Introducing the 2022 All-SEC boys basketball teams
The Southeastern Conference released its All-SEC teams for boys basketball this week, which featured the top performers from the 2021-2022 season. Ann Arbor Huron won the SEC-Red had four players earn recognition, while Ann Arbor Skyline also claimed four spots in the SEC-Red.mlive.com
Introducing the 2022 All-SEC girls basketball teams
--SEC-WHITEChelsea’s Megan McCalla reaches for the rebound during a girls basketball game at Chelsea High School on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. Chesney Wilke, Tecumseh, Forward, Jr.Avery Lay, Chelsea, Forward, Fr. FIRST TEAMSophie Canen, Saline, Guard, Sr.Sydney Pnacek, Dexter, Forward, Sr.Lauren DeWolf, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Guard, Sr.Grace Ryan, Temperance Bedford, Forward, Sr.Ava Perry, Ann Arbor Skyline, Guard, Jr.Brianna Rodriguez, Dexter, Guard, Sr.Kate Stemmer, Saline, Guard, So. HONORABLE MENTIONElena Leucht, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Savannah Brewer, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Brianna Clark, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr.Stephanie Clark, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Sophia Bissell, Monroe, Fr. Ava Victory, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Tamia French, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Cora Williams, Ann Arbor Huron, Fr.mlive.com
Meet the 2022 All-SEC hockey teams
(Alie Skowronski/mlive.com)Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsFIRST TEAM(Name, School, Position, Year)Griffin Clark, Saline, Forward, Sr.Mateo Iadipaolo, Saline, Forward, So. Alex Nakashima, Ann Arbor Skyline, Jr.Jack Bazzani, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Peter Shellhaas, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Gavin Regalado, Temperance Bedford, Jr.Zach Ingalls, Temperance Bedford, Sr.Braylon Czarnik, Temperance Bedford, Fr. Thomas Kreske, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Lukas Schaefer, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Francis Roderique, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Devn McDaniel, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Thomas Hart, Ann Arbor Huron, Jr.David Patterson, Ann Arbor Huron, Jr.--SEC-WHITEChelsea junior forward Devin McIntyre poses for a photo following the team's Division 3 regional final win over Milford on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea, Michigan. Carson Lacinski, Jackson United, Forward, Jr.Jack Whyte, Jackson United, Defense, So. Jack Roberts, Chelsea, Forward, Jr.Brandon Davila, Chelsea, Forward, So.mlive.com
Kentucky stuns No. 1 South Carolina to win SEC women's title
Dre’una Edwards hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds left, and the Kentucky Wildcats rallied from 15 points down to upset top-ranked South Carolina 64-62 to win their first Southeastern Conference women’s tournament championship since 1982 and second all-time.
LSU vs. Kentucky - NCAA Men’s Basketball (2/23/22) | Tip-Off, How to Watch, Preview
One of the top men’s basketball teams in the Southeastern Conference looks to string some wins together as we creep closer and closer to the conference tournaments. The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to move back up towards the top of the country when they meet with the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night. Like their conference record, LSU is .500 in the month of February, posting a 3-3 mark so far this month. What: NCAA Men’s BasketballWho: LSU Tigers (19-8, 7-7 SEC) vs. #6 Kentucky Wildcats (22-5, 11-3 SEC)When: Wednesday, February 23Time: 9:00 p.m. ETWhere: Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center (Lexington, Ky.)Channel: ESPNStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling, DirecTV StreamCheck out the NCAA Men’s Basketball rankings heremlive.com
Vote for the Jackson-area Athlete of the Week for January 31-February 5
JACKSON -- Conference champions were crowned in wrestling, conference races got shaken up in basketball, and through it all the past week produced some big-time performances in the Jackson area. Here is this week’s ballot for the Jackson-area Athlete of the Week. Parma Western's Alyna Lewis (10) passes the ball during a high school girls basketball game at Northwest High School on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Grass Lake's Gabi Lutchka (32) shoots the ball during a high school girls basketball at Napoleon High School on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Aidan Frost during football practice at Addison High School on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.mlive.com
Ypsilanti pulls away in second half to beat Jackson
JACKSON -- Ypsilanti and Jackson were tied late in the third quarter of their Southeastern Conference-White girls basketball game on Friday. But a Grizzlies run to end the third quarter and open the fourth helped Ypsilanti pull out a 35-26 win. Jackson (2-8, 1-3 SEC White) struggled to shoot from the field much of the way, hitting 9-of-66 from the field. We were able to do that and get some stops, cause them to make a few mistakes.”Jackson was able to slow Ypsilanti with some strong defense, forcing 20 turnovers. “The whole game, even when they tied the score, I felt the tempo was in our favor,” Ypsilanti coach Dwayne Scott said.mlive.com
What’s being said nationally after Georgia blasts Michigan in Orange Bowl
