PREP SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

BY Jan Clark

Richmond 3 Lincoln 2

After enduring a rough and tumble last three weeks, the Richmond girls volleyball team welcomed a return to the win column Tuesday at Cambridge City, outlasting Lincoln in five long sets 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-6. The junior varsity also prevailed 25-21, 25-18.

In reality, the Red Devils dominated the 15-point tiebreaker behind the serving of Kennedy McKee and a strong performance from the front row. Richmond led 10-2 in the fifth set on kills by McKee, Ella Wilson, Laurelai DePew, Molly Morken (2), Ray Rogers and Ashley Clark. Rogers and Clark both added blocks. Clark’s kill and block were back to back as the Devils took a commanding 13-5 lead and coasted home from there.

For the night Richmond registered 52 kills, 10 by Morken, nine each by Clark and DePew and eight by Rogers. Morken also had 23 assists, Rogers three blocks and four service aces and DePew and Lauren Uhte three aces each.

“It feels good to win,” said McKee, a sophomore. “We hadn’t won for a while so we needed this. This win will give us faith and confidence going forward.”

Head coach Russ Uhte was also elated at the final results.

“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, no one’s going to give us anything this year,” he said. “Literally every team we play this season’s going to come out gunning for us. We have a young team and a new coach, everyone’s going to be fighting to bring it to us. We had a roller coaster night tonight and we had some absolutely fantastic moments. We’re going to continue to get better and continue to improve. I really think if our girls had played like this last Tuesday (at Union County), you would have seen different results.”

Set one started on a positive note when Clark, another sophomore, opened with a block. DePew had a block and two kills, Clark a kill, DePew an ace and Rogers a block as Richmond mounted a 12-7 lead. Rogers added an ace, Wilson and DePew kills and junior Alison Juday an ace to give RHS a 23-13 advantage. And that was enough.

Set two started strong for Richmond but didn’t end that way. A Morken kill and McKee ace gave Richmond a 6-1 lead but the Eagles rallied. A Clark kill made it 10-11, a McKee kill 11-12. That’s when Lincoln ran off seven straight points. The Devils countered with seven of their own on a kill by Clark, Uhte ace, J’Naya Thompson back row kill, another Uhte ace and Wilson kill. The score was then tied at 20, 21, 22 and 23 before the Eagles put it away.

McKee had a kill to open set three. Morken, Clark, DePew and Rogers added kills to tie it 9-9. A Juday ace coupled by more kills by Clark, Morken, DePew and McKee tied the score at 18.  Aces by DePew and Rogers had the Devils in front 23-20 and Richmond put an exclamation mark on the set with another Clark kill and Uhte ace.

Richmond led 4-1 in set four on a block and kill by Wilson. Kills by Rogers, Clark and Morken tied the score at 10. Two kills by Rogers and another by Clark had the Devils within 16-17 but could never catch up. That evened the sets at 2-2 and the Devils got the win in the fifth.

Richmond, now 5-9, competes in the NCC Duals Saturday at Marion vs. Indianapolis Tech and the host Giants starting at 10 a.m. The junior varsity will also take part. The next home match is Monday vs. Connersville.

Varsity stats — Morken 1 ace, 10 kills, 12 digs, 23 assists; Rogers 4 aces, 8 kills, 7 digs, 3 blocks; DePew 3 aces, 9 kills, 15 digs; Clark 9 kills, 1 dig, 2 assists, 2 blocks; Uhte 3 aces, 2 kills, 8 digs, 17 assists; McKee 1 ace, 6 kills, 11 digs; Thompson 2 kills, 9 digs, 2 assists; Wilson 6 kills, 1 dig, 2 blocks; Juday 2 aces. 10 digs, 2 assists; Weber 8 digs, 1 assist.

JV stats — Haskett 2 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs, 1 block; James 2 aces, 6 kills, 7 digs, 1 assist; Bosell 5 kills, 12 digs, 3 assists; Bopp 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist; Harrison 1 kill, 3 digs, 9 assists; Orr 1 kill, 7 digs, 5 assists; Warner 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist; Whichard 1 kill, 2 digs; Matthews 2 aces, 3 digs; McClain 1 dig; Morken 5 digs.

 

Muncie Burris 3 Seton Catholic 0….Seton lost to #1 ranked 3A Muncie Burris in 3 set at home last night (25-12, 25-18, 25-8) Stat leaders on the night:

Grace Amyx had 5 kills
Audrey Mosey had 11 digs
Seton lost the JV match in 2 sets (25-13, 25-22)
Ella Berger had 8 digs and 2 aces
Kaylen Ruble had 9 digs
Seton’s next match is at Liberty Christian on Friday

Winchester 3 Northeastern 0

Blue River 3 Daleville 0

New Castle 3 Yorktown 0

Norwell 3 Marion 1

McCutcheon 3 Western Boone 0

Logansport 3 Lafayette Jeff 1

Pendleton Heights 3 Muncie Central 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

Franklin County 169, Connersville 192, Union County 216

 

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

UNION CITY

The Indians traveled to Union County on Tuesday for the Union County Invitational. After struggling Saturday the runners had one goal in mind and that was to get back to the form they were at and begin improving again.

Collin Perry and Michael Vore both ran great races with Collin only missing his PR by 15 seconds. Michael came out and took 14 seconds off of his career personal best time.

Chloe Wyatt and Sylaris Denney both ran very well in the girls race with Chloe working towards getting her time down before sectional while Sylaris achieved a new personal best time by 10 seconds.

Boys Results:

(30th) Collin Perry

(35th) Michael Vore

Girls Results:

(8th) Chloe Wyatt

(20th) Sylaris Denney

 

LINCOLN

Lincoln High School competed in the 10 team Union County Invitational.

Lincoln Boys Team finished in 1st place with 24 points.

  1. Dylan McCullum 17:40
  2. Trenton Bertsch 18:07
  3. Payton McGriff 18:29
  4. Blake Smith 18:33
  5. Andon Ross 19:16
  6. Keaton Southerland 20:16
  7. Gavin Newton 20:33

Lincoln Girls Team finished 3rd with 45 points.

  1. Bailey Puckett 21:02
  2. Kali Hetisimer 23:09
  3. Marie Gerkin 24:59
  4. Emily Powers 31:20
  5. Addison Sweet 32:22

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER NCC/AREA

Jay County 5 Richmond 0

Union County 8 Centerville 1

Logansport 2 Kokomo 1

Connersville 4 Knightstown 0

Anderson 1 Muncie Central 0

New Castle 1 Muncie Burris 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Union County 3 Centerville 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5

NCC

Harrison at Anderson 7 pm

Tech at Muncie Central 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 7 pm

Marion at Richmond 7 pm

McCutcheon at Logansport 7 pm

AREA

Lincoln at Hagerstown  7 pm

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock 7 pm

Tri at Centerville  7 pm

Union City at Northeastern  7 pm

Winchester at Union County  7 pm

Shenandoah at Wes-Del  7 pm

South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Rushville, 7 pm

East Central at Batesville, 7 pm

Franklin County at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Greensburg, 7 pm

 

INDIANA ASSOCIATED PRESS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1 Avon

2 Warren Central

3 Carmel

4 Lafayette Jeff

5 Fort Wayne Snider

6 Fishers

7 Westfield

8 Homestead

9 Brownsburg

10 Center Grove

 

5A

1 New Palestine

2 Valparaiso

3 Cathedral

4 Concord

5 Terre Haute South

6 Fort Wayne Dwenger

7 Elkhart central

8 Franklin

9 Mishawaka

10 Bloomfield North

 

4A

1 Mooresville

2 East Central

3 New Prairie

4 Evansville Memorial

5 Delta

6 East Noble

7 Marion

8 Plymouth

9 Leo

10 Mississinewa

 

3A

1 West Lafayette

2 Indianapolis Chatard

3 Heritage Hills

4 Mishawaka Marian

5 Gibson Southern

6 Brownstown Central

7 Brebeuf

8 Southridge

9 Guerin Catholic

10 Knox

 

2A

1 Indianapolis Scecina

2 Lewis Cass

3 Evansville Mater Dei

4 Rensselaer Central

5 Western Boone

6 Pioneer

7 Triton Central

8 Heritage Christian

9 LaVille

10 Linton – Stockton

 

1A

1 Indianapolis Lutheran

2 Adams Central

3 South Adams

4 Parke Heritage

5 Southwood

6 Monroe Central

7 North Vermillion

8 West Washington

9 North Davies

10 Churubusco

 

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION POLLS

6A

1 Warren Central (7) 3-1 97

2 Avon (2) 4-0 88

3 Carmel (1) 3-1 84

4 FW Snider 4-0 64

5 Lafayette Jeff 4-0 51

6 Fishers 4-0 44

7 Brownsburg 2-2 37

8 Westfield 4-0 35

9 Merrillville 4-0 17

10 Center Grove 1-3 12

Homestead 4-0 12

 

5A

1 New Palestine (9) 4-0 99

2 Indpls Cathedral (1) 3-1 91

3 Valparaiso 4-0 80

4 Concord 4-0 58

5 FW Dwenger 3-1 51

6 Elkhart Central 4-0 45

7 Mishawaka 3-1 41

8 Michigan City 2-2 32

9 Bloomington North 3-1 16

10 TH South 4-0 16

 

4A

1 New Prairie (5) 4-0 86

2 Mooresville (3) 4-0 82

3 East Central (1) 4-0 72

4 Evansville Memorial 4-0 67

5 East Noble 4-0 49

6 Marion 3-1 49

7 Delta 4-0 47

8 Plymouth 3-1 42

9 Mississinewa 3-1 21

10 Northwood 2-2 10

 

3A

1 West Lafayette (6) 3-1 93

2 Indpls Chatard (3) 3-1 92

3 Gibson Southern 3-1 69

4 Indpls Brebeuf 3-1 57

5 Heritage Hills 4-0 54

6 Mishawaka Marian (1) 4-0 49

7 Guerin Catholic 3-1 46

8 Brownstown Central 4-0 42

9 Southridge 4-0 28

10 FW Concordia 2-2 11

 

2A

1 Indpls Scecina (10) 4-0 100

2 Lewis Cass 4-0 78

3 Western Boone 3-1 74

4 Rensselaer Central 4-0 69

5 Evansville Mater Dei 3-1 64

6 Pioneer 3-1 47

7 Triton Central 3-1 36

8 Eastbrook 2-2 31

9 Heritage Christian 3-1 17

10 Linton-Stockton 3-1 14

 

1A

1 Indpls Lutheran (5) 3-0 91

South Adams (4) 4-0 91

3 Adams Central (1) 4-0 84

4 Southwood 4-0 64

5 Parke Heritage 4-0 54

6 Monroe Central 3-1 42

7 West Washington 4-0 38

8 North Vermillion 3-1 29

9 Churubusco 3-1 20

10 Sheridan 3-1 14

 

COLLEGE SPORTS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, Sept. 19

Houston at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN

 

Friday, Sept. 20

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

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

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

 

Saturday, Sept. 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wyoming at Tulsa | 3:30 p.m.

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

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

Temple at Buffalo | ESPNU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baylor at Rice | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

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

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

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

Georgia State at Texas State | ESPN+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nevada at UTEP | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. UCONN

CONNECTICUT (1-1, 0-0) VS. INDIANA (2-1, 0-1) Kickoff: Noon EDT Date: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind. TV: BTN: Lisa Byington (p-b-p) & J Leman (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 108, XM 195, Internet 957: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

UCONN

STAT LEADERS Passing Jack Zergiotis: 21-31, 275 Yds, 0 TD, 2 INT Rushing Kevin Mensah: 50-171, 2 TD, 3.4 Avg Receiving Cameron Ross: 4-85, 0 TD, 21.3 Avg Defense LB D.J. Morgan: 19 T, 1.5 Sacks, 2.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR LB Omar Fortt: 14 T, 1 TFL, 1 PBU LB Ryan Gilmartin: 14 T, 2 TFL

INDIANA

STAT LEADERS Passing Michael Penix Jr.: 38-60, 523 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT Rushing Stevie Scott III: 37-118, 3 TD, 3.2 Avg Receiving Peyton Hendershot: 13-191, 2 TD, 14.7 Avg Defense LB Reakwon Jones: 18 T, 0.5 TFL LB Micah McFadden: 13 T, 0.5 S, 1.5 TFL DT Demarcus Elliott: 10 T, 2 S, 2 TFL

SETTING THE SCENE • Closing out its non-conference schedule, Indiana (2-1, 0-1 B1G East) meets the Connecticut Huskies (1-1, 0-0 AAC) at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for noon EDT on BTN. • The Hoosiers have won 16 of their last 17 non-conference games, including eight straight. • Former kicker Chris Gartner (1970-72) and linebacker Donnie Thomas (posthumously, 1973-75) will officially be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday and will be recognized at halftime on Saturday. • BTN Tailgate, hosted by Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Michelle McMahon, will air live outside the west entrance of Assembly Hall from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. • UConn holds a 2-0 edge in the series with a 34-10 win in Storrs (Aug. 30, 2003) and a 14-7 victory in Bloomington (Sept. 23, 2006). 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) • Randy Edsall is 79-91 (.465) over his two stints at Connecticut (1999-2010, 2017-). Edsall spent five seasons as Maryland’s head coach (2011-15) and owns a 101-125 (.447) overall record. NEWS & NOTES • Ohio State marked Indiana’s 12th Top-10 opponent since the start of 2015, tied for the third-most nationally with Auburn and Michigan State, behind Alabama (17) and the Buckeyes (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). • The Hoosiers have recorded a takeaway in 20 of their last 21 games. • Redshirt sophomore tight end Peyton Hendershot shares the team lead with 13 receptions (T-6th in Big Ten) for a team-high 191 yards (11th) and a team-best two scores (T-7th). • Among tight ends nationally, he shares fifth in catches, is fifth in yardage and shares eighth in TDs. • His 191 yards rank 10th on the program’s single-season list for tight ends. • Fifth-year senior Donavan Hale became the 45th Hoosier to reach 1,000 receiving yards against OSU. • Fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus collected his 100th career point last weekend. • Left tackle Coy Cronk, linebacker Reakwon Jones, right guard Simon Stepaniak and wide receiver Nick Westbrook are Indiana’s 2019 captains.

