BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Indy Tech 9 Muncie Central 0

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Wapahani 2 Centerville 1

 

VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

Knightstown 3 Centerville 2

 

GIRLS GOLF

NORTHEASTERN KNIGHTS (RELEASE): The Lady Knights beat the Falcons on their home course tonight 183-202. Leading the way for the Knights were co-medalists Maddie Fields and Zoe Cline with a pair of 45s to help lead the Knights past Winchester.
The Lady Knights improve to 17-5 on the year, 4-0 in Conference, and 2-0 in Non-Conference matches. The Lady Knights travel to play Shenandoah Wednesday at Tri County Golf Club.

NHS
Baylee Wissler 46
Becca Schneider 47
Maddie Fields 45
Jasmine Shuler 49
Zoe Cline 45

NHS JV
McKaelyn Cummins 52
Kenzie Chasteen 50
Katelyn Bishop 57
Taylor White 57

 

Richmond 197 Connersville 206

 

 

INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. COLUMBUS NORTH
  2. CARMEL
  3. NOBLESVILLE
  4. FISHERS
  5. BREBEUF
  6. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  7. CENTER GROVE
  8. GOSHEN
  9. FLOYD CENTRAL
  10. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  11. ZIONSVILLE
  12. CROWN POINT
  13. PENN
  14. NORTHVIEW
  15. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  16. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  17. TERRE HAUTE NORTH
  18. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  19. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  20. WESTVIEW
  21. WARSAW
  22. HARRISON
  23. WESTFIELD
  24. BROWNSBURG
  25. LAKE CENTRAL

 

 

INDIANA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. CARMEL
  2. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  3. COLUMBUS NORTH
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  5. NOBLESVILLE
  6. WEST LAFAYETTE
  7. FISHERS
  8. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  9. ZIONSVILLE
  10. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  11. PENN
  12. HOMESTEAD
  13. BREBEUF
  14. FLOYD CENTRAL
  15. BISHOP CHATARD
  16. EDGEWOOD
  17. NORTH CENTRAL
  18. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
  19. HARRISON
  20. NORTHRIDGE
  21. BROWNSBURG
  22. CENTER GROVE
  23. VALPARAISO
  24. LOWELL
  25. NORTHVIEW

 

 

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS

3A

1 Noblesville

2 Carmel

3 Hamilton Southeastern

4 Evansville Memorial

5 Valparaiso

6 Saint Joseph

7 Bloomington South

8 Evansville Reitz

9 Avon

10 Castle

11 Homestead

12 Guerin Catholic

13 Brownsburg

14 Penn

15 Columbus North

16 East Central

17 Fishers

18 Carroll

19 Center Grove

20 Crown Point & North Central

 

2A

  1. Mishawaka Marian
  2. Bishop Chatard
  3. Evansville Mater Dei
  4. FW Dwenger
  5. South Dearborn
  6. Cathedral
  7. Brebeuf Jesuit
  8. Wheeler
  9. Heritage Hills
  10. Hamilton Heights
  11. Northview
  12. Batesville
  13. Dekalb
  14. Lawrenceburg
  15. Silver Creek
  16. Leo
  17. Tri West
  18. Yorktown
  19. Bellmont
  20. West Lafayette

 

1A

  1. Park Tudor
  2. Lafayette Central Catholic
  3. FW Blackhawk
  4. Providence
  5. Eastbrook
  6. Oldenburg
  7. Evansville Christian
  8. FW Canterbury
  9. Vincennes Rivet
  10. Tipton
  11. Andrean
  12. Heritage Christian-Indy
  13. Boone Grove
  14. Argos
  15. South Adams
  16. Bethany Christian
  17. Lakewood Park Christian
  18. Covenant Christian DeMotte
  19. Cascade
  20. Scecina

 

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS

3A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/31/20)

  1. North Central
  2. Noblesville
  3. Chesterton
  4. Zionsville
  5. Ft. Wayne Carroll
  6. Carmel
  7. Castle
  8. Hamilton Southeastern
  9. Northridge
  10. Crown Point
  11. Bloomington South
  12. Center Grove
  13. Fishers
  14. Westfield
  15. Pike
  16. Elkhart
  17. Avon
  18. Lake Central
  19. Penn
  20. Columbus East

 

2A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/31/20)

  1. Evansville Memorial
  2. Mishawaka Marian
  3. Concordia Lutheran
  4. Guerin Catholic
  5. Washington Community
  6. Heritage Hills
  7. Gibson Southern
  8. Speedway
  9. Brebeuf Jesuit
  10. West Lafayette
  11. Leo
  12. South Bend St. Joseph
  13. NorthWood
  14. West Noble
  15. Oak Hill
  16. Lebanon
  17. Tri-West
  18. Yorktown
  19. Culver Academies
  20. Cardinal Ritter

 

