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Buffalo Bills blow out champion Rams 31-10 in season opener

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have fallen short in enough playoff games in recent years to know the season is long and the opener doesn’t mean much in January.

They still felt justified in their championship aspirations after going into the Super Bowl winners’ home stadium and completely wrecking their banner-raising party on the NFL’s opening night.

“We’re going to make the plane do backflips on the way home tonight,” Von Miller said. “We’re going to celebrate this win, because you have to, but then we’re going to go back to the lab.”

Josh Allen passed for 297 yards while accounting for four touchdowns, Miller had two of Buffalo’s seven sacks, and the Bills stamped themselves as a clear contender for the Rams’ crown with a 31-10 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Gabe Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Stefon Diggs caught TD passes as the two-time defending AFC East champions began the NFL’s 103rd season by overcoming four turnovers and running away with a blowout win in the same arena where the Rams won it all nearly seven months ago.

Allen went 26 for 31 despite two interceptions. He also rushed for 56 yards, scrambling for a 4-yard TD when he stretched the ball over the line with 13:27 to play.

The star quarterback took his share of hits, but he also dished them out and showed off a mean stiff-arm while Buffalo’s offense under new coordinator Ken Dorsey largely dominated the champs. The Bills went 9 for 10 on third downs and racked up 413 total yards, eventually pulling away after three first-half turnovers kept it close early.

“There’s a lot to learn, but that second half, that’s who we want to be, going out there and executing that way,” Allen said. “We were 90% on third down. That’s a recipe for success.”

Matthew Stafford passed for 240 yards with one TD and three interceptions on a bruising night for the Rams, who lost a season opener and fell below .500 for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s six seasons in charge.

“Very humbling night, but one where you look yourself in the mirror and say you have to be better,” McVay said. “We weren’t ready to go. That’s on me. … There were a lot of decisions I made that didn’t put us in the best position to succeed. It was a very humbling night.”

The Bills’ seven sacks were the most allowed in McVay’s tenure with the Rams, who lost two starters from last year’s offensive line and attempted to replace them internally. Miller came through, but he was just one contributor on a night when Buffalo didn’t even need to blitz once to keep Stafford in check.

Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp had 13 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, but the Rams’ night went quickly downhill. Los Angeles could not keep up with Allen’s creative playmaking or the Bills’ pass rush, and its only major offseason addition on offense – receiver Allen Robinson – had one catch on two targets.

Los Angeles trailed 17-10 after three quarters, but Buffalo ran away with two lengthy TD drives early in the fourth. The Rams even got shut out in the second half, ending a streak of 89 consecutive halves with a point since November 2019.

“We could play a whole lot better than that, no doubt,” Stafford said. “The one thing that gives me a good feeling is knowing the guys in that locker room and knowing we’re going to band together.”

Miller made an immediate impact in his debut for the Bills, who signed him away from the Rams after he won a ring in his half-season in LA. But he was just one part of a defense that yielded only 177 yards before Los Angeles’ final, meaningless drive.

Aaron Donald made his 99th career sack in the first half, but the seven-time All-Pro had just two tackles as the Rams became only the second defending champions in the last 10 years to lose the following season opener. They also lost by the second-biggest margin in league history for a Super Bowl winner beginning its next season; Baltimore lost by 22 to Denver in 2013.

After falling behind 10-0 despite two Bills turnovers, Los Angeles finally scored on its fourth drive when Kupp made an exceptional toe-tapping TD catch three minutes before halftime. After Allen threw his second interception, Matt Gay hit a 57-yard field goal to pull the Rams even at the halftime gun.

And Los Angeles never scored again.


Diggs capped the domination with a 53-yard TD catch with 9:25 to play, talking trash to Rams All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey afterward.

“You’ve got the two top guys in the NFL competing against each other,” Davis said of Diggs and Ramsey. “Both going to be talking back and forth, and we’re going to see who comes out on top, you know. And 14 came out on top today, and that’s what I expect from him.”


With a long third-down pass to Kupp on his opening drive, Stafford became the 12th quarterback in NFL history to pass for 50,000 career yards. He tied Drew Brees as the fastest to the mark, doing it in 183 games.


Along with the banner to celebrate last February’s title, the Rams also hung a banner in the south rafters at SoFi Stadium honoring the 1999-2000 Super Bowl champions from the St. Louis era. The brief pregame ceremony included owner Stan Kroenke, retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth – and free agent Odell Beckham Jr., who held aloft the Lombardi Trophy.


Bills DL Ed Oliver injured his ankle in the first half and tried to play through it, but couldn’t do much. … Rams rookie RB Kyren Williams injured his ankle in the opening minutes. … The Rams played without WR Van Jefferson, who had knee surgery early in training camp after starting 21 games last season.


Bills: Host Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 19.

Rams: Host Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 18.



LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 53-52-0

STREAKS Saints have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Saints 30 at Falcons 20



QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 1,170 yards & had 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 102.8 rating in 7 starts last season. Has 1,166 yards & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 110 rating in 4 career starts at Atl. Aims for his 4th start in row at Atl. with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA totaled 1,337 scrimmage yards (898 rush, 439 rec.) in 2021 & is only player in NFL with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. Has 373 career receptions, most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, leads NFL with 67 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,501 scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards & 32 TDs in 70 career games & can surpass Keenan Allen (96 games) & Antonio Brown (96 games) for fastest ever to 600 receptions. • WR JARVIS LANDRY makes NO debut. Is 1 of 3 (Mike Evans & Travis Kelce) with 50+ catches in each of past 8 seasons. Has 688 career receptions, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2014. • DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with 12.5 sacks in 2021 & is 1 of 10 players since 1982 with 7+ sacks in 10 consecutive seasons. Ranks 3rd among active players with 107 career sacks. Has 23 sacks & 25 TFL in 22 career games vs. Atl. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 105 tackles, his 5th-straight 100+ tackle season. Had 13 TFL & is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranked 3rd in 2021 with career-high 19 PD & is 1 of 3 with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU makes NO debut. Has 76 PD & 26 INTs in 9-year career


QB MARCUS MARIOTA makes Atl. debut. In 74 career games (61 starts), has 13,437 pass yards & 77 TD passes for 89.5 rating & 1,574 rush yards & 13 rush TDs. Passed for career-high 371 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.7 rating in his only career start vs. NO (11/8/15 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARELLE PATTERSON set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,166) & scrimmage TDs (11) in 2021. Was 1 of 2 (Austin Ekeler) with 500+ rush yards (618) & 500+ rec. yards (548) & 1 of 3 (Ekeler & Deebo Samuel) with 5+ rush TDs (6) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) last season. • TE KYLE PITTS ranked 3rd among TEs with 1,026 rec. yards in 2021, the 2nd-most rec. yards by a rookie TE in NFL history. Had 68 catches last season, 3rd-most ever by a rookie TE. Was 1 of 5 TEs with 3+ games (3) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. • WR DRAKE LONDON makes NFL debut. Was selected No. 8 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR BRYAN EDWARDS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs with 34 catches for 571 yards & 3 rec. TDs in 2021 with Las Vegas. • DL GRADY JARRETT is 1 of 4 DL (Michael Brockers, DeForest Buckner & Lawrence Guy) with 50+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • LB RASHAAN EVANS makes Atl. debut. Had 317 tackles & 15 TFL in 4 seasons (2018- 21) with Ten. • CB A.J. TERRELL set career highs with 16 PD & 3 INTs in 2021. Has 5 PD & 2 FFs in 4 career games vs. NO. • CB CASEY HAYWARD ranks 3rd among active players with 109 career PD. Is only player with 7+ PD in each of past 8 seasons.



LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS Browns have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/9/18: Panthers 26 at Browns 20

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Browns, 17, Panthers 13


QB JACOBY BRISSETT makes Cle. debut. In 5 starts with Mia. last season, totaled 1,089 pass yards (217.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs. Had rush TD in only career start vs. Car. (12/22/19 w/ Ind.). • RB NICK CHUBB ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,259 rush yards & had 8 rush TDs in 2021. Is only player in NFL with 950+ rush yards & 8+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons & is 6th player all-time to do so in each of 1st 4 seasons. Rushed for 66 yards & TD in last meeting. Had 820 scrimmage yards (117.1 per game) in 7 road games in 2021. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 560 scrimmage yards (386 rush, 174 rec.) & 5 rush TDs in 8 games last season. Had 4 rush TDs in 4 road games in 2021. • WR AMARI COOPER makes Cle. debut. Totaled 68 catches for 865 rec. yards & tied career-high with 8 rec. TDs in 2021 with Dal. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Car. (10/3/21 w/ Dal.). • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES set career highs in catches (34), rec. yards (597) & rec. TDs (3) last season. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 475 rec. yards & tied career high with 4 TD catches in 2021. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 3rd in NFL with franchise=record 16 sacks last season. Is 1 of 3 players (Aaron Donald & T.J. Watt) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY ranked 2nd on team with 11 TFL & 9 sacks in 2021, his 3rdcareer season with 9+ sacks (2017, 2018). • CB DENZEL WARD had 10 PD & tied career-high with 3 INTs last season. Is only player in NFL with 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.


QB BAKER MAYFIELD makes Car. debut. Was selected No. 1 by Cle. in 2018 NFL Draft & passed for 14,125 yards & 92 TDs in 60 games (2018-21). Is 1 of 9 QBs all-time with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 career seasons. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 785 scrimmage yards (112.1 per game) in 7 games in 2021. Leads all active players with 113.8 scrimmage yards per game. Has 11 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time. Has 3,661 scrimmage yards (126.2 per game) & 27 TDs (18 rush, 9 rec.) in 29 career homes games. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD ranked tied-2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • WR DJ MOORE led team with career-high 93 receptions & 1,157 rec. yards & had 4 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Stefon Diggs & Travis Kelce) with 1,100+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5+ catches in 7 of his 8 home games in 2021. • DE BRIAN BURNS tied career high with 9 sacks & set career high with 13 TFL last season. Leads all players who entered NFL in 2019 with 25.5 sacks. Had TFL in 6 of his 8 home games in 2021. • S JEREMY CHINN led team with 106 tackles in 2021 & is only DB with 100+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 3rd-straight 100+ tackle (104) season in 2021. Is 1 of 3 LBs (Demario Davis & Deion Jones) with 100+ tackles, 5+ TFL & 5+ PD in each of past 2 seasons. • CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 DBs (Adrian Amos & Denzel Ward) with 8+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. Had 1st career game with 10+ tackles in last meeting.



LEADER All-time series tied, 32-32-1

STREAKS 49ers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 10/31/21: 49ers 33 at Bears 22



QB TREY LANCE totaled 771 yards (603 pass, 168 rush) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.3 rating in 6 games (2 starts) in 2021. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL ranked 2nd among rookies with franchise rookie-record 963 rush yards & 4th with 1,100 scrimmage yards in 11 games in 2021. Led all rookies & ranked tied-2nd among all players with 5 games with 100+ rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 137 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,770 scrimmage yards (1,405 rec., 365 rush) & became 1st player ever with 1,400+ rec. yards & 300+ rush yards in single season. Had 8 rush TDs, most-ever by WR in single season. 1 of 3 all time (Roger Craig & HOFer Marshall Faulk) with 1,000+ rec. yards, 5+ rec. TDs (6) & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Had 171 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 56 receptions for career-high 826 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2021. • TE GEORGE KITTLE ranked 4th among TEs in rec. yards (910) & 6th in catches (71) last season. Has 4,489 career rec. yards, 3rd-most rec. yards by TE in his 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in rec. yards & 3rd in receptions (335) among TEs. • DL NICK BOSA tied for NFL-lead with 21 TFL & ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 15.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Had 0.5+ sacks in 8 of his 9 road games last season. • LB FRED WARNER led team with career-high 137 tackles in 2021 & is 1 of 3 with 115+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Since 2018, ranks 4th in NFL in tackles (503). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD makes SF debut. Had 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in 2 of his past 3 seasons.


QB JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 1,870 pass yards & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in 12 games (10 starts) & led all rookie QBs with 420 rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 103 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY led team with 1,150 scrimmage yards (849 rush, 301 rec.) & 7 rush TDs in 2021 & became 4th player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (Ezekiel Elliott & Aaron Jones) with 1,000+ rush yards & 7+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 81 receptions for career-high 1,055 rec. yards & 5 total TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) last season. Had 4 games with 120+ rec. yards in 2021, tied-3rd most in NFL. Had 6 catches for 64 yards in last meeting. • TE COLE KMET set career highs in receptions (60) & rec. yards (612) in 2021. • DL ROBERT QUINN set franchise record & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18.5 sacks last season & became 6th player since 1982 with 18+ sacks in multiple career seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players in FFs (31) & 6th in sacks (101). • DL TREVIS GIPSON ranked tied-5th in NFL with 5 FFs last season. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team & ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 163 tackles. Is 1 of 2 (Demario Davis) with 100+ tackles & 2+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. Ranks 3rd in league with 523 tackles since 2018. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. Watt) with 30+ TFL (30) & 10+ PD (10) since 2020. • DB KYLER GORDON (No. 39 overall) & DB JAQUAN BRISKER (No. 48) were selected in 2nd round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON led team with 9 PD in 2021.



LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 65-38-0

STREAKS Bengals have won past 3

LAST GAME 11/28/21: Steelers 10 at Bengals 41



QB MITCH TRUBISKY makes Pit. debut. Started 50 games over 5-year career, totaling 10,652 pass yards & 73 TDs (64 pass, 9 rush). Completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) for 271 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) for 112.4 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (12/10/17 w/ Chi.). Is 3-0 with 100.5 rating in 3 career starts vs. AFC North. • RB NAJEE HARRIS led all rookies with 1,667 scrimmage yards (1,200 rush, 467 rec.) last season & ranked 2nd with 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.). Led all RBs with 74 catches in 2021. Totaled 667 scrimmage yards (111.2 per game) in 6 division games last season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (107), rec. yards (1,161) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 95 yards in last meeting. Has 6+ catches in 4 of 5 career games vs. Cin. Had 5+ catches in each of 8 road games last season. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had career-high 956 scrimmage yards (860 rush, 59 rec.) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 80+ rec. yards. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH ranked 2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs last season & had TD catch in both games vs. Cin. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with 22.5 sacks in 2021, tied for most by player in single season since 1982. Is 2nd player (HOFer Reggie White) since 1982 with 13+ sacks in 4 straight seasons. Since 2017, leads NFL with 72 sacks, 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons since 1982. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 vs. Cin. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH set career highs in sacks (6) & TFL (15) in 2021. • DE CAMERON HEYWARD had 10 sacks & 15 TFL last season. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led all DBs with career-high 124 tackles in 2021.


QB JOE BURROW set franchise records in pass yards (4,611) & TD passes (34) last season & ranked 2nd in NFL with 108.3 passer rating. Became 3rd QB ever selected in 1st round of NFL Draft to start Super Bowl within 1st 2 seasons. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Pit. Totaled 1,319 pass yards (439.7 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.7 rating in final 3 home games of 2021. • RB JOE MIXON ranked 4th among RBs with career-high 1,519 scrimmage yards (1,205 rush, 314 rec.) & 16 TDs (13 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021. Rushed for career-high 165 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with rush TD & 4th in row with 110+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE ranked 4th in NFL with 1,455 rec. yards last season, most by rookie in Super Bowl era. Totaled 368 rec. yards in 4 playoff games, most-ever by rookie in postseason. Had 391 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in final 2 home games in 2021. • WR TEE HIGGINS set career highs in catches (74) & rec. yards (1,091) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 114 yards & TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 14 sacks last season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (T.J. Watt) with 13+ sacks in each of last 2 seasons. Had sack & FF in last meeting & had sack in each of 5 division games in 2021. • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with career-high 98 tackles & 4 INTs in 2021 & was 1 of 2 LBs (Shaquille Leonard) with 90+ tackles & 4+ INTs. • S JESSIE BATES had 88 tackles in 2021 & ranks 3rd among DBs with 406 tackles since 2018. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit.



LEADER All-time series tied, 16-16-2

STREAKS Lions have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 10/31/21: Eagles 44 at Lions 6



QB JALEN HURTS passed for 3,144 yards & 16 TDs & led all QBs in rush yards (784) & rush TDs (10) in 2021. Became 3rd QB ever (Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with 3,000+ pass yards, 700+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in single season. • RB MILES SANDERS had 912 scrimmage yards (754 rush, 158 rec.) in 2021. • WR A.J. BROWN makes Phi. debut. Has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards & 24 TDs in 43 career games. Had 3 games with 125+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2021, tied-2nd most in NFL. • WR DEVONTA SMITH ranked 4th among rookies with Phi. rookie-record 916 rec. yards in 2021. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 56 receptions & ranked 5th among TEs with career-high 830 rec. yards last season. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Phi. debut. Had 11 sacks with Car. in 2021 & is 1 of 5 with 10+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Ranks 5th in NFL with 23.5 sacks since 2020. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE set career-highs in sacks (7.5) & TFL (9) last season. • DE JOSH SWEAT had career-high 7.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM (59 sacks) & DT FLETCHER COX (58) are only pair of NFC teammates each with 55+ career sacks. • DT JORDAN DAVIS was selected No. 13 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • CB DARIUS SLAY was only player with 3 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads all active players with 119 career PD. Had 33-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. • CB JAMES BRAD BERRY makes Phi. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with 17 PD in 2021 with NYG & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. • S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON makes Phi. debut. Has 28 PD in 43 career games.


QB JARED GOFF passed for career-high 67.2 comp. pct. (332 of 494) for 3,245 yards & 19 TDs with 91.5 rating in 2021. Is 1 of 6 QBs with 3,000+ pass yards in each of past 5 seasons & has 26 games with 300+ pass yards since 2017, 4th-most in NFL. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 1st-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,069) last season, 1st Det. RB since 2014 (Joique Bell) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Since 2020, is 1 of 4 RBs (Austin Ekeler, Alvin Kamara & J.D. McKissic) with 100+ receptions (108) & 800+ rec. yards (809). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 758 scrimmage yards (601 rush, 157 rec.) in 2021. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN ranked 2nd among rookies with 90 receptions & had franchise rookie-record 912 rec. yards, 5th-most among rookies in 2021. From Weeks 13-18, became 1st rookie in NFL history with 8+ catches in 6 consecutive games. Needs 8 receptions in Week 1 to become 5th player ever with 8+ catches in 7 straight games. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON is 1 of 4 TEs (Travis Kelce, Noah Fant & Dalton Schultz) with 60+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 4 seasons. Was 1 of 2 TEs (Mark Andrews) with 4+ games (4) with 8+ catches in 2021. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON was selected No. 2 overall in 2022 NFL Draft, tied for highest-drafted DL by team since 1967 (Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 overall in 2010). • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 6 INTs & led team with career-best 11 PD last season. • S TRACY WALKER led team with career-high 105 tackles in 2021 & was 1 of 6 DBs with 5+ games (5) with 9+ tackles last season.



LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 31-9

STREAKS Colts have won past 4

LAST GAME 12/5/21: Colts 31 at Texans 0



QB MATT RYAN makes Ind. debut. Ranks 7th in NFL history in completions (5,242), 8th in pass yards (59,735) & 9th in TD passes (367). Totaled 3,968 pass yards in 2021 with Atl. & became 5th player ever with 3,500+ pass yards in 12 straight seasons. Had 330 pass yards & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.6 rating in his last game vs. Hou. (10/6/19 w/ Atl.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led NFL with 2,171 scrimmage yards (1,811 rush, 360 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st with 20 TDs (18 rush, 2 rec.). Became youngest player ever with 2,000+ scrimmage yards & 20+ TDs in season. Rushed for 143 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting & has 531 scrimmage yards (132.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of past 5 vs. division. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (1,082) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD led NFL with career=high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. Is 1 of 2 players (Bobby Wagner) with 120+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Is 1st player since 1982 with 15+ sacks (15) & 10+ INTs (11) in 1st 4 seasons. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021 & is 1 of 4 DL with 7+ sacks & 9+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes Ind. debut. Totaled 10 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs last season with LV. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Aaron Donald) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Hou. (10/4/20 w/ Min.). • CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Ind. debut. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 20+ INTs (27) & 100+ PD (116) since 2012.


QB DAVIS MILLS started 11 games last season & ranked 2nd among qualified rookies in rating (88.8), TD passes (16) & comp. pct. (66.8) & 3rd in pass yards (2,664). In 6 home starts, totaled 1,676 pass yards (279.3 per game) & 12 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB DAMEON PIERCE makes NFL debut. Selected in 4th round (No. 107 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • RB REX BURKHEAD ranked 2nd on team with 613 scrimmage yards (427 rush, 186 rec.) in 2021. Totaled 281 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs over final 3 home games last season. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (career-high 90), rec. yards (1,037) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 players (Mike Evans) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in 6 of past 7 seasons. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Ind. • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with career-high 106 tackles & 13 TFL last season & was 1 of 5 in NFL with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. Had career-high 19 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 93 tackles & ranked tied-2nd among all LBs with career high 8 PD last season. Had 7 tackles, FR & PD in last meeting. • DE JONATHAN GREENARD led team with career-high 8 sacks in 2021. • DE MARIO ADDISON makes Hou. debut. Totaled 7 sacks last season with Buf. & is 1 of 5 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 8 seasons. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. was selected No. 3 overall in 2022 NFL Draft.



LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 58-52-0

STREAKS Dolphins have won past 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Patriots 24, Dolphins 33



QB MAC JONES led all rookies in comp. pct (67.6), pass yards (3,801), TD passes (22) & passer rating (92.5 – min. 100 atts.) last season & became 4th rookie in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Had 97.6 rating in 2 games vs. Mia. in 2021. Had 0 INTs in 4 of 6 division games last season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had career-high 1,061 scrimmage yards (929 rush, 132 rec.) in 2021 & tied-2nd in NFL with career=high 15 rush TDs. Had 190 scrimmage yards (95 per game) in 2 games vs. Mia. last season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with rush TD. Had rush TD in 6 of 7 road games in 2021. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON totaled 729 scrimmage yards (606 rush, 123 rec.) in 12 games last season & ranked tied=2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs. • WR DEVANTE PARKER makes NE debut. Totaled 338 catches, 4,727 rec. yards & 24 rec. TDs over past 7 seasons with Mia. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career highs in catches (83) & rec. yards (866) last season. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • TE HUNTER HENRY tied-1st among TEs with career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2021. Had 5 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON led team with career=high 12.5 sacks last season. Ranks 5th in NFL with 64 TFL since 2017. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Mia. with TFL. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with career highs in tackles (108) & FFs (3) in 2021. Had career-high 17 tackles in last meeting. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 10 PD & 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 2 active players (Marcus Peters) with 30+ (31) career INTs.


QB TUA TAGOVAILOA set career highs in passing yards (2,653), TD passes (16) & passer rating (90.1) last season & ranked 3rd in AFC with 67.8 comp. pct. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career starts vs. NE. Had 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 99.6 rating in final 5 home games of 2021. • RB CHASE EDMUNDS makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 903 scrimmage yards (592 rush, 311 rec.) in 2021 with Az. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR TYREEK HILL makes Mia. debut. Ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 111 catches last season with KC & had 1,239 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 1,200+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 56 rec. TDs. Has 401 rec. yards (100.3 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NE. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 104 catches, 1,015 rec. yards & 7 TDs (6 rec., 1 rush) in 2021, most catches by rookie in NFL history. Had rec. TD in both games vs. NE in 2021. • TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (73) & rec. yards (780) last season & is 1 of 5 TEs with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led team with 5 INTs in 2021 & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Leads NFL with 27 INTs since 2016. Had INT-TD in last meeting. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with 9 sacks & set career highs in PD (12) & TFL (9) last season. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (Myles Garrett & T.J. Watt) with 9+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with PD. • LB JEROME BAKER led team with 92 tackles in 2021 & had 5.5 sacks & 9 TFL. • LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Mia. debut. Has 51 sacks & 14 FFs over 10-year career.



LEADER Ravens lead all=time series, 9-2

STREAKS Ravens have won 9 of last 10

LAST GAME 12/12/19: Jets 21 at Ravens 42

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/16: Jets 24, Ravens 16


QB LAMAR JACKSON enters 2022 with 3,673 rush yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 4 seasons. Ranked 2nd among QBs with 767 rush yards in 2021. Tied career-high with 5 TD passes & had 86 rush yards in last meeting vs. NYJ. Has 834 pass yards (278 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 150.2 rating in 3 career starts in Week 1. • RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Bal. debut. Totaled 762 scrimmage yards (503 rush, 259 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) last season with Atl. • TE MARK ANDREWS led all TEs with career highs in catches (107) & rec. yards (1,361) last season, the 3rd-most rec. yards & tied 3rd-most catches ever by TE in single season. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN ranked 4th among AFC rookies with 515 rec. yards in 2021. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 13 PD in 2021 & is 1 of 3 players (James Bradberry & Marshon Lattimore) with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. Ranks 3rd among active DBs with 12 career FFs. Had 2 PD in last meeting. • CB MARCUS PETERS leads all players with 31 INTs since 2015 & ranks 4th with 86 PD. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. NYJ. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS makes Bal. debut. Is 1 of 6 players with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ tackles. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with career-high 98 tackles & 10 TFL last season. • LB TYUS BOWSER had career-high 7 sacks in 2021. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL ranks 2nd among active players with 161 career TFL.


QB JOE FLACCO passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating in only start last season (Week 11 vs. Mia.). Ranks 5th among active QBs with 41,269 career pass yards & 6th with 227 TD passes. Won SB XLVII MVP with Bal. & is franchise’s all-time leader in pass yards (38,245) & TD passes (212). • QB ZACH WILSON totaled 2,334 pass yards & 13 TDs (9 pass, 4 rush) in 13 starts in 2021. • RB MICHAEL CARTER ranked 4th among rookies with 964 scrimmage yards (639 rush, 325 rec.) in 2021 & was 1 of 3 rookies (Najee Harris & Javonte Williams) with 600+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. Totaled 628 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) in 7 home games last season. • RB BREECE HALL was elected in 2nd round (No. 36 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft. • WR ELIJAH MOORE ranked 5th among rookie WRs with team-high 538 rec. yards last season. Finished 2021 season with rec. TD in each of his last 3 home games. • WR COREY DAVIS had 34 catches for 492 yards & 4 TDs last season. Had 5 catches for 113 yards in his last game vs. Bal. (11/22/20 w/ Ten.). • TE C.J. UZOMAH makes NYJ debut. Set career highs in catches (49), rec. yards (493) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Cin. • LB C.J. MOSLEY ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 168 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 active LBs (Lavonte David & Bobby Wagner) with 700+ tackles (751) & 10+ INTs (10). • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with 9 TFL, tied for lead with 3 FFs & ranked 2nd with career-high 107 tackles last season. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (No. 4 overall), WR GARRETT WILSON (No. 10) & DE JERMAINE JOHNSON (No. 26) each selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft.



LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 6-1

STREAKS Commanders have won last 4

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Washington 16 at Jaguars 13

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Washington 41, Jaguars 10


QB TREVOR LAWRENCE led all rookies last season with 359 completions, 3rd-most ever by rookie, & ranked 2nd with 3,641 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON totaled 989 scrimmage yards (767 rush, 222 rec.) & career high 8 rush TDs in 2021. Has 2,403 career scrimmage yards, 4th-most by undrafted player in 1st 2 seasons in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE makes NFL debut after missing 2021 season due to injury. Selected No. 25 overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR MARVIN JONES led team in catches (73), rec. yards (832) & rec. TDs (4) last season. Is 1 of 4 players with 500+ rec. yards & 4+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD in his last game vs. Was. (11/15/20 w/ Det.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in catches (77) & rec. yards (982) in 2021 with Az. Had 57 rec. yards in his last game vs. Was. (9/20/20 w/ Az.). • TE EVAN ENGRAM makes Jax. debut. Is 1 of 3 TEs (Travis Kelce & George Kittle) with 40+ catches in each of past 5 seasons. Had rec. TD in his last game at Was. (11/8/20 w/ NYG). • LB JOSH ALLEN led team with 7.5 sacks & career-high 12 TFL in 2021. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN makes Jax. debut. Led NFL with 192 tackles last season with Atl., most by player in single season since 2000. Had 12 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (10/3/21 w/ A tl.). • LB TRAVON WALKER makes NFL debut. Selected No. 1 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DE ARDEN KEY makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 6.5 sacks & 5 TFL w/ SF in 2021. • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had 2 PD & INT in his last game vs. Was. (12/20/20 w/ Sea.).


QB CARSON WENTZ makes Was. debut. Passed for 3,563 yards & 27 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 94.6 rating w/ Ind. in 2021, his 3rd-career season with 25+ TD passes & 5thcareer season with 3,000+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 active QBs (Aaron Rodgers) with 10-or-fewer INTs in 4 of the past 5 seasons (min. 10 starts per season). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had career-high 1,331 scrimmage yards (1,037 rush, 294 rec.) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 5 RBs with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC is 1 of 3 RBs (Austin Ekeler & Alvin Kamara) with 120+ receptions (120) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 77 receptions for 1,053 yards & 5 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 7 players with 75+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. • WR JAHAN DOTSON was selected No. 16 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN led team with career-high 9 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021. Is 1 of 3 DL (DeForest Buckner & Cameron Heyward) with 250+ tackles (254) since 2018. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT aims for his 4th season in row with 5+ sacks. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 142 tackles & had career-high 7 PD last season. Had 10+ tackles in 4 of his final 5 games in 2021. • CB KENDALL FULLER led team & ranked tied-6th in NFL with career-high 16 PD in 2021. Aims for his 8th in row at home with PD. • CB WILLIAM JACKSON had 8 PD in 12 games last season. • S KAMREN CURL set career highs in tackles (98) & PD (5) in 2021. • S BOBBY MCCAIN set career highs in tackles (63), PD (9) & INTs (4) last season.



LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 9-3-1

STREAKS Chiefs have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 11/11/18: Cardinals 14 at Chiefs 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Cardinals 17, Chiefs 14


QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 4th in NFL with 4,839 pass yards last season & tied4th with 37 TD passes. Joined HOFer Peyton Manning as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 5 seasons & is 1st player ever with 35+ TD passes in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since 2018, leads NFL in pass yards (18,707) & TD passes (151). Had 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 7 of 8 road starts last season. Completed 21 of 28 atts. (75 pct.) for 249 yards & 2 TDs for 125.4 rating in last meeting. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE totaled 646 scrimmage yards (517 rush, 129 rec.) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 10 games last season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE tied for lead among TEs with 9 rec. TDs in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 92 catches & 1,125 rec. yards. Is 1st TE ever with 90+ catches in 4 straight seasons & is only player in NFL with 80+ catches in each of past 6 seasons. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL in catches (704), 4th in rec. yards (9,006) & 5th in rec. TDs (57). Had 7 catches for 110 yards in last road meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER makes KC debut. Has 800+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West. • DT CHRIS JONES led team with 9 sacks in 2021, his 4th-straight season with 7+ sacks. Had 2 sacks, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. • DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FR in his last game vs. Az. (12/30/18 w/ Sea.). • LB NICK BOLTON led all rookies with team-high 112 tackles last season & ranked 2nd with 11 TFL, becoming 5th rookie since 2010 with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED ranked 2nd on team with career-high 8 PD & had 7 TFL in 2021. • S JUSTIN REID makes KC debut. Totaled 7 INTs over past 4 seasons with Hou.


QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 3,787 yards & 24 TDs with career-high 100.6 rating & had 423 rush yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 400+ rush yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Can join HOFer Peyton Manning as only QBs all-time with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has 13 games with both pass & rush TD since 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. • RB JAMES CONNER ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 18 TDs & ranked tied-2nd with 15 rush TDs, both 2nd-most in single season in franchise history. Aims for his 7th in row at home with rush TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 56 receptions for 574 yards & 3 TDs in 11 games with Az. in 2021. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (635) & rec. yards (6,841). • WR A.J. GREEN had 54 receptions for 848 yards & 3 TDs in 2021. Has 10,278 career rec. yards, 4th-most since he entered NFL in 2011. • WR MARQUISE BROWN makes Az. debut. Set career-highs in catches (91) & rec. yards (1,008) last season with Bal. Had 113 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. KC (9/19/21 w/ Bal.). • DE J.J. WATT is 1 of 6 active players with 100+ career sacks (102). • LB MARKUS GOLDEN led team with 11 sacks in 2021, his 3rd-career 10+ sack season. • S BUDDA BAKER had 98 tackles, 7 PD, 6 TFL & career-high 3 INTs in 2021. Is 1 of 4 (Lavonte David, Demario Davis & Roquan Smith) with 95+ tackles & 5+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • S JALEN THOMPSON ranked 2nd among DBs with career-high 120 tackles last season & had career-bests in PD (7) & INTs (3).



LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 66-56-2

STREAKS Chargers have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Chargers 32 at Raiders 35 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/21: Chargers 28, Raiders 14


QB DEREK CARR ranked 5th in NFL with career-high & franchise-record 4,804 pass yards in 2021 & is 1 of 4 QBs with 4,000+ pass yards in each of past 4 seasons. Is 5th QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ TD passes. Has 0 INTs in 6 of his past 7 vs. LAC. • RB JOSH JACOBS totaled 1,220 scrimmage yards (872 rush, career-high 348 rec.) & 9 rush TDs last season. Is 1 of 3 (Nick Chubb & Ezekiel Elliott) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards & 7+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Rushed for 132 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS makes LV debut. Last season with GB, ranked 2nd in NFL with 123 catches, 3rd with 1,553 rec. yards & 5th with 11 rec. TDs. Is 4th player ever with 110+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards in 3 career seasons. Since 2016, leads NFL with 581 catches & 69 rec. TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,192 rec. yards. • WR HUNTER RENFROW led team with career highs in catches (103), rec. yards (1,038) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 2 TD catches in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with rec. TD. Had TD catch in 5 of 6 division games last season. • TE DARREN WALLER had 665 rec. yards in 11 games in 2021 & is 1 of 3 TEs (Mark Andrews & Travis Kelce) with 650+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Had 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games last season. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 13 TFL in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 8 sacks. Had career-high 3 PD & 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES makes LV debut. Had 10.5 sacks last season with Az. & leads all players with 107.5 sacks since 2012. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN ranked 6th in NFL with career=high 154 tackles in 2021.


QB JUSTIN HERBERT ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 5,014 pass yards last season & ranked 3rd with career-high 38 TD passes. Became 3rd player ever (Patrick Mahomes & HOFer Dan Marino) with 5,000+ pass yards in 1 of 1st 2 seasons. Has 9,350 career pass yards & 69 TD passes, both most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Has 1,245 pass yards (311.3 per game) & 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in 4 career games vs. LV. Aims for his 8th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled career-high 1,558 scrimmage yards (911 rush, 647 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st in NFL with career-high 20 TDs (12 rush, 8 rec.). Ranked 2nd among RBs with 70 catches last season & since 2019, leads all RBs with 216 catches. Had 244 scrimmage yards (122 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2 games vs. LV in 2021. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with TD. Had TD in 8 of 9 2021 home games. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with career=high 106 catches last season & is only player in NFL with 100+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. Leads NFL with 509 catches since 2017. Has 5+ catches in 11 of his past 12 vs. Raiders. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS led team in rec. yards (career-high 1,145) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 119 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 10.5 sacks last season & ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 7 FFs. Had sack & FF in both games vs. LV in 2021. • LB KHALIL MACK makes LAC debut. Had 6 sacks in 2021 w/ Chi. & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 6+ sacks in each of past 7 seasons. Since 2014, ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 23 FFs. • CB J.C. JACKSON makes LAC debut. Led NFL with career-high 23 PD last season with NE & ranked 2nd with 8 INTs. Leads NFL with 25 INTs since 2018.



LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 63-55-3

STREAKS Vikings have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/2/22: Vikings 10 at Packers 37

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/21: Vikings 34, Packers 31


QB AARON RODGERS ranks 5th all-time in TD passes (449) & 10th in passing yards (55,360). Had 4,115 pass yards & 37 TD passes in 2021 & led NFL with 111.9 rating. Can become 1st player ever to win MVP award in 3 consecutive seasons. Has 56 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 110.3 rating in 26 career starts vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 350+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES had 1,190 scrimmage yards (799 rush, 391 rec.) & 10 TDs (6 rec., 4 rush) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Derrick Henry) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL with 40 scrimmage TDs. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. Min. & aims for his 4th in row at Min. with rush TD. • RB A.J. DILLON had career-high 1,116 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 313 rec.) & career high 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR SAMMY WATKINS makes GB debut. Has 5,059 rec. yards in 99 career games. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON makes NFL debut. Was selected in 2nd round (No. 34 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • LB RASHAN GARY led team with career-high 9.5 sacks in 2021. Had sack in last meeting. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team & ranked 7th in NFL with career-high 145 tackles last season. Has 90+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS led team with career-high 5 INTs & had career-high 13 PD in 2021. Was 1 of 3 (Trevon Diggs & Mike Edwards) with 2 INT-TDs last season. • CB ERIC STOKES had 14 PD last season, tied-most among 2021 rookies. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has 44 PD in 48 career games.


QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 4,221 yards & 33 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 103.1 rating in 2021. Is only QB with 25+ pass TDs in each of past 7 seasons & 1 of 2 QBs (Russell Wilson) with 100+ rating in each of past 3 seasons. Has 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 110.4 rating in 8 career starts vs. GB & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 115+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 1,383 scrimmage yards (1,159 rush, 224 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 3 (Ezekiel Elliott & Alvin Kamara) with 1,250+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 17 rush TDs in his past 18 home games. Has 759 scrimmage yards (108.4 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 7 career games vs. GB. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 1,616 rec. yards & 4th with career-best 108 catches last season. Has 3,016 career rec. yards, most-ever by player in his 1st 2 seasons. Had 169 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last home meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN is 1 of 4 WRs with 10+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Has 49 career rec. TDs & can become 4th undrafted player since 1967 with 50+ career TD catches. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. GB. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 60.5 sacks & 72 TFL in 85 career games. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS set career highs in tackles (143) & sacks (5) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Bobby Wagner) with 100+ tackles in each of past 6 seasons. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH makes Min. debut. Had 30 sacks & 32 TFL in 38 games, incl. postseason, with GB (2019-21). • LB JORDAN HICKS makes Min. debut. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 384 tackles. • S HARRISON SMITH had career-high 114 tackles in 2021. Is only active player with 25+ interceptions (29) & 15+ sacks (16.5).



LEADER All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS Titans have won 6 of last 7

LAST GAME 12/16/18: Titans 17 at Giants 0

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Giants 36, Titans 7


QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,428 yards & 10 TDs with 84.8 rating & had 298 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in 11 starts last season. Is 1 of 4 QBs with 250+ rush yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 90+ rating in 5 of his 6 home starts in 2021. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 856 scrimmage yards (593 rush, 263 rec.) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2018, is 1 of 6 to average 100+ scrimmage yards per game (100.4), min. 40 games played. • RB MATT BREIDA makes NYG debut. Has 3,010 career scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD has 50+ receptions in 5 of his 6 career seasons. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON was selected in 2nd round (No. 43 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY led team with 521 rec. yards last season. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX (No. 5 overall) & T EVAN NEAL (No. 7) were selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 6.5 sacks in 2021. Ranked 4th among DL with career high 81 tackles last season and has 2nd-most tackles (404) among DL since entering NFL in 2015. • LB AZEEZ OJULARI led team & ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks last season. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with career-high 130 tackles in 2021. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 5 INTs last season & was only DB with 90+ tackles (93), 10+ PD (10) & 5+ INTs in 2021. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 62 tackles & 8 PD in 2021. Was selected No. 18 overall by Titans in 2017 NFL Draft & had 199 tackles, 33 PD & 2 INTs in 46 games (2017-20) with Tennessee.


QB RYAN TANNEHILL totaled 3,734 pass yards & 21 TD passes last season & ranked 2nd among QBs with 7 rush TDs. Is only QB in NFL with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 3rd among QBs with 18 rush TDs. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB DERRICK HENRY totaled 1,091 scrimmage yards (937 rush, 154 rec.) & 10 rush TDs in 8 games last season & led all players with 117.1 rush yards per game (min. 200 atts.). Since 2017, leads NFL with 6,307 rush yards & 60 rush TDs & is only player with 10+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Rushed for 170 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. • WR ROBERT WOODS makes Ten. debut. Had 556 rec. yards in 2021 with LAR & is 1 of 3 in NFL (DeAndre Hopkins & Emmanuel Sanders) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (10/17/21 w/ LAR). • WR TREYLON BURKS was selected No. 18 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER makes Ten. debut. Since 2016, ranks 4th among TEs w/ 298 catches. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with 88 tackles & 5 INTs last season & was 1 of 4 players in NFL with 85+ tackles & 5+ INTs. Since 2016, leads all safeties with 23 INTs. Had INT & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with INT. • CB KRISTIAN FULTON led team with career-high 14 PD in 2021. Totaled 5 PD in his final 3 home games last season. • DE DENICO AUTRY ranked 2nd on team with 9 sacks last season. Had sack in each of final 3 home games in 2021. Has TFL in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC East. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS set career highs in sacks (8.5) & TFL (12) in last season.



LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-5

STREAKS Cowboys have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/9/21: Cowboys 29 at Buccaneers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/23/18: Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 20


QB TOM BRADY is NFL all-time regular-season leader in starts (316), pass yards (84,520), completions (7,263) & TD passes (624) & postseason all-time leader in starts (47), wins (35), pass yards (13,049), TD passes (86), SB titles (7) & SB MVPs (5). Led NFL with career-high 5,316 pass yards & 43 TD passes in 2021, 3rd-most pass yards in single season all-time. Recorded most-ever completions (485) in single-season last year. Passed for 379 yards & 4 TDs in Week 1 meeting in 2021. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 1,266 scrimmage yards (812 rush, 454 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) & ranked 3rd among RBs with 69 receptions in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 1,035 rec. yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Ranked 2nd last season with career-high 14 rec. TDs. Since 2014, leads all players with 75 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd in rec. yards (9,301). • WR CHRIS GODWIN had career-high 98 receptions with 1,103 rec. yards & 6 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes TB debut. Leads all active players in receptions (879) & rec. yards (13,330). Has 59 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID ranks 2nd in tackles (1,220) & 5th in TFL (134) since 2012. Is 1 of 2 (J.J. Watt) with 50+ PD (54) & 25+ FFs (26) since 2012. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 128 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Jerome Baker & Demario Davis) with 300+ tackles (359) & 10+ sacks (15) since 2019. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT led team with 10 sacks in 2021 & ranks 4th in NFL with 37.5 sacks since 2019. Had sack in last meeting. • CB CARLTON DAVIS led team with 11 PD in 2021. Had INT in last meeting.


QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 4,449 yards & franchise-record 37 TDs & ranked 3rd in NFL with 104.2 rating last season. Joined Daunte Culpepper & Cam Newton as only QBs ever with 125+ TD passes (143) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 career seasons. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 116.2 rating in 8 home starts in 2021. Had Week 1 NFL-record 42 completions & passed for 403 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 1,289 scrimmage yards (1,002 rush, 287 rec.) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2016, leads NFL with 9,630 scrimmage yards & 7,386 rush yards. Has 1,691 scrimmage yards (112.7 per game) in 15 career games on SNF. • RB TONY POLLARD had career-high 1,056 scrimmage yards (719 rush, 337 rec.) in 2021. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had career-high 79 receptions for career-best 1,178 scrimmage yards (career-high 1,102 rec., 76 rush) & became 1st Dal. WR with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ set career highs in catches (78), rec. yards (808) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021, 3rd-most receptions by TE last season. • LB MICAH PARSONS led all rookies with 13 sacks last season, tied-3rd most by rookie since 1982. Ranked 3rd in NFL with 20 TFL. • CB TREVON DIGGS led NFL with 11 INTs, most by player in single season since 1981. Has 14 INTs, tied-2nd most by player in his 1st 2 seasons in SB era. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 21 PD last season. • CB ANTHONY BROWN ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 17 PD in 2021. • S JAYRON KEARSE led team with career-high 98 tackles & had career-high 10 PD last season. Had 14 games with 5+ tackles in 2021, tied 3rd-most among DBs.



LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 35-19

STREAKS Broncos have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 9/9/18: Seahawks 24 at Broncos 27

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/14: Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 (OT)


QB RUSSELL WILSON makes Den. debut. Spent 1st 10 years of career with Sea. & is franchise’s all-time leader in completions (3,079), pass yards (37,059) & TD passes (292). Has 5th-most pass yards & 2nd-most TD passes ever by player in 1st 10 seasons. Has 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 103.6 rating with 10-3 record in 13 starts on MNF. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS ranked 3rd among rookies in scrimmage yards (1,219) & rush yards (903) last season & tied-3rd with 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). • RB MELVIN GORDON totaled 1,131 scrimmage yards (918 rush, 213 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021, his 5th-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs with 8,388 scrimmage yards & 4th with 67 TDs. Rushed for 113 yards & TD in only career game vs. Sea. (11/4/18 w/ LAC). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 776 rec. yards last season. Has 236 rec. yards (78.7 per game) in 3 career games on MNF. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 games in primetime. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS led team with 5 INTs & had 12 PD in 2021. Is 1 of 2 safeties (Quandre Diggs) with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 2nd among safeties with 21 INTs & 3rd with 49 PD. Had INT in last meeting. • S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 88 tackles last season. • CB PAT SURTAIN II led all rookies with 4 INTs in 2021 & had team-high 14 PD. Had PD in 6 of 8 road games last season. • LB RANDY GREGORY makes Den. debut. Tied career highs in sacks (6) & FFs (3) last season with Dal.


QB GENO SMITH completed 65 of 95 atts. (68.4 pct.) & had 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 103 rating in 5 games (3 starts) in 2021. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating in his last start on MNF (10/25/21 vs. NO). • RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 749 rush yards & career-best 6 rush TDs in 2021. Had 135+ rush yards & rush TD in 4 of his final 5 games last season. Can join HOFers Jim Brown (1958) & O.J. Simpson (1976) as well as Adrian Peterson (2012) as the only players ever with 150+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 straight games. • RB KENNETH WALKER was selected in 2nd round (No. 41 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR DK METCALF led team in receptions (75) & rec. TDs (career-high 12) & had 967 rec. yards in 2021 & became 5th player since 1990 with 900+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 career games on MNF. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 1,175 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 4 WRs (Stefon Diggs, Mike Evans & DJ Moore) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • TE NOAH FANT makes Sea. debut. Was selected No. 20 overall by Denver in 2019 NFL Draft. Had career-high 68 receptions for 670 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs with Broncos in 2021. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranked 2nd in NFL with 183 tackles in 2021 & became 1st player since 2000 with 180 tackles & 10+ TFL (11) in a season. • S JAMAL ADAMS has 75+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. Needs 3.5 sacks to become 6th DB since 1982 with 25+ career sacks. • S QUANDRE DIGGS ranked tied-1st among safeties with 5 INTs & is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.

Sean McVay, GM Les Snead extend deals with Rams through 2026

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have agreed to contract extensions through the 2026 season, keeping the defending Super Bowl champions’ brain trust in place with lucrative new deals.

The Rams announced the extensions Thursday, several hours before they opened the NFL’s 103rd season by hosting the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium.

McVay finalized his new deal several weeks ago, but the Rams waited to formally announce the extensions until Snead’s new contract was also completed. Los Angeles didn’t announce the financial terms of the deals, but both are expected to make them among the top-paid handful of people in their positions.

“They have been crucial to many of our successes that transcend wins and losses,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. “They epitomize the `We not me’ mantra that permeates the entire organization. Their extensions are well deserved. We look forward to many more exciting seasons at SoFi Stadium as Sean and Les continue to play meaningful roles within the organization and throughout the community.”

The Rams have been in a renaissance ever since Snead hired McVay in 2017 as the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. Los Angeles has enjoyed five winning seasons, four playoff berths, three NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one league title in the ensuing half-decade, going 55-26 with seven postseason victories.

The 36-year-old McVay is still the youngest head coach in the NFL, and he became the youngest to win the Super Bowl last February when the Rams rallied past the Cincinnati Bengals at the Rams’ home SoFi Stadium. He has the sixth-best winning percentage in NFL history among coaches with at least 50 games of experience.

The 51-year-old Snead has been in charge of the Rams’ front office since he was hired by Kroenke in St. Louis in February 2012. Along with drafting the likes of Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp, Snead has built a reputation as an aggressive roster-builder who didn’t hesitate to make costly moves to improve the team, although his Rams didn’t end the franchise’s 12-year playoff drought until they paired Snead’s personnel acumen with McVay’s coaching abilities.

With Snead in charge, the Rams traded up to choose Jared Goff with the first overall pick in their first draft after coming home to Los Angeles in 2016. The Rams haven’t made a first-round pick since then, with Snead repeatedly trading top draft choices to acquire talent capable of helping his team to win now.

Under Snead’s leadership over the past five seasons, the Rams have sacrificed assets to land veterans ranging from receivers Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks to All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and edge rusher Von Miller. Los Angeles still doesn’t have a first-round pick until 2024 after trading this year’s pick and next year’s pick – along with Goff – in the package to land quarterback Matthew Stafford, who promptly led the Rams to the title.

Snead also has a history of signing his good players to lucrative contract extensions – and then sometimes trading them or releasing them before those extensions even kick in, as he did with Goff, running back Todd Gurley and receiver Robert Woods in recent years.

Stafford, All-Pro Aaron Donald and right tackle Rob Havenstein are among the veterans who agreed to big contract extensions and restructured deals with the Rams this year.

AP source: Saints’ McCoy agrees to 5-year, $63M extension

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints center Erik McCoy has agreed to a contract extension and a person familiar with the terms said it spans five years and is worth up to about $63.8 million.

McCoy’s representatives at APEX Sports Group announced that McCoy had reached a “long-term” extension in a social media post on Thursday. A person familiar with contract terms provided them to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because those have not been announced.

The person said $40.3 million of the deal is guaranteed.

The agreement comes as the 6-foot-4, 303-pound McCoy enters the final season of his rookie contract.

The Saints used their top 2019 draft choice on McCoy when they selected him in the second round out of Texas A&M and immediately made him a starter at center.

McCoy remained at that spot even after the Saints used a 2020 first-round draft choice to select former Michigan center Cesar Ruiz, who was converted to right guard.

The 25-year-old center started 16 games in each of his first two pro seasons and 12 games last season, when he was sidelined four games by an early season calf injury and one game because of a COVID-19 diagnosis.

He also has started three playoff games.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney gets raise, extended through 2031

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a reworked contract that will pay him $115 million over 10 seasons through 2031.

Swinney’s enhanced contract follows megadeals given to Alabama’s Nick Saban, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Ohio State’s Ryan Day earlier this season. Swinney’s average yearly salary of $11.5 million sits only behind Saban’s $11.7 million average compensation.

The university’s board of trustees compensation committee approved the deal Thursday.

Swinney will make $10.5 million this season, a raise of $2 million scheduled under his old agreement signed in 2019. He’ll earn $12.5 million in the contract’s final year, 2031.

Each year, Swinney will get $305,000 in base salary. His supplemental income this season will be $6.695 million plus $3.5 million in licensing money.

Swinney’s total compensation will go up $250,000 for the next four years. He will remain at $11.5 million in 2026 and 2027, then continuing increasing by $250,000 the final four years of the agreement.

“I remain eternally grateful and honored for the opportunity to continue coach and developing young people of excellence,” said Swinney, who is in his 14th full season with the Tigers. “This agreement is representative of what has been collectively built here.”

The 52-year-old has won seven Atlantic Coast Conference titles, made the College Football Playoff six times and won national crowns after the 2016 and 2018 seasons.

The Tigers, fifth in the latest poll, open the home season Saturday against FCS opponent Furman.

Athletic director Graham Neff said it was “critical that Clemson invest in our football program and ensure our head coach is at Clemson for a long, long time.”

The contract includes a different tier for any buyout if Swinney were leave to coach his alma mater, Alabama – $9 million to join the Crimson Tide this year, but just $6 million for any other college head coaching job. Those figures are reduced, but remain different, as the contract continues.

Swinney wouldn’t owe anything if he left to become an NFL head coach.

Clemson would have to pay Swinney $64 million if it dismissed him without cause, a figure that decreases throughout the length of the deal.

There are several contract performance bonuses, including $350,000 for a national title and $200,000 for an ACC championship. Swinney would get $100,000 if his team’s Academic Progress Rate reaches 975 out of 1,000, according to the NCAA’s scale that tracks academic performance.

Swinney was elevated to interim head coach in 2008 at midseason when Tommy Bowden was let go . Then the receivers’ coach, Swinney went 4-2 down the stretch to earn the full-time job.

The Tigers reached their first ACC championship game in 2009, then won the title two years later. In 2015, Clemson began run of six straight league crowns and six consecutive CFP berths.

The Tigers have had 11 straight seasons of 10 wins or more.

India’s hit in 9th gives Reds 4-3 win over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan India hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Chicago was ahead 3-2 when Alejo Lopez’s liner off Mark Leiter Jr. (2-7) slipped between right fielder Seiya Suzuki and center fielder Rafael Ortega and rolled to the wall for a triple, allowing Nick Senzel to score from first to tie it. Lopez trotted home on when India lined a single to left, his third hit of the game.

“I was just trying to find something hit and put it somewhere in the outfield,” India said. “I squared it up and put it through the infield.”

India has hits in 18 of this last 20 games to raise his average to .266 after missing time with hamstring injuries and slow start in his second big league season. He pumped his fist after driving in the decisive run.

“That was a very tough game,” India said. “It was back and forth, one run, one run.

“It was a Reds baseball win, gritty win. We grinded it out and came out on top.”

Suzuki doubled and scored in the sixth and put Chicago in front with a solo shot in the eighth. His 12th homer was a liner into the first row of Wrigley Field’s left-center bleachers off Alexis Diaz.

“I did get a good barrel on it but I didn’t know it was going to go over the wall,” Suzuki said through a translator. “But I was just praying for it to go over and it did.”

Suzuki, a rookie from Japan, has hits in 14 of 17 games, hitting .365 in the stretch with three homers and five doubles.

“I feel like I’m getting used to the atmosphere,” Suzuki said. “I’m facing all these pitchers more than once, so I’m kind of getting used to what their stuff is.

“I also feel really good in the box. I just feel like everything is coming together.”

Diaz (6-2) got five outs for the win. Ian Gibaut worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save.

Cincinnati manager David Bell liked what he saw from his team for the long term.

“You’ve got to come back a couple of times from being behind,” Bell said. “That can really carry over and just add to knowing how to win games.”

Kyle Farmer led off the seventh with a solo shot to chase Cubs starter Adrian Sampson, who allowed one run on five hits and walked none. Farmer and Jake Fraley each had two hits for the Reds, who have won two straight and three of four.

Nico Hoerner tripled and doubled. Franmil Reyes and P.J. Higgins drove in runs for the Cubs, who have lost nine of 11.

Reds starter Luis Cessa permitted two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none in his longest outing since tossing six innings on July 9, 2018 with the Yankees.

Cessa retired 12 of the first 13 Cubs batters and didn’t allowed a hit until Hoerner lined a triple off center fielder TJ Friedl’s glove to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Cessa made his fourth start since joining the Reds’ rotation on Aug. 22 and fifth this season.

Friedl raced back and nearly caught Hoerner’s triple to straightaway center, but the ball glanced off his glove’s webbing.

Hoerner scored on Higgins’ sacrifice fly to medium center when Friedl threw up the line.

Friedl lost the ball in the sun on Suzuki’s double to deep right-center with two outs in the sixth. It dropped just over his shoulder.

Buck Farmer relieved Cessa, and Reyes followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Rowan Wick, the third Cubs reliever, entered with two outs and two on in the top of the eighth and Chicago ahead 2-1. The righty walked Fraley and rookie Spencer Steer to force in the tying run.


The Reds released INF Colin Moran after designating him for assignment on Tuesday.


Reds: Senzel was back in the lineup at DH after missing two games with a right ankle sprain. … RHP Connor Overton, out since May 17 (lower back), threw 29 pitches in a game at the Reds training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday, Bell said. Overton is expected to pitch at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. … Rookie RHP Daniel Duarte (elbow inflammation) was sent on rehab assignment to Louisville. He’s been out since April.

Cubs: All-Star C Willson Contreras, out since Aug. 30, had an MRI confirming his left ankle sprain, a result manager David Ross said was encouraging. Contreras suffered the injury in the Field of Dreams game against the Reds in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 11. He continued playing, but the injury worsened and he was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Sept. 2. … INF Patrick Wisdom (left ring finger sprain) took batting practice on Thursday. … RHP Keegan Thompson (low back tightness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.


Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (3-5, 3.95 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Jason Alexander (2-2, 5.03) at Milwaukee on Friday.

Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (5-8, 3.84) starts for Chicago on Friday against visiting San Francisco’s Carlos Rodon (12-7, 2.92).

Wainwright, Molina tie battery record in Cards’ loss to Nats

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina homered twice on a day he paired with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright to tie the major league record of 324 starts by a battery in an 11-6 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Alex Call had four hits and five RBIs for Washington, including a three-run homer off James Naile in the ninth.

“Guys are stingy with throwing balls down the middle here, there’s no doubt about that, but they still throw them,” Call said. “They still throw pitches that you can hit, so just being able to adjust and being ready for it no matter what, that’s the key.”

Wainwright and Molina matched the mark set by Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan from 1963-75.

“It’s been a good run,” Wainwright said. “He’s an incredible teammate, friend, and partner in crime. We’ve been together for a long time. So, you know, we got to finish strong.”

Molina hit a two-run homer into the third deck in left field in the third and a solo shot just over the wall in the fourth. It was the ninth career multi-homer game for Molina and his first since April 17, 2021, at Philadelphia.

“We’re in a good position, we’re having fun,” Molina said.

Wainwright allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. It was the second-straight subpar start for Wainwright, who said his mechanics are off.

“The timing of the upper and lower half are just totally off,” Wainwright said. “So throwing a lot of middle pitches, throwing a lot of pitches a foot outside you can’t swing at, falling behind way too many accounts.”

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has confidence that Wainwright will make the necessary adjustments quickly.

“I just sat down with our pitching guys and walked through it,” Marmol said. “We’ll address it in his next pen and go from there, but we’re in a good spot.”

The 41-year-old Wainwright and 40-year-old Molina got a standing ovation from the crowd of 40,437 as they made their way in from the bullpen moments before first pitch, and another after the top of the first inning. Wainwright and Molina are on track to break the record at home against Milwaukee on Sept. 14.

“Just to do it with him and we’re going to do it here at Busch, it’s going to be special for us,” Molina said.

The pair have totaled 13 All-Star Game appearances, and the Cardinals have reached the postseason in 11 of the 17 seasons the two have been on the roster.

Cesar Hernandez drove in three runs and Luis Garcia broke a 4-4 tie with sixth-inning infield single off Jordan Hicks, who had relieved Andre Pallante (6-5). The Nationals had 18 hits and earned a four-game split.

Nationals starter Josiah Gray gave up four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Mason Thompson (1-0), Andres Machado, Kyle Finnegan, Jake McGee and Carl Edwards Jr. combined for 5 2/3 innings in relief.

“It was awesome,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “We struggled the first couple of innings, Josiah just couldn’t find the plate, but the boys hung in there. We scored some runs. I can’t say enough of how they play. I always say these guys will always play hard for 27 outs. Today’s the perfect example.”

St. Louis lost for just the fourth time in their last 24 home games.


Cardinals OF Alec Burleson went 0 for 4 with a walk in his major league debut. He is the 15th player to make Cardinals debut this season. … Cardinals OF Ben DeLuzio got his first major league hit with a single in the fourth.


Nationals: OF Victor Robles (neck stiffness) was a late scratch from the starting lineup and was replaced by Call.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill (neck stiffness) was held out of the starting lineup, but was available to pinch hit.


Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-17, 6.28 ERA) will start the first of a three-game set Friday night at Philadelphia and RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-9, 4.07 ERA). Corbin is coming off his best outing of the season on Sept. 3 when he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (11-10, 3.32 ERA) will open a three-game series Friday night at Pittsburgh, while the Pirates counter with RHP Roansy Contreras (4-4, 3.41 ERA). Mikolas allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings in his last start on Sept. 4.

Correa answers boos with go-ahead HR, Twins top Yanks 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Correa responded to booing Yankees fans with a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep.

Correa’s two-out drive off former Fordham pitcher Greg Weissert followed an unsuccessful video review called by the Yankees after what New York thought should have been the third out. The Yankees maintained Wandy Peralta (2-4) got to first in time on the flip from first baseman Marwin Gonzalez on Jake Cave’s grounder, but replays showed Peralta trapped the ball with his glove against his body.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone bounded from the dugout to argue with crew chief Larry Vanover and threw his hands up in frustration before leaving the field.

“I think he’s out and we’ve got to live with the (call) stands, so that’s just how the system goes,” Boone said.

One out later, Correa connected on a 1-2 slider for his 18th homer, his second in two days. It gave Minnesota a 4-2 lead and he pounded his chest in the direction of his dugout while rounding third base.

“There’s extra motivation when you play on such a big stage like Yankee Stadium and you’re the villain,” said Correa, a New York fan target for his role in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. “The fans, they’re in the game every single moment and there’s a little more adrenaline, a little more focus, a little more hunger to just win games.”

Since the start of 2017, the Twins are just 2-16 in regular season games at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s a challenging place to play,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “The enviornment is challenging, and they’re a good team.”

Jorge Lopez threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yankees stranded the potential tying run at third in each of the last two innings. Caleb Theilbar ended the eighth by striking out pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who is 4 for his last 38. Stanton had not played since fouling a pitch off a leg on Monday,

New York loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on Oswald Peraza’s single, Aaron Hicks’ double and the fourth intenational walk to Aaron Judge in three games.

Michael Fulmer struck out Gleyber Torres and retired Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a groundout for his third save.

“It’s obviously not my first time being in those situations, and I love being in it,” Fulmer said. “I think it’s one of the greatest feelings in baseball for me, the adrenaline up there and giving everything you’ve got to let the team win.”

Minnesota ended a four-game winning streak by the Yankees, whose AL East lead was cut to 4 1/2 games over Tampa Bay heading into a weekend series against the Rays.

The Twins closed within 1 1/2 games of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central ahead of a weekend series against the Guardians in Minnesota.

“To finish on such a strong note going into a big series against Cleveland obviously gives the team a lot of confidence,” Correa said. “It’s time to take care of business and time to go to work.”

New York went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners.

Griffin Jax (6-3) pitched a hitless inning.

Facing the Yankees for the first time since they traded him to Cincinnati in January 2019, Sonny Gray allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings.

“It was probably something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long, long time now, to come back to this place and to pitch,” Gray said. “It was nice to come back here for sure.”

Miguel Andujar hit a two-run homer in the second, his first home run since June 29 last year.

“When you’re able to contribute right there early in the game and give your team the lead, that’s gonna feel great,” Andujar said through a translator. “But the goal is to win the game and unfortunately we couldn’t do that.”

Nestor Cortes, returning from a trip to the injured list caused by a groin strain, retired his first 12 batters. Former Yankee Gary Sanchez, who had three hits, chased Cortes with a RBI double in the fifth, and Nick Gordon had a run-scoring single against Clarke Schmidt.


A moment of silence was held prior to first pitch in honor of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96. A photo of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was shown on the large video board in center field, along with a lit candle on the two smaller boards located on each side.


Twins: RHP Cole Sands (bruised elbow) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list after missing 14 games. To make room, LHP Austin Davis was designated for assignment.

Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (right second toe inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday. . 1B Anthony Rizzo (headaches from epidural injection) could begin ramping up activities if his headaches are gone on Friday. . RHP Luis Severino (strained right lat) might make another rehab start, but if not is a possibility to return for a two-game series at Boston on Sept. 13-14. . RHP Scott Effross (strained right shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session either Friday or Saturday and could be close to returning. . RHP Lou Trivino (back spasms) was unavailable.


Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (8-6, 4.34 ERA) faces RHP Cal Quantrill (11-5, 3.55 ERA) Friday night.

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (5-11, 3.79 ERA) will start for the Yankees and RHP Drew Rasmussen (9-4, 2.70 ERA) for the Rays.

Moncada 5 for 6 with 2 HR, White Sox blast A’s 14-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Yoan Moncada went 5 for 6 with two home runs and five RBIs, Dylan Cease stuck out nine in six scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox hammered the Oakland Athletics 14-2 on Thursday night.

Chicago had 21 hits, including 10 extra-base hits, in its highest-scoring game of the season. It has won seven of its last nine games.

“It feels good,” Moncada said through a translator. “It’s fun when you see everybody contributing and adding to the team.”

Romy Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus, released by the A’s in August, and Eloy Jimenez also homered.

“It was nice to see those bats,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “Moncada, Gonzo, everyone had good at-bats.”

Cease (14-6) reached 206 strikeouts for the year, becoming the seventh White Sox pitcher with multiple 200-strikeout seasons. The right-hander allowed three hits and two walks after coming within one out of a no-hitter in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.

“It’s definitely a big accomplishment, something I’m proud of,” Cease said about the milestone. “We know every game, every inning, every pitch matters right now. So to go out there and make a statement, both on the pitching and the offensive side, is important.”

Oakland has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight.

Andrus and Moncada started the game with back-to-back home runs off of JP Sears. Andrus singled home another run in the second, followed by Moncada’s second homer of the night, a three-run shot.

Sears (5-2) surrendered a career-high six runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings, leading A’s manager Mark Kotsay to believe he might have been tipping his pitches.

“We definitely saw something that could have led to the results,” Kotsay said. “It definitely makes it easier at this level when you know a changeup is coming or off-speed is coming and you know a fastball is coming. But that’s a good-hitting team and they’re playing really well.”

Jimenez tacked on a two-run homer in the fourth. Adam Engel singled in another run in the fifth, followed by an RBI double by Moncada two batters later.

The White Sox added four runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Andrew Vaughn and a three-run homer by Gonzalez to make it 14-0.

The A’s finally scored in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Shea Langeliers. Sheldon Neuse followed with an RBI groundout.


Cairo improved to 7-3 as acting manager as Tony La Russa remains away from the team with an unspecified health issue.

“There’s nothing official, nothing that we know,” Cairo said of La Russa’s return. “We’re waiting to see. We don’t know yet. … I talk to him every day. He’s doing fine.”

Cairo has served as La Russa’s bench coach for the last two years. He filled in as manager for last season’s Field of Dreams game when La Russa attended his brother-in-law’s funeral.

“I love the challenge (of managing),” Cairo said. “I love the adrenaline. I love the butterflies that you get during the game. If he comes back, he’s the manager. I’m the bench coach.”


White Sox: OF Luis Robert missed his second straight game after getting hit on his left fingers during a swing on Tuesday in Seattle. He is also dealing with a sore left wrist. “It’s day-to-day,” Cairo said. “We’re going to see how he feels tomorrow and we’ll just go from there.”

Athletics: 2B/OF Tony Kemp returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game with groin tightness. He led off and went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk … OF Skye Bolt (right knee patella subluxation) went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Las Vegas. … RHP Zach Jackson continues to recover from a strained right shoulder and could still return before the season ends. “We’re still optimistic that we can get him back,” Kotsay said. “I think he just needs to, in the next probably seven days, make some decent improvement.”


White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.21 ERA) makes his third career start against Oakland on Friday. Giolito is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in his two previous outings. Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79) looks to snap a four-game losing streak. He beat the White Sox on July 29, allowing one run in six innings.

Burnes shines as Brewers top Giants 2-1 to open doubleheader

MILWAUKEE (AP) Corbin Burnes broke out of his recent slump and gave the Milwaukee Brewers a boost as they attempt to rejuvenate their playoff hopes.

Burnes struck out 14 and allowed three hits in eight shutout innings as the Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

The Brewers are at home for 20 of their last 26 games. They’re hoping that schedule helps them go on a late surge as they attempt to chase down the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres for the NL’s final wild-card spots.

“Having all these home games at the end is definitely going to help us with this playoff push, but it takes some good baseball for us to get in there,” Burnes said.

Burnes delivered some good baseball Thursday.

He entered this doubleheader having allowed 17 earned runs in 21 innings over his last four starts. But he dominated the Giants and showcased the form that enabled him to win the NL Cy Young Award last season.

“I just did a better job of commanding it early and forcing them to swing, making some pitches out of the zone and getting them to swing and miss,” Burnes said. “As far as the last couple outings to this one goes, just better job getting ahead and finding the strike zone a little better. But as far as stuff, it was the same.”

Burnes struck out 10 or more batters for the ninth time this season to tie the Brewers’ single-season record set by Ben Sheets in 2004. Burnes (10-6) also holds the franchise record for double-digit strikeout games with 21.

His 14 strikeouts were one off his career high. Burnes had 15 strikeouts in a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11, 2021.

“Nothing new,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That’s Corbin Burnes. That was as good as we’ve seen him. His stuff was carrying through the zone. He was hitting the top of the zone. His cutter was working well. The ball was moving all over the place. It’s tough to name five better starters in baseball.”

Burnes needed to be at his best to outduel San Francisco’s Jakob Junis (4-5), who struck out four and allowed three hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. Junis entered in the second inning, relieving opener Scott Alexander.

The Giants opened the scoring in the third inning as LaMonte Ward hit a two-out single and came home on Mike Yastrzemski’s double.

Burnes retired the next 13 batters, striking out eight of them, before David Villar opened the eighth with an infield single. Burnes got out of the eighth when Luis Gonzalez grounded into a double play and Joey Bart lined to short.

Devin Williams retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Burnes didn’t walk a batter, although he hit one.

After not putting a runner on base in the first three innings, the Brewers broke through with two runs in the fourth.

Jace Peterson led off with a pinch-hit single, stole second and scored on Christian Yelich’s double to left center. Hunter Renfroe’s ground-rule double brought home Yelich.


This doubleheader has two sets of brothers facing off.

Giants reliever Tyler Rogers and Brewers reliever Taylor Rogers are identical twins. San Francisco’s Scott Alexander is the older brother of Brewers right-hander Jason Alexander.

Jason Alexander is the Brewers’ scheduled starter Friday, so he was unlikely to pitch in Thursday’s doubleheader.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time two sets of brothers played against each other in the same game was Aug. 6, 1977, when St. Louis’ Hector Cruz and Bob Forsch and Houston’s Jose Cruz and Ken Forsch all played in a game the Cardinals won 3-1. Elias’ records only accounted for instances in which all four siblings saw action in the game.


RHP Justin Topa was designated as the Brewers’ 29th man for the doubleheader. Topa hadn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 3, 2021, as he recovered from a third elbow surgery. … The Brewers also reinstated INF Mike Brosseau (right oblique) from the injured list and optioned OF Esteury Ruiz to Triple-A Nashville.


Giants: Stay on the road to begin a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. Scheduled starters Friday are LHP Carlos Rodon (12-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Giants and LHP Drew Smyly (5-8, 3.84) for the Cubs.

Brewers: Stay home to start a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Jason Alexander (2-2, 5.03) starts for the Brewers on Friday with LHP Nick Lodolo (3-5, 3.95) pitching for the Reds.

MLB set to announce pitch clocks, shift limits for 2023

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is set to announce a pitch clock and limits on defensive shifts next season in an effort to shorten games and increase offense.

The sport’s 11-man competition committee is set to adopt the rules changes Friday, mandating a clock that will count down 15 seconds with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners. The MLB clock will be slightly longer than the version experimented with in the minor leagues this season: 14 seconds with the bases empty and 19 seconds with runners on at Triple-A, and 14/18 at lower levels.

“It’s something that takes a while to get used to, but I think overall the impact it had on the pace of the game was good,” said the Yankees’ Matt Carpenter, who spent April at Triple-A with Round Rock.

The shift limit will require four players other than the pitcher and the catcher to be in front of the outfield grass when a pitch is thrown, including two of the four on either side of second base,

In addition, there will be a limit during each plate appearance of two pickoff attempts or steps off the rubber, what MLB calls disengagements. If a third attempt is made and is unsuccessful, a balk would be called. The limit would be reset to two during a plate appearance if a runner advances.

Size of bases will increase to 18-inch squares from 15, promoting safety – first basemen are less likely to get stepped on – but also boosting stolen bases and offense with a slightly decreased distance.

The plans, first reported by The Athletic, were detailed by a pair of baseball officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the changes were not scheduled to be announced until Friday.

The changes will be start during spring training.

A catcher will be required to be in the catcher’s box with nine seconds left on the clock and a hitter in the batter’s box and focused on the pitcher with eight seconds remaining. Penalties for violations will be a ball called against a pitcher and a strike called against a batter.

Time between half-innings will set at 2:15 for most regular-season games, 2:40 for nationally televised games and 3:10 for postseason games. The clock will be 30 seconds between batters.

A batter can ask an umpire for time once per plate appearance, and after that it would be granted only at umpire’s discretion if request is made while in box.

The clock has reduced the average time of a nine-inning game in the minor leagues from 3:04 in 2021 to 2:38 this season. The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues this year is 3:06 – it was 2:46 in 1989, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“It’s slow. It’s boring,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said of a TV broadcast in 2017. “Man, it’s so hard to watch if you have no interest in it.”

Shifts have been limited all season at Double-A and Class A, where teams are required to have four players on the infield, including two on each side of second base.

Use of shifts has exploded in the past decade, from 2,357 times on balls hit in play in 2011 to 28,130 in 2016 and 59,063 last year, according to Sports Info Solutions. Shifts are on pace for 68,000 this season.

The big league batting average of .243 this year in on track to be the lowest since 1967, two years before the pitcher’s mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10.

Players had long resisted a clock at the major league level. Management gained the right in March’s lockout settlement to establish the 11-person committee, which includes six management representatives, four players and one umpire.

Swiatek, Jabeur will meet in 1st US Open final for both

NEW YORK (AP) Getting to a Grand Slam final is no longer new to Ons Jabeur. She figures it’s time to add a major trophy to her list of groundbreaking accomplishments.

And she’s sure she is more ready to do it at the U.S. Open than she was at Wimbledon two months ago.

Jabeur reached a second consecutive Slam title match without needing to produce her best tennis Thursday night, taking full advantage of a shaky showing by Caroline Garcia to win their semifinal at Flushing Meadows 6-1, 6-3.

“Feels more real, to be honest with you, just to be in the final again. At Wimbledon, I was kind of just living the dream, and I couldn’t believe it,” Jabeur said after ending No. 17 Garcia’s 13-match winning streak, which included a victory over Coco Gauff. “Now maybe I know what to do.”

On Saturday, with a championship on the line, Jabeur will go up against No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek, who grabbed the last four games, and 16 of the last 20 points, to come back and beat No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The first step for Swiatek to turn things around came when she headed to the locker room after the first set – to use the bathroom and think about what to adjust on court.

“I needed to get it together,” said Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland who already owns two trophies from the French Open’s red clay, including one this June, but never had been past the fourth round on New York’s hard courts.

Sabalenka, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3 in Slam semifinals for her career and 12-11 in three-setters this year. She broke for a 4-2 lead in the third set – and 17 minutes later, it was over, as Swiatek surged to the finish.

“She was just going for it,” said Sabalenka, who wore large blue mirrored sunglasses and a black cap pulled low to her news conference. “She was hitting every ball and putting me under pressure and playing really aggressively.”

Swiatek has emerged as a dominant figure in women’s tennis, with a 37-match winning streak that brought her six titles in one stretch. If she can defeat Jabeur, Swiatek will become the first woman since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win two majors in one season.

The No. 5-seeded Jabeur, a 28-year-old from Tunisia, was the runner-up at the All England Club in July and now will be the first African woman to participate in a final at the U.S. Open in the professional era, which dates to 1968.

“After Wimbledon, (there was) a lot of pressure on me,” Jabeur said following a win that took barely more than an hour, “and I’m really relieved that I can back up my results.”

The men’s semifinals are Friday: No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain vs. No. 22 Frances Tiafoe of the United States, and No. 5 Casper Ruud of Norway vs. No. 27 Karen Khachanov of Russia.

With four-time major champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in her guest box – they traded thumbs-up signals at match’s end – Jabeur improved to 6-0 in semifinals this season and earned her tour-leading 92nd victory in all since the start of 2021. No. 91 came when she defeated Ajla Tomljanovic, who eliminated Serena Williams in the third round.

To Jabeur’s surprise, and delight, she heard Tuesday’s victory over Tomljanovic on Tuesday was drawing viewers back home, even though it there also was a Champions League game between Juventus and Paris St. Germain on TV.

“In Tunisia, it’s all about soccer,” she said. “But people were not watching (that) game, they were watching my game, which is impressive to me.”

Just one example of how she is changing views about tennis in her country – and on a continent.

Since pro players were first admitted to major tennis tournaments, never had an African woman or Arab woman been to a Slam final until she did that at the All England Club before losing to Elena Rybakina.

At the 2020 Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals at a major. Last year, she was the first Arab player to break into the top 10 of the men’s or women’s rankings and first with a WTA title.

“Definitely saying out loud what I want to do is part of me achieving things,” said Jabeur, who dropped to her knees and let out a yell when Thursday’s semifinal ended, then layed on her back.

“I’m sure it’s a lot of pressure on her shoulders,” said Garcia, a 28-year-old from France. “But she looks like to be managing it really well.”

On this 75-degree (24 Celsius) evening under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Jabeur finished with 21 winners – after one was aided by a fortuitous net cord, Jabeur put up a hand to apologize, then blew a kiss to the sky – and just 15 unforced errors.

She delivered eight aces. She went 4 for 4 on break chances and didn’t face any.

After a moment of silence to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Garcia won the coin toss and chose to serve. She got broken right away, thanks to four mistakes. Most concerning and perhaps most reflective of nerves Garcia later acknowledged were there: She dumped what should have been an easy put-away volley into the bottom of the net.

It was a rather inauspicious start for Garcia, who hadn’t lost a set on the way to her debut in a Slam semifinal.

“Mentally,” said Jabeur, who travels with a sports psychologist, “I was so ready.”

She plans to be again on Saturday. Swiatek will stand in the way.

Play suspended in 1st round at Wentworth after queen’s death

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Play was suspended late in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on the European tour on Thursday following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.

Thirty of the 144 players in the field had yet to finish their first rounds at Wentworth.

The tour said there would be no play on Friday and flags at the club were lowered to half-staff “out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

“Further updates on the resumption of play will be provided in due course,” the tour said.

Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan and Viktor Hovland shared the clubhouse lead after shooting 8-under 64s. English golfer Matthew Jordan was a shot further back after a round of 65.

Fleetwood, playing his first event since the British Open in July, birdied six of his final seven holes – the highlight being a 26-foot putt at No. 16.

He later wrote a tribute to the queen on Twitter, saying: “Rest in Peace Your Majesty, you will be forever in our hearts. God save The King.”

Hovland also had a strong finish, going birdie-birdie-eagle from No. 16.

Sullivan, who recovered from an opening bogey, would have taken the outright lead if he had made a birdie putt from 6 feet at the 18th but he missed.

Tensions between LIV golfers and those players who have shunned the Saudi-backed breakaway series dominated the build-up to the tour’s flagship event held at its headquarters outside London.

Abraham Ancer, a LIV golfer whose presence at Wentworth was questioned by defending champion Billy Horschel and Jon Rahm, shot 4 under and was in a tie for 11th place along with Horschel and Rory McIlroy.

Horschel, Homa among 6 players added to Presidents Cup team

Billy Horschel finally made a U.S. team as one of six players added Wednesday to a stacked American team that will try to win the Presidents Cup for the ninth straight time.

Captain Davis Love III took two other newcomers to team competition with Max Homa, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour last season and Cameron Young, a 25-year-old who nearly won two majors as a rookie.

The other picks went to three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, two-time major champion Collin Morikawa and Kevin Kisner, who thrives in match play and contended at Quail Hollow in the 2017 PGA Championship.

The Presidents Cup is Sept. 22-25 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, and these matches would seem to be as lopsided as any since the event began in 1994 to give players from outside Europe a chance to play team competition like the Ryder Cup.

International captain Trevor Immelman filled out his 12-man team on Tuesday, picks that were delayed a week over uncertainty of who would leave the PGA Tour for Saudi-funded LIV Golf. Immelman lost four players who otherwise would have been on the team, including British Open champion Cameron Smith and Louis Oosthuizen.

Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan is the highest-ranked player on the International team at No. 16.

The Americans counter with nine players from the top 15 in the world, and no one ranked lower than Kisner at No. 26.

“These guys, this is their 12-man team that has never played together before,” Love said. “So they want to win for this team. So I don’t think we have to do too much messaging or motivation. Certainly you don’t want to be on a losing team ever. And we know we are up against it.

“Trevor is going to have a team that’s got a chip on their shoulder and that’s motivated and wants to prove that they can still be competitive. We have to be careful. Certainly these guys are not going to take it lying down.”

Horschel played in the Walker Cup when he was in college, renowned for his fiery matches with Rory McIlroy. But he never made it through qualifying or was picked for a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, usually a case of bad timing.

He won the FedEx Cup in 2014 with a runner-up finish and two wins. But the two wins came after the captain’s picks were decided. Horschel won the Dell Match Play a year ago but was outside the qualifying and was not selected as a Ryder Cup pick. He won the Memorial this year and finished 11th in the U.S. standings.

“I’ve been around Billy a lot over the years and I haven’t figured that out, how to rein him in. You ride his wave a little bit,” Love said. “He can certainly be over the top sometimes. But that’s what we want.”

Horschel is playing the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week, the European tour’s flagship event that he won last year.

Homa won his first PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in the Wells Fargo Championship and made no secret that getting on the Presidents Cup was a chief goal this year.

The leading six qualifiers were Masters champion and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, PGA champion Justin Thomas, Sam Burns and Tony Finau. Thomas won his first PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in 2017.

Love went down the standings for all the picks except Kisner, who finished behind Tom Hoge and J.T. Poston, both of whom won this year, neither of whom have played in a cup. Kisner went 2-0-2 in the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National.

“Kevin, again, adds some veteran leadership, a guy in the team room that everybody loves having around is really, really easy to pair,” Love said.

Cantlay, Schauffele, Thomas and Finau are the only four players from the 2019 team at Royal Melbourne that rallied on the final day to beat the International team.

Lin has 9 birdies for a 64; 14-year-old shoots 70 on LPGA

CINCINNATI (AP) Xiyu “Janet” Lin of China opened with five birdies in six holes, birdied all but one of the par 5s and had an 8-under 64 on Thursday for a one-shot lead over Nasa Hataoka in the Kroger Queen City Championship.

The LPGA Tour returned to Cincinnati for the first time in 33 years and was greeted with a gorgeous day and plenty of good scoring at Kenwood Country Club.

That included a remarkable performance by 14-year-old Gianna Clemente, who made it through Monday qualifying for the third week in a row on the LPGA Tour and this time has a chance to play all four days. Clemente played bogey-free for a 70.

It did not include Lexi Thompson. One week after she played in the final group and didn’t make a birdie until the 18th hole to tie for 16th, Thompson didn’t make a single birdie in her round of 76, her highest of the year at a regular LPGA event. She had a 77 at Muirfield when she missed the cut in the Women’s British Open.

Lin is coming off a tie for seventh at the Dana Open, showing signs of life after a good start to the year. Playing in the afternoon, she opened with three straight birdies on the back nine, made par, and then added two more birdies.

“That was a dream start. You can’t ask for a better start,” Lin said. “So I just tell myself, `Need to keep going.”

Her lone bogey came on the par-4 seventh toward the end of her round, and she responded with her ninth birdie of the round to regain the lead over Hataoka.

“I still do need to adjust my tee shots, but other than that, my iron and putting is good. I just have to keep that going,” Hataoka said.

The surprise was Clemente, who splits time between her native Ohio and Florida and lost in the championship match of the U.S. Junior Girls this year.

She got through Monday qualifying for Canada and missed the cut, then did it again for the Dana Open outside Toledo and missed the cut.

For her third straight start, the teenager made only two birdies and very few mistakes. And she wasn’t entirely satisfied.

“I feel good about it. Could have been a little better. I can think of a couple putts that maybe I should have made,” Clemente said. “But it was all right. I definitely know that I can go lower than that, so I’m going to go work on my putting a little bit and we’ll get that fixed up a little bit and hopefully it’ll be lower tomorrow.”

Former U.S. Women’s Open champion A Lim Kim and Sarah Kemp were at 66, while the group at 67 included Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand and former Women’s PGA champion Sei Young Kim.

The most exciting round belonged to Paula Creamer in her second tournament back from having her first baby. She shot a 72 that was far from even. Creamer holed out from 104 yards with a gap wedge for an eagle on par-4 fifth hole. Three holes later, Creamer made a hole-in-one with a 7-iron.

That’s two eagles in one round, along with three birdies. But she also had five bogeys and a double bogey, and had to settle for at least being inside the cut line going into Friday.

“I made a lot of putting mistakes and did some mental errors here and there. Unfortunately, my scorecard is a roller coaster. But that’s golf,” Creamer said.

“I feel good with where my game is at. I know it’s an up and down thing, but I just need to stay on path with what we’re doing,” she said. “I really do think it’s going to produce great things here eventually.”

NASCAR returning to North Wilkesboro with ’23 All-Star Race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) NASCAR is returning to one of its original venues that it left more than a quarter-century ago – North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina native Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the stock car body and the track’s owner on Thursday to announce that the track will host the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race next year – NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season.

“It’ll be something that people want to come from all over the country and enjoy – NASCAR All-Star week at North Wilkesboro Speedway – to enjoy the culture, the festivities, the history,” Marcus Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, which owns the track, said at a news conference outside the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. “We’re excited to revive it.”

The .625-mile (1-kilometer) asphalt oval, located almost 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Charlotte, hosted the year-ending race in 1949 for what became the Cup Series. It became an annual stop on the schedule, hosting two races a year starting in 1951, and was a throwback to the days when moonshine runners in the region – NASCAR legend Junior Johnson among them – drove fast cars to escape authorities.

North Wilkesboro hosted more than 90 Cup races before it closed in 1996, a result of NASCAR’s dramatic growth during that time and arguments that it wasn’t large or fancy enough as the sport tapped into new markets. The track’s races went to New Hampshire and Texas.

The oval went into disrepair, and non-NASCAR racing at the legendary track in the early 2010s fizzled. But former drivers like Earnhardt Jr., local boosters, and state officials wouldn’t give up on the venue, which has a direct connection to NASCAR’s birth.

A recent effort to renovate the speedway took off, buoyed by $18 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds earmarked by the North Carolina state legislature last year for infrastructure improvements.

The legislature has agreed in principle to provide another $4 million next year for additional improvements to host the race next May 21 and for “future events over the next several years,” said Greg Walter, general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports’ flagship venue.

The All-Star Race originally began in 1985 as The Winston and was usually held in May the week before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s been held the past two years at Texas Motor Speedway, most recently won by Ryan Blaney.

While the North Wilkesboro decision was months in the making, Smith and NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Steve O’Donnell said the concept was confirmed just in recent weeks. That’s when standing-room-only crowds attended a “Racetrack Revival” series at the reopened track, spearheaded by Speedway Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr., and the widow of the late Benny Parsons. Ryan Newman won the first race, while Earnhardt Jr. was third in a race last week.

“I felt something at a race track that I hadn’t felt in a long, long time. And it was the true joy and the love that you just have for being there, whether you’re a competitor or a fan,” said Earnhardt, a television analyst and NASCAR team owner. “It’s just got a special place in our history. And I’m so excited to see what can happen beyond this.”

O’Donnell said later it was too early to tell whether a successful All-Star Race could lead to annual race dates at the track, but “we wouldn’t be going back to North Wilkesboro if we didn’t think it would be successful and a place that we want to look to more than one year.”

O’Donnell acknowledged holding more races outside NASCAR’s strongholds in recent years to grow the sport has led to weighing choices. The 2023 season also will feature a new NASCAR street race in Chicago.

“As we’ve looked at evolving the schedule in the future, it’s certainly a nod to maybe new markets that we want to be in, but also balancing that with markets where people have been supporting us forever,” O’Donnell said. “You look at our 75th anniversary and the schedule that we’re putting together and it’s a perfect balance.”

Richard Petty won a record 15 NASCAR races at North Wilkesboro, which is known for its downhill slope on the front stretch and uphill back stretch. Darrell Waltrip won 10 races, followed by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Cale Yarborough with five each.

Cooper, sporting a North Wilkesboro Speedway jacket, was The Winston’s grand marshal in 2000, when the younger Earnhardt beat his dad and Dale Jarrett to the finish. The governor said the track, which he visited in May, “is almost like a cathedral.”

“This is a great day for North Carolina. Whether you care about racing or not, this means economic revival and more money in the pockets of everyday North Carolinians,” he said. “We are the birthplace of NASCAR.”

Giannis limps, Greece rolls into round of 16 at EuroBasket

MILAN (AP) Greece got another win, and a small scare as well.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points in 19 minutes before leaving midway through the third quarter with an ankle issue in Greece’s 90-69 win over Estonia in the Group C finale for both teams at the EuroBasket tournament Thursday.

Antetokounmpo was clearly limping after the game, but was able to take part in the postgame on-court celebration and exchanged handshakes with Estonia’s players and coaches.

Greece coach Dimitrios Itoudis said Antetokounmpo got ice and treatment, but did not sound worried.

“It’s all good,” Itoudis said.

Antetokounmpo was 9 for 10 from the field, and in his four group-stage games, he averaged 29.5 points on 58% shooting in 26-1/2 minutes per game.

Kostas Sloukas scored 11 for Greece (5-0).

Siim-Sander Vene led Estonia (1-4) with 19 points. Kerr Kriisa and Janari Joesaar each had 12 and Kristjan Kitsing scored 10.



Also at Milan, in a game played about two hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced, Great Britain’s upset bid was thwarted by a huge closing run from Italy.

Simone Fontecchio scored 18 points for Italy (3-2), which got 13 from Luigi Datome, 11 from Nicolo Melli and 10 from Giampaolo Ricci.

Italy closed the game on a 25-2 run, as Great Britain missed 16 of its final 17 shots over the last 12:43.

Myles Hesson scored 18 points and Carl Wheatle added 12 for Great Britain (0-5).

Italy used 12 players – 11 scored, 11 had a rebound and 11 had an assist.


Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 4:19 left put Croatia ahead to stay, and was part of a game-ending 15-6 run for the winners.

Bogdanovic led all scorers with 27 points for Croatia (3-2), while Dominik Mavra scored 13, Krunoslav Simon added 11 and Karlo Matkovic and Ivica Zubac finished with 10 apiece.

Volodymyr Herun led Ukraine (3-2) with 21 points. Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 16, Svi Mykhailiuk added 14 and Issuf Sanon had 11.



At Prague, the Czech Republic (2-3) grabbed the last spot in the round of 16 and eliminated Israel (2-3).

Vojtech Hruban scored 25 points, Jan Vesely added 16 and Tomas Satoransky had 14 points and 11 assists for the Czechs, who will meet Greece in the Round of 16.

Yam Madar led Israel with 16 points. Tomar Ginat scored 15, while Deni Avdija and Rafael Menco each had 12.


Nikola Jokic had 19 points in 18 minutes on 7-for-8 shooting, and Serbia (5-0) stayed unbeaten.

Nikola Milutinov scored 16 points, Marko Guduric added 15, Vasilije Micic scored 12, Nikola Kalinic had 11 and Dejan Davidovac finished with 10 for Serbia — which shot 67%.

Michal Michalak scored 17 for Poland (3-2), and Lukasz Kolenda added 10.


Lauri Markkanen scored 22 points, Shawn Huff scored 14 and Finland (3-2) had no problem in its group-stage finale.

Worthy De Jong capped a strong tournament for him with a 21-point effort for the Netherlands (0-5).


There are no games Friday. The single-elimination round of 16 starts in Berlin on Saturday.


SATURDAY: Germany vs. Montenegro, Spain vs. Lithuania, Slovenia vs. Belgium, Turkey vs. France.

SUNDAY: Greece vs. Czech Republic, Finland vs. Croatia, Ukraine vs. Poland, Serbia vs. Italy.



PAPILLION, Neb. – Luis Ortiz struck out nine and surrendered two unearned runs over 6.0 no-hit innings, Mason Martin and Blake Sabol each hit solo home runs, but the Omaha Storm Chasers sprayed four singles during a three-run eighth to rally past the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night, 5-4.

After scoring two runs without a hit against Ortiz through the first six frames, the Storm Chasers (64-68) snatched their first hit of the game – a two-out single by Clay Dungan off John O’Reilly – in the seventh. O’Reilly (L, 5-3) remained in the game for the eighth and following a leadoff walk to Maikel Garcia and Nick Loftin single, Freddy Fermin fisted a run-scoring single into shallow right field. O’Reilly then caught Dairon Blanco looking at strike three, but two-out singles by Jackson Reetz and Logan Porter gave Omaha the lead and O’Reilly his third blown save.

Indianapolis (68-63) was held scoreless through five innings before scratching across a run in the sixth against southpaw Austin Cox, who fanned eight over 6.0 one-run frames. Cox beaned Drew Maggi to start the inning and one out later, Bligh Madris dropped a single down the left field line to plate Maggi.

With Cox out of the game, the Indians secured the lead in the seventh. Martin greeted left-hander Gabe Speier with his second home run in as many days to left field for his team-leading 17th blast of the season. Ji-Hwan Bae later doubled home Carter Bins to make it 3-2, and Sabol’s two-out shot to left-center in the eighth gave Indy its final run.

Yefri Del Rosario (W, 1-0) yielded three hits – including Sabol’s second Triple-A home run and 16th of the season – in 1.0 inning of relief but benefited from Omaha’s eighth-inning spurt to take home the victory. Andres Nunez (SV, 4) pitched around a one-out infield single by Bae in the ninth.

Ortiz’s nine-strikeout performance was his second-highest total of the season, one shy of 10 over 5.0 innings in his final start with Double-A Altoona on Aug. 26 at Bowie.

Madris tripled to open the eighth but was tagged out at home trying to score on a Del Rosario pitch that skipped away from Fermin behind the plate. He finished with two hits for his third consecutive multi-hit game. Martin had a game-high three knocks, and Indianapolis outhit Omaha, 12-5.

The Indians and Storm Chasers continue their series at Werner Park on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 PM ET. RHP Osvaldo Bido (3-7, 4.48) gets the nod for Indy. Omaha has not yet named its starter.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Big Ten Announces 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Big Ten Conference announced its 2022-23 men’s basketball schedule with Indiana opening its 20-game league slate Saturday, Dec. 3 at Rutgers. The season will be completed on Sunday, March 5 with IU hosting Michigan. The Big Ten Tournament will be held Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12 at the United Center in Chicago.

Tipoff times and television designations will be announced at a later date.

IU will have home and home matchups with Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers. IU will play road games at Maryland, Minnesota and Penn State and will host Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

The Big Ten games in December at Rutgers on Dec. 3 and against Nebraska on Dec. 7 are part of a five-game stretch against high-major opponents including North Carolina at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30, versus Arizona in the Las Vegas Clash on Dec. 10 and a road game at Kansas on Dec. 17.

For the first 12 games of the conference season, the Hoosiers will alternate road and home games before hosting back-to back-games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Purdue and Rutgers, Feb. 4 and 7. 

IU will not play a game between Dec. 24 and Jan. 4.

The Hoosiers resume games after the holiday break traveling to Iowa on Jan. 5 and hosting Northwestern on Jan. 8.

The Cream and Crimson will play five-straight weekend games in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in January through the first weekend in February. The Hoosiers host Northwestern, Sunday, Jan. 8, Wisconsin, Saturday, Jan. 14, Michigan State, Sunday, Jan. 22, Ohio State, Saturday, Jan. 28 and Purdue, Saturday, Feb. 4.

IU will face its first two-game road trip in the league Feb. 11 and 15 at Michigan and Northwestern. After a home game on Feb. 18 against Illinois, the Hoosiers venture out on the road again for games at Michigan State on Feb. 21 and at Purdue on Feb. 25. IU finishes the season at home Feb. 28 and March 5 against Iowa and Michigan, respectively.


IU will host Marian at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 29 and St. Francis at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Both games will be streamed on BTN+.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a season-opening come-from-behind victory over Illinois, the Indiana football program will play its second home straight home game to start the season when it hosts Idaho at 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA(1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts IDAHO (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. ET

TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (1-0, 1-0 B1G) will host Idaho (0-1) for its first non-conference contest of the season on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium (55,656; Field Turf) on the Big Ten Network.

• Head coach Tom Allen is 12-1 all-time against non-conference opponents during the regular season, including a win over Idaho in the only meeting with the Vandals in program history (W, 56-14; 2021).

• For just the 30th time in program history and fifth time since 2000, Indiana will play its first two games of a season at home. In the previous 29 happenings, IU has started 2-0 on 18 occasions.

• Saturday’s meeting with Idaho will mark the 50th non-conference home game since the start of the 2000 season and Indiana is 36-13 in those contests. Allen is 7-1 all-time in home non-conference home games, with 2-0 marks in three of his previous five years.

• Indiana will celebrate its 1968 Rose Bowl team on Saturday night. The 1967 Hoosiers went 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Big Ten play to finish No. 4 in the final national rankings after a narrow, 14-3, loss to No. 1 USC in the Granddaddy of the All.

News & Notes

• Five team captains were announced by head coach Tom Allen prior to the season opener with four first-time captains in tight end AJ Barner, safety Devon Matthews, cornerback Tiawan Mullen and quarterback Jack Tuttle. Linebacker Cam Jones was selected team captain for the third time in his career, which joins just two other names in program history.

• IU opened a season with a Big Ten foe for the fourth time in Allen’s six campaigns and third straight season. Allen is 2-2 in those contests with wins over Illinois (2022) and Penn State (2020). He has also faced No. 2 Ohio State (2017) and No. 17 Iowa (2021).

• Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in Indiana history, as he is on pace to reach the 30-win mark at the school.

• Against Illinois, wide receiver Cam Camper and quarterback Connor Bazelak each etched their names into the record books, as Camper had the most productive debut in IU history and Bazelak accomplished something not done since Antwaan Randle El.

• Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.

• Senior Jaylin Williams

enters his final season with the Cream and Crimson on pace to join the top-10 list for career interceptions. The Memphis, Tennessee, native owns six picks in his career, which ranks tied for No. 30 among active FBS defenders.

• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call  in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football Foundation in 2022, while color analyst and IU alum, Rhett Lewis begins his first season on the broadcast crew.

IU VB: Indiana Drops Competitive Match with NC State

RALEIGH, N.C.  –  Despite a pair of back-and-forth sets to open Thursday night’s match, the Indiana Volleyball team fell to NC State 3-0 to end the day in Raleigh.

The Hoosiers battled to the brink in the first two sets, ultimately falling to the Wolfpack 23-25, 23-25, 18-25 in front of more than 1,100 fans at Reynolds Coliseum.

Morgan Geddes paced the Hoosiers with 13 kills, a career high, but a team hitting percentage of .181 along with 18 attack errors came back to haunt as the match progressed.

IU will have the chance to close the weekend on a positive note when it meets Big 12 opposition TCU on Friday morning in Raleigh.


•  Mady Saris and Kaley Rammelsberg provided kills early on as the Hoosiers jumped out to a 14-12 lead in the first set.

• Back-to-back kills followed by a solo block from Morgan Geddes helped spawn a 17-14 lead and a timeout from the Wolfpack in the first set.

• NC State went on to win the opening set 25-23.

• With Savannah Kjolhede serving, IU went on a 3-0 run in the second set to close the gap to a 16-18 deficit against the Wolfpack.

• A kill from Camryn Haworth helped bring IU level at 23-all in the second set but NC State would win the final two points to take the second set 25-23.

• Grae Gosnell’s serving brought the Hoosiers within four points, but the Wolfpack would close out the match 25-18 to win in straight sets.


• Morgan Geddes tallied 13 kills to pace the Hoosiers, setting a career high while hitting .250 on the evening to go along with nine digs.

• Mady Saris provided nine kills for the Hoosiers while Kaley Rammelsberg added six in the Thursday night defeat.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The 11th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (1-1-1) will welcome 2021 NCAA Tournament team and ninth-ranked Akron (4-0-0) Friday (Sept. 8) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

IU will honor members of its 2012 NCAA National Championship team with a pregame ceremony right before kickoff. 2022 marks 10 years since the program won its eighth star.

Friday night is IU Dance Marathon’s For the Kicks Night, as IUDM and the Indiana men’s soccer program will host a pregame tailgate beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free IUMS supporter scarf and a limited edition 2012 NCAA Championship poster.


• Indiana will close a three-match homestand, a slate that has featured three teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. IU’s final foe in that stretch will be Akron, a team ranked as high as No. 9 this week and that comes into the match with a 4-0-0 record.

• IU owns a 346-69-50 record all-time at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are undefeated in 11 straight home matches, going 10-0-1 in that span.

• Sophomore Tommy Mihalic has scored two goals in IU’s last two matches.


• Akron comes into the match with a 4-0-0 record. The Zips are fresh off a 2-0 win over Big Ten opponent Michigan State.

• In 2021, Akron owned a 9-6-3 record and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Zips faced Santa Clara in the first round and fell, 2-1, in double overtime.

• The Zips are led by 10th-year head coach Jared Embick. Embick has compiled a 117-50-20 record at Akron.


• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Akron, owning a 25-7-3 record against the Zips.

• IU and Akron met nearly a year ago to the day (Sept. 10, 2021) in a top-20 matchup and played to a 1-1, double overtime draw. Now-redshirt senior Daniel Munie scored a header for Indiana in the 66th minute before the Zips equalized two minutes later.

• The two teams have met seven times in the NCAA Tournament, with the Hoosiers prevailing in five of those matches.

IU W SOCCER: Hoosiers Battle Cardinals to 0-0 Draw

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-4) battled to a 0-0 draw against the Louisville Cardinals (3-1-2) on Thursday night at Dr Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium.


• Indiana saw their first opportunity from senior forward Paige Webber in the 27th minute before it was saved by Louisville’s goalie Erynn Floyd.

• After subbing in the 36th minute, freshman midfielder Izzy Smith had a strong shot at the center of the goal before it was caught by Floyd once again.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg picked up a save in the 39th minute to keep the match tied as the Cardinals had the last attempt before the half.

• Louisville attacked first in the second half before it went back-and-forth between the Hoosiers and Cards. Gerstenberg picked up two big saves in the 69th and 81st minutes to keep the game tied up.

• In the 79th minute, the Hoosiers saw another attempt from Webber to score, before being pounced on by the goalie.

• Indiana received the last attempt in the 88th minute from freshman Abbey Iler but couldn’t get it behind the net before the goalie dived for the save.


• The Hoosiers are now 2-0-2 in the series against the Cardinals.

• Indiana earned its fourth draw of the season in just five games.

• Gerstenberg tallied four saves on the night and earned her fifth shutout game of the season and 14th on her career. 

• Webber led the Hoosiers in shots with three, two of those on goal.

• Indiana was outshot 11-6 in the match with the Cardinals putting five shots on goal.


GOALS: None.



Indiana will host the Memphis Tigers at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday Sept. 11. The first kick is set for 5 p.m. ET.

IU WRESTLING: Adds Kaminski and Spangler to Roster

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo has announced the signing of two new student-athletes for the upcoming season.

The Hoosiers have added Michael Spangler and Jacob Kaminski to the team.

Spangler is a Wichita, Kan. native and transfer from Lock Haven, by way of Pratt Community College. While at Pratt, he was a two-time national champion at 125 lbs. in the NJCAA Wrestling Championships in 2020 and 2021.

In 2021, his performance helped Pratt earn fourth place at the NJCAA Championships. He was 63-6 in his two years there. Spangler will be a redshirt junior this upcoming season.

Kaminski enters his freshman season with the Hoosiers in the 285 lbs. weight class. As a native of Riverside, Illinois, he won a 2018 Illinois High School State Title at 195 lbs. in 2018, before attending Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.

While at Wyoming Seminary, Kaminski was a two-time prep national runner-up as a heavyweight. Kaminski is teammates once again with fellow Indiana freshman Daniel Sheen after wrestling together at Wyoming Seminary.

The freshman also earned a bronze medal in the 2018 World Championships’ Greco-Roman division as a U.S. Cadet World representative at 92 kg.

With the additions of Spangler and Kaminski, the roster now features two new transfers and 12 total freshmen.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Big Ten Releases Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2022-23 composite schedule, releasing the dates of the Boilermakers’ 20-game conference slate. The announcement completes Purdue’s 31-game regular-season schedule that tips off Nov. 8, against Milwaukee.

Times and TV designations will be released at a later date.

In its fifth straight year playing a 20-game league schedule, the Boilermakers open Big Ten play prior to the holiday break. Purdue opens league play at home for the fifth straight season, when it hosts Minnesota on Sunday, Dec. 4, in Mackey Arena. Six days later and after a Wednesday non-conference tilt against Hofstra, Purdue closes out the Big Ten’s opening week at Nebraska on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Boilermakers will then resume conference play, opening the New Year on Jan. 2, by hosting Rutgers. Following the game with the Scarlet Knights, five of Purdue’s next seven games will come on the road, including a trip to Philadelphia to face Penn State in the historic Palestra (Jan. 5 at Ohio State; Jan. 8 vs. Penn State in Philadelphia; Jan. 13 vs. Nebraska in Mackey Arena; Jan. 16 at Michigan State; Jan. 19 at Minnesota; Jan. 22 vs. Maryland in Mackey Arena; Jan. 26 at Michigan).

Through its road game at Michigan, Purdue will have played six road games and four home games at the halfway point of the conference schedule. Purdue also had four home games in the first 10 league games a year ago.

Purdue hosts Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 29, and Penn State on Feb. 1, before traveling to Indiana on Feb. 4. Purdue returns home to face Iowa on Feb. 9, before facing Northwestern in Evanston on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 12) and Maryland in College Park (Feb. 16).

Three of Purdue’s last four games will come in Mackey Arena, hosting Ohio State on Feb. 19, Indiana on Feb. 25, and Illinois on Senior Day on Feb. 5. The lone road game in that span comes against Wisconsin on March 2. 

For its home conference slate, Purdue will have five Sunday games and one game each on Monday (Jan. 2), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mackey Arena has been sold out for 41 straight games dating to the 2018-19 season and the Boilermakers are 65-10 against Big Ten teams in Mackey Arena since the 2014-15 season, the league’s best record by a whopping five-and-a-half games.

The Big Ten Tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago, from March 8 to 12.


• After opening the season with a Thursday night Big Ten battle, Purdue Football returns to the gridiron for a Saturday non-conference matchup. The Boilermakers host Indiana State to begin a stretch of three straight nonconference contests. Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET. • Purdue leads the all-time series 5-0 with all five victories coming in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers and Sycamores last met in 2015, a 38-14 Purdue victory (Sept. 12, 2015). The first in-state matchup occurred 96 years ago when the Boilermakers shutout Indiana 38-0. • After throwing for 360 yards against Penn State to eclipse 6,000 yards for his career, Aidan O’Connell is one touchdown away f becoming the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to throw 45 touchdowns. • Behind the arm of O’Connell, Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense and ranks 14th nationally (360.0 yards per game). • Charlie Jones’ 153 receiving yards in the season opener were the most ever by a Boilermaker making his Purdue debut. • Fourteen Boilermakers made their Purdue debuts in the season opener against Penn State: Cole Brevard, Elijah Canion, Nic Caraway, Sione Finau, Jah’von Grigsby, Bryce Hampton, Scotty Humpich, Joseph Jefferson, Daniel Johnson, Charlie Jones, Kobe Lewis, Mo Omonode, Reese Taylor, Tyrone Tracy. • The Boilermakers are in the midst of playing three of their four September games at home, while October feature three of four games on the road. • Purdue’s honorary captains against Indiana State are Kyle Orton (QB: 2001-04) and Keena Turner (DE: 1976-79); Orton is a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, while Turner is in the Den of Defensive Ends.

BOILERMAKERS BACK IN THE RANKINGS • The Boilermakers received votes in the preseason AP and Coaches polls heading into the 2022 campaign. • Purdue’s two wins over top-5 opponents last year saw the Boilermakers crack into the national rankings for the first time since 2007. • Purdue was No. 25 in the AP poll following its win at No. 2 Iowa and was later ranked No. 19 in the College Football Playoff ranking, the first appearance in program history, after defeating No. 3 Michigan State at Ross-Ade Stadium.


• Make Purdue 17-13 when coming off a loss under Jeff Brohm.

• Make Purdue 7-6 in regular season non-conference games

under Brohm.

• Be the fifth straight win for Purdue after a loss.

• Keep Purdue perfect against FCS teams since the 1978 division.

• Be the first against an FCS opponent in the Brohm era.

• Mark the 295th victory at Ross-Ade Stadium

PURDUE W SOCCER: Boilermakers Fall to Ninth-Ranked Irish

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a closely-contested match, the Purdue soccer team lost to No. 9 Notre Dame, 3-1, on Thursday night at Folk Field.

The Boilermakers (3-4-0) and Fighting Irish (6-0-0) played a scoreless first half, with multiple chances for both teams, before UND scored two quick goals in the 59th minute. Purdue answered right back three minutes later on freshman forward Kayla Budish’s first career goal in the 62nd minute to make it a 2-1 game. However, the home side could not find the equalizer, and Notre Dame added its third goal with seven minutes left.

Budish’s goal was just the second allowed by UND this season. Purdue had six shots, tied for second-most allowed by Notre Dame this season, and three shots on goal, tied for the most the Fighting Irish have allowed in a game in 2022. Both teams had three corners, the fewest Notre Dame has earned in a contest this year and the most it has allowed. The Fighting Irish had 29 shots, though they were held them to seven shots on target, their fewest of the campaign.

Budish had five of Purdue’s six shots and all three of the team’s shots on goal. Senior forward Gabby Hollar came off the bench and also registered a shot. In goal, sophomore Sara Kile made four saves and her UND counterpart stopped two shots.

Thursday night was the third meeting between the two in-state foes in the last year, after they squared off twice in 2021, in the regular-season at Notre Dame and again in the NCAA Tournament Second Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Fighting Irish traveled to West Lafayette for the first time in the series that began in 2002.

Purdue falls to 1-1 against top-25 opponents in 2022, along with a 3-0 win over No. 15 USC on opening night at Folk Field. Notre Dame entered the game in the top-12 nationally in each major poll.

The Fighting Irish had the first five shots in the game, one of which ended with a great save made by Kile. Budish then had a great opportunity in the 21st minute, with two shots from inside the 18-yard box on the right side, but both were blocked. The second attempt set up the first of two corner kicks within a minute for the Boilermakers, but they couldn’t get a shot off.

After a great run in the 36th minute, Budish added another shot that was blocked away by the UND keeper to set up a Purdue corner kick. Two minutes later, Kile made another save, and she stopped her third chance in the 43rd minute. Hollar’s shot wide closed out the first half.

Purdue was out-shot 10-4 in the opening 45 minutes and UND had a 3-1 edge in shots on target. The Boilermakers held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks and both teams committed three fouls.

Notre Dame had the momentum early in the second half, with nine of the first 10 shots and a pair of goals within the opening 13 minutes. After the visitors registered the first shot in the opening minute, Budish had a chance saved.

The Fighting Irish found two quick goals in the 59th minute to take a 2-0 lead. Maddie Mercado scored at 58:08 off the rebound on a ball that bounced off the top-left corner of the post. Kiki Van Zanten then found the back of the net at 58:43 on a goal assisted by Berkley Mensik.

Purdue answered right back though just three minutes later, as Budish scored her first goal at 61:58. Senior midfielder Sydney Duarte sent a short pass across midfield to junior midfielder Emily Mathews, who dribbled upfield and sent a ball in to the top of the 18-yard box looking for Budish. The ball got to the Notre Dame defender first, but she deflected the ball up and over the UND keeper, who was more than 10 yards off her line. It was a race to the ball that was bouncing towards the goal line, and Budish beat the keeper to it and headed it in to the open net.

That made it a 2-1 game, but the home side could not get the tying goal. Budish’s score proved to be the Boilermakers’ last shot of the game, though they continued to look for chances in the final third.

Notre Dame scored its third goal at 82:09 on a goal by Korbin Albert, assisted by Mercado.

UND had a 19-2 advantage in shots and a 4-2 edge in shots on goal in the second half. The visiting side had two corner kicks and allowed none and Purdue had four fouls to Notre Dame’s three in the final 45 minutes.

After a nine-day layoff, Big Ten play commences at Northwestern on Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. ET. Purdue then returns home to host Wisconsin for a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU on Thursday, September 22, at 5 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022. Purdue’s originally-schedule game for this Sunday, September 11, was canceled in early August, due to a change in Long Beach State’s travel schedule.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Louisville Invitational on Deck

Friday, September 9 | 7 p.m. ET

#9 Purdue at #4 Louisville

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Saturday, September 10 | 4 p.m. ET

#9 Purdue vs. Lipscomb or Xavier

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The undefeated No. 9 Purdue volleyball squad (6-0) heads south for the Louisville Invitational this weekend to face No. 4 Louisville (5-1) tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET before taking on either Lipscomb (2-4) or Xavier (5-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

The Boilermakers started the season off with two straight tournament titles after winning the Tennessee Classic and the Reamer Club Xtra Special.

Starting the Season Strong

Purdue is off to a 6-0 start, the best start since 2018. It is the eighth time under HC Dave Shondell.

Only 28 teams in the nation are left undefeated entering Week 3.

Five Boilermakers are averaging 1.5 or more kills per set.

Purdue in the AVCA Rankings

The team re-enters the top-10 at #9 in the latest poll.

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

Purdue is ranked in the AVCA top-13 for 25 straight weeks (begins: March 8, 2021), a program-record.

The program has been ranked for 79 consecutive weeks (begins: preseason 2017), the longest active streak by any Purdue team, including men’s basketball.

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

The Boilermakers set their highest-ever ranking last year, checking in at #3 following the take-down of #3 Ohio State inside Holloway Gymnasium, 3-2 (9/24/21).

Big Ten Weekly Awards: Schermerhorn and Hudson

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn received her first Big Ten accolade as Defensive Player of the Week following a Big Ten-leading 59 digs in Week 2.

Eva Hudson won her second straight Freshman of the Week honor, leading the league with 29 total kiss and paving the way for all underclassmen with 4.83 points per match. This comes on the heels of Week 1’s Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors, where she led the entire Big Ten with 4.70 kills per set and 51 total points.

Schermerhorn posted a career-best 26 digs vs. #RV Utah, tying as the most digs by a league player this season.

The libero saw 45 receptions over the three matches, going perfect in the final two after allowing just one reception error vs. Bradley in the tournament’s first match.

Making an Immediate Impact: Eva Hudson

Hudson recorded a career-high 21 kills vs. Milwaukee, which also ties as the most by a Big Ten player in a four-set match this season. Furthermore, she did so at a .395 hitting clip. In the past seven years, only All-Americans Sherridan Atkinson, Grace Cleveland, Danielle Cuttino and Faye Adelaja have registered as efficient of a match while posting 20+ kills. Of those four Boilermakers, only Hudson has accomplished the feat as an underclassman.

In Comparison: 2022 vs. Recent History

The Boilermakers are serving tough, out-acing opponents 36-17. In the past 10 years, Purdue has only created as many aces through its first six matches two other seasons (2018 and 2015).

Defense Lives Here

Purdue led the nation in total blocks last year with 372.5.

The Boilermakers have posted seven or more blocks in 31 consecutive matches.

The Boilermaker block has gotten better year over year, not only ranking first or second in the Big Ten in total blocks the past three straight seasons, but among the top seven in the nation: (#1 in 2021, #5 in 2020, #7 in 2019).

The team’s 631 block assists in 2021 not only led the nation, but broke a 35-year-old program record.

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

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

BUTLER W SOCCER: Unable to Recover Against Dayton

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team fell behind and was unable to generate enough offense to overtake Dayton, falling 2-1. The Flyers (5-1-1) scored one goal in the first half and added another with 35 minutes remaining in the match. The Bulldogs (3-3) scored one with 21 minutes on the clock but could not find the back of the net for an equalizer.

Key Moments

11′ | A Butler foul in the penalty area leads to a Dayton penalty kick. Goalkeeper Anna Pierce leans left, but Itala Gemelli’s shot is placed just inside the left post. The Flyers lead, 1-0.


55′ | Gemelli gathers a deflected pass and immediately turns, slicing a shot between two Butler defenders and just out of reach of Pierce. The ball finds the back left corner of the net, and Dayton has a two-goal lead.

69′ | Talia Sommer took a pass from Alana Wood outside of the box on the left side. Sommer alluded two defenders and sent a low shot past a third Flyer. The ball hit just inside the near post and ricocheted to the back right corner, bringing the Dawgs to within one, 1-2.

88′ | A Butler cross found Katie Soderstrom in front of the goal with a great opportunity, but the potential game-tying shot sailed just over the bar.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Talia Sommer

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Talia Sommer’s goal was her first as a Butler Bulldog.

Katie Soderstrom led all players with six shots, four of which were on goal.

Anna Pierce (3-3) made five saves in the match.

Butler earned seven corner kicks, compared to four for Dayton, and each team produced seven shots on goal.

BUTLER M SOCCER: Heads to (RV) Ohio State to Face Buckeyes

Matchday Information – No. 12 Butler at (rv) Ohio State

DATE:                          Friday, September 9 / 7 PM

LOCATION:                 Columbus, Ohio / Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

VIDEO:                        B1G+


The Butler men’s soccer team is heading to Ohio State on Friday, September 9, for a 7 pm kickoff. The No. 12 Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 win over Oakland, while the (rv) Buckeyes most recently defeated Wright State, 2-0.

Bulldog Bits

(through games 9/5/2022)

Palmer Ault is one of fifteen players in the nation with two game-winning goals on the young season.

Gabriel Gjergji’s shutouts (2), goals-against average (.341) and save percentage (.929) all rank third in the BIG EAST.

Gabriel Gjergji was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the week ending Sept. 5.

Butler is ranked No. 12 in the September 6 United Soccer Coaches national poll. Prior to this week, the Bulldogs were most recently ranked in the August 28, 2018, poll, when they were in the 11th spot.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Ohio State leads, 5-4-3

LAST MEETING: 8/31/2014 – Columbus, Ohio – Butler 2, Ohio State 2

Ohio State won recent matches in 2012 (4-1), 2009 (2-1), and 2006 (2-0).

Butler’s most recent win was 1-0 on September 28, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio.

Scouting (rv) Ohio State

Previous match: Wright State, W, 2-0

After a season-opening draw with South Carolina, Ohio State has wins over Cal Poly, Bowling Green, and Wright State.

The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents, 64-39.

        Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Ohio State include:

        #8 Laurence Wootton (2g, 1a)

        #17 Marko Borkovic (2g)

        #21 Chris Dowling (1g, 1a)

        #10 Parker Grinstead (1g)

        #15 Ashton Bilow (1g)

        #14 Luciano Pechota (2a)

Keagan McLaughlin (3-0-1) is the primary keeper for the Buckeyes. In four matches he has allowed 1 goal (.25 GAA) and made 14 saves (.933), while producing 3 shutouts.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Preps for Boise State Classic

INDIANAPOLIS – The third weekend of the regular season will send the Butler volleyball team to Boise, Idaho to face the Broncos in the Boise State Classic. The Bulldogs will face Boise State (12 PM) and Eastern Washington (9 PM) on Friday, Sept. 9. The weekend will end with a single match vs. Southern Utah on Saturday (2 PM).

Bulldog Bits

– The 2022 Bulldogs start the season 4-2, their best start since the 2017 season in which they finished with a 23-8 overall record.

– Butler’s 4-2 record has earned them a spot in the top half of the BIG EAST standings, fifth in the conference.

– Jaymeson Kinley sits at third in the BIG EAST as well as 41st in the nation, recording 4.86 digs per set.

– Autumn Flowers and Marisa Guisti are tied for third in the BIG EAST both averaging 1.00 block per set.

– As a team, Butler leads the BIG EAST in blocks per set (2.23) as well as total team blocks (49).

– The Bulldogs rank 32nd in the nation and first in the BIG EAST in opponent hitting percentage (0.143).

– Boise State and Butler last met in the 1995 Oregon State Sizzler Classic, which ended in a five-set victory for the Bulldogs.

– Eastern Washington leads the all-time series after defeating Butler in their lone meeting at the 1990 Georgia Invitational.

– This will be the first ever meeting between Southern Utah and Butler.

– Butler posted their highest attack percentage of the season (.369) to sweep Hofstra last week.

– Cora Taylor made a season-high 40 assists in the four-set match at Denver.

– Autumn Flowers provided BU with a career-high nine kills at Denver.

SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos are 4-1 to begin the season defeating the likes of Saint Mary’s (twice), Notre Dame, and Idaho State. Their lone defeat came at the hands of Long Beach State. The Broncos handled both matches against St. Mary’s in dominant fashion to begin their season winning 3-0 and 3-1. They then suffered their first lose to Long Beach State in a 3-1 fashion before bouncing back to beat both Notre Dame and Idaho State 3-1. The Broncos have begun to build a reputation of starting each season off hot. The last two seasons featured 11-1 and 10-2 starts.

Sophomore Paige Bartsch earned preseason player of the year in the All-Mountain West conference. Senior Lauren Ohlinger also earned a spot on the preseason All-Mountain West team. As a team, Boise State was picked to finish tied for third in the preseason conference poll.

SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles competed in the Tiger Brawl Tournament, hosted by Memphis, to start the season. They finished with a 1-2 record after the weekend, suffering defeat a 3-0 defeat to Central Michigan and a 2-3 loss to Memphis. The one win came after sweeping Southern University. The Eagles then split a close series against South Dakota State, winning the first 3-2 and losing the second 2-3.

Eastern Washington was picked to finish tied for seventh in the 2022 Big Sky Volleyball preseason coaches’ poll. The Eagles return 15 players and four starters from last year’s team.

SOUTHERN UTAH: The Thunderbirds are winless, starting the season 0-4. After participating in Weber State’s Wildcat Invitational, Southern Utah posted a 0-3 record. They lost 1-3 to San Jose State in their season opener, followed by 1-3 loses to Weber State and University of California Riverside. The Thunderbirds then suffered a slime 2-3 defeat in their home opener to California State Fullerton. This will mark Southern Utah’s first season as a part of the Western Athletic Conference.

The Thunderbirds were predicted to finish 12th in the 2022 WAC preseason poll. They return their blocks leader in senior Raegen Beeson and sophomore Molly McDermott who led the team in aces and ranked second in assists for the Thunderbirds.

BIG-TIME BACKCOURT: Both Jaymeson Kinley and graduate transfer Maddie Renn won a major conference award last fall, with Kinley claiming the 2021 BIG EAST Libero of the Year and Renn notching the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year.

Both Kinley and Renn enter the weekend with 1,178 career digs!

NEW SETTERS: Sophomore transfer Jenna Splitt and freshman Cora Taylor form a new duo of setters for the Bulldogs in 2022. Splitt transferred from Iowa for the spring semester after tallying 223 assists, 70 digs and seven aces in her freshman season. Taylor was a 2021 Third Team AVCA All-American while leading her high school team to the school’s first state championship in 40 years to cap off her senior season.

Taylor leads Butler with 137 assists on the year. Splitt has 64 as a Bulldog taking her career total to 287.

SOPHOMORE STAR: Outside hitter Mariah Grunze will look to build on a breakout rookie campaign that saw her land on the All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, which was the first time a Bulldog has been awarded the honor since joining the conference in 2013.

Grunze leads Butler with 67 kills (3.05 k/s). She reached a double figure kill total in all three matches in the Denver Invite last weekend.

UP NEXT: Butler will host the 2022 Bulldog Brawl next weekend. The tournament field will include Ohio, Missouri, and Central Michigan.

The Bulldog Brawl will feature Butler playing one match Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All three of those matches will feature a 6 PM start.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team ripped off another shutout and got a welcome sight in the occurrence of some goals as the Jaguars rolled past Murray State on Thursday night (Sept. 8), 2-0. Ashton Kudlo and Cailynn Junk shared another clean sheet in goal and Maya Lacognato and Emma Antoine powered the offense as IUPUI remained unbeaten through six games.

“I thought we continued to make it difficult for people to get in behind us and to score goals and to really get quality opportunities. I thought Maya (Turner), Sophia (White), Kenna (Collins) and Alex Stocker did a great job of really keeping things in front of them and I thought the midfield did a great job of pressuring the ball and the forwards did too,” head coach Chris Johnson said.

“The players realize that we’re getting a little bit better each game, but we’re not as good as we can be or as good as we want to be, but we’re getting a little bit better each game.”

IUPUI (3-0-3) opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Lacognato deposited her third goal of the season and 12th of her career. Freshman Sarah Henson played a cross towards the near post where Lacognato banged a shot off a defender and just inside the post. The Jaguars took a 1-0 lead to the break after a dominating first 45 minutes in which they outshot Murray State (0-5-1) by a 7-2 margin and controlled better than 62 percent of the possession.

Murray State gained some steam early in the second half against the IUPUI defense, but couldn’t get anything past Junk. The freshman made a smothering save in the 61st minute, just ahead of Antoine tallying an insurance score. Like the Jaguars’ first goal, Henson sent in a cross from the right side and an errant clearance from a Murray State defender had to be deflected off the bar by MSU goalkeeper Jenna Villacres. The ball sat seemingly frozen in time on the goal line before Antoine beat Villacres and a Murray State defender to the spot and bashed a score into an empty net.

Junk finished off the shutout while the IUPUI defensive third limited Murray State to just five total attempts and three on frame. Murray State was limited to just one corner kick while the Jags earned six.

Junior Sam Slimak fired a game-high three shots and Lacognato and Alex Ludolph had two apiece.

“I think we’re just really good at communicating with each other and I think all our team bonding is just really coming together and just shown on the field,” Kailyn Smith said following the shutout. “All around, we just have really good team chemistry on the field.”

IUPUI recorded a fifth shutout in the season’s first six games and extended its scoreless streak to 395 straight minutes, dating back to Aug. 21.

IUPUI will cap its non-conference slate on Sunday (Sept. 11) when the Jaguars host Evansville at Michael A. Carroll Stadium at 4:00 p.m..


DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will open Horizon League play on Saturday (Sept. 10) when the Jaguars face head coach Sid van Druenen’s former squad, Wright State, on the road at 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.

IUPUI (1-1-2, 0-0 HL) is coming off an unbeaten week as the Jaguars put up a 5-1 thumping of Eastern Illinois and a wild 3-3 draw with Western Illinois on Sunday. IUPUI’s five goals were the program’s most in a game since 2009 as redshirt freshman Josemir Gomez tallied twice and Lukas Hackaa tallied the game-winner and assisted on two other scores. IUPUI peppered EIU with 10 shots on goal and scored four unanswered goals after each team tallied in the game’s first eight minutes. Freshman defender Edgar Correia also had a pair of assists. Freshman Gavin O’Shea netted his first career goal in the waning moments, thanks to an assist from classmate Caleb McComas.

On Sunday, IUPUI clawed from a 2-0 deficit to ultimately steal a result with a 3-3 draw. IUPUI got game-tying goals in both the 87th and 88th minutes, the final coming from an Ethan Vermillion shot from the right side that went through the legs of the WIU keeper for an equalizer. Less than a minute prior, freshman back Brady Horn scored his first collegiate goal on a header that Vermillion helped setup.

For the year, IUPUI leads the Horizon League in goals (11), assists (13), points (35) and shot attempts (64). Hackaa is tied for third in the country with four assists and is one of 15 players in the nation averaging at least one assist per game this season. As a team, IUPUI is 11th nationally with 13 assists and 12th in the country with 11 goals scored.


“It was absolutely an emotional roller coaster – it was craziness, it was entertaining. At the same time, we put ourselves in a position we shouldn’t have put ourselves in, but we responded really well. The guys showed tremendous grit, heart and sweat and ability to go down 2-0, to get it to 2-2, then to concede right away and then straight up score to make it 3-3. It was a game that we really don’t want to be in too often,” van Druenen said after the 3-3 draw with Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 4).


Wright State is 0-3-1 to start the year, having earned a scoreless draw with Stetson and dropping three-in-a-row at Jacksonville, Akron and Ohio State. The Raiders have been outscored 8-1 on the year and outshot 73-43 in four games. Joe Kouadio has WSU’s lone goal, having scored on a penalty kick. In goal, Sebastian Jimenez has started all four matches, registering a 1.38 goals against average and .783 save percentage with a shutout.


Wright State has dominated the head-to-head series as IUPUI is just 4-18-0 all-time against the Raiders. IUPUI has never won in Dayton, going 0-10 in the 10 meetings on the road. IUPUI won 1-0 in last year’s meeting in Indianapolis on a Rayan Choukri goal in the game’s 30th minute. The victory snapped an eight-game skid to WSU.


IUPUI will head to Chicago to face Loyola on Tuesday night (Sept. 13) in a 6:00 p.m. CT (7 Eastern) kickoff. That contest is slated to be aired on ESPN+.

BALL STATE VB: Hosts Ball State Tournament

HOME SWEET HOME: It is the first homestand of the season for the Ball State women’s volleyball team which will play the next four matches inside Worthen Arena … It starts Friday morning, when the Cardinals open play in the Ball State Tournament versus Arkansas State (10 a.m.) … BSU will also host Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday and Green Bay at 6 p.m. Saturday in the tournament.

CLOSING THE HOMESTAND: Following the Ball State Tournament, the Cardinals welcome perennial A-10 powerhouse Dayton to Worthen Arena … The Flyers have advanced to the last four NCAA Tournaments, including two straight trips to the round of 32 … That match will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live stats will be available of all four home matches, while ESPN+ will be on hand to cover BSU’s two matches Friday and the Dayton contest … A one-camera live stream will be available for the Green Bay match … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Ball State is 9-11 all-time versus its next four foes … The Cardinals will be facing Arkansas State for the first time in women’s volleyball … BSU is 1-3 all-time versus Alabama, 1-0 all-time against Green Bay, and 7-8 all-time versus Dayton.


• Ball State boasts a 976-625-2 (.609) all-time record in women’s volleyball over 50 seasons of play … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).

• After producing a 13-0 record at home during the 2021 season, the Cardinals own a 294-93 (.760) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena versus MAC foes, with a 216-57 (.791) mark.

• While Ball State did not receive votes in this week’s AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Cardinals did receive votes for the third straight poll … Ball State received three votes in the 2021 final poll, 18 in the 2022 preseason poll and seven in the Aug. 29, 2022, poll … Prior to the 2021 AVCA Final Poll, the Cardinals had not received votes in an AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll since earning eight votes on Oct. 31, 2011.

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

2022 MAC West Division Predictions

1. Ball State (12) – 72 points

2. Western Michigan – 55 points

3. Toledo – 49 points

4. Northern Illinois – 32 points

5. Central Michigan – 29 points

6. Eastern Michigan – 15 points

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

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

• The Cardinals enter this weekend’s Ball State tournament with a 5-1 overall record, with its lone loss coming to Mississippi State last Saturday … The Bulldogs were also receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll last week and are just outside the top 25 this week.

• For their play at last weekend’s LUV Invitational hosted by Lipscomb, Ball State’s middle tandem of junior Lauren Gilliland and senior Marie Plitt were named to the All-Tournament Team … Gilliland led the Ball State offense with a 3.70 kills-per-set average and a .440 hitting mark, while Plitt averaged 2.00 kills per set and hit .432 … Plitt also led the defense at 1.10 blocks per set while Gilliland averaged 0.70.

• In addition to earning all-tournament honors at the LUV Invitational, junior Lauren Gilliland was named the MAC West Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her play at the event … Gilliland opened the tournament with a career-high 17 kills in the win over Oklahoma, while hitting .533 (17-1-30) for the match … She closed the event with a team-high 13 kills and a .393 (13-2-28) rate of success against Mississippi State … She also scored seven kills in the sweep of Lipscomb.

• Also rewarded for her play last weekend was senior libero Maggie Huber who was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week … Huber led all MAC players with a 5.50 digs-per-set average last week, including 20 in BSU’s four-set win over Oklahoma … She added 16 in the sweep of Lipscomb and 19 versus Mississippi State, while earning a .944 reception percentage for the tournament.

• While Ball State did lose its first match of the season last week, the Cardinals are still one of the nation’s top teams based on winning percentage … As of matches played through Sept. 6, Ball State ranks 33rd nationally with its .833 winning percentage … Last season, the Cardinals tied for fourth nationally with 30 overall wins, while its program record .882 winning percentage ranked eighth.

• Ball State’s offense continues to pace the MAC, and ranks 39th nationally, with a .277 team attack percentage … The Cardinals have hit .250-or-better in five of its six matches this season, including two marks above .300 … BSU hit a season-best .344 in the sweep of Lipscomb (Sept. 2), while adding a .320 mark versus William & Mary (Aug. 27) … The Cardinals finished the 2021 season with a program record .265 team attack percentage, which ranked 23rd among the 321 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball programs.

• Megan Wielonski is picking up right where she left off last season, dishing out 245 total assists so far this season … The total currently stands as the 13th-most in the nation … She also ranks 25th nationally with a 10.65 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Overall, she has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better in 11 of her 40 matches as the program’s starting setter … Included in that list is a .476 team hitting percentage in the Aug. 27, 2021, sweep of St. Thomas which is the third-best single match team performance in program history.

• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 1,639 career assists currently ranking 12th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).

• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 36th nationally with 13 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30) … Her 58 aces last season tied as the sixth-most in a single season in program history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping the 51 served up by Amber Seaman in 2018.

• Junior middle Lauren Gilliland enters the Ball State Tournament with a team-leading .408 attack percentage … The mark currently ranks third in the MAC and 46th nationally … Gilliland also tops the Ball State offense with a 2.83 kills-per-set average … Last season, Gilliland finished the year ranked first in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .366 hitting mark.

• Senior middle Marie Plitt is not far behind, ranking sixth in the MAC and 84th nationally with a .382 attack percentage … The effort includes a season-high 16 kills and a .500 (16-2-28) hitting mark versus William & Mary (Aug. 27) … Plitt is also tied with senior outside Natalie Risi for second on the squad with a 2.48 kills-per-set average … Last season, Plitt ranked second in the MAC and 55th nationally with a .360 attack percentage.

• On defensive, the Cardinals enter the Ball State Tournament pacing the MAC with a 16.57 digs-per-set average … Senior libero Maggie Huber leads the way and is tied for third in the MAC with a 4.74 mark … Senior outside Natalie Risi is second on the squad at 2.91, while sophomore setter Megan Wielonski is third at 2.87.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: set to host home opener vs. MAC West foe Western Michigan

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State returns home for the first time since last November as it hosts Western Michigan Saturday afternoon inside Scheumann Stadium.

For the Cardinals, it’s a rare opportunity for a conference game as a home opener. Saturday’s duel will mark the earliest date (Sept. 10) the teams have ever met. The matchup also marks the earliest conference game by Ball State since facing Eastern Michigan on Aug. 30, 2012, and is also the earliest home conference opener since battling Miami on Aug. 30, 2007.

The winner of this annual game has gone on to finish higher in the end-of-year league standings in 11 of the last 12 seasons with the lone exception being the 2018 campaign.

“They all mean a lot, but certainly in this conference, it’s competitive top to bottom,” head coach Mike Neu said. “That’s the beauty of our conference here playing in some competitive games. Over the last three years, we’ve been in 15 one-possession in the Mid-American Conference.

“They’re all big. It’s the next game on our schedule, it just happens to be against Western Michigan. We know each other well, we’ve been in some battles with them over the last four years, and it’s going to be the same thing Saturday.”

The Cardinals have won the last two duels with the Broncos, winning 45-20 in Kalamazoo, Mich. last season and 30-27 in a wild finish at Scheumann Stadium in 2020.

The game will be broadcast on the airwaves with new Voice of the Cardinals Mick Tidrow, Nick Traub and Jack McMullen on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network, WLBC and SiriusXM 988. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Michael Reghi and Ryan Cavanaugh describing the action.

With the forecast expected to be in the 80s, fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a pregame performance from the Pride of Mid-America marching band, national anthem and a scheduled aircraft flyover prior to kickoff.

Inside the Series

Ball State and Western Michigan are scheduled to square off for the 49th time in series history Saturday. The Broncos lead the overall series, 26-22, but the Cardinals have won three of the last four, including the last two.

Saturday’s duel will mark the earliest date (Sept. 10) the teams have ever met. The two teams have met four times in September all-time, with the earliest matchup coming in the first game in series history: Sept. 18, 1971.

Coach Neu on Western Michigan…

“They’re a well-rounded team. They’re breaking in a new quarterback, but I thought Jack Salopek handled himself well the other night against Michigan State. He made really good decisions, didn’t force the ball, made some big-time throws and showed his ability to scramble and make plays with his feet. He’s got playmakers around him. We feel like John Paddock has playmakers around him here and he’s got playmakers around him there. Those two running backs, La’Darius Jefferson and Sean Tyler, have been with them. You’ve got thunder and lightning, or whatever you want to call them, but they’re two good running backs. We know Corey Crooms, too. They’re a good defensive team, too. They’re going to try to heat you up and bring pressure. This is going to be a great challenge for us.”

Home Openers

Ball State has won 12 consecutive home openers dating back to 2010, including all six under head coach Mike Neu. In that span, the Cardinals have had their opener be a conference game – both wins vs. Eastern Michigan in 2012 and 2020.

The Season Opener

Ball State had a few notable things happen from the 2022 opener at Tennessee. The Cardinals had eight first-time starters: QB John Paddock, WR Amir Abdur-Rahman, TE Brady Hunt, DE Kyle King, LB Cole Pearce, S Jaquan Amos, S Jack Blanco and S Jordan Riley.

Ball State’s defense held Tennessee to a 38.5 percent conversion rate on third down (5-of-13), which included 2-of-8 through the first three quarters. Blanco led the defense with nine tackles in his first career start. He had six tackles in his career entering the night.

In his first collegiate game, TE Tanner Koziol record two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 12 Notre Dame women’s soccer (6-0) continued its torrid stretch through its non-conference schedule with a 3-1 victory over Purdue (3-4) on the road. The Irish are now a win away from its first perfect non-conference slate since 2008.

For the second consecutive match, the Irish regrouped from a 0-0 halftime score and scored all of its goals in the second half. Maddie Mercado scored the opening goal in the 59th minute which marked her team-best fifth goal of the season. The senior has already tied her career-high mark of five goals from last season just six games into the 2022-23 campaign.

The second Notre Dame goal came from Kiki Van Zanten just 35 seconds later. It marked Van Zanten’s first of the season and 15th of her career.

The third and final goal was delivered by Korbin Albert in the 83rd minute, marking her second of the season and 14th of her young career.

All-in-all, the Irish outshot the Boilermakers 29-6, including 7-3 in shots on goal. Junior Ashley Naylor started in goal and needed just two saves thanks to the stout Irish defense.

How It Happened

Notre Dame maintained most of the first half possession in Purdue’s half of the field. In fact, the Irish did not surrender a shot on goal in the first half and outshot Purdue 10-3 overall. However, the first half frustration came with just three shots on net for the Irish, which came from Van Zanten, Ellie Ospeck and Olivia Wingate.

The best Irish scoring chance came around the 17-minute mark when Bri Martinez sent a dangerous low cross from the right side and it just missed a stretching leg from Wingate.

With the second half starting 0-0, the Irish finally broke through in the 59th minute. It started with Van Zanten who launched a missile from deep that hit off the crossbar. Yet, the ball found the feet of Mercado in the middle of the box who took a touch and fired it home for the goal.

Then just a mere 35 seconds later the Irish found the back of the net again as Van Zanten finally got hers. Berkley Mensik registered her first career assist as Van Zanten one-timed a right-footed shot that found the left corner perfectly.

The Boilermakers did get one back in the 62nd minute off an unfortunate touch from an Irish defender that sent the ball over Naylor to a sprinting Kayla Budish of Purdue.

Albert then added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute. The sophomore beat a defender 1-v-1 then fired a shot from about 21 yards out. The low dart skirted past the keeper and in.

Up Next

The Irish close out the non-conference slate with Ohio at home on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. ET. U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and Irish alumna Shannon Boxx will be in attendance and signing autographs after the game.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, Sept 9 – Notre Dame vs. East Carolina – Noon ET (Live Stats)

Friday, Sept. 9– Notre Dame vs. Old Dominion  – 7 p.m. ET  (ESPN+/Live Stats)

Saturday, Sept. 10 –  Notre Dame vs. Navy – Noon ET (Live Stats)


• Notre Dame travels to Norfolk, Virginia for their second road trip of the year as they take on East Carolina, Old Dominion, and Navy. This will be the first time in program history that the Irish have played each of these teams.

• The Irish meet East Carolina on Friday, Sept. 9 at noon, followed by a match up with Old Dominion on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Irish will take on Navy at noon.

• Friday’s match against Old Dominion will be streamed live on ESPN+.


• Friday will be the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Pirates.

• The Pirates are coming off of three losses in the Duke Invitational last weekend as ECU fell to East Tennessee State (2-3) and Northeastern (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 2 and Duke (0-3) on Saturday, Sept. 3.


• The Irish and Monarchs meet for the first time in program history on Friday.

• Old Dominion is coming off of two wins and a loss in the Virginia Tech Invitational last weekend. The Monarchs defeated Marist (3-1) and Coppin State (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 2 and fell to Virginia Tech (0-3) on Saturday, Sept. 3.


• Friday will be the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Midshipmen.

• The Midshipmen hosted the Kristen Dickmann Invitational where Navy fell to VCU (1-3) on Thursday, Sept. 1 and Michigan State (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 2. Navy took down UAlbany in a 3-1 victory on Saturday, Sept. 3.


• The Irish finished 0-2 in the Long Beach State Tournament in the first road trip of the 2022 season as they fell in four sets on Friday to Boise State (18-25, 25-13, 18-25, 18-25) and three sets on Saturday to Long Beach State (21-25, 23-25, 23-25).

• Freshman Lucy Trump led the Irish with 25 kills and 20 digs on the weekend.

• Freshman Avery Ross recorded 12 kills with a .407 hitting percentage in Saturday’s match against Long Beach State. She also recorded 15 digs and four blocks.

•  Phyona Schrader finished with a career-high 42 assists against Boise State and has now recorded 123 assists so far this year. This followed her triple-double performance in the win over Milwaukee, which is the first triple-double since Rebbeca Nunge did it against Louisville on Nov. 9, 2016. Schrader finished with 11 kills, 13 digs, and 33 assists in the victory over the Panthers.

• Junior libero Hattie Monson finished the weekend with 38 digs and is averaging 5.16 digs per set so far this season.

INDIANA STATE W SOCCER: Sycamores Fall to UT Martin in Non-Conference Finale

MARTIN, Tenn. – Indiana State women’s soccer dropped a road contest 2-0 to UT Martin in the Sycamores final non-conference match of the regular season.

After a quiet 15 minutes where neither team could get anything going on the offensive end, UT Martin broke the tie when Skyhawks leading goal scorer Megan Drake scored on a pass from Makayla Robinson to take a 1-0 lead.

Indiana State had multiple looks to tie up the match in the first half with five shots on goal including two apiece from Nora Henderson and CeCe Wahlberg but UT Martin goalkeeper Poppy Bastock kept the Sycamores off the board, making five saves. The Skyhawks took six first half shots with Tara Hoffman making four saves to keep it a one goal contest.

The Sycamores started off the second half with a few close looks from Wahlberg and Anna Holcombe that were saved by the Skyhawks.

In the 51st minute, UT Martin would extend their lead to 2-0 on Megan Drake’s second goal of the evening.

Indiana State added eight shots in the second half to finish the night with 16 while UT Martin took 15 for the match. Skyhawks goalkeeper Poppy Bastock ended the match with seven saves while Tara Hoffman finished with six.

CeCe Wahlberg finished with a team-high four shots while Josie Bakaitis and Nora Henderson each took two shots.

The Sycamores will begin MVC play next week as ISU returns home to face Belmont on September 16 at Memorial Stadium for Youth Soccer Day with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores close non-conference slate in Bluegrass State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball closes its 2022 non-conference schedule in Lexington, Kentucky, against a pair of 2021 NCAA Tournament teams.

The Sycamores will play defending Big South Conference champion Campbell Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. before facing 14th-ranked Kentucky Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. No. 6 Wisconsin, the defending national champion, is the other team competing in Lexington this weekend but the Sycamores and Badgers will not square off.

Last Time Out

Indiana State went 0-3 at the Western Michigan Tournament, dropping three-set matches to both North Dakota and Western Michigan while falling to Wright State in four sets.

Kaitlyn Hamilton was named to the All-Tournament team after notching double-digit kills in all three matches. She finished with 33 kills across the three matches (3.30 per set) while hitting .278.

Milestone Watch

Mallory Keller recently surpassed 500 kills for her career and achieved the milestone in her home state against Western Michigan. Keller is third on the team with 41 kills this season, while her 505 career kills are the most among active Sycamores.

Kaitlyn Hamilton and Karinna Gall are also nearing 500 kills for their Indiana State careers, with Hamilton just 37 kills away and Gall needing 63 more to reach the mark.

In addition, Melina Tedrow needs just 49 digs to break the Indiana State school record of 1,841, currently held by Kristy Cox.

Freshmen in the Fold

Indiana State made notable lineup changes in its last two matches of the Western Michigan Tournament, as freshmen Cadence Gilley and Jazzlyn Ford each earned their first career starts against Wright State.

Ford responded with a season-best 18 assists against the Raiders while also adding one kill, one dig and one block assist. Gilley had six digs in the match against Wright State.

Gilley had at least six digs in each of the Sycamores’ three matches in Kalamazoo, totaling 21 for the weekend. Ford had 41 assists for the weekend, notching double-digit assists against both Wright State and North Dakota.

Netfront Presence

Indiana State has had more blocks than its opponents in four of the first six matches this season. The Sycamores have had the advantage in blocks in both Saturday doubleheaders thus far, including a season-high 11 against Chicago State.

Storm Suhre (10 solo, nine assist) and Jamie Brown (one solo, 11 assist) both have double-digit blocks this season, while five different Sycamores have at least five blocks through the first two weekends of play (Suhre 19, Brown 12, Mallory Keller 8, Kaitlyn Hamilton 6, Karinna Gall 5).

Hammer Time

Indiana State’s Kaitlyn Hamilton had double-digit kills in each of the Sycamores’ three matches at the Western Michigan Tournament, notching 33 kills on the weekend after having just 12 during the opening week of play.

Hamilton had 10 kills against North Dakota on Friday and followed that with 11 against Wright State and 12 against Western Michigan. She earned All-Tournament Team honors for the weekend, hitting at a .278 clip across the three matches.

Up Next

Indiana State has a rare weekend off before starting Missouri Valley Conference play Sept. 23-24.

The Sycamores will play at home for the first time this season during the opening weekend of conference play, welcoming Bradley (Sept. 23) and Illinois State (Sept. 24) to ISU Arena to kick off Valley play.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: FB Preview | Sycamores head to West Lafayette to take on Purdue

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for the first time in the 2022 season as the Sycamores make the trip to West Lafayette, Ind. and Ross-Ade Stadium for a Saturday afternoon contest against Purdue. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Boilermakers is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network and 105.5 The Legend.

At a Glance

Indiana State is 0-5 all-time against Purdue dating back to the series opener in 1926. The Sycamores and Boilermakers last took each other on in the 2015 season with Purdue winning at Ross-Ade Stadium, 38-14.

Indiana State and Purdue have two more games on their current scheduling agreement. The Sycamores are scheduled to return to West Lafayette in both the 2024 and the 2026 seasons.

Indiana State last started 2-0 in the 1986 season with the Sycamores starting the year with wins against St. Cloud State (W, 27-18) and Missouri State (14-10). The Sycamores have started 2-0 in 14 different seasons in program history.

Indiana State has lined up against six current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Sycamores are looking for their first win and currently sit 0-17 against the Big Ten all-time.

The Sycamores lined up against Northwestern last season starting a stretch of seven consecutive seasons ISU will line up against a Big Ten school. Indiana State will take on Purdue (2022, 2024, 2026) and Indiana (2023, 2025, 2027) to continue their stretch against the Big Ten.

Scouting Purdue

Purdue was among the teams that are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ preseason Top-25 poll. The Boilermakers were coming off a 9-4 season that included a 48-45 win in the Transperfect Music City Bowl over Tennessee. Purdue finished the 2021 season receiving voted in both the Associated Press and USA Today postseason polls.

Indiana State and Purdue have met five times over their respective program histories dating back to the inaugural contest in 1926. All five games have occurred in West Lafayette with Purdue holding the 5-0 series edge.

Quarterback Aidan O’Connell was on multiple preseason watch lists this season including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, Preseason Big Ten Honors List, Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, and the Maxwell Award Watch List.

First Starts

Indiana State’s offense featured a multitude of new faces on the field on Thursday against North Alabama with six players making their Sycamore starting debut. The ISU offense underwent an overhaul in the offseason after losing seven starters to graduation or eligibility expiration.

The six Sycamores that made their first official starts were Kevin Barnett (WR), Jackson Byrne (OL), Ethan Chambers (WR), Tee Hodge (RB), Spencer Schneider (OL), and Gavin Screws (QB)

Quarterback Play

Gavin Screws took all the snaps from the backfield in his starting debut at Memorial Stadium. The Butler Community College transfer went 16-of-30 through the air for 141 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Tyce Ferrell in the ISU win. Screws won the starting quarterback nod after a tough preseason battle with redshirt freshmen Evan Olaes and Cade Chambers. Olaes transferred in from Colorado State and posted 3,693 yards and 29 touchdowns over his final two season at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. Chambers saw action in two games in the 2021 season with snaps against South Dakota and Western Illinois.

The Sycamores welcome back the addition of Michael Haupert to the mix this weekend. The quarterback has lined up all over the field throughout his Indiana State career and has been utilized in the ISU wildcat package. He’s posted nearly 400 rushing yards and three touchdowns over his two seasons on the field.

In the Trenches

The Sycamores’ offensive line continues to develop and flourish under the leadership of 2022 captain Jose Vazquez IV. The Carol Stream, Ill. native was nominated by the ISU coaching staff to the Missouri Valley Football Conference for Offensive Lineman of the Week consideration following a standout game against North Alabama. Vazquez gradated out at 87% according to the ISU coaching charts and posted two pancakes against the Lions on the afternoon.

The offensive line featured several newcomers making debuts at their positions in the opening game against UNA. Jackson Byrne made his first start at center, while Spencer Schneider made his debut at left guard. Additionally, Keagen Trost and Joel Stevens manned the tackle positions together for the first time opposite each other. Vazquez remains the most experienced player in the group with 21 career starts on the O-Line with Stevens (6) the next highest among the starting group.

Carter Herrin and Tate Parker were also in action for Indiana State this past Thursday with the duo both seeing time on the Sycamores’ special teams units. Michael Ross is expected to be back in action this week and will serve as the team’s primary backup at both guard positions.

Taking It Out Wide

All-Conference wide receiver Dante Hendrix sat out the first game of the 2022 due to injury, but the Sycamores unit had a productive game throughout the opener against North Alabama. Overall, four different receivers combined to haul in 10 catches for 86 yards in their first game under new offensive coordinator Mike Bath.

With Hendrix out, Screws and the Sycamores’ passing game looked to East Mississippi Community College transfer Kevin Barnett throughout the game. Barnett delivered with team-highs in receptions (5) and yards (38) in the contest while pacing seven different pass catchers. Daijon Collins (2) and Ethan Chambers (2) both added multiple catches in the contest. Collins bounced back from an injury-filled 2021 season where he finished with just seven catches for 65 yards to sit among the team’s leading receivers in the opener. Chambers’ two receptions were the first two catches of his collegiate career as the redshirt freshman drew his first start.

Dakota Caton was also back in the receiving mix on Thursday night. The redshirt junior missed the entirety of the 2021 season due to an ACL injury, but he looked explosive throughout the night in both the receiving and return game. Caton posted his lone catch early in the second quarter to set up an Indiana State field goal.

Unleash the Mules

The Indiana State offensive package highlighted the tight end group over the opening week against North Alabama and the group affectionately known as the “Mules” delivered. Tyce Ferrell and Henry Woodcock both posted two catches apiece with Ferrell hauling in the Sycamores’ lone touchdown pass of the game in the fourth quarter.

The entirety of the tight end room brings size to the field which will be key in both the passing and rushing games. The Sycamores’ group stands at least 6-3 and averages 238-pounds as Indiana State utilizes a number of sets that feature multiple tight ends this year. Ferrell and Woodcock remain the more established options in the room with the duo seeing action in all 11 games in the 2021 season. Lance Rees is also expected to be among the mix for playing time this upcoming weekend with a 6-4, 250-pound frame expected to eat space over the middle.

Multi-Headed Run Game

Indiana State’s run game was a two-pronged attack in the opener against North Alabama with Tee Hodge and Justin Dinka combining for 30 carries and 135 total yards in the opening win over the Lions.

Hodge set up Indiana State’s first score of the 2022 season with a 46-yard carry in the first quarter against the Lions. He finished the game with a team-high 20 carries for 78 yards, while averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Dinka was effective in both the run and passing games finishing with 98 total offensive yards on Thursday night. Dinka broke free on a 29-yard carry in the second quarter and added a 30-yard reception later in the half on his way to posting 12 touches. The San Diego State transfer added a speed component to the ISU offense and averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Travels to Geri Polvino Invitational

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will head to Eastern Kentucky to take part in the Geri Polvino Invitational this weekend.

Tournament Information

Who: Eastern Illinois | Eastern Kentucky | Saint Francis (Pa.)

When: Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10

Where: Richmond, Kentucky | McBrayer Arena

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+ (Eastern Kentucky match only)

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Tournament Schedule

Friday, September 9

    10:00 a.m. | Eastern Illinois

    6:00 p.m. | Eastern Kentucky

Saturday, September 10

    11:00 a.m. | Saint Francis (Pa.)

Know Your Foes

• Eastern Illinois is 2-5, with wins over Akron and Oakland. The Panthers lost to Butler, UIC, Chicago State, Pacific and Western Illinois. Giovana Larregui Lopez is leading the team with 3.50 kills per set, leading an offense that hits .116.

• The Eastern Kentucky squad is 5-2 after its home tournament and Wofford’s event. The Colonels beat Horizon League member IUPUI 3-0. Molly Michalak is averaging 3.12 kills per set. The Colonels are running a 6-2 system with Chloe Mason and Miya Carmichael, totaling over 9.5 assists per set.

• Saint Francis (Pa.) has just one win this season, a 3-2 win over Duquesne earlier this week. The Red Flash have four attackers averaging over 2.00 kills per set. Emma Fenton is the primary setter, averaging 6.62 assists per set for an offense that hits .124.

Series Histories

• Purdue Fort Wayne and Eastern Illinois have played four times, with the Panthers taking three wins over the Mastodons. The ‘Dons won the most recent matchup 3-1 in 2019. Sidney Schiller had 11 kills and Rachael Crucis had 24 digs in that contest.

• The Mastodons and Colonels have played just twice, with matches coming in 2007 and 2014. The ‘Dons won the first match 3-0 and Eastern Kentucky took the other 3-0.

• Purdue Fort Wayne has never lost to Saint Francis (Pa.), holding a 6-0 advantage over the Red Flash. The last matchup came in 2017, which came at Youngstown State’s Penguin Invitational.


As the Mastodons prepare to take on the Red Flash of Saint Francis (Pa.), Mastodon head coach Steve Florio is getting ready to meet up with his former squad. Saint Francis is Florio’s alma mater where he was a part of the men’s volleyball program for his last two years of eligibility.

A Crucial Player

Rachael Crucis was named to the Xavier Tournament’s All-Tournament team for her defensive efforts for the Mastodons. She had 57 digs in nine sets of action, averaging 6.33 digs per set. If that mark was a season-long average, it would rank second in the nation. Her average of 4.90 digs per set this season is 37th in the country.

Let’s Dig!

Purdue Fort Wayne had five players with 10+ digs against Western Illinois on August 27. This was the first time that the Mastodons had five players in double-figures in a match since 2018.

Happy Hundred!

Steve Florio picked up the 100th win of his career on Saturday, August 27 with a 3-0 win over Lindenwood.


Sidney Schiller was named the Most Valuable Player of the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational in the opening week of the season. The senior outside hitter averaged 4.00 kills per set on a .180 hitting clip. She had a pair of double-doubles against Canisius (15 kills, 11 digs) and Western Illinois (19 kills, 15 digs). Her 19 kills against Western Illinois were a career-high.

Tournament Champs

Purdue Fort Wayne won the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational on August 27 thanks to two wins over Lindenwood and Western Illinois. Sidney Schiller (MVP), Molly Mirabelli and Iris Riegel were named to the All-Tournament Team. It was the first tournament win for the Mastodons since SIUE’s Cougar Classic in 2019.

Heavy Hitter

Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.

8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)

9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)

10. Ramei Jackson (.274, 2020-present)

11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)

12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-10 in career digs.

Digs Per Set

1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)

2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)

3. Rachael Crucis (4.34, 2019-present)

4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)

5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)


4. Katie Crowe (1,507, 2017-21)

5. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2006-09)

6. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)

7. Fabiana Souza (1,434, 2002-05)

8. Rachael Crucis (1,417, 2019-present)

Coming Up

The Mastodons will head east for the Toledo Challenge. The ‘Dons will face the host Toledo Rockets and the Duquesne Dukes.


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – An early goal by Southeast Missouri State freshman midfielder Alayna Jakul was too much to overcome Thursday night for the visiting University of Evansville women’s soccer team, as the host Redhawks held on for a 1-0 victory over UE at Houck Field in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

In the fifth minute, SEMO junior midfielder Maddie Paulson was able to send a ball across goal from the right side that just alluded the lunge of Evansville sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Lindner and found Jakul inside the six-yard box, who headed it home for her first career goal.

SEMO would mount constant pressure through the first 30 minutes, before Evansville was able to respond, and put three shots on goal in the final 15 minutes, but SEMO freshman goalkeeper Sophia Elfrink stopped all three to maintain a 1-0 advantage.

In the second half, UE was the aggressor, firing 10 shots in the final 45 minutes, including three more on goal, but Elfrink and the SEMO defense stood tall.  Evansville had a near miss with just over 12 minutes to play, as senior Kristen Harvey just missed wide on a nice back-heel combination play with fifth-year midfielder Nicole Benati.  Elfrink also made a diving save of a low missile from fifth-year forward Emily Ormson in the 85th minute to preserve the final scoreline.

“I think that we came out flat tonight, and SEMO did a good job of starting the game on the front foot and putting us under pressure,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau.  “I thought in the second half, we did a better job of not waiting for things to happen.  We got forward better and did some nice things, but could not find the equalizer.”

With the loss, Evansville falls to 1-2-2 on the season, while SEMO improves to 4-3 overall.  Evansville will try to bounce back on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. central time, as the Purple Aces will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to take on IUPUI.

EVANSVILLE M SOCCER: Mayor’s Cup enters new era on Saturday

EVANSVILLE – For the first time in its rich history, the Mayor’s Cup featuring the University of Evansville men’s soccer team and Southern Indiana will be held during the regular season on Saturday, September 10th at 6 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

The annual meeting between the Aces and Screaming Eagles moves to the regular season for 2022 with USI’s move to NCAA Division I. Saturday’s matchup represents the first-ever regular season meeting between the two sides. Evansville enters with a 2-0-1 record following back-to-back victories over IUPUI and Incarnate Word, while the Eagles are in search of their first win of the season after starting the year 0-4.

Saturday’s game is presented by ProRehab and Tri-State Orthopedics as the Aces and Eagles partner with the YMCA to help support youth sports programs. Fans attending the match are encouraged to donate $2 to the YMCA when entering Arad McCutchan Stadium. Fans will also be treated to a deal at the concessions stand with hot dogs for just $1.

The Aces attack has been on a roll as of late, scoring three goals in the first half against both IUPUI and Incarnate Word. Evansville has scored multiple goals in each of its three matches this season, the first three-game stretch with two-or-more goals since the 2016 campaign. Evansville’s attack through three games in 2022 has been all players from Spain. All of the Aces eight goals this season have been scored by the Spanish trio of Carlos Barcia, Jose Vivas, and Nacho Diaz.

SOUTHERN INDIANA M SOCCER: Eagles Prepare to Face Cross-town Rival in Mayors Cup

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer heads across town on Saturday to take on the University of Evansville in the first Mayors Cup. The Screaming Eagles enter the match 0-4 on the season while the Purple Aces enter 2-0-1.

The match against Evansville will be the fourth of five road games in their first six matches for the Eagles. After the match with the Aces, USI will head to Bradley University for the final road match in that stretch before starting a three match homestand on September 16th with a non-conference matchup with Lindenwood University. That homestand will also welcome in Chicago State University and the first conference match of the season for the Eagles as they host the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

After going down 2-0 against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Monday, the Eagles were able to head into halftime with the deficit cut in half after Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) scored off a header from a ball chipped into the box by Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana). While it had seemed like the momentum had shifted towards USI, and after a strong start to the second half, the Cougars were able to score five minutes into the second half of play and would continue to take over the next 15 minutes to extend the lead to 5-1.

One of the biggest things Head Coach Mat Santoro has been preaching to his players is how much he believes in them. This has been shown not just off the field but on as well. USI has had six guys start in all four games while another four have started in three. Using this and making his players more comfortable with each other and each other’s play styles are really what is going to get this team their first win of the season.

The Eagles came into the season with questions about who the starting goalkeeper would be. So far, junior Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has started three of the four games for USI, allowing nine goals and making five saves on 32 shots faced. Freshman Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) has also made his case known for the starting job, making one start and coming off the bench against SIUE. Varano has allowed four goals while making nine saves on 20 shots faced.

Coach Santoro brought in a plethora of new talent in the program in the offseason, and early on he’s showing how much trust he has in them. Graduate transfer Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) has been holding down the midfield for USI, being one of six players to start all four games, he’s played the most minutes out of any Eagle with 326. Not only has Faddis played a big role but so have a few others, four of the top five in minutes played this season are new to the team this year. The lone returner is senior defender Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) who has played just a minute less than Faddis with 325. Freshmen Ednilson Voiles (Plainfield, Indiana) and Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) have also been key contributors in both the midfield and in the attack as well as transfer Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada) who has seen a lot of playing time at left back for Santoro’s squad.

No matter the school or sport, transitioning from Division II to Division I is always tough. While they may not have that first win on the board yet, this team has a lot of fight in them. The Eagles have allowed just three goals in the first half of games while scoring three of their own. Doing an incredible job of staying with teams through the entire first 45 minutes. The second half is where the experience of the other teams start to set in. While allowing 10 second half goals and scoring one it would seem that after halftime USI can’t get a stop. However, the Eagles have been very physical and tough coming out of the locker room, it’s the experience for the other team in that last 30 minutes that starts to set in. For USI, half of the goals that they have allowed in the second half have come after that 60-minute mark.

Evansville Purple Aces

Evansville comes into the match against USI with a win last week over the University of Incarnate Word, 3-0, improving to 2-0-1 on the year. Nacho Diaz leads the Aces early with four goals scored, scoring in every match this year. Diaz was named the first Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week this season. Carlos Barcia and Jose Vivas have also scored two goals each this season for Evansville. Evan Dekker and Nkosi Graham lead the team with two assists each. Alex Vidizzoni heads the Aces in net, starting all three games so far, allowing just three goals while making 11 saves on 30 shots faced.

VALPO M BASKETBALL: Krikke Named to Blue Ribbon Preseason All-MVC Team

Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) was tabbed a Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook this week, one of only five players to receive this honor.

Krikke averaged a team-high 14.2 points per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the floor, 84.3 percent from the free-throw line and squeezing 4.5 rebounds per outing last season. He also blocked 23 shots and swiped 23 steals. The Valpo forward was one of three players in the MVC to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor and 80 percent or better from the free-throw line.

Krikke finished his junior year with 974 career points, 26 away from 1,000. He finished the season with a career field-goal percentage of 53.4, a mark that ranks seventh in the program record book. He ranked 11th in the MVC in scoring average, eighth in field-goal percentage and fifth in free-throw percentage.

Following the 2021-2022 campaign, Krikke was named to the All-MVC Third Team for the second consecutive season while also repeating MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honors. In 2020-21, he also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and was a member of the MVC Most-Improved Team, making him the only player in the league to earn all-conference, scholar-athlete and All-MVC honors that season.


  1. Drake
  2. Southern Illinois
  3. Bradley
  4. Belmont
  5. Indiana State
  6. UNI
  7. Missouri State
  8. Valparaiso
  9. Illinois State
  10. Murray State
  11. UIC
  12. Evansville


F-Ben Krikke, SR, Valparaiso

F-Marcus Domask, SR, Southern Illinois

G-Tucker DeVries, SO, Drake

G-D.J. Wilkins, SR, Drake

G-Cooper Neese, SR, Indiana State


Tucker DeVries, SO, Drake


Rod Perry, JR, Murray State


INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a successful business trip in Missouri, going 2-0 during the trip, the No. 4 Marian women’s soccer team was back at home as they welcomed the University of St. Francis (Ill.) to town for a showdown under the lights at St. Vincent Field. The Knights picked up the easy 4-0 victory over the Saints to improve to 5-0-1 on the season.

The Knights came out the gates strong in the first half, posting eight shots by controlling a majority of the possession, and allowing the Saints only one shot. Marian Corro Celma got things started for Marian as she fired one off the crossbar two minutes into the game. Jacelyn Smith followed with a shot of her own off a cross from Maya Decker, but her shot would go just high. Smith and the Knights continued their search for a goal with Smith firing off the next two shots, with both going wide.

In the 28 minute of the match, Erin Oleksak got in on the action, as she booted one on goal that would bounce off the goalie and land at the feet of Stephanie Ramos who capitalized, notching it in the back of the net to score her first career goal. With the Knights leading 1-0, Delaney Taylor tried a shot of her own at the 38:17 mark, but was unable to execute as the USF goalie made the save. Not much later, Smith attempted her third shot and the team’s last shot of the half, but with the goalie making the save yet again.

Marian continued their offensive tear after the break, firing off 12 shots and wasting no time, as Naomi Walters received the assist from Delaney Taylor to add another one on the board for the Knights, giving them the 2-0 lead. The Knights did not let up as Oleksak, Smith, Walters, Corro Celma, Kiley Jones, and Camryn Gietl all fired off attempts of their own. At the 67:41 mark, Oleksak got her first goal of the match off the assist from Decker, before moments later when Oleksake took another attempt that would hit the crossbar. Gietl put the icing on the cake with two minutes left in the match as she captilized off the assist from Lindsey Stoughton to give the Knights the 4-0 win.

The Knights defense proved to be the strong, as they only allowed the Saints 3 shot attempts. Ramos, Walters, Oleksak and Gietl all had one goal, while Oleksak also added an assist. Taylor, Decker and Stoughton also added one assist a piece. Noelle Rolfsen got the win in goal today, as she made one save.

Marian will be back at home as they host Aquinas Saturday at 4 PM.



American League
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NY Yankees8355.60148 – 2135 – 3436 – 2525 – 815 – 145 – 5L 1
Tampa Bay7758.5704.547 – 2430 – 3435 – 2614 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 3
Toronto7660.559638 – 2938 – 3130 – 2519 – 1515 – 148 – 2W 1
Baltimore7265.52610.540 – 2832 – 3728 – 3215 – 1519 – 105 – 5L 1
Boston6771.4861635 – 3432 – 3718 – 3916 – 1425 – 85 – 5L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7065.51933 – 3037 – 3513 – 1633 – 2512 – 163 – 7L 1
Minnesota6967.5071.540 – 2929 – 3818 – 1631 – 2212 – 174 – 6W 1
Chi White Sox7068.5071.534 – 3636 – 3215 – 1731 – 2916 – 157 – 3W 2
Kansas City5682.40615.533 – 3923 – 4312 – 2027 – 3110 – 185 – 5W 1
Detroit5285.3801930 – 4022 – 459 – 2023 – 389 – 183 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8849.64245 – 2143 – 2810 – 1223 – 846 – 237 – 3W 1
Seattle7760.5621136 – 3041 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 288 – 2L 1
LA Angels6077.4382831 – 4029 – 3711 – 2316 – 1026 – 316 – 4L 1
Texas5977.43428.528 – 3831 – 395 – 1817 – 1327 – 381 – 9L 1
Oakland5088.36238.522 – 4628 – 4213 – 2011 – 1922 – 363 – 7L 3
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8751.63046 – 2341 – 2844 – 2117 – 619 – 145 – 5W 2
Atlanta8651.6280.547 – 2539 – 2635 – 2221 – 1218 – 127 – 3W 7
Philadelphia7562.54711.541 – 3134 – 3131 – 2820 – 1017 – 163 – 7L 1
Miami5680.4123026 – 3830 – 4226 – 3311 – 1512 – 211 – 9W 1
Washington4989.3553822 – 4727 – 4211 – 4315 – 1815 – 186 – 4W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8157.58747 – 2434 – 3316 – 1838 – 2017 – 97 – 3L 1
Milwaukee7365.529837 – 2636 – 3911 – 1335 – 3014 – 185 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs5780.41623.529 – 4028 – 4013 – 930 – 368 – 212 – 8L 2
Cincinnati5580.40724.529 – 3926 – 4112 – 2222 – 2910 – 225 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh5086.3683027 – 4123 – 459 – 2223 – 3314 – 173 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
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Colorado5979.4283638 – 3321 – 4610 – 2414 – 1527 – 305 – 5W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1914       Braves hurler George Davis, a Harvard Law School student who will retire after four seasons in the major leagues with a 7-10 record, no-hits the Phillies, 7-0, giving him the distinction of being the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Fenway Park, the home of the American League Red Sox. Only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer career victories for pitchers who have thrown no-hitters than the 24-year-old right-hander teammates call Iron.

1922       The Browns’ 16-0 rout of the Tigers at Sportsman’s Park marks the most lopsided victory in franchise history. The St. Louis outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson contributes to romp, tripling three times en route to collecting 94 three-baggers during his 11-year career.

1936       The Yankees clinch their eighth pennant with a doubleheader sweep of the Tribe at Cleveland’s League Park. The Bronx Bombers finish 19.5 games ahead of Detroit, marking the team’s largest lead at the end of a season in franchise history.

1945       🇨🇦 In the nightcap of a twin bill at Shibe Park, Dick Fowler gets his only victory of the season when he no-hits the Browns, 1-0, becoming the first Canadian to throw a major league no-hitter. The A’s 24-year-old right-hander from Toronto will compile a 66-79 record during his ten-year tenure with the A’s.

1948       At the Polo Grounds, 23-year-old right-hander Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0. Before completing the gem, the Brooklyn starter endures a one-hour rain delay and showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.

1950       After leading off the first with a single, Dom DiMaggio swipes second base, advances to third on an error, and then scores the first run of the game on a groundout in the Red Sox’ 11-3 rout of Philadelphia at Fenway Park. The stolen base is the final one the ‘Little Perfesser’ will get this season, but he will finish leading the American League with 15, the lowest total that has ever led either league.

1950       With the Phillies in the thick of a pennant race, their southpaw starter Curt Simmons will miss the rest of the season and the entire 1951 campaign because of his National Guard unit’s activation due to the Korean conflict. The left-hander, granted leave from Indiana’s Camp Atterbury, watches his team in the World Series, but Philadelphia decides not to request he be made eligible to participate.

1960       Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hits career homer 511, tying him with Mel Ott for third on the all-time home run list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534). The historic homer, a two-out game-tying solo shot to deep right field, comes off Jim Perry in the fifth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium.

1961       At the Stadium, Roger Maris hits his 56th home run of the season off Mudcat Grant in an 8-7 comeback Yankee victory over the Indians. The Fargo native and his roommate Mickey Mantle (52) now hold the record for most single-season home runs by two teammates (108), previously set in 1927 by another pair of Bronx Bombers, Babe Ruth (60) and Lou Gehrig (47).

1965       “And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.” – VINCE SCULLY, setting the stage in the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s gem. At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game against the Cubs, the southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter, beating Bob Hendley’s one-hit effort, 1-0. In the fifth inning, the Chicago left-hander gives up an unearned run and yields the game’s only hit in the seventh-inning double to Lou Johnson on a ball that barely rolls to outfield grass.

1968       The new American League expansion team hires Joe Gordon, giving the future Hall of Fame second baseman the distinction of managing his second major league team in Kansas City. In his only year with the club, the former A’s manager leads the Royals to a fourth-place finish in the six-team AL West Division, finishing the team’s inaugural season with a 69-93 record.

1977       At Fenway Park, shortstop Alan Trammel and second baseman Lou Whitaker make their major league debut for Detroit. The Tigers’ new double-play combination will be teammates for 19 seasons, setting a major league record.

1979       When Red Sox backup catcher Bob Montgomery takes his final at-bat, he becomes the last player to step into the batter’s box without wearing a helmet. The Boston backstop, required to wear a protective plastic liner within his cap, is allowed to be helmetless due to a grandfather clause in Major League Baseball’s edict enacted eight years ago, making the use of helmets mandatory for all batters.

1987       Astros right-hander Nolan Ryan, beating the Giants, 4-2, strikes out 12 of the final 13 hitters he faces en route to a 16-K performance. The ‘Ryan Express’ notches his 4,500th career strikeout, whiffing Mike Aldrete to end the seventh inning.

1988       In his final major league game, Bruce Sutter, who missed last season due to shoulder problems, notches his 300th career save. The 35-year-old future Hall of Fame closer becomes the third reliever to reach the milestone when he retires the Padres in order in the 11th inning of the Braves’ 5-4 win at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1989       Devon White steals second, third, and home in the sixth inning of the Angels’ 8-5 victory over the Red Sox at Anaheim Stadium. The fleet outfielder also pilfers second base in the eighth frame, swiping his 43rd sack of the season.

1992       In front of a sellout crowd at County Stadium, Robin Yount becomes the 17th and third-youngest player to reach the 3000 hits when he singles off Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 Brewers loss to Cleveland. The 36-year-old Milwaukee center fielder also reached 1,000 and 2,000 hit plateaus against the Indians.

1992       The owners select Bud Selig to serve as the Major League Executive Council’s chairman, otherwise known as interim commissioner. Baseball will take nearly six years to name a permanent person for the post, and it will select Selig, the former owner of the Brewers, as the game’s ninth chief executive.

1997       After broadcasting a Mets-Phillies game last night, Hall of Famer and beloved Phillies announcer Richie Ashburn, an excellent contact hitter who once fouled off 14 pitches in one at-bat, passes away from an apparent heart attack in his New York hotel room. ‘Whitey’ collected the most hits by any major leaguer during the decade of the 1950s.

1997       Red Sox rookie shortstop Nomar Garciaparra breaks the major league record for RBIs by a leadoff batter with his two ribbies in an 8-6 loss to the Yankees. Tiger Harvey Kuenn established the mark in 1956 with 85.

1998       The Yankees (102-41) move 20.5 games ahead of the second-place Red Sox, clinching a flag with their 7-5 win over Boston at Fenway Park. The Bronx Bombers will set an American League record with their 112 victories this season.

1998       Thanks to Damion Easley’s tenth inning two-run walk-off homer, the Tigers beat Rick Aguilera and the Twins, 8-7. The game marks the third consecutive contest Detroit trailed going into the final inning but dramatically won in their last at-bat.

2001       For the second time in the season, Barry Bonds hits three home runs in a game. The Giants left fielder, whose offensive output gives him 63 homers, passes the major league season mark of 61 for homers hit left-handed, set by Roger Maris in 1961.

2002       On the third-earliest date since divisional play began in 1969, the Braves clinch the National League East for the eighth consecutive season. Atlanta will finish the season 19 games ahead of the second-place Expos.

2002       For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts, breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the ‘Big Unit’ with Nolan Ryan, having six 300 strikeout seasons.

2002       Barry Bonds’ 610th career home run is the longest dinger ever hit in the three-year history of Pac Bell Park. The 491-foot homer sails over the fans’ heads, waiting in line at a concession stand in the center field bleachers.

2002       Alex Rodriguez extends the home run record for shortstops after surpassing Ernie Banks’ 1958 mark of 47 last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league-leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season, helping Texas defeat the Mariners, 12-7, at The Ballpark in Arlington.

2003       At Turner Field, Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels hit grand slams in the Phillies’ 18-5 rout of the hometown Braves. The bases-full blasts come in the second and sixth inning, respectively.

2004       Joe Randa becomes the first player in American League history to collect six hits and score six runs in a nine-inning game. The Kansas City third baseman’s offensive output contributes to the Royals’ 26-5 rout over Tigers.

2004       Lino Urdaneta’s first major league appearance results in an earned run average of infinity when the Tigers rookie does not retire a batter, giving up five hits, one walk, and six earned runs. Fortunately for the right-hander, the Mets will allow him to appear in two games in 2007, in which he gives up one run in one inning of work, to bring down his ERA to a much more respectable 63.00.

2006       In the shortest game ever recorded at Chase Field, Brandon Webb one-hits the visiting Cardinals, 3-0. The only hit the Diamondbacks right-hander gives up in the 1 hour and 54-minute game in the desert is Scott Rolen’s two-out double in the fourth inning

2006       At Coors Field in Denver, Alfonso Soriano hit his 45th home run to set the Nationals’ single-season franchise record. The previous club record was established in 2000 by Vladimir Guerrero, playing for the Montreal Expos.

2007       The Brewers become the third team in big league history to begin a game with three consecutive homers. In the Brew Crew’s 10-5 victory over the Reds, Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy, and Ryan Braun start the Great American Ball Park contest with a bang.

2007       In the first inning at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Curtis Granderson steals his 20th base of the season to become only the third major leaguer to belong to the 20-20-20-20 club. The Tigers center fielder joins Frank Schulte (1911 – Cubs) and Willie Mays (1957 – Giants) as the only players to record 20 home runs, 20 triples, and 20 doubles, as well as swiping 20 bases in a season.

2008       Derek Jeter passes the legendary Babe Ruth on the Yankees’ all-time hits list, adding a first-inning single during the 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to run his career total to 2,519 hits. Lou Gehrig (2,721) is now the only Bronx Bomber with more hits than the club’s current shortstop.

2008       Removed from the starting lineup when his cab becomes stuck in traffic, Dan Johnson, called up today from the Durham Bulls, pinch hits in the ninth inning with the Rays trailing 4-3, and belts a game-tying home run off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the Fenway Park contest. The homer, which comes in his first at-bat with the team and is his first pinch-hit in 16 major league attempts, is believed to be the turning point of Tampa Bay’s season, as the timely round-tripper helps to snap a four-game losing streak and prevents the Red Sox from taking over first place.

2010       Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first major leaguer with ten consecutive seasons with 200 hits. The Mariner right-fielder extends his own record with a fifth-inning single to center in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

2012       Rays right-hander James Shields tosses a complete-game two-hitter, beating the first-place Rangers, 6-0. B.J. Upton knocks in half of Tampa Bay’s runs when he hits three solo homers in the first, fourth, and sixth innings of the Tropicana Field contest.

2013       Juan Uribe homers in each of his first three trips to the plate in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over Arizona. Los Angeles goes yard six times in the Chavez Ravine contest, falling two shy of the franchise record established in 2002.

2020       The Braves, shut out in yesterday’s contest, set the modern (post-1900) National League record for runs scored in a game when the team beats the Marlins at Truist Park, 29-9. Atlanta, fueled by 23 hits, including seven homers, falls one run short of tying the major league mark established by the Rangers in a 2007 contest when they tallied thirty times against the Orioles but surpasses the franchise mark set in 1957 when the team beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 23-10.


One of the greatest post-season rivalries (dating back to 1941) was reset for the second Fall Classic of the 1980’s. The New York Yankees had been in the hunt for more World Series Championships than any other team in professional baseball and the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers were their favorite prey. In the ten Series meetings between the two clubs, New York had prevailed as champs on eight occasions (6-1 against the Brooklyn Dodgers and 2-1 against the Los Angeles version). Both teams had last met in 1978 when the Yankees lost the first two outings then rebounded to beat the Nationals in four consecutive games for the crown. After a new two tiered playoff system was introduced (due to a players strike that interrupted the regular season) the Yankees had won a tight divisional-playoff over the Milwaukee Brewers (3-2) and went on to sweep the Oakland A’s in the American League Championship Series.

As Game 1 started, New York showed the hometown crowd why they still were “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Bob Watson opened it up with a three run homer in the first (off Jerry Reuss) and his teammates collected single runs in the third and fourth innings, for a 5-1 lead going into the eighth. A confidant Yankees skipper Bob Lemon replaced starter Ron Guidry with Ron Davis, who unfortunately walked the only two batters he faced. Attempting to divert a comeback, Goose Gossage was brought in, but he also yielded a run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone and a sacrifice fly to Dusty Baker. Despite the setback, he managed to get out of the inning thanks to third baseman Graig Nettles who made a clutch, diving grab of a Steve Garvey line drive that appeared headed for the far left-field corner. After Ron Cey followed with a ground out, the nervous bullpen leader and his amazing infielder emerged as 5-3 winners.

Tommy John (a former Dodger who had crossed to sign with the Yanks after the ’78 season) was given the start against his former mates in Game 2. Together with Gossage, he managed to hold Los Angeles to four meaningless hits on the road to a 3-0 victory. Shortstop Larry Milbourne garnered New York’s only extra-base hit, (a fifth-inning double that drove in the first run) as the Yankees extended their Series winning streak against the Dodgers to six games.

Having played ten postseason games before the World Series ever started (five against the Houston Astros in the divisional playoffs and five more against the Montreal Expos in the Championship Series) Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda’s team had come too far to give up now. Their postseason marathon was nearing the home stretch and they were falling behind fast. The skipper had been eagerly awaiting the chance to introduce their new rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela to the Yankees and Game 3 provided the perfect opportunity. A good fit to face the Bombers; the lefty had pitched five shutouts in his first seven games and wound up with eight total in a 13-7 season. Despite his outstanding numbers, the inexperienced twenty year-old surrendered nine hits (including homers to Watson and Rick Cerone) and seven walks, but somehow managed to hold on for the 5-4 win on Cey’s three run blast in the first, Pedro Guerrero’s RBI double in the fifth and Mike Scioscia’s run-producing double-play grounder that followed.

Bob Welch drew for the start for Game 4, but failed to retire a single batter as Los Angeles fell behind 6-3 early on. The Dodgers managed to tie it up in the sixth after Jay Johnstone hammered a two run pinch-homer and Davey Lopes (who reached second on a rare Reggie Jackson error) stole third and scored on a Bill Russell single. The comeback ignited a spark in LA’s line-up and they continued to burn the Yankee rotation in the seventh on Steve Yeager’s sacrifice fly and Lopes’ run-scoring infield hit that put them ahead 8-6. “Mr. October” who was attempting to make amends for the costly fielding error in the sixth, erased the memory with a beautiful tape-measure homer to right-center in the eighth. Although it shortened the gap, it was all the Yanks could muster and the home team went on to tie the Series up with an 8-7 victory.

Guidry and Reuss returned to face each other again in Game 5 with Reuss coming out on top 2-1 after Guerrero and Yeager both slugged back-to-back homers in the seventh-inning. As the Series shifted back to the Bronx, both teams remained deadlocked in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth when Lemon elected to use a pinch-hitter in place of starting pitcher John. The decision proved devastating as New York failed to score in the inning and John was rendered ineligible for the rest of the contest. As reliever George Frazier came in to pick up the pieces, he was quickly taken for three runs in the fifth. Guerrero later added a two run single and a bases-empty home run while his five runs batted in highlighted the Dodgers’ Series-clinching 9-2 triumph. Losing pitcher Frazier had suffered his thirdrd consecutive defeat, equaling the Series record established by Claude Williams of the 1919 Black Sox. Like the Yanks had done to them in ’78, the Dodgers had come behind from a 2-0 deficit to defeat New York in four straight. Many Yankees fans blamed Lemon for sacrificing John so early in the game and as a result, the Series. The decision would prove costly on many fronts and his tenure with the “Pinstripes” would soon be at an end.


This game featured one of the most gifted and versatile athletes ever to play in professional sports. Bo Jackson was a standout player for the National Football League (NFL) as well as Major League Baseball (MLB) and many feel that if his career had not ended so early on, he could have been one of the greatest in both sports.

Jackson not only started the rally in this game but he also maintained and finished it. He was the leadoff batter going up against Rick Reuschel. With one swing of his bat, the tone was set. “When the ball hit the bat,” said National League manager Tommy Lasorda, “it sounded like he hit a golf ball.” The ball sailed high and far, soared over the center-field fence and landed an estimated four-hundred forty-eight feet from home plate.

From then on it was a Jackson highlight film showcasing his power and speed. He stole a base and raced from left field to left center to catch a Pedro Guerrero liner with two runners in scoring position and two out in the National League’s first inning. The American League won its first back-to-back All-Star games for the first time since 1957-58. The league was ecstatic from the variety of exciting and unpredictable games that the 80’s had provided and hoped that this trend would last into the 90’s.


September 9, 1960 – Boston University’s Nickerson Field hosts the AFL’s very first regular season game as the visiting Denver Broncos defeated the Boston Patriots 13-10. Boston’s kicker Gino Cappalletti scored the very first points for the new league with his boot from 35 yards.

September 9, 2018 – The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears met to open the season in a thriller. The Packers overcame a 17 point deficit late in the game to come back and win 24-23. For more on Packers/Bears rivalry please check out this podcast from our friend Arnie Chapman, the Football History Dude, Packers and Bear Rivalry podcast.


September 9, 1878 – Willie Heston was a halfback from San Jose State who later also played for the University of Michigan. Willie had never played football before when he enrolled into the San Jose State Normal School in 1898. His objective was to get a degree and become a teacher for his vocation. It was discovered though that Willie Heston was a very fast man as he ran the 100 yard dash in 10 seconds flat with good size for the era at 5′-8″ tall and weighing in at 190 pounds. The school’s football coach at the time was Jesse Woods who introduced the young man to the gridiron and promptly played him at halfback after seeing his natural talent on display. Woods was right on the money as Heston was a great runner that scored more touchdowns than his other players on the team. The next season in 1899, Willie Heston became the captain of the team which went undefeated and earned the right to play Chico State Normal School in a league championship game. The game ended in a 6-6 draw and people from both teams agreed to settle the game with a rematch three weeks from the time when the first matchup took place. For some unknown reason Woods did not coach the San Jose squad for this second championship game and Stanford’s Coach Field H. Yost stepped in to lead Heston and his teammates as he was released by Stanford because the Pacific League barred him from being their coach since he did not graduate from the school as was the rule for the league in that day. With just a few weeks of practice Yost guided the San Jose State team to 46 -0 blow out of Chico State in the rematch to capture the title. In 1901 Heston graduated and received his teaching degree and accepted a job at a school in Oregon. Coach Yost sent Willie a letter about that same time stating that he had accepted the head coaching job at Michigan and invited his former player of just one game to join him at Michigan. At first Willie declined the invitation, and it is unknown what caused the change of heart but he soon thereafter accepted Fielding Yost’s invitation. Willie Heston then set out to study law at Michigan while playing for the Wolverine’s football team. Heston and Yost made Michigan one of the greatest teams in college history. The Wolverine squads from 1901 through 1904 became known as “the point-a-minute” teams because their average point totals were very close to a point being scored every minute they played! Remember, the forward pass was not legal in football until 1906 and Willie was the work horse of the team, as evident in a 1903 game against the University of Chicago Maroons where the Wolverines had a total of 267 yards rushing and Heston was responsible for 237 of them. Heston’s four years at Michigan had a record of 43-0-1 and they outscored their opponents in an extremely one sided way 2326 points to 40! They won the National Championship in 1901 and again in 1902 as Michigan won the very first Rose Bowl for the crown. Coach Yost called Willie Heston the best player he has ever seen and WIllie was voted as the halfback by the Football Writers of America as the All-TIme team of the first 50 years of football. The National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame selected Willie Heston to enter the Hall in 1954’s induction ceremony. Professional football was in its infancy but multiple teams wanted Willie Heston to play for them. As the story goes Willie was approached by two teams in particular who wanted to pay him to play for their respective teams, the Akron East Ends and the Massillon Tigers. The shrewd Heston created a bidding war by the two teams for his services and even had sent a telegram to each stating that the other had offered him $500 to play one game on Thanksgiving Day 1904. The two club figured out what he was doing and each refused to do further business with him. Heston became what was described by one writer as being “professional football’s first hold out.” Willie then went into coaching at Drake University for the 1905 season. And was coerced to play again in 1906 as he signed a contract to play for the Canton Bulldogs reportedly for $600 per game plus expenses. As fate would have in his first pro game as a player, he broke his leg against those same Massillon Tigers that he had sent the telegram to, and the leg was bad enough that it ended his playing career.

September 9, 1879 – Gordon Brown played for Yale University as a guard from 1897 through the 1900 season. Brown ended up being the captain of the 1900 Yale team which was dubbed as the “Team of the Century.” The College Football Hall of Fame placed this special player in their exclusive club in 1954.

September 9, 1937 – Dick LeBeau was a defensive back from Ohio State University that became a 1959 NFL Draft 5th round pick by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns ended up cutting LeBeau and the Detroit Lions quickly picked up the 6′ 1″ 185 pound cornerback. What a pick up of the waiver wires he was, as DIck played for 14 seasons and made the Pro Bowl 3 times. LeBeau had a streak of 12 consecutive seasons of picking off at least interceptions. Dick LeBeau had 62 career picks for 762 return yards and 3 touchdowns. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in their class of 2010. Dick went in to coaching and spent well over 40 years in the NFL coaching ranks. He was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and was famously the Defensive Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers where he helped author the Zone Blitz scheme.

September 9, 1938 – Johnny Robinson was an All- Conference running back from LSU who was drafted in 1960 by the NFL’s Detroit Lions and the AFL’s Dallas Texans. Johnny ended up signing with the Texans, who later became the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. He had an interesting career as he played halfback his first two seasons in the AFL and then in 1963 switched to play safety for the remainder of his career. Coach Hank Stram felt that Robinson’s size and speed made him more suitable as a safety and it paid off big. In just his second game at the new position, Johnny picked off the Oakland Raiders quarterback twice. Again in the 1962 AFL Championship game he had two more interceptions as the Texans knocked off their cross state rivals the Houston Oilers 20-7. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected him to be a part of the 2019 enshrinement class.

September 9, 1941 – Pat Richter was an end from the University of Wisconsin. Richter was a nine time letterman at Wisconsin as he lettered three times each in football, basketball and baseball for the Badgers. He was invited to enter the confines of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1989 after 17 years in the business world, Richter returned to the University of Wisconsin to become the school’s Athletic Director.

September 9, 1944 – James “Wolf” Grabowski was a former fullback from the University of Illinois. As a sophomore in 1963, Grabowski was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl Game after he helped lead the Illini to a 17-7 comeback victory over the Washington Huskies. He finished his college career as the Big Ten’s all time career rushing leader. Jim made it to the NFL with his football talents playing for the Green Bay Packers and then later for the Chicago Bears. The College Football Hall of Fame selected him to enter the Hall in 1995’s induction ceremony.

September 9, 1949 – Joe Theismann was a quarterback that played collegiately for the University of Notre Dame. Theismann was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the selection class of 2003. He played in both the CFL and the NFL. His NFL career was with the Washington Redskins for 12 seasons as he guided them to consecutive Super Bowl appearances and was the winning quarterback in one of them, Super Bowl XVII as Washington defeated the Miami Dolphins. Theismann’s NFL career ended with what may have been one of the most vivid injuries witnessed in a nationally televised game, as you could see the bone in his leg break during a sack by legendary NY Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor on November 18, 1985

September 9, 1960 – Youngstown, Ohio – The legendary Head Coach of the Oklahoma Sooners Bob Stoops was born. The National Football Foundation voters selected to induct bob Stoops into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2021.


Dutch Clark’s story doesn’t fit the ordinary picture of an all-time great. In 1929, he became the first Colorado College football star to be named All-America, yet he didn’t play pro football until almost two years after he graduated, when he joined the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1931 season.

He retired from the pro game after two All-Pro seasons to become head coach at the tiny Colorado School of Mines. However, Clark returned to pro football in 1934 rejoining his team, which by then had been sold and had become the Detroit Lions. For the next five years, Clark, from his tailback position, was the general in Detroit’s famed infantry attack that in 1936 set a team rushing record that stood for 36 years.

He was called the quarterback because he called the plays. A true triple-threat back, Dutch consistently finished among the leaders in rushing and once completed 53.5 percent of his passes in a season when the league average was just 36.5 percent. He also led the league in scoring three times, kicked field goals and extra points and, is generally considered the last of the great drop kickers.

The versatile Clark was All-NFL six of the seven seasons he played. Although a great athlete, Dutch was not particularly fast and had such poor eyesight he had trouble seeing his receivers. According to teammates, though, he had the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. Furthermore his teammates swore that no one could follow blockers as well as Dutch.

Humble, Clark was always conscious of his role as team leader. So unassuming, he sometimes avoided calling plays directed his way for fear of hogging the limelight. “If Dutch stepped on the field with Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, and George Gipp,” a rival coach once said, “Dutch would be the general.”


4 – 26 – 23 – 32 – 9 – 34 – 54 – 19 – 51 – 12

September 9, 1914 – Boston Brave George Davis no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0

September 9, 1945 – Jimmie Foxx, Number 4 hit his 534th & final home run

September 9, 1948 – Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney, Number 26 no-hit the New York Giants, 2-0

September 9, 1955 – Don Zimmer, Number 23 hit the 4,000th Dodger organization home run

September 9, 1965 – LA Dodgers future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, Number 32 threw his 4th career no-hitter and first perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium

September 9, 1971 – NHL great Gordie Howe, Number 9 retired for the first time in his career (more to follow), after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings

September 9, 1987 – MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan ( Number 34) strikes out his 4,500th batter

September 9, 1988 – Braves Bruce Sutter, wearing Number 42 joined Rollie Fingers (Number 34 mostly) and Goose Gossage (Number 54) on the list of pitchers who saved 300 MLB games or more

September 9, 1992 – MLB player Robin Yount, Number 19 is 17th to reach 3,000 hits

September 9, 2002 – Pitcher Randy Johnson, Number 51 reaches 300 strikeouts for the fifth consecutive season, extending his major league record

September 9, 2021 – Tom Brady, Number 12 becomes first player in NFL history to start 300 regular season games as he guides Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an opening day 31-29 win at home to Dallas Cowboys


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