INDIANA STATE BASEBALL FINALS
Monday, June 21
Class A | Washington Township (26-7) vs. Shakamak (19-9) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 2A | Eastside (26-6) vs. Providence (22-7) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
Tuesday, June 22
Class 3A | Hanover Central (29-3-1) vs. Southridge (25-7) | 5 pm ET / 4 pm CT
Class 4A | Fishers (23-12) vs. Jasper (30-2) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
*ALL GAMES BROADCAST ON INDIANASRN.ORG
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 19
Game 1: Stanford vs. NC State | 2 p.m. ET | ESPN
Game 2: Vanderbilt vs. Arizona | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Sunday, June 20
Game 3: Tennessee vs. Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 4: Texas vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Monday, June 21
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Tuesday, June 22
Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Wednesday, June 23
Game 9: 7 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, June 24
Game 10: 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Friday, June 25
Game 11: 2 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 12: 7 p.m. | ESPN
Saturday, June 26
Game 13: 2 p.m. | ESPN (if necessary)
Game 14: 7 p.m. | ESPN2 (if necessary)
CWS Finals (Best-of-3 series)
Game 1: 7 p.m. | Monday, June 28 | ESPN2
Game 2: 7 p.m. | Tuesday, June 29 | ESPN
Game 3: 7 p.m. | Wednesday, June 30 | ESPN2 (if necessary)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
|Chi White Sox||2||Final|
US OPEN LEADERBOARD
|Jun. 17-20, Torrey Pines Golf Club – South, La Jolla, California|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Russell Henley||67||-4 (67)||F|
|3t||Francesco Molinari||68||-3 (68)||F|
|3t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||68||-3 (68)||F|
|5t||Brooks Koepka||69||-2 (69)||F|
|5t||Xander Schauffele||69||-2 (69)||F|
|5t||Hayden Buckley||69||-2 (69)||F|
|5t||Hideki Matsuyama||69||-2 (69)||F|
|5t||Jon Rahm||69||-2 (69)||F|
|11t||Edoardo Molinari||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Fabian Gomez||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Patrick Rodgers||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Matthew Wolff||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Tyrrell Hatton||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Adam Hadwin||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Taylor Montgomery||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Richard Bland||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Adam Scott||70||-1 (70)||F|
|11t||Rory McIlroy||70||-1 (70)||F|
|24t||Greyson Sigg||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Marcus Armitage||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Guido Migliozzi||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Daniel Berger||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Si Woo Kim||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Andrew Kozan||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Charl Schwartzel||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Robert MacIntyre||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Paul Casey||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Lee Westwood||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Sergio Garcia||71||E (71)||F|
|24t||Dustin Johnson||71||E (71)||F|
|41t||Wilco Nienaber||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Cameron Young||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Harris English||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Tommy Fleetwood||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Brian Harman||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Shane Lowry||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Adrian Meronk||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||J.T. Poston||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Wade Ormsby||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Tom Hoge||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Scottie Scheffler||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Bubba Watson||72||+1 (72)||F|
|41t||Patrick Reed||72||+1 (72)||F|
|61t||Pierceson Coody||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Mackenzie Hughes||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Justin Thomas||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Kevin Kisner||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Matt Kuchar||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Abraham Ancer||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Jason Kokrak||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Paul Barjon||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Dylan Frittelli||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Akshay Bhatia||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Stewart Cink||73||+2 (73)||F|
|61t||Bryson DeChambeau||73||+2 (73)||F|
|78t||Brad Kennedy||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Chris Baker||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Billy Horschel||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Viktor Hovland||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Gary Woodland||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Tony Finau||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Martin Laird||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Ian Poulter||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Jimmy Walker||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Matt Sharpstene||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Dave Coupland||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Erik van Rooyen||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Matt Wallace||74||+3 (74)||F|
|78t||Marc Leishman||74||+3 (74)||F|
|96t||Jhonattan Vegas||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Collin Morikawa||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Phil Mickelson||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Corey Conners||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Bernd Wiesberger||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Sung Kang||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Taylor Pendrith||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Zach Zaback||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Troy Merritt||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Joaquin Niemann||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Victor Perez||75||+4 (75)||F|
|96t||Will Zalatoris||75||+4 (75)||F|
|110t||Andy Pope||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Sahith Theegala||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Yosuke Asaji||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Henrik Stenson||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Max Homa||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Cameron Champ||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Ryan Palmer||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Roy Cootes||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Davis Shore||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Joe Highsmith||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Chez Reavie||76||+5 (76)||F|
|110t||Garrick Higgo||76||+5 (76)||F|
|129t||J.J. Spaun||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Martin Kaymer||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Ryo Ishikawa||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Kevin Na||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Sam Ryder||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Joe Long||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Luis Fernando Barco||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Mario Carmona||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Wilson Furr||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Hayden Springer||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Eric Cole||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Jordan Smith||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Cole Hammer||77||+6 (77)||F|
|129t||Jordan Spieth||77||+6 (77)||F|
|146t||Robby Shelton||78||+7 (78)||F|
|146t||Dylan Meyer||78||+7 (78)||F|
|146t||Bo Hoag||78||+7 (78)||F|
|146t||Tyler Strafaci||78||+7 (78)||F|
|146t||Justin Rose||78||+7 (78)||F|
|152t||Webb Simpson||79||+8 (79)||F|
|152t||James Hervol||79||+8 (79)||F|
|154t||Thomas Aiken||80||+9 (80)||F|
|154t||Steve Allan||80||+9 (80)||F|
|156||Alvaro Ortiz||82||+11 (82)||F|
|Jun. 17-20, Blythefield Country Club, Belmont, Michigan|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Nasa Hataoka||65||-7 (65)||F|
|1t||Charley Hull||65||-7 (65)||F|
|1t||Leona Maguire||65||-7 (65)||F|
|1t||Lauren Stephenson||65||-7 (65)||F|
|5t||Ariya Jutanugarn||66||-6 (66)||F|
|5t||Min Lee||66||-6 (66)||F|
|7t||Marina Alex||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Chella Choi||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Alison Lee||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Xiyu Lin||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Anna Nordqvist||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Su-Hyun Oh||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Amy Olson||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Sophia Popov||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Gabriela Ruffels||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Sarah Schmelzel||67||-5 (67)||F|
|18t||Brittany Altomare||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Sarah Burnham||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||In Gee Chun||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Lindy Duncan||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Ally Ewing||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Georgia Hall||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Mina Harigae||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Esther Henseleit||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Moriya Jutanugarn||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Megan Khang||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Christina Kim||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Nelly Korda||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Jessica Korda||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Jennifer Kupcho||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Gaby Lopez||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Giulia Molinaro||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Inbee Park||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Madelene Sagstrom||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Lizette Salas||68||-4 (68)||F|
|18t||Lexi Thompson||68||-4 (68)||F|
|38t||Ashleigh Buhai||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Carlota Ciganda||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Austin Ernst||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Dana Finkelstein||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Mi Jung Hur||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Cristie Kerr||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Jin Young Ko||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Jeong Eun Lee||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Esther Lee||69||-3 (69)||F|
|38t||Caroline Masson||69||-3 (69)||F|
|49t||Jennifer Chang||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Na Yeon Choi||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Cydney Clanton||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Laura Davies||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Hannah Green||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Clariss Guce||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Muni He||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Janie Jackson||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Katherine Kirk||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Brittany Lang||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Brittany Lincicome||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Lee Lopez||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Wichanee Meechai||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Mind Muangkhumsakul||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Bianca Pagdanganan||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Gerina Piller||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Alena Sharp||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Klara Spilkova||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Marissa Steen||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Samantha Troyanovich||70||-2 (70)||F|
|49t||Albane Valenzuela||70||-2 (70)||F|
|71t||Dottie Ardina||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Jenny Coleman||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Lauren Coughlin||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Perrine Delacour||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Juli Inkster||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Jiwon Jeon||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||In-Kyung Kim||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Cheyenne Knight||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Lydia Ko||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Min Seo Kwak||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Stacy Lewis||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Ruixin Liu||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Jennifer Song||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Elizabeth Szokol||71||-1 (71)||F|
|71t||Maria Torres||71||-1 (71)||F|
|86t||Dani Holmqvist||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Kyung Kim||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||A Lim Kim||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Jaclyn Lee||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Mirim Lee||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Azahara Munoz||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Elizabeth Nagel||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Benyapa Niphatsophon||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Sung Hyun Park||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Pornanong Phatlum||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Valery Plata||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Linnea Strom||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Jasmine Suwannapura||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Kris Tamulis||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Kelly Tan||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Angel Yin||72||E (72)||F|
|86t||Pavarisa Yoktuan||72||E (72)||F|
|103t||Tiffany Chan||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Paula Creamer||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Daniela Darquea||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Kristen Gillman||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Jillian Hollis||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Tiffany Joh||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Haeji Kang||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Sarah Kemp||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Bronte Law||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Andrea Lee||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Jeongeun Lee||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Mo Martin||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Stephanie Meadow||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Haley Moore||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Annie Park||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Jane Park||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Sarah Jane Smith||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Mariah Stackhouse||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Alana Uriell||73||+1 (73)||F|
|103t||Lindsey Weaver||73||+1 (73)||F|
|123t||Ana Belac||74||+2 (74)||F|
|123t||Brianna Do||74||+2 (74)||F|
|123t||Ryann O’Toole||74||+2 (74)||F|
|123t||Luna Sobron||74||+2 (74)||F|
|123t||Ayako Uehara||74||+2 (74)||F|
|128t||Maria Fassi||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Julieta Granada||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Brooke Henderson||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Caroline Inglis||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Pernilla Lindberg||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Louise Ridderstrom||75||+3 (75)||F|
|128t||Jing Yan||75||+3 (75)||F|
|135t||Jaye Marie Green||76||+4 (76)||F|
|135t||Yealimi Noh||76||+4 (76)||F|
|135t||Paula Reto||76||+4 (76)||F|
|135t||Emma Talley||76||+4 (76)||F|
|135t||Anne van Dam||76||+4 (76)||F|
|140t||Aditi Ashok||77||+5 (77)||F|
|140t||Yani Tseng||77||+5 (77)||F|
|142t||Kristy McPherson||78||+6 (78)||F|
|142t||Maia Schechter||78||+6 (78)||F|
Bucks bounce back to beat Nets 104-89 and force Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks refused to fold under pressure and wouldn’t allow Kevin Durant to produce one more remarkable comeback that could end their second-round playoff series.
