HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-NCC/AREA
Indianapolis Tech 15 Richmond 7
Harrrison 54 Logansport 0
Lafayette Jeff 49 McCutcheon 0
Marion 7 Kokomo 6
Muncie Central 21 Anderson 20
Shenandoah 22 Centerville 17
Winchester 55 Northeastern 6
Union City 34 Hagerstown 27
Knightstown 14 Union County 12
Adams Central 41 Tri 0
Eastern Hancock 49 Wes-Del 16
Greensburg 28 Connersville 21
Batesville 34 South Dearborn 7
Franklin County 67 Rushville 18
Pendleton Heights 14 New Castle 13
Friday, Sep. 11
Harrison at Lafayette Jeff , 7 pm
Tech at Logansport , 7 pm
Marion at Anderson , 7 pm
McCutcheon at Kokomo , 7 pm
Muncie Central at Richmond , 7 pm
Knightstown at Union City , 7 pm
Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7 pm
Tri at Wes-Del, 7 pm
Union County at Hagerstown , 7 pm
Winchester at Centerville , 7 pm
Adams Central 41, Tri 0
Alexandria 21, Madison-Grant 20
Andrean 42, New Prairie 14
Batesville 34, S. Dearborn 7
Bedford N. Lawrence 35, Jennings Co. 6
Blackford 37, Frankton 14
Bloomington North 49, Terre Haute South 14
Bloomington South 17, Terre Haute North 10
Boonville 28, Heritage Hills 9
Brown Co. 48, Cloverdale 12
Brownsburg 35, Franklin Central 7
Brownstown 50, Eastern (Pekin) 8
Carroll (Flora) 56, Taylor 28
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 76, Ft. Wayne North 48
Cass 19, Benton Central 13
Center Grove 42, Carmel 0
Charlestown 36, Clarksville 25
Chesterton 21, Michigan City 13
Churubusco 44, Garrett 15
Cincinnati Elder, Ohio 42, Floyd Central 14
Columbia City 47, Bellmont 6
Columbus North 35, Southport 28
Covenant Christian 48, Indpls Attucks 0
Covington 52, North Vermillion 22
Decatur Central 27, Whiteland 14
Delta 68, Shelbyville 0
East Central 21, Cin. Moeller, Ohio 6
East Noble 28, Huntington North 21
Eastbrook 36, Mississinewa 14
Eastern (Greentown) 38, Delphi 35
Eastern Hancock 49, Wes-Del 16
Eastside 34, W. Noble 0
Edgewood 35, Indpls Washington 0
Elkhart 52, Columbus East 28
Evansville Central 21, Ev. Memorial 10
Evansville Mater Dei 17, Vincennes 7
Evansville North 41, Ev. Harrison 0
Fairfield 32, Central Noble 6
Fishers 21, Noblesville 0
Franklin 35, Indpls Perry Meridian 0
Franklin Co. 67, Rushville 18
Fremont 25, Antwerp, Ohio 15
Ft. Wayne Dwenger 33, Ft. Wayne South 13
Ft. Wayne Snider 27, Ft. Wayne Concordia 0
Ft. Wayne Wayne 42, Ft. Wayne Northrop 33
Gibson Southern 49, Washington 0
Greensburg 28, Connersville 21
Hamilton Southeastern 39, Avon 28
Hanover Central 40, Culver Academy 7
Heritage 26, Woodlan 19
Heritage Christian 27, Tipton 17
Highland 44, Gary West 20
Hobart 42, Griffith 0
Homestead 38, Ft. Wayne Luers 13
Indian Creek 20, Owen Valley 15
Indpls Ben Davis 48, Indpls Pike 24
Indpls Brebeuf 21, Indpls Ritter 14
Indpls Cathedral 52, Penn 7
Indpls Chatard 28, Indpls Roncalli 7
Indpls Lutheran 14, Triton Central 7
Indpls N. Central 10, Warren Central 0
Indpls Scecina 42, Cascade 0
Indpls Tech 15, Richmond 7
Jasper 35, Ev. Reitz 14
Jimtown 56, Osceola Grace 0
Kankakee Valley 42, S. Bend Washington 7
Knightstown 14, Union Co. 12
Knox 58, Culver 28
Lafayette Catholic 38, Northwestern 0
Lafayette Harrison 54, Logansport 0
Lafayette Jeff 49, McCutcheon 0
Lakeland 27, Prairie Hts. 13
Lapel 26, N. Decatur 13
Lawrence North 28, Lawrence Central 21
Lawrenceburg 48, Milan 14
Leo 17, Norwell 0
Linton 42, Monrovia 36
Lowell 26, Wheeler 13
Marion 7, Kokomo 6
Martinsville 35, Greenwood 34, OT
Merrillville 42, Crown Point 7
Mishawaka Marian 49, Bremen 26
Mooresville 41, Plainfield 21
Mt. Vernon (Posey) 39, Princeton 14
Muncie Central 21, Anderson 20
Munster 28, S. Bend Clay 20
North Daviess 40, Eastern (Greene) 6
North Harrison 26, Corydon 20, OT
North Judson 34, N. Newton 12
North Montgomery 28, Southmont 6
New Albany 26, Jeffersonville 7
New Haven 32, Pioneer 28
New Palestine 35, Yorktown 0
NorthWood 14, Concord 6
Northfield 39, Maconaquah 13
Northridge 20, Wawasee 0
Northview 27, Sullivan 2
Oak Hill 49, Elwood 7
Oldenburg 46, Edinburgh 40
Paoli 14, Springs Valley 7
Parke Heritage 54, N. Central (Farmersburg) 20
Pendleton Hts. 14, New Castle 13, OT
Perry Central 58, Crawford Co. 0
Peru 21, Tippecanoe Valley 18
Portage 21, Lake Central 0
Purdue Polytechnic 14, Shortridge 12
River Forest 49, Lake Station 0
South Adams 60, Bluffton 7
South Bend Adams 32, S. Bend Riley 6
South Bend St. Joseph’s 48, Glenn 0
South Central (Union Mills) 47, Boone Grove 6
South Putnam 56, North Putnam 27
South Spencer 48, Pike Central 0
Salem 25, Scottsburg 13
Seymour 33, Madison 0
Shenandoah 22, Centerville 17
Silver Creek 42, Providence 7
Southridge 55, North Posey 21
Southwood 55, North Miami 0
Speedway 48, Beech Grove 44
Switzerland Co. 19, Rock Creek Academy 12
Tell City 25, Forest Park 0
Tri-Central 21, Sheridan 0
Tri-County 27, W. Central 22
Tri-West 50, Frankfort 14
Triton 14, Caston 12
Union City 34, Hagerstown 27
Valparaiso 37, LaPorte 7
West Lafayette 49, Hamilton Hts. 14
West Vigo 7, Greencastle 6
West Washington 47, Mitchell 14
Wabash 44, Manchester 29
Warsaw 28, Plymouth 14
Western 33, Rensselaer 14
Western Boone 48, Crawfordsville 14
Westfield 49, Zionsville 16
Whitko 28, Rochester 7
Winamac 42, N. White 0
Winchester 55, Northeastern 6
National Trail 41 Bradford 7
Eaton 10 Oakwood 7
Bellbrook 34 Franklin 0
Brookville 42 Carlisle 6
Valley View 31 Monroe 7
Waynesville 42 Preble Shawnee 7
Milton Union 13 Madison 12
Dixie 24 Northridge 12
Talawanda 17 Harrison 7
Tippecanoe 28 Greenville 0
Tri-County North 42 Twin Valley South 7
Covington 43 Miami East 14
Fort Loramie 61 Bethel 7
Arcanum 48 Mississinawa Valley 12
Tri-Village 56 Ansonia 35
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Blue River 3 Union 0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY
Eastern Kentucky at Marshall | 1 p.m. | ESPN
Middle Tennessee at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN
SMU at Texas State | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN
UL Monroe at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Houston Baptist at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Stephen F. Austin at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Miami 115 Milwaukee 100
Houston 112 LA Lakers 97
Washington 79 Chicago 69
Minnesota 88 Dallas 75
Seattle 90 Los Angeles 89
Dallas 5 Colorado 4 OT
Vegas 3 Vancouver 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 5 Miami 4
Milwaukee 7 Cleveland 1
San Diego 7 Oakland 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 2 Detroit 0
Toronto 8 Boston 7
NY Yankees 6 Baltimore 5
Baltimore 6 NY Yankees 3
Minnesota 3 Detroit 2
Boston 3 Toronto 2
Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 4
LA Angels 6 Houston 5 (11)
Seattle 6 Texas 3
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 4 Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh 4 Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 7 Washington 1
Philadelphia 5 NY Mets 3
Washington 10 Atlanta 9
Chicago Cubs 4 St. Louis 1
LA Dodgers 10 Colorado 6
Arizona 6 San Francisco 5
AP SPORTS HEADLINES
The Los Angeles Lakers are playing from behind again in these NBA playoffs.
James Harden scored 36 points and the Houston Rockets ran away from the Lakers 112-97 on Friday night, the second straight round the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference lost its opener.
Russell Westbrook added 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Eric Gordon had 23 points for the Rockets, the No. 4 seed who had just one day of rest after needing seven games to win their first-round series.
They sure didn’t look tired, flying around the court all night to make up for the size disadvantage they face with their small-ball style. They forced 17 turnovers that led to 27 points and played the much bigger Lakers even on the backboards.
The Lakers never led after the first quarter and the Rockets blew it open by starting the fourth with a 16-3 run, turning a six-point advantage into a 101-82 cushion on Harden’s basket with 7:15 to play.
Anthony Davis had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Game 2 is Sunday.
Jimmy Butler sent the ball out to Jae Crowder, then started celebrating before his teammate even took the shot.
He knew what was about to happen.
The Miami Heat did it again – and have the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs, on the brink of leaving the bubble weeks earlier than they anticipated.
Butler scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, the Heat outscored the Bucks 40-13 in those final 12 minutes – the biggest fourth-quarter margin in NBA playoff history – and topped Milwaukee 115-100 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“No, I’m not surprised,” Butler said. “I think everybody else in the world might be. But not us here. Not if you wear a Heat jersey, if you’re one of these coaches, if you’re part of this organization, if you’ve been seeing what we’ve been doing all year long, that doesn’t surprise us.”
No team in NBA history has ever won after trailing 3-0.
The Vegas Golden Knights were having enough problems solving Thatcher Demko. Then came another big obstacle – a major penalty that brought back memories of the team’s collapse in last year’s postseason.
“You’ve got to think it crossed our mind a little bit,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “Every team, we’re going to face adversity – a hot goalie, or a five-minute major or something like that, but our team was able to kill it off.”
The Golden Knights withstood a major penalty and ejection to Ryan Reaves in the second period, and Shea Theodore finally put the puck past Demko in the third, lifting Vegas to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night in Game 7 of the second-round series.
Theodore’s goal with 6:08 remaining was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie goalie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too.
“There was times it felt like we could have played for six hours and not scored on him,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said.
Joel Kiviranta had the most unlikely of all the goals in a wild playoff series between Dallas and Colorado, sending the Stars further than they have been in 12 years
Three of them for the rookie in a thrilling Game 7, including the winner in overtime.
Kiviranta, in his only game during the series, completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory Friday in Game 7, and send the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.
“Pretty unreal. This is what you dream about when you’re a young kid,” Kiviranta said. “I played the first Game 7 of my life. I didn’t know what to expect. … Maybe their D just lost me a little bit. They didn’t know who was picking me up. I tried to find a soft spot. It was a great pass.”
Kiviranta moved away from the crease just before his quick shot on a pass from defenseman Andrej Sekera from behind the net. Kiviranta was playing only his third postseason game, with Andrew Cogliano unfit to play, after scoring once in 11 regular-season games.
NFL 2020 KICK-OFF
New teams making the playoffs and winning divisions, consistent teams excelling once again, records falling and young players making their mark all combined to help shape the story of the 2019 season. Again, Week 17 came right down to the wire as two playoff spots and two division titles – the NFC East and NFC West – were decided on the last day of the season. The excitement of Week 17 was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. Every team enters the 2020 season with a trip to Tampa Bay and Super Bowl LV in mind, and below are a few reasons why. Since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Five teams that missed the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo (10-6), Green Bay (13-3), Minnesota (10-6), San Francisco (13-3) and Tennessee (9-7) – accomplished the feat in 2019.
