Pittsburgh 26 NY Giants 16
Tennessee 16 Denver 14
NFL WEEK 2
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 20, 2020
New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 21, 2020
New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
NFL INJURY REPORT
|WEEK 2 INJURY REPORT – MONDAY|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS at CLEVELAND BROWNS on Thursday night|
|The Bengals did not practice Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Monday||DT Geno Atkins (shoulder), DT Mike Daniels (groin), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle), S Shawn Williams (calf)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Monday||K Randy Bullock (calves), DE Sam Hubbard (knee)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Monday||C Billy Price (ankle), CB LeShaun Sims (not injury related)|
|The Browns did not practice Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Monday||T Jack Conklin (ankle, finger), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder), LB Mack Wilson (knee)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Monday||T Christopher Hubbard (ankle), C J.C. Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), T Jedrick Wills (shin)|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 3
Friday, Sept. 18
Campbell at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Houston at No. 16 Memphis — POSTPONED
Saturday, Sept. 19
Virginia at No. 20 Virginia Tech — POSTPONED
No. 21 BYU at No. 22 Army — POSTPONED
Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Houston at Baylor | 12 p.m. | Fox
Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Syracuse at No. 25 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Boston College at Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Liberty at Western Kentucky | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Navy at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 24 Appalachian State at Marshall | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN
South Florida at No. 7 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | USA
Stephen F. Austin at UTSA | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Troy at Middle Tennessee | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
SMU at North Texas | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 17 Miami (Fla.) at No. 18 Louisville | 7:30 | ABC
Texas State at UL Monroe | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Wake Forest at NC State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
Abilene Christian at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Anderson at Harrison
Kokomo at Lafayette Jeff
Logansport at McCutcheon
Muncie Central at Indianapolis Tech
Richmond at Marion
Centerville at Tri
Eastern Hancock at Knightstown
Hagerstown at Lincoln
Northeastern at Union City
Union County at Winchester
Batesville at East Central
Greensburg at South Dearborn
Lawrenceburg at Franklin County
Rushville at Connersville (Saturday)
Valley View at Franklin
Carlisle at Madison
Edgewood at Talawanda
Brookville at Monroe
Bellbrook at Eaton
Waynesville at Dixie
Tri-Village at Bradford
Oakwood at Northridge
Milton-Union at Preble Shawnee
Butler at Greenville
INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL POLLS
1 Center Grove (10] 4-0 100
2 Brownsburg 4-0 90
3 North Central (Indpls] 4-0 78
4 Merrillville 4-0 68
5 Lafayette Jeff 4-0 50
Lawrence North 3-1 50
7 Carroll (Allen] 4-0 43
8 Elkhart 3-0 29
9 Hamilton SE 3-1 22
10 Carmel 2-2 6
Others receiving votes:
Homestead 3-1 (4], Westfield 3-1 (4], Avon 1-3 (3],
Warren Central 1-2 (3], Indpls Pike 2-2 (2]
1 Indpls Cathedral (10] 4-0 100
2 Valparaiso 2-0 83
3 Decatur Central 3-1 79
4 New Palestine 2-1 65
5 FW Dwenger 3-1 58
6 Whiteland 3-1 56
7 Evansville North 4-0 38
8 Zionsville 2-2 18
9 Michigan City 2-1 13
10 FW North 2-2 12
Others receiving votes:
Floyd Central 3-1 (11], Harrison 2-2 (11], Castle 2-1 (6],
Franklin 2-2 (2], Concord 2-1 (1]
1 Mt. Vernon (Fortville] (5) 4-0 95
2 Mooresville (5) 4-0 94
3 Hobart 3-1 72
4 East Noble 3-1 54
5 East Central 3-1 52
6 Evansville Central 4-0 49
7 Jasper 4-0 32
8 Delta 3-0 20
Leo 3-1 20
10 Indpls Roncalli 2-1 18
Lowell 4-0 18
Others receiving votes:
Northridge 3-0 (7], Columbia City 4-0 (3], NorthWood 1-1 (3],
Western 4-0 (3]
1 Indpls Chatard (7) 3-1 95
2 West Lafayette (3] 3-1 90
3 Mishawaka Marian 4-0 81
4 Southridge 4-0 69
5 Indpls Brebeuf 2-2 57
6 Lawrenceburg 3-1 40
7 FW Concordia 2-2 33
8 Gibson Southern 2-2 27
9 Guerin Catholic 1-1 21
10 Danville 2-0 10
Others receiving votes:
Hanover Central 3-1 (7], Indpls Ritter 2-2 (7], Mt. Vernon (Posey] 3-1 (6],
Tri-West 3-1 (6]
1 Eastbrook (4] 3-1 89
2 Andrean (5] 3-1 84
3 Heritage Christian (1] 3-0 83
4 Pioneer 3-1 68
5 Eastside 4-0 61
6 Triton Central 3-1 47
7 Tell City 4-0 31
8 South Vermillion 4-0 29
9 Tipton 2-1 19
10 Lapel 4-0 16
Others receiving votes:
Evansville Mater Dei 1-3 (7], Linton-Stockton 3-1 (3],
Rensselaer Central 2-2 (2], Bremen 3-1 (1], Indpls Scecina 2-2 (1]
1 Indpls Lutheran (9) 4-0 99
2 South Adams (1] 4-0 90
3 Southwood 4-0 68
4 Lafayette CC 1-1 59
5 Parke Heritage 3-0 58
6 Adams Central 3-1 48
7 West Washington 3-0 43
8 South Putnam 4-0 36
9 Covenant Christian 4-0 22
10 Monroe Central 2-0 14
Others receiving votes:
North Judson 3-1 (4], North Daviess 3-0 (3], North Decatur 3-1 (2],
Churubusco 2-2 (1],Clinton Central 2-0 (1], Sheridan 2-1 (1],
Tri-Central 4-0 (1]
INDIANA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY POLL
- FORT WAYNE CARROLL
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- NORTH CENTRAL
- BLOOMINGTON NORTH
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- BISHOP CHATARD
INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- CENTER GROVE
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- CROWN POINT
- BLOOMINGTON NORTH
- NORTH CENTRAL
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- LAKE CENTRAL
- TERRE HAUTE NORTH
- OAK HILL
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS
3 Hamilton Southeastern
5 Saint Joseph
6 Evansville Memorial
7 Bloomington South
8 Guerin Catholic
11 Columbus North
14 East Central
16 North Central
17 Evansville Reitz
18 Crown Point
20 Brownsburg & Harrison
- Mishawaka Marian
- FW Dwenger
- Bishop Chatard
- Evansville Mater Dei
- Heritage Hills
- Brebeuf Jesuit
- Hamilton Heights
- South Dearborn
- Tri West
- Silver Creek
- Bellmont & Roncalli
- Park Tudor
- Lafayette Central Catholic
- FW Blackhawk
- Evansville Christian
- Heritage Christian
- Bethany Christian
- FW Canterbury
- Boone Grove
- Faith Christian
- North Posey
- Covenant Christian DeMotte
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS
3A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/14/20)
- Hamilton Southeastern
- North Central
- Carroll (Ft. Wayne)
- Crown Point
- Harrison (West Lafayette)
- Center Grove
- Evansville North
2A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/14/20)
- Evansville Memorial
- Mishawaka Marian
- Concordia Lutheran
- Gibson Southern
- Guerin Catholic
- West Lafayette
- Washington Community
- Oak Hill
- Brebeuf Jesuit
- Heritage Hills
- Joseph (South Bend)
- Vernon (Mt. Vernon)
- West Noble
1A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/14/20)
- Lakewood Park Christian
- Park Tudor
- South Knox
- Scecina Memorial
- Heritage Christian
- Central Christian Academy
- Lutheran (Indianapolis)
- Greenwood Christian Academy
- Southwestern (Shelbyville)
- Lakeland Christian Academy
- North White
- Bethany Christian
- South Spencer
- Liberty Christian
- Northeast Dubois
INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL
16.SB St Joseph
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Richmond 3 Muncie Central 2
Hagerstown 3 Tri 0
Ansonia 3 Union City 0
Triton Central 3 Knightstown 0
Blue River 3 Winchester 0
Lawrenceburg 3 Union County 2
Kokomo 3 Peru 0
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF
Centerville 205 Richmond 212
Richmond Girls Golf won the 2020 North Central Conference Championship Saturday.
