TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#8 Auburn 29 #23 Kentucky 13

#13 Central Florida 51 E. Carolina 28

#19 Louisiana 20 Georgia Southern 18

Kansas State 38 #3 Oklahoma 35

#5 Florida 51 Ole Miss 35

#21 Pittsburgh 23 #24 Louisville 20

#14 Cincinnati 24 #22 Army 10

Mississippi State 44 #6 LSU 34

#15 Oklahoma State 27 West Virginia 13

#8 Texas 63 Texas Tech 56 OT

#4 Georgia 37 Arkansas 10

#2 Alabama 38 Missouri 19

#12 Miami Florida 52 Florida State 10

#16 Tennessee 31 South Carolina 27

#10 Texas A&M 17 Vanderbilt 12

#20 Virginia Tech 45 North Carolina State 24

#18 BYU 48 Troy 7

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

LA Lakers 117 Denver 107

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Dallas 3 Tampa Bay 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

NY Yankees 11 Miami 4

Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 3

Chicago White Sox 9 Chicago Cubs 5

Pittsburgh 8 Cleveland 0

Minnesota 7 Cincinnati 3

Boston 8 Atlanta 2

LA Dodgers 7 LA Angels 6

Seattle 5 Oakland 1

Toronto 5 Baltimore 2

Detroit 4 Kansas City 3

Texas 6 Houston 1

Seattle 12 Oakland 3

Washington 4 NY Mets 3

Washington 5 NY Mets 3

Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 0

Colorado 10 Arizona 3

San Diego 6 San Francisco 2

 

NFL SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS REGIONAL GOLF

1, Noblesville 314

2, Hamilton Southeastern 324

3, Greenfield Central 345

4, Richmond 351

5, Heritage Christian 353

6, Lapel 356

7, Batesville 363

8, Franklin County 366

9, Mount Vernon 375

10, Muncie Central 380

11, Cathedral 382

12, Yorktown 383

13, North Central 385

14, Delta 391

15, Hagerstown 405

16, Greensburg 409

17, New Pal 410

18, East Central

 

AREA INDIVIDUAL SCORES

RICHMOND

Esther Hetherington 84

Ashlynn Spurrier 91

Zoe Brock 86

Isabella Roll 90

Makinzie Laughlin 99

 

HAGERSTOWN

Shay Doerstler 96

Morgan Rector 100

Sydney Rector 108

Sophia Mull 101

Madison Ervin 114

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Gracie Graf 89

Camryn Brewer 89

Nicole Mears 92

Crystal Callihan 96

Kelsey Brackney 110

 

UNION COUNTY

Emma Kassens 102

 

NORTHEASTERN

Baylee Wissler 95

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Marion 5 Kokomo 0

Rushville 0 Morristown 0

Muncie Central 2 Anderson 0

Batesville 4 Franklin 2

East Central 3 Landmark Christian 0

Connersville 1 Shelbyville 0

Lawrenceburg 4 Greensburg 0

Harrison 5 Muncie Central 1

Logansport 8 Anderson 0

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Lafayette Jeff 5 Richmond 0

Shelbyville 9 Rushville 2

McCutcheon 0 Plainfield 0

Harrison 5 Logansport 1

Harrison 5 Lafayette Jeff 1

Jay County 4 Wapahani 1

Talawanda 7 Union County 0

Lawrenceburg 8 Greensburg 0

OHIO

Miami East 4 Milton-Union 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – NCC/AREA

Muncie Central 2 Richmond 1

Warren Central 2 Anderson 0

Northeastern 2 Indian Creek 0

Centerville 2 Eastern Hancock 0

Frankton 2 Centerville 0

Noreastern 2 Indian Creek 0

Northeastern 2 Danville 1

Southwood 2 Northeastern 0

Northeastern 2 Centerville 0

Wapahani 2 Muncie Central 0

Hauser 2 Rushville 0

Seymour 2 Rushville 0

Columbus North 2 Rushville 0

Cowan 2 Blue River 1

Blue River 2 Morristown 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 2 Blue River 1

East Central 2 Muncie Central 1

Logansport 2 Clinton Central 0

Crawfordsville 2 Logansport 0

McCutcheon 2 Goshen 0

McCutcheon 2 Hammond Noll 0

McCutcheon 2 Lawrence North 0

Crown Point 2 McCutcheon 1

Park Tudor 2 Seton Catholic 0

Frontier 2 Logansport 0

Shelbyville 3 Delta 1

Jay County 2 Bluffton 0

Heritage 2 Jay County 0

OHIO

Ft. Loramie 3 New Breman 1

 

TOP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PERFORMANCES (REPORTED)

NCC/AREA

Richmond QB Drew VanVleet 16-23-195yds-3TD…218 total yards

Richmond WR Marquis Johnson 7rec-97yds-3TD…144 all-purpose yards

Richmond DB Jack Guiley 12 total tackles

Kokomo RB Plez Lawrence 13c-157y-4TD

Kokomo QB Evan Barker 118yards TD

Harrison QB Tyler Knoy 6-12-170yds 2TD

Harrison RB Omarion Dixon 24c-155yds-2TD

Harrison WR Max Bunger 4rec-100yds-TD

Harrison SS Brock Robertson 15 tackles

Lafayette Jeff QB Brady Preston 19-28-201yds…266 total yards

Lafayette Jeff RB Brandon Norton 15-169-3TD…187 all-purpose yards

Lafayette Jeff RB Thomas Hogan 13-111-TD…139 all-purpose yards

Lafayette Jeff WR Austin McKinney 7rec

Centerville QB Ryan Dickenson 6-11-125yds-4TD…141 yards of total offense

Centerville RB Jamari Pamplin 13-151yds-3TD..2 receiving TD..151 all-purpose yards…18 points

Centerville RB Javontae Pamplin 127 all-purpose yards

Centerville WR Keegan Schlotterbeck 111 all-purpose yards

Centerville LB Collin Clark 14 total tackles

Union County RB Mason Wicker 23-156

Union City RB Blayne Daniels 29-117

Monroe Central QB Jackson Ullom 13-15-218yds-2TD…256 total yards

Monroe Central WR Luke Jones 6rec-125yds-TD…161 all-purpose yards

Monroe Central LB Mitchell Moles 17 total tackles

Monroe Central LB Caleb Snyder 13 total tackles

New Castle QB William Grieser 17-38-220yds-2TD…60 yards rushing…280 total yards

New Castle WR Aidan Bradley 8rec-104yds-TD…121 all-purpose yards

New Castle DB Jamorion Taylor 14 total tackles

New Castle LB Trenton Round 24 total tackles

New Castle S Layne Nicholson 14 total tackles

 

OHIO (REPORTED)

Miami East RB Austin Francis 144 all-purpose yards…16 total tackles

Miami East RB Tyler Kirby 110 total yards

Preble Shawnee RB Travis Howard 19-155yds-3TD

Preble Shawnee RB James Gibson 25-175-TD…211 all-purpose yards

 

 

TOP AP SPORTS NEWS

LAKERS ADVANCE TO NBA FINALS

LeBron James wore out the path to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, making annual trips out of Miami and Cleveland.

Now he’s the best in the West.

And for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.

James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games.

James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.

“For me personally the job is not done,” James said.

“For us as a franchise, I’m extremely proud to be a part of this franchise getting back to where it belongs and that’s playing for championships and competing for championships, representing the Western Conference this year in the championships. So, this is what I came here for.”

The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the last of their 16 championships and hadn’t even made the postseason in the last six seasons.

Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.

“We battled through a lot this year starting with the beginning of the season and we know the job’s not done,” Davis said during a trophy presentation in a mostly empty arena at Disney World, instead of in front of their fans at Staples Center. “It’s a great feeling but we’ve got four more to win.”

Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had fought off elimination six times before the Lakers finally put them away. Jamal Murray added 19 points and eight assists but the star guard struggled with foot pain and lacked his usual explosiveness.

The Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down in the first two rounds before being finally ousted a month since they would have departed the bubble had they lost the first time they faced elimination, in Game 5 against Utah on Aug. 25.

“It’s not the end goal but to make it as far and surprise as many people as we did, it’s a good feeling,” Murray said. “So, try to come back next year and try to come back stronger.”

Denver fell far behind one more time but James wouldn’t allow another comeback. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

 

STARS FORCE GAME 6

More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski fell two wins short, the greybeards aren’t ready to leave the bubble and give up on another opportunity for a championship just yet.

Pavelski tied it with 6:45 left in the regulation, laid out to block a shot in the first overtime and Perry’s second goal of the game came in double OT to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay and force a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final.

“Get one, keep going,” Perry said. “We start building here, and I think we’re starting to do something special.”

Anton Khudobin made 39 saves and Perry’s winner 9:23 into the second OT was a manner of redemption for the Stars a night after they lost in OT on a questionable penalty call when Tampa Bay scored on the ensuing power play. Game 6 is Monday night.

The 36-year-old Pavelski and 35-year-old Perry have combined for the last six Stars goals.

So much for hockey being a young man’s game.

“With how they play, I don’t know if you can call them old,” Stars center Tyler Seguin said. “They seem to have the best endurance of all of us. Joe keeps getting the late goals and Perry played a great game.”

The Stars stayed alive despite going down to five defensemen for half of regulation when Andrej Sekera was injured blocking a shot midway through the first. Sekera returned for the third, a gutty performance that may have saved a team that looked to be running on fumes.

“That shows you his compete,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “Give him a ton of credit for coming back. That was tough.”

The Stars didn’t have much time to regroup from Friday night’s loss, not with the NHL scheduling the first back to back games in the final since 2009 and just the second time since the mid-1950s. On a night where both teams at times looked worn down, the Stars were able to respond in a big way against a healthier opponent.

“They’re a good team,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “They fought back.”

Pavelski led the way. In the final for the second time in his career after losing in 2016 with San Jose, he followed his two-goal performance in Game 5 with a season-saver 24 hours later by scoring on a rare juicy rebound allowed by Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper compared his team’s situation now to the Eastern Conference final when an overtime loss to the New York Islanders in Game 5 extended the series. The Lightning finished that series off in six and will try to do so again.

“We’ve felt this feeling before,” Cooper said. “We have felt this sting and then we’ve rebounded.”

Pavelski felt it even worse getting to Game 6 of the 2016 final with the Sharks before falling short. Perry brought with him to Dallas a Cup ring from the 2007 Anaheim Ducks, a lifetime in hockey ago.

“I was a young kid coming into the league at 22 years old and I had the opportunity to win,” Perry said. “But here we are, 13 years later and we’ve got a chance to do it with this group.”

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UPSETS #6 LSU

K.J. Costello passed for an SEC record 623 yards and five touchdowns in the Mississippi State debut of coach Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense, and the Bulldogs knocked off sixth-ranked and defending national champion LSU 44-34 on Saturday.

Costello’s passing yardage in his first game since transferring from Stanford to Starkville, Mississippi, eclipsed the 544 yards Georgia’s Eric Zeier had against Southern Mississippi in 1993 to set the Southeastern Conference record.

And Costello needed most of it to make up for his two interceptions and two lost fumbles, which helped LSU rally to tie the game at 34 before he engineered a pair of scoring drives in the final 10 minutes.

LSU became the first defending national champion to lose its opening game since Michigan in 1998 lost at Notre Dame.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan intermittently showed promise in his debut as starter in place of 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and 2020 top NFL draft choice Joe Burrow. But Brennan’s 345 yards and three touchdowns passing could not make up for the trouble the Tigers’ inexperienced defense had in new coordinator Bo Pelini’s scheme.

Four of Costello’s touchdown passes covered between 24 and 75 yards. The longest came on Kylin Hill’s catch and run in which the running back slipped safety Todd Harris’ tackle along the sideline to break into the clear. Osirus Mitchell caught touchdown passes of 43 and 24 yards, the second putting the Bulldogs back up by two scores with 3:39 left. Tyrell Shavers caught a 31-yard touchdown pass and Austin Williams had a 9-yard TD catch.

LSU transfer linebacker Jabril Cox, who played at FCS power North Dakota State, scored LSU’s opening touchdown on an interception and 14-yard return.

Terrace Marshall Jr. had touchdown catches of 37 and 33 yards, while freshman tight end Arik Gilbert leaped in front of a defender to turn Brennan’s desperate throw as he was going down into a 2-yard score.

But Brennan often struggled to make quick and decisive reads. He was sacked seven times and the first of his two interceptions came when linebacker Jordan Davis hit the QB’s elbow as he threw. The ball went straight to cornerback Esaias Furdge at the Bulldogs 24.

 

KANSAS STATE STUNS #3 OKLAHOMA

A Kansas State squad that lost its opener to Arkansas State two weeks ago, had its roster depleted by COVID-19, and entered Saturday’s game against No. 3 Oklahoma as a four-touchdown underdog overcame it all to pull off one of the biggest stunners of the season.

Skylar Thompson passed for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns, and the Wildcats rallied from 21 points down to beat the third-ranked Sooners 38-35, a 50-yard field goal by Blake Lynch with 4:32 remaining providing the margin of victory.

Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said he didn’t know until Friday if he’d have enough players available at all position groups to play the game. Turns out, the Wildcats had exactly what they needed.

“You find out a lot about a person and about a team from a challenge and adversity, and this team responded,” Thompson said. “I had no doubt going into this game that we were going to have a chance to win just by the way that we handled the last two weeks, the way we practiced, the way we came together and corrected our mistakes.”

Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown for the Wildcats. It was Kansas State’s first-ever road win against a top-three team in the AP poll.

Kansas State upset Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan, Kansas, last year, making the loss especially disappointing for the Sooners. Oklahoma outgained the Wildcats 517 yards to 400 but had four turnovers to none for Kansas State.

“We just made critical errors that gave them a chance,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “Give Chris (Klieman) and Kansas State a lot of credit. When we made errors, he made us pay.”

Oklahoma freshman Spencer Rattler passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions.

“He’s a young guy in his second start,” Riley said. “We’re going to continue to build on it and he’s going to continue to get better and get coached better as well.”

In the opening moments of the second quarter, Rattler threw into traffic and found Drake Stoops for a 32-yard touchdown. It was the first career score for the son of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, and it gave the Sooners a 14-0 lead.

Thompson’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Chabastin Taylor in the second quarter cut Oklahoma’s lead to 14-7, but the Sooners answered with Marvin Mims’ 9-yard touchdown reception in the final minute of the first half.

Rattler’s 53-yard pass to Stoops led to Seth McGowan’s 5-yard touchdown run and gave the Sooners a 35-14 lead late in the third quarter.

“We knew when we were down 21 we were just like, we’re going to get our chance, we’re going to get our shot,” Vaughn said. “We’re going to see how good we are at battling adversity. That’s exactly what we did. When things started to turn our way, we were like we can’t get too high. We never got too low. We stayed even-keeled.”

Two short rushing touchdowns by Thompson got the Wildcats back in the game.

Kansas State’s Nick Allen blocked Reeves Mundschau’s punt, and the Wildcats took over at the Oklahoma 38. Vaughn’s 38-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats’ second offensive play and the critical extra point tied it at 35 with 8:17 to play.

Kansas State’s Jahron McPherson intercepted Rattler in the final minute to help close out the win.

