(Undated) — Here is the latest sports news: Colts expect to hire McDaniels. Pacers cruise past Jazz. Butler falls at Providence. Purdue third in newest rankings. College hoops roundup.
>>Colts Expected To Hire McDaniels As Head Coach
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Indianapolis Colts are expected to hire Josh McDaniels to become their next head coach. Multiple outlets report the Patriots offensive coordinator will take over the Colts once New England’s season comes to an end. The Pats host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. McDaniels would replace Chuck Pagano, who was fired following a disappointing 4-and-12 finish this year. Pagano was 53-and-43 in the regular season and 3-and-3 in the playoffs in six seasons overall with the Colts.
>>Pacers Smash Jazz
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Victor Oladipo dropped 28 points to lead the Pacers past the Jazz 109-94 in Salt Lake City. The Pacers took the lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed for the rest of the game to earn their third win in-a-row. Thaddeus Young added 17 points for Indiana, which has won five of its last six to improve to 24-and-20 on the season. The Pacers head to Portland to take on the Blazers on Thursday.
>>Providence Rallies Past Butler
(Providence, RI) — Kamar Baldwin scored a game-high 25 points but it wasn’t enough as Butler fell 70-60 at Providence. The Bulldogs entered halftime with a four-point lead but were outscored 45-31 in the second half as they fell to 13-and-7. No other Butler player scored more than eight points and the Bulldogs shot just 35-percent as a team in defeat.
>>Purdue Jumps Up In Latest Coaches’ Poll
(Undated) — Purdue made a substantial jump in the latest “USA Today” Top-25 Coaches’ Poll. The Boilermakers moved up four-spots to number-three in the rankings. Villanova is number-one for the second straight week. Virginia moved up one spot to second, with Wichita State and Duke rounding out the top-five. Notre Dame dropped for the Top-25.
>>College Hoops Roundup
(Undated) — In college hoops action tonight, Notre Dame welcomes Louisville to South Bend and Purdue hosts Wisconsin. The third-ranked Boilermakers are looking for their 14th-straight win. Both games tip at 7 p.m. Indiana State is at Evansville tomorrow and Indiana is off until Friday.