1A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/31/20)

  1. Lakewood Park Christian
  2. Argos
  3. Jac-Cen-Del
  4. Indianapolis Lutheran
  5. Providence
  6. Heritage Christian
  7. Park Tudor
  8. Greenwood Christian Academy
  9. South Knox
  10. Scecina Memorial
  11. Bethesda Christian
  12. Bethany Christian
  13. Covington
  14. Cascade
  15. Central Christian Academy
  16. Illiana Christian
  17. Lakeland Christian Academy
  18. Oldenburg Academy
  19. South Spencer
  20. North White

 

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL

1.Carmel

2.Zionsville

3.North Central

4.Jasper

5.Center Grove

6.Munster

7.Brownsburg

8.Guerin Catholic

9.Fishers

10.HSE

11.FW Carroll

12.Castle

13.Columbus North

14.Penn

15.Harrison (WL)

16.TH South

17.FW Dwenger

18.Westfield

19T.West Lafayette

19T.SB St Joseph

21.Homestead

22.Brebeuf

23.Cathedral

24.Whiteland

25.Floyd Central

26.Bloomington S.

27.Delta

28.Jeffersonville

29.Westview

30.Valparaiso

 

 

INDIANA COACHES FOOTBALL POLL

6A

  1. Center Grove (2-0)
  2. Brownsburg (2-0)
  3. Lawrence North (2-0)
  4. Merrillville (2-0)
  5. North Central (Indianapolis) (2-0)
  6. Carmel (1-1)
  7. Lafayette Jeff (2-0)
  8. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (2-0)
  9. Warren Central (0-1)
  10. Avon (1-1)

 

5A

  1. Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0)
  2. Valparaiso (1-0)
  3. New Palestine (1-0)
  4. Fort Wayne Dwenger (2-0)
  5. Whiteland (2-0)
  6. Zionsville (1-1)
  7. Michigan City (2-0)
  8. Decatur Central (1-1)
  9. Harrison (West Lafayette) (1-1)
  10. Concord (1-0)

 

4A

  1. Mooresville (2-0)
  2. East Noble (2-0)
  3. Hobart (1-1)
  4. Mount Vernon (Fortville) (2-0)
  5. Evansville Central (2-0)
  6. East Central (1-1)
  7. New Prairie (2-0)
  8. Jasper (2-0)
  9. Delta (1-0)
  10. Indianapolis Roncalli (1-0)

 

3A

THROUGH WEEK 2

  1. Indianapolis Chatard (2-0)
  2. West Lafayette (1-1)
  3. Mishawaka Marian (2-0)
  4. Southridge (2-0)
  5. Guerin Catholic (1-0)
  6. Fort Wayne Concordia (1-1)
  7. Brebeuf Jesuit (0-2)
  8. Gibson Southern (0-2)
  9. Lawrenceburg (1-1)
  10. Danville (1-0)

 

2A

  1. Pioneer (2-0)
  2. Eastbrook (1-1)
  3. Andrean (1-1)
  4. Triton Central (2-0)
  5. Heritage Christian (1-0)
  6. Eastside (2-0)
  7. Tipton (1-0)
  8. Evansville Mater Dei (0-2)
  9. Rensselaer Central (1-1)
  10. South Vermillion (2-0)

 

1A

  1. Indianapolis Lutheran (2-0)
  2. Lafayette Central Catholic (0-0)
  3. South Adams (2-0)
  4. Southwood (2-0)
  5. Parke Heritage (1-0)
  6. West Washington (1-0)
  7. South Putnam (2-0)
  8. Adams Central (1-1)
  9. Sheridan (2-0)
  10. Monroe Central (1-0)

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Atlanta 6 Boston 3

Baltimore 4 Toronto 3 (11)

Seattle 2 LA Angels 1

Tampa Bay 5 NY Yankees 3

Kansas City 2 Cleveland 1

Chicago White Sox 8 Minnesota 5

Miami 5 NY Mets 3

St. Louis 7 Cincinnati 5

Philadelphia 8 Washington 6

Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 5

San Diego 6 Colorado 0

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Miami 115 Milwaukee 104

Oklahoma City 104 Houston 100

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2

Colorado 6 Dallas 3

 

TOP AP HEADLINES

Butler scores 40, Heat top Bucks 115-104 for 1-0 series lead

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 40 points, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night.

Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. Tyler Herro added 11 points for Miami, which improved to 5-0 in the postseason.

Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks.

But Antetokounmpo’s night will likely be best remembered by what he did at the foul line: The reigning MVP went 4 for 12 from the stripe, the worst performance by anyone with at least 12 free-throw attempts in a playoff game since Andre Roberson went 2 for 12 for Oklahoma City on April 23, 2017 against Houston.

Kyle Korver added 11 for the Bucks, who scored 40 points in the first quarter and managed 64 the rest of the way.