With Michigan and Georgia featuring similar-style teams, many college football pundits expected a close game in Friday’s Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. 3 Georgia dominated on both sides of the ball, earning a 34-11 victory to set up a rematch against No. The national title game will be a rematch from the SEC championship as the conference improves to 14-4 during the eight years of the CFP. Georgia cruises into College Football Playoff title game with rout of Michigan (ESPN)Michigan, Jim Harbaugh’s next big challenge? 2 Michigan 34-11 in CFP (Associated Press)Stetson Bennett quiets the noise, makes beating Michigan look easy (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Georgia hammers Michigan, earns CFP title game rematch with Alabama (Washington Post)mlive.com
SEC Championship Game: Alabama vs. Georgia (12/4/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
Watch college football on FuboTV (7-day free trial)The Crimson Tide lost a single conference game this season, but are still one of the best in the country. Since the loss to Texas A&M in early October, the Tide have rolled to six-straight wins, and their third championship game in four seasons. Since the SEC Championship Game to fruition in 1992, Alabama is 9-4 when the conference title is at stake, with Georgia going 3-4. These two schools have met only twice in the championship game, with the Tide winning both in 2012 and 2018. What: SEC Championship Game (NCAA Football)Who: #4 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. #1 Georgia Bulldogs (12-0, 8-0 SEC)When: Saturday, December 4Time: 3:30 p.m.mlive.com
LSU hires Kelly away from Notre Dame to be Tigers next coach
LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a stunning move by one of the most accomplished coaches in college football jumping from the sport's most storied program to an Southeastern Conference powerhouse. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that Kelly was leaving Notre Dame for LSU. It was the second bombshell in college football in as many days, coming a little more than 24 hours after Southern California lured Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma.news.yahoo.com
Meet the All-SEC high school volleyball teams for 2021
ANN ARBOR – With the Michigan high school volleyball state semifinals set to take place today, it’s time to reflect on the accomplishments of athletes in one of the state’s most recognized conferences. The Southeastern Conference announced its All-Conference volleyball teams this week with more than 20 athletes receiving first-team honors.mlive.com
Ann Arbor football roundup: Saline runs table in regular season for first time since 2016
For the first time in five years, Saline’s football team will enter the postseason undefeated after a 34-21 win over Lake Orion on Friday. The Hornets clinched their eighth straight Southeastern Conference-Red title in the process and closed out the regular season ranked as the No. 3 team in Division 1.mlive.com
Pioneer cross county teams reign supreme at SEC Championships
DEXTER – The Southeastern Conference held its cross country championships on Thursday with impressive performances all around. Two-time defending girls state champion Ann Arbor Pioneer claimed the SEC-Red division crown and the Pioneers’ boys team also took home the title, while Pinckney’s girls team and Chelsea’s boys team won the SEC-White crowns. Pioneer sophomore Rachel Forsyth finished first overall to win the SEC-Red girls individual title with a time of 17:48.30 and Pioneer senior Owen Johnson claimed the boys title in 16:05.60. In the SEC-White, Pinckney’s Cecelia Thorington (19:35.20) and Caleb Jarema (15:38.50) each finished first overall in the girls and boys races, respectively. Check out the Top 10 finishers for both the girls and boys races below.mlive.com
Arkansas fined after fans rush field following win vs Texas
The Southeastern Conference has fined Arkansas $100,000 after Razorbacks fans rushed the field following last Saturday’s 40-21 win over Texas. The fans violated the league’s access to competition area policy that was adopted in 2004. It states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times.”news.yahoo.com
AP source: Big 12 presidents set to vote on adding 4 schools
The Big 12 is moving swiftly to plug the holes looming with the upcoming departure of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conference. A person familiar with the Big 12′s expansion plans said the conference’s presidents are scheduled to vote on applications for entry into the league at a meeting Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 has not been publicly disclosing its discussions about rebuilding the conference in preparation of Texas and Oklahoma leaving in 2025.news.yahoo.com
AP Top 25: Georgia jumps to No. 2 behind Tide; UCLA moves in
Georgia jumped three spots to No. 2 behind Alabama in The Associated Press Top 25 released Tuesday, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 30th time in the 85-year history of the college football poll. It is the second time in the last three seasons and the third in the last five that the SEC is sitting 1-2 in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank. Alabama and LSU had a four-week run as Nos.news.yahoo.com
Big 12 warns of losing 50% of TV value following UT/OU exit
The Big 12 Conference could see the value of its television deal cut in half once Texas and Oklahoma bolt for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday at a hearing of Texas lawmakers. A committee of Texas senators heard testimony from university leaders at Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech on the monetary and academic losses that conference realignment would mean for the Big 12 and its members once Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC in 2025.news.yahoo.com
