NCC SCOREBOARD

Richmond 16 Muncie Central 12

RHS LB GABE CROWE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pux5yZhiLY

RHS HEAD COACH TONY SONSINI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6TQF1AlMwg

RHS DE AQUAVION ALLEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy4M5HBALho

Indpls Tech 49, Logansport 13

Lafayette Jeff 47, Lafayette Harrison 35

Marion 48, Anderson 0

McCutcheon 59, Kokomo 20

STANDINGS

  WL PTS OPP OA PTS OPP
Lafayette Jeff 2-0 94 47 4-  0 204 147 Won 4
Tech 2-0 103 20 3-  1 147 71 Won 2
Marion 2-0 93 6 3-  1 136 60 Won 2
Harrison 1-1 77 47 2-  2 129 105 Lost 1
Richmond 1-1 23 66 2-  2 78 132 Won 1
Anderson 1-1 22 64 1-  3 25 117 Lost 1
McCutcheon 1-1 71 67 1-  3 101 137 Won 1
Logansport 0-2 13 91 1-  3 69 151 Lost 2
Kokomo 0-2 26 104 0-  4 59 208 Lost 5
Muncie Central 0-2 28 38 0-  4 42 113 Lost 9

NEXT WEEK

Friday, Sep. 20

Harrison at Anderson  7 pm

Tech at Muncie Central  7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo  7 pm

Marion at Richmond  7 pm

McCutcheon at Logansport  7 pm

 

AREA

Knightstown 27, Union City 12

Union Co. 35, Hagerstown 34…Union County rallied from 13 down in the fourth quarter to win 35-34. Mason Wicker ran for 170 yards and scored 4 touchdowns.  Wicker had scores of 9, 1, 32 and 14 yards. Hagerstown had 359 yards of total offense and let leads of 13, 14 and 13 points getaway. Noah Snodgrass went 10-19 for 98 yards and two TD’s. Camden Rhoades gained 124 yards on just five carries. Braden Himelick had 3 receptions for 104 yards and two scores.

Northeastern 41, Cambridge City 0…..After a scoreless first quarter, the Knights scored 3 times in the second quarter on their way to a 41-0 victory. Northeastern was lead by senior Shane Berry who racked up 230 rushing yards to go with 2 touchdowns. Wesley Mull added 116 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns and Cade Bray contributed a rushing touchdown. Garrett Tudor threw for 52 yards and rushed for another 41 yards. The defense was lead by defensive lineman Josh Berger, defensive end Cullen Browning and linebacker Ashton Martin. Northeastern (4-0) returns to action next Friday for homecoming against Union City.

Winchester 36 Centerville 15

STANDINGS

 

 

TEC PTS OPP OA PTS OPP
Northeastern 4-0 115 35 4-  0 115 35 Won 4
Knightstown 3-1 108 69 3-  1 108 69 Won 2
Centerville 2-1 73 42 2-  2 79 62 Lost 2
Winchester 2-1 100 50 2-  2 100 90 Won 1
Tri 1-2 52 49 1-  2 52 49 Won 1
Union City 1-2 35 62 1-  3 42 98 Lost 3
Lincoln 1-3 31 121 1-  3 31 121 Lost 2
Hagerstown 1-3 48 72 1-  3 48 72 Lost 1
Union County 1-3 70 132 1-  3 70 132 Won 1

NEXT WEEK

Friday, Sep. 20

Lincoln at Hagerstown  7 pm

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 7 pm

Tri at Centerville 7 pm

Union City at Northeastern  7 pm

Winchester at Union County 7 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-STATE SCOREBOARD

Adams Central 46, Jay Co. 6

Alexandria 42, Madison-Grant 22

Avon 7, Brownsburg 3

Blackford 45, Frankton 0

Bloomington North 38, Bloomington South 27

Bluffton 13, Woodlan 6

Bremen 27, Triton 6

Brownstown 32, Salem 21

Calumet 36, Whiting 0

Carmel 24, Indpls Pike 7

Carroll (Flora) 65, S. Newton 14

Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 42, Ft. Wayne Northrop 7

Cascade 51, Cloverdale 6

Cass 28, Tipton 7

Castle 37, Ev. Bosse 0

Center Grove 48, Indpls Ben Davis 20

Central Noble 23, Prairie Hts. 9

Charlestown 20, N. Harrison 0

Chesterton 29, LaPorte 7

Cin. St. Xavier, Ohio 37, Penn 7

Clinton Prairie 47, Tri-Central 21

Columbia City 38, Huntington North 21

Columbus East 47, Jeffersonville 7

Columbus North 14, Indpls Roncalli 0

Concord 43, Wawasee 7

Covenant Christian 21, Indpls Manual 0

Covington 42, Fountain Central 6

Crawford Co. 38, Rock Creek Academy 36

Crown Point 10, Lake Central 0

Culver 44, W. Central 0

Danville 54, Crawfordsville 6

Decatur Central 47, Martinsville 18

East Central 35, Franklin Co. 0

East Noble 35, DeKalb 7

Eastbrook 21, Mississinewa 14

Eastern (Greentown) 49, Taylor 0

Eastside 42, Churubusco 14

Edgewood 26, Owen Valley 13

Elkhart Central 41, Benton Harbor, Mich. 0

Ev. Central 42, Ev. Reitz 0

Ev. Memorial 10, Ev. Mater Dei 3

Ev. North 49, Ev. Harrison 6

Fairfield 21, Fremont 6

Fishers 27, Hamilton Southeastern 6

Floyd Central 50, New Albany 14

Forest Park 26, Tecumseh 0

Franklin Central 17, Zionsville 14

Frontier 22, Clinton Central 6

Fort Wayne Concordia 49, Ft. Wayne Luers 21

Fort Wayne North 48, Ft. Wayne Wayne 16

Fort Wayne Snider 42, Ft. Wayne South 0

Garrett 37, Lakeland 34

Hamilton Hts. 36, Northwestern 0

Hammond Morton 69, Munster 7

Heritage Christian 38, Eastern Hancock 20

Heritage Hills 17, Jasper 14

Homestead 17, Ft. Wayne Dwenger 15

Indian Creek 42, Brown Co. 14

Indpls Attucks 28, Indpls Howe 8

Indpls Brebeuf 20, Guerin Catholic 15

Indpls Cathedral 31, Indpls Chatard 21

Indpls N. Central 42, Lawrence North 27

Indpls Ritter 28, Speedway 0

Indpls Scecina 55, Beech Grove 35

Indpls Tech 49, Logansport 13

Jimtown 28, Glenn 3

Kankakee Valley 13, N. Newton 12

Knightstown 27, Union City 12

Knox 35, N. Judson 7

Lafayette Jeff 47, Lafayette Harrison 35

Lawrenceburg 49, Greensburg 17

Lebanon 35, N. Montgomery 30

Leo 37, New Haven 14

Linton 38, N. Vermillion 20

Lowell 42, Griffith 28

Maconaquah 44, Whitko 7

Madison 21, Bedford N. Lawrence 20

Marion 48, Anderson 0

McCutcheon 59, Kokomo 20

Merrillville 46, Portage 7

Milan 42, S. Decatur 6

Mishawaka 43, S. Bend Adams 7

Mishawaka Marian 48, S. Bend Riley 14

Mitchell 36, Eastern (Greene) 20

Monroe Central 41, Southern Wells 6

Mooresville 31, Greenwood 7

Mt. Carmel, Ill. 55, Princeton 14

Mt. Vernon (Posey) 35, Winamac 6

North Daviess 26, Washington 8

North Decatur 39, Oldenburg 7

North Knox 34, Boonville 20

North White 49, Tri-County 6

New Castle 50, Shelbyville 0

New Palestine 49, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 7

New Prairie 55, S. Bend St. Joseph’s 28

NorthWood 55, Goshen 7

Northeastern 41, Cambridge City 0

Northview 27, W. Vigo 6

Norwell 31, Bellmont 0

Oak Hill 42, Elwood 0

Owensboro Catholic, Ky. 54, S. Spencer 14

Paoli 28, Perry Central 6

Parke Heritage 26, Attica 6

Pendleton Hts. 47, Greenfield 6

Pioneer 72, Caston 6

Plainfield 42, Indpls Perry Meridian 20

Plymouth 35, Northridge 17

Providence 35, Clarksville 8

Rensselaer 35, Twin Lakes 0

Richmond 16, Muncie Central 12

Rochester 24, Manchester 13

South Adams 76, Heritage 0

South Bend Washington 40, S. Bend Clay 12

South Dearborn 7, Connersville 0

South Putnam 22, Greencastle 16

South Vermillion 40, Marshall, Ill. 34

Scottsburg 26, Corydon 20, 3OT

Seeger 50, Riverton Parke 0

Seymour 42, Jennings Co. 21

Shenandoah 22, Lapel 20

Sheridan 36, Delphi 35

Silver Creek 37, Eastern (Pekin) 12

Southmont 33, Frankfort 12

Southridge 37, N. Posey 7

Southwood 20, Northfield 6

Sullivan 35, N. Putnam 27

Tell City 48, Pike Central 14

Terre Haute South 31, Terre Haute North 14

Tippecanoe Valley 21, N. Miami 7

Traders Point Christian 42, Indpls Park Tudor 13

Triton Central 47, Monrovia 0

Union Co. 35, Hagerstown 34

Valparaiso 42, Michigan City 21

West Lafayette 50, Lafayette Catholic 0

West Noble 41, Angola 27

West Washington 46, Springs Valley 0

Wabash 27, Peru 26

Warren Central 40, Lawrence Central 21

Warsaw 38, Elkhart Memorial 35

Western 70, Benton Central 7

Western Boone 27, Tri-West 13

Westfield 34, Noblesville 14

Wheeler 28, South Central (Union Mills) 7

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#20 Washington State 31 Houston 24

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Minnesota at Cleveland postponed

Toronto 6 NY Yankees 5 (12)

Baltimore 6 Detroit 2

Oakland 14 Texas 9

Houston 4 Kansas City 1

Tampa Bay 11 LA Angels 4

Chicago White Sox 9 Seattle 7

Chicago Cubs 17 Pittsburgh 8

Atlanta 5 Washington 0

LA Dodgers 9 NY Mets 2

St. Louis 10 Milwaukee 0

Colorado 10 San Diego 8

Cincinnati 4 Arizona 3

San Francisco 1 Miami 0

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Earlham 3 Albion 0

IU Southeast 3 Earlham 1

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

SATURDAY

Arkansas State at #3 Georgia

Pittsburgh at #13 Penn State

#6 Ohio State at Indiana

#21 Maryland at Temple

New Mexico at #7 Notre Dame

Stanford at #17 Central Florida

#2 Alabama at South Carolina

#24 USC at BYU

Arizona State at #18 Michigan State

#19 Iowa at Iowa State

Idaho State at #11 Utah

Kent State at #8 Auburn

Lamar at #16 Texas A&M

#9 Florida at Kentucky

Northwestern State at #4 LSU

Florida State at #25 Virginia

Hawaii at #23 Washington

#1 Clemson at Syracuse

#5 Oklahoma at UCLA

#12 Texas at Rice

Portland State at #22 Boise State

Montana at #15 Oregon

BIG 10

Eastern Michigan at Illinois

Georgia Southern at Minnesota

UNLV at Northwestern

TCU at Purdue

Northern Illinois at Nebraska

MAC

Miami at Cincinnati

Akron at Central Michigan

Florida Atlantic at Ball State

Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green

Buffalo at Liberty

Ohio at Marshall

Murray State at Toledo

Georgia State at Western Michigan

 

Notre Dame football: Saturday is the last tune up for the linebackers

As a whole, Notre Dame’s defense played well against Louisville. The Cardinals moved up and down the field on the first couple of drives, but after that, the Irish stiffened, only allowing three points after the first quarter.

Despite adjusting well to Louisville’s offensive scheme, there was still a problem that never seemed to get sorted out — the linebacking corps.

Coming into the season, the Irish linebackers were one of the team’s biggest question marks. The position was in turmoil. Players like captain Drue Tranquill had graduated. Everyone knows it is difficult to replace multiple players at any position. It is even more difficult when all of those players had NFL talent.

You lean on your 5th-year senior to make sure everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing. You lean on them to make big plays when the team needs someone to step up. Unfortunately, Notre Dame’s senior leader in the linebacker room, Asmar Bilal, did anything but step up against Louisville.

Bilal only totaled four tackles, with one of those being an assisted tackle. It seemed he was often out of position, misreading the play, and generally being beat by blockers making it to the second level.

Now, given that the Irish are playing a 4-2 defensive front this season, they need elite play from both of their linebackers to stop the run properly. They can’t afford missed tackles or assignments. They need guys who can play sideline to sideline and get off their blocks.

These linebackers, led by Bilal, need to prove that they can consistently play for 60 minutes at an elite level this Saturday. New Mexico is coming to town, and they’re a pushover. The talent gap is tremendous. The coaching gap is tremendous.

It’s important to dominate and grow within this 4-2 defense. If they can do that, they’ll grow in confidence and understanding.

They’ll need to be confident and even better in the coming weeks, too. A week after New Mexico, the Irish head between the hedges and play Georgia. Everyone knows that Georgia will run it down your throat until you stop them. Bilal and the other backers need to dominate if Notre Dame stands a realistic chance.

From there, Virginia visits South Bend. Two years ago, this might’ve been a yawner of a game. Now, the Cavaliers boast Bryce Perkins. Perkins is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country.

Besides needing the linebackers to be able to stop the run, they’ll need to stay disciplined and keep Perkins in check. Beyond that, in the passing game, not only will they need to drop into coverage, but also spy Perkins. If Perkins’ options to throw to are covered, he’ll run. If Notre Dame doesn’t have a linebacker there to swallow him up, then Virginia will move the ball with ease.

Remember, for Notre Dame, they probably need to go undefeated to make the College Football Playoff. Notre Dame only plays 12 games. They do not play a conference championship. Put an 11-1 Notre Dame up against a 12-1 team from a Power 5 conference, and we know how the CFP selection committee will make their decisions.

Perfection is the goal. Perfection is not attainable if the linebacking corps does not step up and play at a high level. They have one game to reach that potential and gain the confidence to maintain their potential throughout the course of the season.

 

 

Jayhawks halt long road losing skid against Power 5 schools

Carter Stanley threw for three touchdowns, Khalil Herbert rushed for 187 yards on just 11 carries and Kansas stunned Boston College 48-24 Friday night for its first road win over a Power Five school in nearly 11 years.

The Jayhawks (2-1), who entered as a three-touchdown underdog, won their first road game against a power conference opponent since a victory at Iowa State on Oct. 4, 2008, a span of 48 straight losses. Pooka Williams ran for 121 yards on 22 attempts with a TD, and Herbert added a late score. Stanley was 20 of 27 for 238 yards with an inception on his first attempt.

AJ Dillon ran for 151 yards on 27 carries and Anthony Brown went 18 for 36 with 195 yards a TD pass for the Eagles (2-1). Brown also caught a TD.

Kansas went into the locker room with a 28-24 lead at the end of a wide-open first half that saw the teams combine for 623 yards (BC 313, Kansas 310). They also totaled 17 plays of 10 yards or more.

Trailing 24-21, Kansas ran a simple pitch play at their own 15 with 40 seconds left and Herbert broke up-the-middle and headed down the right sideline for 82 yards before being knocked out of bounds.

Two plays later, Stanley hit Andrew Parchment – his second of two TD catches- for a 3-yard score.

Midway into the third quarter, the Jayhawks increased it to 38-24 when Williams had a 12-yard scoring run, capping an 87-yard drive.

BC had taken a 24-21 edge when Brown caught his 12-yard score from receiver CJ Lewis.

The Eagles scored on their first two drives and led 10-0 before the Jayhawks scored on six straight possessions.

 

Votto, VanMeter go deep, Reds beat sinking Diamondbacks 4-3

Joey Votto turned 36 years old earlier this week and has battled a bad back that sent him to the injured list for a decent chunk of August.

But if age is starting to catch up with him, it’s hard to tell.

Votto and Josh VanMeter both hit two-run homers, Luis Castillo pitched five solid innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Friday night.

“He’s done it his whole career,” Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said of Votto. “He’s always working on it, trying to improve and making adjustments. He’s in a good place. It’d be great to have him finish strong and take it into next year.”

The Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight to tumble further out of the NL wild card race. They won 11 out of 12 from Aug. 25-Sept. 7 to pull within 1 1/2 games of the second wild card spot, but are now 4 1/2 behind the Chicago Cubs with just 14 to play.

Votto gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the third inning when he hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. It was his 15th of the season. In 18 games since coming off the injured list, he’s 20 of 64 (.313) at the plate with three homers.

The Diamondbacks pulled within 2-1 in the fourth before VanMeter launched a two-out, two-run homer to extend the Reds’ lead. Both runs were unearned because of an error by second baseman Wilmer Flores.

“We knew with Luis on the mound he would hold them to little or nothing,” VanMeter said. “It was nice to get those four runs and it ended up being the difference.”

Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless ninth, working around Ketel Marte’s two-out double, for his 30th save. Michael Lorenzen pitched two scoreless innings of the relief in the seventh and eighth, striking out two.

 

Rizzo’s slam among 5 Cubs homers, Chicago rips Bucs 17-8

After a rough start, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs rebounded with an overwhelming response at the plate.

Rizzo hit a grand slam, Contreras launched two long solo homers and the Cubs kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Rookie Nico Hoerner hit a two-run shot for his first major league homer and had four RBIs for the Cubs, who moved one game ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild card. The Brewers lost to the NL Central-leading Cardinals on Friday night.

Contreras, Hoerner and Nicholas Castellanos each homered in the first with the wind blowing out as Chicago scored five times – and then kept on rolling – after Pittsburgh jumped on Jon Lester for a 4-0 lead.

“Weirdly, I was expecting that response,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I really thought that under the circumstances the energy level was great, then to answer as quickly as we did. I want to believe that’s going to continue.”

Contreras, who said he was just trying to hit pitches to right center, boosted his homer total to 23. The All-Star catcher has four home runs in six games since returning from a hamstring injury.

“I knew that we were going to have a good game,” Contreras said. “We were hungry. It was just the first inning and we never gave up and we came back.”

Hoerner elevated a low pitch to the center field batter’s eye in his first plate appearance at Wrigley Field. He drove in two more runs with a single in Chicago’s seven-run fifth.

The 22-year-old infielder made his debut with the Cubs on Monday at San Diego after the team announced All-Star shortstop Javier Baez would miss the rest of the season with a hairline fracture in his left thumb. Hoerner, who played at Double-A before joining Chicago, is hitting .350 with eight RBIs through his first five games.

 

 

Goldschmidt help Cardinals beat Brewers 10-0

Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to back Adam Wainwright, who pitched six innings of two-hit ball as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-0 on Friday night.

The win gives the Cardinals a five-game lead over the third-place Brewers in the NL Central. St. Louis remains four games ahead of the Chicago Cubs, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-8.

It was the seventh win in the past nine home games for the Cardinals, who went 3-3 on a road trip leading up to Friday. The Brewers had their seven-game winning streak snapped and fell out of a tie with Chicago for the second wild card spot.

Wainwright (12-9) struck out seven and walked three. In his past three games, he’s allowed one earned run in 20 innings.

Adrian Houser (6-6) lasted three innings. He gave up four hits including Goldschmidt’s second grand slam of the season. He also struck out five and walked three. Goldschmidt connected on his second homer of the night and his 31st of the year in a six-run sixth. He cranked a 3-1 pitch from Jimmy Nelson to centerfield to record a career-high seven RBI. He now has 30 or more home runs in each of his past three seasons and five in his career.

Goldschmidt has feasted on Milwaukee pitching this year. He’s hitting .318 against the Brewers, with eight home runs and 20 RBI. He had a three homer game against the Brewers on March 29 in a 9-5 win at Milwaukee.

Houser allowed just two base runners in the first two innings, both via walks. But Wainwright doubled down the left-field line with one out in the third, Dexter Fowler walked and Kolten Wong barely beat out a bunt single to load the bases in front of Goldschmidt.

Goldschmidt lined a 2-2 pitch just over the left-field fence and into the Milwaukee bullpen for his first homer in 18 games.

 

 

THE POINT AFTER

When the 2019 schedule was first released, Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins contest was a game that stood out only because of the fact the annual trip to South Florida as of late has inevitably turn into some surreal horror show for the Pats.

Then, Week 1 rolled around. (A few Dolphins’ players have already voiced their displeasure with the situation, and talented young defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is apparently seeking a trade .) Suddenly, it doesn’t feel like a trap game at all anymore. While last year in Miami taught me to never say never when it comes to the Patriots in South Florida, this time around, I think we’ll see New England flip the script and come away with a win. But more on that in a second.

Heading into this weekend, we’re not going to ignore the real-world implications of what’s going on with Antonio Brown at this point. An ESPN report  said the Patriots were unaware Brown was involved in civil matter. For now, he’s still eligible to play this weekend against Miami, so for purposes of this exercise, let’s take a closer look at what sort of impact Brown could have this week against the Dolphins, as well as what things might look like moving forward.

  • If Brown ends up playing, while the Patriots offensive game plan will change from week to week, the receiver who figures to be the most impacted is Phillip Dorsett. As was the case last year when Josh Gordon arrived — and while there’s some offensive redundancy there — Dorsett will be the guy who will likely fade into the background, at least when it comes to targets. Dorsett will likely say all the right things, however, and be more than willing to step up as needed if someone goes down or is unavailable at some point this season. Said it before, but you can’t put a price on this sort of dependability.
  • Thought it was interesting this poll we ran regarding Brown earlier in the week was as close as it was.
  • Brown got No. 17, which is an unlucky number for a New England receiver, at least for the last decade-plus. Chad Jackson, Taylor Price, Greg Salas, Aaron Dobson, Greg Salas, and Riley McCarron have all come and gone while wearing the digits, and none of them have been able to distinguish themselves as a member of the Patriots’ receiving corps. (Youngster Damoun Patterson had it before he was released this summer.) Best No. 17 in franchise history? Might be a dead-heat between Tom Owen and Mike Taliaferro.
  • I also wonder if what happened to Brown is going to set a trend with other high-profile talent who might be itching to extricate themselves from bad situations. You’re not going to get many backup offensive linemen pulling something like this off, but there’s probably maybe a dozen or so elite guys in the NFL right now who could certainly think about the possibility of going this route if they want to facilitate a trade.
  • As for the game, if Brown is OK to play, I’d put the over/under on his going 20-25 snaps. Tom Brady will end up throwing for three touchdowns, the Patriots will add at least one more on the ground, and the defense will make it three consecutive games without allowing a touchdown, the first time a Bill Belichick defense will have turned the trick since he was with the Browns in 1992. The drama around Brown has at least partially obscured the fact this defense has a chance to be very, very good. We’ll see that again on Sunday. I’ll say New England 31, Miami 6.

 

 

Pats’ Antonio Brown said to be eligible, but will he play?

Antonio Brown is said to be eligible to play against Miami. Whether he actually does after just three practices with the Patriots is still not clear.

“We’re determining that,” coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “I’m not gonna hand out a copy of the game plan. We’ll do what we think is best for the team.”

The star wide receiver Brown was not placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, two people with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.

Belichick, whose team faces the Dolphins on Sunday, would not confirm the move by the NFL before practice.

Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault in a civil case in Florida and denies the allegations by his former trainer. He won’t go on the exempt list this week because no criminal charges have been filed and because the NFL hasn’t fully developed its investigation. Players on the list can’t play in games or practice with a team but are still paid. A player can be placed on the exempt list at any point.

Brown signed with New England after requesting and receiving his release from the Oakland Raiders.

Since the lawsuit became public, the ordinarily flamboyant Brown has kept the lowest of profiles.

He arrived in Massachusetts on Monday in search of a fresh start following a trail of follies with the Raiders that included a bizarre foot injury, a dispute with the NFL over his helmet, missed practices, multiple fines and a run-in with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock.

Now Brown is trying to acclimate himself to perhaps the most regimented environment in the NFL.

 

 

Dolphins DB Fitzpatrick requests trade but will play Sunday

One game into the season, the Miami Dolphins’ situation is already so dire that their game plan to defend Tom Brady calls for significant help from a player who wants to be traded.

Disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has requested and received permission to seek a deal to play elsewhere. Even so, the Dolphins are counting on him Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“He’s got a big role in the game,” Flores said. “I expect him to play well.”

Fitzpatrick has been displeased with the way he’s being used by Flores’ staff. In the wake of last week’s season-opening 59-10 loss to Baltimore, there have been rumblings other players are also unhappy with the coaches and the organization’s emphasis on the 2020 draft over this year’s roster.

Flores said he didn’t consider the situation with Fitzpatrick unusual, but he declined to say whether he expects the 2018 first-round pick to be with the Dolphins the rest of the season.

Flores, a former Patriots assistant, recalled that veteran defensive back Patrick Chung was unhappy in New England four years into his career.

“I’ve gone through this a little before,” Flores said. “Patrick Chung didn’t like the way things were going in New England. He left and went to Philly, came back and that whole thing turned around. This is not my first go-around with a situation like this. That turned out well for Patrick.

“Things change quickly. We’ll just see how this thing shakes out. … I think we’ll be able to move past it.”

Fitzpatrick declined to discuss his trade request, or whether he expects to be with the Dolphins all season. But he pledged his best effort against New England.

 

 

Jets’ Gregg Williams on Beckham accusations: ‘Odell who?’

 Gregg Williams is choosing to ignore Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Jets defensive coordinator thinks everyone else should, too.

Beckham made headlines Thursday when he accused Williams of getting him injured in a preseason game two years ago when the wide receiver was with the Giants and Williams was running Cleveland’s defense. Beckham said he was told by current Browns teammates that Williams instructed them to “take me out of the game.”

Williams managed to keep a straight face for a moment when asked about the allegations that he teaches players to use dirty tactics against opponents.

“Odell who?” he asked jokingly before grinning.

Williams said he had just heard about Beckham’s comments, and then turned serious.

“We don’t do that,” Williams insisted. “Never done it anywhere that I’ve been. We don’t do anything to hurt the team.”

Beckham said he jumped to catch a pass during a 2017 preseason game and was hit low by former Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as he came down. Beckham severely sprained his ankle on the hit, which he believes was instructed by Williams and has led to other leg injuries.

“You guys are cooperating by giving him attention,” Williams said to reporters. “Just don’t give him attention.”

Williams was then asked if it’s discouraging to him that his reputation is being challenged by one of the league’s most dynamic players.

“That’s your opinion,” Williams shot back.

 

 

 

NFL

Week 2 Games

Sunday September 15, 2019

San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

  • Though the 49ers have an 11-4 lead in this all-time series, including two Super Bowl wins, the Bengals have won three of the past five meetings. San Francisco is 1-9 on the road against AFC opponents since 2014.
  • The Niners had lost 18 consecutive games when getting held under 300 yards of total offense before finishing with 256 in last week’s 31-17 win over Tampa Bay. It was the fewest total yards they’ve had in a victory since totalling 226 in a win at Cincinnati in 2011.
  • The Bengals had 35:50 in time of possession last week despite rushing for 29 yards — their fewest since Week 9 of 2017 at Jacksonville — and lost 21-20 at Seattle. They had entered the season with a 29-2 record in non-overtime games since 2000 when possessing the ball for at least 35 minutes.
  • George Kittle needs 54 receiving yards — his exact total in Week 1 — to become the sixth tight end in 49ers history to reach 2000. The only one to do it in the past 20 years is all-time leader Vernon Davis (5640).
  • Andy Dalton never had 400 yards passing in any NFL game until throwing for 418 in the season opener. His 28,518 passing yards since his 2011 rookie year are 10th most in the NFL, and all nine quarterbacks ahead of him had entered this season with multiple 400-yard performances.
  • Nine of John Ross III’s 28 career receptions have gone for touchdowns. No other active player with fewer than 30 catches has more than five TDs.

 

LA Chargers @ Detroit 1:00pm

  • These teams don’t meet often, but dating back to 1981, the Chargers have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Lions. This will be the Chargers’ first trip to Detroit since Week 16 of the 2011 season, a 38-10 Lions’ win. Philip Rivers (28-for-53, 299, 1 TD/2 INT) and Matthew Stafford (29-for-36, 373, 3 TD/0 INT) were the quarterbacks in that 2011 meeting.
  • The Chargers are 6-2 against the NFC since 2017, tied for the best record by any AFC team. The only two losses were to that season’s NFC participant in the Super Bowl (2017 Week 4 vs. Phi, lost 26-24 & 2018 Week 3 at LA Rams, lost 35-23).
  • The Lions’ tie last week at Arizona was their first tie since Week 10 of the 1984 season vs. Philadelphia, 23-23. Detroit is 1-4-1 in its last six September games, and of course its loan win in that stretch was last September 23 vs. New England, 26-10. The Patriots would go on to win the Super Bowl last season.
  • Philip Rivers has started 209 games in a row (this will be 210), the longest active streak in the NFL by any player at any position. Matthew Stafford’s streak of 129 straight starts is tied for the fourth longest active streak by any player at any position.
  • Austin Ekeler had 154 scrimmage yards (58 rushing, 96 receiving) and three scrimmage TD’s (1 rush, 2 rec) last week versus Indianapolis. Ekeler is one of just four Chargers’ running backs all-time to have 150+ scrimmage yards and 3+ scrimmage TD’s in a game. The other three are LaDainian Tomlinson (9 times between 2002 and 2007), Melvin Gordon III in 2018 and Clarence Williams in 1979.
  • T.J. Hockenson set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in his NFL debut with his 131 receiving yards. The 131 receiving yards were also the most by a Detroit tight end in any game since Charlie Sanders had 146 receiving yards vs. Green Bay in 1974.

 

Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00pm

  • Eight of the last nine season series between the Jaguars and Texans have ended in a sweep, with the Texans winning both games last year by a combined 30 points. The only other series with nine or more sweeps since 2009 are the Buccaneers vs. Panthers and the Titans vs. Colts (nine each).
  • The Jaguars lost their Week 1 game against the Chiefs, 40-26, despite amassing 350 passing yards. It was their third double-digit loss since 2017 with 350+ passing yards — no other team has more than two such losses in that span.
  • The Texans also lost their season opener to the Saints on a last-second 58-yard field goal. They piled up 180 rushing yards in the loss, second-most in a loss in franchise history (11/19/06 vs. Buffalo, 188).
  • Gardner Minshew II came off the bench for the injured Nick Foles and went 22-of-25 with 275 yards and two touchdowns. His 88.0 completion percentage is the highest in an NFL debut since the merger.
  • DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 111 yards in Week 1, his fourth straight game with 100+ receiving yards dating back to last season. That is tied for the longest streak in Texans history with Hopkins himself in 2015 and Andre Johnson in 2008.
  • J.J. Watt has recorded 16.0 sacks against the Jaguars in his career, tied for the second-most by any player against a single opponent since 2011 (Watt vs. Titans, 17.0). Watt had 16.0 sacks last season, his fourth season with at least 15.0 sacks in his career. Since individual sacks became official in 1982, only Reggie White has more 15-sack seasons (five).

 

Buffalo @ NY Giants 1:00pm

  • The Giants have won their last three games against the Bills. The regular-season series between the teams is tied 6-6, with just one point separating the teams (Bills 220, Giants 219).
  • Buffalo overcame a 16-point deficit to win its Week 1 game at the Jets, the second-largest road comeback win by any team in a season opener since 2000 (Texans overcame a 21-point deficit at San Diego in their 2013 opener).
  • Josh Allen has thrown for 200+ yards in each of his last six games. The last Bills QB to throw for 200+ yards in seven straight games was Jim Kelly in 1992 (nine straight).
  • Devin Singletary averaged 17.5 yards per rush in his NFL debut last week, the second-highest average by any player in his first career game since the merger (minimum four carries) behind Chicago’s Kahlil Bell in 2009 (20.3).
  • The Giants have allowed the opposing quarterback to throw for at least 350 yards in each of their last three games dating back to last year. No NFL team has ever allowed a 350-yard passer in four consecutive games.
  • Evan Engram had 11 receptions in the Giants’ Week 1 loss, tied with Dallas Clark (2010) for the most catches by a tight end in a season opener since the merger.

 

Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00pm

  • The Colts swept the Titans last season, outscoring their division rivals by 44 points (71-27) over the two contests. Since 2009, Indianapolis is 17-3 against Tennessee, which is tied for the best record by any team against a divisional opponent over that span (New England vs. Buffalo; Baltimore vs. Cleveland).
  • The Colts fell to the Chargers, 30-24, in overtime in Week 1. Indianapolis fell to 4-10 in the month of September over the past five seasons. That is tied for the third-worst September record in the NFL since 2015. A loss to the Titans would mean a fifth 0-2 start in the past six years for the Colts.
  • The Titans defeated the Browns, 43-13, in Cleveland in Week 1. It was tied for the third-largest season-opening victory in team history. Since the start of 2018, Tennessee is allowing 18.6 points per game, the third fewest in the NFL. A win over the Colts would give the Titans their first 2-0 start since 2008.
  • Marlon Mack rushed for 174 yards and a score in the loss to the Chargers, his fifth straight game with a rushing TD. The last Colts player to have a streak of five or more with a rushing score was Edgerrin James in 2005 (six). Mack’s 174 rushing yards were the third most in a Colts’ season opener all-time.
  • Derrick Henry rushed for 84 yards and a TD and had one catch for 75 yards and another score against the Browns. In the last three seasons, Henry has scored six touchdowns of 50-plus yards (all from scrimmage), second only to Tyreek Hill since 2017 (11 total, nine from scrimmage).
  • In Week 1, the Titans used a 21-0 scoring margin in the fourth quarter to blow out the Browns, while the Colts used an 8-0 scoring margin in the fourth quarter to force their game with the Chargers into OT. Since last season, Tennessee (+60) and Indianapolis (+50) are second and third in the NFL in fourth-quarter scoring margin (New Orleans: +85).

 

Arizona @ Baltimore 1:00pm

  • The Cardinals are a league-worst 15-44 (.254) on the road against AFC opponents since moving to Arizona in 1988, That includes losses in their only two trips to Baltimore since winning their initial visit in 1997, when Jake Plummer led a late game-winning drive to beat Vinny Testaverde.
  • The Ravens have rushed for 1872 yards in eight games since Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback while posting a 7-1 record. That’s the highest eight-game rushing total by any team since the Steelers ran for 1900 yards in their final eight games of 1976.
  • Kyler Murray’s 15 fourth-quarter completions last week were the most by a Cardinals quarterback since Carson Palmer in 2013. Murray also became only the fourth active QB to throw for 300 yards in his NFL debut, joining Cam Newton (422), Robert Griffin III (320) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (2005).
  • Mark Ingram is coming off his 16th career 100-yard rushing performance, and the eighth one in which he had fewer than 20 carries. Ingram’s average of 4.97 yards per carry since 2016 is the highest of any player with at least 300 attempts in that span besides former Saints teammate Alvin Kamara (5.22).
  • Besides their 644 yards from scrimmage last week being the most by any team since 2012 (Hou, 676), the Ravens became the first team to have 250+ rushing yards and 350+ passing yards in the same game since the Steelers did it against the Browns on November 25, 1979.
  • Larry Fitzgerald is coming off his 54th career game with at least eight receptions, three more than any other player in NFL history (Marvin Harrison, 51). The only other active player to have more than 35 such games is Antonio Brown (43).

 

Minnesota @ Green Bay 1:00pm

  • The Packers have gone 0-3-1 against the Vikings over the last two seasons. The last time the Packers went four straight games against the Vikings without a win came in 1992-93, and the last time they went at least five straight against the Vikings without a win came from 1975-79 (nine straight).
  • The Vikings led the Falcons at halftime, 21-0, and since 2017 the franchise has gone 19-1 when entering halftime with a lead, second best in the NFL (Rams, 19-0).
  • The Packers ran for 47 yards in Week 1, sixth fewest in the NFL, but their defense allowed only 46 rushing yards, fifth fewest in the NFL. There were no NFL games last season in which neither team managed to rush for at least 50 yards, and there was one such game in both the 2017 and 2016 seasons.
  • Dalvin Cook accounted for 44.4 percent of his team’s yards from scrimmage in Week 1 (120/270), the second-highest percentage in the NFL (Christian McCaffrey, 57.1 percent).
  • Since 2011, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 29 touchdowns and three interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings (9.67 TD-INT ratio). He himself is the only player with a better touchdown-interception ratio against any opponent in that span (11.50 vs. Lions; minimum 10 games).
  • Kirk Cousins’ 10 pass attempts and 98 passing yards in Week 1 were both his lowest marks in any start of his career. Since 2000, NFL teams are 9-1 when attempting 10 or fewer passes in a game, and the Vikings’ last game with 10 or fewer attempts came in 1977.

 

New England @ Miami 1:00pm

  • The Dolphins have gone 5-1 in their last six home games against the Patriots. Over that span, New England is 26-4 in all other divisional games.
  • The Patriots opened the season with a 33-3 win over Pittsburgh. The 30-point win was the fourth largest in a season opener by a defending Super Bowl champion — two of the three previous teams to win by 30+ (1975 Steelers and 1978 Cowboys) went back to the Super Bowl that season.
  • Miami’s 59-10 loss to Baltimore last week set franchise records for points allowed, yards allowed and margin of defeat. The Dolphins were outgained 643-200, the worst differential by any team since the Lions on November 6, 1988 at Minnesota (553-89).
  • Brian Flores will be the ninth former assistant coach under Bill Belichick to face Belichick as an NFL head coach. The other eight have combined to go 4-4 in their first meeting and 10-11 in all meetings with Belichick.
  • Julian Edelman has tallied at least 75 receiving yards in seven straight games against the Dolphins. The only players in the Super Bowl era with longer streaks against any opponent are Rod Smith (14 vs. Chiefs from 1998-2005) and Edelman’s new teammate Antonio Brown (9 vs. Browns from 2013-18).
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has now thrown a touchdown pass for eight different teams, the most in NFL history. Fitzpatrick has multiple TD passes in seven straight starts against the Patriots, the longest streak by any player against New England all-time.

 

Seattle @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm

  • The home team has won 14 of 17 matchups in the all-time series between the Seahawks and Steelers, in which Seattle owns a slight 9-8 edge. The Seahawks are just 2-7 in Pittsburgh, though, and have been shut out in each of their last two visits there in 2007 (21-0) and 2011 (24-0).
  • The Steelers will try to rebound from last week’s 33-3 defeat at New England, their most lopsided loss in a season opener since 1997 (37-7 to Dallas) and second-largest under coach Mike Tomlin, surpassed only by a 34-3 loss at Philadelphia in 2016. Pittsburgh has started 0-2 just once (2013) in Tomlin’s first 12 seasons in charge.
  • Russell Wilson will make his 114th career start for Seattle and is two touchdown passes away from becoming the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 (Dan Marino, 89 games; Aaron Rodgers, 99, Peyton Manning, 106; Brett Favre, 107).
  • The Steelers rushed for only 32 yards in the opener and are averaging an NFL-low 65.8 per game on the ground since Week 11 of last season. Seattle ranks second in that category over that period (155.6 ypg) and is 34-2 since 2013 when allowing 75 rushing yards or less. Only the Patriots (26-0) and Cowboys (26-1) have better records when doing so during that time frame.
  • Ben Roethlisberger had a 26-game streak with at least one touchdown pass — the second-longest of his career — end in the New England loss. Since Roethlisberger entered the NFL in 2004, the Steelers are one of two teams with a winning record (20-19) in games where its quarterback did not throw a TD pass (Ravens, 34-29).
  • DK Metcalf set a Seahawks record for receiving yards by a wide receiver in his NFL debut when the rookie had 89 against the Bengals last week, breaking Hall of Famer Steve Largent’s mark of 86 yards in 1976. Tight end Will Dissly holds the franchise record for receiving yards by a player in his NFL debut when he compiled 105 in last year’s opener at Denver.

 

Dallas @ Washington 1:00pm

  • The Cowboys have won five straight meetings with NFC East teams, their longest streak since they won their first five division games of the 2013 season. Dallas, which had a five-game winning streak at FedExField snapped with last season’s 20-17 loss to the Redskins, last won six straight division games during a 10-game run from 1998-99.
  • Washington, on the other hand, has lost five consecutive times to NFC East foes for the first time since an eight-game skid from 2013-14. The Redskins will also attempt to avoid their first five-game losing streak in home openers since 1954-58.
  • In last week’s win over the Giants, Dak Prescott became the first quarterback in Cowboys history to throw for over 400 yards in a season opener and the first Dallas player with four touchdown passes in an opener since Tony Romo in 2007. Prescott has not thrown an interception in 164 pass attempts in six lifetime meetings with Washington.
  • Terry McLaurin became the first Redskins rookie in franchise history to eclipse 100 receiving yards in his NFL debut during last week’s loss at Philadelphia. McLaurin needs six yards to pass Charlie Brown (125, 1982) for the most receiving yards by a Washington rookie through his first two games.
  • Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper became the first Dallas duo to surpass 100 receiving yards in a season opener since Antonio Bryant and Keshawn Johnson did so against the Vikings in 2004. Gallup’s 158 receiving yards were the most by a Cowboys player in a season’s first game since Bob Hayes had 195 in 1966.
  • Case Keenum’s 380 passing yards against the Eagles were two shy of a Redskins record in a season opener (Joe Theismann, 1982; Brad Johnson, 1999). Keenum is the first Washington quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the team since Mark Rypien on Sept. 25, 1988.

 

Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05pm

  • The Chiefs are 10-2 against the Raiders in Andy Reid’s tenure as Kansas City head coach, outscoring Oakland by 12.4 points per game. In the team’s Week 17 meeting at KC last year, the Chiefs won, 35-3; the 32-point margin was the largest for either team in the series since 1975.
  • KC’s 40-26 victory at Jacksonville in Week 1 stretched the Chiefs’ September winning streak to eight games; the team has scored at least 24 points in all eight games. Overall, Kansas City has a streak of 22 consecutive games scoring 24 or more points, the longest such string in NFL history.
  • Following Monday night’s win over Denver, the Raiders seek their second 2-0 start in the last three seasons — prior to 2017, Oakland had not opened a season with consecutive victories since 2002, Against the Broncos, Oakland converted 10 of 14 third downs, allowed no sacks, and did not commit a giveaway.
  • Patrick Mahomes has thrown multiple TD passes in each of his last 12 starts; in his last six games — two of them against the Raiders — Mahomes has 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions. In four career games in the month of September, Mahomes has 16 TD passes and no interceptions in 126 pass attempts, averaging 318.5 yards per game.
  • Derek Carr has been intercepted only twice in his last 12 games; both of those picks came in last year’s season finale at KC. In his last two home games versus the Chiefs, Carr has passed for 702 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. Carr’s 417 passing yards against KC in the 2017 game in Oakland are his career high for a non-overtime game.
  • The players on Kansas City’s active roster have combined for 211 career offensive touchdowns and more than 31,000 scrimmage yards. Oakland’s active players have 67 scrimmage touchdowns between them and just over 11,000 yards from scrimmage.

 

Chicago @ Denver 4:25pm

  • Former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio faces his ex-team for the first time since leaving Chicago in January to become the Broncos’ head coach. Fangio will attempt to extend the longest active streak of any team to win at least one of their first two games in a season. Denver hasn’t started 0-2 since 1999.
  • The Broncos hold an 8-7 edge in the all-time series with the Bears and have won the last two matchups, most recently a 17-15 victory in Chicago in 2015. Each of the last three meetings have been decided by three points or less with two of those games going to overtime, including a 13-10 Broncos win in Chicago’s last visit to Denver in 2011.
  • First and second-year players accounted for 276 of Denver’s 363 scrimmage yards (76.0 percent) in its Week 1 loss at Oakland, which comes after the Broncos’ foursome of running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman and receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton set an NFL season record by a rookie quartet with a combined 2,817 yards from scrimmage in 2018.
  • With seven catches for 102 yards in Chicago’s Week 1 loss to Green Bay, Allen Robinson became the first Bears player to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a season opener since Alshon Jeffery in 2016. Robinson now has at least one reception in each of his first 57 NFL games, which trails only DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Odell Beckham Jr. (60) for the longest active streak to begin a career.
  • The Bears recorded five sacks in the season opener and are tied for second in the NFL in that category since the start of the 2017 season (97). Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sacked three times by the Raiders, is 71-37 (.657) in his career as a starter when sacked two times or fewer and 1-5 since 2017 in starts where he’s been taken down three times or more.
  • Denver failed to record a sack against the Raiders, a rarity since star pass rusher Von Miller entered the NFL in 2011. The Broncos have had at least one sack in 122 of 129 games since 2011, a total surpassed only by Arizona (124) and Carolina (123).

 

New Orleans @ LA Rams 4:25pm

  • The Rams beat the Saints in overtime, 26-23, in the NFC Championship last season, which was the Saints’ first home playoff loss since 1993 in the Wild Card round to the Eagles. The Rams held Drew Brews to 249 passing yards in the loss, Brees’ fewest in the postseason since January 24, 2010 (197 vs. Vikings).
  • The Saints’ 510 yards of offense were the most for the franchise in the first game of a season since 2009 (515 yards) and trail only the Ravens (643) for most in the NFL. New Orleans went 7-for-11 on third down (63.6 percent), tied for the third highest percentage in Week 1, while the LA Rams converted nine times on third down, which also tied for third in the NFL.
  • The Rams went 7-1 at home last season, tied for second in the NFL (Patriots, 8-0), while the Rams’ 37.1 points per game at home in 2018 were most in the NFL and most by any team at home in a season since the 2014 Packers scored 39.8 points per game.
  • Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey were the only two players with 90+ rushing yards and 70+ receiving yards in Week 1. Kamara ran for 3.2 yards per carry in the first half (five for 16 yards), but ran for 10.1 yards per carry in the second half (eight for 81 yards).
  • Jared Goff’s 186 passing yards in Week 1 were fewer than he had in all but one game last season (180 in Week 14). He has a career 4-7 record when throwing for under 200 yards and a 21-7 record when throwing for 200+ yards.
  • Michael Thomas (123) and Ted Ginn Jr. (101) are one of four sets of teammates to each have 100+ receiving yards last week (Ravens, Cowboys, Lions). This was Ginn’s sixth career game with 100+ receiving yards, only one more than Michael Thomas has since the beginning of last season.

 

Philadelphia @ Atlanta 8:20pm

  • The Falcons have lost each of the last three meetings, including a Divisional Round matchup in the 2017 postseason, but those were all in Philadelphia. The Eagles blew fourth-quarter leads in their last two trips to Atlanta and lost both, last winning there in 2009 in Mike Vick’s return.
  • The Eagles did not commit a turnover in Week 1 and improved to 10-1 under Doug Pederson when not having one, the NFL’s fourth-best record since 2016. The Falcons have forced only 57 turnovers in that span, tied for third fewest in the league, after failing to cause one last week.
  • Carson Wentz’s 313 yards passing in the season-opening win over Washington was the seventh-best total of his career; the Eagles are 0-6 when he throws for more. If Wentz throws for two touchdowns on Sunday in what would be his 42nd NFL game, he’ll be the second-fastest active player to reach 75 TD passes – Matthew Stafford did it in 41 games.
  • Matt Ryan is three touchdown passes shy of becoming the 12th player all-time with 300 and has thrown one in 16 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind Kirk Cousins (17). The last time Ryan didn’t have a TD pass was against the Eagles in the 2018 season opener, an 18-12 Falcons loss.
  • Julio Jones became the 47th player in NFL history to reach 700 career receptions last week in his 112th game. The only player to reach that mark in fewer games was Antonio Brown (111).
  • Jones has had 99 catches of 25+ yards in his career, third most of any active player behind DeSean Jackson (127) and Larry Fitzgerald (121). Two of Jackson’s receptions last week went for 25+ yards and a TD in his Eagles return after having none of either in his final five games with the Bucs last season.

 

Monday September 16, 2019

Cleveland @ Jets 8:15pm

  • The Jets had won five consecutive meetings over the Browns from 2010-17 before losing last season in Cleveland. This was the first career game for Baker Mayfield, when he came off the bench and rallied the Browns from a 14-3 halftime deficit to a 21-17 victory.
  • The Browns converted 10.0 percent of third-down opportunities in Week 1 (1/10), worst in the NFL. The team lost by at least 30 points in its first game of the season for the first time since 1999, which was the franchise’s first game back after missing the 1996-98 seasons.
  • The New York Jets gained 3.38 yards per play in Week 1, worst in the NFL. However, their +3 turnover differential is tied for best in the NFL and the Jets were one of two teams to force four turnovers last week (also San Francisco).
  • Sam Darnold’s 28 completions against the Bills were his most in any game of his career, but his 4.27 yards per attempt were his fewest in any game. Darnold went 25-for-31 when throwing 10 yards or fewer downfield, but 3-for-10 when throwing at least 10 yards downfield.
  • Baker Mayfield was one of two quarterbacks to throw three interceptions in Week 1 (Jameis Winston) and since December 2018, Mayfield has had three games with at least three interceptions — no other quarterback has more than one such game.
  • Jamison Crowder’s 14 receptions against the Bills were five more than any he’s had in any other game of his career and three more than any other player in Week 1 (Evan Engram, 11). The last Jet to make even 10 receptions in the team’s first game was George Sauer in 1970.

 

All game times Eastern

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team bounced back after suffering its first two losses of the season last week, with a 3-1 victory against the visiting Lincoln College Lynx at Centerville High School on Friday, Sept. 13.

Alex Izaga and Montell James each scored their first goal of the season en route to the victory. The Red Wolves, with the win, remain undefeated at home (3-0) this season.

With the victory, IU East improves to 4-2 on the season, while Lincoln College drops to 4-3-1 with the loss.

The Red Wolves got the match scoring underway in the 17th minute of the first half, when Izaga found the back of the net off a corner kick from Gustavo Ferrari. Izaga headed the ball into the lower right corner to beat the Lincoln College goaltender Pierson Fleming and giving IU East a 1-0 lead.

In the waning minutes of the first half, Fleming misplayed a kick that a teammate sent back to him, which resulted in the ball finding the net and giving the Red Wolves a 2-0 cushion heading into halftime.  This was considered an own goal and turned out to be the game-winner.

Lincoln College made things interesting late in the second half, when Alexis Garcia found Adrian Roman inside the 18-yard box to cut the IU East lead to 2-1 at the time.

IU East sealed the victory in the 89th minute, when James was fouled inside the box by a Lincoln defender, which resulted in penalty kick.  James chose the right side and gave the Red Wolves their third and final goal of the evening.

This was the first matchup between both schools.

IU East outshot Lincoln College 20-12 for the match, with seven of those shots on goal.  The visiting Lynx were offside five times, while the Red Wolves had three. 

The Red Wolves had more fouls (15-11) and had three yellow cards issued for the match.

IU East goalkeeper Aaron Gipson and Fleming recorded five saves each for the match.

IU East will hit the road again next week when they travel to Kentucky for a non-conference match against Thomas More College on Thursday, Sept. 19. The contest begins at 7 p.m.

 

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 10-ranked Fighting Irish suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of No. 13 Clemson in the ACC opener on Friday evening in Alumni Stadium by a final score of 4-2.

Notre Dame’s two goals came from Felicien Dumas (22′) and Jack Lynn (61′).

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the first time this season the Irish trailed in a match, as Clemson’s Robbie Robinson scored the opener in the sixth minute. After the opening 15 minutes of play the Irish settled in and began to put pressure on the Clemson backline. Notre Dame leveled the match at 1-1 in the 22nd minute off a free kick goal from Felicien Dumas, his second of the season.

The Tigers managed to regain the lead before the end of the first half, as a Kimarni Smith volley gave the visitors the lead heading into the break at 2-1.

Unfortunately for the Irish, Clemson doubled its lead less than three minutes into the second half, as Smith scored his second of the night in the 48th minute to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage.

Clemson managed to tack on a fourth goal in the 61st minute before the Irish got one back. Less than a minute after the Tigers goal Lynn unleashed a missile that struck the crossbar and bounced into the goal to make the score 4-2, which was the final score of the evening.

NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE MATCH

Lynn has scored a goal in each of the first four matches of the season to open the 2019 campaign.

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the team’s performance…

“Obviously, we are disappointed with the result. We came out not as intense and sharp as we should have. Clemson was a little fortunate with the first goal but they started the game well and were good at getting the ball into our half. We responded well to get the goal back and then a clearance happened to fall to one of their guys in the box which put us behind.

“Then we started the half with a confusing moment for their third goal but credit to their player for finishing it. I am proud of the group for fighting to the last minute but we weren’t sharp enough on the night and did not start with enough intensity.”

NOTES OF THE MATCH

Notre Dame has scored a combined 10 goals over its first four matches of the season.

Lynn has already surpassed his season goal total from last season (three) with four goals through just four matches.

UP NEXT

The Irish travel to Bloomington to write the next chapter in the intrastate rivalry against the No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The game will stream live on BTN+.

 

 

Ohio State Wins 2-1 at No. 25 Bowling Green

Etling, Holland Score as Buckeyes Improve to 4-1 on the Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (4-1) defeated No. 25 Bowling Green (3-1-1) with a 2-1 decision after waiting two hours for lightning and rain to pass. The Buckeye offense has caught fire on their four match win streak, with both Jack Holland and Devyn Etling netting their third goals of the year.

MATCH SUMMARY

–           The Falcons took the lead early, jumping on the Ohio State defense in the third minute to go up 1-0.

–           Bowling Green had a couple more opportunities early on before the Buckeyes started to warm up and create pressure of their own, putting in three good shots and earning three corners 28 minutes in.

–           Ohio State continued its onslaught and took advantage of some ill-timed help from the Falcon keeper when Devyn Etling fired a shot from 25 yards out from the far side that found the mark and tied the match.

–           The Buckeyes closed the half still on the attack, tallying 10 shots with six of them on the mark through 45 minutes.

–           The second half was a continuation of the first, with each team trading blows in the early minutes.

–           In the 64th minute from the top of the box, Devyn Etling slid a pass to Jack Holland in traffic who loaded up and snuck the ball in the low right corner to take the lead.

–           Ohio State maintained possession in the waning minutes, fighting off the Falcons final attempts before the clock struck 90.

MATCH NOTES

–           Devyn Etling scored his third goal of the season and sixth of his career. Etling also picked up his first assist on the year.

–           Jack Holland netted his third goal of the year and fourth of his career.

–           The last time the Buckeyes won four consecutive games was in 2017.

–           The last time Ohio State beat a ranked opponent was No. 8 Michigan State (2-1) on 11/5/17.

–           The win tonight moves the all-time record versus Bowling Green to 18-25-4.

–           Ohio State is now 22-63-18 when playing ranked teams.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: Ohio State 12, BGSU 8

Saves: BGSU 5, Ohio State 2

Shots on Goal: Ohio State 7, BGSU 3

Corner Kicks: Ohio State 10, BGSU 1

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes hit the road to take on USF (3-1) on Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 7 p.m. in Tampa, Florida.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State women’s soccer team topped Miami (Ohio), 1-0, Friday night at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 1-4-1 on the year while the RedHawks drop to 1-5-0. 

Ohio State looks to make it two in a row when it hosts Ohio on Senior Night at 6 p.m. Sunday. 

QUOTE FROM THE COACH

“We take every game one at a time,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “It’s great to get a win but I wouldn’t say we played our best tonight. We moved the ball and were able to find a little bit of rhythm. Our focus was on playing fast, clean and being dynamic in the final third. We attacked from a variety of spaces. We got to the end line and took shots from distance but we have far too many shots sailing far and wide.” 

MATCH SUMMARY

– Ohio State had its foot on the pedal from the start, registering eight shots in the first 30 minutes, but were unable to break through until the 39th minute when Kayla Fischer notched her second goal of the season. Emaly Vatne played a ball out wide left to her fellow sophomore and Fischer lofted a left-footed shot from eight yards on the left side of the box over the head of Miami goalkeeper Izzie Vaccari and inside the right post for the 1-0 advantage.

– The Buckeye goal came right after the RedHawks’ Lyda Bogdanovitch laced a shot from 25 yards that Ohio State goalkeeper Bailey Kolinski was able to get a hand on with a leaping attempt to deflect the shot off the crossbar before corralling it.

– In the 53rd minute, Fischer almost made it 2-0 with her second of the night. Alyssa Baumbick played a sliding cross in from the right side of the box to an open Fischer but her right-footed shot from eight yards drilled the crossbar and came back into play before Vaccari was able to hold on.

– Ohio State notched three more quality chances the rest of the way. In the 60th minute, Vatne hit a low, right-footed strike from the top of the box that was scooped up by Vaccari. Then, in the final two minutes of play, both Blair Cowan and Meghan Kammerdeiner had opportunities from inside the box but both were into the waiting arms of the Miami goalkeeper. 

MATCH NOTES

– The program recognized the 15th anniversary of the Buckeyes’ 2004 Big Ten championship team prior to the match Friday night. The 2004 Buckeyes posted a 19-4-3 record, including 6-1-3 in Big Ten play, winning the Big Ten Tournament and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The team still holds or is tied for program records for the longest unbeaten streak (16 games), best home record (15-1-1), most wins (19), most goals (62), most consecutive victories (nine) and most shutouts (13).

– Ohio State also welcomed back all former players on Alumni Night at the stadium.

– Fischer’s goal was her second of the season. The sophomore extending her team lead in points to seven on the year with two goals and three assists.

– Izzy Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes once again, extending her team-best consecutive minutes played streak to 2,043. Both Rodriguez and senior Marike Mousset have played every minute of the season so far.

– Kolinski and Jordan Silkowitz each played 45 minutes in goal, combining for the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season and first since a scoreless draw against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament Oct. 28 of last season.

– The Buckeyes’ 26 shots and nine shots on frame each were season highs. The shot total was the most since Oct. 14 of last year when Ohio State totaled 20 in a 1-1 draw against Maryland.

– Buckeye freshman Emma Sears and her twin sister, Bronwen, each started on opposite sides of the ball. Emma saw 47 minutes at forward for Ohio State while Bronwen played all 90 as a defender for the RedHawks. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: Ohio State 26, Miami (Ohio) 1

Saves: Miami (Ohio) 8, Ohio State 1

Shots on Goal: Ohio State 9, Miami (Ohio) 1

Corner Kicks: Ohio State 10, Miami (Ohio) 1 

UP NEXT

Ohio State hosts Ohio on Senior Night at 6 p.m. Sunday.

 

 

Cardinals Suffer First Defeat of Year at Florida Atlantic

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Ball State University soccer team saw its offense go cold as the Cardinals failed to get off a shot in their first loss of 2019 at Florida Atlantic University Friday night.

With the loss, Ball State fell to 5-1-0 on the year while Florida Atlantic improved to 5-2-0. The Cardinals also saw their five-game winning streak and 16-game unbeaten streak come to an end.

“We played a really strong FAU team tonight,” said Ball State head coach Josh Rife. “We conceded the goal early and it’s always difficult to chase a game for that long. I’m proud of how we responded and grew into the game. Obviously we are disappointed in the result, but now our focus is on recovering and preparing for Florida Gulf Coast.”

It was the Owls that started fast as Mary O’Hara scored her fifth goal of the year for FAU in just the sixth minute of the match. That was one of 18 shots the Owls registered on the night.

Despite the loss, BSU goalkeeper Tristin Stuteville recorded nine saves for the match. The Owls produced 11 corner kicks while Ball State could only manage one.

The Cardinals will look to regroup quickly as they stay in the Sunshine State for a Sunday afternoon matchup at Florida Gulf Coast. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

 

 

Johnson’s two goals lift women’s soccer past Morehead State Friday night

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Destiny Johnson scored a pair of goals on Friday night, including the eventual game-winner in the 85th minute, as the Wright State women’s soccer team earned a 2-1 victory at Morehead State.

The win improves the Raiders to 5-1-1 on the season, while Morehead State falls to 1-5.

With the Raiders trialing after a Morehead State breakaway goal by Nicole Fiantaco in the 31st minute, Johnson knotted the game up with her first goal of the night in the 48th minute off an assist from Ell Schneider. The game remained deadlocked at 1-all until late in the match, when Johnson header found the back of the net off a cross from Jordyne Helinski.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Raiders outshot Morehead State 12-4, with nine of those shots coming in the second half.

Goalkeeper Maddie Jewell recorded three saves, including a pair in the second half, as the Wright State defense faced 10 corner kicks on the night.

Helinski tallied a game-high six shots, with two going on goal, and her assist to pace the Raiders, while two of Johnson’s three shots found their way to the back of the net.

Friday night’s victory was the Raiders’ fifth of the season, one off their season total of six wins from a season ago. The win over Morehead State was Wright State’s third road victory in 2019, matching the team’s road win total from last season.

UP NEXT

Wright State returns home to Alumni Field for a Sunday afternoon matchup against UT Martin. UT Martin is coming off an OVC title in 2018 and is 2-3-2 on the season following a 2-1 loss against Indiana on Thursday night.

 

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Buckeyes Fall Twice on Friday

Ohio State will face Bowling Green at 5 p.m. ET Saturday

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (3-5) dropped a pair of matches at the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational Friday. The Buckeyes fell to Tulane (7-2) in four sets (32-30, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22) before they lost a straight-set decision (25-23, 25-20, 26-24) to Western Kentucky (8-1) in the nightcap.

MATCH ONE: Tulane 3, Ohio State 1

Vanja Bukilić had a season-high 12 kills to lead the Buckeyes’ offensive unit. Lauren Witte connected on nine of her 14 error-free swings to hit .643. Gabby Gonzales chipped in 10 kills, six digs and a career-high four blocks while Mia Grunze had 11 digs, nine kills and two rejections. Becca Mauer and Mac Podraza dished 26 and 19 assists, respectively. On defense, Kylie Murr had 19 digs and Hannah Gruensfelder came through with 13.

SET 1: A 4-0 run in the opening set put the Buckeyes up 9-5 and forced a Tulane timeout. It was Ohio State’s turn to call a timeout after the Green Wave locked the score at 18-all. The two teams traded the last 18 points as the set went into extras, ending in Tulane’s 32-30 win.

SET 2: Ohio State needed a break early as it trailed 8-1. The Buckeyes tried to make up the difference but it was too much as they fell 25-18.

SET 3: The Buckeyes had a 9-7 edge to get things going. Tulane stayed close before eventually taking an 18-16 lead. Witte’s kill and an error by the Green Wave put OSU back in front, 21-20. The last three points of the set belonged to Ohio State for a 25-20 rally.

SET 4: It was a back and forth battle until a 6-0 sprint gave Tulane an 11-8 advantage. Ohio State responded by tying the frame at 16-16, which sent the Green Wave to their bench. Out of the break, Tulane held off the Buckeyes for a 25-22 triumph.

MATCH TWO: Western Kentucky 3, Ohio State 0

Bukilić and Grunze tallied nine kills apiece. Gonzales added eight kills and seven digs. Witte had five kills, two blocks and two digs while Murr dug 18 balls and handed out eight helpers. Mauer did a little bit of everything with 26 assists, six digs and two kills.

SET 1: Ohio State and Western Kentucky traded points to get the match underway. Down 20-17, the Buckeyes chose to call for time. Ohio State bounced back with five unanswered points for a 23-23 tie, which forced WKU to use a timeout. Back on the floor, the Lady Toppers had the final points, 25-23.

SET 2: The Lady Toppers rolled to a 15-8 lead as Ohio State quickly burned both of its timeouts. The Buckeyes managed to cut the deficit to four but late OSU errors secured the set for WKU, 25-20.

SET 3: Three straight kills by Grunze gave the Buckeyes a 16-15 edge. A 5-1 run gave the lead back to WKU at the 20-17 mark. Ohio State kept fighting and capitalized on the Lady Toppers’ miscues to knot the score at 22-all but fell short, 26-24.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes are set to face Bowling Green at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.

 

 

Purdue Defeats Louisville in Top-25 Showdown

NASHVILLE – Powered by a career performance from junior Caitlyn Newton, No. 23 Purdue defeated No.22 Louisville, 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18) in the opening match of the LUV Invite on Friday.

Tallying 57 attempts in the match, Newton dominated with a match-high 26 kills. She rounded out her performance with nine digs and four assisted blocks. Sophomore Grace Cleveland  followed with 11 kills, while redshirt seniors Blake Mohler and Shavona Cuttino added eight and six kills, respectively.

Purdue’s offense was guided by a match-high 48 assists from redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush.

Defensively, the Boilermakers only had three reception errors and were directed by junior Jena Otec with 19 digs. Sophomore Marissa Hornung aided the Boilermaker defense with 15 digs, while Mohler led the match with eight assisted stops along the net.

HOW IT HAPPENED

SET 1 (24-26) | Both teams brought competitive energy to Allen Arena as they went point-for-point to open the match. Tied 15-15, Louisville took a two-point lead off a kill from Claire Chaussee, pushing Purdue to a timeout. Forcing six Purdue attack errors, the Cardinals maintained their two-point edge, taking the first set, 26-24. The set was highlighted by nine kills from Newton.

SET 2 (25-16) | Unfazed by their deficit, the Boilermakers answered back in set two to even the match, 1-1. Hornung opened the frame with her third ace of the season, setting the tempo for Purdue. The Boilermakers ultimately outplayed the Cardinals in every statistical category, delivering a .297 attacking percentage, 20 digs and four blocks to Louisville’s .119 mark, 10 digs and one block.

SET 3 (25-21) | It was all Purdue in the third set as the Boilermakers jumped out to a 15-19 advantage. Louisville brought the score within three (24-21) with a 5-0 Cardinal run, but Newton sealed the win with her 22nd kill of the match.

SET 4 (25-18) | Keeping it competitive through the end, Purdue and Louisville tied seven times in the final frame. Knotted at 14, a block from Mohler and Cleveland broke the back-and-fourth, sparking a 4-1 Boilermaker run. Outhitting the Cardinals, .375 to .061, Purdue closed out the set on a 6-1 run for the Boilermaker victory.

UP NEXT

Facing the winner of Lipscomb vs. Xavier, Purdue will either face Xavier at 4 p.m. ET or Lipscomb at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

Hoosiers go 2-0 on Opening Day of Bluegrass Battle

LEXINGTON, Ky.– The Indiana volleyball team won back-to-back matches on day one of the Bluegrass Battle with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23) win over Florida Gulf Coast and a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-14, 26-24) win over Cleveland State.   

Key Moments

In the opening match, against Florida Gulf Coast, sophomore Breana Edwards started the match with two aces.

Leading 7-5 in the second set, the Hoosiers used a 5-0 run to go up 12-5 on FGCU.

With Indiana up 22-17 in the third set, FGCU scored three straight to narrow the gap to two at 22-20. FGCU got within one at 24-23, but a kill by senior Kendall Beerman ended the match and gave Indiana the victory.

The Hoosiers won five of the last six points of the first set against Cleveland State to win it 25-16.

After CSU won the second set, 25-21, the Hoosiers opened the third set 8-1 and cruised to a 25-14 third set victory.

Indiana jumped out to a 5-2 lead in set four, but CSU responded with a 4-0 run to go up 6-5.

The Hoosiers went up 22-20 in set four, but CSU came right back to tie it 22-22.

At 24-24, Indiana got a kill from Megan Sloan and a CSU attack error to win the set, 26-24 and win the match.

Notables

The Hoosiers improved to 7-2 on the season.

The loss for Florida Gulf Coast, was their first loss of the season after getting off to a program best 6-0 start.

Senior Kendall Beerman registered 14 kills and hit .357 in the win over Florida Gulf Coast.

Victoria Brisack tallied three aces with no service errors against Florida Gulf Coast.

Deyshia Lofton recorded a career-high 19 kills against Cleveland State and hit .484 in the match. Lofton added a team-high six blocks.

Bayli Lebo led four Hoosiers in double-digit kills with 16.

Victoria Brisack notched a double-double with 28 assists and 10 digs.

The deciding fourth set against Cleveland State had 18 ties and eight lead changes.

Up Next

Up next the Hoosiers take on host No. 15 Kentucky on Saturday Sept. 14 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

 

Volleyball Rallies to Stun Northern Kentucky in Five

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – – After dropping the opening two sets, the Ball State women’s volleyball team made another impressive comeback to top Northern Kentucky by a score of 3-2 (18-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-19) Friday night in its opening match of the NKU Invitational at Regents Hall.

“That was an impressive comeback win against a strong Northern Kentucky program,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the match. “NKU was passing really well in the first two sets, so we decided to come out and short serve in the beginning of third. By doing that, we were able to disrupt their offense just enough to get a few more blocks, make a few more digs and swing the momentum in our favor.”    

It’s the second big come-from-behind win of the young season for the Cardinals (4-3), who also opened last weekend’s Gonzaga Invitational by pulling out a thrilling five-set victory over Grand Canyon.

Last weekend, it was five freshmen with double-digit kills which powered the comeback. Friday night against the Norse (4-3), it was a pair of upperclassmen who helped lead the charge.

After missing last week’s matches, senior middle Sydnee VanBeek returned with a vengeance, blasting eight kills, hitting .353 (8-2-17) and collecting a team-high eight total blocks. Some of her biggest plays came in the pivotal third set, as she registered five kills and three blocks in the frame, including a solo stuff to give Ball State the 26-24 set victory.

“Getting Sydnee back on the court was big for us tonight,” Phillips said. “She really made a difference in our defensive presence and dominated play at the net, collecting eight total blocks.”

The block of the Cardinals also played a key role in the fourth set, as VanBeek and freshman opposite Allison Hamaker combined for a huge block to tie the score at 23. That effort helped force NKU attack errors on the next two plays and set up a deciding fifth set. Hamaker finished the match with 11 kills, five digs and a pair of blocks.

Ball State dominated the fifth set, out-hitting the Norse .286 (7-1-21) to .000 (6-6-26), including four more huge blocks. Sophomore outside Reece Kral took control in the later stages, scoring four of the Cardinals’ final five points. Kral finished the match tied for team-high honors with a career-high tying 14 kills, while hitting .250 (14-4-40).

“Reece was a big factor tonight,” Phillips said. “She made smart shots, continued to fight and just brought the energy when we needed it the most.”

Another big factor in the win, the play of freshman outside Natalie Risi who recorded her second career double-double, tying for team-high honors with 14 kills, while collecting a career-best 22 digs.

“Natalie turned in another solid performance,” Phillips said. “She is a steady competitor who finds ways to score on tough balls. She also made a ton of spectacular defensive plays. She was a great presence again tonight.”

In addition to Risi’s 22 digs, senior libero Kate Avila led the Ball State backcourt with 25 digs.

Freshman setter Esther Grussing led the team with 30 assists and added 10 digs for her second career double-double, while also collecting three block assists. Grussing ran the offense during the final three sets, leading the Cardinals to a .250 (37-12-100) attack percentage down the stretch.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Cardinals Saturday, as the battle Cincinnati at 10 a.m. and in-state rival Notre Dame at 5:30 p.m. The Bearcats (5-2) topped the Fighting Irish (4-2) by a score of 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20) in Friday’s tournament opener.

 

 

Volleyball Earns Hard Fought Victory Over North Carolina

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Miami University volleyball team had an all-around team effort as it was able to knock off North Carolina, 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23) in a hard-fought neutral site match at Oakland University on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 4-3 on the season, while the Tar Heels fall to 1-5.
Four different Miami players finished with double-doubles, led by sophomore outside hitter Gaby Harper. Harper led the ‘Hawks with 15 kills, and also had a team-high 14 digs. Senior outside hitter Taylor Daignault had 10 kills and 11 digs. Both setters were big in the back row. Junior Morgan Seaman finished with 29 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore Louise Comerford had 25 assists and 10 digs. Junior right side hitter Sarah Wojick also had a big match with 11 kills, including eight in the first two sets.
While the outside and right side hitters led Miami early in the match, its two middle hitters helped finish it off. Senior Margaret Payne had 10 kills and a .318 attack percentage. Junior Avarie Powell set a new career-high with eight kills. She made only one error in 18 attempts for an attack percentage of .183.
“Strong team effort with contributions from every hitter and blocker,” said head coach Carolyn Condit. “Tonight we had four attackers with double-digit kills, while reflects solid passing and our setters finding a nice mix. Most important we are becoming a team — working together with courage and pride.”
The teams traded points early in set one. Tied at eight, kills from Powell and Daignault off assists from Comerford, and a service ace by senior libero Lindsay Dauch were part of a 5-0 run that forced the Tar Heels to call timeout. Out of the break, kills from Daignault and sophomore outside hitter Gaby Harper increased the advantage to 16-10 and caused UNC to use its other timeout. Wojick put down two kills to help the RedHawks build their biggest lead at 22-14. That proved to be more than enough as a kill from Daignault finished off a 25-19 win.
Set two was a set of long runs by both teams. North Carolina scored the first three points, only to see Miami score the next three. The Tar Heels then went on an 8-3 run to take an 11-6 advantage before a service error and kills from Daignault, Payne and sophomore right side hitter Sophie Riemersma cut the deficit to 11-10. The Tar Heels responded with a 6-1 run to build their largest lead at 17-11. Two kills from Harper and a service ace by freshman outside hitter Lindsay Taylor were part of a 7-1 run that tied the score at 18. UNC scored the next three, but Miami answered with three in a row to tie it at 21. The Tar Heels scored next, but kills from Wojick, Daignault and Powell put the ‘Hawks on top for the first time in the set at 24-22. North Carolina fought it off once, but a kill by Riemersma gave Miami a 25-23 victory.
The RedHawks scored the first two points of set three with kills from Daignault and Riemersma off assists from Seaman. North Carolina went on an 8-3 run to take an 8-5 advantage. A service ace from junior libero Abigail Huser and a kill from Riemersma helped tie the score at 10. The Tar Heels then would go on mini runs to take an advantage of a few points, but Miami always answered back to tie the score. After UNC went up 21-18, three straight from the ‘Hawks capped by a kill from Payne tied it at 21. However tied at 22, North Carolina scored three in a row to capture a 25-22 win.
Set four did not start out well as Miami fell behind, 4-9. Harper put down back-to-back kills, while Powell recorded one as part of a 7-3 run that cut the deficit to one at 11-12. The RedHawks were finally able to get back even at 13-13. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 17, where a kill from Harper gave Miami the lead for the first time in the set. A service error retied the score, but a kill from Payne and a service ace by Comerford gave the ‘Hawks a two-point advantage at 20-18. The teams again traded side outs until a service ace from Seaman made it match point at 24-21. The Tar Heels fought it off twice, but Miami was undeterred as it put down a kill to finish off a 25-23 victory and take the match in four sets.
The RedHawks held a 78-70 advantage in digs with six different players reaching double-digits. Huser had 12 digs, while Riemersma had 10 to go along with six kills.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it takes on Oakland at 4 p.m.

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

Men’s golf seventh after rd. 1 at Irish Hills Intercollegiate

JACKSON, Mich. – Earlham College men’s golf fired a 324 (+36) in Saturday’s first round of the Adrian College Irish Hills Intercollegiate.  The Quakers round one score was good enough for seventh place out of the 13 team field.

Senior Graham Sherard and Sophomore Kim Kang both carded rounds of 78 (+6) in the opening round. Following Sherard and Kang in scoring was Junior Matt Bushik and Sophomore Jared Stone, both shooting 84 (+12).  Junior Garrett Schuler also competed in round one shooting 85 (+13).

Kenyon College leads the way after round one, firing a team round of 299 (+11) and sit 5 shots ahead of second-place Trine University who shot a 304 (+16).

The second and final round will continue Saturday morning (9/14) with tee times starting at 9:00 am.  The Quakers first tee time for the final round will be at 10:20 am.

 

 

Kevin Chappell shoots 11-under 59 at The Greenbrier

Last fall, Kevin Chappell was at home recuperating from back surgery. On Friday in his first PGA Tour event since surgery, he had the 11th sub-60 round in tour history.

Chappell shot an 11-under 59 in the second round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth to fall a stroke short of Jim Furyk’s tour record.

“I was trying to keep the mindset, keep the foot on the gas and attack,” Chappell said. “All in all, couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.”

A day after shooting a 71, Chappell opened with a par on No. 10, then birdied the next eight to make the turn in 28. He birdied No. 1 to tie the PGA Tour record for consecutive birdies set by Mark Calcavecchia in the 2009 Canadian Open, and got to 11 under with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7.

Furyk set the record in 2016 with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship.

Chappell was 10 under for the tournament, three shots behind leaders Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Robby Shelton.

“Ten months ago I was on the couch and couldn’t walk,” Chappell said. “So many people had a lot to do with getting me back out here and getting me competitive. I haven’t accomplished a goal yet. While I can win the golf tournament, this is the step in the right direction.”

It was the first sub-60 round on the PGA Tour since Brandt Snedeker’s 59 at the 2018 Wyndham Championship. Stuart Appleby shot 59 at The Greenbrier in the final round to win by one stroke in its inaugural season in 2010.

After his birdie at No. 7, Chappell saved par from 6 feet on the par-3 eighth and hit a 120-yard wedge into the ninth. He had 24 putts.

 

 

INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW

Gameday Preview

Indy Eleven vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. ET

Lucas Oil Stadium  |  Indianapolis, Ind.    

First 2019 Meeting:

Bethlehem Steel FC 0 : 3 Indy Eleven | Saturday, April 20

The Boys in Blue put a 3-nil drubbing on Bethlehem Steel FC at Talen Energy Stadium in the first meeting of the 2019 USL Championship season. Two goals within two minutes of each other, scored by defender Neveal Hackshaw in the 26th minute and forward Dane Kelly in the 28th minute, gave the Boys in Blue a first-half lead before midfielder Tyler Pasher added a third 27 minutes into the second half to seal the victory. In addition to the three goals, Indy ‘keeper Evan Newton recorded his second clean sheet of the season.

Storylines

The relationship between both sides stretches back only one year after Indy Eleven joined USL Championship in 2018. Indiana’s Team holds a 2W-1L-1D (6GF/3GA) record against Steel FC, winning the first 2019 fixture 3-0 on April 20.

After defeating Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 on Wednesday, the Boys in Blue surged to second place on the Eastern Conference place, level on points with first place New York Red Bulls II with 53 points and total league wins, but sits behind on goal differential.

Wednesday night against Ottawa Fury FC saw Indy surpass two historic milestones. The Boys in Blue set a new home undefeated streak at 22 games, eclipsing the 21-game ledger set between 2015-17. Indy Eleven’s single-season win record was broken after the club secured its 16th win of 2019 against Fury FC, tipping over the previous 15-game tally set 2016.

Pending results in the Eastern Conference, Indy Eleven could potentially secure a playoff berth Saturday evening with a win.

Despite being undefeated at home in over a year, the Boys in Blue have yet to defeat Bethlehem Steel FC inside Lucas Oil Stadium, losing 2-1 the inaugural match between clubs on May 19, 2018, and drawing 1-1 at home on October 6, 2018.

A win against Bethlehem would see Indy Eleven eclipse its single season points record at 56 points. Indy’s current 55-point record was set in 2016 through the team’s NASL Championship run.

Indy has been getting the job done with defense in 2019. Head Coach Martin Rennie’s squad is first in the Eastern Conference for most clean sheets with 12. Indiana’s Team hold the second most clean sheets across the league, trailing only Western Conference heavyweights Phoenix Rising FC by one. However, the Boys in Blue do lead the USL Championship in fewest goals conceded at 19.

Bethlehem Steel FC’s James Chambers and Indy’s Paddy Barrett have a bit in common as both players spent time with Waterford FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Chambers made 24 appearances when on loan with the club in 2006. Barrett, a native of Waterford, made a total of 32 appearances in three years combined with his hometown club.

Former Indy Eleven forward and year-one signee Jose Kleberson is the U12 Academy Head Coach for Bethlehem Steel’s Major League Soccer affiliate, Philadelphia Union. Kleberson, a member of the Brazil national team that won the 2002 World Cup, made 21 appearances for the Boys in Blue between 2014-15, scoring eight goals in that span.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       In an afternoon game called because of unusual darkness, Giants’ pitcher Red Ames, making his major league debut, tosses a five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals. The New York right-hander, who will also no-hit the Superbas on Opening Day in 1909 before yielding a single with one out in the tenth, will have both of his no-hit bids discounted after the 1991 change of rules no longer give credit for no-hit performances in games played for less than nine innings or for contests where the first hit is given up in extra innings.

1913       Despite giving up fourteen hits, Cubs’ pitcher Larry Cheney blanks the Giants, 7-0. The contest marks the first time a team has been shut out after collecting that many hits.

1923       Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

1941       Cardinals right-hander Howie Krist, with his 6-5 victory over the Giants at Sportsman’s Park, finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Spud’s spotless season establishes a National League record for the most wins in a season by a pitcher without a defeat.

1942       The Yankees win their 13th American League pennant when they beat Cleveland at League Park, 8-3. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 103-51, nine games ahead of Boston, but will lose the World Series to the Cardinals in five games.

1951       Preacher Roe wins his 20th game of the season when the Dodgers beat the Pirates at Forbes Field, 3-1. The 36 year-old southpaw will finish the season with a 22-3 record.

1951       Browns rookie left fielder Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott, becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two major league at-bats. In his third trip to the plate, the 24 year-old freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit in the team’s 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1954       In the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Redbirds, Willie Mays strokes a first-inning double and scores the game’s lone run. The two-bagger is the ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ 82nd extra-base hit of the season, breaking the team record established by Mel Ott.

1955       Herb Score whiffs nine batters in the Indians’ 3-2 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium to establish a new rookie record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Grover Cleveland Alexander’s mark of 227 strikeouts set in 1911. The American League Rookie of the Year will finish the campaign with 245 punch outs, a total which will not be topped until 1985 when Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out 251 batters.

1968       In a nationally televised game, Denny McLain becomes a thirty-game winner when the Tigers rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Oakland 5-4. The Detroit right-hander, who will finish the season 31-6, is the first hurler to accomplish the feat since Dizzy Dean reached the milestone in 1934.

1969       With more than two weeks left in the season, the Orioles clinch the first-ever American League East title when they beat Cleveland at Memorial Stadium, 7-3. The heavily-favored Birds will sweep Minnesota, the AL West Champs, to capture a pennant, but will lose the World Series in five games to the Amazin’ Mets.

1974       The Nettles for the second time in their careers both hit home runs in the same game when Graig goes yard in the first frame with Tiger southpaw Mickey Lolich on the mound, and his brother Jim takes Yankee right-hander Pat Dobson deep in the second inning of New York’s 10-7 victory in Detroit. In 1972, the siblings also hit round-trippers as opponents in the same contest but playing with different teams.

1975       Mel Ott’s forty-seven year-old record is broken when Brewers shortstop Robin Yount plays his 242nd major league game as a teenager. The youthful infielder was 18 years, two months, and six days old when made his debut with Milwaukee in 1973.

1976       At Memorial Stadium, Dennis Martinez makes his major league debut, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout baseball in relief to get the win in the Orioles’ 9-7 victory over the Tigers. The Granada native, who will win 245 games, is the first person from Nicaragua to appear in a major league game.

1978       In the Braves’ 4-0 decision over the Giants, Jim Bouton, who will finish his career with a 62-63 record, notches his last major league win, limiting the opponents to three hits in six innings of work. The victory marks the first time since 1970 that the 39 year-old ‘Bulldog’ has won a game in the big leagues.

1986       At Royals Stadium, Kansas City rookie outfielder Bo Jackson hits his first major league home run. The 475-foot blast hit by the NFL running back is the longest homer ever hit in the ballpark.

1986       Bob Brenly, usually a catcher, ties a major league record by making four errors in one inning playing third base. The Giants infielder makes amends by hitting two homers, including the ninth inning game-winner that gives San Francisco a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Atlanta at Candlestick Park.

1987       The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Ernie Whitt goes deep three times, Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit a pair, and Lloyd Moseby, Rob Ducey, and Fred McGriff each go deep once, with Baltimore’s Mike Hart adding one to tie the two-team major league mark of 11.

1987       In the seventh inning of an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium, Kelly Gruber, appearing as a pinch-hitter, makes all three outs by hitting into a double play and then finishing the seven-run frame with a strikeout. In between his at-bats, there are five singles and two home runs.

1987       In an 18-3 Toronto blowout, which features the visitors hitting a major league record ten home runs, Orioles’ manager Cal Ripken Sr. puts Ron Washington at shortstop, ending his son’s record streak at 8,243 consecutive-innings, a span of 904 games.

1988       In his first start against his former club, Mike Boddicker beats the Orioles, 4-1, with Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell hitting for the cycle. Last month, Baltimore traded the popular right-hander, who had spent nine years with the club, to Boston in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.

1990       Mariner Ken Griffey and his son, Junior, become the first father and son to hit homers in the same major league game. The back-to-back blasts are given up by Angel hurler Kirk McCaskill.

1991       Baltimore’s Juan Bell’s tenth inning at-bat against Eric Bell is not a ringing success when he flies out to Albert Belle in left field. The Orioles drop the Memorial Stadium contest to the clangorous Cleveland club in 11 innings, 6-5.

1993       Mike Piazza sets the major league record for home runs by a rookie catcher when he hits his 29th round-tripper, a first-inning two-run shot off San Diego’s Doug Brocail over the center field fence at Jack Murphy Stadium. The National League’s eventual Rookie of the Year, who will finish the season with 35, breaks the mark set by Matt Nokes, who was a freshman backstop for the Tigers in 1987.

1994       Due to the strike, 26 of the 28 MLB team owners vote to cancel the remainder of the season, making baseball the first major professional sport to lose an entire postseason because of a labor dispute. The 232-day work stoppage will result in 948 canceled games, shortening both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

1996       Todd Hundley, the son of former Cubs backstop Randy Hundley, passes Roy Campanella as the all-time leader in homers by a catcher. The 27 year-old All-Star round-tripper helps the Mets come back from a five-run deficit and eventually beat the Braves, 6-5.

1996       Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The A’s first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight year-old son, Matthew.

1998       At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals become the fifth team in baseball history to score in every inning. The eight innings of consistency lead to a 16-6 win over the A’s.

1998       The Braves clinch their seventh straight division title, taking the NL East crown with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia at Turner Field. Only seven professional sport franchises have finished first during the regular season at least seven times in a row.

1999       With a 12-2 pounding of the Phillies at the Astrodome, Houston establishes a club record with a twelve-game winning streak. The Astros’ victory also extends Philadelphia’s losing streak to 11 consecutive games.

2002       The Devil Rays, playing the 148th game on the schedule, suffer their 100th defeat, losing to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 8-4. Tampa Bay (48-100) becomes the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since Toronto accomplished the dubious mark for three straight years, starting in 1979.

2002       Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is 13, shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.

2002       Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24 year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.

2003       Vladimir Guerrero, homering in his final at-bat, hits for ‘Le Carrousel’ at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The Expos right fielder, facing the Mets southpaw Tom Glavine, doubled (2nd), singled (3rd), tripled (5th), and then completed the sixth cycle in team history by going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).

2003       Dropping a 7-2 decision to Kansas City at Comerica Park, the Tigers become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in a season. The defeat sets a dubious franchise mark for losses in a year, surpassing the 1996 Detroit squad that finished the season with a 53-109 record.

2005       Braves’ center fielder Andruw Jones hits his 50th home run in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Curacao native is the first major leaguer to reach the plateau since Alex Rodriguez hit 57 homers playing shortstop for the Rangers in 2002.

2005       As a tribute to his mother, Roger Clemens pitches on the day his mom Bess passes away. The ‘Rocket’ gets the win as the Astros beat the Marlins, 10-2, the score his Mom predicted when she told him she wanted him to start that night.

2005       On his way to home plate to score ahead of Tony Graffanino, who homered over the left-field wall, Gabe Kapler ruptures his Achilles tendon while rounding second base, and he cannot continue around the bases. After a delay of five minutes, the Red Sox outfielder needs to be carried off the field and is replaced in the basepaths by pinch runner Alejandro Machado to finish the trip around the diamond in Boston’s 5-3 win over Toronto at the Skydome.

2007       Ten year-old Bosox fan Griffin Whitman is disappointed when Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan, when asked for an autograph, writes in the boy’s spiral-bound notebook, “RED SOX SUCK!” before signing his name. The 27 year-old flychaser, whose dad is the respected pitching coach of the Cardinals, is surprised by the negative reaction of the family.

2008       Carlos Zambrano becomes the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas accomplished the feat against the Padres in 1972. The Chicago right-hander’s 5-0 hitless gem comes at the expense of the displaced Astros, who are playing a relocated ‘home game’ in Milwaukee’s Miller Park as a result of Hurricane Ike.

2008       Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, with his eighth-inning thievery in a 7-4 loss to the Braves at Shea Stadium, becomes the first player to have four straight seasons of 50 or more stolen bases playing for a New York area team, which also includes Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. The accomplishment extends the infielder’s own record, as he is also the only Gotham major leaguer to achieve the feat for three consecutive years.

2011       With their 3-2 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates extend their record streak of consecutive losing seasons to 19 straight years, the longest in American professional sports history. The Bucs, who led the NL Central by a half-game on July 20, have lost 38 of 54 contests since then, leaving the team with a 67-82 won-loss record.

2011       Braves’ fireballer Brandon Beachy establishes the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher when he whiffs eight batters in 4.1 innings, bringing his to total to 160. Irv Young struck out 156 in 1905 when the team played in Boston and were known as the Beaneaters.

2011       After missing fifty contests for a PED infraction in April 2008 while playing for the Giants, Eliezer Alfonzo becomes the first player to be suspended twice under the MLB drug program. The Colorado catcher will appeal the 100-game suspension, having the ban overturned for procedural reasons when his urine sample is not handled in the manner outlined in baseball’s agreement with the players.

2014       With Cub runners on first and second in the fourth inning of the team’s 7-3 victory over Chicago, the Pirates turn an 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play when third baseman Josh Harrison fields Matt Szczur’s hard grounder, stepping on the bag to force Chris Valaika before firing the ball to second to Neil Walker to retire Mike Ott. The second baseman’s relay to first sacker Andrew Lambo completes the first triple killing in the 14-year history of PNC Park.

2014       Jonathan Papelbon is ejected for grabbing his crotch, responding to the boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd after he gives up four runs in the ninth inning of Phillies’ 5-4 loss to Miami. The apologetic closer, who insists he wasn’t making a vulgar motion toward fans, will be suspended for seven games and fined by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and for bumping Joe West, the ump who will also receive a one-day suspension for pulling on the reliever’s jersey after he threw the player out of the game.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1994

NEW YORK – With a four-paragraph resolution providing the final out instead of a ball nestling into a glove or soaring over a fence, major league baseball owners called off the rest of the season today, sweeping away 89 years of the World Series and sending the game staggering into the great unknown. Led by Bud Selig, the acting commissioner, the owners voted, 26-2, to cancel the remainder of the regular season schedule, two rounds of the playoffs and the World Series. They blamed the players’ 34-day strike and what they charged was the union’s unwillingness “to respond in any meaningful way” to the clubs’ demand for cost containment.

But Donald Fehr, the players’ labor leader, countered by saying: “When people think back to what the final image of the 1994 season will be, it may be Bud Selig at a press conference in Milwaukee protesting the pain and gnashing of teeth but nevertheless going ahead and dashing the hopes and dreams of many people. It was their decision to make. They decided their circumstances were more important.”

The inability of the players and the owners to settle their bitter dispute over the clubs’ proposal to limit payrolls short-circuited a season that had been one of the most scintillating in years. Washed away are the chances of the Yankees to appear in the playoffs for the first time since 1981 and Don Mattingly for the first time ever; the assault on Roger Maris’s home run record by Matt Williams, Ken Griffey Jr. and others, and the pursuit of a .400 batting average by Tony Gwynn.

For the first time since 1904, the World Series, which had survived world wars and an earthquake since its inception in 1903, will not be played. That cancellation occurred when the National League champion New York Giants refused to play Boston’s American League champions chiefly because of a feud between the Giants’ owner and the president of the new league.

The baseball strike, the eighth work stoppage in 23 seasons, became the longest shutdown in the game’s history, surpassing the 50-day strike in 1981 when it extended 18 games into the ’95 season. It was settled in March 1995 when a federal judge forced the owners to return to the rules of the old labor pact.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 17 16 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
New England Patriots 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 33 3 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Miami Dolphins 0 1 0 .000 1.0 10 59 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
New York Jets 0 1 0 .000 1.0 16 17 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Oakland Raiders 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 24 16 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 40 26 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 24 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Denver Broncos 0 1 0 .000 1.0 16 24 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 59 10 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 1 0 .000 1.0 20 21 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Cleveland Browns 0 1 0 .000 1.0 13 43 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 1 0 .000 1.0 3 33 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 43 13 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Houston Texans 0 1 0 .000 1.0 28 30 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Indianapolis Colts 0 1 0 .000 1.0 24 30 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 1 0 .000 1.0 26 40 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 35 17 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 32 27 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Washington Redskins 0 1 0 .000 1.0 27 32 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
New York Giants 0 1 0 .000 1.0 17 35 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 31 17 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Los Angeles Rams 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 27 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Seattle Seahawks 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 21 20 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Arizona Cardinals 0 0 1 .500 0.5 27 27 0-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 T
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 10 3 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 28 12 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Detroit Lions 0 0 1 .500 0.5 27 27 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 T
Chicago Bears 0 1 0 .000 1.0 3 10 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New Orleans Saints 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 28 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.5 37 45 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 1 0 .000 1.0 12 28 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.5 41 50 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 97 52 .651 53 – 22 44 – 30 51 – 18 18 – 15 16 – 11 7 – 3 L 1
Tampa Bay 88 61 .591 9 43 – 32 45 – 29 38 – 29 20 – 13 17 – 14 7 – 3 W 1
Boston 77 70 .524 19 36 – 39 41 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 3 – 7 W 1
Toronto 58 90 .392 38.5 30 – 43 28 – 47 24 – 38 17 – 18 14 – 17 3 – 7 W 1
Baltimore 48 99 .327 48 23 – 52 25 – 47 21 – 46 11 – 18 9 – 22 3 – 7 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 89 57 .610 41 – 33 48 – 24 20 – 12 38 – 22 23 – 11 5 – 5 L 2
Cleveland 86 61 .585 3.5 43 – 29 43 – 32 18 – 16 43 – 24 19 – 13 7 – 3 W 4
Chi White Sox 65 82 .442 24.5 35 – 39 30 – 43 15 – 18 31 – 32 13 – 18 5 – 5 W 1
Kansas City 55 93 .372 35 29 – 45 26 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 8 – 20 6 – 4 L 1
Detroit 43 103 .295 46 19 – 53 24 – 50 12 – 18 20 – 43 6 – 27 3 – 7 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 96 53 .644 56 – 20 40 – 33 19 – 13 19 – 13 47 – 18 6 – 4 W 1
Oakland 88 60 .595 7.5 48 – 27 40 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 37 – 28 8 – 2 W 4
Texas 74 75 .497 22 42 – 31 32 – 44 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 37 6 – 4 L 1
LA Angels 67 81 .453 28.5 35 – 38 32 – 43 15 – 15 13 – 18 27 – 40 2 – 8 L 5
Seattle 60 88 .405 35.5 31 – 42 29 – 46 13 – 17 16 – 15 25 – 45 2 – 8 L 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 92 57 .617 47 – 28 45 – 29 44 – 24 20 – 13 16 – 14 7 – 3 W 1
Washington 81 65 .555 9.5 41 – 30 40 – 35 36 – 30 16 – 13 18 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
Philadelphia 76 70 .521 14.5 43 – 33 33 – 37 32 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 76 71 .517 15 42 – 30 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 14 – 14 6 – 4 L 1
Miami 51 96 .347 40 29 – 49 22 – 47 20 – 46 10 – 24 12 – 15 2 – 8 L 5
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 83 64 .565 47 – 26 36 – 38 16 – 14 41 – 26 17 – 13 6 – 4 W 2
Chi Cubs 79 68 .537 4 48 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 32 – 29 18 – 14 5 – 5 W 2
Milwaukee 78 69 .531 5 43 – 31 35 – 38 21 – 11 37 – 31 12 – 15 8 – 2 L 1
Cincinnati 69 79 .466 14.5 40 – 35 29 – 44 16 – 15 29 – 38 15 – 15 5 – 5 W 2
Pittsburgh 65 83 .439 18.5 31 – 41 34 – 42 11 – 21 25 – 40 17 – 17 5 – 5 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 96 53 .644 56 – 20 40 – 33 22 – 9 22 – 11 43 – 24 7 – 3 W 2
Arizona 75 73 .507 20.5 36 – 34 39 – 39 15 – 16 13 – 14 33 – 37 4 – 6 L 6
San Francisco 71 77 .480 24.5 32 – 41 39 – 36 12 – 16 14 – 19 36 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
San Diego 68 79 .463 27 35 – 40 33 – 39 14 – 18 13 – 17 30 – 35 4 – 6 L 2
Colorado 63 85 .426 32.5 37 – 36 26 – 49 15 – 15 12 – 18 28 – 40 4 – 6 W 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 29 15 9 5 54 36 18 9-5-1 6-4-4 54
x – Philadelphia 29 15 6 8 54 42 12 10-3-2 5-3-6 51
Atlanta 28 15 3 10 47 33 14 10-3-1 5-0-9 48
Toronto FC 30 11 9 10 50 47 3 7-4-4 4-5-6 42
D.C. 30 11 9 10 39 38 1 6-5-4 5-4-6 42
New York 29 12 5 12 47 44 3 8-2-5 4-3-7 41
New England 29 10 9 10 42 49 -7 7-3-5 3-6-5 39
Montreal 30 11 4 15 42 56 -14 7-2-5 4-2-10 37
Orlando City SC 30 9 8 13 37 41 -4 6-2-7 3-6-6 35
Chicago 30 8 10 12 44 43 1 7-6-2 1-4-10 34
Columbus 30 8 7 15 33 44 -11 5-5-6 3-2-9 31
FC Cincinnati 29 5 3 21 29 72 -43 3-1-10 2-2-11 18

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 29 19 6 4 76 32 44 11-2-1 8-4-3 63
Real Salt Lake 29 14 4 11 41 35 6 11-1-3 3-3-8 46
Seattle 29 13 7 9 46 45 1 9-3-2 4-4-7 46
Minnesota 29 13 6 10 46 39 7 8-5-1 5-1-9 45
San Jose 29 13 5 11 48 44 4 10-2-3 3-3-8 44
Portland 28 13 4 11 45 41 4 7-2-3 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 29 12 7 10 47 38 9 9-5-1 3-2-9 43
Los Angeles 29 13 3 13 42 47 -5 9-1-4 4-2-9 42
Sporting KC 29 10 7 12 42 47 -5 7-3-5 3-4-7 37
Colorado 30 10 6 14 49 55 -6 8-2-6 2-4-8 36
Houston 29 10 4 15 40 49 -9 8-4-3 2-0-12 34
Vancouver 30 6 9 15 30 53 -23 4-4-6 2-5-9 27

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

Page Legend
GP Games Played
W Wins
D Draws
L Losses
PTS Points
GF Goals For
GA Goals Against
GD Goal Differential