HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Harrison 9 West Lafayette 2

Logansport 10 Taylor 2

Lapel 11 Anderson 0

Union County 9 Northeastern 0…The Knights lost to Union County in their TEC opener 9-0. The Knights were able to collect only 3 hits by Colton Alexander, Quantrell Gammon, and Seth Middleton.. The Knights travel to Wapahani Saturday for an 11:00am start for a double header….Union County was led by Mason Wicker who went 3-4. Mook Shepler and Justin Witter each had two hits. Witter picked up the win with 14K’s.

Monroe Central 11 Muncie Central 1

Seton Catholic 12 Randolph Southern 2…Adam Deitsch went 3-4 at the plate

Hagerstown 4 Shenandoah 3….Brady McMillen RBI, Cody Swimm RBI, Dom Anderson RBI, Camden Rhoades RBI. McMillen WP 6.0IP, 9K’s

Eastern Hancock 8 Lincoln 4

East Central 12 Batesville 7

Franklin County 5 Connersville 2

Greensburg 5 Rushville 2

Delta 6 Daleville 4

Tri 12 Union City 4…Union City had a conference match up Thursday on the road as they took on the Tri Titans. The Indians couldn’t string together too many hits, and were unable to cool off the Titans bats, as they fell 12 – 4 against Tri.

Union City had 8 hits in the contest, but just couldn’t put too many of them together to knock in a lot of runs. Cam Luster, (Sr), and Hunter Reagan, (So), both had two hits each, while Jacob Curry, (Sr), Gavin Teeter, (Sr), Josh Crawford, (Sr), and Payne Abel, (Jr), added 1 hit each.

The Indians started Nic Wells on the mound, who went 2 1/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits, while striking out 4 batters. Senior pitcher, Jacob Bradbury came on in relief, pitching 3 2/3 innings. Bradbury gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits, and struck out one.

Union City drops to 1 – 4 on the season and will host Winchester for a double-header on Saturday.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Connersville 8 Richmond 0…RHS 4 hits

Logansport 10 Taylor 0

Anderson 6 Lapel 0

North Central 17 Indy Tech 1

Tri 6 Northeastern 2….Timely hitting proved to be the difference as the Lady Knights out hit the Titans but loss 6-2 to Tri. Madison Kinder struck 8 in the loss. The Knights return to action at home Wednesday against Union County.

Union County 9 Union City 5

Lincoln 15 Knightstown 0….Emmie Pugh 3-4 4RBI, Jaela Patton 4-5 5RBI, Laynie Russell 3RBI, WP Kaleigh Lamb 12K’s

Winchester 12 Randolph Southern 2

Jennings County 18 Greensburg 13

East Central 5 South Dearborn 0

Franklin County 7 Batesville 3

 

BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Centerville picked up its first victory of the season Thursday against Northeastern at Highland Lake Golf Course.  The final score was 166-175. Centerville’s Sam Roberts took medalist honors with a 39.  Other scores for Centerville were Aaron Glover 42, Hunter Morgan 41, Evan Linde 44, and Mike Davis 47.  Northeastern was led by Jake Shue with a 40 followed by Alex Beatty 44, Bailey Moistner 43, Kyle Woolums 48, and Dylan Goble 56.  Centerville is now 1-1 on the season and 1-1 in the TEC.  The Bulldogs will participate in the Joe Moehring Invitational at the Elks in Richmond on Saturday.

 

On a beautiful day at Highland Lake GC, the Knights fell behind early to Centerville on the first few holes and couldn’t recover for a 9 stroke loss 166-175 to Centerville, but NHS won the JV matchup 215-217.
Nick Laird shot a 48 to lead the JV in winning against Centerville, with Logan Daulton shooting a 52, Nate Irwin recording a 56, and Garrett Abney shooting a 59.
The varsity had a lot of missed opportunities, but still fought for a score of 175.
“I couldn’t hit a green in regulation for the second match in a row, and instead of being able to score, I’m scrambling to put up a decent score for my teammates. I just have to trust my swing, tempo, and irons and I’ll be where I need to be,” commented Freshmen Alex “Chico” Beatty.
While Alex went on to score a 44 for the round, Jake Shue and Bailey paced the Knights with a 40 and 43.
“Alex and the rest of the guys will be fine. They just need to get in the mindset that we are the ones that need to capitalize on our opponents mistakes, and realize that some shots that seem insignificant, really do affect the outcome of the entirety of the match. Once they get in that mindset and play confidently, they’ll play against the course, and not against themselves, let their opponents make the mistakes, and then take control of the situation and the match. That’s how you win. You win situations. It’s smart, winning golf, and it’s all about a smarter, winning mindset,” stated Coach Haynes.
“Yeah there was a moment I should’ve gained 2-3 strokes on my guy on hole 8. I realize that now, but i just didn’t realize how important that shot was to the entire match. In the end, I hit my shot on the green and two-putt, I’m up 2-3 shots on my guy, which puts the pressure on him. I also need to slow down my putting, so I can get some shots back and lower my score,” stated Junior Kyle Woolums.
The Knights get back in action with their first 18-Hole Tournament at Richmond Elks on Saturday, April 13th at 9am. The Knights are paired with Union County, Centerville, and Park Tudor.

NHS
1 Jake Shue 40
2 Alex Beatty 44
3 Bailey Moistner 43
4 Kyle Woolums 48
5 Dylan Goble 56
Score (Best of 4) 175

Centerville
1 Sam Roberts 39
2 Aaron Glover 42
3 Hunter Morgan 41
4 Evan Linde 44
5 Mike Davis 47
Score (Best of 4) 166

 

Winchester 200 Cambridge City Lincoln 206

Devin Brooks tied for medalist with 47, Jackson Reed 49, Dillon Asher 55, Tyler Reisert 55, and Donovan Pennington 57.
CJ Pennington medalist in JV Match 58
Eric Castor 61
Shawn Suttles 62

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

LINCOLN                               4

WINCHESTER                      1

#1 SINGLES   RACHEL MERIDA (L) DF MARIAH ROBERTS (W)  6-0, 6-1

#2 SINGLES   KAMI LAYMON (L) DF KATE HENDRICKSON (W)  4-6, 6-2, 6-0

#3 SINGLES   EMILY COX (L) DF KATE RIGGIN (W)  6-2, 6-0

#1 DOUBLES RILEY HELMS (W) & MACI FRANTZ (W) DF JENNA BERTSCH & MAKALA HAMMONS (L) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)

#2 DOUBLES ARIS VANWINKLE & CLARA TYREE (L) DF KAYLAN MCINTIRE & MORGAN WILLIAMS (W)  6-2, 6-4

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

LINCOLN                            5

WINCHESTER                    2

#1 SINGLES  KEVALINA DAVIS (W) DF ALLIE GRUBBS (L)  6-1

#2 SINGLES  BETHANY CASTLE (L) DF AUTUMN ABEL (W)  6-4

#3 SINGLES  ASHLEY WAMPLER (L) DF EVY HINDS (W)  7-6 (8-6)

#1 DOUBLES BROOKLYN ERWIN & TERRI MAYES (W) DF KENZI FESSLER & BETSY RICHARDSON (L)  7-6 (7-4)

#2 DOUBLES  EMILY MERIDA & ABBY AHRENS (L) DF BROOKE COVERT & MARIA BATT (W) 6-2

LINCOLN 4-0, TEC  3-0 TRAVELS TO TRI-HIGH ON MONDAY

 

NORTHEASTERN 3 UNION COUNTY 2

1 Singles Lindsay Lang UC vs Ashleigh Roberts NE          6-3  6-0

2 Singles Maddie Gaebel UC vs Lauren Cowen NE          3-6  2-6

3 Singles Lissie Pitcher UC vs Anna Drake NE                   3-6  0-6

1 Doubles Amanda Jahosky/Emily Harrison UC vs Morgan Benjamin/Drew Noland NE         0-6  2-6

2 Doubles Ella Reis/Kylie Hetzer UC vs Kimberlee Lichtenberger/Anali Melendez NE     injury default          

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Seton Catholic High School Track & Field team competed in a quad meet against Union City, Wapahani, and Blue River Valley at Wapahani on Thursday.  

Competing for the boys’ team, Jaden Swiderek was awarded 1st in the 100, breaking a school record with a time of 11.272 and first in the Long Jump breaking another school record with 21’3 1/2.  Swiderek also placed second in the 400 with a time of 54.3.  Joseph Lahmann was awarded 2nd in the Shot Put, and 1st in the Discus with a throw of 130’8.  Jacob Royer placed 2nd in the 200 with a time of 24.29.