Texas board votes to accept invitation to SEC; OU on deck
The board of regents for the University of Texas voted unanimously Friday to accept an invitation for the Longhorns to join the Southeastern Conference. The University of Oklahoma board of regents was also meeting to consider a change of conference from the Big 12 to the SEC, and a similar result was expected. The SEC voted to extend invitations to Texas and its Big 12 rival Oklahoma on Thursday, with the move scheduled for July 1, 2025 — for now.news.yahoo.com
Introducing the 2021 All-SEC baseball teams
Alex Gerdenich, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Ozan Uyulur, Ann Arbor Huron, Jr. Caleb Winklman, Monroe, Jr.Garret Labeau, Monroe, Jr.Joey Nagle, Temperance Bedford, Sr.Connor Laskey, Temperance Bedford, Jr.Adan Reed, Temperance Bedford, Jr.Donnie Thompson, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Cole Allen, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jr.Ben Stratman, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Dayton Stamper, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Owen Sluymers-Tuccinardi, Ann Arbor SkylineJake Middleton, Ann Arbor Skyline, Jr.John Arnold, Ypsilanti, Sr.Atticus Carridine, Ypsilanti, So. JJ Arbini, Tecumseh, Sr.Jack Burnett, Tecumseh, Sr.Tanner Hawkins, Tecumseh, Sr.Ben Putnam, Pinckney, Sr.Jack Trachet, Pinckney, Sr.Bryce White, Pinckney, Jr.Chase Kemp, Chelsea, Sr.Joe Taylor, Chelsea, Sr.Jayden Smith, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Marcus Patton, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr. HONORABLE MENTIONBrendan Jones, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Caleb Baller, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So. Braylen Montgomery, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr.Jackson Meyer, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Ryan Rowsey, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr.Seth Austin, Tecumseh, Jr.Jake Burns, Tecumseh, So.mlive.com
Meet the 2021 All-SEC softball teams
It was a successful season for many Southeastern Conference teams and players during the 2021 regular season, and now those standout athletes are being recognized as All-SEC selections. Fourteen players from both the SEC-RED and the SEC-White earned first team honors, and more than a dozen players combined to earn honorable mention recognition between the two divisions. Here are the honorees for each division. (Alie Skowronski/mlive.com) Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsFIRST TEAM(Name, School, Year, Position)Becca Zachrich, Chelsea, Jr., CatcherMya Purdy, Chelsea, So., InfieldAndi Evers, Chelsea, Jr., InfieldEmilee Underwood, Chelsea, So., PitcherSamantha Sutton, Dexter, Sr., PitcherKylee Niswonger, Dexter, Sr., InfieldLivvy Mellifont, Dexter, Sr., InfieldMcKenna Johnson, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr., InfieldPaige Cunningham, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr., OutfieldAdrianna Kitchen, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So., CatcherCecelia Thorington, Pinckney, Fr., OutfieldAlli Novick, Pinckney, So., InfieldEmma Newlove, Tecumseh, Junior, CatcherCiara Ernst, Adrian, Fr., OutfieldChelsea's Maggie Olaveson(25) goes after the ball during a game against Dexter at Chelsea High School on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Alie Skowronski/mlive.com) Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsHONORABLE MENTIONLauren Snyder, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr., PitcherMadison Cunningham, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr., InfieldJaden Benschoter, Tecumseh, Jr., OutfieldBella Juozapaitis, Tecumseh, Fr., OutfieldMaggie Olaveson, Chelsea, Jr., OutfieldPaige Sayler, Dexter, Jr., PitcherSydney Pease, Pinckney, Jr., PitcherKatelyn Iott, Adrian, So., CatcherHailey Rodriguez, Jackson, Jr., InfieldMORE:Ann Arbor-area baseball, softball regional schedulesmlive.com
Introducing the 2021 All-SEC boys lacrosse teams
The Southeastern Conference has released its 2021 All-Conference boys lacrosse teams for the Red and White Divisions. Thirteen players from the SEC-White and 12 players from the SEC-Red honors while another 23 players were named honorable mention between the two divisions. Tecumseh and Saline finished 8-0 in the SEC-White and SEC-Red, respectively, to earn four spots on the first team. See which athletes earned recognition below. --SEC-WHITEFIRST TEAM(Name, School, Year, Position)Devin Macomber, Tecumseh, Sr., AttackOrlando Robison, Tecumseh, Sr., DefenseAlex Lawson, Tecumseh, Sr., MidfieldCody Everly, Tecumseh, Sr., GoalieHarrison Lanits, Chelsea, Sr., GoalieMitch Sumner Chelsea Sr AttackLogan Vaughn, Chelsea, Sr., AttackKevin Koenn, Dexter, Sr., AttackZach Norris, Dexter, Sr., MidfieldAJ Gordon, Dexter, Jr., AttackHunter Hendricks, Pinckney, Sr., DefenseJake Zettel Pinckney, Sr., MidfieldAntonio Moreno-Majeski, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So., MidfieldHONORABLE MENTIONLogan Moodt, Tecumseh, Sr., AttackKeegan Reau, Tecumseh, Sr. DefenseAJ Tokarski, Chelsea, Sr., MidfieldLiam Conti, Chelsea, Jr., MidfieldHenry Lantis, Chelsea, Jr., DefenseGerzan Herter, Dexter, So.mlive.com
SEC matches record with 7 teams named NCAA regional hosts
The Southeastern Conference matched its record with seven teams among 16 regional hosts announced Sunday for the NCAA baseball tournament. The hosts have locked up spots in the national tournament, and the rest of the 64-team field will be unveiled Monday. Each regional will be made up of four teams playing in a double-elimination format.news.yahoo.com
