MASTERS LEADERBOARD DAY 2

1 Adam Scott Australia -7 69 68 137
2 Francesco Molinari Italy -7 70 67 137
2 Louis Oosthuizen South Africa -7 71 66 137
2 Jason Day Australia -7 70 67 137
2 Brooks Koepka USA -7 66 71 137
6 Tiger Woods USA -6 70 68 138
6 Dustin Johnson USA -6 68 70 138
6 Justin Harding South Africa -6 69 69 138
6 Xander Schauffele USA -6 73 65 138
10 Ian Poulter England -5 68 71 139
10 Jon Rahm Spain -5 69 70 139
12 Phil Mickelson USA -4 67 73 140
12 Matt Kuchar USA -4 71 69 140
12 Charles Howell III USA -4 73 67 140
12 Patton Kizzire USA -4 70 70 140
16 Rickie Fowler USA -3 70 71 141
16 Gary Woodland USA -3 70 71 141
16 Kiradech Aphibarnrat Thailand -3 69 72 141
16 Tony Finau USA -3 71 70 141
16 Justin Thomas USA -3 73 68 141
16 Corey Conners Canada -3 70 71 141
16 Bryson DeChambeau USA -3 66 75 141
23 Charley Hoffman USA -2 71 71 142
23 J.B. Holmes USA -2 70 72 142
23 Thorbjørn Olesen Denmark -2 71 71 142
23 Tommy Fleetwood England -2 71 71 142
23 Kevin Kisner USA -2 69 73 142
23 Lucas Bjerregaard Denmark -2 70 72 142
29 Bernhard Langer Germany -1 71 72 143
29 Webb Simpson USA -1 72 71 143
29 Jordan Spieth USA -1 75 68 143
29 Rafa Cabrera Bello Spain -1 73 70 143
29 Patrick Reed USA -1 73 70 143
29 Kevin Tway USA -1 72 71 143
29 Viktor Hovland Norway -1 72 71 143
36 Kevin Na USA Par 71 73 144
36 Marc Leishman Australia Par 72 72 144
36 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland Par 73 71 144
36 Bubba Watson USA Par 72 72 144
36 Jimmy Walker USA Par 72 72 144
36 Kyle Stanley USA Par 72 72 144
36 Keegan Bradley USA Par 76 68 144
36 Cameron Smith Australia Par 70 74 144
36 Si Woo Kim South Korea Par 72 72 144
36 Alvaro Ortiz Mexico Par 73 71 144
46 Hideki Matsuyama Japan +1 75 70 145
46 Satoshi Kodaira Japan +1 75 70 145
46 Matthew Fitzpatrick England +1 78 67 145
46 Andrew Landry USA +1 72 73 145
50 Trevor Immelman South Africa +2 74 72 146
50 Henrik Stenson Sweden +2 74 72 146
50 Tyrrell Hatton England +2 73 73 146
50 HaoTong Li China +2 72 74 146
50 Patrick Cantlay USA +2 73 73 146
50 Keith Mitchell USA +2 72 74 146
50 Aaron Wise USA +2 75 71 146
57 Zach Johnson USA +3 74 73 147
57 Martin Kaymer Germany +3 73 74 147
57 Billy Horschel USA +3 72 75 147
57 Alex Noren Sweden +3 75 72 147
57 Branden Grace South Africa +3 72 75 147
57 Emiliano Grillo Argentina +3 72 75 147
57 Eddie Pepperell England +3 74 73 147
57 Takumi Kanaya Japan +3 73 74 147
57 Devon Bling USA +3 74 73 147
66 Mike Weir Canada +4 72 76 148
66 Sergio Garcia Spain +4 73 75 148
66 Stewart Cink USA +4 76 72 148
66 Sandy Lyle Scotland +4 73 75 148
66 Justin Rose England +4 75 73 148
66 Danny Willett England +4 75 73 148
66 Kevin O’Connell USA +4 77 71 148
73 Fred Couples USA +5 78 71 149
73 Charl Schwartzel South Africa +5 77 72 149
73 Brandt Snedeker USA +5 75 74 149
73 Adam Long USA +5 75 74 149
77 Shugo Imahira Japan +6 76 74 150
78 Larry Mize USA +7 77 74 151
78 Shane Lowry Republic of Ireland +7 78 73 151
80 Matt Wallace England +8 75 77 152
80 Jovan Rebula South Africa +8 73 79 152
82 Paul Casey England +10 81 73 154
82 Michael Kim USA +10 76 78 154
84 Vijay Singh Fiji +12 80 76 156
84 Ian Woosnam Wales +12 80 76 156
86 Angel Cabrera Argentina +13 82 75 157
86 José Maria Olazabal Spain +13 78 79 157

 

 

Masters 2019: Tee times for Saturday, Round 3 TV schedule, how to watch live

Saturday, April 13           3-7 p.m. ET         CBS/fuboTV

Saturday, Round 3

Tee time (ET)     Pairings

9:05 a.m.            Eddie Pepperell

9:15 a.m.            Emiliano Grillo, Branden Grace

9:25 a.m.            Zach Johnson, Takumi Kanaya

9:35 a.m.            Alex Noren, Billy Horschel

9:45 a.m.            Martin Kaymer, Devon Bling

9:55 a.m.            Henrik Stenson, Haotong Li

10:05 a.m.          Keith Mitchell, Aaron Wise

10:15 a.m.          Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay

10:25 a.m.          Hideki Matsuyama, Trevor Immelman

10:35 a.m.          Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry

10:45 a.m.          Cameron Smith, Matthew Fitzpatrick

11:05 a.m.          Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy

11:15 a.m.          Si Woo Kim, Kyle Stanley

11:25 a.m.          Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson

11:35 a.m.          Kevin Na, Alvaro Ortiz

11:45 a.m.          Viktor Hovland, Jimmy Walker

11:55 a.m.          Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson

12:05 p.m.          Jordan Spieth, Kevin Tway

12:15 p.m.          Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

12:25 p.m.          Charley Hoffman, Tommy Fleetwood

12:35 p.m.          J.B. Holmes, Lucas Bjerregaard

12:45 p.m.          Thorbjorn Olesen, Kevin Kisner

1:05 p.m.            Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler

1:15 p.m.            Corey Conners, Tony Finau

1:25 p.m.            Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas

1:35 p.m.            Charles Howell III, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

1:45 p.m.            Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson

1:55 p.m.            Jon Rahm, Patton Kizzire

2:05 p.m.            Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter

2:15 p.m.            Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele

2:25 p.m.            Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson

2:35 p.m.            Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott

2:45 p.m.            Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs 5 LA Angels 1

Chicago White Sox 9 NY Yankees 6

Tampa Bay 11 Toronto 7

Boston 6 Baltimore 4

Oakland 8 Texas 6

Detroit at Minnesota postponed

Kansas City 8 Cleveland 1

Houston 10 Seattle 6

Pittsburgh 6 Washington 3 (10)

Philadelphia 9 Miami 1

NY Mets 6 Atlanta 2

San Diego 2 Arizona 1

Milwaukee 8 LA Dodgers 5

San Francisco 3 Colorado 2 (18)

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 Charlotte 2

Dayton 10 Lake County 3

Bowling Green 5 Fort Wayne 2

Lansing 5 South Bend 4

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Columbus 5 Tampa Bay 1

NY Islanders 3 Pittsburgh 1

St. Louis 4 Winnipeg 3

Vegas 5 San Jose 3

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago 1 Vancouver 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Logansport 7 West Lafayette 2

Twin Lakes 11 McCutcheon 5

SATURDAY

New Castle at Richmond

Lafayette Jeff at North Montgomery

Kokomo at Hamilton Southeastern

Logansport at Avon

Marion at Peru

Winchester at Union City

Tri at Lincoln

Jay County at Centerville (now 11am start)

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock

Hagerstown at Monroe Central

Northeastern at Wapahani

Franklin County at Union County

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

McCutcheon 7 Twin Lakes 5

Lafayette Jeff 24 Indianapolis Pike 2

Leo 2 Kokomo 1

Shenandoah at Seton postponed

Tri 11 Eastern Hancock 4

Saturday

Richmond Invitational

Hagerstown at Richmond

Logansport at Hammond Noll

Fort Wayne South at Marion

Crown Point at Harrison

Indianapolis Tech at Lafayette Jeff

Kokomo at South Bend St. Joseph

South Bend Clay at Logansport

Munster at Kokomo

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

Richmond 3 Indy Tech 0…(Tech played only three positions)

 

IU EAST TRACK

(IU EAST RELEASE)

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Indiana University East track and field teams participated in the opening day of the Ball State University Challenge on April 12.

The Red Wolves had a pair of athletes record PRs during the limited schedule of events.

Zach Barkdull in men’s 5,000 meters (16:50.63).

Mara Wetzel in women’s 5,000 meters (Time unavailable).

The Red Wolves finish the Ball State Challenge on April 13. Saturday’s start time is 10 a.m. The first event for IU East is the men’s 400-meter relay at noon.

 

 COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

Little Rock 8 #25 Coastal Carolina 5

Little Rock 14 #25 Coastal Carolina 0

#19 TCU 5 Seton Hall 1

#19 TCU 8 Seton Hall 6

Boston College 9 #17 Georgia Tech 2

#21 North Carolina 10 Notre Dame 1

Florida State 6 #16 Clemson 2

#23 UC Santa Barbara 4 #18 UC Irvine 1

Tennessee 3 #2 Georgia 0

#20 Louisville at #3 North Carolina State postponed

#6 Mississippi State 6 Alabama 0

 West Virginia 2#15 Texas Tech 0

#10 Texas A&M 4 #22 Auburn 0

#11 Ole Miss 8 Kentucky 2

Oklahoma 7 #24 Baylor 5

Kansas State 6 #14 Texas 4

#9 LSU 12 Missouri 11 (10)

#7 Vanderbilt 3 #12 Arkansas 2

#1 UCLA 7 #8 E. Carolina 5

#13 Arizona State 4 #4 Oregon State 1

#5 Stanford 8 Washington 2

ELSEWHERE

Indiana 5 Evansville 0

Central Florida 15 Cincinnati 0

Richmond 17 Dayton 5

Xavier 11 St. John’s 8

Creighton 8 Butler 7 (10)

Rutgers 4 Michigan State 2

Ohio State 10 Michigan 5

Nebraska 3 Penn State 2

Maryland 13 Northwestern 8

Iowa 10 Purdue 3

Illinois at Minnesota postponed

Marshall 8 Western Kentucky 2

Wright State 6 Oakland 2

Illinois Chicago 16 Northern Kentucky 2

Ball State 3 Eastern Michigan 2

Miami Ohio 12 Bowling Green 4

Western Michigan 9 Northern Illinois 4

Kent State 10 Central Michigan 4

Indiana State 13 Valparaiso 7

Western Illinois 14 Purdue Fort Wayne 4

Ohio 16 Toledo 5

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Ohio 9 Akron 4

Louisville 9 Boston College 2

Buffalo 11 Bowling Green 9

IUPUI 11 Oakland 3

Indiana 8 Maryland 0

Southern Illinois 5 Indiana State 1

Illinois 12 Iowa 1

Kent State 3 Miami Ohio 0

Northwestern 4 Wisconsin 1

Michigan 10 Ohio State 3

Rutgers 6 Penn State 1

Purdue 9 Nebraska 4

Ball State 7 Western Michigan 5

Youngstown State 3 Cleveland State 0

  

TOP HEADLINES

Tiger makes a Masters logjam look even larger

Tiger Woods made the largest logjam in Masters history look even bigger by making Augusta National sound as loud as ever.

Even on a Friday, in the rain.

Golf’s best worked their way to the top of the leaderboard at a Masters pregnant with possibilities. The first five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes at Augusta featured Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.

All of them are major champions. Three have been No. 1 in the world.

Looming just as large was Woods, who atoned for missing two birdie chances inside 8 feet on the back nine with consecutive birdie putts from 30 feet that sent him to a 68 and left him one shot behind.

Woods was tied with Dustin Johnson, another major champion and world No. 1, along with Xander Schauffele and Masters newcomer Justin Harding of South Africa.

If that’s not enough, Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas were very much in the mix.

Woods has gone 14 years since he last won the green jacket, 11 years since his last major and had five surgeries – four on his back, the other to rebuild his left knee.

But he feels he’s getting closer.

“The last three majors, I’ve been right there,” Woods said.

He briefly held the lead Sunday in the British Open. He chased Koepka to the finish line in the PGA Championship. And now he goes into the weekend one shot behind, the closest he has been to a lead going into the weekend at a major since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.

 

Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Pelinka called Walton leaving a mutual decision.

The former Lakers forward went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time NBA champions. The former Golden State assistant never led the Lakers to the playoffs, not even after the arrival of LeBron James last summer.

Walton leaves three days after the Lakers’ final game of their 37-45 season was upstaged by the shocking pregame resignation of Johnson, who inherited Walton when he took over the Lakers’ front office in February 2017. Johnson attributed his decision in part to his desire and reluctance to fire Walton, who is close to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

A potential power struggle instead ended with both men out of their jobs after this wild week. Pelinka, who was hired along with Johnson, announced the move in a possible sign of the increased organizational power of Kobe Bryant’s former agent.

“I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers,” Walton said in a statement issued by the Lakers. “This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family.”

Walton joined the Lakers with fanfare in 2016 after his successful tenure alongside coach Steve Kerr with the powerhouse Warriors. Walton stepped in as Golden State’s interim coach when Kerr was sidelined by health issues to start the 2015-16 season, and he led the Warriors to a 24-0 start and a 39-4 record before Kerr returned to the bench.

 

Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future

The Cavaliers aren’t chasing a championship this spring. They’re pursuing a coach.

This time, methodically.

No longer NBA title contenders, Cleveland is in the initial stages of an expansive, open-minded search general manager Koby Altman hopes will lead to finding the right coach for his young team, which is coming off a 63-loss season.

“We have to preach patience and we have to continue to grow this thing and we have to find a leader that’s obsessed with that process of growing,” Altman said Friday while outlining the type of candidates he’ll interview. “We’re tasked with doing that. We’re excited about the next steps. We’re done in April for the first time in four years, so we have a lot of time.”

At this time a year ago, the Cavs were preparing to make another deep playoff run. They made the Finals for the fourth straight year, but fell short in June against Golden State and then suffered a more devastating blow when LeBron James left a month later. The team endured severe growing pains this past season, which included a coaching change and countless injuries, but Altman believes better days lie ahead.

“The future is bright,” he said.

His task is finding the right coach to lead the Cavs into it.

Altman plans to cast a “wide net” in his search for the fifth coach since 2013. He and his staff are paring down a list of potential candidates that will include former head coaches, current assistants – including some on playoff teams – as well as college coaches of both sexes. Head coaching experience is a plus, but not essential, and he’s not limiting the search to candidates with whom he has a previous connection.

 

AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin

The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and no announcement has been made.

Griffin will take over for former Pelicans general manger Dell Demps, who was fired in the middle of his ninth season with the club – a few weeks after All-Star Anthony Davis’ trade request in late January.

Griffin’s agreement to join New Orleans, which was first reported by ESPN, puts him at the center of the club’s effort to find the best deal for Davis. Griffin also could decide the fate of Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, who has two years left on his contract.

The 45-year-old Griffin was the Cavaliers’ GM from 2014 to 2017, during which LeBron James returned from Miami to Cleveland and the Cavs won an NBA title. The highlights of his tenure included a trade that brought star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavs. But Griffin’s contract was not renewed after the 2016-17 season and James joined the Los Angele Lakers in free agency a year later. Griffin also worked in the Phoenix Suns’ front office from 1993 until 2009, a stint that overlapped with Gentry’s time as both a Suns assistant and head coach.

Griffin was among six people interviewed by the Pelicans to replace Demps, including interim general manager Danny Ferry, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard.

Now Griffin will attempt to transform a franchise that went 33-49 this season and has slightly better than a 25 percent chance of landing a top four pick in the NBA draft lottery on May 14.

Trading Davis also could fetch a high draft choice, if Griffin chooses to go that route.

Gentry has a regular-season record of 145-183 with one playoff appearance last season and one playoff series victory – a sweep of Portland before losing in five games to eventual champion Golden State.

 

Thunder’s Paul George could sit Game 1 with sore shoulder

Thunder forward Paul George could miss Sunday’s playoff opener at Portland with right shoulder soreness.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Friday the All-Star is considered day-to-day.

George finished second in the league with 28.0 points per game this season, and he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest. He shoots 39 percent from 3-point range and is the team’s No. 3 rebounder.

George hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Houston on Tuesday, but he aggravated a previous injury during the game and was in too much pain to play in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee.

George also missed games on Feb. 28, March 2 and March 3 with soreness in the right shoulder. He has had problems with his left shoulder, too, though the issues are unrelated.

 

Pistons say Griffin still day to day with troublesome knee

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day to day heading into the postseason.

The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but Detroit opens its series against top-seeded Milwaukee on Sunday night. The extra rest was a bit of a break for the Pistons, who also get two days off before Games 2 and 3. Griffin, who has been dealing with a troublesome left knee, did not play in the regular-season finale Wednesday when Detroit wrapped up a playoff spot by winning at New York .

Griffin played 75 games this season, his most since 2013-14, when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game, along with 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He also made a career-high 189 3-pointers, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.

 

Raptors’ Anunoby has appendectomy; no timetable for return

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby had an emergency appendectomy two days before his team begins the playoffs.

There is no timetable for his return, although the 6-foot-8 forward is expected to miss at least the first round. The Raptors open at home Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

Anunoby was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and had surgery Thursday night at Mount Sinai Hospital.

“My first thought is what a bad break for him, just bizarre timing,” coach Nick Nurse said after practice Friday. “And it doesn’t even happen on the basketball court or have anything to do with it.”

The 21-year-old player is in his second season. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 20.2 minutes in 67 games.

“He’s just kind of a Swiss knife, he can give you a lot of stuff defensively, offensively,” center Marc Gasol said.

Anunoby missed 15 games this season, sitting out eight early games for personal reasons. He also missed three games with a sprained wrist and four recently with concussion-like symptoms.

“He’s had a difficult year,” Nurse said. “But in the past 10 to 12 days, I feel like he was in a really good space.”

The Raptors had the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Nurse is not yet sure how he’ll adjust his lineup.

“This is a team with a lot of size, and OG is one of our size and length guys,” the coach said. “So obviously we’re going to miss him.”

 

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

 

Auburn, coach Bruce Pearl agree to new 5-year contract

Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract.

The deal announced Friday, which is worth about $20 million, runs through the 2023-24 season. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson says Pearl will be paid $3.8 million next season with a $125,000 increase in salary annually. The deal includes an $8 million buyout clause that begins next year and decreases by $2 million each year after that.

Pearl led the Tigers to their first Final Four and a Southeastern Conference Tournament title last season, turning around a program that went 15 years without making the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn also won a share of the SEC regular season title in 2017-18. Things haven’t gone as smoothly off the court.

Pearl was hired near the end of a show cause penalty after running afoul of the NCAA at Tennessee. Assistant coach Ira Bowman was indefinitely suspended before the SEC Tournament for alleged involvement in a bribery scheme while at Penn. Auburn fired another top assistant Chuck Person last year after his arrest as part of a federal probe into corruption in college basketball.

 

Altuve, Gurriel hit grand slams, Astros beat Seattle 10-6

Jose Altuve is as baffled as everyone else about his recent power surge.

Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit grand slams as the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-6 Friday night for their major league-leading seventh straight victory.

Altuve doesn’t know what’s different, and he’s even been self-scouting, studying video of his suddenly mammoth swing. He sees no difference between this week and last.

“You want to know what you’re doing good because when you start not hitting the ball very good you want to come right back to that,” Altuve said. “But I feel like I’m doing the same thing. I would say I’m getting good pitches to hit.”

And lots of them.

Altuve’s grand slam in the sixth inning extended a career-best streak of consecutive games with a home run to four. He had four homers in the Astros’ previous three-game series sweep of the Yankees and now has six on the season.

“He’s a special player and I think he’s got a chance to win MVP again,” Gurriel said.

Gurriel, filling in for the injured Alex Bergman, hit his slam in the eighth inning to secure the game against the pesky Mariners, who lost the game but continued their major league record of 16 straight games with a home run to start the season when Tom Murphy hit a solo home run in the ninth.

George Springer also homered for the Astros, a two-run shot that cut Seattle’s early 3-0 lead to 3-2.

“We have so many good players, starting with Springer,” Altuve said. “He hit the two-run homer to get some momentum. Then we kept swinging, kept getting on base, and it seems like even with two outs the inning is not over for us and we keep scoring runs.”

 

Blue Jackets stun Lightning 5-1 to take 2-0 series lead

The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular-season record out of the playoffs.

Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves, and the Blue Jackets stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 first-round series lead.

Two down. Two more to go.

“It’s half the wins that we need,” Duchene said. “We’re keeping our heads down and our eyes on the prize.”

Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Riley Nash and Artemi Panarin. The Blue Jackets started the playoffs last season by winning the first two games of the first-round series with eventual Stanley Cup Washington, which won the next four games.

Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who lost two games in a row just twice in the regular season. Tampa Bay matched the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most wins in a regular season with 62.

“The regular season is different than the playoffs,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Things just happen so fast. Alarms are going off. This is a five-alarm fire. But it’s adversity and sometimes that’s good that you have to go through stuff like this to see how we respond. One thing I do know about being with this group is, they find a way.”

Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, who led the NHL with 128 points, was held off the scoresheet for the second consecutive game and picked up tripping, boarding and 10-minute misconduct penalties late in the third period.

It’s likely that Kucherov will face discipline from the NHL. The league announced late Friday night that a hearing will be held Saturday regarding Kucherov’s hit on Markus Nutivaara.

“I’m not going to give you any thoughts on it,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “It’s self-explanatory.”

 

Eberle, Bailey help Islanders beat Penguins 3-1 in Game 2

After falling behind in the second period, the New York Islanders didn’t get discouraged. They maintained their focus, tied it minutes later and then pulled away in the third period.

Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored less than four minutes apart in the final period and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

“You can’t get too emotional, get too down and get frustrated,” New York captain Anders Lee said. “We were playing a good game at the time (Pittsburgh scored), but there was plenty of time left.”

Anthony Beauvillier had the tying goal midway through the second and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help New York open a postseason series with two wins for the first time since sweeping Edmonton in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final for the Islanders’ fourth straight championship.

Mathew Barzal had two assists in a chippy, physical game that featured a lot of hard hits and some skirmishes, especially in the first two periods – and also after the final buzzer.

“We stayed with it all night,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. “Both teams were knocking heads for a while there. … We got opportunities and we capitalized on them, and we got a big save when we needed it.”

Erik Gudbranson scored and Matt Murray finished with 31 saves for the Penguins, who have lost the first two games of a postseason series for the first time since the 2013 Eastern Conference finals against Boston.

Game 3 is Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“We’ve got to go back to our building and worry about one game,” Murray said. “That’s it.”

 

Golden Knights tie series with Sharks with 5-3 win in Game 2

The Shark Tank was rocking after San Jose erased a three-goal deficit in the closing minutes of the first period and appeared to score again in the opening minute of the second.

Then, the referee waved it off for goalie interference and gave Vegas a power play that changed the momentum of the game and possibly the series.

Mark Stone scored the tiebreaking goal on that power play and the Golden Knights responded after the first-period collapse to beat the Sharks 5-3 on Friday night to tie their playoff series at one game apiece.

“For our power play to come out and really bear down was obviously a big swing,” Stone said. “There’s momentum swings in playoff games every night. Every game is a new chapter in a series and tonight was a big win for us.”

The teams packed an entire game into the opening minutes with the Golden Knights scoring three goals in the first 6:11 and the Sharks rallying for three more in the final 3:01 to become the first team in NHL history to tie a playoff game in the first period after falling behind 3-0.

The craziness continued at the start of the second period when the Sharks briefly celebrated an apparent goal in the opening minute by Brent Burns. That quickly turned to frustration when the officials waved off the goal because Logan Couture interfered with Marc-Andre Fleury, giving the Golden Knights the power play that led to the game-winning goal.

“It was awesome,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “It was definitely the right call. He hit him in the head. He tried to play the puck, he was defending his goal, he’s trying to play the puck and a guy skates through the blue paint and bumps him in the head. To me, it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know what they’re saying down there.”

 

Redskins’ Foster fined, not suspended, after NFL review

Reuben Foster has been fined two game checks and reinstated to the Washington Redskins’ active roster after an NFL investigation into an incident of domestic violence found he did not violate the league’s personal conduct policy.

The league announced Foster’s fine for two games this season and his new status Friday. Foster will be allowed to participate in all team activities, which includes Washington’s offseason program that begins next week.

Foster avoided being suspended in the aftermath of a domestic violence charge from November, which triggered a review based on his previous violations of league policies. Prosecutors in Tampa, Florida, decided in January not to pursue a domestic violence case against the 25-year-old, dismissing the first-degree misdemeanor battery charge.

“Everyone in this league is held to a higher standard,” Redskins President Bruce Allen said. “Reuben understands that his past actions have led a lot of people to doubt him, and he has committed to doing the work necessary to earn the trust of his teammates, our great fans, and the NFL.”

Foster was arrested at the San Francisco 49ers’ hotel in Tampa in November and jailed overnight following an incident involving the second-year linebacker and a companion police identified as the same woman who said Foster hit her in February. The woman later recanted the earlier allegations.

The 49ers released Foster, and the Redskins claimed him off waivers but acknowledged he might never play for them. He was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List after Washington added him and finished the season on it.

Foster is now cleared to return and play his first game since October.

“I am grateful to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for giving me this second chance,” Foster said. “I accept the NFL’s decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them.”

 

Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension valued at $64 million.

The Vikings announced the deal on Friday. Thielen’s agency, The Institute for Athletes, posted the terms on Instagram , including the potential through incentives to earn as much as $73 million over the life of the contract covering the 2021-24 seasons.

Thielen has two years left on the deal he signed in 2017, which easily made the Minnesota native one of the best bargains in the NFL after averaging 102 catches and 1,325 yards over the past two seasons. He was picked for the Pro Bowl both years, further enhancing one of the league’s best underdog stories.

He needed a pay-your-own-way regional NFL combine and a Vikings rookie tryout camp to make the practice squad in 2013 out of Minnesota State, an NCAA Division II school that offered him a mere $500 scholarship out of Detroit Lakes High School. Thielen made the active roster in 2014 and contributed mostly on special teams for two seasons until becoming a starter in 2016.

The $16 million annual average value of Thielen’s new contract would rank him sixth in the league , behind Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins and Brandin Cooks, according to figures compiled by the sports salaries database Spotrac.com.

The 28-year-old Thielen had 113 receptions last season, the third-most in Vikings history and tied for fourth in the NFL. He had nine touchdowns, tied for 10th in the league with teammate Stefon Diggs. Thielen became the first player in NFL history to record eight straight games with 100-plus receiving yards to start a season.

Diggs got his megadeal, valued at $72 million over five years, at the beginning of training camp last summer. He established career highs with 102 receptions and 1,021 yards in 2018.

 

After trading Beckham, Giants made sure Shepard stays

After shipping superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a stunning trade, the New York Giants made sure Eli Manning had his second-favorite target locked up for years to come.

The Giants on Friday signed Sterling Shepard to a four-year contract extension that will pay him roughly $41 million.

“I’m just excited,” Shepard said. “An opportunity to be in such a great place for another five years, it’s a blessing. I’m looking forward to this opportunity. I’m not going to put so much weight on my shoulders. I’m just going to attack every day like I have been.”

The signing comes a month after general manager Dave Gettleman stunned many by trading Beckham to the Browns for the No. 17 pick in this month’s draft, safety Jabrill Peppers and a third-round pick.

A second-round draft pick in 2016, Shepard has 190 catches for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons. He has been durable, missing five games in 2017. He finished third on the team with career-high totals of 66 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The trade has made Shepard the focal point of a receiving group that added veteran Golden Tate in free agency and has a group of veteran role players. New York (5-11) may look to add a down-the-field receiver in the draft, since Shepard and Tate are primarily slot players.

“We have no shortage of talent,” Shepard said. “Those guys are ballers and they can get the job done. When they’re put in that position, they’re always going to execute. I have all the trust in those guys. I feel we’re going to pick up right where we left off. The last five games were the best games we played in the season. We just have to fine-tune some little things. Once we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Shepard blossomed over the past two seasons as Beckham missed most of the ’17 season with a broken ankle and the final four games last season with a quad problem.

 

NFL, union encouraged by helmet safety improvements

Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn’t help Tom Brady.

The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players’ union for 2019.

Brady was one of 32 players wearing helmets last season under a grace period that is now eliminated.

“If they were, at the end of the 2017 season, using prohibited helmeted, they could be grandfathered for 2018,” said Dr. Kristy Arbogast, the union’s appointed consultant to the testing.

“At end of 2018, we had those relatively few players, 32, who were wearing a red category model. It is now prohibited. Conversations are being held with those players. We tried to identify for every helmet in the red category a similar helmet, often from the same manufacturer, that had similar look and feel and is not prohibited.”

In its annual study, designed by NFL- and NFLPA-appointed biomechanical engineers, a subset of concussion-causing impacts sustained by NFL players during games is simulated to determine which helmets best reduced head impact severity. The study measures rotational velocity and acceleration to evaluate helmets.

A poster both sides released Friday will be displayed at every team facility. It shows six of 11 helmets tested this year moved into the top-10 rated models.

VICIS Zero1 graded best for the third straight year. Of the 34 overall helmets on the poster, it was followed by the Schutt F7 LTD and the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond.

Also in the “green area” of strongly approved helmets was the brand new Xenith Shadow. In all, those four manufacturers had all 27 models at the top of the poster.

The yellow section, in which helmets perform worse than the green group, had seven models.

“The thing that’s really notable,” Arbogast said, “is how receptive the players were to that info; 50% moved up the poster. They are eager to have the information that helps them make informed decisions about their equipment choice.”

Arbogast commended manufacturers for “innovating and introducing new helmets; the fact all new ones performed well is very encouraging.”

The poster includes gray areas within the green and yellow sectors. That indicates that less than 1% of NFL players are wearing that model, providing players with additional information. But Arbogast stresses that “doesn’t mean they aren’t safe or viable options.”

The 11 models in the red area, including Brady’s, are banned.

VICIS doubled the number of NFL players using Zero1 from 2017 to ’18, with 135 players wearing it last season. Among them are league MVP Patrick Mahomes, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Dee Ford and Golden Tate.

“My experience wearing the Zero1 has been exceptional,” Wilson said. “The custom fit and wide field of vision have allowed me to perform at my best.”

VICIS has tweaked the helmet, reducing weight and cost while keeping the fundamental design.

“The helmet’s deformable shell and unique … layer have been shown to reduce impact forces more effectively than other helmets,” said Dave Marver, the company’s CEO.

“The NFL/NFLPA test ranks helmets using a sophisticated formula that considers several different impact velocities and locations, and the measurement of both linear and rotational forces. The Zero1 is top-ranked when taking all of those measurements into account, meaning it provides the best protection across the full range of impacts and situations players encounter in NFL play.”

It has since the 2017 survey.

 

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

Forrest Gregg, the great Hall of Fame lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s that Vince Lombardi called the “finest player I ever coached,” died Friday at age 85.

Barbara Gregg said her husband of 59 years died in Colorado Springs from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

“I lost my sweetheart this morning,” she said. “It’s awful. He died in my arms.”

She said that in the last two weeks her husband received a constant flow of calls from former teammates and players telling him he’d made such a big difference in their lives.

“I’m overwhelmed at the amount of people that loved Forrest, of the number of players that said he made men out of them,” she said. “Forrest loved people. He loved everybody. He loved his children. He loved me. And it just broke my heart. My heart is broken.”

She said the funeral will be sometime next week in Colorado Springs and open to the public.

Other survivors include their son, Forrest Gregg Jr., of Cincinnati, and daughter, Karen Gregg-Spehar, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hall of Fame president David Baker described Gregg, who was enshrined in 1977, as a “giant” who “exemplified greatness during a legendary career.”

“He was the type of player who led by example and, in doing so, raised the level of play of all those around him,” Baker said. “Forrest symbolized many great traits and virtues that can be learned from this game to inspire people from all walks of life.”

The flag at the hall will be flown at half-staff in Gregg’s honor.

 

When is the NFL Draft 2019?

Date: Thursday, April 25 (Round 1) | Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7)

Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)

TV channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network

Live stream: ESPN app | NFL app

NFL Draft 2019 order of picks

First round

(Total number of picks in parenthesis)

  1. Arizona Cardinals (10)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (6)
  3. New York Jets (6)
  4. Oakland Raiders (8)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
  6. New York Giants (12)
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars (7)
  8. Detroit Lions (9)
  9. Buffalo Bills (10)
  10. Denver Broncos (8)
  11. Cincinnati Bengals (11)
  12. Green Bay Packers (10)
  13. Miami Dolphins (7)
  14. Atlanta Falcons (9)
  15. Washington Redskins (9)
  16. Carolina Panthers (7)
  17. New York Giants from Cleveland Browns (8)
  18. Minnesota Vikings (8)
  19. Tennessee Titans (6)
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
  21. Seattle Seahawks (4)
  22. Baltimore Ravens (8)
  23. Houston Texans (7)
  24. Oakland Raiders from Chicago Bears (5))
  25. Philadelphia Eagles (7)
  26. Indianapolis Colts (9)
  27. Oakland Raiders from Dallas Cowboys (6))
  28. Los Angeles Chargers (7)
  29. Kansas City Chiefs (8)
  30. Green Bay Packers from New Orleans Saints (6)
  31. Los Angeles Rams (7)
  32. New England Patriots (12)

 

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts taking changes in stride

New Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts learned at a basketball game just how much Sooners fans already had embraced him.

The week Oklahoma announced that Hurts was transferring from Alabama, he was watching halftime festivities during the Sooners’ game against Vanderbilt. Seemingly out of nowhere, a long line of admirers developed. He smiled, posed for photos and signed autographs, seemingly unfazed by the sudden surge of attention.

“I definitely appreciate it,” he said. “I’m in a new place. I’m a new face around here. It’s cool and it’s all love to embrace those guys.”

Sooners fans had grown to respect Hurts from afar. The native of suburban Houston won a national title at Alabama and played for another as a starter. Last season, as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup, he led a dramatic rally against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

This has all prepared him for a role that would intimidate most people – following Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as Oklahoma’s quarterback.

Hurts is unfazed by this, too.

“I’m not your average Joe,” he said. “Kind of built for these types of situations. There’s never been really anything that’s been in my way that I couldn’t overcome or see through. I’m here. I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team in whatever way to achieve the things we want to achieve as a team.”

Hurts is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds – bigger and stronger than Mayfield and Murray. He relies on moxie to escape trouble, much like Mayfield did, and he’s an effective runner like Murray. He’s an accurate passer, but he hasn’t been forced to use his arm as often as he likely will need to in the Sooners’ system.

“The last two guys we’ve had had pretty unique skill sets, too,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I like his skill set a lot. I wouldn’t have brought him in if I didn’t feel like it would work. I feel like at any point with a new quarterback, you’re going to get different feels with what they like and what they can do well.”

Hurts, who was on the field briefly against the Sooners in last season’s playoff win by Alabama, just wants to be the best possible version of himself.

 

Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant finds new home at Missouri

By the end of last season, Missouri fans were enjoying quarterback Drew Lock’s final days running the Tigers’ offense and wondering who would take over this fall.

The answer came in a Twitter post the night of Dec. 4 when Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring to Missouri. The former Clemson standout had been benched in favor of freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence following a Week 4 win over Georgia Tech, and he immediately became one of the most sought-after likely transfers in the country.

Bryant visited a handful of schools, including Auburn, Mississippi State and Arkansas. But he eventually chose Missouri and the chance to take over for Lock, who most draft experts believe will be among the first quarterbacks taken in the NFL draft.

“The only time he talks about Clemson is if someone asks him a question,” Missouri receiver Jalen Knox said. “If he’s talking to us something football related, it’s always going to be about Mizzou.”

At Clemson, Bryant was a member of the 2016 national championship team and led the Tigers back to the playoff the following season, losing to Alabama in the semifinals.

But he prefers not to dwell on all that success, or the disappointment of losing his starting job at Clemson. Knox said Bryant has “totally bought in” to the Missouri program.

“He’s left his past at Clemson,” added Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. “This is a new chapter for him and he’s really embraced that.”

Bryant said he is focused only on the present, whether that happens to be the last few days of spring workouts or the program’s annual spring game on Saturday.

“We have a bunch of guys, from starters and also the guys behind them,” Bryant said. “We have good quality depth at all positions.”

Indeed, the Tigers piled up more than 6,000 yards of total offense last season, one of the top totals in the nation. And while wide receiver Emanual Hall and running back Damarea Crockett entered the NFL draft, Missouri still returns a wealth of talent around Bryant.

Running backs Larry Rountree III and Tyler Badie are coming back after combining for 1,653 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Also returning is senior receiver Jonathon Johnson and a big target in Okwuegbunam. Knox had a pair of 100-yard games last season.

 

Angels CF Trout to miss series against the Cubs

Mike Trout has been ruled out for the Los Angeles Angels’ weekend series against the Chicago Cubs after he strained his right groin during the team’s last homestand.

Trout visited Dr. Steve Yoon on Friday in Los Angeles. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said imaging showed a reduced amount of swelling.

“Mike also reports daily improvement,” Eppler said in an emailed statement. “He will continue treatment in Anaheim and he will be re-evaluated on Sunday.”

Trout first felt discomfort after working out Tuesday. The injury flared up while he was running to second base in the second inning of the Angels’ victory over Milwaukee that night.

Manager Brad Ausmus said the team doesn’t think Trout will need a stint on the injured list. He could rejoin the Angels for their next series in Texas.

“It’s just a matter of how he feels and what the doc thinks,” Ausmus said before the Angels’ 5-1 loss to the Cubs.

Trout signed a record $426.5 million, 12-year contract near the end of spring training. The two-time AL MVP is batting .406 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 12 games this year.

The injury means one of baseball’s biggest stars will miss a rare trip for Los Angeles to one of the sport’s iconic venues in Wrigley Field. Trout is 5 for 15 in four career games at Chicago’s longtime home.

“I’ve done this for a couple years now, and I’ve seen some guys who are a cut above, and he is,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Like Barry Bonds was – the same way – Ken Griffey Jr., Trout, his whole game is different. The whole game is different. He’s a game-changer on so many different levels. And he’s one of the nicest guys you’ve ever met in your life.”

Ausmus also said he thinks Shohei Ohtani is going to hit off a machine Friday. The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year had Tommy John surgery last October.

 

Surprised by MRI, Sánchez becomes 12th Yankee on IL

Gary Sanchez was as startled as anybody by the news announced Friday.

The Yankees catcher has a strained left calf and became the 12th New York player on the injured list, a day after a precautionary MRI revealed the injury.

Right-handed reliever Dellin Betances, another member of that achy dozen, returned to New York on Friday to visit a doctor after his simulated game Thursday did not go well. Betances is dealing with a right shoulder issue.

Sanchez said through a translator that he was “surprised” by the MRI result, believing the tightness he felt in his calf this week wouldn’t require him to miss more time. He was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday at Houston and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He said he felt fine after that game.

He had the MRI during a day off Thursday, and the Yankees decided the strain was severe enough to warrant placing him on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Thursday. Sanchez hopes to return when he’s eligible. Manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez didn’t want to go on the IL, but the team convinced him to take the cautious route early in the season.

“It’s frustrating because you want to play,” Sanchez said. “You want to play all the time.”

Sanchez will take five days off from baseball activities. New York hopes he’ll only need five or so days after that to build back up.

“Hopefully it’s something that’s a pretty short stint,” Boone said.

More than half the Yankees starting lineup is hurt. Sanchez joined outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps) and Aaron Hicks (left lower back strain), shortstop Didi Gregorius (recovering from Tommy John surgery last October), third baseman Miguel Andujar (torn labrum in right shoulder) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (strained left calf) on the IL.

 

Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway

Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.

Harvick turned a fast lap at 124.298 mph Friday for the 27th pole of his career and his second this season. He’s the first driver with more than one pole this season.

Erik Jones will start on the outside of the front row, with Kurt Busch and Joey Logano in the second row. The top 10 also includes Kyle Busch, who will be seeking his third consecutive victory on the track, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson.

“For me, all three rounds went really good and we had a good race practice,” Harvick said.

A second scheduled practice was rained out.

NASCAR set each round of qualifying at just 5 minutes, leading some drivers to worry that there would be too many cars on the 0.75-mile track at once. When qualifying was over, though, that proved not to have been much of an issue, several drivers said.

“It was really just more congestion,” Harvick said.

Despite a solid starting spot, Logano was not a fan of the format.

“I think here it is not really a necessary thing because cars wanted to go out early and it doesn’t allow teams to cool off and go back out in the same round to improve their time,” he said. “I think you actually kind of lose a little bit of the drama of a car going back out and can that car knock the car that is on the bubble out.”

 

NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond

Toyota Owners 400 starting lineup

Here is the starting lineup for Saturday’s race:

Toyota Owners 400 starting lineup

Here is the starting lineup for Saturday’s race:

Starting Driver Car No. 
No. 1 Kevin Harvick 4
No. 2 Erik Jones 20
No. 3 Kurt Busch 1
No. 4 Joey Logano 22
No. 5 Kyle Busch 18
No. 6 Martin Truex Jr. 19
No. 7 Chase Elliott 9
No. 8 Austin Dillon 3
No. 9 Daniel Suarez 41
No. 10 Jimmie Johnson 48
No. 11 Chris Buescher 37
No. 12 Brad Keselowski 2
No. 13 Paul Menard 21
No. 14 Kyle Larson 42
No. 15 Aric Almirola 10
No. 16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17
No. 17 Alex Bowman 88
No. 18 Denny Hamlin 11
No. 19 William Byron 24
No. 20 Matt Tifft 36
No. 21 Clint Bowyer 14
No. 22 David Ragan 38
No. 23 Ryan Preece 47
No. 24 Daniel Hemric 8
No. 25 Michael McDowell 34
No. 26 Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. 43
No. 27 Matt DiBenedetto 95
No. 28 Corey Lajoie 32
No. 29 Ryan Blaney 12
No. 30 Ty Dillon 13
No. 31 Ryan Newman 6
No. 32 Landon Cassill 32
No. 33 Bayley Currey 52
No. 34 Jeb Burton 51
No. 35 Quin Houff 77
No. 36 Joey Gase 66
No. 37 Ross Chastain 15

 

IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach: Start time, TV channel, live steam for 2019 race

IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach 2019

Date: Sunday, April 14

Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBCSN

Live stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial) | INDYCAR Pass

Sat., 12. p.m. ET               Practice 3            NBC Sports Gold

Sat., 2:45 p.m. ET            Qualifying           NBCSN/fuboTV

Sun., 12 p.m. ET               Warm-up            NBC Sports Gold

Sun., 4 p.m. ET                 Race                   NBCSN/fuboTV

 

Saturday, April 13

Time Series Event
12 p.m. ET IndyCar Practice 3
1 p.m. ET Pirelli GT4 America Practice
1:45 p.m. ET Pirelli GT4 America Qualifying
3:10 p.m. ET IndyCar Qualifying
5:06 p.m. ET IMSA Race
7:15 p.m. ET Stadium Super Trucks Race 1
8 p.m. ET IMSA GTO Race
9 p.m. ET Super Drift Challenge Race 2

Sunday, April 14

Time Series Event
12 p.m. ET IndyCar Warm-up
1 p.m. ET Pirelli GT4 America Race
4:42 p.m. ET IndyCar Race
7:05 p.m. ET Stadium Super Trucks Race 2

 

 F1 2019 Chinese Grand Prix start time, how to watch

  • Date: Sunday, April 14
  • Time: 2 a.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN2
  • Live stream: ESPN app

Saturday, April 13

Event Start time TV channel Live stream
Qualifying 1:55 a.m. ESPN2 ESPN app

Sunday, April 14

Event Start time TV channel Live stream
Pre-race show 1:30 a.m. ET ESPN2 ESPN app
Race 2:05 a.m. ET ESPN2 ESPN app
Race (re-air) 7 p.m. ET ESPNEWS ESPN app
Race (re-air) 11 p.m. ET ESPN2 ESPN app

Chinese Grand Prix 2019 facts, notes

F1 Opta facts:

  • This race will be the 1000th Grand Prix in F1 after 70 years of history. It will be the 16th edition of the Chinese GP.
  • The next driver to secure a maiden career pole position will be the 100th different driver to do so in F1 history. Eligibile to do so is anyone except the Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault drivers or Kimi Raikkonen and Robert Kubica.
  • No driver in F1 history has recorded the fastest lap in back-to-back races in China. Daniel Ricciardo set the quickest time around the Shanghai International Circuit last year.
  • No F1 driver has won more often in Asia (27) than Vettel. However, China is where the German has recorded the joint fewest wins in this continent (one, 2018, same as Turkey).
  • Hamilton has won five times in China (four from pole). No other driver has won in China more than twice in the history of this race (Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg).
  • Hamilton is one pole position away from reaching his seventh in China, the second most in his F1 career after Australia (eight).
  • If Mercedes GP earns at least 24 points Sunday, it will reach at least 284 points in China, more than at any other circuit for the German team ever.
  • Mercedes GP has the opportunity to record one-two finishes in each of the opening three GPs of the season for the first time since 1992, when Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese did it for Williams.
  • If both Renault drivers fail to finish the Chinese GP, it will be the first time since the 1984 United States GP that two Renault drivers have retired from two races in a row (Patrick Tambay and Dereck Warwick).
  • If Hamilton takes the pole position in China, the Mercedes GP driver will have won as many pole positions as the rest of the current grid combined (85).
  • If Vettel fails to finish on the podium in China, the German will have failed to reach the podium in the opening three races of the season for the first time since 2008, when he was with Toro Rosso.
  • If he wins in China, Leclerc will become the third youngest driver to win an F1 race (21 years, five months and 30 days), after Verstappen and Vettel.
  • After his win in Mexico, Verstappen has failed to better his finish from each previous race: second in Brazil, third in Abu Dhabi and Australia, and fourth in Bahrain.
  • Ricciardo reaches the podium in China, the Aussie will surpass 1,000 points in F1, becoming the second Australian to reach this milestone after Max Webber (1047.5 points).
  • Ricciardo failed to finish in Australia and Bahrain. The Renault driver has never gone three F1 races without finishing in his career.
  • Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg is one race away from surpassing Martin Brundle as the driver with the third most races without registering a victory (158). Meanwhile, Racing Points’ Sergio Pérez is one race away from equaling the Brit in this ranking.
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Lando Norris (McLaren) are the only two drivers to have lost positions on the first lap of each of the two GP races.

 

INDIANA BASEBALL

(INDIANA RELEASE)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana baseball (21-12) used a combined shutout from senior Pauly Milto (eight innings) and sophomore Connor Manous (one inning) to take game one of a four-game set, 5-0, over the Evansville Aces (17-13) on Friday evening. Games two through four will be played at Bart Kaufman Field.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Sophomore Drew Ashley broke dueling shutouts in the third with an RBI single to left field, which scored freshman Grant Richardson. Richardson led off the inning with a single before eventually tallying his third stolen base at third base.
  • Matt Lloyd took Adam Lukas’ first offering in the fourth over the fence in centerfield, pushing IU’s lead to 2-0.
  • Two-out situational hitting lead to two more runs for the Hoosiers in the fourth frame. With Cole Barr and Elijah Dunham in scoring position, Justin Walker sent both home with a two-run single to left field, upping IU’s lead to 4-0. Back-to-back walks to Barr and Dunham led off the inning.
  • Indiana spun another walk into its fifth run in the eighth inning. Matt Gorksi was issued the free pass, moved up 90 feet by a walk to Lloyd. A throwing error on Lloyd’s swipe of second pushed Gorski home.
  • Milto kept the Aces at bay all night, limiting Evansville to just three hits. He kept them hitless through the fourth.

NOTES

  • Lloyd’s solo shot was his 11th home run of the season.
  • Walker’s two RBI tied his season high from March 16 vs. Canisius.
  • Milto grabbed his team-leading fifth win and upped his career quality starts tally to 23. He tossed eight scoreless innings in the win.

UP NEXT

Indiana and Evansville resume action Saturday afternoon with a scheduled doubleheader beginning at 2:05 pm from Bart Kaufman Field.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Irish Fall in Series Opener to No. 21 North Carolina

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team could not find its footing against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium, as the Irish fell to the Tar Heels by a final score of 10-1.

How It Happened

After a leadoff walk by North Carolina second baseman Dylan Enwiller, Michael Busch cranked a double to the center field wall, putting the Tar Heels up 1-0. In North Carolina’s subsequent at-bat, Aaron Sabato turned on a 3-0 fastball and powered a home run to the scoreboard to increase the Tar Heels’ early lead to three runs. A walk and a pair of singles pushed North Carolina to a four-run advantage with no outs in the inning. However, Notre Dame starter Cameron Brown retired three of the next four Tar Heel batters to stymie the UNC scoring surge.

A warning-track shot by Niko Kavadas nearly put the Irish on the scoreboard early in the bottom of the first inning, but North Carolina center fielder Dylan Harris tracked it down to record the out. However, Harris could do nothing about Jack Zyska’s 420-foot home run in Notre Dame’s ensuing at-bat. The home run, which was the first of Zyska’s Notre Dame career, brought the Irish within three runs.

The blustery winds at Frank Eck Stadium aided the Tar Heels in the top of the second inning, as Busch reached second base on an error. North Carolina quickly capitalized on its scoring opportunity, as Sabato roped an RBI-double into right-center field, giving the Tar Heels five runs on the evening. Sabato added to UNC’s scoring total himself thanks to a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly, putting the Tar Heels up 6-1. North Carolina then increased its lead to 8-1 on the back of a single by Brandon Martorano and a two-run homer by Harris. Brown finally managed to end the Tar Heel scoring barrage with a timely two-out strikeout.

Irish shortstop Jared Miller hammered a fastball to deep right-center field with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, but a sensational leaping snag by UNC outfielder Dallas Tessar kept the Irish from chipping away at the Tar Heel lead.

Enwiller laced a looping single to right field to kick of the Tar Heels’ half of the third inning, but a 4-6-3 double play positioned the Irish defense to post its first scoreless inning of the evening. Brown induced a two-out flyout from Sabato to send the game to the bottom of the third, capping a clean half-inning for the Irish hurler.

Irish reliever Evan Tenuta struck out the first two Tar Heel batters in the fifth inning on a pair of changeups, and he sat down the subsequent North Carolina batter to give the Irish defense its second scoreless inning of the contest.

A walk and a hit-by-pitch gave Notre Dame two men aboard in the bottom of the fifth inning with no outs, and a fielder’s choice left the Irish with men on second and third with just one out in the frame. However, Notre Dame could not cash in on the scoring opportunity, and the Irish deficit remained at nine runs heading into the sixth inning.

Tenuta led off the sixth inning with his fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game, and he retired North Carolina outfielder Ashton McGee to end the frame.

Daniel Jung singled down the left field line to breathe some life into the Irish offense in the bottom of the sixth, and he took second base on a wild pitch from Baum to give Notre Dame a scoring opportunity. A passed ball on a strikeout allowed Jung to reach third, but the Irish could not bring him home.

Tenuta kicked off the seventh with yet another strikeout, putting him at six on the evening. He sat down two of the next three North Carolina batters to give the Irish defense its third consecutive scoreless frame.

The Irish put two men aboard to start the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Notre Dame another shot to add to its scoring total. However, a sizzler from Irish center fielder Spencer Myers was snared by UNC third baseman Ike Freeman, keeping Notre Dame at one run on the night.

Notre Dame brought in lefty reliever Aidan Tyrell to work the eighth, and he kept the Irish’s scoreless streak alive by inducing two flyouts and a groundout.

Tyrell posted another scoreless frame in the top of the ninth, but Notre Dame could get no closer to North Carolina, as the Irish fell to the Tar Heels by a score of 10-1.

Game Notes

Jack Zyska tallied his first career home run in the first inning for the Irish.

Evan Tenuta appeared for the second time in as many games.

Tenuta recorded his first collegiate strike out in the fourth inning. He finished his outing with six strikeouts over 3.2 innings of work. It was the most strikeouts by a freshman this season for the Irish.

Daniel Jung recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Aidan Tyrell tossed a career-high two innings of relief for the Irish.

Up Next

Notre Dame will close out the series against the Tar Heels with a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one will start at 1 p.m. ET and game two will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games will be free admission to all fans. With the spring game on Saturday, fans are encouraged to get to come early as parking will be limited.

 

PURDUE BASEBALL

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue softball team improved to 29 wins for the first time since 2015 with a 9-4 victory over Nebraska on a windy Friday night at Bittinger Stadium.
The victory pushes Purdue to 29-15 overall with a 6-6 Big Ten record and 8-2 showing at home, while the Huskers fall to 13-24 overall and 2-8 in league play.
Purdue’s second straight win was powered by two home runs from senior Mallory Baker. The veteran went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs and five RBI. Freshman Rachel Becker also had a commendable performance at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs, two hits and a walk.
In the circle, senior Kaitlynn Moody (10-6) earned the start and the win for Boilermakers after allowing just one earned run on five hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Redshirt sophomore Sydney Bates pitched the remaining 3.1 innings without relinquishing a single hit or run to earn her third save of the season.

Baker opened the scoring in the bottom of the first frame with her first home run of the game. Her long ball was launched over the left center wall and also brought home Becker, who reached on a walk.
Nebraska evened the score with a two RBI single in the second inning before seizing a one-run lead on an RBI single up the middle in the top of the third.
The Huskers’ advantage was short lived as Purdue pushed across four runs in the bottom of the inning. An RBI double by senior Lexi Huffman sparked the scoring run and was followed by an RBI single to center field from junior Madison Douglass. The Boilermakers concluded the run capitalizing on a Nebraska error to plate two more runs.
Nebraska reclaimed one run with an RBI double down the left line in the top of the fourth, before Baker delivered her second home run of the day in the bottom of the sixth. The three-RBI bomb launched over the center field solidified Purdue’s victory 9-4 in the series opener.
Both teams are set to conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch for the opening game is set for 3 p.m. ET at Bittinger Stadium, with the second game following at 5 p.m. There will be no game on Sunday due to rain in the West Lafayette area.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

(OHIO STATE RELEASE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a season-high 1,815 fans, the Ohio State baseball team upset No. 24 Michigan, 10-5, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye bats sprayed 13 hits against the top pitching staff in the Big Ten while freshman right-handed starting pitcher Garrett Burhenn was fantastic on the bump, tossing a season-high seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings to improve to 5-1 on the year. Junior left fielder Dominic Canzone went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a triple and a home run while senior second baseman Kobie Foppe was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove in two on a two-hit game and freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo also had a two-hit game. Brent Todys had the big hit in the rivalry game with a three-run homer in the fifth. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 19-16 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten play, while the Maize and Blue drop to 23-10 overall and 4-2 in conference action.

GAME NOTES

  • Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 games vs. Michigan.
  • Head coach Greg Beals improves to 13-4 as head coach of the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines. Beals improves to 7-0 vs. Michigan at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • Tonight was the largest attended home crowd of the season: 1,815.
  • Burhenn struck out a season-high seven tonight.
  • Canzone reached base streak extended to 31 straight contests.
  • Canzone recorded his second triple of the season and sixth of his career.
  • Canzone is hitting .667 (10-for-15) in four games in his career vs. the Wolverines.
  • Todys launched his second homer of the week and fourth of the year.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten with nine triples this season.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (11), Cherry (9), Foppe (5), Pohl (3), Dezenzo (3) and Erwin (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (8), Dingler (6) and Erwin (3).
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (15), Dezenzo (8) and Foppe (2),
  • Multi-RBI games:  Todys (8) and Foppe (2).

 

MHKY: Ohio State’s Mason Jobst Earns Second All-America Honor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time in his career, Ohio State men’s hockey forward Mason Jobst has been named a CCM/AHCA Second Team West All-American. The All-America teams were announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association during the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four” awards event in Buffalo.

Jobst, from Speedway, Indiana, is the second Buckeye to earn All-America honors twice, joining forward Hugo Boisvert who was a first team selection in 1998 and a second team honoree in 1999.

In all, 25 players were named to the 2019 All-America teams as selected by members of the AHCA, with Jobst one of six forwards (one of three from the Big Ten) on the west squad.

Jobst, a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, was also a 2019 Hobey Baker Award finalist, the fifth in Ohio State history. In 2018-19, Jobst led the Buckeyes with 17 goals and 36 points, was a finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades. He agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a two-year, two-way, entry-level contract beginning in 2019-20.

Wednesday, Jobst was named one of five finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top senior male and female student-athlete on each Big Ten campus. A real estate and urban analysis major who will graduate this spring, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Jobst had 164 points in his 150-game Buckeye career, leading all 2018-19 NCAA skaters in career points, while he is tied for first with 95 assists and ranks third with 69 goals. He is one of just 21 NCAA skaters with 150 points since 2013-14 and is eighth (tied) in points over that span. He is tied for 12th in Ohio State history in career points with the most since 1989.

He is just the fourth Big Ten player – and the first Buckeye – to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors twice (2017, ’19). Jobst also earned Second Team All-B1G accolades in 2018 and is the second Ohio State player, the first since Paul Tilley in 1977, ’79 and ’80, to earn three first/second team all-conference honors. Jobst was the 2017 co-Big Ten scoring champion, as well as a 2016 Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection.

Jobst ended his conference career as the Big Ten record holder in career goals (48) and points (108) and tied for first in career points per game (1.24), the most for a four-year player, while ranking second with 60 assists. The previous point record was 86, while the goal record was 36 and the assist mark was 57.

The Buckeyes improved a spot in the Big Ten standings each year during Jobst’s career, culminating this season with the first Big Ten regular season title in program history and the first for Ohio State since 1972. He sealed the championship, scoring on a breakaway in 3×3 overtime at Michigan Feb. 23.

Jobst and the Buckeyes made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Frozen Four in 2018. He was part of the second Ohio State senior class to earn three NCAA bids, while the Frozen Four berth was the second in program history and first since 1998.

Jobst’s 2019 honor is the 12th AHCA First or Second Team All-America award for the Buckeyes. Junior forward Tanner Laczynski was recognized last year, giving the squad an honoree for a program-best three consecutive years.

The Buckeyes’ AHCA First Team All-Americans are forwards Ryan Dzingel (2014), Boisvert (1998) and Paul Pooley (1984) and goalie Brady Hjelle (2013). Joining Jobst as second team selections are forwards Laczynski (2018), Zac Dalpe (2010), RJ Umberger (2003), Boisvert (1999) and Perry Pooley (1984) and goalie Jeff Maund (1999).

 

COLLEGE GOLF: Purdue Hosts Boilermaker Invite at Kampen Course

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team begins its stretch run this weekend, hosting the 16th annual Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course, beginning Saturday at 8:45 a.m. ET, with 36 holes of play scheduled.

Fifteen teams will play 36 holes Saturday, followed by 18 more Sunday. Eight teams ranked in the nation’s top 100 will be in the field and all 15 teams are ranked in the nation’s top 150, led by No. 5-ranked Oklahoma and No. 49-ranked Northwestern.

THE FIELD (Rankings via Golfstat)

n  Oklahoma (5)

n  Northwestern (49)

n  Kent State (60)

n  Notre Dame (64)

n  Purdue (70)

n  Santa Clara (78)

n  Illinois State (85)

n  Indiana (98)

n  Michigan (110)

n  Wisconsin (113)

n  Cincinnati (115)

n  Northern Illinois (123)

n  Southern Illinois (134)

n  Miami, Ohio (138)

n  Ball State (140)

PURDUE LINEUP

n  Timmy Hildebrand, Senior: Ranked No.103 in Golfstat and No. 87 in the Golfweek national rankings … owns a 71.67 stroke average this season, good for the third-lowest average in school history … his career average of 73.16 is second all-time … has six top-20 finishes in nine events this year and has posted 15 of 27 rounds of even par or better … owns four top-six finishes this year, including a T-3rd showing at the Intercollegiate at the Grove … has 11 career top-10 finishes, good for eighth all-time … has finished T-9th, 5th and T-17th in three career events played at the Kampen Course (two Boilermaker Invitationals; NCAA Regionals).

n  Cole Bradley, Sophomore: Second on the team in stroke average (72.85), good for 15th on the all-time Purdue single-season list … 13 of his 27 rounds have been even par or better … leads the team in birdies made (89) … owns top-10 finishes at the Intercollegiate at the Grove (7th) and Chatham Hills Collegiate (3rd) … his 73.65 career scoring average is 10th all-time at Purdue.

n  Jarle Volden, Senior: Ranks third on the team in stroke average (73.05), good for 18th on Purdue’s single-season stroke average chart … 10 of his 21 rounds have been even-par or better … has improved his scoring average all four years at Purdue (75.09; 74.41; 73.07; 73.05) … has posted three top-25 finishes in four events played at the Kampen Course, including a T-8th showing at the 2017 NCAA West Lafayette Regional.

n  Joe Weiler, Sophomore: Averages 74.19 strokes per round this season, good for fourth on the team … has eight rounds of even-par or better and 16 in his career … very steady player with 13 placings between 25th and 50th (out of 18 events) … second on the team in pars made (298).

n  Jason Hong, Sophomore: Owns a 75.56 stroke average, but has shown his potential after averaging 74.11 strokes per round as a freshman … played well in qualifying this week at the Kampen Course … struggles in the opening round, but has shown major improvement in the second and third rounds … owns five career top-20 finishes in 18 career events.

n  Andrew Lewis, Freshman: Will play as an individual in the Boilermaker Invitational … owns a 74.87 stroke average and six of his 15 rounds have been even-par or better … led Purdue at the Hootie at Bulls Bay with a 29th-place finish.

n  Andrew Farraye, Freshman: Will play as an individual in the Boilermaker Invitational … will be competing in his fourth tournament of the season, owning a 77.00 stroke average.

TEAM NOTES

n  Purdue is ranked 70th in the latest Golfstat rankings, needing to move up to make the NCAA Regional field for the sixth straight year … a strong finish in this week’s tournament will make a big difference.

n  Purdue’s team stroke average of 290.37 is the fourth-best average in Purdue history history.

n  Purdue has posted 11 team rounds of even-par or better, already the fifth most in school history.

HISTORY AT THE BOILERMAKER INVITATIONAL

Purdue will be making its 16th appearance in the Boilermaker Invitational, having previously won titles in 2004 and 2011, while also boasting five runner-up and two third-place finishes. Kent State and Northwestern shared the title a year ago, posting a 3-over par score in a rain-shortened event reduced to 36 holes. Purdue has had an individual place in the top five in four of the last five events, including a fifth-place finish by Timmy Hildebrand in the 2017 event. Purdue’s last medalist in the Boilermaker Invitational came by Adam Schenk in 2011 (-3).

LIVE STATS

Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com.

 

MTEN: No. 2 Ohio State picks up another Big Ten win, defeats Northwestern 6-1

Evanston, Ill. – The Ohio State men’s tennis team picked up another conference win on Friday evening, defeating the Northwestern Wildcats 6-1.

Ohio State entered the match 22-2 overall and a record of 7-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were coming off a roadtrip last weekend that saw them pick up wins over Nebraska and No. 48 Iowa.

Another match, another doubles play victory for the Buckeyes on Friday night. Martin Joyce and JJ Wolf paired up on court one, but it was the big performances from the consistent tandem of Kyle Seelig/Alex Kobelt and Hunter Tubert/John McNally that saw the Buckeyes take the match lead 1-0. With their wins, Kobelt/Seelig advance to 15-4 this season while McNally/Tubert are quietly 16-0 on the season. The duo of John McNally and Hunter Tubert have been sneaky good this year on court three for the Buckeyes.

How good have JJ Wolf and John McNally been this season? Big performances from the Cincinnati-natives gave the Buckeyes an early cushion and an eventual win in singles play. Both John and JJ, ranked No. 1 and No. 28 respectively, finished their opponents in straight sets with ease. JJ Wolf is now 26-0 in singles while McNally is 20-5. Following their victories, No. 54 Kyle Seelig on court four picked up his 19th win on the season, defeating Bratholm in dominant fashion, 6-3, 6-1. Up 4-0 at this point, Hunter Tubert amounted a temporary comeback on court six, having dropped his first set 2-6. After a 6-3 second set win, Tubert would fall 0-1 (7) in a tiebreaker. Alex Kobelt would go on to win his match 7-5, 6-4 while Martin Joyce would cap off the night for the Buckeyes, winning 3-6, 7-6, 1-0.

Ohio State advances to 23-2 on the season and 8-0 in conference play with their win over the Wildcats. Up next for the Buckeyes are the No. 14 Illinois Fighting Illini for one of this season’s most highly-anticipated matches, and arguably the biggest one in the Big Ten conference in 2019.

Singles competition
1. #1 JJ Wolf (OHST) def. Dominik Stary (NU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #28 John McNally (OHST) def. Antonioni Fasano (NU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Martin Joyce (OHST) def. Chris Ephron (NU) 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. #54 Kyle Seelig (OHST) def. Simen Bratholm (NU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Alex Kobelt (OHST) def. Trice Pickens (NU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Jason Seidman (NU) def. Hunter Tubert (OHST) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles competition
1. #30 Martin Joyce/JJ Wolf (OHST) def. Dominik Stary/Chris Ephron (NU) 5-4
2. #20 Alex Kobelt/Kyle Seelig (OHST) def. Trice Pickens/Antonioni Fasano (NU) 6-4
3. John McNally/Hunter Tubert (OHST) def. Ben Vandixhorn/Simen Bratholm (NU) 6-3

Match Notes:
Ohio State 22-2
Northwestern 13-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,1,4,6,5,3)

 

SPORTS EXTRA:

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-APRIL 13, 1986

Even some golf people who cherished Jack Nicklaus thought he would never win another tournament, much less a Masters. At 46, he was simply too old. He couldn’t make the short putts anymore. He wouldn’t wear contact lenses. He didn’t compete in enough tournaments, and when he did, he sometimes missed the cut. He was too busy designing golf courses instead of playing them. He was too involved with his Golden Bear Inc. business responsibilities. But today Jack Nicklaus reminded the world he was still Jack Nicklaus, the best golfer in history. He shot 65 and put on the Masters green jacket for the sixth time. He turned Augusta National into a theater in the pines. He heard the cheers. He felt the tears. “Walking up the fairways on the last few holes, I had tears in my eyes four or five times, I just welled up,” he later acknowledged, referring to the cheers that resounded with his every shot. “But then I told myself, “Hey, you’ve got golf to play.”
And play golf he did, as only he can, as only he has. In assessing the exalted in other sports, debates always develop. Pete Rose or Ty Cobb, Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis. Walter Payton or Jim Brown. John McEnroe or Bill Tilden. Wayne Gretzky or Gordie Howe. Larry Bird or Oscar Robertson. And in golf, a few old-timers still prefer Bobby Jones or Ben Hogan to any of the modern golfers with all their modern equipment. But now Jack Nicklaus has ended all the golf debates, if any still existed. Now he has won 20 major tournaments, a nice round number that in the decades to come no one is likely to approach.
To appreciate what Nicklaus has accomplished, consider that he won his six Masters titles over a span of 23 years. Consider that he won his 20 major titles over a span of more than a quarter of a century, beginning with the 1959 and 1961 United States Amateurs and extending through a record-sharing four United States Opens, three British Opens, five Professional Golfers Association championships and now the six Masters green jackets, two more than Arnold Palmer, the king he dethroned two decades ago.
Back then Nicklaus was resented by the Masters galleries who adored Palmer, but today many of those same people cheered him, lived him, wept with him. “On the 17th tee, I was standing over my ball when I heard this large roar,” he would recall. “Ballesteros had hit his ball in the water on 15, but I didn’t know that at the time. It was a funny sound. It wasn’t a sound of cheers, but yet it was a sound of cheers. As soon as I hit my tee shot, everybody told me Ballesteros was in the water.”
Minutes later, another roar erupted on the 17th green. Nicklaus had holed an 11-foot birdie putt to take the lead. At the start of the round, he had been four strokes behind Greg Norman, and as he played the ninth hole, he had been four strokes behind Seve Ballesteros. But now he was leading. And when he parred the 18th hole after a 40-foot uphill putt to with-in 4 inches of the cup, his 279 total would win by one stroke.

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

1883

“Good ballplayers make good citizens.” – Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States.

Chester A. Arthur brings the Forest Cities ball club, a recently defunct franchise of the National Association, to the White House, making it the first professional team to visit with a president in Washington, D.C. Later in the season, the country’s Commander-in-Chief will also host the new National League’s New York Gothams, who will become better known as the Giants in 1885.

1914      Major league baseball returns to Baltimore as the first Federal League game is played with approximately 27,000 patrons on hand to watch the Terrapins beat the Buffalo Blues at Terrapin Park, 3-2. After the hometown Orioles were eliminated from the National League at the end of the 1899 season, first-year player/manager John McGraw’s club joins the new rival American League, beginning in 1901, but the newly formed team stayed in the Charm City for only two seasons before being moved to New York, becoming the Yankees after briefly known as the Highlanders.

1921      After President Warren Harding, an avid baseball fan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium, Washington loses to the Red Sox, 6-3. It is the first time in six Opening Days contests the Senators have lost with the President of the United States throwing out the first pitch.

1926      On Opening Day, 38 year-old Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson strikes out a dozen A’s batter when he outduels Eddie Rommel for 15 innings, beating Philadelphia at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, 1-0. The ‘Big Train’, in his next-to-last season, will finish the campaign with a 15-16 record (.484) along with an ERA of 3.63 for the fourth-place club.

1939      In a spring training game played in Norfolk, Virginia, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig, with apparent muscle loss, especially around his shoulders, goes deep twice in a 14-12 exhibition loss against the Dodgers. The second and ninth-inning home runs will be the last round-trippers the ‘Iron Horse’ will ever hit.

1953      On Opening Day, thanks to the three-hit pitching of Max Surkont, the former Boston Braves win their first game representing the city of Milwaukee by beating the Reds, 2-0 at Crosley Field. It is the first time since Baltimore shifted to New York to become the Highlanders (Yankees) fifty years ago that a franchise has moved to a different city.

1954      Cincinnati, in an effort to not be associated with Communists, plays its first game as the Redlegs. The new moniker, which is widely accepted, will be employed for six seasons, before the club reverts back to being known as the Reds, which was a shortened version of the Red Stockings, the team’s original name from 1882 to 1899.

1954      Willie Mays, who missed nearly two seasons due to military service, homers in his first game back, a sixth-inning blast off Carl Erskine that will prove to be the difference in the Giants’ 4-3 Opening Day victory over Brooklyn. The 22 year-old center fielder’s prodigious poke may have traveled over 600 feet if it had not been impeded by the upper left-field stands at the Polo Grounds.

1954      Seven years after the team had threatened to strike because of the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson, North Carolina A&T graduate Tom Alston becomes the first black player to appear in a Cardinals uniform. The highly-touted first baseman, acquired from the PCL’s San Diego club in exchange for veteran infielder Dick Sisler and $100,000, pops out to first base in his first major league at-bat.

1954      Making his major league debut during the first season opener at Forbes Field in 61 years, second baseman Curt Roberts becomes the first black to play for the Pirates. The former Kansas City Monarch, signed by 72 year-old general manager Branch Rickey, triples off Robin Roberts in the first inning as the Bucs beat the Phillies, 4-2.

1954      In a 9-8 victory over the Braves, Reds’ outfielder Jim Greengrass hits four doubles, tying a 1901 Opening Day record set by Tigers first baseman Pop Dillon. In the same game, Hank Aaron goes hitless in five attempts in his first major league game with the Braves.

1954      Philadelphia A’s second baseman ‘Spook’ Forrest Jacobs becomes the first major league rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut. The feat will not be accomplished again until Delino DeShields of the Expos goes 4-for-6 on Opening Day in 1990.

1954      On Opening Day off Chicago hurler Paul Milner, Wally Moon hits a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 24 year-old Cardinal center fielder, who will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year, will also homer in the last at-bat of his freshman season.

1962      On a wintry day, the Mets play their first home game ever when only 12,000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to see the return of National League baseball to the Big Apple. On Friday the 13th, the Pirates score the decisive run on two eighth-inning wild pitches thrown by Ray Diavault, beating the New York expansion team, 4-3.

1962      On Opening Day, Detroit’s starting pitcher Frank Lary pulls a muscle legging out a seventh-inning triple in the team’s 5-3 victory over New York at Tiger Stadium. ‘The Yankee Killer’s’ career will be shortened when the righty suffers subsequent arm problems as a result of compensating for the injury.

1963      Reds’ second baseman Pete Rose triples off Pirates’ pitcher Bob Friend to collect his first major league hit. The future all-time hit leader, who will amass 4256 hits during his 24-year career, had gone hitless in his first 11 major league at bats.

1964      After beating the Reds, 6-3, in the traditional Opening Day game in Cincinnati, Houston is in first place for the first and only time as the Colt .45’s. Next season, the team will be renamed the Astros, reflecting Houston’s role in the nation’s space program.

1969      When the Cubs rally, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, to beat the Expos, 7-6, twenty-seven-thousand fans spontaneously swarm Wrigley Field in an early season frenzy. The enthusiastic display of affection for the team had not been witnessed in the ballpark since 1960, when Don Cardwell threw his no-hitter on the north side of Chicago.

1970      In their home opener at the Oakland Coliseum, a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee, the A’s use gold-colored bases. This colorful innovation introduced by team owner Charlie O. Finley will quickly be banned by the MLB’s Rules Committee.

1975      The Astros retire Don Wilson’s number 40 posthumously in tribute to the right-hander, who was found dead of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide in the garage of his family’s home in January. The 29 year-old fireballer, the author of an 18 strikeout game that tied a major league record, spent nine seasons with Houston, compiling a record of 104-92 along with an ERA of 3.15.

1978      In New York’s Opening Day 4-2 victory over Chicago, Reggie Jackson hits a three-run homer in the first inning, his fourth consecutive round-tripper at Yankee Stadium, after going deep three times in last year’s Fall Classic finale. The game is delayed as the crowd celebrates by showering the field with Reggie! Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar with a picture of the slugger swinging a bat, that was given to every fan entering the game.

1978      On Opening Day, Roger Maris returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. The prodigal son, who has shunned many previous invitations, returns to help Mickey Mantle hoist the club’s World Champion flag due to the promise of team owner George Steinbrenner to install sod and lights for the baseball field at his children’s school in Gainesville, Florida.

1983      The Phillies, trailing by five runs entering the final frame, beat the Mets, 10-9, when Bo Diaz hits a walk-off bases-loaded home run. The Philadelphia catcher’s ‘ultimate grand slam’, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, is tossed by Neil Allen, who faces only the final batter.

1984      On the same date he got his first major league hit 21-years earlier, Pete Rose, as a member of the Expos, doubles off Phillies hurler Jerry Koosman for his 4000th hit, becoming the first player in the National League to reach the milestone. Montreal beats Philadelphia in the Friday the 13th contest at Olympic Stadium, 5-1.

1985      With his team down 7-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mariners’ left fielder Phil Bradley erases the three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The game-ending round-tripper comes off Twins’ closer Ron Davis, who had given up a hit and two walks before surrendering the ‘sayonara slam’.

1987      In San Diego’s home opener, the Padres waste no time making up a two-run first inning deficit when the first three batters up in the bottom of the first homer off of Giant starter Roger Mason. Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk all go deep to establish a major league record.

1990      The first sellout in Mariners history occurs when 54,874 fans attend the season home opener at the Kingdome. The Friday the 13th crowd leaves disappointed after Seattle is routed by Oakland, 15-7.

1993      Lee Smith passes Jeff Reardon to become the all-time major league saves leader when the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 9-7. The right-hander reliever tosses a scoreless ninth inning at Chavez Ravine to record his 358th career save.

1998      Prior to tonight’s game against the Angels, a 500-pound concrete and steel beam falls into the empty loge boxes between third base and left field at Yankee Stadium. The next two games scheduled to played at the Bronx ballpark will be postponed with the team scheduling one of the games to be played across the river at Shea Stadium.

1999      At the Kingdome, Rangers’ starter Mike Morgan beats the Mariners for the first time since 1980 when he hurled for the A’s. The interval of 19 years, eight months, and nine days is the longest span of time a hurler has gone between victories over one team.

2002      After striking out three batters on nine pitches in the top of the ninth inning, Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen gets the win when the Redbirds score a run in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 walk-off victory over Houston. The right-handed reliever’s victims during his immaculate inning include Daryle Ward, Jose Vizcaino, and Julio Lugo, who all go down swinging.

2004      At SBC Park in San Francisco, Barry Bonds hits his 661st career homer off Brewers hurler Ben Ford to move up to third on the all-time home run career list, passing his godfather, Willie Mays, and leaving the 39 year-old Giant left fielder 53 behind Babe Ruth (714) and needing 94 to tie Hank Aaron (755). The historic blast, a 468-foot seventh inning splash hit which lands in McCovey Cove, is fished out by Larry Ellison, a Giant fan who also caught also No. 660 last night in a kayak and gave it to a grateful Bonds, but the California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator will keep this wet souvenir.

2005      A near-by pedestrian saves eight year-old Patrick McCarthy from getting run down by a truck when the boy starts to run into Boston’s Newbury Street traffic. The hero, who prevents the tragic accident by putting out his arm and saying `Whoa, watch out, buddy,’ turns out to be the boy’s favorite player, Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.

2007      The Red Sox purchase right-hander Russ Meyer (1-6, 6.21) from the Reds. The ‘Mad Monk’ will appear in only two games for Boston, posting a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work that includes a start.

2008      Workers at the new Yankee Stadium site dig up a Boston jersey buried in concrete from the ballpark scheduled to be completed in 2009. The tattered David Ortiz jersey, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, was buried by a Bronx construction worker, a Red Sox fan, who had hoped to put a hex on the Bombers.

2008      Reds hurler Johnny Cueto walks his first batter of the season, ending a string of 22 strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls. The rookie right-hander is the only post-1900 pitcher to fan as many 18 batters without throwing a ball four in his first two starts.

2009      Nick Swisher, who throws 22 pitches, allowing just one hit and one walk before retiring the next three consecutive batters, including a swinging strikeout of Gabe Kapler, becomes the first position player to pitch for the Yankees since Wade Boggs took the mound in 1997. During the 15-5 rout by the Rays at Tampa’s Tropicana Field, the fun-loving first baseman volunteered to pitch the eighth inning to help save the bullpen after starter Chien-Ming Wang lasts only one inning.

2009      In a somber pregame meeting, Philadelphia president David Montgomery informs the players that Harry Kalas, who arrived at Nationals Park with the players on the team bus, collapsed in the broadcast booth and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital. In tribute to the 73 year-old Hall of Fame voice of the Phillies, center fielder Shane Victorino, first baseman Ryan Howard and reliever Scott Eyre, prior to their 9-8 victory over Washington, light up a cigarette and pass it around in honor of the broadcaster, whose smoking habit was legendary.

2009      In the LA home opener, Orlando Hudson completes his cycle with a sixth-inning triple down the right-field line in the team’s 11-1 rout of the Giants. The second baseman becomes the first Dodger to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium, and the first franchise player to accomplish the feat in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges did it in 1949.

2010      The ‘Bring Back Orbit’ Facebook group is created with the hopes of convincing the Astros to reinstate the mascot, who was replaced with Junction Jack beginning in the 2000 season, coinciding with the team’s move from the Astrodome to Enron Field. The social media effort pays off when the franchise reveals the lovable lime-green outer-space creature with antennae extending into baseballs, after a 12-year absence, will be returning to continue his role in 2013, the team’s first season in the American League.

2011      Chipper Jones spoils Florida’s bid for a shutout when he homers in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Braves’ 5-1 loss at Turner Field. The Atlanta third baseman joins Eddie Murray (1,917) and Mickey Mantle (1,509) in becoming only the third switch hitter in major league history to compile 1,500 RBIs.

2012      Josh Thole’s bizarre base running blunder leads to a very odd double play in the second inning of the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park. After successfully reaching second base on R.A. Dickey’s sacrifice bunt, the 25 year-old Mets’ catcher shocks everyone, including the Philadelphia defense, by trying to return to first base, where he is tagged out to complete the unusual 3-1-6-4 twin killing.

2012      Aaron Harang, after surrendering a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin to start the game, strikes out the next nine consecutive Padres in L.A.’s 9-8 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 34 year-old right-hander’s performance is one more than Johnny Podres’ franchise mark of 8, but falls one short of the major league record held by Tom Seaver, who fanned 10 straight Friars for the Mets in 1970.

2015      Jon Lester finally attempts a pickoff at first base, ending a streak that covered a span of 66 appearances. The Cubs southpaw, who signed a six-year free-agent deal worth $155 million to start for Chicago this season, last threw over to first base on April 30, 2013 while pitching for the Red Sox.

 

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).