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Sho-case: Shohei Ohtani gets All-Star win for AL, bats, too

DENVER (AP) A Sho-case for Shohei Ohtani became a grand stage for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., too.

Ohtani unleashed his 100 mph heat while pitching a perfect inning for the win in becoming baseball’s first two-way All-Star, Guerrero rocked Coors Field with a 468-foot home run and the American League breezed 5-2 Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.

Near and far, the sport’s entire focus was on Ohtani from the very start in this All-Star Game.

Players on both sides climbed to the dugout rails to watch him, and the Japanese sensation went 0 for 2, grounding out twice as the AL’s leadoff man and designated hitter.

Jared Walsh, Ohtani’s teammate on the Los Angeles Angels, got a save — with his glove. He made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning.

So even with the teams decked out in new uniforms that social media deemed a strikeout instead of a home run, it was a familiar result. Mike Zunino also connected for the AL as it improved to 46-43-2 overall in the series.

Guerrero, at 22, became the youngest MVP in All-Star Game history.

J.T. Realmuto homered for the National League on a mile-high night at Coors, baseball’s ultimate launching pad.

A 27-year-old right-hander in his fourth big league season, Ohtani has dazzled. He leads the major leagues with 33 homers and is 4-1 in 13 starts as a pitcher, a two-way performance not seen since Babe Ruth in 1919 and ’20, before the Bambino largely gave up the mound for slugging.

“This has been the best experience, most memorable,” Ohtani said through translator Ippei Mizuhara. “Obviously, I’ve never played in the playoffs or World Series, so once I do that, that’s probably going to surpass it. But this has been the most memorable.”

Ohtani was a double triple-digit threat in Denver, hitting a 513-foot drive during Monday night’s Home Run Derby and throwing a 100.2 mph pitch to Nolan Arenado.

“He was as good as advertised,” Arenado said. “His fastball had a little cut and he’s a really good player. Just incredible.”

Following a full day, Ohtani slept until 10:30 a.m.

“It was a lot more tiring compared to the regular season, but if everyone had fun I’m good with it,” he said.

Ohtani retired Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy and Arenado, a Colorado fan favorite, in order in the bottom half of the first, throwing 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

Major League Baseball even made a special rules tweak for Ohtani, allowing him to be replaced as a pitcher and to remain in the game as the DH after he was done pitching. He grounded out twice – Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier ranged to make a nice backhanded pickup that prevented a hit against Max Scherzer starting the night.

Ohtani was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Shohei’s shoes, meanwhile, were headed to the Hall of Fame, which collected his cleats, hand guard and foot guard for display in Cooperstown.

Ohtani combined with Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, Nathan Eovaldi, Gregory Soto, Chris Bassitt, Andrew Kittredge, Matt Barnes and Liam Hendriks on an eight-hitter.

A win started by a Japanese pitcher ended with a save by an Australian and an MVP for a Dominican. Hendriks was helped by a lucky bounce off the backstop that turned what would’ve have been a wild pitch into an out at second.

“It’s a world game now,” Hendriks said. “There’s a lot of us us over here and hopefully there’s more to come with the exposure that Shohei and guys from the DR and Venezuela can bring to this game.”

Hendriks wore a microphone on the mound for the television broadcast and heard cursing loudly after an errant slider to Omar Narvaez.

In another another season of record strikeouts that have alarmed baseball’s leadership, AL batters whiffed 12 times while NL hitters fanned just three strikeouts.

The AL has now won 20 of the last 23 All-Star Games with one tie thrown in.

While everything is measured with precision these days, Guerrero’s third-inning drive against Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes was jaw-dropping even before Statcast revealed it went 468 feet, the longest since All-Star Games were wired in 2015.

As the ball landed at the top of the left-field seats under the huge video board, Tatis – the NL shortstop and another of the “juniors” among a record 42 first-time All-Stars – turned slowly and put both hands over his head.

“It was a moonshot,” he said. “He’s been doing it all year. Why not show it off here?”

Guerrero and Tatis are tied for second in the majors with 28 homers behind Ohtani – by the way, Ohtani also is tied for the AL lead in triples with four.

Guerrero’s homer was the 200th in All-Star history and he followed in the bat path of his father, Vladimir Guerrero, who homered off Brad Penny in the 2006 game at Pittsburgh. They joined Bobby Bonds (1973) and Barry Bonds (1998 at Coors) and Ken Griffey Sr. (1980) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) as the only father-son duos with All-Star homers.

“Dreams do come true,” Vlad Jr. said through a translator. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve been thinking about this moment.”

His helmet and batting gloves are going to Cooperstown.

Guerrero added an RBI grounder in the fifth against Miami’s Trevor Rogers, and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts followed with an RBI single for a 4-0 lead. Both runs were unearned after shortstop Brandon Crawford misplayed Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder for an error.

Toronto’s Marcus Semien had put the AL ahead with an RBI single in the second off Burnes, who took the loss.

Realmuto homered in the fifth off Soto, a more pedestrian 430-foot drive that was the first by a Philadelphia All-Star since Mike Schmidt in 1981.

Zunino cracked a 433-foot shot in the sixth against Taijuan Walker and allowed a run-scoring passed ball in the bottom half.

A crowd of 49,184 filled Coors Field, a stark contrast to the 2020 regular season played in empty ballparks because of the pandemic and many games with limited fans in the first half of this season while vaccinations became more prevalent.

Ohtani became the second straight Japanese pitcher to win the All-Star Game after the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka two years ago. Last year’s game was canceled when the season’s start was delayed by the pandemic to late July.

The AL’s winning streak is its longest, three shy of the record set by the NL from 1972-82.

“Unfortunately, I’m a part of three of them,” NL manager Dave Roberts said. “Not the thing I’m most proud of.”

Manfred: Banning defensive shifts would be restoring MLB

DENVER (AP) Banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics, according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Speaking before Tuesday’s All-Star Game to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Manfred said seven-inning doubleheaders and starting extra innings with runners on second base likely will be dropped after this season.

He said extending the designated hitter to the National League could be possible, but not definite.

“I think it would be a non-radical change, but I’m not going to speculate on whether we’re going to propose it or get it,” he said.

Manfred said MLB was considering having umpires explain video review decisions to fans at ballparks over the public-address system, similar to the procedure in the NFL.

MLB’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association expires Dec. 1.

“Let’s just say you regulated the shift by requiring two infielders each side of second base. What does that do? It makes the game look like what it looked like when I was 12 years old,” he said. “It’s not change. It’s kind of restoration, right? That’s why people are in favor of it. And they do believe, I think front offices in general believe it would have a positive effect on the play of the game.

“So I’m hopeful without going into the specifics of rule by rule, that we will have productive conversations with the MLBPA about – I want to use my words – non-radical changes to the game that will restore it to being played in a way that is closer to I think what many of us enjoy historically.

“Remember, the game evolves, right? What we play today don’t look all that much like 1971. And the question is, which version would you like to get to?”

MLB is trying an experiment this year at Double-A requiring infielders to keep both feet within the outer boundary of the infield dirt at the start of every play, but not preventing three or more defenders to either side of second base. Triple-A is using 18-by-18-inch bases rather than the traditional 15-by-15-inch.

Management has the right to change major league playing rules with an agreement with the union, or MLB can implement changes unilaterally with one year of advance notice. Manfred has been reluctant to change playing rules absent an agreement.

“We’re hopeful that in the context of the CBA negotiations, we will find more receptivity than we have found to date,” Manfred said.

Seven-inning doubleheaders and the extra-inning runners were adopted for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and kept for 2021.

“I see the extra-inning rule and the seven-inning doubleheader as rules that were adopted based on medical advice to deal with COVID,” Manfred said. “I think they are much less likely to become part of our permanent landscape than some of the other rules that we’ve talked about over time that relate to sort of how the game’s being played.”

Some fans have felt short-changed when they paid full price for tickets for separate-admission games as part of seven-inning doubleheaders.

“At the point in time we adopted seven-inning doubleheaders for this year, we didn’t know that the country was going to look like it looks right now,” Manfred said. “As a matter of fact, we were really scared that it was going to look very, very differently. If I knew it was going to be like this, might we have done different rules? Maybe.

“And again, last year when we used them because there were no fans, they were traditional doubleheaders. Given that the rule’s in place, it’s hard to change it midstream because of the competitive impacts. And given the demand we have for the tickets that are available, we kind of think splits are making the best out of a bad situation. But believe me, I understand it’s not perfect from the fans’ perspective and we’re worried about that.”

Manfred said the crackdown on the use of foreign substances on balls had been a success since umpires started checking all pitchers on June 21.

“I think the substance checks have been an important step forward for the game,” he said. “I think that enforcing our rules is really important. They’re on the books. They should be enforced. Equally important, I think that the process has already shown very promising effects in terms of the play of the game on the field: batting average, slugging percentage, all those offensive categories have improved. Strikeouts are down. Base on balls are down. We have not seen any material increase in players being hit by pitches. Those are all huge positives for us.”

He said the crackdown “is a step along the road to a return to a more entertaining form of baseball.”

Kawhi Leonard has surgery; Clippers confirm partial ACL tear

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard had surgery Tuesday to repair a partial tear of his right ACL, an injury the Los Angeles Clippers did not specify as he sat out the team’s first-ever Western Conference finals appearance.

The Clippers said there is no timetable for his return.

Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 11 playoff games. He first got hurt in Game 4 of the team’s second-round series against the Utah Jazz. He was held out of the last eight postseason games, including the Clippers’ 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the West finals.

The Clippers only said Leonard had a knee sprain. They never offered further details and he was ruled out on a game-by-game basis the rest of the playoffs.

Leonard has a player option for the 2021-22 season. He averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 regular-season games.


Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks

Practice Day

Q. The way this schedule has worked out, you guys have only played I think now one game in five days. Do you see any benefit on your knee, or whatever pain you have left is going to be there until the summertime?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: No, my knee feels great. It feels great. I’m happy that we have two days in between. I feel like in the Eastern Conference Finals, if I remember, we had, it was a game, day, game. We had one day in between, so it was a lot for everybody. But now we have time to take care of our body, spend some time with our family.

It’s good for us mentally and physically and for me also. I always like to have a little bit more time in between the games so I can get a little bit more rest and recover a little bit better and be able to go and play hard.

Q. Earlier in your career when teams started focusing on you more and building that wall, how did that help you read the way defenses move and improve as a passer?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: The first time I saw the wall was probably two years ago. But I was always capable of passing before that. It’s something that I always liked to do. I had coaches and people throughout my career that helped me with finding the right guy, finding the right pass, making the right play. But once I started seeing the wall, two years ago, now it’s almost, it’s about trust. And it’s kind of hard, because you want to be effective, you want to get downhill, you want to do everything, but now you also — and you take it personal also. There’s a team that’s building the wall of three people and two guys behind and trying to stop you. Now you have to not take it personal and make the right play, find the right guy. I feel like I did that better since two years ago now. I’m doing it better. I’m finding, I’m trusting my teammates. I’m finding guys. But I was always a capable passer before the wall was created, which is funny that there’s a defense out there called the Giannis Wall. It’s funny to me, you know? So it’s crazy.