Report: Ex-Michigan QB Joe Milton transferring to Tennessee
The former Michigan quarterback is planning to transfer to the University of Tennessee this summer, according to a report Monday by Rocky Top Insider, a website devoted to covering the Volunteers, citing multiple unidentified sources. Milton has not yet announced the move, but a Joe Milton is currently listed in the school’s online directory. Because Milton is set to graduate, he’ll automatically be eligible to play for Tennessee this fall. In a post on social media, Reynolds announced his commitment to Utah State. Like Milton, Reynolds plans to graduate from Michigan this semester, making him immediately eligible to play in 2021.mlive.com
See the All-SEC girls basketball teams for 2021 season
ANN ARBOR – The shortened girls high school basketball season didn’t keep players from the Southeastern Conference down in 2021. RELATED: Meet the 2021 All-SEC boys basketball teams--SEC-WHITEDexter's Alayna Babut (14) looks to shoot after dodging Brighton's Makenna Smith (11) during Dexter's game against Brighton at Ann Arbor Skyline High School on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. --SEC-REDPioneer's Mya Hicks (14) goes in for a layup against Saline’s Emily Wilczynski (10) during a game at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor on Monday, March 15, 2021. Natalie Sweetland, Saline, Sr.Emily Wilczynski, Saline, Sr.Alexis Clark, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jr.Felicia Stewart, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Sophia Gray, Temperance Bedford, Jr.Molly Koviack, Temperance Bedford, Sr.Anna Sneider, Monroe, Sr.Elena Leucht, Ann Arbor Huron, Jr.Ava Perry, Ann Arbor Skyline, So. Clare Salata, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Brianna Clark, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So.mlive.com
Meet the 2021 All-SEC boys basketball teams
ANN ARBOR – It didn’t take long for the top boys basketball players from the Southeastern Conference to showcase their skills this season. --SEC-REDHuron's Devin Womack (2) moves the ball during Ypsilanti Lincoln's game against Ann Arbor Huron at Lincoln High School on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. FIRST TEAMJulian Lewis, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Devin Womack, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Kingsley Perkins, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Tyson Edmondson, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Braelon Green, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So. Gabe Damey, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Jack Williams, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Cooper Fairman, Saline, Jr.Lucas Henderson, Ypsilanti, Sr.Brandon Nigh, Temperance Bedford, Sr. HONORABLE MENTIONBrandon Rawls, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Sergio Bennett, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Jaylen Thompson, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Jorden Collier, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr.Jalen Broyles, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr.Chris Cayton, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Jermaine Davis, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Derek Caldwell, Saline, Sr.Jaden Pickett, Saline, Sr.Anthony Ferarri, Saline, Sr.Rasheed Sampson, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Aidan Lee, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Derrick Hatley Ypsilanti, Jr.Lance Maurer, Ypsilanti, Sr.Andrew Hollinger, Temperance Bedford, So.mlive.com
No. 6 Alabama adds another SEC title, edges LSU at tourney
Alabama players celebrate after beating LSU in the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Alabama won 80-79. 6 Alabama won the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the first time since 1991, holding off a late flurry to edge LSU 80-79 Sunday. Alabama, the reigning national champions in football, won its seventh tournament title overall, second in the SEC only to Kentucky's 31. Alabama did it by adding two more SEC titles in basketball after Nick Saban's squad won both the SEC and national championships a couple months ago. About 20 minutes before tip-off, Alabama and LSU players had to be separated at midcourt.
LSU upsets No. 8 Arkansas 78-71 to reach SEC tourney final
Arkansas (22-6) snapped a 12-game SEC winning streak that tied the program record set by the 1993-94 team that also ended in the SEC Tournament in the semifinals. Losing hurts every time regardless, and we really wanted this game.”The Razorbacks came in leading the SEC with 82.8 points a game. LSU took advantage after Arkansas guard Davonte Davis made a pair of free throws with 11:42 left tying it up at 52. The Tigers LSU reeled off 12 straight points to take the lead for good, and Gaines capped the spurt with a layup with 7:25 left. "I thought he played a really, really good floor game.
Down 15, No. 6 Alabama rallies past Tennessee in SEC semis
6 Alabama rallied from a big deficit in the final 17 minutes to beat Tennessee 73-68 Saturday in the SEC Tournament semifinals. AdTop-seeded Alabama (23-6) faces the LSU-Arkansas winner in Sunday’s championship in search of its first SEC Tournament title since 1991. The Volunteers trailed 69-68 when Davonte Gaines missed two foul shots with 25 seconds left. Yves Pons’ 3-pointer got Tennessee within 69-68 with 41.4 seconds left, but Quinerly added two free throws and Ellis two more with 3.7 seconds left to seal a tense game. Alabama: The Crimson Tide have thrived from long distance all season and weren’t about to change, even without Primo.
Alabama blows out Mississippi State 85-48 in SEC quarters
6 Alabama blew out Mississippi State 85-48 on Friday in an SEC quarterfinal. Alabama followed a couple of small early runs with a 17-0 surge over nearly five minutes for an eventual 43-13 cushion just before halftime. The Tide also swarmed the Bulldogs defensively, scoring 24 points off 14 first-half turnovers and holding them to 30% shooting overall. “To get beat this badly was really, really a bitter pill,” he said. Alabama drained 3s in bunches to put this game away early and protected the ball.
Kentucky NCAA hopes end after being bounced from SEC tourney
But things began spiraling downward for the Wildcats long before Thursday's disappointing 74-73 setback against Mississippi State that sealed their fate: No NCAA Tournament this year. AdDigesting the reality and enduring a losing season at college basketball's winningest program will make for a long offseason for the Wildcats. “But at the end of the day, you've gotta win games and you've gotta be tough and you've got to play winning basketball. The Wildcats rebounded to win their first three SEC games, only to seesaw between a four-game skid and three-game winning streak. One of the main issues for the Wildcats was putting up points, as Kentucky ranked 200th in Division I in scoring.
No. 7 Gamecocks win SEC Tourney 67-62 over No. 16 Georgia
Aliyah Boston had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina, which only a week ago lost at No. South Carolina, though, righted things in a big way at the SEC Tournament. Boston then followed with a pair of foul shots and South Carolina held on for its 14th straight victory over Georgia. But when Jenna Staiti picked up her second foul at the end of the first quarter, South Carolina found Boston down low. South Carolina: It didn't take long for the Gamecocks to assert their dominance once more on the SEC.
The Latest: NBA's Hornets ready to welcome fans again
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, passes the ball over Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, second from right, as Hornets forward P.J. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Charlotte Hornets are getting set to welcome fans for home games. The Hornets’ reopening plan has been approved by state and county authorities and allows the team to host fans at 15% capacity, approximately 3,000 per game. “We are excited about the opportunity to welcome more fans to our outdoor venues,” the university said in a written statement. AdTuesday night’s game will be the first game with fans in attendance at PPG Paints Arena since last March.
Aggies reach best-ever ranking of No. 2 in women's AP Top 25
2, its highest ranking ever in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll, a day after winning its first Southeastern Conference regular-season title. 5 South Carolina on Sunday to win the conference title and then moved up a spot in the Top 25. AdBaylor, South Carolina, Maryland, UCLA and Indiana were the next five. The Aggies snapped a seven-game losing streak to South Carolina on Sunday. ___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
The Latest: ACC tourney players, coaches get tracing devices
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlantic Coast Conference will expand use of KINEXON SafeTag contact tracing devices by equipping players, coaches and Tier 1 personnel for its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. SafeTags measure proximity between users to provide school medical officials with contact tracing data when an individual tests positive for COVID-19. All 15 ACC schools used the devices inside team facilities during the regular season to mitigate the spread of the virus. An ACC release stated that the technology identified several high-risk close contacts of a positive case within the league. Bars, restaurants and music venues will also be able to close two hours later, at 2 a.m., instead of at midnight.
Frigid weather scraps more sports events in Texas, Oklahoma
12 Texas and No. The Big 12 has an extra week before the start of the conference tournament to try to make up some postponed games. The postponement of the Alabama game makes it five straight games called off for the Aggies. Two season-opening series involving Big 12 baseball teams scheduled for this weekend were canceled. Jacksonville State was supposed to visit Baylor, and Oklahoma was set to play Wichita State in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin.
National Signing Day: Notable Ann Arbor-area football players make it official with NLIs
Several football players from the area signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at the collegiate level during National Signing Day. (Jake May | MLive.com)Jake May | MLive.comIt would be hard to find a college football program that worked harder to secure commitments from Ann Arbor-area football players than Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals had more than 25 players sign Wednesday, with four of those players coming from the Ann Arbor area. Standout Ypsilanti linebacker Jaden Bevier, Ann Arbor Skyline playmakers Jordan Wilson and Denalli DeLoach and Ann Arbor Huron star linebacker Brandon Rawls are signed on to play for SVSU at the Division II level. SOCIAL MEDIAMORE:National Signing Day: Michigan high school football recruits head to colleges across the countryBasketball standouts headline Ann Arbor area NLI signeesmlive.com
Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask
(AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Jones and Smith are the eighth set of teammates to be finalists together since the tradition started in 1982. Smith is trying to become the first wide receiver to win the Heisman since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. Jones or Smith would become Alabama's third Heisman winner, but first that is not a running back. Iowa State running back Breece Hall was sixth, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
Auburn hires Boise State's Harsin to lead football program
25 San Jose State will face perennial conference powerhouse Boise State in the Mountain West championship on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Las Vegas. “I’m incredibly excited and humbled for the opportunity to be at a place like Auburn University,” Harsin said in a statement. Malzahn led Auburn to the Southeastern Conference championship and into the national championship game in his first season, 2013. Harsin has a proven track record as a head coach, more so than any Auburn coach in recent memory. Boise State won at least nine games in each of his first six seasons.
