MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
New Orleans 43 Washington 19
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Houston 11 Cleveland 3
Boston 16 NY Yankees 1
LA Dodgers 6 Atlanta 2
Dallas 115 Philadelphia 112
Indiana 111 Cleveland 102
Brooklyn 110 Detroit 108 OT
Charlotte 110 Chicago 104
Miami 90 Orlando 89
Washington 110 New York 98
Phoenix 117 Golden State 109
Boston 6 Ottawa 3
NY Islanders 4 San Jose 0
Buffalo 4 Vegas 2
Anaheim 3 Detroit 2
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Seattle 4 Houston 1
2018 Indiana Football Coaches Association Poll
1 Warren Central (10) 8-0 100
2 Brownsburg 8-0 90
3 Penn 7-1 74
4 Carmel 6-2 66
5 North Central (Indpls) 6-2 53
6 Columbus North 7-1 41
7 Avon 6-2 37
8 Lafayette Jeff 7-1 32
9 Center Grove 5-3 23
10 Valparaiso 6-2 15
Others receiving votes: FW Snider 6-2 (12), Warsaw 6-2 (6)
1 New Palestine (10) 8-0 100
2 Decatur Central 7-1 82
3 Indpls Cathedral 4-4 71
4 Michigan City 6-2 64
5 Columbus East 6-2 60
6 Whiteland 6-2 45
7 Zionsville 4-4 36
8 Bedford NL 7-1 35
9 Martinsville 6-2 32
10 Elkhart Central 4-4 9
Others receiving votes: Harrison 4-4 (8), Castle 5-3 (4),
Bloomington South 4-4 (2), McCutcheon 5-3 (1)
1 Northwood (7) 8-0 84
2 FW Dwenger (1) 7-1 82
3 East Central 7-1 72
4 Angola 8-0 61
Marion 8-0 61
6 Mishawaka (1) 7-1 54
7 Evansville Central (1) 7-1 40
8 Mooresville 7-1 34
9 Mississnewa 7-1 19
10 Northview 8-0 11
Others receiving votes: Pendleton Heights 6-2 (10), Boonville 8-0 (9),
Culver Academies 5-2 (6), East Noble 7-1 (4), Lowell 6-2 (2), Plymouth 6-2 (1)
1 Evansville Memorial (8) 8-0 98
2 West Lafayette (1) 8-0 90
3 Indpls Chatard (1) 6-2 73
4 Andrean 7-1 64
5 Indpls Brebeuf 6-2 52
6 Heritage Hills 8-0 49
7 Brownstown Central 7-1 35
8 Gibson Southern 6-2 23
9 FW Luers 5-3 22
10 Guerin Catholic 5-3 17
Others receiving votes: FW Concordia 3-5 (10), Vincennes Lincoln 6-2 (4),
Batesville 6-2 (3), Greencastle 7-1 (3), Maconaquah 6-2 (3),
Jimtown 4-4 (2), Mishawaka Marian 4-4 (2)
1 Western Boone (9) 8-0 99
2 Indpls Scecina 7-1 83
3 Eastbrook 7-1 75
4 Tipton 8-0 70
5 Triton Central 7-1 55
6 Shenandoah 7-1 41
Whiting 7-0 41
8 Bremen 7-1 37
9 Southridge 6-2 28
10 Paoli 8-0 5
Others receiving votes: Eastern (Greentown) 7-1 (4), Woodlan 4-4 (4),
Rensselaer Central 5-3 (3), Delphi 8-0 (2), Providence 6-2 ( 2)
Evansville Mater Dei 4-4 (1)
1 Pioneer (10) 8-0 100
2 Adams Central 8-0 88
3 Southwood 8-0 79
4 Churubusco 7-1 54
North Central (Farmersburg) 6-1 54
6 Sheridan 7-1 52
7 Monroe Central 7-1 42
8 North Vermillion 7-1 20
9 Indpls Lutheran 5-3 16
10 South Adams 6-2 12
Others receiving votes: Covenant Christian 8-0 (10), West Washington 7-1 (10),
Fountain Central 6-2 (5), LaVille 5-3 (5), Eastern Greene 5-2 (1)
Lafayette CC 3-5 (1), Traders Point Christian 7-1 (1)
Holt 1st with postseason cycle, Red Sox rout Yankees 16-1
Brock Holt had one thing in mind: He was swinging for the fences.
After all, the game was decided long ago. And everything else went Boston’s way all night, so why not this?
The part-time utilityman put the finishing touch on a Red Sox blowout, becoming the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game as Boston routed the New York Yankees 16-1 on Monday to seize a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.
“This one I’ll remember for a long time,” said Holt, unaware of his achievement until told by a television reporter right after the final out. “Obviously, you don’t go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, let alone score 16 runs.”
Andrew Benintendi lined a three-run double and Holt tripled home two more in a seven-run fourth inning that quickly turned the latest playoff matchup between these longtime rivals into a laugher. Handed a big early lead, Nathan Eovaldi shut down his former team during New York’s most lopsided defeat in 396 postseason games.
“An embarrassing day,” shortstop Didi Gregorius said.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in the Bronx, where the 108-win Red Sox can put away the wild-card Yankees for good and advance to the AL Championship Series against Houston. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch against New York lefty CC Sabathia.
Machado, Dodgers finish off Braves in NLDS with 6-2 win
The Los Angeles Dodgers went through all the expected motions after winning a playoff series.
They broke out T-shirts and caps. They posed for pictures in the middle of SunTrust Park. They doused each other with beer in the clubhouse.
Then, just like that, their focus turned to bigger goals ahead.
For a power-packed team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1988, nothing less will do.
“We all know that there’s a lot more work to be done,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team finished off the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory Monday in the NL Division Series. “We have eight more wins to go.”
Manny Machado hit a three-run homer and David Freese came through again in the postseason to lead the Dodgers into the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row. Los Angeles moved on to face the Brewers after taking out the Baby Braves 3-1 in the best-of-five series.
Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee, the Dodgers’ fourth championship series in six seasons.
“We prepared ourselves to get here,” Machado said, “and we’re not going to stop till we get what we want.”
Of course, this is just what the Dodgers had in mind when they bolstered their already power-packed lineup by acquiring the slugging shortstop – and free agent-to-be – from lowly Baltimore back in July.
October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians
As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston’s buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar.
This wasn’t the time to get soaked. Bigger parties lie ahead.
The Astros are back in an October orbit.
The defending World Series champions advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year – with surprising ease – by completing a division-round sweep of Cleveland on Monday with an 11-3 lashing in Game 3 helped by two key throwing errors from Indians reliever Trevor Bauer.
“No one takes anything for granted here,” Verlander said. “That’s the DNA of the guys in this clubhouse. This team has a propensity to do big things in big spots. This is an atmosphere that breeds winning.
“We have the most complete team in baseball.”
Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double off Bauer in a three-run seventh inning , and the Astros scored 10 runs in their final three at-bats to turn a series that was supposed to be competitive into a complete rout.
“We’re the reigning world champs, and we really have a good ability to show up for the day,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “So proud of our guys, the work they put into the winter. It was a short winter for us. As you can see, our guys are pretty hungry to advance.”
The Astros moved to the ALCS on-deck circle, where they await the Boston-New York winner for a shot to play for another championship.
Brees makes history in style, Saints thrash Redskins 43-19
Before Drew Brees could blow kisses to the adoring Superdome crowd, before he could embrace his wife and children on the sideline, the Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback had to shred one of the NFL’s top pass defenses with ruthless efficiency.
And so he did.
Brees passed Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing with a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre’Quan Smith on Monday night that sent New Orleans on its way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the mistake-prone Washington Redskins.
“It’s hard for me to reflect too much right now just because my career’s not done. There are still goals to be accomplished. There are still challenges to be met. And so I’m still very focused on that,” Brees said. “And yet, when something like this happens, there are so many people who are responsible for that, that are a part of that, that makes me happy. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful – extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I’ve played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans.
“It’s just been an unbelievable journey.”
Brees entered the game needing 201 yards to eclipse Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 71,940 yards. He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception this season. He did, however, make his eighth career reception on his own deflected pass, and pushed across the line of scrimmage to add an extra yard to his career total.
AP Source: Eagles running back Jay Ajayi has torn ACL
ay Ajayi wanted the Philadelphia Eagles to run the ball more and coach Doug Pederson agreed.
They’ll have to do it without their top running back.
The Eagles placed Ajayi on injured reserve Monday because of a knee injury. A person familiar with the situation says Ajayi tore an ACL and will miss the rest of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced the severity of the injury.
Ajayi had 29 yards rushing on eight carries and lost a fumble at the Vikings 5 in a 23-21 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He was acquired by the Eagles from Miami at the trade deadline last season and helped the team win the Super Bowl.
“I love to run the football,” Pederson said. “I think our guys are good at it, and we’ve been successful at it. But at the same time, we can’t get behind in football games because sometimes the running game won’t allow you to get back fast enough.”
In a 26-23 overtime loss at Tennessee in Week 4, the Eagles called runs on only 24 percent of the plays. Only 22 percent of the plays against the Vikings were called runs.
“We’ve got to figure out how to start games faster, stay on the field longer, and generate points early in football games, because if you go back to our history, the times that we’ve had success as a football team, we’ve been able to do that,” Pederson said. “We’ve been able to score on opening drives, get the lead early, which allows for your running game to really take over, play-action pass, all of that. That’s one of the ingredients that’s missing right now.”
Falcons QB Ryan undergoes X-ray on foot, results negative
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had negative results on an X-ray of his foot following Sunday’s blowout loss at Pittsburgh.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is “100 percent good to go” this week against Tampa Bay after getting sacked six times and hit 11 additional times. Quinn did not say which foot Ryan injured.
Ryan, an 11-year veteran and the 2016 NFL MVP, has been sacked 16 times, tied for third-most in the league. He was sacked 24 times last year.
Ryan had not been sacked six times in a game since the 2014 season finale against Carolina.
Phoenix Suns fire general manager Ryan McDonough
The Phoenix Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough on Monday, nine days before their season begins.
James Jones and Trevor Bukstein will share the GM duties on an interim basis for the Suns. Jones is the team’s vice president of basketball operations and Bukstein was assistant GM under McDonough, who had been in Phoenix since 2013 and was under contract through 2020.
Suns owner Robert Sarver said in a statement announcing the firing that he made the decision “after much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations.”
“There’s no perfect time to make a change,” Sarver said in an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM radio. “For me it’s just about making consistent progress and with any leader it’s an ongoing evaluation process. And, ultimately, I just decided we needed to make a change.”
The Suns took Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft and gave Devin Booker a $158 million extension during the offseason.
Phoenix has had four straight losing seasons and no playoff berth since 2010. Last year’s 21-61 record was the worst in the NBA and second-worst in franchise history.
Sarver said he’d been looking at the last five years, “more recently the last six months,” in an ongoing evaluation of McDonough.
Oklahoma fires defensive coordinator Mike Stoops
Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday after the Sooners struggled to stop Texas during their first loss of the season.
Ruffin McNeill, the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, will be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
The No. 11 Sooners (5-1) lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.
“At the end of the day, I felt like we needed a new voice,” coach Lincoln Riley said Monday. “We needed just a little bit of a spark. I thought that making the change was right for that reason, and also because I felt good about the guys we have in this room and a plan for the rest of this season. This team’s got a lot in front of them. This team could make a run here. I think we all feel that.”
McNeill was defensive coordinator at UNLV from 1997 to 1998 and at Fresno State in 1999. He later served in that same role with Texas Tech from 2008 to 2009 before taking over as coach at East Carolina from 2010 to 2015.
Riley’s confidence in McNeill played a role in the decision to fire Stoops, the brother of former Sooners coach Bob Stoops. Riley was McNeill’s offensive coordinator at East Carolina, and he brought McNeill to Oklahoma as assistant head coach before the 2017 season.
Spurs setback: Point guard Dejounte Murray lost to torn ACL
Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he’s the right point guard for their team.
And then Murray’s knee gave out.
In an instant, the entire trajectory of the Spurs’ season might have changed.
Murray’s season is almost certainly over, after the Spurs learned Monday that their starting point guard has a torn ACL in his right knee. The team hasn’t revealed when Murray will have surgery, nor has it determined a timetable for his return, but ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation is a process that typically takes around a full year.
“You just carry on,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, standing in a corner of the team’s practice facility in San Antonio shortly after the Murray diagnosis was released. “He’s going to be out. Devastating injury for him, for the team. But life goes on. Everybody will pick up and do the best job we can to carry forward without him.”
Murray, who turned 22 last month, averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season.
“I assume he misses the season,” Popovich said.
In a tweet, Murray thanked people for support and said he’s “been beating the odds and handling adversity” throughout his life.
Report: Mavs fire photographer accused of sexual harassment
The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly fired a team photographer amid allegations of sexual harassment from several women.
The Dallas Morning News, citing sources it did not identify, reported that Danny Bollinger was fired last week after the newspaper detailed the allegations. The team didn’t respond to a request for comment Monday.
According to the paper, the team opened an investigation into the allegations a few days after the release of a report detailing years of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct on the business side of the organization.
The NBA accepted the findings in the report from a law firm hired the Mavericks. The club avoided basketball-related penalties as owner Mark Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to groups that promote the role of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence.
According to the Morning News, Bollinger traveled to China, where Dallas played two exhibition games against Philadelphia, but was sent home early and subsequently fired.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1915 – Woodrow Wilson becomes first US president to attend a World Series game (World Series #12).
1916 – Babe Ruth pitches and wins longest World Series game (14 innings) 2-1.
1921 – Babe Ruth’s first World Series homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays.
1928 – New York Yankees sweep Saint Louis Cardinals in 25th World Series; Babe Ruth hits three home run in game – New York Yankees become first to sweep consecutive World Series.
1934 – Saint Louis Cardinals beat Detroit Tigers, four games to three in 31st World Series of baseball.
1938 – Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears play a penalty-free NFL game.
1938 – New York Yankees sweep Chicago Cubs in the 35th World Series, third straight World Series win.
1944 – Saint Louis Cardinals beat Saint Louis Browns, four games to two in 41st World Series.
1949 – New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers four games to one in 46th World Series.
1951 – Gil McDougald’s World Series grand slam helps New York Yankees beat New York Giants 13-1 (World Series #48).
1958 – New York Yankees beat Milwaukee Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series – Yankees appear in 9 and win 7 of last ten World Series.
1960 – Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Eddie LeBaron throws shortest touchdown pass (2 inches).
1960 – Howard Glenn, New York Titans’ player, dies of injuries sustained in the day’s game.
1961 – New York Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, four games to one in 58th World Series.
1961 – New York Yankees’ Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s record of 29 2/3 consecutive innings.
1966 – Baltimore Orioles win Major League Baseball’s Fall Classic, 4 games to 0 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning the final game 1-0 with a home run by Frank Robinson.
1973 – Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers game in Cleveland postponed because of wet floors.
1974 – Washington Capitals first NHL game, losing 6-3 to New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardens.
1976 – New York Yankees’ first American League Championship game, beating Kansas City Royals 4-1.
1979 – Peter Brock wins the Bathurst 1000 by a record 6 laps, with a lap record on the last lap.
1986 – Gilbert Perreault of the Buffalo Sabres becomes 12th NHL player to score 500 goals.
1988 – Dennis Eckersley is first to save all four games in a championship series.
1989 – First NFL game coached by a black man (Art Shell), his Los Angeles Raiders beat New York Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football.
2011 – The NHL hockey team the Winnipeg Jets returns to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from Arizona.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1894 At Chicago’s Lake Front Park, Quaker (Phillies) fly chaser Jack Manning hits three home runs in an 11-7 loss to the White Stockings. The Philadelphia outfielder is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
1905 Christy Mathewson throws a shutout against Philadelphia in Game 1 of the World Series, 3-0. The Giants hurler will blank the A’s twice more during the Fall Classic.
1906 In a snowy West Side Park, the first one-city World Series opens in Chicago. Nick Altrock outduels Three Finger Brown, giving the White Sox a 2-1 victory over the heavily favored Cubs.
1907 In Game 2 of the World Series played at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Tigers third baseman Bill Coughlin tags out Jimmy Slagle, who is leading off the base, using the hidden ball trick. The Cubs center fielder is the first victim ever to be deceived about the location of the ball during the Fall Classic.
1909 Ty Cobb’s steal of home is the highlight of the Tigers’ 7-2 victory over the Pirates, that knots the World Series at one game apiece. The ‘Georgia Peach’ swipes home plate 54 times during his career, a major league record.
1910 Sitting out the last two games of the season, Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb wins the third of his nine consecutive batting titles by edging Nap Lajoie by less than a percentage point. The player-manager of the Cleveland Naps, who had six bogus hits on the last day thanks to the Browns’ attempt to dethrone the Georgia Peach with their defensive indifference, still loses the race .3849 to .3840.
1913 In Game 3 of the World Series, rookie right-hander Joe Bush throws a complete game, limiting the Giants to five hits in the A’s 8-2 victory at the Polo Grounds. At the age 20 years and 316 days, ‘Bullet Joe’ is the youngest pitcher to start a game in the Fall Classic, 40 days sooner than Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Jim Palmer (1966), who are tied for second on list.
1915 Woodrow Wilson becomes the first president to watch a World Series game when he attends Game 2 of the Fall Classic played at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Red Sox hurler Rube Foster limits the Phillies to just three hits en route to a 2-1 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
1919 With rumors spreading about a fix, the White Sox, after a very ineffective start by Lefty Williams, are defeated 10-5 at Comiskey Park and drop the World Series to the underdog Reds, 5 games to 3. Before next season begins, eight Chicago players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, will be accused of accepting bribes to purposely throw the games.
1928 At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the Yankees beat the Cardinals, 7-3, completing their second consecutive sweep of the World Series. The Bronx Bombers, who win their third World Championship in franchise history, live up to their name as they slugged five homers in the game, three by Babe Ruth, a feat which will not be matched until 1989 when Oakland does it against San Francisco.
1934 At Detroit’s Navin Field, Commissioner Landis makes Joe Medwick leave Game 7 of the World Series for ‘his own safety’. The Tiger fans are upset with his aggressive slide into third baseman Marv Owen after hitting a triple in the sixth inning, and the angry mob responds by hurling fruit at the outfielder during the Cardinals’ 11-0 series-clinching victory.
1938 Sweeping the Cubs in four games, the Bronx Bombers become the first team in major league history to win three consecutive World Series. Red Ruffing goes the distance, beating Chicago, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium.
1948 Behind the solid pitching of Steve Gromek, the Indians win pivotal Game 4 of the Fall Classic, edging the Braves, 2-1, to take a 3-1 series lead. Larry Doby’s home run, the first by a black player in World Series history, proves to be the difference in the Tribe’s victory.
1949 During the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 loss to the Yankees in Game 5, the Ebbets Field lights are turned on, making it the first time a World Series game has been played under artificial lights. The first scheduled Fall Classic night game will not take place until 1971, when the Pirates host Baltimore for Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium.
1951 In the Yankees’ 13-1 rout of the Giants in Game 5 of the Fall Classic victory at the Polo Grounds, Gil McDougald, joining Elmer Smith (1920) and Tony Lazzeri (1936), becomes the third player in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The 23 year-old Yankees infielder is the first rookie to accomplish the feat.
1958 In Game 7, the Yankees beat the defending World champion Braves in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, 6-2, for their eighteenth title, the club’s seventh in the past decade. The Bronx Bombers become only the second team, the first being the 1925 Pirates, to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven Fall Classic.
1961 With the help of a pair of five-run innings at Crosley Field, the Yankees win the World Series, beating the Reds in Game 5, 13-5. Johnny Blanchard, a reserve player who will collect 10 hits in 29 at-bats in five Fall Classics, hits two home runs and bats .400 en route to the Bronx Bombers’ 19th World Championship.
1966 For the second consecutive day, the Orioles win a World Series game, 1-0, in a contest decided by a home run when Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning. With the lone run being scored on a homer, for only the fifth time in the history of the Fall Classic, and the complete-game shutout thrown by Dave McNally, Baltimore completes a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.
1968 The Tigers score ten runs in the third inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. Detroit’s big frame, which equals the World Series mark set by the 1929 A’s, sees 15 batters come to the plate, who collect seven hits, one hit-by-pitch, and four walks against four Redbird hurlers in the Busch Stadium contest.
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1969 Just a few days after agreeing to be on the coaching staff of the Angels, Sparky Anderson accepts an offer to replace Dave Bristol as the manager of the Reds. During his nine-year tenure, in which Cincinnati will average 96 victories a season, the club will win five divisional titles, four National League pennants, and consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976.
1976 While on his way home from his party, Pirates reliever Bob Moose is killed on his birthday in an automobile accident in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. The 29 year-old’s death occurs two days shy of the four-year mark of the date he threw the infamous wild pitch giving Cincinnati a walk-off victory in the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS.
1980 In Game 2 of the ALCS with the Yankees trailing 3-2 with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, George Steinbrenner is caught on live national television jumping out of his seat and shouting what appears to be profanities when Willie Randolph is tagged out at home on a relay throw by George Brett. The Yankees’ owner wants third base coach Mike Ferraro fired on the spot, but manager Dick Howser refuses, and the skipper will lose his job when the team is swept in three games by the Royals, despite a first-place finish in the American League East, compiling a 103-59 record.
1989 Televising the deciding Game 5 of the NLCS, a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cubs from Candlestick Park, NBC broadcasts its final edition of the Game of the Week. Next season, CBS’s sporadic and less frequent coverage of a regular season weekly game led many to believe the network was really only interested in airing the All-Star Game and postseason contests.
1996 With the Yankees trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Derek Jeter ties the game with a deep fly ball to right field that is ruled a home run by umpire Rich Garcia, despite the protest of outfielder Tony Tarasco and Orioles manager Davey Johnson, who claim there was spectator interference that prevented the ball from being caught. Video replay clearly shows 12 year-old Jeffrey Maier reaching over the fence and bringing the catchable live ball into the stands, forever changing the outcome of Game 1 of the ALCS, and, many believe, of the series.
2005 At Minute Maid Park, Chris Burke’s 18th inning homer ends the longest postseason game in baseball history as the Astros defeat the Braves, 7-6, to advance into the National League Championship Series. Atlanta’s five-run lead late in the game is erased with an eighth-inning grand slam by Lance Berkman and a two-out ninth inning solo shot by Brad Ausmus, which barely clears Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched hand.
2010 At Yankee Stadium, the Twins drop Game 3 of the ALCS, 6-2, giving New York a sweep of the series. Minnesota, the first team to make the playoffs, exits the postseason for the second straight year without winning a game in the first round.
ON THIS DATE IN SPORTS HISTORY – October 9, 1997
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-Dean Smith, the coach whose basketball lineage traces from James Naismith and the first peach basket, formally ended an era today. His retirement after 36 years as coach at the University of North Carolina, and 879 victories that surpassed the total of every other college coach, inspired all manner of responses. They came from President Clinton, who telephoned him. From Michael Jordan, whose jump shot as a freshman led Smith’s Tar Heels to the first of his two national championships, who called him his second father. And from students who wedged themselves against windows outside the athletic building that bears his name and where the announcement was made.
Smith, who played at the University of Kansas for the Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen, who had played for Naismith, has forever changed the game of basketball through the players and coaches he has taught. Last winter, Jordan joined the former Smith recruits James Worthy and Billy Cunningham among those selected as the 50 leading players in the history of the National Basketball Association. Thirty of Smith’s players have reached all-America status. Eight of the last nine United States Olympic teams have included at least one of his Tar Heels. Last season, no fewer than 15 of his former players appeared on N.B.A. rosters.
As Smith announced his decision to retire this afternoon, Larry Brown, one of his former players who now coaches the Detroit Pistons, stood quietly in a corner of the room. But Smith’s role as an instructor for the game’s brightest minds does not stop with Brown. George Karl has taken the Seattle SuperSonics to the N.B.A. finals. Roy Williams of Kansas and Eddie Fogler of South Carolina, longtime Smith assistants, have risen to the top of their profession. Their mentor lifted a program troubled by National Collegiate Athletic Association rules violations in the early 1960’s and transformed it into a national model of athletic and academic efficiency. The Tar Heels have won at least 20 games for 27 consecutive seasons. They have built winning percentages of .728 in Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season play and .716 in the intense conference tournament. Perhaps more important, 97.3 percent of the players to receive a letter under Smith have earned their degrees.
As the campus responded today to the shock of Smith’s decision, the depths of his relationships became as clear as the coach’s lasting contributions: his support of desegregation efforts, his recruitment of African-American athletes, his strategic innovations that included the four-corners offense and the foul-line huddle. “He’s like a second father to me,” Jordan said at the Chicago Bulls training center in Deerfield, Ill.
Smith introduced his successor, 60- year-old Bill Guthridge, an assistant for the past 30 years who had wanted to end his career with Smith rather than take his place. Although Smith’s contract ran through 2001, the task of extending his career was becoming impossible. From a year ago to mid-May, Smith remembered, he had one free weekend to see his grandchildren. Last Thursday, he informed Dick Baddour, the athletic director, that he was 80 percent certain he would resign. Wednesday evening, after the players completed the mile run that is a required prelude to practice, they were called into an unscheduled meeting. Smith informed them of his decision, and broke down. “It was like, just wake me up, this can’t be happening,” said Antawn Jamison, a junior who had chosen not to apply to the N.B.A. draft.