One Big Thing, On This Day, What's New In Sports 1/21/20

January 21, 2020

One Big Thing:

The Associated Press
Baylor forward Tristan Clark (25) is guarded by Iowa State forward George Conditt IV (4) during the second half half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

The Baylor Bears (15-1) leaped over the Gonzaga Bulldogs and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Bulldogs had held No. 1 for multiple weeks.

Using wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State to give the Top 25 its seventh team on top this season. That matches the record set in 1983 for the most No. 1s in the history of the poll, which dates to the 1948-49 season.

Gonzaga (20-1) was merely a victim of its conference schedule. The Bulldogs blew out Santa Clara and BYU, but just enough voters considered those wins to be less impressive than the Bears’ perfect Big 12 start.

As for the remaining top five, a shakeup: Kansas, San Diego State and Florida State, all programs ranked outside the top five last week, round out the remaining spots this week.

Louisville, Dayton, Duke, Villanova and Seton Hall round out the top 10.

On This Day:

1930 Boston Bruins become first team in NHL history to score 100 goals in a season, in a 5-1 win over Chicago at Boston Garden; Cooney Weiland scores Bruins’ 100th goal in their 26th game of the year

1940 Happy Birthday Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

1953 Happy Birthday Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

1954 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics’ guard Bob Cousy’s 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honors

1958 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118

1963 Happy Birthday Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

1973 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

1979 Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

1986 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL’s 2nd all time scorer

1990 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

1992 Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll)

2004 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks

2010 LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days; beats Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days

2019 Golden State guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range as the Warriors beat the LA Lakers, 130-111; Thompson scores 44 points

What’s New:

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered a dislocated right shoulder that cost him most of Sunday’s win against the Green Bay Packers. Although that injury left Coleman in plenty of pain, it doesn’t appear that it’s going to keep him out of Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced Monday that he is retiring after 47 years coaching football, including 16 in the NFL.

Tennessee Titans defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs is returning to his roots to be the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Coombs, 58, came to the Titans when Mike Vrabel accepted the head coach position.

The Cleveland Browns are planning to hire Bill Callahan to coach their offensive line. Callahan was most recently interim head coach for the Washington Redskins this past season after serving as the franchise’s offensive line coach since 2015.

Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training. Hernandez can earn a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta’s 40-man roster.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez believes Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2018 World Series champions will not reveal sign stealing.

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-hander Matt Hall from the Detroit Tigers for minor league catcher Jhon Nuñez. A sixth-round draft pick in 2015, Hall is 33-15 with a 2.97 ERA in 122 appearances in the minors.

Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged that he listened to trade offers for the franchise cornerstone this offseason. Nolan Arenado voiced his displeasure about the situation.

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will tip off on Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago. This will be the third year in which captains will participate in a fantasy draft and select their own teams, compared to the traditional East vs. West format. Will LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo repeat as the leading vote-getters and captains?

A section of seats in the Barclay Center lower bowl “The Block,” is a section of 96 fans sponsored by the Brooklyn Nets. Derogatory language and offensive signage is strictly forbidden. Tickets cannot be purchased. If you have tickets, they cannot simply be given away — they can only be exchanged with other members.

Patrick Kane reached 1,000 when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. The 31-year-old Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone

Explaining the NHL’s 3-2-1 points system, which determines standings in the sport. You get three points for a regulation win, two points for a win and one point for a loss in the shootout or overtime is the methodology championed by standings reformers. Advocates claim it would reward teams that perform best in those 60 minutes of “actual hockey” before the extra-time gimmickry of 3-on-3 and the shootout.

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook made history against his former team with a triple-double line of 32 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. Westbrook’s performance now  joins LeBron James as just the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises.

LeBron James sat courtside to watch his son Bronny James in a basketball tournament 90 miles outside of the city. Bronny James’ high school, Sierra Canyon, is playing in the Hoophall Classic at Springfield College.

A law firm representing Chandler Parsons says the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered potentially career-ending injuries in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver last week.

Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has revealed that he has an interest in a potential role with the Serbian national team. Malone shared that he’s had conversations with Serbian national team head coach Igor Kokosov.

Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka battled for five extra holes into darkness a day earlier. The 8 a.m. wake-up call and extra golf was worth it for Lopez, who rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt to prevail on the seventh playoff hole to win the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. She earned $180,000 for the victory.

Dave Aranda sensed something special about Baylor even before the Bears were looking for a new head football coach. “I could see the togetherness of the team, I could see the toughness of the team,” said Aranda, who as national champion LSU’s defensive coordinator saw Baylor on film when the Tigers were preparing last month to play Big 12 champion Oklahoma in a national semifinal game.

South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, with Baylor in second place. The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six. UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32 points. The Ducks moved up to No. 4. Louisville was fifth, sandwiched between Oregon and Stanford. Louisville received the other two first-place votes.

Thousands of LSU fans wearing purple and gold lined streets near Tiger Stadium and packed a basketball arena for a parade on Saturday honoring the football team’s national championship season.

Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is headed to Arkansas. Franks, who began the 2019 season as the Gators’ starter before a season-ending injury in September, announced the news on social media.

Houston graduate transfer quarterback D’Eriq King committed to Miami. The soon-to-be fifth-year senior considered multiple Power 5 conference programs in his swift process, including Arkansas, LSU and Maryland. He joins a Miami team that has three underclassmen at quarterback currently on its depth chart.

Vanderbilt’s streak of 1,080 consecutive games of making at least one 3-pointer came to a screeching halt Saturday night, when the Commodores missed all 25 of their attempts in a 66-45 loss to Tennessee in Nashville.

Connor McGregor knocked out Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds in the main event of UFC 246 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. McGregor said in the post-fight news conference Saturday that when he fights next is more important right now than whom he fights. In reality, both are major questions.

Did You Know:

Did you know Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters have officially tied the knot.

Did you know a bowling pin will fall at a tilt of 7.5 degrees

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