STAT WATCH: Numbers reflect dominance of Alabama, Clemson
Both teams flexed their muscles in winning their respective conference championship games. The last time Alabama was held below 35 points came in a 44-16 loss to Clemson in a CFP championship game to cap the 2018 season. Clemson’s 34-10 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game rout of Notre Dame improved Trevor Lawrence's record as a starting quarterback to 34-1. San Jose State and Ball State will face off in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31. San Jose State is seeking to complete its first unbeaten season since a 13-0 finish in 1939.
Alabama to meet Notre Dame in relocated CFP semifinal game
4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinal originally scheduled to serve as the 107th Rose Bowl, the playoff committee announced Sunday. “Our guys recognize what they’ll need to do relative to the mental preparation of playing a great football team in Alabama. But instead of a week amid the pomp and pageantry of the Rose Bowl, the teams will spend their semifinal week in Arlington, Texas. Oregon State beat Duke in Durham, North Carolina, in that version of the Rose Bowl. The festive week of genteel celebrations around the Rose Bowl game had already been mostly canceled.
CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out
Notre Dame was picked Sunday over Texas A&M for the final spot, ending what little drama there had been. Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State have also held the first four spots in the AP Top 25 since Oct. 25. The Atlantic Coast Conference is the second league to have two teams in the playoff, joining the SEC in 2017. After sitting second in the CFP rankings for a month, Notre Dame was blown out 34-10 by Clemson in the ACC championship. Barta said the disparate number of games played by contenders — along with far fewer cross-conference games than usual —- was a challenge for the committee all season.
Sarah Fuller 1st woman to score in Power Five football game
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller walks along the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, cleanly kicking a pair of extra points for Vanderbilt in a 42-17 loss to Tennessee on Saturday. Listed second out of three available kickers on the depth chart, Fuller came out to try the extra point. No woman before Fuller had appeared in an SEC game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score in college football with two extra points for Willamette of NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997. Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003.
Florida star basketball player Keyontae Johnson hospitalized after collapsing on court
Florida standout forward Keyontae Johnson, the Southeastern Conference's preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention. Johnson had just dunked in transition before he fell to the floor as the team broke its huddle. Florida State pulled away from there and led 45-35 at halftime, outscoring the Gators 42-24 after Johnson's collapse. Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged a team-high 14 points last season to go along with 7.1 rebounds. Like most of his teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer.cbsnews.com
Florida's Johnson hospitalized after collapsing on court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida standout forward Keyontae Johnson, the Southeastern Conference's preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention. Johnson was taken off the floor on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for evaluation. Johnson had just dunked in transition before he fell to the floor as the team broke its huddle. Several Gators were in tears and a couple buried their faces in towels as coach Mike White gathered his team to say a prayer. Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged a team-high 14 points last season to go along with 7.1 rebounds.
Dexter’s Abby Tamer repeats as Michigan field hockey Player of the Year
One of the most successful field hockey players in the Dexter program history received the state’s highest honor again this week. Senior Abby Tamer was named Michigan High School Field Hockey Association Player of the Year for the second year in a row after leading the Dreadnaughts to a second-straight Division 1 state championship. pic.twitter.com/hYY9JaVA7t — Michigan High School Field Hockey Association (@MHSFHA) November 25, 2020The University of Michigan commit scored a state-high 26 goals this season to go along with 14 assists to help Dexter finish the year at 15-0-1. Tamer finished her storied career with two POY awards and was the first Michigan player to be named first team All-American. MORE:Meet the 2020 Michigan high school field hockey Dream TeamSee the All-SEC field hockey teams for 2020See which Ann Arbor-area field hockey players earned all-state honors in 2020Dexter completes repeat with win over Pioneer in D1 field hockey state titlemlive.com
Presenting the All-SEC volleyball teams for 2020
