GIRLS TENNIS SECTIONALS

@ RICHMOND

Richmond 4 Northeastern 1

Hagerstown 4 Seton Catholic 1

RICHMOND’S MACKENZIE COOK INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laEPlvV5yds

RICHMOND’S ABBY MAYER INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpl7AK5cU8

HAGERSTOWN’S CARLI COX INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfaJYYKUH0

HAGERSTOWN’S SYDNEY RETTER INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rySdmGV3VZI

THURSDAY: Centerville vs. Richmond, Hagerstown vs. Lincoln 4:30

@ CONNERSVILLE

Rushville 3 Union County 2

Franklin County 5 Connersville 0

@ NEW CASTLE

Tri 5 Knightstown 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Anderson 2 Lapel 1

Logansport 12 Marion 8

Union County 8 Centerville 0…PATRIOTS: WP Mook Shepler 7K’s 1H, Nate Webb 3-3 3RBI, Zander Kottka 2RBI

Hagerstown 12 Tri 2…TIGERS:  Cody Swimm 3 – 4 3 RBI 2R, Grant Vinson 2 – 2 4 RBI 3R, Brady McMillan RBI, Mason Hicks 3 SB (The Tigers had 9 SB), WP Swimm 10K’s 1H

Wapahani 12 Knightstown 2

Delta 10 Cowan 0

Mount Vernon 18 Connersville 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond 14 Muncie Central 4

Logansport 15 Marion 2

Kokomo 4 Lewis Cass 0

Winchester 11 Hagerstown 7…..GOLDEN FALCONS:  Gena Moore 4-5 2RBI, Rhamey Fetters 2-4 2RBI

Lincoln 3 Northeastern 2 (10)…GOLDEN EAGLES: Kaleigh Lamb 2-5, Jaela Patton 2-4, Kylee Smith RBI, Savannah Dungan RBI, Emmie Pugh RBI…WP Lamb 14K’s…..KNIGHTS: Great pitching and great defense almost allowed the Lady Knights to upset Lincoln but unfortunately lost 3-2 in 10 innings. Lena Smith doubled to knock in the first run and also scored with an Ava Burns single. Bri Shepherd tripled with a deep drive to center which would have been a HR on any other field. Madison Kinder pitched the complete game allowing only 6 hits. It’s good to see the team playing some of their best ball at the end of the season. The Knights return to action in the sectionals at and against Hagerstown on Monday.

Union County 12 Milan 1…Kristen Klein HR

Knightstown 4 Indian Creek 1

Shenandoah 16 Randolph Southern 3

Wapahani 4 South Adams 3

Seton Catholic 20 Providence Christo Rey 0…Paige Klaine 3-4 4RBI, Taylor Haager 3-4 4RBI, Kaylen Ruble 4RBI, Lydia Reichley 3-5 3RBI, WP Haager 10K’s

Connersville 11 Rushville 1

East Central 12 Greensburg 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL NEWS

Jay County will not be participating in the Haustetter Classic this weekend. As a result all the games will be played Saturday. Here is the updated schedule:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

10:00 AM   Richmond vs. New Haven

12:30 PM  New Haven vs. Seymour

3:00 PM   Richmond vs. Seymour

 

BOYS HS GOLF

Richmond pulls out a close one 167-171 against Centerville.  Jake Miller: 37 Alex Brown: 49 Nathan Steele: 44 Andrew Click: 45 Jack Weber: 41 JV lost 221-219

RICHMOND’S JAKE MILLER INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnRV1TuScvY

Centerville was defeated Wednesday night by Richmond at the Elks by a score of 167-171.  Centerville was led by an excellent effort from the medalist Hunter Morgan who shot a 36 but it was not enough to overcome a strong effort by Richmond.  Others scoring for the Bulldogs were Sam Roberts 47, Aaron Glover 43, Evan Linde 45, and Andrew Wilmot 47.  The Bulldogs are now 8-2 on the season and play again tonight at Highland Lake against Randolph Southern.  They will also play in the conference tournament on Saturday at Royal Highland Golf Course in Knightstown.

CENTERVILLE’S AARON GLOVER INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOaNhHO1-sU

CENTERVILLE’S HUNTER MORGAN INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k4kp-8EQmc
The Centerville JV defeated Richmond’s JV by a score of 219-221.  Mike Davis led the Bulldog JV with a 45 followed by Jeremy Devers 56, and Ryley Fry and Austin Moore with 59’s.

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL NEWS

NFHS RELEASE

Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes

Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms. 

Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.     

In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.

“It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”

The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle.  

“This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.

 

IU EAST WOMEN’S GOLF

(IU EAST RELEASE)

WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST’S NOWAK CONCLUDES CAREER AT NATIONALS 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Recent Indiana University East graduate Bre Nowak concluded her stellar Red Wolf golf career May 15 at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Nowak posted a second-round score of 86 on the par-72, 6,050-yard Lincoln Park Golf Club West Course. 

Nowak finished her stay at the national tournament in 135th place with a 36-hole score of 170. The top 40 individuals advanced to play May 16 and 17 in the final two rounds of the 72-hole event.

Nowak was competing in the national tournament for the second year in a row and third time in four years. 

Nowak concludes her IU East career as the program record-holder for lowest 18-hole single-season average, lowest 18-hole career average, most tournaments played and most tournaments won.

Michela Tjan from Keiser University and Maria Zrodowska from William Woods University are the individual leaders with 36-hole scores of 143. British Columbia leads the team standings.

 

INDY 500 PRACTICE TIMES WEDNESDAY

1 Josef Newgarden 2 00:39.3260 28 228.856 82 –.—- –.—-
2 Scott Dixon 9 00:39.3296 6 228.835 109 0.0036 0.0036
3 Spencer Pigot 21 00:39.3601 93 228.658 108 0.0341 0.0305
4 Santino Ferrucci 19 00:39.3768 10 228.561 90 0.0508 0.0167
5 Helio Castroneves 3 00:39.3975 28 228.441 68 0.0715 0.0207
6 Sebastien Bourdais 18 00:39.4268 52 228.271 104 0.1008 0.0293
7 Zach Veach 26 00:39.4638 71 228.057 107 0.1378 0.0370
8 Charlie Kimball 23 00:39.5653 86 227.472 94 0.2393 0.1015
9 Ed Jones 63 00:39.5945 2 227.304 91 0.2685 0.0292
10 Ed Carpenter 20 00:39.6140 52 227.192 90 0.2880 0.0195
11 Kyle Kaiser 32 00:39.6338 69 227.079 79 0.3078 0.0198
12 Matheus Leist 4 00:39.6410 74 227.038 85 0.3150 0.0072
13 Marco Andretti 98 00:39.6412 36 227.037 80 0.3152 0.0002
14 Graham Rahal 15 00:39.6461 69 227.008 100 0.3201 0.0049
15 Simon Pagenaud 22 00:39.6772 25 226.831 85 0.3512 0.0311
16 Felix Rosenqvist 10 00:39.6848 74 226.787 95 0.3588 0.0076
17 Takuma Sato 30 00:39.6887 65 226.765 120 0.3627 0.0039
18 Conor Daly 25 00:39.7030 33 226.683 112 0.3770 0.0143
19 Oriol Servia 77 00:39.7031 77 226.683 88 0.3771 0.0001
20 JR Hildebrand 48 00:39.7095 75 226.646 86 0.3835 0.0064
21 Will Power 12 00:39.7159 48 226.609 97 0.3899 0.0064
22 Patricio O’Ward 31 00:39.7455 3 226.441 70 0.4195 0.0296
23 Jack Harvey 60 00:39.7535 53 226.395 58 0.4275 0.0080
24 Tony Kanaan 14 00:39.7590 56 226.364 63 0.4330 0.0055
25 James Davison 33 00:39.8119 98 226.063 106 0.4859 0.0529
26 Sage Karam 24 00:39.8492 29 225.851 37 0.5232 0.0373
27 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 00:39.8767 15 225.696 99 0.5507 0.0275
28 Marcus Ericsson 7 00:39.8786 47 225.685 111 0.5526 0.0019
29 Fernando Alonso 66 00:39.9231 18 225.433 46 0.5971 0.0445
30 Max Chilton 59 00:39.9237 75 225.43 114 0.5977 0.0006
31 Jordan King 42 00:39.9484 22 225.291 132 0.6224 0.0247
32 James Hinchcliffe 5 00:39.9540 108 225.259 112 0.6280 0.0056
33 Colton Herta 88 00:40.0527 19 224.704 111 0.7267 0.0987
34 Alexander Rossi 27 00:40.0627 34 224.648 46 0.7367 0.0100
35 Pippa Mann 39 00:40.0983 46 224.448 54 0.7723 0.0356
36 Ben Hanley 81 00:40.1139 82 224.361 90 0.7879 0.0156

 

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Milwaukee 108 Toronto 100

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

San Jose 5 St. Louis 4 OT

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Toronto FC 0 DC 0

Houston 1 Portland 1

Atlanta 1 Vancouver 0

Seattle 2 Orlando City SC 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

San Francisco 4 Toronto 3

Boston 6 Colorado 5 (10)

Tampa Bay 1 Miami 0

Minnesota 8 LA Angels 7

NY Yankees 5 Baltimore 3

NY Yankees 3 Baltimore 1

Houston 5 Detroit 1

Texas 6 Kansas City 1

Arizona 11 Pittsburgh 1

Cincinnati 6 Chicago Cubs 5 (10)

Washington 5 NY Mets 1

Milwaukee 5 Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 4 St. Louis 0

LA Dodgers 2 San Diego 0

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 6 Scranton 5

Great Lakes 8 Dayton 3

Lake County 10 Fort Wayne 6 Bowling Green 17 South Bend 0

 

TOP HEADLINES:

Bucks finish with a flourish, rally to top Raptors 108-100

Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble.

Until the fourth quarter.

The team with the NBA’s best record this season found its stride at the perfect time.

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and the Bucks closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee forced Toronto to miss its final eight shots and outscored the Raptors 32-17 in the fourth.

“I think it speaks a little bit to the character of the group,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They just stick with it. I think it’s become a little bit of a theme in the playoffs: I think eventually, hopefully, we feel like if we stick with what we’re doing good things will happen for us.”

Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good, added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession to push the lead to four and the Bucks – after trailing for the overwhelming majority of the game – did just enough in the final minutes to grab the series lead.

“I think this game definitely made us better,” Antetokounmpo said.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 and Nikola Mirotic had 13 for Milwaukee, which closed the game on a 10-0 run.

“We just did a great job of sticking with what we’ve been doing all postseason long,” Lopez said.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30 for the Raptors, who led by as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the final quarter. Lowry was 5 for 7 in the fourth – and his teammates were 0 for 15.

“Fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,” Lowry said. “They outplayed us in that fourth quarter. They got a little bit more aggressive. They made some big shots, made some big plays. It sucks when you lose like that. But we had our chance and we’ve got to learn from it.”

Lopez added 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had three players post double-doubles. Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds and Khris Middleton finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which is now 9-1 in this postseason.

The Bucks trailed for 37 of the game’s 48 minutes.

 

Karlsson, Sharks beat Blues 5-4 after controversial no-call

Timo Meier handed a big win to Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks.

Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Meier, and the Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

“I think we deserved to win this game,” Karlsson said. “At the end of the day I think neither team drew the shortest stick on any of the calls out there so it was a fair game.”

But it was the final sequence that likely will live on long after the series is over, possibly sparking a discussion about the NHL’s replay rules.

Meier used his right hand to knock a loose puck toward the front of the net. Gustav Nyquist then passed it over to Karlsson, who beat Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the game.

“Quick play and I’m not going to comment on the officiating,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “We found a way to win a game. I thought we had a great chance just before that, Timo Meier going in. It was a game of momentum swings and those quick plays happen all over the ice. Some get called, some get missed. We found a way to win.”

Binnington and the Blues complained immediately. They felt the play should have been blown dead when Nyquist got the puck, but it continued.

The officials huddled while Karlsson and the Sharks celebrated, but the goal stood.

“It’s a non-reviewable play,” NHL Officiating Supervisor Kay Whitmore told a pool reporter. “You can read between the lines. You can figure out what you want. You watched the video. But it’s just non-reviewable. I know that sounds like a cop-out answer, but that’s the truth.”

Blues coach Craig Berube bristled when asked about what happened.

“No explanation (from the officials),” Berube said. “What do you guys think? . There’s no reason to ask me. I have nothing to say about it.”

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.

 

Yasiel Puig singles in 10th as Reds rally past Cubs 6-5

Yasiel Puig got a chance to redeem his rough night and came through with his biggest moment yet in Cincinnati.

The struggling outfielder hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Wednesday night, rallying the Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. He tossed his bat away in celebration and got soaked with ice water by teammates.

“I finally made contact,” Puig said. “That was amazing.”

Puig’s had a mostly disappointing debut with the Reds, who got him in an offseason trade with the Dodgers. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts when he came to bat in the 10th against Brad Brach (3-1). The bases were loaded and the Cubs used five infielders, hoping for a groundball.

Instead, Puig drove the ball to center – it smacked off the base of the wall – and flipped his bat away in celebration. Puig is batting only .212.

“He brings a lot of energy,” manager David Bell said. “He absolutely wanted to be up there in that spot. He saw it as an opportunity. He wasn’t defensive.”

Amir Garrett (3-1) escaped a two-on threat in the 10th inning.

The Cubs’ stingy bullpen let a solid start by Yu Darvish go to waste. Darvish fanned 11 and Addison Russell hit a two-run homer – his first since returning from a 40-game suspension for domestic violence – to help the Cubs to a 5-3 lead.

Eugenio Suarez’s homer off Carl Edwards Jr. tied it in the eighth, only the fourth time the Cubs have blown such a late lead.

The Cubs were encouraged by Darvish’s best performance of the season. He allowed five hits and a pair of runs in 5 1/3 innings at the ballpark where his 2018 season ended.

The right-hander made only eight starts in his first year with the Cubs. He got a 6-1 win at Great American Ball Park on May 20 and missed the rest of the season with triceps and elbow problems, leading to surgery on Sept. 12.

He has struggled with his control this season. Back in Cincinnati, Darvish had his first 10-strikeout game since 2017. He didn’t walk a batter while throwing 102 pitches and using a nasty slider.

“Obviously I’m trying to find my way,” Darvish said. “I’m trying a lot of things.”

The Cubs knew Darvish would need some time to get back in form after having most of 2018 wiped out.

“In each start, you’re seeing something different that you can take away as a positive,” catcher Taylor Davis said. “Everything is starting to pinwheel into putting everything together.”

 

Verlander sharp against old team, Astros top Tigers 5-1

Two seasons after being traded to Houston, Justin Verlander is still appreciated in the Motor City.

Verlander allowed two hits in seven impressive innings against his former team, and the Astros won their eighth straight game, 5-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. It was Verlander’s second start at Comerica Park since his 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. The crowd was sparse, but he received a nice little ovation after his last inning of work, and he waved to acknowledge the fans.

“It honestly is really special. I think for the most part of my career here, the fans were always incredible toward me,” Verlander said. “What it comes down to is I always gave everything I had – blood, sweat, tears. There was never anything left out there.”

Verlander (7-1) struck out nine . JaCoby Jones homered off him in the third for the Tigers’ only run, but with Miguel Cabrera out of the lineup, Detroit managed little offensively. The only significant jam Verlander faced was in the fifth, when Niko Goodrum lined out with the bases loaded.

Alex Bregman hit his 14th homer of the season, a solo shot off Gregory Soto (0-2) to open the scoring in the first. Bregman pulled within two home runs of teammate George Springer, the American League leader. Springer nearly hit one of his own, but Detroit left fielder Christin Stewart reached above the wall to make the catch in the fourth.

Verlander retired his first eight hitters before Jones connected for a 436-foot homer in the third. The right-hander rebounded by striking out the side in the fourth. With the bases loaded in the fifth and the Tigers down 3-1, Goodrum hit a line drive that second baseman Aledmys Diaz caught to end the inning.

The announced attendance was just 15,940 – a far cry from the atmosphere for some of Verlander’s starts when he was leading the Tigers to division titles in Detroit.

“It’s kind of sad,” he said. “I think most of my memories here, this ballpark was packed and fans were rowdy, and it’s obviously a bit different now. But that comes with winning.”

Jake Marisnick hit an RBI single for Houston in the second, and Robinson Chirinos added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Detroit made two errors in the sixth, helping the Astros score another run.

Marisnick hit a run-scoring triple in the eighth to make it 5-1.

 

Maeda strikes out 12, drives in 2 as Dodgers top Padres 2-0

Kenta Maeda dominated on the mound and helped himself at the plate.

The right-hander struck out 12 batters and drove in both runs in leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Wednesday night.

“It’s hard to imagine him being any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It was really, really fun to watch. He was great all night long.”

Los Angeles wrapped up a 7-2 homestand, with four of the wins being shutouts.

Maeda gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings and reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time in the majors. He finished one short of his career high for Ks set in 2016 against San Diego.

“I was able to mix everything up tonight,” Maeda said through a translator. “I did have the conviction and attacked the strike zone while keeping my pitch count to a minimum.”

Maeda (5-2) had the key hit of the game, too, with a two-out, two-run bloop single to right field in the second. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to have two hits and two RBIs in a game since Zack Greinke in 2014.

Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 14th save, aided by a diving play up the middle from second baseman Kike Hernandez. With two runners aboard, Jansen struck out Hunter Renfroe and pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson to end it.

Jansen retired Renfroe for the second consecutive night after the slugger tagged him for a game-winning grand slam May 5 in San Diego.

Four Dodgers pitchers combined for a season-high 16 strikeouts. Maeda threw 85 pitches, 64 for strikes. His 22 swinging strikes were the second-most in his career according to Inside Edge, with 14 coming on his slider.

 

Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan; coach Adam Gase acting GM

Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft.

Now, stunningly, he’s out as New York’s general manager.

Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced the decision to fire Maccagnan in a statement posted Wednesday on the team’s Twitter account. Coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting general manager in Maccagnan’s place while the Jets search for a replacement.

“This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as general manager of the team, effective immediately,” Johnson said in the statement. “Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets.”

The timing is particularly strange because Maccagnan ran the Jets’ draft less than three weeks ago, including taking defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick. There were some rumors, however, that there was tension between Maccagnan and Gase – which both denied.

Gase was irritated by the suggestion there were problems between the two when asked about the reports, saying last Friday: “I don’t know who decides to put that stuff out there. It kind of pisses me off a little bit. We have discussions on everything.”

ESPN reported that Brian Heimerdinger, the Jets’ vice president of player personnel, was also fired as part of the team’s front office shake-up.

Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was fired – leading many to assume that Maccagnan’s job was not in jeopardy. He was fully involved in the coaching search and hiring Gase to replace Bowles. Maccagnan was also active in free agency in March, spending more than $125 million to land the likes of running back Le’Veon Bell , linebacker C.J. Mosley and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. He also acquired left guard Kelechi Osemele from Oakland in a trade.

The Jets also have what they believe is a franchise quarterback in place in Sam Darnold, who was the third overall pick in last year’s draft after Maccagnan engineered a deal with Indianapolis to move up from the No. 6 spot. Safety Jamal Adams and defensive lineman Leonard Williams are also recent draft picks by Maccagnan who have become building blocks for the defense. Starting wide receiver Robby Anderson was also a terrific find as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

But Maccagnan’s draft history since coming to New York after 15 years in various scouting positions with the Houston Texans is otherwise shaky, at best.

Only 12 of the 22 players selected in his first three years are still on New York’s roster. The first-rounders have been starters – Adams, Darron Lee (2016) and Williams (2015) – but Lee’s role appears uncertain with the Jets having Mosley and Avery Williamson at the inside linebacker spots. He has also been the subject of trade rumors.

 

Auburn vs. Oregon kicks off ABC’s Saturday Night Football

Auburn against Oregon on Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the first ABC Saturday Night Football game this season.

ESPN announced Wednesday the first three games of the 14th season of Saturday Night Football. LSU at Texas on Sept. 7 will be the Saturday Night Football game in Week 2. Defending national champion Clemson at Syracuse on Sept. 14 will fill that spot in Week 3.

The start time for Saturday Night Football has been moved up 30 minutes this season to 7:30 p.m. ET.

The network also announced ABC will televise four conference championship games, starting with the Pac-12 on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. ET. The following day ABC will air title games for the American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12.

 

Tacko Fall among 11 players added to NBA draft combine

Tacko Fall will be the biggest player at the NBA’s draft combine.

He’s also among the biggest underdogs.

The 7-foot-6 center from UCF already has the first win of his pro career. He’s among 11 players who were picked from the G League Elite Camp held earlier this week for a spot in the combine that officially starts Thursday. That bumps the list of combine invites to 77 – not all will be there, with presumed No. 1 pick Zion Williamson already having left Chicago after attending Tuesday’s draft lottery and meeting with teams.

Fall, predictably, was thrilled to get the call.

“It means a lot,” Fall said.

Sure does – it means any realistic hopes he has of being drafted are still alive.

Fall knows the math: 77 players invited to the combine, another 29 draft-eligibles having been to the G League event, plus international players eligible to be selected for only 60 draft spots. As such, plenty of guys will see their hopes of playing in the NBA next season dashed in the next few weeks.

How he fares at the combine may go a long way toward deciding if he’s one of them.

“You’ve got to earn your spot,” Fall said. “All the guys that were in the combine, they’re all great players. I saw the list. There’s not one player where I’d be like, `Oh, this guy does not deserve to be there.’ So if you want to be there, you’ve got to compete.”

Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Tulsa’s DaQuan Jeffries, Auburn’s Jared Harper, Iowa’s Tyler Cook, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok, Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry and Ole Miss’ Terence Davis were invited Wednesday to stay.

They were chosen through a polling of NBA executives.

“It really humbles you, knowing that all the work you’ve put in is finally paying off,” Brissett said.

Plenty of the players who will be partaking in the on-court events at the combine will end up in the G League next season. None of them will be getting the league’s new $125,000 contract deal – that’s solely for players who aren’t going to college but aren’t yet draft-eligible because of the one-and-done rule. Many will make more, many will make less.

And some really accomplished college players didn’t even make what amounts to the first cut to get to the combine: Syracuse’s Tyus Battle, North Carolina’s Luke Maye (who was slowed by an ankle issue) and Campbell’s Chris Clemons – the 5-foot-9 guard who averaged 30 points as a college senior and finished his four years with 3,225 points – won’t be sticking around after participating in the G League event.

“I’d have been very happy to move up there,” Clemons said after the G League camp. “But I made great use of my time here. This is a great event. I got to showcase my game to every team here.”

Hernandez knows he’s one of the lucky ones.

He’s finally getting to play with somebody watching again.

The 6-foot-11 forward wasn’t allowed by the NCAA to play this past season, and would have had to sit out 40 percent of next season, because of his dealings with an agent. Miami officials insisted the penalty was wildly unfair and Hernandez felt the same way. But he worked to make sure his game was on point for the G League event, hoping to impress enough teams that he would merit the bump to the combine.

“It’s go time,” Hernandez said. “It’s time to compete. I haven’t played in a year. NBA scouts want to see how I’ve developed my game, what I’ve worked on in my off time. I’ve gotten stronger. I’ve worked on my jump shot, my ballhandling, my finishing, my defense, my terminology on defense. It’s time to take advantage of this opportunity.”

That’s what, for many, this combine brings – an opportunity.

Fall is a known entity already because of his massive frame, and for what he did against Williamson in his final game at UCF – the one-point loss the Knights were handed by the Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He largely held his own against the player that will more than likely get taken No. 1 overall.

That doesn’t guarantee anything. But he believes the chance – and his future – is in his massive hands.

“Coming into that game, I knew what I could do,” Fall said. “I knew how I could impact the game no matter who I played against. And as long as I stay true to that, I’m going to be fine.”

 

Twins place Garver on IL with high ankle sprain, return Sanó

The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sano from his rehabilitation assignment.

The Twins made the moves on Wednesday before their game against the Los Angeles Angels, following Garver’s injury the night before. He was diagnosed with a high sprain, which can take longer to heal than other varieties. Garver has had a breakout season, batting .329 with four doubles, nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 25 games. His OPS is 1.164.

After suffering a severe cut on his right heel in January, Sano has finally been cleared for action. He played in 10 games on his rehab in the minors.

 

WNBA hires Deloitte CEO Engelbert as commissioner

he WNBA has a new leader with a new title.

The league hired Cathy Engelbert as its commissioner on Wednesday. The previous four leaders of the WNBA had been known as president. Since 2015, Engelbert has been CEO of Deloitte US, an accounting organization that works with Fortune 500 companies. She was the first woman to hold that job.

“Cathy is a world-class business leader with a deep connection to women’s basketball, which makes her the ideal person to lead the WNBA into its next phase of growth,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “The WNBA will benefit significantly from her more than 30 years of business and operational experience, including revenue generation, sharp entrepreneurial instincts and proven management abilities.”

She replaces Lisa Borders, who stepped down in October. NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum has been the interim president since Borders left.

“It is an absolute privilege to be joining the WNBA at such an exciting and important time in its history,” Engelbert said. “I see tremendous opportunity to bolster visibility for the sport of women’s basketball, empower the players and enhance fan engagement. I look forward to using my business expertise and passion for basketball to promote women in the game and beyond, and to working with the teams and world-class athletes to help grow this league into a thriving business.”

Engelbert will start on July 17 once her term as CEO of Deloitte concludes.

One thing the new commissioner will have to deal with relatively quickly is the collective bargaining agreement. The players opted out of the current contract at the end of last season. This season will still be covered by the current CBA.

It’s been an active offseason for the league, which begins its 23rd season on May 24. The WNBA announced a deal with CBS earlier this month to broadcast 40 games on CBS Sports Network. The WNBA also signed AT&T as a top sponsor, added new uniforms by Nike and rebranded itself with a new logo. The league also had a promotional tie-in with the highly successful “Captain Marvel” movie in February and oversaw the sale of the New York Liberty to an investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai.

The WNBA also promoted Christin Hedgpeth to chief operating officer in February. She had been filling that role on an interim basis.

Engelbert played college basketball at Lehigh under current Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. She was also on the school’s lacrosse team, serving as captain of both programs.

 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

Boilermakers Conclude Season at NCAA Regionals

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Purdue men’s golf team’s quest for one of 30 spots in the NCAA National Championships ended Wednesday under cloudy skies at Palouse Ridge Golf Club on the campus of Washington State University.

The Boilermakers finished the 54-hole regional in a ninth-place tie with Florida and Kent State at 8-under par 832, recording rounds of 275-281-276. The 832 is the second-lowest aggregate score in school history.

Purdue was looking for its first NCAA National Championships appearance since 2017, but dug too deep of a hole in round two to make a serious threat in today’s final round.