Coach Brent Struewing was named the NCC Coach of the Year. Final scores: Esther Etherington 93, Ashlyn Spurrier 90, Zoe Brock 90, Isabella Roll 92, and Macky Laughlin 114.
Bethel 130 Covington 153
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
Centerville 5 Franklin County 1 (Jacob Fordonski 3 goals)
Knightstown 5 Rushville 0
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
Logansport 4 Rensselaer Central 0
Dallas 3 Vegas 2 OT
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Baltimore 14 Atlanta 1
Seattle 6 Oakland 5
Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 1
Oakland 9 Seattle 0
Miami 6 Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 9 Pittsburgh 4
Milwaukee 2 St. Louis 1
St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 7 LA Dodgers 2
AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Central Florida
- Miami Florida
- Louisiana Lafayette
- Virginia Tech
- Brigham Young
- Appalachian State
Others receiving votes:
Baylor 146, West Virginia 81, Georgia Tech 69, TCU 49, Virginia 39, Arkansas State 34, SMU 32, Mississippi State 14, Iowa State 14, South Florida 6, Ole Miss 5, Texas Tech 5, UAB 4, Missouri 3, Air Force 2, Florida State 2, Marshall 2, Houston 1
STEELERS BEAT THE GIANTS
There was one overriding reason Ben Roethlisberger worked so hard to return from a major elbow injury.
Roethlisberger, who missed the final 14 games last season after elbow surgery, threw for three scores and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants 26-16 at an empty and eerie MetLife Stadium on Monday night. He also got all the help he could ask for from his defense and backup running back Bennie Snell.
“I am excited we won the game,” Roethlisberger said. “I told the guys before the game it is not about me individually. The reason I came back is for these guys, this team. It’s a special group of football players, of men, and I am just glad to be a part of it.”
A key part of it, along with several defensive plays and Snell’s 113 yards on 19 carries – his first 100-yard performance in his second NFL season.
“We have talked openly about the maturation process and things you can expect from a second-year player,” coach Mike Tomlin said, “and he’s showed signs of that from the very beginning of this process. He is a quality player and one that is maturing and emerging, and one who answered the bell when called upon.”
The defense, while not quite on the level of the famed Steel Curtain, was stingy and physical. It held Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 carries, swarming in the backfield nearly all night.
“I have to be better,” Barkley said. “I have to be better for the team. We have to get the running game going.”
Three Steelers stars got them their first touchdown. All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt made a clever interception at the New York 36. Roethlisberger beat a blitz with a perfect throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10-yard second-quarter score. Chris Boswell’s extra point hit the upright, leaving them behind 10-9.
They got the lead with 7 seconds remaining in the half as Roethlisberger connected with James Washington, who dived into the end zone for a 13-yard score. Boswell made the PAT this time, and added a 36-yard field goal early in the final quarter. That came following the night’s biggest play.
Even though the Pittsburgh defense broke down as the Giants marched 87 yards on 19 plays in the third quarter, it still came up with a huge stop. Bud Dupree pressured quarterback Daniel Jones as he rolled left from the 4 and deflected his pass. Edge rusher Cam Heyward practically made a fair catch in the end zone for the interception.
“I want to make a play for my team. I saw Bud laying him down,” Heyward said. “I tried to make a good play and float to the ball.
TENNESSEE WINS AT DENVER
New kicker Stephen Gostkowski avoided a disastrous debut with the Tennessee Titans and just in time.
The Titans escaped Denver with a 16-14 victory Monday night on Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left after he’d missed four kicks, one in each quarter.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he had no qualms about sending Gostkowski out for the game-winner.
“Nope. and they did, obviously, because they weren’t using their timeouts and they were banking on him missing,” Vrabel said. “And we all got to do our job. And again, it’s not on just one player. We’ll get this stuff fixed. We got a lot of faith in our players. Excited to get out of here with a win. This is a tough place to play.”
Gostkowski missed three field goals: one wide left, another wide right and then a block, and he missed an extra point that loomed large until he atoned for his awful night at the very end.
“You can’t expect him to miss them all,” said Broncos defender Jurrell Casey, who was traded from Tennessee in the offseason.
Gostkowski never missed three field goals in a game during his 14 seasons in New England, where he won three Super Bowl rings, made four Pro Bowls and left this offseason as the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer.
On Thursday he joined the Titans, who had the worst field goal unit in the NFL last year when their first four kickers combined to connect on only 44.4% of field goals (8 for 18).
Although the final result was to his liking, surely his debut wasn’t.
The last Titans/Oilers kicker to miss three field goals and an extra point in a game was Skip Butler against the Jets in the 1977 season opener. And Gostkowski became the first kicker to miss three field goals and a PAT in the same game since Mason Crosby missed four field goals and a PAT for the Packers against the Lions in 2018.
Gostkowski, who had made 87.4% of his kicks coming into the game, a percentage that ranked fifth-best in NFL history, missed a 47-yarder in the first quarter and Shelby Harris blocked his 43-yarder just before halftime. Gostkowski’s 42-yarder in the third quarter was wide left and he missed the PAT following Tennessee’s go-ahead touchdown on Jonnu Smith’s catch from Ryan Tannehill on fourth-and-1 with 13:49 remaining.