“For me, I dream about this all the time,” McPherson said. “For me, I was just so happy and happy for my team. I do everything for my team. I was just happy for all of us.”

Oklahoma had a regular-season loss each of the four times it has reached the College Football Playoff. The Sooners hope they can bounce back again.

“We’re very disappointed, but the resolve is very strong,” Riley said. “We know how to respond to a loss around here, and we’ll do it, and it’s going to take every single one of us.”

 

TEXAS SURVIVES TEXAS TECH

Sam Ehlinger threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Moore in overtime, sending No. 8 Texas to a wild 63-56 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday that saw the Longhorns rally with two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of regulation.

Moore’s second touchdown catch came with 40 seconds left and Ehlinger’s 2-point conversion pass to Brennan Eagles tied it to get to overtime. Texas got the ball first and quickly scored when Ehlinger and Moore connected for their third score of the day.

Texas Tech’s possession ended when Alan Bowman was forced to scramble and threw a wild pass that was intercepted by Caden Sterns.

Texas, chasing its first Big 12 title since 2009, had looked done when the Red Raiders went ahead 56-41 late in the fourth quarter on touchdowns from T.J. Vasher and SaRodorick Thompson Jr. But Ehlginer engineered a quick drive for a touchdown pass to Eagles and the Longhorns recovered the onside kick to set up the tying score.

Texas is 2-0 for the first time under fourth-year coach Tom Herman.

Ehlinger finished with 262 yards passing with five touchdowns and also ran for a score for Texas (2-0 1-0) . Bowman passed for 325 yards and five touchdowns for the Red Raiders (1-1, 0-1) but also threw three interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: The Longhorns feel any game is within reach of their senior quarterback and Ehlinger delivered again. Ehlinger found multiple targets to get the Longhorns into the end zone and Moore is rapidly turning into a favorite target after missing the 2019 season while under team suspension. The comeback will overshadow a miserable performance by the defense under first-year coordinator Chris Ash.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were on the brink of delivering second-year coach Matt Wells a signature win over a Top 10 team and big rival. Blowing a two touchdown lead in the final 3 minutes could crush a team’s confidence. Bowman’s big day was overshadowed by the three interceptions. The first two set up Texas touchdowns in the first half before the last one ended the game.

 

FLORIDA ROLLS OVER OLE MISS

Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trask’s six touchdown passes and No. 5 Florida spoiled the head coaching debut of Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin with a 51-35 victory Saturday.

Trask completed 30 of 42 passes for 416 yards including touchdown passes of 1, 16, 71 and 17 yards to Pitts. The star tight end had 170 yards receiving.

Trask directed four consecutive touchdown drives that spanned the second and third quarters to build a 41-14 lead for the Gators (1-0 Southeastern Conference).

Kiffin, the former Tennessee and USC head coach who came to Ole Miss from FAU, had the Rebels’ offense humming with Matt Corral at quarterback. Corral completed 22 of 31 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns passes, two to Dontario Drummond.

But they couldn’t stop the Gators. Ole Miss (0-1) tied it at 14 midway through the second quarter before yielding to the Trask-led Florida outburst.

The teams combined for 1,255 yards of total offense, including 642 by the Gators.

Trevon Grimes and Kedarius Toney had touchdown receptions of 22 and 16 yards respectively, for Florida. Jerrion Ealy had two touchdown runs for the Rebels.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The already high expectations for coach Dan Mullen’s third team should only go up. notch. Along with the formidable offense, the kicking game was highlighted by three field goals by Evan McPherson, including a 55-yarder with room to spare. Brenton Cox Jr. led the defense that had 11 tackles for loss and a turnover,

Ole Miss: The Rebels featured a completely new coaching staff with scheme changes. Spring practice did not happen. An influx of newcomers and coronavirus testing protocols shuffled the fall depth charts. Expectations were cautiously optimistic for Kiffin’s home debut in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 16,010 and nearly 600 fan cutouts purchased at $55 apiece. The Rebels answered with an impressive offensive performance, led by Elijah Moore’s 227 yards receiving.

 

AUBURN PULLS AWAY FROM KENTUCKY

The first half ended with both teams feeling as if they were robbed of touchdowns.

The second half was about Bo Nix, Seth Williams and Auburn’s passing game.

Nix threw for 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair to Williams, and No. 8 Auburn scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from No. 23 Kentucky for a 29-13 victory Saturday in the season opener.

The Tigers turned a three-quarter scare into a comfortable win by capitalizing on a late turnover and Kentucky’s failed fake punt in the lone Top 25 matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s opening weekend.

“Bo made a couple of really good throws for touchdowns,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I thought Seth Williams made two big-time plays right there to help us.

“I’m just excited for our team. It gave us a good measuring stick of where we’re at.”

The game was played before a COVID-19-limited crowd of 17,000-plus – mostly Auburn students – and the most electric moment for the sparse in-person audience was a 100-yard interception return called back by targeting just before halftime. That came right after replay officials upheld the call that Chris Rodriguez was down inside the 1.

“He was clearly in,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “I really can’t give a good explanation. I really didn’t get good explanations all day. I don’t know if us wearing these masks and all that. I don’t know. That was tough. That was a big swing.”

Nix delivered some big plays to start an encore to a promising freshman season, especially to Williams. He completed 16 of 27 passes and also ran for 34 yards.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson returned from a knee injury that cost him most of last season. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 239 yards and ran for 42 yards. Kavosiey Smoke ran untouched for an early 35-yard touchdown and Josh Ali caught nine passes for 98 yards.

 

OK-STATE ESCAPES WITH WIN

For Chuba Hubbard and Oklahoma State, it wasn’t pretty, but in the end, when it really mattered, he and his team made the plays they needed to.

Hubbard scored on a 23-yard run with 1:17 remaining to salvage a difficult afternoon and help No. 15 Oklahoma State beat West Virginia 27-13 on Saturday.

Sidelined for a number of key plays after fumbling on consecutive second-half possessions, Hubbard ended up with 101 yards on 22 rushes for his 12th 100-yard performance in his last 13 games. With the additional action, Hubbard’s backup, L.D. Brown, gained 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run, for Oklahoma State (2-0, 1-0 Big 12).

It was the first time since a 2016 contest against TCU that Oklahoma State had two different running backs rush for over 100 yards in a Big 12 outing.

“It’s not good when you put the ball on the ground,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said about Hubbard. “And he knows that and he did come back in late and made a cut and made a score, and did good for us, but this is not a secret. He needs to take care of the football.”

True freshman backup quarterback Shane Illingworth, in his first collegiate start, completed 15 of 21 passes for 139 yards, but also had an interception, for the Cowboys.

“That’s part of football, you’re not going to be able to have games where everything goes as planned,” said receiver Tylan Wallace, who had six receptions for 78 yards. “You know you’re going to face adversity, we had a lot of that today, and I’m just happy that we fought to the end. I couldn’t ask for more than guys making a play when their number is called.”

Jarret Doege threw for 285 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia (1-1, 0-1), which actually outgained Oklahoma State 353-342. Winston Wright had four catches for 103 yards, including a 70-yard score late in the second quarter.

West Virginia, which has now lost six in a row to Oklahoma State dating back to 2014, was hurt by several costly penalties, getting flagged 12 times for 106 yards.

 

ALABAMA ROLLS OVER MISSOURI

Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.

Then again, he’d never had one like this.

Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban’s second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they began their SEC-only schedule on Saturday night.

Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two scores in less than three quarters of work, and Jaylen Waddle and Najee Harris had dynamic performances on offense, helping Alabama roll to a 38-19 victory over the rebuilding Tigers.

“I think from a team standpoint, when you play a first game you sort of figure out who you are,” Saban said after finally taking off his mask. “You figure out where you and the last thing is, `What do I have to do to get better?’ Everybody on our team has a lot of maturity in what they need to do to get better.”

Oh, there are areas to improve. The Crimson Tide had a few too many penalties, a few too many breakdowns on defense and they allowed Missouri to finally get its up-tempo offense going against their backups in the fourth quarter.

They still looked every bit a national title contender, though.

Waddle finished with eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Harris ran for 98 yards and three more scores, helping the Crimson Tide spoil the debut of new Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz and win their 27th straight over the SEC East before a COVID-19-curtailed crowd of 11,738 fans at Faurot Field.

TCU transfer Shawn Robinson, who started for the Tigers over Connor Bazelak, threw for 185 yards and a score. Bazelak also got a few series and was equally ineffective against Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II and the rest of the Crimson Tide defense, which kept Drinkwitz’s creative offense out of the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

Bazelak added a touchdown scamper on the final play of the game for the final margin.

“I saw a lot of fight. I really did,” Drinkwitz said. “I thought those guys answered the bell. I don’t think it was an issue of not being good enough at all. I thought our guys fought.”

 

CUBS CLINCH CENTRAL DIVISION

The White Sox picked up a victory they sorely needed and the Cubs clinched a division championship. Consider it a win-win for Chicago.

Yoan Moncada homered, Jose Abreu hit a three-run double and the playoff-bound White Sox beat the NL Central champion Cubs 9-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field to snap a season-high six-game losing streak Saturday.

The Cubs clinched their third division title in five years when St. Louis lost 3-0 to Milwaukee. They traded high-fives and fist bumps in the dugout after that game ended.

Chicago will be home for a best-of-three series at Wrigley Field beginning Wednesday against an opponent still to be determined.

The White Sox were on their way by the time the Cardinals lost to the Brewers, and remained a game behind AL Central leader Minnesota, with the Twins beating Cincinnati. Chicago also took sole possession of second place, with Cleveland losing to Pittsburgh.

The White Sox need another victory Sunday over the Cubs and a Minnesota loss at home to Cincinnati to win the division title by virtue of the tiebreaker Chicago holds over the Twins. That would be another big mark for a team headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

“It would mean a lot for all of us that have been here for the last couple of years,” Moncada said through a translator. “It would be a really good starting point for us for the next season because we would have that foundation there.”

The Cubs won division championships in 2016 and 2017. But they missed the playoffs last season after four straight appearances, and this year hasn’t exactly been smooth. They won 13 of their first 16 games, only to go 20-23 since then.

“A lot of hard work from those guys, a lot of overcoming a lot this year,” said manager David Ross, who replaced Joe Maddon after last season. “Really a unique season and I couldn’t be prouder of what these guys mean to me and this organization, and how they carried themselves.”

 

TWINS CLINCH HOMEFIELD IN FIRST ROUND

There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they’ll be at home when the postseason begins Tuesday.

Instead, they took a casual postgame stroll out of the dugout toward the middle of the infield and congratulated each other as though it was a midseason win.

Sunday could bring a much bigger celebration – as division champions.

“I look at that 2019 banner a lot up there at the stadium, so it’d be nice to put another one up there,” reliever Taylor Rogers said.

Luis Arraez matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs in his return to the lineup, and the Twins clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Minnesota maintained its one-game lead in the AL Central over the Chicago White Sox, who beat the crosstown Cubs 9-5. The Twins can wrap up their second consecutive division crown – and the No. 2 seed in the American League – with another win Sunday against Cincinnati or a White Sox loss at home to the Cubs.

If the teams finish tied, Chicago wins the division because it holds the tiebreaker over the Twins.

“You never know what’s going to happen, but if you said that to me before the season started or on opening day, I would probably look right at you very honestly and say, `I would not be surprised if this season came down to the very last game.’ And that’s what we get,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Arraez had three of Minnesota’s season-high eight doubles as the Twins made sure there will be postseason baseball at Target Field.

Because Cleveland lost to Pittsburgh, Minnesota is guaranteed to play its best-of-three wild-card series at home, where the Twins are a major league-best 24-6. Minnesota took control of the No. 2 seed in the AL because Oakland was swept by Seattle in a doubleheader.

 

GIANTS RELEASE VETERAN SAMARDZIJA

The San Francisco Giants released veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, a day after he returned from a lengthy shoulder injury and rehab.

Samardzija, an 11-game winner in 2019, was designated for assignment and placed on unconditional release waivers days before his contract was to expire.

The 35-year-old pitcher signed a $90 million, five-year contract with San Francisco in December 2015, but spent much of his Giants tenure sidelined by injuries.

“I usually sit on the bench for a few minutes before I get ready to go. Sitting there was definitely a little emotional. You take for granted all those times before you’ve done it,” Samardzija said of reflecting Friday. “You’re just always going to be there and you’re always going to have that opportunity. I think we all know time goes by real fast. Sitting there looking at the stadium, it’s tough. I’ve had a lot of fun here, very much enjoyed my time. It’s been a first-class organization. I was just taking it all in.”

Samardzija allowed a two-run homer to Fernando Tatis Jr. among his three hits surrendered in three innings of Friday’s 6-5 loss to the Padres. It was his fourth start of 2020 and first appearance since Aug. 7. He was 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA this season after significant time at the club’s Sacramento alternate training site trying to recover – a challenge given there were no minor league rehab assignments to get ready.

The Giants weren’t going to have a start for him if they make the playoffs.

“I really respect the way he prepared for yesterday’s start,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I thought his stuff came out better than I’d seen in a really long time. I thought he was especially competitive. In that game it kind of unraveled quickly and we went to our bullpen early but at one point I thought he was going to be able to carry us deep into the baseball game. I’m proud of what Jeff accomplished here with the Giants and I have no doubt that he’s going to attempt to continue his career and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him to go out and do really well going forward.”

 

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS NAMES ALL-DECADE TEAMS

(IU RELEASE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s soccer program was well represented on the College Soccer News Team of the Decade. The three teams consisted of 11 players each and was comprised of student-athletes that competed from 2010-19.

The Hoosiers matched Stanford for the most players selected for a team with five. Georgetown (four), Wake Forest (three), Akron (two) and Creighton (two) were the only other programs with multiple players on the list.

Overall, the list of 33 student-athletes combined to appear on 46 All-American lists according to the United Soccer Coaches, 10 Herman Trophy winners, and six members of National Championship-winning squads.

ANDREW GUTMAN

First Team All-Decade

Andrew Gutman capped his four-year career at Indiana by winning the MAC Hermann Trophy, helping lead the Hoosiers to the College Cup for the second-straight season. The unanimous First-Team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year score 11 goals with nine assists in 2018. Gutman led the team in goals from his left-back position. After a breakout junior season, Gutman was named Second-Team All-America by both the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News and Third-Team All-America by Top Drawer Soccer. Gutman was a stalwart on the Hoosier backline, starting all 25 matches for the national-runners up, helping IU lead the NCAA in shutouts (18) and goals allowed (7). Offensively, Gutman was second on the team with 18 points on the strength of seven goals and four assists. He signed with Celtic prior to joining FC Cincinnati on loan.

GRANT LILLARD

Second Team All-Decade

Grant Lillard was named a Second-Team All-American by both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News after a great junior campaign that saw him tally three goals and one assist on the season. Lillard started all 18 matches he appeared in for the Hoosiers, helping the IU defense record a goals-against average of 0.70 and post a Big Ten-best 11 shutouts on the year. In 2017, the Hinsdale, Ill. product started 25 matches for the Hoosiers as center back, helping lead one of the best defenses in the country. IU led the nation in shutouts (18), goals allowed (7) and goals-against average (.260). He has also contributed offensively this year, totaling two goals and two assists and was a unanimous First-Team All-America selection and also a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist. Lillard signed with the Chicago Fire as a Homegrown Player.

TANNER THOMPSON

Second Team All-Decade

Tanner Thompson was named a First-Team All-American by both the NSCAA and College Soccer News, as well as Third-Team Best XI by Top Drawer Soccer to become only the eighth player in Indiana men’s soccer history to earn at least three All-America accolades and is the first since Pat Noonan earned his third All-America certificate in 2002. A three-time First-Team All-Region selection, Thompson repeated as Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight season. Thompson had a tremendous year for the Hoosiers in 2016, as the senior led the team with 18 points on the strength of eight goals and two assists. Thompson was also clutch for IU, netting four game winners. Thompson was selected by Minnesota United in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

WILL BRUIN

Third Team All-Decade

Will Bruin was named an NSCAA first-team All-American in 2010, the first All-America honor for a Hoosier since 2008. As a junior Bruin was among the national leaders in goals scored (18) and total points (41). A two-time All-Big Ten honoree, Bruin was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and was runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy. As a freshman in 2008 he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, recording six goals that season. Bruin helped guide the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament each of his three seasons at IU, advancing to the quarterfinal round in 2008 and the third rounds in 2009 and 2010. Bruin signed a Generation adidas contract after his junior year and was the No. 11 overall selection of the Houston Dynamo in the 2011 Major League Soccer Draft.

TREY MUSE

Third Team All-Decade

Trey Muse spent two productive seasons in the cream and crimson, recording starts in all 49 career matches in which he appeared, allowing just 20 goals and posting a goals-against average of 0.393 with 112 saves. In 2018, Muse was a unanimous First-Team All-America selection and was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and First-Team All-Big Ten. A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and First-Team All-North Region honoree, Muse started all 24 matches for IU, posting 12 solo shutouts and a Big Ten-best 0.541 goals-against average. As a freshman, Muse was tremendous, leading the NCAA in shutouts (18), goals-against average (.260), save percentage (0.903) and goalie minutes played (2416:18) to earn First-Team Freshman All-America accolades and Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Muse’s 18 solo shutouts matched the NCAA and IU single-season records, while his goals-against average was the fourth-best in NCAA history. He signed with Seattle Sounders FC as a Homegrown Player.

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-DECADE FIRST TEAM

F – Patrick Mullins, Maryland

F – Jordan Morris, Stanford

F – Jon Bakero, Wake Forest

F – Steve Neumann, Georgetown

MF – Darlington Nagbe, Akron

MF – Ian Harkes, Wake Forest

MF – Leo Stoltz, UCLA

MF – Fabian Herbers, Creighton

D – Andrew Wenger, Duke

D – Andrew Gutman, Indiana

D – Tim Kubel, Louisville

GK – Andre Blake, Connecticut

 

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-DECADE SECOND TEAM

F – Andre Shinyashiki, Denver

F – Foster Langsdorf, Stanford

F – Brandon Allen, Georgetown

F – Ethan Finlay, Creighton

F – Ryan Finley, Notre Dame

MF – Tanner Thompson, Indiana

MF – Bruno Lapa, Wake Forest

D – Grant Lillard, Indiana

D – Boyd Okwuono, North Carolina

D – Tomas Hillard-Arce, Stanford

D – Tanner Beason, Stanford

GK – Callum Irving, Kentucky

 

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS ALL-DECADE THIRD TEAM

F – Cal Jennings, UCF

F – Will Bruin, Indiana

F – Robbie Robinson, Clemson

F – Christopher Mueller, Wisconsin

MF – Tucker Bone, Air Force

MF – Joe Bell, Virginia

MF – Brandon Bye, Western Michigan

D – Dylan Nealis, Georgetown

D – Kofie Sarkodie, Akron

D – Brandon Vincent, Stanford

D – Joshua Yaro, Georgetown

GK – Trey Muse, Indiana

 

IRISH LOSE TO #4 PITTSBURGH

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. 5 Notre Dame fell to No. 4 Pitt in its final non-conference tuneup of the season on Saturday evening by a final score of 3-1 at Alumni Stadium.

Sophomore Michael Pellegrino score the Notre Dame goal in the first half to level the score at 1-1 before the Panthers struck for two in the final 45 minutes to leave with the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Panthers wasted little time finding the opening goal, as Alexander Dexter poked home a cross from Bertin Jacquesson in the 11th minute to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage.

The Irish responded by leveling the scoreline in the 32nd minute. A corner from senior Aiden McFadden got headed out to the edge of the top of the box, where an onward running Michael Pellegrino put his laces through the half volley and powered the shot past the diving Pitt keeper to make the score 1-1.

Notre Dame came out of the second half on the front foot for the opening minutes but the Panthers retook the lead in the 55th minute. A cross from the Panthers deflected twice off Notre Dame defenders and into the goal to make the score 2-1.

The visitors extended their lead to two goals in the 73rd minute, as Jacquesson scored his first goal of the evening to give Pitt the 3-1 win.

STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish goal came off a corner, marking the second straight contest Notre Dame has scored directly from a corner kick. McFadden provided the service on both of the corner kick goals.

HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“I am obviously disappointed in the result. I felt like we were just off tonight and sometimes when you feel like that you have to give credit to the opponent. I thought Pitt came out aggressive and played a good strong game that we never really got a grip in.”

On fighting back and tying the game in the first half…

“I was proud of the group. I feel like they regrouped after the opening goal rattled us a little bit. We responded well and got to 1-1 and I think we actually started the second half pretty well and then were unfortunate to give up that second goal. We couldn’t quite connect enough in the attack to create quality chances. I liked parts of the response but obviously it wasn’t good enough.”

On what his takeaways are from the two non-conference games…

“We learned a lot from both games. Obviously, you want to learn and win but at the same time I’m confident this group will have a good response and I know we will be a step better when we head into next week’s match at Louisville.”

NOTES OF THE MATCH

  • Sophomore Michael Pellegrino’s goal is the first of his season and second of his career.
  • Freshman Daniel Russo earned the first start of his career on Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Irish hit the road for the first time this season to take on Louisville at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 2. The match will be Notre Dame’s first of six regular-season ACC matches.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1877       With their 19th victory in the last 20 games, the Red Caps, aka the Red Stockings, clinch the National League pennant, beating the Hartford Dark Blues, 13-2. James ‘Deacon’ White, the league’s leading hitter, paces Boston’s attack with a 4-for-4 performance.

1898       Reds first baseman Jake Beckley handles a record 22 chances, making 21 put outs and one assist, without committing any errors. The Cincinnati infielder’s defensive acumen contributes to the home team’s 9-2 victory over the Cleveland Spiders League Park.

1904       Cleveland Naps’ (Indians) hurler Bob Rhoads holds Boston hitless until Chick Stahl singles with two outs in the ninth. In four years, the right-hander will become the first pitcher ever to no-hit the Red Sox.

1905       Boston Pilgrim (Red Sox) hurler Bill Dinneen pitches the season’s fourth no-hitter, beating the White Sox, 2-0. The right-hander, who will become an American League ump 17 days after he retires in 1909, is the only person in major league history ever to pitch a no-hitter and call one as plate umpire.

1914       Nap Lajoie joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only major leaguers to record 3,000 career hits when he doubles off Marty McHale in the Indians’ 5-3 victory over New York at League Park. The Cleveland infielder will end his 21-year Hall of Fame career in 1916 with a total of 3243 hits.