Miami led 92-86 after three quarters, after trailing for most of the game to that point — then managed only three points in the first 6:30 of the fourth quarter.

The Bucks didn’t exactly exploit that slump.

Marvin Williams’ three-point play with 7:40 left got Milwaukee within 95-93, and it stayed a one-possession game for nearly five minutes. Antetokounmpo scored for a 96-95 lead midway through the fourth, before Butler drove and got a baseline floater to fall on the next Miami possession to put Miami back on top.

Butler’s 3-pointer with 3:03 left pushed the lead to 102-96, and Herro – after Adebayo extended a possession with an offensive rebound – connected on a 3 with 1:34 left to make it 109-101.

Middleton had 21 at halftime, while Lopez added 19 by then for the Bucks and Dragic had 19 at the break for the Heat. Milwaukee led 40-29 after the opening quarter and 63-60 at the break.

 

 

Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets

Chris Paul and the Thunder had their backs to the bubble wall, a tougher spot than usual when facing elimination.

This time meant lots of packing, getting ready for a potential return home after a long time away. They weren’t interested in their trip – or their season – ending.

“We’re not ready to go yet,” Paul said.

He made sure they wouldn’t.

Paul gave the Thunder at least one more game at Disney, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for a 104-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in Game 6 of a Western Conference first-round series.

Paul made two free throws with 13.1 seconds left and the game tied at 100, and Danilo Gallinari added two more after a turnover by Russell Westbrook to finish it off.

Game 7 will be Wednesday night, with the winner advancing to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden said the Rockets’ mindset won’t change.

“To go win,” he said. “It’s simple.”

It gives the West two Game 7s, with Denver and Utah set to play theirs on Tuesday.

In a game that was close all the way – neither team led by double digits – the Thunder bounced back from a blowout in Game 5. And nobody handles close games better than Paul, who led the NBA with 150 points in clutch situations, defined as the last five minutes of a game in which the point differential is five or fewer points.

“We expect him to make those shots, especially at the end of the game,” Gallinari said.

Gallinari added 25 points.

 

 

Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved player

Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second overall in 2016.

Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a blockbuster trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged a team-leading and career-best 23.8 points per game while hitting 46.3% of his shots. He also became an NBA All-Star for the first time.

“It goes back to last March, me getting injured, and not being able to be back on the court until September,” Ingram said on a Zoom call Monday with TNT after being informed by his parents he had won the award. “That’s very little time to start preseason and to start the regular season, but I was ready for it. Since Day 1 … I just wanted to put in my work every single day and just get the best out of it.”

Ingram credited former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for his success, saying the coach who was fired on Aug. 15 “gave me a great opportunity for me to go out there and do what I wanted to do.”

Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. He edged Miami Heat center-forward Bam Adebayo, who finished in second place with 295 points (38 first-place votes). Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic finished in third place with 101 points (12 first-place votes).

Ingram talked about his season earlier this month when he was a finalist for the award.

“It was a great year for me,” Ingram said. “People are seeing my work that I’ve put in, and it’s definitely shown on the basketball floor.”

The former Duke standout, who turns 23 on Wednesday, became a more dynamic scorer by significantly improving both his 3-point and free-throw shooting.

Ingram shot a career-best 39.1% from 3-point range, up from 33% from deep during his final season with the Lakers.

 

 

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78.

His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed.

“Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear every day.”

One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984.

Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985.

At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999.

One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson — known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many — was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor.

Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics — particularly the role of race in both sports and society — and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes.

“I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999.

Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships.

 

 

NFL stunner: Jags waive Fournette after failing to trade him

The Jaguars moved another step closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville.

The team waived running back Leonard Fournette on Monday, a stunning decision many outsiders view as the latest in a series of head-scratchers that could help the franchise get the No. 1 draft pick in April.

“If that’s the case, then the realization is if that happens, then I’m not going to be here,” coach Doug Marrone said. “At the end of the day, if I don’t win enough games or do enough with this team, I don’t foresee me still being employed. I’m doing everything I can to make sure we have the best team to make sure we win football games. That’s as simple as I can be on it.”

Coughlin, the team’s personnel chief the previous three years, wanted Fournette as the centerpiece of his old-school, run-first philosophy. It worked in 2017, although it became clear that Fournette needed to be a better pro. He was fined repeatedly for being late and skipping mandatory functions.

Coaches were ready to move on, but Coughlin wouldn’t do it. It was no coincidence that not long after Coughlin was fired last December, Fournette landed on the trading block.

General manager Dave Caldwell spent months trying to unload the player drafted fourth overall in 2017 – ahead of quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson – even though he was coming off a career year. Fournette was on the block during the NFL draft and again over the summer.

“We couldn’t get anything, a fifth, a sixth, anything,” Marrone said.

