INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Beech Grove vs. Scecina, at UIndy

Bishop Chatard vs. Cathedral, at Arlington

Brownsburg at Avon 

Ben Davis at Center Grove 

Carmel at Pike

Christel House Manual at Crispus Attucks, canceled

Columbus North at Roncalli

Danville at Crawfordsville 

Delphi at Sheridan

Greenfield-Central at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.

Guerin Catholic at Brebeuf Jesuit

Hamilton Southeastern at Fishers 

Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock

Indian Creek at Brown County

Indiana Deaf at Alabama Deaf, 7 p.m., Saturday

Lawrence North at North Central

Lawrenceburg at Southport

Logansport at Tech 

Lutheran at Lapel 

Martinsville at Decatur Central 

Monrovia at Triton Central 

Mooresville at Greenwood 

Mt. Vernon at New Palestine 

Noblesville at Westfield

Noblesville HomeSchool at Purdue Polytechnic

North Montgomery at Lebanon 

Northeastern at Edinburgh, 7:30 pm

Northwestern at Hamilton Heights 

Osceola Grace at Phalen Academy, 3 p.m., Saturday

Perry Meridian at Plainfield 

Shelbyville at New Castle, 7:30 p.m.

South Decatur at Cascade 

Speedway vs. Cardinal Ritter, at Marian University

Tindley at Shortridge 

Traders Point Christian at Park Tudor 

Tri-West at Western Boone 

Warren Central at Lawrence Central

Washington at Covenant Christian

Whiteland at Franklin 

Zionsville at Franklin Central 

Adams Central at Jay County 

Alexandria vs. Blackford, 1 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Anderson at Marion 

Angola at West Noble 

Bellmont at Norwell

Bloomington North at Bloomington South 

Bluffton at Woodlan

Boone Grove at Hammond Noll, 8 p.m.

Bowman Academy at Gary West, 8 p.m.

Bremen at Triton 

Byron Center (Mich.) at Elkhart

Calumet at Whiting, 8 p.m.

Carroll (Flora) at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m.

Centerville at Winchester 

Charlestown at North Harrison 

Clinton Central at Frontier 

Columbia City at Huntington North 

Columbus East at Jennings County 

Concord at Wawasee 

Connersville at South Dearborn 

Crawford County at Rock Creek Academy 

Crown Point at Lake Central, 8 p.m.

Culver at West Central 

Culver Academy at Hobart, 7:30 p.m.

East Central at Franklin County 

East Chicago Central at Andrean, 8 p.m.

East Noble at DeKalb 

Eastern (Pekin) at Silver Creek

Eastern Greene at Mitchell

Eastside at Churubusco 

Edgewood at Owen Valley, canceled

Evansville Central at Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.

Evansville Harrison at Castle, 8 p.m.

Evansville Mater DeiatEvansville Memorial, 8 p.m.

Evansville North at Evansville Reitz, 8 p.m.

Fairfield at Fremont 

Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Luers 

Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Wayne 

Fort Wayne Northrop at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 

Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Snider 

Fountain Central at Covington 

Frankfort at Southmont

Frankton vs. Elwood, 4 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Garrett at Lakeland 7

Gibson Southern at South Warren (Ky.), 8 p.m.

Goshen at NorthWood 

Greencastle at South Putnam 

Griffith at Lowell, 8 p.m.

Hagerstown at Union County

Hammond Central at Highland, 8 p.m.

Hammond Morton at Munster, 8 p.m.

Hanover Central at River Forest, 8 p.m.

Heritage at South Adams 

Heritage Hills at South Spencer, 8 p.m.

Homestead at Fort Wayne Dwenger

Jasper at Evansville Bosse, 7:30 p.m.

Jeffersonville at Mount Vernon (Posey), 7:30 p.m.

John Glenn at Jimtown

Kokomo at McCutcheon 

Lafayette Jeff at Harrison (West Lafayette)

LaPorte at Chesterton 8 p.m.

Linton-Stockton at North Vermillion 

Madison-Grant vs. Mississinewa, 10 a.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Manchester at Tippecanoe Valley 

Marshall (Ill.) at South Vermillion, 7:30 p.m.

Michigan City at Valparaiso, 8 p.m.

Milan at Madison

Mishawaka Marian at New Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

New Albany at Bedford North Lawrence 

New Haven at Leo

North Decatur at Shenandoah 

North Judson at Knox, 8 p.m.

North Knox at Boonville, 7:30 p.m.

North Miami at Peru 

North Newton at Kankakee Valley, 8 p.m.

Northeastern at Cambridge City Lincoln

Northfield at Southwood

Northridge at Plymouth 

Oak Hill vs. Eastbrook, 7 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Oldenburg Academy at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.

Owen County (Ky.) at Switzerland County

Paoli at Perry Central, 7:30 p.m.

Parke Heritage at Tuscola (Ill.), 7:30 p.m.

Pike Central at Southridge, 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer at Caston 

Portage at Merrillville 8 p.m.

Prairie Heights at Central Noble 

Princeton at North Central (Farmersburg), 7:30 p.m.

Providence at Clarksville 

Richmond at Muncie Central 

Rushville at Batesville 

Salem at Brownstown Central 

Scottsburg at Corydon Central 

Seeger at Riverton Parke

South Bend Riley at South Bend Clay

South Bend St. Joseph at South Bend Adams 

South Newton at Lake Station, 8 p.m.

Springs Valley at West Washington 

St. Xavier at Penn

Sullivan at North Putnam 

Taylor at Eastern (Greentown) 

Tecumseh at Forest Park, 7:30 p.m.

Tell City at North Posey, 8 p.m.

Terre Haute South at Terre Haute North, 7:30 p.m.

Tipton at Lewis Cass 

Tri-Central at Clinton Prairie 

Tri-County at North White 

Twin Lakes at Rensselaer Central, 8 p.m.

Union City at Knightstown 

Wabash at Rochester 

Warsaw at Mishawaka

Washington at North Daviess

Wes-Del at Tri 

West Lafayette at Lafayette Central Catholic 

West Vigo at Northview

Western at Benton Central 

Whitko at Maconaquah 

Yorktown at Delta, 7:30 p.m.

INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE-FOOTBALL

Fri Sep 107pWashington @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 107pTraders Pt @ Park TudorFootball
Fri Sep 107pChatard @ CathedralFootball
Fri Sep 107pHeritage Christian @ Eastern HancockFootball
Fri Sep 107pClinton Central @ FrontierFootball
Fri Sep 107pMt Vernon @ New PalestineFootball

WEEK TWO COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 2

Friday, Sept. 10

Kansas at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

North Carolina A&T at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

North Dakota at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

UTEP at Boise State | 9:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 11

Boston College at UMass

Western Carolina at Oklahoma

Illinois at Virginia | 11 a.m. | ACC Network

Western Kentucky at Army | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN

VMI at Kent State | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN3

Alabama State at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

South Carolina at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Pitt at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Youngstown State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Indiana State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Oregon at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Tulsa at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ABC

Wyoming at Northern Illinois | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Rutgers at Syracuse | 2 p.m. | ACC Network

Duquesne at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Toledo at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | Peacock

Purdue at UConn | 3 p.m. | CBSSN

Robert Morris at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado) | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Buffalo at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ball State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Cal at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Temple at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Murray State at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Georgia Southern at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Mercer at Alabama | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

South Alabama at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa at Iowa State | 4:30 p.m. | ABC

South Carolina State at Clemson | 5 p.m. | ACC Network

Long Island University at West Virginia | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at Western Michigan | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Charlotte | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Lamar at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Portland State at Washington State | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

North Carolina Central at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Bethune-Cookman at UCF | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at Arkansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN

NC State at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Texas State at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

SE Louisiana at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Hampton at Old Dominion | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Grambling at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Eastern Kentucky at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Appalachian State at Miami | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin | 7 p.m. | FS1

Liberty at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas Southern at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Southern Illinois at Kansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Morgan State at Tulane | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Memphis at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Louisiana | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

New Mexico State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Missouri at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Austin Peay at Ole Miss | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network+

Georgia State at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Idaho at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Howard at Maryland | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

McNeese at LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Jacksonville State at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Washington at Michigan | 8 p.m. | ABC

Vanderbilt at Colorado State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Cal Poly at Fresno State | 10:05 p.m. | CW59

Utah at BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

Stanford at USC | 10:30 p.m. | FOX

UNLV at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Idaho State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | Stadium

Hawai’i at Oregon State | 11 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 31 Dallas 29

WEEK 1

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Oakland 3 Chicago White Sox 1

Cleveland 4 Minnesota 1

Kansas City 6 Baltimore 0

Toronto 6 NY Yankees 4

St. Louis 2 LA Dodgers 1

Miami 3 NY Mets 2

Colorado 4 Philadelphia 3

Atlanta 7 Washington 6 (10)

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Louisville 6 Indianapolis 3

Lansing 7 Fort Wayne 4

South Bend 5 Beloit 2

WNBA

Connecticut 75 Los Angeles 57

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

West Lafayette 3 Rensselaer Central 1

Washington Catholic 1 Sullivan 0

Westview 9 Prairie Heights 0

Shawe Memorial 7 Milan 1

Shortridge 5 International 2

South Ripley 4 Southwestern 1

Lebanon Western Boone 0

Tri-Central 2 Sheridan 0

Covenant Christian 4 Hanover Central 2

Rochester 1 North Miami 0

Lighthouse Christian 2 Tabernacle Christian 2

Kouts 3 Winamac 0

South Knox 7 Shoals 2

Breman 12 LaVille 0

Huntington North 9 Angola 0

Wawasee 1 Lakeland 0

White River Valley 6 Barr Reeve 0

Connersville 2 Centerville 1

Greencastle 1 Danville 0

HAST 2 Granger Christian 1

Park Tudor 9 Scecina 0

Bedford North Lawrence 2 Jennings County 1

Madison 5 S. Dearborn 1

Lafayette Central Catholic 6 Tipton 0

Garrett 9 Fort Wayne Wayne 4

Faith Christian 8 Crosspointe Christian 0

Fort Wayne North 2 Heritage 1

Gibson Southern 5 Mount Vernon 0

Crawfordsville 1 Frankfort 0

Wood Memorial 3 S. Spencer 3

Yorktown 5 Jay County 2

University 12 Anderson Prep 0

Oak Hill 6 Eastern 1

Kankakee Trinity 2 Portage Christian 1

LaLumiere 3 Glenn 1

Rock Creek 2 Henryville 1

Manchester 4 Eastbrook 0

Bloomington South 4 Terre Haute South 2

East Central 3 Lawrenceburg 1

Carroll 9 Taylor 0

Maconaquah 9 Delphi 0

Silver Creek 5 Corydon Central 0

Heritage Hills 2 Jasper 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 1 Bellmont 0

Homestead 4 Fort Wayne Dwenger 2

South Bend Adams 2 Concord 1

Franklin 4 Whiteland 2

Perry Meridian 2 Plainfield 0

Northridge 9 Mishawaka 0

Penn 4 Warsaw 1

Carmel 2 Lawrence Central 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 1 Ritter 0

Greenfield Central 2 Mount Vernon 0

Seymour 3 New Albany 2

Wheeler 2 Griffith 1

Guerin Catholic 4 Brownsburg 0

South Vermillion 3 N. Putnam 1

Delta 1 New Castle 0

New Palestine 3 Shelbyville 1

Floyd Central 4 Jeffersonville 0

Harrison 3 Avon 1

Fishers 8 Pendleton Heights 0

Evansville Harrison 4 Evansville Mater Dei 3

NorthWood 1 Elkhart Christian 1

Northwestern 4 Western 0

Pike 2 Lawrence North 1

Hamilton Heights 2 Benton Central 1

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Jay County 4 Oak Hill 0

Victory Christian 6 Marquette Catholic 1

Trinity Lutheran 8 Brown County 0

Crown Point 6 Portage 0

Heritage Hills 4 Washington 1

Carroll 3 DeKalb 2

Columbia City 6 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Bethany Christian 5 South Bend Riley 1

Wapahani 3 Blackford 2

Argos 3 Culver Academies 1

Centerville 4 New Castle 0

Switzerland County 3 S. Ripley 0

Andrean 11 Merrillville 0

Hebron 4 LaPorte 1

Rensselaer Central 11 Rossville 2

Heritage 2 Fort Wayne North 1

NorthWood 1 Glenn 0

Monrovia 4 Northview 3

Evansville Christian 5 Evansville Day 0

Park Tudor 9 Greenwood Christian 0

Southmont 3 Greencastle 2

Griffith 2 Wheeler 0

Tri-West Hendricks 5 Cascade 0

Jennings County 4 Bedford North Lawrence 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 6 Western 2

Evansville Reitz 9 Evansville Central 0

Lakewood Park 2 Woodlan 2

Shelbyville 10 Triton Central 0

Gibson Southern 9 Tell City 0

Wabash 2 Peru 1

Speedway 9 Indianapolis Tech 0

Leo 5 Fort Wayne Snider 0

Providence 3 Madison 0

Hamilton Heights 9 Kokomo 0

Goshen 2 Plymouth 1

Rochester 5 Marion 0

Huntington North 7 Fort Wayne South 0

Forest Park 5 Boonville 0

Preble Shawnee 10 Union County 0

Hanover Central 8 Covenant Christian 2

Northridge 2 Westview 2

Bellmont 5 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Columbus East 4 Batesville 1

Highland 4 Michigan City 2

Chatard 5 Ritter 1

Warsaw 3 Concord 0

Columbus North 2 Roncalli 0

Lawrence North 3 Pike 2

North Central 3 Pendleton Heights 1

Carmel 7 Lawrence Central 0

New Albany 4 Seymour 0

Northeast Dubois 2 South Knox 0

Castle 1 Owensboro Catholic 0

Valparaiso 2 Munster 0

Evansville Mater Dei 8 Evansville Harrison 0

East Central 1 Highlands 0

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Centerville 0

Pioneer 3 N. White 0

South Bend St. Joseph 3 South Bend Washington 0

Vincennes Lincoln 3 Princeton 1

Norwell 3 Blackford 1

South-Central 3 W. Central 0

LaPorte 3, Valparaiso 2

Knox 3 N. Judson 0

New Prairie 3 South Bend Clay 0

Lake Central 3 Merrillville 0

South Newton 3 Attica 0

Pendleton Heights 3, Alexandria Monroe 0

Lawrenceburg 3 S. Ripley 0

Wabash 3 Northfield 1

Wapahani 3 Muncie Burris 2

Fairfield 3 Prairie Heights 0

Rossville 3 Clinton Central 0

NorthWood 3 Plymouth 0

South Adams 3 Bluffton 0

Yorktown 3 Mount Vernon 0

Trinity Lutheran 3 Bedford North Lawrence 0

Linton Stockton 3 South Knox 0

Charlestown 3 N. Harrison 1

Triton 3 Tippecanoe Valley 2

Peru 3 Taylor 0

Southmont 3 Fountain Central 0

Jennings County 3 Batesville 0

Munster 3 Hobart 0

Frontier 3 Clinton Prairie 0

Daleville 3 Union 0

Jasper 3 Gibson Southern 0

Lebanon 3 Frankfort 0

Benton Central 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Carroll 3 Sheridan 0

Covington 3 S. Vermillion 0

Eastside 3 Hamilton 0

Southwood 3 Rochester 0

Whitko 3 Manchester 1

Riverton Parke 3 Clay City 0

North Miami 3 Argos 0

Seeger 3 North Vermillion 1

Monrovia 3 Cascade 1

Hutsonville 3 Dugger 0

Evansville Mater Dei 3 Southridge 0

Kankakee Valley 3 Hanover Central 0

Lakewood Park 3 Bethany Christian 0

Covenant Christian 3 N. Newton 1

Roncalli 3 Martinsville 0

Pendleton Heights 2 Anderson Prep 0

Shortridge 3 University 2

Western Boone 3 Guerin Catholic 0

Center Grove 3 Perry Meridian 1

Brownsburg 3 Avon 0

Waldron 3 Greenwood Christian 0

Oak Hill 3 Eastbrook 1

Franklin 3 Bloomington South 1

Shelbyville 3 Hauser 1

Cathedral 3 Lawrence North 1

Homestead 3 Columbia City 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Twin Lakes 0

Floyd Central 3 New Albany 0

North Putnam 3 Parke Heritage 0

Mishawaka Marian 3 Jimtown 0

Fort Wayne Snider 3 Fort Wayne Northrup 0

Castle 3 Evansville Bosse 0

Delta 3 Monroe Central 1

Seymour 3 Scottsburg 0

Churubusco 3 Fremont 1

Pike 3 Speedway 0

Columbus East 3 Providence 2

Garrett 3 West Noble 0

Elkhart Christian 3 LaLumiere 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Huntington North 2

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Fishers 0

Angola 3 Central Noble 0

Woodlan 3 Jay County 1

Hamilton Heights 3 Western 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Carroll 0

Winchester 3 Hagerstown 2

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

Richmond 5 Hagerstown 0

TOP HEADLINES

Brady throws for 379 yards, 4 TDs, Bucs beat Cowboys 31-29

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t flinch.

Down one point with 1:24 to go in the kickoff to the NFL season, the defending Super Bowl champions were confident their 44-year-old quarterback would find a way to win again Thursday night.

It’s simply what Brady, who threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys, does.

“There was no doubt that we’re going to win the game with him,” coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s just who’s going to make plays.”

With seats in a NFL stadium filled to full capacity for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Ryan Succop won it with a 36-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining. Brady set it up with a last-minute drive directed on the same field where the Bucs became the first team to play and win a Super Bowl in its home stadium seven months ago.

It was the 49th game-winning the three-time NFL MVP has led in the fourth-quarter or overtime during regular season. That’s third on the all-time list behind Peyton Manning (54) and Drew Brees (53), who are both retired.

“There’s obviously a lot to clean up,” Brady said after completing 32 of 50 passes with two interceptions.

The Bucs, hoping to become the first team to repeat as champions since Brady led the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots to consecutive titles, turned the ball over four times.

“We won,” the quarterback said, “but we know it was far from perfect.”

For Brady, a seven-time champion, it was the 300th regular-season start in a sparkling 22-year career – a record for a quarterback. The 44-year-old also joined Drew Brees as the only players to throw for 300-plus yards in a game 100 times.

Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown caught first-half touchdown passes, and the Bucs (1-0) extended their winning streak to nine games dating to last December. Brady’s second TD pass of the night to Gronkowski put the defending champs up 28-19. Succop’s field goal came after Greg Zuerlein put the Cowboys ahead with a 48-yarder with 1:24 to go.

“As I told our guys, I learned a long time ago we don’t learn anything more from losing than you do from almost losing, We’ve got a lot to learn,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said. “Obviously not pleased with the start of the game, Loved the finish. Our guys are winners, They’re going to finish.”

Dak Prescott threw for 403 yards and three TDs for Dallas in his first game since suffering a severe injury ankle that ended his 2020 season after just five games. The sixth-year pro didn’t play in the preseason after straining his right shoulder early in training camp, and limitations on his throwing weren’t lifted until about two weeks before the opener.

“I thought Dak played well,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I really like the way our team played, the preparation coming into it. … We had tough looks, particularly some of the things they did defensively. I thought our guys did a good job adjusting, did a good job distributing the ball on the perimeter.”

The Cowboys have never beaten Brady, who improved to 6-0 against them, with five of the victories coming during his historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.

But Prescott, with help from a revamped Dallas defense that forced a fumble and intercepted a pass that glanced off Leonard Fournette’s hands to set up a touchdown and field goal, pushed the defending champs to the limit before a mostly mask-less crowd of 65,566.

Ultimately, though, Brady made the Cowboys pay for kicking woes that contributed to Dallas only scoring 16 points in the opening half. In addition to missing a 31-yard field goal, Zuerlein had an extra point clank off the left upright in the second quarter.

Seven of the Cowboys’ first eight possessions either started or ended in Tampa Bay territory, yet Prescott still faced a nine-point deficit before Dallas pulled within 28-26 on Amari Cooper’s 21-yard scoring reception with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Cooper finished with 13 catches for 139 yards, including a 5-yard TD catch in the second quarter. CeeDee Lamb had a 22-yard scoring reception for the Cowboys, who finished 6-10 with Prescott missing the final 11 games of last season.

Brady was intercepted twice, once on a desperation pass at the end of the first half. Ronald Jones and Chris Godwin also lost fumbles, with the latter’s mistake preventing the Bucs from putting away the game in the closing minutes.

Brown had five receptions for 121 yards, including a 43-yard TD before halftime. Godwin had nine catches for 105 yards, but fumbled at the Cowboys 1 to stop a potential clinching drive before Prescott drove Dallas to Zuerlein’s go-ahead field goal.

AP source: Steelers, Watt agree to lucrative extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger believes T.J. Watt is perhaps the best player in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to pay the game-wrecking outside linebacker like it.

A person with knowledge of the agreement says the team and the two-time All-Pro have come to terms on a four-year extension worth $112 million that will make Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the league. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the financial terms were not publicly announced.

The deal was first reported by NFL Network.

Watt, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, will be paid an average of $28 million a season over the course of the extension, which exceeds the $27 million annually made by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.

The agreement also ends any speculation about the team’s long-term plans for Watt and clears up his availability for Sunday’s season opener in Buffalo.

Watt did not practice during 11-on-11 drills with the first-team defense until this week after choosing to sit out all four preseason contests and work on individual drills during training camp.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Watt “looked good” while hitting in pads, though defensive coordinator Keith Butler cautioned there’s a difference between being in cardiovascular shape and “hitting shape.”

“I think we’ve got to be careful about how many plays he plays,” Butler said Thursday. “He’s a veteran. He knows how he feels. He knows how he’s going to feel when he starts playing and stuff like that. We’ve just got to be smart enough to know how much is too much and how much is too little.”

The extension alleviates any concern about the team potentially losing Watt at some point down the road.

The Steelers have a policy of not negotiating contracts once the season starts, meaning the window to get something done before was closing. If one had failed to get done, there’s a chance they could have retained Watt in the short term by placing the franchise tag on Watt for 2022, a move that hasn’t really worked out for the team in recent years.

Pittsburgh put the tag on running back Le’Veon Bell in 2017 and 2018. Bell was an All-Pro in 2017 before sitting out the entire 2018 season. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree also played under the tag in 2020 before signing with Tennessee in the spring.

Watt isn’t going anywhere and his teammates – namely Roethlisberger and defensive end Cam Heyward – have made it a point to speak out in support of Watt and encourage the front office to get it wrapped up.

Roethlisberger said Wednesday that Watt “is worth every penny” and should “get whatever he wants.” Heyward added Thursday that Watt is a “game-changer” who “should be paid.”

The Steelers did, giving the team something to build around whenever the Roethlisberger era ends.

Watt has become one of the NFL’s most disruptive edge rushers since being taken with the 30th overall pick in the 2017 draft. His 49 1/2 sacks over the first four seasons of his career are the sixth most in NFL history. He’s made the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons and finished third in NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2019 and followed it up by being runner-up to Los Angeles Rams star defensive end Aaron Donald last season.

It also gives Watt bragging rights of sorts against older brother J.J., a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year who landed a six-year deal with Houston in 2014.

Ravens’ Edwards, Peters have injured knees

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens listed running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters as limited in practice Thursday, and ESPN later reported each player had a torn ACL.

ESPN cited unidentified sources in its report. Losing Edwards would be another major blow to Baltimore’s backfield after the Ravens lost running back J.K. Dobbins to a season-ending knee injury in their final preseason game. Running back Justice Hill went on injured reserve this week.

The team’s next media availability is Friday, but Edwards and Peters were on the injury report with knee injuries. Veteran running back Devonta Freeman is joining Baltimore’s practice squad, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Baltimore opens its season Monday night at Las Vegas.

The Ravens led the NFL in rushing last season, when Dobbins and Edwards combined for 1,528 yards on the ground. Baltimore signed running back Le’Veon Bell to the practice squad this week and signed Trenton Cannon to the active roster.

It’s possible that Baltimore’s top running back for Monday’s game could be Ty’Son Williams, who was on the practice squad last year and has never had a carry in a regular-season game.

Peters started 14 games in 2020, his first full season with the Ravens. He had four interceptions, bringing his career total to 31.

Coach John Harbaugh did talk to reporters earlier Thursday and discussed the decision to bring Bell aboard.

“Obviously, we played against him so many times and in so many highly competitive (and) emotional games,” Harbaugh said. “It was fun to have him in for the workout. He had a good workout. Practiced yesterday – he did a good job. So yes, we’ll have a process with him. He’s excited. He’s learning, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Freeman played five games last season for Buffalo after six seasons with Atlanta. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2016.

NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT ATLANTA FALCONS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Eagles 20 at Falcons 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 919 yards & had 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) in 4 starts as rookie in 2020. Led all rookie QBs with 354 rush yards. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB MILES SANDERS had 1,064 scrimmage yards (867 rush, 197 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 4th in NFL among RBs with 4.9 yards per carry average (min. 300 atts.). Had 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 road games last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 70+ receptions & 800+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Had 8 receptions for 72 yards in last meeting. WR DEVONTA SMITH was selected in 1st round (10th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. WR GREG WARD led team in catches (careerhigh 53) & rec. TDs (career-high 6) in 2020. • DT FLETCHER COX had 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL last season. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 8 sacks & 13 TFL in 2020. DE RYAN KERRIGAN makes Phi. debut. Ranks 5th among active players with 95.5 sacks. Kerrigan, Graham (59 sacks) & Cox (54.5) are only trio of teammates each with 50+ career sacks. LB ERIC WILSON makes Phi. debut. Set career highs in tackles (121), TFL (8) & PD (8) with Min. in 2020. Was only player last season with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks (3) & 3+ INTs (3). CB DARIUS SLAY ranks 4th among active players with 110 career PD. Had 2 INTs in his last game vs. Atl. (9/24/17 w/ Det.). CB STEVEN NELSON makes Phi. debut. S ANTHONY HARRIS makes Phi. debut. Had careerhigh 104 tackles with Min. in 2020.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN ranks 9th in NFL history with 55,767 passing yards & surpassed HOFer PEYTON MANNING (54,828) for most passing yards by player in his 1st 13 seasons. Has 7 career seasons with 4,500+ pass yards (4,581 in 2020), 2nd-most in NFL history. Ranks 10th-ever with 347 career TD passes. Passed for 320 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. at home with 2+ TD passes. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,015), rush yards (642), rec. yards (373) & TDs (8) in 2020 with Car. Ranked 4th among RBs with career-best 59 receptions last season. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had career-high 90 receptions & tied-5th in NFL with career-high 1,374 rec. yards in 2020. Had 9 rec. TDs last season & can become 4th player in NFL history with 7+ TD catches in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 8 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR RUSSELL GAGE had careerhigh 72 receptions for 786 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2020. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON makes Atl. debut. Has 8 career KRTDs, tied-most ever. TE KYLE PITTS was selected in 1st round (4th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft, highest drafted TE since 1967. • LB DEION JONES had 4th-career 100+ tackle season (106) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (MINKAH FITZPATRICK) with INT-TD in each of past 3 seasons. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had careerhigh 117 tackles in 2020. Was 1 of 3 players with 4+ FFs (4) & 2+ INTs (2) last season. DT GRADY JARRETT had 4 sacks in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Phi.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 380 (Phi.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 801 (Atl.)

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BUFFALO BILLS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 14-10

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Steelers 15 at Bills 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 3,803 yards & 33 TDs in 2020, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. Ranks 7th in NFL history with 60,348 career pass yards. Has 396 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 road starts last season. • RB NAJEE HARRIS was selected 24th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 97 catches last season, his 2nd-career season with 95+ catches (111 in 2018). Had career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (team-high 923) & rec. TDs (7) last season. Has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 62 catches for 873 yards & led all rookies with 9 rec. TDs in 2020, tied-most ever by Pit. rookie. Smith-Schuster (831), Johnson & Claypool were only trio of AFC teammates each with 800+ rec. yards last season. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with career-high 15 sacks in 2020 & became 6th player since 1990 with 13+ sacks in 3 straight seasons. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 49.5 sacks. LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Pit. debut. Has 7+ sacks in 5 of past 6 seasons. LB JOE SCHOBERT makes Pit. debut. Ranked 4th in NFL with 141 tackles in 2020 with Jax. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 55.5 sacks since 2013, 2nd-most among DTs. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led team with 4 INTs last season. CB JOE HADEN led team with 12 PD in 2020. Leads NFL with 149 PD since 2010.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN set franchise records in pass yards (4,544) & TD passes (37) & had 8 rush TDs last season, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 4,500+ pass yards, 35+ TD passes & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Passed for 238 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 22 TDs (17 pass, 5 rush) vs. 6 INTs & 103 rating in 8 regular season home games last season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 956 scrimmage yards (687 rush, 269 rec.) in 2020, his 2nd-consecutive season with 950+ scrimmage yards. RB ZACK MOSS ranked 5th among AFC rookies with 481 rush yards in 2020. • WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards in 2020, 6th-most catches ever in single season. Had 75+ rec. yards in 15 games last season, incl. playoffs, tied 2nd-most ever in single season. Had 10 catches for 130 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home, incl. playoffs, with 75+ rec. yards. WR COLE BEASLEY set career-highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967) in 2020. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes Buf. debut. Has 60+ catches & 700+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had team-high 3 INTs in 2020 & is only player in NFL with 50+ PD (54) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2017. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. S JORDAN POYER had 118 tackles last season, tied-most among all DBs. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. CB TARON JOHNSON set career-bests in tackles (93) & PD (7) in 2020. Had 51-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 119 tackles last season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Pit.), 82 (Buf.) | XM: 382 (Pit.), 227 (Buf.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 803 (Buf.)

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS: Panthers have won last 2

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Panthers 35 at Jets 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Panthers 30, Jets 20

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON makes NFL debut. Selected with 2nd overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft, highest-selected QB in franchise history. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN makes NYJ debut. Has 500+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 seasons. Rushed for 105 yards & had career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Car. (10/27/19 with SF). Has 105+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. RB TY JOHNSON ended 2020 season with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games. • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team in catches (59), rec. yards (699) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020 & has 50+ catches & 600+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 50+ rec. yards. WR COREY DAVIS makes NYJ debut. Had 65 catches for career-high 984 yards & 5 TDs with Ten. last season. Had 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2020, tied-2nd most among AFC WRs. WR KEELAN COLE makes NYJ debut. Set career-bests in catches (55) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Jax. WR ELIJAH MOORE was seelcted in 2nd round of 2021 NFL Draft. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 11 PD in 2020 & was 1 of 3 DBs in NFL (JORDAN POYER & DONOVAN WILSON) with 2+ INTs (2), 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ sacks (2). Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. S LAMARCUS JOYNER makes NYJ debut. Had career-high 6 TFL in 2020 with LV. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with career-best 7 sacks & 10 TFL last season. DT SHELDON RANKINS makes NYJ debut. Had 17.5 sacks in 5 seasons with NO. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 22 tackles, 2 PD & TFL in 2 career games vs. Car.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD makes Car. debut. Had 8,097 pass yards & 50 TDs (45 pass, 5 rush) in 38 career starts (2018-20) with NYJ. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY ranked 3rd in NFL in scrimmage yards per game (114.1) since entering NFL in 2017. Had 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 games last season. Aims for his 4th in row with 2 TDs. Has 320 career receptions. Has 10 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB in NFL history. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON led team with career-high 95 receptions & had 1,096 rec. yards, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. Had 207 receptions for 3,059 yards & 20 rec. TDs in 62 games (2016-2019) with NYJ. WR DJ MOORE had 66 catches for career-high 1,193 rec yards & 4 TD catches in 2020. Is 1 of 3 WRs (MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 15+ yards per catch (15.2) since 2018 (min. 200 receptions). WR TERRACE MARSHALL was selected in 2nd round (59th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Car. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2020 with Az. DE BRIAN BURNS led team with 9 sacks & had career-high 3 FFs last season. DT DERRICK BROWN ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 TFL in 2020. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2nd-consecutive 100+ tackle season (career-high 114) in 2020. CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 CBs (J.C. JACKSON & MARCUS PETERS) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. S JEREMY CHINN led all rookies & ranked 3rd among DBs with 116 tackles last season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (NYJ), 81 (Car.) | XM: 381 (NYJ), 226 (Car.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 804 (Car.)

NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Bengals 7 at Vikings 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Bengals 42, Vikings 14

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS had 4,265 pass yards & career-high 35 pass TDs in 2020. Is only QB with 25+ TD passes in each of past 6 seasons. Passed for career-high 458 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (10/30/16 w/ Was.). • RB DALVIN COOK ranked 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,918) & rush yards (1,557) & tied-2nd in rush TDs (16) last season, all career highs. Led NFL with 6 games with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2020. Had 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 road games last season. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had NFL rookie-record 1,400 rec. yards & led rookies with 88 receptions in 2020. Became 4th rookie ever with 7+ games (7) with 100+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 74 receptions for 925 yards & ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 TD catches in 8 road games in 2020. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 14.5 sacks in both 2018 & 2019. In 2019, became youngest player (25 years & 40 days) since 1982 to reach 50 career sacks. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 5th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (107) in 2020. Is only player with 500+ tackles (547) & 40+ PD (40) since 2016. Had 31-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB ANTHONY BARR has 15 sacks, 8 FFs & 5 FRs in 7-year NFL career. CB PATRICK PETERSON makes Min. debut. Ranks tied-3rd among active players with 28 career INTs. S HARRISON SMITH had 89 tackles, 10 PD & team-high 5 INTs last season. Is only active player with 25+ INTs (28) & 10+ sacks (13.5).

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW passed for 2,688 yards & 13 TDs in 10 games last season, both 2nd-most among rookies. Had 5 games with 300+ pass yards, tied 3rd-most ever by rookie. Had 1,148 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 95.8 rating in 4 home games last season. • RB JOE MIXON is 1 of 3 AFC RBs (MELVIN GORDON & KAREEM HUNT) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,359) & 1,000+ rec. yards (1,008) since 2017. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. RB SAMAJE PERINE had career-high 3 rush TDs in 2020. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 79 catches & had 841 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 6 WRs with 75+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR TEE HIGGINS ranked 3rd among rookies with 67 catches in 2020, tied-most ever by Cin. rookie (CRIS COLLINSWORTH in 1981), & led team with 908 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs. WR JA’MARR CHASE was selected 5th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • S VONN BELL led team with career-bests in tackles (114) & FFs (3) in 2020. S JESSIE BATES had 107 tackles & led team with 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 4 safeties with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Bell & Bates were 1 of 2 pairs of DB teammates each with 100+ tackles in 2020. CB MIKE HILTON makes Cin. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) & sacks (3) in 2020 with Pit. DE TREY HENDRICKSON makes Cin. debut. Tied-2nd in NFL with careerhigh 13.5 sacks with NO last season. LB SAM HUBBARD has 22 TFL & 16.5 sacks over 3-year career.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Min.), 137 (Cin.) | XM: 383 (Min.), 228 (Cin.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 806 (Cin.)

NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DETROIT LIONS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 37-27-1

STREAKS: 49ers have won 10 of past 11

LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Lions 27 at 49ers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Lions 32, 49ers 17

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 1,096 yards & 7 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 92.4 rating in 6 starts last season. Is 22-8 (.733 win pct.) as starter since joining SF in 2017. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.4 rating in last meeting. QB TREY LANCE was selected in 1st round (3rd overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 677 scrimmage yards (521 rush, 156 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 games last season. Leads RBs with 5.7 yards per rush attempt since 2018 (min. 250 atts.). FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had career-high 6 TDs (4 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. RB TREY SERMON was selected in 3rd round (88th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 48 receptions for 634 yards & 2 TDs in 8 games last season. Since 2018, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (3,064) & 3rd in receptions (221) among TEs. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 33 receptions for 391 yards & 1 TD in 7 games in 2020. WR BRANDON AIYUK had the 2nd-most receptions (60) & 3rd-most rec. yards (748) by a rookie in franchise history last season. Was 1 of 4 WRs with 5+ rec. TDs (5) & 2+ rush TDs (2) in 2020. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 125 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. Is 1 of 3 LBs (DARIUS LEONARD & BOBBY WAGNER) with 360+ tackles (366) & 20+ PD (21) since 2018. DL NICK BOSA had 9 sacks & won AP Defensive Rookie of Year in 2019. DL SAMSON EBUKAM makes SF debut. Had 14 sacks in 4 seasons (2017-20) with LAR. CB JASON VERRETT had 2 INTs & 7 PD last season.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF makes Det. debut. Had 18,171 pass yards & 107 pass TDs in 69 starts with LAR (2016-20). Has 14 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 88.2 rating in 8 career starts vs. SF. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had team-high 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020 & joined HOFer BARRY SANDERS (1989) & BILLY SIMS (1980) as only rookies in franchise history with 10+ TDs. Was 1 of 2 rookie RBs (JAMES ROBINSON) with 500+ rush yards (521) & 300+ rec. yards (357) last season. Ranked 2nd among rookie RBs in receptions (46). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 2,946 scrimmage yards (1,985 rush, 961 rec.) & 18 TDs (10 rush, 8 rec.) in 60 games with GB (2017-20). • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 42 receptions for 651 yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019 with Raiders. TE T.J. HOCKENSON led NFC TEs with career-best 723 rec. yards & ranked 2nd in receptions (career-high 67) last season. TE DARREN FELLS makes Det. debut. Has 21 career rec. TDs. WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN was selected in 4th round (112th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • DE ROMEO OKWARA led team with career-high 10 sacks & had 3 FFs in 2020. DE MICHAEL BROCKERS makes Det. debut. Had 5 sacks with LAR in 2020. DE TREY FLOWERS has 6+ sacks in 4 of his past 5 seasons. LB JAMIE COLLINS led team with 101 tackles in 2020, his 4th-career 100+ tackle season. Has 3 FFs, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 at home. S TRACY WALKER had 81 tackles, 5 TFL & 4 PD in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (SF), 119 (Det.) | XM: 384 (SF), 229 (Det.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 810 (Det.)

NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 25-13

STREAKS: Texans have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Texans 27 at Jaguars 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Texans 30, Jaguars 14

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) makes NFL debut. Selected 1st overall in 2021 NFL Draft & is expected to be 1st Jax. rookie QB to start Week 1 in franchise history. Can become 5th rookie QB selected 1st overall to win 1st career start in common-draft era. • RB JAMES ROBINSON ranked 2nd among rookies with 1,414 scrimmage yards in 2020, most by undrafted rookie in common draft era. Became 4th undrafted rookie with 1,000+ rushing yards (1,070) in common-draft era. Had 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) last season, joining PHILLIP LINDSAY & DOMINIC RHODES as undrafted rookies with 10+ TDs in common-draft era. Totaled 169 scrimmage yards (84.5 per game) in 2 games vs. Hou. last season. RB CARLOS HYDE makes Jax. debut. • WR DJ CHARK led team with 706 rec. yards in 2020, his second consecutive season with 700+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for season-high 146 yards & TD in last meeting. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT led team with 58 catches last season, second-most ever by Jax. rookie. Had 7 catches for 79 yards in last road meeting. WR MARVIN JONES makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 76 catches for 978 yards last season with Det. Is 1 of 2 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS) with 9+ rec. TDs in 3 of past 4 seasons. • LB MYLES JACK set career highs in tackles (118) & TFL (6) last season. Had TFL, FF & PD in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) last season with Sea. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Hou. (10/29/17 with Sea.).

TEXANS NOTES:

QB TYROD TAYLOR makes Hou. debut. Has 9,770 pass yards & 70 TDs (54 pass, 16 rush) in career. Has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 120.2 rating in 2 career games vs. Jax. QB DAVIS MILLS was selected in 3rd round (67th overall) of 2021 NFL Draft. • RB DAVID JOHNSON led team with 691 rush yards & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Rushed for 96 yards in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 120+ scrimmage yards. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY makes Hou. debut. Totaled 3,015 scrimmage yards & 18 TDs (17 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 seasons with Den. RB MARK INGRAM makes Hou. debut. Leads active RBs in scrimmage yards (9,219), rush yards (7,324) & rush TDs (62). Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. RB REX BURKHEAD makes Hou. debut. Had 450+ scrimmage yards each of past 2 seasons. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (81) & rec. yards (1,150) in 2020. Has 1,100+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6 seasons. Has 367 rec. yards (122.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Jax. Aims for 4th in row vs. Jax. with TD catch. WR CHRIS CONLEY makes Hou. debut. Had 87 catches for 1,246 yards & 7 TDs in past 2 seasons with Jax. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM led NFL with career-high 163 tackles in 2020, second-most ever by Hou. player in single season. Since 2018, ranks 5th in NFL with 405 tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 vs. Jax. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL set career highs in tackles (65) & FFs (3) last season with Cle.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (Jax.), 98 (Hou.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 230 (Hou.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 812 (Hou.)

NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/1/17: Seahawks 46, Colts 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Colts 34, Seahawks 28

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 4,212 yards & tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 40 TD passes last season. Became 2nd player ever (HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 25+ TD passes in 7 of 1st 9 seasons. Had rating of 105.1 in 2020 & can become 1st player ever with 105+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons. Ranks 4th alltime among QBs with 4,506 rush yards. Passed for 295 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 968 scrimmage yards (681 rush, 287 rec.) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) last season. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 7 on road. • WR DK METCALF set career bests in receptions (83), rec. yards (franchise-record 1,303) & rec. TDs (10) last season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high & franchise-record 100 receptions for 1,054 yards & 10 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 5th in rec. TDs (28) since 2018. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 138 tackles & became 3rd player (KEITH BROOKING & LONDON FLETCHER) with 100+ tackles in 9 consecutive seasons since 2000. Leads NFL with 1,211 tackles since entering NFL in 2012. Had 21-yard FR-TD in last meeting. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 sacks & 6 TFL in 8 games with Sea. in 2020. S JAMAL ADAMS led team with career high 9.5 sacks, most sacks by DB in single season since 1982. S QUANDRE DIGGS led team with career-high 5 INTs last season. Is 1 of 3 DBs (MARCUS PETERS & HARRISON SMITH) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ makes Ind. debut. Passed for 16,811 yards & 113 TD passes in 5 seasons with Phi. & had 3,000+ pass yards in 4 of 5 seasons. Has passed for 1,037 yards (259.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Sea. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led all rookies in scrimmage yards (1,468), & rush yards (1,169) & tied-1st in rush TDs (11) in 2020. Rushed for 560 yards (140 per game) & 7 TDs in last 4 games of 2020 reg. season. Aims for 7th in row, incl. postseason, with rush TD. RB NYHEIM HINES set career-highs in rec. yards (482) & rush yards (380) last season & led all AFC RBs with 63 catches. RB MARLON MACK has 1,000+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 seasons. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West • WR ZACH PASCAL set career-bests in catches (44) & rec. yards (629) last season. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN was 1 of 6 AFC rookies with 500+ rec. yards (503) in 2020. TE JACK DOYLE had 3 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 132 tackles last season & is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 120+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER led team in sacks (9.5) & TFL (10) in 2020. Is 1 of 3 DTs (AARON DONALD & CHRIS JONES) with 7+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5 sacks in final 3 games of 2020 reg. season. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 4 vs. Sea. CB KENNY MOORE led team with career highs in INTs (4) & PD (13) in 2020. CB XAVIER RHODES had 12 PD & 2 INTs last season. Had FF in his last game vs. Sea. (10/2/19 with Min.).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Sea.), 99 (Ind.) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 813 (Ind.)

NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Titans 7 at Cardinals 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Cardinals 37, Titans 34 (OT)

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY had 26 TD passes & 11 rush TDs in 2020 & became 2nd QB (CAM NEWTON) with 25+ TD passes & 10+ rush TDs in single season in NFL history. Had 9 games with both pass TD & rush TD, most by QB in single season ever. Has 90+ passer rating in 6 of his past 7 starts on road. • RB JAMES CONNER makes Az. debut. Had 721 rush yards & 6 rush TDs with Pit. in 2020. Had 111 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 29 rec.) in his last game vs. Ten. (10/25/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 850 scrimmage yards (448 rush, 402 rec.) & career-best 53 catches in 2020. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS tied-2nd in NFL with franchise-record 115 receptions & had 6th-career 1,000+ yard season (1,407) in 2020. Has 1,313 rec. yards (101 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 13 career games vs. Ten. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 games at Ten. WR A.J. GREEN makes Az. debut. Had 47 catches for 523 yards & 2 TDs with Cin. in 2020. Had 115 rec. yards & rec. TD in his last game at Ten. (11/12/17 w/ Cin.). • LB CHANDLER JONES is tied-1st among active players in FFs (27) & ranks 4th in sacks (97). Has 10+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Has 4 sacks + 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. Ten. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with sack. DE J.J. WATT makes Az. debut. Leads active players in TFL (172) & ranks 2nd in sacks (101). Has 18 sacks, 9 FFs & 2 FR in 15 career games vs. Ten. S BUDDA BAKER had 3rd-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (118) in 2020. Leads all DBs with 365 tackles since 2018.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 3,819 yards & career-high 33 TDs last season & ranked 5th in NFL with 106.5 rating. Is 1 of 2 AFC QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES) with 105+ rating in each of past 2 seasons. Rushed for career-high 7 TDs in 2020. Completed 15 of 20 passes (75 pct.) for 195 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 124 rating in his last game vs. Az. (12/11/16 with Mia.). Had 1,987 pass yards (248.4 per game) & 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.5 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY led NFL in rush yards (2,027, 5th-most ever) & rush TDs (17) last season & became 4th player ever with 1,500+ rush yards & 15+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons. Had 806 rush yards (100.8 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 8 home games in 2020. Rushed for TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes Ten. debut. Has 95.5 rec. yards/game in career, most in NFL history (min. 100 games) & ranks 4th alltime with 58 games with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. WR A.J. BROWN led team with career highs in catches (70), rec. yards (1,075) & rec. TDs (11) in 2020. Had 6 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-best 111 tackles last season, 5th-most among DBs. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 18 INTs. LB BUD DUPREE makes Ten. debut. Is 1 of 6 LBs with 8+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. Had 3 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Az. (12/8/19 with Pit.). CB JANORIS JENKINS makes Ten. debut. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 career INTs.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 211 (Az.), 146 (Ten.) | XM: 387 (Az.), 232 (Ten.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 830 (Ten.)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Chargers have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Washington 13 at Chargers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Washington 30, Chargers 24 (OT)

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT set NFL all-time rookie records in TD passes (31) & completions (396) & had 2nd-most passing yards ever by rookie (4,336) in 2020. Became 1st rookie with 25+ TD passes & 4,000+ passing yards. Had 6 games with 3+ TD passes & 8 games with 300+ pass yards, both most-ever by rookie. Can join JAMEIS WINSTON as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled 933 scrimmage yards (530 rush, 403 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd-consecutive season with 900+ scrimmage yards. Has 16 rec. TDs since 2017, tied-most among RBs. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team in catches (100), rec. yards (992) & rec. TDs (8) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 95+ catches in each of past 4 seasons. Has 624 receptions in 100 career games, most-ever by player in 1st 100 games. Has 14 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & TD in 2 career games. vs. Was. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 756 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2020, his second-straight season with 750+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK makes LAC debut. Is only TE with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 7.5 sacks in 2020 & tied-3rd in NFL with 15 TFL. Is only player in NFL with 15+ TFL in each of past 2 seasons. LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 107 tackles last season, 2nd-most among rookies. CB MICHAEL DAVIS led team with career-high 14 PD & 3 INTs in 2020. Has 7 PD in his past 5 on road. CB CHRIS HARRIS has 21 INTs in 10-year career.

WASHINGTON NOTES:
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK makes Was. debut. Passed for 2,091 yards & 13 TDs with 95.6 rating in 9 games with Mia. in 2020. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 1,042 scrimmage yards (795 rush, 247 rec.) & tied-1st among rookies with 11 rush TDs in 2020. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 954 scrimmage yards (589 rec., 365 rush) & ranked 2nd among RBs with career-high 80 catches last season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had career-high 87 receptions & 1stcareer 1,000+ rec. yard season (1,118) in 2020. Aims for his 6th in row, incl. postseason, at home with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL makes Was. debut. Set career-highs in receptions (77), rec. yards (851) & scrimmage yards (1,051) with Car. in 2020. TE LOGAN THOMAS set career-highs in catches (72), rec. yards (670) & rec. TDs (6) last season. • DE CHASE YOUNG led all rookies with 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL & tied1st in FFs (4) in 2020. Was 1 of 2 rookies (JUSTIN JEFFERSON) selected to 2021 Pro Bowl. DE MONTEZ SWEAT led team with career-high 9 sacks & 12 TFL in 2020. LB JON BOSTIC led team with career-best 118 tackles & had career-high 3 sacks last season. LB JAMIN DAVIS was selected in 1st round (19th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 4 INTs in 2020. Has 10+ PD in 3 of the past 4 seasons. S KAMREN CURL was only rookie last season with 80+ tackles (88) & 3+ INTs (3). S LANDON COLLINS has 95+ tackles in 5 of 1st 6 NFL seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 108 (LAC), 103 (Was.) | XM: 388 (LAC), 233 (Was.) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 831 (Was.)

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 13-11-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Chiefs 37 at Browns 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Chiefs 17, Browns 13

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 3,563 yards & 26 TDs for career-high 95.9 rating in 2020 & joined HOFer PEYTON MANNING as only players in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 seasons. Passed for 297 yards & 2 TDs for 95 rating in last regular season meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB totaled 1,217 scrimmage yards (1,067 rush, 150 rec.) & career-high 12 rush TDs last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road in reg. season with rush TD. RB KAREEM HUNT had 1,145 scrimmage yards (841 rush, 304 rec.) & 11 TDs (6 rush, 5 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd career season with 10+ TDs. Totaled 2,984 scrimmage yards & 25 TDs (15 rush, 10 rec.) in 27 games (2017- 18) with KC. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team in catches (72) & rec. yards (840) in 2020 & became 1st player with 70+ catches in each of 1st 7 seasons. Had rec. TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch, incl. postseason. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 5 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards since 2014, tied 4th-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 6th in NFL with 12 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Has 42.5 career sacks, most by Cle. player in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack, incl. postseason. CB DENZEL WARD tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD last season. CB TROY HILL & S JOHN JOHNSON make Cle. debuts.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards & 4th with 38 TD passes in 2020 & became 3rd player ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. Has 108.7 career rating, highest among qualified passers in NFL history. Became youngest QB (25 years, 143 days) to start 2 Super Bowls. Has 630 passing yards (315 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 118.3 rating in 2 career games vs. Cle., incl. postseason. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 8 home games in 2020. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranked 4th among rookies with 1,100 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 297 rec.) last season, 3rdmost ever by KC rookie. RB DARREL WILLAIMS rushed for 78 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. • WR TYREEK HILL had 87 catches for 1,276 yards & career-high 17 TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has 47 rec. TDs & 6 rush TDs & joined HOFer JERRY RICE as only players since 1970 with 35+ rec. TDs & 5+ rush TDs. Had 8 catches for 110 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards in 2020, most-ever by TE in single season. Had 8 catches for 109 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with rec. TD, incl. postseason. • S TYRANN MATHIEU led all safeties with career-high 6 INTs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 10 INTs. Had INT & TFL in 2020 AFC-D meeting. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks last season. Has 38.5 sacks since 2017, 4th-most among DL. DE FRANK CLARK had 3 sacks in 2020 postseason.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Cle.), 82 (KC) | XM: 382 (Cle.), 227 (KC) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 815 (KC)

NFL PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 56-52

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Patriots 12 at Dolphins 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Patriots 21, Dolphins 11

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 1,814 yards & had 14 TDs (11 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs as rookie in 2020. Joined JEFF KEMP as only rookie QBs in Super Bowl era with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs in each of 1st 5 career starts. Completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 pct.) & rushed for career-best 2 TDs in last meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN led team with career highs in scrimmage yards (972) & rush yards (584) last season. Had 66 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 26 rec.) in last road meeting. Has 432 scrimmage yards (108 per game) in his past 4 on road. RB MALCOLM BROWN makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 581 scrimmage yards (419 rush, 162 rec.) with LAR in 2020. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team in catches (63) & rec. yards (793) last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 7+ catches & 115+ rec. yards. WR JAYLEN WADDLE was selected 6th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (53), rec. yards (703) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led NFL with 10 INTs & 20 PD last season, becoming 1st player with 10+ INTs in season since ANTONIO CROMARTIE (10 in 2007). Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Had FF in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with career-best 9 sacks in 2020. Had sack in last meeting. LB JEROME BAKER was 1 of 2 players (DEVIN WHITE) with 100+ tackles (111) & 7+ sacks (7) last season. CB JASON MCCOURTY makes Mia. debut. Had 148 tackles, 19 PD & 2 INTs in past 3 seasons with NE (2018-20)

PATRIOTS NOTES:
QB MAC JONES was selected 15th overall in 2021 NFL Draft & became 1st QB selected in 1st round by NE since DREW BLEDSOE (1st overall) in 1993. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS led team with career-high 691 rush yards in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 70+ rush yards. RB JAMES WHITE leads all active RBs in catches (369), rec. yards (3,184) & rec. TDs (25). Had 52 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career bests in catches (59) & rec. yards (729) in 2020. Had 7 catches for 111 yards in last meeting. WR NELSON AGHOLOR makes NE debut. Had careerhigh 896 rec. yards last season with LV. Had 5 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD in his last game vs. Mia. (12/26/20 with LV). WR KENDRICK BOURNE makes NE debut. Set career bests in receptions (49) & rec. yards (667) in 2020 with SF. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Mia. (10/11/20 with SF). TE HUNTER HENRY makes NE debut. Had career-best 60 catches in 2020 with LAC. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Mia. TE JONNU SMITH makes NE debut. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2020 with Ten. • CB J.C. JACKSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-best 9 INTs in 2020 & is only player with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with INT. LB MATT JUDON makes NE debut. Is 1 of 3 LBs (KHALIL MACK & T.J. WATT) with 6+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. LB KYLE VAN NOY had 69 tackles, 6 sacks & career-high 10 TFL in 2020 with Mia.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Mia.), 81 (NE) | XM: 381 (Mia.), 226 (NE) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 821 (NE)

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD (JACKSONVILLE) // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 17-9

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/27/20: Packers 37 at Saints 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/20 (New Orleans)

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS became 6th player to win AP MVP 3 times (2011, 2014 & 2020) since 1957. Led NFL with career-high 48 TD passes, tied for 5th-most in single-season in league history, & 121.5 passer rating, 2nd-highest single-season mark in NFL history, in 2020. Has 51,245 pass yards & can surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards in NFL history. Ranks 7th all-time with 412 pass TDs. Passed for 283 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating in last meeting. • RB AARON JONES ranked 4th in NFL with 1,104 rush yards in 2020. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL (DALVIN COOK) with 30 scrimmage TDs (25 rush, 5 rec.) since 2019. Has 224 scrimmage yards (112 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led NFL with 18 rec. TDs, tied-3rd most in single season ever, & ranked tied-2nd in catches (career-high 115) & tied-5th in rec. yards (1,374) in 2020. Leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs since 2016. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch. WR ALLEN LAZARD had career-high 6 catches for career-high 146 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE ROBERT TONYAN tied-1st among TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with career-high 11 rec. TDs last season. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH is 1 of 4 players (SHAQUIL BARRETT, AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 25+ sacks (26) since 2019. Had FF & FR in last meeting. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks tied4th in PD (41) since 2018. S DARNELL SAVAGE led team with career-high 4 INTs in 2020.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 270 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.8 rating in only career start vs. GB (12/3/17 w/ TB). Led NFL in passing yards (5,109) & ranked 2nd in pass TDs (33) in 2019 with TB. • RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL with franchise-record 21 scrimmage TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.). Leds RBs with 83 catches & became 3rd RB with 50+ catches in each of his 1st 4 seasons. Had career-high 1,688 scrimmage yards (932 rush, 756 rec.) & became 1st player ever with 500+ rush yards & 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 13 receptions, career-high 197 scrimmage yards (career-high 139 rec., 58 rush) & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH set career-highs in catches (34) & rec. yards (448) in 2020. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in NFC-D vs. TB last postseason. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 7.5 sacks in 2020 & ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks since 2012. Is only player with 7+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 4th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (team-high 119) last season. Is 1 of 2 LBs (LAVONTE DAVID) with 400+ tackles (475) & 40+ TFL (45) since 2017. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranks tied-3rd with 55 PD since 2017 & is 1 of 3 DBs (JAMES BRADBERRY & MARLON HUMPHREY) with 10+ PD in each of the past 4 seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 138 (GB), 83 (NO) | XM: 380 (GB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 822 (NO)

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS AT NEW YORK GIANTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Giants 23 at Broncos 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Broncos 41, Giants 23

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes Den. debut. Set career highs in pass yards (3,733) & TD passes (15) last season with Car. Completed 15 of 25 passes (60 pct.) for 168 yards & TD for 93.4 rating in only career game vs. NYG (12/27/15 with Min.). • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 986 yards & 9 TDs in 2020 & is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 800+ scrimmage yards in each of past 6 seasons. Is only player with 8+ rush TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Since 2015, ranks 4th in NFL with 45 rush TDs. Had 163 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 58 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (10/8/17 with LAC.). Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 52 catches & ranked 5th among rookies with 856 rec. yards in 2020, both 2nd-most ever by Den. rookie. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 72 catches, 1,112 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019. TE NOAH FANT set career highs in catches (62) & rec. yards (673) in 2020. • LB VON MILLER has 106 career sacks, most in NFL since 2011. Had sack in last meeting. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 5 career games vs. NFC East. LB MALIK REED led team with career-high 8 sacks last season. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 7.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in 2020. S JUSTIN SIMMONS recorded 3rd-consecutive season with 90+ tackles (96) & tied-4th in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. Is only safety in NFL with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. CB RONALD DARBY & CB KYLE FULLER make Den. debuts. CB PAT SURTAIN III selected 9th overall in 2021 NFL Draft.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,943 yards & 11 TDs in 2020. Was 1 of 4 NFC QBs with 400+ rush yards (423) last season. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 3,563 scrimmage yards (2,344 rush, 1,219 rec.) & 23 TDs (17 rush, 6 rec.) in 31 career games. Has 528 scrimmage yards (105.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career home games vs. AFC. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY makes NYG debut. Had 183 catches for 3,068 rec. yards & 21 TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Det. Had 6 receptions for 66 yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. Den. (12/22/19 w/ Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD tied his career high with 66 receptions last season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 50+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 63 catches for 654 yards & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in 2020. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR KADARIUS TONEY was selected in the 1st round (20th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranked 3rd in NFL with 151 tackles in 2020, his 4th-consecutive 100+ tackle season. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS led team with career-high 11.5 sacks & 14 TFL. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Den. (10/7/18 w/ NYJ). CB JAMES BRADBERRY tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD in 2020 & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S JABRILL PEPPERS set career highs in tackles (89), TFL (8), PD (11) & sacks (2.5) last season. DB LOGAN RYAN is 1 of 3 active DBs with 15+ career INTs (18) & 10+ career sacks (12).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Den.), 137 (NYG) | XM: 383 (Den.), 228 (NYG) | SXM App: 809 (Den.), 823 (NYG)

NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 53-37-3

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/26/20: Bears 10 at Rams 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/26/20

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON makes Chi. debut. Had 2,170 pass yards & 14 TDs with Dal. in 2020. Has 3,000+ pass yards in 8 of his 1st 10 seasons. Has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs in 6 career starts on SNF. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY ranked 5th in NFL with career-best 1,508 scrimmage yards (1,070 rush, 438 rec.) & had 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) last season. Had 69 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 21 rec.) in last meeting. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS makes Chi. debut. Had 1,001 scrimmage yards (694 rush, 307 rec.) & 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.) with KC, incl. postseason, in 2019. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 102 receptions & 1,250 rec. yards & had 6 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 70 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY ranked 5th among rookies with 61 catches last season. TE JIMMY GRAHAM led team with 8 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 4th all-time among TEs with 82 rec. TDs. • LB KHALIL MACK led team with 9 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 2 players (AARON DONALD) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Has 9 sacks, 4 FFs & 3 FR in 10 career games on SNF. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH had team-high 139 tackles & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18 TFL last season. Has INT in 2 of his 3 career games vs. LAR. LB ROBERT QUINN had 62.5 sacks & 20 FFs in 95 games with Rams (2011-17). Had FF in last meeting. DL AKIEM HICKS has 5 sacks in his past 5 on SNF & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with sack. DB EDDIE JACKSON had FR-TD in last meeting.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD makes LAR debut. Had 45,109 pass yards & 282 TD passes in 165 career games with Det. (2009- 20). Can become 13th player in NFL history with 300+ career TD passes. Has 5,440 pass yards (272 per game) & 34 TDs (32 pass, 2 rush) in 20 career starts vs. Chi. • RB SONY MICHEL makes LAR debut. Had 2,292 rush yards & 14 rush TDs in 38 career games with NE. RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 783 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 159 rec.) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 2020. • WR COOPER KUPP led team with 92 receptions & 974 rec. yards & had 3 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 catches in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. WR ROBERT WOODS had 90 receptions for 936 yards & team-high 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR DESEAN JACKSON makes LAR debut. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 44 catches for 521 yards & career-high 5 rec. TDs last season. • DL AARON DONALD tied-2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks in 2020 & became 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Has 4 sacks & FR in 4 career games vs. Chi. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on SNF. LB LEONARD FLOYD had career highs in sacks (10.5) & TFL (11) in 2020. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Had 18.5 sacks & 26 TFL in 4 seasons (2016-19) with Chi. CB JALEN RAMSEY had INT in last meeting. CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS led team with career-high 4 INTs & career-best 14 PD in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (Chi.), 211 (LAR) | XM: 226 (Chi.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 818 (LAR)

NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-3

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Raiders 17 at Ravens 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/8/17 (Oakland): Ravens 30, Raiders 17

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON led all QBs with 1,005 rushing yards in 2020 & became 1st QB ever to rush for 1,000+ yards in multiple seasons (1,206 in 2019). Had 15 TDs (10 pass, 5 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 7 road games last season. Rushed for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rushed for 302 yards (100.7 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (723) & rush TDs (6) last season. Is 1 of 4 RBs with 5+ yards per attempt (5.2) since 2018 (min. 400 attempts). Had 118 rush yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with career highs in rec. yards (769) & rec. TDs (8) last season. Ended 2020 reg. season with rec. TD in 5 of 6 games. WR SAMMY WATKINS makes Bal. debut. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LV (10/11/20 with KC). TE MARK ANDREWS had 58 catches for 701 yards & 7 TDs last season. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led NFL with 8 FFs in 2020, tied 2ndmost by DB since 1994. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 10+ PD in each of past 4 seasons. CB MARCUS PETERS led team with 4 INTs & was only player in NFL with 4 INTs & 4+ FFs (4) in 2020. Has 31 career INTs, most in NFL since 2015. Had 50-yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Raiders (9/10/18 with LAR). LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 105 tackles & was only rookie with 100+ tackles & 3+ sacks (3). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL is 1 of 6 active players with 90+ sacks (92).

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR set career highs in pass yards (4,103) & passer rating (101.4) in 2020, his 3rd consecutive season with 4,000+ pass yards. Has 26,896 career pass yards, 4th-most ever by QB in 1st 7 seasons. Ended 2020 season with 315+ pass yards in 4 of 5 games. Has 744 pass yards (248 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 100.1 rating in 3 career games vs. Bal. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 1,065 yards & career-best 12 TDs last season, becoming 1st player in franchise history with 1,000+ rush yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. Has 218 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games on MNF. RB KENYAN DRAKE makes LV debut. Set career highs in rush yards (955) & rush TDs (10) with Az. in 2020. Has 449 scrimmage yards (149.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER led TEs with 107 catches in 2020, 3rd-most ever by TE in single season. Ended 2020 season with 100+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. Appeared in 18 games (2015-16) with Bal. WR WILLIE SNEAD makes LV debut. Had 126 catches for 1,422 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Bal. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 7 sacks in 2020. Has 30 career TFL, 3rd-most in AFC since 2019. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes LV debut. Is 1 of 3 players (AARON DONALD & KHALIL MACK) with 8+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. CB CASEY HAYWARD makes LV debut. Has 100 PD & 23 INTs in 9-year career. LB K.J. WRIGHT makes LV debut. Had 11 TFL, 10 PD & 2 FRs in 2020 with Sea. Has 3 PD in 3 career games vs. Bal.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN/ABC (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (Bal.), 83 (LV) | XM: 226 (Bal.), 225 (LV) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 816 (LV)

AP source: Big 12 presidents set to vote on adding 4 schools

(AP) — The Big 12 is moving swiftly to plug the holes looming with the upcoming departure of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conference.

A person familiar with the Big 12’s expansion plans said the conference’s presidents are scheduled to vote on applications for entry into the league at a meeting Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Big 12 has not been publicly disclosing its discussions about rebuilding the conference in preparation of Texas and Oklahoma leaving in 2025.

Along with UCF and Cincinnati, the Big 12 identified BYU and Houston as its primary expansion targets last week and then moved quickly to make it happen.

Trustees at UCF and Cincinnati have scheduled special meetings Friday related to conference membership. Both of those schools, along with BYU and Houston, are expected to receive invitations to join the Big 12.

The moves come six weeks after the SEC invited Texas and Oklahoma to join its league in time for the 2025-26 season, though there remains the possibility that could happen sooner. For now though, the Big 12 appears focused on the additions and not how to facilitate the exits of the Longhorns and Sooners.

UCF, Houston and Cincinnati are in the American Athletic Conference, which requires members to give 27 months’ notice if they plan to leave the league. BYU is an independent in football and part of the West Coast Conference for basketball and Olympic sports.

The Longhorns and Sooners have said they will honor their current contracts with the Big 12 and do not plan to join the SEC until 2025, when the conference’s current television rights contracts with ESPN and Fox run out.

If that holds true, the Big 12 could have up to 14 members for at least a season or two.

Since the Big 12 started play as a 12-team league in 1996, Texas and Oklahoma are the only teams to win national football championships. Texas is the nation’s richest athletic program while Oklahoma is the six-time defending conference champion and still the only Big 12 team to make the four-team College Football Playoff. The Sooners lost semifinal games in each of their four CFP appearances.

The Big 12 has been a 10-team league since the last significant round of conference realignment a decade ago that started with original members Nebraska (to the Big Ten) and Colorado (to the Pac-12) leaving before Texas A&M and Missouri went to the SEC. The Big 12 brought in TCU and West Virginia, which are both now in their 10th league season.

As for the expected additions, Cincinnati is currently ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 poll, while Central Florida has more than 70,000 students and was the self-proclaimed national champion after going 13-0 in 2017. BYU has a nationwide fan base while Houston is in the nation’s fourth-largest city and will keep four Texas teams in the league when the Longhorns depart.

Jays beat Yanks for 8th straight, 1/2 game back in wild card

NEW YORK (AP) The Blue Jays gave the Yankees a Bronx battering this week they haven’t experienced since they were still the Highlanders.

The message there, according to manager Charlie Montoyo, is that after nearly two years away from their home park in Toronto, going on the road won’t faze the Blue Jays.

“It’s not easy to come and be relaxed at Yankee Stadium,” he said. “And they did for four games.”

Bo Bichette thumped a leadoff homer in the first inning and singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 42nd homer, and Toronto held off skidding New York 6-4 Thursday night for its eighth straight win.

The Blue Jays completed their first four-game sweep in the Bronx since 2003 and pulled within a half-game of New York for the final AL wild card. This run also included three wins at home against Oakland – another team in the playoff hunt – and gave Toronto its longest winning streak since an 11-game spurt in 2015.

It’s the first time a team never trailed while sweeping the Yankees over four games in New York since 1908, when the club was known as the Highlanders, according to STATS.

“It’s special,” Bichette said. “We feel like everybody can contribute in a lot of different ways.”

The Yankees have lost six straight and 10 of 12, a jarring collapse immediately following a 13-game winning streak that propelled them to the top of the wild-card race. They fell a game behind idle Boston for the lead spot.

“We just had a horrible homestand,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s not OK. … But we’ve been through this throughout the season. We’re up against it again. We look forward to going out and turning this around tomorrow. We know it can turn just as quick as it’s gone sideways here.”

Jose Berrios (11-7) dominated the Yankees until Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer in the sixth tied it at 2. The right-hander got two outs in the seventh before being pulled after 109 pitches, allowing two runs with eight strikeouts.

Bichette got the first of his three hits with his 22nd homer to begin the game. Randal Grichuk added a solo shot against New York starter Nestor Cortes Jr., and Teoscar Hernandez also had three hits for Toronto.

Guerrero’s solo shot off Andrew Heaney in the ninth made it 5-2. The 22-year-old Guerrero matched Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for second in the majors behind Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who has 43 homers.

The Blue Jays played the entire 60-game 2020 regular season and the first half of this year splitting home games between their spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida, and their Triple-A park in Buffalo, New York, due to Canada’s coronavirus protocols. They finally returned to Rogers Centre in late July, but all of that discomfort served to harden the Jays to the rigors of play on the road, according to Montoyo.

“They never complain, and that’s why we’re in this spot right now,” he said. “It’s been impressive what our team has done. I’m so proud of our team, it’s a happy night for us.”

Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit homered for New York with two outs in the ninth off Nate Pearson. Sanchez’s homer was his 21st and Voit’s was his ninth.

Bichette and the Blue Jays took the lead in the seventh against Sal Romano (0-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game. Danny Jansen doubled, pinch-hitter Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch and Bichette followed with a soft, two-out single.

Romano walked Marcus Semien to load the bases and was replaced by Wandy Peralta, who struck out Guerrero to end the inning.

Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade dropped the feed on a potential double play ball in the eighth, helping Toronto load the bases again with one out. Peralta allowed his third walk of the inning to Jansen to put the Blue Jays up 4-2.

New York hit into two double plays, including one by Giancarlo Stanton with two on and one out in the eighth. The Yankees have grounded into 130 double plays this season, tied with Washington for most in the majors.

Bichette was 6 for 33 (.182) out of the leadoff spot this year prior to Thursday. He fouled off four two-strike pitches before taking Cortes deep to left field in the first.

Grichuk also fouled off four two-strike pitches before driving one into the left-field seats leading off the fifth.

Cortes slammed his glove and hat in the dugout after finishing the fifth. He worked through the sixth, allowing two runs on 103 pitches.

“It’s not a secret to anybody,” Cortes said. “We’ve had a bad stretch for the past 10 games and we want to win just as much as everybody does. I think we know where we are in the standings, and we want to win games.”

Rizzo spoiled Berrios’ shutout with his drive in the sixth, his 19th of the season and fifth since being acquired by the Yankees on July 30.

Aaron Judge had three of New York’s nine hits.

O’Neill homers, Cards win 2-1 to salvage split with Dodgers

ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O’Neill hit a tiebreaking homer, Cardinals relievers combined for five scoreless innings, and St. Louis salvaged a split of its four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-1 win on Thursday.

The Cardinals climbed within three games of the San Diego Padres for the final NL wild-card spot, while the Dodgers fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.

“Two-and-a-half games is not very much,” Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner said. “A lot of things can happen in the last 20 games and I don’t try to watch the scoreboard or pay attention to that stuff. You try to control what’s in front of you and today was this game and didn’t get the job done so we move on to tomorrow.”

O’Neill’s fifth-inning drive off Phil Bickford (3-2), his 25th homer this season, barely cleared the left field wall, inching past the outstretched glove of Steven Souza Jr.

“He’s really grown into the consistent player that he really wanted to be and is capable of,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s prepared for every at-bat. This is a sharp kid. He does his homework.”

The homer made a winner out of Alex Reyes (6-8), who pitched two scoreless innings in his fifth appearance since being demoted from the closer’s role.

“I’m feeling healthy and my arm’s feeling good,” Reyes said. “As a competitor I’m willing to pitch wherever and whenever my name is called go out there and get quick outs.”

Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner said Reyes came through in a pivotal part of the game.

“His stuff was coming out good,” Knizner said. “Fastball was good. Slider was good, mixing all of his pitches. And I think if you go back and look at the game, his innings right there kind of set the tone for the back half of that game.”

T.J. McFarland and Luis Garcia combined for two scoreless innings to bridge the gap to Giovanny Gallegos, who earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth.

The Dodgers mustered just four hits against five different Cardinals pitchers.

“Just that time where results matter,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And so, the process has been good and we still got to just keep grinding and expect good things happen.”

Neither starter lasted long.

Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin, who was activated before the game, threw 55 pitches in three innings in his first start since July 30. He had been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation.

Gonsolin allowed Knizner’s RBI double in the second.

Cardinals righty Jake Woodford threw 66 pitches in four innings while making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sept. 3. He surrendered Turner’s RBI single in the third.

“It’s a great lineup, especially at the top,” Woodford said. “I thought they made some adjustments and I kind of dug myself in the hole a little bit there too, so definitely some stuff to work on and go back and review.”

Joc Pederson gets key hit as Braves beat Nationals in 10

ATLANTA (AP) Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking single with two out in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

Ozzie Albies opened the 10th on second and advanced to third on a flyout. He scampered home on Pederson’s bases-loaded single against Wander Suero (2-3).

Stephen Vogt hit two solo homers for Atlanta, which took of three in the series. Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler also connected.

“That’s what happens in the postseason,” Pederson said. “You play good teams, and they score runs late, and you get down and you can crumble or you can fight, and we showed we had some fight in there today. A lot of great at-bats towards the end of the game. Freddie and Duvall came up huge, and that’s what it takes in October.”

The NL East-leading Braves moved 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia, which lost 4-3 to Colorado.

Jacob Webb (3-2) retired the side in order in the 10th to earn the win.

There was no drama from the mound after Washington’s Juan Soto was hit by a pitch on Tuesday and Atlanta’s Freeman was plunked on Wednesday. Austin Riley was hit by Suero in the 10th, but there was no reaction from either bench.

Instead, the teams played a back-and-forth game that included five solo homers by the Braves.

“Mind-numbing, exhausting,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Proud of the guys tonight. They fought their rears off in that type of game and the adversities. That was something, some really good performances by guys in a tough ballgame.”

Soler hit a tiebreaking drive off Erick Fedde in the sixth, and both of Vogt’s homers came against Fedde. Freeman and Duvall connected against Mason Thompson in the eighth, powering Atlanta to a 6-5 lead.

“We battled back,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “That’s all we could do. We made some mistakes pitching-wise, and I talk about it all the time. You can’t make mistakes to good hitters. As you can see tonight, they can hit it a long way, but the boys played hard. They battled back. They bounced back and got some outs for us.”

Lane Thomas led off the ninth with a triple off Braves closer Will Smith and scored on Josh Bell’s grounder to make it 6-all. The Braves missed a chance to turn a double play and end the game when second baseman Albies threw errantly to first.

Washington took a 5-4 lead on Luis Garcia’s fourth homer in the eighth, a drive to center off Richard Rodriguez.

Manaea fans 9, A’s beat White Sox 3-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday.

Manaea (9-9) allowed one run and five hits in his first win since July 28. The left-hander went 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in his previous six starts.

Tony Kemp and Matt Chapman each drove in a run for Oakland, which took two of three games in the series.

“It’s huge,” Manaea said. “Especially against those guys. Those guys are a playoff team. Anytime you get a team like that, it’s a good indication of how we stack up. So playing against those guys and getting these last two wins was huge and definitely, I think a big momentum push for us.”

Added A’s manager Bob Melvin: “This was a big series for us. … To be able to come back after the first loss and win two games kind of shows you what this team is made of.”

Jose Abreu had two hits and drove in a run for the AL Central-leading White Sox, who have lost 10 of their last 11 regular-season games at the Oakland Coliseum.

Kemp put the A’s ahead with a run-scoring triple against Reynaldo Lopez (3-2) in the second. The White Sox tied it when Abreu singled home Cesar Hernandez in the third, giving him 104 RBIs on the year.

Oakland answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the third. Lopez attempted to pick off Starling Marte at second base, but his throw went into center field, allowing Marte to score and Matt Olson to go from first to third. Chapman then drove in Olson with a sacrifice fly.

Lopez was charged with one earned run and six hits in five innings.

“I had to battle through a few things,” the right-hander said through an interpreter. “My stuff wasn’t as good as it usually is. Today was one of those days you have to battle through, and even though I didn’t have my best stuff I was able to get through five innings. I made one mistake, I paid for it.”

Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save.

Lakers add longtime Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan

LOS ANGELES (AP) DeAndre Jordan is back in Los Angeles, and this time he’ll be chasing a championship from the Staples Center locker room that has a few more trophies in it.

The longtime Clippers center signed with the Lakers on Thursday, filling their penultimate roster spot as the 10th 30-something player on the 17-time NBA champions’ remarkably experienced roster.

Jordan is a 13-year NBA veteran who spent his first 10 seasons down the Staples hallway with the Clippers before spending the past three years in Dallas, New York and Brooklyn. He led the league in field goal percentage five times and won two rebounding titles during his decade with the Clippers, who reversed the franchise’s image as longtime losers on the famed Lob City teams with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

But the 33-year-old Jordan understands the landscape of LA sports, and the rim-protecting, lob-finishing big man knows he just gained several million new local fans by switching teams in this rivalry.

“I think I was treated pretty fairly and pretty good when I was a Clipper for 10 years,” said Jordan, who kept his house in Malibu after leaving the Clippers. “But obviously this is a big sports town, and a lot of the fans are Laker fans. Even when I was with the Clippers, we understood that. … I’m focused on now, and this team, and what our goals are ultimately, and I’m just really excited to be here. This is a great opportunity to me, and I just want to take advantage of it.”

Jordan is joining the Lakers after his career stalled with the Nets. After averaging just 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for Brooklyn last season in 21.9 minutes per game – all his lowest totals since 2013 – Jordan was traded earlier this month to the Detroit Pistons, who bought out the remaining two years and $20 million on his contract.

Jordan lost playing time and didn’t make his usual defensive impact last season in Brooklyn, prompting the Nets to move on from the center they signed to a four-year, $40 million deal in July 2019. Jordan remains a close friend of Nets superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and he refused to criticize the team for giving up on him and enticing LaMarcus Aldridge out of retirement to replace him.

“We’re friends before basketball and after basketball, and I think ultimately we just want to be happy,” Jordan said of Irving and Durant. “Being able to compete is something that’s very important to me, and they understood that. I did have a great time in Brooklyn, the two years that I was there, being able to experience that culture in New York. I have a ton of memories for the two years that I was there, and I won’t forget those, but I’m definitely excited to start this next chapter.”

Jordan moved quickly to join the gathering of decorated NBA veterans suiting up next season with the Lakers, who believe they can contend for the franchise’s 18th title with a well-traveled group of elite players around Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

Playing time could be an issue for at least one of the Lakers’ big men if the club doesn’t make another move. Los Angeles already has veteran centers Marc Gasol and Dwight Howard under contract along with Anthony Davis, who regularly fills in at center.

Messi record: he’s top South American international scorer

BUENOS AIRES (AP) Argentine star Lionel Messi became the top international goal scorer in South American history on Thursday, overtaking Brazil’s Pele. The 34-year-old netted all the goals at Argentina’s 3-0 win against Bolivia in World Cup qualifying, and now has 79 for the national team.

Both goals at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, in front of about 20,000 fans, were pieces of art by the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The first came in the 14th minute, with Messi moving the ball between a Bolivian defender’s legs and shooting from outside the box to the right of goalkeeper Carlos Lampe.

The second came in the 64th minute after he and striker Lautaro Martinez dazzled the Bolivian defense with a quick exchange of four passes. Messi still had time to dribble past one defender before scoring.

Messi completed his hat-trick in the 88th minute from close range after getting a rebound from Lampe.

Messi didn’t speak about the record after the match, but celebrated by lifting the Copa America trophy in front of home fans, who were allowed to attend after a 20-month pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I waited a lot of time for this, I sought this, I dreamed about this,” he said. “It is a single moment because of the way it happened, after so much wait.”

“There was no better way to celebrate than being here,” he added. “My mom, my brothers are here in the tribunes… They suffered a lot and today they are here celebrating. I am very happy.”

Messi had a troubled relationship with the national team, with a series of hurtful defeats in World Cups and Copa Americas, until he led the team to the continental title against Brazil in July. It was his first major title with Argentina, a team that was in a 28-year title drought.

Three-time World Cup winner Pele is currently in hospital due to surgery for a tumor on his colon.

Teen dream: Raducanu, 18, Fernandez, 19, into US Open final

NEW YORK (AP) Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez are so similar in so many ways: They possess enviable quickness and anticipation. They take balls low to the ground and redirect them with ease. They don’t care how much better-known or more successful opponents are. They love the big moment.

There’s more. They’re both teenagers. They’re both unseeded at the U.S. Open. They’re both getting loud backing from the crowds. And now, remarkably, they’re both Grand Slam finalists.

Raducanu, an 18-year-old from Britain who is ranked 150th, and Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada who is ranked 73rd, took wildly different paths to the championship match at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night. They’ll be back in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday for the first major final between two teens since the 1999 U.S. Open, when Serena Williams, 17, defeated Martina Hingis, 18.

Raducanu became the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final in the professional era by overwhelming 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-4. Appearing in just her second major tournament, Raducanu won all 18 sets she has played during three matches in qualifying rounds and six in the main draw.

“I’ve just been taking care of each day,” Raducanu said, “and before you know it, three weeks later, I’m in the final and I can’t believe it.”

Who can? Not Raducanu, who originally bought a plane ticket to leave New York after qualifying ended, figuring that might be the end of her stay.

Quickly, she led Sakkari 5-0 and nothing really changed from there. Sakkari earned seven break points in that span; Raducanu got three. The difference? Sakkari couldn’t convert any; Raducanu took advantage of two chances – or, better, accepted her opponent’s generosity on two of them, once on a netted backhand, once on a double-fault.

By the end, Raducanu made just 17 unforced errors to Sakkari’s 33 and now is the youngest Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at age 17 in 2004.

Fernandez isn’t much older – her birthday was Monday – and she made it through a semifinal filled with momentum swings to edge No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4.

“They are both young. They play fearless,” Sakkari said about Raducanu and Fernandez. “They have nothing to lose playing against us.”

Raducanu agreed with that assessment, saying: “Being young, there is an element of you do play completely free.”

Sakkari is 26, Sabalenka 23. Each recently made her debut in a Grand Slam semifinal: Sakkari lost in that round at the French Open in June, Sabalenka at Wimbledon in July.

“I’m sad,” Sakkari said. “I’m very broken that I couldn’t make it to my first final, once again. But I’m positive that it will come sometime soon.”

Wimbledon was Raducanu’s only previous major tournament; she entered via a wild-card entry with a ranking outside the top 300 and made it to the fourth round before stopping in the second set because of trouble breathing. Fernandez’s best past showing at a Slam was getting to the third round at Roland Garros last year.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

Grand Slam Hands Indy Second Loss of Series

LOUISVILLE, KY. – A two-out grand slam off the bat of Narciso Crook in the seventh inning plated insurance runs the Louisville Bats would need in a 6-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night.

With Louisville (48-62) leading by one run entering the seventh inning, the Bats loaded the bases with one out on a single, walk and hit batter. After Mike Freeman went down as the second strikeout of the frame, Narciso Crook sent a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left field to extend the lead, 6-1.

Four consecutive singles by the Indians (52-58) in the top of the eighth inning cut the Bats lead to three runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Phillip Evans singled to right field to score two.

Riley O’Brien (W, 7-6) surrendered one run on just two hits in five innings. In his third start this season, Tanner Anderson (L, 2-3) surrendered two runs in a season-high five innings pitched. Dauri Moreta (S, 7) shut down the Indians in the ninth inning.

Indianapolis will look to even the series at 2-2 on Friday night at 7:00 PM. RHP James Marvel (4-6, 5.45) will face off against LHP Tommy Milone (0-1, 3.24).

INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW | INDY ELEVEN VS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY II

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Indy Eleven vs. Sporting Kansas City II

Saturday, September 11, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. ET 

IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind. 

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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

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Indy Eleven: 7W-10L-5D (-7 GD), 26 pts.; 6th in Central Division

Sporting KC II: 4W-13L-7D (-16 GD), 19 pts.; 8th in Central Division

Indy Eleven returns home this Saturday to square off against Sporting KC II for a fourth and final time in 2021 – and Indiana’s Team will do so with a “three points or bust” mentality as it looks to keep up with the playoff pace in the Central Division.

Why such urgency to win with 10 games left on the schedule? Because after Saturday night, it’s a nine-game gauntlet to the finish where every match comes against a team Indy is fighting against for the fourth playoff spot or jockeying for position for a top-two slot that will come with homefield advantage in the opening round of the postseason. With five of those nine coming on the road, needing to claim three points at home every time out is starting to become more than just coach speak, it’s starting to become a reality for Indy’s playoff chances.

Sporting is the lone of the eight teams in the Central whose playoff hopes are dim, currently sitting 10 points under the playoff line while having the most games played in the division. While there have been no “easy games” on the Eleven’s schedule this season, there is room for optimism against a Sporting side that Indy has gone undefeated against thus far at 2W-0L-1D.

If it’s possible to enter a match with momentum coming off a loss, Indy could very well do so after controlling traffic for the last 60 minutes of Wednesday night’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at FC Tulsa. While the last-minute (and somewhat controversial) nature of the loss left the Boys in Blue stinging, the jumpstart of the squad’s attack by Manuel Arteaga’s team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 34th minute signaled a surge that resulted in 13 shots on the evening, the second most in a road game this season.

The most shots on the road this season for Indy? That would be 15 in the Eleven’s meeting at SKC less than three weeks ago – and that’s no anomaly, as the Boys in Blue have turned their matches against the Kansas side into carnival games …

13.7 shots per game vs. SKC (3 games)

10.9 shots per game vs. other opponents (19 games)

7 shots on goal per game vs. SKC (3 games)

3.8 shots on goal per game vs. other opponents (19 games)

Meanwhile, SKC II will carry their own good feels into the weekend, a 3-0 win over OKC Energy FC at home last Saturday marking perhaps their most comprehensive performance of the season. That triumph – featuring goals by Osvaldo Cisneros (20’), Rojay Smith (72’) , and Enoch Mushagalusa (79’) – snapped a nine-game winless streak for Sporting dating back to a 1-0 win at Atlanta on July 10. In the two months since that result, SKC II has been outscored 8-3 in three away matches (2 losses, 1 draw) – and their road form could still be rusty, as Saturday night marks their first road trip since a 4-2 defeat at Birmingham exactly one month prior.

SERIES HISTORY VS. SPORTING KC II

USL Championship regular season: 6W-2L-1D (15 GF/9 GA)

USL Championship at home: 4W-2L-0D (9 GF/6 GA)

USL Championship on the road: 2W-0L-1D (6 GF/3 GA)

In contrast to a season ago when they split their four-game season series down the middle, Indy will look to close out the teams’ 2021 slate undefeated on Saturday night. The Boys in Blue have collected a 2W-0L-1D record against the side in the Central Division basement this season, using a 2-0 home win in late May and a 2-1 victory in Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ debut in Kansas on June 20 to gain the upper hand.

The two sides met again just a few weeks ago at Children’s Mercy Park on Aug. 22, goals by Wilson Harris and Jordan Hamilton offsetting each other in what was the first draw in the nine-game series to that point. In all, Indy Eleven has dominated the series with SKC II, collecting a 6W-2L-1D mark and 15-9 advantage in goals scored; that includes a 4W-2L-0D (9 GF/6 GA) record in games contested in the Circle City.

IND PLAYER TO WATCH: FW GORDON WILD

With Indiana’s Team preparing for its third game in a seven-day span, squad rotation is likely going to play a major role in Coach Rogers’ lineup decision heading into the weekend. Regardless of a starting position or coming off the bench, Wild will be a crucial component of Indy’s offensive setup come Saturday night at Carroll Stadium.

The German striker has been especially proficient in the attacking third when facing off against Sporting Kansas City II. In fact, half of his total goals (2) and assists (4) this season have come against Sporting, all after the halftime break:

May 22 – IND 2:0 SKC (two assists, four key passes, three shots)

June 20 – SKC 1:2 IND (one goal, two chances created, three shots)

August 22 – SKC 1:1 IND (one chance created, one shot)

Even with limited action during Wednesday’s affair at FC Tulsa after subbing on for Rece Buckmaster in the 63rd minute, Wild provided a spark in the final third tallying two shots, creating a chance and completing nearly 82% of his passes before the final whistle. If series history serves as any sort of indicator, a second-half surge from Wild could be the deciding factor in claiming three points against this weekend’s visitors.

SKC PLAYER TO WATCH: GK KENDALL MCINTOSH

The last time out against Sporting, Indy Eleven saw John Pulskamp stop five of its six shots on frame, frustrating the Boys in Blue throughout a 1-1 draw. With Pulskamp being called back into SKC’s MLS outfit in late August, that left McIntosh to man between the posts for a fourth stint during what has been a streaky 2021 season for the 27-year-old shot stopper:

MAY (4 games): 0W-2L-2D, 8 goals against (2.00 GAA), 0 shutouts

JULY (2 games): 1W-1D-0L, 0 goals against (0.00 GAA), 2 shutouts

AUGUST (2 games): 0W-2L-0D, 8 goals against (4.00 GAA), 0 shutouts

September’s sample size is only one game to this point, but life couldn’t have been much easier for the Oakland native last weekend, when he didn’t need to make any saves en route to his third clean sheet of the season in a 3-0 win over OKC.

So will his good streak roll on this Saturday? Or will he suffer a similar fate during SKC’s first visit to the Circle City in May, when he bent but didn’t break until early in the second half of Indy’s 2-0 win? What he would appreciate is some goal support, as prior to last weekend’s win, SKC II had been outscored 13-5 when he was in net

Hoosiers Drop Thursday Match To Mississippi State In Five Sets

ATLANTA, Ga. – Despite taking a 2-1 lead early, Indiana Volleyball couldn’t find enough gas in the tank to with stand Mississippi State and dropped Thursday’s match, 3-2 (25-23, 31-33, 25-22, 23-25, 10-15).

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana let the Bulldogs out to a 3-1 lead in the opening set but kills from Savannah Kjolhede and Morgan Geddes tied it up. Brooke Westbeld and Kjolhede leaped for back-to-back blocks to give Indiana the momentum and the advantage.

• Feeling the shift, the Hoosiers kept up the aggressive play as Kaley Rammelsberg recorded a solo block and made the score 13-10. Mississippi State went on to tie it up at 15 before three straight kills by Indiana guided the Hoosiers to victory in set one, 25-23.

• Set two was a back-and-forth battle for the first 13 points scored. Tied at 13, Edwards found a way to square up a kill and break the tie, but it would be short lived with another run of exchanging points. 

• With neither team wanting to close the door, Breana Edwards her first ace of the season to tie the set at 24.

• The Hoosiers and the Bulldogs saw nine set points before Mississippi State found the difference for the win.

• Staying in it during the third set, the Hoosiers clawed their way back in it early and forcing the Bulldogs to take a break with the score 9-8. Finding their groove, Saris served up two aces followed by a kill from Edwards and grabbed a 19-17 advantage.

• Needing just one point to lock down the set, Rammelsberg pulled up for the set-winning kill.

• Down 9-3 in frame four the Hoosiers called a timeout to regroup. Out of the break, Edwards and Saris got two balls to fall. Losing by three, Westbeld got the quick swipe to get back in it. Rammelsberg and Saris came up with a clutch block, but the Bulldogs forced set five with a score of 25-23.

• Saris and Edwards tallied the first two points for Indiana in the fifth set. Rammelsberg found a gap in the Bulldogs defense despite being down 5-2. Saris laid down two kills to make the score 11-6. It was all Mississippi State to finish the final set as they took the frame, 15-10.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers are now 5-2 on the season.

• Freshman Camryn Haworth got her first career start on Thursday morning.

• Haley Armstrong, Emily Fitzner, Carly Mills, and Brooke Westbeld all checked in for the Hoosiers during the match vs. Mississippi State.

• Kaley Rammelsberg led the attack with 11 kills and hitting percentage of .450.

 Mady Saris led the team in kills 18 kills while also tallying four blocks.

• Savannah Kjolhede had a team-leading eight blocks. She contributed 10 kills to the Indiana offense.

• Paula Cerame recorded 28 digs for a squad high.

IU Head Coach Steve Aird

“Congratulations to Mississippi State on grinding out the win. We had opportunities in set two and set four but fell short. This team is competing hard, and the effort is there from them all. We are turning the page and will be ready for our two games tomorrow.” – Head Coach Steve Aird

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, September 10 where they will face Oklahoma and host No. 21 Georgia Tech. The match with the Sooners is set for 11 a.m. followed by Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. Indiana’s match against the Yellow Jackets will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra.

Webber Hat Trick Leads Hoosiers to 4-0 Victory over Murray State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Paige Webber came into the match against Murray State with one shot on the season and left with three goals as the Indiana women’s soccer team won 4-0 against the Racers on Thursday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the 29th minute Jordyn Levy picked up where she left off as Oliwia Vos played a beautiful ball and Levy headed it in to put the Hoosiers on the board.

• In the 44th minute Webber scored her first goal on an assist from Melanie Forbes and she put it in the back of the net from just outside the six yard box.

• In the 65th minute Webber picked back up the scoring on an assist from Camille Hamm, which Webber chipped over the goal keeper.

• Webber completed the hat trick in the 72nd minute on a ball from Jen Blitchok just past midfield, who hit a running Webber, who played it off her left foot to the right corner of the goal.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers improved to 5-1-1 on the season.

• Indiana has scored a combined 10 goals in their last two matches.

• Paige Webber is the eighth player in IU women’s soccer history to record a hat trick in a match and first since 2013.

• Jordyn Levy, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, scored her fourth goal of the season.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers travel l to Kansas State for a match against the Wildcats on Sunday at 8pm ET.

No. 9 Indiana, No. 16 Akron Meet in Top-20 Showdown

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 9-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (3-1-0) will hit the road of the second time this season to take on the No. 16 Akron Zips (4-0-0) at 7 p.m. ET on Sept. 10 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

A stream of the match will be available on ESPN+. Live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Akron marks the first Indiana opponent to carry a ranking in the 2021 season. The Hoosiers faced six ranked foes in 2020 and posted a record of 4-1-1 in those six matchups. IU sports a record of 19-7-8 (.676 winning percentage) against ranked opponents since the start of the 2017 season.

• Indiana is 15-5-0 in the last four seasons in true road games and are currently riding a four-match winning streak on the road.

• IU enters the road contest off a win over Xavier in the final match of the four-game adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. Indiana’s winning tally came in the 10th minute on a wonderful chip shot from 22 yards out from freshman forward Samuel Sarver.

ABOUT THE ZIPS

• Akron enters the match with a record of 4-0-0 under the direction of head coach Jared Embick. The Indiana Wesleyan graduate is in his ninth season with the Zips and holds a record of 107-44-17.

• Through four matches this season, the Zips have lit up the scoreboard with 14 goals. Akron started the season with a 7-1 victory over Wright State, before topping Big Ten opponent Michigan State (2-1) and Robert Morris (3-0). In their most recent outing, Akron took down the No. 3-ranked Pitt Panthers by a score of 2-1.

• Four players have scored two goals each for Akron in freshman midfielder Dyson Clapier, sophomore forward Ryan Kingsford, redshirt senior midfielder Diogo Pacheco, and freshman midfielder Wan Kuzri Wan Kamal.

• Pacheco leads the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in assists (4) and is second in total points (8), while Kingsford and Wan Kamal are tied for fourth with six points.

• Redshirt senior goalkeeper Will Meyer has conceded three goals (.750 goals per game) in 360 minutes of action. The Solon, Ohio, native has made eight saves for a save percentage of .727 through four contests.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana leads the all-time series between the two perennial collegiate soccer powers by a tally of 25-7-2. The Hoosiers hold a record of 9-5 on the road in the series.

• The Hoosiers snapped a four-match losing streak to the Zips the last time the two programs met on Nov. 20, 2016 with a 1-0 result in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

• The two sides have met seven total times in the NCAA Tournament. IU holds a 5-2 advantage in those matches.

HOOSIERS ON THE REBOUND

• The loss suffered its first loss of the 2021 season against a scrappy Creighton team on Sept. 3. The loss marked the first home setback in the regular season from the Indiana men’s soccer team since 2015 and only the 14th regular season loss since the start of the 2014 campaign.

• In the matches immediately following a loss, Indiana holds a record of 10-4-0. IU has outscored its opponent 22-5 in those matches.

• The Hoosier soccer team has not sustained back-to-back losses in the regular season since the 2013 season.

Indiana Travels to No. 6 Louisville for Early-Season Test

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After an extended holiday weekend, the Indiana Field Hockey team (4-1, 0-0) heads to Louisville Friday evening for a matchup with the No. 6 Cardinals at 6:00 p.m. EST.

The Hoosiers went 2-1 over the weekend with shutout victories over No. 21 Miami (OH) and Bellarmine sandwiched between a 4-0 loss to Lafayette, IU’s first defeat of the campaign.

Week 3:

Friday, September 10 – Indiana at Louisville – 6:00 p.m. EST – Trager Field

Follow: Stats | ACC Network Extra | @IndianaFH

ALL-TIME SERIES

This is the 20th all-time meeting between IU and Louisville. IU is 5-14 in the series against the Cardinals and is searching for its first win in the matchup since 2012.

The two teams last met in 2019 with Louisville taking a 5-0 victory on home turf.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

Louisville comes into the weekend on the heels of wins over Ivy League members Princeton and Penn. The Cardinals are 4-0 on the young season and are ranked No. 6 in the NHFCA Coaches Poll.

Senior forward Katie Schneider and senior midfielder Erica Cooper lead the way with three goals each. Freshman goalie Mila de Kuijer has played every minute this season while allowing just three goals.

LAST TIME: 2020-2021 SEASON

• IU spent the entire 2020-2021 spring season on the road in Head Coach Kayla Bashore’s second year in charge. The Hoosiers finished the campaign 1-14 overall and in conference play. Then-junior Peyton Becker’s overtime winner on April 15th at Michigan State gave IU its first victory of the season.

WATCH LIST

• The Big Ten Conference named its Preseason Honorees on Wednesday, August 25th. Senior Hailey Couch, Senior Mary Kate Kesler and Freshman Kira Curland were named to the list for Indiana.

SCHOLAR ATHLETE

• Midfielder Mary Kate Kelser was named the IU Scholar Athlete of the Month for September. As a full-time student athlete, Kesler has maintained a cumulative 3.9 GPA in her time in Bloomington.

FRESH FACES

• Indiana welcomed seven newcomers to the roster for the 2021 season. Kayla Kiwak, Arabella Loveridge, Yip van Wonderen, Meredith Lee, Kira Curland, Maggie Carter and Sofia Arrebola Garcia all come to Bloomington to join the program.

TRAINING WITH THE BEST

• In June, forward Hailey Couch was named to the 2021-2022 U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team

• Goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge was invited to the Hockey New Zealand U-18 National Camp in July.

RETURNING TALENT

• Mary Kate Kesler returns as last year’s leading point scorer. The Louisville native scored seven points in a condensed spring season.

• After opting out for health and safety concerns, Hailey Couch returns to action as the team’s active goal scorer. In her sophomore season, Couch bagged 10 goals enroute to Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

• Senior Jes McGivern (48) and Junior Kennedy Reardon (37) have each also played over 30 games in an IU uniform.

HOT START

• IU’s 4-1 start is the best five-game start to a season since starting 5-0 in 2014.

• The seven goals scored on the opening weekend matched the most IU’s scored in its first two games since scoring nine goals in the first two matches of 2014.

• IU has recorded three shutout victories this season, the most in a single campaign since 2016.

• The ranked win over No. 21 Miami (OH) was the first ranked victory for IU since beating No. 15 Wake Forest on Sept. 1, 2017.

FRESHMEN SENSATIONS

• Goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge has three victories in four appearances this season. Two of those wins were clean sheet performances for the Auckland native.

• Midfielder Kira Curland has scored a team-high four goals in five games this season.

• Forward Kayla Kiwak and midfielders Sofia Arrebola Garcia and Maggie Carter have also scored for IU this season.

LOUISVILLE CONNECTIONS

• Senior defender Mary Kate Kesler (Sacred Heart) and freshman midfielder Meredith Lee (Assumption) both played high school field hockey in Louisville.

• Assistant Coach Will Holt was a Volunteer Assistant for the Cardinals from 2012-2015.

Game Two Prep: Boilermakers Ready for UConn Trip

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Boilermakers (1-0) head to UConn (0-2) for a Saturday, Sept. 11, matchup that will be the first of its kind. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network from Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports’ 24-hour cable channel which televises live sports programming throughout the year, as well as a full slate of original programming and studio coverage, is available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App with select providers.

PURDUE-UCONN SERIES HISTORY

• This is the first-ever meeting between Purdue (1-0, 0-0 B1G) and UConn (0-2) in football.

• Outside of routine matchups against Notre Dame, the meeting between Purdue and UConn on Saturday, Sept. 11, will be the first matchup between the Boilermakers and a current FBS Independent program.

TAKE THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD

• Under head coach Jeff Brohm’s guidance, the Boilermakers have gone 3-1 in road openers since 2017.

• Geographically speaking, this will be the farthest east that Purdue has played a game since the 1947 season when the Boilermakers traveled to Boston, Massachusetts. Purdue defeated Boston University by a score of 62-7 on Oct. 18, 1947.

1-0 WITH THE WIN OVER OREGON STATE

• For the second-straight season, Purdue claimed its season-opening game to start 1-0.

• Last season, Coach Brohm and the Boilermakers defeated Iowa (Oct. 24, 2020) by a score of 24-20.

• Jeff Brohm earned his 50th career victory as a collegiate head coach.

BIG GAINS ON OFFENSE

• With the 31-21 win over Oregon State, head coach Jeff Brohm’s Purdue squads have scored 30 points or more in 21 games. Since 2017, the Boilermakers have played 45 games.

• In the win vs. Oregon State, Purdue had at least two 100-yard receivers (WR Bell, 134, and TE Durham, 120) for the 38th time in program history and for the 11th time since 2016.

• Junior WR David Bell has been a part of the last six 100-yard receiving duos for the Boilermakers.

•For junior TE Payne Durham, the effort against the Beavers was his first career 100-yard receiving game. He set career bests in receiving yards (120) and receptions (seven).

CENTURY MARK

• Under head coach Jeff Brohm’s leadership, Purdue has seen 26 games with at least one student-athlete topping 100 yards receiving, including nine games with two Boilermakers over the century mark and one with three different players.

100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES UNDER BROHM

David Bell – 11 (Tied for third-most in school history)

Rondale Moore – 10

Brycen Hopkins – 5

Anthony Mahoungou – 2

Isaac Zico – 2

Payne Durham – 1

Zander Horvath – 1

Gregory Phillips – 1

Jared Sparks – 1

Milton Wright – 1

Terry Wright – 1

THAT’S A FACT, JACK

• Junior QB Jack Plummer’s 313 passing yards vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) marked his fifth 300-yard passing game of his career.

• With five career 300-yard passing games, Plummer is tied for No. 8 in program history with Billy Dicken.

• The effort was the 18th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.

300-YARD PASSING GAMES UNDER BROHM

David Blough – 7

Jack Plummer – 5

Elijah Sindelar – 4

Aidan O’Connell – 2

OTHER NOTEWORTHY NOTES

• The Boilermakers posted their first victory vs. a Pac-12 Conference opponent since beating Arizona at the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl. It was their first such win at home since also beating Arizona in 2003.

• With the win over the Beavers, Purdue improved to 78-50-6 in season openers.

• All-time, the Boilermakers are now 92-37-4 in home-opening games. Purdue has won 22 of its last 24 home openers.

• Coach Brohm improved to 4-1 in home openers at Ross-Ade Stadium.

NEW FACES AND NEW PLACES

• Several Boilermakers made their collegiate debuts in the win vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4). Those 11 student-athletes included: Jack Albers, Jack Ansell, Prince James Boyd Jr., Hayden Ellinger, Josh Kaltenberger, Ben Kreul, Damarjhe Lewis, Dave Monnot III, Anthony Romphf, Collin Sullivan and Zac Tuinei.

• Seven Purdue student-athletes played in their first games as Boilermakers after transferring to the university from elsewhere: Joe Anderson, Jamari Brown, Dylan Downing, Mitchell Fineran, Chris Jefferson, Broc Thompson and Tyler Witt.

• Marvin Grant, Kydran Jenkins and Anthony Romphf made their first collegiate start. Tyler Witt made his first start as a Boilermaker.

RING THE BELL

• Despite having played in merely 19 career games, junior WR David Bell has climbed up the career receiving record charts at Purdue.

• Bell entered the 2021 season first among all Football Bowl Subdivision players in receptions per game (7.7). He has caught at least one pass in all of his 19 collegiate games and led the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (104.2), receptions per game (8.8) and receiving touchdowns (8) in 2020.

• Bell ranks in the school’s all-time Top 20 for receptions (14th), receiving yards (20th) and receiving touchdowns (T-12th).

CAREER RECEPTIONS

12.    Keith Smith (2006-10) – 158

13.     Isaac Jones (1995-98) – 154

14.     David Bell (2019- ) – 147

15.     Steve Griffin (1982-85) – 146

16.     Jim Beirne (1965-67) – 142

          Dustin Keller (2004-07) – 142

18.     DeAngelo Yancey (2013-16) – 141

19.     Bart Burrell (1977-80) – 140

CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

16.     Steve Bryant (1980-81) – 1,863

17.     Calvin Williams (1986-89) – 1,855

18.     Chris Daniels (1996-99) – 1,845

19.     Rodney Carter (1982-85) – 1,814

20.     David Bell (2019- ) – 1,794

20.     Isaac Jones (1995-98) – 1,763

CAREER RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

10.   Dustin Keller (2004-07) – 16

        Antavian Edison (2009-12) – 16

12.   Steve Bryant (1980-81) – 15

        Chris Daniels (1996-99) – 15

        Tim Stratton (1998-01) – 15

        David Bell (2019- ) – 15

PURDUE’S GREEK FREAK IS BACK

• The 2020 season did not go as planned for junior George Karlaftis. An injury and COVID-19 derailed his sophomore campaign despite getting off to a good start (two sacks in the first two games).

• Fully healthy  in 2021, the Greek native is primed for a strong return in 2021. He was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 16 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 19.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks.

REMEMBERING LEROY

• Purdue icon, College Football Hall of Fame member and two-time consensus All-American Leroy Keyes passed away on April 15. In his honor, the 2021 Boilermakers will don a memorial sticker on their helmets for the entire season.

• A megastar for the Boilermakers from 1966-68, Keyes remains the only two-time consensus All-American in school history. He finished third and second in balloting for the Heisman Trophy as a halfback his junior and senior seasons. Keyes, born Feb. 18, 1947, is survived by his wife, Monica, and children, Raymond, Jacqueline, Courtland and Colin.

First Goals and Clean Sheet Downs Wildcats

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway scored their first collegiate goals to lead the Purdue soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Kansas State on Thursday night at Folk Field.

With the win, the Boilermakers (4-1-2) remain undefeated at home and have won four of their last five matches. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and the defense turned in their second clean sheet of the year as the Wildcats (4-3-0) were shut out for the first time in their last six contests.

Mathews’ goal, the eventual game-winner, came in the 26th minute, and Dunaway added the insurance in the 83rd. Senior midfielder Aly Mielke assisted on Dunaway’s goal, which was her third of the season after she entered the year with two career assists.

As the Boilermakers held a 21-10 advantage in shots, they had eight shots on goal and held K-State to two. Purdue earned nine corner kicks and the Wildcats were limited to one. Kansas State’s goalkeeper made six saves.

Bova stopped both shots on goal she faced to earn her second shutout of the season. The 15th clean sheet of her career, she moves into sole possession of third place in program history for career shutouts. Bova passes Jenny Bradfisch, who had 14 shutouts from 2006-09, and in second place all-time is Jocelyn Cavalier, who had 19 from 1998-02.

Mathews had a match-high six shots, four on goal, while freshman forward Megan Hutchinson had three shots, two on goal.

Purdue’s first goal came at 25:29. Just outside the center circle, Mathews received the ball and immediately sent it past a Kansas State defender. She picked the ball back up just outside the penalty arc on the left side and dribbled twice into the 18-yard box. Mathews then beat the K-State keeper, who was outside of the penalty box, with a shot into the lower-left corner of the net.

“It’s really an important goal for her, she’s been knocking on the door of scoring,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said of Mathews’ goal. “She’s been a real asset to us these last few games as a playmaker… It’s great to see her get rewarded for all the hard work she’s put in. Tonight she took it upon herself to score that very important early first-half goal and I think it’s really going to be great for her confidence. I definitely look forward to her being that threat to score herself, as opposed to just creating for others.”

The Boilermakers added an insurance goal to make it 2-0 at 82:52 thanks to Dunaway. Mielke received the ball to the right of the center circle and sent a lateral pass to Dunaway on the near side of the field. Dunaway then dribbled towards the goal while angling to her right to the center of the field. From nearly 30 yards out, above the penalty arc, Dunaway sent a shot on net that bounced past a diving K-State goalkeeper and into the lower-left corner.

“It was fantastic,” Roff said of Dunaway’s goal. “We were controlling the game in the second half, but anytime it’s only 1-0, you have to be aware of that one counter attack opportunity, so that second goal was huge… Gracie made a fantastic play. She’d been on the right side all night, we put her on the left side so she cut into her right… She decided to pull up from distance and have a go, and fortunately it was well-struck and great placement, and I’m really happy for her. She’s obviously been a really dynamic presence here as a young player and I love to see her get rewarded for all the hard work that she’s putting in as well.”

No. 6 Purdue Set for Xavier Tournament

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Friday, 9/10 | 9 p.m. ET

#6 Purdue vs, #10 Louisville

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#6 Purdue vs. Lipscomb or Xavier

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The No. 6 Purdue volleyball program (4-0) is headed to Cincinnati for the Xavier Tournament, which will feature No. 10 Louisville (6-0), Xavier (3-3) and Lipscomb (1-4).

Fresh off their first top-25 win of the season, the Boilermakers will take on the Cardinals on Friday afternoon before playing either Lipscomb or Xavier the following day.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

Purdue’s 4-0 start includes sweeps of three AVCA recognized programs in RV Kansas, RV UNLV and No. 25 Washington State.

The Boilermakers have hit above .300 for four consecutive matches, its longest streak since the 2017 season.

Purdue has not lost a set since its season-opener, going 12-1 over its first 13 sets.

PURDUE IN THE AVCA RANKINGS

The No. 6 ranking is the highest in program history (previous: No. 7 most recently in the 2020-21 final poll).

The program is currently in its longest streak among the AVCA top-10 at nine straight weeks (dates back to March 8, 2021).

Purdue’s No. 8 preseason ranking matches the highest in program history (2014), coming on the heels of the program’s highest final ranking with its No. 7 nod in the spring.

The program has been ranked for 64 consecutive weeks (Preseason 2017-2021), the longest active streak by a Purdue team.

EFFICIENT FROM THE START

During preseason, HC Dave Shondell said his focus for the 2021 season would be on hitting efficiency after finishing the spring with a .243 clip (6th in the Big Ten).

Seven Boilermakers averaged a .300 attack % or better after the opening weekend, leading the Big Ten: Hayley Bush with .857 (6-0-6), Taylor Trammell .414 (14-2-29), Raven Colvin .364 (5-1-11), Caitlyn Newton .339 (25-5-59), Maddie Koch .333 (6-2-12), Grace Cleveland .320 (20-4-50) and Emma Ellis .300 (4-1-10).

Currently, Purdue averages a .329 hitting clip, good for third in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation.

#10 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

Series History: 13-1 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: September 13, 2019 (W, 3-1 in Nashville)

Louisville is one of just four teams nationally that rank higher than Purdue in hitting %, currently attacking at a .338 clip.

The last and only time Louisville had the edge vs. Purdue was September 7, 2012 when the teams were last in Cincinatti.

The Cardinals rank in the top 25 in hitting % (No. 3), blocks per set (No. 10, 3.17) and

XAVIER MUSKETEERS

Series History: 4-0 | Purdue Leads | Last Meeting on September 7, 2018 (W, 3-1 at Purdue)

In last weekend’s Loyola Tournament, Xavier outside hitter Kelly Franzman (34 kills, .388 hitting %) and middle blocker Delaney Hogan (13 total blocks, 20 kills, .314 hitting %) were named to the all-tournament team.

Moriah Hopkins leads the offense with 67.5 points and a team-best 60 kills to go alongside a .299 attack %.

Stevie Wolf anchors the back row with 4.86 digs per set (107 total).

LIPSCOMB BISON

Series History: 2-0 | Purdue Leads | Last Meeting on September 7, 2018 (W, 3-0 at Purdue)

Lipscomb’s notable win this season include a 3-1 victory at Oklahoma.

Sophomore outside hitter Kamryn Bacus leads the team with 3.75 kills/set.

Like Purdue, the team also faced Kansas, but lost in straight sets to the Jayhawks on 9/2.

The Bisons are coming off an NCAA tournament appearance this spring after going 17-3.

The Boilermakers will see a familiar face in outside hitter Garrett Joiner, who transferred from Purdue.

ButlerVB Heading West for Cal Tournament

The Butler women’s volleyball team will travel west to Berkeley, Calif., for the Cal Tournament. The Bulldogs play two games on Friday (1 p.m. vs. North Dakota State and 7:30 p.m. against Nevada) before taking on the host Cal on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Butler (3-3) is coming off a five-set win over North Dakota to conclude the Chippewa Invitational. Setter Madison Friebel returns to her home state, with her hometown of Redding, Calif., being about a 205-mile drive from Berkeley.

Bulldog Bits

– Melody Davidson and Jaymeson Kinley were named to the 2021 Chippewa Invitational All-Tournament Team

– Mariah Grunze leads the BIG EAST and ranks No. 26 nationally in total attacks (262)

– Kinley ranks second in the BIG EAST and sixth in the nation in total digs (136)

– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (951) and are second in kills (311) and digs (422)

– Butler won its first five-set match of the season vs. North Dakota, rallying twice after dropping the first and third sets for a comeback victory

– The Bulldogs had a season-high hitting percentage of .241 in the opening match of the Chippewa Invitational against Youngstown State

– Butler’s opponents are narrowly outscoring the Bulldogs this season (22.8 to 22.1 average score per set through 24 sets)

– Davidson leads the team with 84 kills and 17 blocks

– Brittany Robinson averaged 11.7 kills and 7.7 digs per match in the Chippewa Invitational in her first action of the season

– Funmi Oladapo had a breakout match against Youngstown State with a career-high seven kills on a .462 attack percentage plus two block assists

– Butler will host a second tournament from Sept. 17-18. The Bulldog Brawl field is made up of Milwaukee, Western Michigan and #16 UCLA

– Homecoming: Madison Friebel’s hometown of Redding, Calif., is 188 miles (straight-line distance) from Berkeley, or about a 205-mile drive

SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA STATE: The Bison are 3-3 after weekend invitationals in Chicago and Green Bay, Wis. NDSU is 2-0 in five-set matches, with wins against Green Bay and Charlotte, and is coming off a 3-0 sweep over Niagara to conclude the Chicago Invite. The Bison finished fifth in the Summit League last season with an 8-8 conference record (10-8 overall) and were picked to finish fifth again in the preseason coaches’ poll. Last season’s Summit League Freshman of the Year Ali Hinze (67 kills) and Syra Tanchin (69 kills) lead the Bison offense.

The all-time series is tied 1-1 between Butler and NDSU, with the Bulldogs sweeping the Bison in the last matchup on Oct. 23, 2004.

SCOUTING NEVADA: The Wolf Pack are 1-5, but coming off a sweep over San Francisco in their final match of the UC Davis Tournament for their first win of the season. Reka Monteleone leads Nevada in scoring with 63.5 points, including 55 kills and seven aces. The Wolf Pack were projected to finish in last place in the Mountain West preseason poll.

This will be the second matchup between Butler and Nevada, with the Bulldogs winning the first match 3-0 on Sept. 2, 2011.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears sport a 5-1 record after winning three matches at the Pacific Tournament, including a five-set contest with host Pacific to conclude the competition. Mima Mirkovic recently reached 1,000 career kills and 1,000 careers digs for Cal. The Bears were predicted to finish 10th in the Pac-12 preseason poll after going 1-21 last season.

Saturday’s match is the first-ever meeting between Butler and California.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINES: Madison Friebel (four) and Mariah Grunze (three) have both recorded multiple double-doubles in the first six contests of the season. Friebel averages 40.2 assists and 11.5 digs per match, while Grunze has recorded 10.7 kills and 11 digs per match through the first two weekends.

Friebel and Grunze both rank in the Top 15 of the BIG EAST in total digs with 69 and 66, respectively. Friebel ranks second in the conference and No. 15 nationally in total assists (241).

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 88 digs in the Chippewa Invitational, increasing her digs per set tally to 5.67, which ranks among the nation’s leaders (No. 7).

Kinley secured a career-high 31 digs in the opening match of the invitational against Youngstown State. She earned recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll with the performance.

DAVIDSON DOMINATES: Melody Davidson hit a cool .347 at the Chippewa Invitational including 46 total kills, and she also added eight blocks and three digs.

Davidson now ranks third in the BIG EAST in kills (84) and fourth in scoring (94).

BACK IN ACTION: Brittany Robinson and Amina Shackelford made significant contributions in their season debuts after missing the first three games due to injury.

Robinson recorded 15 kills and seven digs against Central Michigan, while Shackelford tallied 12 kills and five digs vs. North Dakota in their best matches of the weekend.

INJURY REPORT: Outside hitter Megan Sheridan missed the three matches of the Chippewa Invitational due to injury.

Sheridan put down 15 kills and collected eight digs during the opening weekend.

SIGNATURE WIN: Butler defeated No. 24 Marquette during the spring season on March 5. The five-set match featured Butler winning the first and fourth sets. In the finale, BU controlled the action by winning 15-7.

BU posted 21 total blocks in that match, just two shy of tying the school record.

UP NEXT: Butler will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 15 for a midweek matchup vs. Eastern Kentucky. Later in the week, the team will host the Bulldog Brawl starting on Friday, Sept. 17. The Bulldogs will face Milwaukee and No. 16 UCLA on Friday before matching up with Western Michigan on Saturday.

This will be the second tournament Butler has hosted this season following the opening weekend Top Dawg Challenge when the Bulldogs went 1-2. UCLA is in line to be the first ranked opponent for Butler this season. The Bruins won 3-1 in the only other match against Butler on Nov. 29, 2002.

ButlerMSoccer Looks to Rebound at Wisconsin

Matchday Information – Butler at Wisconsin                        

DATE:                         Friday, September 10 / 7 pm CT (8 pm ET)

LOCATION:                Madison, Wisconsin / McClimon Soccer Complex

LIVE STATS:             uwbadgers.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BTN+

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 5-1-1

LAST MEETING:         September 12, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 1, Wisconsin 0

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler men’s soccer team will travel to Madison, Wis., on Friday to play the Wisconsin Badgers. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-2 loss to Western Michigan.

Butler has scored two goals this season, with both goals coming in the 2-1 victory over Milwaukee.

The Bulldogs have taken 45 shots this season, nine of which have been on target. Butler is averaging 11.3 shots per match.

Butler has given up four goals in four matches played, averaging only one goal allowed per match.

Butler has taken 32 corner kicks this season, while opponents have taken just 19 against the Bulldogs.

Individual Stat Leaders:

Wilmer Cabrera Jr. and Tommy Visser lead the team in goals with one each.

Cabrera Jr. leads the team with 9 shots taken.

Louie Bulger, Jack Haywood, and Jack Streberger lead the team in assists with one each.

Gabriel Gjergji has made nine saves this season in goal, allowing 4 goals. His save percentage is .692, and his goals against average is 0.95.

Jack Haywood, Perrin Barnes, Gabriel Gjergji, and Rhys Myers lead the team in minutes played. All four have played all 380 out of 380 possible minutes played.

Butler’s 2021 schedule includes both teams from the May 2021 NCAA National Championship match. In addition to runner-up Indiana, the Bulldogs will play the defending national champion, Marshall, on September 29.

The Matchup

Butler leads the all-time series 5-1-1, and the Bulldogs have won two straight.

Last matchup (September 12, 2019, Indianapolis, Butler W, (1-0): Wilmer Cabrera Jr. scored the match-winning goal for the Dawgs in the 49th minute. Butler would go on to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament that season.

Scouting the Badgers

Wisconsin has scored two goals this season. #3 Moritz Kappelsberger scored the team’s first goal of the season in the opener, a 1-1 draw with SIU-Edwardsville. #5 Inaki Iribarren scored the other in a 1-2 loss to Green Bay.

The Badgers have allowed 4 goals this season, averaging only one goal allowed per match.

Wisconsin has taken 46 shots this season, 20 of which have been on goal. The Badgers are averaging 11.5 shots per match. Shots on goal percentage is 0.435.

The Badgers have taken 23 corner kicks this season, while opponents have taken 26.

Wisconsin finished in 9th place out of 9 teams in the 2020-21 shortened season. The Badgers went 2-7-1 last season with wins over Ohio State and Michigan.

Individual Stat leaders:

#5 Moritz Kappelsberger and #3 Inaki Iribarren lead the team in goals with one each.

#8 Andrew Akindele, #12 Zach Klancnik, and #6 Aron Saevarrson lead the team in assists with one each.

Akindele also leads the team in shots taken with 13.

Goalkeeper #35 Carter Abbott has started three of the Badgers matches. Abbott has made eight saves and allowed two goals against. Goalkeeper #33 Adir Raphael has played in two matches, starting one. Raphael has made three saves and allowed two goals.

ButlerUWSoccer Extends Winning Streak to Five at Wright State

DAYTON, Ohio – The Butler women’s soccer team (5-1-0) picked up its fifth win in a row by the final score of 3-1 on the road at Wright State (2-3-1).

Key Moments

Just over three minutes after the kickoff, Abigail Isger and Julia Leonard assisted Katie Soderstrom and the Bulldogs took the early lead, 1-0.

In the 25th minute, Abigail Isger scored, unassisted, putting Butler up by two.

Just before half, a Bulldogs corner kick resulted in an own goal by Wright State, leaving a 3-0 lead at the half.

In the 65th minute, Wright State got on the board with its only goal of the match.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom, Abigail Isger

ASSISTS: Julia Leonard, Abigail Isger

Bulldog Bits

Abigail Isger scored her third goal of the season, which was the fourth of her career. She also earned her fourth assist of the season – the eighth of her career. Isger now leads the Bulldogs in points with ten.

Katie Soderstrom’s fourth goal of the season was the 20th of her career.

Julia Leonard’s assist was her first of the season and the fourth of her career.

The Bulldogs produced 23 shots, and 13 were on goal. The Wolves produced only two shots total, but both were on target.

Katie Soderstrom led Butler with six shots, and Anastasia Savich added five. Four shots for each were on goal.

Butler had ten corner kicks in the match, compared to two for Wright State.

Freshman Emma Martin improves to 5-0-0 on the season, making one save in the contest.

Up Next

Butler travels to Muncie, Ind., for a match against Ball State on Sunday, September 12, at 1 PM. Then, on Thursday, September 16, the Bulldogs will host Western Michigan in Indianapolis.

IRISH HIT ROAD FOR FIRST TIME, TAKE ON ARIZONA & TEXAS

top-ranked Texas this Saturday and Sunday in Austin, Texas. The Irish first meet the Wildcats on Saturday, September 11 at 2 p.m. ET before taking on Texas on Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m. ET. Saturday’s match will not be streamed while the Notre Dame-Texas matchup will be televised on Longhorn Network.

NOTRE DAME VS. ARIZONA

Saturday, September 11 – 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

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NOTRE DAME VS. #1 TEXAS

Sunday, September 12 – 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Austin, Texas

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FOR STARTERS

The Irish are going on the road for the first time this season after hosting six consecutive matches on the first two weekends of the 2021 campaign.

Notre Dame is taking on the top-ranked team in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the first time since meeting #1 UCLA on August 24, 2012.

The Irish have never beaten the top-ranked team in the country, but own a pair of top-five wins (9.25.93 vs. #3 Nebraska and 8.29.09 vs. #5 Stanford).

Notre Dame owns 14 victories over teams ranked in the top-10.

HISTORY VS. ARIZONA

Saturday will be the fifth meeting between the Irish and Wildcats with the all-time series tied at 2-2.

The two sides last met on August 29, 2010 when Arizona earned a straight-set victory.

That 2010 match was the lone meeting between the two schools in the 25-point era.

HISTORY VS. TEXAS

The Irish and Longhorns have met 10 times with Texas holding a 7-3 advantage in the series between the two schools.

However, the Irish have won the last two matches against Texas, including a straight-set victory in 2003 and a five-set triumph in 2005.

Notre Dame is taking on the top-ranked team in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the first time since meeting #1 UCLA on August 24, 2012 and is searching for its first program win over the top-ranked team in the country.

IRISH ANNOUNCE 2021-22 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team has announced its 2021-22 non-conference schedule. Highlights of the non-conference slate include Notre Dame’s defense of its 2017 Maui Invitational Championship, a visit from Kentucky in early December and a trip to Howard for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in February of 2022.

The Irish will begin the season with two exhibition contests (Oct. 29, Nov. 5) followed by the official season opener against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, November 13. Notre Dame will then face High Point before heading to Maui to take on St. Mary’s (CA) in the first of three games on the island.

A quick turnaround after the long trip back from Maui looms, as the Irish will go back on the road at Illinois for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Monday, November 29. Kentucky will visit Purcell Pavilion on Dec. 11 in the second of a three-game series between the Irish and Wildcats followed by a trip to Indianapolis and the Crossroads Classic showdown with Indiana.

The Irish also expect an ACC game to be scheduled during this stretch of games, providing the team a challenge of four consecutive power conference games before the year ends.

The team caps off the year with home games with Western Michigan (Dec. 20) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Dec. 22) and anticipates an ACC conference matchup in late December or around the first of the year.

In January, Notre Dame will make its trip to Howard for the highly anticipated national television broadcast on Martin Luther King. Jr. Day.

Single game tickets and game day health and safety protocols will be announced at a future date. The full season schedule is expected to be released within the next two weeks.

SCHEDULE NOTES:

The home opener with Cal State Northridge marks the second meeting between the two schools and first since a 76-58 Notre Dame victory on January 31, 1994.

The Irish will be meeting High Point and Texas A&M Corpus Christi for the first time.

Notre Dame’s first game in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational with St. Mary’s (CA) is the third meeting between the two schools and the first since 1981.

Notre Dame will play either Chaminade or Oregon in its second game in Maui on Nov. 23.

The trip to Illinois will mark the second visit to Champaign for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the Irish. In 2015, Notre Dame defeated the Illini 84-79 in the dedication game of State Farm Arena.

Notre Dame boasts a three-game win streak over Illinois, including a 2018 home game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the aforementioned 2015 victory and a 68-60 victory in the second round of the 2003 NCAA tournament. 

The Irish will be looking for their third straight win in Purcell Pavilion against Kentucky on Dec. 11, following up the 2009 postseason NIT meeting and a victory in the 2012 BIG EAST/SEC Challenge.

Western Michigan will be meeting the Irish for the 28th time, with Notre Dame leading the all-time series 19-8, including 17-3 at home and earning a win in the past nine meetings with the Broncos.

The Howard game has been anticipated for two years, as COVID-19 health and safety protocols forced the cancellation of last season’s contest. Notre Dame will be making its first road trip to a historically black college or university on Monday, January 17, 2021 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Soccer Hangs Tough with No. 23 Xavier

CINCINNATI, Ohio – – There were opportunities for the Ball State soccer team Thursday evening at No. 23 Xavier. Unfortunately, the Cardinals (2-3-0) could not connect with the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the nationally-ranked and undefeated Musketeers (6-0-0).

Trailing by one after the half, Ball State had several opportunities in the second stanza, including a pair of quick shots between the 52nd (senior Tatiana Mason) and 53rd (senor Chelcy Ralph) minutes.

BSU would go on to get five shots in the second half and led in the category until a late push by Xavier. Perhaps Ball State’s best chance came in the 66′, when Mason’s fourth and final shot from just inside the box was blocked by a Musketeers defender.

Overall, the Cardinals finished the match with nine shots, including six in the final 45′. Ball State’s defense also did a solid job slowing the Xavier attack, holding them to 14 shots on the night. The Musketeers entered the contest averaging 16.6 shots and two goals a game.

Senior goalie Alex DeRuvo also turned in a solid performance, stopping six of the seven shots on goal she faced. The lone blemish was a 23′ goal from Emma Marcus which proved to be the game-winner.

In the opening 45′, the Cardinals answered an early Musketeers shot on net with one of its own, as senior Sammi Corcoran was denied by Xavier goalie Olivia Jenkins in the eighth minute. Ball State would get two more shots in the 12′ and 13′, to hold an early edge in the tally.

However, Xavier’s defense stepped up, while the offense applied some heavy pressure on the Cardinals to limit them to one more shot over the final 32′ of the opening half.

In addition to holding a 14-9 edge in total shots, Xavier also drew nine corners to Ball State’s one.

The Ball State soccer team returns to action Sunday when it welcomes Butler to the Briner Sports Complex for its final non-conference match of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with SL Digital radio on hand to call the action live.

WVB Heads to Iowa for Cy-Hawk Series Tournament

Match 8: Ball State (7-0) vs. Iowa State (4-1)

     Friday, Sept. 10 at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) – Live Stats

Match 9: Ball State (7-0) at Iowa (0-4)

     Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) – Live Stats | B1G+ Live Video | Hawkeye Radio Network Radio

Match 10: Ball State (7-0) vs. Syracuse (6-0)

     Saturday, Sept. 11 at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) – Live Stats

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team will take its unblemished record on the road again this weekend, when it travels to the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament hosted by Iowa.

It will be another tough test for the 7-0 Cardinals as they start out the two-day event with a pair of Friday matches. First up, a Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) matchup versus Iowa State which enters the event with a 4-1 overall record, with the lone loss coming at No. 17 Penn State.

Later Friday evening, the Cardinals will take on the host Hawkeyes in an 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) showdown. While Iowa enters the event with an 0-4 record, they have faced a tough schedule with the latest loss coming versus No. 11 Washington at the Pac-12 / Big Ten Challenge.

Ball State closes out the tournament Saturday at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) versus Syracuse. The Orange enter the tournament with a 6-0 mark and will get things going with an 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m.) contest against Iowa on Thursday. Syracuse opened the season with a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Aug. 27.

The Cardinals are hunting their third consecutive pre-conference tournament title, having already won the GBD Invite hosted by Green Bay and the TRU By Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational host by Wright State.

One of the keys to Ball State’s 7-0 start to the season has been its ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. The Cardinals have hit at least .200 in six of the seven wins and enter the weekend ranked eighth nationally with 347 total kills.

Three different Cardinals enter the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament averaging at least 2.15 kills per set, while seven are smashing at least 1.44 kills per set. Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem leads the way at 3.00, while graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn is a close second at 2.84.

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski has led the Ball State offense to a .227 rate of success so far in 2021, including a .476 mark in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27). The effort versus the Tommies ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

In the backcourt, sophomore libero Kate Vinson is coming off a strong showing of her own, earning MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week honors after averaging 5.58 digs-per-set at last weekend’s TRU By Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

Ball State’s 7-0 start is the program’s best since the 2011 season when the Cardinals opened the year with a 9-0 record … Ball State would finish the 2011 campaign with a 25-8 overall record and earn an at-large berth into the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

In addition to ranking third in the MAC with a .227 team attack percentage, Ball State features three players ranked in the top 10 in the league in individual attack percentage … Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland paces the Ball State attack with a .346 rate of success, while junior opposite Natalie Mitchem is sixth (.330) and junior middle Marie Plitt is 10th (.308).

Junior middle Marie Plitt is also one of the league’s top blockers, tying for third in the MAC with a 1.00 blocks-per-set average … Right behind is sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland at 0.92 blocks per set in a tie for seventh … As a team, Ball State is second in the MAC at 2.37 blocks per set, trailing only Kent State’s mark of 2.50.

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, ranking third in the league at 10.15 assists per set, freshman Megan Wielonski has proven to be one of its top servers ranking third at 0.50 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 13 service aces are first in the league and rank 15th among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.

As a setter, freshman Megan Wielonski ranked seventh nationally with her 264 total assists, while her 10.15 assists-per-set average is 63rd … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with three consecutive assist/dig double-doubles … In fact, her 68 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are 15th in the league and 254th nationally.

Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, leading the Cardinals with a 3.00 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in five of BSU’s seven matches, including a season-high 16 in the win over Wright State (Sept. 3) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.77 blocks per set, with at least one block in all seven matches.

Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn has also made her presence felt, ranking second on the team with a 2.84 kills-per-set average … She has reached double digits in four matches, including a season-high 15 at Wright State (Sept. 3).

Sophomore libero Kate Vinson anchors the Ball State defense, ranking third in the MAC with a 4.73 digs-per-set average … She has collected double-digit digs in all seven matches, including a career-high 29 the last time out versus Marshall (Sept. 4) … The 29 digs tie as the third-most in a match in the MAC so far this season.

Ball State enters the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament with a 948-620-2 (.604) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play.

Ball State is 5-2 all-time versus teams in the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament field, including a 3-0 edge over Iowa State and a 2-2 all-time mark against Iowa … Ball State and Syracuse will be meeting for the first time in women’s volleyball.

All-Time vs. Iowa State (3-0)

10/8/1982 – W, 2-1 (8-15, 15-7, 15-9) – Neutral Site

10/9/1982 – W, 2-1 (11-15, 15-12, 15-12) – Neutral Site

9/19/1987 – W, 3-1 (15-13, 7-15, 15-13, 15-11) – Neutral Site

All-Time vs. Iowa (2-2)

9/18/1976 – W, 2-0 (15-3, 15-7) – Neutral Site

9/18/1998 – L, 2-3 (13-15, 15-10, 15-8, 10-15, 13-15) – Away

9/15/2007 – L, 0-3 (23-30, 26-30, 28-30) – Away

9/13/2013 – W, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17) – Away

IRISH ROLL TO 8-0 VICTORY OVER DETROIT MERCY

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (5-1-1) put its foot on the throttle from the opening whistle and never looked back against Detroit Mercy (1-6-0), cruising to an 8-0 victory on Thursday night. The eight goals tied for the sixth most in a match dating back to the 1999 season. 

The Fighting Irish boasted three multi-goal scorers for the evening, as Sammi Fisher, Korbin Albert and Maddie Mercado all scored twice. Meanwhile, Brooke VanDyck and Kiki Van Zanten each secured their first goals of the season. Furthermore, sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Naylor registered her first career start and shutout.

How It Happened

The Fighting Irish wasted no time in this contest, needing just 103 seconds to score. An Olivia Wingate cross found Sammi Fisher who dished backwards to Brooke VanDyck, who then put it in the right corner of the goal. The goal was the 15th fastest to start a match in program history.

For goal No. 2, Wingate took the ball deep into the right side of the Detroit 18-yard box. The senior spun and found a wide open Sammi Fisher who buried it left side in the 12th minute.

VanDyck was later involved in Notre Dame’s third goal of the evening, picking up her first assist of the year in the 23rd minute. The senior dished to Sammi Fisher in the middle of the field, who then hit a rocket from close to 30 yards out.

The fourth goal came in the 35th minute. A nice passing sequence at the top of the box between Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Maddie Mercado, led to the latter’s first goal of the season. It also marked Fisher’s first career assist.

The fifth and final goal of the half came courtesy of last year’s leading goal-scorer Kiki Van Zanten. The junior received a pass from Audrey Weiss around the penalty marker and put it in the back of the net.

In the second half, the Irish tallied three goals in just under a five-minute span. More impressively in that time frame, freshman Korbin Albert recorded back-to-back goals that were just one minute and 26 seconds apart. 

The eighth goal was a result of a beautiful backwards flick pass from Erin Hohnstein, which found Mercado at the top of the box for her second goal of the evening.

Meanwhile, the Irish defense did their job for the game, allowing just one Detroit Mercy shot.

Up Next

The Irish continue their homestand on Sunday, Sept. 12, when they host Brown at 1 p.m. ET. That game will be streamed live on ACCNX.

FB Preview | Sycamores make first road trip of 2021 to Northwestern

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State makes its first road trip of the 2021 season as the Sycamores make the trek to Evanston, Ill. and Northwestern University for a noon ET kickoff at Ryan Field. The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network and 105.5 The Legend.

Game Day Information and Activities

Alumni Association and Sycamore Athletics to host September 11 pregame tailgate at Northwestern

Make your plans now to join the Indiana State University Alumni Association and Sycamore Athletics for a tailgate prior to the 11 a.m. CT kickoff between Indiana State and Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.

The tailgate is set to run from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CT on the patio of the Canal Shores Golf Course and has been sponsored in part by Sycamore alum Tim Swanson ‘(91, GR ’00) and Meade. Breakfast will be served with a full bar available. Paid, on-site parking is available at first-come, first-serve basis for the tailgate and football game.

The cost of an individual lunch ticket is $20. Registration is required to attend. Click Here to Register Now

Northwestern Clear Bag Policy

Northwestern Athletics has instituted a Clear Bag Policy for the 2021-22 year at Ryan Field. Click here for more information

Game Notes of Interest

First Time Matchup

Indiana State started playing football in the 1896 season. Northwestern started playing football in 1882. Despite there being less than 200 miles distance between the two institutions, Saturday marks the first contest between the two teams in their respective program histories.

Continuing the Winning Streak

Indiana State will look to continue their three-game winning streak dating back to the final two games of the 2019 season. The Sycamores wrapped up the 2019 season with back-to-back wins over Youngstown State and Missouri State to put their streak at two consecutive games. After not playing in the 2020 season, ISU opened up 2021 with a Week 0 win over Eastern Illinois at Memorial Stadium, 26-21.

Thomas Defensive Player of the Week

Junior safety Michael Thomas utilized two interceptions, including a key 75-yard pick-six to secure Indiana State’s 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois in the opener. Thomas’s success parlayed into earning the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in the 2021 season.

Opponent Information

Saturday afternoon marks the first time Indiana State and Northwestern have lined up against each other in their respective program histories. The Wildcats are the lone FBS team Indiana State will line up against in the 2021 season, while ISU is the lone FCS program Northwestern will face this fall.

Northwestern played a shortened 2020 season due to COVID concerns, but wrapped up ninth winning season in Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s 15-year coaching career with a 7-2 mark, 6-1 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats opened the season with five consecutive wins and added wins against Illinois and Auburn (Citrus Bowl) to cap off a strong season.

Northwestern was selected to finish third overall in the Big Ten West Division as announced by the conference earlier in the preseason. The Wildcats received 160 points overall in finishing behind Wisconsin and Iowa in the conference’s preseason recognition. The Wildcats returned a number of key players to the roster this season including preseason All-Americans Brandon Joseph (safety) and Peter Skoronski (offensive line), while 15 players overall were honored among the preseason all-conference teams and various award watchlists.

Joseph headed into his sophomore season after an accolade-filled 2020 that included earning recognition on two All-American teams, while also being named the AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. The safety recorded 52 career tackles and six interceptions in his first collegiate season, including a pair of interceptions in a comeback win over Iowa.

Skoronski also headed into his sophomore season with a pair of preseason All-American honors, while sitting on the Outland Trophy Watch List. He was rated the Pro Football Focus highest-graded true-first year in the Big Ten among all positions and helped Northwestern average 360.7 yards per game in 2020.

Thompson at the Reins

Quarterback Anthony Thompson improved to 1-0 in his first collegiate start at Indiana State as the redshirt-senior quarterback took a majority of the snaps under center in the opener against Eastern Illinois. The Chicago, Ill. native went 13-of-23 through the air for 87 yards and targeted four different receivers in his first game action in the Sycamores’ opener against the Panthers. Thompson added five carries to help supplement the rushing efforts.

Hendrix sets the Indiana State Record

Redshirt junior wide receiver Dante Hendrix set a new Indiana State record with a reception in 22 consecutive games surpassing the mark established by Robert Tonyan, Jr. (2015-16). Anthony Thompson connected on an eight-yard out-route patter with Hendrix near the left sideline on the first offensive play of the 2021 season to establish a new record and continue the streak started on the second game of the 2018 season against Louisville.

Wide Receiver corps showcasing its depth

Indiana State’s wide receiver corps continues to showcase its depth this season beyond Hendrix. Rontrez Morgan and Daijon Collins also return with heavy game experience throughout their careers, while Noah Ellison added a target in the game for the Sycamores. Morgan paced all players in the opener against Eastern Illinois with six catches for 26 yards and will continue to expect a heavy share of targets when the Sycamores take to the air this season.

Haupert is a Jack-of-all-Trades

Michael Haupert made the most of his limited snaps at the quarterback position in the opener against Eastern Illinois. The redshirt sophomore went untouched with a 44-yard touchdown run as the Fort Wayne, Ind. native took the direct snap all the way for the opening score in the third quarter to put Indiana State ahead 17-7. He finished the day with five carries for 59 yards and a score in the Sycamores win.

Larkin at Tight End…Wide Receiver…Quarterback…Everywhere

Zach Larkin continues to make his impact all over the field as the Hamilton, Ohio native lined up at multiple offensive positions on the field against Eastern Illinois. Larkin served as the team’s primary option in the short-yardage game with one carry for two yards, while also adding one catch for two yards in the win over the Panthers. He continues to be a threat at multiple positions after transitioning from quarterback to tight end in 2017.

Herrin Grades it Out

Left tackle Carter Herrin was the top-rated offensive lineman for the Indiana State offense in the 2021 opener against Eastern Illinois as recognized by offensive coordinator Michael Switzer. Herrin graded out at 88% in the opening weekend in the trenches against the Panthers and added two knockdown blocks in posting the team’s winning grade. Herrin earned the start at left tackle in the opener and helped pave the way for the team to post 158 rushing yards in the contest.

Big Tuna

Isaiah Edwards is a man among boys and he is joined by center Alvin Clemons and right guard Jose Vazquez IV in putting nearly 1,000 pounds of muscle in the middle of the Indiana State line. Edwards, Clemons, and Vazquez join with Carter Herrin as one of the most experienced offensive lines in the MVFC this season. Edwards was a preseason All-MVFC honorable mention selection and has started all 15 games he has dressed out in his Indiana State career.

Michael Thomas earns MVFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Michael Thomas took the inaugural MVFC Defensive Player of the Week honors from the conference office as announced this past Sunday. Thomas paced the Sycamores with 10 tackles (seven solo) in the contest and added two interceptions in ISU’s 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois. Thomas stepped in front of an EIU pass at the end of the first half to set up a late field goal attempt. He added a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter that changed the momentum of the game and set up the ISU win.

Came in like a Wrecking Ball

Defensive end Inoke Moala picked right back where he left off in the opening game of the 2021 season. The redshirt senior from Mishiwaka, Ind. native posted two sacks against Eastern Illinois and added two more quarterback hurries while consistently sitting in the backfield against the Panthers this season. Moala posted his first sack of the season on EIU’s opening possession to force an early Panthers punt. He added late pressure in the contest and forced the game-ending safety in the end zone to cap the Sycamores 26-21 win. Moala currently leads the MVFC with two sacks and is among the conference’s leaders with two tackles for loss through the first game of the season.

Ending Opponent Drives

Indiana State entered the 2021 season as one of the nation’s stingiest defenses after finishing among the FCS best in ending opponent’s drives on third down. The Sycamores continued that dominant trend in the opener against Eastern Illinois allowing the Panthers to record first downs on just 30.8% of their attempts in the opener. Indiana State surrendered just four conversions on third down in stifling the Eastern Illinois offense in the game.

Taking the Air Out

The Indiana State pass defense sits among the best in FCS in the turnover margin in the opening game of the 2021 season. The Sycamores not only recorded a pair of interceptions in the pass game, but Indiana State also forced a fumble in the contest on a pass over the middle to end another Eastern Illinois drive in the win. Indiana State was consistently in the backfield in the game with five sacks and nine tackles for loss and currently sits 29th in FCS in team passing efficiency defense at 107.77.

Tackles For Loss

Indiana State’s defense put together one of the best opening weekends across the country with eight different players finding their way into the backfield for a takedown in the win over Eastern Illinois. Inoke Moala headlined the group with two TFLs in the opening weekend, while Geoffrey Brown added 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack against the Panthers. Heath Stephen II, Kris Reid Jr., Kelvin Broom Jr., Ty Hambright, Kaleb Brewer, and Dayveon Higgs also recorded tackles in the backfield on their way to highlighting the opening game of the season.

Reiner Spots the Ball

Travis Reiner averaged 37.9 yards per punt in the contest, but saved his best of the game for last with a 49-yard attempt that was downed at the EIU 7 late in the fourth quarter. Reiner put together seven punts on the day resulting in two fair catches with one downed inside the 20-yard line. Reiner continued to be one of the most technical punters in the MVFC with 39 punts downed inside the 20 in the last two seasons.

Selzer Connects

Alan Selzer made the most of his first field goal in the 2021 season with a 48-yard field goal to put the Sycamores ahead 10-0 in the second quarter. The redshirt senior kicker spent two seasons at the University of Michigan and added a 40-yard attempt just before the end of the first half. He was a perfect 3-for-3 in extra points in the Sycamores’ win.

Sycamores Get Defensive in Victory Over IUPUI

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s volleyball extended their winning streak to three matches with a 3-1 (25-19,21-25,25-14,25-19) victory over IUPUI in the opening match of the Sycamore Invitational on Thursday.

The Sycamores (4-2, 0-0 MVC) used strong defense to keep the Jaguars (2-5, 0-0 Horizon) at bay. Indiana State’s defense held the opposition to just .099 hitting, their best outing since holding Loyola Chicago to .079 hitting on Feb. 22, 2021. Three Sycamores tallied at least 10 digs, with sophomore Ashley Eck leading the way with a season-best 16. Karinna Gall and Melina Tedrow contributed 15 and 14, respectively. As a team, the Trees held a 78-75-dig advantage over IUPUI.

At the net, Gall led the way with a solo block and two block assists while Madeline Williams added a solo block and block assist and Kaitlyn Hamilton ended with three block assists. The Jaguars had a slight edge with seven team blocks to ISU’s six.

Offensively, Gall earned the second double-double of her career with a team-high 14 kills on .308 hitting. Williams was the lone other Sycamore in double-figures with 11 of her own and a .391 hitting percentage. The Blue & White ended with more kills (52) than the Jaguars (43) while outhitting IUPUI, .237-.099.

Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason split reps at the setter position on Thursday evening with Kaelin earning 25 assists and Mason, in her first match back since Aug. 27, finishing with 12.

IUPUI was led by Briana Brown with 11 kills and 15 digs.

For the sixth time in six attempts, the Sycamores were victorious in the opening set, holding IUPUI to just .021 hitting. Gall got down for five of her kills in the opening set while also recording four kills. As a team, ISU ended with 11 kills and 25 digs in the opening set.

The Jaguars responded in set two, hitting their best set of the match at. 229 with 11 kills to win the set, 25-21. While the Blue & White ended with 14 kills, six attack errors and six reception errors proved too much to overcome.

Set three saw the Sycamores put their foot back down, hitting an impressive .455 with 16 kills to run away from the Jaguars, 25-14. It was a balanced offensive attack with no one recording more than four kills while also holding the visitors to .081 hitting.

The final set was a back-and-forth affair until a 5-1 run in the middle of the set, spurred by a flurry of kills from Gall and freshman Storm Suhre, gave the Trees a 20-15 advantage. The Sycamores would go on to win the set, 25-19.

Indiana State will be back in action tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. ET when they play host to Western Michigan. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Miami Invitational up next for undefeated UE volleyball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Off to its best start in 40 years, the Purple Aces look to continue that success continue this weekend at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.  UE opens the weekend against the host RedHawks on Friday evening at 6 p.m. CT before squaring off against Northern Kentucky at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.

Party like it’s 1981

– With a clean sweep at the Eagle Challenge, the Purple Aces improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1981; that season saw UE win its first 10 games

– Highlighting the weekend for UE was a huge road win over defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Morehead State; the Eagles were 17-2 last season and defeated Creighton for their first-ever NCAA Tournament win

– Evansville also picked up victories over Radford and Cleveland State

All-Tournament Team

– It was an excellent all-around weekend for Cecila Thon at the Eagle Challenge

– The senior notched 8.70 assists, 2.70 digs and 0.80 blocks per set on the way to a spot on the All-Tournament Team

– Thon set her season mark with 34 helpers and 13 digs int he win over Morehead State while picking up two solo blocks and two block assists

 – Entering the weekend, Thon had just one solo block and no assists in her career before finishing the Eagle Challenge with three solo and five assists

Immediate Impact

– Hannah Watkins missed the first weekend of the fall, but it did not take long for her to make her presence known at the Eagle Challenge

– In a defensive clinic, Watkins picked up seven block assists and one solo block versus Morehead State before adding another solo and four block assists in the win over Radford

– With an average of 1.30 blocks per set in the tournament, Watkins rose all the way to second in the Valley

– On the offensive side, Watkins had five kills versus the Eagles

– In 14 matches during the spring, Hannah Watkins finished with at least one block before finishing with 0.94 per set, just outside the MVC’s top ten

Another All-Tournament Honor

– Senior Alondra Vazquez continues to lead the MVC with 4.47 kills per set; that average puts her 23rd nationally

– Vazquez has recorded at least 11 kills and 7 digs in all six matches this season while adding double-doubles in each contest at the Eagle Challenge

– The All-Tournament Team honoree at the Eagle Challenge finished the event with 3.50 kills and 3.40 digs per set

Early Season Accolades

– Junior Melanie Feliciano was named the MVP of the Eagle Challenge just a week after earning All-Tournament accolades at the PFW Invitational

– Her MVP weekend in Kentucky saw her post 2.80 kills and 2.40 digs per set, including a season-high of 11 kills versus Cleveland State

– Feliciano added 10 kills in the win over defending OVC Champion Morehead State

– Opening weekend in Fort Wayne saw Feliciano finish with 2.78 kills and 3.00 digs

– A consistent start to the season has seen Feliciano record at least 7 kills and 7 digs in all six matches

Cross Country Heads To Carmel, Ind. For IUPUI Jaguar Classic

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne cross country teams travel to Carmel, Ind. to compete in the IUPUI Jaguar Classic on Friday, Sept. 10

Game Day Information
Meet: IUPUI Jaguar Classic
When: Friday, September 10 | 5:15 p.m. (women’s 6K) | 6:00 p.m. (men’s 8K)
Where: Carmel, Ind | Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy, Carmel, IN  46033
Live ResultsLink
Teams Competing: IUPUI, Butler, Milwaukee, Purdue Fort Wayne, UIC and Wright State
Weather: High of 79, partly cloudy

Women’s 6K
Friday’s race will be the first 6K of the season for the women’s team. Friday’s race will also be the Mastodons’ first look at some of their Horizon League foes, including Milwaukee who won the Horizon League Cross Country championship in the spring of 2021, and IUPUI, who finished third in last spring’s championship. In last Friday’s 5K, Madison King started the race in the lead and would finish with an eighth place finish with a time of 18:18.4. Other top performers include Brooke Neal. The Ball State transfer competed in her first race as a Mastodon and ran a personal best time of 18:43.50.

Men’s 8K
Friday’s race will be the first 8K of the season for the men’s team. The Mastodons will compete against IUPUI, who won the Horizon League Cross Country Championship last spring, and Milwaukee who finished fourth at the championship meet. Friday’s race will include a showdown between Purdue Fort Wayne’s Andrew Whitinger and IUPUI’s Nate Kaiser. In last Friday’s 5K, Whitinger finished second place with a time of 15:15.70. Kaiser won the Horizon League Runner of the Week after finishing eighth overall at the Butler Twilight meet with a time of 18:18.10. In addition, the Mastodons had three runners finish with a 5K time under 16 minutes including Draven Thompson (15:29.80) and Nathan Mills (15:43.90).

See You Later
The ‘Dons will return to this same Northview Church course on Oct. 30, 2021 for the Horizon League Cross Country Championships. 

Up Next
The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 17 at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. hosted by Michigan State.

JAGS FALL IN DOUBLE OVERTIME TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN, 1-0

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team got another banner performance from senior goalkeeper AP Woodall, but was unable to muster much in the attack against Central Michigan on Thursday night (Sept. 9), ultimately falling in double overtime to the Chippewas, 1-0. IUPUI was outshot by a 33-11 margin and saw Woodall make 15 saves, but the guests nudged the winner just over the endline in the game’s 104th minute for the golden goal.

Woodall made an initial stop of a Laila Arab attempt, but the rebound went to Jaelyn Dobrowolski, who pushed a shot just beyond the line from the left side for the game-winner.

Central Michigan (2-3) fired at will against the IUPUI (1-4-1) defense, but was largely ineffective against the Horizon League’s reigning Defensive Player of the Week in Woodall. The IUPUI netminder, who came in having made 32 saves in her most recent two outings combined, continued her brilliance, easily handling shots from distance and mixing in some occasional brilliance. She set the tone early, stopping four shots in the game’s first 12 minutes. On the flip side, IUPUI didn’t attempt a shot until the 20th minute when Maya Lacognato sent a shot high of target. Lacognato was the Jaguars’ best attacker in the opening half, later testing CMU goalkeeper Allison LaPoint with a shot on frame in the 21st minute.

IUPUI had two more quality attempts late in the first half on restarts, but Leah Shumate missed her attempt high and Jessica Jacobs had her attempt corralled by LaPoint.

Woodall continued to shine in the second half, facing directly into a bright sun in the west end of the field. Undeterred, she had answers for every CMU attempt, including a brilliant kick save of a Dobrowolski breakaway and back-to-back stops against Arab late in regulation.

IUPUI was more engaged offensively at the start of overtime, getting some solid builds through Autumn Weeks, Elizabeth Bueckers and the speedy Emma Antoine. However, it resulted in just three shot attempts, all of which were off target. In the opening minute of the second overtime, IUPUI got attempts from Renae Blevins and Bueckers, but neither tested LaPoint. Ultimately, CMU tilted the field in its favor and got the winner from Dobrowolski, wasting Woodall’s monster night.

Dobrowolski attempted 11 shots, putting seven on frame, while Arab had seven shot attepmts, putting six on target. Lacognato paced the IUPUI attack with four shot attempts, putting three on frame. CMU’s LaPoint made four stops in earning the shutout victory.

IUPUI will cap the week with its final non-conference match at Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 12). That contest is slated for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff in Macomb.

JAGUARS DROP OPENER OF SYCAMORE OPEN TO INDIANA STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The IUPUI volleyball team dropped the opener of the Sycamore Invitational to host Indiana State on Thursday night (Sept. 9) by a 3-1 score (25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-19). Indiana State (4-2) hit .237 for the match and held the IUPUI (2-5) offense at bay.

Freshman outside Briana Brown registered a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs and Emily Alan and Maddie Haines put home eight kills apiece.

“We executed well behind the service line to give us some important point runs,” head coach Lindsey Froehlich said. “We were able to score with our middles in transition more often today, which was something we worked on this week. Our goal for the rest of the weekend is to clean up our unforced errors and take advantage of more scoring opportunities.”

The first set was tight throughout until the hosts seized control late. Leading 18-17, ISU got a kill from Storm Suhre and took advantage of an IUPUI error to build a three-point lead, prompting Froehlich to call timeout. A second IUPUI error pushed ISU’s lead to four before Brooke Phillips stopped the bleeding by calling her own number from the setter position. However, the two sides traded points from there as ISU captured the initial set by a 25-19 score.

ISU stormed out to an 8-4 lead early in set two before the Jaguars found their footing. Brown led the charge with a kill and a service ace to ultimately pull IUPUI even at 8-8. The Jags put some distance between themselves and the Sycamores with Alli Cook at the service line as her back-to-back aces pushed an IUPUI lead out to 15-11. The Jaguars refused to relinquish the lead for the remainder of the set, ultimately cruising to a 25-21 victory.

However, all the momentum seemingly evaporated between sets two and three as the Sycamores built a 6-1 lead to start. The Jags crept back within two at 9-7 after Emma Ashcraft delivered back-to-back aces, followed by a Haines kill. The Sycamores then counterpunched with a five straight points to construct a 17-10 lead. Errors beset any comeback attempt as ISU coasted in the third by a 25-14 margin.

Like the first set, the fourth was similarly close throughout until a late ISU run sealed the victory. The score was tied at 11 all after Rhiannon Schuenemann dialed up a service ace, but ISU scored the next two points and never looked back. A tandem block from Alan and Haines helped IUPUI nudge within one at 15-14, but Indiana State fired back with the next two points to take a three-point lead. An Alan kill gave the IUPUI attack life, but ISU got a critical sideout on a Suhre kill that sparked a quick three-point burst.

IUPUI finished with 11 aces and Schuenemann closed with a team-high 17 digs. Alan hit .304 from her middle position with eight kills and five blocks on the defensive side. Haines hit .167 and contributed four blocks. Karinna Gall led ISU with 14 kills and added 15 digs.

The Jaguars will return to the floor on Friday (Sept. 10) when they face Austin Peay at 2:00 p.m. inside ISU Arena.

MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES 2021 NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team and head coach Matt Crenshaw announced its non-conference schedule on Thursday (Sept. 9), including four home games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and road trips to Butler, Evansville and Tennessee State. In addition, the Jaguars will participate in a tournament in San Antonio just before Thanksgiving where they will face Denver, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and host UTSA.

The regular season will open with games at Butler (Nov. 9) and Evansville (Nov. 11) before the three-game trip to San Antonio. The regular season home opener will occur on Nov. 23 when the Jaguars host Spalding University at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Jags will complete a home-and-home series at Tennessee State on Dec. 10 and have regular season home games with both Chicago State (Dec. 16) and Morehead State (Dec. 21). IUPUI’s lone exhibition will come against Anderson University at the Coliseum on Nov. 2.

Three of the opponents – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTSA and Spalding – are first-time opponents for the IUPUI program.

“I know our guys are excited to get going with the season and see where we stand,” first-year head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “We’ve got a number of guys from the state of Texas, so I think they’ll be excited to make a trip back home for the tournament. Plus, we wanted to play some teams from around the state and we’re going to continue to seek out games from across the Midwest for some home-and-home series and try to continue to bring some good opponents to the Coliseum. We’ve got a good mix of teams and styles of play that will definitely get us ready for Horizon League play.”

Crenshaw inherits a roster that includes two returning starters in Mike DePersia (5.0 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Nathan McClure (4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg). Other returners include senior swingmen Azariah Seay (5.7 ppg) and Bobby Harvey (5.6 ppg, 36.4 3FG%), sophomore guard Bakari LaStrap (2.8 ppg) and big men Dimitar Pandev (1.6 ppg) and Jonah Carrasco (0.3 ppg). The recruiting class is anchored by transfers B.J. Maxwell and Zach Gunn and a group of freshmen that includes KJ Pruitt, Boston Stanton III and Chuks Isitua.

Maxwell averaged 18.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at Division II St. Edward’s University while Gunn made 69 appearances in three seasons at Ball State before joining the Jaguars this offseason.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2021 NON-CONFERENCE SLATE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball program announced its non-conference schedule on Thursday (Sept. 9), highlighted by road games at Michigan and Iowa and home matchups with Ball State and Butler. Head coach Austin Parkinson’s team is coming off a 15-5 campaign and a spot in the Horizon League Championship game. The Jaguars return three-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams and fellow all-league performer Rachel McLimore.

IUPUI’s regular season opener will be at Michigan (Nov. 9) and followed by a road game at Bowling Green (Nov. 14). Other non-conference road games will include trips to Southern Illinois (Nov. 24), and Iowa (Dec. 21). The Jaguars’ home slate will include visits from Butler (Nov. 28), Ball State (Dec. 8) and Eastern Michigan (Dec. 18). IUPUI will open the exhibition slate against IU Northwest inside the Jungle on Nov. 4.

“We are really excited about the challenge of this non-conference schedule, preparing us for Horizon League play,” Parkinson said. “Having the opportunity to play two top-15 Big Ten teams, along with some really good in-state opponents should be a lot of fun.”

Both Iowa and Michigan advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season and will provide majors tests to bookend the Jaguars’ non-league slate.

Parkinson returns nine letterwinners and three starters from a season ago in WIlliams (18.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 51.9 FG%), McLimore (13.9 ppg, 38.5 3FG%) and Destiny Perkins (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg). The Jaguars welcome six newcomers for the upcoming season, headlined by Iowa State-transfer Madison Wise and Saint Louis-transfer Rachel Kent. Wise, a 6-foot-1 wing, made 113 appearances and 68 starts in four seasons at Iowa State. She averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game at ISU and drained 115 treys before graduating.

Kent, a 5-foot-11 wing, started all 51 games of her career at SLU, averaging 11.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Illinois-native connected on 129 threes in two seasons and was on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2020.

Mastodons Head To Chicago For Final Non-League Game

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team plays its final non-league game against Chicago State on Friday, Sept. 10 (2 p.m. ET) in Bridgeview, Ill.

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (1-2-3, 0-0-0 Horizon League) vs. Chicago State (0-4-0, 0-0-0 Western Athletics Conference) 
When: Friday, September 10 | 2:00 p.m. ET 
Where: SeatGeek Stadium’s auxillery field | Bridgeview, Ill
Series History:  Purdue Fort Wayne leads 2-0. This will be the third time the Mastodons and the Cougars will meet. The Mastodons won the first meeting 5-0 in 2018 in Fort Wayne, Ind. followed by a 1-0 win in 2019 in Chicago.
Live StatsLink 
Weather: Sunny, high of 81 degrees 

Scouting The Dons
The Mastodons are coming off a 3-1 loss against Ball State on Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Briner Sports Complex. In Sunday’s game sophomore Zoe Greenhalge scored her first career goal as a Mastodon off a penalty kick. On the season, the ‘Dons are tied for second in saves (40), and fourth in shots (72) in the Horizon League. Individually, freshman Gigi Ricciardi leads the team in points (three) and is tied for the lead in goals (one) and assists (one). Greenhalge and Kayla Shebar leads in shots (eight) and Mackenzie Evans leads in shots on goal (six). Samantha Castaneda started in all six games this season for the Mastodons. The former Horizon League Player of the Week has played in over 590 minutes, which is third in the NCAA, racked up 40 saves, allowed 10 goals, and has a 1.52 goals against average.

Scouting Chicago State
Chicago State enters Friday’s game with a 0-4 record and are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss against Horizon League foe Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 5. Friday’s game will be played at SeatGeek Stadium’s auxiliary field. SeatGeek Stadium is home to Chicago Fire FC and the Chicago Red Stars. Jayla Gage and Sara Quevedo lead the Cougars in goals with one and Lorall Romain has the Cougars’ lone assist this season. Alexa Seiler has started all four games in goal for the Cougars. In over 363 minutes played, she’s saved 21 shots, allowed nine goals (.700 save percentage) and has a 2.23 goals against average.

Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Soccer to Open League Play at Oakland

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It is time for Horizon League play for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer program as the Mastodons head to Oakland.
 
Game Day Information
Who:
 Purdue Fort Wayne (2-2-0, 0-0-0 Horizon) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (0-2-1, 0-0-0 Horizon)
When: Saturday, September 11 | 1 p.m.
Where: Oakland Soccer Field | Rochester, Mich.
Live Stats: Link
Video: None
Series History: Oakland leads 19-1
Weather: High of 74, partly cloudy

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Oakland owns a scoreless tie with Butler, an overtime loss to Michigan and a 3-1 loss to Michigan State

• Dylan Borczak and Mikey Ketteman each have a goal for the Golden Grizzlies

• Alessio Carbone has played all 309:57 in goal this season, allowing five goals and making nine saves.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The ‘Dons have given up only two goals in 365 minutes.

• Keith Larson scored his first collegiate goal on Friday against Eastern Illinois. It was the game winner.

• Alejandro Lopez’ first goal as a Mastodon was also the game winner against Western Illinois.

• Erik Josson, Alejandro Lopez, Ali Nasser, Vukasin Bulatovic, Nathaniel Edwards, Ayrton Redmore and Michael Teller have started all four matches for the ‘Dons.

• The Mastodons’ next win will match last year’s shortened season win total of three.

SAVE THE DAY:

The Mastodons picked up two shutouts wins last week. The ‘Dons won at Eastern Illinois 1-0 and 2-0 at Western Illinois. For his play, goalkeeper Erik Josson was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.

SERIES HISTORY:

The Mastodons’ only victory in the series came on Oct. 20, 2012 when the ‘Dons won 2-1 in Fort Wayne. Last season the ‘Dons lost 2-1 at Oakland.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons will stay in the state of Michigan to play at Western Michigan on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

Boe Joins Valpo Baseball Staff as Volunteer Assistant Coach

The Valparaiso University baseball program and head coach Brian Schmack have announced the addition of Mitchell Boe as the program’s volunteer assistant coach.

A Naperville, Ill. native and product of Joliet Catholic High School, Boe played collegiately at the University of Iowa from 2016-2019.

“I am very honored to be part of this program,” Boe said. “What really caught my interest while considering Valpo was the family atmosphere the coaching staff and the players have established here. Everyone seems to be pulling in the right direction, and that’s exciting to be a part of. The first day of practice can’t come soon enough. I am excited to get started with the guys.”

Boe appeared in 193 games for the Hawkeyes, tied for the ninth most in program history. He received Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2019, when he was one of four team captains and started 46 games at second base. He hit safely in 34 games and boasted eight multi-hit performances, including a pair of three-hit games. From March 24-April 17, he compiled a career-best 17-game on-base streak. Boe finished his senior season with a .257 batting average, 28 runs and 19 RBIs.

Boe also started 50 games as a junior in 2018, 49 at second base and one at shortstop. He hit safely in 30 games and reached safely in 38 contests while achieving 10 multi-hit games. He started all seven games at second base at the 2017 World Games after starting 59 games at second for the Hawkeyes in 2017, when he drove in 26 and worked 23 walks. He hit .500 (5-for-10) during NCAA Regional play, second best on the team, while driving in a team-high four runs. He started 18 games at second base as a freshman in 2016.

Boe will serve as the team’s infield and baserunning instructor while also coaching first base for the Beacons.

“I was looking for a young, energetic coach and Mitch was highly recommended,” head coach Brian Schmack said. “I’m looking forward to having him on our staff. He was a starter for a quality program at Iowa. We’re looking forward to the knowledge that he will bring to the table.”

Valpo is coming off its highest league winning percentage since joining the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference in 2021. The season culminated on a high note as Valpo won two games in the MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the league and was one of the final four teams standing in the tournament, joining a pair of NCAA Regional qualifiers in Indiana State and DBU plus a Southern Illinois team that enjoyed a 40-win season. 

Aces keep record unblemished with draw at Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Able to fight back from an early deficit, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team kept its record unblemished with a 1-1 draw at Austin Peay on Thursday evening in Clarksville, Tenn.

Senior Emily Ormson increased her team-high goals total to four with a goal in the 36th minute, while finishing with four shots, including three on frame. In goal, Michaela Till made five saves and preserved the tie for her fifth result of the season.

Evansville was on the front foot early, controlling much of the early chances, but it was Austin Peay who scored first. In the 13th minute, the Governors Claire Larose found the back of the net off an assist by Anna McPhie to power Austin Peay in front. In a way similar to what unfolded at Northern Kentucky last Sunday, the Aces answered and it was Ormson who delivered. Coming off a corner kick, Ormson powered home the equalizer, tying the match at one in the 36th minute.

The Aces tied the Governors, 5-5, in shots in the opening half, but Evansville put all five on frame.

In the second half, Evansville focused more on its defensive efforts, sitting back and defending. Austin Peay recorded seven shots in the second 45 minutes, while the Aces tallied just three, while keeping the Governors from going back in front as the match moved to overtime.

Defense continued to win out in the first overtime period as neither side could muster a shot in the 10 minute period. Ormson broke the defensive struggle in the second overtime period with a shot that missed high in the 105th minute as the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw.

Evansville closes non-conference play on Sunday when SIUE comes to Arad McCutchan Stadium for a 2 PM meeting in Evansville, Ind.

Aces head west for road swing at Denver, Air Force

EVANSVILLE – Making its furthest trip west since 2018, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team opens the weekend with a matchup at Denver on Friday at 8 PM (CT) in Denver, Colo. before traveling to face Air Force at 2 PM (CT) on Sunday.

Last Match: No. 23 Lipscomb 4, Evansville 1

Getting a lead early, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team was unable to hold off 23rd-ranked Lipscomb in a 4-1 defeat on Monday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

“We have to give credit to Lipscomb. They’re a very good team, there’s a reason they’re ranked 23rd in the country and had a very good win over UCLA on the road,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We did a great job and came out and executed our game plan and were able to create a couple opportunities and were fortunate to get a PK we converted. We couldn’t make it to half. #20 (for Lipscomb) came on and was a handful and was able to equalize. I felt like we were a little slow coming out of halftime and saying that, we were able to get a goal back to tie it 2-2 that was pulled out of the net. We didn’t respond well after that point. It’s a tough thing to take, but we’ve got to do a better job of just getting on with the game. We’re going to try and recover and get ready for our trip out to Denver and look forward to playing Denver and Air Force.”

Four Aces led the way with two shots each with Pablo Guillen, Jakub Hall, Jose Vivas, and Caleb Knight all recording two shots. In goal, Matt Bryant tallied six saves in the match, making it back-t0-back matches with six saves for the fifth-year senior.

As has been the theme all season, it was Evansville who jumped out to the early lead. Just 16 minutes into the match, Hall put a shot on goal that was blocked and popped high into the air. As Hall and a Bisons defender battled for the rebound, the ball caught the arm of the defender, earning a penalty kick for Evansville. On the ensuing PK, sophomore Pablo Guillen calmly placed the ball to the left of the keeper, handing the Aces the 1-0 advantage.

Later in the half, Lipscomb equalized, scoring in the 41st minute with the first of the night from Tyrese Spicer, knotting the match at the break.

Soon after the intermission, the Bisons went in front, scoring their second of the evening also off the foot of Spicer with Bakary Bagayako and Killian Byrne lending assists. The Aces looked to have tied the match again in the 53rd minute as a header from Ethan Garvey was saved by the Bisons, but popped free from the keeper. Hall sprinted towards the ball, with the ball ending up in the back of the net, but Hall was ruled offside to nullify the Aces equalizer.

In the 64th minute, Lipscomb found a third goal with Luca Naumann scoring off a free kick at the top of the 18 that curled into the side, increasing the Bisons lead to 3-1. Tyrese Spicer would complete his hat-trick in the 72nd minute, as Spicer received a pass from Seth Highfield and made a run down the left side, slipping it into the back of the net as Lipscomb grabbed the 4-1 win.

Previewing the Pioneers

Evansville and Denver are meeting for just the third time in series history with the Aces capturing each of the previous two meetings.

The two sides last met on Sept. 15, 2007 in Green Bay, Wis. as Evansville captured a 2-1 win.

Denver enters the weekend with a 1-1-1 record, most recently tying SMU, 1-1, in Dallas, Texas.

Previewing the Falcons

Evansville and Air Force are meeting for just the fourth time in series history with the Aces owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.

The two sides have not met since the 2015 season, when Air Force came to Arad McCutchan Stadium and earned a 2-1 win in overtime on Sept. 4, 2015.

The Aces and Falcons have met once at each other’s home site as well as in a neutral location. Evansville took the meetings at Air Force and at the neutral site (Springfield, Mo.), while the Falcons won the meeting at UE.

Air Force comes into the weekend looking for its first win of the season with a matchup against CSU-Fullerton preceding the Sunday contest against UE.

Starting Fast

The Aces have excelled this season in getting out to quick starts.

In all three of its matches to open the season, Evansville has scored first, recording goals in the 16th, 53rd, and 63rd minutes.

Two of the goals have come by penalty kick with sophomore Pablo Guillen on the delivering end.

Men’s Soccer: Three Ravens Selected to Raven/Quaker Classic All-Tournament Team

Anderson University men’s soccer standouts Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek), Usman Kamara (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central) and Art Hinton IV (Indianapolis, Ind. / Covenant Christian) were each selected to the Raven/Quaker Classic All-Tournament Team.

In addition to his all-tournament selection, Vaughn was also named the Defensive MVP. Vaughn recorded seven intercepts for the tournament, which consisted of three against Emory & Henry College (1-2) and a team-high four intercepts against Heidelberg University (3-0). He also assisted on Anderson’s second goal against Emory & Henry, which was netted by Rico Mandolini (Perrysville, Ind. / Covington Community).

Kamara produced a goal for the Ravens after chipping a 30-yard shot against Emory & Henry during the second minute of the match. He finished the weekend with six shots and two shots on goal. Kamara contributed three shots and two shots on goal against Emory & Henry on Saturday and then added three shots against Heidelberg on Sunday. He paced the Ravens with three steals against Emory & Henry. Kamara added an intercept against Heidelberg.

Hinton IV played contributing roles on both sides of the ball.

The Ravens challenge Greenville University in the Raven/Spartan Classic on Friday at 5 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields. Anderson then challenges Webster University (2-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields.

Men’s Soccer: Information for 2021 Raven/Spartan Classic

The Anderson University and Manchester University men’s soccer teams will co-host Greenville University and Webster University for the 2021 Raven/Spartan Classic.

Anderson and Manchester return in their eighth year in their partnership of hosting the Raven/Spartan Classic since establishing the tournament in 2013, only missing the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each of the four schools are scheduled for a match on Friday and Saturday. Anderson and Manchester will not be charging admission during the classic.

The winner of the classic will be determined by the team with the best record with tiebreakers being determined through head-to-head matchup, goal differential and result of penalty-kick shootout, in that order.

Each match that is tied after double overtime will count statistically as a tie, but will be followed by a penalty-kick shootout for tournament tiebreaker purposes.

Following the tournament, the head coaches will determine an 11-player all-tournament team along with an Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP.

Anderson will also be hosting its Parent’s Day during Saturday’s match against Olivet.

Matches at AU Soccer Fields (Anderson, Ind.)

Friday, Sept. 10 – Anderson vs. Greenville – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 – Anderson vs. Webster – 3 p.m.

Matches at Good Field (North Manchester, Ind.)

Friday, Sept. 10 – Manchester vs. Webster – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11 – Manchester vs. Greenville – 3 p.m.

Quakers fall to 1-2 on the season with two goal loss to Spalding

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Earlham College women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision at Spalding University on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Although unable to capitalize, the Quakers set the tempo of the game early with a power shot off the foot of midfielder Emma Bisard, 0:55 seconds into the contest. Bisard fired off another shot minutes later that ended high of the goal.  

Momentum stalled for the Quakers when Quinn Doden was given a yellow card and called for a penalty at the 17:03 mark.

Spalding (2-1) made the most of their penalty kick by Baeli Young and gave Spalding a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles added their second goal in the second half at 67:29 when Bailey Whitehead scored.

Earlham goalkeeper Makayla Hurey had four saves for the Quakers.

A member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Spalding led 16-11 in shots, while holding a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Quakers (1-2) return to action at home against Heidelberg University on Saturday, Sept. 11. The non-conference affair at Matlack-Messer Stadium gets underway at 2 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST INVITATIONAL PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball team will play its first home matches of the 2021 season during its own IU East Invitational on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 on Lingle Court.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 10

1 p.m. – IU East (4-4) vs. Indiana Tech (4-5)

3 p.m. – IU Southeast (2-3) vs. Lourdes (0-4)

5 p.m. – Indiana Tech vs. Arizona Christian (6-1)

7 p.m. – IU East vs. Lourdes

Saturday, Sept. 11

11 a.m. – Arizona Christian vs. IU Southeast

1 p.m. – IU Southeast vs. Indiana Tech

3 p.m. – IU East vs. Arizona Christian

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

General admission for IU East volleyball is $7 per day. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

As announced on Aug. 4, 2021, with guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East volleyball home matches on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has gone 2-2 at each of its first two weekend tournaments this season, with a 2-0 record on the opening day of each event and an 0-2 mark on the second day of each event.

* These are the final pre-conference matches on the IU East schedule. The Red Wolves start River States Conference play on Sept. 14.

* IU East is hosting a regular-season tournament for the fifth time. The Red Wolves are 12-4 in home tournament games over the years, including a 3-1 mark in each of the most recent home events in 2018 and 2019.

* IU East is 3-10 all-time against Indiana Tech, including a win for the Warriors in three close sets in Indianapolis on Aug. 28. IU East is 4-0 all-time against Lourdes, with the most recent meeting in 2012. This will be the first meeting between IU East and Arizona Christian.

* IU East’s Reece Shirley is 40th in the nation with 8.90 assists per set

* Jessica Swimm (3.31 kills per set), Hallie Holbrook (.261 hitting average), Jenna Mitchell (.52 aces per set), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (4.48 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.64 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the other standard statistical categories.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1881       At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23-year-old Waterbury (CT) native’s sayonara slam, a home run that wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.

1914       The Braves suspend shortstop Johnny Evers for three days after he swears at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, previously banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he talked to the ball and not the arbitrator.

1919       Cleveland’s right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season by winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.

1933       The inaugural East-West All-Star Game takes place at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league Midsummer Classic played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping relieve some of the burden facing the financially-strapped club owners.

1950       The Red Sox sweep the home season series against the A’s for the second consecutive year when the team beats the last-place club, 6-2. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.

1950       In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game three times, but he never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.

1959       Seventeen-year-old Tim McCarver makes his major league debut when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turned down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.

1963       In the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers – Jesus, Matty, and Felipe – to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.

1963       In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42 year-old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since his grandson’s birth earlier in the day.

1964       With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.

1967       In the first game of a doubleheader, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen, facing 28 batters, no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when 26-year-old Cisco Carlos blanks the team at White Sox Park, 4-0.

1967       At Candlestick Park, Giants right-hander Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak ends when the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.

1969       At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. With their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in the opener, and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, the Mets take a one-game lead when the Phillies beat the second-place Cubs, 6-2.

1974       Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills’s 12-year-old single-season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.

1977       The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles, and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.

1980       Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most strikeouts ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.

1985       After Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appears annoyed by George Foster stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat, hits him with a first-inning pitch causing both teams to charge onto the Shea Stadium field. Minutes after the teams return to their respective dugouts, Howard Johnson blasts a grand slam to give the Mets an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.

1985       Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.

1992       Cardinals vice-chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.

1997       In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice, in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.

1999       At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 17 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.

2000       On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historical victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.

2003       Javy Lopez homers off Phillies’ righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257, and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.

2006       Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24 year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.

2007       At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.

2007       Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks’ National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.

2008       With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club this season to secure a postseason spot, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.

2013       With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. However, the Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

2020       Bobby Dalbec homers in five straight games when he got deep off Rays rookie southpaw Josh Fleming in the fifth inning of Red Sox’s 4-3 victory at Tropicana Field. The 25-year-old rookie first baseman ties a franchise mark shared by Jimmie Foxx (1940), Ted Williams (1957), Dick Stuart (1963), George Scott (1977), and José Canseco (1995).

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8852.62945 – 2643 – 2646 – 2116 – 914 – 176 – 4L 1
Boston8062.563944 – 2936 – 3337 – 3019 – 1113 – 175 – 5W 1
NY Yankees7862.5571040 – 3138 – 3128 – 3620 – 819 – 122 – 8L 6
Toronto7762.55410.539 – 2938 – 3332 – 2815 – 1216 – 169 – 1W 8
Baltimore4594.32442.521 – 4624 – 4816 – 4410 – 2413 – 155 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8060.57146 – 2434 – 3617 – 1338 – 2713 – 145 – 5L 2
Cleveland6969.5001036 – 3333 – 3611 – 2036 – 2513 – 165 – 5W 1
Detroit6675.46814.535 – 3531 – 4014 – 1125 – 3918 – 164 – 6W 1
Kansas City6377.4501734 – 3529 – 4212 – 2127 – 3312 – 154 – 6W 1
Minnesota6278.4431832 – 3630 – 4210 – 1531 – 3313 – 205 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8158.58343 – 2638 – 3216 – 1219 – 1639 – 204 – 6L 1
Oakland7664.5435.539 – 3237 – 3215 – 1821 – 929 – 285 – 5W 2
Seattle7664.5435.540 – 2936 – 3518 – 1313 – 1637 – 267 – 3W 1
LA Angels6971.49312.538 – 3431 – 3716 – 1719 – 1123 – 346 – 4L 1
Texas5188.3673031 – 3720 – 5112 – 159 – 1723 – 437 – 3W 4
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7465.53235 – 3339 – 3238 – 2922 – 128 – 104 – 6W 1
Philadelphia7169.5073.539 – 2932 – 4038 – 2915 – 1212 – 175 – 5L 3
NY Mets7071.496541 – 2729 – 4434 – 3213 – 1416 – 176 – 4L 2
Miami5981.42115.538 – 3421 – 4728 – 3211 – 1817 – 176 – 4W 2
Washington5882.41416.533 – 3925 – 4327 – 4312 – 139 – 193 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8655.61040 – 3146 – 2414 – 1444 – 2223 – 97 – 3W 2
Cincinnati7467.5251238 – 3336 – 3417 – 1238 – 2610 – 203 – 7L 1
St. Louis7168.5111437 – 3234 – 3614 – 1629 – 3017 – 135 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs6576.4612139 – 3326 – 4312 – 1930 – 3317 – 128 – 2W 1
Pittsburgh5090.35735.530 – 3920 – 5112 – 1217 – 4711 – 213 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco9050.64345 – 2345 – 2719 – 1017 – 1441 – 196 – 4W 4
LA Dodgers8853.6242.546 – 2342 – 3024 – 915 – 1237 – 246 – 4L 2
San Diego7465.53215.544 – 3130 – 3414 – 1516 – 1430 – 306 – 4W 1
Colorado6477.45426.545 – 2719 – 5011 – 1014 – 1929 – 384 – 6W 1
Arizona4595.3214528 – 4317 – 5212 – 1813 – 1919 – 451 – 9L 5

WILD CARD

AL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Boston8062.563+1.044-2936-335-5W 1
NY Yankees7862.55740-3138-312-8L 6
Toronto7762.5540.539-2938-339-1W 8
Oakland7664.5432.039-3237-325-5W 2
Seattle7664.5432.040-2936-357-3W 1
Cleveland6969.5008.036-3333-365-5W 1
LA Angels6971.4939.038-3431-376-4L 1
NL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8853.624+13.046-2342-306-4L 2
San Diego7465.53244-3130-346-4W 1
Cincinnati7467.5251.038-3336-343-7L 1
St. Louis7168.5113.037-3234-365-5W 2
Philadelphia7169.5073.539-2932-405-5L 3
NY Mets7071.4965.041-2729-446-4L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2416444528179-1-17-3-352
Orlando City SC221084332677-4-13-4-338
Nashville SC2291123721168-6-01-5-238
New York City FC2110473722158-1-22-3-534
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
D.C.229310353237-0-32-3-730
Columbus2376102732-55-3-32-3-727
Atlanta226972528-34-3-32-6-427
Inter Miami CF217592231-94-2-53-3-426
Chicago2265112433-95-4-41-1-723
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati2138102138-170-5-43-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2212643519165-4-37-2-142
Colorado2112543120116-3-16-2-341
Sporting KC2311753726115-5-16-2-440
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Minnesota21876242406-2-32-5-331
Portland2293103139-86-1-33-2-730
Real Salt Lake22868342956-4-22-2-630
Vancouver227872932-36-2-31-6-429
Los Angeles FC22769323115-5-22-1-727
San Jose226882430-63-3-53-5-326
FC Dallas2367103236-44-5-22-2-825
Austin2254132131-103-2-52-2-819
Houston23310102436-123-5-30-5-719

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun236.79313-110-510-310-011 W
Chicago Sky1514.5178.05-810-69-45-51 W
New York Liberty1118.37912.06-95-95-81-96 L
Washington Mystics1018.35712.57-73-115-72-83 L
Atlanta Dream721.25015.53-114-105-71-91 L
Indiana Fever621.22216.04-112-104-95-52 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces218.72412-39-59-47-31 W
Seattle Storm2010.6671.510-510-58-55-52 W
Phoenix Mercury1910.6552.07-712-36-710-010 W
Minnesota Lynx1810.6432.511-37-710-57-31 L
Dallas Wings1217.4149.05-97-86-73-72 L
Los Angeles Sparks1019.34511.07-83-111-124-66 L