But at the end of the day, I just got to keep focusing on myself, keep focusing on what I have to do, how can I put my teammates in a position to be successful and be aggressive throughout everything.

Q. Is that perhaps the best compliment you could have as a player, that there is something called that and that teams have tried to devise such a thing?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: You have to take it as a compliment. You always have to find the fun factor in everything. In that, in the free throw, “1, 2, 3, 4,” whatever. The thing is, you always got to find the fun factor.

So, yeah, it is a compliment that there’s got to be three people in front stopping me from getting in the paint and building that wall. But, yeah, I hate it, though (laughter). I’m not going to lie; I hate it. But at the end of the day, you got to figure out a way to play through it.

Q. In the Eastern Conference Finals, I think you had talked a little bit about the roles everyone on the team had. You went through the whole roster, even the guys who aren’t playing much, and what they’re providing in the locker room. I’ll loop Donte (DiVicenzo) into this too. Could you share anything specific about what those guys meant in this run?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: I’ll talk specifically on Donte. Obviously, I don’t think we can talk about his medical stuff, but he went through his surgery and everybody goes through tough moments in their career. This was a tough moment for him, in Miami. And through everything that is going on in his life, he still shares — like he was with us at practice today. He’s always around us. He’s always with us and he’s always been vocal. He helped me a lot through the Brooklyn series. He was talking to me. He was telling me what to do, and he’s like three years or two years younger than me. And that means a lot it me. That means a lot to the team that throughout what is going on, he’s still here, still trying to help the team in any way possible. He’s being vocal in the locker room, and he wants this as bad as anybody out there on the floor. He cannot go out there on the floor, but he can do it from the sideline and that’s what he’s doing right now. So I’m extremely proud of him.

Q. After Game 3, Monty mentioned that you went to the line more than his entire team. A little bit of I guess gamesmanship, trying to alert the referees for Game 4. Do you pay attention to that, or do you feel like you take a pretty good beating to get to 17 foul attempts?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: No. I don’t have social media. I have it, but I’m not on it. So I don’t follow quotes after the games about the coaches or us or my coach. I don’t follow that. But I think I take a pretty good beating down there. I have a scratch right here and scratch right here. So they’re making my pretty face ugly (laughter).

But it is what it is. I just try to focus on what I have to do and how can I help my team be successful. That’s all I’m going to spend my energy on.

Q. Usually when a guy wins two MVPs and is an All-Star every year we feel like he is the player who he’s going to become. But you’ve always talked about development, and there’s this conversation in the media and with the fans about how you play. I just wonder, two, three years down the road, do you still see changes and improvements that you’re working on now? Do you feel like you’re getting closer to that peak? And what do you make about that conversation where folks say if he would get in the block more, if he would shoot less — talking about how you play the game?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: I’m not trying to focus on what people have to say about my game and how I should play. But always it comes back to me and what I believe and how I can get better and what I see two, five, ten years down the road. I believe that year by year if I’m healthy and I keep working hard, by the grace of God, I’m going to keep getting better as a player. I’m going to be more effective. I’m going to be able to read the plays better. I’m going to be more mature. I’m going to be okay at being under my skin. I’m going to be okay going to a game and shooting 0-for-8 from the three-point line. I’m going to be okay going in the game shooting 2-for-10 from the free throw line — because I know there’s a bigger picture, I know who I am.

But going down the road, I feel like, yeah, I can get better. I don’t think I’m there yet, but I feel like I can get way, way better. But the specific things that I have to do that I believe I can get better at, I’m willing to do it.

Q. What is one specific for you? When you hit this offseason, what are you looking at?

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: If I come back next year and I shoot from the line 80 percent, I’m better. You can keep it as simple as that. If I come back and — no matter if I miss a shot or make a shot I take the next one, like mindset, like not being scared of missing shots. Because when you’re not a jump shooter, when you miss your first one, your second one, you’re like oh, this is not the night. You kind of go away from it and go to your strength.

There is a big list, but I feel like going to the summer working on the weaknesses and being okay coming back next year playing a little bit on your weaknesses. I feel like always I try to go to my strength, which is drive and getting downhill, getting in the paint, making the right pass and all that. I feel like expanding the game, sometimes you got to be okay with playing with your weaknesses a little bit. It might not be the strongest part of your game, but if you’re able to expand it — it might be a 15-footer, a three-pointer or whatever the case might be — it makes you more effective down the line. I think that’s where the adjustment, for me, is going to be.


Chris Paul
Phoenix Suns

Practice Day

Q. You had Monty early in your career in New Orleans and seemed like you pushed to get to Phoenix in large part because of him. Why was he the right coach for this stage in your career?

CHRIS PAUL: When you play for a coach, you sort of know sort of their mentality, principles. That’s one thing I know about Monty is he sort of commands respect. It’s not just about how he coaches or whatnot, but how he carries himself. Also having a relationship with Book, with Devin, and having a relationship with Willie Green and James Jones and all these guys. So sort of knew.

Q. What kind of coach do you think you need to coach you the most effectively? What are the attributes a coach has to have?

CHRIS PAUL: I don’t know. Every coach is different. I was coached by dad most of my childhood. Football, basketball, I was that kid whose dad was his coach taking him to practice. Was always on me. I’ve had a ton of different coaches over my career, over my life. And I’m fortunate to have had a lot of really good ones. I mean, great ones. My college coach, Skip Prosser, had maybe the biggest influence on my life in the two years that I played for him. He passed away my second year in the NBA.

But you spend a lot of time with coaches, especially when you’re a point guard. There’s a lot of conversations, a lot of trust that has to be had there.

Q. You guys have seen some of the best of the best in the playoffs, LeBron, Jokic. Do you think you guys can get Giannis under control or is he something that’s such a difficult matchup that his numbers are not really a surprise to you guys?

CHRIS PAUL: We’re going to keep trying to build a wall. He’s coming full speed every play, like a running back coming downhill. Coach has a saying, we just say we try to get in his way. But he’s able to do that because he’s surrounded by some really good players too. Because you have Middleton out there on the wing, you got Lopez out there shooting it and you got Jrue Holiday and all these other guys. So we’re just going to stick with our game plan and see what we can do.

Q. P.J. just said that he thinks every pick-and-roll is different, like no matter what, something will be different about where it is on the floor, what the defense does. One, do you believe the same thing? And then two, Monty just said that Jrue is one of the best in the league at switching it up, going up, going under, doing different things. How has he made things difficult on you in this series?

CHRIS PAUL: I don’t know. I feel like if you play this game long enough and you’re a point guard, a lot of times you’re not necessarily too worried about the guy that is guarding you. If you’re in a pick-and-roll, there’s only so much you can do — you can get over it, you can send me left, you can send me right or you’re going to get under it. So, yeah, it’s not that hard. They’re either going to double you, a guy is either going to chase you. This league is pretty consistent. They send you the same way your whole career, pretty much.

Q. How has Deandre made your life easier? At the start of the series he talked about how he has improved as a screener with you as his point guard. So I’m curious what you think he’s been able to do for you?

CHRIS PAUL: Man, DA, as you were talking about, screens, like the angles matter. Angles matter in the screen and the small details. The big man — Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, David West. David West was one of the best at it because he just knew if he set the screen this way, he’s going to be wide open. DA just understands how to give himself up. The things that he does for us that he does on a nightly basis, it doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. When you see this guy get a corner three because he rolled, there’s no stat for that. That’s why he’s so valuable to our team.

Q. During this run have you had the chance to cross paths with any of the Suns’ luminaries from the ’93 team or anyone in the organization? If so, what have those conversations meant to you?

CHRIS PAUL: No, I haven’t. I did an interview with the TNT guys; Chuck was on there. But there’s so much going on now, it’s hard enough to get time to talk with my family. So, no.

Q. Not that you had a lot of experience, but what’s Book like after a bad night? Does it faze him? And what do you think we’re going to see tomorrow night from him?

CHRIS PAUL: I think it’s more like what’s our team like. This ain’t golf. It’s not tennis. You know what I mean? We’re all in this together. So everybody on our team took the loss hard, as we should. We never go into a game expecting to lose. If you showed me somebody who expects to lose, I’ll show you a loser. So everybody on our team felt a way. We felt like we could be better. That’s why we used yesterday, we’ll use today to prepare and we’ll all come out ready to play tomorrow.

Q. This might be a strange way to frame it, but as a guy who has had league-wide respect for a very long time, as a superstar, I’m curious, how do you see Giannis? There’s been this conversation where two-time MVP, accomplished a lot and then every so often, it’s guys kind of speaking up about does he have the skill, is it athleticism, is it size. At times it feels like he’s not necessarily respected by the best of the best. How do you see his game? How do you see that conversation?

CHRIS PAUL: He’s a two-time MVP. Regardless of how he scores, he does it. You know what I mean? He comes down there, he dunks, he dunks some more and he shoots a layup. You know what I mean? So it is what it is. I think you got to figure out a way to stop him. We have to try to figure out a way to slow him down. For us, slowing him down or not is win the game. Win the game. I don’t care what the stat sheet looks like after the game. Win the game.

For him, I mean, he’s a two-time MVP, so we got to deal with him as such.

Q. That being said, when he does say pull up from behind that line and do the kinds of things that drive some of the fans crazy, when you’re on the court are you going, all right, go ahead, like that’s what we need?

CHRIS PAUL: I mean, listen, we all got our specialties. Like, they’re not clearing the lane and letting me try to go dunk. That’s not what I do. So at the end of the day, we’re always going to play the percentages. I might have like half a dunk on the season right now. You figure that out. I think my fingertip might have hit the rim.

Q. On the subject of Giannis again, there’s like some awkward comparisons to Shaq because of how he plays inside and how he scores and everything else. Yeah, it’s awkward, it doesn’t seem natural. But is there something to being physical with him, fouling him to make him feel you? Monty complained about the free throw attempts, but is there something to maybe wearing him down throughout the course of a game as opposed to just letting him dictate the play?

CHRIS PAUL: We’re just going to try to win the game, man. I promise you we’re just going to try to win the game. Yeah, those comparisons, Shaq didn’t push the break. He did in the All-Star Game. Well, he did a few times when he threw that lob or something like that. I don’t know about the comparisons. I think for us right now we’re just trying to stay focused on what we can do in Game 4 to slow him and the rest of the guys down.

Q. On Willie (Green), obviously he’s on the cusp of being a head coach. What kind of head coach do you think he will be?

CHRIS PAUL: Willie Green as a head coach. I don’t know, I’m a little biased. I’m a little biased, man. That’s my guy right there. I was talking to Book about it last night, this morning. Not just my teammate, that’s a brother to me. I know he deserves it. He’ll be the most humble, prepared coach you’ve ever seen in your life. I can’t even imagine right now playing and him being a coach.

But I’m unbelievably happy for the opportunity that he may get, for Chauncey, for J-Kidd for Jamahl Mosley, all these coaches getting an opportunity. I’m happy for it, because it’s time.

Report: 76ers engaged in Simmons trade talks with multiple teams

The Philadelphia 76ers have opened trade discussions with multiple teams for three-time All-Star guard Ben Simmons, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Sixers are reportedly asking for an All-Star-caliber player in return.