Middleton set a career playoff high with 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night to force a decisive seventh game.
Game 7 will be Saturday night in Brooklyn. The home team has won each of the first six games in this series.
“We don’t think about any type of pressure at all,” Middleton said. “It’s a basketball game. It’s as simple as that. I know it’s lose-or-go-home, but at the same time, it’s just basketball. You’ve got to have fun with it. Those moments are fun, you know, when the game’s on the line.”
Milwaukee bounced back two nights after blowing a 17-point lead in a 114-108 Game 5 loss at Brooklyn that featured an epic 49-point, 17-rebound, 10-assist performance from Durant.
The Bucks shot just 7 of 33 from 3-point range but made up for it by outscoring the Nets 26-4 in fast-break points.
“It definitely hurt us,” Nets coach Steve Nash said of the fast-break points. “That’s where they’re really strong. I thought we had some problems getting back in transition. “
Durant occasionally seemed on the verge of leading the Nets back once again Thursday.
He scored 10 straight Nets points during one third-quarter stretch as Brooklyn narrowed a 14-point deficit to five. He sparked a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that got the margin down to five again.
Each time, Middleton responded by making a basket or getting to the free-throw line.
“You know in those moments, he’s going to make the right play,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know that when he feels good, we’ve got to give him the ball.”
Middleton shot 11 of 16 from the floor and 11 of 12 on free-throw attempts and had 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Antetokounmpo shot 12 of 20 and had 17 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Durant had 32 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden added 16 points for Brooklyn but still looked as though he was at far less than full strength in his second game since returning from a hamstring injury.
Harden had left Game 1 in the opening minute with right hamstring tightness and returned in Game 5 but shot 1 of 10 and scored just five points.
“I’m out there to do whatever it takes to win,” Harden said. “I’ve got to be better on both ends of the ball, which I will be in Game 7.”
The Bucks owned a 14-point lead early in the second half before Durant again sparked a third-quarter comeback.
Brooklyn cut Milwaukee’s lead to 72-67 with 1:27 left in the third when Harden made two free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point shot. Middleton restored Milwaukee’s double-digit advantage by scoring the last six points of the third quarter, including a putback at the buzzer.
Milwaukee extended the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter, but Brooklyn stormed back again with 10 straight points, as Joe Harris’ 3-pointer made it 82-77 with 8:41 left. Middleton again responded, drawing a foul on Harris while shooting a 3-pointer and making all three free throws.
“He’s a shot maker,” Durant said. “You see the shot go through the basket, you get more confidence. He made timely shots for them.”
Middleton’s free throws started a 14-0 run that included seven points from Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP capped the spurt by converting an offensive rebound into a dunk with 6:24 left.
That dunk pretty much guaranteed these teams would be meeting again Saturday. Both teams removed their starters with over 4 1/2 minutes remaining. As the Bucks and Nets headed into their respective locker rooms after the final buzzer sounded, a jubilant Fiserv Forum crowd celebrated while the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” played over the loudspeaker.
“As I’ve said all year long, we’re built for this moment, simple as that,” Antetokounmpo said. “Nobody says it’s going to be easy. It might be hard. But we’re capable of doing it.”
Clippers’ Leonard listed as out for Friday’s Game 6 vs. Utah
LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is officially out Friday night for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz, but coach Tyronn Lue did not have any update on if it will be longer.
Leonard sprained his right knee Monday night in a Game 4 win. He traveled with the Clippers to Salt Lake City, Lue said, then returned to Los Angeles for further testing. A sprain, by definition, is a ligament injury, but the Clippers have not said which of the four knee ligaments he injured.
Despite missing Leonard, LA took a 3-2 series lead on Wednesday night with a 119-111 victory behind 37 points from Paul George. The Clippers are 12-9 without their All-Star forward this season, including 1-0 in the playoffs.
Leonard – a two-time NBA Finals MVP – is averaging 30.4 points in the playoffs.
The Clippers will be looking to close out the series and advance to the conference finals for the first time in the franchise’s 51-year history with a win. The Jazz need a victory on Friday to send it back to Salt Lake City for Game 7 on Sunday. The winner faces the Phoenix Suns.
LA was up 3-1 in last year’s series against the Denver Nuggets but were eliminated with three straight losses. Lue said the focus remains on winning Friday night and not dwelling on history.
“I know, like you said, the first time ever getting to the Western Conference finals, of course guys are thinking about that, but I’m focused and my job is just to make sure we’re focused on tomorrow night and that’s it and try to take care of business,” Lue said. “We know it’s going to be a tough game. Their backs are against the wall now, so they’re going to come out and throw punches and do everything they can to try to win that game.”
Friday’s game will also be the first time in 15 months the Clippers can play in front of full capacity at Staples Center after California eased some of its COVID-19 safety measures on Tuesday. LA was allowed to only play to half capacity during its first six home playoff games.
Point scores again, Lightning beat Islanders 2-1 in Game 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) After keeping up his scoring touch to help Tampa Bay get a big road victory its Stanley Cup semifinal series, Brayden Point was especially proud of the Lightning’s defensive effort.
Point got the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Islanders outshot the Lightning 8-5 in a tight third period, but couldn’t tie it. They pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra skater with about 1:48 remaining but couldn’t manage a shot on goal.”
“They had some control late, something to look at,” Point said “We still had guys sacrificing, blocking shots and all that good stuff. We’ll take the win for sure.”
Yanni Gourde also scored to help Tampa Bay improve to 6-1 on the road in the playoffs.
“We kept the game really simple,” Gourde said. “We managed the game for most part of the game and that was the key, especially in the third period. We closed the ice pretty well and we got the puck deep whenever we got the chance. I think that was very important for us.”
Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, and Varlamov finished with 23 saves.
Game 4 is Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, with Game 5 back in Tampa on Monday night.
“Tampa’s good all around,” the Islanders’ Matt Martin said. “They’re the defending Stanley Cup champions and they know what it takes to win. … They know what they have to do in their D zone.”
Both teams had chances in a fast-paced second period. The Islanders had some sustained pressure in the offensive zone midway through, but couldn’t beat Vasilevskiy. The goalie denied a shot by Adam Pelech with 6 minutes to go and Mathew Barzal hit a goalpost seconds later. Vasilevskiy then denied Barzal’s tip try.
“We have to get more pucks, we have to get inside,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We had some chances. Vasilevskiy made a couple of key saves. They didn’t have a lot tonight, I thought we were pretty good defensively as well.”
The Islanders tied it late in the second. Off a scramble for the puck in front of Vasilveskiy, Lightning defenseman Eric Cernak attempted to push the puck into the goalie. Clutterbuk and several players whacked at the puck and it went through Vasilevskiy’s feet and in with 2:22 left.
The Lightning regained the lead just four seconds after their power play expired in the final minute of the second. Point got the rebound of a point shot by Victor Hedman and whipped it in past Varlamov as he was falling to the ice with 18 seconds remaining. It was Point’s 11th of the postseason and extended his goals streak to six games. He has eight goals in the last nine games.
“I didn’t really take a look at it on the replay, but I think I just kind of got knocked down and the puck just kind of got on my stick and I slammed it into the net,” Point said. “I’m not sure how it went in. One of those lucky ones we needed tonight.”
Point’s streak is the longest in the playoffs since Ottawa’s Martin Havlat also scored in six straight in 2006. Claude Lemieux (1997), Joe Sakic (1996), Mario Lemieux (1996), Pat LaFontaine (1992) and Mario Lemieux (1991) are tied for the most in the last 30 years with seven straight.
The Lightning outshot the Islanders 9-7 in the first and got on the scoreboard first midway through the period. Blake Coleman’s shot from the left circle was stopped by Varlamov. Coleman got the rebound and sent a backhand pass across the front of the goal from behind the line, and Gourde knocked it in from the right side for his third of the postseason with 9:55 left.
Henley leads fog-delayed Open as Koepka makes presence felt
SAN DIEGO (AP) Once the fog finally lifted over Torrey Pines, a familiar figure in the U.S. Open was plain to see.
A long Thursday ended in darkness with Russell Henley in the lead and Louis Oosthuizen poised to join him when the fog-delayed opening round wrapped up Friday morning. There were a few surprises, typical of the start at most majors.
And there was Brooks Koepka.
In the U.S. Open, there is always Brooks Koepka.
“Not the best,” he said. “But I’ll definitely take it.”
With a simple plan and solid execution for most any U.S. Open course, Koepka shot 2-under 69 to extend his incredible record. It was his sixth consecutive round in the 60s at the major with a reputation for being golf’s toughest test.
Dating to final round at Oakmont, 11 of his last 14 rounds have been in the 60s in the Open.
“I’ve just got a good game plan, focused, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t try to do anything I can’t,” Koepka said. “It’s just all about discipline in a U.S. Open. That’s I guess the gist of it.”
Oosthuizen was among 36 players who failed to finish because of the 90-minute fog delay at the start. They were to resume Friday morning and then head right into their second rounds.
Henley’s first visit in seven years to the rough-and-tumble South course at Torrey Pines went a lot better than the last time, especially under the circumstances. Anything around par never hurts in a U.S. Open, and his 4-under 67 was 12 shots better than his one-and-done appearance in the PGA Tour stop.
Oosthuizen, a runner-up at the PGA Championship last month at Kiawah Island, was at 4 under and had two holes remaining.
The course was as tough as advertised. The wind was a little more than expected, and it doesn’t take much to add to the challenge.
“If it’s blowing like this the whole week, it’s just going to be a hard week. That’s kind of what you want in a U.S. Open, though, right?” Henley said.
Henley got up-and-down by holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for a one-shot lead over Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello among those who finished.
Koepka, with two wins and a silver medal in his last three U.S. Opens, was joined at 69 by the likes of Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, San Diego native Xander Schauffele and Hayden Buckley, who plays the Korn Ferry Tour and made his major championship debut.
“Any time in a U.S. Open you’re under par it’s a great start and today was just that,” Rahm said.
Sebastian Munoz also was 2 under and had four holes remaining.
The difference between Torrey Pines for a PGA Tour stop in January and Torrey for the toughest test in golf? Henley couldn’t say. He has only played the Farmers Insurance Open one time, in 2014, and it was memorable for the wrong reasons. He holed a 40-foot shot on the 18th hole for birdie to break 80.
That’s about all he remembers except for “leaving the course feeling like I just got beat up.”
There was plenty of bruising going on Thursday in the U.S. Open.
Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson had to birdie the last hole to break 80. Jordan Spieth opened with a 77 – he now is 25-over par in his last four U.S. Open rounds. Max Homa four-putted from 20 feet for triple bogey on No. 12 and three-putted for double bogey on No. 14 on his way to a 76.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau pounded driver and did plenty of gouging from the rough, though Torrey Pines doesn’t seem quite as suitable for the style he so beautifully executed at Winged Foot last September in a six-shot victory. DeChambeau had to play the final five holes in 2 under to salvage a 73.
PGA champion Phil Mickelson, who turned 51 on Wednesday, shot a 75 on Thursday. That’s not the start he hoped for in his bid to finally get a U.S. Open title for the career Grand Slam. What bothered him were two soft bogeys toward the end of his round.
“Look, it’s part of this tournament, and I was able to go without any doubles. I just didn’t make enough birdies to offset it,” Mickelson said.
Rory McIlroy birdied his final hole in near darkness for a 70, a good sign for a player who has fallen behind too far in too many first rounds at majors. Dustin Johnson had a 71 with one birdie and one bogey, nothing dynamic but suitable for a U.S. Open.
There were a few cheers for “Bryson” directed at Koepka as fans tried to keep their feud going, though Koepka didn’t appear to be the least bit distracted. This is a major, and he showed why he’s called “Big Game Brooks” when the biggest tournaments roll around.
Koepka has beaten 464 or the 465 players he has faced in the last three U.S. Opens he played. He sat out Winged Foot last year with injuries to his left knee and hip.
For so much of the day, Koepka made it look easy by keeping it in the short grass, off the tee and on the green. He was bogey-free and 4 under through 11 holes when he missed the green on the par-3 third and made bogey, and he dropped another shot from on the sixth, which has been converted to a par 4 for the U.S. Open.
Even so, it was a solid start for Koepka, a four-time major champion coming off a runner-up finish to Mickelson at the PGA Championship. It wasn’t easy. He made it sound that way.
“It’s pretty simple. It’s a lot simpler than what guys make it,” Koepka said. “I think a lot of guys make it more difficult than it needs to be. Just got to understand where the flag is, what you’re doing and where to miss it.”
The surprise might have been Molinari, the former British Open champion who has not been the same since losing a two-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters two years ago that paved the way for Tiger Woods slipping on another green jacket.
The Italian had to pull out of the PGA Championship with a sore back. He mentioned other nagging injuries. He’s had three top 10s this year. He also has missed the cut in three of the last four tournaments he played. But he was solid at Torrey, and two birdies over his last three allowed him to match his best start in a U.S. Open.
“There’s no tricks. You need to grind and fight for 18 holes and then relax until tomorrow and start over again,” he said. “I haven’t played recently, so it’s nice to get off to a good start, but there’s a long way to go. Start over tomorrow like nothing happened today.”
Caratini, Hosmer HR in 9th, Padres seesaw past Reds 6-4
SAN DIEGO (AP) The first sellout crowd at Petco Park since 2019 was treated to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s electrifying solo home run in the sixth inning and Victor Caratini’s game-winning, two-run shot in the ninth.
In between, Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer also homered for the Padres, who recovered from closer Mark Melancon’s blown save in Cincinnati’s four-run ninth to take a 6-4 thriller against the Reds on Thursday night.
“It felt like more than a win, for a lot of reasons,” manager Jayce Tingler said as fireworks went off over the downtown ballpark to put a capper on what was billed as “San Diego’s Opening Day.”
Caratini homered two batters after Eric Hosmer hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth, a crazy finish on a night when the Padres, who made the playoffs last year after a 13-year drought, celebrated the ballpark returning to full capacity following the state’s reopening plan that went into effect Tuesday.
But the Padres had to work for this one after the Reds rallied for four runs in the ninth against Melancon, including a go-ahead, two-run homer by rookie Jonathan India.
Machado drew a leadoff walk against Ryan Hendrix and Hosmer homered with one out. Amir Garrett (0-2) came on and allowed Jake Cronenworth’s single and then Caratini’s shot into the left-field seats. It was Hosmer’s sixth homer and Caratini’s fifth.
“It was the first time Melancon’s really given up anything without an inherited runner, so to be able to pick him up after so many times he’s picked us up through the year, and then the magical finish there.” Tingler said. “This one feels like more than just a regular win.”
The Padres won for just the second time in nine games. They were coming off a 1-5 trip to New York and Colorado, including a three-game sweep by the Rockies, that Tingler described as “just terrible.”
The Reds saw their six-game winning streak snapped.
The Padres took a 2-0 lead into the ninth after Tatis and Machado homered off Wade Miley. Melancon was one out away from his big league-leading 20th save before he melted down against the red-hot Reds.
Joey Votto started the Reds’ rally with a leadoff single and Tucker Barnhart doubled. Kyle Farmer had an RBI groundout before pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson tied it with a two-out single.
India homered to give the Reds a 4-2 lead and quiet the crowd. It was his sixth.
Pierce Johnson (2-2) got the win.
Miley, who threw his first career no-hitter at Cleveland on May 7, had frustrated the struggling Padres until Tatis drove a high-arcing shot that just cleared the wall in left-center for San Diego’s first hit with two outs in the sixth. The star shortstop dropped his bat and began his trot after sending the crowd of 40,362 into a frenzy.
It was the 22nd for Tatis, tying his career high set as a rookie in 2019 and matching Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. Tatis was limited to 84 games as a rookie due to injuries.
“He wants to be the best in the game and right now he’s doing a lot of good things,” Tingler said. “The ball just absolutely explodes off his bat.”
Machado hit a monster shot into the second deck in left-center off Miley leading off the seventh, his 10th.
Joe Musgrove, who threw the first no-hitter in the history of his hometown Padres on April 9 at Texas, had been in line for the victory before Melancon’s meltdown.
“This meant everything to me,” Musgrove said. “It’s been so long since we’ve had a full crowd in there, I swear to God it felt like a playoff game at the start of the game, the nerves I had, the intensity. I had to kind of slow myself down after that first hitter. It was just so much fun, and to pull out the win the way we did makes it even more special.”
The Padres treated this game like a real opening day by hanging bunting and introducing both teams before the game. A giant American flag was unfurled by 275 U.S. Navy sailors prior to the national anthem and there was a flyover of F/A-18 Hornets from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Fans were no doubt a bit nervous as Miley retired 13 straight batters from the first to fifth inning. Until Tatis’ home run, the only baserunners Miley allowed were on walks to Tatis in the first and Cronenworth in the fifth.
Musgrove held the Reds to four singles in seven innings, struck out two and walked three.
Miley allowed two runs and four hits seven-plus innings, struck out five and walked two.
“It didn’t work out, but if you’re a fan of baseball, that was a cool one,” Miley said.
Slow poke: Hendricks wins 7th start in row, Cubs blank Mets
NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Hendricks is showing velocity isn’t everything.
Without throwing a single pitch that reached 90 mph, Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings Thursday night to win his career-best seventh straight start and lead the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-0.
That’s how the 31-year-old does it: He averages several ticks under 90 mph with the third-slowest fastball among major league starters.
“It obviously has become more of a velocity game, but there are still guys that go out and can pitch,” Hendricks said. “I just try and focus on myself, and that has to be my game. So I go out and try and execute pitches and change up timing and work quick.”
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer in the first off Marcus Stroman, and the Cubs avoided a four-game series sweep despite getting just four hits.
Hendricks (9-4) combined on a two-hitter with Andrew Chafin (pitching on his 31st birthday), Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel tied for the major league lead in saves with his 19th in 21 chances and matched Jeff Reardon for 10th place on the career list at 367.
Neither team got a hit after the fourth inning in the epitome of 2021 baseball, combining to go 0 for their final 34. The final 17 Mets made out in order, and the only one of the Cubs’ last 17 to reach base got there on an error by shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Hendricks struck out seven and walked two, retiring his last eight batters after consecutive walks in the fourth.
He improved to 4-0 against the Mets, who had trouble adjusting to his relatively soft arsenal. The fastest of his 92 pitches was 89.3 mph; his 87.1 mph fastball average entering was 186th among 188 qualified pitchers, ahead of only Adam Cimber of Miami (86.9) and submarining Tyler Rogers of San Francisco (82.3), according to MLB Statcast.
“If you look on paper, it’s nothing it’s going to wow you with,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “This is just the real art of pitching, and he goes out and does it every single time he takes the bump.”
Hendricks’ ERA is 4.13, down from 7.54 at the end of April. He doesn’t consider himself a possible All-Star.
“My numbers are still very inflated, I think, so it would be a surprise to me,” he said.
Chicago pitched just its third shutout of the season but second in five games. The Cubs got a win despite hitting .138 (17 for 123) in the series with nine runs with eight walks and 49 strikeouts.
Stroman (6-5) gave up four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. He threw 25 split-changeups, a new pitch for him this season.
“Mechanically I was a little off in the first,” Stroman said. “Core wasn’t activated, wasn’t getting to my legs.”
Stroman allowed a single to Kris Bryant with one out in the first, and Baez hit a hanging slider into the motorized 18-by-16-foot apple in the center field batter’s eye that is raised to celebrate Mets home runs. Baez’s 16th home run this season was his second of the series.
Bryant was back at third base and went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, two nights after he was hit on the right hand by a Taijaun Walker pitch. Bryant’s throwing hand was wrapped.
New York lost for only the third time in its last 17 home games and is 20-7 at Citi Field. The Mets were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
“Our timely hitting wasn’t there,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.
Joyless Journey: D-backs’ 23rd straight road loss sets mark
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks set a major league record with their 23rd straight road loss, making dubious history in getting trounced by the San Francisco Giants 10-3 Thursday.
The dejected D-backs trudged off the field and quietly made their way back to Oracle Park’s visiting clubhouse following the final out of their latest loss, breaking a tie with the 1963 Mets and ’43 Philadelphia Athletics for road futility.
Held to just a lone single by pitcher Zac Gallen through six innings, Arizona fell behind 6-0. Diamondbacks players periodically glanced at the center-field scoreboard throughout this blowout, helpless to stop this runaway train of despair that began nearly two months ago.
The MLB mark felt almost inevitable after Tuesday’s collapse, which saw Arizona blow a 7-0 lead in an anguishing 9-8 loss to the Giants. Manager Torey Lovullo’s team has lost 14 in a row overall and 28 of its last 30, falling to 20-50 for the worst record in the majors.
The Diamondbacks’ only consolation coming off this four-game sweep: They don’t play again on the road until June 25 at San Diego, exactly two months to the day since their last road victory. Then again, Arizona isn’t scheduled for a road game against a sub-.500 team until July 27 at Texas.
Arizona’s last road win came April 25 at Atlanta, when Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter to complete a doubleheader sweep. At that point, the Diamonbacks were a solid 9-8 away from Chase Field, with no signs of the trouble ahead.
Since then, the Diamondbacks have been swept on the road by the Marlins, Mets, Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, Athletics and Giants.
Arizona has been outscored 137-60 in those road losses. Last week, Lovullo fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske.
The 1963 Mets and ’43 Athletics, incidentally, were both guided by Hall of Fame managers toward the end of their tenures. Casey Stengel turned 73 on the day the Mets ended their slide, while Connie Mack was 80 while Philadelphia skidded.
Gallen (1-2) allowed four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first start back from a sprained pitching elbow. The right-hander also recorded Arizona’s first hit of the afternoon, a third-inning single off Giants starter Kevin Gausman.
Gausman (8-1) limited the D-backs to two runs on four hits in eight masterful innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.
Curt Casali homered and drove in four runs for San Francisco, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Steven Duggar went 3 for 3 with an RBI double and Mauricio Dubon and Mike Yastrzemski drove in two runs each as the Giants improved the best record in the majors to 44-25.
Casali’s two-run drive off opened the scoring in the second inning. The Giants catcher legged out his first career triple in the fifth inning, scoring Brandon Belt to make it 6-0. Casali added an RBI single in the seventh.
Indians send Orioles to 19th straight road loss, 10-3
CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run first inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 10-3 on Thursday, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 19 games.
The Orioles are approaching the major league record of 22 consecutive road losses. Arizona, which tied the mark Wednesday, was slated to play at San Francisco later Thursday. The 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets also lost 22 straight road games.
The win gave Cleveland a four-game sweep and sent Baltimore to its eighth straight loss overall. Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini admits this has been difficult.
“We’re very frustrated,” he said. “Nobody likes losing. I’m at the top of the list, I’d say. There’s no room to wallow at this level. You have to get out there the next day and put it behind you and try to win the next game. What’s done is done.”
Cleveland is 10 games over .500 despite a slew of injuries that has left manager Terry Francona literally piecing together his pitching staff on a daily basis.
“We’ll take any success any day we can,” he said. “We told our guys that we’re going to have to figure some things out. But it’s OK when guys are playing like they’re playing and giving the effort.”
Yu Chang had four RBIs with a two-run single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Trevor Stephan (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win.
Austin Hays and Maikel Franco homered for the Orioles.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer – his 16th of the season – and Bradley hit his fourth since being called up from the minors June 4. Eddie Rosario homered in the fourth off starter Jorge Lopez (2-8).
Indians starter Eli Morgan remained in the game after being struck by a line drive above the right elbow in the first inning. Morgan, making his second major league start, punched out Cedric Mullins on three pitches to start the game. Mancini lined the next pitch to the mound, and the ball hit Morgan on the fly. Chang, playing third base, caught the ball for the out.
Francona and a trainer went to the mound and talked to Morgan, who nodded his head that he wasn’t injured. Morgan took a couple of warmup pitches and remained in the game, earning a pat on the head from Francona and a loud ovation from the crowd.
Mullins was hit on the earflap of his helmet by Kyle Nelson’s pitch in the fourth. Manager Brandon Hyde and a trainer checked on Mullins, who was on one knee for a couple of moments before taking first base.
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Morgan allowed three runs and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. His first start against Toronto on May 28 came in conditions that saw winds gusting to 45 mph and steady, blowing rain. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Morgan was sent to Triple-A Columbus a few days after that outing but was recalled as Cleveland deals with injuries to its rotation. Shane Bieber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, is shut down for two weeks with a stiff right shoulder, and Zach Plesac broke his right thumb after angrily removing his shirt following a poor outing last month.
“The poor kid, he pitches the first game in a hurricane and pitches the second game where he gets a line drive off his arm,” Francona said. “He competed like crazy.”
Stanton HR, triple play key Yankees’ 8-4 win over Blue Jays
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in a four-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees pulled off a wacky triple play Thursday night in an 8-4 win over the reeling Toronto Blue Jays.
Stanton broke a 3-all tie with his 13th homer, an opposite-field, two-run shot off Anthony Castro (1-2). The triple play in the first inning marked the first time the storied Yankees franchise turned two in one year.
Chris Gittens came off the bench to drive in three runs, and Gio Urshela had three hits and scored three runs for New York, which swept the three-game series and finished 5-3 on its road trip.
Chad Green (1-4) was the winning pitcher.
“This was a big series for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “To come up here, coming off a tough weekend, to really bounce back and have some gut-check wins, come from behind and have people contributing, it was exciting.”
Reese McGuire had three hits and Santiago Espinal scored twice for Toronto, which has lost four straight and six of eight. Randal Grichuk gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead in the sixth with an RBI single, bringing them back from a 3-0 deficit.
Later in the sixth, Aaron Judge robbed Cavan Biggio of a home run, reaching over the right-field wall to record a 358-foot out.
A few minutes later, Stanton hit his decisive homer.
“He saved two runs and I hit two runs,” Stanton said. “We basically did the same thing. I let a fastball get deep and used the whole field.”
Judge’s catch wasn’t the Yankees’ only significant defensive play, as New York turned its triple play mere weeks after pulling one off May 21 against the Chicago White Sox.
Yankees starter Michael King had runners on second and third with no outs when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a tapper to King, who threw to first for the out. First baseman DJ LeMahieu then threw to shortstop Gleyber Torres at second base, with both Toronto runners in limbo.
Torres threw to catcher Gary Sanchez, who tossed to third baseman Urshela for the tag on Marcus Semien between third and home. Urshela alertly threw back to Torres, who tagged Bo Bichette as he slid into third on a close play that was reviewed.
“I called it my Houdini act,” King said. “It’s good luck. A little poor baserunning by them, and I’m glad I escaped it.”
“We didn’t do a good job on that,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Young kids are going to make mistakes. After that, I’m proud that we regrouped and had a lead.”
The 1-3-6-2-5-6 sequence was the first time that combination was used in any of the 726 triple plays in major league history, per a list maintained by Baseball Almanac.
“Everybody got involved and played good catch,” Boone said. “Who knows where that inning goes if Vladimir gets on?”
For his part, Urshela was trying to keep things simple.
“We were just trying to get an out,” Urshela said. “I tagged the runner, turned around and had the opportunity to get the third out.”
Blue Jays left-hander Taylor Saucedo made his major league debut and had a strikeout in one inning.
Morton takes no-hitter into 7th, Braves beat Cardinals 4-0
ATLANTA (AP) Charlie Morton made a small tweak to his mechanics that produced a big change in how he drives the ball from the mound.
“I’ve been aware of some of the things that I’ve been doing poorly in my delivery,” he said. “It’s really hard, particularly in-season, to make adjustments.”
Didn’t look that way Thursday night.
Morton didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning and took a shutout into the eighth, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.
Morton gave up his first hit when Paul Goldschmidt lined a single to left-center with one out, but the right-hander followed by getting Nolan Arenado to pop up and struck out Tyler O’Neill. He allowed singles to Matt Carpenter and pinch-hitter Jose Rondon in the eighth and was pulled with two outs.
“I made some changes in my delivery, like postural stuff, try to stay a little bit taller at the waist,” Morton said. “So with the hope that I could stay on line a little better. I feel like I’ve thrown the ball pretty well the past month. My last one in Miami wasn’t great, but overall I think I’m trending in the right direction. I think we did a pretty good job tonight.”
Atlanta led 1-0 in the fifth on Guillermo Heredia’s third homer. Ozzie Albies had an RBI triple in the sixth, and Abraham Almonte followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0.
Ronald Acuna Jr.’s sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed it to 4-0.
Luke Jackson struck out Tommy Edman to strand the runners after replacing Morton (6-3), who allowed three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.
Morton and Cardinals starter John Gant didn’t allow a hit early on, but they weren’t perfect. Gant gave up a walk to Almonte to begin the second. Morton allowed two baserunners when he hit Carpenter with a pitch in the third and did the same to Dylan Carlson in the fourth.
“I thought with the stuff he had, I thought this might be,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “You know, Goldschmidt had a great at-bat there, too. That shows you how hard it is to accomplish that.”
Acuna singled to open the fourth, and Freddie Freeman followed with a single, but the inning ended when Austin Riley lined out to third.
Morton, who entered 2-12 with a 5.68 ERA in 18 career starts against St. Louis, avoided his tendency this season to allow a big inning. With his fastball topping out at 96 mph, the right-hander mixed in his curveball and cutter to strong effect. He threw 75 of 112 pitches for strikes and faced 27 batters.
