HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Benton Central 1 Lafayette Jeff 0

Yorktown 10 Muncie Central 0

Knightstown 12 Shelbyville 6

Franklin County 8 Batesville 7

South Dearborn 3 Greensburg 2

East Central 5 Connersville 2

Shenandoah 10 Blue River 0

Wapahani 8 Wes-Del 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Yorktown 16 Muncie Central 4

Pendleton Heights 16 Anderson 3

Lafayette Jeff 14 Lafayette Central Catholic 4

Noblesville 6 Harrison 5

Union County 1 Knightstown 0

Winchester 11 Union City 1

Lapel 19 Hagerstown 3

East Central 22 Franklin County 0

South Dearborn 11 Connersville 1

Wapahani 22 Blue River 0

Frankton 12 Shenandoah 2

Monroe Central 17 Wes-Del 7

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Philadelphia 145 Brooklyn 123

LA Clippers 135 Golden State 131

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Toronto 3 Boston 2

Carolina 5 Washington 0

Nashville 3 Dallas 2

Colorado 6 Calgary 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Baltimore 8 Boston 1

Toronto 5 Minnesota 3

Texas 12 LA Angels 7

Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 4

Cleveland 6 Seattle 4

NY Mets 7 Philadelphia 6 (11)

Chicago Cubs 7 Miami 2

Milwaukee 10 St. Louis 7

LA Dodgers 4 Cincinnati 3

Colorado 5 San Diego 2

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 Toledo 1

Dayton 4 Fort Wayne 0

South Bend 6 Great Lakes 5

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

LINCOLN                                   4

TRI-HIGH                                   1

#1 SINGLES  RACHEL MERIDA (L) DF MOLLY WEST (T)  6-2, 6-2

#2 SINGLES  KAMI LAYMON (L) DF KIELA CASH (T)  6-2, 6-3

#3 SINGLES  EMILY COX (L) DF MAKENNA HAWK (T) 6-3, 6-3

#1 DOUBLES  JESSI VANDIVIER & ALLISON KINGERY (T) DF JENNA BERTSCH & MAKALA HAMMONS (L)  6-3, 3-6, 6-3

#2 DOUBLES  CLARA TYREE & ARIS VANWINKLE (L) DF HELENE HELLSTERN & MADDIE BURCHETT (T)  6-1, 6-4

JUNIOR VARSITY

LINCOLN                                 0

TRI-HIGH                                2

KAYLEE RIGGS (T) DF GRACE FARMER (L)  6-0

RIGGS (T) DF KENZI FESSLER (L)  6-1

LINCOLN  5-0, TEC 4-0 TRAVELS TO CONNERSVILLE ON THURSDAY

 

UNION COUNTY 4 UNION CITY 1

1 Singles Lindsay Lang UC vs Morgan Wymer UCity          6-1  6-0

2 Singles Maddie Gaebel UC vs Carlee Rismiller UCity      6-2 3-6 1-6

3 Singles Lissie Pitcher UC vs Ashley Cline UCity                 6-3 6-1

1 Doubles Amanda Jahosky/Ryleigh Hollen UC vs Sydney Ralston/Aliyah Zimmers UCity              6-2 6-4

2 Doubles Hayley Kottka/Emily Harrison UC vs Kimberlee Lichtenberger/Anali Melendez UCity  6-2 6-3         

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Seton Catholic High School Track & Field team competed in a tri meet against Cowan and Wes-Del on Monday.

Competing for the boys’ team, Jaden Swiderek was awarded 1st in the 100, first in the Long Jump breaking another school record with 21’11. Swiderek also placed 1st in the 200 & 400.  Joseph Lahmann was awarded 1st in both the shot and disc.  Xen Cartwright was 4th in the shot put with a PR of 33 ft.

For our girls’ team Erica Barker placed 1st in the 800.  Nina Diel was 3rd in both the 100m and 200m.

Seton Catholic High School Track & Field will be competing again on Saturday April 20th at the Guerin Catholic Invitational.

 

Hagerstown’s track squads traveled to North Decatur on Monday to challenge the Charges and Union County Patriots.  The boys won handily, taking first in 12 of 15 events and scoring 101 points to 37 for North Decatur and 27 for Union County.  The girls meet was much closer with the Tigers prevailing over a strong North Decatur group 65-54 with Union County tallying 37. The ladies won four events compared to the Charger’s eight, but team depth and dominance in the throws put HHS over the top.

Highlights of the boys’ meet included four firsts by Holden Robinson, 110 HH, 100, 300IH and 4 x 400, another double win in shot and disc by Ryan Golliher, and excellent performances by Logan Tuttle in the 800 and Quentin Osborne in the 3200.

On the girls side, highlights included close but well-earned victories in the 100 by Ashley Vinson and the 800 by Ella Nicholson, an impressive hurdling debut by Jessica Swimm, and wins in the shot by Kaelynn Shutz and the discus by Kassidy Oliger.

Boys’ Individual Results:

4 x 800 1) Alexander McKee, Adam Nadler, Quentin Osborne, Logan Tuttle 8:59.0

110 HH 1) Robinson 16.5, 2) Jacob Henley 17.6

100 1) Robinson 11.5, 2) Branton Payne 12.0

1600 1) Adam Nadler 5:01, 2) Blake Creech 5:06

4 x 100 1) Caleb Lovvorn, Payne, Zack Sherrow, Jaylon Favorite 47.0

400 2) Dylan Napier 55.1, 3) Kent Caudill 57.5

300 IH 1) Robinson 40.9, 2) Sherrow 46.8

800 1) Tuttle 2:02.0  2) Nadler 2:13

200 1) Favorite 24.5, 2) Payne 25.0

3200 1) Osborne 10:56, 3) Creech 11:20

4 x 400 1) McKee, Tuttle, Napier, Robinson 3:36.3, 2) Sherrow, Lovvorn, Caudill, Favorite 3:49.0

HJ 2) Napier 5-8, 4) Caudill 5-2

LJ 1) Payne 18-6.5, 3) Favorite 17-8.5

Shot 1) Golliher 51-3, 2) Jadon Locke 40-8

Disc 1) Golliher 138-6, 2) Locke 117-7

Girls’ Individual Results:

4 x 800 2) Jewels Warfel, Taylor Pass, Teresa Rojas, Ella Nicholson 11:39

100 HH 3) Swimm 17.3

100 1) Vinson 13.5, 3) Madison Pruitt 13.7

1600 4) Anna Shafer 6:40

4 x 100 1) Olivia Sullivan, Swimm, Vinson,  Pruitt 54.4

400 2) Hallie Rogers 1:08.9, 4) Haven Ragen 1:10.2

300 LH 2) Swimm 53.8, 4) Ella Warvel 57.8

800 1) Nicholson 2:40

200 2) Vinson 28.7, 3) Pruitt 28.7

3200 3) Shafer 14:22, 4) Maci Matanich 14:59

4 x 400 2) Warfel, Rogers, Pass, Nicholson 4:39.1

HJ 2) Pruitt 4-10, 4) Abby Dale 4-6

LJ 2) Swimm 13-7 3) Makynna Matanich 13-3

Shot 1) Shultz 33-3, 2) Oliger 31-3

Disc 1) Oliger 92-4, 2) Shultz 83-5

 

The Lady Bulldog track team defeated Tri by the score of 95 to 32. The dogs won 13 of the 15 events. Leading the Bulldogs with 1st place finishes were Abby Ulm (4×800, 400, 4×400) Baylee Fry (4×800,4×100,4×400) Grace Carter (4×800, 800, 4×400) Emily Tedder (4×800, 1600, 3200) Phoebe Neher (100, Long Jump, 4×100, 200) Alexis Harmon ( 100H, 4×100, 300H) Carly Heaslip 4×100, Alanah Marsh 4×400 and Sarah Payne Shot put. Other ladies scoring were Rhenna Sanford, Emma Henson, Emma Ulm, Lydia Nevels and Kailee Tedder. Great Job ladies! 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

The Knights struggled Monday playing at Royal Hylands Golf Course for just the first time in 2 years but fought their way through, winning 181-209, led by Freshmen Alex “Chico” Beatty with a 41.
“As the coach, I take full responsibility for some of the play out here by my guys. We haven’t played here in a couple years, and I personally haven’t played here myself in 21 years, so it felt like we were playing blind on some holes. Royal Hylands is a difficult course if you don’t know how to play it, so this is a good test for us because we play the TEC Conference Tournament here. A win is a win though, and I scouted out the course so something like this won’t happen next time my players get out here. We do need to control our approach shots and get our iron play being more consistent in setting us up to hit greens in regulation. Congrats to the players, they fought hard for this score, and I know we aren’t satisfied with it. 2 or 3 shots played differently and we’re on the right side of 170, so we’re right there,” stated Coach Haynes.
The Knights carry a 2-1 TEC record and 10-8 Overall match/tournament record into their non-conference match 4:30pm Wednesday at Memorial Park in New Castle against Blue River.
NHS
1 Jake Shue 46
2 Kyle Woolums 51
3 Bailey Moistner 47
4 Alex Beatty 41
5 Nick Laird 47
Total (Best of 4) 181
Knightstown
1 Nathan Ott 56
2 Adam Ott 44
3 Drew Cupp 54
4 Josiah Moore 55
5 Cooper Ware 59
Total (Best of 4) 209
NHS JV
1 Logan Daulton 59
2 Dylan Goble 48
3 Garrett Abney 57
4 Nate Irwin 61
Total 225

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS

4A

1 Crown Point

2 Columbus East

3 Castle

4 Penn

5 Columbus North

6 Hamilton Southeastern

7 Lake Central

8 Evansville North

9 Indianapolis Roncalli

10 Jasper

Receiving Votes:

Bloomington North H.S., Carroll (Fort Wayne H.S., Homestead H.S., Indpls Cathedral H.S., Indpls Northwest H.S., Lawrence North H.S., Martinsville H.S., Mishawaka H.S., New Albany H.S., Valparaiso H.S.,

 

3A

1 Andrean

2 Western

3 Crawfordsville

4 Edgewood

5 Griffith

6 Benton Central

7 Evansville Memorial

8 South Bend St. Joseph

9 Guerin Catholic

10 Indian Creek

Receiving Votes:

Brownstown Central H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., Fairfield H.S., Lawrenceburg H.S., Mishawaka Marian H.S., New Castle H.S., New Prairie H.S., Norwell H.S., Providence H.S., Silver Creek H.S., West Vigo H.S.,

 

2A

1 Hagerstown

2 Lafayette Central Catholic

3 Wapahani

4 Alexandria

5 S. Adams

6 Monroe Central

7 Southridge

8 Heritage Christian

9 Union County

10 Lewis Cass

Receiving Votes:

Adams Central H.S., Austin H.S., Boone Grove H.S., Cascade H.S., Indpls Scecina H.S., Lapel H.S., Linton-Stockton H.S., North Posey H.S., Park Tudor H.S., South Vermillion H.S., Wabash H.S.,

 

1A

1 Daleville

2 Rossville

3 Barr Reeve

4 Washington Township

5 Hauser

6 Riverton Parke

7 Jac Cen Del

8 Rising Sun

9 Southwestern

9 Tecumseh

Receiving Votes:

Clinton prairie h.s., covington h.s., f.w. blackhawk christian h.s., shakamak h.s., shoals h.s., south central h.s. (union mills).

 

INDIANA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD POLL

1 Carmel
2 Ben Davis
3 North Central (Indianapolis)
4 Fort Wayne Carroll
5 Warren Central
6 Merrillville
7 Fishers
8 Pike
9 Homestead
10 Cathedral
11 Bloomington North
12 Hamilton Southeastern
13 Brownsburg
14 Bloomington South
15 Zionsville
16 Evansville Central
17 Westfield
18 Fort Wayne Concordia
19 New Albany
20 Lafayette Jefferson

 

WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST WINS IU KOKOMO INVITATIONAL

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s golf team will head into the conference tournament with championship momentum after winning the Indiana University Kokomo Cougar Classic on April 15.

The Red Wolves posted a team score of 331 for a seven-shot margin over runner-up Grace College in IU East’s final event before the conference tournament at the end of this month.

IU East senior Bre Nowak earned medal honors for the 11th time in her career with a round of 74 on the par 73, 5,826-yard layout at the Kokomo Country Club. Nowak matched her spring season-best 18-hole score to finish four shots ahead of Libby Huston from NCAA Division II Purdue University Northwest.

IU East’s Jo Wisecup matched her spring best with an 83 to finish in fifth place and earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Hannah Johnson and Paola Delgado shot 87s to tie for 11th. Johnson’s score matched her spring season-best.

IU East now begins final preparations for the River States Conference Championships scheduled for April 29 and 30 at Belterra Resort in Florence, Ind.

IU EAST (331)

  1. Bre Nowak – 74
  2. Jo Wisecup – 83
  3. Hannah Johnson – 87
  4. Paola Delgado – 87
  5. Lexie Fields – 88

 

BASEBALL AMERICA TOP 25 COLLEGE ABSEBALL POLL

1 UCLA                                27 – 6

2 Stanford                          24 – 5

3 Mississippi State           31 – 6

4 Georgia                           29 – 8

5 Oregon State                 25 – 8 – 1

6 Vanderbilt                       27 – 9

7 Louisville                         28 – 8

8 UC Santa Barbara         27 – 5

9 North Carolina State    29 – 8

10 Arkansas                       26 – 10

11 Texas A&M                   27 – 10 – 1

12 E. Carolina                    25 – 10

13 Georgia Tech               24 – 12

14 Arizona State               27 – 7

15 Louisiana State           24 – 13

16 Texas Tech                   23 – 11

17 North Carolina            27 – 10

18 Ole Miss                        25 – 12

19 Baylor                            24 – 10

20 Texas                             23 – 15

21 UC Irvine                       21 – 9

22 Texas Christian            22 – 12

23 Clemson                        25 – 11

24 Auburn                          24 – 12

25 West Virginia               22 – 13

 

 

Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump says he will present Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Woods won his fifth Masters title Sunday, overcoming personal and professional adversity to once more claim the green jacket.

Trump tweeted Monday that he spoke to Woods and congratulated him on “the great victory” and “to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!”

Trump didn’t say when a ceremony will be held. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for a civilian.

The president is an avid golfer who played a round with Woods at Trump’s golf club in Jupiter, Florida, in February. He watched the Masters from his Virginia golf club on Sunday.

 

Warriors squander 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1

Lou Williams led the Los Angeles Clippers to the largest postseason comeback in NBA history.

Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn’t answer on the other end, and the Clippers somehow rallied from 31 points down on the road to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

The comeback topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semifinals over Seattle. The Clippers confirmed it’s the best comeback ever.

“That’s a record we didn’t necessarily want to have. We’ll take it,” Williams said. “You’re competitive and you get lost in the game. Once you cut the lead to 12, you cut the lead to 10, then you realize you’ve got a game going. I’m one of those guys who can get hot.”

Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet’s dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.

“We changed a couple things offensively and defensively in the third on the fly. It worked out for us. But I thought it was our spirit more than anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Just every single guy. I loved the end of the game.”

Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted.

“When I say we stopped playing, we stopped playing, like defense, offense, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together.”

 

DeMarcus Cousins injures left quadriceps early in Game 2

Starting Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins’ postseason could be in jeopardy after he injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter of Monday night’s 135-131 Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.

“There’s a pretty significant quad injury,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll get an MRI tomorrow. But he’s going to be out for, I’ll just say a while because I think it’s not clear right now how long he’ll be out. It’s significant.”

This is a terrible blow for Cousins in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.

He hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad.

“We’ll rally behind him, tell him it’s far from the end of the world, tell him he has so much great basketball ahead of him,” Klay Thompson said. “He believes that. … He’ll bounce back. I know he will. He’s a fighter.”

Cousins had two points, two rebounds and an assist in just less than 4 minutes. He fouled out of Saturday’s 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.

Last summer, Cousins came to the Warriors seeking a chance, even though he was working back from the season-ending surgery after injuring the Achilles while with New Orleans. Cousins joined the two-time defending champions for $5.3 million, a low-risk move for Golden State general manager Bob Myers that worked out well for everyone.

 

Simmons triple-double leads 76ers to Game 2 win over Nets

Ben Simmons got an earful from the Philly crowd.

With the same 76ers fans Simmons put on blast for booing in the playoff opener now going wild in Game 2, Simmons cupped a hand to his right ear just like Allen Iverson’s signature move to spur the cheers even louder.

And he did it with Iverson rooting on the Sixers from courtside.

Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for the pesky Brooklyn Nets in a 145-123 win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series Monday night.

“I was just trying to be me,” Simmons said.

Simmons had a disastrous Game 1 , on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half en route to his second career postseason triple-double.

The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime.

“I was thinking about the boos from the last game,” Simmons said, smiling. “I have a lot of love for this city.”

Iverson and former Sixers teammate Dikembe Mutombo attended the game and tossed T-shirts into the crowd.

 

Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year averaged 22.6 points – tied for the league lead with teammate RJ Barrett – and 8.9 rebounds. Along the way, he became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

His decision to turn pro came as no surprise. In fact, he spent the season greeting NBA chatter with a playful wink and a knowing nod.

He said it would be “dope” to play on a hypothetical New York Knicks team with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Upon learning that LeBron James and Stephen Curry were talking about him during All-Star weekend, he responded that he’s “hoping to be there competing against them next year.”

During his lone college season, he helped the Blue Devils earn the No. 1 ranking in the final AP Top 25 and the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Duke was knocked out by Michigan State in the East Regional final.

Now that he’s headed to the NBA, one key subplot to follow is which sneaker company will land his endorsement.

In one of the signature moments of the season, Williamson blew out his left Nike shoe – the PG 2.5, the signature shoe of Oklahoma City star Paul George – and sprained his right knee in the opening minute of what became a lopsided home loss to rival North Carolina.

The impact was immediate – Nike’s stock price took a hit the next day, and the shoe company sent a team of representatives to campus to investigate. When Williamson returned roughly three weeks later for the ACC Tournament, he wore a pair of modified size-15 Nikes from the signature line of Irving, a Boston Celtics All-Star and former one-and-done player at Duke.

 

Hurricanes rout Caps 5-0 in 1st home playoff game since ’09

The Carolina Hurricanes waited 10 long years to finally bring the playoffs back to town. They almost seemed determined to cram a decade’s worth of goals and hits into one game.

Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Dougie Hamilton also scored twice and the Hurricanes routed the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night in their first home playoff game since 2009.

“We were relentless. We just kept going at them,” Hamilton said. “The crowd was unbelievable. It was one of the loudest buildings I’ve ever played in, and just so fun.”

Petr Mrazek earned his fourth career postseason shutout. Brock McGinn had a late goal and an assist, and Jaccob Slavin and Jordan Staal each had two assists.

The rapid-fire Hurricanes outshot Washington 45-18 to cut the defending Stanley Cup champions’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Playing with just 10 forwards after losing two to injuries in the first period, Carolina effectively rolled with three lines the rest of the way and fed off an amped-up crowd releasing 10 years of pent-up frustration with every hit.

The result: Carolina’s most lopsided postseason victory since a 5-0 win over Edmonton in Game 2 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final.

“Absolutely electric,” captain Justin Williams said.

Mrazek finished with 18 saves in his fifth career playoff victory – the last four have been shutouts.

Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots for Washington, which had its six-game postseason winning streak snapped. The Capitals were shut out in the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

 

Makar shines in NHL debut, Avs beat Flames 6-2 for 2-1 lead

A wide-open Cale Makar screamed toward Nathan MacKinnon to deliver him the puck.

That made an instant impression with MacKinnon on a night when Makar made an immediate impact. This newly signed rookie isn’t intimidated by the stage or his surroundings.

MacKinnon scored twice in the first period and set up Makar’s first NHL goal in his debut as the Colorado Avalanche routed the Calgary Flames 6-2 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

“It’s pretty weird. Pretty special, though,” Makar said of his first game. “Obviously, it’s a cool moment.”

Matt Nieto added a short-handed goal, and Mikko Rantanen and Erik Johnson also scored for the wild-card Avalanche, who built a 6-1 lead early in the third period and finished with 56 shots. Philipp Grubauer was credited with 27 saves.

MacKinnon had two power-play goals. But the goal of the night was turned in by Makar, the 20-year-old defenseman who was signed Sunday and jumped into Colorado’s postseason lineup two days after his college season ended when Massachusetts lost in the Frozen Four championship game.

Makar, who grew up a Flames fan in Calgary, was the fourth overall pick by the Avalanche in 2017.

It didn’t take long for Makar to make a big contribution as he took a drop pass from MacKinnon, fought off a Flames defender and beat goalie Mike Smith with a wrist shot – on his first NHL shot on net, too. Makar was immediately mobbed by teammates as his parents celebrated in the stands.

“I heard him, too. He was calling for it,” MacKinnon said. “First game ever and he screamed at me. That’s great. You want a player to be aggressive, assertive, and I was really impressed by that.”

Sam Bennett and TJ Brodie scored for the Flames, the top seed in the Western Conference.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Denver.

 

Matthews leads Maple Leafs past Bruins 3-2 for 2-1 lead

With the Toronto Maple Leafs back home, Auston Matthews finally broke through against Boston.

Matthews scored his first goal of the playoffs and set up another as the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

“It’s nice to get one,” said Matthews, who had just two points against Boston in the 2018 postseason. “It’s just another level when you score a goal in the playoffs, especially at home.

“I’ve said this before, it feels like an earthquake under you. The atmosphere tonight was unbelievable and we just want to continue what we built off tonight here on Wednesday.”

Andreas Johnsson, also with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Moore provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 34 saves.

David Krejci and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots in front of a crowd of 19,611.

“They played hard,” Bruins winger Brad Marchand said. “They upped their compete level. Ours wasn’t as good as it needed to be. But we’re right there – we had some opportunities to tie it up late.

“The difference was special teams. We’ll clean it up and get ready for the next one.”

The Maple Leafs won the series opener 4-1 last Wednesday in Boston before losing by the same score Saturday. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Toronto.

Less than an hour before puck drop, the Maple Leafs learned center Nazem Kadri was suspended for the rest of the series for his vicious cross-check to the head of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of Game 2.

“I actually just was told,” DeBrusk said after the game. “The league handled it. It’s one of those things where I don’t think it’s any use to comment on, to be honest with you.”

All five goals came in the second period.

 

Predators take 2-1 series lead over Stars with 3-2 victory

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne withstood a flurry of shots when the Dallas Stars had an extended power play in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage.

Then came his incredible save with the game tied midway through the third before the Predators got the game-winner.

Rinne stopped 40 shots, including seven when the Stars skated with an advantage for 2 1/2 consecutive minutes, and Mikael Granlund scored on a wrist shot with 8:19 left to push the Predators to a 3-2 victory Monday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.

“He’s the backbone of this franchise. He has been for a very long time,” defenseman P.K. Subban said of Rinne, who made his 86th consecutive playoff start for the Predators. “He’s one of our most important players, if not the most important, and he showed that again tonight.”

After three consecutive one-goal games, Game 4 is Wednesday night in Dallas.

Granlund’s tiebreaker came only about 3 1/2 minutes after the Stars got even at 2 on a goal from Tyler Seguin off a backhand pass from Stars captain Jamie Benn following some interesting puck play behind the net.

Stars fans wanted a penalty when Subban was on the back and reaching over Alexander Radulov in a battle for the puck. But play continued and seconds later Benn delivered a spot-on pass from the side of the net to Seguin in front.

Right after that, Benn had a point-blank shot that Rinne pushed aside with his skate to keep the game tied.

“He was terrific all night,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “At that point, you’re under fire a little bit, they start to grab the energy in the building. … That save was big.”

 

Pederson’s HR in 9th rallies Dodgers past Reds 4-3

Yasiel Puig’s homer stole the show early against his former Los Angeles teammates. But Joc Pederson had the last word for the Dodgers.

Pederson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, pointing into the Dodger dugout and thumping his chest as he left the box, triggering a huge celebration.

His big blow rallied the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Monday night in Clayton Kershaw’s season debut.

“It was a nice outcome,” Pederson said. “I got it pretty good.”

Raisel Iglesias (0-3) walked pinch-hitter David Freese leading off before Pederson homered over the right field wall. The Reds had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning on former teammate Matt Kemp’s RBI single with two outs.

“When it comes to in between the lines and winning a ballgame, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side,” Pederson said of facing his ex-teammates.

Retired broadcaster Vin Scully had Dodger Stadium buzzing with a surprise pregame appearance to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day.

Kershaw then gave Los Angeles a lift, even though the three-time Cy Young Award winner didn’t factor into the decision. Kershaw had been bothered by left shoulder inflammation in spring training. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none.

 

Contreras homer, 3 RBIs help Cubs beat Marlins 7-2

Yu Darvish thawed out and then nearly overheated in balmy South Florida, but he found enough in reserve to throw his hardest to the final batter he faced.

Darvish struck out eight in a season-high 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the year, and the Chicago Cubs adjusted to a big change in the weather to beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday.

The temperature in Chicago was 33 when the Cubs’ game Sunday against the Angels was snowed out, and it was 84 with the retractable roof open for the first pitch at Marlins Park.

“The first inning was toughest for me,” said Darvish (1-2). “After the first inning I was so tired. But I got better after that.”

His final three pitches of the night were his fastest – 98, 99 and 99 mph to Lewis Brinson.

“I was trying to throw as hard as I could,” Darvish said. “I should do that next time. Seriously, I’m thinking too much about throwing strikes.”

Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer , drove in three and reached base four times for the Cubs, who showed they could take the heat.

“We were in short sleeves,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I didn’t have a thermal top with my hoodie, followed by my jacket, followed by hand warmers in the pockets, followed by gloves and a beanie. It was not necessary, and that was good. It was awesome.”

Darvish (1-2) allowed two runs, lowering his ERA to 6.11, and earned just his second victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs before the 2018 season. He made it through only eight starts last year before being shut down with right triceps tendinitis.

 

Smith Jr. homers, drives in 4 in O’s 8-1 win over Red Sox

Dwight Smith Jr. hooked a two-run homer into the first row of seats down the right-field line and drove in four runs, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Red Sox 8-1 Monday in Boston’s annual Patriots’ Day game.

Baltimore salvaged a split of the four-game series. It had lost nine of its previous 11 games and was 4-21 in its last 25 against Boston.

Chris Davis also hit a two-run homer – much further into the right-field bleachers – and Renato Nunez had three hits with an RBI single.

Davis halted a record 0-for-54 stretch Saturday, the longest for a position player. He started the season 0 for 33.

It was the 60th straight year the Red Sox were scheduled to play on the holiday. The defending World Series champs completed a 3-3 homestand.

Dan Straily (1-1) rebounded from a rough debut start with Baltimore, giving up a run on two hits in five innings. He was tagged for five runs and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings by Oakland last week.

The Red Sox open a two-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday night in New York, the first meeting between the rivals since they ousted the Yanks in the divisional round of the playoffs last October.

Leading 1-0, Baltimore scored three times in the fifth off reliever Marcus Walden. Smith’s homer sliced into the seats about 20 feet down from the Pesky Pole, which is 302 feet away, and came after Jonathan Villar’s RBI single.

Smith added a two-run double.

Boston catcher Christian Vazquez started at second base for the first time in his career, handling two grounders and a tag play cleanly.

 

Back in LA, late-arriving Puig misses ring presentation

Yasiel Puig was late arriving to Dodger Stadium Monday in his return to Los Angeles for the first time since being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cuban star missed receiving his National League Championship Series ring in person from Dodgers owner Mark Walter and other front-office personnel.

They presented the jewelry to former Dodgers Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer during an informal gathering outside the Reds clubhouse.

“Just the six of us sharing some stories, saying hello and more so us thanking them for what they did to help us accomplish what we accomplished last year and wishing them well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Asked about missing the gathering, Puig said, “He can send the ring to my locker or give it to me at batting practice. He can give it to me in person, I don’t care.”

Roberts chuckled when asked if he was happy to be on the other team now when Puig’s name comes up.

“Yeah, I am happy,” he said, smiling.

Roberts said he and Puig “are good,” and they’ve been in touch via text message and a phone call during spring training.

“This guy did a lot of things in the community and helped the Dodgers do a lot of good things,” the manager said.

Puig also showed up 70 minutes late to a scheduled news conference with local media.

He took questions in English and Spanish for several minutes when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen suddenly appeared from behind a wall of TV cameras to greet Puig with a hug.

 

Gonzaga star Rui Hachimura declares for NBA draft

Gonzaga star forward Rui Hachimura has declared for the NBA draft.

The junior said Monday he will hire an agent as he pursues a professional career.

The 6-foot-8 native of Japan led Gonzaga in scoring this season with 19.7 points per game while shooting 59% from the field. He was also named the West Coast Conference player of the year.

During three years at Gonzaga, Hachimura was part of three trips to the Sweet 16, two Elite Eights, and an appearance in the national championship game.

Gonzaga finished with a 33-4 record this season and advanced to the Elite Eight.

 

Virginia guard Ty Jerome declares for NBA draft

Virginia guard Ty Jerome says he is forgoing his final year of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.

Jerome made the announcement Monday on his Instagram page. He says he made the decision after talking with his family and the Virginia coaching staff.

The 6-foor-5 junior was the starting point guard for the Cavaliers, but also played some shooting guard. He helped Virginia win the national championship, leading the Cavaliers with 202 assists. Jerome was second on the team with 79 3-pointers.

He averaged 13.6 points as the Cavaliers finished 35-3 and claimed their first national title. He also led the team in steals and shot 43.5% from the field and 39.9% from beyond the 3-point line.

Jerome might best be remembered at Virginia for making the pass to De’Andre Hunter for a 3-pointer that sent the title game against Texas Tech to overtime.

 

Sharks’ Joe Thornton suspended for Game 4 for head hit

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was suspended Monday for one playoff game for a hit to the head of Vegas’ Tomas Nosek.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety said that Thornton’s hit on Nosek in Game 3 was avoidable and that the head was “clearly the main point of contact.” That led to the decision to suspend Thornton for Game 4 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Thornton was called for an illegal check to the head on the play and defended it after the game.

“I honestly thought I barely touched him,” Thornton said after the game. “He just came right back; it was just one of those plays that it is what it is. I think my son hits me like that six times a day, it’s just a weird position to put himself in, that’s all.”

The Golden Knights felt otherwise about the hit in the second period of a 6-3 victory that gave them a 2-1 series lead.

“It’s gutless,” Vegas forward Ryan Reaves said. “It’s behind the play. It’s to the head. It’s everything you’re trying to get rid of in hockey.”

Thornton’s last suspension came in November 2010, when he was banned for two games for a head hit to St. Louis’ David Perron.

Thornton is a key piece in San Jose’s lineup, centering the third line alongside Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc and also playing on the top power-play unit. He has one goal and two assists in the series.

The Sharks could be without two other players with shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic listed as day to day with an upper-body injury that sidelined him for Game 3 and fourth-line wing Micheal Haley questionable after leaving Game 3 after blocking a shot with his ankle.

This marks the second straight year that a Sharks player was suspended for a playoff game against Vegas. Forward Evander Kane was suspended for Game 2 last year for a cross-check to the head of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

 

Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as head coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

Vigneault has led the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final and takes over a Flyers team that missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher made his first big move since he was hired in November after Ron Hextall was fired. Fletcher fired coach Dave Hakstol a month later and replaced him with interim coach Scott Gordon.

Vigneault gets a chance to lead a third team to the Stanley Cup Final.

“The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players, and the prospects coming up through the system in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape,” Vigneault said.

The Flyers went 37-37-8 for 82 points this season and haven’t reached the second round of the playoffs since 2012. Gordon was 25-22-4 over 51 games and was offered a chance to return to coach the Flyers’ AHL team in Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

The Rangers made the playoffs in four of Vigneault’s five seasons as coach, including a 2014 trip to the Stanley Cup Final. They went 226-147-37 in the regular season under Vigneault, who is third in regular-season and playoff wins in franchise history. Vigneault, who turns 58 in May, has coached 16 NHL seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Canucks and Rangers. His team made the playoffs 11 times, and he took Vancouver to the 2011 Cup Final. He was named NHL coach of the year in 2006-2007 with Vancouver.

 

Day 1 Recap – RSC Men’s Golf Championship: Brescia (Ky.) leads by 9 shots after 36 holes

FLORENCE, Ind. — Day 1 of the 2019 River States Conference Men’s Golf Championship is complete, and defending champion Brescia (Ky.) University is in the lead by nine strokes after 36 holes played Monday at Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Ind.

The Bearcats shot rounds of 306-300 for a total of 606 after the first day. That leads the other 10 teams heading into the final round of 18 holes on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Brescia led by six shots after the first round and then put together the best team score of the tournament so far, a 300 in round two.

Midway (Ky.) University is in the second place after 36 holes with rounds of 312 and 303. The Eagles were in second place after 18 holes as well. Asbury (Ky.) University (315-303) and Point Park (Pa.) University (313-305) are tied for third place, three shots behind Midway, and IU Kokomo (315-304) is in fifth place, one more shot back of that.

Cincinnati Christian University’s Noah Lung is the 36-hole leader individually at 3-over 145. He opened up with a 3-over 74 and then fired an even-par 71 in the second round to take a 1-shot lead over University of Rio Grande’s Jarod Lemaster at 4-over 146. Lemaster started off with a 76 and has the low-round of the tournament with the 1-under 71 that followed.

Tyler Pearson of IU East shot 74-73 and is two shots off the lead in third place. Gage Basiletti of Point Park fired 75-73 in fourth place, and Brescia’s Trevor Brown (74-75) and Point Park’s Matt D’Amico (77-72) are tied for fifth.

 

DANE KELLY BRACE GIVES INDY ELEVEN 3-1 WIN AT SWOPE PARK RANGERS

Indy Eleven (3W-1L-0D) returned to USL Championship play in spectacular fashion after a 15-day break with a 3-1 win on the road against Swope Park Rangers (0W-3L-1D). A brace and an assist from Eleven forward Dane Kelly helped extend the winning streak for Indiana’s Team to three games, resulting in nine points from the team’s first four fixtures of 2019.
“Overall, I think it was a very good team performance and a really good night for us,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “It is really hard for us to go to a team like Swope Park Rangers, who have had a lot of success in the USL [Championship], and have a game like that.”
It took only 67 seconds for Indy Eleven to climb on top, Kelly taking advantage of a failed back pass by Swope Park defender Camden Riley to give the visitors a lightning fast lead. Kelly swooped in and rounded Rangers (and ex-Butler Bulldog) goalkeeper Eric Dick with his first touch and with his second rolled home from a tough angle, the Jamaican opening his account with equal hustle and ease.
The Boys in Blue doubled their lead not five minutes later, left back Ayoze creating the opportunity with a 30-yard run into the final third and a perfectly-weighted chip to Kelly, who deftly one-touched into the path of Thomas Enevoldsen. Dick got a hand on the Danish striker’s low shot, but not enough of one to keep it from crossing the goal line, the 2-0 Indy advantage within seven minutes quickly putting the home side on its heels. Kelly nearly had a quick brace 11 minutes in, but his chance from 15 yards was sent right to the Rangers ‘keeper.
The one-way traffic by Indy would even out around the quarter-hour mark, and Swope Park would earn their first quality chance in the 23rd minute on a set-piece just outside the Eleven area – one that was easily corralled by Eleven goalkeeper Evan Newton.
Rangers would get one back in the 26th minute with midfielder Alexsander doing the heavy lifting, his 50-yard run straight up the center of the field ending with a ball that put Wilson Harris behind the Indy back line. One-on-one with Newton, Harris slotted home from left of goal to cut the Indy advantage in half, and it could have been evened up in the 29th minute had Macauley “Macca” King not have swooped across the penalty area to knock away a squared ball headed towards Felipe Hernandez.
“We were a little bit late on our pressure a couple of times and they opened up,” Rennie said. “We could’ve reacted a little bit better once that happened, but it was really about one of the only shots they had on goal. Overall, we can’t be too disappointed in that, but there were a couple of things we can learn from.”
Indy Eleven would take the momentum back at the half hour, Ayoze again creating havoc in the 31st minute with a ball to the six that Kelly had poked away before he could redirect. Seconds later, Indy midfielder Tyler Pasher lashed a shot inside the area that forced Dick into a save. Swope Park would see the last dangerous chance of the opening half in the 36thminute, but Newton made his finest save of the evening by punching away the in-swinger that found its way to the Indy netminder through traffic.
The second half came to life in the 51st minute with Riley trying to atone for his early mistake with a shot from distance that missed a couple of feet past the right post. Two minutes later it was Ayoze helping to put Indy Eleven on the board once again, the Spanish maestro springing a 70-yard ball over the top that put Enevoldsen free on the left end line. The Dane’s cross to the penalty spot was deflected but still found Kelly, who turned and fired home a left-footed rocket to again give Indy a two-goal cushion.
“It helps a lot with Dane’s confidence, especially having two goals and an assist on Thomas’ goal,” Rennie commented. “Thomas also scored, so two attackers got three goals between them. It definitely builds confidence and that’s really important for a striker. It nice to see them rewarded for the hard work they’re putting in.”
In the 61st minute, Eleven defender Alex Crognale nearly increased the lead with a strong header off a corner, but Dick made a one-handed save, pushing the ball over the bar from point-blank range. The rest of the half saw Indy largely content to drop numbers and keep Swope Park at bay – which largely worked other than shots from distance that Newton had covered regardless. Kelly would have a few chances to finish off his hat trick on counter attacks, most notably in the 85th minute when Dick thwarted the USL Championship’s all-time goal king with a kick save after cutting off the angle.
Indy Eleven’s April away swing continues this Saturday, April 20, when the Boys in Blue travel to the Philly area to take on Bethlehem Steel FC. The matinee kickoff from Talen Energy Stadium – the home of MLS side Philadelphia Union – in Chester, Penn., is set for 4:00 p.m., and the match can be seen exclusively via streaming video on ESPN+.

 

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10

(BIG 10 RELEASE)

[ONE // wolverine women clinch outright tennis title]

The Michigan women’s tennis program captured its ninth Big Ten Championship, winning the outright title with a 5-0 victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon.  The Wolverines have captured eight Big Ten titles over the last 10 years, most recently in 2017, and won the outright crown five times since 2010.  Michigan claimed the outright championship in 1997, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2019 while sharing the title in 2012, 2013 and 2017.  The Wolverines finish the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record in conference play and stand 15-5 overall.  The 2019 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament takes place from April 25-28 at the University of Nebraska’s Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb.

[TWO // terps take share of women’s lacrosse crown]

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team clinched at least a share of its fifth straight Big Ten Championship on Thursday following a 17-13 win over Northwestern at Martin Stadium in Evanston, Ill.  Boasting a 5-0 Big Ten record with one game remaining in the conference season, the Terrapins improved to 15-0 overall. Maryland wraps up the regular season on April 27 hosting Johns Hopkins.  The Terps scored 10 goals in the second half to break open a back-and-forth game that was tied 7-7 at the half. Senior Caroline Steele led the way with five goals and one assist. Senior Erica Evans added four goals while Kali Hartshorn, Brindi Griffin, Jen Giles and Grace Griffin each registered two goals for Maryland. The 2019 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be hosted by Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on May 3 & 5, featuring four conference teams.

[THREE // penn state now lone unbeaten team in men’s lacrosse league play]

With a 17-7 victory at Michigan on Saturday, Penn State moved to 3-0 in the Big Ten men’s lacrosse standings, and is now the lone unbeaten team in the league, following Ohio State’s first Big Ten win being a road upset of previously unbeaten Johns Hopkins, 14-13.  Johns Hopkins is now tied for second at 2-1 with Maryland, which captured a 16-13 win at Rutgers on Sunday.

[FOUR // big ten qualifies all seven programs for ncaa men’s gymnastics championships]

All seven Big Ten men’s gymnastics teams have been selected to compete in the NCAA Championships starting April 19 and hosted by Illinois at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. The championships qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will take place on Friday, April 19. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals in each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session on Saturday, April 20. Last season, Minnesota took second place at the NCAA Championships with 411.923 points, followed by Illinois in third (411.689) and Nebraska in fifth (403.589). Penn State’s Stephen Nedoroscik won his second consecutive national title on the pommel horse with a score of 14.666, while Illinois’ Alex Diab finished first on the rings with 14.500 points.

[FIVE // seven big ten hockey standouts earn national honors]

Seven Big Ten hockey standouts claimed national honors Friday at the NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. Wisconsin’s Jake Bunz earned the Hockey Humanitarian Award, Ohio State’s Brendon Kearney took home the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award and five individuals were named CCM/AHCA All-Americans. Additionally, three Big Ten standouts were named first-time All-Americans, a group that included Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes, Michigan State forward Taro Hirose and Minnesota forward Rem Pitlick. Second-team honors went to Notre Dame defenseman Bobby Nardella and Ohio State forward Mason Jobst.

[SIX // pair of big ten hoopsters chosen in wnba draft]

Two Big Ten students were chosen in the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft that took place Wednesday nightat the Nike New York Headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The Big Ten has now had multiple students from current member schools chosen in the WNBA Draft in every one of the league’s 23 years of existence.  Iowa’s Megan Gustafson was the first Big Ten student chosen this year, going in the second round with the No. 17 overall pick to the Dallas Wings.  Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell was also selected in this year’s WNBA Draft, going in the third round with the 30th selection to the Minnesota Lynx.

[SEVEN // wisconsin’s happ named kareem abdul-jabbar award winner]

Ethan Happ capped his brilliant Wisconsin basketball career this past Friday by winning the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, the Basketball Hall of Fame positional award given to the nation’s best center.  Happ was presented the award by Abdul-Jabbar himself at the College Basketball Awards show in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Happ becomes the fifth Abdul-Jabbar winner since its inception in 2015. Former Badger Frank Kaminsky was the inaugural winner of the Abdul-Jabbar Award in 2015.

[EIGHT // nine football teams compete in annual spring games]

Nine Big Ten football games competed in their respective spring games this past weekend.  Highlighted by several big plays by the defense, Team Butkus defeated Team Grange, 24-10, in Illinois’ annual Orange and Blue Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. In Bloomington, Indiana’s Cream squad defeated the Crimson team 48-33 in the Hoosiers’ annual spring game.  Michigan played its Spring Game before 25,000 Wolverine fans in Ann Arbor.  Utilizing a modified scoring system, the Green (defense) defeated the White (offense), 42-26, on Saturday afternoon for Michigan State’s Green-White spring game.  Minnesota hosted the annual contest where, in an offensive showcase, Maroon topped Gold 38-20to win Goldy’s Cup.  In front of a crowd of 85,946 fans on a beautiful sunny day at Memorial Stadium, Nebraska hosted its annual Red-White Spring Game and the Red Team prevailed with a 24-13 win.  A crowd of 61,102 fans in Ohio Stadium witnessed the Gray defeat the Scarlet, 35-17, as the Ryan Day era of Ohio State football debuted Saturday inside Ohio Stadium.  A perfect mix of clear skies and sun greeted Nittany Lion fans as 61,000 watched Blue top White, 24-7, in Penn State’s annual Blue-White Game.  With the roster divided between offense and defense, Rutgers’ scripted scrimmage featured four quarters of action with a special scoring system.

[NINE // football students honored nationally for success in the classroom]

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced this past Wednesday the members of the 2019 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high of 1,672 players from a record 429 schools, including 38 students from 12 Big Ten institutions, qualified for membership in the Society’s 13th year. Congratulations to Illinois’ Nick Allegretti and Mike Dudek, Indiana’s Chris Gajcak, Wes Martin and Michael McGinnis, Iowa’s Jake Gervase, Parker Hesse, Anthony Nelson, Matt Nelson and Miguel Recinos, Maryland’s Tre Watson, Michigan’s Noah Furbush, Michigan State’s Chase Gianacakos, Collin Lucas, Grayson Miller, Matt Morrissey, Matt Sokol and Khari Willis, Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter, Payton Jordahl and Jared Weyler, Nebraska’s Jerald Foster and Mick Stoltenberg, Northwestern’s Tommy Doles, Nate Hall, Flynn Nagel and Clayton Thorson, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, Purdue’s David Blough, Shane Evans, Joe Schopper and Jacob Thieneman, Rutgers’ Zack Heeman, and Wisconsin’s Evan Bondoc, Ryan Connelly, D’Cota Dixon and Alec Ingold.

[TEN // back in the pool]

Finally this week, BigTen.org took a look back at the men’s and women’s swimming and diving seasons that recently concluded.  Season in Reviews are now posted for both the men and women. On the men’s side, Indiana led the Big Ten with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, followed by No. 9 Ohio State, No. 13 Michigan and No. 19 Minnesota ranking among the top 20. Purdue finished 23rd, Penn State ended 29th and Wisconsin finished at No. 36. The Hoosiers also claimed the Big Ten Championship this season, marking the 27th Big Ten Championship in program history and the third consecutive title. For the women, Michigan led the conference finishing in third place with 314 points, followed by Indiana in ninth place with 179 points. Indiana claimed the 2019 Big Ten Championship title at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind., for its sixth program crown.

 

BIG 10 BASEBALL: Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week
Dominic Canzone, Ohio State
OF – Jr. – Sagamore Hills, Ohio – Walsh Jesuit – Sport Industry

  • Helped the Buckeyes to a series win over No. 24 Michigan and 4-1 mark on the week
  • Tallied four RBI on 12 hits and scored seven runs while batting .545
  • Hit two home runs, two doubles and a triple as he registered a .583 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage
  • Extended his career-high reached base streak to 33 games, while currently leading the Buckeyes with 16 multi-hit games and 40 runs scored
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week: Jacob Bosiokovic (Feb. 22, 2016)

Pitcher of the Week

Tevin Murray, Rutgers
P – Jr. – Ringtown, Pa. – North Schuylkill – Journalism

  • Pitched six shutout innings with one hit allowed to help the Scarlet Knights defeat Michigan State and secure Rutgers’ first ever Big Ten sweep
  • Struck out a career-high nine batters and faced only two hitters with a man in scoring position, contributing to Rutgers’ first one-hitter since 2004
  • Owns a conference ERA of 1.06 on the season, allowing two earned runs in 17.0 innings pitched
  • Records his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Rutgers Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Howie Brey (April 4, 2016)
  • Freshman of the Week
    Maxwell Costes, Maryland
    1B/DH – Baltimore, Md. – The Gilman School – Letters & Sciences
  • Helped the Terrapins to a 3-2 record on the weekend, posting a pair of victories over Northwestern and a win over William & Mary
  • Tallied eight RBI on seven hits and scored seven runs, including two homers and three doubles
  • Notched a .583 on-base percentage, while recording a .941 slugging percentage to help the Terps win their first back-to-back road conference series since 2006
  • Wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Maxwell Costes (March 11, 2019)

 

 MAC HANDS OUT WEEKLY BASEBALL HONORS

MAC Baseball Co-Players of the Week

Nick Drobushevich, Northern Illinois, OF

Freshman, Moline, Ill. (Moline)

Drobushevich extended his hitting streak to eight games this week with four multi-hit games against UIC and Western Michigan. The freshman opened the week going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two walks in NIU’s 15-10 loss to the Flames at Ralph McKinzie Field. After going 3-for-5 in game one of the Huskies’ series at Western Michigan, Drobushevich was a combined 6-for-9 with four RBI in Saturday’s doubleheader. In NIU’s 12-6 win in game two that day, the freshman rightfielder was a season-high 4-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. He was a home run away from the cycle, even though he hit one in game one of that twinbill. Drobushevich had a slashline last week of .688/.700/1.062.

Jordan Stephens, Miami, Second Base/Shortstop

R-Junior, Parker, Colo. (Legend)

Stephens helped the Miami offensive explosion during its 5-0 week. As a team, the RedHawks scored 56 runs in five games, with Stephens driving in a team-high nine of them. He hit .478 with an on-base percentage of .536 and a slugging percentage of .739. Stephens had at least two hits and one RBI in all five of Miami’s games this week. Against Wright State on Tuesday he was 2-for-4 with on RBI and one run scored. He had a double and a solo home run in that game. To help lead the RedHawks to the Nuxhall Classic Championship the next night against Cincinnati, Stephens was 2-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored, getting what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the top of the 11th to put Miami in front on the way to the win. On Friday against Bowling Green, Stephens was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. In game one of the doubleheader on Saturday he was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He helped Miami finish off the series sweep in game two on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Stephens is now hitting .415 with 10 RBIs in MAC play this season.

MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Spencer Mraz, Miami, Pitcher

Junior, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Berea-Midpark)

Mraz was on the brink of history for Miami as he threw 7.0 innings of hitless ball against Bowling Green on Saturday. The Falcons ultimately broke it up with a double to lead off the bottom of the eighth. For the game BGSU hit only .045 against Mraz. The runs scored against him came after he departed. He made things easy for the RedHawk defense as well on Saturday, recording a career-high 13 strikeouts. Mraz improved his record to 5-2 with a 3.28 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work this season.

Others Nominated

John Ricotta, Ball State, 1B

Senior, Rochester, NY

Ricotta led Ball State to a 3-1 week that featured a series win over Eastern Michigan and a midweek rout of Butler. BSU’s starting first baseman slugged .813, highlighted with 2 home runs and 2 doubles.  He went 2-for-4 in each of the first pair of games against EMU. He doubled and homered and drove in all 3 runs in BSU’s 3-2 win on Friday. He then hit a home run in the very next game on Saturday. Defensively, he made 2 backhand scoops at 1st base to save errors along with a tough unassisted play behind the bag and a running play in foul territory.

Nick Floyd, Ball State, RHP

Senior, Elkhart, Ind. (Jimtown)

Floyd had a win and a save as Ball State went 3-1 last week. He worked 7 innings in his 2 appearances, striking out 9 and allowing just 1 run. He started and earned the win against Butler on Tuesday, then earned a 4-inning save in a win on Saturday. Opponents hit just .192 off of Floyd, who is now 5-0 on the season.

Jacob Crum, Central Michigan, OF

Senior  St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)

Crum flexed his muscle at the plate this past week as the Chippewas finished 2-2 over a four-game stretch including a 24-10 non-conference rout at Oakland and a 7-4 victory in game one of Saturday’s MAC doubleheader at Kent State. The St. Johns, Mich., native finished the week batting .294 with five hits, eight RBI and two home runs to go along with a .706 slugging percentage. In Tuesday’s victory over the Golden Grizzlies, Crum finished 1-for-5 with 3 RBI and a walk. On Friday’s 7-4 series opening loss at Kent State, he finished 2-of-4 with a homer and RBI. On Saturday’s twin bill split with the Golden Flashes, he finished 2-of-7 with a home run and 4 RBI.

John Rensel Jr., Eastern Michigan, 1B/DH

Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio (Tallmadge)

Rensel Jr. led the Eastern Michigan offense in its four games, April 10, at Oakland University, and April 12-13, at Ball State University. The EMU captain compiled a .600 batting average (6-for-10), and .800 slugging percentage on the week, knocking two extra-base hits and tallying three RBIs in the span. In addition to his hot bat, Rensel Jr. showed veteran poise at the dish, drawing seven of the team’s 16 total walks on the week, and scoring four runs for the Green and White. Rensel’s best performance came in EMU’s win over MAC-foe Ball State University, where he went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, helping Eastern to hand Ball State its first home loss of the season after it previously won 14 straight in Muncie.

Justin Meis, Eastern Michigan, RHP

Freshman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Bethel Park)

Meis was impressive on the mound in Eastern’s series finale at Ball State University, April 13. Earning his second-consecutive win, Meis tossed 5.2 innings for the Green and White, allowing just three earned runs and two free passes while dusting three Cardinal hitters in his effort. After giving up two runs in the first, Meis settled in and dominated the Cardinal offense, allowing just one run through his final 4.2 innings of work. With the win, Meis dealt Ball State its first home loss of the season, as the Cardinals were previously a perfect 14-0 in Muncie.

Justin Kirby, Kent State, OF

Freshman, Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta)

Kirby posted a .583 batting average and 1.417 slugging percentage, collecting seven hits with two home runs, a triple, and two doubles through four games on the week. The Alpharetta, Ga. native has worked his way into the heart lineup and a starting position in the outfield in his freshman campaign, recording a .667 on-base percentage with five runs scored and three RBIs. The freshman was pivotal in a MAC series win against a tough CMU team, reaching base three times in the series opener and knocking a home run in each of the final two games. In the first game of a twin bill on Saturday, Kirby scored two of Kent State’s four runs with two RBIs, hitting a game-tying two-run blast in the sixth inning. In the series finale, Kirby went 3-for-3 at the plate, and was just a single short of hitting for the cycle. He legged out a triple in his first at bat that forced CMU to dip into its bullpen in the first inning of the game. He doubled in the third inning and walked in his third trip to the plate. In the seventh inning, he rocketed his second home run of the day to left field and nearly came to the plate for the fifth time, ending the day in the on-deck circle. On the season, Kirby has a .351 average and .635 slugging percentage, totaling 15 RBIs and 22 runs scored. His conference numbers lead the team with a .474 average and 18 hits with 10 extra-base knocks and an .868 slugging percentage.

Luke Albright, Kent State, RHP

Freshman, Fishers, Ind. (Fishers)

Albright made a dazzling appearance in long relief for the Flashes in the series finale against Central Michigan Saturday evening, collecting the win with a career-high 6.1 innings of work. Entering the game in the top of the third inning with runners on second and third and just a 6-3 lead, Albright shut down the Chippewas and worked out of the inning. He went on to hold CMU scoreless until the top of the ninth inning when the Chippewas managed one meaningless run as the Flashes walked away with the MAC series win. Albright allowed just one run on four hits while striking out three in the victory. The Fishers, Ind. native is 3-1 (2-0 in conference) in nine appearances on the season, tossing 30.0 innings with 30 punch outs. He ranks sixth in the MAC in opposing batting average, holding opponents to a .181 average.

Rudy Rott, Ohio, 1B

Senior, Holmen, Wis.(La Crosse Aquinas)

Rott was sensational in Ohio’s week against Ohio State and Toledo. Rott hit two home runs and two doubles in the week. Rott had a home run and double against Ohio State, and also in Ohio’s 16-5 win over Toledo on Friday. Rott drove in one RBI against OSU and two against Toledo. UT pitched around Rott in the final two games of the series, walking him three times with two being intentional walks. Rott had a team-best .500 on-base percentage in the past week.

Jack Liberatore, Ohio, RHP

Redshirt freshman, Greensburg, Pa. (Greensburg Central Catholic)

Liberatore was phenomenal in Ohio’s 5-2 win over Toledo on Saturday. Liberatore struck out a career-high eight batters in 7.2 innings. The Greensburg, Pa. native did not allow a run to score while allowing just five batters to reach base. Liberatore did not walk a batter and gave up just two extra base hits.

Jimmy Roche, Western Michigan, Third Baseman

Senior, Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg)

Roche helped propel the Broncos to a 3-1 record on the weekend with a series victory over Northern Illinois and a win on Wednesday at Notre Dame. Roche led the Broncos with 8 RBIS on the week and ranked third on the team with a .389 batting average. In the four games, Roche had two multi-hit games and recorded an RBI in three of the four. Offensively, Roche led the Broncos to a win over Notre Dame last Wednesday going 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs. Roche against the Fighting Irish had five of his career-high six RBIs in his first two at-bats and finished a home run away from completing the cycle. Against the Huskies over the weekend, Roche was 4-for-14 with two RBIs and a double to give WMU its first MAC series victory of the season. At the plate Roche had just one strikeout in 18 at-bats during the week and in the field had 0 errors and 8 assists.

Will Mullen, Western Michigan, RHP

Redshirt Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Notre Dame Prep)

In his only appearance of the week, redshirt junior Will Mullen dominated in game one against Northern Illinois on Friday to pick up his second win of the season. Mullen threw a career-high 4.2 innings allowing no runs on 11 hits while matching his career-high with four strikeouts. The Rochester, Mich., native has not allowed a run in his last four appearances and has accumulated eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings of work. In 17 appearances this season, Mullen has a 2-3 record with a team-low 3.66 ERA in 32 innings pitched.

 

BIG 10 SOFTBALL: Minnesota and Rutgers Earn Weekly Softball Awards

Player of the Week
MaKenna Partain, Minnesota
2B – Jr. – Banks, Ore. – Banks – Major: Family Social Science
• Batted .857 with an .875 on-base percentage and 2.000 slugging percentage last weekend, registering a home run, four RBI and three runs scored as the nationally-ranked Golden Gophers swept a Big Ten doubleheader on Sunday from visiting Michigan State
• Five of her six hits in seven at-bats went for extra bases, including three doubles and a triple
• Nearly hit for the cycle in Sunday’s nightcap, finishing with a single, double and home run
• Chosen as an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017-18
• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Hope Brandner (April 8, 2019)
Pitcher of the Week
Amber Fiser, Minnesota
RHP – Jr. – Van Horne, Iowa – Benton Community – Major: Business Marketing
• Went 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in 10.1 innings in the circle last weekend, throwing a complete game and striking out 20 while walking four to help Minnesota to a pair of conference wins over MSU
• Threw a complete-game five-hitter in Sunday’s opener, tying her career high with 13 strikeouts
• Earned a win in relief in the nightcap, allowing just two hits and striking out seven in 3.1 innings of work
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2017-18
• Earns her seventh career Pitcher of the Week honor and third this season
• Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Amber Fiser (March 18, 2019)
Freshman of the Week
Katie Wingert, Rutgers
C – Fr. – Carlisle, Pa. – Cumberland Valley – Major: Biochemistry
• Posted a .417 batting average, .417 on-base percentage and 1.250 slugging percentage last weekend, hitting three home runs with six RBI and three runs scored as Rutgers won all three games at Penn State, the Scarlet Knights’ first conference series sweep since April 22-24, 2016
• Hit two home runs and drove in three in the series finale on April 13, connecting on a two-run home run in the third inning and then again with a solo home run in the sixth, the latter putting Rutgers ahead to stay
• Also doubled and hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the third inning of RU’s series-opening win on April 12
• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Rebecca Hall (March 16, 2015)

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Irish Close Homestand with Midweek Matchup Against Northwestern

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team will finish its current nine-game homestand this Tuesday with a midweek matchup against regional foe Northwestern. It will be the first of two games against Northwestern as the Irish will travel to Evanston during the final week of the regular season. The Irish are coming off a thrilling 4-3 walk-off win over No. 21 North Carolina and look to ride the momentum into Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats.

Know the Opponent: Northwestern

Northwestern travels to Frank Eck Stadium for the first of two meetings between the Irish and Wildcats this season.

The Irish hold a 73-60-1 record all-time against the Wildcats and are 45-28 in games at Notre Dame.

Last season, the two teams split the series with both teams winning on the road.

The Irish had their highest scoring output of the season against the Wildcats in their 19-10 win in Evanston.

Eric Gilgenbach, Nick Podkul and Alex Kerschner all have five RBI in the win.

The combo of Tommy Sheehan and Andrew Belcik held the Wildcats to just three huts and no runs over the first six innings of the game.

The 19 runs were the most for the Irish since they hit the same number against Purdue on Feb. 19, 2011.

Prajzner Walks-Off No. 21 North Carolina

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Irish and Tar Heels had a pitcher’s duel between Cameron Junker and Will Sandy.

The game was scoreless through the first three frames until the teams traded runs in the fourth inning.

The Irish jumped out in front in the seventh with two runs on a sacrifice bunt from Jared Miller and Daniel Jung scored on a wild pitch.

Junker finished the afternoon with seven innings pitched and limited the Tar Heels to just two runs for his fifth quality start of the season.

North Carolina tied the contest at 3-3 in the top of the ninth but the Irish had an answer in the bottom half of the inning.

The bases were loaded with two outs when Zack Prajzner stepped to the plate for his second at-bat after pinch-hitting earlier in the game.

He got a hold of the 2-1 pitch and drove it to the wall for the game-winning hit for Notre Dame’s fifth ranked win of the season.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Ohio State Concludes Homestand vs. Xavier Tuesday Night

(OHIO STATE RELEASE)

OLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team wraps up a five-game homestand vs. Xavier at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (20-17, 4-5 B1G) return to the diamond after going 4-1 last week, including a home series win over No. 24 Michigan in Columbus. The Musketeers (14-22, 5-1 Big East) travel to Columbus after winning a road series at St. Johns in Queens, N.Y.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Links to live stats will be available on the Ohio State baseball schedule on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The game vs. the Musketeers will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). The game can also be heard on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call.

ON THE MOUND
Tuesday:
 LHP Mitch Milheim (0-1, 8.44 ERA) vs. RHP Nathan Berg (1-0, 8.22 ERA)

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State is 20-17 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play. Ohio State went 4-1 last week, including a series win over No. 24 Michigan last weekend in Columbus.
  • 5,280 fans attended the doubleheader last Saturday vs. the Wolverines, which was the second-largest crowd in Bill Davis Stadium history.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 281-220-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 524-422-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State is hitting .275 as a team and leads the conference with 348 hits. The Buckeyes rank third in the league in average (.275), slugging (.418), runs scored (211), and home runs (34).
  • Dominic Canzone leads the Buckeyes with a .360 average. He is currently on career-high 33-game reached base streak. It is the longest reached base streak by a Buckeye in three years.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for 4.62 ERA with 313 strikeouts in 333.0 innings of work. The pitching staff struck out 32 Wolverine hitters in 27.0 innings pitched last weekend.
  • The 2019 Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from the 2019 NCAA Tournament team that finished with a 36-24 overall record. Key players returning include 2018 second team All-Big ten honoree Dominic Canzone, third team selection Conner Pohl and 2018 All-Big Ten Freshman standout Dillon Dingler.
  • Left-handed pitcher Mitch Milheim will be making his second start of the season vs. the Musketeers. He worked four innings on two runs and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in his first collegiate start last week vs. Dayton.
  • The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.
  • Canzone, Pohl and Dingler were each named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List. Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten.

SCOUTING XAVIER

The Musketeers are 14-22 overall and 5-1 in the Big East. Xavier is hitting .265 as a team with 58 doubles, nine triples and 31 homers. Conor Grammes leads the team with a .301 average and five doubles, two triples and five homers. The XU pitching staff has combined for a 6.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts in 318.0 innings pitched.

BUCKEYES VS. XAVIER
Ohio State is 31-12 vs. Xavier all-time. The Buckeyes are 26-7 at home vs. the Musketeers.

OHIO STATE AS OF LATE

Ohio State hit .313 as a team last week with eight doubles, two triples and seven homers. Seven different Buckeyes hit .300 or better led by Dominic Canzone with a .545 average. The OSU pitching staff struck out 51 in 45.0 innings in five games and held opponents to a .249 average. 

CANZONE STREAKING
Dominic Canzone is currently on a career-high 33-game reached base streak. He is the first Buckeye to have at least 30-game reached base streak since Troy Montgomery reached base safely in 37 games from March 28, 2015-Feb. 26, 2016). Canzone is hitting .368 (50-for-136) with a .447 on-base percentage during the stretch. Canzone also is on a 10-game hit streak heading into the game vs. Xavier Tuesday.

 

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Final Non-Conference Matchup Awaits Purdue

(PURDUE RELEASE)

FOR THE FANS
Tuesday’s game will serve as the Purdue softball Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. All Purdue faculty and staff will get a free ticket with a valid Purdue ID.

All fans can also enjoy a $5 hot dog and soda combo from the Bittinger Stadium concession stands.

LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers are looking to get back into the win column following a pair of losses (7-5 / 9-4) on the backend of a weekend series against Nebraska. In the losses, Purdue was guided by four Boilermakers with with three hits and at least one run each, while senior Mallory Baker and freshman Rachel Becker guided the team with two runs apiece.

Overall, senior Jenny Behan continues to lead the Boilermakers at the plate with 11 home runs and a .363 hitting percentage. She is the first Boilermaker to reach 11 long balls since Ashley Burkhardt in 2015. The third baseman is currently tied for Purdue’s fifth-most home runs in a season with Burkhardt, Candace Curtis (2008) and Heidi Foster (2003) and is only four dingers away from tying Katie Mitchell (2007) in first with 14 home runs.

In the circle, Sydney Bates and Kaitlyn Moody have seen the most action for Purdue. Bates leads the Boilermakers with 11 wins and Moody with 10. Each have tallied three saves on the season and will look to throw another great performance against a strong Irish offense.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish come into the match up with a 29-17 overall record and a 6-8 showing in the ACC. Notre Dame most recently took two of three against NC State, to push UND into second-place of the conference standings.

Seniors Cait Brooks and Ali Wester lead the team in hitting, both batting just above .400. Brooks, with 16 home runs on the season, is coming off a career day in a doubleheader against NC State, going 5-for-6 with three home runs, two doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored.

Among other Big Ten match ups this season, the Irish are 1-2 with a win over Ohio State and losses to Minnesota and Northwestern.

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION
All-Time Series: Notre Dame leads 16-10 dating back to 1997
Last Meeting: Purdue 4, Notre Dame 1 (in South Bend, Ind.)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: April 5, 2012: Notre Dame 8, Purdue 6

 

NFL NEWS: Diamonds in the Rough – Introducing the favorite sleepers for the 2019 NFL Draft

****top position player

QUARTERBACKS

****Jacob Dolegala, 6-7, 242, 4.91, Central Connecticut State

  1. Taylor Cornelius, 6-6, 224, 4.70, Oklahoma State
  2. Tyree Jackson, 6-7, 249, 4.59, Buffalo
  3. Gardner Minshew II, 6-1, 225, 4.97, Washington State
  4. Brett Rypien, 6-1, 210, 4.91, Boise State
  5. Easton Stick, 6-1, 224, 4.62, North Dakota State

RUNNING BACKS

****Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 221, 4.67, Boise State

  1. Alex Barnes, 6-0, 226, 4.59, Kansas State
  2. Damarea Crockett, 5-10, 225, 4.50, Missouri
  3. Jalin Moore, 5-10, 212, 4.53, Appalachian State
  4. Tony Pollard, 6-0, 210, 4.52, Memphis
  5. Darwin Thompson, 5-8, 200, 4.47, Utah State

WIDE RECEIVERS

****Andy Isabella, 5-9, 188, 4.31, Massachusetts

  1. Keelan Doss, 6-2, 211, 4.50, California-Davis
  2. Jazz Ferguson, 6-5, 227, 4.45, Northwestern State (Louisiana)
  3. Travis Fulgham, 6-3, 215, 4.58, Old Dominion
  4. Jalen Guyton, 6-1, 212, 4.44, North Texas
  5. David Ungerer, 5-10, 170, 4.55, Idaho

TIGHT ENDS

****Kahale Warring, 6-5, 252, 4.67, San Diego State

  1. Keenan Brown, 6-3, 250, 4.75, Texas State
  2. Dawson Knox, 6-4, 254, 4.55, Mississippi
  3. Josh Oliver, 6-5, 249, 4.63, San Jose State
  4. Donald Parham, 6-8, 240, 4.65, Stetson
  5. Dax Raymond, 6-5, 255, 4.73, Utah State

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

*****Tytus Howard, 6-5, 322, 5.05, Alabama State

  1. Brandon Hitner, 6-6, 305, 5.10, Villanova
  2. Devon Johnson, 6-7, 338, 5.16, Ferris State
  3. Tyler Roemer, 6-6, 312, 5.21, San Diego State
  4. Max Scharping, 6-6, 327, 5.29, Northern Illinois
  5. Oli Udoh, 6-6, 323, 5.05, Elon

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

****Nate Davis, 6-3, 316, 5.23, Charlotte

  1. J. Autry, 6-3, 337, 5.58, Jacksonville State
  2. Hjalte Froholdt, 6-5, 306, 5.20, Arkansas
  3. Drew Forbes, 6-5, 308, 5.05, Southeast Missouri
  4. Ethan Greenidge, 6-4, 327, 5.47, Villanova
  5. Iosua Opeta, 6-4, 301, 5.02, Weber State

EDGE RUSHERS

****Maxx Crosby, 6-5, 255, 4.66, Eastern Michigan

  1. Jaylon Ferguson, 6-5, 271, 4.82, Louisiana Tech
  2. Carl Granderson, 6-5, 254, 4.79, Wyoming
  3. Daryll Johnson, 6-6, 253, 4.82, North Carolina A&T
  4. Corbin Kaufusi, 6-9, 279, 4.89, BYU
  5. Oshane Ximines, 6-4, 253, 4.78, Old Dominion

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

****Khalen Saunders, 6-0, 324, 5.01, Western Illinois

  1. Ed Alexander, 6-1, 319, 5.26, LSU
  2. J. Collier, 6-3, 283, 4.91, TCU
  3. John Cominsky, 6-5, 286, 4.69, Charleston
  4. Albert Huggins, 6-3, 305, 5.12, Clemson
  5. Renell Wren, 6-5, 318, 5.01, Arizona State

TRADITIONAL OFF-BALL LINEBACKERS

****Kaden Elliss, 6-2, 238, 4.62, Idaho

  1. Dre Greenlaw, 6-0, 237, 4.58, Arkansas
  2. Terrill Hanks, 6-2, 242, 4.98, New Mexico State
  3. Sutton Smith, 6-0, 233, 4.69, Northern Illinois
  4. Sione Takitaki, 6-1, 238, 4.63, BYU
  5. Jahlani Tavai, 6-2, 250, 4.86, Hawaii

CORNERBACKS

****Sean Bunting, 6-0, 195, 4.42, Central Michigan

  1. Corey Ballentine, 5-11, 196, 4.47, Washburn
  2. Blace Brown, 6-0, 194, 4.75, Troy
  3. Jordan Brown, 6-0, 201, 4.51, South Dakota State
  4. Joejuan Williams, 6-4, 211, 4.65, Vanderbilt
  5. Jimmy Moreland, 5-10, 180, 4.49, James Madison

SAFETIES

****Nasir Adderley, 6-0, 205, 4.49, Delaware

  1. Ugo Amadi, 5-10, 201, 4.50, Oregon
  2. Marquise Blair, 6-1, 195, 4.60, Utah
  3. Stephen Denmark, 6-3, 220, 4.50, Valdosta State
  4. Malik Gant, 6-0, 209, 4.63, Marshall
  5. Andrew Wingard, 5-11, 214, 4.55, Wyoming

 

 THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-APRIL 16, 1940

Bob Feller of the Indians carved a niche for himself in baseball’s hall of fame as the American League season opened today, pitching an amazing no-hit game to defeat the White Sox, 1 to 0, before 14,000 roaring fans. It was the first opening day no-hit contest in modern major-league history. It ended after 2 hours and 24 minutes of play as Ray Mack, Cleveland second sacker, made a great knockdown of Taft Wright’s grounder and tossed him out at first by a step.
Feller, who struck out eight batsmen and walked five, earned the decision on two timely Indian safeties in the fourth inning. Jeff Heath singled to left with one out, and after Ken Keltner had flied out, Heath scored on a triple to right by Feller’s catcher and friend, Rollie Hemsley. It was Feller’s first no-hitter, although he has had three one-hit performances in his brilliant major league career. The 21-year-old star won twenty-four games last season.
The White Sox, even though they enjoyed six-hit pitching by the southpaw Edgar Smith, threatened seriously only once. In the second they had the bases filled with two out. Feller, using his blazing fast ball, then struck out rookie Bob Kennedy. Feller, who put on his great show before his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Feller, and his sister, Marguerite, retired fifteen men in a row from the fourth inning through the eighth.
He got the first two men in the ninth easily, but Luke Appling, White Sox short-stop, gave him and the cheering fans several anxious moments. Appling drove four foul smashes to right before drawing a walk on the tenth pitch. Then Mack made his fine play on Wright’s drive on the ground. The ball was to Mack’s left and the infielder, with a fine stab, knocked it to the ground, picked up the rolling ball and shot it to First Baseman Hal Trotsky for the putout.
Bob Feller pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters in an 18-year major-league career. He won 266 games and led the American League seven straight years in strikeouts while with the Indians. But he lost nearly four full seasons at the peak of his career while earning eight battle stars in World War II as an antiaircraft gunner aboard the battleship Alabama.

 

ALSO

1912 – Pittsburgh Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers second base).

1929 – Cleveland Indians’ Earl Averill becomes first in American League to hit a homerun on first at bat.

1929 – New York Yankees become first team to use numbers on uniforms.

1935 – Babe Ruth’s first National League game, for Boston Braves, includes a homerun.

1939 – Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1.

1940 – First televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (Chicago White Sox versus Chicago Cubs exhibition).

1940 – Cleveland Indians’ Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter versus Chicago, 1-0.

1949 – NHL’s Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in four games.

1953 – Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open.

1953 – Philadelphia Phillie’s Connie Ryan gets six hits in a game.

1953 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1.

1954 – NHL Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3.

1957 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1.

1958 – 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284.

1959 – New York Yankees unveil their first message scoreboard.

1959 – Philadelphia Phillies’ Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit.

1961 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.

1961 – NHL Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2.

1967 – New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox 7-6 in 18 innings.

1972 – First Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock.

1972 – Chicago Cubs’ player Burt Hooton no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0.

1978 – Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic.

1978 – Saint Louis Cardinals’ Bob Forsch no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0.

1979 – 15th Mayor’s Trophy Game, New York Yankees and New York Mets tie 1-1.

1979 – 83rd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Massachusetts in 2:09:27.

1979 – 8th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:35:15.

1980 – Delhi beats Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final.

1980 – Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.

1983 – Setting a National League consecutive game-played record, Los Angeles Dodgers’ first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game.

1984 – 13th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of New Zealand in 2:29:28.

1984 – 88th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:10:34.

1984 – Oakland Athletics’ Dave Kingman hits three homeruns including a grand slam.

1986 – West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England.

1987 – Michael Jordan becomes second NBA to score 3000 points in a season.

1989 – First Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins.

1989 – Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in third round of 1990 world soccer cup.

1989 – Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic.

1989 – Zeleka Metaferia wins third World Cup marathon (2:10:28).

1990 – 19th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:23.

1990 – 94th Boston Marathon won by Gelindo Bordin of Italy in 2:08:19.

1991 – Saint Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7.

1992 – First concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field).

1992 – New York Rangers win team record 50th game.

1995 – 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins.

2004 – India defeats Pakistan in their first cricket tour in 14 years.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1895      The name Detroit Creams lasts only a season when the Class A Western League team is dubbed the Tigers after editor Philip Reid headlines a Detroit Cost-free Press story with Strouthers’ Tigers Showed Up Very Nicely. The club’s new moniker, still in use today, will carry over to the city’s franchise in the new American League in 1901.

1928      Braves’ pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.

1929      In a 5-4 Opening Day victory over Detroit at League Park, Indians’ rookie center fielder Earl Averill homers on a 0-2 pitch off Detroit’s hurler Earl Whitehill, becoming the first American Leaguer to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The ‘Earl of Snohomish’ will also be the first future Hall of Famer to accomplish the feat.

1929      On Opening Day, the Indians become the first team to wear numbers on the back of their jerseys on a permanent basis when they edge Detroit at League Park, 5-4. The Tribe beat the Yankees in becoming the first team to regularly don digits when the earlier-scheduled Bronx Bombers’ contest against Boston is washed out in New York.

1935      With the band playing Jingle Bells at Boston’s Braves Field on a snowy day with near freezing temperatures, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut, hitting a homer and a single off Giants’ legend Carl Hubbell. The Braves beat New York, 4-2, but the team will go on to win only 37 more games this season.

1938      The Cardinals deal a declining Dizzy Dean to Chicago for pitchers Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun and $200,000. During his four years in the Windy City, the future Hall of Fame right-hander will compile a 16-8 record for the Cubs.

1940      On a chilly day, the White Sox team batting average does not change when Indian fireballer Bob Feller hurls an Opening Day no-hitter, beating Chicago at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Each Pale Hose batter starts and ends the game with a .000 BA.

1940      On Opening Day at Griffith Stadium, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0, after the Chief Executive tosses his wild throw.

1946      Before the Senators’ 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium, Harry Truman becomes the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch left-handed. On Opening Day in 1950, the southpaw Commander-in-Chief will make two tosses, one left-handed and one right-handed.

1946      On Opening Day, Mel Ott hits his 511th and final home run of his career in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at the Polo Grounds, a ballpark in which he has hit 63% of his round-trippers. The 37 year-old player-manager, who has two hundred more homers than any other National Leaguer, will retire third on the all-time list, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534).

1946      “An Apology to Braves Fans – The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage.” – As the result of the newly painted grandstand seats having not yet wholly dried, about 5,000 fans attending the Boston’s home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team takes out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer that will cost the team $6,000, after it generates nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.

1948      The future superstation WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.

1953      In a Forbes Field contest in which Pittsburgh will prevail, 14-12, the Phillies score nine times, and the Pirates tally six runs in the fifth inning, tying the National League record when 15 batters cross home plate during the frame. Philadelphia’s second baseman Connie Ryan establishes a new team record with six hits, four singles, and two doubles, in six at-bats.

1954      The Tigers refuse to play a game against Detroit scheduled for Good Friday, a somber Holy Day observed by many of their Christian fans. The contest will be made up on August 19, setting up a rare Thursday afternoon doubleheader, one of ten twin bills the Tribe will play at Cleveland Stadium this season.

1957      Andre Rodgers becomes the first Bahamian to play in the major leagues when he grounds into a 6-4 force play facing Bob Friend in the top of the second inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The 22 year-old shortstop’s roommate and fellow Caribbean, Valmy Thomas, entering the game in the sixth to replace catcher Wes Westrum, also becomes the first native of the Virgin Islands to play in big league game.

1957      Before the Phillies’ home opener, the team dedicates a statue of Connie Mack as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician,’ which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it, waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin. The ‘Tall Tactician’

The ‘Tall Tactician’

1959      Dave Philley, who established a big-league mark by getting his eighth straight pinch hit on the final day of the campaign last year, extends the remarkable streak when he doubles off Lew Burdette in his first pinch hitting appearance this season. Although Rusty Staub of the Mets will tie his single season mark in 1983, the Phillies’ premier pinch-hitter will remain the leader for consecutive hits coming off the bench with nine, albeit over a span of two years.

1962      Philadelphia’s Cal McLish and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals both fail to finish an inning when each starter allows six runs to score in the first frame. Ernie Broglio gets the win, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball in the Redbirds’ 12-6 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

1964      Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal, which passes near Ebbets Field, the Dodgers’ old home, and Holy Water from the Harlem River where it flows past the Polo Grounds, the former longtime ballpark of the Giants and the Mets’ home for the past two seasons is used to christened Shea Stadium. The ballpark’s namesake, Bill Shea, credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadow structure on the eve of its debut.

1966      On the second day of the season, Jack Fischer gives up just five hits in his complete-game effort, beating Atlanta at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The win represents the Mets’ earliest victory in franchise history.

1972      On the second day of the season, Burt Hooton, making his fourth career start, no-hits the Phillies at Wrigley Field, 4-0. The Cubs hurler becomes the 12th rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1975      After making the second of his two poor starts for the Dodgers, Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game. The 37 year-old ‘Dominican Dandy’ finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).

1978      Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob’s brother Ken of the Houston Astros will pitch a no-hitter against Atlanta, making the siblings the first brothers to throw no-hitters in the big leagues.

1983      Dave Philley, who established a big-league mark by getting his eighth straight pinch hit on the final day of the campaign last year, extends the remarkable streak when he doubles off Lew Burdette in his first pinch-hitting appearance this season. Although Rusty Staub of the Mets will tie his single-season mark in 1983, the Phillies’ premier pinch-hitter will remain the leader for consecutive hits coming off the bench with nine, albeit over a two-year span.

1983      Padres first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. In his first game back at Dodger Stadium, the former LA infielder for 13 seasons, will see his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history, when he suffers a dislocated thumb as a result of a collision at home plate in July.

1984      In his first three at-bats, A’s Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a grand slam, driving in eight runs against the Mariners in a 9-6 victory. ‘Sky King’ will compile five three-round-tripper games during his 16-year career, second only to Johnny Mize, who accomplished the feat six times from 1938 to 1950 while with the Cardinals and Yankees.

1988      The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.

1989      Blue Jay third baseman Kelly Gruber becomes the first player to hit for the cycle in franchise history when he singles in the eighth inning of the team’s 15-8 win against Kansas City. The 27 year-old All-Star infielder’s Toronto teammates buy him a tricycle in recognition of the Exhibition Stadium accomplishment.

1994      After being escorted into Mile High Stadium by a Colorado National Guard contingent, the ‘dinosaur egg,’ which was ‘uncovered’ during the excavation for Coors Field, hatches, revealing an anthropomorphic purple triceratops named Dinger, the Rockies’ new mascot. The inspiration of using of a three-horned dinosaur as the team’s good luck charm is the result of the actual discovery of some dinosaur fossils throughout the construction site of the new ballpark, including a 7-foot-long triceratops skull that weighed half a ton.

1997      The Cubs set the record for worst start in National League history when they extend their losing streak to 12 games with a 4-0 loss to Colorado at Wrigley Field. Chicago surpasses the overall Senior Circuit mark of 0-11 established in 1884 by the Detroit Wolverines.

1999      Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win 1,000 games when his Rockies beat San Diego, 6-4. The Colorado skipper won 851 games for the Pirates during his 11-year tenure with the team, and another 146 victories and a World Championship for the Marlins during his two seasons with Florida.

2000      Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time. The southpaw, who strikes out Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball), and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning, goes the distance, getting the complete-game victory when Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome hit back-to-back homers in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win over the Rangers.

2006      Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Brett Myers, and the Phillies bullpen, Philadelphia beats the Rockies, 1-0. The Colorado defeat marks the first time the team has lost a 1-0 decision during their decade of playing at Coors Field.

2008      Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 record and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears about his trade to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus deal, an elaborate hoax which includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers, and members of the media, totally fools the Phillies sophomore pitcher.

2009      Grady Sizemore’s grand slam spoils the debut of the new Yankee Stadium, an eventual Cleveland 10-2 rout over the Bronx Bombers. The Indians outfielder’s decisive blast off Damaso Marte is the keynote hit of the Tribe’s nine-run seventh inning, a frame that started with the score tied at 1-1.

2011      Johnny Damon walk-off single accounts for winning run in the Rays’ 4-3 victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field. The 37 year-old designated hitter’s accomplishment marks the first time in nine years a batter collects five consecutive game-winning RBIs.

2011      Owasso High School senior Dylan Bundy, who will finish the scholastic season with an 11-0 record along with a 0.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts/5 walks in 71 innings pitched, throws a fastball that clocked at 100 mph. The Orioles will select the 18 year-old Oklahoman as their first round pick (4th overall) in the June MLB Amateur Draft.

2013      In tribute to the victims of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the fans at Yankee Stadium sing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, the anthem of their American League East rivals. Before the contest against Arizona, the Bronx Bombers display their logo next to the Red Sox emblem with the words “United We Stand” on an outside video board.

2015      Giancarlo Stanton becomes the Marlins’ all-time home run leader when he goes deep off Dillon Gee in the first inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to New York at Citi Field. The 25 year-old right fielder’s two-run blast, his 155th round-tripper for Miami, surpasses the franchise mark established in 2010 by Dan Uggla.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1861 – Birth of Isaac Murphy; US jockey (won 628 races).

1878 – Birth of R E “Tip” Foster; cricket player (287 on debut England versus Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 1903).

1906 – Birth of Marion Lloyd Vince in Brooklyn, New York, USA; fencer (National champion 1928, 1931).

1928 – Birth of Dick [Night Train] Lane; NFL defensive back (Saint Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions).

1932 – Birth of Imre Polyak in Hungary; featherweight (Olympics-gold-1964).

1940 – Birth of David Holford; cricket player (cousin of G S Sobers West Indies leg-spin all-rounder).

1943 – Birth of Johnny Watkins; cricket player (New South Wales leg-spinner, bowled six overs for Australia).

1947 – Birth of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor]; NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers).

1952 – Birth of Peter Westbrook in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA; fencer (Olympics-bronze-1988, 1992, 1996).

1956 – Birth of Marty Dickerson in Middletown, Ohio, USA; golfer (1994 ShopRite Classic-22nd).

1958 – Birth of Philip Bainbridge; British cricketeer.

1959 – Birth of Anne Kursinski; equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-1996).

1962 – Birth of Jeanne Golay in Coral Gables, Florida, USA; cyclist (Olympics-16th-1992, 1996).

1963 – Birth of Garry Galley in Montréal, Québec, Canada; NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres).

1963 – Birth of Salim Malik; cricket player (memorable Pakistani and Essex batsman).

1965 – Birth of Caren Kemner in Quincy, Illinois, USA; volleyball outside hitter (Olympics-bronze-1992, 1996).

1966 – Birth of Lewis Tillman; NFL running back (Chicago Bears).

1967 – Birth of Charles Evans; NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings).

1969 – Birth of Fernando Vina in Sacramento, California, USA; infielder (Milwaukee Brewers).

1969 – Birth of Melinda Rich in Muskegon, Michigan, USA; WPVA volleyball player (US Open-13th-1993).

1970 – Birth of Ian Franklin; Canadian Football League cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos).

1970 – Birth of Steve Emtman; NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins).

1970 – Birth of Walt Williams; NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat).

1971 – Birth of Frederik Nilsson in Stockholm, Sweden; IHL forward (Team Sweden, Kansas City (IHL)).

1971 – Birth of Natasha Zvereva in Minsk, Belarus; tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells).

1971 – Birth of Trey Maples in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA; Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Canadian).

1972 – Birth of Conchita Martinez in Monzon, Spain; tennis star (1996 final Indian Wells).

1972 – Birth of Jim Ballard; NFL/WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills).

1972 – Birth of Mario Bradley; WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs).

1975 – Birth of Nicky Sualua; NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys).

1980 – Birth of Paul London; American professional wrestler.