Niele Ivey, Olivia Miles and Kylee Watson discuss Notre Dame win

The Irish speak about their win in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Notre Dame’s 90-79 win over California at the Shamrock Classic in St. Louis came tougher than anticipated. Still, a win is a win, and to have it come live from the Enterprise Center on NBC made it all the more special. The opportunity for [autotag]Niele Ivey[/autotag] to do it in her hometown was among the topics covered in her postgame news conference with [autotag]Olivia Miles[/autotag] and [autotag]Kylee Watson[/autotag]. Here is some of what they said:

Notre Dame overcomes foul trouble to win Shamrock Classic over Cal

A bit tight, but still a win.

ST. LOUIS — [autotag]Niele Ivey[/autotag]’s St. Louis homecoming could have gone a lot smoother. She didn’t plan on so many key players having to sit at a crucial time so that could be on the court at the end of the Shamrock Classic. Still, she gladly will take a 90-79 win over California.

The Irish (2-0) led by as much as 14 in the third quarter, but three players ([autotag]Olivia Miles[/autotag], [autotag]Maddy Westbeld[/autotag] and [autotag]Lauren Ebo[/autotag]) had four fouls before the end of that frame. With Ivey forced to go to her bench as the fourth quarter began, the Bears (1-1) whittled the deficit down to three. Fortunately, the Irish were able to calm themselves down, and the reserves were able to tread water before the foul-plagued starters could return. Once that happened, it was relatively smooth sailing.

[autotag]Dara Mabrey[/autotag] led the Irish with 16 points before fouling out. [autotag]Kylee Watson[/autotag] had 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. [autotag]Sonia Citron[/autotag] scored 14, Miles achieved a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and 12 points came from Westbeld.

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Notre Dame prepares to face California in Citi Shamrock Classic

The Irish will be part of history in St. Louis.

It could be argued that [autotag]Niele Ivey[/autotag] is looking forward to this game more than any other in which she’s been Notre Dame’s head coach. She’ll be coaching the Irish in her hometown of St. Louis for the Citi Shamrock Classic against California, which is coached by fellow St. Louis native Charmin Smith. This also is the city where Ivey won the 2001 national championship with the Irish as a player.

There are many reasons to be excited about this game. The Irish will enter it with confidence after their season-opening win over Northern Illinois. This will be the first time a women’s basketball game is broadcast live on NBC, so you can flip over to this after the football team’s contest with Navy is finished.

Most importantly for us, we will be on location to cover this game. Our thanks to Ashton Pollard of Fighting Irish Media for making this possible. We look forward to being part of what should be a great day.

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California voters resoundingly reject both sports betting measures on election ballot

Californians said no to sports betting.

California voters have spoken, and they made it perfectly clear they want no part of sports betting.

Both propositions 26 and 27 were rejected in Tuesday’s election, and it wasn’t particularly close.

Prop 26, the initiative backed by Native American tribes that would have legalized betting at tribal casinos and horse race tracks, received less than 30% support, according to AP. The competing measure, which would have legalized mobile and online betting, received even less support at 16%.

It’s a huge loss for the most expensive ballot proposition in U.S. history, with almost $600 million being raised between the two efforts to legalize betting in the golden state.

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Some very lucky person in California finally hit the $2 billion Powerball jackpot

Everyone else will have to try again next time.

Not to ruin everyone’s dream of becoming a billionaire, but somebody hit the Powerball jackpot in Los Angeles County, California lottery officials said Tuesday.

So for all of us who didn’t buy the winning $2 billion ticket at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena — a gas station just north of Pasadena — we’ll have to try again next time.

After an overnight delay held up the drawing on Monday, Powerball officials announced the winning numbers Tuesday morning as 10, 33, 41, 47, 56 and another 10 as the Powerball.

Odds of winning were one in 292.2 million, according to the New York Times. Tuesday’s jackpot ended a streak of 40 straight drawings without a winner.

California officials said the ticket holder will become the state’s first lottery billionaire. The payout will be the largest in U.S. lottery history, eclipsing the $1.586 billion payout in 2016 that was split among three different winners.

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Golfer witnesses hole-in-one on three consecutive days at a California club (and even made an ace of his own)

Still waiting for your first ace? Play a round at Mesa Verde CC in California.

We’ve all had a similar thought standing over a tee shot on a par 3: “Maybe this is the one that goes in.”

It’s rare for an amateur golfer to make a hole-in-one, so much so that the odds are somewhere in the ballpark of 12,500 to 1. Last weekend at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa, California, those odds were put to shame.

Not one, not two, but three holes-in-one were made in three consecutive days from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6 at the club, and one man was there to witness all three. Dan Kelly aced the par-3 12th with a pitching wedge from 125 yards out on Sunday, and was also a player in both groups the previous two days, when Mike Abel aced the 165-yard par-3 3rd hole on Friday and Ken King aced the 12th on Saturday.

