Milwaukee 125 Atlanta 91 (Series even at 1-1)
Tampa Bay 1 NY Islanders 0 (Lightning wins series 4 – 3)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
San Francisco 2 Oakland 0
Houston at Detroit postponed
Baltimore 6 Toronto 5 (10)
Boston 5 NY Yankees 3
Tampa Bay 4 LA Angels 3
Texas 9 Kansas City 4
Seattle 9 Chicago White Sox 3
Minnesota 8 Cleveland 7
Milwaukee 5 Colorado 4 (11)
NY Mets 2 Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 2
Miami 11 Washington 2
Philadelphia 2 NY Mets 1
Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 4
LA Dodgers 6 Chicago Cubs 2
San Diego 11 Arizona 5
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 7 Louisville 6
West Michigan 2 Dayton 1
South Bend 10 Fort Wayne 5
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
Vanderbilt 3 North Carolina State 1
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Orlando City SC 2 Inter Miami CF 1
Minnesota 90 Las Vegas 89
USA U19 WORLD CUP TEAM
Jaden Ivey (PURDUE)
Caleb Furst (PURDUE)
Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Kenneth Lofton Jr.
2021 CIRCLE CITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 20
Brebeuf Jesuit at Bishop Chatard ©, 7:30 pm
Covenant at Speedway, 7 pm
Guerin at McCutcheon, 7 pm
Heritage Christian at Traders Point, 7 pm
Southport at Roncalli, 7 pm
Friday, Aug. 27
Bishop Chatard at Warren Central, 7 pm
Roncalli at Franklin Central, 7 pm
Central Catholic at Guerin, 7 pm
New Palestine at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Heritage Christian, 7 pm
Traders Point at Covenant, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 3
Brebeuf Jesuit at Cardinal Ritter, 7 pm
Covenant at Crispus Attucks, 7 pm
Guerin at Heritage Christian ©, 7 pm
Roncalli at Bishop Chatard ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 10
Columbus North at Roncalli, 7 pm
Guerin at Brebeuf Jesuit ©, 7 pm
Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm
Bishop Chatard at Cathedral, 7 pm
Washington at Covenant, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 17
Brebeuf Jesuit at Culver Academy, 7:30 pm
Covenant at Tindley, 7 pm
Roncalli at Guerin ©, 7 pm
Scecina at Heritage Christian, 7 pm
Southport at Bishop Chatard, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 24
Brebeuf Jesuit at Roncalli ©, 7 pm
Heritage Christian at Covenant ©, 7 pm
Bishop Chatard at Guerin ©, 7:30 pm
Friday, Oct. 1
Brebeuf Jesuit at Terre Haute South, 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Bishop Chatard, 7 pm
Covenant at Clarksville, 7 pm
Guerin at Northview, 7:30 pm
Roncalli at Bloomington North, 7 pm
Lapel at Heritage Christian, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 8
Covenant at Park Tudor, 7 pm
East Central at Guerin, 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Tindley, 7 pm
Cathedral at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7 pm
Bishop Chatard at Terre Haute North, 7 pm
Roncalli at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio), 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 15
Bloomington South at Bishop Chatard, 7 pm
East Central at Roncalli, 7 pm
Guerin at Culver Academy, 7:30 pm
Heritage Christian at Christel House, 7 pm
Purdue Poly at Covenant, 7 pm
Terre Haute North at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7:30 pm
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX)
WEEK 1 (AUGUST 12-16)
Dallas at Arizona
Tennessee at Atlanta
New Orleans at Baltimore
Miami at Chicago
Buffalo at Detroit
Houston at Green Bay
Carolina at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Jacksonville
Seattle at Las Vegas
L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams
Denver at Minnesota
Washington at New England
N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Kansas City at San Francisco
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay
WEEK 2 (AUGUST 19-23)
Kansas City at Arizona (8/20, ESPN)
Baltimore at Carolina
Buffalo at Chicago
N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
Houston at Dallas
N.Y. Jets at Green Bay
San Francisco at L.A. Chargers
Las Vegas at L.A. Rams
Atlanta at Miami
Indianapolis at Minnesota
Jacksonville at New Orleans (8/23, ESPN)
New England at Philadelphia
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Denver at Seattle
Tennessee at Tampa Bay
Cincinnati at Washington
WEEK 3 (AUGUST 26-30)
Cleveland at Atlanta (8/29, NBC)
Green Bay at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Miami at Cincinnati (8/29, CBS)
Jacksonville at Dallas
L.A. Rams at Denver
Indianapolis at Detroit
Tampa Bay at Houston
Minnesota at Kansas City
Arizona at New Orleans
New England at N.Y. Giants
Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets
Las Vegas at San Francisco
L.A. Chargers at Seattle
Chicago at Tennessee
Baltimore at Washington
2021 BIG 10 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 1
Saturday, August 28
Illinois vs Nebraska (in Dublin, Ireland)
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 1
Thursday, Sept. 2
Minnesota at Ohio State
Temple at Rutgers
Saturday, Sept. 4
Penn State at Wisconsin
Indiana at Iowa
Michigan State at Northwestern
West Virginia at Maryland
Oregon State at Purdue
Western Michigan at Michigan
UTSA at Illinois
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 2
Saturday, Sept. 11
Oregon at Ohio State
Washington at Michigan
Iowa at Iowa State
Illinois at Virginia
Rutgers at Syracuse
Buffalo at Nebraska
Miami University at Minnesota
Ball State at Penn State
Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin
UConn at Purdue
Youngstown State at Michigan State
Idaho at Indiana
Indiana State at Northwestern
Howard at Maryland
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 3
Saturday, Sept. 18
Auburn at Penn State
Nebraska at Oklahoma
Purdue at Notre Dame
Michigan State at Miami
Minnesota at Colorado
Cincinnati at Indiana
Maryland at Illinois
Tulsa at Ohio State
Kent State at Iowa
Northern Illinois at Michigan
Delaware at Rutgers
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 4
Saturday, Sept. 25
Wisconsin vs Notre Dame (in Chicago)
Nebraska at Michigan State
Illinois at Purdue
Rutgers at Michigan
Colorado State at Iowa
Ohio at Northwestern
Indiana at WKU
Kent State at Maryland
Bowling Green at Minnesota
Akron at Ohio State
Villanova at Penn State
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 5
Saturday, Oct. 2
Michigan at Wisconsin
Indiana at Penn State
Northwestern at Nebraska
Iowa at Maryland
Minnesota at Purdue
Ohio State at Rutgers
WKU at Michigan State
Charlotte at Illinois
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 6
Saturday, Oct. 9
Penn State at Iowa
Michigan at Nebraska
Wisconsin at Illinois
Maryland at Ohio State
Michigan State at Rutgers
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 7
Saturday, Oct. 16
Nebraska at Minnesota
Army at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Indiana
Purdue at Iowa
Rutgers at Northwestern
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 8
Saturday, Oct. 23
Ohio State at Indiana
Northwestern at Michigan
Wisconsin at Purdue
Maryland at Minnesota
Illinois at Penn State
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 9
Saturday, Oct. 30
Penn State at Ohio State
Iowa at Wisconsin
Michigan at Michigan State
Minnesota at Northwestern
Purdue at Nebraska
Indiana at Maryland
Rutgers at Illinois
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 10
Saturday, Nov. 6
Ohio State at Nebraska
Iowa at Northwestern
Penn State at Maryland
Michigan State at Purdue
Illinois at Minnesota
Wisconsin at Rutgers
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 11
Saturday, Nov. 13
Michigan at Penn State
Northwestern at Wisconsin
Minnesota at Iowa
Purdue at Ohio State
Maryland at Michigan State
Rutgers at Indiana
SE Louisiana at Nebraska
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 12
Saturday, Nov. 20
Nebraska at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Ohio State
Michigan at Maryland
Minnesota at Indiana
Purdue at Northwestern
Illinois at Iowa
Rutgers at Penn State
Big Ten Football Schedule Week 13
Friday, Nov. 26
Iowa at Nebraska
Saturday, Nov. 27
Ohio State at Michigan
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Northwestern at Illinois
Indiana at Purdue
Maryland at Rutgers
Big Ten Football Championship Game
Saturday, Dec. 4
Big Ten Football Championship Game (in Indianapolis)
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Jason Day||69||62||-9 (131)||F|
|2t||Bubba Watson||66||66||-8 (132)||F|
|2t||Kramer Hickok||63||69||-8 (132)||F|
|4t||Russell Henley||67||66||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Kevin Kisner||70||63||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Seamus Power||66||67||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Justin Rose||70||63||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||69||64||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Brice Garnett||65||68||-7 (133)||F|
|4t||Troy Merritt||68||65||-7 (133)||F|
|11t||Mark Hubbard||69||65||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Ryan Armour||70||64||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Ian Poulter||68||66||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Doug Ghim||68||66||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Tom Lewis||67||67||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Scottie Scheffler||69||65||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Patrick Cantlay||68||66||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Talor Gooch||64||70||-6 (134)||F|
|11t||Guido Migliozzi||69||65||-6 (134)||F|
|20t||Brian Stuard||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Doc Redman||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Satoshi Kodaira||63||72||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Charley Hoffman||72||63||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Maverick McNealy||65||70||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Carlos Ortiz||70||65||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Cameron Smith||67||68||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Marc Leishman||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Joaquin Niemann||68||67||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Bryson DeChambeau||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Patrick Reed||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Stewart Cink||68||67||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Kevin Chappell||68||67||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Harris English||67||68||-5 (135)||F|
|20t||Beau Hossler||65||70||-5 (135)||F|
|35t||Brian Harman||68||68||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Patrick Rodgers||65||71||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Kevin Tway||70||66||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Robert Streb||68||68||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Brooks Koepka||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Cameron Percy||70||66||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Sepp Straka||66||70||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Matt Jones||70||66||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Nate Lashley||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Tyler Duncan||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Zach Johnson||66||70||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Jonas Blixt||68||68||-4 (136)||F|
|35t||Henrik Norlander||65||71||-4 (136)||F|
|48t||Kevin Na||69||68||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Jim Herman||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Robby Shelton||73||64||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Hank Lebioda||69||68||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Ryan Moore||72||65||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Andrew Putnam||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Chez Reavie||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Brendon Todd||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Sam Burns||66||71||-3 (137)||F|
|48t||Lucas Herbert||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|58t||Will Gordon||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Mackenzie Hughes||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Aaron Wise||73||65||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Paul Casey||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Phil Mickelson||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Dustin Johnson||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||William McGirt||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||J.J. Spaun||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Kyle Stanley||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Austin Eckroat||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Kristoffer Ventura||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Andrew Svoboda||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Harold Varner III||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Denny McCarthy||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Tom Hoge||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Abraham Ancer||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||David Hearn||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||J.B. Holmes||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Lanto Griffin||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Adam Scott||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Peter Malnati||68||70||-2 (138)||F|
|58t||Sam Ryder||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
LPGA LEADERBOARD: KPMG
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Nelly Korda||70||63||-11 (133)||F|
|2||Lizette Salas||67||67||-10 (134)||F|
|3t||Celine Boutier||73||64||-7 (137)||F|
|3t||Cydney Clanton||70||67||-7 (137)||F|
|3t||Alena Sharp||69||68||-7 (137)||F|
|6||Madelene Sagstrom||70||68||-6 (138)||F|
|7t||Esther Henseleit||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|7t||Charley Hull||68||71||-5 (139)||F|
|7t||Inbee Park||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|10t||Dottie Ardina||70||70||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Austin Ernst||69||71||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Mina Harigae||70||70||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Danielle Kang||73||67||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Hyo Joo Kim||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Xiyu Lin||69||71||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Wichanee Meechai||73||67||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Giulia Molinaro||70||70||-4 (140)||F|
|10t||Ryann O’Toole||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|19t||Marina Alex||72||69||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Nanna Koerstz Madsen||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Jessica Korda||69||72||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Yu Liu||72||69||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Yealimi Noh||69||72||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Anna Nordqvist||71||70||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Gabriela Ruffels||76||65||-3 (141)||F|
|19t||Patty Tavatanakit||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|27t||Chella Choi||70||72||-2 (142)||F|
|27t||Georgia Hall||75||67||-2 (142)||F|
|27t||Ariya Jutanugarn||70||72||-2 (142)||F|
|27t||Leona Maguire||72||70||-2 (142)||F|
|27t||So Yeon Ryu||72||70||-2 (142)||F|
|32t||In Gee Chun||70||73||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Ally Ewing||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Dana Finkelstein||75||68||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Dani Holmqvist||69||74||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Moriya Jutanugarn||76||67||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Jeongeun Lee||69||74||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Caroline Masson||71||72||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Gerina Piller||70||73||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Yuka Saso||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Lexi Thompson||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|32t||Lindsey Weaver||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|43t||Sarah Burnham||73||71||E (144)||F|
|43t||Brooke Henderson||74||70||E (144)||F|
|43t||Janie Jackson||76||68||E (144)||F|
|43t||Lydia Ko||72||72||E (144)||F|
|43t||Mariah Stackhouse||74||70||E (144)||F|
|43t||Amy Yang||72||72||E (144)||F|
|49t||Eun-Hee Ji||74||71||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Christina Kim||75||70||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Sei Young Kim||76||69||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Lauren Kim||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Minjee Lee||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Su-Hyun Oh||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Luna Sobron||75||70||+1 (145)||F|
|49t||Lauren Stephenson||77||68||+1 (145)||F|
|57t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Perrine Delacour||76||70||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Megan Khang||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Jin Young Ko||75||71||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Jennifer Kupcho||77||69||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Brittany Lang||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Jeong Eun Lee||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Alison Lee||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Annie Park||78||68||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Paula Reto||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Hinako Shibuno||76||70||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Angela Stanford||72||74||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Albane Valenzuela||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|57t||Michelle Wie West||77||69||+2 (146)||F|
Bucks trounce Hawks 125-91 to tie East finals at 1-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks knew the key to tying the Eastern Conference finals was making sure Trae Young didn’t take over again.
They did all that and more Friday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday added 22 and the Bucks blew out the Atlanta Hawks 125-91 in Game 2.
Young struggled for much of the night after finishing with 48 points and 11 assists in the Hawks’ 116-113 Game 1 victory.
“Last game he was living in the paint, had a lot of floaters (and) those are pretty much layups for him,” Holiday said. “We didn’t really want that to get him started early. And I don’t think he went to the free throw line much tonight, which is also pretty big for us.”
Young scored 15 points but matched a career worst with nine turnovers before leaving the game for good with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter. He shot 6 of 16 overall, 1 of 8 on 3-point attempts and 2 of 3 on free throws.
“I take complete responsibility for what happened tonight,” Young said. “Taking care of the ball is something I’ve got to be better at. I will be better at it. It’s really they just upped their physicality tonight. We’ve got to do the same.”
The Bucks never trailed, scored 20 straight points late in the second quarter and led by at least 30 throughout the second half. Both teams rested their starters for the entire fourth quarter.
This marks the third straight series in which the Hawks lost Game 2 after winning Game 1 on the road. Those Game 2 losses have been decided by a total of 59 points.
The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Sunday.
“We have to play harder,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “That intensity that they came out with wasn’t a surprise to us. But they showed that there’s another level that we have to get to. They totally just dominated the entire game.”
Young said he didn’t believe the Bucks did anything different schematically to slow him down Friday. He thought the Bucks just played more aggressively and benefited from the way the game was called.
“When they’re aggressive and (officials) don’t call it, nights like tonight happen,” Young said.
Milwaukee was intent on making life difficult for Young two nights after the Bucks blew a seven-point lead in the final four minutes of Game 1. Young’s Game 1 performance had made him the first player ever with at least 45 points and 10 assists in a conference finals game.
Young committed eight turnovers in the first half alone. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton agreed the Bucks’ aggressiveness made a difference.
“That was a huge key from Game 1 to Game 2,” Middleton said. “Game 1, they were able to get whatever they wanted on the court. Trae was getting in the paint, throwing those lobs and getting everybody else involved. Tonight we wanted to set the tone and just make sure they weren’t going to be comfortable.”
Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Bucks. Middleton had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Antetokounmpo had nine rebounds and six assists.
Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and John Collins and Cam Reddish each added 11 for the Hawks.
Milwaukee pulled ahead in the opening minutes as Antetokounmpo continually got to the rim for easy baskets. The Bucks already owned a double-digit lead before going on a 20-0 run late in the second quarter to break open the game.
“We know what we’ve got to do,” Antetokounmpo said. “Everybody knew we had to come in here and get this game. That’s what we did from the first possession of the game.”
AP source: Mavs pick title-winning guard Kidd after Carlisle
DALLAS (AP) Jason Kidd is coming back to Dallas again, this time to replace the coach he won a championship with as the point guard of the Mavericks 10 years ago.
A person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Kidd and the Mavericks agreed on a contract Friday, eight days after Rick Carlisle resigned abruptly in the wake of general manager Donnie Nelson’s departure. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.
Carlisle, who took the Indiana job Thursday, gave ESPN an unsolicited endorsement of Kidd for his old job because of the impact Carlisle thought Kidd could have on Luka Doncic, the sensational young point guard who carries the hopes of the Mavericks.
The Mavericks have also found Nelson’s replacement in Nike executive Nico Harrison, who will carry the titles of GM and president of basketball operations, the person told AP. Harrison was on board with the Kidd hiring, the person said.
It’s already the third head coaching stop for the 48-year-old Kidd, who took Brooklyn to the second round in his debut in 2013-14 before bolting for Milwaukee. Kidd was fired during his fourth season with the Bucks after first-round exits two of his first three years. He was 139-152 with the Bucks after going 44-38 with the Nets.
Kidd, who is coming off two seasons on Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, had two stints as a player in Dallas, the second highlighted by the franchise’s only title when he directed the offense that ran through star Dirk Nowitzki. His career started with the Mavericks as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft.
A year and a half after being named Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, Kidd was traded to Phoenix amid turmoil with teammates Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn, both selected fourth overall in the two years before Kidd arrived.
Now Kidd’s success in Dallas will depend how he develops Doncic, a two-time All-Star whose playmaking skills had Carlisle calling him one of the five best players in the world before the coach’s unexpected departure.
It could be considered Kidd’s second chance with a European superstar, although Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t yet a two-time MVP when Kidd was fired in Milwaukee. The “Greek Freak” did blossom into an All-Star under Kidd, whose hiring in 2014 under new ownership in Milwaukee cost the Bucks two second-round draft picks.
The first step for the Mavericks will be getting out of the first round of the playoffs, which they haven’t done since Kidd helped them beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Doncic’s first two postseasons ended in the first round against the Clippers.
Harrison has been in Nike’s basketball division for nearly 20 years, rising through the ranks through relationships with stars such as the late Kobe Bryant. He’s also had interactions with Doncic through shoe contracts.
Cuban’s relationship with Nelson was a more traditional basketball arrangement, with Nelson’s expertise coming in player evaluation even though he held the title of president of basketball operations longer than that of general manager. Nelson’s roots were in Europe, where he discovered Nowitzki and Doncic as teenagers roughly 20 years apart.
Harrison’s background is more in marketing and building relationships, and fits the model some clubs have used in putting former agents in key personnel roles.
Nelson’s departure came amid reports of a power struggle in the front office. With the executive who once called him “our Jerry Sloan” gone, Carlisle didn’t hang around long.
Report: Blazers targeting Billups as head coach
The Portland Trail Blazers are “locked in” on finalizing a deal to make 17-year NBA veteran Chauncey Billups the team’s next bench boss, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.
Billups is in his first season as an assistant on Tyronn Lue’s Los Angeles Clippers staff. The 44-year-old has been tied to head coaching and front office openings in recent years.
The five-time All-Star played for seven teams between 1997-2014 – most predominantly the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets, leading Detroit to its most-recent title in 2004.
Portland parted ways with longtime head coach Terry Stotts after the club’s first-round playoff exit. Despite the Trail Blazers’ inability to advance this spring, their eight straight playoff appearances now stand as the longest active streak in the NBA.
Report: Hawks unhappy NBA ignoring 10-second free-throw rule
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free-throw routine continues to rub teams the wrong way.
The Atlanta Hawks are unhappy that the NBA is ignoring the 10-second free-throw rule when Antetokounmpo is at the line, sources told The Athletic’s Sam Amick.
The Hawks found the two-time MVP exceeded 10 seconds on each of his eight free-throw attempts during Wednesday’s Eastern Conference finals opener but was never called for it once.
The NBA’s last-two-minute report from Game 1 confirmed that officials failed to enforce the rule on a pair of late free-throw attempts by Antetokounmpo.
A league spokesperson declined to comment, according to Amick.
Antetokounmpo’s approach at the charity stripe has been widely discussed throughout the postseason. The five-time All-Star has been whistled for a 10-second violation once in each of the first two playoff rounds.
Opposing fans have mocked the Bucks superstar by counting when he makes a trip to the line.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash voiced his frustration with Antetokounmpo’s routine.
“It’s not being enforced,” Nash told reporters, according to Amick. “We’re trying to win a game; we’re worrying about ourselves. I’m not gonna worry about if the league’s calling 10 seconds on a free throw or not. If I really cared about it and put up a stink, do you think they would change, anyways? I doubt it.”
Vasilevskiy shines again, Lightning blank Islanders 1-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Thanks to Andrei Vasilevskiy and another stellar defensive performance, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Stanley Cup Final.
“It’s becoming a broken record, but it’s not how many you put in the net, it’s how many you keep out,” coach Jon Cooper said Friday night after Vasilevskiy had 18 saves and benefited from exceptional play in front of him to beat the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 7 of their NHL playoff semifinal.
“It’s a hard lesson to learn, especially the players coming up today and the skill, the rules getting put into place that open up skill and to skate and to score,” Cooper added. “But when you get to the playoffs it’s about defending.”
Yanni Gourde scored a short-handed goal, giving Vasilevskiy all the offensive support needed to advance the Cup Final matchup against the surprising Montreal Canadiens, who upset the Vegas Golden Knights in the other semifinal.
Game 1 is Monday night in Tampa.
“Just a great effort by the whole team. … That was just a textbook Game 7,” Vasilevskiy said.
Gourde beat Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov from the slot off a nifty pass from Anthony Cirelli at 1:49 of the second period, culminating a sequence that began with defenseman Ryan McDonagh blocking a shot at the other end.
“It’s disappointing because that was an opportunity for us to do something against them. We weren’t paying enough attention and it ended up in the back of the net,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.
“I thought we managed the first period and it was pretty quiet. And then they got the short-handed goal and that energized the building,” Trotz added. “In the third period we left it all out there. This group has so much character. They are feeling the pain right now.”
Vasilevskiy turned away seven shots in the final period to finish his fifth career playoff shutout – fourth this postseason. It marked the first time in NHL history a Game 7 ended 1-0 with a short-handed goal.
Vasilevskiy, vying for his second Vezina Trophy in three years, also beat the Islanders 8-0 in Game 5 and shut out Florida and Carolina to clinch series wins over Panthers and Hurricanes in the first two rounds.
“He’s the best in the world for a reason,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “He’s the steady rock that allows us to go out there and play with pace, play with confidence, play with a lead, and I thought we did an unbelievable job of that.
“After we got that goal we just kept pushing,” Stamkos added. “Vasy made some big saves when he had to, but guys had huge blocks at the end of the game and it was so nice to be in front of our home fans and have that atmosphere and get that win.”
The Lightning improved to 14-0 in games following a playoff loss since beginning last year’s championship run. They also bounced back from losses to beat the Islanders in Games 2 and 5 and haven’t suffered consecutive playoff losses since being swept by Columbus in the first round in 2019.
The Islanders, who were aiming for their first Stanley Cup Final berth in 37 years, forced a winner-take-all showdown by rallying to win Game 6 on Anthony Beauvillier’s overtime goal.
But with the Lightning playing relentless defense, while also outshooting New York 31-18, opportunities were limited Friday night.
Tampa Bay reached the Cup Final for the fourth time in franchise history despite not getting big nights offensively from playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, whose streak of consecutive games with at least one goal ended at nine – one shy of the NHL playoff record.
Kucherov played despite missing most of Game 6 with an injury. Point failed to score a goal for just the second time in the past 13 games.
New York’s season ended with a playoff loss to Tampa Bay for the second straight year. The teams met in last year’s Eastern Conference final, with the Lightning advancing in six games.
“I said to them that this group is special. Their character, their work ethic, their will…it’s undeniable. It’s so strong. This group believed that we could do this,” Trotz said.
“This team won’t be defined by one game. They will be defined by all the games. You’ve gotta keep going back,” Trotz added. “It’s no different than Tampa Bay. They had some heartache before they were able to win a Cup and now they have a chance to win two.”
Heredia stars with bat, glove as Braves beat Reds 3-2
CINCINNATI (AP) Guillermo Heredia homered, doubled and made a defensive gem before crashing into the wall in the eighth inning in his return to Atlanta’s lineup, helping the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Friday night.
Heredia returned to the lineup after being available off the bench the last two games due to right wrist inflammation.
“You never want to miss time,” Heredia said, via translator Franco Garcia. “Thankfully I was able to recover and help the team out.”
The game’s first run came in the fifth when Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman doubled home Ronald Acuna Jr. for his 900th career RBI.
Acuna returned to the lineup after missing two games with lower back tightness.
Dansby Swanson hit a solo homer in the sixth and Heredia added a solo shot in the seventh, both off Reds rookie Vladimir Gutierrez (3-2).
“He was gassed up, I guess,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Heredia. “He was fresh. That was a really good ballgame for him.”