COLTS RB MARLON MACK TO MISS SEASON
Marlon Mack could have bristled when the Indianapolis Colts took another running back, Jonathan Taylor, in the second round of April’s draft.
Instead, Mack welcomed the tag-team concept. It lasted less than one half.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed the Colts’ worst fears Monday, announcing Mack will miss the rest of this season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Taylor will move into the starting role.
“That’s really unfortunate,” Reich said. “Marlon is beloved in our locker room, and he’s a true Colt. And he was just looking so good in training camp and in his few snaps yesterday, he looked like lightning out there. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet, but I left him a message that said I think the best is still ahead for Marlon Mack.”
He was injured on a 3-yard catch midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s 27-20 loss at Jacksonville, and the timing couldn’t be worse for Mack.
Though he had battled through injuries each of his first three seasons, Mack’s numbers steadily increased. He rushed for a career-best 1,091 yards last season, scoring eight touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Mack believed Taylor’s presence could help him post even bigger numbers this season with a chance to enter free agency in March.
But after a strong camp and a fast start against the Jaguars – four carries for 26 yards and two catches for 27 yards — Mack pulled up lame on his third reception. He immediately went to the ground, reaching for his foot.
The Colts initially described it as an ankle injury before acknowledging after the game that it was actually an Achilles tendon injury.
Indy has plenty of talent in the backfield, and Reich expects everyone to pitch in as the Colts try to improve on last season’s No. 7-ranked rushing offense.
“Jonathan will step into the starting role. He looked good yesterday, and he ‘s ready,” Reich said. “Nyheim (Hines) is still going to be an important part of the mix and then Jordan (Wilkins), we’ve got a lot of confidence in Jordan. I’m a big Jordan fan. He’s a good runner and he’ll do a good job for us.”
Taylor, selected No. 41 overall, was Wisconsin’s workhorse the past three seasons. He topped the 2,000-yard mark in 2018 and 2019 and became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player to top 6,000 yards in three years. The two-time Doak Walker Award winner, which goes to college football’s best back, had nine carries for 22 yards and six receptions for 67 yards in his NFL debut.
And now the New Jersey native promises he’ll be ready for the increased workload.
“I take this saying from college: You don’t count the reps, you make the reps count,” Taylor said Sunday. “So whenever, if they ever called my number, I was determined to make sure I was able to go in and was ready and not be able to have a drop-off. Coach Reich did a tremendous job as far as making sure everything was 100% percent crystal clear throughout meetings, throughout training camps and up until the game to make sure that I fully understood the game plan and everything that was supposed to be going on.”
Hines scored both of Indy’s touchdowns Sunday and finished as the team’s leading rusher, seven carries for 28 yards, while leading the team with eight receptions. He had 45 yards receiving. He showed his breakaway speed in December when he returned two punts for touchdowns against Carolina.
Mack’s injury also opens up opportunities for Wilkins, who like Hines was drafted by the Colts in 2018. And it’s always possible the Colts could add another back to the mix before next weekend’s home opener against Minnesota, which also lost its opener.
But one thing already seems clear to Taylor: Mack will continue to make an impact this season from the sideline.
“I know he’s going to be in not only my ear but the rest of the backs’ ears until he gets back,” Taylor said. “It’s just going to be about staying in the books, staying in our protections. As long as everyone’s on the same page with the same call, we should be good to go.”
BROWNS REPLACE KICKER
The Browns kicked aside their kicker after one game.
Cleveland waived Austin Seibert on Monday after he missed an extra point and field goal in the first half of Sunday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore. He’s being replaced by Cody Parkey, who kicked for the Browns in 2016 and is best known for missing a late field goal for the Chicago Bears in the 2018 playoffs.
Parkey will handle kicking duties when the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Also, the Browns placed tight end David Njoku on injured reserve with a knee injury. A first-round pick in 2017, Njoku scored the Browns’ only touchdown in Sunday’s loss. Njoku will miss at least three games, per the NFL’s new rules this season.
Seibert’s fate was sealed when he clanged his extra point off the left upright and then pushed a 41-yard field-goal try to the right late in the first half as the Browns were routed 38-6 by the Ravens.
Even if Seibert had made those kicks, they probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game, but first-year coach Kevin Stefanski felt he had seen enough.
“I expect him to make those kicks,” Stefanski said after Sunday’s game. “I hold him to the same standard that we hold every other player on this team. He has to make those kicks.”
Earlier on Monday, Stefanski hinted at the switch when he said the team wanted “to gather more information and then we will let it go from there.”
A fifth-round pick in 2019 from Oklahoma, Seibert made 25 of 29 field-goal attempts and 30 of 35 extra points as a rookie last season. By all accounts, he had a decent training camp this summer and the Browns seemed ready to stick with him.
Parkey was recently signed to the team’s practice squad as a precaution due to COVID-19 concerns. In an NFC wild-card game after the 2018 season, Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal – the ball hit the upright and crossbar – in the final seconds as the Bears lost 16-15 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
JETS RB BELL TO MISS ACTION
New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in the team’s season-opening loss at Buffalo.
Coach Adam Gase says Monday he doesn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but says it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.
Bell was injured on an incomplete pass late in the second quarter when Bills linebacker A.J. Klein was penalized for holding after he got tied up with Bell and sent the running back sprawling. Bell grabbed at the back of his left leg on the play before heading to the sideline.
He returned for the second half, with his left leg wrapped. But, Gase acknowledged Sunday after the game he was “mad at myself” for letting Bell back onto the field. Bell was removed from the game shortly into the third quarter and watched the rest of the game from the sideline.
Bell finished with six carries for 14 yards and two receptions for 32 yards in the 27-17 loss.
Gase and Bell spoke after the game, and the coach expressed some optimism that the injury wouldn’t keep Bell out too long.
“I just know what kind of shape he’s in, his work ethic and the way he finds ways to play through injuries and the way he bounces back,” Gase said. “I just wouldn’t be surprised if he came back quicker than anticipated.”
Frank Gore and Josh Adams are the only other healthy running backs on the roster. Rookie La’Mical Perine is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in training camp.
Inside linebacker Blake Cashman has a groin injury that could also sideline him a few weeks, He was hurt in the first quarter and replaced by Harvey Langi.
NFL REMINDS COACHES ABOUT MASKS
The NFL on Monday reminded team personnel on the sidelines about the COVID-19 requirements for wearing face coverings, saying such carelessness or disregard could put the season “at risk.”
There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players did not use face coverings.
Troy Vincent, who oversees the league’s football operations, sent a memo to the 32 clubs. He stressed that teams “must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments.”
After congratulating the teams for overcoming coronavirus challenges and beginning the regular season on time, Vincent strongly cautioned against undoing that work.
He referred to the game-day protocols developed by the league and the NFL Players Association that reflect the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staffs and local and state governmental regulations.
Those require all individuals with bench area access, including coaches and members of the club medical staff, to wear face coverings at all times.
“Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs,” the memo said. “The face covering must be worn as designed so that it securely fits across the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent the transmission of the virus.”
Punishment for not adhering to the protocols has not been announced, but could include anything from fines to ejection from the sideline.
During the Sunday night game between Dallas and Los Angeles, Rams coach Sean McVay often was shown on camera without a face covering. He hardly was the only coach or team member with a bare face during the 13 games Sunday.
The “Bench Area” under the 2020 league protocols is the sideline on each side of the field and is delineated with a yellow dotted line between the 30-yard lines. Team personnel with Bench Area access must stay within the 32-yard lines, which are delineated with a white line.
“All individuals with Bench Area access, except for players, shall be required to wear masks at all times,” the rules say. “Coaches must wear either a mask, neck gaiter, and/or face shield to satisfy this obligation. Players who are not substituting into the game are strongly encouraged to wear masks on the sidelines, except for at games played in stadiums with state or local regulations that make the wearing of masks mandatory. In such cases, players on the sidelines must wear masks.
“Becoming careless or ignoring face covering and physical distancing requirements will put the 2020 season at risk,” Vincent said.
OHIO STATE LOSES ANOTHER PLAYER
With the chances of the Big Ten Conference playing a football season slipping away, two of Ohio State’s best players have chosen to opt out and start preparing for the NFL draft.
Cornerback Shaun Wade, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the 2021 draft, announced his decision Monday on Twitter, saying the Big Ten waited too long to decide what to do about playing. Wyatt Davis, an offensive guard who is another potential first-round pick, announced his decision on Friday.
“I came back to get my degree and to play another season and win a national championship,” Wade said in his tweet. “But when the Big Ten canceled, I was focused on still playing, but I felt like they were holding off for so long I thought it was the best decision for me to declare for the draft and just go on with preparing and getting ready for the draft.”
Wade’s father was one of the football parents leading a charge to persuade the Big Ten to play a fall season. Big Ten school presidents met Sunday but did not take a vote regarding if and when to start the next season, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making return to competition plans public.
“I should be in the middle of preparing for our game this week,” Davis said in his Twitter post Friday. “Instead, due to the events of 2020, I spent the last weeks with my family and coaching staff trying to determine my future.”
All eyes will now be on quarterback Justin Fields, who could be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft regardless of whether he plays another down of football for the Buckeyes. Fields hasn’t publicly commented recently about his situation.
Time is slipping away for players choosing to remain with idle Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, who now must watch teams from other conferences – including the SEC and ACC – that decided to go ahead with their seasons.
The Big Ten postponed its entire fall sports season on Aug. 11 because of COVID-19 concerns and how football could be played safely. The emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, not available when university leaders decided to pull the plug on the season, now looms large.
If the presidents vote to start by late October, an eight-game season and conference championship game in mid-December is still possible. That schedule could set up Big Ten teams to be part of the College Football Playoff.
NEWCOMERS TO AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Sun Belt rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season.
There was no change at the very top: Preseason No. 1 Clemson received 60 of 61 first place-votes this week.
After all Division I teams were eligible to be voted on for the preseason Top 25, the panel of 61 voters was permitted to consider only the 60% of Football Bowl Subdivision teams scheduled to play in the fall now that the season has started.
That meant preseason No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Oregon, along with six other Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, dropped out of the rankings. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American Conference and Mountain West have delayed their seasons due to concerns about playing amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the Big Ten is taking some steps toward a possible mid-October start.
With those teams gone, Alabama moved up to No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Florida. Defending champion LSU, with one first-place vote, is No. 6.
The Sun Belt Conference has two teams ranked for the first time since the conference began sponsoring football in 2001, with Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 19 and Appalachian State at No. 23, tied with Kentucky.
The Ragin’ Cajuns pulled off maybe the biggest upset of the weekend, winning at Iowa State 31-14 on Saturday. The Cyclones had been ranked No. 23 and are the one team currently scheduled to play to fall out of the rankings after being in the preseason Top 25.
Louisiana-Lafayette was last ranked in 1943.
The rest of the newcomers to the Top 25:
– No. 16 Memphis has the highest ranking of those teams entering the poll. Not surprising. The Tigers were first among the others receiving votes in the preseason poll and opened the season by beating Arkansas State last week. That same Arkansas State then turned around and upset Kansas State on the road Saturday. The Tigers might have to sit on that ranking for a little while. Players being sidelined by positive COVID-19 tests and related quarantines forced the postponement of Memphis’ game Friday against Houston.
– No. 17 Miami also garnered some support in the preseason. The Hurricanes join on the strength of a 31-14 victory Thursday against Conference USA contender UAB.
– No. 18 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 35-21 to open its season and is ranked for the first time since 2017.
– No. 20 Virginia Tech has already had two games postponed. The Hokies were supposed to open their season Saturday against North Carolina State, but the Wolfpack’s preparation for the season was delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak. Now Virginia Tech is dealing with coronavirus issues of its own and its game next week against Virginia has been postponed.
– No. 21 BYU opened the season on Labor Day, beating Navy 55-3. But the Cougars’ next game has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases among the players.
– No. 22 Army has opened the season with two victories by a combined score of 79-7.
– No. 23 Kentucky is scheduled to start the season Sept. 26, along with the rest of the SEC.
– No. 25 Pitt opened the season by beating Austin Peay 55-0 in a game that was shortened in the second half. With the Panthers up 42-0 halftime, the teams agreed to play 10-minute quarters.
SEC – 8 (Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 23t).
ACC – 7 (Nos. 1, 7, 12, 17, 18, 20, 25).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 3, 9, 11).
American – 3 (Nos. 13, 14, 16).
Sun Belt – 2 (Nos. 19, 23t).
Independents – 2. (Nos. 21, 22).
RANKED VS. RANKED
Just one as the SEC still sits idle. BYU at Army would have qualified but for the postponement.
No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville. Two of teams that benefited from solid openers against C-USA teams. Louisville’s Micale Cunningham and Miami’s D’Eriq King make for an exciting quarterback matchup.
BIG 12 SUFFERED A TOUGH WEEKEND
Maybe the Big 12 Conference should have followed the lead of the Big Ten and Pac-12 and opted out of playing college football this fall.
Or at least opted out of scheduling the Sun Belt.
