Atlanta 116 Milwaukee 113
NY Islanders 3 Tampa Bay 2 OT
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Chicago White Sox 4 Pittsburgh 3
Detroit 6 St. Louis 2
San Francisco 9 Los Angeles Angels 3
Colorado 5 Seattle 2
Toronto 3 Miami 1
Houston 13 Baltimore 0
NY Yankees 6 Kansas City 5
Tampa Bay 8 Austin 2
Texas 5 Oakland 3
Washington 13 Philadelphia 12
Milwaukee 3 Arizona 2
NY Mets 7 Atlanta 3
San Diego 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 3
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Louisville 5 Indianapolis 0
Fort Wayne 8 South Bend 0
Dayton 4 Western Michigan 1
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Vanderbilt 6 Stanford 5 (Stanford eliminated)
Here’s the upcoming schedule:
Texas vs. Virginia (elimination game) | 7 p.m. ET Thursday | ESPN2
NC State vs. Vanderbilt | 2 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
Mississippi State vs. Texas-Virginia winner | 7 p.m. Friday | ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England 3 New York 2
Philadelphia 1 Columbus 0
New York City FC 1 Atlanta 0
FC Cincinnati 1 Chicago 0
CF Montréal 0 DC 0
Minnesota 2 Austin 0
Sporting KC 3 Colorado 1
Houston 2 Portland 2
Nashville SC 3 Toronto FC 2
Seattle 2 Real Salt Lake 1
Los Angeles 2 Vancouver 1
Los Angeles FC 2 FC Dallas 0
Minnesota 87 Atlanta 85
WORLD SERIES ODDS
Los Angeles Dodgers +325
Chicago White Sox +700
New York Mets +700
San Diego Padres +800
Houston Astros +1000
New York Yankees +1100
Oakland Athletics +1200
Tampa Bay Rays +1200
Toronto Blue Jays +2000
Boston Red Sox +2200
Milwaukee Brewers +2500
San Francisco Giants +2500
Atlanta Braves +3000
Chicago Cubs +3500
Cincinnati Reds +4000
St. Louis Cardinals +4000
Cleveland Indians +4200
Philadelphia Phillies +5000
Los Angeles Angels +6000
Washington Nationals +6500
Minnesota Twins +10000
Kansas City Royals +11000
Miami Marlins +12500
Seattle Mariners +14000
Baltimore Orioles +60000
Arizona Diamondbacks +100000
Colorado Rockies +100000
Detroit Tigers +100000
Pittsburgh Pirates +100000
Texas Rangers +100000
Young scores 48 points, Hawks beat Bucks 116-113 in Game 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) Trae Young remains as poised as ever in hostile environments in his first postseason.
Young scored 48 points, Clint Capela converted a go-ahead putback with 29.8 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 on Wednesday night to open the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hawks improved to 6-2 in road playoff games this year and handed the Bucks their first home loss of the postseason.
“Ever since I was in middle school, when I was going on the road in middle school, I always loved playing on the road,” said Young, who was two points off his career high. “I loved playing against an opposing crowd, an opposing team. It feels like you’re really with your team, and it’s just them in the building. I think that really brings our group together.”
Game 2 is Friday night in Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. Jrue Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists.
Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Although Middleton scored 15 points, he shot 6 of 23 and missed all nine of his 3-point attempts.
“I’ve just got to be better,” Middleton said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Never before had the Hawks won an Eastern Conference finals game since moving to Atlanta in 1968. The Hawks reached the East finals in 2015, but were swept by Cleveland.
The Hawks did win a title in 1958 and reached the league finals in 1957, 1960 and 1961 when they were in St. Louis.
“It’s special,” Young said. “I wanted to achieve things like this when I was a rookie. Coming in as a rookie, you don’t know how hard it is until you’ve got to actually do it.”
John Collins added 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks. Capela had 12 points and 19 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo scored the first six points in a 9-0 run that turned a 98-96 deficit into a 105-98 advantage with 4:18 left. But the Hawks scored the next five points, and the game went back and forth from there.
“It’s a matter of us just trying to withstand, hold the fort and try to make plays,” Collins said. “And I feel like we did that down at the end.”
Middleton missed a pull-up jumper with about 43 seconds left with Milwaukee ahead 111-110. Young missed a shot on the other end of the floor, but Capela grabbed his 19th rebound and scored to put the Hawks in front for good.
After Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton shot an air-ball on a 3-pointer, Young made two free throws with 17.3 seconds remaining.
“He was wide open,” Antetokounmpo said about Connaughton’s shot. “Make or miss, we live with that. We believe in him.”
Antetokounmpo made a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds left, but Young brought the lead back to three and closed the scoring by sinking two free throws of his own with 4.6 seconds remaining.
His focus at the line revealed the veteran savvy the 22-year-old Young has displayed throughout his first career postseason.
“He’s a great player,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve got to make it as tough as possible for him, be physical with him. We don’t want to send him to the free-throw line. We just got to make it, from the first minute to the last minute, tough.”
AP source: Celtics hire Nets assistant Udoka as new coach
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be their new coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
The hiring was first reported by ESPN.
Udoka, 43, played a total of 316 games over seven seasons with five NBA teams before retiring in 2012 and joining Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio as an assistant coach. He was with the Spurs for seven seasons, including in 2013-14, when they won the NBA title.
Udoka joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka takes over a Celtics team that reached the Eastern Conference finals in three of the previous four seasons before plummeting to the No. 7 seed this year and losing in the first round to Brooklyn. After the five-game loss to the Nets, basketball boss Danny Ainge retired and coach Brad Stevens gave up his spot on the bench to replace him.
Once primed to compete for a spot in the finals, the Celtics seem to be losing ground in the East. Although Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have emerged as stars, the team has struggled to find additional pieces that can challenge the assembled stars in Milwaukee, Philadelphia and now Brooklyn and Atlanta.
Stevens’ first major move since taking over the front office was to trade injured point guard Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for big man Al Horford, giving up the team’s first-round draft pick to save salary cap space.
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul listed as probable for Game 3 vs. LA Clippers
(ESPN NEWS SERVICE) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul is listed by the team as probable for Thursday’s Game 3 against the LA Clippers.
Paul has been in the league’s health and safety protocols since last Wednesday and he’s missed the first two games of the Western Conference finals against the Clippers.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that there was optimism within the Suns organization that Paul could return for Game 3.
Phoenix leads the series 2-0.
Before being sidelined, the 36-year-old Paul averaged 25.5 points on 62.7% shooting while dishing out 41 assists against five turnovers in a four-game sweep of the Denver Nuggets in the second round.
AP source: Grant accepts Olympic bid, pushes US roster to 12
(AP) — USA Basketball now has a full 12-man roster for the Tokyo Games, after Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Detroit’s Jerami Grant accepted invitations Wednesday to join the team that will try to win the program’s fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
LaVine’s decision was confirmed by his agent, Nima Namakian. Grant’s decision was confirmed by a person familiar with the situation, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because USA Basketball has yet to formally reveal the full roster.
The challenge for the Americans will be keeping the group together. There has already been one change; Brooklyn’s James Harden, who had briefly committed, has since told the national team that a hamstring injury that affected him during the NBA playoffs would not allow him to participate, the person familiar with the roster decisions told AP.
So, for now, the Olympic team that will be coached by Gregg Popovich in Tokyo: Washington’s Bradley Beal, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Milwaukee teammates Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, LaVine and Grant.
The team has a combined 37 All-Star selections, led by Durant’s 11. The team will not be officially complete until USA Basketball sends its roster to FIBA, something that won’t happen until next month.
Durant is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, after being part of the 2012 and 2016 teams. Green also helped the U.S. win gold in 2016, Love in 2012.
Holiday, Middleton and Booker are still in the NBA playoffs. Game 7 of the NBA Finals may happen as late as July 22 – just three days before the Americans open Olympic play in Tokyo against fellow medal favorite France, the nation that knocked the U.S. out of medal contention at the Basketball World Cup in China two years ago.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo has said that contingencies are being made in case any players miss camp and have to arrive in Tokyo after the rest of the Olympic team because of their NBA playoff schedules.
The Americans are also in the process of putting together a select team that will practice against the Olympic team during training camp in Las Vegas, which opens July 6. It is possible that, if necessary, players may be promoted from the select team to the Olympic team; such scenarios happened with the World Cup team in 2019 because of injuries and other roster openings.
LaVine’s decision gives the American roster six of the top 10 NBA scorers from the U.S. this season. Lavine averaged 27.4 points for Chicago, making the All-Star team for the first time.
Stephen Curry, who led the NBA in scoring, is not planning to play for the U.S. this summer. But six of the next nine U.S. names on this year’s scoring list – Beal, Lillard, Durant, Tatum, Booker and now LaVine – are among those who have told USA Basketball that they’re in for Tokyo.
This would be the first Olympics for LaVine. He has some past USA Basketball experience, after being part of the select team that trained with and against the 2016 U.S. Olympic team during practices in Las Vegas as they prepared for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Grant – who averaged 22.3 points for Detroit this season – was also part of that select team in Las Vegas five summers ago before the Olympics. He played for 2012 U.S. team that went 5-0 on its way to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in Brazil.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso arrested in Texas for marijuana possession
(ESPN NEWS SERVICE)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested and released on Tuesday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Texas A&M police.
Both are misdemeanor charges.
Lt. Bobby Richardson of the Texas A&M Police Department told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that around 2 p.m. Central Time, Caruso tried to board a flight at Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas, which is located on A&M property.
The Transportation and Security Administration searched Caruso’s bags and found a herb grinder that contained marijuana, Richardson said.
According to online records, Caruso was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He was released after posting bond.
Caruso played collegiately at Texas A&M. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Since signing with the Lakers in 2017, the 27-year-old has played a key role off the bench the last four seasons. He averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 58 games this past season.
Spoelstra to help coach USA Basketball select team in Vegas
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich have often spoken of how much they enjoy coaching against one another.
This summer, they’re teaming up — to coach with, and against, one another.
Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”
It’s Spoelstra’s first stint with USA Basketball. He and Popovich — the U.S. Olympic coach for the first time — have been talking about this opportunity for several months, though it wasn’t finalized until the past couple of weeks and after the Heat were eliminated from the NBA playoffs.
Spoelstra said he was thankful that the USA Basketball brain trust — including Popovich, men’s national team managing director Jerry Colangelo and men’s national team director Sean Ford — extended the invite.
“I’m really grateful to Pop, Jerry and Sean for this opportunity,” Spoelstra said.
Popovich is the longest-tenured coach with his current NBA team, taking over in San Antonio in 1996. Spoelstra has the second-longest active tenure, having just completed his 13th season as coach of the Heat.
“I really admire what he’s done, coming up through the ranks and how he’s matriculated through the different levels in the league and ended up in a position he’s in,” Popovich said this spring of Spoelstra, who started in the Heat video room under Pat Riley and has been in Miami ever since. “He’s worked so hard, done such a great job, and it’s just kind of thrilling to see somebody achieve that.”
Spoelstra is not going to the Tokyo Games. Popovich has three assistants; Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Villanova’s Jay Wright and former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.
USA Basketball completed its 12-man Olympic roster on Wednesday, though it is still possible that the names may change before the Tokyo Games begin.
The full select team roster is expected to be finalized in the coming days. USA Basketball coaches and staff arrive in Las Vegas in early July, and the first on-court practice is scheduled for July 6.
Beauvillier, Islanders beat Lightning in OT to force Game 7
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Trailing by two goals in the second period of an elimination game, the New York Islanders kept their composure. They got one goal before the end of the period, and tied it in the third.
Anthony Beauvillier then stole the puck and scored 1:08 into overtime as the Islanders rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Wednesday night to force a deciding Game 7 in their Stanley Cup semifinal series.
“We knew we had a lot of time on the clock still,” star center Mathew Barzal said. “Just stuck with it and fortunate enough to get two goals and tie it up, and obviously win in overtime.”
Jordan Eberle and Scott Mayfield also scored for the Islanders, with Barzal getting assists on both. Semyon Varlamov finished with 22 saves. It was a big response after an 8-0 loss in Tampa in Game 5 on Monday night.
“We knew we were going to bounce back,” Beauvillier said. “Even going down 2-0, I thought we were still on top of our game. We were having good shifts and we just stuck with it. Obviously a huge character win.”
Beauvillier got his stick on the puck to pick off Blake Coleman’s pass for Jan Rutta in the right circle, gathered it and quickly beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on the first shot on goal of the extra period. It was Beauvillier’s first career playoff overtime goal, and his first score since Game 1 of the second round against Boston.
With this possibly the final game at Nassau Coliseum as the Islanders plan to move into their new home at UBS Arena next season, fans showered the ice with beer cans and bottles in celebration.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Barzal said. “A little dangerous, but you don’t see that too often, so we embraced it. That’s the Islanders faithful – they’re passionate, they get excited, and it was good stuff.”
Brayden Point scored for the ninth straight game and Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who lost playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov (27 points) to an apparent injury early in the first period. Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots.
NFL accepting bids to host scouting combines in 2023-28
The NFL Scouting Combine could soon have a new home.
The NFL informed franchises Wednesday it is now accepting bids to host the combine each year from 2023-28, according to Mickey Shuey of the Indianapolis Business Journal. The league has staged the annual event in Indianapolis since 1987.
Though the combine may soon be leaving Indianapolis, the city’s tourism agency plans to submit a “highly competitive” bid for the next available years of the event, Visit Indy vice president Chris Gahl told Shuey.
“As the event has grown, so has the city physically,” Gahl said. “This is an event that we have proudly hosted and helped grow along the way, and one we want to viciously protect keeping in Indy beyond 2022.”
The league staged a significantly scaled-down version of the combine in Indianapolis in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 2019 event generated an $8.4-million economic impact for Indianapolis and as much as $10 million in media exposure for the city, according to Shuey.
The NFL already accepts bids for annual hosting duties for the Super Bowl and the draft.
NDIANASRN.ORG 2021 NFL (AFC) PREDICTIONS
Training camps open next month for the National Football League and hopefully everything will return to normal for everyone.
There are many changes to NFL rosters and coaching staffS (we will check on those later) which will make this season very interesting.
Let’s get started with the AFC:
Buffalo….The Bills had a breakout season in 2020, and are expecting more this year.
New England… The Patriots went nuts in free agency looking for a quick turnaround.
Miami….Tua Tagovaiola will look to improve after a rough rookie season.
New York Jets…. A new coach, a new rookie quarterback and a new attitude in New York will make the Jets more fun to watch.
Cleveland…. The Browns are now the king of a tough division.
Baltimore….QB Lamar Jackson will look to develop more as a passer this season.
Pittsburgh…. Big Ben will look for one more run at a championship.
Cincinnati….Joe Burrow is back from an injury and the Bengals will look to make noise in the division.
Tennessee….A new offensive coordinator will look to keep the running attack strong.
Indianapolis…Rivers is out, Carson Wentz is in. A change of scenery should help the new quarterback.
Jacksonville….A new era begins with Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence.
Houston….This franchise is a disaster right now and it will continue throughout the 2021 season.
Kansas City…. Last year Super Bowl left a bad taste in the mouth of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Los Angeles…. The Chargers have a rising star in Justin Herbert getting Los Angeles a legitimate shot at a playoff berth.
Las Vegas….QB Derek Carr had a solid 2020 campaign, but will need more help this season.
Denver…. Once the class of the division, the Broncos are now cellar dwellers and coach Vic Fangio is fighting for his job.
THE PLAYOFF TEAMS – IN ORDER
Buffalo defeats Indianapolis
Cleveland defeats Los Angeles
Baltimore defeats Tennessee
Kansas City defeats Baltimore
Cleveland defeats Buffalo
Cleveland defeats Kansas City
PRE—SEASON POWER RANKINGS
2021 NFL SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 13, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Thursday, September 16, 2021
New York Giants at Washington Football Team (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 19, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 20, 2021
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 27, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 25, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 01, 2021
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 04, 2021
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 07, 2021
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 08, 2021
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 15, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 18, 2021
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 22, 2021
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 29, 2021
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, December 05, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 06, 2021
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 09, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 13, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (Mon) 6:15p (MT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Saturday, December 18, 2021
TBD TBD 4:30p NFLN
TBD TBD 8:15p NFLN
Saturday Pool Date/Time/Network TBD
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills TBD TBD TBD
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns TBD TBD TBD
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts TBD TBD TBD
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins TBD TBD TBD
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles TBD TBD TBD
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 20, 2021
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 23, 2021
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers 3:30p (CT) 4:30p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals 6:15p (MT) 8:15p NFLN
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 27, 2021
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Sunday, January 02, 2022
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, January 03, 2022
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Saturday, January 08, 2022
TBD TBD 4:30p ESPN/ABC
TBD TBD 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Sunday, January 09, 2022
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Washington Football Team at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
TBD TBD 8:20p NBC*
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**NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change
In Week 18, games eligible to be played on Saturday at 4:30pm and 8:15pm ET or Sunday at 1:00pm, 4:25pm, or 8:20pm
Emmert: NCAA crafting ‘interim’ NIL rules after court loss
(AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday the association is working on interim rules that will permit college athletes to earn money off their fame and celebrity by July and act as a bridge until there is a permanent solution.
In a memo sent to member schools and obtained by The Associated Press, Emmert acknowledged the current uncertainty across college sports as it moves toward allowing name, image and likeness compensation for athletes.
“We are focused on providing you additional guidance to make the introduction of the NIL era as smooth as possible,” he wrote in the memo, which was first reported by The Athletic.
Six states – Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico – have laws set to go into effect July 1 that would undercut existing NCAA rules and give athletes the opportunity to be paid by third parties for things such as sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances.
Several other state laws could also go into effect in July. Without NCAA action, athletes in some states could be making money without putting their college eligibility in jeopardy while their counterparts in other states could be in danger of breaking NCAA rules.
“Although permanent NIL rule changes by July 1 are unlikely due to the legal environment, we are working with divisional governance bodies to develop interim solutions that will fairly allow student-athletes to take advantage of NIL opportunities regardless of the state in which they are enrolled,” Emmert wrote.
Last week, Emmert sent a letter to membership urging legislative action on NIL rules or he would take executive steps toward a temporary solution.
The NCAA Division I Council met Tuesday and Wednesday but was not expected to take any action on NIL. The Council has another meeting tentatively set for Monday.
The leaders of six Division I conferences have urged the D-I Council to shelve an NIL proposal that has been in limbo for months and instead proposed a stopgap measure that would allow schools to implement NIL rules in states where there is none until a federal law is passed.
Emmert wrote in his latest letter that the NCAA remains “committed to working with Congress to chart a path forward, which is a point the Supreme Court expressly stated in its ruling” this week, a 9-0 decision against the NCAA on the topic of education-related benefits for athletes.
Emmert stressed the high court still puts authority to govern college sports in the hands of the association. However, he warned the more than 1,100 member schools Wednesday “existing and new rules are subject to antitrust analysis and we should expect continued litigation., particularly in the area of ‘play for pay.'”
Vanderbilt shocks Stanford on walk-off wild pitch to eliminate the Cardinal
Vanderbilt stunned Stanford with a ninth-inning rally against Cardinal ace Brendan Beck, winning on a walk-off wild pitch 6-5 in a Wednesday elimination game.
The Commodores had two out and no one on in the ninth while facing Beck, who came in relief in the seventh. Beck struck out the first five hitters he faced, yet Vanderbilt found a way. Javier Vaz walked before pinch hitter Spencer Jones singled. Enrique Bradfield Jr. followed with the game-tying single to set up Jones’ winning run on the wild pitch.
Vanderbilt will now move on to face NC State for a spot in the championship series, but the Commodores must defeat the Wolfpack twice to make the finals.
Stanford didn’t trail until the walk-off finish, as the Cardinal took a lead as 4-0 in the fourth inning. Brock Jones came through by going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run in the third. He drove in three runs.
Beck entered the game in the seventh, with the Cardinal up only 5-4. Vandy then delivered with two outs in the ninth.
Stanford’s elimination means there are only five teams left in the College World Series. Texas and Virginia play at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN2 in another elimination game. The winner will play Mississippi State and will have to beat the Bulldogs twice to move on to the CWS finals.