Simmons is coming off an underwhelming postseason performance, which culminated with Philadelphia’s Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Atlanta Hawks. His playoff display – which came after he was included in potential trade packages for James Harden during the season – was singled out by both Sixers coach Doc Rivers and franchise cornerstone Joel Embiid.

However, Philadelphia’s willingness to discuss a Simmons deal is in contrast to earlier reports suggesting the organization wants to keep the 24-year-old. He apparently met with Rivers to formulate a plan to improve his shooting after connecting on just 34.2% of his free throws during the postseason.

Simmons, who won’t participate in this summer’s Olympic Games, has four years and $147 million remaining on his current contract.

Pryor among ex-Ohio State players who want vacated wins restored

Former Ohio State players are asking the NCAA to reinstate the school’s vacated wins from the 2010 season.

Terrelle Pryor Sr., DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas, Mike Thomas, and Dan “Boom” Herron were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of the 2011 campaign for selling their own championship rings and jerseys. It was further revealed players received improper benefits, such as free tattoos.

The Buckeyes vacated all 12 wins from the 2010 campaign, including its victory in the Sugar Bowl after all five players were ruled ineligible. All stats and records from the season are not recognized by Ohio State.

The group believes their records and accomplishments should be restored following the NCAA’s decision to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.

“The affirmation of NCAA athletes’ right to make a living from their name, image, and likeness is a huge step in the right direction,” Pryor said in a statement on behalf of the group.

“We are calling for our school records and legacy to be restored so that Buckeye Nation can look at us with the same love and fondness that we’ve always had for them.”

Head coach Jim Tressel was also set to serve a five-game suspension but resigned from his position prior to the 2011 season. Luke Fickell was named interim coach. Pryor ultimately opted to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft as opposed to serving his suspension.

The former Buckeyes join USC alum Reggie Bush, who also requested that his records and Heisman Trophy be reinstated after being deemed ineligible for receiving improper benefits.

Ingles: ‘No disrespect’ but Australia expected to beat Team USA

Joe Ingles says Australia’s men’s Olympic squad expected to beat Team USA on Monday in Las Vegas.

Ingles and the Boomers earned a 91-83 victory, handing Gregg Popovich’s side a second loss in as many outings three weeks before the start of the men’s Olympic basketball competition.

“No disrespect to them. They’re a hell of a team, obviously, the guys they’ve got on their roster,” Ingles told reporters, according to The Athletic’s Joe Yardon.

“And Pop standing up there is always nice to see. But we came in here expecting to win the game, and that’s what we did,” the Utah Jazz forward added.

San Antonio Spurs veteran Patty Mills led the way with 22 points, while Ingles chipped in with 17. Australia held the U.S. without a field goal for the final 4:34 as part of an 11-1 run to end the contest.

Despite a nine-point lead at the half – the same margin Popovich’s side boasted early in the third quarter of Saturday’s shock defeat to Nigeria – Team USA let the game slip away in the third courtesy of a 19-6 run by the Boomers.

Damian Lillard, who led the American selection with 22 points, admits that the latest iteration of Team USA is a work in progress.

“We are still working at becoming a team, getting our legs under us and getting in shape,” Lillard said.

Team USA’s record of nine wins and five losses under Popovich is in stark contrast to the 54-1 mark they owned in exhibition play prior to the famed coach’s appointment in 2019. The U.S. has also registered 25 consecutive victories in Olympic play.

On Monday, Popovich’s club was outscored 44-24 in the paint and lost the rebounding battle 32-25, and according to the revered Spurs bench boss, a lack of conditioning is to blame.

“In the second half, we tired out,” Popovich added. “And when that happens, you get hit mentally a little bit, too.”

This U.S. offering is considered undersized by international basketball standards. On Monday, one of the team’s frontcourt contributors, Kevin Love, did not play after logging only three minutes versus Nigeria. Kevin Durant and Lillard led the team against Australia with four boards apiece.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Allen Named to Dodd Trophy Watch List


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Tom Allen is one of 17 coaches on the preseason watch list for the 2021 Dodd Trophy presented by PNC, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc., announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Managed by Peach Bowl, Inc., The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted national coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership, and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy.

The watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc., taking into consideration each program’s graduation rate, commitment to service and charity in the community, projected success for the 2021 season and Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Allen, the 2020 AFCA National Coach of the Year, was a finalist for the Dodd Trophy one season ago. He joined Bo McMillin (1945) and John Pont (1967) as the only IU head coaches to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year recognition.

The Big Ten’s Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote) and Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote), Allen was also a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, and the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award.

“These coaches are coming off one of the most unprecedented and trying seasons in the history of college football, but found a way to persevere in the face of adversity,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. “They have consistently found success no matter the circumstances and we look forward to seeing how they lead their teams as we return to a sense of normalcy this season.” 

This collective group of coaches has won 11 national championships, 37 FBS conference titles and secured 1,594 career wins throughout their careers.

Of the 17 coaches on the watch list, five are previous winners of The Dodd Trophy, including Brian Kelly (2018), Kirk Ferentz (2015), Nick Saban (2014), Dabo Swinney (2011) and Mack Brown (2008).

Additionally, four of the finalists for last year’s award are represented, including Allen, Luke Fickell, Matt Campbell, and Brian Kelly.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with five coaches making the list, followed closely by the SEC with four representatives.

A midseason watch list – adding to or narrowing the field – will be released in the fall. A panel consisting of previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2021 season. The winner of the 2021 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during the week of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Starting in September, the Dodd Coach of the Week Award will also honor coaches on a weekly basis whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Six Hoosiers Selected In MLB Draft


DENVER – Six Indiana baseball players were selected in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft that was held from Sunday to Tuesday. The Hoosiers led the way in the with the most selections by any Big Ten program in this year’s draft.

Sophomore pitchers Matt Litwicki and Tommy Sommer were selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, respectively. Junior infielder Cole Barr was picked by the Seattle Mariners (15th round, pick 444) and outfielder Grant Richardson (round 17, pick 513) went to the New York Yankees on day three.

Day two was for the pitchers, as four Hoosier hurlers were selected by various organizations. McCade Brown (Round 3, Pick 79) and Gabe Bierman (Round 7, Pick 209) joined Litwicki and Sommer.

Litwicki made 10 appearances in 2021, totaling 12 innings in relief and 17 strikeouts. He allowed just six runs and two talks. He made five appearances in the shortened 2020 season, tallying a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings of work. During his freshman season, he tossed 9.1 innings and struck out nine.

Sommer is coming off a 2021 campaign where he posted a 5-4 record and 4.60 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. In 2020, he went 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts where she allowed just six runs in 20.2 innings and struck out 17. During his sophomore campaign in 2019, he served as the Sunday starter in the first three weekends of the season and allowed 36 hits over 45 innings along with 47 strikeouts.

Barr was previously selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2019 MLB Draft (37th round, Pick 11166). He was a ABCA Midwest All-Region second team and All-Big Ten third team in 2021 who held a .292 batting percentage with a team-high eight home runs, 45 hits, 36 runs scored and a team-high 35 RBI. The Yorktown, Ind. native led the way with a .526 slugging percentage and drew 26 walks.

Richardson was a ABCA Midwest All-Region second team and first team All-Big Ten honoree in 2021 as the he led Indiana with a .320 batting average and team-high 55 hits with seven home runs. He held a .517 slugging percentage and 33 RBI while also going 11-for-13 on stolen bases.

In addition, signees Colson Montgomery (Round 1, Pick 23) and TJ White (Round 5, Pick 143) heard their names called during the three-day draft.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: High Expectations Loom Again for Indiana Men’s Soccer


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Hoosiers are coming of a season during which they were 13-2-1 overall with a 7-1-0 mark in conference play, won both the Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Titles for the third consecutive year, earned the number three seed in the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the national championship game.


Loses due to graduation include forward/defender A.J. Palazzolo (0g, 3a) who was a two-year starter and forwards Thomas Warr (2g, 0a) and Ian Black.


The continued emergence of others to add an additional dimension and balance to the offense. The attack will feature the big play ability of junior All-American forward Victor Bezerra (12g, 4a) but he will no doubt be a closely marked man.


Todd Yeagley stated, “These young men will enhance our strong culture at IU with their passion, strong character and winning mentality. Positional versatility, strong leadership and dynamic attacking abilities are all key characteristics of the 2021 signing class.”


Players who scored 29 of the 31 goals IU scored in the 2020/2021 season are slated to return. Junior forward Victor Bezerra, (12g, 4a), the 2020 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy runner-up, returns to power the attack up-top. Forwards redshirt junior Ryan Wittenbrink (5g, 2a) and junior Maouloune Goumballe (2g, 2a) and All-Big Ten Second Team junior midfielder Herbert Endeley (4g, 2a) are among other returning players who are all very capable finishers. Redshirt senior Joe Schmidt (1g, 4a), a two-year starter, will set the pace in the midfield.


The Indiana defense should again be among the best in the country with a very experienced contingent returning from the 2020/2021 season during which the Hoosiers posted a total of ten shutouts and held opponents to a total of only six goals. All-American Junior Roman Celentano who has been the starter in goal for the past two seasons returns to anchor the defense. Celentano is a prolific shot stopper who had a 0.36 goals against average last year.

A top-shelf Indiana back line will include redshirt senior All-American Spencer Glass who missed the final eight games of the 2020/2021 season due to injury, redshirt junior Daniel Munie who was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection, sophomore Joey Maher who had a banner freshman season, senior Nyk Sessock, junior Brett Bebej and sophomore Lawson Redmon.


Indiana truly is a program with a winning DNA with a time-tested recipe for success. The Hoosiers have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for 34 consecutive seasons, advanced to the College Cup 21 times, appeared in the national championship contest 16 times, and secured the national championship 8 times.

The following factors are among the reasons why Indiana consistently performs at the highest level. They annually bring on board talented, athletic, and team-oriented players, they develop the skills of their players to prepare them to assume greater roles, they merge the individual talents of their players into a unified team, and they do a great job of maintaining the balance needed to apply the level of pressure needed on the offensive side of the ball to create scoring opportunities while remaining organized and stout on the defensive side of the ball.

There is a lot to like about Indiana’s chances for another banner season in 2021. The Hoosiers have added an impressive eight-member recruiting class, a lot of players gained valuable minutes last year that should enhance the level of their play and prepare them to assume a greater role in 2021, and with just about everyone back on both sides of the ball it is highly likely that they will once again have the balance needed to be dominant on both sides of the ball.

Indiana did a really good job during the recently completed season of finding a way to prevail in the close contests. During the NCAA Tournament they combined solid play on the defensive side of the ball with a patient yet opportunistic attack to gain the edge they needed to survive and advance.

If the offense flourishes, if there is no drop-off on the defensive side of the ball, and if the Hoosiers utilize the experience they gained last year to enhance the level of their play, then this team has a good shot at once again playing for a national championship and securing a different outcome in 2021.

The truth is that a lot of things have to fall into place to win a national title but the reality is that players come to Indiana to win a national championship so after coming so tantalizing close last year anything less than a national championship in 2021 will likely feel like a disappointment.


Sam Bennett – Defender – Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Hempfield High School – Played for PA Classics. Team captain. USMNT Training Center attendee. Also played basketball at Hempfield High School.