The Southeastern Conference has released its all-conference teams for the 2020 high school volleyball season. Here are the SEC-White and SEC-Red volleyball teams selected by coaches from the conference. Morgan Proevski, Jackson, Sr.--SEC-REDFIRST TEAMHarper Murray, Ann Arbor Skyline, So. Hannah Blaney, Saline, Sr.Julia Blaney, Saline, Sr.Emma Chappell, Monroe, Sr.Kamryn Wolf, Temperance Bedford, Sr.Lauren Lee, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Bryn Batten, Saline, Sr.Mikayia Keefer, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Caris Cross, Temperance Bedford, Sr. HONORABLE MENTIONTaylor Patton, Ypsilanti, Sr.Emma Rigg, Saline, Sr.Sasha Akuezeu, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Sadie Freisthler, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Abby Zambeck, Saline, Sr.Avery Carlock, Ann Arbor Huron, Jr.Sophia Gray, Temperance Bedford, Jr.Sophie Schrag, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Savanna Killinen, Temperance Bedford, Sr.Hannah Bernstein, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Cari Bohn, Ann Arbor Skyline, Jr.Jennifer Yu, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Hannah Hedges, Monroe, Sr.Ella Oetjens, Monroe, Sr.MORE:Meet the 2020 All-SEC high school football teamsSee the All-SEC field hockey teams for 2020Meet the 2020 All-SEC boys soccer teamsSee the All-SEC girls golf teams for 2020mlive.com
See the All-SEC field hockey teams for 2020
--SEC-REDFIRST TEAMZoe Bormet, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jr.Ella Roberts, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Natalie Millman, Ann Arbor Pioneer, So. May Flanders, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jr.Isa Keen, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Sr.Jess Courtright, Ann Arbor Skyline, Jr.Coco Courtright, Ann Arbor Skyline, Fr. Molly Watza, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Cami Wiseman, Ann Arbor Skyline, Fr. HONORABLE MENTIONGracie Harlock, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Jr.Kelsey Walworth, Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr.Helen Schmitter, Ann Arbor Huron, Sr.Payton Maloney, Saline, So. Megan Miller, Pinckney, Jr.Jilliam Luczkowski, Pinckney, Jr.MORE:Dexter completes repeat with win over Pioneer in D1 field hockey state titleMeet the 2020 All-SEC high school football teamsMeet the 2020 All-SEC boys soccer teamsSee the All-SEC girls golf teams for 2020mlive.com
Huron LB Brandon Rawls announces college football decision
One of the Ann Arbor-area’s top defensive players has made their college football decision. Brandon Rawls, the Ann Arbor Huron standout linebacker, announced Tuesday morning that he was committing to play college football at Division II school Saginaw Valley State via his Twitter account. “Then I would like to thank everybody for supporting me through my 4 years of high school football.”In addition to SVSU, Rawls had half a dozen offers including two Football Championship Subdivision offers in Valparaiso and Tennesse State. Rawls joins Ypsilanti linebacker Jaden Bevier, who also committed to play for SVSU earlier this fall. MORE:MHSAA director aims to complete football playoffs by end of DecemberMichigan high school football teams angry, disappointed with decision to shut down seasonmlive.com
Miami has 3 games PPD by virus; A&M on pause for 2nd week
The number of games across major college football scheduled for this weekend that have already been called off is up to six, after three went down Monday, including Mississippi at No. So we can complain about this and this and that but, listen, we’re still getting to play football,” Fisher said. Major college football conferences have been tweaking policies to provide their schools flexibility to schedule games on short notice. That probably won't work for LSU-Alabama, which was among four SEC games postponed last week. __Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Virus postponements hit SEC, Big Ten; 8 games across FBS
Among the three SEC games still on for this Saturday, Arkansas will visit No. Orgeron said he expects most of his players in quarantine due to contact tracing back next week. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said his team only had two positive cases as of Wednesday afternoon, but contact tracing had taken a toll. “Candidly, the numbers around contact tracing have emerged as one of our biggest challenges to playing. “The contact tracing has the potential to magnify even one positive test,” Sankey said.
South Carolina No. 1 in AP preseason women's basketball poll
(AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)NEW YORK – Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated Press preseason women's Top 25 released Tuesday. Arizona was seventh, the first time since 2004 that the Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason poll. RESPECTING THE CATSNorthwestern was ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 2015, coming in at No. It's the first time since 2015 that two mid-major teams were ranked in the preseason poll.
Postponement, outbreaks: SEC takes a hit from COVID-19
The conference on Monday postponed Saturday’s game between No. 20 Auburn and Mississippi State because of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantining within the Bulldogs’ program. 5 Texas A&M paused in-person activities after a player and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a win at South Carolina. LSU is battling an outbreak that could put Saturday's game against No. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.
Meet the 2020 All-SEC high school football teams
The 2020 Michigan high school football season has been anything but predictable, but one constant remained in tack this week. --SEC-WHITEDexter, Colin Parachek, runs the ball during the game against Ann Arbor Pioneer Friday Oct. 23, 2020. DEFENSIVE BACKSChase Kemp, Chelsea, Sr.Ben Strzyzewski, Chelsea, Jr.Jack Trachet, Pinckney, Sr.--HONORABLE MENTION:ADRIAN: Keesean Rojo Ross, DB, Sr.; CHELSEA: Hunter Berrien, DL, Sr.; Mitch Sumner, LB, Sr.; Tyler Valik, DB, Sr.; Dylan Dollinger, P, Sr. | DEXTER: Braden Visel, DL, So. --HONORABLE MENTION:SALINE: Max Miller, DL, Sr.; Joe Raupp, DL, Jr., Carter Smith, DB, Jr.; Bryce Wizner, DB, Sr. | BEDFORD: Joe Rand, DL, Sr.; Gabe Johnson, LB, Jr.; Drew Grup, LB, Sr.; Kyle Scoble, DB, Sr.; Brady Henderson, DB, Sr. | PIONEER: Aiden Griswold, DL, Sr; Luke Rogers, LB, Sr. | HURON: Trey Edmondson, LB, So. ; Desmond Hill-Thomas, LB, Sr. | MONROE: Bryce Younglove, DL, Sr.; Tayshaun Nichols, DL, Jr.; Owen Thomas, LB, Sr.; Raymond Anderson, DR, Sr. | SKYLINE: Dinalli Deloach, DL, Sr.; Zyers Ruff, DB, So., Thomas Fry, DB, So.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Public Schools calls for delay of winter sports season over COVID-19 fears
ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Kerr Swift released a statement on Friday morning urging the Michigan High School Athletic Association to postpone the winter sports season as cases of COVID-19 reach new levels across the state. We take our responsibility very seriously to coordinate high school sports activities in a healthy, safe and responsible manner during the COVID-19 pandemic that continues this fall. "Therefore, we are calling on the MHSAA to delay the start of the winter athletic season. "Over the next two weeks, we will continue our advocacy to delay the winter sports season. We will provide regular updates to our school community and present the Board of Education with a report on November 11, 2020.
Cincinnati-Tulsa postponed due to Bearcats' COVID-19 issues
8 Cincinnati's game at Tulsa on Saturday has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players. The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday, Oct. 15, the game is being rescheduled for Dec. 5. 8 Cincinnati’s game at Tulsa on Saturday has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players. Tulsa has had three games postponed, including its opener against Oklahoma State, which it was able to make up. “I’m disappointed, first, for our football student-athletes and coaches, and obviously for our staff who has prepared so diligently, our campus and the city of Tulsa," Tulsa athletic director Rick Dickson said.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban, AD Greg Byrne Test Positive For COVID-19
(AP Sports) – Alabama head coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19, three days before the second-ranked Crimson Tide is set to face No. Both said their tests Wednesday morning came back positive, but Saban said he didn’t have any symptoms by late afternoon. Sarkisian is a former head coach at Washington and USC. Saban has led Alabama to five national titles since taking over the program in 2007, and also won one at LSU. Alabama’s head trainer Jeff Allen and medical director Jimmy Robinson said in a joint statement that Saban and Byrne were the only initial positive tests.detroit.cbslocal.com
Dexter soccer blanks rival Chelsea in clash of SEC-White unbeatens
On one side was Chelsea, looking to remain unbeaten and gain revenge from losing to Dexter last year with the Southeastern Conference-White title on the line. And on the other was Dexter, who knocked off Chelsea to claim the league title last season and was also looking to remain undefeated. Dexter Boys Soccer with a big win! Nick Williamson opened the scoring for the Dreadnaughts minutes into the match, putting early pressure on Chelsea. The Dreadnaughts will next travel to Pinckney on Monday, while the Bulldogs will look to bounce back Tuesday at Jackson.mlive.com
Houston still waiting to play after 3rd virus cancellation
The Houston Cougars are again without an opponent and still waiting to play their season opener as COVID-19 issues wiped out two more major college football games Wednesday. We've had four games canceled, so we're kind of used to that,” Holgorsen said Monday before the bad news from North Texas. Houston athletic director Chris Pezman said Wednesday that he understood the “COVID-related decision North Texas has made to not play” and appreciated the consistent dialogue with UNT officals. North Texas (1-1) was coming of a 65-35 home loss to SMU last Saturday. The Mean Green’s next scheduled game is their Conference USA opener at home Oct. 3 against Southern Miss.
The Latest: West Ham manager and 2 players have coronavirus
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ West Ham manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have contracted the novel coronavirus. They were informed of the positive tests ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup game against Hull and left the east London stadium. West Ham says the trio are asymptomatic and will now self-isolate in line with government rules. ___Atlético Madrid says defender José María Giménez has tested positive for the coronavirus. All players and officials have been tested at snooker events since the sport resumed in June with spectators after the coronavirus outbreak.
NCAA cancels March Madness basketball tournaments due to coronavirus
The NCAA has canceled its March Madness basketball tournaments and "all remaining winter and spring" championships as coronavirus fears upend the sports world. The Southeastern Conference, Big Ten Conference, Pac-12 Conference, Big East, Big 12 Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference all canceled their men's championship basketball tournaments ahead of the NCAA's announcement. The NCAA had previously said the upcoming men's and women's March Madness basketball tournaments, which were scheduled to begin in days, would be played without fans. The Jayhawks are the top-ranked men's basketball team in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Big East conference men's basketball tournament had already begun at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but now will not continue.cnbc.com