INDY AREA HS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

ALEXANDRIA AT EASTERN HANCOCK

AVON AT LAWRENCE NORTH

BATESVILLE AT INDIAN CREEK

BISHOP CHATARD AT BREBEUF JESUIT

BLOOMINGTON NORTH AT MOORESVILLE

BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS

CASCADE AT TRITON CENTRAL

CATHEDRAL AT LAFAYETTE JEFF

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL AT NOBLESVILLE HOMESCHOOL

COLUMBUS NORTH AT DECATUR CENTRAL

COVINGTON AT WASHINGTON

CRISPUS ATTUCKS AT GREENCASTLE

FISHERS AT NORTH CENTRAL

FRANKLIN AT DANVILLE

GRAND VALLEY HOMESCHOOL (MICH.) AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL AT PLAINFIELD

GREENSBURG AT SHELBYVILLE

HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT LAPEL

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL

INDIANA DEAF AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC

LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY.) AT CARMEL

LUTHERAN AT BEECH GROVE

MARTINSVILLE AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

MCCUTCHEON AT GUERIN CATHOLIC

MONROVIA AT CARDINAL RITTER

MT. VERNON AT NOBLESVILLE

PENDLETON HEIGHTS AT LEBANON

PERRY MERIDIAN AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (INDIANA SRN)

PHALEN ACADEMY AT SCECINA

RONCALLI AT SOUTHPORT

SEYMOUR AT GREENWOOD

SHORTRIDGE AT PARK TUDOR

SPEEDWAY AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)

TECH AT CULVER ACADEMY

TINDLEY AT EDINBURGH

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)

TRI-WEST AT WESTERN

WARREN CENTRAL AT CENTER GROVE

WESTERN BOONE AT SHERIDAN

WESTFIELD AT NEW PALESTINE

ZIONSVILLE AT PIKE

WEEK ONE FRIDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

WEEK ONE SATURDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsSat.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

LAKE CENTRAL 3 ANDREAN 0

NEW PRAIRIE 3 MICHIGAN CITY 0

NEW PALESTINE 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 1

COLONIAL CHRISTIAN 3 MOORESVILLE CHRISTIAN 1

LAWRENCEBURG 3 N. DECATUR 2

BETHANY CHRISTIAN 3 LAVILLE 2

MUNCIE BURRIS 3 MONROE CENTRAL 0

SPRINGS VALLEY 3 CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0

LINCOLN 3 EASTERN HANCOCK 1

PERU 3 MACONAQUAH 1

LOOGOOTEE 3 NORTHEAST DUBOIS 0

FAITH CHRISTIAN 3 CLINTON CENTRAL 1

HAUSER 3 JAC CEN CEL 0

SOUTH ADAMS 3 WINCHESTER 0

CARROLL 3 DEKALB 0

RISING SUN 3 SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0

FRONTIER 3 W. CENTRAL 0

MADISON 3 SALEM 0

OLDENBURG ACADEMY 3, SOUTHWESTERN 0

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 3 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0

SHORTRIDGE 3 INTERNATIONAL 0

GREENSBURG 3 TRITON CENTRAL 1

RIVERTON PARKE 3 PARKE HERITAGE 0

OAK HILL 3 MANCHESTER 2

COVINGTON 3 SEEGER 2

BARR REEVE 3 SHOALS 0

NORTHVIEW 3 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 1

PARK TUDOR 3 SHERIDAN 0

HOMESTEAD 3 LEO 1

DELTA 3 JAY COUNTY 0

NORTH DAVIESS 3 BLOOMFIELD 0

MUNSTER 3 LAPORTE 1

WABASH 3 BLUFFTON 0

MITCHELL 3 PAOLI 0

ZIONSVILLE 3 TRI WEST 1

WOOD MEMORIAL 3 VINCENNES RIVET 1

NEW ALBANY 3 EVANSVILLE NORTH 2

CHESTERTON 3 LOWELL 0

ROSSVILLE 3 CARROLL 1

BREBEUF 3 YORKTOWN 2

HERITAGE 3 NORWELL 0

COLUMBUS EAST 3 FRANKLIN 0

CASCADE 3 CLOVERDALE 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 0

COLUMBUS EAST 3 FRANKLIN 0

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 3 PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 0

WHITKO 3 COLUMBIA CITY 2

CASTLE 3 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 0

WOODLAN 3 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 1

ADAMS CENTRAL 3 EASTBROOK 1

SULLIVAN 3 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0

TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN 3 COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN 1

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3 HARRISON 1

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 FREMONT 0

PROVIDENCE 3 SEYMOUR 0

HAGERSTOWN 3, MORRISTOWN 0

ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 W. NOBLE 0

CENTRAL NOBLE 3 BREMAN 2

GOSHEN HOMESCHOOL 3 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 0

CRAWFORDSVILLE 3 GREENCASTLE 0

ANGOLA 3 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 0

WARSAW 3, HUNTINGTON NORTH 0

CENTER GROVE 3 MARTINSVILLE 0

TWIN LAKES 3 LEWIS CASS 1

JASPER 3 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

BELLMONT 3 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

SHAKAMAK 3 N. CENTRAL 1

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 3 PLYMOUTH 2

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0

MUNCIE CENTRAL 7 WAPAHANI 1

MORGAN TWP. 5 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 1

WOOD MEMORIAL 8 N. KNOX 0

LEBANON 2 UNIVERSITY 2

SHORTRIDGE 2 CHRISTEL HOUSE 1

DELTA 7 BLACKFORD 1

DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN 0 KOUTS 0

BOONE GROVE 5 KANKAKEE VALLEY 1

CASTON 4 ROCHESTER 2

FAITH CHRISTIAN 7 COVINGTON 0

ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 1

CASCADE 9 S. VERMILLION 0

SPEEDWAY 2 DANVILLE 0

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 16 AUSTIN 0

TWIN LAKES 4 ROSSVILLE 0

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10 N. MONTGOMERY 1

WHITE RIVER VALLEY 4 WASHINGTON CATHOLIC 1

GLENN 10 WINAMAC 2

PARK TUDOR 8 INTERNATIONAL 0

TRI CENTRAL 5 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 3

SHERIDAN 3 ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY 1

MANCHESTER 9 PERU 0

HERITAGE 2 NEW HAVEN 1

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 6 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 2

RICHMOND 1 MUNCIE BURRIS 0

LAFAYETTE JEFF 5 BENTON CENTRAL 0

COLUMBIA CITY 4 EASTBROOK 0

CORYDON CENTRAL 2 MEADE COUNTY 2

MADISON 5 SOUTHWESTERN 0

SCECINA 4 BEECH GROVE 1

LAKELAND 2 GARRETT 2

LAWRENCEBURG 4 JAC CEN DEL 2

NORTHWESTERN 11 DELPHI 0

MOUNT VERNON 6 S. SPENCER 1

FOREST PARK 5 TELL CITY 1

MISSISSINEWA 8 WABASH 0

EVANSVILLE DAY 3 BARR REEVE 0

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 2 NORWELL 1

YORKTOWN 1 NEW PALESTINE 1

BREBEUF 7 RITTER 1

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY – LOUISVILLE 5 CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 2

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 2 CENTER GROVE 1

NOBLESVILLE 1. CARMEL 0

BEN DAVIS 3 TRI WEST 2

HARRISON 5 LOGANSPORT 2

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0 AVON 0

PLAINFIELD 2 WHITELAND 0

HUNTINGTON NORTH 2 OAK HILL 1

SULLIVAN 1 W. VIGO 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 2 WARSAW 2

CATHEDRAL 0 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 0

MARTINSVILLE 1 MOORESVILLE 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 1 RISING SUN 1

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 4 JASPER 0

INDIANAPOLIS TECH 4 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 0

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 10 NORTHVIEW 0

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 3 CONCORD 0

MOUNT VERNON 3 WARREN CENTRAL 1

ELKHART 2 NORTHRIDGE 0

ZIONSVILLE 8 MCCUTCHEON 0

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 2 HOMESTEAD 0

CARROLL 7 TIPTON 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 1 BUTLER 1

SOUTH KNOX 3 PRINCETON 2

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 11 N. WHITE 2

GOSHEN 4 ELKHART 0

SULLIVAN 2 W. VIGO 2

FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 3 HUNTINGTON NORTH 1

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 S. ADAMS 1

WAPAHANI 2 MUNCIE CENTRAL 1

BREMAN 1 LAVILLE 1

MORGAN TWP. 10 WESTVILLE 1

SHORTRIDGE 2 BEECH GROVE 0

ARGOS 2 PLYMOUTH 2

WABASH 2 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 1

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 9 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0

SPEEDWAY 9 SCECINA 0

MOUNT VERNON 4 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 2

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 4 DANVILLE 3

EASTERN 2 N. MIAMI 0

HANOVER CENTRAL 10 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 2

SHERIDAN 6 FRANKFORT 0

BATESVILLE 12 RUSHVILLE 0

MOUNT VERNON 7 TIPTON 0

PRINCETON 2 S. KNOX 2

CHARLESTOWN 1 JENNINGS COUNTY 0

EASTBROOK 0 DELTA 0

HERITAGE 4 JAY COUNTY 3

TRINITY 9 NEW PRAIRIE 0

ANDREAN 3 PORTAGE 0

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 9 VINCENNES RIVET 0

EVANSVILLE REITZ 4 HENDERSON COUNTY 0

OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 2 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0

PROVIDENCE 6 SILVER CREEK 0

NORTH CENTRAL 6 LAWRENCE NORTH 0

CROWN POINT 6 HIGHLAND 0

EAST CENTRAL 3 LAWRENCEBURG 0

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 9 S. RIPLEY 0

CATHEDRAL 3 TRI WEST 0

FISHERS 2 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1

NFL THURSDAY

CHICAGO 27 SEATTLE 11

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

WEEK 2

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 8 P.M. ET

HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 4 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 8 P.M. ET (FOX)

ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS: MONDAY, AUG. 22 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)

WEEK 3

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)

BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: GAME TIMES, TV CHANNELS

WEEK 0

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

AUSTIN PEAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 12:30 P.M. | FOX
IDAHO STATE AT UNLV | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
UCONN AT UTAH STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
WYOMING AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
DUQUESNE AT FLORIDA STATE | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOWARD VS. ALABAMA STATE (ATLANTA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA A&M AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | STADIUM
VANDERBILT AT HAWAI’I | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT AKRON | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
BALL STATE AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 PITT | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BRYANT AT FIU | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VMI AT NO. 22 WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
PENN STATE AT PURDUE | 8 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT UAB | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSOURI | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MINNESOTA | 9 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
CAL POLY AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT OLD DOMINION | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WILLIAM & MARY AT CHARLOTTE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TENNESSEE TECH AT KANSAS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | FS1
TCU AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

SAM HOUSTON AT NO. 6 TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT IOWA | 12 P.M. | FS1
BUFFALO AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT NO. 8 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 13 NC STATE AT EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
DELAWARE AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SE MISSOURI STATE AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT UCLA | 2:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT NO. 19 ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 11 OREGON VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NORTH DAKOTA AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NO. 16 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORFOLK STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT WYOMING | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
UTEP AT NO. 9 OKLAHOMA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 24 HOUSTON AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TROY AT NO. 21 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 25 BYU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NICHOLLS AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
MORGAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT JAMES MADISON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT NO. 14 USC | 6 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MERCER AT AUBURN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 UTAH AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NO. 20 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ELON AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT KANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT NO. 18 WISCONSIN | 7 P.M. | FS1
UMASS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALBANY AT NO. 10 BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
UTAH STATE AT NO. 1 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME AT NO. 2 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SMU AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MURRAY STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
IDAHO AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
KENT STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CHICAGO CUBS 3 BALTIMORE 2

PITTSBURGH 8 BOSTON 2

TEXAS 10 OAKLAND 3

HOUSTON 21 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5

TORONTO 9 NY YANKEES 2

TAMPA BAY 7 KANSAS CITY 2

ST. LOUIS 13 COLORADO 0

MILWAUKEE 5 LA DODGERS 3

ARIZONA 5 SAN FRANCISCO 0

ATLANTA 3 NY METS 2

WASHINGTON 3 SAN DIEGO 1

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

IOWA 3 INDIANAPOLIS 0

BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/cubs-vs-indians/2022/08/18/665450#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=665450

WNBA

CONNECTICUT 93 DALLAS 68

SEATTLE 86 WASHINGTON 83

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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

B1G deal: Big Ten lands $7 billion, NFL-style TV contracts

(AP) — The Big Ten’s new $7 billion media rights deal will string the conference’s top football games across three major networks each week, creating an NFL-style television schedule on Saturdays.

The Big Ten announced Thursday it has reached seven-year agreements with Fox, CBS and NBC to share the rights to the conference’s football and basketball games.

The deals go into effect in 2023, expire in 2030 and eventually will allow the conference’s soon-to-be 16 member universities to share more than $1 billion per year, pushing the total value of the agreements past $7 billion, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Big Ten and network officials were not disclosing financial details publicly, but the deal is believed to be the richest ever on an annual basis for a college sports property. The large increase in revenue to the conference won’t kick in until the third year of the deal and gradually will increase over the final five years.

“I think what it does, it affords us the opportunity to make sure that we can continually do the things we need to do to take care of our student-athletes, to fortify our institutions, to build our programs,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told the AP.

The deal sets a new benchmark in the college sports arms race, which is based heavily on TV money. The Southeastern Conference has a deal with ESPN that starts in 2024 and is also worth upward of $7 billion, but over 10 years. That deal was announced before the conference moved to expand to 16 schools with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma.

The Big Ten currently has 14 members, stretching from Rutgers and Maryland on the East Coast to Nebraska across the Midwest, and covering some of the biggest media markets in the country, including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

In 2024, Southern California and UCLA are scheduled to join the Big Ten, adding the Los Angeles market to its footprint.

Former Fox Sports President Bob Thompson said adding teams from the second-largest media market in the country (5.8 million homes) had to make the conference even more appealing to TV networks.

Plus, the West Coast schools should help increase what conference can make off its cable network in that part of the country.

“The economics of that alone are rather large,” Thompson said. “If you get 3 million people all of sudden get the Big Ten network as part of their expanded basic (cable package), that’s $3 million a month. Compared to what they had been getting which is like $3 million a year.”

With ESPN out of the equation for Big Ten football after a 40-year relationship, the league is set to lock down three prominent time slots with its network partners.

Fox, which has shared the rights to the Big Ten with ESPN since 2017 and owns a majority stake in BTN, will continue to feature noon Eastern time as its primary game of the day.

Fox and its cable network FS1 will have the rights to more than two dozen football games, at least 45 men’s basketball games and women’s basketball games.

CBS, starting in 2024, will replace the Southeastern Conference game of the week at 3:30 p.m. Eastern – that is moving to ABC – with a Big Ten game.

CBS will carry 14-15 Big Ten football games a season from 2024-29, including a Black Friday game. Unlike with its longtime SEC deal, CBS will not be guaranteed the first selection of football games each week with the Big Ten. Fox, CBS and NBC will hold a draft for games, allowing each network some opportunities for first selection in a given week.

In 2023, CBS will carry seven Big Ten games while it still has the SEC on CBS at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The network will continue to be the home of Big Ten men’s basketball, including the conference tournament semifinals and finals, and it will begin airing the women’s basketball tournament championship.

“When we did our financial analysis, and looked at the major markets – even before USC and UCLA – and the national footprint of the Big Ten, it was a very attractive deal for us,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “And I think the money is fair. It’s unprecedented. They’re the largest deals in the history of college football.”

Starting in 2023, NBC will launch “Big Ten Saturday Night” in prime time and broadcast 15-16 games per season. The agreement with NBC also includes eight football games and dozens of men’s and women’s basketball games per season to be exclusively streamed on Peacock, the network’s online subscription service. NBC also has a separate, longstanding broadcast deal with Notre Dame, which remains unaffiliated with a conference.

Each network will air the Big Ten’s championship football game at least once during the length of the deals, with Fox securing the rights to four (2023, ’25, ’27 and ’29).

Warren spent more than two decades working as an executive in the front office of three NFL teams. He said the Big Ten’s vision for its new broadcast deal was modeled after an NFL Sunday, with three consecutive marquee games across three different networks, airing from noon to nearly midnight Eastern.

“I just thought where we were in the Big Ten, we had a very unique opportunity because we have the institutions that could do it,” Warren said. “We have the fan avidity. We have the breadth, we have the historical foundation, that we were in a position to really do something unique with three powerful brands in Fox, CBS and NBC.”

The Big Ten’s alignment with three traditional networks shows that while streaming might be the future, linear television is not dead.

“It may be dying in certain aspects. You could say things like scripted dramas. Sitcoms. But for sports and news, it’s never been stronger,” Thompson said.

“The conferences or leagues are a little reticent to make that big of a jump from the wide, wide distribution of broadcast television,” he added. “Now you’re going to jump to the streaming service, which in the big scheme of things, the numbers are still relatively small in terms of how many people watch and use them.”

2022 NCAA rules changes address targeting, faking injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) College football players penalized for targeting can have part of their punishment appealed, players faking injuries to stop the clock might not get away with it like they used to and blocking below the waist has been restricted further.

All are among the changes that will go into effect this season, which starts with 11 Bowl Subdivision games Aug. 27.

Targeting, generally defined as leading with the helmet to make forcible above-the-shoulder contact with an opponent, continues to carry with it a 15-yard penalty and the ejection of the flagged player. Players ejected in the second half are required to sit out the first half of the following game.

The new rule allows the conference office to request a review from the national coordinator of officials for a second-half targeting foul. If it’s obvious a player was incorrectly penalized for targeting, the player would be cleared to play in the first half of the next game.

In an attempt to crack down on teams awarded an injury timeout after a player fakes an injury, schools and conferences will be able to report questionable scenarios to the national coordinator of officials. The coordinator will provide feedback. Any penalties levied would be up to the conference office or school involved.

The NCAA, hoping to decrease knee injuries, will now allow blocking below the waist only by linemen and stationary backs inside the tackle box, the area between the normal offensive tackle spots and extending backward to the goal line.

Other rule changes:

– If a ball carrier simulates a feet-first slide, officials will declare the runner down at that spot. The move came after a fake slide that Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett used to help clear his path for a long touchdown run in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

– Defensive holding will remain a 10-yard penalty but will always carry an automatic first down.

– The replay official will address any clock adjustment and status only when a ruling is overturned with less than two minutes in the second or fourth quarters.

– Illegal touching by an originally ineligible player is penalized 5 yards from the previous spot and now includes loss of down.

NFL NEWS

FIU football player Knox, brother of Bills TE, dies at 22

MIAMI (AP) FIU football player Luke Knox, who appeared in 23 games at Mississippi before joining the Panthers and was the brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox, has died, the university said Thursday.

Luke Knox died Wednesday evening, school officials said. The cause was not revealed, though the university said police do not suspect foul play.

Knox, who studied business, was 22.

“Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox,” FIU coach Mike MacIntyre wrote on social media. “I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and at FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember.”

FIU players were told of Knox’s death late Wednesday. Thursday’s practice was canceled, and grief counselors were brought in to meet with the team and others from the university community.

“You had such a love for life and the game of football,” FIU quarterback Gunnar Holmberg wrote in a social media post Thursday. “Never failed to put a smile on those around you. Grateful for the time we had together. Words can’t explain how you’ll be missed.”

Dawson Knox, Luke Knox’s older brother, is entering his fourth season with the Bills.

“Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family during this time,” Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said Thursday before practice. “We’re right there with him and supporting him and his family. Just tragic news that I woke up to this morning. We love him and we support him.”

Dawson Knox was not on the field for the Bills’ practice.

Luke Knox, who was from Brentwood, Tennessee, primarily played special teams during his time at Ole Miss, and he had 11 tackles in his four seasons there. He switched to tight end in 2021 though appeared as a linebacker on FIU’s roster this season.

MacIntyre was defensive coordinator at Ole Miss during Knox’s time with the Rebels. MacIntyre is in his first season at FIU.

“He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident,” MacIntyre said. “Luke’s family is special to me, and they will continually be in my heart and in my prayers during this difficult time.”

FIU opens its season Sept. 1 against Bryant.

Browns’ Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation and treatment as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen women.

The league had sought to ban Watson for at least one year for violating its personal conduct policy. He was accused of sexually harassing and coercing the women during massage therapy sessions while he was with the Houston Texans.

Watson signed a $230 million fully guaranteed contract after being traded to the Browns in March. Because the team structured Watson’s deal so he’ll make $1.035 million in his first season, he’ll lose $632,500 in salary during the suspension.

As part of the settlement, Watson can return for the Browns’ game in Houston on Dec. 4.

“My whole life I just have to be able to move forward and that’s the plan,” Watson said shortly after the settlement became public. “I have to be able to move forward with my career, move forward with my family, my personal life and everything.”

The settlement ends months of speculation and headed off a ruling from former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey, who was appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league appealed a six-game suspension issued by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson.

As part of the settlement between the league and the NFL Players Association, Watson will have to be evaluated by behavioral experts and follow their treatment program.

Watson apologized last week before the Browns’ preseason opener for the first time since the allegations surfaced. He tried to offer more contrition Thursday while maintaining he never has been inappropriate with women.

“I’ve always stood on my innocence and always said that I’ve never assaulted anyone or disrespected anyone and I’m continuing to stand on that,” he said. “But at the same time, I have to continue to push forward with my life and my career.

“I’m going to continue to stand on my innocence and keep pushing forward, and I’ve always stood on not disrespecting or sexually assaulting anyone.”

Along with his $5 million fine, the league and Browns are donating $1 million each to a fund that will support nonprofit organizations across the country to educate young people on “healthy relationships, promote education and prevention of sexual misconduct and assault, support survivors, and related causes.”

Watson can practice until the suspension begins on Aug. 30, but coach Kevin Stefanski said he will not play in any preseason games. He won’t be allowed to return to the team’s facility until Oct. 10, roughly halfway through the suspension. Watson can begin practicing again on Nov. 18 and be reinstated two weeks later.

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents all 24 women who sued Watson, was critical of the NFL’s handling of the case and settlement.

“By settling this matter the way he has, Roger Goodell has proven one of two things: Either his recent rhetoric was utter baloney, or his bark is much worse than his bite,” Buzbee said in a statement. “My belief is that he is nothing more than a paper tiger.

“The message today to all victims is clear, if you believe you have been sexually assaulted by a powerful person, keep your mouth shut and go away. The NFL has certainly demonstrated that its ownership and the organization doesn’t care.”

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who have been widely criticized for trading for Watson, stood by the QB. They said they expect him to learn and grow from the experience.

“Since Deshaun came into our building in April, he has done everything we have asked of him and more,” Jimmy Haslam said at a news briefing with his wife and Browns general manager Andrew Berry. “And he has been the person, the leader that we expect him to be and I think he understands where he is in his life, it’s a pivotal point, and we as an organization are going to do everything we can to help him not only be the best football player he can be but more important to be the best person he can be.”

Haslam was asked if he’s still comfortable with Watson being on Cleveland’s roster.

“Absolutely,” he said. “100%”

Dee Haslam was pressed on whether she believes Watson is innocent.

“We respect his opinion. I do think in counseling, Deshaun will grow to learn a lot more about himself,” she said.

On Aug. 1, Watson was suspended six games by Robinson, a former federal judge jointly appointed by the league and union to act as an independent disciplinary officer. As part of her ruling, she called his behavior “egregious” and “predatory.”

Watson wouldn’t comment directly on Robinson’s assertions.

“I know who I am,” he said. “I know what type of person I am. I know the character of the person I was raised to be and I have always been. That is the biggest thing for me is continue to show who Deshaun Watson really is, and the people that meet me and that are around me, they will figure out who I really am.”

Believing the suspension was too light, the league appealed and pushed Watson’s case back to Goodell, who had handled all player discipline in the past. The league previously pushed for an indefinite suspension and hefty fine.

At the owners’ meetings this month, Goodell said the league’s pursuit of a yearlong ban was warranted following its investigation and Robinson’s findings.

“She reinforced the evidence,” Goodell said. “There were multiple violations that were egregious, and it was predatory behavior.”

In her conclusion, Robinson cited Watson’s lack of remorse as a factor in her decision.

Watson was asked what was he apologizing for if he’s innocent. “For everyone that was affected by this situation,” he said. “There were a lot of people that were triggered.”

Watson was accused of being sexually inappropriate with the women from March 2020 to March 2021. In the civil lawsuits filed in Texas, the women accused him of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will. One woman alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex.

Two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson, who also settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits.

For now, the suspension ends months of speculation about whether Watson would play in 2022 for the Browns, who outbid several other teams and traded three first-round draft picks to the Texans.

The Browns believe Watson could make them a Super Bowl contender. Without him, they could struggle to simply contend in the AFC North against defending conference champion Cincinnati along with Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

All along, the Browns’ plan was to turn their offense over to veteran Jacoby Brissett, who has made 37 career starts. But it’s now possible Cleveland will explore other options at quarterback.

The suspension also means Watson will be idle longer. One of pro football’s elite QBs, he sat out last season in Houston after demanding a trade and before the sexual allegations surfaced.

Bucs coach focused on Titans, not Tom Brady’s return date

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans must decide if rookie Malik Willis gets a second straight preseason start knowing exactly what they have in veteran Ryan Tannehill.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Tom Brady, who is due back soon from a personal break from training camp, though coach Todd Bowles said Thursday he has no specific date for the quarterback’s return.

“We’ll see,” Bowles said. “We’ll talk about it next week. I’m not concerned about it right now. We’re trying to practice against Tennessee and play a game. I said sometime after Tennessee. There’s no definitive date for me. But we’ll check on it. We’ll keep in touch and we’ll find out.”

Brady hasn’t practiced with the Bucs since being excused Aug. 11 for what Bowles called a planned absence from the team to address “personal things.” Bowles said then that the 45-year-old quarterback’s break from practice was arranged before camp opened and that he wouldn’t return until after the exhibition against Tennessee (0-1).

Brady didn’t play in the Bucs’ preseason opener, a loss to Miami. Veteran Blaine Gabbert started, with Kyle Trask, their second-round draft pick in 2020, getting much of the work.

Gabbert had a pass batted down by Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons on Thursday before being picked off by Titans cornerback Caleb Farley in a 2-minute drill to end practice.

Bowles said the extra work with Brady out has been great for Gabbert mentally.

“The plays might not be there all the time, but the mental reps and what he’s getting and making the right play is very important, not just making a wild play and making the right play,” Bowles said. “So it’s been great to have him there.”

Tannehill also didn’t play when the Titans opened the preseason by losing in Baltimore.

Willis, the 86th pick overall out of Liberty in the April draft, got the start ahead of Logan Woodside, who has been Tannehill’s backup the past two seasons.

Coach Mike Vrabel hasn’t made a decision on who starts next but made it clear the Titans want to see as much as possible out of Willis.

It’s why Willis has been getting more work with the second-team offense in 2-minute drills at Woodside’s expense, which continued Thursday. Willis has turned the fight for the backup job into a real competition.

“We have to continue to develop Malik in this system, and we’ve had conversations with Logan about his opportunity to compete,” Vrabel said. “But I also feel like we have to try to see how quickly we can bring Malik along. And I think that would be the reason why.”

Brady won’t be the only one not playing for the Bucs on Saturday night. Bowles said wide receiver Julio Jones, who practiced both Wednesday and Thursday, against his old team won’t play. Wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage didn’t practice at all in Nashville as they recover from injured hamstrings.

NOTES: Practice ended with a fight as Bucs running back Leonard Fournette came over to punch Simmons, who responded. Vrabel got in the middle to help break it up. Bowles said it was unfortunate the last play turned into a skirmish after good work against the past two days. Vrabel said it was a prime example of players doing dumb stuff to hurt the team. … Derrick Henry worked in individual drills, then went to the sand pit as part of the Titans’ plan for the two-time NFL rushing leader. … Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs also left practice early with a trainer. … Titans rookie WR Treylon Burks practiced Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s session early, and he wore a sleeve on his left leg.

Steelers QB Pickett to get more snaps in 2nd preseason game

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Mike Tomlin wants to see what Kenny Pickett can do against better competition.

After an impressive NFL debut in Pittsburgh’s preseason-opening win over Seattle last week that included throwing for the clinching touchdown in the final seconds, the rookie quarterback will see the field far earlier on Saturday when the Steelers visit Jacksonville.

Tomlin said Thursday he plans to have Pickett see action in the first half against the Jaguars, a decision the longtime Steelers head coach made to get a glimpse of how Pickett handles facing more experienced players. Pickett has spent the majority of this week working with the second team, not a promotion so much as a planned experiment.

Pickett is still listed as third on the depth chart behind Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.

“We simply want to see Kenny in more varsity action,” Tomlin said. “We know more about Mason. Mitch has been around the professional game, obviously. So, this is a big week for (Pickett) in terms of maybe getting in the first half of this game and I would imagine getting the opportunity to see frontline defenders for Jacksonville.”

Pickett, the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft, completed 13 of 15 passes for 95 yards. He showed poise in the pocket, made some plays with his legs, and showed a flair for the dramatic by connecting with Tyler Vaughns for a 24-yard touchdown with 3 seconds to go to lift the Steelers to victory.

Tomlin and the rest of the coaching staff have made it a point to bring Pickett along slowly. The team signed Trubisky to a two-year deal in March and has a veteran backup in Rudolph. Pickett has spent the majority of his first few months as a pro working with the third-stringers. He’ll get to play with teammates higher on the depth chart in Jacksonville.

Both Tomlin and offensive coordinator Matt Canada have demurred when asked who will be the starter when the Steelers open the regular season in Cincinnati on Sept. 11. All signs point to Trubisky, who has taken the vast majority of snaps with the first string.

The real intrigue may be whether Pickett officially supplants Rudolph by then, a point that might be moot if a team calls inquiring about Rudolph’s availability. Tomlin praised the play of all three during the victory over the Seahawks. Each quarterback threw at least one touchdown, with Pickett accounting for two.

“I’ve really been impressed by the group, and we’ll continue to sort through it day by day,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin also downplayed any sense of discord even with Rudolph – by far the most experienced quarterback on the roster in terms of being comfortable in Canada’s system – hinting he hasn’t received as many snaps with the starters as he would prefer.

“There are no egos,” Tomlin said. “Those guys have done a heck of a job. I don’t have any negative experiences from that perspective. They’ve been encouraging one another, and they’ve been highly competitive. It’s been awesome. Obviously, you want guys that want significant reps.”

While all three quarterbacks will play against Jacksonville, other players will not. Rookie wide receiver Calvin Austin III will not play due to injury, though Tomlin didn’t rule out having second-year running back Najee Harris and wide receiver Chase Claypool receive some playing time after being limited by injuries during camp.

“Young guys play,” said Tomlin, who cautioned he wouldn’t make a firm decision on Harris or Claypool until closer to kickoff.

NOTES: The Steelers signed RB Max Borghi and waived injured RB Master Teague III.

Wilson back with Jets after surgery, eager to begin rehab

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Zach Wilson returned to the New York Jets’ facility Thursday, eager to begin rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee.

The second-year quarterback had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles to repair a torn meniscus. He also has a bone bruise in the knee and is expected to be sidelined the next few weeks as he recovers.

“Zach flew back last night and he’s here today,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He’s already walking. He’s in really good spirits. And he’s champing at the bit to get to rehab.”

The Jets haven’t ruled out the possibility Wilson could be ready to play in the regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11. But New York also will not rush back the quarterback, which means Joe Flacco could start a few games.

“It’s really going to dictate on how he feels and when he’s ready to go,” Saleh said. “We’re going to make sure we do right by him in terms of making sure that he’s 100% healthy. Whenever that is, that’s when he’ll hit the field.”

The Jets initially feared Wilson suffered a serious – and potentially season-ending – knee injury during the second offensive series of New York’s 24-21 preseason-opening win at Philadelphia last Friday. Tests indicated the ACL in the knee was intact, and an MRI the next morning revealed the bone bruise and torn meniscus.

Wilson flew to Los Angeles for the surgery, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The Jets remained cautiously optimistic but had to wait for ElAttrache to see inside the knee and discover there was no additional damage, according to a person with knowledge of the procedure. Wilson had the meniscus trimmed and didn’t need a full repair – which would have sidelined him for several weeks and possibly months.

“I’m not thinking about the team, I’m not thinking about me,” Saleh said. “It’s about him. And any player that gets hurt where you feel like there’s worry that their season might be over, I’m not in a selfish moment at that point. I don’t think anyone is. It’s all about him.

“And so when you get that news, you’re thankful and glad for him because you know that he still has a chance to accomplish all the different things that he’s been trying to accomplish since the season ended last year.”

Wilson was initially expected to be sidelined two to four weeks, and the surgery didn’t necessarily change that timeline. But he’ll miss the last two preseason games and could need some time to practice and sharpen his skills – and feel confident in his knee, the same one that sidelined him for four games last season because of a sprained PCL.

“If Zach is ready to play, he’s going to be the Week 1 starter,” Saleh said. “If he’s not, Joe will. That’s no secret.”

In the meantime, Wilson will stay on top of the playbook and game plans as much as he can until he can actually practice – and play – again.

“I mean, the show goes on, right?” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. “For him, it’s making the most of this situation. Obviously, he wants to be out on the field, but he can’t be right now. He’s got to get healthy. And we’ve been through this thing before. You know, he’s going to bust his butt in the classroom, he’s going to bust his butt in everything he’s going to do to get out there because he wants to be out there.”

NOTES: Former defensive lineman Joe Klecko, selected Wednesday as one of three senior candidate finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said he “never knew your phone could catch fire” when joking about how many texts and calls he has received the past few days. “The announcement of it from the Hall itself was, without a doubt, probably one of the most exhilarating things,” said Klecko, who watched practice Thursday from the sideline. “My wife and I were the only two people at home at the time, and my wife being a very reserved lady, I’ve never seen her jump up and down. So it was kind of cool.” Klecko, Ken Riley and Chuck Howley will get into the Hall if they are supported by at least 80% of voters next January. … CB D.J. Reed was a full participant in team drills after being sidelined several days with a hamstring injury. … LT Duane Brown did positional drills but not team drills. Saleh said that could happen this weekend when the Jets host the Atlanta Falcons for a pair of joint practices leading up to their preseason game Monday night.

Vikings bring hometown crowd to see 49ers QB Trey Lance

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The buses bound for the Twin Cities left southwestern Minnesota at 6:30 a.m. sharp, carrying the biggest Trey Lance fans that San Francisco’s young quarterback will ever meet.

Players and staff from the Marshall Tigers football team – the team Lance led as a prep star just five years ago – attended the joint 49ers-Vikings practice Thursday, with more than 100 guests from his hometown flanking the practice fields in orange and black T-shirts.

“The kids are all wearing Marshall today, but they all have their Trey Lance jerseys in their bag ready to go,” said Tigers head coach Terry Bahlmann, whose son played baseball with Lance in the backyard, the two families living a block apart.

The Vikings covered the team’s 150-mile ride from the prairie town of 13,000 people to the team’s sprawling suburban headquarters, where Lance and the 49ers worked out against the Vikings for a second straight day. The third overall selection in the 2021 draft picked up the tab for all of their meals.

Bahlmann also wanted to make sure his team didn’t skip a practice, so the Vikings helped arrange for the Tigers to use the fields at nearby Eagan High School before returning home.

Lance became a quarterback in eighth grade when the Tigers needed a backup, and that’s where this journey began in earnest.

“When Trey wants to do something, he puts his mind to it,” Bahlmann said.

After taking Marshall to the Class 4A state tournament, Lance had FBS schools considering him at safety or linebacker. Adamant about remaining a quarterback, he picked FCS power North Dakota State. Lance had only one full season as the starter there, because the pandemic wiped out the 2020 schedule, but his big arm and fast feet were too appealing for the 49ers to pass up.

Lance’s rise to second-year starter on a confident, talented 49ers team that finished a few points short of the Super Bowl last season came full circle this week with his old high school watching him throw passes across the field for his current NFL team.

“That was always the dream, but it happened fast,” Lance said.

After Jimmy Garoppolo helped guide the 49ers to the NFC championship game, where they led the Super Bowl champion Rams midway through the fourth quarter, the decision was made to move on from the nine-year veteran and turn over the offense to Lance.

In the preseason opener against Green Bay, Lance finished one of his two series with a 76-yard touchdown pass. He is not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings.

“Things have slowed down a lot, both mentally and physically,” Lance said. “I feel like I’m in a much better spot at both ends.”

The 49ers have repeatedly expressed faith in his ability to handle the job despite the little experience.

“I’ve seen him continually make strides every day,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “I’ve seen him poised in the pocket, getting through his reads, not getting chatter feet and just looking for somewhere to run. That’s all we can ask for. He’s going to continue to improve, and we’ve got a ton of confidence in the kid.”

The Vikings gave Lance and his offensive line plenty of valuable practice, particularly facing outside linebackers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith. Williams has been an offseason training partner with Hunter for several years, and the nine-time Pro Bowl pick shared with reporters an amusing perspective on their relationship.

In head-to-head matchups in 2016 and 2017 while Williams played for Washington, Hunter used some of Williams’ tips against him.

“We used to get together after a workout, and I would kind of go through what we think on this side and what he should be thinking and he gave me those same type of jewels,” Williams said with a smile. “I kind of regret doing that sometimes, but he’s a great friend of mine. He’s an outstanding player. He definitely makes us better.”

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Contreras hits 2 homers, Cubs outlast contending O’s 3-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Willson Contreras hit a pair of homers, Adrian Sampson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Thursday.

Contreras had his 10th multi-homer game, which ranks second among Cubs catchers behind Gabby Hartnett (14).

“We played against a really good team,” Contreras said. “They’re hot. They’re in the wild card. They never give up.”

Sampson (1-3) allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings, earning his first win since last Sept. 14 at Philadelphia.

“Wins will come no matter what,” Sampson said. “My job is to keep our guys in the game. Eventually, we will score some runs, which we did.”

Rafael Ortega also homered for the Cubs, who have won five of seven.

Brandon Hughes picked up his first career save by getting a double play on a soft liner by Cedric Mullins in the ninth.

The Orioles entered the day 1 1/2 games out of an AL wild-card spot. They now play a three-game series against division rival Boston, which concludes with Sunday’s Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“Tough time scoring runs the first two-thirds of the game,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “Give Sampson credit. He threw the ball well. We just didn’t take too many good at-bats into the eighth inning. I thought Watkins was really good. He gave up just that solo home run to Contreras. We had a rally there in the eighth, and runners on base there in the ninth. Just couldn’t get it done.”

Thursday’s game was a makeup of a rainout on June 8.

It was scoreless in the fifth when Baltimore’s Austin Hays hit a one-out double and Rougned Odor had an infield single. Jorge Mateo attempted a squeeze bunt, but Sampson flipped the ball with his glove to catcher Contreras, who tagged out Hays before he could score. The Orioles challenged the play but it was upheld.

“It was a great play,” Contreras said. “It takes a good decision to make that play.”

Contreras then gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the sixth with a solo shot off Spenser Watkins (4-3).

Ortega and Contreras gave the Cubs some cushion with back-to-back homers in the eighth off Joey Krehbiel.

Watkins allowed one run and five hits with no walks and two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Cubs reliever Sean Newcomb walked the first two batters in the eighth and was replaced by Erich Uelmen, who allowed an RBI single to Ryan Mountcastle that cut the lead to 3-1.

The Orioles pulled to within a run on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Santander.

Uelmen then got out of the jam. Third baseman Zach McKinstry threw out Mouncastle at home on a grounder by Ramon Urias, and Ryan McKenna struck out.

“That’s a bang-bang play,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “The throw is really important, keeping your composure really in that moment, knowing where you’re going.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: OF Michael Hermosillo (quad) is starting a rehab assignment as the designated hitter in the Arizona Complex League. … RHP Manny Rodriguez (elbow) allowed one and two hits with two strikeouts in one inning for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.

Orioles: Santander was the DH in an effort to keep him fresh and healthy.

UP NEXT??

Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.67 ERA) will start the series opener Friday against Milwaukee and LHP Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.24 ERA).

Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles (9-9, 4.48) starts the opener against the Red Sox and RHP Kutter Crawford (3-4, 4.18) on Friday.

Pujols hits grand slam, leads Wainwright, Cards over Rockies

ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

“We’re playing right now, I think the way that we were expecting ourselves to play early in the year,” Pujols said. “We didn’t, but we had some glimpses here and there. Now we’re playing the best baseball we have played all year long.”

Wainwright called Pujols “incredible.”

“He looks the same as when he left to me,” Wainwright said. “This is what he’s supposed to look like, here this stadium, doing these things.”

The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cardinals were the first team in big league history to have a player at least 40 years old hit a grand slam and another at least 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the same game. Pujols is 42, two years older than Wainwright.

The Rockies lost starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela and right fielder Charlie Blackmon in the second inning to leg injuries. Senzatela crumpled to the ground after attempting to cover first base and Blackmon was removed an inning after beating out an infield single.

Rockies manager Bud Black said Blackmon is not expected to go on the injured list, but will probably not start in the next game. He wasn’t as confident on Senzatela’s outlook. Both players will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

“Antonio is going to get a MRI in the morning,” Black said. “He definitely has a (left) knee sprain to a certain extent. How significant? We won’t know until tomorrow. Devastating, right?”

The NL Central-leading Cardinals won their fourth in a row and sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss. St. Louis has won 12 of its last 13 home games and has taken 12 straight from the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Pujols hit his 690th career home run, connecting off Austin Gomber and capping a five-run third that made it 10-0. It was Pujols’ 16th career grand slam – his first as a pinch hitter – and it moved him into a tie with Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Dave Kingman for 10th-most slams of all-time.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said went with the unconventional decision to pinch-hit Pujols in the third inning for designated hitter Brendan Donovan because he liked the matchup against Gomber.

“He’s been killing lefties,” Marmol said. “The game’s never over, but you can put the game away there with a good swing and it’s always good to get the crowd engaged. We felt good about it and he did his job.”

Pujols added an RBI single.

“I think at the end of the day, just being part of a great organization, a great group of guys that want to win, young players they’re watching, I’m blessed to be here, and just help those guys out,” Pujols said. “It’s fun, trust me.”

Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, two of them infield singles. He struck out seven, walked none and retired his final 13 batters.

“My job today it was just to not mess it up,” he said. “The offense was the story. They were incredible you know and Albert hitting the grand slam, I mean we’re just kind of like living in his shadow right, which is where we should be.”

Genesis Cabrera and Chris Stratton each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to complete the four-hitter.

Lars Nootbaar hit a two-run homer. Paul Goldschmidt added two doubles and a single.

Senzatela (3-7) struggled prior to his injury, giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in his eight road starts this season.

HOME COOKIN’

The Cardinals’ win streak over the Rockies at Busch dates to Aug. 1, 2018. It is the second-longest home winning streak against a club for the Cardinals, one shy of their 13 in a row against the Cubs from Oct. 3, 1999, to June 16, 2001.

GOLDEN GLOVES

The Cardinals did not commit an error in any of the six games during the homestand. It was their first errorless homestand of six or more games since Aug. 1-7, 2008. St. Louis went 5-1 in the games against Colorado and Milwaukee.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: C Elias Diaz (left wrist sprain) took swings Thursday and is playing catch pain free. … RHP Chad Kuhl (right hip flexor strain) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (left MCL tear) will throw off a mound this weekend. RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) is expected to throw 65-70 pitches for Double-A Springfield on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jose Urena (1-4, 4.80 ERA) will start the first of a three-game series against visiting San Francisco and RHP Logan Webb (11-5, 3.00 ERA) on Friday night. Urena is 0-3 with a 7.77 ERA over his last five starts.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (9-9, 3.44 ERA) will begin a three-game series at Arizona, which will start LHP Tommy Henry (2-1, 4.15 ERA) on Friday night. Mikolas is 1-1 with a 2.55 in four career appearances, including two starts, against the Diamondbacks.

Bregman 2 HRs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, Astros trample Chisox 21-5

CHICAGO (AP) Alex Bregman hit two homers and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs and powering the Houston Astros past the Chicago White Sox 21-5 Thursday.

Houston’s run total tied for the second most in team history – the Astros scored 23 against Baltimore in 2019.

“I don’t think I’ve been on a team that scored that many runs,” said Houston’s Dusty Baker, in his 25th season as a manager following a 19-year playing career.

“It was good to get out of here with a split. It was good the fact we came back the last two games because they were looking at a sweep,” he said.

The Astros wound up with 25 hits as Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez tied career highs with four each. Chas McCormick, who had five RBIs, and Trey Mancini homered for the AL West leaders.

White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison pitched the ninth inning and allowed four runs and six hits in his third mound appearance of the season.

“I hate that rule you can pitch a position player,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “There’s got to be a way to avoid that at some point when you get far down. I think it’s a travesty for the game. I don’t think fans enjoy it.”

“But that’s our fault. They beat us up. They deserve the credit. We take the heat,” he said.

Bregman, who had an eight-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday, scored four times. He hit a pair of two-run drives for the fifth multi-homer game of his career and his first since May 28, 2019, against the Cubs.

“I’ve really been just working hard in the cage trying to beat it into my head to stay closed with every swing I take,” Bregman said. “Today was better.”

Bregman’s big day actually didn’t start out so well. He was called out on strikes to end the first and had words with plate umpire Ramon DeJesus, who then ejected Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron.

“I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to get fined,” Bregman said.

By the end of the afternoon, Bregman was in a much better mood and signed autographs for fans after the final out.

The Astros won for the sixth time in their last eight games. They improved to 34-19 against teams with a .500 record or better.

Gavin Sheets got a career-high four hits for the White Sox, who lost for the second day in a row and split the four-game series.

“Just a brutal day,” La Russa said.

After totaling eight runs in the first three games of the series, the Astros broke loose.

Houston scored six times in the fourth inning, chasing Lucas Giolito (9-7) in taking a 10-0 lead. Bregman homered off reliever Vince Velasquez to cap the burst and and homered again in the sixth.

“We made a statement,” McCormick said. “We have a good offense. They’re a good team. We were a little upset they beat us the first two times.”

Giolito lasted three-plus innings, matching his shortest start of the season against Cleveland on July 22, when he allowed six runs on nine hits.

Giolito has allowed 15 runs on 15 hits in two starts against the Astros this season.

Luis Garcia (10-8) blanked Chicago for the first four innings, but was pulled after needing 97 pitches to complete five innings. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer in the fifth.

The Astros were in position to score even more. White Sox center fielder AJ Pollock robbed Jose Altuve of extra bases with a catch near the top of the fence in the sixth.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox: Are expected to announce the signing of veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus prior to Friday night’s game at Cleveland. Andrus, 33, would provide experience at shortstop in the wake of a finger injury suffered by two-time All-Star Tim Anderson, who isn’t expected to return until late September at the earliest. Andrus is a two-time All-Star and lifetime .270 hitter who was waived by the Athletics after batting .237 in 106 games. LHP Yoan Aybar was outrighted, presumably to make room for Andrus on the 40-man roster.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: INF/OF Aledmys Diaz (left groin discomfort) returned to Houston to undergo further tests. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday after injuring his leg in left field Tuesday.

White Sox: OF Luis Robert (left wrist) missed his sixth consecutive start, and La Russa believes the ailment is actually a bruise instead of a sprain, which was the original diagnosis. Robert pinch-ran Wednesday and La Russa ruled out an IL stint and said he remains day-to-day. “We can’t shame him into playing because that would be the wrong thing,” La Russa said. . LHP Aaron Bummer (left lat strain) said he felt fine after throwing 26 pitches in his second bullpen session. Bummer plans to throw one more bullpen session, followed by at least one simulated game before heading to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment. “We’re definitely on the right track,” Bummer said.

UP NEXT

Astros: Will start RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 0.00) at Atlanta on Friday night in a 2021 World Series rematch. McCullers threw six shutout innings Saturday in a win over the Athletics in his season debut after rehabbing from a right flexor tendon strain.

White Sox: Will start RHP Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.62) Friday night at Cleveland. He allowed two runs in six innings Sunday in a win over the Tigers.

McCutchen has 19th career multi-HR game in Brewers’ 5-3 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) If Andrew McCutchen gets back to hitting left-handers as effectively as he has for much of his career, it could go a long way toward helping the Milwaukee Brewers to a fifth straight playoff berth.

McCutchen homered twice Thursday and Hunter Renfroe also went deep off left-hander Andrew Heaney in Milwaukee’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3, splitting the four-game series.

“We got a really good day from our guys that have hit left-handed pitching really well, and that’s Hunter and Cutch,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Big hits from them with men on base. Cutch had a huge day, a really impactful day.”

McCutchen entered Thursday batting .302 for his career with a .396 on-base percentage and .940 OPS against left-handers. This season’s been a little different: .241 against left-handers and .257 against right-handers.

It isn’t just McCutchen, the Brewers altogether are struggling against lefties. The team entered Thursday ranked 25th out of 30 major-league teams in OPS against left-handers, and their .218 batting average against lefties ranked second-to-last ahead of only Miami.

“It was just good to have a couple of good at-bats,” McCutchen said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s right or left. We’re going to face both of them.”

McCutchen had three RBIs for his 19th career multi-homer game and first since June 1, 2021, when he also hit a pair for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 17-3 blowout of the Cincinnati Reds. His homers on Thursday were a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the third.

Renfroe, who went 3 for 3, added a two-run homer in the fifth to help the Brewers build a 5-0 lead.

“Stuff happens and you’ve just got to make pitches,” Heaney said. “Just like with anything, it doesn’t really change with how I approach anything. I just need to lock in and need to make a little bit better pitch there.”

Heaney (1-1) struck out 10 but allowed five runs, five hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.

Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (9-5) held the Dodgers scoreless for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner ended up striking out six and allowing three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Devin Williams struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save in as many opportunities.

The Dodgers got back in the game by scoring three runs in the sixth inning.

Brewers center fielder Tyrone Taylor, who reached over the fence to catch a drive from Tampa Bay’s David Peralta on Aug. 9, nearly robbed an opposing player again on a two-out shot from Gavin Lux. The ball was initially in Taylor’s glove but fell out and bounced back into play after he reached his arm over the center-field wall.

“I thought it was a heck of an effort,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s probably one of the better non-catches you’ll ever see.”

Lux’s two-run triple cut Milwaukee’s lead to 5-3 and took Burnes out of the game. Brad Boxberger replaced Burnes and walked Joey Gallo to put runners on the corners before striking out Chris Taylor to end the threat.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Roberts is hopeful that RHP Brusdar Graterol will be available for this weekend’s series with the Miami Marlins. Graterol hasn’t pitched since July 10 due to a shoulder injury but has been on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

BREWERS’ MOVE

The Brewers reinstated RHP J.C. Mejia and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. Mejia has served his 80-game suspension after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

C Jakson Reetz was designated for assignment.

NEXT UP

Dodgers: Return home to face the Marlins. LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.81) pitches for the Dodgers and LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-5, 3.72) starts for the Marlins on Friday.

Brewers: Head to Chicago to begin a three-game series with the Cubs. Scheduled starters Friday are LHP Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.24) for the Brewers and RHP Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.67) for the Cubs.

Gallen extends scoreless streak, D-backs blank Giants 5-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Zac Gallen struck out a career-high 12 in 7 1/3 innings, extending his shutout streak and pitching the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Thursday.

Gallen (9-2) limited the Giants to four hits and has now thrown 21 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. The right-hander has won five straight decisions since his last loss on June 10 at Philadelphia.

Daulton Varsho, Josh Rojas, Sergio Alcantara, Jake McCarthy and Carson Kelly drove in runs for the D-backs, who chased Logan Webb (11-6) early and earned a split of the four-game series.

Webb gave up five runs, three of them earned, on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Varsho singled home Alcantara to start the scoring in the third. Rojas added an RBI double later in the inning.

Alcantara’s RBI groundout in the fourth made it 3-0. McCarthy and Kelly singled home runs in the fifth.

San Francisco’s best chance to score came in the seventh when Joc Pederson singled and Evan Longoria doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs. But Brandon Belt struck out on a failed two-strike bunt attempt, ending the inning and drawing boos from the frustrated Oracle Park crowd.

The Giants have lost two in a row following a five-game winning streak.

FINALLY CAUGHT

Rojas was picked off first base by left-hander Thomas Szapucki in the seventh inning. It was recorded as a caught stealing, ending Rojas’ run of 17 consecutive successful stolen bases this year, matching Tim Locastro for the longest streak to start a season in Diamondbacks history.

MISSING THE K

Thursday marked Webb’s first career start without at least one strikeout. The only other appearance where he failed to record a strikeout came in relief on Sept. 27, 2020, against the San Diego Padres when he got just one out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 2B Ketel Marte remained out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game with tightness in his left hamstring. He was used as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday, grounding out sharply to shortstop in the seventh inning.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Rookie LHP Tommy Henry (2-1, 4.15 ERA) makes his fourth career start as Arizona returns home for a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Giants: LHP Alex Wood (8-9, 4.18) opens a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.

Lowe’s 3-run homer helps Rangers over Athletics 10-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Nathaniel Lowe hit a three-run home run, Jonah Heim drove in two runs against his former team and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Thursday.

Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning (3-6) earned his second consecutive win after going three months without a victory.

Texas completed a 4-3 homestand by splitting four games with the last-place A’s and clinched its first season series over Oakland since 2016 – their most recent winning season. All four games were played after manager Chris Woodward was fired Monday and replaced on an interim basis by coach Tony Beasley. Jon Daniels, the team’s president of baseball operations, was relieved of his duties Wednesday.

“Everybody’s in a spot where there’s so much going on,” said Lowe, who’s hitting .371 this month. “To be able to kind of clear it out and have a good flight, get on the road, have a long series (four games at Minnesota) where we can hopefully get out some more Ws is going to be good for the team.”

Lowe blasted a 2-1 curveball into the right-field seats in the fifth inning, one inning after taking a pitch to his upper back. He has 17 homers this season, one short of the career high he set last year.

Adolis Garcia hit a single leading off the second inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. It’s the longest active streak in the majors and Texas’ longest since Elvis Andrus’ 19-game streak in 2018. Heim’s triple brought Garcia home.

Dunning (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Before his Aug. 6 win over the Chicago White Sox, he set a franchise record by going 15 starts without a win.

A day after Mark Mathias made his Rangers debut, he hit a solo home run in the second inning in his first start. He was acquired from Milwaukee on Aug. 1 for reliever Matt Bush.

Oakland rookie lefthander Zach Logue (3-7) allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, and gave up six hits, including both homers.

“Just kind of erratic,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said of his starter. “Not real great command. There wasn’t a ton of swing-and-miss today. Ultimately, the two home runs got him.”

Sheldon Neuse, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, hit a two-run homer in the fourth for the Athletics’ first two runs.

SHORT HOPS

Athletics C Shea Langeliers, who was promoted Tuesday from Las Vegas, played his first game in the field following two games at DH. Langeliers threw out Marcus Semien trying to steal second in the first inning. Langeliers had three assists in the first three innings. . Rangers LHP Matt Moore returned after going on the paternity list on Sunday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. . Texas optioned LHP John King to Triple-A Round Rock.

WOODWARD STATEMENT

The former Texas manager provided his first public comments Thursday through a team news release.

“Through a pandemic, the heartbreaking tribulations of social injustice and against the backdrop of an aggressive rebuild, I continue to feel proud of the processes we initiated and the changes we were able to implement with the time we were given,” he said.

TRADING PLACES

Heim was acquired in February 2021 in the trade that included veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was released by Oakland on Wednesday. Heim hit his first career triple in the second inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: An MRI showed OF Ramon Laureano, who was removed from Sunday’s game, has a Grade 1 left oblique strain. Kotsay said the next step will be working on pain tolerance.

Rangers: RHP Dennis Santana (ankle sprain) was sent to Round Rock to start a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Cole Irvin (6-10, 3.13 ERA) will open a three-game home series on Friday night against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales (7-12, 4.18). Irvin is 0-3 this month and 0-5 in his career against the Mariners.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (9-3, 2.79) will face Minnesota RHP Dylan Bundy (6-5, 4.76) on Friday night as Texas begins a six-game road trip.

NHL

Nazem Kadri signs 7-year, $49M deal with Calgary Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Nazem Kadri is going to the Calgary Flames, leaving the Colorado Avalanche after helping them win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

Calgary announced a $49 million, seven-year contract Thursday, meaning Kadri will count $7 million against the salary cap through 2029. The move came shortly after the Flames traded forward Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to free up space under the salary cap.

Landing Kadri is the second big deal Calgary has made this offseason, coming about a month after the team acquired Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar and a conditional first-round pick in a trade that sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida.

“Nazem is a highly competitive top six player who makes our center ice position deep,” general manager Brad Treliving said. “He brings a high skill level and determination to our group combined with his recent experience of a Stanley Cup championship.”

The Pacific Division-winning Flames have had to restock their lineup after also losing Johnny Gaudreau in free agency this offseason.

Kadri, who turns 32 before opening night, had arguably his best NHL season in his third year with Colorado. He set career highs with 59 assists and 87 points in 71 games, and that success continued into the playoffs.

The gritty center from London, Ontario, had seven goals and eight assists during the Avalanche’s Cup run, sandwiched around a broken thumb he played through in the final against Tampa Bay.

“This is an exciting day for my family,” Kadri said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join such a passionate fan base and organization. I’ve always loved the city of Calgary and I look forward to giving everything I have to this team.”

Kadri was considered the second-best NHL free agent available after Gaudreau, who signed for $68.25 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Avalanche prioritized bringing back high-scoring winger Valeri Nichushkin, who re-signed for $49 million over eight years, and big defenseman Josh Manson, who got a four-year deal worth $18 million. General manager Chris MacFarland told agent Darren Ferris to keep him in the loop but seemed willing to let Kadri go if he got a better offer elsewhere.

It took him significant time for Kadri to find a destination after the market opened on July 13, which is unusual for top free agents in hockey.

Drafted ninth by Toronto in 2009, Kadri has 556 points in 791 NHL regular-season and playoff games with the Maple Leafs and Avalanche.

Monahan heads to Montreal after spending his first nine seasons with the Flames, during which he has 212 goals and 462 points in 656 games. The 27-year-old has one year left on his contract and represents a $6.375 million cap hit.

Nashville to host 2023 NHL Draft, Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NHL will be holding its awards and draft in Music City in June 2023, the first time the league has held both in the same city since 2006.

“We are thrilled to bring two of our marquee events — the 2023 NHL awards and the 2023 NHL draft — to Nashville, a special city that certainly knows how to throw a great party,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a news release Thursday.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the first time Nashville hosted the NHL draft. Nashville and the Predators also hosted the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, the 2017 Stanley Cup Final and an outdoor game in February at Nissan Stadium.

“The city, the Predators organization and the country music community have overwhelmed the NHL with their welcome and support every time Nashville has hosted a league event,” Bettman said. “We cannot wait to return next June to celebrate the stars of our game and introduce the next generation of NHL players.”

Vancouver hosted both events in 2006. The 2023 NHL awards will be held June 26 for the first time in Nashville. The NHL will hand out its regular-season awards that night, then hold the draft at Bridgestone Arena on June 28 and 29 hosted by the Predators.

“It’s been more than 15 years since these two events were hosted in the same city in the same year,” said Sean Henry, president and CEO of the Predators. “Next June, we are penciling that week with SMASHVILLE as the center of the hockey world. It will let hockey fans worldwide celebrate the best in our game and welcome its future stars right here in the heart of Music City.”

Price unlikely to play 2022-23 season due to knee injury

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said Carey Price is unlikely to suit up during the 2022-23 season as the veteran netminder copes with longstanding knee injuries, according to The Athletic’s Arpon Basu.

Hughes added there’s a slim chance Price will be able to play again without undergoing another knee operation. The Canadiens will place Price on long-term injured reserve and expect an update after his training camp physical.

The 35-year-old underwent knee surgery in the summer of 2021 after carrying the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final. While rehabbing the injury for several months, he also entered the NHL’s player assistance program before the 2021-22 campaign.

Price appeared in five games in the latter stages of this past season – his 15th with the Canadiens – and in April said he doesn’t believe his injured knee would allow him to handle a full campaign’s workload in the future. He also acknowledged he may have played his last NHL game.

Placing Price and his $10.5-million cap hit on LTIR will give Montreal space to put Sean Monahan’s $6.375 million on its books. The Canadiens traded for the veteran center along with a conditional first-round pick on Thursday.

Price is under contract until after the 2025-26 season. He inked an eight-year, $84-million extension in 2017 to become the NHL’s highest-paid goaltender. At the time of signing, Price owned a career .920 save percentage across 500 starts along with a Hart Trophy, a Vezina Trophy, and an Olympic gold medal.

Since then, Price has battled injuries and posted a .908 clip in 203 appearances. He’s saved his best for the playoffs in recent years, registering a .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 32 combined postseason games in 2020 and 2021.

HORSE RACING

Preakness-winning trainer charged in domestic violence case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A prominent New York-based horse trainer whose Early Voting won this year’s Preakness Stakes is facing a domestic violence charge for allegedly pushing a woman down a flight of stairs and trying to choke her, authorities said Thursday.

Chad Brown, 43, was arraigned Thursday morning in Saratoga Springs on a charge of obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor.

Police received a complaint at around 11 p.m. Wednesday from a caller who said “they were in an altercation with Mr. Brown,” Saratoga Springs Police Sergeant Paul Veitch said. Brown was arrested and spent the night in a police holding area pending arraignment.

Assistant District Attorney Kayla Potter told the judge that Brown pushed the woman down the stairs, pinned her to the floor and tried to choke her before throwing her out of the house.

Brown pleaded not guilty and was released on $2,500 bond, Veitch said. A message seeking comment was left with Brown’s attorney.

Brown is well known in the horse racing community. He owns a horse racing company called Chad C. Brown Inc., and his horses won the Preakness in 2017 and 2022. He is also a four-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s best trainer.

Brown has had troubles with the law in recent years. In 2019, Brown was ordered to pay more than $1.6 million after the U.S. Department of Labor found he failed to pay his company staff overtime wages.

In an email Thursday, the New York Racing Association said it was aware of the charges and deferred comment to police in Saratoga Springs. The not-for-profit entity is authorized by the state to operate thoroughbred racing and wagering at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks.

NASCAR

Kurt Busch to miss final 2 races of NASCAR’s regular season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch will miss the final two races of NASCAR’s Cup regular season, the driver of the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing announced Thursday on social media.

“As much as I want to be back in the car, the time is still not right,” Busch said on Twitter. ”This decision was not an easy one, but the right one.”

The former Cup champion was injured in a crash during the final round of qualifying at Pocono in late July and has missed four races suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Ty Gibbs has been filling in for Busch and will continue to do so at Watkins Glen on Sunday and in the regular-season finale at Daytona the following week.

Busch said he hoped to be cleared to compete when the playoffs begin in September at Darlington.

“I need to be racing at 100%. I owe that to everyone at 23XI, all of our partners, my fellow competitors, and the fans,” Busch said. “It’s my goal to be back … to start the playoffs.”

Busch is one of 15 drivers with a victory this season, winning at Kansas Speedway in May. NASCAR has granted him a medical waiver that will allow him to qualify for the playoffs despite missing so many races.

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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

HAGERSTOWN WINS OPENER AT LLWS

An error by Iowa in the bottom of the sixth inning helped Hagerstown win their opening game of the Little League World Series 8-7.

Jaykob Troutwine hit a ground ball to the Iowa shortstop, who stepped on second but then overthrew the first baseman and Preston Allred scored the winning run.

Hagerstown will next play Monday afternoon.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

Indians Shut Out by I-Cubs, 3-0

INDIANAPOLIS – Carter Bins collected two of the Indianapolis Indians’ six hits as the Iowa Cubs pitched a shutout on Thursday night, 3-0.

Iowa (52-62) opened the scoring in the third inning when third basemen David Bote lined an RBI single into left field. A fourth inning, two-run homer by John Hicks off of Jerad Eickhoff (L, 5-5) added insurance and capped the scoring to give Iowa a 3-0 advantage.

Indians (55-57) relievers combined to throw 4.0 scoreless frames and six strikeouts without issuing a walk. Southpaw Cam Alldred threw 2.0 scoreless frames and recorded four strikeouts to highlight the relief efforts.

RHP Javier Assad (W, 1-2) silenced the Indy offense with 6.0 scoreless innings and six punchouts. Jeremiah Estrada (S, 1) earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth to end the Indians rally hopes.

Cal Mitchell went 0-for-4, snapping his career-high 13-game hitting streak. Ji-Hwan Bae was 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Indians lineup.

The Indians will be back-in-action tomorrow night at Victory Field with a 7:05 first pitch. RHP Mike Burrows (1-3, 4.93) will toe the rubber for the Indians and the I-Cubs will counter with RHP Hayden Wesneski (6-9, 4.44).

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

Indy Eleven Makes Six Roster Transactions

Indy Eleven today finalized six roster transactions, with a quintet involving USL Academy players that included the signing of goalkeeper Hayden Vostal. The signing, pending league and federation approval, means Vostal could join the Indy Eleven first team roster as early as this Saturday, when Indiana’s Team travels west to take on FC Tulsa.

Vostal’s signing with Indy Eleven comes on the heels of his joining the Indiana Fire Pro Academy program, where he’ll be eligible to suit for the Eleven’s USL Academy (U19) League side as their successful second season in East Central Conference play continues. The 6’3” netminder from Geneva, Ill., was one of just two sophomores named to the 125-player United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region Team following his standout season at Geneva High School last fall, when he also earned IHSCAA All-State honors for his efforts. The Class of 2024 product previously played club soccer for Campton United SC (St. Charles, Ill.) and has also trained with the Houston Dynamo Academy during previous summers.

“I would like to thank both my [Indiana Fire Academy] coaches, Kiki Wallace and Bobby Edwards, for the opportunity to come join the academy and prepare me for the time with Indy Eleven,” said Vostal. “I am extremely excited to join the squad and cannot wait to learn and grow from the team.”

Since the start of the 2019 season, Indy Eleven has now signed 17 players to USL Academy contracts, continuing the club’s standing as one of the premier player development destinations in the USL Championship. In joining Indy Eleven as a USL Academy contract signing, Vostal will retain his NCAA eligibility.

As Vostal joins the ranks of the first team, four other USL Academy players have been released from their contracts – Palmer Ault (Noblesville, Ind.), Aiden Benitez (Westfield, Ind.), Alex Svetanoff (Crown Point, Ind.), and Bryce Warhaft (Weston, Fla.). Svetanoff was the longest-tenured of the group after signing in the summer of 2020, while Benitez joined last summer, and Ault and Warhaft inked their contracts during the team’s 2022 preseason. The Butler University-bound Ault was the only member of the outgoing quartet to see first team action, with his three substitute appearances across the first half of the regular season totaling six minutes.

Indy Eleven also announced it has acquired defender Jesus Vazquez via transfer from fellow USL Championship club Rio Grande Valley FC and signed the center back to a new contract. The transaction followed the cancellation of the prior loan agreement between the clubs that had initially brought Vazquez to the Circle City on July 25. Since joining the squad, Vazquez has played every minute of the three matches he has been eligible for, starting with his debut on July 30 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Indy Eleven will take to the road once again this Saturday, August 20, with a pivotal meeting for postseason hopes at FC Tulsa (8:30 p.m., live on ESPN+), Indiana’s Team will return home next week with two games against top of the table sides in four days’ time on Aug. 27 against Louisville City FC (7:00 p.m.) and Aug. 31 versus San Antonio FC (7:00 p.m.). Tickets for those matches – and all future contests at Carroll Stadium – can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets, and fans can learn more about promotional themes for the evenings at indyeleven.com/promotions.

INDIANA ATHLETICS

Hoosiers, Mountaineers Draw on Opening Night

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (0-0-1) played to a scoreless draw at West Virginia (0-0-1) in the first ever meeting between the two sides at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Thursday night.

KEY MOMENTS

• West Virginia provided the first solid chance on frame with a free kick in the 19th minute of play. WVU’s fifth-year senior Jordan Brewster cracked in a crosser that connected with senior Julianne Vallerand, who redirected a header on goal. Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg was up to the task to make the save.

• A mishandle in the defensive box nearly led to an easy tally for the home squad, but Gerstenberg regained her composure to keep the Mountaineers off the scoreboard.

• A tough turnover in the back third almost led to a WVU goal in the 75th minute, but Gerstenberg bailed out the defense with a save on a two-on-one break. The ensuing counter saw senior forward Paige Webber leak behind the Mountaineer defense, but she was dispossessed inside the 18-yard box.

NOTABLES

• Gerstenberg closed out the 10th shutout of her collegiate career with four saves. She ranks seventh in program history in solo shutouts. Indiana has surrendered one or fewer goals in 16-of-17 starts made by Gerstenberg.

• Indiana holds a mark of 17-9-4 in season openers.

• The Hoosiers are unbeaten in seven matchups against current Big XII teams (4-0-3).

• The match marked the first career starts for freshman Jaelyn Pallas, freshman Arianna Rose, freshman Izzy Smith and sophomore Zoe Tiger.

• Along with Pallas, Rose and Smith, freshman Natasha Kim, freshman Olivia Rush, freshman Sarah Sirdah and freshman Abbey Iler made their collegiate debuts in the match. Indiana played seven true freshmen in the match.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: None.

ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will conclude a mini two-match road swing against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday. First kick is slated for noon on the ACC Network.

Nofoagatoto’a Selected for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior defensive tackle Sio Nofoagatoto’a was selected as part of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award preseason watch list, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday (August 18).

The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity. The Watch List is composed of 85 players from 43 different FBS schools.

A Ili’ili, American Samoa, native, Nofoagatoto’a appeared in all 12 games last season and was a constant in the defensive line rotation. He amassed 13 tackles, with at least one in each of his final five games. He logged a career-high-tying four tackles against Rutgers and added his lone tackle-for-loss at Penn State.

He appeared in all eight games with two starts in 2020 and posted 12 tackles, one for loss, with one pass breakup to help the Hoosiers reach the Outback Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder played in 10 games as a true freshman and collected nine stops.

Nofoagatoto’a was born in New Zealand and lived there until 2008, when he moved to American Samoa. He moved to Australia in 2015 and played two seasons at Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International before his arrival in Bloomington.

The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2022 season progresses. The finalists and winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee which includes former NFL player, inaugural inductee and chairman Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, coaches Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil, former NFL player and inaugural inductee Olin Kreutz, inaugural inductee and past NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, former NFL player and Class of 2015 inductee Ray Schoenke, ESPN sportscaster Neil Everett, and NFL Network commentator Steve Wyche.

Five finalists for the 2022 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award will be unveiled on December 1 and the winner will be announced on December 15. The presentation of the award will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Celebration Dinner January 21, 2023, at the Sheraton Waikiki, and they will also be recognized during the Polynesian Bowl on January 20, 2023.

Indiana Football 2022 Preseason Watch Lists

AFCA Good Works Team – Jack Tuttle

Doak Walker Award – Shawn Shivers

Wuerffel Trophy – Jack Tuttle

Paul Hornung Award – D.J. Matthews Jr.

Bednarik Award – Tiawan Mullen

Patrick Mannelly Award – Sean Wracher

Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award – Sio Nofoagatoto’a

Lazor, Looze Ready for Weekend at Duel in the Pool

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana swimming and diving senior Mackenzie Looze and Indiana Swim Club’s Annie Lazor are set to compete in the Duel in the Pool this weekend in Sydney, Australia.

The three-day event, beginning Friday (Aug. 19) and running through Sunday (Aug. 21) features top swimming talent from the United States and Australia in a head-to-head competition. The event can be streamed live on www.usaswimming.org/watch each of the final two days beginning at 5 a.m. ET, coinciding with the beginning of pool events.

Looze is coming off a fantastic meet at the Phillips 66 National Championships where she won the 200-meter breaststroke national title to help Indiana Swim Club lead the field in both the women’s and combined scoring. In her title event, Looze swam over two seconds better than her previous standard, going 2:25.35. Looze also finished sixth in the 100 breast (1:08.61), ninth in the 200 IM (2:13.41), 11th in the 400 IM (4:43.88) and 21st in the 200 fly (2:13.90).

Lazor competed for Team USA earlier this summer at the 2022 FINA World Championships, where she finished 13th in the 50-meter breaststroke (30.89). At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Lazor earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter event.

Looze had strong performances in the world championships qualifying event, the Phillips 66 International Team Trials, in April. She reached the A final in all four events she swam and earned top-five finishes in the 200 IM (2:13.28) and 400 IM (4:44.95). A five-time All-American, Looze has qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of her four seasons at IU.

PURDUE ATHLETICS

Boilermakers Upend No. 15 USC on Opening Night

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team opened the 2022 season with a statement win over No. 15 USC, 3-0 in front of a record crowd at Folk Field on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (1-0-0) earned their highest-ranked home win since 2006 in front of 3,296 fans, the largest home crowd in program history by more than 1,000.

In a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a year ago, Purdue took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by freshman forward Naomi Splittorff. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway added two goals in the second half to seal the top-15 victory while freshman forward Kayla Budish registered two assists. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile, making her first collegiate start, had six saves to earn her first career shutout.

The second Boiler Gold Rush season-opening kickoff game shattered the team attendance record, as 3,296 fans streamed through the Folk Field gates and were encircling the pitch more than 30 minutes before kickoff. The crowd easily topped the previous record of 2,125, set last season, and almost doubles what is now No. 3 on the list, 1,712 set in 2016.

“The crowd tonight was absolutely electric,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “To break the attendance record by over 1,000 is something that even we didn’t expect it to be quite like that. But, just having the Boilermaker supporters behind us obviously helped us go that extra mile. You’ll never forget nights like tonight, no matter what the result, the environment makes it a night that you’ll never forget. But, to get a result like that, it takes it to another level. So, it was incredible. The noise and the fans when the goals were scored, people going crazy, it was a special night.”

The Boilermakers, who entered the year receiving votes in the national coaches poll for the first time since 2010 and just the sixth time in program history, played a top-25 opponent on opening night for the second time ever. The result in 2002 was similar, a 1-0 victory against No. 16 Saint Mary’s in California. Thursday night’s win also was the team’s highest-ranked home triumph since a 2-0 result against No. 12 Utah in 2006.

Thursday against the Trojans (0-1-0), Purdue had 11 shots, seven in the second half, while USC had 17 shots, 11 in the opening 45 minutes. The Boilermakers held a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. As Kile made six saves, the Trojan keeper had four.

Splittorff provided a spark off the bench to score her first goal in her first collegiate appearance. She entered the game in the 34th minute and scored 10 minutes later in the 44th. Budish and sophomore midfielder Abigail Roy earned assists on the eventual game-winning goal.

The play began when Splittorff sent a quick pass back to Roy, who then delivered a perfectly-placed ball towards the top of the 18-yard box to Budish. The ball bounced off of Budish’s boot to her right, directly to Splittorff who fired a shot on target. Splittorff beat a leaping USC keeper with the goal into the upper-left corner of the net at 43:08.

That sent the Folk Field crowd into a frenzy, as the Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

“For their college debut, you can’t ask for much more, just playing in front of 3,200 people as your first collegiate game,” Roff said of Budish and Splittorff’s performances. “There’s got to be some nerves there, and for them to come through, be dangerous and create against some very talented backs from USC, and to create dangerous opportunities and actually put some in the net. I am just so impressed with their composure and their quality, but they showed what they can do and it’s just a fantastic start for them. I am really excited.”

Dunaway’s two second-half goals provided the insurance, and comes after she scored one goal all year as a freshman in 2021.

Her first goal came at 58:57 and was assisted by Budish and junior midfielder Emily Mathews. On the near sideline, Mathews sprinted past a USC defender and dribbled to the corner of the 18-yard box. She centered the ball to Budish at the top of the box, who two-touched it and sent a short pass to a wide open Dunaway. From 10 yards out on the right side, Dunaway sent a strike to the far post that sailed into the top-left corner of the goal.

Dunaway made it 3-0 at 70:02, with senior midfielder Sydney Duarte and senior defender Chloe Woodbeck earning the assists. Woodbeck ran down a ball that trickled into the far corner and sent it back towards the top of the six-yard box. With a USC defender on her back and about to push her down, Duarte headed it towards goal. The ball deflected off another Trojan defender for Dunaway, who slid and poked it in from within three yards of the goal line.

“That next goal is massive,” Roff said of Dunaway’s first goal. “Either they go and tie it up or we go up 2-0, and that just set our confidence. We knew we could play with them after the first half, but to score that second one kind of brought the house down. I thought the crowd was just going crazy. Our bench was really excited. And that gave us that boost to say, ‘yeah, we really can do this. Let’s just keep going.’ And then of course the third one was huge as well. But that second goal, that’s massive.”

As the Boilermakers found the back of net three times, Kile wowed the massive crowd just as much, with six saves that each seemed bigger than the last. Her first stop came just five minutes into the match, and the sophomore saved another in the 22nd minute. A 33rd-minute save by Kile was her last before Splittorff’s goal.

Kile made two huge saves in the 58th and 59th minutes, the second of which came less than 30 seconds before Dunaway made it 2-0. Those two saves preserved the shutout and allowed Purdue to extend its advantage. Kile’s final stop was in the 80th minute.

“Sara was phenomenal,” Roff said. “She was great. She’s a tremendous athlete, and she’s really good with her feet, which allows us to play out of the back and do some things that we like to do. But she was up to the task and got a couple of big-time saves. She is so quick off her line, which is important because they had some players that have a lot of pace. So she came out a couple times and just took care of things before they got too dangerous. But for her first official start, she was just tremendous, and that’s such an important position. I am really happy for her, she’s put in a lot of work, and to get a clean sheet on opening night, it’s an impressive performance by her.”

Up next, the opening weekend concludes when Purdue hosts Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m. ET. Admission at Folk Field is free for all fans during the regular season in 2022.

Bradley Unveils Elite 2022-23 Men’s Golf Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Coming off an outstanding 2022 season, Purdue men’s golf head coach Rob Bradley has released the 2022-23 schedule that features nine tournaments and a dual match with Wisconsin.

Purdue finished last year ranked in the nation’s top 30 all year long, culminating in the Boilermakers’ seventh NCAA Regionals appearance in eight seasons.

The Boilermakers will open the fall season Sept. 11, at the Badger Invitational at University Ridge GC in Madison, Wisconsin. Two weeks later, it heads to newly-renovated Inverness CC in Toledo, Ohio, for the Inverness Intercollegiate.

On Oct. 2 and 3, the Boilermakers head back to Wisconsin for the Marquette Intercollegiate at the Milwaukee Country Club. Previously played at Erin Hills, this marks Purdue’s first appearance at the Milwaukee CC.

The following weekend, Purdue will host the Purdue Fall Invitational at the Kampen Course on Oct. 10 and 11.

Purdue closes out the fall season Oct. 23 to 25, at the Isleworth Collegiate at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Isleworth, Florida.

Opening the spring season Feb. 3, the Boilermakers will face Wisconsin in a dual meet at a site to be determined in Florida.

The next weekend, Purdue hosts the Puerto Rico Classic at the Grand Reserve Golf Club in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.

After a six-week break, Purdue will head to the South Carolina low-country for the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, South Carolina, on March 26 to 28.

A week later, Purdue heads to Calusa Pines Country Club in Naples, Florida, for the prestigious Calusa Cup – a tournament that typically features the elite teams in America.

For the final tournament of the regular season, Purdue will return home on April 15 and 16 for the Boilermaker Invitational at Ackerman-Allen Golf Course.

This year’s Big Ten Championships will be held at Galloway National Golf Course in New Jersey on April 28 to 30, with NCAA Regionals being held May 15-17, 2023, at six pre-selected regional sites.

Bradley welcomes back three regulars from last year’s lineup and several more that saw action during the 2021-22 season.

BUTLER ATHLETICS

Butler WSoccer Opens Season with Victory Over Western Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team opened the 2022 campaign with a 5-0 win over visiting Western Michigan. The Bulldogs (1-0) scored three goals in the first half and added two more in the second, limiting the Broncos (0-1) to only three shots. Five different players scored for Butler.

Key Moments

4′ | Amelie Darey plays forward to Talia Sommer who finds Katie Soderstrom at the top of the box. Soderstrom makes one move and finishes to give Butler an early lead.

19′ | Soderstrom takes a corner kick from the right side and finds Claire Farrington at the near post. Farrington’s header goes directly into the back of the net, putting the Bulldogs up, 2-0.

45′ | A long free kick from Alana Wood, late in the first period, is sent toward the right-side corner. Sara Trandji collects the ball quickly and sends a 25-yard shot into the upper left corner of the net, just one second before the horn. Butler goes into the break up 3-0.

HALFTIME

67′ | Aliya Diagne makes a short pass out into the left corner, and a one-touch pass from Gretchen Skoglund sends the ball back into the middle. Arianna Jalics one-times it low and under the keeper for a 4-0 lead.

74′ | A low cross from Wood finds Alli Leonard at the top of the box, and she sends a straight-on shot directly into the net for the final, 5-0, margin.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom, Claire Farrington, Sara Trandji, Arianna Jalics, Alli Leonard

ASSISTS: Alana Wood (2), Talia Sommer, Amelie Darey, Katie Soderstrom, Gretchen Skoglund, Aliya Diagne

Bulldog Bits

Katie Soderstrom’s goal was the 29th of her career, while Alli Leonard’s was her tenth.

Sara Trandji and Arianna Jalics each scored the first goal of their careers, while Claire Farrington scored her second.

Alana Wood’s assists were the second and third of her career.

Talia Sommer and Amelie Darey each produced an assist to notch their first points in a Bulldog uniform.

Katie Soderstrom’s assist was the 25th of her career and moves her into a tie for third on Butler’s all-time list.

Gretchen Skoglund’s assist was the sixth of her career, while Aliya Diagne’s was her third.

Anna Pierce (1-0) earned her first victory in goal as a Bulldog and shared the shutout with Emma Martin.

Hermann Trophy Watch List Includes Butler WSoccer’s Soderstrom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches announced the 61 NCAA Women’s Division I college soccer players named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List on Thursday. Included on the list is Butler fifth-year student-athlete Katie Soderstrom.

The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the nation’s highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year as determined by the voting of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches.

Soderstrom, from Carmel, Ind., is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree who started all 21 matches for Butler in 2021, leading the team with 32 offensive points. She scored 12 goals and was credited with eight assists in a 15-win season that concluded with a trip to the NCAA Tournament. She was second in the BIG EAST in goals, points, and shots per game and, additionally, earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for the third consecutive season.

Fifteen women’s players become Hermann Trophy semifinalists on Nov. 30 following completion of Division I All-America voting following the fall season. Then on Dec. 7, the top three players from a final round of voting are the 2022 finalists. The 2022 winner is revealed on Jan. 6, 2023, at a ceremony at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo.

BALL STATE ATHLETICS

Jenness and Isaacson Help USA Men’s Volleyball Win Bronze At Pan Am Cup

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Ball State men’s volleyball senior Kaleb Jenness along with his former teammate and alumnus Quinn Isaacson recently helped the USA Men’s Volleyball team earn the bronze medal at the Pan Am Cup on Sunday in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

“It’s a great honor to represent our country and specially to medal at an event. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for us,” said Isaacson.

The U.S. led in kills (56-42) and had a .463 hitting efficiency behind Isaacson who dished out 86 assists in four sets (25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21) against Chile.

“I’m proud to represent the United States of America,” said Jenness. “I’m very thankful of the opportunity and the learning experiences that I’ve had with USA Volleyball. I look forward to many more opportunities.”

Isaacson recently graduated from Ball State and joined the USA Volleyball team this summer. The First Team NVA/AVCA All-American honoree had a successful senior year with the Cardinals as he earned All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team and All-MIVA Tournament accolades.

Jenness will return to the court this season BSU. The outside hitter received First Team NVA/AVCA All-American honors and was voted the MIVA Player of the Year as well as earning the MIVA Tournament MVP while also tallying First Team All-MIVA honors.

Isaacson along with Jenness helped Ball State to a 23-4 overall record along with a MIVA regular and tournament championship. Ball State ended its magical season in May at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship semifinals inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion after falling to eventually champions Hawai’i in a 3-2 battle.

NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

IRISH POST HOT START WITH 3-0 WIN OVER MARQUETTE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team started the 2022 season in fashion on Thursday evening, shutting out Marquette in a 3-0 decision at Alumni Stadium. With the victory the Irish are now 29-4-2 in season openers.

Graduate student Olivia Wingate finished with a brace for the second time in her career, scoring the opener in the seventh minute and then adding another goal in the 74th minute to cap off her stellar performance.

Freshman Leah Klenke also found the back of the net, scoring in her collegiate debut.

The Irish defense was impenetrable all evening, allowing just one shot on the evening, which was not on target.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish were on the front foot from the opening whistle, dominating the run of play. The early pressure paid off, as a ball over the top from Brianna Martinez connected with Wingate who slotted her effort past the diving goalkeeper to make it 1-0 in the seventh minute.

Notre Dame wasted no time adding a second goal to the scoreboard, as Klenke opened her Fighting Irish account just 44 seconds later with a strike that the Marquette keeper got a piece of but it wasn’t enough to stop the goal, putting Notre Dame ahead 2-0 with less than eight minutes into the season.

The Fighting Irish controlled the rest of the half, consistently pouring forward and putting the Eagles’ backline under duress. Notre Dame outshot the visitors 10-0 over the opening 45 minutes of play.

The Irish picked up right where they left off to start the second half, controlling possession and creating chances. Notre Dame capped off its impressive performance in the 74th minute with its third goal of the night, as Wingate doubled her tally with a superb right-footed strike that was tucked inside the far post. The ball was delivered from sophomore Maddie Mooney, who notched her first career assist.

UP NEXT

The Irish remain home for opening weekend, hosting Western Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Noon ET.

GAETINO ON MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches announced the 61 NCAA Women’s Division I college soccer players named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List on Thursday and Notre Dame defender Eva Gaetino was on the prestigious list. The junior out of Dexter, Michigan, anchors the backline for the Fighting Irish at the center back position.

Gaetino, along with wing defenders Waniya Hudson and Eva Wirtz, posted a 0.963 goals against average last season. All-in-all, the Irish defense allowed 22 goals with 97 shots on net. Total shots-wise, they only allowed 9.6 shots per game. Furthermore, the 22 goals were the fewest allowed in Coach Norman’s tenure (not counting the shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19), and the fewest since 2016.

Offensively, Gaetino scored one of the standout goals from last season, diving through the air to head the ball into the net for a 2-1 overtime win over Clemson.

IUPUI ATHLETICS

ANTOINE’S LATE STRIKE FUELS SEASON OPENING ROAD WIN

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Emma Antoine netted her first career goal in the 81st minute and redshirt sophomore Ashton Kudlo authored her second career shutout as the IUPUI women’s soccer team went on the road to win its 2022 season opener at Tennessee Tech, 1-0, on Thursday night (Aug. 18). Antoine broke a scoreless draw by drilling a shot past TTU’s Maggie Conrad late in the contest to fuel the victory.

At the other end, Kudlo was masterful behind a stout defensive line, making two saves to earn her second shutout in three career appearances.

Antoine helped initiate her own game-winner, earning a free kick just beyond the 18-yard mark in the 80th minute. Maya Turner’s restart deflected off the TTU wall and back towards the midfield before being recycled by Alex Stocker and the IUPUI attack. The ball was lofted towards the box where Emma Manolovic and a TTU defender converged on the play before the ball squirted free to Antoine. The Carmel-native finished the play from there, tucking a shot into the upper-right corner.

From there, the IUPUI defense played keep away for much of the final eight-plus minutes to complete the road win.

“To be honest, it’s one of the top five feelings I’ve ever felt,” Antoine said. “I wanna give a shoutout to the whole team for dawging our gameplan and especially to Alex and Emma for making the goal happen. And to Ashton for the shutout.”

IUPUI finished with a 10-9 shot advantage and held TTU to just two shots on frame.

Neither team mustered much in the attack in the opening half as both sides combined on just eight shot attempts, none of which were particularly dangerous. The Jaguars’ best look came on a drive from Leah Shumate from distance that Conrad easily plucked in the 31st minute. In the 43rd minute, Jessica Jacobs put an attempt on target from outside the 18-yard box that Conrad played on a bounce.

Kudlo’s lone save in the opening half came in the 29th minute when she easily caught a blast from long range off the boot of Emily Carlevato.

Sam Slimak and Alex Ludolph led IUPUI with two shots each and Turner led the field players with 82 minutes of work as Johnson shuffled in 19 different field players. Antoine, who had IUPUI’s lone goal in the two preseason games as well, netted her first score in her 23rd career game on Thursday night.

IUPUI will cap the weekend with a road match at SIUE on Sunday (Aug. 21) at 2:00 p.m. CT (3 Eastern) on ESPN+.

BALL STATE ATHLETICS

Ball State Drops Season Opener at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Ball State soccer team opened the 2022 season on the road against Kentucky from the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex Thursday. Bethany Moser made a career-high nine saves.

Moser tallied the most saves by a Ball State keeper since Tristan Stuteville stopped 14 shots against Buffalo on Oct. 24 of 2019.

Kentucky recorded the first shot on goal of the match in the eighth minute, but Moser made a great stop to keep it scoreless.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first at the 15-minute mark in the first half. Hannah Richardson ripped a ball on frame from inside the box, but Moser was up to the challenge and made an outstanding save. Hadley Williams collected the rebound and put a shot on goal. Lexy Smith put forth a stellar effort to try and keep the shot out of the net, but the Williams’ shot squeaked inside the far post for a Wildcat goal. 

Kentucky notched the first shot of the second half in the first minute of play, but like previous shots, Moser came up with a big save.

Madison Jones put the Wildcats up 2-0 in the 65th minute.

Lexi Fraley produced the Cardinals’ first shot of the game in the 66th minute but missed just over the crossbar.

Jordyn Rhodes gave Kentucky a 3-0 lead in the 69th minute.

Delaney Caldwell posted the Cardinals’ second shot of the match in the 74th minute as her shot went wide right.

Ball State returns to action on Sunday at 10 a.m. from Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cardinals take on the Royals of Queens in the second match of the season.

“It’s not the result we were hoping for tonigh,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “Kentucky did a good job of making things difficult for us and we struggled to find a good rhythm. We needed to be better in critical moments inside both 18’s.”

INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS

U.S. Lawns Football Preseason Preview: Offensive Line

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The U.S. Lawns Fall Football Preseason continues as Indiana State football prepares for the upcoming September 1 kickoff against North Alabama.

The Sycamores will be breaking down the team throughout the fall camp toward the opener in Terre Haute with position-by-position group previews, as well as opponent previews. In today’s edition, we take a look at the offensive line.

From the Coordinator

“The ability and potential to be tough, nasty, and play with an edge.” – Offensive Coordinator Mike Bath on the offensive line.

Positional Breakdown

Returners: Adeeb Jaouni, Loic Amouzouvi, Griffin Comer, Jose Vazquez IV, Keagen Trost, Carter Herrin, Josh Weichel, Jackson Byrne, Spencer Schneider, Tate Parker, Joel Stevens

Additions/Newcomers: Shane O’Mara, RJ Brooks, Alex Todt, Michael Ross, Logan Bartley, Richard Myers

Things to Watch

Eyes on the Captain

Indiana State redshirt junior Jose Vazquez IV was named a 2022 team captain as voted on by the Sycamores coaching staff and players. The Carol Stream, Ill. native looks forward to making an impact and bringing his leadership style to the offensive line in the 2022 season.

Vazquez started all 11 games at right guard for the Sycamores in the 2021 season on his way to earning Phil Steele MVFC preseason honors. He helped pave the way for Indiana State to average 111.6 rushing yards and 291.2 yards of total offense per game in his redshirt sophomore campaign and added Phil Steele All-MVFC Third Team postseason recognition.

Freshmen Ready to Make an Impact

Based on early returns from the Indiana State football camp, redshirt freshmen Tate Parker, Spencer Schneider, and Griffin Comer have stood out for the Sycamores this preseason. The Sycamores return three players with starting experience and the trio could have first crack at the starting role on the left side of the ISU offensive line.

Parker is a former four-year letterwinner at Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio. He redshirted in the 2021 season due to the depth of the OL room but was a Second Team All-State selection in his last action on the field. Schneider saw action last season against North Dakota State and is a former All-Conference selection at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Ind. Comer also redshirted in 2021 and is a former multisport athlete at Terre Haute South High School. The two-time All-State selection earned All-Wabash Valley honors four consecutive years while with the Braves. Together, the three athletes should help anchor an Indiana State line that is making an offensive transition under new coordinator Mike Bath.

Snapping Away

Gone is 2021 center Alvin Clemons, but the Sycamores will be looking for consistency in one of the most important positions on the offense. Redshirt senior Jackson Byrne is expected to be among the mix in the center role after lining up and playing in eight games last year.

The New Albany, Ind. native is one of the more cerebral players on the roster earning MVFC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award in both 2019 and 2021. Byrne is a former All-State and All-Conference selection out of West Washington High School. He will look to keep an ISU offense rolling that averaged 291.2 yards of total offense per game and 111.6 rushing yards per contest.

Numbers Watch

3.5 – Indiana State’s offensive line paved the way for the Sycamores’ rushing game to average 3.5 yards per attempt in the 2021 season.

100 – Indiana State’s offense recorded four games with 100-plus rushing yards in the 2021 season with a season-best 228 yards and four rushing touchdowns coming last year against Youngstown State.

48 – Indiana State finished in the top-50 in FCS and fourth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference last season allowing just 1.82 sacks per contest. The ISU line led the way to ISU finishing 48th in the country in the category.

55.6% – The Indiana State offense was among the nation’s best in fourth-down conversions with the Sycamores finishing 34th in FCS and second in the MVFC in the category.

Sycamores Fall to SIUE in Regular Season Opener

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Indiana State women’s soccer fell 2-1 to SIUE on Thursday after the Cougars notched a late goal in the regular season opener at Ralph Korte Stadium.

SIUE struck early with a goal by Grace Cobb in the fourth minute of the match to put the Cougars up 1-0.

The Sycamores were held to just one shot attempt in the first half but kept SIUE off the board after the initial goal to go into halftime down by just one. Tara Hoffman made four saves on the Cougars five first half shots on goal.

Less than five minutes into the second half, Indiana State drew a foul inside the box which awarded a penalty kick. Mackenzie Kent cashed in on the attempt for the Sycamores first goal of the season to tie the match at one.

Hoffman would make four more saves in the second half to finish the night with eight. SIUE’s 10th shot attempt of the night found the back of the net in the 89th minute to put the Cougars up 2-1 and propel them to the victory.

Indiana State finished the match with six shot attempts, three of them being on goal. Kent and Katie Yankey each had two while Audrey Stephens and Anna Holcombe took one apiece.

Freshmen Ella Gorrie, Katie Koger, Corynn DeGroote, Ella Roesch, Adelaide Wolfe each made their collegiate debuts while transfer Josie Bakaitis played all 90 minutes in her Sycamore debut.

The Sycamores are back in action on Sunday for the Sycamores home opener against Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS

Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Returns With Exhibition vs. Ball State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team returns to the Arnie Ball Court for the first time since November when the Mastodons welcome the Ball State Cardinals for an exhibition match on Saturday (Aug. 20).

Game Day Information

Who: Ball State Cardinals

When: Saturday, August 20

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Arnie Ball Court

Live Stats: None

Watch: None

Tickets: Free Admission!

Know Your Foe

Ball State is coming off a 30-4 season that saw the Cardinals earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship. The Cardinals beat Michigan in the opening round before falling to national semifinalist Louisville 3-0. Setter Megan Wielonski paced the office with 10.81 assists per set en route to a .265 hitting percentage. She is back for her sophomore season in Muncie. Ball State returns three of its top four hitters from 2021, but loses Jaclyn Bulmahn, who led the team with 2.99 kills per set. Natalie Mitchem is the leading attacker, who averaged 2.79 kills per set last season.

Series History

Ball State and Purdue Fort Wayne have met 19 times in regular season contests and have played two exhibition matches since their last regular season meeting. The two teams split the exhibitions, with the Mastodons taking a 3-2 win in 2019 and the Cardinals winning the other 3-1 in 2021. Ball State has a 14-5 advantage in the regular season series that dates back to 1987.

Nearing 100

Head coach Steve Florio’s next regular season win will be his 100th. He has won 99 matches since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Heavy Hitter

Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.

8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)

9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)

10. Ramei Jackson (.274, 2020-present)

11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)

12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.

Digs Per Set

1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)

2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)

3. Rachael Crucis (4.30, 2019-present)

4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)

5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs

8. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)

9. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)

10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)

11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)

12. Rachael Crucis (1,313, 2019-present)

Coming Up

The Mastodons will host the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational Presented by Sonesta Select on August 26-27. Canisius, Lindenwood and Western Illinois will come to the Gates Sports Center for the round-robin tournament.

‘Dons Start 2022 in the Win Column

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team opened the 2022 season with a 4-1 victory over Chicago State on Thursday (Aug. 18) at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

The Mastodons dominated the majority of play in the contest but it was Chicago State on the board first. Delaney Kenney used a low line drive strike on a free kick in the 24th minute.

It stayed 1-0 until the 41st minute when the ‘Dons scored off a free kick of their own. Gigi Ricciardi finished off the set piece from Mackenzie Evans.

The ‘Dons made it a 3-1 game with a pair of tallies in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Rylee Vruggink assisted on both goals. She sent a ball to Kelsey Gallagher in the 53rd minute that the Chicago State goalkeeper misplayed off the foot of Gallagher.

Goal number three for the ‘Dons was set up Vruggink dancing on the end line and finding Mackenzie Evans only a few yards in front of the goal in minute 65.

Evans added her second goal of the game in the final minute of the contest.

The ‘Dons finished the game with a 19-7 edge in shots and 7-1 in corner kicks.

Samantha Castaneda picked up four saves in 88:55 between the sticks.

The ‘Dons put their 1-0 record on the line on Sunday (Aug. 21) at Eastern Illinois. Chicago State falls to 1-0.

EVANSVILLE ATHLETICS

Vanderbilt Tops Women’s Soccer In Season-Opener

EVANSVILLE, Ind.— Reigning first-team all-Southeastern Conference forward Raegan Kelley recorded a goal and an assist on Thursday night to power the visiting Vanderbilt University Commodores to a 3-0 victory over the University of Evansville women’s soccer team at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.

After the two sides battled back and forth for the first 30 minutes, Kelley set up teammate Rachel Deresky for an opportunity on the right side, which she slipped past a diving UE goalkeeper Myia Danek for the match’s first goal of the contest.

Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead to the halftime locker room, before striking just minutes into the second half, as reserve Caroline Betts found the lower-left 90 from 18 yards out on the left side to take a 2-0 lead.  Kelley then headed home a loose ball in the box in the 63rd minute to provide the final margin of victory for Vanderbilt.

“We knew coming in that Vanderbilt was a very good team, and I thought that they showed it tonight,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau.  “I was actually pleased with the growth that I saw in our team from our exhibition match against SLU to tonight.  I thought we played a lot more composed, especially in the midfield, and did a lot of things well tonight.

“The speed of the opponent these first two matches has been higher than we will likely see the rest of the year.  Hopefully, the game will begin to slow down a little, especially for some of our younger players, and we can start to show what this team is capable of.”

Evansville will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when UE hosts Austin Peay State at McCutchan Stadium.  Austin Peay tied Miami (OH), 0-0, this afternoon in its season-opener in Ohio.

VALPO ATHLETICS

Soccer Battles to Scoreless Draw in Season Opener

Despite being the more dangerous side for most of the match, the Valpo soccer team found itself in need of a lunging save in the final seconds from two-time MVC Goalkeeper of the Year Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) to preserve a 0-0 draw in the Beacons’ season opener Thursday afternoon at Eastern Illinois.

How It Happened

After settling into the game in the first few minutes, Valpo consistently pushed forward for much of the first half and found itself a number of quality chances.

In the eighth minute, junior Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) got around goalkeeper Daniela Bermeo inside the box, but a lunging tackle from an EIU back knocked the ball out for a corner.

A free kick in the attacking third in the 36th minute led to a great opportunity, as the boot from Allie Anderson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South [Xavier]) went to the far side of the box and was knocked back into the center, where a header by freshman Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was tipped up and over the bar by a leaping Bermeo.

Approaching halftime, the Beacons put together a good combination of passes which resulted in Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) getting a good look at goal from the top of the box and forcing Bermeo to make another strong save.

Into the second half, the story stayed the same, as it was Valpo on the front foot for much of the final 45 minutes, only missing the last piece to find the back of the net.

Eastern Illinois turned the tables a bit in the final 12 minutes of the match, tallying three corner kicks and five shot attempts over the final stretch. The last of those efforts — a shot from Jenna Little from 25 yards out between defenders with inside of 15 seconds to play — proved to be the most dangerous, forcing Coryell to lay out to her left and push the ball away with both hands to keep the Panthers off the board and secure the draw.

Inside the Match

Thursday was Valpo’s first clean sheet in a season opener since the 2017 campaign. It also marked the first draw to open a season in program history.

Thursday’s outcome also was a first of another variety, as it was the first tie in program history without any extra time being played. This season, the NCAA eliminated overtime in regular season play, ensuring all matches — no matter the scoreline — will end in 90 minutes in the regular season.

Coryell was credited with a pair of saves in the shutout. The 13th clean sheet of her Valpo career, the junior is now one shy of Sydney Galvez-Daley for fourth in program history.

Valpo held a 15-10 advantage in the shots category, with half of EIU’s efforts coming in that final 12-minute spurt. The Beacons forced Bermeo to make four saves.

Only 14 players saw action for the Beacons on Thursday afternoon, as seven of Valpo’s 11 starters went the full 90 minutes.

Included among that group which went the full 90 was O’Rear, who started and went the distance in her collegiate debut. She was the only Valpo newcomer to step on the pitch.

Seniors Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) and Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) extended their starting streaks to 51 consecutive matches apiece.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“To get away with a tie on the road is a good result, but when you look at our performance, we weren’t quite good enough with the final pieces of our attack, and that’s why we got the tie today instead of maybe a win.”

“I thought Eastern Illinois came out organized and with a good game plan. We had to adjust a bit early on, but when we made that adjustment, the game definitely turned in our favor. We were able to build better, had possession and created good chances.”

“We didn’t put anything in the back of the net — we weren’t efficient in the 18-yard box, we shot early, we didn’t get the right runs into the box to produce the right service. But you have to look at the positive there as well — we were able to create those chances. We just have to be better with the delivery and in that last moment.”

“We have a lot to draw from today, and I think the performance of some of our younger players is definitely a positive. Molly put together a strong performance, was consistently aggressive in her debut. Peyton did a great job off the bench seeing some extended minutes. Cass entered, and she did a really good job setting the tempo and pressing to win the ball back. There’s a lot of little things we did well, now we have to build off today as we move towards Sunday.”

Next Up

Valpo (0-0-1) opens the Brown Field regular season slate on Sunday afternoon when it hosts former Horizon League foe Youngstown State. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the match can be seen live on ESPN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA ATHLETICS

USI impresses in opener at North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer opened their NCAA Division I era and their 2022 regular season at the North Dakota Fighting Hawks Thursday. Despite outshooting North Dakota in the match, Southern Indiana came up just shy in a 1-0 loss.

Kicking off the match early due to bad weather in the forecast in Grand Forks, North Dakota, both teams came out with early looks in the attacking third of the field.

Each squad put a shot on target within the first handful of minutes, both saved by each respective team’s goalkeeper. The Screaming Eagles’ defense were involved in the attack early, as freshman defender Abby Rhoutsong (Newburgh, Indiana) and graduate senior defender Elizabeth Lippert (Lexington, Kentucky) each put a shot on goal that was saved by North Dakota’s senior goalkeeper Madi Livingston.

North Dakota scored first in the 26th minute with a diving header by freshman forward Amelia Loeffler off a corner kick assist from sophomore defender Julia Briggs.

After a relatively quiet start to the second half, USI took three shots within the 63rd minute but could not find a window toward the back of the goal. Another shot later in the second half by senior forward Taylor Hall (Grayson, Kentucky) was saved by Livingston, who finished with five saves on 11 shots faced for North Dakota. USI also had four of their five corner kicks in the second half.

Overall, Southern Indiana outshot North Dakota 11-7, including a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) and senior defender Alyssa Wright (Sellersburg, Indiana) led USI with two shots each. Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made three saves on seven shots faced in net.

Next up, the Screaming Eagles (0-1-0) will travel to Winona, Minnesota to take on the Winona State Warriors (0-0-0) Saturday at 1 p.m. Live video coverage at Winona State can be found online at nsicnetwork.com.

U OF I ATHLETICS

Men’s Basketball Finalizes 2022-23 Roster

INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Paul Corsaro has added the final two pieces to the 2022-23 roster for the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team in Max Romanov and Indiana product David Ejah.

“The additions of David and Max provide several qualities to our team…experience, maturity, length, athleticism, and proven production,” noted Corsaro. “Both David and Max are great young men who are excited to join the UIndy Family and make Greyhound fans proud!”

David Ejah hails from Fort Wayne where he graduated from Carroll High School and was a two-time All-State selection and two-time SAC league champion. The 6’7” forward attended University of Saint Francis the past three years where he led the Cougars to a Final Four appearance his sophomore season.  Ejah was a three-time All-Crossroads League selection as well as an All-American honorable mention this past season after leading the Cougars with 305 rebounds. He averaged 19.9 points per game while adding 26 steals and 21 blocks.

“David is an Indiana High School basketball product who I have always admired as a player.  When our staff saw David had announced he was transferring on social media, we didn’t waste any time trying to make sure that he ended up in a Greyhound uniform for the next two years,” commented Corsaro. “David has been one of the top players in the country at the NAIA level, and we look for his success and skill set to transfer to our program and how we intend to use him.”

Max Romanov joins UIndy from a familiar opponent in Rockhurst University.  The 6’8” guard/forward averaged 11.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game with the Hawks.  Prior to Rockhurst, Romanov played at Southeastern Louisiana for two seasons. A native of Nahariya, Israel, Romanov attended Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas in 2018-19 where he averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game.

 “Max is a proven player in the GLVC.  Anytime someone averages double figure scoring and respectable rebounding averages in our conference, it does not go unnoticed,” complimented Corsaro. “Max is also an elite defender due to his length and athleticism.  Our hope is to have Max able to play this year, but he will have two years in a Greyhound uniform regardless, whether that begins this season or next.”

MARIAN ATHLETICS

INTRODUCING THE 2022 MARIAN VOLLEYBALL NEWCOMERS

INDIANAPOLIS – With the Marian volleyball team set to begin their preseason opener tonight at IU-Kokomo with a scrimmage against the Cougars, it is time to meet the new crew of Knights for interim head coach Riley Anderson. Anderson inherited a roster with five new faces, featuring four freshman and one NCAA DI transfer.

Below is the incoming class, with a short bio on each of the five new faces of Marian volleyball.

Logan Smith | Sophomore | Setter | 5’8 | Auburn, Ind. | Garrett HS/Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State: Appeared in 38 sets as a freshman for NCAA DI Jacksonville State…Posted 32 digs, seven service aces, one assist, and one kill as a true freshman…Played in 21 matches for the Gamecocks…Transfered to Marian after her freshman year with four years of eligibility remaining.

High School: Left Garrett HS as the Railroaders’ career leader in assists (1,509), digs (1,292) and kills (1,328) to go along with 319 aces…The 2018 AAU All-American was a two-time all-area and four-time all-conference selection…Played club for Fort Wayne Volleyball and Munciana.

Personal: Born April 11, 2003…The daughter of Tammy and Matt Smith…Has three older siblings, brothers Adam and Cameron, and sister, Taylor…Taylor currently plays volleyball at Maryland while Cameron plays football for Mariam…Plans to study business marketing at Marian.

Sarah Bennett | Freshman | Middle Blocker | 6’0 | Columbus, Ind. | Columbus North HS

High School: Three-time All-Conference Indiana honoree … Played club for Circle City Volleyball … Four-year starting middle for Columbus North … 2021 Academic All-State honoree … Helped lead Circle City club to a top-12 finish at the 2021 U17 USA Volleyball Junior Nationals.

Personal: Born on January 21, 2004 … Daughter of Brian and Kim Bennett … Has one sibling, a brother Reef … Plans to study business at Marian.

Caroline Kubacki | Freshman | DS/Libero | 5’6 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Cathedral HS

High School: Ranks third all-time in Cathedral history in digs per set, and fifth overall in total digs … Named All-Indianapolis Tournament Team and All-Indianapolis Team as a senior … Earned AVCA Second Team on the Best and Brightest Roster, and earned AVCA All-Region Team as a senior … Named to the Academic All-State team as a senior … National Honors Society member … Played club for Rev Volleyball Academy.

Personal: Born on November 3, 2003 … Daughter of Kevin and Angie Kubacki … Has two younger siblings, a brother Max and a sister Kate … Plans to study nursing at Marian.

Emma Lyons | Freshman | Libero | 5’8 | Fort Wayne, Ind. | Bishop Dwenger HS

High School: A three-year varsity starter and team captain as a senior … First Team All-SAC as a senior and Second Team All-SAC as a junior … Helped lead Bishop Dwenger to the IHSAA Class 3A State Championship as a junior … Tied the Class 3A record at the time for digs in a state championship match … Earned Academic All-State honors as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society … Played club for Empowered Volleyball Academy

Personal: Born on September 29, 2003 … Daughter of Sean and Denise Lyons … Has two siblings, a brother Jake and sister Kaley … Plans to study nursing at Marian.

Avery Toole | Freshman | Outside Hitter | 5’11 | Rockford, Mich. | Rockford HS

High School: Two-year varsity letter winner … As a senior earned All-Conference, All-Region, and was Honorable Mention All-State … Earned MIVCA Academic All-State honors as a junior and a senior … Named the Rockford Athletic Booster Club “Athlete of the Month” in September of her senior year … National Honor Society member … Four-year honor roll student … Played club for Michigan Volleyball Academy.

Personal: Born on September 11, 2004 … Daughter of Bob and Andrea Toole … Has one sibling, a brother Isaac … Plans to study business marketing at Marian.

The Knights season begins on August 18 as they travel to IU-Kokomo for a scrimmage against the Cougars.

WABASH ATHLETICS

Wabash Picked Fourth In NCAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll

Wabash received 50 points to claim fourth place in the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason men’s soccer coaches poll.

The Little Giants trailed poll favorite Kenyon College. The Owls received seven of the nine available first-place votes and a total of 79 points. Ohio Wesleyan garnered one first-place vote and 71 points to take second place. Denison picked up the remaining first-place vote and a third-place spot in the poll with 64 points.

DePauw ranked fifth in the coaches’ voting with 37 points, finishing one point ahead of Oberlin and Wooster in a tie for sixth place with 36 points. Wittenberg (23 points) and Hiram (nine points) completed the preseason rankings.

Wabash finished with an overall record of 11-6-2 in 2021 and a 4-3-2 record in conference games to finish in fourth place in the final NCAC standings. The Little Giants earned their fifth consecutive berth in the conference tournament and sixth tournament appearance overall under head coach Chris Keller.

Wabash opens the 2022 season on Thursday, September 1, at home against Franklin College. The Little Giants’ first NCAC contest is Saturday, September 24, at Oberlin College.

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS

NEWS | Men’s Cross Country Picked Fifth in HCAC Pre-Season Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rolled out its 2022 men’s cross country pre-season coaches poll on Thursday (Aug. 18) morning, with the Franklin men’s team earning fifth place in the league’s early rankings.

The Grizzlies collected 45 points from the conference’s 10 coaches and sit between fourth place Transylvania and sixth place Hanover in the poll. In addition, the Grizzlies saw five runners earn “Athletes to Watch” recognition from the conference. Junior Jack Sells, sophomores John Asplund and Elliott Gough and freshmen Jonah Decker and Samuel Wilson all picked up league-wide honors.

Both Asplund and Sells enter the 2022 season after all-conference performances last fall. Asplund finished 10th in his debut conference meet while Sells picked up his first all-conference honor with an 18th place finish at the HCAC Championship last fall.

Gough is coming off a strong freshman campaign in both the cross country and track campaigns. Decker and Wilson will each look to challenge for spots in the top five as rookies on the team.

The Grizzlies hit the course on Sept. 3 for their first race of the year, hosting the Grizzly Invitational at Blue River Park in nearby Shelbyville, Ind. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m.

1.            Manchester (7) 78

2.            Earlham (2)         67

3.            Rose-Hulman (1) 66

4.            Transylvania      59

5.            Franklin                 45

6.            Hanover               42

7.            Bluffton                 35

8.            Anderson            24

9.            Defiance              21

10.          Mount St. Joseph 13

NEWS | Women’s Soccer Places Four on Pre-Season Watch List, Picked to Finish Sixth by HCAC Coaches

CARMEL, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) pre-season coaches poll, which was released on Wednesday (Aug. 17) morning.

The Grizzlies, who finished sixth in the league table a year ago, picked up 37 points in the ranking and are slotted between fifth place Transylvania and seventh place Manchester.

Additionally, four Grizzlies were named “Players to Watch” by the league, with senior forward Lilly Haines, junior outside back Kaitlyn Hewitt, sophomore center back Maddison Claybrooke and sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Mundy recognized among the league’s top players.

Lebanon, Ind.-native Haines finished with a team-leading four goals and tied with Elaina Page for the lead in scoring with eight points. A two-time all-conference selection, Haines enters the year with 10 goals and 25 career points in 45 matches.

Hewitt picked up her first all-conference nod last fall, starting all 17 matches at outside back and earning Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors. Claybrooke slotted in to the center back position as a true freshman, starting all 17 matches and finishing with an assist.

Noblesville, Ind.-native Mundy made six appearances in goal as a freshman, starting one contest and recording a .714 save percentage.

The Grizzlies are set to open the 2022 season on Sept. 1, when they host the Trine Thunder at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

HCAC Women’s Soccer Pre-Season Coaches Poll

No.         School   Points

1.            Hanover (5)        77

2.            Mt. St. Joseph (3) 73

3.            Rose-Hulman (1) 65

4.            Anderson            57

5.            Transylvania      52

6.            Franklin                 37

7.            Manchester        28

8.            Earlham               28

9.            Bluffton                 24

10.          Defiance              9

ROSE HULMAN ATHLETICS

Men’s Cross Country Picked to Finish 3rd in HCAC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked to finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s cross country championships this fall, in the coaches preseason poll released by the league office on Thursday.

Manchester University was picked as the preseason favorite to repeat as conference champions with 78 poll points and seven first-place votes.  Earlham College was selected second with 67 points and two first-place votes.

Rose-Hulman received the final first-place vote and scored 66 points for third place in the poll.

Transylvania, Franklin and Hanover complete the top six in the preseason poll.  Bluffton, Anderson, Defiance and Mount St. Joseph round out the predictions.

The Fightin’ Engineers seek to return to their conference championship winning ways under first-year head coach Derick Lawrence this fall.  Rose-Hulman won the HCAC men’s cross country championship in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Men’s cross country Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Daniel Gaull, Ethan Jones, Hammond Law, Ethan Miller and John Sluys.

The 2022 men’s cross country season begins Thursday Sept. 1 with the Rose-Hulman Opener at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.  All three of Rose-Hulman’s meets in September will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

BETHEL ATHLETICS

Women’s Soccer looks to build on new season

Mishawaka, Ind. — Women’s Soccer kicks off the season with an away game against Holy Cross.

The Lady Pilots finished their 2021-2022 season with a record of 5-14. They lost their home opener last year to Holy Cross 1-2 and are looking to bounce back this season with Head Coach Jason Freeman leading the way.

Esther Karhayu leaving Bethel University is a big loss for the Lady Pilots leading the team with eight goals last season, but seniors Audrey Lerch, Marah Franke, and Katie Byers look to have a strong push towards opponents this year.

The Lady Pilots are 2-7 in road games defeating Cornerstone (5-8-2) and Goshen (6-11) on the road last year and hoping to keep the pressure up as they travel throughout the season.

The season opener will be at Saints Field at Holy Cross on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

HANOVER ATHLETICS

Men’s Cross Country picked sixth in HCAC Preseason Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the results of the 2022 men’s cross country poll with the Panthers pegged sixth in a vote amongst league coaches.

Hanover picked up 42 points in the poll while Manchester claimed the top spot with 78 points and seven first place nods. Earlham finished second with 67 points and two first place votes while Rose-Hulman rounded out the top three with 66 points and the final first place vote.

The Blue and Red also landed one on the athlete to watch list in junior Ethan Weston (Louisville, Ky.). The junior finished the year earning USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors after taking third place as part of the HCAC Championships.

Hanover is slated to open the 2022 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Franklin Grizzly Invitational.

Hanover College Athletic Department has named Devan Acosta as the next Men’s and Women’s Head Golf Coach

HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover College Athletic Department has named Devan Acosta as the next Men’s and Women’s Head Golf Coach.

Devan, formally Devan Smith ’17, was a standout for the Hanover women’s golf team helping guide the program to four straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships as well as four NCAA Tournament berths from 2013 to 2016.

” It’s incredible having the opportunity to come back to the program that I loved so much as a player,” praised Acosta. “Now I get to experience what it’s like to be on the other side, to be the one mentoring the student athletes. I hope I’ll be able to be the sort of coach I was fortunate enough to play for. I’m excited to get to know the team and get to work on bringing success back to the program.”

“The Hanover College community and especially the golf student athletes are fortunate to have Acosta return to her alma mater, ” said Vice President for Athletics, Lynn Hall.  “Devan understands what it takes to be a successful student athlete at Hanover College, and I look forward to seeing her put her mark on the golf programs.”

Prior to rejoining the Hanover community, Devan worked in inpatient psychiatric care, most recently at Wellstone Regional Hospital.

She graduated from Hanover in 2017 with a degree in psychology.

Men’s Basketball announces 2022-23 schedule

HANOVER, Ind. – Under the guidance of Head Coach Jon Miller and Associate Head Coach Ryan Nowicki, the Hanover men’s basketball team has announced their 2022-23 schedule featuring a winter break trip to Salem, Virginia.

The non-conference season is set to tip-off on Tuesday, Nov. 1 when the Panthers welcome Indiana University Southeast to Collier Arena for the Midwest Tube Mills River Rumble.

Hanover then hits the road for Spalding on Wednesday, Nov. 9 before welcoming Wabash on Tuesday, Nov. 15, a contest last season that saw the Panthers reign victorious 83-81.

The non-conference road slate continues with a trip to Wheaton, Ill. for the Wheaton College Tournament on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Flying Dutchmen of Hope College visit campus on Tuesday, Nov. 29 with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bluffton.

The 2021-22 season saw the Blue and Red win the HCAC regular season crown with a 15-3 mark, while advancing to the HCAC Tournament Championship.

Early HCAC action continues as the Panthers welcome Defiance on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Hanover hits the road on Thursday, Dec. 29 for Salem, Va. competing as part of the Roanoke College Tournament featuring a match-up with New York University.

The second half of the HCAC season is slated to tip-off on Saturday, Jan. 21 with the final game of the regular season scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17 featuring a home contest against the Lions of Mt. St. Joseph.

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS

OCU Women’s Basketball 2022 Class: Erin Whitehead

OAKLAND CITY, IN – The Oakland City University Mighty Oaks women’s basketball team has added six to their roster for the upcoming 2022-2023 basketball season. Head coach FahKara Hawkins is excited to announce the signing of Erin Whitehead.

Whitehead is a 5’10” forward from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She arrives in Oakland City from West Virginia State University in the NCAA Division II. She helped lead WVSU to a 18-11 record last year. She led the team in blocks, was third in total rebounds and fourth in offensive rebounds. She attended high school at Pickerington Central High School in Ohio. She helped lead the team to a record of 28-2 her senior year.

Coach Hawkins says, “Erin is an athletic forward who increases our depth in the front court. She rebounds the ball really well and is going to allow us to wreak havoc defensively. We are very excited for what Erin brings us and are glad to have her on our side.”

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS

Preview: Women’s Soccer Set to Open 2022 Regular Season Saturday Against Michigan-Dearborn

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team will welcome the University of Michigan-Dearborn to town Saturday afternoon to kickoff the 2022 season.

2022 Season Opener

Saturday, August 20 • Kokomo, Indiana • Kokomo Municipal Stadium 

University of Michigan-Dearborn at IU Kokomo • 4:30 p.m.

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IUK second-year head coach Sohaila Akhavein and company are familiar with the Michigan-Dearborn squad as the Cougars traveled to Dearborn to take on the Wolverines this past spring. The Wolverines 2021 season saw them finish with a overall record of 2-9-1 and 1-8-1 mark in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

The Cougars are coming into the new season after a solid first year under Akhavein’s guidance. Finishing with a record of 6-9-2 and 6-4-1 in River States Conference play, the Cougs came up just short of a RSC Championship appearance, falling 1-0 in double-overtime at Point Park in the quarterfinals.

Both offensively and in goal, the Cougars return a good amount of experience from last year’s team. Keely Hoopingarner, Morgan Scruggs, Kelsi Hoot, and Mackenzie Gibbons are all back in the cream and crimson this year after scoring multiple goals last season. Alicia Burns and Erica Bolinger split time in goal last season and are back for the 2022 campaign.

GRACE ATHLETICS

Lancers land in NAIA preseason poll

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace men’s soccer team was recognized in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Lancers appeared in the receiving votes section of the poll and are second-highest rated Crossroads League school (Bethel No. 21).

Grace will start the season with a home matchup against Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Following the opener, Grace will host three teams currently ranked in the poll, including Cumberlands (RV), Southeastern (RV) and Indiana Tech (No. 7).

2022 PREVIEW: Volleyball to feature dynamic, dangerous offense

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The 2022 campaign for Grace College’s volleyball team is mere days away, and the Lady Lancers are armed with a dynamic attack for the upcoming season.

Grace will employ an experienced roster this fall under head coach Katie Van Hofwegen. The Lady Lancers had a young squad last year, and several new players earned valuable on-court experience against the rugged Crossroads League.

Coach Van Hofwegen is seeing the benefits of that experience last year as the returners have grown in skill, leadership and confidence.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth from our players. The ladies are confident in themselves and what they can bring to the court,” said Van Hofwegen. “They are driven and very competitive. We’ve worked on developing leadership and creating unity off the court, and those facets are transferring onto the court as well.”

Part of that growth deals with the team’s collective mentality. Coach Van Hofwegen has focused time in the offseason to help the players’ approach to the game of volleyball. She emphasized that “volleyball is a game of mistakes, and we are approaching those hurdles with a growth mindset and rebounding a lot faster than in the past.”

The growth is seen most clearly in the team’s setting position. A trio of newcomers took the reins last year in Morgan Syoen, Riley Owens and Emily Peterson. Each player shared time on the court and gained confidence and skill through the process.

The three players each bring a unique skillset to the position. But more importantly, Coach Van Hofwegen was excited to see how the trio had grown in leadership as well.

“It’s clear to see how last year has given this group of setters confidence to lead. They have learned to be great communicators and provide stability and a strong court presence. You need that from the setting position, and they are doing a great job right now for us,” Van Hofwegen added.

Grace will enjoy a deep and dangerous attack from its hitters this year. The team has several “terminal arms,” meaning multiple players who can end a point with a strong attack.

Leading the returners is Cassadi Colbert. The redshirt junior battled through injury to produce 2.2 kills per set and is a dynamic, intelligent hitter on the outside.

The Lady Lancers have a wealth of returning hitters alongside Colbert as well, including seniors Katie Swanson and Jadyn Block, junior Kate Sperry, and sophomore Jadyn Ross.

Grace also returns Sahara Bee who suffered a season-ending injury last year. Bee has impressed with how quickly she has returned to form.

Additionally, freshman Alyssa Thompson joins the outside hitters this year and has worked hard to be able to contribute to the attack.

The team’s back row has proven to be a scrappy bunch who are looking sharp this preseason. Coach Van Hofwegen wants the defensive specialists to excel in serve receive, and the group has been up to the task.

The back row features a mix of upper and underclassmen. Senior Grace Erwin has both experience and poise, and sophomores Paige Vander Goot and McKenzie Stakely have grown tremendously during the offseason, according to Van Hofwegen.

Two new players will also join their ranks including sophomore transfer Liz Schmidt and freshman Emma Blackford. The five players form a stable base at the back of Grace’s defense.

For the middle hitters, Grace returns league 2021 All-Freshman Team honoree Alisha Leffring for her second season. Leffring was invaluable last year in attack (234 kills) and with her blocking efforts (32 solo blocks, 64 block assists).

She will be joined by 5-foot-11 freshman Livia Tate. Tate has provided a strong blocking presence already during the preseason and will be able to compete immediately in the middle.

“This has been a really fun team to be around. They’ve worked hard in the gym, and it’s been great to see how they’ve matured and stepped into bigger roles this year,” Van Hofwegen said.

The Lady Lancers will begin the season this weekend in Fort Wayne with a four-match tournament at the Memorial Coliseum.

Grace will play two more weekend tournaments at Lourdes and Bethel before Grace’s home opener on Sept. 7 against Goshen.

Women’s Soccer ranked No. 24 to begin season

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team earned the No. 24 ranking in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Lancers have been ranked in 35 consecutive polls, a three-year-long streak. It is the ninth-longest streak in the NAIA.

Grace is scheduled to play five teams who appear in the NAIA preseason poll this year, including No. 20 Southeastern, No. 15 Columbia, No. 7 Marian, No. 5 Spring Arbor and No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan.

2022 PREVIEW: Men’s Soccer features deep, balanced squad

WINONA LAKE, Ind. –  As the 2022 soccer season fast approaches, Grace men’s soccer head coach Arron Patrick sees depth and unity as his team’s keys for success.

The Lancers’ mantra this season has been heavily focused on “the team” above “the individual.” The benefits from the players’ buy-in to that philosophy has been seen on and off the field.

“It’s the closest group we’ve had,” Patrick said. “The returners have done a good job of connecting with the new guys, and we are seeing guys step up to lead spiritually this year. The team is gaining ownership of it, which is great.”

The trust and chemistry among the players has made tactical implementation a smooth transition. “We are the furthest along that we’ve ever been from a tactical standpoint at this point during any preseason,” Patrick added.

Grace figures to take advantage of their deep roster and play a high-energy style of soccer this season.

“We want to play beautiful football and get people excited as they watch us. We will be pressing all over the field. Our mentality is to play beautiful on the eye, but we also want to win scrappy when needed.”

Grace returns their leading goal scorer from last year in Martim Sequeira. Sequeira netted 15 goals during the 2021 campaign and has taken on a noticeable leadership role this season.

The Lancers’ backline will likely feature a pair of new faces in Diogo Lopes and Antonio Lobo. The pair have impressed with their size and strength, anchoring the Lancers’ defense.

Matteo Conci returns for his second season with Grace, after starting all 24 games in goal last season.

The Lancers will be tested early, with six of their first eight opponents having been recognized in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll. Grace is scheduled to play seven teams overall in the poll, three of which are ranked No. 7 or higher.

Grace’s philosophy was similar last year. The team began the season with a 4-8 record after playing a number of top-ranked teams.

But Patrick’s squad did not panic and instead hit its peak at the most important part of the schedule. The Lancers only lost once over the next 10 matches, finishing as runner-up in the league standings and clinching a spot in the NCCAA national championships.

“We aren’t simply preparing to win the conference,” Patrick said. “We want to make the NAIA tournament and be prepared for a deep run. To do that, we need to test ourselves by playing teams at the highest level. It takes a team, not individuals, to win games deep into a season, and we have a team that has the ability to do just that.”

Grace opens the season with four straight home contests, starting with Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

2022 PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer loaded for 2022 campaign

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team is armed with arguably its most talented squad in program history for the 2022 season.

Head coach Michael Voss has high hopes for the Lady Lancers this year. Voss, the winningest coach in program history, wants the 2022 campaign to be the best year in team history.

Voss has reason to be excited. Grace is fresh off four straight appearances at the NAIA National Championships, and the program claimed the 2021 NCCAA national championship in December.

The Lady Lancers boast an All-American ensemble of returners, led by the dynamic scoring duo of JJ Aalbue and Madison Tuma. The pair has amassed 53 combined goals and 42 assists, as well as numerous NAIA and NCCAA All-American accolades, over the past few seasons.

Midfielders Lea Moessinger and Lea Fricke also are back for their senior seasons, providing stability, leadership and poise as they control the middle of the field.

“Our midfield has played together for awhile now, and that continuity has made it very easy to unlock our whole roster,” Voss said. “They have an ability to adjust and make dangerous movements happen on the field, enabling us to play at the pace we want.”

Defensively, Voss believes this may be his strongest group yet. Amber Meade, Erin Crew and Kimberly Aalbue each made at least 15 starts last year, and they are joined by several talented newcomers.

Freshmen Lucy Schmitt, Lilli Oberhoff, Luna Gianotti and Simone Castaneda have impressed during the preseason. The group has the benefit of facing an All-American attack each day during practice, and the newcomers have not shrunk from that challenge.

“Our back line was good last year, and we’ve added to that with young talent,” Voss said. “Our defenders are fast and can move the ball fluidly, which helps us transition into our possession attack.”

Grace’s attack will be bolstered by a mix of familiar faces and new ones. Each attacker brings a different element to the offense, allowing Voss to choose which combination to use for each game.

“Our intent this year is to score goals from multiple players. We have the ability to create and finish from different locations on the field; we have really good pace, strength and finishing ability,” Voss added.

One area that will be addressed is at goalkeeper. Bethany Blackwood graduated last year, leaving a void that she filled as a four-year starting goalie.

But returning sophomores Libby Stratton and Sofia Lerro provide two strong options between the goalposts. Both players have been sharp in the preseason, according to Voss.

Grace will likely field one of the deepest teams in the Crossroads League. The Lady Lancers are hoping to use that talent and depth to challenge some of the top teams in the NAIA. Grace is scheduled to play five teams in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll, including four of those on the road.

The Lady Lancers, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA poll, are not shying away from their goal of playing elite teams and playing with quality.

“Our goal is to increase our quality so much that opponents have to match us. We want to dictate how games are played and obviously we desire to win every game. We have the potential to play top-quality football, so we’re going to keep hammering to be at our best. We have an excellent quality to our team, and I’m going to be stoked when we get all the pieces together,” Voss said.

Voss maintained that the Lady Lancers will not be breaking from their patented style of “possession-attacking futbol.” But what excited Voss was how this group seems to have the quality to take that style of play even further than before.

“I really like this group and love working with them every day. They are high-character people, and they are a joy to be around. Their level of competency and intelligence is very high, and I want to push them to be the best they can be. I want this to be the best Grace football played so far,” Voss said.

The Lady Lancers have one exhibition match at home on Aug. 15 against Holy Cross. Grace begins the season with a four-game homestand, including Aug. 22 (Indiana Tech), Aug. 27 (Ohio Christian), Sept. 3 (West Virginia Tech) and Sept. 5 (Point Park).

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS

Cross country teams prepping for exciting 2022 schedule

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods men’s and women’s cross country teams have been preparing for an encore to an excellent 2021 season and the 2022 schedule laid out before them could prepare them for more success in 2022.

The women’s team qualified for the NAIA National Championships last year with a River States Conference crown in its first year in the league, and the men’s team is looking to build off a solid fifth-place finish.

This year’s RSC championships are Nov. 5 in Kokomo and coach Zach Whitkanack will have his squads lined up to race beginning Sept. 1 in the Titan Opener at Bloomington, Ill.

The following week is a trip to the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invitational, which leads into the Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Sept. 16. After a week off, the Pomeroys will participate in the Nike XC Town Twilight under the lights at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute in a meet hosted by NCAA Division III Rose-Hulman.

The Pomeroys travel to the Brescia Invitational on Oct. 7 before taking part in a final tune-up for the RSC Championship with a trip to Grand Rapids, Mich., to race in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge against some of the top competition in the Midwest.

The NAIA Nationals take place Nov. 18 in Tallahassee, Fla.

“I am excited for our 2022 schedule,” coach Zach Whitkanack said. “It is definitely a difficult one that includes the University of Notre Dame and the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. We will face a lot of great teams this fall, but I believe we are up to the challenge.”

SMWC PICKED EIGHTH

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women’s volleyball was voted to finish eighth in the River States Conference in the annual Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Pomeroys are one of five teams from the RSC West Division picked to qualify for the RSC Championship tournament.

SMWC returns a strong core of players led by First-Team All-RSC selection Hannah Zuege, who helped the Pomeroys win the USCAA national championship to close the season.

“Coming off of a [USCAA] championship season we’ve set the bar high for ourselves. This year in the RSC we are pushing ourselves to compete at an even higher level then last year. Excited to see what this season will bring,” coach Ashley Harris said.

Indiana University Kokomo is the clear favorite in the 2022 River States Conference Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll released Wednesday (Aug. 10) by the conference office. The Cougars received all of the available first-place votes from coaches around the RSC.

IU Kokomo amassed 132 votes in the poll and 11 first-place votes. The Cougars have won the last four RSC Championship tournament titles. Last year, IU Kokomo racked up a record of 28-9 overall, 16-1 RSC on their way to another conference crown. The Cougars were in the NAIA National Championship as a perennial qualifier.

Midway (Ky.) University was picked second in the poll with 115 votes. The Eagles were RSC Championship finalists last year and made their first NAIA nationals appearance with a record of 24-5 overall, 14-3 RSC on the year.

Indiana University East took third in the poll with 112 votes and the only other first-place vote. The Red Wolves won the RSC East Division last year, reached the RSC semifinals and posted a record of 20-12, 14-4 RSC.

Indiana University Southeast came in fourth in the voting with 102 votes. The Grenadiers qualified for the conference semifinals last year before running into IU Kokomo and ended up 18-12, 12-5 RSC.

With IU East moving to the RSC West Division this year, that means the top four teams in this year’s preseason poll all hail from that side of the conference.

University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was predicted fifth overall in the poll with 88 votes and the first team from the RSC East. The RedStorm was 12-15 overall and 10-8 RSC last year as an RSC quarterfinalist.

Point Park (Pa.) University took sixth in the poll with 82 votes. The Pioneers took second in the RSC East last year at 17-11 overall, 12-6 RSC.

WVU Tech (72 votes) made it three RSC East teams in a row at seventh overall.

The top eight teams that come out on top of the RSC volleyball point system will qualify for the postseason this year. The conference championship will be hosted by the team from the RSC East that has the most points.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7346.61342 – 1831 – 2834 – 2122 – 712 – 103 – 7L 1
Tampa Bay6354.538936 – 2227 – 3229 – 2312 – 1412 – 96 – 4W 1
Toronto6354.538936 – 2527 – 2922 – 2319 – 1515 – 114 – 6W 2
Baltimore6157.51711.533 – 2228 – 3525 – 2811 – 1315 – 85 – 5L 2
Boston5960.4961429 – 3030 – 3015 – 3015 – 1221 – 85 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6355.53431 – 2432 – 3112 – 1430 – 2311 – 107 – 3W 1
Minnesota6155.526134 – 2527 – 3015 – 1230 – 2011 – 115 – 5W 3
Chi White Sox6158.5132.530 – 3131 – 2714 – 1526 – 2513 – 146 – 4L 2
Kansas City4872.4001629 – 3419 – 3811 – 1822 – 2610 – 183 – 7L 4
Detroit4575.3751926 – 3319 – 429 – 2022 – 364 – 112 – 8L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7743.64239 – 1838 – 259 – 1020 – 840 – 217 – 3W 2
Seattle6554.54611.531 – 2634 – 2816 – 177 – 634 – 267 – 3W 3
Texas5365.4492327 – 3426 – 315 – 1413 – 1026 – 345 – 5W 1
LA Angels5167.4322526 – 3625 – 316 – 1813 – 725 – 295 – 5L 3
Oakland4376.36133.517 – 3826 – 3810 – 1611 – 1820 – 352 – 8L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7643.63940 – 1936 – 2440 – 1815 – 514 – 126 – 4L 1
Atlanta7347.6083.540 – 2333 – 2432 – 2217 – 1016 – 119 – 1W 1
Philadelphia6552.5561032 – 2633 – 2628 – 2414 – 916 – 116 – 4L 1
Miami5266.44123.525 – 3327 – 3325 – 2811 – 1511 – 153 – 7L 1
Washington4080.33336.519 – 4421 – 369 – 4212 – 1414 – 164 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6651.56440 – 2126 – 3012 – 1530 – 1714 – 97 – 3W 4
Milwaukee6354.538331 – 2432 – 3011 – 1330 – 269 – 115 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs5067.4271624 – 3426 – 3313 – 924 – 258 – 217 – 3W 3
Cincinnati4670.39719.526 – 3620 – 3410 – 1717 – 258 – 213 – 7W 1
Pittsburgh4672.39020.525 – 3121 – 417 – 1521 – 2914 – 172 – 8W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8136.69240 – 1541 – 2112 – 1119 – 835 – 127 – 3L 1
San Diego6655.5451733 – 2533 – 3017 – 1419 – 1026 – 255 – 5L 1
San Francisco5959.50022.534 – 2925 – 3014 – 1317 – 1119 – 296 – 4L 2
Arizona5563.46626.532 – 2923 – 3414 – 1413 – 1221 – 316 – 4W 2
Colorado5169.42531.533 – 3018 – 398 – 1911 – 1225 – 293 – 7L 5

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       Rube Waddell throws two complete games in Western League action as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 2-1 and 1-0. Skipper Connie Mack coaxes the colorful southpaw, who threw 17 innings in the first game, promising him a few days off to go fishing, to pitch the nightcap, and he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.

1917       In the first major league game in New York on a Sunday, the Reds beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 5-0. After the contest, managers John McGraw and Christy Mathewson are arrested for violating the blue laws prohibiting playing the national pastime on the Sabbath.

1921       At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the youngest player to collect 3000 hits when he singles off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers. The ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his career with 4,191 hits, the most ever in the major leagues, until Pete Rose surpasses the mark in 1985.

1941       “All my players are going to get pneumonia because of you Jocko – you haven’t got the guts to call this game!” – FRANKIE FRISCH, manager of the Pirates shouting his displeasure from the dugout.

During the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, Jocko Conlan ejects Frankie Frisch when the Pirates manager appears on the field with an umbrella, protesting the playing conditions at the Brooklyn ballpark. Ebbets Field. The rainy-day incident inspires Norman Rockwell’s famous oil painting, Bottom of the Sixth.

1945       Better known for his home run prowess, Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx starts and throws 7.2 innings, giving up just four hits in the Phillies’ 4-2 nightcap victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. The 37-year-old corner infielder, playing in his final season, will take the mound a total of 9 times, posting a remarkable 1.59 ERA during 22.2 innings of work for the last-place team.

1949       The Phillies host ‘Eddie Waitkus Night’ at Shibe Park and shower their injured first baseman with gifts. In uniform for the first time since June, the All-Star infielder had been shot in the chest at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan upset with his trade from the Cubs to Philadelphia.

1951       Emerging from a papier-mache cake between games of a Sportsman’s Park’s doubleheader, three-foot-seven-inch Eddie Gaedel appears as a surprise leadoff pinch-hitter, walking on four pitches in his only major league appearance. American League president Will Harridge voids the small person’s contract the next day, with Browns’ owner Bill Veeck threatening to request an official ruling on whether 5 feet 6 inches Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto is a short ballplayer or a tall dwarf.

1955       For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner when he beats Don Newcombe and the first-place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2. The 28-year-old Phillies’ right-hander, who will compile a 138-78 (.639) record along with a 2.93 ERA during the span), finishes the season with a 23-14 record.

1957       Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants’ president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball’s edict of banning announcements about the relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play in San Francisco next season. The club’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, future chairman of the expansion Mets, a team created to fill the National League void in New York caused by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.

1963       At Fenway Park, Dick Stuart’s towering fly ball becomes an adventure for Indians’ outfielder Vic Davalillo when it strikes the ladder attached to the wall above the scoreboard. After the ball ricochets off the fence and bounces off the center fielder’s head, the slow-footed Red Sox first baseman crosses the plate for a very improbable inside-the-park home run in Boston’s 8-3 loss to Cleveland.

1965       At Wrigley Field, Reds’ hurler Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs, 1-0, with the only run scoring on a Leo Cardenas homer in the tenth inning. The Fresno native had also no-hit the Mets for ten innings earlier in the season but lost the game in the eleventh when Johnny Lewis homered.

1966       After guiding the club to fourteen victories in their first fifteen games, Birdie Tebbetts, who will remain in the organization, resigns as the manager of the Indians. George Strickland will take over the third-place Cleveland team with a 66-57 record.

1968       In the top of the seventeenth inning at Shea Stadium, Ron Hunt’s two-out single scores Hal Lanier for the game’s only run as the Giants beat New York, 1-0. Bobby Bolin throws the first 11 shutout innings, with reliever Frank Linzy getting the victory and Mike McCormick picking up a save.

1969       At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Giants, 1-0, in the bottom of the 14th inning, with Tug McGraw tossing four scoreless frames for the win after Gary Gentry pitched the first ten, keeping San Francisco off the board on just four hits. Going the distance, Juan Marichal takes the loss, giving up only six hits and striking out 13 batters, thanks to Tommie Agee’s one-out walk-off homer.

1969       At Wrigley Field, Ken Holtzman no-hits the Braves, 3-0, with Ron Santo’s first-inning homer off Phil Niekro providing all of the Cubs’ runs. The 23-year-old southpaw’s second career no-hitter is the fifth of the season and the first since 1923 in which no batters strike out when Sad Sam Jones accomplished the feat with the Yankees.

1982       Pascual Perez misses his start for the Braves when he gets lost on Interstate 285, trying to find Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 25-year-old right-hander, who will be called I-285 by his Atlanta teammates, finally gets to the ballpark ten minutes after the game starts.

1986       The Mariners trade their captain, Spike Owen, along with center fielder Dave Henderson, to the Red Sox for infielder Rey Quinones, three players to be named later, and cash. In his third game with Boston, the former Seattle shortstop ties a major league record when he scores six runs in a game.

1989       Cubs’ center fielder Jerome Walton extends his hitting streak to 29 games in an 8-4 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. With his seventh-inning single, the 24-year-old rookie establishes the longest consecutive-game hit streak in modern franchise history, surpassing the mark set by Ron Santo in 1966.

1990       Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save when he pitches a perfect ninth inning in the White Sox’s 4-2 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium. The right-handed reliever becomes only the eighth closer in major league history to reach the milestone.

1991       The Twins’ southpaw swinging DH/OF Randy Bush ties an American League record set in 1981 by the Rangers’ Bill Stein when he strokes his seventh consecutive pinch-hit, dating back to July 5. The Dover (DE) native doubles off Dennis Eckersley in the ninth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to the visiting A’s at the Metrodome.

1992       When Bret Boone takes the field at Camden Yards against Baltimore, the Mariner second baseman becomes part of the first three-generation family to play in the major leagues. The 23-year-old Seattle rookie is the grandson of Ray Boone (1948-60) and son of Bob Boone (1972-90).

1997       Wade Boggs makes his pitching debut, throwing 16 knuckleballs and one fastball in a 12-4 loss to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The Yankee third baseman, a future Hall of Famer, hurls a scoreless eighth inning, giving up no hits, walking one batter, and striking out Todd Greene swinging to end the frame.

2000       For only the third time in major league history and second this season by the Yankees, a team records three sacrifice flies in one inning. Bronx Bombers Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius, and Clay Bellinger join teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez, and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox, and Al Smith, who accomplished the feat against the Indians (July 1, 1962).

2004       Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.

2005       Losing to the A’s at Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, 4-0, the Royals establish a franchise record by losing their 19th consecutive game and tie the club’s mark by dropping its 12th straight road game. The 38-82 squad needs two more defeats to match the American League record of 21 losses accomplished by the 1988 Orioles, and four more will tie the major league mark of 23 endured by the 1961 Phillies.

2005       An apprenticeship, announced by the independent minor league team, the Brockton Rox, will be dedicated in the memory of the Emerson journalism student accidentally killed in 2004 by the Boston police during a near-riot around Fenway Park after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the pennant. “The Victoria Snelgrove Media Internship,” awarded to an aspiring journalist hosting pregame and postgame radio shows, will hopefully focus on the senseless violence that sometimes follows sporting contests.

2006       🇬🇺 John Hattig becomes the first person born in Guam to appear in a major league game. The 26-year-old Toronto third baseman from Tamuning replaces Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth, bats clean-up, striking out looking in both his at-bats in the Orioles’ 15-0 rout of the Blue Jays.

2006       As the team makes a run for the NL wild card, the Phillies bolster their starting rotation, acquiring Jamie Moyer and cash from the Mariners for two minor league righties named Andrew, Baldwin and Barb. The 43-year-old veteran southpaw compiled a 6-12 record with a 4.39 ERA for the struggling Mariners this season.

2007       At the Metrodome, Johan Santana two-hits the Rangers over eight innings, striking out 17 batters to establish a Twins team record for strikeouts in a game. Designated hitter Sammy Sosa collects both hits for Texas.

2007       John Smoltz becomes the Braves’ all-time strikeout leader when Diamondbacks’ third baseman Mark Reynolds becomes the 40-year-old right-hander’s 2,913th victim. Phil Niekro previously established the franchise record pitching for the club in Milwaukee and Atlanta for twenty seasons (1964 to 1983).

2008       B.J. Upton, not wanting to be a distraction to the team, apologizes to the Rays for a “mental lapse” on the bases after being thrown out at second on what many believed should have been an easy double. The 23-year-old center fielder has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling for his first-place club.

2008       The Nationals lose their 11th consecutive game, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The streak is the team’s longest skid since they moved to Washington from Montreal before the 2005 season.

2008       The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42-year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.

2008       Kevin Gracie, an Ellicott City, Maryland native, becomes the 50 millionth fan to attend a game at Oriole Park. As a result, the 24-year-old second-year University of Baltimore law student wins five years’ worth of season tickets and a cash prize of $50,000.

2010       The Cardinals obtain third baseman Pedro Feliz from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitcher David Carpenter. The Redbirds replace a slumping Felipe Lopez, a fill-in for the injured David Freese at the hot corner, with the 35-year-old veteran, good-fielding infielder.

2012       Gio Gonzalez, with his 16th victory, sets a team record when Washington beats the Mets at Nationals Park, 5-2. The 26-year-old southpaw, obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland, surpasses Livan Hernandez, who in 2005 posted a 15-10 record in the Nats’ inaugural season in the nation’s capital.

2012       Play stops in the bottom of the sixth inning of Washington’s game against the Mets with the discovery of a praying mantis in the outfield of Nationals Park. The contest continues after New York outfielder Andres Torres carefully picks up the beneficial insect and gently hands it over to a member of the ballpark’s ground crew.

2015       Ryan Braun becomes the all-time franchise home run leader when he hits his 252nd career homer for the Brewers in the team’s 8-7 victory over the Marlins at Miller Park. The 31-year-old Milwaukee outfielder surpasses Hall of Famer Robin Yount, needing about 6,300 fewer at-bats to take the lead from the former record holder.

2016       Tyler Paquin, who, as a pinch-hitter, ended last night’s game with a sac fly, plays the hero in the second consecutive Indians walk-off when he hits an inside-the-park home run to beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, at Progressive Field. The 25-year-old rookie outfielder’s round-tripper marks the second time in franchise history a game ends when a batter hits a homer without the ball going out of the field of play, a feat first accomplished by Braggo Roth in 1916 against the St. Louis Browns.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY—1960

Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs New York Yankees (3)

After a thirty-three year hiatus, baseball’s first modern National League champions (1901), the Pittsburgh Pirates finally returned to the Fall Classic. Their opponent, the American League’s New York Yankees had participated in eight of the last ten contests and only had to wait one year to get back to the big show.

Pittsburgh had no problem knocking off their “postseason cobwebs” and started strong with an opening 6-4 win against the perennial champs in Game 1 at Forbes Field.

However, their initial momentum was cut short as the Yanks dominated Games 2 and 3. Mickey Mantle did more than his share (two home runs and five runs batted in) and his teammates followed close behind totaling nineteen hits off of six different Pirate pitchers. The result was a 16-3 victory in the Steel City and a 10-0 shutout back home in the Bronx. Bobby Richardson took Mantle’s example in the opener and added a grand slam off of reliever Clem Labine in the third and a two run single giving him a record six RBIs. “The Mick” responded with two more home runs of his own and three other hits, while Whitey Ford tossed his usual four hitter.

A determined Pirate team went back to the basics and gave the ball to first-game winner Vern Law for Game 4. The National League’s Cy Young Award winner, combined with relief ace Roy Face to beat back the Yankees, 3-2 in an outing that was decided on Bill Virdon’s single in the fifth that scored two of Pittsburgh runs. Attempting to avoid a comeback, New York made a controversial decision and decided to go with Game 1 loser, Art Ditmar, who had only lasted 1/3 of an inning. Some believed (in retrospect) that Stengel had thought the “Bucs” would underestimate the young pitcher, giving him the advantage. Unfortunately the Yankees skipper was wrong as Bill Mazeroski took him for a key-double in the Pirate’s three run, second inning. Face returned with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief after replacing starter and winner Harvey Haddix to nail down the 5-2 triumph which put Pittsburgh in the lead.

It was a completely different story in Game 6 as the day belonged to the “Bronx Bombers”. Richardson had two triples, Johnny Blanchard added two doubles, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra (and Blanchard) all collected three hits each and before it was over, the Yankees had finished with seventeen hits and twelve runs. Whitey Ford added to the “Buccos” embarrassment by shutting them out again and many felt that it was all but over. Despite forcing another opportunity at their own Forbes Field, Pittsburgh had clearly been dominated by New York who had outscored them a staggering 46-17 by the end of Game 6. However, Game 7 would erase those numbers and leave fans in both agony and ecstasy.

Vern Law and the rest of the Pirates showed why they were still there by rolling over New York to take an early 4-0 lead. However, the Yankees came back with key performances at the plate by Bill Skowron, Mantle and Yogi Berra who shot to a 5-4 lead going into the eighth inning. They continued to lead 7-5 and looked to be in great shape as reliever Bobby Shantz appeared at the top of his game. Fortunately for the Pirates, appearances can sometimes be deceiving.

Gino Cimoli led off the Pittsburgh eighth with a pinch-single and Bill Virdon hit a sharp grounder toward Yankees’ shortstop, Tony Kubek. After the speeding ball took a bad hop and struck Kubek in the throat (resulting in a single), Joe DeMaestri was summoned to replace him as both Pirates remained on base. Dick Groat followed with another single cutting the lead to 7-5 and Roberto Clemente kept the rally going with an infield hit that scored Virdon and advanced Groat to third. Now trailing 7-6, Pittsburgh had two runners on base and Hal Smith at the plate. Smith, who entered the game in the top of the eighth after Pirates catcher Smoky Burgess had left for a pinch-runner in the previous inning, sent shock waves through the Pittsburgh crowd by blasting a timely home run over the left-field wall.

Bob Friend, an eighteen game winner for the Pirates and the “Bucs” starter in Games 2 and 6, came on in the ninth to try to protect the 9-7 lead. The Yankees Bobby Richardson and pinch-hitter Dale Long both greeted Friend with singles and Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh was forced to lift the veteran pitcher in favor of Harvey Haddix. Although he forced Roger Maris to foul out, Haddix gave up a key single to Mantle that scored Richardson and moved Long to third. Berra followed suite hitting a short grounder to first, with Rocky Nelson stepping on the base for the second out. In what, at the time, stood as a monumental play, Mantle, seeing he had no chance to beat a play at second, scurried back to first and avoided Nelson’s tag (which would have been the third out) as McDougald raced home to tie the score, 9-9. The Yankees were still alive.

Ralph Terry, who had gotten the final out in the Pirates’ eighth, returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth to finish the job. The first man he faced was Bill Mazeroski. With a count of one ball and no strikes, the Pirates’ second baseman smashed a historical long drive over the wall in left ending the contest and crowning the National League as champions.

As the Pirates erupted in a wild celebration, the Yankees stood in disbelief knowing that they had clearly dominated the series, but were unable to finish the task. The improbable champions were outscored, 55-27, and out-hit, 91-60, but in the end the home team prevailed. Years later, Mickey Mantle was quoted as saying that losing the 1960 series was the biggest disappointment of his career. For Bill Mazeroski, it was the highlight.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1969

The American League entered this All-Star Game determined to close out the 60’s with a win and continue that momentum into the next decade. The years of leading, only to lose in extra innings had taken its toll along with the fact that in the forty innings preceding the game, the Nationals had scored only six runs (and still were unbeatable).

By the end of the third inning, though, the National League already had eight and was coasting, thanks to a murderous assault on Mel Stottlemyre and his successor, Blue Moon Odom.

The American League went quietly to the end for their seventh straight loss. Many fans began echoing the negative sentiments from previous decades when one League dominated the other. At this point, the team might have quoted former American League star Charlie Gehringer from 1934 when he said, “It was starting to get embarrassing.”

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 19, 1983 – Former LSU and AFL/NFL football star Billy Cannon was sentenced to 5 years in prison for counterfeiting after getting involved in some bad real estate investments. After serving 2-1/2 years he was hired by the correctional facility he served time in to be their dentist, a profession he had practiced after college.

August 19, 2000 – Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium opened for its first live action in a preseason contest as the Bengals hosted the Chicago Bears. In our Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the day we use the Cincinnati Enquirer’s August 20, 2000 headline of :

Bengals Finally Capitalize in Redzone

The story celebrates the fact the Bengals offense went 3 for 3 inside the Chicago Bears twenty yard line for 3 first half touchdowns to help them to a 24-20 victory. Former number one pick Akili Smith went 21 of 29 for 184 yards and led three scoring drives in the win giving hope to Bengals fans on the 1999 NFL Draft number 3 overall selection.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS

August 19, 1946 – Bob Johnson was a center from Tennessee who entered the College Football Hall of Fame ranks in 1989. Johnson finished 6th in the Heisman voting in 1967, petty darn great for a an offensive lineman!

August 19, 1958 – Ontario, California – Anthony Muñoz was a 6-6, 278 pound offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals for 13 seasons. Anthony starred at both college football and baseball at Southern Cal. In fact the big man, who also pitched on USC’s 1978 national championship baseball team, was considered one of the best offensive linemen of his generation per a Yahoo.com report. Anthony was selected third overall in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. During his pro career, Muñoz started in 184 of his 185 total NFL games he dressed for. He played in 11 consecutive Pro Bowls and was the NFL Offensive Lineman of the year 3 times. Mr. Muñoz played in both of the Bengals’ Super Bowl appearances (XVI, XXIII), which were each narrow losses to Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers. He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade and NFL 75th Anniversary Teams. His great play at the position earned him a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in 1998.

August 19, 1960 – Morten Andersen was Pro Football Hall of Fame Kicker most notable for the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saint in the NFL. The Danish- American kicker had a remarkable 26 year career in the NFL! He attended Michigan State University prior to his NFL career. For his career Andersen booted 565 field goals through the uprights in 709 attempts and he kept a lofty 98.8 % accuracy with his 849 extra points made in 859 attempts. Morten is only one of three kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame that did not play another position. The others were Jan Stenerud and Ray Guy.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

4 – 46 – 30

August 19, 1911 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times

August 19, 1917 – Sunday benefit baseball game at New York’s Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson’s arrest for violating Blue laws

August 19, 1921 – Detroit’s Tiger Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits against Boston Red Sox, the youngest ever

August 19, 1945 – The Philadelphia Phillies Number 4, Jimmie Foxx, at age 37, pitched the 1st 7 innings versus the Cincinnati Reds and won. Remember for the majority of his career he played first base, Third base and catcher.

August 19, 1951 – He may have had the smalled MLB strike zone ever! In a publicity stunt of sorts, the St Louis Browns, Bill Veeck sent Eddie Gaedel, a 3’7″ little person, to pinch-hit. The season was all but lost for the Browns and Veeck had a reputation for stirring up interest for the team even in the worst of years. As for Gaedel’s at bat, he walked on four pitches, became the smallest MLB player on record and had the most unique jerser Number of all, Number 1/8.

August 19, 1965 – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney, Number 46 threw his second no-hitter of the season in 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs

August 19, 1990 – Los Angeles Dodgers’ infielder Jose Offerman, Number 30 hit a home run in his first MLB at bat against the Montreal Expos.

TV FRIDAY

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Boston at Baltimore7:05pmNESN
MASN/2
Toronto at NY Yankees7:05pmSportsnet
YES
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh7:05pmBally Sports
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NY Mets at Philadelphia7:05pmNBCS-PHI
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LA Angels at Detroit7:10pmBally Sports
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Bally Sports
Texas at Minnesota8:10pmBally Sports
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NBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
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MASN/2
Bally Sports
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Root Sports
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Bally Sports
Sportsnet
NFL PRESEASONTIME ETTV
Carolina vs New England7:00pmNFLN
New Orleans vs Green Bay8:00pm
Houston vs LA Rams10:00pmNFLN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Women French Cup Third Place Match12:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano2:00pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Borussia M’gladbach vs Hertha BSC2:30pmESPN+
Scottish Championship: Partick Thistle vs Inverness CT2:45pmParamount+
First Division A: AS Eupen vs Sérésien2:45pmESPN+
England Championship: Norwich City vs Millwall3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Troyes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Women French Cup Final3:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Real Valladolid4:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Necaxa vs Guadalajara8:00pmTUDN
NWSL: Kansas City Current vs Angel City8:00pmCBSSN
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders FC10:00pmESPN

TV SATURDAY

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Toronto at NY Yankees1:05pmMLBN
Sportsnet
YES
NY Mets at Philadelphia1:05pmSNY
NBCS-PHI
LA Angels at Detroit1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Milwaukee at Chi. Cubs2:20pmFS1
MARQ
Bally Sports
Boston at Baltimore4:05pmNESN
MASN/2
Kansas City at Tampa Bay4:10pmBally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Cleveland6:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh7:05pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Texas at Minnesota7:10pmBally Sports
NY Mets at Philadelphia7:15pmFOX
NBCS-PHI
SNY
Houston at Atlanta7:15pmFOX
ATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Seattle at Oakland7:15pmFOX
NBCS-CA
Root Sports
San Francisco at Colorado8:10pmNBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
St. Louis at Arizona8:10pmBally Sports
Washington at San Diego8:40pmMLBN
MASN/2
Bally Sports
Miami at LA Dodgers9:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Xfinity: Watkins Glen3:00pmUSA
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Denver vs Buffalo1:00pmNFLN
Detroit vs Indianapolis1:00pm
Washington vs Kansas City4:00pmNFLN
Tampa Bay vs Tennessee7:00pmNFLN
Las Vegas vs Miami7:00pm
San Francisco vs Minnesota7:00pm
Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville7:00pm
Dallas vs LA Chargers10:00pmNFLN
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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers7:30amUSA
Scottish Premiership: Hibernian vs Rangers7:30amParamount+
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen9:30amESPN
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Mainz 059:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Schalke 049:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
Premier League: Leicester City vs Southampton10:00amUSA
Premier League: Fulham vs Brentford10:00amPeacock
Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa10:00amPeacock
Premier League: Everton vs Nottingham Forest10:00amPeacock
Ligue 1: Monaco vs Lens11:00amParamount+
La Liga: Osasuna vs Cádiz11:30amESPN+
Premier League: AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal12:30pmNBC
Bundesliga: Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig12:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Torino vs Lazio12:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Sassuolo vs Lecce12:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Real Betis1:30pmESPN+
Belgium: Antwerp vs Union Saint-Gilloise2:45pmESPN+
Serie A: Internazionale vs Spezia2:45pmParamount+
Serie A: Sassuolo vs Lecce2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Nantes3:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Atlético Mineiro vs Goiás3:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid4:00pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Tigre5:00pmParamount+
MLS: New York RB vs Cincinnati6:00pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Fluminense vs Coritiba6:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Querétaro vs Tijuana6:00pmTUDN
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals6:30pmFS2
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs Chicago Red Stars7:00pmParamount+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs Orlando Pride7:00pmParamount+
MLS: DC United vs Philadelphia Union7:30pmESPN+
MLS: CF Montréal vs New England7:30pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: Huracán vs Newell’s Old Boys7:30pmParamount+
MLS: Minnesota United vs Austin8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Inter Miami vs Toronto FC8:00pmESPN+
Women’s International Champions Cup Third Place Match8:00pmESPNU
Liga MX: Monterrey vs Tigres UANL8:05pmFS1
Liga MX: Atlas vs Puebla8:05pmTUDN
MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Houston Dynamo9:00pmESPN+
MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs Los Angeles FC10:00pmESPN+
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver Whitecaps10:00pmESPN+
NWSL: San Diego Wave vs Houston Dash10:00pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals10:00pmFS1
Liga MX: América vs Cruz Azul10:05pmTUDN
Women’s International Champions Cup Final11:00pmESPNU
WNBATIME ETTV
New York at Chicago3:00pmESPN
Phoenix at Las Vegas6:00pmESPN2