The lower-tier conference went 3-0 against the Power Five league over the weekend, a stunning performance highlighted by Louisiana-Lafayette’s romp over then-No. 23 Iowa State. Arkansas State also won at Kansas State and Coastal Carolina went to Kansas and outclassed the Jayhawks in what may have been the best day in the history of the league.
“You saw today what the Sun Belt is. We didn’t want to let the Sun Belt down,” Chanticleers coach Jamey Caldwell said after their 38-23 win over the Jayhawks, a game that ended just after midnight and capped the upset-filled Saturday.
“Just proud of the effort,” Caldwell said, “and hopefully the people back on the East Coast and in Conway were up to see it.”
If not, they certainly took note of it Sunday.
That’s when the latest AP Top 25 was released with schools from the Big Ten and Pac-12 and elsewhere that are not playing this fall ineligible for the ranking. That opened the door for voters to select 10 newcomers for the poll. Louisiana-Lafayette landed at No. 19 with Sun Belt member Appalachian State tied with Kentucky at No. 23 following its win over Charlotte.
Arkansas State received the sixth-most votes of schools that are just outside the Top 25.
“It’s a great win but I hope not,” Red Wolves coach Blake Anderson said, when asked whether the last-minute win over the Wildcats was a program-defining one. “I hope there’s a way bigger and better win ahead of us. Not by any means satisfied. Excited and very proud, but by no means is this the best we can do. We still got a lot better football to be played.”
Arkansas State was a bit fortunate in that it already had a game under its belt, losing to Memphis the previous week. But just like it was the first time on the field for the Big 12 following an offseason thrown into chaos by the pandemic, it was the first time Louisiana-Lafayette and Coastal Carolina lined up for a kickoff.
Both looked better prepared than their big-boy brethren.
The Ragin’ Cajuns, who were last ranked in 1943, trailed the Cyclones just 14-10 at halftime. Coach Billy Napier’s team took the lead on a 78-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, added a punt return touchdown early in the fourth and managed to shut out Iowa State and quarterback Brock Purdy over the final 30 minutes for one of the biggest wins in school history.
It was the Ragin’ Cajuns first win over a Top 25 opponent on the road, snapping an 0-26 skid. Their only other win over a Top 25 team came at home in 1996, 29-22 over Texas A&M.
“We’ve got a lot of belief in our process. We’ve got a lot of belief that the University of Louisiana should always have a very competitive team,” Napier said. “We’re fortunate that we’ve got the necessary things from our administration. They decided they wanted to have an exceptional Group of 5 football program and gave us the money to go hire the people. They gave us the resources and some of the things inside the building to help us really run basically a Power Five operation.”
In short, Napier said, “this is what we expected to happen.”
Kansas coach Les Miles sure didn’t expect Coastal Carolina to whip his team for the second straight year. But after a change in schedules caused by the pandemic – the Chanticleers were supposed to host the Jayhawks – Chadwell’s team headed to an empty Memorial Stadium and won a road game over Kansas for the second consecutive season.
While it was a banner weekend for the Sun Belt, it was ugly all-around for the Big 12.
Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia took care of business, though the Sooners did it with a depleted roster caused by so many positive COVID-19 tests that their game against Missouri State was nearly postponed. Baylor did have its opener against Louisiana Tech postponed because of positive tests within the Bulldogs’ program, and will instead play a hastily scheduled game against Houston – which also had its opener against Memphis postponed – this weekend.
Speaking of Houston – or at least Houston Baptist – it took Texas Tech turning back a 2-point try in the final minutes for the Big 12 team to hold off the Huskies for a 35-33 victory over the Football Championship Subdivision school.
Rough weekend for the Big 12 indeed.
STARS ADVANCE TO FINALS
Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought.
The Stars are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.
“I’ve been in a couple rinks where we’ve clinched to go to the finals, and it erupts,” interim coach Rick Bowness said. “Tonight, you’re so excited, you don’t even notice. … All you’re thinking about is your team.”
A team with a chance to win an even bigger trophy. Benn, the captain of the Stars, didn’t even touch the Western Conference championship trophy during the postgame presentation after they eliminated top-seeded Vegas 3-2 in overtime Monday night in the NHL bubble in Edmonton.
Denis Gurianov scored on a one-timer during a power play 3:36 into overtime for the Stars, who won their only Stanley Cup in 1999, a year before returning and coming up short. Benn and Joel Kiviranta, a rookie like Gurianov, had goals in the final 10:06 of regulation to tie Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.
“It’s been a crazy year, right from the start, but we’ve stuck together as a group, and played some fun hockey,” said Benn, who had never before been past the second round of the playoffs. “We find ways to win right now, and that’s all that matters.”
Anton Khudobin faced only one shot in overtime and had 34 saves for the Stars, who are 5-0 in overtime this postseason.
“We always know that it might take the whole game,” Tyler Seguin said. “We’re a confident group.”
The Stars also won 3-2 in Game 3 against Vegas, when Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into OT. They closed out Game 5 after Zach Whitecloud was sent off for delay of game for knocking the puck out of play.
“Things like that happen and they happen to anyone,” said Reilly Smith, who put Vegas up 2-0 in the third period. “This game didn’t come down to one play. The onus is on all of us. We have to do a better job when we’re up 2-0.”
THE REDS TAKE TWO
GAME ONE: Rookie Tyler Stephenson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday.
With two out and the bases empty, rookie Jose Garcia singled to left against Sam Howard (2-2). Manager David Bell then sent Stephenson up to hit for Shogo Akiyama, and the catcher hit a drive to left for his second homer.
The 24-year-old Stephenson lifted his batting helmet off his head with his left hand and pumped both arms in the sir before being swarmed by teammates at the plate.
“I had one of these at High A, but this was so much more exciting,” Stephenson said. “(Coach) Freddie (Benavides) told me right before that, if Jose gets on, I’m going to pinch-hit. I had been hitting in the cage all game, but that time I didn’t get a chance to put my gloves on because it was the next pitch he got a hit.”
GAME TWO: Mike Moustakas hit a big three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 on Monday night for a doubleheader sweep.
Moustakas drove in Shogo Akiyama and Eugenio Suarez with a two-out shot to center off Nik Turley (0-2). Pittsburgh had just taken a 4-3 lead on rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes’ two-run shot with two out in the top half of the inning.
“I’ve hit quite a few big home runs in my career, for sure,” Moustakas said. “It was two huge wins for us today to get momentum going into this last little stretch.”
Brian Goodwin and Joey Votto also connected for Cincinnati, which won a third straight game for the first time since Aug. 28. Sal Romano (1-0) got the victory, retiring Gregory Polanco with the bases loaded for the final out of the fifth.
Romano was promoted on Sunday from the taxi squad.
“It was a good feeling for sure to contribute to the team,” Romano said. “I knew in my heart I could get back here. I know I can pitch here. I had to grind it out and it paid off today,”
METS ARE SOLD
Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has agreed to buy the New York Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families.
The team announced the agreement on Monday. The deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball owners.
Cohen also entered negotiations to buy the Mets last year, but the deal fell apart in February. He bought an 8% limited partnership stake in 2012 for $40 million. The deal that failed to close would have seen him acquire an 80% controlling share in a transaction that valued the team at $2.6 billion.
The current Mets ownership group is headed by Fred Wilpon, brother-in-law Saul Katz and Wilpon’s son Jeff, the team’s chief operating officer.
Cohen first bought into the Mets when the team sought $20 million minority investment stakes following the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which heavily cost the Wilpons and their companies. The limited partnership shares were sold after a proposed $200 million sale of a stake of the Mets to hedge fund manager David Einhorn fell through in 2011.
The 64-year-old Cohen is CEO and president of Point72 Asset Management.
Cohen controlled SAC Capital Advisors, which in 2013 pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges. SAC agreed to pay a $900 million fine and forfeit another $900 million to the federal government, though $616 million that SAC companies had already agreed to pay to settle parallel actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission was to be deducted from the $1.8 billion.
The publisher Doubleday & Co. bought the Mets in 1980 from the family of founding owner Joan Payson for $21.1 million, with the company owning 95% of the team and Fred Wilpon controlling 5%.
When Doubleday & Co. was sold to the media company Bertelsmann AG in 1986, the publisher sold its shares of the team for nearly $81 million to Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, who became 50-50 owners.
Wilpon led a buyout of Doubleday’s shares in 2002 and became chairman and sole controlling owner. Katz, the owner’s brother-in-law and partner in the real estate firm Sterling Equities Inc., became team president and Jeff Wilpon became COO.
A’S SIGN LAMB
The Oakland Athletics signed former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb on Monday after he was designated for assignment last week by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The move with Lamb made sense after Oakland lost Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman last week. Chapman suffered a strained right hip and is expected to undergo surgery.
The 29-year-old Lamb looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He hit 29 homers in 2016 and then made the NL All-Star team in 2017 while setting career-highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency and hit just 12 homers over the past three seasons.
He didn’t get much playing time for the Diamondbacks this season and had just five hits in 43 at-bats for a .116 average. He had a prorated salary of $2,042,593. After Lamb was released last week, Arizona GM Mike Hazen said he still believes in Lamb as a player but he needed at-bats that the Diamondbacks couldn’t provide.
The A’s cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by moving left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk to the 45-day injured list.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1884 Meriden, ahead 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning, wins the Connecticut State League contest when Hartford forfeits because the team refuses to use a new ball, needed to replace the one that was hit foul into a marsh behind home plate, citing the sphere did not come from a box sealed by the league secretary. The suddenly shortened game also featured the only home run hit that season at the Meriden ballpark, a round-tripper stroked by its captain, future Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.
1890 In a Players’ League contest, Buffalo Bison right-hander Bert Cunningham throws five wild pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Pirates at South Side Park. The 1996 Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inductee’s performance establishes the regular-season record, although Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel ties the infamous feat during a 2000 playoff game against the Mets.
1902 The trio of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance completes their first twin killing in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati at Chicago’s West Side Grounds. The 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon immortalizes the Cubs’ legendary double-play combination.
1904 Giant hurler George Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0 when he beats Boston at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. ‘Hooks’ dozen consecutive victories establish the record for the most wins at the start of a career for a starter.
1928 The Braves play their ninth consecutive doubleheader, splitting the home twin bill with the Cubs, 5-2 and 1-6. The streak, which began on the fourth of September, sees the team drop 14 of 18 decisions, including losing eight consecutive games to the Giants.
1929 Between games of a twin bill, the Reds entertain the fans by sponsoring a base-circling contest with the winning player receiving $75 in prize money. Cincinnati outfielder Evar Swanson breaks Hans Lobart’s record of 13.8 seconds set earlier in the year as he completes the 360-foot dash in 13.3 seconds, according to official AAU timers who officiated the race.
1938 For the fifth time in a major league game, brothers homer in the same contest when Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner both go deep off Cliff Melton in the fifth inning in the fifth inning of the Bucs’ 7-2 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds. Although ‘Big and Little Poison’ have completed the deed twice before, they are the first siblings in history to hit the home runs in consecutive at-bats, a feat which will not be duplicated again until the Upton Brothers go back-to-back for the Braves in 2013.
1946 In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader. The nightcap is called due to the bothersome insects and the impending darkness, resulting in a 2-0 Dodger victory over the Cubs.
1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
1950 Johnny Mize hits three home runs in one game for the sixth time in his career, establishing a major league record. The first baseman’s offensive output, which makes him the second player to accomplish a three-homer game in both leagues along with Babe Ruth, isn’t enough when the Yankees lose at Detroit, 9-7.
1958 Snuffy Stirnweiss is killed when the New Jersey commuter train in which he is a passenger plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. The 39 year-old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Yankees, Browns, and Indians, led the American League in hitting with a .309 average playing for New York in 1945.
1960 Willie Mays, who collects five hits in six at-bats, ties a major league mark by hitting three triples in the Giants’ 8-6 victory over Philadelphia. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s eleventh inning three-bagger leads to the eventual go-ahead run in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.
1963 Inspired by their fans, the Mets hold the first of many Banner Days. The Polo Grounds event allows the ‘New Breed’ to display their creative ideas with signs, including some with a negative tone, with a parade on the field between games of a doubleheader against the Colt .45s.
1964 At Wrigley Field, Larry Jackson fires a six-hitter, beating the Reds, 6-1, to become the season’s first 20-game winner. The 33 year-old right-handed workhorse will finish the campaign with a 24-11 record for the eighth-place Cubs.
1968 The Cardinals clinch their twelfth National League pennant when the team beats Houston at the Astrodome, 7-4. The contest, which features Curt Flood collecting five hits, marks the final home run by Roger Maris, who will finish his 12-year major league career with 275 round-trippers.
1969 Cardinal hurler Steve Carlton fans nineteen batters, including three in the final frame, to establish a new major league mark for strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Lefty’s performance is spoiled when Ron Swoboda’s pair of two-run homers proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 4-3 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium.
1971 Astros rookie Larry Yount, making his major league debut, injuries his right shoulder in the ninth inning throwing his very first warm-up pitch of the game. The 21 year-old right-hander, Robin’s older brother, will never get another chance to pitch in the bigs with his only major league experience consisting of that one ill-fated toss to home plate.
1971 In just his second major-league start, Cubs rookie Burt Hooton ties a franchise record for a nine-inning game when he strikes out 15 batters, going the distance in the team’s 3-2 victory over New York at Shea Stadium. The 21 year-old right-hander matches the mark established by Dick Drott against Milwaukee in 1957.
1971 The Oakland A’s win the American League West Division with their 3-2 victory over Chicago and the Royals’ 6-2 loss to California. The franchise hadn’t won a title since 1931 when Connie Mack managed the team in Philadelphia.
1974 On a bright, sunny day at Fenway Park, Rico Petrocelli is struck behind the left ear, below the helmet, when he loses Jim Slaton’s pitch due to the blinding glare of the outfield bleachers. The beaning, which causes inner ear damage, results in the third baseman missing the rest of the season and will hasten his early retirement before the start of the 1977 season at the age of 33.
1974 Gaylord Perry goes the distance for his 20th victory when he beats Baltimore and Ross Grimsley at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a 21-13 record, will be the last Indian pitcher in the twentieth century to win twenty games.
1975 Mike Vail ties the National League rookie record as the outfielder hits in his twenty-third consecutive game. The Mets’ late-season call up’s streak matches the 1948 freshman performances of Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves).
1977 The Royals, en route to finishing with a 102-60 record and winning the American League West, set a club record of 16 straight victories when they defeat the A’s in ten innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader, 5-4. Kansas City also had a 10-game win streak in July.
1977 Fearing for the safety of his left fielder, Orioles manager Earl Weaver, trailing 4-0, pulls his team off the field when third base ump Marty Springstead declines his request to remove the tarp covering the Blue Jays’ bullpen area. After waiting for 15 minutes in light rain for the O’s to return, the Exhibition Stadium contest is forfeited to the home team by the umpires.
1978 Don Sutton, in front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. Los Angeles, with tonight’s attendance, becomes the major league first team in history to draw three million fans at home.
1979 After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues, having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.
1990 Bobby Thigpen, who played in the outfield in college, saves his 50th game of the season when the White Sox beat Boston, 7-4. The Chicago closer strikes out pinch-hitter Danny Heep looking for the final out in the Comiskey Park contest.
1990 Brothers Billy and Cal Ripken, in the first of the two times they will accomplish the feat, both homer in the same game. The siblings’ home runs are overshadowed by Kelly Gruber’s three-run round-tripper in the ninth inning that gives the Blue Jays a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Orioles at the Skydome.
1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
1996 In a 16-6 rout of the Tigers, the Orioles break the major league record for team home runs in a season, passing the 1961 Yankees mark of 240.
1996 Thanks to Andres Galarraga’s three-run homer the Rockies establish a big league record for runs scored at home. Colorado, which will amass 658 tallies at Coors Field, scores its 626th, 627th, and 628th runs of the season when the ‘Big Cat’ goes deep to surpass the 1950 Red Sox, who crossed the plate 625 times.
1996 The Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they honor Nolan Ryan. The future owner of the team, who wore uniform jersey #34, pitched two no-hitters, recorded his 5,000th strikeout, and won his 300th career game during his five years on the mound for Texas.
1996 When Brady Anderson goes deep leading off the game at Tiger Stadium, the Orioles set a record by homering in 24 straight road games. The accomplishment will last for 22 seasons until the A’s extend mark for road dingers to 27 consecutive games.
1996 Frank Thomas slams his 215th career home run in a White Sox uniform to surpass Carlton Fisk as the all-time franchise leader. The Big Hurt’s historic homer is the first of three round-trippers he hits in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.
1997 The newly renovated Anaheim Stadium will now be known as Edison International Field. The 30 year-old Angels’ ballpark will once again be a baseball-only facility with the NFL Rams, who shared the facility from 1980-1994, having shifted their franchise from LA to St. Louis two years ago.
1998 In a 12-7 win over the Twins, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the fourth-youngest (28 years and ten months) player to reach 1,000 RBIs. Junior got to the 1,000 mark younger than anyone except Mel Ott (27 years, three months), Jimmie Foxx (27 years, eight months), and Lou Gehrig (28 years, 9 1/2 months).
1998 Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals’ 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows ‘Big Mac’ to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.
1998 Working the ninth for his 40th save in the Rangers’ 6-5 win over the Orioles, John Wetteland joins three other pitchers in major league history to have three or more 40-save seasons. Dennis Eckersley, Jeff Reardon, and Lee Smith have also accomplished the same feat.
1998 Rolando Arrojo (14-12) sets a record for wins by an expansion pitcher when the Devil Rays defeat the Angels, 8-1.
1999 The owners unanimously approved a resolution to redraft the Major League Agreement, allowing the American League and National League to merge in all aspects except on the field, where the leagues and divisions will remain the same.
2000 On the day same day he and teammate brother Jeremy homer in the same game for the second time in their careers, the A’s first baseman Jason Giambi sets a team record by hitting his fourth grand slam of the season as Oakland drubs the Devil Rays, 17-3. The base-loaded shot also ties a major league record for the most grand slams by a team in a single season, 12.
2000 Passing both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Mariner Rickey Henderson scores two runs to take over second place on the career list for runs scored. Henderson, with a total of 2,175, will need to tally 71 runs to pass the all-time leader, Ty Cobb (2,245).
2000 Trevor Hoffman becomes the third player in baseball history to have four 40-save seasons when he faces four batters in the ninth inning of the Padres’ 5-4 victory over the Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. The 32 year-old San Diego closer joins Dennis Eckersley and Lee Smith In accomplishing the feat.
2002 Defeating the Indians after a 67-minute rain delay, 5-0, the Twins clinch the American League Central Division flag. Minnesota, which will be making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the offseason due to contraction.
2002 Diamondback righty Curt Schilling K’s Brewers’ backstop Jorge Fabregas for his 300th victim this season, joining southpaw Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to each strike out at least 300 batters in the same season. ‘Schill’ has now done it three times in his career with the ‘Big Unit’ reaching the milestone six times, but neither hurler will accomplish the feat again.
2003 With his 2,063rd career base on balls, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time walks list. The Giant left fielder now trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 free passes.
2003 Rafael Palmeiro joins Jimmie Foxx as the only players to hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs in nine consecutive seasons. The Hall of Famer Foxx accomplished the feat playing for the A’s and Red Sox from 1932 to 1940.
2003 Thousands of Hanshin Tigers fans jump off the Ebisubashi Bridge into the Dotonbori River in celebration when their hometown heroes clinch the Central League title for the first time in 18 years. The plunge into the murky river when the team wins has become a local ritual for its fans.
2004 With the bases loaded in the fourth inning during an eventual 6-2 Expos victory at Dolphin Stadium, Mike Lowell tags Brian Schneider, taking a lead off third base. The Expos catcher becomes the victim of the hidden ball trick, not realizing the Marlins third baseman had not given the pitcher the ball after visiting the mound.
2006 The Devil Rays, en route to finishing the season with 101 defeats, lose their ninetieth game for the ninth consecutive season when the team drops a 5-4 walk-off decision to the Blue Jays in ten innings at Rogers Centre. The 1936-45 Phillies are the only other team in big league history to accomplish the infamous feat.
2007 Prince Fielder’s NL-leading 46th home run establishes a Brewers franchise record. The Milwaukee first baseman’s third-inning round-tripper off Reds’ hurler Kirk Saarloos breaks the team’s home-run mark set by Gorman Thomas (1979) and Richie Sexson (2001, 2003).
2007 Although the amount is nowhere near the money that the 1998’s Mark McGwire’s single season home run record ball commanded, Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ career No. 756 home run baseball sells for more than experts predicted. The ball thrown by Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik on August 7, which was auctioned by Matt Murphy, the fan who caught the historic homer, is won by an unidentified bidder for $752,467.
2008 The day after dropping a doubleheader to the Phillies, the Brewers fire Ned Yost (457-502), ending the manager’s six-year tenure which saw Milwaukee develop from cellar dwellers into a contender in the National League Central Division. New skipper Dale Sveum, formerly the team’s third base coach, will try to stop the recent skid of 11 losses in 14 games and keep the 83-67 club in contention for the wild card.
2010 Rays skipper Joe Maddon is tossed from the game when Derek Jeter, giving an Oscar-worthy performance at home plate, is awarded first base by the umpires who rule the pitch thrown by Chad Qualls hit the New York shortstop. Video replay of the at-bat, that clearly shows the fastball hit the knob of the bat, prompts a national debate about the ethics demonstrated by the usually squeaky-clean Yankees captain, who admitted after the 4-3 loss to Tampa that he pretended to get hit by the pitch to get on base.
2010 The Cubs beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 7-3, to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than twenty years. The victory marks the first time since June 12th, 1988 that the visiting Chicago fans can break out the brooms in the Gateway City.
2010 At Fenway Park, Jose Bautista establishes a new Blue Jay record for home runs in a season when he hit his 48th, a two-run blast on a 3-2 fastball thrown by Michael Bowden. The 29 year-old outfielder, who has never gone deep more than 16 times in a year, breaks the mark established by George Bell in 1987.
2011 After hitting a first-inning two-run homer, singling in the second, and stroking a leadoff double in the fifth, Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle when he drives a pitch that sails just beyond the outstretched glove of Colorado’s right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for a triple. ‘Panda,’ a third baseman not known for speed, becomes the 25th Giant player to accomplish the feat, and the first since Fred Lewis did the deed in 2007, also at Coors Field.
2012 During the Marlins’ 6-4 victory over Cincinnati in Miami, Jose Reyes is charged with baseball’s unofficial 500,000th error. The All-Star shortstop earns the dubious distinction when he flubs Drew Stubbs’ ground ball in the seventh inning.
2012 In a thirty-minute pregame ceremony, four U.S. Marine pilots unveiled a bronze statue of Jerry Coleman at Petco Park honoring the longtime Padres broadcaster for his 70 years of major league service in the booth and as a player, and for his distinguished career in the Marine Corps, where he flew 120 combat missions during WWII and the Korean conflict. The 7-foot, 5-inch sculpture, which sits on a granite base, is in front of three 4-foot by 8-foot panels that capture the 88 year-old’s roles in baseball, the military, and as a broadcaster.
2019 For the first time in American League history, and the 12th occurrence in the majors, two teams with 100+ losses face each other when the Orioles (48-100) defeat the Tigers (44-103) at Comerica Park, 8-2. The last National League matchup of teams with triple-digit losses featured the Astros and the Cubs in the final weekend of the 2012 season.
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|Toronto||26||20||.565||3.5||12 – 7||14 – 13||17 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|NY Yankees||26||21||.553||4||18 – 7||8 – 14||17 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 5|
|Baltimore||21||26||.447||9||11 – 15||10 – 11||11 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Boston||17||31||.354||13.5||8 – 17||9 – 14||11 – 23||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||31||16||.660||–||15 – 9||16 – 7||0 – 0||23 – 10||0 – 0||9 – 1||W 5|
|Minnesota||30||19||.612||2||21 – 5||9 – 14||0 – 0||20 – 15||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Cleveland||26||21||.553||5||12 – 11||14 – 10||0 – 0||16 – 16||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 6|
|Detroit||20||26||.435||10.5||10 – 11||10 – 15||0 – 0||9 – 19||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 3|
|Kansas City||20||28||.417||11.5||10 – 13||10 – 15||0 – 0||13 – 21||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 6|
|Oakland||30||18||.625||–||18 – 7||12 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||24 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Houston||23||24||.489||6.5||16 – 6||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||15 – 15||2 – 8||L 1|
|Seattle||22||26||.458||8||12 – 9||10 – 17||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 17||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||20||28||.417||10||12 – 12||8 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 20||7 – 3||W 2|
|Texas||17||30||.362||12.5||13 – 13||4 – 17||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 18||4 – 6||W 1|
|Atlanta||28||20||.583||–||15 – 8||13 – 12||19 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|Miami||24||21||.533||2.5||7 – 11||17 – 10||17 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 3|
|Philadelphia||23||23||.500||4||15 – 10||8 – 13||19 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 3|
|NY Mets||21||26||.447||6.5||10 – 13||11 – 13||13 – 17||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 2|
|Washington||17||28||.378||9.5||9 – 16||8 – 12||9 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||28||20||.583||–||16 – 12||12 – 8||0 – 0||21 – 15||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 2|
|St. Louis||21||21||.500||4||11 – 11||10 – 10||0 – 0||14 – 13||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Cincinnati||23||26||.469||5.5||10 – 11||13 – 15||0 – 0||17 – 18||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 3|
|Milwaukee||21||25||.457||6||10 – 13||11 – 12||0 – 0||14 – 15||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||14||32||.304||13||9 – 14||5 – 18||0 – 0||12 – 17||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 6|
|LA Dodgers||33||15||.688||–||16 – 8||17 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||22 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Diego||32||17||.653||1.5||19 – 6||13 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||21 – 13||9 – 1||W 8|
|San Francisco||23||24||.489||9.5||14 – 9||9 – 15||0 – 0||0 – 0||15 – 17||5 – 5||L 3|
|Colorado||21||25||.457||11||10 – 14||11 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 15||4 – 6||L 2|
|Arizona||17||31||.354||16||11 – 13||6 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 25||3 – 7||L 2|