“This obviously wasn’t the outcome we were looking for, but I am really proud of this team. We had our backs against the wall and we nearly won a Big Ten championship and played our way into NCAA Regionals,” head coach Rob Bradley said.

The finish ends the career of standouts Timmy Hildebrand and Jarle Volden. The duo rank second and 12th respectively in career stroke average at Purdue. They were part of four teams that made regionals and two squads that advanced to the national championships (2016, 2017).

“Words can’t really describe how much I’m going to miss having Timmy and Jarle around,” Bradley added. “They have given so much to Purdue golf and have helped me become a better coach. I am so impressed with the men that they have become and I know they are going to be successful in whatever they do.”

Hildebrand ended his career in strong fashion, finishing T-17th at 6-under par 204, the fourth-best, 54-hole score in school history. His year included 11 rounds in the 60s, tied for the most in school history and he ended with a season stroke average of 71.26, the second-best average in school history, posting a cumulative score of 5-under par this year.

Cole Bradley finished T-24th at 4-under par 206 after rounds of 68-70-67. He posted 18 rounds of even-par or better this year, good for fifth all-time in a season at Purdue.

Volden closed out his career in strong fashion, posting a final-round 66 to finish T-29th at 3-under par 207 (70-71-66). Volden finished the year with a 72.41 stroke average, the fourth-best average in Purdue history.

Andrew Farraye rounded out Purdue’s final-round counting team with a 3-over par 73, while Jason Hong tallied a 78.

Head coach Rob Bradley will lose Hildebrand and Volden off this year’s squad, but returns a solid nucleus of juniors Cole Bradley, Joe Weiler and Jason Hong and sophomores Andrew Lewis and Andrew Farraye. Incoming freshmen Nick Dentino and Peyton Snoeberger will also strengthen Purdue’s lineup in 2019-20.

“Our younger guys will use this season to help them improve and will need to come back better next year if we want to take the next step,” Bradley said. “We have a lot of work to do, but I am looking forward to next season already.”

 

PURDUE FOOTBALL:

(PURDUE RELEASE)

Football to Host Fresno State in 2023

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue football will play host to Fresno State on Sept. 2, 2023.

The Boilermakers and the Bulldogs have not played previously.

Purdue football schedules now are complete through the 2024 season with the exception of 2022, which needs one game.

Purdue opens the 2019 season Aug. 30 at Nevada. The home opener is Sept. 7 against Vanderbilt. 2023 Schedule

Sept. 2 – FRESNO STATE

Sept. 9 – at Virginia Tech

Sept. 16 – SYRACUSE

Sept. 23 – at Iowa

Sept. 30 – ILLINOIS (Cannon Trophy Game)

Oct. 7 – MINNESOTA

Oct. 14 – OHIO STATE

Oct. 21 – at Michigan

Nov. 4 – NEBRASKA

Nov. 11 – at Northwestern

Nov. 18 – at Wisconsin

Nov. 25 – INDIANA (Old Oaken Bucket Game)

 

INDIANA WRESTLING

(INDIANA PRESS RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU head coach Angel Escobedo and his staff are already making a big impact on the recruiting trail and have been recognized with a No. 16 ranking.

The Hoosiers come in at No. 16 in the ranking on The Open Mat. They are sixth among Big Ten teams in that ranking and No. 1 among all Indiana teams in the ranking.

“It is great to see our recruiting class get recognized as a top-20 recruiting class in the country,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said.  “Hoosier Nation should be really excited about these young men. We as a staff are very optimistic that they will help elevate this program to a new level!”

Here is that they are saying about the class from The Open Mat ranking release.

Head Coach Angel Escobedo’s first full recruiting class with his alma mater Hoosiers is one to remember. It has to be the best and deepest in some time for an Indiana team that has struggled to be competitive in the Big Ten, prior to Escobedo’s arrival. Not only did Indiana keep the best of their talent at home (Garcia, Moran, South), they also raided some of their conference rivals (Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa) as well.

Garcia, Moran, and South are all multiple-time state champions, in Indiana’s one class system. Ortiz wasn’t able to compete in the high school season due to eligibility issues, but he was a 2018 state champion and a seventh-place finisher at the Super 32. Baughman has placed in the top-five in each of the last three years in some brutal Ohio state weight classes. Hagan was another future Hoosier that did not wrestle in the high school postseason; however, he was an Iowa state finalist as a junior. Washington is a recruit that always seems to find his way into the top eight at national-level events. He was sixth at the Super 32 and a Fargo Junior Greco finalist. It will be interesting to track how the Indiana staff handles this class. There are three or four recruits that could probably start as true freshmen, but who knows how Escobedo and crew feel about throwing them into the fire.

The Hoosiers 2019 Class

#66 Matt Ortiz (Montini Catholic, IL)  174

#88 Asa Garcia (Avon, IN)  133

#92 Luke Baughman (Wadsworth, OH)  149

Eddie Bolivar (Oak Park, IL)  141

Jack Chesman (Pearl River, NY)  157

Kyle Cornwell (Elwood, IN)  285

Greg Hagan (Dowling Catholic, IA)  285

Jacob Moran (Portage, IN)  125

Cayden Rooks (Columbus East, IN)  141

Nick South (Columbus East, IN)  165

Danny Tolin (Chesterton, IN)  125

Donnell Washington (Marian Catholic, IL)  157

Nick Willham (Greenwood, IN)  197

The Hoosiers class is ranked No. 23 by InterMat and received honorable mention from FloWrestling.

 

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s golf team is set for the 2019 NCAA Championships, opening play Friday at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Boilermakers are making their 18th appearance at the national tournament and fourth in the last five seasons after a fourth-place showing at the NCAA Norman Regional.

The Boilermakers will be paired with San Jose State and Mississippi for the first 36 holes, teeing off at 9:21 a.m. ET on the 10th hole in Round 1, and hitting the course at 2:01 p.m. on the first hole in the second round. The top-15 teams and top-12 individuals after 54 holes advance to a fourth and final round of stroke play, which will determine the NCAA individual champion and the top-eight teams to compete in match play for the national title.

The 24 national qualifiers include 14 of the top-15 ranked teams in the nation and three other Big Ten squads. The Boilermakers have wins over eight teams in the field, including East Lansing Regional champion Kent State, and both of their partners for the first 36 holes.

Purdue’s fourth-place effort at the Norman Regional came on the strength of standout individual performances by junior Micaela Farah and senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri. Farah tied for fifth place, shooting two-under 70 in the opening round, firing a three-under 69 in the second round and finishing three-under par, 213 for the tournament. Putri posted scores at or under par in all three rounds in Norman, posting back-to-back 71’s before finishing even par in the final round.

Farah and Putri are the only two Boilermakers with NCAA Championship experience, playing in the 2017 tournament at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Putri was Purdue’s No. 2 finisher, counting a team score in all three rounds, while Farah had the squad’s No. 4 score and logged a team score in two-of-three rounds.

THE FIELD (Rankings are Golfweek/Golfstat)

USC (1/1)

Wake Forest (2/6)

Duke (3/3)

Texas (4/2)

Stanford (5/7)

Vanderbilt (6/8)

Arkansas (7/10)

Arizona (8/4)

Florida State (9/9)

Florida (10/11)

Kent State (11/5)

UCLA (12/15)

Auburn (14/13)

Arizona State (15/14)

Northwestern (16/16)

Virginia (17/17)

Washington (18/18)

Illinois (19/20)

San Jose State (22/23)

Purdue (24/22)

Tennessee (31/36)

Ole Miss (32/30)

Indiana (45/52)

UCF (50/43)

PURDUE LINEUP

Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri, Senior: Has five straight rounds of par or better entering the national championships, six of her last nine, eight of her last 12, and a team-high 16-of-33 on the season … owns six tournament scores under par in 2018-19 and has counted a team score in 23 consecutive rounds … 2019 Big Ten Championship co-medalist, winning her first collegiate tournament at her final conference championship, becoming the ninth Big Ten Champion in Purdue history … one-of-five players in program history to shoot six rounds in the 60’s in one season, and the first since 2013 … averaging a team-low 72.85 strokes per round this year.

Micaela Farah, Junior: Coming off her top individual performance of the season, tying for fifth place at the Norman Regional, shooting three-under 213 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club … her opening-round 70 at the regional was her first round under par since Feb. 5, the final round at UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club … her second-round 69 in Norman marked her sixth score of the season in the 60’s, matching Putri for Purdue’s single-season record … posted the Boilermakers’ low score in 12-of-33 rounds this season and has made the most pars of any player on the roster at 387.

Inez Wanamarta, Sophomore: Shot par or better in five of her last seven rounds, including each of her last two rounds at the NCAA Norman Regional … posted a second-round 69 at Big Ten Championships, her second round in the 60’s this spring … has three top-10 performances in 2019, tying for sixth at the Icon Invitational, placing 10th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and earning a second-place finish at the Lady Boilermaker Classic … two-time All-Big Ten honoree, including second-team recognition this season … has turned in a team score in a team-best 89.6 percent of her rounds this season, including 22 straight entering the weekend.

Danielle du Toit, Freshman: Purdue’s freshman record holder for rounds of par or better (15) and rounds in the 60’s (4) … currently owns the No. 2 stroke average for a Boilermaker rookie at 73.52, trailing only Wanamarta in the Purdue record books … has three top-10 finishes this season, including a fifth-place effort at the Valspar Augusta Invitational … posted three scores of par or better in her last six rounds … ranked second on the team with 95 birdies and 381 pars on the year.

RuQing Guan, Freshman: Counted team scores at both the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Norman Regional … averaging 75.42 strokes per round with four scores of par or better … has played within four strokes of par in three of her last five tournaments, including the Big Ten Championships … has made 63 birdies and 248 pars in 24 rounds this season … posted a team score in 68.3 percent of her rounds in 2018-19.

THE COURSE

The Blessings Golf Club is the home of the University of Arkansas men’s and women’s golf teams and will play 6,473 yards at par 73 for the national championships. The impeccably maintained course stretches to over 7,900 yards from the back tees and plays through two distinct landforms-the Clear Creek floodplain and a plateau that rises to 65 feet above the floodplain where it’s bisected by a series of ravines. Both the outward and inward nines climb up and down between the two topographies, creating drama and variety on each hole. The course was originally designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. with a redesign recently completed by noted architect Kyle Phillips.

WEATHER FORECAST

Friday: Sunny, 82/65 degrees; 10% chance of rain, SSW 13 MPH.

Saturday: Cloudy, 79/63 degrees; 20% chance of rain, S 15 MPH.

Sunday: Isolated Thunderstorms, 78/60 degrees; 30% chance of rain, SW 13 MPH.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

The Boilermakers have a rich tradition of success at the national championships, earning the team title in 2010, an individual crown in 2009 and three other top-three performances. The team finished second in 2007 and 2011, and third in 2013. Most recently Purdue saw August Kim cap off an outstanding career with a fourth-place effort in 2017 on her way to All-America honors.

THE TEE TIMES

Round 1 (Hole 10; 9:21 a.m. ET): Purdue, San Jose State, Mississippi

Round 2 (Hole 1; 2:01 p.m. ET): Purdue, San Jose State, Mississippi

Round 3 (Tee times start at 8:15 a.m. ET): To be announced

LIVE STATS

Live scoring can be found on golfstat.com.

 

OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF

MGOLF: Ohio State Finishes 20-Under Par to Advance to NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio State put together their second best 54-hole score of the season to finish 20-under par at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. The team played the final round nine-under par to finish in second place behind Illinois and be only the 12th No. 8 seed to clinch a berth into the NCAA Championships in the last decade. Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch showed up big for the Scarlet and Gray, shooting a combined 17-under par to lead the team to their 32nd NCAA Championships appearance, their first since 2011.

The other teams to advance out of the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional are Illinois (1st), Wake Forest (3rd), California (4th), and UNLV (5th).

Ramirez’ fourth-place 207 (68-69-70) is the best 54-hole score of his career and netted him his second career top-5 finish. The senior holed 16 birdies in three rounds to get to nine-under par and be the low man for Ohio State. He made it through the first ten holes of his final round two-under, before trading a couple birdies and bogeys, and finishing on a high note with a birdie on the par five 18th hole. The senior has made a huge impact in the latter half of this season, finishing 24th or better in all seven spring tournaments he has competed in, and in the process carded three of the four sub-par finishes of his career.

Voetsch also showed up to play, finishing the tournament with a 69 to move to eight-under par and clinch his third top-10 finish of his last four appearances. The New Jersey native drained three birdies on the front to make the turn at three-under, before fighting his way back from alternating bogeys and birdies to ultimately walk into the clubhouse with a share of sixth place and a new 54-hole career low of 208 (68-71-69).

Laken Hinton had a tough front nine, heading to the tenth tee at three-over, before he found his stroke and fought his way back to birdie five of his last seven holes, including 18 which had given him trouble the first two rounds, and finish with an impressive two-under 70. The sophomore came into the day at even par, shooting 75 in the first round and bouncing back with a second round 69, ending up two-under in total to move up to 14th place.

Daniel Wetterich entered the final day two-over par after shooting 74-72 in his first two rounds and played solid golf in the final round to card a two-under 70, finish even par, and tie for 20th.

Will Grimmer shot 220 (74-72-74) to close out the regional four-over par and tie for 35th.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

BASE: Ohio State Travels to Purdue for Crucial B1G Series to Conclude Regular Season 

Buckeyes (28-24, 9-12 B1G) and Boilermakers (20-31, 7-13 B1G) begin series at 6 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s the series that will determine the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament appearance. The Ohio State baseball team travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game set at Purdue Thursday-Saturday at Alexander Field to conclude the 2019 regular season. The Buckeyes (28-24, 9-12 B1G) currently stand in ninth place in the Big Ten standings, a half game back from eighth-place Rutgers (20-28, 9-11 B1G). The Boilermakers (20-31, 7-13 B1G) are tied for 11th. The Top 8 teams advance to the Big Ten Tournament next week at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call.

ON THE MOUND

Thursday: RHP Garrett Burhenn (5-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. RHP Trent Johnson (3-2, 2.38 ERA)

Friday: LHP Seth Lonsway (6-4, 4.35 ERA) vs. LHP Patrick J. Smith (4-3, 4.2 ERA)

Saturday: LHP Griffan Smith (5-4, 3.96 ERA) vs. RHP Cory Brooks (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

BIG TEN BREAKDOWN

Six Big Ten teams will battle this weekend for the final two spots to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern is seventh (10-11) followed by Rutgers (9-11), Ohio State (9-12), Maryland (9-12), Purdue (7-13) and Michigan State (7-13). Michigan (15-5) is at the top of the standings in front of Indiana (14-7), Illinois (13-8), Nebraska (13-8), Minnesota (13-8) and Iowa (12-9). The Top 8 teams in the league will punch their ticket for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament May 22-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Click here to see the full league standings.

REMAINING BIG TEN SCHEDULE

Michigan: at Nebraska

Indiana: vs. Rutgers

Illinois: at Michigan State

Nebraska: vs. Michigan

Iowa: at Maryland

Northwestern: vs. Minnesota

Rutgers: at Indiana

Ohio State: at Purdue

Maryland: vs. Iowa

Purdue: vs. Ohio State

Penn State: vs. Arizona

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State is 28-24 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 289-227-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 532-429-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State is hitting .268 as a team with 86 doubles, 13 triples and 52 homers.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.79 ERA with 476 strikeouts in 475.1 innings of work. The pitching staff is 19 strikeouts away from tying the program-record for strikeouts in a season set in 2016 (495).
  • Dominic Canzone leads the team with a .355 average, 52 runs scored, 15 homers, 39 RBI, .649 slugging, .446 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases. He is first in the Big Ten in hits, homers and total bases (137).
  • Canzone is one of seven players in the nation with at least 70 hits, 50 runs scored and 15 homers.
  • Canzone is currently on a 48-game reached base streak. It’s the third-longest active streak in the country.
  • Seth Lonsway is the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. He leads the team with six wins this season. He is second in the Big Ten with 96 strikeouts. Lonsway needs four strikeouts to become the first Buckeye pitcher to fan 100 hitters in a single season since Alex Wimmers (2009).
  • Andrew Magno is 3-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 25 appearances out of the bullpen. He has fanned 51 in 42.1 innings.
  • The game Thursday will be the 215th meeting between Ohio State and Purdue. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 148-65-1. The Scarlet and Gray swept the Boilermakers in the last series at Alexander Field in 2016. Ohio State is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings vs. Purdue.

SCOUTING PURDUE

The Boilermakers are hitting .242 as a team with 58 doubles, 16 triples and 11 homers. Cole McKenzie leads the bats with a .309 average and nine stolen bases. Skyler Hunter is batting .308 with a team-high 35 runs scored, nine doubles and six triples. The Purdue pitching staff has combined for a 4.17 ERA with 450 strikeouts in 444.2 innings of work. Trent Johnson is 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 53.0 innings pitched. Bo Hofstra leads the squad with a 1.49 ERA and seven saves in 2019.

LAST TIME OUT

Ohio State finished its non-conference schedule with a 7-4 win at Youngstown State Tuesday night at Eastwood Field. Conner Pohl knocked his first career grand slam to tie the game in the fifth. He finished the game with a three-hit day. Dominic Canzone hit his second game-winning homer in a week when he blasted a two-run shot in the top of the eighth. Nick Erwin also had three hits in the road win. Left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim recorded his first collegiate win with 2.2 scoreless innings and three strikeouts.

 

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL:

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Irish Open Regional With Badgers

The University of Notre Dame softball team begins its 21st-consecutive NCAA tournament on Friday night when the Fighting Irish take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET in Norman, Oklahoma. The Irish (36-16) enter as the regional’s second seed, while the Badgers (40-12) are seeded third. The top national seed, Oklahoma (49-2), will take on the regional No. 4 seed, UMBC, at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday night to finish day one of the double-elimination regional.