1919       In a complete game effort at Shibe Park, Yankee right-hander Bob Shawkey establishes a franchise record when he strikes out 15 batters in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. In 1978, Ron Guidry will fan 18 batters, breaking the 59 year-old record, also shared by Whitey Ford, who had tied the mark in 1959 in a 14-inning game against Washington.

1920       An article appearing in the Philadelphia North American quotes local gambler Bill Maharg saying he and former major league pitcher Billy Burns offered eight White Sox players $100,000 to throw the 1919 World Series. The team will become infamously known as the Black Sox.

1920       At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 33 year-old Joe Jackson’s sixth inning double off Tiger hurler Hooks Dauss breaks a scoreless tie, putting the White Sox ahead, 2-0. ‘Shoeless’ Joe’s game-winning hit will be his last of his 13-year career when the players on the grand jury list are indefinitely suspended for the rest of the season as the probe of the 1919 World Series fix is investigated.

1928       Lefty Grove is the first pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches for the second time in his career. The A’s southpaw also accomplished the feat last month, becoming the only hurler to do it twice in one season.

1928       At the Polo Grounds, the Giants unveil bronze tablets in memory of two former players, Christy Mathewson and Ross Youngs. The future Hall of Famers were much-beloved and respected by their manager John McGraw, a tyrant in the dugout who was known to berate his ballplayers.

1930       In a 13-8 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field, Hack Wilson hits two home runs, establishing a new National League mark for homers. The Cub outfielder’s total of 56 for the season will stand until Mark McGwire breaks the record in 1998.

1931       Nick Altrock becomes the first player to appear in major league games in five different decades. The 54 year-old former left-hander accomplishes the feat as a pinch-hitter when he walks and then is promptly picked off first base in the Senators’ 4-2 loss to Boston at Griffith Stadium.

1935       The Cubs clinch their 14th National League pennant when the team beats the second-place Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Sportsman’s Park, 6-2. The victory marks Chicago’s 20th consecutive win, a streak extended to the National League record of 21 with a 5-3 triumph in the nightcap.

1936       Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. ‘Smokey’ will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.

1938       In Detroit’s 10-2 rout of St. Louis in the nightcap of a twin bill, Hank Greenberg hits two home runs, both off Bill Cox, to extend his major league-leading total to 58. The pair of round-trippers gives the Tiger first baseman a total of 39 at Briggs Stadium, establishing a major league record for the most round-trippers hit at home in one season.

1938       An ailing Lou Gehrig hits his 493rd and final major league home run off Senators’ right-hander Dutch Leonard. On the same date 15 years earlier, the Yankee first baseman had gone deep off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park for his first career home run.

1940       On the last day of the season at Cleveland Stadium, the game against the Tigers is delayed because some Indian fans begin to shower the field with fruit and vegetables. The visitors’ bullpen proves not to be a safe haven when a basket of green tomatoes is dropped on Birdie Tebbetts’ head by an unruly fan.

1940       The Tigers clinch the American League pennant, beating the Indians, 2-0. Rookie right-hander Floyd Gieball gets his second and final big league win to seal the deal.

1942       On the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals clinch the National League pennant as sore-armed hurler Ernie White throws a five-hit complete-game, beating the Cubs in the first game of a twin bill, 9-2. The Redbirds also win the nightcap to finish the season with 11 victories in their final 12 games.

1946       In Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Indian fireballer Bob Feller ties Rube Waddell’s major league mark with his 343rd K of the season. Future research, however, will show the future Hall of Famer had really struck out 349 in 1904.

1951       Bill Sharman, recently called up from Fort Worth, is one of 15 Dodgers who are ejected by umpire Frank Dascoli for bench jockeying after a close call at home plate. The future basketball Hall of Famer will never play in the big leagues, and thus he will become the only player to be ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.

1952       After striking out in the first inning, Boston third baseman Eddie Matthews becomes the first National League rookie to hit three home runs in a game. The 20 year-old freshman’s round-trippers in the third, sixth, and eighth innings contribute to the Braves’ 11-3 victory over the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

1952       In the Braves’ 11-3 rout in Brooklyn, Eddie Mathews becomes the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game. The 20 year-old first baseman’s offensive output helps the team break a ten-game losing streak in a game that will become the last victory for the National League franchise representing the city of Boston.

1953       In a fitting finale that draws only 3,174 fans at Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis plays their last game as the Browns, losing their 100th game of the season, an 11-inning, 2-1 loss to Chicago. Next season the team will move to Baltimore and will become the Orioles.

1954       The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

1959       Phillies second baseman Sparky Anderson goes 0-for-3 and is caught stealing in a 5-2 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The season finale marks the end of the 25 year-old infielder’s playing career, but the future Hall of Fame manager’s participation in 152 contests will establish a record for the most games ever played by someone who spent only one year in the major leagues.

1960       Ryne Duren makes his first start in two years memorable when he strikes out the first five batters he faces in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over Washington. The feat ties a modern major league record shared by Lefty Gomez (Yankees), Dazzy Vance (Dodgers), and Walter Johnson (Senators).

1961       In front of only 1,717 fans at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, Bob Sprout appears in his only major league game. The Angels starter, who once struck out 22 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter in the minor leagues, starts against the Senators, allowing four hits and two runs in four innings, and has no role in the decision of his team’s 8-6 victory over Washington.

1961       Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that the Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.

1963       At Colt Stadium, Colt .45s skipper Harry Craft starts an all rookie team which includes future stars such as Joe Morgan, Rusty Staub, Jimmy Wynn, and Jerry Grote. The freshman team, whose average age is 19-years and 4 months old, loses to the Mets, 10-3, with 17 year-old starting pitcher Jay Dahl making his only major league appearance.

1964       The Philadelphia Inquirer stops its recent practice of printing the Phillies magic number, citing the countdown digit has lost its significance in the National League race. The fading Phils, which had a 6.5 game lead just six days ago, now clings to a half-game margin, and the team will need to beat the contenders they will face in five of the six remaining games to clinch the once ‘certain’ pennant.

1964       The largest crowd in the history of Crosley Field enjoys watching the Reds sweep a doubleheader from Pittsburgh, 6-1 and 2-1. The 36,691 fans in attendance will be unable to call their friends from the ballpark with the good news because of the removal payphones to thwart the betting on the contests.

1964       The Houston Colt .45’s play their final game in Colt Stadium, the team’s home ballpark since joining the National League in 1962. The future Astros beat the Dodgers in the 12th inning, 1-0, when Jimmy Wynn’s single plates Bob Aspromonte.

1967       Jim Bunning ties a National League record, suffering his fifth 1-0 defeat of the season. The hard-luck Phillies right-hander loses to the Astros when, after two quick outs in the 11th, Rusty Staub doubles and scores on Chuck Harrison’s single.

1967       Ferguson Jenkins posts the first of his six 20-game win seasons when the Cubs beat the Reds at Crosley Field, 4-1. The Canadian right-hander will lead the American League with 25 victories after Chicago deals the future Hall of Famer to the Rangers in 1974.

1973       Nolan Ryan surpasses Sandy Koufax’s major league mark for strikeouts in a season when he throws three fastballs past Rich Reese, the last batter of the game, for his 383rd of the year. The Angels’ right-hander, who finishes the year with 21 wins, whiffs 16 batters in 11 innings en route to a complete-game 5-4 victory over Minnesota at Anaheim Stadium.

1983       Mookie Wilson becomes the Mets’ all-time career stolen-base leader when he swipes second base in the fifth inning of a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York center fielder will add to his franchise-breaking total of 140 in the same frame when he takes third base on the front end of double steal with Darryl Strawberry.

