HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond 5 Muncie Central 0…(Richmond, Gabe Crowe 2-3 7K’s, Josiah Sizemore 1-3 RBI 2SB)

McCutcheon 7 Logansport 5

Kokomo 12 Lafayette Jeff 8

Harrison 7 N. Montgomery 3

Knightstown 7 Blue River 4

Randolph Southern 2 Centerville 1..(Centerville, Logan Drook 7K’s… Centerville managing just five hits in the loss)

Yorktown 9 Monroe Central 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Harrison 5 Illiana Christian 0

Cowan 9 Muncie Central 0

Logansport 4 Rochester 3

Kokomo 3 Lebanon 1

Yorktown 10 Centerville 0…(Centerville 0 hits, 10K’s)

Seton Catholic 18 Park Tudor 7…(Seton 14 hits, 14SB, Taylor Haager 4-5 4R 2RBI, 9K’s, Cassidy Frame 4-5 3RBI, Claire Kitchen 2RBI, Paige Klaine 3RBI)

Eastern Hancock 20 Blue River 0

Mount Vernon 8 Connersville 0

 

HAGERSTOWN TRACK

Hagerstown’s girls’ and boys’ track squads both recorded victories against Winchester on a cool and breezy evening at the Falcon’s home facility.  The Tiger girls tallied 93 points to the Falcons’ 30 and the boys finished with an 84-39 count.

Madison Pruitt was a double winner, taking the 200 and high jump, and Ella Warvel also earned two blues in the 100 and 300 hurdles.  Other individual winners were Hallie Rogers, 400, Laney Adams, disc, and Kaelynn Shultz, shot. The Tigers also won all three relays.

The only double-winner for the boys was Ryan Golliher in shot and disc. Single wins went to Holden Robinson, 400, Logan Tuttle 800, Dylan Napier high jump, and Branton Payne long jump.  Like the girls, the boys were victorious in all three relays.
Girls’ Individual Results:

4 x 800 1) Jewels Warfel, Taylor Pass, Teresa Rojas, Ella Nicholson  11:43

100 HH 1) Ella Warvel 18.9, 3) Olivia Sullivan 20.9

100 1) Ashley Vinson 13.3, 2) Pruitt 13.7

1600 2) Nicholson 6:27, 3) Maci Matanich 6:57

4 x 100 1) Sullivan, Jessica Swimm, Vinson, Pruitt 55.7

400 1) Rogers 1:10.1, 2) Haven Regan 1:10.5

300 H 1) Warvel 59.9, 3) Sullivan 1:10

800 2) Warfel 2:50, 3) Pass 2:53

200 1) Pruitt 28.6, 2) Vinson 28.9, 3) Swimm 29.6

3200 2) Matanich 15:19, 3) Rojas 15:41

4 x 400 1) Rogers, Warfel, Pass, Nicholson 4:50

HJ 1) Pruitt 5-0, 2) Abby Dale 4-8

LJ 2) Swimm 14-9

Shot 1) Shultz 33-1, 2) Adams 30-8, 3) Oliger 30-6

Disc 1) Adams 91-8, Oliger 88-6, 3) Shultz 85-0

 

Boys’ Individual Results:

4 x 800 1) Alexander McKee, Adam Nadler, Quentin Osborne, Tuttle 9:12

100 HH 2) Robinson 16.4, 3) Jacob Henley 17.7

100 3) Robinson 11.55

1600 2) Blake Creech 5:12, 3) Osborne 15:19

4 x 100 1) Caleb Lovvorn, Payne, Zack Sherrow, Jaylon Favorite 46.7

400 1) Robinson 53.5, 2) Sherrow 56.9

300 H 2) Kent Caudill 45.0, 3) Henley 47.21

800 1) Tuttle 2:09, 2) Nadler 2:12, 3) McKee 2:17

200 2) Favorite 23.9

3200 2) Osborne 11:23, 3) Creech 11:47

4 x 400 1) McKee, Tuttle, Dylan Napier, Robinson 3:39

HJ 1) Napier 5-6, 3) Caudill 5-6

LJ 1) Payne 18-7, 2) Favorite 18-4, 3) Napier 18-3

Shot 1) Golliher 52-7, 2) Jadon Locke 44-9, 3) Kyler Shultz 41-7

Disc 1) Golliher 128-9, 2) Locke 124-11

 

BOYS GOLF

Union County 173…Cody Peters 43, Tyler Osborne 44, Cameron Woods 40, Luke Yamashiro 46, Nick Orr 48

Centerville 173….Sam Roberts 41, Erin Glover 42, Hunter Morgan 45, Evan Linde 45, Andrew Wilmot 50

Union County JV 208

Centerville JV 232

 

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Union County 4 Seton Catholic 1

1 Singles Lindsay Lang UC vs Elizabeth Hannah SC    6-0  6-2

2 Singles Lissie Pitcher UC vs Mary Hannah SC          6-2  6-1

3 Singles Ryleigh Hollen UC vs Nhiem Le SC               6-0  6-0

1 Doubles Amanda Jahosky/Emily Harrison UC vs Suzanne Becker/Emma Berger SC         2-6  1-6

2 Doubles Ella Reis/Kylie Hetzer UC vs Kimberlee Lichtenberger/Anali Melendez SC          6-1  6-0

 

 

Junior High Track

  1. Richmond
  2. Seton Catholic
  3. Muncie South
  4. Union City

Maegan Dickman placed 3rd in the hurdles

Emma Blankly placed 4th in the 100 and 3rd in the high jump

Oaklee Reichard placed 6th in the 100 and 3rd in the high jump

Ava Jefferis placed 4th in the 1600 and 5th in the 800

Ena Durbin placed 4th in the 800

Emma Blankley, Maegan Dickmann, Ena Durbin and Oaklee Reichard placed 3rd in the 4×100

 

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 135 Atlanta 134

Oklahoma City 126 Milwaukee 116

Brooklyn 113 Miami 94

Detroit 115 New York 89

Philadelphia 125 Chicago 109

San Antonio 105 Dallas 94

Memphis 132 Golden State 117

Orlando 122 Charlotte 114

Denver 99 Minnesota 95

LA Clippers 143 Utah 137 OT

Portland 136 Sacramento 131

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY Mets 9 Minnesota 6

Texas 5 Arizona 2

LA Angels 4 Milwaukee 2

Detroit 4 Cleveland 1

Tampa Bay 9 Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 10 Baltimore 3

Houston 8 NY Mets 6

Seattle 6 Kansas City 5

San Diego 3 San Francisco 1

Cincinnati 2 Miami 1

Washington 15 Philadelphia 1

St. Louis 7 LA Dodgers 2

Atlanta at Colorado postponed

Pittsburgh 5 Chicago Cubs 2

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 4 Toledo 3

Fort Wayne 12 Dayton 2

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Columbus 4 Tampa Bay 3

NY Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 3

St. Louis 2 Winnipeg 1

Dallas 3 Nashville 2

San Jose 5 Vegas 2

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

#16 Clemson 2 Furman 0

#21 North Carolina 12 Davidson 4

#25 Coastal Carolina 7 #3 North Carolina State 6

#6 Mississippi State 7 S. Alabama 5

ELSEWHERE

Indiana 7 Purdue 6 (10)

Michigan 6 Indiana State 4

Western Michigan 12 Notre Dame 2

Ohio State 4 Dayton 2

Rutgers 9 Lafayette 3

West Virginia 8 Maryland 1

Pittsburgh 7 Penn State 2

Bradley 3 Iowa 1

Wright State 12 Xavier 2

Oakland 10 Eastern Michigan 9

Eastern Kentucky 17 Northern Kentucky 2

Youngstown State 5 Toledo 3

Valparaiso at Milwaukee postponed

Bowling Green 10 Purdue Fort Wayne 4

Miami Ohio 12 Cincinnati 8 (11)

Robert Morris – Chicago at Northern Illinois canceled

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

Northern Illinois 4 Ball State 2

Indiana State 5 Evansville 1

Evansville 6 Indiana State 3

Indiana 2 Purdue 1

Purdue 5 Indiana 4 (9)

Miami Ohio 2 Bowling Green 0

Wright State 3 Dayton 0

Western Michigan 4 Central Michigan 0

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE

Earlham 17 Mount St. Joseph 6

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after 1 season at Duke

RJ Barrett is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.

Barrett announced his decision Wednesday in a video posted on social media . He said playing at Duke is a dream but added that “it’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there.”

School spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Barrett plans to hire an agent but has not yet chosen one.

The AP All-American averaged an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 22.6 points along with 7.6 rebounds while forming half of perhaps the nation’s most potent one-two punch along with classmate and roommate Zion Williamson.

Barrett is widely projected as a lottery pick.