For our girls’ team Erica Barker placed 1st in the 800 with a personal best of 2:29.7.  Nina Diel was 5th in the 200 with a time of 31.82.

Seton Catholic High School Track & Field will be competing again on Monday April 15th at the Wes-Del Tri Meet.

 

The Union City Boys and Girls Track teams participated last night at Wapahani against Wapahani, Blue River and Seton Catholic. Both teams continue to improve and will be in action again on Saturday April 13. Field events will start at 9:00 am.

Boys results: 

1st Wapahani -99

2nd Blue River – 50

3rd Union City – 35 

4th Seton – 31

 

4×800 – 2nd Domronglit Shinaver, Aaron King, Maverick Luster, Nick Woodbury

110 hurdles – 2nd Camden Downey (PR)

100m – 5th Daniel Eley

1600 – 4th Maverick Luster, 5th Domronglit Shinaver

4×100 – 2nd Camden Downey, Gabe Addington, Maverick Luster, Tanner Spence

400m – 5th Aaron King

800m – 4th Collin Perry, 5th Domronglit Shinaver

200m – 5th Aaron King

3200 – 4th Nick Woodbury, 5th Peyton Bogue

4×400 – 3rd Camden Downey, Tanner Spence, Aaron King, Maverick Luster

HJ – 3rd Tanner Spence

LJ – 3rd Gabe Addington (PR)

Shot – 5th Tabius Reagan

Discus – 5th Tabius Reagan (PR)

 

The Lincoln High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that 2019 Lincoln High School senior, Laynie Russell, will continue her softball career at Indiana University South Bend.

The Athletic Department will host Laynie’s signing in the Lincoln High School Library on Thursday, April 18th at 11:30am.

Russell batted .329 in her junior season with 2 homeruns and 12 RBI. She went 3-0 with an ERA of 2.60 in the circle.

Indiana University South Bend is a member of the NAIA.  The Titans are a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  The Head Coach for Indiana University South Bend is Brittney Lightfoot.

 

Jalen Hillard will sign his letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Manchester University on Friday April 12 at 5:30 pm in the McConnell Room at Richmond High School.

Hillard was a standout point guard for the Red Devils this season. Known as a pass first point guard, he led the Red Devils in assist several games this season including a season best 16 against Indianapolis Tech.

Hillard averaged 4.2 points per game while shooting 40% from 3-point range and 75% from the free throw line. Jalen scored season highs of 18 against New palestine and 16 against Jay County.

 

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Tennessee 2 #2 Georgia 0

Southern California 6 Utah 0

Florida 9 South Carolina 5

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Butler 3 Fort Wayne 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 5 Miami 0

Chicago Cubs 2 Pittsburgh 0

Oakland 8 Baltimore 5

Cleveland 4 Detroit 0

Seattle 7 Kansas City 6 (10)

Boston 7 Toronto 6

NY Mets 6 Atlanta 3

San Diego 7 Arizona 6

San Francisco 1 Colorado 0

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 7 Charlotte 3

South Bend 2 Great Lakes 1

Fort Wayne 5 Dayton 4

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Toronto 4 Boston 1

Washington 4 Carolina 2

Calgary 4 Colorado 0

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Koepka, DeChambeau share lead at the Masters

No need to wait until Sunday for the Masters to come to life.

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson delivered enough excitement over the final two hours Thursday for quite an opening act at Augusta National.

Koepka, a winner in two of the last three majors, ran off four straight birdies in the middle of the back nine by overpowering a soft course. DeChambeau came within inches of two hole-outs over the last three holes as he closed with four straight birdies.

They each had a 6-under 66, giving them a one-shot lead over the 49-year-old Mickelson, who provided his own brand of entertainment.

Mickelson began the back nine with shots into the pine trees and the water, only to follow with four birdies over the next five holes, including a tee shot on the par-3 16th that stopped inches from the cup.

Tiger Woods missed all the action. He played earlier in the round and plodded his way to a 70. It was a solid start for Woods in his quest to end 11 years without a major, and he was atop the leaderboard briefly until a late bogey. He sounded satisfied.

“I’ve shot this number and won four coats, so hopefully, I can do it again,” said Woods, who slightly miscalculated. The last green jacket he won in 2005 began with a 74. The goal was to not fall too far behind early.

Rory McIlroy’s bid for the last leg of the career Grand Slam began with a 73, which featured six bogeys.

“I made five birdies – that wasn’t the problem,” McIlroy said. “I just made too many mistakes, and that was the problem.”

Even more surprising to McIlroy was no one from the early starters took advantage of soft turf from recent rains.

“It’s there for the taking, and I’m surprised someone hasn’t run off,” McIlroy said.

And that’s right about when Koepka and DeChambeau took off.

More impressive than the four straight birdies by DeChambeau was how he made them. After a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th, his tee shot grazed the edge of the cup in the front left portion of the green. From the woods, he went just over the back of the 17th green and chipped in from 35 feet.

He didn’t see until later how good his shot was into the 18th because he was in light rough short of the fairway bunker, unable to see the green but knowing it was good from the roar of the crowd. The ball ran true to the cup and smacked into the middle of the pin with enough force to knock it backward a few inches.

“I guess I should have pulled the flagstick,” DeChambeau said.

He is not the only player to putt with the flagstick in the cup – allowed under the new Rules of Golf – just the only one to apply science to the decision .

Koepka shot his 66 while playing in the last group of the day, and not seeing very good golf alongside him. Jordan Spieth had to rely on his short game to salvage a 75, matching his highest score at Augusta. Paul Casey, coming off a victory three weeks ago in Florida, failed to make a birdie in his round of 81.

Blinders on, Koepka played bogey-free in his first time at the Masters in two years. He missed last year recovering from a wrist injury that left him wondering if he would ever play again. Then he won a second straight U.S. Open, held off Woods to win the PGA Championship and has established himself as a major player.

He holed out from behind the green at No. 12 , picked up birdies on the par 5s and rolled in a bending 20-footer in between on the 14th.

Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter were at 68, while Jon Rahm and Adam Scott were among those at 69.

Justin Rose, who returned to No. 1 in the world and was among the favorites this week because of his recent history at the Masters, opened with a 75.

“It’s just a great test of golf to start out the first round of Masters,” DeChambeau said. “And to be honest, it’s great to sift through some of the really good players and maybe not so great players in this event right now. And look, it’s not to say they are bad players. It’s just it’s very difficult out there and every aspect of your game has to be on point. So it’s kind of nice, you can almost break away from the pack if you play well.”

 

Marner has 2 goals, including penalty shot, Leafs top Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs know they can’t count on short-handed penalty shots to help them get past Boston in the playoffs.

The hustle that forced the Bruins to make mistakes, though: That’s something they are planning to do over and over again.

“It’s a weird play, but we’ll take all goals,” defenseman Jake Muzzin said on Thursday night after Mitch Marner converted Toronto’s first successful postseason penalty shot in two decades to propel the Leafs to a 4-1 victory over Boston.

“You pressure them, and you can force turnovers and fumbled pucks,” Muzzin said after Toronto took Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. “And away you go.”

Marner scored twice – the first to erase a first-period deficit, and the second to give the Leafs the lead for good after he was brought down from behind by Jake DeBrusk on a short-handed breakaway. It was Toronto’s first successful postseason penalty shot since Mats Sundin converted in 1999.

“When you get a power play, you want to get something good out of it and get some momentum,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who scored Boston’s only goal. “Obviously, that did the opposite. … That can’t happen.”

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and William Nylander also scored on a breakaway for Toronto, which swiped the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series as it tries to advance through Boston for the first time in six tries.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

“It’s one game, but it gets us a step closer to where we want to get to,” said John Tavares, who added an empty-netter to clinch it. “It’s always good to start that way.”

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Bergeron scored a power-play goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand. But Marner tied it with about three minutes left in the period, sweeping in a rebound with such force he knocked himself off his skates.

 

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin came out firing, the Carolina Hurricanes surged and the Washington Capitals showed why they’re the defending Stanley Cup champions when it mattered most.

Backstrom and Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots before 19-year-old rookie Andrei Svechnikov led a furious third-period comeback. But Backstrom blocked a couple of shots in the final minutes, Braden Holtby made 27 saves and Washington held on to beat Carolina 4-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.

“We didn’t panic,” Backstrom said after his third career two-goal game in the playoffs. “We stuck with it.”

