NCC FOOTBALL

Anderson 22, Muncie Central 16

Harrison 42, Logansport 0

Tech 54, Richmond 7

RHS COACH TONY SONSINI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdQt2h4ZnTQ

RHS WR/DB JACK GUILEY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1bkQKGnzaw

Lafayette Jeff 47, McCutcheon 12

Marion 45, Kokomo 6

NEXT WEEK

Anderson at Marion 7 pm

Kokomo at McCutcheon  7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Harrison  7 pm

Logansport at Tech  7 pm

Richmond at Muncie Central  7 pm

TEC FOOTBALL

Hagerstown 14, Union City 0

Knightstown 52, Union County 7

Northeastern 27, Winchester 14…. Northeastern found themselves in a dog fight Friday night at home against Winchester in a battle of unbeaten teams in the conference. In a back and forth affair, the Knights used their running game to score 13 points in the final stanza to secure a 27-14 victory. Shane Berry lead the Knights’ rushing attack with 104 yards and a TD while Wesley Mull had 154 total yards. Cade Bray had 34 yards rushing and a TD and QB Garrett Tudor shined late with 2 touchdown runs in the 4th quarter to go with his 88 yards passing. The Knights defense held strong throughout the game lead by defensive tackle Josh Berger and linebacker Ashton Martin. Wesley Mull forced a fumble and had another interception while Martin had a fumble recovery. Northeastern (3-0) returns to action next Friday at Lincoln at 7 pm.

Shenandoah 20, Centerville 6

CENTERVILLE COACH KYLE PADGETT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO2aBDh1KnA

CENTERVILLE’S JEVONTAE PAMPLIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9eHjg8DJ7I

Tri 24, Lincoln 6

NEXT WEEK

Centerville at Winchester  7 pm

Hagerstown at Union County  7 pm

Northeastern at Lincoln  7 pm

Union City at Knightstown  7 pm

Saturday

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

MID-EASTERN FOOTBALL

Adams Central 21, Monroe Central 13

Eastern Hancock 48, Fountain Central 14

Shenandoah 20, Centerville 6

Wes-Del 30, Park Tudor 3

NEXT WEEK

Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm

Monroe Central at Southern Wells, 7 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 pm

Saturday

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

EASTERN INDIANA FOOTBALL

East Central 10, Harrison (Ohio) 7, OT

TODAY

Batesville vs. South Dearborn, 5:30 pm, Lucas Oil

Greensburg vs. Connersville, 12 pm, Lucas Oil

Lawrenceburg vs. Milan, 8 pm, Lucas Oil

Rushville vs. Franklin County, 2:45 pm, Lucas Oil

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY

Adams Central 21, Monroe Central 13

Alexandria 42, Frankton 14

Anderson 22, Muncie Central 16

Attica 36, Seeger 20

Avon 35, Hamilton Southeastern 27

Bedford N. Lawrence 50, Jennings Co. 21

Beech Grove 21, Speedway 13

Blackford 21, Oak Hill 12

Bloomington South 35, Terre Haute North 14

Boone Grove 53, S. Central (Union Mills) 0

Brownsburg 41, Franklin Central 14

Brownstown 56, Eastern (Pekin) 21

Calumet 38, Wheeler 22

Carmel 20, Center Grove 14

Carroll (Flora) 34, Taylor 6

Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 42, Ft. Wayne North 0

Cass 68, Benton Central 0

Charlestown 49, Clarksville 14

Churubusco 40, Garrett 22

Cin. Elder, Ohio 38, Indpls Cathedral 31, OT

Clinton Prairie 47, Clinton Central 13

Columbia City 44, Bellmont 0

Concord 24, NorthWood 14

Culver Academy 28, Hanover Central 2

Danville 21, Lebanon 14

DeKalb 29, New Haven 14

Decatur Central 43, Whiteland 36

Delta 85, Shelbyville 0

East Central 10, Harrison, Ohio 7, OT

East Noble 36, Huntington North 20

Eastbrook 51, Madison-Grant 0

Eastern (Greentown) 28, Delphi 14

Eastern Hancock 48, Fountain Central 14

Edgewood 47, Cloverdale 6

Elkhart Memorial 48, Goshen 0

Evansville Mater Dei 38, Evansville Harrison 7

Fairfield 8, Central Noble 0

Fishers 28, Noblesville 7

Floyd Central 28, Vincennes 12

Franklin 60, Perry Meridian 35

Fremont 41, River Valley, Mich. 14

Fremont 41, Three Oaks River Valley, Mich. 14

Ft. Wayne Dwenger 54, Ft. Wayne South 6

Ft. Wayne Northrop 36, Ft. Wayne Wayne 25

Ft. Wayne Snider 38, Ft. Wayne Concordia 14

Gibson Southern 48, N. Posey 7

Glenn 35, Bremen 12

Greenwood 31, Martinsville 18

Guerin Catholic 23, Heritage Christian 5

Hagerstown 14, Union City 0

Heritage Hills 69, Pike Central 6

Hobart 42, Griffith 0

Homestead 51, Ft. Wayne Luers 0

Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill. 35, Penn 7

Indian Creek 52, Owen Valley 0

Indpls Attucks 19, Covenant Christian 7

Indpls Ben Davis 35, Indpls Pike 34

Indpls Brebeuf 40, Indpls Ritter 0

Indpls Chatard 53, Indpls Roncalli 7

Indpls Lutheran 28, Triton Central 14

Indpls Scecina 45, Cascade 14

Indpls Tech 54, Richmond 7

Indpls Tindley 47, S. Decatur 20

Jasper 35, Boonville 0

Jeffersonville 32, New Albany 13

Knightstown 52, Union Co. 7

Knox 42, Culver 14

Lafayette Catholic 46, Northwestern 12

Lafayette Harrison 42, Logansport 0

Lafayette Jeff 47, McCutcheon 12

Lakeland 20, Prairie Hts. 6

Lapel 20, N. Decatur 15

Leo 3, Norwell 2

Lex. Sayre, Ky. 34, Rock Creek Academy 0

Linton 35, Monrovia 0

Maconaquah 43, Northfield 7

Manchester 21, Wabash 14

Marion 45, Kokomo 6

Mishawaka 40, Gary West 0

Mishawaka Marian 41, South Bend St. Joseph’s 0

Mississinewa 77, Elwood 0

Mooresville 24, Plainfield 7

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 32, Greenfield 8

North Daviess 42, Eastern (Greene) 0

North Harrison 33, Corydon 27, OT

North Knox 44, Tecumseh 0

North Montgomery 30, Southmont 7

North Putnam 42, S. Putnam 21

North Vermillion 35, Covington 0

New Palestine 55, Yorktown 19

New Prairie 33, Andrean 10

Northeastern 27, Winchester 14

Northridge 27, Wawasee 0

Northview 28, Sullivan 7

Oldenburg 26, Edinburgh 12

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Mich. 40, Angola 3

Paoli 42, Springs Valley 18

Parke Heritage 50, North Central (Farmersburg) 6

Pendleton Hts. 52, New Castle 7

Perry Central 50, Crawford Co. 6

Pickerington Cent., Ohio 20, Columbus East 14

Pioneer 36, LaVille 14

River Forest 52, Lake Station 0

Rochester 21, Whitko 7

South Adams 41, Bluffton 0

South Bend Riley 20, South Bend Adams 19

South Bend Washington 14, Kankakee Valley 7

South Vermillion 35, Riverton Parke 8

Salem 29, Scottsburg 22

Seymour 49, Madison 7

Shenandoah 20, Centerville 6

Sheridan 50, Tri-Central 19

Silver Creek 27, Providence 0

Southern Wells 20, Jay Co. 12

Southport 10, Columbus North 7

Southridge 42, Forest Park 7

Southwood 45, N. Miami 13

Switzerland Co. 40, Trimble Co., Ky. 22

Tell City 32, S. Spencer 6

Thornton Fractional South, Ill. 34, Highland 14

Tippecanoe Valley 32, Peru 18

Tipton 19, Twin Lakes 14

Traders Point Christian 57, Shortridge 6

Tri 24, Cambridge City 6

Tri-West 62, Frankfort 6

Triton 41, Caston 0

Valparaiso 35, LaPorte 0

West Central 34, Tri-County 8

West Lafayette 56, Hamilton Hts. 7

West Noble 38, Eastside 19

West Vigo 25, Greencastle 21

West Washington 50, Mitchell 6

Warren Central 28, Indpls North Central 7

Warsaw 24, Plymouth 19

Wes-Del 30, Park Tudor 3

Western Boone 49, Crawfordsville 0

Westfield 51, Zionsville 24

Winamac 54, North White 18

Woodlan 20, Heritage 6

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

Blue River 3 Union 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

New Castle 1 Merrillville 1

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY

#24 Boise State 14 Marshall 7

Wake Forest 41 Rice 21

Virginia 52 William and Mary 17

Arizona State 19 Sacramento State 7

 

BIG 10/MAC COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

SATURDAY

Rutgers at Iowa

Syracuse at Maryland

Army at Michigan

Cincinnati at Ohio State

Nebraska at Colorado

Central Michigan at Wisconsin

Western Michigan at Michigan State

Buffalo at Penn State

Vanderbilt at Purdue

Illinois at Connecticut

Eastern Illinois at Indiana

Minnesota at Fresno State

Ohio at Pittsburgh

UAB at Akron

Bowling Green at Kansas State

Kennesaw State at Kent State

Fordham at Ball State

Tennessee Tech at Miami Ohio

Eastern Michigan at Kentucky

 

TOP 25 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

Rutgers at #20 Iowa

#21 Syracuse at Maryland

Army at #7 Michigan

Cincinnati at #5 Ohio State

Northern Illinois at #13 Utah

#12 Texas A&M at #1 Clemson

#25 Nebraska at Colorado

Central Michigan at #17 Wisconsin

New Mexico State at #2 Alabama

Murray State at #3 Georgia

Northern Colorado at #22 Washington State

#18 Central Florida at Florida Atlantic

South Dakota at #4 Oklahoma

Tulane at #10 Auburn

Tennessee Martin at #11 Florida

Western Michigan at #19 Michigan State

Nevada at #16 Oregon

Buffalo at #15 Penn State

#6 LSU at #9 Texas

#23 Stanford at USC

California #14 Washington

 

NFL GAMES WEEK 1

Sunday September 8, 2019

Baltimore @ Miami 1:00pm

Buffalo @ Jets 1:00pm

Kansas City @ Jacksonville 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Washington @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Rams @ Carolina 1:00pm

Tennessee @ Cleveland 1:00pm

Cincinnati @ Seattle 4:05pm

Indianapolis @ Chargers 4:05pm

Detroit @ Arizona 4:25pm

San Francisco @ Tampa Bay 4:25pm

Giants @ Dallas 4:25pm

Pittsburgh @ New England 8:20pm

Monday September 9, 2019

Houston @ New Orleans 7:10pm

Denver @ Oakland 10:20pm

All game times Eastern

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kansas City 3 Miami 0

Texas 7 Baltimore 6

Boston 6 NY Yankees 1

Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 0

LA Angels 5 Chicago White Sox 4

Cleveland 6 Minnesota 2 (11)

Houston 7 Seattle 4

Oakland 7 Detroit 3

Detroit 5 Oakland 4 (11)

Pittsburgh 9 St. Louis 4

Arizona 7 Cincinnati 5

NY Mets 5 Philadelphia 4

Atlanta 4 Washington 3

Milwaukee 7 Chicago Cubs 1

San Francisco 5 LA Dodgers 4

Colorado 3 San Diego 2

 

WNBA

Indiana 86 New York 81

Washington 86 Dallas 73

Chicago 109 Connecticut 104 OT

Minnesota 83 Phoenix 69

 

IU EAST CROSS COUNTRY

MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East cross country teams opened the season at the Indiana Wesleyan University Twilight Classic on Sept. 6.

The men’s team finished 12th, while the women’s squad was 15th.

Huntington University won the men’s event with Cedarville University taking the women’s title.

Abby Bittner posted the best time for the women’s team in the 5K race with a 20:11.3 to finish 60th out of 178 runners.

For the men’s 8K, Robert Vazquez ran a 27:44.3 to end in 69th out of 185 competitors.

The other top times for the women were Edmalie Cruz Sanchez (20:45.4), Savannah Hart (21:30.6), Morgan Schaefer (22:12.8) and Claire Meyer (22:54.7)

Shannon Milnickel (29:01.1), Chance Klipstine (29:08.5), Logan Tuttle (29:32.2) and Zach Barkdull (29:38.7) were the leading finishers for the men.

The Red Wolves travel to the Michigan State University Spartan Invitational in East Lansing on Sept. 13.

 

TOP HEADLINES

LSU-Texas winner could step back into national spotlight

There was a peculiar sight you might have missed last Saturday: An LSU quarterback repeatedly and determinedly threw a football. This is something we’d forgotten was even possible over the course of the past several years, as the Tigers seemed content to let the spread-offense revolution pass them by.  

But no more. LSU finally seems determined to shed its reputation as the most stubbornly anachronistic program in college football. The Tigers threw the ball 39 times in a 55-3 win over Georgia Southern, which, to put it in context, is precisely the number of passes the Tigers threw in a 74-72 loss to Texas A&M in 2018 — a seven-overtime game.

It was one thing to hear LSU coach Ed Orgeron, possessor of the most apt coaching voice in college football history, promise to open up the Tigers’ stubbornly buttoned-up offense. It was another to actually watch quarterback Joe Burrow repeatedly shred a defense, spreading the ball to myriad receivers and chucking the stultifying LSU power-run attack into the dustbin of gravel that Orgeron seemingly gargles from every morning before he speaks. 

And sure, you might say, this was only Georgia Southern — as opposed to, say, Georgia — but that little tease in Week 1 leads us directly into Week 2, and the most intriguing matchup of this young season. On Saturday, LSU will put its newfound progressivism to the test against Texas, another program that is looking to prove, once and for all, that it’s no longer an afterthought on the national scene; that it’s back, and for real this time, and no more Twitter memes, thanks.

Texas gathered momentum at the end of last season, culminating in a 28-21 upset win over disinterested Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns entered this season — their third under coach Tom Herman — as a trendy choice for that third or fourth playoff seed. That would likely position the Longhorns as a sacrificial lamb to either Alabama or Clemson. For a program that was essentially lost in the wilderness for a decade, it would be a huge step forward.

The primary reason for that Texas optimism, quarterback Sam Ehlinger, threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech last Saturday. And, you might say, this was only Louisiana Tech — as opposed to, say, Louisiana State. But here we are now, poised for a matchup between quarterbacks who can boost their national profile — and perhaps enter the upper echelon of the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Ehlinger will face one of the most talented defenses in the country, anchored by ridiculously athletic LSU safety Grant Delpit. Burrow must decipher a Texas defense that lost a ton of talent after last season, but probably has more raw athleticism than at any time in recent years.

And so this becomes an opportunity game for both programs, a chance to prove that they’re good enough to defeat a high-profile program from a rival conference — and maybe even win their own conference. The victor gathers momentum heading into the conference season, which, given the raw strength of Oklahoma and Alabama, is something both teams will need.

But the winner also gathers big-picture momentum, with a victory on national television that could boost recruiting and bolster an argument that either Texas or LSU truly is a national player once again. 

What happens after this one game is an open question, but a loss —particularly a lopsided one — will put one of these teams back in precarious territory, at a point where they’ll no doubt begin to wonder if anything’s really different than it’s been for the past several years. And at that point, you go beyond wondering whether the revolution has passed you by.

You start to wonder if you’re never coming back. 

 

LSU fans reportedly bombarding Sam Ehlinger’s phone with calls, text messages

The LSU Tigers are going to try to make Sam Ehlinger’s life miserable when they face Texas on Saturday. LSU fans are already doing their part to make the Longhorns quarterback feel that way.

During an appearance Friday on “The Paul Finebaum Show,” ESPN college football reporter Maria Taylor said that LSU fans had gotten a hold of Ehlinger’s phone number and were bombarding him with phone calls and text messages.

“Somehow LSU fans have found out Sam (Ehlinger’s phone) number,” Taylor reported. “He’s got like 600 something text messages from LSU fans and is getting calls nonstop.”

Few college athletes in the spotlight to the extent Ehlinger is handle the pressure and fan attacks better. He has shared his strategy for dealing with Twitter trolls, and it is brilliant. The junior quarterback is probably blocking everything out and focusing even harder on the game. The words of LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson will probably only motivate Ehlinger more.

The teams will meet Saturday evening at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

 

(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. EASTERN ILLINOIS

EASTERN ILLINOIS (0-1) VS. INDIANA (1-0)

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. EDT

Date: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN: Joe Beninati (p-b-p) & Chuck Long (analyst)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 119, XM 196, Internet 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

EASTERN ILLINOIS STAT LEADERS

STAT LEADERS

Passing

Johnathan Brantley: 13-25, 103 Yds, 1 TD, 0 INT

Rushing

Jaelin Hayes-Benefield: 6-49, 0 TD, 8.2 Avg

Receiving

Xander Richards: 5-67, 0 TD, 13.4 Avg

Defense

LB Joe Caputo: 8 T, 1.5 TFL

LB Raymond Crittenden: 5 T

FS Antonio Crosby: 5 T, 1 TFL

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 24-40, 326 Yds, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 19-48, 2 TD, 2.5 Avg

Receiving

Nick Westbrook: 3-103, 1 TD, 34.3 Avg

Defense

LB Reakwon Jones: 11 T, 0.5 TFL

DB Marcelino Ball: 10 T

DL Jerome Johnson: 5 T, 1.5 S, 1.5 TFL

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (1-0) opens its 60th season at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-1). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT on BTN. • The Hoosiers are 41-18 in Memorial Stadium openers with wins in 15 of their last 17 and 32 of their last 37. • This is the first meeting between the two programs. • IU has won 15 of its last 16 non-conference games, including seven straight. • The 1979 Holiday Bowl championship team will hold its 40-year reunion this weekend.

THE COACHES • Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers have earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 have been drafted or invited to NFL camps.  • Adam Cushing was hired as the 25th head football coach at Eastern Illinois on Dec. 10, 2018. He spent the previous 15 seasons at Northwestern and served as offensive line coach from 2009-18.

NEWS & NOTES • With its 34-24 victory over Ball State, Indiana has won 14 of its last 16 season openers. • Fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, while redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. claimed Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades. • Justus matched a program record with a career-high four field goals, in four attempts, and three times bested his career-long with 48-, 49- and 50-yarders en route to his second-career POW. • Penix finished with 326 passing yards on 24-of-40 with one touchdown and added 67 yards on the ground for a total of 393 yards. • The Tampa native’s total yardage and passing yardage trail only Antwaan Randle El for the most in a freshman debut. Randle El posted 467 total yards and 385 passing yards against Western Michigan on Sept. 12, 1998. • Cornerback Jaylin Williams picked off a pass in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals, which extended the Hoosiers takeaway streak to 19 games, the longest in the country. • IU has at least one interception in 11 straight contests. • Left tackle Coy Cronk, linebacker Reakwon Jones, right guard Simon Stepaniak and wide receiver Nick Westbrook are Indiana’s 2019 captains. • Five true freshmen played in the opener: linebacker D.K. Bonhomme, athlete David Ellis, running back Sampson James, cornerback Tiawan Mullen and long snapper Sean Wracher.

 

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. VANDERBILT

(PURDUE SPORTS INFORMATION)

PURDUE-VANDERBILT SERIES DATA Vanderbilt leads 2-0 Current Streak: Vanderbilt has won the last two meetings. First Meeting: Sept. 27, 1941 – Vanderbilt won 3-0 in West Lafayette. Last Meeting: Oct. 3, 1942 – Vanderbilt won 26-0 at home. Noteworthy: The Boilermakers are looking to post points against the Commodores for the first time in school history after getting shut out in the previous two meetings in the 1940s.

HOME OPENERS For the second time in three years, the Boilermakers will open their home slate the second week of the season (also 2017 vs. Ohio). Purdue is 89-37-4 all-time in home-opening games.

HAMMER DOWN CANCER GAME In conjunction with the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, the Boilermakers will host their annual Hammer Down Cancer game against Vanderbilt this Saturday. Purdue will have “Forever Our Captain” on its center stripe on the gold helmet to honor Tyler Trent and a “Volt” neon green ribbon for all those who have battled cancer. Additionally, season-ticket holders who have beaten cancer or currently are fighting the fight and their guests will form the pregame fan tunnel as the Boilermaker enter the field. Since 1978, the Purdue Center for Cancer Research has been a National Cancer Institute-designated basic research cancer center. Only seven institutions in the United States have earned this title. Being a basic research center means it doesn’t treat cancer patients directly. Its work focuses on investigating cancers where it begins — at the cellular level — to investigate the cause of and cure for one of the most devastating diseases of our time.

#TYLERSTRONG In addition to Saturday being the Hammer Down Cancer game, Purdue will honor the legacy of Tyler Trent with the opening the T-Squared Student Gate on the northeast side of Ross-Ade Stadium. Trent, who predicted the Boilermakers’ historic 49-20 over No. 2 Ohio State last season, became a national inspiration with his fight for the advocacy of pediatric cancer treatment and research while battling osteosarcoma himself. He passed away Jan. 1, 2019, at the age of 20. Tyler’s family, Tony (father), Kelly (mother), Blake (brother) and Ethan (brother), along with his best friend Josh Seals, will be the first to enter Ross-Ade through the re-named Trent Gate. Seals camped out with Tyler prior to the 2017 Michigan game when Tyler’s battle with osteosarcoma first came to light. Saturday would have been Tyler’s 21st birthday.

ALREADY AMONG THE TOPS It has taken standout wide receiver Rondale Moore all of 14 collegiate games to break into a number of the top 20 all-time categories in Purdue history. Career Receptions 18 Calvin Williams (1986-89) 138 19 Antavian Edison (2009-12) 135 20 Rondale Moore (2018-) 125 Career Receiving Touchdowns 12 Steve Bryant (1980-81) 15 Chris Daniels (1996-99) 15 Tim Stratton (1998-2001) 15 15 Bart Burrell (1977-80) 14 16 Greg Orton (2005-08) 13 Rondale Moore (2018-) 13.

 

SCOUTING VANDERBILT

Four Commodore student-athletes hail from Indiana: redshirt sophomore OL Bryce Bailey (Newburgh/Castle), freshman TE Joel DeCoursey (Zionsville/Zionsville Community), graduate quarterback Riley Neal (Yorktown/Yorktown) and redshirt junior DL Cameron Tidd (Greenwood/Center Grove). Bailey, Neal and Tidd were in the Vanderbilt starting lineup versus Georgia. • Four Commodores have experience playing with Big Ten teams prior to joining the Vanderbilt roster: redshirt sophomore linebacker Leshawn Paulino-Bell (Michigan State), redshirt senior running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Illinois), graduate cornerback Cam Watkins (Illinois) and junior cornerback DC Williams (Wisconsin). • Six Vanderbilt student-athletes earned their first collegiate starts versus Georgia: Dan Dawkins (R-Fr., OG), Kenny Hebert (R-Jr., OLB), Dashaun Jerkins (R-Fr., safety), Grant Miller (R-So., C), Harrison Smith (R-Fr., punter) and Tyler Steen (R-Fr., OT). Three others were first-time starters in a Vanderbilt uniform: Riley Neal (Gr., QB), Cam Watkins (Gr., CB) and DC Williams, (Jr., CB). • Fifteen players saw their first action as Commodores against Georgia: Neal, Watkins, Williams, Ben Bresnahan (R-Fr., TE), Daevion Davis (Fr., DT), Tre Douglas (R-Fr., CB), Rowan Godwin (Gr., OL), Brandon Maddox (Jr., DT), Jaylen Mahoney (Fr., CB), Salua Masina (R-Fr., LB), Elijah McAlister (R-Fr., OLB), Scott Meyer (Gr., LS) Mitchell Pryor (So., RB), Leshawn Paulino Bell (R-So., OLB) and Justice Shelton-Mosley (Gr., WR/PR). • Vanderbilt is looking for a second victory in its last three road appearances when facing Purdue. The Commodores’ last road win was a 45-31 triumph at Arkansas on Oct. 27, 2018. • The Commodores are playing in Indiana for a second straight year. In 2018, Vanderbilt journeyed to South Bend to face Notre Dame, dropping a close 22-17 decision to the Irish in September. • Derek Mason is one of just two Vanderbilt head coaches to lead the Commodores to multiple postseason bowl appearances. With 24 wins, Mason is six victories away from joining the program’s five winningest coaches. • Gerry Gdowski moved into the offensive coordinator role for the Commodores this year. Gdowski is the longest-tenured Vanderbilt assistant, having been on campus since Derek Mason’s first year in 2014. For the last three years, Gdowski served as quarterbacks coach, helping mold three-year starter and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Shurmur into the Commodores’ all-time leading passer. • Four coaches are new to Derek Mason’s staff this season: Devin “Fitz” Fitzsimmons, Jovan Haye, Tim Horton and Matt Weikert. Fitzsimmons serves as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Haye, a former Commodore All-SEC defensive end, enters his first year as defensive line coach. Horton comes to the staff as running backs coach after extremely successful SEC tenures. Weikert serves as outside linebackers coach, coming from an 12-year tenure at Air Force. • The Vanderbilt roster includes six graduate transfers: OL Rowan Godwin (South Alabama), LS Scott Meyer (Alabama), QB Riley Neal (Ball State), WR/R Justice Shelton-Mosley (Harvard), CB Cam Watkins (Illinois), DT Eddie Zinn-Turner (Marist). • Vanderbilt’s 2019 roster includes student-athletes from 27 states. • The 2019 Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame class was introduced during the Georgia game. The 2019 class includes two Commodore football All-Americans: LB Chris Gaines (1984-87) of Old Hickory, Tennessee, and OT Josh Cody (1914-16, 1919). Previous Commodore gridiron greats named to the Hall of Fame are QB Bill Wade (1949-51), head coach Dan McGugin (1904-17, 1919-34), OL John Hall (1951-54), RB Herb Rich (1946-49), P Jim Arnold (1979-82), OL Will Wolford (1982-85), WR Bucky Curtis (1947-50), OL Carl Hinkle (1935-37), LB Jamie Duncan (1994-97), RB Charley Horton (1953-55), QB Jay Cutler (2002-05), QB Don Orr (1954-56) and WR Earl Bennett (2005-07). • Vanderbilt University hosted the first opening weekend of SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show. The two-hour program, featuring host Laura Rutledge, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum and Marty Smith, aired Saturday, Aug. 31 from Vanderbilt’s Ingram Commons, the residential area for first-year Commodore students. It was SEC Nation’s first appearance on campus since September 2017. • Vanderbilt’s season-opening tilt with Georgia was designated as the program’s “Set The Expectation” game. Vanderbilt was the first SEC program to host a “Set The Expectation” game. The event started in June, when Brenda Tracy, a registered nurse from Portland, Oregon, shared with the football team her devastating personal story and vital message of preventing sexual violence. Tracy has addressed dozens of college teams and many more on the high school level in the past year. Tracy also serves on the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. Tracy, who calls her campaign “Set The Expectation,” will be in attendance and introduced to the crowd during an on-field recognition. • Vanderbilt is in its 130th season of college football.

Series: Vanderbilt leads 2-0 • Series streak: Vanderbilt, W2 • At Purdue: Vanderbilt leads 1-0 • At Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt leads 1-0 • First meeting: 1941 • West Lafayette, Ind. • Vanderbilt 3, Purdue 0 • Last meeting: 1942 • Nashville • Vanderbilt 26, Georgia 0 • The first game played between Vanderbilt and Purdue came just three months before the United States entered World War II. • Vanderbilt’s 1941 victory in West Lafayette was considered an upset win for the Commodores. Directed by second-year head coach Red Sanders, Vanderbilt went on to finish 8-2 that season, its best record more than a decade. • Paul “Bear” Bryant was a second-year offensive line coach for the Commodores in 1941 under Sanders. Both Sanders and Bryant are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. • Vanderbilt is 1-1 all-time against teams directed by Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm. The Commodores defeated Brohm’s 2016 Western Kentucky squad in a 31-30 overtime thriller on Sept. 24 in Bowling Green, and dropped a 14-12 home decision to WKU to open the 2015 campaign. Against Big Ten Opponents • The Commodores are 7-19-2 all-time against members of the Big Ten Conference. • In its last game against a Big Ten foe, Vanderbilt dropped a 23-13 decision at Northwestern on Sept. 10, 2012.

Offense

The Commodores were held to 225 total yards by No. 3 Georgia’s defense. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (R-Sr., RB) paced the Commodores with 98 total yards (74 rushing, 24 receiving). • Riley Neal (Gr., QB) was 14-of-25 (56%) in his first start for the Commodores. Neal served as the starting quarterback at Ball State from 2015-18. • Justice Shelton-Mosley (Gr., WR) had a 23-yard carry on his first Commodore touch. • The Vanderbilt offense returned 83% of its total scoring from 2018 (228 of 276 points). • The Commodores’ scoring average in 2018 (28.5 points/game) was the program’s highest scoring average since 2012 (30.1 points/game). It also marked Vanderbilt’s fourth highest scoring offense since World War II. • Vanderbilt’s total offense in 2018 (411.2 yards/game) was the most since the 1974 squad averaged 412.8 yards en route to a Peach Bowl appearance. Vanderbilt’s 6.29 yards per play ranked fourth in the SEC and 21st nationally. • The Commodores return 82.3% of their 2018 rushing offense, with Ke’Shawn Vaughn (1,244 yards) and Jamauri Wakefield (353 yards) leading the way. • The Vanderbilt offense committed just 14 total turnovers (eight fumbles, six interceptions) in 2018. The Commodores ranked tied for 20th nationally with a plus-8 turnover margin. • Thirty-five of TE Jared Pinkney’s 50 receptions in 2018 resulted in first downs, tops in the SEC. Pinkney’s 78.8 grade from a year ago is best among returning SEC tight ends. • Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 7.9-yard/rush is the highest average by a modern-day Commodore running back. • Vaughn’s breakaway percentage of 60.1% in 2018 topped all SEC backs. • Vaughn averaged a SEC-best 5.28 yards after contact in 2018. In the Texas Bowl alone, 161 of Vaughn’s 243 rushing yards came after contact. • Vaughn produced 32 rushes of 10+ yards in 2018. • Vaughn produced 749 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in final five games of 2018, averaging 149.8 yards/game. • WR Kalija Lipscomb was sensational on third and fourth downs in 2018, catching 74% of his targets. He had an SEC-best 27 receptions, including six touchdowns, on third downs. • Lipscomb’s eight touchdowns in home games were tied for fourth nationally among power conference players. • In the final five games of 2019, the Commodore offense averaged 37.0 points and 466.8 total yards (209.8 rushing/235.4 passing).

The Commodores are one of seven FBS teams to score 28 or more points in each of their last five games. • Five offensive players enter 2019 with double-digit career starts: TE Jared Pinkney (30), OL Devin Cochran (23), WR Kalija Lipscomb (23), OL Cole Clemens (14), OL Saige Young (13.) • Vanderbilt had five turnover-free games in 2018, tied for the second most in the SEC. • Over the last five games of 2018, Vanderbilt ranked among the SEC’s top five offenses in points (37.0 – 2nd), total yards (466.8 – 3rd), yards per play (6.8 – 3rd), rushing yards (209.8 – 5th), yards per rush (5.8 – 3rd) and passing yards (257.0 – 5th). Over the same stretch, the unit ranked second in the SEC by averaging just 0.4 giveaways per game. • The Commodores return 84.6% of their receiving yards from a year ago. The team’s top returning receivers from 2018 include Kalija Lipscomb (87 receptions, 916 yards, 9 TDs), Jared Pinkney (50-774-7) and C.J. Bolar (34-440-2).

Defense

The Commodores impressed on third downs in the opener, limiting No. 3 Georgia to one conversion in seven attempts. Vanderbilt also stopped Georgia’s only fourth-down attempt. • Daushan Jerkins (R-Fr., safety) made the most of his first collegiate start. Jerkins posted 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops. It was the highest total tackle by a Commodore defender since linebacker Jordan Griffin registered 18 tackles at Kentucky (Oct. 20, 2018). Jerkins also returned a fumble 12 yards for the unit’s only turnover. • Feleti Afemui (R-Fr., ILB) had a career-high eight tackles in his second career start. • Kenny Hebert (R-Jr., OLB) had five tackles, his highest total as a Commodore, and one tackle for loss. • Jerkins, Hebert, Cam Watkins (Gr., CB) and DC Williams (Jr., CB) earned their first starts as Commodores. • In 2018, Vanderbilt produced the fourth-largest increase nationally in takeaways from the previous year. The ‘18 defense caused 22 takeaways, 13 more than in 2017. It also marked the most takeaways by a Commodore defense since 2013. • With 84 tackles in 2018, ILB Dimitri Moore was the SEC’s top freshman tackler. Moore earned SEC All-Freshman recognition for his performance. • The Commodore defense should benefit from added experience after more than a dozen key players realized their first collegiate action in 2018. Thirteen defenders return with a season of experience under their belt: Afemui, B.J. Anderson (R-Fr., CB), Colin Anderson (R-So., LB), Brayden DeVault-Smith (R-So., ILB), Stone Edwards (R-So., DE), Allan George (R-So., CB), Randall Haynie (R-So., CB), Brendon Harris (R-Fr., S), Dimitri Moore (R-So., ILB), Alston Orji (So., ILB), Michael Owusu (R-So., OLB), Rutger Reitmeier (R-So., DT/DE) and Max Worship (So., S). • Two veteran newcomers at cornerback, graduate transfer Cam Watkins and junior DC Williams, are competing for key roles in the secondary. The Commodores will feature new starters at both cornerback positions after the departures of Donovan Sheffield and current New England Patriot Joejuan Williams. • The 2018 defense accumulated 13 interceptions in 2018, the highest total of the Mason era. • The Commodores were stout in the red zone in 2018, ranking fifth in the SEC in 2018 by keeping opponents out of the end zone at a 48% clip. They also held foes without points on 10 of 54 possessions inside the 20-yard line.

 

NFL PREDICTIONS

TENNESSEE AT CLEVELAND (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS          Line: Cleveland -5.

What you need to know:  The Titans have lost three straight season openers, and Cleveland hasn’t won its opener since a 20-3 win over Baltimore in 2004. Tennessee won’t have left tackle Taylor Lewan, suspended for four games for testing positive for a banned substance. That could be a major issue with Myles Garrett on the edge for Cleveland. The Browns’ run defense was 28 th in the NFL in 2018, and Derrick Henry says he’s feeling good and fully recovered from a calf injury. Henry ran for 1,059 yards on just 215 carries last season, a 4.9 yards-per-carry average.

On the spot : Titans WR Adam Humphries . He got $19 million guaranteed in a four-year, $36 million deal with Tennessee, and the Titans will need him to be a consistent safety valve and slot producer to take the heat off QB Marcus Mariota.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. He was the biggest acquisition of the off-season, and observers in Cleveland and around the NFL will be waiting with bated breath to see if he and Baker Mayfield can turn into the league’s next great quarterback-wide receiver combo.

The pick: Browns 27 Titans 20

 

BALTIMORE AT MIAMI (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS          Line: Baltimore -7

What you need to know:  The Dolphins aren’t really trying to win. They traded LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills to the Texans for two first-rounders and a second rounder, and that means that Ryan Fitzpatrick is in big trouble. The Ravens had the NFL’s second-ranked scoring defense last year, but C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, Za’Darius Smith and Brent Urban are gone. Earl Thomas replaces Weddle, and should be an upgrade at the position. Fitzpatrick is 4-2 as a Week 1 starter in his career, with 16 touchdowns against only five interceptions in those games.

On the spot: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson . Everyone will be watching to see how Jackson fares in the Ravens’ new-look offense. He should be able to run all over a Miami run defense that was second-worst in the NFL in 2018.

Dolphins tackle Jesse Davis:  Davis might end up replacing Tunsil despite working out all summer at right tackle. When asked by a reporter about his comfort level with a potential switch, he said, “Why don’t you go from writing with your right hand to writing with your left hand and see how great it looks?”

The pick: Ravens 34 Dolphins 13

 

ATLANTA AT MINNESOTA (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: Minnesota -4

What you need to know: Vikings RB  Dalvin Cook is healthy after a knee injury in his rookie season and a hamstring problem that plagued him last year. Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo had high praise for him earlier this preseason. Despite Atlanta’s 7-9 record last year, Matt Ryan threw for 35 touchdowns against only seven interceptions, and his 108.1 passer rating was the second-highest mark of his career. Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins was one of the best quarterbacks in the league when pressured in 2018 but one of the worst without pressure, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings. (DVOA is a stat from Football Outsiders that adjusts production for factors such as score, time, down and distance, in order to capture the true value of each play.)

On the spot:  Falcons center Alex Mack.  The noise in Minnesota is always a factor, and while Ryan must shoulder the burden of dealing with it, Mack’s ability to properly communicate protections to his linemates will be of equal importance.

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes: He has had success against Falcons WR Julio Jones, particularly when he shut him down in 2017. Minnesota has historically had success against the all-world wide receiver, and if that trend continues, it will be because of Rhodes.

The pick: Vikings 34 Falcons 31

 

BUFFALO AT NEW YORK JETS (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS        Line: New York -3

What you need to know:  The Jets have Adam Gase running the show, and things got off to a bumpy start, with Gase clearly not being a fan of the Le’Veon Bell signing. The cutting of linebacker Jachai Polite, a third-round pick, didn’t help. Buffalo overahauled its roster in the offseason, culminating in the release of LeSean McCoy, and despite its 6-10 record, returns a defense that was second in the league in yards allowed in 2018. The Bills’ challenge will be fixing an offense that was 30 th in scoring and yards last year.

On the spot:  Bills RB Devin Singletary. Cutting McCoy was a surprise to many in the league, but Buffalo likely wouldn’t have done it had it not been high on Singletary, a rookie from Florida Atlantic who opened eyes during the preseason.

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell:  No surprise here. Bell was the less expensive but splashier of the Jets’ two major off-season moves. If he’s as advertised, Sam Darnold’s life will be much easier.

The pick: Jets 24 Bills 20

 

WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: Philadelphia -9.5

What you need to know:  Case Keenum gets the nod over Dwayne Haskins at quarterback for Washington. He passed for a career-high 3,890 yards last season, but he threw for only 18 touchdowns for Denver. Washington’s Adrian Peterson can move into fifth place in career rushing touchdowns with a score in this game. Peterson’s 13,318 career rush yards are eighth in NFL history. The Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery is one of only five players with at least 750 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons. Jordan Howard is expected to make a big splash with the Eagles, and the stats suggest that he should, as he racked up 3,370 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons with Chicago.

On the spot : Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan. Philly QB Carson Wentz can hurt teams in a variety of ways, and the only surefire way to slow him is to pressure him. Kerrigan’s 13 sacks led Washington last season, and they’ll need him to be a force.

Eagles safety S Malcolm Jenkins . Philly’s pass defense was the league’s third worst in 2018, and Keenum should be a better test of it than Josh Johnson was the last time these teams met. Tight end Jordan Reed will test the Eagles’ secondary, and Jenkins will be tasked with stopping him.

The pick: Eagles 34 Redskins 20

 

LA RAMS AT CAROLINA (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: Los Angeles -2.5

What you need to know:  Jared Goff is a very rich man, having just signed a four-year, $134 million extension, with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. He was mostly great last season, but perhaps exposed in the Super Bowl by a Patriots defense that pressured him nonstop. Knee issues of Rams running back Todd Gurley were a big offseason talking point, so his workload will be a season-long story. Carolina’s goal is simple; keep Cam Newton upright and on the field for all 16 games. So long as it does that, the talent is there to make a push in the rugged NFC South.

On the spot:  Rams LB Cory Littleton. His job probably won’t be easy Sunday. He must try to hem in RB Christian McCaffrey while also possibly playing a bit of a “spy” role against Newton. Oh, and he must get the Rams’ defense lined up. No pressure.

Panthers center Matt Paradis:  New center Paradis must call the protections and deal with Aaron Donald. Neither one of those tasks seems fun, but if he fails miserably at either one of them, he might get his quarterback maimed.

The pick: Rams 30 Panthers 24

 

8 of 16 KANSAS CITY AT JACKSONVILLE (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS        Line: Kansas City -3.5

What you need to know:  This game should be a great battle between Kansas City’s offense and Jacksonville’s defense. The Chiefs led the league in scoring last season, and the Jaguars were fourth in the league in points allowed despite a 5-11 record. Jacksonville should get a boost on offense from QB Nick Foles, and the Chiefs’ acquisition of LeSean McCoy from Buffalo reunites the running back with Andy Reid. He gives Kansas City another dynamic weapon. McCoy’s 10,606 rush yards since 2009 are the most in the league during that time. Holding serve at home might announce the Jaguars as the early favorite in the AFC South.

On the spot:  Chiefs RB Damien Williams. With all the talk about McCoy, Williams has been shoved aside for the time being, but he averaged 5.1 yards per carry last season, has at least a touchdown in six straight games including the playoffs, and might be K.C.’s most explosive runner.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey:  Tyreek Hill is still on the Chiefs, and as a result, someone on Jacksonville must slow him. While the Jags also have A.J. Bouye, Ramsey may see the bulk of the time opposite Hill.

The pick: Jaguars 31 Chiefs 27

 

INDIANAPOLIS AT LA CHARGERS (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS        Line: Los Angeles -6.5

What you need to know:  Life without Andrew Luck begins for the Colts, who just gave his replacement, Jacoby Brissett, a new contract. Brian Hoyer was signed to be his backup. He has that Patriots pedigree, and the Colts are hoping that some of it rubs off on Brissett and perhaps Chad Kelly. Indy has a roster that stacks up well with L.A. talent-wise, but the Colts don’t have a passer who can match Philip Rivers. For Rivers’ part, we’ll get to see whether or not his statements about liking his non-Melvin Gordon running backs a great deal will be put to the test.

On the spot:  Colts QB Jacoby Brissett. Everyone will be watching him, and while his first time under the microscope didn’t go all that well, the Colts love Brissett and seem to think they can make the playoffs with him. Much of the public tends to disagree. A road win here would be a major coup for Brissett.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler.  No one knows if or when Gordon will return, so Ekeler should get the bulk of the work in his absence. If he’s half as good as Rivers seems to think he is, the Chargers are in good hands indeed.

The pick: Chargers 27 Colts 17

 

CINCINNATI AT SEATTLE (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

TV: CBS        Line: Seattle -9.5

What you need to know:  The Seahawks just became a trendy NFC Super Bowl pick with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney. Seattle fans are likely thrilled because of how little it cost to bring Clowney into the fold. There are no such feelings of optimism in Cincinnati, where Zac Taylor must work miracles with Andy Dalton and make the Bengals a team worth watching. Dalton is 2-0 versus Seattle, including a 2015 performance that saw him throw for 331 yards and two touchdowns in a Bengals win. Cincy’s rush defense, ranked last season, might have issues with Chris Carson, who ran for 1,151 yards last year.

On the spot:  Bengals RB Joe Mixon.  He led the AFC in rushing last season with 1,168 yards. He’ll need to have a big game to keep the Seahawks’ defense from teeing off on Dalton early and often.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett.  Is he Russell Wilson’s next featured target? He set career-highs in receptions (57), yards (965) and receiving touchdowns (10) last season. Continued development from him could make Seattle truly formidable.

The pick: Seahawks 28 Bengals 17

 

NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: Dallas -7

What you need to know:  Running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed to a six-year contract extension Wednesday morning, ending his holdout, but it’s unknown how much playing time he’ll get Sunday. Tight end Jason Witten is back after a very uninspiring year in the broadcast booth, and if he has anything left, he should be a boost for Dak Prescott. New York’s Saquon Barkley led the league in scrimmage yards last season, but if he’s all the offense the Giants have, they won’t have a winning formula.

On the spot:  Giants QB Eli Manning.  He no doubt has already heard the whispers that Daniel Jones should be the starter. If he doesn’t get the team off to a fast start, he might find himself sitting on the sidelines, watching Jones run the show.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard.  He was impressive in the preseason — in fact, his impact was such that the Cowboys were willing to play hardball with Elliott for longer than most thought they would. He could get the lion’s share of the work Sunday.

The pick: Cowboys 23 Giants 20

 

DETROIT AT ARIZONA (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: Detroit -3

What you need to know:  Detroit’s overhauled defense gets its first action, and Trey Flowers will receive most of the attention. He had 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles with New England last year, and the hope is that he’ll generate pressure to help the Lions fix their defense, which forced the third-fewest turnovers in the league last season. Rookie QB Kyler Murray will get to start his NFL career in front of a home crowd, and the big question is the degree to which the Cardinals held back their “real” offensive schemes in the preseason.

On the spot : Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson. He was obviously the best tight end in the draft, and he should be an immense help for Matthew Stafford, who struggled to attack the intermediate middle of the field last season.

Cardinals RB David Johnson: He didn’t have a bad year in 2018, but he certainly wasn’t close to his usual self. Will Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense turn him back into one of the league’s most feared players?

The pick: Lions 24 Cardinals 23

 

SAN FRANCISCO AT TAMPA BAY (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

TV: FOX        Line: PICK

What you need to know:  The Jameis Winston-Bruce Arians experiment begins, with many wondering if Arians is finally the right man to unlock the talents of the Bucs’ QB and also rein in his reckless, turnover-prone play. QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s play in the preseason was at times alarming, so San Francisco fans likely aren’t sure what to expect in this one. Richard Sherman, whose 32 career interceptions are the second most for any active player, is likely licking his lips at the thought of a few irresponsible throws by Winston. If Winston does keep things under control, it could mean a big game for Mike Evans, one of only three players in league history (Randy Moss and A.J. Green) with 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

On the spot:  49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He was bad enough in his return to action that some alarm bells were raised, even though it was only the preseason. He was better the next time out, but there will be nervous fans in the Bay Area until he strings together a few good games.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David. George Kittle set a season NFL record for receiving yards (1,377) by a tight end in 2018, and the Niners no doubt want him to be a major part of the game plan. It will be up to David, among others, to try to keep Kittle in check.

The pick: Buccaneers 28 49ers 24

 

PITTSBURGH AT NEW ENGLAND (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)

TV: NBC        Line: New England -5.5

What you need to know:  The post-Antonio Brown era begins for the Steelers, but not in a welcoming place. Pittsburgh hasn’t beaten New England in Foxborough in the careers of head coach Mike Tomlin or Ben Roethlisberger — except when Tom Brady was injured in 2008. That’s when the Steelers rolled over a Matt Cassel-led team, 33-10. New England is extremely thin at tight end, which may mean some funky personnel groups are in store for Pittsburgh’s defense. Steelers safety Sean Davis might miss the game due to a thigh injury. Brady is embarking on a quest to be the first quarterback in league history to play all 16 games at age 42.

On the spot:  Steelers linebacker Devin Bush. Pittsburgh moved up 10 spots in the draft to get him, and they did so for what they thought he could provide in games like this. He’ll have to get up to speed swiftly, or Brady might yet again carve up Pittsburgh’s defense.

Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon:  He will have the toughest task on New England’s offensive line: stopping T.J. Watt, who led the Steelers last season with 13 sacks. If Pittsburgh gets to Brady with regularity, they might very well win.

The pick: Patriots 35 Steelers 27

 

HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS (Monday, 7:10 p.m. ET)

TV: ESPN        Line: New Orleans -7

What you need to know:  Houston beefed up its offensive line in a big way by acquiring left tackle Laremy Tunsil from Miami, but one wonders if the Texans gave up too much (two first-rounders and a second-rounder). With Tunsil in the fold and Jadeveon Clowney gone, and pundits ripping their performance in both trades, Houston’s brain trust is likely thrilled that actual games are here. The Texans are probably less thrilled to see Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara. Kamara is one of only three running backs in league history (Herschel Walker and Christian McCaffrey) with at least 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards receiving in his first two seasons.

On the spot:  Texans RB Duke Johnson Jr.  Houston’s offensive line will be better with Tunsil, but it still isn’t good, and Johnson, acquired from the Browns in a trade, must be an effective safety valve for Deshaun Watson. Johnson has at least 47 catches and 400 yards in each of the past four seasons.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan: Watson is the key to everything the Texans want to do offensively, but Jordan is one of the league’s most underrated pass rushers. If he can spend significant time in Houston’s backfield, it will be a long night for the visitors.

The pick: Saints 38 Texans 20

 

DENVER AT OAKLAND (Monday, 10:20 p.m. ET)

TV: ESPN        Line: PICK

What you need to know: The Antonio Brown era in Oakland apparently will not begin Monday after all. The mercurial wide receiver reportedly will be suspended by the Raiders, apparently for a heated argument he had with GM Mike Mayock. Brown’s 110 receiving yards per game against Denver is his best average mark against any NFL team.

On the spot: Joe Flacco:  He went to the Denver for a fourth-round pick, but he only posted the 22nd-best passing grade in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Can he give the Broncos even a one-year answer at quarterback? We’ll start to find out Monday night.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown. Who else could it be? Brown’s last eight months have been the theater of the absurd, overshadowing his greatness on the field. If he doesn’t play, he’ll surely be talked about on the broadcast.

The pick: Denver 23 Oakland 13

 

Week 1 NFL mismatches: Where Ravens, Browns, Texans have major edge

Baltimore Ravens secondary vs. Miami passing attack

The Dolphins are tanking. No move made this clearer than the trade of young left tackle Laremy Tunsil, whom the Dolphins traded along with receiver Kenny Stills to the Texans for two first-rounders and a second-rounder.

Miami already had questions on its offensive line. Having traded the player who was their only stud on the unit, that group could be the worst in the NFL.

Those offensive line struggles only accentuate the many issues Miami’s passing attack will have. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led the NFL in interception percentage last season by a wide margin (4.9 percent), will start the season under center. He beat out Josh Rosen.

Until Stills was dealt, Miami’s receiving core was considered a strength of this team. He had scored at least six touchdowns for the Dolphins in each of the past three seasons, leading them with 21 TDs over that span. Now, the starting trio at wide receiver is down to the disappointing DeVante Parker, the unproven Jakeem Grant and the injury-prone Albert Wilson. All three have unique talents, be it Parker’s size, Grant’s speed, or Wilson’s after-the-catch ability. But there are a litany of questions with them as a group.

If Dolphins fans are rooting for losses, they should be thrilled with their Week 1 opponent. Baltimore has one of the most stacked defensive backfields in the league, and it should dominate Miami’s offense.

At cornerback, the Ravens have the impressive trio of Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr. At safety, they boast the outstanding duo of Tony Jefferson and former Seattle star Earl Thomas, signed in free agency. He is one of the league’s best ballhawks, as his 28 career interceptions rank third in the league since 2010.

Thomas already has experience taking advantage of Fitzpatrick. In 2012, he made an excellent diving interception off a careless Fitzpatrick heave, a perfect demonstration of his ability to make plays on the football. Thomas returned the pick 57 yards for his first career touchdown.

The Ravens’ combination of top-end secondary talent and elite pass-rushing production makes them a monstrous defense. Last season, Baltimore had the league’s second-lowest passer rating (80.6) and ranked sixth in quarterback hits (104).

Given the woes that Miami is set to deal with in all facets of the passing game — up front, at quarterback, and out wide — Baltimore’s secondary is set to make a lot of noise in Week 1.

Cleveland pass rush vs. Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota

Mariota had a disappointing 2018 season, but he especially struggled against strong pass-rushing defenses. Mariota played four games last season against teams that ranked in the top half of sack rate on defense: the Redskins (fifth in sack rate), Jaguars (13th), Ravens (14th) and Bills (15th).

In those four contests, Mariota was unproductive, averaging a minuscule 114 passing yards per game and failing to register a passing or rushing touchdown. Mariota picked up only 23 passing first downs and was sacked 12 times, a brutal ratio of 1.9 to 1. In 2018, the league average ratio of passing first downs to sacks was about 4.9 to 1.

As a result of Mariota’s struggles, the Titans offense averaged only 10 points in those four games against top sack-producing defenses. Although the Browns ranked just 28th in sack rate last season, they are poised to take a major leap into the upper echelons of sack rankings.

Former No. 1 selection Myles Garrett ranked sixth in the NFL with 13.5 sacks last season, but now he has company. In the offseason, the Browns added pass-rushing beasts Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson.

Over the past six seasons, Vernon has 47.5 sacks, the 19th-best total in the league over that span. While that is a solid ranking, Vernon is more impressive at generating pressure than he is at getting home for sacks. Over the same span, he ranks 10th in quarterback hits, with 121.

That’s not to say Vernon, who played for the Giants last season, can’t make plays of his own — he has made plenty of game-changing plays in his career. On the following play, Vernon stripped the ball from Bears quarterback Chase Daniel in a brilliant display of his elite technique as a pass rusher. Vernon (right defensive end) swipes away the hands of left tackle Charles Leno, rips underneath with his inside arm, then turns the corner and punches out the football as Daniel winds up.

Richardson, who played for the Vikings last season,  is a terrific run defender, but he can get some heat on quarterback too. In 2018, he ranked 14th among interior defensive linemen with 47 total pressures.

Even if neither is putting up gigantic sack numbers, the pressure created by Vernon and Richardson will open up plenty of sack opportunities for other Cleveland defenders.  Garrett, Vernon and Richardson have the potential to be one of the best defensive trios in the league. In Week 1, they get a highly favorable matchup against a quarterback who has struggled mightily under pressure.

Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. New Orleans secondary

Hopkins has emerged as arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. Year after year, he has put up monster numbers regardless of who was at quarterback. But he needed a star under center to truly get him over the hump — and now he has one in Deshaun Watson.

Last season, Hopkins ranked fifth in receiving touchdowns (15), third in receptions (115) and second in receiving yards (1,572). He did all that while posting a superb catch rate of 70.6 percent, joining Antonio Brown and Wes Welker as the only players in league history to have a season with over 1,500 receiving yards and a catch rate over 70 percent.

Hopkins’ strong hands are the reason for his dominant play — he had zero drops last season. He set a record for the most receptions in a season without a drop, according to Pro Football Focus, which has kept track of that stat since 2006.

Any team that dares to cover Hopkins with only one defender pays the price. Here, he bullies Colts reserve cornerback Chris Milton off the line, creating plenty of room to easily haul in the touchdown from Watson on a goal-line fade.

New Orleans, a team with Super Bowl aspirations, may have a weak pass defense. The Saints fielded the league’s 11th-ranked defense, according to Defense-adjusted Value Over Average last season, but that was on the strength of their run defense, which ranked third in DVOA. On the other side of the ball, New Orleans struggled, ranking 22nd in pass defense DVOA. (DVOA calculates a team’s success based on the down and distance of each play during a season, then calculates how much more or less successful each team is compared to the league average.)

Struggles at cornerback were part of the issue. In 2018, of the 80 cornerbacks to log at least 350 cover snaps, three of the players ranked in the bottom 15 of most yards allowed per cover snap were Saints: P.J. Williams (T-76 th ), Eli Apple (T-76 th ) and Marshon Lattimore (68 th).

New Orleans allowed a 100.6 passer rating last season, the sixth-worst mark in the league and the worst among playoff teams.

Iffy pass defenses were feasted upon by Hopkins last season. Each of his best three games for receiving yardage came against teams that allowed a passer rating above the league average of 92.9. In total, Hopkins averaged 125.6 yards per game in five matchups against teams that allowed an above-average passer rating; the Texans went 5-0 in those games. In his other 11 contests, Hopkins averaged 85.8 yards per game, and Houston posted a 6-5 record.

Hopkins’ touchdown production also spiked against lesser pass defenses. He recorded six touchdown receptions in five games against teams that allowed an above-average passer rating (1.2 per game), and only five touchdowns in his other 11 games (0.5 per game).

Expect to see Hopkins put up big numbers in his 2019 season debut, giving Houston the juice it will need to pull off an upset in the “Monday Night Football” spotlight.

 

Colts’ HC Frank Reich On Jacoby Brissett: He Is The Man, He Is The Answer

It only took one day for the Indianapolis Colts to add depth to their roster after head coach Frank Reich proclaimed Jacob Brissett “the man” and “the answer” to the question of who will replace Andrew Luck at quarterback.  To prove his point, the team also gave a 5-12 quarterback is ringing endorsement by giving him a shorter contract than the backup they signed earlier in the day.

Joining Brissett on the Colts is 33-year-old Brian Hoyer, who was released by the New England Patriots on Saturday.  Both Indianapolis quarterbacks played behind Tom Brady before joining the Colts, however, while Brissett was traded to his current team, Hoyer signed a three-year, $12 Million deal Monday with the franchise that is days removed from seeing 29-year-old Andrew Luck retire from the NFL for health reasons.  Monday also saw the Colts rework Brissett’s deal, giving him a two-year, $30 Million deal to be the team’s starting quarterback.

Brissett is 5-12 in his NFL career as a starting quarterback, including going 4-11 two years ago for the Indianapolis Colts, which makes the Brian Hoyer signing necessary.  The signing gives the team two credibly quarterbacks heading into the season, with either one able to step in for the other regardless of who is starting or backing up.

If anyone thought head coach Frank Reich was going to come out and say the franchise was screwed a week after Andrew Luck retired and a week before the start of the regular season, then please pass over whatever you are smoking, because clearly you’ve had enough.

Many people really like Jacoby Brissett for his leadership skills; however, quarterbacks in the National Football League are judged by wins, nothing else; an ability that also help them gain followers in the locker room and respect from the coaches.  The Houston Texans are all in this year, and going toe to toe with them for the AFC South title won’t be easy for Brissett, Reich and the rest of the Colts squad.

Reich is a former quarterback himself and knows what it takes to win in the NFL, so I believe that Brissett is in good hands in Indianapolis; I just can’t expect the Colts to do too much to start the season.  I do expect the team to get better over the course of the year and play hard against within their division.  In terms of wins and losses, however, if the Indianapolis Colts are 8-8, they should consider the 2019 season a successful one.

 

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders, plans to play opener

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden said star receiver Antonio Brown is back with the team and is expected to play the season opener after a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock had put him in jeopardy of being suspended.

Gruden spoke briefly at the beginning of practice Friday and said the plan is for Brown to play Monday night at home against Denver.

“Antonio is back today,” Gruden said. “We’re really excited about that and ready to move on. He’s had a lot of, obviously, time to think about things and we’re happy to have him back and I know Raider Nation is excited about that, too.”

Brown was sent home from the facility on Thursday after a confrontation the previous day at practice with Mayock. Brown had posted a letter earlier Wednesday from Mayock detailing nearly $54,000 in fines for missing a practice and walkthrough.

ESPN reported that the Raiders were planning to suspend Brown over the incident. Teams have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to suspend players up to four games for conduct detrimental to the team. A suspension would also void the more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two seasons contained in Brown’s contract with the Raiders.

But Brown was back with the team a day later even though he was not on the practice field during the portion open to the media.

This was just the latest development in a dramatic first season in Oakland for Brown, who has yet to step on the field for a game with his new team.

The Raiders acquired the game’s most prolific receiver after he wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh. Oakland gave up only a third- and fifth-round pick for the four-time All-Pro receiver and gave him a hefty raise with a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million.

But Brown was unable to practice at the start of training camp after getting frost bite on his feet during a cryotherapy accident in France.

Brown was activated July 28 and took part in one walkthrough and part of one practice before leaving the team to get treatment for his feet and to fight the NFL and the NFLPA over his helmet.

Brown lost two grievances with the league in his attempt to use an old helmet now banned for safety reasons. He skipped practice on Aug. 18, prompting Mayock to issue an ultimatum for Brown to be “all in or all out” and also to hand him a $40,000 fine.

Brown returned to the team the following day but then missed a mandatory walkthrough before an exhibition game in Winnipeg on Aug. 22, leading to a second fine of $13,950.

Brown publicized those fines on his Instagram account this week. Brown also wrote on the account: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

Brown had several issues in Pittsburgh as well, leading to the team’s decision to trade him even though he topped 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons.

 

Maybe Raiders’ Antonio Brown simply doesn’t need the game

In March, during his first public interview in the midst of a tumultuous offseason, then-Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want to, bro. I don’t even need the game. I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone. If they want to play, they’re going to play by my rules; if not, I don’t need to play.”

Maybe we should have believed him then.

More importantly, maybe the Oakland Raiders, who traded for the talented but troubled wideout a mere six days later, should have too.

Darlington pressed Brown further in that interview, asking, “But you want the game?” 

“Obviously I want the game, but I don’t need the game,” Brown said. “It’s a difference. I don’t need to play for no one. I’m happy.”

“You see this?” he added, gesturing to his home that looked more like a grand palace, glittery and gold all over. “This is paid off, cash. I don’t owe no one. I’m a millionaire. I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t need to prove no one anything.”

That difference — want versus need — means everything. It’s the difference between a content player and a locker room pariah. NFL teams spend months before the draft trying to discern that in a player. Now it could be the Raiders’ undoing.

Brown faces a suspension from the team after reportedly engaging in a heated argument with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday, just the latest trapeze act in what has become a circus of a relationship. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Brown threatened to hit Mayock in the face and then punted a football. This came after the wideout posted a reaction to almost $54,000 in fines levied at him during training camp.

Since the Steelers basically begged the Raiders to take Brown off their hands — Oakland gave up a third- and a fifth-round pick for the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout — it has been non-stop absurdity.

Screenwriters couldn’t make this up. Extreme frostbite? A spat over helmets? This of course is nothing new for Brown, whose exit from Pittsburgh was a stain on the huge numbers he put up during a record-breaking, nine-year run in the Steel City.

Automatic on the field and autocratic off it — that’s  Brown, a my-way-or-the-highway guy. Sometimes, it’s charming. Oftentimes, it’s infuriating. Always, it’s illuminating.

Brown has offered a window into the mind of the modern superstar football player, and the modern athlete, better than most. Star athletes of today are richer than ever, under more scrutiny than ever and faced with more pressure than ever. We think it’s so hard to walk away. It’s really not.

The icons of a generation ago were not in the top .01% in annual income — Brown has earned in 10 seasons (including 2019 salary) more than double what Jerry Rice made in 20. And that’s just a generation ago. The star athletes of two generations ago needed offseason jobs.

Brown isn’t just rich, he’s super rich, wealthy enough to live several lifetimes. Some NFL players need to earn a livelihood, need to provide for family back home. Plainly, they need the income.

If AB84 manages his money well, he earns enough in interest to live comfortably until he’s actually 84. It’s not just contracts that have ballooned. Players are under a massive microscope, their every misstep pounced on like a rabbit with a limp.

Talk to any professional athlete in any sport, and you sense a weight on their shoulders that did not exist a decade ago. Some have opened up about anxiety and mental health issues. Some haven’t.

Like Le’Veon Bell’s holdout last season and Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement, this could be another instance of a player taking control of his own career and his own life. If you were Brown — riches beyond belief, health that cannot be taken for granted — what would you do?

Maybe he told us his intentions in March and we just let it slide. “I don’t need the game,” he said then.

We’ll soon find out if the Raiders believe him.

 

Chiefs sign Tyreek Hill to 3-year, $54 million extension

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Tyreek Hill to a three-year, $54 million contract extension Friday, locking up the playmaking wide receiver whose off-the-field issues left his future in the NFL in question just a couple months ago.

The deal includes a $5.8 million signing bonus and $35.2 million in guarantees, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs do not disclose the terms of contracts.

“I hope he can still run that fast with all that money in his pocket,” coach Andy Reid quipped after Friday’s walk-through ahead of the Chiefs’ opener Sunday in Jacksonville.

The length of the deal protects the Chiefs from investing too heavily in a dynamic player with a checkered past while also giving the 25-year-old Hill the chance for another payday down the road.

“We’re pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Tyreek to keep him in a Chiefs uniform for the foreseeable future,” general manager Brett Veach said. “He understands our expectations of him as a member of this team and community. This extension is contingent upon the conditions Tyreek agreed to adhere to upon his return to the team in July.

“Tyreek is an elite player in this league and has played a major role in our team’s success,” Veach said, “and we’re pleased that he’ll continue to make an impact for us.”

Hill was barred from the Chiefs facility all offseason after audio surfaced in which his then-fiancee accused ill of hurting their 3-year-old son. It prompted an investigation by the district attorney, another by the NFL and another by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Local authorities were the first to clear Hill after finding no evidence to support the alleged abuse. The NFL cleared Hill the week before training camp, at which point the Chiefs announced that he was free to resume working with the team in advance of this season.

 

Packers CB Tramon Williams takes shot at Mitchell Trubisky

First the Green Bay Packers handled the Chicago Bears on the field. Then they rubbed it in afterwards.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who had three tackles and two passes defended in Green Bay’s 10-3 win Thursday night, took a shot at Mitchell Trubisky after the game. Here’s the quote as shared by WFRV’s Lily Zhao:

“We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback. We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.”

Williams’ point is that Trubisky can beat you when he scrambles, but if you force him to stay in the pocket and throw the ball, he won’t beat you.

Williams is not wrong. Trubisky is 0-5 in his career when he throws more than 35 passes in a game. The Bears QB was 26/45 for 228 yards and an interception in the loss. He rushed three times for 11 yards.

 

Odell Beckham Jr admits he is not fully recovered from hip injury

Odell Beckham Jr is not listed on the injury report and is expected to make his Cleveland Browns debut on Sunday, but the star wide receiver may have to play at less than 100 percent health.

Beckham missed some of training camp while he battled what was described as a minor hip injury, but he resumed practicing last week and was declared “good to go” for Week 1 by head coach Freddie Kitchens. However, OBJ admitted on Thursday that the ailment has prevented him from running full speed.

“It’s like an extremely fast car with the alignment off,” Beckham said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “The car can still go, but it’s dangerous.”

Beckham added that he believes adrenaline will take care of any limitations he has had when the regular season gets underway, but that is at least somewhat concerning.

Beckham has missed several games over the past two seasons due to injuries, though some believe he was embellishing toward the end of his tenure with the New York Giants and not actually hurt. While he doesn’t seem concerned about his hip injury, the fact that he admits he is still feeling some effects of it is worth monitoring.

 

Julio Jones won’t commit to playing in Week 1

The Atlanta Falcons have a tough test to begin their season on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, and they may have to face it without arguably their most important offensive player.

Julio Jones is still seeking a new contract from the Falcons, though he has been practicing with the team while the two sides negotiate a deal. However, he would not commit to playing on Sunday while speaking with reporters Thursday. Jones didn’t have much to say about his contract situation and added that he is also dealing with some soreness.

Jones definitely wants a new contract, but the comment about being sore is noteworthy. He missed some time during the offseason with a foot injury, and he was spotted wearing two different shoes at Thursday’s practice. He also appeared to be running at less than full speed.

Jones is set to make $9.4 million this season and the Falcons have acknowledged that he wants a new contract, though it does not sound like the situation has been a distraction for the team. He had 113 catches for 1,677 yards last year and has surpassed 1,400 yards receiving in each of the last five seasons.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick set to make NFL history in first start with Dolphins

If the term “journeyman quarterback” ever made it into a dictionary, adding a photograph of Ryan Fitzpatrick alongside the entry would be a no-brainer.

When the 36-year-old signal-caller takes his first snap on Sunday in the Miami Dolphins’ season-opening showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, Fitzpatrick’s name will be added to the NFL record books.

Now entering his 15th season, he will become the first quarterback in league history to make a start for eight different teams. Of course, Fitzpatrick is humbled by the record.

“You know it is (rewarding),” Fitzpatrick said this week, per the Dolphins’ official site. “It’s something that’s never been done before. Just in terms of who I am and the career I’ve had and the different places I’ve been, this means a lot to me. I think being able to do it here with a younger group where it’s going to rely so much on communication and I’ve got to make sure I’m at my best on every single play, whether it’s during the play or before at the line of scrimmage. I’m going to put a lot on myself this week to make sure everything goes smoothly. I think, in terms of me being in this spot and this place right now, I think my career has led me to this and I fit well in the role I’m being asked to play right now.”

Fitzpatrick made Miami his latest stop in his NFL odyssey when he signed a two-year deal in March. He was expected to be relegated to backup duties once the team acquired Josh Rosen from the Cardinals in April, but veteran beat out the second-year quarterback to land atop the depth chart.

In total, Fitzpatrick had made starts for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets and Buccaneers ahead of Sunday’s game.

Whether or not there’s any “Fitzmagic” left in the grizzled, bearded 36-year-old quarterback remains to be seen. With the Dolphins expected to go absolutely nowhere this season, it will be interesting to see how long the team sticks with Fitzpatrick before turning over the offense to the still-developing Rosen.

 

Jaguars likely to be without starting LT Robinson for opener

The Jacksonville Jaguars likely will be without starting left tackle Cam Robinson for their season opener – and maybe longer.

Robinson injured his right knee in practice Thursday and was listed as doubtful to play against Kansas City. It’s not the knee that sidelined Robinson for 14 games last season. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against New England in Week 2 and spent the last 11 months working his way back.

Making matters worse for the Jaguars, backup offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was ruled out because of a nagging hamstring injury. That leaves second-year pro Will Richardson to make his first career start – and not at his usual position.

A fourth-round draft pick from North Carolina State in 2018, Richardson spent most of training camp vying for a starting spot at right guard. Now he will shift over after two days of practice and get tasked with blocking standout pass-rusher Frank Clark.

 

Josh Gordon releases statement addressing substance abuse issues

Josh Gordon is hoping to finally prove that he can make it through a full NFL season without a slip-up that results in a suspension or worse, and the New England Patriots wide receiver does not want to discuss his past as he focuses on the future.

In a statement he released on social media Friday, Gordon acknowledged that he had another substance abuse issue toward the end of last year, which resulted in him having to leave the Patriots late in the season. He said he will not get into the details of the latest incident but hopes he will be judged on the way he carries himself going forward.

Gordon violated the terms of his conditional reinstatement last December by reportedly failing multiple drug tests. He signed a restricted free agent tender with the Patriots over the offseason to assure he would remain with the team if and when he was reinstated, and the NFL surprisingly chose not to force him to sit out any games to start 2019.

Gordon has only played in 52 career games since 2012 because of multiple suspensions. The 12 games he played last season were his most in a season since 2013. If he can stay out of trouble, he has a chance to have a huge year as one of the focal points of New England’s offense.

 

Legalized sports betting appeared to have major impact on ratings for NFL opener

Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears was a sloppy affair that featured just 13 total points, but that did not stop an impressive number of football fans from tuning in. It would appear the league can thank the legalization of sports gambling for at least some of that.

Ratings for Thursday night’s game were about 15 percent higher than last year’s season opener, according to data obtained by John Ourand of Sports Business Journal. Some of that can be attributed to the Packers and Bears having one of the most famed rivalries in all of sports, but ratings were also way up in markets where sports gambling has been legalized.

That isn’t exactly a surprise, but it is sure to excite NFL executives and team owners. On the surface, the NFL has tried to create the impression that there is grave concern over how legalized sports betting could potentially impact the integrity of the game. But when you see some of the estimates for how much money the league could make from legalized gambling, you know execs must be jumping for joy behind the scenes.

People have always gambled on games, but the legalization of betting opens up endless new possibilities. Whether you agree with it or not, there’s no question it has the potential to make the NFL — and other sports leagues — more popular than ever.

 

Ex-Cardinal Chris Duncan dies at 38 due to brain cancer

Former St. Louis Cardinals World Series champion Chris Duncan has died at the age of 38 after battling brain cancer.

Cardinals TV announcer Dan McLaughlin shared the sad news with the team’s fans during Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. McLaughlin said he had just gotten a phone call telling him about Duncan’s death.

Duncan was a first-round pick (No. 46 overall) by the Cardinals in 1999 out of Canyon del Oro High School in Arizona. He made his MLB debut in 2005 and truly had an impact in 2006. He slugged 22 homers that year — 19 after the All-Star break — and helped propel the team to the postseason, where they won the World Series. He batted .257 with 55 doubles and 55 home runs over his brief career.

Duncan, who was the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and brother of former player Shelley, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012. He underwent surgery for it but the tumor returned in 2018.

Duncan went into the media and hosted radio shows after his playing career. The St. Louis Post Dispatch says he stepped away from his job with WXOS permanently in January to focus on his health.

Duncan received some instant tributes online.

 

Diamondbacks extend surge, beat Reds 7-5 behind Marte

The Arizona Diamondbacks watched closer Archie Bradley escape a bases-loaded threat, and then saw they had gained more ground in their unexpected playoff chase.

September has been a fun month for a team that seemed out of it in July.

Ketel Marte hit a three-run homer , Josh Rojas singled home two more, and the Diamondbacks escaped one last threat to close out a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night in the opening game of an enormous road trip.

Yep, they’re still breathing.

“That’s the beauty of this game,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “And I think we’re all adrenaline junkies. You win the game, there’s that rush. We’re in a good spot.”

Good, and getting better all the time.

The Diamondbacks have won 10 of their last 11 games and 13 of 17, leaving them 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the final NL wild card. Chicago lost to Milwaukee 7-1 Friday. Arizona improved to 74-67, matching its season high at seven games over .500.

It wasn’t all positive for the Diamondbacks, however.

Left-hander Robbie Ray left in the fifth inning because he felt a blister starting to form on his left middle finger. Ray has been Arizona’s most dependable starter lately, losing only once in the last two months. He didn’t want to leave the game, but relented when Lovullo reminded him of the bigger picture.

“It was the smart thing to do with what we’re trying to accomplish,” Ray said.

Kevin Ginkel (2-0) pitched two innings. Bradley allowed a pair of singles and a walk in the ninth before retiring Curt Casali on a fly ball for his 13th save in 16 chances.

 

Yelich, Davies pace Brewers past Cubs, 7-1

Christian Yelich bounced back at a big moment for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yelich hit his 44th homer and Zach Davies pitched five effective innings for his first win since July, helping the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Friday night.

Milwaukee pulled within four games of Chicago for the second NL wild card. The Cubs, who had won their last six road games, remained 2 1/2 back of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which lost 9-4 at Pittsburgh.

“It’s a really important game for us,” Yelich said. “We’d really like to win three of four. I think that would be a good goal going into the series. But, we’ve got to win tonight to do that, then you’ve got to worry about tomorrow and keep going. It’s no secret, we’ve got a lot of ground to make up and we’re running out of time to do it.”

Yelich went 0 for 5 in Milwaukee’s 10-5 loss in the series opener Thursday night.

“If he has a rough game, something really good is probably going to happen the next day,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s why he’s a great player. He doesn’t let these things last. He makes adjustments really well, he knows himself really well.”

Yelich had the big blow in the Brewers’ four-run third inning, hitting a three-run drive to right-center. Cory Spangenberg added a run-scoring bunt single off Cole Hamels, giving Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.

Yelich’s homer tied him with Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers, one behind NL leader Pete Alonso of the Mets.

Davies (9-7) allowed one run – Nicholas Castellanos’ 24th homer in the third – and three hits in his first win since July 18. The right-hander went 0-5 with a 7.76 ERA in his previous six starts.

 

Albies, Donaldson back Keuchel in another Braves win

Dallas Keuchel struggled in his first two starts against Washington. He showed no signs of letting up this time.

“What a great team over there,” Keuchel said. “That’s really, really quality lineup. It’s probably my favorite to face, just because of how good they are. Some of their role players are just pros.”

Keuchel pitched six scoreless innings, Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson homered, and the streaking Atlanta Braves picked up another division win over the Washington Nationals with a 4-3 victory on Friday night.

The NL East-leading Braves have won eight in a row, 19 of 23 overall and 12 consecutive at home, dropping Washington nine games back. It was Atlanta’s fourth straight victory and eighth in 11 tries over the Nationals.

Keuchel (7-5) allowed six hits and two walks and struck out three to win his fourth straight start. After posting a 6.10 ERA in his first two outings in the season series, the lefty protected a 2-0 lead in the sixth by striking out slugger Juan Soto with a runner on first, and getting Yan Gomes to ground out with runners on the corners.

“That’s what I’m predicated on,” said Keuchel, who is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA over his last five starts. “I make the hitter guess and I’ve been guessing right for myself.”

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (11-7) walked a career-high six, issuing three consecutive passes before striking out Dansby Swanson, his last batter, to end the fifth. Corbin gave up three hits and two runs – one earned – with nine strikeouts.

Washington, which began the four-game series badly needing to make up ground in the division, has lost four of five for the first time since July 30-Aug. 4.

 

Alonso gets bases-loaded BB in 9th, Mets beats Phillies 5-4

Pete Alonso walked up and down the New York Mets’ dugout in the ninth inning declaring he wanted somebody’s shirt.

In the end, everybody got his shirt.

Alonso drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to cap a chaotic ninth inning and lift the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies that tightened the National League wild card race.

“He was saying in the ninth inning that he wanted somebody’s shirt,” said Michael Conforto, who was the first Mets player to have his uniform ripped off by Alonso during an on-field celebration on Aug. 9 following a winning walkoff single that beat Washington.

“And then he ended up being the guy.”

Alonso had an RBI single in the eighth to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Wilson Ramos added a two-out RBI single to provide a run that turned out to be valuable in the ninth, when embattled closer Edwin Diaz (2-7) gave up a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto.

The appearance was the first for Diaz since Tuesday, when he allowed a walk-off three-run homer to allow the Nationals to complete a seven-run ninth inning in their 11-10 win.

Mike Morin (1-2) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth before Juan Lagares singled to left-center. Lagares went to third when J.D. Davis – whose shirt was torn off by Alonso following a walk-off single against Cleveland on Aug. 21 – pinch-hit for Diaz and singled on a full-count pitch.

Nick Vincent then plunked Jeff McNeil with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Alonso got ahead 2-0 against Vincent, who evened the count before issuing ball three.

“He’s got nowhere to go,” Alonso said. “That’s a tough spot on him.”

 

Samardzija bounces back, Giants beat Dodgers 5-4

Jeff Samardzija always looks forward to baseball’s stretch run, even if the San Francisco Giants aren’t going anywhere beyond September.

The final month of the regular season got off to a rocky start for him and the Giants. Samardzija had his worst start of the season and the Giants were in a tailspin.

He and the team righted things Friday night, beating Clayton Kershaw and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4.

“I pride myself on September,” Samardzija said. “I didn’t like how it started and just really need to get back to the drawing board. We were a lot better out there.”

Mauricio Dubon went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs in the series opener.

The Giants ended a stretch in which they lost eight of 10 and 12 of 16 on a night when retiring manager Bruce Bochy was honored by the Dodgers in a pre-game ceremony.

“This is, honestly, since I’ve been here, one of Boch’s best years with dealing with a short starting staff, trading away half the bullpen and doing some different things,” Samardzija said. “To keep everyone positive and fighting and playing hard, he’s done an amazing job this year.”

Bochy’s record against Los Angeles improved to 219-204 in stints as manager of the Giants and San Diego Padres.

Kershaw (13-5) lost his third straight start for the first time since 2015 for the Dodgers, whose four-game winning streak ended.

 

Indians use 4-run 11th to top Twins 6-2, cut lead to 5½

Following a 13th defeat in 22 games, Cleveland manager Terry Francona decided to deliver a brief pep talk before taking the road for a pivotal series in Minnesota.

With time running out in this race, the Indians responded to the skipper’s address and took one back from the first-place Twins.

Roberto Perez hit a two-out RBI single for Cleveland against Minnesota rookie Brusdar Graterol to ignite a four-run 11th inning, as the Indians broke open a critical game against the American League Central leader and beat the Twins 6-2 on Friday night to trim the division lead to 5 1/2 games.

Though baseball is hardly the sport of fiery motivational messages, Francona’s advice to “not leave anything on the field” resonated with an Indians team that has been hit with several bad-luck health problems this season but still entered this weekend with an opportunity to mount a last-ditch attempt to catch the Twins.

“Tito came in and just let us know this is a group of guys we’re going to battle with every day,” said Oscar Mercado, who tacked on a two-run single in the 11th against Trevor Hildenberger, the seventh reliever for the Twins after a stellar start by Michael Pineda. Mercado added: “It was good to get that breath of fresh air.”

Mercado tied the game in the eighth by scoring on a one-out sacrifice fly by Yasiel Puig after hitting a leadoff triple off Sergio Romo. Tyler Clippard (1-0) struck out three of four batters he faced for the victory, and Nick Goody fanned two of three in a perfect 11th to finish it.

 

Moreland’s 3-run HR, 7 pitchers carry Red Sox past Yanks 6-1

The Boston Red Sox pieced together a victory by going to the bullpen six times.

The problem is they’ll need to pile up wins and very likely need some help to make the postseason.

Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer and seven pitchers combined on a three-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

“It’s definitely going to be difficult,” Moreland said. “We’re not in the best of spots, but everybody in here is continuing to fight and try to help the team win.”

Xander Bogaerts added a two-run double and Moreland two singles for the Red Sox, who won for the 13th time in 19 games but the defending World Series champions remained 6 1/2 games out of the AL’s second wild-card spot with 21 games to play.

“It’s an uncomfortable game for hitters. You see four different pitchers,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’re just in a position right now that we know that we have to do this.”

Brett Gardner homered for AL East-leading New York, which lost for just the third time in 11 games. The Yankees lead atop the East dropped to 8 1/2 games over Tampa Bay, a 5-0 winner at home against Toronto.

 

Report: Stephen Strasburg increasingly likely to opt out of Nationals contract

Stephen Strasburg has a difficult decision to make regarding his contract this winter, but a quality season in which he has finally been healthy has him leaning toward seeking a new deal.

Strasburg has a clause in his contract with the Washington Nationals that allows him to opt out of the four years and $100 million remaining on the deal. Most assumed he would opt in after he threw just 130 innings and posted a career-worst 3.74 ERA last year, but Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that it is viewed as increasingly likely that the right-hander will opt out or at least make the Nationals think he is planning to.

One source told Morosi that Strasburg has not made up his mind, and it’s possible he could simply be looking to leverage the opt-out clause into a new deal from the Nationals. The contract is set to pay him $25 million, $15 million, $15 million and then a whopping $45 million in 2023, which is the final year of the deal. It also includes $70 million in deferred payments spread out over seven years after the contract expires.

Strasburg has thrown 179 innings this year, which is his highest total since 2014. He has a 3.47 ERA and leads the NL with 16 wins. He’s a big reason why the Nationals are currently on top in the NL Wild Card race, and his postseason performance (assuming Washington makes it) could be a big factor in his contract decision.

Strasburg has battled injuries over the years and got into a heated confrontation with a teammate in the dugout last season, but 2019 has been a much better year for him all around. The timing may work out perfectly with the way his contract is structured.

 

MLB, union to discuss opioids testing after Skaggs death

 Major League Baseball and the players’ association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas Rangers. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his body.

A toxicology report said his blood alcohol concentration was 0.122%, well above Texas’s alcohol limit of 0.08% for driving, and 3.8 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl.

Players on 40-man rosters are tested for drugs of abuse such as opioids only if the player-management joint treatment board finds reasonable cause, if a player has been found to have used or possessed a drug of abuse, or if a player is subjected to testing under a treatment program. All players on 40-man rosters are subject to testing for banned performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and for banned stimulants.

“For several reasons, including the tragic loss of a member of our fraternity and other developments happening in the country as a whole, it is appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement Friday.

Minor leaguers not on 40-man rosters, who are not in the players’ association, are subject to testing for opioids. The commissioner’s office said during the last five years only 12 of 78,000 tests were positive for substances classified as opioids and opiates, a group that includes oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl.

For unionized players, testing with penalties for performance-enhancing drugs started in 2004 and testing for stimulants began two years later.

“MLB reviews and updates its drug programs regularly, including an annual review of the joint drug program at the end of each season with the players’ association,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. “This year, that review will include a thorough review of the drug of abuse aspects of our joint drug program, as well as the content and delivery of our player education programs prior to next season.”

 

Medvedev beats Dimitrov at US Open for 1st Grand Slam final

Daniil Medvedev first made a name for himself at the U.S. Open by earning the wrath of spectators. Now he’s gaining everyone’s respect as he heads to his first Grand Slam final.

The No. 5-seeded Russian has gone from trolling angry crowds at Flushing Meadows to playing for the title after beating unseeded Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday under Arthur Ashe Stadium’s closed retractable roof.

During his on-court interview, Medvedev referenced his “tournament of controversies,” which included accumulating $19,000 in fines and antagonizing booing fans last week, saying he knew it was “not going to be easy with the public.”

Medvedev’s tennis was a bit scratchy Friday, and he barely avoided dropping the opening set, but he did just enough with his mostly defensive style to get past Dimitrov, who had eliminated Roger Federer in a five-set quarterfinal.

“I do think he was better player in first set. I do think I was kind of lucky to win it,” Medvedev said about Dimitrov. “Then the momentum changed completely. I think after, I was playing better than him in the next two sets.”

In Sunday’s final, Medvedev will face either 18-time major champion Rafael Nadal or Matteo Berrettini, a 23-year-old from Italy who is seeded 24th.

Medvedev, 23, said he planned to watch that second semifinal, with “popcorn, in front of TV.”

Nadal has been gaining on Federer in the Grand Slam title standings: A fourth championship at the U.S. Open will also move him within one of Federer’s record total in the overall standings.

Like Medvedev, Berrettini is trying to make his debut in a major final.

 

Scottish rookie MacIntyre takes 4-shot lead at European Open

Scottish rookie Robert MacIntyre carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the European Open on Friday.

“I don’t know what I’m doing but it’s working so I’m just going to try and continue to do it,” MacIntyre said after putting himself in a good position to claim his first European Tour title.

MacIntyre, tied for third after an opening 68 at the Green Eagle Golf Course on Thursday, was four shots clear of Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer, who shot a bogey-free 66 to sit at 7 under.

Playing in his debut season, MacIntyre already claimed back-to-back runner-up finishes at the British Masters and Made in Denmark, before finishing in a tie for sixth at the British Open in Northern Ireland.

“I’ve changed quite a few things over the season to improve. They seem to be working,” MacIntyre said.

Overnight leader Paul Casey of England, Guido Migliozzi of Italy, and Matthias Schwab of Austria are two shots further back at 5 under.

Casey followed his opening 66 with a battling 1-over 73, the four-time Ryder Cup player frustrated by four bogeys.

Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger were seven shots off the pace after rounds of 71 and 69, respectively.

American Xander Schauffele followed an opening 73 with a 69 and was nine shots behind MacIntyre.

 

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – For the third time this season, the No. 2 Indiana University men’s soccer team netted a golden goal as they defeated Denver on Friday afternoon, 2-1, in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Ian Black netted net the match winner in the 98th minute while also scoring the other Hoosier goal off a penalty kick.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Denver struck first in the 6th minute of the contest. The goal came off the first corner kick of the contest.
  • Indiana was quick to respond as they drew a foul in the box to set up a penalty kick. Ian Black stepped to the line and converted to tie the match in the 28th minute.
  • The Hoosiers played a man up the rest of match after a Pioneer midfielder was issued a red card in the 49th minute after being shown a yellow card previously in the match.
  • In overtime, Ian Black found the back of the net in the 98th after a feed from Joe Schmidt to secure the victory for Indiana.

NOTABLES

  • The three-straight overtime victories are the first for the Hoosiers since winning three-consecutive in the NCAA Tournament, Nov. 15-29, in 1998.
  • With the victory, Indiana improves to 3-0-0 to begin the season for the third time in the last four seasons.
  • The win for IU is the 10th-straight for the program in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament. The Hoosiers last loss in the tournament came to No. 4 Akron, 1-0, on Sept. 7, 2012.
  • Also with the win, Indiana moves to 2-0 all-time against Denver, with both wins coming in the Mike Berticelli Tournament (2-1, 9/11/11).
  • Indiana had the shot advantage, 15-7 including four that were on target.
  • The Hoosiers drew 10 penalty corners compared to the Pioneers three.
  • Black led the attack as he had four shots during Friday afternoon’s match.

POINTS

GOALS: Ian Black (2)

ASSISTS: Joe Schimidt

UP NEXT

The No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers will face Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana volleyball team split their opening matches of the Hoosier Invitational. The Hoosiers started the day with a victory in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) over Oregon State and finished the night with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 12-15) loss to Oklahoma.

Key Moments

In the Hoosiers match against Oregon State, the score was tied 14-14 in the first set, before the Hoosiers closed out the set on a 11-1 run.

With the score tied 10-10 against the Beavers in set two, the Hoosiers scored 10 of the next 15 points and went up 20-15 on a block by Deyshia Lofton and Megan Sloan.

At 21-17 in the third set, the Hoosiers scored four of the last five points to win the set 25-18 and win the match 3-0.

In set one against Oklahoma, the Hoosiers trailed 19-15, but used a 5-1 run to tie it 20-20. Oklahoma went on to win the set 25-23.

Oklahoma got out to an 11-5 lead in the second set, but the Hoosiers came back with an 8-2 run to tie it 13-13.

Tied 9-9 in set three, the Hoosiers went on a 7-2 run to go up 16-11 and won the set 25-22.

In set five, the Hoosiers faced an early 0-3 deficit before going on a 5-2 run to tie it 5-5. Oklahoma would use a 5-1 run to go up 10-6. The Hoosiers closed the gap to two at 14-12, but Oklahoma came out on top 15-12.

Notables

The Hoosiers moved to a 4-2 record after today’s matches.

Senior Megan Sloan connected for 11 kills on 15 attempts with no errors to hit .733 against Oregon State. Sloan also added six blocks.

Sophomore Breana Edwards recorded 12 kills on 23 attempts to hit .522 against Oregon State.

Freshman Haley Armstrong had 15 digs in the three sets against Oregon State.

The Hoosiers recorded a season-high 14 blocks against Oklahoma.

Against Oklahoma, six different IU players had at least six kills in the match.

Junior Kamryn Malloy recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.

Senior Jacqui Armer tallied eight blocks against Oklahoma.

A crowd of 1,974 people attended the match, the most for a match this season.

Up Next

Next up the Hoosiers host Yale at 12pm on Sunday, September 8th for their last match of the Hoosier Invitational.

 

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Junior Caitlyn Newton delivered a career-high 21 kills, but it was not enough to keep No. 18 Purdue from falling to Notre Dame, 3-2, on Friday night.

Playing in their first five-set match of the season, the Boilermakers fell by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12 in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

Newton’s 21 kills led the match, while sophomore Grace Cleveland followed with 16 kills and redshirt senior Blake Mohler delivered 11. Freshman Emma Ellis rounded out the effort with nine kills for a second straight match.

Purdue’s offense was guided by 48 assists from redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush. Bush also tallied 14 digs, following libero Jena Otec, who guided the Boilermakers with 23.

HOW IT HAPPENED

SET 1 (25-16) | Delivering a nearly flawless first set with only one attacking error, the Boilermakers opened with a 7-2 advantage. Aided by 11 Notre Dame attack errors, Purdue maintained its lead with six kills from Cleveland, including three that closed out the frame in Purdue’s favor, 25-16.

SET 2 (24-26) | The closest frame of the match saw 18 ties as the teams went back-and-forth for majority of the set. Knotted at 18, Notre Dame rallied for a 5-1 run giving the Irish a 22-19 edge.  A Cleveland kill capitalized on an Irish attack error to put the Boilermakers within one at 22-21. Cleveland’s arm stayed hot for two more kills, tying the frame at 23, before a pair of Purdue attack errors and a kill from Lauren Wenzel gave the set to Notre Dame, 26-24.

Set 3 (25-22) | Purdue and Notre Dame continued to go point-for-point in the third set, tying the score 12 more times. Tied at 19, the Boilermakers took advantage of two consecutive Notre Dame attack errors with kills from Bush and Mohler. Leading 23-19, Purdue held off a Notre Dame comeback with a pair of Newton kills, claiming the set 25-23. Newton tallied seven of Purdue’s 15 kills in the set.

SET 4 (21-25) | Notre Dame came out in the fourth set and jumped to a 5-2 lead. The Boilermakers battled back with a pair of kills from Mohler to come within two at 10-8, but that would be all the Irish would allow. Purdue ultimately registered 15 kills to Notre Dame’s 12 in the set, but seven Boilermaker attack errors gave the frame to the Irish, 25-21.

SET 5 (12-15) | With the match tied 2-2, the teams split the first six points of the final set, before three consecutive Purdue attack errors put the Irish ahead 6-3. Notre Dame cushioned its advantage with three kills and an ace from Sydney Brent. Relentless, the Boilermakers responded with a pair of Newton kills and an Otec ace to knot the score at 11. However, three more attacking errors for the Boilermakers closed the set and the match in favor of the Irish.

UP NEXT

Purdue travels to Nashville, Tennessee for the LUV Invitational, where the Boilermakers are set to meet up with Louisville, Xavier and tournament host Lipscomb, Sept, 13-14.

 

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two whistle blows were the difference maker in Purdue’s (4-1-0) loss to No. 7 South Carolina (4-0-0). The Boilermakers suffered its first defeat of the season with a 2-0 scoreboard, despite a strong second-half performance and out-shooting the Gamecocks 9-5.

Both USC goals were direct results of calls against the Boilermakers in the first half. The first Gamecock goal was recorded on a penalty kick (32′) while the insurance goal was knocked in off a free kick (42′).

Despite the final score, Purdue allowed no first-half corner kicks and just two shots. After the Boilermakers stepping up play in the second-half, possession was almost equal, with the Boilermakers keeping control of the ball for 47% of the game.

Purdue’s six second-half shots tied a season-most by a South Carolina opponent. Meanwhile, the nine Boilermaker shots tie the most USC has allowed in a game this season (tied No. 21 NC State, 8/22).

13th Minute

Skylurr Patrick with a successful challenge as USC attempted to break out of midfield. In addition to halting the attack, Patrick won the throw-in.

26th Minute

Purdue developed a tricky play in the midfield as Aly Mielke sent a sly pass to Sarah Griffith mid-field. Griffith sent a through-ball to Ally Mussellum, but the ball was too far ahead and the South Carolina goalkeeper took control.

31st Minute

Patrick tackled a USC player in the Purdue box and a penalty kick was called. South Carolina converted to go up 1-0.

42nd Minute

Sydney Duarte is called on a high kick. The Gamecocks take the free kick and convert for the 2-0 lead.

50th Minute

South Carolina’s Tatum Milazzo received a yellow card while Purdue prepared for a free kick.

70th Minute

One of Purdue’s most dangerous opportunities developed as Grace Walsh took possession in center-field and joined the offensive attack. Mussallem received the ball on the far right side of the field and brought the ball into the Gamecock box. She shot, but the ball went wide left.

80th Minute

Sarah Griffith takes a free kick about 20 yards out. She sends it on-frame and South Carolina records its first save.

The Boilermaker Challenge Cup continues Sunday as Purdue will take on No. 11 Kansas at 2 p.m. ET.

 

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 11-ranked Fighting Irish put in a dominating attacking shift in the opening evening of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in Alumni Stadium on Friday, defeating Seattle 4-2 to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

All four goals came from different Notre Dame players in the victory, as Jack Lynn (6′), Felicien Dumas (47′), Mohamed Omar (61′) and Aiden McFadden (66′) each found the back of the net.

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the second time in as many matches this season, the Irish got off on the front foot to open the contest by scoring in the first 10 minutes of play. Ian Aschieris astutely took a quick throw-in and played Lynn in on goal, who finished near post to put the Irish in front 1-0.

After gaining the early lead the Irish settled in and snuffed out any potential threats through the remainder of the first half. Just before the break Notre Dame’s Tyler Shea nearly doubled the lead, as the sophomore had a shot go just wide of the near post.

Notre Dame came out of the break and quickly made the score 2-0, courtesy of a brilliant free kick from Dumas, the set-piece specialist. Dumas tucked a low drive just inside the far post for his first goal of the season in the 47th minute.

The Irish tacked on a third goal in the 61st minute off a Dumas corner kick, as Omar scrambled the ball over the line in a scrum in front of goal to score the first goal of his career. The goal wasn’t initially given but after a VAR review the official concluded that the ball was over the line to put the Irish up 3-0.

Less than one minute later Seattle got on the scoreboard with a goal from Noe Meza to cut the Notre Dame lead back to two at 3-1. However, the Irish quickly responded by scoring their fourth goal of the evening. Aschieris found McFadden in space at the top of the box and then the junior took a touch and hit a rocket into the top right corner of the goal to make the score 4-1.

The Redhawks managed to score one more goal in the 77th minute to make the final score 4-2 in favor of the Irish.

STAT OF THE MATCH

With the win, the Irish improve to 31-8-4 in home openers in program history.

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the team’s performance…

“I thought that was a great game. I’m really proud of our team for getting a result against a very good Seattle team. I think that’s clearly an NCAA Tournament team in Seattle. I thought they were dangerous. For the most part I thought we held up well. We gave up a couple of goals that may have been a little fluky, as it was a fast night, but I thought in the attack and set pieces we were great.

“I am so proud of our guys for keeping their focus throughout the game. They didn’t get distracted by calls that didn’t go their way. They were a very tuned in group.”

On the attack scoring seven goals over the first two games…

“It’s great. We have scored from a variety of ways which is we want. We want to be dangerous in set pieces, in transition and building. I think we are continuing to improve.”

NOTES OF THE MATCH

  • The Irish improve to 31-8-4 in season openers in program history.
  • Notre Dame has scored a combined seven goals over its first two matches of the season.
  • Omar’s goal was the first of the sophomore’s career.
  • Lynn and McFadden’s goals were the fifth of each of their careers.
  • Dumas now has five goals in his career after scoring the first of the season in the win over Seattle.
  • Aschieris set a career high for assists in a match with two in the victory. The grad student now has a team-high three on the season and four in his career.
  • With the assist, Dumas has 16 in his Notre Dame career, the most by any active player.

UP NEXT

The Irish wrap up the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium later this weekend. Notre Dame takes on Denver at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 8. The match will air on ACCNX.   

 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team pulled out a thrilling 1-0 win on the road against rival Michigan Friday night at U-M Soccer Stadium. The Irish and Wolverines were scoreless heading into the final five minutes until Kiki Van Zanten’s header in the 87th minute pushed the Irish in front and secured the win.

“It was an incredible moment to score my first career goal and help the team get the win,” said Van Zanten. “I think as a team we are still growing and it is only going to get better from here.”

The whole game was back and forth between the two teams but as regulation was winding down, the Irish (5-0) kept the pressure up. The game-winning goal sequence got started by Luisa Delgado playing a short pass up to Jenna Winebrenner. Winebrenner sent a cross into the middle of the box where Van Zanten had lost her defender and sent the header into the back of the net for her first career goal.

“It was a great team win in a hostile environment on the road,” said head coach Nate Norman. “I thought as the second half wore on we kept pushing forward. I really liked our intensity level and our effort and it led to the winning goal.”

The Irish defense kept their early-season dominance up against the Wolverines (3-2), limiting the chances they had all night. Mattie Interian made a few key saves in the opening half and secured her third shutout of the season. The Irish as a team have had four shutouts and allowed just one goal this season through the first five games.

How it Happened

Michigan had the best chance between the two teams in the opening half as Sarah Stratigakis made a strong run into the box. She got past the Irish defense and fired a shot on goal but Interian was up to the task and deflected the shot away. Raleigh Loughman got to the rebound and put another chance on net but Interian smothered it up for the save.

The best chance for the Irish in the opening half came early in the 15th minute when Delgado got in behind the defense after a through ball from Sammi Fisher. Delgado put some pace on the shot but it was deflected away.

Delgado had another strong opportunity in the second half in the 60th minute. Fisher made another run into the attacking third and sent a pass up to Delgado. She turned quickly and fired a shot from her left foot that sailed just above the keeper but deflected off the bar and out of play.

In the final five minutes, the Irish kept pressuring and it led to the only goal of the match. Delgado made a strong play on the throw-in and sent a short pass to set Winebrenner up for the cross. Winebrenner’s cross was right on the money and Van Zanten was clear of any defender and the keeper for the header and finished it off for the game-winning goal.

Stats of the Match

With the win, Notre Dame improves to 5-0 to begin the season. It is the first time since 2008 that the Irish have won five-straight games to begin the season.

Kiki Van Zanten is the third Irish player to score her first career goal this season, joining Jenna Winebrenner and Camryn Dyke.

Van Zanten is the eighth Irish player to score a goal this season, totaling the number of goals scorers from the 2018 season.

 

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame volleyball team knocked off No. 18 Purdue in a five-set thriller on Friday night inside Purcell Pavilion to improve to 4-1 overall.

After dropping the first set to the Boilermakers, 25-16, the Irish evened the match with a 26-24 victory in set two. Purdue regained the lead with a 25-22 decision in the third frame before the Irish rallied with 25-21 and 15-12 wins to clinch the 3-2 victory.

Charley Niego racked up 15 kills, 14 digs, five service aces and four blocks for the Irish over the five sets of play. Sydney Bent paced Notre Dame with 20 kills while freshman Caroline Meuth notched 10 kills. Zoe Nunez dished out 50 assists in the match.

Freshman libero Kiara Schmidt led Notre Dame with 19 kills. As a team, the Irish racked up 11 blocks, including five from Kristin Baer. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

After falling behind 2-0, the Irish had back-to-back kills from Meuth and Bent to even the set. Purdue then took a 10-5 lead before the Irish pulled within one, 15-14. Despite four kills each from Meuth and Bent and Schmidt’s seven digs, the Irish fell in the first set, 25-16.

Second Set

The second frame featured 18 ties and seven lead changes in total. After Purdue earned a 13-12 advantage, two kills by Niego spurred a 4-2 Irish streak that gave them a 16-15 lead. The Boilermakers regained an 18-17 advantage before the Irish rattled off five of the next six points to go up 22-19. The two sides worked to a 24-all tie before a kill by Lauren Wenzel and a Purdue attack error sealed a 26-24 Irish win.

Third Set

The Irish and Boilermakers continued their back-and-forth battle in the third set, locked at seven apiece. A service ace from Madison Cruzado, followed by kills from Niego and a second service ace put the Irish up 10-7.

With neither team holding more than a two-point advantage at any time, the Irish and Boilermakers worked to a 19-all tie before Purdue eventually earned a 25-22 set win.

Fourth Set

A Purdue service error and clutch kills from Bent and Niego helped build the Irish lead to 12-9 to open the third stanza.. Back-to-back Boilermaker attack errors and a Meuth kill  helped the Irish stay in front at 20-13. Purdue responded with a 4-1 spurt to cut the hosts to 24-21 before a kill by Niego forced a fifth set and notched a 25-21 Irish victory.

Fifth Set

A 4-0 Irish run, which included three Purdue attack errors, put Notre Dame up 6-3 to open the decisive frame. After an ace by Bent put the Irish up 10-6, Purdue rallied with a 5-1 run to even the set at 11-11. Notre Dame closed the set with three consecutive points to earn a 15-12 set win and 3-2 victory over the 18th-ranked Boilermakers.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame heads to Highland Heights, Kentucky, for the Northern Kentucky Invitational next Friday and Saturday (Sept. 13-14). The Irish open the event against Cincinnati on Friday at 3:30 before taking on Northern Kentucky and Ball State the following day.

 

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER

OMAHA, Neb. – Nicky Potts found the back of the net with just seconds remaining in the first half, and the Ball State University soccer team had a solid performance defensively as it defeated Omaha, 1-0, in its first road contest of the season Friday night.

The Cardinals moved to 5-0-0 on the year and extended their unbeaten streak to 16 matches. Omaha dropped to 1-3-1 for the season.

“Any time you go on the road and get a win is great,” said head coach Josh Rife. “Another shutout is great as well. Defense travels, and to know we’ve been pretty tough defensively makes you feel a little more confident as we head on another tough trip next weekend. I’m proud of the girls and the entire staff for the work they continue to put in every day.”

Ball State outshot the Mavericks 14-9 on the night, including six shots on goal to Omaha’s four. Tristin Stuteville saved all four shots she faced. Her diving stop in the final moments of the game kept her perfect on the year and clinched her fourth clean sheet of the season. The Cardinal attack produced three corner kicks while the defense conceded just two.

After a steady attack in the first half, Grace Alsop took possession of the ball near midfield in the 45th minute. She sent it into the box to Potts who passed it to freshman Sam Musick. Musick fed it back to Potts who beat the keeper far post for the match’s only score. The Cardinal defense controlled the remainder of the time and secured the victory.

“It was a great goal by Nicky,” Rife added. “She’s been working hard in training and waiting for her moment and she made the most of it today.”

BSU’s road trip extends into next week when the Cardinals travel to Florida to take on both Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast. Those matches are slated for Friday and Sunday.

 

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

SPOKANE, WASH. – – While it was two different types of matches for the Ball State women’s volleyball team Friday in the Gonzaga Invitational, the outcome of the both were the same; a Cardinals (3-2) victory.

In the tournament opener versus Grand Canyon (3-1), Ball State suffered a pair of lopsided set losses to fall behind two sets to one in the match. However, the Cardinals were able to pull out a thrilling extra-point win in the fourth set, on the way to a 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 14-25, 36-34, 15-12) victory.

“We were definitely up and down in our performance early versus Grand Canyon,” said head coach Kelli Miller Phillips. “But I was proud of how our team just stayed the course, kept battling and believing in ourselves. We had several players step up and make big plays in the fourth set and we really carried that momentum into the fifth.”

In the nightcap versus Montana (0-4), Ball State came out firing on all cylinders, turning in a dominating 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-10) victory. The Cardinals hit a season-high .337 (38-9-86) in the match, while limiting the Grizzlies to a .043 (23-19-92) rate of success.

“Our big focus versus Montana was getting off to a good start,” Phillips said. “We did not start the GCU match like we wanted, so our focus was to start off strong and we definitely did that tonight.”

Behind both wins, a lot of freshmen stepping up and playing major roles. Leading the charge was outside Natalie Risi who paced the Cardinals in kills in both matches, finishing the day with 27.

“The freshmen are getting better and better every time out,” Phillips added. “We still have a lot to learn, but I love how hard they compete and their willingness to be coached and learn daily.”

The Ball State women’s volleyball team will battle for the Gonzaga Invitational title on Saturday with a scheduled 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) showdown versus the host Bulldogs.

MATCH 1: Ball State 3, Grand Canyon 2

Leading the way for Ball State in the win over Grand Canyon was its highly talented freshman class which saw five members smash double digit kills. It’s the first time the Cardinals have had five players score double figure kills in the same match since Oct. 15, 2016 vs. Ohio and the first time five freshman have done it in program history.

Risi led the way with a career-high 17 markers, while collecting 14 digs for her first career double-double. Right behind was freshman opposite Allison Hamaker with a career-high 16 kills in her second collegiate match.

Freshman outside Natalie Mitchem, Ball State’s top attacker entering the weekend, was not far back, smashing 14 kills including the match-winner. Also collecting career-high kills were BSU’s freshmen middles Marie Plitt and MyKel Ivy with 11 and 10, respectively.

Another big freshman contributor in the win, redshirt setter Esther Grussing, who split time in the first two sets before taking over the final three. She ended the match with career-highs of 51 assists and 14 digs, while also coming up with an impressive solo block to give Ball State the fourth set victory.

Leading the backcourt for the Cardinals was senior libero Kate Avila, who corralled a season-high 31 digs. It’s just the sixth time in her career Avila has registered 30-or-more digs in a match. Freshman Maggie Huber also tallied 13 digs, giving Ball State four defenders in double figures.

As a team, the Cardinals connected for a .235 (73-26-200) rate of success on offense and were credited with 83 digs, one more than the ‘Lopes. Grand Canyon managed to hit .284 (66-18-169) for the match and held a 13.0 to 8.0 edge in total blocks.

MATCH 2: Ball State 3, Montana 0

In the nightcap, it was all Ball State as the Cardinals hit a blistering .337 (38-9-86) while limiting the Grizzlies to a .043 (23-19-92) rate of success.

Risi once again led the offense, registering 10 kills and hitting for a .350 (10-3-20) attack percentage. Mitchem was second on the squad with eight kills, including the match-winning point for the second time on the day.

Hamaker and Ivy were both virtually flawless, hitting .583 (7-0-12) and .857 (6-0-7) on the night. Huber was the only defender with double-digit digs, logging 12. Avila and Risi were both one shy with nine.

In addition to out-hitting Montana, the Cardinals held a 7-to-4 advantage in aces and a 43-to-35 edge in digs. Four of the seven aces came from sophomore defensive specialist Cathryn Starck, who also finished the match with five digs.

Senior setter Amber Seaman and junior setter Ali Finch each helped guide the offense, handing out 21 and nine assists, respectively. Finch added two kills, while Seaman collected one.

 

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Buckeyes have done it again. On a warm night in Harrisonburg, Va., Ohio State recorded its second shutout victory of the season and improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over James Madison. The Buckeyes have not started a season with three consecutive victories since they won four straight to start the 2008 season. Additionally, Ohio State hasn’t been 3-0 with two shutouts since the 2000 season. 

The victory was decided in the first half of the contest, with all three goals coming from the second quarter. 

Junior captain Nikki Trzaska started things off, tipping in a goal just 33 seconds in. Six minutes later she added a second goal in front of a crowded goal. In the 24th minute, freshman Mackenzie Allessie topped it off when she fired a successful shot into the left corner to put the Buckeyes up three. All three goals were unassisted. 

Ohio State was only awarded two penalty corners throughout the game while JMU was awarded one. The two teams each had seven shots. 

The Dukes generated four shots in the fourth quarter, but goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez and the rest of the defensive unit stepped up again and was able to keep James Madison off the scoreboard. 

GAME NOTES 

  • Buckeyes are now 1-0 in road games.
  • Nikki Trzaska leads the team in goals with three. She had two goals in her career prior to this season.
  • Four Buckeyes now have multiple goals on the season: Trzaska, Allessie, freshman Leanne Bough and senior Esther Clotet Alsina. 

Head Coach Jarred Martin on the victory: “I’m happy for the win and to get a shutout against a very dangerous James Madison team.  We had a good first half, we were connecting passes and efficient with our movements. The second half saw less possession and we need to get better with our focus and consistency to maintain a high level. Credit to JMU with its defensive pressure and intensity. We started turning the ball over way too easily and our off-ball movement wasn’t helping.  Overall, we found great plays to finish some goals and our defensive unit stayed connected to limit JMU’s attacking threats. We will recover, watch some film, and get back at it tomorrow to prepare for a talented UVA team.” 

The Buckeyes will head to No. 11 Virginia in Charlottesville next with a second road contest slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

OHIO STATE MEN’S SOCCER

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes (2-1) earned their second victory of the season with a 1-0 overtime win versus Dayton (0-3) at Baujan Field, Friday. Joe Ortiz netted the first goal of his Buckeye career in the first overtime period to secure the win for the Scarlet and Gray.

MATCH SUMMARY

–           Ohio State came out firing, testing the Dayton keeper in the first 12 minutes with four shots on goal.

–           In the 20th minute, the Buckeyes had another good chance off a Flyers foul that resulted in a penalty kick. Matteo Bennati put a good strike on it, but Federico Barrios was able to get his hands on it for the save and keep the match scoreless.

–           Each team earned three corners and had their chances but neither side could break through before halftime buzzer, leaving the contest knotted up at zeros.

–           The second half featured much of the same, both teams created good opportunities but could not break the stalemate.

–           Parker Siegfried kept the Buckeyes in the match, racking up four saves in regulation time to help send the game into extra time with no score. The win was his 14th career shutout.

–           Ohio State wasted no time after taking the field again, earning a corner kick in the 92nd minute. Jack Holland lined up and sent the ball into the box to Joe Ortiz who found the back of the net to seal the victory with the Golden goal.

MATCH NOTES

–           Joe Ortiz, the junior transfer from Air Force, scored his first goal as a Buckeye and second of his career.

–           Jack Holland leads the team with six points on the season (two goals and two assists).

–           The last time the Buckeyes won an overtime game was at Michigan State (10/21/16) with a 1-0 victory in double overtime.

–           The last time Ohio State won back-to-back games was versus Rutgers (9/17/17) and Bowling Green (9/22/17). Both were 1-0 wins.

–           The last time the Buckeyes won on the road was at No. 8 Michigan State (2-1) Nov. 5, 2017.

–           This is the second time since 2009 Ohio State has won their road opener, the last time coming Sept. 8, 2017 at Northwestern (1-0).

–           OSU is 20-38-9 all-time in the first true road game of the year.

–           Last road win versus an Ohio opponent was a 1-0 win at Bowling Green (9/20/2007).

 STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: Dayton 12, Ohio State 9

Saves: Ohio State 4, Dayton 4

Shots on Goal: Ohio State 5, Dayton 4

Corner Kicks: Dayton 10, Ohio State 5

UP NEXT

Ohio State takes on EIU at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8th at Baujan Field in the second game of the Dayton Classic.

 

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered a hard-fought 1-0 loss to No. 13 Texas A&M in front of 3,048 fans Friday night at Ellis Field. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 0-3-1 on the year while the Aggies improve to 4-0-1.

Ohio State closes its road swing when it takes on TCU at 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Fort Worth.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH

“I’m really proud of the effort of our team and commitment to the entire game,” Lori Walker-Hock, Ohio State head coach, said. “We knew the game would come down to one mistake or set piece. The environment for women’s college soccer was tremendous. The fans we interacted with were super classy and it proved to be a high-level match. We need to stay the course and the goals will come. We believe we gave Texas A&M everything they could handle.”

MATCH SUMMARY

– The Buckeyes had a pair of early chances in an evenly-contested first 45 minutes. Less than nine minutes in, Maddy Lowe, making her first appearance of the season, took a shot from the top of the box that just sailed wide of the upper-right corner. A minute later, Meghan Kammerdeiner, starting her first match of the year, hit a low strike toward the left post, forcing a diving stop by Texas A&M goalkeeper Shantel Hutton.

– In the 26th minute, the Aggies’ Rheagen Smith broke free in the box but Ohio State goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz lunged to her left to make a diving save on the left-footed shot from 10 yards as the match headed to halftime scoreless.

– After the break, Texas A&M took the lead in the 58th minute. The Aggies earned a free kick just outside the box and Jimena Lopez curled a left-footed shot over the wall and just inside the right post past a diving Silkowitz for the 1-0 advantage.

– However, Ohio State had the better run of play the rest of the way. In the 71st minute, an Izzy Rodriguez corner from the right wing found Olivia Petit at the far post but Hutton was there to make the stop. In the 75th minute, Kayla Fischer broke free down the left wing and lofted a shot from 15 yards that beat Hutton but caromed off the top of the crossbar.

– A minute later, the Buckeye chances continued when Olivia Petit played a perfect corner from the left wing to the head of Talani Barnett at the far post but Hutton reached up to pluck another potential Ohio State goal before it hit the back of the net. Then in the 81st minute, Petit drilled a right-footed laser from 22 yards that Hutton was able to deflect off the underside of the woodwork before gathering. Rodriguez’s last-chance effort from 20 yards in the final three minutes narrowly missed wide left as the Aggies hung on for the 1-0 win.

MATCH NOTES

– Maddy Lowe earned the start, making her first appearance of the season after returning from a season-ending injury in 2018.

– Freshman Aliyah El-Naggar made her first-career start and Kammerdeiner recorded her first start of the season.

– The Buckeyes’ 19 shots and eight corner kicks each marked a season high.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: Ohio State 19, Texas A&M 16

Saves: Texas A&M 4, Ohio State 4

Shots on Goal: Texas A&M 5, Ohio State 4

Corner Kicks: Ohio State 8, Texas A&M 3

UP NEXT

Ohio State travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU at 8 p.m. ET Sunday.

Match: Ohio State at No. 13 Texas A&M

Date: Sept. 6, 2019

Venue: Ellis Field – College Station, Texas

Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET

Attendance: 3,048

Weather: Clear and 96 degrees

 

MIAMI WOMEN’S SOCCER

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Following a pair of 1-0 losses, the Miami soccer team rallied to the occasion in the same situation to pull off a 2-1 double overtime win at Morehead State on Friday night.

Miami (1-3) overcame a late 1-0 deficit to pick up its first win of the season.

“We have been so proud of this group since preseason,” head coach Courtney Sirmans said. “This win was definitely what we needed to build our confidence. They played with so much grit! We created so many quality chances but were having trouble finding the back of the net. To go down a goal and fight back says so much about this group. The entire team worked so hard this week at training and to be rewarded with our first road win in two years is amazing!”

The first half was eventful in a lot of ways. An injury forced Morehead State into a goalkeeper change and both teams combined for 15 shots (8-7 MSU). Izzie Vaccari was stellar in her action, posting six first-half stops to keep the contest scoreless at the break.

Things picked up in the second half as Miami fired 10 shots. However, it was MSU that would get on the board in the 72nd minute when Tia Williams found the back of the net.

Miami nearly tied things up two minutes later on a bid by Kristina DeMarco, but it hit the crossbar. The Red & White’s luck would change as Olivia Winnett blasted a shot from just outside the 18 to the far corner for her first of the year to even it up at 1-1. MU outshot MSU by a 10-5 count in the second half and the contest wore on into overtime.

The Red & White took three of the four shots in the first overtime and nearly won it late when Keara Kerr hit a crossbar, but the teams went into another overtime frame. This time, it was Lyda Bogdanovitch who got behind the defense and scored her first goal of the season on a breakaway to give MU its first victory of the season.

Miami finished with a 23-16 shot advantage, including 16-8 after halftime to secure the win. MU also had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Vaccari stopped nine of 10 shots to pick up her first Miami victory in net.

The RedHawks wrap up their weekend road trip on Sunday at Kentucky. Opening kick is at 2 p.m.

 

MIAMI VOLLEYBALL

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Miami University volleyball team had a strong start in the first set against 21st-ranked Tennessee to open play at the Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational on Friday, but the Lady Vols were able to get their swings going as the RedHawks fell, 0-3 (20-25, 15-25, 15-25). Miami is now 2-3 on the season, while Tennessee is 1-3.

After giving up the first two points in set one, a kill from junior right side hitter Sarah Wojick off an assist from junior setter Morgan Seaman, and a service ace by freshman outside hitter Lindsay Taylor quickly tied the score. Wojick and freshman outside hitter Allyson Severance each had kills to help the RedHawks take a 6-4 advantage. Leading 7-6, two kills from Wojick and one from junior middle hitter Avarie Powell off an assist from sophomore setter Louise Comerford sparked a 5-1 run that put Miami on top, 12-7. After Tennessee scored three in a row, another service ace by Taylor and a kill from Severance were part of a 3-0 run that made it 15-10. The Lady Vols turned the momentum around with a 9-1 run that gave them a 19-16 advantage. Comerford put down a service ace to get the ‘Hawks within one at 18-19, but UT finished on a 6-2 run to take a 25-20 win.

Tennessee would go on to win the match by taking the next two sets by identical 25-15 scores.

Unofficial stat totals saw Wojick leading Miami with eight kills. Severance put down seven, while senior middle hitter Margaret Payne had six. Seaman had a team-leading 14 assists, while Taylor had seven digs.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1896       The first-place Orioles (NL) sweep a tripleheader against the cellar-dwelling Colonels, 4-3, 9-8, and 12-1. Baltimore will establish the record for most games won in two consecutive days with five when they take both ends of tomorrow’s twin bill with Louisville.

1896       New Britain, CT native Tom Lynch becomes the first major league umpire to work in over 1,000 games. The National League arbitrator, who becomes the president of the circuit in 1910, will be behind home plate in 1309 of 1325 of the games he will work.

1903       A year before the first subway line is completed, the Brooklyn Superbas, later to be known as the Dodgers, play their crosstown rivals in a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game played in Washington Park begins at 10:30 am with 9,300 fans watching the visiting Giants win the opener, 6-4, and later that afternoon in front of 23,623 patrons at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, Brooklyn wins the second game, 3-0.

1908       In the span of four days, Senators’ sensation Walter Johnson throws his third consecutive shutout against the Highlanders at Hilltop Park. The ‘Big Train’s’ two-hit performance in the first game of the Monday Labor Day doubleheader follows a six-hit blanking on Friday, and a four hitter with no runs on Saturday.

1911       Cy Young loses a pitching duel to Phillies’ rookie right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander at Boston’s South End Grounds, 1-0. Next month, the 44 year-old veteran Braves hurler will end his career after 22 seasons with an astonishing 511 victories, a major league record unlikely to be broken.

1913       In an effort to beat the impending inclement weather, Galveston, playing host to San Antonio, finishes the regular season with a 49 minute game, a 4-0 victory by the hometown Pirates, who manage to compile 13 hits during the brief Texas League contest. The players are encouraged to play the game at a rapid pace by the teams owners, who want to avoid having to give the fans rain checks for games next year.

1914       The Braves play their first ‘home’ games at Fenway Park, splitting a doubleheader with the Giants at the Red Sox’s ballpark. The change in venues, which will include all the remaining games in the regular season and World Series contests, is necessitated when the Boston’s South End Grounds proves to be too small to accommodate the growing crowds following the ‘Miracle Braves’.

1916       The Giants defeat the Dodgers 4-1 to start their major league record 26-game winning streak. The ‘Jints’ start the span two games under .500 and make up nine games in the standings, but remain in fourth place during the entire streak.

1923       Red Sox starter Howard Ehmke no-hits the A’s at Shibe Park, 4-0. In the seventh inning, the 29 year-old right-hander appears to lose his bid for a no-hitter when Slim Harriss hits a would-be double, but the Philadelphia pitcher is called out for not touching first base.

1935       Red Sox infielder Joe Cronin hits into a 5-6-4-3 game-ending triple play when his line drive caroms off Indian third baseman Odell Hale’s head to Bill Knickerbocker. The Tribe’s shortstop starts the triple killing throwing the rebound to Roy Hughes covering second, who in turn relays the ball to first baseman Hal Trosky, giving Cleveland a 5-3 victory in the first game of a twin bill at Fenway Park.

1942       Cleveland Buckeye backstop Buster Brown and pitcher Smoky Owens are killed almost immediately, and three of their teammates along with the team’s general manager are seriously injured when a truck slams into the rear of their car. The fatal accident occurred at 3 a.m. in Geneva, Ohio as the Negro American League team was traveling to Akron after having played a twin bill against the Black Yankees in Buffalo.

1950       At Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Tiger outfielder Hoot Evers hits for the cycle, collecting five hits, 13 total bases, and six RBIs. The left fielder’s tenth-inning single completes the accomplishment, and is part of a two-run rally that ties the game at 13-13 before the game is called due to darkness.

1952       At Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Johnny Mize pinch-hits a grand slam, giving the Yankees a 5-1 victory over the Senators. The ‘Big Cat’ has now homered in all fifteen major league ballparks presently in use, with Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis being used as the home for both the Cardinals and Browns.

1955       In the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the A’s, Whitey Ford becomes the fifth big league pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. In his last start, ‘Slick’ held the Senators hitless, with the exception of a seventh inning bloop by Carlos Paula.

1962       With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Cincinnati’s Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911, playing left field with Cincinnati.

1964       At Connie Mack Stadium, a Labor Day crowd of 26,390 fans watches the first-place Phillies split a doubleheader with the Dodgers. The attendance for the twin bill brings the season’s total to 1,224,172 patrons, breaking the all-time franchise home attendance record established by the Whiz Kids in 1950.

1967       With just three weeks left in the season, the standings at the end of the day will reveal a four-way tie for first place in the American League. The Red Sox (79-62), the eventual AL champs, are battling the White Sox (78-61), Tigers (79-62), and the Twins (78-61) to capture the flag in the historic pennant race.

1967       At Candlestick Park, the Giants tie a National League mark, using a record 25 players to beat the Astros in 15 innings, 3-2. Manager Herman Franks uses all his starters and five relief pitchers, sends six pinch hitters to the plate, and three players enter the contest as pinch runners, along with two defensive substitutions.

1968       Jerry Koosman, who sets a new franchise mark for victories, getting his 17th win of the season when the Mets beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 4-3. The rookie southpaw, en route to a 19-12 record (.613), breaks the team record established by Tom Seaver last year.

1968       Heading toward home plate with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, Hank Aaron falls down and is tagged out by Houston’s third baseman Doug Rader. The last-place Astros come back for an improbable 6-3 victory over the Braves when they score three runs in the top of the tenth frame.

1969       Donald Dubois wins $27,000 when Fred Talbot, the Pilots’ starting pitcher who throws a three-hit shutout, hits a grand slam in the sixth inning of the team’s 8-0 victory over California at Sick’s Stadium. The Gladstone, Oregon native’s good fortune is the result of participating in the expansion team’s “Home Run for the Money” promotion.

1973       To prevent an injury, the second game of the Mets-Expos doubleheader at Jarry Park is delayed for 11 minutes. The setting sun over the rim of the Montreal ballpark makes it impossible for the first baseman to see the ball being thrown from certain positions on the field.

1973       The Rangers fire future Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog. The White Rat, who compiled a 47-91 record during his six-month tenure in the Texas dugout, will be replaced by Billy Martin.

1973       New York southpaw Jerry Koosman establishes a franchise mark with a streak of 31.2 consecutive scoreless innings before it is snapped when a run crosses the plate in the bottom of the third inning in the team’s 4-2 victory in Montreal. Although Dwight Gooden will pass the left-hander’s effort with 36.2 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, Koosman’s record without allowing any runs will last for 39 years before it is surpassed by knuckleballer R. A. Dickey in 2012.

1974       Graig Nettles will be suspended for ten days after stuffing his bat with six super balls, that are collected by Tigers catcher Bill Freehan when the piece of lumber is shattered on a disallowed infield hit. The Yankee third baseman, who said the doctored bat was given to him by a fan in Chicago, hit a home run in his first at bat for the game’s only run in the Yankees’ 1-0 victory over Detroit at Shea Stadium.

1975       With an 8-4 victory over the Giants at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds clinch the National League West in their 142nd game of the season. The ‘Big Red Machine’ captures a title earlier than any other club since the inception of divisional play in 1969.

1978       In a 9-4 victory over the Expos, Mets backstop John Stearns establishes a new mark for National League catchers with his 25th stolen base. Johnny Kling swiped 24 bases catching for the Cubs in 1902.

1979       Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox gets three hits to pass Ted Williams on the all-time total base list. ‘Teddy Ballgame’ collected 2,654 hits during his 19 seasons with Boston.

1984       On his way to hurling a one-hitter, Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden fans Cub Ron Cey for his 228th strikeout, setting a National League rookie record. The Mets phenom passes Grover Cleveland Alexander, who established the mark in 1911 with 227.

1993       In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Cardinal outfielder Mark Whiten hits four home runs in one game, helping to tie two established RBI records. With 12 RBIs in the second game, he equals the single game mark set by Jim Bottomley in 1924, and his opening game ribbie ties a 21 year-old record established by Nate Colbert for the most RBIs (13) in a twin bill.

1996       In a pregame ceremony in front of a sellout crowd at the Metrodome, the Twins bid farewell to Kirby Puckett, one of the team’s most popular players in recent years. After a remarkable 12-year Hall of Fame career, the talented and personable outfielder was forced to retire in July because of blindness in his right eye caused by glaucoma.

1996       With 129 at-bats and a mediocre .254 batting average at the start of his major league career, Scott Rolen misses the remainder of the season, when his arm is broken by a pitch thrown by Cubs right-hander Steve Trachsel. The hit-by-pitch will prove to be a blessing in disguise when the Phillies third baseman, technically still a rookie due to one less at-bat last season, will have an outstanding year next season, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award.

1997       Expo infielder Mark Grudzielanek breaks the National League mark for doubles for a shortstop, hitting his 49th in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. The previous record was set by Dick Bartell of the 1932 Phillies.

1997       For only the twenty-second time in major league history, a player reaches the 50 home run plateau when Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. goes deep off Bob Tewksbury in a 9-6 loss to Minnesota at the Metrodome. Junior will finish the season with a league-leading 56 round-trippers.

1997       In a 15-inning contest, a total of 33 players whiff during the Angels’ 5-4 victory at Tiger Stadium. Players from both teams become visibly upset with home plate umpire Mike Everitt when 21 of the of 30 extra-inning outs are strikeouts, with 13 being the result of a called third strike.

1998       In the first inning at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris’ single season home run mark, hitting his 61st in a nationally televised Labor Day game against the Cubs. Big Mac hits his historic homer on his dad’s 61st birthday.

2001       Shawn Green breaks a franchise record for homers in a season with his 44th home run, the first of his two dingers the Dodger right fielder will hit of Dustin Hermanson in the team’s 7-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The previous mark had been shared by Duke Snider (1956) and Gary Sheffield (2000).

2001       Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez breaks his American League record (42 in 1998 and 1999 for the Mariners) for home runs by a shortstop with his 43rd long ball of the season. In 1958, Cub Hall of Famer Ernie Banks established the major league record for homers for that position with 47.

2005       Dontrelle Willis becomes the first pitcher in the thirteen-year history of the Marlins to win 20 games in a season when the team routs Washington at RFK Stadium, 12-1. The high-kicking southpaw had established a franchise record for victories in his last start with his 19th win.

2006       The Cubs are honored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for their preservation efforts at Wrigley Field. The venerable old ballpark receives Chicago Landmark Awards for Excellence for the bleacher expansion project which improved circulation in the seating section, increased the number of bathrooms, and dramatically improved access for fans with disabilities.

2008       The Pirates lose their 82nd game, an 11-6 defeat to the Giants at AT&T Park, ensuring the club will endure their 16th consecutive losing season. The streak equals the mark established by the 1933-1948 Philadelphia Phillies for the longest skid in the history of professional sports.

2009       Thanks to their loss to Chicago, the Pirates become the first franchise in baseball history to post a losing record for 17 consecutive seasons. The dubious streak, which dates back to 1993, surpasses the skid the Phillies endured from 1933 to 1948.

2010       At Petco Park, Padres’ starter Mat Latos establishes a major league record when he limits L.A. to one run over seven innings. The 22 year-old right-hander has a string of 15 straight starts of five or more innings of allowing two or fewer runs, breaking the mark shared by Greg Maddux (1993-94) and Mike Scott (1986).

2010       A statue of Billy Williams, who played 16 seasons with the club from 1959-74, is dedicated by the Cubs on the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street outside of Wrigley Field. In attendance for the unveiling of the sculpture, that portrays the Hall of Famer outfielder finishing his sweet swing from the left side, is his wife, Shirley, former teammates Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo, and Glenn Beckert, along with the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

2010       Trevor Hoffman earns his 600th save when he induces pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to hit a grounder for the final out in the Brewers’ 4-2 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park. The 42 year-old reliever, baseball’s career saves leader, has converted 600 of his 676 save opportunities (89%) during his 18-year career with Florida, San Diego, and Milwaukee.

2011       Alex Liddi becomes the first player born and raised in Italy to play in the major leagues. The Mariners’ third baseman, who goes 0-for-2 in the loss to L.A., is the first MLB European Academy alumnus to make the show.

2015       In the last game of the season, Pensacola Blue Wahoos shortstop Ray Chang plays all nine positions, fielding a different one in each of the first nine innings, including tossing a clean ninth frame. The 32 year-old popular infielder also enjoys a 3-for-4 day at the plate, scoring a run and stealing a base in the Reds Double-A affiliate’s 4-2 loss against the Mobile BayBears.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1954

NEW YORK-Maureen Connelly, the little, blonde Californian from San Diego, who will shortly attain the age of 19, carried off the women’s amateur championship of the United States today at Forest Hills for the third successive year. In doing so she completed the first grand slam of the world’s four major tournaments scored by a woman. She repeated her victory of last year’s final over Doris Hart of Coral Gables, Fla., whom she also defeated in a magnificent final at Wimbledon in July.
In forty-three minutes, Miss Connolly, with her devastating speed and length off the ground and showing vast improvement since last year, took the match before some 12,000 on the stadium of the West Side Tennis Club, 6‚2, 6‚4. Miss Hart, a finalist five times and a strong hitter in her own right, resorted to every device, including changes of spin, length and pace, in an effort to slow down her opponent. But Miss Connolly went implacably on to victory in one of her finest performances. She was irresistible except for a momentary wavering when she stood within a stroke of ending matters at 6‚2 in the final set and yielded two more games to Miss Hart.
Following the triumph of Miss Connolly, Tony Trabert, an ex-sailor less than three months out of the Navy, won the men’s championship in as stunning a final-round reversal as Forest Hills has seen in many years. With the onslaught of the level fire power of 16-inch rifles, Trabert, of Cincinnati, silenced the guns of the favored champion of Wimbledon, Victor Seixas of Philadelphia, and in exactly one hour won the match, to the acclaim of the crowd. The score was 6‚3, 6‚2, 6‚3. Like Miss Connolly, the 23-yearold six-footer became one of the few to go through a championship without losing a set.
Maureen Connolly lost only one set in completing her Grand Slam, which came 15 years after Don Budge secured the first. She won three successive Wimbledon championships (1952‚54) and three United States championships (1951‚53) as a teenager.
In July 1954 she was riding her horse Colonel Merryboy when she was struck by a cement truck, receiving a severely broken leg. Unable to play again professionally, she became an instructor. She died of cancer at age 34 in 1969. Bud Collins, the tennis historian and commentator, wrote: “It was the shortest of great careers, but few got more done in many more years.”

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 92 50 .648 53 – 22 39 – 28 48 – 17 16 – 14 16 – 11 7 – 3 L 1
Tampa Bay 84 59 .587 8.5 41 – 32 43 – 27 36 – 29 20 – 13 15 – 12 8 – 2 W 3
Boston 76 65 .539 15.5 36 – 36 40 – 29 32 – 31 21 – 11 16 – 15 6 – 4 W 1
Toronto 55 87 .387 37 27 – 42 28 – 45 21 – 35 17 – 18 14 – 17 2 – 8 L 5
Baltimore 46 95 .326 45.5 22 – 48 24 – 47 21 – 46 10 – 18 9 – 20 3 – 7 L 3
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 87 54 .617 39 – 30 48 – 24 20 – 12 37 – 21 23 – 11 7 – 3 L 1
Cleveland 82 60 .577 5.5 43 – 29 39 – 31 18 – 16 42 – 23 16 – 13 5 – 5 W 1
Chi White Sox 62 79 .440 25 33 – 36 29 – 43 15 – 18 30 – 30 11 – 17 2 – 8 L 1
Kansas City 52 90 .366 35.5 29 – 44 23 – 46 10 – 23 27 – 39 8 – 19 6 – 4 W 1
Detroit 42 98 .300 44.5 18 – 50 24 – 48 11 – 15 20 – 43 6 – 25 3 – 7 W 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 92 50 .648 53 – 17 39 – 33 19 – 13 18 – 13 44 – 15 7 – 3 W 2
Oakland 82 59 .582 9.5 46 – 27 36 – 32 17 – 16 21 – 7 33 – 27 6 – 4 L 1
Texas 70 73 .490 22.5 40 – 29 30 – 44 11 – 10 18 – 16 32 – 36 6 – 4 W 2
LA Angels 66 76 .465 26 35 – 34 31 – 42 15 – 14 12 – 14 27 – 40 3 – 7 W 1
Seattle 58 84 .408 34 29 – 40 29 – 44 13 – 17 16 – 14 25 – 43 2 – 8 L 4

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 88 54 .620 46 – 27 42 – 27 40 – 21 20 – 13 16 – 14 8 – 2 W 8
Washington 78 62 .557 9 41 – 29 37 – 33 35 – 28 16 – 13 18 – 16 5 – 5 L 3
NY Mets 72 68 .514 15 38 – 27 34 – 41 35 – 32 12 – 18 10 – 13 5 – 5 W 2
Philadelphia 72 68 .514 15 41 – 31 31 – 37 28 – 31 20 – 13 14 – 19 4 – 6 L 3
Miami 50 90 .357 37 28 – 44 22 – 46 20 – 46 10 – 20 12 – 14 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 79 62 .560 46 – 26 33 – 36 16 – 14 38 – 26 16 – 11 6 – 4 L 1
Chi Cubs 76 64 .543 2.5 47 – 24 29 – 40 17 – 17 31 – 27 16 – 12 7 – 3 L 1
Milwaukee 72 68 .514 6.5 41 – 31 31 – 37 17 – 11 35 – 30 12 – 15 5 – 5 W 1
Cincinnati 66 76 .465 13.5 39 – 34 27 – 42 16 – 15 29 – 38 13 – 14 3 – 7 L 1
Pittsburgh 62 79 .440 17 31 – 39 31 – 40 11 – 21 25 – 37 14 – 16 7 – 3 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 92 51 .643 55 – 19 37 – 32 21 – 9 22 – 11 42 – 23 6 – 4 L 1
Arizona 74 67 .525 17 36 – 33 38 – 34 15 – 12 12 – 12 33 – 37 9 – 1 W 4
San Francisco 68 73 .482 23 30 – 38 38 – 35 11 – 16 13 – 16 35 – 33 3 – 7 W 1
San Diego 64 76 .457 26.5 31 – 38 33 – 38 14 – 18 11 – 15 28 – 34 3 – 7 L 4
Colorado 60 82 .423 31.5 34 – 35 26 – 47 15 – 15 10 – 17 27 – 38 1 – 9 W 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Philadelphia 29 15 6 8 54 42 12 10-3-2 5-3-6 51
x – New York City FC 27 14 8 5 51 34 17 8-4-1 6-4-4 50
Atlanta 28 15 3 10 47 33 14 10-3-1 5-0-9 48
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 28 10 9 9 41 47 -6 7-3-5 3-6-4 39
Toronto FC 28 10 8 10 44 45 -1 7-4-4 3-4-6 38
Montreal 30 11 4 15 42 56 -14 7-2-5 4-2-10 37
Orlando City SC 29 9 7 13 35 39 -4 6-1-7 3-6-6 34
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 28 5 3 20 28 67 -39 3-1-9 2-2-11 18

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 28 19 5 4 74 30 44 11-2-1 8-3-3 62
Seattle 28 13 7 8 46 43 3 9-3-2 4-4-6 46
Minnesota 28 13 6 9 46 37 9 8-5-1 5-1-8 45
San Jose 28 13 5 10 48 43 5 10-2-3 3-3-7 44
Real Salt Lake 28 13 4 11 40 35 5 10-1-3 3-3-8 43
FC Dallas 29 12 7 10 47 38 9 9-5-1 3-2-9 43
Los Angeles 28 13 3 12 41 45 -4 9-1-4 4-2-8 42
Portland 27 12 4 11 43 40 3 6-2-3 6-2-8 40
Sporting KC 28 10 7 11 41 45 -4 7-3-5 3-4-6 37
Houston 28 9 4 15 38 49 -11 7-4-3 2-0-12 31
Colorado 28 8 6 14 45 54 -9 6-2-6 2-4-8 30
Vancouver 30 6 9 15 30 53 -23 4-4-6 2-5-9 27

 

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
  W L Pct GB Home Road Conf Last 10 Streak
x-Washington Mystics 25 8 .758 13-3 12-5 12-3 9-1 5 W
x-Connecticut Sun 23 10 .697 2.0 15-2 8-8 11-4 7-3 1 L
x-Chicago Sky 20 13 .606 5.0 12-5 8-8 11-4 6-4 2 W
Indiana Fever 12 21 .364 13.0 6-10 6-11 6-9 4-6 1 W
New York Liberty 9 24 .273 16.0 4-13 5-11 2-13 1-9 6 L
Atlanta Dream 8 25 .242 17.0 5-11 3-14 3-12 3-7 1 W

 

Western Conference
  W L Pct GB Home Road Conf Last 10 Streak
x-Los Angeles Sparks 21 12 .636 14-2 7-10 9-6 6-4 2 W
x-Las Vegas Aces 20 13 .606 1.0 13-4 7-9 10-5 5-5 1 L
Minnesota Lynx 18 15 .545 3.0 11-6 7-9 7-8 6-4 5 W
x-Seattle Storm 17 16 .515 4.0 11-6 6-10 9-6 5-5 1 L
x-Phoenix Mercury 15 18 .455 6.0 9-7 6-11 5-10 4-6 3 L
Dallas Wings 10 23 .303 11.0 8-8 2-15 5-10 4-6 3 L

 

Standings
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L Loss
Pct Percentage
GB Games Back
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