 UCONN NOTES

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST UConn plays its first road game of 2019 at Big Ten foe Indiana on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Saturday’s game is being televised on Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington (PxP), and J Lemen (Analyst) on the call. UCONN VS.INDIANA HISTORY Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between UConn and Indiana on the gridiron. The Huskies are 2-0 against the Hoosiers. UConn celebrated the opening of Rentschler Field on Aug. 30, 2003 with an impressive 34-10 victory against the Hoosiers behind Dan Orlovsky’s three touchdown passes. In 2006, Danny Lansanah recorded a pick-six to help the Huskies earn a 14-7 road win. HUSKIES VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES SINCE 2002 The Huskies boast a 52-38 record against non-conference opponents in the regular season since making the move to the FBS in 2002. The Huskies have won 25 of their last 43 regular season non-league games overall. UConn has posted the following records in non-conference regular season games: 6-6 (2002), 9-3 (2003), 4-1 (2004), 3-1 (2005), 3-2 (2006), 4-1 (2007), 4-1 (2008), 4-1 (2009), 3-2 (2010), 2-3 (2011), 3-2 (2012), 0-4 (2013), 1-3 (2014) and 2-2 (2015), 2-2 (2016), 1-3 (2017). 1-3 (2018) and 1-1 in 2019. UCONN VS. THE B1G TEN UConn plays a pair of Big Ten teams in 2019 with matchups against Illinois and Indiana. The Huskies lost to Illinois on September 7, 31-23, in the first ever meeting between the two programs. UConn is 14-27 all-time against current Big Ten teams. Indiana (2-0), Illinois (0-1) Maryland (1-2), Michigan (0-2) and Rutgers (11-22). GROUND AND POUND The Huskies won their season-opening game against Wagner, 24-21, behind a strong running attack from Kevin Mensah and Art Thompkins. Mensah rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 36 carries. It was the sixth time in the junior’s career that he rushed for 100-yards or more. In his UConn debut, Thompkins rushed for 91 yards and a score. GETTING TO THE QB The Huskies racked up four sacks in their season opener against Wagner. Lwal Uguak (2.0 sacks), Pierce DeVaughn and Dillon Harris all registered their first career sacks. UConn only sacked the quarterback on 11 occasions in 2018 and did not record a four-sack effort.

#RAISETHEBAR There are already signs of improvement for the 2019 Huskies on opening night against Wagner. Coming off a rough year defensively in 2018, the defense forced six three-and-outs vs. the Seahawks. UConn forced 17 three-and-outs during the entire 2018 campaign. The Huskies limited big yardage plays against Wagner, giving up only seven play for 10 yards or more. In last year’s matchup with FCS opponent, URI, UConn gave up 24 plays of 10 yards or more. Through two games the Huskies have made dramatic improvements on the defensive side of the ball. UConn ranks fourth in The American with 2710 yards allowed per game and are third in the conference with 154.4 passing yards alllowed. UConn is second in the league with 16.5 first downs allowed per game. Navy has the fewest at 12.0 per game.

 

MIAMI REDHAWKS FOOTBALL NOTES VS OHIO STATE

THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP For the first time since 2012 the Miami football team will face-off with Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 21. Opening kick is slated for 3:30 p.m. TELEVISION The matchup with the Buckeyes will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. Brandon Gaudin will handle play-by-play duties, while James Laurinaitis will serve as the color analyst. Elise Menaker will handle the sideline duties.

→ For the second time in less than a month the RedHawks will face a team from the Big Ten. Miami opened the year with a 38-14 loss at Iowa. → Following Saturday’s game Miami will play eight-straight MAC contests. Miami is 16-6 in its last 22 conference games.

RECAP VS. CINCINNATI Miami scored the game’s first 10 points and led 10-0 after 15 minutes of play. Cincinnati answered with a touchdown early in the second quarter and Miami then fumbled at the UC 12-yard line and the Bearcats then drove the field to take a 14-10 lead into the half and never looked back. Cincinnati outgained Miami 420-207 on the day, including 234-64 on the ground. Gabbert finished the day 10-of-18 with 143 yards passing while Shelton led MU with 39 yards rushing. NOTES FROM CINCINNATI • Cam Blakely had his first career catch. • Kam Butler had a career-high seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss versus the Bearcats. • Tyre Shelton scored his first career touchdown. • The Miami defense had a season-high four sacks last Saturday.

LAST MEETING

The Miami football team came out with several opportunities to score early in the first half, but dropped passes and a missed field goal gave Ohio State University a chance to get comfortable. The Buckeyes, who trailed 3-0 after the first quarter, settled in en route to a 56-10 victory in coach Urban Meyer’s debut at Ohio Stadium in front of 105,039 fans. Quarterback Zac Dysert, who completed 31 of 53 passes for 303 yards, put Miami in position to succeed in the early going. He completed a 42-yard pass to Nick Harwell midway through the opening frame, setting up a 24-yard field-goal attempt, but freshman Kaleb Patterson sent the kick wide right. Harwell finished with eight catches for 120 yards. Dysert made another big play on Miami’s next offensive possession, completing a 58-yard pass to Dawon Scott, which placed the team at the OSU 10-yard line. But, three incompletions resulted in a 22-yard Patterson kick with 1:23 left. The RedHawks held the lead until early in the second when Ohio State’s Devin Smith made a one-handed 23-yard TD catch. The Buckeyes followed up the score with two more in the half for a 21-3 lead that would have become even bigger except for a goal-line stand from at the 1 on the final play of the half. Ohio State increased the lead to 35-3 with the first two scores of the second half before Dysert hooked up with Harwell for a 44-yard TD pass with 10:24 left in the third quarter. Ohio State closed out the game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

ABOUT OHIO STATE Ohio State is currently ranked No. 6 in the country and are coming off a 51-10 win at Indiana. Quarterback Justin Fields has thrown for 657 yards and nine touchdowns this year and has added 114 yards and four scores on the ground. Overall, the offense averages 46.0 points and 501.7 yards per game. Defensively, they allow 10.3 points and 252.7 yards per game. Chase Young has 11 tackles and 5.0 sacks on the season. SERIES VS. OHIO STATE Ohio State is 5-0 in the series that dates back to 1904. These two teams last played in 2012, a contest the Buckeyes won 56-10. PRESEASON POLL Miami was picked to finish second in the MAC East 2019 Media Preseason Poll. Ohio was picked to win the East with 144 points, recording all 24 first-place votes. The RedHawks were second with 107 points, followed by Buffalo (100 points), Kent State (62 points), Akron (54 points) and Bowling Green (37 points). Toledo was picked to win the West Division. NEW FACES ON OFFENSE After graduating 25 seniors last season the RedHawks have several new faces on the team this year, many of them on the offensive side of the ball. QB Brett Gabbert: First true freshman to begin a season as Miami’s starting quarterback in school history. Is also the brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Has thrown for 481 yards and two touchdowns in three career starts. RB Tyre Shelton: Redshirt freshman leads the team with 108 yards rushing through three games RED MEANS GO Miami is 11-for-12 this season on red zone opportunities. Its lone miss was a fumble inside the red zone last week at UC. In those 12 attempts, Miami has scored eight (66.7%) touchdowns. Last season, Miami was 42-for-43 in the red zone with 35 (81.4%) touchdowns. Miami was also 33-for-33 in the red zone during MAC play with 27 touchdowns last year. In its last 15 games, Miami has scored on 53-of-55 red zone opportunities.

 OHIO STATE NOTES

OHIO STATE CAPS 2019 NON-CONFERENCE SLATE VS. MIAMI UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State Buckeyes, riding the nation’s second-longest winning streak at nine games, close out its non-conference season with a 3:30 p.m. game Saturday at Ohio Stadium against the Miami Redhawks. This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools, the fourth since 2000 and the first since Urban Meyer’s unbeaten, 2012 Buckeyes defeated Miami, 56-10, to open the season and the Meyer coaching era in Columbus. The game was announced in April 2017 and came about after Ohio State and TCU modified their scheduled home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019 to one, neutral site game in 2018. Ohio State defeated TCU, 40-28, last year at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

316 Yards that J.K. Dobbins has rushed for in the first half of the last two games.

42.2 Points per game by Ohio State since the start of the 2017 season, sixth best nationally.

105 Ohio State holds a 105-point differential through the first three quarters so far this season, including a dominant 73-point edge in the first

half (86-13).

42 Number of players on the 2019 team who earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors in 2018 for having an overall GPA of at least 3.00.

2 Consecutive Big Ten regular season games that WR Chris Olave has blocked a punt and caught at least one touchdown pass.

5 Runs of 10 yards or more given up by the Ohio State defense in the first three games. The Buckeyes have surrendered just two runs of 20

yards or more and none of 30 or more.

905 Ohio State is nationally ranked by the Associated Press for the 905th week, an all-time record among all programs.

QUICK HITTERS  Ohio State ranks in the top 30 nationally in both total offense (28th) and total defense (10th).  The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 42-3 in the first quarters of its first three games this season.  Ryan Day is the 25th head coach in school history.  This is the 150th anniversary season of college football.  Since 2012, Ohio State is 49-3 at Ohio Stadium and is averaging 44.1 points per game.

CHAMPIONS VS. INDIANA  Off ense: QB Justin Fields, RB Master Teague, TE Luke Farrell, TE Rashod Berry, WR Chris Olave, WR Austin Mack, WR Binjimen Victor, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, C Josh Myers, RT Wyatt Davis, RG Branden Bowen  Player of the Game: RB J.K. Dobbins  Defense: DE Chase Young, DT Robert Landers, DT Davon Hamilton, LB Pete Werner, SAF Jordan Fuller, CB Shaun Wade Player of the Game: CB Damon Arnette  Special Teams Players of the Game: WR Chris Olave.
SCOUTING MIAMI  Miami has started the 2019 season, its sixth under the direction of head coach Chuck Martin, with a 1-2 record entering Saturday’s contest.  The Redhawks fell at Cincinnati last week, 35-13, despite getting out to a 10-0 first quarter lead.  Quarterback Brett Gabbert directs an offense averaging 25 points per game and is completing just shy of 60 percent of his passes this year for 481 yards and two TDs.  In the backfield, the 1-2 punch of Tyre Shelton and Davion Johnson has split carries almost equally. They have accounted for three of Miami’s six rushing touchdowns so far.  Johnson is also the team leader in receptions (eight). Jalen Walker leads in receiving yards (113) and yards per catch (28.2).  Prior to Miami, Martin spent six seasons at Grand Valley State (2004-2009) where he compiled a 74-7 record and won back to back Division II national titles (2005 and 2006).  Martin previously was an assistant coach at Notre Dame (2010-13), serving as the school’s offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013.

OHIO STATE/MIAMI STORYLINES  Ohio State and Miami are meeting for just the sixth time and first since 2012.  The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 5-0 with wins coming in 1904, 1911, 2000, 2005 and 2012.  Ohio State offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson spent eight years at Miami as an assistant coach (1990-98) under Randy Walker.  Another notable Buckeye with Miami coaching ties is Woody Hayes, who went 14-5 in two seasons at Miami before coming to Ohio State in 1951.  The Buckeyes are facing an in-state opponent for the second time in three weeks. It the first time they’ve played two in-state opponents in the same season since 2014.  Ohio State is 184-48-15 all-time against in-state opponents.

