Toronto 125 Boston 122 2OT
LA Clippers 96 Denver 85
Tampa Bay 2 NY Islanders 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 19 Detroit 0
Chicago White Sox 8 Pittsburgh 1
NY Mets 7 Baltimore 6
San Francisco 10 Seattle 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 3 Cleveland 0
NY Yankees 7 Toronto 2
Texas 7 LA Angels 3
Oakland 3 Houston 2
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 29 Miami 9
San Diego 5 Colorado 3
Cincinnati 3 Chicago Cubs 0
LA Dodgers 6 Arizona 4 (10)
Daleville 3 Union City 0
Miami East 3 Ansonia 0
Mississinewa 3 Muncie Central 1
Rushville 1 Union County 0
INDIANA AP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL
- Center Grove (3-0)
- Brownsburg (3-0)
- Lawrence North (3-0)
- Merrillville (3-0)
- North Central (Indianapolis) (3-0)
- Lafayette Jeff (3-0)
- Carroll (Fort Wayne) (3-0)
- Hamilton Southeastern (2-1)
- Elkhart (2-0)
- Carmel (1-2)
- Indianapolis Cathedral (3-0)
- New Palestine (2-0)
- Valparaiso (2-0)
- Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-0)
- Decatur Central (2-1)
- Harrison (West Lafayette) (2-1)
- Evansville North (3-0)
- Whiteland (2-1)
- New Albany (3-0)
- Floyd Central (2-1)
- Mooresville (3-0)
- Mount Vernon (Fortville) (3-0)
- East Noble (3-0)
- Jasper (3-0)
- Hobart (2-1)
- East Central (2-1)
- Evansville Central (3-0)
- Delta (2-0)
- Lowell (3-0)
- Northridge (2-0)
- Indianapolis Chatard (3-0)
- Mishawaka Marian (3-0)
- Southridge (3-0)
- West Lafayette (2-1)
- Danville (1-0)
- Guerin Catholic (1-0)
- Mount Vernon (Posey) (3-0)
- Brebeuf Jesuit (1-2)
- Brownstown Central (2-0)
- North Montgomery (3-0)
- Andrean (2-1)
- Eastbrook (2-1)
- Pioneer (2-1)
- Eastside (3-0)
- Heritage Christian (2-0)
- Triton Central (2-1)
- South Vermillion (3-0)
- Tell City (3-0)
- Evansville Mater Dei (1-2)
- Eastern Hancock (2-1)
- Indianapolis Lutheran (3-0)
- South Adams (3-0)
- Lafayette Central Catholic (1-0)
- Southwood (3-0)
- Parke Heritage (2-0)
- Adams Central (2-1)
- West Washington (2-0)
- South Putnam (3-0)
- North Judson (3-0)
- Covenant Christian (3-0)
NCC AND AREA FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
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
Batesville at Rushville 7 pm
Franklin County at East Central 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Lawrenceburg 7 pm
Saturday, Sep. 12
South Dearborn at Connersville 3 pm
OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Friday September 11
Arcanum (1-1) at Ansonia (1-1)
Bethel (0-2) at Tri-County North (1-1)
Bradford (0-2) at Mississinawa Valley (0-2)
Covington (2-0) at Twin Valley South (0-2)
Oakwood (0-2) at Brookville (2-0)
Preble Shawnee (1-1) at Franklin (1-1)
Eaton (1-1) at Monroe (0-2)
Bellbrook (2-0) at Valley View (2-0)
National Trail (2-0) at Tri-Village (2-0)
Dixie (1-1) at Madison (0-2)
Northridge (0-2) at Carlisle (1-1)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Thursday, Sept. 10
UAB at Miami (Fla.) | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Saturday, Sept. 12
Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Louisiana Tech at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FOX
Charlotte at Appalachian State| 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
The Citadel at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Monroe at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network
Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
Arkansas State at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
Georgia Tech at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Campbell at Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UTSA at Texas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Austin Peay at Pittsburgh | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma | 7 p.m. | Pay-per-view
No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN/ESPNU
Tulane at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
UTEP at No. 14 Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network
Houston Baptist at Texas Tech | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Western Kentucky at Louisville | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Coastal Carolina at Kansas | 10 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
NFL WEEK 1
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 14, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (Mon) 8:10p (MT) 10:10p ESPN
The Toronto Raptors faced a sizable early deficit. They trailed in the fourth quarter. And again in the first overtime. And again in the second overtime.
