MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 10 Houston 3

NY Yankees 5 Minnesota 1

St. Louis 5 Atlanta 4 (10)

Washington 6 LA Dodgers 1

 

MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 8

(LDS) Houston Astros @ Tampa Bay Rays 4:15 pm

(LDS) New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins 8:07 pm

 

Wednesday, October 9

(LDS) St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves 5:02 pm

(LDS) Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers 8:37 pm

 

Thursday, October 10

(LDS) Tampa Bay Rays @ Houston Astros 8:37 pm

 

 

NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

San Francisco 31 Cleveland 3

 

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

St. Louis 3 Toronto 2

Columbus 4 Buffalo 3

 

October 8, 2019

Los Angeles  @ Calgary 9:00PM

Anaheim  @ Detroit 7:30PM

Carolina  @ Florida 7:00PM

San Jose  @ Nashville 8:00PM

Edmonton  @ NY Islanders 7:00PM

Winnipeg  @ Pittsburgh 7:00PM

Boston  @ Vegas 10:00PM

Dallas  @ Washington 7:00PM

 

October 9, 2019

Montreal  @ Buffalo 7:00PM

New Jersey  @ Philadelphia 7:30PM

Los Angeles  @ Vancouver 10:00PM

 

October 10, 2019

Vegas  @ Arizona 10:00PM

San Jose  @ Chicago 8:30PM

Boston  @ Colorado 9:00PM

Calgary  @ Dallas 8:30PM

Detroit  @ Montreal 7:00PM

Edmonton  @ New Jersey 7:00PM

Washington  @ Nashville 8:00PM

St. Louis  @ Ottawa 7:30PM

Anaheim  @ Pittsburgh 7:00PM

Tampa Bay  @ Toronto 7:00PM

Minnesota  @ Winnipeg 8:00PM

 

 

NBA PRE—SEASON

Orlando 115 Detroit 91

New York 104 Washington 99

New Orleans 133 Atlanta 109

Milwaukee 122 Chicago 112

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER SECTIONAL-NCC/AREA

New Palestine 1 Richmond 0

Knightstown 2 Union County 0

Lafayette Jeff 2 Kokomo 0

Logansport 5 Marion 2

Fishers 6 Anderson 0

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONAL

TONIGHT

@ MT. VERNON: Richmond vs. Greenfield Central 5:30

 

@Knightstown:

Centerville 2 Knightstown 1

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

Wapahani 3 Winchester 0

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Friday, Oct. 11

Kokomo at Harrison  7 pm

Logansport at Lafayette Jeff  7 pm

Marion at Tech  7 pm

McCutcheon at Muncie Central  7 pm

Richmond at Anderson  7 pm

TEC

Lincoln at Winchester  7 pm

Northeastern at Knightstown  7 pm

Tri at Hagerstown  7 pm

Union City at Centerville  7 pm

Union County at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

ELSEWHERE

Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah  7 pm

Union County at Monroe Central 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Traders Point 7 pm

Franklin County at Batesville 7 pm

Greensburg at East Central 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Connersville 7 pm

Rushville at South Dearborn 7 pm

 

 

Top 25 College Football Games

Fri Oct 11th

(20) Virginia @ Miami (FL)8:00 PM

Colorado @ (13) Oregon10:00 PM

 

Sat Oct 12th

(23) Memphis @ Temple12:00 PM

South Carolina @ (3) Georgia12:00 PM

(6) Oklahoma @ (11) Texas12:00 PM

(16) Michigan @ Illinois12:00 PM

Florida State @ (2) Clemson3:00 PM

Michigan State @ (8) Wisconsin3:00 PM

(25) Cincinnati @ Houston3:00 PM

(1) Alabama @ (24) Texas A&M3:00 PM

Washington State @ (18) Arizona State3:00 PM

Texas Tech @ (22) Baylor4:00 PM

Southern California @ (9) Notre Dame7:00 PM

(10) Penn State @ (17) Iowa7:00 PM

Louisville @ (19) Wake Forest7:00 PM

(7) Florida @ (5) Louisiana State8:00 PM

(15) Utah @ Oregon State8:00 PM

Hawaii @ (14) Boise State10:00 PM

 

 

College football TV schedule and times

WEEK 7

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Appalachian State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

 

Thursday, Oct. 10

Syracuse at N.C. State | 8 p.m. | ESPN

UL Monroe at Texas State | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU

 

Friday, Oct. 11

Colorado State at New Mexico | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Virginia at Miami | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado at No. 13 Oregon | 10 p.m. | FS1

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (Dallas, TX) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Mississippi State at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 16 Michigan at Illinois | 12 p.m. | ABC

Maryland at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 23 Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Miami (OH) at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Rutgers at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Toledo at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Old Dominion at Marshall | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium

New Mexico State at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida State at No. 2 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Kent State at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Michigan State at No. 8 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

BYU at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

UConn at Tulane | 3:45 p.m. | ESPNU

Texas Tech at No. 22 Baylor | 4 p.m. | FS1

Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa State at West Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN

Rhode Island at Virginia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

San Jose State at Nevada | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

UAB at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium

UMass at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook

Ole Miss at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Charlotte at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Fresno State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Nebraska at Minnesota | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Arkansas at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Utah at Oregon State | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Hawai’i at No. 14 Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Wyoming at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Arizona | 11 p.m. | FS1

 

NFL

Week 6 Games

Thursday October 10, 2019

Giants @ New England 8:20pm

 

Sunday October 13, 2019

Carolina @ Tampa Bay 9:30am

Houston @ Kansas City 1:00pm

Philadelphia @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Cincinnati @ Baltimore 1:00pm

Seattle @ Cleveland 1:00pm

New Orleans @ Jacksonville 1:00pm

Washington @ Miami 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Arizona 4:05pm

San Francisco @ Rams 4:05pm

Dallas @ Jets 4:25pm

Tennessee @ Denver 4:25pm

Pittsburgh @ Chargers 8:20pm

 

Monday October 14, 2019

Detroit @ Green Bay 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Torres leads Yankees to 5-1 win and sweep of Twins

The last time the New York Yankees won the World Series, a full decade ago, Gleyber Torres was not yet a teenager in Venezuela.

Boosted by an age-defiant performance by their 22-year-old star second baseman, the Yankees moved one step closer to that elusive trophy.

Torres got New York going with a second-inning home run, scored on each of his two doubles and made a pair of sparkling defensive plays, fueling the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over Minnesota on Monday night to finish yet another Division Series sweep of the Twins.

“He’s a really special player, a really special player,” first baseman DJ LeMahieu said. “No moment’s too big for him.”

Didi Gregorius hit two RBI singles, Cameron Maybin homered and Aroldis Chapman struck out three batters in a five-out save for the Yankees, who completed the three-game wipeout and pushed their postseason winning streak over the Twins to 13. LeMahieu, Gregorius and Aaron Judge also made outstanding defensive plays for key outs.

“All we did was to go out there and play our best baseball,” said Gregorius, who went 4 for 10 with six RBIs in the series and is 23 for 50 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in his last 14 games against Minnesota.

Following a 103-win regular season and their first AL East title since 2012, the Yankees will start the AL Championship Series on Saturday, either at Houston or at home against Tampa Bay.

“We’re focused already to the second series,” Torres said.

Thanks largely to their young star second baseman.

Employing an aggressive shift that had him in shallow right field, Torres slid and scooped a sharp grounder by Eddie Rosario with two on in the fifth and managed to throw him out from his knees to end the inning. In the seventh, Torres made a slick stop on a grounder by Jorge Polanco and flipped to Zack Britton covering first. Torres even stole third base after his double in the ninth.

“He played so well in this series, and then today, I think, just continued to show the world just how good a player he is on both sides of the ball,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Torres became the fifth-youngest Yankees player to register his first postseason homer, with only Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Tony Kubek and Derek Jeter doing so at younger ages.

The last time the Twins beat the Yankees in the playoffs? Torres was only 7.

 

 

Molina wins it in 10th, Cards top Braves 5-4, Game 5 next

They all knew. Every single one of them. Paul Goldschmidt and all the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies and the rest of the Atlanta Braves.

Tough to beat Yadier Molina in a big postseason spot.

Molina pushed the Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, poking a tying single in the eighth inning and then lifting a sacrifice fly in the 10th to beat the Braves 5-4 Monday.

“I like those moments,” Molina said.

No kidding.

Molina slung his bat far into the outfield after his winning swing, and the crowd at Busch Stadium roared with the longtime heart of the franchise.

“An elite, special player, that’s what he is,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Game 5 will be Wednesday back in Atlanta. The Cardinals will have ace Jack Flaherty on the mound, and the Braves will go with Mike Foltynewicz.

“In front of our home fans on Wednesday a Game 5,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “That’s what it’s all about so we’ll be ready to go.”

Kolten Wong led off the St. Louis 10th with a ground-rule double against Julio Teheran. After Goldschmidt was intentionally walked, Wong advanced on Marcell Ozuna’s forceout and easily scampered home on Molina’s fly to the front of the warning track in left field.

Wong threw his hands in the air as he ran toward the plate. Molina rounded first base with his bat in hand, then flung it away as the celebration erupted. He discarded his batting helmet as the rest of the Cardinals poured onto the field.

“I lost it right there,” the 37-year-old catcher said. “I think I tossed the bat in the bullpen.”

Molina also made a throat-slashing gesture as he left the field. Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. made a similar motion across the top of his chest after hauling in Molina’s flyball for the final out of Atlanta’s 3-1 win Sunday.

Before coming up with his first career game-ending RBI in the postseason, Molina tied it at 4 with a two-out single in the eighth that went just off the top of the glove of a leaping Freeman.

“I thought it was going in there,” the 6-foot-5 Freeman said. “I just needed to be 6-7.”

On this day, there was no denying the nine-time All-Star in red.

Albies homered and drove in three runs for Atlanta, and Acuna Jr. had four hits. But the NL East champions went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, a continuing problem in the postseason over the past two years.

 

 

Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

Max Scherzer is 35. So is Ryan Zimmerman.

The Washington Nationals would not be headed to a win-or-go-home Game 5 in their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers without them.

“We’re a bunch of viejos. We’re old guys,” Scherzer joked. “Old guys can still do it.”

Sure can. And for a guy whose teams used to lose repeatedly in the postseason, Scherzer sure is delivering now.

Every time he’s pitched this October, the Nationals have won. His latest outing was a season-saving, seven-inning masterpiece that combined with Zimmerman’s three-run parabola of a homer to lift the wild-card Nationals to a 6-1 victory over league-best Los Angeles on Monday night, tying the best-of-five NLDS at two games apiece.

“I was just gassed. I was out,” said Scherzer, who threw 109 pitches. “I was empty in the tank.”

Scowling and muttering to himself as showers fell for part of his gritty performance, Scherzer allowed one run and four hits while striking out nine – and, most importantly for Washington, he prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4.

“He really gave it all he had,” said Anthony Rendon, who drove in three runs for Washington.

With fans who braved rain chanting, “Beat LA!” in the late going, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson combined to get the last six outs for Washington, which will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound against Walker Buehler on Wednesday night at Los Angeles.

“If I could bet, I’d bet on him,” Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton said about Strasburg. “He’s a very good pitcher. A polished pitcher. To have him healthy and ready to go in that situation only boosts our confidence.”

Whichever team advances to the NL Championship Series will face the Braves or Cardinals next. Their NLDS heads to a Game 5 at Atlanta on Wednesday.

Zimmerman showed what he still can do at the plate by taking a 97 mph pitch, the second thrown by reliever Pedro Baez, and turning it into a high-arching 400-foot-plus rainbow that descended onto the green batter’s eye in straightaway center field for a three-run shot that made it 5-1.

“Zim put a really good swing on it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

That was after Julio Urias, LA’s third pitcher and the one charged with the loss, began the fifth by serving up a line-drive single to Trea Turner, who finished with three hits. Rendon, who led the majors with 126 RBIs during the regular season but entered Monday with just one in the playoffs, delivered a run-scoring single that made it 2-1.

Rendon also brought home runs via sacrifice flies in the third and sixth.

That was plenty for Scherzer, who clenched his teeth while getting through his last inning after loading the bases by issuing a pair of walks with one out in the seventh. But he got out of that by striking out pinch-hitter Chris Taylor and getting Joc Pederson – whose liner on a first-pitch cut landed about an inch foul – to ground out.

Scherzer shook his arms and yelled as he stalked to the home dugout.

“You can’t say enough about his compete,” Roberts said. “He just sort of wills his way to getting outs.”

The Dodgers’ lone run came when Justin Turner connected for a no-doubt-about-it homer to left on Scherzer’s 10th pitch, a 95 mph fastball. But from there, facing an LA lineup stacked with a half-dozen lefty hitters, Scherzer displayed the sort of ornery dominance that helped him win three Cy Young Awards.

 

 

Rays pummel Greinke, Morton clutch vs Astros to win Game 3

Charlie Morton to the rescue, again.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays got another clutch playoff performance from Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1.

Facing the team he helped win the World Series two years ago, Morton allowed one run and three hits while striking out nine over five innings. The 35-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in four career elimination starts, including last week’s wild-card win at Oakland.

“It’s just what Charlie’s done all year,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s got that knack for doing some special things for us, and he did it again.”

Astros manager AJ Hinch announced after the game that Houston will start Justin Verlander on three days of rest in Game 4 of the best-of-five matchup at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. Tampa Bay will use Diego Castillo as an opener.

“He’s one of the best pitchers in the world. No more complicated than that,” Hinch said of Verlander. “He’s ready, and it’s his game.”

The series winner advances to the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, who finished a three-game sweep of Minnesota in the other ALDS on Monday night.

Kiermaier got the wild-card Rays going with his long home run in the second inning. Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe added solo shots off Greinke, who has never won at Tampa Bay, and Willy Adames added a solo drive against Wade Miley in the sixth.

Tampa Bay’s four home runs matched a franchise record for a postseason game. The Rays also went deep four times against the Boston Red Sox during the 2008 AL Championship Series and did it again during last week’s 5-1 wild-card victory against the Athletics.

“For us to put three runs on the board, that felt great. That was huge for us,” Kiermaier said. “After that, it’s just, `Hey, Charlie Morton, go do your thing, go do what you do.’ And he did just that.”

Jose Altuve homered for the Astros, who are one victory from their third straight appearance in the ALCS, and had two of Houston’s three hits off Morton. It was Altuve’s 10th career postseason home run, tied with Chase Utley for the most by a second baseman in major league history.

Morton, who won 29 games for Houston over two seasons before joining the Rays as a free agent last offseason, departed with an 8-1 lead. Four relievers finished the combined seven-hitter for the Rays, who have never been swept in a playoff series.

Now, they must avoid being “Verlandered” – a term coined by Cash after the series opener – in Game 4.

“He’s tough. We’ve got to enjoy what we accomplished today and certainly hope we can have better at-bats, production, get something going against him,” Cash said. “We’ll worry about that (Tuesday). Right now, the guys are pretty pumped about what they just did tonight.”

Verlander, who pitched seven scoreless innings to win Game 1, has only started on fewer than the standard four days of rest once. That was in the 2011 ALDS, when his first appearance was limited to one inning by rain.

“The thought process is five-game series are pretty crazy and we’ve got to win. Never know what can happen,” Verlander said. “You can’t put all your eggs in one basket and say if we lose tomorrow, we’ve got Justin and Gerrit (Cole) for Game 5. It’s a crazy game.”

The Astros won the first two games with a pair of dominating pitching performances from Verlander and Cole, who combined to limit the Rays to one unearned run and five hits with 23 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings. Houston’s other pitchers have allowed 12 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings, an ERA of 9.53.

 

 

Jay Gruden fired by Redskins after 0-5 start to 6th season

Jay Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance.

The Redskins have gone 35-49-1 overall under Gruden, whose brother, Jon, coaches the Oakland Raiders.

A person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press that offensive line coach Bill Callahan would replace Gruden on an interim basis. Callahan has coached the Raiders in the NFL and Nebraska in college football.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Callahan’s new role wasn’t immediately announced.

Owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen informed Gruden he was out early Monday morning, a day after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Allen was scheduled to make a rare appearance at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The statement announcing that Gruden would no longer be the head coach said: “Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility. Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”

After the home loss to New England, Gruden was asked if he knew where he stood with the Redskins.