Coleman Gannon – Midfielder – Atlanta, Georgia – Capstone Academy – Played for Atlanta United 2 in the USL.

Mason Henderson – Forward – Franklin, Wisconsin – Marquette University High School – All-Conference at Marquette University High School. Played for Minnesota United.

Patrick McDonald – Midfielder – Greensboro, North Carolina – Page High School – Played for the North Carolina Fusion where he was team captain. Also played for the Indiana Fire Academy.

Tommy Mihalic – Forward – Skokie, Illinois – Niles High School – Played for FC United. Earned six caps with the U17 Croatian National Team.

Samuel Sarver – Forward – Beachwood, Ohio – Beachwood High School – Played for Columbus Crew Academy – Scored 44 goals in academy play. Competed with the US U17 Youth National Team.

Grant Yeagley – Midfielder – Bloomington, Indiana – Bloomington South High School – Played for FC Academy. Helped Bloomington South win four consecutive sectional titles. Helped FC Alliance FC to the 2019 state title.

Nathan Gabris – Goalkeeper – Wildwood, Missouri – Lafayette High School – Played for St. Louis FC Academy. Posted 17 career shutouts.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Salyers, Merchent Earn US Men’s Amateur Championship Spots


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Two Hoosiers qualified for the US Men’s Amateur Championship by earning top-3 spots in the 121st US Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifying tournament held in Dayton, Ohio on Monday.

Rising sophomore Drew Salyers won the tournament, while sophomore-to-be Clay Merchent claimed second in the event.


121st US Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifying • Dayton, Ohio

Moraine Country Club

Par 71 • 7,246


• Salyers took home the individual championships by two strokes after shooting a 4-under 138 through 36 holes. The Howard, Ohio, native holed nine birdies in the two rounds and finished an eagle opportunity on the fourth hole in the final round. He carded birdies in both rounds on No. 6 and No. 8.

• Merchent finished runner-up to his teammate after shooting a 2-under 140. The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year converted seven birdie attempts during the 36-hole tournament. Like Salyers, Merchent birdied No. 8 in both rounds.

• The Hoosier duo advance to the US Men’s Amateur Championship at Oakmont Country Club to be contested Aug. 9-15.

• The Moraine Country Club was created in 1930 by original designer Alec “Nipper” Campbell, which has been meticulously restored by architect Keith Foster to bring Campbell’s vision back to life for today’s players.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Bradley Named PING Honorable Mention All-American


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Golf Coaches Association of America and PING have announced that Cole Bradley has been selected as am honorable mention All-American.

Bradley becomes the first Purdue men’s golfer to earn All-America status since Shiv Kapur in 2004 (honorable mention). He is the 20th player in Purdue history to be named an All-American and just the sixth player in the last 40 years to be honored.

Bradley finished the season on a tear, winning the NCAA Noblesville Regional, then finishing 39th at the NCAA National Championships after holding the lead after the first round. He became the first Purdue golfer to play in the final round since Kapur in 2004. His finish was the sixth-best finish for a Purdue golfer at the National Championships since 1980.

Bradley also earned PING All-Midwest Region honors as well as second-team All-Big Ten accoloades. Bradley finished the season with a 72.46 stroke average and 14 of his 28 rounds were even-par or better. His stroke average ranked ninth best in school history and he owns a 73.51 career average, good for seventh on the all-time list.

Bradley and classmate Joe Weiler will both return in 2021-22 for a CoVid senior season. Head coach Rob Bradley welcomes back all five players that competed at this year’s Big Ten Championships, in addition to welcoming talented freshmen Kent Hsaio, Andrew White and Kentaro Nanayama. 


Four-star linebacker recruit Jaylen Sneed commitment to the Irish over Oregon this wee6k.

Other schools after Sneed included Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC.

“When I stepped on campus, it just felt like home,” Sneed said at a commitment ceremony at Hilton Head Island (S.C.) High. “It felt like the place I wanted to be and where I needed to be. It just felt like the whole family atmosphere of it, the tradition of it, just the way they play football is the way I want to play football.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Sneed is the fourth linebacker to commit to the Irish.

Rivals ranks him as the No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 46 overall in the 2022 class. 247Sports slates Sneed as the No. 10 linebacker and No. 97 overall.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — On the final day of the 2021 Major League baseball draft, one of the best sluggers in program history heard his name called. Senior infielder Niko Kavadas was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the draft.

“Niko had a remarkable year and his explosiveness is game changing,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “Power like his comes along very rarely. He is an intense hitter, with tremendous presence and an understanding of his style.”

The local product from Granger, Indiana had one of the most successful seasons in Irish baseball history this season and was one of the best power hitters in the country. He garnered two preseason All-American honors and started the season out with a bang, hitting home runs in each of his first two at-bats. Kavadas ended the season on a tear, as he hit his final five home runs all in the regional and super regional rounds. He ended up breaking the single season record for most home runs with 22, surpassing the old record of 20 set by Frank Jacobs in 1991. Kavadas finished the year with a .767 slugging percentage, which ranks second all-time in program history for a single season. Niko is also tied for second all-time for home runs in a career with 46.

After the season, Kavadas was named a First Team All-American by D1Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game. He was the first Irish player to earn multiple first team honors in the same season since Steve Stanley in 2002. Kavadas had a number of accolades throughout the year including Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Award semifinalist, First Team All-ACC and South Bend Regional Most Outstanding Player.

Kavadas is the first Irish player to be selected by the Red Sox since Kyle Weiland back in 2008. He is the sixth Irish player all-time to be selected by the Red Sox in the MLB Draft.

Staying true to what was ‘a strong focus,’ Los Angeles Angels use all 20 draft picks to select pitchers


The Los Angeles Angels made unique draft history this week: They made 20 picks in the 20-round draft and selected 20 pitchers.

The only other team to select all pitchers in a draft was the Miami Marlins a year ago, but MLB shortened that draft to just five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami University right-hander Sam Bachman was the Angels’ first-round pick — one of 19 college pitchers they selected. The only high school selection was 12th-round pick Mason Albright, from the IMG Academy in Florida.

Angels scouting director Mike Swanson said the team didn’t necessarily rule out selecting a position player, especially in the earlier rounds, but at some point during the final 10 rounds on Tuesday decided to “let it ride.”

“Today was really targeting pitching. It’s obvious,” he said. “We took 20 pitchers. That was a strong focus for us today. There were so many valuable pitchers to bring into the organization, so just go all out and play the hot hand.”

The Angels have emphasized drafting pitching under Swanson in previous drafts as well. In 2017, 13 of their first 20 picks were pitchers. In 2018, 16 of their 20 were pitchers, although their top two selections were position players. In 2019, 17 of their first 20 choices were pitchers, although the top two were again position players. This year the Angels went all in.

“It’s not excluding other subsets of players, but I was a pitcher myself and understand the wear and tear and how difficult it is to find pitching,” Swanson said. “Again, it’s a commodity you can’t have enough of, so take as many as you can and take the ones you believe in.”

Pitching has long been an issue for the Angels, the primary reason the team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014. When Shohei Ohtani starts Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Denver, he’ll be the first Angels pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game since Jered Weaver in 2012. ( Hector Santiago was selected in 2015, but did not pitch).

The Angels currently rank 12th in the American League with a 4.90 ERA and the starting rotation has a 5.06 ERA.

Swanson suggested one reason the club went all-in pitching was simply the depth of pitching available due to last year’s draft getting shortened to five rounds and more college juniors returning for their senior seasons instead of turning pro.

“A lot of guys who got squeezed last year and two classes condensed into one,” he said.

The Angels weren’t the only organization to invest heavily in pitching in this draft. Cleveland drafted 19 pitchers out of its 21 selections, all of them college players. The Dodgers didn’t draft a position player until the 16th round and selected 17 pitchers out of 19 picks. The first two of those were high school pitchers, but the rest were college or junior college selections. The Giants selected pitchers with their first nine selections, with eight of those coming from the collegiate ranks.

Swanson said the team views the young position players in its minor league system a strength, making the choice to target pitching easier.

“It’s not fully intentional, but a little more of an advanced pitching group [in the draft] sort of offsets the depth of position players we have. It probably injects a little bit of balance into the system.”


High School Football is coming quickly and IndianaSRN has compiled a list of the top football players to watch this season.


