INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts have clinched the AFC South title. But Sunday's 42-28 loss at Cincinnati, their third loss in five games, exposed even more flaws. Indianapolis (8-5) again started slowly, struggled to run the ball and the rebuilt defense couldn't keep an opponent out of the end zone. While the offense has taken the brunt of the criticism for being outscored 114-24 during the first halves of the last six games, the defense has allowed 31.8 points per game during that span.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Chuck Pagano isn't looking for an apology over Jeff Triplette's latest officiating controversy. One day after the ref reversed a call on fourth-and-goal, giving the Bengals a touchdown at the end of the first half instead of the Colts a stop, Pagano says he's still waiting to hear from the NFL. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explains says it was a "judgment call."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 last night, leading Butler to a record-setting 100-41 over Manchester. The 59-point margin broke the school's modern-day mark for most lopsided victory. The previous record came in an 87-33 win over Indiana-South Bend on Nov. 2, 2008. Butler (7-2) also reached the 100-point mark for the first time in more than 12 years, improving to 5-0 at home and 6-0 in games played in Indiana this season.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jerian Grant hit a late 3-pointer and scored 23 points yesterday to help Notre Dame scrap out a win over Bryant, 70-59 in the second round of the Gotham Classic at Purcell Pavilion. Pat Connaughton had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Irish (7-2) and Garrick Sherman also chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards.
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