The decision came as no surprise. After Barrett in February became the first Duke player since 2006 with a triple-double, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the ACC’s leading scorer was only “going to be here a very short time.”

He helped the Blue Devils earn a No. 1 ranking in the final AP Top 25 and claim the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Duke was knocked out by Michigan State in the East Regional final.

Barrett was Duke’s most consistent scorer, scoring at least 13 points in every game with six 30-point performances. He had 33 twice – first in his college debut against Kentucky, and then in a home loss to North Carolina after Williamson left in the opening minute with a blown-out left sneaker and a right knee sprain.

Williamson and classmate Cam Reddish have not yet announced their plans for next season. Point guard Tre Jones said earlier this week that he would return for his sophomore year.

 

Kentucky’s Johnson enters NBA draft but may return to school

Kentucky guard Keldon Johnson will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent but is keeping open the option of returning to school.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson follows teammate PJ Washington in entering the draft. He has until May 29 to decide on coming back for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.

Kentucky’s No. 3 scorer and rebounder was selected by Southeastern Conference coaches as freshman of the year and a second team All-SEC choice. He averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Johnson, who is from South Hill, Virginia, says in a statement that after talking with his family and coach John Calipari, getting information from the NBA “is the best thing for me at this time.” Calipari says he supports Johnson “whatever he decides.”

 

Embiid may miss 76ers’ playoff opener with knee issue

Joel Embiid’s achy left knee may prevent the All-Star from playing in the Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff opener.

General manager Elton Brand said Wednesday that Embiid was expected to play in the postseason, but added it was “possible” the 7-foot center wouldn’t be ready for the first game. Embiid sat out Wednesday’s regular season finale against Chicago, his fifth absence in seven games to close out the season.

Embiid is averaging 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds but has missed 14 games since the All-Star break due to rest and injury.

Philadelphia, the No. 3 seed, will play either Orlando or Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Wade has triple-double in finale; Nets beat Heat for 6th

Dwyane Wade was hurting, sitting on the training table trying to get enough treatment to get him on the floor one last time.

A couple hours later, he looked like a guy capable of playing well beyond what was the final night of his career.

Wade had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his last NBA game, which the Brooklyn Nets won by beating the Miami Heat 113-94 on Wednesday night to finish 42-40 and clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

With close friends LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony leading the cheers from their courtside seats, Wade had his fifth career triple-double in three quarters. He fittingly secured it with a pass to Udonis Haslem, his teammate of 15 years who plays sparingly now and made his only start of the season.

“I was like, I don’t know why, but everybody feels like now you’ve got to go out and score 60 in your last game because Kobe did it,” Wade said, wearing a sparkling gold jacket and gold sneakers. “So hopefully I took the bar all the way back down and say let’s go get a triple-double, that’s easier.”

A night after scoring 30 points in his final game in Miami, Wade showed one more time that he’s walking away with his skills intact.

He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining. Then it was time for a lengthy postgame celebration on the court with teammates and friends.

 

Pistons earn final playoff spot in East with win over Knicks

The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen.

Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Pistons locked up the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with a 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

The Pistons will face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round.

Jackson scored 14 points and Drummond had 10 points and seven rebounds as the Pistons never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter. Neither player was needed in the fourth quarter.

“We knew what was at stake,” Drummond said. “We knew they were coming in to try and ruin our season that we worked so hard for. Just tried to stick it to them early and get them out of the game.”

Detroit extended its lead to 27 points twice in the second quarter and led 65-41 at halftime.

The Pistons went up by as many as 36 points and led 92-59 after the third quarter.

Detroit took a game-high 40-point lead, 109-69, on Zaza Pachulia’s lay-in with 4:31 left in the game.

“We’re building something special, and this is the first step to get into the playoffs,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Our fans are used to great basketball. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not where we were.”

Wayne Ellington added 12 points for the Pistons, who hadn’t made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, the last time they finished over .500 (44-38). Before that, Detroit hadn’t made the postseason since 2008-09.

John Jenkins led the Knicks with 16 points, Kadeem Allen scored 13, Henry Ellenson added 12, and Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hicks each had 11.

 

Nuggets beat Timberwolves 99-95, clinch West’s 2nd seed

Sputtering into the postseason was no way for the Denver Nuggets to end their six-year playoff drought.

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and had a key strip and two clutch free throws in the closing seconds and the Nuggets pulled out a 99-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that secured the No. 2 seed in the West.

“We didn’t give up,” Jokic told the crowd after the Nuggets pulled out the improbable win by scoring the game’s final 15 points. That set up a first-round playoff series with the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs, instead of sixth-seeded Oklahoma City.

“I just think that starting group realized what was at stake and fought to get that No. 2 seed,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “It was great to see them play that way. Obviously, moving forward, we can’t wait until the last three or four minutes. But it was a hell of a win, and a hell of a way to close out the regular season.”

The Nuggets were in danger of losing for the fifth time in their last seven games and falling to the No. 3 seed when they found themselves trailing by 11 with four minutes to go.

The Timberwolves missed their last eight shots and the Nuggets scored on seven possessions.

“They kept coming,” said Andrew Wiggins, who led Minnesota with 25 points. “We had the lead. I thought we had the game.”

 

Celtics: Smart out 4-6 weeks partially torn oblique muscle

The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle.

The injury was revealed in an MRI scan on Wednesday. Smart sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston’s home loss to Orlando on Sunday. He was helped off the floor by members of the training staff and was holding his left side after colliding with Magic center Nikola Vucevic.

Boston is set to face Indiana in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The timetable for Smart’s return means he will be sidelined for that series and the second round, as well, should the Celtics advance.

Last season, Smart returned from a thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs despite initially being given a recovery window of 6 to 8 weeks.

 

Jackie Young is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft

 Jackie Young said it was a dream come true to be taken first in the WNBA draft.

The Notre Dame guard, who decided to enter the draft early and skip her senior season, was selected No. 1 by the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday night.

“Since I was a little girl I always wanted to play in the WNBA and now I have my chance,” she said.

She’s the second Irish player to be drafted first after entering early joining Jewell Loyd, who had the honor in 2015.

It’s the third consecutive year the Aces have had the No. 1 pick. They took Kelsey Plum in 2017 when the franchise was still in San Antonio. The Aces then drafted A’ja Wilson last season with the No. 1 pick when the franchise moved to Las Vegas.

Young wasn’t thrilled that she didn’t have much time to make her decision after the Irish lost the championship game Sunday night to Baylor. She had 24 hours to decide whether she wanted to turn pro or go back to play for the Irish.

“It was definitely a hard process for me,” Young said. “I had to sit down, talk to my family, talk to Coach (Muffet) McGraw and make the best decision for me.”

Young was the first of five Notre Dame players to be drafted. Arike Ogunbowale went fifth to Dallas. Brianna Turner went 11th to the Atlanta Dream. She was later traded to the Phoenix Mercury for Marie Gulich. Jessica Shepard was taken 16th by the Minnesota Lynx. Marina Mabrey was the fifth Notre Dame player to go, drafted 19th by the Los Angeles Sparks.

“It’s a historic moment for our program,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “We’ve had a lot of accomplishments, but this one stands alone. It’s probably something that will never happen again. Because of the injury to Bri and Jess coming in, it’s atypical of having that kind of class. But it’s incredible what they accomplished.”

Tennessee is the only school to have that occur with college players, in 2008. Candace Parker was taken first. Alexis Hornbuckle was drafted fourth. Shannon Bobbitt and Nicky Anosike went back-to-back in the second round and Alberta Auguste was taken in the third round.

Asia Durr went second to the New York Liberty. The Louisville guard, who was a two-time AP All-American, was the No. 2 scorer in school history. The Indiana Fever then took Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan at No. 3. Chicago drafted a UConn player for the second consecutive season taking Katie Lou Samuelson fourth reconnecting her with former Huskies teammate Gabby Williams.

Another UConn player went sixth with Napheesa Collier headed to Minnesota. She could provide some help for the Lynx, who will be missing Maya Moore for the season as she sits out to focus more on things other than basketball. The Lynx had a busy draft taking Shepard and Cierra Dillard of Buffalo in the second round. They also traded Natisha Hiedeman, whom they drafted 16th to Connecticut for Lexie Brown. They drafted Kenisha Bell of Minnesota in the third round.

The Los Angeles Sparks took Baylor center Kalani Brown seventh. It’s been a whirlwind 72 hours for the 6-foot-7 center as she helped Baylor win a national championship on Sunday.

Australian Alanna Smith, who helped Stanford win the Pac-12 Tournament title was drafted eighth by Phoenix. The Mercury are coached by fellow Aussie Sandy Brondello. Kristine Anigwe went ninth to Connecticut. The Cal center, who led the nation in rebounding, was the national defensive player of the year. Washington took Kiara Leslie with the 10th pick and Ezi Magbegor closed out the opening round by going to defending champion Seattle.

Chinese sensation Han Xu was drafted 14th by the New York Liberty. The 6-foot-9 center became the first Chinese player drafted since 1997. There was some talk that Han wouldn’t be able to play this summer as she would have to compete for the Chinese national team. She said that she expected to play for New York this summer.

The WNBA season opens on May 24th with training camps opening up a few weeks earlier.

 

 

Reds use late homers to rally for 2-1 win over Marlins

Jose Iglesias’ diving play wiped out an early Marlins rally. His first homer of the season saved Cincinnati from another shutout loss.

One of the Reds’ spring training signings gave them momentum for the first time all season.

Iglesias led off the eighth inning with a tying homer – only Cincinnati’s second hit of the game – and Jesse Winker connected one out later, rallying the Reds to a 2-1 victory over Miami on Wednesday night.

“Sometimes they feel a little extra important,” manager David Bell said. “You can keep that momentum from last night going.”

After dropping eight straight, the Reds (3-8) have taken the first two games against Miami by hitting seven homers. They had five during a 14-0 victory Tuesday that ended the long slide.

The Reds managed only Matt Kemp’s single through the first seven innings and were facing their fifth shutout of the season before pulling off the late rally. Iglesias hit his first homer of the season off Drew Steckenrider (0-2) to tie it, and Winker put the Reds up with his second homer in two games.

Cincinnati signed Iglesias to a minor league deal during spring training, intending to carry him as a backup shortstop. When second baseman Scooter Gennett sustained a severe groin strain, Iglesias became a starter. He made a couple of impressive defensive plays early to stop Marlins rallies.

“It’s awesome when you’ve got a guy like that who can make ridiculous plays,” said Reds starter Tyler Mahle, who went five innings.

With two runners aboard in the first inning, Iglesias made a diving stop up the middle on Starlin Castro’s grounder and flipped the ball from his glove to second base to start a double play. He made another rally-ending play in the second, running across the field to get Curtis Granderson’s grounder with the bases loaded.

“We played great defense,” Iglesias said. “That paid off in the end. I always say defense wins games.”

 

Lyles sharp, Cervelli and Marte homer, Pirates beat Cubs 5-2

Jordan Lyles had everything, including a retooled curveball, clicking on a cold, windy night at Wrigley Field.

Lyles struck out 10 in six crisp innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Wednesday.

Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, with Jason Heyward’s solo shot in the fifth accounting for the lone run against him. The right-hander walked only one as Pittsburgh bounced back from a 10-0 drubbing in the Cubs’ home opener Monday to win for the fifth time in six games.

“The curveball and changeup were there for me early on, the curveball was there for me throughout the game,” said Lyles, who came up with a new grip for the pitch last season. “Just looking at the numbers, that’s what I have most of my success with – at least damage against – my curveball.”

When Lyles arrived in the majors with the Astros in 2011, he said he was a “60-70% fastball guy.” The 28-year-old has tinkered with his repertoire and it’s paying off.

“We started figuring out what sequences worked best with that curveball, my best pitch,” Lyles said. “So we’re taking that into 2019 and we’re off to a decent start so far.”

 

Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Yankees for first time

Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.

His second shot was a no-doubter – just like the Houston Astros’ status as a team to beat in the American League.

Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Astros completed their first ever sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

The Astros required late-game comebacks to win the first two games of the series but used a four-run fifth inning to break the finale open and held on for their sixth straight win despite a big eighth inning by the Yankees.

It’s the first time since 2004 the Astros have swept a homestand of at least two series. They beat the Athletics three times this weekend before the Yankees arrived.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve didn’t have an explanation for his recent power surge.

“I want to know, too to do it again,” he said. “I’m as surprised as you are. I’m not used to hitting this many homers in two or three games, but I’ll take it.”

Manager AJ Hinch said Altuve’s health and timing have contributed to the recent barrage, but he isn’t surprised by anything the 2017 AL MVP does.

“He’s seeing the ball, sure, picking the right pitches of course (but) he’s just pretty damn good,” he said.

 

Molina, Ozuna homer as Cards top Dodgers 7-2 for 4th in row

It took 14 pitches before Jack Flaherty finally got Justin Turner to ground into a double play that ended the first inning Wednesday night.

Flaherty didn’t think such an early tussle was all that important to his entire outing, but his manager begged to differ.

“It was a double win,” Mike Shildt said after Flaherty pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. “It enabled him to settle in and give us a really quality start.”

Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna homered, and Flaherty tossed six effective innings to help the Cardinals win their fourth in a row. They’ve outscored their opponents 19-6 during the winning streak and will go for a four-game sweep of Los Angeles on Thursday.

Max Muncy and Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

Paul DeJong had three hits and drove in a run with a triple in the sixth. DeJong extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games. He is tied with San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford for the longest current streak in the National League.

Flaherty (1-0) gave up three hits and one run in his 99-pitch effort. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. He has permitted one run over 11 innings in his last two starts.

His day started with a 23-pitch first inning that ended with the double play. He looked to the sky and breathed a sigh of relief after retiring Turner.

 

Hellickson, Adams, Rendon help Nationals rout Phillies 15-1

The only pitcher the Washington Nationals had trouble with was an outfielder.

Jeremy Hellickson threw three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and the Nationals routed the Philadelphia Phillies 15-1 on Wednesday night.

Backup outfielder Aaron Altherr took the mound in the ninth for the Phillies, striking out Brian Dozier and Yan Gomes while allowing one run.

“They came out swinging,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of his offense, which had 17 hits. “We’re playing very well.”

One night after wasting a five-run lead in a 10-6 loss in 10 innings, the Phillies were flat. Bryce Harper was 0 for 2 with a walk against his former team, and an offense that was averaging 6.3 runs per game got shut down by four pitchers.

Hellickson (1-0) struck out six in his first start this season. He was Philadelphia’s opening day starter in 2016 and 2017.

“Biggest thing was the lead we had,” Hellickson said. “I was able to attack early.”

Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal retired a batter for the first time this season after allowing his first 10 to reach safely. He issued a walk before striking out Andrew Knapp. Rosenthal then walked two more to load the bases. He gave up a run on a groundout, but Altherr flied out to end it.

 

Blue Jackets rally from 3-goal deficit to beat Lightning 4-3

The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL’s best regular-season record.

Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus’ three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game 1 of the teams’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night.

“We can’t get comfortable,” Jones said. “Nothing is going to get easier. It’s only going to get harder.”

Jones made it 4-3 from the slot with 5:55 to play as the Blues Jackets erased a 3-0 deficit after the Lightning scored three times in the opening period.

With Columbus trailing 3-1 in the third, David Savard deked around Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and scored 7:56 into the period to make it a one-goal game. Josh Anderson picked up a short-handed goal that tied it at 3 at 11:54.

The Blue Jackets became the 27th NHL team to overcome at least a three-goal deficit to win a playoff game in regulation.

Nick Foligno had the other goal for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky ended up with 26 saves after struggling in the first period.

The Lightning, who matched the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most wins in a regular season with 62, got first-period goals from Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots.

“Our mentality was, we wanted to outscore them tonight instead of build a lead and then shut then down,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Our mentality has to be when we get in these situations is shut teams down, not to add to the lead.”

Tampa Bay scored 325 goals in 2018-19, the most by any team in 23 years.

 

Bailey lifts Islanders past Penguins 4-3 in OT in Game 1

Josh Bailey didn’t have much time to think when he saw the puck on the side of the crease after Mathew Barzal’s try hit the left goalpost in overtime. Bailey just swooped in and knocked it into the net to send the New York Islanders home with a win.

Bailey scored at 4:39 of the extra period and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

“It just happened so quick,” Bailey said. “I wasn’t sure. It didn’t lay very flat for me. I was just trying to whack it and hope it went in. … A crucial game. There’s still a long way to go, but a good win for us.”

Barzal had brought the puck into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break, faked in front to draw Matt Murray out and sent the backhand shot that bounced off the left post. He was initially upset with himself at missing the opportunity before he saw Bailey come up and put it in.

“I see the puck laying there and I was just obviously (angry), I thought the chance had ended,” Barzal said. “And I see Bails come in and swoop in and bury it. I was obviously super happy to see that. Awesome for him. First game and that’s nice for the confidence.”

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy also scored for New York, which was opening a postseason series at home for the first time in 31 years. Robin Lehner stopped 41 shots.

Game 2 is Friday night back at the Nassau Coliseum.

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Justin Schultz also scored for the Penguins. Murray finished with 29 saves.