So they dumped the 25-year-old former LSU star one day after trading the 2017 Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to Minnesota for two draft picks. Jacksonville also traded Jalen Ramsey, fellow cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive end Calais Campbell in the past 10 months.

 

 

NFL takes over investigation of Washington Football Team

The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, owner Dan Snyder confirmed Monday.

Snyder said in a statement he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review “so that the results are thorough, complete and trusted by the fans, the players, our employees and the public.” He said the organization remains committed to fully cooperating with the investigation.

Last month, after The Washington Post reported 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team, Snyder hired Washington law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. Attorney Beth Wilkinson now reports directly to the league office.

The change of course comes less than a week since the Post reported additional examples of workplace sexual harassment, along with allegations that Snyder was personally involved.

Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 15 former team employees, met with NFL senior vice president and special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel on Monday. The law firm of Katz, Marshall and Banks LLP sent a letter to Goodell on Thursday asking the league to launch its own investigation.

“Our clients would gladly participate in such an NFL investigation but do not feel safe speaking to investigators hired by Mr. Snyder and do not trust the investigation that is currently underway,” Banks and Katz wrote in the letter.

Banks and Katz called their meeting a “productive discussion” and said they learned the NFL and the team agreed to release current and former employees from any non-disclosure agreements so they can speak with investigators.

“We are pleased and encouraged that the league is taking this matter seriously and we expect that it will take appropriate action against Daniel Snyder and the Washington Football Team upon conclusion of the investigation,” they said.

Snyder vowed to change the culture inside the organization amid 42 women speaking out about their experiences working for Washington. In July, he said after the investigation was complete the team “will institute new policies and procedures and strengthen our human resources infrastructure to not only avoid these issues in the future but most importantly create a team culture that is respectful and inclusive of all.”

 

 

Texans sign ILB Cunningham to 4-year, $58 million extension

The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension.

The Texans announced the signing on Monday.

“We were very happy to be able to get something done,” coach and general manager Bill O’Brien said. “Zach’s a really good football player, a very important part of our team … he’s a dependable player, he’s a tough player, he’s a smart player and … he does a lot for us.”

The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round draft pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. His 137 tackles were the fourth most in franchise history.

Cunningham also set career highs in several other categories last season, including tackles for losses (seven), fumble recoveries (two), sacks (two) and quarterback hits (three).

Cunningham was in the last year of the contract he signed as a rookie and the new deal will keep him with the Texans through the 2024 season.

Cunningham has appeared in 46 games with 43 starts in his three-year career. He has 324 tackles with 15 tackles for losses, seven quarterback hits, 3+ sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown.

His 324 tackles in his first three seasons rank second in franchise history.

 

 

LSU top receiver Chase marks the end of his Tigers career

LSU record-setting receiver Ja’Marr Chase announced his decision to opt out of the 2020 college season on Monday.

A person familiar with the situation says defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, who started 13 games last season, also has told coaches he will opt out. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Shelvin’s decision has not been announced.

The moves allow Chase and Shelvin to turn their attention to next spring’s NFL Draft. Chase was expected to be among the first players drafted overall in 2021 since helping LSU win the 2019 national title with single-season SEC records of 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns receiving.

“We are living in such an unprecedented time,” Chase said in a social media post Monday, alluding to the coronavirus pandemic that has immersed this college football season in uncertainty. “After careful consideration and many emotional conversations with my family, I have come to a difficult decision.”

The departures of Chase and Shelvin also come one week after LSU was ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 preseason poll.

Chase was a first-team All-American and the Biletnikoff award winner in 2019.

He was the top target for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow both throughout last season as a whole and in the Tigers’ 42-25 victory over Clemson in the national championship game, when he had nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Chase’s decision was surprising only because of its timing.

Uncertainty has swirled around college football in general since it became apparent months ago that the coronavirus pandemic would remain a prevalent public health risk into the fall.

Although the SEC – unlike the Big Ten and Pac-12 – did not move to postpone this season, the conference has eliminated all non-conference games and moved to a 10-game season with a delayed opening day on Sept. 26.

 

 

Padres get Clevinger from Indians in 5th trade in 3 days

The contending San Diego Padres acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer deal with the Cleveland Indians on Monday, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline.

San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named from Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges.

Led by exciting young shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and suddenly hot Manny Machado, San Diego is going for its first playoff appearance since 2006. The acquisition of Clevinger is the Padres’ fifth big trade since Saturday. They made a smaller deal right at the deadline, picking up reliever Taylor Williams from Seattle for a player to be named.

Clevinger said the Padres are “the most exciting team in baseball by far right now. It’s definitely kind of the place to be right now. I’m stoked that they wanted me here. This is definitely a destination a lot of guys would like to be. Definitely something special brewing here and I think it’s going to be something special for coming years, not just this year.”

Clevinger said the Padres were already a World Series contender before all the trades.

