MLB PLAYOFFS

Houston 4 Minnesota 1

Chicago White Sox 4 Oakland 1

Tampa Bay 3 Toronto 1

NY Yankees 12 Cleveland 3

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 2 Union County 1

Greenwood 5 Knightstown 1

Connersville 2 Franklin County 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Richmond 12 Union County 0

Anderson 2 New Castle 1

Logansport 5 Carroll 1

Carmel 3 Harrison 0

Yorktown 2 Marion 0

 

VOLLEYBALL

Avon 3 McCutcheon 1

Northeastern 3 Knightstown 0

Seton 3 Oldenburg Academy 0

Wapahani 3 Union 0

Blue River 3 Hagerstown 1

Shelbyville 3 Pendleton Heights 1

New Castle 3 Chatard 1

 

SECTIONAL TENNIS

  1. Richmond (5)

M1: Hagerstown vs. Richmond.

M2: Northeastern vs. Cambridge City Lincoln.

M3: Centerville vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

  1. Connersville (3)

M1: Connersville vs. Rushville Consolidated.

Championship: Franklin County vs. M1 winner.

 

  1. New Castle (5)

M1: New Castle vs. Tri.

M2: Blue River Valley vs. Shenandoah.

M3: Knightstown vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

BOYS SOCCER SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS

  1. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7)

M1: Greenfield-Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

M2: Richmond vs. New Palestine.

M3: Shelbyville vs. Connersville.

M4: East Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

 

  1. Lawrenceburg (6)

M1: South Dearborn vs. Batesville.

M2: Franklin County vs. Greensburg.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Rushville Consolidated vs. Lawrenceburg.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

 

  1. Knightstown (5)

M1: Wapahani vs. Union County.

M2: Centerville vs. Seton Catholic.

M3: Knightstown vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS

  1. East Central (6)

M1: Shelbyville vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

M2: Greenfield-Central vs. East Central.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Richmond vs. New Palestine.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

 

  1. Rushville Consolidated (5)

M1: Lawrenceburg vs. South Dearborn.

M2: Connersville vs. Rushville Consolidated.

M3: Franklin County vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

  1. Yorktown (5)

M1: Hamilton Heights vs. Delta.

M2: New Castle vs. Yorktown.

M3: Jay County vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

  1. Knightstown (5)

M1: Muncie Burris vs. Wapahani.

M2: Centerville vs. Union County.

M3: Knightstown vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

 

INDIANA AP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL

Class 6A

  1. Center Grove             (13)   6-0  260  1
  2. Merrillville               –     5-0  218  3
  3. Lafayette Jeff          –     6-0  200  4
  4. Westfield                –     5-1  166  7
  5. Brownsburg            –     5-1  154  2
  6. Elkhart                     –     5-0  144  6
  7. Carmel                     –     4-2  106  8
  8. North Central          –     4-2  58   5
  9. Carroll (Fort Wayne)    5-1  48   9
  10. Lawrence North         4-2  30   10

Others receiving votes: Homestead 24. Hamilton Southeastern 22.

 

Class 5A

  1. Cathedral         (13)   6-0  260  1
  2. Valparaiso                 –     3-0  218  2
  3. Ft. Wayne Dwenger –     5-1  214  3
  4. New Palestine           –     4-1  164  4
  5. Whiteland                 –     5-1  146  6
  6. Decatur Central       –     4-2  122  7
  7. Ev. North                  –     5-1  90   5
  8. Michigan City          –     3-1  82   10
  9. Castle                     –     4-1  42   NR
  10. Floyd Central         –     4-2  40   8

Others receiving votes: Zionsville 30. New Albany 14. Lafayette Harrison 8.

 

Class 4A

  1. Mt. Vernon (Hancock)11)   6-0  256  1
  2. Mooresville               (2)    6-0  238  2
  3. Ev. Central                –     6-0  188  6
  4. E. Central                –     5-1  174  5
  5. Roncalli            –     4-1  142  7
  6. Lowell                   –     5-0  108  8
  7. Jasper                 –     5-1  102  3
  8. Leo                    –     5-1  90   9
  9. Hobart                –     3-2  58   4
  10. Columbia City             –     6-0  38   NR

Others receiving votes: Northridge 14. Delta 12. Silver Creek 8. Pendleton Hts. 2.

 

Class 3A

  1. Bishop Chatard        (11)   5-1  256  1
  2. Mishawaka Marian  (1)    6-0  230  2
  3. Southridge                (1)    6-0  200  3
  4. W. Lafayette               –     5-1  192  4
  5. Danville                 –     4-0  154  5
  6. Lawrenceburg          –     5-1  112  7
  7. Brebeuf Jesuit          –     2-2  110  6
  8. Norwell                  –     5-1  52   NR
  9. N. Montgomery       –     5-1  48   10
  10. Ft. Wayne Concordia  3-3  40   8

Others receiving votes: Cardinal Ritter 8. Mt. Vernon (Posey) 8. Tri-West 6. Gibson Southern 6. Franklin Co. 4. Brownstown 2. Hanover Central 2.

 

Class 2A

  1. Andrean                (12)   5-1  258  1
  2. Eastbrook                 –     5-1  214  2
  3. Pioneer                    –     5-1  202  4
  4. Eastside                 (1)    6-0  182  5
  5. Heritage Christian  –     4-1  126  3
  6. Triton Central         –     4-1  106  7
  7. Tell City                –     5-1  98   6
  8. Tipton                     –     4-1  82   8
  9. Eastern (Greentown)  6-0  66   9
  10. S. Vermillion              5-1  36   10

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 26. LaVille 14. Eastern Hancock 12. Ev. Mater Dei 6. Lapel 2.

 

Class A

Rank-School                 FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

  1. S. Adams                (10)   6-0  254  2
  2. Lutheran          (3)    5-1  222  1
  3. Southwood             –     6-0  202  4
  4. W. Washington         –     5-0  152  6
  5. Covenant Christian  –     6-0  148  8
  6. S. Putnam                  –     6-0  124  7
  7. Parke Heritage               4-1  120  3
  8. Adams Central         –     4-2  86   5
  9. N. Judson                  –     5-1  56   NR
  10. Lafayette Catholic –     1-2  24   9

Others receiving votes: Monroe Central 18. Sheridan 12. Covington 8. Park Tudor 2. N. Daviess 2.

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACHES POLLS

6A

1 Center Grove (10] 6-0 100

2 Merrillville 5-0 90

3 Lafayette Jeff 6-0 73

4 Westfield 5-1 61

5 Brownsburg 5-1 58

6 Elkhart 5-0 53

7 Carmel 4-2 38

Carroll (Allen] 5-1 38

9 North Central (Indpls] 4-2 14

10 Lawrence North 4-2 13

Others receiving votes:

Homestead 5-1 (5], Hamilton SE 4-2 (2], Warren Central 2-3 (2],

Indpls Pike 3-3 (1]

 

5A

1 Indpls Cathedral (10] 6-0 100

2 Valparaiso 3-0 85

3 FW Dwenger 5-1 80

4 New Palestine 4-1 69

5 Whiteland 5-1 60

6 Decatur Central 4-2 55

7 Michigan City 3-1 35

8 Castle 4-1 24

9 Zionsville 4-2 15

10 Evansville North 5-1 13

Others receiving votes:

Floyd Central 4-2 (3], Harrison 3-3 (3], Bloomington North 3-2 (2],

FW North 2-4 (2], Mishawaka 2-3 (2], Bloomington South 4-2 (1],

Plainfield 3-3 (1]

 

4A

1 Mt. Vernon (Fortville] (7) 6-0 90

2 Mooresville (2) 6-0 84

3 Evansville Central 6-0 74

4 Leo 5-1 55

5 East Central 5-1 51

6 Hobart (1] 3-2 42

7 Lowell 5-0 40

8 Indpls Roncalli 4-1 38

9 Jasper 5-1 34

10 Northridge 4-1 14

Others receiving votes:

Columbia City 6-0 (9], Delta 4-1 (8], Silver Creek 6-0 (1]

 

3A

1 Indpls Chatard (9) 5-1 99

2 West Lafayette (1] 5-1 86

3 Mishawaka Marian 6-0 82

4 Southridge 6-0 66

5 Indpls Brebeuf 2-2 56

6 Lawrenceburg 5-1 53

7 Danville 4-0 44

8 FW Concordia 3-3 24

9 Gibson Southern 3-3 7

Norwell 5-1 7

Others receiving votes:

Guerin Catholic 1-3 (5], Hanover Central 4-2 (3], North Montgomery 5-1 (2],

Mt. Vernon (Posey] 4-2 (1], Tri-West 4-2 (1]

 

2A

1 Andrean (8] 5-1 98

2 Eastbrook (2] 5-1 89

3 Pioneer 5-1 81

4 Eastside 6-0 61

5 Triton Central 4-1 49

6 Tipton 4-1 41

7 Heritage Christian 4-1 36

8 South Vermillion 5-1 23

9 Eastern (Greentown] 6-0 16

10 Tell City 5-1 15

Others receiving votes:

FW Luers 2-4 (12], LaVille 3-0 (9], Rensselar Central 3-3 (8],

Fairfield 5-0 (4], Linton-Stockton 4-2 (4], Eastern Hancock 4-2 (1],

Lapel 5-1 (1], Western Boone 3-3 (1]

 

1A

1 South Adams (6] 6-0 96

2 Indpls Lutheran (4] 5-1 92

3 Southwood 6-0 74

4 West Washington 5-0 57

5 South Putnam 6-0 54

6 Covenant Christian 6-0 50

7 Adams Central 4-2 40

8 Parke Heritage 4-1 29

9 Lafayette CC 1-2 25

10 North Judson 5-1 21

Others receiving votes:

Monroe Central 3-1 (12]

 

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL AP FOOTBALL POLLS

DIVISION I

1, Cle. St. Ignatius (29) 6-0 344

2, Cin. Moeller (2) 6-0 269

3, Cin. St. Xavier (3) 5-1 241

4, Dublin Coffman 6-0 228

5, Solon (1) 6-0 151

5, Cin. Elder 5-1 151

7, Cle. Glenville 5-1 139

8, Hilliard Davidson 6-0 110

9, Massillon Washington 5-1 101

10, Tol. Whitmer 5-1 43

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Middletown 32. 12, Wadsworth 28. 13, Cin. Anderson 18.

DIVISION II

1, Louisville (25) 6-0 325

2, Cin. Turpin (2) 6-0 264

3, Logan (2) 6-0 245

4, Tol. St. Francis (3) 6-0 231

5, New Carlisle Tecumseh (1) 6-0 202

6, Warren Howland (1) 6-0 153

7, Mentor Lake Cath. 5-1 116

8, New Philadelphia 6-0 109

9, Chesterland W. Geauga 6-0 81

10, Cin. Winton Woods (1) 4-2 42

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Maple Hts. 28. 12, Zanesville 19. 13, Canfield 17. 14 (tie), Tol. Cent. Cath., Tol. Rogers 16. 16, Sunbury Big Walnut 13.

DIVISION III

1, Youngs. Mooney (29) 6-0 337

2, Steubenville (5) 6-0 301

3, Poland Seminary 6-0 245

4, Cin. Wyoming 6-0 176

5, Cols. Watterson (1) 5-1 171

6, Akr. SVSM 5-1 155

7, Sandusky Perkins 6-0 91

8, Bellefontaine 6-0 89

9, Napoleon 5-1 74

10, Dover 5-1 45

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cols. DeSales 41. 12 (tie), Carrollton, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 30. 14, Jackson 22. 15 (tie), Mogadore Field, Circleville Logan Elm 21. 17, Alliance Marlington 15.

DIVISION IV

1, Kettering Alter (27) 6-0 334

2, Amanda-Clearcreek (2) 6-0 296

3, Chagrin Falls (3) 6-0 273

4, Genoa Area (2) 6-0 204

5, Girard (1) 6-0 176

6, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 6-0 136

7, Galion 6-0 76

8, Cin. N. College Hill 6-0 55

9, Kenton 5-1 44

10, Day. Thurgood Marshall 3-3 43

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Bellville Clear Fork 36. 12, Carlisle 32. 13, Martins Ferry 29. 14, Cols. Hartley 28. 15, Ottawa-Glandorf 22. 16, Coshocton 20. 17, Zanesville W. Muskingum 15. 18, Heath 14. 19, Milan Edison 13. 20, Ironton 12.

DIVISION V

1, Coldwater (31) 6-0 334

2, Hamler Patrick Henry 6-0 203

3, Cols. Ready 5-0 189

4, Cuyahoga Hts. (1) 6-0 184

5, Anna 5-1 155

6, Columbiana Crestview (1) 6-0 154

7, St. Henry 5-1 127

8, W. Lafayette Ridgewood 6-0 95

9, Independence 6-0 80

10, Jeromesville Hillsdale 6-0 50

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, E. Palestine 44. 12, Youngs. Ursuline (1) 33. 13, Fredericktown (1) 31. 14, Richwood N. Union 29. 15, Baltimore Liberty Union 27. 16, Lima Cent. Cath. 25. 17, Gates Mills Hawken 23. 18 (tie), Nelsonville-York, Oak Hill 14. 19, W. Liberty-Salem 14. 21 (tie), Woodsfield Monroe Cent., Mineral Ridge 13.

DIVISION VI

1, Delphos St. John’s (33) 6-0 334

2, Lockland 6-0 235

3, Norwalk St. Paul 6-0 211

4, Ada 6-0 200

5, Bucyrus Wynford 6-0 162

6, Carey 6-0 149

7, McDonald (2) 6-0 142

8, Mogadore 5-1 124

9, Malvern 6-0 80

10, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 5-1 57

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Dalton 40. 12, Berlin Center Western Reserve 27. 13, Ansonia 26. 14, Ft. Loramie 16. 15 (tie), Willow Wood Symmes Valley, Tuscarawas Cent. Cath. 12.

 

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS

3A

1 Noblesville

2 Carmel

3 Guerin Catholic

4 Valparaiso

5 Hamilton Southeastern

6 Saint Joseph

7 Evansville Memorial

8 Columbus North

9 Bloomington South

10 Zionsville

11 Homestead

12 East Central

13 Castle

14 North Central

15 Mt Vernon (Fortville)

16 Fishers

17 Crown Point

18 Center Grove

19 Harrison (Lafayette)

20 Avon & Evansville Reitz

 

2A

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

 

1A

  1. Park Tudor
  2. Lafayette Central Catholic
  3. Heritage Christian-Indy
  4. FW Blackhawk
  5. Eastbrook
  6. Argos
  7. Evansville Christian
  8. Forest Park
  9. Andrean
  10. Scecina
  11. Faith Christian
  12. Oldenburg
  13. Tipton
  14. Providence
  15. FW Canterbury
  16. Speedway
  17. Covenant Christian DeMotte
  18. Manchester
  19. Boone Grove
  20. North Posey

 

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS

3A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/28/20) 

  1. Noblesville
  2. North Central
  3. Hamilton Southeastern
  4. Chesterton
  5. Northridge
  6. Castle
  7. Zionsville
  8. Plymouth
  9. Carroll (Ft. Wayne)
  10. Carmel
  11. Elkhart
  12. Valparaiso
  13. Crown Point
  14. Penn
  15. Westfield
  16. Pike
  17. Harrison (West Lafayette)
  18. East Central
  19. Avon
  20. Center Grove

2A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/28/20) 

  1. Evansville Memorial
  2. Gibson Southern
  3. Concordia Lutheran
  4. Guerin Catholic
  5. West Lafayette
  6. Mishawaka Marian
  7. Speedway
  8. NorthWood
  9. Leo
  10. Batesville
  11. Oak Hill
  12. Tri-West
  13. Yorktown
  14. Eastbrook
  15. Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon)
  16. Northwestern
  17. Heritage Hills
  18. Bishop Dwenger
  19. Washington Community
  20. Brebeuf Jesuit

1A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (9/28/20) 

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

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS FINAL REGULAR SEASON POLL

1.Carmel

2.Zionsville

3.North Central

4.Homestead

5.Munster

6.Harrison (WL)

7.Center Grove

8.Brownsburg

9.Fishers

10.HSE

11.Jasper

12.Guerin Catholic

13.Columbus North

14.Cathedral

15.Westfield

16.FW Carroll

17.SB St Joseph

18.West Lafayette

19.Brebeuf

20.FW Canterbury

21.Penn

22.Whiteland

23.Evans Reitz

24.Bloomington S.

25.TH South

26.FW Dwenger

27.Castle

28.Delta

29.Loogootee

30.Chesterton

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Friday, Oct. 2

Tech at Anderson  7 pm

Kokomo at Logansport  7 pm

Marion at Muncie Central 7 pm

McCutcheon at Harrison 7 pm

Richmond at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Tri 7 pm

Northeastern at Shenandoah 7 pm

Union City at Lincoln  7 pm

Union County at Centerville 7 pm

Winchester at Hagerstown 7 pm

East Central at Connersville  7 pm

Greensburg at Batesville  7 pm

Rushville at Lawrenceburg  7 pm

South Dearborn at Franklin County  7 pm

New Castle at Mount Vernon  7:30 pm

New Palestine at Shelbyville 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Delta  7:30 pm

Yorktown at Greenfield  7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Monroe Central  7 pm

Tindley at Wes-Del 7 pm

OHIO

Monroe at Madison 7pm

Franklin at Brookville 7pm

Northridge at Waynesville 7pm

Miami East at Mississinawa Valley 7pm

Talawanda at Northwest 7pm

Dixie at Milton-Union 7pm

Oakwood at Bellbrook 7pm

National Trail at Ansonia 7pm

Preble Shawnee at Carlisle 7pm

Eaton at Valley View 7pm

Ansonia at Tri-County North 7pm

Tri-Village at Ft. Loramie 7pm

 

WEEK 4 NFL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Denver Broncos at New York Jets (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

 

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, October 05, 2020

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Friday, October 2

Campbell at Wake Forest, 7 p.m., ACC

Louisiana Tech at BYU, 9 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, October 3

Baylor at West Virginia, Noon, ABC

South Carolina at Florida, Noon, ESPN

Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina, Noon, ESPN2

East Carolina at Georgia State, Noon, ESPNU

Missouri at Tennessee, Noon, SEC

NC State at Pitt, Noon, ACC

UTSA at UAB, 12:30 p.m., Stadium

Abilene Christian at Army, 1:30 p.m., CBSSN

Rice at Marshall, 2 p.m.

Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS

North Carolina at Boston College, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Oklahoma State at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Memphis at SMU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Texas Tech at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m., FS1

South Florida at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., ESPN+

Ole Miss at Kentucky, 4 p.m., SEC

Virginia Tech at Duke, 4 p.m., ACC

Charlotte at Florida Atlantic, 4 p.m., ESPNU

Jacksonville State at Florida State, 4 p.m.

Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, 5 p.m.

Navy at Air Force, 6 p.m., CBSSN

North Alabama at Liberty, 6 p.m.

Georgia Southern at Louisiana Monroe, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Georgia, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

LSU at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m., SEC

Arkansas at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m., SEC

Tulsa at UCF, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Southern Miss at North Texas, 7:30 p.m., Stadium

Virginia at Clemson, 8 p.m., ACC

Troy at South Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Oklahoma at Iowa State, Noon, FOX or 7:30 p.m., ABC

TCU at Texas, Noon, FOX or 7:30 p.m., ABC

  

TOP AP SPORTS HEADLINES

WHITE SOX STOP A’S IN GAME ONE

Lucas Giolito dazzled in his postseason debut, stymieing the Oakland Athletics through six perfect innings and sending the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory in the opener of their best-of-three wild-card series Tuesday.

Giolito (1-0) yelled in delight after striking out the side in the sixth, quickly walking back to the dugout with his arms to his side.

The right-hander, who pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on Aug. 25, didn’t allow a baserunner to the AL West champions until Tommy La Stella’s single up the middle to start the seventh. Giolito gave up one run on two hits over seven innings, struck out eight and walked one before giving way to Evan Marshall after a stellar 100-pitch outing.

Giolito got plenty of support: Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and Adam Engel also connected for Chicago. Yasmani Grandal homered in the eighth.

Alex Colome, Chicago’s third reliever, worked the ninth for a save in the 2-hour, 53-minute game.

Before the single by La Stella, Jake Lamb’s line drive to center in the fifth was the hardest-hit ball against Giolito by the powerful A’s, whose offense struggled down the stretch.

Now, Oakland must win Game 2 on Wednesday at home to avoid another early playoff exit.

The A’s are in the postseason for a third straight year, having lost in the AL wild card game each of the past two seasons after 97 wins both times. They advanced just once during 11 previous playoff trips since 2000, reaching the 2006 AL Championship Series before being swept by Detroit.

Ramon Laureano’s groundout in the eighth scored Oakland’s lone run.

Engel crushed an 0-2 fastball for a 1-0 White Sox lead in the second before Abreu homered in the third against 22-year-old lefty Jesus Luzardo.

The White Sox put runners on first and third in the initial inning after Abreu’s two-out single but Luzardo struck out James McCann to get out of it.

Engel’s fourth-inning double chased Luzardo (0-1).

Chicago has thrived against lefty starters, going 14-0 during the regular season when facing a southpaw.

That prompted White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson to say of Luzardo getting the ball in Game 1, “I guess they haven’t done their homework.”

“Well, that’s his opinion. We think our lefty’s pretty good,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the game.

Chicago was eager for a fresh start in the playoffs after losing seven of eight to finish the regular season, two on walk-offs.

The White Sox snapped a string of seven consecutive losing seasons to reach the postseason for the first time since winning the AL Central in 2008.

 

MINNESOTA PLAYOFF SKID HITS 17

Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series and stretch the Twins’ all-time record postseason losing streak to 17 games.

Manager Dusty Baker’s Astros became the first team in major league history to win a game after reaching the postseason with a losing record.

Game 2 in the best-of-three wild-card matchup is Wednesday at Target Field.

Michael Brantley tacked on a two-run single in the ninth after Sergio Romo issued a full-count walk to the 5-foot-6 Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP who had a quiet season at the plate.

Framber Valdez, who made 10 regular-season starts for the Astros, pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke for the victory to keep the bullpen fresh for the rest of the series. Valdez allowed his only two hits with one out in the ninth, but Willians Astudillo grounded into a double play to end the game.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli called for Romo, the fifth of six pitchers, to start the ninth. The Astros loaded the bases on two singles to start the inning and then the crippling two-out error, when Polanco’s throw to second base after a straight-at-him grounder was low to blow the forceout.

Minnesota and Houston tied for the fewest errors in the majors with 20 during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

Minnesota’s previous win in the playoffs was notched in New York on Oct. 5, 2004, in Game 1 of the AL division series. That was also the last scoreless postseason start for a Twins pitcher – seven shutout innings by AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana – until Kenta Maeda’s in this game.

The Twins lost 13 straight times to the Yankees after that, including a three-game sweep in the AL division series last year. The Twins have failed to advance in eight straight rounds, since beating Oakland in five games in the AL division series in 2002.

Minnesota broke the record for consecutive postseason losses in major North American sports – the Twins had been tied with the Chicago Blackhawks, who dropped 16 straight in the NHL playoffs from 1975-79.

The Astros lost their previous postseason game – that was Game 7 of the World Series last year, at home to Houston.

After defending their AL Central title, ranking fourth in MLB in team ERA (3.58) and going 24-7 at Target Field for the best home record in baseball, the No. 3 seed Twins (36-24) were certainly well-positioned to finally taste some postseason success against the No. 6 seed Astros (29-31).

The outlook was good until the seventh, when reliever Tyler Duffey – a native of the Houston suburbs and product of Rice University – allowed three consecutive two-out singles. The second one by Martin Maldonado was a sharp chopper that chewed up third baseman Marwin Gonzalez, one of the catalysts of the 2017 World Series title for the Astros. Then Josh Reddick tied the game with a clean hit to center.

The military jet flyover during the national anthem and the crisp 58-degree temperature at first pitch were about the only signs of normality for this playoff game, with no tickets available due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There were, at least, about 200 team staff scattered throughout the second deck and roughly two dozen family members on hand to clap and cheer.

The Astros, who went 9-23 on the road this season for the third-worst mark in the major leagues, started their franchise record fourth straight postseason appearance in far different fashion than their previous three, for reasons well beyond the pandemic format. After becoming the scourge of baseball when their sign-stealing system was revealed this winter, they turned to the 71-year-old Baker, who took his fifth different team to the postseason.

Maeda turned in five shutout innings for the Twins, his longest career appearance in the playoffs after being limited to the bullpen in the postseason by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last three years.

Maeda left with a 1-0 lead, after 40-year-old designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double in the third inning off the 17-year veteran Greinke that scored Max Kepler from first base with a head-first slide into home plate. The Twins, missing slugger Josh Donaldson for the series due to a nagging calf injury, failed to take full advantage of Greinke’s lack of fastball command by leaving the bases loaded with one out in the first.

Greinke was pulled after four innings, then put on a mask and took a seat in the front row behind Houston’s dugout.

 

YANKEES DOMINATE INDIANS

On a night for debates, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made quite an opening statement.

Shane Bieber had no rebuttal.

Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber’s fourth pitch, Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut and the Yankees opened their AL wild-card series with a resounding 12-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Just a few miles from where President Donald Trump and campaign opponent Joe Biden made their cases to the nation in their presidential debate, the Yankees teed off against Bieber, who was baseball’s best pitcher during the condensed regular season but ineffective in his playoff debut.

Judge and the rest of New York’s hitters hadn’t faced Bieber in 2020, but they were well prepared and took some meaty cuts against the 25-year-old ace, who gave up season highs in runs (seven) and hits (nine) over 4 2/3 innings – his shortest stint since June 9 last season against the Yankees.

“The first inning didn’t go as planned,” Bieber said. “I wish I would have been with my off-speed stuff in the zone, and challenged those guys a little more. I forced myself into some bad situations and some bad counts on top of not having my best stuff and making mistakes.

“No excuses. It was not good.”

The best-of-three series continues Wednesday night with Carlos Carrasco trying to save Cleveland’s season against Masahiro Tanaka.

When Bieber’s final pitch clanged loudly off the empty left-field bleachers on a two-run homer by Gleyber Torres in the fifth, the Yankees were up 7-2 and had delivered a boisterous postseason message to the rest of baseball: Don’t forget us.

“We scored quite a few runs,” said Brett Gardner, who hit a two-run homer in the seventh and drove in three. “I don’t think you ever expect that against a pitcher the caliber of Shane Bieber. Hopefully that’s a sign of more good things to come.”

After giving up Torres’ homer, Bieber handed the ball to acting Indians manager Sandy Alomar Jr. and walked slowly toward Cleveland’s dugout, seemingly carrying all of the city’s hopes for a long run with him. The Indians have lost seven straight playoff games.

Staked to an early lead on Judge’s homer, Cole showed why the Yankees shelled out $324 million for him in the offseason. The right-hander gave up two runs – including Josh Naylor’s homer – and six hits without a walk in seven innings.

Naylor, who came over in the deadline trade from San Diego, went 4 for 4 and became the first player with three extra-base hits in his postseason debut.

Cole’s strikeouts were the second-most by a New York pitcher in postseason history. Roger Clemens fanned 15 in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS. Cole also became the first pitcher to strike out at least 12 in three postseason games.

“We needed to set the tone for the series,” Cole said. “I’m obviously very thankful and humbled to be able to take the ball and be in this position. To be able to deliver feels really good.”

Giancarlo Stanton added a solo shot in the ninth for the Yankees, who didn’t even have to warm up their top relievers – keeping Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino fresh for Game 2.

Judge’s first homer since coming off the injured list on Sept. 16 – and the first allowed by Bieber at home this season – gave the Yankees a stunning 2-0 lead.

“We had a big, long hitter’s meeting about all sticking to the same plan and just trying to work counts, get pitches to drive and I think, as a whole, we did that,” Judge said. “That’s when this team is dangerous, when we go out there and we can just grind out at-bats.

“Any mistakes that are thrown up there, we hammer them.”

 

RAYS BEAT JAYS IN OPENER

Beyond ace lefty Blake Snell, the small-market Tampa Bay Rays are light on household names.

On the postseason stage, the American League’s No. 1 seed showed just where all that dominance is coming from.

“Tonight was a pretty good representation of the Tampa Bay Rays – our players, how we go about winning games,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We found success being really good in tight games. Pitching, the defense, and timely hits are the reasons for it.”

With Snell taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, shortstop Willy Adames making splashy defensive plays and Manuel Margot delivering a two-run homer, the AL East champions opened the playoffs Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays will try to advance in the best-of-three wild-card matchup Game 2 at Tropicana Field, where seats will be empty with the exceptions family and friends from both teams.

“I think the biggest thing is not to press, not to really panic. That’s probably the worst thing we can do as a team,” Blue Jays third baseman Cavan Biggio said.

“It’s a bigger stage right now and not a lot of our guys have really played in the playoffs before,” the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio added, “but I think we learned from this one today.”

Snell allowed just two baserunners until Alejandro Kirk singled leading off the sixth. The 27-year-old lefty retired the next two batters, but Cash didn’t give him a chance to finish the inning.

Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks followed the starter, limiting the Blue Jays to two singles, two doubles and Bo Bichette’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly the rest of the way.

Fairbanks closed for his first save of the season as Cash kept taking a fresh and innovative approach to using his pitching staff.

Snell yielded one hit, walked two and struck out nine, tying a Rays postseason record.

“I’m getting into a groove. It usually takes me a little while to get going anyway,” Snell said. “It’s been two months but I usually start slow. I’m starting to get the hang of it, starting to feel it. The playoff energy always gets me a lot more excited, for sure.”

Toronto reliever Robbie Ray took the loss, giving up one run and one hit in three innings. Margot hit his homer to left-center field off A.J. Cole to push Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning.

The wild-card Blue Jays broke through in the eighth against Anderson, didn’t allow a run in 18 of 19 regular season appearances.

Rowdy Tellez’s pinch-hit single gave Toronto a spark. Biggio followed with a double before Bichette delivered his sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.

Anderson avoided further damage when Adames made a nice play to snare Randal Grichuk’s liner to end the inning.

Fairbanks worked a scoreless ninth to became the 13th different pitcher to earn a save for the Rays this season.

The Rays are back in the playoffs after beating Oakland in last year’s AL wild-card game and losing to Houston in the divisional round.

With a league-best 40-20 record, they captured their first division in 10 years. Tampa Bay also won six of 10 meetings against Toronto despite being outscored 48-44 and outhomered 17-11 during the regular season series.

Snell has only had modest success against the Blue Jays during his career, but the young division rivals had no answers for the lefty Tuesday until Kirk singled through the hole between first and second base with Castillo already warming up in the Rays bullpen.

The Rays starter walked Grichuk with two outs in the first before fanning Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Teoscar Hernandez drew a one-out walk before being erased on an inning-ending double play that got Snell through the fifth.

“The moment he was throwing all of his pitches for strikes, it was going to be tough for our hitters. He’s pretty good,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, who served on Cash’s staff with the Rays from 2015-18.

“I’m not really defending our hitters. We did chase a lot. That’s why we struck out nine times against Snell,” Montoyo said. “But I do know when he’s on, that’s what hitters usually do, and I could tell he was on. … I could tell that from the beginning.”

Matt Shoemaker, who missed a month of the regular season with a right shoulder injury, started and worked three scoreless innings for the Blue Jays.

Randy Arozarena led off the fourth with a triple off Ray, and scored when a wild pitch on a walk to Adames got past catcher Danny Jansen.

 

GURRIEL TO TAKE PAY CUT

First baseman Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2022 that guarantees $7 million, a cut of nearly 20% from his 2020 deal.

The agreement was announced hours before the defending AL champions started their first-round playoff matchup against at Minnesota on Tuesday, an odd time to reach a contract for a future season.

Gurriel’s 2020 contract called for an $8.3 million salary and wound up being worth $3,074,074 prorated.

His new deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2021 and an $8 million club option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. Gurriel can earn $2 million in performance bonuses each year based on plate appearances: $250,000 each for 300 and 350 $350,000 apiece for 400 and 450 and $400,000 each for 500 and 550.

He also would get $50,000 for becoming an All-Star, $50,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $100,000 for Word Series MVP, $200,000 for league MVP, $100,000 for second and $50,000 for third. There is a $50,000 bonus for Gold Glove and another $50,000 for Silver slugger.

Gurriel would have been eligible for free agency under a provision in his 2020 contract, even though he does not have the six years of major league service usually required. His new deal includes the same provision.

He hit .232 with six homers, 12 and 22 RBIs in 57 games during the pandemic-shortened season, down from a career-best .298 with 31 homers and 104 RBIs in 2019. He helped Houston reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

In five seasons in Houston that followed a stellar career in Cuba, the 36-year-old has hit .287 with 71 homers and 301 RBIs.

 

TITANS AND VIKINGS TEST POSITIVE

The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4.

The outbreak threatened to jeopardize the Titans’ game this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers and posed the first significant in-season test to the league’s coronavirus protocols.

The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities Tuesday following the Titans’ test results. The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis last weekend.

“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the league said.

A person familiar with situation told The Associated Press the eight test results were all confirmed positives, making this the first outbreak since the season began on Sept 10. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of health privacy regulations.

The Titans placed defensive captain and lineman DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and a member of their practice squad, tight end Tommy Hudson, on the Reserve-COVID-19 list on Tuesday afternoon.

The Vikings released a statement saying they had not received any positive results from their testing after Sunday’s game against the Titans and followed NFL protocol by closing their facility immediately. They will remain closed at least through Wednesday. They also scheduled a video conference call for Wednesday morning with GM Rick Spielman and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, who is in charge of the team’s COVID-19 protocols.

Minnesota is scheduled to visit Houston (0-3) on Sunday.

The Titans (3-0) are scheduled to host the Steelers (3-0) on Sunday in a matchup of two of the league’s seven remaining undefeated teams. With the Titans unable to practice until Saturday at the earliest, when that game might be played is unknown.

“I just wanna play,” Titans starting left guard Rodger Saffold tweeted.

 

RAIDERS PLAYERS AT EVENT WITHOUT MASKS

Several Las Vegas Raiders players attended a charity event held by teammate Darren Waller that violated Nevada rules for the coronavirus pandemic and might have broken NFL regulations.

The Darren Waller Foundation held a fundraising event at the DragonRidge Country Club in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson on Monday night. The money being raised was intended to help young people overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Players were seen on video without masks during the indoor event while talking and mingling with guests, who also weren’t wearing masks.

The City of Henderson fined the country club $2,000 on Tuesday for four violations of the Nevada governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives, including people not wearing masks and more than 50 people at the event. The club has 30 days to pay the fine or dispute it.

Among the players in attendance were quarterbacks Derek Carr and Nathan Peterman, tight ends Jason Witten, Foster Moreau and Derek Carrier, receiver Zay Jones, cornerback Nevin Lawson, and Waller.

Rules from the NFL and NFLPA limit what players are allowed to do away from team facilities this season to try to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Players are banned from attending any event that “violates local and state restrictions.”

“We obviously take responsibility for this,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “You don’t like seeing this. I don’t know that it’s actually been built into our memories that you have to wear a mask. Our organization takes it very seriously.”

The NFL and a representative from Waller’s foundation didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The event came the night before the NFL announced that the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings had to suspend in-person activities because three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus following a game between the teams on Sunday.

This is the latest possible infraction of the COVID-19 protocols by the Raiders early this season. A person familiar with the punishments said coach Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 and the team fined $250,000 because he failed to wear his mask properly on the sideline during a Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league hadn’t made any announcement.

The team is also being investigated for allowing an unauthorized team employee in the locker room after the Saints game.

Gruden also said after the Saints game that he had the coronavirus in July and stressed that the team is taking it seriously.

 

BRONCOS TO START RYPIEN THIS WEEK

Brett Rypien kept his head up when he went undrafted out of Boise State. He didn’t get discouraged when he twice got cut by the Denver Broncos.

He didn’t flinch when the Broncos valued Brandon Allen over him last year to serve as a backup to Joe Flacco and then Drew Lock.

Rypien’s determination didn’t waver when the Broncos signed Jeff Driskel last offseason or Blake Bortles last week.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say discouraged, no,” Rypien said after being named the starter for the Broncos’ game against the New York Jets on Thursday night in a matchup of reeling 0-3 teams. “I’ve always just tried to take the mentality of get better every single day.”

Helping him with that perseverance was his uncle, former Washington QB Mark Rypien.

“He sat his first two years on IR, so having some conversations with him about (how) he overcame adversity throughout his first two years and then being able to win a Super Bowl and be a starter for a few years” helped him learn how to cope and bide his time, Rypien said. “So, I definitely don’t think I ever lost hope or was discouraged. I just tried to get better.”

Coach Vic Fangio accidentally declared Rypien’s 57-year-old uncle the starter over Driskel on Tuesday.

“Yeah, we’re going to start Mark — I mean Brett — I keeping calling him Mark at times because of his uncle,” Fangio said. “But we’re going to go with Brett; but we do have the ability to mix Jeff in there some in the game if we feel like we need to.”

Driskel played admirably after replacing an injured Lock (shoulder) in Denver’s 26-21 loss at Pittsburgh two weeks ago, although he froze and took the sack on fourth down at the Steelers’ 15-yard line in the waning minutes.

Driskel started last week against the Buccaneers but was limited to 176 yards and was sacked five times and intercepted once in Denver’s 28-10 loss.

 

DENNARD OUT THREE WEEKS

The Atlanta Falcons have placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on the reserve/injured list with a hamstring injury.

The loss of Dennard for at least three games deals another blow to the Falcons’ depleted secondary.

The Falcons were missing two starting defensive backs, safety Ricardo Allen (elbow) and rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell, their top draft pick, in Sunday’s loss to Chicago. The team announced Saturday that Terrell has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Kendall Sheffield, another cornerback who is a key member of the rotation, missed his second straight game with a foot injury.

The Falcons signed defensive end Austin Edwards to the practice squad and released linebacker Deone Bucannon and cornerback D.J. White from the team’s practice squad.

Dennard had 16 tackles and one interception for the Falcons (0-3). He was signed as a free agent in August.

Edwards spent training camp, the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season on Atlanta’s practice squad.

 

BRONCOS VS. JETS THURSDAY

Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 1 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network), as the Denver Broncos travel across the country to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets in a matchup of teams seeking their first victory. It will mark the 37th meeting between the two clubs, with the Broncos holding the all-time series advantage, 19-16-1. The Jets won the last meeting, 34-16, in Week 5 of the 2018 season.

Last week, Denver quarterback JEFF DRISKEL made his first start of the season, passing for 176 yards and a touchdown. He aims for his fourth in a row on the road with at least 200 passing yards and a touchdown pass. Running back MELVIN GORDON had 128 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 47 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in his only career game against the Jets (Dec. 24, 2017, with the Chargers). In his past five games against the AFC East, Gordon has seven touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving). In two career games on Thursday Night Football, Gordon has 227 scrimmage yards (113.5 per game) and a rushing touchdown. Rookie wide receiver JERRY JEUDY – the No. 15 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft – led the team with 55 receiving yards in Week 3 and leads all AFC rookies with 13 catches and 173 receiving yards this season. Defensive end SHELBY HARRIS recorded his first two sacks of the season last week. Linebacker BRADLEY CHUBB had two sacks and a forced fumble in his only career game on Thursday Night Football (Oct. 18, 2018, against Arizona).

In the teams’ 2018 meeting, New York quarterback SAM DARNOLD had three touchdown passes and a 98.1 rating. In two career games against the AFC West, Darnold has six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and a 117.5 rating. He has a rating of 90 or higher in four of his past five home games. Running back FRANK GORE led the team with 57 rushing yards in Week 3. In seven career games against Denver, Gore has 628 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). He ranks third in NFL history with 15,491 rushing yards and fourth with 19,392 scrimmage yards. Wide receiver BRAXTON BERRIOS had a team-high 64 receiving yards and a touchdown reception last week and aims for his third in a row with at least 50 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Safety BRADLEY MCDOUGALD led the team with a season-high 10 tackles in Week 3. In his last game against Denver (Sept. 9, 2018, with Seattle), McDougald had a career-high two interceptions. Safety MARCUS MAYE had an interception and a forced fumble in the teams’ last meeting.

Thursday’s contest marks the third of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.

WEEK 4 // THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 19-16-1 STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4 LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Broncos 16 at Jets 34 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/18

DENVER NOTES:

QB JEFF DRISKEL completed 17 of 30 passes (56.7 pct.) for 176 yards & TD vs. INT in 1st start of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 200+ pass yards & TD pass. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 128 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 47 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. NYJ (12/24/17 with LAC). Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 vs. AFC East. Has 110+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 5 on road. Has 227 scrimmage yards (113.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games on TNF. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 81 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 20 rec.) in last meeting. RB ROYCE FREEMAN aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with rush TD. • WR JERRY JEUDY (rookie) had career-high 5 catches for team high 55 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Leads AFC rookies in catches (13) & rec. yards (173) this season. WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for 43 yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. TE NOAH FANT had 5 catches for 46 yards in Week 3. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Has 7 PD & 3 INTs in his past 4 on road. S KAREEM JACKSON aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with PD. Has 5 PD in his past 3 on road. LB BRADLEY CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Had 2 sacks & FF in only career game on TNF (10/18/18 vs. Az.). LB ANTHONY CHICKILLO had PD in season debut last week. DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2 sacks & PD last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East.

JETS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD completed 17 of 29 passes (58.6 pct.) for 168 yards & TD & rushed for season-high 20 yards last week. Passed for 3 TDs & 98.1 rating in last meeting. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) & 117.5 rating in 2 career games vs. AFC West. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 at home. • RB FRANK GORE led team with 57 rush yards last week. Has 628 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) in 7 career games vs. Den. Ranks 3rd in NFL history with 15,491 career rush yards & 4th with 19,392 scrimmage yards. RB KALEN BALLAGE had team-high 5 catches for 44 yards in Week 3. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOIS had 4 catches for team-high 64 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR CHRIS HOGAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 60+ rec. yards. TE CHRIS HERNDON has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 5 at home. TE RYAN GRIFFIN tied career-high with 8 catches in his last game on TNF (9/22/16 vs. NE with Hou.). • S BRADLEY MCDOUGALD led team with season-high 10 tackles last week, his 5th-career game with 10+ tackles. Had career high 2 INTs in his last game vs. Den. (9/9/18 with Sea.). Has PD in 2 of his past 4 on TNF. S MARCUS MAYE aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had INT & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. CB PIERRE DESIR aims for his 3rd in row with PD. LB JORDAN JENKINS has sack & FF in 2 of 3 career games on TNF. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting. DT STEVE MCLENDON has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Den.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (Den), 83 (NYJ) | XM: 226 (Den), 225 (NYJ)

 

NFL WEEK FOUR PREVIEW:

As the NFL enters October and closes the first quarter of the 2020 season, teams are scoring points and touchdowns at unprecedented levels. Translation: NFL teams are never out of games.

Last week, three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win: the CHICAGO BEARS (16 points), PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11 points) and TENNESSEE TITANS (12 points). In 10 of 48 games this season, a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, tied with the 1987 season (10) for the second-most such games through the first three weeks in NFL history. Only the 2011 season (11) had more.

In 18 games this season, teams have come back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter. And on three occasions, a team has come back to win after trailing by at least 17 points at any point. That’s one game per week on average. So, looking ahead to Week 4, in which game will a team erase a deficit of at least 17 points? Stay tuned.

STRATOSPHERE-LEVEL SCORING: Through the first three weeks, NFL teams have combined to score 281 total touchdowns, 273 offensive touchdowns (passing and rushing combined) and 2,446 total points, all the most in NFL history through Week 3.

Five of those 281 touchdowns belong to AARON JONES, who has helped the GREEN BAY PACKERS (40.7 points per game) establish the NFL’s most prolific offense through three weeks. Five other teams are averaging at least 30 points per game: the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (37.0), BUFFALO BILLS (31.0), BALTIMORE RAVENS (30.3), KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (30.3) and ATLANTA FALCONS (30.0).

Two of those clubs meet on Monday Night Football in Week 4 when the Falcons travel to Green Bay (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

Buffalo, meanwhile, faces an early season road test Sunday at Las Vegas (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN, the first player with at least 10 touchdown passes (10) and two rushing touchdowns (two) in his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, has Buffalo off to a 3-0 start for a second straight season. With a win this week, the Bills will be 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

In Seattle, RUSSELL WILSON leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes in 2020 and surpassed PATRICK MAHOMES (13 in 2018) for the most by a player through his team’s first three games of a season in league annals. The Seahawks – winners of nine consecutive games in the Eastern Time Zone – head to Miami this week to face the Dolphins Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Wilson needs three touchdown passes against the Dolphins to surpass Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (16 in 2013) for the most touchdown passes through a team’s first four games of a season in NFL history.

Points don’t go on the board – and more importantly, teams don’t win games – without clutch kicking. Tennessee kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI connected on a 55-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a 31-30 win at Minnesota in Week 3. Gostkowski, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 25 seconds remaining in Week 1 and a 49-yard game-winning field goal with 1:36 remaining in Week 2, is the first kicker to convert a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team’s first three games of a season since the 1970 merger.

AFC UNBEATENS SQUARE OFF IN NASHVILLE: Gostkowski’s TENNESSEE TITANS (3-0) host the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-0) in another AFC Showdown this week (1:00 PM ET Sunday, CBS). Last year’s Comeback Player of the Year RYAN TANNEHILL meets potential 2020 Comeback Player of the Year candidate BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who can help the Steelers match the best start in franchise history and give Pittsburgh its first 4-0 record since 1979. In fact, the Steelers have followed up each of their last two 4-0 starts – 1978 and 1979 – with Super Bowl victories. Pittsburgh also began 4-0 in 1973. The Titans bid for a 4-0 start for only the second time in franchise history (2008).

Don’t underestimate the importance of any early season intraconference game. The NFL shifted this season to a 14-team playoff format, with an extra Wild Card berth in each conference. Prior to 2020, there were two first-round byes in each conference. Now, there’s only one.

ON IN OCTOBER: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, who travel to Detroit and meet the Lions on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), have won 12 consecutive games in the month of October. The last time they lost a game in the month was Week 7 of the 2016 season (Oct. 23, 2016).

  • The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who visit the Chiefs in an AFC showdown Sunday (4:25 PM, CBS), also carry a 12-game October winning streak into Week 4. Since the NFL merged with the American Football League in 1970, only three other teams have had October winning streaks longer than 12 games.

The NFL’s longest October winning streaks since 1970:

TEAM STREAK SEASONS
Denver Broncos 14 1983-86
Miami Dolphins 14 1971-74
Indianapolis Colts 13 2005-08
New England Patriots 12* 2017-present
New Orleans Saints 12* 2016-present
Dallas Cowboys 12 1992-94
*Active streak    

BELICHICK VS. REID, EPISODE XI: When the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS meet the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), two of the top six winningest coaches in NFL history will be on opposite sidelines. New England’s BILL BELICHICK and Kansas City’s ANDY REID rank third and sixth, respectively, on the league’s all-time wins list, including postseason.

The coaches with the most wins in league history, including postseason:

Rk Coach Team(s) Yrs Won Lost Tied Pct
1 Don ShulaHOF Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins 33 347 173 6 .666
2 George HalasHOF Chicago Bears 40 324 151 31 .682
3 Bill Belichick Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots 26 306 140 0 .686
4 Tom LandryHOF Dallas Cowboys 29 270 178 6 .603
5 Curly LambeauHOF Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins 33 229 134 22 .631
6 Andy Reid Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs 22 225 142 1 .613

 

Belichick and Reid first met on Sept. 14, 2003, when the Patriots defeated the Eagles, 31-10, at Lincoln Financial Field.

  • While Belichick owns a 7-3 advantage in the head-to-head series, including a 24-21 win over Reid’s Eagles in Super Bowl XXIX, Reid has won three of the six meetings since taking the reins of the Chiefs.
  • In their last meeting (Week 14, 2019), Kansas City secured a 23-16 victory at New England en route to a Super Bowl LIV title.
  • In recent memory, Belichick has narrowly defeated Reid’s Chiefs in two postseason thrillers, a 27-20 win in the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs and a 37-31 overtime triumph in the 2018 AFC Championship game, before New England won Super Bowl LIII.
  • Within the exclusive company of the six coaches who’ve won the most games in NFL history, only Pro Football Hall of Famers GEORGE HALAS and CURLY LAMBEAU (49) have more meetings than Belichick and Reid (10).

The most head-to-head meetings among the six coaches with the most wins in league history, including postseason:

HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUP RESULTS MEETINGS
George HalasHOF vs. Curly LambeauHOF Halas led, 30-16-3 (1921-53) 49
Bill Belichick vs. Andy Reid Belichick leads, 7-3-0 (2003-present) 10
Don ShulaHOF vs. George HalasHOF Shula led, 5-4-0 (1963-67) 9
Don ShulaHOF vs. Tom LandryHOF Shula led, 5-3-0 (1967-87) 8
George HalasHOF vs. Tom LandryHOF Halas led, 2-1-0 (1960-64) 3
Don ShulaHOF vs. Bill Belichick Shula led, 2-0-0 (1992-93) 2

 

BELTWAY GAME ON TAP THIS WEEKEND: The BALTIMORE RAVENS this week make the 45-mile trek to FedExField for a Sunday matchup with the WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • NFL franchises from the two cities have been meeting since 1953, when the Baltimore Colts secured a 27-17 win over Washington at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
  • In each of the two seasons the Ravens have won the Super Bowl (2000 and 2012), one of their losses was in Washington. On Dec. 9, 2012, Baltimore lost at Washington, 31-28 in overtime, before defeating San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. Twelve years earlier, on Oct. 15, 2000, Baltimore lost at Washington, 10-3, before defeating the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
  • Baltimore’s JOHN HARBAUGH (130) and Washington’s RON RIVERA (80) are two of nine active head coaches with 80-or-more career victories. Each coach is a former assistant under ANDY REID.

WEEK 4 NFL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4-5

(All times Eastern)

 

Thursday, October 1 Sunday, October 4 (cont’d)
Denver at New York Jets, 8:20 PM (NFLN) Los Angeles Chargers at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM (CBS)
  Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Sunday, October 4 Baltimore at Washington, 1:00 PM (CBS)
Arizona at Carolina, 1:00 PM (FOX) New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 PM (FOX)
Indianapolis at Chicago, 1:00 PM (CBS) New England at Kansas City, 4:25 PM (CBS)
Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM (CBS) Buffalo at Las Vegas, 4:25 PM (CBS)
Cleveland at Dallas, 1:00 PM (FOX) Philadelphia at San Francisco, 8:20 PM (NBC)
New Orleans at Detroit, 1:00 PM (FOX)  
Minnesota at Houston, 1:00 PM (FOX) Monday, October 5
Seattle at Miami, 1:00 PM (FOX) Atlanta at Green Bay, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

 

 19 BUFFALO PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE

The University at Buffalo says 25 athletes, including 19 football players, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Athletic director Mark Alnutt says five members of the women’s volleyball team and one women’s soccer player also tested positive. Alnutt says the athletes have been placed in isolation and are doing well.

All three teams have suspended activities through at least Monday.

The spike in cases at Buffalo comes after an athlete reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which led to the school testing 322 players.

Previously, Buffalo had only eight athletes test positive from more than 1,300 tests conducted from June 12 to Sept. 20.

The suspension of football practice comes five days after the Mid-American Conference agreed to play a six-game schedule, starting on Nov. 4.

 

DJOKOVIC OPENS WITH WIN

Novak Djokovic’s backhand clipped the net and landed wide, so he shook his head. That was it.

Later, a too-soft drop shot found the white tape and bounced back on his own side, finally ceding a game in a dominant debut performance at the 2020 French Open. Djokovic simply bowed and walked to the sideline.

And when he flubbed yet another drop shot – he kept using them on the slow red clay during a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 win over 80th-ranked Mikael Ymer – and got broken Tuesday, Djokovic pulled an extra tennis ball out of his pocket and merely gave it a gentle tap with his racket strings.

The ball landed right behind him, safely in the middle of the court.

Playing his first Grand Slam match since his U.S. Open disqualification for smacking a ball after dropping a game and accidentally striking a line judge in throat, Djokovic never really gave himself reason for histrionics or shouts of dismay or displays of anger. Sure, there was some eye-rolling and one sarcastic kiss directed at one of the few fans on hand under the roof at Court Philippe Chatrier.

But otherwise, what was there for Djokovic to be disturbed about?

“I just felt very suffocated out there. It’s just corner, corner; very, very rarely miss. His position is unreal in the court,” Ymer explained.

“You know how the snake kills its prey?” Ymer said, pantomiming a boa constrictor’s attack by bringing his arms around and putting his hands together. “That’s a little bit how I felt being out there.”

Ymer said he didn’t pay any attention to Djokovic’s mood or energy.

And Djokovic, for his part, said that what happened in Flushing Meadows was of no concern to him, either, as he began his pursuit of a second title at Roland Garros and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall.

“I have not had any traces of New York in my mind. I’m over it. Honestly forgot about it. I’m not thinking about it,” the No. 1 seed said after improving to 32-1 in 2020, the only blemish being that fourth-round default this month.

“Winning a 6-love first set is the best possible way to start a Grand Slam,” he said. “This is exactly what my intentions will be – trying to get off the blocks very strong, with a good intensity, obviously, because players in the early rounds have nothing to lose.”

Maybe that’s why 17-year-old Clara Tauson of Denmark was able to earn her first tour-level win by knocking off U.S. Open semifinalist and No. 21 seed Jennifer Brady 6-4, 3-6, 9-7.

Or why No. 19 Alison Riske and No. 26 Donna Vekic also lost.

With Dominic Thiem, the U.S. Open champion and two-time French Open runner-up, watching from the stands in a black winter coat, Djokovic broke Ymer nine times and ended up with a 32-12 edge in total winners.

And when Djokovic did have a rare misstep, dropping a service game to make it 2-all in the second set, he responded in a constructive way: improving his play.

Eighteen minutes and four near-perfect games later, the set belonged to him.

“The way he’s playing,” observed Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, “he’s unbeatable.”

She found herself in quite a tussle but got through it, struggling a bit when a rain delay interrupting things after the first set, but emerging with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against 125th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova.

“Just relieved,” the fourth-seded Kenin said.

 

IU EAST’S SHIRLEY COLLECTS RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK AWARD

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East freshman Reece Shirley nabbed River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for her performance Sept. 21-27.

The 5-10 native of Michigan City, Ind., amassed 64 assists, 18 digs and 10 kills during two RSC road wins over the weekend. She averaged 10.67 assists, 3.00 digs and 1.67 kills per set as the Red Wolves earned sweeps at Point Park (Pa.) and Carlow (Pa.).

She started out with 28 assists, six digs, five kills and four aces at Point Park. Shirley then posted 36 assists, 12 digs and five kills at Carlow.  Shirley hit .381 on the weekend.

IU East is 3-0 overall, 2-0 RSC and will play at Ohio Christian on Sept. 29.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 93 77 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 3 W
New England Patriots 2 1 0 .667 1.0 87 66 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Miami Dolphins 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 65 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
New York Jets 0 3 0 .000 3.0 37 94 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 3 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 91 60 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Las Vegas Raiders 2 1 0 .667 1.0 88 90 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Los Angeles Chargers 1 2 0 .333 2.0 52 57 0-2-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Denver Broncos 0 3 0 .000 3.0 45 70 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 3 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 58 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 3 W
Baltimore Ravens 2 1 0 .667 1.0 91 56 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Cleveland Browns 2 1 0 .667 1.0 75 88 2-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 1 .167 2.5 66 74 0-1-0 0-1-1 0-2-0 0-1-0 1 T
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 74 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Indianapolis Colts 2 1 0 .667 1.0 84 45 2-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 84 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 2 L
Houston Texans 0 3 0 .000 3.0 57 95 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 3 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Washington Football Team 1 2 0 .333 0.0 62 81 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 2 L
Dallas Cowboys 1 2 0 .333 0.0 88 97 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 1 L
Philadelphia Eagles 0 2 1 .167 0.5 59 87 0-1-1 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 1 T
New York Giants 0 3 0 .000 1.0 38 79 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 3 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Seattle Seahawks 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 111 86 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 3 W
Arizona Cardinals 2 1 0 .667 1.0 77 61 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Los Angeles Rams 2 1 0 .667 1.0 89 71 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
San Francisco 49ers 2 1 0 .667 1.0 87 46 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 W
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 122 85 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 3 W
Chicago Bears 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 74 62 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Detroit Lions 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 92 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 0 3 0 .000 3.0 75 102 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 3 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 1 0 .667 0.0 82 61 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
New Orleans Saints 1 2 0 .333 1.0 88 94 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 2 L
Carolina Panthers 1 2 0 .333 1.0 68 81 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 3 0 .000 2.0 90 108 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 3 L