Morton benefited from a strong play when Freeman jumped at first base to stab Edman’s liner to end the sixth.
Acuna walked to begin the sixth, stole second, advanced on Freeman’s groundout and scored on Albies’ triple to left-center to make it 2-0. That chased Gant, who was replaced by Daniel Ponce de Leon. Almonte followed with his RBI double.
Gant (4-5) allowed four hits, three runs and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Gant made a mistake on Heredia’s homer.
“Super hung it,” Gant said. “It was probably above the strike zone, I would think. I hadn’t gone back and looked at it, but that wasn’t a competitive pitch whatsoever. He liked it a whole lot.”
The three-time defending NL East champion Braves, who began the night 7 1/2 games back in the division, had dropped six of seven and were five games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
The Cardinals entered three games back in the NL Central but had won three straight after losing nine of 10.
Carlisle steps down as Mavs’ coach, one day after GM departs
(AP) — Rick Carlisle stepped down as coach of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, the second major departure for that franchise in as many days.
Carlisle spent 13 seasons in Dallas, leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. His decision was announced one day after general manager Donnie Nelson and the team agreed to part ways, ending a 24-year run for Nelson as part of the organization.
“This was solely my decision,” Carlisle said in a statement released to ESPN shortly before the team announced that he was leaving.
Dallas becomes the seventh team with an coaching vacancy, joining New Orleans, Washington, Orlando, Indiana, Portland – and Boston, where Carlisle played for the team that won the 1986 NBA title.
And now the Mavericks need a coach and a GM, in an offseason where they’re also expected to offer 22-year-old Luka Doncic, the team’s best player and now a two-time All-NBA performer, a $201 million extension.
Carlisle went 555-478 in Dallas, taking a team built around Dirk Nowitzki to the title in 2011 – the first, and still only, in Mavs’ history. Dallas made six playoff appearances in the 10 seasons that followed, never getting out of the first round in any of them.
But Dallas owner Mark Cuban insisted after this year’s playoff run ended – the Mavs went 0-3 at home in what became a seven-game first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers – that Carlisle was safe and would be back.
Carlisle, apparently, had other ideas. Carlisle told ESPN that he had “a number of in-person conversations” with Cuban in recent days, then came to the decision that it was time to go.
“Rick informed me today about his decision to step down as head coach,” Cuban said. “On top of being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant. Rick helped us bring the O’Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will always cherish.”
Carlisle – who serves as president of the National Basketball Coaches Association – is the winningest coach in franchise history and had the third-longest tenure of any NBA coach in his current job. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich became coach there in 1996; Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was promoted to head coach by the Heat about two weeks before Carlisle got the job in Dallas.
The third-longest tenured coach in the league now is Golden State’s Steve Kerr – who was sixth on that list about two weeks ago, before Terry Stotts left Portland, Brad Stevens left as coach in Boston to become the Celtics’ president, and Carlisle departed Dallas.
Carlisle, in his statement to ESPN, clearly suggested that his coaching days are not done.
“Dallas will always be home, but I am excited about the next chapter of my coaching career,” Carlisle said.
Carlisle was the 2002 NBA coach of the year, grabbing that honor in his first season as a head coach. He went 50-32 with Detroit that season, spending two years with the Pistons, and then moved into a four-year stint with Indiana before eventually coming to Dallas.
In a 19-year career, he has 836 wins – 15th-most in NBA history and third among active coaches behind Popovich and Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers. Carlisle is also one of only 14 individuals to win an NBA championship as both a player and a head coach.
Report: Zion, family members unhappy with Pelicans
There appears to be trouble brewing in the Big Easy.
Zion Williamson is questioning his relationship with the New Orleans Pelicans because the organization hasn’t made him and his family happy, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Joe Vardon, and William Guillory.
Some family members reportedly want the 2019 No. 1 pick to be on another team, adding that there’s been internal dysfunction within the club for months.
The Williamsons reportedly found former Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy too rigid and demanding. Their “thinly veiled unhappiness” toward the franchise began before the 2020-21 campaign, according to The Athletic.
The trading of veteran guard JJ Redick is said to have irritated Williamson, according to Charania, Vardon, and Guillory. The sharpshooter developed a bond with the rising star over parts of two seasons in New Orleans, and Redick called out Pelicans executive David Griffin on his podcast after being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks at the trade deadline.
Redick’s thoughts reportedly influenced some of Williamson’s feelings about the Pelicans’ direction.
New Orleans has missed the playoffs in each of Williamson’s first two seasons in the Association. The 20-year-old earned his first career All-Star selection in 2020-21, averaging a career-high 27 points, 7.2 boards, and 3.7 assists over 61 appearances.
Hurricanes, Brind’Amour reach extension after 3 playoff bids
(AP) — Rod Brind’Amour never worried much about being able to reach a deal to remain coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
“It was just a matter of time really,” Brind’Amour said Thursday as the team announced a three-year contract extension.
The extension comes after Brind’Amour guided the Hurricanes to three straight playoff appearances, along with him being named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award presented annually to the NHL’s top coach.
The team announced the agreement a little more than a week after the Hurricanes were eliminated by reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in the second round.
The 50-year-old Brind’Amour’s contract ran through this season, though the captain of Carolina’s 2006 Cup winner and owner Tom Dundon had made public comments in recent months indicating they expected to reach an agreement – with Brind’Amour saying in early May: “Everybody knows I’m a Hurricane.”
Brind’Amour held a virtual news conference alongside president and general manager Don Waddell on Thursday morning.
“Don and I talked throughout the year, occasionally,” Brind’Amour said. “I thought we were on the same page. … He knew I wanted to be a part of this. I knew he wanted me to be a part of it, too. So we figured it out.”
Now he’ll remain with the franchise where he also played in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals and worked as an assistant coach before guiding a resurgence from a nine-season playoff drought.
“I would have a hard time thinking I could do the same job I’m doing here somewhere else because this is a part of me,” Brind’Amour said. “This place, I’ve been here forever. Again, it’s more about the people that I get to come to work with everyday. That wouldn’t be the case somewhere else. It just wouldn’t be.”
While an agreement was expected, Brind’Amour said it took time to make sure he has “the right people around me” before reaching a deal. Brind’Amour pointed to support staff ranging assistant coaches to training staff and equipment people.
“That’s why I think part of it took so long is a lot of people, we had to figure out,” he said. “We’re at that point where we’ve pretty much done that.”
Waddell described the negotiation as “on the easy side” because of the long-standing relationship.
“We talked early on that it was important to get the whole group done,” Waddell said.
Brind’Amour, who took over in 2018, took his first team to the playoffs and beat reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington on the way to the Eastern Conference finals. Then came a trip to the Toronto bubble last summer and a qualifier-series win in a second straight playoff appearance.
This year marked the first time the franchise had made three straight playoff trips since relocating to North Carolina in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut. The Hurricanes won the Central Division title for the team’s first division crown since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, and remained in the hunt for the Presidents’ Trophy for best regular-season record to the final week of the schedule.
Mets’ deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL
NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s shoulder showed no abnormalities, but New York was not yet ready to commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation on Sunday against Washington.
DeGrom left his second straight start with an arm injury, coming out after three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night with right shoulder soreness. He had an MRI on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery that was reviewed by Mets medical director David Altchek and Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
“We had an MRI taken on him and ran it through two doctors just to have a second opinion, as well, and both doctors had the same prognosis from the imaging. So it just shows as a normal shoulder that a pitcher would have and there’s no concern,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.
Rojas said deGrom played catch Thursday.
“We’re just going to take it day by day,” Rojas said. “We’re not thinking of an IL stint or to do anything.”
DeGrom left his June 11 outing against San Diego after six innings because of flexor tendinitis in his right arm. The two-time NL Cy Young Award skipped an outing between April 28 and May 9 due to discomfort in his right lat muscle, then did not pitch against until May 25 while spending time on the injured list with what the Mets said was tightness in his right side.
New York’s medical staff concluded the injuries are not related.
“This is not the same thing. It’s been three different things,” Rojas said. “They’re not connected. One thing is not leading to the other.”
DeGrom, a right-hander who turns 33 on Saturday, is 6-2 with a 0.54 ERA and 111 strikeouts and eight walks in 67 innings.
Rojas said there is a chance batting is causing the issues for deGrom, who hits left-handed.
“There’s different things that you can think where this might happen. It could be during his at-bat. It could be maybe one pitch that he felt something,” Rojas said. “It could be anywhere. And I think we had the same conversation when he had the lat that was eventually his lower back, as well, that it could have been in any one of his at-bats, in one of the swings.”
A good hitter for a pitcher, deGrom is batting .423 with six RBIs this season. Rojas said the Mets have told some pitchers in the past not to swing to prevent injuries.
“They just statue there for a couple of at-bats because we only wanted them pitching, right, and we didn’t want anything like that to compromise their health,” he said.
Rojas said deGrom “is less open this time” to going to the IL now than he was last month.
“He felt that his mechanics were out of whack and he didn’t want to test that lat, lower back area and see how he was landing,” Rojas said. “We did the IL stint because he wanted to go through his in-between start routine at least twice just to check on those mechanics and compare them to how he’s done them in the past.”
DeGrom is averaging a 99.2 mph with his fastball, the highest among qualified pitchers and well ahead of Miami’s Sandy Alcantara, who is second at 97.8 mph.
DeGrom has thrown 65 pitches of 100 mph in first innings since the start of the 2020 season, according to MLB Statcast. Miami’s Sixto Sanchez is second with eight.
Rojas said the pain could be correlated to the high velocity.
“There’s a lot of studying from a medical standpoint in this game about high velo, there’s a correlation there, high velo and some stress and soreness and high injury risk” Rojas said. “And our medical group here, they’ve done a lot of presentations in the past to us as a coaching staff and everyone else here, as well, I think. It could be.”
Nadal, Osaka both out for Wimbledon; she’ll go to Olympics
(AP) — Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka are sitting out Wimbledon, leaving the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament without two of the sport’s biggest stars as it returns after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, announced via a series of social media posts Thursday that he would also miss the Tokyo Olympics to rest and recover “after listening to my body.”