OL Sam Seacrest Roncalli 6-6 265

OL Joey Tanona Zionsville 6-5 295

OL Ethan Sparks Covenant Christian 6-5 285

OL Brennan Benson North Judson – San Pierre 6-3 302

OL Jacob Ricci Sheridan 6-1 215

OL Logan Schultz Winamac  6-4 265

OL Justin Schroeder Frontier  6-2 235

OL Zach Thompson Centerville  5-11 215

OL Theodore Sparks Merrillville 6-2 260

OL George Buday Fort Wayne Bishop Luers  6-0 260

OL Luke Burgess New Palestine 6-8 270

OL Kipper Barnett Tipton  6-4 210

OL Isaac Rans Rans Eastbrook  6-3 235

OL Marshall Fishback Rochester 6-2 281

OL Cooper Crum Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-5 250

OL Cooper Koers Indianapolis Cathedral 6-6 280

OL Tayton Schakel Whiteland 6-1 231

OL Foster Wertz Decatur Central 6-3 330

OL Owen Wood Cathedral 6-5 330

OL Keylen Davis  Ben Davis 6-4 290

OL Makhi Watts North Central 6-3 285

OL Zach Williams Westfield 6-4 265

OL Tyson Miller Lafayette Jefferson 6-6 275

OL Jack Greer Hamilton Southeastern 6-4 280

OL Ryan Hildeman Hanover Central 6-2 285

OL Wade Melanson Tippecanoe Valley 6-2 364

OL Zach Christianson Norwell 5-10 260

OL Ashton Craig Lawrenceburg 6-5 265

OL Kijaunta Goodwin Charlestown 6-8 305

OL Jackson Goodall South Dearborn 6-4 280

OL Hunter Whitenack New Prairie 6-8 335

OL Grant Ray Roncalli 6-2 295

OL Chris Hood East Noble 6-7 320

OL Max Williams, Lebanon 6-6 295

OL Trevor Lauck Roncalli 6-6 275

OL Landon Livingston Leo 6-4 280

OL Demon Moore Ft. Wayne Snider 6-5 315

OL Sam Buras Center Grove 6-7 315

OL Jack Greer Hamilton SE 6-3 260

OL Owen Wood Cathedral 6-5 305

TE Gavin Smithson -Burciaga Monroe Central 6-3 225

TE Gavin Wallace Eastside 6-2 210

TE Tyler Dostin Danville 11 6-4 225

TE Connor Foley Jasper 6-5 200

TE Maxwell Sullivan Whiteland 6-6 231

TE Drew Page Noblesville  6-4 225

TE Jeff Simmons Fishers 6-6 210

TE Cael Vanderbush Plainfield 6-6 220

WR Dominic Norman Evansville Reitz 6-2 175

WR Ashden Gentry Mount Vernon Fortville 5-8 160

WR Luke Jones Monroe Central 5-11 175

WR Noble Johnson Parke Heritage 6-2 180

WR Jordan Turner Fort Wayne North Side 5-11 180

WR Cael Vanderbush Plainfield 6-6 200

WR Krashaun Menson Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 5-8 160

WR Brody Glenn Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 6-1 185

WR Dahya Patel Lawrenceburg 11 6-1 185

WR Rory Heltsley Gibson Southern 11 6-3 185

WR Nathan Anderson Homestead 11 6-0 170

WR Jeffrey Simmons Fishers 11 6-6 215

WR Rylan Crawford Leo 6-3 180

ATH Aycen Stevens Decatur Central 6-4 200

ATH Dasan McCullough Bloomington South 6-5 220

ATH Javon Tracy Decatur Central 6-1 180

ATH Rowan Zolman East Noble 6-5 210

ATH Dylan Moore Ben Davis 6-2 190

WR Sam West Greensburg 6-5 205

WR Joe Walker Warren Central 6-5 200

WR Omar Cooper Lawrence North 6-1 185

QB Gehrig Slunaker Mount Vernon Fortville 6-2 185

QB Christian Johnson Parke Heritage 6-0 185

QB Carson Clark Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 6-1 180

QB Tyler Knoy Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-0 170

QB Reece Lozano Bloomington North 6-0 180

QB Maximus Webster Westfield 6-3 225

QB Nicholas Patterson, Mooresville 6-1 215

QB Tayven Jackson Center Grove 6-5 208

QB Carter St. John Chatard 5-11 175

QB Jeffrey Becker FW Carroll 6-0 185

QB Clark Barrett Lafayette Central Catholic 6-5 209

QB Jackson Ullom Monroe Central 5-11 175

QB Aidan Leffler Roncalli 6-2 215

QB Kale Payne Danville 6-3 190

QB Houston Swan Eastern Hancock 6-1 205

QB J’uan Swanson Ben Davis 6-0 185

QB Carter St John Indianapolis Chatard 5-11 178

QB Prince Powell Warren Central 6-0 185

QB Zach Osborne Carmel 6-2 205

QB Akim Abdur-Rahim Pike 6-0 178

QB Tyler Adkins Martinsville 6-0 180

QB Elliott Young Western Boone 5-8 145

QB Riley Palmeter Edinburgh 5-11 180

QB Danny O’Neil Cathedral 6-0 173

QB Brennan Stow Lapel 6-3 205

QB Brady Allen Gibson Southern 6-5 210

QB Justin Fisher Mishawaka 6-2 200

RB Keagan Labelle Mount Vernon Fortville 5-8 165

RB Joey Heuer Lowell 5-7 170

RB Blake Heyerly Adams Central 6-1 205

RB Luke Switzer South Putnam 6-0 190

RB Lavarion Logan Merrillville 5-10 210

RB Colby Bullock Chesterton 6-0 185

RB Colin Price Zionsville 6-0 185

RB Peyton Guerzini Castle 5-10 177

RB Dylan Kidd Rensselaer 5-9 190

RB Colton Brown Heritage Christian 5-10 175

RB Jamasyn Virgil Tippecanoe Valley 6-1 170

RB Garrett Yoon Lawrenceburg 5-11 185


DL Trevor Hapner Fort Wayne South 6-2 205

DL Isaiah Street Brownsburg 6-5 225

DL Drew Terrill Lebanon 6-4 245

DL Vlad Carreras-Lantigua Frankfurt 6-1 200

DL Aiden Farmer Evansville Reitz 6-1 175

DL Hunter Bianski Churubusco 6-0 243

DL Christian Pulliam Indianapolis Lutheran 6-3 285

DL Dejuan Echoles Warren Central 6-2 225

DL Kenneth Grant Merrillville 6-4 350

DL Danny Norocea Avon 6-3 270

DL Neal Likens Columbus North 6-3 245

DL Beau Brown Mishawaka 6-2 235

DL Keelan Dyson Decatur Central 6-0 205

DL Dilyn Fuller Anderson 6-3 230

DL Jack Tippmann Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 6-4 215

DL Alex Wenger Milan 6-3 182

DL Carson Parmer North Decatur 6-3 205

DL James Ralph Evansville Mater Dei 6-0 265

DL Derek LeGrand Pioneer 6-4 210

DL Caleb Moya Forest Park 5-9 275

DL Jason Massaro Fairfield 6-4 275

DL Dennis Hurn River Forest 6-0 263

DL Brody Bolyn Norwell 6-3 250

DL Jayden Childers Indianapolis Brebeuf 6-2 225

DL Mariere Omonode West Lafayette 6-1 248

DL Joshua Mickens Lawrence Central 6-4 195

DL Kendrick Gilbert Cathedral 6-5 250

DL Caden Curry Center Grove 6-5 250

DL Tyrone Lofton Pike 6-3 226

DL Joe Strickland Brebeuf 6-4 250

DL Popeye Williams Westfield 6-3 230

DL DJ Allen Leo 6-7 225

DL James Schott Center Grove 6-5 215

DL Kiel Eldridge Heritage 6-5 230

DL Jaylen Lattimore FW South 6-3 220

LB Danny Royster Lawrence North 6-4 210

LB Tyson Garrett Roncalli 6-2 200

LB Spencer Barta Lowell 6-3 210

LB Ryan Flores Hobart 5-10 195

LB Ethan Evers NorthWood 6-0 187

LB Keoke Toomer Indianapolis Ben Davis 6-1 190

LB Gage DeMarco Chesterton 5-10 205

LB Romaro Warren JR Lawrence North 6-1 225

LB Daniel Harrell Warren Central 5-11 185

LB Shane Shuman Culver 5-11 210

LB Matthew Goodpaster South Putnam 6-1 220

LB Cornell Branch Michigan City 6-0 210

LB Zaven Koltookian Concord 6-4 215

LB Roman Schrock Goshen 5-11 180

LB Jeff Utzinger Cathedral 6-3 210

LB Jacob Snyder Northfield 6-0 180

LB Tyler Rayl Clinton Central 6-3 235

LB Drayk Bowen Andrean 6-3 205

LB Jason Hale Eastbrook 5-10 225

LB Gabe Eslinger Linton-Stockton 6-0 185

LB Drew Servies Tipton 6-0 180

LB Setefano Sete Mishawaka Marian 5-11 230

LB Jeremiah Jackson Indianapolis Brebeuf 5-11 181

LB J.T. Downey West Lafayette 6-3 190

LB Jacob Taylor John Glen 6-3 201

LB Domanick Moon FW Snider 6-2 218

LB DeJuan Echoles Warren Central 6-0 205

DB Rowan Zolman East Noble 6-5 210

DB Connor Agler Evansville Reitz 5-10 175

DB Hayden Sheppard Western 6-1 165

DB Milan Burris Mishawaka 5-10 175

DB Brock Robertson Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-0 180

DB Ta’Shy Stewart Kokomo 6-0 175

DB Keenon Tucker Michigan City 5-9 175

DB Kalen Carroll Brownsburg 6-2 175

DB Joe Jefferson Indianapolis Pike 6-1 180

DB Zion Woods North Central 6-0 175

DB Dillon Thieneman Westfield 6-0 183

DB Trey Schoen Silver Creek  6-0 175

DB Alex Currie Adams Central 5-10 160

DB Aiden Wanner South Adams 6-3 170

DB Jake Pasch Indianapolis Lutheran 6-0 160

DB Russell Compton Winamac 6-1 180

DB Isaiah Thacker Triton Central 10 6-0 170

DB Isaiah Dalton Eastbrook 6-0 170

DB Lane Burns Eastside 5-9 165

DB Daeh McCullough Bloomington South 6-2 195

DB Bryce Humphrey Evansville Mater Dei 5-10 165

DB Kalen Carroll Center Grove 6-1 170

DB Rashon Myles Jr. Brownsburg 6-1 191

DB Jahmad Harmon Lawrence Central 6-1 175

DB Solomon Williams Carmel 5-11 180


K Holtman Doades North Knox 6-0 160

K Cooper Wolka Brownstown Central 6-1 215

K Benjamin Fronk New Prairie 6-2 170

P Jayden Miller Linton-Stockton 5-10 165

P Westyn Pemberton Martinsville 6-0 200

P Dontrez Fuller Anderson 5-9 160

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Two Hounds Claim Academic All-America® Honors


INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis football claimed a pair of Academic All-America selections on Wednesday as Toriano Clinton and Connor Steeb were both named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America Football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  The annual release recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

UIndy football now stands at 20 CoSIDA All-America selections in program history with their first selections since Mike Phillips in 2013.

Though he played in just two games, Clinton made a giant impact on the shortened spring season.  The highlight came in the inaugural GLVC Championship game when the Calumet, Ill., product racked up 235 rushing yards and scored four total touchdowns, leading the Greyhounds to a 46-29 victory.  Clinton owns a 3.42 GPA in Sport Management and is currently the program’s career leader in both rushing average (8.4 yds per carry) and kickoff return average (33.2 yds per att).

A three-year starter at safety, Steeb capped his Greyhound career this spring with an All-GLVC First Team nod from the league’s coaches. The Greenwood, Ind., native and former Center Grove High School standout led the GLVC with 27 total tackles on the year, adding three pass break-ups in the aforementioned GLVC Championship game. Steeb is a 3.8 student in UIndy’s MBA program.



INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a successful 2020-2021 season in which the Knights qualified for the NAIA National Championship, the Marian women’s golf team has announced their upcoming schedule for the fall season. Head coach Dan Stanjevich’s Knights will compete in five events this fall, playing close to home in the state of Indiana in three of the five outings.

The Knights will open their fall slate in Richmond, Ind., competing at the IU-East Fall Invite on September 3 and 4 from Highland Lake GC. On September 13 and 14, the Knights will travel south to Goodlettsville, Tenn., to compete in the Music City Invite. The event hosted by Cumberland University will be hosted at Twelve Stones Golf Club, just north of Nashville. Marian will then close out the month of September in Kentucky, competing in the UPike Fall Invite at Stoncrest GC on September 25 and 26.

Marian will play their lone event of the fall in the Indianapolis area on October 4 and 5, as the Knights make the short trip to Highland Country Club, competing in the Butler Fall Invite. The fall season will wrap up on Ocotber 22 and 23, when Marian closes out the fall in Laconia, Ind., at the Huntington Invite. The final invite of the season will be held at Chariot Run Golf Club.



INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s golf team has announced their upcoming schedule for the fall 2021 season, as released by head coach Stephen Ford on Tuesday morning. The Knights will play in five invitationals this coming fall, with four of the five events scheduled for 54 holes.

Marian will open their fall just outside of Nashville, Tenn., competing in the Music City Invite on September 13 and 14 at Twelve Stones Golf Club in Goodlettsville. The event is hosted by Cumberland University, and will be the lone 36-hole outing for Marian in the fall. The Knights second event of the season will take place the following week, when Marian travels to East Lansing, Mich. on September 20 and 21 to play in the Bill Bockwitz Golf Classic, hosted by Spring Arbor. The Knights are the defending champions of the event, with Jay Williams claiming the individual title in 2020.

The Knights will open their October slate in central Indiana, traveling to Noblesville on Ocotber 8 and 9 to play in the IWU Fall Invitational at Purgatory Golf Club. The Knights finished as the runner-up in last fall’s event hosted by Indiana Wesleyan, with two Knights finishing top-five. Two days after finishing play in Noblesville, Marian will travel to Memphis, Tenn., to compete in the NAIA Memphis Shootout. The event begins on October 11, and will be hosted by Sterling College at TPC Southwind.

