THE SCOREBOARD

INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION PRE-SEASON POLLS

6A

1 Center Grove (10) 100

2 Westfield 85

3 Carmel 73

4 Ben Davis 63

5 Warren Central 52

6 Brownsburg 42

7 Merrillville 37

8 Elkhart 21

9 Lafayette Jeff 19

10 Homestead 11

Penn 11

Others receiving votes:

North Central {Indpls} (10), Hamilton SE (8), Avon (7), Carroll {Allen} (6),

Chesterton (1), Lawrence North (1), Warsaw (1)

5A

1 Indpls Cathedral (10) 100

2 Zionsville 85

3 FW Dwenger 53

4 Valparaiso 49

5 New Palestine 43

Whiteland 43

7 FW Snider 42

8 Decatur Central 34

9 Bloomington South 24

10 Mishawaka 18

Others receiving votes:

Columbus East (16), Castle (15), Michigan City (9), Concord (7), Bloomington North (6),

Harrison {WL} (3), Franklin (2), Hammond Morton (1)

4A

1 Indpls Roncalli (8) 93

2 Indpls Chatard 66

3 Mooresville (1) 63

4 Mt. Vernon {Fortville} 58

5 Hobart 51

6 East Central 44

7 Leo 35

8 East Noble (1) 33

9 Lowell 29

10 Evansville Memorial 22

Others receiving votes:

Evansville Central (18), Martinsville (9), New Haven (7), Columbia City (5),

Marion (5), Jasper (4), Pendleton Heights (4), New Prairie (3), Delta (2),

Mississinewa (1)

3A

1 Danville (6) 90

2 Lawrenceburg 68

3 Gibson Southern (1) 67

4 Mishawaka Marian (2) 55

West Lafayette (1) 55

6 Western Boone 47

7 Indpls Brebeuf 36

8 Southridge 34

9 Guerin Catholic 33

10 FW Concordia 32

Others receiving votes:

Heritage Hills (9), Sullivan (8), Tri-West (8), Norwell (3), Calumet (2),

Hanover Central (1)

2A

1 Andrean (4) 93

2 FW Luers (4) 90

3 Eastbrook (1) 80

4 Evansville Mater Dei 60

5 Pioneer (1) 36

6 Tipton 28

7 Heritage Christian 27

Lafayette CC 27

9 Eastside 24

10 Triton Central 19

Others receiving votes:

Rensslaer Central (17), Indpls Scecina (15), Eastern {Greentown} (11),

Linton-Stockton (9), Tell City (6), North Knox (3), Eastern Hancock (2),

Centerville (1), South Vermillion (1)

1A

1 Covenant Christian (5) 88

2 South Adams (2) 87

3 Indpls Lutheran (2) 86

4 Adams Central 58

5 Southwood 55

6 Parke Heritage 52

7 Monroe Central (1) 35

8 South Putnam 30

9 West Washington 16

10 Winamac 10

Others receiving votes:

Churubusco (8), North Judson (8), North Decatur (7), Northfield (4),

North Vermillion (3), Sheridan (3)

INDIANA SRN PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL POLLS-TOP 5

6A

1 Center Grove

2 Brownsburg

3 Westfield

4 Ben Davis

5 Carmel

5A

1 Cathedral

2 Valparaiso

3 FW Dwenger

4 New Palestine

5 Whiteland

4A

1 Roncalli

2 Hobart

3 Evansville Central

4 Mount Vernon

5 Chatard

3A

1 Danville

2 W. Lafayette

3 Mishawaka Marian

4 Lawrenceburg

5 Western Boone

2A

1 Andrean

2 FW Luers

3 Pioneer

4 Heritage Christian

5 Triton Central

1A

1 Covenant Christian

2 Indianapolis Lutheran

3 S. Adams

4 Park Heritage

5 W. Washington

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF: 2021 NorthWood Girls Golf Invite

TEAM SCORES:

CHAMPIONS: NorthWood 332

Penn 335

Warsaw 377

Mishawaka Marian 369

John Glenn 378

Goshen 409

Fremont 411

Fairfield 417

Wawasee 417

Concord 438

Lakeland 448

Mishawaka 451

Elkhart 458

Northridge 455

Angola 534

South Bend St. Joseph N/A

Jimtown N/A

Laville N/A

NorthWood Individual Scores:

Cybil Stillson 71

Breanna Goss 83

Riley Kitson 87

Bella Sechrist 91

Kira Schrock 107

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Detroit 8 Boston 1

Los Angeles Angels 5 Texas 0

New York Yankees 5 Seattle 3

Toronto 3 Cleveland 0

Kansas City 3 Chicago White Sox 2

Minnesota 5 Houston 3

Miami 4 New York Mets 2

Colorado 6 Chicago Cubs 5

San Francisco 5 Arizona 4 (10)

Philadelphia 7 Washington 6

Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 4

Atlanta 8 St. Louis 4

THURSDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 2 Iowa 0

THURSDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-cubs/2021/08/05/649643#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=649643

Peoria 6 South Bend 1

Great Lakes 5 Fort Wayne 1

NFL PRE-SEASON

Pittsburgh 16 Dallas 3

INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

   Sports Talk
Thur Aug 126pWeekly Sports ZoneSports Talk
Mon Aug 165:30pCovenant Christian @ MooresvilleSoccer
Thur Aug 196pWeekly Sports ZoneSports Talk
Thur Aug 197:30pMt Vernon @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ SpeedwayFootball
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ FrontierFootball
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
Fri Aug 277pTraders Pt @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pShenandoah @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ FrontierFootball
Sat Aug 285pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 27pRoncalli @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain CentralFootball
Fri Sep 37pMt Vernon @ Greenfield CentralFootball
Sat Sep 4NoonChatard @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Sep 42pChatard @ Guerin CatholicGirls Soccer
Sat Sep 45pCovenant Christian @ RoncalliGirls Soccer
Sat Sep 47pCovenant Christian @ RoncalliSoccer
Tue Sep 76pPark Tudor @ Traders PtVolleyball
Tue Sep 76:30pMonrovia @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Tue Sep 77pCovenant Christian @ Tri-WestSoccer
Wed Sep 87:30pEdgewood @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball

FRIDAY

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1 (homestead.com)

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams CentralatBellmont7:00 pm
AndersonatYorktown7:00 pm
AndreanatMerrillville8:00 pm
AngolaatDeKalb7:00 pm
AtticaatRiverton Parke7:00 pm
Bedford North LawrenceatMartinsville7:00 pm
Beech GroveatIndianapolis Lutheran7:00 pm
Bell County (Ky.)atJeffersonville7:00 pm
Ben Davisvs.Brownsburg8:30 pmLucas Oil
Benton CentralatDelphi7:00 pm
BlackfordatJay County7:00 pm
BlufftonatNorthfield7:00 pm
Boone GroveatJohn Glenn8:00 pm
Bowman AcademyatCalumet8:00 pm
Brebeuf JesuitatIndianapolis Chatard7:30 pm
Brown CountyatOwen Valley7:00 pm
Calumet ChristianatHammond Noll8:00 pm
CarmelatLouisville Trinity (Ky.)7:00 pm
Carroll (Flora)atTri-County7:00 pm
Center GroveatWarren Central7:00 pm
CentervilleatCambridge City Lincoln7:00 pm
CharlestownatSilver Creek7:00 pm
ChestertonatHobart8:00 pm
ClarksvilleatScottsburg7:00 pm
CloverdaleatSouth Putnam7:00 pm
Columbia CityatChurubusco7:00 pm
Columbus EastatWhiteland7:00 pm
Columbus NorthatGibson Southern7:30 pm
ConcordatElkhart7:00 pm
ConnersvilleatRichmond7:00 pm
Corydon CentralatBrownstown Central7:00 pm
Covenant ChristianatSpeedway7:00 pm
Crawford CountyatSwitzerland County7:00 pm
Crown PointatLowell8:00 pm
Culver AcademyatIndianapolis Attucks7:30 pm
DanvilleatFranklin7:00 pm
Dublin Coffman (Ohio)atWarsaw7:30 pm
East CentralatLawrenceburg7:00 pm
East Chicago CentralatHanover Central8:00 pm
East NobleatPlymouth7:30 pm
Eastern GreeneatSprings Valley7:00 pm
Eastern HancockatAlexandria7:00 pm
EastsideatHeritage7:00 pm
Evansville BosseatVincennes Lincoln7:30 pm
Evansville CentralatEvansville Mater Dei8:00 pm
Evansville NorthatCastle8:00 pm
Evansville ReitzatEvansville Harrison8:00 pm
Floyd CentralatLouisville Male (Ky.)7:30 pm
Fort Wayne DwengeratFort Wayne Wayne7:00 pm
Fort Wayne LuersatCarroll (Fort Wayne)7:00 pm
Fort Wayne SnideratFort Wayne North7:00 pm
Fort Wayne SouthatFort Wayne Concordia7:00 pm
Fountain CentralatSouthmont7:00 pm
FrankfortatClinton Central7:00 pm
Franklin CentralatPerry Meridian7:00 pm
Franklin CountyatNew Castle7:00 pm
GarrettatNew Haven7:00 pm
GoshenatFairfield7:00 pm
GreencastleatCrawfordsville7:00 pm
GreenwoodatBloomington North7:00 pm
GriffithatHighland8:00 pm
Guerin CatholicatMcCutcheon7:00 pm
Hammond CentralatSouth Bend Washington7:30 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette)atTerre Haute South7:00 pm
Heritage ChristianatTraders Point Christian7:00 pm
Heritage HillsatMount Vernon (Posey)8:00 pm
HomesteadatFort Wayne Northrop7:00 pm
Huntington NorthatEastbrook7:30 pm
Indian CreekatBatesville7:00 pm
Indiana DeafatPurdue Polytechnic7:00 pm
Indianapolis CathedralatWestfield7:00 pm
Indianapolis RitteratMonrovia7:00 pm
Indianapolis ScecinaatShenandoah7:00 pm
Indianapolis TechatIndianapolis Washington7:00 pm
Indianapolis TindleyatEdinburgh7:00 pm
JasperatEvansville Memorial7:30 pm
Jennings CountyatNorwell7:00 pm
JimtownatNorthWood7:00 pm
Kankakee ValleyatRensselaer Central8:00 pm
KnightstownatHagerstown7:00 pm
Lafayette Central CatholicatTri-West7:00 pm
Lafayette JeffatWest Lafayette7:30 pm
Lake CentralatMunster8:00 pm
Lake StationatCrossroads Christian (Ill.)8:00 pm
LakelandatSouth Bend St. Joseph7:00 pm
LapelatElwood7:00 pm
LaVilleatBremen7:00 pm
Lawrence CentralatHamilton Southeastern7:00 pm
Lawrence NorthatAvon7:00 pm
Lebanonvs.Mooresville6:00 pmLucas Oil
LeoatWoodlan7:00 pm
Lewis CassatPioneer7:00 pm
Louisville Waggener (Ky.)atPike Central7:30 pm
MaconaquahatWabash7:00 pm
Madison-GrantatTri-Central7:00 pm
ManchesteratNorth Miami7:00 pm
MishawakaatMishawaka Marian7:00 pm
MississinewaatPendleton Heights7:30 pm
MitchellatEdgewood7:00 pm
Monroe CentralatHamilton Heights7:00 pm
Muncie CentralatDelta7:30 pm
New AlbanyatBloomington South7:30 pm
New Bremen (Ohio)atMarion7:00 pm
New PalestineatDecatur Central7:00 pm
New PrairieatLaPorte8:00 pm
NoblesvilleatMount Vernon (Fortville)7:00 pm
Noblesville HomeSchoolatChristel House Manual7:00 pm
North Central (Indianapolis)atFishers7:00 pm
North DaviessatTecumseh8:00 pm
North JudsonatCulver7:00 pm
North KnoxatSullivan7:00 pm
North NewtonatSouth Newton8:00 pm
North PutnamatNorth Montgomery7:00 pm
North VermillionatNorth Central (Farmersburg)7:00 pm
NortheasternatUnion County7:00 pm
NorthridgeatSouth Bend Adams7:00 pm
NorthviewatTerre Haute North7:00 pm
NorthwesternatTwin Lakes7:00 pm
Oak HillatEastern (Greentown)7:00 pm
Osceola GraceatSouth Bend Clay7:00 pm
PaoliatBoonville7:30 pm
Park TudoratIndianapolis Shortridge7:00 pm
PennatValparaiso8:00 pm
Perry CentralatTell City8:00 pm
PeruatLogansport7:00 pm
Phalen AcademyatGary West8:00 pm
PikeatZionsville7:00 pm
PlainfieldatGreenfield-Central7:30 pm
PortageatHammond Morton8:00 pm
PrincetonatForest Park7:30 pm
ProvidenceatBethleham (Ky.)7:30 pm
River ForestatWheeler8:00 pm
RochesteratSouthwood7:00 pm
Rock Creek AcademyatOldenburg Academy7:00 pm
RushvilleatMilan7:00 pm
SalematNorth Harrison7:00 pm
SeegeratParke Heritage7:00 pm
SeymouratSouth Dearborn7:30 pm
ShelbyvilleatGreensburg7:00 pm
SheridanatWestern Boone7:00 pm
South AdamsatWinchester7:00 pm
South Bend RileyatMichigan City7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills)atTriton7:30 pm
South DecaturatNorth Decatur7:00 pm
South SpenceratNorth Posey8:00 pm
South VermillionatCovington7:00 pm
Southern WellsatFremont7:30 pm
SouthportatIndianapolis Roncalli7:00 pm
SouthridgeatLinton-Stockton7:30 pm
TayloratNorth White7:00 pm
Tippecanoe ValleyatWawasee7:00 pm
TiptonatFrankton7:00 pm
TriatUnion City7:00 pm
Triton CentralatCascade7:00 pm
WashingtonatWest Vigo7:00 pm
Wes-DelatClinton Prairie7:00 pm
West CentralatCaston7:00 pm
West NobleatCentral Noble7:00 pm
West WashingtonatEastern (Pekin)7:00 pm
WesternatKokomo7:00 pm
WhitkoatPrairie Heights7:00 pm
WinamacatKnox7:30 pm

SATURDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
MadisonatMercer County (Ky.)5:00 pm
Southside HomeSchoolatDugger Union2:00 pm
WhitingatFrontier2:00 pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK ONE

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern/PM)

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

GREAT LAKES LITTLE LEAGUE REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Sunday, Aug. 8

Game 1: Kentucky (Warren County South) vs. Ohio (Hamilton West Side), 10 a.m. (ESPN+)

Game 2: Wisconsin (Elmbrook National) vs. Michigan (Taylor North), 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Monday, Aug. 9

Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Illinois (Hinsdale), 10 a.m. (ESPN+)

Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. Indiana (Brownsburg), 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 10 a.m. (ESPN+)

Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

Thursday, Aug. 12

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Aug. 13

Game 9: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Aug. 14

Game 10 (championship): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

MIDWEST REGION SCHEDULE

Saturday, Aug. 7

Game 1: South Dakota (Sioux Falls) vs. Iowa (Davenport Southeast), 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Game 2: North Dakota (Fargo) vs. Nebraska (Hastings), 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Game 3: Minnesota (Circle Pines Centennial) vs. Kansas (Pittsburg J.L. Hutchison), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday, Aug. 8

Game 4: Missouri (Columbia Daniel Boone) vs. Winner Game 1, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Game 5: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Monday, Aug. 9

Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Game 7: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 5, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 4, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 11 a.m. (ESPN+)

Thursday, Aug. 12

Game 10: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Aug. 13

Game 11: Loser Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Aug. 14

Game 12 (championship): Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11, 10 a.m. (ESPN)

TOP HEADLINES:

Suárez, Votto homer to help Reds beat Pirates 7-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto hit three-run homers in Cincinnati’s six-run second inning, powering the Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Jonathan India also went deep and pitcher Sonny Gray (4-6) helped himself with two hits as second-place Cincinnati gained a half-game on idle NL Central-leader Milwaukee and a full game on San Diego, which has a three-game lead over the Reds for the second wild-card slot. The Brewers lead Cincinnati by seven games.

“It is really nice to get out to an early lead for a lot of reaaons,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The Pirates fought back. We had to keep going.”

The Reds have won seven of their last nine games. The Pirates have lost four of five.

The Reds sent 11 batters to the plate against Wil Crowe (3-6) in the second, but only two of their runs were earned after second baseman Wilmer Difo was charged with an error. Suarez, batting .176 going into the game and hitting eighth for the first time since 2019 and eighth since joining the Reds in 2015, followed by going to opposite field with a shot to right field.

“We wanted to make (third base coach J.R House’s) arm sore from waving us around,” shortstop Kyle Farmer said. “When you have the Venezuelan home run king hitting eighth, you have a pretty deep lineup.”

Suarez set the single-season home run record for Venezuelan Major League players with 49 in 2019.

Votto, who hit at least one homer in a franchise-record seven straight games during the last week of July, added a two-out homer that cleared the right-center field fence above the 370-foot marker.

Gray allowed one hit over his first four innings before last-place Pittsburgh sent nine batters to the plate in a five-hit, four-run fifth. One of the hits was Hoy Park’s chopper to Votto at first. Votto had Wilmer Difo trapped off third, but Difo scrambled back safely when nobody covered third.

“It’s a credit to our club,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We battled back after being down 7-0 in the second.”

Gray gave up six hits and four runs with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings. Jeff Hoffman and Justin Wilson combined for three scoreless relief innings before Mychal Givens pitched the ninth for his first save.

Still here: Story homers twice, Rockies beat Cubs 6-5

DENVER (AP) Trevor Story hit two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run drive in the fifth inning, and the Colorado Rockies hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Thursday.

Sam Hilliard and Connor Joe also homered and Brendan Rodgers extended his hitting streak to 12 games with two singles for the Rockies, who took two of three from the Cubs.

Willson Contreras hit a two-run double in Chicago’s four-run fifth. The Cubs concluded their six-game trip with a 2-4 mark after a series of trade deadline deals that saw the departure of stalwarts Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.

Rodgers started the fifth with a single off Jake Jewell (0-1) and Story – who was the subject of trade rumors leading up to the deadline – followed with his second homer of the day and 15th this season to put the Rockies ahead 6-4. The opposite-field shot gave him his second multi-homer game this season and 17th of his career.

“Trev’s obviously just been a little bit off this year, as we know,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “But games like today can get a guy going. That home run to right was smoked and that homer to left was clicked pretty good, too. I think we’re going to see the best of Trev here in the next couple of months, I really do.”

Story said the passing of the trade deadline at least settled his short-term future, allowing him to focus his attention on the field.

“Yeah, I think I’m in that mode,” he said. “I think it’s a lot easier to do that now that those things have passed. That’s what it’s all about for me, playing this game because I enjoy it. I think that’s when I’m at my best.”

The Cubs pulled within a run in the sixth on David Bote’s double and Frank Schwindel’s RBI single off Tyler Kinley (2-2), but the Rockies bullpen shut down the Cubs the rest of the way. Daniel Bard got the last three outs for his 17th save.

Antonio Senzatela, reinstated from the COVID-19 list before the game for his first start since July 7, was strong early before wavering in the fifth. He struck out six consecutive Cubs batters spanning the second and fourth innings.

The Cubs’ outburst in the fifth included an RBI single by Rafael Ortega, a two-run double by Contreras and a two-out RBI single by Ian Happ that evened the score at 4-all and chased Senzatela.

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta allowed four runs in four innings, his fourth consecutive start in which he has thrown four innings or fewer. He gave up three home runs, all solo shots, among the nine hits he allowed.

“The homers were solo homers, but still just made a couple of mistakes in counts that I could have been a little better in,” Arrieta said. “But I felt good. We did a nice job of coming back and tying the ballgame. That was really nice to see and then they were able to score enough to put it away.”

Gallo’s 1st homer in pinstripes gives Yanks 5-3 win over M’s

NEW YORK (AP) Joey Gallo hit his first homer with the New York Yankees, a three-run shot that put them ahead in the seventh inning of a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Gallo, who entered 2 for 23 in six games since the Yankees acquired him from Texas, lofted a 1-0 slider from Paul Sewald (6-3) just over the short porch in right field.

“A big night for him, but the way I look at it, he’s been having good at-bats every night,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “The defense has been there. You’re seeing the athleticism. He’s grinding at-bats. So for me it was kind of a matter of time where he really broke through and obviously hit one out of the park and a huge one at that, but I think he’s looked very good in the first week, frankly.”

After two-strike singles by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, Gallo watched his drive stay inside the foul pole and pumped his fist while rounding first before completing his trot around the bases.

“I was just hoping that it would stay fair and I was just hoping it would get out,” Gallo said. “Once I saw it get out, I was just overcome with emotion.”

Gallo, who also doubled twice, waved from the dugout to the adoring crowd, which continued to chant his name as he jogged out to left field for the eighth.

“It’s always nice to hit a homer, it’s a little bit nicer to hit a game-winning homer,” Gallo said.

Gallo’s 26th of the season helped the Yankees win for the sixth time in seven games and move a season-high 10 games over .500. Both New York and Seattle are chasing the AL wild-card spots currently held by Boston and Oakland.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gallo is the fourth Yankees player in the last 20 seasons whose first five hits with the team went for extra bases. He also tied a career high by getting three extra-base hits for the third time.

“He’s been playing really good but I think everybody loved what he did tonight,” said infielder Rougned Odor, Gallo’s former teammate in Texas.

Chad Green (5-5) worked two innings in relief of starter Nestor Cortes Jr. Zack Britton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman allowed two baserunners in the ninth before retiring Mitch Haniger on a flyball to the warning track in left field for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

“A little nervous there,” said Boone, who had Jonathan Loaisiga warming up.

Seattle rookie Jarred Kelenic homered in the seventh off Green, giving Seattle a 3-2 lead. In the fourth, Haniger had a sacrifice fly and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners.

Realmuto, Hoskins help streaking Phils rally past Nats 7-6

WASHINGTON (AP) J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins each hit a two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

The Phillies have won five straight overall and moved within one-half game of the NL East-leading New York Mets, who travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning Friday. Philadelphia is three games over .500 for the first time since May 14.

“Can’t wait,” Bryce Harper said about facing the Mets. “I hope that place is rockin’ all the way to the top.”

Realmuto tied the game with his double to the right-center field gap against closer Kyle Finnegan (4-3). Two batters later, Hoskins doubled to left-center to score two more.

“You’ve got to come up with some big hits and have a couple magical moments,” Hoskins said. “I don’t think we’re done with those.”

Juan Soto scored in the ninth on a single and throwing error, but Archie Bradley recovered for his second save. Mauricio Llovera (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the Phillies.

“We get down early and they don’t panic,” manager Joe Girardi said. “This game’s a grind. It’s tough. You’re going to have your good moments and your bad moments. but each time you walk to the plate or step on that rubber, you have a chance to do something great.”

Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Aaron Nola to put the Nationals ahead 5-2. Nola allowed five runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven in five innings.

The Phillies led 2-0 before the Nationals tied it in the fourth. Nola allowed Carter Kieboom’s RBI single and hit Tres Barrera with a pitch with the bases loaded.

Washington’s Joe Ross pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out seven.

Soto singled, doubled and walked twice, and Kieboom doubled, singled and walked. Washington has lost four straight and fell a season-worst 11 games under .500.

Braves walk past Cardinals 8-4 to complete series sweep

ST. LOUIS (AP) Austin Riley homered and Ehire Adrianza drove in the go-ahead run with the first of four straight bases-loaded walks as the Atlanta Braves scored six times in the eighth inning to complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-4 victory Thursday night.

Atlanta’s rally came against a Cardinals bullpen that couldn’t hold a lead for the second straight night. The third-place Braves (55-54) moved above .500 mark for the first time this season and sit just 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.

“I hope this kind of gets us that momentum that we need to kind of push to finish up this season strong,” Riley said. “We’re right there in the hunt, so it’s huge.”

Riley’s two-out, two-run homer off Giovanny Gallegos in the eighth tied the game at 4 and denied Cardinals starter Wade LeBlanc his first win in more than a year. The homer came one night after Gallegos gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning while taking the loss.

“That was a really good at-bat,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He fouled off a pitch or two and I’m just sitting there thinking it’s like, `Man, he’s seeing this guy pretty good right now.'”

Gallegos (5-5) was pulled for Alex Reyes after giving up a double to Dansby Swanson. Reyes hit the first batter he faced with a pitch and then walked four straight, including Adrianza, Stephen Vogt and Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded to stretch the lead. Justin Miller took over, only to walk Jorge Soler and force in another run.

“The reason we’ve been as competitive as we are is because of Giovanni Gallegos and Alex Reyes,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Those guys are hurting, but I can tell you this: I would put them in that situation any day of the week and take my chances, and it just wasn’t their night.”

It was the worst outing of the season for Reyes, an All-Star who has converted 24 saves in 25 opportunities this year.

“We showed great patience and made him come over the plate and fortunately we were able to take advantage of that and give ourselves a pretty good cushion from it,” Vogt said.

The Braves had 18 baserunners on just seven hits.

Bichette homers, Stripling pitches Jays past Indians 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette homered and drove in all three runs, Ross Stripling pitched six sharp innings to win his second consecutive start and the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Thursday night.

With its ninth shutout, Toronto (57-49) won for the sixth time in seven games since returning north of the border last week and moved a season-best eight games above .500.

Bichette hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th, and added an RBI single in the sixth. Both hits came off right-hander Triston McKenzie (1-5).

Bichette said he and McKenzie, both young players from Florida, have competed against each other for more than a decade and are good friends off the field.

Still, getting the upper hand on an old pal didn’t make Bichette feel too good.

“To get the win is what we want, but I take no glory in hitting homers off my friends,” Bichette said.

Bichette hit a go-ahead homer for the 10th time this season and had his 37th multi-hit game, tying him with Detroit’s Jonathan Schoop for the AL lead.

“One of these years, I don’t know if it’s going to be next year or the year after, he’s going to lead the league in hitting,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Bichette. “He’s that good.”

Stripling (5-6) beat Kansas City as the Blue Jays returned to Rogers Centre last Friday, snapping a four-start winless stretch.

Against Cleveland, Stripling pitched around an error and a walk in the first and didn’t allow a hit until Owen Miller’s one-out single in the fifth. The right-hander gave up three hits, all singles. He walked one and struck out six.

“The changeup took a good step forward today,” Stripling said. “I was throwing it early in the count, middle of the count, putting guys away with it. I think that was kind of the game-changer for me today.”

Consecutive hits by Amed Rosario and Franmil Reyes gave Cleveland runners at the corners with one out in the sixth, but Stripling ended his outing by striking out Bobby Bradley and getting Harold Ramirez to ground into a fielder’s choice.

“He kind of got us off balance a little bit,” acting Indians manager DeMarlo Hale said.

Stripling is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts against the Indians this season after earning his first win with Toronto in a May 30 start at Cleveland.

Giants score 4 in 9th to tie, beat Diamondbacks 5-4 in 10

PHOENIX (AP) It hasn’t taken long for the San Francisco Giants to make a strong impression on Kris Bryant.

Bryant doubled to start a four-run ninth inning rally to tie Arizona, then doubled again to score the eventual winner as the Giants came back to beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday.

“We had no business winning that game,” said Bryant, who had hits in each of his last three at-bats. He arrived from the Chicago Cubs in a deadline deal last week.

LaMonte Wade Jr. tied it with a two-out single in the ninth. The Giants (69-40) moved four games ahead of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Wade fell behind 0-2 against Tyler Clippard, who was trying to close out a victory for Merrill Kelly following the starter’s eight innings of three-hit shutout pitching. Wade worked the count full and finally drove a single to right, bringing in two runs to tie it up.

“There’s so many guys that can do it,” Bryant said. “If you’re not feeling it one day, you pass the torch to someone else.”

Wade was the man on the spot in the ninth, capping a rally that eventually led to the Giants’ 12th win this season in 14 games against the Diamondbacks.

“Super impressed,” Bryant said about Wade, who was 0 for 4 entering that at-bat and found himself in the hole.

“Treat it like it’s 0-0,” Wade said of his full-count approach. “Relax and stay focused.”

He took two close pitches in the sequence, fouled off a few more and then delivered the tying blow.

For the Diamondbacks, a major league-worst 34-76, it was another frustrating finish in a long season that still has 52 games to go.

Kelly gave up three hits in eight innings, walking two and striking out four. The Giants only had two runners get to second base. He threw 102 pitches and left for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth.

“I just kind of had an overwhelming calm about the game today,” Kelly said. “My last pitch was a 93 mph cutter. I think I could have gotten three more outs.”

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo felt as if his bullpen could take it from there.

Reyes 2 triples, Tigers beat slumping Red Sox 8-1

DETROIT (AP) Victor Reyes tripled twice and drove in three runs, Tarik Skubal pitched five scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Thursday.

Skubal (7-10) allowed five hits and struck out four. He had surrendered six home runs in 10 2/3 innings during his last two starts.

“I wanted to attack these guys, especially up in the zone with the fastball and then just keep them off-balance with everything else,” Skubal said. “They’re a really good fastball hitting team, especially in fastball counts.”

Robbie Grossman hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first. He departed the game prior to the third with a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a pitch.

Jonathan Schoop contributed two hits and two RBIs for Detroit. Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a walk and remained two homers shy of 500.

Detroit took two of three from Boston.

“This is a good team across the way and we held our own,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re still fighting to win every game. We don’t put any more pressure on ourselves whether we’re playing a winning team or a team under .500.”

The Red Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped 1 1/2 games behind idle Tampa Bay in the AL East.

“We didn’t pitch. We didn’t play good defense. We didn’t hit,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It wasn’t a good effort today. Where we’re at right now, we’ve got to get better. That’s the bottom line.”

Boston starter Martin Perez (7-8) equaled his shortest outing of the season, allowing three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. Alex Verdugo had two hits and drove in the lone Red Sox run.

“I know we’re in August and it’s a grind but we have a good opportunity to play in October,” Cora said. “We’ve put ourselves in this situation. People can doubt us (but) … we have a good baseball team and we know we can do it.”

Grossman blasted an 0-2 pitch for his 17th home run.

Detroit extended its lead to 3-0 in the third. Reyes led off with a triple and scored on Zack Short’s sacrifice fly. Schoop added a bases-loaded groundout.

Jeimer Candelario’s RBI ground-rule double and Reyes’ two-run triple in the fifth gave the Tigers a 6-0 advantage.

Rookie Jax has solid start, helps Twins beat Astros 5-3

HOUSTON (AP) Rookie Griffin Jax is making the most of his opportunity to start in the majors, and highlighted his skills Thursday night by stifling one of baseball’s toughest lineups.

The Minnesota Twins got a solid start from Jax, and Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs as they built a big lead early and held on for a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

“Everything he wanted to do he did.” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It didn’t look like the Astros really dialed in on him or felt comfortable in some of those at-bats. It was a heck of an outing in every way. He should be happy with that outing because we really are.”

Jax (2-1) allowed three hits and one run in a career-high 5 1/3 innings for his first career victory as a starter. Jax, who has made just eight appearances and four starts in his career, picked up his first major league win June 25 while pitching in relief.

“I take it as a big challenge going out there knowing I’m going to face the best of the best,” he said. “It just builds my confidence knowing I can do it.”

The Twins jumped on Houston starter Framber Valdez (7-3) early to take control before Houston cut the lead late.

Houston trailed by four with one out in the ninth when Michael Brantley legged out a single on a grounder. Yordan Alvarez then belted a home run off Danny Coulombe to the seats in right field to cut it to 5-3.

Coulombe walked Kyle Tucker with two outs and he was replaced by Alex Colome, who got his fourth save thanks to a nifty catch by Jorge Polanco just behind second base on a ball hit by Martin Maldonado.

Rob Refsnyder and Miguel Sano hit consecutive singles with one out in the second before Refsnyder scored on a single by Willians Astudillo. Refsnyder was activated from the 10-day injured list before the game after sitting out since June 14 with a hamstring injury.

Trevor Larnach hit a ground-rule double to score Sano after the hit by Astudillo. A groundout by Simmons sent Astudillo home to extend the lead to 3-0.

Polanco made it 4-0 with an RBI single before Valdez finally got out of the inning by striking out Brent Rooker.

J.R. Richard, power pitcher for Astros in ’70s, dies at 71

HOUSTON (AP) J.R. Richard, a huge, flame-throwing right-hander who spent 10 years with the Houston Astros before his career was cut short by a stroke, has died. He was 71.

The team announced his death on Thursday but did not provide any further details.

“Today is a sad day for the Houston Astros as we mourn the loss of one of our franchise icons, J.R. Richard,” the Astros said in a statement. “J.R. will forever be remembered as an intimidating figure on the mound and as one of the greatest pitchers in club history. He stood shoulder to shoulder with club icons Larry Dierker, Joe Niekro and Nolan Ryan, to form a few of the best rotations in club history.”

The 6-foot-8 Richard intimidated hitters with an effectively wild delivery, a fastball that often touched 100 mph and an almost unhittable breaking ball. He was selected by the Astros with the second overall pick in the 1969 draft and struck out 15 batters in a complete-game win over the Giants in his major league debut on Sept. 5, 1971.

He pitched for Houston from 1971-80, going 107-71 with a 3.15 ERA and 76 complete games. Richard won a career-best 20 games in 1976, the first of four straight seasons with at least 18 wins.

In 1978 he became the first Astro to strike out 300 batters in a season when he led the majors with 303. The next year, he led the National League with a 2.71 ERA and fanned 313 to again lead the majors.

Richard was having a great season in 1980, posting a 10-4 record with a 1.96 ERA in the first half of the season and starting for the NL in the All-Star Game on July 30. Less than a month later, Richard suffered a major stroke that ended his career.

Richard, who was just 30 at the time, attempted a comeback, but was never able to make it back to the majors and was released by the Astros in 1984.

Enos Cabell, who played with Richard for six seasons, raved about his teammate and longtime friend.

“He was one of the greatest pitchers we ever had and probably would have been in the Hall of Fame if his career was not cut short,” he said. “On the mound, he was devastating and intimidating. Nobody wanted to face him. Guys on the other team would say that they were sick to avoid facing him. This is very sad news. He will be missed.”

Houston manager Dusty Baker, who faced Richard often during his playing career, recalled some of his teammates manufacturing injuries to avoid the matchup.

“We had a couple of catchers, one came with his arm in a sling and another came on crutches,” Baker said. “There was something called J.R.-itis which was an incurable disease when you’re scared of J.R. Richard.”

Baker never backed down from the challenge of facing Richard, whom he called a friend, but he could see why others shied away from it.

“It was like J.R. was only throwing from about 50 feet,” Baker said. “With his reach and he was all legs, you didn’t have much time to make up your mind. … You didn’t really feel comfortable at the plate. He was the toughest guy I ever faced.”

Richard left his mark on the Astros’ record books and is tied for second in career ERA (3.15), third in strikeouts (1,493), fourth in complete games (76) and fifth in wins (107) and shutouts (19). He was inducted into the team’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2019.

Jose Cruz, an outfielder who also played with Richard for six years, recalled what it was like playing behind him.

“He was one of the greatest Astros ever,” Cruz said. “When he was pitching, we knew that we were going to get a `W.’ I didn’t get too many balls hit to me in the outfield when he pitched because he was so dominating.”

Richard fell on hard times after his career ended. A series of bad investments, failed businesses and a divorce left him penniless, and he was briefly homeless in the mid-90s.

He eventually got his life back on track and worked as a minister in his later years.

Bauer’s administrative leave extended through Aug. 13

NEW YORK (AP) Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended Thursday for seven days through Aug. 13 by Major League Baseball and the players’ association while the sport’s investigators check into allegations of sexual misconduct against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.

Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave July 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015. MLB and the union have agreed to four extensions.

Police in Pasadena, California, and MLB are investigating the allegations made against Bauer by a Southern California woman who says the pitcher choked her to the point where she lost consciousness and punched her during two sexual encounters this year. The woman obtained a protection order against Bauer under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

According to the woman’s declaration attached to the request for the protection order, she suffered injuries as a result of the second encounter, including two black eyes, a bloodied swollen lip, significant bruising and scratching to one side of her face.

The pitcher’s agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, have disputed the allegations and Fetterolf said in a statement that the pair’s brief relationship was “wholly consensual.” The statement said Bauer has messages from the woman asking for the kind of “rough” sexual interactions they had.

Attorneys for Bauer and for the woman said during a court session last month they intend to call several witnesses, including Bauer, and argue over the order in a hearing that’s expected to last three days.

That hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court has been pushed back to Aug. 16.

Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers this year after winning his first Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds last season. Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts this season.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Seal Second Shutout of I-Cubs

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DES MOINES, IOWA – A towering two-run homer off the bat of Anthony Alford plated the only runs of the game on Thursday night as the Indianapolis Indians beat the Iowa Cubs, 2-0. It was the Indians second shutout of the season, both of which have come at Iowa.

With the game locked in a scoreless battle through five innings, Dustin Fowler led off the frame with a pinch-hit double in his first at-bat back from the injured list. Alford, the Indians (38-42) team leader with 12 home runs, launched a long, high fly ball out over the suites in left field to take the lead. Matt Swarmer (L, 1-5) surrendered the home run.

The combined shutout by four Indians pitchers was the team’s first since May 4, Opening Night, at Iowa. Cam Vieaux (W, 2-1) allowed just three hits in 5.0 scoreless innings of work and Tyler Bashlor (S, 4) shut down the I-Cubs (35-44) with the game-tying runner at the plate in the ninth.

Indianapolis and Iowa will face off again on Friday night at 8:08 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (3-3, 5.47) will face off against RHP Mike Hauschild (0-4, 6.35).

Steelers use strong 2nd half to beat Cowboys 16-3

CANTON, Ohio (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers followed a stumbling first half with a strong final 30 minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-3 on Thursday night in the first NFL preseason game in two years.

Matthew Sexton’s 36-yard punt return early in the third quarter jump-started the Steelers, and the Cowboys never challenged after it.

Last season’s exhibition games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So maybe the enthusiastic crowd was an indication that even for a match between teams using few regulars, the hunger for pro football has not faded.

Or maybe it was simply a matter of two of the league’s most popular franchises being on the field in the Hall of Fame game, regardless of how many backups were in action.

“Just being in a stadium full of fans, the energy they provided,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We were without that for the good part of a year.”

Not unexpectedly for the kickoff to the preseason, the game was marked by spotty offense and special teams – until Sexton came through.

“Sexton had a big punt return, I thought that ignited us,” Tomlin added. “That was the springboard for us moving forward.”

Both sides lacked timing with the ball, helping each defense.

Pittsburgh blocked a field goal attempt by Hunter Niswander, and Steelers placekicker Sam Sloman missed from 49 yards, as well a botching an extra point. Niswander also missed from 52 yards and the opening half finished 3-0 thanks to Niswander’s 29-yarder.

Sexton’s runback led to a 4-yard scoring run by much-traveled running back Kalen Ballage, now with his fourth team in as many years. Sloman made amends with a 48-yard field goal after a 26-yard interception return by Donovan Stiner.

Dallas left 16 key players at its training base in California, yet in the opening half still looked superior to Pittsburgh. Not so after halftime.

“This is more about building with what we accomplished,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “There’s definitely a lot of work to do. We need to play better complementary football …

“The (defensive) operation for the first time out, I felt good about it. We’ve got a lot more to offer.”

The Steelers briefly used such regulars as receivers Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, linebacker Alex Highsmith and cornerback Cameron Sutton. Linebacker Micah Parsons, the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick, saw some action, as did right tackle La’el Collins.

“It felt great,” said Collins, who missed last season with a hip injury. “It’s been over a year and it’s been a long process to get here. It felt good to be out there on that field with my team today.”

But this was a night to look at the back end of the roster. Both defenses were solid enough, with Pittsburgh’s vaunted pass rush getting lots of pressure on Dallas QBs. Dwayne Haskins, seeking a job after flopping in Washington, quarterbacked most of the night for the Steelers, though it was holdover Josh Dobbs who connected on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Simmons to put it away.

Americans win beach gold medal, and Ross completes the set

TOKYO (AP) April Ross now has the complete set of Olympic beach volleyball medals: silver in London, bronze in Rio de Janeiro and a gold she won with Alix Klineman at the Tokyo Games on Friday with a victory over Australia.

The Americans beat Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia 21-15, 21-16 under a blazing sun in a match that was mercifully quick for the biggest crowd yet at Shiokaze Park – about 60 people in the temporary stadium that seats 9,600.

Playing in 92-degree Fahrenheit (33 Celsius) temperatures under the hot Tokyo sun, the Americans finished off the Aussies in 43 minutes. In the bronze medal match earlier Friday, Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland cruised to a straight-set victory over Latvia.

The silver for Australia was its first beach volleyball medal since Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst took gold on Bondi Beach in 2000. But they were never really close against the Americans, who tied for the top spot in the Olympic qualification points race and lost just one set in seven matches in Tokyo.

With side changes every seven points and technical timeouts every 14, the players retreated to benches, where an awning was rolled up over their heads for shade. A towel covered the seat so they wouldn’t stick to the hot cushion; support staff put icepacks on their heads, or wrapped them in wet towels.

And then there was hydration. So much hydration.

Klineman, a first-time Olympian, and Ross, who has three medals in as many trips to the Summer Games, needed just 20 minutes to claim the first set. They fell behind 2-0 in the second before scoring 10 straight points to pull away.

That silenced the chants of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” from the Australians in their bright yellow shirts and brought out the cheers of “U-S-A!” from those in the red, white and blue. Australia survived three championship points before Artacho del Solar served into the net to seal the U.S. victory.

After a long hug, Klineman went to the bench to douse herself in water, then the pair went over to the stands and posed with an American flag.

The Swiss cruised to a straight-set victory over Latvia to claim the first Olympic medal ever for their country’s women on the beach. They edged Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka 21-19 in the first set before opening a 5-1 lead in the second and pulling away to win 21-15.

US women’s volleyball avenges loss to Serbia, reaches final

TOKYO (AP) The U.S. women’s volleyball team made it to the gold medal match for the fourth time ever by avenging a semifinal loss five years ago to Serbia with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 victory Friday.

The Americans easily dispatched the team that denied them a chance at their elusive first gold medal in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. They advanced to the gold medal match against the winner of the Brazil-South Korea semifinal. Serbia will play the loser for the bronze.

The U.S. played from ahead for most of the match and earned nine set points in the opening frame when Jordan Larson scored on a block at the net. After squandering its first four chances, the U.S. took the set on a kill by Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, whose knee injury five years ago against Serbia contributed to the loss.

Akinradewo Gunderson let out a scream after winning the second set with another block at the net and came up with another key block late in the third.

Larson then won it with a kill that Serbia couldn’t return and fell to her knees in celebration as her teammates poured onto the court.

Larson and Akinradewo Gunderson are three-time Olympians who have played major roles in the success of the Americans the past decade. Now with their international careers likely nearing the end, they have one more shot at the prize that has eluded them so far.

The U.S. has been one of the top teams in the world for much of the past two decades but has been unable to gain the ultimate prize, losing to Brazil in the gold medal match in both 2008 and ’12. The U.S. also lost the gold medal game to China in 1984.

The Americans came into Tokyo as the top-ranked team in the world, and coach Karch Kiraly’s squad has played up to that standard despite dealing with a couple of key injuries.

Setter Jordyn Poulter returned after missing the quarterfinal match with an ankle injury, but opposite Jordan Thompson sat out her third straight match with an injured right ankle.

Replacement Annie Drew stepped up again and led the team with 16 points.

IU FOOTBALL: MEDIA DAY WITH TOM ALLEN

TOM ALLEN: Good morning. Just excited about the start of fall camp. Had our pictures this morning as a team. Going to progress through today and get our guys in some meetings and preliminary work tonight, then start our first practice in the morning.

It’s been a great summer. Excited about our players, how hard they’ve worked, how our staff has worked with them in the ways that we could football-wise, and then also you’re strength staff and all the things they’ve done with our players on a consistent basis in the weight room.

Excited for this fall camp. Ready for questions.

Q. How different are maybe guys’ bodies, guys’ athletic measurements, coming out of summer weight lifting, conditioning, all that, when you don’t have nearly as many restrictions on who can be together in groups, who can work out when? Basically how much fitter do you feel like your roster is right now?

TOM ALLEN: It’s a completely different feel than it was a year ago. Everybody I’m sure is going to say the same thing.

But at this time a year ago our strength staff hadn’t been hardly with our guys at all in person. Very, very challenging set of weeks leading up to fall camp a year ago. Now you had not just the summer but also January and February and March and April going into spring ball. We had eight weeks prior to spring ball. You have three weeks of spring ball time period there of working out as well. Then the couple weeks right before summer. Then you had the nine weeks in the summertime.

Really love where our team is at physically. I think the guys on the line of scrimmage, that was really hard for them, especially offensive linemen, to be in shape a year ago. So getting their body compositions leaned up was extremely a high priority for us. I think that’s been very, very successful this summer.

That excites me more than anything, is just the physical condition of our guys. Just from the speed perspective and lean muscle mass, explosive power, all those things that we really emphasize as a strength program, I would say as a collective group it’s at a very high level for our team, which is much needed.

We got a lot of players that played last year. They were coming back this year. We just want them to continue to grow and develop physically. I think that’s what’s happened with our strength staff. So very encouraged by it.

We had a meeting with them a couple days ago, talked about all of our players, went through their numbers, just the thoughts from our strength staff who spent every day with them in the last two months. Excited about where we are.

Q. With camp starting tomorrow, any positions on each side of the ball you’re anxious to see because you’re wondering where they’re at or you have high expectations for them?

TOM ALLEN: Well, I think we got some new faces on the defensive line. I want to see those guys. I’m looking forward to seeing that group take another step. Some of those younger guys that I think have had some good off-season work, I want to see how that translates to the field.

On the offensive line, as well, once again, kind of a similar theme. Got some new faces, but got a lot of younger guys that you want to see have a great off-season. I feel like they have done that. I want to see that translate to the field.

Those would be the two that stick out to me.

On the perimeter we have some talented skill guys that you just want to see continue to elevate their game. Nobody to me on our entire roster did not have the expectation of elevating what they do, whether it’s certain areas that we focused on with them individually or what. It may not all be the same for each person, but a collective improvement of our guys in their knowledge of the game, for some of these guys, but also it’s the physical part.

Q. From November through spring and summer and such, the questions we have to ask about ^ Michael every time has been, come the 1st of August, you’ll make the determination as to how much he can do. Hopefully he would be close to 100% if not there. Today on August 5th, can you tell us where you stand with him, what you want to try to accomplish with him in the next four weeks?

TOM ALLEN: Yes, I’ve been asked that many times for sure (smiling). I understand why.

But I feel like as you go through this process, we have other guys that are coming back from season-ending injuries. You’re just constantly progressing them through their rehab. It’s about strengthening the muscles in that area. It’s about the change of direction. Any time it’s a lower-leg injury, lower-body injury, you’re talking about can they accelerate, can they slow down, can they move the way they need to move. Those are all cyclical. You have a progression you’re looking for.

We feel really good about where he is. Does he need to continue? Yes, it’s a process to be able to go through and say, Okay, this is the goal date, September 4th, is to get him to be 100% for that date.

As you move through fall camp, we got a good plan for that. You go through. Obviously he’ll be fully practicing, doing everything with us. Nobody is going to be hitting him, as is the case with all our quarterbacks. Be in blue jerseys like they always are. Probably maybe a heightened sense.

You get guys that trip or fall or whatever in different drills. You want to eliminate all that threat, but continue to develop.

I think he’s right where I kind of expected him to be coming into fall camp, where I hoped he would be coming into fall camp. Expecting him to be our starter on September 4th. To me that’s really the most accurate part I can say in regards to that. I feel good about where he is mentally and physically. I know it’s been a long haul for him. He’s once again responded and stepped up to the challenge.

Q. You mentioned the word ‘expectations’ which has not been said with Indiana football for a long time, but it is now. With the totality of the transfers, the player development, everything that is going on right now, what are your expectations? Where do you think this team really needs to finish this year for it to have achieved what it can achieve?

TOM ALLEN: We’ve been pretty clear on our goals. Haven’t shied away from it. We finished second in the Big Ten East last year. Our goal is to play in the Big Ten championship and win the game. There’s a lot of things that have to happen before that occurs.

Right now the next step is having a great fall camp. You mentioned there’s been some transfers. Those guys have to come in and mesh with our team. Everything you’ve done in the off-season is individually driven, some player practices, that’s the biggest part we’ve done together. We’re not out there for those as coaches. This will be the first time these guys have been around us in the football setting as far as the new guys.

How well this team comes together is going to be a major factor. How well we perform on game day. How hard are these guys willing to work? We have our first team meeting tonight. Last night was kind of to make sure everybody is back. Tonight really starts fall camp in my mind in regards to that.

There’s going to be very specific challenges with our guys. We mapped out what we expect them to do. To me, how they buy into that, how hard they work, how focused they are in meetings, taking notes, paying such an attention to that process. What we’ve been challenging them is chasing greatness every day. How do you get 1% better every day. You have to be determined every day.

Do we have talent? Yes, we have a lot of talent. Do we have a lot of good players? Yes, I believe we have a lot of good football players. And I love our coaching staff. But how well this 2021 team meshes together, the chemistry we create, how hard we play for each other, with each other, how well we perform each and every day.

The thing is to me you got to get better every week. If those things all happen as they are, I’m excited about what this team can become.

It’s really up to them, it’s up to our coaching staff. That to me is a challenge we have to address every day. Yeah, I got high expectations for this football team. I haven’t shied away from that. I believe we can have a very talented, effective offense and defense. I think we have talent on special teams. But special teams is an area where everybody is involved. The buy-in to those drills we ask them to do, how hard they play, the opportunities they can create, the field position that’s put on those plays, will be a major factor in this season.

A lot of expectations. That’s been the challenge, is to go from believing, and I believe we have a team that believes, to now expecting a certain outcome on game day.

Q. You just alluded to the chemistry. You have 17 starters returning, then a bunch of potential impact transfers. How has that meshing process gone?

TOM ALLEN: I think it’s a great question.

I think the way I look at that is we don’t vary the process we go through to recruit guys, whether they’re transfers or out of high school. So getting guys that fit with us, that to me heightens the opportunity for the mesh.

When guys understand the LEO culture we’ve created, within that culture, I don’t care who gets credit because it’s not about me. You bring in guys that it’s all about them, they want all the credit, that will fracture your culture, that will fracture your locker room. That will not allow us to be our best on game day. The best team wins on game day, not the best group of individuals.

That to me is the key part. That is really yet to be determined because it is a new group. Every year you have that. Your previous year, no matter what happens, good or bad, that group will not be the same. There are going to be new guys. There will be new coaches usually in certain spots.

Bottom line, that’s the key. Last year’s group had a great chemistry, they played well together, they found a way to make critical plays at critical times. That’s what the great teams do. We got to continue to elevate that and keep chasing greatness.

To me, the focus is how can these guys buy into the culture, to make this about each other and not about themselves.

Q. About Jaylin Williams going into fall camp?

TOM ALLEN: Right now he’s fully with the team, gone through all the processes we need to go through with him off the field, handled that as a program. So he’s with us today and will be with us moving forward.

Q. One of the more interesting battling coming into camp is at running back. Several talented guys. What are some of the most important things you’re looking for as you try to make a decision in who starts? What is important for you, what you want to see out of that position in camp?

TOM ALLEN: Yeah, it’s a critical position for us. Obviously you have some talented guys there. We’ve had the guys coming back. Sampson, David, Mr. Baldwin. I just think Tim showed in the Maryland game what he can do at this level. Sampson has shown in the past what he can do. David has, as well.

Then you bring in a guy like Stephen who hasn’t been here. Once again, it’s all got to be earned. We gave it a quick little challenge last night, their summer that we evaluate, the way they present themselves every day in the weight room, how those coaches feel about them. That’s part of it. That’s part of the evaluation process. It’s kind of Phase I of the fall camp piece.

Now you get into fall camp, see how they handle the day-to-day when we start practicing. All the things that makes them become a complete back. Picking up pressures, being good in pass pro, being a complete guy. Can you catch it out of the backfield? Can you obviously make a guy miss when you got the ball in your hand? Understand the playbook. All those little things it takes.

We’ll obviously have multiple guys playing at that position, which is what you want. You need a lot of depth at that spot for sure. We feel good about that depth there.

How the order is going to be, that’s up to them. I tell our players it’s their job to convince their position coach that they deserve to play. That’s on them. That’s their responsibility. So film doesn’t lie. We’ll watch the film closely, grade everything, grade every practice, have a lot of meetings.

That’s one nice things about fall camp, it’s constant. No academics right now, just two and a half weeks of pure football, being able to focus on that.

We’ll find out who the guys are. I have said this many times: Time and pressure reveal, okay? It shows who you really are. Time and pressure. So in fall camp, we’ll create both of those. It can be a grind. Last year they didn’t really experience fall camp. The length of time was very segmented, isolated, controlled, we’re in, we’re out, we didn’t have meetings at night. It was a way different feel.

We’re back to that flow again, so we’re going to find out who is going to be ready, who can be counted on in that position room to be put on the field on game day.

Q. You have essentially a record number of kids that have been recognized pre-season on these watch lists. It says a lot about Indiana’s program, the rise in this program. How are you dealing with that? How do you feel about having all these kids being recognized?

TOM ALLEN: Well, first of all, I don’t have any vote on any of them, okay? They’re all pre-season. It is what it is. You can talk about it. It’s a great talking point. Doesn’t really mean anything.

But the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, okay? They’ve used those on people’s past, how they’ve performed, those predictions are put out. Just like pre-season polls, they don’t really mean anything. We talk about them, you ask questions about them.

But you have to earn the right to get put on a list. You don’t show up and get put somewhere because of a certain name usually. So I guess it’s a positive thing, for sure, that you get a chance for your program to be recognized, that we have players that people perceive to be some of the best at their position. So that’s a compliment to our coaching staff and to what the program is building.

But at the same time it’s the earmuffs and blinders. Can you filter that, not let that become a distraction? That’s where I said, that phrase is positive and negative. You have to be able to understand both types of situations. Maybe somebody can feel slighted when they get left out of certain things. That may motivate you.

The other side of it is, people start telling you how good they think you’re going to be, you let up in your preparation. That’s the whole rat poison phrase that Coach Saban has made famous.

The bottom line is, it’s maturity. Can you handle it? I think it’s important that you talk about expectations, about certain things, because I think if you just ignore it you don’t really do any benefit to your players. At the same time it’s just like the position room I just mentioned: you got to earn it. That is earned in every game.

Yeah, pre-season things are great. It gives you some positive momentum, helps in recruiting, shows you where you’re at, but it doesn’t mean anything on the field. You got to prove it every time you take the field. That’s what I’m exciting about getting into fall camp.

Once this starts here tonight, all that stuff is all behind us, and it’s about proving that you deserve to play. I love the competition we’ve got in each room to be able to say, even though one of those guys might not be on that list, he has to fight for his position because if he doesn’t, somebody is going to beat him out.

That to me is the way it ought to be. That’s the sharpening the iron concept that we preach so much in this program. I know that’s what helps you get better.

We’re all motivated by wanting to be the very, very best. But I just like the way a lot of those guys that have been listed, I like the way they’ve been working this summer. That just shows me they’re motivated and they know they got something to prove on the field.

Q. One of your obvious goals is to improve the rushing numbers. When you look at this team, how can you make that happen? What makes you optimistic that that can happen?

TOM ALLEN: I think it starts up front. I think when you look at our offensive line, I look at the way they’ve worked this off-season, that excites me. The meetings we’ve had with our strength staff about those guys, talk about each one of them individually, that is encouraging. I feel like the experience that they have. Some young guys we expect to step up give us depth there, is going to be critical.

I think that’s step number one.

I think step number two is your running back room, as well. You got a group of guys, we’ve already addressed that group, you got talent in that room. You have to have talent. I’ve always said this: the good Lord decides who the great running backs are. It’s a god-given talent to be able to make a guy miss in space, do something special with the football. I really believe that.

You can get stronger, tougher, faster along the way for sure. That’s part of it. Schematically, being able to do some things. We made a big emphasis on that this summer, this off-season, to be able to make that a priority for us. So we have.

To me, you take those three things together, I believe you’re going to get a different result. But we got to go prove it. Doesn’t matter what I say, right? It’s got to be what our players believe, how hard they’re willing to work and what they prove on game day.

To me running the football is a critical part of this. There’s no certain number you have to get in my opinion, it’s about you got to be effective. You have to be able to run the football when you need to run the football. Whether it is starting a game, closing out a game, being able to keep them off of your throw game, all different things, it’s about that balance that you want as an offense where you feel like you can do the things that you want to do, based on the scheme, what they’re giving you.

That to me is a huge priority for us, absolutely. I expect us to be better in that area.

Q. This is the second off-season where you’ve lost a coordinator to a head coaching job. Do you feel like you get better as you go through that in terms of basically how to deal with that when you’re losing a guy you probably don’t want to, but you understand why he’s going, but finding a way to kind of work through that? Specific to the new face at coordinator this year, what do you think Coach Warren will bring that’s a little bit different to that defense, philosophy, attitude?

TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I think you get better. You do something more than once, you learn from it. Obviously both those guys that have had opportunities to be head coaches was a great thing for them. I was happy for them, I genuinely was. You hate to lose great guys, I get that. But that’s part of having success.

I think that even shows you as you bring guys here, Hey, this is what the guys that have been here, this is what they’ve been able to do. That is a great motivator for attracting high-level coaches that want to have that same opportunity in their future, just like I did.

When you think about the defensive side of the football, we have a system that we have here. It’s a little bit different than the offense. When you bring in a defensive coordinator to come in, it’s not like he’s just bringing his system. He’s going to learn our system. Obviously there’s things that they’re going to put their personality on, we made some adjustments for sure like you always do.

At the same time to get more specific about Coach Warren, his attention to detail is just impressive. I think the military background was a big attraction for me, the way he commands the room by personality and by just tone and structure and his discipline that he has is impressive. That’s a leadership quality that he has.

I think he’s really strong. Just being able to bring some different ideas, some different things. We’re all looking to grow and change every year. That’s the case with this group.

He’ll put his own personality on it. But I’m going to continue to be in every single meeting. That’s where I say the difference between offense and defense for me, that’s always been the case, that will always be the case. I’ll sit in the linebacker room predominantly, he works with those guys. So I’ll be with him a lot.

But trust him. Look a little different, for sure, but not a lot. We have a defensive system that we believe in here. Our kids believe in it. But do we got to get better? Yes. We did some great things in 2020, but there’s some areas we knew weren’t good enough. We got to get better.

We’ve addressed those. Obviously during fall camp it’s going to be a major emphasis on that. But right now it’s a matter of getting as many guys as we can at a high level understanding they have to execute and play our tails off for 60 minutes.

Q. Is there more of a sense of urgency starting out the season against a Big Ten opponent?

TOM ALLEN: Absolutely. I think that’s one of the biggest differences. We’ve had both situations since I’ve been here. There’s without a doubt a built-in, natural sense of urgency that’s created by playing a conference opponent. Now, this is the first time we played one on the road since I’ve been here.

Just an opponent of their caliber, as good as they have been for so many years, are going to be again this year. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be very challenging, without question.

What I do believe, I said this before, that the process you go through, everything gets heightened. I think it allows you to get even better than if you’re maybe playing somebody different to start the season. There’s always excitement about game one. That will always be the case. But it’s cranked up a few notches because of where we’re playing and who we’re playing.

Q. I know you discussed the players involved, you have a better running game this year. We have Nick as your offensive coordinator for the second year. Deland McCullough coming in as the running back coach, NFL experience. Will we see a lot of different kinds of things going forward this year in the running game, a different look, or no?

TOM ALLEN: I think you hit on a good point. You think about a football team. You always talk about how much you improve from game one to game two in the season. Well, I think as a coordinator, I think about myself and my growth. I was a whole lot better the second year than I was the first year. Coach did a great job last year in a lot of areas.

Yeah, things definitely he and I talked about he wants to work on. But I do think he’ll be better. It’s another year doing it. You can’t replace that experience.

Then you add a guy like Deland. There’s no question where he’s coming from. We’re a product of the people that we’re around. That influences us. That’s one perk of going to the NFL and coming back to college. I’ve seen a lot of guys do that and be able to bring a lot of good things back, could be schematic things, drills, organizational things, about the way we’re doing things scheduling-wise we made some adjustments based on things that he was around with the Chiefs, how we go through fall camp schedule. That’s a benefit of bringing guys like that to your staff.

Yeah, I’m not going to give you too many specifics, but you’ll see week one in Iowa City what the differences might be. But without question we got to get better in that area, so I expect it to be something that’s focused on fall camp.

Q. You mentioned defensive line as one of the more important position groups. How big of rotations do you want? What do you want more out of that group as a whole than a year ago?

TOM ALLEN: Yeah, I think you go through — I don’t think we have, Hey, we’re going to play this many guys. You’re going to be rotating two deep for sure. You can do the math on that. But, yeah, you got to have a whole bunch of guys. I would even go as far as to say you have to be almost three deep to be able to rotate those guys in. They’re under duress on every snap. That’s always been our philosophy here. A lot of places do the same thing. Getting a whole bunch of guys that can play, obviously you need 10, 12 guys you feel good about.

But at the same time, looking back on last season, last year was a little different than we’ve had in the past. If you just go through and look at the production, I did like an eight-year study of this, different places beyond being here within the system, and our D-line wasn’t as productive last year individually as they have been in the past. To me that’s the challenge of that group, to make more plays. Jerome Johnson was very productive, but he kind of stuck out in regards to tackles for loss, sacks, creating negative plays. There’s some other guys that weren’t near as productive, even guys that played his same position. That was very obvious statistically.

To me, I want to see those guys. The scheme is designed for the guys to make plays that are able to make plays. Everybody’s got a free opportunity to be that guy. Like I even think one game we had multiple sacks that we missed. We had contact on the quarterback and didn’t get him on the ground. I think we left a lot of plays unfinished on the defensive line.

To me, talking about finishing better, playing more aggressively with that group, more fundamentally sound, guys being a year older, being stronger, being tougher, that’s what the weight room gives our guy. That toughness piece to me, I want to see us be tougher there and make or plays.

If they ain’t going to make them, the linebackers and the corners are going to make them because that’s kind of how we roll. Our safeties are very, very active as well. It’s basically sic ’em, the first guy there gets rewarded.

Q. You have a lot of returning starters on defense. How confident are you going into the season having that much experience coming back? Aside from wanting to get shutouts every single game, what are some of the expectations that you have on the entire defense as a whole?

TOM ALLEN: You sit there and you think about your team, you look at them and you know. I’ve always said this: if you want to have a great defense, you have to have great linebackers. That’s a room for us that we’re excited about. A lot of production out of that room last year. They’re all back, every one of them. Getting Thomas back from injury.

To me, the whole defensive side of the football is a group I have high expectations for. I want us to be a top 10 defense. We’ve talked about being a top 25 defense. We were last year. We were number one in a few categories nationally. I want us to be a top 10 defense.

To me it’s continuing to raise the bar. We talked about first years here being a top 25 defense, what that means statistically. Then to be able to keep elevating the level of play.

You don’t ever stay where you are. If you don’t have that edge about you, if you don’t have that sense of urgency in your preparation, we’re playing against such great competition every week that you’ll take a step back if you don’t. So we have to have that within us.

Like I said, last year doesn’t mean anything to this year other than the experience. That does add value. You mentioned the number of guys we’ve got coming back. That’s a big deal. That’s why when the people go through and evaluate a team, the number of guys you have coming back, does make a difference because that experience does matter. We have guys experienced on all three levels of our defense.

I have high expectations for these guys and for this unit. I want us to be the best if not one of the best defenses in the Big Ten. That to me is clearly the standard we set for our guys. You want to go win the Big Ten, you better have the biggest defense in the Big Ten, so that’s the goal.

Q. Are you moving anybody? Are you taking somebody else’s position, putting somebody else in a different position than they played a year ago? Do you have anybody that’s going into camp that is like Mike Penix held back a little bit, dealing with an injury that he still has to overcome?

TOM ALLEN: We have a few guys. I’m not going to get into specifics at this point. We have some guys that are coming back from surgeries. They’re at different levels of recovery. Whether they’ll be ready for week one or not we don’t know yet. That’s somewhat typical.

He’s the one that everybody talks about. Marcelino Ball, going through his progression. Feel good about where he’s at. He’ll be ready for September 4th. But some other guys, too, that have had some of that situation.

I think the biggest thing for us is making sure that we get all of our guys ready. Wherever they’re at. I do know that could vary based on their past circumstances.

The first part of your question about position changes, none really come to mind. As we do those, we don’t think about it, if we’ve done it earlier. Last year we made a change where Raheem Lane went from corner to safety. Pretty much everybody knows he’s there. That would be a change from last time he played. He did not play last year.

The rest of the guys on defense are pretty much in the similar spots that they were. I don’t see any change there. Offensively kind of the same thing.

We obviously have on the offensive line, guys can play multiple positions. That’s the case, which is what you want, especially if a guy is a guard, he can play center. Rarely can he play guard and tackle. There are a few that can do that. Don’t see any significant changes there.

I like where we’re at physically. The guys that we do have to get squared away, get them in position to get rehabbed properly, we’ll keep doing that.

Q. Could you touch on the depth at the running back spot.

TOM ALLEN: To me I feel like there’s several guys that have the talent and the ability to be a very good football player in this conference. I think there’s more than a few, okay? So how that plays itself out, I’m excited to see.

That’s one of the positions that I look forward to watching throughout fall camp and evaluating. I guess you would say it’s a good problem to have. There’s more guys in there. There are several walk-ons that are very talented players, that have come here, have just busted their tails, earned the right. They got a lot of reps in the spring because of some guys coming back from some injuries, just the depth there.

To me that’s a position I want to see those guys be involved in special teams, too. That’s where they help you. Those guys are 200 pound-ish guys that can run. Should be some of your best football players on the football team. I like that room and I like our tight end room. Those guys are special teams guys. Big bodies. Those are even bigger, taller, longer guys, heavier guys that can run and move around, should help this football team get better because those special teams, whether cover units, return units, man, that separates us now.

You talk about wanting to do special things as a program, you got to be elite on special teams in both your specialists and as a collective group. That’s a huge priority for us. We make a big emphasis of it. To me that’s going to be a big key that we don’t talk about, but I think it will be a big key of us having success in 2021.

Have a great day. LEO.

Purdue Soccer: Transfer Holleran Joins Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer coach Drew Roff has announced that Lauren Holleran has transferred to the program for the 2021 season.

Holleran, a midfielder from Centennial, Colorado, transfers from Iowa State. She will be eligible immediately as a junior.

“Lauren’s athleticism and ability to win the ball and connect passes will be a welcome addition to our midfield,” Roff said.

“Purdue is the whole package,” Holleran said. “From academics to the coaching staff to the team and the facilities, it’s everything and more that I wanted for my college experience. The environment and culture that the coaches have created is truly one of a kind, and I really believe in everything they stand for and want to achieve. I am really excited to be at Purdue and to be able to contribute to the success of the program!”

In two seasons at Iowa State, Holleran played in all 31 matches and made 19 starts. She registered 13 shots and four shots on goal in 1,498 minutes.

As a sophomore in 2020-21, Holleran had seven shots, three on goal, in 831 minutes. She played in all 13 matches and started 12. Holleran had a career-high-tying two shots on goal in back-to-back matches, on October 30 against Kansas State and on November 6 at No. 12 Kansas. She played a season-best 106 minutes against Kansas on March 20.

In 2019 as a freshman, Holleran saw action in 18 games with seven starts. She had six shots and one shot on goal in 667 minutes. Her first career shot came on September 8 against Omaha, and she posted two shots, one on goal, at Texas on October 25.

Holleran attended Grandview High, where she won a 5A state championship and earned all-state and all-conference honors. She also helped lead Grandview to a No. 1 national ranking by TopDrawerSoccer.com. While playing for Colorado Rapids’ ECNL squad, Holleran was bestowed Northwest All-Conference accolades.

Holleran will major in selling and sales at Purdue. Her parents are Rob and Marsha, and she has one older brother.

BUTLER WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Davidson Named All-BIG EAST, Butler Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll

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NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference announced volleyball preseason awards for the upcoming 2021 season on Thursday afternoon. Butler middle blocker Melody Davidson was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and the Bulldogs were picked ninth in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 31 points.

First place votes were split between Creighton (8) and Marquette (3). The Bluejays came out as preseason favorites with 97 points, placing Marquette in second with 93. St. John’s rounded out the top three (83) and also earned a major award with Efrosini Alexakou taking Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

Alexakou was one of four unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Melody Davidson represented BU as an honoree at her middle blocker position. Davidson is a two-time All-BIG EAST performer that played in all 54 sets one year ago. She ended the 2020-21 campaign with 140 kills while leading the team in both blocks (54) and attack percentage (.272).

Butler finished in front of Seton Hall (27) and Georgetown (10) in the preseason poll. The middle of the pack included Xavier at fourth (68), and Villanova in fifth (56). There was a tie for the sixth spot between UConn and DePaul (48). The Friars came in just above BU in eighth (44).

Preseason BIG EAST Volleyball Honors

Preseason BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Year 

Efrosini Alexakou, St. John’s, Jr., OH 

Preseason All-BIG EAST *

(listed alphabetically by institution, then last name)

Melody Davidson, Butler, R-Sr., MB

Caylee Parker, Connecticut, Sr., OH

Naomi Hickman, Creighton, Sr., MB

Jaela Zimmerman, Creighton, Sr., MB ^

Savannah Rennie, Marquette, Gr., MB ^

Taylor Wolf, Marquette, Gr., RS/S ^

Allison Barber, Providence, Gr., S

Tsvetelina Ilieva, Seton Hall, So. OH

Efrosini Alexakou, St. John’s, Jr., OH ^

Rachele Rastelli, St. John’s, Jr., RS

Averi Salvador, Villanova, Gr., L/DS

Carrigan O’Reilly, Xavier, Jr., S/RS

^ denotes unanimous selection

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

First-place votes in ()

1. Creighton (8) – 97 pts

2. Marquette (3) – 93

3. St. John’s – 83

4. Xavier – 68

5. Villanova – 56

T-6. Connecticut – 48

T-6. DePaul – 48

8. Providence – 44

9. Butler – 31

10. Seton Hall – 27

11. Georgetown – 10

Wabash Picked As Favorites To Win 2021 NCAC Football Title

The last time the Wabash College football team took the field was in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs as North Coast Athletic Conference champions. The Little Giants are favored to repeat as conference champions in 2021 in a vote of NCAC coaches in their annual preseason poll.

Wabash, 7-4 overall in 2019 with a 7-2 record in NCAC games, received six first-place votes and a total of 94 points in the preseason coaches’ poll. Wittenberg, co-champion with Wabash and Denison in 2019 with a 7-2 league record, picked up one first-place vote and 86 total points. Denison received two first-place votes and 78 points. DePauw was picked to finish fourth with 67 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan with 64 points.

Allegheny garnered the final first-place vote as part of its 48 total points in the poll and tied for sixth place overall with Wooster. Kenyon placed eighth in the poll with 30 total points. Oberlin (18 points) and Hiram (17 points) rounded out the voting by the conference’s head football coaches.

“To say we are very excited about the 2021 season would be an understatement,” Wabash head coach Don Morel said. “We look forward to playing in front of our fans in the new Little Giant Stadium and getting back to normal on the Wabash College campus.”

Wabash brings back nine starters total starters — five on offense and four on defense — from its 2019 squad. The Little Giants have won a total of nine NCAC championships since beginning conference play in football in 2000. Wabash shared back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.

The Little Giants open the 2021 season on September 4 with a 7 p.m. game at Rose-Hulman. Wabash begins its conference schedule on September 18 against Allegheny at 2 p.m. in the new Little Giant Stadium.

2021 NCAC Football Coaches’ Poll

TEAM    POINTS

1.            WABASH (6)       94

2.            Wittenberg (1)  86

3.            Denison (2)         78

4.            DePauw               67

5.            Ohio Wesleyan 64

T-6.        Allegheny (1)     48

T-6.        Wooster              48

8.            Kenyon 30

9.            Oberlin 18

10.          Hiram    17

Two RHIT Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Americans

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swimming and diving team member Brendan King captured second-team CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American honors, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

King becomes just the fourth Rose-Hulman men’s swimming and diving team member to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in Rose-Hulman history, joining Matt Smith (2002), Orion Martin (2015, 2016) and Benjamin Strate (2019).

King was one of just 45 players selected At-Large Academic All-American honors in 2020-21.  The award accompanies student-athletes in nearly 20 sports that do not have their own separate contests in the CoSIDA Academic All-America program.

In the pool, King has won four individual conference championships in his three years on the Rose-Hulman team.  He has captured individual conference titles in the 200-freestyle (2019 and 2021), 500-freestyle (2020) and 1650-freestyle (2019).  He also ranked as the No. 2 individually rated swimmer in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season according to rankings by CollegeSwimming.com.

In the classroom, the electrical engineering and mathematics double major rising senior carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average.

Rose-Hulman ranks No. 1 nationally among NCAA Division III institutions and No. 5 among all United States colleges by having a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 36 consecutive calendar years (including 2021 after today’s honors).  Today’s two awards (King and women’s golfer Lauren Conley) increases Rose-Hulman’s cumulative total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to 141, a number that ranks in the top 10 nationally in NCAA Division III.

Lauren Conley Earns CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors 

Story LinksTERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golfer Lauren Conley captured third-team CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American honors, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Conley becomes just the first member of the Rose-Hulman golf program (men or women) to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.  She was one of just 45 players selected At-Large Academic All-American honors in 2020-21.  The award accompanies student-athletes in nearly 20 sports that do not have their own separate contests in the CoSIDA Academic All-America program.

On the course, the 3-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree was the team captain for the Rose-Hulman women’s golf which finished 14th at the NCAA Division III National Championships this spring.  She is a member of two conference championship teams with HCAC career finishes of 2nd, 4th and 8th at the league championships.

Conley ranks 4th in school history in career scoring average (83.75 strokes per round) and even scored a hole-in-one at Ironwood Golf Course during the 2019-20 fall season.

In the classroom, the civil engineering graduate student has posted grade point averages of 3.96 (undergrad) and 4.00 (graduate school) in her Rose-Hulman career.

Rose-Hulman ranks No. 1 nationally among NCAA Division III institutions and No. 5 among all United States colleges by having a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 36 consecutive calendar years (including 2021 after today’s honors).  Today’s two awards (Conley and men’s swimming and diving team member Brendan King) increases Rose-Hulman’s cumulative total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to 141, a number that ranks in the top 10 nationally in NCAA Division III. 

Jim Palilonis Joins Purdue Fort Wayne MVB Coaching Staff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball program announced on Thursday the hiring of Jim Palilonis as an assistant coach.

Palilonis joins sixth year head coach Ryan Perrotte’s staff after spending 16 seasons at Ball State as an assistant coach.

At Ball State, Palilonis primarily worked with setters and helped lead the offensive strategy while also serving as the lead recruiting coordinator. He also played a key role in the Cardinals’ 15 winning seasons, which included five 20-win seasons, and led the Cardinals to consistent rankings in the AVCA Top 15 Coaches Poll. One of his biggest accomplishments at Ball State was his role in the 2002 season where the Cardinals finished with a 23-8 overall record and reached the NCAA Championship game for the 15th time in program history.

In addition to his time with the men’s team, Palilonis served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team for two seasons. He helped the Cardinals claim the 2010 Mid-American Conference regular season title and an at-large bid into the 2011 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

“Volleyball has been a part of my life for more than 30 years and I am thrilled to start this new chapter at Purdue Fort Wayne,” Palilonis said. “I have always had a great deal of respect for the players and coaching staff at Purdue Fort Wayne. I am eager to be a part of the Mastodon family and to contribute to the success of this great team. Coach (Arnie) Ball started a 40-year legacy that I am humbled and honored to be a part of.”

Palilonis is a 1996 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in secondary education.

Anderson Releases Fall 2021 Cross Country Schedule

Anderson University released its schedule for the Fall 2021 Cross Country season on Thursday.

The Ravens are scheduled to compete in three regular-season meets and two postseason meets. Anderson is set to host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships on Oct. 30 at Blue River State Park in Shelbyville at 12 p.m.

The Ravens then return to Blue River State Park for the NCAA D-III Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.

Teams and individuals that qualify for the NCAA D-III Championships will compete in the national meet on Nov. 20 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. at 11 a.m.

DateMeetTimeLocation
Saturday, Sept. 4at Grizzly Invitational (Men-8K, Women-6K)10 a.m.Shelbyville, Ind. (Blue River State Park)
Friday, Sept. 17at Ray Bullock Invitational (Men-8K, Women-5K)5 p.m.Upland, Ind. (Taylor Wilderness)
Friday, Oct. 15at JennaStrong Classic (Men-8K, Women-5K)4:30 p.m.Wilmington, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 30HCAC Championships (Men-8K, Women-6K)12 p.m.Shelbyville, Ind. (Blue River State Park)
Saturday, Nov. 13at NCAA D-III Great Lakes Regional (Men-8K, Women-6K)10 a.m.Shelbyville, Ind. (Blue River State Park)

Trailblazer basketball signs NJCAA All-American Justin Warren

VINCENNES, Ind – The Vincennes University men’s basketball team made a massive addition to their 2021 recruiting class earlier this week with the signing of NJCAA All-American point guard Justin Warren.

Warren comes to VU originally from Chicago, Ill. Warren began his collegiate basketball career at Division II Quincy University before transferring to Highland (IL) Community College last season.

As a member of the Cougars this past season, Warren averaged 13 points, five assists and three rebounds per game, which earned him First-Team All-Region 4 and Honorable Mention All-American honors.

“This is a big get for us, to get a player like Justin this late in the summer,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “To get a man who was one of the top two vote getters in his Region last year and an Honorable Mention All-American, at a position I thought we needed a little more of a veteran presence.”

The 5-foot-11 Warren also helped lead Highland to a 16 – 5 record last season and a spot in the Region 4 Championship game.

“I feel like Justin fit in perfectly, we’ll see if it actually turns out that way or not,” Franklin added. “Justin thought he was going to be a Division I guy and it didn’t quite happen. I think one of Justin’s strengths is that he shoots the ball well and I think we needed that. He is also a low mistake guy, which has always been a part of who we are. I think with having Brevin, Justin and whoever else emerges handling the ball, we have a chance to be a low turnover-high IQ backcourt that has really been the key to our success.”

With the addition of Warren, the Trailblazers gain a much-needed veteran backcourt presence to go along with returning guard Brevin Jefferson and wing Nigel Martin.

“I liken this to when we signed Ty Gadsden. I thought we needed another guard to make an impact. We had some freshmen coming in also and Ty ended up being that guy we got late who fit right in with “Pun” Tisdale, Keith Clemons was in that freshmen class and we had CJ Hedgepeth coming back that year.”

“We’re in a similar situation to CJ as well. CJ played well late his freshmen year and came back in more of a leadership role his sophomore year and that’s what I’m seeing out of Nigel, so there are some real parallels to that group. Hopefully we have that same type of success,” Franklin said. “With Warren and Jefferson, we all of a sudden got old at a position that are vital. Just like in 2017-2018, when we had good guard play and that helped the transition of Lony Francis and George Dixon, we’re hoping that helps our young big guys like Dende, Frank, Shilo and Thow.”

Warren is the 12th Trailblazer signing this offseason, including; Thow Biel (6-7, 205, Calgary), Grant Brown (6-2, 170, Fairmount, Ind.), Dende Ceder (6-9, 220, Netherlands), Marcus Clarke-Moore (6-1, 200, Scarborough, Ontario), Darrius Davis (6-3, 195, Pittsburgh), Shilo Jackson (6-9, 200, Indianapolis), RJ Jock (6-7, 185, Calgary), Trenton Johnson (6-1, 185, Mishawaka, Ind.), Frank Mitchell (6-7, 250, Toronto), Devawn White (6-3, 185, Montreal) and Ketaan Wyatt (6-2, 180, Toledo).

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       John Reilly becomes the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle in different leagues when the Reds, who moved to the National League this season, beat Pittsburgh at League Park, 16-3. The Cincinnati first baseman hit for two cycles in 1883, also a first, when the team played in the American Association and were known as the Red Stockings.

1890       Cy Young, making his major league debut, is credited with the win when the Cleveland Spiders beat the Colts in Chicago’s West Side Park, 8-1. During his 22-year career, the 23 year-old right-hander will average more than 23 victories per season en route to a major league record of 511 victories, a mark believed by many to be unbreakable.

1906       At Cleveland’s League Park, the Boston Americans are shut out for the fourth consecutive time, bowing to the Indians, 4-0. Combined with a scoreless three-game sweep by the White Sox, the team establishes a new American League record.

1908       Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb gets married, having departed the Tigers three days ago to attend the ceremony without the team’s permission. Club co-owner Frank Navin considers the 21 year-old Georgia Peach’s six-day defection during a pennant race as the most arrogant act he had ever heard of in baseball.

1930       Gene Rye hits three homers in one inning, blasting a solo homer, a three-run shot, and a grand slam in the Waco Cubs’ 18-run eight-inning eruption in their eventual 20-7 Texas League victory over the visiting Beaumont Exporters at Katy Park. The 24 year-old diminutive southpaw-swinging outfielder, called Half Pint by his teammates, will be signed by the Red Sox, spending the first two months of next season with the team before being released, hitting just .179 in 17 games.

1937       The Braves become the first National League team to lead off a game with back-to-back homers. At Wrigley Field, Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler each go deep to start the first inning off Tex Carleton, but Boston’s quick start isn’t enough when Chicago wins the contest, 12-6.

1941       Al Benton becomes the first major leaguer to have two sacrifice bunts in one inning. The Tiger right-hander accomplishes the feat in the top of the third inning, a frame that features 17 batters coming to bat, in an 11-2 rout of the Indians at Cleveland’s League Park.

1947       Skeeter Webb is inserted into the game to run for Fred Hutchinson and scores a run in the Tigers’ nine-run eighth inning in Detroit’s 13-6 victory over Cleveland. Later in the frame, he comes to the plate and delivers an RBI sac fly, an unusual accomplishment for a pinch-runner.

1952       At the approximate age of 46, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to hurl a complete-game shutout, beating Virgil ‘Fire’ Trucks and the Tigers, 1-0, when Bobby Young scores the game’s only run in the 12th inning. The Browns’ hurler will extend his record at the age of 46-years and 75 days by throwing another scoreless complete game against the White Sox next month.

1962       For the fifth time, a team record, Willie Mays collects five hits in a game. In the Giants’ 9-2 victory over Philadelphia at Candlestick Park, the ‘Say Hey Kid’ hits two two-run homers in the first and second innings, and follows up with singles in the fourth, fifth, and eighth.

1967       Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson hits into his fourth career triple play, setting a major league record. The fifth inning around-the-horn triple killing (5-4-3) doesn’t hurt the club when the Birds beat the White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0, to complete a sweep of a twin bill.

1969       In an alley behind a Detroit bar, Twins’ manager Billy Martin, intervenes in a scuffle between his starting pitcher Dave Boswell and outfielder Bob Allison, resulting in the right-hander knocked unconscious and in need of 20 stitches, after being pummeled by his skipper. Although he will miss several starts because of the incident, the 24 year-old Maryland native will finish the season 20-12 for the first-place Minnesota club.

1972       The postponement of the second game of the Midland Cubs and Amarillo Giants doubleheader becomes necessary when thousands of grasshoppers invade Christensen Stadium. The massive clusters of insects, who swarmed from their nests behind the center-field wall after the ballpark’s lights were turned on, made play impossible when infielders couldn’t see their outfielders through the hordes of fluttering invaders.

1972       Hank Aaron, with his 660th and 661st career homers, breaks Yankee legend Babe Ruth’s record for hitting the most home runs with one team. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’s’ second round-tripper of the day, a 10th inning blast, enables the Braves to beat Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, 4-3.

1973       Roberto Clemente becomes the first Latin-born player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The late Pirates outfielder, who died tragically on New Year’s Eve in a crash that was carrying relief supplies to the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua, was elected posthumously when the mandatory five-year waiting period was waived.

1979       After delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson’s funeral in Ohio, Bobby Murcer, a teammate and close friend of the deceased Yankee catcher, drives in all the runs in the Yankee 5-4 comeback victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The New York outfielder, with a bat he will never use again, hits a three-run home run and wins the game with a two-run single in 9th inning.

1981       The players approved a split-season format necessitated by the seven-week strike. The Yankees, A’s, Phillies, and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions and will be automatically qualified for the divisional series.

1983       Eric Rasmussen throws a 4-0 shutout against the Red Sox in his first American League outing. The Royals starter, who also blanked the Padres as a Cardinal in his first-ever major league game in 1975, becomes the first pitcher to toss a shutout in his National League and American League debuts.

1985       As announced three weeks ago, the Players’ Association follows through on their threat to go on strike. The second midseason baseball work stoppage lasts only two days, with the owners abandoning their plan for a salary cap, a concept also vehemently opposed by baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth.

1986       In the game that establishes a new record for bases-full homers in one game, Texas beats Baltimore, 13-11. Rangers’ infielder Toby Harrah hits a second-inning grand slam, and Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer both go deep with the bases loaded in the Orioles’ nine-run fourth frame.

1988       Jim Gott balks three times in the eighth inning, two of which allow a runner to score from third base. The Pirates’ relief pitcher’s poor form on the mound proves to be the difference in the Mets’ 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

1988       Goose Gossage becomes the second player in major league history to record 300 career saves when he faces one batter and gets the final out in the Cubs’ 7-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The future Hall of Fame right-handed reliever joins Rollie Fingers, who reached the milestone in 1982.

1988       Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. The A’s outfielder, with 31 homers, joins the 30-30 club, taking second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as Oakland beat the Mariners, 5-4.

1988       The dedication of a plaque takes place behind the home plate of the former Braves Field in remembrance of the departed National League team and the many historical events occurring in the ballpark. The historical marker, made possible through the efforts of Boston University, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the New England Sports Museum, includes references to the three World Series and one All-Star Game played there, as well as the longest game ever to take place in major league history.

1989       In a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, the Red Sox retire Carl Yastrzemski’s #8. ‘Yaz,’ recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, becomes only the fourth player in franchise history, joining Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), and Ted Williams (9), to be honored by having his uniform number retired by the club.

1992       Following a brief shouting match with Willie Wilson in the previous frame after the Oakland outfielder had tripled off him, Rangers right-hander Nolan Ryan hits him on the leg with a pitch with two outs eighth inning. The incident causes a ten-minute delay with benches emptying and fans littering the field with paper, resulting in the future Hall of Famer being ejected from a game for the first and only time during his 27-year major league career.

1993       Raising his average to .348, San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn collects his 2000th career base hit, a single off Colorado hurler Bruce Ruffin in the team’s 6-2 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium. Mr. Padre will reach the 3,000 hit milestone on the same date in 1999.

1998       Kevin McClatchy’s vision of a baseball-only stadium in Pittsburgh starts to become more of a reality when PNC Bank strikes a deal with the Pirates calling the Bucs’ new home PNC Park. The highly-touted new ballpark, which will host its first game in 2001.

1999       After Tony Gwynn singles off Expos’ Dan Smith in the first inning to get his 3000th hit, ump Kerwin Danley, a college teammate, Vendella Gwynn, his mom on her 64th birthday, and 13,540 Olympic Stadium fans celebrate the milestone. The Padres outfielder finishes the night 4-for-5, passing Roberto Clemente into 21st place on the all-time career hit list.

2001       Boston’s backstop Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, but the catcher redeems himself in his next at-bat by hitting a grand slam, putting the Red Sox ahead in a 10-7 win over the Rangers. The triple killing, the third in Texas history, occurs when Hatteberg lines to shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who flips to second base, doubling up the runner on second, with second baseman Randy Velarde tagging the runner arriving from first.

2001       A group made up of the Hall of Famers (61), recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers (13), Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters (13), and Veterans Committee members (3) replaces the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee. The new members will be able to select players every two years and executives, umpires, and managers only once every four years.

2002       Robb Nen becomes the 16th major leaguer to record his 300th career save when he closes the Giants’ 11-10 victory over the Cubs at Pacific Bell Park. The 32 year-old reliever, who will not pitch again after this season due to multiple surgeries for a torn rotator cuff, is the youngest closer to reach the milestone.

2003       Three weeks after trading for Armando Benitez with the crosstown Mets, the Yankees trade the much-maligned reliever to the Mariners. In return, the Bronx Bombers get back 36 year-old Jeff Nelson for his second tour with the team.

2005      The Rangers posthumously retire jersey #26 in honor of their former skipper Johnny Oates, who lead the team to its first three division titles in 1996 and 1998-99. The 1996 Manager of the Year (an award shared with Joe Torres of the Yankees) compiled 506-476 (.515) record, stepping down 28 games into the 2001 season after 6+ seasons with Kansas City.

2006       The Mets continue to commit to their young players, signing 23 year-old David Wright to a $55 million, six-year contract extension. The third baseman joins shortstop Jose Reyes, also 23, who inked a long term deal with the club three days ago worth $23.25 million over the four years of the extension of the Dominican’s contract.

2007       Batting eighth in Tony La Russa’s batting order, Cardinals’ starting pitcher Braden Looper collects two hits in the fifth inning when St. Louis ties a big-league record with ten straight hits. The Redbirds use the consecutive safeties to score all their runs when they beat the visiting Padres, 10-5.

2010       In a 15-minute pregame ceremony delayed by rain at Turner Field, the Braves retire Tom Glavine’s uniform number 47. The southpaw, who won 244 of his 305 career victories with the organization, including five seasons with 20 or more wins, was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame at a luncheon earlier in the day.

2013       Ryan Lavarnway ties a major league record, shared by Ray Katt (1954 Giants) and Gino Petralli (1987 Rangers), when he allows four passed balls in the first inning of the Red Sox’s 15-10 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Boston backstop, whose woes in corralling Steven Wright’s knuckleballer allows three runs, makes up for his first-frame failings with a two-out double in the fifth, putting the team ahead for keeps, 8-7.

2016       The Mariners retire jersey #24 worn by Ken Griffey Jr., who spent 13 of his 22 seasons with Seattle, earning 10 of his 13 All-Star berths and all 10 of his Gold Glove Awards while with the team. The Kid, elected to the Hall of Fame in a landslide this year, becomes the first player to have his digits immortalized by the club.

2016       The Mariners retire Ken Griffey’s uniform #24, honoring the first player who spent the majority of his career with the team inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1997 American League MVP played 13 of his 22 major league seasons with Seattle, earning 10 of his 13 All-Star berths and winning all ten of his Gold Glove Awards while with the team.

2016       Giancarlo Stanton drives a pitch thrown by Rockies starter Chad Bettis deep into the Rockpile seats, a 504-foot blast that becomes the longest round-tripper in the 21-year-old history of Coors Field. The Miami Marlins slugger’s fifth-inning solo shot in the team’s 12-6 loss surpasses the 496-footer hit in 1997 by Dodger catcher Mike Piazza off current Colorado bullpen coach Darren Holmes.

2019       Blue Jays’ shortstop Bo Bichette becomes the first player to collect ten extra-base hits in his first nine major league games when he doubles off Ryan Yarbrough in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. Tomorrow, the 21-year-old rookie shortstop will hit another two-bagger, becoming the only major leaguer to stroke a double in eight-straight contests, breaking the mark established in 2000 by former Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6544.59635 – 2230 – 2230 – 1711 – 514 – 175 – 5W 1
Boston6446.5821.533 – 2231 – 2429 – 1813 – 811 – 163 – 7L 1
NY Yankees5949.5465.530 – 2429 – 2524 – 3013 – 613 – 78 – 2W 3
Toronto5749.5386.528 – 2329 – 2623 – 2610 – 710 – 128 – 2W 3
Baltimore3869.3552617 – 3121 – 3813 – 288 – 1911 – 145 – 5L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6346.57838 – 2025 – 2613 – 736 – 239 – 114 – 6L 2
Cleveland5254.4919.526 – 2326 – 319 – 1627 – 188 – 124 – 6L 3
Detroit5358.4771132 – 2521 – 338 – 823 – 3417 – 116 – 4W 1
Kansas City4760.4391528 – 2519 – 359 – 1725 – 295 – 115 – 5W 2
Minnesota4663.4221724 – 3022 – 336 – 723 – 3011 – 194 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6544.59634 – 2131 – 2316 – 1215 – 1030 – 145 – 5L 2
Oakland6148.560431 – 2530 – 2313 – 1313 – 425 – 245 – 5W 1
Seattle5852.5277.533 – 2325 – 2915 – 1012 – 1326 – 204 – 6L 2
LA Angels5554.5051030 – 2625 – 2811 – 1116 – 820 – 305 – 5W 3
Texas3970.3582626 – 3013 – 4011 – 138 – 1517 – 304 – 6L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5652.51933 – 2023 – 3222 – 2413 – 1414 – 63 – 7L 1
Philadelphia5653.5140.531 – 2125 – 3231 – 2713 – 86 – 96 – 4W 5
Atlanta5554.5051.527 – 2728 – 2728 – 2720 – 114 – 46 – 4W 3
Washington4960.4507.529 – 3020 – 3021 – 2311 – 119 – 194 – 6L 4
Miami4762.4319.527 – 2720 – 3522 – 236 – 1316 – 125 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6544.59631 – 2534 – 1910 – 1232 – 1819 – 67 – 3W 1
Cincinnati5851.532728 – 2730 – 249 – 731 – 1810 – 207 – 3W 2
St. Louis5355.49111.530 – 2423 – 3114 – 1619 – 2115 – 114 – 6L 3
Chi Cubs5258.47313.531 – 2121 – 3712 – 1622 – 2715 – 113 – 7L 1
Pittsburgh4168.3762423 – 3018 – 3812 – 1212 – 329 – 173 – 7L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6940.63335 – 1734 – 2313 – 714 – 1031 – 177 – 3W 2
LA Dodgers6544.596434 – 1931 – 2513 – 710 – 1032 – 206 – 4W 1
San Diego6248.5647.536 – 2226 – 2611 – 1216 – 1425 – 194 – 6L 1
Colorado4861.4402135 – 2113 – 405 – 813 – 1721 – 305 – 5W 1
Arizona3476.30935.521 – 3513 – 418 – 1512 – 1713 – 363 – 7L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England1811433321126-1-15-3-237
Orlando City SC17854272255-3-13-2-329
Philadelphia18774241775-2-22-5-228
Nashville SC1761012515106-5-00-5-128
New York City FC168353016146-1-22-2-327
D.C.17737252055-0-22-3-524
Columbus176651920-14-3-12-3-424
CF Montreal17656232214-3-12-2-523
New York16547202004-2-21-2-519
FC Cincinnati163671729-120-3-33-3-415
Atlanta172961823-52-3-20-6-415
Chicago173591828-103-4-40-1-514
Toronto FC173592136-151-4-22-1-714
Inter Miami CF153481325-121-2-52-2-313
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC1710343320135-3-15-0-333
Seattle189632614125-4-24-2-133
Los Angeles171016282717-0-23-1-431
Colorado15834221665-2-13-1-327
Los Angeles FC17656232304-4-22-1-423
Minnesota166551921-25-1-21-4-323
Real Salt Lake16565241773-4-22-2-321
Portland166282027-75-1-21-1-620
FC Dallas174672125-43-5-01-1-718
San Jose174671926-72-1-42-5-318
Houston173951923-43-4-00-5-518
Austin164481318-52-2-32-2-516
Vancouver163671827-93-2-30-4-415

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L