HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL DRAW
AT New Castle (8)
M1: Anderson vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
M2: Pendleton Heights vs. Greenfield-Central.
M3: Yorktown vs. Muncie Central.
M4: Richmond vs. New Castle.
M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.
M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.
Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.
AT Batesville (7)
M1: Rushville Consolidated vs. Batesville.
M2: Franklin County vs. Greensburg.
M3: South Dearborn vs. Lawrenceburg.
M4: Connersville vs. M1 winner.
M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.
Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.
AT Northeastern (7)
M1: Eastern Hancock vs. Shenandoah.
M2: Knightstown vs. Union County.
M3: Centerville vs. Northeastern.
M4: Hagerstown vs. M1 winner.
M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.
Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.
AT Lapel (7)
M1: Winchester Community vs. Monroe Central.
M2: Elwood Community vs. Wapahani.
M3: Alexandria Monroe vs. Frankton.
M4: Lapel vs. M1 winner.
M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.
Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.
AT Randolph Southern (7)
M1: Blue River Valley vs. Tri.
M2: Union (Modoc) vs. Randolph Southern.
M3: Seton Catholic vs. Union City.
M4: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. M1 winner.
M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.
Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Friday, Oct. 11
Kokomo at Harrison 7 pm
Logansport at Lafayette Jeff 7 pm
Marion at Tech 7 pm
McCutcheon at Muncie Central 7 pm
Richmond at Anderson 7 pm
Lincoln at Winchester 7 pm
Northeastern at Knightstown 7 pm
Tri at Hagerstown 7 pm
Union City at Centerville 7 pm
Union County at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah 7 pm
Union County at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Traders Point 7 pm
Franklin County at Batesville 7 pm
Greensburg at East Central 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Connersville 7 pm
Rushville at South Dearborn 7 pm
College football TV schedule and times
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Appalachian State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Thursday, Oct. 10
Syracuse at N.C. State | 8 p.m. | ESPN
UL Monroe at Texas State | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU
Friday, Oct. 11
Colorado State at New Mexico | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 20 Virginia at Miami | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Colorado at No. 13 Oregon | 10 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Oct. 12
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (Dallas, TX) | 12 p.m. | FOX
Mississippi State at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 16 Michigan at Illinois | 12 p.m. | ABC
Maryland at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 23 Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Rutgers at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Toledo at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Old Dominion at Marshall | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium
New Mexico State at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Florida State at No. 2 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Kent State at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Michigan State at No. 8 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
BYU at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
UConn at Tulane | 3:45 p.m. | ESPNU
Texas Tech at No. 22 Baylor | 4 p.m. | FS1
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Iowa State at West Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN
Rhode Island at Virginia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
UNLV at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
San Jose State at Nevada | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
UAB at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Army at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium
UMass at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
North Texas at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook
Ole Miss at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Charlotte at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Fresno State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC
Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Nebraska at Minnesota | 7:30 p.m. | FS1
Arkansas at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN
No. 15 Utah at Oregon State | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Hawai’i at No. 14 Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Wyoming at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Washington at Arizona | 11 p.m. | FS1
Top 25 College Football Games
Fri Oct 11th
(20) Virginia @ Miami (FL)8:00 PM
Colorado @ (13) Oregon10:00 PM
Sat Oct 12th
(23) Memphis @ Temple12:00 PM
South Carolina @ (3) Georgia12:00 PM
(6) Oklahoma @ (11) Texas12:00 PM
(16) Michigan @ Illinois12:00 PM
Florida State @ (2) Clemson3:00 PM
Michigan State @ (8) Wisconsin3:00 PM
(25) Cincinnati @ Houston3:00 PM
(1) Alabama @ (24) Texas A&M3:00 PM
Washington State @ (18) Arizona State3:00 PM
Texas Tech @ (22) Baylor4:00 PM
Southern California @ (9) Notre Dame7:00 PM
(10) Penn State @ (17) Iowa7:00 PM
Louisville @ (19) Wake Forest7:00 PM
(7) Florida @ (5) Louisiana State8:00 PM
(15) Utah @ Oregon State8:00 PM
Hawaii @ (14) Boise State10:00 PM
Carolina 34 Jacksonville 27
Arizona 26 Cincinnati 23
Houston 53 Atlanta 32
New Orleans 31 Tampa Bay 24
Minnesota 28 NY Giants 10
Oakland 24 Chicago 21
Philadelphia 31 NY Jets 6
Baltimore 26 Pittsburgh 23 OT
Buffalo 14 Tennessee 7
New England 33 Washington 7
Denver 20 LA Chargers 13
Green Bay 34 Dallas 24
Indianapolis 19 Kansas City 13
Week 6 Games
Thursday October 10, 2019
Giants @ New England 8:20pm
Sunday October 13, 2019
Carolina @ Tampa Bay 9:30am
Houston @ Kansas City 1:00pm
Philadelphia @ Minnesota 1:00pm
Cincinnati @ Baltimore 1:00pm
Seattle @ Cleveland 1:00pm
New Orleans @ Jacksonville 1:00pm
Washington @ Miami 1:00pm
Atlanta @ Arizona 4:05pm
San Francisco @ Rams 4:05pm
Dallas @ Jets 4:25pm
Tennessee @ Denver 4:25pm
Pittsburgh @ Chargers 8:20pm
Monday October 14, 2019
Detroit @ Green Bay 8:15pm
All game times Eastern
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
Atlanta 3 St. Louis 1
LA Dodgers 10 Washington 4
Today’s Games (Monday, October 7)
(LDS) Houston Astros @ Tampa Bay Rays1:05 pm
(LDS) Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals3:07 pm
(LDS) Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals6:40 pm
(LDS) New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins8:40 pm
Tuesday, October 8
(LDS) Houston Astros @ Tampa Bay Rays 4:15 pm
(LDS) New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins 8:07 pm
Wednesday, October 9
(LDS) St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves 5:02 pm
(LDS) Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers 8:37 pm
Thursday, October 10
(LDS) Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees 5:07 pm
(LDS) Tampa Bay Rays @ Houston Astros 8:37 pm
Boston 107 Charlotte 106
Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 4 Dallas 3
NY Islanders 4 Winnipeg 1
Buffalo @ Columbus 7:00PM
St. Louis @ Toronto 7:00PM
October 8, 2019
Los Angeles @ Calgary 9:00PM
Anaheim @ Detroit 7:30PM
Carolina @ Florida 7:00PM
San Jose @ Nashville 8:00PM
Edmonton @ NY Islanders 7:00PM
Winnipeg @ Pittsburgh 7:00PM
Boston @ Vegas 10:00PM
Dallas @ Washington 7:00PM
October 9, 2019
Montreal @ Buffalo 7:00PM
New Jersey @ Philadelphia 7:30PM
Los Angeles @ Vancouver 10:00PM
October 10, 2019
Vegas @ Arizona 10:00PM
San Jose @ Chicago 8:30PM
Boston @ Colorado 9:00PM
Calgary @ Dallas 8:30PM
Detroit @ Montreal 7:00PM
Edmonton @ New Jersey 7:00PM
Washington @ Nashville 8:00PM
St. Louis @ Ottawa 7:30PM
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh 7:00PM
Tampa Bay @ Toronto 7:00PM
Minnesota @ Winnipeg 8:00PM
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
FC Dallas 6 Sporting KC 0
FC Cincinnati 0 DC 0
Houston 4 Los Angeles 2
Toronto FC 1 Columbus 0
Seattle 1 Minnesota 0
New York City FC 2 Philadelphia 1
Real Salt Lake 1 Vancouver 0
Portland 3 San Jose 1
Montréal 3 New York 0
Chicago 5 Orlando City SC 2
Atlanta 3 New England 1
Los Angeles FC 3 Colorado 1
Washington 94 Connecticut 81
AP FOOTBALL POLL
3 Ohio State
9 Notre Dame
10 Penn State
14 Boise State
18 Arizona State
19 Wake Forest
24 Texas A&M
Others: Minnesota (80) , Missouri (64) , Appalachian State (61) , Washington (54) , Tulane (25) , California (20) , Michigan State (17) , Arizona (11) , UCF (9) , Iowa State (5) , USC (5) , Pittsburgh (2)
IU Tied for Sixth After First Round of Marquette Intercollegiate
HARTFORD, Wis. – Indiana men’s golf currently sits tied for sixth after the first round of the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills. Jack Sparrow is leading the Hoosiers as he is tied for ninth. Sparrow finished the day 1-over-par after shooting a 73 in the first round of the three-day event.
Tournament: Marquette Intercollegiate
Location: Hartford, Wis.
Course: Erin Hill Golf Course
Indiana Team Standing: T6th – 300 (+12)
Top Indiana Individual: Jack Sparrow – T9th – 73 (+1)
Online Scoring: Golfstat.com
- Indiana started play on the No. 10 tee.
- Sparrow birdied three holes on the back nine to card an impressive 3-under-par before the turn. He birdied one more on the front nine and is tied for the fourth-most birdies in the field.
- Senior Brock Ochsenreiter parred every hole except one on the back nine. He then went on to birdie the first three holes of the front nine to finish the day tied for 19th at 2-over-par.
- Sophomore Mitch Davis posted a 4-over-par to finish the first round tied for 33rd. He picked up a birdie on holes No. 1 and 5.
- Sophomore Harry Reynolds’ best performance came on the back nine, as he carded a 37 before turning in a 40 on the front nine. Reynolds birdied the longest hole on the course as No. 18 measured 663 yards. He also collected birdies on holes No. 2 and 5 to finish the round tied for 40th.
- Junior Ethan Shepherd also had his best outing on the back nine as he turned in a 38 before finishing the day tied for 51st at 7-over-par.
- In his career debut, freshman Drew Giacchetto sits tied for 40th after shooting 5-over-par. After a bogey on hole No. 10, he went on to par the next 10 holes.
- The Hoosiers are currently tied for second in the field in par-3 scoring (+6, 3.30 average).
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
First-half flurry leads No. 8 Indiana over Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 8 Indiana men’s soccer team (7-1-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten) utilized an offensive flurry spanning nine minutes in the first half to bury the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten) by a score of 3-1 at Jeffrey Field on Sunday afternoon.
- Indiana gained the early advantage when Penn State senior Brandon Hackenberg was shown a red card at 12th minute. The Nittany Lions were forced to play a man down for the remaining 78 minutes of play.
- Senior Simon Waever swung in a beautiful cross to senior Joris Ahlinvi five yards from the goal. Ahlinvi found the back of the net off a header to jumpstart the Hoosier scoring at 15th minute.
- At the 16-minute mark, freshman Aidan Morris stood over the ball for a free kick. Junior A.J. Palazzolo was the beneficiary of the restart as he beat the keeper with a header to put the Hoosiers u 2-0.
- Junior Spencer Glass concluded the first-half barrage in the 24th minute with a laser sent in from 16 yards out. The goal came off a second assist from Morris and gave Indiana a 3-0 lead before the halftime break.
- Penn State scored their lone goal in the 55th minute on a shot from Aaron Molloy. The assist was credited to Dax Hoffman for the Nittany Lions.
- IU has not suffered a loss in the last 31 regular-season, Big Ten matches with the victory. The Hoosiers have posted a record of 22-0-9, including a 11-0-0 mark in the last 11 contests.
- IU’s last league loss in the regular season came on Oct. 10, 2015 in overtime at Ohio State, 1-0.
- Ahlinvi made his Indiana debut against Penn State. The Florida International transfer made his first start and netted his first goal as a Hoosier.
- All three goals scored by the Hoosiers were tallied by players who had not scored prior to the Penn State match this season. Glass has scored a goal in each of his last two matches against the Nittany Lions at Penn State after netting the winner in 2017.
- Indiana improves to 34-14-4 all-time against Penn State and have won five straight decisions. The goal conceded in the second half was the first allowed during the streak.
GOALS: Joris Ahlinvi (15′), A.J. Palazzolo (16′), Spencer Glass (24′)
ASSISTS: Aidan Morris (2), Simon Waever
The Hoosiers will return to Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium to take on No. 19 Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 9 in Bloomington, Ind.
Maisonneuve Earns First Career B1G Win
Junior Samuel Buzzas scores Ohio State’s goal in 1-0 victory over the Scarlet Knights
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (6-4-1, 1-2-1) defeated Rutgers (6-3-2, 0-2-1) 1-0 Sunday in Piscataway, New Jersey, to give head coach Brian Maisonneuve his first career Big Ten Conference victory. Junior Samuel Buzzas scored on a header in the 72nd minute off a corner kick delivered by junior Matteo Bennati.
Senior goal keeper Parker Siegfried recorded his 17th career shutout and fifth of the season in the win over the Scarlet Knights.
The Buckeyes have not lost away from Columbus this season in six outings, recording five wins and a tie.
– Parker Siegfried stopped four Rutgers chances in the first half to keep the game scoreless. He finished with six saves.
– Jack Holland took three of Ohio State’s six shots in the first half. He finished as the team leader.
– Ohio State is 5-2-0 all-time vs. the Scarlet Knights, including a 2-1 record in Piscataway.
– Samuel Buzzas scored his first Ohio State goal in the 72nd minute with a header off a corner kick from Matteo Bennati.
– Bennati has two assists with the Buckeyes this season.
– The Buckeyes have now gone six-consecutive games away from Columbus without a loss. Ohio State has wins at Dayton, vs. Eastern Illinois, at Bowling Green and at South Florida. The Buckeyes tied Northwestern on the road before the win at Rutgers.
– The last time Ohio State won or tied six or more games in a row away from home was during the 2007 season with the streak reached eight matches. Ohio State started with a win at Wisconsin and continued with a tie at Indiana, a tie at Louisville, a win at Michigan State, neutral wins over Michigan and Northwestern and a tie with Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament before an NCAA win over UMass. The streak was broken by Wake Forest in the NCAA final, 2-1.
Shots: Ohio State 10, Rutgers 12
Saves: Ohio State 6, Rutgers 2
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 3, Rutgers 6
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 7, Rutgers 5
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to face Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer team’s comeback effort fell just short in a 3-2 defeat to Penn State Sunday afternoon at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 4-7-1 overall, 2-3-0 in the Big Ten, while the Nittany Lions improve to 7-6-1, 3-3-0 in conference play.
Ohio State hits the road to face Purdue at 8 p.m. Thursday and Indiana at noon Sunday. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.
QUOTE FROM THE COACH
“We’re learning something every game,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “Today we learned we have to dictate the level of energy we’re going to bring. Sometimes we wait until our back is against the wall. I’m proud of the way we fought back but that’s a tough hole to bring yourself out of. Outshooting Penn State is no easy task and I think taking some lessons from this game will continue to move us forward.”
– Penn State took the lead less than four minutes in when Kerry Abello found Ally Schlegel on the left side of the box and Schlegel finished with her left foot from 12 yards inside the right post for the 1-0 advantage.
– The Nittany Lions then added another in the 38th minute on a Maddie Myers goal. Abello took a shot from the left side of box that was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski and Myers tracked down the rebound by her shot from 10 yards was saved off the line by Maddy Lowe. However, Myers was able to possesses off that team save and finish to make it a 2-0 contest after 45 minutes.
– Kitty Jones-Black forced a save by Amanda Dennis on a shot from 25 yards in the 14th minute but the Buckeyes’ best opportunities came on a pair of corners that were cleared away by the Nittany Lions.
– Penn State made it 3-0 in the 61st minute. Devon Olive found Jordan Caniff at the center of the box and Caniff placed her left-footed strike from eight yards inside the right post for the 3-0 advantage.
– Ohio State then got on the board in the 69th minute. After a handball just outside the box, Izzy Rodriguez bent a left-footed free kick from 20 yards past Penn State goalkeeper Amanda Dennis and inside the right post to make it a 3-1 contest.
– The Buckeyes followed that up in the 76th minute as Kitty Jones-Black’s first-career goal cut the deficit to 3-2. Emma Sears passed to Marissa Birzon on the left side of the box and the junior found Jones-Black at the far post for the header to make it a one-goal game.
– Ohio State had one more chance in the final three minutes when Olivia Petit gathered just outside the top of the box, hitting a right-footed shot just wide right as the Nittany Lions came away with the win.
– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,583. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.
– The goal was the first of the year for Rodriguez after tying for the team lead with four a season ago.
– Jones-Black’s goal marked the first of her career.
Shots: Ohio State 15, Penn State 14
Saves: Penn State 6, Ohio State 3
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 8, Penn State 7
Corner Kicks: Ohio State 3, Penn State 2
Ohio State hits the road to face Purdue at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and Indiana at noon Oct. 13. The match against the Boilermakers will be televised live on BTN.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A well-fought battle ended with a 1-0 scoreboard in favor of the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2-1, 5-0-0 B1G) on Folk Field. Purdue (6-5-2, 2-3-1) was unable to overcome the eventual game-winner, scored in the 42nd minute, despite producing numerous chances.
While the Badgers held a 10-4 shot advantage, possession was fairly split between the two teams with Purdue controlling the ball 40% of the time. While Purdue held the top-15 program to five shots less than its average, the Boilermakers created more chances than its own four reflect.
Purdue created multiple key plays in the first half. Just one minute after Wisconsin scored, the Badger keeper made a miraculous save while out of position. Ryan Dudycha nutmegged a defender to send a pass to Skylar Giacobetti, who was entering the box. Giacobetti struck the ball, but with a diving effort by the Badger keeper, the ball was knocked out of danger and prevented the would-be equalizer.
Bova recorded four saves, including three in the first half. Freshman Leanna Rebimbas led team with three of Purdue’s four shots, marking the third time in the last four games the Caldwell, New Jersey, product has produced at least three.
Purdue will play its next two games at Folk Field to close out the regular season home slate. Thursday, the Boilermakers will be live on Big Ten Network as they take on Ohio State at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Penn State on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
After a series of thrifty passes by Sydney Duarte and Sarah Griffith, Purdue earned the first shot of the game when Rebimbas fired the ball, but it went high and out of play.
Lambert recorded two back-to-back stops as Wisconsin looked to enter its offensive third. First, Lambert blocked a pass, then helped a teammate to double-team an attacker, where she disarmed the Badger.
Wisconsin took a shot aimed at the lower right corner, but Bova was there to make the save.
In mid-field, Ena Sabanagic earned a break-away opportunity. The Badger goalkeeper, who was pressed high and out of the Wisconsin box, challenged Sabanagic, diving to block the ball on Sabangic’s advance.
Wisconsin scored the eventual game-winner on a tip-in.
Purdue almost scored when Dudycha nutmegged a defender to allow a sly pass through to the on-coming Giacobetti. With the Wisconsin keeper out of position, Giacobetti took the wide-open shot, but the Wisconsin netminder lunged to make the save, getting a hand on it to knock it out of play.
Rebimbas took a shot from the right side of the box, sending it to the low far post. Mia Roth made the safety run to the post, slid and narrowly missed the ball for the equalizer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team came up short to Michigan in straight sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) Sunday afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes drop to 8-8 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten matches while the Wolverines are 11-3 and 4-0 in league outings.
The arena hit capacity as 3,994 fans packed the house for the first sell-out in Ohio State women’s volleyball history and in the Covelli Center.
Elle Sandbothe posted a team-high 12 kills and had three blocks. Mia Grunze and Adria Powell recorded eight kills apiece. Madison Smeathers and Lauren Witte both tallied five kills and three rejections. Kylie Murr and Bia Franklin notched 17 and 11 digs, respectively. Becca Mauer chipped in 31 assists and eight digs.
SET 1: Neither team was willing to give up much ground as they traded the first 26 points of the match. Ohio State had a slight 16-14 edge on a pair of kills by Powell. The Wolverines tied the score again at 18-all and went on to secure a 25-20 win.
SET 2: This frame started much like the first as they went back and forth. Michigan used a timeout down 12-11 but came out of the break swinging for a 19-16 lead. The Buckeyes pulled within one but the Wolverines scored six of the last nine points to take the set, 25-21.
SET 3: Three unanswered points by Ohio State locked the set at 11-11. Michigan broke the stalemate but the Buckeyes responded with a 4-0 to tie the score at 16-all and force a Wolverine timeout. Michigan closed the frame on 9-3 run for the final 25-19 tally.
Ohio State visits Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Purdue Drops Top-20 Showdown
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 17 Purdue volleyball team (9-4, 1-3 Big Ten) pushed No. 18 Illinois (8-5, 3-1) to extra sets, but ultimately fell to the Fighting Illini, 3-1 (30-28, 17-25, 14-25, 21-25) Sunday afternoon.
For a third consecutive match sophomore Grace Cleveland paced the Boilermakers with double-digit kills. The outside hitter registered 14 kills, followed by junior Caitlyn Newton with 10. Freshman Emma Ellis and redshirt senior Shavona Cuttino helped with six kills apiece.
Redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush paced the offense with 40 assists, while junior Jena Otec led the back row with a match-high 18 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (30-28) | Both teams came out strong in the opening frame, tying the set seven times through the first 18 points. Knotted at nine, a kill from Cuttino put Purdue on a 4-1 run to take the lead. The Boilermakers maintained their advantage with five kills from Cleveland, until the Fighting Illini tied the set on a 9-2 run. Tied at 28, Purdue clinched the set on a Cuttino kill and an Illinois attacking error.
SET 2 (17-25) | Capitalizing on a Purdue attacking error, Illinois jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. Plagued by eight attacking errors, the Boilermakers would not find the equalizer, dropping the set 25-17.
SET 3 (14-25) | After trading the first six points, a kill from Ashlyn Fleming sparked a 7-1 Illinois run. Hitting only .071, Purdue would not make up the deficit, giving the set to Illinois, 25-14.
SET 4 (21-25) | A trio of kills from Newton fed a 6-2 Purdue advantage, before an 8-2 run evened the score at eight. The Boilermakers and the Fighting Illini went back-and-forth until a four point run put Illinois up 23-20. The visitors closed the set and the match on a pair of kills from Jacqueline Quade.
The Boilermakers open a four-match road swing with a Wednesday night contest at Indiana.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame volleyball team earned its fourth straight win to open conference play with a four-set victory over Georgia Tech (25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 26-24) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.
The victory moved the Fighting Irish’s record to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in ACC play.
The Fighting Irish offense was paced by Charley Niego, who finished with 16 kills on the day, and by Sydney Bent, who had 15 kills while hitting .344. Zoe Nunez also posted 39 assists.
The Irish got 17 digs from Madison Cruzado along with six blocks from Kristin Baer. As a team, the Irish out-blocked Georgia Tech, 9-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
A 7-1 Irish run, which included two kills by Bent, staked Notre Dame an 11-5 lead to open play. Georgia Tech cut the Irish lead to 11-8 before Notre Dame rattled off four straight points to go up 15-8. The Irish closed the frame on another 7-1 stretch to take the first set, 25-14, and earn a 1-0 lead. The Irish hit .583 in the set, their highest total this season.
A 5-1 Irish run evened the second set at 14-14 before the Yellow Jackets earned four consecutive points to go up 18-14. A kill by Bent cut the visitors’ lead to 18-16, but Georgia Tech closed the stanza on a 7-2 streak for the 25-18 win.
Four Georgia Tech attack errors and an ace by Caroline Meuth helped the Irish earn a 7-2 lead to open set three. The Yellow Jackets earned the next three points to cut the Irish lead to 7-5 before Notre Dame responded with a 5-2 spurt to go up 12-7. The Irish maintained the advantage from there, and closed the frame with a 7-0 run that featured two kills by Bent and an ace by Lauren Wenzel. Notre Dame hit .320 in the frame while limiting Georgia Tech to .040.
A back-and-forth fourth frame featured 10 ties in total. Notre Dame jumped out to an 8-4 advantage but Georgia Tech battled back to even the stanza at 14-all. The sides worked to a 21-21 tie before the Irish rattled off three straight points to go up 24-21. The Yellow Jackets rallied with a 3-0 run of their own to even the frame, 24-24. The Irish clinched the four-set victory with a kill by Niego and a Georgia Tech attack error to take set four, 26-24.
Notre Dame hits the road next weekend for a pair of contests against Wake Forest and Duke. The Irish take on the Demon Deacons on Friday (Oct. 11) at 6 p.m. before meeting Duke on Sunday (Oct. 13) at 3 p.m. Friday’s contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra while Sunday’s matchup in Durham is set to be televised on the ACC Network.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The #9/10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish erased a 2-0 deficit to post a 4-2 comeback win over the USNTDP on Sunday afternoon at the USA Hockey Arena.
The Notre Dame penalty kill went 5-for-5 while senior Mike O’Leary had two goals and an assist to lead the Irish offense.
In net, freshman Ryan Bischel made 17 saves to earn the win. Senior captain Cal Burke scored the game winner, while sophomore Michael Graham also scored for the Irish.
Notre Dame outshot the USNTDP 28-19, while the Irish power play was 0-for-3.
How It Happened
The game started with Graham Slaggert winning the opening faceoff against his brother, Landon.
The Irish then had the game’s first two shots on goal in the early going and fought off two Team USA power-play chances. But after the second one expired, Tanner Latsch gave the home team a 1-0 lead. Dylan Peterson then doubled the lead at 10:27 of the first on a goal off the rush.
Michael Graham cut the Team USA lead in half at 14:14 of the first when he finished a quick centering feed from Alex Steeves, who earned an assist in the play.
The Irish created a lot of chances in the second period, including a Cam Burke shorthanded partial breakaway, which was saved, and eventually tied it up at 2-2 when Mike O’Leary tipped in a Ryan Carmichael wrist shot from the point at 6:33. O’Leary started the play with an offensive zone faceoff win.
While killing off another Team USA power play, Bischel made a nice save on Chase Yoder at 4:15 of the second and finished the period by stopping all eight shots he faced. Notre Dame carried the play over the final five minutes of the second, including a Spencer Stastney shot off the crossbar, but the teams went to the locker room tied at 2-2.
Notre Dame took the lead just 1:31 into the third when Cal Burke buried a wrist shot high past Drew Commesso’s glove off a feed in the slot from O’Leary.
Team USA pulled their goalie with 1:32 left in the third. Bischel made a big glove stop with 54 seconds left and then O’Leary sealed the win with his third point of the night when he scored an empty net goal with 33 seconds left. Cam Morrison and Cal Burke assisted on the play.
The Irish are set to open the 2019-20 campaign against Air Force on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
The series finale will then be played at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Television coverage for the series and all of Notre Dame’s home games will be announced early this week.
Duvall, Braves rally in 9th to beat Cards 3-1, lead NLDS 2-1
Dansby Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Adam Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.
Atlanta had managed just four hits off Adam Wainwright and Andrew Miller before breaking through against closer Carlos Martinez. With two outs and runners on the corners, Swanson tied it at 1 with a drive off the wall in left.
Swanson pumped his arms as he celebrated on second base after his third hit of the game. He came through after an intentional walk to Brian McCann – Swanson’s .187 batting average with runners in scoring position was the lowest in the majors this year among qualified players.
Duvall, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, then hit a liner into center field to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was his second big hit of the series after he connected for a pinch-hit homer in Atlanta’s 3-0 victory Friday.
Game 4 is Monday at Busch Stadium. Atlanta needs one more win to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.
This is the first time the Braves have led a postseason series since they were up 2-1 on San Francisco in the 2002 NLDS. They lost the final two games that year.
St. Louis wasted a terrific performance by Wainwright, who pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his first postseason start since 2014. The 38-year-old Georgia native and former Braves draft pick struck out eight and walked two in his first postseason start since 2014.
In the age of bullpens taking over in October, Wainwright and Mike Soroka locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel. But the relievers ultimately decided the game.
Wainwright departed after he walked Ozzie Albies on his 120th pitch, loading the bases in the first playoff game in St. Louis in four years. He got a big hug on the mound from catcher Yadier Molina and the sellout crowd of 46,701 saluted Wainwright with a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout.
Miller then came in and retired Freddie Freeman on a flyball to center, ending the inning and preserving a 1-0 lead.
But Martinez was hit hard for the second time in the series. He allowed three runs before he closed out St. Louis’ 7-6 victory in Game 1.
After Atlanta grabbed the lead, Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his second save of the playoffs. Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Marcell Ozuna struck out looking and Molina lined out to end the game.
The 22-year-old Soroka was almost as good as Wainwright, pitching seven innings of two-hit ball in his postseason debut.
St. Louis jumped in front when Ozuna doubled in the second, advanced to third on Molina’s grounder and scored on Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly.
After Soroka departed, the Cardinals threatened in the eighth. But pinch-runner Harrison Bader was caught trying to steal third ahead of Jose Martinez’s pinch-hit single, and Sean Newcomb retired Dexter Fowler to end the inning.
7 2-out runs in 6th lift LA past Nats 10-4 for 2-1 NLDS lead
David Freese wasn’t in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3 of the NL Division Series. Neither was Kike Hernandez or Chris Taylor.
All are right-handed batters, and all knew that if the Washington Nationals persisted in their playoff pattern of using starters in relief, they might very well be called upon to pinch hit against $140 million lefty Patrick Corbin.
So in the first inning Sunday night, that trio headed to the indoor batting cage that sits near the staircase leading from the visitors’ dugout to the clubhouse to try to prepare. And, boy, were they prepared when Corbin entered. So were other Dodgers hitters, producing a postseason inning unlike any other: seven runs, all scored with two outs and two strikes.
Justin Turner’s three-run homer capped a startling and record-setting rally in the sixth as the Dodgers roughed up the starter-turned-reliever and beat Washington 10-4 to grab a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NLDS.
“We’re just always ready, no matter who’s on the mound. Righty, lefty. You’ve got to fake it sometimes, whether you’re ready or not,” said Freese who singled as a pinch hitter in the sixth and finished with four hits.
“Definitely, two strikes, you’ve got to take it seriously. You can’t assume your AB’s over,” Freese said. “You look at the best guys in the game … they look like they like two strikes.”
Hernandez also entered in that inning and contributed a two-run double, and Taylor walked as a pinch hitter against Corbin.
Russell Martin started, his first appearance of these playoffs, and hit a two-run double in the sixth as LA became the first team in major league history to score seven two-out, two-strike runs in one postseason inning.
“We never doubt ourselves,” Freese said.
Martin, who like Freese is 36, tacked on a two-run homer in the ninth. This is Martin’s 10th postseason – Freese joked it might be his teammates 26th – and Freese’s sixth.
The Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive year by closing the best-of-five NLDS in Game 4 at Washington on Monday, when LA sends Rich Hill to the mound against Max Scherzer.
And to think: Things were not looking all that good for the Dodgers, who entered the sixth trailing 2-1 after Juan Soto’s two-run homer off eventual winner Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first and Max Muncy’s solo shot off Washington starter Anibal Sanchez in the fifth.
That seemed to wake up LA’s offense.
Well, it was either that or the fact that Sanchez, who struck out nine, was gone to begin the sixth. In came Corbin, the lefty who started – and lost – the opener and hadn’t made a relief appearance since 2017, when he only made one.
Colts shut down Mahomes, Chiefs offense in 19-13 victory
The way Indianapolis handled the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night sent a jolt through the NFL, whether it was dominating the line of scrimmage or shutting down Patrick Mahomes and Co. on defense.
The one place the shock didn’t reverberate? The visiting locker room in Arrowhead Stadium.
“The one emotion we were not feeling is shock. I can’t even explain it,” Colts coach Frank Reich said after the 19-13 victory. “The way guys were walking down the hallway, it was `We’re not going to be denied. We have to get on track. We’ve got to do it.’ I just knew it was real. I felt it all week.
“There was just an air of confidence and belief that we would do what we did today.”
Marlon Mack ran for 132 yards , and ageless kicker Adam Vinatieri knocked through four field goals, as the Colts atoned ever-so-slightly for a January playoff defeat inside the same stadium.
Asked what the message was pregame, longtime Chiefs linebacker-turned-Colts defensive end Justin Houston replied: “To come out here and play our game. To leave it out there every snap, to play with your heart, play with your soul. And I think we did that tonight.”
The Colts (3-2) allowed points on the Chiefs’ first two possessions before shutting them out until Harrison Butker’s field goal with 1:16 to go. Indianapolis recovered the onside kick without any issue and ran out the clock to celebrate a big win heading into its bye.
Mahomes threw for 321 yards and a touchdown, and the Chiefs (4-1) had just 36 yards rushing despite getting top running back Damien Williams back from an injury, all while watching their record streak of 22 straight games scoring at least 26 points come to a crashing conclusion.
“Penalties are really what hurt us today,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose team was flagged 11 times for 125 yards. “You get things going, all of a sudden you’re going backward, and it’s tough in this league to do that against a good team and win.”
In an air-it-out era of the NFL, the Colts also won by dominating the line of scrimmage.
On offense, their big line bruised a Kansas City defensive front that lost Chris Jones and Xavier Williams to injuries. That created big holes for Mack and plenty of time for Jacoby Brissett, who threw for 151 yards while running for the Colts’ only touchdown.
On defense, the Colts spent most of the night in the Kansas City backfield, plugging up holes in the running game and relentlessly pressuring the reigning league MVP on passing downs.
Mahomes was sacked four times and hit plenty more. At one point in the second half, Cam Erving was pushed so far into Mahomes’ face that the backup left tackle stepped on his quarterback’s ankle, leaving Mahomes to hobble to the sideline when Kansas City was forced to punt.
“In this league, the margin of error is tiny,” said Mahomes, who dismissed the seriousness of his injury. “If you’re not executing at a high level you’re going to lose.'”
Rodgers, Packers rule at home of Cowboys again in 34-24 win
Aaron Rodgers looked quite comfortable at the home of the Dallas Cowboys – again.
Green Bay’s star quarterback kept his team moving to a big early lead with more dazzling plays at AT&T Stadium, Aaron Jones scored a career-high four touchdowns and the Packers bounced back from their first loss by hanging on for a 34-24 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Rodgers zipped a sidearm throw to Robert Tonyan to fix one broken play, flipped a left-hander to Tra Carson to rescue another, and helped Green Bay improve to 5-0 inside the retractable-roof stadium where the two-time MVP’s first win was the 2011 Super Bowl.
The first three Green Bay wins over the Cowboys at their 10-year-old stadium were all dramatic, highlighted by Rodgers’ improbable 35-yard completion to Jared Cook to set up a winning field goal on the final play of a 34-31 divisional-round playoff win three years ago.
Not quite the same drama this time after the Packers (4-1) built a 31-3 lead, although Dak Prescott (463 yards passing) and Amari Cooper (226 yards receiving) set career highs trying to keep things interesting in the fourth quarter.
The last hope for Dallas ended with 1:41 left when Brett Maher missed his second field goal – a 33-yarder that would have given the Cowboys a shot at an onside kick down seven.
Missing his biggest threat in Davante Adams because of a toe injury, Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception – to the delight of a large contingent of Green Bay fans that pulled off several “Go Pack Go” chants without much resistance from the home crowd.
Prescott, on the other hand, matched a career high with three interceptions, although the first was a drop by Cooper on what should have been a big play early.
The Cowboys (3-2) lost their second straight game after winning their first three, just as the Packers had done. Green Bay took sole possession of first in the NFC North, while Dallas dropped into a tie for the NFC East lead with Philadelphia.
Jones had a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and opened the scoring with an 18-yard run after being held to 19 and 21 yards rushing the previous two weeks.
On a punctuating touchdown for a 24-0 lead early in the second half, Jones waved “bye-bye” to cornerback Byron Jones while beating him to the pylon on a 5-yard run. The fourth TD was a 1-yard plunge.
Cooper had a 53-yard touchdown among his 11 catches and Michael Gallup had 113 yards receiving with a 40-yard score. Prescott, who had never lost when throwing for more than 275 yards, was 27 of 44.
Brady carries unbeaten Patriots past winless Redskins 33-7
Playing before an appreciative audience in a place far from home, Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots stay unbeaten by picking apart the lowly Washington Redskins.
While he was at it, the 42-year-old quarterback climbed past a former star in the NFL record book.
Brady threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns, and the Patriots got another strong performance from their defense in a 33-7 rout of the winless Redskins on Sunday.
Now in his 20th season, Brady whisked by Brett Favre into third place on the career list with 71,923 yards passing. Brady now trails only Peyton Manning (71,940 yards) and Drew Brees (74,845).
Brady also edged closer to Manning’s record 539 touchdown passes, connecting with Julian Edelman, Brandon Bolden and Ryan Izzo to bring his total to 527.
His prowess on the football field is rarely surprising, but the reaction he received was certainly unexpected. Thousands of fans in the crowd wore blue Patriots jerseys – many of them No. 12 with BRADY on the back – and were cheering for the reigning Super Bowl champions from warmups to well after the final whistle.
“It was ridiculous. It was pretty amazing,” Brady said. “It was pretty sweet. We appreciate all the support. It was great to get a win in front of them.”
Shrugging off four sacks, Brady completed 28 of 42 passes – including a 15-yarder to Edelman in the third quarter to eclipse Favre.
This is the fifth time in franchise history that New England has started the season 5-0, and only the second time since 2007.
Playing for the first time since breaking his leg against Philadelphia last December, Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy went 18 for 27 for 119 yards and an interception. McCoy began the season behind Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins Jr., but got the start over the injured Keenum and inexperienced Haskins for the Redskins (0-5).
Washington had only 220 yards in offense and was 1 for 11 on third-down conversions.
“There is no excuse for what we put out there today,” said McCoy, who was sacked six times.
“We hit the quarterback and (they had) a lot of long third downs,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.
It’s the first time in franchise history New England has four straight games with at least five sacks. In addition, the Patriots completed a fifth consecutive game without allowing a touchdown pass, the first team to pull off that feat since the 1988 Cleveland Browns.
The defeat kept the pressure on Redskins coach Jay Gruden, whose job status appears to be tenuous in the wake of his team’s 0-5 start. Gruden is 35-49-1 over five-plus seasons with Washington.
“No one’s told me anything,” Gruden said. “I don’t have a concern. If the key works Monday, keep working, go attack the Miami Dolphins and plan on getting our first win next week.”
Washington travels to Miami next week to face the winless Dolphins, who absorbed a 43-0 beatdown from New England on Sept. 15.
After Brady’s 10-yard TD pass to Izzo with 9:14 left made it 33-7, the chant “Brady! Brady!” rose from the stands while thousands of Redskins backers fled to the exits.
“It felt like a home game, just like Foxborough,” New England receiver Josh Gordon said. “It was great to get that support.”
McCoy completed a 12-yard pass on Washington’s first play from scrimmage. Two short runs and a sack followed, but New England’s opening possession also ended with Brady getting dumped in his own backfield.
The Redskins jumped on top when Steven Sims Jr. scored on a 65-yard end around, but the Patriots led 12-7 at halftime and tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter.
The difference between the seasoned Brady and untested McCoy (now 1-6 as a starter with Washington) was made evident late in the second quarter. With 58 seconds left, McCoy forced a pass that was intercepted by Jason McCourty , who took it 16 yards to the Washington 11.
Brady cautiously completed a short pass and twice threw the ball away before accepting a field goal try that kept New England’s momentum flowing into halftime.
Rudolph exits after scary hit, Ravens edge Steelers in OT
Earl Thomas saw Mason Rudolph step up in the pocket and took aim at what the Baltimore Ravens safety considered Pittsburgh quarterback’s “strike zone.” One ugly and illegal collision later, Rudolph lay motionless on the Heinz Field turf and one of the NFL’s most bitter rivalries was reborn.
Thomas’ crunching hit to Rudolph’s chin left Rudolph with a concussion and Pittsburgh’s season in the hands of undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Devlin Hodges. While Hodges filled in admirably after Rudolph woozily made his way off the field and to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, the Ravens pulled out a 26-23 overtime victory that could have a significant ripple effect on both teams’ seasons.
Baltimore (3-2) snapped a two-game skid when safety Marlon Humphrey stripped Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and recovered the fumble at the Pittsburgh 34 early in the extra period. Justin Tucker slipped a 46-yard field goal through the uprights four plays later as the Ravens won at Heinz Field for a second straight season.
“(When overtime started) I was on the sideline and I was thinking, `Whatever happens right now, somebody’s going to make a big play and going to be remembered forever in the outcome of this game,'” Humphrey said.
Maybe, but for all the weirdness of the game – from Lamar Jackson’s three interceptions to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s decision to kick off in overtime instead of taking the ball to another crucial late-game fumble by Smith-Schuster – it’s the visual of Rudolph unconscious on the turf in a silent stadium that will linger.
Trailing 17-13 and facing third-and-11 at the Pittsburgh 12 midway through the third quarter, Rudolph lined up in the shotgun and dropped back to pass. The play broke down and Rudolph scrambled to his left, stepping up the field in the process. He flicked the ball to teammate James Washington just before the crown of Thomas’ helmet hit Rudolph under the chin. Rudolph limply fell to the ground and laid there with his eyes closed while medical personnel rushed to attend to him.
“I was just flying to the ball like I normally do,” said Thomas, who signed with Baltimore in the offseason after becoming a perennial Pro Bowler with Seattle. “I was asking the ref what happened and they said upstairs said that a part of my helmet kind of hit him in the chin, and that’s what caused the flag. I still believe that it wasn’t intentional on my part.”
Rudolph eventually came to as trainers cut off his face mask. He needed to be helped off the field by his teammates because the cart used to treat seriously hurt players stalled. Tomlin wasn’t sure why the cart wasn’t working.
“Ask somebody that is in charge of that,” Tomlin said. “I don’t drive carts and things of that nature.”
The scene of players on both sides going down to one knee while Rudolph was being treated was eerily similar to the on-field reaction in Cincinnati in December 2017 when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier sustained a spinal injury. Shazier, currently on the physically unable to perform list while he continues his rehab from spinal stabilization surgery, walked over to Rudolph and briefly comforted him as Rudolph made his way to the locker room for further treatment and examination as the crowd chanted “Throw him out!” at Thomas.
“When you see somebody lying lifeless like that it kind of strikes a bell,” Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree said. “Any human being that cares about somebody in that type of situation will feel a certain way. … When something like that happens, it makes a trigger go off in your brain and you’ve got to control yourself.”
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh likened the hit to “kind of like a boxing deal,” adding he did not believe it was Thomas’ intent to hit the 6-foot-5 Rudolph so high.
“It’s fast and he’s closing and Mason is running and he’s not going down, throwing the ball,” Harbaugh said.
Pittsburgh (1-4) did not fold after being forced to go with Hodges, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Samford who was signed to be a “camp” arm before organized team activities. He trotted onto the field when Rudolph slipped out of view and hardly looked nervous. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards and also had a 21-yard sprint to set up Chris Boswell’s go-ahead field goal with 2:41 to play.
It wasn’t quite enough to put away the Ravens. Jackson – with the help of a roughing the passer call on Steelers linebacker Ola Adeniyi – moved Baltimore in range to have Tucker tie it with 14 seconds to go.
Watson throws 5 TDs, 3 to Fuller; Texans top Falcons 53-32
Will Fuller knew it was up to him to make things happen on Sunday with Atlanta focused on slowing down DeAndre Hopkins.
Fuller didn’t disappoint, catching three of Deshaun Watson’s five touchdown passes and finishing with a career-high 217 yards receiving to lead the Houston Texans to a 53-32 win.
“Playing with Hop, like I always say, is easy,” Fuller said. “He gets a lot of coverages thrown his way, and I feel like that’s why they brought me here, to help him out. It took me a while, but I finally had this big game, so I’m just trying to help … out.”
Watson threw for a career-high 426 yards and his five touchdowns tied a personal best.
A week after scoring a season-low 10 points in a loss to Carolina, Watson and Houston’s offense bounced back on a day he was 28 of 33 and became the first player to top 400 yards passing against the Falcons since Week 16 of 2012. It was the second-most points in franchise history behind the 57 they scored in a win over the Titans in 2017.
Watson is the first player in NFL to throw for at least 400 yards and five touchdowns with five incompletions or fewer in a game in NFL history.
“Will did a heck of a job and … DeAndre, he did a heck of a job of allowing Will to get open with double coverage and setting the routes up for him,” Watson said.
Hopkins, who had 88 yards receiving on Sunday, was proud that the attention on him helped Fuller to his big day.
“Not a lot of people want to go out there and just line up a man against me unless they really believe in him,” Hopkins said. “But that’s why we have guys like Will, the tight ends and the running backs to step up when there are two or three guys on me.”
Fuller’s 14 receptions and three TD catches are tied with Andre Johnson for the most in a game in franchise history. Darren Fells had two touchdown grabs for the Texans (3-2) and Carlos Hyde added a rushing TD.
Houston’s beleaguered offensive line didn’t allow a sack on Sunday after giving up 18 through the first four games.
Matt Ryan had 330 yards passing with three touchdowns and one interception for the Falcons (1-4), who lost their third straight game.
It was Watson’s first meeting with the Falcons after the Georgia native worked as a ball boy for the team all four years of high school. Watson shared a moment with Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the field before the game. Blank started the program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County that allowed Watson the opportunity to work for the Falcons as a teenager.
Atlanta cut the lead to eight points with about 11 1/2 minutes to go before Watson’s second TD pass to Fells pushed the lead to 40-25 about five minutes later.
The Falcons cut the lead to one score again with 3 1/2 minutes left when Ryan threw a 29-yard pass to Calvin Ridley to get them within 40-32. But Watson and Fuller struck again, with Fuller grabbing a 44-yard touchdown reception to make it 47-32 with about two minutes remaining.
The Texans added another score when Tashaun Gipson returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the final minute.
The rest of the offense surrounded Fuller on the bench following the third score and the players bowed to him and lofted him in the air as his big day was announced in the stadium and he was shown on the Jumbotron.
Watson, who was criticized for failing to complete any deep passes against the Panthers, had no such trouble on Sunday when he completed multiple passes for 25 yards or more. His favorite target was Fuller, who more than doubled his output from the first four games combined on Sunday after entering the day with 183 yards receiving.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there was “no excuse” for his team’s poor performance on Sunday.
“Those explosive plays just can’t be a part of it,” he said. “That was one of the catalysts that gave them the energy in the third quarter.”
Houston got things going in the second half when Watson hit Keke Coutee on a 51-yard catch-and-run. The Texans regained the lead four plays later when Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard run to make it 23-17.
The Texans tacked on a field goal later in the third before Fells caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Watson to extend the lead to 33-17. Watson completed two long throws on that drive, finding Fuller for a 32-yard gain before connecting with Hopkins for 29 yards.
DeAndre Carter muffed a punt on the first play of the fourth quarter and it was recovered by Atlanta.
The Falcons cashed in on that mistake when Ryan crashed into the end zone for a 1-yard score with about 11 1/2 minutes left. It was first ruled that he fumbled, but it was reviewed and determined that Ryan got into the end zone before fumbling to give Atlanta the touchdown. Ryan found Austin Hooper for the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 33-25.
Fuller got in front of the defense and grabbed a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second, but the kicked failed to leave the Texans up 13-10.
The Texans pushed the lead to 16-10 with a field goal later in the second before Ryan orchestrated a 12-play, 82-yard drive capped by a 9-yard pass to Devonta Freeman to leave the Falcons up 17-16 at halftime.
McCaffrey scores 3 TDs, Panthers hold off Jaguars 34-27
The Carolina Panthers motto is to “Keep Pounding.”
They did just that on Sunday, finding a running play they liked and exploiting it time and time again.
Using a single-back, inside zone run the Panthers piled up 285 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground, and held on to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-27 on Sunday for their third straight win and first victory at home in nearly a year.
Christian McCaffrey led the way, scoring three touchdowns and piling up 237 yards from scrimmage – including 176 yards on the ground – before exiting with five minutes remaining due to leg cramps. Any concerns over the NFL’s leading rusher’s exit were quelled when his seldom-used backup Reggie Bonnafon entered and added a 59-yard touchdown scamper for the game’s final score with 3:34 left.
Bonnafon’s TD came on the same inside run play the Panthers called earlier in the game resulting in a franchise-record 84-yard touchdown run by McCaffrey – and one they used several occasions.
“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” McCaffrey said with a smile.
Said Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack: “They had a phenomenal day, but it was just people not being in their gaps. You’re seeing them hitting wide-open holes, and it’s not like they’re running us over, stiff-arming guys and breaking ankles.”
McCaffrey did go airborne on one 5-yard touchdown run, somersaulting into the end zone on a highlight reel first-half score. And he also juked out several defenders to pick up first downs. He averaged 9.3 yards per carry and caught six passes for 61 yards and an 18-yard touchdown in another dominating performance for the early MVP candidate.
It’s the fourth time this season McCaffrey had at least 175 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown in the first five games, tying a record set by Jim Brown in 1963.
McCaffrey’s latest big day put the third-year running back on pace for 2,771 yards from scrimmage, which would shatter the NFL single-season record of 2,509 yards set by Tennessee’s Chris Johnson in 2009.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he’s just about run out of words to describe McCaffrey.
“You keep pulling from that thesaurus,” said Rivera, who passed John Fox for the most coaching wins in franchise history with 74. “There’s a whole bunch of words you can use to describe the way he plays and the amount of energy he plays with. … He just plays the game with so much passion.”
Even with Carolina’s exploits on the ground, the Panthers still needed two late stops from their defense and a 56-yard fumble return for a touchdown from rookie defensive end Brian Burns to beat the Jaguars on a day when kicker Joey Slye missed two field goals and an extra point.
Carolina’s defense thwarted Jacksonville’s final two scoring drives when Burns sacked rookie Gardner Minshew to force a turnover and Luke Kuechly batted down a pass near the goal line on the game’s final play.
Minshew finished 26 of 45 for 374 yards with two touchdowns for the Jaguars (2-3), but fumbled three times. Leonard Fournette had 23 carries for 108 yards and a score. DJ Chark had eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.
Bridgewater’s breakout lifts Saints past Bucs 31-24
Teddy Bridgewater won the affection of the Superdome crowd, which chanted his name as he picked apart Tampa Bay’s struggling secondary, turning in his best performance in nearly four years.
Bridgewater passed for 314 yards and four touchdowns and New Orleans beat the Buccaneers 31-24 on Sunday to keep their fill-in quarterback unbeaten in three starts this season.
“Today was one of those days everything was clicking,” said Bridgewater, who last eclipsed 300 yards passing as Minnesota’s starter on Dec. 10, 2015, at Arizona – just weeks before a major knee injury sidelined him for nearly two full seasons.
“It’s just a great feeling to win football game – this locker room especially,” Bridgewater said. “This is a group of guys who show up to work every day and they demand greatness out of everyone, from the training room staff to the equipment staff. Just being able to be part of something where there’s such a high standard, you just continue to be motivated to want more.”
With Bridgewater getting increasingly accustomed to playing for the injured Drew Brees, he had his best game yet for New Orleans (4-1) against a Tampa Bay defense that entered the game ranked second to last in the NFL against the pass.
With chants of “Ted-dy! Ted-dy!” echoing in the Superdome, Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 passes, with his two touchdown throws to Michael Thomas and one each to Jared Cook and Ted Ginn Jr.
Tampa Bay’s secondary couldn’t corral Thomas, who finished with 11 catches for 182 yards.
Bridgewater spoke of calling plays in the huddle and seeing Thomas’ eyes “just light up.”
“You know that he’s locked in and it’s comforting as a quarterback,” Bridgewater said. “You just approach the line of scrimmage with the mindset that, `Man, I’m going to give my guy a shot.'”
Bridgewater began seeing meaningful action with New Orleans in Week 2 of this season after Brees’ first-quarter thumb injury in a loss to the Rams. In his first 11 quarters, which included two victories as a starter, Bridgewater had not completed a pass as long as 30 yards.
That changed in the first quarter against the Bucs (2-3) with a 34-yard completion to Thomas. Bridgewater later hit Thomas for a 42-yarder early in the second half, setting up his 33-yard scoring strike to Ginn.
“I was happy to see some of the longer throws and the way that he played,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston saw his production drop dramatically from his triumphant 385-yard, four-TD performance against the Rams in Week 4. He was 15 of 27 for 204 yards and two touchdowns to Chris Godwin.
Still, Winston was opportunistic enough to keep his team in the game most of the way.
After rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting made his first career interception on a pass bobbled by Alvin Kamara in the first quarter, Winston effectively skirted pressure by climbing the pocket and hit Godwin for a 26-yard TD and a 7-3 lead.
The Saints, who’d beaten Dallas 12-10 on four field goals a week earlier, responded by snapping a streak of 13 offensive possessions without a touchdown. Bridgewater drove New Orleans 75 yards on a series dominated by Thomas, who had two first-down catches of 18 yards before his 14-yard TD reception put the Saints back in front.
The Bucs’ Peyton Barber powered in from 2 yards to make it 24-17 in the third quarter. But the Saints’ defense was able to apply more pressure as the game wore on, sacking Winston four times in the fourth quarter.
The Saints finished with six sacks in all, two by second-year end Marcus Davenport and one each by Malcolm Brown, Cameron Jordan and rookie Carl Granderson.
AP Top 25: Ohio State, Georgia tied at No. 3; Florida to 7th
Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots Sunday after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.
The Crimson Tide received 32 first-place votes and 1503 points and the Tigers had 15 first-place votes and 1,433 points. Georgia got three first-place votes and 1,393 points. Ohio State, which was fourth last week, received 10 first-place votes and 1,393 points.
The last time there was a tie in the top three was Sept. 20, 2015, when TCU and Mississippi shared third.
No. 5 LSU received two first-place votes. Oklahoma stayed No. 6.
Florida moved up three spots after beating Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers slipped five to No. 12.
No. 22 Baylor is ranked for the first time since 2016, the season following the offseason firing of coach Art Briles. The school let Briles go amid a scandal related to the handling of sexual assault claims on campus. An investigation led to the president of the university and athletic director also departing.
Bears coach Matt Rhule told the AP on Sunday that he congratulated his team on being 5-0 after a convincing win at Kansas State the day before and senior linebacker Jordan Williams corrected him.
“He said, `No coach. We’re 1-0 this week,'” Rhule said. “That was good to hear him correct me.”
The third-year coach stepped into rebuild that was anything but normal.
The Bears started the ’16 season ranked under interim coach Jim Grobe and rose all the way to No. 8 in the country with a 6-0 start. They then lost their last six regular-season games and the program descended even further from there. After the 2016 regular season, Rhule was hired away from Temple, where he had taken a typically downtrodden team and won double-digit games in each of his final two seasons. With no Texas connections, the former Penn State player and NFL assistant seemed like an odd fit in Waco, Texas.
He hired several Texas high school coaches to bridge the gap in recruiting, but just getting through Year 1 was a major challenge.
With a depleted roster, Baylor went 1-11 in 2017.
“I remember thinking after the (season-ending) TCU game, `It will never be this bad again,'” Rhule said.
The Bears improved to 7-6 with a bowl victory last year, but the defense was still one of the worst in the nation. That’s turned. Baylor is 16th in the nation in yards per play allowed (4.49). Many of the players who were forced onto the field before they were ready during the first two seasons under Rhule are now juniors and seniors. The personnel fits the three-man front defensive coordinator Phil Snow prefers to use.
Offensively, Rhule has adapted to the talent available. The sideline-to-sideline, up-tempo spread used by Briles has been replaced by a more methodical and confined approach, though not quite so fullback-reliant as Rhule’s Temple teams.
Before Briles, Baylor was a perennial Big 12 cellar-dweller. Whether it could be more than that without him was an open question.
“The program could have gone the other way,” Rhule said. “But a lot of people’s efforts, starting with the players, kept that from happening.”
Baylor returns home this week to face Texas Tech.
The American Athletic Conference lost one team in the ranking but gained two.
Central Florida is unranked for the first time since the Knights moved into the Top 25 on Oct. 1, 2017. UCF saw its 19-game conference winning streak snapped by Cincinnati on Friday night. The 25th-ranked Bearcats were rewarded with their first ranking of the season. No. 23 Memphis also is ranked for the first time this season.
Sliding out of the ranking after losing for the second time this season along with UCF were Washington, Oklahoma State and Michigan State (which was tied for 25th).
For the fifth straight week, the Southeastern Conference has three top-five teams.
SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 24).
Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 3, 8, 10, 16, 17).
American – 3 (Nos. 21, 23, 25).
ACC – 3 (Nos. 2, 19, 20).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 6, 11, 22).
Pac-12 – 3 (Nos. 13, 15, 18).
Mountain West – 1 (No. 14).
Independent – 1 (No. 9).
RANKED vs. RANKED
This week’s slate has the most games matching ranked teams so far this season.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M. The Aggies will face the top-ranked team for the second time this season, which has happened 28 times previously (including postseason games). The last time that happened in the regular season was Tennessee in 2009, when it lost to both Florida and Alabama.
No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU. Gators will play in consecutive top-10 matchups.
No. 11 Texas vs. No. 6 Oklahoma. Red River is cool again.
No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa. The Hawkeyes often give ranked teams a hard time at Kinnick Stadium under the lights.
Larson flashes superstar potential with playoff win at Dover
Kyle Larson was the can’t-miss future star who tore up the sprint car circuit and would lead a new generation of young stars into the next era of NASCAR.
His promise yet unfulfilled, Larson’s path toward prominence has been slow burning in six-plus years in the Cup Series. He’s been saddled with mediocre cars that not even his raw talent could salvage, and a fantastic 2017 was more a blip than a sign Larson would blossom into a perennial championship contender.
But as Larson stood atop his Chevy with a two-year winless streak behind him, perhaps his playoff victory Sunday at Dover International Speedway was indeed a preview of a championship celebration ahead.
“It’s not a shock, either,” Larson said. “I feel like we’ve been running really well this year.”
Larson’s wife, Katelyn, shot-gunned a beer in a sudsy victory lane bash as he flashed a No. 1 sign behind her, a worthy way to end a 75-race winless streak.
The 27-year-old Larson has been oh-so close toward grabbing the checkered flag since his last win Sept. 9, 2017, in Richmond. Larson had nine runner-up finishes in the No. 42 Chevrolet over that span and won the $1 million NASCAR All-Star race this season.
He cashed in at Dover with the Monster Mile-stone win (it was the track’s 100th race) that earned him an automatic berth into the third round. Not only has Larson failed to win a title, long-time team owner Chip Ganassi has never won a NASCAR Cup Series championship, something that’s surely chapped an organization with handfuls of IndyCar titles.
“It would be nice to get him that championship that, honestly, he’s probably owed,” Larson said.
Larson had four of his six career Cup wins in 2017 and Dover marked his first one in the playoffs. He led 154 laps late after Denny Hamlin faded from a dominant early run (he led 219 laps) in the No. 11 Toyota that opened the door for Larson. Playoff drivers took the top six spots: Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Chase Elliott and reigning series champion Joey Logano both suffered serious blows to their championship runs with a rough start to the second round.
Truex won the spring race at Dover and didn’t have enough down the stretch to catch Larson and complete the season sweep.
“We just ran out of time,” Truex said.
Larson felt like a win or two was within reach on the strength of a sensational late-summer run of top-10 finishes. Larson escaped the first round without any serious drama and can now head to treacherous Talladega and then Kansas to end the second round without any serious concerns. He’s the first driver of the 12 contenders in the field of eight.
“Everybody in this playoff field is going to be stressing next week at Talladega except for me, so that’s good,” Larson said. “Last time I was at Talladega I was on my lid. I could still end up on my lid next week, but it’s not going to matter after this win.
Larson was expected to help bridge the gap between grassroots racing and NASCAR when Ganassi hired him before the 2012 season. Larson made his name by racing all over the country in any series where he could find a ride. Larson counted 92 races in 2011 and 123 races in 2012 and continued to race in the dirt even when he landed his ride with Ganassi. Larson had talked of wanting to pattern his career after someone like Tony Stewart, who started his career on dirt tracks in open wheel cars. Stewart in turn guaranteed Larson, who is half Japanese, would be the next big thing in NASCAR.
“If not, you can take everything I own, because I’m that confident,” Stewart said years ago. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s when.”
Kevin Na survives mistakes to win in Las Vegas
Kevin Na finally won a sudden-death playoff on the PGA Tour when he least expected it.
Staked to a three-shot lead to start the back nine at the TPC Summerlin, Na never imagined it would come down to that.
But he made triple bogey without hitting into a hazard on No. 10. He went at the flag and found the water on the par-5 16th for a bogey to lose the lead for the first time all day.
Right when he looked to be out of chances, Na saved himself with a 25-foot par putt on the 17th, a 10-foot birdie to extend the playoff, and he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open when Patrick Cantlay made the worst mistake – the last one.
“Came down way too close,” Na said.
Cantlay, who gave up a one-shot lead by hitting 9-iron into the water on the par-3 17th, three-putted from 45 feet on No. 18 on the second extra hole for bogey. Na rolled in his 4-foot par putt to win in Las Vegas for the second time.
“I’ve been in this situation before where I lost the lead and I failed many times,” said Na, who closed with a 1-under 70. “I’ve lost three playoffs. This is my first playoff win. I kept telling myself, `This is the playoff I’m going to win.’ It felt great to win.”
It was a bitter finish for Cantlay, who won his first PGA Tour event in Las Vegas in 2017 in a playoff, but had to settle for a runner-up finish the second straight year.
“It leaves a sour taste in my mouth,” he said. “That’s two years in a row here. I played well. I’ll take that momentum the rest of the year.”
Cantlay took his first lead with a two-putt birdie on the 16th, only for his 9-iron to come up short and just far enough to the left that rolled down into the water. He still looked as though he would head to the final hole until Na made his 25-foot par putt.
“I’m a fighter,” Na said. “The putt on 17, I was doing everything I could to make that putt.”
Na won for the third time in the last 15 months, and third in as many seasons on the PGA Tour. He joined Jim Furyk as the only multiple winners in Las Vegas.
Even after his bogey on the 17th, Cantlay was poised to win in regulation when he hit the longest drive of the final round – 345 yards – and had only 113 yards left. But he could get no closer than 25 feet, and his putt hung on the right edge of the putt.
Cantlay, trying to win for the third time when facing a deficit of at least three shots, closed with a 68.
They finished at 23-under 261.
On the first extra hole, Na hit wedge to just inside 10 feet. Cantlay was just outside 10 feet – on the same line as his 25-foot birdie chance in regulation – and made it. Na poured his in, walking toward the hole before the ball dropped.
Cantlay came up well short on his approach to the 18th on the second playoff hole – his third time playing it in less than an hour – and his birdie putt came up well short.
Na set a record by making 559 feet of putts over four rounds, the most since the PGA Tour developed its ShotLink system of measuring every shot of every player. And he won with a 4-foot par.
Pat Perez closed with a 68 to finish alone in third, his best finish since he won in Malaysia two years ago.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau shot 63 and tied for fourth with Adam Hadwin (63) and Brian Stuard (67).
Cheyenne Knight wins 1st LPGA Tour title at home in Texas
Cheyenne Knight struggled so much her rookie season that she made the cut in only half of her tournaments and figured she was headed back to the LPGA Tour qualifying series. One week changed everything.
In the only LPGA event in her home state of Texas, in what she thought would be her last tournament of the year, Knight played bogey-free Sunday and closed with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory in the Volunteers of America Classic.
Her first victory on the LPGA Tour comes with a two-year exemption and makes her eligible for the Asia swing. At No. 49 in the Race to CME Globe standings, she is virtually assured of getting to the Tour Championship next month.
“It’s so incredible. I can’t put it into words,” Knight said.
The 22-year-old was in tears even before players rushed onto the 18th green at Old American Golf Club and sprayed her with champagne and water. Knight had pointed to his tournament, which she played as an amateur, all season. She grew up about an hour away in Aledo. And she never plays without thinking of her brother, Brandon, who died in a car accident when Knight was 12.
She dropped her putter and pointed to the sky when her 2-foot par putt dropped to finish at 18-under 266, two shots ahead of Brittany Altomare (67) and Jaye Marie Green (69), both trying for their first LPGA title.
“I think I had a second caddie. I know he’s watching in heaven, and he’s so proud of me,” Knight said. “This is for Brandon.”
Altomare, who played in her first Solheim Cup last month, got up-and-down from just short of the 17th green for birdie to briefly tie for the lead. Knight, playing in the group behind, holed a 15-foot birdie putt to regain the lead.
Needing birdie to have any chance, Altomare gunned her putt about 6 feet and missed the next one, taking bogey to clear the way for Knight.
“I keep saying this, but I think the more I put myself in those situations, eventually, statistically, I feel like it has to happen,” Altomare said.
Green began the final round with the lead and still was one shot ahead through 10 holes until she bogeyed the 11th and 12th and never caught up. With a runner-up finish, Green moved to No. 48 in the Race to CME Globe and will be eligible for Asia event, which do not have cuts.
Georgia Hall (66) and Jane Park (68) tied for fourth.
Knight had not finished better than a tie for 29th in the 54-hole event in Arkansas going into the Texas event, the final full field of the year.
Rockets’ general manager’s Hong Kong comments anger China
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team’s Chinese fans or sponsors.
A short time after Morey posted that statement, the NBA said it was “regrettable” that the deleted tweet offended many in China. And all that followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, lashing out over Morey’s original tweet.
Morey tweeted an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” referring to the four-month-old protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. That led to Houston owner Tilman Fertitta turning to Twitter to say that Morey does not speak for the Rockets, and sparking an outcry that included the Chinese Basketball Association – whose president is Yao Ming, the former Rockets star center – saying it was suspending its relationship with the team.
Other criticism came from Tencent, a major media partner of the NBA in China with a streaming deal that is worth $1.5 billion over the next five years, and Chinese state television – both of which said they would not be showing Rockets games. It wasn’t immediately clear if Morey’s new tweets or the NBA’s statement that followed would be enough to salvage those relationships. Chinese athletic apparel maker Li-Ning released a statement saying it was upset with Morey’s tweet.
“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” Morey tweeted early Monday from Japan, where Houston is playing this week. “I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.
“I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”
NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said the league recognizes that Morey’s tweet “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” Bass added that the league supports individuals “sharing their views on matters important to them.”
“We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together,” Bass said.
Earlier, Fertitta attempted to distance the team from Morey’s tweet with a Twitter post of his own: “Listen.(at)darylmorey does NOT speak for the (at)HoustonRockets. Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the (at)NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization.”
The statements from Morey and the NBA caught the eyes of lawmakers, including no fewer than three U.S. Senators – Ted Cruz of Texas, Rick Scott of Florida (who criticized NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for the league’s statement, apparently unaware it was made by Bass, an NBA spokesman), and Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
“We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be for sale & the NBA shouldn’t be assisting Chinese communist censorship,” tweeted Cruz, who said he is a lifelong Rockets fan.
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, a former U.S. Housing Secretary from Texas, tweeted “China is using its economic power to silence critics – even those in the U.S.”
The timing of this is particularly awkward for the NBA. China has teams in the U.S. playing preseason games this week, the Rockets are about to play two games in Japan and the Los Angeles Lakers – with one of the biggest global sports stars in LeBron James – and Brooklyn Nets set to play Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
And fostering strong relationships with China has been a priority of the NBA for at least three decades.
The NBA has a China office, just announced plans to add a gaming team in Shanghai to the NBA 2K League, and officials in both countries say as many as 500 million Chinese watched at least one NBA game last season. Several NBA players – including major current and former stars like Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant – go to China annually to promote their individual brands, and the World Cup held in China this summer saw countless fans attending in NBA jerseys.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1904 Jack Chesbro gets his 41st win of the season when the Highlanders beat Boston in New York, 3-2. Happy Jack’s win-total is considered to be the modern era major league mark for the most victories in a season.
1905 Fred Odwell hits his ninth and final home run of the season, an inside-the-park round-tripper of Cardinal right-hander Buster Brown at Robison Field, making the Reds’ outfielder the National League’s home run champion. ‘Fritz’ hit just one last year as a rookie, and after leading the majors this season, will not hit another round-tripper for the remainder of his career, a span of 154 games.
1911 The Red Sox beat the Senators, 8-1, in their last game played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. Only 850 patrons attend the 82-minute contest which should have been canceled due to the cool damp weather and a muddy field, but Boston owner John I. Taylor kept his promise of having a “Kids’ Day,” giving free admission to hundreds of children attending the season finale.
1925 Before Game 1 of the World Series at Forbes Field, Commissioner Landis orders the Pirates and the Senators to wear black armbands in memory of former Giants legend Christy Matthewson, who died this morning at Saranac Lake, NY, of tuberculosis. Although the practice will become a common occurrence, this is believed to be the first time in major league history that teams have altered their uniform to acknowledged the passing of a fellow ballplayer.
1935 In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Tigers win their first World Series in franchise history when Goose Goslin singles home Mickey Cochrane to give the team a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Cubs. Tommy Bridges goes the distance, giving up 12 hits, to get the Navin Field victory.
1939 In Game 3 at Crosley Field, Charlie Keller becomes the first rookie to hit two home runs in the same World Series game. The 22 year-old outfielder’s first and fifth inning homers, both off starter Junior Thompson, help the Yankees beat the Reds, 7-3.
1950 Rookie hurler Whitey Ford, with ninth-inning help from Allie Reynolds, beats the Phillies, 5-2, as the Yankees complete the World Series sweep of Philadelphia’s ‘Whiz Kids.’ Jerry Coleman wins the Babe Ruth Award as the series MVP.
1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which had prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.
1961 The Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series, beating the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 3-2. The decisive blow is Roger Maris’ home run leading off in the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati starter Bob Purkey.
1964 Bob Uecker, who had been shagging out in left field, tries his hand at catching batting practice balls with a tuba when an unsuspecting member of a Dixieland band leaves it unattended. Much to the delight of the crowd, the comedic Cardinals backup catcher is successful in two of his six attempts to snag a fly ball in the mouth of the instrument, but the owner, who is not amused, asks the team for $250 to cover the cost of repairing the dented brass.
1969 The Cardinals trade Curt Flood along with Byron Browne, Joe Hoerner, and Tim McCarver to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas. When Flood refuses to report to Philadelphia, St. Louis will send Willie Montanez and a minor leaguer to complete the trade, but the outfielder’s courageous challenge to the reserve clause will have a dramatic impact on the game.
1977 In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers rally for three runs with none on and two outs in the top of the ninth inning to take a one-run lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The game appeared to be over when LA’s Davey Lopes is picked off first base for the final out, but a throwing error by Gene Garber advances him to second base, from where he will score the decisive run on Bill Russell’s single.
1978 In Game 4 of the NLCS, Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell’s two-out game-winning single, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Phillies and their second consecutive National League pennant. Cey, who walked after the first two batters were retired, advanced into scoring position when Garry Maddox misplayed Dusty Baker’s fly ball in center field.
1984 In a game that will be best remembered for Cubs first baseman Leon Durham’s seventh-inning error on an easy ground ball, the Padres win the NLCS when Tony Gwynn’s seventh inning two-run double breaks a 3-3 tie en route to a 6-3 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium. Chicago had a 2-0 game advantage as well as a 3-0 lead in the decisive Game 5 but was unable to end their thirty-nine year World Series appearance drought.
1988 The Yankees replace manager Billy Martin with Dallas Green. ‘Billy the Kid’ will compile a 1253-1013 (.553) record piloting the Tigers, Twins, Yankees, A’s, and Rangers during his 19-year managerial career.
1995 In Game 4 of the ALDS, Edgar Martinez’s eighth-inning grand slam breaks a 6-6 tie with the Yankees at the Kingdome. The Mariner DH’s round-tripper, considered by many the biggest in franchise history, is the difference in Seattle’s eventual 11-10 victory, forcing a decisive Game 5.
1995 With a 10-4 victory over Colorado, the Braves win their Division Series behind the solid pitching of Greg Maddux and the power provided by Fred McGriff’s two home runs. The eventual World champs will sweep Cincinnati in the NLCS before beating Cleveland in the Fall Classic
1996 Vince Naimoli, the founding owner of the Devil Rays, and St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer preside over the official groundbreaking ceremony for the renovations planned for Tropicana Field, the home of the new American League franchise. The $63 million facelift of the eight year-old facility, originally known as the Florida Suncoast Dome, will take fifteen months to complete.
2000 Benny Agbayani’s 13th inning home run ends the longest LDS game ever played, 5 hours and 22 minutes. The dramatic round-tripper by the Mets outfielder, who was voted the 36th greatest athlete from Hawaii by Sports Illustrated, gives New York a 3-2 victory and 2-1 series advantage over the Giants.
2001 On the last day of the season, Rickey Henderson bloops a double down the right-field line off Rockies’ hurler John Thomson to become the 25th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. Tony Gwynn, who is playing in his last major league game and is also a member of the 3000 hit club, meets the Padre outfielder at home plate in front of a sellout crowd Qualcomm Park.
2001 Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in a season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first inning knuckleball off Dodger Dennis Springer over the right field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants’ left fielder when he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 – .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 – one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.
2005 The White Sox complete a three-game postseason sweep of the Red Sox, defeating the defending World Series champion in Game 3 of the ALDS, 5-3. The Fenway Park victory marks the first time the Pale Hose have won a postseason series since 1917.
2006 Three years after enduring a 119-loss season, the wild-card Tigers upset the much-favored Yankees to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1987. After beating New York 8-3 to take the ALDS 3 games to 1, the Detroit players start spraying champagne on fans at Comerica Park, who have suffered through 12 consecutive losing seasons and a tough month of September before the team wins their first postseason series in 19 years.
2006 The Mets defeat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, to complete a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The Dodgers have won only one postseason game in 13 attempts since beating the A’s in the 1988 World Series.
2007 George Steinbrenner makes it clear if the Yankees do not get past the first round of playoffs against the Indians, Joe Torre’s job, the longest-tenured manager under the Boss’s ownership, will be in jeopardy. Trailing the ALDS 2-0, the team responds for their popular skipper with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Tribe at the Stadium.
2010 With only 17 instances of a manager getting tossed in the history of the postseason, two occurrences happen on the same day when the Rays’ Joe Maddon and Twins’ Ron Gardenhire are both ejected from different ALCS games. The Tampa Bay skipper gets the heave-ho in the fifth frame in a game against Texas for arguing a check swing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf, and the Minnesota pilot suffers the same fate with Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh inning in the contest against the Yankees.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1984
(NEW YORK TIMES)
CHICAGO-The moment finally came on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter today. Jim McMahon, the Chicago Bears’ quarterback, called “Toss 28 Weak,” a pitchout for Walter Payton and a play the Bears have run countless times before. Only this time there was something special about it. This time Payton ran the pitchout to his left behind the fullback Matt Suhey and the left guard Mark Bortz for a 6-yard gain and a place in history. The yards moved him past Jim Brown to become the National Football League’s career leading rusher.
Brown, who gained 12,312 yards from 1957 through 1965 with the Cleveland Browns, had led Payton by 66 before today. Payton’s run lifted him past Brown by 5 yards, and he finished the game, a 20‚7 victory over the New Orleans Saints, with 154, for a career total of 12,400 and 775 this season, the best of his career. Payton’s performance set another record. He ran for 100 yards or more for the 59th time; until today, he and Brown had shared the record at 58.
Because of the inconsistent nature of the Bears’ recent play and the fact that they were leading the Saints by only 13‚7, Payton wanted to minimize the disruption when the historic moment came. Although in recent weeks he had discussed with Bears’ officials what sort of ceremony might be held the moment after he broke the record, very little was done when it actually happened. The game was stopped so that the officials could give Payton the ball. He was immediately engulfed by his teammates and many of the Saints, offering congratulations. Then he walked over and shaked the hand of Bum Phillips, the Saints coach. Finally, he walked the ball off the field to the Bears’ sideline before play resumed.
“We didn’t have enough points to stop the game for longer,” said Payton, who had scored on a 1-yard run with three seconds remaining in the first half. “I wanted to get everybody off the field so we could score some more.” Payton said he felt “relieved” that the chase was finally over. After speaking by telephone for several minutes to President Reagan, who offered his congratulations from aboard Air Force One, Payton described how the chase had begun to bother him.
“For the past three weeks, I have tried to conceal it, but there has been a lot of pressure,” he said. “It’s been really hard to deal with; I’m glad I don’t have to do this every week. There was a lot of pressure, and if you don’t know how to deal with it, you can go astray.”
Walter Payton retired after the 1987 season with 16,726 yards. He died of bile duct cancer at age 45 in November 1999. Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys broke Payton’s record in October 2002.
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|8 Montreal Canadiens||2||1||0||1||3||0||9||9||—||1-0-1||1-0-1|
|9 Tampa Bay Lightning||3||1||1||1||3||1||11||10||1-0-0||0-1-1||1-1-1|
|10 Philadelphia Flyers||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|11 Pittsburgh Penguins||2||1||1||0||2||1||8||5||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|12 New York Islanders||2||1||1||0||2||1||5||3||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|13 Florida Panthers||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||8||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|14 New Jersey Devils||2||0||1||1||1||0||6||12||0-0-1||0-1-0||0-1-1|
|15 Ottawa Senators||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||9||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||2||0||2||0||0||0||3||11||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0|
|1 Colorado Avalanche||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||5||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|2 Anaheim Ducks||2||2||0||0||4||2||5||2||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|3 Vegas Golden Knights||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||2||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0|
|4 Edmonton Oilers||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||7||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|5 St. Louis Blues||2||1||0||1||3||1||5||5||1-0-1||—||1-0-1|
|6 Nashville Predators||2||1||1||0||2||1||8||7||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|7 Calgary Flames||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||5||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|8 Winnipeg Jets||3||1||2||0||2||0||10||14||—||1-2-0||1-2-0|
|9 Chicago Blackhawks||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||4||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|10 Los Angeles Kings||1||0||1||0||0||0||5||6||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|11 Arizona Coyotes||2||0||2||0||0||0||1||3||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0|
|12 Vancouver Canucks||2||0||2||0||0||0||2||6||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|
|13 Minnesota Wild||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||9||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|
|14 Dallas Stars||3||0||3||0||0||0||6||9||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-3-0|
|15 San Jose Sharks||3||0||3||0||0||0||3||12||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-3-0|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|y – New York City FC||34||18||10||6||63||42||21||11-5-1||7-5-5||64|
|x – Atlanta||34||18||4||12||58||43||15||12-3-2||6-1-10||58|
|x – Philadelphia||34||16||7||11||58||50||8||10-4-3||6-3-8||55|
|x – Toronto FC||34||13||11||10||57||52||5||9-4-4||4-7-6||50|
|x – D.C.||34||13||11||10||42||38||4||7-6-4||6-5-6||50|
|x – New York||34||14||6||14||53||51||2||9-3-5||5-3-9||48|
|x – New England||34||11||12||11||50||57||-7||8-4-5||3-8-6||45|
|Orlando City SC||34||9||10||15||44||52||-8||6-3-8||3-7-7||37|
|y – Los Angeles FC||34||21||9||4||85||37||48||13-3-1||8-6-3||72|
|x – Seattle||34||16||8||10||52||49||3||11-4-2||5-4-8||56|
|Real Salt Lake||34||16||5||13||46||41||5||12-1-4||4-4-9||53|
|x – Minnesota||34||15||8||11||52||43||9||10-6-1||5-2-10||53|
|x – Los Angeles||34||16||3||15||58||59||-1||11-1-5||5-2-10||51|