Exhausted and on the brink, the reigning NBA champions rose to the moment.
Next up: Game 7, for a spot in the Eastern Conference finals against Miami.
OG Anunoby – the hero of Game 3 with a buzzer-beating 3 – put the Raptors ahead to stay with a 3-pointer with just under a minute left in double overtime, Kyle Lowry got an acrobatic jumper to fall with 11.7 seconds left and the Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 125-122 in Game 6 on Wednesday night.
“Game 7 to go to the Eastern Conference finals,” Toronto guard Fred VanVleet said. “All you can ask for is a chance.”
Lowry scored 33 points in 53 minutes for Toronto. Norman Powell had 23, including a three-point play with about 39 seconds left and a pair of free throws to help finish it off. VanVleet scored 21 points for the Raptors, and Anunoby had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Lowry was on his back, laying on the court, breathing fairly heavily and with his fists thrown high in the air when Powell had the three-point play.
That’s about when he realized the Raptors weren’t flying home Thursday.
“Thank you, Norm. … That was cool. We needed that,” Lowry said.
Jaylen Brown had 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Celtics, who had their starters on the floor – without a single sub – for the final 22-plus minutes.
Jayson Tatum had 29 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Marcus Smart had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with about 3 seconds left in the second extra session.
Kawhi Leonard has the Los Angeles Clippers a win away from the franchise’s first-ever trip to the Western Conference finals.
They’re not celebrating anything just yet.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do still,” Leonard said. “We’re still fighting.”
Leonard finished an assist shy of his first playoff triple-double and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 96-85 in Game 4 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
Leonard filled up the stat sheet with 30 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. He has scored 30 or more points six times during this postseason.
Reserve Montrezl Harrell added 15 points to help the Clippers, who can close out the Nuggets on Friday night.
The mood in the locker room on the precipice of such a momentous moment was subdued.
“Zero reaction,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We haven’t done anything yet.”
After building an 18-point lead in the second quarter, Los Angeles saw Denver storm back and tie it at 48 early in the third. The Clippers responded with a 21-5 run to gain some separation and then weathered a late run from Denver.
“Our continuity is growing,” said Paul George, who scored 10 points in nearly 27 minutes as he dealt with foul trouble. “This team is getting more and more comfortable together.
Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 11 boards for a Nuggets team that finds itself in an all-too-familiar situation. They were down in their first-round series against Utah before becoming the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18, according to a memo sent to teams Wednesday.
In the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the league told teams that the Nov. 18 date is based on “initial conversations with the Players Association.” The board of governors and general managers have meetings scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
If it is moved this would be the second time that the draft – originally set for June 25, then pushed back to Oct. 16 – gets delayed. An additional delay would also allow the league more time to conduct the pre-draft process, including a combine in some form, teams were told in the memo.
The league also said delaying the draft would allow it more time to continue the process of deciding when best to start next season.
Moving the draft would have a domino effect on other offseason league business, such as free agency and the process by which the league and Players Association will determine salary cap numbers for 2020-21 — something that teams obviously need to know before they can go shopping.
The most recent plan had been for free agency to start with negotiations able to begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and the end of the annual offseason moratorium at noon on Oct. 23.
And the NBA had been hoping for a Dec. 1 start to the 2020-21 season, though Commissioner Adam Silver said on the ESPN telecast of the draft lottery last month that date was unlikely. Silver said Dec. 1 “is feeling a little bit early to me.”