Marian will end their fall with the women’s team at the Huntington Fall Invite, playing 54 holes on Ocotber 22 and 23 at Chariots Run GC in Laconia, Ind. Marian has won each of the last two events hosted by Huntington in late October, with Matthew Chapman winning individually in 2019, while Williams set the school record for 54 holes in his 2020 win.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Lonsway, Burhenn and Neely Selected in 2021 MLB Draft


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State baseball had a dream realized this week as they heard their names called as part of the 2021 MLB Draft.

Seth Lonsway went in the sixth round to the San Francisco Giants and Garrett Burhenn was selected in the ninth round by the Detroit Tigers. On day three, Jack Neely was selected by the New York Yankees in the 11th round.

Lonsway was fantastic over the last three seasons with the Buckeyes. He recorded 266 strikeouts over 178.1 innings in 33 appearances. He led the nation with 21.00 strikeouts per nine innings in the abbreviated 2020 season and that followed a Freshman All-America season in 2019 where he went 8-4 and struck out a Big Ten leading 126 batters. This year, he earned third team All-Big Ten honors while registering 98 strikeouts in 68.0 innings.

“Seth Lonsway has an elite curveball, one of the better breaking balls in the draft,” said head coach Greg Beals. “Scouts are aware of Seth’s ability with that breaking ball which should allow him to pitch in the big leagues. He has major league stuff. He works tirelessly on his craft and the quicker his fastball evolves and he commands his fastball, you’ll see Seth Lonsway in the big leagues. I have no doubt about that.”

Burhenn was the rock of the Ohio State staff this season. He too earned third team All-Big Ten honors after finishing with a 7-2 record and a 3.81 ERA. He made 13 starts this season and the Buckeyes won 10 of those 13 games, including each of the last six. In his last two starts, he tied his career-high with 11 punchouts in each start and only walked one batter in the 15 combined innings. In his career, he was 15-8 with a 4.34 ERA while striking out 189 and only walking 62 in 192.2 innings.

“Garrett Burhenn is steady Eddie and maybe one of the better starters in the Midwest,” said Beals. “He just takes the ball and gives his team a chance to win every game. He is in absolute control of himself all week long and when I say that, his preparation is top notch. His awareness of who he is and how he pitches successfully, is at an extremely high level. He has command of four pitches which pro teams are going to like as a future starter. Garrett’s a guy that the scouts believe can be a starter in the big leagues for a long time.”

Neely joined the Ohio State program prior to the start of the 2021 season after pitching at Texas and Iowa Western Community College in his first two seasons. Neely appeared in 12 games this season for the Buckeyes, making nine starts. He was 2-3 record with a 6.10 ERA. His final three appearances were out of the bullpen and he was electric, hitting 100 mph multiple times. The 6-8 fireballer finished the year with 62 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.

“Jack’s a big, tall guy with a power arm. He’s fun to watch out there,” Beals said. “The scouts see the big numbers and the power arm, and I think that’s going to get Jack his opportunity to go out and evolve his game at the professional level. His riding fastball plays well to the professional level, to the wooden bat and the higher strike zone in professional baseball.”

In total, 110 Buckeyes have been drafted since 1966. Since head coach Greg Beals took over the program in 2011, 26 players have heard their names called on draft day.

Roger Federer says he’s out of Olympics after knee ‘setback’

(AP) — Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” with his knee during the grass-court season.

Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would make a decision about going to the Summer Games after the Grand Slam tournament ended.

The 39-year-old from Switzerland lost in the quarterfinals at the All England Club last week to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and went more than a full year between matches. He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open and then pulled out of that tournament after three victories, saying he wanted to be rested and ready for the grass circuit – especially Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, he said in a post on Twitter that because of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”

Federer won a gold medal alongside Stan Wawrinka in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final at the All England Club.

Federer sat out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because of problems with his left knee.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8.

The U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, is scheduled to begin Aug. 30 in New York.

Federer joins a growing list of tennis stars who are not going to Tokyo, where COVID-19 cases have been rising as the July 23 opening ceremony approaches.

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the players who will not be competing for medals.

Novak Djokovic, who tied Federer and Nadal for the men’s record by winning his 20th major championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, said after the final that he was 50-50 on whether to go to the Games.

On the eve of Wimbledon’s start, Federer was asked where things stood for him on Tokyo.

“My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now, let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there,” he said then. “I wish I could tell you more. In previous years, it was definitely easier. At the moment, things are not as simple as in the past. With age, you have to be more selective. You can’t play it all.”

Koepka says DeChambeau is ‘fair game’ after broken agreement

Brooks Koepka was willing to stop his feud with Bryson DeChambeau in 2019 after the two disagreed about slow play on the PGA TOUR.

However, DeChambeau apparently broke an agreement between the two last year after taking a shot on Twitch at Koepka’s appearance in ESPN’s Body Issue. Koepka says DeChambeau has been “fair game” ever since.

“We had a conversation at Liberty (National). He didn’t hold up his end of the bargain, and I didn’t like that, so I’ll take my shots,” Koepka said, according to ESPN’s Bob Harig.

Koepka continued: “He didn’t like that I had mentioned his name in slow play, so we had a conversation in the locker room. And then, I guess we said something else in the press conference, but (I) didn’t mention his name in it, and he walked up to (my caddie) Ricky (Elliott), said something.

“It was, ‘You tell your man if he’s got something to say, say it to myself.’ I thought that was ironic because he went straight to Ricky. Ricky told me when I came out, (I) hit a few putts and then just walked right over to (DeChambeau), we had a conversation.

“We both agreed we’d leave each other out of it and wouldn’t mention each other, just kind of let it die off, wouldn’t mention each other’s names, just go about it.”

At that point, Koepka believed the beef was over.

But it wasn’t.

“So, then he decided, I guess, he was going on that little, whatever, playing video games online … and (he) brought my name up and said a few things. So, now it’s fair game,” Koepka said.

Koepka reiterated he doesn’t believe the drama with DeChambeau will have any negative effect on the upcoming Ryder Cup.

“It’s only a week,” the 31-year-old said. “I can put it aside for business. If we’re going to be on the same team, I can deal with anybody in the world for a week. … I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be paired together; put it that way. I think it’s kind of obvious.”

Koepka begins his quest for career major No. 5 at 3:03 a.m. ET on Thursday with DeChambeau seven groups behind.

IOC’s Bach slips up and refers to Japanese as ‘Chinese’

TOKYO (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach referred to his Japanese hosts as Chinese when he appeared in public on Tuesday for the first time since arriving in Tokyo last week.

Giving a pep talk at the headquarters of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, Bach’s opening remarks were, “You have managed to make Tokyo the best-ever prepared city for the Olympic Games. This is even more remarkable under the difficult circumstances we all have to face.”

Bach tripped over his words, referring to the “Chinese people” rather than “Japanese people.”

“Our common target is safe and secure games for everybody; for the athletes, for all the delegations, and most importantly also for the Chinese people — Japanese people,” Bach said, catching his mistake quickly.

Bach’s comments in the briefing were interpreted from English to Japanese, but the slip was not included in the interpretations. Still, the Japanese media quickly reported it and there was backlash on social media.

He ended his speech with a Japanese phrase: “Gambari mashou,” which translates as “Let’s do our best.”

The pandemic-postponed Olympics open in 10 days.

Bach spent his first three days in isolation at the International Olympic Committee’s five-star hotel in central Tokyo, and his movements are limited – like almost everyone entering for the Olympics – for the first 14 days.

Organizers and the IOC decided last week to ban fans from all but a handful of outlying venues, a move that came after the Japanese government instituted a state of emergency in Tokyo forced by rising coronavirus cases. The state of emergency went into force on Monday and runs through Aug. 22.

The state of emergency will be in effect throughout the entire duration of the Olympics, which open on July 23 and close on Aug. 8. Its main impact is to push bars and restaurants to close early and stop selling alcohol, a move aimed at cutting down circulation on crowded trains.

Bach’s visit on Tuesday coincided with the official opening of the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay. Organizers did not offer an immediate count of how many athletes were on hand.

Bach is scheduled to visit Hiroshima on Friday in an effort to tie the Olympics to the city’s effort to promote world peace. IOC Vice President John Coates is to visit Nagasaki the same day.

Japan’s Kyodo news has reported that a group in Hiroshima is opposing Bach’s visit.

A small group of protesters gathered on Saturday outside Bach’s hotel carrying placards that said he was unwelcome in Tokyo.

Organizers have been criticized for pressing ahead with the Olympics during the pandemic amid polls that show – depending on how the question is phrased – that 50%-80% of the public oppose the Olympics taking place.

The Olympics will involve 11,000 athletes entering Japan along with tens of thousands of others including officials, judges, media, and broadcasters.

Also on Tuesday, police in Tokyo said a group of four U.S. and British men working for a power company contracted to the Olympics were arrested on suspicion of using cocaine.

Aggreko Events Services Japan confirmed it employed the suspects and apologized for the trouble. NHK public television reported the four suspects entered Japan from February to May and were staying in Tokyo.

New virus cases in Tokyo were reported at 830, up from 593 one week ago. It is the 24th straight day that cases were higher than seven days previous.

The office of the Japanese prime minister said Tuesday that 18.5% of Japanese are fully vaccinated.

Minnesota Wild buy out Parise and Suter contracts

(AP) — Nine years after Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed twin contracts together worth nearly $200 million with the Minnesota Wild, they are being bought out together in a stunning turn of events early in the NHL offseason.

General manager Bill Guerin made the announcement Tuesday that the team is buying out the final four years of each player’s contract, which were originally structured to last 13 years. It is a sudden end for a tenure that began with such promise when the two American stars signed identical $98 million contracts on July 4, 2012.

Perhaps it was only fitting they were a package deal on the way out like they were on the way in. Parise and Suter will enter free agency at the same time July 28.

“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Guerin told reporters. “I felt this was the cleanest way. This way gives them more of an opportunity to go out and do what they can do.”

Parise and Suter were signed through 2025 at matching salary cap hits of $7.538 million each year. The buyouts save over $10 million next season but extend dead money on the cap through 2029. They will combine to cost the Wild almost $15 million against the salary cap in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for Parise and Suter not to play for them.

“Those years will be tough, but we’re going to have to do a very good job of drafting players and a very good job of developing players and injecting some younger, cheaper players into our lineup,” said Guerin, who took over in 2019 when longtime GM Chuck Fletcher was fired. “This is a great opportunity for some of those guys.”

Owner Craig Leipold, who spearheaded the master plan to add two upper Midwest products in the same free agent year in 2012, called Parise and Suter, “tremendous ambassadors for our team” who helped win a lot of games.

Minnesota made the playoffs eight times in nine seasons since signing Parise and Suter but never got past the second round. That includes a first-round exit this season.

That defeat, plus the Seattle expansion draft next week and emergence of younger players paved the way for the buyouts. Minnesota can now protect defenseman Matt Dumba and one other player from the Kraken instead of trading them.

