MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

HOUSTON 5 KANSAS CITY 2

BALTIMORE 4 LA ANGELS 1

NY YANKEES 6 BOSTON 5

DETROIT 2 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

SEATTLE 8 TORONTO 3

PITTSBURGH 4 CINCINNATI 2

CINCINNATI 5 PITTSBURGH 1

ST. LOUIS 3 ATLANTA 2 (11)

SAN DIEGO 2 SAN FRANCISCO 1 (10)

COLORADO 4 ARIZONA 3

LA DODGERS 5 CHICAGO CUBS 3

PHILADELPHIA 5 WASHINGTON 3

NY METS 10 MIAMI 0

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

IOWA 6 INDIANAPOLIS 3

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SOUTH BEND 8 WISCONSIN 6

LAKE COUNTY 11 FORT WAYNE 10 (13)

WNBA

CHICAGO 93 INDIANA 84

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PHOENIX 84 NEW YORK 81

SEATTLE 106 LOS ANGELES 69

INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

JULY 8, FRIDAY: 6 P.M., VS. CHARLOTTE, ESPN2

JULY 10, SUNDAY: 3 P.M., VS. SACRAMENTO, ESPN

JULY 12, TUESDAY: 9 P.M., VS. DETROIT, NBA TV

JULY 15, FRIDAY: 9 P.M., VS. WASHINGTON, ESPN2

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.

AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

AUG. 27, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. TAMPA BAY, 7:30 P.M.

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INDIA, DRURY KEY RALLY, REDS BEAT PIRATES 5-1 TO SPLIT DH

CINCINNATI (AP) Jonathan India hit a go-ahead single, Brandon Drury added a two-run triple and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Thursday night to split a doubleheader.

Pittsburgh won the opener 4-2 behind rookie starter Roansy Contreras, who allowed one run in six innings.

In the nightcap, India snapped a 1-1 tie with his two-out single in the seventh inning off Bryse Wilson, which followed an error by second baseman Josh VanMeter that allowed Nick Senzel to reach. Drury followed against reliever Chris Stratton and hit a line drive that eluded right fielder Ben Gamel’s diving effort and rolled to the wall for a triple.

Tommy Pham capped the rally with an RBI single.

Wilson (1-5) allowed four runs – just one earned – on seven hits in a season-high 6 2/3 innings. He was coming off his first win of the season last Saturday against Milwaukee. Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to be Pittsburgh’s 27th man for the doubleheader.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton felt Wilson deserved more support. Pittsburgh had two runners in scoring position with one out in the first, but opener Jeff Hoffman stranded them with two strikeouts.

“The bottom line is we’ve got to score,” Shelton said. “We didn’t put the ball in play.”

Hoffman lasted 1 2/3 innings in a bullpen game for the Reds. Ross Detwiler pitched one inning and Robert Dugger – added to the roster between games – turned in 3 1/3 before Reiver Sanmartin (1-4) pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win.

“I was going to do whatever I could until they took me out of the game,” Sanmartin said through a translator. “Just to have the coaches, the manager and the team had the confidence in me to finish the game, gave me confidence.”

“It started with Hoffy,” Reds manager David Bell said. “No matter what, we were going to put guys in situations that they were uncomfortable with. We would have to stretch some guys based on their workload. Dugger came up in a tough spot. We asked a lot of him. I never expected Reiver to finish the game based on what he’s done the last couple days, but it got to a point that it was easy for him.”

In the opener, Michael Chavis hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Diego Castillo homered to back Contreras (3-2).

Jason Delay drove in Gamel from first base with a seventh-inning double for his first career hit and RBI as Pittsburgh sent the Reds to their seventh loss in nine games. Delay’s hit boosted Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-1.

“I’m happy for him,” Shelton said. “His first major league RBI, and it was a big RBI. It extended the lead.”

After getting rocked for five hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings during his last start on July 1 against Milwaukee, Contreras allowed four hits and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts in his 12th appearance and ninth start of the season.

“I have to give credit to some adjustments I made this week,” Contreras said through a translator. “I’m grateful that the results came through. I always trust myself. I’ve learned how to move on. There’s always another new day.”

Duane Underwood Jr. and Wil Crowe followed from the bullpen before David Ednar worked the ninth for his 14th save.

Mike Minor (1-6) struck out a season-high eight over 6 1/3 innings on the way to his fourth straight loss. He allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and a hit batter. Minor held Pittsburgh hitless through the first four innings.

“This was the best I’ve thrown all year,” Minor said. “Still, they came away with four runs. I thought my stuff was a lot better. I had a lot of swing-and-miss stuff. Balls in the gap with guys on base killed me. The solo home run, I’ll take it.”

The Pirates had gone 14 innings without scoring a run, including Wednesday’s 16-0 loss to the Yankees.

“We bounce back really well,” Shelton said. “I’d like not to have to. We have a resilient bunch.”

Donovan Solano broke up Contreras’ shutout bit with a fifth-inning solo shot, his first homer since coming off the injured list on June 21.

The Pirates optioned Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis between games.

TWINBILLS

Thursday’s doubleheader was the fourth of at least five this season for the Pirates, the most for the team since it played nine in 2004. The Reds and Pirates are scheduled to play a third doubleheader in Cincinnati on September 13, the first time the teams have played three twinbills in one season since 1965.

WHOLESALE CHANGES

Between games, the Reds transferred RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (right forearm strain) to the 60-day IL, placed catcher Aramis Garcia (left middle finger) on the 10-day IL, promoted RHP Robert Dugger from Triple-A Louisville and recalled catcher Mark Kolozsvary from Louisville.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Luis Cessa left the game with a left rib muscle strain while pitching to Reynolds in the seventh inning. He was placed on the 15-day IL between games. … C Tyler Stephenson (broken right thumb) was scheduled to catch Thursday and be the designated hitter on Friday for Triple-A Louisville before possibly being activated on Saturday, manager David Bell said. … RHP Alexis Diaz (right bicep) could be activated Friday, Bell said.

UP NEXT

Pirates: After a one-day stop in Cincinnati for Thursday’s doubleheader, Pittsburgh heads to Milwaukee, where RHP JT Brubaker (2-7, 4.28 ERA) will take the mound to begin a three-game series on Friday.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.09) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Friday.

CHAVIS HAS BIG HIT, CONTRERAS SOLID AS PIRATES TOP REDS 4-2

CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Chavis hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Diego Castillo homered and rookie Roansy Contreras allowed one run in six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Jason Delay drove in Ben Gamel from first base with a seventh-inning double for his first career hit and RBI as Pittsburgh sent the Reds to their third loss in four games and seventh of nine. Delay’s hit boosted Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-1.

“I’m happy for him,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “His first major league RBI, and it was a big RBI. It extended the lead.”

After getting rocked for five hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings during his last start on July 1 against Milwaukee, Contreras (3-2) allowed four hits and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts in his 12th appearance and ninth start of the season.

“I have to give credit to some adjustments I made this week,” Contreras said through a translator. “I’m grateful that the results came through. I always trust myself. I’ve learned how to move on. There’s always another new day.”

“He executed better,” Shelton said. “He had command of both of his breaking balls and his changeup. It was nice to see him bounce back.”

Duane Underwood Jr. and Wil Crowe followed from the bullpen before David Ednar worked the ninth for his 14th save.

Mike Minor (1-6) struck out a season-high eight over 6 1/3 innings on the way to his fourth straight loss. He allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and a hit batter.

With one out in the sixth inning, Ke’Bryan Hayes came up with a one-out infield hit and Bryan Reynolds was hit on his left foot by a pitch. Reynolds stayed in the game and scored when Chavis drilled a line drive to left-center that one-hopped the wall for a 3-1 Pittsburgh lead.

“I didn’t get the win or a quality start, but I got to the seventh inning,” Minor said. “I’ve pitched in doubleheaders before, so it was in the back of my mind a little bit. Most of those guys won’t say no to pitching twice in a day, even though you don’t want them to. You don’t want to go just four or five innings. You have to help them out in the bullpen.”

Minor held Pittsburgh hitless until Castillo led off the fifth with his ninth homer, a no-doubt line drive into Cincinnati’s left-center field bullpen.

“This was the best I’ve thrown all year,” Minor said. “Still, they came away with four runs. I thought my stuff was a lot better. I had a lot of swing-and-miss stuff. Balls in the gap with guys on base killed me. The solo home run, I’ll take it.”

The Pirates had gone 14 innings without scoring a run, including Wednesday’s 16-0 loss to the Yankees.

“We bounce back really well,” Shelton said. “I’d like not to have to. We have a resilient bunch.”

Donovan Solano matched Castillo with a drive to left-center leading off the bottom of the fifth, his first homer since coming off the injured list on June 21.

TWINBILLS

Thursday’s doubleheader was the fourth of at least five this season for the Pirates, the most for the team since it played nine in 2004. The Reds and Pirates are scheduled to play a third doubleheader in Cincinnati on September 13, the first time the teams have played three twinbills in one season since 1965.

WHOLESALE CHANGES

Between games, the Reds transferred RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (right forearm strain) to the 60-day IL, placed catcher Aramis Garcia (left middle finger) on the 10-day IL, promoted RHP Robert Dugger from Triple-A Louisville and recalled catcher Mark Kolozsvary from Louisville.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Luis Cessa left the game with an undisclosed injury while pitching to Reynolds in the seventh inning. He was placed on the 15-day IL between games. … C Tyler Stephenson (broken right thumb) was scheduled to catch Thursday and be the designated hitter on Friday for Triple-A Louisville before possibly being activated on Saturday, manager David Bell said. … RHP Alexis Diaz (right bicep) could be activated Friday, Bell said.

UP NEXT

Pirates: After a one-day stop in Cincinnati for Thursday’s doubleheader, Pittsburgh heads to Milwaukee, where RHP JT Brubaker (2-7, 4.28 ERA) will take the mound to begin a three-game series on Friday.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.09) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Friday.

GONSOLIN GOES TO 11-0, DODGERS GET 4 HRS TO BEAT CUBS 5-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Gonsolin pitched seven strong innings for his 11th win, and Mookie Betts hit a pair of leadoff homers in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the series opener on Thursday night.

Gonsolin is the first Dodgers pitcher to start a season 11-0 since Alex Wood in 2017. He and Houston’s Justin Verlander are tied for most wins in the majors.

The NL West leaders won their fourth in a row.

Gonsolin allowed two runs and four hits, struck out three and didn’t walk anyone for his second straight start and third time this season. His 1.62 ERA is the best in baseball.

The right-hander even did a little fielding in the sixth. Ian Happ hit a line drive that ricocheted off Gonsolin’s glove and went behind the mound. Gonsolin raced to pick up the ball and fired to first base for the third out.

Betts blasted solo shots leading off the first and the eighth for his 19th and 20th homers. He got hit by a pitch in the fifth and had his left hand examined but stayed in the game.

Hitting in the ninth spot, Gavin Lux extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-0 on a two-run shot with two outs in the second after Trayce Thompson doubled.

Justin Turner went deep in the fourth to make it 4-0.

The Cubs cut their deficit to 4-2 on Christopher Morel’s two-run homer with two outs in the fifth.

They didn’t have another hit until Ian Happ’s two-out single in the ninth off closer Craig Kimbrel. Rookie Seiya Suzuki hit a flare to right that Betts chased mightily, but it dropped for an RBI double that left the Cubs trailing 5-3.

Suzuki took third on Kimbrel’s wild pitch and Kimbrel walked Patrick Wisdom to put the potential tying run at first.

Alex Vesia retired pinch-hitter Nelson Velazquez on a called third strike to earn his first save.

Chicago starter Mark Leiter Jr. (2-3) gave up four runs and five hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked none.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (right shoulder strain) had an MRI that showed no structural damage and he won’t need surgery. There’s no timetable for his return. … LHP Justin Steele isn’t with the team while he awaits the birth of his child.

Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder) will continue throwing off a mound while expanding his full complement of pitches. He remains a couple weeks away from facing live hitters.

GRATEROL HURT

Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol left in the eighth with right side soreness. A trainer and manager Dave Roberts visited the mound after the right-hander touched his upper rib cage with his hand. Graterol got the first out of the inning and had a 2-1 count on Morel when he walked off. Phil Bickford came in and struck out Morel before Andrelton Simmons grounded out to end the inning.

THROWING IN STYLE

Rapper Saweetie tossed out a ceremonial first pitch. She took the mound in high heels and her extra long fingernails painted in the team’s blue-and-white colors didn’t interfere with her throw to Betts, who served as catcher.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.41 ERA) is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his only other start against LA.

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.09) has 73 strikeouts to 15 walks over 15 games, including 13 starts.

ROOKIE BRIESKE OUTDUELS CEASE, TIGERS BEAT WHITE SOX 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) Beau Brieske could feel everything clicking for him as he sailed through a dominant start. The Tigers needed every bit of what he gave them.

Brieske tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning while outpitching Dylan Cease, Javier Baez homered and Detroit hung on beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Thursday night.

“Those are the most fun games to pitch in,” Brieske said. “You know you have to be at your best in order to give your team a chance to win.”

The Tigers won their fifth straight. They followed up their first four-game sweep of Cleveland in nine years by taking the opener of a four-game set against the reigning AL Central champions.

Pinch-hitter Spencer Torkelson had an RBI single in the ninth to give Detroit a two-run lead. Chicago then made it interesting in the bottom half against closer Gregory Soto.

Tim Anderson singled with one out, AJ Pollock walked and Luis Robert cut it to 2-1 with a double down the line that a diving first baseman Torkelson said popped over his glove. But with runners on second and third, Soto struck out Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez to earn his 17th save in 19 chances.

The only hits Brieske (2-6) allowed were singles by Josh Harrison leading off the sixth and by Abreu, who chased him with one out in the seventh. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked one to win for the second time in 14 major league starts. He also beat Toronto on June 11.

“He did a really good job,” catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “He pitched Luis Robert in, he pitched Jose Abreu in, was able to kind of get them sped up a bit and use the changeup and the slider. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

White Sox manager Tony La Russa was impressed, too.

“At least three pitches, sometimes four. Stayed out of the middle of the zone, got ahead of hitters,” he said. “All the stuff good pitchers do. Hopefully the next time we see him we have a better chance.”

Baez, greeted with more boos than cheers in his first game in Chicago since the crosstown Cubs traded him to the New York Mets last July, gave Detroit a 1-0 lead when he connected against Cease leading off the fourth. The drive to left was the two-time All-Star’s eighth home run.

Cease (7-4) – 10-0 in his first 11 starts against Detroit – was a tough-luck loser. The right-hander went six innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked three.

Harrison, who also walked in the third, got stranded after breaking up the no-hit bid in the sixth. He moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Reese McGuire and advanced to third with two out on a wild pitch before AJ Pollock lined to Baez at shortstop.

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his single in the seventh. But he also got tagged out between first and second by Barnhart to end the inning after Alex Lange struck out Jimenez.

Detroit’s Andrew Chafin retired Yoan Moncada on a flyball to the warning track leading off the eighth, then got the next two batters.

QUOTABLE

“Not a new thing. They just love me on the other side.” – Baez on being booed on the South Side.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta (strained left hamstring) likely won’t return this month after being placed on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday, manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’ll be difficult for him to be back here in July, but that’s just a guess at this point given the initial diagnosis,” Hinch said. … RHP Kyle Funkhouser (strained right shoulder) is set to throw a bullpen session on Friday. … RHP Rony Garcia (sore right shoulder) played catch on Thursday. … Hinch said OF Austin Meadows (strained right and left Achilles tendons), on a rehab assignment, woke up sore. But he was added to Triple-A Toledo’s lineup.

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was in the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s win over Minnesota in the sixth inning because of a bruised right foot. … OF/1B Andrew Vaughn (illness) was not in the lineup. … The White Sox won’t have a timeline on LHP Aaron Bummer (strained left lat) until he starts throwing off a mound, La Russa said. Bummer has not pitched since June 7.

UP NEXT

The series continues with RHP Lucas Giolito (5-4, 4.90 ERA) opposing Tigers LHP Tarik Skubal (5-7, 4.06). Giolito pitched three-hit ball over six innings in a win at San Francisco on Sunday after posting a 9.00 ERA in his previous four starts.

DONALDSON’S SLAM LEADS YANKEES PAST DEVERS, RED SOX 6-5

BOSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole shut down eight of the nine hitters in the Red Sox lineup – good enough to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-5 victory over Boston on Thursday night.

And then there was Rafael Devers.

The Red Sox third baseman made a final push to be added to the AL All-Star roster by homering twice off the Yankees ace, delivering two of Boston’s five hits and all five of the RBIs. In his career, he has a .304 average with six home runs in 23 at-bats against Cole.

“I’m open for suggestions,” the Yankees right-hander said to reporters afterward. “It’s pretty wild. He’s just been able to hit every(thing), there hasn’t been a miss-hit. Like, roll over one time. Like, line out one time.

“You’re supposed to fail seven out of 10 times in this gig. I don’t know what the deal is,” he said. “We’ll just have to just keep at it, man.”

Josh Donaldson homered for the second straight game, hitting a grand slam in the third, and Aaron Hicks homered on the very next pitch to stake Cole to a 5-0 lead. Hicks also tripled in the fifth and scored to make it 6-2 before Devers’ second homer brought Boston within one run and sparked the heartiest “Yankees suck!” chant of the night.

“It’s great pitcher against a great hitter,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “And he’s had some success, obviously.”

Entering the game tied for second in the AL East – but 14 games behind the first-place Yankees – the Red Sox fell behind 5-0 in the third before Devers’ two-run shot in the bottom half. The Yankees led 6-2 in the fifth with Devers due up again – time for a meeting on the mound.

“We said `Homer doesn’t beat us right here. So, you know, let’s just go make our pitches,'” Cole said. “And, you know, we made our pitches and gave up a homer, but they didn’t beat us.”

In all, Cole was charged with five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Three relievers shut the Red Sox down from there, with Clay Holmes pitching the ninth for his 16th save.

Red Sox starter Josh Winckowski (3-3) gave up six runs on six hits and five walks in five innings.

The Yankees loaded the bases in the third inning of a scoreless game when No. 9 hitter Joey Gallo led off with a walk, Gleyber Torres singled and stole second and then, with two outs, the Red Sox pitched around Giancarlo Stanton to face Donaldson with the bases loaded.

He lined a 429-foot homer to center for his sixth career grand slam, then Hicks sent the next pitch 385 feet to right.

In the fifth, Hicks lined one over Jackie Bradley Jr.’s head and off the wall, away from the Red Sox right fielder. He scored to make it 6-2 when first baseman Franchy Cordero misplayed an infield popup into a double (that was changed to an error and back to a double).

VOTE RAFFY

Devers now has 12 career multihomer games.

He is campaigning to be the first Red Sox third baseman to make back-to-back All-Star Games since Wade Boggs played in seven straight from 1986-92. In voting that ends Friday at 2 p.m., Devers led Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez 59% to 41%.

HALF-STAFF

The U.S. flag in center field and behind home plate flew at half staff in memory of the victims of the Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, that killed seven and wounded dozens of others.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Aaron Judge got a day off for lower body tightness.

Red Sox: Placed RHP Tyler Danish on the 15-day injured list with a right forearm strain. To fill his spot on the roster, the club selected RHP Michael Feliz from Triple-A Worcester.

UP NEXT:

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (7-3) will pitch the second game of the four-game series, perhaps against Boston righty Connor Seabold (0-1).

CARLSON’S TIEBREAKING SINGLE SENDS CARDS OVER BRAVES IN 11

ATLANTA (AP) Dylan Carlson hit a tiebreaking single in the top of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday night to snap their four-game losing streak.

Nolan Gorman singled to begin the 11th and move automatic runner Nolan Arenado to third. Carlson’s single glanced off the glove of second baseman Phil Gosselin, and the Cardinals led 3-2.

“It’s super meaningful,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “We’ve gotten beaten the last couple of days here. They played good baseball. Today was good baseball on both sides. Today was a good one.”

Spencer Strider dominated with a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings for the defending World Series champion Braves, who began the game a major league-best 26-7 since June 1 but fell 3 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Juan Yepez’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th broke a 1-all tie for St. Louis. Matt Olson’s RBI single tied it at 2 in the bottom half.

Michael Harris II hit a tying homer off Giovanny Gallegos in the seventh for Atlanta. Albert Pujols delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the top of the inning for St. Louis, giving him 121 sacrifice flies to tie Hank Aaron and Frank Thomas for fourth place on the career list.

Strider mixed a fastball that regularly touched 99 mph and a high 80s slider that was equally effective, recording a strikeout for each of the first nine outs, the first time that’s happened since the Braves debuted in Atlanta in 1966.

“It’s cool,” he said. “A lot of good pitchers have pitched for Atlanta. That’s neat. I wish we would’ve pulled out the win as well, but it’s cool.”

Strider, a fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2020, has struck out 102 in 65 2/3 innings this year. He allowed two hits, no runs and two walks.

Only two other pitchers have recorded strikeouts in their first nine outs since the start of 2020: Miami’s Pablo Lopez on July 11, 2021, and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola on June 25, 2021.

Ryan Helsley (5-1) earned the win in 2 1/3 innings. Packy Naughton earned his first save, and Tyler Matzek (0-2) took the loss.

St. Louis struck out 19 times. The Cardinals, second in the NL Central, had dropped six of seven. Prior to Thursday, the Braves had never struck out more than 18 hitters in a game that lasted 11 or fewer innings.

Arenado popped up to begin the fourth, the first out that was put in play by the Cardinals. Strider struck out three more the rest of the way.

Strider, who struck out 11 in a win last Saturday at Cincinnati and has three double-digit strikeout games in eight career starts, gave up a bloop double to Paul Goldschmidt and a walk to Arenado in the first but struck out Gorman to end the threat. He struck out the side and faced the minimum in the second.

“It’s a game of inches, and the inches got us pretty much,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Carlson went 3 for 3 after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He also turned a double play in the ninth when Carlson caught Harris’ liner in center field and doubled up pinch-runner Gosselin, who had advanced from first past second and was easily forced out.

“In that situation, you’re definitely trying to be aggressive and catch anything over your head,” Carlson said. “When the guy on first can run pretty well … you’ve got to be aggressive and go make a play. Off the bat, that was the initial thought.”

MILESTONES

Pujols needs one extra base hit to reach 1,377 and tie Stan Musial for third place on the career list.

“Now, to be able to mention my name in the sentence along with those guys is like, `What?’ It’s almost like a dream,” Pujols said. “It’s really reality. I’m just thankful and grateful.”

Pujols, who plans to retire after the season, walked onto the field 10 minutes before the first pitch to receive a $1,000 check to his family foundation from the Braves’ foundation. He received a standing ovation before the game and then loud applause when he was introduced as a pinch-hitter.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: C Austin Romine stayed in the game despite getting hit on the helmet by Marcell Ozuna’s back swing in the 10th. … LF Tyler O’Neill (left hamstring strain) took the night off with Triple-A Memphis and could be activated Friday. … Marmol said he expects LHP Genesis Cabrera (illness) to rejoin the active roster on Friday. … CF Harrison Bader (right plantar fasciitis) is swinging and playing catch before returning to wearing his protective boot the rest of the day. He could return during the upcoming 10-day homestand.

Braves: Snitker said LHP Max Fried, who left Wednesday’s win after 82 pitches with tightness in his right glute muscle, is fine and will make his next scheduled start.

CARDS BY THE NUMBERS

The last time the Cardinals’ first nine outs in a game were via strikeout came March 31, 2019, against Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes. … The last pitcher to record 12 or more Ks against St. Louis was Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers with 13 on Sept. 6, 2021. … RHP Jordan Hicks threw 27 of his 34 pitches over 100 mph, two shy of his single-game record. … Gallegos had his fifth blown save of the season, tied for the NL lead.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (6-6, 3.26 ERA) will face RHP Zack Wheeler as St. Louis hosts Philadelphia to begin a four-game series. Wainwright is 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 career starts and two relief appearances against the Phillies.

Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.34 ERA) will face RHP Erick Fedde (5-5, 4.29) as Atlanta hosts Washington to begin a three-game series. Morton is 4-6 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 career starts against Washington.

PROFAR COLLAPSES AFTER COLLISION, PADRES BEAT GIANTS IN 10

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar collapsed as he was trying to walk off the field after a scary collision with rookie shortstop C.J. Abrams during a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

Profar was eventually strapped onto a stretcher, his neck in a brace, and driven off the field on a cart as his teammates watched from a few feet away. Profar pumped his right fist to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd and appeared to be smiling. He was taken to a hospital and no update was immediately available.

The Padres won it in the 10th on pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro’s bases-loaded single. Kim Ha-seaong started on second as the automatic runner and Austin Nola was intentionally walked. Kim took third on Trent Grisham’s bunt single. Jarlin Garcia didn’t have a play at third and was late throwing to first. Alfaro then stroked a single to center to win it.

Manny Machado homered for the first time in nearly three weeks and ace Joe Musgrove combined with three relievers on a two-hitter. The Padres won for just the third time in 11 games. The Giants lost for the 13th time in 17 games.

Profar and Abrams both went after a fly ball hit by Tommy La Stella into shallow left field in the fifth inning. Abrams made the catch with his back to the infield and his left knee hit Profar in the left jaw as the left fielder appeared to be positioning himself for a diving catch.

Profar rolled onto his back and was writhing in pain. He was tended to for several minutes and at one point sat up. He attempted to walk off the field, accompanied by trainers, but collapsed just as he got to the infield dirt.

He was on the ground for several more minutes, surrounded by the training staff, before a medical cart arrived. Profar was placed on a stretcher before being driven off on the cart.

Abrams remained in the game.

Machado homered into the second deck in left field off Logan Webb with one out in the fourth. It was his 13th. The slugger’s last homer came on June 18 at Colorado, a game before he sprained his left ankle after slipping on first base. Machado missed nine games before returning to the lineup on June 30.

Musgrove held the Giants to one hit while striking out six and walking four.

Nabill Crismatt (5-1) pitched the 10th for the win.

Taylor Rogers was one out from his 24th save when he allowed Brandon Crawford’s RBI single to right. That brought in Austin Slater, who reached when he was hit by a pitch on the foot and then stole second.

Webb went eight innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out two and walking one.

PADRES HALL OF FAME

Former team CEO and president Larry Lucchino and former longtime broadcaster Ted Leitner were inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Lucchino was the driving force behind the approval and design of Petco Park, which opened in 2004.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Placed LHP Jose Alvarez on 15-day Injured List with left elbow inflammation and recalled RHP Zack Littell from Triple-A Sacramento.

Padres: All-Star SS Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to meet soon with the surgeon who repaired his fractured left wrist in March. Manager Bob Melvin said Tatis could be cleared to begin taking batting practice with no limitations. Tatis has been taking grounders at shortstop as well as fly balls in the outfield among other preparations for his return, which likely will be after the All-Star break. … INF Kim Ha-seong missed his second straight start with a sore left thumb.

UP NEXT

The Giants haven’t named a starter for Friday night’s game to oppose Padres LHP Blake Snell (0-5, 5.13).

OLADIPO RETURNS TO HEAT, AIMING TOWARD RETURN TO PAST FORM

Victor Oladipo went into free agency with his eyes open, determined to find what would be the best place for him.

Turns out, he was already there.

Oladipo signed his new contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday, a two-year deal with the second of those years at his option. Injuries and recovery have limited him to 12 regular-season appearances out of a possible 110 in his first season-and-a-half with the franchise, and both he and the Heat are banking on him being able to handle much more this coming year.

“I think the biggest goal for me is to show everyone that I’m healthy, and I can play a whole year — and also to show everyone that I’m one of the best players in the league,” Oladipo said. “So, everything else will take care of itself. And that’s what I’m focused on.”

Oladipo appeared in just eight regular-season games this past season while recovering from a second surgery to repair his right quadriceps tendon. He was a two-time All-Star with Indiana before getting hurt in January 2019. He returned a year later, wasn’t anywhere near the same player and Indiana traded him to Houston in January 2021. The Rockets didn’t keep him long before moving him to Miami, with whom Oladipo played four games in March 2021 before getting hurt again.

ANALYSIS: BANCHERO’S SUMMER DEBUT WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS

LAS VEGAS (AP) Here’s what happened in the first few seconds of this year’s NBA Summer League: Amid the squeaking of sneakers, and the noise generated by the people filling just about every lower-bowl seat in the arena, one voice could still be clearly heard.

That voice belonged to Paolo Banchero.

In the first moments of his first NBA game, Banchero was the loudest talker on defense for the Orlando Magic. And that was one of many, many good signs the 19-year-old out of Duke displayed during his opening night of professional basketball in Orlando’s 91-77 win Thursday over the Houston Rockets.

“I think I did all right,” Banchero said. “I missed some easy shots, missed a layup, couple in-and-outs. But I think I did solid. I got my teammates involved. Could have been better on defense. Just warming my body back up, getting back into playing shape, that’s kind of what I’m using Summer League for and getting back right.”

The determination on whether the Magic made the right decision by taking Banchero with the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft won’t be made over the next few days in Las Vegas, or by what happens when the regular season starts in October, or if he wins Rookie of the Year. It’ll be made years from now, when there’s an actual body of work to judge.

Yet this much was already clear: The kid knows how to play.

Banchero’s final numbers: 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting, along with six assists and six fouls (you’re allowed more in Summer League) in 26 minutes. They’re all completely irrelevant, even though overreacting to summer stats is quickly becoming an annual NBA tradition.

The relevant part was how Banchero just kept making the right play.

“It’s great, just playing alongside someone like him,” fellow Magic rookie Caleb Houstan said. “Him being able to create for others and create for himself makes it easier on the rest of us. It’s a lot of fun out there.”

The Magic were going to be part of the first game of Summer League even before drafting Banchero; the schedule for Las Vegas came out a few days before the draft happened. It was a made-for-TV event, with a 10 p.m. Eastern starting time as part of the NBA marketing the opening night doubleheader – Portland and Detroit were playing after the Rockets-Magic game – as Midnight Madness.

But Banchero was part of the reason the night had a big-game feel. Scalpers were outside the arena three hours before the game, casually asking if anyone needed tickets. Magic coach Jamahl Mosley couldn’t walk 10 feet inside UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center without someone saying hello or shaking his hand. Big names – a past No. 1 pick like John Wall, a Hall of Famer like Jerry West, an All-Star like DeMar DeRozan, a NBA champion like Kyle Kuzma – grabbed courtside seats to watch.

The kid didn’t disappoint.

“Summer League, it’s like Vegas. Have fun, play basketball,” Banchero said. “I wanted to win.”

The first time Banchero touched the ball, he didn’t hesitate in whipping a pass to Devin Cannady for an open 3. His next touch, he drew a foul against Jabari Smith Jr. – the No. 3 pick by Houston, someone who many thought Orlando would take with the No. 1 selection.

He made his first four shots, two of them from 3-point range. He forced Houston into at least three turnovers just by being in the right place on defense. He felt a double-team coming on a post-up and again made the smart play, finding the open Cannady for another 3.

He was not flawless, of course.

Orlando’s Emanuel Terry made a great back-door cut that should have gotten him a dunk in the opening minutes, but Banchero was late with the pass (one of his very few early mistakes, after scoring or assisting 14 of Orlando’s first 17 points). He was foul-prone, which isn’t exactly a big deal in Summer League. He tried to attack the basket by going 1-on-3 late in the first half; he got fouled and went to the line, though overpowering some guys in July is quite a bit easier than if he tries it against the real pros when the games count. And when he missed a rebound that led to a Houston putback score late, Banchero slapped the ball in anger.

“He wasn’t perfect,” Magic summer coach Jesse Mermuys said. “But he did obviously make some really nice plays for us. And I thought he was trying defensively really hard. He did some silly fouls, and as a coach I’m looking at the things he didn’t do, but he obviously had a nice game.”

That all said, the good signs way outnumbered the mistakes.

A slew of Magic veterans, a fellow No. 1 pick in Markelle Fultz among them, leaped from their courtside seats more than once in response to what Banchero was doing on the floor. And at times when he was out of the game and a teammate did something particularly well, Banchero was one of the first to his feet to lead cheers.

It was one game, a summer debut, an outcome soon to be forgotten.

But it was a moment, the first of many, and it wasn’t too big for Banchero. He got a tattoo on his right arm last year. No Pressure, it says. It’s a credo he lives by.

“I’ve always dealt with pressure well,” Banchero said. “Been able to handle it. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball. There can be all the noise, all the pressure in the world, but at the end of the day you’ve got to go out there and hoop against five other guys.”

INJURED NADAL OUT OF WIMBLEDON; KYRGIOS ADVANCES TO FINAL

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon because of a torn abdominal muscle on Thursday, a day before he was supposed to play Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals.

It is the first time since 1931 that a man pulled out of the oldest Grand Slam tournament before a semifinal or final.

“I made my decision because I believe that I can’t win two matches under these circumstances,” Nadal said at a news conference at the All England Club. “I can’t serve. It’s not only that I can’t serve at the right speed, it’s that I can’t do the normal movement to serve.”

The 22-time major champion sighed occasionally while answering questions in English, then Spanish, for more than 20 minutes total. He twice described himself as “very sad.”

Nadal said trying to continue to compete could make the injury worse.

The only other time in his career that Nadal gave a walkover to an opponent by pulling out of a Grand Slam tournament prior to a match came at the 2016 French Open, when he withdrew before the third round because of an injured left wrist.

The 40th-ranked Kyrgios, a 27-year-old from Australia, advanced to his first title match at a major tournament and becomes the first unseeded men’s finalist at Wimbledon since Mark Philippoussis, who lost to Roger Federer in 2003.

“I hope your recovery goes well and we all hope to see you healthy soon,” Kyrgios wrote in an Instagram post addressed to Nadal.

Kyrgios will meet either three-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic or No. 9 Cam Norrie of Britain for the championship on Sunday; their semifinal will be played Friday.

The second-seeded Nadal, a 36-year-old from Spain, is 19-0 in Grand Slam action in 2022, including trophies at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. That put him halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

Nadal has been bothered by a stomach muscle for about a week, and the pain became nearly unbearable in the first set of his 4-hour, 21-minute victory via fifth-set tiebreaker against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

After that match, Nadal said he had considered stopping before it was over – and could not be certain whether he would feel well enough to play again Friday.

He wore two strips of athletic tape on his lower stomach and took a medical timeout to take painkilling pills; his father and sister motioned from the stands for him to quit.

On Thursday’s off day, Nadal went to the All England Club for a light practice session. He was signed up on the official schedule to train on one of the competition courts but did not show up there, instead opting for practice courts to which fans don’t have access.

Mostly content to hit forehands and backhands, Nadal did attempt a few serves – the part of his game that revealed the most obvious inability to play with full force and, he said, caused the most discomfort against Fritz. Those practice serves Thursday were generally tapped in, by Nadal’s standards, not with any of the body-torqueing effort he usually uses.

“I was thinking during the whole day about the decision to make,” Nadal said.

It’s not far from what went on with Nadal at Roland Garros, where he took repeated injections to numb the chronic pain in his left foot and insisted he had no idea when he might reach the point of not being able to take the court.

He tried a new treatment after leaving Paris, and that worked well enough, Nadal said, to allow him to walk without limping.

His level of play through five matches on Wimbledon’s grass was such that he thought he had a chance to win a third title at the tournament, after those in 2008 and 2010.

The injury changed things, of course.

“I don’t want to go out there, not be competitive enough to play at the level that I need to play to achieve my goal,” he said.

Nadal said he thought he might be sidelined for about a month or so. The year’s last Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open, starts Aug. 29.

AT WIMBLEDON, JABEUR 1ST WOMAN FROM AFRICA IN PRO SLAM FINAL

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Ons Jabeur’s steady progress from year to year – up the tennis rankings, through the draws of various tournaments and, now, at Wimbledon – has carried her to a Grand Slam singles final, the first African woman and Arab woman to make it that far in the professional era.

The No. 3-seeded Jabeur, a 27-year-old from Tunisia, got past her good friend Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in an up-and-down semifinal at a sun-splashed Centre Court on Thursday.

“I want to go bigger, inspire many more generations. Tunisia is connected to the Arab world, is connected to the African continent. … I want to see more players from my country, from the Middle East, from Africa,” said Jabeur, who sat on her sideline chair and threw her head back after the biggest victory of her career. “We didn’t believe enough, at a certain point, that we can do it. Now I’m just trying to show (we can). Hopefully people are getting inspired.”

On Saturday, she will face another player making her major final debut, No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina, for the championship. Rybakina, a 23-year-old from Kazakhstan, overwhelmed 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the second semifinal.

“I already did a lot,” Rybakina said, “and it’s just time to enjoy.”

After a surprising first-round loss at the French Open in May, Jabeur is on quite a run: She has won 11 consecutive matches, all on grass courts, and 22 of her past 24. Since pro players were first admitted to major tennis tournaments in 1968, never had an African woman or Arab woman been to a Slam final.

The men’s semifinals are Friday, with three-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic facing No. 9 Cameron Norrie of Britain, and 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal against unseeded Nick Kyrgios. Nadal shed doubt on whether he’d even be able to show up for his semifinal after struggling through a five-set victory over Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.

Nadal held a limited practice session Thursday, mostly sticking to forehands and backhands. When he did try serving, which was a real problem a day earlier, he did so without using full force or throwing his body behind his deliveries.

Jabeur has been rising in the tennis world in recent seasons. In 2020, at the Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals at a major. Last year produced all sorts of milestones: first Arab player to break into the top 10 of the men’s or women’s rankings; first Arab to win a WTA title; a quarterfinal at Wimbledon.

Now she’s done that two steps better.

“I really don’t know what to say. It’s a dream coming true from years and years of work and sacrifice. I’m really happy it’s paying off,” Jabeur said through a wide smile. “One more match now.”

When their semifinal ended, she and Maria – a 34-year-old mother of two from Germany who is ranked 103th – met at the net for an extended hug. Jabeur whispered something in her pal’s ear. Then, after depositing her racket on the sideline, Jabeur returned to the middle of the court for the usual victor’s wave to the crowd – except, instead of going alone, she playfully tugged Maria along with her, an uncommon gesture, and encouraged the spectators to salute the player on the wrong end of the scoreline.

“I definitely wanted to share the moment with her at the end, because she’s such an inspiration for so many players, including me,” Jabeur said. “Coming back after having two babies – I still can’t believe how she did it.”

Rybakina, never beyond a major quarterfinal until now, leads the tour in aces this year and added five to her total Thursday. More surprising was the way Halep never got going, especially on her serve, double-faulting nine times.

Halep had won her past 12 matches at the All England Club, a streak that began with her title run three years ago. Wimbledon was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Halep was unable to compete a year ago because she tore her left calf muscle.

Before their semifinal, Jabeur and Maria stood beside each other, waiting to take the walk through the halls of the stadium that lead to the court. Close as they are, the pair avoided exchanged any glances or chatter.

Close friends, yes. On this day, opponents, too, with quite the setting, stage and stakes.

Neither had been to a Grand Slam semifinal previously. Maria never had been past the third round in any of her 34 prior appearances at majors – and she only got that far once, at Wimbledon in 2015.

They are, to use Jabeur’s term, “barbecue buddies.” Jabeur knows Maria’s two daughters so well that the German referred to her as “Aunt Ons.”

“She’s part of our family,” Maria said.

Both offer unusual brands of speed-mixing, variety-filled tennis. On the second point of the match, Jabeur won a point by using a drop shot on a return of serve. Maria loves to hit slice forehands; Jabeur, quite capable of powerful groundstrokes, joined in on that occasionally.

“Very tricky player,” Rybakina said about Jabeur. “It’s not going to be easy to play against her.”

After a strong first set, Jabeur was far less effective in the second. Suddenly, mistakes began accruing rapidly. Her serving was less self-assured. Maria took full advantage. And then, just as suddenly, Jabeur switched back to her best self, pulling out to a 5-0 edge in the third in 20 minutes.

After 17 unforced errors in the second set, Jabeur made a remarkably low total of three the rest of the way. Maria simply could not keep up.

TRINGALE OFF TO RECORD START WITH 61 TO LEAD SCOTTISH OPEN

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Cameron Tringale has played 331 times on the PGA Tour without winning. His career-best round of 9-under 61 might help him change that at a tournament run by the European tour.

Tringale ran off six straight birdies to start the back nine at The Renaissance Club and had a three-shot lead in the Scottish Open, the first European event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

“I haven’t had a professional win on my own, and obviously Scotland is where golf started, so this place is special,” Tringale said.

Former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland saw work with putting coach Phil Kenyon pay off in his round of 64, the only one close to Tringale among the early starters.

Tringale had the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and matched the course record set three years ago by Bernd Wiesberger when The Renaissance played to a par 71.

It also took some of the attention away from an early contender, Justin Harding. The South African was among four players added to the 156-man field by winning a temporary stay against the European tour suspending him for playing a Saudi-backed LIV Golf event outside London without seeking a release.

Harding was in the first group off as a twosome with Adrian Otaegui of Spain, another LIV Golf player who asked a court for the stay.

“I’m trying my best to just play golf, put food on the table,” said Harding, the No. 114 player in the world who has made just over $1.1 million in two LIV events. He said he has not signed a contract with LIV Golf and was invited through his ranking.

“I was a little upset I was told I could not play. I have supported the European Tour for a long period and I’m happy to continue to do so,” Harding said. “There’s times when it’s a little uncomfortable, but we have to look after ourselves.”

Jordan Spieth set an early pace by running off five straight birdies, only to drop three shots over his last 10 holes for a 68. He called it a tale of two nines based on course knowledge.

“The nine I had never seen before went really well, and the nine I played yesterday went poorly,” Spieth said, who is playing a week before the British Open for the first time since 2015, the last time the Open was at St. Andrews.

It made sense this year with the PGA Tour co-sanctioning the tournament for the first time, which led to 14 of the top 15 in the world at The Renaissance, a course that looks like one and is plenty fast without having true links soil.

Tringale, who has reached the Tour Championship only once in his 12 previous years on the PGA Tour, is having one of his better years. He missed a playoff at Torrey Pines by one shot and was a distant runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama in the Zozo Championship last fall.

The conditions along the North Sea could not have been more ideal, with only a mild breeze and a full blue sky in the morning. Tringale took advantage with one key club in his bag.

“Golf is more fun when the putts are going in, and they were for me today,” he said.

He made a pair of birdie putts from the 40-foot range, and only four of his nine birdies were inside 6 feet. Equally important were a few midrange par putts he made at the start.

It was a struggle for Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who made double bogey from the 18th fairway by going from rough to rough, and lost more ground on the front nine for a 73.

PGA champion Justin Thomas and U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick played in the afternoon.

The Scottish charge was led early by Russell Knox, all because of his wife. Knox has been struggling with his putter when he was persuaded to try a long putter.

“My wife said, ‘You’ve been playing professional golf for 15 years and you’re horrible at putting. Try something different,’” Knox said. “The best putt of my life was a 3-footer for par on the first hole because if that didn’t go in, we were in for a long day.”

He had a 68. Knox didn’t have quite the magic of Tringale with the putter, but it worked well enough on this day.

CANADIENS TAKE JURAJ SLAFKOVSKY WITH TOP PICK IN NHL DRAFT

MONTREAL (AP) Juraj Slafkovsky waited and wondered if the Montreal Canadiens would take him with the first pick in the NHL draft.

When the moment came, he didn’t even hear general manager Kent Hughes call his name. Shock overwhelmed the big, charismatic winger as soon as he heard Hughes say, “From the Slovakian national team.

“I didn’t even listen anymore,” he said. “I was like shaking and I had goosebumps.”

Months after leading Slovakia to its first Olympic gold medal and being named tournament MVP, Slafkovsky made more history by becoming the first player from the country to be taken No. 1. Minutes later, countryman and Beijing Games teammate Simon Nemec went second to the New Jersey Devils.

Slafkovsky and Nemec became the highest-drafted players from Slovakia, 22 years after Marian Gaborik went third to Minnesota in 2000.

“I lost the words,” Nemec said. “We were kids when we dream about NHL draft.”

Nemec was all smiles later when he and Slafkovsky embraced Filip Mesar, the third Slovak taken in the first round, also by Montreal at No. 27. It’s the first time Slovakia has had three players taken in the the first round, which also matched a record with 16 prospects born outside of North America being selected.

The crowd at Bell Centre was fired up for the league’s first in-person draft since 2019, booing Commissioner Gary Bettman each time he stepped up to the microphone – until he said he had a trade to announce. There were some oohs and ahhs when Shane Wright, long projected to be the top pick in this draft even before the Canadiens won the draft lottery, was not taken in the top three.

The Arizona Coyotes made forward Logan Cooley the highest-drafted player from Pittsburgh when they took him third. Wright’s fall, reminiscent of Seth Jones in 2013 – the last draft with this level of uncertainty about the top pick – ended when the Seattle Kraken took him fourth.

Wright said he’d have a chip on his shoulder and play with “a little more fire” after getting passed over by three teams at the top of the draft.

The Canadiens kept everyone guessing in saying they were considering Slafkovsky, Wright and Cooley before the draft. And after answering that question by choosing the 6-foot-4 winger, Montreal made another splash by completing a trade.

The Canadiens traded defenseman Alexander Romanov to the New York Islanders for the 13th pick and moved that selection and the 66th to the Chicago Blackhawks for young forward Kirby Dach.

It was the second dismantling move made Thursday by the Blackhawks, who also traded high-scoring winger Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three picks.

Slafkovsky, who has drawn comparisons to late Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies and plays a bit like a young Jaromir Jagr, said he told the Canadiens on Thursday morning to take him. Confident as that sounded, Slafkovsky acknowledged he didn’t expect it to actually happen.

“It was a really big surprise for me,” Slafkovsky said. “We had meetings but we don’t get to know almost anything from that meeting. I still could just guess when I was waiting for this. But now it’s reality.”

Slafkovsky, who turned 18 in March, is among the most NHL-ready players in the draft after playing against grown men in Finland this past season and impressing at the Olympics with seven goals in seven games. The youngest player in the tournament was the biggest reason Slovakia won an Olympic bronze medal for the first time.

Chuck Fletcher, whose Philadelphia Flyers picked forward Cutter Gauthier fifth, said Wednesday he expected a lot of trades at the draft. Other GMs around the league didn’t want for the draft to begin to start dealing.

The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche got things started by acquiring goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for a third- and a fifth-round pick in this draft and a third-rounder next year. Then Chicago sent DeBrincat to Ottawa for the seventh and 39th picks and a third-rounder in 2024.

Bettman opened the draft in French by saying, “Bon soir, Montreal.” When fans booed him as is tradition, he said: “Thank you for that welcome. It is a return to normalcy.”

It’s also the first time the host team picked first since the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1985 when they got Wendell Clark. The Leafs got the loudest boos during roll call, with some in the crowd chanting, ‘”67!” in reference to the last year Toronto won the Stanley Cup.

Recent deaths in hockey were also recognized before the Canadiens went on the clock. Bettman asked those on the draft floor and in the stands to hold a moment of silence for retired defenseman Bryan Marchment, who died at age 53 Wednesday in Montreal where he was attending the draft as a scout for the San Jose Sharks.

Children of late Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy also addressed the crowd, along with Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis, who was serenaded by chants of “Ole! Ole! Ole!” Famously undrafted before having a Hall of Fame career, St. Louis joked: “It took me 45 years to finally be at my first draft. It was worth the wait.”

The opposite pressure now belongs to Slafkovsky, who could soon play alongside top Montreal forwards Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. That could be the plan for Hughes and St. Louis, who did their homework on Slafkovsky before picking him.

“They knew me pretty well,” he said. “They knew almost everything, how I play, what I do where on the ice, so I think it’s a really good organization and the important thing is they know what they want and I know what I want. It’s just good for me that they picked me.”

Rounds 2-7 are Friday.

BLACKHAWKS BEGIN DISMANTLING, TRADE DEBRINCAT AND DACH

(AP) — The long-anticipated dismantling of the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster begun Thursday with the team trading Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators and Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens.

In completing a third trade to acquire goalie Petr Mrazek from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Blackhawks went from having nothing in the first round at the NHL draft in Montreal to making three picks through the evening.

Chicago acquired the seventh and 39th picks in this year’s draft and a third-rounder in 2024 for DeBrincat, who is likely a year away from a big payday. The Blackhawks acquired the No. 13 pick by trading Dach to Montreal.

“Going through a rebuild, it’s not fun,” general manager Kyle Davidson said. “Doing things you have to do to get to where you want to go is not fun. There’s going to be tough days like this where you see familiar faces and faces that we in management and the fans know and love, but it’s necessary and it’s necessary to get to where we want to be.”

In adding Mrazek, the Blackhawks acquired the No. 25 selection for helping the Maple Leafs free up much-needed salary cap space. Mrazek has two years remaining on a three-year $11.4 million contract he signed with Toronto.

Dealing DeBrincat signals a shift into win-soon mode for the Senators, while the Blackhawks moved even further away from contending again a year after making moves like acquiring defenseman Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury.

“I think they’re trying to do something that maybe we were trying to do a few years ago,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said at the draft in Montreal. “Now we’re trying to do something that a lot of teams were trying to do, and that’s win a lot of hockey games.”

With a lot of losses coming up next season and beyond, the attention now turns to the future of longtime Blackhawks stars and three-time Stanley Cup-winners Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, whose matching contracts expire after next season.

“It’s a discussion that we’re going to have to have,” Davidson said. “We’re honest and told them what could happen. And we’re going to have to potentially make some changes, so there wasn’t any deception in that. But it’s real now. There’s a discussion that’s going to have to happen. They’re aware of what we expect of them and why we want them around.”

They already gained some financial flexibility by trading DeBrincat, who is expected to attract a hefty raise once his current deal expires after the 2022-23 season.

DeBrincat, 24, has one year left on a $19.2 million, three-year contract, after which he is eligible to become a restricted free agent. Dorion said the Senators expect to start extension talks with DeBrincat’s agent next week when league rules allow them but added the team wants to make sure he’s a good fit in coach D.J. Smith’s system.

“Obviously, we would like to extend him at some point in time,” Dorion said. “He was pretty excited. He talked to both myself and DJ earlier, and he was really excited. He knows we’ve got a really good, young group of players.”

Davidson said adding high draft picks was a priority following the DeBrincat trade.

Chicago selected Canadian junior defenseman Kevin Korchinski with the 13th pick, U.S. development team center Frank Nazar at No. 13 and Minnesota high school defenseman Sam Rinzel at No. 25.

“I think we’ve got some really, really high-quality prospects in our system,” Davidson said. “Coming into today, if I figured we would add Kevin Korchinski, Sam Rinzel and Frank Nazar, I wouldn’t have believed you. And sitting where we are right now with the prospects we just picked up, I’m pretty damn happy.”

The trades come with the Blackhawks having reached a crossroad in their franchise’s direction. Chicago has missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons, and hasn’t won a postseason round since 2015, when the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years.

The DeBrincat deal will create more questions for longtime Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Toews and Kane – still one of the league’s most dynamic players at age 33 – have no-movement clauses, making a trade unlikely unless they ask for a change in scenery. But DeBrincat’s departure could prompt Kane or Toews to seek a new home.

DeBrincat was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2016 draft. He put up big numbers with the OHL’s Erie Otters in juniors, but he slipped down some draft boards because of his height at 5-foot-7.

Those concerns turned out to be unfounded.

DeBrincat has been one of the NHL’s most prolific scorers since his debut with the Blackhawks in 2017. The winger matched his career high with 41 goals this past season and set a career best with 37 assists in 82 games.

Overall, he has 160 goals and 147 assists in 368 games.

But the Michigan native also has improved on the defensive end, becoming a more well-rounded player since entering the league.

He joins a burgeoning Senators roster that already features a collection of promising youngsters including Brady Tkachuk and Tim Stutzle.

PENGUINS RE-SIGN LETANG; AVALANCHE ACQUIRE GOALIE GEORGIEV

MONTREAL (AP) Moves are already happening around the NHL several hours before the draft begins, with the reigning Stanley Cup winners making a move to shore up their goaltending situation and a recent back-to-back champion ensuring a long-time defenseman was sticking around.

The Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche on Thursday acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for three draft picks, and the Pittsburgh Penguins also signed veteran defenseman Kris Letang to a $36.6 million, six-year contract that carries a $6.1 million annual salary cap hit.

Colorado gave up third- and fifth-round picks this year and a third-rounder next year for Georgiev. The move seems to spell the end of playoff starting goalie Darcy Kuemper’s time with the Avalanche.

The Avalanche can now pair Georgiev, who needs a new contract as a restricted free agent, with Pavel Francouz as they try to defend their third title in franchise history.

Pittsburgh may not be able to keep the entire band together, given center Evgeni Malkin is also set to be an unrestricted free agent, but general manager Ron Hextall prioritized locking up Letang long term.

“The role he plays on our team is irreplaceable, he is a leader in our locker room and has made countless contributions to the organization over the last 15-plus years,” Hextall said in a statement.

Letang, 36, helped Pittsburgh win the Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017, though he missed the final run because of injury.

REPORT: LEAFS, CAPITALS AMONG TEAMS EYEING FLEURY

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals are among potential destinations for pending unrestricted free-agent goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Fleury could also stay with the Minnesota Wild, who are reportedly still hoping to re-sign him. The Wild, though, are facing a significant cap crunch thanks to the buyouts of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, so they only have $4.9 million in projected cap space.

A reunion with the Pittsburgh Penguins is “perhaps” a possibility, LeBrun adds. However, Pittsburgh just re-signed backup netminder Casey DeSmith, and starter Tristan Jarry remains signed for another year.

The Colorado Avalanche were also reportedly listed as a possible destination for Fleury, but they’ve since traded for Alexandar Georgiev.

Toronto is in need of a starter with Jack Campbell expected to depart as a UFA. Petr Mrazek is still in the fold, but the Maple Leafs may try and move him and his $3.8-million cap hit after a disastrous first year. They currently have just $6.4 million in cap space with a few RFAs needing new deals.

The Capitals – Fleury’s longtime rivals during his 13 years in Pittsburgh – had the unproven duo of Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek share the crease with mixed results last season, but both goaltenders are pending RFAs.

Fleury will turn 38 in November, but he’s coming off a respectable campaign in which he posted a .908 save percentage and 2.1 goals saved above average in 56 appearances split between the Wild and Chicago Blackhawks. The future Hall of Famer is also only one year removed from winning the Vezina Trophy.

US WOMEN BEAT JAMAICA 5-0 AT THE W CHAMPIONSHIP

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) The U.S. women’s national team qualified for the 2023 World Cup on Thursday night at the CONCACAF W Championship.

The United States defeated Jamaica 5-0 at Estadio BBVA but had to wait until Haiti downed Mexico 3-0 in the late game to secure a spot in next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

With two victories at the W Championship, the United States was atop its group and became the first team to win one of the region’s four World Cup berths up for grabs. The U.S. women have qualified for every World Cup, winning the last two tournaments and four overall.

Sophia Smith had two goals for the United States in the opening eight minutes against the Reggae Girlz.

Rose Lavelle scored in the 59th minute and Kristie Mewis added a goal in the 83rd. Some three minutes later Trinity Rodman, daughter for former NBA player Dennis Rodman, scored her second international goal.

“Obviously, being a young player on this team, it can be a little bit intimidating, but I think I’ve found my confidence and I’ve just felt I can be myself on the field,” said Smith, who has eight international goals. “That’s just what I’ve been doing and my team has been super supportive of that.”

Megan Rapinoe was not available for the match because she was at the White House on Thursday to receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“We didn’t play well,” Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson said. “You’re not going to play the world’s champ and play that bad and expect anything to come out of the game. We weren’t good.”

Roselord Borgella and Nerilia Mondesir converted penalty kicks and Sherly Jeudy added a goal for Haiti in the victory over Mexico, stunning the tournament hosts.

The Americans will face Mexico and the Reggae Girlz will play Haiti in their final group matches on Monday. Haiti could clinch its first World Cup berth with a tie or win over Jamaica.

Eight teams were playing in the W Championship, divided into two groups. The top two teams in each group qualify for the World Cup. The two third-place teams will advance to an intercontinental playoff in New Zealand in February.

The winner of the W Championship will also qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are in the other group.

2023 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The World Baseball Classic returns in 2023, with the event’s full schedule announced on Thursday.

The tournament, which begins in March, will take place in Taiwan, Japan, and in two U.S. sites during the opening rounds before concluding in Miami.

The 2023 edition of the global baseball event has expanded to 20 teams, and 16 countries have already earned their spots. The rest will be filled via qualifiers.

The World Baseball Classic last took place in 2017, with the United States defeating Puerto Rico in the finals.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls visit Cincinnati after shutout victory

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New York Red Bulls (9-5-5, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. FC Cincinnati (7-7-4, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Cincinnati; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: New York +149, FC Cincinnati +166, Draw +251; over/under is 2.5 goals

Houston Dynamo host Dallas in Western Conference play

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FC Dallas (7-5-6, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Dynamo (6-9-3, 11th in the Western Conference)

Houston; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Houston +138, FC Dallas +189, Draw +238; over/under is 2.5 goals

Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers on the heels of shutout win

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Portland Timbers (5-6-8, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (8-7-2, seventh in the Western Conference)

Seattle; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Seattle -121, Portland +300, Draw +279; over/under is 2.5 goals

Orlando City hosts Inter Miami in Eastern Conference play

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Inter Miami CF (6-7-4, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando City SC (7-7-4, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Orlando City SC -136, Inter Miami CF +355, Draw +276; over/under is 2.5 goals

Austin takes road win streak into matchup against Atlanta United

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Austin FC (10-4-4, second in the Western Conference) vs. Atlanta United FC (5-7-5, 11th in the Eastern Conference)

Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Atlanta United FC -121, Austin FC +279, Draw +297; over/under is 2.5 goals

Chicago Fire take on the Columbus Crew in Eastern Conference play

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Columbus Crew (5-5-7, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Fire (4-9-5, 13th in the Eastern Conference)

Chicago; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Chicago +106, Columbus +254, Draw +236; over/under is 2.5 goals

CF Montreal hosts Sporting Kansas City in non-conference action

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Sporting Kansas City (4-11-4, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. CF Montreal (9-7-2, third in the Eastern Conference)

Montreal, Quebec; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Montreal -128, Sporting Kansas City +313, Draw +281; over/under is 2.5 goals

Charlotte FC hosts Nashville in non-conference play

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Nashville SC (7-5-6, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte FC (7-10-2, eighth in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Charlotte FC +129, Nashville SC +221, Draw +219; over/under is 2.5 goals

Castellanos leads New York City FC against the New England Revolution

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New England Revolution (6-5-7, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York City FC (8-4-5, third in the Eastern Conference)

The Bronx, New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: NYCFC -157, New England +392, Draw +302; over/under is 2.5 goals

Real Salt Lake hosts the Colorado Rapids in conference play

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Colorado Rapids (5-8-4, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Real Salt Lake (8-5-5, third in the Western Conference)

Sandy, Utah; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Real Salt Lake -104, Colorado +268, Draw +255; over/under is 2.5 goals

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDY DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT TO IOWA, 6-3

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a 3-for-4 night at the dish for Rodolfo Castro, the Indianapolis Indians dropped their second consecutive game to the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night, 6-3. The Indians are now three games below .500 for the first time this season.

With the game tied 2-2 after four, Iowa (36-44) scored four runs to take a convincing lead. Following a leadoff double by Trent Giambrone, Dixon Machado singled on ground ball into center field to score the go-ahead run. A RBI single by Narciso Crook would end the night for starter Mike Burrows (L, 0-2) before two additional runs came across to build a 6-2 lead.

After the I-Cubs struck first with a run in the top of the third, the Indians (38-41) tied the game when Jared Oliva stole third and forced an errant throw by catcher John Hicks. Iowa would add another run in the fourth, before Indy matched on an RBI single by Cal Mitchell. Iowa’s four-spot in the fifth inning put the game out of reach for Indy.

The Indians battled late in the ninth with Mason Martin roping an RBI single to cut the deficit to three runs. Indy had the tying run at the dish with runners on the corners and two out, but the rally fell short when Tucupita Marcano lined out to the shortstop to end the game.

RHP Cam Sanders (W, 1-4) threw 5.0 innings and surrendered two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Indians and I-Cubs will resume the six-game set at Victory Field on Friday night with a 7:05 first pitch. RHP Miguel Yajure (1-1, 7.47) will toe the rubber for the Indians and RHP Caleb Killian (2-0, 2.82) will counter for the I-Cubs.

INDIANA SIGNS SMITH

The Indiana Pacers signed Jalen Smith to a three-year, $15.1 million deal, which includes a player option for the 2024-25 season. Smith averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 53.1% overall and 37.3% on 3s in 22 games for the Pacers.

PURDUE FORT WAYNE GRAD KONCHAR SIGNS EXTENSION

Former Purdue Ft. Wayne standout John Konchar has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies that pays him $19 million.

Konchar played in 72 games this past season averaging 4.8ppg and 4.6 rebounds.

The 6-5 wing has been with Memphis for three seasons.

ROBBIE BENDER EARNS MEDALIST HONORS TO LEAD U.S. AMATEUR QUALIFIERS

PROSPECT, KY (July 6, 2022) – The 122nd U.S. Amateur beckons for Louisville native Robbie Bender and Peyton Snoeberger of Williamsport, Indiana. On Wednesday, each player qualified at Nevel Meade Golf Club for the prestigious championship slated to take place at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey this August.

Bender, an incoming junior for the Indiana Hoosiers, claimed medalist honors with rounds of 65-68 for a total score of 133 (-11). That was the best performance of the day, earning him a three-stroke margin of victory over Snoeberger for the medalist distinction. Bender was bogey-free in his first round with a torrid stretch of four birdies in five holes from 14-18 playing particularly key in what resulted in the best round of the day. His afternoon round featured two eagles highlighting his scorecard which came on the par-five 2nd and 18th holes. The fantastic performance results in what will be the first USGA National Championship of Bender’s young career.

Snoeberger, a Big 10 rival of Bender’s at Purdue, began his day with a round of 69 (-3) in the morning that left him chasing somewhat entering the afternoon round. At the halfway mark of the day, -5 was the score holding second place. But seven birdies in round two from Snoeberger helped him shoot 67 (-5), getting him to 136 (-8) for the Qualifier and one stroke clear of third place. Like Bender, this will be Snoeberger’s first time competing on the biggest stage of amateur golf within a USGA National Championship.

Two Kentuckians earned the first and second alternate positions with Nicholasville’s Grey Goff getting the first spot with a total score of 137 (-7). Stephen Warren of Owensboro received the second alternate spot after shooting 138 (-6). In a rare occurrence at a USGA Qualifier, no playoffs were needed to determine any of the automatic qualifiers or alternate positions.

BUTLER TENNIS ADDS JORDAN SCHILDCROUT TO THE TEAM

Butler women’s tennis head coach Mat Iandolo has announced the addition of Jordan Schildcrout to the 2022 recruiting class.

Schildcrout comes to Butler from Dallas, Texas, where she attended Yavneh Academy.

“We are excited to add Jordan to the team,” head coach Mat Iandolo said. “She was one of the better junior doubles players in the country and will add a lot to our team in several areas.”

A multiple-time zonals champion who advanced to the quarterfinals in national doubles in 2021, Schildcrout will be playing in the Maccabi game in Israel this July for Team USA. She also was a finalist at the Winter Nationals in the Northeast draw.

“I am so excited about playing tennis at Butler and becoming apart of such an amazing team with amazing girls and a coach that I really respect and who I know will help me develop to my potential,” said Schildcrout.

The 2022-23 roster is now finalized after it was announced previously that Burr Ridge, Ill., native Chase Metcalf had signed on to join the Bulldogs.

UE VOLLEYBALL UNVEILS 2022 FALL SCHEDULE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – From start to finish, the 2022 University of Evansville volleyball schedule features a new level of excitement as the Purple Aces look to take the next step forward. 
 
Featuring matches against nine teams who participated in the 2021 postseason, the 2022 slate is one that UE head coach Fernando Morales hopes will prepare his team for the challenges of the Missouri Valley Conference.

“After a great season in 2021, we have higher and harder goals this fall and we worked to schedule our non-conference matches according to those goals,” Morales stated.  “We will have a progressive schedule, closing at Baylor and Michigan State.  This will us for the MVC, which we know is one of the toughest in the nation.  We are excited and ready for the season to start.”
 
On Friday, August 26, the season opens with a trip to Huntington, W.Va. for the Marshall Invitational.  UE is set to face Wright State, South Carolina State and Marshall in its opening weekend.  The Raiders are coming off the best season out of the group, posting a 23-8 mark last season.
 
Home play opens on August 30 when the Aces welcome USI to Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  The Screaming Eagles are set for the first season at the Division I level as members of the Ohio Valley Conference.  In their final campaign at the Division II level, USI won 18 matches.  The second non-conference tournament of the year has the Aces traveling to the Golden Eagle Invite, which is hosted by Tennessee Tech.  Set for September 2-3, the event includes Tennessee Tech, Northwestern and Western Carolina.  UE returns home on Sept. 6 for its second and final home non-conference match against Tennessee State.
 
In one of the biggest tests the program has ever seen, Evansville treks to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Classic on Sept. 9-10.  UE will face Baylor, Arizona State and Colorado State in the tournament.  The Bears completed the 2021 season with a 22-6 mark while finishing 10th in the final national rankings.  Baylor has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons.  With a 14-4 record in the Mountain West Conference last fall, the Rams were the regular season champions.  They were 19-11 overall and played in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
 
Non-conference play comes to an and a week later with a trip to the Green & White Classic, which is being hosted by Michigan State.  Aside from the host Spartans, UE will take on Chicago State and Oakland.  CSU won 17 matches a season ago on the way to the NIVC.
 
Right off the bat, the MVC slate will provide a challenge as defending conference champion Illinois State comes to Evansville on Sept. 23.  The Redbirds were 19-14 overall and 13-5 in the league.  Following the opener, UE welcomes another 2021 postseason squad – Bradley.  Coming off a 16-14 record, the Braves played in the NIVC in 2021.
 
For the first time as members of the MVC, the Aces face Belmont (9/30) and Murray State (10/1) to open the road conference schedule.  Following home matches versus Southern Illinois and Missouri State, UE faces a challenging stretch that includes seven out of nine matches on the road between Oct. 10 and Nov. 5.  Drake and UNI are the lone home matches on Oct. 21 and 22.  The Aces take on the third new member of the league – UIC – on Oct. 29.  The Flames were 20-12 last season and won the Horizon League Championship.  They were matched up at Louisville to open the NCAA Tournament.
 
Following the Nov. 5 road match at Southern Illinois, UE returns home for its final three regular season matches.  Evansville welcomes Murray State and Belmont on Nov. 11-12 before closing the year with Indiana State on the 16th.  For the first time in program history, the Aces will host the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.  It is set for Nov. 20-23.

VALPO UNVEILS 2022 SOCCER SCHEDULE

The Valpo soccer program announced its schedule for the upcoming fall 2022 campaign on Thursday, a slate which includes nine regular season home matches on Brown Field. The Beacons return 20 letterwinners, including nine starters, from last year’s squad which finished as MVC regular season runner-up.

Following exhibition matches Aug. 7 at Western Michigan and Aug. 12 at home versus Toledo, the Beacons will kick off the regular season Aug. 18 at Eastern Illinois. The home campaign begins three days later, on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21 on Brown Field versus Youngstown State.

A trip to the Centennial State is next on the docket. Valpo will face off with Pac-12 foe Colorado, which finished last season with an RPI of 54, Aug. 26 before taking on reigning Big Sky regular season champion Northern Colorado Aug. 28.

The Beacons return home to play Chicago State Sept. 2 and travel to Muncie two days later to face Ball State. The non-conference schedule wraps up with a pair of fixtures on Brown Field, as Valpo hosts Purdue Fort Wayne Sept. 9 and Bowling Green Sept. 11. The match against the Falcons, who claimed MAC regular season and tournament titles last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, will serve as Senior Day for the program.

The MVC single round-robin schedule begins with a trip to UNI Sept. 17. Valpo will also travel in conference play to face Missouri State (Oct. 2) and Illinois State (Oct. 6), as well as Valley newcomers Belmont (Oct. 13) and Murray State (Oct. 16).

The home conference slate opens Sept. 22 with a visit from MVC newcomer UIC. The Beacons will also host Drake (Sept. 25), Evansville (Oct. 9) and Southern Illinois (Oct. 20) on Brown Field, and will wrap up the regular season at home Oct. 23 versus Indiana State.

The 2022 MVC Championship begins Oct. 27 and runs through Nov. 6. The top eight teams in the conference standings will vie for the tournament title and the corresponding berth in the NCAA Tournament.

TRAILBLAZERS ADD TWO-TIME NJCAA ALL-REGION WING TO 2022 RECRUITING CLASS

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer men’s basketball team struck big with their final scholarship signee of the 2022 recruiting season in two-time NJCAA All-Region wing Caleb Johnson.

Johnson comes to Vincennes originally from Nova Scotia, Canada and began his collegiate career at Williston State College in Williston, N.D. during the COVID shortened 2020-21 season.

Johnson helped guide the Tetons to a 12-11 record during his only season at Williston, starting in 12 of the 22 games he played in and averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

Johnson’s season-high at Williston State was a 27 point outing against Dawson Community College, which helped Johnson earn All-Region 13 Honors at the end of the season.

Johnson then transferred to Angelina College in Lufkin, Tex. for the 2021-22 season, where he started 23 games for the Roadrunners.

Johnson averaged 13.6 points, five rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Angelina, including a 25 point game against Coastal Bend College.

Johnson ended the season with All-Region 14 Honorable Mention honors.

Johnson is a six-foot-four wing player, who will most likely fit into a ‘small forward’ type of position on the floor, but he does give Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin options to either use him as a big shooting guard or possibly a stretch power forward as well.

“We’ve known Caleb since he was in high school,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “For one reason or another it just hadn’t worked out to get him here before now. He went to Williston out of high school for one semester. He played there, had a good year for them and played well. Then he decided to leave there and play at Angelina.”

“When he signed with Angelina he signed with a coach that was supposed to be there, but the coach took a Division I Assistant job,” Franklin added. “Caleb decided to stay at Angelina and had another good year. Then at the end of the year he reassessed and decided he wanted to go somewhere else.”

“We looked at him. Caleb has always been a hard-playing guy,” Franklin said. “He defends really well. He’s probably a three, if you have to say what position he is, but he can play as a big two or even a stretch four at times, so he gives us some versatility. But probably his best position is as a three. He has good size at that position, he is long. He has scored at a pretty high level at this level.”

“But probably what he does better than score is as a defender,” Franklin added. “He is a very good one-on-one defender guarding on the wings. I think there are some guys in our Region that are going to be difficult matchups to try to stop and I think we’ve added some guys this summer, Caleb being one for sure, we can matchup with to defend.”

“We had 10 guys in here during the summer for our summer workouts and on top of them we are going to be adding four guys that are 6-5 that range anywhere from being a point guard to a power forward and anywhere from 195 to 230 pounds,” Franklin said. “Adding those to what we had was something we looked at.”

“I think now, if you look across our team, we feel like if everybody is healthy and going, we are going to have some pretty good, three-deep competition at all five spots,” Franklin added. “I think we’ve got good size across the board, with some versatility there. We will be able to play in a variety of ways and I think Caleb will help with that.”

“We were excited to get him and I think he is excited to be here,” Franklin added. “This summer was the first time I was really able to get out and recruit in a while. I was on the road very extensively this summer and most of these guys that we’ve brought in were guys that I was able to get out and see live and be involved with. I feel good about it. I feel good about our team right now.”

“I think our team has the potential to be a pretty good team,” Franklin said. “How good? Well, we’ll see how well everybody meshes and who takes off and emerges and improves, as well as how well we avoid injuries. We’re still waiting on a few things. We’ll see how Dende looks when he gets back. We’ve been getting good reports, but there is no way of knowing until he gets here.”

“We’ve got a lot of new parts, but we had a lot of those new parts here this summer,” Franklin added. “Hopefully that will help expedite the process. I thought the summer went fairly well. I think the guys like each other and they worked fairly hard. I think there are some really promising signs. We’ll see who emerges as leaders, but I think from the standpoint of what we wanted to go out and get, at the end of the day I like our team and I like our chances. It’s just a matter of how hard we work and how dedicated we want to be.”

“I think we are back on track, now it’s time to get it done, get back to work and do it,” Franklin said. “That’s been our mentality. We are not going to talk a whole lot or say a whole lot. We had some things happen last year that hadn’t happened in the previous 25 years. If some people want to turn on us, go ahead, but we are back to doing business as business had been done for a quarter century under my watch.”

“I feel like we are pretty much back to normal, except for not having guys coming back who had been a part of a Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight or Final Four,” Franklin added. “I think that is the one thing that is lacking from this team that would have been true during our tournament run. Other than that I think we are back to the same type of guys and same type of talent level across the board that we like and guys that I’ve been able to get out and see. I believe, now we have to go prove it.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Caleb Johnson to the 2022 recruiting class.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Giants southpaw Rube Marquard’s consecutive winning streak is stopped at 19 when the Cubs defeat New York, 7-2. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season with a league-leading 26 victories for the eventual NL champs.

1935       The American League’s winning streak reaches three as the Junior Circuit beats the NL in All-Star action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, 4-1. The new rule that no pitcher can throw more than three innings unless the game goes extra innings is due to Yankee southpaw Lefty Gomez pitching six outstanding innings in the Midsummer Classic.

1939       A wall of Japanese beetles forms in front of the home dugout before the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The removal of 5,000 insects doesn’t prevent the problem from returning later in the month.

1941       Thanks to a dramatic two-out, bottom of the ninth inning, three-run home run by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the American League All-Stars beat the NL in Detroit, 7-5. The “Splendid Splinter’s” dramatic drive on a 1-1 pitch thrown by Claude Passeau off the right-field press box makes the Briggs Stadium contest the first Midsummer Classic decided in the final inning.

1947       At Wrigley Field, Yankee right-hander Spec Shea becomes the first rookie to win an All-Star Game when the Junior Circuit edges the National League, 2-1. The 26-year-old ‘Naugatuck Nugget’ relieves AL starter Hal Newhouse of the Tigers, giving up three hits and one run while pitching the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.

1949       Hank Thompson, who broke into the majors as a member of the St. Louis Browns twelve days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947, became the first African-American to play Giants. When the former Kansas City Monarchs’ standout faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation occurs between black players in the major leagues.

1950       In the bottom of the ninth inning at Forbes Field, Jack Phillips, pinch-hitting for Murry Dickson, erases a three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam off Harry Brecheen. The 28-year-old utility infielder, who will go deep only nine times in 892 major league at-bats, gives the Pirates a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Cardinals.

1951       At Fenway Park, Yankee manager Casey Stengel replaces Joe DiMaggio with rookie Jackie Jensen after the Red Sox score six runs in the first frame. The skipper’s second-inning decision to ‘rest’ aging superstar after the Clipper takes his position in the outfield strains an already acrimonious relationship.

1952       At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, the home of both the Phillies and A’s, the hometown National League squeaks by the Junior Circuit in a shortened five-inning All-Star contest, 3-2. The game marks the first Midsummer Classic called early due to rain since the two leagues’ inaugural meeting in 1933.

1956       In an 11-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, the Giants go deep for a franchise-record seven home runs. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer, and Wes Westrum each connect for a pair, and Hank Thompson adds another.

1958       At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, in a contest that features no extra-base hits (13 singles), the American League edges the Senior Circuit, 4-3. Giants hurler Billy O’Dell pitched a perfect final three innings of the Silver Anniversary of the All-Star Game.

1959       During the All-Star break, the Reds fire manager Mayo Smith (35-45), replacing him with Fred Hutchinson (39-35), the skipper of the Seattle Rainiers, the team’s PCL farm. ‘Hutch,’ who will become a mainstay in the Cincinnati dugout, is the team’s fourth manager in less than a year.

1962       With Stan Musial’s three home runs, the Cardinals soundly defeat the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 15-1. ‘The Man,’ who at the age of 41 becomes the oldest major leaguer ever to accomplish the feat, misses another opportunity to bat in the ninth inning, after being replaced in the previous frame by pinch-runner Bobby Gene Smith.

1965       At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Joe Morgan sets an Astros record by going 6-for-6. The 21-year-old rookie second baseman’s stellar performance, which includes two home runs and a double, doesn’t stop the Braves from beating Houston, 9-8.

1969       At Shea Stadium, Cubs’ centerfielder Don Young is criticized by teammate Ron Santo for his two misplays, helping the Mets score three ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 walk-off loss that cuts Chicago’s division lead to four games over the surging New York team. The emotional third baseman will apologize for his remarks tomorrow but will be soundly booed by the hometown fans in his first game back at Wrigley Field.

1970       Jim Ray Hart completes the cycle and becomes the first player in fifty-nine years to have six RBIs in one inning when he hits a three-run homer and a three-run triple in the Giants’ 13-0 rout of Atlanta. The San Francisco third baseman had already stroked a double in the second and added a single in the third before his three-base hit and round-tripper in the fifth frame.

1973       Bob Watson’s hard slide into second base to break up a double play fractures Tim Foli’s jaw. When the Houston outfielder returns to left field, the Expos fans at Jarry Park begin hurling debris to show their displeasure about his treatment of their popular shortstop.

1973       “Can you imagine a damn team that has to cheat to beat us?”- WHITEY HERZOG, Ranger manager lamenting about Milwaukee stealing signs from his 29-53 Texas team. After losing 17-2 yesterday and dropping doubleheader today at County Stadium, Ranger skipper Whitey Herzog accuses Bernie Brewer of cheating. The very-animated Texas skipper contends the mascot uses white-gloved costumed hands to relay signs from his center-field chalet, clapping once for a curve and twice for a fastball.

1974       Oakland outfielder Claudell Washington, making his first start in the major leagues, strokes a single in the tenth inning to give the A’s a 4-3 victory over the Indians. The 19-year-old rookie’s walk-off hit spoils Gaylord Perry’s attempt to get a record-tying 16th consecutive victory this season.

1976       Randy Jones posts the most victories at the All-Star break in National League history, winning his 16th game of the season in the Padres’ 6-3 defeat of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the second half of the season, the 26-year-old southpaw’s good fortune runs out when he will lose seven games by a run, including two 1-0 losses.

1977       A bench-clearing brawl erupts at Three River Stadium when Pirates right-hander Bruce Kison hits Mike Schmidt in the back with a pitch, resulting in a dislocated finger for Phillies’ third baseman. Bucs’ first baseman Willie Stargell, attempting to break up the fight, suffers a pinched nerve in his left elbow, limiting his playing time for the remainder of the season to only eight games.

1979       The Mets announce the selection of Mettle as the name for the team’s new mascot mule. Dolores Mapps of Mercerville, N.J., who submitted the winning entry, believes the moniker captures the team’s “spirit, ardor, stamina, and courage, all of which the Mets have in abundance.”

1987       🇭🇳 Gerald Young becomes the first player from Honduras to appear in the majors. In his big league debut, the 22-year-old Tela native plays center field and leads off for the Astros, going 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the Expos at the Astrodome.

1989       In a pregame ceremony at Royals Stadium, hurler Dennis Leonard and outfielder/DH Hal McRae become the seventh and eighth inductees of the team’s Hall of Fame. The right-hander finished his career leading the franchise in complete games (103), shutouts (23), and second in wins (144), and McRae, a three-time All-Star, served as the club’s skipper from 1991 to 1994, posting a 286-277 (.508) record.

1990       En route to becoming the only player to win a batting title in three different decades, George Brett begins a 16-game hitting streak when he grounds a single to right field off Steve Searcy in the Royals’ 10-4 loss to Detroit at Tiger Stadium. During the span, which lasts until July 26, the Kansas City third baseman hits .470 (31 for 66), four homers, one triple, 13 doubles, and drives in 14 runs.

1994       Red Sox shortstop John Valentin snares Marc Newfield’s sixth-inning line drive, steps on second retiring Mike Blowers, and then tags the runner coming from first, Kevin Mitchell, to turn an unassisted triple play. After completing the rare triple killing, a feat that has occurred only ten times in major league history, the infielder begins a three-homer outburst by Boston in the bottom of the frame, helping the team defeat the Mariners at Fenway Park, 4-3.

1995       After the team matches 1st and 16th inning runs with the Padres, Houston scores in the bottom of the 17th frame for a 3-2 walk-off victory. Craig Biggio singles off Brian Williams to score Doug Brocail, who becomes the winning pitcher in the Astrodome contest when he steps on home plate.

1997       At Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, Royals’ reliever Jose Rosado picks up the win when the American League beats the Senior Circuit, 3-1. Before the ALers scored two go-ahead runs in the bottom in the seventh, the Kansas City southpaw blows the save opportunity giving up a lead-off home run to Javy Lopez in the top of the frame, knotting the score at 1-1.

1997       Sandy Alomar, Jr., helping to snap the National League’s three-game winning streak, belts a seventh-inning two-run home run to lead the Junior Circuit to a 3-1 All-Star Game victory in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd at Jacobs Field. The 31-year-old Indian catcher, amid a 30-game hitting streak, is named the Midsummer Classic’s Most Valuable Player.

2000       The Yankees sweep their crosstown rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical 4-2 scores, in an afternoon tilt at Shea and an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. Highlights include Mike Piazza, beaned by Roger Clemens, going to the hospital, Dwight Gooden getting his first win in Flushing Meadows since 1994, and an obstruction call on Mets’ first baseman Todd Zeile causing the team to play the first game under protest.

2000       When Jose Cruz Jr. hits his 20th round-tripper in a 6-3 win over the Expos, the Blue Jays become the first team in major league history to have four batters to hit twenty or more homers before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old Toronto outfielder joins teammates Tony Batista, Carlos Delgado, and Raul Mondesi in reaching the milestone.

2002       The Charleston Riverdogs, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Devil Rays, padlock the gates of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park and hold a party outside the ballpark to set the record for the lowest attendance at a professional baseball game. When the ‘Nobody Night’ contest becomes official in the fifth inning with the audience recorded as zero, patrons are allowed through the gates to watch the South Atlantic League contest against the Columbus RedStixx.

2003       Indians’ southpaw Billy Traber one-hits the Yankees, retiring 27 of 28 batters, including 21 in a row after allowing John Flaherty to reach first base with a single in the third inning. The 4-0 blanking of the Bronx Bombers is the 23-year-old rookie’s first complete game.

2005       In Singapore, the International Olympic Committee takes a secret vote on approving the 28 current summer Olympic events scheduled for the 2012 Summer Games in London. The scheduled activities do not include baseball and softball, marking the first time the IOC has eliminated existing sports since the dropping of polo in 1936.

2005       In the team’s 7-6 defeat to the Rangers, Blue Jays’ ace Roy Halladay suffers a broken leg after being hit by a Kevin Mench third-inning line drive. ‘Doc,’ slated to be the American League starter in the All-Star Game to be played in Detroit this week, will miss the rest of the season.

2008       The Cubs bolster their pitching staff, obtaining starter Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin from the A’s in exchange for right-hander Sean Gallagher, second baseman/outfielder Eric Patterson, outfielder Matt Murton, and minor league backstop prospect Josh Donaldson. Chicago’s dealing may be in anticipation of the Brewers’ trade rumors of getting Indians’ ace, CC Sabathia.

2010       Ubaldo Jimenez, with the Rockies’ 4-3 victory over St. Louis, became the first pitcher in ten years to record 15 wins before the All-Star break. The Colorado right-hander, who has compiled a 15-1 mark, is the first hurler to reach the plateau since David Wells posted a 15-2 record with the Blue Jays in 2000.

2010       Using an online ballot, fans select Nick Swisher of the Yankees and Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto to fill the last two roster spots in this year’s All-Star Game. The New York outfielder, who has edged Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot, used his Twitter account to campaign for votes and to thank his fans for their support.

2012       In Kansas City, George Brett’s U.S. team easily defeats the World Club, managed by Bernie Williams, 17-5, in the Futures Game. The contest played annually as part of the Mid-Summer Classic festivities features future All-Stars Wil Myers, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Xander Bogaerts, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado, Nolan Arenado, Nick Castellanos, Zach Wheeler, and Gerrit Cole.

2014       The Mets beat Atlanta to win its 4,000th game since starting as an expansion team in 1962. Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom, who strikes out 11 batters in seven shutout innings in the team’s 8-3 win at Citi Field, records the milestone victory.

2019       In the decisive final round of the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field, Pete Alonso, hitting 23 home runs in his last at-bats, edges out fellow first-year player Vladimir Guerrero of the Rangers by one homer. The New York first baseman becomes the first Mets player to win the competition outright (Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986) and the second rookie ever to win the event, joining Yankee freshman Aaron Judge, who won in 2017.

2021       Padres’ reliever Daniel Camarena, in his second career plate appearance, hits a grand slam against one of the top pitchers in baseball, Max Scherzer. The 28-year old rookie’s fourth-inning bases-full home run contributes to San Diego’s nine-run comeback, ending in a 9-8 walk-off victory over the Nationals at Petco Park.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1917

Chicago White Sox (4) vs New York Giants (2)

The Giants finally returned to the Fall Classic after a four year hiatus ready to make amends for the three consecutive championship losses that they had suffered earlier in the decade. It would be their fifth appearance and the second of their rivals, Chicago’s South Side White Sox. 1917 had been a year of many firsts including the first back-to-back no-hitters ever thrown in the American League. On May 5th, Ernie Koob tossed a shutout for St. Louis against Chicago and the very next day his teammate, Bob Groom did the same. Apparently, the second game had been determined by the umpires who changed a scored “hit” in the first inning to an error. An outraged Writers Association quickly passed a resolution disallowing such actions for all future games. Some league Umpires were beginning to become unpopular with the players and the no-hitter controversy didn’t help their situation. The following month, Babe Ruth started his June 23rd outing with four called balls. The Boston lefty was upset with each call and visited umpire Brick Owens at the plate each time. After the official issued a base on balls to Eddie Foster, Ruth charged the plate and punched him in the face, resulting in an ejection.

The Giants were probably upset too as they found themselves in familiar territory midway through the Series. After five relatively uneventful outings, New York was down three games to two. Their starter, Rube Benton and Chicago’s (Game 2 and 5 winner) Red Farber were locked in a 0-0 struggle going into the fourth inning when it all came crashing down. The White Sox’s Eddie Collins hit a routine grounder to Heinie Zimmerman who overthrew the base. Next, teammate Dave Robertson made another crucial error on a dropped fly-ball from Joe Jackson. In two at bats, Chicago had put runners on first and third due entirely to poor fielding. The Giants weren’t done yet and made another costly misplay on the very next at bat. Happy Felsch stepped up with runners in prime scoring position and grounded back to the mound. Benton saw Collins break from third and threw to Zimmerman in an attempt to get Collins hung up. The third baseman ran Collins toward home, but the White Sox star somehow evaded catcher Bill Rariden to make it a Zimmerman-Collins race to the plate. Collins won the dash with the other two runners advancing to second and third. Fundamental baseball had killed the Giants as Rariden, Benton and first baseman Walter Holke, had all left the plate unattended. New York cut the lead to one in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox walked away with a 4-2 victory and their second World Series Championship.

While Faber’s Series winning performance grabbed most of the headlines, the Giants’ Robertson was another standout. Despite his costly error in Game 6, he had salvaged some respect with his eleven-for-twenty-two performance at the plate. Collins was praised, too, as evidenced by his .409 average for the White Sox. One other notable event took place during the 1917 Series as Olympic athlete and football star Jim Thorpe made the only postseason “appearance” of his Major League career in Game 5. Unfortunately, he never made it onto the field. Listed as the Giants’ #6 man in the line-up, the right-handed Thorpe was strategically removed for the left-handed pinch-hitter, Robertson after Chicago lifted lefty Reb Russell in favor of righty Eddie Cicotte. Still the biggest story of the 1917 Fall Classic was the New York Giants and their everlasting potential for postseason disasters.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 8

1889 John L. Sullivan successfully defends last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain’s trainer throws in towel after 75 x 1-minute rounds near Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1902 Baltimore manager John McGraw is accused by AL President Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Orioles & Washington Senators; negotiates his release from the Orioles, having already signed with NY Giants

1905 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: May Sutton becomes first American player to win the singles title at Wimbledon; beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-4

1905 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Home town favourite Laurence Doherty wins his 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title; beats Norman Brookes of Australia 8-6 6-2 6-4

1909 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights

1911 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Herbert Roper-Barrett 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2 ret

1912 Giants Rube Marquard loses after winning 21 straight

1912 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Anthony Wilding makes it 3 straight Wimbledon singles crowns beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

1922 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: French phenom Suzanne Lenglen wins her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title; beats American based Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-2, 6-0

1928 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader

1933 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Helen Wills Moody successfully defends her title beating local favourite Dorothy Round 6-4, 6-8, 6-3

1933 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Denny Shute beats fellow American Craig Wood by 5 strokes in a 36-hole Saturday playoff to win his only Open title

1935 3rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

1938 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout

1938 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC,: Englishman Reg Whitcombe wins his only major title by 2 strokes from Jimmy Adams of Scotland in treacherous, windy conditions

1939 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Alice Marble wins her only Wimbledon singles title beating Kay Stammers of England 6-2, 6-0

1941 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit

1946 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary

1947 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago

1949 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson, 1st black players for New York Giants, 4-3 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field

1950 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Margaret Osborne duPont 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 for her third straight Wimbledon singles title

1952 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia

1955 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Peter Thomson of Australia wins the 2nd of 3 consecutive Open titles, 2 strokes clear of runner-up John Fallon

1957 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick

1958 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

1960 Fidel Castro ends Havana’s International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey

1961 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In an all-British final Angela Mortimer wins her 3rd Grand Slam singles title; beats Christine Truman 4–6, 6–4, 7–5

1963 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4

1965 Joe Morgan is 1st Houston player with 6 hits in a game

1967 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King beats local favourite Anne Jones 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of 3 straight Wimbledon singles titles

1970 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)

1973 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant

1974 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game

1978 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins his 3rd straight Wimbledon singles crown; beats American Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

1980 51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA

1980 All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cincinnati Reds)

1982 Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager

1984 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John McEnroe defends his crown, thrashing fellow American Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

1985 Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red

1990 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning

1990 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany, 1-0 win over Argentina

1990 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7

1990 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

1991 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida Marlins

1991 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed

1992 Florida Marlins unveil their uniform

1995 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: German superstar Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 for her 6th Wimbledon title

1995 NHL Draft: Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL) defenceman Bryan Berard first pick by Ottawa Senators

1997 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland

2000 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Venus Williams wins her first career Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow American Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6

2001 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Venus Williams wins 3rd career Grand Slam singles title; beats Justine Henin 6-1 3-6 6-0; Henin first Belgian player (male or female) to reach Wimbledon singles final

2006 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo of France wins her 2nd and last Grand Slam singles event; beats Justine Henin-Hardenne 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

2007 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins the singles title for 5th consecutive year; beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

2007 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Whistling Straits: Brad Bryant wins by 3 strokes from Ben Crenshaw

2010 During 1st round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the 4th, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; round included 12 birdies and 6 pars

2012 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title; beats Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

2012 US Open Women’s Golf, Blackwolf Run: Na Yeon Choi of South Korea wins her first major championship, 4 strokes ahead of compatriot Amy Yang

2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the final; Miroslav Klose of Germany breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals

2015 The NFL’s Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans

2017 British Lions tie 15-15 with New Zealand All Blacks in their 3rd rugby match to tie the series

2018 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic

2021 MLB Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena gets his first hit, in his second career at bat – a grand slam – against Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer, in San Diego

TV FRIDAY

CYCLINGTIME ETTV
Tour de France8:00amUSA
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Scottish Open8:30amGOLF
Senior Players Championship1:30pmGOLF
PGA: Barbasol Championship4:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
LA Angels at Baltimore7:05pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MASN/2
Miami at NY Mets7:10pmBally Sports
SNY
NY Yankees at Boston7:10pmMLBN
YES
NESN
Washington at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Minnesota at Texas8:05pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Kansas City8:10pmBally Sports
Detroit at Chi. White Sox8:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee8:10pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at St. Louis8:15pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Colorado at Arizona9:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Houston at Oakland9:40pmNBCS-CA
ATTSN-SWRM
San Francisco at San Diego9:40pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Toronto at Seattle10:10pmSportsnet
Root Sports
Chi. Cubs at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
MARQ
Sportsnet
NBA SUMMER LEAGUETIME ETTV
Dallas vs Chicago4:00pmESPNU
San Antonio vs Cleveland5:00pmNBATV
Charlotte vs Indiana6:00pmESPN2
Brooklyn vs Milwaukee7:00pmNBATV
Golden State vs New York8:00pmESPN2
Denver vs Minnesota9:00pmNBATV
Phoenix vs LA Lakers10:00pmESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Women’s Euro: Spain vs Finland12:00pmESPN+
UEFA Women’s Euro: Germany vs Denmark3:00pmESPN2
NWSL: Orlando Pride vs Houston Dash7:00pmParamount+
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs DC United7:30pmESPN+
NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs NJ/NY Gotham FC8:00pmParamount+
MLS: Los Angeles FC vs LA Galaxy10:00pmESPN
Liga MX: Tijuana vs Juárez10:05pmFS1
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Minnesota United10:30pmESPN+
TennisTIME ETTV
Wimbledon8:00amESPN

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6023.72334 – 926 – 1427 – 1219 – 610 – 47 – 3W 2
Tampa Bay4537.54914.525 – 1720 – 2017 – 166 – 912 – 95 – 5W 2
Boston4538.5421521 – 1924 – 199 – 1912 – 719 – 73 – 7L 3
Toronto4539.53615.525 – 1820 – 2116 – 1810 – 915 – 83 – 7L 1
Baltimore4044.47620.522 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 139 – 86 – 4W 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4738.55325 – 1822 – 2013 – 1022 – 169 – 75 – 5L 1
Cleveland4040.5004.520 – 1720 – 236 – 1017 – 159 – 83 – 7L 4
Chi White Sox3942.481617 – 2422 – 1814 – 1511 – 157 – 95 – 5L 1
Detroit3547.42710.523 – 2412 – 237 – 1417 – 163 – 107 – 3W 5
Kansas City3051.3701514 – 2516 – 264 – 913 – 189 – 164 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5428.65927 – 1227 – 166 – 816 – 424 – 129 – 1W 1
Seattle4242.5001321 – 2021 – 229 – 157 – 620 – 168 – 2W 5
Texas3743.4631617 – 2020 – 235 – 119 – 715 – 183 – 7L 4
LA Angels3846.4521721 – 2317 – 236 – 159 – 517 – 174 – 6L 1
Oakland2856.3332710 – 2918 – 2710 – 169 – 157 – 203 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5231.62727 – 1325 – 1825 – 99 – 413 – 105 – 5W 2
Atlanta4935.5833.527 – 1822 – 1715 – 1117 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
Philadelphia4439.530824 – 2120 – 1815 – 196 – 316 – 116 – 4W 1
Miami3942.4811220 – 1719 – 2522 – 153 – 69 – 146 – 4L 2
Washington3055.3532314 – 3116 – 247 – 309 – 89 – 113 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4737.56020 – 1727 – 2011 – 1327 – 173 – 56 – 4L 2
St. Louis4540.5292.524 – 1621 – 248 – 1222 – 149 – 54 – 6W 1
Chi Cubs3449.41012.517 – 2717 – 223 – 320 – 217 – 156 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh3449.41012.520 – 2314 – 264 – 716 – 2612 – 95 – 5L 1
Cincinnati2954.34917.515 – 2814 – 265 – 912 – 198 – 213 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers5329.64627 – 1326 – 1611 – 912 – 521 – 118 – 2W 4
San Diego4836.571622 – 1826 – 1812 – 919 – 1016 – 143 – 7W 1
San Francisco4140.50611.521 – 2020 – 2014 – 138 – 912 – 122 – 8L 1
Arizona3746.44616.521 – 2416 – 2212 – 1010 – 119 – 215 – 5L 2
Colorado3647.43417.523 – 2113 – 268 – 196 – 416 – 165 – 5W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot