NBA PLAYOFFS

Toronto 104 Boston 103

LA Clippers 120 Denver 97

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Philadelphia 5 NY Islanders 2 (2OT)

Vancouver 4 Vegas 0

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ALABAMA Birmingham 45 Central Arkansas 35

South Alabama 32 Southern Miss 21

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – INTERLEAGUE

NY Mets 9 NY Yankees 7 (10)

LA Angels 2 San Diego 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – AMERICAN LEAGUE

Houston 8 Texas 4

Oakland at Seattle postponed

Toronto 6 Boston 2 (10)

Chicago White Sox 11 Kansas City 6

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 2

Philadelphia 6 Washington 5 (10)

LA Dodgers 5 Arizona 1

 

PREP SPORTS

BOYS TENNIS

Richmond 5 Muncie Central 0

Lincoln 5 Tri 0 (Wednesday)

Centerville 5 Eastern Hancock 0

Union City 3 South Adams 2

 

GIRLS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Oldenburg 4 Centerville 0

National Trail 3 Union County 2

Lafayette Jeff 2 Logansport 0

Mt. Vernon 12 New Castle 0

East Central 6 Connersville 0

 

BOYS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Delta 4 Knightstown 1

Connersville 4 Wapahani 0

McCutcheon 4 FW Carroll 2

Pendleton Heights 5 Anderson 0

Rushville 3 Centerville 1

East Central 6 Connersville 0

Hamilton Heights 4 Kokomo 0

Logansport 5 Lafayette Jeff 1

Eastbrook 3 New Castle 2

 

VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

Hagerstown 3 Seton Catholic 0

Blue River 3 Eastern Hancock 1

Waldron 3 Knightstown 0

Union City 3 Tri 0

Cowan 3 Monroe Central 0

Union County 3 Winchester 2

 

GIRLS GOLF-NCC/AREA

Union County 219 Centerville 219 (Patriots win on 5th score tie breaker)

 

BOYS GOLF

Ansonia 185 Franklin Monroe 185 (Ansonia wins on 5th score tie breaker)

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

NCC

Friday, Sep. 4

Anderson at Muncie Central  7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at McCutcheon 7 pm

Logansport at Harrison 7 pm

Marion at Kokomo 7 pm

Richmond at Tech  7 pm

COACHES: Tony Sonsini, 4-7 in 2nd year at Richmond. Craig Chambers, 0-1 in 1st year at Tech, 57-27 in 8th year overall.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Tech, 60.09, 107th overall, 25th in 6A. Richmond, 52.16, 144th overall, 35th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Richmond lost to Mount Vernon (Fortville), 56-13. Tech lost to Terre Haute North, 28-13.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Richmond 2-0. Tech 2-0.

RECENT SERIES: Tied, 3-3

LAST MEETING: Tech, 54-7, Sep. 6, 2019: Tech RB Jayden Elliott had a great night rushing for 146 yards and scored twice. Richmond’s offense was held to just 92 yards on the night. RB Wyatt Byrd had 41 yards rushing in the loss.

LAST WEEK: Richmond lost their season opener to Mt. Vernon 56-13. The Red Devils managed just 22 yards rushing and 106 yards through the air. QB Drew VanVleet went 9-17 in the passing department with two scores late in the game. Tech dropped a non-conference game against Terre Haute North 28-13. The Titans trailed 14-13 at halftime then the Patriots scored 14 third quarter points to seal the win. Richmond hasn’t played well at Tech since the Titans joined the NCC.

 

AREA

Adams Central at Tri 7:30 pm

COACHES: Michael Mosser, 93-43 in 12th year at Adams Central. Andrew Tetheroh, 20-25 in 5th year at Tri.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Adams Central, 57.93, 116th overall, 9th in 1A. Tri, 43.94, 183rd overall, 22nd in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Adams Central lost to Eastside, 28-14. Tri defeated Northeastern, 46-0.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Adams Central 3-1. Tri 0-3.

RECENT SERIES: No meetings.

LAST WEEK: The Titans rolled over Union City 35-12 in the TEC match-up. Tri RB Vade Dishman had a great night rushing for 181 yards on only 15 carries. Union City was unable to stop the Titans running game giving up 268 yards on the night. Tri’s defense held Union City to just 120 yards of total offense. The Titans were scheduled to play Lincoln but that game was cancelled.

The Flying Jets are 1-1 after losing to Eastside on opening night 28-14 and then downing Fremont last week 42-14. Adams Central is coming off a 12-2 season in 2019.

 

Centerville at Shenandoah 7 pm

COACHES: Kyle Padgett, 21-21 in 5th year at Centerville. Jordan McCaslin, 26-11 in 4th year at Shenandoah.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Centerville, 60.25, 105th overall, 13th in 2A. Shenandoah, 49.86, 156th overall, 23rd in 2A.

LAST OUTING: Centerville defeated Hagerstown, 56-0. Shenandoah lost to Heritage Christian, 41-21.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Centerville 0-3. Shenandoah 2-1.

RECENT SERIES:  Shenandoah, 17-9

LAST MEETING: Shenandoah, 20-6, Sep. 6, 2019: In a close non-conference match-up, Shenandoah beat the Bulldogs in Centerville. QB Ryan Dickenson went 10-16 for 124 yards. RB Jamari Pamplin led the Bulldogs on the ground with 64 yards. The Raiders were hard to stop on the ground outrushing the Bulldogs 223-59. Josh Farmer led the Raiders with 104 yards.

LAST WEEK: The Bulldogs are flexing their muscles early in the TEC with dominating wins over Hagerstown and Lincoln in their first two games by a combined score of 104-6. In the win over Lincoln, The Bulldogs dominated the Golden Eagles from the start leading at the half 48-0. QB Ryan Dickenson continues to lead the conference in passing after going 7-11 and 139 yards in the win. Dickenson added three scores. Centerville added 155 rushing yards. WR Keegan Schlotterbeck had a huge night with six catches and 125 yards with all three scores in the air.

The Raiders are 1-1 following an impressive 14-13 win at Scecina in week one. The schedule was tough again in week two, losing to Heritage Christian 41-21. Senior QB Tanner Goff leads the Raiders in total offense with 199 yards in the air and 277 rushing yards.

This is the game of the week in the area and the first big challenge for the Bulldogs.

  

Knightstown at Union County  7 pm

COACHES: Chad Montgomery, 16-6 in 3rd year at Knightstown. Joel Hofmann, 12-19 in 4th year at Union County.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Union County, 38.07, 208th overall, 39th in 2A. Knightstown, 20.68, 272nd overall, 40th in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Knightstown defeated Hagerstown, 21-13. Union County defeated Northeastern, 53-15.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Knightstown 0-2. Union County 0-2.

RECENT SERIES:  Knightstown, 4-1

LAST MEETING: Knightstown, 52-7, Sep. 6, 2019: The Panthers dominated the Patriots by halftime leading 39-0. Union County played without starting QB Zach Hill and went with Mason Wicker under center. The Patriots struggled to do anything on offense with only 169 total yards, Wicker accounting for 122. Knightstown racked up 513 yards of total offense with RB Nick Walsh going for 327 and scoring six touchdowns. QB Chase Richmond went 13-14 for 136 yards and a score.

Union County will have Wicker back at RB and Hill back at QB for this meeting. Wicker rushed for 330 yards in his season debut. Hill threw for three scores on 195 passing yards.

 

Northeastern at Winchester  7 pm

COACHES: Wes Oler, 7-5 in 2nd year at Northeastern. Mike Jones, 51-39 in 9th year at Winchester.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Winchester, 42.15, 188th overall, 31st in 2A. Northeastern, 6.61, 302nd overall, 56th in 2A.

LAST OUTING: Northeastern lost to Tri, 46-0. Winchester lost to Franklin County, 50-7.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Northeastern 3-0. Winchester 3-0.

RECENT SERIES: Winchester, 22-14

LAST MEETING: Northeastern, 27-14, Sep. 6, 2019: The Knights broke open a close game by scoring 13 fourth quarter points and beat the Golden Falcons 27-14. Northeastern had a huge night rushing the football with 299 yards led by Senior Shane Berry (107) and Wesley Mull (96). Mull added four receptions for 66 yards. Winchester RB Cole Campbell had a big night for the Golden Falcons with 162 yards on 23 carries.

Both teams are off to 0-2 starts and both teams are struggling offensively. Northeastern starts Sophomore QB Carson Terrell who is completing just 41% of his passes in two starts. Alex Mikesell leads the Knights in rushing averaging 68 yards per game on 29 carries. Defense has been an issue through two games for the Knights. They have given up 99 points in two games, allowing Union County RB Mason Wicker to rush for 330 yards in game one and Tri gained 328 yards rushing and 409 yards of total offense. Winchester has struggled as well on both sides of the football losing two non-conference games to South Adams 41-8 and Franklin County 50-7. The Golden Falcons had just 132 yards of total offense against South Adams led by RB Kollin Orr with 82. South Adams had a balanced attack with 354 passing yards and 200 rushing. Against the Wildcats, it was over early after Franklin County scored the first 28 points and went on to a 50-7 victory. Winchester had another tough day on defense allowing 407 yards of total offense. Winchester gained just 73.

  

Union City at Hagerstown  7 pm

COACHES: Keith Maloy, 40-45 in 9th year at Union City. Scott Snodgrass, 55-45 in 10th year at Hagerstown, 64-105 in 17th year overall.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Union City, 24.33, 257th overall, 34th in 1A. Hagerstown, 12.44, 290th overall, 49th in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Union City lost to Tri, 35-12. Hagerstown lost to Centerville, 56-0.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Union City 2-0. Hagerstown 3-0.

RECENT SERIES: Hagerstown, 33-9

LAST MEETING: Hagerstown, 14-0, Sep. 6, 2019: Not a lot of scoring, but enough for Hagerstown to pull off a 14-0 TEC win. Tigers QB Noah Snodgrass was solid going 14-25 for 145 yards and 2 scores. Running the football was an issue and Hagerstown was a minus-35 on the night. The Indians also struggled gaining only 128 yards of total offense.  The Tigers are coming off a loss to Centerville 56-0 last week, with the Bulldogs amassing 411 yards of total offense, 219 all-purpose yards by RB Jamari Pamplin.

Union City was beaten by Tri in their season opener 35-12. The Indians’ defense was playing on the short field all night as the Titans were able to take advantage of good field position. RB Vade Dishman led the Titans with 181 yards on just 15 carries. The good news for the Indians this week…no Vade Dishman on the other side of the football.

 

Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) at East Central, 7:30 pm

Connersville at Greensburg, 7 pm

Franklin County at Rushville, 7 pm

Milan at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Batesville, 7 pm

 

OHIO FOOTBALL

Friday

Eaton at Oakwood

Valley View at Monroe

Tri-County North at Twin Valley South

Fort Loramie at Bethel

Franklin at Bellbrook

Madison at Milton-Union

Preble Shawnee at Waynesville

Talawanda at Harrison

Tri-Village at Ansonia

Northridge at Dixie

Mississinewa Valley at Arcanum

National Trail at Bradford

 

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL WEEK 3

Adams Central (1-1) at Tri (2-0)

Alexandria (0-2) at Madison-Grant (1-0)

Anderson (0-2) at Muncie Central (0-1)

Antwerp (Ohio) at Fremont (1-1)

Bedford North Lawrence (0-2) at Jennings County (0-2)

Beech Grove (1-1) at Speedway (0-2)

Bellmont (0-0) at Columbia City (2-0)

Ben Davis (0-2) at Pike (2-0)

Blackford (0-2) at Frankton (0-2)

Bluffton (2-0) at South Adams (2-0)

Boone Grove (0-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-1)

Bremen (2-0) at Mishawaka Marian (2-0)

Brown County (2-0) at Cloverdale (0-2)

Brownsburg (2-0) at Franklin Central (1-1)

Carmel (1-1) at Center Grove (2-0)

Carroll (Flora) (1-1) at Taylor (1-1)

Centerville (2-0) at Shenandoah (1-1)

Charlestown (0-2) at Clarksville (2-0)

Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) at East Central (1-1)

Columbus North (1-1) at Southport (0-0)

Concord (1-0) at NorthWood (0-1)

Connersville (0-0) at Greensburg (1-1)

Crawford County (0-1) at Perry Central (0-2)

Crown Point (1-1) at Merrillville (2-0)

Culver (0-2) at Knox (0-2)

Culver Academy (1-1) at Hanover Central (1-1)

Danville (1-0) at Lebanon (0-2)

Delphi (2-0) at Eastern (Greentown) (2-0)

East Noble (2-0) at Huntington North (1-1)

Eastbrook (1-1) at Mississinewa (0-2)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-2) at Brownstown Central (1-0)

Eastside (2-0) at West Noble (0-2)

Elkhart (1-0) at Columbus East (1-1)

Evansville Bosse (0-2) at Castle (1-1)

Evansville Central (2-0) vs. Evansville Memorial (0-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (0-2) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-1)

Evansville North (2-0) at Evansville Harrison (0-2)

Fairfield (1-0) at Central Noble (1-1)

Floyd Central (2-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-1) at Fort Wayne Snider (0-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-1) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (2-0)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-0) at Fort Wayne Wayne (0-2)

Fort Wayne South (0-2) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (2-0)

Frankfort (1-1) at Tri-West (1-1)

Franklin County (1-0) at Rushville (0-2)

Garrett (0-1) at Churubusco (1-1)

Gary West (0-2) at Highland (0-1)

Goshen (1-0) at Mishawaka (0-2)

Greencastle (1-1) at West Vigo (2-0)

Greenfield-Central (0-0) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (2-0)

Griffith (0-0) at Hobart (1-1)

Hamilton Southeastern (1-1) at Avon (1-1)

Heritage (0-2) at Woodlan (0-2)

Heritage Hills (0-2) at Boonville (1-1)

Homestead (1-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (1-1)

Indian Creek (1-1) at Owen Valley (1-1)

Indianapolis Attucks (1-0) at Covenant Christian (2-0)

Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0) at Penn (1-1)

Indianapolis Chatard (2-0) at Indianapolis Roncalli (1-0)

Indianapolis Lutheran (2-0) at Triton Central (2-0)

Indianapolis Ritter (1-1) at Brebeuf Jesuit (0-2)

Indianapolis Scecina (1-1) at Cascade (0-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (1-1) at South Decatur (0-1)

Indianapolis Washington (1-0) at Edgewood (1-1)

Jasper (2-0) at Evansville Reitz (2-0)

Jeffersonville (1-1) at New Albany (2-0)

Kankakee Valley (2-0) at South Bend Washington (0-2)

Knightstown (1-0) at Union County (1-0)

Lafayette Jeff (2-0) at McCutcheon (0-2)

Lake Central (1-1) at Portage (1-1)

Lake Station (0-2) at River Forest (1-1)

Lapel (2-0) at North Decatur (2-0)

LaPorte (0-2) at Valparaiso (1-0)

Lawrence North (2-0) at Lawrence Central (0-2)

Lewis Cass (0-2) at Benton Central (0-2)

Logansport (1-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (1-1)

Madison (0-2) at Seymour (0-2)

Manchester (1-1) at Wabash (1-1)

Marion (0-2) at Kokomo (1-1)

Martinsville (1-1) at Greenwood (2-0)

Michigan City (2-0) at Chesterton (0-2)

Milan (1-1) at Lawrenceburg (1-1)

Mitchell (0-1) at West Washington (1-0)

Monrovia (1-1) at Linton-Stockton (1-1)

Mooresville (2-0) at Plainfield (1-1)

New Haven (2-0) at Pioneer (2-0)

New Palestine (1-0) at Yorktown (2-0)

New Prairie (2-0) at Andrean (1-1)

Noblesville (1-1) at Fishers (0-2)

Noblesville HomeSchool at Indianapolis Manual (0-1)

North Daviess (1-0) at Eastern Greene (1-1)

North Harrison (2-0) at Corydon Central (1-0)

North Knox (1-1) at Tecumseh (1-1)

North Miami (1-1) at Southwood (2-0)

North Montgomery (2-0) at Southmont (1-0)

North Newton (1-1) at North Judson (2-0)

North Posey (2-0) at Southridge (2-0)

North Putnam (0-2) at South Putnam (2-0)

North Vermillion (0-2) at Covington (0-2)

North White (0-2) at Winamac (0-0)

Northeastern (0-2) at Winchester (0-2)

Northfield (0-2) at Maconaquah (0-0)

Northridge (1-0) at Wawasee (2-0)

Northwestern (0-2) at Lafayette Central Catholic (0-0)

Norwell (2-0) at Leo (1-1)

Oak Hill (0-2) at Elwood (0-1)

Oldenburg Academy (1-0) at Edinburgh (0-2)

Osceola Grace at Jimtown (0-1)

Parke Heritage (1-0) at North Central (Farmersburg) (0-0)

Pendleton Heights (2-0) at New Castle (1-0)

Perry Meridian (0-2) at Franklin (1-1)

Peru (2-0) at Tippecanoe Valley (1-1)

Pike Central (0-2) at South Spencer (0-2)

Prairie Heights (0-2) at Lakeland (0-2)

Princeton (0-2) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (2-0)

Providence (0-1) at Silver Creek (2-0)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-1) at Indianapolis Shortridge (0-1)

Richmond (0-1) at Indianapolis Tech (0-1)

Rock Creek Academy (0-1) at Switzerland County (1-0)

Salem (0-2) at Scottsburg (0-2)

Shelbyville (0-2) at Delta (1-0)

South Bend Adams (2-0) at South Bend Riley (0-2)

South Bend Clay (1-1) at Munster (0-2)

South Bend St. Joseph (0-2) at John Glenn (2-0)

South Dearborn (2-0) at Batesville (1-1)

Sullivan (1-1) at Northview (1-1)

Tell City (2-0) at Forest Park (2-0)

Terre Haute North (2-0) at Bloomington South (1-1)

Terre Haute South (0-2) at Bloomington North (1-1)

Tipton (1-0) at Heritage Christian (1-0)

Traders Point Christian (0-0) at South Newton (0-2)

Tri-Central (2-0) at Sheridan (2-0)

Tri-County (0-1) at West Central (1-1)

Triton (1-0) at Caston (1-1)

Union City (0-1) at Hagerstown (0-2)

Warren Central (0-1) at North Central (Indianapolis) (2-0)

Warsaw (1-1) at Plymouth (0-2)

Washington (1-1) at Gibson Southern (0-2)

Wes-Del (1-1) at Eastern Hancock (1-1)

West Lafayette (1-1) at Hamilton Heights (0-2)

Western (2-0) at Rensselaer Central (1-1)

Western Boone (0-2) at Crawfordsville (0-2)

Wheeler (1-1) at Lowell (2-0)

Whiteland (2-0) at Decatur Central (1-1)

Whitko (1-1) at Rochester (0-0)

Zionsville (1-1) at Westfield (1-1)

 

NORTHEASTERN GIRLS GOLF (WEDNESDAY)

The Lady Knights defeated Shenandoah by scorching the course for a 12 stroke win, 175-187. The Lady Knights posted the lowest 9 hole team score in NHS girls golf history.
Zoe Cline shot an amazing round of 39 for her personal best score as of yet, which also is an NHS Girls Golf record for an individual 9 hole round. Congratulations to Zoe!
Rounding out the other scores were Baylee Wissler with a 43, Maddie Cline with a 45, and Becca Schneider with a 48.
The Lady Knights improve to 18-5 on the year, 3-0 in Non-Conference, and 4-0 in the TEC. The Lady Knights next play Centerville Tuesday, September 8th at Highland.

NHS:
Becca Schneider 48
Baylee Wissler 43
Maddie Fields 45
Jasmine Shuler 54
Zoe Cline 39

NHS JV:
McKaelyn Cummins 52
Kenzie Chasteen 54
Katelyn Bishop 57
Taylor White 58

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Eastern Kentucky at Marshall | 1 p.m. | ESPN

Middle Tennessee at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN

SMU at Texas State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN

UL Monroe at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Houston Baptist at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Arkansas State at Memphis | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Stephen F. Austin at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Monday, Sept. 7

BYU at Navy | 8 p.m. | ESPN

 

Thursday, Sept. 10

UAB at Miami (Fla.) | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

 

Friday, Sept. 11

SMU at TCU | 9 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

 

Saturday, Sept. 12

Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FOX

Charlotte at Appalachian State| 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

The Citadel at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Monroe at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network

Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

Arkansas State at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

Georgia Tech at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Campbell at Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

UTSA at Texas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Austin Peay at Pittsburgh | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma | 7 p.m. | Pay-per-view

No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN/ESPNU

Tulane at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UTEP at No. 14 Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Houston Baptist at Texas Tech | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Kentucky at Louisville | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Coastal Carolina at Kansas | 10 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

 

AP SPORTS HEADLINES

Colts sign starting center to 4-year contract extension

The Indianapolis Colts have signed starting center Ryan Kelly to a four-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available but ESPN reported the deal was for $50 million and included $34 million in guaranteed money, making Kelly the highest-paid center in the league.

Kelly recently told reporters he intended to focus on preparing for Indy’s season opener Sept. 13 at Jacksonville while his agent continued working on details for a new contract. Kelly was about to enter the final year on his rookie contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent next winter. Now he’s signed through 2024.

“I was like, `I don’t want to go play in Seattle, it’s too far away,'” Kelly said. “Indianapolis is two hours from my house. This would be awesome to have my parents come see all of my games – my grandpa, all my grandparents, aunts and uncles.”

Kelly was Indy’s first-round draft pick in 2016, No. 18 overall, and made 51 starts over four seasons. He called out blocking assignments for one of the league’s top offensive lines each of the past two seasons and was rewarded last season with his first Pro Bowl trip after starting all 16 games.

“This has been my home,” Kelly said. “I bought a house here after my rookie year and love this city. I stay here year-round because I love it so much. There was nowhere else I would rather be.”

The Colts were the only NFL team to use the same starting five in all 16 games last season and all five return this season after left tackle Anthony Castonzo signed a two-year deal before hitting the free-agent market.

With Castonzo, two-time All-Pro Quenton Nelson and Kelly anchoring Indy’s offensive line, the Colts finished seventh in the NFL in rushing offense – their first appearance in the top 10 since 2001 – and wound up tied for ninth in sacks allowed.

 

NFL RELEASE

NFL WEEKEND KICK-OFF: COACHES

HEAD COACHES: New England’s BILL BELICHICK is 17-8 (.680) on Kickoff Weekend and his 17 wins are the most among active head coaches…Belichick and Kansas City’s ANDY REID (13-8; .619) are the only active head coaches who have won at least 10 Kickoff Weekend games…Reid has won five consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest current streak among active head coaches… Philadelphia’s DOUG PEDERSON (4-0), Los Angeles Rams’ SEAN MCVAY (3-0), Denver’s VIC FANGIO (1-0) and Green Bay’s MATT LAFLEUR (1-0) are the only active head coaches with perfect records on Kickoff Weekend…Three head coaches – New York Giants’ JOE JUDGE, Carolina’s MATT RHULE and Cleveland’s KEVIN STEFANSKI – make their Kickoff Weekend debuts…Two coaches – Dallas’ MIKE MCCARTHY (9-4; .692) and Washington’s RON RIVERA (4-5; .444) – make their debutwith their new clubs on Kickoff Weekend in 2020.

 

NFL CLUBS APPROVE EXPANSION OF POSTSEASON

NFL clubs voted to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season. Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl. The vote during a league meeting in March held remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14. Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed. Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021. CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET. The game will also be available via a livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience. NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.

 

NOTEABLE NFL GAMES IN 2020

WEEK GAME PREVIEW

Week 1 Dallas at L.A. Rams: Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium hosts its first regular season NFL game, in a rematch of a 2018 playoff matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Week 2 New Orleans at Las Vegas: On Monday Night Football, Allegiant Stadium play host to the firstever regular season NFL game in Las Vegas.

Week 3 Kansas City at Baltimore: A matchup of AFC’s top two teams from 2019 and the past two league MVPs, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson face off on Monday Night Football.

Week 4 New England at Kansas City: A meeting of two 2019 division winners and a rematch of the 2018 AFC Championship Game.

Week 5 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh: The 79th meeting between the Keystone State rivals. Philadelphia leads the all-time series 47-28-3, with the last four meetings being split.

Week 6 Green Bay at Tampa Bay: Two of the most accomplished quarterbacks in league history, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, meet for the third time in their careers as starters. The duo split the first two games.

Week 7 San Francisco at New England: A pair of 2019 playoff teams meet, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo makes his return to New England for the first time since being traded in 2017.

Week 8 Dallas at Philadelphia:  A key midseason NFL East division battle on Sunday Night Football.

Week 9 Green Bay at San Francisco: A rematch of the 2019 NFC Championship Game on Thursday Night Football.

Week 10 San Francisco at New Orleans: A rematch of a memorable 2019 regular season game, where the teams combined for 94 points and 982 yards, more than any other game last season.

Week 11 Tennessee at Baltimore: A rematch of the 2019 Wild Card round, where the sixth-seeded Titans upset the top-seeded Ravens.

Week 12

Houston at Detroit

Washington at Dallas

Baltimore at Pittsburgh: A Thanksgiving triple-header featuring two late-season division matchups and two 2019 playoff teams.

Week 13 Cincinnati at Miami: A potential matchup between the top two quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Week 14 New England at L.A. Rams: Thursday Night Football featuring a rematch of Super Bowl LIII.

Week 15 Kansas City at New Orleans: Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees face off against each other for the first time in their careers.

Week 16 Minnesota at New Orleans: On Christmas Day, a rematch of a 2019 playoff game in the NFL’s first game played on a Friday since 2009.

Week 17 16 Division Matchups: For the 11th consecutive season, the final weekend of the regular season features all division matchups with playoff berths on the line.

 

 

OG for 3: Anunoby beats buzzer to lift Raptors over Celtics

The Toronto Raptors were a half-second away from falling into the abyss that no NBA team has ever escaped. Down by two points, down by two games, the reigning champions needed a miracle.

OG Anunoby delivered.

Anunoby caught a cross-court pass that Kyle Lowry threaded over everybody else on the floor and hit a 3-pointer as time expired, giving the Raptors a 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night.

The Celtics still lead the series 2-1. But it’s not 3-0 – and that means the Raptors still have realistic hope. The Raptors mobbed Anunoby after the shot, reveling in the moment.

“Someone hit me in the nose,” Anunoby said. “It’s cool.”

The Celtics took a two-point lead when Kemba Walker found Daniel Theis for a dunk with a half-second left.

No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 series deficit. The Raptors won’t have to try it now; Lowry elected to audible and throw the long pass – threading it over Boston’s 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall, who was put in specifically to disrupt the inbounds play – to Anunoby.

“The pass was nothing,” Lowry said. “OG made the shot. All the credit goes to the shot, man. That’s a tough shot. Give OG that credit. The pass was just to get it to a guy like OG. It’s OG’s moment, man. That’s a great moment for that kid.”

Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 16 and Anunoby 12.

Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games. Jaylen Brown had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Celtics.

“It hurts and stings to lose,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “But we’ll just get back to it and get ready for Saturday.”

Marc Gasol made a layup with 5:57 left for a four-point lead; the Celtics responded with the next eight points, going up 99-95 on a dunk by Brown with 3:02 remaining.

Lowry got a pair of layups, both drawing Toronto within two. The Raptors had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead in the final half-minute, VanVleet getting an acrobatic layup to drop with 21.5 seconds left and knotting it at 101.

Theis’ score put Toronto on the brink. Anunoby rescued the champs.

“Much credit to those guys,” Walker said. “That was a hell of a shot.”

Toronto was clawing uphill most of the night. The Raptors were outscored 19-10 to close the half, a run that gave Boston a 57-47 lead at the break. Walker had 17 points in the first quarter, capping that period with a 3-pointer – and did it again to end the second to give Boston what was its biggest lead.

“We knew they wouldn’t quit,” Walker said.

He was right.

 

 

Leonard scores 29 points; Clippers rout Nuggets in Game 1

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled past the Denver Nuggets 120-97 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Paul George scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for the Clippers.

Los Angeles shot 57% from the field in an effort that convinced coach Doc Rivers that his team has adjusted and is in the proper frame of mind.

“If you don’t execute, it’s going to hurt you, and part of that is intensity and focus, and you have to have that on every single play,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we understood that early on. I think we do now.”

Nikola Jokic scored 15 points for the Nuggets, who shot just 42%.

“I thought we just locked into our assignments,” George said. “I thought to be honest, that was the best we’ve done so far against an opponent. I think we just locked into our assignments. Our attention to detail was great. And we followed the game plan.”

Denver’s starters combined to score just 57 points on 20-for-48 shooting.

“They were aggressive,” Jokic said. “Our spacing was not good. We rushed shots. You can say whatever. It was a bad, bad night for us. … We can be better.”

Denver was coming off a seven-game series with Utah that just ended Tuesday.

“I think that definitely played a part,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Their last game was Sunday. We had our last game on Tuesday night and didn’t get back to the hotel until after midnight. … We were tired. Tomorrow we will get them as much as rest as we can and have a more energetic performance Saturday night.”

Jamal Murray, who averaged 31.6 points in the first round and scored at least 50 points twice in that series, finished with just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

“They are going to put everybody on Jamal, and we have to do a better job of freeing him up,” Malone said. “But also the ball is going to find the open man, and when the ball sticks and Jamal and everyone else is trying to play one-on-one and you are playing a good team, that is going to make it really hard.”

The Clippers took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead at halftime. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting into the second quarter.

The Clippers continued to dominate in the third quarter, holding the Nuggets to 16 points in the period and taking a 91-67 lead into the fourth. Los Angeles’ biggest lead in the quarter was 29 points.

 

 

Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash to run floor as coach

Steve Nash was one of the NBA’s most entertaining point guards, the engineer of a high-scoring team that helped usher in a new era of basketball.

Now the Brooklyn Nets want to see what he can do as a coach.

The Nets hired Nash on Thursday, putting the Hall of Famer in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.

“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn,” Nash said in a statement.

Nash, two-time MVP as the playmaker of the Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni that piled up points and 3-pointers long before they became the norm in the NBA, had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant.

D’Antoni, now coaching Houston, said he texted Nash when he heard the news.

“Jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” D’Antoni said.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the general manager in Phoenix for part of Nash’s time and took elements of the Suns’ system in winning three NBA titles. He thanked and congratulated Nash with a message on Twitter.

“You are going to crush it in Brooklyn!” Kerr wrote.

 

 

Grizzlies’ Ja Morant wins NBA’s rookie of the year award

The first three baskets of Memphis’ season set the tone for Ja Morant’s rookie year. All were layups, all by him, the level of difficulty increasing each time.

He made them look easy that night. He made plenty look easy all season.

Morant was announced Thursday as the runaway winner of the rookie of the year award for 2019-20, the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way.

“It’s a blessing, definitely an honor,” Morant said in the televised announcement of the award on TNT. “I put a lot of work in day in and day out. This journey has been rough but in the end it’s all paying off.”

Miami’s Kendrick Nunn was second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third. Nunn, who was undrafted, averaged 15.3 points in 67 regular-season games – all starts – for the Heat. Williamson averaged 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, but the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft missed much of his rookie season while dealing with injury.

Morant got 99 of the 100 first-place votes, with Williamson getting the other. Morant’s Grizzlies teammate Brandon Clarke was fourth in the voting.

Morant was second among all rookies in scoring, first in assists by a wide margin and led all first-year players in both starts (67, tying him with Nunn) and minutes played (2,074).

The balloting took place in July, before the season restarted at Walt Disney World. Games that occurred through March 11, the day the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, were the ones taken into account by voting panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Morant said he’s already looking for ways to get better.

“I always feel like there’s room for improvement,” Morant said. “I’m looking to improve in every category.”

 

 

Provorov lifts Flyers past Islanders in 2OT to force Game 7

The Philadelphia Flyers credit Oskar Lindblom’s fight against bone cancer for inspiring them all year. Having him back in a game for the first time in nearly nine months provided a big emotional lift in a key playoff game.

Ivan Provorov scored at 15:03 of the second overtime and the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Thursday night to force a deciding Game 7.

“All season he’s been (an inspiration), not just tonight,” goalie Carter Hart said of Lindblom. “Him coming in the lineup and playing definitely gives our team a huge boost of energy. … . It’s pretty amazing what he’s gone through and how much he’s overcome and persevered.”

Flyers captain Claude Giroux agreed.

“The kid has so much courage,” he said. “He played unbelievable, too.”

Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia, and Hart made a career-high 49 saves. The Flyers won a third overtime game in a postseason series for the first time.

“Carter kept us in this game,” Giroux said. “He made some huge saves for us and I was pretty glad to see Provy’s shot go in there.”

Mathew Barzal and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Matt Martin also scored for New York, which trailed 2-0 midway through the first period before taking leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots.

“It’s an unfortunate play there at the end, but it happens,” Barzal said. “Now it’s a winner-take-all Game 7.”

Game 7 is Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Tampa Bay in the conference finals

 

 

Canucks beat Golden Knights 4-0 to again avoid elimination

The Vancouver Canucks appeared to be down and out, faced with a 3-1 series hole and their starting goalie out.

A rookie backup from San Diego has changed their vibe.

Bring on Game 7.

Thatcher Demko stopped 48 shots, Quinn Hughes set an NHL record with a goal and an assist, and the Canucks staved off elimination for the second straight game with a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday night.

“Thatcher’s been our MVP both nights,” Hughes said. “He’s standing on his head back there, making some amazing saves to keep us in games.”

J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, Jake Virtanen also scored and Bo Horvat added an empty-net goal with 4 1/2 minutes left. Hughes has 16 points this postseason, one more than the record for rookie defenseman Colorado’s Cale Makar set Wednesday night.

Demko did the rest in his second playoff start, becoming the third rookie goalie in NHL history to force a Game 7 with a shutout.

Game 7 is Friday.

 

AP source: Cam Newton to be Patriots starting quarterback

Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots.

A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly announced the decision.

The Boston Globe first reported the decision.

The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Newton, who signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina, succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.

Newton was also announced as one of eight team captains, along with special teamer Matt Slater, center David Andrews, running back James White, linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, defensive lineman Lawrence Guy, safety Devin McCourty and cornerback Jason McCourty.

“I will not and do not take this opportunity for granted!’ Newton wrote in a post on Instagram along with the captains’ announcement. “I’m so grateful for this organization, my teammates and this city. Thank You! No need to look back now.”

The Patriots open the season Sept. 13 at home against Miami.

Coach Bill Belichick has been mostly mum throughout camp about which way he was leaning for the starting job at quarterback. But In an interview on SiriusXM Radio on Monday he praised Newton’s work ethic and the amount of improvement he’s shown over the past month.

“He’s very, very competitive on the field. He always wants to do his best and do better than the guys he’s competing against,” Belichick said. “Everybody’s competitive, but I think there’s different degrees of it. … Based on what I’ve seen I would put him in the top echelon of that.”

 

 

Titans agree to terms with kicker Gostkowski, waive Joseph

Mike Vrabel insists signing Stephen Gostkowski is all about what the three-time Super Bowl champ can do for the Titans this season, not about the kicker’s New England ties to the Tennessee coach and general manager.

Vrabel was a teammate of Gostkowski for the kicker’s first three seasons in New England, while Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked in the Patriots’ scouting department. Vrabel stressed that a reunion was not the reason for changing out kickers.

“I think that a lot is going to be made about the our history with Stephen,” Vrabel said Thursday. “But in the end, that doesn’t really mean anything. It’s a decision that we thought as a team would help solidify the position.”

The Titans made the switch Thursday, agreeing to terms with the four-time Pro Bowler Gostkowski and waiving Greg Joseph. Gostkowski was not at practice later Thursday as he works through the COVID-19 testing protocol.

Tennessee signed a kicker who won three Super Bowls in his 14 seasons with the Patriots. He has made 87.4% or 374 of 428 of his kicks in his career. His field goal percentage ranks fifth-best in NFL history.

Having a healthy and successful kicker on the roster before the start of the season is a lesson the Titans learned only too well a year ago. They thought they would have veteran Ryan Succop ready for the season opener after offseason surgery on his knee only to have to sign a replacement Sept. 4.

That was the start of a dreadful season for Tennessee’s kicking game as the Titans wound up with the NFL’s worst field goal unit as their first four kickers combined to connect on 44.4% of field goals (8 of 18). Joseph was the Titans’ fifth kicker last season, and he made the only field goal he attempted, which came in the playoffs.

Tennessee signed Tucker McCann as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri to compete with Joseph. But Joseph had been missing kicks in training camp, prompting the Titans not to wait until opening week to address the position this time around. Tennessee opens the season Sept. 14 at Denver.

“We got some time before a game, and that’s when we decided to do it,” Vrabel said.

 

 

Agent: Seahawks bring back suspended WR Josh Gordon

The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back wide receiver Josh Gordon on a one-year deal even as the talented pass catcher awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension.

Gordon’s signing was confirmed on Twitter by his agent David Canter on Thursday, just two days before the Seahawks must cut their roster to 53 players. Seattle is holding its final practice of training camp later Thursday. Gordon is the second veteran signed by the team in the past week, joining Paul Richardson.

Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last December for violating the league’s drug policy. Gordon tested positive for performance enhancers and “substances of abuse,” the league said in a statement at the time.

He applied for reinstatement in June and is still awaiting word from the league.

Gordon, 29, has been suspended eight times overall by either his team or the NFL, including six times since 2013, mostly for violating the league’s policies on banned substances.

Gordon signed with Seattle midway through last season after he was released by New England. He made a strong impression in the Seahawks locker room even with limited production on the field. Gordon made just seven catches for 139 yards over five games. But he found an advocate in quarterback Russell Wilson, who made a connection with Gordon during his short time with the Seahawks.

“I think I’m fortunate in general to have landed in a place like this with coaches like this,” Gordon said last year prior to his suspension. “The coaching staff, the organization from the top down, the guys, it’s real family like. It’s real close, real tight-knit, real energetic group and real competitive. They love the game of football. You can see it, and it’s a great feeling to come back to football and enjoy what you do and then be able to have fun with it.”

A 2012 second-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns, Gordon was also suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for a substance-abuse policy violation, yet still caught 87 passes for nine touchdowns and a league-leading 1,646 yards and was voted to the All-Pro team.

 

 

Kershaw hits strikeout marks, sends Dodgers past D-Backs 5-1

Clayton Kershaw doesn’t feel like a potential no-hitter is serious until it lasts through six innings. Before that, it’s just the everyday dominance that Dodgers fans have come to expect over his 13 years in blue.

Although Kershaw’s latest no-hit bid ended one out shy of the serious innings, Los Angeles’ veteran ace put together another historic performance that indicates he’s healthy, sharp – and perhaps just as good as ever.

Kershaw reached two career strikeout milestones and held Arizona hitless into the sixth inning Thursday night, leading the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks 5-1 for their fifth straight victory.

While racking up eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings, Kershaw (5-1) became the 39th pitcher in major league history with 2,500 strikeouts when he fanned Nick Ahmed in the second. The left-hander then caught and passed Christy Mathewson (2,502) for 38th place on baseball’s career list by getting Carson Kelly and Tim Locastro in the third.

Kershaw didn’t know exactly what to say about seeing his name next to Mathewson, the New York Giants Hall of Famer whose playing career ended 104 years ago.

“It’s cool, it really is,” he said. “It’s just hard for me think about or wrap my head around. Getting to see your name on different types of leader boards is cool. It’s just hard to grasp, really.”

AJ Pollock had a pinch-hit homer and Mookie Betts added an RBI single in the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers (29-10), who have won 18 of 21. Corey Seager had three hits for Los Angeles, which has also won 10 straight at Dodger Stadium after sweeping Arizona.

Kershaw, who threw his only previous no-hitter in 2014, allowed three baserunners but no hits until Christian Walker hit a grounder to shortstop with two outs in the sixth. Kike Hernandez made the stop but had a tough throw, and it forced Cody Bellinger to jump off the bag at first, making Walker safe by inches.

 

 

Mets honor Seaver with salute, jersey and dirt-smudged knee

Far too young to remember Tom Seaver’s glory days, Pete Alonso and the New York Mets found a perfect way to pay tribute to the greatest player in franchise history.

Starting pitcher Robert Gsellman, his right knee already dirtied, led the Mets from the dugout onto the diamond at Citi Field on Thursday to face the Yankees. Every teammate who followed him had a smidge of dirt in the same spot along the right knee.

What better symbol to honor Seaver, the Mets icon and Hall of Famer whose classic, drop-and-drive power pitcher delivery was imitated by thousands of Little Leaguers in the 1960s and 1970s?

Seaver, known for decades simply as “The Franchise,” died Monday at the age of 75 due to complications from Lewy body dementia and the coronavirus. His death was announced Wednesday night, a few hours after New York beat the Baltimore Orioles – the team Tom Terrific and the Miracle Mets toppled in the 1969 World Series.

“He turned the organization around from a laughing stock ballclub into a complete team instantly,” said Ed Kranepool, who spent his entire 18-year career with the Mets. “You knew every time out, you were going to be a competitive team.”

“It’s a sad day in Metsville,” he said. “We lost our star and our leader.”

Prior to the final Subway Series game of the season — played at a ballpark without fans during the pandemic season in front of no fans — the Mets and Yankees both paid their respects to Seaver, who pitched for the Mets from 1967 through 1977 and again in 1983 before spending five seasons as a Yankees broadcaster.

“We’re actually family friends with the Seavers,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “In the ’81 strike, my dad was a National League rep and the Seavers came and stayed with us for like a week. I was 8 years old. Tom and I were out messing around and Tom was on a moped. I actually jumped on the back to get on the moped with him and burnt my calf on the muffler. And I still have the scar.”

Both teams stood in front of their dugouts for a pregame video montage and a moment of silence. After the Mets took their positions for the top of the first, the Yankees joined the Mets in doffing their caps towards Seaver’s 41 hanging along the left field upper deck.

 

 

Phillies retire Dick Allen’s No. 15 in moving ceremony

Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies in a ceremony Thursday, a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s.

The 78-year-old Allen thanked Phillies managing partner John Middleton, who broke from the team’s longstanding “unwritten” policy of only retiring the number of players who are in the Hall of Fame.

“I thank the city of Philadelphia. Even though it was rough, I’ve made some friends along the way,” Allen said.

Mike Schmidt, a Hall of Fame third baseman who helped lure Allen out of retirement to return to Philadelphia for a second stint with the team in 1975, called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”

“Dick was a sensitive Black man who refused to be treated as a second-class citizen,” Schmidt said in a speech.

Schmidt then unfurled a red banner revealing the No. 15 hanging on a brick wall behind the left-field stands at Citizens Bank Park, before the Phillies hosted Washington.

“He played in front of home fans that were products of that racist era (with) racist teammates and different rules for whites and Blacks. Fans threw stuff at him and thus Dick wore a batting helmet throughout the whole game. They yelled degrading racial slurs. They dumped trash in his front yard at his home. In general, he was tormented and it came from all directions. And Dick rebelled.”

Schmidt pointed out Allen didn’t have a negative reputation playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

 

 

New father Reynolds homers as Pirates top Cubs 6-2

First-time father Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Thursday.

Reynolds, who along with wife Blair welcomed son Reese on Monday, sent a drive off Alec Mills (3-3) into the seats in right field in the third inning for his third home run of the season to help Pittsburgh snap a four-game losing streak. Reynolds also doubled leading off the second and celebrated by pretending to rock a baby to sleep.

“I felt good, but to hit a homer, got to attribute it to dad strength for sure,” said Reynolds, who left the team in Milwaukee over the weekend before Reese’s arrival early Monday morning.

Asked if his tribute is going to become a regular thing for the rest of the season, the typically low-key Reynolds provided a typically low-key response.

“TBD, we’ll see,” he said. “Let it be organic, see what happens.”

Cole Tucker added two hits, including a flare to left field in the sixth off reliever Jason Adams to give Pittsburgh plenty of cushion and boost rookie JT Brubaker (1-0) to his first major league win. Brubaker navigated some traffic in five innings but avoided major damage, allowing one earned run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

“The more starts he gets under his belt, I think he feels like he belongs in the big leagues,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Brubaker. “That’s a major step for a player. It’s a step of like, ‘Hey, I really belong here.’ Once you start to execute pitches and get yourself out of jams, you realize you do belong here. I think we’re seeing that maturation.”

Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini and Jason Kipnis had two hits apiece for the Cubs, but the NL Central leaders ended a 10-game, 12-day road trip with a thud. Mills gave up four runs in five innings as his ERA crept up to 5.50.

 

 

A’s righty Daniel Mengden tests positive for coronavirus

Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston, where he received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week.

A’s general manager David Forst said Thursday that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s added new left-hander Mike Minor to the 40-man roster after acquiring him Monday in a trade with the Rangers.

“He continues to be asymptomatic and feels good,” Forst said while discussing Mengden on a conference call.

The team had its three-game series at Seattle this week postponed as well as last Sunday’s scheduled series finale at Houston, where the A’s learned late Saturday of the one positive test. Forst said the A’s left Houston in two groups, the second being those who had close contact – up to 15 minutes – with Mengden in the 48-hour window during which he tested positive.

“Without a doubt, these guys are serious about it and they understand the ramifications,” manager Bob Melvin said Thursday. “It doesn’t surprise me we haven’t (had further positive tests). This wasn’t something Daniel broke away from protocol, just an unfortunate incident and our guys continue to be diligent about it and very serious.”

The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. There haven’t been additional positive tests within the traveling party.

The A’s returned to the field at the Coliseum for workouts Wednesday with another session scheduled Thursday as they prepare to host the Padres beginning Friday night. Minor is slated to be available out of the bullpen.

Oakland faces playing three doubleheaders in a seven-day span starting next Tuesday.

“It’s a new challenge in a year of new things and challenges,” Forst said.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       The Highlanders beat the Boston Americans, 1-0, at Huntington Avenue Grounds, ending a run in which team played five consecutive doubleheaders in six days. New York’s overtime pays off when the team sweeps all of the twin bills, posting a record of 10-0 during the streak.

1913       In his major league debut, 22 year-old Hal Schwenk pitches 11 innings, giving up 12 hits, but earns a complete-game victory when St. Louis defeats the White Sox at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. The Browns’ rookie southpaw will never again appear in a big-league game.

1916       Reds’ player-manager Christy Mathewson, pitching his only game, not in a Giant uniform, beats his long-time nemesis Mordecai’ Three Finger’ Brown and the Cubs, 10-8. In the 25 contests the two legends have faced one another, Matty takes a 13-12 advantage in their final meeting by winning the last decision.

1917       After staring both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader, White Sox right-hander Red Faber throws a 13-6 complete-game victory against the Browns, making his third consecutive start for Chicago in two days. In 2012, Zack Greinke will become the next hurler to start three straight games in the same season by pitching the final game before the All-Star break for the Brewers after being ejected in the first inning the day before and then taking the mound to begin the second half of the season for the Brew Crew.

1923       Sam Jones no-hits the A’s, 2-0 at Shibe Park. The Yankee hurler does not strike out any Philadelphia batters, a feat which will not be repeated until 1969 when Ken Holtzman becomes another pitcher to record a no-hitter without fanning a hitter.

1924       At Braves Field, the Brooklyn Robins take a twin bill from Boston, 9-1 and 5-1, sweeping their fourth doubleheader on the road in four consecutive days. Before arriving in B-Town, Brooklyn swept the Phillies in three straight twin bills, winning six times at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl.

1927       Pirate teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner become the first pair of brothers to both homer in the same game when they go deep in the team’s 8-4 victory over Cincinnati at Redland Field. The siblings, who will also accomplish the feat in 1929 and 1938, each hit a bounce round-tripper.

1928       The Braves start a streak of playing nine consecutive doubleheaders, establishing a major league record. Boston will drop 14 of the 18 contests played during the twin bill marathon, successively playing the Dodgers (2-2), Phillies (1-3), the Giants (0-8) and the Cubs (1-1).

1941       The Yankees, who finish 17 games ahead of the second-place Red Sox, clinch their third straight pennant when they beat Boston at Fenway Park, 6-3. The victory marks the earliest date in baseball history that a team has captured a flag.

1957       Orioles’ rookie right-hander Jerry Walker throws a four-hitter, blanking Washington in 10 innings, 1-0. The shutout is the 18 year-old bonus baby’s first major league victory.

1961       At Metropolitan Stadium, Joe Horlen makes his big league debut, hurling four innings of scoreless relief to get the win in the White Sox’s 9-5 victory over Minnesota. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander, a last-minute call-up, is forced to wear the only road jersey the club has available, one without a number.

1966       The Dodgers become the first team to draw two million fans at home, and two million on the road as 18,670 Crosley Field patrons watch Los Angeles beat their hometown Reds, 8-6.

1969       After thirty-one games, the third-longest consecutive game hitting streak in National League history ends when Dick Kelley and Gary Ross keeps Dodger Willie Davis hitless in a 3-0 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium. The LA center fielder, who goes 4-for-4 tomorrow, hit .435 in 124 at-bats during the span, including collecting at least one hit in every game the team played in August.

1969       Trailing by three runs entering the top of the ninth, the Orioles quickly tie the score when their first three batters, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, and Brooks Robinson, hit consecutive solo home runs off Earl Wilson. The Birds go on to score the eventual winning tally later in the frame and will beat the Tigers, 5-4.

1974       After pitching eight no-hit innings against the Reds, Don Wilson is pulled from the game by Astros’ manager Preston Gomez in favor of a pinch-hitter. Mike Cosgrove gives up a hit to Tony Perez in the ninth and Houston loses, 2-1.

1978       In his first major league at-bat, Dorian Boyland strikes out sitting on the bench. The Pirate rookie is removed with a 1-2 count when the Mets make a pitching change and pinch-hitter Rennie Stennett takes the third strike.

1985       Following a three-homer performance last night, Gary Carter ties a major league record by hitting two solo round-trippers, becoming the 11th player in major league history to hit five home runs in two games. The future Hall of Fame catcher’s offensive output, which also includes a run-producing single, contributes to the Mets 9-2 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1991       The Statistical Accuracy Committee re-defines a no-hit game as one which ends after nine or more innings with one team failing to get a hit, thereby removing 50 games from the list that had previously been considered hitless, including the 1959 performance of Harvey Haddix’s 12 perfect innings against the Braves and Jim Maloney’s 1965 1-0 loss to the Mets in 11-innings.

1991       Following commissioner Fay Vincent’s recommendation, baseball’s committee on statistical accuracy votes to eliminate the distinction of the number of games played in a league’s schedule in determining the all-time home run mark hit in a season. The decision can’t take away an asterisk because it never existed in the record books, but it does remove Babe Ruth’s name, leaving the other Yankee outfielder, Roger Maris, as the undisputed home run champ with 61 he hit in 1961.

1993       Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0, becoming the first pinstripe pitcher in a decade to throw a no-no. In the ninth inning, leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton is loudly booed by the fans after he fouls off a bunt in an attempt to make the one-handed pitcher field a ball.

1993       With their 6-5 loss to the Reds, the Phillies set a new National League record by not being blanked in 151 straight games. The major league mark for avoiding a shutout is 308 consecutive contests, accomplished by the Yankees.

1995       Robin Ventura becomes the eighth player to hit two grand slams in the same game. The third baseman’s blasts in the fourth and fifth innings power the White Sox past Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington, 14-3.

1996       Babe Dahlgren, the man who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base to end the streak, dies in Arcadia, California. In the game, he goes 2-for-4, including a home run, in a 22-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium.

1998       Defeating the White Sox, 11-6, the Yankees win their 100th game on the earliest date in major league history, besting the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians by five days. The 1906 Cubs set the major league record for fewest contests to reach 100 victories, accomplishing the milestone in 132 games.

1999       The Reds set a National League record with nine homers when they rout the Phillies, 22-3. Eddie Taubensee (2), Greg Vaughn, Jeffrey Hammonds, Aaron Boone, Dimitri Young, Pokey Reese, Brian Johnson, and Mark Lewis all go yard for Cincinnati.

2000       The Red Sox honor Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. The New Hampshire resident, who played his first nine seasons with Boston, joins Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8), and Ted Williams (9) in having his number (27) be retired at Fenway.

2002       In front of 55,528 fans at the Coliseum, the A’s set an American League record by extending their winning streak to 20 consecutive games. After blowing an 11-run lead to the Royals, Scott Hatteberg hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Oakland the historic victory, 12-11.

2003       In his first at-bat after his arrest in Pittsburgh for felony counts of sexual assault and related charges, Ramon Castro receives a supportive ovation from the Florida fans as he approaches the batter box as a pinch-hitter. The Marlin catcher connects for a home run in the 5-1 victory against the Pirates.

2004       San Diego retires the uniform #19 worn by future Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who spent twenty seasons with the team, compiling a .338 batting average en route to collecting 3,141 hits. ‘Mr. Padre,’ a 15-time All-Star, won eight batting titles while playing his entire career with the Friars.

2006       With an 8-5 comeback victory over the Diamondbacks, the Marlins improve their record to 69-68. After an 11-31 start, Florida becomes the first club in big league history to have a winning record after being 20 games under .500.

2006       In a 3-2 Astros loss at Citizens Bank Park, Charlton Jimerson, pinch hitting for Roger Clemens, homers off Phillies’ southpaw Cole Hamels. The sixth-inning blast to center field makes the Houston rookie the third player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

2007       In the fifth inning of Florida’s loss 4-3 to Washington, Miguel Cabrera singles off Shawn Hill to drive home Hanley Ramirez for his 500th career RBI. The Marlin third baseman reaches the milestone at the age of 24 years and 139 days, with only Hall of Famers Mel Ott (23, 74 days) and Ted Williams (24 years, 4 days) getting to the mark at a younger age.

2007       Francisco Cordero establishes a new Milwaukee mark when he gets his 40th save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Brewers’ 5-3 win over Houston. The right-handed reliever surpasses the record previously shared by Dan Kolb (2004) and Derrick Turnbow (2005).

2010       Jim Thome hits a pair of homers to pass Mark McGwire for eighth place on the all-time career list with 584. The Twins designated hitter’s historic round-trippers, which he blasts in the third and fourth innings off Colby Lewis at Target Field, contribute to Minnesota’s 12-4 victory over Texas.

2011       In an episode of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bill Buckner, appearing as himself, is promptly thrown out of a shiva service because one of the mourners is a Red Sox fan who hasn’t forgiven him for his infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The former Boston first baseman redeems himself when he uses his baseball skills to catch a falling baby, who has ricocheted off the firemen’s rescue net after being thrown out of a burning building.

2012       An unofficial rain delay occurs in Toronto when the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre closes so slowly that the fans have to run for cover as the stands and field get soaked with rain that begins to fall during the middle of the sixth inning. Surprisingly, there have been six official rain delays in the Rogers Centre, formerly known as the Skydome.

2012       Yadier Molina collects his 1,000th career hit, an infield single in the second inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory against New York at Busch Stadium. The 31 year-old popular Redbird backstop, who enjoys a 2-for-3 night at the plate, will finish the season with a .279 career batting average

2013       Matt Adams becomes the seventh major leaguer to hit two home runs in extra innings of the same game when he goes deep twice in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over Cincinnati. The Cardinal first baseman, who entered the game in the fourth inning, hits solo homers in the top of the 14th and 16th frames, with his second blast proving to be the difference in the Great American Ball Park contest.

2013       In a 20-4 rout of the Tigers at Fenway Park, the Red Sox hit eight home runs, matching a franchise record last accomplished 35 years ago. Boston homers in six of eight frames they bat with Mike Napoli, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, David Ortiz (2), Jacoby Ellsbury, and Stephen Drew all going deep in the Fenway Park contest.

2017       Joining Reds utilityman Scooter Gennett as the second player to accomplish the feat this season, J.D. Martinez becomes the 18th major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game when he goes deep in the top of the ninth inning In the Diamondbacks’ 13-0 rout of the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Arizona outfielder, who was acquired in a trade from the Tigers in July, had one more home run than the opponent’s total amount of hits.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 26 12 .684 12 – 5 14 – 7 21 – 10 0 – 0 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 1
NY Yankees 20 16 .556 5 14 – 7 6 – 9 11 – 8 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
Toronto 20 16 .556 5 8 – 5 12 – 11 13 – 10 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 2
Baltimore 16 20 .444 9 7 – 14 9 – 6 8 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
Boston 12 26 .316 14 6 – 15 6 – 11 7 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 4
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Cleveland 23 14 .622 9 – 7 14 – 7 0 – 0 15 – 10 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 2
Chi White Sox 23 15 .605 0.5 11 – 9 12 – 6 0 – 0 16 – 10 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Minnesota 22 16 .579 1.5 14 – 4 8 – 12 0 – 0 13 – 13 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 2
Detroit 17 17 .500 4.5 9 – 10 8 – 7 0 – 0 8 – 12 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
Kansas City 14 24 .368 9.5 7 – 10 7 – 14 0 – 0 10 – 17 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Oakland 22 12 .647 13 – 4 9 – 8 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 8 6 – 4 L 2
Houston 21 15 .583 2 16 – 6 5 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 14 – 7 6 – 4 W 2
Seattle 15 22 .405 8.5 7 – 8 8 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 16 7 – 3 W 2
Texas 13 23 .361 10 9 – 10 4 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 11 3 – 7 L 2
LA Angels 13 25 .342 11 8 – 12 5 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 18 4 – 6 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 22 14 .611 12 – 4 10 – 10 13 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 4
Philadelphia 18 15 .545 2.5 14 – 9 4 – 6 15 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 9 – 1 W 4
Miami 16 16 .500 4 2 – 9 14 – 7 10 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 17 21 .447 6 7 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 2
Washington 12 23 .343 9.5 6 – 13 6 – 10 6 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 1 – 9 L 6
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 22 15 .595 12 – 8 10 – 7 0 – 0 15 – 10 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
St. Louis 14 14 .500 3.5 8 – 7 6 – 7 0 – 0 9 – 8 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
Milwaukee 17 19 .472 4.5 8 – 10 9 – 9 0 – 0 12 – 12 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Cincinnati 16 21 .432 6 8 – 11 8 – 10 0 – 0 10 – 13 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Pittsburgh 11 24 .314 10 6 – 11 5 – 13 0 – 0 10 – 13 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 29 10 .744 14 – 5 15 – 5 0 – 0 0 – 0 19 – 8 8 – 2 W 5
San Diego 23 16 .590 6 12 – 6 11 – 10 0 – 0 0 – 0 14 – 13 6 – 4 L 1
Colorado 18 19 .486 10 9 – 12 9 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
San Francisco 18 20 .474 10.5 9 – 8 9 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 12 – 13 6 – 4 L 1
Arizona 14 24 .368 14.5 9 – 9 5 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 9 – 20 1 – 9 L 5