“I think this is a team that can make a serious, serious run. I don’t think there will be many teams that will get in the way of what we’ve got right now,” said Clevinger, who hopes to join the Padres in time for a series that starts at Anaheim on Wednesday.

 

 

Marlins get outfielder Starling Marte in trade with D-backs

Miami acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Marlins a versatile hitter and defender as they try to make a surprising push for the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks received pitchers Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia and a player to be named.

The 31-year-old Marte played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was an All-Star in 2016. The two-time Gold Glove winner in left field was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason and played well, batting .311 with two homers, eight doubles and five stolen bases while playing center.

“We just get another solid, everyday bat,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “Young players are going to have their growing pains. It’s a challenge when you’re trying to make it to the playoffs. We’re adding a bat that can take some pressure off our young guys and provide support to our existing core players.”

Marte has a team option for next season. He went through personal tragedy in May when his wife, Noelia, died of a heart attack.

The Diamondbacks turned into sellers at the trade deadline after losing 10 of their past 11 games. They also traded All-Star left-handed starter Robbie Ray to the Blue Jays and closer Archie Bradley to the Reds.

Arizona expected to be a contender in the NL West this season but currently sits in last place with a 14-21 record.

“There are moments in time you can’t go chasing something that isn’t there,” Arizona GM Mike Hazen said. “For this season, it hasn’t been there. I feel like pivoting at this moment in time is what’s most appropriate.”

 

 

Lightning bounce Bruins from playoffs on Hedman’s 2OT goal

The Tampa Bay Lightning remained perfect in overtime and are headed to the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six seasons.

Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, ending their second-round playoff series in five games.

Victor Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle with 5:50 left in the second OT, during which Tampa Bay outshot the team with the league’s best record during the regular season 7-1.

The resilient Lightning improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year’s playoffs.

“We know what we want,” Hedman said. “We’re not taking no for an answer.”

David Krejci’s goal at 17:27 of the third period wiped out a 2-1 lead that Anthony Cirelli gave the Lightning when he redirected Hedman’s shot past Halak with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation.

Krejci, limited to one point in the first four games of the series, also assisted on David Pastrnak’s power-play goal in the second period for Boston, which was left wondering might have been if the season had not been put on pause in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was definitely a unique experience, playing in a bubble and no fans,” Boston’s Patrice Bergeron said.

Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy had 45 saves and Ondrej Palat scored his fifth goal in four games for Tampa Bay, which is back in the East finals after being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round in 2019.

“It’s a great feeling to win the first two rounds, especially after last year,” said Vasilevskiy, who stopped 147 of 157 shots in the series.

Halak, who allowed 11 goals over the previous three games, stopped 32 of 35 shots.

 

 

Avs ride 5-goal 1st period to 6-3 win over Stars in Game 5

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare began a five-goal scoring spree in the first period and the Colorado Avalanche avoided second-round elimination with a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 5 on Monday night.

The Avalanche trail the Stars 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. They’ve never won a series in team history when facing a 3-1 deficit.

Game 6 is Wednesday.

Andre Burakovsky, Nathan MacKinnon, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen also scored in a 2:36 span for Colorado in a high-flying first period. The five goals set the franchise postseason record for a period.

Burakovsky added another in the second. He also had an assist.

Colorado goaltender Michael Hutchinson made an unexpected start as he stepped in for Pavel Francouz. Hutchinson earned his first NHL playoff victory by turning back 31 shots.

Stars starting goaltender Ben Bishop surrendered four goals before being replaced by Anton Khudobin with 6:17 remaining in the first. Despite being deemed “unfit to play” after the morning skate, Bishop surprisingly made his first appearance in net since Aug. 13.

Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski scored second-period goals. Jamie Benn added another late in the third period and Denis Gurianov had three assists for a Dallas team looking to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar noticed a different demeanor from his squad all morning.

“Our team has a little snarl on,” he explained.

They played with a chip, too.

Colorado had as many goals in the first period (five) as Dallas had shots (five).

 

 

Gauff suffers early U.S. Open exit in stunned silence

Coco Gauff won over New York and became an instant fan favorite during her run of inspired tennis a year ago at the U.S. Open. A year later, no fans, no energy, and no singles victory for Gauff – the teen sensation is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.

Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The 31st-seeded Sevastova sent Gauff to her earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. She had never lost in the first two rounds.

“Just the beginning,” Gauff said Monday. “I just got on tour a little over a year ago, so I still have a lot to learn and a long ways to go.”

She’s good enough at 16 to impress a veteran like Sevastova.

“I wish I would play like this when I was 16 years old,” Sevastova said with a laugh. “Great player. Nothing more to say. I think she maybe started a bit slower than me, but she was getting better as the match went on.”

