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||1||Final|
|U.S. Open Championship|
|Jun. 17-20, Torrey Pines Golf Club – South, La Jolla, California|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Richard Bland||70||67||-5 (137)||F|
|1t||Russell Henley||67||70||-5 (137)||F|
|3t||Louis Oosthuizen||67||71||-4 (138)||F|
|3t||Matthew Wolff||70||68||-4 (138)||F|
|5t||Bubba Watson||72||67||-3 (139)||F|
|5t||Jon Rahm||69||70||-3 (139)||F|
|7t||Kevin Streelman||71||69||-2 (140)||F|
|7t||Mackenzie Hughes||73||67||-2 (140)||F|
|7t||Xander Schauffele||69||71||-2 (140)||F|
|10t||Scottie Scheffler||72||69||-1 (141)||F|
|10t||Guido Migliozzi||71||70||-1 (141)||F|
|10t||Patrick Rodgers||70||71||-1 (141)||F|
|13t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||72||70||E (142)||F|
|13t||Bryson DeChambeau||73||69||E (142)||F|
|13t||Branden Grace||72||70||E (142)||F|
|13t||Harris English||72||70||E (142)||F|
|13t||Collin Morikawa||75||67||E (142)||F|
|13t||Justin Thomas||73||69||E (142)||F|
|13t||Brooks Koepka||69||73||E (142)||F|
|13t||Adam Hadwin||70||72||E (142)||F|
|21t||Tom Hoge||72||71||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Lee Westwood||71||72||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Rory McIlroy||70||73||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Matt Jones||72||71||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Charley Hoffman||72||71||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Rikuya Hoshino||69||74||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Dylan Wu||70||73||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Brian Harman||72||71||+1 (143)||F|
|21t||Daniel Berger||71||72||+1 (143)||F|
|30t||Chez Reavie||76||68||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Joaquin Niemann||75||69||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Robert MacIntyre||71||73||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Marc Leishman||74||70||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Dustin Johnson||71||73||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Sungjae Im||72||72||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Kyle Westmoreland||71||73||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Jhonattan Vegas||75||69||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Francesco Molinari||68||76||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Phil Mickelson||75||69||+2 (144)||F|
|30t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||68||76||+2 (144)||F|
|41t||Charl Schwartzel||71||74||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Stewart Cink||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Hideki Matsuyama||69||76||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Sergio Garcia||71||74||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Adam Scott||70||75||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Patrick Reed||72||73||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Patrick Cantlay||70||75||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Lanto Griffin||76||69||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Greyson Sigg||71||74||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Chris Baker||74||71||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Tommy Fleetwood||72||73||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||70||75||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Martin Kaymer||77||68||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Gary Woodland||74||71||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Ian Poulter||74||71||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||Dylan Frittelli||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|41t||J.T. Poston||72||73||+3 (145)||F|
|58t||Wade Ormsby||72||74||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Taylor Montgomery||70||76||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Troy Merritt||75||71||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Paul Casey||71||75||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Jordan Spieth||77||69||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Rick Lamb||71||75||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Edoardo Molinari||70||76||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Fabian Gomez||70||76||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Wilco Nienaber||72||74||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Shane Lowry||72||74||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Kevin Kisner||73||73||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Si Woo Kim||71||75||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Jimmy Walker||74||72||+4 (146)||F|
|58t||Akshay Bhatia||73||73||+4 (146)||F|
|Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give|
|Jun. 17-20, Blythefield Country Club, Belmont, Michigan|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Leona Maguire||65||64||-15 (129)||F|
|2||Su-Hyun Oh||67||65||-12 (132)||F|
|3||Lindy Duncan||68||65||-11 (133)||F|
|4t||Nelly Korda||68||66||-10 (134)||F|
|4t||Lizette Salas||68||66||-10 (134)||F|
|4t||Anna Nordqvist||67||67||-10 (134)||F|
|4t||Brittany Altomare||68||66||-10 (134)||F|
|4t||Mina Harigae||68||66||-10 (134)||F|
|9t||In Gee Chun||68||67||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Moriya Jutanugarn||68||67||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Marina Alex||67||68||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Chella Choi||67||68||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Perrine Delacour||71||64||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Charley Hull||65||70||-9 (135)||F|
|9t||Madelene Sagstrom||68||67||-9 (135)||F|
|16t||Elizabeth Szokol||71||65||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Sarah Schmelzel||67||69||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Giulia Molinaro||68||68||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Lexi Thompson||68||68||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Inbee Park||68||68||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||67||69||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Hannah Green||70||66||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Jennifer Kupcho||68||68||-8 (136)||F|
|16t||Janie Jackson||70||66||-8 (136)||F|
|25t||Katherine Kirk||70||67||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Ashleigh Buhai||69||68||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Georgia Hall||68||69||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Austin Ernst||69||68||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Lauren Stephenson||65||72||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Jessica Korda||68||69||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Ally Ewing||68||69||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Amy Olson||67||70||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Min Lee||66||71||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Nasa Hataoka||65||72||-7 (137)||F|
|25t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||70||67||-7 (137)||F|
|36t||Christina Kim||68||70||-6 (138)||F|
|36t||Jin Young Ko||69||69||-6 (138)||F|
|36t||Gaby Lopez||68||70||-6 (138)||F|
|39t||Carlota Ciganda||69||70||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Jeongeun Lee||73||66||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Ariya Jutanugarn||66||73||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Xiyu Lin||67||72||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Cheyenne Knight||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Megan Khang||68||71||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Caroline Masson||69||70||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Sarah Burnham||68||71||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Esther Lee||69||70||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Haeji Kang||73||66||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Gabriela Ruffels||67||72||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Cristie Kerr||69||70||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Juli Inkster||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Dana Finkelstein||69||70||-5 (139)||F|
|39t||Ruixin Liu||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|54t||Azahara Munoz||72||68||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Angel Yin||72||68||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Valery Plata||72||68||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Esther Henseleit||68||72||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Albane Valenzuela||70||70||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Lydia Ko||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Sophia Popov||67||73||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Stacy Lewis||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Jenny Coleman||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|54t||Jeong Eun Lee||69||71||-4 (140)||F|
|64t||Cydney Clanton||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Mo Martin||73||68||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Muni He||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Alison Lee||67||74||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Jennifer Song||71||70||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||A Lim Kim||72||69||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||In-Kyung Kim||71||70||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Gerina Piller||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|64t||Jiwon Jeon||71||70||-3 (141)||F|
Mann scores career-high 39, Clippers eliminate Jazz 131-119
LOS ANGELES (AP) Terance Mann scored a career-high 39 points and the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to a conference final for the first time in the franchise’s 51-year history, beating the Utah Jazz 131-119 on Friday night.
“The cheers, the excitement, you felt the monkey off of the Clippers back as far as getting past the second round,” said Paul George, who had 28 points. “The playoffs are about grit and fighting back. Time after time we have shown that.”
Reggie Jackson added 25 points for the Clippers, who faced a 25-point deficit early in the third quarter before rallying. It is the largest comeback by a team in a series-clinching win over the last 25 seasons.
It is the second straight series Los Angeles has dropped the first two games and come back to advance. The fourth-seeded Clippers will face second-seeded Phoenix in the Western Conference finals. Game 1 is Sunday in Phoenix.
The Clippers won the final two games against the Jazz with All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard sidelined by a sprained right knee. The close-out victory was viewed by 17,105 at Staples Center, marking the first time in 15 months the Clippers had played in front of a full house after California eased COVID-19 safety restrictions on Tuesday.
Mann helped fuel the rally with 20 points in the third quarter. Utah had a 94-91 lead going into the final 12 minutes, but Jackson gave the Clippers their first lead since early in the second quarter when his layup made it 96-95 with 10:36 remaining.
Mann – who was 15 of 21 from the field – also was just the third player in franchise history to make at least seven 3s in a postseason game.
The Clippers had a 107-106 lead with eight minutes remaining before they seized control with nine straight points, including five by Mann. The closest the Jazz would get after that was six.
Donovan Mitchell led top-seeded Utah with 39 points. It is the second time in franchise history the Jazz have blown a 25-point lead in a postseason game.
Royce O’Neale added 21 for the Jazz. They had the NBA’s top regular-season record but lost four straight for the first time all year.
“I think our inefficiency early on in the third quarter turning the ball over, that led to a lot of baskets. And obviously in the half court they spaced us and moved it and had us on our heels,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.
Mitchell opened the second half with a 33-foot, step back 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 75-50 lead 24 seconds into the third quarter. It was 88-67 with 6:37 remaining when LA fought its way back by going on a 21-2 run to get within a basket with 1:42 remaining with 10 points from Mann and Jackson scoring nine.
“When Mitchell hit that 3-pointer, I was thinking that we didn’t want to go home,” Mann said. “I had a lot to do. They left me open and I hit my shots. The offense is going to take care of itself if you are confident in your game.”
A dunk by O’Neale and Mitchell’s pair of free throws pushed Utah’s lead back up to six, but Jackson’s 3-pointer’s with 11.1 seconds remaining cut the advantage in half heading into the fourth quarter.
The first half saw 12 lead changes. Rajon Rondo’s layup with 9:17 remaining in the second quarter gave LA a 41-40 lead before Utah outscored the Clippers 33-10 the remainder of the half to take a 72-50 advantage at the break.
The Jazz went on a 21-2 run that included 17 straight points by Clarkson, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Curry, Harris help 76ers stay alive, hold off Hawks 104-99
ATLANTA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers remained confident after blowing big leads in back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Hawks and continued to avoid self-doubt after falling behind by 12 early in Game 6.
Finally, the 76ers showed their belief in their talent, and their No. 1 seed, were justified.
Seth Curry hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and the 76ers avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Hawks 104-99 on Friday night.
The 76ers overcame Trae Young’s 34-point effort to force Game 7 on Sunday night in Philadelphia.
“You saw the fight and grit of a whole group,” said Tobias Harris, who also had 24 points.
Harris made four free throws in the final 13 seconds to protect the lead. Joel Embiid added 22 points and 13 rebounds.
“Tonight I think we showed that mental toughness and came out on top,” Ben Simmons said.
Curry made six of nine 3s as he served as Philadelphia’s answer for Young’s long-distance shooting.
“It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun,” Curry said. “That’s a great team over there. … You’ve just got to weather the storm and come back at them at the other end.”
Young’s long 3, just before the shot clock expired, cut Philadelphia’s lead to 94-93. Embiid answered with a basket. Free throws by Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, who scored 16 points off the bench, pushed the advantage to 98-93.
Danilo Gallinari’s jam with 20 seconds remaining cut the lead to three points but the 76ers made six of six free throws to close the game.
The Hawks rallied from deficits of 18 and 26 points to win back-to-back games and were in position to clinch the series at home.
“That stung for us as a whole team,” Harris said of blowing big leads in two losses. “We said there’s really going to be a lot of criticism but we really have to stay focused because the series isn’t over. … As a group we basically just locked into that.”
The Hawks finally started strong, leading by 12 points in the first period and never trailing in the first half. Atlanta led 51-47 at halftime.
The 76ers opened the second half with a flurry of four 3s, including three by Curry, during a 14-0 run to open the second half that gave Philadelphia a 61-51 lead. The 76ers led by 11 at 68-57, following a jumper by Embiid.
“I don’t think we were tight,” said Hawks coach Nate McMillan, who said the team struggled when it “just started to take quick shots. We didn’t make them work on defense.”
Atlanta cut the lead to 80-76 entering the final period.
After outscoring Philadelphia 40-19 in the fourth quarter of their 109-106 comeback win in Game 5, the Hawks took the momentum into the opening period of Game 6.
Collins’ jumper to open the game helped Atlanta score 10 of the game’s first 12 points. A steal and free throw by Kevin Huerter, who had 17 points, stretched the advantage to 12 points for the first time at 20-8.
A long 3-pointer by Young again extended the lead to 12 at 25-13.
Maxey’s strong play off the bench helped the 76ers recover. Maxey’s floater early in the second period tied the game at 29-all.
Following a timeout that gave McMillan the chance to send Collins and Young back into the game, Atlanta answered with a 10-0 run that included three baskets and a steal by Young.
Following his fast-break lay-in during the run, Young celebrated with a smile and shoulder shimmy.
Celtics send Kemba Walker, 16th pick to Thunder for Horford
BOSTON (AP) The Celtics are bringing Al Horford back, trading point guard Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for the five-time All-Star on Friday in Brad Stevens’ first major move since he moved from the Boston bench to the front office.
Boston will also send the No. 16 overall draft pick and a 2025 second-rounder to the Thunder and receive 7-footer Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick in return.
Oklahoma City now holds 19 first-round draft picks over the next seven years.
Horford returns to Boston and gives the Celtics the frontcourt presence they’ve lacked since he left two seasons ago. The 6-foot-9 was forward was a member of the NBA All-Defensive team with the Celtics in 2017-18 while also posting the best assist numbers of his career.
Stevens coached Horford for three seasons and says he played a “critical role” while in Boston.
“His ability to elevate teammates with his experience and leadership make for a great addition,” Stevens said. “We also want to welcome Moses to Boston. He is a promising young player.”
Walker joins a team that finished with the second-worst record in the West last season but showed potential with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who led the Thunder with 23.7 points per game, and Lu Dort, who averaged 14 points and was one of the league’s best defensive guards.
Walker, 31, is guaranteed more than $73 million over the next two seasons. But after helping the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA bubble last season the four-time All-Star he was limited by knee injuries to 43 games in 2021; he missed the last two games of the first-round playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Walker’s departure means Boston will rely more heavily on All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for scoring. Without further moves, it would also leave Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard as the team’s main options at point guard.
But swapping his salary for Horford’s will save the Celtics $9 million.
“Kemba is a true professional and a great teammate and player,” Stevens said. “I want to thank him for his tremendous impact, and the positive contribution he’s made both to the Celtics and the city of Boston.”
After playing his first nine seasons in Atlanta, Horford signed with Boston as a free agent in 2016 and led the team to the conference finals in his first two seasons. But he opted out after three seasons to go to Philadelphia, then the 76ers flipped him to the Thunder after one year.
Horford, 35, averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds this season, but he played just 23 games before Oklahoma City shut him down in late March to take a look at younger players – including Brown.
“Thank you to … the entire Thunder organization for their professionalism during my time in Oklahoma City,” Horford tweeted. “While it was short, it was first class all the way and me and my family are extremely thankful and appreciative.”
Brown, 21, was a first-team All-G-League selection this season, and the Thunder saw enough to call him up and award him a multiyear deal. The 7-footer averaged 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds and tied a team record with 23 rebounds against the Celtics this season.
“As soon as he got his opportunity, he really embraced it,” Horford said during the team’s exit interviews. “He took it by storm. Playing in this league is not easy, night in and night out to have to prepare, everything that it takes, and I felt like he was up for the challenge.”
Sources: Boston Celtics seek second interviews with Nets’ Ime Udoka, Bucks’ Darvin Ham and Clippers’ Chauncey Billups
The Boston Celtics’ coaching search remains focused in the ranks of assistants, with a wave of second interviews expected to come with Brooklyn’s Ime Udoka, Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham and the LA Clippers’ Chauncey Billups, sources told ESPN.
Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens, running the process to hire his successor, is trimming his list of candidates for the next phase of the process.
Udoka, Ham and Billups are among the prominent candidates left in the search, but aren’t necessarily the full complement of the Celtics’ remaining list.
Udoka has received strong reviews from Celtics players who played for the U.S. national team in the 2019 World Cup tournament, sources said. Udoka was an assistant under national coach Gregg Popovich. Udoka joined Steve Nash’s staff this year after one season with the Sixers and seven years under Popovich with the Spurs.
Ham is considered one of the top head-coaching candidates among league assistants and has interviewed for several head-coaching jobs in the past two years. He has most recently been on Mike Budenholzer’s staff with the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, and broke into the NBA coaching ranks as a Lakers assistant in 2011. Ham spent eight seasons in the NBA as a player with six different teams.
In his first year as an assistant with the Clippers, Billups also recently interviewed for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head-coaching job and has drawn interest from several more teams with openings, including Washington, Orlando and New Orleans, sources told ESPN.
Billups is a prominent candidate in the Blazers’ search, sources said.
Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star in his 17 seasons as a player, including MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with the Detroit Pistons.
AP sources: Beal, Booker commit to playing in Tokyo Olympics
(AP) — Bradley Beal won a gold medal with USA Basketball 11 years ago, leading the Americans in scoring on their way to an undefeated run at the Under-17 world championship.
He’s looking for another gold this summer – on international basketball’s biggest stage.
The Washington Wizards guard has committed to playing for the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics, according to a person with knowledge of the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the team has not been revealed publicly.
Also Friday, the AP learned from a second person that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has given USA Basketball his commitment to play in Tokyo. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the team announcement is still spending. ESPN first reported Booker’s plans to be on the team.
It’ll be the first Olympic appearance for both players. Beal was a candidate for the team that won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 and again for the U.S. team that finished seventh at the Basketball World Cup in China two years ago. Beal wound up withdrawing from consideration in 2016 because of injury concerns, and in 2019 for family reasons.
The Athletic first reported that Beal had decided to play.
Beal, a three-time All-Star who was announced earlier this week as an All-NBA selection for the first time, averaged a career-best 31.3 points for Washington this season.
He joins a backcourt that will include Booker as well as Portland guard Damian Lillard, who said Thursday that he has several reasons for wanting to play – the chance to be coached by Gregg Popovich among them. Booker, who is headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time, averaged 25.6 points this season.
The U.S. is also expecting forwards Draymond Green, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, and Jayson Tatum to be part of the Tokyo-bound roster.
Some top names, such as LeBron James and Jimmy Butler, have already decided not to compete this summer for a variety of reasons.
USA Basketball has been aiming toward filling the 12-man roster for the Olympics by the end of this month.
The Americans – bidding for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal – will convene for training camp in Las Vegas on July 6. They begin play in Tokyo against France, a strong medal contender, on July 25.
Nets, Bucks hope to avoid early exit in Game 7 on Saturday
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn’s blockbuster brought James Harden to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, creating a team with potential to shoot its way out of any situation.
Milwaukee’s move gave Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton a top two-way guard in Jrue Holiday, who could run his team and slow down the other.
Both teams hoped their big trade was the one that would lead to a championship.
One of them won’t even get halfway there.
The Nets and Bucks play Game 7 of their second-round series Saturday in Brooklyn, with the winner moving on to play for the Eastern Conference title and the loser falling well short of expectations.
“With everything we’ve built and been through, we got the second seed for this particular reason and we’ve just got to go out there and hoop,” Harden said. “At home. One game.”
In a series where the home team has won every game, the Nets hope their strong ending to the regular season pays off now. They won their final five games to finish two games ahead of the Bucks for the No. 2 seed, giving them home-court advantage in this round.
Brooklyn is 6-0 at home in the playoffs and 24-3 against East teams at Barclays Center this season.
“We haven’t won on the road yet and that’s the only way we knew we were going to win this series, if we got a win on the road, and it’s coming down to the last game,” Middleton said.
With Irving sidelined by a sprained ankle and Harden limited in his return from right hamstring tightness, the Nets are a shell of the team that led the league in shooting percentage and was second in scoring this season.
The Nets have been held below 100 points in three of the last four games and might not have gotten there without Durant’s 49 points in their 114-108 victory in Game 5.
“Since Game 3 to Game 6, we’ve played four great games and we’ve just got to keep trusting one another, keep trusting our habits, keep making it tough for them,” Antetokounmpo said.
Durant scored 32 more in Game 6 and Harden had 16, but Blake Griffin was the only other Nets player in double figures with 12. Jeff Green managed only five after his 27 points in Game 5 and Brooklyn got only nine points from its bench as Steve Nash largely stuck with his starters.