 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. GEORGIA

IRISH AT BULLDOGS – BY THE NUMBERS 2 Notre Dame’s visit to No. 3/3 Georgia will mark just the second time the Irish will face a top-five SEC team on the opponent’s home field in school history. The No. 24 Irish fell 38-14 at No. 4 Tennessee in 1999. 3 Notre Dame recorded at least 66 points in a game for just the third time since 1932 in tis 66-14 win over New Mexico. The other two occasions were a 69-13 win over Pittsburgh in 1965 and a 69-14 victory over Georgia Tech in 1977. 6 Ian Book accounted for six touchdowns against New Mexico (five passing, one rush) to join four other players as the FBS single-game leaders for total touchdowns in a game this season. 7 With ESPN’s College GameDay making an appearance in Athens this weekend, it will mark the 30th time the pregame show will appear before a game featuring the Irish and the 12th time in the Brian Kelly era. That is the seventh-most of any program in the nation. The College GameDay show started at Notre Dame, visiting campus for the 1993 Notre Dame-Florida State contest. 9 Notre Dame is averaging 9.0 TFL per game this season, a number that ranks ninth nationally among all FBS teams. Daelin Hayes, who wears No. 9 on defense for the Irish, leads the team with three TFL. 10 Brian Kelly continues his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame, becoming just the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11). 12 Notre Dame has won 12 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a 6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930. 19.07 Ian Book leads all Power 5 quarterbacks in yards-per-completion with a 19.07 average (he ranks second among all FBS quarterbacks in that category). 20.2 Notre Dame skill players have averaged 20.2 yards after the catch this season (31 receptions, 627 yards-after-catch) – the best among Power 5 teams. 30 Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 16 consecutive games, matching Washington for the FBS lead in that category. 41.5 Notre Dame leads all FBS teams for opponent completion percentage, as Irish opponents are 22-for-53 (41.5%) in the first two games. 153.3 Career passing efficiency rating for Ian Book. Saturday’s game features two quarterbacks ranked in the top 10 for career pass efficiency – Book (ninth) and Georgia’s Jake Fromm (second, 168.26). 268 The Notre Dame Stadium sell-out streak stands at 268 consecutive games, the second-longest in NCAA history. 348ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second among active coaches in the NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina). 1041 Notre Dame running backs have gone 1,041 carries without losing a fumble – dating back to Nov. 21, 2015. It is the second-longest active streak in FBS behind Northwestern’s 1,076-carry streak. 2205 Over the last eight games, Ian Book has thrown for 2,205 yards, the fifth-most among all active FBS quarterbacks.

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

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

GEORGIA NOTES

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

 

BALL STATE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NC STATE

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

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

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

 NC STATE NOTES

THE SERIES vs. BALL STATE • This will mark the Wolfpack’s first meeting with Ball State, but not head coach Dave Doeren’s. Doeren posted a 2-0 mark against the MAC squad when he was the head coach at Northern Illinois. • As a head coach, Dave Doeren is 18-1 all-time against MAC schools (17-1 at Northern Illinois from 2011- 12 and a 48-14 defeat of Central Michigan in his first season at NC State in 2013). • Co-offensive coordinator George McDonald’s first job was as a graduate assistant at Ball State in 2000. PACK LOOKING TO #SETTHEEXPECTATION In an initiative driven by its student-athletes, NC State Athletics will play host to the ACC’s first #SetTheExpectation football game this week vs. Ball State. Sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy, founder of the #SetTheExpectation national campaign for activism against interpersonal violence will be on campus for several days to speak to and visit with a variety of groups on campus. Her #SettheExpectation program strives to raise awareness, educate and directly engage with coaches, young men, and boys in high school and collegiate athletic programs. On Thursday afternoon, she will join NC State student-athletes and head football coach Dave Doeren at the Talley Student Union to spread the message about the movement’s mission: combating sexual and physical violence. On Friday, Sept. 20, she will meet with groups from the NC State Women’s Center, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Counseling Center, along with student leaders. From 2-5 p.m., she will be at the Parents and Families Table in Talley Stafford Commons. On game day, the football team will wear #STE shirts in the Walk of Champions before entering Carter-Finley Stadium, and the team will don helmet stickers highlighting the #SetTheExpectation movement. In the two days following the football game, Tracy will meet with student-athletes and student leaders to tell her story of survival and how she transitioned from victim to survivor to thriver. While topics such as consent, bystander, mental health, sexual assault and suicide will be covered, the audience will leave with specific action items that they can use to help make their campus and community safer. In April, Tracy spoke to the Wolfpack’s male student-athletes about her story of survival after being gang-raped by four college football players. Several of those in attendance were so moved by her experience, particularly James Smith-Williams from football and Vinnie Durand from men’s soccer, that they organized a donation drive at a Wolfpack baseball game in May. Those student-athletes also pushed for NC State to host #SettheExpectation games this fall.

NOTING THE WOLFPACK • It’s impossible to be more balanced than NC State’s offense. The Wolfpack enters Game 4 with 121 pass attempts and 121 rushing attempts this season. • The Pack’s shutout of Western Carolina in week 2 marked the first for the Wolfpack since 2015 – its third under head coach Dave Doeren. • NC State has not given up a TD at home in three straight games, longest streak since 1990-91. • Wolfpack running back Zonovan “Bam” Knight ranks second in the nation among true freshmen in rushing this season with 233 total yards. • NC State is one of just 12 teams in the Power 5 conferences to have at least nine wins in each of the last two seasons. Clemson is the only other ACC squad on that list. • A total of 14 former Wolfpack players that played for the Wolfpack in 2017 and 2018 are on 2019 NFL rosters this season. • Christopher Dunn boasted the nation’s longest streak of made field goals with 19 before missing a 51-yarder at West Virginia. That was the longest streak in the FBS since 2016 and the second-longest in school history. • Dave Doeren joins Dick Sheridan and Lou Holtz as the only coaches in school history with back-to-back 9-win seasons. • The Pack is one of only nine programs nationally to boast back-to-back first-round draft picks (Bradley Chubb in 2018 and Garrett Bradbury in 2019). • NC State leads the nation with five alums currently playing quarterback in the NFL: Philip Rivers (Chargers), Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Mike Glennon (Raiders), Jacoby Brissett (Colts), Ryan Finley (Bengals). • With just 11 seniors on the 2019 roster, the Wolfpack is one of the youngest teams in the nation. HOME DEFENSE The NC State defense has gone 12 straight quarters – three full games – without giving up a TD at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack posted a 58-3 win over East Carolina in last year’s home finale, a 34-6 victory to open the 2019 season and a 41-0 shutout of Western Carolina. When the Wolfpack kicks off at home against Ball State on Saturday, 317 days will have passed since an opponent found the end zone in the Wolves’ Den. That three game TD-shutout at home is the longest for the Wolfpack since 1990-91. The Pack shut out Western Carolina in week 2 – the Pack’s first since 2015.

HOLDING ON NC State and Appalachian State are the only schools that have yet to have a turnover this season. It marks the first time in school history that the Pack has not turned the ball over in its first three games of the season. The Wolfpack enters Game 4 with a turnover margin of +1.3 – the 15th-best mark in the nation. Holding on to the football has been a hallmark of the Wolfpack under Dave Doeren. Five of the top 13 marks in school history for fewest turnovers have been by Doeren’s teams. PICK-LESS With only three games as a starter under his belt, RS-sophomore quarterback Matthew McKay has done many things well. In week 1, he became only the third QB since 1970 to pass for 300+ yards in his first career start for the Wolfpack when he posted 308 yards in the win over East Carolina. McKay has thrown 121 career passes (including 113 in 2019) with zero interceptions. He currently holds the third longest streak in the NCAA with 121 attempts and no INTs. In his starting debut vs. ECU, McKay passed for a touchdown and ran for a pair. Only two other quarterbacks since 1970 have accounted for three TDs in their first career start: McKay, Jacoby Brissett (3 pass) and Philip Rivers (3 pass) (those two are now starters in the NFL). Only one other Pack QB in the past 50 years has rushed for two TDs in his first career start (Charles Davenport in 1988) Dating back to 1970, McKay became only the third QB in school history to throw for over 300 yards in his first career start, joining Philip Rivers (397 yards in 2000) and Harrison Beck (321 yards in 2007). Since 2000, 11 other players have started at least one game at QB for NC State and only Rivers and Jacoby Brissett ever had more TD passes in their debuts.

 

BIG 10 GAME OF THE WEEK: MICHIGAN AT WISCONSIN

(MICHIGAN NOTES)

Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wis. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 • 12:01 p.m. EDT/11:01 a.m. CDT Series vs. Wisconsin: U-M leads 51-15-1 Series Streak: U-M won 1 Last Meeting: 2018 (U-M 38, UW 13) Last Michigan Win: 2018 Television: FOX Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network Live Stats: MGoBlue.com

Big Ten Openers Michigan has won 12 of its last 13 Big Ten openers and 35 of its last 37 conference openers. The Wolverines boast an impressive 48-3 mark since 1968 in their first Big Ten game of the season. Wolverines and Badgers This will be the 68th meeting between Michigan and Wisconsin. The Wolverines hold a 51-15-1 lead in the all-time series and have a 19-7-1 record in games played at Camp Randall Stadium (21-7-1 all-time in Madison). U-M has claimed victories in 19 of the last 26 games played between the two schools and 33 of the last 41 matchups. Wolverines and Badgers in Top 25 Match-ups This will be the 10th meeting when both teams are ranked in the Associated Press national polls. Michigan has compiled a 7-2 record against Wisconsin in top 25 match-ups, including a 5-0 mark at Michigan Stadium and a 2-2 record at Camp Randall Stadium. The Wolverines claimed victories in games played during the 1977, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2016 and 2018 seasons when both teams were ranked and the Badgers earned wins in 1993 and 2017. Michigan won the 2016 season match-up at Michigan Stadium, a 14-7 win which was the first top 10 game in series history.

FOOTBALL INFORMATION

First Year of Varsity Status: 1879

All-Time Record: 955-342-36 (140th season)

All-Time Big Ten Record: 511-208-18 (113th season)

National Titles: 11

Big Ten Championships: 42

Bowl Games (Record): 47 (21-26)

Consensus All-Americans: 83

First-Team All-Big Ten Selections: 421

MICHIGAN STADIUM

Completed: 1927 (92nd season)

Stadium Capacity: 107,601

Surface: FieldTurf (artificial)

Largest Crowd (Opp. Year): 115,109 (Notre Dame, 2013)

Record at Michigan Stadium: 433-129-15

Consecutive 100,000-plus Crowds: 288 (1975 to current)

THE TEAM U-M vs. Wisconsin • This will be the 68th meeting between Michigan and Wisconsin • The Wolverines hold a 51-15-1 advantage in the all-time series and have won nine of the last 14 match-ups • This will be the four time that Jim Harbaugh coaches against Wisconsin; won both home games (2016, 2018) and lost on the road in 2017 • Wisconsin is the sixth most common opponent for Michigan with 67 previous match-ups.

Wolverines and Badgers at Camp Randall • Michigan holds a 19-7-1 advantage all-time over Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium • The Wolverines are looking to claim their first victory at Wisconsin since 2001, a 20-17 affair against the Badgers • U-M looks to snap a four-game losing streak at Wisconsin (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2017) on Saturday • Michigan suffered a 24-10 setback in its last appearance at UW during the 2017 season • The Wolverines have claimed victories in three of its last seven games at Camp Randall and seven of the last 12 contests at the venue • Michigan has compiled a 21-7-1 record in Madison against Wisconsin Big Ten Openers • The Wolverines will play their 114th conference opener vs. Wisconsin on Saturday (Sept. 21) • U-M has won four straight conference openers and 12 of its last 13 Big Ten openers • The Wolverines have compiled an 86-25-2 record in conference openers and have claimed victories in 48 of their last 51 Big Ten openers • Michigan had a 23-game winning streak in conference openers snapped at Wisconsin (23- 20) in 2005 • The only setbacks in the past 51 Big Ten openers came on the road against the Badgers (21-14 in 1981 and 23-20 in 2005) and at home against Minnesota (30-14 in 2014).

Conference Openers vs. Wisconsin • This will be the 20th time that Michigan begins Big Ten play against Wisconsin, the most games played against any member of the conference • The Wolverines have compiled a 17-2 record all-time against the Badgers in conference openers, compiling a 10-0 record at home and a 7-2 mark on the road • U-M has played 13 of the current Big Ten schools in conference openers • Rutgers is the only school that the Wolverines have not faced in a Big Ten opener.

U-M Ranked 10th and 11th in National Polls • The Michigan football team remains ranked in the top 11 of both national polls for the third straight game and ninth consecutive contest dating back to last season • Following the bye week, the Wolverines are listed No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press rankings • Michigan finished last season ranked 14th in both national polls, the same position that it began the 2018 season • The Wolverines have been ranked in the national polls for 16 straight games and for all but eight contests during Coach Harbaugh’s tenure; first four games of 2015 and four contests in 2017 • U-M posted a 3-3 record against ranked teams in 2018, defeating No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 14 Penn State while falling to No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 10 Florida; the last time that U-M beat three top 25 teams in the same season was 2005 and the last time it defeated three straight top opponents was 1997.

Michigan at Home in the Harbaugh Era • The Wolverines have compiled a 26-4 home record in five seasons under Jim Harbaugh • Michigan has an 14-4 mark in Big Ten games at the Big House under Harbaugh’s leadership • The Wolverines have gone undefeated two of the last three seasons; posted a 7-0 mark in 2018 and an 8-0 mark in 2016 • U-M had a 10-game home winning streak snapped against Michigan State (14-10) in 2017 • The only setbacks in Big Ten games came in 2015 and 2017, losing to Michigan State and Ohio State both years • The Wolverines are a perfect 12-0 in nonconference games under Harbaugh at the Big House, outscoring the opposition by a 476-151 margin in those games.