One night after watching the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning blow a three-goal lead and lose 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Capitals went up 3-0 at 18:05 of the first period and had the sellout crowd decked out in red fired up for the first playoff game in Washington since the franchise won its first title in June. The Hurricanes took it to the Capitals, outshooting them 29-18 and got two goals in 2:19 from Svechnikov early in the third period to cut the deficit to one.

The Capitals, who led Columbus 2-0 in each of the first two games of last year’s playoffs before losing 4-3 and 5-4, had those experiences and the Lightning’s loss on Wednesday fresh in their minds.

“We knew it’s not over, even 15-nothing,” Ovechkin said. “You can see what happened last night in a different game. It’s the playoffs and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Another three-goal comeback almost happened in this one. Well after the “Back-to-back!” chants faded into nervous silence, Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek rebounded from allowing a soft opening goal to Backstrom by stopping Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin on breakaways and turned aside Brett Connolly and Lars Eller on rapid-fire chances early in the third before Svechnikov got the Hurricanes on the board. Mrazek finished with 14 saves.

 

Tkachuk, Smith lift Flames over Avalanche 4-0 in Game 1

The buzz in the crowd started when Mike Smith came up big with some slick saves during the second period. The chants of “Smitty! Smitty! Smitty!” continued throughout the rest of the game – until the veteran goaltender and the Calgary Flames finished off an impressive playoff victory.

“I haven’t quite heard anything like that before in my career,” Smith said. “It gives you some confidence when you hear your name getting chanted.”

Now is as good a time as any for Smith, who made 26 saves for his first playoff shutout in nearly seven years as the Flames blanked the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

A key sequence came early in the second period when the Avalanche went to the power play for the third consecutive time. With all the momentum with Colorado, the 37-year-old Smith made two glove stops 30 seconds apart to keep the game scoreless.

First, he made a backhand snag off the stick of Gabriel Landeskog, who was left alone in front. Then, with a little extra flourish afterward, Smith threw out his glove to snag Derrick Brassard’s dangerous snap shot. From that point through the end of the game, chants of “Smitty!” broke out regularly from the raucous, sold-out, red jersey-clad crowd.

The shutout was Smith’s first in the postseason since May 20, 2012, when he made 36 stops while with the Phoenix Coyotes to shut out the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. The Coyotes lost the next game and Smith hadn’t played a playoff game since.

“Great to see the fans really get behind him,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said. “He’s a big part of our team. He works his butt off in practice all the time. Can’t be happier for him.”

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, and rookie Andrew Mangiapane and Mikael Backlund also had goals as Calgary won its first playoff game since beating Anaheim 4-3 in overtime on May 5, 2015.

And, Smith was a big reason the Flames – and their fans – went home happy.

 

Sacramento Kings fire coach Dave Joerger 3 losing seasons

Sacramento’s best season in 13 years wasn’t enough to save coach Dave Joerger’s job.

General manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger on Thursday after he helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise’s 13th straight losing season.

“I think he did a great job to make that step,” Divac said. “But moving forward, I just felt like we had to go a different direction. It’s been three years and we made some progress. This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break.”

Divac said he had been contemplating the decision to change coaches for a while and ultimately made it after the team stumbled to the finish with a 9-16 record after the All-Star break. The poor stretch run left Sacramento with a 39-43 record, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the eighth spot in the West heading into the final game before the break.

The Kings had their most wins since having a 44-38 record in coach Rick Adelman’s final season in 2005-06. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn’t been back to the postseason since for the NBA’s longest active drought.

“After the All-Star break, I felt very confident we’d be in the race and we were in the race,” Divac said. “Unfortunately, we fell short.”

Divac made the move official just hours after he was given an extension through the 2022-23 season by owner Vivek Ranadive. Divac took over as GM before the 2015-16 season and helped bring in some of the key pieces that have led to the improvement this year, including guards Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox and big men Marvin Bagley III, Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles.

 

Grizzlies fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff, reassign GM to scout

The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout.

The Grizzlies announced the moves after both Bickerstaff and Wallace spoke to reporters following a second straight season outside the playoffs. After a 12-5 start, Memphis plummeted and finished 33-49, tied with New Orleans and Dallas.

Wallace had said earlier that Bickerstaff would be returning after doing a “terrific job.” But Pera didn’t agree and restructured the front office a few hours later.

“In order to put our team on the path to sustainable success, it was necessary to change our approach to basketball operations,” Pera said in a statement. “I look forward to a re-energized front office and fresh approach to Memphis Grizzlies basketball under new leadership, while retaining the identity and values that have distinguished our team.”

Bickerstaff was named interim coach in November 2017 after the Grizzlies fired David Fizdale . He was given the job without the interim title last May. Now Memphis is looking for a fourth head coach since choosing not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract after he led the Grizzlies to their lone Western Conference final appearance in 2013.

The Grizzlies also announced that Jason Wexler will be president of the Grizzlies overseeing both basketball and business operations, and Zachary Z. Kleiman replaces John Hollinger as executive vice president of basketball operations with Hollinger moving to an advisory role. The Grizzlies are keeping former player Tayshaun Prince as a special adviser.

 

Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Drew

The Cavaliers’ next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed.

Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster.

Although expected, Drew’s departure creates more work for a franchise that will sit out the NBA playoffs this season following a four-year run in the Finals with James.

The 61-year-old Drew met with general manager Koby Altman, and the two decided it was best if they went in separate directions. Altman said in a release that Drew “respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers.”

The Cavs tied for the league’s second-worst record with Phoenix, but Drew kept his team playing hard until the end. He received praise from many of his players, including All-Star forward Kevin Love, who was limited to just 22 games following toe surgery.

“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” Altman said in a release. “All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.”

Altman will embark on a search for Cleveland’s fifth coach since 2013. The Cavs will consider college coaches, NBA assistants and former head coaches to continue the rebuild Drew started.

 

NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Eastern Conference — First Round

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit Pistons

Game 1: Sun, April 14 Detroit at Milwaukee, 7 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wed, April 17 Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 ET, NBA TV
Game 3: Sat, April 20 Milwaukee at Detroit, 8 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Mon, April 22 Milwaukee at Detroit, 8 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Milwaukee at Detroit, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando Magic

Game 1: Sat, April 13 Orlando at Toronto. 5 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Tue, April 16 Orlando at Toronto, 8 ET, TNT
Game 3: Fri, April 19 Toronto at Orlando, 7 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Sun, April 21 Toronto at Orlando, 7 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Toronto at Orlando, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TNT
(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Brooklyn Nets

Game 1: Sat, April 13 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 2:30 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Mon, April 15 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 8 ET, TNT
Game 3: Thu, April 18 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 8 ET, TNT
Game 4: Sat, April 20 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 3 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Brooklyn at Philadelphia TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Philadelphia at Brooklyn TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, TBD, TNT

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Sun, April 14 Indiana at Boston, 1 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wed, April 17 Indiana at Boston, 7 ET, TNT
Game 3: Fri, April 19 Boston at Indiana, 8:30 ET, ABC
Game 4: Sun, April 21 Boston at Indiana, 1 ET, ABC
*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Boston at Indiana, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBD

 

Western Conference — First Round

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) LA Clippers

Game 1: Sat, April 13 LA at Golden State, 8 ET, ABC
Game 2: Mon, April 15 LA at Golden State, 10:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Thu, April 18 Golden State at LA, 10:30 ET, TNT
Game 4: Sun, April 21 Golden State at LA, 3:30 ET, ABC
*Game 5: Wed, April 24 LA at Golden State, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Golden State at LA, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sun, April 28 LA at Golden State, TBD, TBD

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: Sat, April 13 San Antonio at Denver, 10:30 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Tue, April 16 San Antonio at Denver, 9 ET, NBA TV
Game 3: Thu, April 18 Denver at San Antonio, 9 ET, NBA TV
Game 4: Sat, April 20 Denver at San Antonio, 5:30 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Tue, April 23 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Denver at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sat, April 27 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TNT

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1: Sun, April 14 Oklahoma City at Portland, 3:30 ET, ABC
Game 2: Tue, April 16 Oklahoma City at Portland, 10:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Fri, April 19 Portland at Oklahoma City, 9:30 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Sun, April 21 Portland at Oklahoma City, 9:30 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Portland at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TNT

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

Game 1: Sun, April 14 Utah at Houston, 9:30 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wed, April 17 Utah at Houston, 9:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Sat, April 20 Houston at Utah, 10:30 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Mon, April 22 Houston at Utah 10:30 ET, TNT
*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD
*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Houston at Utah, TBD, TBD
*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD

 

Duke’s Cam Reddish turns pro, hires agent

Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft.

Reddish announced his decision on his verified Instagram page Thursday, one day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft. School spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Reddish has hired an agent.