“Nobody’s told me anything, and I don’t have a concern. I’ll just wait and see,” said Gruden, whose contract ran through next season. “(If) my key works on Monday, keep working.”

This season alone has seen star left tackle Trent Williams hold out, a shuffle at quarterback after Dwayne Haskins was taken No. 15 overall in the draft, a series of injuries up and down the roster – and, perhaps most upsetting to team leadership, increasingly large contingents of visiting fans attending games at Washington’s home stadium.

The Redskins rarely have even been competitive this season, ranking 30th out of 32 NFL clubs in both scoring, averaging 14.6 points, and defense, allowing 30.2 points per game. The only club that ranks worse than Washington in both categories – the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-4 and had a bye this week – will host the Redskins next Sunday.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar wrote on Instagram that he owes Gruden “for life” for helping him by switching him from wide receiver after college and added: “Sorry we couldn’t get the job done for you.”

Gruden initially was hired by Washington in the hopes that he could help Robert Griffin III develop into a star quarterback, but that forced partnership quickly soured.

And while Gruden had some success drawing up and calling creative plays for Washington’s offense, his area of expertise, he never seemed to get a feel for other aspects of the job.

 

49ers stay perfect, dominate Mayfield, Browns in 31-3 win

Richard Sherman has a strong message for anyone still doubting the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers.

“Don’t flip-flop,” Sherman said after the 49ers thumped the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday night. “If you said we weren’t going to make it, you said we were some way early on, stick with that position. Hold it. Don’t try to give us credit now. At least stick by your word because I want you to sound like an idiot at the end. We know what we have in the building.”

What the 49ers have is their best start since Joe Montana was throwing touchdowns to Jerry Rice.

But it wasn’t the passing game that carried San Francisco past Cleveland. A steady, pounding running game and a dominant defensive effort did the trick this time.

Matt Breida ran 83 yards for a touchdown on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage, Baker Mayfield was harassed into his worst game as a pro, and the 49ers stayed unbeaten for their best start in nearly 30 years.

Even then, there were some questioning San Francisco’s legitimacy.

“I feel like they’re going to say that all year about us,” said Breida, who had 114 yards on 11 carries. “I don’t think anyone expected us to be 4-0 this year, to be honest. Probably expected us to be 0-4. They can say whatever they want. All that matters is who’s in this locker room.”

Tevin Coleman added a 19-yard score as part of a dominant ground game on a day when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 181 yards and kicker Robbie Gould missed a pair of field goal attempts and had a third try blocked.

San Francisco (4-0) joined the 5-0 New England Patriots as the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. It’s the first time the 49ers have won their first four games since 1990.

“It’s a good start is really all it is,” Garoppolo said. “We have a good mindset in that locker room.”

The Browns (2-3) are headed the opposite direction after losing two of three, with fresh concerns about their young quarterback.

“You can’t have mistakes. You can’t have turnovers. You can’t have drops. You can’t have penalties,” Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said. “Offensively, that kind of summed us up. We just shot ourselves in the foot too many times.”

Mayfield had a horrible game. The No. 1 overall pick last year, Mayfiaeld completed 8 of 22 passes for a career-low 100 yards, had a 13.4 passer rating, threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and was sacked four times before being pulled in the fourth quarter.

It’s the first time in Mayfield’s 18 career starts that he failed to throw a touchdown pass.

“It was like one step forward, two back,” Mayfield said. “No rhythm for the offense to get into. And when we did, we just got down in the red zone and didn’t finish. The inconsistency is killing us right now.”

Things were rough all around for Mayfield.

San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa poked fun at the Browns quarterback after forcing Mayfield into a hurried incompletion in the second quarter. Bosa, the second overall draft pick, got up and pretended to wave a flag and plant it in the turf as the crowd roared. It was a clear shot at Mayfield, who planted an Oklahoma flag in the turf after leading the Sooners to win over Bosa and Ohio State in 2017.

“I think everybody knows what that was for,” Bosa said. “Just wanted to get payback. He had it coming.”

San Francisco forced four turnovers overall.

The 49ers were coming off a bye and had two weeks to prepare, while the Browns flew cross country.

It showed.

 

AP Source: Bills trade receiver Zay Jones to Raiders

Receiver Zay Jones is going from the end of the Buffalo Bills bench to landing a fresh start with the Raiders after being traded to Oakland, a person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

Buffalo acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2021 draft, according to the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced. ESPN.com first reported the deal.

The trade comes as both teams enter their bye weeks, and a day after Jones sat on the Bills bench for all but one snap in a 14-7 win at Tennessee.

Rookie Duke Williams took over Jones’ role as the No. 3 receiver and scored the decisive touchdown on a 7-yard catch in the fourth quarter a day after being promoted from the practice squad. Jones was upbeat following the game, and drew praise from Williams for providing him support before and during the game.

Jones’ benching came a week after he was faulted for not helping break up one of three interceptions thrown by Josh Allen in a 16-10 loss to New England. He also had a potential go-ahead touchdown glance off his fingertips in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Buffalo is 4-1, while Oakland improved to 3-2 following a 24-21 win over Chicago in a game played at London.

The Raiders, who are off until playing at Green Bay on Oct. 20, have an injury depleted group of receivers with starters Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson both sidelined.

In Buffalo, Jones was expendable on a team carrying seven receivers following Williams’ promotion.

Coach Sean McDermott provided no hint of the possibility of Jones being traded while speaking to reporters earlier in the day.

McDermott referred to Jones as someone who is continuing to develop.

“I think he’s still young in his career and he’ll continue to do a good job as he continues to focus on what he can control,” McDermott said. “I really appreciated the way he took a team-first approach yesterday.”

The third-year player struggled this season in attempting to carve a niche in a retooled group of receivers following Buffalo’s offseason additions of free agents John Brown and Cole Beasley.

Jones has just seven catches for 69 yards despite being targeted 18 times. That’s a significant drop-off for a player who led Buffalo with 56 catches, 652 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

The Bills drafted Jones with a second-round pick in 2017 out of East Carolina after he had an FBS-leading 158 catches and 1,746 yards.

He is the son of former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, who won two Super Bowls with Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s.

 

 

Agent: Raptors, Lowry agree on $31 million extension

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.

Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time about this, so the extension was not unexpected.

The star guard was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he’ll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what’s likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.

Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He’s been an All-Star the last five seasons. He averaged 14.2 points and a career-best 8.7 assists last season while helping Toronto win its first NBA title.

Lowry said last month that winning one championship has whetted his appetite for another.

“I’m motivated even more than ever now,” he said. “When you get a taste of it, you always want it.”

He has been gratified by the Raptors’ success.

“I’ve been through the ups and downs,” he said. “I was able to help bring a championship here, from the time when they were talking about tanking for certain players. I’m not saying I’m the sole reason but I feel like I have a big part of it.”

Lowry has been dealing with the aftereffects of offseason thumb surgery. It kept him from playing for USA Basketball at this summer’s World Cup, and he isn’t playing in the Raptors’ preseason games this week in Japan against Houston.

But at media day last month, Lowry suggested he’ll be ready for the regular season. The Raptors get their championship rings Oct. 22 before facing New Orleans in the opener.

“I’m going to slow-roll it and make sure I’m fully ready to go when it’s time to go,” Lowry said.

 

 

Caleb Huntley, Ryan Rimmler Earn MAC Player of the Week Accolades

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State running back Caleb Huntley and kicker Ryan Rimmler were honored by the Mid-American Conference Monday following their performances in Ball State’s 27-20 road win over Northern Illinois this past weekend. Huntley was named the MAC West Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week while Rimmler was tabbed the MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week.

Huntley, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, piled up a season-high 157 rushing yards to help the Cardinals knock off NIU for the first time since 2008. He scored twice including the go-ahead, 45-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals leaned on him heavily in the second half as he carried the ball a career-high 35 times, nine more than his previous personal best.

Rimmler set a personal high by hitting four field goals – 24, 25, 42 and 22 yards – on a wet and rainy day in DeKalb. His 42-yarder in the third quarter tied the game at 17-all. His final field goal gave Ball State a 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining. The Heidelberg, Germany, native is the first Cardinal to make at least four field goals in a game since Scott Secor tallied five field goals against Akron on Oct. 25, 2014.