 

Pavelski’s painful goal leads Sharks past Golden Knights 5-2

Joe Pavelski lost a couple of teeth, had stitches in his lip and his mouth was still bloody long after taking Brent Burns’ point shot right off his chin . Pavelski was also able to smile since his pain led to a goal and a playoff victory.

Pavelski’s first-period goal and then his return to the ice in the second period despite the injury inspired his teammates, who delivered their most complete game in weeks with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their first-round series.

“Tough as nails,” coach Peter DeBoer said of his captain. “To take a puck to the face like that, didn’t go down. Only missed maybe a shift at the end of the period and played the rest of the game. There’s no other word for it. He’s a warrior.”

Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Evander Kane added goals in a wild second period that featured heavy hitting, a parade to the penalty box and the high intensity expected in a series between two franchises that have become fierce rivals in just two seasons.

Tomas Hertl added an empty-net goal and Martin Jones made 24 saves to get San Jose started off right in this series heading into Game 2 on Friday night.

Mark Stone scored both goals for the Golden Knights, who struggled to generate much offense at all against a Sharks team that has appeared to shake off a late-season slide in time for the postseason. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves.

“They outplayed us on every facet of the game tonight,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “They worked harder and competed harder. We weren’t good enough. They didn’t do anything different than what we expected but they played a lot harder. Our guys have to be ready to play more competitive hockey in the next game.”

 

Bozak’s late goal lifts Blues over Jets 2-1 in Game 1

Pat Maroon set up the winning goal for the St. Louis Blues, and his thoughts immediately turned to his late grandfather.

Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period off Maroon’s assist to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.

“He was watching above,” Maroon said of his grandfather, who died Tuesday at 95 years old. “So, obviously, that was for him.”

Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to Bozak in the slot, and Bozak’s quick shot went by Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck for the go-ahead goal.

“It’s been emotional, tough days for me,” said Maroon, who posted a tribute to his grandfather on Twitter. “But being with the guys and having them by my side has been really good.”

David Perron also scored for St. Louis early in the third, and Jordan Binnington made 24 saves.

“I had a lot of chances tonight, so I knew the puck was kind of following me around a bit,” Bozak said. “It’s always fun when that happens, so after the few I missed it was definitely nice to get one in there.”

Patrik Laine scored late in the first period and Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who host Game 2 on Friday.

“Real tight, and that’s what we expect,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said of the game. “We expect it’s going to go seven, and seven real close games. It didn’t go our way tonight.”

The goalies played a big role in keeping the game tight, even though Binnington took an early tumble to the ice.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University celebrates its annual “IU Day” worldwide for, among many other good reasons, encouraging charitable behavior.

The Hoosier baseball team almost took that too far, however, Wednesday night against arch-rival Purdue.

Indiana pitching issued four walks in the first and three more in the seventh to fuel Purdue rallies, and an IU error kept the Boilermakers alive in the ninth, before Hoosier senior Cade Bunnell capped a 7-6 win in the 10th  with a one-out, bases-loaded single.

“Hey, we did our best to keep you guys out all night,” IU coach Jeff Mercer quipped to the media post-gamed after his team climbed to 20-12 on the season.

The night didn’t last long for Indiana freshman starter McCade Brown, who didn’t have his command and walked the first three Boilermaker batters he faced in the first. The fourth, cleanup man Zac Fascia, bounced a 2-RBI double down the first base line.

After another walk re-loaded the bases with still nobody out, stress levels were already peaking in the home dugout.

Richard III, in a different moment of acute peril, was ready to give his kingdom for a horse. Mercer found one. (And what was that Richard III said about “glorious Sommer?”)

Tommy Sommer – who made a two-inning return during Saturday’s double-header sweep over Penn State after rehabbing a knee injury that had sidelined him since March 3 – came in to fan the first two Purdue hitters he faced and then induce an inning-ending groundout.

And Sommer subsequently had a stretch of retiring 14 straight Boilermakers. By the time he exited, he had allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings of work. And his team was ahead.

“Tommy was incredible,” Mercer said. “He really won the game. He won the game for us in the first inning. Comes in and gets out of that jam … such as competitive guy. Can execute pitches on both sides of the plate. Change-up was really good.

“You really trust him to be able to pitch in big moments, and he was terrific tonight. And, obviously, getting him back from injury was huge shot in the arm for us. He was terrific.”

Indiana didn’t waste the momentum Sommer supplied in the first, taking a 3-2 lead in its half of the inning.

IU got on the board when Elijah Dunham drilled a RBI double to right-center, with Matt Gorski scoring. Gorski had reached on a fielder’s choice, had stolen second and was in the process of stealing third when Dunham delivered.

Dunham was still on second when Cole Barr then put the Hoosiers ahead, 3-2, by mashing his 12th homer of the season to left. A no-doubter.

Purdue (10-21) turn a nifty 6-4-3 double-play on a Gorski grounder to get out of a bases-loaded, one-down situation in the fourth. But with Sommer keeping the Boilers entirely in check, IU finally widened its lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Scotty Bradley rocked an opposite-field homer to left-center leading off the inning to make it 4-2. Then Gorski came up with a clutch, two out, two-strike looping 2-RBI single to center, doubling the lead to 6-2.

But after Sommer exited, having thrown 71 pitches (50 for strikes), walks arose to bite Indiana again in the Purdue seventh.

After a flyout, Gabe Bierman walked three straight Boilermakers before rallying to fan Ryan Howe looking.

Conner Manous came on in relief and Cole MacKenzie greeted him with a clutch two-out lined double to left-center that pulled Purdue within 6-5.

Manous and Matt Lloyd pitched around Bryce Bonner’s leadoff double in the Purdue eighth, so the Hoosiers nursed that 6-5 edge into the ninth.

And the game should have ended before extra innings. IU closer Lloyd got the first two men out before in the Purdue ninth before routine grounder to short was erred.

McKenzie made the Hoosiers pay for the miscue with his second RBI double of the evening, this one just inside the leftfield line to forge a 6-6 tie.

Purdue reliever Bo Hofstra struck out the side in the IU ninth, sending the game into extra frames, but Indiana’s Grant Sloan followed suit in the Boilermaker 10th.

Bradley then led off the Hoosier 10th with a double to right. Walks to Grant Richardson and Justin Walker ensued, then came a strikeout, setting up Bunnell’s big moment.

Bunnell, a senior infielder from Wisconsin with just five hits in limited play this season coming into Wednesday, had entered the game in the eighth. Facing Hofstra in the 10th, he quickly got down two strikes.

But then extra work Bunnell had put in after practice paid off.

“I walked through the (batting) cage the other day and Cade is in there on the fastball machine,” Mercer recalled. “And it’s coming, right? Coming 90 (MPH) or whatever. And Cade’s doing a no-stride swing and just hammering it … and I’m like, ‘Man, that’s really good.’

“He gets up (tonight) and the first two pitches he does his little leg lift and gets beat and I just yelled at him, ‘Widen out! Go to no-stride.’ And he just kind of (nodded and pointed) at me.”

Bonnell widened into a no-stride stance and smoked the next pitch down the left field line for the game-winner.

“It he doesn’t do that extra work, he’s not prepared for that,” Mercer said. “I was just really happy for him.”

And it ended as a happy IU Day for the Hoosiers, despite their essentially gift-wrapping six Purdue runs.

“Did we play great?” Mercer said. “No. We didn’t play well tonight, at all … but (we had) our toughness and our competitiveness and our spirit and willingness to fight – not sulk, not put our head down, not throw a fit – but to keep coming and keep coming and keep coming.

“It’s not always your best day, but it’s always a day to compete and fight. And that’s where I feel the culture is going.

“We’ve had four close games in a row, here, and offense is always going to ebb and flow. We haven’t been terrific, but we’ve won three of those four games. And in a way that I don’t know, earlier in the year, we would have. Just from our resilience and competitiveness.”

IU will likely have to show similar stuff this weekend during a home-and-away series with Evansville’s Aces, who rank No. 36 in RPI nationally. It’s a series that potentially looms large for both teams in terms of building resumes for NCAA tournament berths.

“It’s a huge series,” Mercer said. “An absolute huge series. And kudos to them. They didn’t have the year they wanted last year. But look at their toughness. Look at their culture, to be able to come back and be a NCAA (tournament) team right now.

“It’s going to be a massive, massive challenge for us this weekend. It’s four games.”

The series opens with Friday’s 7 p.m. game at Evansville, followed by Saturday’s 2 p.m. double-header at IU’s Bart Kaufman Field. Indiana will also host the Aces at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

 

NOTRE DAME

Irish Drop Midweek to Broncos

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  On a cold and windy night at Frank Eck Stadium, the Western Michigan Broncos offense broke the game open early and they defeated the Fighting Irish 12-2 Wednesday night.