“There wasn’t one big reason,” Guerin said. “It was pretty much everything together as a whole: a tough decision to make but one that I feel that we need to make.”

Suter and Parise are each 36. Parise turns 37 in late July. They will likely attract interest around the league in free agency, though for much shorter terms than last time.

“I know they both have game left, and they’re going to help another team,” Guerin said.

The speculation has already begun about Parise being a perfect fit for the New York Islanders with GM Lou Lamoriello, who drafted him with New Jersey. And Boston would easily be able to slide Suter into Torey Krug’s old spot on the left side of the blue line.

No team would need to commit 13 years, either. The collective bargaining agreement reached months after Suter and Parise signed in Minnesota limited contract lengths to seven years for free agents and eight for players re-upping with their current team.

Suter in his prime with Nashville and Minnesota averaged more than more than half a point a game as one of hockey’s best offensive defensemen. His production dipped to 19 points during the just completed 56-game season, though he still skated more than 22 minutes a night.

Parise, who was coming off a 69-point season in 2011-12 when he captained New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final, was a healthy scratch at times this past season when he put up 18 points in 45 games. He played in four games during Minnesota’s seven-game loss to Vegas.

“We saw what happened with Zach this year and we weren’t going to be able to give him the opportunity that maybe we thought we were,” Guerin said. “This will be better for them.”

Canadiens give Dominique Ducharme 3-year deal as head coach

MONTREAL (AP) Dominique Ducharme was hired as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday after leading the club on a playoff run all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Habs announced that Ducharme has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season, removing the “interim” qualifier that’s been attached to his title since he took over from the fired Claude Julien on Feb. 24.

“I always believe that when you do good things, good things happen to you,” Ducharme, 48, said in a news conference Tuesday following the team’s announcement.

“I have that belief that if we do things right – if we live the right way, if we commit like we should commit – at one point, you’ll get rewarded.”

Montreal managed a 15-16-7 record under Ducharme to finish the regular season and was the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the playoffs. The Canadiens couldn’t get any traction under the interim coach because of a combination of new systems, inconsistent play, a COVID-19 shutdown, key injuries and a condensed calendar.

Then the Canadiens got rolling in the postseason.

They came from 3-1 down to beat the favored Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, then swept Winnipeg in the North Division final.

They then knocked off the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the semifinal before losing in five to defending champion Tampa Bay in the Cup Final.

Ducharme watched much of the last two rounds from isolation at home after contracting COVID-19 in June, but returned to the bench in the Cup Final.

“Even though we had some hard times and it was not easy, I still remain confident in the group,” he said Tuesday.

Ducharme joined the Canadiens’ coaching staff on April 27, 2018. The Quebec native spent 10 seasons coaching in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He led the Halifax Mooseheads to QMJHL and Memorial Cup titles in 2012-13, earning the Canadian Hockey League’s Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award in the process.

He coached Canada to a gold medal at the 2018 world junior championship, and a silver the previous year.

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne retiring after 15 seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Pekka Rinne made sure to stick around Nashville longer than usual after the season ended with the Predators’ first-round playoff exit.

The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner needed time to make a very tough decision to retire after 15 seasons.

“There was two options,” Rinne said Tuesday at a news conference. “Either retire or either continue playing with the Predators. And I appreciate (GM) David (Poile) and everybody else for giving me enough time to make this decision on my own and make a decision that I feel is the right one. And deep down I do feel that.”

Rinne, 38, announced his decision Tuesday morning through a release by the Predators and a post on The Players’ Tribune.

“It’s been an unbelievable journey,” Rinne said. “I feel like you need so much luck on your side too along the way, and I feel like I’ve had that.”

He made his last start on May 10 in Nashville’s regular-season finale, a 5-0 win over Carolina in which he tied Tom Barrasso for No. 19 in NHL history with his 369th victory. That also was his 60th career shutout, third among active goalies behind Marc-Andre Fleury (66) and Henrik Lundqvist (65).

His career goals-against average of 2.43 is tied for fourth best among goalies with at least 350 wins in NHL history behind only Dominik Hasek, Martin Brodeur and Jacques Plante. He also is one of 12 goalies in NHL history with at least 350 wins and 60 shutouts.

Rinne had three 40-win seasons, which is tied for second most in NHL history; he is one of seven goalies to reach that mark.

A four-time Vezina finalist and twice runner-up, Rinne went 369-213-75 in his career after being the 258th pick overall in the eighth round of the 2004 draft. The native of Kempele, Finland, also has the most games played, victories and shutouts by a Finnish goalie in NHL history.

Poile congratulated Rinne on an “exceptional career” after giving Nashville a chance to win every game he played during the team’s most competitive era. Poile noted the Predators could have asked no more than what the goalie gave them, and Rinne winning the King Clancy Award provided a perfect ending.

“He’s certainly been the face of the franchise, arguably the most important player that has ever played for the Predators,” Poile said.

The Predators plan to celebrate Rinne’s career throughout the next season when Nashville hosts its first outdoor game Feb. 26 against the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Team president and CEO Sean Henry said he can’t imagine any other player having his jersey retired before Rinne.

Henry credited Rinne’s decision to sign a seven-year extension in November 2011 with helping anchor and grow the franchise even further. Nashville now has six sheets of ice, not counting Bridgestone Arena, with four more under construction and the Predators planning future additions to meet the youth hockey demand.

“That doesn’t happen without a bunch of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 year olds wearing No. 35,” Henry said.

Rinne finished fourth in Hart Trophy voting in 2011 when he helped Nashville win its first playoff series in franchise history, downing Anaheim in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

His best postseason came in 2017 when Rinne led the Predators to their only Stanley Cup Final. Rinne went 14-8 with a 1.96 GAA and .930 save percentage. He helped Nashville sweep Chicago before beating St. Louis, then Anaheim before losing to Pittsburgh in six games in a run Rinne said he’ll never forget.

“The whole run, the whole journey it was so stressful,” Rinne said. “It also showed how difficult it is to win and really makes you appreciate and respect the trophy.”

Rinne finally won the Vezina in 2018. He went 42-13-4 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .927 save percentage with eight shutouts, helping Nashville win the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

On Jan. 9, 2020, Rinne became the 12th goalie in NHL history to score a goal off a puck he shot from behind his own goal line into an empty net against Chicago.

The four-time NHL All-Star won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy last month for his leadership qualities on and off the ice. He was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2018 and the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2011.

Rinne became the backup to fellow Finn Juuse Saros this season, and he went 10-12-1. Saros went 21-11-1 helping Nashville claw its way into the playoffs. Rinne says Saros has shown he belongs and is ready to make the next step, which helped him make his decision.

“It is a special relationship,” Rinne said of Saros. “I’ll be watching him for sure. I already talked to him earlier a few days ago. So he’s up to speed.”

Rahm’s revelation: A club foot at birth and shot at history

SANDWICH, England (AP) Jon Rahm arrived at Royal St. George’s as a newly crowned major champion with the chance to join an elite group of players who have won golf’s two oldest championships in the same year.

Yet, in one way, Rahm already is very different.

In a revelation on Tuesday ahead of the British Open, Rahm said there was a reason for his unusually short backswing, and it couldn’t be further from the theories he has heard that the Spaniard has “tight hips.”

“I was born with a club foot on my right leg,” said Rahm, who was eager to take the opportunity to reveal much more.

“My right leg up to the ankle was straight, my foot was 90 degrees turned inside and basically upside down,” he said. “So when I was born, they basically relocated it, pretty much broke every bone in the ankle and I was casted within 20 minutes of being born from the knee down. I think every week I had to go back to the hospital to get re-casted.”

His right leg, Rahm said, is a centimeter and a half shorter than his left, meaning he has reduced mobility and stability in his right ankle. Hence the short swing which he learned at a young age, a swing that has propelled him to being the world’s best golfer going into the final major of the year.

“Don’t try to copy me,” he said. “Don’t try to copy any swing out there. Just swing your swing.”

It’s unique, and it works.

Rahm won his first major title at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last month, lifting him back to No. 1 in the world ranking for the first time since August 2020. He fell back to No. 2 this week behind Dustin Johnson, though there is no doubting who’s in the best form.

In his last four starts dating to the PGA Championship in May, Rahm won the U.S. Open, has two top 10s and had a six-shot lead through 54 holes at the Memorial when he had to withdraw because of a positive COVID-19 test.

There was a sense of relief at finally becoming a major champion – “I felt like for the better part of five years, all I heard is major, major, major,” Rahm said – but it hasn’t altered his determination and focus heading to the south of England, where he’ll be playing at Royal St. George’s for the first time since 2009.

That was the British Boys championship, and it was his first ever tournament on a links course.

“There’s still the next one to win,” Rahm said, “so I still come with the same level of excitement obviously and willingness to win.”

A victory would see him become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. With only Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones having also done so, Rahm would be joining quite the pantheon.

He was preparing on Tuesday to get his first proper look at the course, with its rolling, undulating fairways that can throw the ball dramatically offline and its rough that has been made thicker and greener by heavy rain that ruined Rahm’s hopes of a practice round on Monday evening.

He had arrived in Sandwich a few hours earlier, only to get held up initially by coronavirus testing that is part of the strict protocols demanded by the R&A on players for an event where 32,000 spectators will be attending daily from Thursday.

Brooks Koepka, the world No. 8 and a consistent contender at majors, played the front nine under a gray, threatening sky early Tuesday and wasn’t particularly impressed with a course that is unloved by many others, too.

“It’s not my favorite venue that we’ve played,” Koepka said, referring to the 10 links courses on the British Open rotation.

“Quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing,” the four-time major champion added. “Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favorite of the rotation, put it that way.”

Tommy Fleetwood, runner-up to Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush in 2019 when the British Open was last played, said the rough was lush and long and the fairways were playing wider and softer because of the rain.

“Obviously the way the bounces work, then it can easily be bouncing off the fairways but they’re not like massively tight,” Fleetwood said. “But if you do hit it offline, you’re going to be lucky to get a lie a lot of the times.”

It has been 52 years since there was an English winner of the Open in England, and Fleetwood – distinctive with his long, curly locks – could be among the home nation’s best chances. He’ll be a popular figure among the biggest crowd since golf returned after the coronavirus outbreak.

“Crowds there or not, I’m still trying to do the same things,” he said. “But I do agree that there’s definitely certain times, certain moments where crowds bring the best out of people.”

Rahm can appreciate the feeling. He is an often spiky, temperamental player known for leaving his emotions out on the course. He’ll look to feed off the mass return of spectators and make more history.

“Very excited,” Rahm said. “We’ve missed it.”


1916       Browns’ hurler Ernie Koob pitches a complete game, going all 17 innings of the scoreless tie. Carl Mays pitches the first 15 innings for the Red Sox, with Dutch Leonard finishing the 0-0 game.

1934       At Detroit’s Navin Field, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig bat leadoff, listing him as the team’s shortstop. After singling in the first inning, the ‘Iron Horse’ leaves the game without fielding as the Tigers pound out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees, 12-11.

1934       In the opener of a twin bill, the Phillies score 11 runs in the second inning, coasting to an 18-0 rout of the Reds at the Baker Bowl. Philadelphia will sweep the doubleheader with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

1938       In Toledo, the American Association All-Star squad becomes the first team to experiment with uniforms designed for wear during night games. The design of red, white, and blue shiny satin uniforms may reflect the light during the evening contests.