Gauff lost in Louis Armstrong Stadium, where she won two matches last year and made it to the third round before losing to 2018 champion Naomi Osaka in a match that ended in tears for the teen and a hug from the winner.

After collecting a singles trophy at Linz, Austria, in October – becoming the youngest WTA title winner since 2004 – Gauff began the 2020 Grand Slam season by defeating Venus Williams and winning a rematch against Osaka at the Australian Open en route to the fourth round there.

Gauff was largely off her game against Sevastova and had 13 double-faults, an unsettling result after she also lost in the first round in the Western & Southern Open, the tournament that preceded the U.S. Open at the same site.

She was also beaten at Lexington, Kentucky, this month in the semifinals of her first tournament after tennis was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The main part that hurt was just getting matches under my belt, getting experience,” Gauff said. “That’s what I need on tour. I’m playing against people older than me who have been in more situations, difficult situations, than I have. I think the biggest thing is I just need experience.”

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       On Labor Day at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later to be known as the Dodgers, win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweeps the visiting Alleghenys, who will be renamed the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.

1906       In the longest game in American League history, Philadelphia beats the Red Sox in 24 innings, 4-1. Each starter goes the distance when A’s hurler Jack Coombs bests Boston’s Joe Harris in the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds contest.

1909       Bill O’Hara, inserted as a pinch-runner, becomes the first major leaguer to steal two bags in the same inning when he swipes second and third base in the Giants’ 9-6 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The 28 year-old New York outfielder, who will end the season with a total of 31 stolen bases, will duplicate the feat tomorrow against the same opponents.

1918       The major league regular season, scheduled to end today due to World War I, is extended when the owners decide to play through Labor Day. The Browns want the Indians fined and believe that Cleveland should forfeit the two games for refusing to play the additional contests.

1931       Lou Gehrig, for the third time in four days, hits a grand slam. The Bronx Bomber first baseman’s third-inning base-loaded home run off Ed Morris proves to be the difference in New York’s 5-1 victory over Boston at Yankee Stadium.

1945       Philadelphia outfielder Vince DiMaggio’s bases-loaded home run paces the Phillies to an 8-3 victory over Boston at Braves Field. Joe and Dom’s older brother ties a major league mark with his fourth grand slam of the season.

1947       The Giants surpass the mark established by the Yankees in 1936 for the most home runs hit in a season by a team. The three Polo Grounds homers in today’s twin bill sweep over Boston raise the record total to 185, and the New York National League club will finish the season with 221 round-trippers.

1950       Philadelphia’s GM Bob Carpenter, in an effort to save the Phillies a 24-hour train trip from St. Louis to play the Braves, charters his team’s first plane flight. The TWA Lockhead Constellation, which is delayed because of mechanical problems, makes a precarious landing during a severe thunderstorm on a rainy, foggy day in Boston, resulting with the anxious players on board loudly cheering the pilot for their safe arrival.

1953       The Cardinals tie a major league mark, hitting five homers in a 12-5 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. The solo shots hit by Stan Musial, Harry Elliot, Rip Repulski, and Steve Bilko (2), all off starter Preacher Roe, aren’t enough to offset the Dodgers’ 17-hit attack, which includes six doubles but no round-trippers.

1958       At Busch Stadium, Cardinal southpaw Vinegar Bend Mizell beats Joe Nuxhull and the Reds, 1-0, thanks an unearned run the second inning. The future US Congressman, who was born in Leakesville, Mississippi on the other side of the Alabama state line near neighboring Vinegar Bend, establishes a National League record by walking nine batters without giving up a run.

1961       Cuno Barragan, in his first major league at-bat, hits his only big league home run, taking Dick LeMay deep over the left-field fence at Wrigley Field in the second inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to San Francisco. The 29 year-old catcher will play in 69 games for Chicago over three seasons.

1963       Curt Simmons becomes the last pitcher ever to steal home with his second inning dash to the plate in the Cardinals’ 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The Redbird hurler scores on an aborted squeeze play when Chris Short uncorks a pitch that cannot be bunted.

1964       Masanori Murakami becomes the first native-born Japanese player to appear in the U.S. major leagues when he throws a scoreless eighth inning in the Giants’ 4-1 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium. The 20 year-old southpaw, who was to play only minor league ball until June as an ‘exchange player’, will be allowed to stay and play in one full season with San Francisco next year, before returning to the Nankai Hawks, ending his brief American stint with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.75.

1966       Tim McCarver’s third-inning triple, his 13th and final one of the season, plates Orlando Cepeda in the Cardinals’ 7-4 victory over Atlanta at Busch Stadium. The 22 year-old Memphis, TN native will become the first backstop to ever lead the National or American League in three-baggers.

1967       Gaylord Perry, in the midst of his franchise record-setting of pitching 40 consecutive inning without allowing a run, extends his scoreless streak when he hurls 16 innings of shutout ball in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Reds. Frank Linzy keeps Cincinnati scoreless for the final five frames to get the victory for San Francisco in the 21-inning Crosley Field contest.