“The goal,” the 35-year-old Spaniard said, “is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy.”
Osaka’s agent, Stuart Duguid, said Thursday in an email that the four-time Grand Slam champion does plan to head to the Summer Games after skipping Wimbledon.
“She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” Duguid wrote. “She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”
Osaka is a 23-year-old who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father; the family moved to the United States when she was 3 and she is still based there.
Osaka has been ranked No. 1 and is currently No. 2; she is the highest-earning female athlete and was the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year. She is 14-3 this season, including a title at the Australian Open in February.
Last month, Osaka was fined $15,000 when she didn’t speak to reporters after her first-round victory at the French Open. The next day, Osaka pulled out of the tournament entirely, saying she experiences “huge waves of anxiety” before meeting with the media and revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression.”
In a statement posted on Twitter at the time, she said she would “take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”
Osaka has played at Wimbledon three times, twice exiting in the third round and losing in the first round in 2019.
Another Grand Slam title winner, 2020 U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, tweeted Thursday that he will not go to the Olympics, saying: “I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.”
Wimbledon, which was called off in 2020 for the first time since World War II because of COVID-19 concerns, begins main-draw play on June 28. The Olympic tennis competition opens on July 24.
Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets that lasted more than four hours in the semifinals of the French Open last week – just the third loss for Nadal in 108 career matches at Roland Garros, where he has won a record 13 championships.
That defeat ended Nadal’s 35-match winning streak at the clay-court major tournament and his bid for a fifth consecutive title there.
Nadal is tied with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles won by a man with 20; Djokovic went on to win the French Open on Sunday for his 19th major.
Nadal’s Slam total includes trophies at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He also owns two Olympic gold medals, in singles at the 2008 Beijing Games and in doubles with Marc Lopez at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, where Nadal was Spain’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
In 2012, Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics and the U.S. Open because of knee tendinitis.
Nadal said having only two weeks between the end of the French Open and the start of Wimbledon this year – normally there are three, but play in Paris was delayed a week because of COVID-19 concerns – “didn’t make it easier” for him to recover from “the always demanding” clay-court season.
After the loss to Djokovic at Roland Garros, Nadal pointed to fatigue as an issue for him in the later stages of that match.
On Thursday, he explained in one his tweets that avoiding “any kind of excess” wear and tear on his body “is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles.”
A former No. 1-ranked player who currently is No. 3, Nadal is 23-4 with two titles this season in Barcelona and Rome, both on clay courts.
INDIANA SWIMMING: Three Hoosier Freestylers Qualify for Olympics
OMAHA, Neb. – Indiana swimming put three freestylers through to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and two swimmers to the finals of the women’s 200m Breaststroke in the fifth night of action at the 2020 Olympic Trials at the CHI Health Center on Thursday night.
The Wave II eight-day Trials competition serves as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The top 16 times out of the preliminary heats will form the semifinals for all events at 200m or less, with the top eight semifinalists advancing to the finals. In events 400m or longer, the top eight swimmers out of the preliminary heats will head straight to the finals.
Athletes will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team roster at each of the eight finals sessions.
Two former Hoosiers punched tickets to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the 100m Freestyle in Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni. Apple finished second overall with a time of 47.72 to advance in both the 100m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle Relay in Tokyo. He posted the fastest back-half split with a final 50 at 24.70. Pieroni claimed the third spot in the final standings with a time of 48.16 and will be part of the U.S. men’s 400m Freestyle Relay for the second-straight Olympic event.
Michael Brinegar swam a lifetime-best mark of 7:49.94 to earn a second-place finish and a spot on Team USA in the 800m Freestyle. The time ranks Brinegar as the 10th-fastest performer in the history of the event for U.S. men. He topped his previous personal best (7:54.56) by nearly five seconds in his comeback effort. The Columbus, Ind., native touched the wall at 750 meters in third place and trailed the lead pack by over two seconds. He closed the final 50 in 27.35, easily the fastest split in the field and the only swimmer to crack 28 seconds on the final leg of the race.
Lilly King, who is already through to Tokyo in the 100m Breaststroke, swam the fastest time in the 200m Breaststroke semifinals at 2:22.73 to earn the top seed in tomorrow night’s final. Training partner Annie Lazor secured the second-quickest time at 2:22.80 to position herself well for an Olympic bid.
Mackenzie Looze shaved two seconds off her career-best time in the 200m Breaststroke in a 10th-place finish out of the first semifinal with a time of 2:27.85.
Wave I qualifier Jacob Steele outpaced his seed time (2:01.07) and entry seed (36th) to place 12th out of the semifinals of the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:00.58.
MEN’S 800m FREESTYLE
2. Michael Brinegar – 7:49.94 #
MEN’S 200m BACKSTROKE
12. Jacob Steele – 2:00.58
MEN’S 100m FREESTYLE
2. Zach Apple – 47.72 #
3. Blake Pieroni – 48.16 #
WOMEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE
1. Lilly King – 2:22.73 *
2. Annie Lazor – 2:22.80 *
10. Mackenzie Looze – 2:27.85
Advanced to Finals *
Advanced to Olympics #
INDIANA FOOTBALL: McFadden Named Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason All-American
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior linebacker Micah McFadden was selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason All-American team. McFadden was one of six linebackers recognized and earned a spot on the second team.
The Tampa, Fla., native collected second-team All-American honors from Phil Steele and third-team accolades from the Associated Press in 2020. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, McFadden was named IU’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player along with quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
He led the team with 58 tackles, 44 solos, six sacks (31 yards), and 10.5 for loss (39 yards), while he shared second with three quarterback hurries, and finished fourth with two interceptions. McFadden topped the Big Ten in sacks, the first Hoosier to do so since Greg Middleton (2007), tied for second in solo stops, shared third in TFLs, and tied for eighth in INTs.
After the Hoosiers win at No. 16 Wisconsin, he carded Walter Camp National Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels. McFadden recorded a game-high nine tackles with a pair of sacks in the program’s first victory in Madison since 2001.
ND BASEBALL: Kavadas Named First Team All-American
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After one of the most prolific offensive seasons in program history, senior first baseman Niko Kavadas was named a first team All-American by Baseball America. Kavadas is the first non-freshman Irish player to be named a First Team All-American since Steve Stanley back in 2002.
“Niko has been an integral part of our team,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “His consistent power to all fields in key moments has provided us with runs in bunches. His intensity pitch for pitch is great, and the ability to handle a variety of pitches makes him all the more dangerous. We are very proud of him.”
Kavadas broke the single season record for home runs with 22 on the season, surpassing Frank Jacobs record of 20 back in 1991. The 22 home runs ranks third nationally and heading into the College World Series, he leads the NCAA in home runs per game (0.47). He broke Jacobs’ record during the South Bend Regional when he hit five home runs in three games on the way to earning the Most Outstanding Player of the regional.
He currently sits at 66 home runs for his career which is tied for second all-time with Brant Ust. Kavadas also ranks second all-time for single season slugging percentage as he finished the 2021 season with a .767 mark.
This is the third All-America honor for Kavadas this season and the fourth for his career. He was a preseason All-American by Baseball America (Third Team) and Perfect Game (Second Team) heading into the 2021 season. Kavadas was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Award for his play this season.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: HAMILTON, MADDEN EARN WALTER CAMP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton and graduate student (super senior) offensive lineman Cain Madden earned Walter Camp Preseason All-America honors from the foundation Thursday, Hamilton selected as a first-team defensive back and Madden garnering second-team offensive line recognition.
Hamilton was recognized as a second-team Walter Camp All-America honoree in 2020, while garnering a FWAA first-team selection and adding second-team nods from the AFCA and Associated Press. Madden himself was also a 2020 Walter Camp Second Team All-American and an AP Second Team All-American.
Also named to the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Hamilton enters his true junior season known as one of the top safeties on the college gridiron. The 2020 Bednarik Award finalist and first-team All-ACC selection led the Irish in tackles that season with 63 in just 11 games, adding an interception (returned 14 yards), six pass breakups and 4.5 TFL (loss of 16 yards).
Hamilton had a career day in the ACC Championship game, pacing the Irish defense with 10 tackles (a career-high), one interception and an additional pass breakup. Hamilton totaled eight tackles in the first half alone.
Madden, a graduate transfer from Marshall, started 9-of-10 games for the Thundering Herd in 2020. He and the offensive line paved the way for Marshall to outrush their opponents in 7-of-10 games and outpass opponents in six. The Herd also won time of possession in six games in 2020. In addition to his 2020 All-America honors, Madden was named first-team All-Conference USA.
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: Buckeye Trio Named to Walter Camp Preseason All-America Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State Buckeyes were among those selected on Thursday to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America Teams. All three of the Buckeye picks were first-teamers: WR Chris Olave and RT Thayer Munford on offense and DT Haskell Garrett on defense.
Ohio State and Iowa State tied for the most first-team selections with three, followed by Alabama (two), Clemson (two) and LSU (two).
Olave led the Buckeyes in receptions (50), receiving yards (729) and touchdowns (seven) in 2020 and enters his senior season with 111 career receptions for 1,775 yards and 22 TDs in 35 career games. A first team All-Big Ten selection, Olave finished last season with the second-most receiving yards and touchdowns in the Big Ten while tying an Ohio State single-season record by averaging 7.1 receptions per game.
Munford, a fifth-year senior, enters his fourth season as a starter in 2021 and has been part of record-setting offenses over his career. Last season, Ohio State finished ranked eighth nationally in rushing yards per game (256.8), seventh in total offense (519.4 yards/game) and 11th in scoring offense (41.0 points/game). The Cincinnati native has played in 46 career games with 33 starts. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2020.
Garrett, also a fifth-year senior, earned first team All-America honors in 2020 by CBS Sports after a breakout season that saw him total 20 tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks. He helped the Buckeyes’ defense finish sixth nationally against the run (97.6 yards/game) and 14th in yards per carry (3.35). A native of Las Vegas, he’s played in 41 career games.