1946       Despite a home run and a quartet of doubles by Lou Boudreau, the Indians still lose to the Red Sox 11-10 thanks to Ted Williams’ three round-trippers and eight RBIs. In the nightcap of the twin bill, player-manager Boudreau will become the first skipper to employ the ‘Williams’ Shift,’ which puts all of the infielders and two outfielders on the right side of the field. Amused by the unusual alignment, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ doubles in his first at-bat against the new defense.

1948       At Cleveland Stadium, the Indians host the Brooklyn Dodgers in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series to raise funds for the American Baseball Federation. The 64,877 fans attending the Tribe’s 4-3 victory in 11 innings over Brooklyn are delighted when 43 year-old Satchel Paige tosses the three-hitless frames, including striking out the side on 12 pitches in the seventh.

1952       Walt Dropo, acquired from the Red Sox in June, collects five singles in the Tigers’ 8-2 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The 29 year-old first baseman’s 5-for-5 performance begins a string of a dozen consecutive hits.

1956       Mel Parnell, in the final year of his career, throws the first no-hit game in the American League in three seasons when he defeats the White Sox at Fenway Park, 4-0. The 34 year-old southpaw becomes the first Red Sox hurler to throw a no-hitter since Howard Ehmke accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1923.

1964       The Cubs overcome making five errors in the top of the third inning and beat the Mets, 4-2. The Chicago miscues, that include shortstop Andre Rodgers and catcher Dick Bertell each committing two and first baseman Ernie Banks contributing to the total by dropping a pop fly, account for all of New York’s scoring in the Wrigley Field contest.

1967       Against Giants’ right-hander Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park, Eddie Mathews hits home run #500 as an Astro. The former Brave third baseman, who hit 493 homers playing for the franchise in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, becomes the seventh major leaguer to reach this plateau.

1968       Hank Aaron hits home run #500 off Mike McCormick, becoming the eighth major leaguer to reach this milestone. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’s three-run homer over the left-center field fence proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Giants at Atlanta Stadium, 4-2.

1968       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Don Wilson strikes out eighteen batters in a nine-inning game to tie a major league record, shared by Bob Feller (Indians, 1938) and Sandy Koufax (Dodgers, 1959 and 1962). The Astros right-hander fans future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the last out of his 6-1 victory over the Reds on a wind-swept night at Crosley Field.

1968       In a 6-1 Astros victory over the Reds at Crosley Field, backstop John Bateman ties the major league record with nine consecutive putouts from the start of a game. The Houston catcher equals the mark established by Art Wilson, playing for the Giants in 1911.

1969       At Wrigley Field, Bill Hands and the Cubs edge Tom Seaver and the Mets, 1-0. After the game’s last out, Ron Santo jumps up and clicks his heels for the first time, a move the third baseman will repeat each time Chicago wins for the rest of his career.

1970       In the twelfth inning of the All-Star Game, Pete Rose bowls over Ray Fosse at the plate to score the deciding run in an exciting 5-4 National League victory at Riverfront Stadium. The injured Indian catcher, whose career ends prematurely due to the collision, entertained ‘Charlie Hustle’ as a dinner guest the previous night.

1972       Detroit catcher Tom Haller looks over his shoulder and sees his brother Bill, the home plate ump – a major league first. The arbitrator plays no favorites when his younger brother’s team loses 1-0 to Kansas City in the Tiger Stadium contest.

1995       Ramon Martinez throws the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history when he beats the Marlins at Dodger Stadium, 7-0. The Dodger right-hander, booed by the home crowd in his last outing, walks Tommy Gregg on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the seventh inning, spoiling his bid for a perfect game.

2000       John Olerud has a game-tying double disallowed in the top of the sixth inning when first base umpire Jim Wolf had called time before the pitch because a baseball had come out into fair territory from the visitors’ bullpen. The Mariner first baseman’s disappointment is short-lived after he hits Brian Meadow’s 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 4-2 lead in their eventual victory over the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.

2000       Major League owners decide to return to playing an unbalanced schedule (teams play more games against teams in their division) than the presently used scheme of playing approximately the same number of games against all clubs within the league. The American League has used a balanced slate since 1977, and the National League started in 1993.

2000       A report presented to owners, The Commissioner’s Initiative: Women and Baseball, finds women makeup 46 percent of the average crowd at a big-league game and urges teams to market more to women patrons. According to the same study, forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team’s roster.

2001       Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as a manager when Glendon Rusch and closer Armando Benitez combine to throw a one-hitter in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Trot Nixon’s first-inning bunt single, a result of the New York starter’s inability to cover first base, is Boston’s only hit in the Shea Stadium contest.

2002       Nelson Barrera, Mexico’s career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44 year-old ‘Admiral,’ who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing to be the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.

2004       Houston fires Jimy Williams and names Phil Garner, a former Astro, as the interim manager through the rest of the season. The 60 year-old former skipper, who had a .515 (215-197) winning percentage in his three years at the helm, including this season’s 44-44 record, was roundly booed by the hometown Minute Maid Park crowd at yesterday’s All-Star Game.

2005       Defeating their historical arch-rivals, the Giants become the first team to win 10,000 games as a franchise by edging the Dodgers in LA, 4-3. The Giants, who started as the New York Gothams in 1899, has posted a 10,000-8,511 record during the club’s 123 seasons in the National League.

2005       The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children’s educational game, illustrating several boys playing together in a field as one tosses a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historical card, discovered in a Maine attic, dates back to the early 19th century, predating other known cards by several decades.

2008       Josh Hamilton, including going deep 13 consecutive times, hits a record-setting 28 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby, but falls short in the finals, losing to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, 5-3. With 71 year-old former coach Clay Council pitching, the Rangers outfielder breaks Bobby Abreu’s mark of 24 set in 2005.

2009       The American League extends its unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1) with a 4-3 victory over the NL at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Rays’ outfielder Carl Crawford, who robs Brad Hawpe of a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, is named the MVP of the Midsummer Classic.

2009       In his White Sox jacket, Barack Obama becomes the first Commander-in-Chief to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Midsummer Classic since Gerald Ford tossed the ball at the beginning of the 1976 contest. After warming up in the White House Rose Garden before arriving at Busch Stadium, the 44th president’s pitch barely reaches the plate without bouncing, thanks to Cardinals’ hometown hero Albert Pujols, who moves up from home and reaches out to scoop the low throw.

2010       The Blue Jays trade shortstop Alex Gonzalez along with minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to the Braves in exchange for infielder Yunel Escobar and southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes. The Braves’ new infielder is probably best known for his role in Florida’s improbable World Series win over New York, which includes a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game Four, giving the Marlins a 4-3 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Fall Classic.

2011       Reggie Walton, the presiding judge in the Roger Clemens perjury case, declares a mistrial due to evidence revealed to the jury he believed would be prejudicial against the former major league right-hander. During the brief two days of the proceedings, the U.S. District Judge had scolded prosecutors twice during the trial for violating his orders not to reveal specific evidence to the jury, saying their non-compliance could put the whole case in jeopardy.

2011       Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees’ 16-7 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre, appear in their 1,660th regular-season game as teammates, the most two players have been together in franchise history. Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri had set the previous team mark in 1937.

2012       Antonio Mendez’s bronze statue of Jim Palmer becomes the third sculpture in a series of six unveiled at Camden Yards this season, joining the likenesses of Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver at the ballpark’s Legends Park. The three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched for 19 seasons for the Orioles, winning 268 regular-season games for the franchise.

2013       Chris Davis ties Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break when he hits his 37th round-tripper, the best in the majors, in the Orioles’ 7-4 victory against Toronto at Camden Yards. The Baltimore first baseman ends the first half with home runs in his last four games, the same way he started the season.

2015       Before the 86th All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park, MLB announces the selection of Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays as the sport’s greatest living players. The pregame program also unveils the fans’ choices of the “Franchise Four,” naming impactful players who best represent each franchise, including the hometown Reds with Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, who receives a loud ovation from the Cincinnati fans.

2018       Following a lackluster 8-2 home loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium, the third-place Cardinals fire Mike Matheny 93 games into his seventh season as the team’s manager. The unexpected departure of the Redbird’s skipper, who replaced future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in 2011, marks the franchise’s first in-season managerial change in two decades.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5536.60428 – 1927 – 1721 – 1012 – 611 – 165 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5337.5891.528 – 1725 – 2024 – 148 – 413 – 156 – 4L 1
Toronto4542.517819 – 2026 – 2221 – 224 – 67 – 124 – 6W 1
NY Yankees4643.517823 – 2223 – 2117 – 2413 – 612 – 75 – 5L 1
Baltimore2861.3152613 – 3015 – 3111 – 244 – 1611 – 143 – 7L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5435.60731 – 1423 – 2113 – 730 – 157 – 107 – 3W 5
Cleveland4542.517824 – 1921 – 237 – 1026 – 165 – 93 – 7W 3
Detroit4051.4401521 – 2219 – 294 – 518 – 3013 – 114 – 6L 4
Minnesota3950.4381522 – 2517 – 256 – 720 – 239 – 166 – 4W 4
Kansas City3653.4041821 – 2215 – 318 – 1217 – 275 – 113 – 7L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5536.60429 – 1926 – 1716 – 1212 – 625 – 137 – 3W 1
Oakland5240.5653.527 – 2225 – 1813 – 1312 – 219 – 204 – 6W 2
Seattle4843.527729 – 2019 – 2313 – 812 – 1319 – 146 – 4L 1
LA Angels4544.506926 – 2019 – 2411 – 1113 – 715 – 227 – 3W 1
Texas3555.38919.522 – 2513 – 3011 – 108 – 1114 – 234 – 6L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4740.54028 – 1419 – 2619 – 189 – 914 – 66 – 4L 1
Philadelphia4444.5003.524 – 1620 – 2820 – 2212 – 66 – 97 – 3W 2
Atlanta4445.494424 – 2220 – 2323 – 2316 – 93 – 36 – 4L 1
Washington4247.472624 – 2218 – 2517 – 169 – 108 – 172 – 8L 4
Miami3950.438922 – 2117 – 2917 – 176 – 1314 – 105 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5339.57627 – 2126 – 188 – 1124 – 1719 – 64 – 6L 3
Cincinnati4842.533423 – 2025 – 226 – 425 – 1310 – 208 – 2W 3
Chi Cubs4446.489828 – 1716 – 2911 – 1420 – 2110 – 72 – 8L 1
St. Louis4446.489823 – 1821 – 2814 – 1315 – 1813 – 105 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh3456.3781819 – 2515 – 318 – 1011 – 267 – 135 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5732.64030 – 1327 – 1913 – 712 – 623 – 147 – 3W 4
LA Dodgers5635.615230 – 1426 – 2113 – 710 – 1024 – 126 – 4W 2
San Diego5340.570633 – 1920 – 216 – 816 – 1423 – 174 – 6L 2
Colorado4051.4401831 – 179 – 345 – 811 – 1617 – 246 – 4W 2
Arizona2666.28332.515 – 2811 – 388 – 157 – 1311 – 314 – 6L 2


New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511


Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L