Reddish averaged 13.5 points and hit 33 percent of his 3-pointers, with several coming in clutch situations. That includes one with 0.8 seconds remaining to lift Duke past Florida State in January.

Reddish is widely projected as a lottery pick.

His decision leaves AP player of the year Zion Williamson as the last Duke freshman starter yet to announce his plans for next season. Point guard Tre Jones said earlier this week he would return for his sophomore year.

 

Steve Alford, Nevada close to deal to make him Wolf Pack head coach, report says

Nevada is nearing a deal to make former UCLA coach Steve Alford its next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that the school had informed other potential coaching candidates that it’s in the midst of negotiating a contract. Nevada is not expected to interview other potential hires.

Alford was fired by the Bruins in December after starting the season 7-6. He went 124-63 over six seasons, making four NCAA Tournament appearances. He previously coached at New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri State before taking the UCLA job in 2013.

He holds a 509–269 career record as a head coach and has reached the tournament 11 times, though he hasn’t had a team make it to the Elite Eight.

“While Steve led us to three Sweet 16 appearances, we simply have not been performing at a consistent level and our struggles up to this point in the season do not bode well for the future,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement at the time of Alford’s firing, per ESPN.

Nevada hasn’t been searching for a new head coach for long. Former Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman, who won 110 games in his four seasons at Nevada, left the program for Arkansas on Sunday after leading Nevada to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons. His Wolf Pack team reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, however, it lost to Florida in the first round of the 2019 tournament.

 

Puig returns with RBI double, Reds sweep Marlins 5-0

For two days, Yasiel Puig sat and watched the Reds finally emerge from their deep slump. He felt pressure to do something important in his first game back.

Puig returned from a two-game suspension and doubled home a pair of runs, helping Cincinnati complete a reinvigorating three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-0 victory on Thursday.

The Reds entered the series with eight straight losses and the worst record in the NL. They came away with their first three-game sweep of the Marlins at Great American Ball Park since 2010.

Puig watched the Reds play better without him while taking the first two games of the series.

“I don’t want to come back,” he said. “My team gets better with myself out. I said I need to hit something.”

Most of the 11,192 fans were chanting Puig’s name after he ran into the outfield wall unsuccessfully trying to grab a foul in the first inning, and again in the fifth when his double off Pablo Lopez (1-2) put the Reds up 4-0. He also got his first stolen base.

Puig missed the first two games of the series as punishment for his role in an on-field confrontation with the Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday.

Eugenio Suarez had three hits, including a solo homer , as the Reds got the better of a matchup two of the NL’s worst offenses. The Marlins have scored the fewest runs in the league (34). The Reds came in with the worst batting average (.194) despite a 14-0 win in the second game of the series.

Cincinnati scored 21 runs while sweeping the series, matching its total for the first nine games.

 

Quintana strikes out 11 in 7 innings, Cubs beat Pirates 2-0

The Cubs were in need of a strong outing by a starter, and Jose Quintana delivered.

The left-hander struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball as Chicago blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night.

Quintana (1-1) bounced back after being roughed up for eight runs and eight hits in three innings against Milwaukee during his first start of the season last Friday. It was the longest outing by a Chicago starter this season.

“That’s as good as we’ve seen him,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That was dominant. Strikeouts, strike throwing. Everything was working.

“He was outstanding, and we needed that.”

Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the eighth inning.

Caratini left after the delay and X-rays indicate the backup catcher might have a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He believes he was injured on a swing, and a CT scan is scheduled for Friday.

“It’s definitely frustrating, especially because I started out the season the way I wanted to,” Caratini said through a translator.

Steve Cishek pitched the eighth and Pedro Strop got three outs for his first save. The Cubs took two of three in their first home series after opening with a 2-7 road trip.

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

 

Wieters leads Cards over Dodgers 11-7 for 4-game sweep

Matt Wieters made the most of his chance.

Wieters drove in a three runs and stole a base for just the third time in six years, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-7 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the NL champions.

Making his first start this season, the 32-year-old Wieters hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and a two-run double in the fifth that put the Cardinals ahead 8-7. With runners at the corners in the fifth, Wieters stole second as Matt Carpenter struck out, his first steal since April 27, 2017, and just the ninth of his major league career.

“Normally, I try to get one a year,” Wieters said with a smile.

Wieters went to spring training with a minor league contract and earned a job as a backup to nine-time All-Star Yadier Molina. Wieters had just one previous plate appearance this season; he was hit by a pitch on April 1.

St. Louis’ bullpen combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the series finale and allowed one run in the four games.

“This whole series was a well-played series on our side,” Wieters said.” Today we had to do it a little differently coming from behind. The bullpen’s been amazing of just nailing it down for us.”

Harrison Bader was hit by pitches with the bases loaded in both the second and fifth innings. He was the first player to force in runs twice in a game while getting hit since Toronto’s Reed Johnson on April 16, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“Over the course of 162 games, every RBI matters,” Bader said. “Whether you walk or get a single, they all count. It came at a good time. If I’ve got to wear it for the club, I’d do it again.”

 

Mariners homer in 15th straight game, down Royals 7-6

Trailing by two runs and down to their last strike, the Seattle Mariners found a way to keep their winning streak alive.

“Confidence is building,” manager Scott Servais said.

Seattle became the first major league team to homer in each of its first 15 games when Dee Gordon connected in the sixth inning, then beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 Thursday behind Daniel Vogelbach’s home run in the 10th.

Seattle improved the best record in the major leagues to 13-2, completing a four-game sweep and extending its winning streak to six. The Mariners became just the third team since 1987 to open with at least 13 wins in the first 15 games after Milwaukee (14-1 in 1987) and Boston (13-2 last year).

Kansas City has lost 10 straight games, has the poorest record in the big leagues at 2-10 and is off to its worst 12-game start since 2006. The Royals failed to preserve leads of 4-0 in the sixth and 6-4 with two outs in the ninth.

“Other teams just can’t seem to do any wrong,” said Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield, whose hitting streak ended at 31 games.

Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton was carted off with a knee injury after failing to grab Mitch Haniger’s tying, two-run triple in the ninth. Royals manager Ned Yost said he did not have an update on Hamilton’s condition.

“Hanny had the at-bat of the game,” Servais said. “You’re down to your last strike, fighting and clawing. He finally got the changeup up in the zone.”

 

Khris Davis homers twice to lead Athletics past Orioles 8-5

Oakland’s Khris Davis had another great day. Baltimore’s Chris Davis had yet another awful one.

Khris Davis hit a pair of home runs for the second straight game, increasing his major league-leading home run total to nine and leading the Athletics over the Orioles 8-5 Thursday.

“He’s hit over 40 home runs a year in a ballpark that’s not conducive to hitting home runs,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s just a great hitter.”

Chris Davis was 0 for 3 with a walk and extended his record hitless streak to 53 at-bats. In the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, he is 0 for 32 this season and hasn’t gotten a hit since Sept. 14, setting the mark for most consecutive hitless at-bats by a non-pitcher.

“I feel like I’m seeing the ball a lot better,” he said. “I feel like I’m putting good swings on the ball. I lined out again, drew a walk a little bit later. Just continue to work.”

Josh Phegley, Kendrys Morales and Marcus Semien also homered for the A’s, who won three straight after losing the series opener. Oakland hit 16 home runs in the series.

Aaron Brooks (2-1) started against Baltimore for the first time in his career and allowed three runs, three hits and three walks in six innings. Blake Treinen pitched a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts for his fourth save.

Dylan Bundy (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in five-plus innings with eight strikeouts, and he tied a career-high by allowing four homers. The Orioles have given up at least one home run in all 13 games this season.

“I thought from the stuff-standpoint, it was the best I’ve seen him all year,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “He kept guys off balance. It was just a few mistakes. They didn’t hit singles. They went deep.”

 

Braves extend Ozzie Albies on 7-year deal, keep young roster intact

Ozzie Albies will remain in Atlanta for the foreseeable future. The Braves have agreed to an extension with their second baseman, the team announced Thursday.

Albies was inked to a seven-year extension through 2025 worth $35 million, with club options for 2026 and 2027.

According MLB Network, the two-year options are for $7 million and $4 million.

It’s the second big extension the Braves have locked down this season after they solidified an an eight-year, $100 million contract with second-year outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.

 

Phillies to host star-spangled 2026 MLB All-Star Game, reports say

Major League Baseball still hasn’t announced which cities will host the 2021-25 All-Star Games, but it has settled on a site for 2026.