2021-22 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Opponents Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten unveiled a full breakdown of conference opponents for all 14 schools for the 2021-22 women’s basketball season. Each school will play an 18-game conference schedule, facing five schools both home and away and playing the eight remaining schools once. Of the single-play opponents, schools will play four at home and four on the road.
The 2021-22 Big Ten season will culminate March 2-6 with the 29th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Maryland is the three-time defending Big Ten champion and two-time reigning Big Ten Tournament champion.
The 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four will also be held on Big Ten soil, with Minnesota serving as the host institution for this year’s event on April 1 & 3 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Big Ten is coming off a historic ’20-21 season that saw conference records set or tied for most schools selected to the NCAA Tournament (7), most teams advancing to the second round (5) and most teams reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 (4), highlighted by Indiana reaching the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history. In addition, eight Big Ten programs were ranked or receiving votes in last year’s final Associated Press or Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Top 25 polls, and the Big Ten led all conferences with seven of the nation’s top 35 scoring teams, including the country’s two highest-scoring offenses in No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Iowa.
Nearly 70 percent of last year’s All-Big Ten honorees are expected to return next season, including nine of the coaches’ 10 first-team selections. That group features seven All-Americans, led by Big Ten Player of the Year Naz Hillmon (Michigan), Big Ten Freshman of the Year/Co-National Freshman of the Year Caitlin Clark (Iowa), two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Veronica Burton (Northwestern), Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year Maddie Burke (Penn State) and 2021 Big Ten Tournament Co-Most Outstanding Players Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu (Maryland).
Hillmon, Burton, Miller and Owusu, along with Indiana’s Grace Berger, are currently competing with the USA Basketball AmeriCup Team that has gone 3-0 thus far and reached Thursday’s FIBA AmeriCup quarterfinals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With a win over the U.S. Virgin Islands, Team USA would secure a berth in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments which will determine the 12 participating countries for the 2022 FIBA World Cup.
Clark has been selected to the USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team that will compete Aug. 7-19 in Debrecen, Hungary. Maryland’s Angel Reese is among five finalists for the remaining three roster spots on the USA U19 squad.
The complete list of 2021-22 Big Ten single-play and repeat conference opponents follows, while dates, times and television coverage will be announced at a later date.
Home & Away – Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home Only – Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away Only – Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State
Home & Away – Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Purdue
Home Only – Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
Away Only – Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home & Away – Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
Home Only – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State
Away Only – Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home & Away – Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers
Home Only – Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin
Away Only – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota
Home & Away – Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home Only – Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers
Away Only – Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State
Home & Away – Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State
Home Only – Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Purdue
Away Only – Indiana, Iowa, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home & Away – Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home Only – Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State
Away Only – Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue
Home & Away – Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home Only – Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers
Away Only – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State
Home & Away – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue
Home Only – Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away Only – Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska
Home & Away – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers
Home Only – Indiana, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away Only – Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue
Home & Away – Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers
Home Only – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Away Only – Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home & Away – Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home Only – Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State
Away Only – Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska
Home & Away – Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue
Home Only – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin
Away Only – Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern
Home & Away – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue
Home Only – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State
Away Only – Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers
Justin Fields and Adelaide Aquilla are Ohio State’s Athletes of the Year
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Record-setting quarterback Justin Fields (football) and NCAA and Big Ten shot put champion Adelaide Aquilla (track and field) are Ohio State’s 2021 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Both will now be placed on the ballots for Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards, with the winners to be announced by the league on July 13.
Fields is the 12th football player to win Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year and the third in the last three years (Dwayne Haskins won the award in 2018-19 and Chase Young in 2019-20). Aquilla is the seventh women’s track and field athlete to be named Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Year. Her teammate, Sade Olatoye, was the last one in 2018-19.
Aquilla has been the dominant shot put thrower in the Big Ten Conference and nationally in 2021. The junior communications and hospitality management major won her second consecutive Big Ten Conference indoor shot put championship in March. She then won the national championship at the NCAA indoor championships. The Rocky River, Ohio, native sent the shot a school-record 18.12m / 59-5 ½ to win the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held in Fayetteville, Ark.
Those efforts earned Aquilla the Big Ten Conference’s indoor field athlete of the championships and its field athlete of the year honors.
She repeated outdoors. First, Aquilla won the Big Ten outdoor shot put championship, breaking the Big Ten championships record twice with her final winning throw of 19.12m / 62-8 3/4 topping her own school mark and personal best by nearly three feet. Two weeks ago she won the NCAA national championship, launching her final throw of the competition 18.98m / 62-3 ¼ to secure her second national championship.
And once again, Aquilla earned the Big Ten’s top honors, being named its outdoor field athlete of the championships and its field athlete of the year honors.
Aquilla is currently in Eugene, Ore., prepping and training for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Fields, who led Ohio State to a 20-2 record and back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances, capped off his Buckeye career by being named the Big Ten Conference Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year in 2020.
After guiding the Buckeyes to their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship, he saved his most memorable performance for the Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Clemson. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 385 yards and a Sugar Bowl-record six touchdown passes – all while playing through an injury suffered in the second quarter – as Ohio State topped the second-ranked Tigers 49-28 to earn a spot in the CFP National Championship Game.
Over his 22-game career, Fields threw for 5,373 yards with 63 touchdowns compared to only nine interceptions. His 70.2 completion percentage in 2020 was a school record and he has the school record in passing efficiency (179.1) as well as the top two single season efficiency marks: 181.4 in 2019 and 175.6 in 2020.
Fields became Ohio State’s 22nd winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football in 2020, which is voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches and is awarded to the conference’s best player. He also finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting. In May, Fields was selected 11th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1911 In the sixth inning in Detroit, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Pale Hose still are ahead 15-7. The Tigers, however, use five singles and two walks to narrow Chicago’s lead to 15-13 in the eighth and then complete their incredible comeback in the final frame when Ty Cobb strokes a two-run single, his fifth hit of the day, and then scores on Sam Crawford’s double to win the Navin Field contest, 16-15.
1919 At Fenway Park with two outs in the ninth, Red Sox catcher Wally Schang is the victim of third baseman Jimmy Austin’s hidden ball trick. The play ends the game with the Browns beating Boston, 3-2.
1927 On Charles Lindbergh Day, the transatlantic pioneer flyer helps the Cardinals raise the National League pennant before the team’s 6-4 victory over New York at Sportsman’s Park. The game marks the return to St. Louis of Rogers Hornsby, the Redbirds’ former player-manager who guided the team to a world championship last season but was traded to the Giants in the offseason, after having disputes over salary with owner Sam Breadon.
1938 Babe Ruth, knowing he will not be considered for the manager’s job when Burleigh Grimes retires at the end of the season, accepts GM Larry MacPhail’s offer to coach first base for the Dodgers. Ending his ties with major league baseball, the ‘Bambino’ will quit at the end of the season when team captain Leo Durocher becomes the skipper of the Brooklyn club.
1940 Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately beaning Medwick because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator before the game.
1947 At Crosley Field, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Braves, 6-0, with first baseman Babe Young hitting two three-run homers to account for all of the runs in the game. The 24 year-old Cincinnati right-hander misses duplicating his teammate’s Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of throwing back-to-back no-nos when he holds the Dodgers without a hit through 8.1 innings in his next start.
1950 In the second game of a twin bill against the A’s at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians establish an American League record by scoring 14 runs in the first inning as they rout Philadelphia, 21-2. Cleveland also won the first game from the Mackmen, 7-0.
1953 Sending twenty-three batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning when they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern major league record, scoring three times in the frame, and outfielder Gene Stephens collects three hits in the inning to establish an American League mark.
1960 Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person to debut as a major league manager. The 66 year-old replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney, resulting with the then second-place club finishing the season fifth, 16 games behind Pittsburgh.
1961 Pirates rookie Don Leppert hits a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in his major league career, going deep off southpaw Curt Simmons in the second inning of the Bucs’ 5-3 victory over the Redbirds at Forbes Field. The 29 year-old freshman catcher’s feat will not be accomplished again by another Pittsburgh player until 2012 when Starling Marte homers on the first pitch he sees in his big league debut.
1961 Eddie Gaedel, the 3′ 7″ small person made famous by Browns’ owner Bill Veeck, who employed him to lead-off for one at-bat in a 1951 game, is found dead lying in his bed with bruises on the left side of his face, after returning home from a Chicago bowling alley. Bob Cain, the opposing Tiger pitcher who issued a base-on-balls in the infamous stunt, is the only person from major league baseball to attend the funeral of the 36 year-old, whose cause of death will be determined to be the result a heart attack.
1961 In Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox, trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the ninth, beat the Senators, 13-12, after Jim Pagliaroni’s two-out grand slam tied the score. In addition to catching all 22 innings of the twin bill, the Boston backstop, hits a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the nightcap, giving the Boston a 6-5 victory.
1967 Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who is spending the night with his parents before a series against the Yankees, helps his parents get safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their Bronx home. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24 year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.
1967 Astros’ hurler Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. The right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston next season, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1973 On Father’s Day, the A’s stage a Mustache Day promotion, giving fans with hair above their upper lip free admission into the ballpark. Charlie Finley offers his players a $300 bonus for growing facial hair for the event, and all do except Vida Blue, who is still bitter about his recent contract negotiations with the team owner.
1975 Red Sox rookie outfielder Fred Lynn hits three home runs, driving in ten runs in the 15-1 rout of the Tigers. The Chicago native also hits a single and triple, that misses being a fourth homer by a few feet.
1977 In the bottom of the sixth inning of NBC’s Game of the Week at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin pulls Reggie Jackson out of the game after the outfielder’s curious approach to a fly ball turns a questionable hit into a cheap double for an alert Jim Rice, who takes advantage of the lackadaisical effort in right field. In the dugout, the skipper and the stunned sensitive superstar begin screaming at one another and have to be separated by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard.
1979 Billy Martin returns to the dugout to manage the Yankees for the second time, replacing Bob Lemon, the skipper who replaced him last season and led the team to a World Championship. Martin will be at the helm this season for 95 games, and the fourth-place team will win 55 of those games.