Astros club 4 HRs, beat Orioles 13-0 for 10th straight win
BALTIMORE (AP) Jose Altuve silenced the booing fans at Camden Yards with a two-run homer, Jose Urquidy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros stretched their winning streak to 10 games by breezing past the Baltimore Orioles 13-0 Wednesday night.
Yordan Alvarez, Abraham Toro and Chas McCormick also homered for the Astros, who outscored the lowly Orioles 26-3 during a three-game sweep. Houston’s 10-game run is its longest since May 2019 and two short of the club record.
“To me, we’re doing what we’re capable of doing and I still think we’ve got a couple of guys who can get better,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “The guys are feeling good about themselves and that’s what you want.”
Altuve was greeted with jeers every time he stepped to the plate during the series, mostly because he was the Most Valuable Player during a 2017 season in which the Astros won the World Series but were later found to have been stealing signs. The Astros leadoff man has heard boos from opposing fans in almost every stadium this season, but Altuve has nevertheless hit 17 home runs, including a drive in the fourth inning off Thomas Eshelman (0-1) that made it 6-0.
“They spoiled some good pitches and put some good swings on some balls that were in the zone,” Eshelman said.
Alvarez and Toro connected in the seventh off knuckleballer Mickey Jannis and McCormick added a solo shot in the eighth.
Urquidy (6-3) didn’t need to be dominant on a night in which the Astros banged out 17 hits, but the right-hander nevertheless struck out six, walked one and permitted just one runner past second base. He’s won six of his last seven decisions and gone seven innings in three straight starts.
“He had outstanding control,” Baker said. “He always has control, but tonight he had command. He threw some quality strikes. He’s getting better and better each outing.”
Baltimore has lost 13 of 14 and Thursday will seek to snap a 19-game skid on the road in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sánchez, Voit lift Yankees over Royals 6-5 in thriller
NEW YORK (AP) Aroldis Chapman bent over sharply and cursed at himself after blowing a save with a four-pitch bases-loaded walk and falling behind on an infield single.
Just 13 minutes later, the closer and the rest of the Yankees were all smiles. Gary Sanchez’s tying home run off Greg Holland and Luke Voit’s winning single that landed inches from the top of the left-field fence sent them running onto the field with yet another late come-from-behind win.
“I need to get in the weight room. These last two games I keep hitting the top of the wall,” Voit said with a chuckle after the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Wednesday night in a game that see-sawed three times in the last two innings.
New York has won six of its last eight games, cutting a nine-game deficit in the AL East to 4 1/2 games behind first-place Boston ahead of the Yankees’ first trip to Fenway Park this season. In five of the victories, the Yankees came from behind in the seventh inning or later.
New York came from behind three times Wednesday.
Ryan O’Hearn homered for the second straight day following his recall from the minors, putting Kansas City ahead with a two-run drive in the first off Michael King.
Clint Frazier tied the score in the fourth against Carlos Hernandez with a two-run, opposite-field double off the base of the manual scoreboard in the right-field wall, which due to the coronavirus has not been used since 2019.
Carlos Santana gave the Royals a 3-2 lead in the eighth with the first home run off Zack Britton since the 2019 AL Division Series only for Rougned Odor to hit a two-run homer in the bottom half against Jake Brentz.
Chapman (5-2) converted his first 11 save chances but has blown three of his last eight. He allowed a one-out single to Michael A. Taylor and a two-out bloop single to Whit Merrifield that put runners at the corners.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone went to the mound, then returned to the dugout and ordered an intentional walk to Santana.
“Probably not really what Chapman wanted to do there,” Sanchez said.
Rookie Sebastian Rivero, a rookie who is 0 for 7 in his career and entered in the fourth inning after Salvador Perez took a foul tip off his mask, came up with the bases loaded. Chapman threw a fastball in the dirt, then bounced a slider into Sanchez’s chest protector and then another fastball that sent dust flying. Chapman fired a fastball about a foot outside for a four-pitch walk and screamed.
On the very next pitch, O’Hearn checked his swing and hit a slow roller to third, just beating DJ LeMahieu’s throw to first. When Chapman reached the dugout after Jarrod Dyson’s inning-ending groundout, he slammed his glove.
Aaron Judge struck out for the fourth time leading off the bottom half against Holland (2-3), who got his fifth save Tuesday night in the Royals’ series-opening 6-5 win.
Sanchez lined a fastball into the left-field seats for his 12th homer, his seventh in his last 22 games.
“I pride myself in not making two-strike mistakes and that’s what burned me with the first one,” Holland said.
Giancarlo Stanton singled to right, pinch-runner Tyler Wade advanced on a wild pitch and up came Voit, who homered Tuesday in his return from the injured list but struck out three times Wednesday, stranding the bases loaded in the seventh.
Voit fouled off a pair of two-strike sliders and reached down for a curveball and turned it around at 105 mph, sending it 370 feet off the wall. Wade scored standing up with Voit’s first game-ending hit in the majors and New York’s sixth walk-off win this season.
“This is the type of win,” Voit said, “coming back twice and winning it in a big way, to get us back on a good hot streak and rolling into the second half of the season.”
Holland has blown four of nine save opportunities.
“That ball was supposed to be in the dirt,” Holland said. “I thought the pitch was pretty close to hitting the dirt, but it must not have been close enough.”
Kansas City walked 11 batters, its most since July 5, 2019, against Washington, and New York’s most since April 9, 2017, at Baltimore. Danny Duffy lasted two innings and 42 pitches in his return from a left flexor strain that had sidelined him since May 12. Duffy walked three, as did Hernandez. Scott Barlow and Brentz walked two apiece, and Josh Staumont one.
“Hopefully,” Boone said, “we can continue to carry this.”
Grandal, White Sox end 5-game skid, beat Pirates 4-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox stopped a five-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Wednesday.
Leury Garcia added a home run as the AL Central leaders ended their longest skid of the season.
Chicago starter Dylan Cease (6-3) bounced back from a rough outing to work 5 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run while striking out seven.
“I did an Ozzie Smith somersault when we got that last out,” manager Tony La Russa joked. “You take it too serious, because this what you do for a living, but you know, it’s been kind of miserable. Five straight days, so we’d have taken a win anytime in there to ease the misery. . If you had to pick one of the five to win, you’d pick this one.”
Cease was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his previous start at Houston. That game was the first of Chicago’s slump, and Cease was happy to be one to help end it on Wednesday.
“Anytime you can help the team get a win, it’s why I’m here,” he said. “It’s not just all me, though. Between our defense and our offense, I’m just happy to be able to do my part.”
Liam Hendricks pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save of the season.
Grandal’s tiebreaking hit came with two outs in the fifth inning and finished Pirates starter Chase De Jong (0-2).
Garcia led off the second with his first home run of the season, a first-pitch drive to right center.
Pittsburgh scored twice in the second after Cease made two errors in attempting to field a bunt by De Jong with Michael Perez on first base. Cease first dropped the ball and then threw it away, giving the Pirates runners at second and third.
“We’ve all seen that inning get away because the pitcher just loses concentration and doesn’t realize he’s been good,” La Russa said. “Just get the next hitter out and go from there. That’s a really good example of his growth and his potential.”
Chicago outfielder Luis Gonzalez got his first big league hit with a second-inning double and scored on Tim Anderson’s double.
Gonzalez made his first start as the White Sox navigate the absence of outfielder Adam Engel, who was placed on the injured list on Tuesday.
Adam Frazier had an RBI grounder and Ke’Bryan Hayes singled home a run that made it 2-all.
Frazier doubled and scored on a single by Hayes in the seventh.
Hayes, who had gone 2 for 13 over the first four games of the Pittsburgh homestand, finished 2 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs.
“We talk about slow heartbeats with a bunch of guys. This guy definitely has one,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “He stays under control, doesn’t let it affect him on the other side of the ball. Obviously there’s going to be some highs and lows, but no thought that he’s not going to grind through it.”
Schoop homers again, Tigers beat skidding Cardinals 6-2
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers are on a relative roll, winning three straight games for the second time in a 10-day stretch.
Jonathan Schoop has had a lot to do with it.
Schoop hit a solo homer and a two-run double to help the Tigers beat the skidding St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 Wednesday.
Schoop has hit 10 home runs this month, including one in an 8-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
“It’s something special because the hard work is paying off,” Schoop said. “I just have to keep it up. There were some good stretches (previously), but this is one of the best.”
While the Tigers are playing well despite being 10 games under .500, St. Louis is going in the opposite direction.
The Cardinals have lost five of six. Since leading the NL Central nearly a month ago, they have lost 16 of 22 games in large part because starting pitchers and hitters are struggling.
“It’s not a good recipe for shaking hands consistently,” manager Mike Shildt said. “We have to find a solution to both, or at least one.”
Matt Manning (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. It was his second career start and first at Comerica Park, where his parents were among the fans in the stands that gave him a standing ovation.
“I took him out kind of early, wanting him to experience some success,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
Gregory Soto, Jose Cisnero and Michael Fulmer combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
John Gant (3-4) lasted just three-plus innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and four walks after entering the game leading the majors with 48 walks.
“I just have to throw more strikes, attack the zone a little better and pitch a little deeper into games,” he said. “I didn’t give the team a great chance to win with my outing.”
Gant’s outing ended when Daz Cameron hit a tiebreaking, solo home run in the fourth inning.
Ryan Helsley followed and Schoop hit his 15th homer off the reliever in the fifth to put the Tigers ahead 4-2. They added extra runs to provide a cushion that didn’t prove to be necessary.
The offensively challenged Cardinals scored a run in the second on Nolan Arenado’s solo homer and went ahead 2-0 in the third on Tommy Edman’s single.
Schoop tied it with a double in the bottom of the third.
“His presence in our lineup is just different,” Hinch said. “We know he’s capable of doing anything. All of us want Jonathan up to bat as much as possible.”
Castro’s 2-run single in 9th rallies Nats past Phils 13-12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A slugfest came down to a 34-year-old pitcher trying to shut down the middle of the order for his first career save.
No problem for Paolo Espino.
Starlin Castro hit a go-ahead, two-run single off closer Hector Neris in the ninth inning, Espino got the final three outs and the Washington Nationals rallied three times to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-12 Wednesday.
It was the first game in major league history that featured a grand slam and three-run homer for each team.
“Boom,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “There’s no way to sum it up.”
Josh Bell answered Andrew McCutchen’s slam with one of his own as the Nationals overcame deficits of 5-0, 9-5 and 12-11.
Kyle Schwarber hit Washington’s three-run homer and Travis Jankowski had one for Philadelphia. Bryce Harper also connected for the Phillies.
Both clubs let their bats do the talking after Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called Phillies manager Joe Girardi a “con artist” for asking umpires to check Max Scherzer for illegal substances during Tuesday night’s game.
Phillies President Dave Dombrowski defended his manager, saying Rizzo’s comment was “totally improper.”
Girardi’s biggest issue this time was trying to find a pitcher to hold any lead.
Meanwhile, Martinez had already used seven pitchers by the time he handed it over to Espino for his 30th career appearance. The Panama native retired Rhys Hoskins and Harper on two pitches. After J.T. Realmuto reached on an error, Brad Miller lined out.
“Espino is pretty much our secret weapon,” Martinez said. “He’s the one guy I know will go out there and pump strikes.”
Espino has 21 strikeouts and only three walks in 28 2/3 innings.
“I’ve been blessed my entire career with good command,” Espino said. “I throw strikes, attack hitters. That’s what I try to do.”
After Ronald Torreyes gave the Phillies a 12-11 lead in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single, Neris allowed consecutive singles to Bell and Josh Harrison to start the ninth and Alex Avila’s sacrifice moved the runners.
Castro then lined a single to center to put Washington ahead to stay as Neris (1-4) blew his fifth save in 15 tries.
“I was ready for the fastball and I hit it the other way,” Castro said.
Tanner Rainey (1-2) got the last two outs in the eighth.
The Phillies jumped on Nationals starter Erick Fedde, who had thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings before Jankowski crushed his first homer since Sept. 26, 2018, in the second.
But Philadelphia’s Vince Velasquez, who retired the first 10 batters before Trea Turner lined a double with one out in the fourth, couldn’t get past the fifth.
The Nationals scored five off Velasquez and Archie Bradley in the fifth and six more off Sam Coonrod and David Hale in the sixth..
Schwarber, who struck out his first two at-bats, smashed an 0-1 pitch off Bradley the opposite way for his 19th homer and 10th in 12 games.
Coonrod walked the bases loaded and struck out two batters before giving way to Hale. Trea Turner hit a two-run single to cut it to 9-7. After Juan Soto walked to load the bases again, Bell blasted one the opposite way to left-center for an 11-9 lead.
“We had leads and we gave them away by issuing so many bases on balls and you can’t do that,” Girardi said. “We have to be better.”
Alonso will defend HR Derby title; Guerrero will sit out
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets’ Pete Alonso will defend his Home Run Derby title at Coors Field on July 12, but there will be no rematch with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, who has decided not to take part.
Alonso made his announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page. He joins Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels in the derby, held on the night before the All-Star Game.
Alonso won the derby at Cleveland’s Progressive Field in 2019, the last time it was held, by defeating Guerrero 23-22 in the final round.
Guerrero, who shared the MLB home run lead with Ohtani heading into Wednesday’s play, spoke before the Blue Jays’ game in Miami. Guerrero also leads All-Star voting and plans to play in the game, but said he wants to get some rest during the break.
“I feel good physically,” Guerrero said through a translator. “Everything is going well. There is a long way to go still. I just want to keep it that way.”
Guerrero has 23 homers and also leads MLB in slugging and OPS. Alonso has 11 homers and set a rookie record with 53 in 2019.
The derby and All-Star Game were canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which delayed the start of the Major League Baseball season until late July.
Only two players have won consecutive home run derbies: Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 at Coors Field and 1999 at Boston’s Fenway Park, and Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes in 2013 at New York’s Citi Field and 2014 at Minneapolis’ Target Field.
Guerrero said he decided to skip this year’s event after consulting with his father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
Guerrero Jr. said he’ll be at the derby as a spectator.
“I’m planning to take my camera with the mike on to record everything, and enjoy the moment and support the rest of the guys,” he said.
Indians’ Civale to miss at least month with finger sprain
CLEVELAND (AP) Indians pitcher Aaron Civale will miss more than one month with a sprained right finger, the latest blow to Cleveland’s injury-ravaged rotation.
Civale, who is tied for the major league lead with 10 wins, injured his middle finger in a start against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. He underwent an MRI and was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday.
The Indians said Civale will be shut down from throwing for up to two weeks and the right-hander will miss between four to five weeks of game activity.
Civale’s injury comes on the heels of the Indians losing reigning AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber (shoulder) and Zach Plesac (broken thumb) to injuries. Bieber and Plesac are expected to be sidelined several more weeks.
Despite being without his top two pitchers, manager Terry Francona has pieced together enough quality starts from others to keep the Indians competitive and playing beyond expectations. Cleveland only trails the Central-leading Chicago White Sox by 2 1/2 games entering Wednesday’s action.
The Indians will now have to survive without the 26-year-old Civale, who is having his best season. He’s 10-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 15 starts.
Cleveland opens a four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday.
Nats GM Rizzo calls Phillies manager Girardi a ‘con artist’
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called Joe Girardi a “con artist” a day after Philadelphia’s manager asked umpires to check Max Scherzer for illegal substances during Tuesday night’s game.
“It’s embarrassing for Girardi, it’s embarrassing for the Phillies, it’s embarrassing for baseball,” Rizzo said in a radio interview Wednesday on Washington’s 106.7 The Fan.
Scherzer threw his glove and hat to the grass, then stared down Girardi after getting checked for a third time by umpires for sticky stuff in Washington’s 3-2 win.
Major league umpires began a crackdown on Monday by regularly examining pitchers for tacky substances that can give them a better grip on the baseball. Managers also can request a check, although umps can deny it if they believe it’s not in good faith.
Girardi said he became suspicious because Scherzer was touching his hair more than usual on the mound. Scherzer said he did that because he couldn’t grip the ball and needed moisture on his fingers. He also said he got tired of tasting rosin.
“He’s a con artist,” Rizzo said of Girardi. “He’s been doing that for years on TV.”
Phillies President Dave Dombrowski defended his manager, who was ejected after he left the dugout when Scherzer stared him down.
“That’s not Joe Girardi,” he said. “It’s totally improper for (Rizzo) to say that. … Joe Girardi is the farthest from a con man of anybody that I know. He’s a very sincere individual. He was within his rights.”
Dombrowski added that he called Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office about the issue. MLB has consulted with the umpires and determined Girardi’s request was legitimate.
Nearly 200 pitchers have been checked across the majors since the enforcement began.
Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer miffed as umpires inspect him 3 times
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Two days into Major League Baseball’s revamped enforcement of a crackdown on sticky stuff, a couple of things are clear.
First, no one, no matter his stature, is above suspicion. Just ask Cooperstown-bound ace Max Scherzer.
Second, if MLB expected a smooth integration of its newest guidelines into the flow of its games, that appears to be unlikely. Just ask anyone who saw Tuesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.
Scherzer was inspected three times for the use of foreign substances on the baseball during his five-inning outing against Philadelphia. The first two inspections, coming after the first and third innings, were ostensibly part of the new normal, as starting pitchers have been told that they can expect two inspections per outing.
It was the third inspection, which was instigated by Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi, that set off a firestorm.
“These are Manfred rules,” Scherzer, referring to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, said near the end of a lengthy postgame teleconference. “Go ask him. I’ve said enough.”
The trouble arrived in the fourth inning and was presaged by a high-and-tight Scherzer fastball that sent Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm diving into the dirt. The errant offering from Scherzer, according to the three-time Cy Young winner, was not a message. It was simply a 95 mph fastball that he could not control.
“If you watch the Bohm at-bat, I almost put a 95 mph fastball in his head because the ball slipped out of my hand,” Scherzer said. “The whole night, I was sick of licking my fingers and tasting rosin. I couldn’t even get sweat from the back of my head, because it really wasn’t a warm night. So the only part that was sweaty on me was actually my hair, so I had to take off my hat to get any kind of moisture on my hand, to try and mix with the rosin. For me, that’s the confusing part, because I’m just trying to get a grip of the ball.”
Two pitches later, Scherzer struck out Bohm with another fastball. He then took off his hat and ran his hand through his hair, which was saturated with sweat. He replaced his cap and adjusted it. Girardi became animated, pointed toward Scherzer, spurring the umpires, led by home plate arbiter Tim Timmons, to confer on the field. They then approached Scherzer, who had been watching them and laughing ironically, and requested a mid-inning inspection.
“I’ve seen Max a long time, since 2010,” Girardi said. “Obviously, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. I’ve never seen him wipe his head like he was doing tonight, ever. It was suspicious for me. He did it four or five times. It was suspicious. I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I just got to do what’s right for my club.”
Scherzer responded by tossing his cap and glove onto the ground, then started to unbuckle his belt, as if to say, “Look at whatever you want.” The umpires poked around as Scherzer yelled and gestured to the Philadelphia dugout. Girardi yelled back. Washington manager Dave Martinez got involved, advocating for his pitcher.
“There was no sticky stuff, let’s just say that,” Martinez said.
Scherzer remained in the game, finished off the fourth, then the fifth, though his pitch count had climbed to 106 and his spot in the batting order was due up to lead off the sixth. Knowing he was likely finished for the night, Scherzer stalked off the mound with his gaze firmly fixed on the Philadelphia dugout.
Then, as Scherzer mocked the Phillies’ dugout by holding up his glove and hat as if to declare, “I’m clean,” several members of the Nationals’ coaching staff commenced to yelling over at the Phillies’ dugout. Girardi reemerged and appeared to beckon to someone from the Nationals’ side and was kicked out of the game by Timmons.
“I wasn’t challenging the club,” Girardi said. “There was some coaches screaming at me, coaches I know, and it bothered me. I’m not playing games here. I have respect for people over there, I have respect for what Max has done in his career. But again, I’ve got to do what’s right for my team.”
Meanwhile, if anyone cared to notice, the Nationals won 3-2. Scherzer improved his record to 6-4 to go with a 2.19 ERA and won his 181st career game. The Nationals won their third straight to move into a virtual three-way tie for second place in the NL East with the Phillies and Braves.
But was anyone paying any attention to any of that? Well, Martinez was, for one, as he gamely tried to keep his postgame comments related to his team’s collective moxie and saying that it was Girardi who “has to answer the tough questions.”
Well, they were tough questions, all right. According to the memo MLB circulated about the enforcement processes related to its crackdown of the sticky stuff, there was this passage:
“An opposing manager may request that the umpire inspect the pitcher or a position player only if the manager (or a member of his team) observes behavior on the field consistent with the use of a foreign substance. If a field manager asks the umpires to check the opposing pitcher for foreign substances, the umpires will ask the requestor what is prompting the check and seek information on how they believe the pitcher is applying foreign substances to the baseball. All checks that are prompted by a request from a field manager will take place between at-bats. If a request is made during an at-bat, the umpires will wait until the current at-bat has ended to perform the check for foreign substances. Please note that a manager will be subject to discipline if he makes the request in bad faith (e.g., a request intended to disrupt the pitcher in a critical game situation, a routine request that is not based on observable evidence, etc.).”
So was Girardi’s request in “bad faith”?
“I’d have to be an absolute fool to actually be using something tonight, when everybody’s antenna is so far high,” Scherzer said. “It is what it is. Whatever. Turn the page, move on.”
Scherzer was making his first outing after coming off the injured list because of groin inflammation. He went five innings, allowing just two hits, including a monster home run to former teammate Bryce Harper, and three walks. He struck out eight batters despite what he termed as having “zero feel for the ball.”
What was interesting about Girardi’s challenge was that Scherzer’s spin rates during the game — spin rate being the advanced tracking metric that has gained so much attention in recent seasons — was unusually low even though his always fierce velocity was even higher than usual.
Scherzer averaged 2,154 revolutions per minute (rpm) on 21 sliders against the Phillies, his lowest total since Sept. 16, 2016. On 52 four-seam fastballs, Scherzer averaged 2,348 rpm, his lowest since Aug. 5 of last season, according to Baseball Savant. During the 2021 campaign, Scherzer has averaged 2,328 rpm on sliders and 2,470 on four-seam fastballs.
But while the method was different, the results were not. They were on par with what everyone has come to expect of Scherzer over the past 14 big league seasons.
“If everybody’s on the same playing field, you’ve got to find a way to get over it,” Scherzer said. “Everybody is dealing with this. When you’re on the mound, you can’t make any excuses.”
Scherzer wasn’t the only pitcher in the league who wasn’t happy with being checked by umpires Tuesday night. Athletics reliever Sergio Romo was visibly agitated when he was inspected at the end of the seventh inning of Oakland’s game against the Texas Rangers, undoing his belt when he was approached by an umpire.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, commenting on Girardi’s request to have Scherzer checked, said he believes there should be some sort of punishment for managers if it turns out the pitcher is clean.
“You better find something if you’re going to call him out like that,” Kershaw said. “Maybe there should be like a punishment if a manager checks a guy and there is something. But other than that, it is what it is. It’s whatever.”
Kershaw said Girardi’s request messed with Scherzer’s rhythm.
“It’s a good technique,” he said. “You get going and in rhythm or something, and maybe you have a guy on base, have him check you — it throws you off, it’s something that you’re not used to.
“Maybe they lose a challenge, or maybe if they have a challenge they can’t do it — I don’t know. But I think there should be some repercussions for managers doing that on a whim like that. Because if you call somebody out … and you don’t find anything, I think that looks pretty bad on his part, the manager’s part.”
As the feedback from these new processes roll into baseball’s central offices in New York, Scherzer believes something is going to have to give, even if the sticky stuff has to go.
“Hopefully, the players across the league understand that what we’re doing right now, this is not the answer,” Scherzer said. “I understand that there’s a problem with Spider Tack and we’ve got to get that out of the game. But I also think there’s a way to handle this that’s a better way.
“Right now, we have monitoring in our clubhouses for [COVID-19] masks. I have articulated that one of my solutions is to have those monitors, instead of worrying about our masks, to be checking pitchers between innings.”
Still, for all his concern over MLB legalities and all the drama generated by his outing on Tuesday, and the importance of the win for his club, the moment Scherzer seemed fixated by was when his 95 mph heater sent the 6-foot-5 Bohm sprawling in the batter’s box.
“That pitch specifically is the pitch that I fear the most,” Scherzer said. “I don’t want to throw that pitch. I never want to throw a ball near somebody’s head.”
Gordon to leave Fox Sports booth for daily role at Hendrick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon will leave the Fox Sports booth to take a daily role at Hendrick Motorsports as vice chairman and the second-ranking team official to majority owner Rick Hendrick.
Wednesday’s announcement positions the four-time champion and Hall of Famer to one day succeed the 71-year-old Hendrick at the top of NASCAR’s winningest organization.
Gordon will formally begin the executive management role at the start of 2022.
“Jeff and I have talked about this for many years and I feel it’s a natural evolution for him and our company,” Hendrick said. “He understands our culture, our values, and the importance we place on our people and our partnerships. I couldn’t be more energized about working arm-in-arm with him and cementing the future of Hendrick Motorsports together.”
Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports for the final Cup race of the 1992 season and launched one of the greatest careers in NASCAR history. He won 93 races – third on the all-time list – and four Cup titles before retiring in 2015.
He joined the Fox Sports booth the next year but maintained an active role with the team as Hendrick’s only partner in the 13-time championship organization. Gordon became an equity owner at Hendrick in 1999 and was listed as co-owner of the No. 48 car when it was created in 2001 for seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
“I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,” Gordon said. “It’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve never lost my passion for the organization, for our sport, and for the sheer challenge of racing and winning at the highest level.”
Gordon was also active in bringing Kyle Larson into the Hendrick organization this year following Larson’s almost season-long NASCAR suspension for uttering a racial slur during a virtual race. Larson has been to victory lane in four consecutive Cup races and leads the Cup Series with four points wins. Hendrick drivers have won six consecutive races dating to the May 16 victory at Dover by Alex Bowman, who took over the No. 48 this season following Johnson’s move to IndyCar.
“I’ve always been impressed with his business instincts. On some level, he’s been involved in every major decision we’ve made over the last two decades, and his influence has continued to grow since he stopped driving,” Hendrick, who is also CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, said of Gordon.
As vice chairman and co-owner, Gordon will work daily with the team, focusing on the organization’s competition and marketing groups. He will report to Rick Hendrick and work alongside president Marshall Carlson and general manager Jeff Andrews.
Gordon will also join Hendrick on NASCAR’s team owner council and assume Hendrick Motorsports’ seat on the sanctioning body’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
“Being part of the competition is where I’m happiest and feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the team,” Gordon said. “Rick and I have a shared vision, which is based on the values he’s instilled, the culture he’s built and our desire to be the very best in all categories, on and off the track.”
Hendrick Motorsports becomes the first team in NASCAR to publicize its long-term succession plan. The ownership group of the top Cup teams is not young: Roger Penske is 84, Joe Gibbs is 80, Jack Roush is 79 and Richard Childress is 75.
Hendrick turns 72 in July; Gordon turns 50 in August.
“I love racing and competing, and Jeff is the only person I know who hates to lose as much as I do,” Hendrick said. “I feel great physically and have no plans to go anywhere anytime soon, which is exactly why it’s the right time.”
Hendrick last month passed Petty Enterprises as the winningest team in NASCAR history when Larson scored the 269th Cup victory for HMS. He’s since won two more points races to push the total to 271 victories.
Gordon will continue to work as a Fox broadcaster through the end of the year.
Domestic violence charges dropped against former Washington Football Team RB Derrius Guice
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Former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice had four misdemeanor charges, including three counts of assault and battery, against him dropped Wednesday morning after a settlement was reached with his ex-girlfriend.
Guice had been arrested on domestic violence charges in Loudoun County, Virginia, in August, stemming from three separate incidents earlier in 2020 at his home in Ashburn, Virginia. Guice had allegedly pushed the woman to the ground three different times. If convicted, Guice could have served jail time.
Washington released him two hours after his arrest.
Details of the settlement were not disclosed. According to Virginia law, some charges can be dropped if the victim states in writing that they are satisfied with the injury compensation. A release by the commonwealth’s attorney’s office said that this “process permits the parties to control the direction and outcome of such matters.”
Both Guice and the woman appeared in court and requested that the court accept the agreement. The judge ruled in favor of their request.
The attorneys for Guice and the woman released a joint statement, asking that neither side be contacted by the media and to respect their privacy.
“They both have worked very hard toward a resolution of their relationship,” the attorneys said in the statement. “They both wish that the other, now and in the future, does well and that both can move on from this difficult process.”
Guice also had been charged with destruction of property. Another charge of strangulation, a felony count, was dropped in January by Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.
The running back has not played in the NFL since being cut by Washington. There were concerns about his character before the 2018 NFL draft, with some teams — including Carolina, then coached by current Washington coach Ron Rivera — taking him off their board.
In March, Abby Owens told a Louisiana Senate select committee that Guice raped her when both attended LSU. According to multiple reports, two other women have alleged the same and a third accused Guice of sharing a partially nude photo of her without consent. Guice, through his attorney, has denied the allegations, according to the reports.
Djokovic, Barty are Wimbledon top seeds, Federer, Serena 7th
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Defending champion Novak Djokovic was named as the top seed at Wimbledon on Wednesday as he seeks a 20th Grand Slam title while Roger Federer and Serena Williams will begin the grass-court tournament next week seeded seventh.
Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty is seeded first on the women’s side. The Australian hasn’t played since retiring from her second-round match at the French Open due to the flareup of an upper-leg injury.
The draw is Friday and the tournament begins Monday.
Eighth-ranked Federer has the seventh seed because third-ranked Rafael Nadal is sitting out Wimbledon to rest and recover after his loss to Djokovic in the French Open semifinal.
Daniil Medvedev is the second seed, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem, although the Austrian retired from a match in Mallorca on Tuesday because of wrist pain.
Defending champion Simona Halep is seeded second, ahead of Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina. Second-ranked Naomi Osaka is not playing.
At Roland Garros, Djokovic earned his 19th Grand Slam title to leave him one short of the record co-held by Federer and Nadal.
Federer, a record eight-time champion at the All England Club, said earlier this year that he would build up to Wimbledon as he returned from two surgeries on his knee.
But the 39-year-old Swiss great hasn’t been in top form, pulling out of the French Open after a grueling third-round match and failing last week to reach the Halle Open quarterfinals for the first time.
Federer was tantalizingly close to a ninth Wimbledon title in the 2019 final, holding two championship points before eventually losing to Djokovic in a fifth-set tiebreaker. It was Djokovic’s fifth Wimbledon title.
The 39-year-old Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title ended in a fourth-round loss at the French Open. Her most recent major title came in early 2017.
Wimbledon was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
UFC fighter Luis Pena charged with robbery, battery for alleged assault of girlfriend
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UFC fighter Luis Pena was arrested Friday on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief after a fight with his girlfriend, a spokesperson for the Coral Springs (Florida) Police Department said.
The fighter remains in the Broward County Detention Center, awaiting transport to Palm Beach County. He cannot be released on bail until after he’s transported.
According to a domestic violence probable cause affidavit, obtained Wednesday by ESPN from the Boca Raton Police Department, Pena and his girlfriend had an altercation June 14. The woman told police that Pena accused her of looking at other men on Instagram, then grabbed her iPhone and threw it down on the ground, causing it to shatter and break. Robbery by sudden snatching is a potential felony in Florida.
After that, Pena and the woman got into a physical fight that included pushing and punching each other, she told officers. The woman ended up with a small laceration on the left side of her lip as well as scratches and redness on her knuckles. At the time, the woman told cops that Pena had also taken her home keys, but she ended up finding them later.
Boca Raton police received an anonymous tip later that night that Pena was going back to his girlfriend’s home to kill her, according to the affidavit. The caller added that Pena was suicidal and had a gun and a knife. About 30 minutes later, Boca Raton police officers got Pena on the phone. Pena refused to provide a statement and said he would get a lawyer with the purpose of meeting at the Boca Raton Police Department at another time, per the affidavit.
On June 15, officers returned to the woman’s home for a follow-up interview, according to the affidavit. The woman said Pena punched her on the top of her head while she was asking him to leave the home and she had a lump there. However, the woman refused to let police see the alleged injury. When asked about Pena having access to firearms, she said that a few weeks prior, Pena brandished a gun while talking to her via FaceTime and threatened to kill himself. Per the affidavit, the woman was upset that Pena had not been arrested yet, abruptly ended the interview and slammed her door shut.
Pena’s attorney, Daniel Martinez, hopes to get him transported to Palm Beach County as soon as possible. Martinez said he is very frustrated because Pena remains held without bond in Broward County, awaiting transport to Palm Beach County since Friday. While Pena was arrested in Broward County, the arrest warrant was issued in Palm Beach County, and Pena will need to see a judge there before being granted bail, Martinez said.
Martinez told ESPN that Pena “under no circumstances committed a robbery” and the entire situation is “much ado about nothing, adding that Pena is “innocent until proven guilty,” and he does not believe any parties involved want to see Pena in jail. He said Pena has been open on social media about mental health issues and is in the process of getting assistance.
“Luis, as many other fighters do, need help and not punishment,” Martinez said. “Fighters have a very difficult job. They get hit in the head. We don’t know what the long-term effects are.”
INDIANA FOOTBALL: The Hoosiers gets another Ohio product
Ohio offensive tackle Carter Smith (6’6” 275) has made his college decision and it’s Indiana. Smith plays high school football and volleyball at Olentangy Liberty near Columbus.
Smith made his announcement on twitter Wednesday.
“I never thought I would make it this far,” Smith wrote in his post, “It was after my sophomore season I decided I wanted to play football at the next level, and with all the support from my peers and family, I’m so excited to say I’ve made it.”
Smith is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports and had offers from Tennessee, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Virginia, Auburn, Michigan State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue, Pitt and West Virginia.
He is now the fourth player to commit to Indiana in the last four days.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Summer Football Press Conference – Maurice Freeman, David Holloman & Cooper Jones
LB Maurice Freeman
Q. Talk about playing spring football in Virginia…
FREEMAN: We played our football season in the spring in Virginia, and I tried not get hurt. We ended up winning the class 6A state championship. It was hard to get into a routine because nothing was open in Virginia. They shut everything down, so we did not get to practice. We were not in the weight room that much. Right before the season we had only four weeks to practice. We had zoom meetings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with our position groups so that is how we stayed close when everything was shut down. I was also trying not to get hurt so I was trying to be in. position I was supposed to be every play.
Q. What did winning a state championship mean to you…
FREEMAN: It meant a lot because I really wanted that ring before I left. That is what we worked hard for during the whole COVID season. We did what we had to do so it was meaningful for all the seniors that were there this past season and we got it done.
Q. What position do you think you will play at Indiana…
FREEMAN: I see myself probably playing in the safety position or a hybrid safety like coming off the edge. We called it the husky position here and that is what I plan on playing.
RB David Holloman
Q. On what he liked about Deland McCullough as a coach …
HOLLOMAN: What I like about Coach McCullough, he is a real dude. I feel like I can learn a lot from him. During his time here, him coaching me up, I’ve learned a lot of things I haven’t learned from high school. It is really a good experience and I’m enjoying my time here and the process.
Q. On being a part of passing game and pass protection …
HOLLOMAN: There is a lot to learn. It is something that I’m starting to get familiar with. Coach McCullough is a great teacher. I feel like I can grasp that on quickly because he is a really good coach and he can teach about those things pretty well.
Q. On his running style …
HOLLOMAN: How I see my running style as an all-around type of guy. I catch the ball. I like to make cuts and go north. I feel like that is all the aspects for a running back to have and also read protection and read between the lines. I think Coach McCullough would love that from me.
DL Cooper Jones
Q. On how playing basketball in high school help you in your football career and overall athleticism …
JONES: My dad and I used to say that basketball is probably the most fun way to approve your agility. Instead of having the offseason in the winter and just lifting weights and running is good. I have played basketball ever since I was little, so it is a good to be able to compete, keep your agility up and also compete outside of football. It is a little cross-train and make sure you don’t get hurt. I just love basketball. It’s fun and it helps with the agility, speed, and explosiveness.
Q. On what you have noticed about athleticism at this level…
JONES: I would say it’s just another level, another notch for sure. All those guys are men, and they are moving fast. It is definitely a process and it’s going to take some time to get used to it, but I feel like I am already starting to adjust a little bit. The conditioning has been good. I feel like where I started the first workout until now, I have definitely improved. It is going to be a constant improvement. For sure there is another level that some of those guys are at. As long as I keep working hard, I feel pretty confident that I will be able to hit that level.
Q. On if your mom, who was a softball pitcher 25 years ago at IU, shared any stories with you about being an athlete at IU, and if that influenced your decision…
JONES: Yeah, she said it was a great time and a great campus obviously. It influenced my decision a little bit because I knew she had a great time here and that it was a great experience for her inside and outside of athletics. It was nice to have a little inside information about somewhat what to expect. Obviously, a lot of stuff has changed like facility wise. It is a lot nicer than when she was here. She was like it is a great place, and I am proud that you picked it.
PURDUE FOOTBALL: Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gym Announce Full Capacity Plans
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Tippecanoe County Board of Health has authorized Purdue Athletics to return to 100 percent capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium for the upcoming fall seasons.
“We are excited to welcome the Boilermaker family back in both Ross-Ade Stadium and Holloway Gymnasium this fall and appreciate our local and campus officials’ support in reaching this exciting milestone,” said director of athletics Mike Bobinski. “The 2020-21 year of competition required a multitude of sacrifices and adjustments, but the missing energy and excitement from our fans was certainly among the toughest for all of us. Game day was simply not the same and we can’t wait for our student-athletes to experience you filling the stands to support them this fall.”
While we encourage all fans to make decisions they feel are appropriate to their individual circumstances, Tippecanoe County will not mandate any social-distancing restrictions or facial coverings at Purdue football and volleyball contests this fall, allowing for full capacity at both venues. Decisions about capacity in Mackey Arena and other athletics facilities will be made in the near future.
This fall, the Purdue football team will play six of its 12 games at Ross-Ade Stadium, including the season opener under the lights on Sept. 4, against PAC 12-member Oregon State. Other home games include Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and the Old Oaken Bucket Game against Indiana.
“We’re very excited to have all of our amazing fans back at full capacity in Ross-Ade Stadium this fall,” head football coach Jeff Brohm said. “Our Boilermaker faithful are a huge part of the gameday experience for our players and staff, and they make a difference for our team each home Saturday. Our fans are loud, loyal and passionate, and we can’t wait to see them in the stands.”
Coming off an Elite Eight appearance, the Purdue volleyball team will open Big Ten play Sept. 24, at home against Ohio State. The full schedule will be released at a later date.
“Few things are more special for our team than running onto Belin Court with a sold-out crowd in America’s best volleyball venue,” said volleyball head coach Dave Shondell. “Knowing a packed Holloway Gym is waiting on the Boilermakers for every home match is an unbelievable feeling, especially after the pandemic season of 2020. We thank the most loyal fans in the land for their love and support.”
In addition to 100 percent capacity at both venues, all traditional gameday activities at Ross-Ade Stadium will resume, including pregame tailgating, the Boilermaker Crossing, fan shuttles and band and cheer performances. Some enhanced safety measures in place include digital ticketing and parking passes for contactless entry and payment, contactless gate admission pedestals at all entry gates and cashless transactions at concession stands and the Purdue Team Store.
Please contact the John Purdue Club with any questions on parking, premium seating and membership at 765.494.CLUB (2582) or reach out directly to your Boilermaker Athletics Representative. As a reminder, all gifts to the More Than A Game Campaign before June 30 will receive 3x priority points.
Purdue Athletics encourages all fans, if they are able to, receive the CoVid-19 vaccine, and we will continue to monitor the environment and will be prepared to make capacity adjustments if deemed necessary.
For ticket information, please call the Hayes Family Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Football Places 12 on Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC Teams
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State football team was well represented on Phil Steele College Football Preview’s 2021 preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team, with 12 Cardinals earning a spot on the list.
Highlighting the list for Ball State was a quartet of first-team selections led by wide receiver Justin Hall who also earned a spot on the third team as a kick returner. Ball State’s other first-team honorees include offensive lineman Curtis Blackwell, linebacker Brandon Martin, and safety Bryce Cosby.
Quarterback Drew Plitt and linebacker Christian Albright both earned a spot on the second team.
Representing the Cardinals on the third team were wide receiver Yo’Heinz Tyler, defensive end Chris Agyemang, linebacker Jaylin Thomas, linebacker Anthony Ekpe, cornerback Amechi Uzodinma II, punter Nathan Snyder, and Hall.
The Cardinals’ 13 total selections were the third-most in the league, trailing only Western Michigan (15) and Central Michigan (14).
Eight of the 12 Ball State players on the list were seniors in 2020 who are taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility offered by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, all 12 players named to Phil Steele’s list also earned a spot on the Athlon Preseason All-MAC teams released at the end of May.
Ball State returns 16 total “super seniors” and 20 starters from a team that won the program’s first MAC title since 1996 and won the first bowl game in school history. The Cardinals finished 7-1 last fall to earn a year-end ranking of No. 23 in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls.
The 2021 Ball State football season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff versus Western Illinois.
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Justin Hall – WR
Curtis Blackwell – OG
Brandon Martin – LB
Bryce Cosby – S
Drew Plitt – QB
Christian Albright – LB
Yo’Heinz Tyler – WR
Chris Agyemang – DE
Jaylin Thomas – LB
Anthony Ekpe – LB
Amechi Uzodinma II – CB
Nathan Snyder – P
Justin Hall – KR
NOTRE DAME TRACK: NUGUSE REPEATS AS ACC MALE TRACK PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Senior track star Yared Nuguse accomplished another feat on Wednesday following his remarkable 2021 season, as the 1,500m standout was named the ACC Male Track Performer of the Year for the second-straight outdoor season.
Nuguse claimed the men’s 1,500 gold medal at the ACC Championships hosted by NC State with a time of 3:40.86, yet that wasn’t even his fastest of the event.
Nuguse seized the national spotlight in the preliminaries on May 13, when he clocked a 3:34.68 time that set the all-time collegiate record, established ACC meet and Paul Derr Track facility records, reset the ACC overall record and improved on his own Notre Dame school record.
Nuguse went on to run the fastest time ever in the NCAA Championship’s 1,500 preliminary at Eugene, Oregon, and placed second two nights later in the final with a time of 3:35.60 that stands as the seventh-fastest in NCAA history.
The Louisville, Kentucky, junior now owns three of the top 11 all-time NCAA men’s 1,500m marks on record.
Nuguse is set to compete at the US Olympic Trials in the 1,500m this week, as his first round race will be on Thursday, June 24 at 9:04 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the event will air on NBCSN.
MIAMI SOCCER: Miami Unveils 2021 Soccer Schedule
OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University soccer head coach Courtney Sirmans announced the RedHawks’ 2021 competitive schedule, which features eight home contests amidst a 19-game regular-season slate that also includes 11 Mid-American Conference match-ups.
“We are so excited for the announcement of our 2021 fall schedule,” said Sirmans. “We were grateful to get in a season this past spring, but we couldn’t be more thrilled to get back to a full schedule! The most exciting part of our schedule is having the opportunity to play everyone in the MAC this season, along with the return of the MAC Tournament! We look to continue building on the success we had this past year. August can’t come soon enough!”
The RedHawks host Wright State in an exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 15 in a tune-up before opening the season in earnest at home against Loyola Chicago at 4 p.m. on Thursday August 19. Miami hosts Bellarmine (Thursday, Sept. 9) and Morehead State (Wednesday, Sept. 15) in non-conference action before opening MAC play at home against Central Michigan at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.
Other home MAC tilts include Buffalo (Sunday, Oct. 3), Toledo (Thursday, Oct. 7), Kent State (Thursday, Oct. 14) and Western Michigan (Sunday, Oct. 24). The RedHawks conclude the regular season on the road at Ball State on Thursday, Oc.t 28.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Alex Sogard named to 2021 Collegiate National Team coaching staff
DAYTON/CARY, N.C. – Wright State head baseball coach Alex Sogard has been named to the 2021 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team coaching staff, USA Baseball announced on Wednesday afternoon.
This year’s USA Baseball Collegiate team will feature 48 of the top non-draft-eligible collegiate players in the country on two 24-man rosters, the Stars and Stripes, with Sogard tabbed to manage the Stars squad.
“I’m extremely honored for this opportunity. To be able to wear USA across my chest has always been a lifelong dream,” Sogard said. “I’m also thrilled that I get to coach alongside my former college coach, Elliott Avent. He is a mentor of mine, he’s an incredible person and he’s someone I have always looked up to. He had a tremendous impact on me as a person, a player, and now a coach, and coaching with him will be something I will cherish forever. I am very grateful and excited to wear the colors and represent this great country.”
Joining Elliot Avent (Manager; NC State) on staff is Bobby Austin (Mississippi State), Dan Hartleb (Illinois), Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), Kobe Phillips (NC Central), Josh Pike (NC State), Troy Tulowitzki (Texas), Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies) and Sogard. Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan will serve as Team USA’s pitching coach and assisting him as the pitching coach technician will be Josh Pike of North Carolina State.
The Stars coaching staff will be led by Sogard, who will work alongside Illinois Head Coach Dan Hartleb (assistant coach) and Bobby Austin (bullpen coach). American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Jerry Weinstein will manage the Stripes with University of Texas assistant Troy Tulowitzki serving as the team’s assistant coach and Kobe Phillips as the bullpen coach.
“We are honored to welcome eight tremendous coaches to assist the Collegiate National Team this summer,” said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. “This year will be unique for the Collegiate program as we welcome in forty-eight athletes to represent Team USA. As we constructed this season for the athletes, the need for an experienced and versatile coaching staff became a priority to heighten the overall development experience, and we are confident that we have done just that. These coaches bring a wealth of knowledge that will impact every single athlete who will wear the red, white, and blue in a positive way now and for many years to come.”
This year’s Collegiate team will play an 11-game tour of intrasquad games. Team USA will play its Fourth of July game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and the remaining schedule will take place in the cities of the Appalachian League. The Appalachian League is in its first year as a summer collegiate league as part of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline, and a national team identification opportunity for future Collegiate and Professional National Teams.
Sogard recently completed his third season at the helm of Wright State, leading the Raiders to a Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament this spring. The Phoenix, Arizona, native led the Raiders to a 42-17 record in 2019, the most wins by a first-year head coach in program history. Wright State beat three ranked teams in 2019 and took down top-ranked Louisville in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign before going 35-13 in 2021 on the way to the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles.
As a player, Sogard spent two seasons at Oregon State, which won the national championship both years (2006, 2007), before transferring to North Carolina State to play his final three seasons under Avent. He then played at the professional level for six years, reaching as high as Triple-A in the Houston Astros organization. Sogard’s brother, Eric, currently plays for the Chicago Cubs.
WRIGHT STATE MBB: Travis Trice Joins Wright State Men’s Basketball Staff
DAYTON – Wright State men’s basketball head coach Scott Nagy announced Wednesday the addition of Travis Trice as an assistant coach for the Raiders.
“We are excited to add Travis to our program. He brings a lot of experience and local connection as a head high school coach in Dayton,” Nagy said. “He is a great fit for our program who values the right things and will help our players grow.”
Trice comes to Wright State after serving as the head girls basketball coach at Wayne High School since July 2017, while he previously was the head boys basketball coach for the preceding 10 years. He won conference titles in nine of his 14 total seasons as a head coach, including the 2015 OHSAA state championship, while 49 of his players went on to play collegiate basketball, including 24 at the Division I level. Additionally, Trice coached the 2015 Ohio High School Coaches Association Mr. Basketball (his son, Travis Trice) and 2021 McDonald’s All-American Aubryanna “Bree” Hall.
Trice was a 1990 Indiana All-Star and one of the top 10-ranked point guards nationally in 1990, and was inducted into Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He played collegiately at Purdue and Butler, appearing in 114 games over four years with a pair of NIT appearances and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
OHIO STATE MEN’S GYMNASTICS: ALEC YODER TO COMPETE AT U.S. OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS TRIALS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State University gymnast Alec Yoder will be competing this week for a spot on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team that will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yoder is in St. Louis, Mo., for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which take place June 24 and June 26 at the America’s Center Convention Complex and The Dome at America’s Center.
There are five Olympic team positions available this week: four team and one individual. Yoder, a 2019 Ohio State graduate with a degree in sport industries, will be competing to make the team on pommel horse and parallel bars.
Yoder was an eight-time All-American for Ohio State between 2016 and 2019, including a three-time all-around All-American. Yoder capped his Buckeye career in April 2019 by winning a national championship on the pommel horse and earning All-American honors on the parallel bars.
Yoder, who is from Indianapolis, was the 2016 Big Ten Conference freshman of the year and a three-time first-team all-Big Ten performer. He helped Ohio State win consecutive Big Ten team championships in 2016 and 2017.
Misha Koudinov an Olympian
Yoder will be looking to join former Buckeye Misha Koudinov (2011-14) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Koudinov, who specializes on parallel bars, is making his second Olympic Games appearance, having competed on all six apparatus at the 2016 Rio Games for his home country of New Zealand. His highest finish was 16th on vault in Rio.
Koudinov, who is from Auckland, New Zealand, was a 2012 All-American for the Buckeyes and a 2013 team captain.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1868 The Forest Citys, an amateur team organized by the Forest City Baseball Club in 1865, endure a devastating defeat when the Philadelphia A’s pummel them, 85-11. A professional Forest City team will take the field next season, losing the first pro baseball game in Cleveland when they drop a 25-6 decision to the Cincinnati Red Stockings at Case Commons.
1911 Red Sox owner John I. Taylor announces he plans to lay out his new ballpark on a little more than eight acres of land in the Fenway section of Boston. The $650,000 project, scheduled to begin in September, with James McLaughlin serving as chief architect and the Cleveland-based Osborn Engineering Company, a well-respected firm involved in the design of Yankee Stadium, Forbes Field, and Tiger Stadium, responsible for the civil engineering services.
1936 Joe DiMaggio becomes the first Yankee and fifth player in major league history to hit two home runs in one inning. The 21-year-old rookie outfielder’s homers come in the fifth frame in an 18-11 rout of the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
1946 Traveling at dusk in light rain en route to Bremerton, eight Spokane Indians players and skipper Mel Cole die when their team bus veers off a Cascade Mountain pass road to avoid an oncoming car approximately sixty miles east of Seattle. Jack Lohrke, a future infielder with the Giants and Phillies, will become known as ‘Lucky,’ having left the bus at its last stop to report to San Diego 15 minutes before the accident at Snoqualmie Pass on Washington’s Highway 10.
1947 At Forbes Field, Jackie Robinson steals home in the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory over the Pirates. It is the Brooklyn infielder’s first thievery of the dish, something the rookie will accomplish 19 times during his ten-year career.
1948 Salisbury Cardinals manager Gene Corbett, previously tossed from the game, instructs batboy Paul Murrell to tell the umpire to “get in the game and keep your eyes open.” After relaying the message, the 13-year-old also gets ejected from the Class D Eastern Shore League contest.
1950 Giants’ catcher Wes Westrum hits three home runs and a triple, scoring five times and driving in four runs. The 27 year-old cleanup hitter’s fifteen total bases help New York defeat Cincinnati at the Polo Grounds, 12-2.
1950 Willie Mays makes his professional baseball debut, playing centerfield for Trenton, the Giants’ farm team in the Class B Inter-State League. The 19-year-old outfielder from Alabama goes hitless in the game against Hagerstown in Maryland but will hit .353 in 81 games before being promoted to the Minneapolis Millers, the Triple-A affiliate of the parent club.
1953 The Braves sign right-hander Joey Jay from Middletown, Connecticut as an amateur free agent. The 17 year-old bonus baby will become the first former Little Leaguer to play in the major leagues.
1955 Senator third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run in Washington’s 18-7 loss to the Tigers. The 18 year-old rookie, who becomes known as ‘Killer,’ will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.
1960 Stan Musial returns to the Cardinals’ lineup after being benched by skipper Solly Hemus, who tried to implement a youth movement at the start of the season. The 39 year-old future Hall of Famer responds with a single in the team’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.
1962 The longest game ever played in Yankee history ends thanks to a home run hit by Jack Reed in the 22nd inning. The Mississippi native’s lone big league career homer helps the Bronx Bombers beat Detroit in Tiger Stadium, 9-7.
1968 Jim Northrup, who had struck out with the bases loaded in the first inning, becomes the sixth big leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The ‘Slammer’s’ power surge in the fifth (off Eddie Fisher) and sixth (off Billy Rohr) frames enable the Tigers to rout the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 14-3.
1969 Phillies skipper Bob Skinner suspends Dick Allen indefinitely after the slugger fails to appear for a twilight doubleheader at Shea Stadium against New York. Philadelphia reinstates the 27-year-old first baseman, who got stuck in traffic after watching a horse race in New Jersey on July 20.
1970 In the last game played at Crosley Field, Lee May and Johnny Bench hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to give the Reds a 5-4 win. After the game, home plate is presented to Mayor Eugene Ruehlman and then flown by helicopter to the Reds’ new home, Riverfront Stadium.
1970 After fouling off a ninth-inning “Folly Floater” thrown by Steve Hamilton in the eventual 7-2 Cleveland victory at Yankee Stadium, Tony Horton asks the New York hurler to throw him the pitch again. The Indians’ first baseman crawls back to the dugout when backstop Thurman Munson catches his second foul ball.
1977 Bob Watson becomes the first player to complete a cycle in both leagues when he hits an eighth-inning RBI single, leading Houston to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at the Astrodome. The 31-year-old first baseman, duplicated by John Olerud (Mets, 1997, and Mariners, 2001) and Michael Cuddyer (Twins, 2009, and the Rockies, 2014), also collected a single, double, triple, and a home run while wearing a Red Sox uniform in 1979.
1977 After Ralph Garr hits what appears to be a three-run homer in the third inning at Metropolitan Stadium, the umpire calls him out when he passes teammate Jim Essian, who waited at first base to make sure the ball cleared the fence. The arbitrators award the White Sox outfielder, known as the Road Runner, a two-run single, but the mistake proves costly when Chicago loses the game in Minnesota, 7-6.
1979 In a 5-1 defeat to Texas, future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson makes his major league debut with the A’s. The 20 year-old outfielder singles and doubles and swipes the first of his 1,406 stolen bases, a major league record.
1988 In one of the longest games ever played, it takes 27 innings for the Bluefield Orioles to beat the hometown Burlington Indians, 3-2. The Appalachian League contest, which ended at 3:27 in the morning, lasted eight hours and 15 minutes.
1992 Much to the protest of the Yankees brass, Fay Vincent permanently suspends pitcher Steve Howe for repeated drug offenses, after the authorities arrest the left-handed reliever for buying a gram of cocaine. However, in November, an arbitrator will overturn the lifetime ban, allowing the former Rookie of the Year to enjoy one of his best seasons when he saves 15 games with a 1.80 ERA for the Bronx Bombers in 1994.
1993 The Padres trade Gary Sheffield and Rich Rodriguez to the Marlins for Andres Berumen, Jose Martinez, and a little-known rookie reliever named Trevor Hoffman. The 25-year-old rookie right-hander will save 552 games during his fifteen and half years with the franchise.
1997 Randy Johnson (11-2) breaks Ron Guidry’s 1978 American League record for strikeouts in a game by a left-hander. The Mariners southpaw whiffs 19 A’s, 13 swinging and eight looking, but still losses the Kingdome contest, 4-1, giving up 11 hits, including solo home runs by Mark McGwire and George Williams.
2003 Brad Wilkerson becomes the fifth Expo to hit for the cycle, collecting a bunt single in the second, a double in the fifth, a triple in the sixth, and a homer in the seventh. The left fielder’s 4-for-4 performance, which drives in four runs, enables Montreal to beat Pittsburgh, 6-4.
2003 After enjoying a 6-for-6 performance against Philadelphia three days ago, Nomar Garciaparra goes 5-for-5 in the Red Sox’ 10-1 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park. All eleven hits are singles.
2004 In a slugfest at the Skydome, Julio Lugo goes 5-for-5 to set a club record for hits in a game. Unfortunately, the Toronto shortstop’s effort isn’t enough to stop the Devil Rays when they pound out 24 hits en route to a 19-13 rout of the Blue Jays.
2005 After Bernie Williams drops the ball in center field, the Mets become the first National League team to hit three sacrifice flies in one inning, starting with Ramon Castro’s sac fly tying the game at 1-1 with David Wright advancing to third. Next, the Yankees’ center fielder drops Jose Reyes’ fly ball, allowing Wright to score; Mike Cameron skies to right, plating Doug Mientkiewicz, who had advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw.
2008 A bench-clearing brawl, resulting in the ejections of 15 players, with some allowed back so the teams could complete the contest, starts when the Peoria Chiefs’ right-hander Julio Castillo fires a ball toward the Dayton Dragons dugout at Fifth Third Field. The 20-year-old Dominican starter will be arrested on a felony assault charge because his errant throw ricochets into the crowd, hitting a male fan.
2008 During an eventual 11-0 interleague loss to the Mariners at Shea Stadium, Brian Runge enrages Jerry Manuel when the ump appears to show up Carlos Beltran after calling a strike on the center fielder. The commissioner’s office suspends the home plate umpire for a game for bumping the Mets manager during the ensuing argument, with the New York skipper and outfielder, both thrown out of the game and fined for arguing balls and strikes.
2011 2011 In their 5-1 interleague loss to the Rays at Minute Maid Park, the Astros become the first team to use three pitchers with the same last name in a single game. Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez is followed to the mound by Fernando Rodriguez in the seventh and eighth, with Aneury Rodriguez tossing a scoreless ninth frame.
2011 In New York’s 4-2 loss to Colorado, A.J. Burnett becomes the first Yankee hurler to strike out four hitters in one inning. The right-hander starts the sixth frame by whiffing Rockies batters Chris Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez, and when Chris Nelson reaches first base after swinging at a wild pitch for a third strike, he faces Todd Helton and strikes him out swinging to end the inning.
2011 Michael Kacer, a 29 year-old veteran who lost his arm during a rocket attack in Afghanistan, makes an incredible grab of Curtis Granderson’s foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The event attracts national attention when the video of the catch becomes viral on the web and with ESPN including the snag in its top plays segment on SportsCenter.
2011 John McLaren is named the Nationals’ interim manager, replacing Jim Riggleman, who surprised the team by quitting yesterday. Washington GM Mike Rizzo indicates the appointment is just for a few games and will name Davey Johnson as the long-term replacement in the next few days.
2011 For the second time in two years, a club plays as the road team in its home ballpark when MLB shifts the Marlins’ three-game series with the Mariners to Safeco Field due to preparations at Sun Life Stadium for a U2 concert to be held in Miami. Last season, MLB moved the Blue Jays home series against the Phillies, scheduled to be played at Rogers Centre, due to security concerns raised because of protests directed at the G20 Summit near the Toronto stadium.
2013 At Tropicana Field, the Rays halt the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak, 4-3, thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning by James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld. The trio of round-trippers marks the second time in franchise history that the team has hit three consecutive home runs; Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar, and Dioner Navarro accomplished the feat in 2008 in Anaheim.
2014 Devin Mesoraco homers in his fifth straight game, tying a Reds’ record, previously accomplished by Ted Kluszewski (1954), George Crowe (1957), Johnny Bench (1972), Ken Griffey Jr. (2003), and Adam Dunn (2008). The Cincinnati catcher’s clout comes in the ninth inning of the team’s 7-3 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field.
2016 The Lexington Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Royals, give away a Glenn Hubbard bobblehead, depicting him with a snake draped around his neck. The inspiration of the minor league team’s promotion is the former Braves infielder’s 1984 Fleer baseball card, which he posed holding a real, eight-foot boa constrictor.
2018 Connecting for a home run in their 25th consecutive road game, the A’s break the previous mark set by the 1996 Orioles. The record-breaking round-tripper comes in the top of the fifth inning when Mark Canha takes Carlos Rondon deep in the top of the fifth inning of Oakland’s eventual 10-3 loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
2018 The Dodgers tie a National League record, last accomplished by the 2006 Braves, when the team socks seven solo shots, dealing the Mets a crushing 8-7 loss at Citi Field. Former New York infielder Justin Turner delivers the decisive dinger in the top of the twelfth inning to complete the series sweep and extend the team’s consecutive win streak over the Amazins to twelve straight victories.
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