The Midsummer Classic will be held in Philadelphia that July, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in that city, the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Associated Press reported Thursday. MLB and the Phillies will make the official announcement during a Tuesday news conference at Independence Hall.

It will be the first All-Star Game played at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004, and the fifth played in Philadelphia. The city also hosted the game at Veterans Stadium in conjunction with the nationwide bicentennial celebrations in 1976.

Phillies ownership has made no secret of its desire to host MLB’s main midseason attraction in 2026, which undoubtedly paved the way for the unusually early announcement of the host city.

Cleveland will host this year’s All-Star Game on July 9, while the Dodgers will host in July 2020. After that, the game is up for grabs for five years before the Philadelphia showcase.

 

Steelers’ Ramon Foster issues ‘PSA’ to stop social media drama after Rashard Mendenhall’s comments

Ramon Foster is tired of all the social media drama surrounding the Steelers.

The veteran guard issued a lengthy “PSA” statement Thursday on Twitter, calling for former Pittsburgh players to stop constantly criticizing his current teammates.

“Moving forward…any former player or affiliate of the Steelers who has an issue with anyone still in the locker room, please contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else you feel you can talk to,” Foster wrote. “Whoever you have an issue with, we will get you their number so you can address them. I PROMISE. These media takes might give y’all good traffic on your social media outlets but the guys still in that locker room, who y’all still know personally have to answer for those comments. Call them what you want, but call them personally and tell THEM. Defend who you want to defend but you don’t have to mention the team at all.

“Whether you have a ring or played for one year…ENOUGH…CHILL. Most players at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don’t burn too many bridges. It’s a long history of brotherhood more than anything, BUSINESS is one thing but let’s keep it at a minimum for the guys who have to answer for these comments moving forward.”

Foster’s comments come a few hours after former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall called quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a “racist” before backtracking his remarks later in the day.

Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is another player who got caught up in Twitter drama. Antonio Brown, now with the Raiders, replied to a post from a fan that reminded Brown that his former teammate was named Steelers’ Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season. Brown wrote Sunday, in part: “Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days! by the way check the list.”

 

PURDUE BASEBALL PREVIEW: Purdue Begins Home-Heavy Stretch Against Iowa

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION

Iowa (18-13, 5-4 B1G) at Purdue (10-21, 4-4 B1G)

Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14 at 6 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

All-Time Series: Iowa leads 97-64-1 / All-Time in West Lafayette: Iowa leads 43-38-1

Last Series: Iowa won 2 of 3 (March 2017 in Iowa City)

Last Series in West Lafayette: Iowa swept a 3-game set (April 2015)

Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. Iowa: Purdue swept a 3-game set (May 2011)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Patrick J. Smith (Sr, LHP) vs. Iowa’s Cole McDonald (Sr, RHP)

Saturday: Andrew Bohm (R-So, RHP) vs. Iowa’s Cam Baumann (So, LHP)

Sunday: Ryan Beard (Sr, LHP) vs. Iowa’s Grant Judkins (Jr, RHP)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball plays 13 of its next 16 games at home, beginning with its second home weekend of the season that features Iowa’s first visit to Alexander Field since 2015.

First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday (all times ET). With a full day of rain showers in the forecast for Sunday, a Saturday doubleheader is likely.

Saturday will be a busy day on the western edge of campus. Purdue softball is also at home this weekend, hosting Nebraska. Plus the annual Purdue Grand Prix races begin Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with the primary race set for 2:30 p.m. Specific parking (all free) is reserved for each of the three events, but fans are encouraged to arrive early.

The Hawkeyes visited Alexander Field in each of the first three years of the ballpark’s existence (2013-15). From May 2013 to April 2015, nine of the Boilermakers’ 30 home games were against Iowa. Since last hosting the Hawkeyes for the first weekend of April in 2015, Purdue has played 76 home games against 27 teams. During that span, Iowa has gone the longest of any Big Ten without visiting West Lafayette. After this weekend, Maryland (last visit: April 24-26, 2015) will be the Big Ten team with the longest active stretch without an appearance at Alexander.

With the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers early in 2015 and not at all in both 2016 and 2018, only three of Purdue’s last 101 games against Big Ten teams have been against Iowa. Since April 6, 2015, the Boilermakers have played more games against nine non-conference opponents – Indiana State (9), Ball State (8), Cal State Northridge (8), Saint Louis (7), Purdue Fort Wayne (6), Valparaiso (5), Santa Clara (4), Texas (4) and Texas State (4) – than they have against the Hawkeyes.

Purdue’s lone road trip over the next 26 days is a three-game series at Rutgers next weekend. The Boilermakers play at home three of the next four weekends and four of the final six to close the regular season. Dating back to April 24 of last season, Purdue is 17-2 at Alexander Field. The Boilermakers have won four straight weekend series at home for the first time since taking five straight from 2011 to 2012. They’ve won 11 straight Big Ten home games.

The Hawkeyes already had their consecutive Big Ten weekends at home, sweeping Illinois (March 29-31) and taking two of three vs. Rutgers (April 5-6). They’re 11-3 in Iowa City this season and 7-10 away from Duane Banks Field, including 4-7 in true road games. Iowa nearly swept Oklahoma State in Stillwater the opening weekend of March, settling for a series win after the Cowboys rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth to steal the opener. But the Hawkeyes are just 1-6 away from Iowa City since that series win in Stillwater.

LOTS OF ACTIVE STREAKS FOR HUNTER

All streak totals are consecutive games

HIT STREAKS

  • Big Ten Play: 6 – 9-for-24 (.375), 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R, .444 OBP
  • Home: 6 – 10-for-23 (.435), 2 3B, 2 RBI, 4 R, .480 OBP
  • Overall: 9 – 14-for-35 (.400), 2 2B, 3 3B, 5 RBI, 6 R, .475 OBP

REACHED BASE SAFELY STREAKS

  • Overall: 12 – 18-for-47 (.383), 3 2B, 4 3B, 6 RBI, 11 R, .463 OBP
  • Home: 19 – 23-for-72 (.319), 5 2B, 2 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 15 R, .370 OBP
  • Big Ten Play: 25 – 33-for-97 (.340), 8 2B, 3 3B, HR, 18 RBI, 22 R, .425 OBP
  • Against Big Ten Teams: 31 – 42-for-120 (.350), 10 2B, 3 3B, HR, 22 RBI, 30 R, .429 OBP
  • Skyler Hunter has reached base safely in 20 of 21 games since returning to the lineup in time for the March 9 doubleheader vs. NJIT. He has hit safely in 23 of his 27 games this year.
  • Of Hunter’s 53 career multi-hit games, tops among active Boilermakers, 17 have featured him recording hits from both sides of the plate.
  • In 140 career games, Hunter has 180 hits and a .331 average. Of those 180 career hits, 124 have come as a left-handed hitter and 56 as a right-handed hitter. Daryl Hallada (1997-00) owns Purdue’s all-time hits record (279) thanks to a .340 career batting average as a Boilermaker. Hallada is also the program’s all-time leader with 820 at-bats. His daughter Kaeley Hallada is currently a freshman on the Purdue softball team.
  • Hunter again has an opportunity to record a 10-game hit streak in three different seasons, a feat accomplished by only three Boilermakers since 2005. Eric Charles (2009-12), Cameron Perkins (2010-12) and Nick Dalesandro (2016-18) all went on to be drafted.

10-GAME HIT STREAKS IN 3 DIFFERENT SEASONS SINCE 2005

  • Skyler Hunter – 10 in 2017, 13 in 2018
  • Nick Dalesandro – 11 in 2016, 10 in 2017, 11 in 2018
  • Cameron Perkins – 10 in 2010, 20 in 2011, 11 in 2012
  • Erik Charles – 14 in 2009, 10 in 2010, 15 in 2011, 10 in 2012

PURDUE’S DOUBLE-FIGURE STRIKEOUT GAMES THIS YEAR

  • The Boilermakers have posted their 14 double-figure strikeout games, already the program’s most since at least 2005, against nine different opponents. They had 30-plus strikeouts in series against both NJIT (37) and Jacksonville State (32). They likely would have reached that the 30-K mark against Penn State (28 over two games) as well had the final game of the series not been canceled.
  • Eight different pitchers have led the team in strikeouts during one of Purdue’s 10-K games this year. Andrew Bohm has led the way a team-high five times. Austin Peterson, Trent Johnson and Conner Tomasic have all posted team-high totals as relievers.