1967       After 20 scoreless innings, which equals the major league mark, Dick Groat draws a bases loaded walk, giving the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Reds. In 1918, the Braves and Pirates also matched zeros for twenty frames, until the Bucs scored two runs in the top of the 21st for an eventual 2-0 victory in the Boston ballpark.

1969       At Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis ties the franchise record by hitting in 29 consecutive games with his second-inning single in LA’s 10-6 victory over New York. The mark was established by Zack Wheat in 1916.

1971       In a 10-7 victory against the Phillies at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates become the first major league team to start an all-black team. The lineup includes infielders Al Oliver (1b), Rennie Stennett (2b), Jackie Hernandez (ss), Dave Cash (third base), and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (right field), with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery.

1975       Tom Seaver, when he whiffs Pirate Manny Sanguillen in the top of the seventh inning, becomes the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. The 3-0 victory is also ‘Tom Terrific’s’ 20th of the season, making it the fourth time the right-hander has reached that plateau in his career.

1979       Carney Lansford hits three consecutive home runs in California’s 7-4 victory over the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. The Angels third baseman’s trio of round-trippers comes in the first, third, and fifth innings, each time with the bases empty.

1980       On the final day of the season, PawSox infielder Wade Boggs loses the International League batting title when he grounds out to first base in his final turn at-bat of the season. The plate appearance is necessitated when the Mud Hens, who are ahead 6-0, issue a two-out intentional walk in the ninth inning to light-hitting Ray Boyer, who makes every attempt to be put out to end the game, but is allowed to stroll around the bases and score on a deliberate error by the Toledo pitcher, forcing Boggs to make one last unnecessary plate appearance that will put him .007 of a percentage point behind Dave Engle, who plays in the outfield for the opponents.

1980       Ed Farmer, who had been accosted on the mound in June by Al Cowens, agrees to drop the assault charges brought against the Tiger center fielder by the Illinois authorities in exchange for a handshake and an apology from his attacker. Prior to the Comiskey Park contest, the two former combatants bring out the lineup cards, smile, and shake hands, but the White Sox fans will continue to boo the Detroit player and a “Coward Cowens” banner will express the Southsiders’ sentiments.

1983       Entering the game with 286 strikeouts, Lynchburg right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out a dozen batters in the first six frames of a scheduled seven-inning against Hagerstown, needing two more in the last frame to record 300 for the season. After the leadoff batter grounds out, the 18 year-old phenom whiffs the next two Suns hitters to secure to the 1-0 victory, reaching the lofty plateau in 191 innings.

1987       During the fourth inning of the Astros’ 3-2 loss to Chicago at home, Billy Hatcher has an apparent infield hit taken away and is immediately ejected from the game after his shattered bat reveals to have been corked. The Houston left fielder, who will be suspended for ten days, claims he mistakenly picked up Dave Smith’s bat, which was used by the pitcher during batting practice prior to the game.

1992       At Tiger Stadium, Rick Aguilera pitches a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 35th save of the season in the Twins’ 5-4 victory over Detroit. The save is the closer’s 109th, making the right-handed reliever the franchise’s all-time saves leader.

1998       Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire, in a 7-1 victory over Florida, homers twice to break Hack Wilson’s National League single season home run record of 56. Big Mac’s seventh inning shot ties the 1930 mark set by the Hall of Fame Cubs’ outfielder, and he establishes a new record in the ninth, hitting a Don Pall pitch 472 feet over the center field wall at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium.

1999       The Boones become the twelfth pair of siblings to homer in the same game when Aaron, the Reds third baseman, goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to the Braves. Earlier in the Cinergy Field contest, brother Bret hit a third-inning two-run round-tripper off Cincinnati southpaw Ron Villon.

1999       Due to the union chief Richie Phillips’ ill-advised ploy to use mass resignations to force the owners into a new collective bargaining agreement, twenty-two of baseball’s regular 68 umpires find themselves unemployed. In a deal mediated by U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner, the Umpires Association agrees to a deal, costing those members their jobs, but allows for an arbitration proceeding that could permit some of the displaced umps back into the game at some point.

2000       In an unusual play, the Orioles turn a triple play as shortstop Melvin Mora purposely lets a short fly drop in left field with runners at first and second. The runner at second (Travis Fryman) is tagged out, and the runner at first (Wil Cordero) is forced at second, and the batter (Sandy Alomar), thinking the infield-fly rule would be enforced, does not go to first and is called automatically out for going back to the dugout.

2000       Darin Erstad breaks the Angels’ club record for total hits in a season when he doubles in the second inning of the team’s 9-8 loss to the White Sox at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The 26 year-old Halo outfielder will finish the season with 240 hits, far surpassing Alex Johnson’s mark of 202, established in 1970.

2001       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history when his two-run shot, the outfielder’s 53rd of the season, travels 471 feet to straight away center field. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux in the team’s 5-3 victory in Atlanta.

2002       Thanks to Miguel Tejada’s three-run ninth inning walk-off home run, the A’s beat the Twins, 7-5, extending their winning streak to 18. The dramatic victory marks the longest streak in franchise history, established by the Philadelphia A’s with 17 consecutive victories in 1931.

2005       The Pacific Coast League announces the total attendance for the circuit saw over seven-million fans turn the turnstiles this season. The PCL had set a new single season record in minor league history when the 16-team circuit passed the 6.8 million mark earlier in the month.

2005       The first bus loads of Hurricane Katrina refugees, formerly housed at the SuperDome in New Orleans, begin to arrive early this morning at the Houston Astrodome. The former home of the Astros will afford the displaced an opportunity to escape the unhealthy horrendous conditions of their former shelter by supplying air conditioning, cots, food, and showers for eventually 25,000 people who are expected to arrive from Louisiana.

2006       The Pirates extend their franchise-record consecutive losing season streak to 14 as the club drops their 82nd game of the season to Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-1. The 1933-1948 Phillies own the big league mark, finishing with a losing record for 16 straight seasons.

2007       In only his second major league start, Clay Buchholz, using an assortment of fastballs, curves, and changeups, becomes the 20th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles in front of a very supportive Fenway crowd, 10-0. The 23 year-old right-hander, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start, becomes the youngest of the seventeen players to have accomplished the feat in Red Sox history.

2008       In his complete game effort against the Pirates, CC Sabathia gives up only a questionable infield hit to Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning of the Brewers’ 7-0 victory at PNC Park. The club plans to forward a DVD of the play to Major League Baseball, hoping somehow official scorer Bob Webb, the only person allowed to reverse his own call according to the rule book, can be convinced to change the scoring of the grounder to the mound to an error.

2008       Cliff Lee shuts out the White Sox, 5-0, to become the Indians’ 56th twenty-game winner in franchise history, but the first to accomplish the feat in 34 years. The last Tribe’s moundsman to win as many games was Gaylord Perry, who posted a 21-13 record in 1974.

2008       In Arizona’s 8-6 comeback victory over the Cardinals, Stephen Drew singles in the first, triples in the third, homers in the fifth, and doubles in the seventh to complete the cycle. The Diamondbacks’ shortstop becomes the third player in franchise history and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at Chase Field, which was formerly known as the Bank One Ballpark.

2008       Adrian Beltre triples in the eighth inning off Rangers’ right-hander Josh Rupe to become the fourth player in franchise history, joining Jay Buhner (1993), Alex Rodriguez (1997), and John Olerud (2001), to hit for the cycle. The rare event is accomplished twice today, when Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew also collects a single, double, triple, and home run in a game against the Cardinals at Chase Field.

2009       In his first game back from the DL after suffering a torn right testicle when a bad hop grounder hit him in the groin last month, Adrian Beltre hears the The Nutcracker Suite when he steps into the batter’s box. Mariner teammate Ken Griffey Jr. arranged to have the Safeco Field PA system play the waltz to have some fun with the third baseman, who decided not wear a protective cup until today’s game.

2010       “This is the major leagues. This is not college any more. You’re not on scholarship. You’re being paid to do the job and guys depend on you, and I think it’s unfortunate that the Nationals and the team are in a situation here where this kid now, he feels any kind of arm pain, he’s gonna call you out?… You give these guys (today’s players) $15 million bucks, please. Get your butt out there and play every fifth day.” – ROB DIBBLE, comments as a Sirius XM Radio show host

The Nationals announce Rob Dibble will no longer be employed as a TV analyst for the team’s games on MASN, the network that telecasts the Washington games. The former major league reliever, as a host on a Sirius XM Radio show, severely chastises Stephen Strasburg for not pitching through pain, before the rookie phenom is diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament.

2014       The Phillies become the eleventh team in baseball history to throw a combined no-hitter when four of their hurlers do not yield a hit in the team’s 7-0 victory over the Braves. Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels goes the first six innings in the Turner Field contest, with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon each tossing a perfect inning to accomplish the rare feat.

2019       Justin Verlander throws his third career no-hitter, blanking the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 2-0. Astros rookie Abraham Toro hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning of the scoreless contest to allow the Houston right-hander to complete the no-no in the bottom of the frame, including his fielding of a ground out for the final out of the game.

2019       Texas snaps the Yankees’ run (pun intended) of not being shutout at 220 consecutive games, making the streak second only to the 1931-33 Bronx Bombers who played 308 games without being whitewashed. Mike Minor and a pair of Rangers relievers held New York to six hits in the team’s 7-0 victory at the Bronx ballpark.