Gutierrez got some defensive help in the fourth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Eugenio Suarez made a diving stop of William Contreras’ bouncer down the line and threw to first from his knees to end the inning.
“There were several (good defensive) plays tonight,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Suarez also hit a solo home run off Luke Jackson in the seventh.
Drew Smyly (1-1) exited after six innings with a 3-1 lead, and the bullpen held on. Smyly has won his last three decisions.
“The breaking ball’s been good, the fastball, too,” Snitker said. “Hopefully, he stays on this roll for another three months. He’s been really, really good.”
Will Smith worked the ninth and picked up his 16th save.
Heredia robbed Jesse Winker of an extra-base hit leading off the eighth and collided with the wall. He stayed down on the warning track but remained in the game after being attended to by training staff.
“It was just a reaction,” Heredia said. “I just took off running and was able to track it down. My stomach hit (the wall) and knocked the air out of me. I felt like a boxer.”
Snitker jogged from the dugout to deep center field to check on Heredia. Once he knew Heredia was fine, the Braves’ skipper joked he might need some help getting back to the dugout.
“I told him I needed a couple of minutes to before I made the trek back,” Snitker said. “Told them I might need an Uber.”
Kikuchi, Torrens star as surging Mariners beat White Sox 9-3
CHICAGO (AP) Pitching on a wet, humid night in Chicago, Yusei Kikuchi delivered once again.
The Japanese left-hander is good everywhere he goes these days.
Kikuchi turned in another road gem and Luis Torrens homered twice, helping the Seattle Mariners beat Carlos Rodon and the White Sox 9-3 on Friday.
Led by Kikuchi and Torrens, Seattle opened a six-game trip with its ninth win in 11 games. Jake Fraley also went deep for the Mariners, and Jake Bauers had a run-scoring single.
“It seemed like almost every inning we had guys out there on base or in scoring position,” manager Scott Servais said. “So, really like what we’re doing offensively.”
Kikuchi allowed one run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings while improving to 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last six starts. Kikuchi (5-3) has been one of the AL’s best road pitchers this year with a 3-1 record and a 2.89 ERA in eight such starts, but it seems as if he is enjoying success in all situations at the moment.
“I don’t necessarily think that I do feel more comfortable or pitch better on the road or anything like that,” he said through a translator. “I feel like my recent outings at home have been pretty solid as well.”
Torrens hit a two-run shot in the second and another two-run drive in the seventh for his first career multihomer game. The 25-year-old Torrens is batting .429 (9 for 21) with five homers and nine RBIs in six games since he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on June 14.
“My mindset is attack every pitch,” he said.
AL Central-leading Chicago welcomed a crowd of 32,189 for what it dubbed “Reopening Night” – its first home game without COVID-19-related attendance restrictions since the 2019 season. But Carlos Rodon (6-3) struggled with his location, and the White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Yasmani Grandal’s second-inning homer accounted for Chicago’s only run against Kikuchi (5-3), who struck out six and walked four.
“It was a struggle. I do think their starter pitched well, and I think their relievers threw the ball well,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Didn’t make it any easier for us.”
Grandal’s 12th homer trimmed Seattle’s lead to 2-1, but Bauers drove in Ty France with his two-out single in the third and Fraley connected for a two-run homer in the sixth.
Rodon labored through five innings in his first loss since May 26. The lefty allowed three runs and five hits, struck out eight and walked four.
“Definitely made it tough today to put them away. They battled,” said Rodon, who pitched five scoreless innings at Seattle in his first start of the year on April 5.
Luis Arraez has 8 total bases, Twins top Indians 8-7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Luis Arraez hit two triples and a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning, sparking the Minnesota Twins in a 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Arraez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run homer and Josh Donaldson also drove in two runs for the Twins.
After a career-high eight total bases, Arraez is batting .371 in 10 games since returning from a shoulder injury. When he’s healthy, his energy, patience and tenacity at the plate can go a long way toward making Minnesota’s lineup come alive.
“He’s a pest, and I love watching him play,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He hasn’t even until this point probably even gotten hot, and he’s still on base all the time.”
Arraez also made a sprinting, sliding catch of a foul ball down the left field line from the first batter of the game, Cesar Hernandez.
“I come here to work hard,” he said.
Griffin Jax (1-0) got his first career victory with 4 1/3 innings in relief, and Hansel Robles recorded his seventh save by finishing the ninth.
Robles allowing a home run to Josh Naylor that was Cleveland’s fourth of the game and tenuously cut the lead to one. The next batter, Bradley Zimmer, hit the ball just as hard for a line drive down the right field line, but Max Kepler threw him out trying to stretch for a double.
Amed Rosario, Bobby Bradley and Eddie Rosario also went deep for the Indians, who took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Nick Wittgren (2-2) gave up two singles in the sixth before Arraez’s double.
Arraez recorded the 31st two-triple game in Twins history, the first since Ehire Adrianza on Aug. 30, 2017. Rosario had one as a rookie for Minnesota in 2015.
The first one skipped past the right fielder Naylor, who lost his balance trying a one-hop scoop with the setting sun in his line of sight in the first inning. In the third, left fielder Harold Ramirez tried to stop the ball by sliding, but it skipped off his leg and toward the warning track.
“In hindsight, probably better off just reaching down for it, but the game’s going fast sometimes,” manager Terry Francona said.
Arraez became the first Twins player to accumulate eight or more total bases without a home run since Joe Mauer on Aug. 3, 2016, against Cleveland.
With the three main members of their rotation on the injured list – Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale – the Indians could have used more from starter Cal Quantrill. The right-hander gave up six hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
“I don’t think anybody goes out there just to survive. It’s something we’ve trained a long time to do. We’re trying to win baseball games,” said Quantrill, who allowed a four-run third.
Tatis hits 3 HRs, Pads hand D-Backs 24th straight road loss
SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. hit three homers, hours after saying he would skip the All-Star Home Run Derby because of an ailing shoulder, and the Padres sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their record 24th straight road loss, 11-5 Friday night.
The dynamic Tatis hit a solo home run off Corbin Martin in the first inning and another solo drive in the second off Riley Smith. Tatis connected again in his third at-bat, a two-run shot off Smith in the fourth.
Tatis got two more chances at becoming the 19th player to share the record of four homers in a game.
With the crowd at Petco Park standing and chanting, the 22-year-old shortstop Tatis hit a sharp single in the seventh inning and then grounded out in the eighth.
Tatis is tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels for the major league lead with 25 home runs.
This was the first three-homer game of Tatis’ career. The last player to hit four in a game was J.D. Martinez, doing it for the Diamondbacks on Sept. 4, 2017, against the Dodgers.
Tatis leads the NL with 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
The All-Star Home Run Derby will be held at Denver’s Coors Field on July 12.
In saying he was out of the competition, Tatis cited his left shoulder, which he said is at 75% following an injury early this season. He sustained a partial dislocation during a hard swing against San Francisco.
Tatis went on the 10-day injured list and returned April 16, then left last Saturday’s game against Cincinnati after diving for a ball at shortstop and re-injuring the shoulder.
While Tatis came close to making history, the Diamondbacks continued their dubious run. Arizona hasn’t won on the road in exactly two months, with its last victory away from Chase Field coming on April 25 when Madison Bumgarner threw seven no-hit innings to win in Atlanta.
Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth also homered for the Padres. Nick Ramirez (1-1) got the win.
Martin (0-3) took the loss.
Pollock, Muncy help Dodgers beat Cubs to snap 5-game skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) AJ Pollock and Max Muncy homered during the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded from being no hit by the Chicago Cubs one night earlier with a 6-2 victory Friday night.
After Gavin Lux drew a walk to lead off the inning, Pollock drove a sinker by Ryan Tepera (0-1) just past the outstretched glove of left fielder Joc Pederson for the go-ahead runs.
Muncy added another two-run shot to right field to provide insurance for Los Angeles, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Muncy, who has gone deep 15 times this season, has hits in three of five games since being activated off the injured list earlier this week.
Zach McKinstry also went deep for the Dodgers. Blake Treinen (2-3), the sixth of seven pitchers who got the call from Dave Roberts, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Kris Bryant homered and Jason Heyward had two of the Cubs’ five hits.
Bryant, who came in batting 8 for 64 in his last 19 games, gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead two batters into the game with a solo shot to left-center. It was homer No. 17 on the year and his second in the past three games.
The Dodgers evened it at 1 in the second when Cody Bellinger scored on a sharp grounder by Lux to first base that went off Anthony Rizzo’s glove. Javier Baez, who was playing in shallow right on the shift, was able to get to get the ball and throw out Lux at first.
McKinstry gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the third when he drove Arrieta’s just over the wall in center in for his fourth home run of the year and first since April 14. Los Angeles loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning, but second baseman Ian Happ made a diving catch on Will Smith’s line drive to end the threat.
Los Angeles also had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth, but Lux grounded out to first.
Chicago tied it in the seventh when Heyward came home on Pederson’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Orioles rally, beat Blue Jays 6-5 to end 20-game road skid
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Austin Hays drove in two runs to cap an eighth-inning rally, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 in 10 innings Friday night to stop a 20-game road losing streak.
Baltimore’s road skid was tied for the second-longest in AL history, trailing only the 22 losses in a row by the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics. The last-place Orioles won for the second time in 16 games and improved to 24-52, including 12-26 away from home.
“We’re partying like we won a wild-card game here right now,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said over music blaring in the visiting clubhouse. “And rightfully so. We haven’t had much to celebrate here lately.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major league-leading 25th home run for Toronto.
Paul Fry (1-2) retired the side in the ninth inning, and Cole Sulser pitched a scoreless 10th for his second save.
The Orioles took their first lead in the 10th inning after Toronto’s Trent Thornton (1-3) walked three batters and forced in Trey Mancini, who started the inning as the automatic runner under pandemic rules.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run double for the Blue Jays, who had won five straight.
Baltimore tied the game in the eighth inning by scored four runs – one more than the Orioles produced over the past four losses. Ryan Mountcastle and pinch-hitter Anthony Santander each drove in runners who were walked by reliever Tyler Chatwood before scoring on Hays’ double off Tayler Saucedo.
“The bullpen didn’t do their job.” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “When you walk that many people in the eighth and (10th) inning, you’re probably not going to win those games.”
Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins said the dugout was “electric” during the tying rally.
“It was a great team win, great comeback,” said Mullins, who contributed two hits, a walk and a run. “It’s important for us to try to keep our morale up during times like this. We know we have a talented group of guys. It’s just a matter of putting it together. We were able to do a little bit of everything today and come out with a win.”
The Blue Jays’ bullpen squandered a solid outing from rookie starter Alek Manoah, who pitched while appealing a five-game suspension for hitting the Orioles’ Maikel Franco with a pitch last weekend. Manoah allowed four hits, two walks and an unearned run while striking out six batters in six innings.
“It’s an emotional deal when he’s facing the same team that he had problems a week ago,” said Montoyo, who served a one-game suspension following Manoah’s ejection. “He did a great job. He passed the test.”
Guerrero energized the crowd on his bobblehead night and put the Blue Jays ahead with his home run in the third inning. He lined a first-pitch fastball to center field to move one ahead of the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who homered earlier Friday.
Randal Grichuk made it 3-1 when he tripled off the right-field wall and scored on a two-out infield single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who had three hits.
George Springer gave the Blue Jays an early lead when he homered on a slider in the second inning. Springer’s third homer was his first hit in three games since returning from the injured list.
The Orioles snapped a scoreless streak spanning 26 2/3 innings with a tying run in the third.
Nola ties mark with 10 Ks in row, but Mets rally past Phils
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Nola struck out 10 straight batters to match a major league record that stood alone for 51 years, but the New York Mets rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in eight innings Friday on big hits by Francisco Lindor and Dominic Smith during the first game of a doubleheader.
New York took advantage of an embarrassing two-base error by reliever Jose Alvarado, who overthrew first base on a comebacker while clinging to a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning of a game scheduled for seven under pandemic rules.
That led to Lindor’s tying single with two outs, and Smith won it with an RBI single off Ranger Suarez (3-2) in the eighth.
Hall of Fame ace Tom Seaver fanned his final 10 hitters for the Mets in a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium on April 22, 1970.
That mark for consecutive strikeouts held for more than five decades until Nola whiffed Michael Conforto leading off the fourth at Citi Field, which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets’ home in 2009 on an adjacent site in Queens.
Nola also singled off the left-field wall and doubled home Philadelphia’s run against starter Taijuan Walker during a sensational all-around performance that resembled a Little League star.
The right-hander tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball, but a struggling bullpen was unable to hang on as the Phillies dropped their fourth in a row.
Seth Lugo (1-0) struck out three in the top of the eighth and stranded two runners for the NL East leaders, playing their third doubleheader in seven days.
Featuring a nasty knuckle curve, Nola started and ended his streak with punchouts of Conforto, who came off the injured list Wednesday. With the late-afternoon crowd chanting his name, Pete Alonso halted the astounding run of Ks when he reached across the plate to poke a 1-2 slider inside the right-field line for a line-drive double.
Nola got off to an inauspicious start. He hit leadoff batter Jeff McNeil with a curveball in the first inning and then gave up a double to Lindor that left runners at second and third.
The right-hander struck out Conforto, Alonso and Smith in succession to keep New York off the scoreboard – and didn’t slow down. James McCann, Kevin Pillar and Luis Guillorme went down in the second, then Walker, McNeil and Lindor in the third.
Seven of the strikeouts during Nola’s string were swinging. He caught Smith, McCann and Walker looking.
The streak alone gave Nola his 19th double-digit strikeout game and third this season.
Adames, Brewers beat Rockies in 11th, ballpark fully open
MILWAUKEE (AP) Willy Adames hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and singled to set up Keston Hiura’s sacrifice fly in the 11th as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Friday to cap a return to full capacity at American Family Field.
Billed as Re-Opening Day, the game that originally was scheduled to be played at night drew a crowd of 31,140. It was the first time the Brewers were allowed 100% capacity at a park that holds 41,700 – Milwaukee began the season at 25 percent and upped it to 50 percent on May 15.
With Manny Pina at second base to start the bottom of the 11th, Adames singled off Lucas Gilbreath (0-1). Pina took a turn at third, but then changed his mind as right fielder Charlie Blackmon fired back to the infield.
Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to load the bases and bring out manager Bud Black for a pitching change. Yency Almonte took over to face Hiura, who started the game batting .127.
Hiura lifted a flyball over a five-man infield that was caught by Raimel Tapia, whose one-hop throw was up the first-base line. Pina slid home headfirst to score, then ran to join his teammates mobbing Hiura.
Hiura hit a solo homer off Colorado reliever Tyler Kinley in the seventh.
Devin Williams (4-1) pitched the 11th got the win.
Reliever Daniel Bard failed to protect a 4-2 lead as the Brewers tied it in the bottom of the ninth. Bard walked Omar Narvaez and Adames followed with a drive into the Brewers’ bullpen.
The Rockies fell to 6-29 on the road; they’re 25-16 at Coors Field.
The Rockies took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on pinch-hitter Joshua Fuentes’ two-run homer.
Kolten Wong hit a home run off Carlos Estevez in the Milwaukee eighth.
Rockies starter Jon Gray, reinstated off the injured list before the game after recovering from a right flexor strain, struck out a season-high 10 and scattered five hits over five solid innings.
Tapia’s single with one out in the sixth was Colorado’s first hit off Corbin Burnes. Tapia stole second and scored on Yonathan Daza’s hit.
Burnes allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Red Sox honor Pedroia, will induct him to team HOF in 2022
The Boston Red Sox paid tribute to longtime star second baseman Dustin Pedroia before Friday night’s game against the visiting New York Yankees and bestowed the ultimate honor. The club announced it will induct Pedroia to the team’s Hall of Fame in 2022, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.
Red Sox legends Pedro Martinez and Luis Tiant were on hand to help honor Pedroia.
It was part of a full ceremony celebrating Pedroia’s career, which was cut somewhat short by injuries, after he officially announced his retirement in February.
A four-time All-Star, Pedroia won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007, AL MVP in 2008, four Gold Gloves, and was part of two World Series-winning squads (2008, 2013). He didn’t play in the 2018 Fall Classic due to injury.
Pedroia finished his 14-year career with a .299/.365/.439 slash line and 140 home runs, 725 RBIs, and 138 stolen bases in 1,512 games.
The tribute clearly hit home as Pedroia teared up during the ceremony, particularly when former teammate David Ortiz was singing his praises via video.
Pedroia said that the retirement ceremony gave him a sense of closure that he was seeking after seeing his career derailed by an awful knee injury.
“I needed that,” he said, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. “My playing career just ended. I couldn’t get back out. I needed closure. That was a special way to do it. It definitely felt like the pit I’ve had for a long time, it’s gone away.”
Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked he wouldn’t be opposed to stepping aside if Pedroia eventually wanted his job.
“If he wants to manage the Red Sox in a few years, I really don’t mind,” Cora said, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.
Cora’s job is safe for now, though, as Pedroia’s inevitable return to baseball is on hold for the time being.
“I’ll be in uniform again. I think everyone knows that. It’s just a matter of time,” Pedroia said, according to Speier. “I want to raise my boys and make sure that I don’t miss anything in their life. They deserve that.
“And then after that, it’s go time.”
Finally, the Red Sox couldn’t let him get away without introducing him – with the help of Ric Flair, of all people – to one of the club’s newest rituals: the home run cart.
Boras: Scherzer won’t waive no-trade rights without extension
Contenders hoping to add Max Scherzer this summer better be ready to open their wallets.
Scott Boras, Scherzer’s agent, said Friday that his client will only waive his no-trade rights to leave the Washington Nationals if he receives a multi-year extension from the team that acquires him.
“The reality of it is it’s going to have to lead to something,” Boras told Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago.
“And the reality of it is a ton of people are going to ask (about him),” he added. “He’s probably the most coveted trade chip I’ve seen because every team that’s in it needs him.”
Scherzer is a 10-and-5 player – meaning he’s played over 10 big-league seasons, the last five with the same team – and thus owns full no-trade rights.
Scherzer, who will turn 37 three days before the trade deadline, is enjoying another brilliant season for the Nationals. The three-time Cy Young winner owns a 2.19 ERA, 3.13 FIP, and 0.83 WHIP with 112 strikeouts and just 18 walks through 14 starts. His walks-per-nine rate has dropped by a little over one from last year’s shortened campaign.
Despite sitting 3 1/2 games out of first place after a recent hot streak, the Nationals may try to trade their ace at the deadline in order to cash in before he hits free agency. Scherzer is in the final year of a $210-million contract and earning $35 million this season. (His 2021 salary is deferred, according to Cot’s Contracts).
If he’s available, Scherzer will likely be the most coveted asset at the deadline, even with the stipulation of a contract extension.
San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. passes on Home Run Derby, cites shoulder
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San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. said he will not compete in next month’s Home Run Derby, citing his shoulder and the team’s postseason hopes.
Tatis, who entered Friday third in the majors with 22 homers, has been having trouble this season with his left shoulder, which caused him to land on the injured list at the start of the regular season.
Tatis said he hopes to participate in several derbies down the line.
“I’m 22, so I feel like there’s gonna be a lot more chances for me to go to the Home Run Derby, and when I go over there I want to give a pretty good show,” Tatis said.
The Padres began Friday 4.5 games back in the NL West.
Earlier this week, New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso Jr. said he would defend his Home Run Derby title, but Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who fell short by one home run in 2019, said that he is sitting out the event.
Alonso won the Home Run Derby the last time it was held, in 2019 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, edging Guerrero by a score of 23-22 in the final round.
This year’s derby will take place July 12 in Colorado.
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES: Vandy Survives Again at College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt will live to play another day.
The Commodores (48-16) staved off elimination Friday at the College World Series by beating North Carolina State 3-1. They’ll now face the Wolfpack (37-19) again at 1 p.m. Saturday.
That game time will be dictated by the result of Saturday’s late game between Mississippi State and Texas.
“Just a very tough ballgame,” Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin said. “I thought we pitched extremely well. We held it together in tough situations. Kumar getting us deep into the ball game, gave us everything he had and kept them down.
“They were tough. They’re gritty. They’ve got some magic with them. I thought we certainly pitched well enough – Luke pitching at the end and just getting several 3-2 counts and just kind of holding serve and just getting through and keeping them off the scoreboard. They can do a lot of damage, certainly. He was able to contain them thankfully.”
Vandy remained alive at TD Ameritrade Park thanks to six strong innings by starter Kumar Rocker (14-3) and 2 1/3 scoreless frames by Luke Murphy. Murphy worked in and out of trouble over the last few innings to preserve the win.
Vandy had a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Sam Highfill recorded his third single of the day. An error by Carter Young then put two men aboard with nobody out – but CJ Rodriguez rocketed a throw to second behind Highfill to pick him off.
Chris McElvain got a strikeout before Hugh Fisher came in and hit Jonny Butler with a pitch. Murphy got the call next. Murphy went 3-1 on Luca Tresh before inducing a pop up to second.
North Carolina State’s Devonte Brown continued to put the pressure on with a lead-off single in the eighth. But, after a one-out walk, Murphy got a strike out and grounder to second to escape the jam.
Murphy got two quick outs in the ninth before a single and a walk. Brown ended the game with a sharp groundout to short.
After a 67-minute delay due to health and safety protocols at the outset, neither team could get the offense going until Dominic Keegan reached on an error to start the fourth. A Troy LaNeve bunt moved Keegan to second and a Javier Vaz dribbler to the mound allowed Keegan to head to third.
Rodriguez battled to poke a two-strike single to left field making it 1-0 Commodores.
After Parked Noland lined a single to left, Spencer Jones was hit by a pitch before a wild pitch scored Rodriguez.
In the fifth, the Wolfpack’s Carson Falsken dropped a bunt single down the third-base line to lead off the inning before Highfill chopped a single to left. Eddie Eisert’s grounder to first put runners at second and third with one out.
DeAngelo Giles hit a sacrifice fly to left, making the score to 2-1 in favor of the Commodores.
Vaz drew a walk to start the sixth and then stole second with North Carolina State reliever Dalton Feeney on the mound. Vaz went to third on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez.
Noland stepped up and laced an RBI single to center making it 3-1.
That score would hold up.
North Carolina State starter Garrett Payne (0-1) went 5+ innings and was charged with three runs – two unearned – one two hits and three walks. He struck out three.
The Wolfpack played Friday’s game with just 13 available players due to COVID-19 protocols.
“I think from a focus standpoint it’s an elimination game for us. It’s not for them,” Corbin said. “So regardless of what the situation is, there’s a lot of different emotions going into the game — the mystery of when the game is going to start, the mystery of what it looks like over on the other side.
“We got a positive outcome. And at this point I don’t care what it looks like. It doesn’t matter. We’re still here. We’re still playing and that’s all that matters. And there is a toughness component that we’ve had that has allowed us to get through those moments.”
• Rocker is now tied with Carson Fulmer and Tyler Beede for pitching wins in a single Vanderbilt season with 14.
• Rocker’s 27th career pitching win is tied for the third-most in Vanderbilt history.
• Rocker’s 315 career strikeouts is now fifth-most in a Vanderbilt career while his 173 strikeouts this season is the second-most in a single Vanderbilt season.
• Murphy has now thrown 6 1/3 innings at the College World Series and struck out 10 hitters. He’s also stranded six of the seven runners he had inherited.
• Enrique Bradfield Jr. went 0-for-5 for the first time this season.
• Vandy has recorded 758 strikeouts this season. The 2019 team set a program record with 765.
• Vanderbilt pitching has struck out 28 North Carolina State hitters in two games.
• The Commodores are now 27-8 in their last 35 postseason games
• Vanderbilt is now 19-8 all-time at the College World Series.
• Attendance was announced Wednesday as 20,538.
Steelers sign 5-time Pro Bowl guard Turner to 1-year deal
PITTSBURGH (AP) It didn’t take long for the Pittsburgh Steelers to find a replacement for David DeCastro.
The Steelers signed five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to a one-year deal on Friday, a day after cutting DeCastro in a somewhat surprising move.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Pittsburgh did find itself with a little money to spend after releasing DeCastro, a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro who served as the linchpin of a line that was among the league’s best for the second half of the 2010s.
Turner comes to Pittsburgh three months after getting cut by the Los Angeles Chargers. The 28-year-old Turner spent just one season in Los Angeles, playing in a career-low nine games.
Pittsburgh is hoping Turner can return to the form he showcased during a six-year stint with the Carolina Panthers, when he became a Pro Bowl fixture after the Panthers selected him in the third round of the 2014 draft. Turner made the Pro Bowl every year from 2015-19 before being traded to Los Angeles in 2020 for Russell Okung.
Turner will get a chance to compete for the starting right guard spot created by DeCastro’s departure. He will be part of a new-look offensive line for the Steelers following the retirement of center Maurkice Pouncey, DeCastro’s release and the departure of Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler in free agency.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Craig’s Bat Carries Indians Past Louisville, 7-6
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LOUISVILLE, KY. – Will Craig launched a pair of home runs – a three-run shot in the third and a solo bomb in the seventh – to carry the Indians to a 7-6 win over Louisville on Friday night. James Marvel tossed five innings in relief of Mitch Keller to earn the win.
The Indians (25-20) never trailed en route to the series-leveling victory. The scoring started in the top of the first thanks to a Chris Sharpe double, single by Kevin Kramer and fielding error by Bats center fielder Mallex Smith. Sharpe’s two-bagger moved him into a tie for the league lead in that category.
The Bats (16-29) wasted no time and tied the game in the bottom of the first on a fielder’s choice from Narciso Crook that scored Alejo Lopez. Keller fielded Crook’s comebacker to the mound, but Lopez – who was caught too far off third to begin a rundown – was awarded home when he collided with Cole Tucker in the baseline.
Keller’s bat helped Indy jumped back in front in the third, when he opened the frame with an infield single followed by a single from Tucker. Two outs later, Craig belted a towering three-run home run to left-center to give Indy the lead at 4-1.
Louisville answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to trim its deficit back to one. Keller departed after three innings, and the lead vanished in the fourth when Michael De Leon ripped his second home run of the series out to right off Marvel.
Indy took its third and final lead of the night in its following trip to the plate. With two men on and one away, Jared Oliva greeted Braden Shipley out of the bullpen with a two-run triple to center, pushing the Indians back in front, 6-4.
Craig’s second long ball of the night extended the Indians’ advantage to 7-4, and it proved to be the difference. The Bats plated two in the bottom of the eighth and had the potential tying run in scoring position, but Marvel (W, 3-1) retired the final three batters he faced.
Clinging to a one-run lead, Joe Jacques (S, 1) pitched around a leadoff infield single with a strikeout and double play to earn his first career Triple-A save.
Indy totaled 13 hits in the triumph, led by Craig’s 3-for-5, four-RBI effort. The slugger also scored a game-high three runs.
Bats starter Riley O’Brien (L, 2-3) suffered the loss after allowing six earned runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
The Indians and Bats face off again on Saturday with a 7:00 PM start at Louisville Slugger Field. Indy has yet to name a starter while RHP Bo Takahashi (1-4, 7.36) will take the mound for Louisville.
Sources: New York Jets signing RT Morgan Moses to one-year deal
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The New York Jets are signing right tackle Morgan Moses to a one-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
Moses, 30, released by the Washington Football Team on May 20 in a salary-cap move, will compete with incumbent George Fant at right tackle.
Not only do the Jets get a proven starter in Moses, but it increases their depth and flexibility. If Fant loses out to Moses, which is the likely scenario, he can be the backup/swing tackle.
This is another aggressive move by general manager Joe Douglas, who made it a priority to rebuild one of the league’s worst offensive lines.
Douglas used his 2020 first-round pick on left tackle Mekhi Becton, and he followed up by using a 2021 first-round choice on Alijah Vera-Tucker, who projects as the team’s starting left guard. The Jets liked Vera-Tucker so much that they traded up nine spots to take him.
The Jets had planned on riding with Fant — $4.45 million of his $8.5 million salary is guaranteed — but they changed course when Moses became available. They hosted him on a free-agent visit.
“Morgan is a fantastic player. He’s played at a very high level,” coach Robert Saleh said recently. “We’re not going to shy away from adding good football players.”
Tackle depth is important. Becton, battling plantar fasciitis, missed most of the offseason program. He was hurt in the first practice and remained on the sideline. Saleh downplayed the injury, saying he’s “not worried about his availability” for training camp.
Still, there are concerns about Becton’s weight and durability, as he missed the equivalent of five games last season due to various injuries. When healthy, he was dominant at times.
Moses (6-foot-6, 330) is one of the most durable lineman in the league. He has started every game since 2015, all but one at right tackle.
In 2020, he ranked 39th out of 62 qualifying tackles in pass block win rate, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Fant was 40th in the rankings.
The Washington Football Team cut Moses with two years remaining on his contract. He was due to make $7.75 million in 2021. Moses, a third-round pick out of Virginia in 2014, has played 104 games, including 97 starts.
The Washington Post first reported Moses signing with the Jets.
Bubba Watson overcomes snapped driver at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) We pause now to fondly remember Bubba Watson’s neon pink driver, which broke apart mid-swing on the second tee in the Travelers Championship on Friday.
And, if the three-time Travelers winner is going to have luck like this over the weekend, please spare a thought for the rest of the field at the TPC River Highlands, too.
Watson recovered after snapping his driver to make birdie at No. 2 on his way to a second straight 66 that left him at 8 under, one stroke behind 36-hole leader Jason Day.
“It was a perfect tee shot right down the middle. Chipped it in there and made the putt for birdie,” Watson said wryly. “Ho-hum.”
Day shot 62 for the day’s low score and a chance at his first top three finish in more than three years. The former world No. 1 missed three straight cuts before he tied for 44th at the PGA Championship, then withdrew from the Memorial with a back injury and did not qualify for the U.S. Open.
Day seemed to fidget with his back on the course Friday, but still had eight birdies in a bogey-free round.
“Sometimes when you do have sort of an injury or stiffness, even if you’re sick, sometimes you can come out and play some good golf,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to not really get in my own way today.”
First-round co-leader Kramer Hickok was at 10 under before flying the green on the par-3 16th hole and then three-putting from 18 feet for a double bogey; he finished with a 69 to tie Watson for second.
Justin Rose and Kevin Kisner each shot 63 and were among seven player tied for fourth at minus-7. Satoshi Kodaira, who was 7 under after the first round, shot a 2-over 72 in the second.
A total of 79 players made the cut at minus-2 on the 6,841-yard, par-70 course outside of Hartford. Just squeaking in on the number: defending champion Dustin Johnson and two-time winner Phil Mickelson.
Watson, who won the tournament in 2010, ’15 and ’18, started at No. 10 on Friday morning and was 1 under for the day when he arrived at the par-4, 350-yard second hole.
That’s when his driver fell apart – but he didn’t.
After making contact with the ball, Watson’s clubhead came hurtling off the shaft, landing short of the gallery to the right and leaving him with a broken shaft in his hands.
“Luckily … it didn’t reach the crowd so nobody got hurt,” he said. “Nobody in my group knew were the ball was. Once you hit, you’re focused on where the driver head goes.”
Despite a fairly pronounced fade, the ball landed in the fairway, about 50 yards from the pin. Watson pitched to 11 feet and holed the putt.
Watson said it might have been the travel, going from hot to cold, or overuse that caused the club to break right above the hosel where the shaft connects to the head. His caddie, Ted Scott, tried to pry out the remnant of the shaft so the head could be reused; Watson had a spare driver in his car trunk in case of just such an emergency.
Rule 4.1 allows Watson to replace the club. After hitting a 3-wood on the 437-yard, par-4 third, he had his backup in time for the 479-yard, par-4 fourth.
“It’s one of those things that happened before and I always have a backup. They brought me the backup two holes later and I played with that the rest of the day,” he said. “I knew there was only a couple drivers left, so really wasn’t too big a deal.”
Watson added birdies on the fifth and sixth holes before holing a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 7 to take the lead at 9 under. He gave that shot back with a missed 3-footer on the final hole.
“I was trying to get some extra ones if I could,” he said. “Just one of those things that went the wrong way.”
Bryson DeChambeau shot 66 on Friday and was at minus-5, one shot better than social media nemesis Brooks Koeplka, who had a 67 in the second round. Koepka’s brother, Chase, a minor league tour regular who qualified for the tournament last year but withdrew because of COVID-19 protocols, shot 73 and missed the cut at 3 over.
Nelly Korda ties Women’s PGA record with 63 to take the lead
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) Nelly Korda realized there were low scores available Friday at Atlanta Athletic Club. For the longest time, she couldn’t find them in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
And then the birdies came in bushels, one after another, six straight to close her second round that put her in the record book with a 9-under 63 and gave her a one-shot lead over Lizette Salas going into the weekend.
“Golf is easy when you have days like this,” Korda said. “But it’s not always like this.”
It sure seems that way of late. Korda shot 62 in the third round last week on her way to winning the Meijer LPGA Classic, making the 22-year-old American the first multiple winner on the LPGA Tour this year.
This round might have been even better.
Over her final six holes on the front nine, Korda made birdie on both par 3s guarded in front by water. She had eagle putts on consecutive holes – one of them on the par-4 sixth, with the tee moved up to make it play 229 yards – and narrowly missed them both.
On the hardest hole on the course, she had to deal with a tree root in front of her ball to get to the green and then made a 45-foot birdie putt. Korda closed out her round with a pitching wedge into 8 feet.
“I guess I just blacked out, a little like last week,” Korda said.
She was at 11-under 133, one shot ahead of Salas, who hit all 18 greens in regulation, shot another 67 and has yet to make a bogey through 36 holes.
Korda tied the championship record, last set a year ago when Sei Young Kim closed with a 63 to win at Aronimink. She had the third round of 63 at Atlanta Athletic Club in a major, joining Steve Stricker in 2011 and Mark O’Meara in 2001 at the PGA Championship.
And Korda still has work left in front of her if she wants to win her first major.
Salas didn’t come close to a mistake with her steady diet of fairways and greens. That was her plan coming in, and the 31-year-old American has executed it brilliantly.
“I’m definitely satisfied,” Salas said. “We came in with some goals, and we’re reaching them. I think overall my attitude has been pretty solid. It’s a major. It’s supposed to be tough. It’s supposed to test you in several different ways, and I think I’m handling it quite well. And back-to-back 67s, I’m not going to complain.”
Celine Boutier of France drove the sixth green to 8 feet for an eagle on her way to a 64 that left her four shots back at 7-under 137 with Cydney Clanton (67) and Alena Sharp (68).
Still lurking was seven-time major champion Inbee Park, rounding into form as she goes for another gold in the Olympics, who holed a chip for eagle and shot 68. She was six behind.
Korda, with five LPGA Tour victories, has never won back-to-back and spoke about how draining it was earlier in the year after she won at Lake Nona.
Having spectators on the Highlands course has helped, and she gave them plenty to cheer with her 10 birdies, which followed her lone bogey at the start of her round at No. 10.
“I definitely saw some low ones,” Korda said of the morning scores. “On my front nine I was like, `Where is everyone making birdies?'”
She found them, including two reachable par 5s and the drivable par 4.
Korda’s big finish began with a 7-iron to 20 feet. She followed that we a 7-wood onto the green at the par-5 fifth – her caddie told her not to go at the pin, but she couldn’t resist – and then the 7-wood to the green at the reachable sixth and her best shot of the day, a 5-iron to 5 feet on the par-3 seventh.
The surprise was the big putt on No. 8, and the final birdie was the ideal way to close out a round like that one.
Korda isn’t one to linger on the previous week, even if it resulted in a trophy.
“When you win, it’s hard,” she said. “I’ve never won towards the end of my stretch, I’ve always won kind of like at the beginning. It doesn’t even kind of soak in that I’ve won. In a sense you kind of don’t even get to enjoy it because I won and then, `Hey, it’s a major championship, like get ready.’
“They’re two completely different golf courses and two different strategies. It’s just good golf that I’ve been playing, and hopefully I can continue on with that.”
Maria Fassi lost two strokes to a penalty for slow play, turning a birdie into a bogey on the 18th as she made the turn. The former NCAA champion from Mexico had a 77 and she missed the cut by one shot.
Harvick, Hamlin try at Pocono to end long losing streaks
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Denny Hamlin swept Pocono as a rookie in 2006 and won again last season, his track record-tying sixth victory. Kevin Harvick joined Hamlin in the win column on the same weekend at Pocono in 2020, his first victory at the tri-oval track, and they both left the June twinbill weekend seemingly positioned as the drivers to beat in the championship race.
Chase Elliott spoiled their chances when he won the 2020 title.
This season, NASCAR wonders, can anyone catch Kyle Larson, who goes to Pocono Raceway for a weekend doubleheader on a four-race winning streak that includes the non-points $1 million All-Star Race?
Hamlin and Harvick suddenly have a more pressing question to answer than whether they can win the championship.
Can either star driver win a race?
Both are winless – a year after Harvick won a series-best nine races and Hamlin counted the Daytona 500 among his seven victories – and hope to reverse the trend at Pocono. They did, in fact, flip results last year when Harvick and Hamlin went 1-2 in Saturday’s race and Hamlin and Harvick went 1-2 in Sunday’s race. Pocono Raceway is the site of the only NASCAR doubleheader this season (325 miles Saturday; 350 Sunday).
“There is a panic button. I’m not really there yet,” Hamlin said. “Frustrated, yeah, because you want to go to the racetrack and know that you’ve got a car capable of being the fastest, but again, we’ve got a few weeks to really start looking at that and say, `OK, we really have to catch up here.'”
Harvick finished fifth last week at Nashville and Hamlin was 13th – he has one top 10 over his last four starts.
Harvick won the 2014 NASCAR championship in his first season driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. He hasn’t finished worse than eighth – with a championship, a runner-up, three third-place finishes and a fifth – over his time at SHR. But the team has struggled all season and none of its four Cup drivers have a win through 17 races. Harvick had four wins at this point last season but he’s led only 39 laps this year. SHR doesn’t have the speed to challenge Larson or Hendrick Motorsports.
Harvick said the No. 4 Ford team is “not to that point” where it can start winning weekly.