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL PREVIEW: Irish Continue Homestand Against No. 21 North Carolina

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes another ranked conference foe to Frank Eck Stadium with the No. 21 North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels will be the fourth ranked opponent the Irish have faced since conference play started one month ago. The three-game series is set to begin Friday night with first pitch at 6 p.m. ET and all three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
Know the Opponent: North Carolina

North Carolina will travel to Notre Dame in mid-April coming off a College World Series appearance last season. The Tar Heels finished sixth and defeated eventual national champion Oregon State in their first game in Omaha.

The Irish hold a 5-4 advantage over North Carolina and it will be the Tar Heels first trip to Frank Eck Stadium in four years.

Back in 2015, the Irish swept the 20th-ranked Tar Heels in a three-game series. The Irish clinched the sweep in the final game after a Kyle Richardson hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

The Tar Heels enter this weekend’s series ranked No. 21 and hold a 25-9 record and 8-7 in the ACC.

The Irish already have four wins over ranked opponents this season, all coming in conference play (No. 12 Clemson twice, No. 19 Florida State, No. 29 Georgia Tech).

Kavadas Continues Hot Streak at the Plate

Over the past 10 games, Niko Kavadas has been red hot at the plate for the Irish.

He is 14-for-35 (.400) and has recorded a hit in nine of the previous 10 games, including four multi-hit games.

He has hit four home runs and tallied 15 RBI in that span, both of which were team highs over the past 10 games.

Kavadas holds the team lead with 31 RBI and 10 home runs. The 10 home runs currently ranks third in the ACC and ties Eric Gilgenbach and Matt Vierling for the team-high total from the 2018 season.

Kavadas has raised his batting average from .190 to .254 over the recent 10-game stretch.

Myers Shines in Leadoff Spot

Spencer Myers has been in the leadoff spot all season for the Irish and has had a knack to get on base and advance into scoring position quickly.

He leads the team in multiple categories including runs (28), hits (36), batting average (.308), and on-base percentage (.409) and is a perfect 13-for-13 on the base paths this season.

In his last five games, he has had four multi-hit games and has tied a career high with three hits three times over that span.

In total, Myers is 11-for-24 (.458) and has tallied five runs and three steals.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL PREVIEW:

BASE: Ohio State and No. 24 Michigan Square Off in Columbus this Weekend

Buckeyes (18-16, 2-4 B1G) and Wolverines (23-9, 4-1 B1G) begin series at 6:35 p.m. ET Friday at Bill Davis Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts conference-rival and No. 24 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opens at 6:35 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. The two teams conclude the weekend at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes (18-16, 2-4 B1G) are coming off back-to-back midweek wins against Ohio and Dayton, while the Wolverines (23-9, 4-1 B1G) travel to Columbus after splitting a pair of midweek contests vs Indiana State at home in Ann Arbor.

ON THE MOUND

Friday: RHP Garrett Burhenn (4-1, 3.04 ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Henry (6-2, 1.67 ERA)

Saturday: LHP Seth Lonsway (4-3, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP Karl Kauffmann (5-2, 2.29 ERA)

Sunday: LHP Griffan Smith (3-1, 4.12 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Criswell (2-1, 3.46 ERA)

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State is 18-16 overall and 2-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State defeated Ohio, 10-8, in a comeback win Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens. The Scarlet and Gray then defeated Dayton, 4-2, at home on Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium
  • The Buckeyes currently sit in ninth place in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are at the top of the league standings with a 4-1 mark.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 279-219-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 522-421-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State is hitting .270 as a team and leads the conference with 314 hits. The Buckeyes rank third in runs scored (189), slugging (.405) and RBI (174).
  • Brady Cherry leads the team with a .336 average, while Dominic Canzone is batting .331. Cherry and Canzone have each sprayed 45 hits this spring, which is the most in the conference. Canzone also is the conference leader with 36 runs scored.
  • Canzone is currently on career-high 30-game reached base streak. It is the longest reached base streak by a Buckeye in three years.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for 4.65 ERA with 281 strikeouts in 306.0 innings of work.
  • Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway each have four victories on the year. Lonsway has 57 strikeouts, which is fourth-most in the conference. Andrew Magno has five saves in 2019.
  • Beals holds a 12-4 mark against the Maize and Blue as head coach of the Buckeyes, including a 6-0 record at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The 2019 Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from the 2019 NCAA Tournament team that finished with a 36-24 overall record. Key players returning include 2018 second team All-Big ten honoree Dominic Canzone, third team selection Conner Pohl and 2018 All-Big Ten Freshman standout Dillon Dingler.
  • The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.
  • Canzone, Pohl and Dingler were each named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List. Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten.

23RD SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM

Ohio State is 370-195 all-time at Bill Davis for a fine .655 winning percentage. Ohio State is 187-119 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN

The Wolverines rank No. 24 this week by Baseball America and have won eight of their last 10 games. Michigan is the Big Ten leader in batting average (.294), slugging (.478), on-base percentage (.392) and doubles (66). On the mound, the Wolverines rank first in the conference in ERA (2.71) and opposing batting average (.204). Jordan Brewer is hitting .355 with 10 doubles, nine homers and 33 RBI. He also is 12-for-16 in stolen bases. On the bump, Tommy Henry is 6-2 with a 1.67 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 54.0 innings of work. Willie Weiss has six saves on the year.

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN

Michigan leads the all-time series, 165-105-1 all-time vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last nine games against Michigan. In the last meeting, Ohio State eliminated the Wolverines at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb., with a 5-3 victory at TD Ameritrade Park. Head coach Greg Beals holds a 12-4 mark against the Maize and Blue, including a 6-0 record at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes swept the Wolverines in three-game home conference series during the 2011 and 2016 campaigns.

BUCKEYES VS. THE WOLVERINES

Dominic Canzone is hitting .600 (6-for-10) with a double, RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in three starts vs. Michigan. Dillon Dingler has a .500 average (2-for-4) with a double and Kobie Foppe is hitting .400 (2-for-5) with a run scored and one RBI in one start vs. the Maize and Blue.

HISTORIC PROGRAMS

Two of the top historic teams in the country will be meeting on the diamond this weekend. Consider the following:

  • A combined 50 Big ten titles (36 percent of all-time championships in the Big Ten)
  • A combined 18 Big Ten tournament titles (nine each) since 1981
  • A combined 5,540 wins (both teams rank in the Top 50 in the nation in win percentage)
  • A combined 44 NCAA Tournament appearances and a combined three national titles

 

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY APRIL 12, 1954

AUGUSTA, Ga.-Sam Snead beat the champion today to win the Masters golf title for the third time. In the eighteen-hole playoff, necessitated because he and Ben Hogan deadlocked after seventy-two holes at 289, Sam was the winner, 70 to 71. “Those two players are the two finest golfers in the world and that is a statement you can prove,” commented Bob Jones, president of the Augusta National Golf Club where the extra-round test decided the tourney’s eighteenth winner.

Some 6,500 were in attendance on a warm, sunny day as Snead overcame a putting lapse that had marred his rounds during the tournament proper. The long-hitting White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., professional had thirty-two putts during the round. He didn’t need any at the tenth, where he chipped in from the back of the green for a birdie 3. This shot of approximately sixty-five feet came at a crucial time. Hogan and Snead had played the first nine on an even basis, since both were out in 35, one under par. The spectacular chip put Snead ahead. Earlier, Hogan, seeking to retain his Masters crown, had taken the lead at the fourth where Snead three-putted. Then Sam drew even at the sixth where he dropped a seven-footer for a deuce.

Hogan came back, however, at the twelfth with a par 3, where a bogey by Snead made them all square in strokes once more. However, the thirteenth the azalea hole had proved so vital throughout the first four rounds, once more became a turning point. Snead was able to bag a birdie 4 at the thirteenth, while Hogan, the British and United States Open champion, played safe and took a par 5. After Hogan used a No. 4 iron and played short of the creek on this 470-yard hole, Snead walloped a No. 2 iron that flew the ball over the ditch and onto the green. Sam’s resulting birdie 4 to Ben’s 5 gave him a lead he never relinquished. Three holes later, Hogan, regarded as one of the steadiest putters in the game, failed to sink a three-footer for a par 3.

Hogan was meeting Snead for the first time since the Los Angeles Open playoff of 1950, which was Ben’s first tournament following his almost fatal automobile crash of 1949. Hogan today tried desperately to beat Snead. When he didn’t, he smiled and said, “I met Sam in 1950 and the outcome was the same as it was today. I’m a little younger than Sam (Hogan and Snead were both born in 1912, but Hogan is three months younger) and if I keep trying, maybe I’m going to win against him.”

ALSO

1858 – First US billiards championship is held in Detroit, Michigan (Michael J Phelan wins).

1877 – Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game.

1905 – Hippodrome arena opens (New York City, New York).

1909 – Philadelphia’s Shibe Park for baseball opens.

1930 – 4th Test Cricket: West Indies versus England ends in a draw after nine days.

1930 – Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days.

1931 – Joe McCarthy debuts as New York Yankees’ manager.

1938 – NHL Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, three games to one.

1940 – NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards.

1941 – NHL Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in four games.

1942 – 9th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280.

1952 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament.

1953 – 17th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274.

1953 – Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston, Massachusetts.

1954 – 18th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead beats Ben Hogan to win his third Masters tournament, shooting a 289.

1954 – 8th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3.

1955 – First Major League Baseball game in Kansas City; Kansas City Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2.

1957 – Jim Spalding sets a 2088-pin nine-game bowling record.

1958 – 12th NBA Championship: Saint Louis Hawks beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2.

1959 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.

1960 – Bill Veeck and Chicago Comiskey Park debut the “Exploding Scoreboard”.

1961 – Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner.

1964 – 28th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276.

1964 – Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies’ Golf Open Invitational.

1965 – First National League game at Houston’s Astrodome (Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros 2-0).

1966 – Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pittsburgh Pirates beat Atlanta Braves 3-2.

1970 – New York Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.

1972 – The Players’ Association and owners agree to terms ending the first players strike in baseball history.

1976 – India set 403 to win by West Indies; they get them, six wickets 7 overs spare.

1980 – Milwaukee Brewers beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper and Money hit grand slams).

1980 – US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympic games.

1981 – 45th Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280.

1981 – Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic.

1986 – 16-year-old Steffi Graf wins her first professional tennis tournament. (Hilton Head).

1987 – 51st Golf Masters Championship: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285.

1987 – Ahmed Salah wins second World Cup marathon (2:10:55).

1987 – Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic.

1988 – Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

1988 – New Jersey Devils 4-2 over New York Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in first round.

1992 – Second lowest NBA scoring game – Detroit Pistons 72, New York Knicks 61.

1992 – 53rd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins.

1992 – 56th Golf Masters Championship; Fred Couples wins, shooting a 275.

1992 – Matt Young no-hits Cleveland Indians, but loses 2-1.

1992 – New York Mets lose first three home games for first time since 1962.

1998 – 62nd Golf Masters Championship: Mark O’Meara wins.

2004 – Barry Bonds hit his 660th career homerun, tying his godfather, Willie Mays for third on the all-time homerun list. The 72-year old Mays greets Bonds at home plate with an $18,000 torch studded with diamonds forming the numbers 660, 25 (Barry’s number), and 1, the number to needed move ahead.

2007 – In the USA, Don Imus is fired by CBS for making controversial comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

2009 – Women’s world hockey championships in Hameenlinna, Finland won by United States defeating Canada 4-1.

2009 – Angel Cabrera becomes the first Argentine to win the Augusta National Masters golf tournament.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906      At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Boston Beaneater rookie Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 23 year-old outfielder connects off Harry McIntire in the top of the second inning in the team’s 2-0 Opening Day victory over the Superbas.

1909      The 61-year history of Shibe Park begins with the A’s defeating the Red Sox, 8-1. The Philadelphia stadium, which will be renamed to honor Connie Mack in 1953, is the first concrete and steel ballpark in major league history.

1916      Due to a salary dispute with Joe Lannin, the Red Sox president, the trades Tris Speaker to the Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and approximately $50,000. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will spend half of his Hall of Fame career in Cleveland, compiling a .354 batting average during his 11 seasons playing for the Tribe after playing nine outstanding seasons in Boston.

1916      The Giants start the season on the road with a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl. The game marks the debut of New York’s new purple plaid uniforms, fortunately, a trend that will last only a year.

1931      Former Cubs pilot Joe McCarthy makes his debut as Yankee manager, beating Boston at the Bronx ballpark, 6-3. The future Hall of Fame manager, who is the team’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 1460, guides the club to eight pennants and seven World Championships during his 16-year tenure in the Bronx.

1935      Lou Gehrig is named as the fifth captain in Yankee history. The 33 year-old first baseman joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-1921), Babe Ruth (six days in 1922), and Everett Scott (1922-1925) to receive the honor as a player. (Our thanks to Howard W. Rosenberg of www.capanson.com for calling our attention to the correct date for this entry, which is commonly mistaken for April 21).

1953      During a preseason exhibition game in Brooklyn, the Ebbets Field public address announcer informs the crowd, including the new dad as he approaches home plate to bat, “Mickey doesn’t know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.” Mickey Mantle Jr., whose given middle name is Elven in memory of the Yankee slugger’s recently deceased dad, is the first of four children, all sons, with his wife, Merlyn.

1955      Pinch-hitting for Warren Spahn, Chuck Tanner, who becomes better known for his managerial skills, hits a home run for the Braves on the first pitch of his first major league at-bat. The 26 year-old outfielder’s eighth-inning round-tripper off Gerry Staley ties the score in Milwaukee’s eventual 4-2 victory over Cincinnati at County Stadium.

1955      At Municipal Stadium, the recently arrived Athletics beat the Tigers, 6-2, in their first game in Kansas City. At first, the franchise’s shift from Philadelphia will be warmly received by the Missouri fans as the A’s draw 1,393,054 patrons to the ballpark in their first season, second only to the Yankees in American League attendance.

1960      In the first game ever played at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, after Vice President Richard Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch, Giants’ starter Sam Jones three-hits the Cardinals, 3-1. During the third inning, the foul poles are discovered to be located entirely in fair territory, leading to a protest made by the umpires.

1960      The Indians trade Norm Cash to the Tigers in exchange for Steve Demeter. The Tribe, who acquired Cash in an off-season deal with the White Sox, will regret the move as they give away a future American League batting champ for someone who will play only four games with the franchise.

1962      In front of 40,000 fans, the expansion Mets are honored with a ticker-tape parade up lower Broadway. The players, wearing their brand new home uniforms, along with broadcasters and other officials ride in open convertibles, throwing plastic baseballs to the enthusiastic crowd as they drive by.

1962      Pete Richert, making his major league debut, comes out of the bullpen and strikes out the first six batter he faces, a major league record. The rookie southpaw fans four in the third inning in LA’s 11-7 comeback victory over the Reds at Dodger Stadium.

1965      In Cincinnati, Joe Torre hits two home runs in Milwaukee’s 4-2 Opening Day victory at Crosley Field. Next season on the same date, the Braves catcher will do it again, joining teammate Eddie Mathews as the only major leaguers to have hit two round-trippers twice in games played on Opening Day.

1965      At the Astrodome, the Astros lose the first regular season indoor game to the Phillies 2-0. Houston third baseman Bob Aspromonte, who collected the first Houston hit in Colt Stadium in 1962, also gets the first hit in the Astrodome, and Dick Allen of the Phillies blasts the first National League homer in the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’

1965      The A’s mascot Charlie-O the Mule, chosen to highlight the role the Missouri mules played in Allies victory in World War I by lugging ammunition and supplies through the mud and snow of France, makes his debut on Opening Night at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, Warren Hearnes, the governor of Missouri, presents the 1,400-pound animal to team owner Charlie O.Finley, who rides his namesake much to the delight of the 18,109 fans attending the game against the Tigers.

1966      The first major league game played in Atlanta goes overtime when Pittsburgh beats the hometown Braves, 3-2. With the game deadlocked at 1-1 in the top of the thirteenth inning, starter Tony Cloninger, who will go the distance, gives up a two-run homer to Willie Stargell.

1966      On Opening Day, Jim Lonborg’s 13th-inning balk plates Bob Johnson with the deciding run in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory. The Red Sox reliever miscue on the mound occurs with two outs and the bases loaded at Fenway Park.

1967      On Opening Day at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Red Sox draw only 8,324 to watch the team beat Chicago, 5-4. The eventual American League champs finished last season in ninth place with a 72-90 record.

1972      The first players strike in baseball history ends when the owners agree to the addition of salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as to a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments. The owners will cancel the 86 games missed during the 13-day strike, refusing to compensate the players for the time they lost during the work stoppage.

1976      The game against the Padres is rained out at Dodger Stadium for only the second time in the 14-year history of the ballpark. The washout ends a streak started in April 1967, covering a span of 724 straight contests, with subsequent postponements coming much sooner when inclement weather cancels two consecutive home dates in September.

1988      Cal Ripken Sr. is replaced by Frank Robinson as the Orioles’ manager after the team gets off to a 0-6 start. The new skipper, who has previously managed the Indians and Giants, will be winless in his first 15 games in the Baltimore dugout.