How It Happened

In the top half of the first, a steady rain started to fall and the Broncos jumped out in front early. The main damage came from a bases-clearing double and Western Michigan held a 4-0 lead after the top of the first.

The Irish got a run back in the bottom half of the first. Spencer Myers led the inning off with a bunt single. Myers scored on the next batter when Niko Kavadas doubled down the left field line.

The Broncos continued their offensive outburst with another big inning in the top of the second. They added five more runs and held a commanding 9-1 lead after an inning and a half.

The Irish looked to start chipping away at the Bronco lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Notre Dame scored the lone run of the inning via a bunt single from Myers that scored Jared Miller.

That is all the Irish could muster as the Western Michigan bullpen limited the scoring opportunities for the home squad to close out the game.

Game Notes

Sophomore Niko Kavadas hit an RBI double in the first for his team-leading 31st RBI of the season.

Kavadas has recorded an RBI in six of his last seven games.

Alex Rao tossed a career high three innings and struck out a career high four.

Spencer Myers tied a career high with three hits on the night.

Shane Combs retired all six batters in his two innings of relief to tie a career high he set against Central Michigan. Combs also tied a career high with two strikeouts.

Freshman Evan Tenuta made his first collegiate appearance in the ninth inning.

Up Next

Notre Dame is back in action this weekend when it welcomes North Carolina to Frank Eck Stadium. The three-game series kicks off Friday night at 6 p.m. ET and all three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. Saturday’s tilt against the Tar Heels will be free admission for all fans.

 

OHIO STATE

OLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Dayton, 4-2, Wednesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right-handed pitcher Jake Vance claimed the win after throwing four scoreless innings of relief to improve to 3-2 on the year, while junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno picked up his fifth save of the season. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 18-16 overall, while the Flyers drop to 18-14-1 in 2019.

QUOTE FROM COACH

“We’ve been trying a lot of things with the pitching staff and putting Milheim in the start was something he’s done his whole life,” head coach Greg Beals said. “He pitched his team to state championship team last year as a starter. Today was probably his best outing of the year for us. Jake Vance also had his best performance of the year for us. He pitched with intensity and attacked the zone. Magno shuts it down at the end. I wish we didn’t have to use our closer, but we needed to continue the winning ways heading into a big weekend with that team up north coming to our place on Friday night.”

OHIO STATE TAKES THE LEAD IN THE EIGHTH

The Buckeyes loaded the bases vs. right-handed reliever Aaron Ernst and got the lead with a bases-loaded walk to Conner Pohl. Dillon Dingler drove in another run with a sac fly to make it a 4-2 contest.

SCORING IN THE THIRD

Dayton plated a pair in the top of the third on a fielder’s choice and two-out RBI single by Riley Tirotta. Ohio State made it a 2-1 game in the bottom when Zach Dezenzo scored on a wild pitch.

BUCKEYES TIE IT UP

Ohio State captain Dominic Canzone helped the Buckeyes knot the score at 2-all in the bottom of the sixth. He led off with a double down the line and reached third on a balk call. Brady Cherry drove him home with a sac fly.

ON THE MOUND

Freshman left-handed pitcher Mitch Milheim made his first collegiate start and worked four innings on five hits, two runs, two earned with one walk and three strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher Jake Vance replaced Milheim in the fifth. He worked four innings on three hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Magno tossed a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.

UP NEXT

Ohio State is set to host conference-rival No. 24 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series vs. the Wolverines will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

 

  • Ohio State improves to 18-4 all-time vs. the Flyers.
  • Milheim made his first collegiate start tonight. He tossed a season-high four innings
  •     Canzone extended his reached base streak to 30 straight games with a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth. He leads the Big Ten with 35 runs scored.
  • Other reached base streaks: Dingler (10), Winand (7), Foppe (4) and Ernst (3).
  •    Hit streaks extended: Canzone (7) and Dingler (5).
  • Cherry drove in his team-best 30th RBI of the year.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (14).

 

 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LACROSSE

#4 Irish Top Butler, Improve to 12-2

Giacolone passes Hilling for most career wins in Irish history

NOTRE DAME, Ind. —  Eight different Irish players scored multiple goals as #4 Notre Dame routed Butler, 20-1, to improve to 12-2 overall Wednesday night at Arlotta Stadium.

Senior Samantha Giacolone earned her 12th victory in goal this season for the Irish, and passes Ellie Hilling for most career wins in goal in program history with 45.

The 19-goal margin of victory is the second largest for the Irish this season and the seventh double-digit win of the 2019 campaign.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish dominated the contest from the opening draw, scoring seven goals in the first 10 minutes of play and 13 total in the first half. Notre Dame added another seven markers in the final 30 minutes to account for the 20-1 final.

Freshman Mollie Carr paced the Irish with four goals, while sophomores Andie Aldave and Maddie Howe each netted hat tricks.

Savannah Buchanan, Hannah Dorney, Cailin Field, Samantha Lynch, and Jessi Masinko also scored twice for Notre Dame.

Masinko (2G, 2A) and Aldave (3G, 1A) matched Carr with a game-high four points.

Aldave also recorded 15 draw controls, bringing her season total to 117. As a team, Notre Dame earned a 19-3 advantage on the draw against the Bulldogs.

Defensively, the Irish caused 16 Butler turnovers with junior Kelly Donnelly recording a game-high three. Senior Makenna Pearsall and sophomore Lizzy Doherty also caused a pair.

Sophomore Bridget Deehan made a pair of saves in relief before junior Grace Steffens stopped a shot in the final minute.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Notre Dame improves to 7-0 at home in 2019.

Senior Samantha Giacolone earned her 12th victory in goal this season for the Irish, and passes Ellie Hilling for most career wins in goal in program history with 45.

Sophomore Maddie Howe has recorded a hat trick in nine games this season.

Andie Aldave has 117 draw controls in 2019, and 215 for her career.

UP NEXT

The Irish (12-2, 4-2 ACC) close out their ACC regular season slate this Sunday (April 14) at Duke. Opening draw is set for noon ET from Durham, North Carolina, and the matchup will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.

 

PGA GOLF

MASTER’S ODDS

Rory McIlroy                     8/1

Dustin Johnson                 11/1

Justin Rose                        15/1

Rickie Fowler                     15/1

Jordan Spieth                    16/1

Tiger Woods                      16/1

Brooks Koepka                  20/1

Francesco Molinari          20/1

Jon Rahm                           20/1

Justin Thomas                   20/1

Tommy Fleetwood           25/1

Bryson Dechambeau       30/1

Paul Casey                         30/1

Bubba Watson                  35/1

Hideki Matsuyama           35/1

Jason Day                           35/1

Matt Kuchar                      35/1

Tony Finau                         35/1

Louis Oosthuizen              40/1

Xander Schauffele            40/1

Adam Scott                        45/1

Phil Mickelson                   45/1

Cameron Smith                 50/1

Marc Leishman                 50/1

Sergio Garcia                     50/1

Patrick Reed                      60/1

Henrik Stenson                 65/1

Kevin Kisner                       65/1

Patrick Cantlay                  70/1

Brandt Snedeker               75/1

Charley Hoffman              75/1

Gary Woodland                80/1

Si Woo Kim                        80/1

Ian Poulter                         100/1

Webb Simpson                  100/1

Billy Horschel                    125/1

Branden Grace                 125/1

Charles Howell III             125/1

Hao Tong Li                       125/1

Keegan Bradley                 125/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        125/1

Rafa Cabrera Bello           125/1

Shane Lowry                     125/1

Alex Noren                         150/1

Charl Schwartzel               150/1

J.B. Holmes                        150/1

Matt Wallace                    150/1

Thorbjorn Olesen             150/1

Tyrrell Hatton                   150/1

Zach Johnson                    150/1

Danny Willett                    175/1

Eddie Pepperell                 175/1

Lucas Bjerregaard            175/1

Corey Conners                  200/1

Emiliano Grillo                  200/1

Keith Mitchell                    200/1

Aaron Wise                        250/1

Jimmy Walker                   250/1

Kevin Na                             250/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat      250/1

Martin Kaymer                  300/1

Justin Harding                   350/1

Kyle Stanley                       350/1

Kevin Tway                        400/1

Stewart Cink                      400/1

Andrew Landry                 500/1

Bernhard Langer              500/1

Fred Couples                     500/1

Patton Kizzire                    500/1

Satoshi Kodaira                 500/1

Shugo Imahira                   500/1

Vijay Singh                         500/1

Adam Long                        600/1

Michael Kim                      750/1

Takumi Kanaya                 750/1

Viktor Hovland                  750/1

Alvaro Ortiz                       1000/1

Angel Cabrera                   1000/1

Devon Bling                       1000/1

Jovan Rebula                     1000/1

Kevin O’Connell                1000/1

Mike Weir                          1000/1

Sandy Lyle                          1000/1

Trevor Immelman            1000/1

Larry Mize                          1200/1

Ian Woosnam                    2000/1

Jose Maria Olazabal        2000/1

 