The Cardinals (2-3, 1-0 MAC) are on the road again this Saturday, Oct. 12, at Eastern Michigan. Game time on ESPN+ is set for 2 p.m.

 

 

GIPSON SELECTED RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East goalkeeper Aaron Gipson kept a clean sheet in two games and was selected River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

The junior from La Quinta, Calif., did not allow a goal in his 152 minutes of action in goal. In an 8-1 win over Cincinnati Christian, he made one save in 62 minutes. In a 5-0 shutout of Brescia, Gipson had three saves in 90 minutes.

The pair of RSC wins moved the Red Wolves to 8-4 overall, 3-1 RSC and improved the home win streak to 10 in a row. IU East hosts Asbury (Ky.) on Saturday.

 

 

VAZQUEZ PICKS UP RSC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East freshman Robert Vazquez is the River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

The Norwalk, Ohio, native led all RSC runners at the Greater Louisville Classic over the weekend. He had the third-fastest 8,000-meter time in program history running the race in 26 minutes, 53 seconds. That put him in 160th place out of 510 runners.

The Red Wolves will be at the Wilmington College Jenna Strong Invitational on Oct. 11.

 

 

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio RB O’Shaan Allison

Ohio junior running back O’Shaan Allison (Norristown, Pa.) scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his collegiate career in a 21-20 overtime win at Buffalo on Saturday at UB Stadium. Allison scored a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Bobcats even the score at 14-14, then he scored from five yards out in overtime to tie the contest at 20-20 and give Ohio the opportunity to convert the game-winning extra point. Allison accounted for a career-high 96 of Ohio’s 186 rushing yards in the victory. The Bobcats handed him the ball on all five plays of their overtime possession, and he delivered with 25 yards and the game-tying score.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Buffalo DE Taylor Riggins

Buffalo junior defensive end Taylor Riggins (Rochester, N.Y.) tied a career high with two sacks and five tackles in a 21-20 overtime loss to Ohio. Riggins also recovered a fumble forced by teammate Malcolm Koonce and the Bulls scored on a 34-yard touchdown the very next play.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State P Derek Adams

Kent State junior punter Derek Adams (Manheim, Pa.) punted six times and averaged over 47 yards per kick in a 48-0 loss at No. 8 ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. Adams was extremely consistent with a long punt of 51 yards and one inside the 20-yard line. The six punts resulted in just 20 return yards.

West Division

Co-Offensive Player of the Week:  Ball State RB Caleb Huntley

Ball State junior running back Caleb Huntley (Atlanta, Ga.) piled up a season-high 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 win at Northern Illinois on Saturday.  The 157 yards rushing were only two yards shy of his career-high and he carried the ball a career-high 35 times.  Huntley scored the go-ahead 45-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. 

Co-Offensive Player of the Week:  Central Michigan RB Jonathan Ward

Central Michigan senior running back Jonathan Ward had 205 all-purpose yards in a 42-16 win over Eastern Michigan. Ward had 132 yards rushing on 12 carries, an average of 11.0 ypc, and scored a pair of touchdowns, including a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 86-yard score in the third quarter. The 86-yard touchdown is the longest by a MAC player this year and the seventh-longest in FBS play. Ward also had 3 catches for 73 yards, highlighted by a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Toledo LB Saeed Holt

Toledo sophomore linebacker Saeed Holt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied a career-high with 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 31-24 win over Western Michigan. Holt made two big plays at the end of the contest. With Western Michigan at the Toledo 12-yard line with just over two minutes to play, Holt sacked quarterback Jon Wassink for a 12-yard loss, setting up a fourth-and-24 situation. Wassink scrambled on the next play and was tackled two yards shy of the first down by Holt with 1:44 left.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ball State K Ryan Rimmler

Ball State senior kicker Ryan Rimmler (Heidelberg, Germany) set a career-high with four field goals – 24, 25, 42 and 22 yards – on a wet and rainy day in a 27-20 win at Northern Illinois on Saturday. His 42-yarder in the third quarter tied the game at 17-17. Rimmler is the first Cardinal to make at least four field goals in a game since Scott Secor tallied five field goals against Akron on Oct. 25, 2014.

 

 

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Jr., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem

  • Matched a single-game school record with five total touchdowns, becoming the first Badger to reach that mark since Melvin Gordon in 2014 and the first Big Ten standout with five touchdowns since Saquon Barkley in 2016
  • Carried the ball 19 times for 186 yards and four rushing touchdowns, moving into third place on Wisconsin’s all-time rushing list with 4,916 career yards
  • Added three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown
  • Earns his seventh career Offensive Player of the Week award and third of the season
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Sept. 23, 2019)

Defensive Player of the Week
Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
So., DL, Plymouth, Mich./Divine Child

  • Recorded six tackles, one sack and a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss in the Wolverines’ victory against Iowa
  • Added a forced fumble and a pass break-up
  • Anchored a defense that allowed just one rushing yard and recorded eight sacks
  • Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Chase Winovich (Oct. 1, 2018)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Javon Leake, Maryland
Jr., RB, Greensboro, N.C./Page

  • Took the opening kickoff of the second half back for a 100-yard touchdown in Maryland’s win at Rutgers, recording his second career kickoff return touchdown
  • Recorded Maryland’s longest kickoff return touchdown since Ty Johnson went 100 yards at Ohio State in 2017
  • Also rushed for 65 yards on just five carries and scored two rushing touchdowns
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season
  • Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Javon Leake (Oct. 29, 2018)

Freshman of the Week
Wan’Dale Robinson, Nebraska
WR, Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills

  • Tied his career-high with seven receptions for a career-high 123 yards against Northwestern, including a career-long 49-yard reception in the third quarter
  • Added a 32-yard reception in the final minute to set up Nebraska’s game-winning field goal
  • Opened the scoring with a career-long 42-yard run for a touchdown on his way to a game-high 186 all-purpose yards
  • Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Wan’Dale Robinson (Sept. 23, 2019)

 

 

 

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

  • Conference action continues this week, with six Big Ten contests highlighted by a pair of divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Saturday at noon ET when Michigan travels to Illinois, Indiana welcomes Rutgers and Purdue plays host to Maryland. • Four Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season as Ohio State is 6-0, while Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin are 5-0. The Buckeyes are 6-0 for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in the last eight years, while the Nittany Lions and Badgers are both 5-0 for the first time since 2017. The Gophers have opened the season with five victories for the first time since 2004. • The Big Ten currently features three programs that rank among the top five nationally in scoring margin. Ohio State leads the nation and the conference, outscoring its opponents by an average of 40.5 points per contest. Wisconsin follows in second nationally at +37.6 points per game, while Penn State is fourth at +31.5 points per contest. • Ohio State and Penn State currently rank among the top five nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Buckeyes rank fourth in both scoring offense and scoring defense, scoring 49.3 points per game and allowing 8.8. The Nittany Lions are fifth in scoring offense (47.0 points per game) and second in scoring defense (7.4). • Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor scored five touchdowns in just over a half in the Badgers’ 48-0 win against Kent State. He tied the Wisconsin single-game record for touchdowns and became the first Badger to reach that mark since Melvin Gordon in 2014. With 186 rushing yards, Taylor passed Gordon for third place on the school’s all-time rushing list with 4,916 career rushing yards. Taylor also passed Montee Ball with his 27th 100-yard game, which is the second-most in school history. • Taylor has accounted for 16 touchdowns this season, the most by an FBS player through five games since Ricky Williams had 20 in the first five games of his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1998. • Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields threw for a pair of scores and rushed for another in the victory against Michigan State. The sophomore has accounted for 26 touchdowns on the year and is the only Big Ten standout to run and throw for a touchdown in six straight games in at least the last 20 seasons. • Maryland running back Javon Leake took the opening kickoff of the second half back for a 100-yard touchdown at Rutgers, recording his second career kickoff return touchdown. Leake also carried the ball five times for 65 yards in the contest, including two rushing touchdowns. • Ohio State extended its winning streak to 12 games while also becoming the first Big Ten school to secure a bowl berth this season. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history, and the full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on page three.

LAST WEEK:

MARYLAND 48, RUTGERS 7

MICHIGAN 10, IOWA 3

PENN STATE 35, PURDUE 7

WISCONSIN 48, Kent State 0

MINNESOTA 40, ILLINOIS 17

NEBRASKA 13, NORTHWESTERN 10

OHIO STATE 34, MICHIGAN STATE 7

BYE: INDIANA

THIS WEEK:

SATURDAY, OCT. 12

MICHIGAN at ILLINOIS

Noon | ABC

RUTGERS at INDIANA (HC)

Noon | BTN

MARYLAND at PURDUE (HC)

Noon | BTN

MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN (HC)

3:30 p.m. | BTN

PENN STATE at IOWA

7:30 p.m. | ABC

NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA

7:30 p.m. | FS1

BYE: NORTHWESTERN, OHIO STATE

 

 

THIS WEEK IN MAC FOOTBALL

MAC WEEKLY NOTES • Central Michigan running back Jonathan Ward posted 205 all-purpose yards and accounted for three touchdowns in leading the Chippewas to a convincing 42-16 win over Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas used big plays in rolling up season-highs with 308 yards rushing and 587 yards of total offense. Ward totaled 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while adding three catches for 73 yards and one score. Ward posted an 86-yard touchdown run and a 64-yard receiving touchdown, while running back Kobe Lewis added a 28-yard touchdown run and wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton had an 80-yard scoring strike from quarterback David Moore. The Chippewas built a 21-3 halftime lead and increased it to 28-3 midway through the third quarter. • Ball State running back Caleb Huntley had a career-high 35 carries for a seasonhigh 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns in leading a 27-20 win at Northern Illinois and winning the ‘Bronze Stalk Trophy’ for the first time since 2008. The Cardinals outscored the Huskies 24-3 in the second half, including 21 unanswered points, despite not completing a single pass in the second half. Ball State forced three second half turnovers and kicker Ryan Rimmler converted a career-high four field goals — from 24, 25, 42 and 22 yards. • Toledo running back Bryant Koback rushed for 177 yards on 21 carries as the Rockets rushed for 275 yards as a team and defeated Western Michigan, 31-24, to improve to 4-1 overall on the season. Toledo quarterback Mitchell Guadagni completed 14-22 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Bryce Mitchell had four receptions for a career-high 119 yards receiving. Toledo honored the 50th anniversary of the 1969 MAC Championship team that went 11-0 that season. That team was the first of three straight undefeated Rocket teams that went 35-0 from 1969 through 1971 seasons. The Rockets also wore vintage throwback uniforms from the 1969 season in their honor. • Ohio running back O’Shaan Allison rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Bobcats to a 21-20 overtime win at Buffalo. Trailing 20-14 in overtime, Allison carried the ball on all five plays of their overtime possession and scored on a five-yard touchdown run and kicker Louis Zervos nailed the extra point for the Bobcats overtime victory.

BOWLING GREEN AND TOLEDO BATTLE FOR I-75 TROPHY

One of the MAC’s greatest rivalries continues this Saturday, Oct. 12 at Noon ET as Toledo will travel to Bowling Green in the ‘Battle of I-75’ Trophy on CBS Sports Network. Separated by only 25 miles, this will be the 84th meeting between Bowling Green (1-4, 0-1) and Toledo (4-1, 1-0). The series dates back to 1919 and Toledo has won the last nine consecutive meetings and leads the series 40-39-4. The ‘Battle For I-75’ Trophy was created in 2011 and replaced the Peace Pipe Trophy.

AKRON & KENT STATE BATTLE FOR ‘WAGON WHEEL’ TROPHY The battle for the ‘Wagon Wheel’ is set for Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3) between Akron (05, 0-1) and Kent State (2-3, 1-0) at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio. This will be the 62nd meeting which began in 1923, and Akron leads 35-24-2. The two campuses are only 12 miles apart. Legendary stories abound as to the roots of the Wagon Wheel. The foremost is the one that includes John R. Buchtel, the founder of Buchtel College, which eventually became the University of Akron. It was said that Buchtel in the spring of 1870, began a horse wagon search for a site for a proposed college around Kent. Legend has it that Buchtel’s wagon became stuck in a pool of mud somewhere on the present site of Kent State University. The wheel remained embedded in the ground and was just a piece of wood when it was found in 1902. The wheel was eventually in the possession of Dr. Raymond Manchester, who was the dean of men at Kent State in the 1940s. He suggested the wheel as a reward to the winner of the Kent State-Akron game in 1946. Manchester had the wheel painted in the school colors (of both schools) blue and gold.

Week 7 features a swing into league play this Saturday, Oct. 12th with five MAC games — including two rivalry contests featuring Bowling Green vs. Toledo and Akron vs. Kent State — and one final regular season non-conference contest with independent New Mexico State at Central Michigan at 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3). • ‘The Battle of I-75 Trophy’ will feature Toledo at Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network. This will mark the 84th meeting between these rivals as the series dates back to 1919. Toledo leads the series by the narrowest of margins 40-39-4. • Another MAC rivalry squares off as Kent State will travel to Akron for the ‘Battle of the Wagon Wheel’ on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3). Only 12 miles separate both campuses and this will be the 62nd meeting between Akron and Kent State. Akron leads the series 35-24-2. The ‘Wagon Wheel’ era began in 1946, however the series dates back to 1923. • Last week a total of 15 points separated three league games to once again reinforce how close MAC programs are throughout the Conference from top to bottom. Ohio overcame Buffalo with a 21-20 overtime win on the road. Toledo topped Western Michigan, 31-24, as the Rockets halted the Broncos at the Toledo 12-yard line with two minutes left in regulation. Ball State came from behind with 21 unanswered points to earn a 27-20 win at Northern Illinois.

This Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, October 12

*Miami at Western Michigan, Noon ET (ESPNU)

*Toledo at Bowling Green, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

*Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

New Mexico State at Central Michigan, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Kent State at Akron, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

*NIU at Ohio, 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT (ESPN+)

Bye: Buffalo

Next Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, October 19

*Kent State at Ohio, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

*Central Michigan at Bowling Green, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Toledo at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

*NIU at Miami, 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT (ESPN+)

*Buffalo at Akron, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Last Week’s MAC Games

*Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 16

*Ball State 27, NIU 20

*Ohio 21, Buffalo 20 (OT)

*Toledo 31, Western Michigan 24

No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0

No. 9 Notre Dame 52, Bowling Green 0

Bye: Akron, Miami

*Mid-American Conference contest

 

 

HCAC Volleyball Notebook

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Abby Sewell (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Middle Blocker | Junior – Sewell reached double figures in kills in all three matches last week, leading the Grizzlies to three straight wins. She hit .442 and averaged 3.33 kills per set and set a season-high with 16 kills in a pivotal conference win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. Sewell added 13 kills and hit .550 in a sweep of Ancilla Wednesday night.

Defensive:

Katryna Dahlberg (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dahlberg shattered Rose-Hulman’s school record for digs in a match by eight, recording 54 digs in a five-set win over Eureka. She topped the previous school record of 46 set in 2014 in the performance. The effort helped Rose-Hulman finish a perfect 2-0 on the week, with a three-set win over Manchester (17 digs for Dahlberg) and a five-set win over Eureka (54 digs for Dahlberg).

Notable Performances:

  • Remi Bower(Deshler, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Bower pounded a match-high 21 kills in Bluffton’s four-set loss at Earlham on Saturday. That came on the heels of a 14-kill, .522 hitting percentage in a Wednesday night sweep of Wilmington.
  • Mackenzie Benham(Marshall, Mich.) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Benham was a key component in the Yellow Jackets offense in a thrilling five-set match with Hanover on Saturday. The sophomore tallied a match-high 19 kills for a .127 attacking percentage. Her 19 kills matched her career high set earlier this season. Not only did Benham contribute on the attack, the Marshall, Mich. native recorded 22 digs and one ace in the performance.
  • Morgan Porter(Defiance, Ohio) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Porter continued her impressive season on Saturday as Defiance battled Hanover to a tightly contested five-set match. The junior broke her career high digs mark in the HCAC contest with a staggering 44 digs. Porter also contributed six assists and one ace in the affair while tallying a game-high 8.80 digs/set. Currently, the Defiance native ranks second in the HCAC with 6.10 digs per set and 433 total digs. As of October 2, Porter found her name in the top 25 for digs and digs/set across NCAA Division III.
  • Abbey Zanatta(Burlington, Ontario, Canada) Earlham College | Right Side | Sophomore – Zanatta logged 25 kills over nine sets (2.78 per set) with seven total blocks (0.78 per set) while leading Earlham volleyball to a pair of wins last week. Zanatta logged eight kills with three block assists in the Quakers’ five-set victory over crosstown rival I.U.-East, and also charted four digs and one set assists. In Earlham’s HCAC opener against Bluffton, Zanatta recorded a team-high 17 kills on 46 swings (.239 attack percentage) in a four-set victory over the Beavers, along with three digs and four block assists. With the victories, Earlham improved to 13-5 overall, 1-0 HCAC.
  • Allison Thompson(Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Thompson helped Franklin to a 3-0 week with 79 digs in wins over Ancilla, Mount St. Joseph and Mount Vernon Nazarene. She came up one shy of meeting her single-game high in digs when she had 31 against Mount St. Joseph on Saturday and finished with three service aces during the week.
  • Adrianne Vance(Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Freshman – Vance posted a career weekend as the freshman helped guide the Panthers to a perfect 2-0 overall week with wins over St. Mary-Woods (3-0) and Defiance (3-2). The freshman tallied a career-high 17 kills, hitting .213 against Defiance to lead a come from behind five set rally. She also added seven digs and a block. In the contest with St. Mary-Woods, she posted 12 kills hitting .500 on the contest. She finished the week with 29 kills and a .278 hitting percentage.
  • Ally Williams(Fountaintown, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – William’s defensive efforts helped lead the Panthers to a 2-0 overall week as the senior had a team-high 55 digs averaging 6.88 digs per set. The Blue and Red defeated St. Mary-Woods (3-0) and took down Defiance (3-2) to open HCAC action 1-0 overall. In the contest with the Yellow Jackets, the senior had a game and season-high 40 digs. She currently ranks among the league’s best in digs per set (5.48) and total digs (356).
  • Kara Heckmuller(Cincinnati, Ohio) Manchester University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Heckmuller finished with 32 kills across MU’s three matches last week. Heckmuller finished with 12 kills against both Huntington and Rose-Hulman. She nearly posted a double-double in Manchester’s straight set win over Eureka on Saturday, posting eight kills and 10 digs against that Red Devils.
  • Anna Marie Lawrie(Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Lawrie tallied 44 digs in Manchester’s three matches this week. Lawrie posted a 4.89 digs per set average and added eight service aces for the Spartans.
  • Elizabeth Canon(Moraga, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | Freshman – Elizabeth had 28 kills in two matches as Rose-Hulman defeated Manchester in three sets and Eureka in five sets on Saturday. Canon had a career-high 20 kills in the five-set win over Eureka, hitting .216 in the match. She had eight kills in the win over Manchester.
  • Hannah Talkers(Villa Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Setter | Senior – The senior setter had another stellar all-around week to lead the No. 23 Pioneers to a 2-0 week, including a three-set sweep win in their opening match of HCAC play on Saturday, a 25-8, 25-15, 25-6 win over Anderson. In the win vs. Anderson, Talkers posted a match-high 32 assists while adding six digs, one kill, and one ace. Talkers’ performance followed a virtuoso 44-assist performance in a four-set win at Spalding. The senior also posted eight digs, four kills, and an ace in the win. In two matches (seven total sets), Talkers had 76 assists for the week.
  • Sylvie Miller(Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Freshman – The freshman libero posted 32 digs over seven sets in a 2-0 week for the Pioneers, capped off by a three-set win over the Anderson Ravens to open up HCAC play on Saturday. Miller’s week was highlighted by the 25-8, 25-15, 25-6 win over Anderson in which the freshman posted a match-high 17 digs. Miller also registered a career-high six service aces in the win as the Pioneers tallied a season-high 13 team aces. Miller added three assists in the win. Miller keyed a defensive effort that resulted in Anderson posting 21 errors in three sets. The freshman had a notable third set in which the Pioneers reeled off 17 straight points with Miller holding serve in the process. During the 17-point run which led to the 25-6 third-set final, Miller racked up three of her six aces in the process. In a Wednesday win against Spalding, Miller had 15 digs and three assists as the Pioneers closed out Spalding with consecutive 25-13 scores in their final two sets.

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

MGOLF: Buckeyes Finish First Day 0-1-1 at Jack Nicklaus Invitational

Ohio State fell in the morning foursome matches but gave Clemson a run late to tie the fourball matches in the afternoon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State closed out the first day of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational with a loss to Clemson in the opening foursome matches and a tie in the afternoon fourball matches to go 0-1-1 and earn a spot to play in the third-place match tomorrow at Muirfield Village.

Felix Kvarnstrom and Grant Engle got off to a slow start in their foursome match, or alternate shot. The pair was down by three, just three holes into the match before they made a push to get it back to even through eight. The Clemson players managed to edge them on the next hole and held onto a two up advantage to win the match.

Jackson Chandler and Patrick Schmucking put pressure on their Clemson counterparts early, pushing their lead to three after five holes and holding that through the front nine. On the back, they lost some momentum and the Tigers slowly chipped away the lead to close out the match all square.

The final pairing of JonErik Alford and Kevin Stone won the first hole, but only won one more during the match that ended with them four-down and gave Clemson the victory.

In the afternoon, the format switched to fourball, allowing for each player in the pair to play their own ball and take the better score on the team for each hole. The afternoon matches proved very exciting, featuring great shots and two matches being decided on the 18th green.

Kvarnstrom and Engle led the way for Ohio State again and battled the Clemson twosome for the whole round. The match was the epitome of back and forth as it featured five lead changes through 16 holes. Clemson took a one-up lead after three when Ohio State won holes five and six to go out in front. The advantage changed teams after nine and would stay tied or in the Tigers favor through 15 holes. With just three holes to play, Kvarnstrom and Engle slammed the door, rolling in impressive putts to win 16 and 17 and take the match, two and one.

Chandler and Schmucking played well in their second match, making clutch shots and long putts to earn their second tie of the day. The match was all square through four before Clemson started to build their lead that would grow to three as late as the 13th hole. Starting on 14, the Buckeyes started to take charge, birdieing 14 and 16 to cut the deficit to one. Chandler stepped up big in the closing holes, knocking a close approach shot on 17 and draining a 20-foot putt to match the Clemson birdie and move on to 18. On the final hole, Chandler again hit it close from the fairway and rolled in the putt to tie the match and earn the half point.

Alford and Stone showed solid effort in their final match of the day. The pair tied the match three different times, going up by one on hole 10 but could not sustain the lead. The two battled to keep the match alive through the 18th hole but would eventually fall two-down.

 

 

Boilermakers Surge Into Lead at Erin Hills

ERIN, Wis. – The Purdue men’s golf team pieced together its best round of the season to move up eight places and into first place after 36 holes at the Marquette Intercollegiate.

Purdue shot a season-best score of 10-under par 278 to jump from ninth to first with a 36-hole score of 3-over par 579 (301-278). The Boilermakers shaved 23 strokes off their first-round score, posting the 13th-best, 18-hole score in relation to par in school history. The 278 was tied for the 20th-best round in Purdue history.

However, Purdue holds just a tenuous one-shot lead over UCLA (292-288=580) and a two-stroke lead over Indiana (300-281=581). Northwestern (+6), UC Davis (+6), South Florida (+7) and Marquette (+10) are also within striking distance.

Purdue turned in the round of the day by three shots, mostly by avoiding the big score. One day after the Purdue counting team recorded six double-bogeys, the Boilermakers had zero double-bogeys or worse in round two and recorded 19 birdies against just nine bogeys.

There were nine rounds in the 60s in round two, with three of them coming from Purdue players.

Sophomore Andrew Farraye and junior Cole Bradley are tied for sixth at 1-under par 143. Farraye recorded his third straight round of even-par or better with a second-round 71 to sit at 1-under par 143 (72-71). Bradley fired a season-best 69 in the second round for his 143 (74-69).

Joe Weiler is tied for 12th at 1-over par 145 (76-69), while Jason Hong moved up 22 spots into T-46th at 8-over par 152 (83-69).

Nick Dentino is tied for 51st at 9-over par 153 (79-74). Playing as an individual, Peyton Snoeberger is tied for 53rd at 10-over par 154 (78-76).

Purdue will tee off in the final round at 10:40 a.m. ET, off hole No. 1, and will be paired with Indiana and UCLA.

 

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
5 0 0 1.000 0.0 155 34 2-0-0 3-0-0 4-0-0 3-0-0 5 W
4 1 0 .800 1.0 90 70 1-1-0 3-0-0 3-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
0 4 0 .000 4.5 26 163 0-3-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-1-0 4 L
0 4 0 .000 4.5 39 101 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 4 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 148 113 1-1-0 3-0-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 103 123 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
2 3 0 .400 2.0 103 94 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 3.0 90 106 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 1 W
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 161 123 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 92 122 0-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 2.0 99 114 1-2-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
0 5 0 .000 3.0 80 136 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 5 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 131 110 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
3 2 0 .600 0.0 113 115 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 1 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 111 118 1-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
2 3 0 .400 1.0 98 76 0-2-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 0-2-0 1 L
National Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 131 90 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 2-0-0 2 L
3 2 0 .600 0.0 141 111 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 97 125 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
0 5 0 .000 3.0 73 151 0-3-0 0-2-0 0-4-0 0-3-0 5 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 0 0 1.000 0.0 127 57 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 4 W
4 1 0 .800 0.5 133 118 2-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 2 W
3 2 0 .600 1.5 146 134 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
1 3 1 .300 3.0 100 138 0-2-1 1-1-0 0-2-1 0-1-0 1 W
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 119 93 2-1-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 2-0-0 1 W
2 1 1 .625 1.0 97 95 1-1-0 1-0-1 1-0-1 0-0-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 87 69 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 112 73 2-0-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 115 116 3-0-0 1-1-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 3 W
3 2 0 .600 1.0 129 107 1-2-0 2-0-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 3 W
2 3 0 .400 2.0 147 148 0-2-0 2-1-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 3.0 102 152 1-1-0 0-3-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 3 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Carolina Hurricanes 3 3 0 0 6 2 11 8 2-0-0 1-0-0 3-0-0
Buffalo Sabres 3 2 0 1 5 2 13 7 1-0-0 1-0-1 2-0-1
Washington Capitals 3 2 0 1 5 2 7 6 0-0-1 2-0-0 2-0-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 2 1 1 5 2 16 13 1-1-1 1-0-0 2-1-1
New York Rangers 2 2 0 0 4 2 10 5 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
Detroit Red Wings 2 2 0 0 4 2 9 6 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
Boston Bruins 2 2 0 0 4 2 3 1 2-0-0 2-0-0
Montreal Canadiens 2 1 0 1 3 0 9 9 1-0-1 1-0-1

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 1 1 1 3 1 11 10 1-0-0 0-1-1 1-1-1
10 Philadelphia Flyers 1 1 0 0 2 1 4 3 1-0-0 1-0-0
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 1 1 0 2 1 8 5 1-1-0 1-1-0
12 New York Islanders 2 1 1 0 2 1 5 3 1-1-0 1-1-0
13 Florida Panthers 2 1 1 0 2 1 6 8 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 1 2 0 2 1 7 14 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0
15 New Jersey Devils 2 0 1 1 1 0 6 12 0-0-1 0-1-0 0-1-1
16 Ottawa Senators 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 3 2 0 1 5 2 8 7 1-0-1 1-0-0 2-0-1
Anaheim Ducks 2 2 0 0 4 2 5 2 2-0-0 2-0-0
Vegas Golden Knights 2 2 0 0 4 2 9 2 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
Colorado Avalanche 2 2 0 0 4 2 9 5 2-0-0 2-0-0
Edmonton Oilers 2 2 0 0 4 2 9 7 2-0-0 2-0-0
Nashville Predators 2 1 1 0 2 1 8 7 1-1-0 1-1-0
Calgary Flames 2 1 1 0 2 1 6 5 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0
Winnipeg Jets 3 1 2 0 2 0 10 14 1-2-0 1-2-0

Chicago Blackhawks 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 0-1-0 0-1-0
10 Los Angeles Kings 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 0-1-0 0-1-0
11 Arizona Coyotes 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
12 Vancouver Canucks 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0-2-0 0-2-0
13 Minnesota Wild 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 0-2-0 0-2-0
14 Dallas Stars 3 0 3 0 0 0 6 9 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-3-0
15 San Jose Sharks 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 12 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-3-0

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       Jimmy Barrett becomes the first major leaguer to play 162 games in a season, 57 years before the schedule expands from 154 contests to 162. The Tigers outfielder accomplished the unusual feat because Detroit played in ten tie games during the season.

1908       In a make-up contest necessitated by Fred Merkle’s baserunning blunder on September 23, Three Finger Brown outduels Christy Mathewson, 4-2, as the Cubs win the National League pennant by one game over the Giants in one of the most dramatic pennant races of all time.

1915       The Phillies take Game 1 of the World Series when Pete Alexander throws a complete game, beating the Red Sox at the Baker Bowl, 3-1. Unfortunately for the franchise, the triumph will be the team’s last victory in the Fall Classic for 65 years.

1922       Behind Art Nehf’s complete game five-hitter, the Giants repeat as World Champions, sweeping the Yankees in five games, including one tie. George Kelly’s RBI single fuels the comeback 5-3 victory during the three-run eighth inning at the Polo Grounds.

1927       In the bottom of the ninth of Game 4, Pirates right-hander Johnny Miljus loads the bases with no out, but gets Lou Gehrig to strike out swinging and strikes out Bob Meusel looking. The 32 year-old Pittsburgh hurler, facing Tony Lazzeri with two outs and a 0-1 count, throws a wild pitch, and Earle Combs races home with the winning run to give the Yankees the Fall Classic sweep of the Bucs and the team’s second world championship.

1929       In front of 50,000 fans at Wrigley Field, surprise starter Howard Ehmke establishes a new World Series record, striking out 13 Cubs en route to a 3-1 A’s victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The mark will last for 34 years until Dodger hurler Carl Erskine fans 14 Yankees in 1953.

1939       In the top of the tenth, Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio scores all the way from first base when Reds’ catcher Ernie Lombardi lies in a daze at home plate after being run over by ‘King Kong’ Charlie Keller. The Bronx Bombers score three runs thanks to ‘Lombardi’s Swoon’ and will go on to win the game, 7-4, to complete the World Series sweep and become the first club to win four consecutive Fall Classics.

1940       With the Reds’ 2-1 victory over the Tigers in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, Bill McKechnie becomes the first manager to win a World Series with two different teams. The ‘Deacon’ also piloted the Pirates to a World Championship, beating Washington in seven games in the 1925 Fall Classic.

1948       Facing only thirty batters, Indians’ rookie hurler Gene Bearden five-hits the Braves for a 2-0 victory in front of 70,000 fans in Cleveland. The Tribe takes a 2-1 World Series game lead.

1953       Birmingham bans Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing in the city. After Robinson gives in and drops the white players from the team, city officials allow the team to play.

1956       Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game in World Series history, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. The 27 year-old right-hander, who had a poor start in Game 2 because of a lack of control, throws only 97 pitches, striking out pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell looking for the final out.

1957       Club President Walter O’Malley makes it official, announcing the Dodgers will play in Los Angeles next season. The club’s departure from Brooklyn corresponds with the massive social shift taking place in the borough that finds many of its former residents leaving for the suburbs of Long Island.

1959       In Game 6, the Dodgers defeat the ‘Go-Go Sox,’ 9-3, to win the World Series. Chicago’s speed and quickness weren’t enough to overcome Los Angeles’ hitting and pitching.

1961       In Game 4 at Crosley Field, Whitey Ford blanks the Reds for five innings to extend his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 32, breaking Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth’s previous record of 29 2/3 innings. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer provide the offense, driving in two runs each in the Yankee 6-0 victory.

1962       In Game 4 of the World Series, Chuck Hiller’s seventh-inning grand slam off Marshall Bridges proves to be the difference in the Giants’ 7-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The infielder’s bases-loaded homer, the first by a National Leaguer in the history of the Fall Classic, helps to even the series at two games apiece.

1966       The Orioles managed only three hits off Claude Osteen, but Paul Blair’s fifth-inning 430-foot home run proves to be the difference as Baltimore beats the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series, 1-0. Wally Bunker throws a six-hitter to get the victory in the first Fall Classic game ever played in Baltimore.