The league has yet to publicly reveal when next season could start – or if it could start in a bubble or multiple bubbles.
“Our No. 1 goal is to get fans back in our arenas,” Silver said on the draft lottery telecast Aug. 20. “My sense is, in working with the players association, if we could push back even a little longer and increase the likelihood of having fans in arenas, that’s what we would be targeting.”
Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball coaches are pushing the idea of having next year’s NCAA Tournament include all eligible teams in Division I.
Numerous league schools and coaches released statements Wednesday after the coaches held their weekly call to discuss the proposal, which was first reported by Stadium. There are 357 Division I programs in the country, with NCAA spokeswoman Meghan Durham saying 346 of those are eligible to play in next year’s tournament.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett said the ACC coaches are “united in strongly pursuing this” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of last year’s NCAA Tournament days before the field of 68 was set to be revealed. Multiple coaches said creating an everybody-gets-in format would be an incentive for schools as they create the safest conditions possible for returning to play.
“This is not a regular season,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “It is clearly an irregular season that will require something different. Our sport needs to be agile and creative. Most importantly, an all-inclusive postseason tournament will allow a unique and unprecedented opportunity for every team and every student-athlete to compete for a national championship.”
Durham declined comment specifically on the proposal in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Last month, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said the Division I oversight committees for men’s and women’s basketball planned to announce by mid-September plans for whether the season and preseason practice would start on time or require a delay due to the pandemic.
Louisville coach Chris Mack said the proposal would provide flexibility during the season without mandating a number of nonconference or conference games to be played. And the league has already experienced that scheduling challenge with football and other fall sports.
The ACC announced in July that it would have each football team play 10 league games – including the addition of Notre Dame as a football member this year – and one nonconference game to be played in the home state of the member school. Those schedules were released in early August, slightly more than a month before Thursday’s UAB-Miami game kicks off the season.
“This is a time to think differently,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said, adding: “After all these players have been through, what better way to reward them than the opportunity to compete in an unprecedented version of the most exciting event in sports.”
Jalen Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams.
The extension announced Wednesday includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back, according to Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta.
Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety, through 2025. Ramsey will make $13.7 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.
The deal is another massive commitment by the Rams, who have handed out the largest contracts in NFL history at the time for a quarterback (Jared Goff), a running back (Todd Gurley), any defensive player (Aaron Donald) and a defensive back in a major spending spree since July 2018. The Rams made the Super Bowl for the 2018 season but lost to New England.
Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season, giving up two first-round draft picks to secure one of the NFL’s elite cornerbacks. Ramsey had one interception and four pass deflections in nine games with the Rams while earning his third straight Pro Bowl selection.
Ramsey has only 10 career interceptions, and he has never been in the top 10 in interceptions during his four NFL seasons. That’s largely because quarterbacks stay away from his side of the field, and Ramsey is also a willing hitter with at least 50 tackles in each of his four NFL seasons.
Manager Brian Snitker was just hoping to shake up the Atlanta Braves’ lineup following a shutout loss.
As it turned out, the new mix made National League history.
Adam Duvall drove in nine runs with three homers, including a grand slam, and the Braves obliterated their franchise scoring record and set the NL record in a 29-9 romp over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
The Braves broke loose for 11 runs in the second and nearly matched the modern scoring mark since 1900, set by the Texas Rangers in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in 2007.
“Pretty amazing,” said Freddie Freeman, who drove in six runs with three hits, including a two-run homer. “Hard to put into words, really, when you look up and see 29 runs on the board.”
The Braves had 23 hits, including seven homers, to score the most runs in their history in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. They topped the old record by six runs. Duvall’s enormous night came exactly a week after he hit three home runs in a game at Boston.
“I’ve never seen an offense click like that, all together,” Freeman said.
