Toronto 114 Golden State 110



Minnesota 10 Seattle 5

Toronto 12 Baltimore 3

Boston 7 Texas 6

LA Angels 5 Tampa Bay 3

Kansas City 7 Detroit 3

Chicago White Sox 5 NY Yankees 4

Atlanta 6 Pittsburgh 5

Arizona 5 Washington 0

Colorado 9 San Diego 6

LA Dodgers 7 Chicago Cubs 3

St. Louis 4 NY Mets 4 (suspended bottom of nine)



Buffalo 11 Indianapolis 3

West Michigan 10 Dayton 3

South Bend 5 Lansing 1

Fort Wayne 8 Bowling Green 3


U.S. Open (PGA) TOP 10

Pos Name Score Thru
1 J. Rose -6 18
2t R. Fowler -5 18
2t L. Oosthuizen -5 18
2t X. Schauffele -5 18
2t A. Wise -5 18
6t N. Lashley -4 18
6t S. Piercy -4 18
8t E. Grillo -3 18
8t C. Hadley -3 18
8t R. McIlroy -3 18


2019 U.S. Open tee times, pairings

Friday, Round 2

Tee time (ET) Grouping
9:45 a.m. Nathan Lashley Renato Paratore Lee Slattery
9:45 a.m. Rory Sabbatini Sam Horsfield Roberto Castro
9:56 a.m. Player TBD Collin Morikawa Aaron Wise
9:56 a.m. Cameron Young (a) Marcus Kinhult Brian Stuard
10:07 a.m. Merrick Bremner Chip McDaniel Cody Gribble
10:07 a.m. Luke Guthrie Joseph Bramlett Charlie Danielson
10:18 a.m. Michael Thorbjornsen (a) Chez Reavie David Toms
10:18 a.m. Austin Eckroat (a) Alexander Noren Charles Howell III
10:29 a.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello Kevin Na Keegan Bradley
10:29 a.m. Thomas Pieters Chesson Hadley Stewart Hagestad (a)
10:40 a.m. Jim Furyk Henrik Stenson Brandt Snedeker
10:40 a.m. Paul Casey Patrick Cantlay Lucas Glover
10:51 a.m. Luke List Lucas Bjerregaard Branden Grace
10:51 a.m. Kiradech Aphibarnrat Keith Mitchell Shugo Imahira
11:02 a.m. Webb Simpson Adam Scott Matt Kuchar
11:02 a.m. Francesco Molinari Viktor Hovland (a) Brooks Koepka
11:13 a.m. Byeong Hun An Devon Bling (a) Matthew Fitzpatrick
11:13 a.m. Tony Finau Jimmy Walker Ian Poulter
11:24 a.m. Justin Harding Aaron Baddeley Player TBD
11:24 a.m. Jordan Spieth Justin Rose Tiger Woods
11:35 a.m. Ollie Schniederjans Mikumu Horikawa Anirban Lahiri
11:35 a.m. Daniel Berger Matthew Jones Kodai Ichihara
11:46 a.m. Daniel Hillier (a) Alex Prugh Zac Blair
11:46 a.m. Matthieu Pavon Chandler Eaton (a) Callum Tarren
11:57 a.m. Hayden Shieh Spencer Tibbits (a) Connor Arendell
11:57 a.m. Eric Dietrich Guillermo Pereira Brett Drewitt
3:30 p.m. Luis Gagne (a) Sepp Straka Julian Etulain
3:30 p.m. Sam Saunders Carlos Ortiz Marcus Fraser
3:41 p.m. Dean Burmester Player TBD Kyounghoon Lee
3:41 p.m. Player TBD Erik Van Rooyen Chun An Yu (a)
3:52 p.m. Clement Sordet Tom Hoge Adri Arnaus
3:52 p.m. Ryan Fox Thorbjorn Olesen Player TBD
4:03 p.m. Brian Davis Kevin O’Connell (a) Billy Hurley III
4:03 p.m. Scottie Scheffler Matt Parziale (a) Nick Taylor
4:14 p.m. Brendon Todd Luke Donald Mike Weir
4:14 p.m. Patton Kizzire Jovan Rebula (a) Jason Dufner
4:25 p.m. Kyle Stanley Billy Horschel Danny Willett
4:25 p.m. Haotong Li Bubba Watson J.B. Holmes
4:36 p.m. Jon Rahm Marc Leishman Rory McIlroy
4:36 p.m. Zach Johnson Martin Kaymer Ernie Els
4:47 p.m. Justin Thomas Kevin Kisner Bryson Dechambeau
4:47 p.m. Si Woo Kim Rickie Fowler Jason Day
4:58 p.m. Dustin Johnson Phil Mickelson Graeme McDowell
4:58 p.m. Shane Lowry Tyrrell Hatton Gary Woodland
5:09 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama Sergio Garcia Tommy Fleetwood
5:09 p.m. Cameron Smith Matthew Wallace Xander Schauffele
5:20 p.m. Jhonattan Vegas Patrick Reed Louis Oosthuizen
5:20 p.m. C.T. Pan Abraham Ancer Brandon Wu (a)
5:31 p.m. Rob Oppenheim Rhys Enoch Richard Lee
5:31 p.m. Chan Kim Justin Walters Player TBD
5:42 p.m. Andy Pope Ryan Sullivan Matthew Naumec
5:42 p.m. Nick Hardy Noah Norton (a) Andreas Halvorsen



Monday, June 17

Class A | University (21-10-1) vs. Washington Township (23-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

Class 4A | Columbus East (25-4) vs. Hamilton Southeastern (22-8) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT

 Tuesday, June 18

Class 3A | Edgewood (24-3) vs. Andrean (35-1) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

Class 2A | Southridge (17-8) vs. Alexandria Monroe (28-6) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT



Saturday, June 15 Game 1 Texas Tech vs. Michigan 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 15 Game 2 Arkansas vs. Florida State 7 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 16 Game 3 Vanderbilt vs. Louisville 2 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 16 Game 4 Mississippi State vs. Auburn 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Monday, June 17 Game 5 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 2 p.m. ESPN
Monday, June 17 Game 6 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 18 Game 7 Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 2 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 18 Game 8 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 7 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 19 Game 9 Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 7 p.m. ESPN
Thursday, June 20 Game 10 Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 8 p.m. ESPN2
Friday, June 21 Game 11 Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9 2 p.m. ESPN
Friday, June 21 Game 12 Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 7 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 22 Game 13* TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 22 Game 14* TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Monday, June 24 CWS Finals: Game 1 TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 25 CWS Finals: Game 2 TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 26 CWS Finals: Game 3* TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m.  


Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada’s first NBA championship.

“We the North!” is now “We the Champs!”

Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country’s first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages.

“I wanted to make history here. That’s what I did,” a soaking wet Leonard said, ski goggles perched on his forehead and sporting a fresh black champions hat.

Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn’t have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP for a second time, then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard’s two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.

When it actually ended, the typically stoic Leonard could let it all out. A Canadian team – and we’re not talking hockey here – stood on top of one of the traditional major sports leagues for the first time since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.

Serge Ibaka pulled his head up through the hoop by the Golden State bench as the crowd chanted “Warriors! Warriors!” after a sensational send-off at Oracle Arena.

Curry walked away slowly, hands on his head on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and departed with 30 points.

Fred VanVleet rescued the Raptors down the stretch with his dazzling shooting from deep to score 22 points with five 3s off the bench, while Leonard wound up with 22 points. Kyle Lowry scored the game’s first eight points and finished with 26 in all to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds.


Thompson sustains torn left ACL in Warriors’ Game 6 loss

Klay Thompson sustained a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, more heartbreaking injury news for the Golden State Warriors after Kevin Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon and had surgery.

Thompson injured the knee late in the third quarter of Golden State’s 114-110 loss to the Raptors on Thursday night as Toronto won Canada’s first NBA title. Durant had surgery a day earlier after he was injured during Game 5, when he returned from more than a month out with a strained right calf.

“It’s just tough in terms of a guy like Klay that left it all out there,” Stephen Curry said after the game. “He was playing amazing tonight. And to see a freak play like that where he lands awkwardly. I don’t know the diagnosis yet, but you think about the person and the guy and how much he loves to play the game and that’s the only thoughts you have. It’s really not about what it means in terms of playing basketball. It’s just I’m more concerned about him as an individual.”

Thompson was fouled by Danny Green on a drive to the basket with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter. He was helped to the locker room area, then came back out to shoot the free throws. He checked out three seconds later, finishing with 30 points, and left the arena on crutches.

“He might be the toughest guy I’ve ever seen in my life,” center Kevon Looney said. “I know he was in a lot of pain when he went down. I’ve never seen him scream or show emotion like that, so I knew he was hurt. He’s a tough guy and came back and made the free throws.”

The All-Star shooting guard had missed Golden State’s 123-109 loss in Game 3 with a sore left hamstring.


Walker says he’d take less than $221M to stay with Hornets

Three-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker said he would consider taking less money than he is eligible to make to stay with the Charlotte Hornets if that means helping them build a winning team.

Because Walker was named to an All-NBA team this season, the Hornets can offer him a five-year “supermax” contract worth up to $221 million – significantly more than the five-year, $190 million deal had he not been named All-NBA.

Other NBA teams can only offer a four-year deal worth $140 million when free agency begins June 30.

“Yeah, why not? I would take less, for sure,” Walker said Thursday during his youth basketball camp at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte.

The eight-year NBA veteran said the Hornets remain his first priority, but he said he’s “pretty sure” he will meet with other interested teams before making a decision on his future.

The 29-year-old Walker said he’s eager to hear what other teams have to offer.

“That all factors in (to my decision) when I sit down with the teams and hear what guys have to say,” Walker said. “I think that will all come into play. I’m not really sure right now. Like I said Charlotte is my first priority and I have to see what (the Hornets) have to offer, as well as other teams.”

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak previously said the team will do “everything we can” to re-sign Walker, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

There has been plenty of speculation about where Walker might end up, including with the New York Knicks because he grew up in the Bronx.

But Walker has repeatedly said he loves playing and living in Charlotte.


Calipari signs $86 million, 10-year extension with Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a 10-year contract extension through 2029 worth $86 million that includes an option in the sixth year to step down and become a special assistant to the athletic director or university representative.

The 60-year-old Calipari and the school previously announced an agreement to a long-term deal in April. The 11th-year coach will earn $8 million each of the next two seasons before his salary increases to $8.5 million annually in 2021 and $9 million annually in 2025. Beginning with the 2024-25 season, Calipari has the option to step down and into the university position that will pay $950,000 annually.

The Hall of Fame coach is 305-71 at Kentucky and won the 2012 NCAA championship among four Final Four appearances. Calipari thanked AD Mitch Barnhart and others in a release on Thursday and added, “There is no other place I want to be.”


Rose opens with 65 to tie Pebble record at US Open

Justin Rose closed out his opening round with three straight birdies to lead the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which was all he could want.

He got a little more.

Rose knew what was at stake when he stood over a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in twilight Thursday from watching the telecast some six hours earlier, and from seeing Tiger Woods standing on the edge of the green.

“I was thinking, `This would be kind of cool doing it front of the great man himself,'” Rose said.

Make the putt and he not only had the lead, he would tie the U.S. Open record at Pebble Beach for the lowest round, a 6-under 65 posted by Woods in 2000 during his record romp. Rose lightly pumped his fist when it fell and soaked up the moment.

In a gentle start to the toughest test in golf, Rose had a one-shot lead on a day so accommodating that more than three dozen players broke par.

“I wouldn’t say it’s exhilarating, because I feel like my mindset is I am in a 72-hole tournament,” Rose said. “This is just a very small step toward outcome. So you don’t feel that buzz that you would on a Sunday, but you can’t help but look around over your shoulder and … damn, this is Pebble Beach. Shot 65 and you’re in the U.S. Open. It’s a cool moment. Whatever transpires the rest of the week, it was a cool moment.”

It was an ideal start for Rose and for the USGA, which wants a smooth ride after four years of various mishaps in the U.S. Open. The idea was to start safe and make the course progressively more difficult, and a forecast of dry weather for the week should make that easier to control.

This was the day to take advantage, especially with a cool, overcast sky for most of the day.

Rose knew the record because he was watching when Rickie Fowler had a birdie putt for a 65 earlier in the day. Fowler missed and had to settle for a 66. He was tied with Aaron Wise and two others who had big finishes.

Xander Schauffele caught a break when his tee shot on the 18th caromed off the rock edge of the left fairway, setting up a 12-foot eagle. Louis Oosthuizen finished on No. 9 by holing a bunker shot for a birdie. It felt almost as good as the wedge he holed from 95 yards for eagle on No. 11.

Woods took advantage of the scoring holes with three birdies, but there was one blunder – a tee shot he hooked on the par-3 fifth that smacked off the cart path into gnarly, deep grass some 20 yards behind the edge of the bleachers. He blasted that out beyond the green and made double bogey.

After two straight birdies, he finished with 11 straight pars for a 70.


Angels’ Ohtani first Japanese player to hit for cycle

Even without full use of his powerful right arm, Shohei Ohtani possesses one of baseball’s most diverse skillsets.

It all showed in a memorable performance Thursday night.

Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 after a delay caused by a power outage.

“You need some power to hit the home run, some speed to accomplish a triple,” Ohtani said through a translator. “To be able to do that at the major league level is going to lead to a lot of confidence. The important thing now is to try to continue this tomorrow.”

Ohtani hit a three-run homer in the first inning and completed the feat with a single on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh. It was the Angels’ sixth and final hit of the game.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to hit a single,” he said. “I was just trying to get on base, whether it was a base on balls or any other way because it was still a close game.”

After a triple in his third at-bat, Ohtani’s cycle quest became the focus of the game.

“People were talking about it. It’s not like a no-hitter when no one mentions it,” said Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who was most impressed that the left-handed hitting Ohtani got his first three hits off a left-handed pitcher.

“We forget how young he is,” Ausmus added. “He’s in a new country, his second year here. He’s 24 years old. He carries a lot on his shoulders, but he still stands pretty tall.”

Ohtani is the eighth Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout on May 21, 2013.

“There’s been so many other great Japanese players before me. Being the first to accomplish it makes me very happy,” he said.


Dodgers outslug Cubs with 4 homers to win 7-3

Cody Bellinger’s recent 0-for-13 slump appears to have been a mere blip in a memorable season so far.

Bellinger hit a pair of home runs, Max Muncy and David Freese each added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

The leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, Bellinger is batting .358 with 22 homers and 57 RBIs.

The slugger ended his skid at the plate in a loss at the Angels earlier this week. Now he’s back home, where Bellinger has 14 homers and has hit safely in 28 of 32 games.

“A lot of work in the cage and tried to get back to where I was,” he said. “We’re good at bouncing back and forgetting about the past, treat every day like it’s a new day.”

Bellinger belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He added a solo shot in the seventh and drew chants of “MVP! MVP!”

“Just don’t think of him as a hitter – he’s a great athlete,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He plays all over the place, he plays every position well, he can run.”

The NL West-leading Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit leadoff homers against Clayton Kershaw in the early innings.

The Cubs arrived in Los Angeles having just ended a five-game road skid, but they’ve lost eight of 10 away from home. The loss dropped them a game behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who were idle.

It wasn’t a great night for either team’s left-handed ace.

Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, gave up three homers. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two.

Kershaw (6-1) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.


Teheran continues his 2019 ‘mission’ as Braves top Pirates

One year after he was left off Atlanta’s postseason rotation, Julio Teheran has re-emerged as a reliable leader on a young staff.

Teheran’s roll of superb starts is a big reason the Braves are back in first place in the NL East.

Josh Donaldson drove in the tie-breaking run in Atlanta’s five-run fifth inning to win his rematch with Joe Musgrove, Teheran allowed only one earned run and the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

The Braves have won seven straight to move into the division lead, 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Philadelphia. The Phillies and Braves open a three-game series on Friday night.

Teheran (5-4) opened the game with two walks and needed 27 pitches to survive the first inning. He recovered, lasting six innings while giving up only three hits. He has allowed no more than one earned run in his last eight starts.

Manager Brian Snitker said he saw Teheran’s renewed resolve in spring training.

“It was very evident to me that he was on a mission,” Snitker said.

Teheran lowered his ERA to 2.92, a full run lower than last season’s 3.94 mark, when he finished 9-9 and was in the bullpen for the NL division series loss to the Dodgers. He is on pace to challenge his career-best ERA of 2.89 in 2014, when he won 14 games.

“That’s the way I want to pitch,” Teheran said. “Last year, it doesn’t mean I was bad, but it was up and down.”

Luke Jackson gave up Starling Marte’s run-scoring single in the ninth before recovering for his 10th save in 15 chances.


Greinke takes no-hitter into 7th, Diamondbacks beat Nats 5-0

Zack Greinke doesn’t think much about no-hitters.

He was in the minority Thursday night when he took a bid into the seventh inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Greinke (8-2) tossed 7 1/3 innings, leaving after a 63-minute rain delay. The right-hander struck out three without a walk.

“It wasn’t meant to be,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Either way you look at it. We were going to shut him down through that rain delay. But it was really fun to watch while it was going on.”

Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson homered for Arizona, which has won seven of eight.

Greinke had faced the minimum when Trea Turner led off the seventh with a grounder between first and second. First baseman Christian Walker made a diving stop but was unable to get off a throw against the speedy Turner, who legged out an infield single.

“I thought it was going to be tough to get there in time anyway,” Greinke said. “Tough throw even if he did throw with how fast Turner is.”

Adam Eaton followed with a single but Anthony Rendon grounded into a double play and Juan Soto grounded out.

Greinke retired the first 10 Nationals before hitting Eaton in the foot with a pitch. Rendon followed with a liner back to Greinke, who doubled Eaton off first.

“He’s locked in,” Lovullo said of Greinke, who has 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his past two starts. “This is my third year with him and when he gets on these rolls you just sit back and get out of the way.”

The 35-year-old ace has never thrown a no-hitter in the majors. He took one into the eighth inning against Pittsburgh in 2017 but lost it on Gregory Polanco’s homer.

Greinke pitched a one-hit shutout in 2009 against Seattle.


Blackmon hits 2 HRs, Gray Ks 10 as Rockies beat Padres 9-6

Jon Gray survived a rough first inning for another dominant outing against San Diego while Charlie Blackmon carried Colorado’s offense to another win at home.

Blackmon homered twice to back a 10-strikeout start from Gray, and the Rockies beat the Padres 9-6 on Thursday night despite two homers from Manny Machado.

Blackmon added a two-run triple and finished with four hits and four RBIs to continue his hot start to June. Trevor Story also homered for the Rockies, who have won 11 of 12 at Coors Field.

Blackmon returned Saturday from a calf injury that sidelined him for two weeks and immediately started hitting. He is batting .440 in six games with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

“Seeing how well he is in the zone right now, he’s in his own place,” Gray said. “It’s scary for other pitchers and good for us.”

Gray has been a scary matchup for the Padres and is now 10-3 with 135 strikeouts in 18 career starts against San Diego. The strikeouts are the most against the Padres in Colorado franchise history.

San Diego left-hander Matt Strahm (2-6) allowed six runs and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings and added two hits in his return from the 10-day injured list. All four leadoff hitters got on against him.

“He got snakebitten by the leadoff batters getting on,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “It’s tough pitching in this ballpark, and it’s tough when the leadoff guy gets on five of your first six innings.”

Gray (6-5) got off to a rough start before settling down. San Diego scored twice in the first inning on a double by Eric Hosmer and a single by Machado. Colorado answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, with Ian Desmond’s two-run double giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

Five of the first six batters Gray faced got hits, but he allowed just four hits over the last 5 2/3 innings.


Bogaerts HR caps comeback as Red Sox rally past Rangers 7-6

After trailing early by five runs, the Boston Red Sox slugged their way to a comeback victory.

Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer in the seventh inning, Boston’s fifth long ball of the game, and the Red Sox rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Thursday night.

“We found a way to win today instead of finding a way to lose,” manager Alex Cora said.

Five players homered for Boston, which outlasted Texas to earn a split of the four-game series. The finale took 4 hours, 6 minutes.

All seven runs for Boston came on homers. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run shot in the second and the Red Sox also got solo homers from J.D. Martinez, Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers.

Bogaerts was the last to go deep for Boston, driving a pitch from Peter Fairbanks (0-1) out to left and completing a wild comeback for the Red Sox, who lost the first two games of the series.

Brandon Workman (4-1) got the win with a scoreless seventh despite walking two as Red Sox pitchers struggled with their command throughout the long night.

Josh Smith, the eighth pitcher for Boston, hit the first batter he faced in the ninth but managed to keep the Rangers off the board and picked up his first save.

Elvis Andrus drove in three runs on three singles for the Rangers. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run double and Hunter Pence had an RBI double for Texas, which stranded 14 runners.

It was the second straight night the Rangers lost by a single run.

“We had a chance, honestly, to win all four games. We had a chance to sweep them,” manager Chris Woodward said. “You’ve got a 6-1 lead against this team, you’ve got to beat them.”

Texas tagged lefty David Price for five hits and six quick runs. Price threw 49 pitches in just 1 1/3 innings before he was pulled.


García’s homer lifts White Sox over Yankees 5-4

White Sox manager Rick Renteria thought his team had a lot of good at-bats Thursday night.

The biggest and best one belonged to Leury Garcia.

“Huge,” Renteria said. “It was a great at-bat.”

Garcia hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Adam Ottavino in the seventh inning, lifting Chicago to a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

Garcia looked at two called strikes from Ottavino before battling back and sending the 11th pitch he saw over the wall in right-center for his fourth homer.

“I just tried to swing at good pitches,” Garcia said through a translator. “I wasn’t looking for a homer. I just wanted to try to get on base.”

It was the first time Ottavino (2-2) allowed homers in consecutive appearances in almost two years. The right-hander, who signed a $27 million, three-year contract with New York in January, served up a solo shot to Cleveland’s Jake Bauers in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 7-6 victory over the Indians.

“I give a lot of credit to him for fighting me and getting into that spot,” Ottavino said of Garcia’s homer. “I didn’t want to walk him, so I gave him a pretty good pitch to hit and he didn’t miss it there.”

Tim Anderson also connected during Chicago’s fourth win in five games, and four relievers combined for 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. Batting in the top two slots in the lineup, Garcia and Anderson combined for four hits and five RBIs.

Evan Marshall (2-0) got three outs for the win, and Aaron Bummer worked the ninth for his first career save after regular closer Alex Colome threw a season-high 39 pitches in Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over Washington. Marshall hasn’t allowed an earned run in 16 appearances this year.

“It’s just like kind of your first big league win, first big league save,” Bummer said. “It’s awesome.”


Lopez HR helps KC beat Tigers 7-3 in 1st MLB game in Omaha

Nicky Lopez couldn’t have imagined a better homecoming to Omaha.

The rookie hit his first major league home run in the stadium where he played college ball, starting the Kansas City Royals’ scoring in a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night in the first big league regular season game played in Nebraska.

“I knew a lot of college friends and coaches here and people around the community,” said Lopez, who played for Creighton University from 2014-16. “I didn’t know it was gone. I knew I hit it pretty good, maybe a double or triple.”

The game at TD Ameritrade Park coincided with the buildup to the College World Series, which begins Saturday. All eight CWS teams were among the sellout crowd of 25,454 and participated in a pregame ceremony with the major league teams.

“It was fun. The energy level was fun,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Every time I turned around, all I saw was Royals hats and shirts. That was great to see. I wanted us to come in here and put on a good show for our fans in Omaha.”

Lopez hit just one home run in 75 games at TD Ameritrade as a collegian. The second baseman returned to Omaha 8 for 61 in his previous 15 games and sat out Wednesday’s game in Kansas City before going 2 for 4.

In his first trip to the plate, he lined Matthew Boyd’s 1-1 pitch into the right field bullpen leading off the third inning. Martin Maldonado followed with a double and came home when Boyd was called for a balk.

The Royals tacked on three runs in the fourth and one each the next two innings on their way to their highest run total since May 29. They had scored a total of eight runs over their previous four games.

Lopez got a high-five from Yost when he returned to the dugout after his home run.

“The funny thing was I asked him, `Nicky, is your dad sitting home watching?'” Yost said. “He said, `Yeah.’ I said, `I hate to tell you the (ESPN) TV truck just broke down and they weren’t televising then.’ That was a shame.”

Kansas City starter Homer Bailey (5-6) gave up a pair of singles, walked three, hit a batter and struck out six before Jorge Lopez came on to start the seventh. Dawel Lugo tripled past diving right fielder Whit Merrifield and scored on a groundout for the Tigers’ first run.


Prosecutors believe suspects in Ortiz shooting wanted in US

American prosecutors said Thursday that they believe two suspects in the shooting of retired Red Sox star David Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States, while the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a notorious Dominican gang of drug-dealing hitmen.

Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Dominican officials announced Wednesday that they had detained the suspected gunman and five accomplices. Ortiz is now in a Boston hospital recovering from surgery in both the Dominican Republic and Boston.

Prosecutors in New Jersey said that a bench warrant on armed robbery and gun charges has been issued for the man who authorities in the Dominican Republic say pulled the trigger. Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said he believes another suspect in the Ortiz shooting is wanted for attempted homicide in the state.

A grand jury has indicted Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz in connection with two armed robberies in Clifton, New Jersey, in 2017, according to news release from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. The 25-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, has never been apprehended on those charges.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have said they have a Rolfy Ferreyra in custody and that he has confessed to the shooting. The New Jersey prosecutors did not address the difference in spelling but said the man they were looking for was the suspected shooter.

It was not clear Thursday night if Ferreira-Cruz had an attorney representing him in the New Jersey case.

Earlier in the day, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he believes Luis Rivas-Clase – who is being sought in the Ortiz shooting – to be the suspect wanted for a Reading, Pennsylvania, shooting in 2018. He cautioned that confirmation would have to come through a fingerprint match.

Pennsylvania authorities have released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in U.S. court documents.

On Thursday, Dominican authorities brought in the five suspects from Wednesday along with a handful of additional suspects, including a woman. The nine were rushed to the court in a police pickup truck accompanied heavily armed police for their first appearance, during which charges will be presented against them so they can continue to be held.

Ortiz’s family said Thursday that he is still an intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “He continues to heal and make progress. David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary,” a statement said.

American authorities don’t expect to see Rivas-Clase, 31, back in Pennsylvania to face trial anytime soon, if ever.


Report: NFL investigating Texans for tampering over Caserio

The NFL is investigating tampering charges against the Texans after the Patriots accused them of contacting New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the Houston general manager job. reported that New England complained to the league after Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, a former Patriots chaplain, attended the team’s championship ring ceremony at the home of owner Robert Kraft. The Texans fired GM Brian Gaine the next day, less than 18 months after he took over the job. noted that Easterby and Caserio are represented by the same agent, Bob LaMonte.

The Texans have requested permission to interview Caserio for their GM job, but it has not been given, the website said.



Ranking NFL divisions by running backs

Running backs might not matter in the modern NFL, but that doesn’t mean running backs aren’t worthy of attention and praise. At a time when most teams are slowly figuring out (some more slowly than others) that wasting high draft picks or shelling out money on running backs in free agency isn’t prudent from a team-building sense, the NFL has also been blessed with an abundance of running back talent that has enhanced the quality of the game.

All eight divisions contain a wealth of running back depth, which made ranking the eight divisions by running backs especially difficult, which is what I did in this story. As the offseason churns along, we’ve shifted our attention away from ranking the divisions by quarterbacks to ranking the divisions by running backs.

Like our quarterback rankings, ordering the eight divisions based on their running backs wasn’t easy. Tough decisions had to be made. It might seem unfair for the NFC West — with Todd Gurley and David Johnson — to be ranked fifth, but that doesn’t mean the NFC West is a bad division in terms of its running backs. It just means the four divisions ranked ahead of the NFC West project to be slightly better during the upcoming season.

Before we get to the rankings, a couple of notes:

Balance matters. It’s not just about star power. It’s also about every division’s worst running back situation. All four backfields per division matter. So does depth in each team’s backfield. The Patriots are a great example of this. They might not have a star running back, but they have three or four running backs who can combine to accomplish what they need to get done. Plus, unlike a few teams that each have a superstar RB1, the Patriots have tremendous depth at the position. They can survive an injury more easily than other teams. That’s why balance matters.

Pass-catching ability matters. That’s why you’ll see yards from scrimmage cited more than rushing yards.

With that, we begin with the AFC South.

  1. AFC South

Colts: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines

Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls

Texans: Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman

Titans: Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis

Leonard Fournette is the perfect example of why teams should never draft running backs early in the first round. The Jaguars took Fournette fourth overall in 2017 when players like Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Marshon Lattimore, and Jamal Adams were still available. Heck, if they really felt like they had to take a running back, they could’ve went with Christian McCaffrey. Instead, the Jaguars took a running back who is averaging 3.7 yards per carry and has missed 11 games during his first two seasons.

The Colts, Texans, and Titans all own better backfields than the Jaguars. Marlon Mack has the best chance to emerge as a star in 2019 after racking up 1,011 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage in a 12-game season. Lamar Miller has been consistent for a while now with five straight 1,000-yard seasons (from scrimmage). Derrick Henry is coming off the best season of his career while Dion Lewis is a worthwhile sidekick.

What the AFC South is lacking in is star power. That could change during the upcoming season if Mack and Henry continue their ascent, but neither of those ascents should be regarded as a sure thing.

  1. NFC North

Bears: Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery, Mike Davis

Lions: Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick, C.J. Anderson, Zach Zenner

Packers: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams

Vikings: Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Ameer Abdullah

The NFC North’s group of running backs is talented across the board, but there are consistency issues.

Tarik Cohen is as dynamic as any other playmaker, but probably can’t shoulder a full RB1 workload. The Bears did add David Montgomery in the draft and Mike Davis in free agency, which gives them the deepest backfield in the division if Montgomery meets expectations as a rookie and Davis builds off his career-best season with the Seahawks (4.6 yards per carry). Aaron Jones appears to be on the cusp of a major breakout in Green Bay after he put up 934 yards and nine touchdowns from scrimmage in a 12-game season, but he hasn’t completely broken out yet.

Dalvin Cook’s talent is undeniable, but injuries have limited him to only 15 games over the past two seasons. As a result, he’s totaled only 1,364 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage in in his career. He has promise, but he’s yet to cash in on it. Third-round rookie Alexander Mattison gives the Vikings another option if Cook’s injury woes persist, but like most rookies, it’s impossible to know ahead of time how Mattison will fare at the next level.

Like every other backfield in the division, the Lions’ holds plenty of promise. Before landing on injured reserve, Kerryon Johnson exploded for 854 yards from scrimmage in 10 games. If he can piece together a full second season, he could end up becoming the division’s best running back.

The NFC North has a promising group of running backs, but none of them — outside of Cohen — have made it yet, which is why the division is both ranked low and is also a strong candidate to make a sizable jump up the list a year from now. I see more breakout potential in the NFC North than I do in the AFC South.

  1. AFC East

Bills: LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Devin Singletary

Dolphins: Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin

Jets: Le’Veon Bell, Elijah McGuire

Patriots: Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris

The Patriots get the job done without a star, but with a committee of running backs. Sony Michel is their primary ball carrier, James White is the perfect pass-catching back for Tom Brady, Rex Burkhead is great as a sidekick, and rookie Damien Harris should be a contributor. However, it’s worth noting that Michel recently had a knee scope. He’s expected to be back by training camp, but Michel has a history of knee injuries. So, it’s a concern.

Meanwhile, the Jets signed Le’Veon Bell, arguably the best running back in football. Bell alone is enough to turn the Jets’ backfield into a real asset.

The rest of the division is interesting, because it’s difficult to predict how they’ll fare during the upcoming season.

Just a year ago, LeSean McCoy was regarded as one of the best players at his position group. But he proceeded to rush for 514 yards while averaging only 3.2 yards per carry. Was that because of his age (30)? Or was it due to the fact that he was playing alongside a quarterback who couldn’t throw the ball with any sort of consistency and behind an offensive line that ranked 30th in run blocking by Football Outsiders’ metrics? I’m willing to bet we’ll see an improved version of McCoy after the Bills upgraded the offensive line this offseason, but he’s unlikely to reach the peaks he hit earlier in his career. The rest of the Bills’ backfield is solid. Frank Gore, who somehow keeps churning out yards, should make for a good backup.

Finally, there’s Kenyan Drake, a breakout candidate for a second consecutive year. He’s coming off a 1,012-yard, nine-touchdown season. If he takes the next step, he could become one of the best dual threat running backs in the sport. He caught 53 passes last year.

The AFC East is pretty well balanced. It’s got a superstar in Bell, two former superstars in McCoy and Gore, a deep backfield in New England, and a breakout candidate in Drake. The fact that it’s ranked sixth is a testament to how good the running back talent is across the league and how even it is in its distribution.

  1. NFC West

49ers: Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida

Cardinals: David Johnson, Chase Edmonds

Rams: Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson

Seahawks: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny

How quickly circumstances can change in the NFL. A year ago, Todd Gurley was the best running back in football. Two years ago, David Johnson was the best running back in football. Now, the division with both Gurley and Johnson is ranked in the bottom half.

It’s not that Gurley and Johnson are bad. They’re not. It’s just that there are some concerns about both of them.

For Gurley, it’s his knee injury, which limited him down the stretch last season and is expected to remain an issue during the upcoming season. Knee problems are problematic for any football player regardless of what position they play. It’s especially troubling for a running back.

As for Johnson, he’s yet to reach the peaks he hit during the 2016 season, when he totaled 2,118 yards and 20 touchdowns from scrimmage. He entered the 2017 season talking about how he wanted to cross the 1,000-yard threshold as a runner and receiver. At the time, his goal didn’t seem at all unrealistic. It never happened, though. In 2017, he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1. Last year, he was stuck in a horrific offense that refused to harness his strengths. He failed to reach 1,000 yards in either category. Johnson is a strong rebound candidate now that the Cardinals have hired a coach who appears to know how to run a functional offense, but his stock is lower than it’s ever been.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have a nice trio of running backs, but none of them are stars. This list doesn’t factor in contracts, but it’s worth noting the 49ers have probably overpaid in free agency for two of their running backs. It might’ve been expensive, but they did at least assemble a very deep group that should shine in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

The Seahawks also could have a strong combination if Rashaad Penny lives up to expectations in Year 2. But a lot of their running success last year was about volume. They’d be wise to let Russell Wilson throw more than he did last year. He’s the strength of their team.

All of this is just a long-winded way of saying the NFC West is a strong division in terms of its running backs, but it’s not what it once was.

  1. AFC West

Broncos: Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker

Chargers: Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson

Chiefs: Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde, Darwin Thompson

Raiders: Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington

The AFC West, like the remaining three divisions and the two divisions ranked just behind it, is stacked at the running back position. It’s telling that the Chiefs, a team that figures to use its running backs in a variety of dazzling ways, likely have the worst backfield.

The Chargers have one of the best backfields in football with Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, and Justin Jackson. Gordon will do the heavy lifting, but if he were to go down with an injury, the Chargers would be well-equipped to handle his absence. The Broncos have one of the most underrated trios in Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, and Devontae Booker, who combined for 2,329 yards on 443 touches for an average of 5.3 yards per touch. The Raiders should improve as a running team after adding rookie Josh Jacobs — the best running back prospect in the draft. The Chiefs might be lacking in top-tier talent after releasing Kareem Hunt, but there’s no doubt Andy Reid’s offense will get numbers out of the group. After emerging as the starter late last season, Damien Williams averaged 114.4 yards from scrimmage per game in three regular-season contest and two playoff starts.

The AFC West has a superstar (Gordon), a player on the cusp of stardom (Lindsay), a rookie worthy of hype (Jacobs), and a balanced backfield (Kansas City) that is good enough to put up big numbers in an awesome offense.

  1. NFC South

Buccaneers: Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones

Falcons: Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison

Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne, Jordan Scarlett

Saints: Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray

This is all about Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara powering the NFC South to the No. 3 spot. They’re two of the best running backs in football and they should continue to be two of the best running backs in football during the upcoming season. They’re good enough to overcome the Buccaneers’ running back situation.

The Buccaneers have one of the worst running back groups in football. It’s a testament to McCaffrey and Kamara’s greatness that the NFC South somehow overcame Tampa Bay’s backfield duo of Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones. Jones was a second-round pick just a year ago, so he still holds some potential, but after a disastrous rookie season (44 rushing yards and 1.9 yards per carry), it’s difficult to believe in him.

The Falcons’ backfield is good enough to push the NFC South over the AFC West. Devonta Freeman carries some very real injury concerns with him into the upcoming season, and the Falcons’ backfield took a hit when Tevin Coleman signed with the 49ers, but if Freeman can stay healthy, the Falcons will have a RB1 who averaged 1,452.3 yards and 11.7 touchdowns from scrimmage per season from 2015-17.

  1. NFC East

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, Darius Jackson, Tony Pollard

Eagles: Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement

Giants: Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman

Redskins: Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Bryce Love, Samaje Perine

The NFC East might be the most obvious pick for the best division because of Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott. But while it’s true that Barkley and Elliott are two of the best running backs in the NFL, it’s also true that the rest of the division doesn’t measure up.

The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, but that didn’t necessarily fix their problem at the position. Howard exploded onto the scene in 2016 and 2017, when he rushed for 2,435 yards while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. But this past season, his production dipped. He rushed for 935 yards while averaging 3.7 yards per carry. The bigger problem is that Howard is a one-dimensional back who can’t be expected to contribute as a pass catcher.

Offsetting that problem is Corey Clement, who’s caught 32 of 40 targets while averaging 9.8 yards per catch in his career. Second-round rookie Miles Sanders could also play a pivotal role in the offense, especially if Howard struggles to rediscover his form. In short, while the Eagles don’t have a star the way the Cowboys and Giants do, they have a committee that could be productive as a collective.

The same goes for the Redskins. We thought Adrian Peterson was done given his age, but he proceeded to rush for 1,042 yards in 2018. Like Howard, Peterson’s shortcomings as a pass catcher matter. Peterson was only afforded all of those opportunities because 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice tore his ACL over the summer. Guice should be back. He’ll be joined by Chris Thompson (an all-around weapon if healthy), Samaje Perine (who has been impressive throughout the offseason), and rookie Bryce Love (who could’ve been a first-round pick a year ago, but is now working his way back from a knee injury). It’s not a bad group, but it is imperfect.

The reason the NFC East finished below the AFC North even though it has better top-line individual talent? It’s less deep and complete than the AFC North.

  1. AFC North

Bengals: Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard

Browns: Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Duke Johnson

Ravens: Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, Justice HIll

Steelers: James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell

While it’s lacking the star power that the NFC East boasts, the AFC North features the most balance. All four teams own good-to-great running back situations. All four backfields also have more than one capable running back. Depth matters.

The Browns have the best running back group in the league — assuming Hunt returns when his eight-game suspension ends, Duke Johnson doesn’t get traded, and Nick Chubb picks up where he left off. James Conner has made replacing Le’Veon Bell look easy and Jaylen Samuels proved his worth as a backup last season with 4.6 yards per carry. Joe Mixon, while carrying some injury concerns, has been dynamic when he’s been able to play and Giovani Bernard is a solid backup. Finally, there’s the Ravens, a team that’s built to run the ball. Adding Mark Ingram to a Greg Roman offense can only help. And here’s a friendly reminder that Gus Edwards rushed for 718 yards while averaging 5.2 yards per carry last season.

The AFC North doesn’t have a running back as good as Elliott or Barkley. But this isn’t a ranking of the best running backs. It’s about the collective. The Browns have a better overall group of running backs than the Giants and Cowboys.


At least 6 men’s hoops programs to face NCAA allegations

A key NCAA official says six schools are going to be facing allegations of Level I violations as early as next month, the latest fallout in the college basketball corruption scandal.

Stan Wilcox, vice president for regulatory affairs for the NCAA, tells CBS Sports two high-profile programs will be notified in early July, the others at a later date.

Level I violations can include such punishments as scholarship reductions, postseason bans and show-cause orders against coaches.

NCAA officials said in a statement that it’s likely even more schools will be notified of violations.

Wilcox told CBS the new cases will be subject to new NCAA policies approved after recommendations made by a commission led by Condoleezza Rice, a former U.S. secretary of state. Wilcox was in Florida participating as a panelist on NCAA issues at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention.

The FBI announced in September 2017 it had indicted 10 people, including four assistant coaches , for bribery and fraud. Prosecutors said coaches teamed with an executive from an apparel maker and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choices of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors in a widespread recruiting scandal that tainted two dozen schools.

The cases concluded last week when Lamont Evans, a former assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State and the University of South Carolina, was sentenced to three months in prison for accepting bribes to link top players with bribe-paying managers and financial advisers.

Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud last October for funneling recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.

Wilcox said the NCAA waited to act, at the request of the federal government, until the trials wrapped up.



Another Freshman All-American Honor for Seth Lonsway

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway was named a 2019 First Team Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-American, the website announced Thursday. From Celina, Ohio, Lonsway has now claimed five postseason awards.

Lonsway was the Division I leader in strikeouts by a freshman this spring (126). He led all Big Ten pitchers in strikeouts and batters struck looking, becoming the first Buckeye to hit the 100-strikeout mark in a single-season in 10 years. Lonsway went 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 17 starts in 92.1 innings pitched. Lonsway limited opposing hitters to a .214 batting average and led the conference in strikeouts in league games (71). He became the first Buckeye to tally at least 10 strikeouts in four outings in one season since Alex Wimmers had seven double-digit strikeout performances in 2009. Lonsway helped the Buckeye pitching staff break the school record for strikeouts in a season (583).

Lonsway’s Honors & Awards:

  • First Team Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-American (2019)
  • Second Team Freshman All-American by NCBWA (2019)
  • Third Team All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019)
  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week (May 21)
  • Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (2019)
  • Three-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times (April 1, May 13 and May 20)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (May 20)


WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Purdue WBB Releases 2019-20 Non-Conference Slate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced her non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season Thursday, unveiling the exhibition opponent and eight regular season games. The Boilermakers will play at least seven times in Mackey Arena to get the year going, facing opponents from six difference conferences in addition to the opponents still to be announced for the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase and Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Boilermakers will put the uniforms on for the first time Nov. 3, hosting Southern Indiana for an exhibition contest at Mackey Arena. The season and home opener follows a week later as 2019-20 officially begins against Milwaukee on Sunday, Nov. 10. It will be Purdue’s first game against the Panthers since 2003, and the 41st meeting between the Boilermakers and a foe from the Horizon League.

Purdue’s first road game will be the first-ever matchup between the Boilermakers and Chattanooga, making the Mocs the 200th opponent in program history. Chattanooga hails from the Southern Conference, Purdue’s second opponent ever from the league, and will host the Boilermakers on Nov. 14.

Western Illinois and Northern Illinois will come to Mackey Arena on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively, playing the Leathernecks for the second straight season and meeting the Huskies for the first time since 1998. The Boilermakers defeated Western Illinois 81-60 early in 2018-19, using 22 points and five assists from Karissa McLaughlin.

After three games in Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase and the annual conference showdown with the ACC, the Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena to host Kent State on Dec. 8. Purdue’s last meeting with the Golden Flashes produced the highest scoring game in program history as the Boilermakers won 129-81 in 1990 at Mackey Arena.

In a rematch of last year’s double-overtime thriller at Mackey, the Boilermakers head to Columbia, South Carolina to face the Gamecocks on Dec. 15. South Carolina outlasted the Boilermakers 82-73 after 50 minutes of play, despite 25 points from McLaughlin, 19 points and 10 rebounds from Dominique Oden and 11 points, six rebounds and five assists from Kayana Traylor. The Gamecocks advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, falling to eventual national champion Baylor, and led the NCAA in attendance last season with 10,406 fans per game.

The non-conference schedule concludes on Dec. 18 and Dec. 21, hosting Western Kentucky and Bowling Green, respectively. The Boilermakers and Hilltoppers will meet for the first time since 1977, playing out of Conference USA, while Purdue’s meeting with the Falcons is the 10th in series history and first since 2013.



Indy Eleven Gameday Preview

Indy Eleven at Loudon United FC – #LDNvIND

Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 7:30 P.M. ET

Audi Field  |  Washington, D.C.

Last Time Out

Indy Eleven 3:0 Memphis 901 FC | Saturday, June 8

Indy Eleven extended its undefeated streak to six after defeating Eastern Conference expansion side Memphis 901 FC 3-0 on the road last Saturday. A first-half goal from forward Thomas Enevoldsen and second-half heroics from midfielders Kim Do-heon and Tyler Pasher handed the Boys in Blue their first victory on the road since April 20. Indiana’s Team also kept its seventh clean sheet of the season following Memphis’ scoreless performance.

Loudoun United FC 1:2 Louisville City FC | Saturday, May 22

Loudoun United FC fell to defending USL Championship champions Louisville City FC 2-1 on the road last weekend. Loudoun forward Griffin Yow’s 49th minute strike wasn’t enough to overcome the two first-half goals Louisville put past the visiting side. The goal was Yow’s third in five appearances for the club, trailing only Kyle Murphy by one goal.


Saturday night’s fixture between Indy Eleven and Loudoun United FC will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr earned his first USL Championship minutes last Saturday at Memphis, replacing Evan Newton in the 72nd minute.

The Boys in Blue are undefeated in their last six matches (GF: 6/ GA: 1), claiming 12 out of 18 points with five clean sheets.

Indy hasn’t conceded a goal on the road in the last 110 minutes of USL Championship play since New York Red Bulls II’s Tom Barlow scored in the 69th minute on April 28.

Last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Memphis is the fourth time that Indy Eleven have recorded three goals during a match in 2019, all of which have resulted in wins on the road.

The Boys in Blue currently have a 4W-2L-0D record on the road, having scored 14 goals and conceded seven.

Indy forward Dane Kelly played for Loudoun United FC’s Major League Soccer affiliate D.C. United in 2018, making just one regular season appearance for the club.

Loudoun defender Peabo Doue has faced Indy multiple times since 2017, having played for Jacksonville Armada (2017; NASL) and North Carolina FC (2018).

Forward Andrew Lubahn is no stranger to facing Indiana’s Team, having faced the Boys in Blue in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup with Louisville City FC, five times in 2017 with San Francisco Deltas (NASL), and three times in last season with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.



NEW YORK-They hoisted the big silver trophy high, passed it around, shook it over their heads. Sometimes they kissed it. Slowly, they skated a ceremonial victory lap around the crowded, littered ice surface of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers, led by their captain, Mark Messier, were cheered mightily and repeatedly by a capacity crowd of 18,200 fans and watched by an international television audience, including President Clinton, who held the phone long enough to offer them his congratulations when they finally came inside.
The players seemed to be in no hurry to leave the ice after almost nine months of hockey. Some of their fans had waited 54 years for this moment. Why not savor it? No National Hockey League team that existed in 1940 and still plays now had gone so long between hoists of hockey’s championship chalice. And now the Rangers had it because they beat the Vancouver Canucks tonight in a spine-tingler of a Game 7 in the finals. When it ended, amid the anxiety and perspiration of a 3‚2 victory, fireworks exploded overhead. Tears and champagne flowed. A fan held up a sign that said “Now, I Can Die in Peace.” The witnesses chanted “We Won the Cup! We Won the Cup!” and “1940! 1940! 1940!”
Messier, who scored one of the goals, spoke of the pressure of winning the cup in the charged atmosphere of Manhattan, about “the magnitude of the city” and about a conversation he had before the game with Mike Keenan, the coach. “They talk about ghosts and dragons,” Messier said. “I said to Mike, “You can’t be afraid to slay the dragon.’ We’re going to celebrate this like we’ve never celebrated anything in our lives.”
When President Clinton spoke, he congratulated Brian Leetch, the Ranger defenseman who won the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the postseason tournament. Leetch had the first goal tonight, Adam Graves the second, and Messier the third. “Congratulations, man,” Clinton said to Leetch. “I’ve been sitting here in the White House watching this, cheering for you, biting my fingernails, screaming and yelling.”
He noted that the Rangers are a United States‚ based team and that Leetch is the first American to win the playoff m.v.p. award. “You didn’t choke,” Clinton said. “You just kept playing. America is proud of you tonight.” When he hung up, Leetch said, jokingly, “Was that Dana Carvey?” referring to the comedian who used to imitate former President George Bush on “Saturday Night Live.”
Tonight’s victory came in a seven-game series that went the distance after the Rangers had taken a 3-games-to-1 lead. Behind the bench and behind the scenes, it was a personal triumph for Keenan, the coach, and Neil Smith, the general manager. Keenan was coaching his first year in New York after losing in the final round twice with Philadelphia and once with Chicago. For Smith, it was the pinnacle of a five-year term in office, the first major executive position of his career.



1870      At the Capitoline Grounds in Brooklyn, the Cincinnati Red Stockings see their 130-game consecutive winning streak (81 official games and 49 exhibitions) come to an end, losing to the Atlantics in extra innings, 8-7. During the game, in an effort not to hit the ball to George Wright, the opponents’ slick-fielding shortstop, hometown third baseman, and captain, Bob Ferguson, bats left-handed, becoming the first-known switch-hitter in baseball history.

1919      Batting only .198 in 25 games since being acquired last month from the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, Joe Wilhoit scratches out a first-inning single to begin the longest consecutive game hitting streak in the history of professional baseball. The Wichita Jobbers’ outfielder will hit safely in 69 Western League contests, collecting 153 hits in 297 at-bats for an astounding .515 batting average.

1926      In what will turn out to be one of John McGraw’s worst trades, the Giants deal outfielder Billy Southworth, batting .328 at the time, to the Cardinals for Heinie Mueller, who will hit only .265 over two seasons for New York. The Redbirds’ new fly chaser, a future Hall of Famer, will play an important role in the team’s world championship this season.

1933      New York manager Joe McCarthy and infielder Lou Gehrig are both thrown out of the game, resulting with the Yankee skipper getting suspended for three games. Fortunately, his first baseman isn’t, and the ‘Iron Horse’s’ consecutive game streak stays intact at 1,249 contests.

1952      After purchasing Hank Aaron from the Indianapolis Clowns for $10,000, the Braves sign the 18 year-old Negro League player and assign him to the Eau Claire Bears, the team’s Class-C farm team. The future home run king will play second base, being named the Northern League’s Rookie of the Year when he hits .336 and nine homers in 87 games for the Wisconsin minor league team.

1952      Warren Spahn, in the Braves’ 3-1 loss to the visiting Cubs, goes the distance, whiffing 18 batters in 15 innings. The Boston southpaw, who homers for the team’s lone run, becomes the sixth pitcher to compile 18 or more strikeouts in a game, but the first hurler who needed extra frames to accomplished the feat.

1953      Before 74,708 fans, the Yankees sweep the Indians, 6-2 and 3-0, to extend the team’s winning streak to eighteen consecutive games. The Bronx Bombers’ run of victories will end with a 3-1 loss to St. Louis, one win shy of the franchise mark of 19 set in 1947.

1956      Frank ‘Trader’ Lane lives up to his nickname when the Cardinals GM completes a seven-player deal with the Giants. The Redbirds swap future Hall of Famer second baseman Red Schoendienst, catcher Bill Sarni, and southpaw Dick Littlefield to the Jints for shortstop Alvin Dark, outfielder Whitey Lockman, backstop Ray Katt, and left-hander Don Liddle.

1963      In a 10-3 win over the Reds at Crosley Field, Met outfielder Duke Snider hits his 400th career homer off of Bob Purkey. With his sweet left-handed swing, the future Hall of Famer will finish his 18-years in the major leagues with 407 round-trippers.

1963      At Cleveland Stadium, Willie Kirkland becomes just the second major leaguer, joining Vern Stephens, to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game. The Indian outfielder’s 11th inning round-tripper ties the game at two runs apiece, and his homer in the 19th results in a 3-2 walk-off victory over Washington, extending the Senators’ losing streak to ten games.

1965      Reds starter Jim Maloney, who strikes out 18 batters, no-hits the Mets for ten innings, but loses 1-0 when Johnny Lewis connects for a homer in the eleventh in the Crosley Field contest. In August at Wrigley Field, the right-hander will once again give up no hits through the first nine innings, but this time will record a no-hitter when his teammate Leo Cardenas connects in the top of the tenth, providing the only run in Cincinnati’s 1-0 victory over Chicago.

1966      The Florida State League’s Miami Marlins edge Sparky Anderson’s St. Petersburg Cardinals, 4-3, in the longest uninterrupted game ever played in organized baseball. The 29-inning FSL contest takes six hours and 59 minutes to complete.

1969      Reggie Jackson accumulates 11 total bases and drives in ten runs in Oakland’s 21-7 rout of the Red Sox. The A’s outfielder’s offensive output in the Fenway Park contest includes a pair of two-run homers, a double, and a single.

1969      After playing nine years in New York, Tom Tresh is traded by the Yankees to the Tigers for outfielder Ron Woods. The 1962 Rookie of the Year, who grew up in Detroit, will retire at the end of the season.

1974      Nolan Ryan, throwing an unbelievable 235 pitches, whiffs 19 batters in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper six consecutive times, in the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Boston in 15 innings in Anaheim. The right-hander’s performance will be the first of three 19-strikeout outings the Texan throws this season.

1975      The Angels trade Denny Doyle to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later (Chuck Minor) and cash. Boston’s new slick-fielding second baseman will play a pivotal role in the team’s championship season, compiling a 22-game hitting streak and batting .310 after arriving from California.

1978      The Phillies trade outfielders Jay Johnstone and Bobby Brown to the Yankees for right-hander Rawly Eastwick. Philadelphia’s new reliever will compile a 2-1 record this season, appearing in 51 games.

1985      After retiring two seasons ago, Earl Weaver returns to the Orioles dugout, replacing his successor Joe Altobelli, who won a world championship in his first year with the club. In the 105 games remaining, ‘Earl of Baltimore’ will guide the team to a 53-52 record, and will retire for good after next season when the O’s finish in seventh place.

1989      In a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays at County Stadium, Robin Yount’s consecutive games streak ends. The Brewers center fielder establishes a new club record by playing in 276 straight contests.

1990      The National League announces plans to expand from 12 to 14 teams. The two new franchises that will begin playing in 1993 are the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies.

1995      Mike Benjamin goes 6-for-7, five singles and a double, and drives in the winning run in the 13th inning of the Giants’ 4-3 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The Giant third baseman sets a major league record by getting 14 hits in three games.

1996      At Kauffman Stadium, Cal Ripken sets a new consecutive games world record by playing in his 2,216th straight game. The previous mark of 2,215 was held by Hiroshima Carp third baseman Sachio Kinugasa, playing in the Japanese Central League.

1998      With a 4-2 victory over Cleveland, the Yankees tie a major league record by winning or splitting their 24th consecutive series. The Bronx Bombers equal the mark shared by the 1912 Red Sox and the 1970 Reds.

2002      Due to the 14 interleague contests played in National League parks, a designated hitter doesn’t come to bat in a full slate of major league games for the first time since 1972. Visiting hurlers will get plenty of opportunities to swing the bat, as there isn’t a home game scheduled in an American League park for ten consecutive days.

2003      After being activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, first baseman Fred McGriff bats cleanup and goes 2-for-4 in his return against the Padres. It was the Crime Dog’s first trip to the DL during his 18-year career.

2005      Behind Chuck Klein (683rd game – 1933) and Lloyd Waner (686th game – 1932), Ichiro Suzuki (696th game – 2005) becomes the third fastest big leaguer player to reach the 1000-hit mark. The 31 year-old Mariners outfielder also holds the record in Japan for being the quickest player to attain 1,000 hits, reaching the milestone in 757 games.

2005      Before a pitch in the seventh inning, the umpires are asked to investigate Brendan Donnelly’s glove for a foreign substance. Upon the discovery of illegal pine tar, the Angel pitcher, who claims he uses the material to control sweating, is tossed, resulting in his skipper Mike Scioscia and Nationals manager Frank Robinson exchanging angry words, which incites a brawl, clearing both benches and bullpens.

2006      Russ Ortiz (0-5, 7.54) becomes the highest paid player ever to be cut by a major league team. Although the team still owes $22 million of the $33 million of the four-year deal signed in December 2004, the Diamondbacks designate the 32 year-old righty for assignment, meaning the club has ten days to trade, waive, or release the pitcher, who has a 1-14 record in his last 19 starts.

2010      After just seven days in the major leagues, Stephen Strasburg is named National League Player of the Week. The Nationals’ right-handed flamethrower starts his career 2-0 with 22 strikeouts, second to only Karl Spooner, who fanned five more batters in his first two major league starts with the Dodgers in 1954.

2014      Jimmy Rollins becomes the Phillies’ all-time hits leader when he singles in the fifth against Chicago’s Edwin Jackson for his 2,235th hit for the 132 year-old franchise. At the end of the frame, the 35 year-old switch-hitting shortstop is greeted with a high-five and a hug at first base by Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Famer whose total he surpassed to set the mark, with the entire team than coming out from the Philadelphia dugout to offer their congratulations on the milestone hit.

2015      The Blue Jays, with their 13-5 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, win their 11th straight game, tying a franchise mark which has been accomplished three times previously. The team’s consecutive-victory streak will be snapped tomorrow with a 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Mets at Citi Field.



1895 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), born Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)

1907 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1989)

1918 LeRoy T. Walker, American CEO (US Olympic Committee), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

1923 Donald Smith, English cricketer (uneventful England opening batsman 1957), born in Broadwater, Sussex, England

1923 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2015)

1926 Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), born in Madison, New Jersey (d. 2019)

1929 Alan Davidson, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian lefty quick all-rounder), born in Lisarow, New South Wales, Australia

1933 Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach, born in Liski, Russian SFSR (d. 2017)

1938 Gustavo Ávila, Venezuelan jockey (Kentucky Derby/Preakness 1971), born in Caracas, Venezuela

1943 John Miles, British racing driver

1952 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)

1955 Vince Evans, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)

1956 Fred Funk, American golfer (The Tradition 2008, 10; US Senior Open 2009), born in Takoma Park, Maryland

1958 Eric Heiden, American speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin

1960 Tonie Campbell, 100m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Los Angeles, California

1961 Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988)

1961 Sam Perkins, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)

1962 Scott Radecic, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)

1963 James Patrick, Winnipeg, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)

1964 Jamie Dukes, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)

1966 Ricky Siglar, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints)

1966 Rod Stephens, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)

1967 Ante Mise, Yugoslav soccer player (Hajduk Split/Vitesse)

1967 Dedrick Dodge, NFL safety (SF 49ers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)

1967 Wendy Lian Williams, American diver (Olympic bronze 1988, 92), born in St Louis, Missouri

1968 Brian Wiggins, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)

1968 Eric Murdock, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat)

1968 Tony Smith, NBA guard (Miami Heat)

1969 Eric Desjardins, Rauyn Quebec, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Canada)

1969 Eugene Chung, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts)

1969 Steffi Graf, German tennis player (Golden Slam 1988, 22 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Mannheim, Germany

1970 Willie Beamon, American former-NFL cornerback (New York Giants), born in Belle Glade, Florida

1971 Bruce Bowen, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)

1971 Fred Baxter, NFL tight end (NY Jets)

1971 Ramon Vega, former Swiss footballer

1972 Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)

1972 Rick Brunson, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)

1973 Daniel Marsh, cricketer (son of Rod South Aust slow lefty since 1993)

1973 Sam Shade, NFL strong safety (Cin Bengals)

1973 Sami Kapanen, Vantaa Fin, NHL left wing (Whalers, Carolina, Olympic bronze 1998)

1973 Stepfret Williams, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)

1974 Rod Payne, corner (Cincinnati Bengals)

1975 A J Mleczko, American ice hockey forward, broadcaster (Olympics gold 1998; NBC), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts

1976 Massimo Oddo, Italian football player

1977 Chris McAlister, American football player

1978 Steve Bégin, French-Canadian hockey player

1978 Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast

1982 Jamie Green, British racing driver

1983 John Stocco, American football player

1984 Lorenzo Booker, American football player

1985 Andrew Bonner, Scottish football player

1985 Andy Soucek, Spanish racing driver

1986 Jonathan Clare, English cricketer

1987 Andrew Cogliano, Professional Hockey Player



American League
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 41 26 .612 22 – 13 19 – 13 19 – 7 10 – 10 6 – 5 3 – 7 L 2
Tampa Bay 41 27 .603 0.5 18 – 17 23 – 10 15 – 11 13 – 8 4 – 4 6 – 4 L 3
Boston 36 34 .514 6.5 17 – 17 19 – 17 13 – 14 9 – 5 12 – 12 5 – 5 W 2
Toronto 25 43 .368 16.5 12 – 22 13 – 21 8 – 13 8 – 14 7 – 5 4 – 6 W 2
Baltimore 21 47 .309 20.5 9 – 25 12 – 22 10 – 20 5 – 14 4 – 9 3 – 7 L 2
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 45 22 .672 21 – 10 24 – 12 14 – 6 14 – 6 14 – 6 6 – 4 W 1
Cleveland 34 33 .507 11 20 – 17 14 – 16 12 – 6 10 – 14 8 – 8 6 – 4 L 1
Chi White Sox 33 34 .493 12 19 – 15 14 – 19 11 – 13 18 – 14 3 – 4 5 – 5 W 2
Detroit 25 40 .385 19 11 – 21 14 – 19 9 – 8 12 – 14 1 – 8 3 – 7 L 1
Kansas City 22 46 .324 23.5 14 – 23 8 – 23 5 – 12 10 – 16 5 – 15 3 – 7 W 1
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 46 23 .667 25 – 10 21 – 13 10 – 6 12 – 9 21 – 6 7 – 3 L 1
Texas 36 32 .529 9.5 24 – 12 12 – 20 6 – 4 5 – 2 19 – 20 6 – 4 L 2
Oakland 35 34 .507 11 18 – 15 17 – 19 8 – 12 8 – 1 16 – 18 6 – 4 W 2
LA Angels 34 35 .493 12 19 – 18 15 – 17 7 – 4 7 – 8 14 – 21 5 – 5 W 3
Seattle 29 43 .403 18.5 13 – 22 16 – 21 4 – 7 9 – 11 16 – 21 4 – 6 L 1


National League
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 40 29 .580 20 – 15 20 – 14 10 – 8 15 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 2 W 7
Philadelphia 38 30 .559 1.5 23 – 14 15 – 16 15 – 9 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 33 34 .493 6 19 – 11 14 – 23 18 – 13 4 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 1
Washington 31 37 .456 8.5 15 – 16 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 8 – 10 6 – 4 L 2
Miami 24 42 .364 14.5 12 – 23 12 – 19 9 – 22 4 – 12 6 – 4 4 – 6 W 1
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 29 .574 22 – 13 17 – 16 14 – 8 18 – 10 5 – 6 7 – 3 W 1
Chi Cubs 38 30 .559 1 24 – 11 14 – 19 10 – 7 13 – 11 9 – 7 6 – 4 L 1
St. Louis 33 33 .500 5 20 – 13 13 – 20 11 – 11 15 – 17 5 – 2 5 – 5 L 1
Cincinnati 30 36 .455 8 15 – 15 15 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 4 – 6 W 1
Pittsburgh 30 38 .441 9 13 – 18 17 – 20 4 – 6 12 – 14 7 – 16 2 – 8 L 7
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 46 23 .667 26 – 7 20 – 16 11 – 3 17 – 10 17 – 7 6 – 4 W 1
Colorado 36 32 .529 9.5 21 – 13 15 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 6 12 – 10 5 – 5 W 1
Arizona 37 33 .529 9.5 14 – 16 23 – 17 9 – 5 8 – 5 11 – 19 7 – 3 W 2
San Diego 33 36 .478 13 18 – 20 15 – 16 10 – 10 4 – 7 14 – 16 3 – 7 L 5
San Francisco 28 38 .424 16.5 13 – 20 15 – 18 4 – 9 4 – 6 14 – 16 6 – 4 W 2