1967       Boston’s Ken Brett becomes the youngest player ever to pitch in the World Series when he appears in relief against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the Fall Classic. The 19 year-old Red Sox rookie southpaw, the older brother of future Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, tosses a scoreless eighth inning, yielding a walk in the team’s 6-0 loss at Busch Stadium.

1972       After being drilled by a pitch in Game 2 of the ALCS, Bert Campaneris, 3-for-3 on the day, hurls his bat at Tiger pitcher Lerrin LaGrow, resulting with both players ejected from the game. In addition to being fined $500, the A’s shortstop is suspended for the rest of this series and five games to start next season, but will be permitted to play in the World Series.

1973       The Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Reds in Game 3 of the NLCS will best be remembered for the Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson brawl started when the New York feisty shortstop takes exception to ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ hard slide at second base to break up a double play. After the fight, the Mets, fearing a forfeit due to their fans’ rowdy behavior, send an emissary, consisting of Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Cleon Jones, Tom Seaver, and Rusty Staub, out to left field to quell the crowd’s unrest.

1977       In Game 4 of the NLCS played at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Dodger hurler Tommy John goes the distance and beats Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 4-1. The LA southpaw considers this pennant-clinching performance the best game he has ever pitched in the major leagues.

1983       In front of 64,494 fans at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win the NLCS behind the pitching of Steve Carlton and the power of Gary Matthews’ three-run homer, 7-2. Philadelphia will take on the Orioles in the Fall Classic, which becomes known as the I-95 World Series.

1986       Mike Scott tosses a five-hitter and ties a playoff record with 14 strikeouts, beating the frustrated Mets, who accuse the Astros’ right-hander of scuffing the ball in their 1-0 defeat in Game 1 of NLCS. A Glenn Davis home run in the second inning off Dwight Gooden accounts the lone run in the Astrodome contest.

1995       Thanks to a two-run double off Jack McDowell by Edgar Martinez, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game deficit to win a five-game series when they dramatically come-from-behind to beat the Yankees in 11 innings, 6-5.

1995       In the Mariners’ dramatic come-from-behind Game 5 extra-inning victory to beat the Yankees and win the ALDS, Ken Griffey Jr. ties a major league record when he hits his fifth home run in the postseason series, an eighth-inning round-tripper off David Cone. Reggie Jackson established the mark in 1977, going deep five times in the World Series against the Dodgers.

2000       At Shea Stadium, the Mets blank the Giants, 4-0, to win the NLDS in four games. Bobby Jones, who was sent to the minors earlier in the season to work on his mechanics, retires the side in order eight of the nine innings, allowing only a fifth-inning double to Jeff Kent. It is only the sixth complete-game one-hitter in postseason history.

2002       The Tigers select their former All-Star shortstop Alan Trammell (1977-1996) to manage the faltering franchise. The California native had been a coach with the Padres for the last three seasons.

2006       In the inaugural season in their new ballpark, the Cardinals beat the Padres 6-2 at Busch Stadium to take the NLDS playoff three games to one. The Redbirds advance to the championship series for the third consecutive season when Chris Carpenter gets the win, earning his second victory in the best-of-five series.

2007       With a 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Indians advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1995. The Tribe’s win ends the Bronx Bombers’ season and begins speculation of the impending firing of New York skipper Joe Torre, who was chastised in the press yesterday by owner George Steinbrenner for the team’s first-round woes.

2007       A 6-4 defeat to the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at the Stadium proves to be Joe Torre’s final game with the Yankees. The veteran skipper, who during his 12-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers saw the team win 1,173 games and make the postseason every year, will later reject a $5 million, one-year contract to return as manager, a deal many believe to be structured to oust the popular pilot without upsetting the fans.

2008       The Cubs exercise Rich Harden’s $7 million option for next year, the day after tests reveal the 26 year-old hurler has a sound pitching shoulder. The hard-throwing right-hander, obtained from the A’s in a July deal, compiled a combined record of 10-2, posting a 2.07 ERA in 25 starts for his two teams.

2009       A ninth-inning error by left fielder Matt Holliday with the bases empty and two-out leads to the Dodgers’ stunning 3-2 walk-off victory and gives LA a commanding 2-0 game advantage in the NLDS. After the crucial miscue on the sinking line drive, Cardinals’ closer Ryan Franklin gives up RBI singles to Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta to complete the improbable two-run comeback rally.

2010       Although the Astros finish ten games under .500, the team exercises the 2012 option on the contract of their manager Brad Mills and adds a club option for the following season. After a dismal 17-34 start and the loss of veterans Roy Oswalt to the Phillies and Lance Berkman to the Yankees, the first-year skipper pilots Houston to a 59-52 record after June 1.

2011       Redbird right-hander Chris Carpenter out pitches Roy Halladay, throwing a three-hitter to beat the Phillies 1-0 in the deciding Game 5 of NLDS. The wild-card Cardinals plate the game’s only run in the first frame when Skip Schumaker doubles home Rafael Furcal, who led off the Citizens Bank Park contest with a triple.

 

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1956

NEW YORK-Don Larsen is a footloose fellow of whom Casey Stengel once said, “He can be one of baseball’s great pitchers any time he puts his mind to it.” Larsen had his mind on his work today. He pitched the first no-hit game in world series history. Not only that, but he also fired the first perfect game- no batter reaching first base-to be posted in the major leagues in thirty-four years. This nerve-tingling performance, embellished with a Mickey Mantle home run, gained a 2‚0 triumph for the Yankees over the Dodgers and Sal Maglie at the Stadium. It enabled Casey Stengel’s Yankees to post their third straight victory for a 3‚2 lead in the series.
With every fan in a gathering of 61,519 hanging breathlessly on every pitch, Larsen, a 27-year-old right-hander, slipped over a third strike on Dale Mitchell to end the game. Dale, a pinch-hitter, was the twenty-seventh batter to face Larsen. As he went down for the final out, the gathering set up a deafening roar, while jubilant Yankees fairly mobbed the big pitcher as he struggled to make his way to the dugout.
The unpredictable Larsen had triumphed at a time when the Bombers needed it most, with one of the most spectacular achievements in diamond history. Last spring the tall handsome Larsen had caused considerable to-do in the Yankees’ St. Petersburg training camp. In an early dawn escapade, he wrapped his automobile around a telephone pole. He later explained he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Today big Don remained wide awake through every moment of the nine innings, turning in a performance in which only four batted balls had a chance of being rated hits. One was a foul by inches. Three drives were converted into outs by miraculous Yankee fielding plays.
In the second inning Jackie Robinson banged a vicious grounder off Andy Carey’s glove at third base for what momentarily appeared a certain hit. But Gil McDougald, the alert Yankee shortstop, recovered the ball in time to fire it for the putout on Jackie at first base. In the fifth, minutes after Mantle had put the Yanks ahead, 1‚0, with his blast into the right field stand, Gil Hodges tagged a ball that streaked into deep left center, seemingly headed for extra bases. But Mantle, whose fielding in the series has at times been a trifle spotty, more than made amends. He tore across the turf to make a reaching backhanded catch.
On the next play, Sandy Amoros leaned into a pitch and rocketed a towering drive toward the right field stand. This drive promised to tie the score, but at the last moment the ball curved foul. And then, in the eighth, Hodges once again was victimized. Gil drove a tricky, low liner to the left of Carey. The Yankee third sacker lunged for the ball and caught it inches off the ground.
In the ninth, only Mitchell, batting for Maglie, remained between Larsen and everlasting diamond fame. The former American League outfielder and sure-fire pinch hitter with the Cleveland Indians ran the count to one ball and two strikes. Mitchell fouled off the next pitch and as the following one zoomed over the plate Umpire Babe Pinelli called it strike three. Mitchell whirled around to protest the call and later he said it was a fast ball that was outside the strike zone. But Dale was in no spot to gain any listener. The Yanks were pummeling Larsen and the umpires were hustling off the field.
Doubtless for Pinelli, this, too, could have provided his greatest thrill in his long career as an arbiter. For after this series, Babe, as dean of the National League staff of umpires, is to retire.
Despite his magical afternoon, Don Larsen was an itinerant pitcher. Traded from the Yankees three years later, he finished with an 81-91 record for eight teams in 14 seasons. His masterpiece still stands as the only no-hitter, much less perfect game, in World Series history.