PLAYOFF TEAMS NOT IN PREVIOUS SEASON’S PLAYOFFS
1990 7 (Cincinnati, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles Raiders, Miami, New Orleans, Washington)
1991 5 (Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York Jets)
1992 6 (Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco)
1993 5 (Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants)
1994 5 (Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New England, San Diego)
1995 4 (Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Philadelphia)
1996 5 (Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England)
1997 5 (Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay)
1998 5 (Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas, New York Jets)
1999 7 (Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2000 6 (Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia)
2001 6 (Chicago, Green Bay, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco)
2002 5 (Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Tennessee)
2003 8 (Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle)
2004 5 (Atlanta, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego)
2005 7 (Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Washington)
2006 7 (Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2007 6 (Green Bay, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Washington)
2008 7 (Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia)
2009 6 (Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets)
2010 5 (Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle)
2011 6 (Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants, San Francisco)
2012 4 (Indianapolis, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington)
2013 5 (Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Diego)
2014 5 (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh)
2015 4 (Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Washington)
2016 6 (Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York Giants, Oakland)
2017 8 (Buffalo, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tennessee)
2018 7 (Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle)
2019 5 (Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Francisco, Tennessee)
Both the GREEN BAY PACKERS (NFC North) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (NFC West) won their division after missing the postseason in 2018 and at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years. Teams to win their division a season after missing the postseason since 2003:
SEASON NEW DIVISION WINNERS AFTER MISSING POSTSEASON THE PREVIOUS SEASON
2019 Green Bay, San Francisco
2018 Baltimore, Chicago*, Dallas, Houston*
2017 Jacksonville*, L.A. Rams, New Orleans, Minnesota, Philadelphia*
2016 Atlanta, Dallas*
2015 Houston, Minnesota, Washington*
2014 Dallas, Pittsburgh
2013 Carolina*, Philadelphia*
2011 Denver*, Houston*, New York Giants, San Francisco
2010 Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City*, Pittsburgh, Seattle
2009 Cincinnati, Dallas, New England, New Orleans*
2008 Arizona, Carolina, Miami*, Minnesota
2007 Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay*
2006 Baltimore*, New Orleans*, Philadelphia*, San Diego
2005 Chicago*, Cincinnati, New York Giants, Tampa Bay*
2004 Atlanta*, Pittsburgh, San Diego*
2003 Baltimore, Carolina*, Kansas City*, New England, St. Louis Rams
*worst to first
The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS won their second Super Bowl title in 2019 and begin their quest to repeat as champions as the race to Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl LV kicks off. Only eight teams have repeated as champions since the first Super Bowl in 1967, with the 2004 Patriots (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX) being the last team to accomplish the feat. • Five teams enter the 2019 season with a new head coach – MATT RHULE in Carolina, KEVIN STEFANSKI in Cleveland, MIKE MCCARTHY in Dallas, JOE JUDGE with the New York Giants and RON RIVERA in Washington. • Five rookie head coaches have led their teams to the playoffs over the last three seasons: MATT LAFLEUR (Green Bay) in 2019, MATT NAGY (Chicago) and FRANK REICH (Indianapolis) in 2018, and SEAN MCVAY (L.A. Rams) and SEAN MCDERMOTT (Buffalo) in 2017. • Four quarterbacks – LSU’s JOE BURROW (No. 1 overall, Cincinnati), Alabama’s TUA TAGOVAILOA (No. 5, Miami), Oregon’s JUSTIN HERBERT (No. 6, L.A. Chargers) and Utah State’s JORDAN LOVE (No. 26, Green Bay) – were selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. At least one rookie quarterbacks has started in Week 1 in 12 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950. • Several notable players were on the move during the offseason, including quarterbacks TOM BRADY (Tampa Bay) and PHILIP RIVERS (Indianapolis); running backs MELVIN GORDON (Denver) and TODD GURLEY (Atlanta); wide receivers STEFON DIGGS (Buffalo) and DEANDRE HOPKINS (Arizona); tight ends AUSTIN HOOPER (Cleveland) and JASON WITTEN (Las Vegas); offensive linemen BRIAN BULAGA (L.A. Chargers), JACK CONKLIN (Cleveland) and RUSSELL OKUNG (Carolina); defensive end CALAIS CAMBELL (Baltimore); defensive tackles DEFOREST BUCKNER (Indianapolis) and JURELL CASEY (Denver); linebackers CORY LITTLETON (Las Vegas) and KYLE VAN NOY (Miami); cornerbacks BYRON JONES (Miami) and DARIUS SLAY (Philadelphia); and safeties HA HA CLINTON-DIX (Dallas) and MALCOLM JENKINS (New Orleans).
Lionel Messi made it clear that it was time to move on, seek new challenges and be happy somewhere other than Barcelona.
He had won dozens of titles and broken numerous records with the Catalan club but didn’t like the direction it was going, so the time had come to try and succeed somewhere else.
But despite being promised that he could leave, he wasn’t allowed to. So he is staying for another year to avoid a lengthy legal battle with “the club of his life.”
Putting an end to uncertainty about his future, Messi announced Friday that he will continue with Barcelona for the upcoming season despite having wanted to leave.
Messi made the announcement in a video interview published by Goal.com. He said he wanted “to seek a new direction” in his career but didn’t want to fight with the club.
He made it clear that he wasn’t happy with club president Josep Bartomeu, saying the club official didn’t keep his word to let him leave for free at the end of the season.
Messi officially told Barcelona 10 days ago about his decision, but Barcelona said it wanted him to finish his contract that runs until June 2021. It claimed that the clause invoked by Messi to leave had expired on June 10 and said that he had to pay a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($837 million) if he wanted to depart now.
“The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not end up keeping his word,” Messi said. “The president always told me `when the season is over, you decide if you stay or leave.’ But he never set a date.”
Messi had told the club about his intention to leave by sending a burofax, a certified document similar to a telegram.
“The burofax was simply to make it official that he was not following the rules, not to get into a fight because I did not want to fight with the club,” Messi said.
TCU and SMU postponed their Sept. 11 game as TCU announced Friday a cluster of Horned Frogs players and team support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
TCU did not identify who was infected with COVID-19 or how many players or staff are involved. Athletic director Jeremiah Donati said none currently faces serious health issues.
No makeup date for the game at TCU was immediately set.
The postponement came at nearly the same time the Big 12 formally announced 53-player minimum roster to play a game, game, including all scholarship and walk-on players. The league also set minimums for the number of available offensive linemen (seven), defensive linemen (four) and quarterbacks (one).
TCU schools officials this week reported more than 400 active COVID-19 cases for the campus two weeks into the fall semester. Among those, nearly 250 were students were living on campus.
Donati aid the TCU football program was aggressive in its testing and contact tracing protocols, and would “continue our enforcement of strict standards to protect the program and our community. Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority.”
Donati said the schools will try to reschedule at a later date, although they may be few options. TCU is scheduled to play its Big 12 opener Sept. 26 against Iowa State. SMU plays Saturday at Texas State.
SMU athletic director Rick Hart tweeted the Mustangs were disappointed the game won’t be played as originally scheduled.
“Our student-athletes, coaches and fans were looking forward to the 100th edition of the Iron Skillet Rivalry. We are excited to start the season tomorrow at Texas State,” Hart said.
The TCU-SMU game is just the latest one affected by the pandemic. The North Carolina State at Virginia Tech game in the ACC was moved from Sept. 12 to Sept. 26 and Marshall and East Carolina postponed their Sept. 12 but no makeup game has been set.
The Big 12, the ACC and the Southeastern Conference are the only three Power Five conferences that opted to try to play in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten and Pac-12, as well as virtually every other lower-level conference, have put off fall sports and are instead hoping to play in the spring.
The Indianapolis Colts today will allow a maximum of 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team’s home opener Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings.
That number was determined following discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and set to meet local, NFL and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
But the Colts will not operate their Touchdown Town outside the stadium until further notice.
Colts staff will meet with local health officials as early as next week to discuss capacity for future games.
“Our top priority always will be the health and safety of fans, players and staff, so we must take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, which includes a reduced stadium capacity on game day,” said Pete Ward, the team’s COO. “We will continue to work with local health officials on steps that will allow our season to go on as safely as possible with fans in the stands. And we continue to appreciate the patience of all our fans as we navigate the fluid nature of this pandemic.”
Next week, the team will release specific health and safety procedures for 2020 home games, which also will include requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days.
Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger.
Rivera called Peterson early in the morning asking him to come to the practice facility, then delivered the news the team was moving on from the 35-year-old star. The move came less than 36 hours before NFL rosters must be trimmed to the 53-man limit and nine days before the start of the regular season.
“It’s not about what he hasn’t done or anything like that, but it’s about what this group of backs has shown us, especially in the way that the offense has headed,” Rivera said. “Adrian is a true pro. I was fortunate to just be with him this summer.”
Peterson played the past two seasons with Washington, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in the fourth stop of a career that will likely earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He originally signed in the summer of 2018 after rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a knee injury, and kept his starting job in 2019.
Now, after Guice’s release following a domestic violence arrest, he, Peterson and longtime third-down back Chris Thompson are all gone, and the backfield has a decidedly young look. Replacing them will be a committee approach between rookies Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love and free agent additions Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic.
“We’re about to find out what our young players can do more so than anything else,” Rivera said. “One of the things we have to find out is where we are with those guys. This is also what this allows us to do, is play these young players and put them in a position where they’ll be on the field.”
Love is finally healthy after a knee injury ended his college career in December 2018. Gibson excited Washington by playing a hybrid running back/receiver role at Memphis, and Rivera compared his potential to Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey.
Montrezl Harrell won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award on Friday, keeping the honor for the league’s top reserve with the Los Angeles Clippers for the third straight season.
Harrell ended the two-year run of teammate Lou Williams – who finished third – and gave the Clippers four winners in the last five years. Harrell and Williams helped the Clippers have the league’s highest-scoring bench for the second straight season.
Harrell received 58 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sports writers and broadcasters, earning 397 points. Dennis Schroder of Oklahoma City was second with 35 first-place votes and 328 points, while Williams got the other seven first-place votes and 127 points.
The Clippers averaged 51.5 points from their bench, continuing to get strong play from their second unit. Before Williams’ consecutive awards, Jamal Crawford won the last of his three awards in 2016.
Harrell is a 6-foot-8 force of energy, outworking fellow big men on the boards and outracing them on fast breaks. He averaged a career-best 18.6 points in 63 games, including two starts, through March 11.
Voting took account only games through that point and none during the restart. Harrell didn’t play during that after leaving the team because of his grandmother’s death, but returned to help the Clippers into the second round of the playoffs.
Naomi Osaka spiked her racket after one errant forehand late in the second set at the U.S. Open, then flung it the length of the baseline after a missed backhand return ceded that tiebreaker.
Sometimes, that’s the sort of reaction it takes to right things for Osaka. And, perhaps surprisingly, she needed whatever push she could get in Friday’s third-round match.
Facing an opponent competing in just her second major tournament, two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka eventually figured out a way to turn a tight one into a runaway and beat 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 by claiming the final five games at Flushing Meadows.
“While I was playing, honestly, I was cursing myself out,” Osaka said during an on-court interview afterward, “so you wouldn’t want to know what I was saying.”
After taking things out on her racket, Osaka sat with a white towel draped over head during a changeover.
“It’s what I do in times of extreme anger and frustration,” she said.
Still, she improved to 7-0 since tennis resumed after a hiatus of more than five months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Another past U.S. Open champion moving into the fourth round Friday was 2016 titlist Angelique Kerber, who defeated 20-year-old American Ann Li 6-3, 6-4. Kerber’s next opponent is another American, 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady, a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Caroline Garcia.
In the previous round, Garcia upset top-seeded Karolina Pliskova.
Next up for Osaka will be big hitter Anett Kontaveit, an Estonian seeded 14th. She had a much easier time in a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 24 Magda Linette.
While his manager is running out of things to say about him, Yu Darvish knows exactly how good he has been this year.
Asked to compare his recent roll to any previous point in his career, Darvish responded: “Three times better than before.”
Darvish pitched seven dazzling innings in his seventh consecutive win, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Friday night in the opener of a big five-game series.
“The way he commands the strike zone with his secondary pitches is some of the best I’ve ever seen,” manager David Ross said.
Led by Darvish and Willson Contreras, Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and strengthened its grip on the top spot in the NL Central. St. Louis dropped into a virtual tie with Milwaukee for second, 4 1/2 games back of the Cubs.
Luis Castillo pitched six strong innings to pick up his first victory in nearly a year as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Castillo (1-5) struck out eight and walked two to earn his first win since Sept. 13, 2019. The 27-year-old, a 15-game winner and an All-Star last season, had dropped seven straight decisions.
“Going into a game, you have to have that confidence to win the game, regardless,” Castillo said via an interpreter. “So for me, it’s important that we win and especially if I’m going in and saying, ‘OK, I’m going to win this game and my team is going to win as well.’ So it’s important for me.”
Nick Castellanos hit his 11th home run for the Reds, a solo shot off Steven Brault (0-2) that gave Castillo the kind of support he’s lacked most of this season. Entering Friday, the Reds had scored two runs or less in five of Castillo’s seven starts. Raisel Iglesias worked the seventh for his fifth save.
The Pittsburgh Pirates knew they weren’t going to get many chances against Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer. Thanks in large part to an influx of speed they’ve received over the last week, they didn’t let their limited opportunities go to waste.
Rookie third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes scored from first on newly acquired outfielder Anthony Alford’s fourth-inning triple and Alford sprinted home on a wild pitch from Bauer that wasn’t really that wild as Pittsburgh earned a doubleheader split with a 4-3 victory in the nightcap on Friday.
The Reds took the opener 4-2 behind the strength of Luis Castillo, who picked up his first victory in nearly a year when he worked six solid innings. Cincinnati, however, missed a chance to sweep a doubleheader for the third time this season when the Pirates scrounged up just enough offense against Bauer.
Bauer (3-3) allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in six innings. He surrendered six hits against two walks and seven strikeouts.
AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts homered in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shrugged off Kevin Pillar’s dramatic grand slam moments earlier to claim their sixth straight victory, 10-6 over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Pillar put the Rockies ahead 6-5 in the eighth and set off a wild dugout celebration with his second career grand slam. That lead lasted six pitches against the relentless Dodgers, who have won 19 of 22 overall after pounding out five homers and a season-high 15 hits.
Cody Bellinger singled off Carlos Estevez (1-1) before Pollock drove his eighth homer to right-center, and Pederson followed with his sixth homer. Betts then capped his three-hit game with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Jeff Hoffman.
Will Smith hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers (30-10). Max Muncy also homered, and Corey Seager drove in two runs in Los Angeles’ 11th consecutive win at Dodger Stadium.
Jake Arrieta bounced back from the shortest start of his career by pitching seven solid innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 5-3 Friday night for their fifth straight win.
Roman Quinn snapped a tie with a two-out, RBI single in the seventh as the Phillies won for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Mets wore patches with No. 41 on the uniform sleeves in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, who died earlier this week.
Arrieta (3-4), who gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings against Atlanta on Sunday, allowed two runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out seven.
“As a starter, based on the way I threw last start – that’s a long four days, that’s a tough week,” Arrieta said.
It was the first time Arrieta pitched beyond the sixth inning, as well as the first time he struck out more than six, since May 25, 2019, when he allowed two runs and whiffed eight in eight innings in a win over Milwaukee.
The outing Friday allowed Arrieta to keep pace with the rest of his rotation mates. Even with Arrieta’s hiccup on Sunday, Phillies starters have compiled a 3.29 ERA during their 10-1 run.
The Baltimore Orioles ended their 19-game losing streak against the New York Yankees, using a strong offensive performance by rookie Ryan Mountcastle to earn a 6-3 victory Friday night for a doubleheader split.
In the opener, Miguel Andujar singled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and Clint Frazier added an RBI single to give New York a 6-5 win. Gary Sanchez homered and Brett Gardner drove in two runs for the Yankees.
Mountcastle hit a two-run homer off 21-year-old Deivi Garcia in second inning of the nightcap and sparked a four-run fifth inning with an RBI single off Clarke Schmidt, who was making his major league debut. Rio Ruiz followed with a run-scoring single and Pat Valaika capped the uprising with a two-run double.
That helped Baltimore secure its first win over New York since March 31, 2019. It also snapped the Yankees’ 18-game winning streak at Camden Yards.
“It’s a little fluky,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of New York’s dominance. “It was one of those things that was obviously bound to end.”
It couldn’t end soon enough for the Orioles.
Trea Turner gave Washington the lead by hitting a sixth-inning home run off Will Smith and the Nationals held on in the seventh to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-9 on Friday night and split a doubleheader.
Ronald Acuna Jr. homered twice and Dansby Swanson added a two-run shot as the Braves beat the Nationals 7-1 in the first game. Acuna hit three home runs in the doubleheader.
The defending World Series champion Nationals ended a seven-game losing streak and snapped the NL East-leading Braves’ streak of five consecutive wins.
“You’ve got to start somewhere,” Turner said. “Getting one of these games today is huge. … You just have to take them when you can and try to build off it tomorrow and do the same thing.”
The Nationals are facing new injury concerns as they were without two outfielders. Juan Soto was held out with a sore left elbow announced less than an hour before the first game. Adam Eaton did not play after leaving Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia with a jammed knee.
Marwin Gonzalez singled home Willians Astudillo in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 and sweep Friday’s doubleheader.
Astudillo served as Minnesota’s automatic runner at second in the eighth inning of the seven-inning game. Gonzalez hit a grounder up the middle, and Detroit center fielder Derek Hill, making his major league debut, bobbled the ball, allowing Astudillo to score easily.
Sergio Romo (1-1) pitched a perfect seventh and Trevor May picked up his second save in four chances as Minnesota won its fourth straight game.
Adding to the oddity of playing the eighth as an extra inning and having a runner start on second base, the Twins were the road team for the second game. The game was originally postponed in Detroit on Aug. 28 due to inclement weather.
“Circumstances, they are a little crazy, a little odd,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You’re reminding yourself what inning it is. You’re reminding yourself that if you score and go ahead, that the game’s not over. You do have to remind yourself of a few things. I don’t think our guys let anything get to them.”
Joe Jimenez (1-3) allowed Gonzalez’s hit to take the loss after Gregory Soto blew a save in the seventh. Soto walked the first two batters of the inning and Jorge Polanco followed with an RBI single.
Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run double, Eloy Jimenez had three hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Friday night.
Abreu matched Baltimore’s Anthony Santander for the longest hitting streak in the majors this season.
“Abreu is one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen,” Jimenez said. “Every time he’s up at the plate I learn something. He tries to show us something every at-bat.”
Codi Heuer (2-0) relieved starter Dane Dunning in the fifth and got the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Alex Colome earned his eighth save in nine tries.
The White Sox (24-15) took a half-game lead on the Indians and Twins in the AL Central. The Indians lost to the Brewers and the Twins swept a doubleheader from the Tigers.
“In spring training, we planned to compete for a playoff spot,” Jimenez said. “Now we’re here and we’re trying to do our best. We compete every night no matter what. It’s good to be fighting for a spot.”
The White Sox, who lead the American League in home runs, showed that they can score in other ways.
“We had quite a few chances early but weren’t able to capitalize,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “If you put together some good at-bats with runners on base, it doesn’t necessarily take a homer to drive in runs.”
Brady Singer (1-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The White Sox got a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Edwin Encarnacion.
The San Diego Padres were far too powerful and beat the Athletics at their own home run game with Oakland searching to rediscover its rhythm after an unplanned layoff.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, and the Padres pounded Oakland 7-0 on Friday night as the A’s returned to the field from a four-game postponement following a positive coronavirus test.
Tatis matched Mike Trout for the majors’ home run lead at 14 and finished with three RBIs.
“Without looking at the entire league I can’t imagine anyone else being as productive,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “But I will say there’s other guys on our team that are tremendously productive. … Tatis, the thing I’m most excited about for him is the continued growth.”
Padres catching prospect Luis Campusano homered in the eighth for his first major league hit after the 21-year-old was called up before the game.
Tatis returned to the leadoff spot and hit a two-run double moments after Trent Grisham’s double put the Padres on the board in the decisive fifth. Eric Hosmer added an RBI single that inning, chasing A’s starter Jesus Luzardo (2-2).
Right-hander Zach Davies (6-2) struck out five over seven scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start.
“It’s been a few days since the live at-bats and Davies is a guy, he nibbles around the zone,” Oakland’s Matt Olson said. “He’s not a guy out there throwing upper 90s. He’s out there doing what he has to do to get outs. He’s a big location guy. He just stayed off the barrel a little bit today.”
Five days later, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm are still going at it. They dressed about the same Friday in the Tour Championship, matched birdies on five holes and wound up tied for the lead at East Lake.
That required Rahm getting the better of Johnson again.
Rahm, whose 65-foot birdie putt beat Johnson in a playoff at Olympia Fields last week, had a 5-under 65 that allowed him to make up the two-shot deficit at the start of the round that was awarded Johnson as the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup.
Johnson did his part with a 67, losing a three-shot edge early with back-to-back bogeys to end the front nine, and then missing a birdie putt from just over 4 feet on the final hole that would have given him the lead.
“The only birdie we didn’t share was mine on 16. Besides that, we birdied every single hole together, which is kind of unique, right?” Rahm said.
They were at 13-under par based on their starting positions in the FedEx Cup finale.
It was the second straight year under this format the FedEx Cup leader, who starts at 10 under with a two-shot lead, ended the opening round in a tie for the lead.
“Technically, it is a continuation,” Rahm said. “I kind of stole that tournament last week from him and he started with a two-shot lead. So hopefully, I can steal this one, as well.”
Justin Thomas was in the top spot a year ago and opened with a 70. He said later it felt awkward to start the tournament with a two-shot lead before hitting a shot. This year, he began at 7 under and shot a 66 to end the day two shots behind.
Players can ride in carts during practice rounds and caddies can use them during the tournament to cope with the extreme heat expected for the ANA Inspiration next week in the California desert.
The LPGA announced the decision on its website Thursday.
Traditionally the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration was moved from the first weekend in April to Sept. 10-13 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tour to shut down for five months.
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA Tour’s chief operations officer, said in a memo to players and caddies that temperatures are expected to range from 105 to 115 degrees. Considering this year has been all about health and safety, “we will be allowing caddies to take carts for the week.”
“We have consulted with our medical team and feel this is the best decision to keep our caddies safe and healthy during this extreme heat,” she said.
Caddies can choose to walk and push carts are an option. The LPGA said players can ride in carts during the practice rounds, but walking is required during the championship.
Also, caddies will have bibs instead of the traditional coveralls at Mission Hills Country Club. The LPGA has bought 1,500 cooling towels for players, caddies, staff and volunteers.
“This was the date that we needed to play the ANA Inspiration and hold a major,” Daly-Donofrio said. “We’re watching the forecast and know it’s going to be hot. And we do not want to put the health of our caddies at risk. Will it look odd? Yes, especially for a major championship. But we’re not going to sacrifice the health of our athletes or caddies for optics.”
A NASCAR race is far more than 500 miles of left turns. It’s a turbo-charged Mardi Gras of booze-soaked infield campsites, concerts, fireworks and patriotic displays.
Entertainers give the command to start engines. Political candidates show up. Some of the world’s top CEOs sit in on the pre-race driver meeting, then stroll down pit lane to mingle.
Fans can get the same kind of oh-so-close access at tracks. There is no other sport that offers the same pipeline to its stars or the action – teams can and do give spots on their pit stand to honorary guests ranging from friends, family or corporate partners – and it’s a critical cog in how NASCAR does business and what draws people to the races.
This was all before the pandemic, of course.
NASCAR cut every bit of its pageantry from race weekends when it resumed competition in May. The party has been put on pause and it will be most noticeable over the next 10 weeks of the NASCAR playoffs, the most important stretch of the season.
“It’s quiet. You roll in on race morning and there’s nobody around,” said reigning series champion Kyle Busch. “It just seems like every track we’ve gone to has pretty much been a ghost town.”
NASCAR completed four events – including the sold-out Daytona 500, where President Donald Trump gave the command, Air Force One buzzed by the track and the Air Force Thunderbirds performed – before the pandemic. NASCAR was idle for 10 weeks before it got back on track, one of the first major sports to return to competition.
The first races were at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, in front of empty grandstands and under a protocol that allows only essential personnel into the infield. Owners can’t even visit their race cars and NASCAR’s top leadership doesn’t enter the infield.
NASCAR returns to Darlington on Sunday for the playoff opener, the infield still locked down but up to 8,000 spectators will be allowed to attend. Darlington joins Bristol in Tennessee, Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Texas Motor Speedway and the championship finale at Phoenix as venues allowing limited spectators during the next 10 weeks.
Last spring, Clint Bowyer passed a packed drag strip on the drive to Darlington Raceway unsure of what he would find when he got to NASCAR’s first race back during the pandemic.
NASCAR’s strict protocols to get back on track ordered drivers to travel alone in their car to the track. No family or friends were allowed. The May 17 race was without spectators and Darlington – the halfway point between NASCAR’s home base in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – was empty.
“I remember passing a drag strip that was packed, packed to the gills with people. The beach is going crazy and you could walk across the street and walk into a diner and eat,” Bowyer said. “But you couldn’t bring my wife to the motorhome. There was just a lot of confusion.”
What Bowyer learned is that for the teams to get back to work, NASCAR had to reach agreements with state officials for every race track. It’s been a complicated negotiation for series leadership, which had to reschedule nearly two months of races to get back to regular programming.
The playoffs open Sunday night at Darlington – as scheduled all along.
“It’s the house rules. It’s not uniform across the country,” said Bowyer. “You go to this state and it’s one thing. You go to the next state and its another opinion of guidelines. So they’ve done a good job of bobbing and weaving as we go throughout this endeavor of pandemic and, honestly, we’re still standing.”
The comeback is full circle Sunday as the Southern 500 marks gives Darlington a third NASCAR rac e for the first time in its 70-year history. Darlington learned last year it was regaining its Labor Day weekend event and would also be the playoff opener but it will be difficult to top the importance Darlington played to NASCAR’s season last May.
Darlington got the engines running again and NASCAR has gotten all three of its national schedules caught up in time for the critical playoff portion of the season.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1908 Superbas southpaw Nap Rucker strikes out 14 Doves en route to tossing a no-hitter in the team’s 6-0 victory over Boston at Washington Park. The only runners to get on base off the talented left-handed redhead come as a result of three Brooklyn errors.
1914 En route to tossing a 9-0 shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 19 year-old Babe Ruth of the AAA Providence Grays hits the first home run in his professional career at Hanlan’s Point Stadium. Jerry Amernic, the author of Gift of the Bambino, promotes the Lake Ontario’s Toronto Islands site, near the city’s mainland, as a historical landmark.
1918 At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth of the Red Sox six-hits the Cubs in the opening game of the World Series, 1-0. The Fall Classic game, which started earlier than usual due to World War I, is played at the White Sox home field rather than Weeghman Park (renamed Wrigley Field in 1926), due to the larger seating capacity.
1921 Walter Johnson, in an 11-inning complete-game losing effort against Philadelphia, fans seven A’s batters to surpass Cy Young’s major league mark of 2,803 career strikeouts. In 1927, the ‘Big Train’ will finish his 21-year tenure with the Senators with 3,509 punch outs, a record which will last for 62 seasons until Nolan Ryan surpasses the mark in 1983.
1921 Elmer Smith establishes a major league record, collecting seven straight extra-base hits over two days. The 28 year-old Indian outfielder from Sandusky, Ohio bangs out four home runs and three doubles during the streak.
1935 Cardinal rookie center fielder Terry Moore has a perfect 6-for-6 day at the plate, collecting five singles and a double. The 23 year-old leadoff man has nearly a third of the Redbirds’ 19 hits in the team’s 15-3 rout against Boston at Sportsman’s Park.
1938 For the third time this season, Dodger catcher Babe Phelps breaks a bone in his throwing hand. Although the injuries will limit his playing time to only 66 games and 208 at-bats this season, the southpaw-swinging backstop, who will hit .308, is selected to be a National League All-Star, for the first of the three consecutive seasons he’ll play in the Midsummer Classic.
1954 Playing in the Class C Longhorn League, Joe Bauman of the Roswell Rockets hits three home runs to give him 72 for the season. Although the 32 year-old slugging minor league first baseman never made it to the majors, his home run total stood as a record in professional baseball until it was broken with 73 dingers by Giants outfielder Barry Bonds in 2001.
1954 Reds’ slugger Ted Kluszewski goes deep off Warren Spahn in an eventual 9-7 victory over the Braves in the nightcap of a twin bill. The homer, the first baseman’s 44th overall, is the 34th round-tripper he has hit at Crosley Field, making it the most ever hit in one season by a National Leaguer in the same ballpark, an accomplishment which will stand until Sammy Sosa eclipses the mark in 1998 at Wrigley Field.
1954 Hank Aaron, batting .280 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs, breaks his ankle sliding into third base in the eighth inning of the Braves’ 9-7 victory over the Redlegs at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Ironically, the 20 year-old rookie became a starting outfielder for the team when Bobby Thomson’s sustained a broken ankle in a spring training game in March.
1955 Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe hits his seventh homer of the season to set a National League record for a pitcher, breaking the previous mark of six shared by Hal Schumacher (Giants, 1934) and Jim Tobin (Braves, 1942). Additionally, Brooklyn’s 11-4 win over the Phillies in the Ebbets Field contest marks the second of three seasons ‘Newk’ records 20 or more victories for the team in a season.
1959 In the third inning of the Senators’ 14-2 rout of Boston, Jim Lemon belts two home runs, respectively off Bill Monbouquette and Earl Wilson. The outfielder’s pair of round-trippers accounts for six of the ten runs scored in the frame.
1960 At the age of 41, Diomedes Olivo makes his major league debut, pitching in relief for the Pirates. The oldest rookie in National League history hurls two scoreless innings against Milwaukee at Forbes Field.
1969 Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in one season when the Mets beat the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 5-1. ‘Tom Terrific’, who will finish the season with a 25-7 record for the world champs, tosses a five-hit, complete game to reach the milestone.
1971 In his major league debut, J.R. Richard throws a complete game in the Astros’ 5-3 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The 21 year-old right-handed fireballer strikes out a major-league rookie record 15 batters in his first major league appearance.
1976 Reds’ infielder Joe Morgan becomes the first second baseman in 26 years to drive in 100 runs when his third-inning single off Dick Ruthven plates Pete Rose and Ken Griffey in the team’s 6-4 victory in Atlanta. The last second-sacker to reach the plateau was Bobby Doerr, who accomplished the feat in 1950 with the Red Sox.
1976 Phillies right-hander Larry Christenson’s two home runs prove to be the difference in his 3 – 1 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. New York starter Mickey Lolich, who gives both homers to the opposing pitcher, is tagged with the loss.
1977 The Indians’ first “I Hate the Yankees Hankee” promotion proves to be quite successful when the team sweeps a twin bill from Bronx Bombers, 4-3 and 5-4, in front of 28,184 enthusiastic patrons at Cleveland Stadium. The Tribe had previously lost their previous six games with New York this season.
1978 On a night the Dodgers and Angels are scheduled to play at home on the same date, which is a rare occurrence, each team has their game rained out, another oddity in Los Angeles. The second time both clubs home contests will be washed out on the same day in the City of Angels will take place late in the season in 1986.
1979 Just one defeat shy of the American League record, A’s starting pitcher Matt Keough snaps his eighteen-game consecutive losing streak, which includes four losses at the end of last season. The 24 year-old right-hander tosses a 6-1 complete-game victory over the Brewers at the Oakland Coliseum to avoid the dubious distinction.
1980 George Bamberger (235-180, .556) announces he will step down as the Brewers skipper after tomorrow’s game after spending 2+ seasons with Milwaukee. ‘Bambi’, who will return to the club in 1985 after a two-year stint with the Mets, is replaced in the dugout by Buck Rodgers.
1989 Deion Sanders, the fifth player selected overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, hits a home run as the Bronx Bombers rout the Mariners at the Kingdome, 12-2. Five days later in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons, the Yankee rookie returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.
1995 When the game becomes official in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cal Ripken receives a standing ovation for over five minutes from the sellout crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he ties Yankee legend Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games.
1998 Giant rookie Armando Rios hits home runs for his first two major league hits. Expos third baseman Shane Andrews accomplished the same feat on April 27 and 28 in 1995.
1998 Mark McGwire becomes the third and quickest player in major league history to hit 60 home runs in a season. ‘Big Mac’ accomplishes the feat in 141 games, as compared to Babe Ruth (154) and Roger Maris (159).
1998 Barry Bonds sets a new National League mark, reaching base in 15 consecutive plate appearances. The Giants outfielder’s five singles, two doubles, two homers, and six walks during the streak break Dodger Pedro Guerrero’s mark of 14 established in 1983.
1999 By hitting five home runs in a 9-7 victory over the Phillies, the Reds establish a major league record, homering 14 times in two games. Yesterday, Cincinnati set a National League record by hitting nine homers in their 22-3 rout of the Phillies.
1999 In the 6000th regular-season game in franchise history, the Mets score all their runs in the fifth inning to beat Colorado at Shea Stadium, 6-2. The victory brings New York’s overall record to 2826-3166 (.472) with eight ties, but the team falls just one game shy of breaking even in their last 1000 games.
2001 Curt Shilling tosses eight innings of five-hit ball at Pac Bell Park to beat San Francisco, 7-2. The 34 year-old right-hander, who attended high school in Arizona, becomes the first 20-game winner in the three-year history of the franchise.
2003 Mike Maroth becomes the first hurler since 1980 to lose 20 games in a season when the Tigers blow a 5-2 lead in an 8-6 Blue Jays victory at the Skydome. Former A’s pitcher Brian Kingman, who accomplished the infamous feat 23 years ago, is in attendance in the 19th row at the Skydome with a voodoo doll in an effort to remain the last 20-game loser.
2003 Todd Zeile extends his major league record when he homers for his eleventh team in the Expos’ 6-2 victory over Florida at Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn stadium. The third baseman’s first round-tripper with the club is a three-run shot off Mark Redman that puts Montreal ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, 3-1.
2006 In Pittsfield, a Park Square ceremony celebrates the anniversary of the signing of an ordinance which banned baseball from being played in the park. The 1791 bylaw, passed to protect the windows of the Massachusetts town’s new meeting house, is believed to be the earliest written reference to baseball.
2007 In a 10-2 rout of the Mariners at the Stadium, Alex Rodriguez becomes the fourth player in Yankees history to homer twice in one inning. Prior to the game, the limping third baseman had gone to a hospital to have his sore right ankle examined and needed to talk his way into the lineup upon his return to ballpark.
2007 Reds’ infielder Brandon Phillips goes deep for the 28th time this season, surpassing Joe Morgan’s team record for home runs by a second baseman. The Big Red Machine second sacker hit 27 homers in 1976, the season the Hall of Famer wins his second consecutive MVP award.
2007 Unknown at the time, Bob Sheppard works his last game at Yankee Stadium, a task he has performed over 4,500 times since becoming the team’s P.A. announcer in 1951. The 96 year-old ‘Voice of God’ is replaced by his longtime substitute Jim Hall and Paul Olden, who will fill the position when the team moves to the new ballpark in 2009.
2007 Due to his outstanding contribution in rebuilding the historic fields of West Tampa Little League, Carl Crawford is named the Devil Rays recipient of the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award. The Tampa Bay outfielder is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national award presented by Chevrolet, given to the person who has outstanding skills as a ballplayer, and who has a passion for community involvement.
2007 Giants left fielder Barry Bonds homers for the last time in his career when he lines a Ubaldo Jimenez 99-mph fastball to left-center field in the team’s 5-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 43 year-old All-Time home run leader ends his controversial 22-year tenure in the major leagues with 762 round-trippers, seven more than runner-up Hank Aaron.
2009 In the seventh inning of the Pirates’ 2-1 loss to St. Louis at PNC Park, Ross Ohlendorf strikes out the side on nine pitches, becoming only the 41st pitcher in major league history to accomplish the feat. The 27 year-old right-hander’s victims during his immaculate inning are Redbirds Kevin Greene, Julio Lugo, and Jason LaRue, all who are retired at first base after swinging at pitches in the dirt.
2010 Bill Mazeroski looks on as four of his Pirates teammates unveil a 14-foot, 2,000-pound statue commemorating his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. The work includes an actual section of the left-center field wall, which the second baseman homered over at the 406 mark off Yankee hurler Ralph Terry in the Pirates’ 10-9 victory.
2010 Sixty-three year-old Bill Lee allows only two runs and five hits in 5.1 innings in his start for Brockton against Worcester in a Can-Am League contest played at Campanelli Stadium. In his first game in pro ball since being released by the Expos in 1982, the former Red Sox southpaw, known as the Spaceman, becomes the oldest pitcher to earn a victory in professional baseball when the Rox beat Tornadoes, 7-3.
2010 The game’s final out in the Twins’ 6-5 victory over the Rangers is the result of Alfonso Marquez’s interference call on third base coach Dave Anderson. The umpire rules the coach tapped hands with Michael Young before the runner stopped and scrambled back to the bag.
2011 Craig Counsell pinch hits a ninth-inning single against Houston reliever Enerio Del Rosario to snap an 0-for-45 hitless streak. The Brewers’ veteran infielder’s first hit since June 10 leaves him tied with Bill Bergen (1909) and Dave Campbell (1973) for the longest drought by a position player without a hit.
2014 Masahiro Yamamoto, in his first and only start of the season, becomes Japan’s oldest winning pitcher when he tosses five scoreless innings in the Chunichi Dragons’ 6-0 victory over Hanshin at the Nagoya Dome. At the age of 49 years, 25 days, the southpaw screwballer surpasses the mark of Shinji Hamazak, who was credited with a win with Hankyu in 1950 when he was 48 years and 4 months old, but is 125 days younger than Jamie Moyer, the oldest professional player to win a game, accomplishing the feat with the Rockies in 2012.
2014 The Rangers, declining to comment on the nature of the matter, announce that Ron Washington has resigned as the team’s manager to attend a personal and off-field matter. The 62 year-old skipper, who will be replaced by Tim Bogar through the end of the season on an interim basis, ends his eight-season tenure with Texas with a 664-611 win-loss record, leading the club to three playoff appearances, and two trips to the World Series.
2015 Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, extending his streak to 22 consecutive scoreless innings, shuts out Miami, 6-0. The 42 year-old Dominican hurler’s performance will be best remembered for his behind-the-back flip, throwing out Justin Bour in the sixth inning of the Marlins Park contest.
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|Miami||16||17||.485||4.5||2 – 9||14 – 8||10 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 2|
|NY Mets||17||22||.436||6.5||7 – 11||10 – 11||11 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Washington||13||24||.351||9.5||6 – 13||7 – 11||7 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 8||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||23||15||.605||–||13 – 8||10 – 7||0 – 0||16 – 10||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Milwaukee||18||19||.486||4.5||8 – 10||10 – 9||0 – 0||12 – 12||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|St. Louis||14||15||.483||4.5||8 – 7||6 – 8||0 – 0||9 – 9||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 2|
|Cincinnati||17||22||.436||6.5||8 – 11||9 – 11||0 – 0||11 – 14||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||12||25||.324||10.5||7 – 12||5 – 13||0 – 0||11 – 14||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||30||10||.750||–||15 – 5||15 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||20 – 8||8 – 2||W 6|
|San Diego||24||16||.600||6||12 – 6||12 – 10||0 – 0||0 – 0||14 – 13||6 – 4||W 1|
|Colorado||18||20||.474||11||9 – 12||9 – 8||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Francisco||18||21||.462||11.5||9 – 9||9 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||12 – 14||5 – 5||L 2|
|Arizona||15||24||.385||14.5||9 – 9||6 – 15||0 – 0||0 – 0||10 – 20||2 – 8||W 1|