BEN DAVIS AT AVON…Ben Davis beat Avon last season 59-35, snapping a three game losing streak. The Giants lost to Brownsburg last week, Avon lost to Lawrence North 32-25 despite 293 passing yards by QB Mason Reynolds.

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT MARTINSVILLE…QB Tyler Adkins passed for 198 yards last week in Martinsville’s 20 – 14 win over Bedford North Lawrence. Bloomington South defeated New Albany 34 – 14.

BREBEUF JESUIT AT TRI-WEST…Brebeuf is ranked #8 in 4A after opening up with a loss to Chatard. Tri-West is ranked 4th in 3A and beat Western last week 20-14. QB Ty Owens passed for 380 yards.

CARDINAL RITTER AT LUTHERAN…1A #1 Indianapolis Lutheran shutdown Beech Grove in the season opener 38 – 6. Ritter lost their opener to Monrovia 40 – 12.

CARMEL AT CENTER GROVE…Center Grove is ranked #1 in 6A and beat Warren Central last week 17-8. Carmel lost to Louisville Trinity 17-7. Trojans have won the last two match-ups by a combined 83-14.

CATHEDRAL AT BROWNSBURG…Cathedral ranked #2 in 6A, Brownsburg is ranked #3. Last season Cathedral beat Brownsburg 20-7. Last week Cathedral beat Lafayette Jeff 43-12, Brownsburg defeated Ben Davis 21-16.




DANVILLE AT MOORESVILLE…Mooresville beat Bloomington North last week 38-13. QB Nick Patterson threw for 245 yards and two scores.

DECATUR CENTRAL AT NEW PALESTINE…New Pal is now #1 in 4A. Decatur Central is ranked #2 in 5A. New Pal rushed for 299 yards last week against Westfield in a 42-28 win. Decatur Central beat Columbus North 26-12. The Hawks beat New Pal last season 31-29.

DETROIT KING (MICH.) AT WARREN CENTRAL….Warren Central is ranked 6th in 6A after losing to Center Grove last week 17-8. Detroit King is led by QB Dante Moore who is headed to Oregon. King beat Warren Central last season 42-40.


FRANKLIN CENTRAL AT RONCALLI…Roncalli is ranked #2 in 4A and beat Southport last week 46-7. RB Luke Hansen rushed for 335 yards and scored 5TD’s. Franklin Central dominated Perry Meridan last week at home.

GUERIN CATHOLIC AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC…Guerin Catholic defeated McCutcheon last week, 45 – 21. Lafayette Central Catholic is ranked #5 in 2A.

GREENSBURG AT GREENFIELD CENTRAL… Cougars quarterback Dallas Freeman threw for 219 yards in last week’s win over Plainfield.


HERITAGE CHRISTIAN AT SHENANDOAH… Heritage Christian defeated Traders Point in the season opener 55 – 20. RB Jalen Bonds rushed for 149 yards and two scores in the victory.

INDIAN CREEK AT GREENWOOD… Indian Creek defeated Batesville 37 – 25. Greenwood downed Seymour 35 – 7 rushing for 287 yards.


LAWRENCE CENTRAL AT WESTFIELD…Lawrence Central lost to Hamilton Southeastern last week 12-7. Westfield lost to New Palestine 42-28.

LAWRENCE NORTH AT WHITELAND…Lawrence North is ranked 7th in 6A and beat Avon last week 32-25. Wildcats QB Montez Jones passed for 283 yards and two scores. Whiteland knocked off Columbus East 28-10.

LEBANON AT ZIONSVILLE…Zionsville went to double OT in beating Pike 31-24. Lebanon opened with a 26-12 win over Pendleton Heights.


MT. VERNON AT FRANKLIN…Mt. Vernon is ranked 6th in 4A and lost last week to Noblesville 43-35. Franklin  had a good opener beating Danville 42-14.

NOBLESVILLE AT BENET ACADEMY (ILL.)… Noblesville open the season with an impressive 43 – 35 win over Mount Vernon. The Millers ran for 389 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground.

NORTH CENTRAL AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN…Hamilton Southeastern is ranked 5th in 6A after beating Lawrence Central last week 12-7. North Central lost to Fishers 34-0.


PIKE AT FISHERS…Pike lost to Zionsville 31-24 in 2OT. Fishers shut down North Central 34-0.

PLAINFIELD AT HARRISON (W.L.)… Plainfield lost to Greenfield Central last week, 30 – 28.





SOUTHPORT AT PERRY MERIDIAN… Southport lost to Roncalli 46 – 7 managing only 93 yards of total offense. Perry Meridian lost to Franklin Central 37 – 7. The Falcons snap a 12 – game losing streak to Southport last season.

SPEEDWAY AT SCECINA (at Beech Grove)…Speedway beat Scecina last season 17-14. Speedway was impressive last week in a 41-0 win over Covenant Christian. Carter Watson passed for 291 yards and 4 TD.

TECH AT BISHOP CHATARD…Chatard is ranked #1 in 3A after beating Brebeuf last week 24-13.

TINDLEY AT PARK TUDOR…Park Tudor is ranked #6 in 1A.

TRITON CENTRAL AT NEW CASTLE… Triton Central is ranked #9 in 2A.


WESTERN AT WESTERN BOONE… Western Boone has lost three straight to Western. Western lost to Tri-West  last week, 20 – 14. Western Boone knocked off Sheridan 35 – 12.




Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Center Grove (17)        1-0          376         1

2. Indpls Cathedral          (2)          1-0          342         2

3. Brownsburg  –              1-0          286         5

4. Carmel             –              0-1          204         3

5. Hamilton Southeastern            –              1-0          194         8

6. Warren Central            –              0-1          108         6

7. Lawrence North           –              1-0          106         9

8. Westfield       –              0-1          84           4

9. Indpls Ben Davis           –              0-1          82           7

10. Carroll (Fort Wayne) –              1-0          78           10

Others receiving votes: Warsaw 68. Zionsville 48. Fishers 46. Penn 28. Elkhart 20. Crown Point 14. Noblesville 4. Avon 2.


Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Merrillville      (16)        1-0          356         1

2. Decatur Central            (1)          1-0          320         2

3. Whiteland      –              1-0          236         6

4. Ft. Wayne Snider         –              1-0          216         5

5. Mishawaka    (1)          1-0          204         8

6. Ft. Wayne Dwenger   –              1-0          174         7

7. Castle               –              1-0          104         10

8. Michigan City –              0-1          100         3

9. Chesterton    –              1-0          92           NR

10. Bloomington South  –              1-0          88           NR

Others receiving votes: Valparaiso 50. Lafayette Harrison 18. Franklin 8. Ft. Wayne North 6. Ev. North 6. Plainfield 2.


Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. New Palestine              (3)          1-0          328         3

2. Indpls Roncalli               (14)        1-0          316         2

3. Mooresville   –              1-0          236         5

4. E. Central        –              1-0          216         6

5. Jasper              (1)          1-0          194         8

6. Mt. Vernon (Hancock)               –              0-1          182         1

7. New Prairie    –              1-0          120         NR

8. Indpls Brebeuf             –              0-1          118         4

9. Kokomo          –              1-0          86           NR

10. NorthWood –              1-0          62           NR

Others receiving votes: Northridge 54. Ev. Memorial 22. E. Noble 18. Hobart 8. Northview 8. Martinsville 6. Logansport 2. Ev. Reitz 2. S. Bend St. Joseph’s 2.


Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Indpls Chatard              (17)        1-0          358         1

2. W. Lafayette (1)          1-0          322         2

3. Gibson Southern         –              1-0          280         3

4. Tri-West          –              1-0          246         5

5. Western Boone           –              1-0          152         8

6. Norwell           –              1-0          132         9

7. Guerin Catholic            –              1-0          104         10

8. Heritage Hills –              1-0          72           NR

9. Mishawaka Marian     –              0-1          56           4

10. Delta              –              1-0          44           NR

Others receiving votes: Hanover Central 40. Lawrenceburg 40. Tippecanoe Valley 38. Owen Valley 26. Danville 16. Speedway 14. Charlestown 10. Rensselaer 10. Oak Hill 10. Centerville 8. Glenn 2.


Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Ev. Mater Dei (14)        1-0          334         2

2. Eastbrook       (1)          1-0          286         3

3. Andrean         (3)          0-1          258         1

4. Linton              –              1-0          242         5

5. Lafayette Catholic       –              1-0          204         6

6. Eastside          –              1-0          178         7

7. Indpls Scecina               –              1-0          136         8

8. Heritage Christian       –              1-0          118         9

9. Triton Central               –              1-0          68           10

10. Ft. Wayne Luers        –              0-1          66           4

Others receiving votes: Brownstown 64. LaVille 16. N. Posey 6. Eastern Hancock 4.


Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Indpls Lutheran            (13)        1-0          314         1

2. Adams Central              (3)          1-0          288         2

3. S. Adams         –              1-0          248         3

4. N. Judson       –              1-0          196         5

5. Monroe Central           –              1-0          172         6

6. Indpls Park Tudor        –              1-0          150         7

7. S. Putnam       –              1-0          132         8

8. Tri      –              1-0          74           T9

9. N. Decatur      –              1-0          60           T9

10. Springs Valley             –              1-0          36           NR

Others receiving votes: Covenant Christian (Indpls) 28. Triton 26. Carroll (Flora) 22. Sheridan 14.






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Nola tosses 11-strikeout, 5-hit shutout as Phils sweep Reds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola struck out 11 and allowed just five hits in his second career nine-inning shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies closed out a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-0 victory on Thursday night.

Edmundo Sosa had three RBIs from the ninth spot in the lineup, and Kyle Schwarber hit his National League-leading 35th homer of the season, moving him two ahead of Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals.

With the win, the Phillies increased their lead to 2 1/2 games over idle San Diego in the race for the NL’s second wild-card spot. Philadelphia has a four-game lead over Milwaukee, who is the first team out of playoff contention in the newly expanded format. Philadelphia also went 31-20 in games without slugger Bryce Harper, who is expected to rejoin the lineup on Friday after missing two months with a broken left thumb.

Nola, pitching with an extra day of rest, made short work of the Reds’ inexperienced lineup, cruising through the first seven innings on only 69 pitches while yielding only a single to Donovan Solano.

“Aaron Nola is really good at pitching,” Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs said. “That guy is a good baseball player. He is known for his curveball, but tonight he was more than the curveball. Tonight, they had to think about everything.”

In the eighth, Nola allowed back-to-back singles to Aristides Aquino and Alejo Lopez before getting Jose Barrero, Austin Romine and Jake Fraley to strike out swinging, ending the threat. Nola struck out two in the ninth before getting Aquino to bounce back to the mound to end it on his 101st pitch.

“There were a couple of innings where they had some guys on and I had to make some pitches,” Nola said. “Thankfully, we did.”

It was Nola’s first nine-inning shutout since a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on April 18, 2021, when he allowed just two hits. The veteran right-hander also threw a seven-inning, complete-game shutout on Sept. 11, 2020, in an 11-0 win over the Miami Marlins, part of a doubleheader.

“Going seven, eight or nine is our goal every time out,” Nola said. “We want to put the load on our back.”

Schwarber got the scoring going with a blast off Reds starter Justin Dunn (1-2) that was measured at 456 feet and hit three-quarters up the batters eye in dead center. He became the 11th player in franchise history to hit 35 or more homers in a season.

Sosa, who was acquired in a deal with the Cardinals on July 30 for reliever JoJo Romero, had his second three-RBI game against the Reds in 10 days. He has three games in his four-year major league career with three or more RBIs. He lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to bring home Stubbs, then roped a single to center field on a hit-and-run in the seventh that scored Matt Vierling and Bradley Zimmer, giving the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Zimmer was 2 for 3 for the Phillies, who are now 58-17 in games in which they have scored four or more runs.

“Stubbs had a great night,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “Sosa hasn’t been playing every day, but the last couple times he’s played he’s had a real impact. Everyone is contributing and it’s a real team effort.”

Dunn was solid, striking out five and walking two while allowing two earned runs in just his fourth start of the season.

“I think that was the best game that he’s pitched since he was with us,” Reds manager David Bell said. “All of his pitches had good life, maybe the best life he’s had. Everything was coming out of his hand crisper. That was a good sign and hopefully, he can finish the season strong.”


Reds: Cincinnati placed RHP T.J. Zeuch on the 15 day injured list with back soreness. To take Zeuch’s place, the Reds recalled RHP Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville.

Phillies: Pitcher Zack Wheeler has been put on the 15-day injured list with right forearm tendinitis. The 32-year-old Wheeler is 11-7 with a 3.07 ERA. … CF Brandon Marsh (left ankle sprain, bone bruise) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday night. Marsh was the designated hitter for the IronPigs on Thursday, but is expected to play outfield on Friday night. Interim manager Rob Thomson indicated that Marsh could return to the Phillies lineup on Saturday vs. Pittsburgh. … RHP Seranthony Dominguez (right triceps tendinits) is expected to be re-evaluated on Friday and could begin a throwing program.


Reds: Cincinnati heads to Washington to begin a three-game set against the Nationals. LHP Mike Minor (2-10, 6.44) will start the opener for the Reds against Washington right-hander Cade Cavalli, making his major league debut.

Phillies: Open a three-game home series against the Pirates on Friday night with LHP Bailey Falter (1-3, 4.40 ERA) making the start against RHP Bryce Wilson (2-7, 5.74)

Mitch Haniger’s homer lifts Mariners past Guardians 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) As the longest tenured members of the current roster, Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzales expect the Seattle Mariners will have more meaningful games later this season.

That doesn’t diminish Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians, which was the start of an important stretch against another playoff contender and a potential postseason preview.

“This is what I guess we envisioned. As a player you want it to happen sooner. You’re hoping for this season every year,” Haniger said. “But we’re right in the mix.”

Haniger hit a three-run home run in the first inning to account for all of Seattle’s offense and Gonzales tossed six strong innings in the opener of a key four-game series between playoff contenders in the American League. The teams will play six more times over the next 10 days.

Julio Rodriguez walked to open the game and Jesse Winker singled before Haniger stayed hot at the plate, taking Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie deep to left-center field just three batters into the game. Haniger’s fly ball appeared to be a long out off the bat but carried on a warm afternoon.

Haniger has homered in three of the past four games and is hitting .313 in 17 games since coming off the injured list.

“Timeliness of home runs are huge,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Three-run homers are beautiful. They’re awesome. Whatever you want to call them.”

Cleveland’s only run off Gonzales (9-12) came in the first when Steven Kwan doubled and scored on Jose Ramirez’s infield groundball. Gonzales got a key groundout from Josh Naylor to end the first and then settled into a groove.

Gonzales retired 16 of his final 18 batters – including 12 straight before walking Ramirez on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the sixth. Gonzales got Oscar Gonzalez to flail at a 3-2 changeup to end the inning, the last of his four strikeouts and the conclusion to one of his better starts this season.

“I feel relieved because that’s definitely how I felt and to get the result and match up with that feels good,” Gonzales said. “Obviously, I’m not satisfied because I think we have a long way to go.”

Andres Munoz struck out Ramirez with runners at first and second to end the eighth inning and struck out a pair in the ninth for his third save.

“I saw 102, and then a slider. That was pretty filthy stuff,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I don’t think you have to be in the game for 40 years to know that that was pretty special stuff.”

McKenzie (9-10) found his own groove after giving up the home run. McKenzie retired 11 straight after the homer and 18 of the final 20 batters he faced, giving up a single to J.P. Crawford and a walk to Carlos Santana.

McKenzie struck out four and allowed just three hits. Francona said McKenzie woke up with a stiff neck and the team had Bryan Shaw on alert to potentially make an emergency start.

“The first inning didn’t look real good, he wasn’t locating,” Francona said. “Fortunately, once he got the blood flowing and everything I thought he pitched pretty well.”


Seattle 1B Ty France left the game after the second inning with a right calf bruise.

France had an awkward collision with Ramirez trying to grab a high throw in the first inning and appeared to have his leg clipped by Will Benson as tried to beat out a grounder in the second inning.

“The calf is my main concern right now,” France said, then clarified, “I wouldn’t call it a concern. It’s just where I feel most the pain I guess.”

France is tied for the AL lead in hit by pitch and has also had wrist and elbow injuries this season.


Mariners: Servais is hopeful IF/OF Sam Haggerty (shoulder) will be back in lineup sometime this weekend. Haggerty came on as a defensive replacement late in Wednesday’s game and as a pinch-runner Thursday. … LHP Matthew Boyd continues his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma and seems a likely option to join the team when rosters expand Sept. 1, especially with Seattle uncertain if LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm) uncertain to return this season.


Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (8-7, 3.10) has won four of his past five starts. He took the loss in his last start against the White Sox despite allowing only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. Bieber has a 1.62 ERA over those five starts.

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (10-5, 3.52) looks for his first victory since July 5. Gilbert is 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA over his past eight starts. Gilbert has not make it through six innings in three of four starts this month.

Stowers’ HR in 9th ties it, Orioles top White Sox 4-3 in 11

BALTIMORE (AP) It has been an encouraging season for the Baltimore Orioles.

This night felt downright magical.

Kyle Stowers hit his first major league homer to tie the game with Baltimore down to its last strike, and the Orioles went on to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings Thursday night. The win kept Baltimore – which lost 110 games a season ago – within 2 1/2 of the final wild card in the American League.

“These guys are just so enjoyable to be a part of,” said Jordan Lyles, who pitched seven innings for the Orioles. “We keep having exciting series and wins like tonight. It’s a good time to be an Oriole fan.”

Anthony Santander won it with an RBI single, but it was Stowers who provided the night’s biggest swing in the ninth. The 24-year-old outfielder, playing his seventh career game, sent an 0-2 pitch from Liam Hendriks over the wall in right-center field. Hendriks had converted 19 save chances in a row before that.

Hendriks flipped his glove after the homer, seemingly in disbelief, and Stowers was understandably charged up rounding the bases.

“I kind of blacked out a little bit,” he said. “I just knew I was really excited. I haven’t necessarily been swinging it my best the last few days, so to have a moment like that was really special.”

Felix Bautista (4-3) retired all six of his hitters in the 10th and 11th, preventing the White Sox from even advancing an automatic runner to third. The Orioles blew a first-and-third, nobody-out chance in the 10th.

They had that opportunity again an inning later when Adley Rutschman hit a leadoff single against Jake Diekman (5-3). Santander followed with a line drive over the center fielder. That was Baltimore’s third unearned run of the game, including Stowers’ solo homer.

Earlier in that at-bat, Stowers lifted a catchable foul fly down the line in left, but Adam Engel – who had entered the game as a defensive replacement- appeared to take his eye off the ball and dropped it as he neared the screen. He was charged with Chicago’s third error of the night.

“I just knew I had another chance,” Stowers said. “That’s all you can ask for. It’s just funny how baseball works sometimes.”

Andrew Vaughn went deep on the game’s first pitch for the White Sox, but Santander answered with a two-run shot in the first. The White Sox tied it with an unearned run in the seventh, and Jose Abreu hit an RBI single in the eighth to put Chicago ahead 3-2.

The White Sox remained four games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

Lyles allowed one earned run and nine hits. Chicago’s Lance Lynn allowed one earned run and three hits in six innings.

Abreu made two early errors at first base, including one that led to an unearned run scoring on Santander’s homer.

The White Sox lost two of three in this series despite outhitting the Orioles 34-18.


The last Baltimore player whose first career homer tied a game in the ninth inning or later was Rich Coggins in 1973, according to ESPN Stats & Info.


Hendriks was one pitch away from tying the franchise record for consecutive saves, held by Matt Karchner and Roberto Hernandez.

Luis Robert’s hitting streak ended at 14 games. He hit into double plays in the first and third innings and went 0 for 5.


White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada left the game in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. … OF Eloy Jimenez, who was hit in the left elbow by a pitch Tuesday, was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game. Jimenez was initially sent to first on an inside pitch in the fourth, but a replay showed the ball hit the knob of his bat and the call was overturned to a foul ball. Jimenez then singled.


White Sox: Start a nine-game homestand Friday night, the first opponent being Arizona. Johnny Cueto (6-5, 2.58 ERA) starts for Chicago against Tommy Henry (2-2, 3.57).

Orioles: At Houston, with Kyle Bradish (1-5, 6.25) on the mound for Baltimore. Lance McCullers (1-1, 2.45) is expected to start for the Astros.

DeGrom dominant again, Alonso homers as Mets beat Rockies

NEW YORK (AP) Jacob deGrom struck out nine over six innings of one-run ball Thursday night, leading the New York Mets to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Pete Alonso hit his 31st homer off the advertising signage in left field during a three-run third. The Mets increased their NL East lead over the idle Atlanta Braves to two games.

DeGrom (3-1) retired the first 13 batters, eventually allowing three hits and walking one. He has a 2.15 ERA and has struck out 46 while walking just two in 29 1/3 innings spanning five starts since his return from elbow and scapula injuries.

“Jake was great – shocker,” Alonso said. “It’s great to have him back.”

DeGrom, pitching on six days rest so the Mets could get Taijuan Walker back into the rotation earlier this week, was perfect until Jose Iglesias had an infield single with one out in the fifth. Randal Grichuk followed with a double down the third base line but deGrom struck out Sam Hilliard and got Brian Serven to line out to right.

“Sometimes guys get a little extra rest (and) aren’t quite as crisp,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “But he was the difference in the game for us.”

Ryan McMahon, who saw a total of 11 pitches in his first two at-bats against deGrom, hit a 436-foot homer with one out in the sixth – the longest homer off deGrom since Kris Bryant’s 436-foot drive in 2015.

DeGrom threw 87 pitches, eight fewer than the season high he set against the Braves in his previous start. But with deGrom preferring a chance to complete an inning, he agreed with the decision to exit after six innings.

“You had eight pitches to work with (in the seventh), that’s probably pretty tough to do,” deGrom said. “So I think just being around the same spot a couple times, next time, hopefully, I’ll be out there for 100-plus (pitches).”

The Rockies left the bases loaded against Seth Lugo in the seventh. Closer Edwin Diaz worked around a hit and a walk in the eighth while facing the middle of Colorado’s order.

Adam Ottavino threw a perfect ninth for his first save since Sept. 1, 2021, when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox.

“We had a couple opportunities,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Just couldn’t deliver.”

Alonso, who singled in his first at-bat, has multiple hits in consecutive games for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1. He was hitting just .167 in his previous 13 games.

“He feels awful when he doesn’t always deliver,” Showalter said. “So I think everybody felt good for him tonight, because I know how much it means to him to contribute every night.”

Ryan Feltner (2-5) lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged three runs on six hits. The right-hander, who went to a three-ball count on eight of the 21 batters he faced, walked two and struck out two.


Ambassador Mikio Mori, the Japanese consul-general in New York, threw out the ceremonial first pitch – more than three months later than anticipated.

Mori was scheduled to throw out the first pitch prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners on May 16 as part of Japanese Heritage Night and one day before the first Japan Parade in New York City. But Mori arrived at the mound just after the famously intense Max Scherzer began his warmups. An equally amusing and awkward scene played out throughout Scherzer’s routine before Mori exited the field.

There were no such snafus Thursday, when Mori threw the first pitch to Masato Yoshii – the former Mets and Rockies pitcher – at 6:53 PM, about 15 minutes before deGrom headed out of the dugout to warm up to “Simple Man.”


For a split second in the sixth inning, deGrom believed he’d committed the first balk of his nine-year career.

With Brendan Rodgers at first base following a walk, Charlie Blackmon – the 5,080th batter deGrom has faced in the majors – and home plate umpire Chad Whitson yelled repeatedly for time. DeGrom, who was already in his familiar mitt-at-his-face pose, came out of his set instead of stepping off the mound.

A base umpire, believed to be Adam Hamari at third base, called for a balk and Rodgers began trotting to second as deGrom and Showalter began pleading their cases.

“I think the home plate umpire was saying `time’ too,” deGrom said before putting his hands to his face. “I was kind of here, I was like looking and then I heard `time, time, time.’ So at that point, I’m thinking, OK, it’s not a balk, so I just moved my hands first. And I was like `Wait, wait, wait. You guys said time.'”

After a brief consultation, Whitson ordered Rodgers back to first. DeGrom whiffed Blackmon and induced C.J. Cron to ground to shortstop, forcing Rodgers and ending the inning.

“I thought I did balk,” deGrom said with a grin.

DeGrom’s 5,081 batters faced without a balk are the 48th most all-time and 11th-most among players to debut since 1961, the start of the expansion era.


Rockies: RHP Chad Kuhl (right hip) was activated from the 15-day injured list and is slated to return to the rotation Friday. Black said Kuhl, who threw 86 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque last Saturday, should be able to handle his usual workload against the Mets. To make room for Kuhl on the roster, RHP Robert Stephenson was designated for assignment.

Mets: INF Eduardo Escobar (left oblique) began a rehab assignment with Single-A Brooklyn and went 2 for 4 while playing seven innings at shortstop – a position at which he hasn’t started in the majors since 2018. Escobar could return this weekend.


Rockies: Kuhl (6-7, 5.16 ERA) is 0-2 with a 11.49 ERA in four starts since his most recent win July 8.

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (11-7, 3.26 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four starts this month.

Stanton returns from injury, Yankees pound Athletics 13-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Giancarlo Stanton returned from the injured list and hit a two-run single to go with a bases-loaded walk, Josh Donaldson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Thursday night despite a wild major league debut by reliever Greg Weissert.

A’s reliever Joel Payamps was helped off the field in the eighth after a comebacker by pinch-hitter Kyle Higashioka struck his leg. Oakland infielder Sheldon Neuse entered to pitch for his second appearance on the mound this season.

James Tallion (12-4) received all the support he needed and then some. Weissert relieved him in the seventh and nearly everything went wrong after he came up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He hit Jonah Bride with his first pitch, then balked Bride to second on the next offering. Then Weissert’s third career pitch plunked Skye Bolt. After retiring Nick Allen on a flyball, Weissert walked Tony Kemp on four pitches. Then another free pass to Vimael Machin and Weissert’s forgettable first night was done.

Stanton played for the first time since being sidelined since July 24 with left Achilles tendinitis. He went 1 for 4 as designated hitter batting third. Manager Aaron Boone expects to use Stanton as DH early on as the slugger works back to full strength.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa also singled in a pair of runs during the decisive second inning. Jose Trevino doubled in a run, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single and Andrew Benintendi had a sacrifice fly.

Taillion allowed only rookie Shea Langeliers’ solo homer in the sixth, his last inning. He gave up six hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Taillion is two wins off his career high of 14 accomplished in 2018.

The Yankees came out swinging.

James Kaprielian (3-8) was tagged for a career-high eight earned runs, matched his career high with six walks and gave up seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The last A’s starter to allow eight or more earned runs and walk at least six batters was Rich Harden with eight earned runs and seven walks at Boston on Aug. 21, 2003, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Oakland surrendered its second-most runs of the season – also giving up 13 at Atlanta on June 8 – behind a 14-4 loss at Minnesota on May 18.

The A’s sent right-hander Frankie Montas to the Yankees at the trade deadline along with closer Lou Trivino, but Montas isn’t slated to pitch during this four-game series.

“Frankie came through. He looks a couple years younger,” quipped Oakland manager Mark Kotsay, sad not to face off against the pitcher.


Neuse recorded the final five outs to become the first A’s position player to throw more than one inning since Mark Wagner worked 1 2/3 innings on Aug. 20, 1984.

Neuse tossed a scoreless inning June 22 against Seattle.


Yankees: All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes went on the 15-day injured list with a strained left groin. The move was retroactive to Monday. The 27-year-old Cuban is 9-4 with a 2.68 ERA over 23 starts and a career-best 131 innings this season. He is 0-1 over four starts this month. … LHP reliever Zack Britton will make another rehab appearance Saturday as he ramps up his throwing program following Tommy John surgery. He pitched Wednesday for the first time after an 11-month absence, facing two batters for the Class A Tampa Tarpons against the Clearwater Threshers. … RHP Miguel Castro (strained pitching shoulder) is less than a week into his rehab throwing program and yet to go off a mound. … Clay Holmes (left lower back spasm)

Athletics: CF Ramon Laureano took live batting practice as he works back from a strained left oblique. Kotsay doesn’t expect Laureano to go on a rehab assignment before being activated.


New York transferred outfielder Harrison Bader to the 60-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.


RHP Gerrit Cole (9-6, 3.41 ERA) seeks to reach double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career when he pitches Friday night. He is mired in a six-start winless stretch during which he’s 0-4 since beating Boston on July 17.

New York will face a former Yankee for the second straight game when LHP JP Sears (5-0, 1.93) pitches against his former team for the first time since joining Oakland in the Montas-Trivino trade.

Cardinals’ Goldschmidt has 2 HR, 5 RBIs in 8-3 win over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Paul Goldschmidt slugged his 32nd and 33rd homers to highlight a five-RBI performance, Corey Dickerson set a franchise record for consecutive hits and the St. Louis Cardinals rolled to an 8-3 win Thursday over the Chicago Cubs.

Goldschmidt, Dickerson and Tommy Edman collected three hits apiece as the NL Central-leading Cardinals (72-53) won for the 10th time in their last 12 games and concluded a 6-2 trip.

The Cubs (54-71) lost for the fourth time in six games.

The Cardinals collected 16 hits even without slugger Nolan Arenado, who returned to St. Louis to attend the birth of his first child. But that was plenty of support for Dakota Hudson (7-6), who pitched a season-high seven innings of five-hit ball.

Neither Albert Pujols nor Yadier Molina were in the lineup in their final visit to Wrigley Field.

Pujols, 42, an 11-time All-Star who ranks fifth with 693 career home runs, and Molina, 40, who has nine Gold Glove Awards for his catching excellence, were presented with Wrigley scoreboard panels with their numbers in a pregame ceremony.

Goldschmidt hit a two-run single in the fourth off Marcus Stroman (3-6) before smacking a solo shot that landed near the top of the left-field bleachers off Sean Newcomb in the sixth and hitting a two-run shot in the eighth off Kervin Castro.

Goldschmidt increased his season RBI total to 105, and this marked the third time this season he had a multi-homer game and the 23rd time in his career. Goldschmidt leads the NL in batting average (.339) and RBIs and is second to Kyle Schwarber of the Phillies (35) in home runs.

Dickerson set a franchise record with 10 hits in 10 consecutive plate appearances in the post-1961 expansion era dating to his first of two consecutive four-hit games in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Dickerson sparked a three-run first inning with an RBI single – for his ninth consecutive hit, breaking the previous mark of eight held by Curt Flood (1964, 1968), Felix Jose (1991) and Fernando Tatis (1998). Dickerson also had a single to start the third but was left stranded.

Nevertheless, the Cardinals collected 11 hits off starter Marcus Stroman (3-6), one more than Stroman surrendered against them on June 3.

Nolan Gorman followed Dickerson’s first hit with an RBI single, and Tyler O’Neill capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Cubs left fielder Ian Happ leaped into the ivy-covered wall to rob extra bases hits from Gorman in the third and O’Neill in the seventh. Happ provided the bulk of the Cubs’ offense. Happ hit a double and scored on a throwing error by Edman in the second, and he followed with an RBI single in the third.

Happ hit a double that eluded Cardinals right fielder Lars Nootbaar to score Nico Hoerner in the eighth off Packy Naughton.


The Cubs expect that three to four players won’t travel to Toronto for a three-game series starting Monday, Cubs’ President of Business Operations Jed Hoyer said.

Canada’s government states that all visitors must be vaccinated in order to enter the country.

“You want to play at full strength all the time, but we have to make certain decisions in order to make sure we’re able to fill out a roster and be competitive up there,” Hoyer said. “It’s not something we look forward to. It’s not idea. But it’s also baseball in 2022 when you go to Toronto.”

Hoyer said the names of the players will be disclosed Sunday in Milwaukee.


Cubs: C Willson Contreras (sore left ankle) missed his third consecutive start but is expected to return as soon as Friday. . RHP Adbert Alzolay (right shoulder strain) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday at Triple-A Iowa. . RHP Manny Rodriguez (right elbow strain) is scheduled to pitch this weekend for Iowa. Rodriguez has struck out five in his last two outings for Iowa.


Cardinals: RHP Ryan Helsley will rejoin the team Friday, manager Oliver Marmol said. Helsley was placed on the restricted list following the birth of his wife Alex’s first child.


Cardinals: Will start LHP Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.45 ERA) Friday night at Atlanta. Quintana allowed four runs (two earned) in a season-low 2 2/3 innings in a 6-4 win Sunday over the Diamondbacks.

Cubs: Will start LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.25) Friday night at Milwaukee. Steele pitched six shutout innings Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Phils star Harper back Friday, 2 months after broken thumb

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper is set to start for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, just two months after having his left thumb broken by a pitch.

Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson announced Harper’s impending return from the injured list Thursday after consulting with the star.

Harper hit two home runs and a game-winning double in a a two-game rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His minor league stint was originally expected to last a few games longer.

Harper took off Thursday to recover from some soreness, but is set to be the designated hitter when the Phillies host Pittsburgh to start of a three-game weekend series.

The two-time NL MVP was hitting .318 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs when the thumb was broken by a fastball from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25.

Since his departure, Philadelphia has climbed into the second wild-card position in the National League with a 30-20 record without him.

Betts latest to join star-studded Team USA for 2023 WBC

An already loaded Team USA received another boost Thursday as Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts committed to representing the U.S. in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Betts joins team captain Mike Trout, reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, and St. Louis Cardinals teammates Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado among those on the defending champions’ stacked roster.

This will mark Betts’ first appearance at the World Baseball Classic. The 29-year-old is putting together another strong season for the Dodgers. Betts owns an .873 OPS with 27 home runs, 62 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases across 105 games.

Team USA will open its tournament at Chase Field in Phoenix. The U.S. will take on Mexico, Canada, Colombia, and a to-be-determined opponent in the first round, which runs from March 11-15.


Brady will start Buccaneers’ preseason finale vs. Colts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will start Saturday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Todd Bowles announced Thursday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Brady returned to the team earlier this week after missing 11 days of training camp for personal reasons.

Bowles added that all healthy players will get playing time against the Colts, signaling that the Bucs will treat their preseason finale as a true dress rehearsal for the regular season.

Brady, 45, is entering his third year with the team after going back on his decision to retire at the beginning of the offseason.

He won a Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa Bay. The seven-time champ followed that up by leading all quarterbacks in 2021 with a career-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Aaron Donald swings helmet in brawl between Rams, Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) A brawl between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams put an early end to their joint practice session Thursday, with the Rams’ Aaron Donald repeatedly swinging a helmet at Bengals players before getting thrown to the ground.

Players threw fists and helmets during scuffles leading up to a final free-for-all with Donald, a defensive lineman, getting thrown to the ground after swinging a helmet.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor downplayed the event, saying: “Emotions run high. We’ve been working together for two days now, and that’s just some real competitive guys getting into it.”

Things got chippy in the middle of the second day of the joint practice, when Cincinnati offensive lineman La’el Collins blocked Donald as quarterback Joe Burrow completed a long pass to Ja’Marr Chase. On the next play, Collins scuffled with linebacker Leonard Floyd, ripping off the defender’s helmet and tossing it.

Collins was involved in another scuffle before the final sideline-clearing fight.

The Bengals and Rams, who played in the Super Bowl in February, face each other in the final preseason game on Saturday night in Cincinnati.

In 2019, the Browns’ Myles Garrett was suspended six games for using his helmet to smash Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head during a regular-season game.

Araiza, 2 SDSU teammates accused of gang rape in civil suit

SAN DIEGO (AP) Matt Araiza, the “Punt God” who led San Diego State to a record-setting season before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills, and two of his former Aztecs teammates were accused in a civil lawsuit Thursday of gang-raping a teenager at an off-campus party last fall.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, accuses Araiza, Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko of gang-raping a then-17-year-old girl at a Halloween party at a home where Araiza had been living.

The plaintiff, now 18, is identified in the complaint as “Jane Doe” because she was underage at the time.

No arrests have been made and San Diego Police have not publicly identified any suspects.

Leonard is listed on San Diego State’s roster as a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Arlington, Texas. Ewaliko is not listed on this year’s roster, but was on the 2021 roster as a defensive lineman from Seattle.

The lawsuit states that the teen had been drinking with friends when they decided to go to the party on Oct. 17 and she was “observably intoxicated upon arrival.” She became separated from her friends and was approached by Araiza who offered her a drink, according to the lawsuit. She believes the drink “not only contained alcohol, but other intoxicating substances,” the complaint said.

She told Araiza, who was 21 at the time, that she was a high school senior, according to the lawsuit. She alleges he then led her to a side yard where he asked her to perform oral sex and then had sex with her before taking her to a bedroom in the home. There were at least three other men in the room, including Leonard and Ewaliko, according to the complaint. The lawsuit states that Araiza threw the teen onto the bed and she went in and out of consciousness while she was being raped. It added, “but she does remember some moments from the horrific gang rape.”

After an hour-and-a-half, the teen “stumbled out of the room bloody and crying,” according to the complaint. Her nose, belly button, and ear piercings had been pulled out.

She immediately told her friends about the rape and the next day reported it to police and underwent a rape exam, according to the lawsuit. Officers coached her on calling Araiza, which she did 10 days later as detectives recorded it, according to the complaint.

During the call, Araiza confirmed having sex with her, the lawsuit states, but when she asked him “And did we have actual sex?” he responded “This is Matt Araiza. I don’t remember anything that happened that night” and hung up.

“This was a horrific crime, the kind of which happens all too often,” attorney Dan Gilleon said in a statement to the AP. Gilleon said this case is especially egregious because it not only involved “self-entitled athletes,” but multiple organizations from the university to the Buffalo Bills “have acted the part of enablers looking the other way in denial that my client deserves justice even if the defendants are prized athletes.”

The Los Angeles Times first reported the lawsuit.

Attorney Kerry Armstrong, who represents Araiza in the criminal investigation, called the allegations untrue based on the findings of an investigator he hired.

“I 100% do not believe that he ever forcibly raped this girl or had sex with her while she was passed out or drunk or anything like that,” Armstrong told the AP. “It’s unfortunate that she’s filed a civil suit. I think it’s a cash grab.”

Armstrong said the Bills were aware of the allegations and investigation of Araiza before the lawsuit was filed because he provided the team updates since he was retained by the punter about six weeks ago.

“Matt Araiza’s very upset about this, as you can imagine. He’s very disappointed,” Armstrong said. “But he’s going to get his day in court eventually.”

Armstrong said he’s been informed police have all but completed their criminal investigation, which will then be reviewed by the district attorney to determine whether to file charges.

Marc Xavier Carlos, who is representing Ewaliko in an ongoing criminal investigation, and Jamahl Kersey, representing Leonard, told the Times they could not comment.

The lawsuit comes days after the Bills cleared the way for Araiza to take over the punting duties by releasing returning veteran Matt Haack. Buffalo drafted Araiza in the sixth round because of his booming left leg.

The 22-year-old Araiza, who attended San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo High, was SDSU’s most recognizable player during a school-record 12-2 season that netted a No. 25 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll. He routinely flipped the field with his jaw-dropping punts and set an NCAA record with a 51.19-yard average. He won the Ray Guy Award and was a first-team AP All-American.

“We were recently made aware of a civil complaint involving Matt from October 2021,” the Bills said in a statement. “Due to the serious nature of the complaint, we conducted a thorough examination of this matter. As this is an ongoing civil case, we will have no other comment at this point.”

The Bills traveled to Carolina for their exhibition finale at the Panthers on Friday night. It’s unclear whether Araiza will play against the Panthers, though the Bills have no other punter on their roster. Haack has since signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims requests trade

NEW YORK (AP) Frustrated New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has requested to be traded, according to a statement released Thursday by his agent.

“It’s just time,” agent Ron Slavin wrote. “Denzel has tried in good faith, but it is clear he does not have a future with the Jets.” The New York Post was the first outlet to report the request.

Mims, a second-round pick in 2020 out of Baylor, has struggled to find a role with the Jets. He has just 31 catches for 490 yards and no touchdowns in 20 games over two seasons.

He dealt with hamstring issues as a rookie, a case of food poisoning that caused him to lose 20 pounds last offseason, a bout with COVID-19 last season and saw his role in the offense dwindle to nearly nonexistent.

He was still low on the depth chart this summer, no better than sixth behind Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

“Denzel vowed to come back better than ever this season and he worked extremely hard in the offseason to make that happen,” Slavin said. “Still, he has been given very few opportunities to work with the starting offense and get into a groove with them.

“We feel at this point, a trade is our only option since the Jets have repeatedly told us they will not be releasing him.”

The Jets had no immediate comment.

Mims, who reported to training camp in good shape, said on Aug. 5 that he had lofty personal goals for this season.

“Hopefully I see myself on top,” he said, referring to the depth chart. “I mean, I feel like I put in enough work to be there. That’s the coaches’ decision, but I’ll continue to work my tail off and do everything I can.”

Mims added his only goal was to be a starting wide receiver.

But it appears that won’t happen with the Jets.

“Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel,” Slavin said of the Jets’ general manager, “and we trust that he will make every effort to find a new team where he can be a contributor.”

Dolphins cancel joint practice due to stomach bug outbreak

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins canceled their joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday after a stomach bug sidelined multiple players, coach Mike McDaniel said.

“That was a unique curveball early this morning,” McDaniel said. “We don’t really know totally where it was coming from and are just trying to be overly cautious.”

McDaniel added “more than a couple” players have been affected and are exhibiting the normal symptoms of a stomach bug. A few members of the Dolphins staff have been affected and it appears to be contagious, he said.

The Dolphins, as of now, will still play the Eagles on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in their preseason finale. It isn’t yet known which of the starters, if any, will play.

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said no one on the team had exhibited any stomach bug symptoms. The Eagles held their own practice Thursday.

The Eagles and Dolphins practiced jointly on Wednesday in a session that highlighted what is expected to be a formidable connection between quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Tyreek Hill, who the team traded for in the offseason.

Hill caught a 30-plus-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa, beating veteran cornerback Darius Slay on a play. Slay appeared to be limping after, and he grimaced as he walked back to the sideline. He was in and out of practice for the rest of the day.

The same quickness and speed that Hill displayed in his career as a Kansas City Chief seemed to present issues for the Eagles secondary on Thursday as he continued to find soft spots in the coverage for wide open catches.

Tagovailoa, who is entering his third year in the NFL, showed timing and accuracy in his throws, getting the ball out quickly on one play when the Eagles sent a blitz and spreading the ball to multiple receivers.

Eagles receiver A.J. Brown, who was traded from the Titans earlier this year, opened the joint session for the Eagles’ first-team offense with a one-handed snag as he darted past Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard.

The Eagles defensive front stopped most of Miami’s attempts at running the ball. Most of the Dolphins’ rushing attempts were either stopped for losses or short gains, which is an extension of their run game so far in the preseason.

“More than anything really this preseason, we haven’t got stuff going because it’s been one or two guys off, which I’m more concerned about the players, whether they learn from that or not,” McDaniel said. “Joint practices generally you’re a little more comfortable doing, not the one-on-one version of your run game, pass game, defense.”

NOTES: Dolphins receiver Jaylen Waddle, who was held out of practices last week due to an undisclosed injury, returned this week. He didn’t participate in team drills Wednesday, but he did get work on the jug machine after practice ended. DeVonta Smith, his former Alabama teammate, later joined him. … Cornerback Nik Needham, who was hurt in the first quarter last week against the Raiders, left practice early and didn’t return. McDaniel said he is day to day, but the injury is “nothing to be concerned about.”

Jerry Jones expects injured Cowboys LT Tyron Smith to return

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is expected to return at some point this season after sustaining a torn left hamstring that also injured the knee, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Thursday.

Jones said during an appearance on ESPN that he wasn’t sure if Smith’s injury would require surgery but that the eight-time Pro Bowler would return late in the season.

A person with knowledge of the injury, which happened in practice Wednesday night, said Smith had a torn hamstring with a knee fracture that resulted from the tendon pulling away from the bone. ESPN first reported the injury.

Speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement of the injury, the person said it appeared Smith would be sidelined until December.

Smith was injured during 11-on-11 drills when he went to engage linebacker Leighton Vander Esch about 5 yards downfield before crumpling to the turf. He walked off the field without help and later walked past reporters outside the locker room.

The 31-year-old Smith has been hampered mostly by back, neck and ankle injuries in recent years. Smith has missed at least three games each season since 2016. He played just two games in 2020 before season-ending neck surgery.

Rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith could replace him. Tyler Smith has been working at left guard but was the starting left tackle at Tulsa. He missed both practices this week with an ankle injury.

“We’ve played a lot of games without Tyron,” Jones said on ESPN. “Not as successfully as we do with him. But in the meantime we’ve got a guy named Tyler Smith who’s come on the scene.”

The injury is a major blow to an offensive line that was already in transition.

The Cowboys were counting on Smith and five-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin as the anchors for a unit that is young and relatively inexperienced at the other three spots. Dallas probably just added a fourth spot to that concern.

Josh Ball, a fourth-round pick last year, has replaced Tyron Smith at times during training camp this year. Ball missed all of his rookie season with an ankle injury.

If Tyler Smith moves to left tackle, third-year player Connor McGovern is the likely choice at left guard. Before Tyron Smith’s injury, McGovern, who missed all of his rookie year with a torn pectoral muscle, was expected to start ahead of Tyler Smith. Tyler Biadasz, another third-year player, is the center.

Without Tyron Smith, quarterback Dak Prescott is missing the veteran blocker on his blind side and two other starters from last year’s line while moving on without top receiver Amari Cooper, who was traded to Cleveland in a cost-cutting move in the offseason. CeeDee Lamb is taking over the No. 1 receiving role from Cooper.

The defending NFC East champs, who lost a wild-card game at home to San Francisco in January, open the season with two tough home games. The opener is against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 11 before Joe Burrow and the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals visit.

“I like where we are relative to our skill positions and frankly, our challenge is in our offensive line,” Jones said. “The offensive talent has got to step up with the recognition that we can’t count on what you might have had up there.”

NFL news dominates headlines, even during the offseason

After one of the wildest offseasons in NFL history featuring blockbuster trades, rapid free-agency movement, record-setting contracts and plenty of off-field drama, the regular season is almost here.

Are you ready for some football?

The Buffalo Bills visit the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in two weeks to kick off the season in prime time.

If the action on the field matches the offseason excitement, it’ll be a season for the ages.

NFL news dominated sports headlines throughout the spring and summer.

Tom Brady retired in February, returned in March, took an 11-day break from training camp in August and enters his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seeking his eighth Super Bowl ring at age 45.

Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield were among the quarterbacks on the move. Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, A.J. Brown and Amari Cooper led the list of star wide receivers who also were traded.

Deshaun Watson was dealt from Houston to Cleveland but the Browns will have to wait three months for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to make his debut. Watson must serve an 11-game suspension as part of a settlement with the NFL following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen women.

Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the league before the end of last season. Miami was penalized for tampering with Brady and coach Sean Payton, who stepped down after 15 seasons in New Orleans.

Dan Snyder’s team got a new name — Commanders — and Washington’s owner finally testified last month before a congressional committee investigating the team’s history of workplace misconduct.

Those were the biggest stories that kept the NFL atop news cycles. Now, attention turns to playing the games and finding out who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona in February.

The Rams, Buccaneers and Packers are the top three teams in the NFC, per FanDuel Sportsbook’s Super Bowl odds. The Bills, Chiefs and Chargers are the top three betting favorites in the AFC.

Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay will try to become the first QB-coach duo to win consecutive Super Bowls since Brady and Bill Belichick did it in New England in 2003-04. The Rams, however, must replace seven starters, including Von Miller.

Brady’s return gives Tampa a legitimate shot to win its second title in three years. But the Buccaneers suffered major losses on the offensive line in camp. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen and left guard Aaron Stinnie went down with significant knee injuries.

The Buccaneers also have a new coach. Bruce Arians retired and was replaced by defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

“You either get the job done or you don’t,” Brady said. “There’s only one team that is really happy at the end of the year and it is the team that wins.”

The Packers gave Aaron Rodgers a three-year, $150.8 million contract extension but lost Adams, leaving a major void on offense. Rodgers already criticized the team’s young receivers, saying they need to be more consistent.

The Cowboys could emerge into a championship contender but Dallas will have a tough time holding off Philadelphia in the NFC East, which hasn’t seen a repeat division winner since the Eagles won four titles in a row from 2001-04.

Josh Allen and the Bills are the odds-on favorites in a conference filled with competitive teams. Buffalo has to find a way to get past its playoff failures after last season’s collapse in Kansas City.

The Bills have the league’s most talented roster, boasting a dynamic offense and a stingy defense. Winning in January is the biggest obstacle Buffalo has to overcome.

“Nothing we did last year is going to carry over to this year,” Allen said.

Like the Packers, the Chiefs traded away their top receiver, sending Hill to Miami. But Patrick Mahomes still has Travis Kelce and other playmakers around him.

Kansas City’s road through the AFC West has never been more challenging. The Chiefs have to go through Justin Herbert and the Chargers, Wilson and the Broncos and Derek Carr and the Raiders.

Meanwhile, don’t count out the Bengals. They have to avoid the hangover that often plagues teams coming off a loss in the Super Bowl. If a retooled offensive line protects Joe Burrow, who was the most-sacked quarterback in the league last year, Cincinnati should be in the mix.

Eighteen weeks, 272 games and then playoffs.

Let’s go.

Former Browns center, NFLPA president JC Tretter retires

CLEVELAND (AP) JC Tretter’s days blocking defensive linemen are over. He’s not through going up against the NFL.

The former Cleveland Browns center and current NFLPA president announced his retirement on Thursday, saying on Twitter that he ended a playing career that started in Green Bay and spanned nine seasons “on my own terms.”

However, Tretter said in an interview that he believes his work with the union played a role in him not being re-signed after the Browns released him in March.

“There are teams right now that I would say are desperate for a center based off how camp’s going,” Tretter told Sports Illustrated. “Still no calls.”

Tretter, who plans to stay on and serve his second term leading the union, missed only one game for Cleveland over the past five seasons despite playing on bad knees. He rarely practiced so he could get treatment but always managed to be ready for games.

The 31-year-old didn’t miss a snap until last season, when he tested positive for COVID-19 before a Christmas game in Green Bay.

“Incredible how he was able to fight through injuries and all of those type of things,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Just think about some of the injuries he dealt with in Green Bay and then came here and did not miss much time – I don’t even know if he missed any time.

“Never wanted to come out of the game. An impressive example for the young guys about how to make it to Sunday.”

The Browns released Tretter – days after he was elected to a second term as president – in a salary-cap move. There had been speculation Cleveland might bring him back after starter Nick Harris suffered a season-ending knee injury in the exhibition opener.

However, the Browns elevated Ethan Pocic to the starting lineup and Tretter remained unsigned before deciding to retire.

Tretter was instrumental in setting up team COVID-19 protocols and helping the league navigate pandemic-related challenges during the 2020 season. He was also a strong advocate for player safety and believes some of that work resulted in him being shunned as a free agent.

While he was still playing, Tretter thought his efforts off the field would have an impact on his future.

“Guys would be like, `Oh, like how are your knees doing?'” Tretter told SI. “And I always said, `My NFLPA job is gonna end my career well before my knees end my career.'”

Green Bay drafted Tretter in the fourth round in 2013 out of Cornell. He broke his ankle during the offseason and didn’t play his first year. In 2014, he played in eight games, missing time with a knee injury.

He spent three seasons with the Packers before the Browns signed him as a free agent in 2017.


Illinois names DeVito starting QB for opener vs. Wyoming

Wyoming (0-0) at Illinois (0-0), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (BTN)

LINE: Illinois by 10.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

LAST YEAR: Wyoming capped off a 7-6 season with a win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, while Illinois went 5-7 in Bret Bielema’s debut season in Champaign.


Bret Bielema announced Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito as Illinois’ starting quarterback on Thursday. DeVito has a promising arm and the potential to boost the offense under first-year coordinator Barry Lunney Jr., hired from UTSA after the Roadrunners embarrassed Bielema’s squad last year. The run-happy Cowboys lost quarterbacks Sean Chambers and Levi Williams to the transfer portal and brought in Andrew Peasley from rival Utah State and Evan Svoboda from Snow College. The result could hinge on which team’s newcomers hit the ground running.


Illini defensive ends Keith Randolph and Johnny Newton could set the tone and rattle the Cowboys early if they can get into the backfield and speed up the quarterback. The visitors from the Mountain West Conference do have two hulking offensive tackles in 330-pound senior Eric Abojei and 315-pound Frank Crum, who have combined for 34 starts the last two seasons.


Wyoming lost defensive end Sabastian Harsh earlier this week to an unspecified, season-ending injury. Backup running back Dawaiian McNeeley is also banged up and receiver Gunner Gentry will miss his second-straight season after suffering a knee injury in camp.


Wyoming’s Easton Gibbs trailed only NFL draft pick Chad Muma in tackles (89) and tackles for loss (seven) as a redshirt freshman in 2021. … Illinois LB Tarique Barnes has emerged as a playmaker in Ryan Walters’ defense after forcing two fumbles, making 80 tackles and six tackles for loss last year. … WR Isaiah Williams has gamebreaking potential as a pass option and with his legs. He led the Illini last fall with 47 receptions for 525 yards and four touchdowns.


Illinois RB Chase Brown averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 170 attempts in 2021, becoming the 14th 1,000-yard rusher in school history. … Wyoming RB Titus Swen also averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2021. … Both players were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list. … Wyoming enters as the third-youngest Bowl Subdivision team with 96 underclassmen on the roster, including 58 freshmen and redshirt freshmen. … Illinois returns six starters on each side of the ball. … Wyoming has reached a bowl in four of the last six years. … The Cowboys ares seeking the program’s second win over a Big Ten foe (Wyoming won 21-12 at Wisconsin in 1986). … Wyoming is going for back-to-back wins against Power Five opponents following a 2019 win over Missouri.

SEC’s Vanderbilt heads to Hawaii to open season

Vanderbilt (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Line: Vanderbilt by 8 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: First meeting.


Following a 2-10 record in coach Clark Lea’s debut season, Vanderbilt is looking to start year two under the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator on a winning note. The Commodores have lost their last seven games and are seeking their first win to start a season since 2018. Hawaii will be playing its first game under coach Timmy Chang, the former record-setting quarterback. The Rainbow Warriors are coming off of a 6-7 record a year ago and will be trying for their first season-opening win since 2020. Hawaii has won its last seven home openers.


Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright started five of the final six games in 2021. He threw for 1,042 yards and ran for another 370 and totaled nine touchdowns. The dual-threat signal-caller is on the Maxwell Award watch list. He will put to the test a Hawaii defense that ranked 127th (out of 130 teams) in passing yards allowed per game (289.7), but eighth in turnovers gained (27), including 14 interceptions.


Vanderbilt: LB Anfernee Orji led the team in tackles for a second straight season a year ago with 92 total stops, including 13 behind the line of scrimmage. Orji’s 7.75 tackles per game ranked third most among SEC defenders.

Hawaii: RB Dedrick Parson was the team’s second-leading rusher a season ago (636 yards, 5.3 per carry) and had eight touchdowns. After sharing the workload at running back last year, Parson is expected to be the featured back this fall.


Vanderbilt returns 15 of 22 starters from a season ago, including seven on offense and eight on defense. … The Commodores were picked by league media to finish seventh (last) in the SEC East. … Vanderbilt has won 15 of its last 17 non-conference games against non-Power Five opponents. … Saturday’s game will mark the furthest west that the Commodores have ever played a football game. … Hawaii returns six of 22 starters from last year: four on offense and two on defense. … The Rainbow Warriors have won their last seven non-conference home games. … Hawaii has won its last three games against Power Five opponents. It will be facing another Power 5 opponent in a few weeks, when it visits No. 8 Michigan on Sept. 10.

North Carolina, QB Maye hope for fast start vs. Florida A&M

Florida A&M (0-0) at North Carolina (0-0), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ACCN).

Line: No early line on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: First meeting.


The Rattlers won nine games in the Championship Subdivision last season and would love a statement victory against a Power Five team like North Carolina. The Tar Heels will look to get settled at quarterback and elsewhere on the roster before a potentially tricky trip to Appalachian State next week — a team that won 10 games last season.


Florida A&M QB Rasean McKay vs. North Carolina’s pass defense. McKay threw for 22 touchdowns against just five interceptions. The Tar Heels were near the ACC bottom with 28 TD passes allowed. McKay connected on less than 58% of his throws last year.


Florida A&M: LB Isaiah Land led Division I with 19 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss as he won the Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in the FCS. He set a school record with five sacks in a win over South Carolina State last season.

North Carolina: QB Drake Maye will get first crack at taking over for Sam Howell, the starter the past three years. Coach Mack Brown chose Maye after a fall camp competition with Jacolby Criswell. Brown made it clear that Criswell will get chances, especially if Maye and the offense bog down.


Florida A&M of the FCS still brag on its FBS victory, 16-13, over Miami and coach Howard Schnellenberger in 1979. … North Carolina started last year in the top 10, but fell out of the rankings after losing three of its first six games. … Probably the Rattler with the most experience against the Tar Heels is coach Willie Simmons, who played them twice in three seasons at Clemson from 2000-2002. Simmons threw for 228 yards and four TDs in a 38-24 victory over North Carolina in 2000. … North Carolina is 5-4 all-time in August. The only game the Tar Heels played earlier than this was on Aug. 25, 2001, a 41-27 loss at Oklahoma. … North Carolina WR Josh Downs set a program mark last season with 101 catches for 1,335 yards. He became just the fourth ACC player with 100 or more catches.

Florida State opens Year 3 under Norvell vs. Duquesne

Duquesne (0-0) at Florida State (0-0), 5 p.m. ET (ACC Network)

Line: No early line on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: First meeting.


Florida State looks to open a season with a victory for the first time since 2016. The Seminoles welcome 14 transfers to what was one of the nation’s youngest teams under Mike Norvell the last two seasons. Florida State is seeking to build momentum going into a Sept. 4 showdown with LSU in New Orleans. Duquesne will earn $400,000 for the game in Tallahassee.


Florida State is breakingin four transfer wide receivers: Mycah Pittman (Oregon), Johnny Wilson (Arizona State), Deuce Spann (Illinois) and Winston Wright Jr. (West Virginia). The receiving group lacked game-breaking talent in 2021, but the transfers could bring welcome production. Duquesne allowed just 207.9 passing yards per game, and the Dukes return all-NEC free safety Jeremiah Josephs.


Florida State: Linebacker Tatum Bethune had 108 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions in 2021 at UCF before transferring to Florida State. Bethune elevates a linebacking corps that has struggled in recent years.

Duquesne: Senior nose tackle Maxi Hradecny, who is from Vienna, Austria, is a two-time all-conference player. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Hradecny had four sacks in 2021.


This is the Seminoles’ earliest home game in program history and earliest opener since Aug. 24, 2002, against Iowa State in Kansas City. … Coach Jerry Schmitt has led Duquesne to 11 conference titles in 18 seasons at the school … The Dukes were picked to finish second in the NEC preseason coaches poll … Florida State has scored on 34 straight red zone trips, the fifth-longest streak in the ACC dating to the 2004 season.

PICK SIX: Who will win the national championship in 2022?

Sometimes a prediction can feel right even though it ends up wrong. And vice versa.

Last season, this column projected both Ohio State and Alabama to miss the College Football Playoff. Bold? Dumb? The line is fine.

One out of two isn’t bad, but in some ways the one that ended up being wrong felt more right.

While the Buckeyes did turn out to be vulnerable, the pick here to win the Big Ten and reach the playoff for the first time was … Wisconsin. The Badgers went 9-4 last season and didn’t even win their division. The Buckeyes lost to Oregon early and Michigan late.

As for Alabama, the theory behind the Crimson Tide missing the CFP was that it would lose a regular-season game — most likely at Texas A&M — and then Georgia would eliminate Nick Saban’s team by winning the SEC title game.

That looked like a good call when the unbeaten and favored Bulldogs went up 10-0 in the second quarter in Atlanta. Then Bryce Young carved up Georgia’s vaunted defense and it became yet another example of the perils of picking against ’Bama.

Some redemption came in the CFP title game, when Georgia — as predicted here in the preseason — won the national title.

While it’s cool to be right, predictions are mostly made for fun. Straight chalk is boring, but last season’s volatility that included Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma having long conference championship streaks snapped might be tough to repeat. With all that in mind:


Three teams that will start the season ranked in the AP Top 25 but finish unranked:

— No. 12 Oklahoma State. The super seniors and coordinator that powered one of the best defenses in the country are gone and the Big 12 is always unpredictable.

— No. 16 Miami. Hurricanes haters get one more year of mocking how the U. is Back! Might want to get it out of your system, though, because Miami under Mario Cristobal is not likely to be mediocre for much longer.

— No. 19 Arkansas. The SEC West is a gauntlet and somebody is going to be disappointed. You’re it, Razorbacks.

Three teams that will start the season unranked but finish ranked:

— Penn State. On the way to building toward something big in 2023, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions bounce back from two lackluster seasons.

— Kansas State. The Adrian Martinez redemption tour.

— UCF. The Knights have been usurped by Cincinnati as kings of the AAC and Houston is the buzzy G5 team heading into this season. But UCF looks loaded in Year 2 under Gus Malzahn.


American Athletic Conference — Houston over UCF. The future of the Big 12.

Atlantic Coast Conference — Clemson over North Carolina. What better way to end divisional play in the ACC than Clemson beating the fourth-best team in the conference?

Big 12 — Kansas State over Oklahoma. Score one for the leftovers.

Big Ten — Ohio State over Minnesota. The West Division will come down to a fun, four- or five-team scramble and the winner’s reward is a beatdown from the Buckeyes in Indianapolis.

Conference USA — UAB over UTSA. (Insert joke about how difficult it is to remember who is still in C-USA).

Mid-American Conference — Toledo over Miami (Ohio). Picking the favorites in the MAC is never a great idea, but here we are.

Mountain West — Fresno State over Boise State. Quarterback Jake Haener and the Bulldogs give Fresno State its first MWC title since 2018.

Pac-12 — Oregon over USC. A first-year coach wins the Pac-12. Just not the one getting the most attention.

Southeastern Conference — Alabama over Georgia. Yep, we’re doing this again.

Sun Belt — Appalachian State over Southern Mississippi. The Mountaineers return to the title game for the fourth time in five years, this time against Sun Belt newbie Southern Miss.


Nebraska gets off to an encouraging start in coach Scott Frost’s make-or-break season, but stumbles down the stretch against a difficult closing schedule (Minnesota, at Michigan, Wisconsin and at Iowa). The school parts ways with the hometown hero. Next up for the Cornhuskers? How about Matt Campbell from Iowa State?


Rose Bowl — Michigan vs. USC.

Sugar Bowl — Georgia vs. Kansas State.

Cotton Bowl — Houston vs. Oklahoma.

Orange Bowl — North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M.


Fiesta Bowl (semifinals) — No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson.

Peach Bowl (semifinals) — No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oregon.


Ohio State over Alabama. The Buckeyes win a rematch of the 2020 CFP championship game, with C.J. Stroud outdueling Bryce Young.

ACC preview: No. 4 Clemson aims for return to top of league

Fourth-ranked Clemson is determined to follow a year of change with a return to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tigers saw their six-year run as champions snapped last year, then the Tigers lost coordinators on both sides of the ball to head-coaching jobs. Yet Dabo Swinney’s team is favored again ahead of teams like No. 13 North Carolina State, No. 16 Miami, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 22 Wake Forest.

“Not many guys on this team had really experienced anything other than winning championships,” Swinney said. “So we go into this with a different perspective. Is it any easier to win? I don’t think so.”

The Tigers’ “stumble” still came with double-digit wins for the 11th straight season, though they lost two ACC games – at N.C. State in double overtime and at eventual league champ Pittsburgh – for the first time since 2014.

They return nine offensive starters, including quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, and six defensively with a fearsome front featuring preseason all-ACC picks Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy. But the people leading those units have changed with the departures of offensive coordinator Tony Elliott (Virginia) and defensive coordinator Brent Venables (Oklahoma), a rare break of continuity from two national-title runs.

If Clemson can get back to the top, that will mark its seventh ACC title in eight seasons. That’s would be an unprecedented run, re-kindling memories of Florida State’s tear through the league in the 1990s.

“We were blessed to come out with a 10-win season, win six in a row at the end,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter said. “A lot of teams wish they could’ve been in our shoes.”


Clemson: The Tigers have won 59 of 64 games against ACC opponents dating to the 2015 season.

N.C. State: Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack posted the second-highest vote total among league teams to win the title with 17 returning offensive and defensive starters. But N.C. State must beat out Clemson in the Atlantic to reach the Dec. 3 title game in Charlotte. The Wolfpack’s No. 13 ranking matches the program’s best in the preseason AP poll set in 1975.

Miami: First-year coach Mario Cristobal’s Hurricanes are picked as the Coastal favorite with seven returning offensive and defensive starters, including returning Associated Press newcomer of the year Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback.


QB Devin Leary, N.C. State: The preseason league player of the year ranked among the national leaders in passing touchdowns (35), yardage and efficiency for a nine-win team.

WR Josh Downs, North Carolina: A big-play threat at all times, Downs had 1,335 yards and eight touchdowns receiving last year while ranking sixth in the Bowl Subdivision ranks in catches per game (7.8).

RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse: The ACC’s leading rusher ranked fourth in FBS (124.7) en route to becoming a second-team Associated Press All-American.

QB Malik Cunningham, Louisville: The veteran with 38 career starts is a dual-threat weapon who ranked fourth in FBS with 20 rushing TDs.


Pittsburgh won the program’s first ACC title behind quarterback Kenny Pickett as the AP league offensive player of the year and prolific receiver Jordan Addison.

“It seems like forever ago,” coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Both are among significant losses at the offensive skill positions, though the Panthers have seven returning defensive starters that include preseason all-ACC picks Habakkuk Baldonado and Calijah Kancey up front.


The status of Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman is a story to watch. He was one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in leading a high-scoring offense for a team that won the Atlantic Division and reached the ACC title game, but he’s out indefinitely while being treated for a non-football medical condition.

That could mean third-year freshman Mitch Griffis or fourth-year sophomore Michael Kern opens the year as a first-time starter.


All four of the league’s new coaches reside in the Coastal Division with Cristobal, Elliott, Duke’s Mike Elko and Virginia Tech’s Brent Pry. All but Cristobal are first-time head coaches, adding another variable to the always-unpredictable Coastal Division race in the final season for the league with its two-division format.


Clemson at Wake Forest, Sept. 24: The Tigers visit the Demon Deacons in a key matchup for the Atlantic Division race.

N.C. State at Clemson, Oct. 1: The preseason picks as the league’s top two teams meet in Death Valley.

Wake Forest at N.C. State, Nov. 5: This instate matchup largely decided last year’s Atlantic race.

Miami at Clemson, Nov. 19: The preseason division favorites meet in a potential preview of the league title game two weeks later.


ATLANTIC: Clemson, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Florida State, Boston College, Syracuse.

COASTAL: Miami, Pitt, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke.



Nebraska kicks off its 133rd football season on Saturday when the Huskers take on the Northwestern Wildcats at the Aer Lingus Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Saturday’s season opener will be the 1,358th game in Nebraska football history but only the second played on foreign soil. The only other international game in Husker history was Nebraska’s victory over Kansas State at the 1992 Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan. One year later, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State at the 1993 Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, which to date is the only Big Ten Conference game played outside of the United States. Saturday’s game marks the earliest date of a conference matchup in Big Ten history. Head Coach Scott Frost begins his fifth season at his alma mater in 2022, while Saturday’s contest will mark Pat Fitzgerald’s 200th game as Northwestern’s head coach. Nebraska won last year’s matchup in Lincoln 56-7, scoring its most points ever in a Big Ten Conference game and posting its largest margin of victory (49 points) in a Big Ten game and in any conference game since 2001. Before last year’s Husker win, each of the previous four meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern had been decided by one score, including back-to-back overtime wins for the Wildcats in 2017 and 2018. Overall, eight of the first 11 Big Ten meetings between the two programs have been one-score games. Nebraska returns 46 letterwinners from last year’s team, bringing back five full-time defensive starters and four offensive starters plus nine other players (seven on offense and two on defense) who started multiple games in 2021. The Huskers have bolstered their roster with the addition of 44 newcomers, including 22 transfers, 18 of whom have previous playing experience at the FBS or FCS level.

Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Northwestern is the earliest date of a

conference game in Big Ten history. The previous earliest date of a Big Ten Conference

game came last season when Nebraska traveled to Illinois on Aug. 28.

The Aer Lingus Classic will mark just the second international conference matchup in Big

Ten history. The only other Big Ten game played on foreign soil was Wisconsin’s 41-20

win over Michigan State on Dec. 5, 1993, at the Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan.

Six of the first 11 Big Ten Conference matchups between Nebraska and Northwestern

have been decided by three or fewer points (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). The

Huskers and Wildcats have also had two overtime contests in the past five matchups.

SERIES HISTORY: NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN Saturday’s matchup between Nebraska and Northwestern will be the 16th all-time between the two schools, with Nebraska holding a 9-6 series advantage. The Huskers are 6-5 against the Wildcats since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and the series has a history of close games. • Nebraska won last year’s meeting 56-7 in Lincoln, posting its highest point total and largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Conference game. Overall, last year’s meeting marked the Huskers’ largest margin of victory in any conference game since a 59-0 win at Baylor during the 2001 Big 12 season. • Despite last year’s lopsided score, eight of the 11 meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten have been decided by eight or fewer points, including four of the past five games. Northwestern is 5-3 in those eight one-score games, as each of the Wildcats’ five conference victories over Nebraska have come by eight or fewer points and by an average of 4.6 points, including two overtime wins. • The schools met four times prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten, with the Huskers holding a 3-1 edge in those matchups. Nebraska defeated Northwestern, 66-17, in the 2000 Alamo Bowl, a Husker record for points scored in a bowl game.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL RETURNS TO IRELAND: The Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be held at Aviva Stadium, home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland. Aviva also hosted the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy, as well as the most recent Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech in 2016. Aviva Stadium is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which initially opened in 1872 and was demolished in 2007, Lansdowne was the site of the first major NCAA American football game played in Europe; Boston College vs. Army in 1988) … Also marks the 7th FBS game to be played in Ireland, and the first since 2016 … Both teams will compete for the Keough-Naughton trophy that bears the names of two powerhouses of Irish America, Don Keough and Martin Naughton. MR. 200 Saturday’s opener will mark the 200th career game coached by Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is already Northwestern’s career leader in games coached for the program (2nd-most is Pappy Waldorf, who coached 101 games for the Wildcats from 1935-1946 with a record of 49-45-7) … Fitzgerald will become just the eighth coach in Big Ten history to coach 200 games for a Big Ten school, joining Kirk Ferentz (288; 2nd all-time) as the only two active coaches. SEASON OPENER = B1G OPENER For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Northwestern will open its season with a matchup against a fellow Big Ten opponent. The Wildcats and the Cornhuskers’ meeting in Dublin marks one of three Big Ten matchups to open the 2022 season (also Penn State @ Purdue and Illinois @ Indiana happening in Week 1). Over the last five seasons, Northwestern’s four season openers against conference opponents mark the most of any Big Ten school (this will be Nebraska’s third in that span). Northwestern has never lost back-to-back season openers under Pat Fitzgerald, the last time the Wildcats did so was in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. A look back at recent season openers for the Wildcats: • 2021 vs. Michigan State (MSU 38, Northwestern 21): Northwestern totaled 400 yards of offense, however was unable to contain the Spartans’ rushing attack led by Kenneth Walker III (264 yards, 4 TDs). • 2020 vs. Maryland (Northwestern 43, Maryland 3): With every Big Ten school opening its season with a conference matchup amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwestern piled on 537 yards of total offense (including 325 rushing yards), while the defense forced 4 turnovers in a 43-3 rout over Maryland at Ryan Field. Marked win No. 100 of Pat Fitzgerald’s head coaching career. • 2019 at #25 Stanford (Stanford 17, Northwestern 7): The Wildcat defense surrendered just 10 points on the road at Stanford. The ‘Cats scored a TD midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 10-7, but could not capitalize late. • 2018 at Purdue (Northwestern 31, Purdue 27): Northwestern was one of just two Power 5 schools to earn a conference victory in Week 1, the ‘Cats scored all 31 of their points in the first half–21 of which came o” turnovers. NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY Northwestern has won 3 of its last 5 games vs. Nebraska dating back to 2017. The Wildcats have not dropped back-to-back games against the Cornhuskers since 2013-14 … Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, eight of the 11 meetings between teams have been decided by eight or fewer points, including four of the past five games. Four of those one-score games have been decided either on the final play of the game and/or in overtime … This marks the 2nd-ever neutral site meeting between the teams, who also met in San Antonio for the 2000 Alamo Bowl.



•The Wyoming vs. Illinois game this Saturday is one of 11 FBS games to be played in Zero Week to kick off the 2022 season. •Wyoming and Illinois will be meeting for the first time in football in the two schools’ histories. •The Cowboys and Fighting Illini are two of the youngest teams in college football entering this week’s season opener. See more details on Page 5 of these game notes. •Junior running back Titus Swen has been named to three Preseason Watch Lists, including the Doak Walker Award, Paul Hornung Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.  •The Cowboys have won five of their last six August games.

The Wyoming Cowboys and Season Openers: As the Wyoming Cowboys enter their 126th season of college football in 2022, the Pokes record in season openers stands at: 79-44-2 (.640) in 125 previous season-opening games. The Cowboys are 59-18-1 (.763) in season-opening games at home, and are 20-26-1 (.436) in road games to begin the season. •Wyoming’s record in 125 Previous Season Openers (Home & Away) 79-44-2 (.640) •UW in Season-Opening Games at Home (78 Games) 59-18-1 (.763) •The Cowboys in Season-Opening Games on the Road (47 Games) 20-26-1 (.436) •UW vs. Non-Conference Opponents in Season Openers 65-27-1 (.704) •The Pokes vs. Non-Conference Opponents at Home in Season Openers 50-11-1 (.815) •UW’s record vs. Non-Conference Opponents on the Road in Season Openers 15-16-0 (.484) •Wyoming’s record vs. Conference Opponents in Season Openers 14-17-1 (.453) Season Openers in the Bohl Era: Wyoming is 5-3 in season-opening games during the eight previous seasons that Craig Bohl has coached the Cowboys. Now entering his ninth season leading Cowboy Football, Bohl’s teams have opened the season at home five times and this will be the fourth time they have opened on the road. •The Cowboys are 4-1 in season-opening games at home during the Bohl era, including wins over Missouri (2019) and Northern Illinois (2016). •On the road, the Pokes are 1-2 in season-opening games, having won at New Mexico State (2018) and losing at Iowa (2017) and at Nevada (2020).

Wyoming’s August Games and Week Zero Games: The Wyoming Cowboys will be playing only their 12th August game in school history when they travel to Champaign, Ill., this coming Saturday. They will also be playing in only their second Week Zero game in school history. In certain seasons, Week Zero games are played the week prior to the start of the full college football schedule. •Wyoming is 6-5 in its previous 11 August games, including a home win over SEC member Missouri in 2019. •UW has won five of its last six August games. •Wyoming won its first Week Zero game in school history in 2018 when it went on the road at New Mexico State and defeated the Aggies by a score of 29-7.


Illinois, Wyoming Kick Off College Football Season • Illinois and Wyoming meet in Week 0, the Illini’s second straight season playing the first week of the year. Last season, Illinois beat Nebraska, 30-22, in Week 0. • Illinois and Wyoming meet on the football field for the first time in history. • Illinois is hosting one of 11 games involving FBS teams and one of six Power-5 teams to play during Week 0. Nebraska and Northwestern meet in Dublin, Florida State hosts Duquesne, North Carolina hosts Florida A&M, and Vanderbilt travels to Hawaii. Big Wins in the Bielema’s Year One • Bret Bielema became the first first-year head coach in Illinois history to win two top 25 games. The Illini had marquee wins at #7 (AP) Penn State, in the longest game in college football history, and at #20 (CFP) Minnesota, in Illinois’ first ever College Football Playoff ranked win. • The Illini were one of four teams to win two AP/CFP ranked games on the road in 2021, along with Boise State, Fresno State, and Mississippi State. • Illinois had as many AP/CFP ranked wins in 2021 (2) as the previous 12 years combined. • Illinois tied for its most Big Ten wins (4) since the 2007 team went 6-2 en route to the Rose Bowl (tied with the 2010, 2013, 2019, which also had four Big Ten wins). • Illinois dominated Northwestern, 47-14, in the season finale for the Illini’s first win in the Land of Lincoln Trophy rivalry game since 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak. • According to ESPN’s SP+ metric, Illinois had its best season since 2011 and 8th-best season in the last 25 years. Defensive Improvement • Illinois announced a contract extension for defensive coordinator Ryan Walters on Nov. 14, 2021, after Walters helped Illinois have one of the best defensive turnarounds in college football. • Illinois’ defense made a 13.0-point improvement from 2020 to 2021 (34.9 ppg to 21.9 ppg). The 13.0 ppg improvement is the program’s third-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ scoring defense (31st from 97th), total defense (32nd from 89th), and third-down defense (51st from 114th) all improved 50 or more spots in the national rankings. • Illinois allowed only 18.9 points in Big Ten games, the fourth-best in the conference. In 2020, Illinois allowed 34.9 points allowed per Big Ten game, ranking last in the conference. • Illinois’ Big Ten defensive ranks in conference play improved 7+ spots in points per game (4th from 14th), touchdowns allowed (t-3rd from 14th), yards per play (4th from 13th), yards per game (5th from 14th), rush yards per carry (7th from 14th), pass yards per throw (4th from 14th), and pass yards per game (1st from 10th). • Illinois held nine of its 12 opponents under their season scoring average. • Illinois’ total defense improved by 101.0 yards per game from 2020 to 2021 (467.3 to 366.3). The 101.0 ypg improvement is the program’s fourth-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ defense allowed only 48 points (12.0) in regulation of its four Big Ten road games in 2021, including only four TDs by opposing offenses in Big Ten road games. • Illinois allowed only one passing touchdown over its final six games of the season and none in the final 19 quarters (4 games + final 3 quarters at Penn State). • Illinois allowed only 2.5 yards per carry in Big Ten road games in 2021 (142 carries, 361 yards) and only 1.7 yards per carry in the fourth quarter of those games (31 carries, 52 yards). • Illinois had a streak of holding opponents to 24 points or fewer in seven straight games from September 17 to November 6, 2021.

Rose-Hulman Voted to Lead in 2022 HCAC Football Preseason Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was selected as the favorite in a vote amongst league coaches ahead of the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) football season.
The Fightin’ Engineers earned the vote of confidence from the league coaches after picking up the 2021 title in decisive fashion, running the table with an unblemished 7-0 mark in league play. Narrowly behind in second place was Mount St. Joseph University, who also grabbed three first-place nods in the poll. Hanover College was picked to finish the season in third while Franklin College rounded out the top-half of the poll in fourth.
Listed below is the 2022 HCAC Football Preseason Poll and the 2022 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Football, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (5)47
2.Mount St. Joseph University (3)45
3.Hanover College35
4.Franklin College33
5.Bluffton University24
6.Manchester University17
7.Anderson University14
8.Defiance College9

2022 HCAC Football Athletes to Watch:

Tristan ChambersJRFort Wayne, Ind.DL
Sam FeolaJRMonroe Central, Ind.DL
JP FuchsSOEastern Hancock, Ind.WR
Collin McCaffreyJRManchester, Mich.LB
Caden McClainSOPendleton, Ind.LB
Cayden SoteleSOEastern Hancock, Ind.DB


Ethan BeringerJRCarey, OhioWR
Marcus FinleyJRIndianapolis, Ind.OL
Marvus McWrightJRDetroit, Mich.DL
Blake RineSOGranville, OhioQB
Louden SaulbeamerSRTroy, OhioLB


Thomas ColtrainJRLeslie, Mich.LB
Tyshaun FreemanJRMacon, Ga.RB
Eric MoultrieJRSnellville, Ga.OL
Richard Pope IVJRDaytona Beach, Fla.DL
Rigo VillaSRFt. Meyers, Fla.DL


Aaron BlackSRGreensburg, Ind.DB
Armani ChristopherSRGary, Ind.OL
Garrett CoraSOLizton, Ind.RB
Jarrett GibsonSRAngola, Ind.WR
Jireh OjataJRCarmel, Ind.DE
Kody WilkersonSRChesterton, Ind.LB


Jacob DollSRFort Wayne, Ind.OL
Hunter EadsSRCincinnati, OhioREC
Devonte HardimanSRPrinceton, Ind.DE
Cody HornerSRColumbus, Ind.DB
Will KernSRLafayette, Ind.OL
Matt WeimerSRGeorgetown, Ind.QB


Marvin CollinsSRRiviera Beach, Fla.OLB
Austin EllisSOCoal City, Ill.OL
Sam HuffmanJRBremen, Ind.DL
James Mathews, Jr.SOPalatka, Fla.DL
Devontay MooreSRIndianapolis, Ind.OLB
Wayne VaughnJRClermont, Ind.OL

Mount St. Joseph University

Cornell BeachemSRCincinnati, OhioATH
Austin BrockSRGainesville, Ga.WR
Noah HammondSRBrookville, Ind.DE
Joey NewtonJRAnderson Township, OhioWR
Josh TaylorJRMt. Orab, OhioQB
Anthony WrightJRGallatin, Tenn.LB


Winston AmankwahSRColumbus, OhioCB
Alex GresockSRHavre De Grace, Md.TE
Tyce MillerSRBargersville, Ind.CB
Tyler SmithSRSpring, TexasDE
Adam Tice-SaliuSRJava, Va.WR


Thunder No. 2 pick Holmgren to miss season with foot injury

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City forward Chet Holmgren, the No. 2 pick in this year’s NBA draft, will miss the 2022-23 season with a right foot injury.

The 7-footer was hurt while playing in a pro-am game last weekend in Seattle, near where he starred last season for Gonzaga, and the Thunder announced Thursday that he sustained a Lisfranc injury. Video appeared to show Holmgren was hurt on a play while defending a LeBron James drive to the basket on a fast break.

Presti said Holmgren will have surgery to repair the ruptured tendon on a date that hasn’t been determined and he expects Holmgren to be ready for the 2023-24 season.

“Long-term prognosis is obviously very positive for this,” Presti said. “We’ve consulted with three of the top foot specialists in the country. Everybody is in agreement that this is kind of like a wrong place, wrong time situation and he’s going to make a full recovery.”

His injury is a significant blow for a franchise that has not won a playoff series since Kevin Durant left for Golden State in 2016 and has had two straight losing seasons. Holmgren averaged 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds last season for Gonzaga and was fourth in the nation with 3.7 blocked shots per game. He had a strong summer league performance, giving Thunder fans hope that the team’s potential superstar of the future soon would be making a difference.

“He was just having a monster summer,” Presti said. “He’s been playing with tons of NBA players over the course of the summer and getting better and better and better. In this case, we are just going to have to wait a little bit longer for his presence to actually take the floor for us.”

Presti has no issue with Holmgren having participated in the Pro Am event and said such games and venues are approved by the league. The game, which also featured Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum, had to be stopped because of the floor conditions, though that didn’t appear to cause Holmgren’s injury.

“Guys are playing all over the place all the time, everywhere,” Presti said. “If you have players that love to play, they are going to play basketball. Every time you step on a basketball court, something like this could happen. It could happen in a game. It could happen in a practice. It could happen in a scrimmage. … It’s just part of it.”

Presti said the injury won’t prompt the Thunder to give up and tank for a better position in the 2023 draft, as some fans have suggested.

“We just have to focus on what we can control, and I think that we have a group of guys that will continually get better for quite a long time,” he said. “But we’re still scaling the mountain in the Western Conference, and we have to see where that goes. We come into every season the same way since 2008, which is we have to wait to see how the season unfolds.”

Skeptics pointed to Holmgren’s slender build as a liability and a reason he perhaps should not have been drafted so early. The year offers him time to add to his 195-pound frame, among other things.

“He’s going to get better just by getting stronger, just by seeing things differently, just by learning the NBA,” Presti said. “All that’s going to be happening. He’s going to be able to shoot. He’s going to be able to do a lot of things with the ball.”

A high draft pick having to sit out his first NBA season isn’t unprecedented, and in some cases it hasn’t stopped players from reaching All-Star or even MVP-caliber levels.

Ben Simmons went No. 1 overall in 2016 and missed the following season with a foot injury. Blake Griffin was the top pick in 2009 but had to sit while recovering from a knee injury, as was the case with No. 1 selection Greg Oden in 2007.

Reigning NBA scoring champion Joel Embiid was the No. 3 pick in 2014 and missed his first two seasons with foot issues. Nerlens Noel was the No. 6 selection in 2013 and missed what would have been his first season with a knee problem, and Michael Porter Jr. was the 14th pick in the 2018 draft and missed the ensuing season with a back injury.

It even happened previously to the Thunder franchise: Nick Collison was the No. 12 pick in the 2003 draft by Seattle, unable to play that following season with shoulder issues. Collison went on to spend his entire career with the Thunder, getting his No. 4 jersey retired – the first such honor bestowed by the team in the Oklahoma City era – and remains part of the team’s front office.

There have been other instances of lottery picks missing what could have been their rookie years, including Jonas Valanciunas – the No. 5 selection in 2011 – not being able to join the Toronto Raptors until a year later because of his contract status with his European team at the time. Dario Saric and Ricky Rubio were lottery picks who played with their overseas clubs for two more years before coming to the NBA.

Presti isn’t worried about Holmgren long term and believes his drive will allow him to handle the recovery process well.

“I think he’s well-positioned to do a good job with it,” Presti said. “There’s going to be some tough times now, don’t get me wrong, but he’s got what it takes and he’ll be ready when he’s ready to come back. I think he’ll be a force.”

Timberwolves’ Prince arrested at Miami airport on warrant

MIAMI (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince was arrested at Miami International Airport on Thursday on a fugitive warrant that was issued in Texas, officials said.

He was being held Thursday night by the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department. Jail records did not show bond information, or the specifics of the charge or charges he is facing in Texas.

In a statement, the Timberwolves said team officials are “aware of the alleged report regarding Taurean Prince and are in the process of gathering more information.”

Prince agreed to a two-year, $16 million extension with the Timberwolves this summer. He has averaged 10.5 points per game in his first six NBA seasons, spending time with Atlanta, Brooklyn, Cleveland and now Minnesota.


Baylor, Gonzaga players to get paid for promoting rematch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Baylor and Gonzaga will meet in a men’s basketball game in South Dakota on Dec. 2 and organizers will pay players on both teams who agree to help promote the game.

Complete Sports Management and Range Sports announced this week that it would put on the game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Baylor and Gonzaga will meet for the seventh time, and first since the Bears beat the Bulldogs in the 2021 national championship game.

The game is an opportunity for players to cash in on their celebrity under name, image and likeness (NIL) rules. Matt Haberman, a spokesman for the organizers, said players would be paid for participating in “tune-in to the game” promotions on the network that televises the game.

Haberman said he couldn’t disclose the amount of payment each player would receive. Organizers were still seeking a television partner Thursday.

“We’re working to find a media partner who believes in providing this generation of student-athletes more opportunities as well as align with iconic powerhouse basketball brands Baylor and Gonzaga,” Range Sports president Will Funk said. “Engaging the players to help activate the game broadcast sponsors is the future of college athletics.”


Unvaccinated Djokovic out of US Open; can’t travel to States

NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic will not play in the U.S. Open, as expected, because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and thus is not allowed to travel to the United States.

Djokovic announced his withdrawal from the year’s last Grand Slam tournament on Twitter on Thursday, hours before the draw for the event was revealed.

“Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic wrote, wishing luck to his fellow players, and said he would “keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again.”

Play is scheduled to begin at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Djokovic is a 35-year-old from Serbia who owns 21 major championships, one behind Rafael Nadal for the men’s record. Three of Djokovic’s Slam trophies came at the U.S. Open, in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

He also was the runner-up there a half-dozen times, including last season, when his pursuit of the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969 ended with a loss in the final to Daniil Medvedev.

Foreign citizens who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are currently unable to enter the U.S or Canada, and Djokovic has said he won’t get the shots, even if that prevents him from playing in certain tournaments.

The U.S. Tennis Association has said all along it will follow government rules about vaccination status for this year’s Open. There is no vaccine mandate at the tournament for players or their support teams – meaning that an unvaccinated American would be allowed to compete – and spectators will not be required to wear masks.

“Novak is a great champion and it is very unfortunate that he will be unable to compete at the 2022 U.S. Open, as he is unable to enter the country due to the federal government’s vaccination policy for non-U.S. citizens,” said Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Open tournament director. “We look forward to welcoming Novak back at the 2023 U.S. Open.”

Djokovic missed the Australian Open in January after a protracted legal saga ended with his deportation from that country because he isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. He also sat out four significant tournaments in North America in 2022, including in Montreal and Cincinnati recently.

He did play in the French Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Nadal, and at Wimbledon, where Djokovic won the title.

After beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final on July 10, Djokovic said he “would love” to participate in the last Grand Slam tournament of the year at Flushing Meadows, but he also acknowledged, “I’m not planning to get vaccinated.”

About three weeks later, Djokovic posted on social media that he was holding out hope of getting the chance to play in the U.S. Open, writing: “I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to US. Fingers crossed!”

Djokovic has spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone else in the history of the ATP rankings. He is No. 6 this week, in part because no rankings points were awarded at Wimbledon this year.

Among the other players who will not be at the U.S. Open for various reasons are No. 2-ranked Alexander Zverev, the 2020 runner-up in New York; 2016 champion Angelique Kerber; 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova; Gael Monfils and Reilly Opelka.

Serena Williams’ 1st opponent at US Open is Danka Kovinic

NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams’ first opponent at what she has indicated will be her last U.S. Open – and, indeed, the last tournament of her career – is unseeded Danka Kovinic.

Win that, and Williams could face No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the second round.

The brackets for the women’s and men’s singles events were released Thursday by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Play begins Monday; first-round matches will be held that day and Tuesday. There was no immediate word on when Williams will be scheduled to compete.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 41 on Sept. 26, announced this month she was preparing to step away from her playing career. She did not explicitly say when she planned to stop but made it sound as if the U.S. Open would mark her farewell.

Williams has won the hard-court tournament in Flushing Meadows six times.

Kovinic has never been past the second round in four appearances at the U.S. Open. She is a 27-year-old from Montenegro who is 80th in the WTA rankings this week and has been as high as 46th.

Williams and Kovinic have never played each other in singles.

Williams is just 1-3 this season, having recently returned to singles action after a year away following a first-round injury exit at Wimbledon in 2021.

Her first match back came at the All England Club in late June, and she lost her opener there in a third-set tiebreaker to 115th-ranked Harmony Tan.

After winning a match at a tournament in Toronto, Williams was eliminated in straight sets there by Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic, then lost again in straight sets at Cincinnati against reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu.

Because Williams has said she’s preparing to wind down her tennis career, her every move will be the focus at the start of the U.S. Open. Fans will pay close attention, because each match could be her last.

While Williams has spent more than 300 weeks at No. 1, her lack of activity has contributed to a slide; she is 410th this week.

That meant she would not be seeded in New York and could have been placed anywhere in the field – and against any player.

Other possible opponents for Williams, should she progress through the tournament, include No. 27 seed Martina Trevisan of Italy in the third round and 2021 U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez of Canada or 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic in the fourth.

Williams could face her older sister, seven-time major champion Venus, only in the final, because they are on opposite sides of the bracket.

No. 1 Iga Swiatek, a two-time French Open champion, will meet Jasmine Paolini in the first round, while Raducanu will begin her title defense against Alize Cornet.

Potential quarterfinals are Swiatek vs. No. 8 Jessica Pegula, and No. 4 Paula Badosa vs. No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka on the top half of the field, and Kontaveit – or, perhaps, Williams – vs. Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur, and No. 3 Maria Sakkari vs. No. 7 Simona Halep or French Open runner-up Coco Gauff on the bottom half.

One fascinating first-round matchup is Naomi Osaka, who won the U.S. Open in 2018 and 2020 for two of her four major championships, against Danielle Collins, the Australian Open runner-up this January.

Shortly before the draw announcement, some expected news arrived: Novak Djokovic tweeted that he would not be in New York for the U.S. Open.

The 35-year-old from Serbia, who owns 21 Grand Slam titles, is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Foreign citizens who have not received the shot are not allowed to enter the United States.

Djokovic is a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows; he lost in the 2021 final to Daniil Medvedev, ending a bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969.

Medvedev is seeded No. 1, making this U.S. Open the first major since 2004 without Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Andy Murray in that spot. He will start by taking on Stefan Kozlov of the United States.

No. 2 Nadal, whose 22 Grand Slam titles are a record for a man, was drawn to face Australian wild-card recipient Rinky Hijikata.

Potential men’s quarterfinals are Medvedev vs. No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 5 Casper Ruud in what would be a matchup between the past two French Open runners-up, Nadal vs. No. 7 Cam Norrie, and No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz vs. No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz.

Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios, who is seeded No. 23, could meet Medvedev in the fourth round. In the first round, Kyrgios will play his fellow Australian, good friend and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.


Injured Kurt Busch to miss start of NASCAR playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kurt Busch will miss the start of NASCAR’s playoffs with concussion-like symptoms that have sidelined him six for weeks, meaning two spots in the 16-driver field will be open Saturday night in the regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway.

23XI Racing on Thursday withdrew the medical waiver that was holding Busch’s spot in the playoffs.

“As much as I wanted and hoped to be able to get back in the No. 45 cae to make a playoff run with our team, it’s still not the right time for me,” Busch said on social media. “In addition to not being cleared to return to racing, I know that I am not ready to be back in the car.”

Busch has been out since he crashed in qualifying July 23 at Pocono. Ty Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs, has replaced Busch since he was injured.

Busch earned his spot in the playoffs with a win at Kansas Speedway in May and, had he not been injured, NASCAR’s 2004 champion would have participated in the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season. By pulling its medical waiver, 23XI gave some breathing room to fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr., who was battling Ryan Blaney for the final spot in the field.

“I respect the sport of NASCAR, my fellow drivers and the fans too much to take up a playoff spot if I know I can’t compete for a championship this season,” Busch said. “The decision was not an easy one, but I know it is the right thing to do.”

David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, said the manufacturer will still lean on Busch throughout the playoffs.

“Toyota’s priority for Kurt Busch since the moment the accident took place at Pocono has been his health and recovery. Not his recovery to get back in a race car, but his recovery overall,” Wilson said. “While we’re disappointed that he won’t get the chance to compete for the 2022 championship by missing the start of the playoffs, his well-being is the only thing that matters to us.”

NASCAR commended Busch for how he’s handled his injury and said the No. 45 will still be eligible to compete for the owner’s championship.


SC Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Poll has SMWC on top

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2022 River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Poll has defending champion St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College on top. The Pomeroys were picked to repeat after winning the title in 2021, their first year in the conference.

The poll was voted on by head coaches in the RSC. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) earned eight of the 10 available first-place votes and led the poll with 89 points. The remaining two first place votes went to Point Park (Pa.) University, which was runner-up last year and received 82 votes this preseason.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods leads a preseason conference prediction that follows very much the same order as last year’s RSC Championship finish. With the exception of a bit more bunching up along the way, the only differences are a couple of teams switching spots near the bottom. 

Indiana University Kokomo was predicted third with 73 points, and the Cougars will host the conference meet this year. Next was Indiana University East in fourth 60 and very close behind that Brescia (Ky.) University in fifth with 58 and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) in sixth with 57. 

The second half of the 11-team conference consisted of Oakland City (Ind.) University, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, Ohio Christian University, Midway (Ky.) University and WVU Tech. 

The 2022 RSC Cross Country Championships will take place Nov. 5 at Indiana University Kokomo. See below for the complete preseason poll. 

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) (8)89
2. Point Park (Pa.) (2)82
3. IU Kokomo73
4. IU East60
5. Brescia (Ky.)58
6. Rio Grande (Ohio)57
7. Oakland City (Ind.)42
8. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)30
9. Ohio Christian22
10. Midway (Ky.)21
11. WVU Tech16

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2022 River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Poll predicts Midway (Ky.) University in first place this year. The Eagles won the RSC Championship in 2021, their first title in program history. 

Midway topped the voting this preason, which was done by the RSC head coaches. The Eagles earned 84 total votes and seven of the available 10 first-place votes. 

Indiana University Kokomo will host this year’s championship, and the Cougars came in second in the poll. IU Kokomo had 79 total votes. 

Point Park (Pa.) University was picked third with 69 points and received a first-place vote. The Pioneers were fourth in the conference last year.

University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was predicted fourth with 68 points and earned a first-place nod as well. IU Kokomo and Rio Grande were just one point behind Midway in last year’s championship.

The top half of the poll rounded out with St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) chosen fifth with 58 points and Ohio Christian University in sixth with 56 points. The Trailblazers made it four different schools getting a first-place vote.

The rest of the poll had Indiana University East, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, Oakland City (Ind.) University, Brescia (Ky.) University and WVU Tech.

The 2022 RSC Cross Country Championships will be Nov. 5 at IU Kokomo. See below for the complete preseason poll. 

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. Midway (Ky.) (7)84
2. IU Kokomo79
3. Point Park (Pa.) (1)69
4. Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)68
5. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)58
6. Ohio Christian (1)56
7. IU East48
8. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)30
9. Oakland City (Ind.)22
10. Brescia (Ky.)19
11. WVU Tech17



We’ve known for a while that the Colts will play the majority of their starters in Saturday night’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But what we didn’t know was if Tom Brady, the longtime Colts nemesis and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, would face off with Matt Ryan.

On Thursday, we got an answer: Yes, Brady will return to Lucas Oil Stadium and quarterback the Buccaneers on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night will also be Ryan’s first home game at Lucas Oil Stadium.



» WR: Alec Pierce, Dezmon Patmon, Samson Nacua, Mike Strachan

» LT: Matt Pryor, Bernhard Raimann, Jordan Murray

» LG: Quenton Nelson

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French

» RG: Danny Pinter, Will Fries, Josh Seltzner

» RT: Braden Smith, Ryan Van Demark, Dennis Kelly

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Nikola Kalinic

» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods, Michael Jacobson

» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee, DeMichael Harris

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Ashton Dulin, Ethan Fernea

» QB: Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, Jack Coan

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Phillip Lindsay, Ty’Son Williams, Deon Jackson, D’Vonte Price


» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Kameron Cline

» DT: DeForest Buckner, R.J. McIntosh, Curtis Brooks, Byron Cowart

» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II, Chris Williams

» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ben Banogu, Dayo Odeyingbo

» WLB: Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Sterling Weatherford, Brandon King

» MLB: Shaquille Leonard, Forrest Rhyne, James Skalski

» SAM: Zaire Franklin, JoJo Domann

» CB: Brandon Facyson, Marvell Tell III, Chris Wilcox

» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II, Will Redmond, Marcel Dabo

» SS: Nick Cross, Rodney McLeod, Armani Watts, Trevor Denbow

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Isaiah Rodgers, Anthony Chesley, Dallis Flowers


» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Rodrigo Blankenship, Jake Verity

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers, Ashton Dulin

» PR: Nyheim Hines, Keke Coutee


Indians Rock Red Wings 14-4 Behind Eight-Run Fourth

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians used an eight-run fourth inning to run away with a 14-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night at Victory Field. The 14-run output was Indy’s highest run total at home since a 14-5 romp over Rochester on Aug. 9, 2014.

The Indians (60-58) scored in each of the first four frames, with the eight-run fourth turning a narrow 5-4 advantage into a rout. Indy sent 12 batters to the plate, highlighted by a run-scoring single off the bat of Cal Mitchell and a two-RBI single by Jose Godoy. Kevin Padlo, Mason Martin and Jared Oliva added bases-loaded walks, and the Red Wings (54-66) committed two of their six errors defensively in the frame.

Oliva finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and capped the scoring with a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth for his sixth long ball of the season. Godoy matched Oliva’s three-RBI performance from the ninth spot in the lineup.

Indy extended its errorless streak to 12 games, the longest active streak in professional baseball and longest by a minor league team this season. The 12-game streak is the best for an Indy club dating back to at least the 2005 campaign.

Indianapolis jumped on Joan Adon (L, 0-2) for two runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third. Travis Swaggerty scored Ji-Hwan Bae with an RBI single through a drawn-in infield to start the scoring, and Mitchell tacked on a sacrifice fly. Indy doubled its lead on a Godoy RBI knock and Drew Maggi run-scoring fielder’s choice. After Lucius Fox put the Red Wings on the scoreboard with a two-out, two-run homer in the third, Oliva reached on an infield single in the home half to plate Godoy.

Cam Alldred (W, 3-3) and Travis MacGregor combined for six strikeouts over 4.0 shutout innings in relief. Hunter Stratton pitched a scoreless ninth with one punchout.

The Indians and Red Wings square off again Friday at 7:05 PM ET. LHP Zach Matson (0-1, 5.60) will open for Indy against RHP Franklyn Kilome (2-4, 6.59).


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University freshman men’s basketball player Jalen Hood-Schifino (6-6, 215) will participate this weekend at the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp, Aug. 25-28 in Los Angeles.

“It’s a blessing to be recognized and honored for my hard work,” said Hood-Schifino. “Being able to go learn from one of the best point guards in NBA history and pick his brain is going to be a great experience.

“I already have a relationship with Chris Paul, so just getting to chop it up and play with him I’m excited about. I’m thankful to be getting to play against some of the other top college point guards and NBA players will be exciting and a great measuring stick, so overall I’m thankful.”

A 2022 graduate of Montverde (Fla.), he is the highest-rated incoming recruit in the Big Ten by 247 Sports (22nd) and was ranked 17th by and 24th by ESPN. He helped lead Montverde to back-to back GEICO High School national championships in 2021 and 2022. A Naismith third-team All-American, he scored 14 points and hit three triples in the Jordan Brand Classic. He also played for the Team CP3 AAU program.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (0-0-3) dominated the possession but were unable to find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw against the Ball State Cardinals (0-1-2) on Thursday evening at the Indiana soccer practice fields.


• Freshman forward Izzy Smith had Indiana’s best chance in the first half off a free kick in the 33rd minute. The chance from outside the 18-yard box sailed high of frame.

• Smith provided the first true scoring chance for either team in the 54th minutes with a take from distance. The shot was deflected out by a diving sophomore keeper Bethany Moser from Ball State.

• Just two minute later Indiana nearly capitalized on a counter attack from junior forward Jen Blitchok. Her shot was deflected off the post and out of play.


• Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg was not test much in the match but was able to make a save in her one opportunity. The shutout marked the 12th of her career, the fifth most in program history, passing Shaunna Daugherty (2000-03) and Shannon Flower (2010-13) on the all-time list.

• Indiana has held opponents to one goal or fewer in 18-of-19 career starts.

• This marks the fifth season in program history in which the Hoosiers have held their opponent scoreless in three-straight matches to open the season.

• IU held statistical advantages in shots (12-6), shots on goal (2-1) and corners taken (11-5).

• The match marked the first career start for freshman defender Natasha Kim, while sophomore midfielder Sydney Masur and sophomore forward Jordyn Levy each made their 20th career appearances.


GOALS: None.



Indiana will host Indiana State at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match will serve as senior night and the program will honor Bethany Kopel, Karlee Luker and Megan Wampler.


CLEMSON, S.C. — A milestone season begins with a historic matchup.

Eight-time champion, perennial powerhouse and No. 8-ranked Indiana men’s soccer will open its 50th varsity season in a road match at No. 1 Clemson, Friday (Aug. 26) night on Riggs Field in Clemson, South Carolina.

The match will be nationally televised on ESPNU with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.


• Friday marks the start of a new season. The opportunities abound, and the possibilities are endless.

• It’s the first matchup in 10 years between the two blue bloods, both coming in with top-10 preseason rankings. IU and Clemson have combined for 11 NCAA National Championships, 30 NCAA College Cup appearances and 80 NCAA Tournament berths.

• The 2022 season is the 50th varsity season for Indiana men’s soccer and a celebration of the program’s Tradition of Excellence. IU men’s soccer is an eight-time NCAA Champion, 17-time Big Ten regular season champion, 15-time Big Ten Tournament Champion and has made 46 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an active streak of 35 consecutive berths.

• Each of Indiana’s first five opponents made the NCAA Tournament last season. Following the opener versus the Tigers, IU will start a four-match homestand, hosting Portland (Aug. 30), Notre Dame (Sep. 3), St. John’s (Sep. 6) and Akron (Sep. 9).


• Clemson is ranked No. 1 in all three national polls after winning the program’s third national title, first since 1987, last season while owning a 16-5-2 record.

• The Tigers are led by 13th-year head coach Mike Noonan. Noonan has complied a 140-72-35 record at Clemson and a 364-188-76 mark in 34 seasons as a coach.

• Clemson returns its leading scorer in senior forward Isaiah Reed, who jumped on the scoresheet nine times in 2021.

• Midfielder Ousmane Sylla led Clemson with seven assists a year ago and returns for his junior season.


• Indiana owns a 6-4-1 record versus Clemson all-time and is undefeated in the last five matches of this series (5-0-1). IU’s last defeat to Clemson came in 1987, when the Tigers won their second national title.

• The two teams last met almost exactly 10 years ago, on August 31, 2012, in a 3-0 win for eventual national champion IU. Before that, the Hoosiers and Tigers met another 10 years prior, to the tune of a 1-1 draw.

• Friday’s contest will be the third match of the series played on Riggs Field and first since 1998, a 2-1 win for IU. The series is tied, 1-1, at Clemson’s home facility.

• Four of the eleven matchups in the all-time series have been played in the NCAA Tournament, with the winner advancing in or to the NCAA College Cup each time. On eight occasions, the winner of the match would go on to appear in the NCAA College Cup – this has been the case in all six of IU’s victories.

• IU had won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1982 and 1983 when it was defeated by Clemson, 2-1, in the 1984 national championship match, decided by a goal in the final two minutes of play. After a 1987 regional final defeat to the Tigers, the Hoosiers would get revenge in 1998 and 2001 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal matches.


• Of IU’s 25 players that saw minutes in 2021, 20 have returned for the 2022 season.

• Statistically, the Hoosiers return 71 percent of its goals scored (27 of 38) and 75 percent of its assists (27 of 36) from last campaign, which saw IU make a tournament run to the round of 16.

• Center backs Joey Maher and Daniel Munie, who started all 22 matches for IU in 2021 and led the team to an NCAA-best 13 clean sheets, are both back to anchor the back line.

• Munie was named Top Drawer Soccer first-team Best XI and was ranked the No. 3 player – and top defender – in the country by the publication.


• Indiana men’s soccer added nine newcomers – three transfers and six freshmen – signing the No. 9-ranked recruiting class according to Top Drawer Soccer.

• IU pulled in two transfers from Xavier in senior forward Karsen Henderlong, who scored 22 goals over three seasons in Cincinnati, and junior defender Jansen Miller, an experienced addition to an already solid IU back line.

• Junior goalkeeper JT Harms also transferred into IU after two seasons at Duke. Harms will look to make an immediate impact between the sticks.

• Freshmen student-athletes include forward Luka Bezerra, goalkeeper Cooper Johnsen and midfielders Noah Joseph, Breckin Minzey, Seth Stewart and Jack Wagoner.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– The Indiana Field Hockey program is set to begin their highly anticipated 2022 season this weekend as the host of the Hoosier Invitational.

As part of the Invitational, Indiana will host Kent State to open their season and the event on Friday, Aug. 26 at noon. On Saturday, Aug. 27, it will be a neutral battle between Kent State and No. 6 ranked Liberty facing off. Finally, the weekend will close with a noon tilt featuring Indiana and Liberty on Sunday, Aug. 28.

The Hoosiers are looking to build upon a highly successful 2021 campaign that included the team’s first 10-win season since 2012, two ranked road victories, seven shutout wins, and a Big Ten Tournament bid.


FRIDAY: Kent State enters the season with high expectations after a 12-6 season in 2021.

The Golden Flashes were voted to finish second in the MAC in the preseason Coaches’ poll.

The team is led by Maria Cambra Soler – an All-MAC First Team selection in 2021. The senior back had six goals and three assists last season.

Indiana owns a 4-2 all-time advantage in the series between Kent State, but the Golden Flashes won a year ago, 2-1 in overtime in Kent, Ohio

SUNDAY: The Liberty Flames start out the season ranked No. 6 in the country by the NFHCA Division 1 poll after their historic 2021 season where they made it all the way to the NCAA Championship game, before falling short to Northwestern.

The Flames were 20-3 overall and 7-0 in the BIG EAST a season ago.

Liberty returns top player Daniella Rhodes, a senior who accounted for 39 points in 2021, totaling 16 goals and seven assists.

This will be the first ever matchup between Indiana and Liberty in field hockey.


Senior Kennedy Reardon and redshirt-junior Sydney Keld were both named Indiana team captains earlier this month.

This is the first time being named captain at Indiana for both players.

Keld, junior Jemima Cookson and sophomore Yip van Wonderen were all named to the Big Ten’s Preseason Players To Watch List.


Last Friday, Aug. 19, Indiana hosted Ball State for a scrimmage to prepare for the season.

The Hoosiers looked highly impressive, winning by a 3-0 margin and dominating possession throughout the entire game.

Three different Hoosiers scored goals, including sophomores Kayla Kiwak and Yip van Wonderen, as well as junior Meghan Dillon.

Junior Jemima Cookson notched two assists while freshman Jule Hufer and van Wonderen each had one.

The goalie play was also excellent, as sophomore Arabella Loveridge accounted for six saves, and freshman Nina Faupel made three saves in her first collegiate competition.


The Indiana roster features 10 new players in 2022.

Eight of the ten newcomers are freshmen, including: Kai Snell, Kylie Dawson, Anna Mozeleski, Jule Hufer, Gabriella Cicuto, Emma Thompson, Cecilia Maixner and Nina Faupel.

The freshman class includes a mix of five players from the United States and three players from international countries.

Additionally, Amanda Frank, a sophomore forward joined the team in January 2022 while Lara Mortz, a junior midfielder transferred from Albany to Indiana over the summer.


With three highly competitive teams playing and a full weekend of hockey slated, great crowds are expected for all of the Hoosier Invitational.

Sunday’s game vs. Liberty has been selected as “Hat Day” for the game’s spirit theme.


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#13 Purdue vs. Bowling Green

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 20th volleyball season for head coach Dave Shondell is set to begin tomorrow at the Tennessee Classic. Over the two-day tournament, the Boilermakers are set to face three opponents with an early bird match at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday vs. Bowling Green, followed by a pair of matches on Saturday vs. Loyola Chicago at 1 p.m. and at Tennessee at 6 p.m. ET.

All matches can be listened to on WSHY 104.3 FM or online HERE. Meanwhile, Purdue’s final match of the tournament will be available to watch on SEC Network+.

A Look at Bowling Green

Series Record vs. 3-1 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Aug. 24, 2018 (W, 3-0 – West Lafayette, Ind.)

Picked to win the East Division and MAC Tournament.

A conference-leading three players were named to the All-Mac Preseason Team: Petra Indrova, Katelyn Meyer and Julia Walz. All three were named 2021 All-Mac First Team honorees with Walz named MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Indrova MAC Player of the Year.

The Falcons went 21-9 last season and went to the MAC championship match, where they lost to Ball State in five sets.

A Look at Loyola Chicago

Series Record vs. 3-0 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Sept. 17, 2017 (W, 3-0 – West Lafayette, Ind.)

Picked to finish third in the A-10 conference this season, following its first regular-season conference championship since 2002 last year.

The Ramblers return five starters including First Team Missouri Valley Conference honorees Addie Barnes and Taylor Venuto, and second teamer Emily Banitt.

A force in the back row, junior libero Grace Hinchman is already 32 digs away from reaching her 1,000th.

A Look at Tennessee

Series Record vs. 7-1 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2021 (W, 3-0 – West Lafayette, Ind.)

The last time Purdue traveled to Knoxville was Sept. 11, 2004, where the Boilers fell to Tennessee 1-3. Overall, Purdue is 1-1 at Tennessee. The Tennesee Classic will mark the second time HC Shondell has traveled to Knoxville for a match.

Purdue’s Maddy Chinn notched a career-best 11 kills vs. Tennessee last year. Meanwhile, Tennesee’s Morgahn Fingall led the Lady Vols with 14 kills.

The Lady Vols are coming off an NCAA Second Round tournament appearance, where they lost to Ohio State in four sets.

Purdue in the AVCA Rankings

It is Purdue’s third straight season ranked at least #13 in the preseason poll.

Purdue is ranked in the AVCA top-15 for 23 straight weeks (begins: March 8, 2021), a program-record.

The program has been ranked for 77 consecutive weeks (begins: preseason 2017), the longest active streak by any Purdue team, including men’s basketball.

The Boilermakers are coming off a 10-week stint ranked in the top 10.

Purdue is coming off its highest final ranking in program history at #6, besting the team’s previous record, #7 which was season the season before.

Defense Lives Here

Purdue led the nation in total blocks last year with 372.5.  It marks the second straight season.

Meanwhile, the team’s 631 block assists not only led the nation, but broke a 35 year-old program record.

Purdue has out-blocked opponents 1.4 blocks per set this season, the largest margin for the program in 17 years.

The Boilermakers averaged 15.17 digs per last season, a mark only reached four times in the program’s last 17 seasons.

The Newcomers

The Boilermakers welcome six newcomers to the team this season, including three transfers: junior DS Emily Brown (previously at Missouri), fifth year MB Hannah Clayton (previously Iowa) and fifth year S Grace Balensiefer (previously Northern Illinois).

Three freshmen join the roster: Lizzie Carr (MB, 6’6″, West Chester, Pa.), Eva Hudson (OH, 6’1″, Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Brielle Warren (OH, 6’1″, College Station, Texas).

Hudson was a 2021 AAU All-American and AAU 18 Open National Champion. She was the first-ever three-time Summit Athletic Conference MVP and a two-time Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Team selection. As a senior, she averaged a .462 hitting % at Bishop Dwenger High School and finished her HS career at a .428 clip, 1,557 kills and 811 digs.

Warren was the No. 4 recruit out of the state of Texas for the 2022 class. Named to the 2021 AVCA All-America Watch List, the outside hitter received MVP honors as a freshman in the U15 Junior Olympics and was a member of the 2021 USA Volleyball U19 Summer Training Series. In addition, she guided her team to a UIL 5A State Runner-Up finish in 2020 and helped her club team Houston Skyline to a #5 national ranking as a junior. Her father played for the New England Patriots – teammates with Raven Colvin’s father, Rosevelt Colvin.

Warren is the first Boilermaker out of the state of Texas since Anna Drewry (2009-12).

Carr was a member of the National Team at East Coast Power, where she helped the team to a fifth-place finish at AAU nationals. As a senior, she posted 418 kills, 103 total blocks and 47 aces in just 21 matches. Additionally, she was named Max Preps/AVCA Pennsylvania Player of the Week (9/13/21) after posting 47 kills and 5.88 kills per game.

In addition to being picked to finish third in the SEC and receiving AVCA Preseason Poll votes, three Lady Vols earned preseason SEC honors: Morgahn Fingall, Natalie Hayward and Danielle Mahaffey

In Tennessee’s exhibition match vs. Belmont on 8/20, newcomers Kadynce Booth (freshman), Erykah Lovett (sophomore transfer) started all three frames.

Returning Players to Watch: Outside Hitters

Returners Emma Ellis, Maddy Chinn and Madeline Koch all saw action in 2021 after rotating into the same position: pin opposite All-American Caitlyn Newton.

Ellis leads the returners with 25 matches played and had a breakout performance at Maryland (11/5) when she set a career-best in kills (15), leading the team in the four-set victory.

Over the 2021 season, Ellis set season-bests in four defensive categories: total block solos (7), total block assists (33), total blocks (40), and blocks per set (.6).

Chinn played in 18 matches with one start last season, averaging 1.50 kills per set. Chinn set a career-bests last season vs. Tennessee, with 11 kills and five digs (9/18/21). Meanwhile, Chinn was an impact player in the NCAA Second Round reverse-sweep-victory vs. Dayton (W, 3-2) after going errorless and recording four kills and a block assist.

One of the strongest players on the team, Koch averaged 1.84 kills per set after starting one match and playing in 16 matches. Koch posted 10 kills and a .563 hitting clip vs. Rutgers (10/2), a career best, and helped the Boilermakers to victory over Illinois (10/6) with a career-high 24 attacks and three digs.


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Purdue soccer team lost a 2-1 contest at Kentucky on Thursday evening at the Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Boilermakers (1-2-0) fell behind 2-0 after 14 minutes, but answered with a goal by fifth-year senior Sydney Duarte less than two minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. However, the visitors could not find the tying goal.

The Wildcats (3-0-0) held a 19-8 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in shots on goal. UK had seven corner kicks to Purdue’s five.

Freshman forward Kayla Budish led the Boilermakers with three shots and joined Duarte with a shot on goal. Junior midfielder Emily Mathews added two shots. In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile made five saves and the Boilermaker defense cleared another ball off the line.

Thursday marked Purdue’s first road game of the season. The team has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since the 2020 campaign.

Kentucky took a 1-0 lead at 2:42 on a goal by Hailey Farrington-Bentil. Hannah Richardson had the assist.

Less than two minutes later, Budish had a shot blocked, and UK had the next five attempts before the sixth found the back of the net to make it 2-0 at 13:45. Prior to the second goal, The Boilermakers blocked one shot, forced two high, the defense cleared one and Kile made one save. However, Kentucky extended its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Jordyn Rhodes, assisted by Richardson.

Less than two minutes later, at 15:14, Purdue scored to cut the deficit in half. Off a corner kick by sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway, Duarte scored her first of the season. Dunaway’s ball into the box found Duarte, who headed it off the crossbar and in.

Dunaway’s assist is her first in 2022, and she continues to lead the team with five points.

The set-piece goal made it 2-1, and Purdue followed with two shots in the next six-plus minutes, one by Budish that was high and another by Mathews that went wide. Kentucky had the final three shots of the half, two that were blocked and another that went over.

The Boilermakers had five shots in the opening 45 minutes to the Wildcats’ nine. UK had a 3-1 advantage in shots on target.

Kentucky had several chances to extend its lead in the first 20 minutes of the second half. However, four shots were forced off target by the defense, two were saved by Kile and another was blocked.

Junior midfielder Hannah Lapeire had a shot that went wide in the 76th minute, and Kile followed with two saves, her final two of the match.

Purdue had a strong push in the last 10 minutes, with several chances in the final third, but couldn’t get a goal. Three corner kicks helped the effort, as junior midfielder Abigail Roy added a shot wide and Budish had a chance that was saved.

After intermission, Purdue was out-shot 10-3 and UK had a 4-1 edge in shots on goal. The Boilermakers had four corner kicks to Kentucky’s three, with three of those opportunities in the final 10 minutes.

Up next, the Boilermakers return home to host Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, August 28, at 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022. Sunday is the annual Pooches at the Pitch game, where fans are invited to bring their four-legged friends to Folk Field. The first 150 fans with dogs will receive a Purdue dog leash.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  After finishing the 2021-22 campaign at the NCAA Championships, Purdue Women’s Golf is prepared to continue the positive momentum under head coach Zack Byrd. The Boilermakers’ new leader announced a challenging, yet exciting, schedule for the 2022-23 season.

“We are extremely excited to announce such a strong schedule during our first year as a coaching staff,” said Byrd. “Coach Lauren and I wanted to play the strongest competition possible to be prepared for postseason. This team is eager to play in some incredible fields and compete on exclusive country clubs this season. Boiler Up!”

The Boilermakers are set to travel the country, playing in 10 different states throughout the season. Purdue begins the fall by traveling south for the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 19-20), hosted by Tennessee. Following the season-opening tournament, the Boilermakers head to Illinois for back-to-back weeks. Purdue returns to the Windy City Collegiate Classic (Oct. 3-4) for the ninth straight season, with this year’s event taking place at Exmoor Country Club. Another familiar venue, Medinah Country Club hosts the Boilermakers for the Illini Invitational (Oct. 10-11).

Purdue ends the fall in traditional fashion, traveling to Wilmington, North Carolina for the Landfall Invitational (Oct. 28-30). The Boilermakers have wrapped up every fall season there since 2011.

After a few months off and flipping the calendar to 2023, Purdue begins the spring championship campaign with the Tulane Classic (Feb. 12-14) in New Orleans. One week later, the Boilermakers make the trek west for The Show (Feb. 20-21) in Las Vegas.

March features a southern swing of two tournaments. Purdue goes to Florida State for the FSU Match Up (March 17-19) before remaining down south and participating in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at Georgia (March 24-26).

A weekend in Oklahoma kicks off the month of April, as the Boilermakers compete in The Bruzzy Challenge at Dornick Hills Country Club (April 1-2). In the final tune-up before the conference championship, Purdue tees off at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio (April 15-16).

For the second straight year, the Big Ten Championship takes place in Pittsburgh at Fox Chapel Golf Club (April 21-23). Completing the 11-tournament slate, the Boilermakers plan to hear their names called for postseason play to one of six NCAA Regionals (May 8-10) with sights set on a return to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 19-24).

Purdue returns a plethora of talent for the 2022-23 campaign, bringing back six golfers that competed in at least seven tournaments a season ago. Kan Bunnabodee leads the way after earning First Team All-Big Ten honors in the spring. Jocelyn Bruch, Danielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski made double-digit appearances for the Boilermakers during the 2021-22 season, while Daniela Ballesteros and Sifat Sagoo played in seven tournaments apiece.


Butler has finalized its non-conference schedule with the announcement of four more regular season match-ups and two exhibitions.

The Bulldogs will host St. Francis on Nov. 17, in addition to The Citadel (Nov. 19), Tennessee Tech (Dec. 3) and Yale (Dec. 6).

Butler’s two exhibitions at Hinkle Fieldhouse will feature Tiffin Oct. 29 and Davenport on Nov. 1. Both exhibitions are slated to tip at 7 p.m.

These match-ups join previously-announced, non-conference schedule highlights that include the regular season opener versus New Orleans, the 2022 Battle 4 Atlantis, a home game against Kansas State as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, and road games at Penn State (as part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games) and California.

Game times and television assignments will be announced at a later date. The BIG EAST conference schedule is expected to be released in mid-September.

Notes on 2022-23 Butler Non-Conference Schedule:

Features at least four Power 6 conference opponents (with the potential to play up to six such opponents based on Battle 4 Atlantis results)

Both Tennessee and Yale earned berths in the 2022 NCAA Tournament; depending on Battle 4 Atlantis results, Butler could play as many as four 2022 NCAA Tournament teams in the non-conference

Similar to Thad Matta at Butler, both The Citadel (Ed Conroy) and Kansas State (Jerome Tang) feature a new head coach for the 2022-23 season; like Matta, Conroy is also leading The Citadel for the second time.

This is Butler’s third appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis (2014, 2018).

Butler scored a program-record 144 points vs. The Citadel, Nov. 14, 2015 (a 144-71 win); it is the only previous meeting between the two men’s basketball programs.

Butler also played Tiffin in an exhibition contest last season (2021-22 season).

The BIG EAST conference schedule will feature 20 games with both home and away match-ups with the other 10 BIG EAST teams.

Coach Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs for a second time. In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.

The Bulldogs return leading scorer Chuck Harris and significant contributors Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius from last season’s roster. Matta has supplemented that young, talented group of Bulldogs this offseason with the addition of standout transfers Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State), and Ali Ali (Akron).

Season tickets are on sale now to cheer on the Butler men’s basketball team at Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2022-2023 campaign. The Bulldogs’ home schedule features 18 contests, including all 10 BIG EAST opponents.

Date      Day        Opponent           Location              

Oct. 29  Saturday             Tiffin      Hinkle Fieldhouse             Exhibition

Nov. 1   Tuesday               Davenport          Hinkle Fieldhouse             Exhibition

Nov. 7   Monday               New Orleans      Hinkle Fieldhouse            

Nov. 14 Monday               Penn State          University Park, Pa.         Gavitt Tip-Off Games

Nov. 17 Thursday             St. Francis           Hinkle Fieldhouse            

Nov. 19 Saturday             The Citadel          Hinkle Fieldhouse            

Nov. 23 Wednesday        Tennessee           Paradise Island, Bahamas            Battle 4 Atlantis

Nov. 24 Thursday             BYU or USC         Paradise Island, Bahamas            Battle 4 Atlantis

Nov. 25 Friday   TBA        Paradise Island, Bahamas            Battle 4 Atlantis

Nov. 30 Wednesday        Kansas State      Hinkle Fieldhouse             BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle

Dec. 3    Saturday             Tennessee Tech Hinkle Fieldhouse            

Dec. 6    Tuesday               Yale        Hinkle Fieldhouse            

Dec. 10  Saturday             California            Berkeley, Calif. 


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team scored twice in the second half to defeat Western Michigan, 2-0. Freshman Palmer Alt scored an unassisted game-winning goal for the Bulldogs (1-0) in the 79th minute, and the visiting Broncos (0-1) conceded a penalty kick seven minutes later.

Key Moments

79′ | Palmer Ault took a rebound off a Western Michigan defender a slid it under the Broncos goalkeeper to give Butler a late, 1-0, lead.

86′ | DJ Hooks charged to touch a ball in the Western Michigan box and was fouled by the Western Michigan keeper. Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. placed the penalty strike into the left side if the net for the second goal of the match.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Palmer Ault, Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Palmer Ault’s goal was the first of his career.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s goal was the 18th of his career.

Gabriel Gjergji made four saves in the match, and the shutout was the 17th of his career.

Freshmen Palmer Ault, Joost de Schutter, Vygo Verkooijen, and Jacob Jansen each made their first appearance for the Bulldogs.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team and Illinois fought through 88 minutes of scoreless soccer, but the Fighting Illini (3-0) found a combination in the waning seconds that handed the No. 17 Bulldogs (2-1) their first loss of the season.

Key Moment

89′ | Maeve Jones carried the ball toward the top of Butler’s box and played in front of Julia Eichenbaum on the right side. Eichenbaum sprinted past the Bulldogs’ defense and was able to beat Butler keeper Anna Pierce, one-on-one, giving the Illini a last minute, 1-0, victory.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Anna Pierce (2-1) made five saves in the match in goal.

Katie Soderstrom had 3 shots for Butler, while Arianna Jalics, Gretchen Skoglund, and Alli Leonard each had a pair.

Butler outshot Illinois, 13-9, but the Illini had six on frame compared to five for the Bulldogs.


Following several of the most successful seasons in Butler cross country and track and field program history, assistant coaches Robby Burns and Keigan Culler have been promoted into larger roles on the coaching staff. Head coach Matt Roe made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 25.

“After an exhaustive national search with several strong candidates, we felt confident in the promotion of Robby Burns and Keigan Culler. Their contribution to the program over the last several years has been invaluable to the success of our student-athletes,” stated Roe.

Burns moves into the top assistant spot on the staff. He is responsible for the training and recruitment of Butler’s student-athletes in the sprints, hurdles, relays, vertical and horizontal jumps, as well as the multi-event decathletes and heptathletes.

Burns’ work with student-athletes is displayed throughout the track and field program’s record book. Athletes he has worked with hold all Butler indoor records in distances through 400 meters. In total, Burns has coached 20 individual BIG EAST Champions and 34 Butler school record holders. In outdoor track and field, the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay school records have all been set within the last 24 months.

Nicole Hudec was named Outstanding Field Event Athlete at the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, while Wade Walder was named Outstanding Field Performer and High Point Performer at the 2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Walder would go on to earn second team All-American honors, finishing 15th at the NCAA Championship in the decathlon. Rebecca Coan, after winning the 2022 BIG EAST title in the heptathlon, qualified for the NCAA Regional in the high jump. Additionally, Burns coached Allie Vogeler to three consecutive BIG EAST titles in the 400 hurdles, while finishing as a national quarterfinalist in the event in 2017.

“Coach Burns has been pivotal to the growth of our track and field program over the last eight years,” said Roe. “We are fortunate that he will be entering an expanded role within our staff, which will enhance his ability to continue to further develop BIG EAST Champions and NCAA Qualifiers.”

Culler has been a member of the Butler coaching staff since 2017, taking larger roles each season with the distance program.

As a member of the coaching staff, he has helped the Bulldogs to three BIG EAST Cross Country titles: the women in 2019 and the Butler in men in both the spring and fall of 2021. Euan Makepeace captured the 2019 BIG EAST Men’s Cross Country individual title while Simon Bedard accomplished the feat in 2021.

On the track, the program’s recent success has been highlighted by Barry Keane, who finished ninth nationally in the 10k at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and finished 11th nationally in the 5k at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“Coach Culler has been instrumental in our success as a program at the conference, regional, and national levels. He has displayed a tireless work ethic and is highly skilled as both a recruiter and coach. He has shown a strong aptitude to find, mold, and develop talent within our recruiting and training philosophy,” said Roe.

As a Butler student-athlete, Culler represented the Bulldogs three times at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team continued its undefeated start to the 2022 campaign on Thursday night (Aug. 25) as the Jaguars played Bellarmine to a scoreless draw in its home opener at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo earned her second shutout of the season, making four stops on the evening.

“I thought we came out with some good energy in the first half. We created some real good opportunities and should’ve maybe made some better decisions or should’ve just put those things away and we’re in a different game than we are now,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “I thought the energy in the second half was good again. I thought we came out and really kept them where we wanted them in terms of keeping them in front of us. They really didn’t create any opportunities until the last five minutes of the game.

“We’re not very efficient in creating opportunities and we’re not very efficient in finishing those at this point in time.”

Early on, it looked as though the IUPUI (2-0-1) attack would strike early, largely behind the play of Maya Lacognato and Sam Slimak. Lacognato slid a shot just wide of frame in the fifth minute and then had a quality look fly high of target in the tenth minute. Bellarmine (0-1-1) tested Kudlo later in the half as Lindsay Durham rang a shot off the crossbar midway through the stanza.

The IUPUI attack struggled to create opportunities in the second half while Kudlo benefited from the woodwork again late in the contest. On this occasion, Alexa Orozco ripped a shot off the bar in the 89th minute and Kudlo stopped a Tristan Whalen breakaway attempt at the final horn for her lone second half save. Bellarmine’s Elyssa Francis made one save in the final 45 minutes, stopping a Lacognato try in the 83rd minute.

Both teams closed with seven shot attempts with the Jaguars getting just one on target. The two sides each attempted just one corner kick as both defenses were stingy all evening long. Lacognato had a game-high three shot attempts while Abbie Schad had two tries from her midfield post.

Kudlo improved to 2-0-1 on the season and lowered her goals against average to 0.67 in the process while raising her save percentage to .867 on the year. It marked her third career shutout in just five appearances.

“I thought (our defense) kept play in front of them. I thought the outside mids were a little better at helping our outside backs than they had been in the previous game,” Johnson said. “We didn’t give up as many breakaway situations as we had in the previous game.”

Senior Maya Turner played all 90 minutes along the back line while Sophia White and Makenna Collins were called upon for 70-plus minutes of work. Abbey Renner and Alex Stocker provided a lift in the defensive third as well off the bench.

IUPUI will cap the homestand on Sunday (Aug. 28) when the Jaguars host Western Illinois at 1:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium. Admission will be FREE of charge for Sunday’s contest.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team opened its 2022 campaign with a 2-2 draw with crosstown foe Marian University at the on-campus MIchael A. Carroll Stadium on Thursday night (Aug. 25). The Jaguars built a 1-0 lead, but had to rally to pull even in the second half for a 2-2 draw. Juniors Lukas Hackaa and Logan Finnegan tallied for the Jaguars while Medard Mikobi and Josemir Gomez earned assists.

“I’m happy with the first and last 20 minutes of the game, but not too thrilled with the middle 50 minutes,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “We got outworked and outsmarted in that period and that can’t happen at this level.

“I was happy to see the guys fight back after going 2-1 down and think the tie is a fair result, based on the game. I wasn’t always too impressed with our work rate in transition and decision making on the ball.”

IUPUI (0-0-1) took a quick lead on Hackaa’s first goal in an IUPUI uniform as he tallied in the ninth minute. Mikobi sent a pass out to Hackaa on the right side, only to see his teammate send a composed strike past Marian goalkeeper Brendan Weiger for the game’s first goal. The score held through the first half as junior goalkeeper Lucas Morefield dialed up a scoreless opening 45.

Marian drew even in the 52nd minute when Romaric Berneron got on the business end of a Jack Reynolds cross to redirect a shot past Morefield. Less than six minutes later, Kameron Hooker scored after an IUPUI giveaway deep in its own territory.

Conceding the second goal seemingly awakened the IUPUI attack as the Jaguars put the heat on the Knights from there. IUPUI pulled even in the 67th minute when Finnegan took a through ball from Gomez and broke free for a well angled shot from seven yards out.

Finnegan and Hackaa finished with a game-high four shots apiece as the Jaguars outshot the guests 17-10, but put just four shots on frame. Gomez and freshman Ethan Vermillion had two shots as well.

Morefield finished with two saves in the draw.

Eleven different IUPUI players made their Jaguar debuts on Thursday, six of whom were starters. The Jaguars will return to action on Sunday when they head south to face Evansville at 5:00 p.m. Central (6 Eastern).


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, released on Thursday (Aug. 25). Head coach Lindsey Froehlich’s team closed out the preseason 1-0 with a win over Southern Indiana.

Northern Kentucky was voted on top of the list, receiving six first place votes. Milwaukee was close behind, receiving four first place votes.

The Jaguars return eleven including the main core of Emily Alan, Millai Madison, Brooke Phillips and #HLVB All-Freshman Team member Briana Brown. Other key returners include Maddie Ohm, Corrissa Remter, Allie Pogue, Addie Evans, Emma Ashcraft, Darragh Dixon and Sidney Veatch. The Jags have one newcomer in freshman Morgan Ostrowski.

The top six teams in the Horizon League standings earn spots in the league tournament with the champion earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The full preseason rankings are listed below.

2022 #HLVB Preseason Poll

Pl.        Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1.         Northern Kentucky (6) – 96

2.         Milwaukee (4) – 93

3.         Wright State – 78

4.         Green Bay – 69

5.         Purdue Fort Wayne – 56

6.         Oakland – 51

7.         Cleveland State – 39

8.         IUPUI – 28

9.         Youngstown State – 24

10.       RMU – 16


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team has been picked to finish tenth in the Horizon League according to the #HLMSOC Preseason Poll, released on Wednesday (Aug. 24). First-year head coach Sid van Druenen’s squad closed the preseason with a 1-1 mark and will open the regular season on Aug. 25 with a home game against Marian University.

Oakland topped a tightly bunched poll as each of the top four teams – Oakland, Cleveland State, Milwaukee and Wright State – received at least one first-place vote according to the coaches. Oakland earned six of the 10 possible first-place votes while Cleveland State collected two. Both Milwaukee and Wright State earned one apiece.

The Jaguars bring back a strong core, led by junior midfielder Logan Finnegan (3 goals) and junior goalkeeper Lucas Morefield (1.51 GAA, 3 shutouts). Other key returners include senior midfielder Chris Workman and graduate student Tyler Gainer. Coach van Druenen will be heavily reliant on newcomers as two transfers – Medard Mikobi and Lukas Hackaa – have started in the midfield in each of the team’s two exhibitions.

The top six teams in the Horizon League standings will earn spots in the league tournament with the champion earning the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The full poll results are listed below.

2022 #HLMSOC Preseason Poll

Pl.        Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1.         Oakland (6) – 93

2.         Cleveland State (2) – 90

3.         Milwaukee (1) – 81

4.         Wright State (1) – 68

5.         Detroit Mercy – 56

6.         Northern Kentucky – 42

7.         RMU – 37

T8.       Green Bay – 32

T8.       Purdue Fort Wayne – 32

10.        IUPUI – 19


VOLLEYBALL IS BACK: The Ball State women’s volleyball team begins its 51st season of play Friday when it battles both South Alabama (10 a.m.) and USF (7 p.m.) on the first day of the USF Opening Weekend Invite … The Cardinals close out the tournament Saturday against William & Mary (11 a.m.).

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live stats will be available of all three matches this weekend, while Friday night’s contest versus USF will be broadcast live on ESPN+ … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Ball State holds a 4-3 edge all-time versus this weekend’s opponents, including a 1-1 record versus South Alabama and a 3-2 mark versus USF … The Cardinals will by playing William & Mary for the first time in women’s volleyball … BSU last played South Alabama in its 2018 season-opener, scoring a hard-fought 3-2 victory at the Dayton Invitational … The Cardinals hosted USF as part of the 2019 Ball State Tournament, suffering a 3-2 setback in its second match of the year.


• Ball State boasts a 971-624-2 (.609) all-time record in women’s volleyball over 50 seasons of play … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).

• Ball State received 18 votes in the 2022 AVCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll … The Cardinals, who have never been ranked, earned three points in the 2021 AVCA Final Poll thanks in part to its 30-4 overall record and NCAA Tournament first round victory over Michigan.

• Prior to the 2021 AVCA Final Poll, the Cardinals had not received votes in an AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll since earning eight votes on Oct. 31, 2011.

• Speaking of polls, the Ball State women’s volleyball program was the unanimous pick to win the Mid-American Conference West Division in the league’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals earned all 12 first-place votes to win the division and picked up four of the 12 votes to repeat as the MAC Tournament Champion.

2022 MAC West Division Predictions

1. Ball State (12) – 72 points

2. Western Michigan – 55 points

3. Toledo – 49 points

4. Northern Illinois – 32 points

5. Central Michigan – 29 points

6. Eastern Michigan – 15 points

Predicted Tournament Champion: Bowling Green (7), Ball State (4), Western Michigan (1)

• In addition to the team being picked to win the MAC West Division, the Cardinals placed three members on the Preseason All-MAC West Division Team: sophomore setter Megan Wielonski, senior middle Marie Plitt, and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem.

• A 2021 First Team All-MAC selection and the 2021 MAC Freshman of the Year, Megan Wielonski led the Cardinals to a program record .265 hitting percentage last season and ranked second nationally in total assists (1,394) and service aces (58).

• A 2021 First Team All-MAC selection, Marie Plitt ranked second in the MAC and 55th nationally with a .360 hitting percentage last year … She smashed double-digit kills in 15 matches, including a career-high 20 in BSU’s NCAA Tournament victory over Michigan (Dec. 3).

• A 2021 First Team All-MAC selection, Natalie Mitchem ranked second on the squad with 360 total kills last season, including 22 matches in double figures … Along with tying her career high with 21 kills in a win at Toledo (Oct. 29), she scored 12 kills in BSU’s MAC Tournament semifinal win over Western Michigan (Nov. 22) and 11 in the championship match victory over Bowling Green (Nov. 24).

• Overall, the 2021 season was one for the record books, with the Cardinals finishing the year with a 30-4 overall record … Part of the run included Ball State tying the longest winning streak in program history by earning its 20th straight victory of the year against Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

• Ball State’s 30 wins in 2021 tied as the fourth-most among all NCAA Division I programs … Only Louisville (32), Creighton (31), and eventual national champion Wisconsin (31) finished the year with more wins.

• Based on the strength of its 30-4 record, the Cardinals finished the year with the best winning percentage in program history at .882.

• The Cardinals finished the 2021 season ranked 29th in the final NCAA RPI rankings … It was the program’s highest ranking under current head coach Kelli Miller Phillips and its best since the program was 22nd in the final 2002 NCAA RPI.

• The Cardinals finished the 2021 season with a program record .265 hitting percentage … It was the 23rd-best mark among the 332 NCAA Division I programs last season … Overall, the Cardinals hit .200-or-above in 32 of its 34 matches last season, including nine matches above .300.

• In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 23rd nationally with a .265 team attack percentage, Ball State featured three of the top nine attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranked first in the conference and 49th nationally at .366 … Middle Marie Plitt was second in the MAC and 55th nationally at .360, while opposite Natalie Mitchem was ninth in the MAC at .307.

• Ball State’s offensive success was helped by its ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing … Seven different Cardinals finished the year averaging at least 1.50 kills per set … Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn led the club with a 2.99 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem was not far behind at 2.79 … Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers were middle Marie Plitt (2.48), outside Emily Hollowell (2.33), middle Lauren Gilliland (1.98), outside Cait Snyder (1.68), and outside Natalie Risi (1.49) … Of the group, five return for the 2022 campaign.

• Playing a large role in guiding the offense was setter Megan Wielonski who ranked second nationally with 1,394 assists … She also finished the year 21st nationally with a 10.81 assists-per-set average … Wielonski set Ball State to a .300-or-better attack percentage in nine matches last season, including a .476 mark in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history … In addition, BSU’s .412 hitting mark versus Miami (Oct. 30) is 16th on the same list.

• Setter Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season with her 1,394 assists currently ranking 13th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).

• In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski proved to be the league’s top server, ranking first at 0.45 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 58 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), ranked first in the league and eighth among all NCAA Division I players … The total ties as the sixth-most in a single season in program history, with the program record being 70 set by Barbara Harrison in 1988 … In addition, they were a single season record for a BSU setter, with the previous mark being 51 set by Amber Seaman in 2018.

• Head coach Kelli Miller Phillips also picked up some hardware for her work last season, becoming the first coach in program history to earn AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year … She also became the third coach in program history to earn MAC Coach of the Year honors.


MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team is set to open its 2022 season this Friday at home as the Cardinals host Saint Francis for 1 pm ET showdown in the Briner Sports Complex.

The Cardinals will be under the direction of first-year head coach Caitlin Walsh and her assistant Katarina Polyviou. Ball State also returns 20 letter winners from last year’s squad while welcoming six newcomers.

Ball State and Saint Francis last met on Sept. 5, 2021, in Loretto, Pa., resulting in an exciting 2-1 overtime win for the Cardinals. Senior Kerrianne McClay saved the day against the Red Flash with her game-winning goal. McClay found the net at the at the 60:37 mark in overtime off a penalty corner. McClay also got help from her teammate junior Paloma Gomez Rengifo who dished out the assist.

The Cardinal and the Red Flash have met a total of three times (2017, 2018 & 22021) with Ball State leading the series 2-1.

After Friday, the Cardinals return to Briner Sports Complex for two games over Labor Day weekend. Ball State will welcome Lehigh (Sept. 3) and Villanova (Sept. 4) to campus. Both games will begin at noon.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team was in action for the first time in the Hoosier State as the Cardinals traveled to Indiana on Thursday. BSU and IU fought to a nil-nil draw as the teams combined for three shots on goal.

The first half was a defensive battle as neither team was able to get a shot on target. The Ball State backline was stout and blocked three Indiana shots in the first half. The Cardinals’ lone shot was just wide.

In the second half, Indiana was able to get two shots on target, but Bethany Moser made two stellar diving saves. Moser has kept the opponents off the board in back-to-back matches.

In the 86th minute, Maria Broering ripped a shot outside the box and tried to beat the IU keeper that was out of position, but the Hoosier goalie was able to recover to make the stop.

Avery Fenchel and Lexi Fraley each produced two shots, while Abby Elgert added one shot.

Head Coach Josh Rife returned to his alma mater for the first time as a coach.

“One of the things we challenged our group was could we be a little tougher,” said Coach Rife. “One of our core values is grit. We hadn’t had as much as we needed to get results like we did today. I’m really proud of the group with their battle and their fight. It starts in training. It takes a group challenging us in training to prepare us for days like today. Proud of the group as a whole to really show up today and put in a gritty performance.”

The Cardinals will be at home for the first time this season on Sunday, Aug. 28. Ball State hosts Xavier at the Briner Sports Complex with a start time of 1 p.m.


ST LOUIS. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (3-0) remains unbeaten in 2022 with a big 2-0 road victory over No. 19 Saint Louis (2-1) on Thursday night.

After waiting out a two-hour lightning delay, the Fighting Irish tallied two goals in the second half to pick up their first-ranked victory of the year in a venue that’s tough to earn a W. In fact, SLU was 52-5-6 (.873) in its last 63 games at Hermann Stadium entering tonight’s contest.

Sophomore Korbin Albert continued to prove she’s one of the best in the country with a superb free-kick goal from distance that proved as the game-winner. Fellow sophomore Sophia Fisher added an insurance goal later in the second half, her first of the season as well.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s defense continued to flex its muscle, only allowing two shots total, including its first on net in three games this season.

Tonight also marked the first time since 2010 the Irish have started a season with three straight shutouts. Overall, it’s the fifth time in program history Notre Dame has started with three shutout victories (1994, 1995, 2008, 2010 and 2022).

How It Happened

Olivia Wingate nearly got the Irish on the board in the third minute of the match as a through ball found the grad student in the box, but her toe poke couldn’t get past the keeper.

In the 22nd minute, Klenke delivered a beautiful ball from the left side to the far post where Mercado one-timed a shot, but SLU keeper Emily Puricelli made a quick-reaction save to keep the score 0-0.

Defensively, Geatino shone bright with under 20 minutes remaining in the half. First, it was a big clearing header, then moments later she cut off a cross at the six-yard box, negating yet another attack.

Fast forward to the 34th minute and some nifty back-heel passes around the box led to a pass to an open Wingate on the far post but her shot went just wide.

After a two-hour lightning delay, the match restarted with a Notre Dame free-kick in which the Irish nearly scored off a Gaetino header.

The score remained deadlocked heading into halftime and it was none other than Albert who broke through for the Irish. The sophomore stepped up and took a free kick from distance outside the box and it was perfectly placed in the corner for the goal in the 56th minute.

After the Billikens incurred a red card in the 68th minute, the Irish continued to pour on the pressure. Thus, six minutes later, sophomore Sophia Fisher added to the score with her first goal of the season, putting away a loose ball in the middle of the box.

Up Next

The Irish look to keep the positive momentum rolling when they return home on Sunday, Aug. 28, for a 4 pm ET battle with Illinois inside Alumni Stadium.


Notre Dame fell to Seattle in the 2022 season opener at home at Alumni Stadium on Thursday evening by a final score of 3-1.


The visitors created the first chance of the game, firing over the bar in the third minute.

Notre Dame then began to control the match and was on the front foot for most of the opening 45 minutes. The scoring opportunity came in the 32nd minute. In the span of 20 seconds Notre Dame had four shots either saved or go off the post but were unable to find the back of the net.

After the opening 45 minutes of play the match remained scoreless despite the Irish holding an 8-2 advantage in shots.

The Redhawks managed to grab the opening goal just five minutes into the second half after the ref pointed to the spot for a handball in the box. The visitors converted the penalty to take a 1-0 lead.

Seattle doubled its lead in the 65th minute off a header from Declan McGlynn, his second of the night, to make the score 2-0.

Thirteen minutes later the visitors scored their third goal off a corner to increase their lead to 3-0 in the 78th minute.

The Irish managed to get one back in the 81st minute as Eno Nto laid a pass off to Kyle Genenbacher who fired a shot into the top of the net for the first goal of his career.

Notre Dame was unable to get any closer as the game ended 3-1 in favor of Seattle.


On the performance…

“Overall there were probably more positives than negatives but it doesn’t feel that way when you lose a game. Seattle U was very clinical but there were some key moments defensively where we could look at ourselves and do a better job.

Some of the positives were the guys coming back from injury, Bryce Boneau and Matt Radivojsa coming in and contributing was nice to see. Now we have to look at the film, grow and get ready for Michigan State.

On the non-conference schedule…

“It speeds up the growing process and it’s hard too. At the end of the day we want to win important games so you have to play good teams and for me you just grow much more when you play quality opponents.”


The Irish outshot the Redhawks 19-10 and had a 10-5 advantage in corners in the match.


Genenbacher scored his first career goal in the opener.

Nto dished out the first assist of his Notre Dame career.

Mo Williams, Wyatt Borso and Bryce Boneau each earned the first start of their Notre Dame careers.

Freshmen Mitch Ferguson, KK Baffour and Sebastian Green each made their Notre Dame debut on Thursday evening.


The Irish have a quick turnaround as they hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to East Lansing for a non-conference matchup with Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29. The match will be broadcast on BTN+.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. —Notre Dame hosts its third consecutive season-opening tournament this weekend as Milwaukee, Mississippi State, and Texas Tech head to South Bend for the Irish Invitational. The Irish meet Texas Tech on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET before taking on Mississippi State on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ET and Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ET. All Irish matches this weekend will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra.

2022 Irish Invitational

Friday, August 26 – Milwaukee vs. Mississippi State- 4:30 p.m. ET (Live Stats)

Friday, August 26 – Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech – 7 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra/Live Stats)

Saturday, August 27 – Texas Tech vs. Milwaukee 12 p.m. ET (Live Stats)

Saturday, August 27 – Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State – 5 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra/Live Stats)

Saturday, August 28 – Notre Dame vs. Milwaukee – 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra/Live Stats)


Friday will be the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders are coming off of a 17-13 season after falling to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


This will be just the second matchup in program history between the Irish and the Bulldogs, with Notre Dame owning a 1-0 advantage over Mississippi State.

Notre Dame defeated the Bulldogs in four sets on Sept. 11, 2015 in Purcell Pavilion.


The Irish and the Panthers are both looking to take series lead as it’s currently tied at 2-2.

Notre Dame fell to the Panthers in four sets at home last season on Sept. 4, 2021 in the Shamrock Invitational.

Prior to last season’s matchup, the last game between the Irish and Panthers was on Aug. 30, 2002, where Notre Dame defeated Milwaukee in three sets.


The Irish return a pair of rising sophomores, a trio of rising juniors, and two rising seniors.

Sophomores Phyona Schrader and Paris Thompson played in a combined 49 sets last season. Schrader played in 42 sets and dished out 55 assists for the Irish.

Junior Hattie Monson played in all 103 sets last year as a defensive specialist and the primary libero for the Irish while also leading the team with 407 digs and finishing amongst the top five in the ACC for digs per set (3.96).

Junior Lauren Tarnoff returns after playing in 60 sets and recording 79 kills for the Irish. Junior Charity McDowell returns for her third season at Notre Dame after appearing in two sets last season.

Senior Nancy Kane appeared in 44 sets last season, earning 14 aces and recording 17 digs for the Irish. Senior Kiara Okenla (Schmidt) returns after playing in 86 sets as a defensive specialist, tallying 109 digs and 10 service aces last year.


Three graduate transfers join the Irish this season. Kaylyn Winkler joins from SMU, Clare Delaplane comes from Villanova, and Maddy Waumans joins from Marist.

Winkler led the AAC with a .348 hitting percentage her senior year and was selected to Second Team All-Conference last season. She also finished with a team-high 114 blocks on the season and hit double-digit kills in seven matches

Delaplane appeared in 309 sets (89 matches) while at Villanova and recorded 600 kills, 662 digs and 100 blocks throughout her four-year career. She recorded four double-digit kill performances and seven double-digit dig performances throughout her senior season.

Waumans played in 19 matches, appearing in 73 sets, and totaled 189 kills, 190 digs and 18 blocks, 13 service aces and nine assists. She matched a career-high 18 kills and set a career-high 13 digs against Rider in her senior season.

Six freshmen also join the Irish this season. Freshmen additions include Maisie Alexander, Avery Ross, Cailey Dockery, Harmony Sample, Lucy Trump, and Bella Tehrani.

Alexander was a two-time All-State honoree and led her team to a state runner-up finish 2021.

Ross was named Volleyball District Player of the Year and earned over 1,500 career kills and led the state with 597 kills during her senior season.

Dockery was selected to Second Team All-State her senior year and led her team to a state semi-final appearance.

Sample was named an Under Armor All-American, earned pre-season and mid-season All-American honors from, and was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the USAV National Championships.

Trump was a four-year All-State honoree, a three-time NKGVCA

Division I Player of the Year selection, was named the top ranked recruit in Kentucky by PrepDig, and was selected as KVCA Miss Kentucky Volleyball in 2021. She also tallied 1,993 career kills, 1,057 digs, 179 blocks and 205 aces.

Tehrani was a member of Team Canada’s U18 Team and also competed with the Provincial Team Ontario Black U18 Team.


Salima Rockwell (Davidson), a four-time national champion coach and three-time All-American, is the seventh head coach in Notre Dame volleyball history.

For the past three years, Rockwell has served as a color commentator for ESPN, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network and CBS Sports.

Rockwell spent nine years coaching at her alma mater, Penn State University, holding titles of associate head coach, assistant coach and director of operations over two different stints in Happy Valley (2006-2009 and 2015-17).

As a student-athlete, Rockwell was a three-time All-American setter, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team, helped guide the Nittany Lions to an NCAA Championship runner-up finish, was four-time All-Big Ten honoree, and led Penn State to Big Ten championships in 1992 and 1993.

Between her two coaching tours at Penn State, Rockwell also spent five seasons (2009-2013) at the University of Texas. While in Austin, she helped lead the Longhorns to the 2012 National Championship title, its first in almost 25 years.


Rockwell added Sara Matthews and Craig Dyer to her staff as associate head coaches for the Irish. Lauren Plum was also added as a volunteer assistant coach, Paul Koncir joined as a video and data analytics technical coordinator, and Mackenzie Keenan is the operations specialist for the Irish.

Matthews, a standout player at James Madison and Kansas, comes to South Bend after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at the University of Delaware.

Dyer joins the program after spending the past four seasons at Creighton, with previous stops at Penn State, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Seton Hall and Rutgers. He’s worked with several All-Americans during his time at Creighton and was part of the 2019 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

Plum joins Notre Dame staff after spending time as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona and Villanova University. Before coaching in the college ranks she played overseas for 6 years from 2014-2020 in France, Germany and Puerto Rico. She was also an All-American setter at Oregon where she helped lead the Ducks to a National Championship in 2012.

Koncir joins the Notre Dame Volleyball family after spending the past two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans as an associate head coach. Prior to MSU, Koncir had spent eight seasons with Indiana.

Keenan joins the program after spending nearly the past seven seasons at Texas Christian University. She worked as the TCU volleyball director of volleyball operations after having spent time as the volleyball graduate assistant.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State kicks off its 45th season of volleyball Friday night when it faces in-state foe Indiana to begin the Indiana Invitational.

The match with the Hoosiers is the first of three matches for the Sycamores during the opening weekend of play. ISU will play Jacksonville State and Chicago State Saturday.

A New Era

Indiana State begins a new era of volleyball in 2022, as Ashlee Pritchard was named the 10th head coach in program history in April. Pritchard comes to Terre Haute from Marian (Ind.), where she turned the Knights into one of the premier NAIA programs in the nation.

Pritchard’s Marian teams were the class of the Crossroads League in the back half of her tenure in Indianapolis. The Knights made the NAIA Tournament in each of the last five seasons, winning the NAIA National Championship in 2019. Marian won four Crossroads League regular season titles and a pair of conference tournament crowns, all since 2017. The Knights recorded three 30-win seasons during that span, marking the first time in program history that Marian had 30 wins in a season.

Pritchard was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year on four different occasions (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021), most recently taking home the honor last season after leading Marian to a 35-3 record and a sweep of the conference’s regular season and tournament titles. She also earned AVCA NAIA Mid-Central Region Coach of the Year honors on four different occasions (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) and was the 2019 NAIA National Coach of the Year and NAIA Tournament Most Outstanding Coach after leading Marian to its first national championship in program history. Pritchard’s assistant coaches have also been noticed by their colleagues and have earned AVCA regional honors on three different occasions (2017, 2018, 2021).

Run it Back

Indiana State will look to improve off a 2021 season that saw the Sycamores earn their first-ever Division I postseason berth. The Trees won 18 matches a year ago, the most by an Indiana State team since 1982. ISU’s nine MVC wins tied a program record, while the Sycamores’ sixth-place finish in the conference was the program’s best in the last five seasons.

Included in the 18 wins was a 10-3 mark inside the friendly confines of ISU Arena, along with a notable road win over Illinois State and a sweep of Bradley in the first round of the MVC Tournament.

The Sycamores were picked to finish eighth in this year’s Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Poll.

Strength in Numbers

Indiana State boasts an impressive amount of depth in its junior class, as many of the Sycamores’ top offensive talent comes from that group. ISU’s top three kills leaders from last season are all juniors in Mallory Keller, Kaitlyn Hamilton and Karinna Gall, while Jamie Brown had a career-best night in the NIVC first round match against Toledo.

Keller paced the Sycamores with 281 kills in 2021 (2.38 per set), while recording double-digit kills a team-leading 15 times last season. Hamilton had 274 kills last season (2.30 per set), including 10 matches with double-digit kills, while Gall was one of the team leaders in both kills (262) and digs (299). Brown had her best game of the season in the finale against Toledo, finishing with three kills and a career-best six blocks against the Rockets.

Set it Off

While Indiana State lost its starting setter from last season in Chloe Mason, the Sycamores still have significant contributions returning at the position. Emma Kaelin started four matches during the 2021 season and is one of three returning Sycamores that played in all 119 sets last season.

Kaelin led the Trees with 597 assists while splitting the setting duties last season. Her 5.03 assists ranked second on the team and 12th in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021. Kaelin had the two highest single-match assist totals for the Trees last season, both of which came in Sycamore wins. She earned Music City Invitational All-Tournament Team honors after notching 33 assists in a win over Alcorn State and a season-best 42 assists against Belmont.

Block Party

Indiana State ranked towards the middle of the pack in the Missouri Valley Conference in blocks last season, but the Sycamores are primed to improve in that statistic in 2022. Overall, nearly 80 percent of the Sycamores’ block total from the 2021 season came from returning players. Six of the top seven blocks leaders on the team last season are back for the Blue and White, led by Kylie Newby with 98.

Bring the Thunder

Sophomore middle blocker Storm Suhre will look to build off a freshman campaign that saw her emerge as a threat on both attack and defense. Suhre had 184 kills for the Sycamores, averaging 1.67 per set. On the defensive side, she had 61 blocks (five solo, 56 assist), which ranks second among returning Indiana State players.

Suhre had one of the best performances by an Indiana State player in an early-season match against Austin Peay, finishing with 19 kills on 33 attempts with a .515 hitting percentage. The match against the Governors was one of two matches during the 2021 season where she hit over .500, as she also had a .526 hitting percentage against Austin Peay (10 kills on 19 attempts with no errors). Indiana State was 4-1 in matches where she hit over .400, including MVC wins over Evansville and Illinois State.

Up Next

Indiana State will face North Dakota, Wright State and Western Michigan next weekend at the Discover Kalamazoo Invitational.

Western Michigan and Indiana State played last season in Terre Haute, a five-set win for the Sycamores. The Trees are 4-2 all-time against the Broncos.

North Dakota won the only previous match between the two schools, sweeping the Sycamores in Terre Haute in 2009.

Wright State has an 11-5 lead in the all-time series between the schools, with the last match between the Raiders and Sycamores coming in 2013.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind – Indiana State women’s soccer played to a 0-0 draw against Eastern Illinois after a hard fought 90 minutes on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in the Sycamores first action since August 18.

Indiana State almost cashed in multiple header opportunities in the first half as the Sycamores took nine shots while Eastern Illinois attempted seven in a scoreless 45 minutes of action to begin the evening.

The second half was mostly a possession battle as there were only five shot attempts combined with the game finishing in a tie.

Mackenzie Kent and Audrey Stephens led the way with two shots apiece as the Sycamores finished with 10 on the night. Eastern Illinois ended the match with 11 shots, four being on goal.

Goalkeeper Maddie Alexander returned to the starting lineup, making four saves in her season debut.

Freshmen Adelaide Wolfe made her first collegiate start with Sasha Thompson making her season debut for the Sycamores.

The Sycamores will host Toledo on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. ET matchup at Memorial Stadium. Indiana State will honor their six graduating seniors before the match.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team was picked fifth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, the league announced on Thursday (Aug. 25).

The Mastodons tied for seventh with Cleveland State last season. The ‘Dons were 6-12 in Horizon League play in 2021 and return a core group of Rachael Crucis, Maggie Castleman, Ramei Jackson, Sidney Schiller and Madelyn Wurster. The Mastodons added six freshmen and a sophomore transfer for the 2022 season. Evansville transfer and Fort Wayne native Taya Haffner joined Purdue Fort Wayne’s setting corps in the spring of 2022. She led Evansville to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship quarterfinal match in 2021.

The Mastodons open the 2022 season on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 26-27) with the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational Presented by Sonesta Select. The ‘Dons will play Canisius, Lindenwood and Western Illinois in their home tournament. Horizon League competition opens on September 20 against Milwaukee.

2022 #HLVB Preseason Poll

Rank – Team (1st Place Votes) – Points

1. Northern Kentucky (6) – 96

2. Milwaukee (4) – 93

3. Wright State – 78

4. Green Bay – 69

5. Purdue Fort Wayne – 56

6. Oakland – 51

7. Cleveland State – 39

8. IUPUI – 28

9. Youngstown State – 24

10. Robert Morris – 16


TOLEDO, Ohio – Behind a 14th minute goal from Marisa Metzger, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team drew with Toledo 1-1 on Thursday night (Aug. 25).

The Mastodons escaped a dangerous situation early in the first half, when Toledo nearly scored in close. The Mastodon defense scrambled just inches from the goal line to keep the Rockets from an early goal, helping out goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda, who had stepped off to defend an oncoming flank.

Six minutes after that defensive stop, the offense flipped the field for Metzger to score her first-career goal. She drilled a shot from 20 yards out into the top right corner, going over multiple defenders, including the outstretched Toledo goalie. This was the Mastodons’ first shot of the game.

Toledo found its equalizer at the 26-minute mark when the Rockets scored on a penalty kick. The Rockets held possession for most of the first 45 minutes, but at the break the two squads were square at a goal apiece.

At minute 62, Castaneda picked up one of her more impressive saves of the evening, diving for a low strike and grabbing the ball with her fingertips.

Ten minutes later, the Mastodons had their first real offensive chance of the half. Kelsey Gallagher had a free kick after a yellow card that Mackenzie Evans had a chance to head in, but sailed wide.

Toledo had one final chance down the stretch, which saw the Rockets’ shot bounce off the right post as the buzzer sounded.

Castaneda finished with eight saves in the draw in which she faced 20 shots. The ‘Dons finished with four shots, one from each of Metzger, Gallagher, Morgan Reitano and Evans.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-1-1 while Toledo goes to 0-1-2. The Mastodons will take the field again on Sunday (Aug. 28) against Bellarmine at the Hefner Soccer Complex.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Purdue Fort Wayne scored twice in the first half in a 6-2 loss at Lipscomb on Thursday (Aug. 25). Lipscomb was picked to finish first in the Atlantic Sun after winning the regular season and league tournament last season.

The first two shots of the season went for goals for the Mastodons. In the sixth minute, Cesar Cosio turned his first shot as a Mastodon into a goal. The Western Illinois transfer’s strike in the box deflected off a Lipscomb defender and just inside the right post. It made the score 1-1. Keith Larson assisted on the score.

Larson tied the game at two with a goal for the ‘Dons in the 29th minute. He moved to his right to earn some space about 16 yards out to finish with a score.

Lipscomb was up 3-2 at halftime with goals in the 3rd, 15th and 44th minutes. Lipscomb added goals in the 60th and 72nd minutes by Jelldrik Dallman. Lipscomb’s last goal came in the final four minutes of the contest.

Lipscomb is 1-0, Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 0-1.

The ‘Dons will stay in the Music City the next few days before returning to the pitch on Sunday at new Missouri Valley member Belmont.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to build on the success of the 2021 fall season, the University of Evansville volleyball team opens its 2022 campaign this weekend at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.Va.  After opening on Friday morning at 11AM versus Wright State, the Purple Aces face Marshall at 5PM CT on both Friday and Saturday.  Both contests versus the Thundering Herd will be streamed on ESPN+.

Top Pick

– Earning its highest-ever preseason ranking since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1994, UE was chosen to finish second in the preseason coaches poll

– Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano both received MVC Preseason All-Conference Team recognition

One More Time

– Alondra Vazquez returns for her fifth season with the Purple Aces on the cusp of back-to-back spots on the All-MVC First Team

– Last fall, Vazquez set the UE single-season record with 494 kills, which led the MVC and was 15th in the nation

– Her 4.22 kills per set finished 32nd in the NCAA while other statistical national rankings included total kills (15th), total points (15th), total attacks (22nd), points per set (29th) and service aces (59th)

Another First Teamer

– For the first time in her UE career, Melanie Feliciano was named to the All-MVC First Team in 2021

– She finished the year with 380 kills, an average of 3.28 per set, which ranked 6th in the Valley

– Her final hitting tally of .273 was 11th in the league

– Playing in 116 out of 118 possible sets, Feliciano posted 2.52 digs per set, which was third on the squad

Freshman of the Year

– Giulia Cardona became the first player in program history to earn one of the MVC specialty awards when she was named the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year

– In one of the top freshman campaigns in program history, Cardona led the MVC with 0.50 service aces per set and completed the season ranked 8th in the NCAA and tops among all freshmen nationally

– Over the final 20 matches last fall, Cardona recorded double digit kills in each contest and finished with a season average of 3.99 per set, which was second in the MVC

– Other national rankings in 2021 included total points (25th), total kills (31st), points per set (42nd), kills per set (48th) and total attacks (55th)


EVANSVILLE – Behind a pair of goals from Spain natives Jose Vivas and Nacho Diaz and an impressive effort in goal from Alex Vidizzoni, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team earned a 2-2 draw on the road with Bellarmine on Thursday evening in Louisville, Ky.

“We showed a lot of character tonight to come out with a result in an adverse situation,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “Bellarmine is a good team that put us under pressure at times, but also, we were able to dictate the pace of play. It was a great goal for Nacho and we’ll get back on the bus, watch some film, and get ready for IUPUI on Sunday.”

Despite chipping in three assists and earning MVC Freshman of the Year honors, sophomore Jose Vivas scored his first career collegiate goal on Thursday night, while newcomer Nacho Diaz also opened his collegiate account with a goal in the second half. In goal, graduate student Alex Vidizzoni showed well, making three saves, including one on a Bellarmine penalty, helping to preserve the season-opening draw.

A rather possession-focused first portion of the game saw both sides combine for just three shots inside the opening 25 minutes of the contest before Evansville was open to crack the lid. In the 30th minute, senior Ethan Garvey wound up for a long throw parallel to the top of the box and launched it into the box, bouncing off the head of junior Kai Phillip and deflected off of Vivas and past the keeper to break the deadlock and give UE the 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Bellarmine would generate a similar opportunity as a bouncing ball in the box was knocked around and chipped into the net by Cooper Forcellini as the match headed to the half tied at one.

Quickly out of the intermission the Aces retook the lead. In the 47th minute, sophomore Jon Varela looped a ball into the box that fellow sophomore Nacho Diaz perfectly placed in the back of the net off his head, lifting UE to a 2-1 advantage. The Aces lead looked to be in jeopardy in the 64th minute when an Evansville player and a Bellarmine player both stretched for a bouncing ball and clipped boots, sending both to the pitch and resulting in a Knights penalty. The ensuing PK was sent right and Vidizzoni picked correctly, deflecting the ball away from goal and preserving Evansville’s 2-1 lead.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Bellarmine was awarded a second penalty, this time after an Ace and Knight again got tangled in the box. Bellarmine sent Nolan McGrath to the spot, who converted, tying the match at two. Neith team generated a shot over the final 10 minutes as Evansville picked-up the tie on the road to open the 2022 campaign.

Evansville comes back home this weekend for a Sunday matchup with IUPUI at 5 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer opened their 2022 regular season home schedule Thursday with a 4-0 win against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin’ Engineers. Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) led the Screaming Eagles with her first career hat trick.

The Screaming Eagles were aggressive and attacked early in the match. Junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) took the first shot of the match in the seventh minute. On a couple of occasions, USI sent good crosses into the box that connected, but the headers were hit wide of goal.

In the 26th minute, Murphy struck for her second goal of the season and put the Eagles ahead, 1-0. The shot came after an assisted cross by Beyer and a stutter fake by Murphy near the penalty spot.

Southern Indiana led 1-0 at halftime and held Rose-Hulman without a shot in the first 45 minutes. Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) made her 2022 season debut, subbing into the match in the first half. She made her presence known quickly with three shots and two on goal in the first half.

Four minutes into the second half, Murphy picked up her second goal of the match on assists from DiTusa and senior defender Alyssa Wright (Sellersburg, Indiana). Murphy continued to have a nose for goal, achieving her hat trick in the 53rd minute on a short cross assist by Beyer, her second of the match, toward the top of the six-yard box.

A minute later, junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) joined Murphy in the scoring column for USI on a shot in the middle of the box. DiTusa earned her second assist of the match on the play.

Midway through the second half, USI was able to make substitutions to get early-season experience for their bench, contributing solid minutes for the Screaming Eagles.

Southern Indiana finished with 24 shots, placing 16 on frame to go along with five assists. Rose-Hulman managed to get four shots and put two on target.

USI’s two goal-scorers, Murphy and Avery Schone, each had four shots with three on goal. DiTusa took six shots with five on goal to go along with her two assists. Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made two saves on the way toward her 31st career shutout.

The Screaming Eagles will carry their two-match winning streak on the road Sunday with a 1 p.m. match against the Northern Illinois Huskies from DeKalb, Illinois. Live video coverage will be available on NIU All-Access with a paid subscription.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell in their season opener against Belmont University, 2-0. The Screaming Eagles go to 0-1-0 after their first match while the Bruins go to 1-0-0.

After a strong first 20 minutes from USI, Belmont took the lead with a goal from Liam O’Brien at the 24:20 mark who put it top right bins. O’Brien struck again in the second half with another top right bins goal at 59:27. Assists for the Bruins came from Michael Saunders and Case Cox.

The Eagles finished the game with five shots and three shots on goal. Freshman midfielder Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) lead the team with two shots and had one shot on goal. Freshman midfielder Enilson Voiles (Plainfield, Indiana) and sophomore midfielder Elmer Garcia (Indianapolis, Indiana) had the other two shots on goal for USI.


USI continues the start of their season on the road as they travel to Highland Heights, Kentucky on Sunday to take on Northern Kentucky University at 3 pm (CDT). The Eagles then return to Strassweg Field on Thursday September 1st to take on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7pm.


Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)

at DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational (Youngstown, Ohio)

Friday, Aug. 26 – vs. Delaware State (0-0) – 10 a.m. CT

vs. Idaho (0-0) – 4 p.m. CT

Saturday, Aug. 27 – at Youngstown State (0-0) – 1 p.m. CT

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: Coming off of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Valpo volleyball program begins the 2022 campaign this weekend with an appearance at the DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational. The season kicks off Friday with matches versus Delaware State and Idaho before the Beacons face former Horizon League foe Youngstown State on Saturday.

Looking Ahead: It’s the return of the Popcorn Classic at the ARC next weekend, as Valpo hosts a home tournament for the first time since 2018. The Beacons will welcome SIUE, Campbell and Northern Illinois to town.

Following the Beacons: Valpo’s matches against Delaware State and Idaho will be broadcast live on YSU’s YouTube page, while the tournament finale against the host Penguins will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 449 matches (449-217, .674) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 504-241 (.677) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Delaware State – First meeting

Idaho – Valpo and Idaho have split two meetings all-time, the more recent a 3-2 Valpo victory over the Vandals at Notre Dame’s Shamrock Invitational in 2006.

YSU – Valpo owns a dominating 29-8 advantage in the all-time series against its two-time former conference mate, first in the Mid-Con and then the Horizon League. Under Coach Avery, Valpo is 19-4 against the Penguins, including a three-set sweep last season at Toledo. Gretchen Kuckkan led the Beacon offense in the win with 12 kills on .346 hitting, while Rylee Cookerly posted 30 digs in three sets.

Scouting the Opposition: Delaware State – The Hornets are picked to finish second in the MEAC this season after sharing the conference regular season title and advancing to the conference tournament championship match in 2021. Middle Alondra Maldonado, who ranked second in the MEAC in kills/set last year, is a member of the preseason All-MEAC team.

Idaho – The Vandals have been chosen ninth in the Big Sky preseason poll, coming off of a 5-20 record in 2021.

YSU – The Penguins posted a 6-23 overall record in 2021 and were 3-15 in Horizon League action.

Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.

Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.

Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.

Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven players who are looking for their first action in the Valpo uniform. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.

Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.

Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and the 2021 team maintained those standards. The Beacons posted their 18th winning season in Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm and won at least 20 matches for the 16th time in the last 20 years. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era.

One More Go-Round: Outside hitter Jillie Grant opted to take advantage of the additional year of eligibility afforded by the NCAA due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to return for her fifth season in the Valpo uniform. Last season, Grant suffered an ankle injury late in pre-conference action, right after earning All-Tournament Team accolades at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Classic, and was unable to fully recover. She has been a starter on the outside since the beginning of her sophomore year and ranked second on the team in kills in both the 2019 and the spring 2021 seasons. Grant enters her fifth year with 747 career digs and 659 career kills.


INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team opens its 2022 campaign with the first of two home tournaments this weekend, welcoming five other programs from across the country to the Athletics & Recreation Center for 11 total matches.

Head coach 
Jason Reed enters his ninth season in the Circle City and returns a host of players, including All-GLVC performers MaKenna BarnhartElizabeth Eads, and Alex Equihua.

The Greyhounds battle Montevallo at 9 p.m. in the ARC on Friday before hosting Anderson for a 6 p.m. serve. UIndy wraps up a quick three-match weekend on Saturday with in-region Findlay. All contests will be streamed live for free on

here for an interview with Barnhart, Grace Hegwood, Reed, and Hannah Sabotin, as they preview the season.


INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team hosted Northwood University for their season opener, fighting in a back-and-forth match to the end to a 2-2 draw.


The action was silent up until the sixth minute when Kiki Sauceda knotted the first stat of the game with a hard shot towards the center of the net, saved by the Timberwolves Andrea Everett. Six minutes later Chloe Noon, the freshman out of Aurora, Ill., blasted a ball to the top of the net from 20 yards out for her first career goal and the Greyhounds’ first of the year.

Nearing the 19th minute, Sauceda and Uma Yadav hammered shots at the net within 30 seconds of each other, both saved by the Timberwolves. Later in the half, freshman goalkeeper Kendall Ellis managed another save but Northwood’s Brianna Gervers put back the rebound, tying the contest at 1-1. The first half concluded with six more shots by the Hounds.

The tie was broken in the 65th minute when Northwood’s Abbie Fowler drained a free shot from 25 yards out. The Hounds were down but not out, however, as they proceeded to pepper the goal with seven shots before Maria Herrero produced the equalizer, evening the score at 2-2 with just under five minutes left in play. It was a back-and-forth battle down the stretch with neither team budging as time ran out.


– The Hounds dominated the shots category, leading 24-8.

– Each team received one yellow card in the contest.

– The teams were even on common fouls with ten apiece.

– Five Hounds played the entire contest to Northwood’s four.


The Greyhounds hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Institute, W.Va., to take on the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets on Sunday, Aug. 31 starting at 12 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team opened the 2022 season with a draw against No. 15 Lake Erie on Thursday night in Columbus.


In just the third minute of action, the Hounds found the back of the net to open the new season. Returning as a key piece from a year ago, Seth Ward met the ball and placed it in the bottom right of the goal off an assist from Bryan Moreira. A little later in the half at the 25th minute, Montana State Billings transfer Ibo Yilmaz was fouled near the net and eventually executed a penalty kick to put UIndy up by a pair heading into the halftime locker room.

Despite trailing with half the match gone, the Storm climbed back and netted two goals in the 65th and 79th minutes to collect the draw.


-UIndy led the match with 13 shots while Lake Erie had seven.

-The Storm committed a game-high 10 fouls while the Hounds had eight.

-In total, three yellow cards were given to LEC while UIndy had one.


The Greyhounds will stay in Columbus and battle Ohio Dominican on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team was on the road Thursday evening as they took on neighboring IUPUI. In a chippy matchup between the two teams, the Knights were able to draw 2-2 with the Jaguars to move to 1-0-1 on the season.

The visiting Knights had a solid offensive approach in the first half, posting five shots compared to the Jaguars six. However, the Jags were able to capitalize off of one of their shots, scoring in the opening eight minutes to take the early 1-0 lead.

Romaric Berneron got the shots going for Marian, missing wide of the goal at the 12:32 mark before Nate Van Keulen took an attempt of his own four minutes later. Half way through the first half, Sebastian Gonzalez made the IUPUI goalkeeper work, as Gonzalez fired one high center.

Marian’s defense held strong the remainder of the first half, holding the host to only two more shots while the Knights found some offensive momentum, posting one more good look with 49 seconds remaining off a Kameron Hooker attack.

The Knights came out after the break with an aggressive attack, scoring in the opening six minutes off a Berneron header that came from a Jack Reynolds assist to even things up at one a piece. The Navy and Gold defense came up big at the 52:46 mark, blocking a shot attempt of the host.

The duo of Gonzalez and Kameron Hooker teamed up at the 57:48 mark as they were able to draw the goalie away from the net. Gonzalez posted a great ball to Hooker who then hooked one in the back of the net to give the Knights the 2-1 advantage. With the momentum in favor of the Knights, the host were able to switch it their way, as they netted one past the Knights defense, squaring things up 2-2.

The remainder of the half, both teams showed off their defensive efforts by allowing no more scoring for the match. Behind the efforts of Van Keulen and Axel Perez-Leon, the Knights were able to provide one more attack in the final seven minutes of the match, but both would come up short in adding to the scoreboard.

Brandon Weiger posted a solid match in the net for Knights, playing the entire 90 minutes, making two saves and allowing two goals.

Marian will host Lourdes Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 PM in their home opener for the 2022 season.   

RHIT Football Picked as HCAC Preseason Favorite

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked as the favorite to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football championship this fall, in the coaches preseason poll released by the league office on Thursday.

Rose-Hulman received five of eight first place votes and 47 poll points in voting among the league coaches.  Mount St. Joseph was picked just behind with three first-place votes and 45 points.

Hanover and Franklin took the third and fourth positions with 35 and 33 points.  Bluffton, Manchester, Anderson and Defiance round out the poll.

Rose-Hulman earned the top spot in the HCAC poll after winning the 2021 conference championship and earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.  The Fightin’ Engineers won the HCAC title game 58-21 at Cook Stadium, before narrowly falling 26-21 at DePauw in the NCAA Playoffs.

Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph are slated to meet Nov. 12 in Cincinnati.

Football Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Winston Amankwah; Alex Gresock; Tyce Miller; Tyler Smith; and Adam Tice-Saliu.

The 2022 season begins with an NCAA Playoff rematch at DePauw on Sept. 3.  The home opener is set for Saturday Sept. 10 at 7 pm.

FRANKLIN COLLEGE: Football Pegged Fourth in HCAC Pre-Season Rankings

CARMEL, Ind. – The Franklin College football team has been picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) by the league’s coaches, with the pre-season coaches poll announced on Thursday (Aug. 25) morning.

The Grizzlies, who finished third in the league last fall with a 6-4 record and 4-3 mark in the HCAC, collected 33 points from the voting to slot in between Hanover (35 pts) and Bluffton (27 pts) in the poll. Defending league champion Rose-Hulman earned first place with 47 points and five first place votes.

Additionally, six Grizzlies have been named Players to Watch by the HCAC with three players on each side of the ball earning honors. Offensive stalwarts in senior wideout Jarrett Gibson, senior tackle Armani Christopher and sophomore running back Garrett Cora earned the nod. Senior linebackers Kody Wilkerson and Aaron Black are joined by junior defensive lineman Jireh Ojata in representing the defensive side of the ball.

All six players earned all-conference accolades a season ago, with Gibson and Ojata picking up First Team All-HCAC and Cora earning the league’s Newcomer of the Year.

Franklin kicks off the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they head to Michigan to take on the Olivet Comets in the season opener.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Trojans Snag Top Spot Among CL Teams in NAIA Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY – Riding the waves of a fourth-place finish at the 2021 NAIA National Championships, the Taylor University women’s cross-country team enters the 2022 campaign ranked fourth in the nation, as announced on Thursday in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

As one of five Crossroads League teams to make the 2022 Preseason Top-25, the Trojans have now appeared in 65-consecutive polls, with 54 of those rankings coming inside the top-10.

No. 4 Taylor landed the top spot among Crossroads League teams, while four others snagged a spot inside the preseason top-25, including No. 9 Grace, No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 20 St. Francis, and No. 21 Huntington. Meanwhile, both RV Marian and RV Goshen will enter the 2022 season on the doorstep of the nation’s top-25 teams. 

In 2021, the Trojan women’s cross-country team posted the second-fastest team-time in program history, in addition to winning the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational and the Crossroads League Championship for its record-setting ninth-straight season. Supporting its top-five ranking, the 2022 Taylor women’s cross-country squad returns three NAIA All-Americans from its 2021 fourth-place finishing team.

The No. 4 Taylor women will kick off the 2022 season on Friday, September 9, at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invite.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Men’s Cross-Country Team Lands at No. 20 in Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY – After an 11th-place finish at the 2021 NAIA National Championships, the Taylor University men’s cross-country team enters the 2022 campaign ranked 20th in the nation, as announced on Thursday in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

As one of five Crossroads League teams to make the 2022 Preseason Top-25, the Trojans have now appeared in 58-consecutive polls.

Alongside No. 20 Taylor, No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 9 Huntington each fell in the top-10, while Grace and Goshen landed at No. 16 and No. 23, respectively. Meanwhile RV Marian and RV Spring Arbor fell just outside the NAIA’s preseason top-25 rankings. 

In 2021, the Trojan men’s cross-country team posted the third and seventh-fastest team-time in program history, while winning the Ray Bullock Invitational and its first Crossroads League Championship since 1999. Outside the course, the Trojans also led the NAIA with four CoSIDA Academic All-District awards and two Academic All-Americans.

The No. 20 Taylor men will kick off the 2022 season on Friday, September 9, at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invite.

BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: Pilots tie Southeastern in a second half thriller

Mishawaka, Ind. — The Pilots tie with Southeastern for the first game of the Fall Classic after a thriller in the second half. Luan Bressy scored quickly in the sixth minute before Southeastern scored their two goals within 5 minutes of each other in the second half.


6′ | Luan Bressy (BU)

73′ | Gianluca Contego (SEU) assisted by Lucas Nishioka

78′ | Edoardo Venutolo (SEU) Assisted by Marcello Cruz

81′ | Andre Sabino


The Pilots was outshot 18-13

Between both teams there were a total of 31 fouls

Luan Bressy with team leading three shots on goal


The Fall Classic continues this Saturday and 2 p.m. against the University of the Cumberlands.

HANOVER FOOTBALL: Football picked third as part of HCAC Preseason Poll

CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Hanover College Panthers were tabbed third as part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Football Poll.

The Panthers claimed 35 points in the poll, while Rose-Hulman took the top spot with 47 points and five first place votes followed by Mt. St. Joseph with 45 points and three first place nods.

Hanover, who claimed the conference title from 2018 to 2020, will look for another strong season in 2022 after surrendering the crown in 2021 to the Fightin’ Engineers of Rose-Hulman.

Head Coach Matt Theobald enters his seventh season at the helm of the Panthers with a 31-12 mark in conference play including a perfect 7-0 record in 2019 that saw them advance to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.

The panthers landed six seniors on the HCAC preseason athletes to watch list in Jacob Doll (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Hunter Eads (Cincinnati, Ohio), Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.), Cody Horner (Columbus, Ind.), Will Kern (Lafayette, Ind.), and Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.).

Hanover will kick-off the 2022 campaign from Alumni Stadium and C. Wayne Perry Field on Saturday, Sept. 3 welcoming Centre. Game time is slated for 1:30 PM. 

2022 HCAC Football Preseason Poll

#             Institution           Pts.

1.            Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology      47

2.            Mt. St. Joseph University               45

3.            Hanover College                35

4.            Franklin College 33

5.            Bluffton University          24

6.            Manchester University   17

7.            Anderson University        14

8.            Defiance College               9

ST. FRANCIS WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Women’s Cross Country Ranked No. 20 in First NAIA Polls of 2022 Season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Women’s Cross Country team has been ranked #20 in the NAIA’s Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Last year was the first time in program history that the Cougars made the preseason’s top 25 poll, and what followed was sophomore Alex Ebetino’s season where she became the individual Crossroads League Champion in early November, placed 15th at the NAIA National Championship, and earned her second Cross Country All-American honor.

Poll Methodology

• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences or groups.

• Each conference is represented by one rater.

• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.

• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.

• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (1-0) traveled to Greenville, Illinois to open the 2022 season on the road against the Greenville University Panthers (0-1) and behind timely offense and stellar defense won 2-0.

As the game got underway the Cougars went on the offensive. They opened with a shot in the first 21 seconds and less than two minutes later, they broke open the score with a goal from junior midfielder Enrique Subiran assisted by sophomore defender Brayden Gillman to take a 1-0 lead.

Starting in goal for the Cougars was freshman Joe Deitering making his USF debut and stepped up to the challenge making some key saves to keep his team in the lead and a couple more back-and-forth battles downfield ensued until the game went to halftime with Saint Francis still leading 1-0.

Heading into the second half the Cougars picked up where they left off. They started back on offense and made a couple more shots toward the goal though to no avail. Then after a couple shots were returned from the Panthers, Deitering kept the ball out of the net.

Then rolling into the final minutes the Cougars doubled their lead on a goal from junior midfielder Lino Siebel assisted by freshman midfielder Dalton Blankenbaker to lead 2-0 in the 74th minute, and a couple more shots from each side went for naught as Saint Francis held on the prevail by two to open the season.

“It’s always great to get a clean sheet after a long road trip,” Head Coach Jake Essig said on Thursday’s win. “A lot of credit to the team for providing energy from the opening whistle to the closing whistle.”

Throughout the game the Cougars managed 13 shots with five of them on goal while Deitering made five saves on net from the Panthers.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Elsah, Illinois to take on Principia College in their season opener beginning at 12:00 pm.

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ST. FRANCIS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Cougars Sweep Providence Argonauts to Open Electric City Invitational

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Thursday evening the University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-1) traveled to Great Falls, Missouri to compete in the Electric City Invitational to face the Providence University Argonauts (0-5) in the first match and won in three straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-16, and 27-25.

In the opening match the Cougars fell behind 9-4 but didn’t get discouraged. They clawed their way back and took the lead 14-13 on a kill by junior right-side Haidyn Carrico and didn’t look back. Now with a 24-23 lead, a bad set by the Argonauts gave the first set to Saint Francis by the slimmest of margin.

In the second round, a five-point service run gave the Cougars enough of a lead and allowed them to play their game, play aggressively, and Saint Francis prevailed by nine points to take a two-game lead in the match.

Heading into the third set a back-and-forth battle ensued early on and then the Argonauts took a lead 10-6 over the Cougars. But Saint Francis battled back to tie the score at 10, but then fell back behind 17-13 later in the frame.

Now trailing 24-22, the Cougars pulled out all the stops and a couple more kills by Carrico brought them ahead 26-25 and they finished it off with a clean sweep.

Throughout the match sophomore outside hitter Paige Fortkamp led the squad in kills with eight, while Carrico followed with seven of her own while sophomore setter Alexa Sparks had a team-leading 30 assists and Maile Steckelberg and Kylie Topp each led the way in digs with 13.

The Cougars resume play Friday afternoon against the Master’s University Mustangs (1-0) in the second day of the tournament beginning at 11:00 am.

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IU KOKOMO MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Voted to Finish Second in RSC; Women’s Cross Country Slated to Finish Third

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The River States Conference Cross Country Coaches’ Preseason Polls’ were released this afternoon and both the men’s and women’s team’s were picked to finish in the top three. The men’s cross country team is projected for a second place finish while the women’s cross country team is slated to finish in third.

On the men’s side of the RSC, Midway received 84 votes, five more than IU Kokomo and good enough for first place. The Cougars are ten points clear of third-place Point Park.

IU Kokomo junior Luis Saldana will lead the IUK men’s cross country into regular season action this year after securing an NAIA National Championship birth as a sophomore. The Cougars won the season-opening Cougar Cross Country Classic last season, but face a much stiffer test in this year’s field. The Cougars finished in a tie for second at last year’s RSC Championship.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) was picked to finish first on the women’s side, receiving 89 votes. Point Park finished second with 82 votes while the Cougars followed in third with 73 votes.

The IU Kokomo women’s cross country team is coming off of a 2021 season that saw them win two invitationals, including the Cougar Cross Country Classic. The Cougars will look to build on last season’s wins as their 2022 schedule includes three home meets, including the River States Conference Championship meet. The IUK women’s XC team finished in third at last season’s RSC Championship.

Both Cougar cross country squads are set to open the season tomorrow evening as they will welcome Ohio Christian, Shawnee State, and St. Francis (Ind.) to their home course at Northview Church in Kokomo. The women’s race will start at 6:00 and the men will follow at 6:45.

INDIANA TECH MEN’S SOCCER: GSU Holds Warriors in Gilbert’s Debut

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Indiana Tech men’s soccer opened its 2022 campaign with a spirited 0-0 draw against visiting Governor’s State at Warrior Athletic Field. GSU was on the front foot in the first half, outshooting the Warriors 8-0, with Tech applying most of the pressure after the halftime break. Tech’s Jaume Salvado and Jaguar goalkeeper Emigdio Lopez each tallied four saves to earn matching shutouts.

After a slow first half, the Warriors looked more lively to start the second 45 minutes. Luke Jones forced Lopez into arguably the best save of the match just one minute after the restart. In trademark Jones fashion, the attacker cut inside on his left boot and unleashed a shot destined for the top left corner. Lopez got enough of a hand on the effort to keep the game scoreless. Subsequent efforts from Jonas Kahlmann at 54:57 and Ryan Steele in the 70th minute were turned away by the Jaguar freshman. Lorezno Battagliarian beat Lopez in the 74th minute, but the shot caromed off the crossbar.

The result was Tech’s first season-opening draw since a 1-1 result against Saint Francis on August 22, 2008. The Warriors return to the pitch August 31 at Grace College, looking for their first win under head coach Paul Gilbert, in a 7 PM kickoff. Tech won the two most recent meetings in the series, with Grace last claiming victory over the Warriors in 2012.

GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: Lancers top (RV) Cumberlands in dramatic fashion

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s soccer team picked up a thrilling win on Thursday at 1st Source Bank Field.

The Lancers took down Cumberlands 1-0 thanks to a late penalty kick in front of a packed stadium. Felipe Gruber earned the spotlight with his PK goal to defeat the Patriots, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Grace has two more ranked teams coming to town in short order. The Lancers host Southeastern (also receiving votes) on Saturday at 3 p.m. before hosting No. 7 Indiana Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Lancers improve to 2-0 on the season as a result of Thursday’s victory.

To begin the match, each team had turns in possession over the first 10 minutes as the two quality sides gained a feel for the game.

The Patriots earned longer spells of possession, but the Lancers did not allow a clean shot on their goal.

Diogo Lopes had Grace’s best early chance when his headed effort in the penalty box went over the crossbar.

The chances were clear with 20 minutes left in the half. Daniel Santos Rosa made a long run down the right side of the field. After charging an entire half of the field, he had a pair of attempts from close range that seemed destined for the back of the net, but a sprawling Patriot defender cleared the ball off the goal line.

Almost immediately, Cumberlands had their best chance. The Patriots played a long ball over Grace’s backline. The ensuing chipped shot glanced harmlessly off the goalpost, however.

The Patriots earned a few more chances as the half wore on, breaking the spells of possession between the teams.

The match went into halftime scoreless. Cumberlands had a slight 8-7 edge in shot attempts with each team having three shots on goal.

The Patriots began the second half as the aggressor, trying a handful of hard shots from outside the penalty box.

Cumberlands peppered Grace’s goal with seven shots in the first 18 minutes of the half, but Grace’s defense and goalkeeper Matteo Conci remained unharmed.

The Lancers had a golden opportunity with 11 minutes left in regulation. Scanferlato Simone and Jonny Mora combined for a quick attack along the left side of the field. Simone looped a cross in front of the goal, which came to Blake Burns. But Burns’ volley was parried away by the Patriots’ goalkeeper at the last instant.

Grace also earned a free kick with less than five minutes to play. But a hard shot from Juan Camilo Garcia was saved.

The match was won in the final minutes. Simone danced his way into the penalty box and was tripped by a Patriot defender.

Felipe Gruber stepped up and drilled the penalty kick into the back of the net, then raced with his teammates to celebrate in front of a euphoric crowd.

The Patriots could not produce a desperation attempt in response and was saddled with the defeat.

Conci registered the shutout after making seven saves. His clean sheet was aided by the stout defending of Antonio Lobo, Flavio Cruz and Diogo Lopes.

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS FOOTBALL: Powell, staff looking to shape roster in early part of preseason

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sprint football team continues its first week of practice today, and the focus in the early part of the program is evaluating athletes to find the right home for everyone – as far as position – as efficiently as possible.

The opening day of practice included timing players in the 40-yard dash, a shuttle drill for testing quickness and a standing broad jump.

“It gives us a chance to see where they stack up and get some actual numbers down. We knew we’d have some kids that would separate themselves from other kids for certain positions,” head coach Blaine Powell said. “It’s just a good way to finalize that this is what we’ve got.”

Players also were divided into groups to work on drills, from route running, running back drills and linemen techniques. With many of the players coming to SMWC after being in prominent roles as skill players in high school, the staff will need to find the right fit for everyone that works best for the team.

“We did an offensive and defensive circuit. Route-running drills, catching drills, o-line and d-line drill. Everybody did everything and we just wanted to get that on film and just see it,” Powell said. “The first day was a success.”

Powell and his staff want to get to installing offense and defense as soon as possible with less than a month before the Sept.17 opener at Calumet College of St. Joseph.

“The key for us is we’ve got to come together as a team. We’ve got so many kids coming in from different areas of the United States. It’s being able to form that team. That’s going to be a key to this is being able to come together into a cohesive team in 20 practices. That’s going to be the challenge.”

One position group is somewhat certain. Left-hander Bryan Merrill and Brennan Landry will “see the majority of the reps” at quarterback, Powell said.

GOSHEN MEN’S SOCCER: Almeida connects with Allawai in 1-1 tie with Lourdes

GOSHEN, Ind. – In a tale of two halves, the Goshen men’s soccer team ended the season opener with a draw against Lourdes during Orientation Week. The Maple Leafs tied the Gray Wolves 1-1.

The visitors controlled the first half. Lourdes outshot Goshen 10-2 in the first half and scored the game’s first goal in the 32nd minute off the foot of Anthony Samuel. The Maple Leafs regrouped at the half and came back with a vengeance.

In the second half, Goshen had three times as many shots as Lourdes, 9-3. They capitalized on their chances after a free kick was awarded to Lourdes. Goshen’s Ryan Almeida controlled the ball for Goshen inside their 18 and boomed a kick the other way in the direction of Mathurin Allawai. The ball bounced over the Gray Wolves’ defender, and Allawai chipped it over the keeper to tie the game at one. A transfer from William Penn University, this was Allawai’s first goal as a Maple Leaf.

Despite some more chances, the game ended in a draw. With a 2022 rule change, overtime is no longer played if a regular-season match is tied after 90 minutes and the match stands as a tie. Lourdes came out on top last season 2-1.

The Leafs return to the GC Soccer Complex on Saturday, August 27, as they host Michigan-Dearborn at 7:00 pm.


Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team returned to non-conference action when they hosted Indiana University Kokomo. Early in the match, IUK was able to take a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. Holy Cross would respond with a goal by Nicole Cook in the 36th minute to tie the game up 1-1. That goal would stand for the rest of the half with the game knotted at 1-1. The Cougars would again score early in the second half to take the 2-1 lead in the 48th minute. A header from Hannah Lemieux in the 77th brought the game back to 2-2 as that would be the final goal score with the game ending in a 2-2 tie. With the tie, both teams stand at 0-0-2 on the season.


Score: Holy Cross tied IUK 2-2

Records: Holy Cross (0-0-2) | IUK (0-0-2)

Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.


 8′ | Skylar Mannon (IK) unassisted

36′ | Nicole Cook (HC) assisted by Abby Craig

48′ | Keely Hoopingarner (IK) assisted by Skylar Mannon

77′ | Hannah Lemieux (HC) assisted by Lauren Cernak


Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded six saves

Nicole Cook and Hannah Lemieux each recorded one goal in the match

HC outshot IUK 23-10 in the tie


The Saints will return to non-conference action on Saturday, August 27 when they host Indiana University East. Kickoff set for 2:00pm EST.

Trailblazers pass first road test of the season in Region 24 sweep at Shawnee

ULLIN, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team hit the road for the first time during the 2022 regular season and came away with a three-set sweep over Region 24 opponent Shawnee 25-6, 25-13, 25-11.

This matchup is one of VU’s longest road trips of the season, with the Blazers needing to not only battle a three-hour bus ride, but also a time change and a change in location with the match being played at Century High School in Ullin.

Vincennes grabbed control of the opening set quickly, jumping out to a 14-3 advantage over the Saints.

After a 3-0 scoring run by host Shawnee, the Trailblazers responded back to close out the set on an 11-0 scoring run of their own behind some impressive serving by freshman Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey).

Set two began more as a back-and-forth battle before VU managed to open a 14-6 lead midway through the set.

The two teams traded points until sophomore Kaley Roush (Shoals, Ind.) stepped up to serve and came away with a 4-0 scoring run to take set two 25-13.

VU looked to close out the sweep in a big way in set three with sophomore Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) giving the Blazers a 16-3 lead after a 10-0 scoring run.

Shawnee attempted to battle back into the game but were unable to cut into the deficit as Vincennes came away with the 25-11 set win and the 3-0 match sweep.

“Tonight we were dealing with some challenging circumstances,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “Changing location and changing the time, making this match even later for us after a three-hour trip. Everything about today was a challenge and serves as sort of a ‘welcome to the season’ moment for us.”

“I feel like we handled it all pretty well overall,” Sien added. “I think our warmups were so-so. Normally you can tell how a team will play based on their warmups, but we were able to turn it around because we definitely played well during the match. It could have been much worse. We could have been out there for much longer than we needed to be.”

The Trailblazers were led offensively by freshman Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) who finished the night with eight kills and an outstanding .600 hitting percentage.

Tuana Turhan ended her night with six kills, three aces, three digs and a block assist for the Blazers.

Freshman Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) finished with four kills and four digs and fellow freshmen Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) finished with three kills each.

Parlanti added three aces and five digs, while Johnson added a block assist to her totals.

Sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) finished with a pair of kills, with sophomores Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Kaley Roush and freshmen Nisa Salis (Ankara, Turkey) and Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.) recording one kill each.

Roush would also come away with a pair of aces, while Graber led the Blazers with 11 set assists and adding five digs.

Sophomore Josephine Mulligan helped run the VU offense along with Graber, finishing with eight set assists, six digs and a pair of aces.

Sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) ended her night with a pair of aces, two digs and two set assists.

Freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) came away as with a team-high eight digs defensively.

“We knew we weren’t going to get big blocking numbers tonight because we just didn’t have a lot of opportunities,” Sien said. “Audrey did hit extremely well tonight. She is just a really long athlete that if we give a few more opportunities to, she will be able to put up those types of numbers.”

“Tuana also had some good swings tonight too,” Sien added. “But she also came away with three aces, which you wouldn’t expect out of a middle. She had a couple of good serving runs, so she was able to contribute there and in the backrow with a few digs. She only had one block, but she was also able to contribute in the other categories, which you don’t usually see out of a middle.”

This match kicks off a three-match Region 24 stretch for the Trailblazers, with VU hosting Lake Land College Saturday, Aug. 27 at the P.E. Complex at 12 p.m. eastern, before hitting the road next week to face-off against Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel, Ill. Wednesday, Aug. 31.

These matches will put VU nearly halfway through their 2022 Region 24 schedule, as Vincennes continues to look to repeat at Region 24 Champions this season.

“Once we get through this stretch, we will almost be halfway through our Region schedule,” Sien said. “Looking at Lake Land, they are going to have several third-year players and just like every other Region 24 team they will give us a tough match.”

“Last year we played them twice, we did sweep both matches, but particularly the second match was tough,” Sien added. “Lake Land always plays us extremely tough and we also always seem to have some of their local kids on our team, so I think that makes this even more of a rivalry when even the players know each other.”



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7748.61645 – 2032 – 2835 – 2322 – 713 – 105 – 5W 4
Tampa Bay6955.5567.542 – 2327 – 3229 – 2314 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 6
Toronto6855.553836 – 2532 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 117 – 3W 3
Baltimore6559.52411.537 – 2428 – 3527 – 2913 – 1415 – 86 – 4W 1
Boston6065.4801729 – 3331 – 3216 – 3515 – 1221 – 84 – 6L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6657.53732 – 2534 – 3212 – 1431 – 2411 – 116 – 4L 1
Minnesota6261.504435 – 2827 – 3315 – 1230 – 2012 – 174 – 6L 6
Chi White Sox6362.504430 – 3133 – 3115 – 1727 – 2713 – 144 – 6L 1
Kansas City5175.40516.531 – 3520 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 183 – 7W 1
Detroit4877.3841929 – 3519 – 429 – 2022 – 366 – 125 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8145.64342 – 1839 – 279 – 1023 – 840 – 216 – 4W 4
Seattle6857.54412.533 – 2735 – 3016 – 178 – 635 – 286 – 4W 1
Texas5767.4602327 – 3430 – 335 – 1416 – 1126 – 346 – 4W 1
LA Angels5273.41628.526 – 3626 – 376 – 2214 – 925 – 291 – 9L 6
Oakland4680.3653520 – 4226 – 3810 – 1711 – 1822 – 365 – 5L 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8046.63541 – 1939 – 2743 – 1915 – 515 – 125 – 5W 1
Atlanta7848.619242 – 2436 – 2432 – 2220 – 1016 – 118 – 2W 3
Philadelphia7055.5609.537 – 2933 – 2629 – 2718 – 916 – 116 – 4W 4
Miami5470.4352525 – 3329 – 3725 – 2811 – 1511 – 184 – 6L 1
Washington4283.33637.519 – 4423 – 399 – 4212 – 1415 – 184 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7253.57640 – 2132 – 3212 – 1533 – 1917 – 98 – 2W 1
Milwaukee6558.528631 – 2434 – 3411 – 1331 – 2810 – 134 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs5471.4321828 – 3826 – 3313 – 928 – 298 – 216 – 4L 1
Cincinnati4875.3902326 – 3622 – 3910 – 2119 – 268 – 213 – 7L 4
Pittsburgh4777.37924.526 – 3621 – 417 – 1822 – 3114 – 172 – 8L 5
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8637.69945 – 1641 – 2115 – 1121 – 935 – 127 – 3W 2
San Diego6858.54019.535 – 2833 – 3019 – 1519 – 1026 – 254 – 6L 2
San Francisco6162.4962534 – 2927 – 3314 – 1317 – 1120 – 315 – 5L 1
Arizona5667.4553032 – 3224 – 3514 – 1413 – 1521 – 314 – 6L 1
Colorado5472.42933.536 – 3218 – 408 – 2011 – 1227 – 303 – 7L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1912       At Forbes Field, Owen Wilson hits three triples in the doubleheader against the Braves. The Pirates center fielder’s third triple, his second in the nightcap, establishes a new major league record for three-baggers with 32, breaking the mark he shared with Dave Orr (1886 Metropolitans/AA) and Heinie Reitz (1894 Orioles/NL).

1916       A’s hurler Joe Bush no-hits the Indians at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, 5-0. ‘Bullet Joe,’ who will win 15 of the last-place Athletics’ 36 victories this season, allows his only baserunner in the first inning when he issues a walk to Jack Graney.

1926       Senators hurler Walter Johnson (408) bests Red Faber (197) and the White Sox at Griffith Stadium, 9-3. The veteran pitchers have accumulated the largest amount of victories, a total of 605, for two hurlers who start the same game, a record not surpassed until 1986 when Tom Seaver faces Don Sutton.

1939       At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS, covering a doubleheader where the Reds win the first game, 5-2, and the Dodgers take a 6-1 victory in the nightcap. The network employs two cameras, one behind home plate, showing an expansive view of the field, and the other on the third-base line to capture the plays at first base.

1947       Dan Bankhead becomes the major league’s first black pitcher. The 27-year-old right-hander doesn’t do well in a relief stint, giving up ten hits and six runs in 3.1 innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits his only big-league home run in his first major league at-bat.

1961       Roger Maris, hitting his 51st round-tripper of the season, has the most homers in major league history at this point in the season. The Yankees’ right fielder goes deep off right-hander Jerry Walker in the sixth inning of the team’s 5-1 victory over Kansas City at Municipal Stadium.

1962       The Orioles complete a five-game sweep of the Yankees when right-hander Robin Roberts, released by New York during the first week of the season, beats Whitey Ford at Memorial Stadium, 2-1. Homers by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile account for Baltimore’s only runs.

1962       At Metropolitan Stadium, Twins’ left-hander Jack Kralick throws the team’s first no-hitter since the franchise moved to Minnesota last season, and the fifth no-no hurled this season in the major leagues. The slight southpaw retires the first 25 A’s batters he faces before a walk to George Alusik ends his bid for a perfect game, but he retires the next two hitters to no-hit Kansas City, 1-0.

1965       At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-2, making rookie southpaw Tug McGraw (2-2) the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (21-7). Previously, New York had lost 13 consecutive times to the future Hall of Fame southpaw.

1966       After seeing a caricature of himself on the scoreboard, an angry Leo Durocher calls the Astrodome’s press box to have it removed. When nothing happens, the enraged Cubs manager rips the phone out of the dugout wall and tosses it onto the infield.

1966       Coming off the Orioles bench, Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell hit consecutive pinch-hit homers, tying the game in the ninth in an eventual 12-inning, 3-2 victory over the Red Sox. The consecutive round-trippers mark only the third time back-to-back pinch-hit home runs have occurred in major league history.

1968       After starting his career 0-5, Jim McAndrew gets his first major league victory when he goes the distance at Busch Stadium, blanking St. Louis on five hits, 1-0. In his first four major league starts, the Mets failed to score a run, resulting in two 2-0 and two 1-0 defeats for the 24-year-old rookie right-hander.

1972       Ron Santo’s three-run home run off Ron Bryant proves to be the difference in the Cubs’ 10-9 victory over San Francisco at Wrigley Field. The third-inning round-tripper, the first of a pair he hits in the game, is the third baseman’s 2,000th career hit and drives in his 1,200th run.

1973       In a 10-1 Oriole victory over the A’s in Baltimore, Paul Blair hits a rare inside-the-park grand slam. The fleet-footed outfielder circles the bases when Amos Otis and Steve Hovley collide chasing down his gapper in right-center field.

1975       Luis Tiant Sr., recently allowed by Fidel Castro to leave Cuba to travel to Boston, throws out the first pitch at Fenway Park as his proud son stands behind him on the mound. The former Negro League star, dissatisfied with his first effort, flutters a knuckleball over the plate with his second effort, much to the sold-out crowd’s delight.

1980       George Brett strokes four singles and a double in five at-bats when the Royals edge Milwaukee at County Stadium, 7-6. The Kansas City third baseman’s 5-for-5 performance raises his league-leading batting average to .407.

1981       Cardinals’ manager Whitey Herzog fines Garry Templeton $5,000 and suspends him indefinitely without pay for his rude behavior that includes an obscene gesture directed toward Redbird fans after they boo him in the first inning for not hustling to first base. The St. Louis shortstop, who will be traded to the Padres in the offseason for Ozzie Smith, agrees to seek psychiatric help and will be reinstated to the lineup on September 15.

1985       In the Orioles’ 17-3 rout of the Angels, Eddie Murray homers three times‚ including a grand slam in the fifth frame‚ and drives in nine runs, tying Jim Gentile’s mark for RBIs in a game. Baltimore goes deep seven times in the Anaheim Stadium contest matching a club record set on May 17, 1967.

1987       Paul Molitor’s 39-game hit streak comes to an end as he waits in the on-deck circle, watching pinch-hitter Rick Manning single home the winning run in the tenth inning to give the Brewers a 1-0 walk-off victory over Cleveland at County Stadium. The Ignitor’s accomplishment remains the longest consecutive hitting streak in franchise history.

1989       The Trumbull (CT) All-Stars become the first American team to win the Little League World Series since 1983, snapping Asia’s six-year hold on the title. The U.S. National team defeats Chinese Taipei, 5-2, behind the complete game, five-hitter thrown by 12-year-old Chris Drury, who goes on to win NHL’s Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

1990       Returning from the disabled list after dislocating his shoulder, Bo Jackson homers in his first plate appearance back in the Royals’ lineup. The round-tripper gives the slugging outfielder home runs in four consecutive at-bats forty days apart, having gone deep three straight times before getting injured attempting to catch a Deion Sanders fly ball in July.

1991       The Yankees reluctantly agree to a record $1.55 million contract with 19-year-old high school southpaw Brien Taylor, the overall number one pick from the June amateur draft. George Steinbrenner is outraged by the deal, but the suspended owner had driven up the price when he publicly makes his wishes known to Newsday two days before the signing by saying, “If they (Gene Michael) let him go, they ought to be shot.”

1991       With the help of a questionable scorer’s decision in the fifth inning, 27-year-old Bret Saberhagen fires a no-hitter, beating the White Sox at Royals Stadium, 7-0. When Royals’ left fielder Kirk Gibson misses Dan Pasqua’s slicing line drive, Del Black changes his ruling from a double to a two-base error, after viewing several replays.

1993       The Mets announce that Vince Coleman will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his playing career with the team. Fred Wilpon’s decision that the outfielder, who signed a four-year $11.95 million deal before the 1991 season, will never put on a Mets uniform again results from Coleman admission of tossing an M-100 leaving a Dodger Stadium parking lot last month that injured three people.

1996       The Mets replaced Dallas Green as their manager with Bobby Valentine, a former coach who left the organization to manage Texas. During his stormy seven-year tenure in New York, Bobby ‘V’ will compile a 536-467 (.534) record and lead the team to an NL pennant in 2000.

1996       With a ten year, $20 million deal, Pro Player, the sports apparel division of Fruit of the Loom, becomes the first sports marketing and products company to have its name used as the moniker for a stadium. The renaming of Joe Robbie Stadium, the home of the Florida Marlins, to Pro Player Stadium sparks controversy as many Miamians believe the benefactor’s name should remain due to his generosity and efforts to fund the original project.

1998       Phil Garner earns his 500th victory at the Brewers helm, making him the only manager in team history to reach that milestone when Milwaukee beats Colorado at Coors Field, 6-5. ‘Scrap Iron’ will finish his eight-year stint with the Brew Crew with a 563-617 (.477) record.

1999       Achieving the mark in his 29th start, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson reaches the 300-strikeout milestone in record time, surpassing Pedro Martinez, who reached the milestone in 31 starts in 1997. The ‘Big Unit’ reaches the plateau when he whiffs Kevin Millar to end the fifth inning in the team’s 12-2 victory over the Marlins, en route to finishing the season with 364 strikeouts.

2001       Sammy Sosa becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 50 homers in a season four times when he blasts a two-run shot off Dustin Hermanson in the first inning of the Cubs’ 6-1 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Slammin’ Sammy joins Babe Ruth (1920-21 and 1927-28) and Mark McGwire (1996-99), (1998-2001) to accomplish the feat.

2001       In the 18th inning, second-string catcher Bill Haselman beats out a bases-loaded potential inning-ending double-play grounder, allowing Chad Curtis to score the winning run in the Rangers’ 8-7 victory over the Red Sox. The six-hour and 35-minute contest is the longest game ever played in Ranger history.

2002       At Yankee Stadium, Alfonso Soriano, with a solo shot in the fourth inning in the teams 10-3 victory over the Rangers, sets a team record for home runs by a second baseman. The previous mark of 30 was established in 1940 by Joe Gordon.

2002       Sixty-three years to the day after the first televised contest, the first video streaming coverage of a major league baseball game takes place on the internet. Approximately 30,000 fans visit to see the Yankees defeat the Rangers, 10-3, far less than the 42,000 watching the game at the Bronx ballpark.

2002       Derek Jeter becomes only the third player to score at least 100 runs in his first seven major league seasons. The Yankees’ shortstop joins Hall of Fame outfielders Ted Williams (Red Sox, 1939-49) and Earle Combs (Yankees, 1925-32) as the only big leaguers to accomplish the feat.

2003       The Padres trade starting pitcher Oliver Perez, along with prospect Jason Bay, to the Pirates for outfielder Brian Giles. The Canadian-born Bay will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year next season.

2004       Ichiro Suzuki becomes the only player to collect at least 200 hits in each of his first four seasons in the big leagues. The milestone hit is a ninth-inning homer in the Mariners’ 7-3 loss to the Royals at Safeco Field.

2007       Warner Robins, Georgia captures the Little League World Series when 12-year-old Dalton Carriker’s extra-inning (8th) walk-off home run beats Tokyo, 3-2. The victory is the third consecutive LLWS championship for the United States, its longest streak since winning eight straight titles from 1959-1966.

2007       At Comiskey Park, the Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the White Sox, 11-1. Boston, tallying at least ten runs in every contest, outscores their Windy City opponents, 46-7.

2008       Driving in Damion Easley with a fourth-inning groundout at Citizens Bank Park, Mets infielder David Wright becomes the first player in franchise history to have four 100-RBIs seasons. The 25-year-old has reached the plateau every year since becoming the team’s regular third baseman.

2008       Before the Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, Kenny Campbell falls more than 15 feet from the stands onto the right-field warning track after catching a batting practice home run. The ten-year-old fan, shaken and bruised, but unhurt, is comforted by Mike Pelfrey and other Mets until a medical unit arrives.

2008       Teddy Roosevelt gets off to a fast start, and it appears that T.R. will finally beat his Mount Rushmore teammates, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington to win his first-ever President Race at Nationals Park. When the blue do-rag clad presidential character sporting dreadlocks stops to high-five fans sitting in the right-field stands, with the public address announcer explaining the mascot’s behavior as ‘Teddy being Teddy,’ the big lead disappears.

2008       The Phillies, trailing 7-0 early in the game, rally to beat the Mets at Citizens Bank Park, 8-7. Chris Coste, who goes 4-for-4 after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning, delivers the walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th to put Philadelphia back into first place, a half a game ahead of New York.

2018       Cardinal first baseman Matt Carpenter ties an 81-year-old franchise mark when he strokes four doubles in the team’s 12-3 rout of the Rockies at Coors Field. Joe Medwick established the record, hitting four two-baggers against the Boston Bees in on August 4th, 1937.

2020       “Our team and the Reds felt that with our community and our nation in such pain, tonight we wanted 100 percent of the focus to be on issues that are much more important than baseball,” – BRENT SUTER, the team’s MLB Players Association representative. MLB postpones the Miller Park contest to respect the Brewers’ decision not to participate in the against the Reds following the police shooting of a 29-year-old Wisconsin black man. Later in the day, the Mariners, who have more Black players than any team in the sport, and the Dodgers also choose not to play.


The Boston Red Sox finally returned to the “Big Show” after a grueling twenty-one year absence to face a much more experienced Cardinals team. The National League champions had steamrolled over their competition and finished with an impressive 10½ game margin over the rest of the National League. Ending up ninth in ’66, the American Leaguers finished in first after a close four team pennant chase. Despite the neck-and-neck marathon, rookie manager Dick Williams’ team held on to complete the season one game ahead of both the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins and three games in front of the Chicago White Sox.

Bob Gibson remained the “Redbirds” biggest threat, winning ninteen, twenty and twenty-one games in the previous three years although he totaled a mere thirteen regular-season victories in ’67. The Cardinals, sparked by Orlando Cepeda (twenty-five home runs, one-hundred eleven runs batted in and a .325 batting mark) gave Red Schoendienst a pennant in his third year as the St. Louis manager. Other key contributors included outfielders Curt Flood (a .335 hitter), Lou Brock (fifty-two stolen bases), twenty-nine year-old rookie righthander Dick Hughes (sixteen victories) and young pitchers Nelson Briles and Steve Carlton. On the Boston side, Carl Yastrzemski boasted the Triple Crown (forty-four home runs, one-hundred twenty-one RBIs and a .326 avg.) and was balanced by Jim Lonborg who won twenty-two games (ten more than any other pitcher in the rotation).

As Game 1 opened in the picturesque Fenway Park, Gibson went up against Jose Santiago in what would be a hitter’s nightmare. The Cardinal ace struck out ten batters and only allowed six hits all day in the 2-1 victory. Roger Maris, (obtained from the New York Yankees in December 1966) knocked in both of St. Louis’ runs with third and seventh-inning grounders. Game 2 however, belonged to the “Beantown Bombers” as Yastrzemski nailed two homers and Lonborg pitched no-hit ball for 7 2/3 innings before winding up with a one hit (Julian Javier’s double), 5-0 masterpiece. As the Series shifted to St. Louis’ Busch Memorial Stadium, the home team answered back with 5-2 and 6-0 victories. Game 3 foiled Boston’s best efforts as Nelson Briles’ seven hitter and Mike Shannon’s two run blast proved to be the decisive factors, while Gibson’s five hit hurling and two RBIs apiece by Maris and Tim McCarver kept the “Redbirds” up in Game 4.

Lonborg returned for Game 5 after an outstanding effort in the second outing and nothing changed as the twenty-five year-old righty tossed two hit, shutout ball over 8 2/3 innings, then settled for a 3-1 decision when Maris knocked a last-desperate homer to right. Going for the clincher, the visiting team took a 2-1 lead going into the fourth inning when Dick Hughes (who led the National League with a .727 winning percentage) gave up a record three homers in a single inning. Yastrzemski led off the fourth with a long drive over the wall in left-center and, two outs later, rookie Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli both hammered consecutive shots. Brock managed to tie the game four-all with a two run homer in the seventh, but Boston retaliated with four runs of their own and went on for the 8-4 triumph.

Game 7 promised to be a “gunslingers” shootout as Gibson and Lonborg met for the final duel. Both pitchers were 2-0 in the Series with Gibson giving up four hits in eighteen innings and Lonborg surrendering a single run and four hits in his eighteen. Pitching on three days rest (to his rivals two) the Cardinal ace clearly dominated the finale, permitting only three hits, striking out ten batters and even adding a homerun blast of his own in the fifth. Julian Javier added a three run shot off Lonborg in the sixth and Gibson cruised to the decisive 7-2 victory. He now boasted a 5-1 record and a 2.00 ERA in World Series competition, with fifty-seven strikeouts in fifty-four innings and only thirty-seven hits allowed.


As America celebrated its 200th anniversary, the league held a fitting tribute to baseball as America’s game, appropriately holding the All-Star event at Veterans Stadium. Many felt that it had lost it’s magic and that the days of glory, where anyone can be a hero, were fading memories in the past.

The United States’ Bicentennial provided a perfect opportunity to showcase the history of a game that had started its roots during the Civil War and had helped, many times as a deterrent, to heal a nation during times of crisis. Unfortunately, the patriotic festivities and red, white and blue banners were not enough to change the play on the field.

The ’76 edition was reminiscent of the ’73 and ’74 games, won 7-1 and 7-2 by the Nationals. This time, it was 7-1 National League again. Despite another loss, the Americans did have the most colorful and talked-about performer in losing pitcher Mark Fidrych. A rookie from the Tigers, he had charmed his way into fans’ hearts with his antics on the mound, which included talking to himself and sometimes to the ball.

This game also marked the 100th anniversary of the National League and the team responded by hitting two home runs and scoring seven runs on ten hits.


August 26, 1935 – The first face mask was a rubber wire mask created by Vern McMillan. This invention was to help protect the faces of players.

August 26, 1971 – The New York Football Giants declared on this date that they were leaving their home in the Bronx to play home games in New Jersey starting in the 1975 season.

August 26, 2016 – The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kapernick kneels during the U.S. National Anthem prior to a preseason game at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in a protest and objection of racial injustice.


August 26, 1876 – Garrett Cochran was a former end from Princeton University who in 1971 was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. He was named to the All-America team in his Princeton career that lasted from 1894 through 1897. After playing Cochran became the head football coach at the University of California, Berkeley then went to the US Naval Academy to head their program before finally returning to Princeton in 1902 to coach their ranks.

August 26, 1912 – Aaron Rosenberg was a guard from the University of Southern California who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966’s induction ceremonies. The two time All-American went on to become a Hollywood Producer and he most famously had a nomination from the Academy Awards for Best Picture for his 1962 film, “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

August 26, 1918 – Harry Smith was born on this day. He was another great guard from USC that is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. “Blackjack” Smith earned All-American honors in 1938 and 1939. The USC squad also defeated Notre Dame in each of those two seasons. The ’39 season culminated with a 14-0 blanking of the University of Tennessee in the Rose Bowl to give the undefeated Trojans the National Championship.

August 26, 1952 – Donnie Shell was a former undrafted safety of the Pittsburgh Steelers from South Carolina State University. Mr. Shell is enshrined in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a Steeler he registered 51 interceptions as part of the famed “Steel Curtain” defense which is an NFL record for the position. He won four Super Bowl Rings during his 14 year career in Pittsburgh.


4 – 23 – 15 – 23 – 26 – 32 – 9 – 33 – 16

August 26, 1912 – MLB pitcher Walter Johnson’s 16-game winning streak ends

August 26, 1930 – Chicago Cub’s Hack Wilson (who would eventually wear Number 4) hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein’s NL record

August 26, 1938 – Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL. The franchise started up in the league during the 1924-25 season at the same time that the Boston Bruins were added to the fold. The Maroons shared the city with the Canadiens for almost a decade and a half. Their purpose was to be the team of the English speaking population of the City while the Canadiens appeased the French speaking contingent. The Maroons filled a void left when a 1917 fire burned down the arena of a prior club called the Montreal Wanderers. At first the Canadiens organization challenged the rise of the Maroons, but the NHL appeased them by handing over a good portion of the Maroon’s $15,000 League entrance fee. During their 14-year existence, the Maroons qualified for the playoffs in all but three seasons, and won the Stanley Cup during the 1926 and 1935 seasons. In 1935 they went undefeated in the postseason but the writing was on the wall due mainly to economic reasons incurred due to the Great Depression and the two teams in one city.

August 26, 1947 – Dodgers’ Dan Bankhead, Number 23 who was MLB’s first African-American pitcher, tagged a home run in his very first MLB at bat in 16-3 loss to Pittsburgh, at Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn, NYC

August 26, 1962 – Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick, Number 15 tossed a no-hitter against the Kansas City A’s, for the 1-0 victory

August 26, 1966 – Baltimore Orioles Vic Roznovsky (Number 23) & Boog Powell (Number 26) are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

August 26, 1967 – Minnesota’s Dean Chance, Number 32 pitched a 2-1 no-hitter, & Twins sweep Cleveland

August 26, 1971 – MLB Baltimore Orioles’ Don Buford, Number 9 struck out 5 times in a game

August 26, 1985 – Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray, Number 33 delivered in 9 RBIs in a game vs California Angels

August 26, 1990 – Bo Jackson, Number 16 of the KC Royals hit his 4th of 4 consecutive home runs


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