Friday’s Irish-Badgers showdown can be seen on ESPN, while game two between the Sooners and Retrievers will air on ESPN2. Both games, along with the entire NCAA Division I Softball Championship are available via the ESPN app and the ESPN family of networks. In addition, Bases Loaded  will provide whip-around coverage of the entire championship.

Notre Dame returns to the NCAA Championship for the 24th time in program history after a regular season which saw head coach Deanna Gumpf’s squad place second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, one game behind defending national champion Florida State. The Irish dropped a 2-0 decision to the Seminoles in an ACC semifinal in Tallahassee their last time out.

ACC Player of the Year Cait Brooks leads the way for the Irish offensively. The senior has a program-record 20 home runs this season while her .884 slugging percentage of on pace to shatter the program record. Brooks is also two home run shy of the career record of 50. In the circle, freshman Payton Tidd has quickly evolved into the Irish ace. The Vista, California, native is 25-8 with a 2.45 ERA on the year. She is one of just three rookie pitchers in Division I to have reached 25 victories on the season. Brooks and Tidd were joined on the All-ACC first team by senior third baseman Melissa Rochford, while Emma Clark and Katie Marino were second team all-league choices. Tidd and Clark also were named to the conference all-freshman squad.

 

UPDATED: NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0

  1. Pelicans – Zion Williamson, Forward, Duke

 

  1. Grizzlies – Ja Morant, Point, Murray State

 

  1. Knicks – RJ Barrett, Wing, Duke

 

  1. Lakers – Darius Garland, Point, Vanderbilt

 

  1. Cavaliers – Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas Tech

 

  1. Suns – Coby White, Point, North Carolina

 

  1. Bulls – De’Andre Hunter, Forward, Virginia

 

  1. Hawks – Cam Reddish, Forward, Duke

 

  1. Wizards – Jaxson Hayes, Big, Texas

 

  1. Hawks (via Mavericks) – Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, Limoges

 

  1. Timberwolves – Brandon Clarke, Big, Gonzaga

 

  1. Hornets – Nassir Little, Forward, North Carolina

 

  1. Heat – Rui Hachimura, Forward, Gonzaga

 

  1. Celtics (via Kings) – PJ Washington, Forward, Kentucky

 

  1. Pistons – Romeo Langford, Wing, Indiana

 

  1. Magic – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Wing, Virginia Tech

 

  1. Nets – Bol Bol, Big, Oregon

 

  1. Pacers – Kevin Porter, Wing, USC

 

  1. Spurs – Tyler Herro, Wing, Kentucky

 

  1. Celtics (via Clippers) – Talen Horton-Tucker, Wing, Iowa State

 

  1. Thunder – Goga Bitadze, Big, Buducnost

 

  1. Celtics – Keldon Johnson, Wing, Kentucky

 

  1. Jazz – Cameron Johnson, Forward, North Carolina

 

  1. 76ers – Matisse Thybulle, Wing, Washington

 

  1. Trail Blazers – Grant Williams, Big, Tennessee

 

  1. Cavaliers (via Rockets) – KZ Okpala, Forward, Stanford

 

  1. Nets (via Nuggets) – Ty Jerome, Wing, Virginia

 

  1. Warriors – Carsen Edwards, Point, Purdue

 

  1. Spurs (via Raptors) – Bruno Fernando, Big, Maryland

 

  1. Bucks – Luguentz Dort, Wing, Arizona State

 

 

TOP 50 NBA PROSPECTS

  1. Zion Williamson, F, Duke

 

  1. Ja Morant, G, Murray State

 

  1. Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech

 

  1. RJ Barrett, G, Duke

 

  1. De’Andre Hunter, F, Virginia

 

  1. Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

 

  1. Coby White, PG/SG, North Carolina

 

  1. Cam Reddish, G/F, Duke

 

  1. Romeo Langford, G/F, Indiana

 

  1. PJ Washington, C, Kentucky

 

  1. Bol Bol, C, Oregon

 

  1. Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

 

  1. Sekou Doumbouya, PF/C, France

 

  1. Keldon Johnson, G, Kentucky

 

  1. Kevin Porter Jr., G, USC

 

  1. Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga

 

  1. Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Gonzaga

 

  1. MIfondu Kabengele, C, Florida State

 

  1. Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia

 

  1. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech

 

  1. Nassir Little, F, North Carolina

 

  1. Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

 

  1. Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee

 

  1. Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State

 

  1. Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn

 

  1. Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland

 

  1. KZ Okpala, F, Stanford

 

  1. Cameron Johnson, F, North Carolina

 

  1. Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas

 

  1. Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky

 

  1. Ignas Brazdeikis, G/F, Michigan

 

  1. Jontay Porter, C, Missouri

 

  1. Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue

 

  1. Jordan Nwora, F, Louisville

 

  1. Ty Jerome, G, Virginia

 

  1. Admiral Schofield, F, Tennessee

 

  1. Eric Paschall, F, Villanova

 

  1. Naz Reid, C, LSU

 

  1. Brian Bowen, F, USA

 

  1. Luguentz Dort, G, Arizona State

 

  1. Matisse Thybulle, F, Washington

 

  1. Luka Samanic, F, Croatia

 

  1. Dylan Windler, F, Belmont

 

  1. Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State

 

  1. Shamorie Ponds, G, St. John’s

 

  1. Isaiah Roby, F, Nebraska

 

  1. Dedric Lawson, F, Kansas

 

  1. Deividas Sirvydis, F, Lithuania

 

  1. Tyler Cook, F, Iowa

 

  1. Aubrey Dawkins, G, Central Florida

 

OP/ED

Should Phillies be worried about Bryce Harper?

Bryce Harper, the Phillies’ $330 million man, has hit the skids in a big way. Since April 21, the six-time All-Star has hit .147/.301/.294 with four doubles, a pair of homers, and 11 RBI in 83 plate appearances spanning 20 games. He has struck out in 28 of those plate appearances while walking 14 times.

As a unit, the Phillies have been performing well despite Harper’s slump, winning 12 of those 20 games, a .600 winning percentage that lines up with their overall 24-16 record. Of course, the Phillies presumably could have turned some of those eight losses into wins if only Harper had been hitting better.

The most glaring stat causing consternation is Harper’s 30.5 percent strikeout rate, which would be by far a career-high if the season were to end today and would mark a nine percent increase over his career average. Only 14 qualified batters have struck out more often than Harper. Harper hasn’t just been swinging and missing at strike threes, either — his overall contact rate of 66.3 percent, per FanGraphs, would be a career-worst and is about 8.5 percent above his career average.

That being said, Harper’s year-to-year declines in contact percentage have dipped by around the same amount. In 2016, his contact percentage was 79.1 percent, but dipped to 74.7 percent the next season, a 4.4 percent dip. It fell to 70.8 percent in 2018, a 3.9 percent fall. And this year’s 66.3 percent represents a 4.5 percent decline. The league’s overall contact rate hasn’t declined that drastically, but has seen a regular year-over-year decline from 78.2 to 77.5 to 76.9 to 76. What if part of Harper’s swing and miss problems can be explained by pitchers throwing harder? Perhaps because of his notoriety, pitchers and coaches spend extra time preparing for him specifically? At any rate, Harper’s 4.4 percent decline from 2016 to ’17 didn’t concern us because his OPS increased from .814 to 1.008. Why should this 4.4 percent decline in particular raise alarm bells if the others didn’t?

As Greenberg mentioned in his article, the quality of Harper’s contact — when he does make contact — is still great. FanGraphs groups contact quality into three buckets: soft, medium, and hard. Harper’s hard-hit percentages since 2016 have been 34.1, 34.3, 42.3, and 41.1. His career average is 35.8 percent. I have been intentionally omitting Harper’s MVP season in 2015 because it was such an outlier, but he had a 40.9 hard-hit percentage that year. When Harper meets bat to ball, he’s hitting the ball as well as he did as an MVP.

There’s also one interesting blip in Harper’s stats, and it concerns pop-ups. Harper hit five all of last year but is already at five this year. As a percentage of batted balls, his pop-up percentage was 3.4 percent last year — and is 7.0 percent for his career — but stands at 13.9 percent in 2019. Since we’ve established that his quality of contact is overall still quite good, this pop-up situation strikes me as fluky. Five pop-ups may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but he’s only hit 36 total batted ball events in the air. Harper just getting under a pitch or two that he might otherwise have crushed can have a big impact on his numbers. For instance, if we give him one more home run, his slugging percentage goes from .438 to .465. Give him one more double on top of that and it goes to .479. All of a sudden, with just two batted ball events going in his favor instead of against him, Harper has an .858 OPS instead of .805 and we’re not having this conversation.

Streaks often define players. A hot streak at the end of a season can often propel a player into the MVP conversation much more so than if his streak had come at the beginning of the year. But streaks, in general, are just a natural part of the game. Sometimes you run cold, sometimes you run hot. As mentioned above, Harper has a .595 OPS over his last 20 games. What if I told you Harper had a similar skid last year? In 20 games between April 17 and May 8, 2018, Harper hit .162/.341/.353 with a double, four homers, 11 RBI, 19 walks, and 16 strikeouts in 88 PA. Harper finished the season with an .889 OPS. Adjusted for park effects and compared to the rest of the league, that’s 34 percent better than average. Harper’s career .896 OPS is 38 percent above average. Fans might feel better if Harper occasionally blooped a single and got another hit in the box score, but the volatile approach that’s leading to so many swings and misses is the same approach that allowed him to catch fire for 17 games last summer. In 73 plate appearances between July 31 and August 17, Harper hit .406/.479/.766 with eight doubles, five homers, 17 RBI, seven walks, and 14 strikeouts. Aside from a six-game stretch in early April, Harper hasn’t caught fire yet. He will. Most players hit a hot streak at some point or another; Harper is no different.

It seems like Harper is being held to the unrealistically high standard he set in 2015, when he had a 1.109 OPS, 98 percent better than the league average. That was always an outlier season. That’s not to say he won’t ever match it again, but it — a .330 average, 38 doubles, 42 homers, 124 walks — is not the baseline of production that should be expected year in and year out, whether or not he signs a 13-year, $330 million contract. An .875 OPS with 30 homers is perfectly fine production, commensurate with his overall career averages. Despite Harper’s current skid, don’t be surprised if that’s exactly where he ends up by season’s end, and things will resume being sunny in Philadelphia once again.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY:

NEW YORK-Six members of the world champion New York Yankees were involved in a postmidnight disturbance tonight during a party at the Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan. The Yankees, who were at the club to celebrate Billy Martin’s 29th birthday, included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, Whitey Ford, Johnny Kucks and Martin. The disturbance stemmed from an argument between the players and members of a bowling club who also were celebrating at the club.
The party, at which all the players except Martin were accompanied by their wives, was planned long in advance. It was not immediately clear how the disturbance occurred or whether the police were called to the club, which is at 10 East 60th Street. Words apparently were exchanged between the players and members of a bowling club who also were celebrating at the Copacabana. One of the members of the bowling club, Edwin Jones, accused Bauer of striking him.
On June 4, The Times carried the following unsigned article about fines levied against the players.
Mantle, Berra, Bauer, Ford and Martin were fined $1,000 each and Kucks, a young pitcher in a lower salary bracket than the others, was fined $500. The fines were deducted from the checks the players received at the Yankee Stadium two days ago.
There were published statements yesterday that the disciplinary action had caused a rift between Casey Stengel, the manager of the team, and George M. Weiss, the general manager of the Yankees. Weiss issued this statement denying that a rift existed: “As for the reported friction between Casey Stengel and myself, this is wholly untrue. We have always consulted and agreed on all moves involving the team on and off the field, with the complete approval of Dan Topping and Del Webb (the co-owner of the Yanks).
Stengel appeared in a bitter mood when he was interviewed at Grand Central Station, where the Yankees departed for a trip to Cleveland and a three-game series with the Indians. Said Stengel: “I know of no rift between me and Mr. Weiss. Mr. Weiss hasn’t lost a game all year. I have, me, the manager. Can’t understand the big fuss. This [the nightclub incident] all happened three weeks ago. They’re trying to make a big scandal over this because we’re the Yanks.”
Berra, Bauer and Kucks confirmed the fines. Ford insisted, “I wasn’t fined.” When pressed, he said: “I was told what to say. They haven’t announced it, so why should I?”
As for the Bauer incident, the police refused to take action in the matter and Jones had Bauer taken into custody by a citizen’s arrest on May 21. Bauer, 34, faces a hearing on charges of felonious assault. In the case of a citizen’s arrest, the way is open for a suit for false arrest should Bauer be found not guilty. Bauer denied that he struck Jones. He was supported in this contention by other members of the party. However, the story was published and the fines were a result.
The Yankees went on to win the American League pennant by eight games and lose the World Series to the Milwaukee Braves in seven. Four weeks later, Billy Martin was traded to the Kansas City A’s in an eight-player deal generally acknowledged to have stemmed from the brawl.

 

ALSO:

1869 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7

1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00

1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25

1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings

1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City

1914 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.

1916 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8

1921 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2

1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6

1927 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home

1930 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2

1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8

1936 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

1941 1st US radio performance of Bennett’s “Symphony in D for the Dodgers”

1948 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination

1954 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

1955 Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1959 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8

1970 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

1973 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1976 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Guy Lafleur and Pete Mahovlich each have a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 for a 4 games series sweep

1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1979 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel

1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M

1980 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2

1981 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6

1981 Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1

1982 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win

1984 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel

1984 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer

1984 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

1985 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2

1985 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2

1987 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8

1992 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6

1992 America’s Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego

1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana

1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings

1997 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13

1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

2003 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0

2009 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08

2010 ICC Women’s Cricket T20 World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Elise Perry with 3 for 18 off 4 overs leads Australia (106/8) to 3 run victory over New Zealand 103/6

2014 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations

2015 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912      Due to his assault on Claude Lucker, a handicapped fan and a regular heckler, Ty Cobb is suspended. Although today’s game is rained out, the Tigers meet in Philadelphia, voting to boycott if the ‘Georgia Peach’ is not allowed to play.

1913      Alfredo Cabrera, born in the Canary Islands, becomes the first person from Spain to appear in the majors. The 32 year-old Cardinals shortstop will go 0-for-2 in the only big league game he will play, a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

1917      Thanks to a scoring change made after the game by a panel of sportswriters reversing the first-inning hit into an error, Bob Groom of the Browns no-hits the White Sox, 4-0. Ernie Koob, his St. Louis teammate, also threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Pale Hose.

1932      Lefty Gomez throws a five-hitter en route to an 8-0 victory over Cleveland, giving the Yankees their fourth consecutive shutout. The southpaw’s performance joins the efforts of Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, and Red Ruffing, who also held their opponents scoreless.

1933      Senators third baseman Cecil Travis becomes the second rookie to collect five hits in his major league debut, joining Hall of Fame left fielder Fred Clarke, who accomplished the feat in 1894 while playing for the Louisville Colonels. In the 12-inning Griffith Stadium contest, the 19 year-old freshman strokes five singles in the team’s 12-11 victory over Cleveland.

1939      Four years after the Senior Circuit began playing evening tilts the first American League night game occurs when Cleveland defeats the hometown A’s at Shibe Park, 8-3. The small crowd of 15,109 fans, about half of the expected attendance, is the result of unseasonably cold temperatures in Philadelphia.

1953      After loading the bases against the Yankees in the top of the ninth inning, the White Sox pinch hit southpaw pitcher Tommy Byrne for the right-handed hitting third baseman Vern Stephens, who has ten career grand slams. The unusual move pays off when the lefty pinch-hitter homers off Ewell Blackwell to give Chicago a 5-3 victory.

1954      The Orioles draw a record 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Birds split the twin bill with the Bronx Bombers, losing the first game 2-0 and taking the nightcap, 6-2.

1959      Celebrating the centennial of the first intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst and Williams reenact their original contest played in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and National League president Warren Giles are on hand to enjoy the festivities, which include a chess match which also occurred between the schools a century ago.

1965      Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19 year-old Orioles’ rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning.

1966      Bob Swift is named Detroit’s acting manager when Chuck Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. In August, the 67 year-old recovering Tiger skipper will die as a result of being stricken with a kidney infection.

1967      Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The ‘Vulture’ gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros’ third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in the tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.

1969      Jim Bouton records his first victory as a knuckleball pitcher when the Pilots hold on to defeat Boston, 10-9, in an extra-inning contest played at Fenway Park. The 30 year-old right-hander throws three scoreless innings and gets the win when Seattle scores six runs in the 11th inning, and the Red Sox’ five-run rally falls a run short in the bottom of the frame.

1970      During a game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Alan Fish, sitting with friends from the Poinsettia Playground in the second-row seats along the first base line, is struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Manny Mota. The 14 year-old boy will die four days later to become the first fatality as a result of a batted ball in major league history.

1972      With a Ruthian blast at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium off Burt Hooton, first baseman Greg Luzinski ‘rings’ the replica of the Liberty Bell hanging in dead center field on the fourth level. The 500-foot clanger, which will be overshadowed by Rick Monday’s three routine round-trippers, will account for the Phillies’ only run when they lose to the Cubs, 8-1.

1981      Astros’ shortstop Craig Reynolds hits three triples in one game, helping Houston to beat the Cubs, 6-1. The Texas native, who is only the 29th player since 1920 to have accomplish this feat, scores only one run but drives in four with his trio of three-baggers in the Astrodome contest .

1983      In an 11-4 rout of the Pirates, rookie right fielder Darryl Strawberry hit his first major league home run, a two-run round-tripper off Pittsburgh’s Lee Tunnell at Three Rivers Stadium. The troubled Mets outfielder, the eventual franchise leader with 252 homers, will hit a total of 335 during his turbulent 17-year career with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees.

1988      Mets catcher Gary Carter hits his 299th career home run, connecting for a three-run round tripper off Greg Booker in the seventh inning of the team’s 7-4 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The future Hall of Fame backstop will go 230 at-bats and three months before hitting #300 on August 11th.