Hamlin would pass Jeff Gordon for most wins at the 2 1/2-mile track, with two wins for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2006, and one each in 2009, 2010, 2019 and 2020.
“I don’t think we can correlate, just because we had success last year, it’s going to equal success this year,” Hamlin said. “Now, over the long term, I would say whatever I’m doing at the race track is working because it’s working with multiple cars, multiple different aerodynamic packages. I think we always will have an advantage when we go there simply because of how my driving style fits that track.”
Larson, meanwhile, has been the talk of NASCAR as he rebounded from a nearly season-long suspension into the hottest driver in the field. Jimmie Johnson in 2007 was the last to win four straight Cup races.
It’s the time of the NASCAR season when drivers start the process of trying to find a job for next year.
Matt DiBenedetto is again on the free agent market because Team Penske announced already that Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric would move to the Cup Series next year in the No. 21 Ford with the Wood Brothers. DiBenedetto is in his second season driving the No. 21, a car that has a Penske affiliation and is easily the best job of his NASCAR career.
But there could be hope for DiBenedetto to hang onto that seat, after all.
Brad Keselowski appears headed to Roush Fenway Racing for next season, which would free the No. 2 Ford at Penske. Keselowski said he’s months away from being able to announce his 2022 plans.
“We have a contract with Brad for the rest of the season and anything he’s going to do or we’re going to do, we’ll make the announcement properly at the right time,” Roger Penske said.
But with the No. 2 open, could Cindric, son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, instead go directly into that car? Penske was noncommittal.
“The season isn’t even over yet, so at the moment we haven’t made any permanent decision on drivers and obviously there’s a lot of moving parts,” Penske said.
DiBendetto made the playoffs for the first time in his career and scored a career-best 11 top-10 finishes during his first season in the No. 21. He’s 19th in the standings now and lacks the consistency he had a year ago, but the team earlier this month replaced crew chief Greg Erwin with engineer Jonathan Hassler. DiBenedetto has dropped two points in the standings since the crew chief change.
“I love driving for the Wood Brothers and I love having our affiliation with Penske and with Ford,” DiBenedetto said. “Ford is family. People think we’re just happy to drive these Mustangs, but Ford is family. But what happens next year? Your guess is as good as mine and that’s 100 percent God’s honest truth.”
2019 champion Simona Halep out of Wimbledon with calf injury
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Simona Halep did not get the chance to defend her 2019 Wimbledon title a year ago because the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Now an injury will prevent her from competing when play begins at the All England Club next week.
Halep announced shortly before Friday’s draw that she was pulling out of the grass-court Grand Slam due to the same torn left calf that kept her from participating at the French Open.
“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from 2 years ago, I was excited and honored to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion,” Halep wrote in a posting on social media. “Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year.”
The 29-year-old from Romania is a two-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player who is currently No. 3.
Her withdrawal means two of the top three women in the WTA rankings will be missing from one of the sport’s most prestigious events when main-draw action begins Monday: No. 2 Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam title winner, is sitting out Wimbledon while “taking some personal time with friends and family,” her agent, Stuart Duguid, said in an email last week.
Two of the top five men in the ATP rankings are also out: No. 3 Rafael Nadal, who said he needed to let his body rest and recover, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who hurt his right wrist.
The last time Wimbledon was held, two years ago, Halep beat 23-time major champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the final, then stated: “I’m very sure that was the best match of my life.”
Halep hasn’t played on tour since tearing her calf during a match at the Italian Open in May. She wrote Friday the muscle “has not fully recovered.”
“I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult but to miss the last two Majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” Halep said. “We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete.”
Djokovic, Federer could meet in Wimbledon final; Halep out
(AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic and eight-time titlist Roger Federer were placed on opposite halves of the Wimbledon bracket in Friday’s draw, meaning they only could meet in the final – which would be a rematch of their epic 2019 title showdown.
The reigning women’s champion, No. 3-ranked Simona Halep, pulled out of the field just before the draw began, citing a torn left calf that also forced her to sit out the French Open. That means two of the top three players in the WTA rankings are missing from the field; No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew last week.
“I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult but to miss the last two Majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” Halep wrote in a posting on social media. “We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete.”
Two of the top five men are out, too: No. 3 Rafael Nadal, a two-time champion at Wimbledon, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, the 2020 U.S. Open champ.
The top-seeded Djokovic will have a lot at stake when play begins at the All England Club on Monday, a year after the grass-court tournament was canceled because of the pandemic. That was the first time since World War II that Wimbledon wasn’t contested.
Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, seeks a 20th major title, which would tie the men’s record shared by Federer and Nadal; he can move closer to a calendar-year Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open in February and the French Open this month; he will be trying to win his third consecutive trophy, and sixth overall, at Wimbledon.
Two years ago at Wimbledon, Djokovic edged Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker after saving two championship points in the final.
Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8, is coming off a pair of operations to his right knee last year and has played only eight matches in the past 16 months.
While Djokovic pursues Slam No. 20, Serena Williams will once again take a shot at No. 24, which would tie her with Margaret Court for the most major singles titles in tennis history. As it is, Williams’ 23 – including seven at the All England Club – are the most in the Open era, which began in 1968 when professionals were allowed to compete at the majors.
Williams, seeded No. 6, will open against 100th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who reached Wimbledon’s fourth round in 2018. The 39-year-old American could meet No. 25 Angelique Kerber – who beat Williams in the 2018 final – in the third round, and No. 20 Coco Gauff – a 17-year-old American who beat Williams’ older sister, Venus, at the All England Club in 2019 – in the fourth.
If Williams gets to the quarterfinals, her opponent could be No. 3 Elina Svitolina, who lost to Halep in the semifinals two years ago. Other potential women’s quarterfinals, based on seedings: No. 1 Ash Barty vs. No. 5 Bianca Andreescu, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No. 7 Iga Swiatek, and No. 4 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova.
The possible men’s quarterfinals: Djokovic vs No. 5 Andrey Rublev, No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut, Federer vs. No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, vs. No. 6 Federer, and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Matteo Berrettini.
Among the noteworthy first-round men’s matchups are Djokovic against wild-card entry Jack Draper, a 19-year-old from England who was the Wimbledon boys’ runner-up in 2018; two-time champion Andy Murray against No. 24 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili; and No. 21 Ugo Humbert against Nick Kyrgios.
Women’s first-rounders of particular interest include Barty against Carla Suarez Navarro, a 32-year-old Spaniard who recently returned to competition after being treated for cancer; French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova against 18-year-old Clara Tauson; and two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova against 2017 U.S. Open champ Sloane Stephens.
De Bruyne in ‘perfect condition’ for game against Portugal
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) Kevin De Bruyne is back, and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez expects him to be at his best this weekend.
The Belgians will face Portugal on Sunday in Seville in the round of 16 of the European Championship.
Martinez said Friday that De Bruyne, along with Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel, have fully recovered from their injuries.
“We’ve got real good momentum,” Martinez said. “I feel that (Kevin) is in the perfect physical condition to go into this game. And I could say the same for Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard. These three players were the three players that were not available for the friendlies (before Euro 2020).”
Martinez said they all improved their fitness during the group stage and showed they are ready to play in the last 16.
“It’s been really good during the group phase, we won the nine points and we got every player ready to play,” Martinez said. “And that’s how I feel that we are going to Seville, everyone is ready.”
De Bruyne arrived at Euro 2020 recovering from a facial injury sustained in a collision in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
He didn’t play in the first game against Russia, then came in for the second half against Denmark and played nearly the entire match against Finland, going off in stoppage time.
“Kevin will have a normal role, an influential role,” Martinez said. “He’s not a player that needs to play in a certain position. (We need) to give him that opportunity to be the playmaker.”
Hazard, who was marred by injuries with Real Madrid this season, came in as a second-half substitute against Russia and Denmark, then started in the final group match against Finland. Witsel didn’t play against Russia but saw minutes against Denmark before starting against Finland.
Facing defending champion Portugal means facing Cristiano Ronaldo, but Martinez is preparing for more than just one player.
“We will have to be patient against a really good resolute and well-defensively structured Portugal team,” Martinez said. “But I think that we are going to see ourselves do what we always do.”
Ronaldo is one goal from breaking the overall men’s scoring record in international soccer. He has already scored five times at Euro 2020 to move level with former Iran striker Ali Daei with 109 goals.
“Of course we respect Cristiano Ronaldo, but the game will be about defending well as a group against everyone, not just one player,” Martinez said. “We don’t concentrate in just one threat.”
Hashimoto: ‘No spectators’ still possible for Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) A “no-spectator games” remains an option for the Tokyo Olympics, which open officially in just four weeks, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday.
The admission by Seiko Hashimoto comes only four days after she announced on Monday that up to 10,000 local fans would be allowed into venues – with numbers not to exceed 50% of venue capacity regardless of indoor or outdoor events.
Organizers put off the decision on local fans for several months, and fans from abroad were banned months ago. The move to allow fans went against many medical experts who have said the safest Olympics would be with no fans due to coronavirus.
“What I feel is that no spectating should remain an option for us as we look into things,” Hashimoto said at a news conference. “The situation is changing from time to time so that is why we need to remain flexible and prompt in responding to any change. A no-spectator games is one of our options.”
Organizers seemed to back down slightly on fans after a COVID-19 panel for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported on Thursday that “there’s a sign of resurgence” of infections in Tokyo.
The panel said infections grew by 11% in the last week – based on the seven-day average – with more of the contagious Delta variant cases being detected. Organizers say they will take another look at fans after the current “quasi-state of emergency” ends on July 11.
Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa delivered another wake-up call on Friday when she confirmed that a member of the Ugandan team who tested positive for the coronavirus upon entry to Japan last week was infected with the Delta variant.
Later in the day a second Ugandan also tested positive for the Delta variant, Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said.
Despite extensive testing before and upon entry, cases like these seem certain to happen with 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes entering Tokyo, along with tens of thousands of added staff, coaches, judges, and IOC and sports federations officials.
The first Ugandan member, reportedly a coach, was detected positive last Saturday at the Narita airport near Tokyo and quarantined. But the Japanese authorities allowed the remainder of the nine-person team to travel more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) on a chartered bus to their pre-game camp in Izumisano, in the western prefecture of Osaka.
“They all carried certificates showing their negative test results,” Izumisano Mayor Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu said. “We never imagined they could be infected.”
INDIANA WBB: Caitlin Hose Joins Indiana Women’s Basketball
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball has announced the addition of graduate transfer Caitlin Hose to the program. She will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Hoosiers starting in the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.
The Hazel Green, Ala. comes to IU from Georgia where she played in 60 games and made 13 starts in her three-year career. The 5-10 guard was part of a program that advanced to the 2021 NCAA Tournament second round. As a sophomore in 2019-20, she played in all 29 games and made nine starts where she set a career-high 14 points against Gardner-Webb.
Hose led Hazel Green High School a 6A state championships game all four years as it collected a state title during her senior season. She is an AI.com/Birmingham News First-Team All-State, 6A Northwestern Region MVP, Player of the Year and 2018 Miss Alabama Basketball candidate. In addition, she was four-time all-state honoree and averaged 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Cora Bassett Joins Indiana Softball
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana softball head coach Shonda Stanton has announced the addition of Cora Bassett to the program.
Bassett, a native of Newburgh, Ind., comes to the Hoosiers after two seasons at Purdue. This past season Bassett was selected Second Team All-Big Ten.
“Cora is an incredible athlete with a solid combination of speed and power,” Stanton said. “We believe she has the tools to excel in our offensive system as well as provide a gritty and sure handed glove defensively with the ability to play multiple positions. It has been our pleasure getting to know Cora. She has the character, drive and passion to fit in well with Team 49. We are proud she has decided to wear the Indiana script.”
“I’ve always dreamed of playing for Indiana and representing my home state,” Bassett said. “Coach Stanton, Coach Fearn, and Coach Bell are remarkable women and I know that I will not only grow as a player, but as a person with these coaches. This team is bound for greatness and after talking to the players and coaches, I knew I had to be apart of it!”
In the 2021 season Bassett started all 32 games she appeared in. After 103 at-bats, the sophomore secured 15 runs on 32 hits and nine walks. Not only did Bassett produce a .311 batting average, but she tallied 22 RBI and 10 doubles. Bassett amassed a six consecutive game hitting streak, reached base in eight straight games, and recorded eight multi-hit games over the season.
Coming out of high school at Castle, Bassett was ranked No. 63 nationally in the 2019 class. She helped her travel team win the 14U USFA National Championship.
“Coming in as a transfer I hope to bring the experiences I’ve had at playing in the Big Ten already this past year,” Bassett said. “This team is competitive with a refuse to lose mentality that I believe I can add on to. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of this team!”
BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Butler VB 2021 Schedule Includes Two Home Tournaments
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team will play 17 matches inside Hinkle Fieldhouse this fall with a 2021 schedule that includes two early season tournaments. The Top Dawg Challenge will feature BU hosting Bowling Green, UIC and Indiana. Two weeks later, Butler will hold the Bulldog Brawl inside Hinkle with Milwaukee, UCLA and Western Michigan visiting the Fieldhouse.
The first chance for fans to see the 2021 roster in action will be on Aug. 21st when Butler hosts IUPUI in an exhibition match. Action will take place in the EFG that Saturday at 2 PM.
The regular season will get underway on Friday, Aug. 27. Six matches will be played over two days in a round-robin tournament format. Butler will play BGSU Friday night at 6 PM. The ‘Dawgs will play two games the following day with competition set at 10 AM and 6 PM vs. UIC and IU.
The first two weekends of September will send Butler away from Hinkle Fieldhouse with tournaments lined up at Central Michigan and California. BU will face Youngstown State, North Dakota and host Central Michigan on Sept. 3-4. Cal will host BU, North Dakota State and Nevada on Sept. 10-11.
The first mid-week match of the 2021 campaign brings Eastern Kentucky to Indianapolis. BU will host that match Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 6 PM.
The Bulldog Brawl will follow that weekend on Sept. 17-18. Butler will play host to Milwaukee and UCLA on Friday. Their lone match on Saturday will be at 6 PM vs. Western Michigan.
BIG EAST action jumps off on Sept. 24-25 when BU hosts Creighton and Providence. The opening days of October will push BU to Georgetown and Villanova.
A healthy home stand follows the first BIG EAST road trip. Butler will host four-straight matches from Oct. 8-16. Competition during that stretch includes matches against St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Georgetown.
The schedule will flip with three-straight road matches near the end of the month. The ‘Dawgs will play at Seton Hall, St. John’s and Xavier. The month of October will end with Butler hosting UConn on Halloween.
November is an even split with three home matches mixed with three on the road. Butler will play at Providence and Creighton Nov. 5-7. They head back home to host DePaul and Marquette from Nov. 12-14. The final road match will be played at UConn on Nov. 18. Senior Day is set for Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 PM vs. Xavier.
INDY ELEVEN: INDY ELEVEN RETURNS TO LOUISVILLE CITY FC FOR SECOND LIPAFC FIXTURE OF 2021
#LOUvIND Gameday Preview
Indy Eleven at Louisville City FC
Saturday, June 26, 2021 – 7:30 P.M. ET
Lynn Family Stadium | Louisville, Ken.
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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven 4W-4L-1D, 13 pts. (-1 GD), 3rd in Central Division
Louisville City FC 5W-2L-1D, 16 pts. (+7 GD), 2nd in the Central Division
Following a turbulent week, Indy Eleven bounced back and snapped its four-game winless streak with a 2-1 away victory at Sporting Kansas City II last Sunday afternoon. Interim Head Coach Max Rogers was able to get the job done in his first match at the helm and secured a valuable three points that saw Indiana’s Team shift back into the top half of the Central Division over the weekend.
Rogers will lead once again for this weekend’s tilt just across the Ohio River, where the Circle City squad will look to take over the Central’s second place spot from Louisville City FC in the latest chapter of the storied Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest, colloquially known as the LIPAFC.
Saturday’s match will mark the tenth in a still young season for Indiana’s Team, which will look to match some answers to the laundry list of questions surrounding the squad heading into the next stretch. Some of those seemed to get answered in Rogers’ debut with the Boys in Blue putting seven shots on target against SKC II, equaling the total from their previous three games. A second trip to Lynn Family Stadium in five weeks’ time will be an excellent test to see if Indy’s offense can replicate that aggression more consistently against a LouCity side that allowed only two shots on frame (both from the penalty spot – in their first affair on May 29.
Having scored five of seven goals from set pieces through its first eight outings, open-play goals from Nicky Law and Gordon Wild in the Father’s Day contest at Sporting KC II was a refreshing change of pace for the attacking corps. It was Englishman’s goal in the 19th minute that no doubt jolted Eleven fans out of their seats as the Wild-Ayoze-Law connection fired in perhaps Indy’s most impressive team goal so far this season. If that wasn’t enough, the full-field build that led to Wild’s game-winning goal gave fans a glimpse of what the Rogers’ era may hold for Indiana’s Team.
Louisville City comes into this match with very different storylines surrounding them. Despite having lost Head Coach John Hackworth just one game into the 2021 season, the Boys in Purple have bounced back as of late after a sluggish start under interim coach Danny Cruz. LCFC has scored eight times while collecting all nine points in their last three contests – home shutouts against Memphis 901 FC (3-0) and Birmingham Legion FC (2-0) preceding a takedown of FC Tulsa on the road last time out (3-2). The team across the river has a newfound knack for scoring early, with all three goals last Saturday in Tulsa coming in the first 10 minutes before they held on late to secure the triumph. This Louisville team will no doubt come out hungry to avenge their first loss in the LIPAFC rivalry since 2018 – and to prove they are the premier team in the Central Division.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LOUISVILLE CITY FC
Overall: 3W-7L-4D (13 GF/23 GA)
Away: 1W-3L-3D (7 GF/ 11 GA)
May 29 | IND 2:1 LOU
IND: Hamilton 63’ (PK), 89’ (PK)
LOU: Bone 45’
Sat., June 26th at LOU (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., September 18th vs. LOU (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., October 16th vs. LOU (7:00 p.m.)
The all-time series has not particularly favored Indiana’s Team, specifically on the road. In a COVID-shortened 2020 season the Boys in Blue couldn’t find the right way forward against Louisville, drawing once on the road and losing the other three matches, those results stretching their overall winless streak in the rivalry dating back to 2018 to 10 games.
However, the Eleven did manage to squeak out a 2-1 victory last time out on Louisville’s home turf on May 29, the win coming on the back of two Jordan Hamilton penalties in the second half. The Canadian received a USL Championship Team of the Week nod for his performance that put Indy in the win column for the first time in their history against Lou City on the road.
The proximity of the contest will no doubt play a factor into the matchup. With just a little over one hundred miles separating the two rivals, fans of the Boys in Blue will hit the road and make themselves heard at Lynn Family Stadium. Should the Eleven find victory once more against their rivals, it’ll mark the first time Indy has beaten Louisville twice in a calendar year in the history of the LIPAFC rivalry.
IND PLAYER TO WATCH: GK BOBBY EDWARDS
“Bobby Edwards with the save!” is something you may have heard once or eight times last Sunday if you tuned into Indy’s match at SKC II. One of the Eleven’s 16 offseason acquisitions, Edwards made his long-awaited debut for the Boys in Blue Sunday filling in for an injured Jordan Farr. Edwards came out of the gate strong with an astounding eight saves in his debut to stifle Sporting KC’s attack that recorded 22 shots. With Farr out for a bit of time, it’ll be the 25-year-old between the sticks for Indiana’s team moving forward, and rightfully so after that performance.
The former FC Cincinnati man is well traveled in his short career already. Edwards played collegiately for St. Joseph’s University, Monmouth University, and Mount St. Mary’s University before hopping across the pond to begin his pro career for Portadown in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship. Edwards would help lead Portadown to the title and promotion back to the NIFL Premiership before joining FC Cincinnati in 2020 and, eventually, Indy Eleven. You can learn more about the affable Edwards via our appropriately titled “Get to Know: Bobby Edwards” feature from earlier this season.
The New Jersey native will have a daunting task this weekend when the Boys in Blue pick up the LIPAFC rivalry, as he’ll be tasked with keeping one of the USL Championship’s most in-form squads in check. LCFC’s 14 goals from its first eight games is tied for the third-most in the Eastern Conference and fifth overall – and with eight of those coming in its last three outings Edwards will no doubt have to bring his A-game to Lynn Family stadium. However, with a fantastic debut under his belt, the butterflies should be gone and the sky’s the limit for the man in goal, and Indy will need him in top form for the rivalry bout.
LOU PLAYER TO WATCH: DF JONATHAN GOMEZ
While most teenagers are trying to figure out algebra, Jonathan Gomez is trying to figure out if he’s going to play for the United States or Mexico internationally. Good problem to have. Gomez has been called into Mexico’s squad to train in the past and was recently named to the 60-man preliminary Gold Cup roster for the United States. While Gomez is a longshot to make the USMNT cut, the 17-year-old could be the left back of the future for whichever country he chooses – but he is most definitely the left back of the present for Louisville City FC.
Beginning his career with North Texas SC before signing with Louisville, Gomez was playing in USL League One at only fifteen, when he made eight appearances for the Texan side. He’s started off his third full professional season with a bang, having already notched an assist to add to his first professional goal against FC Tulsa last weekend, a sublime foot-footed shot in the 7th minute that put Louisville ahead 2-0 at the time.
The wide defender has started six of LCFC’s eight games so far this season, but didn’t feature in the 18 for the first LIPAFC meeting. However, Gomez has become a stalwart in the Lou City backline in recent weeks thanks to a team-leading 17 interceptions, and he also ranks as the team’s second-best duelist with 38 duels won. These defensive stats may not be as glamorous as the goal and assist, but it is eye popping that a 17-year-old is a top two player defensively in multiple statistical categories for the most dominant Eastern Conference franchise over the last handful of years.
You may have heard the phrase “young gets it done.” Louisville is employing that strategy with Gomez, and it is paying off in huge dividends thus far. The Keller, Texas native will be tasked with containing forward Gordon Wild, who fired home his first Indy Eleven goal this past Sunday. It’ll be a battle between two players in good form, and it may just tilt the game one way or the other.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1906 Herbert M. Whitney, a catcher for the Burlington Pathfinders, becomes the first professional baseball player to die as a result of being hit by a pitch. The beaning occurred two days ago in an Iowa State League contest against the Waterloo Microbes.
1913 Covington Blue Sox, citing the lack of fan support, relocate the team to Kansas City, eventually causing organized baseball to ‘declare war’ on the Federal League for moving the Packers, the club’s new name, into American Association territory. Cincinnati had blocked Covington from acquiring a baseball franchise in the Class D Blue Grass League, leading the leaders of the sparsely-populated Kentucky city to accept a franchise in the newly-formed upstart circuit, known as the outlaw league due to organization’s decision not to abide by the National Agreement.
1913 In the nightcap against the A’s at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Eddie Ainsmith steals three bases in one inning. After safely reaching base on a single in the bottom of the ninth frame, the 23 year-old catcher’s thievery of second, third, and home proves to be of little consequence when Philadelphia routs the Nats, 10-3.
1916 The Indians became the first major league club to field a team with numbered uniforms when they take on Chicago at Cleveland’s League Park. The use of large numerals on the players’ left sleeve and corresponding scorecards last just a few weeks, and, after a brief trial next season, the concept will be abandoned.
1920 Lou Gehrig hits his first home run in a major league ballpark, going deep at Wrigley Field, then known as Cubs Park, in a high school championship game between the NYC School of Commerce and Chicago’s Lane Tech. The 17 year-old first baseman, who will return to the ‘Friendly Confines’ in 1932 to hit two homers for the Yankees in Game 3 of the World Series, blasts a ninth-inning grand slam over the right-field wall, sealing a 12-6 victory for the visitors.
1921 Throwing a scoreless inning against the Yankees, 23 year-old Senator southpaw Nemo Gaines makes his major league debut, becoming the first Naval Academy graduate, and only one for the next 94 seasons, to appear in a big-league contest. In 2015, right-hander Mitch Harris, another Annapolis alumnus, will appear in 26 games (2-1, 3.67) for the Cardinals during his brief one-year career.
1924 In a matchup at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ right-hander Virgil Barnes faces his older sibling, Jesse, marking the first time brothers have started against one another in major league history. Neither of Luther and Sade’s sons gets the victory, but Jesse will be tagged with the loss when New York beats his Braves, 8-1.
1935 Pirate center fielder Lloyd Waner sets the major league mark, recording 18 putouts during a doubleheader played at Braves Field. The future Hall of Famer’s defense helps the Bucs to sweep last-place Boston, 4-2 and 5-1.
1938 Carl Hubbell goes the distance, beating Chicago, 5-1, at the Polo Grounds to notch his 200th victory. The future Hall of Fame southpaw will finish his 16-year career, all with the Giants, compiling a 253-154 (.622) record and an ERA of 2.98.
1938 Reds second baseman Lonny Frey collects eight hits during a twin bill against the Phillies at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl. The 27 year-old Cincinnati infielder goes 3-for-5 in the team’s 10-3 loss in the first game, adding five more hits, including two triples, in an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.
1939 The Yankees play their first night game in franchise history, losing to Connie Mack’s A’s, 3-2, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, where the first-ever American League evening tilt took place last month. The Bronx Bombers will not play their first home game under the lights for another seven years.
1944 At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six-inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the Dodgers scoring five times, and the Yankees and Giants, tallying one and no runs, respectively.
1946 Giants player-manager Mel Ott decides to stop playing and do only his dugout duties for the team. Southpaw-swinging ‘Master Mel’s’ decision is prompted by a .048 batting average, with the future Hall of Fame right fielder collecting just two hits in 48 at-bats this season.
1948 Lou Boudreau, the Tribe’s player-manager, who will finish the season with 199 hits, has a two-run single taken away when his pitcher Bob Muncrief misses third base in the Indians’ 5-0 victory over Washington. The right-hander makes up for his base-running gaffe by hurling a three-hit shutout in the Cleveland Stadium contest.
1957 Twenty-six-year-old center fielder Willie Mays collects four hits, scores three runs while driving in four runs in the Giants’ 17-7 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The close game becomes a blowout when New York scores seven runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.
1960 With the help of Ron Santo, making his major league debut, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from first-place Pittsburgh, 7-5 and 7-6. The rookie third baseman, who will be elected into the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Veterans Committee in 2012, goes 3-for-7, driving in five runs during the twin bill at Forbes Field.
1961 In the Yankees’ 8-6 victory over the Angels, Yogi Berra collects his 2000th career hit, a fifth-inning two-run single off Ken McBride. A huge cake is rolled out in LA’s Wrigley Field to celebrate the Bronx Bombers backstop’s milestone, all accomplished while wearing pinstripes.
1962 Earl Wilson, the Red Sox’s first black hurler, no-hits the Angels at Fenway Park, 2-0. The 27 year-old right-hander also drives in the first run of the game when he goes deep off loser Bo Belinsky, who also pitched a no-hitter last month.
1963 In a clear message of support for the German people, President John F. Kennedy delivers his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech from the steps of the Rathaus Schoneberg in front of an audience estimated at 450,000. During his visit, large crowds greet JFK with banners, including one that reads, “Let’s Go Mets.”
1963 The Colt .45’s snap their streak of 30 consecutive innings without scoring a run when Al Spangler goes deep in the sixth frame of a 7-2 victory over Milwaukee. The Houston outfielder’s round-tripper is only the second run the team has scored in the last 70 innings.
1964 University of Wisconsin standout Rick Reichardt receives the highest bonus to date when he signs with the Angels for $200,000. The bidding war for the talented Badger outfielder ultimately led the owners to institute a draft, which started in 1965 when Arizona State University’s Rick Monday became the first-ever #1 overall selection.
1966 Ron Santo is struck in the face by a pitch thrown by Mets’ starter Jack Fisher. The Cubs third baseman’s fractured cheek ends his record consecutive streak at the hot corner at 390 games, but his 27-game hitting streak, one shy of the franchise mark, stays intact with a first-inning single.
1968 Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson tosses his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanks the Pirates, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader played at Busch Stadium. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale of the Dodgers.
1970 Frank Robinson hits two grand slams in the same game, helping Baltimore to beat the Senators, 12-2. The Oriole outfielder, who accomplishes the feat in consecutive at-bats, is the seventh major leaguer to hit two bases-full homers in one game.
1977 Pete Vukovich pitches the first shutout in Blue Jay history, blanking Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. The victory also marks the 24 year-old’s first scoreless complete contest, a feat he will accomplish eight times during his 11-year career.
1977 On Rod Carew Night, the Twins’ first baseman goes 4-for-5 en route to scoring five runs and collecting six RBIs in Minnesota’s 19-12 victory over the White Sox at Metropolitan Stadium. The 31 year-old Panamanian’s offensive output, which includes a double and home run, raises his season’s batting average to .403.
1983 Rusty Staub ties the single-season record with his eighth consecutive pinch-hit. ‘Le Grand Orange’ equals the 1958 mark established by Dave Philley of the Phillies when he singles in the ninth inning off reliever Ron Reed in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.
1985 At Jack Russell Stadium, umpire Keith O’Connor ejects the organist from a Class A Florida League game for playing Three Blind Mice following a close call, which goes against the Clearwater Phillies. After NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and syndicated radio host Paul Harvey report the incident, the self-taught musician becomes famous, signing autographs, “Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind Mice organist.”
1987 Although the Red Sox have a 9-0 second-inning advantage, Roger Clemens is unable to hold the lead, with the Yankees coming back to win in ten innings, 12-11. Boston’s third baseman Wade Boggs, who is walked intentionally twice during the Bronx ballpark contest, sees his 25-game hitting streak come to an end.
1995 Before rejoining the Yankees to make a start in Chicago, Columbus Clipper starter Mariano Rivera pitches a five-inning no-hitter against the IL’s Rochester Red Wings in Ohio’s Cooper Stadium. During his tenure in the minor leagues, Mo, the future major league leader in career saves, is used primarily as a starter, starting 68 games, including seven complete contests, en route to compiling a 27-18 record and a 2.35 ERA.
1999 At Candlestick Park, Todd Hundley’s second homer of the day, a ninth-inning three-run shot to deep right field off Giants’ closer Robb Nen, sparks the Dodgers’ 7-6 comeback win. Ellis Burks had put San Francisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth, 6-4, with a three-run homer off Alan Mills.
2000 Alex Cabrera homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a two-run pinch-hit round-tripper off Yorkis Perez in Arizona’s 6-1 victory over the Astros at Bank One Ballpark. The 28 year-old minor league veteran of nine seasons becomes the first player in the franchise’s three-year history to accomplish the feat.
2001 Not known for being a base thief during his playing days, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon, ejected for arguing a close play in the team’s eventual 7-6, 12-inning come-from-behind victory over the Brewers at PNC Park, literally steals first base. “I told him (first base ump Rick Reed) he wasn’t using it, so I thought I’d take it,” explains the Bucs’ skipper after pulling the bag out of the ground and carrying it into the Pirates’ dugout.
2003 Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks, and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.’s franchise mark for RBIs. His two-run homer in the team’s 10-6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs, one more than Junior.
2005 At Oklahoma City’s SBC Bricktown Ballpark, the public address announcer informs the Red Hawks fans of a lineup change, “now batting for Nashville, pinch-hitting for Corey Hart, Corey Hart.” The Sounds, who already had an outfielder named Corey Hart on a Triple-A injury rehab assignment on their roster, recently acquired an infielder also called Corey Hart from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.
2011 Three days after Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation, the Nationals name senior advisor Davey Johnson as the team’s manager for the remainder of the season. The 68 year-old former skipper compiled an 1148-888 (.564) record during his 14 years in the dugout with the Mets, Dodgers, Reds, and Orioles, finishing lower than third place on only three occasions.
2012 At Yankee Stadium, third-base umpire Mike DiMuro rules that New York outfielder Dewayne Wise had made a clean catch of Indians’ Jack Hannahan’s pop fly, reaching in the stands to end the seventh inning. Replays, however, clearly show the empty-handed left fielder never made the catch, and Vinnie Pellegrino, a fan from West Islip, NY, has the ball.
2015 Prince Fielder hits his 300th career home run when he goes deep to right field off Mark Buehrle in the first inning of the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Texas Ranger first baseman’s milestone round-tripper makes him and his dad, Cecil (319), only the second son-father combo to hit 300-plus homers, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds.
2018 The A’s extend the record for home runs to 27 consecutive road games when Chad Pinder hits a two-run round-tripper off Blaine Hardy in the top of the fifth inning in team’s 9-7 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park. The 1994 Orioles established the previous mark with homers in 24 straight away games.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|Tampa Bay||46||31||.597||–||22 – 15||24 – 16||21 – 11||5 – 4||12 – 14||3 – 7||W 3|
|Boston||45||31||.592||0.5||21 – 17||24 – 14||19 – 10||8 – 6||8 – 13||6 – 4||W 1|
|NY Yankees||40||35||.533||5||21 – 18||19 – 17||17 – 22||13 – 6||7 – 3||7 – 3||L 1|
|Toronto||38||36||.514||6.5||14 – 17||24 – 19||15 – 18||4 – 6||6 – 10||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||24||52||.316||21.5||12 – 26||12 – 26||10 – 21||4 – 13||8 – 11||2 – 8||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||44||31||.587||–||27 – 13||17 – 18||10 – 7||24 – 12||6 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Cleveland||41||32||.562||2||20 – 13||21 – 19||7 – 7||22 – 13||5 – 5||6 – 4||L 1|
|Kansas City||33||41||.446||10.5||18 – 19||15 – 22||8 – 8||15 – 23||5 – 9||3 – 7||L 3|
|Detroit||32||43||.427||12||17 – 20||15 – 23||4 – 5||14 – 24||9 – 9||6 – 4||L 1|
|Minnesota||32||43||.427||12||16 – 23||16 – 20||6 – 7||13 – 16||9 – 16||6 – 4||W 1|
|Houston||47||28||.627||–||26 – 13||21 – 15||15 – 7||7 – 4||23 – 12||10 – 0||W 11|
|Oakland||46||32||.590||2.5||25 – 18||21 – 14||12 – 11||12 – 2||15 – 15||5 – 5||L 1|
|Seattle||40||37||.519||8||24 – 16||16 – 21||10 – 5||11 – 12||15 – 12||8 – 2||W 1|
|LA Angels||36||39||.480||11||21 – 19||15 – 20||3 – 8||13 – 7||14 – 20||3 – 7||L 4|
|Texas||28||48||.368||19.5||18 – 21||10 – 27||11 – 10||5 – 9||10 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|NY Mets||39||32||.549||–||23 – 10||16 – 22||17 – 14||5 – 6||14 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|Washington||36||37||.493||4||21 – 18||15 – 19||15 – 15||9 – 10||6 – 8||8 – 2||L 1|
|Atlanta||36||39||.480||5||20 – 20||16 – 19||17 – 20||14 – 6||3 – 3||6 – 4||W 1|
|Philadelphia||35||38||.479||5||21 – 14||14 – 24||18 – 20||9 – 4||4 – 8||3 – 7||W 1|
|Miami||32||43||.427||9||17 – 17||15 – 26||13 – 11||6 – 13||11 – 9||3 – 7||W 1|
|Milwaukee||43||33||.566||–||21 – 18||22 – 15||7 – 9||17 – 13||17 – 6||5 – 5||W 3|
|Chi Cubs||42||34||.553||1||26 – 13||16 – 21||10 – 11||19 – 14||10 – 5||4 – 6||L 1|
|Cincinnati||37||37||.500||5||17 – 17||20 – 20||4 – 3||19 – 12||9 – 18||4 – 6||L 1|
|St. Louis||36||40||.474||7||19 – 17||17 – 23||14 – 13||13 – 16||7 – 6||3 – 7||L 5|
|Pittsburgh||28||46||.378||14||16 – 21||12 – 25||4 – 7||9 – 22||7 – 10||5 – 5||W 2|
|San Francisco||49||26||.653||–||25 – 10||24 – 16||10 – 7||11 – 4||20 – 11||9 – 1||W 4|
|LA Dodgers||45||31||.592||4.5||24 – 13||21 – 18||8 – 4||8 – 10||20 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|San Diego||46||32||.590||4.5||29 – 14||17 – 18||3 – 4||14 – 13||21 – 14||8 – 2||W 8|
|Colorado||31||45||.408||18.5||25 – 16||6 – 29||5 – 8||5 – 13||14 – 21||6 – 4||L 1|
|Arizona||21||56||.273||29||12 – 24||9 – 32||8 – 15||7 – 10||6 – 24||1 – 9||L 3|
|Connecticut Sun||9||5||.643||—||6-1||3-4||4-2||5-5||1 W|
|Chicago Sky||9||7||.563||1.0||3-5||6-2||8-2||7-3||7 W|
|Washington Mystics||7||7||.500||2.0||5-3||2-4||4-4||6-4||1 L|
|New York Liberty||7||8||.467||2.5||3-4||4-4||3-5||3-7||2 L|
|Atlanta Dream||5||8||.385||3.5||2-5||3-3||4-3||4-6||2 L|
|Indiana Fever||1||15||.063||9.0||1-7||0-8||1-8||0-10||11 L|
|Seattle Storm||12||3||.800||—||5-3||7-0||5-2||8-2||1 L|
|Las Vegas Aces||10||4||.714||1.5||6-1||4-3||4-2||8-2||1 L|
|Minnesota Lynx||7||7||.500||4.5||5-3||2-4||3-4||7-3||2 W|
|Dallas Wings||7||8||.467||5.0||2-3||5-5||6-5||6-4||1 W|
|Phoenix Mercury||6||7||.462||5.0||1-5||5-2||3-4||4-6||1 W|
|Los Angeles Sparks||6||7||.462||5.0||4-3||2-4||1-5||5-5||1 W|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|Orlando City SC||10||6||3||1||18||7||11||3-2-0||3-1-1||21|
|New York City FC||9||4||2||3||16||10||6||2-1-2||2-1-1||14|
|Inter Miami CF||10||2||2||6||9||16||-7||0-1-4||2-1-2||8|
|Real Salt Lake||8||3||3||2||13||10||3||2-2-1||1-1-1||12|
|Los Angeles FC||9||3||3||3||11||10||1||3-2-1||0-1-2||12|