall.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: IUMS Set to Take on Wisconsin in Madison
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 23-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (2-1-0), coming off an extended break from the pitch, will travel north to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers (0-4-0) at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday afternoon.
Live stats will be available at UWBadgers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• After scoring three tallies in each of the first two matches of the season, Indiana was held scoreless in a 1-0 result against Northwestern on Feb. 27. NU scored in the 87th-minute of the match to claim the victory. The loss marked the first time in which the Hoosiers fell to the Wildcats since Oct. 25, 2009.
• Indiana was held without a goal against a Big Ten opponent for only the second time since the start of the 2018 season. Over the last three seasons (19 games), the Hoosiers average 2.0 goals per contest in league matches.
• The Hoosiers will be back on the pitch for the first time in 12 days. IU was scheduled to host Penn State on March 7, but the match was postponed due to positive COVID-19 results among Penn State’s Tier 1 personnel.
NEWS AND NOTES
• Despite not playing a match last week, Indiana dipped to No. 23 in the second addition of the spring United Soccer Coaches Top-25 rankings. The Hoosiers are one of two Big Ten Conference teams ranked inside the top-25, joining Michigan (No. 6). Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State all received votes in the latest poll.
• Indiana remains steady at No. 13 in the most updated Top Drawer Soccer Top-25 rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
• For just the second time in the last 39 Big Ten regular season matches, Indiana suffered a conference loss. The Hoosiers were blanked in a 1-0 decision against the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. back on Feb. 27.
• The Wildcats found the late winner in the 87th-minute of play when a dangerous cross found the foot of sophomore forward Ugo Achara Jr., who was able to slide the ball through the Indiana defense and into the back of the net.
• The goal was the first goal allowed by sophomore keeper Roman Celentano this season. He opened the season with over 265 minutes (267:31) of shutout play.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
• Wisconsin enters the Thursday matinee with a record of 0-4-0, including a 3-0 loss in the season opener against Indiana at Grand Park. Each of the last two Badger games have ended in 1-0 decisions in favor of the opposition.
• The Badgers have scored just two goals this season, both coming in a 5-2 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats. Junior forwards Andrew Akindele and Henri Tophoven each have one tally this season.
• Graduate senior keeper Sven Kleinhans has conceded 10 goals in four starts.
• The Hoosiers have historically controlled the matchup with the Badgers, winning 39 of the 53 contested matches. IU holds a record of 40-5-9 against UW and hold a 12-4-5 advantage in Wisconsin.
• Indiana is undefeated in the last 10 matches 65-0-4) against Wisconsin. The last Badger win in the series came in a 4-3 win on Oct. 11, 2013 in Madison.
• The Hoosiers knocked off UW (3-0) in the season-opening match between the two programs on Feb. 19. Sophomore striker Victor Bezerra scored a brace in the first 45 minutes of action, while senior forward Thomas Warr added the finishing touches on the shutout win with a second half goal.
LONG-STANDING SUCCESS IN THE LEAGUE
• In the program’s last 39 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 28-2-9. During the four-and-a-half-year run, IU was unbeaten in the regular season during conference play from Oct. 16, 2015 until Oct. 18, 2019, a span lasting 1,464 days and 32 matches.
• Indiana is the defending Big Ten regular season and tournament champions two years running. IU has combined to win 30 Big Ten Championships, 16 regular season titles and 14 tournament crowns.
• In 2018, the team posted a perfect 8-0 record. The eight wins in conference play marked the most ever by a Big Ten program. The season marked the first undefeated, untied season by a B1G since Penn State achieved a 6-0 record in 2005. IU accomplished the same feat (6-0) in 2002.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Hoosiers Head Back Down To Florida For Weekend Two
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Softball returns to action down in Leesburg, Fla. this weekend where they will face Northwestern and Rutgers. The Hoosiers will play six games spanning over four days from Mar. 11 through Mar. 14.
The Hoosiers will play two against the Wildcats on Mar. 11 at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. A third match up will be played between Indiana and Northwestern on Friday Mar. 12 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Indiana will face off with Rutgers for three games, a double header on Saturday, Mar. 13 and one contest on Mar. 14. First pitch of the double header is slated for 4:30 p.m. and the final game of the weekend is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday.
All six games will broadcast live on Big Ten Network Plus.
Checking Out the Competition
Northwestern: The Wildcats completed the 6-0 opening weekend sweep with wins over Michigan State, Rutgers, and Penn State. In the circle, Northwestern’s pitchers tossed three shutouts over their six games. Two against the Spartans and one against the Scarlet Knights. Skyler Shellmyer leads the Wildcats at the plate, batting .667 with five runs on six hits in 12 at bats. Maeve Nelson has a team-high eight RBI through the first weekend of action. In the national coaches poll the Wildcats are receiving votes.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights come into weekend two with a 2-4 record with the two wins coming over Purdue. Leilani Chavez leads Rutgers in batting average with .444. Gabrielle Callaway and Payton Lincavage have a team-high six hits each while Callaway also leads the squad in RBI with three. In the circle, Ashley Hitchcock has an 8.17 ERA with a 0-1 record. Izzy Berouty is 2-2 with an 8.40 ERA and has seven strikeouts.
Last Time Out
Two weekends ago the Hoosiers opened up the 2021 slate by going 4-2 with games against Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Indiana kicked off its 2021 season by splitting a pair of games Nebraska.In game one, the Cornhuskers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth innings, but with a double by Grayson Radcliffe, an RBI double by Gabbi Jenkins, and a RBI single Bella Norton the Hoosiers were able to secure a 2-1 lead in the fourth that would hold on for the first victory of the season. Nebraska would even the series in game two as a late inning rally by the Hoosiers would fall short, 4-2.
Wisconsin was on deck for day two in Leesburg as Indiana swept the Badgers to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Hoosiers scored one run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to secure the 5-4 win in game one. Indiana’s bats came alive in game two as Radcliffe led the squad with three RBI. The Hoosiers would go on to complete the sweep by a score of 9-3.
Minnesota got the best of the Indiana pitching in game one on Sunday as the Hoosiers would fall 6-2. The final game of the weekend proved to be a bounce back game as Norton led the team by reaching base on all four at bats. For the first time since 2011 the Hoosiers were able to defeat the Gophers by a score of 7-5 to secure a 4-2 record coming out of opening weekend.
New and Notes
• Three Hoosiers enter the weekend with a .500 batting average, Hannah Davis, Tete Hart and Aaliyah Andrew
• Bella Norton and Grayson Radcliffe lead the Hoosiers in RBI with four each. Norton is the Big Ten leader in doubles (3) and triples (1) so far this season.
• Amber Linton saw her first career start against Wisconsin on Feb. 27. She is currently 3-0 heading into weekend two.
• Freshmen Aaliyah Andrews, Brooke Benson, Grace Lorsung and Macy Montgomery competed in their first career innings during opening weekend.
• As a team, Indiana is batting .287 which is the third best in the Big Ten behind Northwestern and Illinois.
BIG 10 BASEBALL: Indiana, Maryland and Michigan State Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Spartans’ Walker named Player of the Week; Hoosiers’ Sommer earned Pitcher of the Week; Terrapins’ Savacool tabbed Freshman of the Week
Player of the Week
Zaid Walker, Michigan State
OF – So. – Homewood, Ill. – Homewood-Flossmoor
- Helped the Spartans open the season with a 3-1 mark against Maryland at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
- Hit a team-leading .462 (6-13), with five RBI and one double, logging a .538 slugging percentage and scoring three runs
- Beat out an infield single to keep MSU’s rally going in the seventh and later came around to score the game-winning run, completing MSU’s comeback after a 4-0 lead by Maryland on Saturday night
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Michigan State Big Ten Player of the Week: Peter Ahn (March 2, 2020)
Pitcher of the Week
Tommy Sommer, Indiana
P – Jr. – Carmel, Ind. – Carmel
- Tossed eight shutout innings in Friday’s 5-2 victory over Minnesota
- Allowed just two hits and matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts
- Didn’t allow his first hit until a bunt single in the bottom of the fifth inning
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Tanner Gordon (March 25, 2019)
Freshman of the Week
Jason Savacool, Maryland
P – Baldwinsville, N.Y. – Baker
- Made his first collegiate start in Sunday’s series finale vs. Michigan State, picking up the win and pitching nine innings of two-run ball
- Allowed just six hits and one earned run, striking out two, all on 103 pitches
- Became the first Terp to pitch nine or more innings since Hunter Parsons tossed a nine-inning complete-game shutout over Stetson on March 25, 2018
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Maryland Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Maxwell Costes (April 15, 2019)
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Marcus Knight Hired to Coach BSU Receivers
Former national champion player joins Cardinals staff
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State football program is adding a national champion player and experienced coach with the hiring of Marcus Knight as wide receivers coach.
Knight, who joins the staff after two years at Indiana State, was previously receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Central Michigan. A former All-Big Ten pass catcher at Michigan, Knight helped the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship and later played in Super Bowl XXXVIII for the Oakland Raiders.
“We are thrilled to add Marcus Knight to our coaching staff,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “His experience as a high-level player and his abilities as a coach will be great assets to our talented receiver room. Marcus is certainly familiar with football in the Midwest and in our league, and we are excited to have him on board.”
Knight coached running backs at Indiana State in 2019 before shifting to receivers in 2020. The Sycamores did not play this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He spent the previous two seasons coaching receivers at Central Michigan where he helped the Chippewas to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2017. His receiving corps that year amassed 3,324 yards and caught 27 touchdown passes, led by Mark Chapman who went on to become the No. 1 pick in the CFL draft.
Prior to his time with Central Michigan, Knight served as the wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator, and recruiting coordinator at Northern Michigan from 2012-16 and was an assistant at Valparaiso from 2008-11. He broke into coaching at Grenada (Calif.) High School.
As a player, Knight competed in championship games at the high school, college and professional levels. In addition to his national championship at Michigan and Super Bowl appearance with the Raiders, Knight also played in the Arena Bowl.
Knight earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors at Michigan in 1999. At the completion of his college career, he ranked in the top 15 in Michigan history in career receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,508).
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan in 2007 and his master’s in sports administration from Valparaiso in 2010.
Knight joins a Cardinals program coming off a banner season in 2020. BSU finished 7-1 overall, won the program’s first MAC championship since 1996 by defeating No. 23 Buffalo and claimed the first bowl victory in school history by beating No. 19 San Jose State in the Offerpad Arizona Bowl.
Ball State finished the year ranked No. 23 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll, marking the first year-end ranking in either poll in program history. The Cardinals are set to return 20 starters from that team, including All-MAC receivers Justin Hall and Yo’Heinz Tyler.
PURDUE TRACK: Purdue Track & Field: Five Boilermakers Ready for NCAA Championships
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five Purdue track & field student-athletes will compete at the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships from March 11-13 at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Seniors Brian Faust, Tamar Greene and Alexis Zatta, junior Isaiah Martin and sophomore Marcellus Moore will represent the Boilermakers as one of the top 16 competitors in their respective events.
The championships commences on Thursday, March 11, with Martin in the first four events of the heptathlon from 12-4:15 p.m. ET. Four Boilermakers compete on Friday, March 12, beginning with Martin in the final three heptathlon events from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Then, Faust runs in the 400-meter semifinals at 3:25 p.m. and Moore races in the 60-meter semis at 3:45 p.m. Zatta also competes on Friday in the high jump finals at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Greene competes in the triple jump at 2 p.m., while the 400 and 60 finals are set for 3:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
Fans can follow all the action with live results, an ESPN3 live stream (Thursday | Friday | Saturday) and the event schedule, available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField. Additional updates and notes on the Boilermakers can be found by connecting with the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“I am excited for Brian, Tamar, Isaiah, Marcellus and Alexis, and am looking forward to seeing them compete this week,” Purdue coach Norbert Elliott said. “They’ve worked hard in a unique season to reach this point and earn this opportunity, and I know they’ll represent Purdue very well. I am proud that we have a well-rounded group at NCAAs, which shows our consistency as a program and commitment to all event areas.”
Purdue has five NCAA indoor qualifiers in five events for the second consecutive year.
BRIAN FAUST – 400-METER
Faust is seeded No. 13 overall in the 400-meter. His time of 45.87, which he set on Feb. 27 to place fourth at the Big Ten Championships, broke his own school record.
The senior earned his second NCAA Indoor Championships berth after he also qualified in the 400 at the 2020 meet and earned All-America honors after the championships was not held. Faust also raced at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he placed 20th in the 400 and 17th in the 4×400.
TAMAR GREENE – TRIPLE JUMP
Greene is making his first NCAA Indoor Championships. He is the No. 10 seed in the triple jump and earned a qualifying jump of 16.14 meters. The jump is ranked No. 3 in program history as the senior won a bronze medal at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 26.
A first team All-American in the 4×100 relay and an honorable mention All-American in the triple jump at the 2019 outdoor national championships, Greene was 19th in the triple jump and seventh in the 4×100 relay.
ISAIAH MARTIN – HEPTATHLON
Martin qualified with the No. 12 seed in the heptathlon after he won a silver medal with 5,610 points at the Big Ten meet on Feb. 26. The second-most points in the event in school history, Martin recorded the best heptathlon finish at the conference championships in school history.
A junior, Martin returns to the NCAA Indoor Championships after he also qualified in the heptathlon in 2020 and earned All-America accolades. His 2020 bid came after he broke the school record in the heptathlon with 5,631 points.
As a freshman in 2019, Martin qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the decathlon and was 10th overall to earn second team All-America recognition.
MARCELLUS MOORE – 60-METER
Moore will compete at his first NCAA Championships when he races in the 60-meter dash as the No. 15-seeded runner. He ran a qualifying time of 6.66 seconds on Feb. 27 to claim bronze at the Big Ten Championships. The sophomore’s mark is tied for No. 4 in the Purdue record books.
ALEXIS ZATTA – HIGH JUMP
Zatta competes at her first NCAA Championships two weeks after she won the Big Ten high jump title. She is seeded No. 15 in the high jump at the national championships after a jump of 1.81 meters to win gold at Big Ten’s. A senior, Zatta recorded the sixth-best jump in school history.
UP NEXT: NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the third consecutive year and 15th time in school history, the Purdue men’s cross country team will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, set for March 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Boilermakers will race at a third straight NCAA meet as a team for the second time in program history, joining the 1946-50 squads.
Following this weekend’s two NCAA championships, the Purdue track & field team’s outdoor season will begin, and the schedule will be announced when it is finalized.
BIG 10 HOCKEY: Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin Earn Three Stars Honors
Badgers’ Caufield earns First Star accolades after recording four points last week to help the Badgers capture their first Big Ten regular-season title
Cole Caufield, Wisconsin
F – So. – Stevens Point, Wis.
- Posted four points last week to help the Badgers capture their first Big Ten regular-season title and fourth regular-season title in program history
- Recorded a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-0 overtime win before registering both of Wisconsin’s goals in Saturday’s conference title clinching 2-1 victory
- Finished the regular season leading the nation with 25 goals and 46 points , earning the Big Ten Scoring Champion crown for the second consecutive season
- Earns his sixth career weekly award and his second in as many weeks
- Last Wisconsin honoree: Cole Caufield (First Star) on March 2, 2021
Dylan St. Cyr, Notre Dame
G – Sr. – Northville, Mich.
- Backstopped the Irish to a sweep of Penn State to close out the Big Ten regular season and help Notre Dame clinch the No. 4 seed in next week’s tournament
- Made 38 saves to earn the win on Friday, before following up with a 37-save effort on Saturday to close out the regular season
- Finished the series with a save percentage of .962 and a 1.56 goals-against average
- Claims his second career weekly honor
- Last Notre Dame honoree: Dylan St. Cyr (Second Star) March 2, 2021
Matty Beniers, Michigan
F – Fr. – Hingham, Mass.
- Notched four points on the weekend to help Michigan split in Minneapolis
- Recorded his first career four-point game in a 5-2 win over the No. 3/3-ranked Gophers with a goal and three assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal
- Finished the series with a +4 rating and three blocks
- Claims his second career weekly honor
- Last Michigan honoree: Matty Beniers (Third Star) on March 2, 2021
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The seedings and brackets for the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships were announced Wednesday, unveiling the seeds and first-round matchups for Purdue’s eight national qualifiers who are bound for the Enterprise Center in St. Louis next week. A pair of Boilermakers earned top-10 seeds at their respective weights and action is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 18, airing live on the ESPN family of networks.
Senior Devin Schroder and sophomore Kendall Coleman were both named No. 9 seeds at 125 and 157 pounds, drawing into the No. 24 seeds at their respective weights. Schroder will face Fabian Gutierrez of Chattanooga, who enters nationals at 14-3 overall and finished third at the Southern Conference Tournament. Coleman matches up with Sacred Heart’s Nicholas Palumbo, who finished second at the EIWA Championships and posted a 5-3 record on the year.
Senior Griffin Parriott earned the No. 15 seed at 149 pounds, where he’ll face Iowa State’s No. 18 seed Jarrett Degan in the opening round. Degan is 6-3 on the season and finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. Fellow Boilermaker senior Max Lyon earned the No. 16 seed at 184 pounds and will face a familiar foe in No. 17 seed Owen Webster of Minnesota. Webster earned a win over Lyon in the 2021 dual between the Boilermakers and Golden Gophers, but Lyon avenged the loss with a 3-1 decision in the seventh-place match at Big Ten Championships on Sunday.
Junior Parker Filius was named the No. 18 seed at 141 pounds, where he’ll battled 15th-seeded Clay Carlson of South Dakota State in the first round. Carlson put together a 16-6 record in 2021 and placed fourth at the Big 12 Championships. Junior Thomas Penola and freshman Gerrit Nijenhuis both earned No. 19 seeds at 197 and 165 pounds, pitting Penola against No. 14 seed Greg Bulsak of Clarion and matching Nijenhuis with another Big Ten Championship rematch in 14th-seeded Peyton Robb of Nebraska. Bulsak was 11-1 for Clarion and finished as the runner-up in the MAC, while Robb finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, topping Nijenhuis in the consolation semifinals.
Freshman Jacob Rundell is seeded 25th at 133 pounds for the Boilermakers and draws into Big Ten opponent Chris Cannon of Northwestern in the first round. Cannon is the No. 8 seed at the weight, posting an 8-2 record and finishing fourth at the conference tournament last weekend, but he and Rundell didn’t meet in the two teams’ 2021 dual.
Purdue’s eight national qualifiers matches the program record for the third straight season and fourth time in seven years under head coach Tony Ersland. The Boilermakers will have a virtual NCAA media day on Monday via Zoom, and Ersland will record and NCAA Championship edition of the Always Aggressive Podcast on Monday as well, both will be shared on PurdueSports.com.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer and Marquette End in 0-0 Draw After 2 OT
Butler and Marquette played to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes in Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs are now 1-4-1 on the season, including a 1-0-1 mark in BIG EAST play. Marquette is 4-1-1 (1-1-1 BIG EAST).
The Bulldogs had a 21-8 advantage in shots and a 14-5 edge in corner kicks. Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. and Jack Haywood led the Bulldogs with five shots apiece. Hemi Nasser added four. Three of Butler’s best chances came in the first half, including two headers off well-placed crosses. Haywood hit the crossbar with a shot in the 40th minute to keep the score 0-0 at the half.
Butler’s Gabriel Gjergji and Marquette’s Chandler Hallwood each posted a clean sheet with Hallwood making seven saves, while Gjergji turned away four of Marquette’s attempts.
Due to the modified regional schedule being implemented by the BIG EAST for the spring 2021 season, the Bulldogs and Marquette will meet again March 27 in Milwaukee.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, hosting Xavier at the Sellick Bowl in Indianapolis.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball Wins Season Opener vs. DePauw 16-4
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs are 1-0 at the start of the 2021 season after scoring 16 runs in a victory over the visiting DePauw Tigers. Freddie Matos hit a three-run home run in his first Butler at-bat and the Bulldogs would score 13 runs in the fourth inning to secure the win.
Head Coach Dave Schrage collected his 100th win at Butler on Tuesday afternoon at Bulldog Park. BU scored 16 runs off 13 hits. Four different student-athletes recorded a multi-hit game. Dan Harwood led the ‘Dawgs from the plate with a 3-for-3 day that included three RBI and a run scored. Matos was the RBI leader with four. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
The ‘Dawgs scored all 13 of their runs in the fourth inning with two outs. Harwood had a two-RBI single in the inning and Zach Orn would do the same, sending a ball into right centerfield. Aaron Steinhart and Kollyn All would add to the damage by recording triples to right field. Eight of Butler’s 13 total hits came in that fourth frame.
On the mound, the win went to starter John MacCauley (1-0). He threw four innings, limiting the Tigers to just one hit. He struck out six and only walked two. Alex Voss, Joe Graziano, and Nick Miketinac all threw one inning out of the bullpen.
Butler will return to the diamond this weekend with a three-game series against Purdue Fort Wayne. BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year Connor Schultz is set to make his season debut on Friday at 2 PM.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #14 IRISH CONTINUE ACC PLAY IN TALLAHASSEE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame hits the road and continues ACC play this weekend with a pair of matches against Florida State and Virginia Tech in Tallahassee. The Irish will meet the Seminoles on Friday (March 12) at 5 p.m. ET before taking on Virginia Tech on Saturday (March 13) at 3 p.m. ET. Friday’s match is set to be streamed live via ACC Network Extra and there will be no stream for Saturday’s contest against the Hokies.
#14 NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE & VIRGINIA TECH
Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra (Friday only)
Twitter Updates: @NDVolleyball
The Irish are coming off back-to-back home sweeps against NC State and Miami and enter the weekend 9-1 overall and 8-1 in ACC play.
The Irish hit a season-best .375 against the Wolfpack while limiting NC State to .038, also a season-best.
On Sunday (March 7) against Miami, the Irish racked up 16 team blocks in three sets, including 10 by Hannah Thompson.
Thompson earned the first 10+ block performance since Kristen Baer on September 14, 2019 against Northern Kentucky.
Notre Dame is currently ranked 14th in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll for the fourth consecutive week.
HISTORY VS. FLORIDA STATE
The Irish & Seminoles will be meeting for the 18th time on Friday in Tallahassee.
Florida State leads the all-time series, 12-5.
The last time they met on November 8, 2019, Notre Dame earned a road sweep over the Seminoles.
In that victory in Tallahassee, Charley Niego collected a game-high 17 kills and added 10 digs.
Zoe Nunez racked up 42 assists in three sets and added 13 digs.
HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA TECH
Notre Dame & Virginia Tech will be squaring off for the 12th time on Saturday with the Irish holding an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series.
The Irish have won five consecutive matches against the Hokies dating back to October 23, 2016.
Last season, the Irish rallied from an opening-set loss to beat Virginia Tech in four sets on October 11, 2019.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 12 PREVIEW: DUKE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame completes its three-game road swing to open the spring season with an ACC showdown at Duke at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 12 in Koskinen Stadium. The game will air on ACCNX.
NOTRE DAME vs. DUKE
Location: Durham, North Carolina | Koskinen Stadium
Live Stream: ACCNX
Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer
THE DUKE SERIES
• The Irish and Blue Devils will meet on the pitch for the 14th time on Friday evening.
• The Irish lead the series with a mark of 8-4-1.
• Notre Dame has struggled when playing in Durham, posting a record of 1-3 on the road in the series.
• The most recent matchup in the series came last season at Notre Dame on Oct. 11, resulting in a 1-0 win by the Irish.
• Six of the last 10 matchups have went to overtime.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Irish suffered their first defeat of the spring with a heartbreaking overtime loss on the road at Virginia by a final score of 1-0.
• The Cavaliers found the back of the net off a free kick in the 95th minute to come away with the win.
• The Irish finished the fall portion of the schedule with a record of 5-4, including a mark of 4-3 in the regular season.
• Notre Dame recorded regular season wins over Kentucky (1-0), Syracuse (2-1), Virginia (2-1, 2OT) and Louisville (4-1) to earn the No. 3 seed from the North Region in the ACC Tournament.
• The Irish pulled out a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over UNC in the ACC quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 Pitt in the semifinal round.
LYNN LEADS THE LINE
• Junior forward Jack Lynn enters the weekend fifth in the ACC in goals per game (0.70) and is third in goals (7) and fifth in points per game (1.40) despite missing time early in the fall season with an injury.
• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 20 over his three years at Notre Dame.
• In the final match of the fall regular season, Lynn recorded the first hat trick of his career, scoring three times in the first half in the 4-1 win over Louisville.
• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.
KEEP IT CLEAN
• Senior goalkeeper Keagan McLaughlin has recorded seven clean sheets in his 14 career starts in goal for the Irish.
• McLaughlin has helped Notre Dame record four shutout wins this season, coming in 1-0 wins over Kentucky, Syracuse, UNC and Butler.
• The senior shot stopper recorded a career-high five saves in the victory over the Tar Heels to send the Irish to the ACC semifinals.
• McLaughlin kept clean sheets in all three starts during the 2019 campaign, coming in wins over Denver, Michigan State and Purdue Fort Wayne.
• Senior forward Aiden McFadden is living up to his No. 10 jersey this season, totaling four assists.
• McFadden’s four assists rank tied for fourth in the ACC.
• All four of McFadden’s assists have come off crosses, including two from service on corners.
• Despite not getting credited with an assist, McFadden provided the final touch from a Notre Dame player in the double overtime own goal to help the Irish defeat the Cavaliers on Oct. 24.
• McFadden scored his first goal of the season in overtime in the ACC quarterfinals to defeat UNC on Nov. 15.
• The senior was selected as the 59th overall pick (third round) by Atlanta United FC in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 10 PREVIEW: CINCINNATI
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Four months and one day since they last played in the 2020-21 season, the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team is back in action this week. The Irish begin the second half of the season with a road match against the Cincinnati Bearcats Thursday afternoon. First touch is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Know the Opponent: Cincinnati Bearcats
- Notre Dame will renew acquaintances with the Cincinnati Bearcats, a common opponent back in the BIG EAST days for both schools.
- Notre Dame and Cincinnati will meet for the 17th time in program history and the Irish hold a 14-1-1 record over the Bearcats, including a 5-0-1 mark in games in Cincinnati.
- The last time these two teams played, the Irish came away with a 2-1 win on Aug. 30, 2018.
- Olivia Wingate scored the equalizer in the 65th minute to level the game at 1-1 and then Karin Muya scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute.
- Thursday’s game will be Notre Dame’s first visit to Cincinnati since Sept. 18, 2011 when the Irish defeated the Bearcats 4-1.
- Cincinnati enters the game with a 1-1 record this season with all their games coming in the spring.
- They defeated Tulsa 3-0 in their most recent game on March 7 after opening the season with a 1-0 loss to UCF.
Nothing Like an Irish Spring
- In a season unlike any other, the Irish will continue the season into the spring as their spring slate begins in Cincinnati on Thursday.
- The Irish are set to play six games this fall against five different teams with five of the six matchups ocurring on the road.
- Notre Dame has five matchups against Big 12 opponents along with Thursday’s tilt against American Athletic foe Cincinnati.
- The lone home match will be the first of two meetings against Missouri.
- It will be the Irish Senior Day where all eight seniors will be honored prior to the game.
- Two of Notre Dame’s opponents are ranked in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Poll in TCU (No. 4) and Oklahoma State (No. 15).
Welcome to the Irish
- With the season extended into the spring, the Irish will add a member to the team early in freshman midfielder Sophia Fisher.
- She hails from Scottsdale, AZ and has a number of appearances with the US women’s national team.
- She has played for the U-17 team in 2019 along with the U15 team in 2017 and 2018 and the U14 in 2016.
- She was named the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Best XI and the 2018 Girls Development Academy Playoff Best XI.
- Fisher played club with the San Jose Earthquakes and SC Del Sol.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Clash with No. 20 Florida Atlantic in Weekend Series
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball will face its second ranked opponent of the 2021 season this weekend as the team concludes a seven-game swing at No. 20 Florida Atlantic. The series begins on Thursday and will conclude on Saturday to allow travel time for the Sycamores to return home.
First pitch on Thursday and Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. while the series finale with the Owls is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. All three games will be streamed on CUSA.tv. Fans can also follow along via live stats or at @IndStBaseball on Twitter.
NEWS AND NOTEWORTHY
» The series will mark the first games against FAU in program history.
» Indiana State secured its first weekend sweep of the 2021 season at Florida International last weekend. The sweep was the first for the Sycamores since taking three games from Elon during the shortened 2020 season. Since 2018, Indiana State has swept 10 weekend opponents.
» Indiana State sits at No. 9 in the current RPI ranking after winning its last four games, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#16), Tennessee (#34), Florida Gulf Coast (#17) as well as a sweep of FIU (#209). Florida Atlantic enters the weekend ranked No. 20 in the nation with an RPI of 31. Currently, Indiana State’s nonconference strength of schedule ranks 15th nationally.
» With a weekend split at No. 16 Tennessee, Indiana State became the first team to defeat the Volunteers in February since 2018. Entering the weekend, UT was 26-0 against opponents during the month over the last three seasons. The weekend also marked the first ranked win for the Sycamores since knocking No. 25 Dallas Baptist out of the MVC Tournament in 2019; two of four ranked wins for the Trees in 2019 (Illinois, Michigan, DBU).
» Geremy Guerrero put together a performance that will live forever in the Sycamore record book during his Friday night start against Florida International. Guerrero was dominant on the mound, going a career-high eight innings while also retiring a career-high 15 batters on strikeouts. The left-hander allowed baserunners in just the fourth inning and retired at least nine-straight FIU batters on two separate occasions. Following the fourth inning, Guerrero sat down 11-straight batters en route to his second win of the season. The 15 strikeouts by the redshirt senior tied for the second-most in program history, just one shy of Dan Lazar’s 16-strikeout outing in 1965. The last time a Sycamore fanned 15 batters was in 1984 by Blaise Ilsley.
» Indiana State’s Max Wright put together an impressive weekend at the plate as he helped the Sycamores to a three-game sweep over Florida International. Wright, a redshirt senior, started all three games and finished with a .444 average (4-for-9) but reached base 12 times after drawing seven walks and being hit-by-pitch once for a .706 on-base percentage. The Toronto native tallied his team-best third home run of the season in the middle game of the series and finished the weekend with a double, three RBI, three runs scored and a .889 slugging percentage.
» Josue Urdaneta was perfect from the plate in six appearances in the series opener with FIU. He singled four times as well as doubled while drawing a walk and driving in two runs from the leadoff spot. The switch-hitter is third on the team with a .348 average (16-for-46) to go along with his .478 slugging percentage.
» Jordan Schaffer has started all 11 games for the Sycamores at shortstop in 2021. After leading the team in average in a shortened 2020 season, the redshirt junior is hitting .333 while leading ISU with 16 hits. Schaffer also leads the Sycamores in runs scored with 10. He began the season off to a blazing start as he hit a team-best .462 (6-for-13) on opening weekend with a three-game series with Pittsburgh.
» Sean Ross has seen his average climb nearly 100 points over the last two weeks. The outfielder is currently second on the squad with a .351 average (13-for-37). He has recorded hits in four-straight games and eight of the last nine, including a season high three base knocks in a win over FGCU.
» Left-hander Tristan Weaver made his return to the mound in the series opener against Tennessee after battling back from an offseason injury. Weaver went 4.1 innings and struck out four as the Vols sprayed six hits during the outing.
» Western Illinois transfer Javin Drake has made two starts for ISU in 2021. The right-hander has been strong early, allowing just two earned runs over 7.1 innings while striking out 11. He holds a 1.23 ERA and has held the opponents to a .214 average against.
» Tyler Grauer recorded two saves at Tennessee over three innings of work. The lefty struck out five batters and did not issue a walk. On the season, Grauer holds a 7.71 ERA in five appearances with an 11-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
» Indiana State secured its 12th-straight winning season in 2020 while also finishing in the top-100 in RPI for eighth-straight year.
» Indiana State returns eight position starters and nine key pitchers from its 2020 team that finished 8-6 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Returning for the Sycamores after starting all 14 games and leading the team in average is infielder Jordan Schaffer (.339, 19 H, 6 RBI). Utility man Dominic Cusumano also returns for the Sycamores after hitting .318 with 14 base hits and a .400 on-base percentage.
» The Sycamores return nearly all their arms on the mound from a year ago apart from 2019 MVC Newcomer of the Year Collin Liberatore. Tristan Weaver (LHP), Connor Cline (RHP) and Cam Edmonson (LHP) return after combining for nine starts last season. ISU’s bullpen returns several key pieces including LHP Tyler Grauer, RHP Jake Ridgway and RHP Zach Frey.
» Redshirt senior Tyler Grauer has earned several preseason accolades coming into 2021, including being named to the Stopper of the Year Watch List by the NCBWA. He has been named a First Team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA and a Third Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com. Grauer earned Preseason All-MVC accolades by a vote of league coaches and is rated the 6th-best reliever in college baseball and the 18th-best draft prospect in the MVC according to D1Baseball.com. Grauer, a Shawnee, Kan. native, appeared in seven games out of the bullpen during the 2020 season and recorded a team-best five saves. The lefty finished the year with a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 innings with an 0-1 record. One of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the nation, Grauer sat down 23 batters on strikeouts while issuing just one walk on the year. He held the opposition to a .239 average against. In 2019, he had a 1.91 ERA with a 48-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37.2 innings.
» Tyler Grauer sits at 17 career saves and is one shy of moving into second place. Craig Kozlowski holds the ISU career record with 26 saves from 1982-86. Austin Cross sits in second place with 20 career saves from 2014-17.
» Starting pitcher Tristan Weaver joined Grauer on the Preseason All-MVC squad. Weaver finished the abbreviated 2020 season with a 1-1 record on the mound and a 1.85 ERA in four starts. The left-hander struck out 34 batters and walked just eight while holding opponents to a .100 average against in 24.1 innings. Weaver is rated the 39th-best starting pitcher in the nation and the 10th-best draft prospect in the MVC according to D1Baseball.com.
» Senior catcher Max Wright will be the lone Sycamore position starter back from the 2019 NCAA Tournament squad. Wright finished with a .296 batting average to go with eight doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI in 2019. Wright also caught 17 runners on the basepaths while fielding .988 behind the plate. Coming back from an early-season injury, Wright saw action in just four games in 2020.
» Three players that saw extended playing time in 2020 were freshmen catcher Grant Magill, infielder Diego Gines and left-hander Cam Edmonson. The three made immediate impacts on the field with Magill entering the starting lineup from the beginning of the year to finish with a .234 average on 11 hits to go with a .319 slugging percentage. Gines hit .262 in 12 starts for the Sycamores while hitting two home runs and driving in seven batters. Edmonson made five appearances on the mound, including two starts for the Sycamores. He finished the season with a 1.96 ERA and a 2-1 record. The lefty struck out 25 and walked just five while allowing only four earned runs. Magill is rated the third-best prospect in the MVC for the 2022 draft class; Edmonson checks in at six while Gines ranks as the ninth-best prospect in the class.
» ISU head coach Mitch Hannahs is in his eighth season at the helm and has guided the Sycamores to a 216-143 overall record during his time in Terre Haute. Hannahs, who is one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, entered the Indiana State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been a part of six of the programs 10 trips to the NCAA Postseason Tournament as a player or coach (’86, ’87, ’89, ’95, ’14, ’19). Since taking over the program in 2013, Hannahs has led the Sycamores to over 200 wins, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and five top-3 finishes in the Missouri Valley Conference. He sits second all-time in career wins behind legendary head coach and ISU Hall of Famer Bob Warn who guided the program to 1,070 wins from 1976-2006.
» Indiana State baseball was picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Poll, as determined by a vote of the League’s head coaches. Dallas Baptist, which returns a host of key position players and pitchers from last year’s brief season, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving all eight first-place votes. The Patriots tallied 64 points and were named the favorite over second-place pick Illinois State (53 points). Missouri State (42 points) finished third, while Indiana State finished fourth with 37 points. Bradley was selected in fifth place with 31 points, followed by Southern Illinois (27 points) in the sixth slot, Evansville (21 points) in the seventh slot and Valparaiso eighth (9 points).
» Indiana State’s Max Wright was recognized for his success on the field and in the classroom in 2019 as he earned Google Cloud Academic All-American honors — becoming just the fourth player in program history to achieve the feat. Wright also earned a spot on the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team. In the classroom, Wright held a 3.70-grade point average in criminology and criminal justice.
» Indiana State is no stranger to the bus and early season trips, but 2021 Sycamores are set to endure 24-straight road games and two trips to the state of Florida before playing a home game.
Trip Logs (Miles/Bus Hours)
Terre Haute to Port Charlotte, Fla. to Terre Haute (2,108/31)
Terre Haute to Knoxville, Tenn. to Terre Haute (859/13)
Terre Haute to Miami to Fort Myers to Boca Raton to Terre Haute (2,608/38)
» Indiana State will continue its tour of Conference USA with a three-game series at UAB next weekend.
MLB NEWS: MLB’s Rangers in line to be first team back to full capacity
(AP) The Texas Rangers are on track to become the first team in Major League Baseball or any major U.S.-based sports league to have a full-capacity crowd since the coronavirus pandemic started altering the sports landscape a year ago.
On the same day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order took effect allowing businesses in the state to operate at 100% capacity, Rangers CEO Neil Leibman said Wednesday that the team hopes to be at that for the April 5 opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“We’re very confident we won’t be a super-spreader event,” said Leibman, who is also the team’s president of business operations. “With all the protocols that we’re following, we’ll be extremely responsible and provide a very comfortable environment for somebody to enjoy the game without worrying we’re going to be a spreader event.”
The pandemic could still alter the team’s intent to host a capacity crowd at the 40,518-seat Globe Life Field, which the Rangers opened last year without fans in the stands.
Local officials are still able to impose “mitigation strategies,” such as reduced capacity, if virus hospitalizations exceed 15% of all hospital capacity in their region over certain periods.
Even with his order, Abbott has encouraged the public to continue practicing social distancing measures and wearing masks, though they are no longer mandated.
The Rangers will require fans to wear masks for games, unless they are actively eating and drinking at their seats, as was the case for the postseason major league games played at their $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington, Texas, in October.
After the Rangers played all 30 of their home games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season without fans, MLB allowed about 28% capacity at the retractable-roof stadium for the National League Championship Series and World Series that were played there exclusively. Abbott was on hand for the World Series opener, where he got to deliver the “Play Ball!” message before a crowd of 11,388.
The Houston Astros announced in January that they would allow fans to attend games at 25% capacity this season, which would allow about 10,300 fans. It’s unclear if they will change that plan in the wake of Abbott’s order. A team spokesman said it was “still being worked on” when asked about capacity on Wednesday.
Leibman, who is part of the Rangers’ ownership group, said MLB allows teams to operate under local capacity policy, as long as adequate protection for players is in place. The Rangers are installing plexiglass barriers on top of the dugouts and along the back and sides of the bullpens.
All concession and merchandising transactions this season will be cashless, tickets will be digital and the roof will remain open during games when weather permits. The team will enforce social distancing for fans entering and exiting the ballpark, as well as when in lines for concessions or merchandise. No tailgating will be allowed outside the stadium.
Rob Matwick, the team’s executive vice president, stressed the need for fans to voluntarily comply with any requirements, but said they will be enforced when necessary.
“We will need fan cooperation, there’s no doubt. The good news is the numbers are trending down,” Matwick said. “Can we drop our vigilance? No. We need their cooperation.”
The Rangers plan to create “distanced seating” sections in certain locations of the stadium, with more space between occupied seats for all games after the home opener.
Texas has been allowing some fans at sporting events, from high schools all the way through the top professional leagues, since last summer and most teams and leagues have kept attendance at sharply reduced levels. The Rangers’ stadium hosted about 50 high school graduation ceremonies last summer, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December and a college baseball tournament last month.
NFL NEWS: NFL sets salary cap at $182.5 million, down 8% from 2020
(AP) — Like Lamar Jackson under pressure from the pass rush, let the scrambling begin.
The NFL’s salary cap will be $182.5 million per team in the upcoming season, a drop of 8% from 2020. The league’s loss of revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic caused the first decrease in the cap since 2011, which followed an uncapped season.
Free agency begins next Wednesday, though the “legal tampering” period starts Monday.
The NFL is close to agreement on extensions of its broadcast contracts, but those deals will not affect the 2021 season. At least the current cap is $2.5 million higher than projected last month. Last summer, the players’ union and league agreed to a cap minimum of $175 million, but that number jumped by $5 million in February and was set at $182.5 million on Wednesday.
“My stepson asked me this morning, `Hey, is that extra $2.5 million going to help you?'” Rams general manager Les Snead said. “I’m like, `No, I don’t think 2.5 is really going to help us.’ If you look at where we are and look at how much we’re over, 2.5 is probably a little bit of a drop in the bucket.
“Today’s news, the extra $2.5 million, isn’t necessarily going to move the needle with us, but it is very, very helpful now to know that it’s not going to be 188, per se. That would have been a little more breathing room. So to know now, we know what the finish line is. We’ve been running a marathon, and we didn’t know whether we were going to run 25 miles, 24, 26 or 28. At least now we know it’s 26.2.”
It might seem like 182.5 million miles for the Rams: They currently are $41 million beyond the cap.
The Eagles were over by about $35 million and the Saints by $33 million.
On the other side of the ledger, the Jets, Patriots and Jaguars had the most money available, ranging from $65 million to $67 million.
“I would say, obviously, we’re better positioned than we were this time last year,” Jets general manager Joe Douglas said of free agency. “I would say that our philosophy and stance has not changed however. I think our goal and our plan is to be … a team that really builds this through the draft and hitting on draft picks, obviously using free agency to supplement our roster. If the opportunity and the value meet, that’s going to be the point where we’re going to be aggressive and get someone that we feel good about, helping this team not only on the field, but with the culture and inside the building.”
Nine players having been given franchise tags: receivers Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay) and Allen Robinson (Chicago); offensive linemen Taylor Moton (Carolina), Cam Robinson (Jacksonville) and All-Pro Brandon Scherff (Washington); safeties Marcus Maye (New York Jets), Marcus Williams (New Orleans) and Justin Simmons (Denver); and defensive tackle Leonard Williams (New York Giants). Their cap numbers are set by the tag designations.
The rest of the free agency crop will be seeking big bucks from a diminished pot.
“If you look league-wide at the available cap dollars, it is like 40% of what it has been in the past,” Andrew Berry, Cleveland’s executive vice president of football operations, said last week. “Look, a year ago at this time, generally speaking, I think everybody across the league thought the cap would be around $210 (million). We were likely $30 million dollars north of that. That means everybody across the league is going to feel that squeeze. We are not excluded from feeling that effect.”
Panthers coach Matt Rhule notes that all 32 teams had months to get ready for the reduced cap and its implications. But the 2020 free agency moves were made under normal operating conditions. Now? Not even close.
“We have been preparing for this, but even going back to last offseason the decisions that you have made and even decisions the last two offseasons when you set some of these contracts, everyone across the league did it thinking the salary cap would be $210 million or $205 million, or something like that,” he said. “It’s a reduction from last year but also a reduction on how you were planning. That is what is making people make really tough decisions. We have known for a while and have had to plan accordingly.”
Washington coach Ron Rivera doesn’t look at the available crop from other clubs so much as what his team could lose. Of course, Washington is roughly $39 million under the number.
“I see it as an opportunity,” he said. “But the thing that everybody seems to forget is you’ve got to sign your own guys. You may have a tremendous amount of cap room, but who don’t you have back on the roster? That’s the thing everybody has to understand. We’ve got to take a look at our guys first, and then we have to go see what we can do and where we can get the next best player available.”
NFL NEWS: DUI charge dismissed against Broncos running back Gordon
(AP) Broncos running back Melvin Gordon will likely avoid NFL discipline after his drunken driving charge was dismissed and he pleaded guilty in Denver County Court on Wednesday to lesser charges of excessive speeding and reckless driving.
Gordon was arrested Oct. 13 in downtown Denver when he was clocked going 71 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was cited for speeding and charged with DUI. He didn’t take a breathalyzer at the scene.
A suspension would have sidelined him to start the 2021 season and allowed the Broncos to void $6.5 million of guaranteed salary for 2021.
Gordon is entering the second season of the two-year, $16 million free agent contract he signed a year ago. He led the Broncos in carries (215), rushing yards (986) and TD runs (nine) last season and added 32 catches for 158 yards and a score.
Shortly after his arrest, which was the first off-the-field issue he’s faced in his six-year NFL career, Gordon said, “I’m a little upset that I even put myself in the situation.” And in December, he said he was leaving his legal and contractual issues to his representatives and was focused on football.
“Hopefully I did enough for them to want to keep me here. I do feel like they have something special here growing and I definitely want to be a part of it,” Gordon said at the time. “So, we’ll see, hopefully it works out, and hopefully they like me enough to kind of put all that stuff to the side. I guess in a couple months or so we’ll see what’s up.”
NFL NEWS: Houston Texans add Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator
(AP) The Houston Texans have hired Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator, one of many new additions to first-year coach David Culley’s staff.
Smith, who will also hold the title of associate head coach, coached at Illinois from 2016 until he was fired in December. He coached the Bears from 2004-12, the Buccaneers from 2014-15, and has been an assistant with the Rams in a decades-long coaching career which began as a high school assistant in Texas in 1980. Smith led the Bears to the NFC title in 2006 before losing in the Super Bowl to the Colts.
Romeo Crennel, the interim coach last season following Bill O’Brien’s dismissal after an 0-4 start, will remain with the team as the senior adviser for football performance.
The Texans also retained offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and running backs coach Danny Barrett from last year’s staff.
Other new additions to the staff are special teams coordinator Frank Ross, passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, wide receivers coach Robert Prince, and tight ends coach Andy Bischoff. The Texans also added James Campen to coach the offensive line, Bobby King as the defensive line coach, Miles Smith to coach linebackers, Greg Jackson as safeties coach and cornerbacks coach Dino Vasso.
NFL NEWS: Bills cut Brown, Jefferson to free up much-needed cap space
(AP) The Buffalo Bills released receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson in moves made Wednesday to free up much-needed space under the newly announced salary cap.
Brown had one year remaining on a three-year, $27 million contract he signed in free agency. And Jefferson had one year left on the two-year, $13.5 million contract he signed in joining the Bills last offseason.
The cuts come a week before the NFL’s signing period opens, and free up more than $14.4 million in space, according to Spotrac.com. Before the cuts, the Bills were projected to have about $3 million available under the $182.5 million cap established earlier in the day.
Brown was hampered by knee and foot injuries that limited him to nine games last season in which he had 33 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns. It came a year after Brown led Buffalo with 72 catches for 1,060 yards – both career bests – and six touchdowns playing alongside slot receiver Cole Beasley.
Aside from injuries, Brown’s role as an outside speed threat in 2020 was further diminished following the addition of Stefon Diggs and the emergence of rookie Gabriel Davis.
Diggs, acquired in a trade with Minnesota, led the team with eight touchdowns, became Buffalo’s first player to lead the NFL in both catches (127) and yards receiving (a team-record 1,535), and made the All-Pro team. Davis was a fourth-round draft pick who had 35 catches for 599 yards and seven touchdowns, and finished the season starting in place of Brown.
Jefferson was signed a year ago as part of Buffalo’s bid to revamp its defensive line to fill in for free-agent departures. The fifth-year player finished with 23 tackles and three sacks in 16 games, including three starts, while playing about 50% of the defensive snaps as part of Buffalo’s defensive line rotation.
The subtractions provide the Bills an opportunity to re-sign several pending restricted free agents, including offensive lineman Jon Feliciano and receiver Isaiah McKenzie, as well as address other needs once the signing period opens.
NFL NEWS: ‘Healthy’ QB Dak Prescott eyes leading Dallas Cowboys to next year’s Super Bowl
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is rehabilitating from a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that he suffered last October, but he is already thinking about next February and Super Bowl LVI.
“That’s my plan, get a parade in Dallas,” Prescott said on the day he officially signed the richest deal in Cowboys’ history: Four years, $160 million and an NFL-record $66 million signing bonus. “As a competitor, you watch people celebrate, you watch people do what you want to do and there’s not too many more things that light a fire under you than somebody having what you want. And every year we’re not in the playoffs, or we didn’t make that run, that’s just more fire to it.
“You throw on there that I was holding my leg and didn’t have a chance to be out there while guys were doing what was taken away from me, I’m just excited to get out there and show you what this team can do. The next big press conference we have is hopefully in another year after that big parade. So there you go.”
Prescott’s contract has been a story since the 2019 offseason when he was playing on the final year of his rookie contract for $2 million. It dragged on for the 2020 season as he played on the $31.4 million franchise tag and finally culminated on Monday when the team and Prescott’s agent, Todd France, reached an agreement.
It took some time, but to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, it was worth it.
“From the very beginning we have certainly said that our future is with Dak,” Jones said. “We are keenly aware that the process that we’ve done over the last several years has created, if you will, a conversation and maybe even a life of its own. … Don’t confuse that with how right we think this decision is and how much it’s been there from the very beginning. This fits.”
Prescott said he never imagined leaving for another team.
“I’m excited to be here, to never leave, and excited for what this organization, what this team, what the fans are going to get,” Prescott said. “I’m excited just to go do it and just to know that this is my home, I’m not leaving. I’m a Cowboy and this is only the beginning.”
To fulfill his Super Bowl dreams, Prescott still has work to do in his recovery. He has been at The Star in Frisco, Texas, constantly rehabbing and he said he’s progressing fine. Prescott said a second surgery performed in December was more about his long-term ability to play than anything to do with the injury he sustained in the Week 5 win against the New York Giants.
“I’m healthy,” Prescott said. “I’ll control what I can control. I’ll follow the doctor’s orders the whole time. Put my own work ethic into it. I’m healthy, I’m getting close. I’ll be ready when it matters.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: Kansas AD Jeff Long fired after Les Miles debacle
(AP) — Kansas athletic director Jeff Long resigned Wednesday, less than two days after the school mutually parted with Les Miles amid sexual misconduct allegations dating to the football coach’s time at LSU and one day after Long vowed he would lead the Jayhawks’ search for a replacement.
Kurt Watson will serve as the interim athletic director as the school searches for both an AD and football coach.
“We will immediately begin our search for a new athletics director. I will lead the process with the assistance of a search firm and four alumni advisors, each of whom have experience in collegiate athletics,” Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said in a statement. “My hope is to have a new athletics director in place within the next few weeks.”
Girod said the new athletic director will take control of the football coaching search.
“I understand time is of the essence and that our football student-athletes are eager to know who will be guiding them,” he said. “But we are making long-term decisions on an athletics director and a football coach, and we cannot sacrifice the quality of a search simply for expediency. While there will be a lot of speculation regarding potential candidates for both searches, I urge Jayhawks to have faith in the process and in those who are devoting their time to assist.”
Long’s dismissal came a day after he vowed to lead the search for Miles’ successor, a move that drew significant backlash from Kansas alumni. It was Long who had hired Miles, his friend of more than 30 years, despite questions that ultimately led to his firing in disgrace Monday night.
The move also comes as the Jayhawks’ storied men’s basketball program, which is awaiting the decision of an independent arbitrator on what could be severe NCAA sanctions for rules violations, prepares to open the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday with the NCAA Tournament on tap next week.
“I leave KU with a heavy heart and profound confidence that I have always acted in the best interests of Kansas Athletics,” Long said in a statement Wednesday night. “I have done everything in my control to move Kansas Athletics forward in a positive manner; that’s what makes this most difficult.”
Long was hired by Kansas to help rebuild a football program mired firmly in the Big 12 cellar. His charge was to find a coach who could take the Jayhawks back to relevance while also persuading donors to open their checkbooks in support of upgrades to the practice facility and aging Memorial Stadium.
Instead, his roughly three-year tenure was filled with bumbling missteps.
After firing former football coach David Beaty, Long informed him that it would be “for cause” due to a relatively minor NCAA investigation into a non-coaching staff member and that his $3 million buyout would be withheld. A 15 month-long court case followed, embarrassing the university that wound up paying $500,000 in legal fees before ultimately agreeing with Beaty on a $2.55 million settlement.
Long also was criticized in 2019 for bringing Snoop Dogg to Late Night in the Phog, the annual kickoff to basketball practice. The rapper’s performance included four scantily dressed dancers doing routines on stripper poles and the firing of fake $100 bills into the crowd, an apparently flippant reference to the NCAA’s investigation into allegations that Kansas basketball coaches funneled money through an Adidas rep to potential players.
“I take full responsibility for not understanding what acrobatic dancers are in today’s entertainment world,” Long said in response to the backlash, “and offer my personal apology to anyone who was offended.”
But the biggest embarrassment for Long, whose five-year deal paid him $1.5 million annually, came on the football field, where the hiring of Miles resulted in just three wins over two seasons and ended in disaster.
After firing Beaty, Long claimed to have cast a wide net in search of a replacement, even though he later admitted in a deposition that Kansas had hired a documentary film crew to shoot Miles before he had been hired.
Last week, LSU released a pair of reviews conducted by separate law firms into allegations Miles had made sexual advances toward two female members of the program while coaching the Tigers. Miles was placed on administrative leave by Kansas, and the two sides agreed to a $2 million settlement to terminate the remaining years on his contract.
Long said a series of background checks took place before the Jayhawks hired Miles in 2018, and that nobody within the LSU athletic department raised any red flags. Asked why he was unaware of the allegations against a friend of his dating to their days at Michigan in the late 1980s, Long offered little explanation.
“We ran multiple background checks,” he said. “I also asked Coach Miles directly during the interview process whether there was anything in his past that could potentially embarrass the university, himself or the program and he said, `No.'”
“I think much is played about our friendship,” Long added. “It’s a friendship that was certainly not the reason why we were hiring him to be the head coach. He was an established head coach, he was an incredible recruiter.”
Kansas already was planning to hire a search firm to assist in finding a football coach, but Girod made it clear that he wants the next athletic director in place before resuming the process. That means offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will continue to serve as the acting coach heading into spring practice.
“I step down knowing that I did my very best for the university,” Long said. “We made strides in academics, fundraising, facilities and diversity and inclusion, among other areas, and I truly believe the best days of Kansas athletics lie ahead.”
MLB NEWS: Reds star Joey Votto out after positive COVID-19 test
(AP) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is out for an indefinite period after testing positive for COVID-19 at spring training, the team said Wednesday.
The Reds put Votto on the injured list and he gave the team permission to announce he was sidelined because he had tested positive for the virus.
Reds manager David Bell said there were “no indications of any other issues with our team.” Players are tested at least every other day.
The 36-year-old Votto has played in four spring training games, going 4 for 9 at the plate. Last season he hit .226 in 54 games, with 11 home runs and 22 RBIs.
“He was feeling very good about where he was, so hopefully he’ll be back as quick as possible,” Bell said.
The Reds open the regular season April 1.
MLB NEWS: Astros top prospect Whitley to have Tommy John surgery
(AP) Houston Astros top prospect right-hander Forrest Whitley will have Tommy John surgery.
Whitley was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Sunday after experiencing discomfort during a batting practice session last week. He received a second opinion before opting for the surgery this week.
Baker did not have any additional details on when or where the surgery would be performed.
The 23-year-old Whitley was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft but has yet to reach the majors as he’s been hampered by injuries and a 50-game suspension in 2018 for violating the minor league drug program.
“He’s a talent that’s been on and off the off the injured list,” manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday. “And so hopefully we can go do the operation and then his career can skyrocket from there once he’s ready.”
NHL NEWS: Artemi Panarin rejoins Rangers after 2-week leave of absence
(AP) — Artemi Panarin rejoined the New York Rangers for practice in Boston on Wednesday after taking a two-week leave of absence.
Coach David Quinn said Panarin won’t play Thursday night against the Bruins and his timeline for getting back to game action is unclear. But there’s a buzz around the Rangers that their highest-paid and best player is back.
“He walked in at breakfast and everyone was pretty happy to see him,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “We heard rumblings that he might be meeting us in Boston, so everyone kind of kept it quiet, but I think everyone was excited. Obviously great to have him back and happy to have him back in the locker room. I think the team’s obviously excited to have him back around.”
Panarin left the team Feb. 22 after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked a woman in Latvia almost a decade ago, which he denies.
The team called it a fabricated story designed to intimidate Panarin for his political views. Andrei Nazarov, a former NHL enforcer who coached Panarin in the Kontinental Hockey League, said he was motivated to speak about the alleged incident because he disagreed with Panarin’s repeated criticism of the Russian government.
Panarin, 29, has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and earlier this year posted his support on social media for opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Trouba said Rangers players talked about Panarin’s situation and welcomed him back with open arms, calling it “business as usual.”
“He’s got a great relationship with all those guys,” Quinn said. “He’s been in contact with the players all throughout this, so nobody’s wondering what was going on. These guys are fully in his corner. They understand the situation. The fact that he’s got such a great relationship with all these guys has made all of this a lot easier.”
Panarin, who was an MVP finalst last season, has missed the past eight games. The Rangers are 4-4 without him.
“Obviously we miss his production and what he brings on the ice, but there’s so many different elements that he brings off the ice,” defenseman Ryan Lindgren said. “He’s a fantastic teammate and such a nice guy, and we definitely miss him a lot.”
Panarin is in his second season with the Rangers after signing an $81.5 million, seven-year contract with them in 2019. He was New York’s leading scorer when he stepped away.
Quinn isn’t sure where Panarin will go in the lineup when he gets his legs back enough to play. Panarin was not made available as part of the Rangers’ video media availability Wednesday.
“He’s here and just getting ready to play,” Quinn. “To me, he’s all in, ready to go. He’s been off the ice for a while, so we’ve got to get him game ready.”
TENNIS NEWS: After year-long layoff, Federer returns with a win in Doha
(AP) After more than a year out, Roger Federer started his 24th season on tour with a win.
It was far from easy for the former No. 1, though, as he was pushed hard by Dan Evans at the Qatar Open before winning the second-round match 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-5 on Wednesday.
It was Federer’s first match in 405 days after having knee surgery following the 2020 Australian Open.
“Feels good to be back,” Federer said in an on-court interview. “I’m happy to be standing here regardless of if I won or lost. But obviously winning feels better.”
Playing for nearly 2 1/2 hours tested the 39-year-old Swiss player’s stamina following his long break. Federer saved a set point at 6-5 down in the first-set tiebreaker and saved two break points at 3-3 in the deciding set before sealing the win with a break of Evans’ serve.
He showed flashes of his usual brilliance along the way, clinching the first set with a perfect cross-court backhand winner as Evans charged into the net. Having failed to convert a match point at 5-4 in the decider, he used another backhand down the line to clinch the win on his second attempt.
Federer said he used Evans as a training partner as he prepared for his comeback, playing more than 20 sets against the Briton in the previous weeks.
“It has been a long and tough road for me. I enjoyed it though,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. “It has been a huge challenge of mine in my tennis career and to come back at my age is not something that is very simple.”
Federer will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals after the Georgian beat Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-2.
Top-seeded Dominic Thiem rallied to beat Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 for a place in the quarters.
Thiem’s next opponent is fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who didn’t face a single break point in his 6-4, 6-3 win against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.
Third-seeded Andrey Rublev advanced without taking to the court after his opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew with a leg injury.
Denis Shapovalov won an all-Canadian match against Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 6-4. That sets up a quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz of the U.S., who upset sixth-seeded David Goffin 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (9). Fritz saved a match point at 6-5 down in the decider and twice more in the tiebreaker.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 John McGraw, manager of new American League’s Orioles, signs Charlie Grant, trying to pass off the black infielder as a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. The skipper’s scheme to secretly integrate the major leagues unravels in Chicago when White Sox president Charles Comiskey objects to Baltimore’s new player, after recognizing the true identity of the team’s second baseman.
1933 A significant earthquake during an exhibition game in L.A. sends the Cubs and Giants scurrying to second base until the tremors stop. The seismic event, which takes place along the 46-mile-long Newport-Inglewood Fault, is estimated at a magnitude of 6.3.
1933 Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player after being fired as the Cubs’ manager last August. The ‘Rajah’s’ return to the Redbirds, after a six-year absence, will be short-lived when he is claimed on waivers in July by the crosstown AL’s Browns, who make him the skipper of the last-place club, replacing the recently-resigned Bill Killefer.
1953 Braves’ owner Lou Perini proposes a ban on any major league franchise shift to an existing minor league city until October 1st. Boston, who owns the Milwaukee minor league franchise, had invoked its territorial privilege last week to block the Browns’ attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.
1953 The Dodgers defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the first game played in Holman Stadium, their Grapefruit League ballpark at the team’s spring training complex in Vero Beach, better known as Dodgertown. Fifty-five years later, Carl Erskine, the game’s starting pitcher, will return to play the national anthem on his harmonica as an 81 year-old at the club’s last game at the storied facility.
1957 Representative Emanuel Celler, whose congressional committee is investigating baseball, calls Commissioner Ford Frick a czar. The New York congressman takes exception when the baseball boss cautions the major league owners about commenting on the recent decision by the Supreme Court concerning pro football coming under antitrust rules.
1958 American League president Will Harridge informs the circuit’s umpires the wearing of a helmet is mandatory for batters this season, reinforcing the edict passed by a 7-1 vote of the owners at their December meeting in Colorado Springs. The Red Sox dissent, knowing their slugger Ted Williams adamantly is opposed to wearing headgear, asserting the protective equipment will interfere with the timing of their hitters.
1961 At Palm Springs, former president Dwight Eisenhower is a no-show at the Angels’ first-ever exhibition game, an 8-3 victory over the Cubs. Ike had been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but decided to go fishing instead.
1988 California Angels manager Gene Mauch, citing health issues, takes a leave of absence and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. The Halos’ skipper will officially announce his retirement in two weeks, leaving the game with a managerial record of 1,902 wins and 2,037 losses during his 26-year tenure in the dugout with the Phillies, Expos, Twins, and California.
2001 Preston Wilson, the franchise’s first 30-30 player, signs a $32 million five-year contract with Florida. The 26 year-old Marlin center fielder, who is the stepson and nephew of former major leaguer Mookie Wilson, was obtained from the Mets in the Mike Piazza deal in 1998.
2002 The Red Sox replace once-popular skipper Joe Kerrigan, who was fired last week, with Grady Little, who will manage the team for two years, compiling a 188-136 (.580) record and making one appearance in the postseason as the AL wild card. Boston does not renew the contract of their new manager after he becomes the target of fans’ angst for not replacing Pedro Martinez in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, a contest the team loses in the eleventh on Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run.
2004 The first contest played at Petco Park, the Padres’ new home, establishes the record for the best-attended game in college baseball history when 40,106 fans watch Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs beat the University of Hawaii, 4-0. The previous mark of 27,673 was established in 2002 when state rivals LSU and Tulane met in the Superdome in New Orleans.
2006 First baseman Nick Johnson (.289, 15, 74) and the Nationals agree to a $16.5 million, three-year contract extension. The 27 year-old first baseman, who signed a $3.2 million, one-year deal in January to avoid arbitration, has often been injured since making his big league debut with the Yankees five years ago.
2010 Todd Helton and the Rockies agree to a $9.9 million, two-year contract extension that takes the first baseman through the 2013 season. The 38 year-old fan favorite, who has played his entire career in Colorado, hit .325, with 15 home runs, and drove in 86 runs last season after undergoing back surgery in September of 2008.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) – Before this season she had never won a World Cup race, but with a victory here today Picabo Street became the first American to clinch a World Cup downhill championship. Street, the 23-year-old native of Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Olympic silver medalist in the downhill last year, won her fourth straight race and fifth overall in a time of 1 minute 50.57 seconds.
The following article by Christopher Clarey appeared in The Times four days before Picabo Street won the title.
SAALBACH, Austria – Even if Picabo Street had not begun dominating the World Cup downhill circuit, she would have turned her share of Tyrolean heads. In a discipline where the difference between fabulous and fair is usually too small to be counted aloud, camaraderie is not always part of the tight-lipped proceedings. But Street, the free-spirited daughter of free spirits, has never been one for quietly toeing the party line. Seldom has she met a topic she didn’t want to exhaust, a stranger she didn’t want to befriend or a facade she didn’t want to bring crashing down. She has drawn a smile from the imperious Katja Seizinger by yanking on her ski jacket. She has moved young Austrian rivals to shout “morning!” at the top of their lungs from a passing chairlift. She has partied with fellow Norwegian speed demons until well after the midnight sun has called it an evening.
At the same time, she has wreaked havoc on the pecking order. Until Street burst onto the scene with her braided, red ponytail protruding from her crash helmet, no American had won four World Cup downhills in a career. Not Cindy Nelson. Not Hilary Lindh, Street’s current teammate and polar opposite. Not even Bill Johnson, the mouth that roared loudest in 1984. But little more than a year since her Olympic silver medal in Norway, Street has managed to win four downhills in a single season, including the last three in a row. She would have won another last month if Michaela Gerg-Leitner hadn’t come up with an improbable run from the 30th start position to snatch victory away in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Five days before that, Florence Masnada conjured up the same sort of magic with bib No. 29 to keep Street from winning her first World Cup Super G. But that about sums up Street’s list of recent disappointments, unless you count breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Mike Makar, and being separated from her new dog, Dugan, a Christmas gift from her parents, Stubby and Dee.
“The last couple years as my results got better, I got more hungry,” said Street, who earned few compliments for her work ethic before joining the World Cup circuit in 1992 and was sent home from a training camp in 1990 for burning the candle too much at one end. “I just started chomping at the bit a little bit more,” she said. “I started reaping and sowing, reaping and sowing. And I figured the more I sowed, the more I would reap. Now it’s got to the point where I want to go for the World Cup overall.”
Picabo Street won another World Cup downhill championship in 1996. She was the gold medalist in the Super G competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan.
1945: Byron Nelson began a P.G.A.-record 11-tournament winning streak as he teamed with Jug McSpaden in the Miami Four-Ball tournament at Miami Springs Golf Club. Nelson carried the streak solo through the Canadian Open at Thornhill Country Club in Toronto on Aug. 4.
1996: N.F.L. owners voted to allow the Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell to move his team to Baltimore, where they were renamed the Ravens. Outraged Browns fans finally received a replacement franchise, with the team’s distinctive brown-and-white uniforms and caramel-colored helmets, in 1999.
1989: Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who became a three-time Olympic gold medalist, ended the annual skiing campaign by winning the women’s slalom at Shigakogen, Japan, giving her 14 World Cup victories for the season, a record that still stands. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden won 13 Cup races in 1977-78, the most ever by a man.
1940 WORLD SERIES
As America welcomed in a new and promising decade, the Cincinnati Reds were still recovering from a miserable loss to the New York Yankees in the previous year’s Series. The American League’s newest dynasty had once again, swept the National League champs in four games (without Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig in their line-up). The Reds almost prevented a sweep in the bottom of the tenth (in Game 4) as they managed to send the tying run to the plate three times, but were unable to finish the job as Johnny Murphy protected the Yankees’ 7-4 lead for their second consecutive sweep, and fourth consecutive World Series title.
Many National League fans had hoped that a worthy contender would finally step up and dethrone the perennial American League champions, but Cincinnati had come up short… very short. Things were finally looking up for the Nationals in 1940 as Bill McKechnie’s club raced to one-hundred victories with a twelve-game margin in the National League pennant race and surprisingly, it was the New York Yankees who had come up short this time for the American League title. The Detroit Tigers had finished one game ahead of Cleveland and two in front of New York with a line-up that combined for seventy-four home runs and two-hundred eighty-four runs batted in. Plus, four Tiger regulars batted .313 or higher.
The American League’s newest offensive superpower exhibited some of the skills that had dethroned the defending World Champions in Game 1 as they ran Reds’ starter Paul Derringer from the mound in a five-run second on the way to a 7-2 opening victory. Pinky Higgins, Dick Bartell and Bruce Campbell each knocked in two runs for Detroit, who got solid eight-hit pitching from Bobo Newsom whose father had died suddenly after coming in from South Carolina to see his son pitch. The Reds were able to even it up the next day as Jimmy Ripple’s two-run homer and Bucky Walters’ three-hit pitching enabled Cincinnati to win, 5-3.
The “seesaw nature” of the Series continued in Game 3 as the Tigers regained the upper hand. Rudy York (who had thirty-three home runs and one-hundred thirty-four runs batted in), and Game 1 standout Pinky Higgins both nailed crucial two-run homers in a 1-1, seventh to push their team to a Series leading 7-4 triumph. Reds’ starter Paul Derringer returned for Game 4 and had his revenge with a brilliant five-hit, 5-2 winner that tied the Series at 2 games apiece. The previous two seasons’ one-sided, four game sweeps had left the Series with a feeling of predictability. After four close outings, it was truly anyone’s game and the Commissioner’s Office was obviously pleased with the competitive nature of the 1940 contest.
Detroit kept the streak alive in Game 5 with a strong 8-0 performance that featured an emotional, three-hit outing by the mourning Newsom (who had dedicated the win to his father). Teammate Hank Greenberg contributed a three-run homer and batted in four runs in support as the Tiger veteran capped off a monstrous season in which he had knocked the American League’s top pitchers for forty-one homers, one-hundred fifty runs batted in and a .340 batting average. Games 6 and 7 would move east to Cincinnati, but home-field advantage had been certainly offset by the welcome pattern of alternating wins. Nevertheless, it was the Reds turn and sure enough, they delivered. Bucky Walters had not only thrown a five-hit shutout, but he also added a homerun for the 4-0 victory. Tigers Manager Del Baker called on his #1 ace Newsom for Game 7, even if that pitcher was coming off only one day of rest. McKechnie opted for Derringer, who had two.
Newsom, a twenty-game winner in the American League for the third consecutive season, was the beneficiary of an unearned run in the third and made that run stand up through six innings. However, Frank McCormick, easily the Reds’ top power threat (with nineteen homers and one-hundred twenty-seven runs batted in during ’40), and Ripple hit consecutive doubles to open the Reds’ seventh. With the game tied, 1-1, Jimmie Wilson bunted Ripple to third and after pinch-hitter Ernie Lombardi was given an intentional walk, Billy Myers drove him home with a fly ball to deep center. Derringer was now working with a 2-1 lead and was determined to nail down the Series title. He allowed an inning-opening single to Charlie Gehringer in the eighth, and then retired the Tigers’ next six batters. The alternating-victory sequence had ended, and so had Cincinnati’s long wait for their second Series triumph. Derringer and Walters, (both twenty-game winners – Derringer for the third straight season and Walters for the second), saved face for their winless efforts in the ’39 Series by posting two victories apiece this time. The Reds’ Bill Werber batted a Series-high .370, Wilson hit .353 and Ripple finished with an impressive .333. Ripple and Ival Goodman had six and five runs batted in, respectively, for the winners.
The season, while ending on a joyous note for Cincinnati, had sadness, too. In early August, their reserve catcher, Willard Hershberger had committed suicide in his Boston hotel room. Detroit’s standout was Newsom, who had overcome extreme emotional adversity and won two of three decisions with a 1.38 earned-run average in twenty-six innings. Campbell, Greenberg and Higgins posted .360, .357 and .333 averages and Barney McCosky had a .304 Series mark. None of which was enough to prevent the Cincinnati Reds from winning their first World Series of the non-tainted variety. The title’s legitimacy finally gave the Nationals the respect they deserved and it was the first time since 1919 (when they were the beneficiaries of the famous “Black Sox Scandal”) that the Reds were hailed as true champions.
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