MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Atlanta 3 Baltimore 1
Kansas City 9 Chicago Cubs 1
Detroit 5 Toronto 3 (11)
Texas at Boston postponed
Minnesota at NY Yankees postponed
Tampa Bay 9 Chicago White Sox 0
Seattle 6 Houston 3 (11)
Cincinnati 3 Miami 1
Milwaukee 7 Washington 3
St. Louis 3 Pittsburgh 0
Arizona 8 Colorado 4
Philadelphia 7 San Diego 4
NY Mets 7 LA Dodgers 2
San Francisco 2 Oakland 1
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Toledo 9 Indianapolis 8
Fort Wayne 2 W. Michigan 0
Quad Cities 7 South Bend 1
Cleveland 17 New York Giants 13
San Francisco 15 LA Chargers 10
Seattle 85 Washington 78
Los Angeles 86 New York 83
THE INDIANASRN FOOTBALL POLLS – WEEK TWO
1 Center Grove
3 Fort Wayne Dwenger
4 Decatur Central
3 East Central
5 Mount Vernon
2 West Lafayette
3 Mishawaka Marian
5 Gibson Southern
2 Fort Wayne Luers
4 Heritage Christian
5 Triton Central
1 Indianapolis Lutheran
2 South Adams
3 Park Heritage
4 Covenant Christian
5 West Washington
WEEK ONE INDIANA FOOTBALL TOP PERFORMERS
Alan Karrfalt, Covington….544 passing yards 8TD…569 total yards
Brady Allen, Gibson Southern 384 passing yards 5TD…420 total yards
Carson Clark, FW Luers…346 passing yards 4TD…367 total yards
Anthony Garzolini, South Vermillion…317 passing yards 3TD
Camajay Griffin-Terrell, Gary West…339 rushing yards 4TD
Noah Mungia, New Prairie…324 rushing yards 5TD
Logan Shoffner, Noblesville…347 rushing yards 4TD… 367 total yards
Carsen Melvin, Plainfield….276 passing yards
Aataeveon Jordan, Franklin Central…231 yards rushing
Traven Crawford, Scottsburg…250 rushing yards 3TD
Sam Smith, Caston…278 rushing yards 4TD
Zach Osborne, Carmel…196 yards passing, 69 yards rushing
Michael Mosely, East Noble…243 rushing yards 3TD
Kainon Carico, East Noble…243 rushing yards
Hayden Vinyard, Valpo…217 rushing yards 4TD
Dylan Kidd, Rensselear Central..211 rushing yards 3TD
Colin Price, Zionsville….202 rushing yards
Jace Stuckey, Triton Central…4 TD passes
Ray Crawford, Triton Central…110+ yards in rushing and receiving
Bryce Llewellyn, Cathedral…2 interceptions
Trevor Weakley, Western Boone…161 rushing yards…11 tackles
Kyle Antoine, Heritage Christian…224 passing yards 2TD..2 rushing TD
Owen Rossell, Zionsville…nine tackles, sack, forced fumble and two int’s
Ali Richardson, Lawrence North…104 yards rushing 3TD
Rory Gage Heltsley, Gibson Southern 219 receiving yards 4TD
Brody Glenn, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers..166 receiving yards
Savion Waddell, Covington…153 receiving yards 4TD
Luke Jones, Monroe Central…. 151 receiving yards
Bryson Bonelli, Batesville…. 146 receiving yards 2TD
Peyton Hawkins South Vermillion…. 146 receiving yards
Duncan Keller, Covington… 145 receiving yards
Cullen Blake, Churubusco 19 total tackles
Micah Hauser, Westfield 16 total tackles
Hunter Bianski, Churubusco 16 total tackles
Jacob Snyder, Northfield 16 total tackles
Jason Oprisek, Southwood (Wabash) 16 total tackles
Gus Shryock South Vermillion (Clinton) 4.0 sacks
Jackson Christmon Homestead 3.5 sacks
Ben Morris, Delta 3.0 sacks
INDIANA GIRLS GOLF POLL-TOP 20
4 Center Grove
5 Evansville North
6 Castle/Hamilton Southeastern
8 Floyd Central
14 Culver Academy
20 FW Carroll
Naquin homers twice, Reds beat Marlins 3-1 to sweep series
CINCINNATI (AP) Tyler Naquin hit two solo homers and Vladimir Gutierrez pitched seven effective innings, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday for a sweep of their four-game series.
Naquin’s leadoff shot extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He added his 18th homer in the eighth, making it 3-1 when he drove an 0-2 fastball from Anthony Bass into the seats in right-center.
Cincinnati won for the sixth time in eight games. It also moved a game ahead of San Diego for the second NL wild card when the Padres lost 7-4 to Philadelphia.
Next up for the second-place Reds is a three-game set at NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
“There’s just not really a better time of year for a baseball player,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s not even close. This is what it’s all about.”
Miami wasted a sharp performance by Sandy Alcantara (7-11) in its seventh straight loss. Alcantara struck out a career-high 11 while working seven innings of two-run ball.
The game was tied at 1 when Mike Moustakas led off the fifth with a drive to right for his fifth homer, stopping an 0-for-26 slide, the longest of his career.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit at the plate so to get a home run or a hit in general felt pretty good, but to get the go-ahead homer was huge not only for me but for the boys,” Moustakas said. “The guy who was throwing today, as nasty as his stuff was, it was a big spot in the game for us.”
Gutierrez (9-4) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked one. Lucas Sims got three outs before Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
“The starting pitching on our team has been a constant,” Bell said. “We’ve had that, and you can never take it for granted. (Gutierrez), being one those starters, has made the most of the opportunities.”
Hernández strikes out eight; Royals batter Cubs 9-1
CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the sliding Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Sunday for a sweep of their weekend series.
It was Chicago’s franchise-record 13th consecutive loss at Wrigley Field.
Benintendi and Carlos Santana each had three hits in Kansas City’s sixth win in seven games. Hunter Dozier doubled and drove in two runs.
Royals right-hander Carlos Hernandez (4-1) struck out a career-high eight in seven innings, also a career best. He allowed one run and four hits.
Frank Schwindel had two hits for the Cubs, who have dropped 18 of 22 since trading away stars Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Craig Kimbrel.
“Listen, it’s no fun to lose,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It’s like, nobody is having a good time.”
Benintendi helped Kansas City get off to a fast start. He singled, advanced on second baseman Matt Duffy’s error and scored on Dozier’s single in the second. He added a two-run double in the third against Alec Mills (5-6).
“I wish I knew,” Whit Merrifield said of the 55-68 Royals’ recent success. “If we all knew, we would have been doing this in April and continued it through the course of the year. That’s how it goes sometimes.”
Merrifield’s sacrifice fly and Nicky Lopez’s single extended the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
The Cubs got one back in the bottom half, with some help from the Royals. Center fielder Michael A. Taylor and right fielder Dozier misplayed Ian Happ’s fly ball into a ground-rule double. Both outfielders pursued the ball before it dropped between them. Happ scored on Duffy’s single.
Mills was charged with seven runs, six earned, and 11 hits in four-plus innings.
“You gotta do what you gotta do,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “You pull into this park and see the flags like they were today, elevating is not the secret. It’s doing exactly what they did. That was a relentless offensive attack, guys moving runners over.”
Wainwright extends mastery of Pirates in Cardinals’ 3-0 win
ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright allowed two hits in eight masterful innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday.
The Cardinals snapped a two-game skid and kept the Pirates from earning their first series sweep of the season. They remain the only team in the majors without one.
Wainwright (12-7) threw 106 pitches and retired his final 11 hitters. He hasn’t permitted a run in his past 19 innings against the Pirates and has won his last seven decisions against them.
The 39-year-old right-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter in improving to 20-7 lifetime against Pittsburgh.
“I just match up pretty well against them,” Wainwright said. “But, they beat me around pretty good earlier in my career. This is just payback.”
Wainwright has given up just six hits during his 19-inning scoreless run against Pittsburgh, with 19 strikeouts and no walks.
“Textbook. That’s how you teach kids to pitch,” Goldschmidt said. “He lives it out daily. And he’s been doing it for such a long time. Eight innings was huge. He really picked us up today.”
Wainwright has gone at least seven innings in 14 of 25 starts this season. He used his breaking ball to stymie the Pirates for the second time in 11 days, including a two-hitter in a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 11.
His last loss to the Pirates came on April 3, 2016.
“We need to come up with a better game plan,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “At some point we have to figure out a way to combat that because he’s gotten us three times now.”
Goldschmidt hit his 19th homer in the fifth to make it 2-0. He had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
“Been swinging it pretty well,” Goldschmidt said. “Got a little lucky a few times. It probably looks better than it really is.”
Alex Reyes got his 28th save in 30 chances. Right fielder Lars Nootbaar hauled in a long drive by Colin Moran with two on to end it.
Yadier Molina brought in Goldschmidt with a run-scoring single in the first off Steven Brault (0-2), who gave up one run and five hits over four innings. Goldschmidt ripped a one-out single off third base to start the outburst.
Harrison Bader added a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Pittsburgh won five of its previous six games in St. Louis.
Cabrera hits 500th career homer, Tigers beat Jays 5-3 in 11
TORONTO (AP) Miguel Cabrera’s 500th career homer was a big moment for everyone who had a hand in the slugger’s stellar career.
Even on the road, it was a big party.
Cabrera became the 28th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings on Sunday.
Daz Cameron and Willi Castro each hit an RBI double in the 11th to help Detroit take two of three in the weekend series.
The 38-year-old Cabrera connected on a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Steven Matz in the sixth, sending the ball over the scoreboard in right-center field. Measured at 400 feet, the homer tied it at 1.
Cabrera is the first Venezuelan to hit 500 homers.
“It’s something special for my country, for my family, to be able to do this,” he said. “I’m really happy.”
Much of the crowd of 14,685 at Rogers Centre rose for a standing ovation as Cabrera rounded the bases. After celebrating with his teammates, he came out to accept a curtain call, taking off his helmet and bowing to the fans behind the first-base dugout.
“It came in a pivotal moment and it came in a team win,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “You couldn’t have scripted it much better.”
Jeimer Candelario, who was on deck, was the first teammate to celebrate with Cabrera.
“When he hit that ball, I knew something special was about to happen and history was about to happen,” Candelario said. “For me, being a part of that is a blessing. It helped us to win a ballgame, too.”
Hinch asked Cabrera to address the Tigers after the game, and the slugger thanked his teammates for their support.
“So proud for him and his family, and a career accomplishment so rare you may never get to be a part of this again,” Hinch said. “We have no idea who the next person can be to pass this big number.”
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. broke the tie with a two-out single off Detroit’s Michael Fulmer in the eighth. It was Toronto’s first hit in 26 at-bats this series with a runner in scoring position, but the Blue Jays couldn’t hold on in the ninth.
After Willi Castro hit a two-out double off Adam Cimber, left-hander Tayler Saucedo came on to face pinch-hitter Harold Castro, who hit a routine grounder to second. Marcus Semien bounced his throw to first and the ball got away from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., allowing the tying run to score.
“He’s played a Gold Glove-caliber second base,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Semien. “He just made an error on that one.”
Detroit’s Jonathan Schoop hit a sacrifice fly off Brad Hand in the 10th but Alejandro Kirk replied with a sacrifice fly off Tigers lefty Gregory Soto in the bottom half. Toronto loaded the bases with two outs but Soto struck out rookie Kevin Smith.
Kirby Snead (0-1), Toronto’s seventh pitcher of the game, got two quick outs in the 11th before Cameron and Willi Castro hit back-to-back RBI doubles.
Soto (6-3) worked two innings for the win, and Joe Jimenez got three outs for his first save in two chances.
Braves top Orioles 3-1 for Baltimore’s 18th straight loss
BALTIMORE (AP) The Atlanta Braves haven’t lost in nine games and the Baltimore Orioles haven’t won in twice that many.
That doesn’t mean their latest matchup was a foregone conclusion.
“We just take every win for what it is, and then on to the next one,” Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint said. “We know how hard this game is.”
Jorge Soler homered, Toussaint pitched effectively into the sixth inning, and the surging Braves beat Baltimore 3-1 on Sunday, extending the Orioles’ losing streak to 18 games. Atlanta has won nine in a row and 16 of its last 18.
Baltimore’s skid is the longest in the major leagues since Kansas City dropped 19 straight in 2005. This was only the third time during this streak that the Orioles lost by two runs or fewer.
But the Braves didn’t seem to take Baltimore lightly.
“These teams, they’re in a tough situation sometimes,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s real easy to go into that situation and get swept before you know what the heck happened.”
Adam Duvall added a two-run double for the Braves, who came into the day with a five-game lead over Philadelphia atop the NL East. Atlanta wrapped up a 9-0 trip and has won a franchise-record 13 consecutive road games.
Toussaint (3-2) allowed a run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Atlanta used five relievers. Luke Jackson struck out the side in the eighth and Will Smith finished for his 28th save in 32 chances.
John Means (5-6) yielded three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.
“I thought today was going to be the day,” Means said. “Felt good, felt like things were going in our favor, and it just didn’t happen.”
Soler opened the scoring with one out in the fourth when his drive cleared the wall in left field for a solo homer. Duvall’s two-out double made it 3-0.
Ramon Urias hit an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the inning for the only Baltimore run. The Orioles went 1 for 9 with men in scoring position.
“I have no problem with effort,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re not winning games. We’re not executing. We’re very inexperienced. We got beat this series by good pitching.”
A light rain fell through much of the game, but there were no delays.
Rays rout White Sox 9-0, take 2 of 3 in series; Archer hurt
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Backup catcher Francisco Mejia had a three-run double, five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a seven-hitter, and the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 9-0 on Sunday in a matchup of AL division leaders.
Austin Meadows had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which took the final two games of the series after the White Sox won the opener 7-5 in 11 innings. The Rays outscored Chicago 17-4 in the two wins.
“It was very satisfying,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth against Garrett Crochet. Jose Ruiz entered and gave up Mejia’s hit that made it 6-0.
Four Tampa Bay relievers followed Chris Archer, who departed with left hip tightness after allowing one hit over two innings. It was Archer’s first start since leaving a game April 10 against the New York Yankees with right forearm tightness.
“With the little bit of rest that I’ve had, the treatment that we’ve done, I feel a lot better,” said Archer, who doesn’t think the injury is a serious one.
Shawn Armstrong (1-0) replaced Archer and struck out four in two hitless innings. Adam Conley and Chris Mazza followed, and Josh Fleming gave up three hits over the final three innings to get his first major league save.
Chicago was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position Sunday and 3-for-27 in the series.
“That was no fun,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
Ruiz balked home a run before Meadows picked up his 88th RBI on a double that put the Rays ahead 8-0 in the seventh.
Tampa Bay has scored eight or more runs in 12 of its last 16 games.
Wander Franco had a run-scoring double and Meadows had an RBI single off Reynaldo Lopez (2-1) as the Rays went up 3-0 in the third. Lopez gave up three runs and six hits in four innings.
First baseman Ji-Man Choi left after scoring on Meadows’ first-inning single with left hamstring tightness.
Both teams had a key player out of the lineup.
The Rays announced before the game that slugger Nelson Cruz had been placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
“Woke up not feeling well,” Cash said. “Opted to keep him away. Certainly will test and all that.”
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson sat out his second consecutive game with leg fatigue and soreness. He could start in Monday night’s game at Toronto.
“He’s not hurt, just sore,” La Russa said. “Just wear and tear.”
Solano’s pinch-hit, 2-run homer rallies Giants past A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Pinch-hitter Donovan Solano delivered a go-ahead two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from A.J. Puk with two outs in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Oakland Athletics for a second straight day with a 2-1 win Sunday.
Puk (0-1) couldn’t hold the lead after relieving Frankie Montas, who struck out nine over seven scoreless innings in a brilliant duel with Logan Webb. Solano connected moments after Austin Slater drew a pinch-hit walk.
Dominic Leone (3-2) struck out two in a perfect seventh. Starling Marte’s two-out double in the eighth against Tyler Rogers put the tying run on third but Matt Olson grounded out. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 28th save after allowing Josh Harrison’s one-out double.
The NL West-leading Giants won the season series 4-2 from their AL playoff-contending Bay Area rivals on a day 30,345 people packed the Coliseum.
Montas came through with a clutch outing after Oakland’s starters had gone fewer than six innings in eight of their last nine games. He had allowed two runs in five innings during his only previous appearance against San Francisco on June 26.
A day after San Francisco came back late for a 6-5 victory, Mark Canha put Oakland ahead in the sixth with an RBI single off Webb, who hasn’t lost since May 5 at Colorado. He struck out seven and walked one over six innings and gave up one run on five hits. The right-hander has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in 12 straight starts.
After his go-ahead hit, Canha wound up out going to third once review showed he was hit by a batted ball on Marte’s single. Marte stole two bases, giving him a major league-leading 39 – going 17 for 17 since joining the A’s before the trade deadline.
Rays place Cruz on COVID-19 injured list; Archer, Choi exit
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list on Sunday.
The move was announced about one hour before the Rays’ 9-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox in a matchup of AL division leaders.
“Woke up not feeling good,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Opted to keep him away. Certainly will test and all that.”
Tampa Bay also lost starting pitcher Chris Archer and first baseman Ji-Man Choi during the first two innings of the victory. The AL East-leading Rays started the day with 16 players, including 15 pitchers, on the IL.
The 41-year-old Cruz, acquired from Minnesota last month, is hitting .198 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 24 games with Tampa Bay. The slugger has a .270 batting average with 26 homers and 68 RBIs for the season.
Cruz is 42nd on the career home run list with 443.
Archer was pulled because of left hip tightness in his first start since since April 10, when he left a game against the Yankees due to right lateral forearm tightness.
He allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one in two innings against the White Sox.
“With the little bit of rest that I’ve had, the treatment that we’ve done, I feel a lot better,” said Archer, who doesn’t believe the injury is serious.
Choi doubled in the first and scored on Austin Meadows’ single, but left after the inning with left hamstring tightness.
“He said he felt it when he hit the double,” Cash said. “Getting to second base felt it grab him and then probably just continued to tighten up.”
The Rays recalled right-hander Chris Mazza from Triple-A Durham to take Cruz’s place on the roster.
Colts’ Reich: Wentz, Nelson to practice Monday
Carson Wentz, Quenton Nelson, and Ryan Kelly will return to practice Monday, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich announced Sunday.
“You’re going to see (Wentz) out there on the practice field this week,” Reich said, according to team reporter J.J. Stankevitz. “He’ll be out there tomorrow taking some things.
“He’ll be out there. It’ll be limited. He’ll be limited but he will be participating, as will Kelly and as will Quenton Nelson.”
Wentz and Nelson underwent identical foot surgeries in August and were initially expected to miss between 5-to-12 weeks.
Kelly injured his elbow early in training camp and has not participated in practice since.
Despite the initial rehab time frame, Wentz and Nelson were reportedly trending toward being ready for the Colts’ opening week contest against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12.
The Colts acquired the 28-year-old signal-caller via trade in February from the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is looking to redeem himself in a new setting after leading the NFL with 15 interceptions and 50 sacks a year ago.
Nelson, a three-time All-Pro, has started every game for the Colts since the franchise drafted him in 2018.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel tests positive for COVID-19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has quarantined pending further testing.
Vrabel told reporters he woke up with a sore throat and an earache. He went to the team headquarters Sunday morning to be tested, and the result came back positive. Another rapid test also turned up positive, so Vrabel was given a PCR test, which he expects will return Monday as positive.
“This isn’t the first time that we’ve gone through this, so whatever the protocols are we’ll follow them exactly how they’re laid out,” said Vrabel, who disclosed this spring that he was vaccinated.
The Titans beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-3 in a preseason game Saturday night. They traveled to Florida on Tuesday and practiced jointly with the Buccaneers on Wednesday and Thursday.
Vrabel originally was scheduled to meet with reporters in person, but the availability was pushed back an hour and conducted remotely by Zoom. Vrabel wouldn’t say if others also were in quarantine. He said the Titans would have updates on Monday.
“As of now, I don’t think that anybody that has been tested this morning has tested positive,” Vrabel said.
Under NFL protocols, Vrabel must have two negative test results within 48 hours to go back to work inside the Titans’ headquarters or remain in quarantine for 10 days. That could keep him away until Sept. 1. The Titans open the season on Sept. 12, hosting Arizona.
Vrabel said he would figure out who would run the team while he’s limited to attending meetings remotely, though he is comfortable with special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman filling the role. Inside linebackers coach Jim Haslett and senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz both are former head coaches.
“So there’s a lot of guys that we could lean on in that capacity,” Vrabel said.
The Titans had the first COVID-19 outbreak during the NFL season last year. The NFL postponed two Tennessee games and later fined the team $350,000.
Vrabel made clear he didn’t want to take away from what he saw in the Titans’ win over Tampa Bay even with so many starters watching from the sideline.
“Watching the tape after the game just really proud of a lot of those guys that competed,” Vrabel said. “And that’s what I want this to be about. And I’m sorry that it’s it’s not.”
The Titans (2-0) have not allowed a touchdown through two preseason games, outscoring their opponents 57-6. They host Chicago (1-1) on Saturday night.
Rookies Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden made their NFL debuts against the Bucs with Molden, a third-round draft pick, starting as a third cornerback. Farley came off the bench and played 16 snaps as he recovers from back surgery in March.
Molden not only led the Titans in tackles, he had a sack and two tackles for loss while also forcing a fumble.
“That was really cool to see,” Vrabel said. “The blitz was amazing. He kind of popped underneath two guys and we said it should have been a caused fumble. But we’re not nitpicking.”
Sam Ficken moved closer to winning the job at kicker, taking advantage of Tucker McCann missing the past week after hurting his right foot in the preseason opener. Ficken made field goals from 48 and 58 yards and had five touchbacks on kickoffs.
Vrabel said Ficken hasn’t done anything to hurt himself.
Packers could be without LB Za’Darius Smith for opener
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Pro Bowl linebacker Za’Darius Smith may miss the Green Bay Packers’ season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday he was not sure the outside linebacker will be ready to play in the Sept. 12 game.
Smith spent the first 12 practices of training camp on the non-football injury list with a back issue. He returned to practice Monday but missed the joint practices against the New York Jets on Wednesday and Thursday, and didn’t play in a 23-14 preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday.
“I’m not quite sure when we’ll get `Z’ back,” LaFleur said. “He’s injured right now. I know he wants to be out there, but we’re going to be smart with him. He’s obviously a big-time player for us. It definitely is a concern.”
With the Packers facing major salary-cap issues, Smith’s contract was one of several renegotiated by general manager Brian Gutekunst during the offseason.
Smith’s revamped deal created almost $7.4 million of cap space at the expense of increasing his cap charge in 2022 – his final season under contract – to a whopping $28.1 million. That’s an untenable number for the Packers, who are projected to be more than $50 million over next year’s cap.
Gutekunst said Smith’s absence isn’t contract-related.
Smith has been superb during his two seasons in Green Bay with 26 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.
His absence would be a major blow. While Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary form a superb trio, there’s little depth behind them. The two Smiths aren’t related.
Jonathan Garvin, a 2020 seventh-round pick, rounds out the group along with waiver-wire pickup Chauncey Rivers and 2020 undrafted free agents Tipa Galeai and Delontae Scott. Combined, those four have zero sacks and five tackles in 10 games.
LaFleur also said that he hopes quarterback Jordan Love will participate in individual drills Monday. Love injured his throwing shoulder in the preseason opener against Houston. He didn’t either practice or play against the Jets.
“It’s just trying to get the volume up, trying to get the velocity up (and) the distance just to see how he feels,” LaFleur said.
If all goes well, Love could return to 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday.
Green Bay used Kurt Benkert at quarterback for all but the final series Saturday. He went 18 of 25 for 151 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He guided the Packers’ backups to two touchdowns against the Jets’ starters and key backups on defense.
The Packers haven’t used either quarterback and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers or most of their starters in their first two preseason games.
Gutekunst believes Benkert has done enough to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback.
“This is a complicated offense and he’s done a nice job picking it up,” Gutekunst said. “I think he’s gotten progressively better and had a really good first half last night.”
The Packers will close the preseason Saturday at the Buffalo Bills. One focal point will be the team’s competition for the starting guard spots.
Against the Jets, Jon Runyan Jr. started at left guard and rookie Royce Newman started at right guard while incumbent starter Lucas Patrick came off the bench. The fourth man in that battle, Ben Braden, started and played the entire game at right tackle.
Blaney takes lead on final restart, holds on to win Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Ryan Blaney needed a push to pass William Byron on Sunday.
Kyle Busch provided the boost.
With Busch’s help, Blaney took the lead on the final restart, then bobbed and weaved his way around Michigan International Speedway to beat Byron by 0.077 seconds. It was the narrowest victory margin in a Cup race at this track since electronic scoring began.
“I wouldn’t say we had the best car,” Blaney said. “We got pretty good, to a point where I thought we could run fourth or fifth and it just worked out to where he could give us a push and it just worked out.”
Blaney won for the second time this season and sixth overall, capping a big weekend for Team Penske, which won Saturday’s IndyCar race in suburban St. Louis and then this victory, not far from Roger Penske’s Detroit roots. Ford also has won seven straight at Michigan.
This one was unexpected.
With no practice and no qualifying race on a speedway race organizers added resin to the top of the track, Blaney started third and quickly found himself off the pace of Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliot, Larson and Byron.
Instead, Blaney kept his cool in the heat as his crew fine-tuned the No. 12 Ford. Blaney took care of the rest, methodically working way toward the front.
But Elliott lost track position after stalling in the pits and two late yellows bunched the field together, suddenly putting Blaney in the top five.
When the top three cars took the outside lane on the final restart, Blaney chose the inside lane next to Byron and in front of Busch.
His decision – and Busch’s push – changed the complexion of the race.
“It was fun, kind of like a superspeedway race,” Byron said. “Unfortunately, he ran the bottom. You can only block so many lanes and I tried to block the top and cost myself the lead.”
Larson and Byron took turns over the final seven laps trying to give one another a shot to pass Blaney. Nothing worked.
“Just made a couple of bad moves, I guess,” Larson said. “A little too impatient behind the No. 12 and allowed William to get by me and then I was hoping they would get racing and I could get side-drafting.”
And Blaney sped across the finish line barely ahead of Byron.
“Really the push was the whole thing,” Blaney said. “So thanks, Kyle.”
Blaney also ended Kevin Harvick’s winning streak at Michigan at three. But the consolation prize wasn’t bad – clinching the 15th spot in the 16-car playoff that begins in two weeks.
Elliott beat Larson to the finish line to win the first stage, and Busch took the second stage over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell.
PGA Tour hopes for best after rain soaks Liberty National
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Liberty National avoided the brunt of the wind from Hurricane Henri, but not the rain that forced the final round of The Northern Trust to finish on Monday.
That was the hope, anyway.
If the weather or the conditions don’t cooperate, the tournament could go to Tuesday.
In a memo sent to players Sunday night, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said he is amending the bad weather guidelines to allow for a Tuesday finish regardless of how much golf is played Monday.
Monahan cited the importance and the sequential nature of the FedEx Cup playoffs in making an exception to the guidelines.
The tour said spectators would not be allowed for the final round because of some 6 inches of rain – with the possibility of more overnight – that has left walking routes impassable.
Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith finished the third round Saturday tied for the lead at 16-under 197, one shot ahead of Erik van Rooyen.
The PGA Tour decided before the third round even began that Henri posed too much danger for players, spectators and volunteers to be at Liberty National on Sunday. Officials came to the course along the Hudson River and found the course to be in reasonable shape.
“Really good for 5 inches of rain,” said John Mutch, the PGA Tour rules official overseeing the event. “They were working on the bunkers when I was there. There’s not a whole lot of standing water. I was pleased. I’ve seen a lot worse.”
A steady rain kept falling into early Sunday afternoon. The tour released tee times for 7:30 a.m. with threesomes starting on both sides.
The course was built on landfill and drains relatively well.
It was no small task to prepare for Henri, which was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall Sunday in Rhode Island.
Hours after Smith had set the course record with a 60 – he missed a 12-foot putt for a 59 – and Rahm finished with a par for a 67 to share the lead, workers at Liberty National worked well into Saturday night securing anything that might blow away.
The portable toilets were bundled and fastened. The ShotLink cameras that measure every shot on every hole were taken down. All the metal fences that formed lines for the ferry across the river to Manhattan or the walkway for players going to the practice range were secured.
Those need to be replaced before the final round can begin.
As for the players, it was a rare day off. They last had an entire washed out during the Zozo Championship outside Tokyo in the fall of 2019. The BMW Championship at Aronimink outside Philadelphia was washed out on Sunday, leading to a Monday finish. In that case, the decision to postpone was not announced in advance.
Several players were staying in Manhattan, ordinarily a good place to be to sit out a delay, except it was messy to get around.
There was plenty at stake in the PGA Tour postseason. The top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings after this tournament advance to the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday outside Baltimore.
Keith Mitchell was at No. 101. He is in a six-way tie for 11th place and currently is projected to move up to No. 69, which would get him into the BMW Championship. Tom Hoge was at No. 108 and in a three-way tie for sixth at Liberty National, projected to move to No. 57.
Van Rooyen was in position to win at one shot out of the lead, and his travel schedule suddenly became a lot less complicated.
The South African arrived at Liberty National at No. 76 and planning to play next week, whether that was at Baltimore or Switzerland for the Omega European Masters.
Van Rooyen won the Barracuda Championship two weeks ago for his first PGA Tour title. With the points now worth quadruple value, he appeared certain to extend his tour season one way or another.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Toledo Walks Off Indianapolis in Series Finale
TOLEDO, OHIO – Akil Baddoo, on a major league rehab assignment with the Toledo Mud Hens, singled with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Indianapolis Indians in walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon, 9-8. With the loss, the Indians fell to the Mud Hens in the six-game series, 4-2.
Tyler Bashlor (L, 0-2) surrendered two runs on two hits and a pair of walks in the ninth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Bashlor bobbled a short bunt to allow the game-tying run to score before the walk-off single won the game.
Riley Greene gave Toledo (53-42) an early 5-0 lead through the second inning, driving in four of the runs himself. He began the game with a two-run home run in the first and sparked a three-run second frame with a single that also drove in two.
Held hitless through the first four innings, the Indians offense heated up to trim Toledo’s lead in the fifth inning. With two runners on base and two outs, Jared Oliva singled to plate the first of three runs in the inning. An error by Ryan Kreidler and a bases-loaded walk plated two more for the Indians.
Indianapolis (45-50) then took an 8-5 lead in the top of the sixth with a five-run frame. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Erik Gonzalez and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Tucupita Marcano tied the game at 5-5. With two outs and two runners on, Michael Chavis hit his 11th home run of the season to put Indy on top.
Toledo cut Indy’s lead to 8-7 in the bottom of the sixth inning to set up the walk-off win. Drew Carlton (W, 3-3) recorded the final out of the Indians offense as the seventh Toledo pitcher used to earn the win.
The Indians return to Victory Field on Tuesday to begin a 12-game homestand vs. Louisville and Iowa. Indy and Louisville will face off on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Michael Mariot (3-4, 3.60) will take the mound for the Bats while the Indians have yet to name a starter.
INDY ELEVEN USL Championship Recap: Sporting KC II 1 : 1 Indy Eleven
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KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Sunday, August 22, 2021) – Indy Eleven came back to garner a share of the spoils at Sporting Kansas City II, but Indiana’s Team felt like it could have gained more from its 1-1 draw Sunday evening at Children’s Mercy Park. Forward Jordan Hamilton reclaimed sole possession of the Eleven’s scoring lead with his fifth goal of the season early in the second half, countering a late first half tally by familiar SKC nemesis Wilson Harris.
The action heated up eight minutes in, when Hamilton stepped in front of his mark to first-time defender Patrick Seagrist’s deep cross, but a sliced effort was saved by SKC ‘keeper John Pulskamp on his line. Nine minutes later it was that same Indy duo hooking up again with Seagrist chipping a clipped cross to the six, where Hamilton had little time to think before pulling his header wide.
Nearly a half hour expired before Sporting KC II registered their first shot, and it took until the 38th minute for the home side to pose a serious threat through Harris’ wide effort from 12 yards out. Ninety seconds later Harris would indeed move the scoreboard, sliding into the six and redirecting Kayden Pierre’s inch-perfect cross from the right flank. Eleven midfielder Jeremiah Gutjahr nearly evened up just two minutes later, his flush half-volley from 20 yards taking a deflection before dipping just over the crossbar.
It was Sporting presenting the first bit of danger after the break via forward Enoch Mushagalusa, who forced Indy Eleven netminder Jordan Farr into his first save of the game in the 48th minute with an effort that had eyes for the right post. Indy’s high pressure to start the second stanza earned a handful of turnovers in their attacking third, and the effort paid off in the 51st minute when midfielder Nick Moon poked an errant SKC touch to Nicky Law. The Englishman carried into the area and fired a low shot that Pulskamp saved but spilled, and Hamilton turned on the jets to tap home the rebound from the six to even the match at 1-1.
Just after the hour mark Seagrist again set up Hamilton, this time with a perfectly weighted through ball from the midfield stripe that set up a 1-v-1 with Pulskamp, but the Canadian curled his effort wide of the near post. In the 66th minute Seagrist nodded a looping, back-post ball across the six, and while Hamilton stretched to reach he was unable to redirect. A minute later Eleven substitute forward Gordon Wild crashed the six and saw his header bounce near the goal line, the chance ultimately falling wide.
A full complement of substitutes by both sides, some injury stoppages, and a hydration break made for a choppy match down the stretch. However, the game snapped back to attention for a frantic finish in the 89th minute, when Pulskamp made a leaping one-handed save at his near post to bat away Manuel Arteaga’s lashed effort from the right side of the area. On the ensuing corner, a back post header by an Eleven player took a bounce inside the six before Pulskamp again reacted to swipe the ball away from his goal line.
Indy had one final chance as four minutes of stoppage time neared completion, SKC defender Graham Smith’s attempt to knick away a long diagonal ball instead going backwards and putting Wild into the right side of the area. The German gathered and cut back towards the spot for midfielder Jared Timmer, who shot directly into the chest of a recovering Smith on the goal line. The ball then bounced off the left post and back towards Timmer, whose off-balance redirect was again repelled by Smith inside the six-yard box. While the fruitless finish still earned Indiana’s Team a crucial point, the squad was frustrated not to earn more from a second half in which it outshot SKC by a 12-4 margin.
Purdue Soccer Ties No. 18 Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE – On the road and playing a top-25 opponent for the first time this season, the Purdue soccer team tied No. 18 Vanderbilt, 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
On a hot and humid afternoon in Nashville, the Boilermakers (0-0-2) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by senior midfielder Ally Mussallem in the 34th minute, but the Commodores (1-0-1) tied the match in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. As both teams played an overtime match for the second time in the season’s first two games, neither side could find the golden goal.
Vanderbilt had a 19-9 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in shots on goal. The home squad had eight corner kicks to Purdue’s seven, and the Boilermakers committed three fouls and the Commodores five.
Senior forward Sarah Griffith had a game-high-tying four shots and two shots on goal. Five other Boilermakers had a shot in the contest. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made five saves and Vandy’s keeper had three stops.
Mussallem scored the match’s first goal at 33:02. The score came off a corner kick, as sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews sent the ball into the box to the top of the six-yard box. A Commodore defender headed the ball to the edge of the 18, where redshirt sophomore midfielder Hannah Lapeire headed it down to senior midfielder Aly Mielke. As Mielke was going to the ground after contact, she made the short pass to Mussallem who turned, dribbled twice and took a shot from near the penalty spot. The senior buried it into the upper-left corner of the goal to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
The goal was Mussallem’s first of the season and second of her career. Mielke’s assist was her first this year and third of her career, while Lapeire’s assist was her first career point. All three also had been on the pitch for less than 30 seconds, as the trio subbed into the game at 32:39.
Purdue’s 1-0 lead would hold until 89:21, when Vanderbilt’s Peyton Cutshall scored the equalizer, with the assist to keeper Kate Devine. On a long ball into the box from Devine, the ball bounced twice to Cutshall. To the left of the penalty spot, Cutshall connected on the ball in the air and scored into the upper-right corner of the net.
With the draw, Purdue is 7-3-2 under seventh-year coach Drew Roff in opening-weekend matches. The contest was the first time since 2011 that the Boilermakers played a road game on the opening weekend of the season (excluding last season’s Big Ten-only slate, contested in the spring of 2021), and also the first time since 2011 that Purdue faced a top-25 opponent on the opening weekend.
In the opening 45 minutes, the Boilermakers were out-shot 7-2, but Bova made three saves to help the visitors hold a 1-0 advantage at halftime.
Vandy had a pair of shots in the fifth minute, the first was blocked and the second, off the rebound, was saved by Bova. Purdue’s first shot was by freshman forward Megan Hutchinson in the 10th minute, but it was not on target.
Bova made another nice save in the 22nd minute, and the defense blocked a shot and forced one high in the 31st. Mussallem’s goal followed in the 34th minute. Bova made her third save to keep it a 1-0 match in the 40th minute.
The second half saw the Commodores post a 7-3 edge in shots, and both keepers made two saves. Vanderbilt had five corner kicks and the Boilermakers registered two.
Purdue controlled much of the opening 15 minutes of the half. The best opportunity was by Mathews, who had a chance to extend the lead in the 54th minute, but her shot was saved.
The Commodores had two shots, both off target, and two corner kicks in the first 27 minutes of the half before Bova made a fantastic save in the 74th minute, tipping the ball out and over the crossbar. She added another fine save in the 86th.
Griffith had an opportunity that was stopped in the 87th minute before Vandy tied the match in the final minute.
In the first overtime, the home side had a 4-1 advantage in shots, though neither team had a shot on goal.
Senior midfielder Sydney Duarte had a chance just seven seconds into overtime, as she sent a shot in from inside the corner of the 18. It just went over the far corner of the net after she beat several defenders.
Vandy closed the period with four chances in the final two minutes, with a blocked shot, a shot off the ensuing corner kick that went just high from 20 yards away and a pair of blocked shots from inside the 18.
In the final 10 minutes, Purdue had three shots and Vanderbilt one, and Bova stopped the lone shot on goal of either overtime period. The Boilermakers also earned four corner kicks to the Commodores’ zero in the second OT.
Griffith had two shots early, the second a great chance off a corner kick to the near post that was saved. That set up another corner, and Griffith then had another shot blocked to set up a second corner, and Purdue added a third corner in a one-minute span, but could not find the winning goal.
Vanderbilt’s lone shot of the second overtime was high in the 109th minute.
Up next, Purdue returns home for a pair of matches next weekend. Gonzaga comes to Folk Field on Thursday, August 26, at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Ball State on Sunday, August 29, at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all Purdue Soccer regular-season home games in 2021.
Soccer Converts Pair of Penalty Kicks, Tops Valpo 3-1
VALPARAISO, Ind. – – Redshirt senior Nicky Potts got the Ball State soccer team rolling in Sunday afternoon’s season opener, connecting on a penalty kick in the 12th minute to help lead the Cardinals (1-0-0) to a 3-1 victory at Valparaiso.
Potts’ 11th career goal was followed by an equalizer from the Beacons’ (0-2-0) Kelsie James a little over seven minutes later. That was all the offense the hosts were able to muster, however, as the Cardinals defense locked Valparaiso down the rest of the way.
“We showed a good response to adversity today,” head coach Josh Rife said. “The opening half was not our best half of soccer, we gave up a goal, but then we responded with two more goals and played much better in the second half. The first regular season game will always have some nerves and anxiousness to it. Once we got through the first 20-25 minutes, we really settled into the match.”
It looked like the match would remain tied going into the half, but senior defender Emily Simmons had other plans. In her first match back after suffering a season-ending injury just six contests into the delayed 2020-21 season, Simmons notched her first career goal, beating the Valpo keeper in the bottom center of the net.
After an evenly played opening half, which saw each team tally six shots, the Cardinals came out strong in the second. BSU’s pressure eventually forced a second penalty kick in the 53rd minute.
Senior Chelcy Ralph would capitalize on the opportunity, depositing the ball into the bottom left corner for her second career goal. The tally gave Ball State a 3-1 edge and capped the scoring in the game.
“Penalties are usually the result of an attack mentality and hunger to get into the penalty box,” Rife added. “To earn two penalties today is a credit to the ladies working hard to get into the 18.”
The Cardinals managed to out-shoot the Beacons 7-3 in the second frame and finished the match with a 13-9 advantage. Three of BSU’s 13 shots, including three of the team’s eight on goal, came from senior Kennedy Metzger in the second half.
In just her second career start in net, senior Alex DeRuvo stopped five of the six shots on goal she faced. Three of those saves came after the Cardinals took a 3-1 edge, including a key save in the 54th minute, just after Ralph’s goal.
The Ball State soccer team will face another tough test next Sunday (Aug. 29), when it travels to West Lafayette for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Purdue. The Boilermakers are 0-0-2 on the season, tying Kentucky Thursday and No. 18 Vanderbilt this afternoon by identical 1-1 scores.
Mastodons Make Quick Work of Eagles For 3-1 Win
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Three first half goals propelled the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team its first win of the 2021 season, defeating Morehead State 3-1 on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Hefner Soccer Complex.
The Mastodons’ record improves to 1-0-1, making it the best start to a season in program history after two games.
The ‘Dons got on the board first with a goal from Morgan Reitano at the 15-minute mark with an assist from Kelsey Gallagher. Gallagher set up the score off a corner kick, finding Reitano near the goal where Reitano knocked it in with her head to the far right post. Mackenzie Evans would score the Mastodons’ second goal at the game’s 26th minute with another assist coming from Gallagher. Gallagher intentionally tipped the ball towards Evans where Evans shot it past a diving Michelle Jerantowski near the left goal post. The third goal of the half was scored by Megan Sinnott at the game’s 39th minute with an assist from Gigi Ricciardi. Ricciardi crossed the ball from the right side of the field, finding an open Sinnott near the goal, allowing Sinnott to tap it in with her right foot.
This was the first time the ‘Dons scored three goals in a half since 2018 against Chicago State.
The Eagles would get on the board at the 58th minute of second half with a goal from Katie Kiolbassa with an assist from Abby Vanhoeve. Vanhoeve found Kiolbassa off a free kick to set up the header from Kiolbassa.
The Mastodons led the shots advantage 15-9 and the shots on goal advantage 6-5. Reitano and Evans would lead the way in shots with three each, all three shots for Evans were on goal while Reitano had one shot on goal. Kelsey Gallagher also added two shots on the day. Samantha Castaneda started in net for the ‘Dons. She saved four shots and allowed one goal in 81 minutes played. Melina Kozachik played in net for the remaining nine minutes.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Friday, Aug. 27 (3 p.m.) against Eastern Illinois University. EIU is 1-1 on the season and is coming off a loss to Indiana State 3-1 on Thursday, Aug. 19 and a 3-0 win against Division II opponent Illinois-Springfield.
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