U-M’S OFFENSE UNDER HARBAUGH • U-M has gained more than 5,000 yards of total offense in three of Coach Harbaugh’s four seasons: 5,147 yards (2015), 5,524 (2016) and 5,457 (2018) • The offense has generated two of the top five total offensive seasons in school history: 4th in 2016 with 5,524 yards and fifth in 2018 with 5,457 yards • The Wolverines have posted 1,781 points in 54 games for an average of 32.9 points per contest; tallied the fifth-highest point total in school history during the 2016 season (524 points) • Scored more points in 2016 than any team in the modern era of U-M football and trailed only the Pointa-Minute teams of the early 1900s; tallied the fifthhighest point total (524) in school history during the 2016 season • Michigan gained more than 2,000 rushing yards in a season every year under Harbaugh: 2,057 yards in 2015, 2,768 in 2016, 2,310 in 2017 and 2,653 in 2018 • The red zone offense has converted at just under 90% in four seasons, 208-234 (88.9%); scored 147 TDs in those 208 conversions (70.7% of scores are TDs) • U-M has ranked in the top 15 nationally in red zone efficiency twice in the past four seasons: finished 13th in 2016 and seventh in 2015 • Converted 42.2% percent of third down chances (331- 784): 48.8% in 2019, 49.4% in 2018, 33% in 2017, 43% in 2016 and 49% in 2015 • U-M has scored 125 rushing touchdowns in five seasons: 5 in 2019, 26 in 2018, 26 in 2017, 41 in 2016 and 27 in 2015 • Michigan is a perfect 24-0 under Harbaugh when a player gains 100 yards rushing and is 34-2 when outrushing the opposition • U-M is 37-1 under Jim Harbaugh when gaining 125 rushing yards or more in a game • The Wolverines have lost 30 fumbles in 54 games: six in 2015, five in 2016, 11 in 2017, three in 2018 and five in 2019.

 (WISCONSIN NOTES)

BIG TEN PLAY BEGINS WITH CLASH AT CAMP RANDALL n The nation’s No. 1 defense and Heisman Trophy contender Jonathan Taylor lead 13th-ranked Wisconsin (2-0) into Big Ten play Saturday when the Badgers welcome No. 11 Michigan (2-0) to Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT), with the game airing live on FOX. n Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 110-0, becoming the first FBS team since South Carolina in 1980 to score at least 100 points and allow zero points in its first two games of a season. n The Badgers seek a 5th-consecutive home win over Michigan, which last won in Madison in 2001. n Wisconsin is in the midst of a streak of 5 consecutive home games — its longest such stretch since opening the 1981 season with 5 games in a row at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers began that 5-game run with a season-opening 21-14 win over No. 1-ranked Michigan. n UW looks to win its Big Ten opener for the 4th straight year.

KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER: n The Badgers are in their 5th season under the leadership of head coach Paul Chryst, who is 44-12 (.786) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 27-8 (.771) conference record. n Among Power Five teams, only Alabama (58-4, .935), Clemson (58-4, .935), Ohio State (51-6, .895) and Oklahoma (49-8, .860) own higher winning percentages than Wisconsin (44-12, .786) over the last 5 seasons (2015-19). n The only FBS team yet to surrender a point this season, Wisconsin’s defense is allowing just 107.5 yards per game and leads the country in every major statistical category. Read more, Page 7. n Opening his junior season with consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts and an expanded role in UW’s passing attack, RB Jonathan Taylor leads the nation with 8 TDs and is averaging 151.0 yards from scrimmage. He’s the first FBS player since at least 2000 to start a season by scoring 4-plus TDs in consecutive games. n Taylor needs 592 yards to join Georgia’s Herschel Walker (5,596), Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (5,091) and Oregon’s LaMichael James (5,082) as the only players to rush for more than 5,000 yards through their junior season. n Junior QB Jack Coan has won his last 4 starts, with UW averaging 48.0 points in those games. Coan set career highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns vs. Central Michigan — going 26-for-33 for 363 yards with 3 TD passes and no interceptions (201.2 pass efficiency rating). Read more, Page 6. n Wisconsin is averaging 55.0 points per game, matching LSU for the 3rd-highest scoring output in the FBS and trailing only Baylor (59.5) and Oklahoma (55.7). The Badgers are averaging 516.0 yards per game after racking up 599 yards vs. Central Michigan. n UW leads the nation in time of possession (37:13), third-down conversions (65.4%) and opponent third down conversions (14.3%) and ranks No. 2 in the FBS in fewest penalties per game (2.5).

JONATHAN TAYLOR:  Taylor leads all active FBS players, averaging 152.0 rushing yards per game. Boston College’s AJ Dillon (116.0) is the only other Power Five player (minimum 300 carries) to average at least 100 yards per game.  Last season, Taylor became the Badgers’ 4th Doak Walker Award winner — the most of any FBS program — as the nation’s top running back, joining Ron Dayne (1999), Montee Ball (2012) and Melvin Gordon (2014).  Taylor became UW’s 10th unanimous first team All-American, and the 3rd running back, joining Dayne (1999) and Gordon (2014).  Taylor became the second Badger to lead the nation in rushing (Melvin Gordon, 2014) by averaging 168.8 yards per game — 21.9 yards ahead of second-place Darrell Henderson of Memphis (146.9 ypg).  He finished with 2,194 yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns, becoming the 29th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,194 yards rank as the 7th-highest single-season total in history and the most ever by an FBS sophomore, surpassing Iowa State’s Troy Davis (2,010 yards in 1995).  Taylor is the 3rd Wisconsin player rush for 2,000 yards in a season — the most of any FBS program — joining Ron Dayne (1996, 1999) and Melvin Gordon (2014).  Taylor gives UW a total of 4 individual 2,000-yard rushing seasons. No other FBS program has more than 2 (Iowa State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, USC).  With 2,194, Taylor recorded more rushing yards than 68 of the 130 teams in the FBS.  Taylor averaged 7.15 yards per carry, the 3rd-best single-season mark in school history behind Melvin Gordon’s 7.81 in 2013 and 7.54 in 2014.  Taylor managed to get better as games went along. He averaged 8.6 yards per attempt in the second half — the best of any FBS player (minimum 100 second-half carries) — and ran at a clip of 9.3 yards per carry in the fourth quarter and overtime.  Of Taylor’s 307 rushing attempts, 61 went for at least 10 yards — the most runs of 10-plus yards by any FBS player in 2018.  Taylor’s 3 runs of 70-plus yards — all touchdowns — were the 2nd-most of any FBS player behind Illinois’ Reggie Corbin (4).  Taylor (2) was the only FBS player with multiple runs of 80-plus yards.

 

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

Purdue Set for Kentucky Rematch

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 21 Purdue volleyball team concludes its four-match road swing with a Wednesday night contest at No. 16 Kentucky, Sept. 18. The Boilermakers and the Wildcats will go head-to-head at 7 p.m. ET with the match broadcasting live on ESPNU.

#21 PURDUE VS. #16 KENTUCKY

Wednesday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m. ET

SERIES HISTORY

The Boilermakers and the Wildcats are tied 10-10 in their all-time series. Kentucky has claimed the last two meetings, including a NCAA Tournament sweep over Purdue in 2018. In the second-round contest, middle blocker Blake Mohler registered a match-best .625 clip on 10 errorless kills on 16 swings, while guiding the Boilermakers with eight blocks. Then-redshirt senior Sherridan Atkinson followed with nine kills, marking her first single-digit kill performance since Purdue’s loss to Michigan on October 6.

QUICK HITS

– Purdue (4-1) enters its last week of nonconference play with matches against No.16 Kentucky, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Murray State and Eastern Michigan.

– The Boilermakers are coming off a perfect weekend at the LUV Invite, where Purdue outlasted then-No. 22 Louisville (3-1) and Lipscomb (3-1).

– Junior Caitlyn Newton led the Boilermakers with 41 kills on the weekend (5.12 kills per set), including a career-best 26 kills against then-No.22 Louisville. The outside hitter is currently at 531 career kills, including 330 kills from last season.

– Newton’s 5.12 kills per set top the Big Ten and rank her eighth in the nation. The Indiana native also ranks 6th in the nation with 5.94 points per set.

– Leading Purdue with 32 blocks on the year, senior Blake Mohler currently ranks second in the Big Ten and seventh in the NCAA with 1.78 blocks per set.

– Purdue currently has five Boilermakers with double-digit digs on the year. The group is paced by junior libero Jena Otec with 86 digs (4.30 per set).

– The 2019 season marks the 44th year of Purdue volleyball.

– The Boilermaker roster features a pair of redshirt seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.

– The 2019 Purdue volleyball team welcomes six freshmen to Holloway in Maddy Chinn, Emma Ellis, Madeline Koch, Megan Renner, Maddie Schermerhorn and Ava Torrance. Together the incoming group was ranked the 8th-best recruiting class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.

SCOUTING KENTUCKY

– Kentucky is coming off of a 2-1 showing for the third-straight weekend and sits 6-3 overall after hosting the annual Bluegrass Battle.

– In the Bluegrass Battle, Wildcats defeated Cleveland State (3-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (3-1), before dropping their first home match since 2017 to Indiana (2-3).

– The 2019 season marks Kentucky’s 15th season under the direction of head coach Craig Skinner.

– Kentucky is currently led by senior Leah Edmond with 125 kills (3.91 kills per set). In the 2018 NCAA Tournament contest between Purdue and Kentucky, Edmond guided the Wildcats with 13 kills.

– Defensively, Kentucky has eight Wildcats with double-digit digs. Junior libero Gabby Curry, who recorded 18 digs against the Boilermakers last season, tops the group with 145 digs.

– Kentucky’s efforts are guided by junior setter Lilley Madison with 365 assists on the year. She currently ranks 11th in the nation with 11.31 assists per set.

– Wednesday’s match will mark Kentucky’s fourth top-25 contest this season. In those matchups, the Wildcats defeated then-No. 23 Cal Poly and then-No. 15 Southern California, but fell to then-No. 15 Creighton.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers return to Holloway Gymnasium to host Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Murray State and Eastern Michigan in their annual Stacey Clark Classic, Sept. 20-21.

 

WGOLF: Buckeyes Finish Strong at Glass City Invitational

Skylar Thompson posts best career finish in a tie for 15th

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team finished its opening tournament of the 2019-20 on a high note, moving up to eighth place after a final-round 5-over-par 293 Tuesday at Inverness Club. The score was the fourth-best in the 13-team field.

The Buckeyes will look to build on their strong finish when they travel to Chicago for the Windy City Collegiate Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Glen View Club.

Sophomore Skylar Thompson posted the best finish of her young career in a tie for 15th at 5-over for the tournament after a final-round 1-over 73. Fellow sophomore Aneka Seumanutafa posted the Buckeyes’ best round of the day, a 1-under 71, to tie for 24th at 7-over. Seumanutafa, who joined the Buckeyes last January, now has finished in the Top 25 in nine of 10 collegiate starts.

Sophomore Lauren Peter placed in a tie for 40th at 11-over while senior Adeena Shears carded an even-par 72 in the final round to tie for 46th at 12-over for the tournament. Alanis Sakuma and Sofia Seldemirova, a pair of juniors playing as individuals, finished in a tie for 66th and 69th, respectively, while junior Yukie Sasaki rounded out the Buckeye lineup in a tie for 72nd.

Thompson tied for third in par-4 scoring at 2-over while Peter tied for seventh in par-3 scoring at 1-under and Seumanutafa tied for eighth in par-5 scoring at 2-under. Thompson carded one of just six eagles in the tournament on the 284-yard par-4 16th hole in the second round Monday.

BUCKEYE RESULTS

8th Team 307-299-293-899 (+35)

T-15th – Skylar Thompson 77-71-73-221 (+5)

T-24th – Aneka Seumanutafa 77-75-71-223 (+7)

T-40th – Lauren Peter 75-75-77-227 (+11)

T-46th – Adeena Shears 78-78-72-228 (+12)

T-66th – Alanis Sakuma (Ind.) 84-76-77-237 (+21)

T-69th – Sofia Seldemirova (Ind.) 82-81-75-238 (+22)

T-72nd – Yukie Sasaki 83-78-79-240 (+24)

Ohio State travels to Chicago for the Windy City Collegiate Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

 

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The No. 16-ranked Fighting Irish and No. 4 Indiana battled to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening at Armstrong Stadium after 110 minutes of play. The result moves Notre Dame to 3-1-1 on the season and 1-0-1 away from home.

The Irish goal came from sophomore Ben Giacobello, the first of his career. Senior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull also had a notable performance, finishing with six saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish started the match on the front foot, earning two corners in the first five minutes of play. The Hoosiers then settled in and had a chance to grab an early lead in the 19th minute, as Jack Maher put an effort on frame but Notre Dame’s Felicien Dumas was perfectly positioned to clear it off the line. 

Notre Dame made two subs in the 37th minute by bringing on John Rea and Giacobello and they made and instant impact. Less than three minutes after coming on Rea found Mohamed Omar in space down the left flank. Omar got to the endline, drawing the keeper off his line and played a perfect pass to Giacobello who made a near-post run and poked the ball into the net to put Notre Dame on top 1-0 at the half. 

Senior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull kept the Irish in front early in the second half with a magnificent save. After a Notre Dame backpass was intercepted, Turnbull made a diving save, pushing the IU shot off the post in the 50th minute.