“This is what it is. This is the deck we have,” Nash said. “We’re going to solve as many puzzles as we can and we’re also going to try to play our hearts out and enjoy the opportunity, as we have done all year. We’ve found ways to persevere and give ourselves an opportunity when it didn’t look good and for us inside our group we feel great.”
Meanwhile, Middleton comes off his best performance, with 38 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in Game 5 after struggling early in the series. Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, his fourth straight 30-10 game.
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— NEED TO KNOW: The Nets are trying to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since making their only two NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. The Bucks are trying to avoid a second straight second-round exit, but are 0-7 all-time in Game 7s on the road.
— KEEP AN EYE ON: Middleton. With 29.3 points per game over the last four, the All-Star looks nothing like the player who opened the series by missing 25 of his first 31 shots. He was 11 for 16 in Game 6 and the Nets have to find some way to slow him down Saturday.
— INJURY WATCH: Irving has been ruled out for the third straight game. Harden said he hoped to continue improving heading into Game 7, after missing all but 43 seconds of the first four games. He appeared to be moving better Thursday, but still not enough to play with much pace.
“It’s like, this is not the way we envisioned our playoff run, losing Ky, having James being the position he’s in, Jeff Green being in the position he’s in,” Nash said. “So we just look at this as a great opportunity. We’re still here, we’re still alive given everything that’s happened to us.”
— PRESSURE IS ON: Durant. The series might already be over if not for his historic performance in Game 5. Now it’s the season that might be over after Saturday if he can’t find some way to dazzle again with the lack of help the Nets appear capable of giving him right now.
Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2 in OT to take 2-1 lead
MONTREAL (AP) Luke Richardson didn’t envision his debut as an NHL head coach coming this way.
But he’ll take it.
Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the game at 12:53 of overtime and Carey Price made 43 saves as Montreal beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinal series hours after learning interim coach Dominique Ducharme tested positive for COVID-19.
“I would have thought my first chance running an NHL bench would be an exhibition game,” said Richardson, a Canadiens assistant temporarily promoted to the top job in Ducharme’s absence. “But it happened to be in third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in overtime, so it’s pretty exciting.
“We’re just hoping to keep this thing going and we’ll get the whole group back together.”
Cole Caufield also scored for Montreal in front of 3,500 fans at the Bell Centre as the Canadiens won in overtime for the fourth time in the playoffs.
Ducharme’s first test came back positive Friday morning before a subsequent result provided confirmation. He addressed the team before and after the game virtually, and was in communication with Richardson and his staff between periods.
“It was very difficult,” Anderson said of not having Ducharme present. “Most of us were pretty confused, too. Us staying in such a tight bubble, and not going anywhere outside.
“When you lose your head coach, it’s obviously very tough.”
Nicolas Roy and Alex Pietrangelo scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 24 stops – and one major gaffe on Anderson’s tying goal late in regulation – for the Golden Knights.
“We liked the way we played,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said of Fleury. “Starting from the top, we have to score goals.”
The Golden Knights will have to do that when the best-of-seven showdown resumes Sunday night.
Anderson’s winner came after he knocked down an pass from Jesperi Kotkaniemi at the offensive blue line. The puck fell to Paul Byron, who froze Fleury before passing back to Anderson for his third goal of the playoffs.
“It looked like we had a lot more energy than them (in OT),” Anderson said. “We found a way.”
Price stymied Vegas time and again until his teammates finally found traction.
“It was incredible,” Anderson said of the goaltender’s performance. “He kept us in the game, all game.
“We wouldn’t be sitting here talking about this without him.”
After the Golden Knights, who dominated much of the first two periods and led 30-8 on the shot clock through 40 minutes, killed off a penalty to start the third, Pietrangelo scored his fourth goal of the playoffs – and third in the last two games – under Price’s blocker on an odd-man rush at 2:22.
Vegas appeared to be cruising to a series lead late in the third when Fleury, who was solid all night up to that point, misplaying the puck behind his net and gifting Anderson his second into an open net with 1:55 remaining.
“Those type of events are tough to recover from,” Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer said. “We talked between the third and the overtime about trying to get our mojo back.
“There’s no doubt that carried into the overtime for us a little on the negative side, and for sure gave them some pop.”
Price said it has been an up-and-down season.
“But I feel like we’ve always responded well to the adversity,” Price said. “(Game 3) was just another example of that.
“Not having Dom behind the bench was just another twist.”
The NHL said in a statement before Game 3 announcing Ducharme’s positive test that all of the Canadiens’ players, fellow coaches and team staff came back with negative results both Thursday and Friday.
“Things went fast, and maybe that’s better off,” Richardson said. “We didn’t have too much time to think about it.”
Following a first period in which the Golden Knights carried the play and held a 16-3 shot edge after Montreal had great starts in Games 1 and 2, Vegas finally got on the board at 3:16 of the second on a gift from Canadiens winger Eric Staal.
The veteran forward inexplicably threw a pass in front of his own net that was intercepted by Roy, who scored his second.
Montreal got that one right back just 38 seconds later when Nick Suzuki blocked a shot and fed a pass ahead to a streaking Caufield.
Montreal’s rookie sniper moved in alone and scored his second over Fleury’s glove, setting the stage for more late drama.
“We just don’t quit,” Price said. “We’ve gone through a lot of adversity.
“We keep responding.”
Canadiens coach Ducharme tests positive for virus, isolating
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens interim coach Dominique Ducharme tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss at least Game 3 of his team’s semifinal series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.
The NHL said Ducharme received a confirmed positive COVID-19 test nine days since receiving his second vaccine dose. No other Canadiens players or members of the Vegas Golden Knights have tested positive.
Ducharme isolated immediately and Game 3 scheduled for Friday night in Montreal is set to be played as scheduled. General manager Marc Bergevin said he doesn’t know how long Ducharme will be out.
“I’ve talked to Dom twice today — he’s doing fine,” Bergevin said. “He’s at home. As far as how long he’s going to be out, we’re dealing with and talking to Health Quebec and also NHL protocols. It’s an ongoing situation, so I can’t tell you how long.”
Assistant Luke Richardson will run Montreal’s bench in Game 3 with assistants Alex Burrows and Sean Burke.
“As of this morning, (Ducharme) was in contact with our coaches,” Bergevin said in French. “He prepared the game plan. And I would say he won’t be in contact between periods, but he’ll definitely be in touch after the game and he’ll prepare the plans for Game 4. He’s at home, but he’s implicated with everything that’s going to happen and the game plan for now.”
The Canadiens and Golden Knights are tied in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal series after Montreal earned a split at Vegas with a 3-2 win in Game 2.
Ducharme was promoted to interim head coach from assistant after the firing of Claude Julien on Feb. 24. Julien missed time during the 2020 playoffs last summer after being hospitalized with chest pains.
“I don’t see any connection between the two,” Bergevin said Friday. “Circumstances are pretty different. But I can guarantee that we’ll be ready.”
Under Ducharme, the Canadiens finished fourth in the all-Canadian North Division and upset Toronto and Winnipeg in the first two playoff rounds.
The Golden Knights have already seen this scenario play out in this postseason. Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar missed a morning skate because of a COVID-19 testing irregularity. He was then cleared to coach in Game 6 of the second-round series against Vegas.
Panthers’ Barkov wins Selke Trophy as best defensive forward
NEW YORK (AP) — Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward for the first time in his eight-year career.
Barkov was announced as the winner of the award Friday night before Vegas faced Montreal in Game 3 of one semifinal series. He was a finalist for the first time.
The 25-year-old Finn became just the fifth player in league history to win both the Selke and the Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct. He won the Lady Byng in 2019.
Barkov ranked ninth among forwards averaging just under 21 minutes a game and was 10th in the league with a winning percentage of 54.9 on faceoffs.
Boston center Patrice Bergeron and Vegas winger Mark Stone were the other finalists for the Selke, which is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez offered his endorsement of Stone after the team’s morning skate Friday.
“He’s just a really, really smart, complete player,” Martinez said of Stone. “He’s always picking off passes, knocking down passes, stripping guys — things like that. He’s a 200-foot player.”
So is Barkov, who helped Florida improve its team defense, allowing a half a goal a game less than last season, and also put up 58 points in 50 games. The Panthers lost to defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in six games in the first round. Barkov had seven points in that series.
Myers homers twice, Paddack fans 11, Padres beat Reds 8-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) Wil Myers homered twice and doubled, Tommy Pham hit a leadoff homer and Chris Paddack struck out 11 in five impressive innings to match his career high for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Friday night.
The Padres have hit seven homers in winning the first two games of the four-game series. They came into the series struggling badly after losing 13 of 17 games, including going just 1-5 on a trip through New York and Colorado.
Coming off a 6-4 thriller Thursday night in which they hit four homers in the final four innings, including a pair of two-run homers in the ninth, the Padres didn’t wait that long to break out on Friday night. Pham hit an opposite-field shot to right on rookie Tony Santillan’s second pitch, his sixth.
Myers homered off the first floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner leading off the second, giving him the most homers by a Padres player at Petco Park, 58. He had been tied with Adrian Gonzalez at 57.
Myers’ 59th homer at the downtown ballpark was a leadoff shot off reliever Ashton Goudeau into the Padres’ bullpen in the fourth for a 4-1 lead.
It was his ninth career multihomer game and first since Game 2 of the 2020 wild-card series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He has seven homers this season.
Goudeau loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit an RBI single to left.
Tatis hit a leadoff double in the third and eventually scored on Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly.
Trent Grisham had a two-run double in the eighth.
Paddack (4-5) was mostly brilliant in holding the Reds to two runs and six hits, with just one walk. He matched his career strikeout high set against the New York Mets on May 6, 2019, in his seventh big league start.
Paddack allowed Jesse Winker’s RBI single in the third and Kyle Farmer’s RBI base hit in the fourth.
The damage could have been worse in the fourth. Paddack walked Joey Votto and allowed Eugenio Suarez’s infield single with one out. The tall right-hander leaped over Tatis, the shortstop, to avoid a collision as they both went for Suarez’s grounder. Paddack struck out Tucker Barnhart, allowed Farmer’s run-scoring single and then struck out pinch-hitter Shogo Akiyama.
Santillan (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits in three innings, struck out three and walked one.
Duvall hits slam, 2-run shot, Marlins clobber Cubs 10-2
CHICAGO (AP) Adam Duvall hit a grand slam and a two-run drive, and the Miami Marlins snapped a four-game slide by pounding the Chicago Cubs 10-2 in a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field.
Jon Berti added a three-run homer on a warm, windless evening as the Marlins dealt the Cubs their fourth loss in five. Jorge Alfaro had three hits and scored twice as the teams met for the first time since Miami swept Chicago 2-0 in their NL wild-card series in October.
Duvall had three hits. He smacked his fifth career slam to cap Miami’s five-run third inning against shaky Cubs starter Zach Davies. Davies (4-4) gave up a career-high eight runs after not allowing any in his previous two starts.
Duvall’s second homer of the game and 14th of the season came on a towering fly to left off Dan Winkler in the seventh. Duvall has two multihomer games this season and nine for his career.
A hot-and-cold slugger throughout his career, the 32-year-old Duvall is still hitting just .215 this year.
But when Duvall starts connecting, the results can be explosive.
“When it’s hot, it’s not usually solos, it’s multiple runs,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He is just kind of instant hot. You just don’t know with Duvy, but it’s dangerous when it’s hot.”
Duvall said he tries to be more consistent than his stats suggest.
“This is what I strive for every day, even if it’s not attainable,” Duvall said. “I strive to impact the game in a positive way and be a guy we can lean on to drive in runs and play good defense.”
Joc Pederson hit two solo homers in his first two at-bats. It was Pederson’s second two-homer game this season and 17th of his career.
The Cubs have scored just 11 runs in their last five games following a hot run that propelled them to the top of the NL Central.
“It’s a long season,” Pederson said. “I think we just won a lot of games in row led by our offense. If we did that all season, we’d win 120 games. That’s not realistic.”
Marlins rookie starter Cody Poteet was activated off the 10-day injured list before the game, then left with two outs in the fourth after throwing 80 pitches. The right-hander allowed two runs – on Pederson’s drives – and three hits while walking four and striking out five.
John Curtiss (3-1), the first of three Miami relievers, tossed 1 1/3 innings to earn the win as the Marlins bullpen completed a four-hitter.
Davies allowed eight hits and walked three after not yielding a run in his previous 14 2/3 innings.
The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the third, then Starling Marte walked to force in Miami’s first run. After Jesus Aguilar popped out, Duvall ripped Davies’ 1-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers.
“To be able to get a pitch that was in my zone with the bases loaded was just the cherry on top,” Duvall said.
Pirates snap 10-game skid, hold on to beat Indians 11-10
PITTSBURGH (AP) Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly squandered a 10-run lead in the late innings before hanging on to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-10, snapping a 10-game losing streak.
Ke’Bryan Hayes had a three-run double that highlighted a five-run outburst in the sixth inning, staking the Pirates to an 11-1 lead.
The Indians rallied by scoring six runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, cutting the deficit to a run.
Cesar Hernandez hit a grand slam off Sam Howard in the seventh inning, pulling the Indians within 11-7. A two-run single by Rene Rivera and a throwing error by center fielder Bryan Reynolds an inning late made it a one-run game.
Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a pair of singles, for his eighth save in 10 chances. He struck out rookie slugger Bobby Bradley with runners on second and third to end the game.
“I think I drank like five bottles of water (in the late innings). I was sweating it out,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “But I always feel comfortable with Richie on the mound in the ninth regardless of a one-run lead, a four-run lead, whatever lead, that he’s going to close it out.”
Indians three-time Silver Slugger-winning third baseman Jose Ramirez left the game with a bruised left foot after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning.
The Pirates bullpen nearly blew the double-digit lead after starter Chad Kuhl (1-4) allowed one run in six innings.
“It’s nice to have the win attributed to my name, but I just want to have an outing that gives ourselves a chance to win,” Kuhl said. “What it really comes down to is it’s 10 games, so to put an end to (the losing streak) is really a good feeling, even though it wasn’t easy.”
Hernandez finished with three hits and five RBIs as the Indians lost for the second time in eight games. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs, and Eddie Rosario added two hits.
“We ask our guys to always continue to play and that was probably the ultimate example,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Those are hard games to win but we’re one hit away from maybe winning the game. Just keep playing. Sometimes it’s ugly, sometimes we make mistakes but keep playing.”
Reynolds homered for the Pirates and joined Adam Frazier with two hits.
The Pirates jumped on rookie starting pitcher J.C. Mejia (1-2) early with the big first inning. After the first run scored on a groundout, Jacob Stallings hit a two-run double to the wall in right-center and Polanco followed with a drive into the right-field stands.
Polanco had gone 4 for 20 on the Pirates’ just-completed six-game road trip.
“That was nice, especially coming off a rough road trip,” Polanco sad. “I hit that ball in the first inning and I’m like, `Oh yeah.’ That felt good.”
Staked to the early lead, Kuhl scattered four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He was aided by four double plays.
It was Kuhl’s first win since Sept. 24, 2020. He failed to record a victory in his first seven starts this year. In his last outing, Kuhl was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Milwaukee.
Mejia lasted a career-high five innings, giving up six runs and seven hits while striking out three.
Hayes, a rookie, has reached base in 23 consecutive games dating to last September.
Ohtani goes into HR Derby mode as Angels rout Tigers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani celebrated his appointment to next month’s All-Star Home Run Derby in fitting style, connecting twice during the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Ohtani clubbed his 20th and 21st homers of the season hours after announcing he would take part in MLB’s annual home-run spectacle July 12 at Coors Field in Denver.
The first blast from Ohtani was a line drive to right field that was part of the Angels’ three-homer fifth inning. His second went the opposite way to left-center field in the eighth, helping bring the team back to the .500 mark at 35-35.
Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh also homered in the fifth, with Rengifo’s first of the season coming in his second game since he returned from Triple-A. Walsh, who has taken over as the Angels’ everyday first baseman following the early-May departure of Albert Pujols, hit his 16th.
Tigers starter Jose Urena (2-7) was rocked for seven runs on seven hits with three walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was the second-consecutive start Urena gave up seven earned runs, also doing it Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
This was the second game the Angels were at full capacity this season, with a crowd of just 22,734 announced.
The second Ohtani homer of the game came off Tigers right-hander Joe Jimenez and gave him his fourth career multihomer game and his first this season. He entered Friday three back of the the major league lead held by the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.
Only four Angels players have ever hit 20 home runs with 10 stolen bases before the All-Star break, with Ohtani now joining Mike Trout (2014, 2018), Troy Glaus (2000) and Don Baylor (1978-79).
Angels starter Alex Cobb (5-2) gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 inning with two walks and eight strikeouts. The run was not earned. Cobb’s outing came after he gave up five runs in consecutive starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
The Angels received an RBI single from Kean Wong in the second inning and a run-scoring double from Taylor Ward in the third to take a 2-0 lead, before Rengifo, Ohtani and Walsh all went deep in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers finally broke through off Cobb in the sixth inning when Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double off the right-field wall. Cabrera, who has 492 career home runs, just missed tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the career list.
Ward added a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning as the Angels took a 10-1 lead, while the Tigers’ Willi Castro had an RBI single in the seventh off Angels right-hander Chris Rodriguez. The Tigers scored their final run on a Robbie Grossman ground out in the ninth.
Bland leads at Torrey and shows the US Open is truly open
SAN DIEGO (AP) The U.S. Open prides itself on being the most democratic of majors with some 9,000 players from all walks of golf having a chance to compete.
Richard Bland is an example of that.
Just over a month ago, the 48-year-old from England was 0-for-447 in his European Tour career. On Friday, he shot a 4-under 67 and walked off the South course at Torrey Pines with his name atop the leaderboard in the U.S. Open.
“A lot of guys have a lot more on the CV than I do,” Bland said. “But I’m here to compete and give it everything I’ve got.”
Bland was at 5-under 137, one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, setting a target for the likes of Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele to chase in the afternoon.
This is only his fourth major – twice at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and 2017, once at Bethpage Black for the U.S. Open – and he came in on a high note.
Bland won the British Masters last month in his 478th start, making him the oldest first-time winner in European Tour history. That also was the start of a three-tournament series for the leading 10 players to get into the U.S. Open. Travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated the 36-hole qualifier in England.
He arrived at Torrey Pines and immediately liked what he saw.
“I was feeling pretty good about my game. I’ve been driving the ball well for five, six weeks now, which is the cornerstone if you’re going to put a fight up for a U.S. Open,” Bland said. “When I saw this place on Monday, yeah, it kind of set up to my eye. It’s all there just straight in front of me, and that’s the kind of golf course I like.”
Oosthuizen, coming off a runner-up finish in the PGA Championship, finished with two pars in the morning to cap off a 67 to share the first-round lead with Russell Henley. He didn’t get any lower in the second round and shot 71, but was right in the mix.
Henley played in the afternoon.
Jon Rahm held it together during a rough patch in the thick grass, holed out from a bunker right of the 14th green for an unlikely birdie and shot 70. He was two shots behind Bland.
“Two very different rounds,” Rahm said. “I feel like yesterday I hit it really, really well, hit a lot of fairways. Just made a couple of mistakes going into the greens. Today it was the opposite. Took me a while to get going, didn’t hit my second fairway until the 13th hole, I believe, and I just had to survive.”
Bubba Watson shot 67 and joined Rahm at 3-under 139.
Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy were headed the wrong direction. Johnson, who missed the cut in the Masters and PGA Championship, dropped to 4 over until a late rally gave him a 73 and a spot in the weekend. He was seven behind. McIlroy had to birdie two holes down the stretch for a 73. He was six behind.
The 36-hole lead at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open was 3-under 139. The course is strong as ever with enough wind, though a marine layer has kept sunshine from baking out some of the greens. Then again, the weekend awaits.
Bland will be a big part of it, and that’s the charm of the U.S. Open.
“I love that about the game,” defending champion Bryson DeChambeau said after a 69 left him five shots behind. “Anybody, any age group, can play this great game and compete and contend. If you’re got the skill set to get the ball in the hole in the least amount of shots, you can be up there with the young guns.”
Bland won first first European Tour title a week before 50-year-old Phil Mickelson became golf’s oldest major champion at the PGA Championship. Lee Westwood won the Race to Dubai last year in Europe at 47. Stewart Cink has won twice on the PGA Tour this season at 48.
“It’s nice to give these gym guys a run for the money,” Bland said.
He is the classic journeyman, happy to be making a living at golf for more than two decades, disappointed to have not won until he broke through last month, not nearly surprised as most everyone else that he was leading the U.S. Open.
Irish rookie Leona Maguire leads Meijer LPGA Classic
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Leona Maguire shot a 8-under 64 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, the second straight week the Irish rookie has topped a leaderboard.
The 26-year-old former Duke player is trying to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history. Last week in California, she tied for ninth in the LPGA Mediheal Championship after leading after the first round.
“Everybody is going low. You know you have to go low,” Maguire said. “There is not really time to look around or even look behind. It’s sort of keep your foot down and keep going, make as many birdies as you can.”
Maguire had a 15-under 129 total at Blythefield Country Club. Starting her morning round on No. 10, she had five birdies in a back-nine 31, bogeyed Nos. 1 and 2, then birdied Nos. 4 and 6, eagled the par-5 eighth and birdied the par-4 ninth.
“You can’t really protect a lead,” Maguire said. “You can’t just try and make pars and stuff. You have to sort of go for everything. You have to hit a lot fairways out here. It’s tough when you get in the rough. I knew all about that on 1 and 2.”
NCAA memo: Emmert urges schools to act on NIL or he will
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert told the association’s more than 1,100 member schools Friday that he will seek temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their celebrity with a host of state laws looming and congressional efforts seemingly stalled.
In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Emmert urged members to pass legislation by the end of June that would for the first time make it permissible for college athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses.
All three divisions of NCAA athletics have been working toward reforming NIL rules and lifting restrictions on athletes since 2019.
“Since that time, many states have enacted NIL legislation and 10 state laws can take effect this July. It is therefore essential we now enact rules before the end of the month,” Emmert wrote in an email sent to presidents and chancellors, athletic directors, senior compliance administrators, conference commissioners and others.
The NCAA Division I Council meets Tuesday and Wednesday and could act on an NIL proposal that was expected to be voted on back in January.
Instead, Emmert encouraged membership at that time to put the vote on hold after an the Justice Department notified the NCAA that it’s proposed rule changes could violate antitrust law.
Since spring, Emmert has encouraged membership to move forward on NIL reform and has said he was confident new rules would be in place before the start of next football season.
Six states have NIL laws set to go into effect July 1 that will permit college athletes to be paid for endorsements, personal appearances and social media posts, setting up the possibility of patchwork rules from coast to coast for thousands of athletes.
“By July, all our athletes should be provided NIL opportunities regardless of the state they happen to live in,” Emmert wrote in the memo.
The NCAA has asked Congress for help in the form of a federal NIL law that would set uniform standards and preempt state laws. But it appears nothing will get done in Washington before the August recess.
Emmert wrote that if NCAA rules changes are not in place by July, he will take action.
“I have directed my staff to create proposals to this end. We will provide more details next week as this approach is reviewed by the NCAA Board of Governors and the divisional governance bodies,” he wrote.
Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, said the NCAA should have taken more aggressive action after California became the first state to pass an NIL law in 2019. The NCPA has been working with lawmakers on bills that address NIL and other college athlete issues.
“This memo is an admission that the NCAA is not helpless and that it’s merely asking Congress for a favor,” Huma said in statement to AP.
The NCAA’s plan is to allow athletes to be paid by third parties. The schools would not be involved in the transactions.
The NCAA does want to place some limitations around NIL rights and to be able to monitor athletes’ deals to prevent payments from being used as recruiting inducements.
Athlete advocates want unfettered access to the free market, though even state laws soon to be in effect in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas place some limitations on how athletes can earn money off their fame.
In Washington, there is consensus among lawmakers there should be a federal law guaranteeing college athletes the ability to make money from NIL. But leading Democrats would like to extend their reach into other areas of college sports such as regulating long-term health care and education opportunities for athletes. Republicans want to focus on a more narrow NIL bill.
Both parties have questioned whether the NCAA and Emmert have the ability to successfully lead and govern college sports.
“This is an important moment for college sports and particularly for our athletes,” Emmert said. “We must act to ensure that fair opportunities, consistent with our values, are provided to all student-athletes.”
Also hanging over the NCAA is a pending Supreme Court ruling on a case involving restrictions on athlete compensation. The so-called Alston case is not about NIL payments, but some college sports leaders are concerned that the high court’s decision could have a wide-ranging impact on the NCAA’s model of amateurism.
Commissioners dig into CFP expansion; Pac-12 pushes autobids
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — College Football Playoff expansion took another step forward Friday as the full group of commissioners who manage the postseason system wrapped up two days of digging into a plan for a 12-team format that would revamp the national championship.
The first debate about what the final version of a new playoff will look like has emerged: The Pac-12 is pushing for each Power Five conference to receive an automatic berth.
Expect a lot more negotiating to come.
“This is the beginning of a long, ongoing process,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said as he departed Big Ten headquarters in suburban Chicago. “It’s going to be months before we come to any closure on any of this.”
There is no announced timeline and the earliest expansion would be possible is 2023 if there are no big snags. Change could be as far out as the 2026 season after the current media rights contract with ESPN expires. The proposal put forth by a subcommittee that included Bowlsby does not address when a new format could be implemented.
“The working group intentionally did not get into it. They wanted to put a proposal in front of the management committee that the committee could consider without having the shackles of trying to figure out when to implement it,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said. “The group this week didn’t get into implementation time in a significant way. That will come later.”
“The first step is determining whether this new format is feasible or something the people on campus want to do,” Hancock said.
Last week, the CFP unveiled a plan to expand from four to 12 teams. Six spots would be reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions, but no league would automatically qualify. The other six teams would be chosen at-large from the selection committee’s rankings. The plan calls for first-round games on campuses and quarterfinal and semifinal games played in bowls.
The detailed proposal was developed over two years by four members of the CFP management committee: Bowlsby, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.
“You can imagine how many pages of notes I have on two years of work. And that’s what we’re trying to bring everybody else up to speed with,” Bowlsby said.
This week’s meeting was the first chance for the entire 11-person management committee to discuss the proposal in person. The other members include the commissioners of the Big Ten, Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference.
“Four of us were at one place. Now I think we have 11 of us at that place,” Bowlsby said. “Now, we move to talk to the presidents and see if we can get them at that place.”
Incoming Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff, whose represents the only Power Five conference to publicly support playoff expansion, left his first CFP meeting encouraged.
“The good news is everyone who’s on this conference committee supports expansion. So we’re aligned on that,” said Kliavkoff, who attended the meeting along with outgoing Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
But the Pac-12 also made clear what it wants in the early going: In a statement, Scott said: “The Pac-12 supports expansion of the CFP and believes that the Autonomy Five champions should annually qualify for the CFP. …. We now look forward to reviewing the expansion proposal more thoroughly with our members, student-athletes, partners and other key stakeholders.”
Another part of the plan that still needs to be worked out is how bowls can continue to be incorporated in the playoff. Especially the Rose Bowl, the oldest and most prestigious postseason game that traditionally matches Big Ten and Pac-12 schools in Pasadena, California, on the afternoon of Jan. 1.
“The Rose Bowl hopefully will be part of this,” Kliavkoff said. “They are very focused on making sure that their historic time is protected. And continuing to have the relationship they have with the two conferences.”
Next week, the group reconvenes in Dallas to present the plan to the CFP’s Board of Managers, the university presidents who have final say on what would be a momentous change in college football, with financial ramifications for bowls and conferences alike.
Before anything becomes a done deal, the commissioners want to hear from their local constituents: athletic directors, coaches and players. What do they think about all this?
“This is an enormous undertaking with dozens and dozens of moving parts and it’s not going to be a rapid process,” Bowlsby said. “This is going to be at least (this) fall before we have the necessary conversations and possess the necessary information to make informed decisions.”
Shohei Ohtani to hit in All-Star Home Run Derby
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani will compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver’s Coors Field on July 12.
The Los Angeles Angels star will be the first Japanese-born player in the derby, held the night before the All-Star Game.
“I always wanted to see a Japanese player participate in the derby and it happens to be me, so it’s really exciting for me,” he said through a translator on Friday.
Some players have gone into slumps after hitting in the derby, finding their swings get out of whack.
“Obviously, I’ve never experienced this, so I can’t really tell you how it’s going to effect me in the second half of the season, so I’m just going to just do it and see how it goes,” he said.
Ohtani said Angels bullpen catcher Jason Brown will pitch to him.
The 26-year-old outfielder, designated hitter and pitcher has 19 home runs, three behind major league leaders Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Diego and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto. Ohtani is hitting .270 with 47 RBIs, and he is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 starts.
Ohtani won Japan’s home run derby in 2016, when he also was MVP of the second of Japan’s two All-Star Games.
“I was just trying to swing at the ball too hard, like harder than normal, so this time around I’ll try to use that experience and just try to take normal BP hacks,” he said.
Ohtani played two games in the thin air at Coors Field in 2018 and went 1 for 2 with a single.
“Everyone told me that the ball flies there, and I felt that when I was taking BP, so it was a lot of fun,” he said.
He will become the seventh Angels player in the derby, after Wally Joyner (1996), Troy Glaus (2001), Garrett Anderson (2003), Vladimir Guerrero (2007), Mark Trumbo (2012) and Albert Pujols (2015).
Anderson and Guerrero won the competition, and Joyner was a co-winner.
Bills WR Beasley rather retire than follow NFL COVID rules
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley does not plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and insists he will not follow rules jointly adopted by the NFL and NFLPA requiring unvaccinated players to stay clear of people.
Tweeting in response to criticism over the last 24 hours of his stance on social media, Beasley confirmed Friday he is not vaccinated and will “live my one life like I want to regardless.”
“I will be outside doing what I do,” he tweeted. “I’ll be out in public. If your (sic) scared of me then steer clear, or get vaccinated … I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living.
“I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken. I’d rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way …I’ll play for free this year to live life how I’ve lived it from day one. If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.”
Beasley said a lot of players agree with him and but many are not established veterans. The 32-year-old who is entering his 10th season wants to represent those players, he tweeted.
Beasley tweeted that his has spoken with the players’ association since initially ripping them on their agreement with the league.
The new policy applies to training camp and the preseason. It restricts unvaccinated players while allowing vaccinated players to return to near normalcy, which made Beasley think the union was not representing all the players.
Beasley tweeted Friday morning a confirmation of The Athletic’s report that the NFLPA had reached out to him earlier in the day and come to an understanding regarding certain aspects of the policy.
Under the new policy, vaccinated players will also no longer be required to wear masks at the team’s facility or during team travel. They will have no travel restrictions, can use the sauna/steam room and weight room without capacity limits, and can interact with vaccinated friends and family during team travel.
Unvaccinated players will be required to tested for COVID-19 daily and must wears masks in team facilities and during travel. They will also not be allowed to use the sauna/steam rooms, are subject to weight room capacity limits, and may not leave the team hotel to eat or interact with anyone outside of the team traveling party during travel.
The biggest issue for Cole is the difference between the protocols for those vaccinated and those not after high-risk exposure to COVID-19.
Unvaccinated players will be required to quarantine after high-risk exposure, while vaccinated players will not.
Beasley is entering his third season with the Bills. He had career best of 82 catches for 967 yards in 2020. He has two years and roughly $11.9 million remaining on his contract.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Walter Camp 2021 Preseason All-America Teams Announced
The Walter Camp Football Foundation, an all-volunteer organization and caretaker of the nation’s oldest college football All-America team, has announced its 2021 Preseason All-American teams.
Eight players who earned Walter Camp All-American recognition in 2019 and/or 2020 are on the 2021 preseason list. Leading the First Team preseason offensive unit is junior running back Breece Hall (Iowa State), who returns to the Cyclones after rushing for 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2020. On defense, Northwestern redshirt sophomore strong safety Brandon Joseph (49 tackles) is a First Team preseason All-American after earning First Team honors a year ago.
Offensive lineman Cain Madden, who earned Second Team honors a year ago for Marshall, has transferred to Notre Dame and will play for the Fighting Irish this fall. Notre Dame teammate Kyle Hamilton (63 tackles in 2020)is a First Team preseason All-American this year after earning Second Team honors a year ago.
Punter Jake Camarda (Goergia), a second team All-America selection a year ago, is on the 2021 preseason list along with LSU junior Derek Stingley, Jr., who was a First Team All-American in 2019. Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar and Iowa offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum were both Walter Camp Second Team All-Americans a year ago.
In all, 29 different schools from eight conferences are represented on the Preseason All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 50 players selected).
2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America Teams
First Team Offense
WR: Chris Olave (Ohio State), Justyn Ross (Clemson)
TE: Charlie Kolar (Iowa State)
OL: Darian Kinnard (Kentucky), Kenyon Green (Texas A&M), Evan Neal (Alabama), Thayer Munford (Ohio State)
C: Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa)
QB: Sam Howell (North Carolina)
RB: Breece Hall (Iowa State), Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota)
PK: Cade York (LSU)
First Team Defense
DL: Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), Bryan Bresee (Clemson), DeMarvin Leal (Texas A&M), Haskell Garrett (Ohio State)
LB: Will Anderson, Jr. (Alabama), Mike Rose (Iowa State), Nick Bonitto (Oklahoma)
DB: Derek Stingley, Jr (LSU), Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame), Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati), Brandon Joseph (Northwestern)
P: Lou Hedley (Miami)
KR: Marcus Jones (Houston)
Second Team Offense
WR: Marvin Mims (Oklahoma), George Pickens (Georgia)
TE: Jalen Wydermyer (Texas A&M)
OL: Jamaree Salyer (Georgia), Jordan McFadden (Clemson), Cain Madden (Notre Dame), Jaxson Kirkland (Washington)
C: Colin Newell (Iowa State)
QB: Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)
RB: Sincere McCormick (UTSA), Bijan Robinson (Texas)
PK: Anders Carlson (Auburn)
Second Team Defense
DL: Myles Murphy (Clemson), Jordan Davis (Georgia), Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati), Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh)
LB: Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington), Devin Lloyd (Utah), Micah McFadden (Indiana)
DB: Eli Ricks (LSU), Josh Jobe (Alabama), Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson (TCU), Kaiir Elam (Florida)
P: Jake Camarda (Georgia)
KR: Aron Cruickshank (Rutgers)
Eriksen released from hospital after ‘successful’ operation
COPENHAGEN (AP) Christian Eriksen was discharged from the hospital on Friday and immediately went to visit his Denmark teammates nearly a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a European Championship match.
The Danish soccer federation wrote on Twitter that Eriksen was released from the Rigshospitalet in central Copenhagen after a successful operation. The federation previously said Eriksen would be fitted with an ICD, an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and defibrillator.
“The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances,” Eriksen was quoted as saying in the tweet.
The 29-year-old Eriksen has been in the hospital since collapsing on the field during his team’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday. His heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.
A tribute was held for him during Denmark’s second game against Belgium on Thursday, when play stopped after 10 minutes for a minute’s applause in the stadium.
The Danish federation said Eriksen went to see the team Friday at its training base in Helsingor, outside Copenhagen, and would then go home to spend time with his family.
“It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night,” Eriksen said in the tweet. “No need to say that I will be cheering on them on Monday against Russia.”
Denmark lost its first two games but still has a chance to advance to the round of 16 with a win over Russia in its final Group B game.
Denied by Swiss court, Houlihan not in lineup at trials
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Shelby Houlihan’s quest to overturn her doping suspension in time to run at this year’s Olympic trials is over.
Houlihan’s request for an emergency injunction from Switzerland’s highest court was turned down Friday because the court didn’t have the original decision to reference in order to make its own judgment.
The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport announced earlier this week it had banned Houlihan for four years after international testers found traces of the performance enhancer nandrolone in her system.
Houlihan, who finished fourth at world championships last year in the 1,500 and holds the American record at both 1,500 and 5,000 meters, says the positive test came because she ate a pork burrito hours before the test. There are many examples in recent years of tainted meat causing positives.
Houlihan had been entered in Friday’s preliminaries for both distances at Olympic trials, but her name was removed before the races started.
She offered an update on the case on social media.
“I want to be clear that, contrary to media reports, I never had any intention of competing if this injunction wasn’t granted,” she said. “If I was going to race, it was going to be the right way. I respect the sport and my competitors too much.”
Her uncertain status for the races threw the day leading into the start of trials into chaos.
USA Track and Field announced early Thursday that Houlihan would be allowed to run until she had exhausted all her appeals, which presumably included an appeal to the Swiss court. That brought a backlash from athletes and others who asked why an athlete who had received a ban from CAS, the ultimate authority in the sports world, was being allowed to race.
USATF and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee came back later in the day and said they would adhere to all antidoping rules. USATF explained that it didn’t receive official notice of Houlihan’s ban until late in the day, and therefore hadn’t been in position to remove her from the lineup.
Meantime, Houlihan’s team sent its appeal into the Swiss high court, asking for an injunction. While that request was denied, Houlihan said she would pursue the appeal once CAS issues its full decision.
“I am told that appeals of this kind are difficult to win, but I continue to believe that the truth will prevail,” she said.
In a social media post, and a video news conference earlier in the week, Houlihan and her attorney gave a detailed explanation of their case — including the existence of hair samples that offered no evidence of long-term buildup of nandrolone and a food log that showed she ate the burrito hours before the test.
“I can’t begin to find the words to express how disheartening this is,” she said in Friday’s post on Instagram. “It absolutely breaks my heart to have my dreams and career taken away for something I did not do.”
Grosjean tops first IndyCar practice at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Romain Grosjean paced IndyCar’s opening practice at Road America and immediately wished he was not at the top of the board.
“I don’t like topping free practice,” the Frenchman said after Friday’s session.
Grosjean went 1 minute, 47.6781 seconds in his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda on the 14-turn, 4.014-mile road course, where he tested two weeks ago. The former Formula One driver must now try to maintain the pace through Sunday’s race.
“When you lead a free practice, you don’t want to make many changes for the rest of the weekend,” Grosjean said. “When you’re first, you don’t want to make too big changes, but if you… (are) struggling in practice, you know you need to make some big changes because you kind of feel there’s nothing to lose.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay was second fastest in practice and followed by Josef Newgarden.
IndyCar has another practice scheduled Saturday ahead of qualifying and the three fastest drivers in the first session all lobbied for IndyCar to return to a more traditional schedule. The series this year has eliminated Friday morning practices in a cost-saving measure.
“What is a normal schedule?” asked rookie Grosjean.
Hunter-Reay explained to him that IndyCar up until this season held two Friday practices, one Saturday morning practice and then qualifying — the same format used in F1.
“The teams apparently are saving money on doing the shortened schedule because it’s one less day in hotels, things like that. There’s a bigger subject on the economics of the whole thing,” Hunter-Reay said. “As for a racing driver and fans, it would be better to have the Friday, Saturday, Sunday back again.”
Newgarden said all of his Team Penske teammates want the old schedule back. The four Penske drivers are winless through the first eight races of the season.
Kevin Magnussen, meanwhile, turned his first laps in an Indy car in the practice session as the replacement driver for Felix Rosenqvist, who was injured in a crash last week at Detroit. He was Grosjean’s teammate at Haas in F1 until both were dumped at the end of last season and the Danish driver has since looked for work in the United States.
His full-time job is driving the IMSA sports car for Chip Ganassi Racing, but the team gave him permission to race for Arrow McLaren SP this weekend. Magnussen’s father, Jan, subbed for an injured Emerson Fittipaldi 25 years ago at Road America and is an F1 veteran and sports car standout who made 11 starts when IndyCar was called CART.
“It’s never been a secret that IndyCar is something that I am pretty passionate about,” Magnussen said. “It’s nothing new. My dad raced Indy cars in the mid-90s when I was only a small little kid, and I can remember back then that I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to do that one day.’”
He’s joined in the field this weekend by Cody Shane Ware, who races mostly in NASCAR this year and will make his debut as Grosjean’s teammate. Ware was 22nd on the speed chart, sandwiched between seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Magnussen.
Oliver Askew also returned to the field for the second consecutive race as a substitute. He filled in for Rosenqvist at Detroit but was grabbed by Ed Carpenter Racing for this weekend after Rinus VeeKay broke his collarbone when he fell off his bike during a training ride.
Askew was ninth fastest in Friday practice and said returning to a car — he was let go at the end of last season by Arrow McLaren and has no ride this year — “was just like riding a bike, right?” He was immediately mortified and insisted he wasn’t making fun of VeeKay, his former rival in the Road to Indy ladder system.
VeeKay, who fist-bumped Askew after the practice session, took the pun in stride.
“I’ll tell you, riding a bike isn’t that easy,” he wrote to Askew on social media.
INDIANA SWIMMING: Lazor, King to Represent Team USA in Tokyo
OMAHA, Neb. – Indiana Swim Club pro swimmer Annie Lazor and 100m Breaststroke world-record holder Lilly King secured spots in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by finishing first and second, respectively, in the women’s 200m Breaststroke final at the 2020 Olympic Trials at the CHI Health Center on Friday 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.
Annie Lazor stuck to her race plan and closed the final 100 meters at 1:12.17, the fastest in the eight-lane final field, to win the women’s 200m Breaststroke and secure a spot on Team USA for the Olympics. She touched first at 2:21.07.
Her training partner and Olympic gold medalist Lilly King took the race out quickly and held on to the second spot and will compete in the 200m Breaststroke in Tokyo. She finished second with a time of 2:21.75.
WOMEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE
1. Annie Lazor – 2:21.07 #
2. Lilly King – 2:21.75 #
Advanced to Olympics #
The final preliminary session is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday morning with Hoosier representation in both the men’s and women’s 50m Freestyle and the men’s 1500m Freestyle.
IU Athletics to Return to Full Capacity For Its 2021 Fall Athletic Events
Bloomington, Indiana – We’re back…or make that, you’re back.
Indiana University Athletics plans to permit full capacity at Memorial Stadium for the 2021 IU Football season, IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson announced today. Full capacity is also planned for all of IU’s other home fall athletic events.
“This is one of the most exciting days for our department and for me personally as we announce our plans to welcome our fans back this fall,” Dolson said. “I cannot thank our fans enough for their patience and understanding while we have followed the advice of the medical professionals to protect the safety and health of everyone during the pandemic. In making today’s announcement, we continue to follow the advice of the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group, and we are counting down the days until we see our stands full of Hoosier fans again.
“I want to thank President McRobbie for accepting and supporting this recommendation, as well as President-Elect Whitten for her collaboration and backing of our plan to return to full capacity this fall.”
Specific COVID protocols for IU’s indoor and outdoor athletic activities this fall will be finalized at a later date.
On May 26, the Indiana University Restart Committee issued its recommendations for the fall (Aug. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021), which included for all in-person campus activities to be normalized to a pre-pandemic level. IU Athletics decision is in line with that recommendation, and has also been made in consultation with state, local and university health officials.
Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2021 Indiana Football season. 2020 National and Big Ten Coach of the Year Tom Allen’s team is coming off back-to-back January bowl invitations and returns 19 starters from last year’s squad that was ranked as high as No. 7 nationally.
PURDUE TRACK: Seven Boilermakers Set for Olympic Trials
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Seven current and former Purdue track & field student-athletes will compete at their respective country’s Olympic Trials from June 19-28.
Freshman Marcellus Moore and alumna Kara Winger will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, while senior Samson Colebrooke, junior Tamar Greene and Purdue alums Devynne Charlton and Kinard Rolle will participate in the Bahamas Olympic Trials. Alumnus Chukwuebuka Enekwechi will compete at the Nigerian Olympic Trials in Lagos, Nigeria.
Details on how to follow along as each Boilermaker competes for a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can be found below.
U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS – HAYWARD FIELD, EUGENE, OREGON
June 18-27 | Live Results | TV: NBC, NBCSN, NBCOlympics.com | Schedule
Moore qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100-meters. The first round is set for Saturday, June 19, at 8:34 p.m. ET, as the top three finishers in each heat and the next four-fastest finishers advance to the semifinals. The semifinals and final in the event will be held the following day, on June 20, with the semis at 9:19 p.m. ET, and the final at 10:52 p.m. Saturday’s first round will be broadcast on NBCSN and Sunday’s action will air on NBC.
Moore is a two-time All-American, with both honors coming in 2021. He was sixth in the 60-meter final at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn First Team All-America honors, and helped the 4×100 relay place 19th nationally outdoors to collect Honorable Mention All-America accolades. Moore owns the second-fastest 100-meter time in school history (10.12 seconds) and the fourth-fastest 200 mark (20.55). A four-time Big Ten medalist, Moore and the Boilermakers won gold in the 4×100 relay last month, two weeks before registering the No. 2 time in Purdue history (39.06).
Kara (Patterson) Winger
Winger will compete in the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The qualifying round is on Friday, June 25, at 4 p.m. ET, and the final is on Saturday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Javelin competition will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App, while NBCSN (Friday) and NBC (Saturday) also will be broadcasting the meet.
A three-time Olympian, Winger owns the Purdue (61.56m in 2008) and American (66.67m in 2010) records in the javelin. A 2009 Purdue graduate, she is competing at her fifth Olympic Trials. Winger is an eight-time USATF national champion and has competed at five IAAF World Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Winger won silver in the javelin in 2009 and was fifth in 2008, and she is a two-time Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year. She won Big Ten titles in the javelin in 2005, 2008 and 2009.
INDIANA STATE MBB: Guard Micah Thomas Signs with Indiana State Basketball
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head basketball coach Josh Schertz announced the addition of Micah Thomas (Oklahoma City, Okla./Northwest Florida State College/Putnam City North HS).
“We are excited to add Micah to this group as he brings a really high skill level to our program at the guard position,” Schertz said. “Two things we value at the highest level are feel and shooting and we think his biggest strengths align well with what our system demands. On top of that he’s capable of guarding his position and will be coming in with a year of high-level college basketball experience under his belt.”
Thomas saw action in 21 games, starting in 20 games for the Raiders. He led the team with 13.3 points per game and 3.5 assists per game while grabbing 2.3 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot guard shot at a clip of 44.6 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from range and 86.3 percent from the charity stripe.
An Oklahoma City native, Thomas scored in double-digits in 13 games while scoring 20 or more points in three outings. Thomas scored a season-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting during a 74-65 win over Florida Southwestern State.
Thomas scored over 2,000 points, recorded 500 assists, and reached the state tournament all four years at Putnam City North High School. He was crowned State Tournament MVP and State Champion in 2018 and led the Panthers 2019 team to a State Runner-Up highlighted by a career-high 44 points (13-of-19) in the semifinals round. Thomas earned accolades including the state of Oklahoma’s highest honor as the Super 5 Player of the Year while also being tabbed as the Big 10 Player of the Year, Big All-City Player of the Year, and 6A All-State.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Guerrero Earns Third All-American Honor; Named Second Team by Baseball America
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State starting pitcher Geremy Guerrero has been named a Second Team All-American by Baseball America, the publication announced. The award marks the third All-American honor of the year for Guerrero.
The left-hander finished his redshirt senior season with a 10-1 record in 14 starts on the mound. He finished with a 2.08 ERA over 99.1 innings of work. The left-hander struck out 98 while issuing just 14 walks on the year.
A Metamora, Ill., native, Guerrero was tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, a First Team All-MVC selection while also being selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team.
Other national awards include being named a Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. With the awards in 2021, Guerrero became just the sixth ISU pitcher to be named an All-American overall and the first since 1996. Guerrero was also named First Team All-Region by the ABCA.
Guerrero was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1846 Alexander Cartwright’s New York Knickerbockers plays its first game against an opposing club, losing 23-1 to the New York Nine at Elysian Fields in New Jersey. The contest considered the first organized baseball game to use the Cartwright’s rules, which featured foul territory, outs made by tagging runners, and three outs per side.
1903 In Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood, a baby boy weighing nearly 14 pounds becomes the second child of four born to German immigrants Heinrich and Christina Gehrig. The parents name their only surviving child Lou, a future Hall of Fame first baseman for the Yankees, lauded for his exceptional play, durability, and courage battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which will become synonymous with his name.
1927 Jack Scott becomes the last pitcher to go the distance in both ends of a doubleheader. The 35 year-old Phillies right-hander, who will compile a 9-20 record, beats Cincinnati in the opener, 3-1, but loses the nightcap, 3-0, in the Redlands Field twin bill.
1941 Joe DiMaggio goes 3-for-3 against the White Sox to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32. The Yankee Clipper’s perfect day at the plate, which includes two singles and a home run, contributes to the Bronx Bombers’ 7-2 victory over the Pale Hose at Yankee Stadium.
1942 For the first and only time in a career that spans 1,787 contests, Joe DiMaggio strikes out three times in a game. Indians’ hurler Mel Harder does the deed in the Tribe’s 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium.
1942 Boston outfielder Paul Waner singles off Pirate Rip Sewell to collect his 3000th hit in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates at Braves Field. The 39 year-old ‘Big Poison’ becomes the seventh major leaguer to accomplish this feat and the first to do it since 1925.
1952 Carl Erskine throws a no-hitter against the Cubs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. A third-inning walk to the opposing pitcher, which accounts for the only runner to reach base, may have resulted from skipper Chuck Dressen telling the 25-year-old right-hander to speed up his pitches due to an impending storm.
1961 Roger Maris’ homer leading off the ninth inning off Kansas City pitcher Jim Archer puts the Yankees up by a run, but the A’s will score twice in the bottom of the frame for a 4-3 victory at Municipal Stadium. The ‘Rajah’s’ 25th round-tripper of the season puts him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth’s record pace.
1963 At Yankee Stadium, the Mayor’s Trophy Game is revived, with the cellar-dwelling Mets beating the mighty Yanks, 6-2. Before leaving for the West Coast, the Dodgers would play the Bronx Bombers in the annual midsummer exhibition contest to raise money for sandlot baseball teams.
1963 In his first major league at-bat, Gates Brown delivers a pinch-hit home run in the Tigers’ 9-2 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. The homer will be the first of 16 round-trippers the Tiger outfielder will hit coming off the bench during his 13-year career in Detroit.
1972 At Three Rivers Stadium, Roberto Clemente hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to become the Pirates’ all-time RBI leader. The Pittsburgh right fielder’s three ribbies in the 13-3 drubbing of the Dodgers give the future Hall of Famer a total of 1,274 runs batted in for the Bucs.
1973 In different games, the Reds’ Pete Rose and Dodger Willie Davis both collect their 2,000th career hit. The Cincinnati infielder, known as ‘Charlie Hustle,’ reaches the milestone with a single against the Giants in the Reds’ 4-0 victory at Candlestick Park, and the LA outfielder, known as 3-Dog, reaches the plateau in front of the home crowd with a two-run home run in the team’s 3-0 victory over Atlanta.
1974 Steve Busby tosses his second no-hitter in 14 months, giving up just one walk, beating the Brewers, 2-0, in the first-ever no-no thrown by a Kansas City hurler at Royals Stadium. Last season, the 23 year-old right-hander as a rookie held Detroit hitless in a 3-0 complete-game victory at Tiger Stadium for the team’s first no-hitter in franchise history.
1977 The Red Sox, with five home runs in an 11-1 win against the Yankees, set a major league mark by hitting a total of 16 round-trippers in three consecutive games, including five yesterday and six the day before. The power surge at Fenway Park provides the energy needed for a three-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers, who do not hit any round-trippers during their trio of contests in Boston.
1989 Dwight Gooden, with the Mets’ 5-3 victory over the Expos, wins his 100th career game. Doc’s 100-37 career total at the century mark is second only to Hall of Famer Whitey Ford’s 100-36 start with the Yankees in 1958.
1990 Gary Carter breaks a National League mark when he catches his 1,862nd career game in the Giants’ 4-3 loss to San Diego. The ‘Kid’ surpasses Al Lopez, who had established the record for backstops in 1946, after playing 18 seasons in the Senior Circuit with the Dodgers, Braves, and Pirates.
1990 Don Robinson becomes the first hurler to pinch-hit a home run since 1971 when he goes deep off Padres’ southpaw Bruce Hurst, batting for Ed Vosberg in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Giants’ right-hander does not stay in the Candlestick Park contest to pitch, an eventual 4-3 loss to the Friars.
1994 Wally Kaname Yonamine, a three-time batting champ and former Central League MVP, becomes the first American to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame as a player. The Hawaiian native, who also played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, was the first American to join a team in Japan after World War II.
1994 In a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Detroit, the Tigers tie the Yankees’ major league record by homering in their 25th consecutive game. Mickey Tettleton’s second-inning shot deep into the right-field upper deck equals the 53-year-old mark.
1995 Darryl Strawberry signs a one-year contract with the Yankees despite being under a sixty-day suspension for drug abuse. During his five seasons in the Bronx, the southpaw-swinging slugger will contribute to the team’s tremendous success in the late ’90s.
1996 Copper Kings infielder Jim Kerr hits the first home run in Devil Rays history. The 21 year-old former Yankees farmhand goes deep in the Buttes Pioneer League opener against Idaho Falls.
1996 Cardinals infielder Ozzie Smith, considered the best all-time defensive shortstop, announces he will retire at the end of the season. In his first year of eligibility, the writers elect the 15-time All-Star infielder to the Hall of Fame.
1996 In the first game played by a minor league affiliate of Tampa Bay’s new expansion team, the GCL Devil Rays lose to the GCL Yankees 10-1. A record crowd of 7,582 is in attendance at Al Lang Stadium to see 18 year-old right-hander Pablo Ortega throw the first pitch in franchise history.
1999 Ted ‘Double Duty’ Radcliffe becomes the oldest player to appear in a professional baseball game. At the age of 96 in a Northern League game, the former Negro League takes the mound for the Schaumburg Flyers and throws one pitch to Fargo-Moorhead DH Matt Faulken before leaving the game to a standing ovation at Alexian Field.
2001 At Jacobs Field, Ellis Burks hits three solo home runs, beginning with one in the sixth, followed by an eighth-inning round-tripper, and then delivers once more in the bottom of the twelfth. Unfortunately, the Indians DH’s home run heroics prove not enough when Minnesota beats the Tribe, 10-9, in 12 innings.
2003 During a College World Series contest against Stanford, a pitch strikes Cal State Fullerton shortstop Justin Turner on the left side of his face as he attempts to bunt. Then, adding insult to injury, the future Mets infielder also suffers a broken ankle when he unsuccessfully tries to avoid getting hit by the 87-mph fastball thrown by Matt Manship.
2003 Reds hurler Paul Wilson, trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, takes exception to a pitch that moves inside and glances off the catcher’s glove. As the ball is retrieved, he starts jawing with Kyle Farnsworth and then charges the mound, where he is pummeled by the Cubs reliever, igniting a bench-clearing brawl.
2007 On the bus ride to Shea Stadium to take on the Mets in an interleague contest, Twins’ color commentator Bert Blyleven says he will have his head shaved if tonight’s starter, Johan Santana, throws a complete-game shutout. The left-hander from Venezuela will shave the broadcaster’s head after going the distance in Minnesota’s 9-0 victory over New York’s National League team.
2008 The Braves set a major league mark when they drop their record 22nd straight one-run decision on the road when Texas rallies for a 5-4 victory at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Royals established the previous record of 21 during a stretch spanning over the 2000-01 seasons.
2008 At KeySpan Park, 22-year-old Staten Island Yankee ambidextrous hurler Pat Venditte Jr. pitches a scoreless ninth inning in his first minor league appearance, including striking out a very frustrated Ralph Henriquez to end the game. Delaying the game to adjust his shin guard each time he changes batter boxes, the Brooklyn Cyclones switch-hitter is told by the umpiring crew first to select from which side of the plate he intended to hit, and then the pitcher declaring which arm he would use to pitch.
2008 The Mariners fire manager John McLaren after the team gets off to a 25-47 start in a season, which began with playoff potential. Jim Riggleman, the team’s bench coach, becomes the club’s fifth manager in the past six seasons.
2010 The Pirates fire a mascot who participates in the in-game pierogi race due to the criticism of the team’s upper management posted on his Facebook page. The 24-year-old, who Pittsburgh will reinstate, is offered a position by the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League, an independent baseball organization, to become one of its racing hot dogs.
2011 After less than one season in the dugout, Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigns as the manager of the struggling last-place Marlins, who have dropped 17 of 18 contests this month. During his brief tenure with Florida, the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history compiled a 78-86 record with the team.
2013 Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 first-year player draft, is introduced by the Astros at a Minute Maid Park press conference. The Stanford right-hander, a Houston native and a fan of the team growing up, will receive a $6.35 million signing bonus, which is significantly less than the assigned slot value of $7.8 million.
2015 After being suspended last season, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 29th major leaguer to collect his 3,000th hit when he blasts a first-inning solo home run off Detroit ace Justin Verlander in the team’s 7-2 victory at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers’ DH joins Derek Jeter, the last person to reach the magic number, and Wade Boggs as the only players to hit a round-tripper to reach the historic milestone.
2015 Due to the recent racially motivated massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, SC, the Pioneer League’s Orem Owlz, the Rookie Affiliate of the Angels located in Utah, cancels its Brent Brown Ballpark’s “Caucasian Heritage Night” scheduled for August 10. The team issued an apology, stating the intention of the misconstrued promotion was to make fun of everyday normalcies, with planned festivities including serving burgers on Wonder Bread with mayonnaise and showing clips from Seinfeld and Friends about TV characters trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge.
2015 “@Yankeefan98 I’ll give him the finger and a dummy ball. That man deserves favors from no one, least of all a fan.” – Zack Hample, a Tweet from the fan who caught A-Rod’s 3000th hit. Zack Hample, the author of How to Snag Major League Baseballs: More Than 100 Tested Tips That Really Work, catches Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, a first-inning solo home run to right field off Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Hample, not a big fan of the New York slugger, will hold on to the historic horsehide for a week, before receiving perks from the Yankees for catching the ball, including getting the team to donate a significant amount of money to Pitch In for Baseball, a charity that gives equipment to the underprivileged kids.
2019 Shohei Ohtani becomes the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle. The 24 year-old DH singles in the seventh inning to complete the rare feat in the Angels’ 5-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
2019 In an attempt to break out of a batting slump, Gerardo Parra, signed by the Nationals in May, changes his walkup music, choosing Pinkfong’s Baby Shark, a favorite of his two-year-old daughter. The reserve outfielder stays with the children’s song after hitting a home run, starting a tradition at Nationals Park that finds thousands of fans and players in the dugout snapping their arms like the jaws of a shark in time with the music.
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|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|