EARLY ENTRANTS NBA DRAFT

Desmond Bane                                Guard                                  TCU

Bol Bol                                               Center                                 Oregon

Carsen Edwards                               Guard                                  Purdue

Coby White                                       Guard                                  North Carolina

Daniel Gafford                                 Forward                              Arkansas

Darius Garland                                 Guard                                  Vanderbilt

Dedric Lawson                                 Forward                              Kansas

Ja Morant                                          Guard                                  Murray State

Jaylen Hands                                    Guard                                  UCLA

Jordan Bone                                     Guard                                  Tennessee

Ky Bowman                                      Guard                                  Boston College

Nassir Little                                      Forward                              North Carolina

Nickeil Alexander-Walker              Guard                                  Virginia Tech

P.J. Washington                               Forward                              Kentucky

Romeo Langford                             Guard                                  Indiana

Talen Horton-Tucker                      Guard                                  Iowa State

Tyus Battle                                        Guard                                  Syracuse

 

NFL DRAFT..TOP PROSPECTS

  1. NIck Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa, at 6-3, 270 pounds, can be dominant rushing the passer from any spot with great strength, length and smarts. He carries more explosive upside than brother Joey of the Chargers.

  1. Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky

Allen is loaded with moves to get to the quarterback at a sleek 6-4, 258 pounds. He also has the athleticism to help in second-level pass coverage.

  1. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Williams shot up the draft board as a disruptive interior force for the Crimson Tide. His massive frame (6-4, 295 pounds) suggests Aaron Donald-like potential.

  1. Rashan Gary, DT/DE, Michigan

Gary is rising as a high-upside, versatile player. He uses his hands, power and big frame at 6-5, 280 pounds to occupy run-blockers, and he also has some intriguing inside pass-rush ability.

  1. Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi State

Sweat brings ideal size (6-6, 241 pounds) and relentless productivity as an edge pass-rusher. He fits best in a base 3-4 scheme.

  1. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Metcalf is a classic size-speed prospect at 6-4, 230 pounds who can both stretch the field and use his strength to catch contested balls in traffic and in the red zone.

  1. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Hockenson has the ideal size at 6-5, 243 pounds to do anything and everything at tight end with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. He can be the next great all-around player at the position.

  1. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Ferrell’s size at 6-5, 260 pounds provides a good baseline as an outside run-stopper and explosiveness as a pass-rusher.

  1. Ed Oliver, DT/DE, Houston

Oliver has slipped only because there’s a question of what position he fits best on the defensive line. He has become more of an end/tackle tweener at 6-1, 274 pounds in many scouts’ eyes rather than a can’t-miss inside pass-rush presence. But he is still a top-five line prospect.

  1. Devin White, ILB, LSU

White shows elite athleticism while covering ground against the run and has good enough instincts to be a top intermediate cover man. At 6-0, 240 pounds, he is easily the rangiest defender in the 2019 class.

  1. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.

  1. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Taylor offers great agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers given his size at 6-5, 334 pounds. He has been rising up boards as scouts learn he can be more than just a right tackle.

  1. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray has some “it” qualities at quarterback to go along with his Heisman Trophy-winning passing and running. He lacks ideal size at 5-10, 195 pounds and isn’t the pocket prototype, but his playmaking ablity is attractive enough for him to be drafted earlier than his profile suggests.

  1. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskinks cemented his stock late in the Buckeyes’ 2018 season, when he had some jaw-dropping games with his big arm and downfield accuracy. He has ideal size as a strong pocket passer (6-3, 220 pounds) with the right dose of athleticism.

  1. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

A smart, complete back at 5-10, 216 pounds who runs with good vision and power, Jacobs is equally elusive as an outside runner and receiver.

  1. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker plays bigger than size (5-11, 185 pounds) and can give any team a smart, physical coverage presence.

  1. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins brings size at 6-4, 315 pounds, and he is the most versatile of the Tigers’ first round-worthy linemen. He is equally adept at controlling blocks vs. the run and getting to the passer.

  1. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Dillard is light on feet for his size (6-5, 306 pounds) and carries all the natural pass-protection skills NFL teams love.

  1. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Williams is a smooth pass protector who also is big enough at 6-5, 301 pounds to pave the way in the running game.

  1. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Lawrence is a textbook inside run-stuffer with ideal size (6-4, 351 pounds) to both occupy and engulf overmatched blockers.

  1. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Brown offers plenty of flash as a field-stretching receiver at 5-10, 160 pounds. He has elite vertical speed, plus great quickness going into and coming out of routes.

  1. Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Bush cleans up against the run with his quickness, and at 5-10, 225 pounds, he has all the attributes teams need in a cover linebacker.

  1. Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State

Coming off 15.5 sacks in his final Seminoles season, Burns is a dynamic edge pass-rusher and athlete. At 6-5, 231 pounds, he needs to get a little tougher in order to be used on running downs in the NFL.

  1. Cody Ford, G/OT, Oklahoma

Ford is a tough mauler at 6-4, 330 pounds who can open running lanes from right tackle or guard. He is athletic enough to develop as a pass-blocker, too.

  1. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

At 6-4, 216 pounds, Harry is a matchup nightmare through the red zone. He also can be a strong deep threat.

  1. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

What Murray gives up in size (5-11, 170 pounds) and press coverage potential, he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ball-hawking skills.

  1. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Tillery was a beast as a three-technique at Notre Dame. At 6-7, 305 pounds, he matured well with his play and temperament to unleash the best of his inside pass-rush skills.

  1. Jaylon Ferguson, OLB/DE, Louisiana Tech

Carrying some nice pop as a pass-rusher and having been productive in that area,  Ferguson will get on the field first in the NFL as a big (6-5, 269 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge.

  1. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

Smith is a technically sound run blocker and route runner who has shown some vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-3, 243 pounds).

  1. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Mullen is emerging after an up-and-down 2018 season to stand out with his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality.

  1. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Entering the draft as a four-year starter from Missouri, Lock has the arm to go with his ideal size at 6-4, 225 pounds. He also has the fearlessness and elusiveness NFL teams like in an aggressive passer.

  1. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Risner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. He is being undersold as a pass blocker, but he is already a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game.

  1. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Like his Iowa teammate Hockenson, Fant is an athletic receiver. But at 6-4, 232 pounds, he needs some work to develop into a reliable in-line blocker.

  1. Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State

As a deep threat, Harmon’s size (6-3, 214 pounds) and speed stand out. But he is also a savvy route-runner and a tough, willing blocker.

  1. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones has all-around, pro-tailored skills to go with his ideal size at 6-5, 220 pounds. He also has bonus qualities with his tough physical and mental make-up.

  1. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Thompson is a rangy playmaker at 6-2, 196 pounds who can clean up everywhere against the pass. He’s solid in run support, too.

  1. Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Jones is a natural inside pass-rusher who needs some bulking (6-3, 283 pounds) and coaching in order to be used on running downs. But he can develop well in that area.

  1. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

At 6-3, 225 pounds, Arcega-Whiteside can both stretch the field as a deep threat and fight to win battles in the red zone.

  1. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

At 6-3, 306, Bradbury has the smarts, leadership qualiities, agility and strength needed to be a long-term NFL starter at his position.

  1. Jachai Polite, OLB/DE, Florida

Although a little undersized at 6-2, 242 pounds, Polite’s speed and athleticism are off the charts. He is a freak who channels some of former Gator Jevon Kearse.

  1. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Little has the size (6-5, 325), agility and athleticism to suggest great upside as a pass protector, but his technique needs refinement, and he must learn how to better use his strength to his advantage.

  1. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Brown, at 6-1, 230 pounds, fits the profile as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He is a strong-handed, reliable route runner who is tough enough to make big plays after the catch, even in traffic.

  1. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

At 6-0, 212 pounds, Rapp plays like an extra linebacker on the field with his work in run support. He also is a capable upfield player vs. the pass, at his best when blitzing and covering a short area.

  1. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Adderley has a good blend of cornerback coverage traits and physical tackling against the run and after the catch, playing longer and meaner than size at 6-0, 200 pounds.

  1. Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama

Wilson has the size (6-2, 236 pounds), ranginess and toughness against the run to be the next solid inside clean-up man from the Tide.

  1. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

At 5-11, 216 pounds, Montgomery has steadily emerged as a strong, all-around feature back prospect. He finishes runs strong and has shown some good hands and wiggle as a receiver.

  1. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Butler has a massive frame for the position at 6-6, 225 pounds. He can dominate going up to get balls in traffic, especially in the red zone.

  1. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Thornhill has great size (6-0, 210 pounds), smarts and coverage skills. He also cleans up well against the run.

  1. Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Cajuste plays with good power and length at 6-5, 315 pounds as best pure edge run blocker in the class. He needs to become a smoother pass protector in order to be trusted on the left side.

  1. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

At 6-5, 280 pounds, Allen is a big, smart, strong, high-effort player who excels at stopping the run. He has room to grow as a pass-rusher, too.

 

UPCOMING NASCAR SCHEDULE

April 13                               Toyota Owners 400         Richmond Raceway                        7:30 p.m., Fox/fuboTV

April 28                               Geico 500                           Talladega Speedway                       2 p.m., Fox/fuboTV

May 5                                  Series Race at Dover       Dover International Speedway    2 p.m., FS1/fuboTV

May 11                               Series Race at Kansas      Kansas Speedway                            7:30 p.m., FS1/fuboTV

May 18                               Monster Energy Open     Charlotte Motor Speedway          6 p.m., FS1/fuboTV

May 18                               Monster All-Star Race    Charlotte Motor Speedway          8 p.m., FS1/fuboTV

May 26                               Coca-Cola 600    Charlotte Motor Speedway                         6 p.m., Fox/fuboTV

 

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-APRIL 11, 1962

ST. LOUIS-History was made tonight by the New York Mets. They broke into the expanded National League at long last, but wound up on the short end of an 11‚4 score, beaten conclusively by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. In their first official effort, the Mets unfortunately did much to beat themselves. Despite the sixteen hits the Cardinals collected, four ineffective New York pitchers, backed by a loose defense, hurt the Mets immeasureably.
The season opener here before 16,147 half-frozen fans saw the Mets commit three errors and permit three stolen bases. Adding to manager Casey Stengel’s miseries, Roger Craig, the starter and loser, committed a balk that led to one of two St. Louis runs in the first inning. Also, the Mets bounced into two double plays. Homers by Gil Hodges and Charlie Neal were wasted. Neal, who also drove in a run with a single in the third, singled in vain in the seventh. Larry Jackson permitted eight hits in all.
Yet, a misplay by Neal proved the crush-er. The second-baseman’s failure to field a grounder in the sixth opened the gates for four runs that wrapped up the decision. Three of the runs off Bob Moorhead, mak-ing his big-league debut, thus were unearned. There were some good plays by the Mets though. Gus Bell made three excellent throws from right field that eliminated three St. Louis runners. On one of the plays, Hobie Landrith’s block and tag of Bill White at the plate was outstanding.
The 42-year-old Stan (The Man) Musial, starting his twenty-second season with the Redbirds, made two singles and a double, drove in two runs and scored one. His tally in the third was the 1,859th of his career, tying him with the late Mel Ott for the National League record. Hodges’s homer was his 362d, moving him ahead of Joe DiMaggio and putting him eleventh among major-league home run hitters.
The New York Mets went 40-120 in 1962, finishing 601/2 games behind the pennant-winning San Francisco Giants and prompting Manager Casey Stengel to cry, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” Seven years, Marv Throneberry and a thousand mistakes later, they were world champions.

 ALSO

1907 – New York Giants’ Roger Bresnahan becomes first catcher to wear shin guards.

1917 – Babe Ruth beats New York Yankees, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Boston Red Sox.

1921 – KDKA broadcasts the first radio sporting event, a boxing match (Johnny Ray vs Johnny Dundee).

1924 – First men’s college swimming championships begin.

1936 – NHL Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, three games to one.

1948 – 12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279.

1954 – Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.

1959 – Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Don Drysdale hits his second Opening Day homerun.

1961 – 15th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Saint Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1.

1962 – New York Mets make a losing debut.

1963 – Warren Spahn beats New York Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty).

1965 – 29th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271.

1966 – 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288; Jack Nicklaus is the first man to win consecutive Masters.

1970 – San Francisco Giants beat Cincinnati Reds 2-1, only day Cincinnati Reds aren’t in first place in 1970.

1971 – 35th Golf Masters Championship: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279.

1975 – Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee Brewers’ player.

1976 – 40th Golf Masters Championship: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271.

1981 – Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1982 – 46th Golf Masters Championship: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284.

1983 – 47th Golf Masters Championship: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280.

1987 – New York Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning versus Kansas City Royals.

1987 – Zoja Ivanova wins second female World Cup marathon (2:30:39).

1989 – First playoff goal scored by a goalee, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers.

1989 – Philadelphia Flyers score short-handed into an empty net beating Washington Capitals 8-5.

1990 – California Angels’ Mark Langston and Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle Mariners, 1-0.

1990 – New York Rangers beat New York Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary.

1992 – BPAA US Open won by Robert Lawrence.

1992 – Cleveland Indians set team record for long game lose to Boston Red Sox (19 innings – 6.5 hours).

1993 – 57th Golf Masters Championship: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 277.

1993 – Jeff Rouse swims world record 100 metre backstroke (51.43 seconds).

1996 – Detroit Red Wings become second NHL team to win 60 games in a season.

1999 – 63rd Golf Masters Championship.

2000 – Hansie Cronje, cricketer of South Africa, confesses to having accepted money from Indian bookmakers to manipulate a number of South Africa’s international cricket matches.

2004 – Phil Mickelson wins The Masters Tournament, his first Men’s major golf championship.

2006 – US Vice President Dick Cheney throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener at RFK Stadium.

2010 – American golfer Phil Mickelson scores a 16-under-par 272 victory in the Masters.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907      The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans flood onto the field, disrupting the game in the top of the ninth inning. After warning the growing crowd of over a thousand patrons, who continue to pour onto the field, home plate umpire Bill Klem decides enough is enough, forfeiting the game to the visiting team, 9-0.

1907      “Boy, they sure called me lots of names when I tried on those shin guards. They must have been a good idea at that, though, because they tell me catchers still wear them.” – ROGER BRESNAHAN, reflecting on being the first major league catcher to wear shin guards.

On Opening Day, playing against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan becomes the first player to wear shin guards in a major league game The future Hall of Fame receiver’s innovative protective device, fastened with straps and hooks, was made of leather.

1912      Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3, in a game which features 13 ground rule doubles hit by the visitors because of the overflow crowd being placed in the outfield and along the foul lines. The future Hall of Fame southpaw’s streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.

1912      Redland Field, the steel and concrete ballpark named to match the team’s moniker and hue, makes its debut with the hometown Reds beating Chicago, 10-6. In 1934, the Cincinnati ballpark will become known as Crosley Field in honor of the team owner Powel Crosley.

1928      Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker both start on Opening Day for the A’s. The 8-3 loss to New York at Shibe Park marks the first time the future Hall of Famers have played as teammates in a game.

1932      The Cardinals trade future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey to the Reds for outfielder/first baseman Harvey Hendrick, right-hander Benny Frey, and cash. The former Redbird outfielder led the National League in hitting last season, batting .349 for the World Series champs.

1954      The Yankees trade two minor leaguers along with rookie right-hander Mel Wright to the Cardinals in exchange for 38 year-old right-fielder Enos Slaughter. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will hit only .239 in 79 games during his first tenure with the Bronx Bombers, but Bill Virdon, one of the prospects dealt to the Redbirds, will be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1956.

1961      The upstart Angels, playing their first game in franchise history, defeat a strong Orioles team at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 7-2. Ted Kluszewski homers twice, and Eli Grba tosses a complete game for Los Angeles.

1961      Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski, in his major league debut, singles off Kansas City’s Ray Herbert in the team’s 5-2 Opening Day loss at Fenway Park. The 21 year-old left fielder from Bridgehampton, New York, will amass 3,419 hits during his 23-year Hall of Fame career with Boston..

1961      On Opening Day, the flag is hung at half-staff at Crosley Field to honor the memory of late owner Powel Crosley, Jr., who passed away two weeks earlier. The Reds, the eventual National League Champions, get off to a good start by beating Chicago, 7-1.

1961      Robin Roberts, in his twelfth-straight Opening Day start, is tagged with the loss when the Phillies lose to the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The right-hander’s effort ties Grover Cleveland Alexander’s National League record for consecutive season openers.

1962      After being rained out the previous night and with some players getting stuck in an elevator, the Mets make their National League debut in St. Louis, losing to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 11-4. The defeat will be the first of a record-setting 120 losses the New York expansion team will suffer this season.

1963      Don Leppert, who went deep on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues playing for Pittsburgh, hits three homers in the Senators’ 8-0 victory over Boston at D.C. Stadium. The catcher’s solo shot in the fourth inning, three-run blast two frames later, and bases-empty blast in the eighth will account for twenty percent of his four-year career total of 15 round-trippers.

