St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2

Detroit 7 Texas 5

Boston 5 NY Yankees 4 (10)

Tampa Bay 5 Cleveland 4 (10)

LA Angels 3 Minnesota 2

Oakland 4 Seattle 1

Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2

San Diego 3 Miami 2

St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2

San Francisco 5 LA Dodgers 3




Toledo 7 Indianapolis 2

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Fort Wayne 3 Dayton 1

South Bend 6 Wisconsin 4


Orlando City SC 2 Philadelphia 1

Seattle 1 Austin 0


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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

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



Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 12-16)

Dallas at Arizona

Tennessee at Atlanta

New Orleans at Baltimore

Miami at Chicago

Buffalo at Detroit

Houston at Green Bay

Carolina at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Jacksonville

Seattle at Las Vegas

L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams

Denver at Minnesota

Washington at New England

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Kansas City at San Francisco

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 19-23)

Kansas City at Arizona (8/20, ESPN)

Baltimore at Carolina

Buffalo at Chicago

N.Y. Giants at Cleveland

Houston at Dallas

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay

San Francisco at L.A. Chargers

Las Vegas at L.A. Rams

Atlanta at Miami

Indianapolis at Minnesota

Jacksonville at New Orleans (8/23, ESPN)

New England at Philadelphia

Detroit at Pittsburgh

Denver at Seattle

Tennessee at Tampa Bay

Cincinnati at Washington

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 26-30)

Cleveland at Atlanta (8/29, NBC)

Green Bay at Buffalo

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Miami at Cincinnati (8/29, CBS)

Jacksonville at Dallas

L.A. Rams at Denver

Indianapolis at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Houston

Minnesota at Kansas City

Arizona at New Orleans

New England at N.Y. Giants

Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets

Las Vegas at San Francisco

L.A. Chargers at Seattle

Chicago at Tennessee

Baltimore at Washington


AP source: Big 12 leaders discuss how to keep Texas and OU

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Big 12 leaders held a call without Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss how to keep the league’s flagship schools from bolting to the Southeastern Conference – and contingency plans to survive without them.

“There was no panic,” a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 was not making its internal discussions public. “All options are on the table.”

The Big 12 put out a statement Thursday night that revealed few details, but made clear the eight members in danger of being left behind want the Longhorns and Sooners to stay put. And that leaving could be costly for Texas and Oklahoma.

“There is a recognition that institutions may act in their own self-interest, however there is an expectation that members adhere to Conference bylaws and the enforcement of Grant of Rights agreements,” the statement said.

The Big 12’s grant of rights, which ties a school’s media rights to the conference, runs through the current television deals with ESPN and Fox. Those expire in June 2025.

For Oklahoma and Texas to leave the Big 12 sooner they would either relinquish tens of millions in television revenue for every year the grant is in effect or agree to a financial settlement with the conference.

The person familiar with Thursday’s call said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, athletic directors and school presidents and chancellors discussed possible options for persuading Texas and Oklahoma to remain in the Big 12 and potential ways to keep the conference going if they leave.

Texas and Oklahoma were invited to join the call, and the hope is the Big 12 will soon hear directly from their conference mates, the person said.

Texas and Oklahoma have discussed a move to the SEC with officials from the powerhouse conference, but no formal invitation has been extended nor have the schools officially informed the Big 12 they intend to leave.

Earlier Thursday, leaders from other conferences leaders were hesitant to speculate on what’s next, but some observers were concerned about the potential consequences.

“College football is filled with people operating in silos and what they fail to realize is that if they only look at and try to build their silo as big and as shiny as possible than the entirety of the sport is not going to be as strong as it needs to be,” said former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt, the lead college football analyst for Fox, which holds television rights with the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.

“I think a move like this would be to the detriment of the sport overall.”

Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield put it more starkly: “It would ruin the Big 12. It would be done,” Mayfield said during a break in shooting TV commercials in Cleveland.

The Big 12 was thought to be on life support about a decade ago after losing Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri. Managing to hold on to Texas and Oklahoma allowed the Big 12 to survive as a Power Five conference after it added TCU and West Virginia.

Back when that was playing out, conferences were reacting to one another. The Big Ten pushed over the first domino when it announced in 2009 it was going to explore expansion. Eventually, it lured Nebraska away from the Big 12.

“We often talk about how uncomfortable this time is,” new Nebraska AD Trev Alberts said. “It is. It’s a changing environment. There’s a lot of stress. Now’s the time you want to be part of some stability.”

That Big Ten expansion sparked a frenzy, with conferences and schools fending for themselves. Could a Texas/Oklahoma move to the SEC be the next fire starter?

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren was asked about the news and whether it could prompt the conference to look at expansion — maybe even reaching out to the two Big 12 schools — as he opened football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Warren stayed away from speculating, calling the news just another example of the volatility sweeping through college sports.

“That’s the world that we live in right now,” he said. “From where we sit, we’re always constantly evaluating what’s in the best interest of the conference.”

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips, who took over earlier this year after being athletic director at Northwestern, took a similarly cautious approach.

“I think it’s critically important for all of us to always be paying attention to what’s happening in the landscape and understanding what’s happening across the country, whether you’re a conference commissioner, whether you’re an athletic director, whether you’re a president,” he said. “It’s just part of all of our responsibility. And this is the latest maybe conversation that we’re hearing about.”

Former Wisconsin athletic director Alvarez was at Lucas Oil Stadium because the Big Ten announced he would be taking a new role at the conference: special advisor for football. He retired earlier this year.

Alvarez, 74, is not one to shy away from giving his thoughts on a topic. But news of realignment ramping up again caught him off guard.

“It’s something you certainly have your antenna up for,” Alvarez said.

Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said he had one question for the SEC if it did decide to add the Longhorns and their Horns Up hand sign to the conference?

“Is Horns Down going to be a be a 15-yard penalty in the SEC (as it can be at times in the Big 12)?” Drinkwitz said. “I asked Commissioner Sankey and he said ‘no comment.'”


NFL clubs this week begin on-field preparations for the 2021 season. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, who meet in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on August 5 (8:00 PM ET, FOX) in Canton, OH, have rookies and veterans reporting Wednesday and will be the first clubs to have their entire teams on-site.  

The defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who host Dallas in the league’s annual primetime kickoff game on September 9 (8:20 PM ET, NBC), have rookies reporting on Tuesday, with veterans reporting on Saturday.  

Also on Tuesday, rookies will report for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Jets. For every club except Dallas, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, veterans will report Tuesday, July 27.

On Saturday, July 31, for the first time ever, all 32 clubs will hold practice with club-led fan events. July 31 will be branded as Training Camp: Back Together Saturday Fueled By Gatorade, with NFL Network providing 13 hours of live coverage, beginning at 9:00 AM ET. NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” kicks off July 26, providing extensive coverage of training camps throughout the summer.

In a growing trend, 21 clubs have scheduled joint practices with other teams. The Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams (August 7 at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA) are the first teams scheduled to see another club’s jersey during camp. The Rams are among seven teams that will practice against multiple opponents. Carolina, Miami, New England, the New York Giants, New York Jets and Philadelphia also will see two foes in camp.

This summer will also feature the return of several clubs holding camp away from their facilities, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced every team to “stay home” for camp last year.

Five clubs will be spending the entirety of camp away from their facilities – Carolina (Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC), Dallas (Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA), Indianapolis (Grand Park in Westfield, IN), Kansas City (Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO) and the Los Angeles Rams (University of California, Irvine). Washington will spend its first five days of camp at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA, before returning home to its facility in Ashburn, VA, for the remainder of camp. 

Not including last year, the 26 clubs (81 percent) that are opting to “stay home” this summer are the most since 2000. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

The number of NFL teams that stayed home for the entirety of training camp since 2000:

200010 of 31 (32%)201119 of 32 (59%)
20019 of 31 (29%)201219 of 32 (59%)
200210 of 32 (31%)201320 of 32 (63%)
200314 of 32 (44%)201420 of 32 (63%)
200415 of 32 (47%)201521 of 32 (66%)
200517 of 32 (53%)201620 of 32 (63%)
200615 of 32 (47%)201721 of 32 (66%)
200716 of 32 (50%)201821 of 32 (66%)
200815 of 32 (47%)201922 of 32 (69%)
200917 of 32 (53%)2020*32 of 32 (100%)
201017 of 32 (53%)202126 of 32 (81%)

The following is a list of joint-practice sessions scheduled for 2021

8/7L.A. RamsDallasOxnard, CA
8/11DenverMinnesotaEagan, MN
8/11MiamiChicagoLake Forest, IL
8/12CarolinaIndianapolisWestfield, IN
8/16New EnglandPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
8/18AtlantaMiamiMiami Gardens, FL
8/18BaltimoreCarolinaSpartanburg, SC
8/18Las VegasL.A. RamsIrvine, CA
8/18N.Y. JetsGreen BayGreen Bay, WI
8/18TennesseeTampa BayTampa, FL
8/19N.Y. GiantsClevelandBerea, OH
8/19San FranciscoL.A. ChargersCosta Mesa, CA
8/24PhiladelphiaN.Y. JetsFlorham Park, NJ
8/25N.Y. GiantsNew EnglandFoxborough, MA

The following is a list of training-camp sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

ArizonaState Farm StadiumGlendale, AZ7/227/27
AtlantaIMB Performance FieldFlowery Branch, GA7/277/27
BaltimoreUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, MD7/207/27
BuffaloADPRO Training CenterOrchard Park, NY7/207/27
CarolinaWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC7/277/27
ChicagoHalas HallLake Forest, IL7/247/27
CincinnatiPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH7/247/27
ClevelandCleveland Browns Training FacilityBerea, OH7/247/27
DallasMarriott Residence Inn at River RidgeOxnard, CA7/217/21
DenverUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, CO7/247/27
DetroitDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, MI7/247/27
Green BayLambeau FieldGreen Bay, WI7/237/27
HoustonHouston Texans Training FacilityHouston, TX7/257/27
IndianapolisGrand ParkWestfield, IN7/247/27
JacksonvilleTIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, FL7/207/27
Kansas CityMissouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO7/237/27
Las VegasIntermountain Healthcare Performance CenterHenderson, NV7/247/27
L.A. ChargersHoag Performance Center & Jack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, CA7/277/27
L.A. RamsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA7/257/27
MiamiBaptist Health Training ComplexMiami Gardens, FL7/277/27
MinnesotaTCO Performance CenterEagan, MN7/257/27
New EnglandGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA7/207/27
New OrleansOchsner Sports Performance CenterMetairie, LA7/257/27
N.Y. GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training CenterEast Rutherford, NJ7/217/27
N.Y. JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, NJ7/207/27
PhiladelphiaNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, PA7/277/27
PittsburghHeinz FieldPittsburgh, PA7/217/21
San FranciscoSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, CA7/277/27
SeattleVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, WA7/277/27
Tampa BayAdventHealth Training CenterTampa, FL7/207/24
TennesseeSt. Thomas Sports ParkNashville, TN7/247/27
WashingtonBon Secours Training Center (Richmond) & INOVA Sports Performance Center (Ashburn)Richmond, VA (7/27-7/31), Ashburn, VA (8/1-9/3)7/277/27


(All times Eastern)

Thursday, August 5NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas CowboysFOX (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 1
Thursday, August 12Washington Football Team at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 13Buffalo Bills at Detroit LionsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 13Dallas Cowboys at Arizona CardinalsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Miami Dolphins at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Denver Broncos at Minnesota VikingsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville JaguarsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 15Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis ColtsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Preseason Week 2
Thursday, August 19New England Patriots at Philadelphia EaglesNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 20Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona CardinalsESPN (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 20Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football TeamNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21Buffalo Bills at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21New York Jets at Green Bay PackersNFLN (4:25 PM)
Saturday, August 21Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh SteelersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Saturday, August 21Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22New York Giants at Cleveland BrownsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles ChargersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Monday, August 23Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans SaintsESPN (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 3
Friday, August 27Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Green Bay Packers at Buffalo BillsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Chicago Bears at Tennessee TitansNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle SeahawksNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas CowboysNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati BengalsCBS (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Las Vegas Raiders at San Francisco 49ersNFLN (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29New England Patriots at New York GiantsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Cleveland Browns at Atlanta FalconsNBC (8:00 PM)


3M Open
Jul. 22-25, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1tRickie Fowler64   -7 (64)F
1tTroy Merritt64   -7 (64)F
1tJhonattan Vegas64   -7 (64)F
4tScott Stallings65   -6 (65)F
4tAdam Schenk65   -6 (65)F
4tRoger Sloan-6   -616
7tChris Baker66   -5 (66)F
7tChez Reavie66   -5 (66)F
7tMichael Gellerman-5   -517
10tCameron Tringale67   -4 (67)F
10tMaverick McNealy67   -4 (67)F
10tAdam Hadwin67   -4 (67)F
10tRyan Armour67   -4 (67)F
10tDavid Lingmerth67   -4 (67)F
10tCharl Schwartzel67   -4 (67)F
10tRyan Brehm67   -4 (67)F
10tBo Hoag67   -4 (67)F
10tJosh Teater67   -4 (67)F
10tChesson Hadley67   -4 (67)F
10tNick Watney67   -4 (67)F
21tTom Lewis68   -3 (68)F
21tSepp Straka68   -3 (68)F
21tFabian Gomez68   -3 (68)F
21tLuke List68   -3 (68)F
21tRussell Knox68   -3 (68)F
21tLouis Oosthuizen68   -3 (68)F
21tKeegan Bradley68   -3 (68)F
21tJason Dufner68   -3 (68)F
21tJimmy Walker68   -3 (68)F
21tDoug Ghim68   -3 (68)F
21tMark Hubbard68   -3 (68)F
21tErik van Rooyen68   -3 (68)F
21tLucas Herbert68   -3 (68)F
21tBrice Garnett68   -3 (68)F
21tTed Potter, Jr.68   -3 (68)F
21tWyndham Clark68   -3 (68)F
21tBeau Hossler68   -3 (68)F
38tRafa Cabrera Bello69   -2 (69)F
38tBen Martin69   -2 (69)F
38tBrian Gay69   -2 (69)F
38tKevin Tway69   -2 (69)F
38tCameron Champ69   -2 (69)F
38tKyoung-Hoon Lee69   -2 (69)F
38tGary Woodland69   -2 (69)F
38tSteve Stricker69   -2 (69)F
38tScott Brown69   -2 (69)F
38tHank Lebioda69   -2 (69)F
38tVincent Whaley69   -2 (69)F
38tM.J. Daffue69   -2 (69)F
38tMichael Gligic69   -2 (69)F
38tJonathan Byrd69   -2 (69)F
38tCameron Percy69   -2 (69)F
38tDenny McCarthy69   -2 (69)F
38tSam Ryder69   -2 (69)F
38tStewart Cink69   -2 (69)F
38tLuke Donald69   -2 (69)F
38tDylan Frittelli69   -2 (69)F
38tBrandt Snedeker69   -2 (69)F
38tMatthew Wolff69   -2 (69)F
38tMatt Kuchar69   -2 (69)F
38tKeith Mitchell69   -2 (69)F
38tJ.T. Poston69   -2 (69)F
38tCamilo Villegas69   -2 (69)F
64tPeter Malnati70   -1 (70)F
64tDustin Johnson70   -1 (70)F
64tSergio Garcia70   -1 (70)F
64tJoel Dahmen70   -1 (70)F
64tBo Van Pelt70   -1 (70)F
64tBrandon Hagy70   -1 (70)F
64tJames Hahn70   -1 (70)F
64tChris Kirk70   -1 (70)F
64tJohn Pak70   -1 (70)F
64tMito Pereira70   -1 (70)F
64tKyle Stanley70   -1 (70)F
64tMatt Every70   -1 (70)F
64tBrian Stuard70   -1 (70)F
64tPatrick Reed70   -1 (70)F
64tNate Lashley70   -1 (70)F
64tAdam Long70   -1 (70)F
64tD.A. Points70   -1 (70)F
64tJoseph Bramlett-1   -117
64tKiradech Aphibarnrat-1   -117
83tRyan Blaum71   E (71)F
83tPatrick Rodgers71   E (71)F
83tBill Haas71   E (71)F
83tRob Oppenheim71   E (71)F
83tGreg Chalmers71   E (71)F
83tKevin Stadler71   E (71)F
83tRobert Streb71   E (71)F
83tDavid Hearn71   E (71)F
83tBen Taylor71   E (71)F
83tNorman Xiong71   E (71)F
83tTyler McCumber71   E (71)F
83tJohn Huh71   E (71)F
83tCameron Davis71   E (71)F
83tMichael Kim71   E (71)F
83tSung Kang71   E (71)F
83tBronson Burgoon71   E (71)F
83tHunter Mahan71   E (71)F
83tJohnson Wagner71   E (71)F
83tShawn Stefani71   E (71)F
83tZack SucherE   E16
103tRobert MacIntyre72   +1 (72)F
103tBubba Watson72   +1 (72)F
103tTony Finau72   +1 (72)F
103tScott Piercy72   +1 (72)F
103tAndrew Landry72   +1 (72)F
103tPatton Kizzire72   +1 (72)F
103tPat Perez72   +1 (72)F
103tCharles Howell III72   +1 (72)F
103tSean O’Hair72   +1 (72)F
103tRicky Barnes72   +1 (72)F
103tAngus Flanagan72   +1 (72)F
103tHarry Higgs72   +1 (72)F
103tAaron Baddeley72   +1 (72)F
103tScott Harrington72   +1 (72)F
103tSatoshi Kodaira72   +1 (72)F
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NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

(AP) — NFL teams have been warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week.

“As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Goodell says the league doesn’t not anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within 18-week regular season.

However, forfeits are among the consequences.

“If a game can’t be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc,” Goodell says in the memo.

For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win.

The league says more than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80% of their players, and more than 75% of players are in the process of being vaccinated.

Nearly all clubs have vaccinated 100% of their Tier 1 and 2 staffs. Teams have appropriate protocols set up for staffers who have not been vaccinated, consistent with the guidance given last April.

Among the other key points in the memo:

– If a vaccinated person tests positive and is asymptomatic, he or she will be isolated and contact tracing will promptly occur. The positive individual will be permitted to return to duty after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart, and will thereafter be tested every two weeks or as directed by the medical staffs. Vaccinated individuals will not be subject to quarantine as a result of close contact with an infected person.

– If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the protocols from 2020 will remain in effect. The person will be isolated for a period of 10 days and will then be permitted to return to duty if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be subject to a five-day quarantine period if they have close contact with an infected individual.

– Anyone who had a previous COVID-19 infection will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have had at least one dose of an approved vaccine.

Jets’ Knapp dies after being struck by car while biking

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died Thursday of injuries suffered in an accident when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday near his home in California. He was 58.

Knapp’s family released a statement through the team that the longtime NFL assistant coach died at 2:32 p.m. EDT.

“Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven, where he will be reunited with his Dad,” the statement said.

The family said in the statement that Knapp never regained consciousness after being hit by the car in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He was surrounded by wife Charlotte, daughters Jordan, Natalie and Camille, his mother and brother when he died.

“Greg’s infectious personality is most people’s first and lasting memory of him,” the family said. “The phrase, `He never met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for life. He had a unique gift to make everyone feel special, and to Knapper, they all were.

“While his family, friends and players still had so much to learn from him and desperately wished they had more time with him, God called an audible and wanted to go over the game plan directly with him. It will certainly be a masterpiece, just like Greg!”

Knapp, who lived in Danville, California, was hired by the Jets in January as part of new coach Robert Saleh’s staff, serving as the passing-game specialist.

“The loss of a loved one is always a challenge, but is harder when it is completely unexpected,” Saleh said in a statement issued by the team. “Charlotte, Jordan, Natalie and Camille, please accept our most sincere condolences. Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards. He lived life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life in a unique way. In his short time here, I believe the people in this organization had a chance to experience that connection.

“Greg, thank you for all that you have shared with us. You will be missed, brother.”

Among Knapp’s primary roles with the Jets was to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick.

“Man this is hard,” Wilson wrote on Instagram. “Huge impact on my life in only a few months. Love you coach Knapper.”

Knapp was well-liked and respected in NFL circles and he established himself as a quarterback guru and one of the league’s top offensive-minded coaches. Among the other quarterbacks he coached during his career were Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.

Several of Knapp’s former teams and players posted tributes and sent condolences to the coach’s family on social media.

“From all-time greats like Peyton Manning to young players just starting their careers, Greg was a trusted confidant and the very definition of a `quarterback whisperer,'” the Denver Broncos said in a statement. “More importantly, the connections and friendships he forged with players, coaches and staff – as well as their families – were genuine and special.”

Barry Alvarez Named Big Ten Conference Special Advisor for Football

ROSEMONT, Ill. – During his opening address at 2021 Big Ten Football Media Days, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren announced that Barry Alvarez has been named Special Advisor for Football. Alvarez will begin his new role on August 2, 2021.

A legendary figure in both college football and the Big Ten Conference, the former University of Wisconsin head football coach and Director of Athletics earned membership in the College Football, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Wisconsin Halls of Fame.

“Barry has been blessed with an illustrious career in college athletics and his impact on college football and the Big Ten Conference has been significant,” said Warren. “He understands the history and traditions of the Big Ten. I trust Barry and we look forward to working with him on relevant football-related issues and building upon the strong relationships we have with the College Football Playoff, our broadcast and bowl partners, as well as our member institutions and student-athletes.”

Alvarez concluded his 32nd year at the University of Wisconsin in 2021, including his 18th as Director of Athletics and after serving as head football coach for 16 seasons (1990-2005). Alvarez concluded his career leading the Badgers in June 2021. 

Following his arrival at Wisconsin in 1990, Alvarez led Wisconsin to the first Rose Bowl victory in school history in just his third season as head coach. One of just 16 football coaches in Big Ten history to win at least 100 games at one school, Alvarez retired from coaching after the 2005 season as Wisconsin’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 119-74-4. He led the Badgers to three Big Ten titles, three Rose Bowl victories and coached Heisman Trophy winner, running back Ron Dayne (1999).

Alvarez was named Director of Athletics in 2004 and spent two years in the dual roles of Director of Athletics and head football coach. Wisconsin enjoyed remarkable success during Alvarez’s tenure at the head of the athletic department, winning a combined 16 team national titles and 74 conference regular-season or tournament crowns. In 2017-18, he earned Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year honors.

Big Ten Conference Creates the George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship

ROSEMONT, Ill. – During his opening address at 2021 Big Ten Football Media Days, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren announced the creation of the George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship.

The George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship will provide individuals who have not historically had access to collegiate conference office leadership positions with an opportunity to work in the Office of the Commissioner and gain valuable experience in both the sports and business sectors.

“George and Viola Taliaferro had an incredibly profound impact on the United States Justice System, the State of Indiana, Indiana University, and all of college football. We are elated to have a fellowship position in the office of the commissioner that honors the legacies of both George and Viola, and it is our intention to hire qualified individuals who embody hard work, dedication, integrity, and perseverance.”

George Taliaferro was the leading rusher on Indiana’s 1945 Big Ten championship team that went 9-0-1, the only undefeated team in school history. During his four years in Bloomington, the three-time All-American led the Hoosiers in rushing twice and passing once. George was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

George became the first Black player drafted into the National Football League in 1949 when George Halas and the Chicago Bears drafted George in the 13th round. He was the first Black athlete to play quarterback in the NFL and the only man to play seven positions. George played for the New York Yanks from 1950-51, the Dallas Texans in 1952, the Baltimore Colts from 1953-54, and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1955, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1951 through 1953.

George later earned a master’s degree at Howard University, taught at the University of Maryland and served as Dean of Students at Morgan State University. At Indiana, George also spent two decades serving his alma mater in a number of capacities, including as a special assistant to the president, IUPUI chancellor and Dean of the School of Social Work. He was also active in helping the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Judge Viola “Vi” Taliaferro had already built a successful career in academia, social work, and administration before moving to Indiana and enrolling in law school, graduating in 1977. After practicing law for 12 years, Vi became the first African American to serve as magistrate and then judge in the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Indiana. She handled all county juvenile, paternity, probate, and mental health commitment cases.

Vi served as a consultant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and was on the National Research Council on Juvenile Crime. She was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute and has participated in various professional organizations. As a retired judge, she continues to do special projects for the Indiana Supreme Court.

Miami suspends S Williams after arrest on battery charges

MIAMI (AP) Miami has suspended second-year freshman safety Avantae Williams after his arrest on battery charges.

The school issued a statement Thursday saying Williams is suspended from all team activities.

Williams was arrested Wednesday night on three counts of aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, according to Miami-Dade County arrest records. He was booked into an area jail on a $10,000 bond.

According to a police report obtained by The Miami Herald, Williams’ arrest followed an argument with his child’s mother, who is also pregnant with his baby. The two had been living together.

After an argument about whether Williams was involved with someone else, Williams left and allegedly told her she should leave. When he returned, she was still there packing belongings, according to the report..

Williams allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair and threw her on a bed and then threw her out of the home according to the report. After a neighbor called 911, paramedics took her to a hospital and noted “multiple bruises to her arms,” a minor bruise on her neck and two broken fingernails.

The report stated Williams didn’t talk to police. It was unknown if he has an attorney..

Williams, from DeLand, Florida, was ranked as the No. 1 safety in the 2020 recruiting class but didn’t play last season.

FSU’s Milton ready to return 2 years after gruesome injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) Florida State transfer McKenzie Milton said he feels completely recovered from a gruesome knee injury that kept him out college football the last two years and is ready to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2021.

Milton has not played in a game since dislocating his right knee and suffering ligament, nerve and artery damage while playing for Central Florida in November of 2018. He worked with the UCF scout team last year prior to entering the transfer portal and played spring ball with the Seminoles.

“I feel comfortable out there,” Milton said during Atlantic Coast Conference media days on Thursday. “I feel like I can make all of the throws, I can run, I can jump. Physically, I feel fine.”

Prior to the injury Milton was a budding star in college football, going 27-6 in three seasons at Central Florida.

He’s won his last 24 starts, including leading the Knights to a 13-0 season in 2017. During his three seasons at UCF he accounted for 9,760 yards of total offense and 92 touchdowns.

Milton transferred to Florida State knowing Dillon Gabriel is firmly entrenched as Central Florida’s quarterback. At Florida State he will compete with Jordan Travis, who has seen limited action at quarterback for the Seminoles over the last two seasons.

“I promised him an opportunity to come and compete,” coach Mike Norvell said. “That’s what he was looking for, that’s what we were looking for – somebody that could come in with the leadership that he provides.”


North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said he hopes the Wolfpack football team can learn a lesson from the school’s baseball team, which lost its bid for a national championship when COVID-19 issues knocked the team out of the College World Series.

Doeren said it was “heartbreaking to watch” and felt terrible for baseball coach Elliott Avent and his players. Doeren said he’s talked with several of his players about vaccinations, and how to prevent virus issues from affecting their season.

“It’s not my job to make medical decisions for our football team,” Doeren said. “All I can do is educate them, get them around the people that can help them make great choices. That’s what I’m trying to do.”


Doeren wants to see the ACC take a page from last year’s pandemic-altered season and allow teams to play different conference opponents on a more regular basis.

As it stands now, the ACC is divided into two seven-team divisions with only two cross-divisional games each year, one of those against a pre-determined annual opponent. That means NC State can typically go seven years between games against nearby foes like Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“Some of our guys don’t ever get to play Duke,” Doeren said. “I just don’t think that’s a good way to put it together. That’s my opinion. I loved last year, playing as many teams as we got to play from the other side. What’s the best way to do that? That’s not for me to decide.”

NC State and Duke played each other every year from 1924 to 2003 with the only exception being in 1944 for World War II. But they’ve only played four times since the ACC expanded in 2004.


Wake Forest’s season is off to a rough start with the school announcing it will be without wide receiver Donavon Greene, linebacker Chase Monroe and offensive lineman Je’Vionte’ Nash for the 2021 season due to injuries sustained this offseason.

“These three young men will play a key role off the field this season as they work towards a speedy and safe recovery,” coach Dave Clawson said.


The quirks of a pandemic-altered scheduling rotation means Boston College has earned an unwanted gift: visiting Clemson for the third straight season.

“We need to figure out how many coaches have ever gotten the great opportunity to do that,” second-year BC coach Jeff Hafley said.

The Eagles and Tigers typically play each year and alternate venues as Atlantic Division opponents. BC last hosted Clemson in 2018, then visited the Tigers in 2019. But the league shuffled its 2020 schedule amid the pandemic to play a 10-game league ACC schedule and incorporate Notre Dame for a season, and that sent BC back to Clemson last year to play in front of limited fans in the famously rowdy Death Valley. They’re set to meet again on the same field Oct. 2.


Quarterbacks DJ Uiagalelei of Clemson and Sam Howell of North Carolina have agreed to endorsement deals with Bojangles, becoming the first college athletes to say, “It’s Bo Time!”

The restaurant chain already has deals with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Southeastern Conference and several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Michigan Wolverines

Press Conference

JIM HARBAUGH: Thank you. Thanks to Kevin too. This feels good to be back. I hope everybody’s enjoying themselves. It’s great to see everybody here. I know I’m here to have a really good day visiting with other coaches and also just seeing the players. They’ve made it really special. This is a really special thing for the players who get to come to this media day and represent their teams. But to see them in the locker room is, Kevin’s got us set up, and his staff has us setup in the Colts’ locker room with each of their jerseys there and got a gift bag and their name on the locker, and every single guy is taking a picture with their phone. So just want to thank Kevin, the entire Big-Ten staff, for putting this on. Excited to be here. Got three great guys with us today. Aidan Hutchinson, All-American-type football player. Also Hassan Haskins and Josh Ross. All three of those players are real football players, true football players, freaky in the nature of their athletic ability, compared with their strength, the force that they put out. And I can say all three guys, even better guys than football players. So no speech. We go right to questions.

Q. You have a number, you’ve had number of new coaching hires this off-season. Could you talk about what they bring to the program?

JIM HARBAUGH: Yeah. So there’s been a number of new hires on the coaching staff. The thing that I think they all have in common is just what they know about football, their experience, the teachers that they are. And the other thing is just how they have come together, really, the trust. When I sit in the defensive room and Mike MacDonald, our coordinator, is talking and there’s input coming from Coach Clink and George Helow and Shaun Nua, the dialog that’s going on in the room is really tremendous. There’s, Coach Bellamy, as well, has brought so much. And nobody’s afraid to talk. Nobody’s afraid to put their opinion out there and it gets batted around. I love that. There’s a tremendous analyst, Doug Mallory, Coach Oz, Joe. It’s a really good room, the GAs, Dillon and Steve, I mean, it’s almost like a scrimmage, almost like a scrimmage is going on, ideas are flowing and getting talked through, and it’s a fun, exciting room. You can tell that there’s trust. You can tell that there’s trust in the room. Guys can speak their mind and be heard and then they bat it around and they get to a good result. So that’s been tremendous.

I see the same thing offensively too. Common question, I mean, Josh Gattis going into his third year as the offensive coordinator and the guy that knows most about that room, the trust that he has in the other coaches on the offensive side of the ball, the trust that we all have in Josh and the same kind of free-flowing dialog and looking at the tape, you’re scheming, your putting in ideas, but that same kind of energy, that same kind of trust is there. Sherrone Moore coaching the offensive line, Jay Harbaugh, Mike Hart, all respected, all valued, doing a heck of a job. Matt Weiss has been a great addition coaching the quarterbacks, and also Steve Casula, analyst on offense, I love him, what he brings. Kyle DeVan, what he brings. To be in those meet things, both offensively and defensively, and to see the interaction, see the dialog, see the trust, has been, has exceeded my hopes and expectations.

Q. I know there’s a great quarterback competition that’s going on right now. I know with the departure of Shea, Milton transferring, it’s actually good to see that you got several bodies back there competing for the job. So kind of looking at what are you looking for besides leadership? What kind of attributes do you look for a starting quarterback and to get that intense last game of the season win?

JIM HARBAUGH: Well, you mentioned some of the great qualities that you need as a quarterback, being able to move the team, being able to put the ball, putting points on the board, drives, good at 11 on 11 football, making everybody else around you better. Those are the things you look for in a quarterback. And somebody that takes command. Is that leader on the field, when the offense is out there, coaches, kind of the 12th man, trying to put guys in position to be successful. But that quarterback is the, he’s the straw that’s stirring the drink. So right now, Cade McNamara is, has done a tremendous job. He played in some games last year and did very well, went through spring practice and was outstanding. So he’s our No. 1 quarterback going into fall camp.

You talk about taking the reins and leadership, that’s something that he has done. He has been that guy throughout the entire spring and the training cycle in the summer, by example, and also pulling other guys along with him. He’s a fiery competitor. He’s go the that gene, that he must win, must give it his best at all times.

And then J.J. McCarthy has some of those very same qualities and did an excellent job in spring practice. He’s fighting. He is, he’s got the athletic ability and the arm talent to get it done, but Cade McNamara is not letting him take it away, and that’s probably the best thing for our team and for J.J. and all of us. So that’s where we stand, as I see it, at quarterback. Dan Villari is a big, strong good athlete who has been improving his throwing mechanics and accuracy, velocity. Getting to the point where he can make all the throws very effectively as well. And also I want to see him contribute on special teams as well. I mean, why be the, why get — get on the field, help the team in any possible way that you can. I mean, yeah, the obvious example is going to be what Taysom Hill has been able to do. Maybe every football team is looking for that. I think we got that in a guy like Dan Villari that can be a dual threat quarterback and contribute to the team on special teams. But that’s in his hands how much of a desire he has to do that.

Alan Bowman, transferring in has had a good summer cycle. I’ve heard good things. I like his energy. I like the confidence that he has, the experience that he has. He’s played in a lot of football games. Tough guy and excited to watch him compete when we go to start the training camp.

But that’s, that’s pretty much where we’re at at the quarterback position and there’s actually a couple other guys I really like too and are doing a nice job, but hopefully that answers it.

Q. With Coach Macdonald, what did maybe you observe and maybe were impressed with most when he was with your brother in Baltimore and how do you envision him maybe changing your defense philosophically at least in the early stages?

JIM HARBAUGH: Yeah, the — I hadn’t been around Mike a lot, except the times I had gone to Baltimore and visited there and talked some football. My brother John was like, Yeah, this is the guy I would hire and probably would be our next defensive coordinator here in Baltimore after Wink. And what he liked about him, what he told me, when I asked him what he liked about him, he said he’s really smart, he was in on the ground floor of the Ravens when they changed their defense, invented their defense and their scheme. Very detailed and very good teacher.

So that, I had gotten a lot of recommendations from a lot of people that I really trust in football, that I’ve worked with and know extremely well. I mean, guys I love like a brother. But all that being said, this came from John and I even asked him, I said, John, I mean, that’s pretty awesome that you would recommend somebody you think so highly of that’s on your staff. And he said, Well, I really love Michigan football and I really love you, so I want to see you both be successful.

And then, of course, started talking to Mike through the interview process, Ward was involved as well, and we really felt Mike was great, what we were looking for, and then since that hire it’s worked out even better than I had hoped. Tremendous at coaching pretty much all the positions on defense and really good communicator, really good installer, really good on the field, really good at identifying traits in players and where they can be plugged into and then moved around, I mean, so that an offense can’t say, Well Aidan Hutchinson is going to be there, you know. He could be there, he could be there, he could be — all options are open.

And then as I said when I first started talking, just the way he’s involved the entire defensive staff, the trust that they have built in a very short time, the way they communicate, it’s been better than I had hoped.

Q. Losing Kwity Paye, a first round draft pick, it’s never easy, but the good news is you got Aidan back. So talk to me about how he has been this summer in practice, just been a leader and how he’s going to take your defense to the next level?

JIM HARBAUGH: Yeah, and I don’t know whether it’s losing a guy. Kwity graduated, he’s going on playing right here, right here in Indianapolis. So proud of him. I mean, he’s a guy that all the right things matter, he thinks about all the right things — talking about Kwity Paye. And then that is also Aidan Hutchinson in the very same way. True football player, real football player, he’s a big 267-pound guy that can move and move laterally, move forward, move backwards, move low, move quick. I mean, he’s got tremendous force, acceleration, mass, and a great desire to be good and to have his teammates be good. You talk about leadership, I mean pulling other guys in, holding himself accountable, holding other guys accountable. It’s the kind of player that as a coach, if you’re sitting down, you’re rolling up in your chair, if you’re standing up, I’m like leaning forward here to tell you that, yeah, this is one of my absolute favorite guys that I’ve coached. And for all the right reasons. He does everything that you would want him to do. He gets the best grades, wins the most awards, excels at sports. He’s a really good guy. Great family, honors his dad, but he’s also setting his own legacy and it’s all A plus, plus.

Q. You’ve won a lot of games but you haven’t beaten Ohio State and you haven’t won the Big Ten championship. Where do you think the program stands right now, what steps need to be taken to take that next step and do you feel rejuvenated by the coaching changes?

JIM HARBAUGH: Well I’m here before you, I’m as enthusiastic excited as I ever am, always am, even more to have at it, to win the championship, to win the, to beat Ohio, your hometown there. Our rival is Michigan State, everybody, that’s what we want to do. And we’re going to do it or die trying, you know.

It’s like — I was talking to my daughter this summer, we were going up this, we were climbing Sarah, Addy and I were going up this mountain, it was like a mountain climb — I don’t know how high it was, but it was pretty high, we probably did 15,000 steps to get up there, she was counting it on her phone. And we were getting up close to the top and I remember she said, We got to apex, dad, we got to get to the top. You’re darn right we do. We got to get there. That’s what we got to do. We got apex this, we got to get to the top. She’s got that gene in her and I was darn glad to see it.

And I tell you I got that gene in me, and some of the guys we talked about here already, Aidan Hutchinson, Hassan, Josh Ross and a lot others, we got that gene in us, we got to get to the top.

Kim earns 5th straight win on birthday, Cards beat Cubs 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Kwang Hyun-Kim earned his fifth straight win on his 34th birthday and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Thursday night.

Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson homered as the Cardinals improved to a game over .500 at 49-48. It’s the Cardinals first winning record since being 36-35 after winning the first game of a doubleheader at Atlanta on June 20.

“I don’t think that the goal here is just to finish over .500.” Arenado said. “We’re looking at way more important things, and we’ve just got to continue to compete. We should finish over .500, but we want to get into the playoffs.

“This series, it was a tough series,” Arenado said. “We had one tough loss. To come back these last two days with the same energy, same fire, it’s really important. I think that’s what winning teams do.”

Kim (6-5) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.

“The past two months, I did not have a win, so that was really a tough time,” Kim said via interpreter Craig Choi. “Since today was my fifth consecutive win, I want this to extend for two months to the end of the season.”

Kim’s last loss came in the second game of the doubleheader on June 20.

“He’s been really good with every outing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s given us more than a chance to win, which we’ve done. Good tonight, ahead of hitters, got leadoff hitters out.”

Ryan Helsley and T.J. McFarland each pitched a scoreless inning. Alex Reyes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 23rd save after suffering his first career blown save on Tuesday night.

Carlson lined a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for his ninth home run of the season. It was his first career leadoff home run and first for the Cardinals this season.

Arenado plated Carlson in the third inning with his team-leading 19th homer of the season, giving St. Louis a 3-0 lead.

Adbert Alzolay (4-10) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts in six innings. He is winless in his last seven starts.

“I thought Adbert threw the ball pretty well,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He settled in and it was nice for him to get up over 100 pitches and give us six complete. It was a really nice outing by him.”

Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double to right-center field in the fourth inning to cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2. He is the first hitter to get an extra base hit off Kim since Pittsburgh’s Kevin Newman doubled on June 25.

Marisnick’s hit snapped Kim’s then MLB-best 24 2/3-inning scoreless streak. It was the third-longest by a Korean-born pitcher, trailing only Chan Ho Park’s 33 innings and Hyun Jin Ryu’s 32-inning streak. Kim had not allowed an earned run in July before this outing.

“I did notice that about the streak,” Kim said. “I saw the article and I kind of wished someone didn’t write the article because after the article was released normally I do give up runs.

Play was stopped for about four minutes in the bottom of the seventh after Dillon Maples hit Edmundo Sosa in the helmet with a 95 mph fastball. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras immediately summoned the Cardinals training staff. After a few anxious minutes of tests and observation, Sosa remained in the game.

Haase, Tigers win 7th straight, finish sweep of Rangers

DETROIT (AP) Eric Haase hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games by topping the slumping Texas Rangers 7-5 on Thursday.

Zack Short and Victor Reyes also homered for the Tigers, who completed a four-game sweep and a perfect post-All-Star break homestand.

“I’m proud of our entire team’s performance,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s a really good homestand to kick-start the second half. It’s a nice feeling right now. We feel really good about how we’re playing and we’re getting results.”

Texas has lost nine straight, equaling its longest slide this season. David Dahl and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each drove in two runs for the Rangers.

Kyle Funkhouser (4-0), the fourth Tigers pitcher, gave up one run in two innings. Starter Tyler Alexander allowed one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. Gregory Soto got the last three outs for his 11th save and third in as many days.

Detroit entered the All-Star break on a four-game skid.

“Having fun is winning,” Alexander said. “We’ve been hitting the ball well, we’ve been throwing the ball well, our bullpen has been doing a great job. So the more you win, the better the environment is.”

Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-10) surrendered six runs, five earned, on five hits in four innings. Foltynewicz was obviously frustrated when things went sour and manager Chris Woodward wasn’t pleased.

“We’ve got to be tougher,” Woodward said. “We’ve got to almost embrace how difficult this time is. We’ve got to be stronger as a group and individually, we’ve got to take ownership.”

Haase’s 15th homer this season made it 3-0, and Victor Reyes hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

“When you have a chance to sweep a team in a three-game or four-game series, if you can take a quick lead, it does make you feel better in your own dugout,” Hinch said. “Haase did that with the three-run homer.”

Texas scored in the fourth on Andy Ibanez’s bloop single. Detroit responded with back-to-back homers from Short and Reyes.

The Rangers pulled within 6-4 in the sixth on Dahl’s RBI single and Kiner-Falefa’s two-run single, but they never got closer.

“Once (Alexander) got out of the game, we strung together some good at-bats, especially in big spots,” Woodward said. “There were some big moments where we got a little unlucky in some of those later innings. We hit some balls hard and just didn’t find any grass.”

Yanks reliever throws 4 wild pitches in 10th, Red Sox rally

BOSTON (AP) It took most of a rainy night at Fenway Park for the Red Sox to find their offense. It took one wild inning by reliever Brooks Kriske for the Yankees to squander an opportunity to gain valuable ground on their longtime rivals.

Kike Hernandez hit a two-run double that tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, and Boston took advantage of a record four wild pitches by Kriske in the 10th to rally past New York 5-4 on Thursday.

“That’s why you play until the last out is made,” Hernandez said. “Pitchers did a good job of keeping us in the game.”

Xander Bogaerts scored on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Renfroe in the 10th to win the opener of a four-game series. The victory was Boston’s third straight and snapped New York’s four-game winning streak.

Boston also remained one game up on Tampa Bay in the AL East. The third-place Yankees, who have lost eight of 10 to the Red Sox this season, are eight games back.

Matt Barnes (5-2), the sixth Red Sox pitcher of the night, gave up a run in the 10th but got the win. Kriske (1-1) allowed Boston’s final two runs for a blown save, becoming the first major leaguer to throw four wild pitches in a single extra inning, according to STATS.

All of them came on splitters that bounced.

“It was just pure execution,” said Kriske, optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the loss. “It’s part of the game. I’ve got to do a better job.”

New York took a 4-3 lead in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner that scored Tyler Wade.

Boston quickly tied it in the bottom half thanks in large part to Kriske’s quartet of wild pitches. His first one moved automatic runner Rafael Devers to third base, and a second pitch in the dirt allowed him to score.

After Bogaerts walked, Kriske’s control issues continued. Two more wild pitches got Bogaerts to third, setting up Renfroe’s game-ending fly to right.

New York took a 3-1 lead into the ninth. But after striking out Christian Vazquez for the first out, right-hander Chad Green gave up back-to-back singles to Alex Verdugo and Bobby Dalbec. One out later, Hernandez tied the game when his double to deep left-center scored Verdugo and pinch-runner Jarren Duran.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he had no regrets going to Green in the ninth, despite Luis Cessa pitching a scoreless eighth. Boone said the plan was for Cessa to go one inning after throwing 30 pitches two nights ago.

“I felt good about (Green) in a save situation tonight,” Boone said.

The Red Sox came in having totaled 20 runs in back-to-back wins over the Blue Jays. But they were kept at bay early by starter Jordan Montgomery, who allowed three hits with six strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Yankees also might have been aided by a 55-minute rain delay in the fifth while clinging to a 1-0 lead. The long pause prompted Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull starter Tanner Houck, who had been pitching well in his first major league start since April.

Houck allowed one run and two hits over 4 2/3 innings, struck out eight and walked two before taking a seat for the night.

New York took a 1-0 lead into the seventh when Boston loaded the bases for Hernandez with one out after Wade mishandled Michael Chavis’ hard grounder to third.

Hernandez popped out to short center, but it was enough for Verdugo to beat Estevan Florial’s throw home with a headfirst slide to tie the game.

Rays get Nelson Cruz in trade, rally to beat Indians in 10

CLEVELAND (AP) No deficit scares these rallying Rays.

Hours after adding slugger Nelson Cruz to their lineup in a major trade, Tampa Bay stormed back for a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night with Austin Meadows delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning.

Meadows’ one-out liner on an 0-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw (3-4) brought home Randy Arozarena from second base.

It was the second straight game-winning hit for Meadows, who had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth to beat Baltimore on Wednesday.

It was also the 30th come-from-behind victory this season for Tampa Bay.

“It seems like everyday there’s a new hero,” Meadows said. “It feels like momentum is always on our side.”

Down 4-2 in the ninth, the Rays rallied to tie it against closer James Karinchak on a leadoff homer by Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe’s clutch double with two outs.

Pete Fairbanks (3-3) pitched the ninth and Diego Castillo struck out Franmil Reyes and Bobby Bradley with the potential tying run at third in the 10th for his 14th save.

The Rays announced their acquisition of Cruz just before the first pitch.

Needing a big bat for the playoff push, Tampa Bay got a potent one from the disappointing Twins.

The Rays sent minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman to Minnesota for the 41-year-old Cruz and right-hander Calvin Faucher. Cruz has 436 career homers, and his presence alone will re-shape Tampa Bay’s lineup.

“We’re definitely getting a high-quality hitter and a high-quality person,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who has known Cruz for years and recently managed him in the All-Star Game. “There’s guys that can naturally hit and he does it.”

Reyes made Tampa Bay pay for a curious strategy by hitting a three-run homer while helping the Indians take a 4-1 lead, but Cleveland’s bullpen collapsed with Karnichak giving up two runs in the ninth.

“Unfortunately, failure is a part of the game,” Karinchak said. “You know that coming in. But I’m going to keep trusting the process, keep sticking to myself and keep working on it every day and believing in myself.

“Unfortunately there’s bumps in the road, but you keep on board.”

Reyes connected off Luis Patino in the third inning after Cash inexplicably had the right-hander intentionally walk struggling Jose Ramirez (hitless in his last 11 at-bats) with two outs to face Cleveland’s dangerous DH.

Indians starter Cal Quantrill allowed just one run in six strong innings.

In the third, Reyes, who hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat Kansas City in a similar situation on July 8, lined a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left field for his 17th homer – and sixth in 13 games since being activated from the injured list.

As he rounded third, Reyes defiantly shook his index finger as if to warn the Rays about challenging him.

Mayfield’s 3-run homer off Maeda leads Angels past Twins 3-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Heaney found his groove, retiring the last 11 batters he faced.

The left-hander rediscovered his belief in his own ability, too.

Jack Mayfield hit a three-run homer and Heaney finished seven innings for his longest start of the season, leading the Los Angeles Angels past Minnesota 3-2 on Thursday night after the Twins traded away All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz.

“He kept getting better, and that’s why I wanted to stay with him,” manager Joe Maddon said about his starter.

Heaney (6-7) gave up just four hits, two walks and two runs with seven strikeouts, the left-hander’s most effective appearance in six weeks.

“For my confidence, frankly I needed it to happen,” Heaney said.

Heaney fell behind 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Willians Astudillo and a run-scoring groundout from Gilberto Celestino, but Mayfield picked him up in the following inning.

“There’s times when you’re not going good that you just start doubting,” said Heaney, who lowered his ERA to 5.32, still his worst mark for any season he’s topped 30 innings. “I can almost promise you that there’s a lot of other guys that feel that way, even the best players in the game.”

The Twins didn’t muster much more offense than that, with Cruz – their clubhouse leader and best hitter – now conspicuously missing from the lineup after a deal that sent the 41-year-old designated hitter to Tampa Bay.

“I think the whole team had a consensus of being a little sad to hear the news. I think that’s where we were as a team today before the game,” Twins starter Kenta Maeda said through his translator.

First baseman Miguel Sano paid tribute by wearing his friend’s game pants.

“They both wear pretty good-sized pants, so to the eye, I could not tell any difference. But I bet it meant a lot to Miguel to be doing that, and probably Nellie, too,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Maeda (4-4) managed just fine against his most famous fellow countryman, with two strikeouts and no hits allowed for Japanese hitting-pitching sensation Shohei Ohtani.

The problem for Maeda, who had given up only seven hits and three runs with 25 strikeouts in 16 innings over his previous three starts, was at the bottom of the order. In the fifth, Jose Iglesias hit his second double of the game, and Adam Eaton followed with a single.

Then Mayfield, a career .170 hitter filling in at third base with Anthony Rendon on the mend, drove a 3-2 slider into the left field seats for a 3-2 lead.

Raisel Iglesias picked up his 20th save with a perfect ninth inning.

Sean Manaea fans career-best 13, Oakland tops Seattle 4-1

SEATTLE (AP) Sean Manaea struck out a career-high 13 in seven strong innings, Ramon Laureano drove in a two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 Thursday night in the opener of a 10-game road trip.

Manaea was overpowering in winning for the first time since June 14, after having lost his previous four decisions. The left-hander’s dominance combined with just enough offense got Oakland’s important road trip off to a winning start.

Manaea mixed his fastball with a sweeping curveball and changeup to get 18 swings and misses from Seattle batters. Ten of the first 15 outs recorded by the A’s came on strikeouts, and eight of the nine batters in Seattle’s lineup struck out against the Manaea (7-6), who allowed just three walks.

Tom Murphy was the only Seattle batter not to strike out against Manaea. He grounded out, walked and hit a long solo home run on a 1-2 pitch in the seventh inning that pulled Seattle within 2-1.

It was one of three hits allowed by Manaea, who threw 106 pitches and was lifted after the seventh inning.

Sergio Romo pitched the eighth and Lou Trivino tossed the ninth for his 16th save.

Laureano had a pair of RBI singles, the second coming in the eighth inning off Rafael Montero as the A’s scored twice. Matt Olson also had a sacrifice fly in the inning.

Laureano’s first RBI came in the fifth inning as the last of three two-out hits that scored Oakland’s first run. Laureano’s grounder off the leg of Seattle starter Chris Flexen allowed Elvis Andrus to score.

Mitch Moreland and Ryan Murphy had back-to-back doubles with one out in the sixth inning, ending Flexen’s night.

Flexen (9-4), who had won his last three starts, lost for the first time since June 2 when he was bested by the A’s. Flexen allowed two runs and failed to get through six innings for just the second time in 10 starts.

Swanson’s slam powers Braves over Phillies 7-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dansby Swanson hit his first career grand slam, Orlando Arcia added a solo shot and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Thursday night to inch closer in the NL East race.

Charlie Morton (9-4) allowed two earned runs over six innings and struck out eight in his latest strong start. Morton has gone six or more innings in six of his last seven starts, with a 2.40 ERA during that stretch.

With the victory, the Braves – winners of the last three NL East titles – closed within four games of the idle New York Mets and tied Philadelphia for second place at 47-48.

“We’ve done a good job of preventing us from slipping into a hole by losing eight or nine in a row – that hasn’t happened,” Morton said. “We have to get into the reverse of that (go on a winning streak) and we’re capable of it. It doesn’t matter who were are playing because this division is so tight. I just think our team is really good and needs to go on one of those streaks.”

It came after the Braves arrived in Philadelphia early Thursday morning following a split-admission doubleheader at home against San Diego that began at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday and didn’t see the second game suspended due to rain until just after 10:30 p.m. Atlanta came out aggressive in the first game of an eight-game divisional road trip to Philadelphia and New York

“It was a long night last night and a short morning,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “But it was good to see them pushing the envelope a little bit early on.”

Meanwhile, the Phillies have lost three in a row after starting July on a 10-4 run to climb back above .500.

“Momentum is always the starting pitcher on the next day,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “And we need a big start from (Zack) Wheeler tomorrow.”

Atlanta did most of its offensive damage against Phillies starter Matt Moore, who allowed six earned runs in six innings. Swanson, who was in an 0-for-14 slump and moved down to the fifth spot from the second spot in the order, landed the big blow in the third when he sent a fastball from Moore into the seats in left field for his 17th homer to make it 5-0.

“That may have been my first one of my 20-year baseball career,” Swanson said. “It was a cool moment. It was a great way to start the road trip: get some runs early and take control of the game early. Being up five runs after that was the biggest thing. That set the tone for the game.”

Added Moore: “That was as poor of a pitch as I made all night to Swanson. I think that while I did load the bases in that inning, there were a couple of pitches where I executed well. But I have to be able to wiggle us out of it somehow.”

The Braves shortstop has been better on the road than at home lately, connecting for five homers in his last 15 road games with a .316 batting average. During Atlanta’s last homestand, Swanson had only two hits in 22 at-bats in his last five games since the All-Star break.

“I was happy for Dansby,” Snitker said. “It was a huge hit to get on the board early. We had a lot of energy and emotion (after that).”

Arcia began the fourth with a solo homer, his second of the season, to make it 6-0.

Morton cruised for most of the night before stumbling a bit in the seventh when Didi Gregorius hit a leadoff triple and Odubel Herrera followed with an RBI double. Luke Jackson replaced Morton and got two outs before allowing Jean Segura’s RBI single that made it 6-2.

“I think the four-seamer was better than it has been,” Morton said. “Tonight, I did a pretty good job of elevating and staying behind it. I was throwing my curveball well and the changeup was there. We did a pretty good of mixing and getting back into the zone when I lost it. All in all, was a good effort.”

The Braves added a run in the ninth when Austin Riley drew a bases-loaded walk off Mauricio Llovera.

Snell, Profar power Padres to 3-2 victory over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Blake Snell allowed one run in six-plus innings, Jurickson Profar had two hits and two RBIs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night.

The Padres left-hander scattered three hits, struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing since June 4, when he pitched seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets. Snell (4-3) had not gone past four innings in his two previous starts. He was lifted after allowing a leadoff double in the seventh inning to pinch-hitter Isan Diaz.

“The first inning was really frustrating because I felt good and I was nowhere near the zone,” Snell said. “I finally got into a rhythm and started attacking the zone. The fastball-slider was a good mix today.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. struck out three times and was hitless in four at-bats. He walked in the fifth, stole his NL-leading 23rd base and eventually scored on Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly.

Austin Adams relieved Snell with a 3-0 lead and hit Jon Berti with a slider that bounced off the back of his head. An attentive Berti stayed on the ground while treated by Marlins training staff before leaving the game. He was replaced by pinch-runner John Curtiss.

Berti was diagnosed with a concussion and also sustained a laceration which required three stitches.

“It’s great to see him get up and walk but the news is not great,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Adams allowed Joe Panik’s one-out RBI single, which advanced Curtiss to second. After retiring Sandy Leon, Adams walked Miguel Rojas and Starling Marte, forcing in a run. Emilio Pagan relieved Adams and retired Jesus Aguilar on an inning-ending fly out to right. Pagan got the first two outs of the eighth before Tim Hill retired pinch hitter Magneuris Sierra on a groundout to third.

“He just didn’t have the command on the slider that has been so good for us,” San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said of Adams. “It was nice to see everyone pick everybody up tonight.”

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his major-league best 29th save in 33 chances.

“We were hoping for that breakthrough and we finally got it,” Mattingly said “We weren’t able to scratch more after that.”

San Diego scored early on Profar’s RBI fielder’s choice in the second. Profar drove in Eric Hosmer, who walked and advanced two bases on a passed ball and wild pitch.

The Marlins unsuccessfully challenged that the relay throw from shortstop Rojas to first beat Profar for an inning-ending double play.

Profar increased the Padres’ lead in the fourth with his run-scoring single against Miami reliever Jordan Holloway (2-3).

Snell allowed Jorge Alfaro’s leadoff double and walked Berti in the second before striking out Lewis Brinson and retiring Panik on a double play. Brinson hit a one-out double in the fifth, but Snell retired Panik on a groundout and Sandy Leon on a fly to right.

“I’m pretty honest with myself,” Snell said. “I have to continue to get better, continue to stay in the zone and make them swing.”

The Marlins were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Padres were 2 for 13.

“We didn’t execute as we needed with runners in scoring position,” Tingler said. “We knew coming in with the Marlins situation it was going to be a bullpen day and sometimes those could be a little bit challenging.”

Rookie reliever Anthony Bender made his first major league start in the bullpen game for Miami. Bender pitched a scoreless first around a hit by pitch and struck out one.

Giants rally in 9th for 2nd straight night to beat Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) LaMonte Wade Jr. broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run single and the San Francisco Giants rallied against closer Kenley Jansen again for a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

The Giants trailed 3-1 going into the ninth before scoring four times to extend their lead in the NL West to three games over the defending World Series champions. San Francisco took three of four in a tense series between the longtime rivals.

Wilmer Flores, who hit a go-ahead homer off Jansen on Wednesday, started the rally with a one-out single and advanced to third when Donovan Solano lined a double off the wall in center field with two outs. Pinch-hitter Jason Vosler walked to load the bases.

Flores scored on Thairo Estrada’s infield single, cutting it to 3-2, and the Giants tied it when Jansen walked Darin Ruf to force in a run.

Ruf checked his swing on a full-count pitch – although replays appeared to show he went around. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw his cap and argued vehemently, leading to him being ejected in the ninth inning for the second consecutive night.

Wade then hit a sinking liner to right field that dropped just in front of newly acquired Billy McKinney, giving San Francisco a 5-3 advantage. Jansen was lifted to a chorus of boos for the second straight night.

Jansen (1-4) fell to 21 for 26 in save opportunities. He has allowed seven runs on seven hits with four walks in one inning over the past two games.

Jose Alvarez (4-1) got the win and Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Will Smith hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Walker Buehler allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings for the Dodgers.

The teams have a three-game series beginning Tuesday in San Francisco before playing their final series of the season Sept. 3-5.

The game was tied at 1 in the fourth when Smith drove a sinker from Anthony DeSclafani to center for his 13th of the season. It was the second time Smith went deep in the series. He hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning Tuesday to give the Dodgers an 8-6 victory.

Buehler tied his season high by going 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out nine and allowed five hits. Buehler – who has a 2.05 career ERA against the Giants – has gone at least six innings in all but one of his last 22 starts dating to last season, including the postseason.

DeSclafani yielded two runs on six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wade scored on Mike Yastrzemski’s sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers evened it in the first when the first three batters got base hits off DeSclafani, including Justin Turner’s single to drive in Chris Taylor.

Rays acquire All-Star slugger Cruz from non-contending Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) Nelson Cruz packed up his big bat and joined a contender.

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Cruz, one of baseball’s most proven sluggers, in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Cruz was well aware of the likelihood he’d be dealt this month, with the disappointing Twins well out of contention. Nonetheless he told reporters the news still felt “shocking” and “heartbreaking” to him after becoming fond of the organization over his 2 1/2 seasons in Minnesota.

“It’s a tough one. I guess it’s a new chapter, and I will embrace it the way I embrace everything in my life – to go help the Tampa Bay Rays to win a championship,” Cruz said.

Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays, who entered the night one game behind first-place Boston in the AL East, announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman.

The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’ll bring some needed pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup and should help the Rays against left-handers. They’re hitting .226 versus lefties.

Following Tampa Bay’s 5-4 comeback win over the Indians, Rays manager Kevin Cash said he was thrilled to be adding someone of Cruz’s caliber.

“It’s very exciting,” said Cash, who recently managed Cruz in the All-Star Game at Denver. “We’re a good team and we know we just got better by adding Nelson Cruz, one of the hottest bats out there. His presence. His leadership. I’ve known him for a long time now, and you never hear anyone say a negative thing about him, so we’re adding a high-quality hitter and a high-quality person.”

Cash wasn’t exactly sure when Cruz will join the Rays.

Beyond his skills at the plate, Cruz gives Tampa Bay a seasoned player with years of knowledge.

“We’re going to allow him to go out and do what he does,” said Cash, who will have to juggle his roster to make sure Cruz is usually in the lineup. “He’s going to DH and hopefully man that position for three months.”

Usually frugal Tampa Bay assumes $5.1 million remaining of Cruz’s $13 million salary. The Rays began the season with a $68.3 million payroll, 26th among the 30 teams.

The seven-time All-Star also has plenty of playoff experience with 17 homers and 37 RBIs in 46 postseason games. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season, and over 258 games with the Twins he finished with 76 homers and a .984 OPS.

“People joke about how he’s ageless, and it really does feel that way,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said.

With a week until the trade deadline and little shot at making the playoffs, the Twins figured they’d get something for Cruz to begin building toward the future. Minnesota entered Thursday at 41-55.

“He may be the best teammate I’ve ever seen in terms of the way he goes about his business, the way he puts his arm around people, the way he helps us become better in our front office jobs and coaching staff jobs,” Falvey said. “This guy is beyond special.”

A 17-year veteran, Cruz signed a one-year, $13 million deal with Minnesota in February. He has also played for Baltimore, Texas and Seattle. He hit at least 37 homers per season from 2014-19. He belted a career-high 44 homers for the Mariners in 2015.

“We thought we should be in the playoff race,” Cruz said. “Never thought we should be in this situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. You never want to leave the places where you are, where you feel comfortable. It is what it is. That’s part of the business.”

Both Ryan and Strotman were in Triple-A Durham’s rotation.

Ryan, who will also pitch for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, had a 3.63 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 57 innings for the Bulls and was ranked by as the No. 10 prospect in Tampa Bay’s system. The 25-year-old was a seventh-round draft pick in 2018.

Strotman had a 3.39 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings with Durham. The 24-year-old was the 17th-ranked Rays prospect after being drafted in the fourth round in 2017.

The 25-year-old Faucher had a 7.04 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings for Double-A Wichita. He was a 10th-round draft pick by the Twins in 2017.

No quit: Yermín Mercedes rejoins White Sox Triple-A team

CHICAGO (AP) One day after announcing he was stepping away from baseball, Yermin Mercedes was back with the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate.

The White Sox confirmed Thursday the surprising rookie who carried the team with his booming bat early in the season and got sent to the minors following a prolonged slump was in uniform for the Charlotte Knights’ game against the Durham Bulls.

Mercedes also apologized Thursday in an Instagram post.

“I will never give up,” he wrote. “I last 10 years in the minor leagues. … My dream is (to) be a player established in the big leagues. … I apologize. … I love everybody. I’m back.”

It was a turnaround from his since-deleted post Wednesday night that included an image with the words “it’s over.” He wrote in the caption, “I walked away from baseball for a while. God bless you. It’s over.”

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa vowed following Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota to reach out to Mercedes and insisted the player has a “big league future.”

“You’re at Triple-A, you’ve tasted the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “But I don’t know more than that.”

The 28-year-old Mercedes sparked Chicago’s offense through the opening months of the season, batting .415 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games in April. In May, Mercedes angered La Russa by homering on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a game the White Sox led 15-4.

Mercedes eventually cooled off, hitting .150 (16 for 107) over his final 31 games with Chicago before being demoted to Charlotte on July 2.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Mud Hens Pitching Stumps Indianapolis, 7-2


INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indianapolis Indians hurler Drew Hutchison tossed seven shutout innings against his former team en route to a 7-2 win for the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday night.

Despite taking the loss, Cody Ponce (L, 0-4) notched his second quality start of the season. He gave up two Mud Hens runs and fanned six batters in as many innings. Both of his quality starts this season have come on Thursdays at Victory Field.

Three consecutive singles with two outs in the top of the first inning gave Toledo (38-29) an early 1-0 lead. After stranding runners on base in each of the next three frames followed by a clean fifth by Cody Ponce, Kody Clemens hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Mud Hens their second run.

Into the Indians (33-34) bullpen, Toledo tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning. With one out, three consecutive batters reached safely via two walks and a hit by pitch. The two walks came around to score and give Toledo a 4-0 lead.

Back-to-back home runs by Renato Nunez and Clemens – their second pairing in as many days – extended the Mud Hens lead by three in the ninth inning.

Down to the Indians last out in the bottom of the ninth, Hunter Owen broke up the shutout bid with a two-run home run to left field. After hitting a solo home run yesterday afternoon, Thursday marked the first time Owen hit home runs in two consecutive games since May 31-June 1 with Double-A Altoona.

Hutchison (W, 7-3) tossed a gem against his former team. He held the Indians without a baserunner through the first four innings and surrendered a total of three hits in his seven innings of work. He also registered eight strikeouts.

The Indians and Mud Hens will face off again on Friday night at 7:05 PM ET. LHP Steven Brault (0-1, 3.00) is set to make his second rehab start with the Indians. For Toledo, RHP Pedro Payano (1-3, 5.87) will take the hill.

Bill Russell to auction most of his prized NBA memorabilia

BOSTON (AP) The most decorated man in NBA history will be giving the public a chance to own some of the prized memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career.

Bill Russell announced Thursday he is offering hundreds of items from his personal collection, including trophies, rings, basketballs, jerseys, letters, photos and other keepsakes. The items span his 13-year career as a player and coach for the Boston Celtics, and also feature mementos chronicling his work during the civil rights movement and beyond.

Highlights of the trove include the first (1957) and last (1969) of the NBA-record 11 championship rings he won in Boston, four of his five NBA Most Valuable Player trophies and his 1956 U.S. men’s basketball Olympic gold medal.

“There are a few pictures I’ll keep for myself, but the rest I will share with the world,” Russell said in a video statement.

The sale will be conducted by Hunt Auctions, which has overseen the auctions of such sports greats as Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, Gale Sayers, Johnny Unitas.

The auction is tentatively scheduled for Boston this fall or winter.

Russell said another reason he decided to sell the items was to provide a portion of the proceeds for the Boston-based nonprofit MENTOR, which he co-founded more than three decades ago. The group’s aim is to strengthen mentoring relationships.

An additional donation will be made to Boston Celtics United for Social Justice, which focuses on addressing racial and social inequities in the Boston area.

Hunt Auctions President Dave Hunt said his group is honored to handle Russell’s collection.

“There’s not a lot of folks at Bill Russell’s level. The air gets real thin,” Hunt said. “There’s just certain names of certain players that just transcend the sport, that changed the sport.”

It is unclear how much any one of Russell’s items will bring, but similar auctions overseen by Hunt have delivered big numbers. The most notable was in 2019 when a rare, game-worn Babe Ruth Yankees road jersey dating to 1928-30 sold for $5.64 million. The auctioneer said that broke the record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia sold.

Hunt notes that among the items Russell is keeping is the Presidential Medal of Freedom given to him in 2011 by Barack Obama.

There’s also the letter Jackie Robinson wrote to Russell after he and other Black Celtics players boycotted a game in Lexington, Kentucky, after being denied service at a hotel.

“It’s just an amazing piece and it’s very difficult to put a monetary value on an item like that,” Hunt said. “But what better way for this to be shared than directly from the person who participated, and doing good as well as a result of that offering.”

Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach.

Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years – first with Golden State and then with Phoenix, which lost to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals on Tuesday.

He arrives in New Orleans at a time when pressure is rising to give young star Zion Williamson faith that he can find long-term satisfaction with the club that drafted him first overall two years ago.

“Willie has established himself as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA. In large part, this is due to a tireless work ethic and authenticity of character,” David Griffin, executive vice president of basketball operations, said Thursday. “He brings a vast amount of basketball knowledge and experience to our team as both a coach and former player, along with exceptional leadership qualities and an innate ability to connect with players, staff and fans alike.”

Green was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He moved to Phoenix two seasons ago to join the staff headed by Monte Williams, who also was the head coach in New Orleans when Green played there in the 2010-11 season on a team that guard Chris Paul led to the playoffs.

With the Suns, Green has been widely credited as the architect of the team’s defensive system. Phoenix had the NBA’s sixth-best defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions), while high-scoring New Orleans missed the playoffs in part because of its 23rd-rated defense.

“It’s a blessing and an honor to get this opportunity in a special place like New Orleans. I look forward to getting to work and immersing myself and my family into the local community,” Green said.

Beyond his well-regarded acumen for on-court strategy, Green appears to command respect from NBA players. He had a 12-year playing career as a combo guard with Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, the Los Angele Clippers and Orlando.

This is not the first time Griffin has hired a first-time coach with the expectation of quick success. Griffin was Cleveland’s vice president of basketball operations in 2016 when he gave Tyronn Lue his first head coaching job. The Cavaliers, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving leading the club on the court, won the NBA championship that season.

Report: Warriors making Beal top priority if he becomes available

Acquiring Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will be the Golden State Warriors’ top priority if he becomes available, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson reports.

Golden State’s star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green told general manager Bob Myers they want the team to use its upcoming two lottery selections to add a player capable of helping them win a championship, sources told Thompson.

Beal is coming off a tremendous 2020-21 campaign in which he averaged 31.3 points to finish second in the league’s scoring race behind Curry (32). The Florida product hasn’t expressed an interest in leaving Washington and has stated his desire to remain with the Wizards for the remainder of his career.

Beal, 28, can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2021-22 season if he declines his $37.2-million player option. Any potential deal for Beal made by Golden State would have to involve Andrew Wiggins to match salaries. Wiggins is set to earn $31.5 million next season, then pocket $33.6 million in 2022-23.

The Warriors are also interested in adding superstar Damian Lillard if he eventually asks out of Portland, according to Thompson.

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

TOKYO (AP) Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games.

Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is determined to hold the Olympics, placed Tokyo under a state of emergency on July 12, but daily cases have sharply increased since then.

The emergency measures, which largely involve a ban on alcohol sales and shorter hours for restaurants and bars, are to last until Aug. 22, after the Olympics end on Aug. 8.

Japan has reported about 853,000 cases and 15,100 deaths since the pandemic began, most of them this year. Still, the number of cases and deaths as a share of the population are much lower than in many other countries.

The Olympics, delayed for a year by the pandemic, begin Friday. Spectators are banned from all venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences allowed at a few outlying sites.

Suga’s government has been criticized for what some say is prioritizing the Olympics over the nation’s health. His public support ratings have fallen to around 30% in recent media surveys, and there has been little festivity ahead of the Games. On Thursday, the director of the opening ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi, was dismissed over a past Holocaust joke.

In Olympics-related diplomacy, Suga is to meet with U.S. first lady Jill Biden on Thursday and have dinner at the state guest house. Earlier in the day, he was visited by World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Also Thursday, Emperor Naruhito received a courtesy visit from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the Imperial Palace. Naruhito said he hoped all athletes will compete in good health and achieve their best performances. Bach said the Olympic community is doing its best not to pose any risk to the Japanese.

Experts say virus infections among unvaccinated people younger than age 50 are rising sharply.

Japan’s vaccinations began late and slowly, but the pace picked up in May as the government pushed to accelerate the drive before the Olympics, though the pace has since slowed due to a shortage of imported vaccines.

About 23% of Japanese are fully vaccinated, way short of the level believed necessary to have any meaningful effect on reducing the risk in the general population.

Experts warned on Wednesday that infections in Tokyo are likely to continue to worsen in coming weeks.

Flyers send D Gostisbehere and draft picks to Arizona

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers shipped one-time cornerstone defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, also throwing in two picks in next year’s draft to rid themselves of his salary over the next two seasons.

Moving on from Gostisbehere gives the Flyers about $4.5 million in salary cap relief, setting them up to continue a roster overhaul.

“He is a very good offensive defenseman and an excellent skater. He will be a solid addition to our blue line this season and will be a key power-play player for us,” Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said.

Arizona gets second- and seventh-round draft picks in 2022 in addition to Gostisbehere and his contract.

The 28-year-old Gostisbehere had nine goals and 20 points in 41 games with the Flyers in 2020-21. He also scored five power-play goals and had nine power-play points.

Gostisbehere was named as a finalist and finished second in 2016 in the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the top rookie in the NHL.

But his play tailed off dramatically after his rookie season and the defenseman simply called “Ghost” in Philly could never regain the spark.

The Flyers missed the playoffs last season and general manager Chuck Fletcher has been busy. Philly traded for Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis last week and the cap space acquired in the Gostisbehere deal is a sign more moves could be on the horizon.

“This was a difficult decision but one we thought was necessary given the reality of the salary cap,” Fletcher said. “Shayne has been a quality player for this organization since the moment he arrived in Philadelphia and has been a part of many special moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.”

Canadiens GM: Weber out next season, career possibly over

MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said captain Shea Weber will not play next season because of injuries and that the defenseman’s career may be over.

Bergevin said on a video conference Thursday that Weber is dealing with a number of injuries, including to his foot, ankle and knee.

The 35-year-old Weber was a stalwart on Montreal’s blue line last season, guiding the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to Tampa Bay in five games.

Bergevin said it will be impossible for the Canadiens to replace Weber, but the club will look to fill his minutes through trades, free agency and existing players.

“We’ll try our best, but I know deep down that we can never replace Shea Weber,” the general manager said.

Bergevin added that he recently had an “emotional, deep conversation” with Weber.

“It was hard for Shea,” Bergevin said. “That’s all he knows. He’s a hockey player to the core. It’s really hit hard to realize that he can no longer perform the way he’s expecting for him and for his teammates, and the pain he’s in going through daily.”

Weber has 224 goals and 365 assists in 1,038 regular-season games with Nashville and Montreal, and has 18 goals and 24 assists in 97 playoff appearances.

Last season, he had six goals and 13 assists in 48 regular-season games and a goal and five assists in 22 playoff games.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Kevin Gant named coach at North Central

Kevin Gant was approved as the boys basketball coach at North Central this week. Gant is a North Central graduate and played at Southern Indiana. His coaching experience has been as an assistant at North Central and as a volunteer assistant at Southern Indiana.

The Panthers were 13-10 last season. 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Strickland commits to Purdue

Brebeuf DE Joe Strickland has announced his intentions to play football for the Boilermakers. Strickland chose Purdue over Indiana and Stanford.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Strickland is the third in-state 2022 commitment for coach Jeff Brohm.

Fowler, Vegas, Merritt tied for 3M Open lead in Minnesota

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Rickie Fowler’s improved driving helped him shoot a 5-under 65 on Sunday in the final round of the British Open.

Looking for a late push in the FedEx Cup standings, Fowler carried over the strong play Thursday with a 7-under 64 in the first round of the 3M Open.

Fowler set the opening-round pace with a bogey-free round later equaled by Jhonatton Vegas and Troy Merritt, who attended Spring Lake Park High School, about six miles south of the TPC Twin Cities.

Fowler, who has never missed the FedEx Cup playoffs in 11 seasons, started the tournament ranked 124th in the standings, with the top 125 making the playoffs. There are two weeks remaining after the 3M Open to qualify for the playoffs.

“I know where I’m at, what we need to do and stuff like that,” Fowler said. “Really just focusing on things we’ve been working on, playing more consistent good golf. More days like today and things will be fine. Kind of keep things, like I said, simple and small, focus on the day-to-day and this week, and go from there. Everything will work out.”

Vegas capped an eventful opening round in the dark when his approach on the par-5 18th landed on top of a hospitality tent. His ball was eventually found and he was given free relief. He birdied the hole to tie for the lead.

“You can barely see the flag,” Vegas said. “We had a number, which we messed up the number trying to play fast. I knew it was going to be long. … It was a little bit of a nightmare right at the end.”

Scott Stallings was trying to equal the course record of 62 before he double-bogeyed the 18th following more than a two-hour delay due to lightning in the area. Stallings was a stroke back at 65 with Adam Schenk and Roger Sloan. Sloan had two holes to play when play was suspended due to darkness with 11 players still on the course.

After his disappointing finish last weekend in the British Open, Louis Oosthuizen shot 68. Dustin Johnson, who withdrew with a back injury after an opening 78 in the 3M Open last year, opened with a 70.

Johnson was playing with Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s vice president of tour operations, as his caddie after Johnson’s brother, Austin, his usual caddie, tested positive for COVID-19.

Johnson said his brother has already been cleared for his next tournament, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee, from Aug. 5-8.

“Keith’s worked for me quite a few times; Presidents Cup, U.S. Open, a few events here and there,” said Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 in November. “Yeah, we did just fine. Maybe hit the wrong club on a couple holes, but other than that, that was my fault though, I guess.”

Fowler, who’s looking for his first win since the 2019 Phoenix Open, didn’t have any mistakes. Starting on the back nine, the 32-year-old from California made three straight birdies on his turn from the 18th to the second hole.

He gained some confidence following his final round last weekend at Royal St. George’s. Fowler was one of 30 players to take a charter straight to Minnesota from the British Open.

“That was something that was kind of holding me back from making birdies, moving forward last week,” Fowler said about his driving. “So today, I mean, going off of what we did Sunday last week, just needed to tighten a few things up. This golf course is fairly generous off the tee. There’s a few lakes, ponds that you just need to avoid. Other than that, it’s go, attack for the most part.”

Fowler and Merritt were in the morning wave that started in hazy and humid conditions and then had to wait through a delay of 2 hours, 24 minutes. Stallings was alone in the lead when play resumed, but his second shot on the 18th found the water, and his follow-up overshot the green.

“It stings now because it was five minutes ago,” Stallings said. “But at the end of the day I’m going to go out there. Put myself in great position after the first round and go out there and try and continue to do that the rest of the week.”

Merritt, who’s missed the cut in his last two starts, could be the sentimental favorite back in Minnesota. He finished with eight birdies, including his final two holes to equal Fowler.

“I’ve seen this golf course now for about 20 years,” Merritt said. “Came to watch the seniors play when I was in high school and got to play it once or twice. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s great for the players, it’s great for the fans, you can make a lot of birdies, the scoring’s usually really low. So, if you like shootouts, this is the golf course for you and you’re going to get another one this week.”

Pajaree and Noh share Evian lead at 6 under after round 1

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn and teenage American Yealimi Noh posted 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead at the Evian Championship on Thursday.

Noh’s day began perfectly when she carded an eagle on the first hole. Her momentum was checked by a bogey on No. 4 but she birdied holes 6 and 7 and three more on the back nine.

“It is the first time I’ve started a tournament with an eagle. Both of my playing partners stuck it and I was like `I hope I stick it too, I don’t want to be left out,'” the 19-year-old Noh said. “I wanted to finish good and take the advantage of that early start.”

The consistent Pajaree had three birdies on the way out and three on the way back to the clubhouse.

“I made some really good putts that were not easy,” she said. “I focused on the speed and what I have been working on, and it worked out pretty well.”

They hold a one-stroke lead over a group of five: Ayaka Furue of Japan, Lauren Stephenson of the U.S., 18-year-old Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand, Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea, and Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark.

Pedersen had two eagles on the par-5 ninth and 18th holes.

“It’s a good start to the tournament, I holed a lot of good putts and a chip today,” Pedersen said. “I have been struggling with my putting, so it’s really positive to see that I’ve found something good going forward.”

Australian Sarah Kemp, South Korean Hyo Joo Kim – the Women’s World Championship winner in May – and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot 67s.

Meanwhile, new world No. 1 Nelly Korda endured a rough start to her bid for a second major title when she posted a 3-over 74.

The American, who won the Women’s PGA Championship last month to move to No. 1, had five bogeys and made only her second birdie on the 17th hole.

Meanwhile, defending champion Jin Young Ko fared little better, shooting a 1-over 72. Ko had five bogeys against birdies on holes 6, 7, 9 and 18.

Korda is a six-time LPGA Tour winner and the first American at No. 1 in the women’s world ranking since 2014.

Her older sister, Jessica, finished one shot ahead on 73 at the picturesque Evian Resort on the shore of Lake Geneva in the French Alps.

Ko won at Evian in 2019 but the event was canceled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have seen my picture everywhere, so I was thinking, `Wow, that was just two years ago but feels like it was five years ago,'” Ko said.

She teed off shortly after 8 a.m. along with former champions Anna Nordqvist (2017) and Angela Stanford (2018).

Stanford had a 1-under 70 and Nordqvist held par.

Seven-time major winner Inbee Park also made par.

The third-ranked Park is chasing the only major she has not won. She won Evian in 2012, but that was the year before it became a major, and Park has not placed higher than eighth ever since.



Indy Eleven vs. Birmingham Legion FC

Saturday, July 24, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. ET 

Michael A. Carroll Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.


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Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-4D (-2 GD); 5th in Central Division

Birmingham Legion FC: 7W-4L-1D (+2 GD); 2nd in Central Division

Indy Eleven trots into Saturday’s match against Birmingham Legion FC looking to put a “W” in the victory column at home for the first time since late-May, coming off the heels of a 1-1 draw at Carroll Stadium last Saturday against Memphis 901 FC. While it wasn’t the full three points the Boys in Blue had hoped for, the result did snap a three-game home losing streak – a small sign of progress for a squad that knows how important establishing home-field advantage at “The Mike” will be heading into the second half of the season.

That’s just part of a proverbial “glass half-empty or half-full” approach that can be taken when putting Indiana’s Team under the microscope as of late. Indy Eleven sits in fifth place in the Central Division heading into the weekend – and while that sits just outside of the playoff line, a win on the weekend could see Indy vault into third on the table. After a tumultuous start to June that saw Indy go 0W-3L-1D, since Max Rogers’ interim head coach appointment just over a month ago the Eleven have gone 1W-1L-3D. On one hand, it’s a sign of the tide turning as the team adjusts to new leadership on the fly; on the other hand, all three draws left Indy wanting for more after it held the lead in each contest. That said, the five games with Rogers at the helm has seen Indy steady the ship and find ways to achieve results, and in such a hyper-competitive division – spots #3 through #8 are separated by just six points – you can bet every hard-earned point will mean something come the end of the season.

Back to the last time out on Saturday, Eleven forward Nick Moon opened the scoring 47th minute with a full body effort in the box, the placement in the back of the net his second of the season. Unfortunately, Memphis answered back just four minutes later after an in-swinging cross into Indy’s box took an unlucky bounce to Michael Salazar for a shot and a goal. The theme of dropping points was foremost on the mind of Rogers & Co. in the aftermath of the match, and you can imagine that should Indy take another lead on Legion FC this weekend, every fan in the stadium might be able to hear the word “focus” being shouted in a Scottish/English-hybrid brogue from the far sideline.

Indy will be down a man entering Saturday’s match as Scottish striker Cammy Smith returned to the United Kingdom earlier in this week due to personal reasons, his departure leaving a hole in an attack that was starting to click. Defender Neveal Hackshaw has returned from international duty after Trinidad & Tobago was eliminated from Concacaf Gold Cup play, but will remain off the team sheet this week as he recovers from an illness that left him a late scratch from the Soca Warriors’ tournament finale last Sunday. Goalkeeper Jordan Farr and midfielder Carl Haworth continue to make positive strides while rehabbing from injury, but we’re still likely a few weeks away from seeing either one of them on the pitch.

Though down a few players, the combination of Nicky Law and Gordon Wild could pay huge dividends in Indy’s playmaking efforts. Law currently leads the team in chances created with 24 key passes, with Wild trailing by two. However, Wild leads Law, as well as the rest of the team, in assists with three to his name. Moon also enters the conversation having tallied two goals, two assists and nine chances created while marshalling the right flank. While fans have only seen a small sample size from Rece Buckmaster and Jeremiah Gutjahr so far this season, the Indiana University alums are options Rogers has called upon the last two times out (and really three times when counting the abandoned match at OKC Energy two weekends ago) – and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them in the XI once again on Saturday.

Birmingham Legion FC enter this contest well rested, having not played in 14 days, and in good position, sitting second on the Central table, four points behind Louisville but with a game in hand on the Boys in Purple. In its last game on July 10th, Birmingham fell to Memphis 901 FC in a shock 1-0 result at home, failing to score for only the second time this season.

Despite its second place perch, offensive success has not been the Three Sparks’ strong suit this season, the team currently tied for second in fewest goals scored in the Eastern Conference (11), and with eight of those coming from striker Neco Brett alone. But you don’t always need a great offense when you have a great defense; Birmingham has only conceded nine times this season, the least amount of goals allowed in the East and second fewest across the entire Championship with only El Paso Locomotive (8) allowing less. Former Indy Eleven loanee Alex Crognale along with Phanuel Kavita and others have been throwing the hammer down in defense, with ‘keeper Matt Van Oekel acting as the anchor in goal.


Overall Record (All USLC regular season): 2W-2L-0D (4GF/2GA)

Home Record: 1W-1L-0D (3GF/1GA)

2021 SERIES:

May 1  |  BHM  0:1  IND

IND: Arteaga 28’

July 3  | IND 0:1 BHM

BHM: Brett 8’ (pen)

Saturday vs. BHM (7:00 p.m. ET)

Sun., Oct. 10 at BHM (5:00 p.m. ET)

Both Indy and Birmingham have claimed victory on the other’s home ground this season, and both teams doing so by claiming 1-0 victories. Indy Eleven won its season opener on the back of a Manuel Arteaga goal in the first half that saw the Boys in Blue triumphant on a beach-like BBVA Field pitch. Birmingham returned favor just three weeks ago, however, taking all three points following a questionable point to the penalty spot – and subsequent conversion by Brett – in the club’s first trip to the Circle City this season. (Bonus Fun Fact: the July 3 game was the first of their four meetings to date that did not feature a red card.)

The Boys and Blue and Legion FC split their season series in 2019 at one game apiece, showing just how even these clubs have been in their short history. Indy entered the win column in the first-ever meeting between the two sides in a 3-0 thumping that saw goals from Tyler Pasher and Thomas Enevoldsen as well as a Three Sparks own goal. Indy wasn’t as lucky the second time around, dropping points in a 1-0 loss in the first trip to BBVA Field that September.


Indy has deployed one central forward throughout the majority of its 2021 USL Championship campaign – it has often just been the question of which in-form forward makes the starting eleven. Both forwards have their strengths and help the Eleven’s offense in different ways, Arteaga proving adept at getting in behind and pressuring back lines into mistakes, while Hamilton positions himself as a central target man in the final third and a primary target on set pieces. The strike duo has half of Indy’s 14 goals to their credit, Hamilton leading the team with four and Arteaga netting three (and really four, but we digress).

When looking ahead to Saturday’s, each forward has an argument to start. Hamilton has arguably had the better run of play of late, scoring against Atlanta United 2 on July 7 and contributing an assist in the first half of the abandoned match at OKC Energy three days later.  Hamilton earned the start last weekend against Memphis, registering a shot on target and a chance created that led to Indy’s goal, along with proving a reliable outlet in hold up play. However, Indy’s attacked looked rejuvenated once Arteaga (alongside Law & Smith) stepped on the pitch in the 63rd minute, the Venezuelan creating a chance of his own while also contributing one shot. With Arteaga already scoring once against Birmingham this season, it’s not an easy choice for Rogers to make when it comes to penciling only one of their names into the starting lineup, but you can rest assured you’ll see both forwards having chances to contribute against one of the league’s premier defensive units.


The man in goal for Birmingham has been a force to be reckoned with so far this season. Van Oekel is currently ranks tied for fourth across the league with 40 saves and is second in clean sheets (5). The 34-year-old is certainly no stranger to Indy Eleven and Carroll Stadium, as the 34-year-old was a longtime target of the Brickyard Battalion during the old NASL days while suiting up for Minnesota United (2014) and FC Edmonton (2015-16) prior to his return trips with Birmingham in recent years.

The Chesapeake, Virginia, native signed with Legion FC in 2019 and has faced Indy four times since then, keeping two clean sheets, one during the 2019 USL Championship season and one in his last match against Indy at Carroll Stadium on July 3rd. Van Oekel made three saves in that match and denied Indy only once in their first meeting this season while conceding a goal in Indy’s 1-0 victory on May 1st. Having allowed multiple goals only twice across his 12 starts so far in 2021, Van Oekel has shown the ability to contain opposing offenses and consistently keep his team in the match, a blueprint Indy will look to crack for another win against the Hammers on Saturday.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Justin Hall Named to Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List


MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State fifth-year senior Justin Hall (Douglasville, Ga./Alexander High School) was named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the top receiver in college football.

Hall is the lone Mid-American Conference player on the watch list. The Cardinals have had a representative on the list in seven of the past nine years, with Hall also making the list in 2018.

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.

Hall enters the 2021 season as the nation’s active leader in career receptions. He sits atop the Cardinals’ all-time career receptions list (257) and ranks fifth in BSU history in career receiving yards (2,772), entering the 2021 campaign 258 yards shy of Dante Ridgeway’s school record.

Hall holds the nation’s longest active receptions streak at 43 straight games (every game of his career). He led the Cardinals last season with 49 receptions and 665 receiving yards, ranking second in the MAC in both categories.

Hall earned All-MAC First Team honors at both receiver and return specialist in 2020 while finishing the season ranked fourth nationally in all-purpose yards at 169.9 per game and 13th in the country with 7.0 receptions per contest. He earned MAC West Division Player of the Week honors (12/14/2020) in helping Ball State move past Western Michigan for the division title and was tabbed three times to the Hornung Honor Roll which recognizes the nation’s most versatile performances.

Hall’s success on the field helped Ball State to one of its most memorable seasons in program history, as the Cardinals finished 2020 with a 7-1 (5-1 MAC) record. BSU won its last seven games, claiming the MAC Championship over No. 23 Buffalo and the Arizona Bowl over No. 19 San Jose State on its way to a year-end national ranking of No. 23 in both the AP and coaches polls.

The Cardinals are looking to “run it back” as the favorite to win the MAC West Division and the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game again in 2021 in the league’s annual preseason media poll.

The 2021 Ball State football season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff versus Western Illinois at Scheumann Stadium. Season tickets, six-ticket flex plans, and single-game tickets are available now. Season ticket and flex plan holders enjoy the best available prices on Cardinals tickets along with additional benefits, including primary access to away games and postseason events. Fans can also purchase tickets via phone at 888.BSU.TICKET.

The 2021 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List

(Other receivers will be added as their season performances dictate)

Jordan Addison, Pitt

Calvin Austin III, Memphis

David Bell, Purdue

Ronnie Bell, Michigan

Max Borghi, Washington State

Kayshon Boutte, LSU

Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Elijah Cooks, Nevada

Jacob Cowing, UTEP

Dontay Demus Jr., Maryland

Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Emeka Emezie, NC State

Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech

Zay Flowers, Boston College

Zakhari Franklin, UTSA

Ty Fryfogle, Indiana

Kaylon Geiger, Texas Tech

Justin Hall, Ball State

Mike Harley, Miami

Taj Harris, Syracuse

Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina

Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State

Johnny Johnson III, Oregon

Billy Kemp IV, Virginia

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

Drake London, USC

Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Bo Melton, Rutgers

John Metchie III, Alabama

Marvin Mims, Oklahoma

Chris Olave, Ohio State

Sam Pinckney, Georgia State

Rashee Rice, SMU

Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest

Reggie Roberson Jr., SMU

Jaylon Robinson, UCF

Gunner Romney, BYU

Justyn Ross, Clemson

Bradley Rozner, Rice

Khalil Shakir, Boise State

Keylon Stokes, Tulsa

Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

Cole Turner, Nevada

Jaden Walley, Mississippi State

Tahj Washington, USC

Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

Michael Wilson, Stanford

Mike Woods, Oklahoma

Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore tight end Michael Mayer has been selected to the watch list for the 2021 Biletnikoff Award, which annually recognizes the top pass-catcher in the FBS, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot or inside receiver, wingback and running back). 

Mayer comes off a stellar true freshman campaign, recognized as one of the nation’s top tight ends in just his first collegiate season. In 2020, he tied for the lead among Irish offensive players with 42 receptions, totaling 450 yards and adding two touchdowns.

His 42 receptions in 2020 were the most in a single season by a Notre Dame true freshman tight end in Irish history, and rank tied for seventh among all Notre Dame tight ends for single-season receptions. He was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week at Pitt and to the FWAA Freshman All-American Watch List, and was selected by the conference to the All-ACC Third Team.

Notre Dame Hockey: 2021 NHL Draft Preview

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24. 

Round 1 will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Friday (ESPN2, Sportsnet, SN NOW, TVA Sports), followed by Rounds 2-7 beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (NHL Network, Sportsnet, SN NOW).

Irish Draft Quick Hits

  • All told, 89 Notre Dame players have been selected in the NHL Draft.
  • 42 of Notre Dame’s past selections have been drafted under head coach Jeff Jackson. 
  • The Irish have seen at least one player selected in the National Hockey League Entry Draft every year since 2004, and in 21 of the last 22 years.
  • Three former Irish players have been drafted in the first round, all under Jackson, including Ian Cole (18th overall by St. Louis in 2007), Kyle Palmieri (26th overall by Anaheim in 2009) and Riley Sheahan (21st overall by Detroit in 2010).

Possible 2021 Irish Selections 

  • A trio of Irish signees, including a pair of incoming freshman, appear on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft:
  • Sasha Pastujov, F, Bradenton, FL (ranked #18 for North American skaters)
  • Hunter Strand, F, Anchorage, AK (ranked #55 for North American skaters)
  • Henry Nelson, F, Maple Grove, MN (ranked #96 for North American skaters)

Irish in the 2020 NHL Draft

  • Last year in the 2020 draft, Chicago selected Landon Slaggert in the third round (79th overall) to become Notre Dame’s highest pick since Andrew Peeke and Cam Morrison were chosen with the 34th and 40th picks in 2016. 
  • Colorado then traded up to pick Ryder Rolston in the fifth round (139th overall). Rolston’s rights were then traded to Chicago at the 2021 trade deadline. 
  • In addition, freshman defenseman Jake Boltmann, who joined the Irish at the semester break of the 2020-21 season, was selected in the third round (80th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Irish in the NHL 2020-21

  • Last season, thirteen former Fighting Irish players appeared in the National Hockey League, including:
  • Anders Bjork (Boston Bruins/Buffalo Sabres)
  • Ian Cole (Colorado Avalanche/Minnesota)
  • Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Steven Fogarty (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jordan Gross (Arizona)
  • Vinnie Hinostroza (Florida Panthers)
  • Anders Lee (New York Islanders)
  • Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils/New York Islanders)

    Andrew Peeke (Columbus) 
  • Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings)
  • Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Riley Sheahan (Buffalo Sabres).

Recent Professional Signings

  • Following the 2020-21 Notre Dame season, junior defenseman Nate Clurman, senior defenseman Matt Hellickson and junior forward Alex Steeves signed professional contracts.
  • Clurman joined the Colorado organization after being selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (161st overall) in the 2016 draft. 
  • Hellickson signed with New Jersey after the Devils selected him in the  seventh round (214th overall) of the 2017 draft. 
  • An undrafted free agent, Steeves inked a three-year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Current Irish in the NHL Draft

  • Jack Adams (GS., F): Detroit Red Wings, sixth round/162nd overall (2017)
  • Nick Leivermann (Sr., D): Colorado Avalanche, seventh round/187th overall (2017)
  • Jake Pivonka (Sr., F): New York Islanders, fourth round/103rd overall (2018)
  • Spencer Stastney (Sr., D): Nashville Predators, fifth round/131st overall (2018)
  • Trevor Janicke (Sr., F): Anaheim Ducks, fifth round/132nd overall (2019)
  • Landon Slaggert (So., F): Chicago Blackhawks, third round/79th overall (2020)
  • Ryder Rolston (So., F): Colorado Avalanche, fifth round/139th overall (2020)*
  • Jake Boltmann (Fr., D): Calgary Flames, third round/80th overall (2020)

* Rights traded to Chicago  

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Justin Hancock Joins Sycamore Baseball Coaching Staff


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head coach Mitch Hannahs announced the addition of Justin Hancock to his coaching staff Thursday. In his role the former Chicago Cubs hurler will work primarily with Sycamore pitchers while also helping facilitate camps.

A Defiance, Ohio native, Hancock spent nine years in professional baseball after being selected in the ninth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.

The right-hander completed the first six seasons of his professional career with the Padres organization before being traded to the Cubs in 2017. He made his major league debut in 2018, pitching in 10 games and recording a 1.46 ERA while striking out 11 batters in 12.1 innings.

Hancock went on to play one year with Hokkaido Nippon Ham in the Japan Pacific League in 2019 before retiring. Overall, he saw action in 193 games during his professional career, including 96 starts on the mound. He finished with a 29-37 record, 450 strikeouts and a 4.07 ERA over 579 innings.

He spent two seasons at Lincoln Trail College before being drafted and was a multi-sport athlete at Defiance High School where be played baseball and basketball.

Hancock resides in Terre Haute with his wife Tessa, and his daughter Ivy (2).



INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI volleyball head coach Lindsey Froehlich has announced the 2021 schedule for the Jaguars. IUPUI will kick off the season on August 27 and will play 12 matches in the Jungle.

The Jags begin the season on the road at the EIU Panther Invite with matches against Eastern Illinois (Aug. 27), Chicago State and Bellarmine (Aug. 28). On the following weekend, IUPUI will host the Hampton Inn Invitational, playing host to Chattanooga, Western Illinois and Toledo on Sept. 3-4.

IUPUI’s first three Horizon League matches will take place at home as the Jags host UIC on Sept. 23 in the conference opener, before facing off against Green Bay (Sept. 24) and Milwaukee (Sept. 26).

The remaining home matches for the Jags will be against Oakland (Oct. 12), Purdue Fort Wayne (Oct. 15) and a four-match stretch in late October-early November. IUPUI closes out its home slate with matches against Youngstown State (Oct. 29), Robert Morris (Oct. 30), Northern Kentucky (Nov. 5) and Wright State (Nov. 6).

The Jaguars play a five-match road swing early in the conference season from Sept. 28-Oct. 9 with matches at Cleveland State, Robert Morris, Youngstown State, Wright State and Northern Kentucky. A three-match trip at UIC, Milwaukee and Green Bay will take place Oct. 21-24 before the Jags close out the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 12.

Before Horizon League play starts, IUPUI will play in two other non-conference weekends. The Jags will play at Indiana State from Sept. 9-11 with matches against the Sycamores, Austin Peay and Western Michigan. The Jags close out non-conference play on Sept. 18 with matches against Michigan State and Central Michigan. 

Amber Bowman Named Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Head Coach

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced that former Mastodon softball assistant coach Amber Bowman will return to the Summit City as the head coach for the ‘Dons.

“We are very excited that Coach Bowman is coming home to Fort Wayne,” Hartley Hutton said. “Her familiarity with the Mastodon family and head coaching experience made her an easy choice to lead our softball program into the future.”

Bowman spent the last two seasons at Division II Davenport, which went 18-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2021.

Before becoming the head coach of the Panthers, Bowman was the assistant coach for Purdue Fort Wayne for four seasons: 2016-19. While with the ‘Dons, her teams advanced to the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament twice. She coached six All-League performers and 20 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athletes.

Prior to becoming an assistant coach for the Mastodons, Bowman spent the 2015 season as the head coach at her alma mater, Rio Grande (Ohio), of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) in the NAIA. She helped lead the RedStorm to an overall record of 32-16, the program’s most wins in 11 years. The RedStorm won the KIAC Tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament before falling to eventual NAIA Softball World Series participant, Campbellsville. During the season, the RedStorm opened at just 5-6 before winning 18 of their next 21 games, improving to 23-9 and receiving votes in the NAIA National Poll.
Before landing her first head coaching stint, Bowman was the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at the University of Northwestern Ohio (2014) and a graduate assistant at Rio Grande (2012-13) where she earned her master’s degree in educational leadership.
As a student-athlete, Bowman was a four-year starter at shortstop for the RedStorm (2008-11), earning All-Mid-South Conference (MSC) honors as a senior and honorable mention All-MSC as a junior. She was also named to the All-MSCAcademic Team both of those seasons. In her final season, the Hebron, Ohio native batted .356 with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 33 runs batted in. She had 47 total hits, scored 28 runs and finished with a .515 slugging percentage. Bowman finished her career with 32 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, and 92 runs batted in.

Bowman and the Mastodons will begin the 2022 season in February.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Dominique Duck Joins Valpo Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff


Valpo women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans announced today that Dominique Duck has joined the program as an assistant coach. Duck comes to Valpo after spending the last five seasons on staff at Morehead State, including the last three as associate head coach.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Dominique to our Valpo family,” Evans said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge from her vast experiences at many different levels. From our first conversation, I could tell what an amazing person she is and how important building relationships with our current and future players is to her. I am excited to watch her continued growth as a coach within our program.”

“I am thankful and excited to join Coach Evans and be a part of her staff here at Valpo,” Duck said. “I completely align with the values that she has for the Valpo program and look forward to being a servant leader for the young ladies along their journey. This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to jump in and get started!”

Duck joined the Morehead State coaching staff prior to the 2016-17 campaign and spent two seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach entering the 2018-19 season. In her time on staff, the Eagles posted a trio of 20-win seasons — the first time in program history MSU won 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons. Included in that stretch was a 24-win campaign in 2018-19, the program’s watermark in the modern era.

Duck helped lead Morehead State to WNIT appearances in 2016-17 and 2018-19 — the first two WNIT berths in program history. The latter appearance featured a first-round victory over Ohio State for the program’s first-ever postseason win. In her five years with the Eagles, Duck helped mentor five All-OVC players, including three First Team selections.

Prior to her tenure at Morehead State, Duck spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Chowan, helping the Hawks to a 20-9 record — the first 20-win season in program history. The Hawks advanced to the semifinals of the CIAA Tournament and earned a spot in the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional.

From 2011 through 2015, Duck gained experience as an AAU head coach and as a high school assistant coach. Her first coaching stop out of college came as a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock for the 2010-11 season.

A 2010 graduate of Western Kentucky University, Duck was a standout on the hardwood for the Lady Toppers. She scored 1,344 points in her time in the WKU uniform and ranks second in program history in career games played and ninth in blocked shots. A two-time All-Sun Belt honoree, Duck was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Sun Belt Tournament. In 2013, Duck was one of 10 Lady Topper alums named to the All-Diddle Arena Team, honoring the best WKU players in the 50-year history of the arena.


1925       Lou Gehrig’s four-run home run is the difference in the Yankees’ 11-7 victory over the Senators. The New York first baseman’s bases-full homer is the first of a record 23 grand slams he will hit during his 17-year career in the Bronx, a mark that Alex Rodriguez will surpass in 2013.

1928       In a Class C Western Association game, future major league player and manager Paul Richards of the Muskogee Chiefs is summoned from his shortstop position to pitch and uses both hands in his brief appearance on the mound. An unusual confrontation with a switch-hitter briefly results in both the pitcher and the batter continually swapping hands and batter’s boxes, respectively, until the ambidextrous hurler becomes a left-hander and right-hander on alternate pitches, regardless of where the hitter places himself.

1930       Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor hits the eventual game-winning homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The future Hall Famer’s ninth-inning home run beats Philadelphia in the opener, 2-1, and the Massachusetts native also provides the winning margin in the nightcap with a three-run round-tripper in the top of the 13th inning in the team’s 16-15 victory over the A’s at the Baker Bowl.

1939       Using yellow dyed balls, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park. The experimenting with the use of the colored sphere, designed to make the ball easier to see for the players and the fans, started in Brooklyn last week and will be tested once more, in a September game played at Wrigley Field.

1939       In a 16-3 Tigers rout at Briggs Stadium, A’s catcher Harry O’Neill appears in his only major league game. In 1945, the 22 year-old backstop will die in combat on Iwo Jima, becoming one of only two big leaguers to be killed in World War II.

1941       White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes becomes the first to employ the defensive alignment against the Red Sox outfielder, who foils the plan when he goes 2-for-5, including a double, in Boston’s 10-4 loss to the Pale Hose at Fenway Park. The Chicago skipper will abandon the strategy when ‘the Kid’ collects four hits in ten at-bats in the two-game series.

1944       In the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader, Giants manager Mel Ott orders his pitcher Andy Hansen to issue an intentional walk with the bases loaded to Bill Nicholson. The free pass to Swish, who has hit four home runs in the twin bill, doesn’t work when the Cubs score three runs to tie the game.

1957       With a single, fluke double, game-changing triple, and a prodigious poke, Mickey Mantle collects his only cycle and the twelfth in franchise history. The switch-hitter’s massive home run that nearly clears Yankee Stadium stirs the crowd, but his seventh-inning triple with the bases loaded proves to be the decisive blow in the Yankees’ 10-6 victory over the White Sox.

1960       A’s outfielder Whitey Herzog lines into a triple play when Pedro Ramos snags his line drive, tosses the ball to first to double up the runner, with the third out made with a relay to shortstop Jose Valdivielso getting the runner returning to second base. The three outs in the 8-3 loss to the Senators mark the first all-Cuban triple killing in major league history.

1960       Indians center fielder Jimmy Piersall is ejected for the sixth time this season after ignoring the home plate umpire’s warning to stop running around the outfield with his arms raised during Ted Williams’ plate appearance. The Waterbury (CT) native, restrained by teammates when he charges the ump, is guilty of trying to distract the batter from the field, forbidden by the rule book.

1962       Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush.

1962       The first telecast of a major league via satellite includes a portion of the Cubs 4-3 victory over Phillies from Wrigley Field. Chicago broadcaster Jack Brockhouse provides the play-by-play of the Telstar Communications transmission.

1964       Kansas City’s Bert Campaneris homers off the Twins’ southpaw Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees. The A’s rookie shortstop homers again in the seventh, knotting the score with a two-run round-tripper in the team’s eventual 4-3 victory in 11 innings at Metropolitan Stadium.

1965       Dick Stuart homers in the first inning in the Phillies’ 5-1 win over New York at Shea Stadium. ‘Dr. Strangeglove’, who played in Boston for the last two seasons, becomes the first player to have gone deep in each of the 19 present major league ballparks. (Ed. note – Nineteen ballparks because both Los Angeles teams, the Angels and Dodgers, share the ballpark in Chavez Ravine. – LP)

1967       Mickey Lolich loses his tenth straight game, setting a Tigers’ record for consecutive defeats when Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Yankees at Tiger Stadium. After the game, the 26 year-old southpaw, who will win nine of his next ten starts for the pennant contenders, is called up to the mobilized 191st National Guard unit to help quell riots are taking place in the vicinity of the ballpark.

1969       At Washington’s RFK Stadium, the National League scores early and often to coast to a comfortable 9-3 victory over the AL in the 40th All-Star Game. Cardinals southpaw Steve Carlton, the starting and winning pitcher hits a double in the third inning off Blue Moon Odom to become the last hurler to get an extra-base hit in a Midsummer Classic contest.

1974       At Three Rivers Stadium, Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star starter, singles and doubles to help the National League beat the Junior circuit, 7-2. Mike Schmidt, also a write-in, plays in his first Midsummer Classic thanks to radio intern Howard Eskin’s on-air campaign, which urged Phillies fans to stuff the ballot box for their young third baseman.

1974       After indicating that he had no interest in the position, Hank Aaron publicly states he would accept an offer to manage the Braves “simply because there are no black managers in baseball.” The superstar’s comments create an awkward situation the next day when Atlanta announces the organization has hired Clyde King to replace Eddie Mathews, dismissed three days ago.

1975       At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the base, completing the 2-9 play.

1976       Sadaharu Oh, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, becomes the third professional to hit 700 home runs. The 33 year-old Yomiuri Giants’ slugger, who will finish his career with 868 career homers, is the first player to accomplish the feat in Japan.

1976       Orioles outfielder Reggie Jackson, tying an American League record shared by five players, hits a home run in his sixth consecutive game. The 13th inning round-tripper off Danny Frisella does not help in the Birds’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers, who scored two runs in the top of the frame in the Memorial Stadium contest.

1985       Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle. His seventh-inning home run completes the unique event, but the center fielder adds another round-tripper in the next frame when Texas beats the Indians at Arlington Stadium, 8-4.

2000       Reds third baseman Mike Bell, joining his grandfather and father, becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team. Gus played for Cincinnati from 1953 to 1961, and his son, Mike’s dad, spent the 1987-88 seasons in the Queen City.

2000       The Astros hit four homers in one inning off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes, tying the major league record for round-trippers allowed by one pitcher in a single frame. The second inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and ties a team record with six big flies.

2000       After rejecting a trade to the Mets, 36 year-old Barry Larkin agrees to a three-year, $27 million contract extension to continue to play for the Reds. The deal will keep the former Rookie of the Year (1986), NL’s MVP (1995), and 11-time All-Star shortstop in Cincinnati until 2003.

2000       The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown, delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson, and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star ‘Turkey’ Stearnes.

2002       Hitting three homers in Boston’s 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra, on his 29th birthday, ties the major league record, becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. The contest marks the Red Sox shortstop’s second three-homer game, having accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10th, 1999.

2002       Nomar Garciaparra establishes the record for consecutive home runs in the shortest time in terms of innings. In a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays at Fenway Park, the Red Sox shortstop homers three times in two frames; a pair of two-run homers in the second and a grand slam in the third.

2005       At SBC Park, uniform #36 is added to the second deck of the left-field bleachers, joining nine others when the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37 year-old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.

2006       In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season, with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon, and Joe Nathan adding seven more punchouts over the last four innings.

2006       Adrian Beltre hits the first inside-the-park home run in the eight-year history of Safeco Field. The eighth-inning blast to centerfield comes off Mike Timlin in the Mariners’ 9-8 victory over Boston.

2008       In a slugfest at Angel Stadium, Los Angeles collects a season-high 19 hits, beating the Indians, 14-11. The hit parade is led by Howie Kendrick (4), Jeff Mathis (4), and Casey Kotchman (5), making it the first time in franchise history three different players have had four or more hits in the same game.

2009       Thanks to a spectacular grab by defensive replacement DeWayne Wise of Gabe Kapler’s bid for a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, Mark Buehrle tosses the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 gem over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. The 30 year-old southpaw, who received a congratulatory call from President Obama, a big White Sox fan, becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to throw two hitless games for the team, matching Frank Smith’s accomplishment when the right-hander did it against the 1905 Tigers and the 1908 A’s.

2010       With a bases-empty homer in the first, a ground-rule double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth, and a single in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 7-4 loss to San Francisco at Chase Field, Kelly Johnson becomes the fourth player in franchise history to complete a cycle. The Arizona second baseman joins Luis Gonzalez (2000), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Stephen Drew (2008) to accomplish the feat with the D-Backs.

2011       For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Mets compile a 50-50 won-loss record after playing one hundred games. New York achieves the dubious distinction when they lose in Florida, 8-5.

2011       The Mariners tie the 1992 franchise record for consecutive defeats by losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 3-1. Seattle’s 14th straight loss results in Boston’s skipper Terry Francona’s 1,000th win as a major league manager.

2013       Wearing their home whites and batting in the bottom of the innings, the visiting Reds drop a 5-3 decision to the Giants in the second game of the twin bill at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The makeup game on the road set up the possibility that an away team for the first time in major league history could produce a walk-off win.

2019       Washington shortstop Trea Turner collects his second career cycle when doubles in the eight-run seventh inning of the team’s 11-1 victory over the Padres at Nationals Park. The 26 year-old infielder, becoming the 26th player to complete the deed more than once and the third to do so against the same opponent, first accomplished the rare feat in 2017 against San Diego, the team that sent him to the Nats as the player to be named later.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5938.60829 – 1930 – 1925 – 1212 – 611 – 165 – 5W 3
Tampa Bay5839.598130 – 1828 – 2126 – 159 – 413 – 157 – 3W 3
NY Yankees5045.526827 – 2323 – 2219 – 2613 – 612 – 76 – 4L 1
Toronto4844.5228.522 – 2226 – 2221 – 244 – 610 – 125 – 5L 2
Baltimore3164.3262713 – 3018 – 3412 – 266 – 1711 – 143 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5838.60435 – 1723 – 2113 – 732 – 179 – 117 – 3L 1
Cleveland4846.511924 – 2024 – 267 – 1126 – 168 – 126 – 4L 1
Detroit4751.4801228 – 2219 – 294 – 521 – 3017 – 117 – 3W 7
Minnesota4156.42317.522 – 2619 – 306 – 722 – 289 – 174 – 6L 1
Kansas City3955.4151822 – 2417 – 319 – 1417 – 275 – 114 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5839.59831 – 2027 – 1916 – 1215 – 925 – 134 – 6L 1
Oakland5642.5712.530 – 2426 – 1813 – 1313 – 422 – 207 – 3W 3
Seattle5146.526729 – 2122 – 2513 – 812 – 1321 – 166 – 4L 2
LA Angels4748.4951027 – 2220 – 2611 – 1114 – 716 – 264 – 6W 1
Texas3562.3612322 – 2513 – 3711 – 138 – 1514 – 231 – 9L 9
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5043.53828 – 1422 – 2919 – 1812 – 1214 – 65 – 5W 1
Atlanta4748.495426 – 2521 – 2324 – 2316 – 94 – 46 – 4W 1
Philadelphia4748.495427 – 1820 – 3023 – 2412 – 66 – 95 – 5L 3
Washington4550.474627 – 2518 – 2519 – 179 – 109 – 193 – 7L 1
Miami4156.4231122 – 2219 – 3419 – 226 – 1314 – 113 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5641.57727 – 2329 – 188 – 1127 – 1719 – 65 – 5L 2
Cincinnati4947.5106.524 – 2525 – 227 – 625 – 1610 – 204 – 6L 1
St. Louis4948.505728 – 2021 – 2814 – 1318 – 1915 – 116 – 4W 2
Chi Cubs4750.485928 – 1719 – 3311 – 1421 – 2412 – 84 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh3660.37519.521 – 2615 – 3410 – 1111 – 267 – 164 – 6L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6135.63530 – 1331 – 2213 – 713 – 826 – 157 – 3W 2
LA Dodgers5939.602331 – 1728 – 2213 – 710 – 1027 – 165 – 5L 2
San Diego5742.5765.533 – 1924 – 2310 – 1016 – 1423 – 176 – 4W 2
Colorado4254.4381933 – 209 – 345 – 811 – 1618 – 265 – 5W 1
Arizona3068.3063219 – 3011 – 388 – 1511 – 1511 – 315 – 5W 4


New England159332818105-0-14-3-230
Orlando City SC14743231494-2-13-2-225
Nashville SC14581211475-5-00-3-123
CF Montreal14644191634-2-12-2-322
New York City FC13625211564-1-22-1-320
New York13535181624-1-11-2-418
FC Cincinnati133461726-90-2-33-2-313
Toronto FC142481831-131-3-21-1-610
Inter Miami CF12228922-130-1-52-1-38
Sporting KC14833251695-3-03-0-327
Los Angeles14815232215-0-23-1-325
Los Angeles FC14635181534-2-12-1-421
Real Salt Lake13454211652-4-22-1-217
San Jose143471624-82-0-41-4-313
FC Dallas142571423-92-5-00-0-711


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