KALAMAZOO, Mich. – In the second period at Wings Stadium, the best shot of the game sailed just under the crossbar and into the net.
It was off the stick of Komets captain Colin Chaulk.
However, it went into his own net, as he was trying to blast a rebound out of harm’s way.
It was that kind of night for the Komets, whose five-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-2 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings.Continue reading Exhausted Komets have winning streak snapped
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George altered his pregame routine Saturday to try to get back on track after a slow start. It didn't take very long to notice a difference.
George scored a season-high 20 points and the Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-85 victory over the winless Washington Wizards.
''Guys seemed a little tired, but really gutted it out,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ''We made some adjustments to our rotation to put our bench in a better position to succeed.Continue reading George helps Pacers top lowly Wizards 89-85
BOSTON (AP) -- Alabama's loss cleared out one of the teams in the way of Notre Dame's 2012 title hopes. An hour later, the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish avoided one of their peskiest obstacles of years past.
Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more on Saturday night to help Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6, giving the Irish a workmanlike victory over a rival that had twice before ended their drive to a national championship.
''You can't come out and worry about another team that lost. You have to be focused on the task at hand,'' Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson said. ''Wins don't come easy. Boston College plays us hard every year.''Continue reading Golson leads Notre Dame to 21-6 win over BC
The two running backs ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns and Ball moved into second place on the career touchdown list, leading the Badgers to a 62-14 rout at Indiana and back to the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin finished with a school-record 564 yards rushing and crushed the Memorial Stadium record for an opponent - 441 yards set by Michigan State in 1974 and matched by Northwestern in 1999.
Ball's big day probably should have been expected.
Continue reading Ball's big day leads Wisconsin past Indiana 62-14
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Purdue stunned Iowa 27-24 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years.
Purdue led 24-14 before Iowa (4-6, 2-4) rallied to tie the game with 3:32 left. But the Boilermakers stuffed the Hawkeyes on fourth down with 16 seconds left, and then drove 37 yards to set up the game-winning kick by Griggs.Continue reading Purdue stuns Iowa 27-24 to snap 5-game skid
What took place Friday night in Mackey Arena should surprise no one who understands college basketball.
Older, more experienced Bucknell never flinched against young and talented Purdue, which played without leading returning scorer Terone Johnson, rallying in the final five minutes for a 70-65 season-opening victory in the 2K Sports Classic.
Johnson, who averaged 21 points in two exhibition games, rolled an ankle in Tuesday’s practice and was unable to move easily when he tried to warm up two hours before Friday night’s tipoff. While the Boilermakers certainly missed their junior guard, Bucknell’s poise and attention to detail down the stretch snapped Purdue’s 26-game non-conference home winning streak.Continue reading Purdue drops opener against Bucknell, 70-65
It was ugly.
The 7-foot center and 6-9 forward combined for 33 points and 25 rebounds, overwhelming an undersized foe and leading No.1 Indiana to a 97-54 season-opening victory.
''One of the things is they had a huge size advantage and they have the best player in the country, I think he was 8 of 10 tonight,'' Bryant coach Tim O'Shea said. ''Our two big guys, they both fouled out. So it was very difficult guarding him. We're not going to play against another Cody Zeller the rest of the year.''
For the Hoosiers (1-0), it was a special night as they won their 15th consecutive season opener and 28th straight home opener.Continue reading Zeller leads No. 1 Indiana past Bryant 97-54
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One by one, the key players for the Minnesota Timberwolves keep going down.
One by one, someone else keeps stepping up for a team that has emerged as one of the big surprises of the first two weeks of the season.Continue reading Budinger's layup lifts Wolves to win over Pacers
FORT WAYNE – The pre-game excitement revolved around the presence of Mike Emrick , the national voice of hockey in the U.S. who works for NBC. The native of Lafontaine broadcast the Komets’ game against Evansville on WOWO-AM 1190 with Bob Chase and Robbie Irons after being hounded for autographs at Memorial Coliseum early Friday night.
But there was eventually a game to be played – a pretty exciting one, the 4,500th in Komets’ history – against the rival IceMen.
Led by two goals and an assist from left wing Josh Brittain, the Komets won 5-2 for their fifth victory in a row.
Continue reading Emrick calls Komets’ 5th straight win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Inspiration one week, domination the next.
The Indianapolis Colts became the latest to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, winning 27-10 on Thursday night behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck's two rushing touchdowns.
Darius Butler returned an interception for a score as the Colts (6-3) won their fourth consecutive game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jaguars (1-8) have lost six straight, their worst start in franchise history.
The Colts had cause for concern following an emotional victory four days earlier, one in which cancer-stricken coach Chuck Pagano delivered a passionate, postgame speech in the locker room. Interim coach Bruce Arians was worried the team might crash from the emotional high.Continue reading Luck runs for 2 TDS, Colts beat Jaguars 27-10
ATLANTA (AP) -- When Kyle Korver was missing shots and the Hawks were struggling, coach Larry Drew grabbed Korver near the bench and told the 3-point specialist to keep shooting.
Korver nodded, said he would and then kept his word when the game was on the line.
Korver scored eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, in a late 18-0 run and the Hawks, who trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, beat the Indiana Pacers 89-86 on Wednesday night.
Korver missed five of six 3-pointers in the first three quarters, but Drew said he remained confident in his shooter.Continue reading Korver, Hawks rally late to beat Pacers, 89-86
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TOLEDO, Ohio - The Ball State University football team (7-3, 4-2 MAC) pulled off a 34-27 upset over No. 23/25 and Mid-American Conference leader Toledo (8-2, 5-1 MAC) Tuesday night at the Glass Bowl.
The Cardinals now have won four straight under the guidance of second-year head coach Pete Lembo for the first time since the 2008 season.
"It doesn't get any better than this," said Lembo. "Our guys just hang in there and keep battling. We're not a great team, but we're a team. We're together. We ride out the highs and lows and we keep believing.
"I thought we had a great gameplan coming in. We overcame three turnovers and that's hard to do whether it's at home, on the road or against a team that's this good."
Sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards ran for a 15-yard score with 1:43 left on the clock to put the Cardinals ahead by a touchdown. The Cardinals defense then forced the Rockets to turn the ball over on downs to secure the win.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs have won four NBA championships, made 32 playoff appearances and captured 18 division titles in their 40-year history.
Yet for all their success, they had never opened a season with four straight victories.
''I'm surprised we're still doing records,'' Parker said. ''It seems like we did everything, but that's another one. That's great.''
Continue reading Spurs beat Pacers 101-79 for first 4-0 start
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Chuck Pagano provided the inspiration, then Andrew Luck delivered a record-setting performance in yet another win for the surprising Indianapolis Colts.
After a 23-20 victory over Miami, the ailing coach offered even more encouragement.
Picked by many to be among the NFL's weakest team, the rebuilding Colts are now in the playoff conversation at 5-3.Continue reading Colts follow Luck's lead past Miami 23-20
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers (2-1) are still trying to figure out how to make up for Danny Granger's absence.
In the meantime, they're content to rely on their suddenly staunch defense.
George Hill scored the first four points of the second overtime Saturday night and his teammates took care of the rest, allowing only three baskets over the final 10:45 to lead the Pacers past Sacramento 106-98 in double overtime.
''Not the prettiest game in the world, but we got the W,'' coach Frank Vogel said. ''Like early last season, our defense is carrying us.''
The drastic turnabout may be the biggest surprise in Indy early this season.Continue reading Pacers defense stymies Kings in 2 OT, 106-98