HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

Centerville recorded its best score of the year in defeating Richmond 213-225 on Monday at the Elks Country Club.  Medalist for the match with a 47 was Macky Laughlin.  That brings Centerville’s record to 5-8 on the season.  The Bulldogs will continue to prepare for the sectional with a dual match on Thursday at Royal Highland Golf Course in Knightstown with Eastern Hancock. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

The Hagerstown Varsity Volleyball team defeated Tri-High in straight sets to improve their overall record to 16-2 and 2-0 in the TEC. Regan Tinkle Had 12 kills, Jessica Swimm 9 kills, Hallie Rogers had 22 assists, Carli Morris had 13 digs, Maddie Pruitt had 4 kills and 4 total blocks, Camryn Bradway had 14 service points and Abby Hill had 13 service points. The Lady-Tigers will host Lincoln on Thursday.

The Junior Varsity also won in straight sets. Allison Ayotte had 20 service points with 7 aces and 13 assists. Mackenzie Johnson had 6 kills, Makynna Matanich and Makayla Matanich had 4 kills each. They raise their overall record to 11-2 on the season. 

Union County 3 Lawrenceburg 2

Blue River 3 Winchester 0

Eastern Hancock 3 Randolph Southern 0

Kokomo 3 Peru 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

LINCOLN                         0

CENTERVILLE                 5

#1 SINGLES  SPENCER SURLES (C) DF MARK COX (L)  6-7 (8-6), 6-3, 6-2

#2 SINGLES  EVAN WITTE (C) DF TYLER WYLES (L)  6–0, 6-0

#3 SINGLES  BRYAN CRAWLEY (C) DF DEVIN BROOKS (L)  6-0, 6-1

#1 DOUBLES  NATE REED & KOBE BROWN (C) DF ZACH HALL & JACOB LONGO (L)  6-2, 6-1

#2 DOUBLES  MASON CUNNINGHAM & CARTER OWENS (C) DF JARRIN ERVIN & DILLON ASHER (L)  6-2, 6-2

JUNIOR VARSITY

LINCOLN                            0

CENTERVILLE                    2

#1 SINGLES  GAGE LECKLIDER (C) DF AUSTIN BROOKS  6-0

#2 SINGLES   DOMINIC LOCKE (C) DF AUSTIN BROOKS  6-0

LINCOLN 6-8 HOSTS NORTHEASTERN ON WEDNESDAY

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

Muncie Burris 9 Seton Catholic 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5

NCC

Harrison at Anderson 7 pm

Tech at Muncie Central 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 7 pm

Marion at Richmond 7 pm

McCutcheon at Logansport 7 pm

AREA

Lincoln at Hagerstown  7 pm

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 7 pm

Tri at Centerville  7 pm

Union City at Northeastern  7 pm

Winchester at Union County  7 pm

Shenandoah at Wes-Del  7 pm

South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Rushville, 7 pm

East Central at Batesville, 7 pm

Franklin County at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Greensburg, 7 pm

 

IU EAST EARNS NAIA CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER HONOR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 12th year in a row, Indiana University East earned Champions of Character “Five Star Institution” recognition from the NAIA

IU East is one of 180 colleges and universities recognized with an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award for the 2018-19 school year, the NAIA announced this month.

To receive the award, members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard during the 2018-19 school year.

IU East received the maximum possible score in multiple Scorecard categories:

* Promotion of Champions of Character on campus and to the community

* Champions of Character staff and athlete training

* Champions of Character outreach experiences

* Community service

* Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe’s participation in Champions of Character activities

* Academic performance

The Champions of Character Scorecard measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA Champions of Character program. Institutions earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

IU East has been named a Champions of Character institution after each of its 12 years of NAIA membership. IU East earned “Silver” status for the 2018-19 school year.

To learn more about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and Five Star Award visit www.ChampionsofCharacter.org.

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

Detroit 5 Baltimore 2

Minnesota 5 Chicago White Sox 3

Kansas City 6 Oakland 5

Milwaukee 5 San Diego 1

St. Louis 4 Washington 2

Chicago Cubs 8 Cincinnati 2

Colorado 9 NY Mets 4

Arizona 7 Miami 5

 

MLB SCHEDULE – TUESDAY

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees 6:35 pm

Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05 pm

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians 7:10 pm

San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox 7:10 pm

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves 7:20 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:40 pm

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 7:45 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs 8:05 pm

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs 9:40 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics 10:07 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10 pm

MLB Wednesday, September 18

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals1:15 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies3:10 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics3:37 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs3:40 pm

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees6:35 pm

Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles7:05 pm

Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates7:05 pm

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians7:10 pm

San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox7:10 pm

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves7:20 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers7:40 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins7:40 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs8:05 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers8:10 pm

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros8:10 pm

 

NFL – SCOREBOARD

Cleveland 23 NY Jets 3

 

NFL Week 3 Games

Thursday September 19, 2019

Tennessee @ Jacksonville 8:20pm

Sunday September 22, 2019 

Cincinnati @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Indianapolis 1:00pm

Miami @ Dallas 1:00pm

Oakland @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Detroit @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Denver @ Green Bay 1:00pm

Baltimore @ Kansas City 1:00pm

Jets @ New England 1:00pm

Giants @ Tampa Bay 4:05pm

Carolina @ Arizona 4:05pm

Pittsburgh @ San Francisco 4:25pm

New Orleans @ Seattle 4:25pm

Houston @ Chargers 4:25pm

Rams @ Cleveland 8:20pm

Monday September 23, 2019

Chicago @ Washington 8:15pm

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, Sept. 19

Houston at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN

 

Friday, Sept. 20

Florida International at Louisiana Tech | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at No. 20 Boise State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 10 Utah at Southern California | 9 p.m. | FS1

 

Saturday, Sept. 21

No. 4 LSU at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Morgan State at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Tennessee at No. 9 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boston College at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX

Elon at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Southern Miss at No. 2 Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

UL Monroe at Iowa State | 12 p.m. | FS1

Western Michigan at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

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

No. 23 California at Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Michigan State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC

Coastal Carolina at UMass | 1 p.m. | FloSports

Louisiana at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Akron | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Central Connecticut at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network

Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Wyoming at Tulsa | 3:30 p.m.

SMU at No. 25 TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

No. 15 UCF at Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2

Temple at Buffalo | ESPNU

Miami (OH) at No. 6 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Washington at BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2

Appalachian State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Kentucky at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Central Michigan at Miami | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

South Carolina at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

New Mexico State at New Mexico | 4:30 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

West Virginia at Kansas | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+

William & Mary at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Hampton at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Wagner at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Baylor at Rice | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Southern Illinois at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Ball State at N.C. State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Old Dominion at No. 21 Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia State at Texas State | ESPN+

No. 16 Oregon at Stanford | 7 p.m. | ESPN

San Jose State at Arkansas | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UTSA at North Texas | 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia | 8 p.m. | CBS

Nebraska at Illinois | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Nevada at UTEP | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Sacramento State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | Facebook

Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Toledo at Colorado State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSSN

UCLA at No. 19 Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Central Arkansas at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

 

NHL PRE—SEASON

Nashville 6 Florida 3

New Jersey 4 Boston 3

Washington 4 Chicago 3

Montréal 4 New Jersey 2

NY Islanders 3 Philadelphia 1

Buffalo 5 Pittsburgh 4

Asheville 1 Florida 0

St. Louis 2 Dallas 0

Vancouver 3 Calgary 2

Edmonton 2 Winnipeg 0

Calgary 4 Vancouver 3

 

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS

3A

  1. Zionsville
  2. North Central
  3. Carroll (Ft. Wayne)
  4. Chesterton
  5. Center Grove
  6. Columbus East
  7. Warsaw
  8. Crown Point
  9. Noblesville
  10. Castle
  11. Hamilton Southeastern
  12. Northridge
  13. Fishers
  14. Hammond Morton
  15. Penn
  16. Goshen
  17. Greenfield-Central
  18. Southport
  19. Harrison (West Lafayette)
  20. Lake Central

 

2A

  1. Memorial (Evansville)
  2. Mishawaka Marian
  3. Guerin Catholic
  4. Concordia Lutheran
  5. Cardinal Ritter
  6. Danville
  7. Washington Community
  8. St. Joseph (South Bend)
  9. Western
  10. Manchester
  11. Lawrenceburg
  12. Heritage Hills
  13. NorthWood
  14. Gibson Southern
  15. Leo
  16. West Noble
  17. Brebeuf Jesuit
  18. Lebanon
  19. New Castle
  20. Canterbury

 

1A

  1. Park Tudor
  2. University
  3. Bethany Christian
  4. Scecina Memorial
  5. Oldenburg Academy
  6. Argos
  7. Lakewood Park Christian
  8. South Knox
  9. Providence
  10. Heritage Christian
  11. Lafayette Central Catholic
  12. Jac-Cen-Del
  13. Greenwood Christian
  14. Covington
  15. Bethesda Christian
  16. Shoals
  17. Lutheran (Indianapolis)
  18. Marquette Catholic
  19. Covenant Christian (DeMotte)
  20. Central Christian Academy

 

 

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS

3A                                                               

  1. Hamilton Southeastern
  2. Evansville Memorial
  3. Carmel
  4. Noblesville
  5. Castle
  6. Homestead
  7. Center Grove
  8. Fishers
  9. SB Saint Joseph
  10. Zionsville
  11. Penn
  12. Bloomington South
  13. Chesterton
  14. FW Carroll
  15. Valparaiso
  16. Columbus North
  17. Crown Point
  18. North Central
  19. Warsaw
  20. Floyd Central & Decatur Central

 

2A

  1. Cathedral
  2. Brebeuf Jesuit
  3. Mishawaka Marian
  4. Bishop Chatard
  5. Bishop Dwenger
  6. Evansville Mater Dei
  7. Wheeler
  8. South Dearborn
  9. Bellmont
  10. Concordia Lutheran
  11. Culver Academy
  12. Lawrenceburg
  13. Batesville
  14. Heritage Hills
  15. DeKalb
  16. Western
  17. Northview
  18. Plymouth
  19. West Lafatyette
  20. Hamilton Heights

 

1A

  1. Park Tudor
  2. Lafayette Central Catholic
  3. Eastbrook
  4. FW Blackhawk
  5. Boone Grove
  6. Argos
  7. University
  8. Evansville Day
  9. Oldenburg
  10. Vincennes Rivet
  11. Providence
  12. Andrean
  13. Bethany Christian-Goshen
  14. South Spencer
  15. Manchester
  16. Heritage Christian-Indy
  17. Triton Central
  18. Faith Christian
  19. Forest Park
  20. Covenant Christian-DeMotte & Laville

 

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL

Carmel

2.Homestead

3.Floyd Central

4.Columbus North

5.North Central

6.TH South

7.Munster

8.FW Carroll

9.Fishers

10.Westfield

11T.Bloomington S.

11T.Center Grove

13.HSE

14.Brebeuf

15.Evansville Reitz

16.Park Tudor

17.West Lafayette

18.Jasper

19.Cathedral

20.SB St Joseph

21.Zionsville

22.Castle

23.Delta

24.FW Canterbury

25.Brownsburg

26.FW Dwenger

27.Lafayette Harrison

28.Crown Point

29.Marion

30T.Loogootee/ Mississinewa

 

DISTRICT 4

1 Delta

2 Marion

3 Mississinewa

4 Richmond

5 Centerville

 

 

INDIANA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. ZIONSVILLE
  2. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  3. CARMEL
  4. FISHERS
  5. COLUMBUS NORTH
  6. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  7. NOBLESVILLE
  8. FLOYD CENTRAL
  9. WEST LAFAYETTE
  10. CATHEDRAL
  11. BISHOP CHATARD
  12. BISHOP DWENGER
  13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  14. BREBEUF
  15. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  16. HOMESTEAD
  17. NORTH CENTRAL
  18. VALPARAISO
  19. LAKE CENTRAL
  20. PENN
  21. WESTFIELD
  22. NORTHVIEW
  23. CARDINAL RITTER
  24. CHESTERTON
  25. BROWNSBURG

 

 

INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  2. CARMEL
  3. HOMESTEAD
  4. FISHERS
  5. BREBEUF
  6. COLUMBUS NORTH
  7. NOBLESVILLE
  8. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  9. CENTER GROVE
  10. BROWNSBURG
  11. ZIONSVILLE
  12. CROWN POINT
  13. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  14. HARRISON
  15. VALPARAISO
  16. JASPER
  17. FLOYD CENTRAL
  18. JENNINGS COUNTY
  19. NORTH CENTRAL
  20. WEST NOBLE
  21. PENN
  22. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  23. LAPORTE
  24. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  25. WESTVIEW

 

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POLLS

Class 4A
1    Yorktown
2    Providence
3    New Castle
4    McCutcheon
5    Munster

Class 3A
1    Evansville Memorial
2    Muncie Burris
3    NorthWood
4    Brownstown Central
5    FW Concordia

Class 2A
1    Barr-Reeve
2    Wapahani
3    Hagerstown
4    Heritage Christian
5    Park Tudor

Class A
1    Pioneer
2    Trinity Lutheran
3    Loogootee
4    Cowan
5    Lafayette Central Catholic

 

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL POLL

1 Nebraska

2 Stanford

3 Texas

4 Penn State

5 Baylor

6 Pittsburgh

7 Minnesota

8 Marquette

9 Wisconsin

10 Washington

11 Florida

12 BYU

13 Hawaii

14 Oregon

15 Creighton

16 Kentucky

17 Missouri

18 Utah

19 Illinois

20 Southern California

21 Purdue

22 Colorado State

23 Florida State

24 California

25 Louisville

 

 

HCAC Volleyball Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Sarah Dickman (Richmond, Ind.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Dickman averaged 3.06 kills per set and hit .246 over 18 sets in five matches while leading Earlham volleyball to a 4-1 record last week. She tallied a season-high 15 kills in Earlham’s four-set win over archrival Wilmington College (Ohio) with one block assist. Sarah logged seven and eight kills respectively in matches against Albion College (W, 3-0) and IU Southeast (L, 3-1) on day one of Earlham’s Quaker Classic tournament; she rebounded on day two with 14 kills while hitting .367 with a solo block against Marietta College (W, 3-1), followed by 11 kills and a .296 hitting pct. and a service ace in the tourney closer against Spalding University (W, 3-0).

Defensive:

Allison Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Thompson helped Franklin to a 3-1 week with wins over Berea, Adrian and Capital, racking up a career-high 32 digs to close out the weekend in a five-set match against Trine. She finished with five aces and handed out nine assists.

Notable Performances:

Emily Hale (Daleville, Ind.) Anderson University | Outside Hitter | Senior – Hale averaged 2.47 kills per set and turned in a .273 hitting percentage as Anderson went 3-2 last week. She contributed nine kills and a .375 attack percentage in three sets against Albion. Hale also smashed 13 kills and put together a .310 hitting percentage in five sets against MacMurray.

Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Troyer averaged 5.29 digs per set as Anderson went 3-2 last week. She scattered 26 digs in three sets against Monmouth.

Remi Bower (Deshler, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Bower knocked down a team-high 48 kills (3.43 kills per set) at the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic over the weekend en rout to being named to the All-Tournament Team. She was also in on nine blocks as Bluffton went 1-3 at Wooster.

Morgan Porter (Defiance, Ohio) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Porter continued her streak of impressive performances by helping Defiance volleyball to a 3-1 mark over last week’s action. The junior featured in all 15 sets for the Purple and Gold. Porter started the week with a home opening contest against Adrian in which she tallied 20 digs in three sets of action. The Defiance native then went on to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the Bishop Invitational after recording 67 digs and assisting the Yellow Jackets to a 2-1 record. Over the course of the week Porter recorded an impressive 5.80 digs per set. Porter currently stands atop the HCAC in both digs (288) and digs per set (6.13).

Sydney Ameluxen (Wichita Falls, Texas) Earlham College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Ameluxen charted 72 digs (4.00 digs per set) over 18 sets in five matches last week while leading Earlham to a 4-1 record. She tallied 23 digs, one shy of her season high, with two service aces in Earlham’s four-set win over archrival Wilmington College (Ohio). During the weekend’s Earlham Quaker Classic tournament, Sydney logged 21 digs in a three-set win over Albion and six digs in a four-set loss to IU Southeast in Friday’s opening games. In Saturday’s matches, Sydney recorded 13 digs with six service aces in a four-set win over Marietta College, then served up six more aces with nine digs in a three-set victory over Spalding. For the weekend, Sydney amassed 14 service aces giving her 21 on the season.

Billie Jarrett (Speedway, Ind.) Franklin College | Setter | Freshman – Jarrett recorded 8.93 assists per set over four matches last week, helping Franklin to a 3-1 record. She added six aces and 30 digs, posting her best game of the week with a 44-assist performance in a win over Adrian on Friday night.

Carlie Burson (Corydon, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Burson led the Panthers to a 3-0 overall week as they swept the competition as part of the Hanover Invitational. The senior finished the weekend hitting .200 with 17 kills. She averaged 1.70 kills per set. She also tallied five blocks, two of which were solo. For her efforts she was named part of the All-Invite team.

Ally Williams (Fountaintown, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Williams helped propel the Blue and Red to a 3-0 overall week as they swept the competition as part of the Hanover Invite. Williams registered 47 digs, averaging 4.70 digs per set. She ranks third among the league in total digs and digs per set. The Panthers defeated Capital and Trine in straight sets and beat Adrian 3-1.

Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind.) Manchester University | Setter | Junior – Gandhi helped Manchester rally for a five-set win at St. Mary’s (Ind.) on Wednesday. The junior posted season-highs of 37 assists and 11 digs. Gandhi’s passing helped MU place four different Spartans in double figure in kills. She has compiled 157 digs this season and currently boasts a 6.04 assists per set average.

Rachel Ressler (Tipton, Ind.) Manchester University | Outside Hitter | Freshman – Ressler helped Manchester rally from a two-set-to-one deficit at St. Mary’s (Ind.) on Wednesday. The Spartans won a thrilling five-set match against the Belles (19-25, 31-29, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9). Ressler anchored MU’s defensive efforts with a season-high (and career-high) 23 digs. Ressler also added three block assists in MU’s lone match last week.

Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Freshman – Aselage led the Lions to a 3-0 week, winning all nine sets the team played over the week. Defeating Spalding, Pitt-Greensburg and Shenandoah the Lions moved to 8-1 on the year. During the week Brook registered 29 kills, on 79 attempts against only 13 errors (.203 hitting percentage). She added 29 digs and three blocks.

Brooklyn Brunner (Springboro, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive Specialist | Freshman – Brunner helped to lead The Mount to a 3-0 week, defeating Spalding, Pitt-Greensburg and Shenandoah. The Lions continued their streak of wins coming in straight sets. It took only nine sets to win their three matches this week. Brooklyn delivered 46 digs (5.11 digs per set) for the Lions this week.

Katryna Dahlberg (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dahlberg was the highlight of Rose-Hulman’s 1-4 week. Dahlberg averaged 5.58 digs per set in tallying 106 digs in five matches last week She recorded a season-high 36 digs in a narrow five-set loss to Lincoln and added 21 digs against Illinois College.

Jordan Horne (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Opposite Hitter | Senior – Horne was an intricate part of an offense that went a perfect 3-0 this week at the Pikes Peak Challenge in Colorado Springs. Horne registered a career-high 26 kills against just four errors for a .489 attacking percentage in a 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern to close out the weekend. Over three matches, Horne logged 42 kills to help the Pioneers sweep the opposition. The senior was also named to the Pikes Peak Challenge All-Tournament Team for helping the Pioneers go 3-0 in Colorado. In a key 3-2 win over No. 7 Colorado College, Horne was solid at the net with nine kills and matched her season-high with six blocks while contributing six digs and three assists.

Hannah Talkers (Villa Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Setter | Senior – Talkers had an all-around dominant weekend as the Pioneers went a perfect 3-0 at the Pikes Peak Challenge tournament hosted by Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Talkers led off the weekend with a match-high 22 digs in Transylvania’s win over No. 7 nationally ranked Colorado College, the Pioneers’ first five-set win of the year. Talkers covered all areas of the floor and made a number of key defensive plays to lead the Pioneers on numerous comebacks in the marathon match. Talkers also added five blocks in addition to the 22 digs to roll out the complete defensive performance. The senior displayed her versatility with a line of 22 digs, 42 assists, eight kills, and five blocks. Talkers logged 12 digs in a four-set win against Whitworth to complete a Friday night doubleheader sweep and added another two blocks in the win. She finished her weekend with a line of 15 digs, one block, 47 assists, and one kill in a four-set win against Birmingham-Southern. For her performance, Talkers was named the Most Valuable Player of the Pikes Peak Challenge as the Pioneers grew their winning streak to eight matches.

 

BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL

Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota’s Miller, Pittman and Samedy and Northwestern’s Thomas-Ailara earn weekly honors 

Player of the Week

Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota

OPP – Jr. – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge

  • Led the Gophers with 35 kills in 96 attempts (.240 kill percentage) and averaged 5.00 kills per set in a pair of wins over ranked teams, No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford
  • Against the Ducks, posted a match-best 14 kills, 11 digs and two aces for her fourth double-double of the season
  • Versus the Cardinal, followed with a 21-kill performance in 59 attempts, 11 digs and six blocks marking her fifth double-double of the year
  • Garners her fourth career Player of the Week decoration and the first of the season
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Alexis Hart (Oct. 1, 2018) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Regan Pittman, Minnesota

MB – Jr. – Spring Hill, Kan. – Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • Averaged two blocks per set in a pair of wins over No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford
  • Posted seven blocks, seven kills in 15 attempts and hit .400 against the Ducks
  • Against the No. 1 Cardinal, tallied another seven blocks, a team best, as the Gophers had a season-best 13 blocks in a single match
  • Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Dalianliz Rosado (Oct. 23, 2017) 

Setter of the Week

Kylie Miller, Minnesota

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

  • Averaged 12.57 assists per set and helped Minnesota to a pair of wins over No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford as the Gophers hit .247 on the weekend against ranked opponents
  • Also added 25 digs, two aces and five blocks over the weekend
  • Against the No. 1 Cardinal, added a season-best 50 assists, completed the double-double with 17 digs and added four blocks, including one solo block
  • Receives her second career Setter of the Week award and the second in as many weeks
  • Last Minnesota Setter of the Week: Kylie Miller (Sept. 9, 2019) 

Freshman of the Week

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

OH – Glenwood, Ill. – Marian Catholic

  • Averaged 5.3 kills per set hitting .345 percent for the Wildcats on the weekend
  • Her 32 kills against American earned her the all-time single game program record for freshmen, the 4-set single game program record and the second single game all-time program record
  • Receives her second career Freshman of the Week honor and the second in as many weeks
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Temi Thomas-Ailara (Sept. 9, 2019)

 

 

HCAC men’s and women’s cross country Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:

Men:

Noah Scherf (Michigan City, Ind.) Earlham College | Junior – Scherf was Earlham’s top runner at the 11-team Ohio Wesleyan Invitational 8K race on Saturday, posting a time of 26:54.5 and finishing eighth in a field of 129 runners. He led Earlham men’s cross country to a fourth-place finish in the event. The event was Scherf’s first race back competing for the Quakers after running for Team USA at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, in late August.

Women:

Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich.) Bluffton University | Senior – Leading the Beaver women was senior Cash with a 10th place finish in 24:03.5 for the 8-kilometer race.

Notable Performances:

Men:

Dakota Frost (Edgerton, Ohio) Bluffton University | Senior – Frost paced the Beaver’s men’s team, coming in 15th place with a time of 27:10.7 for the 8-kilometer race.

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Roethlisberger done for season with right elbow injury

Ben Roethlisberger’s season is over. His career possibly, too.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s injured right elbow will require surgery, ending the 37-year-old’s 16th season just two weeks in. Roethlisberger shook his arm after a pair of passes with the Steelers driving late in the first half. He remained in the game through the end of the drive but watched the second half from the sideline in a white baseball cap as backup Mason Rudolph took over.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger underwent an MRI exam on Sunday night and team doctors determined Roethlisberger requires surgery. Roethlisberger will have the procedure later this week.

Roethlisberger, who led the NFL in passing last season, signed an extension in April that runs through the 2021. There was no immediate timetable on the two-time Super Bowl winner’s return.

Roethlisberger has been Pittsburgh’s starter since taking over for Tommy Maddox in Week 2 of the 2004 season as a rookie. His start on Sunday was the 218th appearance of his career, second most in the franchise’s 87-year history. He holds the club record in just about every major statistical passing category, including yards (56,545), touchdowns (363), attempts (7,230) and completions (4,651). He is 144-71-1 as a starter and is 13-8 in the playoffs, guiding the Steelers to victories in a pair of Super Bowls and an appearance in another.

His 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the 2008 Super Bowl against Arizona gave the Steelers their sixth title and is considered one of the seminal moment’s in the championship game’s history.

“Prayers up to my guy Ben on his upcoming surgery,” wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted shortly after Roethlisberger’s diagnosis was announced. “So sad to hear the news, but we’re gonna hold it down for you.”

Roethlisberger wasn’t particularly sharp in a season-opening loss to New England in Week 1 and was 8 of 15 for 75 yards on Sunday, though he did complete 5 of 6 passes on his final drive of the season, including at least two after he grimaced in obvious pain.

Pittsburgh (0-2) will now move on with Rudolph, taken in the third round of the 2018 draft. Rudolph went 12 of 19 for 112 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against Seattle in the first regular-season snaps of his career. The Steelers play at San Francisco (2-0) next Sunday.

“I am completely confident in myself, being a leader on the team and playing games,” Rudolph said on Sunday afternoon. “That’s what it all comes down to. If (Roethlisberger is out a while), I’m ready to roll.”

 

AP source: Saints’ Brees has torn ligament in thumb

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation.

Brees has elected to have surgery, but it is not yet clear when the operation will take place or who will perform it, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the diagnosis has not been announced.

Brees left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter after the thumb on his right hand hit the hand of on-rushing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the follow trough of a throw.

The Saints lost the game 27-9, with backup Teddy Bridgewater going 17 for 30 passing for 165 yards during the last three-plus quarters.

Brees has missed only one full game because of an injury in his previous 13 seasons with New Orleans. The Saints narrowly lost that game, with Luke McCown at quarterback, at Carolina during the 2015 season.

Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,621 and yards passing with 74,845. His 522 touchdowns tie him for second all-time with New England’s Tom Brady, 17 behind retired former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Saints are practicing this week in the Seattle area before playing the Seahawks on Sunday. New Orleans’ five games after they play Seattle are against Dallas, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Chicago and Arizona, followed by a Week 9 bye.

Bridgewater, who returned this season on a one-year, free-agent deal, is the primary backup. Taysom Hill, who plays a variety of skill positions on offense and also plays on special teams, is the third string QB. It remains to be seen how his playing time at various positions will be affected if he is elevated to second-string QB while Brees is out.

At 1-1, the Saints are tied for first place in the NFC South. They entered the season with high expectations after advancing to the NFC title game last season, losing to the Rams in a game marred by officials’ non-call of pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact fouls committed by a Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman against then Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis.


Giants Shurmur won’t commit to Manning for Tampa Bay game

Coach Pat Shurmur has refused to say whether two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will continue to start at quarterback for the winless New York Giants.

Shurmur said his coaching staff will be discussing all areas after the Giants fell to 0-2, losing their home opener 28-14 to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Now in his second season as head coach, Shurmur said Manning has been the starter but he does not want to discuss whether he is thinking about making the change to Daniel Jones.

Jones was taken sixth overall in the NFL draft and played very well in the preseason. He also is a lot more mobile than Manning and offers that option to the offense.

“Eli has been our starter to this point,” Shurmur said Monday. “I don’t want to talk about anything else moving forward.”

When told his refusal to make a definitive statement on his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay would invite speculation, Shurmur said he understood. He also said he felt Manning has played well.

Manning seemed uncertain about his future minutes later in the locker room. He sounded as if he had not been told his status.

“We’re 0-2 and you are looking for answers,” the 38-year-old Manning said. “I get it, we drafted a guy early and you are not winning games, these things are going to come up. I just have to keep working and do whatever my job is.”

Manning is 56 of 89 for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating is 78.7.

Jones led the NFL in the preseason, completing 29 of 34 passes for 416 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has been getting a series or two with the first team in practice to stay ready, but it’s not much work.

What’s surprising is the Giants have struggled scoring. They got a touchdown on each of their opening drives against Dallas and Buffalo, but added 17 points combined on every other drive.

The problem has been third down: New York is 5 of 23, which is horrible.

“We’re 0-2, there is always room for improvement,” Manning said. “I feel like I am not missing, I missed one throw to Evan, yesterday. We just have to figure out a way to score more points and to do better on third down, and figure out a way to make completions on third downs.”

Manning said the uncertainty will not motivate him.

“Motivation is to win,” he said. “There is nothing more than that. You want to win because you work hard. That’s why you train, why you do everything, prepare and practice, so you can go out there and win football games and build something special, so nothing changes.”

 

Beckham puts on show in MetLife return, Browns top Jets 23-3

Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again – in the end zone and on the highlight reels.

With an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, the Browns wide receiver helped lift Cleveland past the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night.

“We got the ball in (No.) 13’s hands,” Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said, “and let him go.”

Beckham, traded from the Giants in March, helped the Browns (1-1) bounce back from a 30-point loss to Tennessee in their opener to top the Jets (0-2) and give Freddie Kitchens his first win as Cleveland’s coach.

It all came after Beckham called out Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams last Thursday, saying the coach – then with the Browns – instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. Williams denied Beckham’s accusations and jokingly asked reporters: “Odell who?”

Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim coach last season, also chided reporters for giving Beckham attention and wouldn’t call him one of the NFL’s most dynamic players.

“Everything fuels me,” Beckham said. “Good comments, bad comments, I feel all of that. I just want to be the very best that I can and be the leader I am supposed to be.”

Well, Williams clearly knows who Beckham is now. The coach was seen shouting angrily on the sideline after Beckham’s touchdown.

“Who?” Beckham said when asked about Williams’ comments. “No, everybody has the right to their own opinion. He’s a phenomenal coach, he’s got a great defense, but I’m done talking about it, you know? We won, so I just tried to make plays to help the team.”

 

AP sources: Miami’s Minkah Fitzpatrick traded to Steelers

Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish and was traded Monday night to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn’t announced it. The teams will also swap late-round picks.

Fitzpatrick was displeased about his role with the Dolphins. He requested and received permission to seek a trade before playing free safety for Miami in Sunday’s 43-0 loss to New England, when he had six tackles and a fumble recovery.

The rebuilding Dolphins (0-2), who have purged their roster to accumulate draft picks, now have three first-round choices in 2020. While putting a priority on the future, they’ve been outscored 102-10 in their first two games.

The Steelers (0-2) can use Fitzpatrick’s help. In two games they’ve allowed 640 yards through the air and six touchdown passes. They’re also reeling from the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to an elbow injury.

Fitzpatrick was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, but quickly became unhappy after Brian Flores took over as Miami’s coach this year.

When the Dolphins put Fitzpatrick at strong safety during training camp, his mother, Melissa, complained on Twitter that he was being asked to play out of position. He said she wasn’t wrong.

The situation came to a head following a season-opening 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, when Fitzpatrick struggled and the Dolphins tied a team record by allowing six touchdown passes in the most lopsided defeat in franchise history.

Fitzpatrick divided his time among safety, linebacker and nickel cornerback in the opener. Last year as a rookie under coach Adam Gase, the 202-pound Fitzpatrick played mostly nickel cornerback but also boundary corner and both safety spots.

 

AP source: Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey wants to be traded

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade following a sideline argument with Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone.

The Jags are willing to entertain offers.

Ramsey’s agent asked the Jags to move the disgruntled defender after Ramsey and Marrone got into a heated exchange during the team’s 13-12 loss at Houston, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because neither Ramsey nor the team had made the request public.

Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed to ESPN that he asked the Jags to trade his client. Mulugheta did not immediately respond to a text message from the AP.

Ramsey was upset that Marrone didn’t challenge DeAndre Hopkins’ first-down catch late in the first quarter of the game. The Texans moved the chains and ended the drive with a field goal. Ramsey said something to Marrone as he walked off the field and appeared to put his hands on the head coach as he made his way to the bench. Marrone responded by getting in Ramsey’s face and yelling.

Marrone offered few explanations for the intense altercation and said Ramsey would not be punished.

“Those things, they happen all the time,” Marrone said Monday. “They really do. I think now they’re a little bit more publicized, but ever since I played there’s always stuff that goes on during the course of the game. … It’s a high-intensity profession.”

Marrone said he approached Ramsey on the bench because “I wanted him to move on from it.”

 

Brown’s status again in limbo this week amid allegations

New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown’s availability is again in limbo this week with the NFL preparing to meet with the former trainer that has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the star receiver of rape and sexual assault.

On Monday, the NFL declined to comment on the allegations against Brown or when it would speak with his accuser. But the league told the Patriots last week that it was opening an investigation into the matter.

Brown has denied the allegations made in the lawsuit. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue.

Sports Illustrated also published a story Monday afternoon in which a second woman, an unnamed artist, alleged that Brown exposed himself to her while she was working on a mural for him at his Pittsburgh home in 2017.

In a statement issued Monday via Twitter , Heitner said Brown also denies the allegation made in the SI story.

“Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities,” the statement said. “There will be no further comment at this time.”

Brown has not spoken publicly since the lawsuit was filed and he did not address reporters leading up to the game against the Dolphins. He also was not made available following the Miami game and was not present in the locker room during a player availability on Monday.

The Patriots resume practice Wednesday.

 

Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

Sr., WR, Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis North

Caught 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s victory against Georgia Southern

Touchdown receptions included a career-long 73-yard touchdown catch and a 2-yard score with 13 seconds left to secure the victory

In 16 games since the start of the 2018 season, Johnson has 95 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns

Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Rodney Smith (Oct. 24, 2016)

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

Jr., RB, La Grange, Texas/LaGrange

Rushed 22 times for 193 yards and a touchdown to lead Ohio State to a victory Saturday at Indiana

Had 175 yards rushing at halftime, giving him 316 first-half yards over the past two games

Added two catches for 14 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception

Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Nov. 26, 2018)

Defensive Player of the Week

Joe Gaziano, Northwestern

Sr., DL, Scituate, Mass./Xaverian Brothers

Recorded nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, in Northwestern’s win against UNLV

Added 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery

Now has 22 career sacks, giving him sole possession of third place on the all-time list at Northwestern

Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Paddy Fisher (Oct. 30, 2017)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Keith Duncan, Iowa

Jr., K, Weddington, N.C./Weddington

Set a career high with four field goals on four attempts in Iowa’s victory at Iowa State

Converted from 25, 40, 42 and 39 yards in the contest, with the final kick proving to be the game-winner with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter

Improved to 8-for-8 on field goal attempts this season, including 4-fo-4 on attempts from 40 yards or longer

Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since 2016

Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Riley McCarron (Nov. 21, 2016)

Co-Freshmen of the Week

D.J. Johnson, Iowa

DB, Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

Recorded a career-high eight tackles in the Hawkeyes’ victory against Iowa State

Notched a team-high seven solo stops

Registered two pass breakups, including one on Iowa State’s final drive of the game to preserve Iowa’s win

Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award

Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Riley Moss (Oct. 8, 2018)

Drake Anderson, Northwestern

RB, Chadler, Ariz./Chandler

Rushed 26 times for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ victory against UNLV

Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on a seven-yard run

Established new career highs for carries and rushing yards

Receives his first career Freshman of the Week award

Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: John Moten IV (Nov. 28, 2016)

 

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Big Ten play continues this weekend, with three conference matchups highlighting a six-game slate. Michigan State visits Northwestern on Saturday, while Michigan travels to Wisconsin, and Illinois welcomes Nebraska, in the Big Ten opener for all six schools. Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue will all enjoy a bye week. • Six Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State are 3-0, while Michigan and Wisconsin are 2-0. Both the Hawkeyes and Gophers are 3-0 for the fourth time in five seasons. • With its 51-10 victory over Indiana last weekend, Ohio State claimed its ninth straight win overall, marking the second-longest active streak among Autonomy Five teams. The win also marked the Buckeyes’ eighth-straight victory in a Big Ten opener, dating back to 2011. Ohio State has won 27 conference road games dating back to 2012, which is the most of any team in any conference in that span. • Iowa posted a 18-17 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, giving the Hawkeyes their fifth-straight victory over their in-state rivals and their longest streak since winning 15 in a row from 1983-97. Junior kicker Keith Duncan set a career high with four field goals (25, 40, 42, 39), with the final kick proving to be the game-winner with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes rank 10th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 10.3 points per game. • Penn State defeated Pittsburgh 17-10 last Saturday for the program’s 16th-straight home victory and the Nittany Lions have won 10 consecutive regular season non-conference games. Penn State allowed 24 rushing yards, tied for the third-fewest given up by the Nittany Lions under James Franklin with 24 given up to UCF in 2014. Two of the four lowest rushing yards allowed under Franklin have been established this season, with four yards allowed to Idaho and 24 allowed to Pittsburgh. • The Big Ten currently features four programs that rank among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense: Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. The Badgers lead the nation by allowing just 20.5 yards per game, while the Spartans rank second (23.3), the Buckeyes sit in fourth (57.0) and the Nittany Lions round out the list at No. 9 (70.7). • Minnesota’s Tyler Johnson helped the Gophers to their 35-32 victory against Georgia Southern last Saturday. The senior caught 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, his third career three touchdown game. Johnson’s touchdown receptions included a career-long 73-yard touchdown catch and a 2-yard score with 13 seconds left to secure the victory. In 16 games since the start of the 2018 season, Johnson has 95 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

OHIO STATE 51, INDIANA 10

Eastern Michigan 34, ILLINOIS 31

Temple 20, MARYLAND 17

PENN STATE 17, Pittsburgh 10

MINNESOTA 35, Georgia Southern 32

NORTHWESTERN 30, UNLV 14

IOWA 18, Iowa State 17

Arizona State 10, MICHIGAN STATE 7

TCU 34, PURDUE 13

NEBRASKA 44, Northern Illinois 8

BYE: MICHIGAN, RUTGERS, WISCONSIN

THIS WEEK

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

UConn at INDIANA

Noon | BTN

MICHIGAN STATE at NORTHWESTERN

Noon | ABC

Boston College at RUTGERS

Noon | BTN

MICHIGAN at WISCONSIN

Noon | FOX

Miami (Ohio) at OHIO STATE

3:30 p.m. | BTN

NEBRASKA at ILLINOIS

8 p.m. | BTN

BYE: IOWA, MARYLAND, MINNESOTA,

PENN STATE, PURDUE

All times ET

 

MAC FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

This Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, September 21

Western Michigan at Syracuse, Noon ET (ACC Network)

Louisiana-Lafayette at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Central Connecticut St. at Eastern Michigan, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Troy at Akron, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

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

Miami at No. 6 Ohio State, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

Temple at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

Central Michigan at Miami (Fla.), 4:00 pm ET (ACC Network)

Ball State at North Carolina State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Toledo at Colorado State, 10:15 pm ET (ESPN2)

Bye:  NIU     

Last Week’s MAC Games

Eastern Michigan 34, Illinois 31

Cincinnati 35, Miami 13

Florida Atlantic 41, Ball State 31

*Central Michigan 45, Akron 24

Louisiana Tech 35, Bowling Green 7

Liberty 35, Buffalo 17

Marshall 33, Ohio 31

Western Michigan 57, Georgia State 10

No. 8 Auburn 55, Kent State 16

Toledo 45, Murray State 0

Nebraska 44, NIU 8 

*Mid-American Conference contest 

MAC QUICK NOTES:

  • Eastern Michigan’s 34-31 win at Illinois extended the MAC’s steak of a win over a Big Ten opponent to 14 consecutive years.  The Eagles have won a road game against a Big Ten opponent in each of the last three consecutive years — 2019 (34-31 win at Illinois), 2018 (20-19 win at Purdue) and 2017 (16-13 win at Rutgers). 
  • Last week MAC programs went 3-7 in 10 contests as Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo all earned non-conference wins, while Central Michigan improved to 2-1 with a 45-24 win over Akron in MAC play.
  • Week 4 MAC programs face opponents from the Big Ten (No. 6-ranked Ohio State), ACC (Miami-Fla., North Carolina State, Syracuse), American (Temple), Mountain West (Colorado State), Sun Belt (Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy) and FCS (Central Connecticut State) this week with four non-conference home games and five non-conference road contests.
  • The Week 4 schedule also features the continuation of league play as Bowling Green (1-2) will travel to Kent State (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3).   

EASTERN MICHIGAN EXTENDS MAC STREAK VS. BIG TEN

Eastern Michigan sophomore kicker Chad Ryland’s 24-yard game-winning field goal as time expired lifted the Eagles to a 34-31 win at Illinois. The win extended the MAC’s streak of a win against a Big Ten opponent to 14 consecutive years. Eagles quarterback Mike Glass III led with 23-36 passing for 316 yards and three touchdowns.  Eastern Michigan has three road wins vs. Big Ten opponents since 2017, which is more road wins vs. Big Ten opponents than six actual Big Ten teams:  Nebraska (2), Indiana (2), Rutgers (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (1) and Illinois (1). 

Eastern Michigan has won three consecutive road games against Big Ten opponents: at Rutgers (16-13 on Sept. 9, 2017), at Purdue (20-19 on Sept. 8, 2018) and at Illinois (34-31 on Sept. 14, 2019). The last MAC program to win three consecutive road games against Big Ten opponents was Northern Illinois with a 30-27 win at Iowa and 55-24 win at Purdue in 2013, and a 23-15 win at Northwestern in 2014. Eastern Michigan is the last team in FBS to host its home opener as the Eagles will host Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3). 

MAC WEEKLY NOTES

  • Western Michigan set a school record with seven rushing touchdowns in a 57-10 win over Georgia State.  Western Michigan running back LeVante Bellamy set the tone with 192 yards rushing and three scores and averaged 12.8 yards per carry with scores from 60, 36 and 73 yards.  
  • Toledo earned its first win of the season with a 45-0 win over Murray State.  For the Rockets, this was Toledo’s first shutout in 228 games since Oct. 14, 2000 when Toledo shut out Marshall 42-0 in the Glass Bowl. Toledo senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni connected on 18-25 passing for a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns. Junior tight end Drew Rosi caught his first career touchdown pass, an 11-yarder and also set career bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (84).
  • Central Michigan junior quarterback David Moore led the Chippewas to a 45-24 win over Akron as he threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Kobe Lewis had 183 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 146 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
  • Ohio senior quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for three touchdowns and 215 yards and ran for 118 yards and another score, however Ohio suffered a 33-31 loss at Marshall in the ‘Battle for the Bell’. Rourke’s three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown brought him to 84 career touchdowns responsible for, breaking the previous school record of 82 set by former quarterback Tyler Tettleton (2009-13).  

MAC VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS

This week the MAC will face another Big Ten opponent, No. 6-ranked Ohio State. The MAC has won a regular season game vs. Big Ten opponents in each of the last 14 consecutive seasons (2006-2019), the longest streak in MAC history. Eastern Michigan’s 34-31 win at Illinois on Sept. 14, 2019 extended this streak.  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).   

During this 14-year stretch, MAC teams have defeated 12 different Big Ten programs—Illinois (4); 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 30 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 1-2 on the year and will host Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2:00 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 107-77 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

 

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK THREE

FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE, SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio QB Nathan Rourke

Ohio senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) threw for three touchdowns and 215 yards and ran for 118 yards and another score in a 33-31 loss at Marshall in the ‘Battle for the Bell’ on Saturday. Rourke’s three touchdown passes, and one rushing touchdown increased his career total to 84 career touchdowns, setting a new school record and breaking the record of 82 set by former quarterback Tyler Tettleton (2009-13). Rourke has been responsible for at least four touchdowns in a single game nine times. He threw for multiple touchdowns in a game for the 14th time in his career and tallied at least three passing touchdowns for the sixth time. His 45 career passing touchdowns rank second in program history while his 38 career rushing touchdowns rank third. The contest marked just the second time in his career that he threw for at least 200 yards and ran for at least 100 more. He passed Anthony Thornton (5,199; 1987-90) for the third-most career passing yards with 5,217. 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Miami DL Kameron Butler

Miami sophomore defensive lineman Kameron Butler (Florence, Ky.) established career-highs across the board in a 35-13 loss to Cincinnati in the ‘Battle of the Victory Bell’. Butler posted seven tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss as the Miami defense held Cincinnati’s quarterback to just 186 yards passing and a season low nine rushing yards. 

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

Kent State junior punter Derek Adams (Manheim, Pa.) averaged over 43 yards per punt on his seven punts in a 55-16 loss at No. 8-ranked Auburn. Adams dropped a pair inside the 20 and had a long of 54 yards.  

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan QB Mike Glass III

Eastern Michigan senior quarterback Mike Glass III (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Eagles to its third consecutive win over a Big Ten Conference opponent on the road, defeating Illinois, 34-31, on Saturday. Glass was 23-of-36 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. With the game tied 31-31 with 1:44 left in regulation, Glass marched the Eagles down the field, putting together an eight-play, 68-yard drive in which he completed 4-of-4 passes, capped by kicker Chad Ryland’s 24-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Glass ranks 10th in the nation in completions per game (25.67), which ranks second in the MAC, and 26th in the country in completion percentage (69.4%), third highest in the league. 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Western Michigan LB Treshaun Hayward

Western Michigan junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward (Ypsilanti, Mich.) led with a career-high 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in his first career start in a 57-10 win over Georgia State.  Hayward recorded his first career sack and was part of a defense that held the Panthers to 126 yards passing and only 10 points.  Western Michigan held Georgia State to 38 yards of offense in the second half. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Eastern Michigan K Chad Ryland

Eastern Michigan sophomore kicker Chad Ryland (Lebanon, Pa.) nailed a 24-yard game-winning field goal as time expired for a 34-31 win at Illinois on Saturday. Ryland has now used a last-second field goal to beat a Big Ten foe in consecutive seasons, after walking-off Purdue, 20-19, in West Lafayette, a season ago.  Ryland etched his name into the Eastern Michigan record books as he drained a career-long 52-yard field goal, which is tied for the second-best in school history and is the longest field goal since Dylan Mulder set the school record with a 55-yard field goal vs. Miami on Nov. 7, 2015

 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. GEORGIA

IRISH AT BULLDOGS – BY THE NUMBERS 2 Notre Dame’s visit to No. 3/3 Georgia will mark just the second time the Irish will face a top-five SEC team on the opponent’s home field in school history. The No. 24 Irish fell 38-14 at No. 4 Tennessee in 1999. 3 Notre Dame recorded at least 66 points in a game for just the third time since 1932 in tis 66-14 win over New Mexico. The other two occasions were a 69-13 win over Pittsburgh in 1965 and a 69-14 victory over Georgia Tech in 1977. 6 Ian Book accounted for six touchdowns against New Mexico (five passing, one rush) to join four other players as the FBS single-game leaders for total touchdowns in a game this season. 7 With ESPN’s College GameDay making an appearance in Athens this weekend, it will mark the 30th time the pregame show will appear before a game featuring the Irish and the 12th time in the Brian Kelly era. That is the seventh-most of any program in the nation. The College GameDay show started at Notre Dame, visiting campus for the 1993 Notre Dame-Florida State contest. 9 Notre Dame is averaging 9.0 TFL per game this season, a number that ranks ninth nationally among all FBS teams. Daelin Hayes, who wears No. 9 on defense for the Irish, leads the team with three TFL. 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). 12 Notre Dame has won 12 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. 19.07 Ian Book leads all Power 5 quarterbacks in yards-per-completion with a 19.07 average (he ranks second among all FBS quarterbacks in that category). 20.2 Notre Dame skill players have averaged 20.2 yards after the catch this season (31 receptions, 627 yards-after-catch) – the best among Power 5 teams. 30 Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 16 consecutive games, matching Washington for the FBS lead in that category. 41.5 Notre Dame leads all FBS teams for opponent completion percentage, as Irish opponents are 22-for-53 (41.5%) in the first two games. 153.3 Career passing efficiency rating for Ian Book. Saturday’s game features two quarterbacks ranked in the top 10 for career pass efficiency – Book (ninth) and Georgia’s Jake Fromm (second, 168.26). 268 The Notre Dame Stadium sell-out streak stands at 268 consecutive games, the second-longest in NCAA history. 348ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second among active coaches in the NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina). 1041 Notre Dame running backs have gone 1,041 carries without losing a fumble – dating back to Nov. 21, 2015. It is the second-longest active streak in FBS behind Northwestern’s 1,076-carry streak. 2205 Over the last eight games, Ian Book has thrown for 2,205 yards, the fifth-most among all active FBS quarterbacks.

RANKED MATCH UP DETAILS • Notre Dame will be playing a third-ranked (AP) opponent for the 21st time on Saturday evening, posting a 7-11-2 (.400) mark in the previous 20 match-ups against No. 3. The most recent victory over No. 3 came in 2005, when the Irish knocked off No. 3 Michigan 17-10 in Ann Arbor. • After a stretch of an 0-8-1 record against a number-three ranked team from 1956 through 1986, Notre Dame has won four of its last six meetings against No. 3: Year Opponent ND Rank Opp. Rank H/A/N Outcome Notes 1988 West Virginia 1 3 N W, 34-21 1989 Fiesta Bowl 1991 Michigan 7 3 A L, 14-24 1992 Florida 18 3 N W, 39-28 1993 Sugar Bowl 1993 Michigan 11 3 A W, 27-23 2005 Michigan 20 3 A W, 17-10 2006 Southern Cal 6 3 A L, 24-44 • The Irish are 39-60-5 (.399) all-time against top-five ranked opponents and are pursuing the first win over a top-five team under Brian Kelly (0-4) and the first for the program since the win at Michigan in 2005. • Notre Dame is 51-39-5 (.563) all-time in its 95 match-ups between two top-10 teams. Brian Kelly has two of those 51 wins – 2012 at Oklahoma (30-13) and last season in Notre Dame Stadium over No. 7 Stanford (38-17). NOTRE DAME VS. GEORGIA Year Site ND Rank Opp. Rank H/A/N Outcome Notes 1980 New Orleans, LA 7 1 N L, 10-17 1981 Sugar Bowl 2017 Notre Dame, IN 24 15 H L, 19-20 • Notre Dame and Georgia will be meeting for the third time Saturday afternoon, with the Bulldogs claiming the first two meetings in the series – the 1980 Sugar Bowl and the first of a two-game home-and-home series at Notre Dame Stadium in 2017. THE 1981 SUGAR BOWL • Before the BCS, before the College Football Playoff, even before conference bowl tie-ins, there was the amazingly complex and politcally wrought college bowl system. Bowls competed for teams before the season ended, sometimes signing agreements for bowl match ups before the schedule was even complete. • Notre Dame spent the 1980 season, Dan Devine’s final year, slowly climbing the national rankings to No. 1 in early November. A shocking tie suffered at Georgia Tech (3-3) pushed the Irish back down to No. 6 – but Notre Dame rallied the next week with a victory over No. 5 Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham to set up a date in the Sugar Bowl with undefeated and top-ranked Georgia. • Notre Dame still had one game left to play, however, and a 20-3 setback at No. 17 Southern Cal meant that the highly anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 match in the Sugar Bowl would not take place, but the Bulldogs would still have a strong claim to the national title with a victory over No. 7 Notre Dame. • The 1981 Sugar Bowl numbers are baffling over 35 years later. Georgia completed just one pass in the game (it was a big one, a third and seven completion that allowed Georgia to run out the clock with just over two minutes left). Freshman Herschel Walker ran for 150 yards on 36 carries after separating his shoulder in the first half – while the rest of the team accounted for minus-30 yards. • Notre Dame missed a field goal, had a field goal blocked, muffed a kick return to gift Georgia the ball on the one-yard line and fumbled on its own 22-yard line. Georgia took advantage of those miscues to turn three of those turnovers into a 17-10 victory • Georgia’s first trip north since a 1965 journey to Michigan proved to be a defensive battle, as the Bulldogs edged the Irish 20-19. Georgia claimed the lead on a field goal with 3:39 remaining, then forced a fumble with 1:27 left to secure the victory. • Tony Jones Jr. rushed one time and had one reception in the 2017 meeting, while Chris Finke ended the game with three catches for 36 yards. • Daelin Hayes had a fumble recovery on defense for the Irish, while Jordan Genmark Heath, Kurt Hinish, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Jalen Elliott also saw action against the Bulldogs.

NOTRE DAME VS. SECˆ • Notre Dame is 29-19 (.604) all-time against the SEC and 9-5 (.563) on the road against SEC opponents. • The most recent SEC opponent the Irish have faced came just last season when Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17 at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15. • Notre Dame’s most recent visit to an SEC opponent occurred in 2004, when an unranked Irish team knocked off No. 9 Tennessee 17-13 in Nehland Stadium. • Notre Dame has faced a top-five ranked SEC opponent 10 times – posting a 5-5 record in those contests (wins vs. Alabama in 1973 Sugar and 1975 Orange Bowls, along with a win over the Crimson Tide in Birmingham in 1980; vs. Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl; vs. Texas A&M in the 1993 Cotton Bowl). • Saturday night’s game marks the first for Notre Dame against a top-five ranked SEC team on its home field since the Irish fell 38-14 at Tennessee in 1999. • Notre Dame has already announced future home-and-home series with SEC opponents: • Arkansas – Home 2020; Away 2025 • Alabama – Home 2028; Away 2029 • Texas A&M – Away, 2024; Home 2025.

GEORGIA NOTES

Bulldogs Welcome Notre Dame To Athens In one of the most anticipated games in the history of Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, third-ranked Georgia (3-0) plays host to seventh-ranked Notre Dame (2-0) on CBS at 8 p.m. It will be the latest kickoff here since Labor Day 1985 when Georgia played host to Alabama on ABC at 8:15 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will mark the 21st time in history that the Bulldogs have had ESPN GameDay on site for their game. Georgia is 6-14 in those contests, including 3-2 over its last five appearances. Both the Bulldogs and the Irish are coming off blowout home victories as Georgia blanked Arkansas State 55-0 last Saturday while the Fighting Irish crushed New Mexico 66-14. An additional 500 seats will be added to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, bringing this week’s capacity crowd to 93,246. Temporary bleachers will be added in the plaza area under the scoreboard. Saturday’s matchup features two of the storied programs in the land. Notre Dame is in its 133rd year of football and ranks fifth all-time in the FBS with 899 victories. The Bulldogs, now in their 126th season, have tallied 822 wins. Georgia owns a 2-0 edge in the series with Notre Dame. The first victory over the Fighting Irish remains one of the most celebrated wins in the program’s history as the Bulldogs posted a 17-10 decision in the Sugar Bowl to capture the 1980 national title. In 2017, Georgia traveled to Notre Dame for the first time and won a 20-19 thriller. A total of 24 current Bulldogs saw action in the 2017 triumph at Notre Dame, including four who started and three of them were true freshmen. On offense, QB Jake Fromm and then RT Andrew Thomas started as freshmen while graduate DB J.R. Reed and junior DB Richard LeCounte drew starting assignments. The Last Time Regarding Top 10 Matchups The last time Georgia played host to a top 10 matchup came in 2013 when ninth-ranked Georgia outlasted sixth-ranked LSU 44-41. The last time Georgia had a top 10 non-conference matchup in Athens came in 1966 when seventh-ranked Georgia beat fifth-ranked Georgia Tech 23-14. The Bulldogs are 6-4 all-time in top-10 matchups at Sanford Stadium (chart on pg. 13 ). The last time Georgia won a top 10 contest came in 2018 in Lexington when the sixth-ranked Bulldog clinched the SEC East with a 34-17 victory over ninth-ranked Kentucky. Inside The Numbers Along with it being a top 10 matchup, both offenses rank in the top 10 nationally in Scoring. Notre Dame checks in at seventh, averaging 50.5 points/game, while the Bulldogs are ranked ninth at 49.3. In Scoring Defense, Georgia ranks third at 7.7 points/game and Notre Dame is tied for 29th at 15.5. The Irish are tied for the national lead in Red Zone Offense going 8-for-8 with seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Bulldog defense ranks fourth nationally in Red Zone Defense. Opponents have scored no touchdowns in the four trips, settling for a pair of field goals and turning the ball over twice versus UGA. Notre Dame also leads the nation in Turnover Margin at +6 through its first two contests. Did You Know? Georgia has won 15 straight games at home dating back to 2017. That is tied for the third-longest home winning streak in school history. The record is 24 from 1980-83 followed by a 17-game stretch from 2001-04.

 

BALL STATE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NC STATE

Ball State and NC State are meeting Saturday for the first time. This is the third time in the last eight years Ball State has faced an ACC opponent. The Cardinals took on Virginia in 2013 and Clemson in 2012. Ball State QB Drew Plitt is believed to be the first quarterback in program history to reach 1,000 passing yards through the first three games of the season. He ranks fifth nationally in passing yards per game (346.7), fourth in completions per game (28) and 22nd in completion percentage (70.6). Sophomore OLB Jordan Williams had a career game last week against Florida Atlantic. He tallied his first collegiate sack and also returned a first quarter fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. It marked Ball State’s first defensive touchdown in five years. Williams recovered a second fumble later in the first quarter that set up another BSU touchdown. Ball State’s passing average is up nearly 100 yards a game compared to its 2018 average (348.3 to 252.9). The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank 11th nationally in passing yards per game. Ball State head coach Mike Neu spent two years in Raleigh with the now defunct Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League. Neu was the offensive coordinator in 2001 and head coach in 2002. 8Ball State is 1-7 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinals earned their lone win over an ACC team back in 2013 thanks to a 48-27 win at Virginia. See all-time results against ACC opponents on page two. 8Senior ILB Jacob White piled up a personal high 17 tackles last week against Florida Atlantic. It was the fourth time in his career he has posted double-figure tackles. He is Ball State’s active leader in tackles with 179.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1st This is the first time these two teams have met and the first time the Cardinals have played in the state of North Carolina since 1977 (Appalachian State). 7 Seven different players have caught a touchdown pass this year while 12 players have a reception. 35 Ball State is in a stretch of 35 days between home games, joining Kent State, Missouri and Northern Illinois with the longest such streak this year.

PLITT TIES SCHOOL RECORD • Ball State QB Drew Plitt tied Keith Wenning’s school record with six touchdown passes in the Sept. 7 win over Fordham. Plitt threw for 439 yards, just 30 shy of the all-time BSU mark set by Cardinals head coach Mike Neu in the 1993 Homecoming victory over Toledo. He was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week. OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION • Ball State’s 57 points in the Sept. 7 win over Fordham were the fourth most in program history and the most since a 60-point outburst in the five-overtime game at Western Michigan in 2005. ‘SAFETY’ DANCE • The Ball State defense recorded its first safety since Oct. 24, 2009 (at Eastern Michigan) in the third quarter of the Sept. 7 win over Fordham. NT Chris Crumb and WLB Jaylin Thomas stopped Fordham’s running back in the end zone on a rush from the 1-yard line just eight seconds into the second half. BIG PLAY THREATS • Ball State already has four touchdown passes greater than 35 yards through three games. Those touchdown passes have gone to four different players. The Cardinals only had two such plays all year in 2018.

 

Saban: DE LaBryan Ray out at least 1 game with foot injury

Alabama defensive end LaBryan Ray will be sidelined for at least one game with a foot injury.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday that Ray is undergoing more testing and it’s “undetermined how long” he’ll be out. He says Ray won’t play in the second-ranked Tide’s game against Southern Miss on Saturday.

Ray was injured in the road win over South Carolina. Freshman Justin Eboigbe is his backup. If he starts, that would give Alabama four freshman defensive starters.

Ray is a former five-star recruit who has nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble through three games. The Tide defense had already lost starting inside linebackers Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillon possibly for the season.

 

New bowl game at Fenway Park to match teams from ACC, AAC

Add another bowl game to the mix, this one at Fenway Park.

The century-old baseball park will host a matchup between teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference, starting in 2020. The date for the Fenway Bowl is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

It will be the first college bowl game at the home of the Boston Red Sox. The ballpark has hosted other football dating back to 1912, including the American Football League’s Boston Patriots in the 1960s and The Game last year between Harvard and Yale.

There are 40 postseason games scheduled for this season in the Football Championship Subdivision, including the national championship game. Three more are expected for the 2020 season.

 

Schwarber homers as Cubs beat Reds 8-2

Playing without Anthony Rizzo, the Chicago Cubs turned to Kyle Schwarber. And Nicholas Castellanos. And Alec Mills.

It seemed like everyone helped out.

Schwarber hit a three-run homer and made a diving catch in left field, and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

Castellanos added a two-run double in the eighth inning as Chicago moved a season-high 14 games above .500. The Cubs have outscored opponents 59-18 during their streak.

“This is the time,” Castellanos said. “We’re facing adversity and we’ve got to stare it down. There’s a lot of guys in this room who’ve got to step up.”

The Cubs (82-68) pulled within a half-game of Washington for the top spot in the wild-card standings and stayed two games back of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which held off the Nationals for a 4-2 win.

Steve Cishek, Mills (1-0), Rowan Wick, Kyle Ryan and David Phelps combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of an ineffective Cole Hamels.

It was Mills’ first major league win in his 17th big league appearance.

“Every time he shows up, he does something good for us,” manager Joe Maddon said, “and he does it in a very quiet, professional manner. He’s outstanding.”

It was Chicago’s first game since Rizzo had an MRI that showed the big first baseman had a moderate lateral right ankle sprain sustained during Sunday’s 16-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days, casting doubt on his availability for the rest of the season.

 

Spangenberg lifts Brewers, ensures Padres’ losing record

Corey Spangenberg helped the Milwaukee Brewers keep pace in their playoff push and ensured another losing season for his old team

Spangenberg drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the fourth inning, and the Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 Monday night.

Milwaukee won for the 10th time in 11 games, remaining one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s second wild card and three games back of St. Louis, the NL Central leader.

Spangenberg, selected 10th overall by San Diego in the 2011 amateur draft, was released by the Padres after the 2018 season. He signed with Milwaukee in Janaury, spent most of the season in the minor leagues and made his first appearance for the Brewers on Aug. 24.

“Playing in the playoffs is all the motivation I need,” Spangenberg said. “This is the first time that I’ve ever had a chance, so I want to do everything I can to get there and be able to experience that.”

Spangenberg, now 28, got his chance after rookie second baseman Keston Hiura strained his left hamstring

“It’s a player who got an opportunity because of injuries, and he has taken advantage of it,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Now it’s hard to take him out of the lineup.”

San Diego got just two hits and dropped to 68-82, tying the franchise record with its ninth consecutive losing season. The Padres also finished under .500 from 1969-77, the first nine years of the expansion franchise.

Padres starter Garret Richards (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings in his first major league appearance since Tommy John surgery in July 2018. The 31-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked none, throwing 42 of 61 pitches for strikes.

 

Ozuna’s 4 RBIs, throw to plate lift Cards over Nats 4-2

Dakota Hudson is a big fan of Marcell Ozuna’s arm.

Ozuna drove in four runs and threw out a runner at home plate from left field, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday night.

“That’s the second one he’s had for me this year,” Hudson said of Ozuna’s assist to the plate. “He’s looking really good. He threw a perfect one in there to save a run.”

St. Louis maintained a two-game NL Central lead over the second-place Chicago Cubs, who closed within a half-game of the Nationals for the top NL wild card

Nationals manager Dave Martinez missed the game following a heart procedure in Washington, and bench coach Chip Hale was in charge of the dugout.

“I’m sure he’ll give us a call after the game if he’s up,” Hale said. “I know he’s been through a battery of tests. Hopefully he’s feeling good.”

Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the first off Stephen Strasburg, who walked Dexter Fowler leading off.

“I was in the same division as him and I faced him a lot,” Ozuna said. “I know this guy. I know what I can handle to get a good at-bat.”

Ozuna has faced Strasburg 41 times and has 12 hits, including three home runs and six RBIs.

“I figured based on his numbers that Ozuna would have a good night, but I feel that way every night about him,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “It was a nice, nice job by him all the way around tonight. I’m pleased with the homer and two-run but the throw, he’s put a lot of time, effort and energy in his arm. He is sincere about being a complete player.”

Washington tied the score 2-2 on Victor Robles’ RBI single in the fourth and Anthony Rendon’s 34th homer leading off the sixth. Ozuna charged on Robles’ hit and made a one-hop throw to catcher Yadier Molina, who tagged out Asdrubal Cabrera trying to score from second.

“I’m getting my rhythm back,” Ozuna said. “I’m almost there.”

Sean Doolittle (6-5) walked Fowler with one out in the seventh, Hunter Strickland walked Paul Goldschmidt with two outs and Ozuna doubled just inside the left-field line, just the second hit in 11 at-bats for the Cardinals with runners in scoring position.

“He just missed with his pitch,” Hale said. “He just sort of pulled it across the plate, and Ozuna did a nice job.”

Hudson (16-7) won for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

“I didn’t have very much tonight,” Hudson said. “The ball was moving a lot, but I didn’t have the best command. I had to battle with what I had.”

John Brebbia, Andrew Miller and Martinez followed with perfect relief. One day after he was released from a hospital following respiratory problems caused by asthma and allergies, Martinez needed just two pitches to retired Ryan Zimmerman on a flyout for his 20th save in 23 chances.

 

After 7th place finish, Team USA reflects on what went wrong, next steps

The result of Saturday’s seventh-place game didn’t really matter.

Once the United States Men’s National Team beat Brazil in its final pool play game at the FIBA World Cup, it had qualified for the Olympics. Once it lost to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, its run of five straight major tournament titles had come to an end with no shot at a medal. And once it lost to Serbia on Thursday, it was doomed to the second worst tournament finish in USA Basketball history, with the only worse result coming when a team of junior college players went 0-4 at the 2001 FIBA Americas tournament.

But the U.S. beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh at the World Cup and put an end to its first two-game losing streak since 2002. Only nine Americans played, with Kemba Walker (neck) joining Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart on the sideline. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 16 points and 10 assists.

Gregg Popovich said afterward that there’s neither shame nor blame to be distributed following the Americans’ worst finish in a tournament to which it sent NBA players.

“Like we should be ashamed because we didn’t win the gold medal?,” Popovich said. “That’s a ridiculous attitude. It’s immature. It’s arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn’t respect all the other teams in the world and doesn’t respect that these guys did the best they could.”

Falling short of their gold-medal goal still comes with pain, something the Americans have had to deal with since losing to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, and something that won’t go away when they arrive back in the States on Sunday.

“That’s something,” Myles Turner admitted, “that’s going to stick with us for the rest of our lives.”

The sting could ultimately be worse for the players who will never again have the chance to play for the national team. That could be a significant portion of this roster, with higher profile Americans expected to play at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, and with the next World Cup four years away.

A lack of top-flight talent is the easy answer for why this was the first American team of NBA players to lose since the 2006 World Championship. And it’s not a wrong answer. Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden would obviously have made a difference.

But when asked about his country’s failure to win gold this year, Kobe Bryant insisted that, no matter who is wearing the red, white and blue, losses will happen.

“It’s not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S.,” Bryant said at a FIBA press conference on Friday. “The rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time. It’s to the point now where us in the U.S., we’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some. That’s just how it goes.”

Bryant brought up the 2008 Olympics, when one of the most talented teams ever assembled led Spain by just two points early in the fourth quarter of the gold medal game. At the World Championship two years later, a U.S. Team with four future NBA MVPs escaped with a two-point win over Brazil in pool play.

“Put the best players that you think are going to make the best team out there on the floor,” Bryant said, “we are still going to have challenges. It’s not going to be a cakewalk. The days of the ’92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone. They’re over.”

That doesn’t mean that the United States couldn’t have won this tournament with the players that it had, some of which had disappointing performances on the world stage.

In each of the last five major international tournaments, the U.S. ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency. Through its first six games in this tournament, it ranked ninth offensively. Before breaking with a 12-for-25 performance against Poland on Saturday, the Americans had shot just 33.3 percent from 3-point range, well below the NBA league average (35.5 percent), even though the 3-point distance is shorter on the FIBA floor.

The general sentiment among the players was that the loss to France was an “anything can happen on any given night” situation, but Harrison Barnes said that it was “executing on the offensive end” where the team fell short in a general sense.

“If you look at a lot of these teams and how they played,” Barnes continued, “they’re able to fall back on their system. They’re able to fall back on things that they know, things that they’ve run, guys that have been playing together for five, six, seven years. For us, we had to put our hat on defense. That was what we kind of made our calling card. Offensively, we knew we weren’t going to ever get to that place where, ‘OK, here are two or three quick-hitters.’ But we did the best that we could.”

Though the U.S. was one of the best defensive teams in the tournament, it couldn’t turn enough stops into transition opportunities. In each of the five major tournaments that the U.S. won from 2008 to 2016, it ranked first or second in pace. Through its first six games, this U.S. team ranked 13th of 32 World Cup teams in pace (an estimated 75 possessions per 40 minutes).

Fewer fast breaks led to more half-court offense, where the execution just wasn’t there consistently enough. There’s something to be said about ingrained teamwork and the difference between how American and international players are developed. But four weeks of preparation and five pool-play games isn’t enough time to build the requisite chemistry when the Americans bring back an almost entirely new roster every time they compete in a major tournament.

This team also had less practice time than previous editions of Team USA. From the day before its first game in China to the end of the tournament, the U.S. never practiced on days between games, choosing only to get in the gym for one-hour shootarounds in the morning on game days.

Next year’s Olympics are earlier in the summer, so that preparation time will likely be shorter than the four weeks that this team was together before the start of the World Cup. And without the same chemistry that their opponents have, more talent — guys that can get buckets on cue — is needed.

That means more roster turnover. And if some of these players never put on the USA uniform again, they can at least hope that the work that they’ve put in over the last six weeks will propel them to strong NBA seasons as a silver lining.

“Individually, across the board, everybody gets a lot better by playing and going through this entire process,” Joe Harris said this week. “You spent 39-plus days with one of the best coaches in the world, one of the best coaches in the game in Pop.

“Just being around them, learning their approach to the game, being around all these great players, competing with them night in and night out, whether it’s practices or games, and competing at a high level every night against some of the best players in the world, this is the best offseason preparation you can have going into the season.”

There don’t seem to be any misgivings among the players about spending the last four weeks on the other side of the world.

 

Virginia’s Bennett declines raise, asks for staff pay hike

Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement.

University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a one-year contract extension, but instead of a pay hike for himself, the coach asked athletic director Carla Williams to focus his staff and the program. The release also stated that Bennett and his wife also made a $500,000 contribution toward a career-development program for current and former players.

It is unclear how much of a raise Bennett declined.

Bennett earned nearly $6 million last season and received a $1 million retention bonus. The extension means Bennett is under contract with the school for the next seven years.

“I have more than enough,” Bennett said in the release, adding that the gift was his wife’s idea. “If there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much (in men’s basketball), that’s my desire.”

Williams said coaches turning down raises “just does not happen in our industry.”

The Cavaliers won their first national championship in April with an overtime victory against Texas Tech. The run to the championship came a year after Virginia made NCAA Tournament history by losing to UMBC and becoming the first top-seeded team to lose to a 16th-seeded team.

Bennett’s record in his 10 years at Virginia is 254-89 and includes seven NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT.

School President Jim Ryan lauded Bennett for his humility, and Bennett and his wife for their generosity.

“Tony’s decision – to turn down a well-deserved raise and instead invest in his players and UVA athletics more broadly – tells you everything you need to know about him as a leader and as a human being,” Ryan said. “Tony is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met, and this is just the latest example.”

 

NHL players stay with CBA, labor peace set to at least 2022

National Hockey League players announced Monday they will not opt out of the collective bargaining agreement, guaranteeing labor peace until at least 2022.

The NHL Players’ Association announced its decision just before the deadline to trigger its opt-out clause. Not terminating the CBA is a positive sign that negotiations are progressing toward an extension.

“While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the league that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season,” NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said. “We have been having discussions with the league about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue.”

Meetings between owners and players have been going on since February and increased in frequency in recent weeks. The league also did not opt out of the CBA, with Commissioner Gary Bettman citing momentum and the importance of labor peace overriding any issues the owners might have.

Players made significant concessions in the last CBA, which was agreed to in 2013. Escrow payments, health care, Olympic participation and what qualifies as hockey-related revenue are things players have cited as some of their top concerns – many of which could be addressed in a potential extension.

Very little information has come out of the CBA talks either internally among players or with owners. Several players believe that signaled a more united NHLPA and optimism that progress was being made.

“Every time you have any type of negotiation between two parties, those are the two parties that should be talking and it should not be through media or a third party because there’s a lot of things that get twisted and the more time the story gets told, something will change a little bit,” New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said recently. “If you can stick to just talking to the other side, I think it’s easier to get to the right answers and solutions.”

In a departure from labor negotiations of 2004-05 and 2012-13 that were full of rancor, Fehr has called this round cordial and pleasant. Bettman referred to it as “joint problem-solving” rather than a combative relationship.

“It’s a dialogue that continues,” Bettman said. “It’s a relationship that’s important, there’s mutual respect, there’s good communication flow and we’re busy focused on what may for each of our constituents be the appropriate path forward.”

The league and players seem to be on the same page at least in drawing up a calendar of more international play, which could mean another World Cup of Hockey as soon as February 2021. Hockey business is booming, and the NHL will be able to negotiate a new U.S. television rights deal that begins in 2021.

“I’m very optimistic about future possibilities, especially with U.S. media negotiations coming up in an environment that we haven’t yet had an opportunity to negotiate in,” Bettman said. “I remain very optimistic that revenues will continue to grow and will grow at a very healthy rate.”

 

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – After two rounds of the Windon Memorial, Indiana men’s golf stands at 10th place overall. Sophomore Mitch Davis leads the Hoosiers as he is tied for 16th after finishing the day 1-under-par. 

Tournament: Windon Memorial

Location: Lake Forest, Ill.

Course: Conway Farms Golf Club

Indiana team standing: 10th/14 teams – 584 (292-292; +8)

Top Indiana individual: Mitch Davis T16th – 143 (73-70; +1)

Online Scoring: GolfStat.com 

CHIP-INS

  • Mitch Davis shot a 70 (1-under-par) in the second round of the day, carding three birdies in the final 18 holes. He shot a 73 in the first round and carded four birdies for seven total on the day. 
  • Davis leads the field in Par-3 scoring (-4), while Ethan Shepherd is tied for third in that category (-2). 
  • As a team, the Hoosiers lead in Par-3 scoring with a 2.95 average (-2). 
  • Jack Sparrow carded an impressive 69 in the first round, shooting either for-par or 1-under on every hole but one. Sparrow shot a 76 in the second round to end the day tied for 32ndat 3-over-par. 
  • Sparrow’s 26 pars are tied for first in the field. 
  • Junior Ethan Shepherd and sophomore Harry Reynolds ended the day tied for 43rdafter both shooting a 75 and 73 respectively to come in at 6-over-par. 
  • Senior Brock Ochsenreiter is in 75thplace after shooting a 75 and 81. 
  • Competing as an individual in his college debut, freshman Eric Berggren is tied for 62ndand bounced back from a tough first round to card a 73 in the second round. 

BY THE NUMBERS

Pos.    Name                           R1        R2        Total (to par)

T16     Mitch Davis                  73        70        143 (+1)

T32     Jack Sparrow                69        76        145 (+3)

T43     Harry Reynolds             75        73        148 (+6)

T43     Ethan Shepherd            75        73        148 (+6)

75       Brock Ochsenreiter      75        81        156 (+14)

T62     Eric Berggren **           79        73        152 (+10)

** Individual 

UP NEXT

  • Tuesday’s final round will begin at 9 a.m. ET with the Hoosiers starting at the No. 10 tee.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       At Philadelphia Park, Tommy Corcoran leaves his shortstop position and begins digging around the third base coaching box with his spikes. The Reds’ captain uncovers a metal box with an electrical device inside with attached wires which is most likely being used by the Phillies in a sophisticated scheme to steal signs.

1903       In a game shortened due to darkness, the Americans clinch their first AL pennant when they beat the Cleveland Naps at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-3. Boston will go on to defeat the Pirates, 5 games to 3, in the first World Series the fledgling circuit plays against an established National League foe.

1912       Casey Stengel of the Dodgers makes an impressive major league debut against the Pirates. The likable Brooklyn outfielder from Kansas City collects four hits, drives in two runs, and swipes a pair of bases.

1916       George Sisler outduels the Senators’ legend Walter Johnson, 1-0. The game will marks Gorgeous George’s last big league pitching victory, but the former Browns’ hurler will become a member of the Hall of Fame as a first baseman, finishing his 15-year major league career with a .340 lifetime batting average.

1920       For the first time in major league history, two players hit for the cycle on the same day when Tigers’ outfielder Bobby Veach, who goes 6-for-6, and Giants first baseman George Burns accomplish the unique feat. This rare event will not occur on the same day again until 2008 when Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew and Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre each collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in different games played on September 1.

1930       Earl Averill, with three consecutive home runs, drives in eight runs in the Indians’ 13-7 victory over the Senators at Cleveland’s League Park. The Tribe’s 28 year-old center fielder adds another homer in the nightcap to set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twin bill.

1938       In the top of the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 4-0 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds, Ripper Collins hits his last career home run, finishing with 135 round-trippers during his nine-year tenure in the major leagues. The Chicago first baseman will remain the all-time switch-hitter home run leader for 18 years until Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle surpasses his total in 1956.

1939       American League President Will Harridge overturns umpire Cal Hubbard’s decision to award the Yankees with 9-0 forfeited victory over the Red Sox, ordering the contest to be replayed from the seventh inning. The Red Sox fans, protesting the deliberate outs New York was making to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew, had thrown a barrage of garbage onto the playing field which made it impossible to continue the Fenway Park contest.

1941       In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, twenty year-old Stan Musial makes his major league debut against Boston, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. ‘Stan the Man’ will collect a total of 3,630 hits during his 22-year Hall of Fame career, 1815 hits at home and 1815 on the road.

1951       In the bottom of the ninth, Joe DiMaggio scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt by Phil Rizzuto off Cleveland starter Bob Lemon, giving the Yankees a 2-1 walk-off victory. The dramatic win breaks the tie for first place with the Tribe, and the Bronx Bombers will stay in front for the rest of the season.

1953       Ernie Banks becomes the first black player to appear in a Cubs’ game. The former Kansas City Monarch infielder, who makes an error and is hitless in three at-bats, will go on to hit 512 home runs, as well as winning the MVP award twice during his 19-year Hall of Fame career.

1953       Reds GM Gabe Paul announces he has fired manager Rogers Hornsby without giving an explanation for the dismissal of the 57 year-old Hall of Famer. The Rajah, who has lost six managerial positions during his long baseball career, will be replaced by on an interim basis by coach Buster Mills, who will take over the 64-82 club with eight games left to play in the season.

1957       Ted Williams, in his first at-bat in 17 days, homers off KC’s Tom Morgan, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. Boston’s ‘Splendid Splinter’ had been sidelined since the start of September with pneumonia.

1963       Dodger ace Sandy Koufax tosses a four-hitter, blanking St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park, 4-0. The southpaw’s scoreless effort establishes a National League record for shutouts thrown by lefties in a season with 11, five shy of Grover Cleveland Alexander’s major league mark set in 1916 with the Phillies.

1964       Seattle mayor J.D. Dorm Braman publicly admits his attempt to bring the Indians to the Emerald City. Other suitors for the disgruntled franchise, whose board of directors will vote to keep the team in Cleveland next month, include the cities of Oakland and Dallas.

1964       Thanks to the efforts of Charlie Finley (seen below wearing a wig), the Beatles, who had planned for a day of rest in New Orleans on the only free date scheduled during their American tour, play a concert in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The group’s manager Brian Epstein, who had initially turned down the A’s owner’s offers of $50,000 and $100,000 to have the lads from Liverpool perform in the City of Fountains, agrees on $150,000, about six times the going rate, enabling the Fab Four to earn $4,838 per minute, the largest sum ever paid for a musical concert.

1965       In front of a capacity crowd at the ballpark in the Bronx, the Yankees pay tribute to Mickey Mantle in the first of three special days held in his honor. Prior to appearing in his 2000th career game, ‘The Mick’ tells the fans that he hoped to play another 15 years, but in reality will play his last major league contest in 1968.

1966       At Yankee Stadium, New York celebrates Bobby Richardson Day in honor of their All-Star second baseman, who is retiring at the end of the season. After deciding to leave the playing field in his prime to spend more time with his family, the 31 year-old infielder will return to the game in 1970 to become the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, where he will compile a 221-92-1 record with the Gamecocks.

1968       At Candlestick, Giants’ hurler Gaylord Perry (14-14) no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 1-0, with the only run of the game being tallied on Ron Hunt’s first-inning home run. Tomorrow, Redbird hurler Ray Washburn will return the favor by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0, marking the first time in major league history the feat had been accomplished in successive games.

1968       Detroit wins the American League pennant for the first time since 1945 when they beat the Yankees at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Twenty-six year-old right-hander Joe Sparma goes the distance, limiting the Bronx Bombers to five hits for the clincher.

1973       Rick Waits makes his major league debut when he pitches the ninth inning of the Rangers’ 10-3 victory over Chicago at Arlington Stadium. Although the 21 year-old right-hander starts the frame with an eight-run lead, he inexplicably gets credit for a save.

1975       Mets right-fielder Rusty Staub, in a 5-2 loss to Chicago at Shea Stadium, homers off Ray Burris in the fourth frame for his 98th RBI of the season, establishing a new team record. ‘Le Grand Orange’ surpasses the franchise mark set by Donn Clendenon in 1970.

1977       Yankees DH Dave Kingman, with a third-inning round-tripper off Jim Crawford at Tiger Stadium, becomes the first player to homer for four different teams in one season. The much-traveled veteran will hit a total of 26 home runs this year playing for the Mets (9), Padres (11), Angels (2), and the Bronx Bombers (4).

1981       Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela ties White Sox freshman Ewell Russell’s 1913 rookie record when he hurls his eighth shutout of the season, blanking Atlanta on three hits. The 20 year-old Mexican’s 2-0 victory breaks the previous National League mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905), Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911), and Jerry Koosman (Mets, 1968).

1982       In the bottom of the seventh at Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman knots the score at 2-2 against the Redbirds when he hits the final homer of his league-leading season total of 37. The 33 year-old Mets slugger will finish the season hitting just .204, the lowest batting average ever for a player who wins a home run crown.

1983       At Riverfront Stadium, 53,790 faithful fans celebrate Johnny Bench Night. The future Hall of Fame catcher doesn’t disappoint the regular-season record crowd, responding with a two-run homer and a single in the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Astros.

1983       The White Sox beat Seattle, 4-3, clinching their first American League divisional title. The Comiskey Park victory secures the club’s first postseason berth since the Go Go Sox won the American League pennant in 1959.

1984       On the seventeenth anniversary of his first major league round-tripper, Reggie Jackson connects off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 500th career home run. The milestone four-bagger proves to be the only run the Angels would score in the Royals’ 10-1 victory.

1984       Mets rookie Dwight Gooden ties a major league record shared by Luis Tiant (1968 Indians) and Nolan Ryan (1974 Angels) with a total of 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games. The 19 year-old Dr. K, who strikes out 16 Phillies in the team’s 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium, also fanned sixteen Buc batters in his last start, a 2-0 complete-game victory at Shea Stadium.

1988       Jeff Reardon, who hurls a perfect ninth inning, becomes the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues when the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. The Dalton, Massachusetts native also saved 42 games for the Expos in 1985.

1990       The Blue Jays set a major league single-season attendance record as 49,902 watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sell-outs at the Sky Dome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.

1993       Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan, in his next to last major league appearance, fans California catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout. The ‘Ryan Express’ will end his 27-year career ranking first all-time in strikeouts.

1995       Switch-hitting third baseman Ken Caminiti ties Eddie Murray’s 1987 major league mark and becomes the first National Leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he goes deep off right-hander Turk Wendell and southpaw Roberto Rivera in the Padres’ 12-4 victory over Chicago at Jack Murphy Stadium. Yesterday, the San Diego slugger homered right-handed off Larry Casian and cleared the fence in deep right center field batting lefty on a pitch thrown by Steve Trachsel.

1996       Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0, at Coors Field, becoming the only big league hurler to accomplish the feat in the thin air of Denver. Tornado Boy’s performance in Colorado is the best-attended no-no and is the only hitless game with a paid attendance of more than 50,000 fans.

1998       At the age of 107, Chet Hoff dies in Daytona Beach, Florida, giving the southpaw the longest life span of any major leaguer. ‘Red’ played for the New York Highlanders (1911-13) and St. Louis Browns (1915), compiling a 2-4, 2.49 record before WW I ended his playing career.

1998       The Braves become the first team since the 1915 Red Sox to have five pitchers win 15 or more games in the same season. Joining Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Kevin Millwood, southpaw Denny Neagle becomes the latest Atlanta hurler to accomplish the feat when he scatters six hits over six innings in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.

2001       After a six-day hiatus, major league games are played for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. At Busch Stadium during a pregame ceremony, Cardinal announcer Jack Buck captures the mood of a nation with the reading of his original poem, “We Shall Overcome”, and a new baseball tradition begins when the song God Bless America is sung during the seventh-inning stretch of all six scheduled contests.

2003       Roy Halladay, en route to capturing the American League Cy Young Award, pitches his fourth consecutive complete game when the Blue Jays beat Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 6-0. ‘Doc’ will finish the season 22-7 with eight of the victories coming from his nine complete games.

2004       Barry Bonds, connecting off Jake Peavy’s third-inning slider at SBC Park, hits his 700th career home run. The historic homer touches off a fireworks display and the unfurling of a gigantic light tower banner featuring Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, the two other players to reach the milestone.

2005       The Padres shock the Nationals, trailing 5-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when they tie score thanks to Khalil Greene’s first career grand slam.San Diego will complete the amazing comeback when Ramon Hernandez hits a three-run walk-off homer with two out in the 12th frame, beating Washington at Petco Park, 8-5

2006       Mariners’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, in a 7-4 loss to the Royals in Kansas City, singles in his first two at-bats, extending his own major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. The Japanese native also steals his 33rd consecutive base, which is an American League single-season record.

2006       The Red Sox, for the first time in thirty years, sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees in New York. Boston hadn’t beaten their arch-rivals twice in one day since July 31, 1976, and Independence Day of 1973 was the last time they accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.

2006       At Turner Field, Marlin infielder Dan Uggla hits his 26th home run of the season off Atlanta hurler Chad Paronto to break the record of the most home runs by a rookie second baseman. Hall of Fame infielder Joe Gordon had established the previous mark, playing with the Yankees in 1938.

2007       Marc Ecko, who made millions from his brand of clothing, announces on the Today Show he is giving the public the opportunity to vote on the fate of Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball. The 35 year-old fashion designer, who paid $752,467 for the ball at an online auction, has set up a website, www.vote756.com, which gives the fans the option of voting to (1) send the ball directly to Cooperstown, (2) branding it with an asterisk before sending it to the Hall of Fame, or (3) putting the ball on a rocket ship and launching it into outer space.

2008       Jesse Carlson earns the victory as the Blue Jays rally from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Orioles, 8-7. The southpaw rookie reliever from Berlin, Connecticut, who has not been scored on in his last 12 appearances, notches his seventh victory in relief, the most by any Toronto reliever since Paul Quantrill won 11 in 2001.

2010       Joe Torre, who will compile a 2326-1997 (.538.) managerial record during his 30 seasons as a skipper with Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, and the Dodgers, announces he will be retiring at the end of the month. Los Angeles immediately hires the team’s hitting coach Don Mattingly to replace the 70 year-old.

2014       Brandon McCarthy throws nine pitches, has nine strikes, and records three outs, retiring Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 31 year-old right-hander pitches the fifth Immaculate Inning in franchise history, joining Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the feat.

2014       Jason DeGrom strikes out the first eight batters he faces in the Mets’ 6-5 loss in Miami, tying the modern-day major league mark to start a game. The Amazins’ rookie right-hander now shares the record with Jim Deshaies, who struck out the first eight Dodgers he faced with the Astros in a 1986 contest.

2016       Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson hits two extra-inning home runs in the same game, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Citi Field. The Grandy Man ties the game leading off in the 11th inning and then hits a two-out solo homer, the club’s 201st home run to set a franchise mark, in the following frame to end the game.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1954

NEW YORK-Rocky Marciano retained the world heavyweight championship at the Yankee Stadium tonight. The undefeated boxer from Brockton, Mass., knocked out the former titleholder, Ezzard Charles, in the eighth round of a scheduled fifteen-round contest. A left hook and a right cross to the jaw put Charles down for the full count after he had been floored earlier in the session for the count of four with a long right to the head. On the second knockdown in the concluding round, Charles just managed to reach his feet a split second after Referee Al Beri had counted ten but Ez made no move to continue the hostilities.
The victory was Marciano’s No. 47 in as many professional fights, a record unique in the history of the heavyweight division. And his knockout was the forty-first such conquest in his professional career. It was the second fight between the pair and the result was just about what most fans expected. Marciano was the favorite, at odds of 9 to 2, to dispose of the skillful Negro from Cincinnati, with a knockout ending being generally predicted.
In their first fight, last June 17, Rocky was expected to dispose of Ez by a knockout, but the latter surprised the boxing world by waging a willing, game fight that went the limit before Rocky got the unanimous decision. In contrast to their other clash, tonight’s contest was one-sided, with Marciano winning every round except the first one on this observer’s scorecard. Besides registering the two knockdowns in the eighth round, Rocky also felled his opponent in the second session. He dropped him in the second with a right to the jaw, followed by a two-fisted attack to the body.
After he was dropped in the second, Ezzard seemed to have the steam taken out of him. In all the fifteen rounds of their previous fight, Ezzard stood up under Rocky’s vaunted punch without going down once. When he did find out that the Brockton Rock really could punch, Charles became cautious, and his leads were infrequent.
A turn of fortune appeared to come Charles’ way in the sixth when Marciano, emerging from a clinch, showed a nasty cut straight up the tip of his nose. Ezzard made this wound a target, and also punched for a cut that opened beside Rocky’s left eye in the eighth, but the champion showed that he had enough to stand up against this sort of punishment. Despite the fact that his victory was a decisive one and virtually foreordained, Marciano lost the sympathy of a good many in the crowd by his inclination to skirt the rules. Twice he was guilty of hitting after the bell, and once he was warned for heeling Ezzard in a close-quarters exchange.
This was Rocky Marciano’s last fight. He retired in 1956 to spend more time with his wife and family and was killed in a plane crash in 1969. He remains the only undefeated heavyweight champion.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New England Patriots 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 76 3 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Buffalo Bills 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 45 30 0-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Miami Dolphins 0 2 0 .000 2.0 10 102 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
New York Jets 0 2 0 .000 2.0 19 40 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 68 36 0-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Oakland Raiders 1 1 0 .500 1.0 34 44 1-1-0 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 L
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 40 37 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Denver Broncos 0 2 0 .000 2.0 30 40 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 82 27 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Cleveland Browns 1 1 0 .500 1.0 36 46 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 0 .000 2.0 37 62 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 L
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 2 0 .000 2.0 29 61 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 2 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Indianapolis Colts 1 1 0 .500 0.0 43 47 0-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Houston Texans 1 1 0 .500 0.0 41 42 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Tennessee Titans 1 1 0 .500 0.0 60 32 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2 0 .000 1.0 38 53 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 66 38 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Philadelphia Eagles 1 1 0 .500 1.0 52 51 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
New York Giants 0 2 0 .000 2.0 31 63 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Washington Redskins 0 2 0 .000 2.0 48 63 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Los Angeles Rams 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
San Francisco 49ers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 72 34 0-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Seattle Seahawks 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 49 46 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Arizona Cardinals 0 1 1 .250 1.5 44 50 0-0-1 0-1-0 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 31 19 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Detroit Lions 1 0 1 .750 0.5 40 37 1-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 1 1 0 .500 1.0 44 33 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Chicago Bears 1 1 0 .500 1.0 19 24 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.0 37 45 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 1 1 0 .500 0.0 36 48 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 1 W
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0 .500 0.0 39 55 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.0 41 50 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 98 53 .649 53 – 22 45 – 31 52 – 19 18 – 15 16 – 11 6 – 4 L 1
Tampa Bay 89 62 .589 9 43 – 32 46 – 30 38 – 29 20 – 13 18 – 15 7 – 3 L 1
Boston 79 70 .530 18 36 – 39 43 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 W 3
Toronto 59 91 .393 38.5 31 – 44 28 – 47 25 – 39 17 – 18 14 – 17 4 – 6 W 1
Baltimore 49 101 .327 48.5 23 – 52 26 – 49 21 – 46 12 – 20 9 – 22 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 92 58 .613 42 – 33 50 – 25 20 – 12 41 – 23 23 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
Cleveland 87 63 .580 5 44 – 31 43 – 32 18 – 16 44 – 26 19 – 13 6 – 4 W 1
Chi White Sox 65 85 .433 27 35 – 39 30 – 46 15 – 18 31 – 33 13 – 20 3 – 7 L 3
Kansas City 55 95 .367 37 29 – 47 26 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 8 – 22 4 – 6 L 3
Detroit 45 104 .302 46.5 21 – 54 24 – 50 14 – 19 20 – 43 6 – 27 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 98 53 .649 56 – 20 42 – 33 19 – 13 21 – 13 47 – 18 7 – 3 W 3
Oakland 90 60 .600 7.5 48 – 27 42 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 39 – 28 8 – 2 W 6
Texas 74 77 .490 24 42 – 33 32 – 44 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 39 6 – 4 L 3
LA Angels 68 82 .453 29.5 36 – 39 32 – 43 16 – 16 13 – 18 27 – 40 3 – 7 W 1
Seattle 62 88 .413 35.5 33 – 42 29 – 46 13 – 17 18 – 15 25 – 45 4 – 6 W 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Atlanta 93 58 .616 47 – 28 46 – 30 45 – 25 20 – 13 16 – 14 6 – 4 L 1
Washington 82 67 .550 10 42 – 31 40 – 36 37 – 31 16 – 14 18 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
NY Mets 77 72 .517 15 43 – 31 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 15 – 15 6 – 4 L 1
Philadelphia 76 72 .514 15.5 43 – 35 33 – 37 32 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 4 – 6 L 2
Miami 52 97 .349 40 29 – 49 23 – 48 20 – 46 10 – 24 13 – 16 2 – 8 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 84 66 .560 48 – 28 36 – 38 17 – 14 41 – 28 17 – 13 5 – 5 W 1
Chi Cubs 81 68 .544 2.5 50 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 34 – 29 18 – 14 5 – 5 W 4
Milwaukee 81 69 .540 3 44 – 31 37 – 38 21 – 11 39 – 31 13 – 15 9 – 1 W 3
Cincinnati 70 80 .467 14 40 – 35 30 – 45 16 – 15 29 – 38 16 – 16 5 – 5 W 1
Pittsburgh 65 85 .433 19 31 – 41 34 – 44 11 – 21 25 – 42 17 – 17 4 – 6 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 97 54 .642 56 – 20 41 – 34 23 – 10 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 W 1
Arizona 76 74 .507 20.5 37 – 35 39 – 39 15 – 16 14 – 15 33 – 37 3 – 7 L 1
San Francisco 72 78 .480 24.5 33 – 42 39 – 36 13 – 17 14 – 19 36 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
San Diego 68 82 .453 28.5 35 – 40 33 – 42 14 – 18 13 – 18 30 – 37 4 – 6 L 5
Colorado 65 85 .433 31.5 39 – 36 26 – 49 15 – 15 12 – 18 30 – 40 6 – 4 W 3

 

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 30 16 9 5 56 37 19 10-5-1 6-4-4 57
x – Philadelphia 30 15 7 8 55 43 12 10-4-2 5-3-6 52
x – Atlanta 29 15 3 11 48 36 12 10-3-2 5-0-9 48
Toronto FC 31 12 9 10 53 49 4 8-4-4 4-5-6 45
D.C. 31 12 9 10 40 38 2 6-5-4 6-4-6 45
New York 30 12 5 13 49 48 1 8-2-5 4-3-8 41
New England 30 10 10 10 45 52 -7 7-3-5 3-7-5 40
Montreal 31 11 4 16 42 57 -15 7-2-6 4-2-10 37
Chicago 31 9 10 12 48 43 5 8-6-2 1-4-10 37
Orlando City SC 31 9 9 13 40 44 -4 6-3-7 3-6-6 36
Columbus 31 9 7 15 36 45 -9 5-5-6 4-2-9 34
FC Cincinnati 30 6 3 21 30 72 -42 3-1-10 3-2-11 21

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 30 19 7 4 77 33 44 11-2-1 8-5-3 64
Seattle 30 14 7 9 50 47 3 10-3-2 4-4-7 49
Minnesota 30 14 6 10 49 40 9 9-5-1 5-1-9 48
Real Salt Lake 30 14 4 12 42 38 4 11-1-3 3-3-9 46
Los Angeles 30 14 3 13 49 49 0 10-1-4 4-2-9 45
San Jose 30 13 5 12 49 46 3 10-2-3 3-3-9 44
Portland 29 13 4 12 45 42 3 7-2-4 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 30 12 7 11 47 42 5 9-5-1 3-2-10 43
Sporting KC 30 10 7 13 44 54 -10 7-3-5 3-4-8 37
Colorado 31 10 6 15 51 58 -7 8-2-6 2-4-9 36
Houston 30 10 4 16 41 51 -10 8-4-3 2-0-13 34
Vancouver 31 7 9 15 32 54 -22 5-4-6 2-5-9 30

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

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GP Games Played
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D Draws
L Losses
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GF Goals For
GA Goals Against
GD Goal Differential