1964      Former Houston right-hander Jim Umbricht’s ashes are privately scattered from a small plane over Colt Stadium, his home ballpark with the Colt .45’s for the past two seasons. The popular 33 year-old reliever, the only pitcher to post a winning record during the expansion team’s first two seasons, lost his well-publicized battle to a malignant melanoma three days ago.

1966      Twenty years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Emmett Ashford becomes the first black major league umpire, working third base when the Senators host the Tigers on Opening Day at D.C. Stadium. The dapper Californian arbitrator will become well-known for his flashy style, which includes sprinting around the infield after foul balls, his karate chop strike calls, and pirouetting while dusting off home plate.

1968      Detroit gets the first of the 103 victories of their World Champion campaign in a dramatic manner. Gates Brown, pinch-hitting for Jon Warden, hits a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Boston at Tiger Stadium, 4-3.

1969      The Pilots, who won on Opening Day in Los Angeles against the Angels, are victorious in their first home game in franchise history, blanking the White Sox, 7-0, at Seattle’s Sicks’ Stadium. Gary Bell, called ‘Ding Dong’ by his teammates, manages to keep Chicago from scoring, although the right-hander yields nine hits and walks four batters en route to the complete-game victory.

1971      Jerry Grote hits a walk-off homer in the 11th inning off Wayne Granger at Shea Stadium. The New York catcher’s game-ending round-tripper accounts for the only run scored in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

1985      Cal Ripken, nursing a sprained left ankle suffered while covering second base on a pickoff play in yesterday’s game against the Rangers, is ordered by the doctor not to play in today’s game against the Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Orioles shortstop’s streak of consecutive games, which would have ended if not for the team’s exhibition contest in Annapolis, is in its infancy at 444 games.

1990      Mark Langston, tossing seven innings in his Angel debut, and Mike Witt, author of a perfect game in 1984, combine to pitch a 1-0 Opening Day no-hitter against the Mariners at Anaheim Stadium. Dante Bichette’s seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded accounts for the game’s only run.

1993      When Brewer catcher Dave Nilsson catches for Graeme Lloyd, they become the first all-Australian battery in major league history. The 23 year-old backstop hails from Brisbane, Queensland with his rookie batterymate calling Geelong, Victoria home.

1994      In the inaugural major league game played at The Ballpark in Arlington, Holly Minter, posing for a picture, is seriously injured when she slips and falls 30 feet from the upper deck in right field to the lower section of the new $189 million stadium. The Rangers report a security guard was en route to tell the 26 year-old fan to move away from the railing, which was not labeled with warning signs.

1994      The Rangers play their first major league game in The Ballpark in Arlington, losing to Milwaukee, 4-3. Texas leadoff hitter David Hulse gets the stadium’s first hit, a first frame single, and Dave Nilsson hits the first home run in the $189 million facility, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.

1996      Greg Maddux’s major league record of road victories is halted at 18 with a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Braves right-hander was 18-0 with an ERA under one run per game in 20 regular-season road starts dating back to July of 1994.

1997      To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the integration of baseball, Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter, and Pumpsie Green each threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. In 1959, Green became to the first black to appear in a Red Sox uniform, making Boston the last team to integrate in the major leagues.

2003      In the first of its ‘home’ games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Expos rout David Cone and the Mets, 10-0. The Montreal franchise, which is now owned by major league baseball, will play 22 games in the commonwealth this season as a new venue is sought for the poorly-attended Canadian team.

2003      Baseball Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey says although he would still cancel a “Bull Durham” celebration due to anti-war criticism espoused by its co-stars, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, he should have used a different approach, calling the performers to discuss the situation rather than just sending a letter. The decision sets off a firestorm of debate with Cooperstown receiving over 5000 e-mails yesterday, both pro and con, as well as noted author Roger Kahn canceling his planned August appearance to speak about his new book “October Men”, a work chronicling the 1978 World Champion Yankee team, as a protest.

2006      At the home opener at RFK Stadium prior to the hometown team’s 7-1 loss to the Mets, Dick Cheney, wearing a red-and-blue Nationals jacket, becomes the eighth sitting vice president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. After the the veep is greeted with a chorus of loud boos, he bounces the pitch in front of home plate, throwing the ball from directly in front of the pitching mound.

2006      Bob Sheppard misses his first Yankee Stadium home opener since 1951 after sustaining a hip injury at his home yesterday. The long-time public address announcer will return to the microphone during the team’s next homestand.

2008      At Minute Maid Park, the Marlins set a club record, blasting six home runs en route to a 10-6 win against the Astros. Jeremy Hermida hit a pair of round-trippers, and teammates Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, and Mike Rabelo contributed solo homers in Florida’s fourth straight victory, matching the team’s longest winning streak last season.

2010      Mike Leake becomes the first pitcher since Ariel Prieto in 1995 to make his big league debut without ever spending a day in the minor leagues. The 22 year-old Reds’ right-handed starter gives up four hits in 6.2 innings, getting a no-decision in the Reds’ eventual 3-1 victory over Chicago at the Great American Ball Park.

2010      The Diamondbacks score a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning of a 15-6 victory over Pittsburgh at Chase Field. The infamous frame features eight hits, including a trio of home runs hit by Chris Young, Kelly Johnson, and starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, which also ties a franchise mark for a regular season game.

2016      Rookie first baseman Tyler White, who set an Astro record for total hits in the first five games played with the team, is named the American League Player of the Week. The 25 year-old thirty-third round pick out Western Carolina batted .556, scored three runs, blasted three home runs, and collected nine RBIs to cop the prestigious honor in the first week of his major league career.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1854 – Birth of Hugh Massie; cricket player (Australian batsman of the 1880s).

1856 – Birth of Arthur Shrewsbury; cricket player (dominant England bat late 19th cent).

1911 – Birth of Stella Walsh-Stanislawa-Walasiewicz in Poland; sprinter (Olympics-gold-1932, won 41 Amateur Athletic Union track titles).

1916 – Birth of Dan Fortmann; NFL guard (Chicago Bears).

1921 – Birth of Jeff Stollmeyer; cricket player (West Indies batsman pre/post-war).

1952 – Birth of Michael Daly in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Canadian Tour golfer (1991 British Columbia Winter Tour).

1957 – Birth of Everton Mattis; cricket player (West Indies batsman early 1980s).

1958 – Birth of Sally Clark in Feilding, New Zealand; equestrian three day event (Olympics-silver-1996).

1962 – Birth of André Wasiman; soccer player (FC Volendam).

1962 – Birth of Terry Hoage; NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals).

1963 – Birth of Elizabeth Smylie in Perth, Australia; tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City).

1966 – Birth of Dave Richards; NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons).

1966 – Birth of Kara McGaw in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; softball rightfielder (Olympics-1996).

1966 – Birth of Mark Higgs; NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals).

1966 – Birth of Steve Scarsone in Anaheim, California, USA; infielder (San Francisco Giants).

1967 – Birth of Lachlan Dreher; Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympics-silver-1992, 1996).

1967 – Birth of Mark Seay; NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles).

1967 – Birth of Stefan Johnstown; Norwegian speed walker (world record 20 km).

1967 – Birth of Wendel Suckow in Marquette, Michigan, USA; luger (Olympics-1994).

1968 – Birth of Eric Moten; NFL guard/tackle (San Diego Chargers).

1969 – Birth of Gavin Briant; cricket player (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993).

1969 – Birth of J Nick Adamson in Freeport, Bahamas; US laser yachter (Olympics-21st-1996).

1969 – Birth of Janeth Arcain; WNBA forward (Houston Comets).

1969 – Birth of Jesse Campbell; NFL safety (New York Giants, Washington Redskins).

1970 – Birth of Joe Vitiello in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; infielder (Kansas City Royals).

1970 – Birth of Sean Bergman in Joliet, Illinois, USA; pitcher (San Diego Padres).

1970 – Birth of Trevor Linden in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders).

1972 – Birth of Avo Avetisyan; WLAF defensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals).

1972 – Birth of Dietrich Jells; wide receiver (New England Patriots).

1972 – Birth of Kunihiko Sakurai; hockey forward (Team Japan 1998).

1972 – Birth of Nicole Levesque; WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting).

1972 – Birth of Ted Johnson; linebacker (New England Patriots).

1973 – Birth of Blake Brockermeyer; NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers).

1973 – Birth of Reggie Tongue; NFL safety (Kansas City Chiefs).

1974 – Birth of Alex Corretja in Barcelona, Spain; tennis star (1990 Orange Bowl boys 16).

1974 – Birth of Sascha van Wissen; Dutch soccer player (MVV).

1975 – Birth of Terry Cousin; NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears).

1978 – Birth of Victor Sikora; soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles).