HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-NCC/AREA
Anderson 16 Richmond 10
Harrison 49 Goshen 7
Lafayette Jeff 50 Logansport 16
Marion 28 Indy Tech 13
McCutcheon 56, Muncie Central 7
Centerville 56 Union City 2
Winchester 13 Lincoln 6
Tri 42 Hagerstown 7
Monroe Central 53 Union County 7
Knightstown 27 Northeastern 12
East Central 50 Greensburg 7
Mt. Vernon 63 Shelbyville 15
Franklin County 41 Batesville 0
New Palestine 28 New Castle 0
Delta 22 Greenfield-Central 16
Lapel 43 Jay County 15
Lawrenceburg 49 Connersville 0
Anderson 16, Richmond 10
Andrean 35, Kankakee Valley 7
Angola 42, Garrett 7
Attica 50, S. Newton 13
Avon 28, Zionsville 19
Bluffton 64, Prairie Hts. 13
Boone Grove 53, Lake Station 0
Bremen 37, S. Bend Riley 7
Brown Co. 34, N. Putnam 31
Brownsburg 29, Noblesville 8
Carmel 38, Warren Central 14
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 24, Ft. Wayne Concordia 14
Center Grove 28, Lawrence North 13
Centerville 56, Union City 2
Churubusco 29, W. Noble 6
Clinton Prairie 49, Carroll (Flora) 7
Columbus East 56, Seymour 0
Columbus North 42, Bloomington North 14
Corydon 57, Clarksville 30
Covenant Christian 69, Indpls Park Tudor 14
Culver Academy 27, S. Bend St. Joseph’s 14
Danville 28, Western Boone 14
DeKalb 40, Bellmont 13
Decatur Central 42, Guerin Catholic 10
Decatur Central 47, Indpls Perry Meridian 16
Delphi 58, Clinton Central 32
Delta 22, Greenfield 16
East Central 50, Greensburg 7
East Noble 24, New Haven 13
Eastbrook 73, Elwood 22
Eastern (Greentown) 49, Sheridan 14
Eastside 42, Central Noble 7
Edinburgh 42, Rock Creek Academy 0
Ev. Central 14, Castle 3
Ev. Mater Dei 49, Ev. Harrison 15
Ev. Memorial 21, Vincennes 6
Ev. Reitz 49, Ev. Bosse 0
Fairfield 42, Lakeland 0
Floyd Central 42, Bedford N. Lawrence 14
Forest Park 49, Pike Central 6
Fountain Central 25, N. Vermillion 7
Frankfort 16, N. Montgomery 14
Franklin Co. 41, Batesville 0
Ft. Wayne Dwenger 17, Ft. Wayne Snider 7
Ft. Wayne Luers 41, Ft. Wayne South 27
Ft. Wayne Northrop 28, Ft. Wayne North 27
Gibson Southern 57, Princeton 0
Glenn 15, S. Bend Clay 6
Greencastle 34, Owen Valley 19
Greenwood 41, Franklin 7
Griffith 49, Whiting 12
Tri 42, Hagerstown 7
Hamilton Hts. 28, Cass 19
Hamilton Southeastern 14, Franklin Central 7
Hanover Central 49, Wheeler 13
Heritage Christian 48, Indpls Tindley 6
Hobart 44, Highland 6
Homestead 42, Ft. Wayne Wayne 12
Indian Creek 35, Sullivan 28
Indpls Attucks 38, Indpls Washington 6
Indpls Ben Davis 42, Lawrence Central 0
Indpls Cathedral 49, Indpls Brebeuf 7
Indpls Chatard 35, Terre Haute North 7
Indpls Lutheran 42, Speedway 21
Indpls N. Central 27, Indpls Pike 21, OT
Indpls Ritter 7, Indpls Scecina 0
Indpls Roncalli 47, Indpls Perry Meridian 16
Jasper 23, Ev. North 16
Jeffersonville 41, Jennings Co. 14
Knightstown 27, Northeastern 12
Knox 22, Triton 18
LaPorte 14, Michigan City 13, OT
Lafayette Catholic 28, Benton Central 12
Lafayette Harrison 49, Goshen 7
Lafayette Jeff 50, Logansport 16
Lapel 42, Jay Co. 15
Lawrenceburg 49, Connersville 0
Lebanon 33, Southmont 7
Leo 21, Columbia City 7
Linton 56, Eastern (Greene) 0
Lowell 41, Munster 7
Maconaquah 42, Wabash 39
Madison-Grant 50, Frankton 32
Marion 28, Indpls Tech 13
McCutcheon 56, Muncie Central 7
Merrillville 35, Lake Central 7
Mishawaka 42, Wawasee 7
Mississinewa 41, Blackford 7
Monroe Central 53, Union Co. 7
Monrovia 30, Cascade 6
Mooresville 41, Martinsville 24
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 63, Shelbyville 15
North Decatur 44, Switzerland Co. 0
North Harrison 55, Crawford Co. 0
North Judson 9, LaVille 7
North Knox 49, N. Daviess 17
North Newton 26, N. White 15
North Posey 27, S. Spencer 7
New Albany 47, Madison 41
New Palestine 28, New Castle 0
NorthWood 22, Warsaw 21
Northfield 34, Whitko 7
Northridge 55, Concord 20
Northview 56, Edgewood 21
Norwell 30, Huntington North 14
Oak Hill 50, Alexandria 12
Paoli 46, Mitchell 40
Pendleton Hts. 38, Yorktown 7
Penn 42, New Prairie 3
Perry Central 36, Springs Valley 0
Peru 43, N. Miami 8
Pioneer 54, Culver 6
Providence 29, Milan 21
Rensselaer 56, Northwestern 0
South Adams 61, Woodlan 6
South Bend Adams 28, Jimtown 16
South Central (Union Mills) 56, Hammond Noll 7
South Dearborn 53, Rushville 13
South Decatur 28, Oldenburg 0
South Putnam 56, Indpls Shortridge 14
South Vermillion 25, Seeger 15
Salem 35, Charlestown 34, OT
Scottsburg 60, Eastern (Pekin) 0
Shenandoah 28, Eastern Hancock 21
Silver Creek 42, Brownstown 14
Southport 50, Terre Haute South 36
Southridge 34, Heritage Hills 14
Southwood 35, Rochester 0
Tippecanoe Valley 48, Manchester 18
Traders Point Christian 41, N. Central (Farmersburg) 14
Tri-Central 49, Taylor 20
Tri-West 55, Crawfordsville 20
Triton Central 37, Beech Grove 25
Valparaiso 41, Portage 7
West Central 24, Frontier 6
West Lafayette 49, Twin Lakes 14
West Washington 46, Washington 8
Wes-Del 56, Purdue Polytechnic 26
Western 42, Tipton 28
Westfield 45, Fishers 6
Whiteland 49, Plainfield 13
Winamac 28, Caston 8
Winchester 13, Cambridge City 6
Tampa Bay 2 NY Yankees 1
Miami 111 LA Lakers 108
NFL WEEK FIVE SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS (Moved to Monday)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, October 12, 2020
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 10
Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas, Noon, FOX
Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Noon, ABC
Florida at Texas A&M, Noon, ESPN
South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Noon, SEC
Louisiana Monroe at Liberty, Noon, ESPNU
NC State at Virginia, Noon, ACC
Duke at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m.
The Citadel at Army, 1:30 p.m., CBSSN
Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Texas Tech at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Texas State at Troy, 3:30 p.m.
UTSA at BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC
Kansas State at TCU, 4 p.m., FOX
Pitt at Boston College, 4 p.m., ACC
Middle Tennessee at Florida International, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss, 4 p.m., Stadium
Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN
Temple at Navy, 6 p.m., CBSSN
East Carolina at South Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN+
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State, 7 p.m., ESPN+
Miami at Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., SEC
Florida State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
UTEP at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Marshall at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., Stadium
Charlotte at North Texas, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Missouri at LSU, 9 p.m., ESPN
TOP SPORTS NEWS/AP
HEAT FORCE A GAME 6
The trophy was ready.
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat delayed its appearance. The NBA Finals are not over, not after Butler and the Heat pulled off a virtuoso performance in Game 5 on Friday night.
Butler had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Heat watched Danny Green’s wide-open 3-pointer in the final seconds bounce off the rim on the way to beating Los Angeles 111-108 – cutting the Lakers’ lead in the title series to 3-2.
Game 6 is Sunday night.
Duncan Robinson had 26 points for Miami, which used seven players. Kendrick Nunn had 14 points, Bam Adebayo 13, Tyler Herro 12 and Jae Crowder 11. The seventh player, Andre Iguodala, didn’t score.
They had enough.
LeBron James had 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers. Anthony Davis scored 28 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16.
The Lakers were seconds away from the title before the Heat rallied to save the season.
Los Angeles broke out all the stops: Davis had shiny gold sneakers on, the hue similar to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and the team made the decision earlier in the week to skip on the scheduled purple uniforms and wear the black ones designed and inspired by Kobe Bryant instead.
They were 4-0 in those uniforms. They’re 4-1 now.
But Bryant, oh, how he would have loved this fight. Drama, all the way to the end.
Robinson’s 3-pointer with 3:13 left put Miami up by two, and started a stretch where the next nine scoring possessions from either side resulted in a tie or a lead change.
Back and forth they went. Butler got fouled with 46.7 seconds left, then slumped over the baseline video boards, clearly exhausted. He made both foul shots for a one-point lead; Davis’ putback with 21.8 seconds left got the Lakers back on top.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra used his last timeout before the ensuing possession, just to buy Butler a couple minutes of rest. Butler drove the lane, drew contact and made both with 16.8 seconds left for a 109-108 lead.
The Lakers’ mission at that point could not have been more simple: Get a basket, win a title.
They couldn’t do it. James found reen all alone for a top-of-the-key 3-pointer which missed, and Herro finished it off with two free throws.
Miami was up 93-82 with 10:17 left when James made his sixth 3-pointer of the night – on eight tries to that point.
It was go time for the Lakers.
James’ 3 started a 17-3 run over the next 4:50. Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up 97-96, then added a basket in transition about a minute later. Nobody was seated on the Lakers’ bench. The Heat went frigid.
But behind Butler, they rallied.
Butler became the sixth player in NBA Finals history to have multiple triple-doubles in the same title series: Magic Johnson and James have both done it three times, while Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Draymond Green have done it once.
The Heat led 88-82 after three quarters, scoring 28 points in that period — and getting 14 of those points on three possessions.
Butler scored while drawing a flagrant-1 foul from Dwight Howard to start a three-point play, and Robinson made a 3-pointer on the bonus possession — the sequence taking things from a tie game to a 76-70 Heat lead in a matter of 13 seconds.
Crowder’s four-point play with 3:01 left in the third put Miami up by five, and Robinson had a four-point play in the final minute of the quarter to put the Heat up six.
James had 15 points in the second quarter, his eighth quarter this season with at least that many — second in the playoffs — and the Lakers needed them all to keep Miami from building what was briefly looking like a solid lead.
The Heat led by as many as 11 in the second quarter, but James kept the Lakers afloat. Butler had 22 by the break, and Miami took a 60-56 lead into the half.
RAYS GET PAST YANKEES
Mike Brosseau said he wasn’t seeking revenge against hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman, just the chance to keep playing.
He ended up getting both.
Brosseau hit a dramatic home run off Chapman with one out in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night to reach the AL Championship Series for the first time in 12 seasons.
The first career postseason homer for the 26-year-old utilityman came after a 10-pitch at-bat against the Yankees’ vaunted, hard-throwing closer, who entered in the seventh inning. Brosseau drove a 100 mph fastball into the left field seats at Petco Park for the Rays’ third hit.
Brosseau and Chapman have a history: Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball near Brosseau’s head Sept. 1 in the ninth inning of a Rays’ 5-3 victory. Chapman likely had nothing against Brosseau personally, but the pitch was an apparent escalation of a feud between the AL East rivals, and it prompted Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash’s infamous declaration that he has “a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 miles an hour.”
Brosseau pumped his fists and hollered “Yes!” as he began his trot. When he returned to the dugout, there were celebratory body slams and high fives with his teammates.
“No revenge, We put that in the past,” said Brosseau, who pinch-hit for Ji-Man Choi in the in the sixth and and then stayed in at first base. “We came here to win the series. We came here to move on, to do what we do best, that’s play our game.”
Tampa Bay had a $29 million payroll, 28th out of the 30 major league teams, this coronavirus-shortened season, while the Yankees had the third-largest, $84 million. The Rays dominated the regular-season series with the Yankees 8-2 and were the AL’s top-seed.
About an hour after the game ended, a number of Rays came back out to the field and dugout with beverages and cigars and are trolled the Yankees by playing Frank Sinatra’s version of “New York, New York,” played at Yankee Stadium after victories, and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys.
After winning the AL Division Series 3-2, Tampa Bay will stay in San Diego to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Sunday night. The Rays are in the ALCS for the first time since they beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games in 2008 before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.
Tampa Bay was eliminated by the Astros in the ALDS last year.
“They’ve been the team to beat the last few years,” Brosseau said. “They knocked us out last year so it will be fun to face them again.”
Brosseau was an unlikely hero in a season that has had many twists and turns due to the coronavirus pandemic. After he went undrafted, the Rays signed him in June 2016 for $1,000.
“That was very, like, storybook,” Tyler Glasnow said. “That was crazy. Just to go out there and have that long of an at-bat, battle that long with all the history we’ve had, that’s just nuts. I still can’t even comprehend it. ”
Brosseau’s drive went 375 feet and just cleared the wall.
“Brosseau is such a good dude,” Glasnow added. “It’s just so awesome that it was him. He’s grinded all year long, kind of had sparing playing time; such a big moment like that was just phenomenal. It’s crazy. I blacked out. I was like, `No. No way.’ … With the crack off the bat, there was kind of a delay and everyone didn’t even know how to comprehend it. It was pretty unbelievable. That was probably the most memorable baseball moment I’ve ever been a part of.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Brosseau “just pulled off a great at-bat, and that’s the beauty sometimes of sport. You get in these situations with two great teams and two great competitors going at it. He got him on a great at-bat. Chappie continued to make pitches, and Brosseau put a great at-bat on him and snuck it out of here.”
Chapman is the only pitcher in postseason history to allow a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later with his team facing elimination multiple times. He gave up Jose Altuve’s game-ending drive in Game 6 of last year’s ALCS.
“I thought I made some good pitches in that moment,” Chapman said through a translator. “I think it was a fastball to the middle in. He put good contact on it.”
All-Star Austin Meadows also homered for the Rays, connecting off ace Gerrit Cole in the fifth. Aaron Judge tried to make a leaping catch but jammed his head into a padded overhang.
“I got to get up there and rob that one,” the 6-foot-7 right fielder said.
The Rays had 11 homers in the series and the Yankees 10.
Judged homered in the fourth. The Yankees also had only three hits.
Cole, starting on short rest for the first time in his major league career, struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings.
Winner Diego Castillo followed a hitless eighth with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the celebration was on for the Rays, who dominated the regular-season series against the Yankees 8-2. They took a 2-1 lead in the ALDS before the Yankees forced the deciding fifth game.
Cole, pitching about 100 miles south of where he grew up a Yankees fan in Newport Beach, held Tampa Bay to one hit and one run in 5 1/3 innings while striking out nine and walking two. After winning Game 1 on Monday night, he pitched on short rest for the first time in his major league career.
“It’s big disappointment,” said Cole, who signed a $324 million, nine-year free agent deal in the offseason. “Not the way we drew it up. Really hard-fought series that sometimes can make it tougher to swallow, too.”
Cole had pitched 4 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings before Meadows homered to right field to tie the game at 1, and Cole reacted like he knew it was gone. It was Meadows’ second homer this series.
Cole left after 37-year-old left fielder Brett Gardner leaped to rob Randy Arozarena of a home run leading off the sixth. Arozarena, who homered in each of the first three games of the series, watched the ball while taking a few steps before Gardner made his sixth career homer-robbing catch. Cole pointed at Gardner in appreciation.
Cole showed emotion throughout his outing, including hollering and glaring at the Rays’ dugout after striking out Joey Wendle to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.
Judge homered into the right-field porch off Nick Anderson leading off the fourth. It was his second of the series and 10th for the Yankees. It was Judge’s third in a winner-take-all game, tying Bill Skowron, Didi Gregorius and Yogi Berra for the most in Yankees postseason history.
Glasnow, who grew up just north of Los Angeles, started and went 2 1/3 hitless, scoreless innings, with two strikeouts and two walks. He struck out 10 in Game 2, a 7-4 Rays win.
New York seemed stunned,
“I hate this feeling,” said Yankees first baseman Luke Voit, who led the majors in homers but hit .111 in the series (2 for18). “It’s the third year in a row going through it.”
By fanning Meadows opening the first, Cole became the fastest to 100 postseason strikeouts in 79 innings. The previous fastest was Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 80 innings.
The Yankees wore a patch with 16 on their left sleeve in memory of Whitey Ford, the Hall of Fame pitcher who died Thursday night at 91. Additionally, there was a moment of silence before the national anthem for Ford, whose 236 wins are the most in Yankees history.
NBA TO RETURN TO COMMUNIST CHINA TV
The NBA is returning to Chinese state television after a one-year absence.
CCTV announced Friday that it would air Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – the first time that the league would appear on the network since the rift that started when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.
State television made an on-air announcement that the game would be broadcast; the network’s web site had a preview of the game, including a photo of the Lakers’ LeBron James and Miami’s Jimmy Butler.
“In the Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival that just passed, the NBA expressed holiday blessings to Chinese fans,” the China Media Group, essentially the operator of CCTV, said in a statement. “We have also noticed the goodwill continuously expressed by the NBA for some time. Especially since the beginning of this year, the NBA has made active efforts in supporting the Chinese people in fighting against the novel coronavirus epidemic.”
CCTV quickly halted its relationship with the NBA after Morey’s tweet, even though the post was quickly deleted. Given the timing, it appears the suspension of NBA coverage by that network was designed to last one year; CCTV announced on Oct. 8, 2019, that it was beginning an immediate investigation into its relationship with the NBA, stemming from the network being “strongly dissatisfied” over the league’s decision to not sanction Morey.
The NBA did not have an immediate comment to CCTV’s decision.
NBA games have been available to Chinese fans on the streaming service Tencent, another of the league’s broadcast partners. But the relationship between the league and China could be best categorized as frosty since the tweet, with only some slight hints of reconciliation.
NBA legend and Chinese Basketball Association President Yao Ming did come to the U.S. to attend the memorial service for commissioner emeritus David Stern in January, a move viewed by some as one that showed there was hope for the league and China to mend fences. More hope came in February, when the NBA sent more than $1 million in medical supplies to China to assist coronavirus relief efforts there. The Chinese publicly thanked the NBA for that gesture.
But the fallout after the tweet last year was quick and massive. Sponsors – following CCTV’s lead – pulled their backing of the NBA China Games between the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets; the preseason games were played, though no news conferences were held and most events surrounding the games in the basketball-mad nation were canceled as well.
At All-Star weekend this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said it was possible the league could lose as much as $400 million in revenue this year because of the strained relationship with the Chinese.
And that estimate preceded the costly shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, another massive financial blow that forced the league to cancel about 15% of its remaining regular-season games. The league wound up salvaging the season by moving into a bubble at Walt Disney World, yet another big expense for games that took place without fans present – meaning no ticket, concession or souvenir revenue.
JETS HAVE ZERO POSITIVE COVID TESTS
All New York Jets players and coaches have tested negative for COVID-19, and Sunday’s game against Arizona will be played on time.
The Jets posted a statement on social media Friday night, hours after their training facility was closed due to a presumptive positive coronavirus test for one player.
“This evening, we received negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all players, coaches and personnel,” the team said. “Following a presumptive positive COVID-19 test and out of an abundance of caution to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we sent all players and personnel home this morning. We also initiated all NFL mandated protocols including player isolation, subsequent testing, and contact tracing.
“As we have thus far, we will continue to follow required health and safety protocols in the best interests of our coaches, players, staff and community. We look forward to our game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.”
During the summer, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a similar false positive.
The league has had 60 cases since testing began in which one player or staff member tested positive and there wasn’t further transmission among the team. By sending everyone home from the facility Friday morning, the Jets took the appropriate steps under the NFL/NFLPA COVID-19 protocols. And then the 100% negative tests were announced in the evening.
ESPN first reported the Jets’ presumptive positive test.
The Tennessee Titans got some good news Friday with no positive test results hours after the NFL rescheduled their game with Buffalo to Tuesday night, a person familiar with that situation told The Associated Press.
The Titans’ outbreak increased to 23 on Thursday with 21 positive results returned since Sept. 29. Now the Titans have gone three of the past five days without a positive test after the latest results, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither the NFL nor the Titans announced the latest results.
The NFL announced Thursday night that the Titans (3-0) will host Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday. The league already postponed, then rescheduled the Titans’ game with Pittsburgh from Oct. 4 to Oct. 25 during the outbreak.
The Bills had been preparing and practicing all week for a Sunday game in Nashville. With the NFL rescheduling their game with Tennessee, the Bills announced they will not practice or have any availability Friday.
The league also rescheduled New England’s game with Denver from Sunday to Monday.
“These scheduling decisions were made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” the NFL said in a statement Thursday night.
Five games now have been rescheduled because of the pandemic: Pittsburgh at Tennessee in Week 3 was moved to Oct. 25 with Pittsburgh-Baltimore also switched from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. The Patriots now will play on Monday night for a second straight week after their game in Kansas City was postponed a day.
If the Titans’ testing allows Tennessee to host Buffalo on Tuesday, the Bills’ prime-time game against Kansas City in Buffalo will be moved from Thursday to the weekend. That would be the sixth NFL game to be rescheduled – all this month.
The Patriots worked remotely again Friday after reigning NFL Defensive Player of the year Stephon Gilmore joined quarterback Cam Newton on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. New England also has a defensive tackle from the practice squad on the list in the league’s other mini-outbreak.
The NFL told the Titans to close their facility on Sept. 29, and their last game was a 31-30 win over Minnesota on Sept. 27.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned all 32 teams Monday that following league protocols is mandatory and that violations forcing changes in the schedule could lead to being stripped of draft choices or even forfeiting games. The NFL also updated protocols on Oct. 2.
The Titans’ outbreak increased to 23 Thursday with tight end MyCole Pruitt and a defensive back from the practice squad put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon. The Titans’ facility remains closed with the team still prohibited from any in-person activities.
Tennessee currently has 13 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including four starters and a long snapper.
In a memo to the 32 teams obtained by The Associated Press, the NFL’s officiating office reminded “all individuals must keep their masks in place when interacting with game officials on the field.”
“We have seen multiple occasions where head coaches have removed their masks to communicate with game officials during games,” the memo from league executive Perry Fewell said. “Doing so creates unnecessary, increased risk for the game official, the head coach, and others, and is inconsistent with the requirement that face coverings be worn at all times.”
The league threatened significant discipline against violators.
“Failure to adhere to the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 related protocols will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs, including fines, suspensions of persons involved, and/or the forfeiture of a draft choice(s),” the memo said. “Additionally, we have reminded game officials that if an individual not wearing a face covering approaches them inappropriately, they have the authority to take administrative or officiating action, including a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The NFL Referees Association had complained to the league about coaches approaching them without masks properly in place.
GARAPPOLO TO RETURN SUNDAY
Jimmy Garoppolo will return as starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will start Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins. Shanahan wanted to see how Garoppolo made it through a full week of practice before making his decision.
“Each day he got better,” Shanahan said Friday. “Never felt too sore the next day. So, we needed to hear that today and see him out there today and we feel good to go.”
Garoppolo had hoped not to miss any time with the injury, having played through ankle sprains before. But this was a more severe high ankle sprain which made it impossible for him to move well enough to avoid danger in the pocket.
He was able to show he was healthy in practice and will provide a needed spark for the 49ers (2-2), who lost 25-20 at home last week to Philadelphia.
“Ankle is feeling really good right now,” Garoppolo said. “Got the last couple of weeks off to get it right. The training staff, I tip my hat to those guys, they did a great job with me, just preparing me and everything. But, as far as getting out there, I mean, we’ve had the whole week to work on it. So, it’s feeling pretty good right now.”
San Francisco has a 20-6 record when Garoppolo starts, compared to a 5-21 mark with any other quarterback since Shanahan arrived in 2017.
Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 TD passes last season to lead the Niners to 13 wins and was 33 for 49 for 390 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in six quarters this season.
The Niners could have almost all of their key pieces back on offense with running back Raheem Mostert questionable after missing two games with a knee injury and receiver Deebo Samuel questionable with an illness.
Samuel hasn’t been allowed at the facility the past two days because he had a fever and aches earlier in the week. Samuel has taken part in meetings and will be allowed back once he passes one more coronavirus test.
Mostert, Samuel, All-Pro tight end George Kittle and first-round receiver Brandon Aiyuk have all missed games this season so the Niners are looking forward to the possibility of having all their important pieces available together for the first time.
“That’s exactly how we envisioned it in the offseason,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “It’s great to finally have everybody healthy and in there together.”
Shanahan also said C.J. Beathard has moved ahead of Nick Mullens on the depth chart and will be Garoppolo’s backup Sunday. Mullens played well in his first start this season before getting pulled in last week’s loss to Philadelphia after committing three turnovers.
Beathard played well in relief and now will get the first shot if anything happens to Garoppolo.
NOTES: LB Dre Greenlaw will also return after missing two games with a quadriceps injury. … CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) is questionable for the game, while DE Ezekiel Ansah (biceps), CB Dontae Johnson (groin), CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and CB K’Waun Williams (knee, hip) are out. … Ansah and Williams will be placed on IR on Saturday and the Niners will call up at least one more cornerback from the practice squad.
COWBOYS LT SMITH TO MISS REST OF SEASON
Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith is having season-ending neck surgery, another blow to a Dallas offensive line that will be without both starting tackles for the rest of the year.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday Smith’s injury was a “correctable situation,” but didn’t get into any timelines on when the seven-time Pro Bowler might be ready in the offseason.
Smith injured his neck in practice the week after the opener and missed two games before returning and playing all 82 snaps in last week’s 49-38 loss to Cleveland. Dallas (1-3) is at home against the winless New York Giants on Sunday.
The Cowboys have been without right tackle La’el Collins all season because of a hip issue that ended up requiring season-ending surgery. Dallas also has been without backup tackle Cameron Erving, who injured a knee in the opener but could be close to returning.
Smith’s durability hasn’t been quite the same after the 2011 first-round pick played all but one game over his first five seasons. Smith has missed three games in each of the previous four years with a variety of injuries. Neck problems were among the issues.
The 29-year-old Smith has four years remaining on the $98 million, eight-year extension he signed in 2014.
“I haven’t talked timelines or timetables,” McCarthy said said. “Frankly just my communication has been with our medical staff, our athletic trainers and most importantly Tyron. I think it’s just important he gets the surgery. He wants to get it as soon as he can and he wants to get to work on the rehab process.”
A pair of young undrafted players in Terence Steele and Brandon Knight have taken most of the snaps at both tackle spots this season.
It’s possible that four-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin will move to tackle, at least until Erving is ready to return. Martin played right tackle in the second half of a 38-31 loss to Seattle when Steele, a rookie, was sick. It was the first time Martin had played tackle since the 2014 first-round pick was at Notre Dame.
The Cowboys have also had injury issues at center after six-year starter Travis Frederick retired in the offseason. Joe Looney injured his right knee on the first play against the Browns. Rookie Tyler Biadasz, a fourth-round pick, should get his first career start against the Giants.
Because of injuries and illness, left guard Connor Williams is the only Dallas lineman who has stayed in his primary position all season for a once-steady unit in a rare state of flux after years of being considered among the best in the league.
NFL PREVIEW: CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (0-4)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 32-18
STREAKS: Falcons have won 8 of past 9
LAST GAME: 12/8/19: Panthers 20 at Falcons 40
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/19
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 276 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 98.5 rating & had rush TD last week. Has 86.2 rating in 2 career starts vs. Atl. Has 1,300 pass yards (260 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 99.5 rating in his past 5 starts on road. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC South with 300+ pass yards. • RB MIKE DAVIS had 5 receptions, 111 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 27 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & ALVIN KAMARA) with 20+ catches (21) this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ receptions & 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 99 yards last week. Had 6 catches for 104 yards & rec. TD in only career game vs. Atl. (10/29/17 w/ NYJ). Has 30 receptions for 484 yards (97 per game) & 4 TD catches in 5 career games vs. NFC South. WR DJ MOORE had 81 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. & 5th in row vs. NFC South with 80+ rec. yards. TE IAN THOMAS had rec. TD last week. Had 5 catches for 57 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2 TFL last week. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DE BRIAN BURNS has 4 TFL in his past 4 vs. NFC South. DT DERRICK BROWN leads all rookies with 5 TFL. Rookie DE YETUR GROSS-MATOS had 1st-career sack in Week 4. CB DONTE JACKSON has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC South. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. S JEREMY CHINN leads all rookies with 34 tackles. S TRE BOSTON had FR last week. Has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. Atl.
QB MATT RYAN had 313 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.1 rating in last meeting. Has 1,711 pass yards (342.2 per game) & 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 115.9 rating in past 5 at home vs. Car. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with 100+ rating. • RB TODD GURLEY had 2 rush TDs last week. Leads NFL with 20 games of 2+ TDs since 2015. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Had 101 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 4 rec.) in his last game vs. Car. (9/8/19 w/ LAR). Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 11 career games vs. NFC South. • WR JULIO JONES has 776 rec. yards (110.9 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 7 career home games vs. Car. Aims for his 6th in row at home vs. Car. with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ catches & 150+ rec. yards. WR CALVIN RIDLEY has 20 receptions for 373 yards (93.3 per game) & 4 TDs in 4 career games vs. Car. & aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with rec. TD. Has 10 rec. TDs in 11 career games vs. NFC South. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS led team with career-high 8 receptions & 86 yards last week. Had 93-yard TD catch in last meeting. • DE TAKKARIST MCKINLEY had 2 sacks in last meeting. DE CHARLES HARRIS aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE DANTE FOWLER had 2 sacks in his only career game vs. Car. (9/8/19 w/ LAR). Has 5 sacks & 8 TFL in 5 career games vs. NFC South. DT GRADY JARRETT has 4 TFL in his past 3 at home vs. Car. LB DEION JONES tied for team-lead with 8 tackles last week. Has 8+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Car.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Car), 211 (Atl) | XM: 386 (Car), 228 (Atl)
NFL PREVIEW: CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-2-1) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 25-23
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Ravens 49 at Bengals 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19: Ravens 23, Bengals 17
QB JOE BURROW (rookie) completed 25 of 36 passes (69.4 pct.) for 300 yards & TD vs. INT for 92.4 rating last week, becoming 1st rookie QB with 300+ pass yards in 3 consecutive games in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row with TD pass & 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 116 completions this season. • RB JOE MIXON had 181 scrimmage yards (151 rush, 30 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Had 151 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 37 rec.) in last meeting. Has 678 scrimmage yards (135.6 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. division. Ranks 3rd among AFC RBs with 403 scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER BOYD had 7 catches for 90 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 62 yards in last meeting. Has 125+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Ranks 3rd in AFC in catches (28) & rec. yards (320). WR A.J. GREEN had career-high 3 TDs in his last game vs. Bal. (9/13/18). Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS had career-high 77 rec. yards last week. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookie WRs in catches (12) & rec. yards (152). WR AUDEN TATE had 91 rec. yards in last road meeting. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP had PD last week. Has sack & PD in 2 of his past 3 at Bal. Has 4 PD, 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. division. DT ANDREW BROWN had 1st-career sack last week. LB JORDAN EVANS had sack & INT last week. Had PD in last meeting. S JESSIE BATES led team with 10 tackles & had 2 PD & TFL in Week 4. Had INT in last meeting. Has PD in 6 of his past 7 on road.
QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 193 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating & rushed for 53 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7. Completed 15 of 17 passes (88.2 pct.) for 223 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating & rushed for 65 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 120+ rating. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cin. with TD. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. RB GUS EDWARDS has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB J.K. DOBBINS is 1 of 3 AFC rookie RBs with 2+ (2) TDs this season. • TE MARK ANDREWS had 57 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs, most among TEs since 2019. Had 2 TD catches in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads TEs with 4 rec. TDs in 2020. WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with 4 catches for 86 yards last week. Had 80 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • DT MATTHEW JUDON had 2 sacks & PD last week. Had sack in last home meeting. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had PD in Week 4. Has 3 TFL in his past 2 vs. Cin. Has 4 PD in his past 2 at home. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had season-high 9 tackles, PD & FF last week. Has FF in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin with 2+ PD. CB MARCUS PETERS had FR in Week 4. Had 89-yard INT-TD in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Cin), 105 (Bal) | XM: 387 (Cin), 229 (Bal)
NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (0-4)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 23-13
STREAKS: Texans have won past 4
LAST GAME: 11/3/19: Texans 26 at Jaguars 3 (London)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19: Texans 13, Jaguars 12
QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.) for season-high 351 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.1 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5. Passed for 309 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 72.1 comp. pct. • RB JAMES ROBINSON(rookie) had 107 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 32 rec.) last week, becoming 7th player with 90+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 career games since 1970. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (446) & ties for lead in TDs (3). • WR DJ CHARK had 8 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ rec. yards. Has 11 rec. TDs since 2019, tied-most among AFC WRs. Rookie WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 5 catches for 86 yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Leads AFC rookies with 16 catches this season. WR KEELAN COLE had 5 catches for 80 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with rec. TD. • LB MYLES JACK had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 37 tackles. LB JOE SCHOBERT aims for his 7th in row with 7+ tackles. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Hou. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with sack. S JOSH JONES led team with 11 tackles last week. S ANDREW WINGARD has 9+ tackles in 2 of past 3.
QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for season-high 300 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.4 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 92 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Since 2015, ranks tied-2nd among RBs in TD catches (15) & 5th in rec. yards (2,319). RB DUKE JOHNSON had rush TD in last meeting. Has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Jax. Ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (2,601) & 3rd in catches (282) since 2015. • WR WILL FULLER led team with 6 catches for 108 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jax. WR RANDALL COBB aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR KENNY STILLS had 1st TD catch of season last week. WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 123 yards & TD in only career game vs. Jax. (12/27/15 with NO). • DE J.J. WATT had FR in last home meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. division. DE CHARLES OMENIHU has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last home meeting. DT P.J. HALL had 1st sack of season in Week 4. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 1st 2 sacks of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last home meeting. CB BRADLEY ROBY had 7 tackles & season-high 2 PD last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Jax), 132 (Hou) | XM: 388 (Jax), 230 (Hou)
NFL PREVIEW: LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-0)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 65-52-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 10 of past 11
LAST GAME: 12/1/19: Raiders 9 at Chiefs 40
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/19
QB DEREK CARR completed 32 of 44 passes (72.7 pct.) for season-high 311 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.3 rating last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 73.6 comp. pct. & is only player with 70+ comp. pct. in each of 1st 4 games this season. Has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 107.7 rating in his past 8 at home. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 73 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Has rushed for 203 yards (101.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. KC. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 95+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (NICK CHUBB) with 300+ rush yards (300) & 3+ rush TDs (3) this season. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 9 catches for 88 yards last week. Had 7 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Has 29 catches for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD in his past 3 at home. Leads TEs in catches (29) & rec. yards (247) in 2020. TE JASON WITTEN had 1st rec. TD of season last week. WR HUNTER RENFROW aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had rec. TD last week. Had TD catch in only career game vs. KC (9/17/17 with Phi.). • DE MAXX CROSBY has 3 sacks in his past 2. Had 2 TFL in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. DT MAURICE HURST had PD in Week 4. Had sack in last meeting. LB CORY LITTLETON had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC West. S ERIK HARRIS led team with season-high 8 tackles in Week 4. CB TRAYVON MULLEN had 2 PD in last meeting.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.6 rating last week, his 25th-career game with 2+ TD passes, 2nd-most in NFL since 2018. Aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) & 113.6 rating in 4 career games vs. Raiders. Is only AFC QB with 10+ TD passes (11) & 0 INTs this season. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 27 rec.) last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games. Leads all rookies with 304 rush yards this season. RB DARREL WILLIAMS had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. AFC West with rec. TD. • WR TYREEK HILL had 4 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (MIKE EVANS) with TD catch in each of 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR MECOLE HARDMAN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 70 rec. yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. Leads TEs with 297 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 24 catches in 2020. • DT CHRIS JONES aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with sack & PD. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home. DE FRANK CLARK aims for 3rd in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Raiders with TFL. Jones (3.5) & Clark (3) only pair of AFC teammates each with 3+ sacks this season. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 1st INT of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of past 3 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LV), 82 (KC) | XM: 383 (Buf), 227 (KC)
NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-2) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-4)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 6-3
STREAKS: Jets have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 10/17/16: Jets 3 at Cardinals 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/2/12: Jets 7, Cardinals 6
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating & had 78 rush yards in Week 4. Leads all QBs with 265 rush yards & ties for 1st among QBs (CAM NEWTON) in rush TDs (4) this season. Has 14 TDs (12 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs in his past 6 starts on road. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had 70 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in his last game at NYJ (9/16/18 w/ Mia.). Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. AFC East. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 7 receptions last week. Leads NFL with 39 receptions & ranks 4th with 397 rec. yards. Had 10 receptions for 170 yards & 2 TDs in his last game at NYJ (12/15/18 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 100+ rec. yards & 2+ TD catches. WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 6+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Needs 8 catches to become 2nd player (HOFer JERRY RICE – 1,549) in NFL history with 1,400 career receptions. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 6 sacks in his past 7 vs. NYJ. Has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 6 on road. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 12 tackles & tied his career high with 3 TFL last week. Had 10 tackles, INT & FR in his only career game vs. NYJ (9/27/15 w/ Phi.). LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 9 tackles last week. CB PATRICK PETERSON had 26th-career INT last week, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2011. Had INT in only career game at NYJ (12/2/12). Aims for his 4th in row on road with PD.
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 230 yards & rushed for career high 84 yards, incl. 46-yard TD, last week. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs & 111.6 rating in his past 5 vs. NFC. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 0 INTs. • RB LE’VEON BELL rushed for 88 yards in only career game vs. Az. (10/18/15 with Pit.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards. RB FRANK GORE has 1,765 scrimmage yards (88.3 per game) & 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in 20 career games vs. Az., both 2nd-most vs. any opponent. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. Ranks 3rd in NFL history with 15,521 career rush yards & 4th with 19,428 scrimmage yards. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 7 catches for team-high 104 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Az. WR CHRIS HOGAN aims for 3rd in row at home with 4+ catches. WR JEFF SMITH set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (81) last week. • CB PIERRE DESIR had 8 tackles & tied career high with 2 INTs last week, incl. 35-yard TD-return. Has 3 INTs in 2 home games this season. CB BRIAN POOLE had 1st INT of season in Week 4. Had INT, sack & FR in his last game vs. Az. (12/16/18 with Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with PD. S BRADLEY MCDOUGALD aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 6 tackles & PD last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Az. (12/10/17 with Ten.).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (AZ), 81 (NYJ) | XM: 385 (AZ), 226 (NYJ)
NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-2-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-0)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 47-28-3
STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/25/16: Steelers 3 at Eagles 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/12: Steelers 16, Eagles 14
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 193 yards & TD vs. INT for 81.4 rating & had 37 rush yards & rush TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & DAK PRESCOTT) with 3+ rush TDs (3) in 2020. Passed for 301 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.9 rating in last meeting. • RB MILES SANDERS had 76 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 30 rec.) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has 441 scrimmage yards (88.2 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games vs. AFC. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 4 catches last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 70+ rec. yards & 5th in row vs. division with 6+ receptions. Since 2013, leads all TEs in receptions (544) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (5,882). WR TRAVIS FULGHAM had 42- yard rec. TD last week, his 1st-career TD catch. • DT FLETCHER COX had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 6.5 sacks in his past 6 vs. AFC North & aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FR in last meeting. Has 7 sacks & 8 TFL in his past 6 vs. AFC North. DE JOSH SWEAT had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT HASSAN RIDGEWAY had 1st sack of season in Week 4. LB ALEX SINGLETON had 30-yard INT-TD last week, his 1stcareer TD. S RODNEY MCLEOD tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had 14th-career INT last week. CB DARIUS SLAY aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB CRE’VON LEBLANC had 2nd-career sack & 2nd-career FF last week.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 237 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in Week 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for 257 yards in last meeting. Has passed for 926 yards (308.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 115.6 rating in his past 3 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. • RB JAMES CONNER led team with season-high 149 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in Week 3, his 7th game with 100+ rush yards & rush TD since 2018, 3rd-most in AFC. Aims for 3rd in row with 105+ rush yards & rush TD. RB BENNY SNELL aims for his 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 4 catches for 43 yards & TD in Week 3 & became 4th-youngest player (23 years, 310 days) with 3,000+ career rec. yards & 20+ career rec. TDs in NFL history. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 5 catches in Week 3. TE ERIC EBRON had 5 catches for team-high 52 yards & TD in Week 3. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2018, tied-most among TEs. • LB T.J. WATT has 4 TFL & 3.5 sacks in his past 2. Had PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with INT. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 at home. LB BUD DUPREE had 1.5 sacks in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 2+ TFL. CB MIKE HILTON had 7 tackles, TFL & INT in Week 3. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Has FR in 2 of past 3 at home. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Phi), 83 (Pit) | XM: 384 (Phi), 225 (Pit)
NFL PREVIEW: BUFFALO BILLS (4-0) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-0)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-17
STREAKS: Bills have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/6/19: Bills 14 at Titans 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/19
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6 pct.) for 288 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.8 rating & rushed for TD last week. Joined STEVE GROGAN (1976) as only QBs with 2+ TD passes & rush TD in 3 of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Became 2nd-fastest QB to reach 20 career rush TDs (32 games). Passed for 2 TDs & 98.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL in pass yards (1,326) & 3rd in TD passes (12) & rating (122.7). • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 76 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 21 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 6 catches for 115 yards in Week 4. Has 115+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 103 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (9/11/16 with Min.). Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ rec. yards. WR JOHN BROWN had 5 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch last week. Rookie WR GABRIEL DAVIS has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. Has 7 PD in his past 4 on road. CB JOSH NORMAN had TFL, FF & FR last week in Buf. debut. S JORDAN POYER had 9 tackles & TFL in Week 4. Ranks 3rd among safeties with 33 tackles this season. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with season-high 12 tackles last week. Had 2 PD & TFL in last meeting. DT QUINTON JEFFERSON had sack, FF & FR in Week 4.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for season-high 321 yards in Week 3. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 9 of his past 10. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Buf. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Has 21 TDs (18 pass, 3 rush) & 126.1 rating in his past 7 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for season-high 119 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3, his 7th game with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs since 2018, most in NFL. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs, AFC East with rush TD. Has rushed for 115+ yards in 3 of his past 4. Has rushed for 517 yards (129.3 per game) & 4 TDs in his past 4 at home. • TE JONNU SMITH aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches for 69 yards in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 4 catches in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR KALIF RAYMOND had career-high 118 rec. yards in Week 3. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had TFL & PD in Week 3. Has 3 TFL in 2 career games vs. Buf. LB JAYON BROWN had team-high 8 tackles & PD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH had 7 tackles, TFL, FF & INT in Week 3, his 1st-career game with FF & INT. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has 32 career INTs. Rookie CB KRISTIAN FULTON had 1st-career sack in Week 3. Is only rookie with sack & INT this season. S KEVIN BYARD had 2 PD & INT in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 98 (Buf), 121 (Ten) | XM: 390 (Buf), 232 (Ten)
LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-3)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 24-11-1
STREAKS: Washington has won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Washington 27 at Rams 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/15: Washington 24, Rams 10
QB JARED GOFF passed for 200 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 103.1 rating last week. Had TD vs. INT for 85.2 rating in last meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 100.2 rating in 9 career starts vs. NFC East. Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. NFC East & 6th in row overall on road with 2+ TD passes. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB MALCOLM BROWN had career-high 5 receptions & 56 scrimmage yards (37 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 4. • WR COOPER KUPP had 5 catches for 69 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ rec. yards. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 receptions in Week 4. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. TE TYLER HIGBEE has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 5 on road. TE GERALD EVERETT had 1st-career rush TD in Week 4, 1st TE with rush TD since TRAVIS KELCE (Week 14, 2019). • DL AARON DONALD had 0.5 sacks last week. Has 1.5 sacks & 4 TFL in 3 career games vs. Was. Has 7 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 7 on road. DL MORGAN FOX had sack & 3rd-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DL MICHAEL BROCKERS had sack last week. CB JALEN RAMSEY had PD in only career game vs. Was. (12/16/18 w/ Jax.). CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS had INT & 2 PD last week. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road. S TAYLOR RAPP led team with 8 tackles in Week 4.
QB DWAYNE HASKINS set career-highs in completions (32), attempts (45) & pass yards (314) & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 4. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at home. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) had career-high 128 scrimmage yards (career-high 82 rec, 46 rush) & rush TD last week. Is 1 of 2 rookie RBs (JAMES ROBINSON) with 250+ scrimmage yards (284) & 3+ TDs (3) in 2020. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 7 receptions last week. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with career-high 10 receptions for 118 yards, his 5th-career 100-yard game. Is 1st Was. WR with 10+ catches & 100+ yards in single game since MAURICE HARRIS (11/4/18). Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ receptions. • LB JON BOSTIC led team with career-high 14 tackles last week, his 11th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Rams & 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. DE RYAN KERRIGAN has 5 sacks in his past 5 at home. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 4 FFs in 5 career games vs. Rams & aims for his 4th in row vs. Rams with FF. DE CHASE YOUNG leads all rookies with 2.5 sacks in 2020. DT TIM SETTLE had 3rd-career sack last week. S LANDON COLLINS had season-high 8 tackles in Week 4. Has 15 tackles (7.5 per game) & 2 INTs, incl. 44-yard INT-TD, in 2 career games vs. Rams. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 at home. CB KENDALL FULLER had 1st-career game with 2 INTs in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Rams with TFL.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 99 (LAR), 108 (Was) | XM: 391 (LAR), 233 (Was)
NFL PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-3) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-2)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Dolphins have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/27/16: 49ers 24 at Dolphins 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/12: 49ers 27, Dolphins 13
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 29 of 45 passes (64.4 pct.) for 315 yards & rushed for season-high 47 yards & TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. • RB MYLES GASKIN had 62 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 22 rec.) last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 233 scrimmage yards (77.7 per game) in his past 3 on road. RB JORDAN HOWARD has rush TD in 5 of his past 6. Has 4 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. SF. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC West. RB MATT BREIDA had 2,463 scrimmage yards & 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.) in 3 seasons with SF (2017-19). • WR DEVANTE PARKER had career-high 10 catches for season high 110 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 64 rec. yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 AFC WRs (DJ CHARK & TYREEK HILL) with 10+ rec. TDs since 2019. TE MIKE GESICKI has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 14 career INTs, tied-2nd most in NFL since 2017. S BOBBY MCCAIN had PD last week. Had PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with PD. LB KYLE VAN NOY has FF in 2 of past 3. Had sack in his last game vs. SF (11/20/16 with NE). LB SHAQ LAWSON had 1st sack of season in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with sack. LB ELANDON ROBERTS had FF in Week 4. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 2 TFL & sack last week.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 23 TDs (22 pass, 1 rush) & 9 INTs for 100.8 rating in 13 career home games with SF. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.4 rating in only career start vs. Mia. (9/18/16 w/ NE). QB C.J. BEATHARD completed 14 of 19 (73.7 pct) for 138 yards in Week 4. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had 7 receptions & 97 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 43 rec.) with rush TD last week, his 3rd-career game with 7+ catches. Is 1 of 4 RBs (DALVIN COOK, AARON JONES & ALVIN KAMARA) with TD in each of 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had career-high 15 receptions for 183 yards & TD, his 9th-career 100-yard game. Reached 3,000 rec. yards in 47th career game, tied-3rd fastest among TEs in NFL history. Has 5+ receptions in 8 of his past 9 at home. Rookie WR BRANDON AIYUK had 38-yard rush TD last week. Is 1st rookie WR since DEEBO SAMUEL (Week 16-17, 2019) with rush TD in consecutive weeks. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 45 scrimmage yards (35 rec., 10 rush) in season debut last week. • LB FRED WARNER had 5 tackles last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 5+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 0.5 sacks in Week 4. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. DL KERRY HYDER had 0.5 sacks last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. DL D.J. JONES had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had 1st-career INT in Week 4.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Mia), 83 (SF) | XM: 384 (Mia), 225 (SF)
NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-1)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 15-14
STREAKS: Colts have won 8 of past 9
LAST GAME: 9/24/17: Browns 28 at Colts 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/7/14: Colts 25, Browns 24
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 190 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 100+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 72.7 comp. pct. this season (min. 20 attempts).Ranks 6th all-time in pass yards (60,255) & TD passes (401). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR (rookie) led team with 68 rush yards last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 250 rush yards. RB NYHEIM HINES has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR T.Y. HILTON has 17 catches for 303 yards (151.5 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 2 vs. Cle. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches. WR ZACH PASCALL had team-high 58 rec. yards last week. TE MO ALIE-COX had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. TE JACK DOYLE has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. AFC North. • DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. Cle. (10/27/13 with KC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with sack, FF & FR. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with 3.5 sacks. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had PD in Week 4. Had sack, FF & PD in only career game vs. Cle. (10/7/19 with SF). Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with sack. LB DARIUS LEONARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 9+ tackles. CB XAVIER RHODES aims for 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Had PD in his last game vs. Cle. (10/29/17 with Min.). Rookie S JULIAN BLACKMON had 3 PD & 1st-career INT last week.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 pct.) for 165 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 682 pass yards (341 per game) in 2 career games vs. AFC South. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 110+ rating. • RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for 71 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 games this season. Has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) in 2 career games vs. AFC South. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads AFC with 5 TDs this season. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON rushed for career-high 95 yards in Week 4. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. led team with 5 catches & had 154 scrimmage yards (81 rec., career-high 73 rush) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) last week. Had 8 catches for 156 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (11/3/14 with NYG). Has 53 catches for 667 yards (111.2 per game) in 6 career games vs. AFC South. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 5 catches & threw 37-yard TD pass last week. Had 7 catches for 111 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (12/27/15 with Mia.). TE AUSTIN HOOPER had rec. TD last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks & FF in Week 4. Has 5 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with sack. Tied for NFL lead with 5 sacks. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. CB DENZEL WARD had 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Has 4 PD in his past 2 at home. S ANDREW SENDEJO had FF in Week 4.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 135 (Ind), 81 (Cle) | XM: 385 (Ind), 226 (Cle)
NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (0-4) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (1-3)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 68-45-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/4/19: Cowboys 37 at Giants 18
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/19: Cowboys 35, Giants 17
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 190 yards & rushed for 45 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 40+ rush yards. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & RUSSELL WILSON) with 10+ games (11) with 20+ rush yards since 2019. Passed for 210 yards & TD vs. INT in last meeting. In his past 6 starts on road, has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 193 scrimmage yards (141 rush, 52 rec.) & tied his career-high with 3 rush TDs in his only career game at Dal. (9/27/15 w/ Atl.). RB WAYNE GALLMAN had season high 45 rush yards last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Dal. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had team-high 48 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 on road. TE EVAN ENGRAM led team & tied season-high with 6 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches. Had 11 receptions for 116 yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Dal. with rec. TD. & 5th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ catches. WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 catches in last meeting. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 13 tackles in Week 4. Ties2nd in NFL in tackles (43) & TFL (5). Aims for his 6th in row with TFL. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 8+ tackles. LB KYLER FACKRELL had sack & 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & 2+ TFL. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 1st-career FR last week. Leads NFL with 9 PD in 2020.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for career-high 502 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 112.9 rating last week. Is 1st player with 450+ pass yards in 3 consecutive games in NFL history. Leads NFL with 1,690 pass yards, most by player in team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. Has 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 110.5 rating in 8 career starts vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 405 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 158.3 rating in last home meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 125 scrimmage yards (71 rec., 54 rush) & 8 receptions last week. Leads NFL with 35 games of 120+ scrimmage yards since 2016. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 120+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 139 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NYG with rush TD. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 12 receptions & 134 rec. yards & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 90+ rec. yards. Is only player in NFL with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. Rookie WR CEEDEE LAMB had 5 catches for 79 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads all rookies in receptions (21) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (309). TE DALTON SCHULTZ is only NFC TE with 200+ rec. yards (219) & 2+ TD catches (2). • LB ALDON SMITH leads NFC with 4 sacks in 2020. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last game vs. NYG (10/6/19 w/ Min.). Rookie CB TREVON DIGGS had 1st-career sack last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 82 (Dal) | XM: 383 (NYG), 227 (Dal)
NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (1-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-2)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 26-22
STREAKS: Patriots have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Patriots 41 at Broncos 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/2/14: Patriots 43, Broncos 21
QB BRETT RYPIEN completed 19 pof 31 passes (61.3 pct.) for 242 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 1st-career start last week. • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for season-high 107 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards & TD in 4 of his past 5. Rushed for 132 yards & TD in only career game vs. NE (10/29/17 with LAC). Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. Is 1 of 3 (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & TODD GURLEY) with 50+ TDs (51) since 2016. • WR TIM PATRICK had 6 catches for career-high 113 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Rookie WR JERRY JEUDY had 61 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 4. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Leads AFC rookies with 234 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 15 catches this season. TE NOAH FANT had 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 5 tackles & season-high 2.5 sacks last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB JOSEY JEWELL led team with 10 tackles & had PD & career-high 2 sacks in Week 4. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC East. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON had 1st sack of season last week. Has 21 tackles (10.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. AFC East. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road. S KAREEM JACKSON had 2 FF in his last game vs. NE (9/9/18 with Hou.). CB DE’VANTE BAUSBY had 3 PD last week.
QB CAM NEWTON has 90+ rating & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his past 3. Ties for NFL lead among QBs with 4 rush TDs this season. QB BRIAN HOYER completed 15 of 24 passes (62.5 pct.) for 130 yards in 1st start of season last week. QB JARRETT STIDHAM passed for 60 yards & TD in season debut in Week 4. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS led team with career-high 100 rush yards in season debut last week. RB JAMES WHITE had 59 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 21 rush) & team-high 7 catches in Week 4. Had TD catch in last meeting. Since 2016, leads all RBs in rec. TDs (20) & ranks 2nd in catches (285) & rec. yards (2,444). RB REX BURKHEAD aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 2. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 24 catches for 274 yards (91.3 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 3 vs. Den. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. AFC West. WR DAMIERE BYRD had 5 catches for season-high 80 yards last week. Has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR N’KEAL HARRY had 1st TD catch of season in Week 4. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 1st FF of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with PD. Has 13 PD & 3 INTs in his past 8 at home. CB J.C. JACKSON had PD & FR in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD & FR. S DEVIN MCCOURTY has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den., incl. postseason. LB CHASE WINOVICH aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 6 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Den), 146 (NE) | XM: 389 (Den), 231 (NE)
NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-3) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4-0)
WEEK 5 // SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // CENTURYLINK FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
REGULAR SEAOSN HISTORY:
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 11-5
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 5
LAST GAME: 12/2/19: Vikings 30 at Seahawks 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/2/19
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 260 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 127.1 rating in Week 4. Has 5 TDs vs. INT for 92.5 rating in 4 career starts vs. Sea. • RB DALVIN COOK had 146 scrimmage yards (130 rush, 16 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with 140+ scrimmage yards & TD. Leads NFL in rush yards (424) & rush TDs (6) in 2020. Had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Sea. & 5th in row overall with TD. • WR ADAM THIELEN led team with 8 receptions for 114 yards & TD last week, his 19th-career 100-yard game. Has 15 games with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch since 2016, most in NFL. Had 5 catches for 70 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (12/10/18). Rookie WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 4 catches for 103 yards last week. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (348) & 100+ rec. yard games (2). Ranks 2nd in NFL with 21.8 yards per catch (min. 15 receptions). TE KYLE RUDOLPH had rec. TD in last meeting. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack last week. Is 1 of 3 (MYLES GARRETT & CHRIS JONES) with 3+ sacks (3) & 2+ FFs (2) in 2020. Had sack in only career game vs. Sea. (12/10/17 w/ Jax.). LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 12 tackles last week. Leads NFL with 45 tackles in 2020. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 7+ tackles. S ANTHONY HARRIS had 20-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 7+ tackles. S HARRISON SMITH had 10 tackles & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at Sea. with 7+ tackles.
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 360 yards with 2 TDs vs. INT for 112.4 rating in Week 4. Leads NFL with 16 TD passes, tied most (PEYTON MANNING, 2013) by player in team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.5 rating in 5 career starts vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ TD passes & 130+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 100 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 20 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Rushed for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 90+ rush yards & rush TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. • WR DK METCALF had 4 receptions for 106 yards in Week 4. Had 6 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. Leads NFL with 25.2 yards per catch (min. 15 receptions). WR TYLER LOCKETT has 12 rec. TDs in his past 11 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. Ranks 2nd with 22 rec. TDs since 2018. WR DAVID MOORE had 95 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 60-yard TD catch in last meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles. Has 9+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home. LB K.J. WRIGHT had career-high 3 PD & 11th-career FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with 9+ tackles. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. S JAMAL ADAMS had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in only career game vs. Min. (10/21/18 w/ NYJ).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Holmgren SIRIUS: 81 (Min), 83 (Sea) | XM: 226 (Min), 225 (Sea)
NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-2)
WEEK 5 // MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 10/2/16: Saints 35 at Chargers 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/12: Saints 31, Chargers 24
QB JUSTIN HERBERT (rookie) completed 20 of 25 passes (80 pct.) for 290 yards & career-high 3 TDs vs. INT for 137.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 275+ pass yards & TD pass. Became 1st rookie QB with 2 TD passes of 50+ yards in game since 2017 (DESHAUN WATSON). QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 246 yards & TD for 94.6 rating in his last game vs. NO (9/6/18 with Cle.). Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. • RB JOSHUA KELLEY ranks 4th among AFC rookies with 258 scrimmage yards this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 8 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Has 21 catches (10.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC South. Leads AFC with 32 catches & ranks 2nd with 327 rec. yards. WR JALEN GUYTON had 72- yard TD catch in Week 4. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. WR TYRON JOHNSON had TD catch in NFL debut last week. TE HUNTER HENRY has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had rec. TD in last meeting. TE DONALD PARHAM had TD catch in NFL debut last week. • DE JOEY BOSA has sack in 3 of past 4. Has 6 TFL & 5 sacks in 5 career games vs. NFC South. LB KYZIR WHITE had 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Rookie LB KENNETH MURRAY has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 5 tackles last week. Had PD in last meeting & has PD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had 78-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road.
QB DREW BREES passed for 246 yards with 2 TDs vs. INT for 116.4 rating last week. Has 709 pass yards (354.5 per game) & 7 TDs vs. INT for 115.9 rating in 2 career home starts vs. Chargers. Had 12,348 pass yards & 80 TDs in 5 seasons with Chargers (2001-05). Has 7,868 pass yards (302.6 per game) & 57 TDs vs. 20 INTs for 105.4 rating in 26 career starts on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 300+ pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 119 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD last week. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (557) & scrimmage TDs (7). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TDs. Has 612 scrimmage yards (102 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 6 career games on MNF. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 295 scrimmage yards (98.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Chargers. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 33 receptions for 396 yards (99 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career home games on MNF. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS led team with 6 catches & 93 rec. yards last week. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had 2 rec. TDs in Week 4, his 2nd-career game with 2 TDs. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack last week. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chargers with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home on MNF. DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 3 of his past 4. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 6+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. Chargers. Has 5 PD in his past 4 on MNF. S MALCOLM JENKINS has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 5 on MNF.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (LAC), 83 (NO) | XM: 226 (LAC), 225 (NO)
WHITEY FORD DIES AT 91
During an era when the Yankees won the World Series so routinely it was joked that rooting for them was like rooting for General Motors, their ace pitcher owned the most fitting nickname: “The Chairman of the Board.”
Whitey Ford, the street-smart New Yorker who had the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century and helped the Yankees become baseball’s perennial champions in the 1950s and ’60s, died Thursday night. He was 91.
The team said Friday the Hall of Famer died at his Long Island home in Lake Success, New York, while watching the Yankees in a playoff game. His wife of 69 years, Joan, and family members were with him.
Ford had suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. His death was the latest this year of a number of baseball greats – Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson.
On a franchise long defined by power hitters, Ford was considered its greatest starting pitcher. He posted the most wins in Yankees history and still owns the record for World Series victories.
Not big and not overpowering, the wily left-hander played in the majors from 1950-67, all with the Yankees, and teamed with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra to win six championships.
“If you were a betting man, and if he was out there pitching for you, you’d figure it was your day,” former teammate and World Series MVP Bobby Richardson told The Associated Press on Friday.
Ford won 236 games and lost just 106, a winning percentage of .690. He would help symbolize the almost machinelike efficiency of the Yankees in the mid-20th century, when only twice between Ford’s rookie year and 1964 did they fail to make the World Series.
“This is one of the guys that’s a Mount Rushmore guy in the Yankee organization,” manager Aaron Boone said.
The blond-haired Ford was nicknamed “Whitey” while still in the minor leagues, and quickly reached the mound at Yankee Stadium.
His death occurred in a month when he for so long soared on baseball’s biggest stage, and hours before his former team played Tampa Bay in a decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series. The Yankees planned a patch with Ford’s No. 16 on their uniforms.
“He would have been the starting pitcher in this game for the Yankees in years past,” Richardson said.
The World Series record book is crowded with Ford’s accomplishments. His string of 33 consecutive scoreless innings from 1960-62 broke a record of 29 2-3 innings set by Babe Ruth. Ford holds records for World Series wins (10), games and starts (22), innings pitched (146) and strikeouts (94).
“I saw him plenty from the other side,” said 93-year-old Carl Erskine, whose Brooklyn Dodgers often faced the Yankees in October. “Too bad for us, Whitey and those guys won most of the games.”
Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, the only player unanimously elected to the Hall, set the postseason record for consecutive innings – a majority of them in the AL playoffs.
“Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in our sport’s rich history,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Beyond the Chairman of the Board’s excellence on the mound, he was a distinguished ambassador for our national pastime throughout his life.”
Ford died on the 64th anniversary of the single greatest pitching performance in Yankees lore – Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Larsen died on New Year’s Day this year.
Ford also made Oct. 8 a special day, surpassing Ruth’s mark for consecutive shutout innings on that date in the 1961 Series. Ford was the MVP of that Fall Classic, twice beating Cincinnati.
“Mickey was hurt and we had a lot of backups in there against the Reds,” teammate Tony Kubek told The Associated Press. “We won that because of Whitey’s pitching.”
Ford was in his mid-20s when he became the go-to guy in manager Casey Stengel’s rotation, the pitcher Stengel said he would always turn to if he absolutely needed to win one game. Ford was Stengel’s choice to pitch World Series openers eight times, another record.
Ford’s best seasons came in 1961 and 1963, in the midst of a stretch of five straight AL pennants for the Yankees, when new manager Ralph Houk began using a four-man rotation instead of five. Ford led the league in victories with 25 in 1961, won the Cy Young Award and starred in the World Series. In 1963, he went 24-7, again leading the league in wins. Eight of his victories that season came in June.
He also led the AL in earned run average in 1956 (2.47) and 1958 (2.01) and was an All-Star in eight seasons.
Ford did have his World Series disappointments. He spoke bitterly of the 1960 championship, when he shut out Pittsburgh twice but was used by Stengel in Game 3 and Game 6 and so was unavailable for the finale, won 10-9 by the Pirates on Bill Mazeroski’s home run in the bottom of the ninth. In 1963, Ford was outmatched twice by Sandy Koufax as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Yankees.
Ford was 10-8 with a 2.71 ERA overall in the World Series. His final appearance there came in the 1964 opener when he lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, who went on take the title behind Gibson.
Unlike Gibson and Koufax, Ford was not a power pitcher. Instead he depended on guile and guts, rarely giving hitters the same look on consecutive pitches. He’d throw overhand sometimes, three-quarters other times, mixing curves and sliders in with his fastball and changeup.
Ford would also acknowledge using some special methods to add movement to his pitches, including saliva, mud and dirt and cutting the ball with a ring.
“If there are some pitchers doing it and getting away with it, that’s fine by me,” Ford told sports writer Phil Pepe, in 1987. “If it were me and I needed to cheat to be able to throw the good stuff that would keep me in the major leagues at a salary of about $800,000 a year, I’d do whatever I had to do”
After his retirement, Ford briefly worked as a broadcaster and opened a restaurant in Garden City, “Whitey Ford’s Cafe,” that closed within a year. In 2001, actor Anthony Michael Hall played Ford in the Billy Crystal-directed HBO movie “61(asterisk),” about the 1961 season and the quest of Mantle and Roger Maris to break Ruth’s single-year home run record.
Ford and Mantle were cultural opposites, an odd couple who became inseparable off the field, Ford the fast-talking city kid, Mantle the shy country boy from Oklahoma. They enjoyed the attraction of New York nightlife along with rowdy, wise-cracking infielder Billy Martin and Stengel called the trio “whiskey slick.”
Mantle shortened that to just “Slick” for Ford, who proudly used the nickname as the title of his 1987 autobiography, co-written by Pepe. (Ford in turn would coin one of baseball’s most famous nicknames, “Charlie Hustle,” for Pete Rose).
Typical of their adventures was an episode during a trip to Japan where they hooked up with a 400-pound sumo wrestler, who was accompanied by a translator. Through the evening, the wrestler never spoke, just smiling and nodding.
Then it occurred to Martin that it might be fun to sling some insults at the wrestler. Their new friend continued to nod and smile. Then, when the evening was over Martin said good night in Japanese and the wrestler nodded and said, “Thank you very much for a nice evening,” in perfect English.
It was a lesson in international diplomacy.
Ford’s son, Eddie, played shortstop when Richardson was the head coach at the University of South Carolina.
“Sometimes if we were in a slump, Whitey would offer to come down and take the boys out and get them nice and relaxed,” Richardson remembered with a chuckle. “I was like, `Oh, Whitey, we can’t be having any of that.'”
Kubek recalled in his rookie season in 1957, on the Yankees’ first trip to Chicago, he was invited go out with Ford, Mantle and Martin to a nightspot on rollicking Rush Street. After dinner, the three Yankees veterans all excused themselves from the table for various reasons.
“The maitre d’ comes over and hands me the bill. It was over $100. I was embarrassed, I had to tell him that I didn’t have the money,” Kubek said. “Then Whitey comes back and is laughing, he’d set the whole thing up.”
“He was like a little gremlin. He had a little Irish in him. He had a pixie-ish humor,” he said. “But on the mound, he was all business. And if you ever made an error behind him, he wouldn’t give you that look like some pitchers do. He’d just go out and get the next batter.”
After Martin was traded in the aftermath of a 1957 brawl at the Copacabana night club, Ford and Mantle remained centerpieces in the Yankees dynasty and were elected together to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Ford often called his election the highlight of his career, made more meaningful because he was inducted with Mantle, who died in 1995.
“It never was anything I imagined was possible or anything I dared dream about when I was a kid growing up on the sidewalks of New York,” he wrote in his autobiography. “I never really thought I would make it as a kid because I always was too small.”
The Yankees retired his No. 16 the month Ford was inducted into the Hall. He wore No. 19 as a rookie, then changed it.
Edward Charles Ford was born on the East Side of Manhattan, about 100 blocks south of Yankee Stadium. He grew up playing sandlot ball in Astoria, Queens, a section of the city that produced major leaguers Sam Mele and Tony Cuccinello and singer Tony Bennett.
The Yankees signed Ford in 1947 and three years later he was called up in midseason. At just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Ford was viewed as a marginal prospect. But he won nine straight games and nailed down the 1950 World Series sweep of Philadelphia by winning the fourth game, coming within one out of a complete game.
After two years away for military service during the Korean War – he remained stateside in the Army – Ford returned to the Yankees in 1953 and, along with Mantle became the core of a team that won 10 American League pennants and five World Series in the next 12 years. Ford won 18 games in his first season back and never won fewer than 11 for 13 straight seasons.
Mantle summed it up: “He was the best pitcher I ever saw and the greatest competitor. Whitey won seven out of every 10 decisions and nobody in the history of baseball has ever done better than that.”
Ford’s death leaves Bobby Brown, who won four Series titles with the Yankees in the 1940s and ’50s, as the last living link to prominent Yankees who played with both DiMaggio and Ford. Brown is 95.
In addition to his wife and son Eddie, Ford is survived by a daughter, Sally Ann; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ford’s other son, Thomas, died in 1999.
PORZINGIS HAS KNEE SURGERY
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis had surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his right knee, and the team said Friday there was no timetable for a return.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian injured the knee in the opener of a first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in August. Porzingis played the next two games before being sidelined the remainder of a series won in six games by the Clippers.
The Mavericks ended a three-year run of missing the playoffs behind the European pairing of Porzingis and 21-year-old sensation Luka Doncic.
It isn’t clear when NBA training camps will start because of the pandemic, but Commissioner Adam Silver has said he doesn’t expect next season to begin before January.
Porzingis averaged 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season with Dallas. He missed all of 2018-19 after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in what ended up being his final game with the New York Knicks in February 2018.
The Mavericks acquired Porzingis in a seven-player deal before the trading deadline in 2019 and immediately said he wouldn’t play the rest of that season. He signed a $158 million, five-year max contract with Dallas in July 2019.
DJOKOVIC HEADS TO FRENCH FINALS
Novak Djokovic seemed well on his way to yet another ho-hum victory, yet another French Open final, yet another matchup against rival Rafael Nadal. And then, suddenly, what had been a gallop became a grind.
Slightly more than two hours into his semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday night, Djokovic was serving for the match, one point from ending things in straight sets. Just. One. Point. But a down-the-line backhand veered a tad wide, Djokovic rolled his eyes and, eventually, he was stuck in a serious situation, somehow pushed to five sets.
As is usually the case, though, he was up to the task when it mattered the most. Djokovic got back in gear down the stretch to hold off the much younger, much less accomplished Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 to reach his fifth title match at Roland Garros.
“I stayed calm on the surface,” Djokovic said, “but deep down, it was a totally different matter.”
Standing in the way of No. 1 Djokovic, a 33-year-old from Serbia, on Sunday at Court Philippe Chatier – he is pursuing a second trophy there and 18th from all Grand Slam tournaments – will be, as it’s been so often, No. 2 Nadal, a 34-year-old from Spain.
It will be their 56th meeting, the most between two men in the professional era (Djokovic leads 29-26), 16th at a major (Nadal leads 9-6) and eighth at the French Open (Nadal leads 6-1).
“It’s his house,” Djokovic said.
In addition to closing in on an unfathomable 13th French Open championship with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (0) win over 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, Nadal now gets a chance to tie Roger Federer for the men’s record of 20 Slam titles.
Nadal said it’s fine for others to discuss about such matters, but his focus remains squarely on the task at hand.
“I’m playing the most important tournament of the year – that’s what motivates me,” he insisted.
While Nadal dealt with the slightest tension late in his third set Friday, everything became more interesting at that juncture for Djokovic against Tsitsipas, a 22-year-old from Greece in his second major semifinal.
Djokovic served for the win at 5-4, holding that match point at 40-30. He would require another 1 hour, 45 minutes to finish the job.
That one misstep left the door a bit ajar, and Tsitsipas barged through. He got his first break all match when Djokovic sent a forehand long, making it 5-all. Tsitsipas broke again to steal that set when Djokovic netted a forehand, then got things to a fifth.
What changed? Tsitsipas began pushing forward more, taking the action to Djokovic, whose misses began to increase with less time to properly calibrate.
Also notable: the massive swing in success on break points.
Djokovic started by converting 4 of 5, then went through a stretch where he was 1 for 13.
Tsitsipas, in contrast, began 0 for 10, then went 4 for 5.
After the fourth set, Djokovic changed socks and shoes, and Tsitsipas got a medical visit for a check of his left leg.
“I believe my body was not ready,” Tsitsipas acknowledged afterward. “Physically, I wasn’t really there.”
Djokovic is now 32-10 in five-setters, and 216-1 when taking a two-set lead in Grand Slam matches (the lone loss came at the 2010 French Open against Jurgen Melzer).
Tsitsipas? Only 2-4 in five-setters.
Maybe it made sense, then, that Djokovic, so reliant on drop shots all match and all tournament, used a perfect one to break for a 2-1 lead in the fifth. That became 4-1 when Tsitsipas double-faulted.
“I feel, I can say, happy – and, at the same time, sad,” Tsitsipas said.
Djokovic is now 37-1 in 2020, the only setback coming via a disqualification at the U.S. Open last month.
“For sure, he has reached almost perfection, Novak, in his game style, the way he plays,” Tsitsipas said, “which is unbelievable to see, honestly.”
Nadal improved to 99-2 at the French Open – go ahead, read that again – including a combined 25-0 in semifinals and finals, as he seeks a fourth consecutive title in Paris.
He has won all 15 sets he’s played over the past two weeks, making a mockery of the supposed explanations for why this year, so different for so many reasons, might be different for Nadal in the City of Lights.
The shift in dates from May-June to September-October because of the pandemic, bringing cooler weather. New, slightly heavier, tennis balls. Nadal’s decision to skip the U.S. Open, leaving him with only three matches since tennis resumed in August.
Then there was this: Schwartzman upset Nadal in straight sets on clay at the Italian Open last month.
The late-afternoon sun at Court Philippe Chatrier created awkward shadows over much of the court and blinding brightness at one end, prompting Schwartzman to flip around his backward baseball hat so the brim could shield his eyes.
Only 1,000 spectators are being allowed on the grounds daily, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases in France, and the sparse crowd on hand was cheering for Schwartzman late in the third, when he kept that set close.
By the end, fans were chanting, “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” as they have so many times in the past.
“You can’t pretend to be in a final of Roland Garros without suffering. That’s what happened there,” Nadal said about the tight third set. “But I found a way, no?”
So, too, did Djokovic.
GOALIES GET SHUFFLED IN NHL FREE AGENCY
It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup party.
The effects of a flat salary cap took its toll on the Lightning less than two weeks after winning their second Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay bid farewell to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed with Anaheim, and the team was forced to place center Tyler Johnson on waivers as the NHL’s free agency period opened Friday.
In the meantime, the league’s higher profile free agents such as defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Torey Krug and winger Taylor Hall, remained on the market with a $81.5 million cap – unchanged from last year – adding a layer of uncertainty to a coronavirus pandemic-altered economy.
“It’s a bit of a new world right now with the flat cap and the revenue situation,” Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said. “You don’t want to risk anything too long on either side because it just might not make sense.”
The one exception involved goalies, with a long-anticipated shuffle materializing in the first hours of free agency.
Jacob Markstrom left Vancouver to sign a six-year, $36 million contract with the Calgary Flames. The Canucks replaced Markstrom by signing Braden Holtby to a two-year, $8.6 million contract. The 2016 Vezina Trophy winner spent his first 10 seasons in Washington, where he helped the Capitals win the Cup in 2018.
Henrik Lundqvist signed a one-year contract with Washington, two weeks after having his contract bought out by the New York Rangers.
The Wild quickly addressed their goaltending needs after trading Devan Dubnyk to San Jose, by signing Cam Talbot signing a three-year, $11 million deal. Anton Khudobin, who backstopped the Dallas Stars run to the Stanley Cup Final, is staying put in Dallas after signing a three-year, $10 million contract.
Among skaters, Shattenkirk agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.7 million, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
The Lightning entered the offseason projected to have about $4.5 million of room under the cap, also lost forward Carter Verhaeghe, who signed with Florida. As for Johnson, who had four goals and seven points in 25 playoff games, he was placed on waivers with three years remaining on a seven-year, $35 million contract that includes a no-trade clause.
Much of the Lightning’s core remains in place with captain Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy all under contract.
The flat cap led to a flood of players hitting the market. They included a large number of restricted free agents, whose rights were not retained because teams feared what contracts those players could be awarded in arbitration.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said the salary crunch was reason behind why some of the higher profile players were still available.
“You saw some teams clear some cap space, so I’m assuming it’s pretty competitive on those big names right now,” MacLellan said. “I think once the bigger names go down, I think it’ll loosen up or might slow down after that. I think it’s still going pretty hard right now.”
The Vegas Golden Knights were one of those teams in kicking off the day by trading Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets. In freeing the final year of Stastny’s contract and $5.5 million cap hit, Vegas acquired defenseman Carl Dahlstrom and a conditional 2022 fourth-round draft pick.
The trade was a reversal from two years ago, when the Jets had little room to maneuver under the salary cap, and were unable to re-sign Stastny after being outbid by the Golden Knights.
“It’s 2020. that’s how you sum it up, right?” Stastny said of his unexpected return to Winnipeg. “You always have to expected the unexpected. And when stuff like this happens, you always have to be ready to move on and brace for the next challenge that comes ahead.”
Holtby was relieved to find a landing spot.
“Everything’s different this year,” he said. “It’s not an experience that I think is fun, not knowing and all that. I’m excited to have it over now.”
In Washington, Lundqvist is changing uniforms after 15 seasons in New York, where he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011.
After years of tormenting Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals in the playoffs, he will try to help them win it again at the tail end of his illustrious time in the NHL while sharing the duties with Ilya Samsonov.
“It’s kind of crazy,” Lundqvist said of being teammates with Ovechkin. “It was funny to call him the other day. He’s been so fun to play against because of how good he is, but he’s also a character on the ice, so I look forward to now be on the same team.”
In other moves:
– The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings agreed to a one-year $1 million deal with 33-year-old winger Bobby Ryan, who is hoping to revive his career after battling alcohol issues. Ryan missed more than two months of last season in Ottawa after entering the NHL/NHLPA players assistance program in November, 2019.
– Veteran forward Wayne Simmonds was among the first free agents to sign, reaching a one-year $1.5 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 12-year veteran split last season between New Jersey and Buffalo.
– The Rangers agreed to sign defenseman Jack Johnson, who had the final three years of his contract bought out by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
– The Blackhawks agreed to sign rookie of the year finalist Dominik Kubalik to a two-year, $7.4 million contract extension. With starting goalie Corey Crawford entering free agency, the Blackhawks also signed goalie Malcolm Subban to a two-year, $1.7 million contract.
– The Senators and newly acquired goalie Matt Murray agreed to two-year, $25 million deal. The Senators traded forward prospect Jonathan Gruden and the 52nd pick this year to Pittsburgh to get Murray on Wednesday.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Jarrett Announces Incoming Baseball Class
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following a successful first season at the helm, head coach Link Jarrett is pleased to announce the incoming baseball class for the 2021 season. A mix of graduate transfers, junior college transfers and incoming freshman highlight the 17 new faces that will be joining the Irish this year.
“Our coaching staff is excited about our incoming group of players,” said Link Jarrett. “We feel we have a variety of quality individuals, talented in their own unique skill sets. The addition of the transfers adds instant experience and maturity to our roster. We are also impressed by our talented freshmen and how they are adapting to a new environment. Rich and Chuck did a great job in our recruiting transition. Equally as impressive is how these newcomers represent all that is distinct and special about Notre Dame.”
The incoming class is filled with a strong group of graduate transfers who have played a number of collegiate games and look to make an immediate impact with the Irish. The Irish bring in three Friday starters along with two key bullpen pieces to shape their rotation heading into the 2021 season. The five graduate transfers have played a combined 279 collegiate games, including 217 starts prior to coming to Notre Dame. The incoming freshmen are also a strong group of immediate impact players that will round the Irish into form for the upcoming 2021 season.
Some of the newcomers expected to make an immediate impact include RHP Christian Scafidi from The University of Pennsylvania who was the 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the first team All-Ivy in his last full season of baseball. C/OF Alex Brait from FGCU was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team in 2017 and earned first team (2018) and second team (2019) all-conference honors the past two seasons. LHP Joe Sheridan from UCF was named a freshman All-American in 2017 by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Local product LHP/OF Ryan Lynch from Penn High School (teammates with senior Niko Kavadas), took the Kingsmen to the state championship game during his freshman season in 2017. Lynch was named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year in 2019-20. Another local product is a familiar name to the Notre Dame campus. OF/C Brady Gumpf, son of current softball head coach Deanna Gumpf, led St. Joseph High School to the state championship in 2017. Brady’s dad, John, was a Notre Dame baseball assistant coach for three years and was the head coach at St. Joseph High School in South Bend. The incoming freshman class is filled with talent as a number of them earned All-American honors during their high school careers including Matt Bedford, Drew Byers, Brock Murtha, Gumpf, Lynch and Danny Neri.
A full breakdown of the entire 17-man incoming class is located below:
2021 Incoming Class
- LHP John Michael Bertrand Graduate Student 6-3/205 Alpharetta, GA (Furman/Blessed Trinity)
- C/OF Alex Brait Graduate Student 6-4/210 Viera, FL (FGCU/Viera)
- LHP James Hulbert Graduate Student 6-2/220 Harrison, NY (Richmond/Fordham Prep)
- RHP Christian Scafidi Graduate Student 6-4/265 Blackwood, NJ (Pennsylvania/Highland Regional)
- LHP Joe Sheridan Graduate Student 6-0/180 Oviedo, FL (UCF/Hagerty HS)
- C/OF Nick Juaire Junior 5-8/180 Farmington, MN (Iowa Western CC/TCU)
- RHP Tanner Kohlhepp Junior 6-3/212 Eau Claire, WI (Iowa Western CC/Tennessee)
- RHP Matt Bedford Freshman 6-1/185 Staten Island, NY (St. Peter’s Boys)
- INF Drew Byers Freshman 6-1/190 Franklin, TN (Ensworth)
- OF/RHP Sammy Cooper Freshman 5-11/185 Lee’s Summit, MO (Lee’s Summit West)
- RHP Jackson Dennies Freshman 6-4/225 River Ridge, LA (Archbishop Rummel)
- OF/C Brady Gumpf Freshman 6-1/195 South Bend, IN (St. Joseph’s)
- C Tony Lindwedel Freshman 5-11/185 St. Louis, MO (St. Louis University HS)
- LHP/OF Ryan Lynch Freshman 6-2/210 Granger, IN (Penn)
- INF Brock Murtha Freshman 6-0/185 Sayville, NY (Sayville)
- C Danny Neri Freshman 6-0/180 Macclenny, FL (Bishop John J. Snyder)
- OF TJ Williams Freshman 5-11/175 Germantown, MD (Georgetown Prep)
John Michael Bertrand Grd. LHP L/L 6-3/205 Alpharetta, GA Furman/Blessed Trinity School
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2020 Academic All-Southern Conference Team
- 2020 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
- 2019 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
- 2018 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
AS A SENIOR (2020)
- Made four starts in the shortened season due to COVD-19
- Finished the season with a 3-1 record and 1.50 ERA.
- Bertrand pitched a team-high 24.0 innings, allowing only four runs and five hits on the year while striking out a team-high 23 batters.
- Picked up the win in the season opener against La Salle after six innings of one run ball, allowing just two hits and he struck out seven
- Struck out seven batters again in his next start against Eastern Kentucky to earn his second win of the year
- In his final start, Bertrand tied a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win over Campbell
- Bertrand tossed six innings in each of his four starts on the year
AS A JUNIOR (2019)
- Served as the Paladins’ Friday night starter in eight of the nine SoCon series
made 15 appearances and 13 starts
- Posted a 4-6 record with a 4.90 ERA
- Worked 82.2 innings, second highest on the staff
- Earned his first victory (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in a 7-4 road victory at USC Upstate
- Pitched a complete game (9.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in a 10-3 triumph at UNCG
- Beat Western Carolina (7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, career high 8 Ks) in a 9-4 triumph in Cullowhee
- Collected his final victory of the season (8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5K) in a 7-3 triumph at Wofford, setting the table for a series victory over the Terriers
- Recipient of the squad’s Carter Grote Award for dedication, hustle, and leadership for the second straight year
- Named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)
- Registered 16 appearances and seven starts
- Posted a 5-3 record with a 4.88 ERA 51.2 innings
- Made his first seven appearances out of the bullpen, earning his first victory (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) in relief versus Penn (12-4 win)
- Picked his second win in his next appearance, his first career start (5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) in an 8-3 road triumph over Winthrop
- Returned to the bullpen and made it three wins in three consecutive appearances (2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 K) in an 8-6 triumph over Harvard
- Delivered a series-clinching winning start (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in regular season finale at East Tennessee State (9-4 win)
- Received Furman’s Carter Grote Award for dedication, hustle, and leadership…named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll
AS A FRESHMAN (2017)
- Did not see any action.
PREP AND PERSONAL
- 2016 graduate of Blessed Trinity (3A) Catholic High School
- Baseball coach was Andy Harlin
- Went 9-0 with a 1.16 ERA and earned first team all-state honors as a senior after helping lead his squad to a 33-4 record, region championship, state runner-up finish, and No. 40 national ranking by USA Today
- Team won its first 18 games in 2016 to run program winning streak to 49 games, which included 33 straight wins in 2015 en route to state championship
- 2015 squad went 33-2 was ranked 36th nationally by Baseball America
- 33-win campaigns marked a school record
- posted a 9-0 record with 1.16 ERA and 63 strikeouts his senior year
- first-team all-region pick in basketball and member of the state Sweet 16 team his junior year.
- Full name is John Michael Bertrand
- Son of Jim and Christine and Bertrand
- Brother JD is a linebacker on the Notre Dame Football team
- Father rowed collegiately at the University of San Diego
- Grandfather played football at Missouri
- Eagle Scout
Alex Brait Grd. C/OF L/R 6-4/210 Viera, FL FGCU/Viera
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2020 Preseason All-ASUN selection
- 2019 Second Team All-Conference
- 2018 First Team All-Conference
- 2018 ASUN Player of the Week (Feb. 19)
- 2017 ASUN All-Freshman Team
AS A SENIOR (2020)
Preseason All-ASUN selection
- Became the first player in program history to be named to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List
- Threw out a pair of runners from behind the dish, pushing him up to 26 runners caught stealing through his career
- That effort ranks fourth all-time in the FGCU record book
- Finished the season with a .993 career fielding percentage, which checks in at eighth all-time in the Eagle records
- Appeared in all but one game during his senior campaign, starting every contest that he played in
- Led the team with a total of six multi-hit games
- Accounted for both the tying and winning runs during the game against Georgetown (March 10)
- Capped off the year slashing .258/.323/.338 with four doubles and five RBI.
AS A JUNIOR (2019) | Game-by-Game Stats
2019 Second Team All-Conference
- Second Team All-Conference selection after leading the league with 76 hits
- One of two players that started all 55 games for the Eagles, primarily doing so behind the dish
- Became the first player in FGCU history to have a perfect single-season stolen base percentage with more than eight attempts (10-10)
- Tied for 10th on the FGCU single-season list after catching 11 runners stealing base
- Led the team with 23 multi-hit games and finished nine multi-RBI games
- Owned the team’s longest hitting streak (12 games) and at one point had a streak of reaching base safely in 17 consecutive games
- Scored a single-game high four runs during the win over Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 16)
- Pushed the tying run across and layer came around as the final run to cap off the largest comeback in school history in the 10-9 victory over Lipscomb (April 6)
- Scored a team-high 48 runs
- His season fielding percentage (.998) is the eighth-highest in a single season in FGCU history
- Finished the season slashing .321/.414/.390 with eight doubles, one triple and four home runs
- Added 30 RBIs and was credited with 98 total bases.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018) | Game-By-Game Stats
2018 First Team All-Conference
1x ASUN Player of the Week (Feb. 19, 2018)
- First Team All-Conference selection after leading the Eagles with a .335 average
- Appeared in 48 games with 46 starts, appearing in the outfield and behind the plate
- Slashed .335/.404/.467 in his second season
- Posted multi-hit games in five of the first six games of the season and multi-RBI games in four of the first seven games
- Hit a walk-off single in the first game of the year against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 16), the first of three walk-offs to open the season
- Hit his first home run of the year in the finale against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 18)
- During the first two weeks of the season, he tied his career-high with three RBI in three games (vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 16; vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 17; vs. ETSU Feb. 25)
- Posted a career-high and tied a single-game FGCU record with four hits at Jackson State (March 31)
- Later matched his career-high with three RBI on two hits against USC Upstate (April 21)
- Finished the season with hits in eight of the final nine games, including four multi-hit games
- Finished the season with 61 hits, five doubles, two triples, five homes runs, and 26 RBI
- Also caught nine of the 28 runners attempting to steal
AS A FRESHMAN (2017) | Game-by-Game Stats
2017 ASUN All-Freshman Team
- Appeared in 31 games and made 29 starts behind the plate and at DH
- Ranked third on the team with a .296 average
- Recorded his first collegiate hit in a 3-for-3 performance vs. #2 Florida (Mar. 7)
- Hit his first collegiate home run in a 3-for-4 effort vs. Rutgers (Mar. 19)
- Turned in four multi-hit efforts in his first seven games and was hitting .407
- Drove in the winning run on a eighth inning RBI single at Miami (Apr. 12) as FGCU earned its first season series win against the Hurricanes in program history
- Homered in a losing effort at UNF (Apr. 25)
- Went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI as FGCU forced a winner-take-all ASUN Championship vs. Jacksonville (May 27)
PREP AND PERSONAL
- In two full seasons at the varsity level, hit .327 with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored
- Turned in a .351 clip his senior year
- According to Perfect Game, is the 9th-ranked catcher and 90th-ranked player in Florida
- 2016 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American
- Academic honors include: Honor Roll
- Son of Matthew and Jackie Brait
- Has two siblings, Andrew and Anna
- Favorite athlete is Kevin Pillar
- Favorite book is Moneyball
James Hulbert Grd. LHP L/L 6-2/220 Harrison, NY Richmond/Fordham Prep
- Did not appear in a game, and earned a redshirt season
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)
- Had a career outing vs. UMass going 3.1 innings and striking out five batters
- Made 10 appearances out of the bullpen and logged five-consecutive scoreless appearances (3/3-3/27)
- In 18.1 innings of work, he allowed just nine hits, four runs and struck out 19
AS A FRESHMAN (2017)
- Made 13 appearances out of the bullpen during his rookie season
- Tossed a career-long three innings vs. Michigan State (3/18)
- Registered two strikeouts at No. 24 Maryland (4/4)
PREP AND PERSONAL
- Ranked Top-1000 nationally and #6 LHP in NY by Perfect Game
- Named to 2015 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game
- 2015 16U & 17U WWBA Perfect Game All-Tournament Team
- Named 2015 Offensive Player of the Year
- Named 2014 Pitcher of the Year
- Earned Academic First Honors in 2015
- “General Excellence” award in 2015
- Captain of the Baseball Team Selected to the Mayor’s Cup Archdiocese of New York First Team
- Parents are Meredith and Peter
- Has two siblings, Jake and Jane
- Volunteer at POTS in the Bronx Volunteer Tutor at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Port Chester, NY
Innings Pitched: 3.2, at No. 4 Georgia (2/15/20)
Strikeouts: 5, vs. UMass (3/24/18)
Christian Scafidi Grd. RHP R/R 6-4/265 Blackwood, NJ Pennsylvania/Highland Regional
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year
- 2019 First Team All-Ivy League
- 2019 Team Captain
- 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Week (April 13)
- 2019 Big 5 Pitcher of the Week (April 7, April 13, April 27)
- 2020 Ivy League Pitcher of the Week (3/7)
- 2020 Academic All-Ivy
AS A SENIOR (2020)
- Posted a 2-0 record after two starts on the mound in a season shortened by the COVID-19 outbreak
- Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week after a complete game with 11 strikeouts, zero walks, and just one unearned run allowed against FIU (3/7)
- Finished the season with an unblemished 0.00 ERA after 15 innings pitched
- Led the Quakers with 15 strikeouts
- One of two Ivy League pitchers to throw a complete game in 2020
- Academic All-Ivy
AS A JUNIOR (2019)
- Ivy League Pitcher of the Year
- Unanimous First-Team All-Ivy Selection (SP)
- Made 10 appearances with nine starts as a key member of Penn’s weekend rotation
- One of four team captains
- Finished the season 6-1 with a career-low 2.62 ERA after a career-high 68.2 innings pitched
- Struck out 59 batters—fifth-most in the Ivy League—while allowing just 18 walks
- Pitched seven or more innings in six of his ten appearances, including each of his last five appearances
- Second in the Ivy League with 45 strikeouts in conference play
- Posted the lowest ERA (2.16) among starting pitchers in Ivy League play
- Named Ivy League and Big 5 Pitcher of the Week after 8.1 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts against Princeton (April 13)
- Tossed a complete game with one run allowed on five hits with eight strikeouts in Penn’s series opener against Cornell (April 27), earning him a Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honor
- Also named Big 5 Pitcher of the Week after tossing eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts against Dartmouth (April 7).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)
- Appeared in 11 games while making 10 starts on the mound, finishing the year with a 3-4 record (best among starters)
- Ranked second on the team in both strikeouts (52) and innings pitched (61.2)
- Racked up a 4.52 ERA, surrendering 67 total hits and 31 earned runs
- Tossed a career-high seven frames three times, including a complete game against Fairleigh Dickinson (3/17)
- Struck out a career-best eight batters during a four-inning start at Harvard (4/8)
AS A FRESHMAN (2017)
- Made ten appearances, all in relief
- Finished the year 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA
- Struck out 17 in 13.0 innings pitched
- Recorded at least one strikeout in nine of his ten appearances
- Made his collegiate debut at North Florida (3/5), striking out one in an inning of work
- Posted a season-high four strikeouts in two innings out of the bullpen against Valparaiso (3/8)
PREP AND PERSONAL
- Lettered four years in baseball and basketball
- Two year baseball captain
- Played in 2015 New Jersey Top 100 Underclassmen Games as one of the top-20 pitchers in New Jersey
- Named to Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-Northeast Team
- Led Highland Baseball to Group Three Championship game
- Named First Team All-Conference
- Named to All-South Jersey Team
- Tri-Cape Carpenter Cup Team
- Honorable Mention for Athlete of the Year in South Jersey
- Scored over 1,000 points and recorded over 1,000 rebounds in basketball
- Led the state of New Jersey in rebounds, averaging 17.5 rebounds per game, while also scoring 19.5 points per game
- Four-year captain and named First Team All-Conference two years
- Led Highland to Tri-County Royal Division Championship for first time in 15 years
- Named 2016 Top Scholar-Athlete in South Jersey by Albert J. Carino Boys Basketball Club
- Member of National Honor Society
- 2016 South Jersey Coaches Association Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
- Recipient of the Widener University Leadership Award
- Son of Diane and Anthony Scafidi
Innings Pitched: 9.0 (2x), last at FIU (3/6/20)
Strikeouts: 11 (2x), last at FIU (3/6/20)
Complete Games: 3, (Last – at FIU 3/6/20)
Joe Sheridan Grd. LHP L/L 6-0/180 Oviedo, FL UCF/Hagerty HS
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2018 Preseason All-Conference
- 2017 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger)
- 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-America Second Team
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2020)
- Made four starts during the shortened season
- Finished the year with a 2-0 record over 19.0 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts and a .225 opponent batting average
- Made his first start in almost two years on Feb. 16 against Siena, going 4.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out five
- Picked up his first win of the season in the 12-2 victory on the road against Auburn after tossing 5.0 innings of one-run ball and struck out five
- Closed the season out with his second win over Butler after six innings of work with five strikeouts and just one run allowed.
AS A JUNIOR (2019)
- Missed the 2019 season due to injury
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)
12 GP, 11 GS, 3-3, 3.36 ERA, 56.1 IP, 49 K, 46 H, 28 R, 21 ER, 37 BB, .219 BA
- Named Preseason All-Conference in The American
- Was sixth in The American in hits allowed per nine innings at 7.35
- Notched the 10th lowest ERA in the conference
- Recorded the fifth lowest opponent batting average
- Posted a trio of quality starts, finishing the year with a 3.46 ERA and a .221 opponent batting average as a starter
- Had the second most starts on the team
- Came out of the bullpen once against Wagner to throw 1 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run
- Threw a career-high eight innings against ECU (3/24) with four punchouts and one earned run against on seven hits
- Matched career-high nine strikeouts in two games against Savannah State (2/24) and Miami (3/14)
- Did not allow an earned run for the first 18 1/3 innings of the year
- Gave up just two hits over five innings with four strikeouts at No. 1 Florida (3/7) to pick up the win
- Diagnosed with a torn labrum at the end of the 2018 season
AS A FRESHMAN (2017)
- Appeared in 17 games and made 12 starts
- Named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger
- Earned Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-America Second Team honors
- Struck out 64 batters in 72 innings pitched
- Started season in the bullpen before working into the rotation in March
- Posted six quality starts
- Put up a 3.25 ERA and held opponents to a .268 batting average
- Tied for the conference lead with 10 wins, along with Robby Howell
- Pitched five innings with one earned run, and four strikeouts in a win vs. Florida (3/1)
- Threw six innings and five strikeouts in shutout win vs. Dartmouth (3/26)
- Tallied 7.2 innings, six strikeouts, and held the opponents scoreless in a win at ECU (4/15)
- Had a season-high nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched in a win vs. Memphis (4/30)
- Powered Knights to the AAC regular-season title with seven inning, six hit, one earned run performance against USF in the final day of the regular season
PREP AND PERSONAL
- As a Senior for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference, Seminole County Player of the Year and Central Florida Player of the Year
- All-time leader for the Huskies in wins, starts and innings pitched
- Season leader in batting avg and hits
- As a Junior for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Area
- As a Sophomore for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference
- As a Freshman for the Huskies he was a Breakthrough Player of the Year Honorable Mention
Nick Juaire Jr. C/OF B/R 5-8/180 Farmington, MN/Iowa Western JC (TCU)
AS A SOPHOMORE (2020 – Iowa Western JC)
- Played in 24 games during the shortened season
- Tallied 29 hits for a .453 batting average, one home run and 21 RBI
- Recorded a season high five RBI on March 11 against Des Moines Area CC
- Season-high four hits came on Feb. 17 against Seward County CC
- Had nine multi-hit games during the season
AS A FRESHMAN (2019 – TCU)
- Did not see any game action in his first season on campus.
PREP AND PERSONAL
- Was a four-year letterwinner at Lakeville North High School
- Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior
- Was the 2018 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year
- Hit .500 with six home runs and 28 RBIs as a senior
- Parents are Mark and Maureen
- Has two siblings, Michaela and Teddy.
Tanner Kohlhepp Jr. RHP L/R 6-3/212 Eau Claire, WI/Iowa Western JC (Tennessee)
AS A SOPHOMORE (2020 – Iowa Western JC)
- Made five starts during the shortened season
- Posted a 4-0 record with a 4.98 ERA
- Tallied 30 strikeouts over 21.2 innings pitched
- Season-high eight strikeouts came on Feb. 16 in the win over Garden City CC
AS A FRESHMAN (2019 – Tennessee)
- Saw his first collegiate action as a Volunteer in a win over Northern Kentucky on February 19
PREP AND PERSONAL
- Ranked as the sixth overall prospect and No. 1 shortstop in Wisconsin in the 2018 Class by Perfect Game
- Tabbed the No. 44 shortstop in the nation by PG
- Two-sport athlete, playing baseball and basketball
- Helped Eau Claire to conference championship in both baseball and basketball as a sophomore
- Tabbed first Team All-Conference in baseball as a junior and senior
- 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American (Central – All Region 1st Team)
- 2017 PG Underclass 3rd Team
- 2016 PG Underclass Honorable Mention
- Graduated Eau Claire Memorial with high honors
- National Honor Society member
- Full name is Tanner John Kohlhepp
- Son of Stephanie and Trevor Kohlhepp
- Graduated Eau Claire Memorial with high honors
- National Honor Society member
- Enjoys biking and playing golf
- Recipient of the Thomas & Linda Hodgkiss Athletic Endowment
Matt Bedford Fr. RHP R/R 6-1/185 Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s Boys HS
- 2020 Northeast All Region Second Team Perfect Game Preseason All-American
- 2019 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
- Perfect Game All-Tournament Team accolades:
- 2019 WWBA Northeast Qualifier
- 2019 WWBA 2020 Grads or 17U National Championship
- 2018 WWBA Northeast Qualifier
- 2017 PG Super25 14U Northeast Super Qualifier
- 2016 13U PG Series Classic
- Participated in the 2018 Sunshine Northeast Showcase
- Son to Alfred and Lissa Bedford
- Intends to major in economics
Drew Byers Fr. INF R/R 6-1/190 Franklin, TN/Ensworth
- Led team to state semifinals for the first time in school history in 2019
- 2018 TBR Super Sophomore Team
- 2018, 2019, 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All American
- Played club for the East Cobb Yankees and Royals/Mets Scout Team
- Perfect Game All-Tournament Team accolades:
- 2017 PBR Southeast Tournament Champions
- 2017 18U MLB / Perfect Game Ways To Play Tournament Champions
- 2018 18U Perfect Game Summer Showdown Tournament Champions
- 2017 15U National Championship
- 2018 18U National Championship
- 2018 18U World Championship
- Lettered four years in baseball and one in football at Ensworth
- Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life and Huddle in high school
- Played in the 2014 Little League World Series for South Nashville Little League
- Son to Scott and Lyndsey Byers
- Dad played baseball at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1996 MLB Draft
- Uncle played baseball at Kennesaw State, great uncle ran track at Alabama and great grandfather played football at Wisconsin
- Intends to major in finance
Sammy Cooper Fr. OF/RHP R/R 5-11/185 Lee’s Summit, MO/Lee’s Summit West
- 2020 Central Region Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason All-American
- 2019 High Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
- 2018 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
- Played club for the Kansas City Royals Scout Team
- 2018 Perfect Game World Series & WWBA All-Tournament Teams
- 2018, 2019 Second Team All-State
- 2017-19 Academic All-State
- Lettered in baseball four times at Lee’s Summit West HS
- 2020 Lee’s Summit West Top Male Athlete
- Member of the National Honor Society
- Son to Todd and Michele Cooper
- Has an older sister, Sophia
- Intending to major in management consulting
Jackson Dennies Fr. RHP R/R 6-4/225 River Ridge, LA/Archbishop Rummel
- Led Archbishop Rummel to the state championship in 2019
- 2019 NOLA All-Metro Team and New Orleans Prep All-District Team
- Named baseball team captain for the shortened senior season in 2020
- Played club for the Louisiana Knights and were named Future Stars Series National Champions in 2019
- 2017 Honorable Mention New Orleans Advocate All-Metro Team
- Earned four varsity letters in baseball and two in football
- Five year member of student council and was senior class president
- Also a member of the National Honors Society, the Ambassador Team, Campus Ministry, and the Big Brother Program
- Earned President Award in 2020 and graduated Magna Cum Laude
- Son to Neal and Sherri Dennies
- Mom played softball at Nichols State
- Has an older sister, Laurel
- Intends to major in finance
Brady Gumpf Fr. OF/C R/R 6-1/195 South Bend, IN/St. Joseph HS
- 2019 Honorable Mention All-State and First Team All-Conference
- 2018 Honorable Mention All-State and Second Team All-Conference
- 2017 Indiana State Champions
- 2018 & 2019 Sectional Champions and Regional Runner-Up
- Lettered in baseball four times at Saint Joseph High School
- Played club for Canes Midwest and Team Indiana
- 2020 Perfect Game Preseason Central Region Honorable Mention
- 2019 Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason Underclass All American
- 2018 Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason Underclass All American
- 2019 & 2018 WWBA 2020 Grads All-Tournament Team (Canes Midwest)
- 2017 WWBA Sophomore World Championships All-Tournament Team (Canes White 2020)
- 2017 WWBA 2020 Grads All-Tournament Team (Evoshield Canes Midwest)
- Co-president of Aidan’s Masterpiece
- Son to John and Deanna Gumpf
- Deanna has been the Notre Dame Softball head coach since 2002
- Dad was drafted out of high school for baseball and went back to play football at Riverside Community College
- Dad also was a Notre Dame Baseball assistant coach for three seasons
- Has one sister, Tatum
- Intends to major in business
Tony Lindwedel Fr. C R/R 5-11/185 St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS
- 2020 Central Region Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason All-American
- 2019 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
- 2018 WWBA Underclass World Championship All-Tournament Team
- Played club for the St. Louis Gamers
- Lettered in baseball four times at St. Louis University HS
- Two-year starter at catcher, led the team in triples in 2019
- 2018, 2019 Academic All-State
- Earned Academic 1st honors all four years
- Member of the National Honor Society, High School Presidential Ambassador, and Admissions Ambassador
- Son to Phil and Antoinette Lindwedel
- Mom played soccer at STLCC Meramec and was a National Champion
- Has an older brother, Sam and younger sister, Anna
- Intends to major in business
Ryan Lynch Fr. LHP/OF R/L 6-2/200 Granger, IN/Penn HS
- 2019-20 Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year
- Defeated rival Saint Joseph HS to win the conference championship his junior year
- Tossed a no-hitter his freshman year and help lead Penn to the state championship game
- No. 1 LHP in Indiana (Perfect Game)
- No. 188 overall rank nationally (Perfect Game)
- 2020 Perfect Game Preseason First Team Central Region All-American
- 2019 Perfect Game First Team Preseason Underclass All-American
- 2018 Perfect Game Second Team Preseason Underclass All-American
- 3x All-Tournament Team Canes Midwest/Indiana Outlaws (2019, 2018, 2016 WWBA 2020 Grads)
- Son to Greg and Diana Lynch
- Greg played baseball at Wisconsin
- Has an older sister, Kristina and a younger brother, Brandon
- Kristina currently plays soccer at Florida State
- Cousin Ryan was drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft by the Portland Timbers
- Intends to major in business management
Brock Murtha Fr. INF R/R 6-0/185 Sayville, NY/Sayville
- 2019 Team Captain
- 2019 First Team All-Long Island, All-State, All-County and All-League
- Led Long Island in home runs with 10 during junior season
- Helped Sayville capture its first ever Suffolk County and Long Island Championship in 2019
- Threw a no-hitter to win the 2019 Long Island Championship
- 2018 Second Team All-Long Island, All-State, All-County and All-League
- Lettered in baseball five times, football three times and basketball once at Sayville HS
- 2019 football WR/DB First Team All- Long Island, All-State, All-County, All-Conference
- Football team captain in 2019 and set Long Island single season receiving TD record (20)
- Son to Chris and Lisa Murtha
- Has a younger brother, Macklin
- Intends to major in finance
Danny Neri Fr. C L/R 6-0/180 Macclenny, FL/ Bishop John J. Snyder
- 2018 and 2019 Under Armour/Perfect Game Preseason All-American
- 2019 All-Coast First Team
- 2019 Perfect Game Junior National Showcase
- 2019 Defensive MVP
- 2020 High school district player of the year
- Participated in the 2019-20 Perfect Game National Showcase
- 2017 and 2018 All-Coast Honorable Mention
- Played club for the Florida Dodgers Scout Team (2016-19) and 5 Star National (2019-20)
- Lettered in baseball and golf for four years each
- Son to Chris and Shelly Neri
- Dad played soccer at Florida Southern College
- Has an older brother, Jackson and younger sister, River
- Intends to major in anthropology
TJ Williams Fr. OF R/L 5-11/175 Germantown, MD/Georgetown Prep
- Won the IAC Championship baseball series his junior year
- Participated in the IAC Championship all three years (senior season was canceled due to COVID-19)
- 2x All-Met honors (2018, 2019)
- Lettered four years in baseball and played freshman football at Germantown Prep
- Worked with Best Buddies, Challenge Baseball, A Wider Circle, SADD and Love in Action
- Son to Tom and Laura
- Tom swam at the University of Rhode Island
- Has an older sister, Sammy and two younger sisters, Lucy and Alexandra
- Intends to major in finance