NFL – MONDAY

New Orleans 30 Houston 28

Oakland 24 Denver 16

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY Yankees 5 Boston 0

Houston 15 Oakland 0

Cleveland 6 LA Angels 2

Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2

NY Mets 3 Arizona 1

Milwaukee 8 Miami 3

Pittsburgh 6 San Francisco 4

Chicago Cubs 10 San Diego 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Friday, Sep. 13

Anderson at Marion  7 pm

Kokomo at McCutcheon 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Harrison 7 pm

Logansport at Tech 7 pm

Richmond at Muncie Central 7 pm

 

TEC

Friday, Sep. 13

Centerville at Winchester  7 pm

Hagerstown at Union County  7 pm

Northeastern at Lincoln  7 pm

Union City at Knightstown  7 pm

Saturday, Sep. 14

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

 

ELSEWHERE

Friday, Sep. 13

Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm

Monroe Central at Southern Wells, 7 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 pm

Connersville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm

East Central at Franklin County  7 pm

Lawrenceburg at Greensburg  7 pm

Rushville at Batesville  7 pm

Saturday, Sep. 14

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION POLLS

6A (FIRST PLACE VOTES, RECORD, POINTS)

1 Warren Central (6) 2-1 95

2 Avon (3) 3-0 90

3 Carmel (1) 2-1 82

4 Brownsburg 2-1 63

5 FW Snider 3-0 56

6 Lafayette Jeff 3-0 48

7 Fishers 3-0 44

8 Westfield 3-0 29

9 Merrillville 3-0 12

10 Homestead 3-0 11

5A

1 New Palestine (10) 3-0 100

2 Indpls Cathedral 2-1 85

3 FW Dwenger 3-0 82

4 Valparaiso 3-0 72

5 Michigan City 2-1 60

6 Concord 3-0 43

7 Mishawaka 2-1 30

8 Elkhart Central 3-0 27

9 Bloomington South 2-1 22

10 TH South 3-0 10

4A

1 New Prairie (4) 3-0 89

2 Mooresville (2) 3-0 79

3 East Central (3) 3-0 73

4 Mississinewa 3-0 60

5 Evansville Memorial 3-0 57

6 Marion 2-1 51

7 East Noble 3-0 48

8 Delta 3-0 31

9 Plymouth 2-1 18

10 Northridge 3-0 13

3A

1 Indpls Chatard (8) 3-0 96

2 Gibson Southern (1) 3-0 80

3 West Lafayette (1) 2-1 78

4 Guerin Catholic 3-0 58

5 Heritage Hills 3-0 57

6 Indpls Brebeuf 2-1 49

7 Mishawaka Marian 3-0 46

8 Brownstown Central 3-0 43

9 Southridge 3-0 17

10 FW Concordia 1-2 8

2A

1 Indpls Scecina (10) 3-0 100

2 Evansville Mater Dei 3-0 87

3 Lewis Cass 3-0 69

Western Boone 2-1 69

5 Rensselaer Central 3-0 62

6 Pioneer 2-1 38

7 Tipton 3-0 34

8 Eastbrook 1-2 31

9 Triton Central 2-1 22

10 Lapel 3-0 13

1A

1 Indpls Lutheran (4) 3-0 94

2 South Adams (5) 3-0 92

3 Adams Central (1) 3-0 81

4 North Vermillion 3-0 67

5 Churubusco 3-0 61

6 Southwood 3-0 46

7 Monroe Central 2-1 32

8 Parke Heritage 3-0 30

9 West Washington 3-0 25

10 Attica 3-0 17

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POLLS

Class A

  1. Loogootee
  2. Cowan
  3. Trinity Lutheran
  4. Pioneer
  5. Rock Creek

Class 2A

  1. Barr-Reeve
  2. Wapahani
  3. Hagerstown
  4. Southmont
  5. North Putnam

Class 3A

  1. Muncie Burris
  2. Memorial
  3. FW Dwenger
  4. FW Concordia
  5. Brownstown Central

Class 4A

  1. Yorktown
  2. Providence
  3. Penn
  4. McCutcheon
  5. New Castle

 

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL

2018 Boys Tennis Poll (3rd Poll for 9-9-19)

1.Carmel

2.Homestead

3.Floyd Central

4.TH South

5T.North Central

5T.Columbus North

7.Fishers

8T.Westfield

8T.Bloomington South

10.Center Grove

11.FW Carroll

12.Munster

13.Park Tudor

14.HSE

15.West Lafayette

16.Evansville Reitz

17.Cathedral

18.SB St Joseph

19.Brebeuf

20.Jasper

21.Brownsburg

22.Zionsville

23.Castle

24.FW Canterbury

25.Bishop Dwenger

26.Delta

27.Crown Point

28.Lafayette Harrison

29.Marion

30T.Penn/ Mississinewa

 

DISTRICT 4

1 Delta

2 Marion

3 Mississinewa

4 Richmond

5 Centerville

 

BOYS TENNIS

RICHMOND 4 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 1

 

 

HAGERSTOWN BOYS TENNIS

The Tigers beat New Castle Monday 4-1
Singles #1 Jayden Bussell won 6-0, 6-0
#2 Eli Richards won 6-4, 6-4
#3 Gabe Warvel won 6-4, 6-1
Doubles
#1 Jacob Henley & Mason Pruitt won 7-6(7), 6-2
#2 Nick Habzansky & Brett Spears list 2-6, 3-6

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

Richmond defeats Connersville and New Castle

 

HAGERSTOWN CC

CC Teams Perform Well at East Central

Hagerstown’s boys’ cross country squad placed second in the Division I (Large School) category and second overall at the twelve-team East Central Invitational.  The Lady Tigers ran to a fourth-place finish in the D-I race and sixth overall. Both teams posted season best team averages and many personal and season bests were attained. 

Eli Halcomb again paced the boys, running a season-best 17:02 and finishing fourth.  The rest of the top five all placed in the top 20 as well: Quentin Osborne 9th, Quaid Mull 12th, Blake Creech 16th, and Adam Nadler 20th.  Ava Moore was top performer for the girls, placing 18th in a personal best time of 22:55. Other scoring were Taylor Pass 21st, Ella Nicholson, 22nd, Jewels Warfel 24th, and Jenna Smith 25th. 

Coach Kent Gray commented on the meet, “We showed good improvement today and raced for every spot.  Quaid Mull was especially impressive in running an 18:25. East Central’s coach asked us to score in the large-school division to improve competition there.  Our boys would have easily won the small-school division and our girls would have been third, but the competition was good for us. Batesville ran away with both races as expected; their boys are in the top 25 in the entire state right now.”

Top Four Boys’ D-I Scores:  Batesville 19, HHS 61, East Central 67, Connersville 97

Top Four Girls’ D-I Scores: Batesville 16, Mount Notre Dame (OH) 44, East Central 90, HHS 98

 

LINCOLN CC

Eagles Girls HS Cross Country team finished 5th at the Union City Invitational. Bailey Puckett finished 2nd and Kali Hetisimer was 9th. Marie Gerkin, Maddie Bogue and Addison Sweet turned in solid performances for the Lady Eagles.

 The Eagle HS Boys Cross Country team. The guys captured 1st place at the Union City Invitational. Eagles were led by McCullum in 3rd, Bertsch in 4th and McGriff in 5th place. Smith was 9th and Ross was 22nd.

 

KOPKE TAKES HOME RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK FOR IU EAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East senior Breanna Kopke clubbed 40 kills in four matches to take home River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Sept. 2-8.  

Kopke, from Fort Wayne, Ind., led the Red Wolves to a 4-0 record at the Fisk University Music City Invitational. There were a pair of wins over “receiving votes” teams thanks to Kopke hitting .308 for the week. She averaged 3.08 kills and 2.77 digs on the week.  

A big match of 13 kills and 13 digs came in a 3-2 win over Freed-Hardeman. She also had 10 kills and six digs versus Milligan (Tenn.), eight kills and nine digs versus Brewton Parker (Ga.) and nine kills and eight digs in a sweep of (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.).  

IU East (5-4) is off until hosting the Red Wolves Invitational Sept. 20-21. 

 

TOPOLSKI NAMED RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK FOR IU EAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU East senior Cali Topolski directed a 4-0 week for the Red Wolves and was named River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Sept. 2-8. 

Topolski, from South Bend, Ind., collected 127 assists in four matches as the Red Wolves went unbeaten at the Fisk University Music City Invitational. She averaged 9.07 assists, 2.00 digs and 1.07 kills per set. Topolski totaled 15 kills, 28 digs and six blocks on the week.  

She had highs of 39 assists, 10 digs and four blocks in a win over Freed-Hardeman. There were also 38 assists and seven digs in a sweep of (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.), 29 assists, five kills and five digs in a sweep of (RV) Milligan (Tenn.) and 21 assists, five kills and six digs in a sweep of Brewton-Parker (Ga.). 

IU East (5-4) will host the Red Wolves Invitational Sept. 20-21. 

 

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

FRIDAY

#20 Washington State at Houston

SATURDAY

Arkansas State at #3 Georgia

Pittsburgh at #13 Penn State

#6 Ohio State at Indiana

#21 Maryland at Temple

New Mexico at #7 Notre Dame

Stanford at #17 Central Florida

#2 Alabama at South Carolina

#24 USC at BYU

Arizona State at #18 Michigan State

#19 Iowa at Iowa State

Idaho State at #11 Utah

Kent State at #8 Auburn

Lamar at #16 Texas A&M

#9 Florida at Kentucky

Northwestern State at #4 LSU

Florida State at #25 Virginia

Hawaii at #23 Washington

#1 Clemson at Syracuse

#5 Oklahoma at UCLA

#12 Texas at Rice

Portland State at #22 Boise State

Montana at #15 Oregon

BIG 10

Eastern Michigan at Illinois

Georgia Southern at Minnesota

UNLV at Northwestern

TCU at Purdue

Northern Illinois at Nebraska

MAC

Miami at Cincinnati

Akron at Central Michigan

Florida Atlantic at Ball State

Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green

Buffalo at Liberty

Ohio at Marshall

Murray State at Toledo

Georgia State at Western Michigan

 

NFL

Week 2 Games

Thursday September 12, 2019

Tampa Bay @ Carolina 8:20pm

Sunday September 15, 2019

San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

Chargers @ Detroit 1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00pm

Buffalo @ Giants 1:00pm

Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00pm

Arizona @ Baltimore 1:00pm

Minnesota @ Green Bay 1:00pm

New England @ Miami 1:00pm

Seattle @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm

Dallas @ Washington 1:00pm

Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05pm

Chicago @ Denver 4:25pm

New Orleans @ Rams 4:25pm

Philadelphia @ Atlanta 8:20pm

Monday September 16, 2019

Cleveland @ Jets 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 10

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 6:40 pm

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm

Arizona D’Backs @ New York Mets 7:10 pm

Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 7:10 pm

Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm

Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox 8:10 pm

St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 9:45 pm

Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels 10:07 pm

Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 10:10 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm

 

Wednesday, September 11

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 6:40 pm

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm

Arizona D’Backs @ New York Mets 7:10 pm

Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 7:10 pm

Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm

Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels 8:07 pm

Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox 8:10 pm

St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 9:45 pm

Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 10:10 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm

 

 

Lutz’s 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans, 30-28

Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense’s late collapse.

Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the Saints beat the Houston Texans 30-28 on Monday night in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute.

“That one’s got to be a top-one moment for me,” Lutz said, adding that as much as he tries to treat each kick the same, “I got to be honest. That one felt a little different.”

New Orleans had lost its previous five season openers. And after last season ended with a bitter loss in the NFC title game, the Saints had expressed urgency to start the 2019 campaign well.

“I knew how big this win would be,” Lutz said.

The moment the ball left Lutz’s foot, punter Thomas Morstead, who holds on field goals, turned toward his kicker, triumphantly flexing both arms at his side. Moments later, the crowd noise in the Superdome reached an ear-splitting crescendo as the ball split the uprights and Saints players jubilantly streamed onto the field.

Deshaun Watson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to ex-Saints receiver Kenny Stills with 37 seconds left, capping a two-play, 75-yard drive that put the Texans in front after they began their final possession down by six with 50 seconds left.

But that left just enough time for Brees, who capped a 370-yard, two-touchdown performance by completing a 15-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr., an 11-yarder to Michael Thomas and another pass to Ginn for 9 yards in quick succession. That allowed New Orleans to save its final timeout until just 2 seconds remained and set up Lutz’s career-long kick.

“When you have Drew as your quarterback, all I cared about was getting ready for the kick, because I knew with 37 seconds left there was going to be a chance,” Lutz said.

 

Referees cost Saints time with wrongly applied runoff after review before halftime

The referees in Monday night’s New Orleans Saints-Houston Texans game cost the Saints valuable time before halftime with a wrongly applied 10-second runoff.

The Saints were down 14-3 and had the ball at their 30 for a 3rd-and-17 with 48 seconds left in the first half. Drew Brees completed a long pass to Michael Thomas near the sideline for a first down. Thomas was down around 42 seconds.

Now here’s where things got cute.

The Saints were getting ready for their next play but the referees blew the whistle with 26 seconds left in the half so they could review the catch. The officials reviewed the play and decided the catch ruling was correct. Then they offered the Saints the choice of a 10-second runoff or losing a timeout. The Saints chose the runoff.

The problem is the officials ran 10 seconds off from the 26-second mark, which is when they decided to review the play, rather than at the 42-second mark when the play was over.

The Saints ended up with a 1st-and-10 at their 47 with 16 seconds left instead of 32 seconds left. New Orleans threw an incompletion then completed a 15-yard pass to Thomas. They set up a 56-yard field goal try with four seconds left and missed it.

FOX NFL rules expert Mike Pereira knew right away a mistake had been made, as did some Saints fans.

Late in the fourth quarter, ESPN’s announcing team revisited the play and pointed out the mistake. The extra time likely would have allowed the Saints an extra play opportunity to give them potentially a closer field goal try.

 

 

Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown’s release

The night started with Oakland Raiders fans derisively chanting at former disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown and ended with coach Jon Gruden celebrating a victory in the Black Hole.

The saga that consumed the football world for days didn’t hamper the Raiders a bit.

Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the season, rookie Josh Jacobs ran for two scores and the Raiders responded to a tumultuous week surrounding Brown by beating the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Monday night.

“As much as people talked about it, I mean my god. I feel like somebody was smashing my temple on the side of the head,” Gruden said. “Get over it, man. It’s over. We were good this preseason without him. We were fine without him. We wish him the best. We gave it a shot. Now New England gets their turn. Good luck to them. I can’t deal with it anymore.”

The Raiders (1-0) took out any frustration over the drama surrounding Brown with a convincing win over the AFC West rival Broncos (0-1). The offensive line cleared holes for Jacobs and protected Carr, and the defense harassed Joe Flacco into three sacks and kept Denver out of the end zone until 2:15 remained in the game.

The win spoiled the Denver debuts for Flacco and coach Vic Fangio and ended the NFL’s longest opening weekend winning streak at seven games.

“Disappointed but we’re not discouraged,” star edge rusher Von Miller said. “First game of the season. Hats off to the Raiders, they outplayed us today. Killed us on third down in the first half.”

The final scheduled home opener at the Coliseum before the Raiders planned move to Las Vegas next season began with derisive chants from the boisterous fans toward Brown. Those only grew louder after each successful pass play as both the fans and Raiders players seemed relieved to have the monthlong saga over Brown in the past.

 

Colts wideout Devin Funchess has broken collarbone

Somehow we have yet another big name with a serious clavicle injury. Nick Foles and Tyreek Hill will both miss time with clavicle injuries, and Colts receiver Devin Funchess will be joining them.

Funchess broke his collarbone during Sunday’ loss to the Chargers, a source told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link). In a follow-up tweet, Pelissero reports that Funchess will get a second opinion, but as of right now surgery seems likely. It’s unclear at this time exactly how long he’ll be out, but obviously he’s going to miss some regular-season action. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have a timetable. Funchess is in his first year with Indy after signing a one-year deal back in March.

The Colts gave Funchess $10 million in base money with another $3 million available in incentives, and they were hoping he could establish himself as the clear No. 2 receiver they’d been missing behind T.Y. Hilton. The former Panthers second-round pick had three catches for 32 yards in his Colts debut before going down.

Despite clearly having talent, Funchess was up and down during his time with Carolina. His injury is the latest blow to a Colts offense that has had to deal with the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck . With Funchess on the shelf, the Colts will likely count on Deon Cain for a bigger role. Cain had 35 yards in the opener, the second-most for Indianapolis behind Hilton.

 

Jay Gruden sees very little use for Adrian Peterson on Redskins

Don’t expect Adrian Peterson to have much of a role on the Washington Redskins this season based on what Jay Gruden said on Sunday.

Peterson was a healthy scratch for the team’s Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles despite leading the team in rushing last season. Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood were active at the running back position. They combined to have a mere 13 carries for 28 yards. Smallwood did not have any touches, but was active because he plays on special teams.

Asked about Peterson’s role on the team, Gruden offered a harsh quote.

“If we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in I-Formation then sure I’ll get him up,” Gruden said.

The full quote shows Gruden prefers to give the chances to Guice, a second-round pick last year who tore his ACL in the preseason.

The quote seems to confirm a report during the week that said Gruden wanted to cut Peterson, but was overruled. It’s clear he has little use for the 34-year-old.

A report on Sunday said that Washington’s decision upset many of the team’s veterans who felt Peterson deserved to be active based on what he did last season and in the preseason.

Peterson can’t be happy about this remark.

 

Out of time: NFL tells Beckham not to wear watch in games

 Odell Beckham’s football fashion taste clashed with the NFL’s.

The league reached out to the Browns on Monday and told them that their star can no longer wear a watch on the field after he sported an expensive one during Sunday’s season opener against Tennessee.

The flashy, fashionable wide receiver wore an orange Richard Mille-designed watch – which retails for more than $250,000 – during the Browns’ 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

On Monday, league spokesman Michael Signora said while there are no rules prohibiting jewelry, there is a policy “prohibiting hard objects.”

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said he was not aware that Beckham had on the lavish time piece. Kitchens also said the team will abide the rules.

“As long as they’re going to enforce that with everyone, I’m fine with it,” Kitchens said. “Let’s just make sure it gets enforced with everybody.”

It’s not clear if Beckham spoke with anyone from the league or if he will be fined for his fashion faux pas.

Beckham, who came to Cleveland in a blockbuster offseason trade from the New York Giants, caught seven passes for 71 yards in his first action for the Browns.

Known for his style and one-handed catches, the 26-year-old Beckham drove his customized, orange Rolls Royce to FirstEnergy Stadium for Sunday’s game.

Beckham will return to New York next week as the Browns play the New York Jets on Monday night.

 

AP source: Redskins RB Guice undergoes MRI on right knee

A person with knowledge of the situation says Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice underwent an MRI on his right knee the morning after making his NFL debut.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hadn’t announced Guice’s injury. Guice is just over a year removed from tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Guice didn’t look himself in gaining just 18 yards on 10 carries Sunday in a 32-27 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles. He went to the injury tent on the sideline during the game but downplayed concerns afterward.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden last week informed veteran Adrian Peterson that Guice would be the top running back to start the season. Peterson was a healthy scratch against the Eagles, but could be back atop the depth chart for Washington’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys if Guice is out.

 

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10
Nine Big Ten schools will continue their non-conference schedules this weekend, while Indiana opens its conference schedule with a divisional matchup against Ohio State. Michigan, Rutgers and Wisconsin will all enjoy a bye week. • Purdue’s Elijah Sindelar completed 34-of-52 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ victory over Vanderbilt to become the first Purdue quarterback with five or more touchdown passes and 500 yards in a game since Kyle Orton in 2004. The senior quarterback threw for more than 400 yards for the second consecutive game, becoming the first Boilermaker to do so since Drew Brees in 1998. Sindelar also added a rushing touchdown to mark the first six-touchdown performance by a Boilermaker since Curtis Painter in 2007. • Maryland continued its record-breaking performance in Week 2 with a 63-20 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. The Terps’ 142 points through the first two games are tied for the fourth-most by a Big Ten team since 1900 and the most by a Big Ten team since Ohio State scored 142 in 1996. • Wisconsin defeated Central Michigan 61-0 on Saturday for the team’s 24th straight home opening win. The Badgers led 44-0 at halftime and outgained Central Michigan by 541 total yards, and gained 37 first downs while holding the Chippewas to just three. Wisconsin has scored 110 points in the first two games of the season, making the Badgers the first FBS team to score at least 100 points while allowing 0 in their first two games since South Carolina in 1980. Wisconsin has pitched backto-back shutouts to start the season for the first time in since 2013 and has not allowed a point in its last 11 quarters. • With its 42-0 victory over Cincinnati last weekend, Ohio State claimed its eighth straight win overall, marking the second-longest active streak among Autonomy Five teams. The win was the fifth for head coach Ryan Day, who posted a 3-0 record a year ago as interim head coach. • Through two weeks of play, Big Ten teams have recorded a non-conference mark of 22-3. With a winning percentage of .880, Big Ten teams are off to their best start in at least the last 15 seasons. Below is a closer look at the Big Ten’s non-conference records through the first two weekends of the previous 11 seasons.  Year Record (Pct.) 2019 22-3 (.880) 2018 18-5 (.783) 2017 20-6 (.769) 2016 21-6 (.778) Year Record (Pct.) 2015 20-8 (.714) 2014 20-7 (.741) 2013 21-3 (.875) 2012 16-8 (.667) Year Record (Pct.) 2011 17-7 (.708) 2010 17-4 (.810) 2009 18-4 (.818) 2008 18-3 (.857)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

IOWA 30, Rutgers 0

MARYLAND 63, Syracuse 20

MICHIGAN 24, Army 21 (2OT)

OHIO STATE 42, Cincinnati 0

PURDUE 42, Vanderbilt 24

ILLINOIS 31, UConn 23

INDIANA 52, Eastern Illinois 0

WISCONSIN 61, Central Michigan 0

Colorado 34, NEBRASKA 31 (OT)

MICHIGAN STATE 51, Western Michigan 17

PENN STATE 45, Buffalo 13

MINNESOTA 38, Fresno State 35 (2OT)

BYE: NORTHWESTERN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

OHIO STATE at INDIANA

Noon | FOX

Eastern Michigan at ILLINOIS

Noon | BTN

MARYLAND at Temple

Noon | CBSSN

Pittsburgh at PENN STATE

Noon | ABC

Georgia Southern at MINNESOTA

3:30 p.m. | BTN

UNLV at NORTHWESTERN

3:30 p.m. | BTN

IOWA at Iowa State

 4 p.m. | FS1

Arizona State at MICHIGAN STATE

4 p.m. | FOX

TCU at PURDUE

7:30 p.m. | BTN

Northern Illinois at NEBRASKA

8 p.m. | FS1

BYE: MICHIGAN, RUTGERS, WISCONSIN

All times ET

 

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week

Elijah Sindelar, Purdue

Sr., QB, Princeton, Ky./Caldwell County

Completed 34-of-52 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns in Purdue’s victory over Vanderbilt to become the first Purdue quarterback with five or more touchdown passes and 500 yards in a game since Kyle Orton in 2004

Threw for more than 400 yards for the second consecutive game, becoming the first Boilermaker to do so since Drew Brees in 1998

Added a rushing touchdown to mark the first six-touchdown performance by a Boilermaker since Curtis Painter in 2007

Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: Terry Wright (Nov. 5, 2018)

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota

So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands

For the second straight year, recorded an interception in the end zone to seal a victory over Fresno State

Notched a five-yard sack early in the fourth quarter to help force a punt with the game tied 21-21

Finished the game with four solo tackles

Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first of the season

Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Blake Cashman (Nov. 19, 2018)

 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Drue Chrisman, Ohio State

Jr., P, Lawrenceberg, Ind./Cincinnati LaSalle

Dropped two of his three punts inside the Cincinnati 5-yard line in Ohio State’s victory over the Bearcats

Ohio State’s defense held on three downs each time, got the ball at midfield on each ensuing punt and scored touchdowns on both drives

Averaged 43.0 yards per punt on the day

Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston (Sept. 28, 2015)

 

Freshman of the Week

Zach Charbonnet, Michigan

RB, Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian

Scored the first three rushing touchdowns of his career in Michigan’s victory over Army

Carried the ball 33 times for 100 yards to break the 100-yard mark for the first time in just his second start

Added two catches in the contest

Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award

Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Jabrill Peppers (Nov. 2, 2015)

 

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK TWO

FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE, SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

For Immediate Release—Monday, September 9, 2019 

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week: Akron WR Dustin Burkhart

Akron junior wide receiver Dustin Burkhart (Akron, Ohio) had a career-high 217 receiving yards on eight receptions in a 31-20 loss to UAB on Saturday.  Burkhart had a career-long 64-yard catch in the fourth quarter. It also marked the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. The last time an Akron receiver had more than 200 yards was in 2007 (Jabari Arthur, 223 yards vs. Western Michigan on Oct. 6, 2007). Burkhart’s 217 receiving yards rank second on Akron’s all-time receiving yards for a game behind Arthur’s 223. His 64-yard catch is also the longest reception since Jerome Lane had a 64-yard catch against Bowling Green (11-6-16). 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Buffalo S Joey Banks

Buffalo senior safety Joey Banks (Sacramento, Calif.) had a career-high 11 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in a 45-13 loss to No. 15-ranked Penn State on Saturday. The senior safety had six solo stops which were also a career high. Banks also had one of the Bulls’ three sacks in the game and he added a forced fumble that was recovered by teammate Aapri Washington. 

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State K Matt Trickett

Kent State sophomore kicker Matt Trickett (Cleveland, Ohio) matched a career high with four field goals, including a pair of clutch field goals in a 26-23 overtime win over Kennesaw State. After hitting from 32 and 29, Trickett drilled a 39-yard field goal with nine seconds left to force overtime. In that extra frame, Trickett walked off the Owls with a center-cut 43-yard field goal. Trickett also booted a pair of touchbacks on his six kickoffs.  

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Ball State QB Drew Plitt

Ball State junior quarterback Drew Plitt (Loveland, Ohio) tied a school record with six touchdown passes and set a career high with 439 yards passing in a 57-29 win over Fordham.  Plitt’s six touchdown passes tied the school mark with Keith Wenning (6 vs. Miami (Ohio) in 2013) and is tied for fifth in MAC history for touchdown passes in a single-game. Plitt notched career highs in completions (32) and passing yards (439), as his 439 passing yards ranked fourth on Ball State’s single game passing list.  Overall, Plitt completed 80 percent of his pass attempts by completing 32-40 of his pass attempts in the win over Fordham. 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan DB Brody Hoying

Eastern Michigan senior defensive back Brody Hoying (Coldwater, Ohio) collected nine tackles and added a half-sack in a 38-17 loss at Kentucky. Hoying was part of an Eagle defense that tallied two sacks and two tackles for loss in the road contest in Lexington, Ky.  

Special Teams Player of the Week: Central Michigan P Brady Buell

Central Michigan sophomore punter Brady Buell (Traverse City, Mich.) punted nine times for 407 yards, an average of 45.2 yards per punt, in a 61-0 loss at No. 17-ranked Wisconsin. Buell had a long of 50 yards and one punt downed inside the 20.

 

MAC FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

This Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, September 7

Eastern Michigan at Illinois, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

Miami at Cincinnati, Noon ET (ESPNU)

Florida Atlantic at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

*Akron at Central Michigan, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green, 5:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Buffalo at Liberty, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Ohio at Marshall, 6:30 pm ET (Stadium Facebook)

Georgia State at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Kent State at No. 10 Auburn, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Murray State at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

NIU at Nebraska, 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT (FS1)

*Mid-American Conference contest

 

Last Week’s MAC Games

Pitt 20, Ohio 10

Kansas State 52, Bowling Green 0

Kent State 26, Kennesaw State 23 (OT)

No. 13 Utah 35, NIU 17

UAB 31, Akron 20

Ball State 57, Fordham 29

Miami 48, Tennessee Tech 17

No. 17 Wisconsin 61, Central Michigan 0

Kentucky 38, Eastern Michigan 17

No. 15 Penn State 45, Buffalo 13

No. 19 Michigan State 51, Western Michigan 17

Bye: Toledo

 

MAC QUICK NOTES:

  • The Week 3 schedule features the start of league play as Akron (0-2) will travel to Central Michigan (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3:00 pm ET (ESPN+).   
  • Last week MAC programs went 3-8 in 11 contests as Kent State, Ball State and Miami all earned their first wins of the 2019 season.  
  • MAC programs face opponents from the Big Ten (Illinois, Nebraska), SEC (Auburn), American (Cincinnati), Conference USA (Florida Atlantic, La Tech, Marshall), Sun Belt (Georgia State), Independent (Liberty) and FCS (Murray State) this week with four non-conference home games and six non-conference road contests.
  • Ohio and Marshall will meet for the 60th time in the ‘Battle for the Bell’ rivalry this Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm ET at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV on Facebook Stadium. Ohio owns a 33-20-6 lead all-time in the series.
  • Miami and Cincinnati will meet for the 124th time in series history for the ‘Battle of the Victory Bell’ on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Noon ET (ESPNU) as the RedHawks visit Nippert Stadium.

 

MAC WEEKLY NOTES

  • Miami’s first-half ground game and defense led the RedHawks to a commanding 48-17 win over Tennessee Tech during Homecoming weekend in Oxford, Ohio.  Miami outgained Tennessee Tech 190-74 on the ground and added five rushing touchdowns. Miami had a 349-282 advantage in total offense in the contest.  Miami quarterback Brett Gabbert was 10-17 passing for 152 yards and added two rushing touchdowns.
  • Ball State junior quarterback Drew Plitt tied the Cardinals single-game touchdown record with six touchdown passes as he threw for 439 yards in a 57-29 win over Fordham.  Plitt set career-highs in completions (32) and passing yards (439) and completed 32-of-40 passing for an 80% completion percentage.  Plitt’s 439 yards passing rank fourth-best in Ball State single-game history, a mere 30 yards shy of head coach Mike Neu’s record of 469 yards passing against Toledo in 1993.  Ball State’s 57 points were the fourth most in school history and their most since scoring 60 points in a five-overtime game at Western Michigan in 2005.
  • Kent State sophomore kicker Matt Trickett matched a career-high four field goals in leading the Golden Flashes to a 26-23 (OT) win over Kennesaw State at Dix Stadium.  Trickett converted a 39-yard field goal with nine seconds left in regulation to force the overtime session, then promptly nailed a 43-yard field goal in overtime for the win.  Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum made his first start since 2017 and was 17-23 passing for 192 yards and one touchdown along with one rushing touchdown.  Wide receiver Isaiah McKoy led with seven receptions for 125 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown from Crum.

 

MAC VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS

This week the MAC will face two more Big Ten opponents — Illinois and Nebraska. The MAC has won a regular season game vs. Big Ten opponents in each of the last 13 consecutive seasons (2006-2018), the longest streak in MAC history. Last year the MAC had three wins at Big Ten opponents as Buffalo (42-13 win at Rutgers on Sept. 22, 2018), Akron (39-34 win at Northwestern on Sept. 15, 2018) and Eastern Michigan (20-19 win at Purdue on Sept. 8, 2018) contributed toward extending the streak.   

During this 13-year stretch, MAC teams have defeated 12 different Big Ten programs—Illinois (3); Indiana (5); Iowa (3); Maryland (1); Michigan (1); Michigan State (1); Minnesota (2); Nebraska (1); Northwestern (3); Penn State (1); Purdue (6) and Rutgers (2) for a total of 29 wins during this stretch.  Miami (13), Bowling Green (8), Toledo (6), Central Michigan (6) and Northern Illinois (6) have the most wins vs. Big Ten opponents. 

SOLICH THIRD LONGEST ACTIVE FBS HEAD COACH

Ohio head football coach Frank Solich is entering his 15th season at the helm of the Ohio Bobcat football program and currently ranks tied for third among active FBS head coaches as the longest tenured FBS current head coaches.  Only Kirk Ferentz of Iowa (1999-2019 — 21st season), Gary Patterson of TCU (2000-19 — 19th season) and Kyle Whittington of Utah (2004-19 — 15th season) join Solich on this list.  Solich and Whittingham are tied for third, however Whittingham (12/9/04) was hired eight days earlier than Solich (12/17/04).  Solich and his Bobcats are 1-1 on the year and will travel to Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm ET. 

OHIO’S SOLICH THIRD ON MAC CAREER WINS LIST

Ohio head coach Frank Solich and his Bobcats finished 2018 with an 9-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the East Division, including a 27-0 shutout victory over San Diego State in the DXL Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19, 2018, for the first-ever MAC shutout in a bowl game in league history. Solich continues to rise up the MAC career head coaching win list with 107 wins, which ranks third most in MAC history. Solich needs four wins to become the all-time winningest coach in MAC history. 

Solich has been the model for consistency in coaching in the MAC. Solich arrived in Athens in 2005 and is entering his 15th season running the Bobcats program.  Solich and the Bobcats have garnered a bowl appearance in nine of the last 10 seasons and 10 of his 14 seasons at Ohio. Solich has a 107-76 career coaching record at Ohio. 

Most MAC Head Coaching Wins, Career

  1. 110, Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan, 1978-93
  2. 108, Bill Hess, Ohio, 1958-77
  3. 107, Frank Solich, Ohio, 2005-present
  4. 79, Bob Pruett, Marshall, 1997-03
  5. 77, Doyt Perry, Bowling Green, 1955-64  

 

 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

(NOTRE DAME SPORTS INFO)

GAME 2 – NEW MEXICO Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 Time: 2:42 p.m. ET Site: Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN • Capacity 77,622 (FieldTurf)

THE SERIES 0-0 First meeting between New Mexico and Notre Dame

IRISH VS. LOBOS – BY THE NUMBERS

0 The Irish completed an undefeated season at Notre Dame Stadium for the second time in four seasons in 2018 (2015, also 6-0).

2 Sophomore RB Jahmir Smith recorded the first two touchdown runs of his career against Louisville. His first touch of the year was a three-yard touchdown run for Notre Dame’s first points, while he completed the Notre Dame scoring with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.

2.7 After allowing two scoring drives to begin the season at Louisville, Notre Dame’s defense allowed just 90 yards over the next 33 plays to the Cardinal offense (2.7 yards per play) allowing the Irish to seize control of the contest.

3 Sophomore TE Tommy Tremble caught the first three passes of his career against Louisville – each reception earning the Irish a first down while also posting his first career touchdown reception (26 yards).

5.6 The Notre Dame-Louisville game was the second-highest rated college football game of the first full weekend of action, attracting 5.6 million viewers on ESPN.

9 Junior LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah recorded his first career start at Louisville and responded with the first nine tackles of his career, including two TFL, as well as a QBH.

10 Brian Kelly continues his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame, becoming just the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11).

11 Notre Dame has won 11 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a 6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930.

11.5 Senior Julian Okwara enters the New Mexico game with 11.5 career sacks, looking to break into the all-time top 10 at Notre Dame this season (Anthony Weaver, 1998-2001, is 10th with 17.0).

14.7 Notre Dame running backs have caught nine passes for 132 yards in the fourth quarter since the start of the 2018 season, averaging 14.7 yard per reception – the best in FBS over that time.

15 Notre Dame has recorded at least one sack in 15 consecutive games.

30 Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 15 consecutive games, matching Mississippi State and Washington for the FBS lead in that category.

68.6 Junior Ian Book has completed 68.6% of his passes over the past 12 games, second-best in the FBS (Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman – 70.4% leads the way).

81 Ian Book rushed for 81 yards in the victory at Louisville, the fifth-most among Power 5 quarterbacks who played week one.

87 Tony Jones Jr. rushed for 87 yards in the first quarter of Notre Dame’s week one victory at Louisville. Only Clemson’s Travis Etienne (114) rushed for more yards in the first quarter of any FBS game in week one.

146 New Mexico and Notre Dame are meeting for the first time in football on Saturday afternoon. The Lobos are the 146th different opponent Notre Dame has faced in its football history and the fifth different Mountain West Conference opponent. Notre Dame is 120-22-3 (.838) against first-time opponents.

267 The Notre Dame Stadium sell-out streak stands at 267 consecutive games, the second-longest in NCAA history.

347ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second active in the NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

571 Carries by Notre Dame running backs since their last fumble – the longest active streak among FBS teams.

IRISH RULE CLUTCH SITUATIONS • Notre Dame has won 24 of its last 27 games dating back to the start of the 2017 college football season – and no team in college football can win that percentage of games without making big plays late in games. • Defining clutch situations as – a team has a lead of 16 or fewer points with 5-15 minutes remaining or eight or fewer points in the final five minutes – Notre Dame has posted some noteworthy numbers. RUSHING DEFENSE • 47 – Notre Dame has not allowed a rushing touchdown over the past 47 opponent rushing attempts in a clutch situation – tied best in the FBS over the past 12 games. NOTRE DAME SKILL PLAYERS • 14.3 – Notre Dame skill players have averaged 14.3 yards per target (358 yards/25 targets) in clutch situations over the past 12 games – best in the FBS. • 16 – Notre Dame quarterbacks have 16 completions for 20 or more yards in clutch situations since the start of the 2018 season – tied for third in the FBS. • 14.7 – Notre Dame running backs have averaged 14.7 yards per target in the fourth quarter since the start of the 2018 season – best in the FBS. • 7 – Notre Dame skill players have caught seven touchdown passes in clutch situations over the past 12 games – tied for third in the FBS (Washington State 10, Ohio State 8, Bowling Green 7, Penn State 6). • 92% – Notre Dame skill players have caught 23 of 25 passes (92.0%) in clutch situations over the past 12 games – best among all Power 5 teams. RUSHING OFFENSE • 340 – Notre Dame has rushed for 340 yards in clutch situations since the start of the 2018 season – second-best among FBS schools (Army is first with 519 yards, Navy third at 323). • 44.8% – Notre Dame has converted first downs on 13 of 29 plays (44.8%) in clutch situations over the past four games – best among Power 5 offenses. OFFENSIVE LINE • 103 – Notre Dame has not allowed opponents to pressure its quarterback on 103 drop backs in clutch situations over the past 12 games (103 attempts) – which is tied for the best among Power 5 teams with Iowa and Wake Forest.

HOME OPENERS

  • Notre Dame opens its 90th season at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019. The facility opened in 1930 and the Irish own an all-time record of 333-114-5 (.742) in “The House That Rockne Built”.
  • The Irish are 106-18-4 (.844) in home openers (the team did not have a home opener in 1889 or 1929), with a mark of 72-15-2 (.820) at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Brian Kelly is 8-1 in home openers at Notre Dame

 HOME FIELD WIN STREAK • Notre Dame completed an undefeated season at Notre Dame Stadium in 2018 for the second time in four seasons (2015, 6-0) after finishing 6-0 following a 42-13 win over Florida State. From 1990-2011, only the 1998 campaign (6-0) saw a perfect Notre Dame home slate. • Notre Dame has won 11 straight games at home dating back to Sept. 30, 2017, starting with a victory over Miami (Ohio). It is the third-longest home winning streak for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930 (28 straight from 1942-50; 19 straight from 1987-90). FIRST TIME OPPONENTS • Notre Dame and New Mexico will be meeting for the first time on Saturday afternoon, marking the 146th different opponent the Irish will face in 131 years of football. Notre Dame is 120-22-3 (.838) in the previous 145 meetings against first-time opponents. • Of those 145 first-time opponents, 128 of those first-time meetings occurred on Notre Dame’s home field. The Irish are 107-16-5 (.855) in those contests. • Notre Dame Stadium has hosted first-time opponents 58 times since 1930, with Notre Dame compiling a 46-11-1 (.801) record in those contests.

 

Notre Dame Football: First Bye Week To-Do List

Despite leaving with a 18-point victory, the Notre Dame football trip to Louisville left us with a few more questions and concerns than we were anticipating. Fortunately for the Irish, they had an extra week off before playing New Mexico in Notre Dame Stadium on September 14th.

The biggest benefit of a bye week is usually rest. Since we are only one game into the 2019 college football season, though, the Irish are not in need of much rest. They do have plenty of things to work on. Here are a few things Notre Dame players and staff should be working on before their next game.

  1. Continue to fine-tune the linebacker rotation.

Heading into the 2019 season, no position group had more questions and concerns surrounding it than the linebackers. After Monday night, there are still plenty of questions and concerns.

Clark Lea and his staff need to continue to work to find the ideal rotation for the linebackers. This is not something that can be solved in a week. It is safe to assume that rotation will be changed multiple times before the end of the season.

There were some positives from the linebackers in the Louisville game. Drew White and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the starters at the Mike and Rover positions, played well and likely solidified their spots at the top of the depth chart. Jack Lamb also played well in limited snaps and probably earned himself some more playing time moving forward.

  1. Find ways to keep Kyle Hamilton on the field as much as possible.

True freshman safety Kyle Hamilton lived up to the hype that was built up during the summer. Fans and the Irish coaching staff were excited to see Hamilton play his first collegiate game, and he did not disappoint. One could say he was young, scrappy, and hungry, and he was not throwing away his shot.

Hamilton needs to play significant snaps for the Notre Dame defense in 2019. The problem is that the Irish already have two great safeties on the roster who just so happen to be team captains.

Hamilton rotates in when the starters need a quick break, but we also saw him on the field with Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott against Louisville. This was likely in a nickel or dime package.

I expect Clark Lea to continue to find ways to utilize Hamilton in his offense, and I expect he freshman to continue to improve with each game he plays.

  1. Try to get a spark out of the kickoff and punt return units.

The return teams did not make any major mistakes, which is exactly what you want from them in the first game of the season. However, they did not make a positive impact on the game either.

Notre Dame’s kickoff and punt return teams have been pretty average during Brian Kelly’s tenure. Their performance against Louisville did not give us reason to believe that will change.

The Irish do not need those units to make impact plays every game, but they could definitely use a spark from the return teams when the offense is going through a lull.

Chris Finke is one of the most reliable punt returners in the country. I do not anticipate any change there.

Michael Young was set to start on the kick return team before his injury. He was replaced by true freshman running back Kyren Williams. I could see special teams coordinator Brian Polian trying a couple of other players at kick returner.

  1. Work with Ian Book on returning to the level he was playing at last season.

Ian Book had a very underwhelming performance in week one. He finished the game with a decent stat line –193 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 81 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown. However, he looked uncomfortable in the pocket for most of the game, missed some relatively easy throws, did not stretch the field, and took some hits.

Book played well enough to beat Louisville, but that performance will not cut it against the better opponents on Notre Dame’s schedule.

The Irish need Book to settle down and return to the level of play he was at last season. His greatest strength is his accuracy throwing the ball. He cannot miss easy throws that could extend offensive drives.

If he settles down in the pocket, he should naturally be more accurate throwing the ball. If Notre Dame is going to have a successful season, they need Book to trust his protection and his instincts.

 

 

Hoerner 3 hits, 4 RBIs in debut, Cubs beat Padres 10-2

 Nico Hoerner went from sitting on his couch in Oakland and watching the Chicago Cubs on TV on Sunday to having a remarkable major league debut with them on Monday night.

The touted prospect had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut and made some nice plays at shortstop for the Cubs, who beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

“That’s about as good as it gets right there,” said Hoerner, 22, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2018. He was promoted because All-Star shortstop Javier Baez and Addison Russell are sidelined by injuries.

He had last played for Double-A Tennessee on Sept. 2. Russell was beaned in Sunday’s game at Milwaukee, and Hoerner said he got a call afterward that he was coming up to the Cubs, who hold the NL’s second wild-card spot.

“I told my girlfriend earlier today, the first time a ball hits my glove or my bat, the game will feel pretty normal after that,” Hoerner said after Monday night’s game. “It was nice to get a tough play and make it, and then I did feel things fall in place from there.”

Hoerner singled to right in his first big league at-bat, in the second inning. He reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth and eventually scored his first run on a wild pitch. He collected his first two RBIs on triple that bounced past third baseman Manny Machado and rolled into the left field corner in the fifth. With the pro-Cubs crowd cheering for him in the sixth, he hit a two-run single up the middle. He received another loud ovation in the eighth before grounding out.

Hoerner made a backhanded grab of Nick Martini’s shot in the first for his first assist, and made another nice play on Wil Myers’ grounder in the second.

 

Alonso hits 46th, 47th HRs as deGrom, Mets beat D-backs 3-1

Pete Alonso sent a couple more pitches flying into the seats while Jacob deGrom’s tosses kept darting in and out of the strike zone.

It all added up to a crucial win for the Mets.

Alonso hit two homers to take sole possession of the major league lead, deGrom struck out 11 and New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night in the opener of an important four-game series for both teams.

The Diamondbacks fell 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot while the Mets remained four back. Chicago beat San Diego 10-2.

Alonso hit a solo drive in the first inning, then connected for his 47th home run in the fifth. He moved two ahead Mike Trout for most in the majors and closed within five of Aaron Judge’s rookie record set two years ago.

“When they throw him strikes, he’s going to hit the ball hard,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “That’s first and foremost. There’s got to be some anxiety with pitchers having to face Pete. So, if he doesn’t get on via hit, he’s getting on via walk. He’s just a great hitter.”

Alonso set a team record by reaching base safely in his 34th consecutive game. The first baseman recorded his fourth career multihomer game and joined Daryl Strawberry as the only Mets rookie to get four multihomer games.

“We just made some mistakes in the wrong inning at the wrong time and he took advantage of them,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

DeGrom (9-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He gave up a home run to former teammate Wilmer Flores in the fifth and little else.

 

Yankees end Boston’s three-year run atop AL East, win 5-0

The music blared in the clubhouse behind the door to manager Aaron Boone’s office – “New York, New York” was playing through the speakers, and a few voices could be heard joining in on the lyrics.

The New York Yankees had an extra reason to be happy after ending their longtime rivals’ run atop the AL East.

New York officially stopped Boston’s three-year reign as division champs, blanking the Red Sox 5-0 Monday night behind another big effort by James Paxton.

“Absolutely, it’s awesome,” Paxton said. “We feel really confident as a team right now and it feels great to knock those guys out.”

Hours after the defending World Series champion Red Sox parted ways with team president Dave Dombrowski, and right after former star David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park three months after being shot, they were shut out at home for the first time this season.

Boston dropped 18 1/2 games behind the division-leading Yankees with 18 games left.

The Red Sox are still in playoff contention, but barely. They remained eight games behind the second wild-card spot.

Paxton (13-6) won his eighth straight start, allowing four hits in 6 2/3 innings, as the Yankees increased their lead to nine games over second-place Tampa Bay. New York is tied with Houston for the best record in the majors.

 

Bieber thrills his local fans in Indians’ 6-2 win over Halos

The chants of “Let’s go, Bieber!” rolled out of the Angel Stadium stands before Shane Bieber had even thrown a pitch. The raucous cheers continued all night long, and they culminated in that rarest of baseball honors: a curtain call for a visiting player.

Although the Cleveland Indians were on the road, Bieber was at home – and the kid from Laguna Hills definitely pitched like it.

Bieber threw seven stellar innings of five-hit ball in his first career start at his hometown stadium, and rookie Yu Chang hit his first major league homer in the Indians’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Bieber (14-7), the Indians’ All-Star right-hander, is an Orange County native who grew up 20 minutes away from the ballpark where he collected Rally Monkey dolls as a kid.

“I got a little bit nostalgic pregame in the bullpen (when) they were playing Train, `Calling All Angels,'” Bieber said, referring to the Angels’ long-standing pregame theme song. “Just a lot of memories here. That was definitely special for me.”

This homecoming was well attended, too: Bieber had dozens of raucous fans – “at least 150 that we know of,” he said – repeatedly chanting his name from a section behind the visitors’ dugout at the Big A. Bieber’s parents organized tickets for much of the turnout from his hometown and from UC Santa Barbara, where the walk-on matured into a fourth-round draft pick.

The All-Star Game MVP struck out eight Angels without a walk while allowing only one run for the first time since July.

Bieber retired 17 of his final 18 hitters, and his cheering section serenaded him throughout the night. He even took a road curtain call after finishing the seventh inning with his eighth consecutive out.

 

USC athletic director Lynn Swann abruptly resigns

 Southern California athletic director Lynn Swann resigned Monday after three tumultuous years on the job at his alma mater.

New USC President Carol Folt announced the decision in a letter expressing her “sincere appreciation” for the former Trojans receiver.

“Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote.

Dave Roberts, the former head of USC’s compliance department, will serve as interim athletic director while the school searches for a new executive to run one of the nation’s highest-profile athletic departments. Roberts is a special adviser to Folt, who assumed her position in July.

The 67-year-old Swann was hired in 2016 despite no significant experience in athletic administration. USC’s athletic department has faced several setbacks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver’s tenure, notably involvement in the widespread college admissions scandal and the college basketball corruption scandal.

Swann also soured many USC fans by backing football coach Clay Helton, who was retained after the Trojans went 5-7 last year in the powerhouse program’s first losing season since 2000. Swann didn’t hire Helton, but he signed the coach to a lucrative contract extension through 2023 after Helton’s Trojans won the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 in consecutive seasons.

Swann won four Super Bowl rings during nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing at USC and winning a national championship in 1972. He worked as a broadcaster and dabbled in corporate board jobs after his NFL retirement, and he made an unsuccessful run as the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania in 2006.

 

Fever fire coach and general manager Pokey Chatman

The Indiana Fever fired coach and general manager Pokey Chatman on Monday, a day after the team finished with a third straight losing season.

The search for a new coach and GM is underway.

“Our organization is optimistic about our future as we continue to build on our 20-year legacy as one of the WNBA’s most successful franchises,” said Tamika Catchings, Indiana’s vice president of basketball operations.

The Fever finished the season with consecutive victories to go 13-21. They more than doubled their win total of six victories from 2018.

Chatman took over in 2017 and had a 28-74 record. She had spent the previous six years coaching the Chicago Sky, where she had a 106-98 record.

Indiana will play at least its next two home seasons at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse because of renovations at Bankers Life Fieldhouse starting next summer. It has the second best chance to get the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery.

 

HCAC men’s and women’s cross country Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Men: Clayton Brumfield (Greensburg, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Brumfield recorded his first career race win and set a new PR with his 6K time of 20:03.7, helping Franklin to a runner-up finish at the Hanover Invitational.

Women: Arig Tong (Columbus, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Tong paced the field of 49 runners on Saturday morning as she won the Hanover Invitational in a time of 19:52.5 in the 6K event. The Panthers won the invitational as five members garnered top ten finishes with an average time of 20:56.8.

Notable Performances:

Men:

  • Ian Leatherman (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – In the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational, Leatherman finished 73rd in the 8K race with a time of 27:48.6.
  • Andrew Clegg (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Clegg paced the way for the Blue and Red as he claimed a second-place finish as part of the Hanover Invitational. The juniors second place finish helped guide the men’s cross country team to it’s season opening victory in the five team field.
  • Lucas Fontanez (Lowell, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – The Spartans earned a 16th-place finish and were led by the performance of Fontanez. Fontanez placed 61st overall in a field of nearly 220 runners, clocking in at 26.40.4 on Saturday.

Women:

  • Rebecca Gregg (Mansfield, Ohio) Anderson University | Freshman – Gregg placed 45th in the Indiana Wesleyan University Twilight Classic, turning in a time of 19:57.8 in the 5k race.
  • Angelina Gregory (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Freshman – In her first career event, Gregory placed ninth in the Hanover Invitational with a time of 22:22.5 in the 6k event.
  • Hannah Wappes (Columbia City, Ind.) – Manchester University | Senior – Wappes earned a top-10 finish, placing seventh overall in a field of 200 runners. Wappes crossed the finish line with a time of 22.12.2, 34 seconds faster than her previous career-best set last year. Wappes’ time on Saturday was the fourth-best time in Manchester University history in a 6K race. Hannah’s time on Saturday morning was also the fourth fastest time among NCAA Division III runners.

 

HCAC Volleyball Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Ellie Stigger (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Middle Blocker | Junior – Stigger had a gargantuan weekend at the Berry Invitational as the Pioneers went 4-0 against their competition, winning all matches in straight sets, including a straight-set victory over No. 20 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The junior had double-digit kills in all five matches in a 5-0 week in total (including a 3-set sweep of Centre to begin the week). In Transylvania’s most notable victory of the week, a 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 against No. 20 Mary Hardin-Baylor, Stigger had a co-match high 17 kills against just two errors for a .556 hitting percentage as the Pioneers beat their second top-25 opponent of the year. Stigger added three digs and an ace in the performance. In her five games this week, Stigger had attacking percentages of .350, .500, .474, .556, and .647. In the final match of the week, a 25-16, 25-10, 25-15 win over Rhodes, Stigger had a perfect 11 kills to zero errors. Stigger tallied 64 kills to 10 errors for the week and added 18 blocks.
Defensive:

Morgan Porter (Defiance, Ohio) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Porter played in all five matches and 19 sets over the course of the week, including four matches at the Penn St.-Behrend Tournament which saw DC go 3-1. She recorded 130 digs over the week including 105 at the PSU-B Tournament, giving her a 6.56 digs/set average over the weekend and 6.84 over the five-match week. The sophomore’s efforts have helped DCVB to the best start since 2014. 

Notable Performances:

  • Olivia Rice (Walkerton, Ind.) Anderson University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Rice saw action in three contests, posting 16 kills for a 1.78 kills per set average. The junior added two services aces and six blocks over the three contests.
  • Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Over three matches, the sophomore did it all, picking up 15 digs, 15 kills, eight blocks and adding two services aces.
  • Delaney Monnin (Defiance, Ohio) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Monnin’s 58 kills at the Penn St.-Behrend Tournament propelled her to earn All-Tournament Team recognition. She tallied a 3.63 kills/set rate during her 16 sets of action at the tournament and a 3.42 kills/set rate over the course of the week. The sophomore’s efforts have assisted DC volleyball to a 6-3 start to the year, the best start since 2014.
  • Kyra Harvey (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) Franklin College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Harvey helped Franklin to a 3-2 week, leading the team in kills and attacking percentage. She recorded three double-digit kill efforts, including a season-high 16 kills in a five-set win over Marietta to close out the Grizzlies’ home tournament.
  • Emma Rolf (Lebanon, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Rolf finished the week with a team-high 39 kills as the Panthers went 2-2 overall on the week defeating Spalding and Geneva. The sophomore averaged 2.44 kills per set, with a .142 hitting percentage. In the contest with nationally ranked ONU, Rolf led the way for HC with a team-high 13 kills and 13 digs. Rolf also registered six service aces.
  • Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Williams registered a team-high 87 digs in a very competitive weekend at the Sommer Spiketacular. The Panthers defeated Spalding and Geneva before falling to nationally ranked ONU 3-1 and Heidelberg in a tight 3-0 contest. The senior averaged 5.44 digs per set, while also tallying five service aces and a block.
  • Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind.) Manchester University | Right Side | Freshman – Planck is off to a strong start in her first season in a Black and Gold uniform. This past week she led Manchester with 46 kills, posted a .214 hitting percentage and totaled a career-best 21 kills in Manchester’s 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) win over Blackburn on Saturday. Spartans stand 2-4 on the young season.
  • Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Lawrie led the Spartans with 43 digs and a 3.91 digs per set average this past week across three matches. Anna Marie collected a season-best 22 digs in MU’s 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) win over Blackburn College on Saturday.
  • Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) – Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Freshman – Aselage led the Lions to a 2-0 weekend at North Park, where they defeated North Park and Blackburn both in straight sets. The surprising Lions moved their season record to 5-1 and Aselage is a big reason for it. In two matches (six sets) Aselage delivered 32 kills, on 77 attempts with only eight errors. Good for a .312 percentage, for good measure she added 16 digs.
  • Katryna Dahlberg (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dahlberg averaged 6.18 digs per set as the Fightin’ Engineers finished 1-2 at the North Central Invitational. Dahlberg crossed the 20-dig mark in all three matches, recording 21 in a three-set win over Monmouth; 20 in a three-set loss to Coe; and 27 in a five-set loss to North Central.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Freshman – Miller helped key a Transylvania defense which went a perfect 5-0 on the week and did not concede a set, winning 15 total sets, highlighted by a three-set sweep of No. 20 Mary Hardin-Baylor. Miller had a season-high 25 digs in the opening game of the week, a sweep of Centre. Miller led a Transy defense which held Centre College to two sets of negative attacking percentages, and a .000 attacking percentage in the other. In the notable win against Mary Hardin-Baylor, Miller had a team-high 14 digs. Miller finished off the week with a match-high 17 digs in a three-set win against Rhodes College.

 

BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL

Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota’s Miller, Northwestern’s Thomas-Ailara, Penn State’s Hord and Rutgers’ Swackenberg earn weekly honors 

Player of the Week

Kaitlyn Hord, Penn State

MB – So. – Lexington, Ky. – Henry Clay

  • Named the MVP of the Cyclone Invitational after leading No. 6 Penn State to 3-0 sweeps against Iowa State and LSU
  • Totaled 20 kills on a .545 hitting percentage, averaging 3.3 kills per set
  • Added seven blocks over the two matches, including a season-high five rejections versus the Tigers
  • Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Player of the Week: Haleigh Washington (Nov. 27, 2017) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Karysa Swackenberg, Rutgers

L – Sr. – Brighton, Colo. – Brighton

  • Led Rutgers in digs in all three matches as the Scarlet Knights posted a 3-0 record en route to the Rutgers Invitational title
  • Averaged 4.3 digs per set while serve receiving at a .952 clip
  • Added 11 assists without a setting error throughout the weekend
  • Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
  • Earns Rutgers’ first Defensive Player of the Week award 

Setter of the Week

Kylie Miller, Minnesota

S – Sr. – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga

  • Recorded 79 assists and averaged 13.17 helpers per set over the weekend in a win against No. 7 Florida and a loss to No. 3 Texas
  • Against the Longhorns, Miller aided the Gophers to a .311 hitting percentage despite the loss
  • In the win over No. 7 Florida, Miller had 36 assists, seven digs, an ace and a block
  • Receives her first career Setter of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Sr., MINN (Nov. 5, 2018) 

Freshman of the Week

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

OH – Glenwood, Ill. – Marian Catholic

  • Averaged 4.2 kills per set, marking a game-high 18 kills against Stephen F. Austin and Austin Peay and tied for a team-high 19 kills against Texas Tech over the weekend
  • Was selected to the all-tournament team for the second consecutive weekend
  • Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Kiara McNulty (Aug. 27, 2018)

 


Indiana Releases Remaining Non-Conference Schedule and Home Game Times 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  The remaining non-conference opponents and game times for home games have been announced for the upcoming 2019-20 Indiana Women’s Basketball season. 

“We are once again excited for the challenge our 2019-20 schedule presents us,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “It gives us a chance to play a variety of high-level opponents including the defending national champions Baylor and teams who finished last season in the Top 25 polls. This is the most challenging schedule we’ve put together during my time at Indiana and it will test us at home and on the road.” 

Seven of IU’s non-conference opponents made the postseason last year, including the defending NCAA champions Baylor, Sweet 16 South Carolina and UCLA while Miami made the tournament’s second round.  Youngstown State and Butler also played in the WNIT last season as the Bulldogs advanced to the third round and Nicholls State earned a bid into the WBI. 

Indiana begins the 2019-20 campaign with exhibition play on Sunday, Nov. 3 against McKendree. The regular season then opens up with three-straight home contests against Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 7), Nicholls State (Nov. 10) and Jackson State (Nov. 17).

Then begins a five-game road swing for the Hoosiers who will play a return game at Florida (Nov. 22) before heading off to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam for Thanksgiving. In previously announced games, IU will face South Carolina (Nov. 28), defending national champion Baylor (Nov. 29) and Washington State (Nov. 30). It will mark the third time in school history that Indiana will take part in the Paradise Jam, the first time since 2007-08. 

In another previously announced matchup, this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game will be on the road against the Miami Hurricanes (Dec. 4). IU returns home on Saturday, Dec. 7 against North Florida who they meet for the second-straight season in Bloomington. IU also returns a game at Butler on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The two teams met last season in a 66-46 win for Indiana at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Two home games wrap up the non-conference slate against Youngstown State (Dec. 15) and UCLA (Dec. 22), who the Hoosiers faced in a win in Westwood last season. 

In addition, remaining home game times that were not announced in last week’s TV schedule were also released. See below and the schedule page for all available game times to date.
Indiana finished 21-13 overall last season as it earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the second round. Four starters return from that squad including leading scorer redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg, leading rebounder senior forward Brenna Wise and junior guards Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney. Head coach Teri Moren enters her sixth season at the helm of the program.

 

2019-20 Indiana Women’s Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Location Network Time (ET)
Sunday, Nov. 3 McKendree Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7 Mount St. Mary’s Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10 Nicholls State Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 Jackson State Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 Florida Gainesville, Fla. TBD TBD
Thursday, Nov. 28 South Carolina St. Thomas, USVI TBD 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 Baylor St. Thomas, USVI TBD 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 Washington State St. Thomas, USVI TBD 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 Miami Coral Gables, Fla. TBD TBD
Saturday, Dec. 7 North Florida Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. TBD TBD
Sunday, Dec. 15 Youngstown State Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 UCLA Bloomington, Ind. BTN Noon
Saturday, Dec. 28 Michigan State Bloomington, Ind. BTN 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31 Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. BTN 3 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 6 Illinois Bloomington, Ind. BTN 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 Purdue Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa BTN 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16 Northwestern Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 20 Maryland College Park, Md. BTN 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23 Penn State University Park, Pa. BTN 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 27 Minnesota Bloomington, Ind. BTN 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 Wisconsin Bloomington, Ind. BTN 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3 Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. BTN 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6 Maryland Bloomington, Ind. BTN 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. BTN+ TBD
Thursday, Feb. 13 Illinois Champaign, Ill. BTN+ 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16 Ohio State Bloomington, Ind. BTN+ 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. TBD TBD
Thursday, Feb. 27 Nebraska Bloomington, Ind. TBD TBD
Sunday, March 1 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBD TBD
Wed-Sun Mar. 4-8 B1G Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBD TBD

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1881       At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23 year-old Waterbury, CT native’s sayonara slam, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.

1914       Braves’ shortstop Johnny Evers is suspended for three days after swearing at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, who has been banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he was talking to the ball and not to the arbitrator.

1919       Cleveland’s right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.

1933       The inaugural East-West All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league Midsummer Classic played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping to relieve some of the burden facing the financially-strapped club owners.

1950       For the second consecutive year, the Red Sox sweep the home season series with the A’s. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.

1950       In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. It is the third time that Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game, but he has never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.

1959       Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turns down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.

1963       In the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers – Jesus, Matty, and Felipe – to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.

1963       In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42 year-old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since the birth of his grandson earlier in the day.

1964       With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season, and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.

1967       In the first game of a doubleheader at White Sox Park, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when the team is blanked by Cisco Carlos, 4-0.

1967       At Candlestick Park, San Francisco hurler Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak comes to an end as the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.

1969       At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. The Amazins, with their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, take a one-game lead over the second-place Cubs, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Phillies.

1974       Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills’s 12 year-old single season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.

1977       The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles, and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.

1980       Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.

1985       Both teams charge onto the Shea Stadium field when George Foster is hit with a first-inning pitch thrown by Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appeared annoyed by the Mets’ hitter stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat. Minutes after the bench-clearing incident and order is restored, Howard Johnson hits a grand slam to give New York an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.

1985       Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.

1992       Cardinals vice chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.

1997       In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice, in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.

1999       At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis, en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 18 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.

2000       On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historic victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.

2002       Alex Rodriguez breaks the home run record for shortstops he established last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season, helping Texas to defeat the Mariners, 3-2.

2003       Javy Lopez homers off Phillies’ righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257, and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.

2006       Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24 year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.

2007       At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.

2007       Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks’ National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled a total of 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.

2008       In a 3-2 Astros loss at Citizens Bank Park, Charlton Jimerson, pinch hitting for Roger Clemens, homers off Phillies’ southpaw Cole Hamels. The sixth-inning blast to center field makes the Houston rookie the third player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

2008       With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a postseason spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.

2013       With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. The Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases, however, yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS 1972

MUNICH, West Germany [Sunday]- In a chaotic finish unparalleled for the sport of basketball, the Soviet Union snapped the 63-game winning streak of the United States, 51‚50, early this morning and won the Olympic gold medal. The official result of the game, however, was delayed pending a protest made by Hank Iba, the American coach, and a hastily arranged meeting of a five member jury of the International Amateur Basketball Federation (F.I.B.A.).

Ken Davis, a player representative for the American team, said the players would not accept a silver medal if the appeal was turned down. Davis said the vote had been unanimous. A short while later, the F.I.B.A. jury said that it would announce its decision at 8 A.M. Sunday, New York time.

Iba’s protest concerned the almost unbelievable events that occurred during the final few seconds of the game, after the United States took the lead for the first time on two foul shots by Doug Collins with three seconds left. The Soviet Union took possession after the shots and put the ball in play from under its basket. The inbounds pass was deflected, however, and when time ran out, the American players began jumping up and down excitedly on the court believing they had won the game and the gold medal.

Their joy was short-lived. A ruling was issued at courtside by Robert Jones, secretary- general of F.I.B.A. The exact details of the ruling remain in conflict over whether Jones had decided that the Soviet Union had called time before putting the ball in play or whether the official clock was in error and showed only one second when the Soviet team took possession. Either way, Jones informed the officials and the two coaches that the clock would be reset with three seconds left and the Soviet team again would have one last play.

The 68-year-old Iba, who had coached American gold medal teams in 1964 and 1968, angrily stalked after the referees and the F.I.B.A. officials and had to be restrained by his players. After order was restored at courtside, a Soviet player tried a desperation baseball pass that traveled the length of the court to Aleksander Belov, a muscular 6-foot-8-inch forward, who was being guarded under the American basket by Kevin Joyce and James Forbes. All three players went up for the ball, but Joyce and Forbes were knocked to the floor in the battle for position. Belov grabbed the ball at the full extension of his jump, brought it down and then went back up again for the layup that sealed the Soviet victory before a stunned and confused crowd.

Chaos ensued. Iba again rushed to the scorer’s table, Forbes wept unabashedly, and photographers, newsmen and irate fans flooded onto the floor. “I don’t think it’s possible to have made that play in three seconds,” Iba shouted. “There’s no damn way he can get that shot off in time.” Under international rules, the clock does not start on inbounds plays until the ball is touched. “I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years of basketball,” Iba said later. Both referees, a Bulgarian and Brazilian, signed the score-sheets after the game. Iba, however, refused and issued the formal protest that prompted the meeting of the F.I.B.A. jury.

The five-member jury voted 3‚2 along East‚West lines to support the decision of F.I.B.A.’s Robert Jones, which meant the Soviet Union remained the winner, 51‚50. Judges from Hungary, Poland and Cuba ruled in favor of the Soviet team while those from Italy and Puerto Rico sided with the United States. The silver medals of the United States team members remain unclaimed.

 

NFL STANDINGS

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

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 95 50 .655 53 – 22 42 – 28 51 – 17 16 – 14 16 – 11 7 – 3 W 3
Tampa Bay 86 59 .593 9 43 – 32 43 – 27 38 – 29 20 – 13 15 – 12 9 – 1 W 5
Boston 76 68 .528 18.5 36 – 39 40 – 29 32 – 34 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 L 3
Toronto 55 89 .382 39.5 27 – 42 28 – 47 21 – 37 17 – 18 14 – 17 1 – 9 L 7
Baltimore 46 97 .322 48 22 – 50 24 – 47 21 – 46 10 – 18 9 – 22 2 – 8 L 5
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 88 55 .615 40 – 31 48 – 24 20 – 12 38 – 22 23 – 11 6 – 4 L 1
Cleveland 83 61 .576 5.5 43 – 29 40 – 32 18 – 16 43 – 24 16 – 13 4 – 6 W 1
Chi White Sox 63 80 .441 25 34 – 37 29 – 43 15 – 18 30 – 30 12 – 18 3 – 7 W 1
Kansas City 53 91 .368 35.5 29 – 44 24 – 47 10 – 23 27 – 39 8 – 19 6 – 4 L 1
Detroit 42 100 .296 45.5 18 – 50 24 – 50 11 – 15 20 – 43 6 – 27 3 – 7 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 95 50 .655 56 – 17 39 – 33 19 – 13 18 – 13 47 – 15 8 – 2 W 5
Oakland 84 60 .583 10.5 48 – 27 36 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 33 – 28 6 – 4 L 1
Texas 72 73 .497 23 40 – 29 32 – 44 13 – 10 18 – 16 32 – 36 7 – 3 W 4
LA Angels 67 77 .465 27.5 35 – 34 32 – 43 15 – 14 13 – 15 27 – 40 3 – 7 L 1
Seattle 58 86 .403 36.5 29 – 40 29 – 46 13 – 17 16 – 14 25 – 45 2 – 8 L 6

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 90 55 .621 47 – 28 43 – 27 42 – 22 20 – 13 16 – 14 9 – 1 W 1
Washington 79 63 .556 9.5 41 – 29 38 – 34 36 – 29 16 – 13 18 – 16 5 – 5 W 1
Philadelphia 74 69 .517 15 41 – 32 33 – 37 30 – 32 20 – 13 14 – 19 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 73 70 .510 16 39 – 29 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 11 – 13 6 – 4 W 1
Miami 51 92 .357 38 29 – 46 22 – 46 20 – 46 10 – 21 12 – 14 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 81 62 .566 46 – 26 35 – 36 16 – 14 40 – 26 16 – 11 7 – 3 W 2
Chi Cubs 76 66 .535 4.5 47 – 24 29 – 42 17 – 17 31 – 29 16 – 12 5 – 5 L 3
Milwaukee 75 68 .524 6 43 – 31 32 – 37 18 – 11 37 – 30 12 – 15 7 – 3 W 4
Cincinnati 67 77 .465 14.5 40 – 35 27 – 42 16 – 15 29 – 38 14 – 15 4 – 6 W 1
Pittsburgh 62 81 .434 19 31 – 41 31 – 40 11 – 21 25 – 39 14 – 16 6 – 4 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 93 52 .641 56 – 20 37 – 32 21 – 9 22 – 11 43 – 24 5 – 5 W 1
Arizona 75 69 .521 17.5 36 – 33 39 – 36 15 – 13 13 – 13 33 – 37 7 – 3 L 2
San Francisco 69 74 .483 23 30 – 38 39 – 36 11 – 16 13 – 16 36 – 34 4 – 6 L 1
San Diego 66 76 .465 25.5 33 – 38 33 – 38 14 – 18 11 – 15 30 – 34 5 – 5 W 2
Colorado 60 84 .417 32.5 34 – 35 26 – 49 15 – 15 10 – 17 27 – 40 1 – 9 L 2

 

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

 

MLS 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

 

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