 In the 66th minute the Hoosiers managed to level the match at 1-1. An Indiana player sent a cross in from the right flank and connected with Herbert Endeley who headed in the host’s first goal of the evening. 

Turnbull produced another big save in the 89th minute to keep the match tied at 1-1 and send it to overtime. 

Notre Dame had the best chance in the first overtime session, as Spencer Farina played Aschieris into space down the right but the forward’s show was wide of the near post, sending the match into a second overtime session. 

The Irish nearly pulled out the victory in the final 10 minutes. Notre Dame earned a corner and Senan Farrelly won the aerial battle but his header sailed just wide of the far post as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. 

NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE MATCH

Giacobello’s goal was the first of his career and the sixth by an Irish player this season. 

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the team’s performance…
“Overall I’m proud of the effort and the competitiveness of the group. We are disappointed to not win the game but at the end of the day it was a step forward in a lot of ways. In other areas we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be but overall I believe it was a step forward.” 

On Duncan Turnbull…
“He did a great job. He played to his potential, and we know he has a high potential. When you are playing good teams away from home your keeper is going to have to be part of your defense that stops their chances and I was proud of his performance for sure.” 

NOTES OF THE MATCH

  • Notre Dame moves to 5-5-2 in its last 12 matches against the Hoosiers.
  • Omar’s assist is his first of the season and second of his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue its three-match road swing with a trip to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels in an ACC affair at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20. The match will be broadcast on ACCN.

 

OHIO STATE MEN’S SOCCER

MSOC: Buckeyes Beat USF, 2-0, to Win Fifth-Consecutive Match

Ohio State moves to 5-1 on the year behind Devyn Etling’s two-goal performance versus USF 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1) took down South Florida (3-2) Tuesday, 2-0, with two goals in the second half from redshirt sophomore Devyn Etling. The Buckeyes have played four consecutive games away from home and have won them all to secure five consecutive wins including a win over UIC at home. 

Etling was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the day after a goal and an assist in Ohio State’s 2-1 win at No. 25 Bowling Green last Friday. 

MATCH SUMMARY

–           The match featured two great defending teams and it showed in the early going as both teams combined surrendered only two shots in the first 18 minutes of play.

–           In the 21st minute, Samuel Buzzas put a header to the low left corner but the USF keeper just barely got his hands on it to deny the shot.

–           Parker Siegfried picked up two good saves in the first 45 to keep the Bulls off the board.

–           After half, both teams created good tries but each defense stepped up to keep the match scoreless.

–           That all changed in the 85th minute when Osman Fofanah dribbled down the left side and put a cross in to Devyn Etling, who headed it home over top of a defender to break the tie.

–           In the 89th minute, the Buckeyes sealed the match as Xavier Green moved the ball across midfield, dished the ball to Etling who faked once and fired a strike from the right side to net his second of the match. 

MATCH NOTES

–           Devyn Etling scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, bringing his career tally to eight.

–           Etling is the second Buckeye to score multiple goals in a match this year, the first was Jack Holland (2) versus CSUN.

–           Xavier Green picked up his first assist of his career. Ohio State now has 11 assists from eight players on the season.

–           The Buckeyes have now won five consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 1 vs. UIC.

–           The last time Ohio State won four consecutive road matches was at the end of the 2009 season against Indiana (4-2) and Penn State (1-0), and beginning of 2010 versus Binghamton (1-0) and Bucknell (2-1)

–           Siegfriend has 15 career shutouts and three this season. He has not surrendered a goal in the last 177 minutes of game action. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Shots: USF 14, Ohio State 6

Saves: Ohio State 5, USF 2

Shots on Goal: USF 5, Ohio State 4

Corner Kicks: Ohio State 7, USF 2 

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to open Big Ten play versus Penn State (3-1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

Hoosiers Finish Top-10 at the Windon Memorial

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Indiana men’s golf turned in a ninth-place finish at the Windon Memorial, highlighted by a top-20 outing from sophomore Mitch Davis, who tied for 16th. 

Tournament: Windon Memorial

Location: Lake Forest, Ill.

Course: Conway Farms Golf Club

Indiana team standing: 9th/14 teams – 875 (292-292-291; +23)

Top Indiana individual: Mitch Davis T16th – 214 (73-70-71; +1) 

CHIP-INS

  • The Hoosiers started play on the No. 10 tee on Tuesday. 
  • Harry Reynolds shot a 69 on Thursday, a career-best for the sophomore. He carded seven birdies in the round, including five in his first nine holes. Reynolds finished the event tied for 30th after shoot a 75, 73 and 69 to end up 4-over-par. 
  • Sophomore Mitch Davis tied for 16th after finishing the event 1-over-par. Davis shot a 71 in the final round, collecting a birdie on hole No. 17 and carding just one bogey in the round. 
  • Davis led the field in Par-3 scoring (-5), averaging a 2.58. 
  • Jack Sparrow rebounded from a tough second round to card a 74 in the final 18. Sparrow birdied on holes No. 6 and 8. 
  • Junior Ethan Shepherd tied for 59th after shooting a 78 to end the event 13-over-par. 
  • Senior Brock Ochsenreiter finished tied for 72nd and improved on his round two score by carding a 77 on Tuesday. 
  • Competing as an individual in his college debut, freshman Eric Berggren tied for 63rd place after shooting a combined 228. Berggren turned in a 76 on in the final round. 
  • Among the teams Indiana finished ahead of include Iowa State, UC Davis, Purdue, Michigan and Northern Illinois. 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

Pos.       Name                                    R1          R2           R3           Total (to par)

T16         Mitch Davis                         73           70           71           214 (+1)

T30         Harry Reynolds                   75           73           69           217 (+4)

T35         Jack Sparrow                      69           76           74           219 (+6)

T59         Ethan Shepherd                  75           73           78           226 (+13)

T72        Brock Ochsenreiter              75           81           77           233 (+20)

T63         Eric Berggren **                 79           73           76           228 (+15)

** Individual 

UP NEXT

  • Indiana returns to action later this week in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. The three-day event tees off Friday morning at the Olympia Field Country Club.

 

HCAC Men’s Golf Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:

Gage Smith (Austin, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Freshman – Smith recorded the third best score relative to par in Rose-Hulman history – a two-under par round of 70 – to finish third individually in a massive field of 194 golfers at the Benedictine Invitational. Smith’s score of 70 ranks in the top 10 in single-stroke scoring in a round in Rose-Hulman history. The Fightin’ Engineers competed in a tournament with 36 teams that required dual shotgun starts both days to get the event completed – and Smith finished third overall (including tying or beating every player from the event champion Aurora). 

Notable Performances:

  • Jeb Brumley (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – Brumley shot a team-best three-round score of 238 at the D-III Fall Preview event at PGA National in West Palm Beach, Florida. Taking on a field of competitors representing a slew of top 25 teams and perennial powers, Brumley carded a weekend-best three-over-par 75 in the opening round at PGA National on the way to finishing in a tie for 61st place on the 90-player leaderboard. Brumley’s first-round 75 was a team-low for any round over the weekend and the senior also recorded the lowest score of any of his teammates in two of three rounds. Brumley sank four birdies on the weekend at the course which will serve as the site of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships.

 

HCAC Women’s Golf Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:

Namuunaa Nadmid (Louisville, Ky.) Rose Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Nadmid finished seventh overall with scores of 76 and 78, behind only the top two players from event champion UW-Whitewater and the top player from Illinois Wesleyan, DePauw, Carthage and Grinnell.

Notable Performances:

  • Haley Gill (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bluffton University | Freshman – Gill equaled the school record with an 89 on Sunday, giving her a 183 for the weekend, just one stroke off the Bluffton women’s record for 36 holes.
  • Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Dale led the Panthers this past weekend in a very competitive field at Illinois Wesleyan. The junior finished 17th overall with a two-day total of 159 strokes.
  • Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Cook had another strong weekend, leading Manchester University to a fifth-place finish at the Heidelberg Fall Invitational. Cook shot an 85 on Saturday. She improved by four strokes in Round Two, shooting an 81 on Sunday. Cook finished tied-for-second in a field of 80 golfers this past weekend.
  • Lexie Lamar (Lewisport, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – Lamar finished in a tie for 27th place at the D-III Women’s Fall Preview at the PGA National Palmer Course, site of next spring’s D-III women’s golf national championships. Lamar sank four birdies over the three round affair and turned in a weekend-best round three score of eight-over-par 80 in Sunday’s final round. The D-III Women’s Fall Preview event featured players representing nine different top 25 teams in the country. Lamar finished just 11 strokes off the top 10 on the individual leaderboard.

 

HCAC Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Travis Bednarek (Muskego, Wis.) Rose-Human Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Bednarek scored in both Rose-Hulman victories last week – a 2-0 win over Wabash and a 2-1 win over Millikin – that helped the Fightin’ Engineers secure their first 5-0 start to a season in program history. Bednarek scored Rose-Hulman’s first goal in each game, providing the game winner against Wabash (11th minute) and tying the Millikin game in the second half (79th minute). 

Defensive:

Elliott Clark (Brownstown, Ind.) Franklin College | Goal Keeper | Sophomore – Clark earned his first career win against Illinois Tech on Sunday, stopping a career-high 10 shots in a 2-1 Franklin win.

Notable Performances:

  • Drew Sonnefeldt (Lisle, Ill.) Anderson University | Defense | Junior – The Ravens (3-3) fought off Marietta (2-3) with a 3-2 victory on Saturday in their only match this week. Sonnefeldt provided a goal and an assist.
  • Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind.) Anderson University | Goal Keeper | Sophomore – The Ravens (3-3) fought off Marietta (2-3) with a 3-2 victory in their only contest this week. Caleb Oliver saved 12 of the 14 shots he faced. Oliver also led the team with six interceptions.
  • Jordan Thomas (Whiteland, Ind.) Franklin College | Midfield | Senior – Thomas scored a goal in both appearances for the Grizzlies last week, as he potted the game-winning goal in Franklin’s win over Illinois Tech on Sunday. He fired five shot attempts with four shots on goal.
  • Ryan Tarr (Louisville, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Junior  – Tarr was cited by the Rose-Hulman coaching staff as the top defensive player in a week that resulted in the first 5-0 start in program history. Rose-Hulman defeated Wabash 2-0 and Millikin 2-1, holding Wabash to just eight shots and Millikin to 11. Tarr was cited for shot blocks and clearances defensively and scored the game winning goal rushing to the front in the 81st minute of the 2-1 win over Millikin. 

 

HCAC Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:

Offensive:

Hannah Wallhausser (Berea, Ky.) Earlham College | Forward | Sophomore – Wallhausser led Earlham to a 2-0 week with wins over Marietta College (2-1) and Principia College (3-2), extending Earlham’s winning streak to four games, and improving the Quakers’ record to 5-1-0 for the program’s best start since 2009. Hannah’s assist came on Earlham’s first goal of the game in the win over the Pioneers, and her lone goal was in the 19th minute of the Quakers’ win over Principia and knotted the game at 1-1.

Defensive:

Sienna Sullivan (Columbus, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goal Keeper | Junior – Sullivan allowed just one goal in over 190 minutes as IU-Kokomo scored late in double overtime to break a scoreless tie on Thursday night before Sullivan pitched a shutout on Sunday in Bluffton’s 1-0 victory.

Notable Performances:

  • Emily Buchman (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Buchman finished with a goal and an assist in two matches for the Ravens. Buchman converted a game-winning penalty kick 49 minutes into the match during Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Trine (2-2-1). She also assisted on Anderson’s goal during Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Alma (3-2-1).
  • D’Anjrea Allen (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Goal Keeper | Senior – Allen recorded six saves on eight shots last week. She came up with a save during Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Trine (2-2-1). Allen also saved five of the six shots she faced during Saturday’s 1-1 tie against Alma (3-2-1).
  • Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Hughes netted the games first goal on Saturday afternoon as she played a cross the volleyed in form six yards out. The goal was key in the teams tie with Wittenberg.
  • Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Sophomore – Carmosino helped guide the Panthers to a tie with tough non-conference opponent Wittenberg. The keeper made a game-high 11 saves with 13 shots faced.
  • Jessica Wells (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Wells had a hand in both goals – as the Fightin’ Engineers defeated Millikin 2-0 on Saturday. Wells assisted on both goals, helping the Engineers bounce back from a narrow 1-0 loss on Wednesday with her 18th and 19th assists. She leads the HCAC in assists with five so far this season.
  • Veronica Gawarecki (Okemos, Mich.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Midfield | Sophomore – Gawarecki led a Rose-Hulman defense that allowed just seven shots in a 2-0 win over Millikin and allowed just five shots in a narrow 1-0 loss to Greenville last week. Gawarecki played 172 of a possible 180 minutes against the opposition’s top player – helping the Fightin’ Engineers allow just 0.50 goals per game and six shots per game in two strong defensive performances.

 

HCAC Women’s Tennis Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:

Jessica Burton (Catlettsburg, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Burton turned in a spectacular weekend as she helped lead the Pioneers to a 2-0 start in HCAC play. The sophomore dropped just one game while teaming with Porsche Robinson for a pair of No. 1 doubles victories. Burton was equally efficient in singles action, where she cruised to a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at the No. 3 spot.

Notable Performances:

  • Katrina Berban (Sequin, Texas) Anderson University | Freshman – Berban scored a 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 victory at No. 1 singles against two-time reigning HCAC MVP Cami Jones. Berban also picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles against Ashley Spirrison, the defending MIAA Player of the Week. Berban’s only loss came at No. 1 doubles against the undefeated pair of Spirrison/Ellie Cole.
  • Naomi Bhagat (Waukesha, Wis.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Bhagat led Rose-Hulman’s 9-0 sweep victories over Millikin and Defiance with perfect 2-0 records at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She won in straight sets over both Millikin and Defiance in singles play and teamed with Breanna Rogers for 8-4 victories at the No. 1 doubles slot in each match. Rose-Hulman stands 3-1 on the season and has a 3-match winning streak with victories over Greenville, Millikin and Defiance.

 

Maryland and Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Soccer Honors

Terps’ Di Rosa and Buckeyes’ Etling named Players of the Week 

Offensive Player of the Week

Devyn Etling, Ohio State

F – So. – Ashland, Ohio – Ashland – Business

  • Recorded a goal and an assist against No. 25 Bowling Green on Friday
  • Scored the equalizer in the first half for the Buckeyes
  • Assisted the game-winning goal to upset the Falcons
  • Earns his first Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Ortiz (Sept. 10, 2019) 

Defensive Player of the Week

Ben Di Rosa, Maryland

D – Jr. – Washington, D.C. – Bethesda Academy – Government and Politics

  • Anchored the backline to a pair of clean sheets against No. RV/18 Akron and No. RV Villanova this weekend
  • Scored the game’s lone goal against Villanova
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Johannes Bergmann (Sept. 19, 2017)

 

MTEN: Five Buckeyes Ranked in Preseason ITA Rankings

Ohio State has had someone ranked in the top-20 since the beginning of 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior John McNally leads a group of five Buckeyes ranked in the ITA Preseason Rankings which were released on Tuesday.

McNally is ranked No. 11 in the singles rankings, which is the highest ranking of his career. The Cincinnati native is coming off a season in which he went 26-8 in singles and a remarkable 24-3 in doubles. His ranking of No. 11 continues the Buckeyes’ run of having at least one player ranked in the top-20 of the singles rankings since the start of 2016.

Senior Kyle Seelig will open the season ranked No. 27 in the singles rankings. He climbed to as high as No. 12 last season, which marked his career-high, and finished the year ranked No. 51. Seelig made his first NCAA singles appearance last season and came up one win shy of earning All-America honors. The Hatfield, Pa., native was 27-8 last year including 10-0 at the No. 4 spot.

Seelig also spent all of last season ranked in doubles rankings and he’ll start this year ranked No. 53 with partner Cannon Kingsley. The duo of James Trotter and Justin Boulais is also ranked No. 53 in the preseason doubles rankings.

Coming off a good run at the US Open Junior Championships, Kingsley is ranked No. 4 in the Preseason Top Freshmen/Newcomers rankings. Kingsley was ranked No. 1 in the 2019 class according to Tennis Recruiting Network and topped out this summer at No. 10 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.

The Buckeyes will open the collegiate season later this month at the ITA All-American Championship in Tulsa. Okla. McNally, Seelig and Kingsley have all earned a spot in the main singles draw.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Seattle 6 Pittsburgh 0

San Francisco 7 Boston 6 (15)

NY Yankees 8 LA Angels 0

Toronto 8 Baltimore 5

Cleveland 7 Detroit 2

Minnesota 9 Chicago White Sox 8 (12)

Houston 4 Texas 1

Oakland 2 Kansas City 1

Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 4

Milwaukee 3 San Diego 1

Washington 6 St. Louis 2

Cincinnati 4 Chicago Cubs 2

NY Mets 6 Colorado 1

Miami 12 Arizona 6

LA Dodgers 7 Tampa Bay 5

 

MLB Wednesday, September 18

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals1:15 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies3:10 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics3:37 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs3:40 pm

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees6:35 pm

Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles7:05 pm

Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates7:05 pm

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians7:10 pm

San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox7:10 pm

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves7:20 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers7:40 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins7:40 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs8:05 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers8:10 pm

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros8:10 pm

 

TUESDAY’S TOP PERFORMERS

Batters:

Cavan Biggio* (TOR): 4-5 (cycle), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Howie Kendrick* (WSN): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Miguel Rojas* (MIA): 4-6, 6 RBI

Bryan Holaday (MIA): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Tim Anderson (CHW): 4-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Omar Narvaez (SEA): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Austin Nola (SEA): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Austin Dean (MIA): 3-5, 2 RBI, 3 R

Trey Mancini (BAL): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Gleyber Torres (NYY): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Pitchers:

Marcus Stroman* (NYM): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 75 GmSc

Justin Verlander* (HOU): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 70 GmSc

Marco Gonzales (SEA): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 69 GmSc

Chris Paddack (SDP): 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 69 GmSc

Patrick Corbin (WSN): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 11 K, 4 BB, 65 GmSc

 

Cubs lose 4-2 to Gray, Reds

The Chicago Cubs had been scoring in bunches lately.

Then Sonny Gray took the mound for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs were shut down by Gray and two relievers Tuesday night, falling 4-2 to the Reds in a loss that hurt their playoff positioning.

Chicago had won five in a row, outscoring its opponents 59-18 during the stretch. But it managed just two runs against Gray (11-7) before Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias closed out the five-hitter for Cincinnati.

“Sonny just keeps pitching great,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He went deep into the game against a great lineup. It doesn’t really matter who he’s facing right now, the best teams, the best lineups. He’s pitching with that much confidence.”

The Cubs (82-69) dropped into a tie for the second NL wild card with Milwaukee, which held off San Diego for a 3-1 victory. They also missed out on an opportunity to gain ground on NL Central-leading St. Louis, which lost 6-2 to Washington.

Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 16th homer for Cincinnati (71-81), and Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each drove in a run.

Gray struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. The All-Star right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in his last nine outings

“I felt pretty good out there today after I kind of got going,” Gray said.

Yu Darvish (6-7) struck out 13 in seven innings for Chicago, but was hurt by a slow start. Kyle Schwarber had three hits and two RBIs.

Darvish fanned 14 in his previous start, a 4-1 win at San Diego on Thursday. He has 217 Ks in 170 1/3 innings on the year.

“Yu is on quite a run right now, but unfortunately their guy is really good, too,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “In spite of us swinging the bats well lately, Sonny did a nice job also.”

 

Severino sharp in season debut, Yanks top Angels 8-0

Luis Severino got Albert Pujols to reach for a slider with runners at the corners and ground into a double play that ended the first inning of his season debut, then punched the pocket of his glove to celebrate.

New York’s ace was back on the mound, in time to make an impact in the postseason.

Severino pitched four dominant innings and reached 98.8 mph in an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night that moved New York to the brink of clinching its 21st postseason appearance in 25 years.

“It was exciting. It was fun going out there and hearing the fans,” Severino said.

But another bizarre injury struck the Yankees. After the game New York announced reliever Dellin Betances partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot when he hopped on the mound after striking out Brandon Drury, the second and final batter he faced in his season debut Sunday at Toronto.

“It’s about as freak as it can be,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Betances’ season appears over after eight pitches. He and Severino spent much of the summer rehabbing together. A two-time All-Star, Severino got hurt while warming up before his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5.

He began tentatively in game 152, opening with a 12-pitch walk to Brian Goodwin, but got sharper and allowed just a pair of singles.

“All his pitches were nice and crisp,” the Angels’ Luis Rengifo said.

Severino walked two and struck out four, throwing 47 of 67 pitches for strikes and leaving to an ovation from fans tracking his pitch count.

 

Cavan Biggio hit for cycle, just like dad Craig

 Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, just like his dad.

Biggio homered in the third inning, singled in the sixth, doubled in the eighth and tripled in the ninth to boost the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Tuesday night. The rookie drove in four runs and scored three times.

“I did know my dad had one,” Cavan Biggio said. “I have a ticket to the game he got it in in my room my whole life. I didn’t think I was going to get up there for the opportunity.”

He got his first hit off Chandler Shepherd, the second against Shawn Armstrong, the third versus Richard Bleier and the last off Mychal Givens.

Craig Biggio hit for the cycle at Colorado’s Coors Field on April 8, 2002, as part of a career that earned him induction into the Hall of Fame. He led off with a single against Denny Neagle, then tripled and homered off Neagle before doubling versus. Mike James in the eighth.

The only other father-son duo in major league history to hit for the cycle was Gary Ward for Minnesota at Milwaukee on Sept. 19, 1980, and Daryle Ward for Pittsburgh at St. Louis on May 26, 2004.

Cavan Biggio became the first player to hit for the cycle for Toronto since Jeff Fry against Texas on Aug. 17, 2001, and the first opponent to accomplish the feat in the 27-year history of Camden Yards.

“That was a crazy scene,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The whole dugout was cheering for him. A triple is hard to get in this ballpark. He was really going all out rounding second. He’s aggressive at the plate and he’s really doing better.”

Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar homered for last-place Baltimore, which lost for the third time in four games and dropped to 49-102.

 

Verlander wins 19th as Astros beat Rangers 4-1

Justin Verlander is approaching some important personal milestones.

Houston’s ace is far more concerned with the goals his team is on the cusp of achieving.

Verlander picked up his major league-leading 19th win and Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez all homered to help the Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Astros are a win away from their third straight 100-win season and have a magic number of one to clinch a playoff berth and three to capture their third straight American League West title.

“I think there’s two ways to think about it: Either we came in and expected to win it or you appreciate the moment,” Verlander said. “I think this team, I think we appreciate the moment … obviously nothing is done yet but I think we’ve done an incredible job of just going out and continuing to play Astros baseball and win and not look in the rearview mirror, stay on the gas.”

Verlander (19-6) added to his case for the AL Cy Young Award by striking out eight and scattering four singles over six scoreless innings. He lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.50 and his 283 strikeouts this season leave him 11 shy of becoming the 18th player in MLB history to reach 3,000.

He’s one win away from reaching 20 for the second time in his career and the first time since winning a career-high 24 games in 2011 when he was voted AL MVP and Cy Young winner.

Manager AJ Hinch was asked to describe Verlander’s season.

“We need an hour of conversation to talk about his season,” Hinch said. “He’s so super focused on the days that he pitches. He executes his game plan and it’s a sight to see.”

Roberto Osuna struck out two in the ninth for his 34th save.

 

Moustakas, Cain lift Brewers past Padres 3-1

Mike Moustakas used one swing of the bat to give the Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff push a big boost.

Moustakas hit his 35th home run of the season, Lorenzo Cain also went deep and the Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night with their 11th win in 12 games.

“Moustakas, he’s always coming up with big homers,” Cain said. “I’ve been seeing it for a long time now, especially back in our KC days. He has the power. He always hits 20, 30 homers every single year. So, I don’t expect anything less. He’s definitely been huge for us all year long.”

The Brewers pulled even with the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s second wild card and both trailed first-place St. Louis by two games in the NL Central.

Manager Craig Counsell likes how everybody is contributing during this late-season charge.

“We’re doing our jobs,” he said. “You feel like if we post a good record, a good game every day for these last 11-12, we’ll find ourselves in a pretty good spot.”

Moustakas teed off on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Matt Strahm (5-9) in the bottom of the seventh after Hunter Renfroe’s 32nd home run in the top of the inning tied the score at 1-1.

“It’s a big moment because we kind of lose the momentum a little bit with the game tied and everybody pitching so well,” Counsell said. “But, he took it right back, I thought, and it’s a huge spot.”

Renfroe, who had missed nine games with a sprained left ankle, connected off Matt Albers (8-5) and spoiled the six scoreless innings crafted by three Milwaukee pitchers.

Brandon Woodruff started, struck out four and walked one in the first two innings. Gio Gonzalez allowed two hits and struck out four over the third, fourth and fifth. Brent Suter retired the side in order in the sixth, striking out two.

 

Pirates’ Vázquez arrested on porn, solicitation charges

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child.

Vazquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Both charges are felonies. His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it began investigating the 28-year-old Vazquez in August after learning of an alleged sexual relationship between Vazquez and a teenage girl living in Lee County, Florida. Authorities say Vazquez, who lives in Saint Cloud, Florida, and the victim began the relationship when the girl was 13.

The girl, now 15, allegedly received a text message from Vazquez in July in which he was performing a sex act. Vazquez also allegedly texted the girl to ask if she wanted to meet for a sexual encounter following the end of the baseball season, according to police.

Authorities arrested Vazquez and took him to Allegheny County Jail after executing a search warrant at his Pittsburgh apartment. Police said they seized electronic devices that will be used in the investigation. Vazquez will be extradited to Florida.

Vazquez, a two-time All-Star pitcher from Venezuela, is 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA for the Pirates this season. Pittsburgh is scheduled to play at home against Seattle on Tuesday night. The Pirates said they have informed the MLB commissioner’s office and expect Vazquez to be placed on administrative leave.

“We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement.

 

Phillies lose Dickerson for season with broken left foot

Philadelphia outfielder Corey Dickerson will not return this season after an injury to his left foot was determined to be a fracture.

The Phillies placed Dickerson on the 60-day injured list before Tuesday night’s game at Atlanta. He fouled a ball off the foot on Sept. 4 and had not played since Sept. 11. Initial X-rays were negative, so Tuesday’s announcement was a surprise.

Philadelphia acquired Dickerson from Pittsburgh on July 31. He hit .304 overall with 12 homers and 59 RBIs, including .293 with eight homers with the Phillies.

Right-hander Edubray Ramos was reinstated from the 60-day IL. He had been out since July 15 with right shoulder impingement.

 

2B Kipnis breaks hand, a blow to Indians’ playoff chances

The Indians’ postseason chances have been dealt another blow – second baseman Jason Kipnis has a broken right hand.

Kipnis will need surgery on the fractured hamate bone, the same injury that has kept third baseman Jose Ramirez out of Cleveland’s lineup for weeks. The team said Kipnis will need four to six weeks to recover, which means the earliest he could be back is mid-October. By then, the Indians could be deep into their offseason.

They are still chasing first-place Minnesota in the AL Central and trailing Tampa Bay and Oakland for a wild card. The loss of Kipnis will make it even harder to make up any ground in the standings.

“I always feel like we’ll figure it out,” manager Terry Francona said. “Sometimes you lose a little margin for error. Sometimes it becomes more challenging. That’s part of it. You deal with it.”

The Indians has been ravaged all season by injuries, the most impactful ones to Ramirez, outfielder Tyler Naquin and two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since breaking his arm on May 1.

Naquin recently underwent season-ending knee surgery after crashing into the left-field wall while making a catch in Tampa.

The 32-year-old Kipnis, who was having a solid season, has been bothered by soreness in his wrist for several weeks. The two-time All-Star felt discomfort after taking a swing on Sunday against Minnesota and left the game after hitting a double.

An MRI taken Monday showed the fracture, and the team is coordinating with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham, who performed the same operation last month on Ramirez.

 

Yanks’ Stanton to be activated Wednesday or Thursday

Giancarlo Stanton will be back with the New York Yankees on Wednesday or Thursday, hoping to salvage an injury-decimated season.

Stanton has been limited to nine games this year and will see time at designated hitter and left field, an unsettled position for much of the season. The four-time All-Star strained his left biceps on March 31 in his third game, strained a shoulder and calf during his rehabilitation and returned June 18. Then in his sixth game back on, Stanton strained the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an awkward headfirst slide into third base on June 25.

Stanton is hitting .290 with one home run and seven RBIs. The 29-year-old, in his second season with the Yankees, had been working out at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Florida.

“I may build him up a little bit, so he could play a handful of innings and I might pull him,” manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday before the AL East-leading Yankees opener their final homestand of the regular season. “He’s racked up a lot of at-bats. He’s done all his defensive work. He’s really been bouncing back well the next day, feeling like his knee is where it needs to be. He’s been doing his baserunning and all his agility and conditioning. And the amount of at-bats that he’s been able to rack up I think has him feeling good.”

Brett Gardner made his 85th start in center field, shifted from left because of injuries to Aaron Hicks. After hurting his back during spring training batting practice on May 1, Hicks didn’t play his first game until May 18. Then he strained the flexor near his right elbow while making a throw on Aug. 3 and does not know whether he will need Tommy John surgery. Hicks is in Tampa.

“He is in the early stages of a throwing program,” Boone said. “Where that takes him and us we’ll just have to see.”

Mike Tauchman made 55 starts, but sustained a season-ending left calf strain on Sept. 8, the Yankees’ 30th player on the injured list. Cameron Maybin made his 35th start in left on Tuesday. Clint Frazier would leave the Yankees defensively vulnerable in tight postseason games, making Stanton and Maybin the best options.

 

NFL

NFL: Week 3 Games

Thursday September 19, 2019

Tennessee @ Jacksonville 8:20pm

Sunday September 22, 2019 

Cincinnati @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Indianapolis 1:00pm

Miami @ Dallas 1:00pm

Oakland @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Detroit @ Philadelphia 1:00pm

Denver @ Green Bay 1:00pm

Baltimore @ Kansas City 1:00pm

Jets @ New England 1:00pm

Giants @ Tampa Bay 4:05pm

Carolina @ Arizona 4:05pm

Pittsburgh @ San Francisco 4:25pm

New Orleans @ Seattle 4:25pm

Houston @ Chargers 4:25pm

Rams @ Cleveland 8:20pm

Monday September 23, 2019

Chicago @ Washington 8:15pm

 

NFL WEEK 4 GAMES

Thursday September 26, 2019

Philadelphia @ Green Bay8:20pm

Sunday September 29, 2019

Kansas City @ Detroit1:00pm

Carolina @ Houston1:00pm

Cleveland @ Baltimore1:00pm

New England @ Buffalo1:00pm

Oakland @ Indianapolis1:00pm

Chargers @ Miami1:00pm

Washington @ Giants1:00pm

Tennessee @ Atlanta1:00pm

Seattle @ Arizona4:05pm

Tampa Bay @ Rams4:05pm

Minnesota @ Chicago4:25pm

Jacksonville @ Denver4:25pm

Dallas @ New Orleans8:20pm

Monday September 30, 2019

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

Giants bench Eli Manning, name Daniel Jones starting QB

 Eli Manning’s long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.

Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the Giants’ quarterback, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The move comes less than 24 hours after Shurmur refused to say Manning would remain the starter following two straight losses, the sixth time in seven years New York has gotten off to a 0-2 start.

The 38-year-old Manning has been the Giants’ starter since replacing Kurt Warner after nine games in the 2004 season, the year Manning was traded to New York by San Diego after it took him with the No. 1 overall pick.

Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and ’11 seasons, beating Tom Brady and the Patriots both times.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

The Giants players had Tuesday off and Manning was not available for comment.

Manning is in the final year of a four-year, $84 million contract that includes a no-trade clause. His salary cap hit this season is $23.2 million.

In two games, Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 78.7. But the Giants have scored only four touchdowns, despite averaging 420 yards.

 

Newton sits out practice after re-aggravating foot injury

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has re-aggravated a mid-foot sprain injury and did not attend practice making his status unclear for this week’s game at Arizona.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expected to address Newton’s injury situation after Tuesday’s practice.

The Panthers hadn’t practiced since their 20-14 loss to the Buccaneers Thursday night, so Newton is coming off four days of rest. Rivera said after the loss to the Buccaneers “don’t worry about (Newton’s) foot.”

The 30-year-old Newton suffered a mid-foot sprain in the team’s third preseason game against the Patriots but returned to practice in time for the regular season opener.

If Newton can’t play, Kyle Allen would get his second career NFL start with rookie Will Grier moving into the backup role.

 

Jets’ Siemian out for year with ankle injury, Falk to start

Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and Luke Falk will be New York’s starter until Sam Darnold returns from illness.

Coach Adam Gase says Tuesday an MRI on Siemian’s left ankle revealed ligament damage that will require surgery.

Siemian was injured in the second quarter of the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night when he threw a long incomplete pass to Ryan Griffin and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett slammed into him and fell on top of him – and the Browns defensive end was penalized for roughing the passer. Siemian was on crutches and in a walking boot after the game.

Falk replaced him and was 20 of 25 for 198 yards in his NFL debut. He will make his first start Sunday at New England.

 

Jets’ Darnold hopes to return to field in Week 5 vs. Eagles

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold says he’s feeling much better while recovering from mononucleosis and hopes to return to the field in Week 5 of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Darnold says Tuesday during his weekly spot on “The Michael Kay Show” on 98.7 ESPN New York that he has lost only about 2 pounds while recuperating.

It was Darnold’s first public comments since becoming ill.

The 22-year-old quarterback says he’s unsure how he contracted the illness, but adds that he began feeling some effects from it the night before the Jets’ season-opening loss to Buffalo. He was 28 of 41 for 175 yards and a TD in that game.

Darnold watched New York’s 23-3 loss to Cleveland on Monday night at his home and says he screamed and punched his pillow when quarterback Trevor Siemian went down with an ankle injury.

 

Ben Roethlisberger shoots down retirement talk in wake of elbow injury

Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder of the 2019 season because of an elbow injury that will require surgery, and there has been a lot of speculation that the 37-year-old could retire. Roethlisberger has put that talk to rest.

In a statement he released on Monday afternoon, Roethlisberger called his season-ending surgery “shocking and heartbreaking” but said it will not spell the end of his career.

“I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season,” Roethlisberger said. “The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship-level play. I will do all I can to support Mason (Rudolph) and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give.”

Roethlisberger is facing a difficult rehab and will be 38 by the time he is cleared to play again. He has openly contemplated retirement in the past, so it would not have been a surprise if he called it a career after suffering such a significant injury.

With Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell having left Pittsburgh this offseason, the Steelers were trying to find a new identity on offense. They may have to wait another year to do that, especially if Roethlisberger plans to keep playing.

Deion Sanders recently made some predictions about Roethlisberger’s 2019 season, and one of them unfortunately came true. However, Steelers fans will be happy to know Big Ben is not planning to call it quits.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       The Pirates, with their doubleheader sweep from the Beaneaters at Exposition Park, go nine games ahead of New York with eight games to play to clinch the National League pennant. In a decision made today, Pittsburgh will represent the National League in the first World Series against the upstart American League, playing Boston, who captured their circuit’s flag yesterday.

1908       Bob Rhoads, outdueling Frank Arellanes, the only Mexican-American playing in the majors, tosses a no-hitter, beating the Red Sox at Cleveland’s League Park, 2-1. Four years ago, the Indians right-hander held Boston hitless until Chick Stahl singled with two outs in the ninth inning.

1930       The Yankees edge the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in ten innings, 7-6. New York starter Red Ruffing helps the cause by hitting two home runs in his seven innings of work.

1954       The Indians, with a 3-2 victory over Detroit, clinch the American League pennant at Detroit’s Brigg Stadium in front of only 6,913 fans. The Tribe, who will set an American League record with 111 victories, will be swept in the World Series by the Giants.

1959       After Tiger manager Joe Gordon says he plans to leave the team at the end of the season, he is fired four days later by general manager Frank Lane. After reported negotiations with Leo Durocher to take over the helm do not pan out, the Detroit GM changes his mind and apologizes to his skipper, who decides to continue in his position.

1963       In the Polo Grounds’ final game, played in front of a paltry 1,752 patrons, Jim Hickman of the Mets hits the last home run in the 52-year history of the Coogan’s Bluff ballpark. The iconic stadium, which served as the home of the Giants (1911-1957), Yankees (1913-1922), and Mets (1962-63), first opened its doors on June 28, 1911.

1967       At Tiger Stadium, the Red Sox rally to move into a first-place tie with Detroit (85-66). The late-inning heroics begin with Carl Yastrzemski’s home run in the ninth frame, which ties the game at 5-to-5, and will be decided with a solo homer in the tenth hit by third baseman Dalton Jones, leading to an eventual 6-5 Boston victory.

1968       After being no-hit yesterday by Giants right-hander Gaylord Perry, the Cardinal hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0, making it the first time in major league history the feat had been accomplished in successive games. The 30 year-old right-hander is the fourth Redbird pitcher to throw a no-no in franchise history, and the first since Lon Warneke’s gem in 1941.

1970       The Mets purchase Dean Chance from the Indians, but the 1964 Cy Young award winner will only compile a 0-1 record along with an ERA of 13.50 in his three games, all in relief, before being sent to Detroit, along with Bill Denehy, in an off-season trade with the Tigers. In exchange, New York obtains right-hander Jerry Robertson, who will never pitch again in a major league game.

1971       Clay Kirby goes the distance, limiting the Giants to one hit in the Padres’ 2-1 victory at Candlestick Park. Willie McCovey spoils the right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter, when he leads off the bottom of the eighth inning with a wind-blown home run.

1975       Mets slugger Dave Kingman, in a 7-5 victory over Chicago at Shea Stadium, hits his 35th homer to set a new franchise record for round-trippers in a season. The previous mark was set by Frank Thomas in 1962, the team’s first year in existence.

1975       Rusty Staub becomes the first Mets player in the 14-year history of the franchise to drive in one hundred runs in a season. A two-run blast accounts for ‘Le Grand Orange’s’ 100th RBI, which comes in a 7-5 victory over Chicago at Shea Stadium.

1976       Indians player-manager Frank Robinson, in his final major league at-bat, strokes a pinch-hit single in a 4-3 loss to Baltimore at Cleveland Stadium. The 41 year-old future Hall of Famer ends his 21-year playing career with a batting average of .294 and 586 home runs, the fourth-best in baseball history at the time of his retirement.

1977       In front of a sell-out crowd of 51,798 at Memorial Stadium on ‘Thanks Brooks (Robinson) Day’, Red Sox designated hitter Ted Cox goes 4-for-4, tying the big league mark shared by Casey Stengel, Willie McCovey, Mack Jones, and Forest Jacobs for the most hits in a major league debut. The performance is also the start of a historic two-game hitting streak by the rookie DH, who will collect two hits in his first two at-bats in tomorrow’s contest to become the only player to begin a big league career with six consecutive hits.

1980       Gary Ward, playing in only his 14th major league game, becomes the sixth Twins player to hit for the cycle in the team’s 9-8 loss against the Brewers at County Stadium. In 2004, the Minnesota left fielder’s son Daryle will also collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in the same game, making the pair the first father-son combination to accomplish the rare feat in major league history.

1984       The Tigers, with a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee, clinch the American League East title to become only the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish of a season. The 1923 Giants, 1927 Yankees, and the 1955 Dodgers also led their circuits from wire to wire.

1987       Darryl Strawberry, in a slugfest which the Mets will lose 10-9 to Pittsburgh, gets the team off to a good start when he slams a three-run home run off Brian Fischer in the top of the first inning at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York right fielder’s round-tripper, his 37th of the season, establishes a new franchise record for homers, previously set by Dave Kingman on this date in 1975.

1992       Barry Bonds connects his 30th home run of the season off Terry Mulholland. The home run gives the Pirates outfielder his second 30/30 season, a feat equaled only by Bobby Bonds (his father), Willie Mays (his godfather), Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.

1993       Mike Stanley, with the Yankees trailing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, hits a pop fly to left field for the apparent third out to end the game, but time had been called just as the pitch was delivered due to a fan running out onto the Yankee Stadium field. Given a second chance, the Bronx Bomber catcher singles, which is followed by a Wade Boggs hit, a walk to Dion James, and a Don Mattingly single that drives in two runs to beat the Red Sox, 4-3.

1996       Roger Clemens, in his final victory wearing a Red Sox uniform, ties his own record for strikeouts in a game when he strikes out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, going the distance in the team’s 4-0 victory in Detroit. The ‘Rocket’ first achieved the feat a decade earlier against the Mariners.

1997       In a game in which the Braves become the first franchise to clinch six consecutive postseason berths, the team establishes a new major league record for grand slams. In the first inning of a 10-2 rout over New York, Ryan Klesko blasts the club’s twelfth four-run homer of the season, surpassing the mark set last year by both the Orioles and Mariners.

1999       Slammin’ Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in major league history to hit 60 homers in a season twice when hits a sixth-inning solo shot off right-hander Jason Bere in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The 30 year-old Dominican outfielder hit 66 home runs in last season’s historic home run race with Mark McGwire.

2000       In between his first and sixth inning home runs, Vladimir Guerrero’s older brother Wilton goes deep in the fourth frame of the Expos’ 11-4 rout of the Marlins at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The three home runs stroked by the siblings, who have now gone deep in the same game a record-setting four times, are all hit off Florida starter Jesus Sanchez.

2000       Indian hurler Bartolo Colon, pitching a one-hitter against the Yankees, nearly ends the longest streak in major league history of a team being held hitless by its opponents. The Bronx Bombers have not been denied a hit in a game since Hoyt Wilhelm accomplish the feat on September 9, 1958, spanning a total of 6,637 contests.

2002       Not too fleet-of-foot Greg Colbrunn hits an improbable triple in his last turn at bat to complete the cycle. The Diamondbacks first baseman has five hits, which includes a pair of two-run homers in the 10-3 victory over San Diego Qualcomm Stadium.

2002       Major League Baseball teams across the nation celebrate the first annual “Roberto Clemente Day”. Each home team’s recipient of the John Hancock’s Roberto Clemente Award will be recognized (the balance will be given when the road team arrives home) and the national recipient of the award, chosen from among the 30 club honorees, will be announced during the World Series.

2004       For the first time in seventy years, Japanese professional baseball players go on strike, protesting the Nippon League’s threat to merge two teams. The work action, which will last for only two days, appears to work when the merger proposal is withdrawn by team owners.

2005       The Rangers establish a new major league record for home runs hit at home when David Dellucci, Alfonso Soriano, and Rod Barajas all go yard as Texas beats the Mariners, 8-6. The power surge gives the team a total of 150 homers at Ameriquest Field, one more than the Rockies’ output at Coors Field in 1996.

2006       White Sox DH Jim Thome, having accomplished the feat with the Indians and Phillies, becomes only the second big leaguer in baseball history to hit 40 home runs with three different teams when he goes deep in an 8-2 loss to Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. Alex Rodriguez also reached the milestone with the Mariners, Rangers, and Yankees.

2006       In front of an enthusiastic Shea Stadium crowd of 46,729, the Mets capture the NL East title for the first time since 1988 by beating the Marlins, 4-0. The contest marks team’s fifth attempt to clinch the division, but a road loss in Florida and being swept in Pittsburgh brought the champagne celebration home to the Big Apple.

2006       The Dodgers, who are last in the National League in homers, hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson all go deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Padres, 9-9. The improbable feat, which had been accomplished only by the 1964 Twins, 1963 Indians, and the 1961 Braves, leads to Nomar Garciaparra’s walk-off two-run homer in the tenth and sole possession of first place when Los Angeles beat the Friars, 11-10.

2007       Mike Mussina becomes the first American League hurler to win 10+ games in 16 consecutive seasons when New York defeats the Orioles at the Yankee Stadium,12-0. ‘Moose’ joins Hall of Famers Steve Carlton (18), Warren Spahn (17), Nolan Ryan (16), Don Sutton (17), Cy Young (19), and future inductee Greg Maddux (20) as one of only seven players in baseball history to have victories in the double-digits over a similar span of time.

2008       Greg Maddux breaks Cy Young’s major league record by getting his 13th win for the 20th consecutive season. The Padres veteran right-hander’s streak of not issuing a base on balls in 59.2 innings, however, ends when ‘Mad Dog’ walks Jason Bay on a full count in the third inning of a 5-3 victory over the Pirates at Petco Park.

2010       At Citi Field, Luis Hernandez falls to the ground in obvious pain when he fouls a ball off his right foot, and after a lengthy discussion, dismisses the team trainer to resume his turn at-bat. The Mets second baseman hits a home run on the next pitch he sees, but severely limps rounding the bases, reminiscent of Kirk Gibson, barely making it home due to the broken foot that will end his season.

2010       Troy Tulowitzki, with two round-trippers in the Rockies’ 12-2 rout of LA, ties a major-league record with 14 homers in a 15-game span. The Colorado shortstop, who has four multi-homer games in the previous ten contests, joins sluggers Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the third player to accomplish the feat.

2010       After finishing a victory short of the milestone twice during his distinguished career, CC Sabathia becomes a 20-game winner for the first time when the Yankees beat the Orioles 11-3. The left-hander, who leads both leagues in victories, is the fourth Bronx Bomber since 2000 to reach the plateau, adding his name to a list that includes Roger Clemens (2001), Andy Pettitte (2003), and Mike Mussina (2008).

2013       In his first start in the majors, Reds’ rookie Billy Hamilton gets on base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI. The Cincinnati speedy center fielder, who stole 155 bases in the minors last season, becomes the first major leaguer since 1920 to steal four bases in his first major league start.

2013       Yadier Molina strokes his 41st double of the season in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over Colorado, breaking the mark for two-baggers by a catcher. The St. Louis backstop, who will finish the year with 44 doubles, surpasses the record established in 1978 by Ted Simmons, who also played for the Redbirds.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1977

NEWPORT, R.I.-“If I only had a little humility,” Ted Turner once confessed in his high-speed Georgia drawl, “I would be perfect.” That appraisal might be disputed by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and others with whom Turner, the suspended owner of the Atlanta Braves baseball club, has feuded. But tonight, as he basked in the glow of a successful America’s Cup defense some of his critics had hoped he would not be chosen to make, the so-called Mouth of the South was probably as close to perfection as he would want to come. Courageous completed a four-race sweep over the yacht Australia this afternoon, good for a 23d successful defense. Courageous’s time margin today was 2 minutes 25 seconds, and her yachtsmen either were pushed or went voluntarily into the waters of Newport Harbor within seconds after she docked.
All summer long, except for an occasional lapse, the 38- year-old skipper of Courageous had behaved with what for him was monklike humility as he fought his way past two newer 12-Meter yachts for the role of cup defender. With a cigar in his mouth, a railroad engineer’s cap on his head and a wise-crack, an insult or a compliment ready for any occasion, the 6-foot- 3-inch, mustachioed Captain Courageous suggests a variety of heroes from Mark Twain and Horatio Alger to Errol Flynn. What adjectives fit? Take your pick. Flamboyant, volatile, charming, witty, handsome, outrageous, disrespectful, uncouth, irreverent, jaunty, courteous, rude. Whatever the choice, depending on which side of the fence the jurors occupied, it did not matter much tonight. The skipper who came here in 1974 with a slow boat named Mariner was the man of the hour in Newport and the rest of the yachting world.
The Ted Turner who emerged in the America’s Cup defense has always tended to be camouflaged by the more highly publicized images: a rebel, a maverick, a gad- fly, a runaround, a tyrant, a flake and so forth. But Turner played it straight this time, in the genteel, blue-blazer world of the New York Yacht Club, and the sacred cup was never more secure. All he had to do was win some boat races, something he has been doing with increasing success since he began at the age of 11, after his family had moved from Cincinnati, his birthplace, to Savannah, Ga.
He was a winning dinghy sailor at Brown University, a winner in one-design classes and an almost monotonous winner in the ocean-racing circuit. And now he has become the biggest winner of all. “Exposure to defeat,” Turner said after the Mariner debacle in the 1974 trials, “is a very important thing.” For the now respectable Mouth of the South, the battle with Bowie Kuhn may not be over. But the America’s Cup war has been won. As Turner himself would say, “Anybody got a cigar?”
Bowie Kuhn issued a one year suspension against Ted Turner in January 1977 for tampering in a successful attempt to sign the San Francisco Giants outfielder Gary Matthews. Besides founding the first television superstation, WTBS, Turner founded CNN, TNT and the quadrennial Olympic-style Goodwill Games, which were held from 1986 through 2000.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 99 53 .651 54 – 22 45 – 31 52 – 19 18 – 15 17 – 11 7 – 3 W 1
Tampa Bay 89 62 .589 9.5 43 – 32 46 – 30 38 – 29 20 – 13 18 – 15 7 – 3 L 1
Boston 79 70 .530 18.5 36 – 39 43 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 W 3
Toronto 60 91 .397 38.5 31 – 44 29 – 47 26 – 39 17 – 18 14 – 17 5 – 5 W 2
Baltimore 49 102 .325 49.5 23 – 53 26 – 49 21 – 47 12 – 20 9 – 22 3 – 7 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 92 58 .613 42 – 33 50 – 25 20 – 12 41 – 23 23 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
Cleveland 88 63 .583 4.5 45 – 31 43 – 32 18 – 16 45 – 26 19 – 13 7 – 3 W 2
Chi White Sox 65 85 .433 27 35 – 39 30 – 46 15 – 18 31 – 33 13 – 20 3 – 7 L 3
Kansas City 56 95 .371 36.5 29 – 47 27 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 9 – 22 5 – 5 W 1
Detroit 45 105 .300 47 21 – 54 24 – 51 14 – 19 20 – 44 6 – 27 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 99 53 .651 57 – 20 42 – 33 19 – 13 21 – 13 48 – 18 7 – 3 W 4
Oakland 90 61 .596 8.5 48 – 28 42 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 8 39 – 28 8 – 2 L 1
Texas 74 78 .487 25 42 – 33 32 – 45 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 40 5 – 5 L 4
LA Angels 68 83 .450 30.5 36 – 39 32 – 44 16 – 17 13 – 18 27 – 40 3 – 7 L 1
Seattle 63 88 .417 35.5 33 – 42 30 – 46 13 – 17 18 – 15 25 – 45 5 – 5 W 3

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Atlanta 93 59 .612 47 – 29 46 – 30 45 – 26 20 – 13 16 – 14 5 – 5 L 2
Washington 82 67 .550 9.5 42 – 31 40 – 36 37 – 31 16 – 14 18 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
Philadelphia 77 72 .517 14.5 43 – 35 34 – 37 33 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 77 73 .513 15 43 – 31 34 – 42 35 – 34 12 – 18 15 – 16 5 – 5 L 2
Miami 52 98 .347 40 29 – 49 23 – 49 20 – 46 10 – 24 13 – 17 2 – 8 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 84 66 .560 48 – 28 36 – 38 17 – 14 41 – 28 17 – 13 5 – 5 W 1
Chi Cubs 82 68 .547 2 51 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 35 – 29 18 – 14 6 – 4 W 5
Milwaukee 82 69 .543 2.5 45 – 31 37 – 38 21 – 11 39 – 31 14 – 15 9 – 1 W 4
Cincinnati 70 81 .464 14.5 40 – 35 30 – 46 16 – 15 29 – 39 16 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
Pittsburgh 65 86 .430 19.5 31 – 42 34 – 44 11 – 21 25 – 42 17 – 17 3 – 7 L 4
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 97 54 .642 56 – 20 41 – 34 23 – 10 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 W 1
Arizona 77 74 .510 20 38 – 35 39 – 39 16 – 16 14 – 15 33 – 37 3 – 7 W 1
San Francisco 72 78 .480 24.5 33 – 42 39 – 36 13 – 17 14 – 19 36 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
San Diego 68 83 .450 29 35 – 40 33 – 43 14 – 18 13 – 19 30 – 37 3 – 7 L 6
Colorado 66 85 .437 31 40 – 36 26 – 49 16 – 15 12 – 18 30 – 40 7 – 3 W 4

 

NFL STANDINGS

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

 

MLS STANDINGS

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

 

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

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

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