1995      The first printed reference to ‘Manny Being Manny’ is attributed to Mike Hargrove by Newsday’s Jon Heyman. In a feature titled Baseball Homecoming, the Indians skipper is quoted using the phrase to describe the behavior of his young outfielder, Manny Ramirez.

1996      In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with a solo shot off Jeff Tabaka and then hits a two-run round-tripper off Jim Dougherty later in the frame.

1997      Trailing 11-2 after three innings, the Expos come back to beat the Giants at Olympic Stadium, 14-13. David Segui’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning plates Mike Lansing to break the 13-13 deadlock.

2000      After a fan steals Los Angeles’ catcher Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. The melee, which delays the game for nearly ten minutes, ends with the arrest of several fans and litter all over the field.

2001      Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa becomes the thirty-third major leaguer to reach 400 career homers when he goes deep off Houston’s Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The popular Dominican outfielder has hit 371 homers as a Cub, putting him third on the all-time franchise list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).

2002      The New York Times reports October 1, the first scheduled day of the postseason, is among the dates in consideration as a possible strike date by the Players Association. In yesterday’s edition, the newspaper indicated without a new CBA in place an early August date was another possibility for a labor action by the major leaguers.

2004      Ben Sheets,
en route to a complete-game three-hitter, becomes the 14th pitcher in baseball history to strike out 18 batters in a nine-inning game when the Brewers beat the Braves at Miller Park, 4-1. The 25 year-old right-hander whiffs eight of the final 11 hitters he faces to break the team record of 14 established by Moose Haas in 1978.

2006      In a game which features the Molina brothers as the respective catchers for their teams, Jose’s theft in the fourth proves to be the key to an Angel four-run inning. Blue Jays backstop Bengie takes second base without drawing a throw from his older brother, advancing on defensive indifference in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Los Angeles victory in Anaheim.

2006      For the fourth time in Yankee history, the team overcomes a nine-run deficit, defeating the Rangers at the Stadium, 14-13. Trailing 9-0 after an inning and a half, the Bronx Bombers battle back and win the game when Jorge Posada hits a two-out, two-run walk-off home run.

2006      After drawing a warning from home plate umpire Joe West for throwing a ball behind Barry Bonds, Astros’ hurler Russ Springer strikes the Giants slugger on the shoulder with the fifth pitch of the at-bat. This incident will cost the 37 year-old right-handed reliever four games when baseball suspends him for his action against the San Francisco superstar, who needs just one home run to equal Babe Ruth’s career home run mark.

2008      Jayson Werth ties the Phillies’ single-game RBI record when he drives in eight runs in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win over Toronto. The 28 year-old center fielder, who equals the franchise mark shared by Kitty Bransfeld (1910), Gavvy Cravath (1915), Willie Jones (1958), and Mike Schmidt (1976), accomplishes the feat with three home runs in team’s 10-3 victory over Toronto in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.

2008      Before the start of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium, the visiting Mets conduct a closed-door clubhouse meeting to clear the air concerning comments made yesterday by closer Billy Wagner about his teammates’ availability after games. Although the reliever addresses the issue, his remarks focus on the team’s lackluster start to the season, and the need to get it done on the field.

2011      Drayton McLane sells the Astros for approximately $685 million to a group led by Jim Crane, who failed in his attempts to buy this team in 2008, the Cubs in 2009, and the Rangers with Mark Cuban in 2010. During McLane’s tenure with Houston, which started in 1992, the club appeared in the postseason six times, including a losing trip to the World Series in 2005.

2011      Vin Mazzaro establishes a franchise record by allowing 14 runs in the 19-1 Indians’ rout of the Royals. The 25 year-old right-handed reliever, who will be sent down to the minors after the game with an ERA of 22.74, recorded just seven outs while giving up ten runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth frame before being removed.

2012      At Tropicana Field, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, now located inside the Rays’ ballpark, unveil the statue of Casey at the Bat, a seven-foot-tall sculpture that weighs over 600 pounds. The work, created by renowned sculptor Mark Lundeen, is on loan from Mike Elwell, an artist from St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1904 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)

1906 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30’s)

1907 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)

1918 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)

1920 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)

1927 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)

1928 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A’s), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

1930 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)

1949 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)

1953 Rick Rhoden, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida

1955 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4-time World Series 1984, 91-3 Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1955 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus

1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American marathoner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

1959 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida

1961 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)

1962 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

1964 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)

1965 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996)

1966 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)

1966 Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)

1969 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California

1969 Steve Lewis, American athlete

1970 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)

1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player (US Open 1990), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1971 Khari Jones, CFL/WLAF quarterback (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores)

1972 Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina

1972 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )

1974 Conal Groom, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut

1974 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)

1977 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player

1978 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)

1978 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine retired footballer (World Cup 2006), born in Rosario, Argentina

1980 Mikel Alonso, Spanish footballer

1980 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player and coach (Springfield Thunderbirds), born in Boston, Massachusetts

1982 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player

1982 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete

1983 Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player

1984 Jensen Lewis, American baseball player

1985 Anja Mittag, German footballer

1985 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player

1986 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 26 15 .634 12 – 10 14 – 5 8 – 8 7 – 3 3 – 1 6 – 4 W 2
NY Yankees 26 16 .619 0.5 15 – 9 11 – 7 10 – 3 7 – 6 6 – 5 8 – 2 W 3
Boston 23 20 .535 4 12 – 8 11 – 12 8 – 8 5 – 3 8 – 6 8 – 2 W 1
Toronto 17 25 .405 9.5 8 – 13 9 – 12 3 – 5 6 – 12 7 – 5 2 – 8 L 1
Baltimore 14 28 .333 12.5 6 – 15 8 – 13 9 – 14 3 – 9 2 – 5 3 – 7 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 27 15 .643 15 – 8 12 – 7 11 – 5 8 – 3 6 – 4 7 – 3 W 2
Cleveland 22 19 .537 4.5 11 – 7 11 – 12 4 – 0 7 – 10 8 – 5 4 – 6 W 1
Chi White Sox 19 22 .463 7.5 9 – 11 10 – 11 8 – 11 10 – 9 1 – 2 5 – 5 L 1
Detroit 18 23 .439 8.5 9 – 11 9 – 12 6 – 5 10 – 10 1 – 5 3 – 7 L 3
Kansas City 15 28 .349 12.5 10 – 14 5 – 14 4 – 7 7 – 10 3 – 9 4 – 6 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 29 15 .659 16 – 4 13 – 11 4 – 3 10 – 7 15 – 5 9 – 1 W 8
Seattle 22 23 .489 7.5 9 – 11 13 – 12 4 – 7 7 – 6 11 – 6 4 – 6 W 2
LA Angels 20 23 .465 8.5 11 – 9 9 – 14 6 – 4 5 – 4 5 – 14 5 – 5 L 2
Texas 18 22 .450 9 12 – 7 6 – 15 2 – 1 1 – 1 11 – 15 4 – 6 W 1
Oakland 19 25 .432 10 14 – 10 5 – 15 6 – 11 2 – 1 8 – 10 4 – 6 L 3

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Philadelphia 24 18 .571 15 – 9 9 – 9 15 – 9 3 – 3 1 – 3 6 – 4 L 2
Atlanta 22 21 .512 2.5 11 – 11 11 – 10 7 – 6 5 – 3 8 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 20 21 .488 3.5 9 – 8 11 – 13 14 – 9 4 – 9 1 – 2 4 – 6 L 1
Washington 17 25 .405 7 8 – 12 9 – 13 9 – 10 2 – 8 6 – 7 3 – 7 W 1
Miami 10 31 .244 13.5 6 – 17 4 – 14 5 – 16 1 – 9 2 – 2 1 – 9 L 7
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 25 15 .625 15 – 6 10 – 9 6 – 4 9 – 5 6 – 3 7 – 3 L 1
Milwaukee 26 19 .578 1.5 16 – 8 10 – 11 10 – 2 11 – 8 5 – 6 7 – 3 W 2
St. Louis 23 20 .535 3.5 14 – 9 9 – 11 7 – 5 11 – 13 5 – 2 3 – 7 L 1
Pittsburgh 21 19 .525 4 9 – 9 12 – 10 2 – 1 9 – 6 3 – 10 6 – 4 L 1
Cincinnati 19 24 .442 7.5 10 – 9 9 – 15 7 – 3 4 – 12 7 – 7 5 – 5 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 29 16 .644 19 – 6 10 – 10 5 – 2 11 – 9 13 – 5 7 – 3 W 3
Arizona 24 20 .545 4.5 10 – 11 14 – 9 4 – 3 8 – 5 6 – 8 4 – 6 W 1
San Diego 22 21 .512 6 10 – 11 12 – 10 6 – 4 3 – 4 11 – 13 4 – 6 L 3
Colorado 20 22 .476 7.5 9 – 11 11 – 11 9 – 7 2 – 2 7 – 10 5 – 5 L 1
San Francisco 18 24 .429 9.5 9 – 12 9 – 12 1 – 2 4 – 6 9 – 10 4 – 6 W 1