1986 Angels’ hurler Don Sutton becomes the 19th major league pitcher to earn his 300th victory when the Alabama native three-hits the Rangers, 4-1. The 43 year-old right-hander will finish with a total of 324 wins during his 23-year playing career.
1989 The Phillies trade second baseman Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, and a player to be named later, that will be minor league pitcher Tom Edens. The experiment to turn their new infielder, who plays only 86 games with the team, into a center fielder fails miserably, and ‘Nails’ turns out to be a three-time All-Star and a cog in Philadelphia’s National League championship in 1993.
1996 Chris Anderson becomes the first player representing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to get a base hit. The Hudson Valley catcher, the team’s 66th-round draft choice, delivers a run-producing single in the second inning of the Renegades’ 7-6 loss to New Jersey in the New York-Penn League contest.
1996 Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
2000 The A’s slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit and one RBI, and scores a minimum of one run. The 18-run difference is the largest margin of victory for the A’s and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team’s respective histories.
2000 In a 19-2 drubbing of the Diamondbacks, Mike Lansing needs only the first four innings to hit for the cycle. The Rockies second baseman gets a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, and a double in the third, completing the rare event with a single in the fourth inning before the game becomes official.
2001 Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP’s streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive games established a new major league record, surpassing the once-thought insurmountable mark set by Lou Gehrig.
2001 A mandate issued by the commissioner’s office imposes a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning, starting when the pitcher enters fair territory. At the beginning of a frame, the allotted warm-up time for a hurler will be one minute and forty seconds, twenty seconds longer if the game is on national television.
2002 At Pro Player Stadium, Marlins infielder Luis Castillo beats out a dribbler to the box, extending his hitting streak to 33 straight games. The sixth-inning single in Florida’s 2-1 victory over the Indians ties Rogers Hornsby’s 80 year-old record for getting a second baseman getting a hit in consecutive contests.
2002 In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, when Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459), and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.
2004 At Shea Stadium, Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, and Yogi Berra take part in a pregame ceremony to honor Mike Piazza for hitting the most home runs as a catcher in baseball history. The Mets’ backstop established the new mark, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, with his 352nd home run on May 5.
2005 Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit multiple home runs in a game when he goes deep on two occasions in the Braves’ 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. The 46-year, 299 day-old Atlanta first baseman homers twice off Cincy starter Eric Milton, going yard in the first and third innings at the Great American Ball Park.
2005 Derek Jeter, who will average 13 home runs during a 20-year career, hits his only major league grand slam in his 156th plate appearance with the bases loaded. The 30 year-old All-Star shortstop, who collects two round-trippers in the Bombers’ 8-1 victory over the Cubs at Yankee Stadium, clears the bases in the sixth inning with a blast off Joe Borowski that clears the fence in left-center field.
2006 In a game in which veteran hurler Kenny Rogers wins his 200th career victory, the Tigers go yard eight times to set a club record. Cubs starter Mark Prior, who recently returned from the 60-day disabled list, gives up three of the home runs in the 6-run first inning of the 12-3 barrage at Wrigley Field.
2007 Trailing the Red Sox by 15 games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team’s manager. The team names bullpen coach Dave Trembley the interim manager amid Baltimore’s eight-game losing streak as the club embarks on a West Coast road trip.
2010 President Obama, along with his two daughters, makes an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox. The Commander in Chief is on hand to see the 21 year-old fireballer strike out ten batters to bring the phenom’s three-game total to 32, three more than the rookie record of 29 established by J.R. Richard in 1971.
2012 With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.
2012 At Citi Field, R.A. Dickey, allowing a single by Oriole third baseman Wilson Betemit, throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988. The 37 year-old knuckleball pitcher, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to a lone safety in his last start.
2012 After a lengthy ten-week trial, Roger Clemens is acquitted by a jury on all charges of obstructing justice and lying to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games playing for four teams during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was due to an over-the-top work ethic and not the result of taking performance-enhancing drugs, as widely believed.
2014 With the only batter reaching base as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.
2015 Carlos Correa, the number one overall pick in 2012, becomes the second-youngest player in the modern era to steal three bases in a game when he swipes a trio of bags in Houston’s 8-4 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field. In 1979, Rickey Henderson was 20 years and 241 days old when he accomplished the feat, 18 days younger than the Astro shortstop.
2017 On Father’s Day, Nolan Arenado becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit a walk-off homer to complete a cycle when he blasts a three-run homer off Mark Melancon to beat the Giants at Coors Field, 7-5. The game-ending round-tripper caps the team’s first four-game sweep of San Francisco in the 25-year history of the franchise.
2018 In the continuation of a game that started May 15, Juan Soto pinch-hits a two-run homer that proves to be the difference in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory against the Yankees. The stats of the game will indicate the 19 year-old rookie outfielder accomplishment preceded his big league debut, an oddity that also includes Dave Parker (1973) and Barry Bonds (1986) among the players who also recorded hits before making their big league debuts.
|Tampa Bay||43||27||.614||–||19 – 14||24 – 13||19 – 10||5 – 4||11 – 11||6 – 4||L 3|
|Boston||42||27||.609||0.5||20 – 17||22 – 10||17 – 8||7 – 4||8 – 13||6 – 4||W 3|
|NY Yankees||36||32||.529||6||17 – 16||19 – 16||17 – 21||11 – 5||5 – 2||5 – 5||W 3|
|Toronto||33||34||.493||8.5||13 – 16||20 – 18||12 – 16||4 – 6||6 – 10||3 – 7||L 4|
|Baltimore||22||46||.324||20||11 – 21||11 – 25||8 – 18||4 – 13||8 – 8||2 – 8||L 8|
|Chi White Sox||43||26||.623||–||27 – 12||16 – 14||10 – 7||24 – 12||6 – 5||7 – 3||L 1|
|Cleveland||38||28||.576||3.5||20 – 13||18 – 15||7 – 7||21 – 12||5 – 5||7 – 3||W 4|
|Kansas City||30||37||.448||12||16 – 18||14 – 19||5 – 5||15 – 23||5 – 8||1 – 9||L 6|
|Detroit||29||40||.420||14||15 – 19||14 – 21||4 – 5||14 – 24||8 – 6||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||27||41||.397||15.5||14 – 21||13 – 20||6 – 7||12 – 15||6 – 16||4 – 6||W 1|
|Oakland||43||27||.614||–||25 – 18||18 – 9||11 – 9||12 – 2||13 – 13||8 – 2||W 6|
|Houston||40||28||.588||2||23 – 13||17 – 15||12 – 7||3 – 4||23 – 12||8 – 2||W 4|
|Seattle||35||36||.493||8.5||20 – 15||15 – 21||7 – 5||10 – 12||15 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|LA Angels||34||35||.493||8.5||19 – 16||15 – 19||3 – 7||11 – 6||14 – 20||7 – 3||W 1|
|Texas||25||43||.368||17||15 – 16||10 – 27||11 – 10||4 – 6||8 – 16||3 – 7||L 3|
|NY Mets||35||26||.574||–||20 – 7||15 – 19||13 – 8||5 – 6||14 – 6||7 – 3||L 1|
|Philadelphia||33||33||.500||4.5||21 – 12||12 – 21||17 – 17||9 – 4||3 – 6||7 – 3||W 1|
|Atlanta||31||35||.470||6.5||18 – 19||13 – 16||15 – 18||11 – 4||3 – 3||4 – 6||W 1|
|Washington||30||35||.462||7||18 – 17||12 – 18||9 – 13||9 – 10||6 – 8||6 – 4||W 4|
|Miami||29||39||.426||9.5||16 – 14||13 – 25||12 – 10||4 – 12||11 – 9||4 – 6||L 4|
|Chi Cubs||39||30||.565||–||24 – 10||15 – 20||9 – 9||19 – 14||9 – 4||6 – 4||W 1|
|Milwaukee||38||31||.551||1||20 – 18||18 – 13||7 – 9||17 – 13||12 – 4||5 – 5||L 4|
|Cincinnati||35||32||.522||3||16 – 16||19 – 16||3 – 2||19 – 12||9 – 15||7 – 3||L 1|
|St. Louis||35||34||.507||4||19 – 15||16 – 19||13 – 11||13 – 14||7 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||23||44||.343||15||13 – 19||10 – 25||4 – 7||7 – 22||7 – 10||0 – 10||L 10|
|San Francisco||44||25||.638||–||22 – 9||22 – 16||8 – 6||11 – 4||20 – 11||7 – 3||W 4|
|LA Dodgers||41||27||.603||2.5||23 – 12||18 – 15||8 – 4||7 – 9||17 – 8||7 – 3||L 1|
|San Diego||39||32||.549||6||22 – 14||17 – 18||3 – 4||11 – 13||17 – 14||3 – 7||W 1|
|Colorado||29||41||.414||15.5||24 – 14||5 – 27||5 – 8||4 – 10||14 – 21||5 – 5||W 4|
|Arizona||20||50||.286||24.5||11 – 19||9 – 31||8 – 15||6 – 8||6 – 20||0 – 10||L 14|
|Orlando City SC||7||3||3||1||8||4||4||2-2-0||1-1-1||12|
|New York City FC||7||3||2||2||13||7||6||1-1-1||2-1-1||11|
|Inter Miami CF||8||2||2||4||8||13||-5||0-1-3||2-1-1||8|
|Real Salt Lake||6||2||3||1||9||7||2||1-2-1||1-1-0||9|
|Los Angeles FC||7||2||2||3||8||9||-1||2-1-1||0-1-2||8|
|Connecticut Sun||8||4||.667||—||5-1||3-3||4-1||6-4||2 L|
|New York Liberty||6||6||.500||2.0||3-2||3-4||3-3||4-6||2 L|
|Chicago Sky||6||7||.462||2.5||2-5||4-2||5-2||4-6||4 W|
|Washington Mystics||5||6||.455||2.5||4-3||1-3||3-4||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||5||7||.417||3.0||2-4||3-3||4-3||5-5||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||1||13||.071||8.0||1-6||0-7||1-7||1-9||9 L|