MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Pittsburgh 10 LA Angels 2
Tampa Bay 10 San Diego 4
NY Yankees 8 Baltimore 5
NY Yankees 11 Baltimore 8
Toronto 19 Texas 4
Cleveland 6 Boston 5
Houston at Chicago White Sox postponed
Washington 7 Cincinnati 6
Arizona 8 Colorado 6
MONDAYS BOX SCORES: https://www.mlb.com/scores
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Lansing 4 Dayton 3
Fort Wayne 3 South Bend 1
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF
Richmond 168 Franklin County 176
Etherington 38, Spurrier 42, Fisher 43, Brock 45, McGrew 46, Laughlin 48
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Doolittle gets through latest adventure, Nats edge Reds 7-6
Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle added to his career high by getting his 27th save Monday night – and there are more than 1 1/2 months still to go in the season.
He’s already easily eclipsed his total for number of games finished in a year, too.
After pitching for the fifth time in seven games and hanging on to save Washington’s 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Doolittle acknowledged what seems rather obvious, even if he was throwing in the mid-90s mph: The lefty is tired.
“I’m starting to feel it a little bit,” said Doolittle, who has struggled lately and blown five of his 32 save chances this year. “These are the nights where you’ve got to dig deep and grind it out.”
Trea Turner and Matt Adams homered, Erick Fedde threw well after allowing a solo shot on the game’s first pitch and the depleted Nationals made a 7-2 lead stand up. But barely.
After former Reds reliever Tanner Rainey allowed a two-run homer to Cincinnati rookie sensation Aristides Aquino – it was the record eighth round-tripper in his first 12 major league games for the NL Player of the Week – Doolittle came in for the ninth with a 7-4 lead.
His first pitch of the evening became Phillip Ervin’s pinch-hit homer.
“That ball was crushed,” Doolittle said. “It was supposed to be in – and it was middle. And it was a really loud sound.”
The next batter singled, then came around on Joey Votto’s two-out double off the wall in left on a nine-pitch at-bat. After an intentional walk, Doolittle ended things on Josh VanMeter’s foul popout.
“We came up short,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Doolittle was asked whether he needs a reduction in his workload or just must handle what’s asked of him by manager Dave Martinez, who said relievers Wander Suero, Hunter Strickland and Daniel Hudson were unavailable.
Doolittle said he has to figure out “how to deal with it.”
Torres (13 homers vs Os) lifts Yanks to doubleheader sweep
Gleyber Torres walked to the plate in the eighth inning with runners on first and second, two outs and the Yankees ahead by five runs.
Baltimore called for an intentional walk, and who could blame the Orioles?
Torres hit three of New York’s seven home runs in an 8-5, 11-8 doubleheader sweep Monday, including three-run drives in the fifth and sixth innings of the night game. Torres has 13 of New York’s record 59 long balls against Baltimore this season, a big reason the Yankees have 14 consecutive wins versus the Orioles.
“I take all the opportunities they give and then just do damage,” Torres said.
Gio Urshela had six hits in the twinbill, including a 461-foot homer in the opener, and raised his average to .332 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs.
AL East-leading New York has five doubleheader sweeps to go along with one split. The Yankees improved to 15-2 against Baltimore with two games left, winning 12 of their past 14 overall and moving a season-high 38 games over .500 at 79-41.
Torres set a big league record with his fifth multihomer game against a team in a season, breaking a tie with Ralph Kiner (1947), Gus Zernial (1951) and Roy Sievers (1955). His 26 homers are two more than his total as a rookie last year, and the 13 against Baltimore matched Roger Maris in 1961 against Cleveland for the second-most against one team in a season for the Yankees, one behind Lou Gehrig’s total in 1936 versus Cleveland.
“I just kind of had enough,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said of the walk, which was followed by Brett Gardner’s groundout. “We’re making him look like a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”
Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the day game and had four RBIs. Urshela, Torres and Cameron Maybin added solo shots, all off Gabriel Ynoa (1-7).
Gardner hit a three-run triple off Ty Blach (0-1) in the opening inning of the night game, Mike Ford had a solo home run and Torres homered off Evan Phillips and Tom Eshelman to make it 11-3.
James Paxton (8-6) started the opener and won a third straight start for the first time since his streak of seven for Seattle from 2017. The injury-decimated Yankees brought in some fresh arms in the night game, when 27-year-old left-hander Joe Mantiply (1-0) got his first big league win in his Yankees debut.
Purchased from Cincinnati on Friday for $1, Mantiply relieved with one out in the second and allowed three runs over three innings in his return to the major leagues from Tommy John surgery in March 2018. Mantiply’s only previous appearances were five relief outings for Detroit in September 2016, and he wondered whether he would make it back.
“There were definitely those thoughts,” he admitted.
He was followed by 28-year-old righty Brady Lail , who pitched 2 2/3 innings in his big league debut after eight seasons in the minors.
García homers, Duffy has 4 hits as Rays rout Padres 10-4
The Tampa Bay Rays are 20 games over .500 for the first time since the 2013 season, and are feeling pretty good about themselves.
Avisail Garcia had a two-run home run among his three hits and Matt Duffy had four hits and three RBIs for the Rays, who benefited from a Padres bullpen meltdown in a 10-4 victory Monday night in their first game in San Diego since 2004.
The Rays, currently holding the second AL wild-card spot, won their fourth game in a row overall and their eighth straight on the road.
“I think it’s awesome, especially with the stretch of games that we have coming up here, a pretty extended stretch where taking care of business is a big deal. To go into that feeling good as a team with a good vibe in the clubhouse, everybody believing that good things are going to happen, that’s certainly a big thing.”
“We’re clicking on all the right cylinders in a good stretch, an important stretch. A lot of positive things happening right now.”
Tampa Bay’s only other visit to San Diego was as the first AL team to play at Petco Park, sweeping a series from June 15-17, 2004. The Rays have won eight straight in the series.
“I saw something the other day, we’ve held a playoff spot for a good chunk of the season,” Duffy said. “We have to just continue to focus on that day’s game and make sure it stays that way.”
Travis d’Arnaud walked with one out in the first and with two outs, Garcia drove the first pitch he saw from left-hander Joey Lucchesi (7-7) into the seats in left field, his 17th.
With Padres starter Joey Lucchesi going only 4 2/3 innings, the bullpen faltered.
Drury hits first career grand slam, Jays rout Rangers 19-4
Held off the scoreboard Sunday in a 1-0 loss to the Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays bounced back with their biggest offensive outburst of the season.
Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits, and the Blue Jays routed the Texas Rangers 19-4 Monday night.
“As a team, I felt like we were always going to be able to hit,” Smoak said. “Over the past month or so, we’ve definitely been able to do that. I feel like we have the right guys here who are capable of doing some crazy things.”
Bo Bichette had the first four-hit game of his young career and Randal Grichuk had three hits, including a solo homer, as the Blue Jays pounded out a team record 13 extra-base hits and won for the 10th time in 15 games.
“We’re playing really good ball right now,” Bichette said. “Everybody is competing really well. It’s really fun.”
Drury had five RBI, while Smoak and Grichuk each had four.
Blanked for the ninth time this season a day earlier against New York’s Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman, the Blue Jays responded with season-highs in runs and hits (21) against six Rangers pitchers.
After Rafael Montero struck out the side in the seventh, catcher Jeff Mathis took the mound for Texas in the eighth and gave up a two-run home run to Danny Jansen.
“Once Montero pitched, I didn’t really want anybody else to pitch,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “It saved us from having to use another arm. It’s huge.”
Toronto scored eight runs in the fourth, its biggest inning since an eight-run frame against Seattle on Sept. 20, 2016.
Keller wins as Pirates snap 8-game skid, beat Angels 10-2
Mitch Keller was barely a teenager when a hotshot outfielder from downstate New Jersey joined his hometown Cedar Rapids Kernels. Keller immediately became an enormous fan of Mike Trout, and he cheered on the Angels from Iowa while his favorite player rose to the top of their sport.
Keller finally stepped onto the same field as Trout on Monday night, facing his hero three times at the Big A. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect will always remember his first career victory, but one small detail will stand out more than the final score.
“Just to kind of get that head nod from him in the first inning, his first at-bat … it was a really cool moment for me,” Keller said. “I’m sure he doesn’t think anything of it, but it was awesome for me.”
Keller pitched five resilient innings for his first win in the major leagues, and the Pirates snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 10-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Keller (1-1) came up from the minors to make his fourth big league start, and the rangy right-hander was good enough to win – particularly with bountiful run support. He yielded five hits, two walks and just one earned run, striking out four and pitching out of two late jams.
He walked Trout twice in a pair of hard-fought at-bats. He also retired the Halos superstar on a fly to right in the third.
“It was incredible,” Keller said. “Growing up, I never would have pictured being here like that right now. It feels good to get the first one out of the way. Hopefully many more of them to come. … It’s really cool facing that team. There’s a lot of good players on that team, a lot of guys that I grew up watching.”
Diamondbacks use 3 homers in 6th to rally past Rockies
Somewhere around the fifth inning, Josh Rojas began to gaze around the ball park and a particular thought dawned on him.
“I realized I’m in the big leagues right now,” the outfielder said after his major league debut. “This is pretty crazy.”
It took him a couple innings to settle in before making a big impression. The same goes for his teammates.
Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered during a four-run sixth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-6 victory over the reeling Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Over the course of 13 pitches, Arizona went from trailing 6-3 to leading 7-6. Lamb started the comeback with a solo shot off reliever Jake McGee. Ahmed later hit a two-run homer and Kelly followed with a solo shot off Chad Bettis (1-6).
It was the Diamondbacks’ 27th comeback win of the season and keeps them in the thick of the wild-card chase.
“In this ball park, no game is over – no matter what the score is, no matter what inning it is,” Ahmed said.
Rojas had a pair of hits in his first big league game, including an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-6. After his inaugural base hit in the sixth – just ahead of Ahmed’s homer – the keepsake baseball was tossed into the dugout, where Eduardo Escobar playfully pretended to throw it into the crowd.
Rojas was acquired last month in the deal that sent right-hander Zack Greinke to Houston. Rojas became the 10th Arizona-born player to suit up for the Diamondbacks.
“Really nice approach. Unfazed. Good heartbeat. Not glossy-eyed. He looked very comfortable,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “To be relaxed, and do what he did today was very, very impressive.”
Merrill Kelly (8-12) allowed four of his six runs in the first inning as he earned his first victory since June 12. Archie Bradley tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
Baseball gets early jump in 2020 with March 26 openers
Major League Baseball will open its 2020 season on March 26, its earliest start other than international games. The schedule also features an April series in Puerto Rico between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.
Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers, opens March 31. This is the first new ballpark since the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park opened in 2017. Globe Life will be the seventh big league stadium with a retractable roof.
The commissioner’s office said Monday all 30 teams could play on opening day for the first time since 1968. The 2020 regular season is to end Sept. 27, putting the World Series on track to run from Oct. 20-28.
The All-Star Game is at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14. The Cubs and Cardinals will play two games in London in June. The Yankees and White Sox will play Aug. 13 at a ballpark next to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.
Raiders receiver Antonio Brown loses grievance over helmet
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play.
The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing last Friday with Brown, representatives from the league and the players’ union.
“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown said in a statement on Twitter . “I’m excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet.”
Brown has not participated in a full practice for the Raiders after starting training camp on the non-football injury list with injuries to his feet that reportedly came from frostbite suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment in France. Brown was cleared to practice on July 28 and participated in part of two sessions but wasn’t around the team last week when he had the grievance hearing with the NFL over his helmet.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy earlier in the day reiterated the league’s stance that Brown wouldn’t be allowed to practice or play without a certified helmet.
“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” McCarthy wrote. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. NFL policy is that helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s (older) than 10 years.”
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment sets performance and test standards for equipment. Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified.
Schutt discontinued making the helmet three years ago because current technology had moved past it, according to the company.
NFL: Players can’t practice or play with unapproved helmets
The NFL reiterated its stance that players aren’t allowed to practice or play with unapproved equipment.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted out a statement Monday without mentioning Brown by name that said players can only use helmets that have been certified by experts to be safe to use.
“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” McCarthy wrote. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. NFL policy is that helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s (older) than 10 years.”
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment sets performance and test standards for equipment. Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified.
Schutt discontinued making the helmet three years ago because current technology had moved past it, according to the company.
Brown was one of 32 players using helmets last season that are now banned by the league and players’ association. Those players, including Tom Brady, were able to use the helmets last season under a grace period but were required to make the change in 2019.
Brown has not participated in a full practice for the Raiders after starting training camp on the non-football injury list with injuries to his feet that reportedly came from frostbite suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment in France. Brown was cleared to practice on July 28 and participated in part of two sessions but wasn’t around the team last week when he had a grievance hearing with the NFL over his helmet.
The Raiders didn’t practice Monday but are hoping to get Brown back on the field soon.
“The helmet thing is a personal matter to him,” coach Jon Gruden said Saturday. “He has a strong feeling about what he’s worn on his head, and we’re supporting him. We understand the league’s position as well, so we’re in a tough spot.”
Brown has been the game’s most prolific receiver the past six years but the Raiders were able to acquire him from Pittsburgh for just a third- and fifth-round pick in March because of problems off the field.
Report: Petition with NLRB seeks union for NFL running backs
A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs.
According to the website Law360, the petition was filed Thursday by the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs and focuses on the shorter careers for players at the position.
“These employees have unique career structures; and the current one-size fits all unit is inappropriate,” the petition says of players’ representation by the NFL Players Association. “Excluded: All other player groups,” it said.
The NFL Management Council and the union have begun preliminary negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. The current 10-year deal expires in March 2021.
A message to the players’ union seeking comment was not immediately answered.
Running backs often draw attention for their holdouts, with Dallas star Ezekiel Elliott currently missing Cowboys training camp. Last year, Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire season rather than sign his franchise tag tender with Pittsburgh. He subsequently became a free agent and signed with the New York Jets for $52.5 million over four years.
The average pro career for a running back is 2.57 years, by far the shortest of any position. Their average salary through the 2018 season was $1.291 million, which ranked below every position but long snapper. Fullback was at $995,145, but there are few fullbacks in the NFL.
Tackle Cam Robinson back on field in big change for Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have removed Cam Robinson from the physically unable to perform list. He is back on the field two days after coach Doug Marrone said he didn’t believe his starting left tackle would be ready for the season opener.
Robinson went through individual drills Monday for the first time in nearly a year. The second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2017 tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last September – during a Week 2 win against New England.
Marrone isn’t sure what prompted the change of status, saying “this morning I was told something different. Now I’m happy.”
The Jaguars started four different left tackles in 2018 because of injuries, beginning with Robinson and then switching to Josh Wells, Josh Walker and eventually Ereck Flowers. The offensive line woes were a big reason Jacksonville finished 27th in the league in total offense and 31st in scoring.
Patriots boost tight end depth, acquire Saubert from Falcons
The New England Patriots have acquired tight end Eric Saubert from the Atlanta Falcons for a conditional draft pick.
Saubert, entering his third season, had five catches for 48 yards for the Falcons in 2018. He played in 16 games with one start. He had one catch for 7 yards in the Falcons’ first two preseason games. Saubert was a fifth-round draft pick from Drake in 2017.
The Patriots have questions at tight end following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. Veteran Ben Watson will be suspended for the first four games following a positive test for a banned substance.
Austin Hooper, a 2018 Pro Bowl pick, is Atlanta’s starting tight end. Luke Stocker and Logan Paulsen head the list of others competing at the position.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL PRE-SEASON RANKED SECOND
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The Indiana University East volleyball team led the voting in the East Division in the River States Conference fall preseason coaches polls released this past weekend.
IU East was second overall in the RSC volleyball preseason poll. IU East was also second in the RSC women’s soccer preseason poll. The Red Wolves were fifth in the RSC men’s soccer preseason poll.
The IU East volleyball team finished 23-9 last season and won the RSC East Division for the second consecutive season. The Red Wolves open their 2019 schedule Aug. 24 with a match at Huntington University.
2019 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL (AUG. 9, 2019)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. IU Kokomo (8)||107|
|2. IU EAST (3)||101|
|3. IU Southeast||86|
|4. WVU Tech||78|
|5. Point Park (Pa.)||74|
|6. Brescia (Ky.)||70|
|7. Asbury (Ky.)||65|
|8. Rio Grande (Ohio)||46|
|9. Midway (Ky.)||32|
|10. Cincinnati Christian||24|
|11. Carlow (Pa.)||23|
|12. Ohio Christian||20|
RSC Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Point Park predicted to repeat in 2019
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2019 River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll has predicted Point Park (Pa.) University as the favorite and to repeat as champions this year. The poll was voted on by the 12 RSC cross country head coaches.
Point Park has won three of the last four RSC titles and two in a row. The Pioneers received a total of 118 votes in the polling and earned eight of the possible 12 first-place votes. Point Park returns two all-conference performers and four of its top seven runners from 2018.
IU East was picked second in the poll coming off its RSC runner-up finish last season. The Red Wolves garnered 104 total votes and three first-place votes.
IU Kokomo came in third in the voting with 89 votes followed directly behind by Ohio Christian in fourth with 88 votes. That represents those schools switching spots from the conference meet of 2018.
WVU Tech placed fifth in the poll with 70 votes, and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was immediately behind with 69 votes and in sixth. Those schools finished in the same spots last year.
Midway (Ky.) University received 54 votes for seventh in the poll, up a couple of spots from the end of last year. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College was picked eighth with 48 votes. Asbury (Ky.) University was ninth with 42 votes, Cincinnati Christian was 10th with 41 votes (including one first-place vote), Carlow (Pa.) University was 11th with 40 votes, and Brescia (Ky.) University came in 12th with 29 votes.
2019 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL (AUG. 12, 2019)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. Point Park (Pa.) (8)||118|
|2. IU East (3)||108|
|3. IU Kokomo||89|
|4. Ohio Christian||88|
|5. WVU Tech||70|
|6. Rio Grande (Ohio)||69|
|7. Midway (Ky.)||54|
|8. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||48|
|9. Asbury (Ky.)||42|
|10. Cincinnati Christian (1)||41|
|11. Carlow (Pa.)||40|
|12. Brescia (Ky.)||29|
RSC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll: WVU Tech picked as top team again in 2019
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2019 River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll identified WVU Tech as the league favorite for this year. The Golden Bears were picked to repeat as champions with the voting conducted by the 12 RSC cross country coaches.
WVU Tech won the RSC title last year with 29 points. The next closest team scored 80 points. The Golden Bears welcome back on roster three all-conference performers and five of their top seven runners from that meet. The preseason poll had WVU Tech receive 113 total votes and 10 of the possible 12 first-place votes.
Point Park (Pa.) University placed second in the poll with 107 votes and one first-place vote. The Pioneers were conference runner-up last season.
Ohio Christian University earned 94 votes for third place, and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) got 88 votes for fourth place. Those two schools switched spots from the end of last year. Rio Grande welcomed one first-place vote.
IU East garnered 84 votes to continue to hold down fifth in the conference.
Cincinnati Christian University and Asbury (Ky.) University were voted sixth and seventh in the poll with 69 and 62 votes, respectively. IU Kokomo was next in eighth place with 58 votes.
Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College (41 votes), Midway (Ky.) University (31 votes), Carlow (Pa.) University (25 votes) and Brescia (Ky.) University (20 votes) rounded out the 12 teams of the poll.
2019 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. WVU Tech (10)||113|
|2. Point Park (Pa.) (1)||107|
|3. Ohio Christian||94|
|4. Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)||88|
|5. IU East||84|
|6. Cincinnati Christian||69|
|7. Asbury (Ky.)||62|
|8. IU Kokomo||58|
|9. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||41|
|10. Midway (Ky.)||31|
|11. Carlow (Pa.)||25|
|12. Brescia (Ky.)||20|
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: STRENGTH ALONG THE DEFENSIVE LINE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – You could understand why defensive line coach Larry Johnson had a smile on his face last Thursday while meeting with the media to talk about his position group. Johnson, entering his sixth year on the Buckeyes’ staff, has a unit in 2019 that blends youth, experience, talent, production and potential – enough to make any coach happy.
“The first six days of practice have been really good,” said Johnson. “We’re concentrating on fundamentals and technique; trying to take advantage of what we have, which is a lot of depth on the inside. We’re trying to get six or seven guys ready to play. I like where we’re at – we have some room to improve – but so far, so good.”
When fall camp opened Aug. 2, the Buckeyes had 20 defensive linemen on the roster – including three of the four that started in the final game of 2018, a 28-23 victory in the Rose Bowl. Those 20 are (listed alphabetically):
- Jerron Cage – In his third season with the Buckeyes, Cage redshirted in 2017 and appeared in three games last season.
- Jonathon Cooper– A veteran of 33 career games and a 13-game starter in 2018, Cooper was fifth on the team last year with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and had 25 total tackles.
- Jashon Cornell– A veteran of 32 games, Cornell has played both defensive end and defensive tackle during his time at Ohio State. He’s back at tackle, and liking it.
- Aaron Cox– Cox is in his third season with the program after initially walking on to the team in the summer of 2017.
- Noah Donald – A fourth-year junior, Donald walked onto the team in the fall of 2016. He is continuing to rehabilitate an injury during this fall camp.
- Tyler Friday – One of four defensive linemen in the 2018 recruiting class, Friday worked his way into the rotation last year as a true freshman and appeared in 10 games.
- Haskell Garrett– A true junior, Garrett is a veteran of 22 career games – including all 14 last year for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions.
- Zaid Hamdan – Hamdan is in his second season with the program after initially joining the team in January 2018 as an invited walk-on.
- Davon Hamilton– Hamilton has played in 40 career games, including all 14 last year with three starts. He has 10.5 career TFLs for minus 32 yards.
- Zach Harrison – A five-star prospect and the nation’s top-ranked defensive end in the 2019 class, Harrison enrolled last January and took part in spring drills.
- Antwuan Jackson– A member of the 2018 recruiting class, Jackson played in four games last season after arriving from Blinn Junior College. He graduated with his degree in human development and family science this spring.
- Javontae Jean-Baptiste– A redshirt freshman, Jean-Baptiste added nearly 30 pounds to his 6-5 frame since last year and continues to positioned himself to be a contributor.
- Robert Landers– Landers is a fan favorite and veteran of 39 career games with nine starts, all of which came last season. He has contributed 51 tackles, including 17.5 tackles-for-loss.
- Jaden McKenzie – McKenzie is a true freshman defensive tackle who helped his Wake Forest (N.C.) H.S. team win three consecutive class 4A state titles.
- Noah Potter – Potter enrolled in January and took part in spring practice. He was a four-star prospect and the No. 6 overall player in Ohio.
- Tyreke Smith – Smith earned significant playing time as a true freshman last year, appearing in 13 of 14 games and contributing nine tackles.
- Tommy Togiai – Togiai was one of 18 total true freshmen who saw playing time last year and was the team leader among freshmen defensive linemen in tackles (10) and tackles for loss (2.0).
- Taron Vincent –As a true freshman in 2018, Vincent appeared in 10 games and totaled three tackles. He’s primed for an increased role in 2019.
- Alex Williams – A redshirt freshman defensive end, Williams earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors during his first year on campus.
- Chase Young – One of the top defensive ends not only in the Big Ten but nationally, Young led the 2018 Buckeyes in both tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (10.5). He is a first-team preseason All-American by the Sporting News.
When classes begin on Aug. 20, the Buckeyes will also have the services of Brett Novick, a freshman from Katonah, N.Y. and John Jay High School.
Much Production Returns
Johnson’s 2019 group returns a total of 228 career games played and 35 starts with the most veteran members of the group fifth-year seniors Jashon Cornell, Davon Hamilton and Robert Landers along with true senior Jonathon Cooperand true junior Chase Young.
“We play against some teams in our league who make a living off of fifth-year seniors,” head coach Ryan Day said recently. “They’re 22-year-old men, and sometimes we’re playing with freshmen because they are so talented we want to get them on the field right away, and they’re 18-year-olds. So I think it’s good to have a good influx of older guys, guys who are 21, 22 years old that are men who will bring leadership and chemistry.”
On Thursday, Johnson said that the Buckeyes could go as deep as six players in a rotation at the nose tackle and 3-technique position on the inside of the line. Those groups include Cornell, Taron Vincent and Haskell Garrett (3-technique) along with Landers, Hamilton and Tommy Togiai (none tackles).
“We’re very lucky with what we have right now,” said Johnson. “They all love each other and understand they’re all going to play – there isn’t a selfish guy in the room. That’s what makes it really special, when they’re unselfish and willing to do anything for their teammate so we all can have success. They get it – they know they’re the heartbeat that will make us go this year.”
Top NFL Talent Developed Here
In his five seasons as Ohio State’s defensive line coach, Larry Johnson has produced eight NFL Draft choices, including a total of five picks in the last two years. Some of his prized pupils include:
- Nick Bosa, the 2017 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and second overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers;
- Joey Bosa, the 2014 and 2015 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and third overall selection by the San Diego Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft;
- Tyquan Lewis, the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a third-round NFL Draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts in 2018.
- Dre’Mont Jones, a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2018 and a third-round selection of the Denver Broncos in last April’s draft.
In 2017 alone, Johnson’s group had five players move on to the NFL including three draft picks: Lewis, Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati Bengals) and Jalyn Holmes (Minnesota Vikings).
All-Americans Developed Here
When Dre’Mont Jones earned first team All-American honors from College Football News in 2018, he became the fifth Buckeye coached by Johnson to garner All-America status. Nick Bosa was an All-American in 2017 and his brother, Joey was a consensus All-American his last two years while Michael Bennett earned All-America honors in 2014, giving Johnson a total of 11 All-American defensive linemen.
2019 Defensive Line by the Numbers
14 – Big Ten Defensive Players or Linemen of the Year coached by Larry Johnson, more than any program has in the Big Ten over the last 22 years. After coaching nine such honorees at Penn State, he’s seen Joey Bosa win the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year twice (2014, 2015) and the defensive player of the year award (2014), along with Tyquan Lewis (2016) and Nick Bosa (2017) as Defensive Lineman of the Year.
8 – First round NFL Draft picks coached by Johnson. He’s helped produce the NFL’s No. 1 (Courtney Brown, 2000), No. 2 (Nick Bosa, 2019) and No. 3 (Joey Bosa, 2016) overall selections.
10.5 – Team leading sacks by junior Chase Young in 2018. Young is aiming to become just the second player in program history with multiple seasons of double digit sacks. The other: Mike Vrabel in 1994 and 1995.
99.0 – Tackles for loss by the Ohio State defense last season, second most in the Big Ten and No. 17 nationally. Of that total, 36.5 TFLs were produced by defensive linemen who return in 2019.
86.0 – Sacks over the last two years by Ohio State’s defense, second most in the Big Ten and No. 10 nationally.
OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: MBK: Holtmann Announces Buckeyes’ 2019-20 Schedule
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019-20 Ohio State men’s basketball season will tip Nov. 6 at Value City Arena against the University of Cincinnati, the first meeting between the two intrastate foes in Columbus since a 33-17 Bearcats win Dec. 10 1921. This season will be the 121st for the Buckeyes.
The game vs. Cincinnati is the second in a home-and-home series that began a year ago at Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus, a 64-56 season-opening win for the Buckeyes Nov. 7, 2018.
Chris Holtmann, now in his third season in Columbus, said playing a demanding slate of games prior to rugged Big Ten play gets underway in earnest will prepare his young squad for the grind of league games and postseason competition.
“As I’ve said, this is an exciting non-conference schedule and certainly the most challenging we’ve been a part of,” Holtmann said. “We have a variety of outstanding teams and programs we will be competing against here in Columbus, on the road and in our neutral-site games. When you combine it with two December Big Ten opponents as part of our 20-game schedule, in a league that I believe will be the deepest in the country again, the schedule provides some outstanding early games for our fans. We look forward to growing as a team through the demands of this schedule.”
In non-conference play, Holtmann’s Buckeyes also will host Villanova in The Gavitt Games, a matchup of Big Ten and Big East teams. That game will be played Nov. 13 at Value City Arena.
Ohio State travels to North Carolina Dec. 4 in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year and will again play in the CBSSports Challenge Dec. 21 in Las Vegas against Kentucky.
Another neutral-site game has the Buckeyes meeting West Virginia Dec. 29 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. The game, billed as the Cleveland Classic, is the first meeting between the schools on a neutral court. Ohio State leads the all-time series 9-7.
The Buckeyes returned to historic St. John Arena a year ago on the Friday prior the annual Ohio State vs. Michigan football game. Cleveland State was the opponent, a win for the Buckeyes (89-62) Nov. 23, 2018. Holtmann will again take the Buckeyes across Lane Avenue and the Olentangy River to St. John to take on Kent State Nov. 25.
The Kent State game this year is part of the Ohio State Classic, a multi-team event featuring three home games for Ohio State. The two other games for Ohio State are against Purdue Fort Wayne and Stetson. Those two games will be played at Value City Arena, now in its 22nd year as home to the Buckeyes.
Big Ten Conference regular-season play will start in early December for the third-consecutive season in 2019-20. The complete Big Ten schedule will be announced at a later date.
Ohio State opened the conference regular season a year ago in December at home vs. Minnesota (W, 79-59) and then played at the United Center in Chicago vs. Illinois (77-67). Holtmann is 4-0 in December Big Ten games while coaching at Ohio State. His first league win was at Wisconsin Dec. 2, 2017 (83-58). Ohio State then defeated Michigan in Columbus 71-62 two days later.
The 2019-20 season, the 108th for the Buckeyes as a member of the Big Ten in men’s basketball, marks the second in which the regular-season league title will be determined following a 20-game schedule. The Buckeyes face 10 league opponents at home, and 10 on the road this year.
Ohio State will play Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska both in Columbus and on the road (home-and-home) in 2019-20. The Buckeyes travel only to Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern. Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers will play Ohio State in Columbus only.
Holtmann begins his third season in Columbus after posting a 25-9 overall record in 2017-18 and a 20-15 mark a year ago. Ohio State advanced to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament with a win over Iowa State before falling to Houston. Ohio State has won a game in NCAA Tournament play in each of Holtmann’s two seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes.
Game times and television designations will be announced at a later date for the Ohio State 2019-20 men’s basketball season.
NOTING THE 2019-20 SCHEDULE
- Ohio State will play its first seven games of the season, plus an exhibition, at home with six at Value City Arena and one at St. John Arena. Three of the four non-Big Ten games in December will be played outside Columbus (vs. North Carolina in Big Ten/ACC Challenge, vs. Kentucky in CBSSports Challenge (Las Vegas) and vs. West Virginia in Cleveland Classic).
- The Buckeyes again will take part in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ohio State travels to North Carolina this year Dec. 4.
- Now in its sixth year, Ohio State will again play in the CBSSports Classic. The event will take place in Las Vegas this season Dec. 21. The Buckeyes take on Kentucky while North Carolina and UCLA play in the second game.
- Villanova will travel to Ohio State Nov. 13. The game is part of The Gavitt Games, which pits members of the Big Ten vs. Big East opponents.
- Two Big Ten Conference games will be played in early December after the league expanding to a 20-game, regular-season slate in 2018-19. The Big Ten Conference schedule will be released later this month.
- The annual Big Ten Tournament will be contested in Indianapolis in 2020, Chicago in 2021 and then back to Indianapolis in 2022.
- The Buckeyes will have 18 home games in 2019-20 plus an exhibition contest vs. Cedarville Oct. 30.
- Seven Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska) battle the Buckeyes twice during the regular season with three (Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers) traveling only to Columbus. Ohio State hits the road to face Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern this year.
- Ohio State will play 19 regular-season games against 13 teams that advanced to postseason play in 2019. Fifteen games are scheduled vs. 2019 NCAA Tournament teams (Maryland-2, Minnesota-2, Michigan State-1, Michigan-2, Wisconsin-2, Villanova-1, Purdue-1, Cincinnati-1, Iowa-1, Kentucky-1, North Carolina-1) while four contests pit the Buckeyes vs. 2019 NIT squads (Indiana-2, Nebraska-2).
2019-20 Ohio State Non-Conference Schedule
30-Wed. Cedarville (Exh.)
10-Sun. UMass Lowell
22-Fri. 2-Purdue Fort Wayne
25-Mon. 2a- Kent State
29-Fri. Morgan State
4-Wed. 3-at North Carolina
17-Tues. Southeast Missouri State
21-Sat. 4-vs. Kentucky
29-Sun. 5-vs. West Virginia
11-15/Wed.-Sun.6-Big Ten Tournament
1-2019 Gavitt Games, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
2-2019 Ohio State Classic, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
2a-2019 Ohio State Classic, St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
4-CBSSports Classic, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
5-Cleveland Classic, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
6-2020 Big Ten Tournament, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Michigan Football season preview: Best and worst-case scenario
For much of the 2018 season, it looked like it was finally going to be the year for Michigan football. The year that all the pain and heartache came to an end; the year the Wolverines finally beat Ohio State and won the Big Ten championship for the first time since 2004.
But then, on a cloudy Saturday in Columbus, Ohio last November, it all came crashing down. Michigan’s defense was shredded and its vaunting run game was stymied. Jim Harbaugh looked clueless. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes looked unbeatable.
Fast forward eight months and the rivalry between Michigan football and Ohio State has a much different feel. Meyer is out as head coach, retiring or at least waiting for the scandal to clear until he can cherry-pick another elite job.
With his departure, comes a wide-open Big Ten and a chance for Michigan football to fill the power vacuum. If Harbaugh and company are ever going to assert their dominance in the Big Ten East and beyond, now is the time.
While Ohio State has a new head coach and a new quarterback, the Wolverines return Shea Patterson and both of his backups, including Dylan McCaffrey. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins are back at wide receiver along with four offensive linemen that earned an All-Big Ten honor a year ago.
Add in new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and his spread system that features plenty of RPO’s and even fewer huddles and Michigan’s offense could the Big Ten’s best.
Defensively, Don Brown has some work to do after allowing 62 points to Ohio State and 41 to Florida. But even though the Wolverines lost guys like Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich and David Long, key contributors such as Lavert Hill, Josh Uche and Khaleke Hudson return.
Five-star freshman Daxton Hill should also make an impact in the secondary, while young, talented players push for playing time at all three levels of the defense. Harbaugh has all his guys now and you can expect Michigan’s defense to be as salty as ever.
Brown will be Brown. He’s going to attack but hopefully, the Wolverines finally realize that giving up the fewest yards doesn’t mean anything and that being able to contain elite offenses is as important as dominating average ones.
With just about everyone predicting Michigan football to win the Big Ten East and finally beat Ohio State, it’s easy to call that the best-case scenario for 2019. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State all come to Ann Arbor, coupled with trips to Penn State and Wisconsin.
If the Wolverines can run the table at home, a trip to the Big Ten title game and a berth in the College Football Playoff seems likely. Even with a loss along the way, Michigan could be the Big Ten’s best playoff-hopeful for the second straight year and with a favorable slate, 12-0 is possible.
- 31 vs Middle Tennessee State — W
- 7 vs Army — W
- 21 at Wisconsin — W
- 28 vs Rutgers — W
- 5 vs Iowa — W
- 12 at Illinois — W
- 19 at Penn State — W
- 26 vs Notre Dame — W
- 2 at Maryland — W
- 16 vs Michigan State — W
- 23 at Indiana — W
- 30 vs Ohio State — W
Record: 12-0, Big Ten champions and in the College Football Playoff
The worst-case scenario for Michigan football is another loss to Ohio State, plus getting upset on the road by someone. Defeats at the hands of Notre Dame and Michigan State would be dreadful too, however, the Wolverines seem up to beating both of those teams. Even if they aren’t at their best. Ohio State is a different animal and while 10-2 is great for most programs, it’s not for UM.
- 31 vs Middle Tennessee State — W
- 7 vs Army — W
- 21 at Wisconsin — W
- 28 vs Rutgers — W
- 5 vs Iowa — W
- 12 at Illinois — W
- 19 at Penn State — L
- 26 vs Notre Dame — W
- 2 at Maryland — W
- 16 vs Michigan State — W
- 23 at Indiana — W
- 30 vs Ohio State — L
Record: 10-2, second place in the Big Ten East
In that scenario, Michigan would likely be a top-10 team heading into the bowl season and might even find themselves in the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize. Yet, if the Wolverines don’t beat Ohio State, they aren’t going to win the Big Ten championship and in terms of goals for 2019, beating the Buckeyes and winning the Big Ten are the two that matter.
Wisconsin Football: 4 most important players for 2019 season
Paul Chryst hopes his Wisconsin Football team can rebound from a poor 2018 season that saw them fail to meet every imaginable goal. This year’s team has far less talent, yet could eclipse what the Badgers accomplished just a year ago. However, in order for them to do so, they must receiver major contributions from these four players.
Scott Nelson is the leader of the secondary and the defensive player with the most playmaking abilities. The redshirt freshman started eight games and racked up 41 total tackles, three for a loss and one interception. However, he has more ball skills than he showed. If he can stay healthy for the entire season, the Badgers’ defense will receive a huge lift.
Jake Ferguson is the second straight redshirt sophomore on this list and the second straight with game-changing ability. The 6-foot-5 tight end caught 36 receptions for 456 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, and should easily eclipse those numbers this time around. He’s big, fast and has very durable hands. If the next guy on this list can get him the ball on a consistent basis, opposing defenses better watch out!
As great of a story as it would be if true freshman quarterback Graham Mertz won the job from the jump, it’s more than likely going to be Jack Coan barring an injury. That’s the reality of transitioning from high school to a Major D-1 program in college football.
Coan wasn’t very impressive last season although he did flash some capabilities. The Badgers, like always, will only be able to go as far as their quarterback play takes them. They will once again possess an elite run game and will just ask Coan to not lose them games. If he can do that, his play will be considered a success.
NEXT: Wisconsin football: The return of Zander Neuville
For the third straight year, the season will fall on Jonathan Taylor’s shoulders. That’s what happens when a running back posts over 4,000 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in just two seasons. Taylor saw 299 rushing attempts in 2017 and 307 again last year. You should fully expect that number to be above 300 in 2019, as the Badgers look to dominate the line of scrimmage and play clock in traditional fashion.
Are The Patriots Vs The Field A Good Bet?
While so-called experts are preparing and releasing their win totals for all 32 NFL teams, there is still one team that always sits atop their division in almost every list of predictions; they are the New England Patriots. Despite having a 42-year-old at quarterback and going against many of the talking heads who predict their demise, New England is expected to compete for a spot in the Super Bowl again this season, giving them a chance to repeat as champions. So, if you were down to your last dollar and had to make one bet, would you take New England to win Super Bowl LIV or “the field”?
Since the 2001 season, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East all but two times. The first three division titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004 ended with the franchise winning the Super Bowl; and only twice, in 2009 and 2010, did earning a home game in their first playoff game prove fruitless because in those year, the team went one-and-done in January.
The New England Patriots have won at least ten games is all but one season since the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era began in 2001, and the only season they didn’t, they were 9-7. Part of this reason is being in a historically weak division that allows them to win four or five games earlier year after year rather than need to fight out of a stronger division with a lesser record. Their division titles ensure that New England will host at least one playoff game; and with having 12 to 14 wins per season, earning a first-round bye week and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs is commonplace for the Patriots and has proven helpful to their dynastic run over the past 18 years.
With the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins both hiring new head coaches after last season, the three AFC East teams outside of New England have a combined one season, just 16 games of NFL coaching experience. Two other teams on the Patriots schedule, Cincinnati and Cleveland also have new coaches heading into the 2019 season, giving New England three-eighths of their games against rookies. It is this kind of turmoil that the Patriots can feed on and exploit, by turning your inexperience into wins in the standings.
Betting with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the entire New England Patriots franchise has been a winning formula for nearly two decades; and, on the surface, would be a good bet to make again heading into this season. As a New York Jets fan, it is hard to bet against my team; however, when the facts are there and the money’s on the line, you have to follow the facts and do what’s right. In this case, betting the New England Patriots will make and win the Super Bowl, even in a bet against the rest of the National Football League, is not that bad of a bet at all.
Is Antonio Brown Becoming More Trouble Than He Is Worth For The Raiders?
What in the hell is going on with Antonio Brown? Jon Gruden has to be at his absolute breaking point with his new WR and he hasn’t even taken a snap with the Raiders. So, first, the guy somehow manages to get frost bite from a cryotherapy treatment in France because he didn’t have on the proper footwear for the treatment?
Now, we don’t know much more than that on the topic, and it hasn’t been reported if he didn’t wear the proper footwear because he didn’t feel like he needed it or if he was not informed properly about what he needed to wear for the treatment. The latter would obviously not be his fault, but as we get into the next part of this Antonio Brown saga, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just didn’t want to wear it and felt that it wasn’t necessary. Who knows how long it will take him to come back from that? I mean, does anybody honestly know how long it takes for something as serious as frost bite to heal? Then again, according to Brown it may not matter because he’s never playing football again if he’s not allowed to wear his old helmet.
Yes, you read that right. Antonio Brown is so upset about this new helmet that he has to wear that he is threatening to retire from football, and he is throwing the biggest fit that I can remember ever seeing from a professional athlete. This is a grown man acting the way that I did when I was 11 and wasn’t allowed to go outside because it was raining. Okay, you’ve been wearing the same helmet your whole career and you’re comfortable with it and don’t want to change it up but you’re a grown ass millionaire and if you are as good as you say you are, just change it and move forward and you shouldn’t see any declines in your performance. It’s funny because the receivers in the league that are better than Antonio Brown (yes I said receiver(s) because there is more than one) haven’t had a single issue with staying inside of the helmet guidelines, which by the way, are for the protection of the players.
So, now you’re mad at a league that has made you a millionaire because they are trying to look out for you and the rest of the players in the NFL by designing something that is supposed to prevent you from getting the single most dangerous injury that you can obtain, your brain. Not only are you mad, you’re throwing a temper tantrum and threatening to retire because of it. Grow up.
NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND NOTES
Kickoff Weekend begins on Thursday, September 5, in primetime on NBC when two of the NFL’s oldest franchises renew one of the richest rivalries in sports, as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field to begin the league’s 100th season. Below is a sampling of notable active NFL Kickoff streaks:
The CHICAGO BEARS host the GREEN BAY PACKERS on Kickoff Weekend. Green Bay’s 56 Kickoff Weekend wins are the most in the NFL and Chicago’s 54 wins rank second. The Packers have won their past four Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the NFC. • The Super Bowl LIII champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS open their season at home against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots have won nine of their past 10 home openers on Kickoff Weekend. • The DENVER BRONCOS, who begin the season by visiting the OAKLAND RAIDERS on Monday Night Football, have posted a .672 winning percentage (39-19-1) on Kickoff Weekend, the top mark in the league. Denver has won its past seven Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the NFL. • The defending AFC West champion KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who visit the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in Week 1, have won their last four Kickoff Weekend games, tied for the league’s second-longest active streak. • The defending NFC East champion DALLAS COWBOYS host the NEW YORK GIANTS in a division showdown on Kickoff Weekend. Dallas and New York face each other on Kickoff Weekend for the fourth time in the last five years. With a winning percentage of .655 (38-20-1), the Cowboys own the best Kickoff Weekend winning percentage in the NFC. • The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, who returned to the playoffs in 2018, host the CINCINNATI BENGALS on Kickoff Weekend. Seattle has won 10 consecutive home openers, the longest active streak in the league. • The WASHINGTON REDSKINS face the division-rival PHILADELPHIA EAGLES on the road to start 2019. Washington has won its past three road openers, the longest active streak in the league. HEAD COACHES: New England’s BILL BELICHICK is 16-8 (.667) on Kickoff Weekend and his 16 wins are the most among active head coaches…Belichick and Kansas City’s ANDY REID (12-8, .600) are the only active head coaches who have won at least 10 Kickoff Weekend games…Reid has won four consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest current streak among active head coaches…DOUG PEDERSON (3-0) of the Eagles and SEAN MCVAY (2-0) of the Rams are the only active head coaches with perfect records on Kickoff Weekend…Six head coaches – Denver’s VIC FANGIO, Miami’s BRIAN FLORES, Arizona’s KLIFF KINGSBURY, Cleveland’s FREDDIE KITCHENS, Green Bay’s MATT LAFLEUR and Cincinnati’s ZAC TAYLOR – make their Kickoff Weekend debuts in 2019.
NBA 2019-20: Some tip-offs earlier, back-to-backs down again
The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players.
Fans might be catching a break – and some more sleep – as well.
The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at 10:30 p.m. on the East coast. Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers will start several games a half-hour earlier than usual, while broadcasters ESPN and Turner are going to earlier start times on many of their midweek doubleheader nights.
Such a change has been on NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s mind for some time, especially since roughly half of the nation’s television homes are in the East time zone – but now, a number of the league’s biggest stars play on the West coast. It wasn’t uncommon for nationally televised midweek games to end around 1 a.m. or even later last season, and that was not good for ratings.
“It’s something that I think we have to address,” Silver said in May.
And changes are definitely coming.
ESPN’s Wednesday doubleheaders – mostly at 8 and 10:30 p.m. last season – will begin at either 7 or 7:30 p.m., followed by a second game at either 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. in the East. TNT had nine Tuesday doubleheaders last season with the second game starting at 10:30; this season that number is down to two, with the second game now mostly starting at 9:30 or 10 p.m.
In all, there were 57 games on national television starting at 10:30 p.m. last season. That number falls to 33 this season, a dip of 42 percent.
Meanwhile, players might be getting a touch more rest this season as well. For the fifth straight year, the NBA has found a way to lower the average number of times a team has to play on consecutive days. The league average is 12.4 back-to-backs this season, down from 13.3 last year and 36 percent down from the average of 19.3 five years ago.
Other highlights from the 2019-20 schedule:
Toronto will get its rings on Oct. 22, when it plays host to New Orleans and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The Lakers – now featuring Anthony Davis to play alongside LeBron James – will play at the Clippers – now featuring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – in the second half of that doubleheader, and that will be one of the 10:30 p.m. Eastern nationally televised midweek games that will otherwise be largely avoided this season.
Toronto gets to host a Christmas game for the first time, playing host to Boston at noon Eastern. The other Christmas matchups (all times Eastern): Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.; Houston at Golden State, 5 p.m.; Clippers at Lakers, 8 p.m.; New Orleans at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
There are 14 games scheduled for Jan. 20, the day honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including the traditional home games for Atlanta (against Toronto) and Memphis (against New Orleans).
EUROPE IN PRIME TIME
The schedule features 48 games – 24 on Saturdays, 24 on Sundays – that will air in prime time in Europe. That doesn’t include the Jan. 24 game in Paris between Milwaukee and Charlotte.
The stretches of four games in five days might be gone for good. This will be the third consecutive season where no team gets tasked with handling one of those. No team will play eight games in 12 days, either – though there are 19 instances of teams having to play five times in a span of seven days.
The regular season ends with 13 games on April 15. Miami, Detroit, Denver and Utah all finish on April 14. The playoffs start April 18.
Early NBA Eastern Conference Power Rankings Part 1
#1 Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)
Off: 4th Def: 1st Net: +8.6(1st)
Goodbye: Malcom Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic
Hello: Robin Lopez, Mr. Matthews and brother of Giannis
XIII’s Factor: The evolution of The Greek Freak
The Bucks let go of Brogdon who was overall a great player that made a difference. They probably replaced him with a seemingly lesser player in Matthews but experience, defense and a post presence can help the team in new ways. Robin Lopez brings his tenacity on defense and ends his rivalry with his brother to chase I title. Giannis is no where near his cap and knows this. He won MVP and was not in his prime and he has proved that each year he takes leaps and strides. He is probably the most adaptive player in the league. I truly believe he will be the best player in the league this season.
#2 Brooklyn Nets (42 -40)
Off: 19th Def: 15th Net: -0.1(15th)
Goodbye: D’Angelo Russell
Hello: KD, Uncle Drew and DJ
XIII’s Factor: Chemistry of Caris LeVert and Kyrie Irving
The Brooklyn Nets have been a storied franchise since their genesis due to their partake in one of the dumbest trades I have ever seen. Under Kenny Atkinson, they have developed an attractive, winning culture which is probably how they landed two of the biggest names out there in KD and Kyrie. With KD out many rule out the Nets not a viable threat in the East let alone in the NBA. If they can maintain their level of chemistry, continue their beautiful culture and their two best non-injured players can develop a bond on and off the court…I see a surprisingly bright season for the Nets. They are two of the best iso scorers in the game that can handle and distribute the ball in a system or off script.
#3 Philadelphia 76ers (51-31)
Off: 8th Def: 14th Net: +2.6(11th)
Goodbye: JJ Redick and Jimmy Buckets
Hello: Josh Richardson and Al Horford
XIII’s Factor: Ben Simmons and the development of his confidence in his jumper
Josh Richardson is an average 3 and D guy and while Horford is an above average 3 and D big guy who are supposed to make this team better after who they gave up right? Wrong. I won’t say the Sixers are worst then they were last year but at the same time I will say they are not better. You gave up one of the best shooters of this past decade along with the ability to spread the floor effectively and you gave up an All Star that made a difference. So, someone in that organization must see what we have seen little of and more in regards to Ben Simmons’ jumper.
#4 Boston Celtics (49-33)
Off: 10th Def: 6th Net: +4.2(6th)
Goodbye: Terry Rozier, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford
Hello: Kemba Walker, Tacko Fall
XIII’s Factor: Chemistry
The C’s were dysfunctional as a whole and still managed to win one game shy of 50. They made the necessary adjustments and lost a key player defensively who also brought forth valued leadership in Horford. Kyrie’s departure is good for both parties and Kemba Walker’s arrival may spark a playoff run when they had IT under the one. I am curious to see if they can compensate for Enes Kanter’s inability to defend effectively. If the Celtics get their act together and have no conflicting egos, they earn their way higher on this list obviously because they still have good depth, future stars and of course Brad Stevens.
#5 Toronto Raptors (58-24)
Off: 5th Def: 5th Net: +5.8(3rd)
Goodbye: Danny Green and 2019 Final MVP
Hello: No one
XIII’s Factor: Pascal Siakim
Leonard came, he saw and they conquered. Toronto has its first title ever and then lost the best player they ever had. Call it bitter-sweet. They made strides as a team collectively and managed to still play well with out Kawhi. Maintaining that will cause for Pascal Siakim to take his next big step into stardom. He needs to embrace the role as Alpha Dog while his veteran supporting cast help him pave the way for their team’s nation.
#6 Indiana Pacers(48-34)
Off: 18th Def: 3rd Net: +3.4(10th)
Goodbye: Half of the roster
Hello: TJ Warren and Malcom Brogdon
XIII’s Factor: Oladipo’s health
The Pacers are bound to be a consistent playoff team for years to come with the roster they have generated over the course of the past few seasons, including this off season. They have seemingly found the key to their own success and are only hindered by injuries. They were ranked third in the league last year defensively and that was without their star player. It seems as though they made a significant amount of changes which could mess up the chemistry but if you see the pieces they picked up then you should see how they proved their worth already. You have an above average scorer in Warren and one of the most efficient players in the game in Malcom Brogdon. Not to mention Myles Turner is about to hit his prime.
#7 Detroit Pistons (41-41)
Off: 21st Def: 12th Net: -0.4 (17th)
Goodbye: Ish Smith
Hello: Morris Twin and D. Rose
XIII’s Factor: Rose Starts
The Detroit Pistons have been just what their record states, average. They have dealt with injuries to starters on more than one occasion and can seemingly never have all of their starters healthy simultaneously. Developing their players have not proved to be a priority for them. If they rely on free agency and trades, they may never get better in the long run. In this moment though, if they are a healthy team you can expecting them to make the playoffs with Derrick Rose making a noticeable impact during the span of the regular season and their time in the postseason if it is to come.
#8 Chicago Bulls (22-60)
Off: 29th Def: 25rd Net: -8.3(27th)
Goodbye: Robin Lopez
Hello: Coby White, Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky
XIII’s Factor: Ability to spread the floor
This may come as a surprise but after careful review the Bulls are atop both the Magic and Heat going into the 2019-2020 season. They may have a completely healthy team and offensively that means everything for them. The Bulls quite honestly may be one of the most fun teams to watch if they can maximize their use of who they have; three-point shooters. At every position they can shoot or have depth that can shoot. In addition, they have added defense via picking up Young and getting back Carter Jr. Zach Lavine will play for a full season and lead his team to a land they have not seen in quite some time.
Early NBA Western Conference Power Rankings Part 1
#1 Los Angeles Clippers (48-34)
Off: 9th Def: 19th Net: +1.0(13th)
Goodbye: Danilo Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander
Hello: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard
XIII’s Factor: Paul George
The Clippers under Doc Rivers just don’t record losing seasons. To add to his legacy even more, Rivers coached them to the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference while simultaneously giving a health Warriors a run for their money. So with the culture and team play they already have established there, what occurs when you add to people who were in the race for the MVP last season at the same position? We are about to find out. Leonard arguably had one of the most iconic and legendary playoff runs that has occurred since Dwayne Wade against the Mavericks. He is a force on both sides of the floor at an elite level. Paul George is a great player on both sides of the ball. Now imagine them playing off of each other and complimenting each other’s game by how diverse both of their games are just as the Portland Trailblazers backcourt made a name for themselves. Then of course you must add Patrick Beverly in the conversation.
#2 Utah Jazz (50-32)
Off: 14th Def: 2nd Net: +5.0(4th)
Goodbye: Derrick Favors, Jae Crowder and Ricky Rubio
Hello: Bojan Bogdanovic, Micahel Conley and role players
XIII’s Factor: Closing games
Personally, the Jazz are one of my favorite teams in the league. Now, they have strengthened the areas in which they were weak. The ability to defend has not been the problem with them since Gobert has been in his prime but the ability to score at times when it mattered has been nearly absent. Two note worthy additions to supplement their offensive struggles came in the form of Bogdanovic and Conley. Bojan Bogdanovic held is own with nearly 20 points a game and is more of a clutch player than people are led to believe. His postseason play and regular seasons play would lead you to believe he is a different player. Conley helps on both sides of the court and is capable of not only running the floor, but locking down on defense and scoring in the clutch. They have a complete team with Donavan Mitchell still not fully developed. Their defense will not be the only thing teams are weary of.
#3 Denver Nuggets (54-28)
Off: 7th Def: 10th Net: +4.0(8th)
Goodbye: No one
Hello: Jerami Grant
XIII’s Factor: Success with The Joker on the bench
Jokic and Murray are a duo that proves chemistry is everything. The understanding they have of each other is like few others share in the league itself. The Nuggets outside these two have a good roster and not too many changes. Consistency is key right? So how do they improve on an already great team? Finding a way to effectively rest Jokic during games and not rely so heavily on his talents at all times. Michael Porter Jr. will help with things off the bench. A healthy Gary Harris may take the light off Murray to help create more for him and others because Harris is that good. If he takes a step forward, the bench steps up, these youngsters brainwash themselves with film….their journey to the Finals could be feasible. If they don’t do that, all hope is not yet lost. The Joker is the best all around big man this game has seen in a long time. Foresee him on the ladder for MVP this year because he is only getting better and better.
#4 Los Angeles Lakers (37-45)
Off: 24th Def: 13th Net: -1.6(22nd)
Goodbye: Ball and Ingram
Hello: AD, Cousins and Danny Green
XIII’s Factor: DeMarcus Cousins
King James and AD. Two of the top five players in the NBA, on this planet are now in LA. The expectations are through the season and after a crazy off season where they could’ve been better by acquiring Kawhi, they recoup and embrace for a season with him as their neighbor. LeBron James is 35 years old and seems to have defied Father Time with his dunks posted on social media taking the spot light from his son. Statistically, he had a great season last year and could very much so reproduce that. If he wants AD to win MVP he will be the best possible way for it to occur. The king has lost his throne and has much to prove alongside of his new teammate. AD will put up the numbers regardless and as long as he is not injured, the Lakers will make it deep in the playoffs. DeMarcus Cousins is actually someone many are overlooking. With AD’s track record in injuries it would be great if Cousins could be a viable option and force. If they were anything they were while playing together in New Orleans, the Lakers will be the most dominant team in basketball. Other than that, LeBron has his team constructed the way he likes and has a loyal servant in Kyle Kuzma.
#5 Golden State Warriors (57-25)
Off: 1st Def: 11th Net: +6.5(2nd)
Goodbye: KD, Iggy, Cousins and bench
Hello: D’Angelo Russell
XIII’s Factor: Steve Kerr
The disrespect continues as many doubt Golden State having a presence this season coming and the postseason following. It is mind-numbing that someone that one back to back MVPs and who has had the impact he has had on the game is being ruled out because of KD leaving. Prior to KD, Steph led the Warriors to a ring and put KD out of the playoffs. Now, they have lost Iggy to who I have a renowned respect for but they still have the player that he coveted and protected. Klay is injured but will be back in the postseason or even possibly before. Draymond just got an extension and will not be the same Draymond of last year. Their smart addition of D’Angelo will create an offense that will supplement what Steph Curry has already done to the game. They will be one of the most fun teams to watch still even with Klay injured. That’s a guarantee.
#6 Portland Trailblazers (53-29)
Off: 3rd Def: 16th Net: +4.2(7th)
Goodbye: Half of the roster
Hello: Bazemore and Whiteside
XIII’s Factor: The BIGS
Boasting one of the most dangerous back courts in the league, Portland has found its formula to success and is running with it. They made an overhaul in changes to the roster and it is impressive. The acquired Whiteside and a big that can interrupt the flow in the paint defensively is valued in this league. The effectiveness of their backcourt is glaringly obvious and they have done right by building around them as their core. They put the Thunder out of the playoffs behind Many may be upset about their position above the Rockets and company but they made it to the Western Conference Finals and actually made decent pick-ups this off season as previously stated. To make the next step forward they added a big that doesn’t necessarily have to start but can and will be a more than effective substitute off the bench. His defense is not as good as everyone is led to believe but it is above average and amongst the best they could obtain. Expect the same level of play from a team that continues to prove themselves year in and year out.
#7 Houston Rockets (53-29)
Off: 2nd Def: 17th Net: +4.8(5th)
Hello: Russell Westbrook
XIII’s Factor: Chemistry of MVPs
Chris Paul is not a bad player. In fact, he is one of the most brilliant minds that has ever graced an NBA court. What he brings to the team on an IQ level will be hard to replace both defensively and offensively. Statistics are not everything and to Westbrook they are in my opinion. He has to change that perspective in order for this to workout and not become another Carmelo Anthony in the league career wise. Both players were great individuals, but could not get it done where it mattered most; obtaining a title. I can see the reason for excitement but you have to weigh in on everything. How much of a gain was Westbrook?
#8 San Antonio Spurs (48-34)
Off: 6th Def: 20th Net: +1.6(12th)
Goodbye: David Bertans
Hello: Murray(from injury) and Tim Duncan(assistant coach)
XIII’s Factor: Murray
The Spurs simply put, are the Spurs. They are one of the best franchises in sports history. That point changed when two decades ago, they decided not to fire Greg Popovich. Since then they’ve been 50 plus wins every season and that is far from an exaggeration. With not much change to the roster and a surprisingly quick development of their young guards, the Spurs find themselves still in contention for the playoffs. Aldridge and Double D has had ample amount of time to develop their chemistry with the system and with each other so expect nothing but consistency alongside of quality numbers within Popovich’s scheme. Dejounte Murray, when healthy, is one of the most tenacious perimeter defenders in the league and very few can stop him from getting to the rack. If he is back 90% you will see a significant difference in the Spurs of last year and the Spurs of this year.
NCAA amends agent rules to no longer require college degree
The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men’s basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.
The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” in reference to James’ agent, who does not have a college degree.
The NCAA announced Monday it would amend the standards so bachelor’s degrees would not be required for agents currently certified and in good standing with the NBA players union. The NCAA had said last week it modeled its rules after those of the National Basketball Players Association.
“We have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the (NBPA) has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement,” the NCAA said in a statement. “While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria.”
The NCAA rule permitting players to obtain an agent yet still return to school after withdrawing from the draft was part of recommendations from the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball, which was formed in response to a federal corruption investigation into the sport.
The change took place last August, and the first players to take advantage of the rule did so in the spring. They were permitted to sign with an agent certified by the NBPA – which was the stopgap standard until the NCAA put together its own certification requirements – though they had to terminate the deal if they decided to withdraw from the draft and return to school.
The amended policy still requires the agent to be certified by the NBPA for at least three consecutive years, as well as taking an in-person examination, going through a background check and paying required fees. In its release last week, the NCAA said agents would pay a $250 application fee and an annual $1,250 certification fee separate from NBPA certification requirements.
ND BSB: Jarrett Announces Completion of Baseball Staff
NOTRE DAME, Indiana – University of Notre Dame head baseball coach Link Jarrett is pleased to announce the completion of his staff with the hires of Rich Wallace as assistant coach and Scott Wingo as a volunteer assistant. The pair will join Jarrett, pitching coach Chuck Ristano and director of operations Steve Rosen as the Irish head into the 2020 season.
“Finalizing our staff properly is extremely important and we had so much interest from coaches nationwide,” said Jarrett. “Rich and Scott complete our staff dynamic by providing talent in so many critical facets. Chuck has tremendous feel for our current roster and needs. He has been on board and recruiting hard all summer, exemplifying his continued quest to better our program as our pitching coach. Like Chuck, Steve Rosen has been on staff and continues as our Director of Baseball Operations. This staff composition is exactly what I had in mind. All of them put a premium on winning, player development, evaluating, recruiting, and program development.”
Wallace brings 16 years of coaching experience to Notre Dame and has a strong background in molding players into some of the nation’s best. Under his tutelage, Wallace has produced eight All-Americans, 49 All-Conference selections and 49 players that have been selected in the MLB Draft.
“First of all, I would like to thank Coach Jarrett for the opportunity to join his staff,” said Wallace. “I’m extremely excited to join the Notre Dame program. There is tremendous history here and I am ready to get to work.”
Wallace joins the Irish after two years as an assistant/associate head coach at Jacksonville working primarily with the hitters, catchers and recruiting. He helped guide the Dolphins to their 15th all-time NCAA Tournament selection in 2018. The Dolphins were the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional, their highest seed in school history. That season, Jacksonville led the Atlantic Sun in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and fielding percentage.
“We are very excited to have Rich and his family join the Notre Dame Baseball program,” said Jarrett. “Rich, his wife Alex, daughters Easton and Maxx, will be great additions to our organization. As a recruiting coordinator Rich built high level nationally based rosters at three private institutions. His talent as a catching instructor, as well as having the ability to instruct other positions, creates depth in our staff. He has coached elite level talent, developing many into all conference performers and professional players. His national recruiting capabilities and knack for development are exactly what we were looking for.”
Prior to Jacksonville, Wallace was incredibly successful in his three-year stint as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. In 2017, Creighton won the Big East regular season championship and featured a Freshman All-American (Will Robertson), a Johnny Bench Watch List member (Michael Emodi), and the most home runs hit by a Creighton team since permanently moving to TD Ameritrade. In 2016, the squad was nationally-ranked for six weeks, set a team record with a 3.26 GPA, and had 29 student-athletes received a 3.0 or better. Wallace also earned the accolade of Top Recruiter in the BIG EAST conference by D1 Baseball in 2016.
Before joining the Creighton staff, Wallace served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at High Point University for eight seasons. With the Panthers, he brought in consecutive, nationally-ranked recruiting classes for the first time in school history, and helped lead HPU to its four highest win totals in school history. Wallace mentored four All-Americans, including three freshmen All-Americans.
Wallace’s coaching career began in the fall of 2003 with his alma mater, the University of Central Florida. His primary responsibilities included coaching the catchers and outfielders and coordinating the school’s camps. The 2004 squad won the ASUN Conference regular season championship and appeared in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional as an at-large team.
Ristano will enter his 10th season as pitching coach and has mentored some of top arms that have come through the Irish program. Since his arrival in South Bend in 2010, Ristano has produced 16 Major League draft picks on the mound, a team ERA under 4.00 in five seasons and 10 all-conference selections from the pitching staff. He led Irish hurlers to three consecutive seasons with a walks per nine innings rate lower than 3.00 for the first time in program history.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be on Coach Jarrett’s staff here at Notre Dame,” said Ristano. “I’ve had a lot of special moments and met many special people under the dome. For many reasons, both professional and personal, Notre Dame has become my home and I cannot wait for our players to return so we can get started. I am excited to continue to serve our great university and to be a part of our programs future.”
“Chuck has a great pedigree as a pitching coach and has developed elite performers grooming many into top draft selections,” said Jarrett. “His understanding of the level of student-athlete we are recruiting and developing is paramount in our growth as a program. Meshing modern pitching analytics with traditional philosophy is also a strength of his. Lizzy his wife and Jane his daughter are wonderful and such a pleasure to interact with. Lizzy is an excellent coach for Notre Dame softball and the entire family has deep love for Notre Dame.”
Last season, Ristano guided Cameron Junker and Shane Combs to career seasons and both got selected in the 2019 MLB Draft. This past summer, Ristano was an assistant coach with the USA Baseball U17 Developmental Team which played games at Notre Dame, Wrigley Field and Miller Park.
Ristano’s arms helped Notre Dame set a new standard in the 2017 MLB Draft. Five of his pitchers were selected in the draft, with three of them (Peter Solomon, Sean Guenther and Brad Bass) going in the first seven rounds. It marked the most selections over the first seven rounds in school history and the third time Notre Dame has produced three picks in the opening 10 rounds of a single draft. All five of the Irish pitchers selected were juniors, who improved upon their selections out of high school.
Wingo was the volunteer assistant at Jacksonville with Rich Wallace during the 2018 season. Wingo coached the infielders while also assisting with the hitters and base runners. During his tenure with the Dolphins, Wingo guided three infielders to first team Atlantic Sun honors.
“Scott loves coaching, developing players, and winning,” said Jarrett. “His skill in working on the field in many components is vital in his role at Notre Dame. He has an incredible championship pedigree and was a standout player winning two national titles at South Carolina. He has left a distinct mark everywhere he has played and coached.”
Wingo played college ball at South Carolina, where he was a four-year letterwinner from 2008-11 and played on both national championship teams in 2010 & 2011. In his senior year Wingo was named captain of the team, earned All-SEC First Team honors, and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 College World Series. He also earned SEC All-Defensive team honors twice. His 254 career games with the Garnet & Black are the second-highest total in school history.
Wingo was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft in the 11th Round and spent three years in the Dodgers organization, where he hit .249 through 261 career games with a .360 slugging percentage and a .390 on-base percentage.
After his time with the Dodgers he served as a student assistant coach with South Carolina in 2015, coaching the infielders and hitters. He was also an assistant coach with the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League.
The 2016 & 2017 seasons he served as an assistant coach with North Greenville University while earning his Master’s degree, and he was also promoted to head coach of the Wilmington Sharks during the 2016 and 2017 summer season.
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, August 12, 2019) – Indy Eleven added more attacking power to its roster with today’s signings of forwards Cristian Novoa and Gabriel Rodrigues for the remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, terms of player contracts with Indy Eleven will not be released.
Novoa, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, has played professionally in Venezuela, Bolivia, Cyprus and, most recently, Spain with UB Conquense before joining the Boys in Blue. The 28-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the Venezuelan top flight Primera Division, beginning with Caracas Futbol Club in 2010. Novoa enjoyed his most successful seasons with Primera Division side Carabobo FC, where he made 93 appearances and scored 32 goals across two stints from 2013-14 and 2016-17. Novoa played alongside current Indy Eleven Assistant Coach Juan Guerra twice, first at Caracas in 2010 and again with Carabobo from 2013-14.
“Cristian is a player we tried to sign in January before the start of the season, but we weren’t able to do so at the time,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martine Rennie. “He’s an exciting goal-scorer with a proven record and we’re excited to have him on our squad.”
Rodrigues, 23, has played for clubs in the Campeonato Paulista and Campeonato Brasileiro in Brazil with Sao Paulo FC, the J2 League in Japan with Ventforet Kofu, and the Portuguese Premeira Liga with CD Aves’ Under-23 squad. The Brazilian spent his youth career with Guarani, a second division side located in Brazil.
“Gabriel is a talented young player that’s played for the biggest club in Brazil [Sao Paulo FC], one of the best clubs in South America,” Rennie said. “He’s a centrally forward striker, which is different from any of the players that we have. He’s good with his back to goal and he’s good in the air. We’re giving him the opportunity to show what he can do, so it’ll be up to him to take the opportunity with both hands and make the most of it.”
In an additional roster move, Indy Eleven came to terms on a transfer agreement with Sacramento Republic FC that will send forward Thomas Enevoldsen to the USL Championship Western Conference side, pending league and federation approval. The 32-year-old Danish striker recorded 20 appearances with Indiana’s Team in 2019, scoring five goals and creating five assists.
“We would like to thank Thomas for his time with Indy Eleven and for his hard work during the first half of the season,” Rennie said. “We wish him all the best with his new club.”
Coming off the heels of a bye week, the Boys in Blue get back to action on Tuesday night with an exhibition match at National Premier Soccer League side Detroit City FC (7:30 p.m. kickoff) before returning home for back-to-back Sunday affairs against Saint Louis FC on Aug. 18 (Faith & Family Night) and Charlotte Independence on Aug. 25 (“Red Out” Summer Celebration).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 In an attempted double steal by the A’s, the Tigers concede second base to Harry Davis, freezing Dave Fultz, the runner on third, which prompts Davis to return to first base on the pitcher’s next delivery. When Davis takes off for second for the second time, he draws a throw and, in the resulting run-down Dave Fultz scores from third, and he is called safe at second again, but will be credited with only one stolen base for all of his efforts during the sixth frame of Philadelphia’s 9-0 victory over Detroit at Columbia Park.
1906 John W. Taylor is replaced by a reliever for the first time since June of 1901 when the Brooklyn Superbas knock him out of the game in the third inning. During the five-year span, the Orphans’ right-hander completed a remarkable 1,727 innings of work that included 187 consecutive complete games, as well as finishing up 15 games in relief.
1910 In a game which features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, and 1 passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else – an 8-8 tie.
1913 Goober southpaw Harry Hedgpeth pitches two complete nine-inning games when he starts both ends of a Virginia League doubleheader against Richmond. In the opener, the Peterburg pitcher one-hits the Colts, 1-0, and then follows up the gem with a 10-0 no-hitter.
1926 Lou Gehrig hits two home runs off Walter Johnson in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The Iron Horse’s accomplishment marks only the second time in the Big Train’s 20-year career that the right-hander has allowed two homers in the same game to the same player.
1932 After blanking Washington for nine innings in a scoreless tie, Red Ruffing hits a solo home run in the top of the tenth. The right-hander then closes out the Senators in the bottom of the frame to preserve the Yankees’ 1-0 victory.
1947 At Sportsman’s Park, pinch-hitter Willard Brown of the Browns becomes the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. The historic homer, an inside-the-parker off future Hall of Fame hurler Hal Newhouser, helps the Browns beat the Tigers, 6-5.
1948 The Phillies set a major league record by tallying nine runs before making an out when they beat the Giants at Shibe Park, 12-7. Philadelphia sends 14 batters to the plate in the fateful first frame and scores a total of ten times to easily erase an early three-run deficit.
1950 In the bottom of the twenty-second inning, with both starting pitchers still in the game, Don Richmond lines a single down the right-field line, plating Dick Cole to give Rochester a 3-2 victory over Jersey City at Red Wing Stadium. Tom Poholsky, after yielding two unearned runs in the top of the second, goes on to hurl 20 consecutive scoreless innings for the complete-game victory, but is matched zero-for-zero, until the last inning, by opposing J. C. Giants pitcher Andy Tomasic, who also goes the distance after giving up single runs in the first and second frames.
1951 Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgers’ Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various types of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about 10% of the total crowd, take advantage of the team’s unusual promotion.
Musical Depreciation Night
1954 White Sox left-hander Jack Harshman hurls a 16-inning shutout, beating the Tigers at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Detroit’s starter, Al Aber, also goes the distance, giving up the game’s lone run when Minnie Minoso’s one-out triple to right field scores Nellie Fox, who had singled leading off in the final frame.
1963 Warren Spahn breaks Rube Waddell’s record for career strikeouts by a left-hander when he whiffs pinch-hitter Al Ferrara for the final out in the Braves’ 4-3 victory over LA. The crafty southpaw strikes out five batters during the County Stadium contest, giving him a total of 2,382.
1965 Dean Chance establishes an American League record when he fans to extend his streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances with a strikeout. The Angels’ right-hander falls one shy of the major league mark set by Sandy Koufax, who whiffed in 12 consecutive plate appearances in 1955.
1969 Oriole right-hander Jim Palmer, coming off the disabled list just four days earlier, throws a no-hitter against Oakland. Baltimore’s 8-0 victory gives the team a comfortable 14.5 game lead in the first-ever American League East Division race.
1969 After serving as the interim replacement for William Eckert, Bowie Kuhn is unanimously elected to a seven-year term by the major league owners to be baseball’s fifth commissioner. Prior to his selection to his new post, the 42 year-old lawyer, who once worked as the scoreboard boy for a dollar a day at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, served as legal counsel for the sport nearly 20 years.
1969 After being swept in a three-game series by Houston at the Astrodome, the eventual World Champion Mets fall ten games behind the front-running Cubs in the first-ever NL East race. The third-place New York team will finish the season at a torrid 39-11 pace, finishing the season eight games in front of Chicago.
1972 In an effort to stop a four-game losing streak, Tigers skipper Billy Martin picks his starting lineup out of a hat for the first game of a doubleheader. The idea works as Detroit edges the Indians in the opener, 3-2, but using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the team loses, 9-2.
1978 Although the Yankees score five runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Bronx Bombers lose to the Orioles, 3-0, because the score reverted to the last completed inning after the game is rained out. This rule will be changed in 1980, and the game today would have been suspended.
1979 Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp’s pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40 year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth major leaguer to reach the coveted plateau.
1982 At Chavez Ravine, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax steals his 41st base to set a franchise record for rookies when he swipes second base in LA’s 6-1 victory over San Francisco. The eventual National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award, will extend the record to 49.
1983 Royals right-hander Gaylord Perry becomes the third of three major leaguers this season to surpass Walter Johnson’s career strikeout mark of 3,508 K’s, a record that had survived since 1927. Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton reached the milestone, respectively, in April and May. (Ed. note – some websites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN, and Baseball Reference, differ with the official MLB stats, crediting the Washington Senator legend with 3,509 career strikeouts, with an extra strikeout recorded in his rookie season accounting for the difference. – LP)
1986 Future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, pinch-hitting for southpaw Rob Murphy, makes his major league debut off Terry Mulholland at Riverfront Stadium. The 22 year-old Reds’ rookie fifth-inning groundout to short plates the first run in the team’s eventual 8-6 comeback victory over the Giants.
1987 Billy Williams joins Ernie Banks as the second Cubs player to be honored by having his uniform number (26) being retired by the team. Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler (AL) played 16 of his 18 major league seasons in the Windy City, hitting .296 and 392 home runs for the team that plays on the North side of Chicago.
1995 At Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, 63, succumbs to liver cancer with his estranged wife Merlyn at his side. Ironically, prior to a moving tribute in the Bronx ballpark for the fallen hero, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard displays “At Bat: 7” until the start of the game, because the leadoff batter for the Indians, Kenny Lofton, wears number 7.
1998 Orlando Hernandez breaks a 30 year-old Yankee rookie record when he retires Mark McLemore on a called third strike to end the eighth inning of the team’s 2-0 victory over Texas in New York. El Duque’s 13 strikeouts, a total he will reach only once more in his career, surpasses the freshman mark established by Stan Bahnsen, the 1968 American League Rookie of the Year.
2000 Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney becomes the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 100 RBI plateau, when he homers off B.J. Ryan, contributing to the team’s 10-5 victory over Baltimore at Kauffman Stadium. The 27 year-old All-Star infielder, reaching the century mark for the second straight season, will finish the year with 144 runs batted in, breaking the club record of 133 established in 1982 by Hal McRae.
2000 Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5, homering twice, in the Astros’ 14-7 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The Houston first baseman’s ten total bases drive in a club-record seven runs.
2003 After missing nearly three months with a groin injury, Mike Piazza makes a dramatic return to the New York lineup when he homers and drives in five runs on Italian Night at Shea Stadium. The backstop’s 3-for-5 performance, including a home run in the third inning, RBI single in the fourth, and a two-run single in the seventh, contributes to the Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Giants.
2003 Just as the Expos’ starting right-hander Javier Vazquez is about to throw a full-count pitch to Rockies outfielder Jay Payton, a second inning hour-long blackout at the enclosed Olympic Stadium leaves the fans and players in total darkness. Tomorrow, Montreal arrives in New York on their off day just in time to experience a massive blackout which leaves more than 50 million Americans in the dark.
2004 At Seattle’s Boeing Field, Edgar Martinez is on hand to greet George W. Bush. The President, who had requested to meet the retiring designated hitter, exchanges autographed baseballs with the man who routinely helped the Mariners beat his Rangers when the chief executive was the managing partner of Texas.
2004 J.T. Snow slams three home runs, 25% of his homers this season, in the Giants’ 16-6 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The light-hitting first baseman goes deep in the first inning with a two-run dinger off starter Brett Myers, and then delivers solo shots off relievers in the fifth and seventh frames.
2006 At Jacobs Field, right-hander Luke Hudson gives up 11 runs in one-third of an inning in the Royals’ 13-0 loss against the Indians. The Tribe’s top of the first frame barrage is the result of eight hits, two walks, and one error.
2006 Travis Hafner, during Cleveland’s 11-run first inning at Jacobs Field, ties Don Mattingly’s single-season mark for grand slams, established in 1987. The Indians’ designated hitter’s 35th homer of the season is his sixth one with the bases loaded.
2006 LA’s Greg Maddux and SF’s Jason Schmidt hook up in a classic West Coast pitcher’s duel, reminiscent of match-ups of Koufax and Marichal, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 1-0, thanks to Russell Martin’s 10th inning walk-off home run. When Giants slugger Barry Bonds lines into a double play in the first inning, it marks the only time in baseball history a 300 game winner pitches to a batter with over 700 homers.
2007 Placido Polanco establishes a big league record for second basemen when he plays his 144th straight game without committing an error. The Detroit infielder, who hasn’t made a misplay since July 2 of last season, surpasses the previous mark set by Luis Castillo, who accomplished the feat playing for the Twins.
2007 For the first time in 1,303 games, Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers is ejected from a game. The 12-year veteran infielder, who is tossed by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, is restrained by first base coach Mariano Duncan when he continues to shout and points his bat toward the umpire.
2010 A day after major league baseball formally approves the sale of the team, the new owners of the Rangers, which includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, announce lower prices for concessions, parking, and merchandise. The lowering of prices is one way of showing appreciation to the Texas fans for their loyalty and support, according to sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, another new owner the club.
2010 The Giants obtain Jose Guillen from Kansas City, hoping the well-traveled veteran can help the club down the stretch run. The departure of the 34 year-old, who has played with ten teams in the past 14 years and was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, gives highly touted prospect Kila Ka’aihue an opportunity to play every day.
2013 For only the second time in big league history beginning in 1916, the earliest year the records are available, the leadoff batters for both teams homer in their first at-bat and then add another round-tripper in the same game when Seattle’s Brad Miller and Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist each hit a pair of homers in the Mariners’ 5-4 win at Tropicana Field. Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Detroit’s Tony Phillips last accomplished the feat in 1994 at Tiger Stadium.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1919
SARATOGA, N.Y.-The Glen Riddle Farm’s great two-year-old, Man o’ War, met with his first defeat here today in the running of the Sanford Memorial. He was forced to bow to Harry Payne Whitney’s Upset in a neck-and-neck finish in this six-furlong dash. Though defeated, Man o’ War was not discredited. On the contrary, the manner in which he ran this race stamped him, in the opinion of horsemen, as the best of his division without question. Though failing to get his nose in front, he stood out as the best horse in the race by a large margin, for he had all the worst of the racing luck.
Beginning with a very bad start, he came on to give battle to a horse which had a start of three to four lengths on him. There was scarcely a witness of this race who did not believe after it was all over that Man o’ War would have walked home, with anything like a fair chance. For those who had hoped for a pretty race without anything to mar it, it was unfortunate that the acting starter, C.H. Pettingill, one of the placing judges, spent several minutes trying to get the horses lined up and then sent them away with only those near the rail ready for the start. The start was responsible for the defeat of Man o’ War, it turned out.
Off almost last, Man o’ War gained his speed in a few strides and then started to pass horses all along the back stretch. Steadily Man o’ War drew up on Upset. On the last part of the turn into the stretch, Man o’ War took third position, about two lengths back of Upset. A few strides down the stretch Golden Broom suddenly gave up, and Upset ran past him. In another instant Man o’ War had dashed by his chestnut rival and it became a question whether Upset could last to win. Steadily Man o’ War drew up on Upset. A hundred feet from the wire he was three-fourths of a length away. At the wire he was a scant neck out of the first position and in another twenty feet he would have passed the Whitney horse.
What made the race of Man o’ War so impressive was the fact that he came from so far behind and that also he conceded fifteen pounds to Upset. On the very performance of the two today the Whitney horse would not appear to have a chance to win under an even break. The Sanford Memorial, for which John Sanford donated a cup on this occasion because of the presence of Man o’ War and the widely heralded Golden Broom, who finished third, was by far the most interesting event that has been held during the Saratoga meeting. One of the largest crowds of the meeting, about 20,000 persons, saw the running of the race.
Man o’ War, who beat Upset in their six previous meetings, never lost another race. He was retired to stud in 1920 and foaled 64 stakes winners, including the 1937 Triple Crown winner, War Admiral.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|NY Yankees||79||41||.658||–||45 – 18||34 – 23||46 – 16||14 – 12||9 – 6||8 – 2||W 3|
|Tampa Bay||70||50||.583||9||31 – 28||39 – 22||30 – 26||15 – 12||13 – 8||8 – 2||W 4|
|Boston||62||59||.512||17.5||30 – 32||32 – 27||28 – 31||17 – 9||14 – 14||3 – 7||L 3|
|Toronto||50||72||.410||30||23 – 36||27 – 36||21 – 33||17 – 18||10 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Baltimore||39||80||.328||39.5||18 – 43||21 – 37||18 – 37||7 – 15||9 – 18||3 – 7||L 2|
|Cleveland||72||47||.605||–||39 – 24||33 – 23||16 – 9||34 – 20||16 – 13||8 – 2||W 2|
|Minnesota||71||47||.602||0.5||36 – 26||35 – 21||18 – 11||28 – 16||19 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||52||64||.448||18.5||28 – 30||24 – 34||15 – 18||26 – 24||5 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Kansas City||43||76||.361||29||23 – 35||20 – 41||7 – 19||24 – 36||7 – 16||3 – 7||W 2|
|Detroit||35||80||.304||35||16 – 41||19 – 39||10 – 13||17 – 33||3 – 19||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||77||41||.653||–||43 – 15||34 – 26||15 – 11||14 – 10||38 – 12||8 – 2||L 1|
|Oakland||67||51||.568||10||37 – 23||30 – 28||13 – 14||17 – 5||27 – 26||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||59||59||.500||18||35 – 22||24 – 37||7 – 7||17 – 9||26 – 32||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Angels||58||62||.483||20||29 – 29||29 – 33||14 – 12||8 – 13||25 – 30||2 – 8||L 1|
|Seattle||48||71||.403||29.5||27 – 36||21 – 35||7 – 11||14 – 13||23 – 39||2 – 8||L 3|
|Atlanta||70||50||.583||–||32 – 25||38 – 25||30 – 20||20 – 13||14 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||63||55||.534||6||32 – 25||31 – 30||31 – 24||6 – 11||18 – 16||6 – 4||W 2|
|NY Mets||61||57||.517||8||34 – 21||27 – 36||29 – 25||12 – 15||10 – 13||8 – 2||L 1|
|Philadelphia||60||58||.508||9||34 – 26||26 – 32||26 – 26||13 – 10||13 – 17||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||44||73||.376||24.5||24 – 37||20 – 36||18 – 39||7 – 16||11 – 9||2 – 8||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||64||54||.542||–||41 – 19||23 – 35||14 – 11||27 – 23||13 – 12||7 – 3||W 1|
|St. Louis||61||55||.526||2||34 – 23||27 – 32||16 – 14||29 – 20||9 – 10||4 – 6||W 3|
|Milwaukee||62||57||.521||2.5||35 – 25||27 – 32||16 – 9||30 – 24||10 – 14||5 – 5||L 1|
|Cincinnati||56||61||.479||7.5||33 – 28||23 – 33||11 – 10||26 – 30||11 – 12||6 – 4||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||49||69||.415||15||24 – 32||25 – 37||8 – 14||20 – 35||10 – 16||2 – 8||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||79||41||.658||–||48 – 16||31 – 25||18 – 6||22 – 11||36 – 18||8 – 2||W 2|
|Arizona||60||59||.504||18.5||27 – 28||33 – 31||15 – 12||10 – 10||21 – 31||6 – 4||W 1|
|San Francisco||59||60||.496||19.5||28 – 32||31 – 28||11 – 16||12 – 10||30 – 27||4 – 6||W 2|
|San Diego||55||63||.466||23||28 – 32||27 – 31||12 – 17||10 – 13||24 – 27||5 – 5||L 2|
|Colorado||53||66||.445||25.5||29 – 28||24 – 38||11 – 15||10 – 9||24 – 32||3 – 7||L 1|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|New York City FC||23||10||8||5||41||31||10||6-4-1||4-4-4||38|
|Orlando City SC||25||8||6||11||33||34||-1||5-1-6||3-5-5||30|
|Los Angeles FC||24||17||4||3||65||25||40||10-1-0||7-3-3||55|
|Real Salt Lake||24||11||4||9||35||32||3||8-1-2||3-3-7||37|
|Washington Mystics||17||7||.708||—||8-3||9-4||9-2||7-3||2 W|
|Connecticut Sun||16||8||.667||1.0||11-1||5-7||10-3||7-3||2 L|
|Chicago Sky||14||10||.583||3.0||9-3||5-7||8-4||7-3||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||9||16||.360||8.5||5-8||4-8||5-7||3-7||1 W|
|New York Liberty||8||15||.348||8.5||4-7||4-8||1-8||2-8||5 L|
|Atlanta Dream||5||19||.208||12.0||4-9||1-10||2-11||1-9||9 L|
|Los Angeles Sparks||15||8||.652||—||9-2||6-6||7-4||8-2||5 W|
|Las Vegas Aces||16||9||.640||—||10-4||6-5||8-4||7-3||1 W|
|Seattle Storm||14||11||.560||2.0||9-4||5-7||7-5||6-4||2 W|
|Minnesota Lynx||12||12||.500||3.5||7-5||5-7||4-6||4-6||1 L|
|Phoenix Mercury||11||12||.478||4.0||7-3||4-9||5-7||4-6||2 L|
|Dallas Wings||7||17||.292||8.5||6-6||1-11||4-9||2-8||1 W|