A day after being shut out by the Marlins on four hits, the Braves erupted. Freeman said he woke up to a text from Snitker saying he’d be hitting second. Travis d’Arnaud had a three-run homer in the second as the new cleanup hitter.
Freeman now expects to be hitting second again.
“I would assume so,” Freeman said. “I think it would be very hard for him to change the lineup after scoring 29 runs.”
The big second inning knocked Pablo Lopez out of the game. Duvall hit another homer, his 12th, in a six-run fifth and added the slam in the seventh off Josh Smith.
“I’ve known that homers come in bunches but something like that is pretty special,” Duvall said. “I’m going to enjoy this one tonight.”
Three runs scored on a sixth-inning double by Ronald Acuna Jr. that gave Atlanta a 25-8 lead and the franchise record for runs in a game.
On Sept. 2, 1957, Hank Aaron and the Milwaukee Braves, the eventual World Series champions, hammered the Chicago Cubs 23-10 at Wrigley Field. That franchise record for runs in a game stood for 63 years. The old Atlanta record was 20 runs, most recently against the Marlins on Oct. 5, 2001.
Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball into the eighth inning to outpitch Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish and lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night.
Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Darvish’s seven-start winning streak was snapped.
Bauer (4-3) struck out 10 and walked none in 7 2/3 innings while tying his season high with 112 pitches. The right-hander dropped his three previous starts, including a 3-0 loss to Darvish on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati.
“That was fun to watch,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “We needed a win and he did it against a good team.
“In a game like this, when you have two of the best (pitchers) in baseball, there was something a little bit different about Trevor. He rose to the occasion.”
Bauer allowed just one hit – a leadoff single in the fifth by Victor Caratini – through seven innings. In the eighth, Bauer gave up a one-out single to Jason Heyward and was pulled after Ildemaro Vargas singled with two outs to put runners on the corners.
Lucas Sims got Ian Happ to line out to second, ending the threat.
Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Corbin Burnes allowed one hit in seven innings in another outstanding performance, and the Milwaukee Brewers slugged their way to their highest run total in over a decade, beating the Detroit Tigers 19-0 on Wednesday.
Jedd Gyorko homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers. Milwaukee hit eight doubles in the game, setting a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits.
Burnes (3-0) struck out 11 in his third straight start without an earned run.
“When you go seven innings, one hit, 11 strikeouts, no walks – we had a huge offensive day that made the game a lot of fun, but that kind of pitching performance, you’ve got to start with that,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh on April 22, 2010. Milwaukee, which entered the day 2 1/2 games out of a postseason spot, snapped a three-game losing streak.
Matthew Boyd (1-6) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three-plus innings. He walked four and struck out two.
“They got after him pretty good. It was just one of those bad days that led to more bad,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Not much good happened for us other than no one got hurt.”
It was the longest outing of Burnes’ career – he went six innings in each of his previous two starts. The Tigers didn’t manage a baserunner until Willi Castro’s one-out triple in the fifth – and even then, Burnes struck out the next two hitters to keep Detroit off the scoreboard.
Nikita Kucherov scored with 8.8 seconds left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night and a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.
Kucherov beat Russian countryman Semyon Varlamov after a perfect pass from Ryan McDonagh, preventing the Lightning from going into another overtime game with a depleted forward group.
Leading scorer Brayden Point was injured late in the first period, and Tampa Bay also was without Alex Killorn much of the game after he was ejected for a hit from behind.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced in Game 2. Varlamov made 19 saves. Tampa Bay is two wins from the Stanley Cup final, but Point’s injury after he fell awkwardly on his last shift of the first period is a major concern for a group already without captain Steven Stamkos.
Two nights after Point scored 1:14 in, Matt Martin did the honors 1:24 in to give the Islanders the lead. A broken play helped defenseman Nick Leddy get behind the net, and he fed Martin for his fifth goal of the playoffs on a rare play in which Andrei Vasilevskiy lost sight of the puck.
Six minutes in, Killorn hit New York’s Brock Nelson into the glass from behind and was ejected and given a 5-minute major penalty for boarding. After dressing just 11 forwards to keep seven defensemen in the lineup, Lightning were put in a tough spot by Killorn’s absence that was made even worse when Point got injured.
They killed the penalty and got to the second intermission with the score tied after Victor Hedman scored off a faceoff with 1:35 left in the first period.
There were no goals throughout the second and most of the third until Kucherov scored his sixth of the postseason.
They were just two particular points from Serena Williams’ latest three-set comeback at the U.S. Open, yet they were pivotal and consisted of the sorts of lengthy exchanges filled with athleticism and brilliance that in any other, non-pandemic year would be marked by thousands of folks rising to their feet for delirious roars and raucous applause.
She needed both of these points to reverse a deficit that reached the scale of a set and a break after 45 minutes of her quarterfinal against Tsvetana Pironkova on a cloudy Wednesday in empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams needed both of these points during a five-game, match-altering run – along with 20 aces, her most in a match in eight years – to end up on the right side of a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 score after more than two hours to get to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for an 11th consecutive appearance.
“I never give up,” Williams said. “I’ve just got to keep going.”
Two more victories would allow her to claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
But she’ll want to avoid another slow start.
“In the beginning, I was a little fatigued, for whatever reason,” Williams said. “Obviously I can’t do that if I want to keep winning, so I need to figure that out.”
How big an upset would this have been if Pironkova had held on? Not only is she not seeded at Flushing Meadows, she doesn’t even appear in the WTA rankings at all – this was her first tournament of any sort in more than three years, because she left the tour to become a mother.
“It’s unbelievable,” Williams said about Pironkova’s impressive return to competition. “Wow. I couldn’t even do that.”
When the players stepped out onto the court, the stadium announcer – announcing for whom, exactly, was something of a mystery – referred to Pironkova, a 32-year-old from Bulgaria, as “Alexander’s mom” and then to Williams as “Olympia’s mom” during the pre-match introductions.
“It just shows me how tough moms are. Whenever you can birth a baby, honestly, you can do anything,” Williams said afterward.
Two-time champion Brooks Koepka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of lingering pain in his left knee that has troubled him for most of the year.
Koepka had played eight times in a 10-week span, including six in a row, to try to catch up from missing so much time from a knee injury suffered last October. It reached a point where he withdrew before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, ending his season in the hopes that time off would help.
Based on his post on Twitter, it didn’t.
“Unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from next week’s U.S. Open,” Koepka said. “I’m looking forward to getting healthy and competing at 100% again very soon.”
Koepka was replaced in the field by Paul Waring, the first alternate based on the Aug. 23 world ranking.
Even after having gone more than a year since his last victory, he would have been looked upon as one of the favorites at Winged Foot for no other reason than his reputation for playing his best in the biggest events.
He went back-to-back in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills and Shinnecock Hills, and he nearly became the first player in more than a century to win three straight until Gary Woodland held him off in the final hour at Pebble Beach last year.
Koepka also is a back-to-back PGA champion who nearly made it three in a row at Harding Park until he faded to a 74. He wasn’t at his best that week, which was evident when a trainer came out and worked on his hip.
“We thought the last few weeks would help, but he needs more time to compete at 100% spent,” said Blake Smith, his manager at Hambric Sports. “He’s super bummed, but he’ll come back bigger and stronger.”
Koepka now gets at least another month of rest – he has said this isn’t an injury that needs surgery – before contemplating whether he can play the CJ Cup in Las Vegas or the Zozo Championship in California, two big events that would lead into the Masters in November.
Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team.
The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar’s schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
The partnership announced Wednesday would also leave room for Johnson to compete in select NASCAR events because Ganassi fields only two cars in the Cup Series. Johnson has spent his entire 20-year Cup career driving for Hendrick Motorsports, which is currently at the four-car maximum and would not have room for Johnson after he retires from full-time NASCAR competition in November.