1988      Bobby Witt ties an American League record, committing four balks in the Rangers’ 4-1 loss in Detroit. The major league record for the most balks in one game is five, established in 1963 by Braves’ right-hander Bob Shaw, which included three in the third inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

1990      Brett Butler walks five times in the Giants’ 13-4 win over the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The speedy outfielder will score four times after being issued a free pass.

1992      In a doubleheader at Cleveland, the Indians are no-hit by Red Sox hurler Matt Young in the first game but win, 2-1, and in the nightcap, the Tribe gets only two safeties off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a twin bill.

1993      Barry Bonds, who signed a six-year, $43 million deal as a free agent, the richest contract in baseball history, delights the crowd of 56,689 at Candlestick Park by homering in his first at-bat in front of the hometown fans. The clean-up hitter’s second-inning drive to deep right field off Mike Hammond proves to be the difference in San Francisco’s 4-3 extra-inning victory over Florida.

1994      Scott Cooper hits for the cycle and drives in five runs, helping the Red Sox to rout the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, 22-11. The third baseman’s fifth-inning triple is the result of being thrown out at the plate trying to stretch the three-bagger into an inside-the-park home run.

2001      The Blue Jays postpone the game against the Royals when SkyDome’s retractable dome gets jammed during a routine test opening, sending chunks of the roof, some as big as eight feet by six feet, crashing onto the field below. The gaping hole in the dome is clearly visible from the outside of the ballpark, making the damage easy to spot by the city’s commuters on a nearby expressway.

2001      The combat-ready Padres, wearing camouflage jerseys and green caps, finally win the battle against the Giants, after five consecutive losses to the black and orange, 8-3. San Diego donned the uniforms to honor the area’s significant military population.

2002      In their first sellout since winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins, beat the Tigers in the home opener, 4-2, in front of 48,244 loud and enthusiastic fans at the Metrodome. The MLB had considered eliminating the Minnesota franchise under its contraction plan proposed during the off-season.

2002      Barry Bonds, with his 574th career round-tripper, passes former Twin first baseman Harmon Killebrew on the all-time home run list. The Giants’ left fielder hit his milestone homer, which ranks him sixth overall, in the first inning off Nelson Figueroa in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.

2003      Fenway’s Green Monster, the left field wall in the major league’s smallest park, has a new look. In the place of a net that was used to collect home runs balls that cleared the wall, the fans now occupy the space, sitting 310 feet away and 40 feet above the field, as they watch Red Sox right-hander Pedro Martinez give up ten runs in 4.1 innings in a 13-6 loss to the Orioles.

2003      With a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, the Royals set a franchise record for victories at the start of the season, winning their ninth consecutive game since Opening Day. In 1977, Kansas City won 16 straight from August 31 through September 15 for overall team’s mark for consecutive wins.

2004      At the Giants’ home opener at SBC Park, the torch is passed both literally and figuratively as Barry Bonds hit his 660th career homer to tie his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time home run list. The 72 year-old Hall of Famer Mays greets his godson at home plate with a torch studded with $18,000 of diamonds forming the numbers 660, 25, which is Barry’s number, and 1, the number to needed move ahead.

2004      In front of a sellout crowd of 41,626 fans, the Phillies play their first game in their $458 million Pattison Avenue ballpark. On a cloudy day, the Citizens Bank Park history begins with a 4-1 loss to the Reds with right fielder Bobby Abreu hitting the park’s first homer, accounting for Philadelphia’s only run.

2004      A ten-foot bronze statue of Richie Ashburn is unveiled at Citizens Bank Park, the new home of the Phillies. Zenos Frudakis’s work of the five-time All-Star, located behind centerfield in Ashburn Alley, which features the team’s Walk of Fame.

Richie Ashburn

2006      Twenty-two year-old college senior Jeffrey Maier hits a third-inning two-bagger against Bates to become the all-time career hits leader at Wesleyan, with 169, surpassing the 2003 mark set by Bill Robinson. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound third baseman gained national notoriety a decade ago as a 12 year-old young fan when he leaned over the Yankee Stadium fence to catch Derek Jeter’s fly ball ‘homer’, which prevented Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco from catching the ball during the 1996 ALCS.

2008      The Charleston RiverDogs, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Yankees, commemorate the first visit of Benedict XVI to the United States with a Pope on a Rope Night promotion. The first 1,000 fans attending the South Atlantic League game against Rome at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park receive a soap figurine which bears a likeness of the Holy Father.

2009      With runners taking off from first and second base, Pirates’ shortstop Jack Wilson Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s turns soft liner into a triple play. The triple killing is the Bucs’ first since 1993, and the team’s first on the road in 41 years.

2009      A pair of tickets for the Mets home opener at Citi Field, with a face value of $525 apiece, is auctioned off for $7,500 on eBay. The ducats were owned by Bernard Madoff, who is in jail after pleading guilty last month to defrauding investors, including Mets owner Fred Wilpon, in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

2010      On an unusually warm spring day, the hometown Twins beat Boston, 5-2, in the first regular-season game played at Target Field. Minnesota DH Jason Kubel hits the ballpark’s first home run; a seventh-inning shot into the right-field seats.

2010      With 9,129 fans in attendance, the smallest crowd in the 19-year history of the ballpark, the Orioles lose to Tampa Bay at Camden Yards, 5-1. The club, off to a 1-6 start in the new season, has scored only three runs in their last three games.

2011      The Rakuten Eagles, unable to use their stadium due to the extensive damage caused by last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami, beat the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field, 6-4, in Japan’s Pacific League opener. The crowd of 22,525 attending the game are not disturbed feeling an aftershock at the ballpark caused by an earthquake in Chiba earlier in the day.

2012      Paulo Orlando becomes the first major leaguer to have each of his first three career hits be a triple when he bangs out his second three-bagger in the Royals’ 9-2 victory over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Three days ago, the 29 year-old rookie outfielder also legged out a three-bag base hit off White Sox left-hander John Danks, after being walked in his big-league debut at the plate.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1911 – Birth of Geoff Chubb; cricket player (South Africa pace bowler versus England 1951-52 aged 40).

1917 – Birth of M Marie Widlow in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957).

1917 – Birth of Vinoo Mankad; cricket player (India’s greatest all-rounder to his time).

1937 – Birth of Raymond Ceulemans; Belgian world champion billiards player.

1948 – Birth of Raphick Jumadeen; cricket player (West Indies slow left-armer of the 1970s).

1950 – Birth of Tom Werner; owner (San Diego Padres), producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show).

1952 – Birth of Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua; featherweight boxer (1974 champion).

1954 – Birth of Marvin Johnson; American middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-1972).

1959 – Birth of Pascal Barré in France; sprint relay team/twin brother of Patrick (Olympics-bronze-1980).

1959 – Birth of Patrick Barré in France; sprint relay team/twin brother of Pascal (Olympics-bronze-1980).

1961 – Birth of Julius Kariuki in Kenya; 3000m steeplechaser (Olympics-gold-1988).

1964 – Birth of Mike Macfarlane in Stockton, California, USA; catcher (Kansas City Royals).

1965 – Birth of Elaine Zayak in New Jersey, USA; figure skater (Olympics-6th-1984).

1966 – Birth of Jeffrey Hunter; WLAF defensive end (London Monarchs).

1966 – Birth of Lorenzo White; NFL running back (Cleveland Browns).

1966 – Birth of Theo Blanco; WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals).

1967 – Birth of Bobby Abrams; NFL outside linebacker (New England Patriots).

1967 – Birth of Donna Andrews in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA; LPGA golfer (1994 Nabisco Dinah Shore).

1967 – Birth of Kirk Everist in Houston, Texas, USA; water polo driver (Olympics-1996).

1968 – Birth of Adam Graves in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; NHL left wing (New York Rangers).

1968 – Birth of Neal Fort; Canadian Football League tackle (Montreal Alouettes).

1969 – Birth of Michael Jackson; NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens).

1970 – Birth of Patrick Brugnoli; hockey forward (Team Italy 1998).

1971 – Birth of Kent Manderville in Edmonton, Alberta, USA; NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers).

1971 – Birth of Tyrone Chatman; Canadian Football League linebacker (British Columbia Lions).

1973 – Birth of Antonio Osuna in Sinaloa, México; pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers).

1974 – Birth of Kabir Khan; cricket player (Pakistani slow left-armer 1994-).

1974 – Birth of Roman Hamrlik in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia; NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning, Olympics-gold-1998).

1975 – Birth of Marcie Alberts; WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers).