COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SATURDAY TOP 25

#20 Iowa 30 Rutgers 0

Maryland 63 #21 Syracuse 20

#7 Michigan 24 Army 21 2OT

#5 Ohio State 42 Cincinnati 0

#13 Utah 35 Northern Illinois 17

#1 Clemson 24 #12 Texas A&M 10

Colorado 34 #25 Nebraska 31 OT

#17 Wisconsin 61 Central Michigan 0

#2 Alabama 62 New Mexico State 10

#3 Georgia 63 Murray State 17

#22 Washington State 59 Northern Colorado 17

#18 Central Florida 48 Florida Atlantic 14

#4 Oklahoma 70 South Dakota 14

#10 Auburn 24 Tulane 6

#11 Florida 45 Tennessee Martin 0

#19 Michigan State 51 Western Michigan 17

#16 Oregon 77 Nevada 6

#15 Penn State 45 Buffalo 13

#6 LSU 45 #9 Texas 38

USC 45 #23 Stanford 20

California 20 #14 Washington 19

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – SATURDAY BIG 10

Indiana 52 Eastern Illinois 0

Purdue 42 Vanderbilt 24

Illinois 31 Connecticut 23

Minnesota 38 Fresno State 35 OT

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – SATURDAY MAC

Ball State 57 Fordham 29

Pittsburgh 20 Ohio 10

Alabama Birmingham 31 Akron 20

Kent State 26 Kennesaw State 23 OT

Kansas State 52 Bowling Green 0

Miami Ohio 48 Tennessee Tech 17

Kentucky 38 Eastern Michigan 17

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Franklin County 53 Rushville 20

Greensburg 42 Connersville 0

South Dearborn 35 Batesville 7

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

RHS INVITE

1 MARION

2 RHS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Wapahani 2 Union County 1

Lafayette Jeff 0 Twin Lakes 0

Lawrenceburg 1 Rushville 0

Shelbyville 1 Delta 0

New Castle 1 Whiteland 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Union County 4 Wapahani 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – NCC/AREA

The Hagerstown Volleyball team played their best team volleyball of the season by winning the Wes-Del (Kay Saunders) Invitational. They opened up pool play by defeating Western 25-17 and 25-18. They then defeated Marion by the scores of 25-8 and 25-12. They completed pool play by defeating Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 25-16 and 25-17. The Lady-Tigers then played host Wes-Del for the championship and won by the scores of 25-17 and 25-11. Jessica Swimm turned in 46 kills on the day, Regan Tinkle continues to her dominance by turning in 33 kills in 49 attempts and 10 aces on the day. Hallie Rogers had 74 assists on the day and Alexis Ellis had 11 total blocks. Carli Morris, Tori Kelley, Cameron Bradway, Ashley Vinson, and Kenzie Slagle all turned in great defensive performances. The Lady-Tigers raise their overall record to 11-1 on the season and will host Wapahani on Tuesday at 6:00. 

 

University 3 Seton Catholic 1…. Seton played 2 PAAC matches Saturday at home. 

Seton won against APA in 3 sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-15)

Grace Amyx had 14 kills

Kara Amyx had 8 kills and 2 blocks

Olivia had 7 kills

Lydia Reichley had 29 assists

Audrey Mosey had 17 digs

In the 2nd match, Seton lost to University in 4 sets (22-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-13)

Suzanne Becker had 13 kills and 21 digs

Olivia Amyx had 7 kills

Lydia Reichley had 26 assists

Audrey Mosey had 24 digs

 

New Castle 2 Carmel 0

New Castle 2 Floyd Central 0

Assumption 2 New Castle 0

Logansport 2 Southwood 1

Fort Wayne Luers 2 Marion 1

Seton Catholic 3 Anderson Prep 0

Sheridan 2 Lafayette Jeff 1

Hagerstown 2 Western 0

Hagerstown 2 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Hagerstown 2 Wes-Del 0

Clinton Prairie 2 Lafayette Jeff 1

Logansport 2 Winchester 1

New Castle 2 Seymour 0

Hagerstown 2 Marion 0

Muncie Burris 2 Logansport 0

Marion 2 Blackford 0

Evansville Memorial 2 Logansport 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

CENTERVILLE

The Centerville Cross Country teams competed Saturday in the Union City invitational.
The girls finished 2nd behind Rushville by 1 point.
The boys finished 3rd.
Girls scoring for the bulldogs were:4th Emily Tedder 21:30
5th Chloe Scales 21:38
19th Aubrey Morgan 24:13
20th Mia Lickfelt 24:14
21st Journey Cornett 24:15
Boys scoring for the bulldogs were:
6th Daniel Stuckey 18:08 (All-Time PR)
15th Mylan Nocton 19:09
21st Alec Erbse 19:22
24th Bryson Hoober 19:30
32nd Cameron Nocton 19:59

 

LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Lincoln XC competed in the Union City Invitational.

Lincoln Boys Team finished in 1st place.

Lincoln 41

Rushville 48

Centerville 88

Monroe Central 93

Cowan 120

Union County 147

Mississinawa Valley 199

Union 221

Anderson Prep, Tri, Seton Incomplete Score.

  1. Dylan McCullum 17:49
  2. Trenton Bertsch 18:03
  3. Payton McGriff 18:04
  4. Blake Smith 18:24
  5. Andon Ross 19:23
  6. Gavin Newton 20:24
  7. Marshall Pate 21:32
  8. Keaton Southerland 21:34
  9. Wyatt Lynn 23:00
  10. Alan Austin 24:05
  11. Luke Canady 28:06

Bryce Pennington DNR due to injury

Lincoln girls Team finished in 5th place.

  1. Bailey Puckett 21:20
  2. Kali Hetisimer 22:45
  3. Marie Gerkin 25:13
  4. Maddie Bogue 27:53
  5. Addison Sweet 31:34

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kansas City 7 Miami 2

NY Yankees 5 Boston 1

Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 3

Texas 9 Baltimore 4

LA Angels 8 Chicago White Sox 7

Minnesota 5 Cleveland 3

Houston 2 Seattle 1

Oakland 10 Detroit 2

Arizona 2 Cincinnati 0

St. Louis 10 Pittsburgh 1

Milwaukee 3 Chicago Cubs 2

Philadelphia 5 NY Mets 0

Atlanta 5 Washington 4

San Diego 3 Colorado 0

San Francisco 1 LA Dodgers 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City FC 2 New England 1

Orlando City SC 2 Los Angeles FC 2

Toronto FC 5 FC Cincinnati 1

Colorado 2 Seattle 0

Portland 2 Sporting KC 1

 

IU EAST SOCCER-(IU EAST RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Ellie Guenther’s goal off a direct kick from around 30 yards with 20 seconds remaining gave the Indiana University East women’s soccer team a 3-2 victory at Holy Cross College on Sept. 7.

The Red Wolves scored once in the first half and eventually held a 2-0 advantage late in the second.

Holy Cross tied the affair with two goals in the second half with the last one coming with just 40 seconds left in the contest.

UPDATING THE RECORDS

IU East is now 2-1, while the Saints are 2-2.

KEY MOMENTS

* Guenther scored the game-winner at 89:40.

* Lexi Berkely scored the first goal of the contest for the Red Wolves at the 44:44 mark of the opening period.

* Priscilla Carvajal gave the Red Wolves a 2-0 lead at 78:09, which started the onslaught goals in the final moments.

* The Saints scored at 81:35 and 89:20.

TRENDING

* Four of the five goals in the match came in the final 12 minutes.

* Gunther’s goal was her first of the season and fourth of her career.

* Carvajal and Berkeley picked up the first goals of their careers.

* IU East goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum had three saves.

UP NEXT

The Red Wolves entertain Georgetown College on Thursday, Sept. 12. The contest gets underway at 7 p.m.

 

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team ended on the wrong side of the sscore for the first time this season as Red Wolves fell 2-1 at Holy Cross College on Sept. 7.

The Red Wolves had an early 1-0 before the Saints scored to tie it just before halftime.

The winning goal for Holy Cross came in the second half.

UPDATING THE RECORDS

IU East is now 3-1, while Holy Cross is also 3-1

KEY MOMENTS

* Pedro Ferro scored at the 23:12 mark.

* Daniel Lynch tied game at 41:52, before he later scored the game-winner at 60:36.

TRENDING

* Ferro’s goal was his second of the season. He also scored against Shawnee State University.

* With his second score, Ferro joins Gustavo Ferrari at the top of the goal list for the Red Wolves. Ferrari also scored against Shawnee State with his other goal coming against Lourdes University.

* IU East goalkeeper Aaron Gipson had one save and faced just three shots on goal.

UP NEXT

IU East visits Taylor University on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Ohio State 3 Duquesne 0

Gonzaga 3 Ball State 0

Miami Ohio 3 Indiana State 0

Robert Morris 3 Valparaiso 1

Fort Wayne 3 UC Riverside 2

Cincinnati 3 Indiana State 0

Green Bay 3 Ohio State 1

Dayton 3 Michigan 2

Wright State 3 Xavier 0

 

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

 

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

 

TOP HEADLINES

Cut by Raiders, Brown becoming a Patriot on eve of opener

Randy Moss. Josh Gordon. And now Antonio Brown.

A dozen years after Bill Belichick took a chance on Moss when the talented but troubled receiver had worn out his welcome in Oakland, the Patriots picked up Brown on Saturday hours after he was released by the Raiders without ever playing a game for them.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed to The Associated Press that the four-time All-Pro has agreed to terms with New England, going from the NFL’s cellar to the defending Super Bowl champions despite wearing out his welcome with two teams in one offseason.

Brown had been scheduled to earn up to $50 million from Oakland over the three-year deal. Instead, the Patriots guaranteed him $9 million this season, with the potential to earn as much as $15 million.

A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal was first reported by ESPN, and it became Instagram official minutes later when Brown posted a picture of himself in a Patriots uniform . The post was soon liked by New England receiver Julian Edelman, who already was splitting quarterback Tom Brady’s attention with one troublemaking receiver, Josh Gordon.

But Belichick has a history of gambling on other teams’ problems – or at least bringing them in at little cost – to give them a second, third or fourth chance.

In 2007, the Patriots acquired Moss after both Minnesota and Oakland tired of his attitude. He caught an NFL-record 23 touchdown passes in his first season and gave New England three straight seasons of 1,000 receiving yards to rehabilitate a career that landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Belichick also took a chance in 2004 on running back Corey Dillon, who had fallen out of favor in Cincinnati; he ran for 1,635 yards and helped New England win its third Super Bowl in four seasons. (Some other moves, like Albert Haynesworth, didn’t work out.)

Gordon dragged Cleveland through a series of suspensions before the Browns traded him to the Patriots last September. Belichick was rewarded with 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns before Gordon was suspended Dec. 20 for violating the league’s drug policy.

New England opens the season against the Steelers on Sunday night, when the Patriots will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner. Brown is not eligible to be officially signed until Monday, but even his presence on the Patriots’ sideline adds a new wrinkle to his tumultuous tenure in Pittsburgh.

A four-time All-Pro who caught 837 passes over nine seasons with the Steelers, the team tired of Brown’s antics and traded him to Oakland in March. But he never made it onto the field in a Raiders uniform.

Instead of providing them with a marquee star in their final season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas, Brown gave them months of headaches, from a bizarre foot injury to a fight over his helmet to the blowups this week that ended his career there before it began.

The Raiders granted the disgruntled but talented receiver his Saturday morning, two days before their season opener.

“We just exhausted everything,” coach Jon Gruden. “We tried every way possible to make it work. All I’m going to say is, it’s disappointing.”

Brown asked for the release after he was upset about his latest team fine over an outburst during practice at general manager Mike Mayock. That fine allowed the Raiders to void more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two years in Brown’s contract if he wasn’t on the team.

The Raiders traded two mid-round draft picks to Pittsburgh for the game’s most prolific receiver and gave him a three-year contract worth $50.1 million that now is void; Brown could still file a grievance to recover the guaranteed money.

The moves on Saturday follow a week in which Brown posted a letter on social media detailing $54,000 in fines for missing team activities. (ESPN reported that he would be fined $215,073 for conduct detrimental to the team.)

Brown was banished for one day, then returned to the team and apologized in a meeting and in a brief public statement. Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in the opener Monday night against Denver, but that changed after Brown requested and was granted his release.

“It’s been crazy,” Oakland receiver Tyrell Williams said. “We feel how everybody else feels. It’s been wild, it’s been crazy, it’s been unexpected. But we’re going to go out there and play regardless. He made that decision. We’re going to go out there and play how we’re going to play.”

The Raiders had been counting on Brown to spark an offense that lacked playmakers a year ago. Brown had 686 catches and 9,145 yards receiving the past six seasons in Pittsburgh, the best marks ever for a receiver in a six-year span.

But now they must move on without him.

“It’s been an emotional thing for me,” Gruden said. “I was very hopeful about what he could bring here. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, a great player and I hope he gets what he’s looking for.”

 

Antonio Brown’s divorce from Raiders proves there are no shortcuts in the modern NFL

Leave it to the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders to engage in the league’s most inevitable divorce two days before their season kickoff.

Sure, the Raiders are in Oakland for one more year, but this Antonio Brown saga has Sin City written all over it: A shotgun wedding that was more a marriage of convenience than an organic partnership. Frozen feet. A stubborn squabble over equipment that ended just about where it started. Unfrozen feet. An Oscar-worthy short film that could’ve starred Pitt and Clooney.

Money, power, intrigue. Everything.

The fiasco unfolded one final time on Saturday morning: Three days after Brown unleashed a threatening tirade at general manager Mike Mayock, earning a possible suspension, and less than a day after he released his two-minute video featuring a recorded phone call with his head coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team fined Brown nearly a quarter-million dollars for “conduct detrimental to the team” and, in the process, voided more than $29 million in guarantees.

After Brown posted a scathing rebuke to the news on Instagram early Saturday morning, ending his rant with a plea to be released, the Raiders did just that, cutting ties with the all-world, all-headache wideout.

So now it’s over.

The series finale happened before Brown’s season even began, his tantalizing talent and super-glue hands not enough to make the Raiders continue this foolish dance. On college football’s second Saturday, all the attention was siphoned away by a reality show drama that was more captivating than the “Bachelor” on “Love Island” with “Big Brother” watching.

“It’s been well-documented that it’s been a rocky road from the beginning,” Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus — no stranger to diva wideouts, as Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco can attest — told the NFL Network. “Unfortunately, not all relationships between players & teams work out. … Everybody had the best intentions going in but it didn’t pan out.”

Intentions are all well and good, but above all, Brown’s once-and-for-all divorce from the Raiders proves one thing: There are no shortcuts in the modern NFL — not for players entering the league, nor those hoping to last in it.

Nor, especially, for the coaches who are trying to add a Super Bowl to their resume, nor in Jon Gruden’s case, a second.

What exactly did he think was going to happen when he added not one but three pollutants to the mix? Team chemistry isn’t just something you mess around with. These aren’t Bunsen burners, and this isn’t the seventh grade, even if all the parties involved are acting that way.

A year after trading away stalwart defensive star Khalil Mack — who, in addition to his abundant talent, was a pillar in the Raiders’ locker room — Gruden added Brown, mercurial linebacker Vontaze Burfict and ticking time bomb Richie Incognito to the roster. Forget winning football games — the Raiders are lucky practice didn’t turn into “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The fact that the noted head-hunter Burfict had to separate Brown from Mayock on Wednesday only makes sense in this cacophony.

Now, in releasing Brown, certainly Gruden and Mayock are hoping it is a case of addition by subtraction.

The math is simple: $29.125 million back in the Raiders’ coffers. That’s the easy part.

The hard part will be moving forward with a stunned squad that now must find a way to settle the waters just two days before Monday night’s matchup with the Broncos.

No team in recent history has entered the season on the coming off such a tumultuous training camp. Not the Steelers, who survived their chaos last season with Le’Veon Bell to come out relatively unscathed. Not the Dallas Cowboys, who overpaid Ezekiel Elliott but nonetheless kept the ship steered in the right direction. Not even the Houston Texans, who jettisoned one key piece of their defensive line but added another huge piece on the offensive line to make up for it.

Now it’s on Derek Carr to carry the team forward, even if his supporting cast now ranks among the worst in the game. And it’s on Gruden, who returned from the broadcasting ranks to the sidelines last year, only to find football had changed so much on him.

They’ve got one more year in Oakland to turn things around, and then they head to Sin City, where things are so much quieter.

 

Falcons’ Julio Jones agrees to 3-year, $66 million extension

 One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million deal.

The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and removes a potentially major headache for the Falcons before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

The deal was announced as the team was departing for Minneapolis.

Jones first sought a new contract more than a year ago. He reported for training camp when the Falcons enhanced his current deal and agreed to discuss a lucrative new extension before this season.

Negotiations dragged on far longer than expected, putting in doubt whether Jones would suit up against the Vikings.

No longer.

“I love this city and I’m committed to being a Falcon for life,” Jones said in a statement issued by the team.

The 30-year-old Jones is a six-time Pro Bowler coming off another huge season. Even as the Falcons slumped to a 7-9 record, he had 113 receptions for an NFL-leading 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns.

Heading into his ninth NFL season, he has 698 receptions for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns in 111 career games.

Jones is the fourth receiver in NFL history to have three seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,500 yards, joining Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Marvin Harrison.

Jones sealed his future with the Falcons on the same day Brown was released by Oakland without playing a game for the Raiders after numerous run-ins with coaches and management.

A day earlier, receiver Tyreek Hill got a three-year, $54 million extension from the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

INDIANA BLANKS EATSEN ILLINOIS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana Football team achieved the largest margin of victory in Memorial Stadium History with a 52-0 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

 It was the third shutout in the Tom Allen era and the first shutout in a home opener since 1993.

The Hoosiers (2-0) led 35-0 at the half and for the game outgained Eastern Illinois (0-2) 555-116 in total yardage.

Peyton Ramsey converted 13-14 for 226 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Penix went 14-20 for 197 yards with two touchdowns. Stevie Scott led the Hoosiers in rushing with 61 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Donavan Hale caught five balls for 110 yards and one touchdown.

COACH TOM ALLEN: TOM ALLEN: “Just happy with our guys being able to come back and clean some things up from last week. I thought that they were able to run the football better, tackle better. Execution was solid on both sides of the ball. I think especially on defense they didn’t give them a lot of room to work. A lot of pressure on them and kind of just suffocated them a little bit there. So that’s a positive thing. And the special teams continued to be very consistent, which was a good for the Hoosiers. Just, I thought too many penalties. Didn’t really like that. I thought we were a little sloppy in some of those, so we got to get that cleaned up. But took care of business like we were supposed to and that’s what good. But that was our challenge. Play to our standard and whatever happens, make sure that we’re getting better from the week before. So we’ll obviously watch the film and figure out what we need to get cleaned up to get ready for week number three.”

 

PURDUE ROLLS PAST VANDERBILT IN HOME OPENER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wasn’t going to let this one slip away.

Elijah Sindelar and Rondale Moore made sure of that in Purdue’s 42-24 win over Vanderbilt in the Boilermakers’ home opener Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Sindelar accomplished something not done at Purdue since Drew Brees, while Moore set a new personal career high for catches and receiving yards.

Vanderbilt made a few pushes in the second half, but Purdue answered each one. Often, it was Sindelar and Moore connecting for big plays.

Sindelar completed 34 of 52 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first Purdue quarterback to throw for 400-plus yards in consecutive games since Brees did so in 1998. Moore caught a career-high 13 passes for a career-high 220 yards and one touchdown, with 169 of those yards coming in the second half.

“Our offense made a lot of big plays in the passing game,” Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm said. “It’s hard to pass for that many yards, especially against a good SEC defense.”

After its season-opening loss to Nevada last week, Brohm lamented not being more aggressive with play calling late in the game, as Purdue lost a double-digit lead. That wasn’t going to be a concern against Vanderbilt.

Purdue took a commanding 28-10 lead after scoring twice in the third quarter. Vanderbilt scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Purdue answered each one with a touchdown of its own – one on a 34-yard touchdown throw from Sindelar to Moore and the second on a 1-yard run by Sindelar.

“I don’t know how many more times we can throw,” Brohm said. “We wanted to go down being aggressive, but trust me, I’d rather have some balance and run the football. But credit to Elijah, Rondale, Brycen Hopkins and the receiving corps. We threw the ball a ton and they made a lot of tough plays. We blocked well when we had to do so against a team that knows how to rush the passer.”

Purdue tight ends had three touchdown receptions, including two by senior Brycen Hopkins, the reigning Mackey Award Player of the Week. Payne Durham had not just his first career reception, but also his first career touchdown catch – a 2-yard pass from Sindelar in the second quarter that put Purdue ahead for good, 14-7.

“They’ve done a great job and It’s been an emphasis to get our tight ends, especially Brycen Hopkins, to get more involved,” Brohm said. “Our tight ends stepped up, made tough catches, controlled the middle of the field and made contested catches.”

Vanderbilt took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Purdue answered on its next drive, which culminated in Hopkins’ 12-yard touchdown catch. On that play, Sindelar threaded his pass between two defenders and Hopkins broke a tackle near the goal line, tying the game at seven. 

Vanderbilt took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 1-yard touchdown run. But in what would become a familiar theme, Purdue answered immediately.

Purdue went 68 yards in six plays, culminating with Hopkins’ 12-yard touchdown catch. On that play, Sindelar threaded his pass between two defenders and Hopkins broke a tackle near the goal line, tying the game at seven.

Purdue’s defense forced a three-and-out midway through the second quarter and the Boilers’ offense wasted little time in taking the lead. Freshman David Bell had a 25-yard reception with two defenders on him and two plays later Moore caught a 22-yard pass, which led to Durham’s touchdown reception on the next play.

Moore’s 220 receiving yards are the third most in a single game in Purdue history, behind Chris Daniels (301 yards in 1999) and Selwyn Lymon (238 yards in 2006). His nine 100-yard receiving games are already fourth in program history.

And on top of that, Moore just continues to climb school ranks for touchdown receptions (now 15th place with 14) and receptions (now 18th with 138).

“My view is pretty high of Rondale, so I don’t know if it can get much higher,” Brohm said. “But for someone to continually come through every week, raise the bar and not be satisfied with what he’s done, that’s Rondale Moore. We’re fortunate to have him on our team. He competes and wants to win. When we needed to make big plays in the passing game, he got open.”

Linebacker Ben Holt led Purdue with 11 tackles, while Dedrick Mackey had nine tackles to go with his interception. Anthony Watts, Markus Bailey and Derrick Barnes each had a sack, while George Karlaftis finished with four tackles and had a key pass deflection on a fourth-down play.

Bell finished with four receptions for 82 yards, while Amad Anderson had four catches for 44 yards.

Purdue hosts TCU on Sept. 14.

 

BALL STATE SHAKES OFF SLOW START

MUNCIE, Ind. — It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was an entertaining one and, in the end, it was a decisive victory. 

Drew Plitt tied the Ball State record with six touchdown passes, and the Cardinals rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense in a 57-29 victory over Fordham on the newly minted Gainbridge Field at Scheumann Stadium. 

Plitt’s 439 yards were 30 fewer than his head coach Mike Neu’s school record in the famous 1993 Homecoming comeback against Toledo. But the redshirt junior signal caller didn’t get a chance at that one. His sixth touchdown pass of the day, matching Keith Wenning’s mark, was his final throw before John Paddock took the snaps on BSU’s final possessions. 

“We responded from a shaky start,” Neu said. “Drew’s one of those guys, the ultimate competitor. He settled in nicely and really ran the show offensively. He did a lot of good stuff at the line of scrimmage where he made some adjustments. Six touchdowns passes speaks for itself. Most importantly, it’s a win.” 

Riley Miller and Antwan Davis were both on the receiving end of two touchdowns, while Justin Hall snagged a 50-yarder and Cody Rudy snuck out of the backfield and caught the first of his career. Miller led the way with 116 receiving yards, while Davis hauled in BSU career highs of five catches and 86 yards. 

Ball State (1-1) started slowly, but Plitt’s scoring connection to Hall seemed to get things going. Walter Fletcher scored on a 10-yard run late in the first quarter to even the score at 14-all, and the Cardinals went on to score 36 unanswered points on the Rams (0-2). 

Caleb Huntley accounted for the other BSU touchdown of the day on a 16-yard scamper for his second score in as many games. The Cardinals’ 57 points were the fourth-most in school history and their most since going for 60 in a five-overtime game at Western Michigan in 2005. 

“We know we didn’t play our best football today,” Neu said. “The first half was a little bit sluggish. We overcame a poor start and settled in. We came out in the second half and did a lot of good things, but we still have a lot of things to clean up.” 

The first good thing of the second half came just eight seconds in when the Cardinals corralled Fordham running back Zach Davis in the endzone for a safety. 

Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat threw for 221 yards and a touchdown on the day, but the Cardinals picked him off twice and nearly scored both times. 

Amechi Uzodinma II returned his second interception of the year inside the 5-yard line to set up Rudy’s second-quarter touchdown. Tyler Potts’ fourth-quarter pick-six was called back for a holding penalty, but the Cardinals scored five plays later on Plitt’s sixth touchdown pass. 

Saturday was Ball State’s first true home game of the season after opening last week against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Cardinals are home again next Saturday for a 2 p.m. Family Weekend kickoff against FAU before hitting the road for three straight.

 

No. 7 Michigan holds on to beat Army 24-21 in 2 overtimes

Jake Moody made a 43-yard field goal and No. 7 Michigan forced and recovered a fumble to hold on for a 24-21 double-overtime win over Army on Saturday.

The Wolverines (2-0) didn’t lead until the second extra period and would have lost at the end of regulation to the Black Knights (1-1) if Cole Talley made a 50-yard kick that sailed just to the right.

It marked the second straight year the U.S. Military Academy nearly beat a top 10 team for the first time in more than a half-century. The Black Knights pushed No. 5 Oklahoma into overtime on the road last year before losing 28-21.

Army had won 10 straight since, a run that college football’s winningest program barely stopped.

In overtime at the quiet Big House, Black Knights quarterback Kelvin Hopkins ran for a go-ahead, 6-yard touchdown and Michigan extended the game with Zach Charbonnet’s third TD. Hopkins was sacked and lost a fumble to end the game in the second overtime.

Michigan turned the ball over on downs twice in the fourth, including early in the quarter when coach Jim Harbaugh could have chosen to kick a go-ahead, 36-yard field goal.

The Black Knights appeared to have the stronger and smarter team for much of the afternoon, running its triple option offense effectively and making fewer mistakes.

Army’s Sandon McCoy scored on a 1-yard TD in the opening quarter after Patterson lost a fumble on his first drive. The Wolverines answered with Charbonnet’s 2-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession to pull into a 7-all tie.

Michigan running back Ben VanSumeren lost a fumble and the Black Knights took advantage, going ahead on Hopkins’ 1-yard TD run.

Hopkins threw an ill-advised pass on third-and-5 from the Michigan 5 and Lavert Hill intercepted it early in the third quarter. Michigan made the most of the opportunity with the ball, capping a 12-play drive with Charbonnet’s 1-yard TD run and pulled into a 14-all tie.

 

Fields, No. 5 Ohio State bury Cincinnati 42-0

Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, and No. 5 Ohio State cruised to a 42-0 rout of Cincinnati on Saturday.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Buckeyes (2-0) dismantled Cincinnati in Luke Fickell’s return to Ohio Stadium. The third-year Bearcats coach played at Ohio State then spent years on the other sideline as an assistant, and interim coach in 2011.

“They just ruined any sentimental thought you had,” Fickell said. “I’m just disappointed we couldn’t give them a real game.”

The Bearcats (1-1) came in with confidence after an opening week win over UCLA but their chances of beating Ohio State for the first time in 122 years began to dissipate when Justin Fields scurried up for the middle for a 7-yard touchdown run on the Buckeyes’ second drive of the game. By halftime it was 28-0.

The Ohio State defense held down Cincinnati and shut the door with a blocked field goal, an interception and fumble for a touchback on the three occasions the Bearcats threatened. The Buckeyes sacked quarterback Desmond Ritter five times.

“I think today was another step in the journey, the right step – where we want to be,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.

 

MIAMI POUNDS TENNESSEE TECH

OXFORD, Ohio – A dominant defensive first half and a solid ground game gave the Miami football team a comfortable 48-17 Homecoming win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon.

Miami (1-1) rushed for 108 yards in the first half and held Tennessee Tech (1-1) to -1 on the ground and never looked back to even its record on the season.
Miami (1-1) rushed for 108 yards in the first half and held Tennessee Tech (1-1) to -1 on the ground and never looked back to even its record on the season.

The RedHawks took a short opening kickoff into plus territory to go immediately to work on offense. A Tyre Shelton 13-yard rush set the tone on the drive’s first play and Brett Gabbert converted a third down by finding Maurice Thomas to knock on the door to the red zone. Shelton would convert a 4th-and-2 on a two-yard rush to get to the Golden Eagles’ 11. The drive stalled there, but Samuel Sloman put points on the board with a 27-yard field goal to cap the 12-play drive.

Miami forced a three-and-out and a Tennessee Tech penalty on the ensuing punt set it up with excellent field position again at the TTU 45. Gabbert opened the drive by hitting Dominique Robinson for a 23-yard gain to the 22. While a holding penalty the next play gave MU an uphill battle, it overcame 1st-and-20 on a 10-yard rush by Thomas and a 16-yard hookup between Gabbert and Robinson that made it first and goal. Three plays later, Davion Johnson punched it in on the ground from three yards out to stake the Red & White to a 10-0 lead with 6:46 left in the opening frame.

After another quick stop, MU got the ball near midfield and appeared poised to add more points to the board as Gabbert completed a pass into plus territory for a big gain, but TTU forced a fumble and took over at its 27. The Golden Eagles got their first sustained drive together after converting a 3rd-and-15 and they eventually reached the RedHawks’ 14 before a big Bart Baratti sack stalled the drive and forced them into a field goal that made it 10-3 in Miami’s favor at after the first quarter.

The teams traded punts and Miami eventually started again in great position at Tennessee Tech’s 23. While MU got into a 3rd-and-11, Gabbert made short work of that by hitting Robinson for 21 and following that by calling his own number for a 3-yard touchdown rush to stake the RedHawks to a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Miami’s defense then got into the fun 29 seconds later as Baratti picked off a Bailey Fisher pass and returned it to the house from 35 yards out to make it a 24-3 ballgame. The Red & White forced another turnover with Ben Kimpler picking up a fumble he forced to set them up at the Golden Eagles’ 39. Gabbert started the drive by hitting Jalen Walker, who scooted 28 yards to the 11. TTU’s defense kept MU from the end zone, but Sloman added a short field goal to extend the lead to 27-3.

With the gap widening, Tennessee Tech reached into its bag of tricks, but Miami was not fooled on a reverse pass. Sterling Weatherford intercepted the bid and returned it to the two-yard line, giving Miami’s defense three-straight turnovers forced. Davion Johnson took the next handoff to the house to make it a 34-3 contest.

The RedHawks’ defense got another three-and-out and the offense bled out the final five minutes of the half with a 12-play drive that culminated in a quarterback sneak from Gabbert that gave them a 41-3 lead at the break.

Tennessee Tech began the second half with a methodical 20-play drive that saw it reach Miami’s one-yard line, but the defense stood tall as Cedric Boswell and Jeremiah Josephs combined for a stop that resulted in a two-yard loss on 4th-and-goal to give the Red & White the ball.

The third quarter went by scoreless, though Tennessee Tech found the end zone on a Luke Ward 16-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth. Miami responded with a 72-yard drive as Zach Kahn punched it in on the ground from a yard out to make it 48-10, though Ward tossed another touchdown on the ensuing possession to cap the scoring.

Miami outgained Tennessee Tech 190-74 on the ground with five rushing touchdowns and had a 349-282 edge in total offense for the day. Shelton led all players with 65 yards on the ground while Kahn chipped in an additional 49 and his first career touchdown. In his second career start, Gabbert finished 10-of-17 for 152 yards through the air while chipping in a pair of touchdown rushes totaling four yards in the first half. Robinson and Jalen Walker tied for the game lead with 60 yards receiving.

The RedHawks Battle for the Victory Bell on the road against rival Cincinnati next weekend. Opening kickoff is at noon.

 

No. 1 Clemson, Lawrence dominate 12th-ranked Aggies 24-10

Trevor Lawrence threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and No. 1 Clemson won its record-tying 17th straight game with a dominating 24-10 victory over No. 12 Texas A&M on Saturday.

The Aggies (1-1) talked of an upset all week and figured to be the sternest test left for the defending national champions. Instead, the Tigers (2-0) methodically made plays, stretched out drives and pressured A&M junior quarterback Kellen Mond into an awful showing.

The decisive victory tied Clemson’s best-ever run of success that spanned the 2014 and 2015 seasons. It also left a major question in college football: Who can stop these guys?

“That is definitely not how we think,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “We’ll look back at this game in six or seven weeks and go, `Hey, that was a really big-time win early in the year.'”

The Tigers will be double-digit favorites the rest of the regular season in their try for a fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title and College Football Playoff berth.

Texas A&M came in filled with confidence. The Aggies vowed they wouldn’t let their near-miss, 28-26 loss to Clemson happen this time. They shrugged off the Death Valley crowd with all their own experience in loud Southeastern Conference venues. Offensive lineman Jared Hocker even predicted the upset.

Instead, it was A&M shaking its head about what went wrong as Clemson relentlessly wore down the Aggies with its collection of fast, talented playmakers.

Lawrence said the team remembered how some thought Clemson “lucky” to escape the Aggies. “We wanted to leave no doubt this year,” he said. “I think we did that.”

 

Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in OT

James Stefanou’s 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 on Saturday when punter Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard try sailed wide right.

The students stormed the field in celebration of the Buffaloes’ second straight win over their old Big 12 rival, whom they rallied to beat in the closing minutes last year in Lincoln.

The Buffaloes rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and improved to 2-0 under coach Mel Tucker while keeping Cornhuskers’ second-year coach Scott Frost from winning his first road game.

Before Saturday, unranked Buffaloes teams were 1-22 all-time against ranked Nebraska teams with their only win coming in 1976 when the Cornhuskers were ranked third.

Rank this one right up there with that one.

It included the longest touchdown in Colorado’s history, a 96-yard flea-flicker from Steven Montez to K.D. Nixon in a frenetic fourth quarter that featured 38 points and began with Nebraska up 17-7.

Pressed into kicking duties because the starting kicker, Barret Pickering, was out with an undisclosed injury, Armstrong was perfect on four extra points and nailed a 26-yard field goal that gave Nebraska a 17-0 halftime lead.

When Adrian Martinez was sacked by Mustafa Johnson for a 7-yard loss on third-and-9, suddenly Armstrong was facing a 49-yard try.

It was never close, sending thousands of Buffaloes fans onto the field in celebration and leaving the stands a sea of red as a good 40 percent of the sellout crowd of 52,829 was cheering for the visitors in Nebraska’s first trip to Folsom Field in a decade.

Martinez, who replied to Colorado’s 96-yard TD with a 75-yard TD strike to running back Maurice Washington on the very next play, gave Nebraska a 31-24 lead with a 6-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 with 5:49 left in regulation.

Laviska Shenault fumbled after a 54-yard return when Cam Taylor-Britt punched the ball out, but the Buffs forced a punt and Montez hit Tony Brown with a 26-yard scoring strike with 46 seconds remaining in regulation.

 

Taylor, Cephus lead No. 17 Wisconsin past Central Michigan

Jonathan Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and caught another, Quintez Cephus scored his first two touchdowns of the season and No. 17 Wisconsin cruised past Central Michigan 61-0 in its home opener Saturday.

While Wisconsin (2-0) had 599 yards of total offense, Central Michigan (1-1) managed just 58 yards and three first downs. Chippewas quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 5 of 12 passes for 36 yards and was picked off by Badgers linebacker Jack Sanborn.

Cephus finished with six receptions for 130 yards – both career highs – and tied a career high with his two scores.

The junior receiver did not play last year after being expelled from school following sexual assault charges. He was acquitted by a jury last month, reinstated by school officials and was ruled academically eligible for last week’s opener at South Florida. Cephus had three catches for 39 yards in the Badgers’ 49-0 victory last week.

Taylor had 102 yards on the ground, surpassing the 100-yard rushing mark for the 24th time in 29 career games. The 2018 Doak Walker Award winner also had his third receiving score of the season after having none in his first two seasons with the Badgers.

 

Jackson sharp as Maryland blows out No. 21 Syracuse 63-20

Josh Jackson threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns to anchor another prolific offensive performance by Maryland, which scored 42 first-half points against No. 21 Syracuse in a surprisingly lopsided 63-20 victory Saturday.

Anthony McFarland Jr. ran for two scores and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Jackson during a sparkling first half in which the Terrapins amassed 397 yards and built a 29-point lead against a Syracuse team coming off a season-opening shutout of Liberty.

After beating Howard 79-0 in their first game under coach Michael Locksley, the Terrapins (2-0) came up with an impressive encore against a highly regarded foe.

The 63 points were the most ever by Maryland against a ranked opponent. Although Locksley eased up after a 64-yard touchdown run by Javon Leake early in the third quarter, the Terrapins finished with 650 yards.

This marks the first time in the history of the program that Maryland has scored at least 56 points in successive games.

Locksley came to Maryland after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama, and Jackson transferred from Virginia Tech in February. The two have teamed to form a quick-paced offense that is equally effective on the ground and through the air.

Jackson completed 21 of 38 passes, attempting only two throws in the fourth quarter. He has tossed seven TD passes in two games with one interception.

A 7-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Tyler Mabry, a Syracuse turnover and a 3-yard run by McFarland made it 14-0 with less than 6 minutes elapsed.

 

Burrow’s 4 TD passes lead LSU over Texas 45-38

Joe Burrow was nearly perfect in the second half against Texas.

He had to be.

With Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger matching him nearly blow for blow, Burrow and No. 6 LSU’s new, wide-open offense could afford to make no mistakes. They didn’t, and Burrow delivered all the big throws for the Tigers in a wild 45-38 win over the No. 9 Longhorns Saturday night in one of the biggest nonconference matchups of the season.

Burrow passed for 471 yards and four touchdowns, the last one to Justin Jefferson for 61 yards with 2:27 to play in a game that saw Texas storm back from a 20-7 halftime deficit and the teams trade seven touchdowns in the second half.

“Man, he was so fired up,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “The kid is a baller. He lives for that moment and I’ll tell you what, those were some tough plays”

Burrow was razor sharp after halftime when he was 15-of-18 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns. The final touchdown to Jefferson came on a third-and-long when Burrow stepped up to avoid a blitz and fired the pass. The completion was good enough for a first down and Jefferson did the rest when he broke a tackle and burst up the sideline to the end zone.

“I think if they get the ball back, it would have been a different story,” said Orgeron, who was watching Ehlinger riddle the Tigers defense. “A phenomenal call, a phenomenal catch, a phenomenal play.”

Jefferson finished with three touchdown catches and was one of three LSU receivers with more than 100 yards.

“They (Texas) were playing so well, I told the guys, we gotta get 40 and we’ll win,” Burrow said. “We had over 500 yards. It could have been 600, 700.”

 

Top takeaways from college football Week 2

Two absolutely huge games that will have lasting ramifications on the postseason highlighted an entertaining slate of games in college football Week 2.

Saturday afternoon, it was No. 1 Clemson hosting No. 12 Texas A&M in a game that featured plenty of big hits and physicality. In the evening, the prime-time matchup between No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas was a thriller from start to finish.

We’ll dive into both of those games and plenty more while examining the top takeaways from college football Week 2.

Ohio State is a nightmare…for opponents

After dismantling Florida Atlantic, the Buckeyes still had some questions to answer. Cincinnati appeared to be a team that could provide some clarity — possessing a strong defense last year and dominating UCLA in Week 1. Not only did Ohio State prove its blowout win over FAU wasn’t a fluke, but this team showed it has another gear with a dominant shutout win over the Bearcats.

Justin Fields was incredibly sharp from the pocket, completing 20-of-25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He added two more scores on the ground, and J.K. Dobbins romped for 141 yards (including this incredible 60-yard sprint for a score) as the Buckeyes turned up the offense in a big way.

What makes Ohio State truly scary, however, is the way its defense is playing. Led by Chase Young, the defensive line can get after quarterbacks better than any team in the nation. There’s a lot of season left, to be sure. But right now, Ohio State is clearly one of the favorites to get into the College Football Playoff.

The Terps are legit

The past two weekends have seen Maryland explode for 142 points, leading to a couple of blowout wins. Last weekend’s 79-0 thumping of Howard was impressive, yet it was impossible to know how good the Terps really were. After watching them dismantle No. 21 Syracuse, 63-20, on Saturday, we no longer have any doubts.

Maryland is really good.

Led by former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson, the Terrapins feature an extremely potent, balanced offense.

Maryland did an incredible job of shutting down Syracuse’s run game Saturday and forced two turnovers in a tremendous overall performance.

Michigan lucky to escape with a win over Army

It took a double-overtime sack-fumble for Michigan to edge Army at the Big House Saturday. Heading into the game, the Wolverines were 22.5-point favorites to win, so clearly things didn’t play out the way anyone expected.

There are a couple of alarming things to take away from Saturday’s game.

First off, Shea Patterson has got to stop fumbling. He coughed up two fumbles against Army and had a fumble in Week 1 as well. Secondly, the Wolverines weren’t able to run the ball effectively, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry against the Black Knights. The Wolverines’ revamped offense needs to pick things up another notch.

Now, it’s worth pointing out that Oklahoma barely eked out a win over Army last year. So the Black Knights weren’t some cupcake Jim Harbaugh and Co. couldn’t stomach. Yet in no way did Michigan look like the No. 7 team in the nation in Week 2.

Heck of a bounce-back performance from Purdue

In its season opener, Purdue blew a big lead and lost to Nevada on a 56-yard field goal as time expired. Yet before the collapse, the Boilermakers had been chugging along beautifully on offense. In Week 2, that trend continued as they bounced back in a big way with a 42-24 blowout win over Vanderbilt.

Quarterback Elijah Sindelar was on fire. He completed 34 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns. Sophomore superstar receiver Rondale Moore went for 220 yards on 13 receptions, including this gorgeous 70-yard touchdown.

The Big Ten West is wide open this season. If Purdue can continue to produce this way offensively against the top teams in the conference, then the Boilermakers have a shot to make things very interesting late in the season.

Clemson makes early statement against TAMU

The Clemson Tigers faced a highly motivated Texas A&M team that was looking for revenge after nearly winning last year in College Station. Trevor Lawrence and Co. got off to a rough start offensively, and the sophomore quarterback got banged up a bit in the process. Texas A&M’s defense was swarming. The Aggies went up 3-0 in the second quarter, and it appeared as if the defending champs were on the ropes.

That’s when Lawrence woke up. Following the Aggies’ first score, he led a nine-play, 89-yard scoring drive that was capped by a feathery 30-yard pass across his body as he scrambled to the left, hitting Justyn Ross in stride for the touchdown.

Clemson’s swarming defense did an incredible job locking up the Aggies all game long. Texas A&M gained a total of 289 yards and scored just 10 points. It was a tremendous all-around performance by the Tigers, who got by without a strong statistical game from star running back Travis Etienne.

Considering how weak the ACC is overall, we fully expect Clemson to cruise to yet another undefeated season en route to the College Football Playoff. After all, Texas A&M was by far the toughest opponent on the schedule this year. From here on out, it should be smooth sailing.

Just another casual four-touchdown performance from Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin star running back Jonathan Taylor got his 2019 Heisman campaign started with a bang in Week 1, scoring twice on the ground and two more times through the air. On Saturday against Central Michigan, he doubled his season total with four more scores.

Taylor rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns, averaging a healthy 5.4 yards per tote. He also caught three passes for 17 yards and a score, showing off his hands for the second week in a row.

This is his 3rd TD already today and his 3rd receiving TD this season. Taylor’s ability in the passing game was a question mark coming into his Junior season.

We haven’t seen a non-quarterback win the Heisman since Derrick Henry did it in 2015. If Taylor keeps up his current pace, he may just break the trend in 2019.

FSU with yet another awful performance

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks gave the Florida State Seminoles all they could handle and then some Saturday in Tallahassee. Ultimately, UL Monroe lost when kicker Jacob Meeks shanked an extra point in overtime.

This game should have never gotten to overtime to begin with, though. Based on talent alone, Florida State should have run the Warhawks out of the building. But just like we saw last weekend, Willie Taggart’s team fell apart in the second half, giving up 27 points and needing a gift in overtime to win. It also gave us the strangest offensive formation we’ve seen all year.

Taggart’s hot seat is currently aflame. If he doesn’t turn things around quickly he could find himself looking for work sooner than anyone anticipated.

Nebraska fails huge road test

Last weekend, it was pretty alarming to see Nebraska struggle at home against South Alabama. The Cornhuskers ended up winning, but the offense was pretty awful, gaining just 276 yards and turning the ball over three times. So, fans were hoping to see some vast improvements on that side of the ball in a huge road game against Colorado in Week 2

The offense did turn things up Saturday, gaining 469 yards. Unfortunately, Adrian Martinez once more struggled with ball control, and the Huskers finished the game with three turnovers, one more than the Buffaloes.

Even worse, Nebraska’s defense absolutely melted down in the fourth quarter and overtime. Colorado burned the Cornhuskers once on an incredible 96-yard flea-flicker touchdown, scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and won in overtime when Nebraska kicker Isaac Armstrong missed from 48 yards out.

As a result, Huskers fans are feeling a distinct lack of confidence in Scott Frost at the moment.

Joe Burrow has LSU looking like a legit contender

The new offense being orchestrated by coordinator Steve Ensminger suits quarterback Joe Burrow to a T. Following up a five-touchdown performance last Saturday, Burrow was masterful going against what looks to be a very good Texas defense.

Leading the Tigers to a huge road win over the No. 9 team in the nation, Burrow completed 31-of-39 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, he delivered in the clutch, time and time again. This was epitomized by his remarkable 61-yard touchdown strike late in the fourth quarter on third-and-17 while being dragged to the turf.

Through two weeks, Burrow has passed for 749 yards and nine touchdowns while leading what appears to be one of the best teams in the nation. In short, Burrow is a legitimate Heisman contender who could get better as the season progresses.

Texas has nothing to be ashamed about

Losing by a touchdown to LSU Saturday night doesn’t reflect poorly on Texas. Tom Herman, Sam Ehlinger and the rest of the Longhorns put together a heck of an effort and played like you’d expect from a top-10 team nationally.

Unfortunately, LSU was just better.

We’re not ready to say Texas isn’t “back,” because if the Longhorns can continue to play like they did Saturday night they’ll be one of the top teams in the nation come the end of the season.

Predictable outcomes for top teams facing cupcakes

We already covered Ohio State’s convincing win over Cincinnati. The other top-5 teams that went against programs representing nothing more than glorified practice sessions ended up with expected results.

No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Oklahoma won by a combined 154 points over their outmatched opponents. There was no drama. There was no doubt. We’ll have to wait another week to get a better feel for what to expect from these programs long-term.

 

Duke probe finds no evidence Nike paid Zion Williamson

Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits.

School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a “thorough and objective” probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found “no evidence to support any allegation” that would have jeopardized Williamson’s eligibility.

Duke athletic director Kevin White said in April that the school would investigate after lawyer Michael Avenatti accused Nike Inc. of paying Williamson’s mother to persuade him to attend a college affiliated with the Beaverton, Oregon-based shoe company.

Avenatti said in a statement Saturday that he “never heard from anyone associated with Duke” about the investigation and repeated his claim that Williamson was paid to attend the school.

“The documents and the hard evidence do not lie,” he said.

Williamson was taken first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft after earning Associated Press player of the year honors as a freshman at Duke.

Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to publicize claims the sportswear company enabled payouts to promising young athletes and their families.

Avenatti has released material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes.

He gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels and sparring on social media with President Donald Trump.

 

Young, Marte, surging Dbacks top Reds 2-0 for 5th win in row

Win by win, the Arizona Diamondbacks are closing in.

Left-hander Alex Young set a team rookie record by striking out 12 in eight innings, Ketel Marte drove in a run and scored another and the playoff-contending Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

With 11 wins in 12 games , Arizona has moved a season-high eight games over .500. The Diamondbacks are right on Cubs’ trail for the last NL wild-card spot, trailing by 2 1/2 games to start the day.

“One game closer to the wild card,” Young said.

The last two wins ended with a reliever pitching out of a big threat. Closer Archie Bradley threw 28 pitches while escaping a bases-loaded rally during a 7-5 victory Friday.

With Bradley getting rest a day, Jimmie Sherfy fanned slugger Eugenio Suarez and rookie sensation Aristides Aquino with runners on first and second to end it.

“To get to where we’re trying to go, we’ve got to win games like this,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Marte has been Arizona’s MVP during the surge. He singled home a run off Luis Castillo (14-6) in the fourth inning, advanced on Eduardo Escobar’s double and scored on Christian Walker’s groundout. In his last five games, Marte is 12 for 20 with two doubles, a triple, three homers and 12 RBIs.

Overall, Marte has 31 homers and 89 RBIs, both career highs. He also leads the NL in hits and multi-hit games.

With dozens of relatives and friends in the stands, Young (7-3) gave the best of his 12 starts since a June promotion. The left-hander limited the Reds to infield singles by Jose Iglesias and Curt Casali in his longest appearance.

Young walked one and set a club rookie mark with his 12 strikeouts, getting through eight innings on 109 pitches.

“Everyone’s just doing their part,” Young said. “Everything is just clicking right now.”

 

Yelich keys Brewers 3-2 win over the Cubs

Christian Yelich’s latest heroics left both managers shaking their heads. It also left the NL wild-card race tighter.

Yelich sliced an opposite-field two-out double off Brandon Kintzler to plate the winning run in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday night and tightened up the NL wild card race.

Milwaukee pulled within three games of Chicago for the second NL wild card. The Cubs’ lead over Arizona was cut to 1 1/2 games.

“For me, walking away from that game, it is the best game I have ever seen Yelich have,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I know he didn’t hit a home run today, but it was an absolutely spectacular game.”

Yelich laid off a 1-2 changeup in the dirt, and put the next one in the left-field corner.

“He didn’t even flinch at it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the 1-2 pitch. “We were trying to get him to chase outside the zone. He’s kind of other worldly right now.”

Yelich expected the Cubs’ strategy.

“I didn’t know if it was going to be one of those at-bats when they try to get you to expand,” he said. “I was just trying to be ready for a mistake. Really, just stay within your zone, and that’s what happened.”

It was Yelich’ second walkoff hit of the season. The other came March 31st against St. Louis in a 5-4 win.

 

Garver hits a pair of homers, Twins beat Indians 5-3

Mitch Garver boosted Minnesota’s spirts and playoff hopes on the same day the Twins found out pitcher Michael Pineada was suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Garver hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, in the seventh inning, helping the Twins rally past the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.

“It was a challenging day,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s been a lot going day. It has been emotional, as well. We came, were focused and ready to play despite everything going on around us.”

Pineda was suspended for 60 games on Saturday after testing positive for a banned diuretic. He won’t be allowed to pitch for the Twins if they reach the playoffs.

Minnesota has a 5 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central after the teams split the first two games of the series. The Twins’ magic number is 14; they’ve won 11 of 14.

Garver set a Minnesota single-season record for home runs by a catcher with a solo shot that opened the scoring in the first inning. He capped the Twins’ comeback with his 28th of the season, sending the pitch from Nick Goody into the first row of flowers in the right field overhang in front of a sellout crowd.

Zack Littell (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi, who struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings for the Twins. Taylor Rogers earned his 25th save.

“He was very emotional,” Odorizzi said of Pineda’s pregame talk with the team. “It stinks for us moving forward, obviously, missing a big, key contributor, but there’s a lot of compassion, especially from me. It’s a tough thing. It was one of those things we wanted to get out there and kind of get a game going to put that behind us, for all of our sakes.”

Indians reliever Adam Cimber (5-3) gave up hits to Willians Astudillo and Jonathan Schoop to open the seventh. Schoop tied the game with an RBI triple high off the right-center field wall. Oliver Perez walked Max Kepler ahead of Garver’s homer.

 

Verlander gets MLB-best 18th win as Astros down Seattle 2-1

The Houston Astros continued their dominance against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night behind another strong start by ace Justin Verlander.

Verlander pitched seven strong innings to get his MLB-leading 18th win in his first start since throwing his third no-hitter to lead the Astros to a 2-1 victory.

Verlander (18-5) allowed four hits with one run and fanned seven in his 30th start of the season. He leads the American League with a 2.52 ERA and his 264 strikeouts are second in the majors behind teammate Gerrit Cole.

After throwing a season-high 120 pitches against Toronto on Sunday to become the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw at least three no-hitters, Verlander dazzled again on Saturday.

“He was in command of everything; I looked up and he was all over the strike zone with all of his pitches,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He was very dominant and held his stuff and made some really big pitches throughout the outing. He sets such a great tone every game, no-hitter or not, and hung in there while our offense squeaked out enough runs to win.”

He didn’t feel any lingering effects from throwing so many pitches the last time out.

“I felt really good,” he said. “These guys gave me a lot of good at-bats, worked me pretty good, fouling off some good pitches late in counts and they did a good job. Ultimately I was able to keep them off-balance enough, get enough weak contact and get some quick outs.”

Will Harris struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his second save.

With the game tied at one, Josh Reddick drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Alex Bregman tied it up with a solo home run in the sixth inning to help the Astros improve to 15-1 against the Mariners this season with their 10th straight win over their AL West foes.

 

Twins’ Michael Pineda suspended 60 games for banned diuretic

Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 60 games after testing positive for a banned diuretic.

Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Pineda was suspended immediately for violating its drug policy.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Pineda says in a statement that he took an over-the-counter medication given to him by an acquaintance to help him manage his weight. The pills contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can mask other substances.

Pineda apologized to the Twins, his teammates, his family and fans for his “error in judgment” and said he “never intended to cheat the system, other players or opposing teams.”

He said, however, that he takes responsibility for “what goes in his body” and therefore accepted the suspension and that he hopes to be an example to others about the importance of checking with experts before taking substances from an outside source.

Pineda, who went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA, will miss the first-place Twins’ final 21 games plus any postseason games. He will forfeit $989,247 of his $8 million salary. He is eligible for free agency after the season and would serve the remainder of the suspension next year.

The suspension originally was for 80 games but the players’ association contested it and the penalty was reduced to 60 by arbitrator Mark Irvings under the drug agreement’s mitigation procedure, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no comments about the arbitration were authorized.

The right-hander’s presence in Minnesota’s rotation has been one of the most underappreciated improvements made by the Twins this year. On Friday, in his 26th start of the season, Pineda reached double-digit strikeouts for the first time since April 10, 2017, with the New York Yankees. Pineda missed the second half of that season and, after signing with the Twins, all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.

 

Cubs Báez has a hairline thumb fracture, status uncertain

Chicago Cubs star shortstop Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb, putting the rest of his season in jeopardy.

An MRI in Chicago on Saturday revealed the extent of Baez’s injury, suffered when he slid headfirst into second base last Sunday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. He’ll undergo further examination with a hand specialist on Monday.

The Cubs haven’t announced a timeline for his possible return.

“I was concerned something like this may be the result,” manager Joe Maddon said before the Cubs played the Brewers. “Now we will just have to wait to see the specialist and figure out from there.”

Chicago holds the second NL wild-card spot and is chasing the Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. The playoffs begin Oct. 1.

Baez, a two-time All-Star, had missed the previous four games, including the first two of a four-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park. He is hitting .281 with 29 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Maddon said he’s going to lean on his bench to keep the Cubs charging toward the NL playoffs.

“It is not easy, it is no fun without him, in a sense, but you don’t go home,” Maddon said. “You keep playing. We definitely have a lot of other good names. It is not like we are just a one-man band.”

Addison Russell has moved from second base back to his old spot at shortstop to take over for Baez. Ben Zobrist recently rejoined the Cubs after a lengthy absence to deal with a divorce and has been playing second.

 

Americans top Antetokounmpo, Greece at World Cup 69-53

The MVP was good. The USA was better.

And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn’t Giannis – but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an ill-advised foul from behind on a fast break in the final moments.

Barnes avoided injury, and the U.S. avoided defeat. Kemba Walker scored 15 points and handed out six assists, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. beat Greece 69-53 to move on the cusp of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

“We played well,” Walker said. “We had a great game plan and we stuck to it and we were able to come out with a big win.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s MVP from the Milwaukee Bucks, scored 15 points but sat out the fourth quarter in a move Greek officials said was made to rest him for the team’s last-ditch effort to make the quarterfinals on Monday. He didn’t make himself available for postgame comment, telling officials that he was too upset.

The U.S. national team has won 57 consecutive games in international tournaments with NBA players, starting with the 2006 world championships bronze-medal game and continuing through every FIBA Americas, world championships, World Cup and Olympic event since. The streak started after a 101-95 loss to Greece in 2006 – a defeat that forced the U.S. to change its program.

The Americans haven’t lost in the biggest tournaments since.

“It was a good test for us,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “And it helped us get better. That’s our goal, to get better in every one of these games.”

Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S., which can clinch a quarterfinal berth Monday in multiple ways – the simplest being a win over Brazil. There also are ways for the U.S. to move on even if it loses Monday.

It was the first time a reigning MVP faced the U.S. in a major tournament, and Giannis Antetokounmpo has made no secret of how much this event means to him. His eyes were closed as he mouthed along with the words of Greece’s national anthem pregame, and when the ball went up he came out firing.

He spun his way to a layup on the first possession, made a 3-pointer on Greece’s second possession and got fouled on a baseline drive on the next trip down the floor. That was five points in the first 43 seconds for Antetokounmpo – but nothing came easy the rest of the way, as the U.S. used no fewer than five different defenders on him at times.

Barnes drew the initial assignment, followed by the MVP’s Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Myles Turner.

“We just wanted to make it as hard as possible for him, and I think we did a good job,” Smart said.

 

Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final

Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does.

And now the 19-year-old from Canada is a Grand Slam champion, earning her first such title while preventing Williams from collecting a record-tying 24th.

Andreescu took charge early in the U.S. Open final, going up by a set and two breaks, then held off a late charge by Williams to win 6-3, 7-5 for the championship Saturday night.

“Being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend in this sport, is amazing,” said Andreescu, who was appearing in her first major final, while Williams was in her 33rd. “Oh, man, it wasn’t easy at all.”

This is the second year in a row that Williams has lost in the final at Flushing Meadows. This one had none of the controversy of 2018, when she got into an extended argument with the chair umpire while being beaten by Naomi Osaka.

Williams has now been the runner-up at four of the seven majors she has entered since returning to the tour after having a baby two years ago. The 37-year-old American remains stuck on 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one shy of Margaret Court’s mark for the most in history.

“I’m just so proud that I’m out here and competing at this level. My team has been so supportive through all the ups and downs and downs and downs and downs,” Williams said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some ups soon.”

Andreescu, the first player from Canada to win a major singles title, went up 5-1 in the second set and served for the victory there, even holding a match point at 40-30. But Williams erased that with a forehand return winner off a 105 mph serve.

That launched a four-game run for Williams, who broke Andreescu again to make it 5-all.

“I was just fighting at that point,” said Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion. “Just trying to stay out there a little bit longer.”

The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd was overwhelmingly supporting Williams, not surprisingly, and spectators got so loud as she tried to put together a successful comeback that Andreescu covered her ears with her hands after one point.

“I just tried to block everything out,” Andreescu said afterward. “I’m just glad with how I managed, really.”

Suddenly, this was a contest.

Or so it seemed.

But as well as Andreescu handled everything – herself, her far-more-experienced and successful opponent, and even the moment – Williams was far from her best, especially while serving. She got broken for the sixth time in the final game.

This was the largest age gap in a Grand Slam final, and it came almost exactly 20 years to the day since Williams won the U.S. Open for her first major title in 1999, a year before Andreescu was born.

Andreescu is the first woman to win the trophy at Flushing Meadows in her main-draw tournament debut in the Open era, which started in 1968 when professionals were allowed into Grand Slam tournaments. She only has participated in four majors in her brief career.

Just think: A year ago, Andreescu was losing in the opening round of qualifying.

On Saturday, there she was, putting her hands on her head, dropping her racket and then pumping her fists when it ended. After a hug from a smiling Williams at the net, Andreescu kissed the blue court and rolled onto her back, soaking in the applause.

About two hours earlier, the 15th-seeded Andreescu was standing in the hallway leading from the locker room to the court, doing a prematch interview in which she sounded like someone whose mind was as confident as her play would soon be, saying, “I’m just going to take it like it’s any other match.”

She began the day with a 33-4 record in 2019, including 7-0 against top-10 opponents, and without a loss in a completed match since March 1. Andreescu missed a chunk of time in that span with a shoulder injury, which clearly is no longer hindering her.

Andreescu took it to Williams, figuratively and literally. Andreescu produced the kind of power Williams is more accustomed to dishing out than dealing with from the other side of the net. One shot went right at Williams, who leaped to avoid the ball at the baseline.

And Andreescu was fearless, always pushing, always aggressive, punctuating plenty of winners with cries of “Come on!” – the way Williams does – or “Let’s go!”

Even her coin-toss choice showed just how bold she is: Andreescu opted to receive, a decision that at first glance might have seemed unusual, given that she was facing the woman generally regarded as the possessor of the greatest serve in the game, now or ever.

On this day, though, it worked out. Williams double-faulted eight times in all, including three times on break point, part of her 33 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Andreescu’s 17.

There were other ways in which Williams was not at her best, seemingly unsure of herself, including one odd-looking check-swing on a backhand in the second set that then let Andreescu put a shot away to go up 4-1.

When she was 16, Andreescu wrote herself a fake U.S. Open winner’s check, part of her efforts to visualize success. Kept updating the amount of prize money as it rose in real life.

On Saturday night, she really did get that champion’s check, to the tune of $3.85 million.

 

EARLHAM SPORTS ROUND-UP (EARLHAM RELEASE)

WOMENS SOCCER

RICHMOND, Ind. – Three different players each added goals to lead Earlham College women’s soccer to a 3-0 triumph over Illinois College, in a non-conference matchup on Saturday at Matlack-Messer Field.

First year Jenna Hoeh scored what would prove to be the game winner for Earlham in the 15th minute, finishing on a pass from Hannah Wallhausser. The Quakers doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 38th minute when first year Eva Lyon beat Illinois College keeper Charlotte Crofton.

The Quakers added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute when Nicole Burkett scored off an assist from Lyon.

Earlham outshot Illinois College, 21-3, and the Quakers had nine corner kick opportunities.

First year Mel Johnson played all 90 minutes in the Earlham goal, recording her second clean sheet in three starts.

Earlham women’s soccer returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when it hosts Marietta College at 4:00 p.m. at Matlack-Messer Field.

 

MEN’S SOCCER

RICHMOND, Ind. – A total of 110 minutes of soccer was not enough to produce a go-ahead goal as Earlham College and Illinois College played to a double-overtime scoreless draw in a non-conference matchup on Saturday at Matlack-Messer Field.

Earlham’s best chance at putting a goal up on the scoreboard came in the 55th minute when the Quakers were awarded a penalty kick. Junior Drew FitzGibbon took the attempt and sent his shot wide of the mark and over the crossbar.

Henry Wildes charted three saves in the Earlham goal while Blueboys keeper Raul Rubalcava tallied one save. Earlham outshot Illinois College, 9-8, over the 110 minutes of play, and each team had five corner kick opportunities.

Earlham men’s soccer returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when it travels to Wilmington, Ohio, to play Wilmington College. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

 

WOMEN’S GOLF

LIBERTY, Ind. – Earlham College senior Hannah Toresdahl was tied for third after Saturday’s first round of the Earlham College Women’s Golf Fall Invitational, held at the Liberty Country Club.

Toresdahl carded an eight-over 78 and finished the day tied with IU-Kokomo’s Brandi Jones. She was two strokes behind individual leader Lexie Fields (76, +6) from IU-East.

Joining Toresdahl among the top 10 was junior Megan Garner, who fired an 83 (+15) and was tied for ninth on the individual leaderboard. Senior Emma Wilkins (86, +16) and sophomore Claire Waggener (92, +22) were both among the top 20 individuals in 11th and 18th place respectively.

Sophomore Myra Robinson (104) was 25th overall, followed by Daniela Joseph (111) and Brittney Chong (114).

As a team, Earlham fired a 340 and set a new program benchmark for lowest team round on a par 70 course. IU-East leads the field with a 319 (+39), while IU-Kokomo (340, +60) was one stroke ahead of Earlham.

Round 2 of the Earlham Women’s Golf Fall Invitational takes place on Sunday, Sept. 8, with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.

 

MEN’S GOLF at Dick Park Invite..Franklin

1 DePauw University     291         +3

2 Parkland College           293         +5

3 Franklin College            302         +14

4 Earlham College           305         +17

T5 Hanover College        315         +27

T5 Wabash College         315         +27

7 Spalding                          316         +28

8 Earlham College (B)    317        +29

9 Berea College                320         +32

10 Franklin College (B)  330         +42

 

FIELD HOCKEY

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College field hockey came away with a 1-0 overtime win over visiting Wilson College in the Quakers’ 2019 home debut on Saturday at Darrell Beane Stadium.

First year Hannah Grushon scored the game’s lone goal with 5:29 remaining in the first overtime period, improving Earlham’s record to 2-1.

Earlham outshot Wilson, 26-1, and had an 18-6 advantage in penalty corners.

Quaker goalie Meg Murphy recorded a single save on the afternoon, while Wilson’s Krista Nayadley charted 10 stops in the Phoenix’s cage.

Earlham field hockey returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8, when it hosts the University of the South (Sewanee) at noon.

 

INDY ELEVEN  PREVIEW

First 2019 Meeting:

Indy Eleven  1 : 0  Charleston Battery | Saturday, May 18

The Boys in Blue claimed three points in the first meeting with Charleston courtesy of midfielder Tyler Pasher’s late goal in the 84th minute. Goalkeeper Evan Newton’s fifth clean sheet of the season to that point also helped, a defensive performance that pushed Indy’s season-starting home shutout streak to 360 minutes.

Storylines

  • This weekend’s clash in Charleston has an added day of anticipation, with the affects of Hurricane Dorian in the “lowcountry” pushing Saturday evening’s scheduled contest at MUSC Health Stadium back at day to Sunday evening.
  • Indy Eleven’s all-time record against Charleston Battery 1W-1L-1D after both sides first met in 2018. The draw (3-3 in Indy) and loss (1-2 in Charleston) against the Battery came last season, with the victory coming earlier this year on May 18 (1-0).
  • Indy Eleven surpassed last season’s point haul (49) after defeating New York Red Bulls II 1-0 on Wednesday. A 15W-4L-5D record sees the Boys in Blue as sole possessors of third place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, tailing second-place Nashville SC by one and Red Bulls II by three with three games in hand on both teams.
  • Speaking of the table, a victory over the weekend in addition to a loss from New York Red Bulls II and a draw or loss from Nashville SC would allow Indiana’s Team to pull even with New York atop the Eastern Conference on 53 points.
  • Defense continues to be the key to success in Indy. The team has allowed a league-low 18 goals while trailing only Western Conference side Phoenix Rising by one for the most clean sheets in the USL Championship with 11.
  • The Boys in Blue are riding a bit of a hot streak, going undefeated in its last five matches (4W-1D-0L) since falling to Nashville SC on July 27, and scoring nine goals and allowing four goals in that time.
  • Indy Eleven extended its home undefeated streak to 21 games after defeating New York on Wednesday, which is tied both for the club record in the category and the fourth such longest streak in USL Championship history. The current streak, which began last July 7, equals Indy’s run spanning the 2015-17 NASL seasons and the Rochester Rhinos’ USL streak from 2014-16.
  • Two current Boys in Blue used to wear the Black-and-Gold in “Chucktown” – defender Neveal Hackshaw and forward Dane Kelly. Hackshaw suited up for the Battery from 2016-18 and kept plenty busy, making 75 league appearances. Kelly began his record-breaking USL Championship in Charleston, scoring the first 21 of his league-leading 73 career regular season goals from 2011-15.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1896       Baltimore sweeps a twin bill from 12th-place Louisville, beating their National League opponents at Oriole Park, 10-9 and 3-1. The Birds, who won all three games against the Colonels in yesterday’s tripleheader, establish the mark for the most victories in two consecutive days with their five wins.

1916       Twenty-three fans attending the game against the Yankees at soaked Shibe Park, the smallest crowd in American League history, witness A’s switch-hitter Wally Schang become the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The feat, not well publicized because reporters thought the heavy rain would postpone the game and did not attend the contest, will not be accomplished again in the Junior Circuit until 1940.

1925       In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Babe Ruth belts his 300th career home run. The milestone blast is given up by southpaw Buster Ross in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

1933       In the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit, Red Sox outfielder Mel Almada makes his major league debut at Fenway Park. The Huatabampo, Sonora native is the first Mexican to play in the major leagues.

1939       Bob Feller, with his 12-1 victory over the Browns in St. Louis, becomes the youngest modern-era player to win 20 games. The 20 year-old Indians’ fireballer finishes the season 24-9 while posting a 2.85 ERA.

1940       Johnny Mize hits homers #’s 38, 39, and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader, becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the ‘Big Cat’s’ heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.

1942       The first exhibition game between two Negro League teams is finally played in Boston when the Philadelphia Stars edge the Baltimore Elite Giants in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at Fenway Park, 8-7. The Cradle of Liberty, unlike many metropolitan areas in the East and South, did not have a Black team represent the city, nor did the community embrace the concept of hosting Negro League contests.

1949       Red Schoendienst steals the team’s last stolen base of the season when he takes second base in the Cardinals’ 8-0 victory over the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park. The Redbird third baseman will lead the club with eight pilfered bags, accounting for more than half of the all-time National League low of 17 the entire club will swipe this season.

1955       The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.

1957       Before their departure to play on the West Coast for next season, the Dodgers and Giants face one another for the final time in New York. The Jints beat the Bums at the Polo Grounds, 3-2, to finish the intense 68 year-old storied rivalry with a 656-606 advantage over Brooklyn in the battle between the boroughs.

1963       At Connie Mack Stadium, Braves left-hander Warren Spahn tosses a complete game, edging Philadelphia, 3-2. The triumph is the southpaw’s 20th victory and ties Christy Mathewson’s record of thirteen seasons of twenty or more wins.

1964       The Mets announce the signing of 18 year-old right-hander Bill Denehy. The recent high school graduate, who struck out 151 batters in 81 innings, posted a 10-1 record for Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, Connecticut, and won three tournament games en route to leading his team to the state championship.

1965       In a promotion to increase Kansas City’s poor attendance, Bert Campaneris becomes the first major leaguer to play all nine positions in a single game. After being involved in a collision at home plate in the ninth inning, Campy is replaced by Rene Lachemann as the team’s catcher in the A’s eventual 5-3, 13-inning victory over California.

1967       The Mets, at the urging of their fans, honor former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who retired last season when arthritis ended his career prematurely at the age of 30. The Brooklyn-born southpaw, who threw a no-hitter against New York in 1962, started twenty games against the Amazins, compiling a 17-2 record, that included 14 complete games and 5 shutouts.

1968       Ralph Garr steals the first of his 172 stolen bases, swiping home as a pinch runner for Joe Torre in the Braves’ 4-1 victory over Houston. In 1973, the ‘Road Runner’ will break Atlanta’s record for stolen bases with 35, surpassing his mark of 30 he established in 1970 during his rookie season.

1972       Pirates manager Bill Virdon posts his 100th different lineup in the 131st game of the season. The starting nine for the eventual NL Eastern Division winners beats the Expos in the second game of a doubleheader at Jarry Park in 12 innings, to complete the sweep of the twin bill, 4-2.

1973       Billy Martin, dismissed six days ago by the Tigers, signs a multi-year contract to manage the last-place Rangers. The fiery 45 year-old skipper, who was at the helm when Detroit won the American League East title last season, replaces Whitey Herzog, who was fired yesterday after compiling a 47-91 (.341) record in the first season of his Hall of Fame managerial career.

1977       Cubs’ relief pitcher Bruce Sutter strikes out the first six batters he faces, including three men in the ninth on nine pitches. The future Hall of Famer will earn his sixth victory in seven decisions when the Cubs beat Montreal in 10 innings at Wrigley Field, 3-2.

1980       Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins as a result of the drug arrest last month. The suspension will last only two weeks before an independent arbiter surprisingly reinstates the Cubs right-hander.

1985       At Wrigley Field, Pete Rose gets two hits off Chicago hurler Reggie Patterson, including his historic single that ties Ty Cobb’s career record of 4,191 hits. The game will be suspended due to darkness, enabling the Reds’ player-manager to break the Georgia Peach’s record at home.

1993       Retiring the final 17 batters in a row, 24 year-old right-hander Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets in a 7-1 Houston victory at the Astrodome. Jeff McKnight, who had walked, scores New York’s lone run on a wild pitch after advancing to third base on an error.

1995       With a 3-2 victory over the Orioles at Jacobs Field, the Indians clinch the American League Central Division, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1954. Mike Hargrove’s Tribe, which posts a 100-44 record, will win the division with the largest margin in baseball history, finishing 30 games ahead of the Royals.

1996       Mets catcher Todd Hundley joins Mickey Mantle as the only other switch hitter to hit 40 home runs in a season when he goes deep off Joe Borowski in the seventh inning of the team’s 6-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 27 year-old backstop’s round-tripper also breaks the club record for most homers in a single year, established in 1988 by Darryl Strawberry.

1996       A Gary Sheffield fifth inning home run against the Expos’ Pedro Martinez breaks the major league home run record for a season. The previous record of 4,458 round-trippers was established in 1987.

1998       Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire connects off of Cub hurler Steve Trachsel and sends a 341-foot line-drive over the left field fence for his historic 62nd home run, breaking the single-season home run record set in 1961 by Roger Maris. Big Mac’s historic homer comes in the fourth inning of a nationally televised game.

2002       Rafael Palmeiro’s sixth inning homer against Tampa Bay establishes a new major league record with a Ranger player hitting a home run in 26 consecutive games. The previous mark was shared by the 1941 Yankees, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1998 Braves.

2003       At Camden Yards, 64 year-old Steve Dalkowski throws the ceremonial first pitch to relief pitcher Buddy Groom before an Orioles game against Seattle. In 1963, on the day he was fitted for his big-league uniform, the Baltimore fireballing farmhand hurt his arm pitching in an exhibition game and never appeared in the major leagues.

2005       At Troy’s Bruno Stadium, the Vermont Expos end the season by winning their seventh straight game, beating the Tri-City ValleyCats, 15-9. With the NY-Penn team changing its name next season, the game marks the last time the word Expos will appear on a uniform.

2007       Alex Rodriguez, hitting his 50th and 51st home runs, joins Babe Ruth (1920-54, 1921-59, 1927-60, 1928-54), Roger Maris (1961-61), and Mickey Mantle (1956-52, 1961-54) to become only the fourth player in Yankee history to hit 50 or more homers in a single season. The Yankee infielder’s second homer breaks the major league mark of 49 homers hit by a third baseman, shared with Mike Schmidt (Phillies-1980) and Adrian Beltre (Dodgers-2004).

2008       The Red Sox break the Cleveland Indians’ attendance record with their 456th consecutive regular-season sellout at Fenway Park. To commemorate the streak, which began on May 15, 2003, team owners, current players as well as club icon Johnny Pesky greet and thank fans entering the ballpark prior to the game against the Rays.

2008       Mark Saccomanno, a life-long fan of the team just called up a few hours before the start of the game, hits a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer, contributing to the Astros’ 3-2 victory over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. The 28 year-old Houston native, who will not connect for another round-tripper in his career, is the first to accomplish the feat as a pinch-hitter, and he becomes the fourth player in franchise history to homer in his initial big league at-bat.

2008       Gary Sheffield’s second home run of the game is the 250,000th round-tripper in major league history. The Tigers slugger, who needs only four more to reach a personal milestone of 500 homers, hit the round-tripper that set the record for the number of home runs hit in the major league in a season, bringing the total to 4,458 blasts.

2010       Tim Wakefield becomes the oldest player to win a game for the Red Sox since 1920, when the 44 year-old starter goes five innings in Boston’s 11-5 victory over Tampa Bay at Fenway Park. In 1998, Dennis Eckersley, at the age of 43 years and 349 days old, was credited with the win after getting two outs in relief in a game against Baltimore.

2012       A healthy Stephen Strasburg makes his last 2012 appearance four days sooner than his much-debated scheduled season shut down set by the Nationals. The 24 year-old power right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, was put on a strict innings limit by Washington, who will lose the NLDS to St. Louis, after compiling the best record in major league baseball.

2012       Darwin Barney sets the National League record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman with 124, surpassing Ryne Sandberg, another Cub infielder, who played his consecutive errorless streak at second between the 1989 and 1990 seasons. The major league mark for consecutive errorless games at second base is 186, established by Tiger infielder Placido Polanco from 2006-08.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1998

ST. LOUIS-Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Bunyan with a bat, made the most out of the least tonight, setting Major League Baseball’s home run record by hitting his 62d and shortest home run of the season. Swinging at the first pitch from Steve Trachsel of the Chicago Cubs with two out in the fourth inning, McGwire lined a low-flying shot that just cleared Busch Stadium’s left-field fence not far from where the fence meets the foul line. The drive was estimated, in baseball’s method of measuring home runs, at 341 feet, 6 feet shorter than his previous shortest this season.

McGwire, a 34-year-old right-handed hitter, has hit five home runs that soared more than 500 feet, the longest estimated at 545 feet at Busch last May 16 that was his 16th. The blow that made McGwire the greatest single-season home run hitter of all major league time was atypical of his patented high-flying projectiles that soar majestically into the air and descend into some distant seat in the stands. This one nevertheless broke the tie that the redheaded McGwire had forged only the day before. In 1961, Maris hit his 61st home run in the Yankees’ 163rd and last game. In 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run in the Yankees’ 154th and last game. This was the Cardinals’ 145th game, which they won, 6‚3.

McGwire thus beat Sammy Sosa of the Cubs to the record. The talented and likable players have been engaged in a spirited race to the record that has captivated the nation and returned to the sport many fans who had become disenchanted by the labor dispute in 1994‚95. McGwire leads Sosa, 62 homers to 58, but the man who will enter the record book will be the one who has the most home runs at the end of the season on Sept. 27. For now, as Sosa said he told McGwire after the historic home run: “You’re the man. You did it.”

Before hitting this one, before the game, McGwire was handed the bat with which Maris hit the home run that broke Ruth’s legendary record. He swung it, then touched his heart with it and said, “Roger, you’re with me.”

Mark McGwire finished his record season with a flourish, clouting two home runs off Mike Thurman and Carl Pavano of the Montreal Expos to raise his total to 70.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 93 50 .650 53 – 22 40 – 28 49 – 17 16 – 14 16 – 11 7 – 3 W 1
Tampa Bay 85 59 .590 8.5 42 – 32 43 – 27 37 – 29 20 – 13 15 – 12 9 – 1 W 4
Boston 76 66 .535 16.5 36 – 37 40 – 29 32 – 32 21 – 11 16 – 15 6 – 4 L 1
Toronto 55 88 .385 38 27 – 42 28 – 46 21 – 36 17 – 18 14 – 17 2 – 8 L 6
Baltimore 46 96 .324 46.5 22 – 49 24 – 47 21 – 46 10 – 18 9 – 21 2 – 8 L 4
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 88 54 .620 40 – 30 48 – 24 20 – 12 38 – 21 23 – 11 7 – 3 W 1
Cleveland 82 61 .573 6.5 43 – 29 39 – 32 18 – 16 42 – 24 16 – 13 4 – 6 L 1
Chi White Sox 62 80 .437 26 33 – 37 29 – 43 15 – 18 30 – 30 11 – 18 2 – 8 L 2
Kansas City 53 90 .371 35.5 29 – 44 24 – 46 10 – 23 27 – 39 8 – 19 7 – 3 W 2
Detroit 42 99 .298 45.5 18 – 50 24 – 49 11 – 15 20 – 43 6 – 26 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 93 50 .650 54 – 17 39 – 33 19 – 13 18 – 13 45 – 15 7 – 3 W 3
Oakland 83 59 .585 9.5 47 – 27 36 – 32 17 – 16 22 – 7 33 – 27 6 – 4 W 1
Texas 71 73 .493 22.5 40 – 29 31 – 44 12 – 10 18 – 16 32 – 36 6 – 4 W 3
LA Angels 67 76 .469 26 35 – 34 32 – 42 15 – 14 13 – 14 27 – 40 4 – 6 W 2
Seattle 58 85 .406 35 29 – 40 29 – 45 13 – 17 16 – 14 25 – 44 2 – 8 L 5

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 89 54 .622 47 – 27 42 – 27 41 – 21 20 – 13 16 – 14 9 – 1 W 9
Washington 78 63 .553 10 41 – 29 37 – 34 35 – 29 16 – 13 18 – 16 5 – 5 L 4
Philadelphia 73 68 .518 15 41 – 31 32 – 37 29 – 31 20 – 13 14 – 19 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 72 69 .511 16 38 – 28 34 – 41 35 – 33 12 – 18 10 – 13 5 – 5 L 1
Miami 50 91 .355 38 28 – 45 22 – 46 20 – 46 10 – 20 12 – 14 3 – 7 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 80 62 .563 46 – 26 34 – 36 16 – 14 39 – 26 16 – 11 7 – 3 W 1
Chi Cubs 76 65 .539 3.5 47 – 24 29 – 41 17 – 17 31 – 28 16 – 12 6 – 4 L 2
Milwaukee 73 68 .518 6.5 42 – 31 31 – 37 17 – 11 36 – 30 12 – 15 6 – 4 W 2
Cincinnati 66 77 .462 14.5 39 – 35 27 – 42 16 – 15 29 – 38 13 – 15 3 – 7 L 2
Pittsburgh 62 80 .437 18 31 – 40 31 – 40 11 – 21 25 – 38 14 – 16 6 – 4 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 92 52 .639 55 – 20 37 – 32 21 – 9 22 – 11 42 – 24 5 – 5 L 2
Arizona 75 67 .528 16 36 – 33 39 – 34 15 – 12 13 – 12 33 – 37 9 – 1 W 5
San Francisco 69 73 .486 22 30 – 38 39 – 35 11 – 16 13 – 16 36 – 33 4 – 6 W 2
San Diego 65 76 .461 25.5 32 – 38 33 – 38 14 – 18 11 – 15 29 – 34 4 – 6 W 1
Colorado 60 83 .420 31.5 34 – 35 26 – 48 15 – 15 10 – 17 27 – 39 1 – 9 L 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 28 15 8 5 53 35 18 9-4-1 6-4-4 53
x – Philadelphia 29 15 6 8 54 42 12 10-3-2 5-3-6 51
Atlanta 28 15 3 10 47 33 14 10-3-1 5-0-9 48
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
Toronto FC 29 11 8 10 49 46 3 7-4-4 4-4-6 41
New England 29 10 9 10 42 49 -7 7-3-5 3-6-5 39
Montreal 30 11 4 15 42 56 -14 7-2-5 4-2-10 37
Orlando City SC 30 9 8 13 37 41 -4 6-2-7 3-6-6 35
Chicago 30 8 10 12 44 43 1 7-6-2 1-4-10 34
Columbus 30 8 7 15 33 44 -11 5-5-6 3-2-9 31
FC Cincinnati 29 5 3 21 29 72 -43 3-1-10 2-2-11 18

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 29 19 6 4 76 32 44 11-2-1 8-4-3 63
Seattle 29 13 7 9 46 45 1 9-3-2 4-4-7 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
Portland 28 13 4 11 45 41 4 7-2-3 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 29 12 7 10 47 38 9 9-5-1 3-2-9 43
Los Angeles 28 13 3 12 41 45 -4 9-1-4 4-2-8 42
Sporting KC 29 10 7 12 42 47 -5 7-3-5 3-4-7 37
Colorado 29 9 6 14 47 54 -7 7-2-6 2-4-8 33
Houston 28 9 4 15 38 49 -11 7-4-3 2-0-12 31
Vancouver 30 6 9 15 30 53 -23 4-4-6 2-5-9 27

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

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

 

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
x-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
W Win
L Loss
Pct Percentage
GB Games Back
Conf Conference