So if you’re like me and still waiting for your first ace, maybe try and get a round at Mesa Verde with Mr. Kelly.

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How Twitter reacted to Notre Dame-Stanford: Cardinal side

You have to give Stanford credit for being prepared for a game no one gave it a chance to win.

You have to give Stanford credit for being prepared for a game no one gave it a chance to win. Notre Dame was a heavy favorite in its own stadium, and the Cardinal hadn’t gotten off to the best start. Instead, they’ll be going home with the Legends Trophy after a 16-14 victory. It undoubtedly will go down as one of, if not the biggest highlight of the season.

Cardinal fans will be celebrating this one a lot since they have been given very little to be happy about recently. Beating the Irish might not be quite as fun as beating natural rival California, but winning any annual rivalry game will give fans a sense of pride. The Cardinal probably won’t win much, if at all, for the rest of the season, so such a big moment will not go unnoticed. If you don’t believe that, check out what some Cardinal fans are saying on Twitter:

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey previews season at ACC media day

Excited about the Irish’s chances this year?

If you had written off Notre Dame before ACC play began last year, no one would have blamed you. After all, the program hadn’t been that good in a while, and the Irish didn’t exactly impress in their nonconference slate other than a win over ranked Kentucky. Then, longtime coach [autotag]Mike Brey[/autotag] proved he had a little magic left in him and guided the Irish to their first NCAA Tournament in five years. They even won a couple of games in the tournament and nearly made it out of the first weekend.

Now, Brey is focused on how to make the 2022-23 Irish even better. Here’s what he said at Wednesday’s ACC media day in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Tale of the Tape: Leading Rushers – Audric Estime vs. Chris Brooks

Do you agree that this is about even?

Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series game with BYU likely won’t be known for what the running backs will do. That’s not to say [autotag]Audric Estime[/autotag] hasn’t done well for the Irish this year. Even though we’ve said before that [autotag]Chris Tyree[/autotag] should be the one leading this category, it’s time to come to terms with the likelihood that Estime is the main man to run with the ball going forward. Hopefully, that also means more of an opportunity to break out.

Before transferring to BYU this season, Chris Brooks was a two-time rushing leader with California. Not missing a beat, he has ended up right where he was with his previous program.

In the case of this matchup with Estime, Brooks is about even with nothing to really separate one from the other. The most interesting part to watch here will be if either running back has a surprise breakout game.

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Jeff Agrest: NBC’s Notre Dame broadcasts have become ‘training ground’

Has the new broadcast team won you over yet?

As Notre Dame is on the road at North Carolina this week, NBC will not be covering the game. That means the new Irish broadcast team of Jac Collinsworth and Jason Garrett will get a week off. Actually, the team will get two weeks off as the Irish have their bye week after they leave Chapel Hill. The next time we hear them will be for the Shamrock Series game against BYU in Las Vegas.

The long layoff provides an opportunity for observers to critique Collinsworth and Garrett’s performances for the loss to Marshall and the win against California. Those merely are the first two of what could be many Irish games they’ll call together. Most people seem to agree that there’s a lot of room for growth and improvement.

Among them is Chicago Sun-Times sports media columnist Jeff Agrest. In his weekly column, which mainly is available to subscribers, Agrest analyzes what he’s observed so far. He joins a chorus that has reminded people of broadcasters like the late Dick Enberg, Tom Hammond and Mike Tirico who used to call the action from South Bend. While he likes Collinsworth’s Notre Dame ties, he can’t help but wonder this:

“(Collinsworth) doesn’t carry on the tradition, which makes me wonder just what NBC thinks of Notre Dame these days. The Irish still were basking in the golden glow of their 1988 national title when they agreed to a five-year, $38 million deal with NBC. They don’t carry the same heft they used to, but Notre Dame maintains a national following. Its games are a big deal and deserve a broadcast team worthy of them.”

Here are Agrest’s current impressions of the new broadcast team:

“In both games, Collinsworth sounded knowledgeable talking about the teams. But all of his interviewing and studying couldn’t prepare him for live action. The USFL was supposed to be his training ground, not Notre Dame football in front of 2.5 million viewers for the Marshall game and 2.9 million for Cal.

Incidentally, Garrett impressed me. He brought emotion and valuable insight to the broadcast. The former Cowboys coach clearly understood his role. He got in and out with his commentary and didn’t talk over Collinsworth. It likely helped they worked together on USFL games.

Both will have to grow into their jobs on a national stage, but Collinsworth has more to do. He needs to command the broadcast and provide context for viewers. The Marshall game was a missed opportunity for him. Garrett understood, calling it one of the biggest upsets in recent college football history.”

Will the broadcasts eventually improve? We’ll find out as Collinsworth and Garrett continue to call games. If they continue to not impress, maybe they’ll be bumped down on NBC’s depth chart when the network picks up Big Ten games next year. Still, there’s a lot of season left, and they have time to change people’s minds.

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