Johnson, who turns 45 next week, tested an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Ganassi in July.
“Ganassi was highly motivated to give me a chance to drive a car to see what I thought and the experience was all that I hoped for and more,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “I left a good impression with them where there’s definitely interest on their side and now it’s time to formalize things and get the ball rolling.”
Landing sponsorship is critical to the deal and Johnson said his personal team has had productive conversations with potential partners as his interest in IndyCar has increased. He’s had only two primary sponsors – Lowe’s from 2001 through 2018 and Ally the last two seasons – and prefers consistent branding.
Now Johnson will attempt to fill his 2021 schedule with approximately 15 events. IndyCar’s original 2020 schedule consisted of 12 road and street course events before the pandemic forced cancellations.
“We have some options that are interested in taking those primary rights for all 12 races, but there could be a scenario where you break it off into three-to-four race blocs for sponsors in areas that are most important for them,” Johnson said. “But our goal is definitely to sell the primary spot to one and have that consistent look that I’ve had throughout my career. I personally would love to continue that.”
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|St. Louis||18||17||.514||2.5||9 – 8||9 – 9||0 – 0||12 – 10||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Milwaukee||19||22||.463||4.5||8 – 10||11 – 12||0 – 0||12 – 12||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cincinnati||19||24||.442||5.5||8 – 11||11 – 13||0 – 0||13 – 16||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||14||27||.341||9.5||9 – 14||5 – 13||0 – 0||12 – 15||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||32||12||.727||–||15 – 7||17 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||22 – 10||8 – 2||W 2|
|San Diego||28||17||.622||4.5||15 – 6||13 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||17 – 13||8 – 2||W 4|
|San Francisco||23||21||.523||9||14 – 9||9 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||15 – 14||8 – 2||W 5|
|Colorado||20||23||.465||11.5||9 – 12||11 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 15||3 – 7||L 3|
|Arizona||15||29||.341||17||9 – 11||6 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||10 – 25||1 – 9||L 5|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1881 At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23 year-old Waterbury, CT native’s sayonara slam, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.
1914 The Braves suspend shortstop Johnny Evers for three days after he swears at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, previously banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he was talking to the ball and not to the arbitrator.
1919 Cleveland’s right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.
1933 The inaugural East-West All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league Midsummer Classic played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping to relieve some of the burden facing the financially-strapped club owners.
1950 The Red Sox sweep the home season series against the A’s for the second consecutive year when the team beats the last-place club, 6-2. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.
1950 In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. It is the third time that Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game, but he has never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
1959 Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turned down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.
1963 In the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers – Jesus, Matty, and Felipe – to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.
1963 In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42 year-old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since the birth of his grandson earlier in the day.
1964 With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.
1967 In the first game of a doubleheader at White Sox Park, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when the team is blanked by Cisco Carlos, 4-0.
1967 At Candlestick Park, Giants right-hander Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak comes to an end when the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.
1969 At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. The Amazins, with their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, take a one-game lead over the second-place Cubs, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Phillies.
1974 Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills’s 12 year-old single-season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.
1977 The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles, and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.
1980 Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.
1985 After Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appears annoyed by George Foster stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat, hits him with a first-inning pitch causing both teams to charge onto the Shea Stadium field. Howard Johnson, minutes after the teams return to their respective dugouts, blasts a grand slam to give the Mets an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.
1985 Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.
1992 Cardinals vice-chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.
1997 In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice, in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.
1999 At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis, en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 18 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.
2000 On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historical victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.
2002 Alex Rodriguez breaks the home run record for shortstops he established last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league-leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season, helping Texas to defeat the Mariners, 3-2.
2003 Javy Lopez homers off Phillies’ righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257, and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.
2006 Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24 year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.
2007 At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
2007 Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks’ National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled a total of 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.
2008 With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a postseason spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.
2013 With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. The Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases, however, yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.