1989       After he grounds out to second base to end the Mets’ disappointing season, Gregg Jeffries charges the mound and wrestles Phillies’ reliever Roger McDowell to the ground. The fight, which sparks a season-ending bench-clearing brawl, is apparently ignited by the Phillies’ reliever when he says something to his former New York teammate, who is running to first, but the rookie infielder will claim his anger was caused by a brushback pitch thrown a few days earlier by the Philadelphia pitcher.

1989       It is a good day for fans in the Bay area as both the Giants and A’s clinch their divisions. Oakland wins the American League West with a 5-0 victory over the Rangers, with San Francisco backing into the National League West title when the second-place Padres lose in extra innings to the Reds, 2-1.

1992       Randy Johnson ties Ron Guidry’s American League mark for strikeouts in a game for left-handers. The Mariners southpaw fans 18 batters in eight innings of work in the team’s 3-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1992       Gary Carter, in his last major league at-bat, doubles deep to right field in the seventh inning, driving in Larry Walker with the lone run in the Expos’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs. The Montreal fans show their appreciation for one of the most beloved and talented players in franchise history with a long and loud standing ovation, causing the Kid to make two curtain calls to acknowledged the enthusiastic crowd when he removed from the game.

1992       The Twins win their 523rd game with Tom Kelly as their manager when the team beats the Royals at the Metrodome, 4-0. The victory makes the Minnesota native the winningest skipper in team history, surpassing the standard set by Sam Mele from 1961 to 1967.

1993       Cubs’ reliever Randy Myers tosses a perfect ninth inning to become the first National League pitcher to record 50 saves in a season when the team beats the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, 7-3. The 30 year-old southpaw closer, best known for being one of the Reds’ Nasty Boys, will finish the season with a major-league leading 53 saves.

1993       Bo Jackson’s three-run home run is the difference in Chicago’s 4-2 win over Seattle. The victory enables the White Sox to clinch their first American League West title in ten years.

1993       Mike Piazza, who broke the major league rookie record for home runs by a catcher earlier in the month, sets another mark for round-trippers when he hits his 34th, surpassing the previous L.A. Dodger mark shared by Steve Garvey (1977) and Pedro Guerrero (1985). Duke Snider established the franchise record with 43 homers playing with Brooklyn in 1956.

1993       With a 2-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, the Blue Jays clinch their third consecutive American League East title. Toronto will go on to beat the Phillies in six games, capturing their second straight World Series.

1996       Mark Wohlers sets a Braves record with his 39th save of the season. The right-handed reliever is less than perfect, throwing two wild pitches to give up a ninth-inning run, but hangs on to preserve Atlanta’s 6-4 victory over the Expos at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

1996       Roberto Alomar spits in the face of the umpire John Hirschbeck and will be suspended for five games. The Oriole second baseman appeals the decision and is allowed to play the next day, helping Baltimore to clinch the wild card.

1996       In a 12-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds swipes his 40th base to become only the second player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco became the charter member of the 40-40 club in 1988 playing for the A’s.

1998       In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac’s #70, which he hits his last at-bat off Expos’ rookie Carl Pavano of Southington, Connecticut, also establishes a National League record for round-trippers hit at home with his 38th Busch Stadium blast.

1998       In the Blue Jays’ 2-1 victory over the Tigers, Detroit pinch-hitter Bobby Higginson homers with two outs off of Blue Jay Roy Halladay to spoil the rookie’s bid for a no-hitter. The Denver, Colorado native comes within one out of allowing no hits in only his second major league start.

1998       The 1998 Yankees win their seventh straight game to end the season with a .704 winning percentage. The Bronx Bombers (114-48) become the first team since the 1954 Indians (111-43) to play over .700 ball for the entire season.

1998       In the Reds’ 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh, two sets of brothers appear in the same lineup for the first time in major league history. Stephen Larkin plays first, Bret Boone is at second, Barry Larkin is at short, and Aaron Boone plays third, making up the all-brother infield.

1998       Padres’ reliever Trevor Hoffman ties the National League saves record as he gets three straight outs in a 3-2 victory over Arizona. His 53rd save (out of 54 chances) matches the standard set by current teammate Randy Myers, who did it for the Cubs in 1993.

1998       Greg Vauhgn’s eighth inning two-run round-tripper is the difference in the Padres’ 3-2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. With his 50th home run, the San Diego left fielder joins Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Ken Griffey, Jr. in reaching the milestone, marking the first time four players have accomplished the feat the same season.

1999       Gabe Kapler takes the field donning a numberless uniform during the last game at Tiger Stadium while other players in the starting lineup wear the uniform numbers of the corresponding members of the fan-selected All-Time Detroit Tigers team. The center fielder’s back is blank as a tribute to Ty Cobb, who never wore a number.

1999       In the final game played at Tiger Stadium, Detroit catcher Robert Fick hits the last round tripper, a grand slam, in the home team’s 8-2 victory over the Royals. It is the 6,873rd major league contest played at the historic 87 year-old park located on the corner of Trumbull and Michigan.

2000       The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world, beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country’s first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba’s 21-game Olympic winning streak with a 4-0 shutout.

2000       Darin Erstad breaks the major league record for RBIs in a season by a leadoff batter. The Angels’ outfielder collects his 99th RBI in a 9-7 loss to the A’s, surpassing Nomar Garciaparra’s total of 98 batting first for the Red Sox in 1997.

2001       In the first game at Wrigley Field since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sammy Sosa proudly carries an American flag out to right field while making his customary pregame dash to his position to salute the bleacher fans, much to the delight of the Northside crowd. Later in the game, after hitting his 59th home run, the native of the Dominican Republic rounds the bases displaying the flag again, waving the Stars and Stripes when crossing the plate and coming out of the dugout for a curtain call.

2002       In his first full season as closer, John Smoltz, preserving a Braves’ 3-1 victory over the Mets, converts his 54th save of the season to establish a new National League mark. Randy Myers (Cubs – 1993) and Trevor Hoffman (Padres – 1998) had previously shared the record.

2002       At Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, first baseman Jim Thome establishes a new single-season Indian home run record by hitting his 51st homer. Albert Belle hit 50 for the Tribe in 1995.

2003       At Veterans Stadium, Javy Lopez hit his 42nd home to break the major league record for home runs hit by a catcher. In 1996, Mets’ backstop Todd Hundley hit 41 to surpass Roy Campanella’s 1953 mark.

2003       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa blasts his 40th home run to establish a National League record by reaching the plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Chicago right fielder, who had previously been tied with Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider, needs another season of at least 40 homers to equal Babe Ruth’s major league mark of seven seasons, set from 1926 to 1932.

2003       With a startling rally, the Tigers avoid equaling the modern major league record of 120 losses set by the expansion 1962 Amazin’ Mets. It takes one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history when Detroit beats the Twins on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth after trailing by eight runs, 9-8.

2005       The Braves back into their 14th straight division flag with the Mets beating the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 3-2. The record streak started in 1991 when Atlanta played in the NL West.

2005       With a seventh inning single off Mets reliever Juan Padilla, Jimmy Rollins extends his hitting streak to 32 games. The Philadelphia shortstop breaks the 106-year Phillies record, surpassing Ed Delahanty, who hit in 31 games in a row in 1899.

2006       Anibal Sanchez (10-3) tosses five innings to get the win in Florida’s 7-2 victory over the Reds. The 22 year-old right-hander, along with Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7), and Ricky Nolasco (11-10), make the Marlins the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers win 10 or more games.

2006       Accomplishing the milestone in only 77 gates, the Yankees surpass the four million mark in attendance for the second consecutive year. The Bronx Bombers join the 1991-93 Blue Jays as the only teams in baseball history reach that mark in more than one season.

2007       Ryan Hanigan becomes the first person born in Washington, D. C. to play in the major leagues. The 27 year-old Reds rookie doubles off Brewers’ ace Ben Sheets in his first big-league at-bat.

2007       In addition to pitching 6.1 innings of scoreless ball, Micah Owings goes 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs in the Diamondbacks’ 8-0 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will collect the Silver Slugger award for his offensive prowess, is the first pitcher since Whitey Ford (Yankees – 1963) to have two four-hit games in one season.

2008       On the final day of the season, Mike Mussina becomes the oldest pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the first time, reaching the milestone when he hurls six shutout innings in the Yankees’ 6-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 39 year-old right-hander accomplish the feat in his final major league appearance, finishing his 18-year major league career 270-153 (.638) won-loss record.

2009       Paul Beeston is appointed for a three-year term as president and CEO of the Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto franchise. In October of 2008, the former MLB president took the position on an interim basis, replacing Paul Godfrey.

2010       “It’s a tough situation for us. A lot of the visiting teams come in and wonder where are all the fans. It’s actually a little bit embarrassing for us. We’re one game away from clinching a postseason spot.” – EVAN LONGORIA,Rays third baseman commenting on team’s low attendance.

With an opportunity to see their team clinch a postseason berth, only 12,446 fans attend the Rays game against Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The club, inspired by third baseman Evan Longoria’s criticism of the low attendance figures, will make 20,000 free tickets available in the finale of the series in an effort get more ‘energy’ into the domed ballpark.

2010       The Phillies capture their fourth consecutive NL East title when they beat Washington, 8-0, behind Roy Halladay’s two-hit complete-game. Unlike the previous seasons, when the Fightin’ Phils’ trademark was the big bats in the lineup, this year’s squad excelled due to a strong starting rotation that included Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, in addition to Halladay.

2011       After giving up five runs in the top of the tenth inning, the Diamondbacks score six times in the bottom of the frame in an amazing 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers. Arizona infielder Ryan Roberts delivers the decisive blow in the Chase Field contest, a walk-off grand slam with two outs.

2012       In the Tigers’ 5-4 victory over Kansas City at Comerica Park, Doug Fister establishes a new American League record when he strikes out nine consecutive batters, one shy of Tom Seaver’s major league mark. The Detroit right-hander whiffs the last batter in the fourth frame, strikes out the side in the next two innings, and continues the streak until Salvador Perez, his first victim, grounds out to the shortstop on a 1-2 pitch to end the seventh inning.

2012       With New York’s 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh at Citi Field, R. A. Dickey becomes a 20-game winner, the first Mets hurler in 22 years to accomplish the feat. The 37 year-old knuckleballer is the sixth pitcher in the 50-year history of the franchise to reach the milestone, along with Tom Seaver (1969, 1971, 1972, and 1975), Jerry Koosman (1976), David Cone (1988), and Frank Viola (1990).

2012       Fernando Rodney sets a franchise record when he notches his 46th save of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning in the Rays’ 3-2 victory over Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. The 35 year-old right-handed closer surpasses the team mark established in 2010 by Rafael Soriano.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Tampa Bay 39 20 .661 19 – 9 20 – 11 27 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 3
Y-NY Yankees 33 26 .559 6 22 – 8 11 – 18 23 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Y-Toronto 32 27 .542 7 17 – 8 15 – 19 22 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 4
Baltimore 24 35 .407 15 13 – 20 11 – 15 13 – 26 0 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 2
Boston 23 36 .390 16 11 – 20 12 – 16 14 – 26 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Minnesota 36 23 .610 24 – 6 12 – 17 0 – 0 23 – 17 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Y-Chi White Sox 35 24 .593 1 18 – 11 17 – 13 0 – 0 25 – 15 0 – 0 3 – 7 W 1
Y-Cleveland 34 25 .576 2 17 – 12 17 – 13 0 – 0 23 – 17 0 – 0 8 – 2 L 1
Kansas City 25 34 .424 11 14 – 15 11 – 19 0 – 0 16 – 23 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Detroit 23 34 .404 12 12 – 15 11 – 19 0 – 0 12 – 27 0 – 0 2 – 8 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Oakland 35 24 .593 21 – 10 14 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 25 – 14 5 – 5 L 2
Y-Houston 29 30 .492 6 20 – 8 9 – 22 0 – 0 0 – 0 19 – 20 5 – 5 L 2
Seattle 27 32 .458 8 14 – 10 13 – 22 0 – 0 0 – 0 20 – 19 5 – 5 W 2
LA Angels 26 33 .441 9 16 – 15 10 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 19 – 21 6 – 4 L 2
Texas 21 38 .356 14 15 – 14 6 – 24 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 24 3 – 7 W 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Atlanta 35 24 .593 19 – 10 16 – 14 24 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Y-Miami 30 29 .508 5 11 – 15 19 – 14 21 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Philadelphia 28 31 .475 7 19 – 13 9 – 18 21 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
NY Mets 26 33 .441 9 12 – 17 14 – 16 17 – 22 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
Washington 25 34 .424 10 14 – 18 11 – 16 16 – 23 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-Chi Cubs 33 26 .559 19 – 14 14 – 12 0 – 0 22 – 18 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
St. Louis 29 28 .509 3 13 – 13 16 – 15 0 – 0 21 – 18 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Y-Cincinnati 30 29 .508 3 16 – 13 14 – 16 0 – 0 21 – 19 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
Milwaukee 29 30 .492 4 15 – 14 14 – 16 0 – 0 19 – 20 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Pittsburgh 19 40 .322 14 13 – 19 6 – 21 0 – 0 16 – 24 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 42 17 .712 20 – 9 22 – 8 0 – 0 0 – 0 27 – 13 8 – 2 W 3
Y-San Diego 36 23 .610 6 21 – 11 15 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 23 – 16 4 – 6 W 2
San Francisco 29 30 .492 13 19 – 13 10 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 18 – 21 4 – 6 L 2
Colorado 26 33 .441 16 12 – 18 14 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 22 4 – 6 W 1
Arizona 24 35 .407 18 15 – 14 9 – 21 0 – 0 0 – 0 13 – 26 6 – 4 L 1

 

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

 

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 58 45 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
New England Patriots 1 1 0 .500 1.0 51 46 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 L
Miami Dolphins 1 2 0 .333 1.5 70 65 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
New York Jets 0 2 0 .000 2.0 30 58 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 40 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Las Vegas Raiders 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 68 54 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 36 36 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
Denver Broncos 0 2 0 .000 2.0 35 42 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 71 22 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 52 37 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Cleveland Browns 1 1 0 .500 1.0 41 68 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 0 .000 2.0 43 51 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 49 44 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Indianapolis Colts 1 1 0 .500 1.0 48 38 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 2 0 .333 1.5 70 84 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 2 L
Houston Texans 0 2 0 .000 2.0 36 67 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Washington Football Team 1 1 0 .500 0.0 42 47 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Dallas Cowboys 1 1 0 .500 0.0 57 59 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 1 W
New York Giants 0 2 0 .000 1.0 29 43 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 2 L
Philadelphia Eagles 0 2 0 .000 1.0 36 64 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Arizona Cardinals 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 54 35 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Los Angeles Rams 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 57 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
Seattle Seahawks 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 73 55 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 2 W
San Francisco 49ers 1 1 0 .500 1.0 51 37 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 85 55 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 2 W
Chicago Bears 2 0 0 1.000 0.0 44 36 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 2 W
Minnesota Vikings 0 2 0 .000 2.0 45 71 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Detroit Lions 0 2 0 .000 2.0 44 69 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 2 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New Orleans Saints 1 1 0 .500 0.0 58 57 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.0 54 51 1-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 2 0 .000 1.0 64 78 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.0 47 65 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 L