MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCHEDULE

LA Dodgers 7 Baltimore 3

Minnesota 5 Washington 0

Seattle 4 Cincinnati 3

Detroit 12 NY Yankees 11

Toronto 4 Boston 3

Tampa Bay 5 Texas 3 (11)

Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 3

Oakland 21 Houston 7

Cleveland 8 LA Angels 0

Philadelphia 6 Atlanta 5

NY Mets 3 Arizona 2

Milwaukee 4 Miami 3

Colorado 2 St. Louis 1

San Francisco 5 Pittsburgh 4

San Diego 9 Chicago Cubs 8 (10)

 

Wednesday, September 11

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 6:40 pm

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm

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

Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 7:10 pm

Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm

Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels 8:07 pm

Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox 8:10 pm

St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 9:45 pm

Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 10:10 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

Hagerstown 3 Winchester 2… Singles

#1 Jayden Bussell beat Alex Pegg 6-3, 6-2

#2 Eli Richards lost to Nick Dunica 1-6, 0-6

#3 Gabe Warvel beat Ross Culy 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

#1 Mason Pruitt & Jacob Henley Beat Berman Welch & Grant Wagner 6-0, 6-0

#2 Nick Habzansky & Brendan Smith lost to Levi Slusher & Drew Loyd 3-6, 2-6

Hagerstown JV won 3-0 

Northeastern 5 Union County 0…. Northeastern won all but 3 games in total from all positions combined. Northeastern’s overall record is 4-3 and 2-1 in conference. JV picked up a win for Northeastern with Coltyn Coyle winning 6-0 and Raedhyn Foust 6-4. JV record improved to 3-1. The Knights host Tri on Thursday at 4:30.

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Muncie Central 2 Richmond 0

Seton Catholic 5 Centerville 0

New Castle 1 New Palestine 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Marion 2

Harrison 1 Lafayette Jeff 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 11 Muncie Central 1… The Devils recovered from an 0-2-1 Hoosier Cup by celebrating senior night early.  Nakala Bennett (6g/2a) and Riley Wetzel (4g/3a) combined for 10 of the Devils 11 goals.  Sophomore Khalidah Hickson scored her first goal of the season.
The Devils play at  1A #6 Oldenburg on Thursday.
The Devils went played three ranked opponents at Hoosier Cup losing to 3A #17 Bloomington So. 0-9, 2A #6 South Dearborn 0-4, and tying #4 Vincennes Rivet 2-2 after leading 2-0 at half.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

Centerville dropped a conference match to host Northeastern at Highland Lake Golf Course on Tuesday evening. Although the Bulldogs turned in their second best score of the year, it was not enough to topple the Knights.  The final score was Northeastern 210 and Centerville 228.  Medalist honors went to the Knights’ Baylee Wissler who shot a 48.  Other Northeastern scores were Jasmine Schuler, McKenzie Chasteen, Maddi Fields 55, and Becca Schneider 58.  The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Erin Baker who shot a 51.  Following her were Emilee Engle, Morgan Hale, and Hailie Ridge all with 59’s, and Karis Koyles with a 65.  The loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the TEC.  The Bulldogs will observe senior night on Thursday, when they host Shenandoah.

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – NCC/AREA

Union County 3 Richmond 0…. By Jan Clark

Over the years Union County has been a real thorn in Richmond’s side when it comes to girls volleyball. Nothing has changed.

In a less than inspiring performance, the Red Devils lost to the Patriots in straight sets Tuesday at Liberty, 12-25, 20-25, 20-25, while the junior varsity also went down in defeat 18-25, 24-25. Union County is now 7-1, Richmond 4-9.

Richmond highlights were hard to come by in this one. Early in set one, Ashley Clark had two kills and a service ace and Laurelai DePew a pair of kills a bit later. That was pretty much it.

Set two was much better volleyball, except for the start. DePew (she had a team high eight kills) had an early block but Richmond still found itself down 9-2 and 13-3. Another DePew kill got the Devils rolling. With Union County leading 17-8, Richmond went on an impressive spurt. The Devils scored nine straight points to catch up at 17-all. Two DePew kills, a Rayonna Rogers kill, a corner shot by Molly Morken and terrific serving by Kennedy McKee  were reasons for the streak.

Kills by Rogers, DePew and Morken came later but Union County garnered eight of the last 11 points to pull it out.

Richmond led 3-1 to open set three before UC took a 12-7 advantage. Two straight DePew kills and one by Ella Wilson tied the score at 12-12. A Morken kill came later but the Devils just couldn’t sustain anything.

“It was actually almost 12 rotations before we were able to put two points together in a row,” said Richmond coach Russ Uhte. “We have to regroup now. We just can’t expect to play like that and get different results. We have to be very specific on how we’re scoring and when we’re scoring. We have to come out quicker and be ready to fight.”

The Red Devils return to action on Tuesday of next week at Lincoln of Cambridge City.

Varsity stats — DePew 8 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks; Morken 3 kills, 9 digs, 8 assists, 1 block; McKee 2 aces, 5 digs; Clark 1 ace, 2 kills, 4 digs; Rogers 3 kills; Juday 4 digs, 1 block; Weber 3 digs, 1 assist; Wilson 1 kill, 3 digs; Thompson 1 kill, 4 digs, 1 assist; Uhte 2 kills, 3 digs, 7 assists.

JV stats — Haskett 1 ace, 6 kills, 1 dig; Wright 3 kills, 3 digs; James 1 ace, 5 digs; Bosell 5 aces, 2 kills, 12 digs, 1 assist; Bopp 1 dig; Harrison 1 ace, 4 digs, 10 assists; Orr 1 ace, 1 assist; Warner 2 digs; Whichard 1 ace; Matthews 1 kill, 2 digs; McClain 1 dig; Morken 6 digs.

 

Northwestern 3 Kokomo 0

McCutcheon 3 Noblesville 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Marion 0

Harrison 3 Logansport 0

Lincoln 3 Tri 0… The Lincoln volleyball teams swept past Tri high last night in straight sets. The varsity won 25-20, 25-11, 25-20 and the JV won 25-13, 25-19. The varsity is now 11-4 on the season and 1-0 in the TEC. The JV is 5-1 on the season. The varsity was led by Allie Grubbs who had 6 aces and 9 digs. Delanie Russell had 4 aces and 4 digs. Alyssa Messer had 7 digs and Alyssa Vickers had 5 kills. The JV was led by Grace Sherwood’s 7 kills and 4 aces. Mallory Burns had 5 kills and 4 digs. Olivia Stuckey had 6 digs and 2 aces. The lady eagles play at Union County on Thursday in another TEC contest.

 Knightstown 3 Union City 0

Centerville 3 Franklin County 1

Wapahani 3 Hagerstown 0

New Castle 3 Shelbyville 0

Blue River 3 Liberty Christian 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Friday, Sep. 13

Anderson at Marion  7 pm

Kokomo at McCutcheon 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Harrison 7 pm

Logansport at Tech 7 pm

Richmond at Muncie Central 7 pm

 

TEC

Friday, Sep. 13

Centerville at Winchester  7 pm

Hagerstown at Union County  7 pm

Northeastern at Lincoln  7 pm

Union City at Knightstown  7 pm

Saturday, Sep. 14

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

 

ELSEWHERE

Friday, Sep. 13

Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm

Monroe Central at Southern Wells, 7 pm

Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 pm

Connersville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm

East Central at Franklin County  7 pm

Lawrenceburg at Greensburg  7 pm

Rushville at Batesville  7 pm

Saturday, Sep. 14

Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AP MEDIA POLL

6A

  1. Avon (3-0)
  2. Warren Central (2-1)
  3. Carmel (2-1)
  4. Lafayette Jeff (3-0)
  5. Brownsburg (2-1)
  6. Fort Wayne Snider (3-0)
  7. Fishers (3-0)
  8. Lawrence North (2-1)
  9. Center Grove (0-3)
  10. Westfield (3-0)

 

5A

  1. New Palestine (3-0)
  2. Indianapolis Cathedral (2-1)
  3. Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-0)
  4. Valparaiso (3-0)
  5. Concord (3-0)
  6. Terre Haute South (3-0)
  7. Elkhart Central (3-0)
  8. Michigan City (2-1)
  9. Plainfield (2-1)
  10. Terre Haute North (2-1)

 

4A

  1. East Central (3-0)
  2. Mooresville (3-0)
  3. New Prairie (3-0)
  4. Martinsville (2-1)
  5. Mississinewa (3-0)
  6. Marion (2-1)
  7. Evansville Memorial (3-0)
  8. East Noble (3-0)
  9. NorthWood (1-2)
  10. Delta (3-0)

 

3A

  1. Indianapolis Chatard (3-0)
  2. Gibson Southern (3-0)
  3. Heritage Hills (3-0)
  4. West Lafayette (2-1)
  5. Guerin Catholic (3-0)
  6. Mishawaka Marian (3-0)
  7. Brownstown Central (3-0)
  8. Brebeuf Jesuit (2-1)
  9. Southridge (3-0)
  10. Knox (3-0)

 

2A

  1. Indianapolis Scecina (3-0)
  2. Evansville Mater Dei (3-0)
  3. Lewis Cass (3-0)
  4. Triton Central (2-1)
  5. Rensselaer Central (3-0)
  6. Western Boone (2-1)
  7. LaVille (2-1)
  8. Pioneer (2-1)
  9. Andrean (1-2)
  10. Heritage Christian (2-1)

 

1A

  1. Indianapolis Lutheran (3-0)
  2. North Vermillion (3-0)
  3. Adams Central (3-0)
  4. South Adams (3-0)
  5. Monroe Central (2-1)
  6. Churubusco (3-0)
  7. Parke Heritage (3-0)
  8. Southwood (3-0)
  9. West Washington (3-0)
  10. Attica (3-0)

  

INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION POLLS

6A (FIRST PLACE VOTES, RECORD, POINTS)

1 Warren Central (6) 2-1 95

2 Avon (3) 3-0 90

3 Carmel (1) 2-1 82

4 Brownsburg 2-1 63

5 FW Snider 3-0 56

6 Lafayette Jeff 3-0 48

7 Fishers 3-0 44

8 Westfield 3-0 29

9 Merrillville 3-0 12

10 Homestead 3-0 11

5A

1 New Palestine (10) 3-0 100

2 Indpls Cathedral 2-1 85

3 FW Dwenger 3-0 82

4 Valparaiso 3-0 72

5 Michigan City 2-1 60

6 Concord 3-0 43

7 Mishawaka 2-1 30

8 Elkhart Central 3-0 27

9 Bloomington South 2-1 22

10 TH South 3-0 10

4A

1 New Prairie (4) 3-0 89

2 Mooresville (2) 3-0 79

3 East Central (3) 3-0 73

4 Mississinewa 3-0 60

5 Evansville Memorial 3-0 57

6 Marion 2-1 51

7 East Noble 3-0 48

8 Delta 3-0 31

9 Plymouth 2-1 18

10 Northridge 3-0 13

3A

1 Indpls Chatard (8) 3-0 96

2 Gibson Southern (1) 3-0 80

3 West Lafayette (1) 2-1 78

4 Guerin Catholic 3-0 58

5 Heritage Hills 3-0 57

6 Indpls Brebeuf 2-1 49

7 Mishawaka Marian 3-0 46

8 Brownstown Central 3-0 43

9 Southridge 3-0 17

10 FW Concordia 1-2 8

2A

1 Indpls Scecina (10) 3-0 100

2 Evansville Mater Dei 3-0 87

3 Lewis Cass 3-0 69

Western Boone 2-1 69

5 Rensselaer Central 3-0 62

6 Pioneer 2-1 38

7 Tipton 3-0 34

8 Eastbrook 1-2 31

9 Triton Central 2-1 22

10 Lapel 3-0 13

1A

1 Indpls Lutheran (4) 3-0 94

2 South Adams (5) 3-0 92

3 Adams Central (1) 3-0 81

4 North Vermillion 3-0 67

5 Churubusco 3-0 61

6 Southwood 3-0 46

7 Monroe Central 2-1 32

8 Parke Heritage 3-0 30

9 West Washington 3-0 25

10 Attica 3-0 17

 

INDIANA GIRLS CC POLL

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

 

INDIANA BOYS CC POLL

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

 

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POLLS

Class A

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

Class 2A

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

Class 3A

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

Class 4A

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

 

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL

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

1.Carmel

2.Homestead

3.Floyd Central

4.TH South

5T.North Central

5T.Columbus North

7.Fishers

8T.Westfield

8T.Bloomington South

10.Center Grove

11.FW Carroll

12.Munster

13.Park Tudor

14.HSE

15.West Lafayette

16.Evansville Reitz

17.Cathedral

18.SB St Joseph

19.Brebeuf

20.Jasper

21.Brownsburg

22.Zionsville

23.Castle

24.FW Canterbury

25.Bishop Dwenger

26.Delta

27.Crown Point

28.Lafayette Harrison

29.Marion

30T.Penn/ Mississinewa

 

DISTRICT 4

1 Delta

2 Marion

3 Mississinewa

4 Richmond

5 Centerville

 

Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a former trainer.

Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.

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

“He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations,” Heitner said in a statement.

Heitner said Brown and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship.”

The New York Times first reported about the lawsuit.

The AP does not ordinarily name the alleged victims of sex assaults, but Taylor was identified in the federal lawsuit and was quoted in a statement provided by her lawyer, David Haas.

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”

Taylor also said in the statement she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies.

A spokesman for the NFL declined comment, but the Patriots said the league told the team it will launch an investigation.

“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” the Patriots said in a statement. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”

 

AP source: Jets acquire WR Thomas from Pats for draft pick

The New York Jets are getting some roster help from the most unlikely of sources: Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Adam Gase’s squad acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Patriots for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick on Tuesday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams had not yet announced the trade.

ESPN first reported the deal – the first trade between the AFC East rivals since Bill Belichick took over as the Patriots’ coach in 2000. The last trade between the teams was actually when Belichick left the Jets for the Patriots, and New York got a first-round pick.

Thomas became expendable for the Patriots when they signed Antonio Brown over the weekend.

The 31-year-old Thomas gives the Jets’ receiving group an immediate boost, joining Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder. The move also comes a day after Gase made it clear he wasn’t pleased with the receivers’ overall performance in a 17-16 season-opening loss to Buffalo.

Crowder had 14 catches for 99 yards as Sam Darnold used him often for short-yardage plays, but Anderson (three catches for 23 yards) and Enunwa (one for minus-4) combined for just four receptions.

Thomas and Gase were together in Denver from 2010-14, when Gase was the wide receivers coach and later the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Thomas was also part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning team with Peyton Manning in February 2016.

Thomas has 688 receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns. He played for the Broncos from 2010 until being traded to Houston last October for a seventh-round draft pick. He tore his Achilles late last season, was released by the Texans in February and signed with the Patriots in April.

 

Texans sign center Nick Martin to 3-year contract extension

Center Nick Martin has signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Houston Texans.

Martin, who is set to make just more than $1.1 million this season, will be under contract through the 2022 season.

Martin was drafted in the second round in 2016 and played 30 games in his first two seasons with the Texans. The extension will keep Martin in Houston while the Texans try to build continuity on a line that allowed an NFL-high 62 sacks last season.

He’ll work with new left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was traded from Miami on Aug. 31, as the team tries to better protect Watson after the revamped unit allowed six sacks in a season-opening loss to New Orleans on Monday.

 

Lewis homers in debut as Mariners beat Reds 4-3, stop skid

The rebuilding Seattle Mariners have spent the last year talking about the future. They got to see a glimpse of it during a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night as nine rookies played and contributed heavily to the victory.

Kyle Lewis hit a towering home run on the day he was called up to the big leagues. Justus Sheffield pitched his longest outing of the season. And Dylan Moore helped the team turn four double plays and hit his own homer.

“When you’ve got guys that are debuting, you’ve got guys that are young, that are just getting here, there’s an excitement level there,” Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said. “Every day will bring something new whether you’re in (the pennant race) or not.”

The 31-year-old Seager hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Mariners ended a six-game losing streak.

But it was the rookies who grabbed the attention.

Lewis, a 24-year-old outfielder who was one of four players called up Tuesday from Double-A Arkansas, collected the team’s first hit against Trevor Bauer in the fifth inning.

Lewis was just the fifth Mariners player to hit a home run in his debut and the first since 2006. The drive, measured at 426 feet by Statcast, tied the score at 1.

“I was just trying to keep it as simple as possible, try not to make things bigger than they are,” Lewis said. “When I hit that, though, it was definitely like an out-of-body experience.”

Two other rookies homered: Moore gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the sixth against Bauer with his eighth home run.

Cincinnati’s Brian O’Grady, who debuted on Aug. 8, put the Reds ahead 3-2 in the eighth with his first homer. O’Grady pinch-hit and had a two-run drive off Austin Adams.

 

Cubs’ wild-card lead cut, Padres walk off 9-8 in 10th

With the Chicago Cubs playing a five-man infield, Manuel Margot was looking for a pitch up in the strike zone that he could elevate.

Turned out he didn’t even have to take his bat off his shoulder.

Margot drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk with one out in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres overcame an impressive power display by Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward to beat the Cubs 9-8 Tuesday night.

The Cubs’ lead for the second NL wild-card spot was cut to one game over Milwaukee and two over Philadelphia.

Bryant hit a pair of two-run homers and Heyward also homered twice and drove in three runs for the Cubs, who rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the third inning to tie it at 8 after Bryant and Heyward each hit their second home run.

But that show was wasted when Steve Cishek loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the 10th, and then issued a third straight walk, to Margot.

“I felt a bit more confident after he fell behind in the count because I think at that point you’re just looking for a good pitch to hit but it didn’t come and a walk works, too,” Margot said through a translator.

Luis Urias started the winning rally when he beat out an infield single to shortstop with one out. Austin Hedges and Travis Jankowski walked to load the bases and bring up Margot.

The Cubs brought in right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to play first base and give them a five-man infield. It didn’t matter, though as Cishek (3-6) walked Margot to bring in Luis Urias with the winning run.

 

Yelich breaks kneecap, out for season; Brewers top Marlins

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t need this kind of break.

Trying to catch up in the wild-card race, the Brewers instead saw the reigning NL MVP foul a ball off himself and go down with a broken right kneecap Tuesday night.

“We don’t have a definitive time frame other than we know he will be out the remainder of the season right now,” general manager David Stearns said after a 4-3 win over Miami. “We also don’t know if surgery is required.”

Yelich, who did not talk with reporters after the game, will travel to Milwaukee for additional tests on Wednesday.

The Brewers didn’t say whether Yelich might be able to return for the playoffs that begin Oct. 1 if they make it that far. Milwaukee, which won its fifth in a row, closed within one game of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

“I just heard. That’s not good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after a 9-8 loss in 10 innings at San Diego. “Listen, I always want to beat other teams at their best, so that’s a tough one right there.”

Yelich fouled a ball off his leg in the first inning. He was down on the ground for several minutes before limping off the field.

Yelich hit .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs along with 30 stolen bases this season. The outfielder was leading the majors in slugging percentage and OPS when he was hurt.

“We feel awful for Christian,” manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s the thing that resonates with me right now. He’s a special player and it’s a joy to watch him play every day. He’s the best at what he does. Not being able to see that every day is not good.”

 

Dodgers clinch 7th straight NL West title, 1st playoff team

The Los Angeles Dodgers sprayed each other with bubbly, emptied dozens of bottles of beer while drinking very little of it and essentially carried on in a fashion appropriate for a team celebrating its seventh consecutive NL West tile.

Certainly, the Dodgers were elated about becoming the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season. Yet, because the occasion was virtually a given since May and not nearly as emotional as their playoff win over Colorado in Game 163 last year, the party was, as manager Dave Roberts put it, “subdued.”

“It was one of those things that we expected it,” Roberts said Tuesday night after a clinching 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. “It’s obviously early in September, but it doesn’t take away what we as an organization accomplished.”

The Dodgers, with a power-packed lineup and imposing rotation, gained sole possession of first place on April 17 and never looked back. Their final pursuer was the Arizona Diamondbacks, who dropped 18 1/2 games out of first place with a loss to the Mets.

After the last out, the players gathered around the mound for a wardrobe change for the soaking to follow the second-earliest NL West clinching behind the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, who accomplished the feat on Sept. 7.

Sure, the celebration was inevitable. So what?

“When we do get moments like this, I think we do a good job of appreciating what we have accomplished and it’s special. It really is,” Roberts said. `To win one division, but to win seven in a row, the consistency of the organization, what we’ve done, a lot of credit goes to a lot of people. And now it’s the idea of refocusing and everything we do going forward is to win 11 games in October.”

Los Angeles, coming off consecutive World Series losses to Houston and Boston and seeking its first title since 1988, will likely begin the postseason at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 3 against the NL wild-card team.

 

A’s bounce back to pound Astros, hit 6 HRs in 21-7 romp

 The Oakland Athletics could think of no better way to erase the memory of a blowout loss to the Houston Astros than to turn things around on the AL West leaders on Tuesday night.

Matt Olson and Sean Murphy each homered twice, and the Athletics tagged Wade Miley for seven runs in the first inning and scored a season high in a 21-7 rout of the Astros.

After being blanked in a lopsided loss on Monday, Oakland recovered to win its seventh of nine and remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.

“It’s awesome to respond to – there’s no other way to put it – the (butt)-kicking that we got yesterday,” Olson said. “To be able to come back. We always know we can compete against these guys, and to do it in the fashion that we did today was nice.”

The Astros were coming off a 21-1 win over Seattle on Sunday and a 15-0 thrashing of Oakland on Monday in which they hit seven homers.

But on Tuesday, the A’s tied a franchise record with 25 hits and built a 7-0 lead in the first inning without an extra-base knock. They still ended up tying a season high with six homers after not hitting any in their previous two games. Their 25 hits were the most they’d hit since 1969.

Khris Davis hit Oakland’s first long ball in the second inning. Olson went deep in the third and added another homer in a six-run fourth that also featured blasts by Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien to push the lead to 17-2. The A’s set a franchise record for runs scored through the first four innings.

Murphy homered again in the fifth, and Semien added an RBI double.

 

Pirates’ Crick has finger surgery after clubhouse fight

Pirates right-hander Kyle Crick required season-ending surgery on the index finger of his pitching hand after he was injured in a clubhouse fight with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez.

Crick said punches were thrown and that the first punch was thrown by Vazquez, who declined to speak to reporters after Pittsburgh’s 5-4 loss to the Giants.

“One of those clubhouse altercations. A lot of bickering back and forth. Punches were thrown,” Crick said. “You kind of have to at some point stand up for yourself and start throwing back. It’s one of those deals where it’s unfortunate. It’s two losers in this deal. Nobody can win fighting a teammate. It’s just an unfortunate deal.”

Both players were fined undisclosed amounts by the Pirates for violating their contracts.

The altercation occurred before Monday’s game against the Giants. Crick had surgery Tuesday to repair the extensor tendon, performed by Dr. Scott Hanson in San Francisco. The club expects Crick to be ready for spring training.

“The behavior exhibited by these two players last night is unacceptable, inconsistent with the standards expected of a major league player and will not be tolerated by the organization,” general manager Neal Huntington said.

The Pirates held a team meeting before Tuesday’s game.

“I’m not concerned with the chemistry. I have concerns about three individual incidents that have gone on this year. I’ve been here nine years, we had none, and we’ve had three this year,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Two that resulted in suspensions and one fines involved. We spoke to the club today. We had a conversation. We’ve visited internally as a family when challenges are there, how do you meet them, how do you rise above them? Any time you have a family that spends a lot of time together like teams do in sport and life, nobody likes when it happens. Unfortunately it does happen.”

 

AL wild-card leader Tampa Bay wins 5-3 in 11 over Rangers

 Kean Wong was churning hard to get to first base and keep the Tampa Bay Rays going in the 11th inning when his two-out slow roller was being bobbled by the pitcher.

Only when Wong was safe at first, after Texas Rangers rookie reliever Emmanuel Clase’s desperate throw bounced away from the bag , did he realize the ball had then been thrown into left field, allowing the Rays to score the tiebreaking run.

“I was just like, `Get there. Get there. Can you get there?’ I saw the first baseman come off the bag,” Wong said. “Then I was like, `Go! Go!'”

Austin Meadows tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth before the Rays (87-59) were helped by the two errors on the same play in the 11th of a 5-3 win Tuesday night. They have won six in a row, and 11 of 12, to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild-card spot after the A’s won 21-7 at AL West-leading Houston.

After the errant throw by Clase (2-3), second baseman Rougned Odor picked the ball up and threw it high into left field as a runner was diving back into second base. Nate Lowe scored the tiebreaking run from third, and Guillermo Heredia followed with an RBI single.

“That was kind of a funky play,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

“We’ve got guys one through nine that hustle down the baseline, make the pressure plays, put pressure on the defense,” Lowe said.

Joey Wendle led off the Rays eighth with a triple off just-entered reliever Rafael Montero, and Meadows followed with his 29th homer to tie the game at 3-3.

 

Plesac pitches 4-hitter, Indians keep pace, beat Angels 8-0

Corey Kluber is injured, Carlos Carrasco continues to work his way back from leukemia treatment and Trevor Bauer was traded, and still the Cleveland Indians continue to get solid pitching.

Rookie Zach Plesac threw a four-hitter for his first complete game in the majors as the Indians kept pace in the AL playoff race, blanking the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 Tuesday night.

The right-hander is the fifth Cleveland pitcher to toss a shutout this season, which leads the majors. He struck out five and walked two while throwing 114 pitches.

Plesac became the first Indians rookie to throw a shutout since Jeremy Sowers did it twice in 2006.

“After the first inning I was able to settle in,” said Plesac, who had allowed 10 earned runs in last two starts. “We had a good game plan and rhythm going.”

Francisco Lindor and Jordan Luplow homered as the Indians stayed a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. Cleveland trails wild-card leader Tampa Bay by two games.

“I think every win is important right now no matter if the other team wins or loses. If we have a good month, we will be in the playoffs,” Lindor said. “We’re on a mission. It’s going to be fun.”

The Indians, who have won four of five, also got four RBIs from Franmil Reyes. The Angels, again playing without superstar outfielder Mike Trout, have dropped three in a row – the loss ensured they will miss the postseason for the fifth straight year.

Plesac’s previous high in innings was seven on five occasions. It was the sixth time in 19 starts he has thrown over 100 pitches. The most pitches he threw was 20 in the first before he had five innings where he threw 11 or fewer.

 

HCAC Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Dalton Taynor (Troy, Ohio) Bluffton University | Midfield | Sophomore – Taynor had a hat trick on Wednesday against Great Lakes Christian with all three goals netted in a span of just 10 minutes. He finished the week with four goals and an assist as the Beavers went 2-1 for the week.

Defensive:

Orry Killam (Napoleon, Ohio) Defiance College | Goal Keeper | Freshman – Killam made an impression in his first two starts of his collegiate career. The freshman tallied a shutout victory against Trine in his first start before holding a strong Kalamazoo side to a 1-1 draw over 110:00 minutes. Killam made 16 saves over the week, 13 of which came against the Hornets.

Notable Performances:

  • Derek Thorpe (Cicero, Ind.) Anderson University | Defense | Senior – In three games of action, the senior netted one goal and one assist, with a shots on goal average of 1.67 per game and a shots on goal percentage of .800 percent.
  • Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Eppler propelled the Panthers to victory over Otterbein 3-1 as he netted two goals, the equalizer and the game winner, in Saturday’s matchup. The sophomore tallied two shots both of which resulted in goals for the Blue and Red.
  • Aaron Stocksdale (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Junior – Stocksdale helped guide the Panthers to a 1-0 overall week as they defeated tough Ohio Athletic Conference foe Otterbein 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The goalkeeper finished the contest with four saves through 90 minutes of work. He posted a .800 save percentage in the contest.
  • Max Baker (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Midfield | Senior – Baker was the focal point of Manchester’s 4-3 overtime rally against Olivet on Sunday afternoon. Max scored a pair of equalizing goals (28th & 76th minutes) and assisted on a third equalizing goal (67th minute) as the Spartans came-from-behind to defeat the Comets 4-3 in overtime.
  • Eric Kirby (LaGrange, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Junior – Kirby scored the tying goal in the final minutes at Albion, then assisted on the overtime game winner later in the match as Rose-Hulman improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season. RHIT defeated Greenville 1-0 and Albion 2-1 last week.
  • Ethan Butler (Mundelin, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Junior – Butler led the defensive effort as the Engineers allowed just one total goal in two wins last week. RHIT shutout Greenville 1-0 to open the week, scoring in the sixth minute before holding the Panthers without a goal. Against Albion, Rose-Hulman outshot the hosts 22-1 in the match before winning 2-1 in overtime. Butler is the top field defensive player for a team that is a perfect 3-0 this season and has allowed just one goal in three matches.

 

 

HCAC Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Lauren Perry (Northwood, Ohio) Defiance College | Defense | Senior – Perry’s four goals in two games pushed Defiance women’s soccer to a 2-0 week with an emphatic 11-0 win over Andrews and a 4-0 win over Penn St.-Beaver. The senior also recorded an assist during the two matches. The senior assisted the program to back-to-back shutout wins for the first time since the 2013 season.

Defensive:

Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Sophomore – Carmosino tallied 180 minutes in frame leading the Panthers to a 2-0 overall week. The sophomore keeper registered a clean sheet in the teams 1-0 victory over Sewanee, while also registering four saves in the 2-1 victory over Millikin. She averaged 6.00 saves per game with a .923 save percentage.

Notable Performances:

  • Emily Buchman (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Buchman helped lead the Ravens to a pair of wins with one goal and one assist on the week.
  • D’Anjrea Allen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Goal Keeper | Senior – Allen saw action in two games on the week, picking up 90 minutes in goal. The senior had a 4.5 saves per game average to go with a .900 save percentage.
  • Shelby Case (Holland, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defense | Freshman – Case had her first career assist at Goshen in a 2-1 OT loss on Wednesday and she followed that up with her first collegiate goal in a 4-0 shutout of Thiel on Saturday.
  • Jules Frazier (Nova, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goal Keeper | Junior – Frazier took advantage of her first two matches in goal for the Beavers this season. She pitched a shutout of Thiel on Saturday after allowing just one goal in regulation at NAIA school Goshen College on Wednesday night. Frazier had a .895 save percentage and finished the week with 17 saves.
  • Jenna Hoeh (Chesterland, Ohio) Earlham College | Midfield | Freshman – Hoeh led Earlham to victories in both games last week. She scored the game-winning goal in Earlham’s 3-2 road win over Berea College on Wednesday, after assisting on the Quakers’ second goal earlier in the contest. She then followed up with the Quakers’ first goal in what ended as a 3-0 home victory over Illinois College on Saturday. Hoeh is currently tied for third in the HCAC in points, and she leads the conference with two game-winning goals.
  • Mel Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Goal Keeper | Freshman – Johnson recorded both wins in goal for Earlham last week as the Quakers defeated Berea College, 3-2, in a road contest before returning home on Saturday and posting a 3-0 victory over Illinois College. The freshman recorded four saves in the win over Berea and charted three stops while earning her second clean sheet in four games in the victory over Illinois College. Johnson is currently the HCAC’s top goalkeeper with a 0.86 GAA over four games with a .850 save percentage.
  • Lexi Short (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Goal Keeper | Senior – Short got the nod between the pipes for matches with Wisconsin-La Crosse and Calvin…conceded one goal on 19 shots faced…recorded her first clean sheet of the year with 14 saves in a draw with Calvin on Saturday night.
  • Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) Hanover College | Midfield | Senior – Brock helped guide the Panthers to a 2-0 overall week as she delivered the golden goal in the teams 1-0 victory over Sewanee on Sunday afternoon. The senior finished the week with five shots, four of which were on goal. She posted a game-winner after connecting on a PK early in the first half against the Tigers.
  • Jessica Wells (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Wells scored the game winning goal and had one assist as Rose-Hulman defeated Principia 3-0.
  • Abby Baker (Corbin, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Sophomore – Baker scored the Pioneers’ lone goal in Saturday’s victory over Fontbonne; a 75th-minute strike that delivered Transylvania its first win of the season.

 

 

HCAC Women’s Tennis Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Katrina Berban (Seguin, Texas) Anderson University | Freshman – Berban led the Ravens in a big 3-0 week, picking up six separate wins. The first-year notched three singles victories 7-5, 6-4 IU-Kokomo | 6-2, 6-2 Webster | 6-0, 6-0 Fontbonne) and three doubles wins (8-3, IU-Kokomo | 8-3 Webster | 8-3, Fontbonne).

Notable Performances:

  • Naomi Bhagat (Waukesha, Wis.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Bhagat helped Rose-Hulman finish 1-1 with a 1-1 mark at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles last week. Bhagat provided Rose-Hulman’s lone point against NAIA scholarship IU-Kokomo with a 3-set win at No. 1 singles. She teamed with Breanna Rogers for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles victory to help propel the Fightin’ Engineers past NCAA D-III Greenville 6-3.
  • Porsche Robinson (Houston, Texas) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Robinson led the Pioneers throughout a successful weekend at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational. The sophomore tallied a 2-1 record in singles play and teamed with fellow Sophomore Jessica Burton to post a 2-0 doubles record.

 

Indiana and Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Soccer Honors

Hoosiers’ Caulfield and Buckeyes’ Ortiz named Players of the Week 

Offensive Player of the Week

Joe Ortiz, Ohio State

D – Jr. – Albuquerque, N.M. – Cibola

  • Recorded one goal and one assist during the Dayton Classic, helping Ohio State go 2-0 on the weekend
  • Scored the lone goal in overtime against Dayton on Friday to open the Dayton Classic on Sunday
  • Collected an assist on the Buckeyes’ first goal during their 3-2 victory against Eastern Illinois
  • Earns his first Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Joshua Jackson-Ketchup (Sept. 5, 2017) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Sean Caulfield, Indiana

GK – Sr. – East Lake, Fla. – East Lake

  • Collected five saves on the weekend against No. RV Denver and No. RV Seattle
  • Recorded his first career shutout in the double-overtime draw against Seattle
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Jake Maher (Sept. 4, 2019)

 

 

Iowa, Maryland and Penn State Earn Weekly Women’s Soccer Awards

Hawkeyes’ Hannah Drkulec and Claire Graves, Terrapins’ Erin Seppi and Nittany Lions’ Ally Schlegel are this week’s honorees 

Offensive Player AND Freshman of the Week

Ally Schlegel, Penn State

F – Fr. – Parker, Colo. – Chaparral

  • Scored goals in both games for Penn State last weekend, netting the Nittany Lions’ lone goal in last Friday’s tie at No. 22 West Virginia and the game-winning tally on Sunday against James Madison
  • Extended her goal-scoring streak to four games
  • Earns her first career Offensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Sam Coffey (Sept. 4, 2019)
  • Receives her second career Freshman of the Week accolade
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Ally Schlegel (Sept. 4, 2019) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Hannah Drkulec, Iowa

D – Sr. – Windsor, Ontario – St. Anne

  • Anchored Iowa defense that did not allow a goal and gave up just 10 total shots last weekend in road wins at No. 14/19 N.C. State and UNC Greensboro
  • Added a goal in the win at UNCG as the Hawkeyes improved to 6-0 this season, their best start since an 8-0 debut in 2013
  • A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and 2018
  • Garners her second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Drkulec (Aug. 27, 2019) 

Co-Goalkeeper of the Week

Claire Graves, Iowa

GK – Sr. – Noblesville, Ind. – Noblesville

  • Registered two shutouts and four combined saves last weekend to help Iowa earn road victories at No. 14/19 N.C. State and UNC Greensboro
  • Had two stops at N.C. State to lead the Hawkeyes to a win over the third-highest ranked opponent in school history and best since defeating No. 7 Michigan on Nov. 6, 2013, in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal at Champaign, Ill.
  • Twice named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2017 and 2018)
  • Receives her second career Goalkeeper of the Week accolade
  • Last Iowa Goalkeeper of the Week: Claire Graves (Aug. 21, 2018) 

Co-Goalkeeper of the Week

Erin Seppi, Maryland

GK – Sr. – Monroe Township, N.J. – Monroe

  • Recorded a career-high 11 saves in double-overtime tie at George Washington and recorded shutout at home against George Mason last week
  • Allowed only one goal in 200 minutes of action
  • Collected Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018
  • Earns her first career Goalkeeper of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Goalkeeper of the Week: Rachel Egyed (Sept. 11, 2018)

 

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

FRIDAY

#20 Washington State at Houston

SATURDAY

Arkansas State at #3 Georgia

Pittsburgh at #13 Penn State

#6 Ohio State at Indiana

#21 Maryland at Temple

New Mexico at #7 Notre Dame

Stanford at #17 Central Florida

#2 Alabama at South Carolina

#24 USC at BYU

Arizona State at #18 Michigan State

#19 Iowa at Iowa State

Idaho State at #11 Utah

Kent State at #8 Auburn

Lamar at #16 Texas A&M

#9 Florida at Kentucky

Northwestern State at #4 LSU

Florida State at #25 Virginia

Hawaii at #23 Washington

#1 Clemson at Syracuse

#5 Oklahoma at UCLA

#12 Texas at Rice

Portland State at #22 Boise State

Montana at #15 Oregon

BIG 10

Eastern Michigan at Illinois

Georgia Southern at Minnesota

UNLV at Northwestern

TCU at Purdue

Northern Illinois at Nebraska

MAC

Miami at Cincinnati

Akron at Central Michigan

Florida Atlantic at Ball State

Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green

Buffalo at Liberty

Ohio at Marshall

Murray State at Toledo

Georgia State at Western Michigan

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. OHIO STATE

(INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION)

OHIO STATE (2-0, 0-0) VS. INDIANA (2-0, 0-0)

Kickoff: Noon EDT

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

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

TV: FOX: Gus Johnson (p-b-p), Joel Klatt (analyst) & Jenny Taft (sideline)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 99, XM 201, Internet 964: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith 

OHIO STAT LEADERS

Passing

Justin Fields: 38-50, 458 Yds, 6 TD, 0 INT

Rushing

J.K. Dobbins: 38-232, 3 TD, 6.1 Avg

Receiving

K.J. Hill: 11-78, 1 TD, 7.1 Avg

Defense

S Jordan Fuller: 12 T

LB Malik Harrison: 10 T, 1.5 Sacks, 4.5 TFL

DL Chase Young: 8 T, 3 Sacks, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 BLK 

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 38-60, 523 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 31-109, 3 TD, 3.5 Avg

Receiving

Whop Philyor: 10-141, 0 TD, 14.1 Avg

Defense

LB Reakwon Jones: 15 T, 0.5 TFL

DB Marcelino Ball: 10 T

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

SETTING THE SCENE • For the second time in three seasons, Indiana (2-0, 0-0 B1G East) opens conference play against the No. 6/6 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0 B1G East) at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Sept. 14. Kickoff is set for noon EDT on FOX. • The Buckeyes are the Hoosiers 12th Top-10 opponent since the start of 2015, tied for the third-most nationally with Auburn and Michigan State, behind Alabama (17) and Ohio State (13). • IU also has faced eight Top-5 foes since the start of 2015, tied for the second-most nationally with Auburn and Clemson, behind Alabama (12). • Indiana’s 52-0 whitewashing of Eastern Illinois was the program’s largest margin of victory in Memorial Stadium history and largest overall since a 54-0 blanking of Nebraska in Bloomington on Oct. 14, 1944. • It marked the third shutout in Tom Allen’s three-year tenure as head coach. • The Hoosiers are off to a 2-0 start for the fourth time in five seasons. THE COACHES • Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers have earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 have been drafted or invited to NFL camps. (full bio on page 17) • Ryan Day is in his first season as Ohio State head coach. He posted a 3-0 record as the Buckeyes acting head coach to open 2018 and owns a 5-0 overall mark. Day served as OSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past two years after stints as quarterbacks coach with the 49ers (2016) and Eagles (2015). NEWS & NOTES • EIU gained just 116 total yards on Saturday, the fewest allowed by an Indiana defense dating back to 1966. • IU’s streak of at least one takeaway in 19 games, the longest in the country, and at least one interception in 11 straight contests, came to a close. • The 52 points were the most by the Hoosiers since a 52-17 win vs. Georgia Southern on Sept. 23, 2017. • Indiana’s 555 total yards were the most since Nov. 5, 2016, at Rutgers (567), and its 441 passing yards were the most since Sept. 24, 2016, vs. Wake Forest (496). • IU sits second in the Big Ten in passing offense (383.5, 8th nationally), and fifth in the Big Ten in scoring offense (43.0, T-23rd) and total offense (514.5, 27th). • Kickers Logan Justus and Charles Campbell are 4-of-4 from 48-plus yards in 2019. • Nine true freshmen have played through two games.

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES

OHIO STATE OPENS BIG TEN PLAY AT UNBEATEN INDIANA The Ohio State Buckeyes, unbeaten at 2-0 and on the nation’s second-longest winning streak at eight games (Clemson – 17), travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a noon kickoff against the unbeaten and 2-0 Indiana Hoosiers. The contest marks the start of Ohio State’s 107th season of Big Ten Conference play. The school/program joined the Western Conference in 1912 and competed in conference play for the first time in 1913. This is officially the 93rd game in the series and the 11th consecutive season the two teams have met on the gridiron. Ohio State holds a 74-12-5 advantage in the all-time series and has won 23 consecutive games dating to a 27-all tie in 1990. Indiana last defeated Ohio State consecutively in 1987 and 1988. Ohio State prevailed last season, 49-26, but didn’t pull away from the Hoosiers until a fourth-quarter TD pass from Dwayne Haskins to Indianapolis native Terry McLaurin increased the lead to 42-26.

CHAMPIONS VS. CINCINNATI: Offense: QB Justin Fields, TE Luke Farrell, WR Chris Olave, WR Austin Mack, WR K.J. Hill, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, C Josh Myers, RG Wyatt Davis, RT Branden Bowen…. Player of the Game: RB J.K. Dobbins …. Defense: DT Davon Hamilton, DE Tyreke Smith, LB Tuf Borland, LB Baron Browning, LB Malik Harrison, SAF Brendon White, CB Damon Arnette, CB Jeff Okudah, SAF Jordan Fuller, SAF Shaun Wade ….. Players of the Game: DE Chase Young ….. Special Teams Players of the Game: P Drue Chrisman HOOSIER STATE TIES … Ohio State has five individuals with the program with Indiana ties and it soon will be six. …. Third-year offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was IU’s head coach from 2011-16. …… Four Buckeyes are from the state: 15-game starting LB Pete Werner (Indianapolis/Cathedral H.S.), 21-game starting WR Austin Mack (Fort Wayne/ Bishop Luers) and two true freshman: OL Dawand Jones (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and LB Craig Young (Fort Wayne/ Wayne). ……… Dr. Chelsi Day will join the Ohio State sport psychology services staff this month. She has been the director of counseling and sport psychology at Indiana University for the past three years.

TOP STORYLINES VS. INDIANA ….. Ohio State begins its Big Ten schedule in Bloomington for the second time in three years. In 2017, the Buckeyes won their season and conference opener at Memorial Stadium, 49-21. ….. The Buckeyes own a 74-12-5 all-time record against Indiana and have won 23 consecutive games in the series dating back to a 27-27 tie in 1990. ….. Two of Ohio State’s last four trips to Bloomington have been games decided by seven points or less: a 34-27 win in 2015 and a 52-49 victory in 2012. …. Through two weeks, Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten in rushing offense, totaling 253.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes’ 5.4 yard-per-carry average is third in the conference. …. Both Ohio State and Indiana are coming off shutout victories – IU defeated Eastern Illinois 52-0 while Ohio State topped Cincinnati 42-0. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are No. 16 and No. 18, respectively, in scoring defense nationally through two weeks….. SCOUTING INDIANA…. The Hoosiers are 2-0 on the season with wins over Ball State and Eastern Illinois. ……. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. earned the starting quarterback job and opened the season with a 326-yard performance vs. Ball State…… Running back Stevie Scott, a sophomore, has carried the ball a team-high 31 times thus far with 109 yards and three TDs. …..The Hoosiers’ offensive line is yet to allow a sack this season. ….. Defensively, LB Reakwon Jones had 15 total tackles while DL James Head Jr. leads in both sacks (1.5) and tackles-for-loss (2.5).

 

THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10

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

Year Record (Pct.) 2019 22-3 (.880) 2018 18-5 (.783) 2017 20-6 (.769) 2016 21-6 (.778) Year Record (Pct.) 2015 20-8 (.714) 2014 20-7 (.741) 2013 21-3 (.875) 2012 16-8 (.667) Year Record (Pct.) 2011 17-7 (.708) 2010 17-4 (.810) 2009 18-4 (.818) 2008 18-3 (.857)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

IOWA 30, Rutgers 0

MARYLAND 63, Syracuse 20

MICHIGAN 24, Army 21 (2OT)

OHIO STATE 42, Cincinnati 0

PURDUE 42, Vanderbilt 24

ILLINOIS 31, UConn 23

INDIANA 52, Eastern Illinois 0

WISCONSIN 61, Central Michigan 0

Colorado 34, NEBRASKA 31 (OT)

MICHIGAN STATE 51, Western Michigan 17

PENN STATE 45, Buffalo 13

MINNESOTA 38, Fresno State 35 (2OT)

BYE: NORTHWESTERN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

OHIO STATE at INDIANA

Noon | FOX

Eastern Michigan at ILLINOIS

Noon | BTN

MARYLAND at Temple

Noon | CBSSN

Pittsburgh at PENN STATE

Noon | ABC

Georgia Southern at MINNESOTA

3:30 p.m. | BTN

UNLV at NORTHWESTERN

3:30 p.m. | BTN

IOWA at Iowa State

 4 p.m. | FS1

Arizona State at MICHIGAN STATE

4 p.m. | FOX

TCU at PURDUE

7:30 p.m. | BTN

Northern Illinois at NEBRASKA

8 p.m. | FS1

BYE: MICHIGAN, RUTGERS, WISCONSIN

All times ET

 

MAC FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

This Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, September 7

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

Miami at Cincinnati, Noon ET (ESPNU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Mid-American Conference contest

 

Last Week’s MAC Games

Pitt 20, Ohio 10

Kansas State 52, Bowling Green 0

Kent State 26, Kennesaw State 23 (OT)

No. 13 Utah 35, NIU 17

UAB 31, Akron 20

Ball State 57, Fordham 29

Miami 48, Tennessee Tech 17

No. 17 Wisconsin 61, Central Michigan 0

Kentucky 38, Eastern Michigan 17

No. 15 Penn State 45, Buffalo 13

No. 19 Michigan State 51, Western Michigan 17

Bye: Toledo 

MAC QUICK NOTES:

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

MAC WEEKLY NOTES

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

MAC VS. BIG TEN OPPONENTS

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

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

SOLICH THIRD LONGEST ACTIVE FBS HEAD COACH

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

OHIO’S SOLICH THIRD ON MAC CAREER WINS LIST

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

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

Most MAC Head Coaching Wins, Career

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

 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

(NOTRE DAME SPORTS INFO)

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

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

IRISH VS. LOBOS – BY THE NUMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOME OPENERS

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

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

 

NFL

Week 2 Games

Thursday September 12, 2019

Tampa Bay @ Carolina 8:20pm

Sunday September 15, 2019

San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

Chargers @ Detroit 1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00pm

Buffalo @ Giants 1:00pm

Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00pm

Arizona @ Baltimore 1:00pm

Minnesota @ Green Bay 1:00pm

New England @ Miami 1:00pm

Seattle @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm

Dallas @ Washington 1:00pm

Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05pm

Chicago @ Denver 4:25pm

New Orleans @ Rams 4:25pm

Philadelphia @ Atlanta 8:20pm

Monday September 16, 2019

Cleveland @ Jets 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

GRADING THE TOP PICKS AFTER WEEK 1

PICK NO. 1: QB KYLER MURRAY, ARIZONA CARDINALS

2019 overall grade: 53.4

The first overall pick got off to an incredibly underwhelming start, completing just six of his 16 first-half attempts for 41 yards, two turnover-worthy plays and one painfully bad interception. Things did get better, though, as the Heisman winner went on to complete 18 of his 28 pass attempts as a part of his side’s second-half comeback attempt, recording 183 passing yards, two big-time throws and two touchdowns in the process. The first half is definitely something to forget from Murray’s perspective, but at least the second half showed his ability to make the kind of high-end, downfield throws that few from this class can make. His ended the game by going 5-for-10 on throws targeted 10 or more yards downfield in this one, generating a passer rating of 124.2 while doing so.

PICK NO. 2: EDGE NICK BOSA, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

2019 overall grade: 80.5

No practice? No problem. After missing a large part of the team’s offseason program, Bosa suited up and made an instant impact in Week 1. Working mostly from the right side of the defensive line — 92.0% of his pass-rush snaps to be exact — the No. 2 pick racked up two sacks, two hits, two hurries and one additional pass-rush “win,” leaving the game the with a pass-rush win rate of 28.0% — the third-best mark among all defensive players who rushed the passer at least 25 times in Week 1.

PICK NO. 3: DI QUINNEN WILLIAMS, NEW YORK JETS

2019 overall grade: 64.7

It was an uncharacteristically quiet game for the Alabama product, who played only 23 snaps in Week 1 before leaving the game with an ankle injury. He failed to make an impact on the stat sheet on the day, as he didn’t record a tackle, a stop or a pressure, but he did record a pass-rush win against Quinton Spain early in the first quarter, so there was at least one positive.

PICK NO. 4: EDGE CLELIN FERRELL, OAKLAND RAIDERS

2019 overall grade: 53.8

Having passed on the likes of Josh Allen and Brian Burns, the Raiders’ decision to take Ferrell — our 35th-ranked player of the class — at No. 4 will be under a microscope all season long. He took a half-step toward proving the doubters wrong in this one, especially in the pass-rush, where he tallied one sack, one hit, one hurry and one batted pass from his 29 pass-rushing snaps. However, the former Clemson edge defender’s work against the run wasn’t quite as good; he was regularly overpowered at the point of attack and he missed one of his two run-tackle attempts on the night.

PICK NO. 5: LB DEVIN WHITE, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

2019 overall grade: 43.1

White got off to a rocky start against the pass in this one. He allowed completions on all six of the throws into his primary coverage — giving up 65 total yards and 55 yards after the catch in the process — and he was held pressureless on his eight snaps as a pass-rusher. There were a few positives, however, as his three coverage stops this week led all first-year defenders.

PICK NO. 6: QB DANIEL JONES, NEW YORK GIANTS

2019 overall grade: 27.0

Daniel Jones made his regular-season debut this week, albeit under sad circumstances. With the game all but over, the Giants trotted Jones out to play five snaps late in the fourth quarter, and he started well enough, going three-for-four for 17 yards and a first down. However, on what would be his last play of the game, Jones scrambled from the pocket and failed to run out of bounds, and that gave Leighton Vander Esch the opportunity to record the game-ending forced fumble that has ultimately tanked Jones’ grade.

PICK NO. 7: EDGE JOSH ALLEN, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

2019 overall grade: 52.4

Allen was as productive as ever as a pass-rusher, where he recorded a quarterback hit and three hurries from 34 snaps, but his two missed tackles — one against the run and one in against the pass — ultimately cost him the chance of recording a solid grade in this one.

PICK NO. 8: TE T.J. HOCKENSON, DETROIT LIONS

2019 overall grade: 83.0

It definitely wasn’t the result the team wanted, but aside from that, Hockenson should be very happy about his first regular-season game. He caught all six of his catchable targets in Week 1 against the Cardinals and churned out 131 receiving yards, 50 yards after the catch, four first-down conversions and one touchdown. Since 2006, when PFF started grading games, there have been 189 instances where a rookie tight end has run at least 25 routes in a single-game; among those, Hockenson’s 131 receiving yards in this one ranks first, while his average of 3.54 yards per route run ranks fourth.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS​

Week 2 of the NFL’s 100th season gets underway on Thursday, September 12 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers in an early season NFC South showdown. The Buccaneers and Panthers meet for the 38th time with Carolina holding the all-time series advantage at 23-14. In Week 13 of the 2018 season, Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with two touchdowns and a 114.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 24-17 victory over Carolina.

Last week, Winston surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820 passing yards) for the most passing yards in franchise history. Buccaneers wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN registered a touchdown reception in the team’s Week 1 loss and has six touchdown catches in his past seven against the NFC South. In 2018, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS, who holds the franchise records for receiving yards (6,131) and touchdown catches (40), joined A.J. GREEN & Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games. In 13 career games against Tampa Bay, Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has 29 total touchdowns (20 passing, nine rushing), his most against any opponent. Panthers defensive tackle GERALD McCOY spent nine seasons (2010-2018) with Tampa Bay and totaled 54.5 sacks, the third-most in franchise history.

Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.

 

CAPSULES

WEEK 2 // THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 23-14

STREAKS: Panthers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Panthers 17 at Buccaneers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/4/18: Panthers 42, Buccaneers 28

BUCS NOTES

QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 14,822 career pass yards & surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820) for most pass yards in franchise history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 350+ pass yards & 115+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES had career-high 93 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. RB PEYTON BARBER has 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR MIKE EVANS has 85+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at Car. Is franchise leader in rec. yards (6,131) & rec. TDs (40). WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD catch last week. Had 101 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 games vs. NFC South. TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 TD catches in his last game vs. Car. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. TE CAMERON BRATE is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & ZACH ERTZ) with 20+ TD catches (20) since 2016. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has 20 tackles (10 per game), 1.5 sacks & PD in past 2 vs. Car. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with 10+ tackles. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had 6 tackles in NFL debut in Week 1. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in TB debut last week, his 15th career sack. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 15-yard INT-TD in Week 1, 1st INT-TD by TB player since ROBERT MCCLAIN (47-yard INT-TD on 9/17/17). DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 56 career sacks, 3rd-most among active DTs.

PANTHERS NOTES

QB CAM NEWTON has 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 110.4 rating & 5 rush TDs in 6 career home starts vs. TB. Has 29 total TDs (20 pass, 9 rush) in 13 career games vs. TB, most vs. any opponent. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TD passes. Has 58 rush TDs since 2011, tied-most among active players. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 209 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 81 rec.), 10 catches & 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Is only player in SB era with 120+ rush yards & 10+ catches in multiple games. Has 5 career games with 10+ catches, tied-3rd most among RBs since 1950. Has 318 scrimmage yards (159 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR DJ MOORE had 7 catches for 76 yards in Week 1. TE GREG OLSEN had 76 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Among active TEs, ranks 2nd in catches (670) & rec. yards (7,883) & 4th in rec. TDs (57). • DT GERALD MCCOY spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with TB & had 54.5 sacks, 3rd-most in franchise history. DE MARIO ADDISON has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in 9 career games vs. TB. Had career-high 3 sacks in last home meeting. LB LUKE KUECHLY had 8 tackles in Week 1. Has 956 tackles since 2012, most in NFL. CB DONTE JACKSON had PD last week & had INT in only career home game vs. TB. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 2 PD, INT & sack in Week 1. Is 1st Panthers DB with sack & INT in same game since CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (12/15/13).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (8:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (Car) | XM: 225 (TB), 226 (Car)

 

Indy Eleven vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – 7:00 P.M. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium  |  Indianapolis, Ind.    

Last Time Out:

Charleston Battery  1 : 0  Indy Eleven  | Sunday, September 8

Indy Eleven fell to Charleston Battery on Sunday evening 0-1, the team’s first loss since July 27 on the road to Nashville SC. Battery midfielder Romario Piggott notched the only goal of the match in the 42nd minute off a strong counter attack with a low shot just out of Indy ‘keeper Evan Newton’s diving reach. The fixture is also the first time the Boys in Blue have been shut out since losing to Nashville, having scored at least once in each of the last five matches. Despite finishing the game with 71% possession and 17 shots, the Boys in Blue couldn’t muster the equalizer.

Storylines

  • While Indy Eleven enters Wednesday in fourth place on the crowded Eastern Conference table with 50 points, a win would move the Boys in Blue level with first-place New York Red Bulls II and leapfrog past both the Tampa Bay Rowdies (52 pts.) and Nashville SC (51 pts.).
  • Wednesday reunites Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC, which were “Class of 2014” mates when they entered the North American Soccer League together six seasons ago.
  • The Canadian club has long been a thorn in the side of Indiana’s Team over the last six seasons. Indy owns a 2W-6L-3D all-time regular season record against Fury FC.
  • Ottawa is the only Eastern Conference foe the Boys in Blue have yet to face in 2019. The two sides will wrap up their season series on Wednesday, October 2 at TD Place Stadium.
  • Indy Eleven dropped the season series against Ottawa in its first USL Championship campaign in 2018, losing 0-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium on July 4 and settled for a scoreless away draw on August 18.
  • Last year’s Independence Day loss to Ottawa was the last time Indy fell at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indy is currently on a 21-game undefeated run at home, tying the club’s previous record set between the 2015-17 seasons.
  • The Eleven’s current home run now stands alone as the fourth longest home undefeated streak in USL Championship history.
  • It’ll be a reunion of sorts Wednesday evening for four of the Boys in Blue. Indy’s Tyler Gibson and Karl Ouimette once shared the pitch with Ottawa’s Nana Attakora and Maxim Tissot during their single-season stint with San Francisco Deltas (NASL) in 2017. Additionally, Indy’s Dane Kelly and Tyler Pasher appeared on the same roster as Fury’s Kevin Oliveira during the trio’s 2016 season with Swope Park Rangers.

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1886       At Washington’s Swampoodle Grounds, backstop Connie Mack makes his major league debut when the Nationals, in a rare victory, edge the Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3. The journeyman catcher will post the most big league wins and losses as a manager, compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record with the Pirates and A’s during his 53-year managerial career.

1886       Roger Connor becomes the first and only player to hit a ball out of the original Polo Grounds (110th Street and Fifth Avenue). The Giants’ first baseman receives a $500 gold watch from stockbrokers and others to honor his accomplishment.

1902       John Malarkey, leading off in the bottom of the 11th inning, hits a game-ending homer off St. Louis right-hander Mike O’Neill to give the Beaneaters a 4-3 victory in the first game of a twin bill at Boston’s South End Grounds. Malarkey becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to earn a victory by hitting his own walk-off home run.

1912       Eddie Collins steals six bases when Philadelphia beats the Tigers at Detroit’s Navin Field. 9-7. The A’s second baseman, who will swipe six bases again in September, will end the season with 66 pilfered bags, second behind Clyde Milan’s league-leading 88.

1915       Eddie Plank of the Federal League’s St. Louis Terriers records his 300th victory when he defeats the Newark Peppers 12-5. The future Hall of Famer (1946) is the ninth player and first southpaw to reach this milestone.

1918       In the earliest conclusion of the Fall Classic, Boston’s Carl Mays three-hits the Cubs 2-1, with the Red Sox winning the World Series in six games. The regular season was shortened by a month to meet the obligation of many major leaguers to leave their team, after being drafted into the military to serve in World War I.

1928       Yankee shortstop Mark Koenig’s routine catch of A’s pinch hitter Ty Cobb’s pop fly behind third base will mark the last time the ‘Georgia Peach’ swings a bat in the big leagues. The aging 41 year-old, who is the all-time hits leader, will announce his retirement six days later, ending a 24 year Hall of Fame career.

1938       Free admission as well as giveaways of small bats and bags of peanuts highlight Lefty O’Doul Day at Seals Stadium for youngster under 14. Between games of PCL doubleheader against the Oakland Oaks, the kids have a chance to scramble for autographed balls thrown by the San Francisco Seals players.

1942       Paul Gillespie homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a solo shot off Harry Feldman in the second inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to New York at the Polo Grounds. The Chicago reserve catcher will become the first of only two players in baseball history, along with John Miller (1966-1969), to a hit home run in their first and last big league at bats, when he blasts a round-tripper in his final plate appearance in 1945.

1948       The Phillies, for the 16th consecutive season, will have a losing season when the team loses its 78th game of the year, dropping a 13-2 decision to the Braves at Shibe Park. The drought, which began in 1933, will be the longest in big league history until the Pirates suffer through twenty downtrodden years from 1993 to 2012.

1954       New York first baseman Whitey Lockman pinch-hits a grand slam off Cincinnati right-hander Howie Judson. The seventh-inning four-run round-tripper propels the first-place Giants to an eventual 7-5 victory over the Reds at the Polo Grounds.

1955       Del Crandall, after working the count full with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, hits a grand slam, giving the Braves a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia. Milwaukee had entered the final frame at County Stadium behind 4-0 before the backstop abruptly ended the game with his ‘ultimate grand slam’.

1955       In his first and only major league appearance, Fred Van Dusen, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning for the Phillies, is hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Robinson of the Braves. The 18 year-old bonus baby’s career ends with an on-base percentage of 1.000, but without a batting average.

1956       Frank Robinson ties Wally Berger’s 1930 National League record for home runs by a rookie for home runs with his 38th in the Reds’ 11-5 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. A’s first baseman Mark McGwire will established the major league mark for freshman homers with 49 round-trippers in 1989.

1959       At Memorial Stadium, two twenty year-old Oriole hurlers throw complete-game shutouts in a twin bill sweep against the White Sox. Jack Fischer wins the opener 3-0, and Jerry Walker pitches 16 innings, beating the Pale Hose in the nightcap, 1-0.

1959       The Dodgers end Elroy Face’s consecutive win streak at 22 with a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. The reliever, who will end the season with an 18-1 record, is beaten by Chuck Churn, the winner of only three major league career victories.

1964       At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ southpaw Denny Lemaster throws a one-hitter, beating the Reds and Jim Maloney, who gives up only two hits, 1-0. The only run of the two-hour and six-minute contest scores on a sac fly by Felipe Alou plating Gene Oliver in the bottom of the eighth inning.

1966       Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis becomes the first of Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 career strikeouts.

1966       In his first major league at-bat, John Miller homers off Lee Stange in the second inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The 22 year-old left fielder, whose total of 10 hits in his 32-game career will include just two round-trippers, will become the only player to hit home runs in his first and last major league plate appearance when he goes deep as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in his final turn at bat in 1966.

1968       Tying a dubious major league record, Cubs right-hander Ferguson Jenkins loses his fifth 1-0 decision of the season as the Mets and Jim McAndrew beat Chicago with a lone run at Wrigley Field. The Canadian-born hurler will finish the season with a 20-15 record, but is 20-6 in games in which his team scores a run.

1969       Implementing an innovation he conceived, team owner Ewing Kauffman announces plans to start the Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy. Syd Thrift, presently a member of KC’s scouting department, will be named the director of the academy which will be designed to develop gifted athletes into major-league ready ballplayers for the organization.

1974       In a game that will feature a record 202 batters, the Cardinals defeat the Mets in the seven-hour and four minute Shea Stadium contest, 4-3, with Hank Webb taking the loss after making an errant pickoff throw in the top of the 25th inning that leads to the eventual winning run. Redbird Ken Reitz’s two-strike, two-out home run had tied the game in the top of the ninth, making the extra innings necessary.

1979       The Expos beat the Cubs at Olympic Stadium, 8-6, for their 82nd win of the campaign. The victory ensures Montreal of a winning season for the first in the 11-year history of the franchise.

1985       At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds’ player-manager Pete Rose collects his 4,192nd career hit to pass Ty Cobb, who had his last at bat on this date 57 years ago, to become the all-time major league hit leader. Padres right-hander Eric Show gives up the historic hit, a first inning single to left field, when Cincinnati beats San Diego, 2-0.

1987       With his 30th stolen base, Mets third baseman Howard Johnson becomes the first National League infielder to become a member of the 30-30 club. The other players in the Senior Circuit to have 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season are outfielders Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Bobby Bonds, Dale Murphy, and Eric Davis.

1987       In the opening game of a critical series against the Mets, Terry Pendleton, with two outs and two strikes, hits a ninth-inning game-tying home run in the Cardinals’ eventual 6-4 overtime victory at Shea Stadium. The Redbirds third basemen’s dramatic long ball smashes the windshield of New York starter Ron Darling, who had pitched one-hit ball before being forced to leave the game in the top of the seventh due to severely spraining his right thumb fielding Vince Coleman’s bunt single in the prior inning.

1991       Three Atlanta hurlers pitch the first combined no-hitter in National League history. Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers, and Alejandro Pena join forces to hold the opposing batters hitless in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1996       After hitting a home run off right-hander Francisco Cordova earlier in the game, Ken Caminiti goes deep in the bottom of the seventh inning off southpaw Matt Ruebel, making it the fourth time this season he has homered from both sides of the plate in a game. The Padres’ third baseman breaks his own major league record, which he established last year when he accomplished the feat three times.

1997       In a 9-5 Mets victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium, slow-footed John Olerud legs out an eighth-inning three-run triple to complete the cycle. The New York first baseman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

1998       Dropping an 8-2 decision against division-leading Atlanta, the Marlins lose their 100th game of the season, becoming the first team that has gone from being World Series champions to having triple digits defeats the next season. Florida, which has never had 100 defeats during its six-year existence, will compile a 54-108 (.333) record to finish last in the five-team National League East.

1998       Kevin Malone is named as the Dodgers’ general manager, replacing Tommy Lasorda, who is promoted to Senior Vice President of the team. The “new sheriff in town” tenure in Los Angeles will be marked by the signing of high profile players to huge contracts, including Kevin Brown’s seven-year deal making the right-hander the first $100 million man in baseball.

1999       Facing just one batter, Doug Jones records his 300th career save when he gets the final out in the A’s 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 42 year-old right-handed reliever, the 11th closer to reach the milestone, will retire at the end of next season with 303 saves.

1999       Twins’ southpaw Eric Milton throws a no-hitter against the visiting Angels, 7-0, the fourth since the team moved to Minnesota from Washington, D.C. in 1961. The 24 year-old retires the side in order in seven of the nine innings en route to his 13-strikeout gem at the Metrodome.

2001       In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure.

2002       Yankee legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor of the heroes and victims of the horrific events of a year ago.

2004       As 36,887 Bank One Ballpark fans hope to see Barry Bonds hit his 699th and perhaps 700th career homer, they watch the Giant left fielder reach a different milestone. The San Francisco slugger receives three bases-on-balls from Diamondback pitchers to break his own record and becomes the first major leaguer to walk over 200 times in a single season.

2006       Cody Ross ties two team records with three home runs and seven RBIs in the Marlins’ 16-5 rout of Mets. The Florida right fielder’s drives in all of his runs in the Dolphin Stadium contest with a pair of two-run homers and a three run round-tripper.

2006       Frank Thomas goes yard in his sixth straight game, setting an A’s franchise record. The ‘Big Hurt’s’ 36th home run, which comes off Twins’ starter Carlos Silva, is nearly caught by center fielder Torii Hunter.

2008       Jack Cust whiffs in his first two plate appearances and K’s again in the eighth inning to bring his strikeout total this season to 176. The A’s outfielder/DH breaks the franchise record previously held by Jose Canseco, who fanned 175 times in 1986.

2008       With his sixth-inning double in the 3-2 loss to the Cubs, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols becomes only the third player in history to drive in 100 runs during his first eight major league seasons. The two other big leaguers to reach the plateau are Red sox outfielder Ted Williams, who also accomplished the feat for eight seasons from 1939-42, 46-49, and starting in 1924, fly-chaser Al Simmons did it for 11 years playing for the A’s (9) and the White Sox (2) .

2009       Prior to the start of the eighth inning at Comerica Park, a small boy races to the pitcher’s mound and grabs a baseball intended for Tigers’ reliever Brandon Lyon. The youngster is helped back into the stands near the visitors’ dugout and is allowed to keep the ball after a discussion between the boy’s uncle and ballpark security reveals that the six year-old had misunderstood a suggestion to go to the railing to try to get a ball from one of the Blue Jay players.

2009       With an opposite-field single in the third inning of a 10-4 loss to Baltimore on a rainy New York night, Derek Jeter becomes the all-time team leader in hits for the historic franchise. The safety gives the Yankees captain 2,722 hits, one more than legendary Lou Gehrig, another 35 year-old team captain, who had held the record for more than 70 years.

2010       With MLB’s permission, Pete Rose goes on the Great American Ball Park field for the celebration of his record-breaking hit that passed Ty Cobb, making him the all-time leader. The banished player is joined by former teammates, including Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo, and Reds’ owner Bob Castellini, who gives him a trophy commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic 4,192nd hit.

2010       Jim Thome connects for career homer No. 587 to pass Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time career list. The Twins DH’s historic round-tripper, which he blasts in the top of the twelfth inning at Progressive Field, is the lone run scored in Minnesota’s 1-0 victory over Cleveland.

2010       For the 10th consecutive campaign, starting with his rookie year, Albert Pujols drives in 100 or more runs. Only Al Simmons, with 11, has more seasons with 100 RBIs to start a career than the Cardinals’ first baseman.

2011       The Mets’ request to wear caps honoring police, firefighters, and other first responders for their September 11th game against Chicago is denied by Major League Baseball. The hats, which were worn during the pregame ceremony of remembrance, will be autographed and sold on Mets.com, with the proceeds to be given to charities through the Mets’ foundation.

2013       At Marlins Park, benches clear when Brian McCann confronts Jose Fernandez as the Miami starting pitcher crosses home plate after hitting his first career home run. The Braves’ backstop and third baseman Chris Johnson take exception to the 21 year-old rookie right-hander admiring the home run from the batter box, then glaring into the Atlanta dugout as he was rounding the bases.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS

CINCINNATI-Ten miles from the sandlots where he began playing baseball as a boy, Pete Rose, now 44 years old and in his 23rd season in the major leagues, stepped to the plate tonight in the first inning at Riverfront Stadium. He came to bat on this warm, gentle evening with the chance to make baseball history. The Reds’ player-manager, the man who still plays with the joy of a boy, had a chance to break Ty Cobb’s majorleague career hit record, 4,191, which had stood since Cobb retired in 1928.

The sell-out crowd of 47,237 that packed the stadium hoping to see Rose do it now stood and cheered under a twilight blue sky beribboned with orange clouds. Now he eased into his distinctive crouch from the left side of the plate, wrapping his white-gloved hands around the handle of his black bat. His red batting helmet gleamed in the lights. Everyone in the ball park was standing. The chant “Pete! Pete!” went higher and higher. Flashbulbs popped.

On the mound was the righthanded Eric Show of the San Diego Padres. Rose took the first pitch for a ball, fouled off the next pitch, took another ball. Show wound up and Rose swung and hit a line drive to left-center. The ball dropped in and the ball park exploded. Fireworks being set off was one reason; the appreciative cries of the fans was another. Streamers and confetti floated onto the field.

Rose stood on first base and was quickly mobbed by everyone on the Reds’ bench. The first base coach, Tommy Helms, one of Rose’s oldest friends on the team, hugged him first. Tony Perez, Rose’s longtime teammate, then lifted him. Marge Schott, the owner of the Reds, came out and hugged Rose, and kissed him on the cheek. A red Corvette was driven from behind the outfield fence, a present from Mrs. Schott to her record-holder. Rose had removed his batting helmet and waved with his gloves to the crowd. Then he stepped back on first, seemed to take a breath and turned to Helms, threw an arm around him and threw his head on his shoulder, crying. The tough old ball player, his face as lined and rugged as a longshoreman’s, was moved, perhaps even slightly embarrassed, by the tenderness shown him in the ball park. Then from the dugout came a uniformed young man. This one was wearing the same number as Rose, 14, and had the same name on the back of his white jersey. Petey Rose, a 15-year-old redhead and sometime bat boy for as long as he can remember, fell into his pop’s arms at first base, and the pair of Roses embraced. There were tears in their eyes.

Pete Rose later told Sports Illustrated about another thought he had while standing on first base after his record hit: “Clear in the sky I see my dad, Harry Francis Rose, and Ty Cobb. Ty Cobb was in the second row. Dad was in the first.”

 

NFL STANDINGS

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

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 95 51 .651 53 – 22 42 – 29 51 – 17 16 – 15 16 – 11 7 – 3 L 1
Tampa Bay 87 59 .596 8 43 – 32 44 – 27 38 – 29 20 – 13 16 – 12 9 – 1 W 6
Boston 76 69 .524 18.5 36 – 39 40 – 30 32 – 35 21 – 11 16 – 15 3 – 7 L 4
Toronto 56 89 .386 38.5 28 – 42 28 – 47 22 – 37 17 – 18 14 – 17 2 – 8 W 1
Baltimore 46 98 .319 48 22 – 51 24 – 47 21 – 46 10 – 18 9 – 22 1 – 9 L 6
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 89 55 .618 41 – 31 48 – 24 20 – 12 38 – 22 23 – 11 6 – 4 W 1
Cleveland 85 61 .582 5 43 – 29 42 – 32 18 – 16 43 – 24 18 – 13 6 – 4 W 3
Chi White Sox 64 80 .444 25 35 – 37 29 – 43 15 – 18 31 – 30 12 – 18 4 – 6 W 2
Kansas City 53 92 .366 36.5 29 – 44 24 – 48 10 – 23 27 – 40 8 – 19 6 – 4 L 2
Detroit 43 100 .301 45.5 19 – 50 24 – 50 12 – 15 20 – 43 6 – 27 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 95 51 .651 56 – 18 39 – 33 19 – 13 18 – 13 47 – 16 7 – 3 L 1
Oakland 85 60 .586 9.5 48 – 27 37 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 34 – 28 6 – 4 W 1
Texas 72 74 .493 23 40 – 30 32 – 44 13 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 36 6 – 4 L 1
LA Angels 67 79 .459 28 35 – 36 32 – 43 15 – 14 13 – 17 27 – 40 3 – 7 L 3
Seattle 59 86 .407 35.5 30 – 40 29 – 46 13 – 17 16 – 14 25 – 45 2 – 8 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 90 56 .616 47 – 28 43 – 28 42 – 23 20 – 13 16 – 14 8 – 2 L 1
Washington 79 64 .552 9.5 41 – 29 38 – 35 36 – 29 16 – 13 18 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
Philadelphia 75 69 .521 14 42 – 32 33 – 37 31 – 32 20 – 13 14 – 19 6 – 4 W 1
NY Mets 74 70 .514 15 40 – 29 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 12 – 13 6 – 4 W 2
Miami 51 93 .354 38 29 – 47 22 – 46 20 – 46 10 – 22 12 – 14 3 – 7 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 81 63 .563 46 – 26 35 – 37 16 – 14 40 – 26 16 – 12 6 – 4 L 1
Chi Cubs 77 67 .535 4 47 – 24 30 – 43 17 – 17 31 – 29 17 – 13 4 – 6 L 1
Milwaukee 76 68 .528 5 43 – 31 33 – 37 19 – 11 37 – 30 12 – 15 8 – 2 W 5
Cincinnati 67 78 .462 14.5 40 – 35 27 – 43 16 – 15 29 – 38 14 – 15 4 – 6 L 1
Pittsburgh 63 82 .434 18.5 31 – 41 32 – 41 11 – 21 25 – 39 15 – 17 5 – 5 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 94 52 .644 56 – 20 38 – 32 21 – 9 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 W 2
Arizona 75 70 .517 18.5 36 – 33 39 – 37 15 – 14 13 – 13 33 – 37 6 – 4 L 3
San Francisco 70 75 .483 23.5 31 – 39 39 – 36 11 – 16 14 – 17 36 – 34 4 – 6 W 1
San Diego 67 77 .465 26 34 – 39 33 – 38 14 – 18 12 – 16 30 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
Colorado 61 84 .421 32.5 35 – 35 26 – 49 15 – 15 11 – 17 27 – 40 2 – 8 W 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 28 15 8 5 53 35 18 9-4-1 6-4-4 53
x – Philadelphia 29 15 6 8 54 42 12 10-3-2 5-3-6 51
Atlanta 28 15 3 10 47 33 14 10-3-1 5-0-9 48
D.C. 30 11 9 10 39 38 1 6-5-4 5-4-6 42
New York 29 12 5 12 47 44 3 8-2-5 4-3-7 41
Toronto FC 29 11 8 10 49 46 3 7-4-4 4-4-6 41
New England 29 10 9 10 42 49 -7 7-3-5 3-6-5 39
Montreal 30 11 4 15 42 56 -14 7-2-5 4-2-10 37
Orlando City SC 30 9 8 13 37 41 -4 6-2-7 3-6-6 35
Chicago 30 8 10 12 44 43 1 7-6-2 1-4-10 34
Columbus 30 8 7 15 33 44 -11 5-5-6 3-2-9 31
FC Cincinnati 29 5 3 21 29 72 -43 3-1-10 2-2-11 18

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 29 19 6 4 76 32 44 11-2-1 8-4-3 63
Seattle 29 13 7 9 46 45 1 9-3-2 4-4-7 46
Minnesota 28 13 6 9 46 37 9 8-5-1 5-1-8 45
San Jose 28 13 5 10 48 43 5 10-2-3 3-3-7 44
Real Salt Lake 28 13 4 11 40 35 5 10-1-3 3-3-8 43
Portland 28 13 4 11 45 41 4 7-2-3 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 29 12 7 10 47 38 9 9-5-1 3-2-9 43
Los Angeles 28 13 3 12 41 45 -4 9-1-4 4-2-8 42
Sporting KC 29 10 7 12 42 47 -5 7-3-5 3-4-7 37
Colorado 29 9 6 14 47 54 -7 7-2-6 2-4-8 33
Houston 28 9 4 15 38 49 -11 7-4-3 2-0-12 31
Vancouver 30 6 9 15 30 53 -23 4-4-6 2-5-9 27

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

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